The second Ubuntu phone is coming out this month

Canonical, the creator of the Ubuntu operating system, took a long two years to get its first smartphone to market after first detailing its plans in 2013. Its next phone won’t take anywhere near that long. Canonical today announced that the second Ubuntu phone — the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition — is coming in mid-June, only four months after the Aquaris E4.5 UE saw release. Like its predecessor, the new device is being built by Spanish manufacturer BQ, but Canonical promises the Aquaris E5 HD features some improvements over its older sibling.

Primary amongst these is the larger screen. Where Canonical’s first phone had an underwhelming 4.5-inch screen capable of qHD resolution (540 x 960), the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition houses…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Intel admits USB-C is the connector of the future by adopting it for Thunderbolt 3

With Apple and Google both warmly embracing the new USB-C connector in their new computers this year, the fate of the fast, but rarely used, Thunderbolt standard was coming into question. What would the future hold for Thunderbolt if most of its utility was to be replaced by a more convenient and popular USB standard? Well, Intel’s solution has been to pursue the old maxim of joining the adversaries you can’t defeat: the next version of Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 3, will come with a USB Type-C connector.

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Author: Vlad Savov

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Blocks Wearables will start taking orders for its modular smartwatch this summer

We got a sense of what Blocks Wearables is trying to achieve back at CES earlier this year. There, the company showed off a design mock-up for a smartwatch that could have interchangeable modules, a concept similar to what Google has been shooting for in smartphones with Project Ara. While the CES design wasn’t a working watch, it sounds like Blocks is getting closer to that goal: today, the company is showing off some new renders of the upcoming device and announcing that the watch will be powered by Qualcomm.

Specifically, the main watch face “module” will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, something not altogether different from what you’ll find in a number of Android Wear smartwatches. What Blocks promises will set its…

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Author: Nathan Ingraham

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Pentagon accidentally shipped live anthrax to Canada and Australia in addition to the US

Two defense officials today confirmed that in addition to accidentally sending live samples of anthrax to 28 government and private facilities across the US and army base in South Korea, the Pentagon also shipped the deadly spores to three laboratories in Canada. Investigations into anthrax shipments spurred by the recent discovery of the spores have shown that the US military also sent live samples to Australia in 2008, meaning that suspected live anthrax has now been sent by the Pentagon into three countries, 12 US states, and the District of Columbia.

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Author: Rich McCormick

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This is the sickest gaming PC case ever

There’s beauty in excess. PC gamers know this better than most, because when it comes time to build their machines, they pursue excess above all else. After all, the Sisyphean task of future-proofing your gaming PC is characterized by obtaining specs that are excessive for today but just right for the future. That pursuit of extravagance oftentimes spills over into the design of said gaming rigs, as this mechanized PC case amply demonstrates.

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Author: Vlad Savov

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Ellen Pao signals intent to appeal lost Kleiner Perkins gender discrimination case

Former venture capitalist and current head of Reddit, Ellen Pao, sued former firm Kleiner Perkins for alleged gender discrimination in a landmark case earlier this year. A jury found the company not liable on all claims in March, but it appears the ex-venture capitalist isn’t done with the case — Pao has reportedly filed a notice of appeal, indicating her desire to contest the decision in court.

It should be noted that today’s filing is simply the first step in the appeal process, signaling her intent to appeal, as opposed to the actual appeal itself. She now has 40 days to file a brief indicating on what grounds she would appeal the ruling. If she does take the case back to court through the appeal process, Pao stands to lose almost a…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Drag queens lead a new charge against Facebook's authentic name policy

Facebook’s changes to its controversial “authentic names” policy last year haven’t stopped trolls from abusing it in an effort to delete the accounts of drag queens and LGBT activists, protesters said today at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park. Recode reports that a group of drag queens, burlesque performers, and drag queens known as the #MyNameIs Coalition are asking Facebook to prevent people from maliciously using the tools for reporting fake names. “We were trying to get Facebook to understand that for the past nine months, and no significant changes were made,” drag queen Sister Roma told Recode. “We’ve reached our breaking point.”

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Author: Casey Newton

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