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Stephen Shankland
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CNET News reporter, covering technology trends, Web and browser developments, and digital photography.
CNET News reporter, covering technology trends, Web and browser developments, and digital photography.

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NASA & Hewlett Packard Enterprise will test a supercomputer bathed in cosmic rays on the space station. The goal: prove error detection and correction software works so we can get to Mars.

I'm running a little poll over on Twitter about whether you like or dislike the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. If you have one, weigh in!

Update: now with link so you can actually vote. Doh. https://twitter.com/stshank/status/896003376596434945

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Fast download rates are great, but the next frontier in broadband is fast upload rates. I think that could transform the internet as profoundly as fast broadband did a decade ago. One example, which arrived today, is faster Backblaze software that makes online backup more practical and useful. And in the long run, it means we'll be living our digital lives even more in the cloud.

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You probably didn't even know Samsung made its own web browser, right? They're steadily improving it, though. One new development: easy access to ad blockers.

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Firefox 55 gets WebVR support tomorrow: virtual reality through your browser. Chrome & Edge already have support.

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Here's the Stanford Dish radiotelescope, still working. Also on today's hike: 4 acorn woodpeckers, 2 Steller's jays, 5 bluebirds, 1 peregrine falcon, etc.
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A rare Q&A with Mozilla CEO Chris Beard: "Firefox didn't keep up with the market and the expectations and didn't maintain a real view of what people really want." Part of my big assessment this week of Mozilla and where it stands.

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Mozilla is struggling for relevance, and its Firefox browser is struggling to keep its 100 million users as people drift to Google Chrome. Here's an exclusive look at the comeback plan. It begins November 14 with the launch of Firefox 57, which Mozilla began testing yesterday. But there's a long way between matching or even surpassing Chrome in performance and regaining the tech excitement Firefox enjoyed a decade ago.

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Occupational hazard: biking to work while reviewing a massive 600mm telephoto lens and its very sturdy tripod. Monopod on the other side.
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This is a great read on how your IT people, banks, ISPs, employers and everybody else should be managing their password technology. I agree with this 100%. I have to log into many services and apps, on many devices and using many browsers, so I probably use passwords a dozen times each day at least and often more than 30 or 40 times. Not everybody has password problems at the scale I do, but I'll bet you a nickel you're headed that direction.
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