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Pentagon tells military personnel to avoid commercial DNA tests

Sponsored Links ERIC BARADAT via Getty Images The Pentagon has recently circulated a memo advising military personnel not to do at-home DNA tests, according to Yahoo News. It reportedly warned military members that mail-in commercial DNA tests are “largely unregulated and could expose personal and genetic information.” They could also “potentially create unintended security consequences…

The best user reviews of 2019

Every week, we ask our readers to tell us their thoughts on a different product or device — because no one knows better than the people who have purchased and used these things for weeks, months or even years. Last year we received 650 reviews and scores on everything from cars and robot vacuums to…

To all the books we hit this year

Sponsored Links DG via Getty Images Hitting the Books has been running for nearly two years now, so first off, thank you all so very much for continuing to read along. 2019 has seen some solid science and technology nonfiction titles. Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular excerpts this year ran on 4/20 yet, oddly,…

Sega’s Genesis Mini is just $45 today

Sponsored Links Will Lipman Photography for Engadget Following years of shoddy third-party consoles, Sega took matters into its own hands and produced a replica console worthy of the Genesis name. The Genesis Mini has everything we look for in a miniature: a faithful design, a great collection of games and solid performance. It scored 89…

Techno-thriller ‘Mr. Robot’ ends on a mind-melting high

(This article contains spoilers for ‘Mr. Robot’ season four) When Mr. Robot debuted in June 2015, it was the show’s commitment to authentic hacking that attracted eyeballs. For so long, cybersecurity had been shortchanged on-screen — an ever-changing field that needed to be simplified, producers thought, for mainstream audiences and dramatic pacing. Mr. Robot was…

The Fujifilm X100F is on sale at $900

Sponsored Links We love Fujifilm’s X100F, but it’s definitely not for everyone. It’s a fixed-lens APS-C camera best suited for street photography, blending the excellent 24.3-megapixel X-Trans sensor found in mirrorless models like the X-T2 with a 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/2 lens. As is par for course with Fujifilm cameras, you’ll find a ton of…