Aftermarket truck mods pollute as much as 9 million extra pickups

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Enlarge / A thoughtful soul decides to poison the air as he drives through the infield at Daytona International Raceway during the 2016 Rolex 24 race.

Jonathan Gitlin

I remember the first time someone rolled coal on me. It was 2006, and I was driving to work at the University of Kentucky. It was a bright, sunny day in Lexington, and I had the roof down and was stopped in traffic behind a large pickup truck with decidedly non-standard exhaust pipes exiting straight up behind the cab. Whoever was driving the pickup evidently noticed the Miata in his mirror and

Samsung rumored to discontinue Galaxy Note line, add stylus support to 2021 Galaxy S and Z Fold

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Samsung will reportedly discontinue its Galaxy Note phone line in 2021, according to Reuters, as the company contends with falling demand for pricey smartphones caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the company is set to focus on its flagship Galaxy S lineup of phones, while Samsung’s foldable phones (like the Z Flip and Z Fold) will take the place of the Galaxy Note as Samsung’s more experimental premium devices, complete with an optional stylus accessory.

The idea that Samsung would stop selling the Galaxy Note line of phones in favor of the Galaxy S models makes a lot

Amazon is bringing macOS to its AWS cloud

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Amazon is bringing macOS to its AWS cloud for the first time ever. New Mac mini instances will be available on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), allowing developers to create apps for iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more all on AWS.

Amazon’s introduction of macOS instances is significant for developers. They now have a big cloud provider that will let them run Xcode and Swift development tools in the cloud, moving away from having to maintain and patch dedicated Mac machines. Amazon hasn’t announced pricing just yet, but the company is expected to reveal more information at its re:Invent event today.

A showstopper without a centerpiece

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The new Xbox is finally here. Called Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s flagship system is an elite gaming machine bursting with bleeding-edge technology that’s looking to blow away the competition in the ninth console generation.

As with the Xbox One family, Microsoft is doubling down on its console business. It’s offering powerhouse hardware for its flagship Xbox and a more affordable alternative with its sister console — the Xbox Series S. You can check out our review of the Series S here. In this review, we’re looking exclusively at the main event.

It was easy to see the

Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim review

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The Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim is a stylish laptop cooler. It falls under the budget category with its $19.99 price tag. It’s relatively difficult to find good laptop coolers in this price range because good parts cost more money. Cooler Master makes an attempt at it with the NotePal X-Slim, the smaller sibling of the much more expensive NotePal U3 Plus. Does Cooler Master nail it like the company usually does or is this one a non-starter? Let’s find out.

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What is the Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim?

Cooler Master NotePal X Slim in the box 1
The Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim is

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