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New Toronto Declaration Calls On Algorithms To Respect Human Rights  

A coalition of human rights and technology groups released a new declaration on machine learning standards, calling on both governments and tech companies to ensure that algorithms respect basic principles of equality and non-discrimination. The Verge reports: Called The Toronto Declaration, the document focuses on the obligation to prevent machine learning systems from discriminating, and in some cases violating, existing human rights law. The declaration was announced as part of the RightsCon

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2018-05-21 08:00:00



Sign up today: 2-for-1 Innovator passes to Disrupt Berlin  

TechCrunch is headed to Germany yet again to host Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. We simply love this city's startup scene, one of the most innovative and fastest-growing in Europe. If you're a founder, investor, hacker or tech leader, you can't afford to miss Disrupt Berlin. You also can't afford to miss our limited-time […]

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2018-05-21 06:17:53



OnePlus 6 Review: The Best Android Phone That Won't Destroy Your Finances  

The OnePlus 6 might be the most boring phone the company has ever made. Don't get me wrong, that's not meant as an insult, but more as a reflection on how far the company has come since the original OnePlus One. Because even though OnePlus' latest device might not carry with it the same excitement as some of the…Read more...

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2018-05-21 05:16:29



Yelp and TripAdvisor Team Up to Pile On Google Over Monopoly-Like Search Results  

Google found itself in an uncomfortable position Sunday night, as 60 Minutes placed a magnifying glass on the company that accounts for 90 percent of all search traffic and asked if it is operating as a monopoly. Following the broadcast, Yelp and TripAdvisor announced a new initiative designed to restore more diverse…Read more...

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2018-05-21 04:41:32



2019 Hyundai Veloster first drive review: A superb second act - Roadshow  

Hyundai's taken everything its learned about sporty cars and distilled it down into a great compact hatchback.

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2018-05-21 04:35:12



Scientists Transfer Memory Between Snails  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: UCLA neuroscientists reported Monday that they have transferred a memory from one animal to another via injections of RNA, a startling result that challenges the widely held view of where and how memories are stored in the brain. The finding from the lab of David Glanzman hints at the potential for new RNA-based treatments to one day restore lost memories and, if correct, could shake up the field of memory and learning. The researcher

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2018-05-21 04:30:00



Microsoft acquires conversational AI startup Semantic Machines to help bots sound more lifelike  

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Semantic Machines, a Berkeley-based startup that wants to solve one of the biggest challenges in conversational AI: making chatbots sound more human and less like, well, bots. In a blog post, Microsoft AI & Research chief technology officer David Ku wrote that “with the acquisition of Semantic Machines, […]

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2018-05-21 04:17:37



Elon Musk thinks flying cars will chop our heads off - CNET  

The specific word he used was "guillotine". That is not a nice word.

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2018-05-21 04:12:25



Whisk, the smart food platform that makes recipes shoppable, acquires competitor Avocando  

Whisk, the U.K. startup that has built a B2B data platform to power various food apps, including making online recipes ‘shoppable’, has acquired Avocando, a competitor based in Germany. The exact financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although TechCrunch understands it was all-cash and that Whisk is acquiring the tech, customer base, integrations, and […]

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2018-05-21 03:53:57



Tradeshift fires-up blockchain to address late payment problem  

While the cryptocurrency world continues to swirl around in a daze of troughs and highs, startups are continuing to make use of the fundamental underlying strengths of blockchain technology. A new entrant in this race is Tradeshift, a leading players in supply-chain payments and marketplaces, which is today launching its new service which enables supports […]

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2018-05-21 02:59:26



Progressive advocacy groups call on the FTC to “make Facebook safe for democracy”  

A team of progressive advocacy groups, including MoveOn and Demand Progress, are asking the Federal Trade Commission to “make Facebook safe for democracy.” According to Axios, the campaign, called Freedom From Facebook, is set to launch a six-figure ad campaign on Monday that will run on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, among other platforms. The other […]

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2018-05-21 02:34:57



Launch with TechCrunch in the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt SF 2018  

Hey, this message goes out to all you early-stage startup founders with the drive and determination to take your company all the way to the land of the unicorns. Now's the time to apply to TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield competition — the world's best start-up pitch competition going down at Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7. If you require […]

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2018-05-21 02:34:19



OnePlus Bullets Wireless review - CNET  

These in-ear neckband-style wireless headphones share some similarities with BeatsX headphones but cost less.

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2018-05-21 02:33:19



Microsoft's acquisition of Semantic Machines is all about AI - CNET  

Microsoft announces Sunday its acquisition of Semantic Machines Inc, a company focused on conversational AI.

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2018-05-21 02:14:38



Amazon Offers Whole Foods Discounts To Prime Members  

Amazon-owned Whole Foods debuted a loyalty program on Wednesday that offers special discounts to Prime members, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and rotating weekly specials. "The new loyalty strategy will test whether Amazon's $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods brings much-feared disruption and an intensified price war to the $800 billion U.S. grocery industry dominated by Walmart and Kroger," reports Reuters. From the report: Those perks are available now in Florida and will rol

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2018-05-21 02:02:00



Robots can now complete tasks by simply observing humans - CNET  

Humans to be completely useless within six months: confirmed.

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2018-05-21 01:58:21



Samsung, here's what the Note 9 needs video - CNET  

The Note 8 was essentially a Note 7 do-over because of that whole exploding battery problem. The next Note should take more chances to stand out.

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2018-05-21 01:52:57



Texas Official Who Blamed School Shooting on Doors Now Also Blames Facebook and Video Games  

Just hours after a 17-year-old killed 10 people at a high school in Texas on Friday, Dan Patrick, the Lt. Governor of Texas, said that maybe schools should have fewer entrances and exits. But yesterday he explained that there are a lot of other things to blame than just doors. For instance, Facebook, Twitter, and…Read more...

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2018-05-21 01:18:10



Tesla Unveils Dual Motor and Performance Specs For Model 3  

Rei writes: Yesterday evening, Elon Musk announced the pricing and specs for two of the Model 3's most in-demand options -- dual motor and performance versions. The base dual motor configuration adds an AC induction front motor to the current partial-PM reluctance rear motor for $5,000; in addition to AWD and allowing the car to drive with either motor out, this cuts the 0 to 60 mph acceleration time from 5.1 seconds to 4.5 seconds. The performance package is available as a bundle, including the

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2018-05-20 23:23:00



Study: Tinder Users Aren't Having More Casual Sex Than the Average Horny Person  

If you've been holding off on joining Tinder because it carries the stigma of being an app for hookups, have no fear: a new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found no one on Tinder is actually having sex.Read more...

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2018-05-20 22:28:21



'TeenSafe' Phone Monitoring App Leaked Thousands of User Passwords  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: At least one server used by an app for parents to monitor their teenagers' phone activity has leaked tens of thousands of accounts of both parents and children. The mobile app, TeenSafe, bills itself as a "secure" monitoring app for iOS and Android, which lets parents view their child's text messages and location, monitor who they're calling and when, access their web browsing history, and find out which apps they have installed. But the Los Angele

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2018-05-20 22:22:00



Did Octopuses Come From Outer Space?  

A scientific paper, originally published in March, from peer-reviewed journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology has found its way in this week's news-cycle. The paper, which is co-written by 33 authors including molecular immunologist Edward Steele and astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe, suggests that octopuses could be aliens, adding legitimacy to a belief, which otherwise has been debunked several times in the recent years. An excerpt from the paper, which makes the bold claim: T

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2018-05-20 21:20:00



Tesla Releases Some of Its Software To Comply With Open-Source Licenses  

Jeremy Allison - Sam shares a blog post from Software Freedom Conservancy, congratulating Tesla on their first public step toward GPL compliance: Conservancy rarely talks publicly about specifics in its ongoing GNU General Public License (GPL) enforcement and compliance activity, in accordance with our Principles of Community Oriented GPL Enforcement. We usually keep our compliance matters confidential -- not for our own sake -- but for the sake of violators who request discretion to fix their m

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2018-05-20 20:20:00



The Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance Will Do 0-60 In 3.5 Seconds  

Two all-wheel drive variants of Tesla's Model 3, including a normal model and a performance model, are set to open for orders next month with deliveries beginning in July, according to CEO and product architect Elon Musk. Last night in a series of Tweets, Musk released information on the two new Model 3 dual motor…Read more...

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2018-05-20 20:11:11



Bill Gates Shares His Memories of Donald Trump  

MSNBC recently published a video of Bill Gates telling his staff at the Gates Foundation that he had two meetings with Donald Trump since the president was elected. In the video, Gates says Trump doesn't know the difference between two sexually transmitted diseases -- human papillomavirus (HPV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) -- and that it was "scary" how much Trump knew about Gates' daughter's appearance. Gates also said he urged Trump to support innovation and technology during those m

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2018-05-20 19:19:00



Surveillance app stored teens' Apple IDs on unprotected servers  

An app meant to let parents monitor the phone activity of teenagers was until recently saving the latter's Apple ID passwords in unprotected plaintext form, a report revealed on Sunday.

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2018-05-20 18:54:05



The Verge Goes Hands-On With the 'Wildly Ambitious' RED Hydrogen One Smartphone  

It's been almost a year since RED, a company known for its high-end $10,000+ cameras, teased a smartphone called the RED Hydrogen One. Several months have passed since the phone was announced and we still don't know much about it, aside from it having a very industrial design and "Hydrogen holographic display." Earlier this week, AT&T and Verizon confirmed that they'll launch the device later this year. Now, The Verge's Dieter Bohn has shared his hands-on impressions with the device, which h

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2018-05-20 18:18:00



Deadpool 2 post-credits scene(s), explained - CNET  

Yep, there are a total of five different Deadpool 2 post-credits scenes, and they're all wonderful. Spoilers ahead!

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2018-05-20 18:03:33



Get Out Wins a Nebula Award, Reinforcing Jordan Peele's Place Among Today's Best Genre Creators   

Get Out, one of the best films of last year (and absolutely one of our favorites), has another award to add to its long list: a Nebula. Read more...

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2018-05-20 17:44:25



Arrow Season Seven Will Debut the Most Important Green Arrow Character of All: The Goatee  

Everyone, it's finally happening. Read more...

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2018-05-20 17:28:02



Chinese 'Accelerators' In Silicon Valley Aim To Bring Startups Home  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and bring them to China. The surge in the number of China-focused accelerators -- which support, mentor and invest in early-stage startups -- is part of a larger wave of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley. At least 11 such programs have been created in the San Francisco Bay Area since 201

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2018-05-20 17:17:00



Estonia To Become the World's First Free Public Transport Nation  

On July 1st, the country of Estonia will create the largest 24/7 free public transit zone in the world, making it feasibly possible to travel by bus from one end of the 1.3 million-strong Baltic nation to the other without paying a cent. CityLab reports: Estonia is already a world leader in free public transit: In 2013, all public transit in its capital, Tallinn, became free to local residents (but not tourists or other visitors, even those from other parts of the country). The new national free

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2018-05-20 16:16:00



Review: Logi Circle 2 is the best HomeKit camera, but Apple's support is lacking  

We've spent a few months with Logitech's flagship smart home security camera that gained support for HomeKit just last fall. After extensive usage, we have the verdict on one of the most popular HomeKit cams yet.

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2018-05-20 16:12:54



AT&T launches its LTE-powered Amazon Dash-style button  

When we first told you about AT&T's LTE-M Button, the information was socked away in a deluge of AWS Re:Invent announcements. The telecom giant was a bit more upfront when announcing its availability earlier this week — but just a bit. After all, it's not a direct-to-consumer device. Unlike the product-branded hunk of plastic you […]

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2018-05-20 16:10:36



Popular 'Gboard' Keyboard App Has Had a Broken Spell Checker For Months  

The popular Gboard keyboard app for iOS and Android devices has a fundamental flaw. According Reddit user SurroundedByMachines, the red underline has stopped appearing for incorrectly spelled words since November of last year -- and it doesn't appear to be limited to any one device. Issues with the spell checker have been reported on multiple devices across Android and iOS. A simple Google search brings up several different threads where people have reported issues with the feature. What's mor

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2018-05-20 15:15:00



I wish this ridiculously expensive gaming headset wasn't so freaking good  

Let me start this review with a statement: No one needs, has needed, or will ever need to spend $329 on a wireless gaming headset. No one needs to spend that much money on headphones, period. One of my friends spends less than that on rent. But if you do find yourself with a tremendous amount of disposable income or a serious PUBG addiction, then SteelSeries has the only gaming headset you even need to consider. The new SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are the result of what happens when you sit

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2018-05-20 14:27:34



Rumor claims Apple to release a $200 HomePod under the Beats umbrella  

It's no secret that Apple's HomePod isn't exactly a runaway hit. Despite strong reviews praising the device's incredible sound quality, consumers in recent months have gravitated more towards rival offerings from the likes of Amazon and Google. In fact, a recent report from Strategy Analytics reveals that Apple's smart speaker during the recent March quarter only accounted for a paltry 6% of the global smart speaker market. In stark contrast, Amazon's Echo devices garnered an impressive 81.8% s...

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2018-05-20 14:24:11



Are algorithms hacking our thoughts?  

Adriana Stan Contributor Share on Twitter Adriana Stan is the public relations director of W magazine and a writer on media, culture and technology. She is also the co-founder of the Interesting People in Interesting Times event series and podcast. More posts by this contributor Social media, politics, and the bubble of distraction Patterns, Predictability, […]

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2018-05-20 14:15:21



No Fossil Fuel-Based Generation Was Added To US Grid Last Month  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the U.S., two types of electricity generation are on the rise: natural gas and renewables. If one of those is set to make a bigger mark than the other this year, it's natural gas: in 2018, natural gas-burning capacity is expected to outpace renewable capacity for the first time in five years, according to data from the Energy Information Agency. Although natural gas additions are expected to overtake renewable energy additions in 2018, fo

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2018-05-20 14:14:00



With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals  

Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors. One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round led by bitcoin […]

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2018-05-20 13:59:16



Orbital ATK is launching a cargo rocket for the ISS early tomorrow morning  

Wake up in the wee hours of the morning on the East Coast, and you might get a chance to watch a rocket launch more than three tons of cargo for the International Space Station. Set for a 4:39 ET liftoff from NASA’s facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, if the weather holds, this will be […]

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2018-05-20 13:54:46



Deadpool is not part of the MCU. Please stop asking - CNET  

He's barely even part of the X-Men (trainee!).

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2018-05-20 13:32:47



Longtime LG Group chairman Koo Bon-Moo dies at 73  

South Korean electronics conglomerate LG Group announced this morning that the company's longtime chairman Koo Bon-Moo has passed away at 73. Koo's death follows a year-long battle with brain disease, for which he had undergone surgery, according to Reuters. The executive stepped into the role in 1995 and served as a driving force in establishing […]

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2018-05-20 12:56:17



This App Helps You Curb Your Smartphone Addiction By Minimizing Distractions  

We're all probably a little more addicted to our phones than we'd like to be. I know that I instinctively pull mine out whenever there's a break in the action of the day be that when I'm on the train, between meetings, or even waiting on food at a restaurant. It's easy to take your phone out and get absorbed in what's…Read more...

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2018-05-20 12:22:16



Teen phone-monitoring app reportedly leaks account information - CNET  

Servers left unprotected and accessible by anyone without a password, ZDNet reports.

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2018-05-20 11:44:10



Pentagon-Funded Project Will 'Solve' Cellphone Identity Verification Within Two Years  

Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro quotes Nextgov: The Defense Department is funding a project that officials say could revolutionize the way companies, federal agencies and the military itself verify that people are who they say they are and it could be available in most commercial smartphones within two years. The technology, which will be embedded in smartphones' hardware, will analyze a variety of identifiers that are unique to an individual, such as the hand pressure and wrist tension when t

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2018-05-20 11:34:00



App That Allows Parents to Spy on Teens Leaked Thousands of Passwords  

TeenSafe, a service used by parents to monitor the online behaviors and phone activity of their children, allowed tens of thousands of accounts to leak online after failing to properly secure their servers.Read more...

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2018-05-20 10:45:26



Billboard Music Awards 2018: How to watch, stream the show - CNET  

Kelly Clarkson is hosting the show Sunday, which is airing on NBC.

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2018-05-20 10:37:39



7 deals for Sunday: $21 wireless headphones, $100 off Apple Watch Series 1 - CNET  

Here are a few of the top tech deals we think are worth checking out this weekend.

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2018-05-20 10:05:53



Google Doodle celebrates Abraham Ortelius' atlas - CNET  

Flemish cartographer was the first to suggest the world's continents were joined together before drifting apart.

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2018-05-20 10:04:01



UK Hospital Fires Worker for Looking at Ed Sheeran's Health Records  

Workers at a National Health Service hospital in the United Kingdom were reprimanded for their role in an extremely narrow data breach that exposed the personal information of exactly one person: Ed Sheeran. Read more...

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2018-05-20 09:59:06



Chewbacca sits courtside at Cleveland Cavaliers game - CNET  

Hey, why's a 7-foot Wookiee blocking my view of LeBron James?

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2018-05-20 09:47:47



Private Internet Access Is Discounting Several VPN Plans, Just For Our Readers  

VPNs have been in the news, and whether you want to get around video geoblocks, circumvent proxy filters, or just keep prying eyes out of your browsing data while using sketchy public Wi-Fi, reader-favorite Private Internet Access has a deal to fit your needs.Read more...

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2018-05-20 09:24:50



All the live TV streaming services compared: Which has the best channel lineup? - CNET  

Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu and PlayStation Vue are all vying for your cord-cutting dollar. Here's how the top 100 channels stack up.

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2018-05-20 09:09:28



Bail reform has a complex relationship with tech  

On any given day in the United States, more than 450,000 people are behind bars awaiting their constitutionally mandated fair trial. None of them have been convicted of a crime — they’ve been accused of committing a crime, but no formal ruling of guilt or innocence has been made. That means these hundreds of thousands […]

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2018-05-20 09:05:14



iPhone 2018: Most-wanted features - CNET  

Once again it's time to look forward and ruminate on what we'd like to see in the next iPhone.

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2018-05-20 08:57:04



Interview: Bill Nye takes us inside season 3 of his geektastic Netflix series  

Bill Nye is a celebrity scientist who doesn't so much act like the celebrity part. Or rather, who doesn't seem to care about the celebrity part. I've interviewed some of his peers like Neil deGrasse Tyson, for example, who can take almost any question you give him and patiently work it into an opportunity. Something that, by the end of an answer from him that's turned into an inspired soliloquy, will have you thinking about your place in the world, wondering what's up there, excited ab...

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2018-05-20 08:45:17



One of Thor's Best Scenes in Avengers: Infinity War Is Just as Riveting in Lego  

Lego stop motion is one of life's simplest pleasures. For the viewer, anyway. For the creator, it's immensely complicated, time consuming, and generally very hard to pull off well. Fortunately, some creators do it very well indeed. And now Lego has come to the Infinity War. Read more...

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2018-05-20 08:14:37



It's No Illusion: Field Biology Is Just Like Arrested Development  

You may not think that Arrested Development—the internet-favorite show about a family of incompetent SoCal real estate developers—has much of anything to do with field biology. But Twitter has proven otherwise over the past week. Turns out, a lot of biologists can find a voice for their daily struggles through the…Read more...

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2018-05-20 07:58:26



People Hate Canada's New 'Amber Alert' System  

The CBC reports: When the siren-like sounds from an Amber Alert rang out on cellular phones across Ontario on Monday, it sparked a bit of a backlash against Canada's new mobile emergency alert system. The Ontario Provincial Police had issued the alert for a missing eight-year-old boy in the Thunder Bay region. (The boy has since been found safe)... On social media, people startled by the alerts complained about the number of alerts they received and that they had received separate alerts in Eng

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2018-05-20 07:34:00



The easiest way to make iced coffee at home - CNET  

If you thought making iced coffee at home was too hard to time-consuming, think again.

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2018-05-20 07:19:56



Deadpool 2 cameos: Yes, that is Brad Pitt and the X-Men - CNET  

If you blink, you'll miss these hilarious cameos.

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2018-05-20 07:10:54



A closer look at the Nokia 8 Sirocco - CNET  

It's a bit wide, but still quite the looker.

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2018-05-20 06:31:21



Sunday's Best Deals: Activewear, Pools, Patio Furniture, and More  

Amazon's activewear brands, patio furniture, and above-ground pools lead off Sunday's best deals from around the web. Read more...

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2018-05-20 06:13:49



12K video footage taken over New York City is absolutely breathtaking  

At a certain point, one has to wonder just how mesmerizing video footage in the future is going to look. Even today, the quality one experiences with 4K content is truly mind-blowing. 4K video, though, isn't the be-all end-all. In fact, some media entities are already looking beyond 4K, with Netflix being a prime example. Specifically, you might recall that Netflix a few years ago had the third season of House of Cards filmed in 6K as a means to future-proof the series. And if you thought 4K --...

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2018-05-20 05:59:03



The Nokia 8 Sirocco is solid, but not exciting enough for its price video - CNET  

It's fast, has a long battery life and has an improved design over last year's model, but the Sirocco is outclassed by similarly priced competitors

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2018-05-20 05:44:31



Tesla Model 3 dual motor, AWD, performance version specs revealed by Elon Musk - Roadshow  

A performance model with BMW M3-rivaling specs -- including 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and 310-mile range -- is promised, along with easier servicing.

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2018-05-20 05:34:40



Did Google's Duplex Testing Break the Law?  

An anonymous reader writes: Tech blogger John Gruber appears to have successfully identified one of the restaurants mentioned in a post on Google's AI blog that bragged about "a meal booked through a call from Duplex." Mashable then asked a restaurant employee there if Google had let him know in advance that they'd be receiving a call from their non-human personal assistant AI. "No, of course no," he replied. And "When I asked him to confirm one more time that Duplex had called...he appeared to

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2018-05-20 04:34:00



After tens of thousands of pre-orders, 3D audio headphones startup Ossic disappears  

After taking tens of thousands of crowd-funding pre-orders for a high-end pair of “3D sound” headphones, audio startup Ossic announced this weekend that it is shutting down the company and backers will not be receiving refunds. The company raised $2.7 million on Kickstarter and $3.2 million on Indiegogo for their Ossic X headphones which they […]

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2018-05-20 04:27:49



Refresh Your Patio With This One-Day Furniture Sale  

We're fully into patio season now, and Amazon's celebrating with a sale on Sunjoy outdoor furniture. The star of the show is undoubtedly the $30 zero gravity chair, but you can also find pillows, a furniture set, a fire place, and, uh, a gazebo. Yes, a gazebo shipped to your front door from Amazon.Read more...

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2018-05-20 04:25:23



Nvidia's researchers teach a robot to perform simple tasks by observing a human  

Industrial robots are typically all about repeating a well-defined task over and over again. Usually, that means performing those tasks a safe distance away from the fragile humans that programmed them. More and more, however, researchers are now thinking about how robots and humans can work in close proximity to humans and even learn from them. […]

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2018-05-20 04:22:20



Sony's sleek Android TV is a picture-quality powerhouse video - CNET  

The XBR-X900F isn't the best choice for bargain hunters, but if you pay up you'll be rewarded with a great picture and impressive style.

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2018-05-20 03:55:59



Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 is ready to help you create some content video - CNET  

One of the first PCs to use the new hybrid chip from Intel and AMD, this 2-in-1 has a lot to offer for creative pros with money to spend.

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2018-05-20 03:46:57



Prime Members Can Save Big On Amazon's New Activewear Lines, Today Only  

Amazon makes activewear now, and they really want you to give it a try with today's sale.Read more...

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2018-05-20 03:46:11



I saw the Red Hydrogen One phone with my own eyes - CNET  

No notch -- just holograms. Kinda.

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2018-05-20 03:37:37



Nokia 8 Sirocco review - CNET  

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the best Nokia Android phone yet, but not exciting enough to justify the cost.

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2018-05-20 03:14:23



The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is the best motorcycle show you've never been to - Roadshow  

A trip up the California coast in a Honda CR-V to experience the bike show that celebrates all facets of two-wheeled motoring.

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2018-05-20 02:58:37



This portable iPhone charger can also wirelessly charge your Apple Watch  

Unless you want to slap a big, bulky battery case onto the back of your iPhone, you obviously need to carry a portable charger with you in your bag. Modern iPhones have pretty good battery life, but there are always days when your usage is extra heavy and you need to refuel or risk having your phone die on you. If you’re going to carry a portable battery with you anyway to top up your iPhone, why not kill two birds with one stone? The UGREEN Wireless Charger Battery Pack for Apple Watch an

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2018-05-20 02:46:32



A simple solution to end the encryption debate  

David Gurle Contributor Share on Twitter David Gurle is the founder and chief executive of Symphony Comunication. Bill Harrington Contributor Bill Harrington is a former federal prosecutor and a partner at the law firm Goodwin Procter. Criminals and terrorists, like millions of others, rely on smartphone encryption to protect the information on their mobile devices. […]

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2018-05-20 02:10:33



Repo Men Scan Billions of License Plates -- For the Government  

The Washington Post notes the billions of license plate scans coming from modern repo men "able to use big data to find targets" -- including one who drives "a beat-up Ford Crown Victoria sedan." It had four small cameras mounted on the trunk and a laptop bolted to the dash. The high-speed cameras captured every passing license plate. The computer contained a growing list of hundreds of thousands of vehicles with seriously late loans. The system could spot a repossession in an instant. Even be

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2018-05-20 01:34:00



Deadpool 2 kills all expectations, if you ignore the first half - CNET  

Spoiler-free review: Deadpool 2 takes too long to get to its best meta jokes and gleeful violence, but once it does, it proves to be a worthy sequel.

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2018-05-20 01:24:56



Missed the royal wedding? Relive it in seconds - CNET  

Scan these GIFs for a super quick recap of the day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became husband and wife in Windsor, England.

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2018-05-20 01:10:13



We're all just sitting at the altar of Elon Musk's crazy genius - CNET  

The billionaire entrepreneur's LA Loop spectacle left me dazzled and confused.

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2018-05-20 01:09:30



Ask Slashdot: Could Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics Ensure Safe AI?  

"If science-fiction has already explored the issue of humans and intelligent robots or AI co-existing in various ways, isn't there a lot to be learned...?" asks Slashdot reader OpenSourceAllTheWay. There is much screaming lately about possible dangers to humanity posed by AI that gets smarter and smarter and more capable and might -- at some point -- even decide that humans are a problem for the planet. But some seminal science-fiction works mulled such scenarios long before even 8-bit home c

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2018-05-19 23:34:00



First Government Office in the US To Accept Bitcoin As Payment  

Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes the Orlando Sentinel: If cash, check or credit card seems too old-fashioned, Seminole County, Florida Tax Collector Joel Greenberg said this week his office will begin accepting bitcoin as payment for new IDs, license plates and property taxes starting next month. Greenberg said accepting bitcoin and bitcoin cash as a payment method will promote transparency and accuracy in payment. "There's no risk to the taxpayer," said Greenberg, who has often raise

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2018-05-19 22:34:00



IBM Warns Quantum Computing Will Break Encryption  

Long-time Slashdot reader CrtxReavr shares a report from ZDNet: Quantum computers will be able to instantly break the encryption of sensitive data protected by today's strongest security, warns the head of IBM Research. This could happen in a little more than five years because of advances in quantum computer technologies. "Anyone that wants to make sure that their data is protected for longer than 10 years should move to alternate forms of encryption now," said Arvind Krishna, director of IBM

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2018-05-19 21:34:00



40 Cellphone-Tracking Devices Discovered Throughout Washington  

The investigative news "I-Team" of a local TV station in Washington D.C. drove around with "a leading mobile security expert" -- and discovered dozens of StingRay devices mimicking cellphone towers to track phone and intercept calls in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The I-Team found them in high-profile areas like outside the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue and while driving across the 14th Street bridge into Crystal C

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2018-05-19 20:34:00



Phoebe Waller-Bridge Didn't Know What a Droid Was When She Auditioned to Play One in Solo  

Every science fiction franchise has its own jargon. If you're not heavily involved in that world, you can forget how weird that jargon might sound to outsiders. Case in point: "droid."Read more...

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2018-05-19 19:44:58



Anti-GMO Activists Slow Scientists Breeding a CO2-Reducing Superplant  

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists calls it "a plant that could save civilization, if we let it." Slashdot reader meckdevil writes: A "super chickpea plant" now in development could remove huge amounts of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide and fix it in the soil, greatly diminishing the impacts of climate change (not to mention producing large amounts of tasty hummus). But fear of anti-GMO activists has so far deterred her from using the CRISPR gene-editing tool to speed work on the plant. The

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2018-05-19 19:34:00



This Fan Trailer is a Beautiful Ode to the Haunted Beauty of Watership Down  

A story of anthropomorphized rabbits is one of the most beloved and memorable animated films in the history of the medium. This fan trailer, using footage from Watership Down and its followup The Plague Dogs, is a fantastic and emotional ode to the classic. Read more...

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2018-05-19 19:33:03



Should The Media Cover Tesla Accidents?  

Long-time Slashdot reader rufey writes: Last weekend a Tesla vehicle was involved in a crash near Salt Lake City Utah while its Autopilot feature was enabled. The Tesla, a Model S, crashed into the rear end of a fire department utility truck, which was stopped at a red light, at an estimated speed of 60 MPH. "The car appeared not to brake before impact, police said. The driver, whom police have not named, was taken to a hospital with a broken foot," according to the Associated Press. "The drive

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2018-05-19 18:34:00



Astronomers Discovered the Fastest-Growing Black Hole Ever Seen  

Long-time Slashdot reader Yhcrana shares "some good old fashioned astronomy news." Astronomers have discovered "a black hole 20 billion times the mass of the sun eating the equivalent of a star every two days," reports the New York Times. The black hole is growing so rapidly, said Christian Wolf, of the Australian National University, who led the team that found it in the depths of time, "that it is probably 10,000 times brighter than the galaxy it lives in." So bright, that it is dazzling ou

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2018-05-19 17:34:00



Preakness Stakes 2018: How to watch, stream live - CNET  

The race happens tonight in Baltimore.

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2018-05-19 17:33:16



Rebuilding the PDP-11/70 with a Raspberry Pi  

"You could look at this as a smallish PDP-11/70, built with modern parts," Oscar Vermeulen writes on his site. "Or alternatively, and equally valid, as a fancy front panel case for a Raspberry Pi." Long-time Slashdot reader cptnapalm writes: Oscar Vermeulen's PiDP-11 front panel, modeling a PDP-11/70 in all its colorful glory, has been released to beta testers. This is Mr. Vermeulen's second DEC front panel; his PiDP-8 was released a few years ago. The PiDP-11 panel is designed to work with

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2018-05-19 16:34:00



'I Asked Apple for All My Data. Here's What Was Sent Back'  

"I asked Apple to give me all the data it's collected on me since I first became a customer in 2010," writes the security editor for ZDNet, "with the purchase of my first iPhone." That was nearly a decade ago. As most tech companies have grown in size, they began collecting more and more data on users and customers -- even on non-users and non-customers... Apple took a little over a week to send me all the data it's collected on me, amounting to almost two dozen Excel spreadsheets at just 5MB i

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2018-05-19 15:34:00



Samsung owes Apple $1B -- or maybe just $28M. OK, jury, what'll it be? - CNET  

Either way, design patents are looking like a hot commodity in Silicon Valley as the jury starts deliberating.

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2018-05-19 15:10:44



Chemical Plant Explosion Near Houston Injures At Least 20  

Nearly two dozen people were injured in an explosion and resulting fire that occurred at a chemical plant near Houston, Texas Saturday morning, according to KHOU-TV. Read more...

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2018-05-19 14:56:48



VW's five new aftermarket concepts aim for enthusiasts' hearts - Roadshow  

Whether a wrapped Golf R or a lowered Arteon R-Line is your style, VW has something for you.

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2018-05-19 14:36:59



Can This New Treatment Stop the Common Cold?  

"Researchers may have identified a compound that can stop some of the most common cold viruses, the rhinovirus, in its tracks, according to a new report published in the journal Nature." An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The scientists' work is early-stage. But the mechanism it uses to tackle colds is striking. Developed at the Imperial College London, the molecule targets a protein in human cells that cold viruses use in order to replicate and conquer. By targeting this specific pathway, the

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2018-05-19 14:34:00



Save $50 on the device that lets you control your sprinklers with your smartphone or Alexa  

Spring has officially sprung! The weather has been beautiful lately in most parts of the country, but it sort of snuck up on us this year. This is especially true in the Northeast, where it went from snowing one day to sunny and 80° the next. If you were caught off guard, you've surely gotten up to speed by now. For many households, that means your water bill has skyrocketed. If you're looking for a way to cut down on water costs and still keep your lawn and foliage green and healthy, grab a

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2018-05-19 14:20:45






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