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Don't Keep Cellphones Next To Your Body, California Health Department Warns  

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. They are asking people to decrease their use of these devices and suggest keeping your distance when possible. TechCrunch reports: The warning comes after findings were offered up this week from a 2009 department document, which was published after an order from the Sacramento Superior Court. A year ago, UC Berkeley professor Joel Moskowitz initiated a lawsuit to get the depar

2017-12-16 10:00:00
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Chrome 64 Beta Adds Sitewide Audio Muting, Pop-Up Blocker, Windows 10 HDR Video  

Chrome 64 is now in beta and it has several new features over version 63. In addition to a stronger pop-up blocker and support for HDR video playback when Windows 10 is in HDR mode, Chrome 64 features sitewide audio muting to block sound when navigating to other pages within a site. 9to5Google reports: An improved pop-up blocker in Chrome 64 prevents sites with abusive experiences -- like disguising links as play buttons and site controls, or transparent overlays -- from opening new tabs or wind

2017-12-16 07:00:00
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Uber accused of espionage, bribery and hacking by former employee  

 The $1.86 billion legal battle between ride-hailing giant Uber and Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo reached a pivotal moment today as the judge in the case released a damning letter based on the account of a former Uber employee. The letter alleges that a special division within Uber was responsible for acts of corporate espionage, the theft of trade secrets, the bribery of foreign… Read More

2017-12-16 04:46:27
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Crunch Report | Go-Jek Buys Three Startups  

Go-Jek buys three startups, the California Department of Public Health warns against being on your phone for too long and AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

2017-12-16 04:00:30
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Buy an Xbox One X and get 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' for free  

Just a few short days after PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) launched on Xbox One, Microsoft has found a way to use it to incentivize consumers to buy an Xbox One X. On Friday, Microsoft announced on the Xbox Wire that anyone who buys an Xbox One X between December 17th and December 31st will receive a free copy of PUBG with their purchase. If you were planning on picking up an Xbox One X anyway, this is just the cherry on top. For those of you who somehow missed out on the phenomenon when...

2017-12-16 03:32:01
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The Science That's Never Been Cited  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: One widely repeated estimate, reported in a controversial article in Science in 1990, suggests that more than half of all academic articles remain uncited five years after their publication. Scientists genuinely fret about this issue, says Jevin West, an information scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle who studies large-scale patterns in research literature. After all, citations are widely recognized as a standard measure of academ

2017-12-16 03:30:00
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New Evidence Could Blow Open the Uber/Waymo Self-Driving Lawsuit  

The Jacobs letter, a potentially key piece of evidence in the trade secrets lawsuit between Waymo and Uber, was made public—and boy do we have questions.

2017-12-16 02:54:21
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Google Maps will now tell you when to get off your bus or train  

Google Maps has long offered public transit info, helping you to find the correct bus or train to get where you want to go. Today Google announced that it's making that feature even better. Google Maps on Android will now tell you when to transfer to get off your bus or train. The app uses info like departure times and ETAs and can give you a notification when it's time to move. You can also track your progress while you're riding, just like in driving, walking, or biking directio

2017-12-16 02:10:38
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Stephen Colbert has the only net neutrality explainer you need to watch  

Unless you were living under a rock yesterday, you probably heard that the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn the net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama-era administration, giving internet service providers much wider scope to screw you over. Every vaguely tech-related publication got its dig in yesterday, but the day was perfectly capped by the current darling of the late-night circuit, Stephen Colbert. He put together a six-minute explainer on what happened, and

2017-12-16 02:01:06
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What to play this weekend: Okami HD, PUBG and Oddworld - CNET  

Plus, discounts on almost every Star Wars PC game ever made.

2017-12-16 01:59:02
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Waymo v. Uber: Letter exposes depths of alleged espionage - CNET  

Even though it's filled with redactions, the "Jacobs letter" still gives a glimpse into allegations of Uber's "illegal intelligence gathering."

2017-12-16 01:16:26
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Google shutting down Tango augmented reality platform  

Project Tango began life in early 2014 as a Google ATAP experiment aimed at helping developers to use augmented reality and create experiences like 3D scanning, indoor navigation, and immersive gaming. The effort had its ups and downs, and now it's coming to a close. Google today said that it's ending support for Tango on March 1, 2018. The reason for the decision is ARCore, Google's latest augmented reality effort. Google recently used ARCore to offer augmented reality stickers t

2017-12-16 01:14:12
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Celebrity hologram startup 8i to lay off half its staff  

 8i, the New Zealand and Los Angeles-based augmented reality startup bringing celebrity personalities into immersive experiences, is laying off about half of its 70-person staff, according to a report in Variety and confirmed by the company. “Although we’ve made significant progress, we are continuously challenging our assumptions about where the AR/VR market is headed and how it… Read More

2017-12-16 01:11:34
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Wirelessly charge 3 devices at the same time with one $38 charging pad  

Apple’s upcoming AirPower wireless charging pad looks pretty terrific because it can charge three devices at once. Significantly less terrific, however, is the rumored $200 price tag. If you’re a big-time Apple fan and have pretty much everything the company makes, we’re sure you’ll happily add AirPower to your arsenal. But if you’d rather save $160, the Kaci QI Wireless Charger with 3 Wireless Charging Ports can also charge three devices at a time. Actually, it can

2017-12-16 01:00:51
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Mozilla Slipped a 'Mr. Robot'-Promo Plugin Into Firefox and Users Are Pissed  

MarcAuslander shares a report from Gizmodo: Mozilla sneaked a browser plugin that promotes Mr. Robot into Firefox -- and managed to piss off a bunch of its privacy-conscious users in the process. The extension, called Looking Glass, is intended to promote an augmented reality game to "further your immersion into the Mr. Robot universe," according to Mozilla. It was automatically added to Firefox users' browsers this week with no explanation except the cryptic message, "MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERE

2017-12-16 00:45:00
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MIT just created living plants that glow like a lamp, and could grow glowing trees to replace streetlights  

The modern world has been reinventing our relationship with energy for some time now. Cars are turning away from fossil fuels and relying ever more on electricity to make them go, while wind and solar power are slowly but surely helping to reduce our reliance on dirty energy. But what if we could actually reduce our reliance on electricity, too? A team of scientists at MIT have been working on something that might make that possible, and it's like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Imagi

2017-12-16 00:36:23
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Feds look to cash in seized bitcoins at record prices  

 Federal prosecutors are looking to unload 513 bitcoins seized as part of a drug case in Salt Lake City. Worth about $500,000 when they were seized, their worth has now ballooned to over $8.5 million — and there’s no way the feds are letting that get away. Read More

2017-12-16 00:30:37
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'Pokemon Go' introduces the first Generation 3 Legendary Pokemon  

Now that the floodgates have opened and the Generation 3 Pokemon have begun to appear in Pokemon Go, it was only a matter of time before the first Legendary Pokemon from the Hoenn region made its way to the game. On Friday, Niantic announced that Groudon -- the Ground-type Pokemon found on the cover of Pokemon Ruby -- is now appearing in Raid Battles around the world. The addition of Groudon comes just hours after another Legendary creature, Ho-oh, took its leave following a two-week stay in th

2017-12-16 00:12:42
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How the FCC's repeal of net neutrality could affect Apple  

This week, the Federal Communications Commission rolled back net neutrality rules, sparking a firestorm of debate and speculation over the future of the internet in the U.S. But Apple, who supports net neutrality, finds itself in a unique position in the discussion: It is one of the few companies that has actually been affected by the kind of restrictive internet provider practices that net neutrality aimed to prevent.

2017-12-16 00:09:51
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Google Is Shutting Down Project Tango  

Google announced that it is ending support for Project Tango, the company's first attempt to bring a solid augmented-reality experience to the average user. The project used an array of cameras and sensors to accurately map 3D areas, causing the devices support Tango to be relatively large and expensive. Android Police reports: The first Tango device put into production was the "Peanut" phone, which was given to early access partners in 2014. Then came the "Yellowstone" 7-inch tablet, which was

2017-12-16 00:03:00
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This week on AI: iMac Pro launch, Apple buys Shazam, FCC repeals net neutrality & more  

Somehow news accelerated this week, even with the impending Christmas holiday -- the biggest stories being the launch of the iMac Pro, and Apple's takeover of song recognition service Shazam.

2017-12-16 00:02:03
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California Warns People to Limit Exposure to Cellphones   

Since the earliest days of mobile phones, a small but steady contingent of environmental activists, conspiracy-inclined folks, and some scientists have warned about the hidden damage they could be causing to our bodies, due to the radio frequency energy cellphones use to communicate with cell towers. They fear that…Read more...

2017-12-15 23:40:00
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Former Employee Accused Uber of Hacking and Surveillance  

In a damning letter released today, a former Uber employee, Richard Jacobs, claims that the company engaged in several illegal practices, including hacking, trade secret theft, and surveillance—all in an effort to emerge at the top of the competitive ride-hailing market.Read more...

2017-12-15 23:33:00
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Chrome will finally let you mute autoplaying videos  

Autoplay videos are the new pop-ups of the internet: ugly, irritating, and completely useless for selling things. But that hasn't stopped them from popping up on websites big and small. Although there's a few tricks you can try and use to disable auto-playing videos, it's a complicated game of cat-and-mouse, and disabling the wrong thing can completely break a website you actually wanted to use. So, the easiest way to fix auto-play is normally to just mute the video or the whole tab in Chrome,

2017-12-15 23:32:37
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Facebook Admits that Some Social Media Use Can Be Harmful  

In a new installment of its "Hard Questions" series, Facebook acknowledged on Friday that social media can have negative effects on people, depending on how they use it. From a report: This might be the first public acknowledgment from the company that its product -- and category in general -- can have detrimental effects on people. Facebook is also addressing the topic shortly after two former executives publicly criticized the company for what they described as exploiting human psychology. Pas

2017-12-15 23:20:00
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Google kills its Tango augmented reality platform, shifting focus to ARCore  

 Google announced today that it’s shutting down its high-end smartphone augmented reality platform, Tango, in order to focus on the more mass market ARCore product. The company had already confirmed this much to us when they announced ARCore in August, but now we have an official timeline for Tango’s demise. Read More

2017-12-15 23:18:49
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Autonomous drone lives in a shed, down on the farm   

Drones can be of great use to farmers, for doing aerial inspections of their crops. The fact is, though, flying the things back and forth over the fields can be both tricky and time-consuming. That's why Boston-based American Robotics created the Scout. It does everything autonomously, so users can reportedly just set it and forget it for an entire season... Continue Reading Autonomous drone lives in a shed, down on the farm Category: Drones Tags: Agriculture

2017-12-15 23:02:49
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Biggest Quark Spotted in Whole New Way  

Imagine you are baking a cake. You use the same ingredients that you always use, and boom, cake. But now, imagine your surprise when you discover you can make the exact same cake—an identical cake—but with a whole new set of ingredients.Read more...

2017-12-15 23:00:00
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It looks like `Oumuamua is just a big rock after all   

The SETI initiative Breakthrough Listen has announced that preliminary observations of the first known interstellar asteroid show no sign that the 400 m (1,300 ft)-long object is anything other than natural. No directed or broadcast radio transmissions have been detected from `Oumuamua (A/2017 U1), but observations and analysis continue... Continue Reading It looks like `Oumuamua is just a big rock after all Category: Space Tags: Asteroid SETI

2017-12-15 22:53:23
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Save $50 on the kit you need if you want Amazon to make deliveries inside your front door  

Amazon Key is a little scary when you first learn about it. You definitely have to pause for a few beats to realize that it's actually completely safe... and brilliant. With Amazon Key, orders from Amazon's site aren't just delivered to your home, they're delivered inside your home. Using a special smart lock, Amazon's delivery people are able to unlock your front door to place packages inside your home. Meanwhile, a web-connected home security camera lets you watch live and records the whole th

2017-12-15 22:47:10
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Coinbase Wants Wall Street To Resolve Its Bitcoin Trust Issues   

In an effort to use digital money to reinvent finance, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is trying to legitimize itself by convincing big money managers to trust it enough to trade on its exchange. They need to "reassure regulators that bitcoin isn't a silk road for hackers, money launderers and tax evaders," reports Bloomberg. From the report: Despite the table tennis, Coinbase shows glimmers of maturity. More than 10 million customers have used the company since it began, though it recently qui

2017-12-15 22:40:00
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Roku Streaming Stick 2017 review - CNET  

The Roku Streaming Stick is an excellent choice if you couldn't care less about 4K and want to declutter your coffee table of remotes.

2017-12-15 22:26:09
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Google Tango is Dead, Long Live ARCore  

After months spent in limbo and not a single new compatible device, Google is finally shutting its Tango augmented reality platform down for good, effective March 1st, 2018. Read more...

2017-12-15 22:24:00
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How automatic emergency braking helps save lives - Roadshow  

Yes, autobraking tech does what it says on the tin: It automatically brakes to help prevent a crash. But there's more to it than that. Roadshow explains.

2017-12-15 22:22:45
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Security robot loses its job after vandalism, threats - CNET  

A San Francisco animal shelter fires a Knightscope security robot after a fracas over its role with nearby homeless.

2017-12-15 22:18:21
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Pay Tribute To The Geekiest Moms You Know With This Gift Guide  

What would the holidays be without celebrating with your favorite geeky mom? But what do you give a geeky mom who has to juggle so much: kids, work, family time, raiding in WoW? […] The post Pay Tribute To The Geekiest Moms You Know With This Gift Guide appeared first on Geek.com.

2017-12-15 22:15:58
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Sitpack collapsible stool takes the load off wherever you wander   

Ever desperately need to sit, but couldn't find a proper seat anywhere? Maybe every seat in the room was occupied or you were outside and there wasn't a seat, stump or large rock - nothing. Whatever the situation, you were left standing there sore-legged and achy-backed. Never again, with the new Sitpack Zen. This ultra-portable, carbon-and-aluminum stool carries in a backpack or on your shoulder and ensures you always have a place to take the load right off... Continue Reading Si...

2017-12-15 22:13:28
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Researchers thought this furry little marsupial was extinct for 100 years, until it came to find them  

It's obviously not often than scientists get good new regarding regionally extinct creatures. Once an animal has been seemingly wiped from its natural home, the window of opportunity for saving it in its natural habitat has pretty much gone out the window. Now, one tiny marsupial in Australia is bucking that trend, remerging after a century of being presumed extinct, and it was found by scientists who weren't even really looking for it. The crest-tailed Mulgara is a pint-sized, rat-like carnivo

2017-12-15 22:10:37
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An Anonymous Bitcoin Millionaire Is Donating Their Fortune to Charities and It Seems Legit  

'Tis the season for giving, and one Bitcoin investor claims to be giving away the majority of their cryptocurrency holdings after experiencing an incredible year. The unnamed donor has set up a fund to hand out $86 million worth of Bitcoin to various charities, and they've already started listing the donations and…Read more...

2017-12-15 22:10:00
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ISPs Won't Promise To Treat All Traffic Equally After Net Neutrality  

An anonymous reader writes: The FCC voted to put an end to net neutrality, giving internet providers free rein to deliver service at their own discretion. There's really only one condition here: internet providers will have to disclose their policies regarding "network management practices, performance, and commercial terms." So if ISPs want to block websites, throttle your connection, or charge certain websites more, they'll have to admit it. We're still too far out to know exactly what disclos

2017-12-15 22:00:00
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Samsung and LG will show off new phones at CES, report says - CNET  

The company's budget Galaxy A8 and A8+ for 2018 are said to be preparing an appearance in Las Vegas in January.

2017-12-15 21:48:58
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Samsung Galaxy S9 may be announced in February, launch in March  

One day after we got what may be our first glimpse at the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, a new report has surfaced with some info on when we may get to meet the new phones officially. Samsung is planning on announcing the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in February. That's according to sources speaking to Bloomberg, who went on to say that a launch for the phones may happen in March. As with most leaks regarding unannounced devices, today's report says that Samsung's plans for the Galaxy S9 a

2017-12-15 21:48:21
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Ford finds the future of driving in Detroit - Roadshow  

Ford is setting its EV and autonomous vehicle teams up in Detroit's hippest neighborhood.

2017-12-15 21:41:20
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Weekend Apple Deals: iMacs from $949 ($400-$550 off); MacBook Pros as low as $1,169 (up to $1,000 off); plus 0% financing offers  

As we head into the last week before Christmas, Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on iMacs and MacBook Pros by up to $1,000, as well as tacking on special offers, such as free Office 365 or no interest financing for 6 to 12 months. Many deals end soon with limited quantities available.

2017-12-15 21:38:05
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Reflective glass goes clear – just add methyl salicylate   

Imagine if your car's windshield glass could turn from being clear to reflective, when the car was parked in the hot sun. Or perhaps if there were rooftop panels that reflected unwanted solar heat in the summer, but turned clear to let it in, in the winter. Well, such things may soon be possible, thanks to a new liquid-activated "smart glass" being developed at the University of Delaware... Continue Reading Reflective glass goes clear - just add methyl salicylate Category: Scie...

2017-12-15 21:36:27
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This Revolting Poster Could Increase Teen Smoking Risk, If Teens Are to Be Believed  

Can you trust science based on teenage subjects? Let me ask you a different question: Can you trust teenagers not to prank scientists?Read more...

2017-12-15 21:35:00
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Broadband business Casa Systems up 11% following downsized IPO  

 Casa Systems had a tough time pulling off its IPO this week. The broadband solutions company wanted to debut Thursday, but pushed its launch back to Friday, likely because of weak initial demand. Casa had planned to sell 8.4 million shares, but reduced it to 6 million following the investor roadshow. The IPO priced at $13 per share, but bounced up almost 11 percent, closing the day at $14.40. Read More

2017-12-15 21:34:43
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Gadget Lab Podcast: Our Favorite Gadgets From 2017  

The editors of WIRED discuss some of their favorite products, and spot a few trends along the way.

2017-12-15 21:34:00
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How to check if your identity was stolen to help kill net neutrality  

Yesterday, in a stunning (but inevitable) defeat for proponents of the open internet, the FCC voted 3-2 to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules that stopped internet providers from favoring certain apps and services while slowing down or even blocking others. This isn't the end, as multiple state attorneys general announced that they would sue the FCC to restore the regulations shortly after the vote, but the wheels are officially in motion. But whether you support net neutrality, oppose i

2017-12-15 21:32:31
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Cities do want to rethink regulations and avoid tech clashes, and here's some proof  

 In Jakarta, Indonesia, only 50 percent of the population has access to the piped sewerage system. More than 500,000 residents practice open defecation, and more than one million people discharge wastewater directly into the river, resulting in deteriorated groundwater quality and putting residents at risk to waterborne diseases. The better news: The city has a master plan to improve the… Read More

2017-12-15 21:30:50
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Net Neutrality Just Got Gut-Punched  

The FCC has voted to kill net neutrality. The decision came after months of fierce debate, and, perhaps more importantly, fraud. Many thousands of comments had been left on the FCC site by […] The post Net Neutrality Just Got Gut-Punched appeared first on Geek.com.

2017-12-15 21:30:15
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Google Maps now will tell you it's time to get off the bus - CNET  

On Android, Google's navigation service offers more of a helping hand when you're using public transit.

2017-12-15 21:27:19
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ZF's concept steering wheel integrates gesture control - Roadshow  

The German firm sees a future where touchscreens and capacitive sensors bring further functionality to your steering wheel.

2017-12-15 21:23:32
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Being A Facebook Wallflower Isn't Good For You, The Social Site Says  

That's why everyone has to start posting, the company argues in a blog post.

2017-12-15 21:20:03
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NVIDIA Titan V Benchmarks Show Volta GPU Compute, Mining and Gaming Strength  

MojoKid shares a report from Hot Hardware: Although NVIDIA officially unveiled its Volta-based GV100 GPU a few months ago, the NVIDIA TITAN V featuring the GV100 began shipping just this past week. The card targets a very specific audience and is designed for professional and academic deep learning applications, which partly explains its lofty $3,000 price tag. Unlike NVIDIA's previous-gen consumer flagship, the TITAN Xp, the TITAN V is not designed for gamers. However, since it features NVIDIA'

2017-12-15 21:20:00
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Why the Law Doesn't (and Sometimes Shouldn't) Protect Us From the Algorithms That Rule Our Lives  

Most people are aware that algorithms control what you see on Facebook or Google, but automated decision-making is increasingly being used to determine real-life outcomes as well, influencing everything from how fire departments prevent fires to how police departments prevent crime. Given how much these (often…Read more...

2017-12-15 21:05:00
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The iPhone X isn't selling as well as everyone hoped, one expert claims  

In the first nine months of the year before the iPhone X's launch, analysts worked themselves into a tizzy debating whether or not the iPhone X would be a home run. The general consensus has always been that the iPhone X would be a success; the question is just how many Apple would sell. Early on, analysts coined the idea of a "super-cycle" of updates, which would be driven by the iPhone X's innovative features, plus the fact that many users didn't see a need to upgrade to the iPhone 7. There w

2017-12-15 20:56:23
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MobileCoin: A New Cryptocurrency From Signal Creator Moxie Marlinspike  

MobileCoin aims to make cryptocurrency transactions quick and easy for everyone, while still preserving privacy and decentralization.

2017-12-15 20:53:57
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Ketamine Relieved Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours in Hospital Study  

When it comes to preventing suicide, true breakthroughs are hard to come by. The overall rate of suicide in the U.S. has increased since the turn of the millennium, reaching a 30-year-high in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although there are many drugs and therapy approaches…Read more...

2017-12-15 20:50:00
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Pi Case for OtterBox uniVERSE Connects Your iPhone to a Raspberry Pi and More  

Want to use a Raspberry Pi with your iPhone? Well, you're in luck. OtterBox pre-engineered a Raspberry Pi case just for that. The OtterBox uniVERSE smartphone case system not only protects your iPhone from drops, […] The post Pi Case for OtterBox uniVERSE Connects Your iPhone to a Raspberry Pi and More appeared first on Geek.com.

2017-12-15 20:45:16
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Norway Becomes First Country To Switch Off FM Radio  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Local Norway: Norway on Wednesday completed its transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network despite some grumblings. As scheduled, the country's most northern regions and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the late morning, said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norway's public and commercial radio. The transition,

2017-12-15 20:40:00
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Microsoft giving away PUBG game to lure you to buy Xbox One X - CNET  

More than a million people are playing the viral gaming hit PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the game console, and a promotion could attract more.

2017-12-15 20:34:06
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Geek Deals Roundup: Black Friday XPS and Inspiron PC Pricing Returns, Free Bear with $100 Amazon Gift Card, and more  

Need to get your holiday shopping done on the double without going over budget? Online retailers are still offering up some of the best prices on everything from gaming consoles to tablets to […] The post Geek Deals Roundup: Black Friday XPS and Inspiron PC Pricing Returns, Free Bear with $100 Amazon Gift Card, and more appeared first on Geek.com.

2017-12-15 20:30:15
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Mozilla's Mr. Robot promo backfires after it installs a Firefox extension without permission  

 If you’re a Firefox user, you may have noticed a weird new extension that suddenly showed up in your browser this week. The extension is called “Looking Glass 1.0.3” and this is its description: MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT FROM YOURS. Now that sounds ominous. It’s really not, though. Read More

2017-12-15 20:28:07
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The 10 Best Deals of December 15, 2017  

A friendly reminder that we only have 10 days left until Christmas, so your gift-buying days are down to the single digits when you account for shipping time. We see a lot of great deals every day, but these were our 10 favorites from Friday.Read more...

2017-12-15 20:21:00
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Google Flights gets a major upgrade right before the holiday season  

You're playing with fire if you still haven't booked a flight for Christmas or New Years yet, but in its latest incarnation, Google Flights will help make sure that you get the cheapest price possible. On Thursday, Google announced that its Flights tool will now display tips under search results that will tell users how much cheaper or more expensive a flight is on the dates they've selected than the historical price for that flight has been in past years. So if you search for a trip from Los An

2017-12-15 20:18:13
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Using smartphone photos as fingerprints could help fight identity theft   

Sorry, but your smartphone's camera isn't perfect. Its image sensor contains microscopic manufacturing flaws, which show up in its photos as tiny imperfections known as photo-response non-uniformity (PRNU). Because each phone has its own unique PRNU pattern, scientists from the University at Buffalo have proposed that it could be used as a form of personal identification... Continue Reading Using smartphone photos as fingerprints could help fight identity theft Category: Good Thi

2017-12-15 20:13:04
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Sam Altman Is an Idiot  

It's not news that Sam Altman likes to say controversial things. The 32-year-old president of the very successful startup incubator Y Combinator attracted disdain for supporting Peter Thiel even after the billionaire's donations to Donald Trump's presidential campaign won widespread criticism. Now, Altman is pitching…Read more...

2017-12-15 20:10:00
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Don't keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns  

 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. Yes, the thing we are all addicted to and can’t seem to put down is leaking electromagnetic radiation and now California has some guidance to safeguard the public. Read More

2017-12-15 20:07:05
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Apple picks up a new space drama from the creator of 'Battlestar Galactica'  

 What the frak is this? According to a report from Deadline, Apple may have actually gotten its hand on a good show – a new space drama from “Battlestar Galactica” creator, Ronald D. Moore – to aid in its ambitions in building out its original video content. The still untitled series comes from Sony Pictures Television and Moore’s Tall Ship Productions, and has… Read More

2017-12-15 20:05:18
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Canadian Cellphone Bills Are Some of the Highest In the World, Says Report  

Freshly Exhumed shares a report from Straight: A report released this week by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) confirms that Canada ranks among the top three most costly countries for mobile wireless plans. Comparing the U.K, Italy, France, Australia, Japan, and the U.S. on six tiers of pricing -- which looked at talk-time, texts, and data -- the document shows that Canada has the most expensive mid-range and higher-tier plans in the world. "It is unacceptable

2017-12-15 20:03:00
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MovieBob Reviews: FERDINAND (2017)  

Is Ferdinand any good? It’s fine. What’s it about? A feature-length animated adaptation of “The Story of Ferdinand,” which you may have read as a kid or seen as a short-subject from Disney […] The post MovieBob Reviews: FERDINAND (2017) appeared first on Geek.com.

2017-12-15 20:00:05
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Erik Huggers is stepping down as CEO of Vevo  

 Vevo, the music video service backed by major record labels, just announced that its CEO Erik Huggers is departing. Huggers previously worked at the BBC, at Verizon (which owns TechCrunch) and elsewhere. He joined Vevo in 2015. Under his leadership, Vevo was working to become less reliant on YouTube (which was its major syndication partner) by developing more apps and products like the… Read More

2017-12-15 19:58:33
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BlackBerry Priv will no longer receive monthly updates  

Heads up, BlackBerry Priv owners, because a major announcement regarding your device has been made. BlackBerry has announced that it will no longer offer monthly updates for the BlackBerry Priv. When the Priv was first announced, BlackBerry committed to two years of monthly updates for the device. Now that those two years are up, BlackBerry is ceasing the monthly updates. BlackBerry does say that it'll continue to fulfill any warranty obligations for the Priv and that it'll also offer

2017-12-15 19:47:34
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Galaxy S9 could touch down late February, which makes sense - CNET  

Samsung is rumored to unveil its next big phone in Barcelona.

2017-12-15 19:46:08
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Conquering Alaska, slowly, in a Chevrolet Cruze video - Roadshow  

Road Rally is a motorsport like no other. Speed is not the aim. Precision timing and expert vigilance are needed to win. We tried our hand at the most frustrating of motorsports in Alaska with a Chevrolet Cruze.

2017-12-15 19:42:11
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Finnish autonomous car goes for a leisurely cruise in the driving snow  

 It’s one thing for an autonomous car to strut its stuff on a smooth, warm California tarmac, and quite another to do so on the frozen winter mix of northern Finland. Martti, a self-driving vehicle system homegrown in Finland, demonstrated just this in a record-setting drive along a treacherous (to normal drivers) Laplandish road. Read More

2017-12-15 19:28:29
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Epic Mars portrait turns the planet on its head - CNET  

Take a fresh look at Mars with a European Space Agency image that brings the planet into rare focus.

2017-12-15 19:21:17
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Lock Out: the Austrian Hotel That Was Hacked Four Times  

AmiMoJo shares a BBC report: Christoph Brandstatter is managing director of the four-star Seehotel, Jagerwirt, in Austria's Alps. His hotel's electronic door locks and other systems were hacked for ransom four times, between December 2016 and January 2017. "We got a ransomware mail which was hidden in a bill from Telekom Austria." His hotel's door keys became unusable after he clicked on a link to his bill. So was his hard drive. "Actually, as a small business you do not really think that anybod

2017-12-15 19:20:00
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Amazon Prime's video lineup for January 2018 - CNET  

"Reservoir Dogs," "Doctor Who," and "Zodiac" arrive on Amazon's streaming service.

2017-12-15 19:16:51
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5 Comics We Could See From The Disney/Fox Deal  

This week was a massive week for Disney and Fox, for better or worse, we’re now in this together. Disney now owns 20th Century Fox. What does that mean exactly? Well, The Big […] The post 5 Comics We Could See From The Disney/Fox Deal appeared first on Geek.com.

2017-12-15 19:15:23
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What If Star Wars Merchandise Was Sold Like High Fashion?  

A few weeks ago, Columbia Sportswear announced a high-end, limited edition line of jackets based on The Empire Strikes Back. They sold out instantly. But io9 got ahold of one and had a question: What would it look like if this jacket, and all Star Wars merchandise, was sold like it was high fashion?Read more...

2017-12-15 19:04:00
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UPS bets on blockchain as the future of the trillion-dollar shipping industry  

 Freight and logistics in the U.S. alone account for nearly $1.5 trillion annually. As the world’s economies scale up, that number is only expected to increase. The industry, however, is not prepared for growth, as it sits on top of an infrastructure prone to systematic inefficiencies and rampant fraud. However, disruption is coming in the form of blockchain technology. Read More

2017-12-15 19:00:14
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Mozilla Slipped a 'Mr. Robot'-Promo Plugin into Firefox and Users Are Pissed  

Mozilla sneaked a browser plugin that promotes Mr. Robot into Firefox—and managed to piss off a bunch of its privacy-conscious users in the process.Read more...

2017-12-15 19:00:00
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Alexa skills top 25,000 in the U.S. as new launches slow  

 Amazon this week officially launched the first skills for Alexa offering premium content that customers can purchase while using the voice apps – a move the company had announced was in the works back in November. The ability for developers to generate money from their skills comes at an opportune time, as it turns out, given that new data indicates the rate of skill growth is beginning… Read More

2017-12-15 18:55:42
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Feds Moving Quickly To Cash in on Seized Bitcoin, Now Worth $8.4 Million  

A federal judge in Utah has agreed to let the US government sell off a seized cache of over 513 bitcoins (BTC) and 512 Bitcoin Cash (BCH). At current prices, that would yield approximately $8.4 million for the bitcoins and nearly $1 million for the BCH. From a report: In a court filing, prosecutors noted that due to the volatility of the Bitcoin market, both coins risk losing value. Both the BTC and the BCH have already been transferred to government-controlled wallets. The new round of seized d

2017-12-15 18:40:00
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Dog-walking app Wag may be raising a huge round of funding  

 It looks like Wag may get another huge injection of cash following a big financing round earlier this year, according to a report by Recode, and also based on what we are hearing. We had heard a bit ago that Wag was looking to raise around $100 million, which the Recode report also suggests. But it now looks like Softbank is in talks to invest around $300 million in the dog-walking app.… Read More

2017-12-15 18:37:10
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The Indie Game Jam Proves You Don’t Need Massive Teams to Create Amazing Games  

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Indie Game Jam in NYC (sponsored by Schick Hydro). I knew these events consisted of developers creating games in a short amount of time. […] The post The Indie Game Jam Proves You Don’t Need Massive Teams to Create Amazing Games appeared first on Geek.com.

2017-12-15 18:30:03
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Amazon has deep discounts every Star Wars episode before The Last Jedi  

It's here, Star Wars fans, it's finally here! Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally premiered last night, so the wait is over. Reviews from critics were off the charts ahead of the hotly anticipated film's release, but moviegoers' opinions have been mixed. There are definitely more positives than negatives out there, but feelings seem to be quite strong on both sides of the fence. Did you see The Last Jedi yet? What did you think? Wherever your opinion lands on the newest installment in the Star Wars

2017-12-15 18:22:12
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EyeEm's new products aim to understand brand aesthetics  

 EyeEm is unveiling new tools to help the brands and marketers using the site to source their images. Underlying these tools is a technology called EyeEm Vision, which we described in-depth earlier this year. The goal is to expand image recognition so that it’s not just identifying the objects in the photo, but also its aesthetic qualities. EyeEm’s co-founder and chief product… Read More

2017-12-15 18:19:04
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Live-streaming app Spotlite raises $10 million from Sequoia Capital to help singers make money  

 Described to me as “American Idol meets musical.ly,” startup Spotlite recently raised over $10 million from Sequoia Capital and BlueRun Ventures. The plan is to use the funding to build out the product, make key hires, and expand its marketing and advertising efforts. Spotlite is a direct-to-fan music platform for artists who want to make money and have direct access to their… Read More

2017-12-15 18:11:47
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Toyota Gazoo Racing to debut racy Super Sport Concept - Roadshow  

It's bringing a Le Mans race car to the street.

2017-12-15 18:08:30
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Facebook isn't destroying society after all, says former exec - CNET  

Commentary: Chamath Palihapitiya, who suggested that he doesn't let his kids use Facebook, clarifies his views. On Facebook.

2017-12-15 18:03:10
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Today is the day AIM officially dies - CNET  

So long, AOL Instant Messenger. Today is the day the beloved messaging service finally logs off.

2017-12-15 18:02:52
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Alibaba researchers reportedly jailbreak iOS 11.2.1 on iPhone X  

Security researchers at Alibaba's Pandora Labs claims to have jailbroken Apple's recently released iOS 11.2.1 running on iPhone X, proving the latest version of the operating system contains vulnerabilities open to exploit.

2017-12-15 18:00:55
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Must-have travel gadgets video - CNET  

These three gadgets can help save you from the worst travel nightmares.

2017-12-15 18:00:05
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China's Top Phone Makers Huawei and Xiaomi In Talks With Carriers To Expand To US Market  

From a report: Huawei and Xiaomi are in talks with U.S. wireless operators about selling flagship smartphones to American consumers as soon as next year, according to people familiar with the matter. The handset makers are negotiating with carriers including AT&T and Verizon, said the people, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. Talks are still fluid and it's possible no agreements will materialize, they said. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

2017-12-15 18:00:00
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9 paid iPhone apps that are free downloads today  

Yesterday's post covering the day's best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a great one, and there are still a few freebies left if you hurry. We've got another terrific roundup for you today though, and it includes something for everyone. Check out all the apps below while they're still free! This post covers paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. BGR is not affiliated with any developers. There is no way to tell how

2017-12-15 17:57:32
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Norway becomes the first country to end nationwide FM radio - CNET  

This week the Scandinavian country completed the transition from analog to digital radio, becoming the first to shut down FM broadcasts.

2017-12-15 17:53:40
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Use Apple Pay, score some iTunes gift cards - CNET  

The promo lasts through Dec. 21.

2017-12-15 17:53:29
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