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Malware uses Facebook and LinkedIn images to hijack your PC

You're forced to download code that holds your computer for ransom.

Even molten copper can't obliterate a rubber band ball

When pouring 1,984-degree liquid copper onto a ball of rubber bands, things get interesting.

This may be the world’s smallest camera drone, but it packs some serious flying power

If James Bond ever needed a drone to do some serious under-the-radar spying, he’d undoubtedly have to consider using the SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone. At just over an inch-and-a-half across, less than an inch high, and weighing less than half an ounce, the Nano 2 is the world’s smallest camera-packing drone. And right now, …

Reindeer pizza delivery is now a thing in Japan

Snowy weather conditions make pizza delivery in Japan difficult, and Domino's reindeer may solve that problem.

'Cards Against Humanity' hole is a crowdfunding metaphor (updated)

The Holiday Hole is a money pit in more ways than one.

Major 'No Man's Sky' update arrives with surprises

The Foundation Update includes more than just the promised base building.

Meet ALVINN, the self-driving car from 1989

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Here are the 5 best deals HP is serving up for Cyber Monday

The Thanksgiving joy and Black Friday madness have faded away and now it’s time for Cyber Monday to rule the day. For those getting their Christmas shopping done early and need a new desktop PC, portable charger or display, HP’s Cyber Monday sale has great options for you to choose from. All of these are available as supplies last.

Best Cyber Monday 2016 Apple Deals

Another advantage of Cyber Monday is you can get these deals right from the comfort of your couch, without having to drag yourself to an electronics store nearest to you. To help you get the most out of this Cyber Monday, we have collated all the best deals on Apple products below.

The first major No Man's Sky Update has arrived

The studio didn't address some of the criticism levelled at the game directly, nor did it reveal much in the way of details about the No Man's Sky update, so we'll have to wait and see what's included when it arrives this week.

ImageGate: Ransomware Spreading Via JPG Files on Social Networks

Check Point says that hackers have been focused on finding exploits in social networks because they are usually “white listed.” The firm’s research found that hackers have found “a new capability to embed malicious code into an image file and successfully upload it to the social media website.” When a victim clicks on the image, the image is automatically downloaded. When the image is opened, the ransomware automatically locks up all their data and leaves a text file in each encrypted directory. That file points to servers on the anonymising Tor network where the victim can make a payment to get their shit back.

Nightmares Lurk Inside a Furby Connect

The Furby was the hottest toy of the Christmas season back in 1996. Now, there’s a new edition that updates the strange little creature with modern tech for modern kids. Nothing prepared me for what this thing would look like while it is being cut in half by a water jet.

6 Tools for Selling Products on Instagram : Social Media Examiner

Buyers need to have Inselly installed and integrated with Instagram, but it’s free for them to do so. It’s also free for sellers to use, with no commissions or fees, although you can choose to purchase “coins” (the international currency Inselly utilizes) to promote your content.

No, That's Not Fidel Castro Holding Justin Trudeau As a Baby

This photo of Fidel Castro holding a baby went viral back in 2015 , when Justin Trudeau was first elected the Prime Minister of Canada. Numerous websites claimed that the baby was Justin Trudeau. And now that Castro has died, we’re seeing the photo spreading far and wide yet again . But that’s not Justin Trudeau. It’s actually his late brother Michel.

Trump claims millions voted illegally, Twitter aghast

Technically Incorrect: The president-elect, having already offered up a tweetstorm about the vote recount, comes back to tweet more controversially.

Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2016 (But Shouldn't Have)

It’s a holiday weekend, which probably means you have some down time. What better activity, while you’re digesting that leftover Turkey, than catching up on some of 2016's best scifi and fantasy films ?

Turn Your MacBook Pro Into Kitt From Knight Rider, Compute Like David Hasselhoff

Anthony Da Mota recently uploaded KnightTouchBar 2000 to GitHub for any and all to try for free. All it does is make the touch bar look and function exactly like the red light bar on the front of KITT 2000 Pontiac Trans Am—just idly bouncing back and forth at the top of the keyboard. Oh, and it plays the theme song for the iconic television show. It’s tough to say whether that’s a bonus or not.

Trump unleashes tweetstorm over recount, Hillary Clinton

Technically Incorrect: The president-elect is unhappy that Greens and Democrats are participating in a push for a vote recount in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

The Best Gaming Monitors of 2016

Panel Technology There are several display technologies you may find used in a gaming monitor, and each has its pluses and minuses. Twisted Nematic (TN) panels are the most affordable and are popular among gamers because they offer fast pixel response times and refresh rates, but they are prone to color shifting when viewed from an angle. Vertical Alignment (VA) screens are known for their high native-contrast ratio, robust colors, and ability to display deep blacks, but they are also known to produce noticeable ghosting effects, which can hurt gaming performance. In-Plane Switching (IPS) panels provide the best all-around color quality, strong grayscale performance, and wide viewing angles, but they can't match the pixel response of TN panels and are subject to motion artifacts.

Phones with the best battery life

Usually, a phone lasts a full work day with moderate use. But if you use it heavily, you'll need to recharge it more often. Batteries also lose steam over time, running down faster the longer you've owned the phone. The spectre of losing battery -- and therefore losing your communication hub -- is frightening and real.

Gallery: The top 20 supercomputers in the world - TechRepublic

K computer is another that has been around for several years--it even occupied the top spot for the entire year of 2011. It has undergone upgrades over that time, but it has still slipped to no. 7 (from 5) on the latest list. It's also located in Japan, at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe.

Researchers Dig Into Boston's Mysterious 'Tsunami of Molasses'

In 1919, a holding tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses ruptured and sent an enormous wave of goop through the streets of Boston. It enveloped and destroyed everything in its path—leaving 21 people dead and around 150 others injured. Until now, no one really knew why it was so deadly, but a team of scientists and students believe they’ve found a solution.

San Francisco's Muni transit system hacked, resulting in free rides for all

As a result of the hack, transit fare gates were locked in the "open" position and the transit organization was unable to charge fares. In response, Muni began offering free rides to customers on Saturday as the organization worked to resolve the situation.


This is kind of a toss-up for me. On the one hand, I love AMOLED screens. Those deep blacks are gorgeous, and the battery life is really improved. On the other, I deeply dislike the Edge’s curved screen and love the V20’s secondary display; so I’m gonna call this a draw, because I’m indecisive. Objectively, however, the S7 Edge has a denser screen with a more unique technology associated with it – it’s also a bit smaller, for those of you with smaller hands.

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Hackers are holding San Francisco’s light-rail system for ransom

San Francisco Municipal Railway riders got an unexpected surprise this weekend after the system’s computerized fare systems were apparently hacked. According to the San Francisco Examiner , the MUNI system had been attacked on Friday afternoon.

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The 5 Scariest Cults in Modern History

Some terrifying cults are so well-known they can be described with a single word: Manson, Waco, Jeffs, Jonestown. Others may not be as iconic—at least in America—but still provide plenty of nightmare material.

India's Prime Minister Plans for Cashless Society

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has an economic firestorm on his hands following his decision to ban the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. In his monthly address on Sunday, Modi took his ambitions further with a call for a cashless society.

Bad Lip Reading Music Video Exposes Yoda's Biggest Fear, Seagulls

Who knew that Yoda, Star Wars ’ true master of The Force, would be so damn scared of “rats with wings”? Alas, that’s what we discover in Bad Lip Reading’s full-length Star Wars track, “SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now).”

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Is America ready for sous vide?

Here's where tech comes in. Using a sous vide device such as an immersion circulator to regulate the temperature of the water allows you to cook food to levels of perfection that can be difficult to reach on your own. For example, cooking a strip steak in 140-degree water for an hour and 15 minutes will leave you with medium doneness every time. Only a sous vide device can help you keep your water at that perfect temp.

TechCrunch Gift Guide 2016 | TechCrunch

Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Gift Guide! Coming up with gift ideas for everyone on your list can be tough — but we can help.

Best tech under $100 this holiday

A C-note is all the budget you need to buy a great tech gift. Here are some of our favorites.

Tindie's Cyber Monday Deals - Tindie Blog

Back to work for you, holiday’s over! But wait, this is traditionally the least productive day at the office since everyone is cruising the web for deals. Look no further.

10 Games Every Nintendo Wii U Player Needs

Nintendo's next console, the mysterious NX, may be approaching faster than we think. But buying a Wii U right now will give you access to free online multiplayer, Wii backwards compatibility, and most importantly a slowly growing library of modern Nintendo classics like the 10 games featured on this list. From old favorites like Mario and Donkey Kong, to sexy witches, to trigger-happy squid kids, this console is full of pleasant surprises.

Good robot design needs to be reponsible, not just responsive

If military and police are excluded from the “do no harm” pledges of the Good Robot Design Council and BSI, what kind of precedent is established? What role does defense play in robot ethics with the creation of robots designed to kill during police or military operations? Will ethics be able to keep up with the technological advances and indeed growing uses of robots?  Only time will tell.

TOMS extends its social good mission to Apple Watch straps and fueling solar power (Lexus IS)

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Microsoft's Surface Phone could come packing some powerful tech

The amount of onboard RAM could be as high as 6GB based on the prototypes Microsoft is currently working on, the insiders say, and if you put those two specs together you have a phone that's very powerful indeed.

Ravenous Bacteria Eats Poop and Produces Power

Researchers at Ghent University have hit on a method of harvesting energy from raw sewage that treats the wastewater without using external electricity. It’s all thanks to starving bacteria. Although this method is still in its lab testing stage, industry leaders are already interested in utilizing it.

Firefly's Shepherd, Ron Glass, Dies at 71 (Update)

Ron Glass, known for playing Shepherd Book on the acclaimed Joss Whedon show Firefly and its follow-up film Serenity , has passed away at the age of 71. No other details have been released at this time.

Private Funding for FinTech Firms Has Taken a Tumble

Funding for startups in the financial technology space — which includes robo advisors, marketplace lenders and blockchain technology firms — fell 17 percent to $2.9 billion in the third quarter, according to a new report from KPMG International and CB Insights. North America in particular saw a big hit, with funding for venture capital-backed fintech companies in the region falling 68 percent compared to the same quarter last year — a period which saw massive rounds of $100 million or more from Social Finance Inc. , Avant Inc. and Kabbage Inc.

Trump Tower Gets Renamed 'Dump Tower' On Google Maps | The Huffington Post

“Some inappropriate names were surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams immediately took action and have fixed the issue,” a Google spokeswoman said in an email to The Huffington Post Sunday.

GoPro's newest accessory helps you talk to your camera

Enter the GoPro Remo , which for $79.99/£69.99/AU$124.95 will clip somewhere on your clothing and give you a much neater voice control experience. "Remo enhances the voice control of your Hero5 camera in windy and noisy environments," says GoPro. "It can also be used as a one-button remote from up to 33ft (10m) away."

Is There Any Plausible Reason Why Aliens Would Evolve To Look Like Us?

In science fiction movies and TV shows, intelligent aliens are usually the same basic shape as humans: two arms, two legs and a head. But why would creatures that evolved on a completely different planet look so similar to us? We asked some experts, and they told us the most likely explanations for humanoid aliens.

10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

As a package, the JBL Charge 3 offers a compelling set of features and excellent sound quality to boot. It punches well above its weight, playing loudly and distortion-free. The Charge line of speakers have been on our shortlist of recommendations for a long time and the latest iteration maintains JBL's dominance in the portable Bluetooth speaker market.

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I'd rather tie my own shoes than pay $720 for Nike's self-lacing sneakers

Nike is releasing the consumer version of its self-lacing sneakers, the HyperAdapt 1.0, on December 1st for $720, says says Jacques Slade , a YouTube personality most known for his sneaker channel. The shoes were first introduced in March after the company created its limited edition Air Mags . Only 89 Air Mags were created and sold to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.

43 is a gorgeous visual guide to CSS

The best way to learn CSS is through trial-and-error. You’ve got to write code in order to learn to be a coder . That’s the simple truth of the matter. But it’s always nice to have a helping hand guide you through the often confusing and contradictory technology used to style and illustrate webpages, which is where comes in.

Ben Heck's Virtual Boy, part 1

Ben's seeing double this week with a retro virtual reality console that was ahead of its time: Nintendo's Virtual Boy (codename "VUE"). Though the technology was advanced in many ways, it didn't prevent the sort of dizziness that still plagues virtual reality headsets today. As Ben quips, "It's like a trip to the eye doctor!" Of course, this means Ben has to take it apart in a traditional teardown to find out what makes the Virtual Boy tick. Inside we find a 32-bit processor and graphics chip along with a very clever mechanical setup. Unfortunately, as ingenious as the internal design is, it's still prone to failure; indeed, Ben has to design and print a part using Autodesk Fusion 360 to help repair it. Now that it's fixed, though, it's time to improve it! Make sure you look out for the next episode, and in the meantime let us know what you think of VR technology over on the element14 Community .


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All the Best Movies Coming to and Leaving Netflix in December 2016

Winter is in full swing, which means it’s time to avoid the world, grab a blanket, and never leave the couch for days on end. Netflix is making that a bit easier on you this month with new additions like Captain America: Civil War and The Rock .

We have no idea if Facebook is really responsible for Trump's election

Missing from the debate is any real evidence one way or another—and we probably won’t get it any time soon. That’s Facebook’s fault. For years now the social-media giant has selectively published self-exculpatory research papers authored by its own employees while refusing to give independent researchers the data to perform their own analyses. For instance, in June 2015, three Facebookers published an  academic article  in the venerable journal  Science  on the idea of the filter bubble. What they found confirmed the obvious: People tend to selectively consume media that affirms their existing beliefs—a staple of media research for the last 75 years. They also reported that the News Feed algorithm itself winnows out some of the ideological diversity before it ever reaches Facebook users—the filter bubble in practice, in other words. On the odd grounds that the former factor (users’ selective choices) has more impact than the latter (Facebook’s algorithm), they exonerate their employer: “our work suggests that the power to expose oneself to perspectives from the other side in social media lies first and foremost with individuals.

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Turning it up to '11' with Volti Audio Rival speakers

Roberts builds the Rival's cabinet out of 1-inch (25mm) thick Baltic birch plywood, plus the midrange horn, and the crossover in his Baxter, Tennessee workshop. Roberts does all the work by himself and it takes 40 hours to build a pair of Rivals. The beautifully finished speaker measures 41.5 inches x 19 inches x 16 inches (1054 mm x 482 mm x 406 mm), and each one weighs 125 pounds (56.7 kg). Roberts says Rivals can be positioned against a wall, in a corner, or pulled out into the room.

An Ivy League professor explains chaos theory, the prisoner's dilemma, and why math isn't really boring

I have found that, when I ask my kids about when they like math — and, by the way, they don’t always like it; I don’t have two super-math-y children — they can do it, and they like to tease me about how much they hate it, but they don’t really hate it. But when they seem happy with it, it’s usually not because it’s beautiful. I don’t think it would even occur to them to say it’s beautiful. What they like is that it’s satisfying. That is just feels good that it works. It’s satisfying that everything came out right. I don’t know a better word for it than satisfaction: when the puzzle pieces fit, what does it feel like when you’re done with a crossword puzzle or a jigsaw puzzle? You wouldn’t call it beautiful. It’s satisfaction, right? It’s like a relief that, ah, yes, that worked. That’s enough for many kids. You don’t have to insist on “beauty” — which is a kind of a hoity-toity, pretentious thing in some circles.

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