Loved 'MythBusters'? You'll like 'White Rabbit Project'
The Build Team is back, and on a new Netflix show they'll be examining cool tech, crazy heists and more.
Diamonds convert nuclear waste into clean batteries
It's a way of producing safe energy from a normally dangerous source.
Portable river turbine could trigger a ‘riverlution’ in clean energy
Canadian company Idénergie has developed a portable river turbine, which promises to turn a river’s flowing water into up to 12 kWh of daily power.
Eager beginner driver has a very bad time riding go-karts
Fortunately, no one was injured in the making of this viral video.
Canon Australia’s innovative auction raises $22K selling ‘blank’ photo paper
Would you spend over $2,000 on a photograph you haven't seen yet? That's what buyers at a recent experimental auction hosted by Canon Australia did.
AT&T will let you stream live TV for as little as $35 per month
The company hasn't listed which channels are included in each package, so we're not sure yet what you get for each tier of service. However, there's a major hole in the offering: DirecTV Now won't have channels from CBS or Showtime. AT&T says it is still negotiating with those networks to bring them to DirecTV Now.
Flash Deals: Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro 256GB Wi-Fi for $650 ($349 off); 13" MacBook Air for $787 ($212 off); 27-inch iMac 5K for $1,499 ($300 off)
While supplies last this Cyber Monday from eBay Deals, pick up a 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 8GB, 128GB) for $786.99 or trade up to the high-end iMac 5K (3.3GHz/8GB/2TB FUS/M395) for $1,899.99 ($400 off) with free shipping and no tax in most states. Alternatively, you can grab an A+ quality Apple refurbished 256GB 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi Only) for $649.99 with free shipping and no tax outside FL.
Cyber Monday deals are here
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It Looks Like the San Francisco Muni Hack Was Worse Than We Thought
This weekend, San Francisco’s Municipal Railway was savaged by hackers demanding over $70,000 in bitcoins, leaving the metro system unable to collect fares. But the hack may be much more devastating for the transit agency, according to a list of servers allegedly compromised by the hackers and obtained by Gizmodo.
Record swathes of the Great Barrier Reef died in 2016
The story is better in the central and southern regions, which respectively lost just 6 percent and 1 percent of their corals in 2016. "The corals have now regained their vibrant color and these reefs are in good condition," ARC Centre Professor Andrew Baird said. (We've reached out to the ARC Centre for additional information about this year's die-off and will update this story as we hear back.)
The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals - IGN
You've reached the one stop shop for all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, brought to you by IGN Deals. We'll updating this article as new deals come and go, all the way through Black Friday to Cyber Monday, so add a bookmark and keep checking back.
BMW And Baidu End Two Year Self-Driving Partnership
Apart from the clear conflicts of interest, BMW and Baidu are also on different timeframes when it comes to self-driving commercialization. Baidu is aiming to have self-driving shuttles on the road by 2018 in China, while BMW is more conservative, aiming for 2021.
Tesla's new Autopilot will start being released mid-December — here's what it can do
If you buy a new Tesla, you can opt to purchase the new Autopilot system for $5,000. That system will take advantage of four of the car's eight cameras as well as the radar, 12 sensors, and the new onboard computing system.
Stream 100 TV Channels for $35 Per Month With DirecTV Now
After the initial promotion period, the entry-level $35 DirecTV Now package will include approximately 60 channels. You'll also be able to move up to the "Just Right" package ($50 per month for 80 channels), or the "Go Big" package ($60 per month for $100 channels). If you want it all, there's a "Gotta Have It" package of 120 channels for $70 per month.
Wes Anderson's Christmas Short Could Not Be More Wes Anderson
WHY WE CARE: We have been here before. Adrien Brody is on a train in "Come Together," just as he was in Wes Anderson's lesser loved fifth film, The Darjeeling Limited , only this time he is the conductor and not a passenger. We have been here before. Anderson's dollhouse-style of filmmaking allows us to peer into each compartment of a place, in this case a passenger railroad train, mining an incisive sliver of personality from each occupant. We've been here before. Anderson's gifts for composition and seeing the world through children's eyes translates to even his advertising work . We have been here before, but we like it here.
BlackBerry is testing a self-driving car on public roads in Canada
Self-driving cars backed in part by the phonemaker BlackBerry
have been approved for testing on Canadian public roads in the
first such program in the country, the government for the
province of Ontario said on Monday.
DroneGun, a handheld anti-drone device, has a range of 1.2 miles. It also looks like an unlockable item in a first-person shooter. The "gun" uses a jammer to disable electronic communication across the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz frequencies. Blocking these frequencies cuts off communication between the drone and pilot (or GPS) and forces it to land safely or return to its operator -- which assists in tracking the offending party. At 13 pounds, it's a bit cumbersome, but still capable of being operated by one person. It's also mostly a point-and-shoot device and doesn't require specialized training to use. DroneGun isn't approved for use in the United States -- thanks, FCC. If approved the device could provide a useful tool for taking down drones at airports, over crowded spaces, and in war zones.
CNN taps a YouTube star to connect with Millennials
The news giant is bringing in social media app Beme and its founders to build a brand new platform.
Apple iPhone With Curved Screen Could Come as Soon as Next Year
Apple Inc.’s suppliers say they have been asked to increase output of thinner organic light-emitting displays and submit prototype screens with better resolution than ones from South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. to differentiate the U.S. company’s models.
Japan Spending $173M on World's Fastest Supercomputer
In an attempt to win back the industry crown and keep jobs in Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will spend billions to construct the most nimble supercomputer in history. The machine's processing power will be available for a fee to organizations focused on driverless cars, robotics, and medical diagnostics.
When You Shop Online, This Chrome Extension Suggests Ethical Alternatives
As you browse, DoneGood will tell you that there's a better option that fits your buying criteria, like a union factory or a woman-owned company.
Let Government Workers Have a Damn Christmas Party
Office Christmas parties are an annual tradition that some people love and others hate. But either way, you’re expected to attend. Many private companies throw their parties as a year-end thank you. But in the case of federal government employees, they’re on the hook to fund their own parties. Which is kind of bullshit.
I Swear to God This Is a Real Graph From Thomas Friedman's Latest Book
Friedman isn’t the first nor will he be the last to argue that humans simply can’t handle the pace of technological change. It’s so ingrained into our thinking that to question it is seen as antithetical to common sense. But when you take a deep breath and look at the rates of change in the 19th and 20th centuries, there’s nothing to suggest that technology is moving too quickly for humans to adapt.
What a Map of the Fake-News Ecosystem Says About the Problem
Instead, Albright said he just wanted to try and get a handle on the scope of the problem, as well as a sense of how the various fake-news distribution or creation sites are inter-connected. Albright also wanted to do so with publicly-available data and open-source tools so others could build on it. He said :
How to Stop Apple Calendar Spam
For the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting an influx of spam calendar invitations to my iCloud account, often from random counterfeit retailers. “Save 20% on UGGs” one says. “$19.99 Ray-ban&Oakley Sunglasses,” says another.
Amazon Gets Real About Fakes
Amazon is desperately trying to bring order to the Wild West atmosphere on its marketplace, where more than 2 million independent sellers compete for the attention and money of shoppers. About half of the goods purchased on Amazon come from independent merchants, who help Amazon expand its inventory more quickly and with less upfront cost than Amazon could do on its own. It also makes the retailer and its customers more vulnerable to fakes because the simple online registration process currently in place is designed to make it easy for businesses to begin selling immediately. But that also makes it simple for counterfeiters to list fake goods, sell as many as they can before they're detected, and then vanish.
Here are the best-selling Amazon Cyber Monday deals (so far)
Amazon, of course, is leading the charge, offering can't-beat bargains on some of the hottest tech around. Here's a look at the best-selling Cyber Monday deals on Amazon - so far. Be sure to nab these before time runs out!
Roku Is About to Get a Lot Better With Sling TV
We’re going to ask for access to the program, so stay tuned for a hands-on post. Right now, this sounds like a great incentive to the Sling service. Oh, and if you’re not a Roku user, don’t cry. Sling says the cloud DVR service will launch to other devices “in the coming months.”
Why Did CNN Just Buy a Totally Useless App?
This morning, CNN announced that it had acquired Beme, YouTube vlogger Casey Neistat’s middling, authenticity-obsessed social media app. Neistat, co-founder Matt Hackett, and the app’s team will all join CNN’s ranks, where they’ll “launch a new media brand dedicated to timely and topical video content powered by bleeding edge mobile technology.”
Huawei's take on the Microsoft Surface is roughly 50% off for Cyber Monday
While the 2-in-1 market offers a lot of options to choose between, it isn’t exactly ripe with premium, ultra-portable options. This is what makes Huawei’s MateBook special. It offers laptop functionality and tablet portability, backed by Windows 10 Home and plenty of power to keep things running for a while.
Westworld Is Running Out of Theories to Confirm
Westworld has piled mystery upon mystery in its premiere season, and fans have developed several theories to explain what’s happening, which the show keeps proving to be true. But with yet another major revelation revealed in last night’s episode, there is also only one big thing left for Westworld to confirm... or deny.
A tale of two Samsungs: Shareholders call for the company to split in two
The news that the company would split actually comes after a New York-based hedge fund called Elliot Associates publicly proposed that Samsung split into two, essentially giving shareholders a dividend that would amount to $27 billion. Elliot, which owns a 0.6 percent stake in Samsung, also proposed that the company add three independent board members, as well as list shares on the U.S. stock market.
Wikipedia is asking for donations again — here’s how much cash it already has in the bank
Head over to Wikipedia on Monday and you’ll see a familiar sight: a big, bold banner asking US users to donate some cash. Once again, it’s the time of year where the Wikimedia Foundation — the nonprofit behind the free, openly editable online encyclopedia — asks its millions of readers to lend a few bucks in an effort to help keep the site free of ads.
Hackers take SF Muni for weekend joyride
San Francisco public transportation authorities have contained a ransomware attack after hackers got onboard the computer system governing the city's light-rail and bus services over the holiday weekend. During the attack, confirmed by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency , payment systems throughout the Muni Metro system were closed down. Screens in the transit system displayed a message reading, " You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted ," according to the San Francisco Examiner.
This is the cheapest Xbox One S deal you'll find this Cyber Monday
Normally this bundle goes for $249, so while this isn’t a mind-blowing discount, it is the cheapest way to get on board with Microsoft’s 4K and HDR-ready console.
Here's a Rare Photo of Donald Trump Using a Computer
Yes, we do have a photo of Trump from July looking perplexed in front of another Apple product. (Remember when Trump said he was going to boycott Apple products by the way?) But this time his hand is close enough that he could plausibly be “using” it. I’m not sure that the photo below would stand up in court as “use” of a computing machine, but it’s the best we’ve got for now.
Google Home is the latest product off the line from Google, and it’s entry in the connected home speaker hub ecosystem. That space has been dominated the last few years by Amazon and it’s Echo line of devices. The Echo lineup is powered by Alexa, it’s cloud-based voice service which whereas Home’s claim to fame is Google Assistant, the cloud-based machine learning platform that gives Home it’s context aware smarts.
AT&T’s new streaming TV service is testing the limits of fair competition rules
In many ways, it is a generous value. Lots of people pay AT&T for mobile service, and DirecTV Now, at least at first blush, looks to be a very competitive option for cord cutters. Being able to watch TV on the bus or the train without having to worry about your speeds getting throttled later in the month is a huge comfort. It’s the same strategy T-Mobile has used to great effect with its “Binge On” and unlimited data plans — give people free stuff, and obviously they’ll use it.
San Francisco transit hackers threaten to expose data
Looks like San Francisco refused to give in to transit system hackers trying to hold the city for ransom. In a conversation with Motherboard , the attackers (still going by "Andy Saolis") have threatened to expose 30GB of Muni databases and documents unless they receive the $73,000 in bitcoin that they demanded alongside the initial hack. They're trying to claim the moral high ground, too. Purportedly, the hack was a "proof of concept" meant to show that the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority doesn't "pay attention to your safety." This forces SFMTA to "do right job," the perpetrators claim in broken English.
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Zenefits will pay $7 million to California to settle its most egregious legal issues
In recognition of the self-reporting and remedial actions already
implemented by the company, including the replacement of the
former CEO, retraining of all licensed producers, and
implementation of an automated process to verify that only
licensed individuals solicit and sell insurance products, the
settlement provides that half of the total $7 million in monetary
penalties are suspended. The suspended portion of the monetary
penalty will be reinstated if Zenefits fails to confirm continued
compliance with licensing and regulatory mandates based on an
examination of the company's business practices to be conducted
Marc Andreessen Never Left Twitter [Updated]
On September 24, famed venture capitalist Marc Andreessen departed from Twitter with a bang. Now it appears the Netscape founder never actually left. Even though Andreessen hasn’t been tweeting himself, he’s still engaging with the social media platform’s worst feature—other people’s accounts. Gizmodo investigated Andreessen’s recent “Likes” and damn, homeboy’s been busy.
Getting terrible battery life on iOS 10.1.1? You're not the only one
Normally I always recommend updating hardware to the latest software version, but in this case it might not be the best thing to do.
Big Names Take Hit on Theranos
Theranos Inc. received much of its funding from high-profile private investors who weren’t part of the ecosystem that typically backs startups and could see their stakes wiped out by the blood-testing company’s regulatory and technological troubles, people familiar with the matter said.
Testing the tech that will power BMW's self-driving cars
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Sony made a Walkman for 'Final Fantasy XV' fans
You can also pick up branded hear.on MDR-100A headphones for 29,380 yen ($260) and a hear.go SRS-HG1 Bluetooth speaker. Walkman owners can even grab a High-Res version of the Final Fantasy XV soundtrack for a mere 6,000 yen ($53 or so) and get a free large-format (20-inch by 28-inch) poster thrown in. If you're enough of a fanboy to crave all this stuff (maybe you should try the game out before getting too excited), we're sad to tell you that these goodies are for Japan only and aren't likely coming to North America or Europe.
Theranos and its founder just got hit with another lawsuit
Theranos shut down all of its lab operations, pivoting to
focus solely on the company's miniLab technology. The pivot cut
340 positions and closed its Wellness Centers where blood tests
were performed. "The once-vaunted company is in disarray and the
value of its securities are in a freefall," the newest suit
claims, though it doesn't provide a current valuation on the
This Myth About Willpower Is Holding Back Your Productivity
Fundamentally, we give up on tasks that don’t engage us. Doing unsolvable puzzles per the order of a social scientist in a lab coat isn’t fun, nor is it purposeful. Same goes for the mindless tasks too many people suffer through each day at work. We can power through unenjoyable tasks for a while, but we’ll never be our best if we ignore what our feelings are telling us. By listening to our lack of willpower as we would an emotion—as a helpful decision-making assistant working in concert with our logical capabilities—we can find new paths that may not require us to do things we fundamentally don’t want to do.
Theranos Investor Accuses Holmes of Lying About Blood Tests
Theranos had claimed it could run multiple blood tests on just drops of blood at a fraction of the usual price. Now it’s under legal siege. Besides multiple patient lawsuits, it’s also been sued by Partner Fund Management, an investor, and ex-partner Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. The startup, based in Palo Alto, California, has closed its labs after U.S. regulators found multiple failures to meet standards amid concerns about the accuracy of its testing that led to corrections of tens of thousands of patient results. The company has said it will focus on a new product.
Fllike wants to be the Yelp of airlines
The app lets you give each element of your flight a score ranging from one to ten. Once you’ve keyed in your flight number or scanned your boarding pass, you can rate the seats, the crew, the timeliness, the food, and even the quality of the aircraft by swiping on a slider.
10 Photoshop alternatives that offer powerful editing and photo management controls
We poked around and found 10 good prospects spanning Mac, Windows and Linux platforms, and suitable for amateurs and enthusiasts seeking a Photoshop alternative. We stuck to the desktop apps only because it much of serious image editing still takes place on the desktop.
Nothing calms Polly the goat's anxiety like her duck costume
"I do not drag her around town in her duck costume as some of the media have reported. I dedicate my life to these babies and their well-being and would never dress up a goat if it will stress them out," she said. "I have rescued abused goats and wouldn't dream of putting costumes on them. Polly is different. This is not abuse, this is love."
Cybersecurity in President Trump's America: The first 100 days - TechRepublic
Cybersecurity is an imminent challenge that requires attention from the new government. Realistically it could take months—or years—to deploy a feasible federal cyber-defense policy. In the meantime, said Carbonite's chief evangelist Norman Guadagno, enterprise companies and SMBs should encourage internal best practices, promote employee training, and have a cyber-defense plan in place. "Almost one in five small business owners say their company has had a loss of data in the past year," he explained, "yet only 54 percent say if they were hacked from the outside, they would not know what to do."
Researchers succeed in creating OLED displays made from fabric
The fabric OLEDs that were developed had a lifespan greater than 1,000 hours. If they remained idle, they could last more than 3,500 hours. This doesn’t compare favorably to the displays we are used to, but it is a huge step in creating wearable displays. Hopefully, additional research will further refine the tech until we can truly wear displays woven into our clothes.
Samsung Expands Cash Returns, Reviewing Corporate Structure
Now, it appears that Elliott will have to wait longer for broad change at South Korea’s most valuable company. Samsung said it will add at least one outside director next year, while the investor had sought three independent directors. Samsung said it will use 50 percent of free cash flow in shareholder returns for this year and next, indicating a return of about 9.5 trillion won ($8.1 billion) in 2016. Elliott had sought a special dividend of 30 trillion won.