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Uber told to pull over self-driving fleet by California's DMV

Uber appears to be standing their ground and not planning to conform to the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ request for them to acquire a permit.

Verizon to Disable Galaxy Note 7s Jan. 5

After initially announcing that it would not roll out the update, Verizon said it will do so after the holidays.

This virtual assistant looks like an anime girl trapped in a coffee pot

Gatebox AI is no Amazon Echo rival.

Super Mario has never looked better

Watch the creator of Super Mario Run sketch art from the game on an iPad.

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Uber defies California regulators and keeps its self-driving cars on the road

Yet, Uber and the California DMV immediately started trading barbs over whether or not its car program should be permitted under California regulations. The DMV put out a statement saying that Uber "shall" get the permit to test its self-driving vehicles on public roads, but the company  told Business Insider at the time that it had no plans whatsoever to apply for a permit since it didn't believe its cars fit the state's definition of autonomous vehicles. Under the regulations, advanced autopilot systems, like Tesla's, are not regulated whereas Google's testing of its autonomous vehicle adheres to strict rules.

Gear VR gets social with Oculus Rooms and Parties

I had the opportunity to try out both features earlier this week in a short demo in San Francisco. Once I put the headset on and launched into the Oculus Home screen, the Parties interface appeared on the right. It looks very much like any other social chat app; you can see a list of your friends as well as who's online at the time. You can also see the title of the game they're playing, if any. To start chatting, tap on the Party tab, choose who you want to add and then hit "Start a Party." If you're invited to a party, joining it is also as simple as tapping a button. "Think of it like a phone call," said Madhu Muthukumar, a product manager for Oculus. Right now you're only able to chat with up to four people, though Oculus might increase that number in the future.

FBI backs CIA claims that Russia hacked the election

The president also made clear that not all repercussions from this attack will be immediately obvious. "There are times when the message will be directly received by the Russians and not publicized," he said, noting that publicly shaming Russia is not super effective. Obama went on to comment that fighting cyber warfare should be a bipartisan issue and hopes that President-elect Trump is similarly concerned though the President is willing to continue working with the incoming transition team.

Super Mario Run was downloaded 2.85 million times in its first day

Those numbers handily beat out Pokémon Go , which was downloaded 900,000 times in its first day, according to Apptopia’s data (that number jumped to 5.6 million by day three). Of course, the comparison isn’t entirely fair: Super Mario Run was available in 150 countries at launch, while Pokémon Go debuted in just three before a staggered rollout brought it out to the rest of the world (it was only recently made available in India and South Asia , for instance).

Self-driving cars will be safer drivers than I am, but I'm still nervous in them

Automakers and tech companies developing self-driving cars are currently addressing this issue by making their autonomous vehicles extra cautious. So, for example, the cars will only operate at low speeds or in certain geographical areas. But as more data is collected, companies like Nvidia anticipate that autonomous cars will be capable of operating under all circumstances and that these vehicles will be much safer than human drivers.

Knockoff Super Mario Run apps hit Google Play

The fakes have titles like Mario Run Jumper and Super Plumber Run. There are also apps promising to download and install Super Mario Run to your Android device. But again, there is no Android version.

Smart city startups plumb the waterworks for IoT data

Though the Internet of Things (IoT) is heralded as a future money spinner for industries far and wide, one analyst says telcos won’t see 5G-related windfalls from IoT any time soon. As reported by RCRwireless,  New Street Research  partner Andrew Entwistle dumped cold water on the future of IoT and its relationship to 5G wireless … Read more »

China Seizes US Underwater Drone

China's claims to the South China Sea have long overlapped those of several other southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, Malaysia, and Taiwan. In recent years, China has conducted military patrols and other exercises in the disputed waters. Despite the US's official policy of remaining neutral in territorial disputes, the US Navy has sent military ships and planes to the South China Sea to patrol shipping and air routes, according to the BBC .

‘Never mind,’ says Evernote about its controversial new privacy policy

On Thursday, following a rather severe backlash from much of the digital community, which accused the new policy of being “disgraceful,” among other choice words, Evernote issued a retraction. “We’ve heard your comments and we are not making the changes to our Privacy Policy that we’d previously announced,” Evernote assured its angry user base. “We apologize for any angst we caused, and we remain as committed as ever to keeping privacy at the heart of everything we do. Over the coming months, we will be revising our existing Privacy Policy to reaffirm this commitment.”


Apple, Google, Uber vow not to take part in Muslim registry

Apple, Google and Uber on Friday issued official statements regarding President-elect Donald Trump's proposed Muslim registry, each saying they would not assist in building or providing information for creating such a database. Candid photo from President-elect Donal Trump's tech summit this week. | Source: Quartz In statements obtained by BuzzFeed News , the three tech giants were unsurprisingly opposed to the idea of generating and maintaining a list of users based solely on their religious beliefs. "We think people should be treated the same no matter how they worship, what they look like, who they love. We haven't been asked and we would oppose such an effort," an Apple spokesman said. Apple has long been a vocal advocate of equality, publicly pushing for diversity in the workplace and beyond. A spokesperson from Google was even more emphatic, saying, "In relation to the hypothetical of whether we would ever help build a 'muslim registry' - we haven't been asked, of course we wouldn't do this and we are glad - from all that we've read - that the proposal doesn't seem to be on the table.

Uber's self-driving vehicles are riling up more people in San Francisco

California's top cop is threatening legal action against Uber over its self-driving vehicle program in San Francisco.

Fact-check Trump's next tweetstorm as it happens

It's handy, sure, but at the least you'll have to follow Trump or hit his profile page to actually see the extension in action. In my testing, the fact checking only works on a tweet's permalink, and even then, only if you refresh the link. So, this could be a short-lived experiment for a lot of folks. The other view is that this is preaching to the converted. After all, why would a Trump supporter follow an account that actively debunks what the President-elect is saying?

Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail Is Making a Metropolis Miniseries

Sam Esmail is best-known for creating, writing, and directing the USA hit Mr. Robot , a show fond of making cinematic references ( Fight Club, Taxi Driver, A Clockwork Orange , and more). Now he’s got a new project on his plate, based on one of the greatest scifi movies of all time: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis .

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Evernote backtracks on its privacy policy changes (but you should encrypt or migrate your data anyway):

Google’s Android Things toolbox helps IoT devices get connected

Bloomsky, an Internet of Things (IoT) startup, has announced two new devices to replace its original weather station, which was funded on Kickstarter in 2014. The next generation weather station includes the Sky2, a camera station that measures temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, UV exposure, and precipitation. See Also: Can Arable’s IoT tech end world hunger? … Read more »

Treat Hypothermia Properly With This Handy Chart

Contrary to what you see in Roland Emmerich movies, hypothermia can set in if you simply spend too much time doing heavy work outside during the winter. If someone you know comes down with a case of hypothermia, get them help and use this chart to treat them in the meantime.

U.S. intelligence agencies feud with Republicans over Russian hacking

Republican members of Congress are complaining that U.S. intelligence agencies are refusing to brief them widely on a classified CIA report that concluded Russia hacked Democratic Party data in an effort to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

Pentagon demands China return US underwater drone

(CNN) The Pentagon is demanding that China return an "unlawfully seized" underwater drone after a Chinese warship took the device from waters near a US oceanographic vessel.

KickassTorrents ex-staffers brought the torrent site back from the dead

Launched today, KickassTorrents has a new fully operational torrent site . While the website looks identical to its predecessor, it starts with a clean user database; the good thing, however, is that many members of the original staff have are back on board – including its dedicated uploaders.

Apple will replace a lost AirPod for $69

To Apple's credit, your music will stop as soon as one AirPod leaves your earhole. It serves two purposes: so you don't have to press pause when someone starts talking to you, and to give you a heads-up whenever one AirPod drops out of your ear. If you're somewhere busy, like a crowded train platform, that immediate notification could be vital to retrieving it. Otherwise, the allure of Apple's AirPods is a tangle-free lifestyle, convenient pairing and charging. It's doubly useful if you have the iPhone 7 with its non-existent 3.55mm jack. (Yeah, I'm still annoyed about it.)

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Russia's role in political hacks: What's the debate?

To round it all off, one notable public figure is arguing we don't know for sure that Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, were behind the hacks: President-elect Donald Trump. He maintains that opinion, even though the US intelligence community and the forensic experts who first examined the hacked systems are highly confident Russia is the bad guy here. NBC News reported Wednesday that US intelligence officials believe "with a high level of confidence" that Putin was personally involved in the effort to interfere in the election.

NES Classic will be available at Best Buy on December 20th in ‘limited quantities’

"The NES classic edition will not be available on,” the recording says. “On December 20th, Best Buy will have limited quantities of the console available at Best Buy locations. NES Classic Edition will be sold on a first-come, first serve basis. Just like on Black Friday, our stores will have a ticketing process for customers waiting in line. We will only pass out as many tickets as we have consoles, and quantities will not be released over the phone.”



Twitter Yanks 'Spy Center' Data Access

"We have shared our concerns with Dataminr regarding fusion centers [so] Dataminr will no longer support direct access by fusion centers, and has informed us that any accounts accessible by fusion center email addresses have been notified that their access is now terminated. Dataminr news alerts (and only news alerts) will still be directly available to law enforcement and other organizations that support first response, subject to Dataminr and Twitter policies."

How you can turn smarter decisions into smart cities

These “what ifs” are possible today. But first we need innovative people – the world’s developers, designers, and engineers – to help make our homes and our cities even smarter. Which is why we invite you to join Honeywell and our fellow sponsors next month at the Smart Cities Hackathon at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (Jan. 7-8). There, you can join us and hundreds of other developers as we spend two days hacking our way to the “what ifs.”

27 Rogue One and other Star Wars goodies you can 3D print right now | ZDNet

Whether it's an R2D2 egg cup, Darth Vader's melting mask, or storm trooper snow flake ornaments, if you can think of it, you can 3D print it.

No One Should Be Surprised That a Final Fantasy XV Porn Parody Exists -

As rule 34 demands: if it exists, someone will make a porno out of it. Earlier this year, we brought you a story about a porno based on Pokemon , so it should come as no surprise that the recently released Final Fantasy XV  is getting a porn parody too. Unlike porno films based on the Avengers and Justice League , Brazzer’s Full Service Station  barely tries to resemble its source material.

This Daenerys Targaryen Figure Will Take What Is Hers, With Fire and Blood

ThreeZero has unveiled its latest Game of Thrones figure, of everyone’s favorite Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen. Based on Dany’s outfit from season three of the show, the 1:6th scaled figure is around 10.2" tall, and comes with the Meereenese slaver’s whip, the “armor” tunic she wears over her dress in the latter half of the season, alternate hands for posing or holding accessories, her cloak, and of course, a tiny Drogon to go with her.

Oculus launches Rooms so you can 'hang out' with friends in VR

If Parties are the phone call to make plans, then Oculus Rooms is where they will likely end up. The feature creates a virtual space that looks a lot like a living room where friends can play games, watch video or otherwise "hang out" with each other's avatars.

Amazon bets big on Las Vegas, rolling out nearly 5,000 Echo units to hotel rooms - TechRepublic

Wynn began deploying the devices in suites this month, and it will be available in all guest rooms by summer 2017. Guests will not be able to log into their own Amazon account to use Echo, but they will be able to control room features such as lighting and temperature, as well as opening and closing window drapes and turning on the TV by giving voice commands to Alexa, which is the name of Echo's virtual voice assistant. Eventually, the plan is to add future features such as personal assistant functions, according to a Wynn spokesperson.

The race is on to create real-time alcohol monitoring wearable

Wearable blood alcohol monitoring devices could play a vital role in reducing alcohol-related fatalities and accidents. About 90,000 people in the US die each year due to alcohol-related issues. Drunk driving is the leading culprit, responsible for 9,900 deaths. Studies suggest that wearables can provide an easy and reliable way for individuals to track their alcohol intake. These gadgets have the potential to help minimize too much drinking that can lead to car crashes and poor health found in heavy drinkers.

Tesla will charge users a fee if they park too long at a Supercharger

Tesla has been dealing with the tendency of some owners, who have free Supercharger access, to use the fast-charging infrastructure to "refuel" their vehicles more rapidly than they could at home.

This crazy airliner concept lets airlines easily mix and match seating configurations

Most people don’t think about the process of assembling the interior of an aircraft when they’re flying. Instead, passengers focus on more immediate concerns like peanuts and tight legroom. But installing the inside of an aircraft is hugely important for airlines: they must make decisions about balancing that legroom with the number of seats, as well as making sufficient room for things like bathrooms and galleys.

Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

That perception dates from the time of Sun; Java under Sun was available for free - as it is under Oracle – but for a while Sun did charge a licensee fee to companies like IBM and makers of Blu-ray players, though for the vast majority, Java came minus charge. That was because Sun used Java as the thin end of the wedge to help sales of its systems.

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U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance

WASHINGTON The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday.

Snowshoeing Is a Great Winter Workout

When it’s too snowy for a trail run but you don’t have a perfect skiing mountain at the ready, snowshoes make a great workout. They essentially let you hike in the winter weather, and you only need about six inches of snow for an outing.

Verizon buys its users a little more time with the Galaxy Note7 - TechRepublic

Samsung originally announced the update in early December, as an effort to finally curb the use of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone, which has had numerous problems with overheating. Samsung's recall page said that the purpose of the update would be to "prevent U.S. Galaxy Note7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices."

How the lack of interoperability standards could be killing IoT

IoT, as it stands today, is still in its simplest stage. Basically, we have a myriad of devices that are connected to the Internet that we can control remotely and we receive notifications from. As it moves to the next level, now is the time to act. Interoperability has many layers. We’ve already solved key issues on the physical connectivity level such as wireless standards, in making sure that devices can communicate with each other within a system.

These Rogue One Characters Might Not Be Done With the Star Wars Universe

(Note: our headline and opening makes it sound like it’s more than one, but that’s just to keep people off the scent of the spoiler. The Hollywood Reporter story does not say if others have a second option. Just Jones, which would line up with her pay.)

Net neutrality might die after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler steps down

On January 20, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will see its 31st chairman Tom Wheeler step down after serving the role for three years.

We Finally Know Why Freaky Sounds Come From the Deepest Stretch of Ocean

During exploratory missions to the Mariana Trench in 2014 and 2015, scientists recorded mysterious sounds they dubbed the “Western Pacific Biotwang.” New research has exposed the cause of these eerie noises from the deep.

Two Billion-Year-Old Water Found in Canadian Mine

Canadian Geoscientists have uncovered water that dates back a whopping two billion years. It’s the oldest water ever discovered on Earth, and it could broaden our understanding of how life emerged on our planet—and possibly elsewhere.

Ameriprise leak exposes millions of dollars worth of accounts

On the drive was social security, bank account, and financial planning data on about 350 high-value clients. It also contained personal files belonging to the advisor, including a backup of his password manager's data, which contained his hashed credentials for the company's internal network.

Bulbdial Clock – Hackaday Store

What does this electronic clock have to do with a sundial? It uses three different colors of LEDs to cast shadows of a metal stud (called a gnomon ) on the clock face for hours, minutes, and seconds. Three rings hold these LEDs, and because they are stacked on top of each other (about 1cm apart) causing the shadows to be cast at different lengths. This is of course the distinguishing factor between the three "hands". As an added benefit, the use of three primary colors of light results in an additive color effect. Where two colors overlap, a third is generated meaning there are six colors seen on the clock face most of the time.

Bam! Pow! Learn! App called LingoZing uses comic books to teach foreign languages

“Anything that is audio/visual and fun is attractive to people, provided it is well put together,” Kyra Pahlen, LingoZing founder and president, told Digital Trends. “I think that parents will be very happy that their children are drawn to something that can enhance their education and future life. The pop-culture part of it is an asset because it makes it accessible. The idea of learning a language has a bit of an intimidation factor to it. People don’t know if they want to make the commitment and risk failing. But if you just figure that you’re reading a comic and picking some language skills up along the way? That makes it an easy entry point. You can learn without realizing it.”

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An island in the Star Wars franchise, 'Rogue One' stands alone for better and worse

Still, despite all of the memorable performances by franchise newcomers and the film’s cornucopia of homages to the past, Rogue One never quite feels as impactful as some of the preceding films. We come into the film knowing that its heroes and villains barely get a passing reference in the chapters that follow it, so the film’s relationship to the greater Star Wars saga feels like a one-way street.

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