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Is this the working hoverboard we've been waiting for? - CNET

The ArcaBoard just barely meets the "Back to the Future: Part II" deadline with a late 2015 announcement showing the hoverboard truly hovering.

Thousands of people flock to see stinky 'corpse flower'

Would you line up to have a whiff of a flower that smelt like a rotting corpse?

Priest suspended for riding hoverboard up aisles during Christmas Eve mass

Congregation in Philippines split after Catholic diocese condemns priest’s behaviour as an attempt to ‘capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people’

Derby the dog gets better 3D-printed paw prosthetics

Derby the dog's new front legs were made by selective laser sintering.

What Is the Force Awakens' Daisy Ridley's Next Film? - IGN

The North American release of the 1991 Japanese film follows a city-dwelling woman reflecting on her childhood.

US military says robotic pack mules are too noisy to use

The US military has reportedly shelved development of its robotic pack mule — the Boston Dynamics-built Legged Squad Support System or LS3. According to a report from, there are no...

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Apple to source iPhone OLEDs from Samsung and LG, report says

Adding to a growing number of rumors claiming iPhones will soon integrate OLED display technology, a report out of South Korea claims Apple is close finalizing a supply agreement that will see both Samsung and LG Display provide the necessary panels for the future handsets. Citing unnamed industry sources, the Electronic Times on Wednesday local Korea time said Apple is close to reaching a definitive supply agreement with the display arms of Samsung and LG, both of which have experience in producing flexible OLED panels. LG is already supplying OLED products for Apple Watch and is rumored to be the sole supplier for Apple's next-gen wearable. The two Korean companies are expected to inject some 15 trillion won (about $12.8 billion) in capital expenditures over the next two to three years to build out production facilities capable of churning out OLED panels in sufficient numbers to meet traditionally strong iPhone demand. Apple is said to be helping out with equipment costs, but the report failed to offer specifics. LG, which will repurpose existing LCD production lines to reduce costs, is reportedly aiming to move from a current 4.

Louis Vuitton gains +10 charisma by enlisting Final Fantasy’s Lightning

The overlap between Final Fantasy XIII fans and people who splash out on Louis Vuitton handbags might be a slim one, but modern marketing is all about exploiting those profitable niches. At least, that's the best explanation we can find for the appearance of FFXIII protagonist Lightning in a series of ads for the famed French fashion house. Louis Vuitton's creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has been posting shots from the upcoming Series 4 campaign on his  Instagram account , including a video of Lightning wielding items from Louis Vuitton's Spring-Summer 2016 collection like they're capable of doing serious damage. (Which, with all those leather and chains, they probably are.)

AVGs Chrome extension exposes personal data of 9 million users

Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered a vulnerability, since fixed, in AVG Web TuneUp, a Chrome extension that forcibly installs when users install the AVG antivirus software.

The next Google Glass is foldable and more powerful

It’s said to be waterproof and more durable than its predecessor. In addition, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Glass now has a greater field of view thanks to a larger prism.

Sony's A7R II made us fall in love with cameras all over again

We played with several great interchangeable lens cameras this year (Samsung’s NX500, Olympus Air, the aforementioned Canons, Panasonic G7, as well as Sony’s A7 II and A7S II to name a few), but the A7R II impressed us with its rich features, fantastic tech, and terrific full-frame videos and photos. Pricey? Yes, but it’s an all-around camera that will last a long time. Let’s see how Sony tops this one next year.

Australia, you can finally have all the ice cream sandwiches

Before eating our way around the country, we wanted to taste an ice cream sandwich that left us with an overwhelming feeling of national pride. So, as a way of solving this crisis, we decided to make our own ice cream sandwich using ingredients that are central to Australian culture.

Who's Violating Your Medical Privacy? This Search Engine Shows You

The Department of Health and Human Services, which enforces HIPPA, is not providing this information—at least not directly. Instead, ProPublica gathered it through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the department's Office of Civil Rights, as well as requests to the VA and the California Department of Public Health, which enforces the state's own medical privacy laws. We asked HHS if it would consider providing its own public information portal on breaches in the future. "The HHS Office for Civil Rights has no comment with respect to your first question," wrote public affairs advisor Rachel Seeger in an emailed reply.

Twitter clarifies rules on banned content, abusive behavior

J.M. Berger, co-author of a March 2015 Brookings Institute "census" of ISIS Twitter use, which found that the militant group had operated at least 46,000 accounts from September to December of last year, said the change would lead to more aggressive reporting of abuse by users who flag accounts that break the rules.

Microsoft may have your encryption key; here’s how to take it back

If you have Windows 10 Home and want to encrypt your disk, but don't want the recovery key to be stored in OneDrive, that's OK; you can do it. Contrary to what The Intercept wrote, this doesn't require a paid upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise; Windows 10 Home can do it too. The first step is simple: go to the list of recovery keys on OneDrive and delete any that you don't want stored in the cloud. Microsoft says that the recovery key will soon be purged from backups. Someone wanting to get their recovery key off the cloud probably won't trust that to keep them safe, so the next step is to create a new recovery key to replace the cloud one.

Facebook must face shareholder class actions over IPO

NEW YORK A federal judge has certified two shareholder class action lawsuits accusing Facebook Inc of hiding concerns about its growth forecasts prior to the social media company's initial public offering in May 2012.

The only official 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' video game has one glaring omission

Last night, my girlfriend and I finished the main story of the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" playset for Disney Infinity 3.0 — the only official video game tie-in to the new movie.

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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Science Knowledge Quiz

Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan For The Future Of Facebook

In the tech industry, there’s nothing weird about setting goals so lofty that they sound unachievable. Google CEO Larry Page , for instance, is so invested in the virtue of gambling on disparate, wildly ambitious projects—from self-driving cars to smart contact lenses—that he restructured his company around the concept in August, making Google’s core businesses a division of a new idea factory called Alphabet. Zuckerberg, by contrast, isn’t interested in doing everything—just the things he views as deeply related to his company’s central vision, and crucial to it. "There are different ways to do innovation," he says, drawing a stark contrast without ever mentioning Page, Google, or Alphabet. "You can plant a lot of seeds, not be committed to any particular one of them, but just see what grows. And this really isn’t how we’ve approached this. We go mission-first, then focus on the pieces we need and go deep on them, and be committed to them." Facebook’s mission is "to give everyone in the world the power to share and make the world more open and connected," as Zuckerberg says, explaining that he is now spending a third of his time overseeing these future initiatives.

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?

Someone who never saw 'Star Wars' hilariously live-tweeted the original trilogy

Armed with her mothers' DVDs of the original trilogy, Gailey decided to live-tweet her interpretation of what she was about to see. The unfiltered response yielded more hilarity than ... well, than you can imagine.

7 TED Talks on the complexity of memory

The mind is a diligent recorder, taking note of all that happens and storing data on it for retrieval later, right? Well actually, no. Enjoy these 7 illuminating talks on the science—and oddities—of our memory.

No one can agree on how a dog is supposed to wear human pants

On the one hand, it seems totally logical that dogs would wear them on only their hind legs. Pants have two legs. Two. And these two legs are designed to cover your hind quarters, which dogs and most animals unequivocally have. Done deal.


Poor posture can even leave you vulnerable to street crime. Many years ago, researchers showed that women who walked sluggishly with eyes on the ground, as if carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, were much more likely to be mugged than those who walked briskly and purposely with head erect. I can’t prove posture was at fault, but this is indeed what happened to a Brooklyn neighbor on her way home one night.

So Many People Are Falling Off Hoverboards On Video

The risk of falling off adds to previous fears that the hoverboard could catch fire. Their flammability led to Amazon removing many, but not all, brands  from its website earlier this month.

12 Fascinating Political Documentaries You Can Stream Right Now

The title sounds about as boring as, well, reading the terms and conditions of nothing in particular, but this documentary is more eye-opening than it may seem. There's a lot going on with all that fine print, and there are plenty of industries that rely on the fact that we do not realize it. For example, it would take approximately 180 hours per year to read all of the terms and conditions agreements at each of the various sites you likely hold an account, and consumers lose about $250 billion dollars annually as a result of what they simply do not know.

Stop Sharing This Bogus Facebook Post. It Won't Make You Rich

You’ve got the roommate from hell. They make your life awful and you can’t wait until the day they are gone. You talk to your friends and tell them stories about how terrible and weird they are. You’re relieved when they are no longer in your life on a day-to-day basis. But for some reason, you still have them on your social media. If you’ve kept in contact with your former roommate, or share mutual friends on Facebook, then it’s probably a good idea not to talk badly about them. I’m not encouraging you to talk badly about anyone, even if you don’t keep in touch—but you certainly shouldn’t publicly gossip about anyone who is still part of your life. I’ve had this one happen to me before. I roomed with a girl and although she was an awesome person, we just didn’t click. In her eyes, I probably was the worst roommate ever because we were simply two different people. Living together was rough, but I moved out and I thought we had retained a decent friendship. One day she decided to look for a new roommate and posted it as her status. Her friend commented, “Do you really want to get a new roommate after that last one!? You talked about how horrible she was all the time.

Hoverboard explodes and catches fire at Texas mall

Hundreds of shoppers at a Texas mall had to evacuate on Monday afternoon when a hoverboard exploded and caught fire, witnesses said on Twitter.

Find overlooked messages in Facebook's 'Other' inbox - CNET

However, what happens when someone you don't know sends you a message on Facebook? The network stays surprisingly mum about it: You get no notification whatsoever. Instead, these messages get routed into a second inbox called Other. And there they sit, easily overlooked -- unless you make an effort to access that inbox from time to time.

Affordable Housing Is a Moral Choice (and the Numbers Prove It)

So, not only does inclusionary zoning not raise the costs of market-rate construction beyond reason, it also does not raise the price of market-rate units for homeowners. It eats away at developer profits. That makes affordable housing a moral question, not a feasibility issue: Do leaders dare to challenge developers on their profit margins?

Anonymous wants to help the convict from Making a Murderer

If they indeed come to light and are verified, records of their correspondence could explain the police officers’ involvement in the case. Anonymous’ latest tweet suggests it may have found what it was looking for.

2015: The Year in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence | MIT Technology Review

It was the year that self-driving cars became a commercial reality; robots gained all sorts of new abilities; and some people worried about the existential threat posed by super-intelligent future AI.

Spotify is being sued for $150 million over unpaid royalties

Musician David Lowery has filed a class action lawsuit against Spotify, claiming the streaming service knowingly distributes copyrighted content,  Billboard reports . Lowery is seeking at least $150 million in damages for the illegal distribution of several of his songs.

'Star Wars' Fan Spends A Year Making Own Millennium Falcon From 7,500 LEGOs

'Star Wars' Fan Spends A Year Making Own Millennium Falcon From 7,500 LEGOs

The new Ghostbusters are fighting the ghosts of the patriarchy

Entertainment Weekly has given us yet another glimpse into what is looking more and more like  a badass take on Ghostbusters , this time hinting at what kind of ghosts the new foursome will be facing. According to the magazine, the ghosts will be criminals who include "pilgrims, old-­timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot­-suited gangsters." Given Feig's oeuvre — including female-centric films like Spy and The Heat that usually involve women being hilarious and effective in traditionally male roles — it's easy to imagine the new 'busters facing down dudebro ghosts of the past who try and fail to put them in their place.

The 2016 car forecast: electric, with a dash of speed

Next year is gonna be a good year. When you review cars for a living, many years are. In 2015, I started my January by “driving” an autonomous Audi A7 from Silicon Valley to CES in Las Vegas, part of a technology showcase of great things to come. I finished out the year barreling a pared-down, “entry level” Lamborghini around a racetrack in the Middle East.


Many teens are online throughout the day on multiple platforms where their communications are visible to others, and dodging or screening communications from one’s significant other in this environment is fraught with challenges. Teens in our focus groups described how a delay by their significant other in responding to a text message or phone call can make them feel ignored or unimportant, especially when they can see on social media that their partner is online:

Microsoft: We need a phone as good as the Surface line

Speaking to Twit's Windows Weekly show , Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Chris Capossela has admitted that the company's latest Windows Phones are not enough to reverse the ailing platform's fortunes. Describing the flagship Lumia 950 as simply "solid," he told host Leo Laporte and Microsoft journalists Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott that the company has a lot more work to do before it can persuade people to "move from an iPhone to one of [Microsoft's] phones."

TechCrunch’s Favorite Things Of 2015

Here at TechCrunch, we see a lot of stuff — gadgets, gizmos, apps, doo-dads, and electro-whatnots. Name a gadget, and someone on staff has probably obsessed over it, torn it apart, or worn it out over the past year.

How the Internet of Things Limits Consumer Choice

“The eviction song killed. Everything killed, which was strange, given something I haven't mentioned til now. Maybe half the parents in the auditorium worked in tech,” Mooallem wrote. “And now they were watching their own children spear them as cartoon villains, literally cackling and throwing money over flutes of champagne, as they plotted the eviction of all those nice people. No one in the audience booed, of course, or huffed or stamped out. We were watching our kids perform. But I can't imagine what it must have been like to keep smiling along as you suddenly realized that for weeks after school, your own son or daughter had been rehearsing songs that mocked both you and the job you were off working, which is why you'd been forced to entrust your kids to the after-school program in the first place.”

An underrated piece of tech you can't live without - CNET

When I made an effort to turn off and unplug everything (because you have to do both), including my unnecessarily large collection of power strips, my baseline consumption dropped from over 1,000W down into the 40W range (large appliances, like my oven and fridge, were still connected to power). If I hadn't seen it for myself, I wouldn't have believed that making such a small tweak to my daily routine could have such an impact. Turns out that simply unplugging all my unused cords is one thing that could actually save me a good chunk of change in the long term -- and also ease the strain on the natural resources we rely on for energy, however small.

This $19,000 Hoverboard Will Let You Ride For Five Minutes At A Time

Given that no real, average human is scooting to first period on a hover board, there sure are quite a few of them hovering about on the internet, from the almost-real to the shamefully (and dangerously) misnamed . But a company called Arca is looking to offer the real deal, with pre-orders up on their website.

Germany wants to build a 100-km bicycle superhighway

Germany, the country that brought you the speedsters' paradise called the Autobahn, is looking to replicate the model for bicyclists. According to the AFP, the country just opened the first 5-kilometer (3-mile) stretch of what will eventually become a 100-km bicycle superhighway.

The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2016

Since I can buy printer cartridges cheap (25 for about $25), why would I care that my printer can order expensive OEM cartridges? Or my washer detergent? The idea that I should wait to buy a phone because the camera will be 2x better or whatever is, for many, 2x worth of nonsense. Not everyone longs for the latest and greatest tech, especially right away. Don't really care either that my phone can open the garage door or program the TV. Maybe in a year or two, but I certainly won't be sitting on the edge of my chair. Most of the time waiting makes more sense anyway as they work out the bugs.

Smartisan's T2 phone is all about metal and minimalism

The new OS also offers some new handy tools. The Smartisan Drive app features a very simple interface -- just ginormous buttons for car navigation, music and phone -- for minimal distraction. We're also liking the seemingly foolproof remote assistance app co-developed by fellow Chinese company Cutecomm, which is good news for users who have to occasionally help their less tech-savvy elders; and it's smart enough to show a warning prompt when the remote user attempts to access payment apps on the host device. Last but not least, the T2 comes with built-in global data roaming service which not only supports 48 countries and regions, but also charges cheaply -- just 25 yuan or about $4 per day when roaming in the US or the UK, for example. But obviously, this service is only available to users based in China.

The Same Pill That Costs $1,000 in America Sells for $4 in India

That’s what they call hepatitis C, which is so common in parts of India’s Punjab state that the tailor-shop gossips might not be off base in their estimate. But prevalence could be something of an advantage these days. Drugmakers have made the village of Lande Rode one of the theaters in a battle to grab market share for sofosbuvir, a miracle cure that Gilead Sciences Inc. sells in the U.S. as Sovaldi at a retail price of $1,000 a pill. Gilead licensed 11 Indian companies to make generic versions, and they sealed marketing deals with others. Competition has been so fierce it’s driven down the cost and spurred thousands to be tested.

Ford concept turns your car wheel into an electric unicycle

As with other patents, there's no guarantee that you'll ever see a product out of this. Ford may only be locking down the idea to prevent others from swiping it later on. With that in mind, it's clear that the automaker has been thinking about how this would work in real life. The car could include an automatic jack that would make it easy to remove the wheel, and you might even use your phone or tablet as a dashboard. If this car/unicycle mashup does ever make it to market, it would let you park further from your endpoint even as you save both fuel and time.

From Google to Hillary to Snoop Dogg's pot candies, we look back on some of the year's best branding

Netflix Gretel’s new visual identity for Netflix revolves around the “stack,” which is best imagined as a stack of cards all printed with some element of the entertainment company’s brand, like a character from one of its series or part of the red logo. This imaginary stack can get reshuffled, or layered, in a number of ways, and still look as though it belongs to Netflix. As the company ramps up original programming, a flexible branding tool like this one will help it market itself across a range of platforms, media, and scales.

Best Puzzle Game - IGN's Best of 2015 - IGN

Here are IGN's nominees for Best Puzzle Game of 2015. We'll announce our winner in January, but our opinion isn't the only one that matters - cast your vote in the poll below to help decide the IGN People's Choice winner in this category!

UK government wants to become a 'smartphone state'

Come 2020, undoubtedly the UK landscape will have changed to be firmly in the digital age. But how do you want to shape that? Government has ideas and ambitions but as Tech City UK back in 2010 shows, the ideas are out there. So challenge us – push us to do more. Let’s show the rest of the world how it’s done.

Common payment processing protocols found to be full of flaws

The second attack that Nohl demonstrated was an attack on the merchant rather than the cardholder. The ZVT protocol is used for more than just performing transactions; it is also used to configure the card readers. Each card reader has a terminal ID, used to identify which merchant it belongs to, and a port number. The terminal ID and port pair are configured by the bank to refer to a specific bank account. ZVT allows both of these to be reconfigured by an attacker on the local network. If a retailer's card reader is programmed with a different terminal ID and port, it will happily make transactions, but to merchant account of the attacker's choosing.

Priest Suspended For Hoverboarding in Church

It’s the future! But the Catholic church doesn’t seem ready to embrace it. A priest in the Philippines recently rode a hoverboard during a Christmas Eve Mass. But the Diocese of San Pablo has now suspended the poor hoverboarding Father.

Ellsworth Kelly, great of American abstract art, dies aged 92

But ‘just an artist’ with a strong French twist. As he cherry picks his memories, time and time again France is at the root of what follows. For instance, colour. ‘There is a difference between European colour and American colour. America misunderstood my colour; [they] thought it was out of date, but in fact it was different. It was Matisse, Derain, the Fauves, Mondrian; how Kandinsky began as a figure painter and changed to Cubism around 1910.’ But he was not immediately successful. He showed some of the colourful paintings he’d done in the South of France, where he’d wintered in 1951 and ‘felt I’d done something important. But when they were shown in New York, people didn’t catch on because it looked strange. They thought I was 30 years late.’ He pauses. ‘Abstract American art was very designy. I wasn’t.’ Nevertheless, the Museum of Modern Art included Kelly in its landmark 1959 show, ‘Sixteen Americans’, and it would give him a retrospective in 1973.

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