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The internet helps me remember my late friend at his best

As a performer, the internet can be a tool to see your progress, create a collection of your work, get feedback from audiences, and live on long after you're gone.

Thanks to Alexa, Gordon Ramsay can yell at you in your kitchen

If you’ve dreamed of having celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay scream at you for serving up a dog’s dinner that he wouldn’t even feed to his dog, you’re in luck. After the success of Amazon’s Super Bowl commercial–in which Ramsay and other celebrities step in when Alexa loses her voice–audio company Ground Control decided to get … <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading “Thanks to Alexa, Gordon Ramsay can yell at you in your kitchen”</a>

Popping Fake Pimples Is The New Fidget Spinner

The Pop It Pal simulates the satisfyingly gross habit of popping a juicy zit.

Trump Organization Revives Project In Dominican Republic, Roiling Local Politics

The company’s reengagement with developer partners occurred just before a controversial proposal to increase the height of buildings in beach areas.

This Glow In The Dark Bike Path Is Powered By The Sun

Its pavement was made with solar charging luminophores.

Gordon Ramsay gets his own insulting Alexa skill

He will rarely compliment you

The 157 new emoji you’ll be obsessed with in 2018

The 2018 Unicode emoji list has been finalized — meaning we’re getting over 100 new emoji to add to our already overcrowded lists. According to Emojipedia, the 157 emoji expected to be included in update 11.0 include hot and cold faces, a kangaroo, curly hair, partying face (and its future self the woozy face), and …

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John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018

Barlow was sometimes held up as a straw man for a kind of naive techno-utopianism that believed that the Internet could solve all of humanity's problems without causing any more. As someone who spent the past 27 years working with him at EFF, I can say that nothing could be further from the truth. Barlow knew that new technology could create and empower evil as much as it could create and empower good. He made a conscious decision to focus on the latter: "I knew it’s also true that a good way to invent the future is to predict it. So I predicted Utopia, hoping to give Liberty a running start before the laws of Moore and Metcalfe delivered up what Ed Snowden now correctly calls 'turn-key totalitarianism.'”

Smart home business Nest to fold back into Google

A lphabet is folding its "smart home" appliance subsidiary Nest back into Google, as it seeks to ward off growing competition from Amazon.

Tesla still hasn’t completed its coast-to-coast autonomous drive

Musk admitted as far back as August 2017 , amid a slowdown in updates to Autopilot, that it was possible the drive could be delayed. “It is certainly possible that I will have egg on my face on that front,” he said at the time. The company did promise today that “new Autopilot features” will be rolled out in “2018 and beyond.” On the investor call, he hinted that this self-driving stunt could happen in three to six months, and that similar capabilities would be made available to Tesla owners as well — though he made the same exact promise one year ago .

How to stream the 2018 Winter Olympics

If you don’t have cable, the NBC Sports app will let you stream up to 30 minutes of live video initially. So if you track things on social media and only care about one event or athlete, maybe that’ll be enough to get your fix. After that first viewing, you can watch 5 minutes of live video each day of the Olympics — but that’s really not enough to be of any use. What if you want to see more action live?

Windows security: Microsoft issues Adobe patch to tackle Flash zero-day | ZDNet

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Reddit bans ‘deepfakes’ AI porn communities

In response to questions from users, Reddit suggested that it would rely on reports to shut down future deepfakes material: “First-party reports are always the best way for us to tell. If you see involuntary content of yourself, please report it. For other situations, we take them on a case-by-case basis and take context into account.” It’s theoretically possible for deepfakes to be totally consensual, involving performers who know their faces will be swapped — but not particularly likely, at least right now.


Tesla reports smaller loss than expected, slows cash burn

Analysts had expected another quarter of losses and cash burn at the company; the median forecast was for an adjusted loss per share of $3.20 on revenues of $3.28 billion, according to Bloomberg. Tesla burned through cash during the quarter with a negative free cash flow of $276.8 million. However, this was down from the same period a year ago, and less than analysts had expected. Tesla burned through a record $1.42 billion in the the third quarter.

Windows 10: Could Progressive Web Apps finally fix Microsoft Store's software shortfall?

The support for PWAs within Windows 10 is being made possible by Microsoft adding support for newer web technologies to the OS' forthcoming EdgeHTML 17 engine. These technologies include Service Workers, which allows web apps and sites to more easily switch between working offline and online, and the Push and Cache APIs, bringing support for push notifications to web apps.

Google eyes gaming with 'Yeti' streaming service: report

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google is developing a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on its Chromecast or a Google-made console, which is still being developed, the Information website reported on Wednesday.

Starman has gone dark

Starman and his space Tesla have sent their last selfie from Earth orbit, Elon Musk announced. The car and its mannequin driver (in working SpaceX spacesuit ) launched yesterday atop the Falcon Heavy rocket will eventually escape Earth orbit and travel outwards through the solar system — but not in a hurry.

Suicides nationwide increased by 10 percent after Robin Williams’ death

It is well-known that a high-profile celebrity suicide can lead to copycat suicides . (The effect has been traced back to a spike after the publication of J.W. von Goethe’s 1774 novel The Sorrows of Young Werther , which featured a suicide.) Today’s study, however, is the first to examine this effect in the 24-hour news cycle. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control, researchers examined monthly suicide rates by sex, age, and method from January of 1999 to December of 2015. In a normal year, there would be 16,800 suicides from August to December. But after Williams died, the number rose to about 18,700 in that same period — and the increases per month remained consistent in 2015. Notably, there was a 32 percent increase in suffocate suicides — the same method Williams used — compared to a 3 percent rise in other methods, and the group most affected were men aged 30 to 44. The results were published in the journal PLoS One .

Hotspot VPN security flaw puts 500M users at risk of losing anonymity, privacy

VPN services, which mask a user's real IP address, are often used by political activists and rebels to hide their physical location from their enemies or an oppressive government regime, for example. In these instances, a flaw like the one in Hotspot Shield could put these users at risk for serious retaliation. For everyday users, it could lead to privacy violations at the very least.

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Google Chrome users: Don't fall prey to this fake tech support scam

Fake browser alerts pushing these tech support scams have increased in the last quarter, according to Malwarebytes. Most of these attack campaigns come from malicious advertising and compromised websites, with criminals looking to scare users into calling the number—sometimes by completely locking their browser.

Apple Watch detects diabetes with 85% accuracy | Cult of Mac

Medical researchers have been on a quest to find a method for non-invasive glucose tracking in diabetics for decades. We’re not quite at that point yet, but the study’s recent finds are an encouraging sign to diabetics. More than 100 million adults in the United States live with diabetes or prediabetes. About one in four of those with diabetes don’t realize they have it.

Hacker easily bypasses Windows 10 anti-ransomware protection with this trick

CFA was added to Windows Defender in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in late 2017. Essentially, CFA keeps suspicious apps from augmenting or editing any files stored in a particular protected folder. However, the fact that it can be bypassed with the use of Office files could mean it isn't as secure as once thought.

One in five used credit to buy Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies

A survey of around 3,000 people finds some were so desperate to buy cryptocurrencies, they bought on credit.

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Now Google might make a game console and game-streaming service

Google could try to get serious about gaming with a rumored console and game-streaming service, according to the Information . The service, codenamed “Yeti,” would stream modern games over the internet instead of processing them locally, allowing them to run weaker hardware such as Google’s Chromecast dongles.


An investor's best friend? Israel Diamond Exchange launches digital co

RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) - Israel’s diamond exchange is turning to digital currencies to inject new life into a marketplace long ruled by cash and backroom handshakes, but it must first persuade traditionally conservative players that the technology can work.

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian steps aside, but will remain on board

Alexis Ohanian, the 34-year-old cofounder of the popular social networking site, said he's stepping away from daily duties at Reddit in order to focus on his attention on Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture firm he also cofounded seven years ago. The Wall Street Journal was first to report the move .

Alipay becomes first third-party payments service accepted by Apple stores | Cult of Mac

Alipay is the first third-party mobile payments system that Apple has ever accepted in its physical stores. Although Alipay is China’s most-used mobile payments platform, it has some stiff compeition from Tencent Holdings Ltd’s payment system that is used in weChat.

25 Police in China are scanning travelers with facial recognition glasses

The Wall Street Journal reports that Beijing-based LLVision Technology Co. developed the devices. The company produces wearable video cameras as well and while it sells those to anyone, it's vetting buyers for its facial recognition devices. And, for now, it isn't selling them to consumers. LLVision says that in tests, the system was able to pick out individuals from a database of 10,000 people and it could do so in 100 milliseconds. However, CEO Wu Fei told the Wall Street Journal that in the real world, accuracy would probably drop due to "environmental noise." Additionally, aside from being portable, another difference between these devices and typical facial recognition systems is that the database used for comparing images is contained in a hand-held device rather than the cloud.

Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow is dead at 70

A Wyoming native, Barlow brought together both the counter-cultural and libertarian strains in early internet ideology. A longtime friend of the Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, Barlow co-authored a number of songs for the band throughout the 70s. The Grateful Dead connection led him to early prominence on the WELL community (short for “Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link”), credited as one of the first online social networks.

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Cryptocurrency in exchange for your genetic data—it sounds a bit like a scam, but it’s the premise behind a new company founded by leading geneticist @geochurch . 

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According to China, the future of refueling your car goes likes this: drive in, tap your car’s infotainment screen, and drive right off. 

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Bryan Fuller has left Apple’s Amazing Stories reboot over concerns about its family-friendly content restrictions …

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Do you trust @facebook to take care of your kids? That’s basically what the world’s largest social network is asking parents with the release of its first app for children, Messenger Kids. 

Key iOS 9 Source Code Leaked on GitHub; Cited as 'Biggest Leak in History'

The source code of iBoot, a core component of iOS, leaked on GitHub recently. iBoot is responsible for all security checks and ensuring a secure copy of the OS is booted. It is in many ways the BIOS of an iPhone which verifies that the kernel and other system files being booted are not tampered with in any way.

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Somehow even the maggots are quirky in this clip from Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs

Why you should lock down your home router

In the age of BYOD your home network is now a threat vector for hackers targeting your work devices, says CUJO SVP of Networks Marcio Avillez.

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Dino-killing asteroid caused magma to burst from the ocean floor, say scientists

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U.S. announces take-down of $530 million cyberfraud network

Apple Pay picks up 26 more US banks & credit unions

Apple has updated its roster of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay to include 26 more U.S. institutions, filling in a shrinking number of coverage gaps.

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Why Apple won't need to throttle iPhone 8 or iPhone X so severely | Cult of Mac

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models use a more advanced hardware and software design that provides a more accurate estimation of both power needs and the battery’s power capability to maximize overall system performance. This allows a different performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown.

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People still think Laurence Fishburne is really Morpheus from The Matrix

South Korea police names Samsung Chairman Lee as suspect for tax evasi

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police named Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee as a suspect over allegations that he used bank accounts held in someone else’s name that held some 400 billion won ($368 million), Yonhap News Agency said on Thursday.

Apple Shipped a Record 18M Smartwatches in 2017

According to new figures from research firm Canalys , Apple shipped more than 18 million smartwatches in 2017, up 54 percent compared to the previous year. In the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, the Cupertino tech giant shipped 8 million smartwatches, which Canalys said is "the highest ever number of shipments in a single quarter, not just for Apple, but for any wearable vendor."


Samsung and Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable To Hacking, Consumer Reports Finds - Slashdot

Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs can be controlled by hackers exploiting easy-to-find security flaws . The problems affect Samsung televisions, along with models made by TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV smart-TV platform, as well as streaming devices such as the Roku Ultra. We found that a relatively unsophisticated hacker could change channels, play offensive content, or crank up the volume, which might be deeply unsettling to someone who didn't understand what was happening. This could be done over the web, from thousands of miles away. (These vulnerabilities would not allow a hacker to spy on the user or steal information.) The findings were part of a broad privacy and security evaluation, led by Consumer Reports, of smart TVs from top brands that also included LG, Sony, and Vizio. The testing also found that all these TVs raised privacy concerns by collecting very detailed information on their users. Consumers can limit the data collection. But they have to give up a lot of the TVs' functionality -- and know the right buttons to click and settings to look for.

How artificial intelligence is unleashing a new type of cybercrime

Gazit: Sure. So Dan, thank you very much for inviting me and I have to say it's an exciting topic, but also a bit dangerous for us as human beings and you're absolutely right, the world of financial crime has changed. And let's start with the fact that people today will not come to a branch of the bank and trying to shoot in there anymore. They can, it probably happens in Hollywood movies, but it's not very effective. Today it's much more convenient to establish a service somewhere outside the United States and to make an automatic AI-based program run on the server that will hack into bank accounts and will half a dollar from a bank account. Nobody will complain, especially if you call it I-tune transaction or stock transaction, and then you use it automatically, you do it 20 or 30 million times in a row, so in one month 20 to 30 million dollars goes to somebody else's bank account, and then it just disconnect the link, disappear, and a bank will maybe discover it after one year.

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Here's the sitch: Disney's working on a live-action Kim Possible movie

Chinese jumbo drone flies humans

Chinese startup Ehang has released footage showing its drone flying people. It is the first time the company has showed off video of the passenger flights to the public.

Here are all 157 new emojis coming to smartphones later this year

There are 157 individual emojis, but that includes all six skin tones of each applicable character. With the new class of emojis — known as Emoji 11.0 — the total number of emojis will be 2,823, according to Emojipedia's Jeremy Burge .

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This molecule could keep cancer patients from losing their lunch

The Secret To Staying Happy Is Getting Whatever Exposure To Nature You Can Get

Plenty of research shows that spending time in nature has powerful health benefits. For people working in cities, that’s not always possible, but there an approximate way to stay positive at least: New research shows that even if you’re trapped in an office or only able to step outside for a moment, small exposures to outdoorsy indicators–seeing trees, the sky, or hearing a birdsong–can boost your mood.

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