Toy drones don't stand a chance against a $3 million missile
A US ally dispatched a single quadcopter with a $3 million missile.
Amazon’s Drive-Up Grocery Store Experiment Gets A Fresh Name | Fast Company
Amazon Fresh Pickup in Seattle receives temporary occupancy approval, signage, and applies for a liquor license.
US charges two Russian spies over hacking of 500 million Yahoo accounts
U nited States prosecutors have announced charges against two Russian intelligence officers and two hackers, accusing them of a massive data breach at Yahoo that affected the accounts some half a billion users.
U.S. indicts Russian spies, hackers over massive Yahoo hack
WASHINGTON The U.S. government on Wednesday unsealed charges against two Russian spies and two criminal hackers for allegedly pilfering 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014.
Twitter hack fills high-profile accounts with Nazi references
A broad range of Twitter accounts appear to have been affected by the hack, from the European Parliament to Unicef, from actress Sarah Shahi to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. Media outlets Forbes Magazine, BBC North America, Die Welt and Reuters Japan were also hit.
What young women believe about their own sexual pleasure
Why do girls feel empowered to engage in sexual activity but not to enjoy it? For three years, author Peggy Orenstein interviewed girls ages 15 to 20 about their attitudes toward and experiences of sex. She discusses the pleasure that's largely missing from their sexual encounters and calls on us to close the "orgasm gap" by talking candidly with our girls from an early age about sex, bodies, pleasure and intimacy.
'The Matrix' gets reloaded with Warner Bros. reboot
There's also no word on whether writer-director duo the Wachowskis will be involved in the reboot. While "The Matrix" was just the second film released by the pair when it hit cinemas in 1999, the franchise is now indelibly linked to the siblings in the minds of many fans.
Galaxy S8: What the leaks tell us Samsung could announce | ZDNet
Try to act surprised on March 29: If leaks are to be believed, this is what the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus from Samsung could look like.
GitLab acquires software chat startup Gitter, will open-source the code
GitLab won’t bundle it up in its community edition or its enterprise edition, but it will open-source the Gitter code for others to build on, cofounder and chief executive Sid Sijbrandij told VentureBeat in an interview. That will happen later. What’s happening now, though, is that as part of GitLab, Gitter is launching a new feature called Topics, where people will be able to ask and answer questions — sort of like Stack Overflow.
How to Extend the Life of Your Social Media Content : Social Media Examiner
Links shared via social media tend to have a short half-life (that is, the amount of time it takes for links to receive half of the clicks they’ll ever get) of just a few hours. An easy way to get more out of shared links is to repost them again in the days, weeks and months that follow.
Google now lets you go inside an active volcano with Street View
You can move in multiple directions in the caldera, and look in
all directions — just like how Google Street View works anywhere
else. you can also trek through the jungle on the islands, stroll
along the beaches, hike up the side of the mountain, and visit
the explorers' camp.
McDonald’s is now testing mobile ordering in the US
McDonald’s is now letting some mobile app users in Washington and California place their orders before actually getting to a restaurant location. With mobile ordering, customers place their orders ahead of time, go to a McDonald’s, check in, and pay through the app. They can then pick up their food using the physical counter, drive-thru, or curbside pickup. The app relies on geofencing to know where customers are in relation to the storefront to keep food fresh.
Chrome makes power move, suppresses background tabs
Google's latest upgrade to the Chrome browser began what will be a series of moves over the next several years to reduce the browser's power consumption by limiting activity in background tabs.
Nvidia, Bosch to develop AI-powered self-driving car system | ZDNet
Nvidia will bring the AI and processing power to a self-driving car system while Bosch adds the know-how in building automotive-grade systems.
Facebook brings Snapchat-like Stories feature to more countries [Updated]
Update 11:02 AM ET: This post originally suggested Facebook Stories was rolling out globally, but Facebook tells us it’s simply expanded its test to include more countries. We’ve update the post to reflect this information.
Yahoo hacked by Russian spies, Department of Justice charges cyber criminals
The Russian spies allegedly left Baratov and hacker-for-hire Aleksey Belan the spoils, letting the two cybercriminals use the emails for profit. The Yahoo breach is be the largest hacking case ever handled by the US.
Twitter accounts hacked to push #NaziHollanda message
In a near-repeat of a hack last November, large numbers of Twitter users are suddenly pushing a disturbing spam message. This one is written in Turkish and appears to target Holland with a " #NaziHollanda" or "#Nazialmanya" hashtag, but just like last time , the source appears to be a third party service called Twitter Counter .
Samsung could add iPhone-like pressure-sensitive screen on Galaxy S8
“The latest technology boasts higher sensitivity and a wider range of pressure-sensing levels compared to the previous one used in Huawei’s P9 in 2015,” the source further told The Investor.
Justice Department Charges Four People Linked to Russia in Connection to 2014 Yahoo Hack
The defendants used unauthorized access to Yahoo’s systems to steal information from about at least 500 million Yahoo accounts and then used some of that stolen information to obtain unauthorized access to the contents of accounts at Yahoo, Google and other webmail providers, including accounts of Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and private-sector employees of financial, transportation and other companies. One of the defendants also exploited his access to Yahoo’s network for his personal financial gain, by searching Yahoo user communications for credit card and gift card account numbers, redirecting a subset of Yahoo search engine web traffic so he could make commissions and enabling the theft of the contacts of at least 30 million Yahoo accounts to facilitate a spam campaign.
'American Gods' trailer is pure fantasy -- in the best way
American Gods stars Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Pablo Schreiber, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Yetide Badaki and more, in a world where gods exist because people believe in them. As people stop believing, the gods lose power, and new gods emerge to reflect what we value. Shadow (Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (McShane) prefer the old gods and urge them to fight the new ones, leading to the trailer's promised carnage.
Millions of records leaked from huge US corporate database
"Whilst you could piece together parts of the data from information already in the public domain, having it aggregated and so easily searchable in this fashion is enormously valuable," said Hunt in an email on Tuesday. "It also serves as a reminder that we've lost control of our privacy; the vast majority of people in the data set would have no idea their information is being sold in this fashion and they certainly don't have any control over it."
Facebook’s new ‘Town Hall’ feature helps you find and contact your government reps
Beyond following your reps and getting in touch, the Town Hall feature applies a bit of peer pressure to get you involved by noting how many of your friends have connected with a government rep via Facebook. This isn’t all that useful beyond the potential psychological impact it has on users, by making them not want to be left out.
Toward the end of 2016, at least some employees began to wonder whether Genius was breaking through to the mainstream. Neither Andreessen nor his co-founder Ben Horowitz, has contributed an annotation since 2015. (A spokeswoman said Horowitz, who sits on the Genius board, was not available for comment.) According to company legend, the rapper ASAP Rocky once threw up in their offices — but maybe now Genius has lost some of its cultural edge. “No one seemed to interact with Genius independently of me throwing a link at them and saying, ‘click on this,’” one former employee said. “It seemed like a lot of the user base was white kids in Australia.”
Amazon's Alexa is coming to your iPhone
Amazon's Alexa is coming to your iPhone
The voice assistant will roll out on Amazon's app next week.
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Here Are All the Science and Technology Initiatives Trump’s Budget Would Decimate
As expected, President Trump’s proposed budget is a nightmare for science, the environment, and parts of the technology industry. Welcome to the future, where our long national nightmare may not even have the funds to keep chugging along.
How big data developers use automation tools to identify mission-critical apps - TechRepublic
"To achieve these goals, every aspect of the application development chain must be looked at," said Munshi. "Whether it is using a cluster analyzer to assess how data is being captured and processed, to monitoring resource utilization with tools to assure that processing is occurring under optimum system conditions, to assisting developers with debugging tools for their code and detecting areas in the software development chain that need the development of a formal policy, so that for instance, a random, low-priority job doesn't get injected into a job stream that delays the mission-critical processing."
THE INSURTECH REPORT: How financial technology firms are helping — and disrupting — the nearly $5 trillion insurance industry
This has created an opportunity for a group of firms known as insurtechs. These startups are leveraging new technology and a better understanding of consumer expectations to increase efficiencies in the insurance industry. Some are helping incumbents deliver better end products, while others are directly competing with legacy players.
Netflix's Plan to Change Its Rating System is Troubling
Users shouldn’t rely on the horde of unwashed masses to make their movie and TV viewing decisions for them. But still, rating systems are useful. Netflix five star system has been in place for years and it can be handy, especially if you just want to look at the top rated picks. That’s all about to change.
Silicon Valley Tries To Turn Its Newfound Political Awareness Into Action | Fast Company
Can a bunch of self-absorbed Silicon Valley tech heads break out of their bubble, team up with working-class laborers, and hit the streets to become political activists in the Trump era? That was the question hanging over the first Tech Stands Up, a political demonstration that drew about a thousand tech industry employees, janitors, farmworkers, and Bay Area progressives to downtown Palo Alto on March 14. The event was intended to kick off new political and social activism in the Bay Area technology community, which has thrived in recent years, with the election of the very pro-tech Barack Obama in 2008 and the stunning economic rebound starting around 2011. But Donald Trump’s upset victory, with his immigration and trade policies that could hurt the Valley’s business model, has started some uncomfortable soul searching in an industry not known for political activism.
9 reasons why MSN Messenger is still better than WhatsApp and Snapchat
It’s slick, yes, but also just another way for us all to be inundated with the trout pout sporting vanity of the selfie obsessed. MSN had its own, slightly more subtle alternative, the ability to set your status as whatever you wanted. In most cases that meant moody lyrics from the likes of Green Day and Papa Roach. They say a picture paints a thousand words. What they don’t add, however, is that if those words are teenage angst-filled song lyrics, then they do just fine on their own.
Why many major American companies have struggled in China: A final word
China holds promise for most American businesses. It is a large market that inherently desires high tech and luxury goods. Globalization is not only a trend, but a reality of how future business will be done. In response to some protectionist governments, Xi Jinping, the President of China, has come out urging all nations to actively welcome globalization. Fear of doing business in China is natural, but this should never stop an American business from trying to expand there. While there are many examples of businesses that have lost money (several of which are discussed in prior installments in this series), the ones that do make it in China reap great rewards. IKEA has dominated the home improvement market and Fitbit has inspirationally been able to learn from its past mistakes and even overtake its primary, initially more China-savvy, competitor.
The Animated Beauty and the Beast Remains a Near-Perfect Masterpiece
Case in point: The very first song, “Belle,” is not only a catchy tune, it’s a storytelling powerhouse. It establishes the setting and world of the film, explains the main character, foreshadows the rest of the movie, and sets up one of the film’s main conflicts, all in mere minutes. It’s not alone. “Gaston” serves a similar purpose, using a toe-tapping melody to set up the movie’s conflict. “Be Our Guest” introduces all the servant characters in the castle, while simultaneously being a showcase for the wonders of the animated art form. “Something There” marks the transition of the relationship between Belle and the Beast and “The Mob Song” acts as a marker of the movie’s tonal shift, from sweet second act to the action-packed finale.
A reboot of 'The Matrix' is in the works
"The Matrix," released in 1999, followed a computer programmer
named Neo (Reeves) who realizes humanity is living in a simulated
reality and becomes the hope for its salvation. The movie
redefined how action movies would be made for the next decade
with its incredible CGI and martial arts. Two sequels, "The
Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions," didn't live up to
the hype of the first movie but still made major bank at the box
Donald Trump's tweet about Snoop Dogg may be his weirdest 140 characters so far
Donald Trump's tweet about Snoop Dogg may be his weirdest 140 characters so far
This modern netbook is taking on Apple and Microsoft | ZDNet
In contrast, the GPD Pocket provides an even closer alignment lineup between its keyboard and its 7-inch screen size, The company has even managed to get both a USB-A and USB-C connector on board. It promises a design that rivals Apple's (at least in external appearance) and performance "far beyond the Microsoft Surface 3", and will cost $599 at retail -- more than netbooks and cloudbooks but less than many of the premium UMPCs of the day. It's available for $200 less than that via its Indiegogo campaign which has collected over $2 million -- 10 times its goal -- with about a month left to go.
BBC Dad's kids are your new IDGAF heroes
Korea expert Robert Kelly held his first press conference Wednesday since becoming a viral sensation, all thanks to his two children, who decided to crash his BBC interview. And this new media appearance has shown us, beyond doubt, that his kids still DGAF — and that they are our heroes.
Rare Nuclear Test Films Saved, Declassified, and Uploaded to YouTube
From 1945 until 1962, the United States conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests—the kind with the big mushroom cloud and all that jazz. Above-ground nuke testing was banned in 1963, but there are thousands of films from those tests that have just been rotting in secret vaults around the country. But starting today you can see many of them on YouTube .
Distant Galaxies Look Mysteriously Different From Our Own
There’s a gravitational anomaly that permeates our entire universe: The way most galaxies and clusters of galaxies behave implies that there’s around six times more matter than we actually observe. Scientists called the missing stuff that should create the unaccounted-for gravity we measure “dark matter.”
Grindr launches Gaymoji, because every eggplant is unique
"Partly, this project started because the current set of emojis set by some international board were limited and not evolving fast enough for us," he said. "If I wanted to say something about going dancing, I would always have to use the red-dress dancing woman. I thought, 'Why isn't there a guy dancing?'"
On Anniversary of Fappening Hacker Charges, Sad Jerks Post More Nude Photos
Exactly one year ago today Ryan Collins—one of the hackers involved in the celebrity iCloud nude photo leaks known as “the Fappening”—was charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Today, more alleged intimate photos of actresses are being circulated online, and this time Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried are among the targets.
Unleash the power of Excel's AutoSum tool - TechRepublic
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Zoos Are So Afraid of Poachers They’re Starting to Cut the Horns Off Their Rhinos
For the procedure, vets will put the rhinos under anesthesia before removing their horns with a chainsaw and filing down the sharp edges. The removal of rhino horns causes no permanent damage to their health, and the horn eventually grows back. The Dvur Kralove Zoo has never had to do this before, except for reasons like transport or health concerns. The Czech zoo is particularly sensitive to the issue, given that it’s the only facility in the world to have successfully bred the rare white rhinos while in captivity. In 2009, the zoo relocated three northern white rhinos to the Ol Pejeta reserve in Kenya.
Yahoo's Mayer 'grateful' to FBI, DOJ for nabbing hackers
For Mayer, the indictments could let her breathe a sigh of relief during what's been a tumultuous tenure as Yahoo's leader. Verizon is set to acquire Yahoo's internet and ad tech business, which includes iconic properties like Yahoo Mail, search and fantasy sports. After the deal goes through, Mayer is stepping down as CEO of what's left after the buyout -- essentially an investment company called Altaba with lucrative Asian assets. She'll get $23 million as part of her severance package.
Some Hackers Figured Out How to Take Control of Any WhatsApp Account
Don’t panic quite yet. Again, the WhatsApp and Telegram vulnerabilities have been patched, although it remains unclear if similar bugs exist for other web-based messaging apps. In the end, you should use this news as a reminder that no software is completely hacker-proof. If you want to make sure your communications are completely secure, you’ll just have to write your messages on paper, hand deliver them in a surveillance-free environment, watch your recipients read them, and then set those messages on fire. This ancient method still works great.
A San Francisco startup just created the world's first lab-grown chicken
its current technology can yield 1 pound of
chicken meat for less than $9,000— which is half of what it cost
the startup to make 1 pound of its beef meatballs about a year
ago. That said, $9,000 is still incredibly expensive, and
lab-grown meat's costly production is one of the reasons why
Memphis Meat has not been able to go to market yet. For
comparison, boneless chicken breast costs about
$3.22 per pound to produce in the US.
The Deadliest Cobras Also Look the Most Terrifying
Cobras are renowned for their devastating flesh-eating venom, and the dramatic way they rear their heads upwards to flare their hoods. New research clarifies the purpose of these tactics and how they emerged among cobras—insights that could help scientists develop more powerful anti-venoms, and help you spot an especially deadly cobra before it’s too late.
Glitch invites you to remix other people's code for fun and functionality
Want to tinker with some code or see how a basic app is built? Glitch has a bunch of projects you can dive into, look under the hood and even remix to suit your own needs.
iRobot adds Alexa integration, analytics to smart home | ZDNet
iRobot's Roomba 900 Series build maps via navigation tools and visual localization. These maps are then delivered via a Clean Map in the iRobot Home App. Data such as total area and duration for up to 30 cleaning jobs is supported. A patented technology called Leveraging Dirt Detect provides data on debris and focused cleaning areas.
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Your Fossil smartwatch just got smarter with Android Wear 2.0
While Fossil’s lineup isn’t first to receive the new software, it certainly isn’t last. Funny how that works, given that the fashion company didn’t join the smartwatch fray until 2016.
Compared to the new LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style , Fossil’s watches are mostly on par in terms of features. Though you won’t receive the super-slim chassis of the Style or the 4G LTE capability of the Sport, Android Wear 2.0 does a good job in leveling the field so that these Nexus-like devices created in collaboration with Google don’t completely outshine efforts from, say, Fossil.
That is to say, Google Assistant, the built-in Google Play Store and many other changes and improvements will be available on these Fossil watches.
Choosing a smartwatch is mostly a matter of style preference. You’ll know if they suit your style, but if you’re a fan of Fossil’s traditional timepieces, you’ll find a lot to like across the board.
Now, here’s to hoping that other manufacturers get going with the update release as well.
Google opens up to kids under 13 with Family Link
The tech giant is opening up its many online services to kids under 13 with a new tool called Family Link: an app that lets parents carefully manage the content on their kids' devices. It marks one of the first attempts by a major tech company to directly address the reality of kids using tech products, potentially acquiring many more customers in the process — albeit in a limited way.
Reducing power consumption for background tabs
. To prolong battery life, Chrome should minimize power impact from things users can’t see. This includes background tabs, which consume a third of Chrome's power usage on desktop. Starting in version 57, Chrome will throttle individual background tabs by limiting the timer fire rate for background tabs using excessive power.