This Gadget Hacks GM Cars to Locate, Unlock, and Start Them (UPDATED)
Hacker Samy Kamkar shows that the problem of internet-connected cars being vulnerable to hacks just keeps getting bigger.
Google's testing pollution-sensing gear in its Street View cars
Google’s Street View cars will soon sniff the local pollution levels
The Fifth Element Stones Pillar Candle Holders
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Wooden Hobbit Tankard
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10 things Windows 10 failed to fix or flat-out broke
Windows Defender drastically lags behind the big-name antivirus solutions out there in most independent tests. Microsoft also allows PC makers to disable it in order to stuff computers with limited-time antivirus trialware, leaving users unprotected once the trial ends—though Windows 10 will intelligently start working again if you uninstall the other AV software on your system. I get why Microsoft may not want to upset the entire AV industry, but focusing on making Windows Defender more useful would make the entire computing world a better place.
Hammertoss: Russian hackers target the cloud, Twitter, GitHub in malware spread | ZDNet
APT29 also leverages a number of common malware tactics to disguise the malicious code's activity, including the retrieval of legitimate commands from social media networks, the use of compromised web servers for command and control (C&C) purposes, automatically visiting different Twitter handles daily on an automatic basis and communicating on schedule -- such as only in a victim's work week schedule or on specific dates.
Samsung plots Galaxy S6 price cut, new phones to help business
For the rest of this year, Samsung said it will attempt to boost smartphone sales by reducing the price of the Galaxy S6 and introducing new large-screen models. This time more than ever before, the company is under intense pressure to score a hit with a new phone to help turn around its declining business.
The Top Gear Crew Is Headed to Amazon Prime
“I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship,” Clarkson says. But apparently, he’s not getting everything he’s asked for:
This is how OneDrive works in Windows 10
Microsoft wants you to use OneDrive to store and sync all your data across devices. That’s why they are pushing out OneDrive apps to all platforms and give you unlimited online storage with an Office 365 subscription. Microsoft knows you won’t ever be able to fill that space with documents alone. But you can basically store anything on OneDrive and its seamless integration with Windows 10 and various applications ensures your files are automatically backed up, synced, and easily accessible.
Apple, Yahoo shuttle drivers set to vote on union
Shuttle drivers for Apple, eBay, Yahoo, Zynga and several other Silicon Valley firms are set to vote Saturday on a package for improved wages and benefits. The 160 drivers, most of them employed by Compass Transportation of San Jose, shuttle employees to and from those tech firms, as well as Amtrak, Evernote and Genentech.
Obama wants the U.S. to build the world's first exascale computer
The U.S. occupied the No. 2 spot as of June 2015, with the Department of Energy's Titan system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. It is capable of 17.59 petaflops. A forthcoming supercomputer at Oak Ridge, known as Summit, will be even more powerful while also being among the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world.
Report: New Apple TV set to be announced in September
In classic Apple fashion, the device is expected to be slimmer and faster, packing an A8 chip, a powerful processor currently used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new Apple TV will support Siri for voice commands and pack a new remote with a built-in touchpad.
After 13 Spinoffs, Angry Birds Gets Sequel
After more than a dozen “Angry Birds” games, the feathered heroes are finally getting a sequel. Rovio Entertainment Ltd. on Thursday is launching “Angry Birds 2,” which the closely held Finnish company bills as a true second act. The mobile game comes nearly six years and 13 offshoots after the first title in the popular franchise was...
The Apple Watch goes on sale at Best Buy Canada beginning August 14
As confirmed by Mobile Syrup , the Apple Watch is also headed to Best Buy Canada. The report indicates that the wearable will be available across Best Buy retail shops across the country, but that the opportunity to try on the device will be limited to 20 stores — of which the list isn’t known just yet. The Apple Watch and Watch Sport will be available from the retailer in 16 different variants, and Best Buy will also have plenty of accessories on sale, too.
AT&T asks FCC to scrap $100 million fine
However, the FCC last months accused AT&T of “failing to sufficiently inform customers of the maximum speed they would receive under the Maximum Bit Rate policy.” It was fined $100 million to avoid “an astronomical figure,” but the actual fine could have been up to $16,000 per violation — and there are thought to be millions of violations.
Amazon Prime sign Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for new car show
Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed to present a new car show on the Amazon Prime streaming service in one of the biggest coups in TV history.
Microsoft launches free, 90-day trial of Windows 10 - CNET
But if the Windows 10 upgrade itself is free, why would you need to bother with a free evaluation edition? Well, installing the trial version gives you three months to check out Windows 10. During that time, you can still maintain your current Windows 7 or 8.1 environment for your everyday tasks. But -- yes, there's always a but -- the Enterprise edition is geared for large businesses so it doesn't offer the same features you'll find in the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro editions that Microsoft has been pushing out as a free upgrade.
Sony, Samsung Find Strength in Sales of Components
Earnings reports from Samsung Electronics Co. and Sony Corp. underscore the two Asian technology companies’ increasing reliance on components sales to drive profits as it becomes harder to earn money selling smartphones and other consumer electronics.
Most 2016 Volkswagen cars can avoid crashes and talk to your phone
The in-car infotainment systems are also getting the upgrades promised at the start of the year . If you get a ride with VW's new MIB II unit installed, you'll have support for Android Auto , Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connections -- if your phone can't talk to an equipped car, there's something wrong. There's also an optional Car-Net subscription service that brings remote control, security notifications and real-time data (such as fuel prices and weather). Most of VW's lineup won't get MIB II until later in 2015, but it'll probably be worth holding out if you want in-cabin tech that should be relevant for more than a hot minute.
Samsung will discount Galaxy S6 phones after launch sales disappoint
To note, the company's TV and appliances division is struggling, as well, posting a 210 billion won ($180 million) profit, down from last year's 770 billion won ($660 million). Samsung plans to expand its premium model lineup with curved TVs and other products to remedy that. Unlike its mobile and consumer electronics businesses that failed to meet expectations, though, the company's memory chip and processor division seems to be doing very well. Its profits are up by 1.54 trillion won ($1.3 billion) from last year, and it's reportedly going to supply the upcoming iPhone's processors.
Despite H-1B lottery, offshore firms dominate visa use
With the likelihood that a large number of firms submitted only one petition, Costa said that perhaps it makes sense "to allow each employer with an accepted petition to get at least one of their H-1B workers, before giving a second to any company, because companies like Infosys and Tata are likely benefiting from submitting thousands of petitions, which increases their chances of getting picked in the lottery, while smaller companies that just need one or two H-1B workers are losing out altogether," he said.
Microsoft wants to stream PC games to your Xbox One - CNET
Bringing Windows 10 and the Xbox together is a clear way to generate demand for both. Microsoft wants to get Windows 10 into as many hands as possible, and offering this connection could convince Xbox One owners to upgrade to the new operating system software. On the flip side, Microsoft wants to create greater demand for the Xbox One, which has seen its sales trounced by Sony's PlayStation 4 for much of the past year. Providing a bridge to the Xbox One through the new operating system could prompt Windows 10 users to give the console a shot. Gamers also want to be able to play their favorite titles from a variety of devices -- game consoles, PCs and mobile devices, and this bridge between the Xbox One and Windows 10 would fulfill that need.
Brown dwarf's fiery aurora is out of this world...and solar system - CNET
Astronomers have spied an aurora beyond our solar system for the first time, lighting up the pole of a failed star that's cool in multiple ways.
Google Translate's Mobile App Just Got Even More Magical
Let's say you're traveling abroad in a country where you don't read or speak the native tongue. If you come across a road sign, just hold your smartphone up so that the image of the sign appears on the display, and let the Google Translate app show you what the words mean in the language of your choice.
How to get an Edge experience in Chrome - CNET
Good news -- you don't have to switch browsers to get some of Edge's new features. You can draw on webpages, view articles in a full-screen reader, and even search Google with your voice without ever leaving your beloved Chrome. Plus, Google's team has been working on making Chrome faster and smoother (they've improved its battery hogging tendencies, for example, according to a Google+ post by senior software engineer Peter Kasting ), so Edge may still end up the clunkier browser.
Uber now offers its own car leases to UberX drivers
As Uber continues to evolve beyond just dominating on-demand rides, the company is furthering its bets on leasing cars to drivers. Uber announced today a new pilot program, called Xchange Leasing, allowing Uber to directly lease cars to its UberX drivers. UberX is the ride-sharing company’s cheapest ride service.
In this fake city, cars learn to talk to each other - CNET
Mcity plays a role in this future. It lets sponsoring carmakers Ford, Nissan, Honda, General Motors and Toyota cooperate with each other and with technology companies like Verizon and Qualcomm to test self-driving vehicles in an urban environment. Mcity, which officially opened earlier this month, is designed to challenge self-driving car systems with everything from simulated pedestrians to stop signs that are faded to pink and covered with graffiti. Other difficulties include a roundabout (emblazoned with the university's blocky M logo), train tracks, traffic signals and a road section made of the same type of see-through metal grille that gives drivers the willies when crossing Michigan's Mackinac Bridge high above the link between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
Google Fails to Overturn Microsoft’s Patent Royalty Victory
The appeals court on Thursday upheld Robart’s analysis of how to calculate the correct royalty rate, and the jury’s use of that information. It also said Microsoft was entitled to compensation for having to move its German facility to the Netherlands and the legal costs to ensure it didn’t have to stop selling any of its products.
Windows 10 review
While Microsoft is focused on mouse and keyboard computing with Windows 10, it hasn’t forgot about all the good touch work that went into Windows 8. A new tablet mode in Windows 10 aims to bridge the fullscreen world of Windows 8 with the traditional way you use a Windows PC. If you have a 2-in-1 convertible laptop, then you’ll be prompted to enable tablet mode when you physically switch modes from laptop to tablet. Windows 10’s tablet mode simplifies the task bar, makes everything touch-friendly, and brings back the fullscreen Start screen. Overall, it’s a good improvement over the hidden gestures in Windows 8, and it feels a lot easier to use if you’re enabling it for the first time. Microsoft still has some work to do to blend these two modes a little better, but this already feels less jarring than Windows 8.
#FreeTheBern: Bernie Sanders pushes rivals to crack down on Wall Street
“It’s really hard to imagine how a presidential candidate is going to seriously confront the powerful, greed-driven interests on Wall Street when they’re getting advice whispered in their ear from people who just walked out of the banks responsible for the crash of the economy in 2008,” Sroka said, adding that Clinton has yet to follow Sanders and O’Malley’s lead in criticizing the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington.
Whoa, This Full-Frame Camera Shoots at ISO 4,000,000
The Canon ME20F-SH is your ticket to the two-comma ISO club, and Canon claims it’ll capture accurate colors with little to no noise in low light. You’ll need to wait till December to buy it, but it’ll see through the dark. But keep in mind that this camera is built to shoot HD video rather than stills. That’s a big reason for that 2-megapixel sensor, which provides ample resolution to capture 1920×1080 video at 60p, 24p, and 30p. If you have any Canon full-frame EF lenses in your arsenal, they’ll all work with this night-prowler.
That Piece of Debris Won’t Tell Us Where MH370 Crashed
Even if this piece of debris doesn’t solve the mystery of where MH370 crashed, it still might offer some closure for the victims’ families if investigators confirm it belonged to the missing Boeing 777. “It can put to rest the idea that the airplane is still out there,” says Keller. The Indian Ocean may be huge and mysterious, but at least it could be part of an answer.
Pebble Time Steel: Preorders ship in August, but you’ll have to wait for the metal band
On stage at MWC in Barcelona during a session on wearables, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, revealed a new model of smartwatch: the Pebble Time Steel. Just like the recently announced Pebble Time, it has a color epaper display, but it’s 20 percent thinner than the original, water resistant, and more durable.
Using Watson, IBM and CVS aim to predict when your health is about to decline
That’s thanks to a new partnership announced Thursday by IBM and CVS Health that aims to use predictive analytics and Watson cognitive computing to improve care management for those with chronic diseases. More specifically, the effort will involve the use of Watson’s natural language processing capabilities to help healthcare practitioners gain insight from a mix of sources including medical records, pharmacy and medical claims information, mobile apps and fitness devices and then make suggestions based on that information.
Tictail Wants to Be Your Global Marketplace By Going Local
After launching the marketplace this past year, Tictail is now focused on reeling in more users that can check out clothes, furniture, and accessories from designers based in more than a hundred countries all around the world. “When you open the app in San Francisco or New York City, you’ll see local brands from around you,” says Waldekranz. “But you’ll also find brands from London, Barcelona, and Stockholm that all ship to your location, that’s available in your language, in your currency.”
Here's What We Thought About Windows 30 Years Ago
To save you the trouble, we perused back issues ( now digitized on Google Books ) to find Windows coverage dating back to 1986. What did we think of Microsoft's OS when it first landed? Did we know Vista was doomed from the start? Check out the slideshow to find out.
Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 are here! - Office Blogs
The Office Mobile apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote—are built from the ground up for touch, offer the familiar experience that Office customers expect, and deliver the capabilities people need for on-the-go productivity on Windows 10 tablets and small screen devices. Across each of the apps, customers will appreciate full fidelity viewing of their Office documents, knowing edits and changes made on any device will render perfectly across all their devices. Tightly integrated with OneDrive, the Office Mobile apps are fully cloud connected, making it easy to access your documents from anywhere, pick up where you last left off, and co-author with others on documents and projects. Your docs are now automatically saved for you, ensuring you won’t lose a change and that others can see your edits as you work together. And there are new intelligent features, like Tell Me, that make it easier for you to do what you want in fewer steps.
Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a week
Planned Parenthood said electronic traffic to its websites was snarled by computer hackers on Wednesday in the second cyber attack mounted against the healthcare organization this week amid a controversy over alleged sales of aborted fetal tissue.
The most insane Tom Cruise stunts from the Mission Impossible movies
Tom Cruise is crazy. And not crazy in the jump on couches and shoot lightning bolts crazy but legitimately a crazy person because he has the boulders to do his own stunts. And not just stunts like playing hopscotch in a pond but stunts that get crazier and crazier with each Mission Impossible movie . Rock climbing, running on the world’s tallest building, diving into a hole, holding an airplane while it takes off.
Former US national security officials back end-to-end encryption
Rounding off their argument is the idea that, should the US government demand duplicate keys to protect national security, it would be difficult to ignore similar requests for the same keys from other countries. US officials wouldn't have full control or oversight over their surveillance protocols, which could weaken the privacy of US businesses and individuals. The support for watertight encryption follows warnings by FBI director James Comey and the Justice Department about the technology and its ability to conceal criminals and terror suspects. Neither called for legislation enforcing backdoor access, but regardless -- a timely reminder about the benefits of robust encryption is always welcome.
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Chaldal Wants To Become The Amazon Fresh Of Bangladesh’s Capital
“Once we really understand Dhaka, the other cities will be fairly easy,” says Alim. “The market here is already very big, so we don’t need to expand to other cities in order to get bigger challenges. In Dhaka, groceries are probably a $4 to $5 billion market per year, so if we provide cheaper prices, more variety, and better quality, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be one of the biggest retailers in the city, if not the biggest.”
Ars interviews Millie Dresselhaus, the Queen of Carbon
Dresselhaus: All kinds of problems! In the last few minutes, I just came back from [a discussion of] the influence of what we do on mechanical engineering, of all things. I'm invited to be on the thesis committee of many people in mechanical engineering right now. I don't know how many, but it's more than a handful. And when I read the theses, they're very much like what I'm doing in my own research field. I involve them, and I ask them lots of questions.
Mashable on Twitter
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.
Why the traditional ad agency is a dying breed
So back to the original premise: How do ad agencies stay relevant in a social and data-driven world? They have to transform or they will die. Many ad agencies are still cranking out millions of dollars in video buys that most people — particularly those who are 18 to 35-year- old — have stopped looking at. A fleeting 30-second TV ad does little to nothing in the way of engaging those who have almost entirely switched over to digital and mobile.
The DEA's new boss says heroin is probably more dangerous than marijuana
Acting DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg has acknowledged that marijuana is "probably not" as dangerous as heroin, a concession that's almost revelatory given the hardline stance of his predecessors. "Let me say it this way: I’d rather be in a car accident going 30 miles an hour than 60 miles an hour, but I’d prefer not to be in a car accident at all," Rosenberg said Tuesday morning, adding that he's "not an expert." He also confirmed that the agency is going to focus on what he termed "the biggest and most important cases," which typically involve opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamines.
Mr. Robot Recap: Hacking a Prisoner Out of Jail
Last night’s Mr. Robot was intense—and arguably the most dystopian episode so far. After breaking into a world-class data center last week, Elliot’s next hacking assignment is a prison. But this time, there’s way more on the line. COMMENCE SPOILERS.
Apple patents stylus tech that recreates physical surfaces of objects
The Patent Office published a couple of new Apple patents today for a hand-held stylus that can accurately scan and recreate physical surfaces, and even allow the user to “feel” the texture.
LinkedIn stock soars after great earnings
The networking site reported a revenue of $712 million and earnings of 55 cents per share, handily topping analyst expectations of $680.3 million and 33 cents per share. That's a 33% jump from the same quarter last year, and a turnaround from a disappointing first quarter this year.
Kaboom lets you send self-destructing messages to social networks
If you’re concerned about the content you put online, you might consider using an app that destroys content after a certain amount of time. But destructive apps rely on a careful ecosystem in order to really be, well, destructive. You can’t really take them and plop them somewhere else, like Facebook or Twitter.
Pocket starts recommending articles and videos in a new public beta
Recommendations represent a shift in thinking for 8-year-old Pocket, which began as a browser bookmarklet to save articles into a dedicated reading list. For years, Weiner saw Pocket as a place dedicated exclusively to the stories and videos that you explicitly decided to save. But now that users have saved more than 2 billion items, Pocket has good data about the stories that are most popular and interesting — and so the company has decided to test out recommendations. It's not the first to do this: rival Instapaper has long offered content recommendations of its own through the "browse" tab inside the app.
Tesla’s Using Its Customers to Get Around Trouble Opening Stores
“This is a way for us to have a guerrilla battle with some of the car dealer associations,” Musk says. It’s a bid to make existing customers—a particularly enthusiastic fanbase by industry standards—into de facto sales people. “It certainly could be something that helps us where we are still held back by local legislation.”
Zombi: The ZombiU Re-Release Announced for 2015 - IGN
Today, Ubisoft announced the first-person survival horror game will release on August 18, 2015 and will be available via digital download only.
How predictive analytics will revolutionize healthcare
"Coming to the hospital is not enjoyable for people," Dr. Weinstein says. "If we can keep them out of it, that would be great. We need to create a sustainable health system. I think what's happened with the [Affordable Care Act] is that all the policy work has been to get people insured and covered. Having insurance doesn't mean good healthcare. What about all the people who are healthy that we don't want to be sick. If I was really effective, no one would come to my hospital."