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Mozilla launches experimental voice search, file-sharing and note-taking tools for Firefox

Firefox is due for a comeback. A lot of the work the team spent on refactoring core parts of the browser is starting to pay off, and, while its market share..

Windows 10 will include built-in eye tracking support

Microsoft is planning to add native eye tracking support into Windows 10. The new support is primarily designed to help those suffering from neuro-muscular diseases like ALS and other disabilities...

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Augmented reality game prototype is some IRL Harry Potter magic

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Facebook said to be working on dedicated video chat device

Facebook has also tested a 360-degree camera for the device, which would fit with their push to bring 360 video to their social platform, but that won’t be ready in time for its initial planned product launch. It’s reportedly set to retail for “a few hundred dollars,” Bloomberg reports, with the standalone smart speaker aiming to sell for somewhere around $100; that speaker could be sidelined entirely, too, if Facebook decides to focus entirely on the video chat hardware.

Nintendo promises SNES Classic pre-orders soon, because chaos trumps order in 2017

So... uh... there you go. The thing we already knew was coming is, in fact, still coming. Even better: at an undetermined moment later this month, some lucky few will enjoy the privilege of being able to spend money in advance on the thing.

Apple followed Chinese law in pulling VPN apps, Cook says

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple had no choice but to comply with local regulations in pulling VPN apps from its China App Store.

Kushner On Middle East Peace: "What Do We Offer That's Unique? I Don't Know."

I’d say what makes me hopeful about it is the fact that (a) we’ve had two achievements so far that I think are actually quite noteworthy, which I'll talk about in a second. The reason why we haven’t been able to do that is the trust that we have with all sides. So if you’ve noticed about this conflict, and [unintelligible] nothing’s leaked out. So nothing has leaked out which I think gives the parties more trust, and more ability to really express and share their viewpoints. And ultimately, if you do a deal that when somebody had to compromise somewhere—all right so there's a stated set of positions on one side. There’s a stated set of positions on the other side. And there’s a lot of viewpoints all around that people have, which may or may not be conducive to a solution. So I think you need to be able to probe people in private for them to have the confidence that it’s not going to be used against them, and that it’s not going to leak out in the press, which would be very, very hurtful. That’s been a big advantage, which has allowed us to really have a lot of very interesting conversations.

Growing Pains For Bitcoin As Rival Factions Split The Currency In Two

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, ripple, and litecoin— plus hundreds more —are digital alternatives to our existing, state-run system. Instead of printing dollars, bitcoin users “mine” the currency using the processing power in their computers. Once a coin has been “mined,” it lives in a distributed ledger called the blockchain, which serves as a shared record of accounts and transactions. Proponents of the system argue that it offers greater efficiency and transparency by obviating the financial system’s dependence on middlemen, like banks.

Apple Reports Third Quarter Results

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), tax rate, and plans for return of capital. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s international operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of legal proceedings.

Snap reportedly in talks to acquire maker of selfie-taking drone

Zero Zero is best known for its Hover Camera Passport Drone , which uses facial recognition to take photos of users from the air. At the time of its debut in spring of last year, no other drone company had introduced something similar and made it to market. Lily Robotics successfully raised $34 million in preorders for its autonomous drone, only to shut down and halt manufacturing efforts. Now, DJI makes its Spark drone and specifically markets it as a gadget for selfie-taking. That puts Zero Zero Robotics in a tough spot: directly competing against the most well-known consumer drone company.

Lyft partners with Amtrak for first- and last-mile trip tie-ins

Lyft and Amtrak are teaming up on a partnership that will allow Amtrak app users to book a trip directly in the train operator’s mobile software. The Lyft ride quest feature is designed to help travelers manage those first and last legs of their journey, and the team-up also comes with a $5 credit for new Lyft users for their first four rides.

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Security flaw made 175,000 IoT cameras vulnerable to becoming spy cams for hackers

The cameras use Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) to open ports on the router, so they can be accessed from the outside world, the report stated. Using the Shodan search engine, researchers could find all cameras discoverable on the internet. They found between 100,000 and 140,000 devices when searching for the HTTP web server, and a similar number when searching for the RTSP server—both of which are vulnerable. However, researchers estimate the actual number of unique, at-risk devices is about 175,000.


ASIC cited cases where consumers are unable to withdraw cash from their accounts or make winning trades 9 times out of 10 in the demonstration app, before losing everything once they switch to the live product. It said Apple has removed the apps from their online stores globally, though it didn’t specify if Google’s removal applies to just Australia or to its app stores around the world.

Twin telescopes aim to uncover the secrets of the universe

The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) has all that. Which is why it's home to two of the world's most important radio telescope projects: the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Murchison Widefield Array. Both aim to uncover the secrets of the early universe and its evolution.

Apple stock is up 5% after it narrowly beat revenue expectations

Apple shares are up in after-hours trading after the company announced a lukewarm June-ending quarter. Seasonally speaking, it’s a down quarter for Apple, as consumers hold off on upgrading their devices until they see new iPhones, which are always announced in the fall.

How one simple hack can turn your Amazon Echo into a spy device

MWR InfoSecurity recently found that a particular physical exploit can be used to install a certain piece of malware to leverage the microphone on Amazon's Alexa-powered home speaker.

Add All of These Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Your August Reading List

As the protagonist of Bennett’s Chasing Embers has learned the hard way, messing around with evil spirits can spell trouble in the modern world. But as this sequel proves, sometimes you can’t just press pause on your crappy life to get good and drunk. Sometimes, you have to muster up the energy to be the hero once again—especially when some jerk starts unleashing ancient magic all over the place. (Aug. 29)

China's DiDi is backing a small taxi company to edge Uber out of Europe and Africa

Chinese ride-hailing company DiDi Chuxing is investing an undisclosed amount in Estonian online taxi firm Taxify to help it expand in Europe and Africa, where it has gained share in some cities against U.S. player Uber.

Bitcoin splits in two amid feud

The new offshoot is a response to the increasing popularity of bitcoin, which is struggling to deal with massive numbers of transactions with its underpinning technology. The main bitcoin currency is adopting a system called Segwit2x that moves transactions out of the current blockchain, while bitcoin Cash will use bigger blocks within the blockchain.

Scientists Say These Words Are the Funniest

You surely remember a time you said a word to yourself and started laughing. Something about the syllables bouncing around your mouth just didn’t make sense. Maybe the word was “booby” or “piss” or “dingus” or “moist.” Maybe it was the name “ Brumbpo Tungus ” or “ Scrimmy Bingus .” Well thankfully, now science is here to science its way through humor, ruining the joke for everyone.

Galaxy S8, S8 Plus now compatible with Google Daydream

Updates for Daydream will roll out for the S8 phones over the next few weeks, but timing will vary by carrier.

Can art amend history?

Artist Titus Kaphar makes paintings and sculptures that wrestle with the struggles of the past while speaking to the diversity and advances of the present. In an unforgettable live workshop, Kaphar takes a brush full of white paint to a replica of a 17th-century Frans Hals painting, obscuring parts of the composition and bringing its hidden story into view. There's a narrative coded in art like this, Kaphar says. What happens when we shift our focus and confront unspoken truths?

Theranos just settled its lawsuit with Walgreens

Until October 2016, Theranos's business model was based around the idea that it ran blood tests using proprietary technology that requires only a small amount of blood. Since then, the company has pivoted to focus solely on the company's miniLab technology and is considering renting out its headquarters in Palo Alto, California .

Microsoft will use Tobii’s eye tracking to make Windows 10 more accessible

“Adding native eye tracking support to Windows 10 is a key milestone in our mission to make this technology part of our everyday devices,” said Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii, in a statement. “Through integration with Microsoft’s operating system, it becomes possible over time to realize robust eye tracking implementations that add a range of user benefits. This collaboration clearly shows the value of eye gaze input and is a big step forward on the long-term journey to drive high-volume adoption of eye tracking.”

AppleiPad sales grow year-over-year for the first time since 2013

This time of year isn't usually great for Apple's hardware sales, but the company's newly released Q3 earnings has at least one pleasant surprise. In addition to raking in $45.4 billion in revenue over the past three months, Apple also said it sold 41 million iPhones and 11.4 million iPads. That works out to tepid growth of 1.5 percent for iPhones over last year, but the iPads? We're looking at a jump of nearly 15 percent since last August. This also marks the first time iPad sales have grown year-over-year since the halcyon days of 2013. (Yes, Apple's fiscal Q1 2014 earnings showed a yearly lift in iPad sales, thanks to all the iPads sold during the 2013 holiday season.)

Apple shares sail to record high on healthy iPhone sales

(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday delivered surprisingly strong fiscal third-quarter earnings and signaled that its upcoming 10th-anniversary phone lineup is on schedule, driving the stock up 6 percent to an all-time high in after-hours trading.

Apple’s services business revenue grew 22% in Q3 as hardware saw only minor gains

“With revenue up 7 percent year-over-year, we’re happy to report our third consecutive quarter of accelerating growth and an all-time quarterly record for Services revenue,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement with the earnings release. “We hosted an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and we’re very excited about the advances in iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS coming this fall.”

Apple's Forecast Signals Strong Sales of New iPhones This Year

NSA unlawfully surveiled Kim Dotcom in New Zealand: report

Dotcom is facing charges of copyright infringement and money laundering related to Megaupload, a file-sharing website shut down in 2012. He is currently fighting U.S. attempts to extradite him from New Zealand.

Actually Using Your Phone Might Make Work Easier

Not everything was sunshine and rainbows, however. Gannett’s issues with using the phone as a primary contact method resulted in more than a few missed calls, and some calls required more time when an email would have sufficed. In the end, Gannett integrated the call list with his to-do list, and found his relationships became profound while he got even more work done. Not bad for a phone call.

Twin Peaks' Slow Pace Is Actually Genius, and This Video Explains Why

Twin Peaks: The Return is visually stunning and thematically complex, with dozens of characters and plot lines inhabiting a world that’s slowly being invaded by a dark parallel dimension. “Slowly” is a key descriptor, but the show’s unique pace is a very deliberate choice made by David Lynch.

Ancient fidget spinner confirms there's really nothing new under the sun

Ancient fidget spinner confirms there's really nothing new under the sun

Woman posts desperate plea for someone to adopt her 'asshole rooster'

Woman posts desperate plea for someone to adopt her 'asshole rooster'

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Dude kindly made an elaborate first date PowerPoint and got blocked for it

London Twitter user, Ben Velzian , posted screenshots of a very elaborate PowerPoint he made for a guy he was supposed to go on a date with. The deck featured three date ideas, along with pros and cons of each option. Unfortunately, his date was not charmed by the significant effort Ben put into the presentation and blocked him.

A rich story about a stolen Nova Scotia wheelbarrow, told in 2 pictures

A rich story about a stolen Nova Scotia wheelbarrow, told in 2 pictures


The geekiest movies of 2017, ranked

It's a good year to be a fan of geek movies -- science fiction, superheroes, monsters and impressive futuristic technology abounds. Let's take a look at 2017 in geeky film thus far...

Facebook’s video-chat device signals ramped-up hardware efforts

Facebook may be known primarily as a software company, what with billions of people using its core service, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram apps. But Mark Zuckerberg’s company seems ready to be a significant player in hardware, as long as the devices it produces are geared toward connecting users.

VSCO’s stylish filters can now be applied to videos

Unfortunately, the feature is only being released to people who pay for VSCO’s $19.99 per year membership program, called VSCO X, which basically just gives you access to a bunch of filters you can probably buy for cheaper than $20, as well as some bonus filters that you can’t buy outright. While it’s frustrating that free users won’t be able to try out the video editing tools, keeping them exclusive to VSCO X certainly sounds like a good way to drive subscriptions.

iPhone 8: Everything we think we know so far | ZDNet

There have also been a few leaks from case makers, but I find that case makers can be very hit and miss. Because case makers are prepared to pay for leaks in order to find out what a new iPhone will look like and get cases out before the competition, there's an entire industry out there of people why try to profit off this by offering fake designs.

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A smart torque wrench and Google Glass improve GE Aviation mechanics' efficiency by 8-12%

"In the pilot, we captured survey data and time trials to see if there were reduced maintenance errors," explained Ted Robertson, manager of GE Aviation. The data showed that development and production assembly errors could be reduced as a result of the use of Google Glass and a smart tool. An unexpected but welcome result was discovering that productivity was improved as well, with mechanic's efficiency increasing an average of 8-12%.

Tesla's battery tech director has left the company as Model 3 enters 'production hell'

Kelty's departure comes a few days after Tesla delivered its Model 3 sedan to its first 30 customers at handover party in Fremont, California. Musk said the company will enter six months of "production hell" for the Model 3, the company's first mass-market sedan.

Ten Apple products you shouldn't buy (and three that you can't buy anymore) | ZDNet

If 2017 is in line with previous years, Apple will unveil a new iPhone in September, which means that -- with only a few weeks until then -- buying an iPhone 7 now doesn't make a huge amount of sense (unless you're existing iPhone is broken and you just have to have a new one).

62% of cybersecurity experts believe AI will be weaponized in next year

Some 62% of security experts believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will be weaponized and used for cyberattacks within the next 12 months, a Cylance survey released Tuesday found. This makes the growth of AI a double-edge sword, according to Cylance's blog post on the finding.

These Scientists Have Discovered How To Use Electricity To Make Protein From CO2

The research is still at an early stage, and the researchers are working on making the process more efficient. It currently takes two weeks to create a gram of protein in one of the small bioreactors. They’re also tweaking how the process can work with renewable energy. It might take another decade before it’s commercially available; in addition to improving the process, the food will also have to go through regulatory approvals and gain market acceptance. But the researchers are optimistic about its potential to help, particularly in areas that struggle to grow food now, and will struggle even more as climate change increases the chance of droughts, heat waves, and catastrophic flooding on farms.

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Microsoft's earnings confirm the Intelligent Cloud strategy--but the fight is not over

When Satya Nadella took over the reins at Microsoft in 2014, he changed the company's business strategy to focus on what he dubbed a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Moving away from reactionary competition with other companies over the best operating system or the best productivity suite, he saw a profitable opportunity in cloud-based services. It was a bold pivot for such a large and established industry titan, but it has paid off handsomely.

Exposed servers let hackers take control of prison cell doors, pacemakers, oil pipelines

A researcher has found an often-misconfigured protocol puts sex toys, heart monitors, and even oil pipelines and particle accelerators at risk of attack.

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