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Could life exist on Proxima b, the closest Earth-like planet in the universe?

A planet that could be Earth's cousin is circling the nearest star beyond our sun. Could Proxima b also host cousins of a different sort?

Fujifilm's new X-A3 is a selfie powerhouse

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How to stop WhatsApp from sharing your data with Facebook

If you're happy with how WhatsApp works right now, you should opt out to prevent future targeted ads on the platform. However, if you want to use WhatsApp to interact with businesses in the future or to make finding friends on WhatsApp easier, linking your accounts will allow this to happen.

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ICYMI: The first autonomous robotic octopus has arrived

Today on In Case You Missed It: Harvard Researchers created the world's first fully-autonomous octo-robot , something that runs on hydrogen peroxide and moves by pumping oxygen into its tentacles. We'd be afraid, except it looks so similar to what research vessel EV Nautilus just spotted in the sea that we can't help but be charmed instead. If you're more into nature as medicine, you may be interested in the study that showed houseplants may be better at removing air pollution than many ventilation systems.

Silicon Valley investor says the IRS should drop its audit of Donald Trump

Trump has refused to release his tax returns, despite it being the customary move for modern-day US presidential candidates. The real-estate businessman and his legal advisers have asserted that because of an ongoing audit, he will not release them publicly until the audit is complete — which is not expected to happen before the November election.

ASMR YouTuber Reenacts the Death of Harambe

The surgery ends with Bluewhisper promising you (a gorilla) that you’ll be sent to a sanctuary and integrated with a new tribe. It’s sort of unclear if this is her attempt to rewrite his death through fiction, or more of an allusion to a great big gorilla enclosure in the sky intended as comforting words to a dying animal. Either way—yikes!

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Sound and vision: Facebook now displays vertical videos on mobile News Feed

Facebook has confirmed that vertical videos are now appearing as they were intended on News Feeds in a (slightly cropped) 2:3 aspect ratio, compared to the 1:1 aspect ratio it previously used. The change will apply to iOS and Android devices for all forms of vertical media, including ads and Live broadcasts.

Take a Trippy Ride Down Minecraft's Acid Interstate

Climb aboard kids—it’s time to tune in, drop out, and have your mind expanded.

Simone Giertz's New Robot Is Her Shittiest Yet

Her most recent invention is a pair of robotic arms. One holds a plastic knife for peanut butter spreading, and another that a human operator moves to cue identical motions in the knifebot. The human puppeteering the second bot off-camera was Simone’s friend, Fiona. Giertz’s only job was to read the paper and look casual while the robot repeatedly covered her kitchen table in Planters.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update kills webcams, no fix until September - TechRepublic

One of the big issues with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is that it has broken some webcams. While Microsoft has apologized for the problem, there won't be a fix until September.

How To Use Digital Touch in Messages App in iOS 10

Messages app in iOS 10 has integrated Digital Touch functionality we first saw in Apple Watch. What this means is that for a second or two, your iPhone’s screen becomes your canvas. And whatever you doodle/write on it is send to the conversation, with an animation of exactly how you drew it. It’s pretty cool. You can do it on photos and videos as well. Let’s take a closer look.

Report: Twitter will let you filter abusive hashtags and keywords

The filter – a result of consulting with anti-harrasment groups – will let users block out specific words (think racial slurs, misogynistic terms, etc.) or entire hashtags. The company has previously provided tools to let you report abusers, but this would be the first time you can prevent harassment without having to actually see it first.

Meet Luigi the PoopBot. He’s Here to Scrape Your Sewers

Everyone has a theory on the best way to learn about a person. It’s how they treat the server at a restaurant, or how they act when they’re drunk. But according to MIT engineer Carlo Ratti, you can tell the most about someone by sampling their microbiome, and “the sewage system is the great aggregator.” Gross, sure, but Ratti is studying waste to understand everything from heroin use to antibiotic-resistant bacteria—and all with the help of a sewer-slurping robot named Luigi.

Facebook Trending Topics Loses Human Editors

Tom is PCMag's San Francisco-based news reporter. He got his start in technology journalism by reviewing the latest hard drives, keyboards, and much more for PCMag's sister site, Computer Shopper. As a freelancer, he's written on topics as diverse as Borneo's rain forests, Middle Eastern airlines, and big data's role in presidential elections. A graduate of Middlebury College, Tom is also finishing up his graduate journalism degree at New York University. Follow him on Twitter @branttom. More »

Spotify Says Reports of Punishing Artists for Apple Music Exclusives Are 'Unequivocally False'

However, it’s interesting to note that Spotify would not comment on other allegations of punishments towards artists that launch their content exclusively with Apple Music, or Tidal. That includes reports that Spotify will not actively promote a new release from an artist that had some kind of exclusive deal with another platform to start, and keep that content out of its Featured Playlists as well.

Pattern brings focused and simple design drawing to the iPad

His new iPad app,  Pattern , is the first of its kind in its simplicity. Laser-focused on creating the perfect design drawing experience and tailored to a geometric approach to sketching, creators hope graphic designers – not just illustrators – will find it helpful.

Juno probe makes the closest-ever encounter with Jupiter

This isn't the only close-up, as there are 36 in total before the mission winds down in February 2018. As such, you'll probably learn a lot more about Jupiter in the next few years as scientists make sense of what they've found. However, this fly-by could easily be the most important of the bunch. It's the first opportunity the Juno team has had to use all its scientific gear since entering orbit, and it's unlikely that a probe will get that close for a long, long time.

Smart cities: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

There is a range of definitions of a smart city, but the consensus is that smart cities utilize IoT sensors, actuators and technology to connect components across the city. This connects every layer of a city, from the air to the street to underground. It's when you can derive data from everything that is connected and utilize it to improve the lives of citizens and improve communication between citizens and the government that a city becomes a smart city, said Esmeralda Swartz, head of strategy and marketing of the software business unit for Ericsson.

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Travel Back in Time With the Master of Photo Colorization

Then comes the research. Amaral contacts historians and other experts who help her identify the right colors for objects, whether an ancient pot or a military uniform. She also references present-day photographs of the locations, ideally shot at the same time of day. And she studies people’s faces in real life to understand how light interacts with skin. “I try to be as accurate as possible with the colors, because I’m aware that this is history,” she says. “It’s not my job to modify it and make it look the way I want it to look.”

7 Clever Ways to Fight Flooding in an Increasingly Wet World

The American Red Cross has declared the recent floods near Baton Rouge, Louisiana—which have damaged more than 40,000 structures and left thousands homeless—the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy. The state, which was infamously crippled by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, is no stranger to flooding, and officials have ramped up efforts to prevent water-related disasters since. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s Comprehensive Plan for a Sustainable Coast, for instance, lays out new building guidelines and includes plans for over 100 flood-related infrastructure projects totaling $50 billion. With similar climate events happening much more frequently, and tides rising quickly, countries around the world are struggling to create new flood barriers and strategies. Here are some essential plans, in areas susceptible to flooding.

Get in shape (for real this time)

It is the New Year’s Resolution that you make over and over again. Here, talks to help you actually stick to it—and do it in a kind, effective way.

Skip the Line and Upgrade Your Nexus to Android Nougat Right Now

Android Nougat has officially dropped and now the wait begins. If you’re the impatient type, however, you can skip ahead and download the latest Android hotness right now.

Hackaday SuperConference: Call for Proposals

The 2016 Hackaday SuperConference is coming. Now is the time to submit your proposal for a talk or a workshop at the world’s greatest conference about hardware creation. The SuperCon is an unparalleled opportunity to present on a deeply technical level where you can be certain everyone in the audience is following. All of those details, the war stories of production, the out-of-stock problems and board respins, the moments when you’ve bent physics to your will, these stories will be met with awe and cheers as the audience of your peers takes the ride along with you.

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We played with the $1,000 case that stops your phone from spying on you

Paul Szoldra/Business Insider If you are fearful of nation-states tracking your every move or corporate spies activating your phone's microphone in a meeting, there's a phone case built just for you.

Android Nougat is now rolling out to all via over-the-air update

Android Nougat is now rolling out to Nexus devices (and the Pixel C)

19 Easter eggs hidden within your Google search bar

There are clearly a few gamers on Google’s Search team. Search “super mario bros,” for instance, and one of the ? Blocks from that series will show up in the appropriate Knowledge Graph cards. Click it, and you’ll be treated the same coin-dispensing sound effect you’d hear in the original games.

Angry Birds creators have sequel feature film in the works

Rovio Entertainment Ltd., which released the Angry Birds  puzzle game for iOS and Android in 2009, has since come out with dozens of spin off games, animated series, comic books, merchandise, and more. The Angry Birds Movie , which came out in May 2016, took in an estimated $346.9 million at the box office worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. It did so with a budget of $73 million.

Ubisoft is shutting down the free-to-play 'Ghost Recon'

It "wasn't as successful as we had hoped for, so we had to make the decision to close the game," a note on the game's Euro forums reads. "This decision wasn't easy for us and we tried to find other ways. But in the end we decided to close the game and focus on other projects." Sounds a little cold, yeah? A US-targeted blog post is a little less harsh, but the overall message is similar. Hopefully you didn't have a ton of money in your in-game wallet, because there isn't a way to get a refund for that, either. Ubisoft also explicitly notes that there won't be a sequel, player numbers won't be disclosed and fans won't be able to host the game on their own.

Apple to add tap-to-pay support to iPhones in Japan (not NFC)

Ditching NFC in favor of FeliCa makes sense. According to Bloomberg, Japan has a total of 1.9 million payment terminals that support the standard. In comparison, research shows that the US and the UK combined had a little over 1.6 million NFC-supported terminals back in 2015.


Having to build and distribute a 100MB+ Electron binary per platform, per app update is not ideal. So runtime and app updates will be decoupled from the Electron update, and from each other. Ideally, the updates to Chrome apps running on electron-chrome are just the CRX that you get from the Chrome store, or the handful of runtime files which polyfill the chrome.* API.

New Analysis Confirms Why the Skagit River Bridge Collapsed

Stark and his colleagues attribute much of this to poor record-keeping. “The key issue in this case is the variable vertical bridge clearance,” he said. “Many bridges have a square opening, so the clearance is the same across all lanes. The problem with this bridge was that it curved down over the edge lanes. The oversized trailer was 15 feet 9 inches tall. The database said the bridge was 17 feet 3 inches, which was in the center – almost two feet higher than the edges, which is where the oversized trailer was traveling.”

BlokDust is the most beautiful way to make music in your browser

Even though professional musicians often use tools like Logic or Ableton, there are a lot of ways to make music in your browser. From Google Music Lab to  Incredibox , they all offer an accessible way of creating sounds.

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Why China won’t own next-generation manufacturing

There is little doubt in my mind that over the next five to 10 years, manufacturing will return, en masse, to the United States. It will once again become a local industry. Yes, it won’t employ the numbers of workers that old-line manufacturing did, but advanced manufacturing will create hundreds of thousands of high-skilled, high-paying jobs. With its massive investments, China is only accelerating the demise of its export-oriented manufacturing industry.

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"If you don’t like change, you’ll like irrelevance even less."

Want More Accurate Polls? Maybe Ask Twitter

And though mainstream media cast Hillary Clinton as uninspiring and Bernie Sanders as a maverick who had the nation frothing with support, the number of impressions—the unique accounts interacting with Clinton on Twitter—versus mentions—told a different story. During the second Democratic debate, Sanders had 209,000 mentions to Clinton’s 168,000, but Clinton trounced him in impressions, 1 billion to 531 million. Even five months later, during the eighth debate, the scenario was the same: in mentions, Sanders had Clinton beat 134,000 to 111,000, but her impressions outweighed his by almost 3 million. So while Sanders’ supporters were more individually Tweet-happy, Clinton’s reach was wider. “The polls and the social media inputs were saying the same thing,” says Clifford Young, President of US Public Affairs at Ipsos, which includes data from online sources like Facebook and even Xbox Live in its polling numbers. “The errors made by the pundits were not errors in the data stream.”

Screwing Up This Incredible Skate Trick Would Be So Very Painful

Dylan Jones came up with a hugely inventive skate trick where he’s able to get his board to 360 degrees horizontally around a rail. Enthusiasts online are likening the new trick to the bizarre stunts pulled off by skateboarding greats like Rodney Mullen and Gou Miyagi.

A Design Defect is Plaguing Many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Units

In a lengthy blog post published recently by iFixit, a flaw in design is apparently cropping up, which they are calling “Touch Disease.” With it, owners of the phones are experiencing, to start, a gray bar that appears at the very top of their display. And, for many others, the display itself becomes unresponsive to touch, or less responsive overall.

Six innovative rooftop solar technologies

In a completely different approach to easing the woes of installation, SoloPower developed a flexible solar panel that can be unfurled as easily as a carpet. The thin-film solar panels, linked together in long strips, boast an 11 percent energy conversion rate and a smooth installation process, thanks to their light weight and flexible composition. In theory, the flexible solar panels could be unrolled right over the top of an existing roof, in any quantity desired, without the sort of expensive glass and aluminum frames required by most rooftop solar arrays. Although the desire for integrated solar roofs may drive innovation faster, it would be nice to see more flexible -- and potentially portable -- options hit the market as well.

Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Yoga will make you want OLED everywhere

The Thinkpad's trackpad is incredibly smooth, though it's not as roomy as the MacBook Air's or those found on other Ultrabooks. And if you're a Thinkpad diehard, you'll be pleased to learn there's also red Trackpoint nub among the keys, as well as mechanical mouse buttons right below the keyboard. For the most part, I relied on the X1 Yoga's trackpad, which was accurate for mousing, though it sometimes got confused between left and right clicks. I'm not a huge Trackpoint fan, but it was admittedly helpful while I was cramped in a middle airplane seat. In situations like that, being able to mouse with just your finger, and without moving your elbows, is immensely helpful.

Clinton Campaign Embraces Strong Encryption, But Not For Us

Hillary Clinton has yet to offer a definitive policy stance on strong end-to-end encryption, the mathematical algorithms that protect our data, instant messages, and web browsing. Instead of calling for a ban on government mandated encryption backdoors, something computer security experts have universally urged, she’s taken a backseat, supporting a hand waving “ encryption commission .”

Amazon is testing out a 30-hour workweek

For example, Ryan Carson, CEO of the technology education company Treehouse, has seen his employees become happier and more productive since he implemented the 32-hour work week in 2006. Core to Carson's leadership philosophy is the belief that forcing people to work 40-hour weeks is nearly inhumane, he

Maru OS becomes an open source project - Open Source For You

Android Open Source Project-based Maru provides you Android Lollipop for your smartphone and includes a Debian Linux within an LXC Linux Container for the desktop environment. To give a full-fledged computing experience, the platform supports Bluetooth peripherals such as mouse or keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7's S Pen really is an amazing device, and one of the coolest things it can do is help you translate multiple languages. While you can do this with text on websites, you can also use the Note 7 to translate words on a photo (as long as the text is legible); so if you're in a restaurant and don't know what you're ordering, you can take a photo of the menu and use the Galaxy Note 7 to translate it!

'Double Dog' is a crazy new app that's sure to get one of your idiot friends killed

Double Dog is the epitome of the dare by the same name. Only this time, it’s for friends to wager money, or points in order to see who can do the craziest shit. If you’re like me, you can watch from the outside and laugh at the pain of others rather than taking part yourself.

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