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Surprise! iOS 9 has a lock screen security flaw; can let anyone bypass passcode to access Photos and Contacts

A new security flaw has been discovered in iOS 9 that allows one to access the Photos, Contacts, and Messaging application on an iPhone or iPad by bypassing its protected lock screen. The process takes advantage of the ability toaaa

NASA uses the Sun and Moon to photograph shockwave structures

Using the BOSCO imaging system means we get to see shockwave structures set against a constant light source.

'Oculus Ready' PC program offers VR-ready rigs for less than $1,000

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The “animation puzzles” in AZZL make the new game feel like a clever confection: It's sweet and also a little addicting.

Lorde and Disclosure premiere their new song 'Magnets"

Disclosure premiered "Magnets" featuring Lorde from its upcoming album, 'Caracal.'

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Headspace CEO On The Essential Weirdness Of Using Your Phone To Meditate

Headspace is pretty simple: You log on via the app or website, select a guided meditation program and listen to it. It's positioned as exercise for your mind -- you can use its meditation sessions to calm down, reduce your anxiety or improve your relationships. The app costs $12.95  a month, with discounts if you purchase a year or more at once.

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Obama administration explored backdoors for bypassing smartphone crypto

The approaches were part of a months-long government discussion on how best to deal with the growing inability of government investigators to monitor communications of suspects, a phenomenon the FBI refers to as "going dark." While officials say they remain concerned, they said they had no intention of moving forward with any of the four approaches. "Rather than sparking more discussion, government-proposed technical approaches would almost certainly be perceived as proposals to introduce ‘backdoors’ or vulnerabilities in technology products and services and increase tensions rather [than] build cooperation," the memo said.

Number of apps infected by 'XcodeGhost' larger than previously reported

Now, according to researchers, by way of Ars Technica , there is still some good news (and bad news) as far as XcodeGhost is concerned. The bad news is that while the initial reports of infected apps included popular titles, and numbered upwards of 50 or more apps, those numbers were apparently lower than what was actually the number of infected apps in the iOS App Store, and the problem dates back to as early as April of this year.

Watson Is Coming To Silicon Valley

Watson is not coming to Silicon Valley, it's coming to San Francisco A relatively newcomer to tech. Silicon Valley is 50 miles south around Palo Alto and San Jose. Wiki identifies the Valley as all Santa Clara county (Metro San Jose)and part of 2 neighboring counties Alameda and San Mateo not SF county SF if anything is a satellite of the Valley. You ignorant web authors need to stop making this error.

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Cost of ad-blocking will only be $1 billion, research firm says

In a nutshell, ad blocking is likely to appeal mostly to tech-savvy users who have the latest phones or devices, UBS says, and therefore is likely to hit websites that focus on technology news the most. But it isn’t going to trigger a massive advertising apocalypse, the firm suggests — although that news probably isn’t going to stop the debate about whether using such software is inherently unethical .

Apple seeds tvOS beta 2 to developers

Apple has seeded the second beta for tvOS, the operating system running the show on the upcoming Apple TV 4. This new software is meant for the developers out there in the wild that recently received the new Apple TV dev units, which started arriving on doorsteps on September 18.

The Internet’s Vanishing Point?

Technologies only become truly integrated into society when they move from requiring forethought to becoming an afterthought. It’s the progression of all innovations and it’s now happening to how we experience of the internet.

National Geographic photographer uses the iPhone 6s Plus during trip to China

Now, photographer Mark Leong by way of National Geographic has taken the iPhone 6s Plus for a spin on a recent trip to China, and the images taken with the camera on Apple’s smartphone are particularly worthwhile. The article was linked to recently by Apple’s Phil Schiller, and the images certainly are worth pointing out.

Are your biggest security threats on the inside?

Ask most computer pros to talk about IT security, and you’ll likely hear about all sorts of external threats, like malware, hackers, spyware, DOS attacks and the like. But what if the bigger – and more costly – threat comes from within?

Indoor Farm Platform Agrilyst takes TechCrunch Disrupt Cup

Dozens of startups participated in TechCrunch Disrupt 2015’s Startup Battlefield in San Francisco. Across two days, they pitched their companies to a rotating group of founders, VCs and other experts in the tech industry in the hopes of winning $50,000.

LinkedIn And Uber’s China Rival Didi Kuaidi Ink Deal To Partner On Apps, R&D And Recruitment

But to put that number into context, the company has 380 million users globally. In other words, partnering with Didi Kuaidi could potentially help LinkedIn tie itself to a local business that is already very popular with consumers who are professionals — LinkedIn’s target demographic — to grow that base even faster, and provide a service that might compel Chinese LinkedIn users to log in and use its service more.

You Love Pizza Rat. You Don’t Own Pizza Rat

Today I also ask Mike Skogmo what he thinks of the tension between fair use and capitalizing on viral content. (Skogmo, it’s worth saying, isn’t just the vice president of communications at Jukin; he’s one of just three of the company’s board members, and as such is intimately familiar with Jukin’s mission.) “The video has obviously struck a chord, and kind of taken on a life of its own,” he says. “But at the same time, that doesn’t change the fact that there’s an owner who’s entitled to benefit from the video, and control the fate of the video somehow.”


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This New Platform Makes The Contents Of Videos As Searchable As Text

To make poorly labeled videos easier to discover, Manhattan-based video analysis startup Dextro is launching a platform that analyzes and tags the contents of publicly available videos, using algorithms to identify common scenes, objects, and speech.

You can watch Netflix in virtual reality starting today

This isn't about watching virtual reality films, though — it's about sitting in a virtual theater, or virtual home theater, or whatever else you want, and watching standard Netflix video on the screen of your choice. To start, the only virtual world you'll be sitting in a standard living room, but let's hope Netflix is more ambitious than that.

The most important iOS 9 feature for 16GB iPhones is delayed

While not formally announced on the WWDC stage this year, app thinning promised to be one of the most effective new features for iOS 9. Thinning allows developers to keep app packages small by allowing developers to mark essential libraries for specific devices. That way, space-conscious users — especially for those stuck with 16GB iPhones — only download the required essential code. However, the iCloud bug, which keeps users from downloading their apps to new devices, is forcing Apple to push universal apps to users for the time being. While a fix is in the works, it's not clear when Apple will issue the update to turn the feature on.

Samsung Gear VR launches before December for $99

The mobile-based virtual reality headset will launch in North America "in time for Black Friday" and worldwide "shortly after," as Samsung SVP of Technology Strategy Peter Koo revealed when he took the stage at the Oculus Connect keynote on Thursday. It'll sell for $99.

Pebble's Time Round smartwatch sacrifices battery life for style

But the Time Round's slimmer and sexier design comes at a cost. While the other Pebble Time offerings have a week-plus of battery life (the Time Steel supposedly lasts up to 10 days), the Time Round only lasts two days before you have to charge it again. "We recognize that it's less than the Pebble Time," says Migicovsky. "So we thought, okay, how does it work in your daily routine. We want to make sure this is a watch you can wear 24-7 if you want it." The solution? The Time Round is the first and only Pebble watch to feature Quick Charge -- just 15 minutes of charge time will give you 24 hours of use. "So before you go shower in the morning [for example], you can just charge it quickly as you get ready for the day," he says.

New iPhone 6s to hit stores Friday in test for Apple

SAN FRANCISCO The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus arrive in stores and at consumers' doorsteps on Friday, kicking off a sales cycle that will be scrutinized for signs of how much juice Apple's marquee product has left.

BlackBerry's Android phone will be known as the 'Priv'

BlackBerry's upcoming Android phone has been called "Venice" for quite some time, but that's apparently nothing but a moniker meant to be shed and replaced by its real model name. According to Evleaks and N4BB , it will be released as the BlackBerry Priv, presumably due to its privacy features. Evleaks also revealed a new stock photo of the phone, which you can see below the fold. Don't expect to see anything new, though: it's still a QWERTY slider with a curved screen and an 18-megapixel camera. Hopefully, we'll find out more about it and its release date soon. If the device turns out to have killer features, then it doesn't matter what it's called: after all, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

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It's Time to Ditch Facebook and Start Over

Most of us have had Facebook accounts for the past few years, if not a decade. But time and bloat have turned once-beloved font of nostalgia into an onslaught of faux-sentimental sludge from strangers. So as Facebook stands poised to break itself into a bunch of different apps, we say to you: Screw it. It's time to start fresh.

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5.6 million fingerprints stolen in personnel data hack, U.S. government says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers who stole security clearance data on millions of Defense Department and other U.S. government employees got away with about 5.6 million fingerprint records, some 4.5 million more than initially reported, the government said on Wednesday.

Minecraft is coming to the Oculus Rift VR headset

Yes, the multi-billion dollar extravaganza continues its march towards world domination by adding a virtual reality version for the Oculus Rift. No word yet whether the alternative Oculus Touch controller —punch trees with your real fists!—is supported or whether it’s built for the plain ol’ Xbox One gamepad alone.

Heroes Reborn: "Awakening / Odessa" Review - IGN

It's hard to become invested in Reborn because so much of it is a long throw; there's not a hook to snap people back into the world like the initial pilot's promise of something causing New York City to explode. While there are plenty of mysteries woven through the two-hour premiere, including the promise of some cataclysmic event, but none of it is as snappy what drew audiences in the first time around. Maybe my expectations were too high with Heroes' return in Reborn, because I hoped Kring and the rest of the creative team had learned from the mistakes that caused the first run to spiral so quickly downward in its later seasons. Instead it feels like Heroes Reborn leans into some of the more bizarre, kitschy elements that made the first series  unique, but misses the interesting characters and high-stakes storytelling from Season 1 that were big reasons it connected with viewers.

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Voxelus launches code-free, user generated VR content creation platform

Voxelus Creator, a 3D design app for the Mac and PC, allows content producers — anyone from Hollywood professionals and video game studios to hobbyists, gamers and students — to create their own virtual worlds and games. This real-time online platform provides users with all the necessary tools, as well as a growing library of pre-existing content.

Volkswagen diesel scandal spreads to Porsche and Audi

The fallout from the Volkswagen diesel scandal is spreading fast to the company's other famous brands, including Porsche and Audi, and across the Atlantic to the U.S.

Kids abandon PC gaming for mobile devices

The NPD Group also says that boys are spending more on gaming than girls. “Across all areas of spending, boys are most likely to be spending the most, $54 on average [in a three-month period] compared to $36 for girl gamers,” the NPD Group noted. “Interestingly, while girls are more likely to game on their mobile device, average spending on gaming apps is the same for boys and girls.” The NPD Group offered no explanation for why boys spend more on gaming than girls.

'Oculus Ready' PCs will be guaranteed to meet virtual reality's demanding needs

It’s targeted at people who are interested in VR, but don’t necessarily have the tech know-how to build their own machine or deal with weird hardware edge cases. Instead, Oculus has partnered with manufacturers (Alienware, et cetera) to stamp machines with an “Oculus Ready” logo—basically “This computer will work with the Oculus Rift out of the box.”

Oculus Positions VR For Primetime

Today  Oculus gave 1,500 developers at the Oculus Connect 2 conference (as well as those at home via livestream or on Gear VR a chance to watch) a look at how the consumer version of the Oculus Rift will roll out in Q1 2016, how Oculus plans to bring virtual reality to millions through the Samsung Gear VR, and how new platforms and controllers will expand the uses of Oculus Rift from games, photos, videos and art.

Chevy's Android Auto update will reach cars in March

Buying a brand new Chevy with the hopes of using Android Auto during your daily commute? You'll have to sit tight for a while before that dream becomes reality. The car maker has announced that an Android Auto software update will only reach its 2016 model year vehicles this March, starting with those which have 8-inch MyLink touchscreen systems. That's going to be a long half-year wait if you're eager to get Google Maps directions through the center stack. The good news? Chevy is promising that all vehicles with 7- and 8-inch MyLink displays (ranging from the Spark to the Corvette ) will eventually have Android Auto, so you won't have to drive one of the brand's swankier machines to get a smartphone-powered infotainment deck.

The Ultimate Book for Science Nerds Who Cook

Another takeaway: Buy an instant-read digital thermometer. After reading Lopez-Alt’s explanation for why you should rest a steak—giving it a break after cooking before cutting in helps it retain juices–I’m retiring my previous method, which involved cutting into a ribeye with a knife to assess done-ness.  Oh, and brining a turkey? Nope. Nestled into the book’s 20 pages of Thanksgiving-themed instructions, Lopez-Alt reveals that he skips the salty water bath for his birds and just salts them liberally instead. Brining, he argues, adds moisture to poultry but simultaneously removes flavor. A brined chicken breast, he says, is “as plump and juicy as a benevolent aunt in a Disney film. Tasting it, there’s a definite case of wet-sponge syndrome.”

The real Vladimir Putin called Elton John and said he wants to meet

Russian news agencies received word from Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov today, stating that, after a meeting on agriculture in a corn field in southern Russia, the Russian president took time to reach out to John to apologize for the prank. "I know that those phone pranksters fooled you," he reportedly said. "Please don't be angry with them." Putin also said that, if their schedules permit, he'd be open to meeting to discuss anything on the singer's mind.

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Q&A: Can the U.S. Stop Chinese Hackers?

From a technical sophistication standpoint, it’s Russia first, then China. There’s a saying that if you come home from vacation and your front door is unlocked and your couch cushions are askew and the lamp is tilted a little and you go into your bedroom and find your jewelry’s gone, the Chinese were there. If you come home from vacation, your door’s locked and nothing’s moved and you go into your bedroom and your safe is still locked but you open it and your jewelry’s stolen, the Russians were there. I believe China is more pervasive because they’re not as concerned about getting caught. They’re looking to gain any economic, political or social advantage — that’s their aim.

Medical journal’s bogus investigation could derail better dietary guidelines

Every five years, the US government issues new dietary guidelines for Americans. These guidelines have a big impact on food labeling and scientific research, as well as on the way Americans eat. The formulation of guidelines starts with a report written by a group of experts — this year’s committee consisted of 14 scientists convened by agricultural and health regulators — who review the latest evidence and come up with suggestions regarding food that consists "a healthy diet" and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

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UK telecom spectrum prices have tripled, and you’ll likely end up paying for it

Mobile spectrum in the 900Mhz and 1800Mhz bands, used to deliver voice and data services using 2G, 3G and 4G technologies is nearly tripling in cost overall – rising from a total of £64.4 million to £199.6 million. For most operators, this represents around three times (or more) the current fee.

Putting a Chip in Your Dog Might Save Your Life

Taffy is a 15-year-old mutt. Well, she looks like a mutt, with a bit of yellow lab in her, and maybe some corgi, too. Her ears are soft, her fur is reddish, and she’s got a serious case of doggy breath. She doesn’t move terribly fast, but if you had stiff joints and eyes going cloudy, you wouldn’t either. Still, she and a bit of tech that’s smaller than a grain of rice and cheaper than dinner helped her owner just when she needed it most.

Oculus and Samsung unveil new Gear VR for $99

Facebook Inc's Oculus and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled a new version of Gear VR virtual reality headset for $99, half the price of the previous "Innovator Edition", and said the product would be available in the United States in time for Black Friday and globally shortly after.

Disrupt's Women in Tech panel shows why diversity is not a zero-sum game

But Cassidy’s suggestion is merely one idea that tackles a specific facet of a fraction of the complex issue at hand. Certainly it seems reasonable for companies to restructure and reorganize to help women mid-career, at child-rearing periods, to continue to remain successful in their positions and offer unique perspectives. However, it’s not one-size-fits-all, and won’t magically change everything in one fell swoop.

This startup thinks competitive programming could be more popular than college football

CodeFightsA CodeFights challenge. The way it keeps the challenges short is by asking you not to write code, but rather to debug existing code — whoever can figure out what's wrong with the program you're given first wins the round. Sloyan says that CodeFights is working to add more intensive programming challenges that actually require you to write code.

Facebook is down for the second time in a week

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TBS will broadcast eSports in 2016

From 2016 TBS won't just show Conan and Big Bang Theory re-runs, as the channel has revealed that it's launching its own eSports league. Turner Broadcasting has signed a deal to broadcast bouts of Counter Strike: Global Offensive , which'll air on Friday nights for 20 weeks of the year. At this early stage, details are thin on the ground, except to say that qualifying rounds for the main events will be streamed online. Successful teams will then be handed a ticket to TBS HQ in Atlanta where the live show will be recorded.


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