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LAPD hacked into iPhone of slain wife of 'Shield' actor, documents show
LAPD detectives found an alternative way to bypass the security features on the white iPhone 5S belonging to April Jace, whom the actor is accused of killing at their South L.A. home in 2014, according to a search warrant filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Google's neural network is binge reading romance novels
Dai said the team chose erotic romance novels to teach the app how to speak, because they're all typically the same story. They contain similar sentences written in different ways, which can help the network build its vocabulary and better understand how the language works. Besides the Google app, the team can also use the neural network to write conversational responses for Inbox's Smart Reply feature .
Russian Hackers Have 270 Million Email Logins, Including Gmail and Yahoo Accounts
Hold Security has apparently alerted all of the affected email providers. It may be that the stash is out of date and doesn’t present too much of a security threat—though, of course, it could be a new pool of data, in which case the accounts included in the tranche could be at risk. It may be a good time to refresh your password either way,
Apple Loses an iPhone Trademark Battle in China
Are you the proud owner of an IPHONE brand pocketbook? Fear not – a Beijing court has ruled that your bag is safely within the bounds of Chinese copyright law.
Periscope users can now save their live streamed broadcasts forever
The feature is now available to all users as part of a public beta test, Beykpour said, with Periscope soliciting feedback from its users on how it works. The CEO said that Periscope had been "actively building support for controlling how your broadcasts stay" on the platform, including keeping broadcasts for longer than the previous 24-hour window, but also to service "some people who want their broadcasts to be deleted more quickly." The introduction of the new #save feature comes amid a host of recent changes to Periscope , and as Beykpour also bade farwell to Katch, a third-party app designed to solve the problem of disappearing Periscopes by saving them and posting them elsewhere that folded last month.
Microsoft and Ford back Pivotal in $253 million round at $2.8 billion valuation
Pivotal, a company that spun out of EMC and VMware in 2012 to sell cloud computing and big data software, is announcing today a $253 million funding round. The company raised the round at a post-money valuation of $2.8 billion, said a source familiar with the matter.
YouTube is reportedly building a streaming cable service called Unplugged
YouTube is entering the online TV landscape. Bloomberg News reports that the company is working on a subscription-based streaming service called "Unplugged" that would let customers stream a bundle of cable channels. YouTube has been working on such a product since 2012, according to the report, but has ramped up efforts recently as other companies including Dish, Sony, and now Hulu have launched or plan to deliver premium internet TV offerings. The current goal is to launch Unplugged in 2017, and YouTube has already made behind-the-scenes infrastructure changes to meet that target.
Man sets Guinness World Record by spending 25 straight hours in virtual reality
In case you’re wondering about human needs that may arise in the course of a 25 hour span, Westerman ate, drank and even urinated in a bucket while sporting the Vive headset; he later threw up in the same bucket at around the 17 hour mark.
Samsung's $6,000 smart refrigerator: a fridge too far?
Let's get one thing clear: Samsung didn't just slap a tablet onto the front of this fridge. That's too generous a way of putting it. Tablets are personal and customizable, and they fill a wide variety of roles for a wide variety of users. The Family Hub fridge's touchscreen is just an interface, and one that's designed for the specific purpose of allowing you to interact with the refrigerator's smart features, the same way that an ATM's touchscreen is an interface designed to help you withdraw money from your bank account.
Nintendo and Vans team up on retro gaming sneakers
More important than all that, is that we settle something. Engadget Editor Nick Summers mistakenly thinks the Zelda-themed slip-ons are the best (bottom left). When clearly the pixelated white pair (top right) are the ones you want? Either way, whether you're team cool white, or club crazy carpet-patterned Zelda thingies, you can choose your stripes for real next month. Of course, if they don't happen to end up in a store near you, you might want to make sure you've got your Instagram hashtag game down , as that could be your best plan B for snagging a pair.
Skim through YouTube lightning-fast with this Chrome extension
That’s where Fast Forward , a Chrome extension from automaker Mini , comes in handy. Install it and hit the S key while watching a video, and you can blaze through clips in a fraction of the time – at roughly 8x the normal playback speed.
Google Slides gets live Q&A feature and laser pointers
Today, Google is introducing a new service for its Slides app called Slides Q&A, which lets people in a crowd ask a moderator questions in real-time without interrupting their talk.
Would you bank with Facebook or Google?
The world of banking is set for rapid change, with new research revealing just how keen consumers are to use new technology like wearables and cryptocurrencies for payments – and some folks would be prepared to do their online banking with the likes of Facebook or Google.
LAPD hacked iPhone 5s as part of murder investigation
After the FBI successfully hacked the iPhone 5c as part of the San Bernardino shooting case, newly-released court papers show that Los Angeles police investigators have obtained a method of unlocking its higher-end sibling, the iPhone 5s.
The Best #ManlyBookClubNames For Your Manly Book Club
Men-only books clubs are a hot new trend, the New York Times reports , citing such groups as "The Man Book Club" and "International Ultra Manly Book Club." You can come up with better names than that!
Twitch user allegedly broadcasts assault on significant other
A Twitch user is under fire for purportedly broadcasting an assault on his partner. The account , belonging to "joedaddy505," has been closed on Twitch due to service violations, but at least one YouTube video of the stream contains audio of what sounds like the broadcaster repeatedly hitting a crying woman and insulting her. Viewers have speculated that since there was no video to go with the audio, "Joedaddy505" may have thought his stream had ended. When reached for comment, a Twitch spokesperson said that the company doesn't comment on service violations. We also asked Twitch if law enforcement had been contacted and were given the following response:
Nearly 80 percent of Reddit threads with more than a thousand comments mention Hitler
This has been a common enough axiom on the web for a while, but now, we have some concrete figures to support the theory. Pseudonymous statistician Curious Gnu has compiled a database of Reddit threads covering some 4.6 million comments, and scanned them for mentions of the words "Hitler" or "Nazi." After removing history subreddits from the data, Gnu found that once a thread hit 101 comments there's roughly a 15 percent chance of a Hitler mention. But go over 1,000 comments and this probability skyrockets — to above 70 percent. Looking at all the data, Gnu concludes: "78% of Reddit Threads With 1,000+ Comments Mention Nazis."
Cops make Facebook plea for customers to stop calling alleged drug dealer's phone
Technically Incorrect: Police in Ohio are frustrated that locals keep calling the phone of an alleged drug dealer they've arrested to ask for drugs. They say it's interfering with their investigation.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End review
To this day, the Hollywood-level acting and writing found in developer Naughty Dog's adventure series has yet to be topped, and our affection for this trio has only grown stronger with each installment. This, along with a greater sense of maturity, a bigger scope, and the most glorious visuals seen in a console game to date, makes Uncharted 4: A Thief's End the strongest entry in the series yet.
Why More People Can't Get Suboxone, The Drug That Might Have Saved Prince
But unlike methadone, which is administered in a clinic under a doctor’s supervision, addiction sufferers can take Suboxone home with them like any other pill, which is good from the standpoint that it lowers the social stigma of addiction. However, it increases the likelihood of abuse or of selling the drug on the street—sometimes to pay for more heroin or some other illicit substance. For non-addicts, Suboxone can create a high which gives it some street value (though many buy Suboxone illegally because they cannot get it legally). Moreover, limiting the number of doctors who can prescribe the drug cuts down on the chance of that doctor operating illegal "pill mills" and overprescribing the drugs to recreational users.
Cupertino's mayor: Apple 'abuses us' by not paying taxes
At a recent Cupertino city council meeting, some residents protested about a lack of funding for public projects, Chang said – even crumpling up meeting agendas and throwing them. “They ball up the paper and throw it, and they say ‘You’re making all the wrong decisions’,” Chang said. “In the meantime Apple is not willing to pay a dime. They’re making profit, and they should share the responsibility for our city, but they won’t. They abuse us.”
There's A Good Reason Why Iced Coffee Costs More Than Hot
The big differentiator, however, is whether or not they're serving quality product. The trendiest—and most expensive—way to serve "good" iced coffee is to "cold brew" it. Cold brew is made by grinding beans coarsely, having them sit in room-temperature water overnight, and then filtering the grinds out to produce cold-brew concentrate. This extract is then cut with water to make what we know as iced coffee. Some coffee shops dilute the concentrate more than others. But according to the numerous baristas I asked, the amount of cold-brew iced coffee you get from one bag of beans is significantly less than what you would get if you used it for automatic drip hot coffee.
In Captain America: Civil War, Marvel’s cinematic empire strikes back
However, in saving Captain America's life, and preventing a biological weapon breakout, Scarlet inadvertently destroys a humanitarian project (and kills innocent people in the process). The world decides it's had enough of the Avengers breaking a few eggs while saving Earth's omelet, which also happened in the comic-book version of the "Marvel civil war" plotline. That plot began with a "superhero registry" request, while in the film's version, the world insists that superheroes sign a United Nations accord—named after Sokovia, the country leveled at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron .
Ars Technica UK is one year old today: Here’s what’s coming next
Ars Technica UK launched exactly a year ago today . (I originally wanted to launch the site on May 4th, so that we could make all sorts of bad Star Wars jokes, but unfortunately that was a national holiday.) It has been a busy, exciting, and stressful year for everyone at Ars Technica UK. It turns out that launching a new division of an 18-year-old website is a lot of hard work! Who would've thought it?
We Do Not Dream | By Claudio Ranieri
We have six games remaining, and we must continue fighting with our heart and our soul. This is a small club that is showing the world what can be achieved through spirit and determination. Twenty-six players. Twenty-six different brains. But one heart.
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The Best Antivirus Utilities for 2016
Spring is in full swing. Every new day brings new blooms, new allergies, and new malware attacks. If you're an allergy sufferer, you know what to do—pick up an antihistamine at the drugstore. Maybe you're one of the lucky non-sneezers, but nobody is immune to malware attacks. You definitely need to protect your PCs with an antivirus program. We've carefully analyzed dozens of them and winnowed them down to the 10 best so you can decide which is the best cure for you.
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I love being a police officer, but we need reform
We've invested so much in police departments as protectors that we have forgotten what it means to serve our communities, says Baltimore Police officer Lt. Colonel Melvin Russell. It's led to coldness and callousness, and it's dehumanized the police force. After taking over as district commander in one of Baltimore's toughest neighborhoods, Russell instituted a series of reforms aimed at winning back the trust of the community and lowering the violent crime rate. "Law enforcement is in a crisis," he says. "But it's not too late for all of us to build our cities and nation to make it great again."
San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says
Even though the San Andreas fault does not go directly into Los Angeles — it is 30 miles away from downtown — the city is expected to be heavily shaken by a large earthquake on that fault. For instance, simulations of a possible magnitude-7.8 San Andreas fault that begins at the Salton Sea and spreads west toward the San Gabriel mountains show seismic shaking waves "bent into the Los Angeles area," Jordan said. One video shows strong ground shaking stretching from northern San Diego County to Barstow.
Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, 'it was easy' | Fox News
Former State Department IT staffer Bryan Pagliano, who installed and maintained the server, has been granted immunity by the Department of Justice and is cooperating with the FBI in its ongoing criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of the private server. An intelligence source told Fox News last month that Lazar also could help the FBI make the case that Clinton’s email server may have been compromised by a third party.
Vitamin found to delay aging process in organs
An international study, published in the journal Science has led to a promising breakthrough in the field of anti-aging medicine. A vitamin called nicotinamide riboside (NR) -- already known to boost metabolism -- has been found to restore the body's ability to regenerate and repair itself.
Misperceiving Bullshit as Profound Is Associated with Favorable Views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Conservatism
The present research investigates the associations between holding favorable views of potential Democratic or Republican candidates for the US presidency 2016 and seeing profoundness in bullshit statements. In this contribution, bullshit is used as a technical term which is defined as communicative expression that lacks content, logic, or truth from the perspective of natural science. We used the Bullshit Receptivity scale (BSR) to measure seeing profoundness in bullshit statements. The BSR scale contains statements that have a correct syntactic structure and seem to be sound and meaningful on first reading but are actually vacuous. Participants ( N = 196; obtained via Amazon Mechanical Turk) rated the profoundness of bullshit statements (using the BSR) and provided favorability ratings of three Democratic (Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders) and three Republican candidates for US president (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump). Participants also completed a measure of political liberalism/conservatism. Results revealed that favorable views of all three Republican candidates were positively related to judging bullshit statements as profound.
Custom Carmaker Creates Real-Life, Badass Batmobile (Video)
Even if you're not a comic nerd or a gear head (I'm both, sadly, proudly ...), you have to see this to believe it. Check out this video from Caresto:
Card-carrying Republicans are purging themselves with fire
Many are also ceremoniously burning their voter registration cards, which is a great way to achieve your first viral tweet and to blaze your fingerprints off. The power of the statement itself is up for debate. On the one hand, "card-carrying" believers of any stripe setting flame to the physical card that represents a cherished philosophy, are surely trying to say something big. On the other, as The Verge science reporter and general sense-haver Loren Grush points out, burning a physical copy of your voter registration is about as tangibly effective as Michael Scott running around an office yelling "I DECLARE BANKRUPTCY."
How IBM’s new five-qubit universal quantum computer works
The system took me some time to puzzle out, but essentially it works like this. The qubits are electromagnetic waves oscillating back and forth in an electronic device. A small amount of the wave is coupled out and mixed with the wave from the neighboring qubit. If the two qubits are in the same state, then their electromagnetic waves combine in phase and provide a strong signal to the syndrome qubit. But if the two qubits are out of phase, they cancel and provide no signal to the syndrome qubit. Likewise, the second pair of qubits do the same, providing their own combined signal to the syndrome qubit. This is called interference.
The studio behind Titanfall is making a new Star Wars game
The Force is strong with Respawn. Today EA announced that it is working with Respawn Entertainment on a new game set in the Star Wars universe. No details about the game were revealed, aside from the fact that it will be a "third-person action adventure game." Respawn is a relatively new studio made up of some of the key minds from Infinity Ward, including founders Jason West and Vince Zampella, best known for working on Call of Duty . Respawn's first game was the multiplayer mech shooter Ttianfall , and the studio recently teased a sequel.
Instagram Brand Profiles are Coming – Here’s a First Look
Back in March, re/code reported that Instagram was working on a range of new features to promote more advertising and brand activity on the platform, including analytics tools, the ability to buy Instagram ads via mobile and specific profiles for businesses. While there was no set date listed for the release of these new brand tools at the time, re/code’s sources suggested they would all be available within the next few months. And now, the first images of the new brand pages for Instagram have been spotted, with Later.com posting images of the new profile format – or, at least, how the new brand profiles look at this stage of the testing process.
Everything You Need to Know About the Theranos Saga So Far
Legend has it, Elizabeth Holmes founded Theranos because she is afraid of needles. Which is an oversimplified version of what really happened. Holmes spent some of her freshman year at Stanford working in chemical engineering professor Channing Robertson’s lab alongside PhDs. Over the summer, she interned in a lab in Singapore that was looking for ways to detect SARS in minute traces of blood and mucus. She came back charged, and spent days working on a patent for a patch-worn drug delivery system. She presented her patent to Robertson and told him she was dropping out of school to start a company. She asked him to join the board, and he agreed.
Life hacks: the apps I use to pretend that I'm a competent adult
The perfect travel app (if you’re going to a city with an actual public transit network – it covers 31 cities worldwide) and the perfect app for people who don’t know their way around the transit system of their hometown (if their hometown is one of the 31 cities). Citymapper also works surprisingly well as a salve for undoing the worst of my disorganisation. Even though I know how to get around my own city and I usually know roughly how long a journey will take … I’m still late.
PieMessage project brings iMessage to Android
Yesterday afternoon I spent a few hours to download IntelliJ, Android Studio, and a few versions of the JDK. Nothing worked the first time. This is not a plug-and-play experience. But eventually I got all the disparate components to compile, fired up the APK on a Nexus 6P and the Java apps on my Mac, and bam I could send and receive iMessages on my Android phone. There was seemingly zero delay, and the app even popped notifications onto my lock screen.
It's official: 'The Force Awakens' almost started with Luke's severed hand
Then "the movie proceeds as you see it" — presumably meaning we'd cut from the alien hand to a Star Destroyer above Jakku as Stormtroopers depart in shuttles, then Max Von Sydow handing the all-important map with Luke's whereabouts to Oscar Isaac.
Exclusive: Big data breaches found at major email services - expert
After eliminating duplicates, Holden said, the cache contained nearly 57 million Mail.ru accounts - a big chunk of the 64 million monthly active email users Mail.ru said it had at the end of last year. It also included tens of millions of credentials for the world's three big email providers, Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo, plus hundreds of thousands of accounts at German and Chinese email providers.
Watch J.J. Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda perform the new Star Wars cantina song
One of the cute bits of trivia about Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that the cantina song featured in the film was written by J.J. Abrams and Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda — but you haven't really experienced their collaboration until you've watched them perform it live on the streets of New York. Today Abrams joined Miranda as part of #Ham4Ham, the tradition during which Miranda and his cast give short street performances to crowds that are unable to get into Wednesday and Saturday performances of Hamilton .
Why strong female Star Wars role models matter
Commentary: For May the Fourth, CNET's Bonnie Burton explains why we should keep demanding that women like Princess Leia, Rey and Ahsoka Tano populate our Star Wars world.
Tesla's Wild New Forecast Changes the Trajectory of an Entire Industry
BNEF tracked 234,000 electric car sales worldwide last year, of which Tesla made up a fifth of the market, Morsy said. For Tesla to stay on its new track, it would need to produce more cars next year than the entire global electric-car industry made in 2015.
Two Tesla senior production managers are leaving after a slow Model X debut
Some of the first Model X's sold to customers saw quality control issues , including problems with interior trim pieces, paint, and panel gaps in the bodywork. The complicated falcon-wing rear doors also saw significant teething pains. These are similar problems to those Tesla saw in the early years of the Model S availability, though the company seems to be assembling its sedans much more effectively these days. Tesla says its Model X assembly is running according to plan and the remaining production issues have been resolved.
More Takata airbags are being recalled in the 'most complex safety recall in US history'
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just announced an almost unbelievably large expansion of the ongoing Takata airbag debacle , which has been blamed directly for 10 deaths and over 100 injuries. Affected airbags can send shrapnel at vehicle occupants when they deploy; the ammonium nitrate propellant inside the airbag modules can degrade over time when exposed to high humidity, which in turn causes them to burn too quickly and cause damage to modules. In its press release, NHTSA calls the situation "the largest and most complex safety recall in US history."