Privacy groups call foul on WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook

It may sound like privacy groups are splitting hairs, but how user data is handled can have unforeseen legal consequences. It's not just special interest groups who are concerned -- The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner is also investigating the WhatsApp policy change to ensure it complies with the Data Protection Act. It's a complicated little mess, but Facebook, at least, is confident it's on the right side of the law. "WhatsApp complies with applicable laws," a spokesperson said in a Motherboard interview . "As always, we consider our obligations when designing updates like this."

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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.

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.

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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.

How to Enable Nightstand Mode on Apple Watch

With the release of watchOS 2 , Apple introduced an interesting new feature for Apple Watch called Nightstand mode. When you plug your watch to the charger and place it on its side, the display will remain turned on allowing you to use the watch as a nightstand clock or an alarm clock.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Google hires Airbnb’s Shaun Stewart to help bring self-driving cars to market

Google has a new director at its self-driving car unit: Shaun Stewart, former head of Airbnb’s vacation rentals business, and CEO at TripAdvisor prior to that. Stewart’s entire career has essentially been spent in the hospitality industry, which makes him an interesting pick for the role at Google, where his role will be to help with the commercializations of Google’s self-driving tech, according to Reuters .

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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.

Spotify Is Burying Artists That Give Exclusives to Apple: Report

According to a new report, Spotify really hates artist exclusives so much that it’s penalizing acts that put their jams on Apple Music first.

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.

Many Americans are wary of using gene editing for human enhancement

Religious people tend to be more skeptical of embryonic gene editing than those who are less religious. Only 34% of highly religious adults (based on an index of common measures ) say they would want to employ gene editing to reduce their child’s risk of disease. Among those who have a low level of religious commitment, almost twice as many (63%) tell us they would want to use the technology on their children. Highly religious Americans tend to see gene editing as crossing a line and “meddling with nature,” while those who are less religious are more inclined to say it is no different than other ways humans have tried to better themselves.

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.

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

"One side of the planet would be scorched, while the other side would be perpetually frozen. But in recent years, new models of exoplanet atmospheres and oceans suggest that heat might be distributed around a tidally locked planet, leaving the door open for habitability. Even if the newly discovered exoplanet around Proxima Centauri is tidally locked, it could still be prime real estate for life."

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!

Facebook Trending Topics Loses Human Editors

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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.

White House aims to help immigrant entrepreneurs bring startups to the US - TechRepublic

The proposed rule would allow the DHS to give individual international entrepreneurs temporary admission to the US on a case-by-case basis to build or scale their startups. Initially, it would be for a period up to two years, followed by an additional period of three years, if they can demonstrate the potential for rapid business growth, job creation, and innovation.

This fat activism coloring book celebrates the bodies society won't

"As I was drawing these pictures, I realized I was able to see all of the beauty in these people — so why wasn't I able to see it in myself?" she says.

51 3 Deadly Sins of Facebook Advertising
52 Study: Liberals suck at spelling, conservatives love profanity
53 Apple Seeds macOS Sierra Beta 7 to Developers, Public Beta 6 to Public Testers
54 Apple to kill iPhone's huge bezels by ditching the home button
55 Fujifilm's new X-A3 is a selfie powerhouse
56 Everything we expect Apple to announce at its event on in September
57 You Should Update Your WhatsApp Settings Right Now
58 Facebook removes human-written descriptions on Trending topics
59 Spotify added a 'Concerts' tab to artist pages so you can actually listen to live music
60 Forbes Welcome
61 Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and other industry giants sign pledge to pay women equally
62 Why It’s Taking Fooorever to Get Countdown Clocks in NYC’s Subway
63 Forbes Welcome
64 Facebook stops employing humans to write trending topic descriptions
65 Apple facing supply shortages ahead of iPhone 7 launch
66 Google is Cracking Down on Intrusive Mobile Pop-Ups: Here's What Marketers Need to Know
67 Trump Campaign Continues To Send Illegal Solicitations To Foreigners Despite Warnings
68 There might not be enough iPhone 7 units at launch
69 Stolen iPhones could eventually capture photo and fingerprint of thieves - TechRepublic
70 Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”
71 The Genius Nail Capsule Captures Flying Finger Shrapnel
74 Opera says its service for syncing web browser data was hacked
75 TED Talks on the weird science of love
76 iPhone 6s Obliterates the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Speed Test
77 Equity in Startups Is Losing Appeal
78 9 ways to practice self-care
79 How to Respond to Every Email Within 24 Hours (Even When You Don't Have an Answer)
80 Gillmor Gang: Unborn Child
81 Welcome To 1986: Inside "Halt And Catch Fire's" High-Tech Time Machine
82 NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for national anthem
83 This Week in National Affairs: It’s Back to School, and It’s Ugly
84 Log In - The New York Times
87 White House Proposes a New Immigration Rule for Entrepreneurs
88 Forrester Report: Consider Bare-Metal As A Viable Cloud Option - TechRepublic
89 How (and Why) to Safely Open Your Wi-Fi Network During a Disaster
90 After the burkini ban, people are asking if France can outlaw fat men in Speedos too
91 Watch a robot learn how to walk
92 Wrestling Wrap Up: Miz Was Right to Lose it at Daniel Bryan - IGN
93 7 ways the Internet of Things will change your workplace
94 Watch Live: Meet Proxima Centauri, Home to Our Newest Exoplanet
95 Apple is creating its own Snapchat, says Bloomberg
96 Use It Or Lose It--How Brain Exercise Fights Alzheimer's
97 Carson Block's Attack on St. Jude Reveals a New Front in Hacking for Profit
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