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MPlayer, VLC Media Player Hit By Critical Vulnerability  

A critical remote code execution vulnerability has been spotted in the LIVE555 media streaming library used by popular media players such as VLC and MPlayer. "Maintained by the company Live Networks, the library works with RTP / RTCP, RTSP or SIP protocols, with the ability to process video and audio formats such as MPEG, H.265, H.264, H.263 +, VP8, DV, JPEG, MPEG, AAC, AMR, AC-3, and Vorbis," reports Hackread. From the report: These findings (CVE-2018-4013) have left millions of users of media

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2018-10-22 02:02:00



Report: Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Dredged Up 119-Year-Old Vessels Wrecked By Carrabelle Hurricane   

Hurricane Michael, an unprecedented storm that slammed into the Florida Panhandle at Category 4 strength, may well be an arbiter of things to come in a world where climate change is poised to make such devastating hurricanes all the more likely. But it also gave us a look at the past in the form of destroyed vessels…Read more...

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2018-10-22 00:05:00



Smartphone Notch, Deepfakes, and Facebook's War Room: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week  

It's been a big week for the service journalism here at Gizmodo dot com. We published an exhaustive guide to the 100 websites that shaped the internet as we know it, for better or worse (not you, NASA), regardless of whether this internet thing was all a terrible mistake. We explored how archivists could save history…Read more...

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2018-10-22 00:00:00



iPhone XR camera: Just how good will it be? - CNET  

It's only got one lens, while the iPhone XS has two. But what else is different?

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2018-10-21 23:28:50



TSA Lays Out Plans To Use Facial Recognition For Domestic Flights  

The TSA has released its roadmap to use biometrics technology in the coming years. The Verge reports: Customs and Border Protection has been using facial recognition to screen non-U.S. residents on international flights since 2015, a project that was expedited by the Trump administration. Last year, the U.S. government laid out its plans to start expanding the screening tools to U.S. citizens, which would require them to undergo facial scans when they leave the country through a system called th

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2018-10-21 23:23:00



Pixel 3 camera: Six tips and tricks to get the best photos - CNET  

Group selfies and some fancy tricks are just a few taps away.

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2018-10-21 23:09:33



Addison Lee and Oxbotica ink self-driving deal, will offer autonomous car services in London by 2021  

After undertaking a year-long investigation with Ford and four other mobility specialists on how to build self-driving systems that integrate with London’s existing transport infrastructure, Addison Lee today is announcing the next step in its autonomous strategy. The on-demand ride company — which competes with black cabs, Uber and other car services — announced a […]

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2018-10-21 23:00:21



Facebook reportedly shopping for a cybersecurity company - CNET  

Acquisition would aim to shore up security following the largest hack in the company's history.

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2018-10-21 22:24:19



China's Former Internet Chief, a Censorship Hardliner, Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges  

Lu Wei, the former chief of the imposing Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and one of the primary architects of the mass censorship foisted on China's estimated 700 million internet users, pleaded guilty this week in Chinese court to taking some 32 million yuan (about $4.6 million) in bribes, the Associated…Read more...

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2018-10-21 21:35:00



Armenia Opens $50 Million Bitcoin, Ethereum Mining Farm  

Armenia has opened a cryptocurrency mining farm to the tune of $50 million. It reportedly mines Bitcoin and Ethereum and consists of 3,000 machines. Chepicap reports: The country's first mining project, launched in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, is headed by Armenian real estate investment company Multi Group Concern and Malta-registered Omnia Tech International Company. Armenian entrepreneur and head of Multi Group, Gagik Tsarukyan said at the ceremony that $50 million had been invested into

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2018-10-21 21:21:00



Egypt and Thailand: When the military turns against free speech  

Wael Abbas, a human rights activist focused on police brutality in Egypt has been under arrest since May on charges of spreading fake news and "misusing social media." Andy Hall, a labor rights researcher, has been fighting charges under Thailand's computer crime laws because of a report published online that identified abuses of migrant workers. […]

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2018-10-21 21:06:19



BepiColombo Spacecraft Snaps Its First Selfie From Space on Its Way to Mercury  

The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), which is currently on an ambitious mission to the best planet with a payload of two orbiters, has sent us its first image from space.Read more...

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2018-10-21 21:05:00



Not Exercising Worse For Your Health Than Smoking, Diabetes and Heart Disease, Study Reveals  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: We've all heard exercise helps you live longer. But a new study [published in the journal JAMA Network Open] goes one step further, finding that a sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease. Researchers retrospectively studied 122,007 patients who underwent exercise treadmill testing at Cleveland Clinic between January 1, 1991 and December 31, 2014 to measure all-cause mortality relating to the benefits of e

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2018-10-21 20:20:00



Trump Praises Saudi Crown Prince for Being 'Strong,' Keeping 'Things Under Check'  

This is the problem when the United States has a president who likely is compromised by financial ties to authoritarian regimes. It becomes nearly impossible to do what's right when it really matters.Read more...

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2018-10-21 20:15:00



Kimi Raikkonen Wins First F1 Race in Five Years in Stunner of a U.S. Grand Prix  

Kimi Raikkonen's down to his last few races with the Ferrari Formula One team before heading to Sauber, but he reminded everyone not to count him out just yet on Sunday. In an unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat type of U.S. Grand Prix, Raikkonen won his first F1 race since 2013 while Lewis Hamilton's fifth-career title…Read more...

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2018-10-21 19:50:00



Super Mario Party is Nintendo Switch's best game  

When I bought the Nintendo Switch a few months ago, my friends told me to buy Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. That’s precisely what I did, but none of those games were enough to get me hooked, which is probably for the best. But […]

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2018-10-21 19:34:38



This Artist Designs One Fabulous Drawing For Every Movie He Watches  

A single frame from every movie you watch, in meticulous detail. That's the mission of art blog Design and a Movie, which makes fantastic art from the simple joy of viewership.Read more...

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2018-10-21 19:30:00



Experimental Android App Determines Alertness By Examining Eyes  

An experimental new Android app developed by a team at Cornell University is designed to determine a person's alertness by examining their eyes. The app, called AlertnessScanner, utilizes a smartphone's front-facing camera to gauge the size of users' pupils. "When we're in an alert state, our sympathetic nervous system causes our pupils to dilate so that we can take in information more easily," reports New Atlas. "On the other hand, when we're tired, our parasympathetic nervous system causes our

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2018-10-21 19:19:00



NYPD Yanks Thousands of Body Cams After One Allegedly Caught on Fire  

The New York Police Department has yanked thousands of police body cams from deployment after a unit "burst into flames" while an officer was wearing it in Staten Island, according to the Daily Beast.Read more...

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2018-10-21 18:40:00



Mesmerizing Deep-Sea “Headless Chicken Monster” Filmed in the Southern Ocean  

A mesmerizing deep-sea dancer by the name of Enypniastes eximia is enjoying a moment in the limelight after being filmed in the Southern Ocean off East Antarctica for what officials describe as the first time in that region. The footage of the sea cucumber, which is colloquially referred to as the "headless chicken…Read more...

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2018-10-21 18:35:00



Listen to Five Voice Actresses Talk About The Challenge of Playing Princess Leia  

We rightly think of Leia Organa as being Carrie Fisher, through and through. But in the animated world, it's not so simple, and lots of actress have had to live in the shadow of the late actress and put their own take on the character.Read more...

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2018-10-21 18:30:00



Windows 10 Will Banish Spectre Slowdowns With Google's Retpoline Patch  

Microsoft is including Google's mitigation for the Spectre Variant 2 speculative execution side-channel attack in the next release of Windows 10, currently codenamed 19H1. ZDNet reports: Google developed a software-based mitigation for Spectre Variant 2 called Retpoline that constrains speculative execution behavior sufficiently to mitigate an attack. Google's testing found its fix had a negligible effect on performance. Retpoline was implemented by Linux distributions such as Red Hat and SUSE,

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2018-10-21 18:18:00



Marvel's Daredevil season 3 big bad talks about donning the iconic white suit - CNET  

Actors Vincent D'Onofrio, Jay Ali and Wilson Bethel reveal the dangers of becoming Wilson Fisk's puppets in the Netflix show.

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2018-10-21 18:00:20



Trump Administration Wants to Obliterate Transgender Civil Rights Protections  

We're all familiar with German pastor Martin Niemöller's famous poem about speaking out. For U.S. voters, that time is now.Read more...

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2018-10-21 17:35:00



How the Finnish Survive Without Small Talk  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Finnish people often forgo the conversational niceties that are hard-baked into other cultures, and typically don't see the need to meet foreign colleagues, tourists and friends in the middle. As Tiina Latvala, a former English instructor in Sodankyla, Lapland, explained, part of her job was to introduce her young students to the concept of small talk. "We had a practice where you had to pretend to meet someone for the first time," Latvala said.

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2018-10-21 17:17:00



The Stars of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Discuss the Show's Feminist Ideals  

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is going to be spooky, sure, but it might be pretty progressive, too. Read more...

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2018-10-21 17:15:00



Game of Thrones shot a reunion special with Conan O'Brien - CNET  

Sean Bean says the comedian hosted a farewell show of some kind in Northern Ireland.

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2018-10-21 17:00:21



Will Tech Leave Detroit In the Dust?  

As automotive companies shift their focus to software and services in the pursuit of self-driving cars, the impact to large manufacturing cities like Detroit could be drastic. The Wall Street Journal explores this "transformation without precedent" and poses the question: will tech leave Detroit in the dust? From the report: Auto makers point out that they have one advantage that newcomers to the industry don't: vehicles. "Ultimately, you can have the best services platform there is, but if you

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2018-10-21 16:16:00



George Lucas and Jon Favreau get together in ... a cantina? - CNET  

The Star Wars creator apparently paid a visit to the set of The Mandalorian.

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2018-10-21 16:00:15



Apple Watch Series 4 is the most accessible watch yet  

I can confidently say I could live without my Apple Watch. But I also can confidently say I wouldn't want to. The fourth-generation Apple Watch is the best, most accessible Apple Watch to date.

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2018-10-21 15:15:58



Germany Urges Global Minimum Tax For Digital Giants  

Germany is backing a global minimum tax rate as Europe looks to levy tax notably on U.S. tech giants. "Europe is trying to devise a strategy to tax profits from the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and digital platforms such as YouTube and Airbnb which currently manage to keep fiscal exposure to a bare minimum," reports Yahoo News. From the report: "We need a minimum tax rate valid globally which no state can get out of (applying)," Scholz, a social democrat in conservative Chancellor An

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2018-10-21 15:15:00



Elon Musk trolls 'virgin' Fortnite players, game fights back - CNET  

The billionaire businessman and the hit game had a brief but entertaining Twitter fight.

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2018-10-21 15:00:24



Here's Why These Characters Weren't in Daredevil Season 3  

We may as well get this out of the way now. Read more...

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2018-10-21 14:45:00



OnePlus 6T: Every detail and rumor so far - CNET  

It'll definitely have an in-display fingerprint scanner -- and we know lots more.

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2018-10-21 14:30:57



Sunday's Best Deals: LEGO Star Wars, Amazon Essentials Clothes, Mini Skillet, and More  

20% off already-affordable Amazon Essentials clothing, Bill Clinton's first novel, and LEGO's Star Wars advent calendar lead off Sunday's best deals from around the web. Read more...

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2018-10-21 14:25:00



New Material Could Up Efficiency of Concentrated Solar Power  

An anonymous reader shares new work that could allow us to generate electricity using supercritical carbon dioxide. Ars Technica reports: The researchers involved in the new work, a large U.S.-based collaboration, focus on a composite material: tungsten and zirconium carbide. These have extremely high melting points: 3,700K for both materials. Both of them conduct heat extremely well, and neither of them expands or softens much under these conditions, meaning they would hold up better to the mec

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2018-10-21 14:14:00



iPhone XR hands-on: Colorful phones make a great first impression - CNET  

We take an early look at what sets the iPhone XR apart from the XS.

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2018-10-21 14:11:30



Blood money  

Some years ago an investor I met at a TechCrunch event invited me out for a coffee. This happens a lot; as a weekly columnist here I am deemed an official Media Influencer, and people in turn want to influence me, until they realize I’m just going to ignore them and write about whatever weird […]

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2018-10-21 13:00:50



Hands on with the 40mm women's Hermes Apple Watch Series 4  

The Edition and ceramic models of Apple Watch are long gone, but if you're looking for the cream of the crop within the Apple Watch lineup, the Hermes models are here for you. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the feminine-skewing 40mm Apple Watch Series 4.

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2018-10-21 12:03:49



Volkswagen is building an EV factory near Shanghai, should Tesla be worried? - Roadshow  

The new facility will be environmentally friendly and build vehicles on the all-electric MEB platform.

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2018-10-21 12:01:01



LG Ultra Fine 4K monitors are on sale for $269 today only, compatible with Apple's current MacBook Pro  

Amazon-owned Woot is running a flash sale on LG's Ultra Fine 4K display. Grab the factory reconditioned USB-C model, which is compatible with Apple's current iMacs and MacBook Pros, for $430 off with free shipping for Prime members. Prices are valid today only while supplies last.

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2018-10-21 12:01:00



These new kitchen gadgets will change how you cook, store and dispose of your food - CNET  

We got a look at the latest in food tech at the 2018 Smart Kitchen Summit.

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2018-10-21 12:00:58



Keegan-Michael Key and the most ridiculous 5G interview ever - CNET  

Has the 5G hype gotten out of hand? Just wait until comedic actor Keegan-Michael Key weighs in.

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2018-10-21 12:00:57



The Apple Watch Series 4 -- down to the tiniest detail - CNET  

I photographed the new Apple Watch in order to capture the smallest of details. What you would normally miss at first glance is now revealed with great clarity.

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2018-10-21 11:01:57



Huawei MateBook X Pro review: The MateBook X Pro squeezes some big features into its little package - CNET  

A great 14-inch display for its class and a discrete graphics processor give this slender MacBook alternative a lift above the crowd.

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2018-10-21 11:01:02



Huawei MateBook X Pro is a class act - CNET  

The ultraportable laptop's design only has one big flaw.

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2018-10-21 11:00:59



TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip review: Tons of smarts make this power strip worth buying - CNET  

An impressive app and smart home features make this power strip worth the price.

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2018-10-21 11:00:57



iPhone XR early presale demand and the next Apple event is almost here - CNET  

Which iPhone XR models are showing shipment delays and what we're expecting at Apple's next launch event. Catch up on all your iPhone news for the week.

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2018-10-21 11:00:56



Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs. iPhone XS, Pixel 3, Galaxy S9: Every spec, compared - CNET  

Huawei is bringing interesting new features to its latest phones, so we broke down the numbers for how the Mates compare to the hottest handsets right now.

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2018-10-21 10:45:56



Latest Windows 10 Update Has Yet Another File-Managing Issue  

An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo: When it was discovered earlier this month that the 1809 build of Windows 10 was deleting user files just because, Microsoft halted the update until the problem was fixed. Shame, then, that another not-as-bad-but-still-bad file overwriting bug has now reared its head. in 1809, overwriting files by extracting from an archive using File Explorer doesn't result in an overwrite prompt dialogue and also doesn't replace any files at all; it just fails silently. Ther

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2018-10-21 10:34:00



Early-bird pricing to Disrupt Berlin 2018 flies away in four days  

Die uhr tickt, menschen — the clock is ticking, people. Early-bird pricing on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2018 migrates to parts unknown in just four days. If you want to join us at the Arena Berlin on 29-30 November — and save up to €500 in the process — you need to buy your pass before the […]

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2018-10-21 08:00:53



Trolls Are Still Actively Trying to Influence Brexit and US Elections  

TechCrunch reports: A major new campaign of disinformation around Brexit, designed to stir up U.K. 'Leave' voters, and distributed via Facebook, may have reached over 10 million people in the U.K., according to new research. The source of the campaign is so far unknown, and will be embarrassing to Facebook, which only this week claimed it was clamping down on "dark" political advertising on its platform. Researchers for the U.K.-based digital agency 89up allege that Mainstream Network -- which

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2018-10-21 07:34:00



Twitter employee may have spied on users for Saudis, says report - CNET  

Intelligence officials alerted the social network in 2015, and it fired the worker, reports The New York Times.

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2018-10-21 03:42:36



Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight With Bits of Halley's Comet  

An anonymous reader quotes Space.com: If you're a meteor enthusiast, the year 2018 has been very kind to you. This past summer, the annual Perseid meteor shower reached its peak the day after a new moon, ensuring that no moonlight would hinder those spotting celestial streakers. And looking ahead to December, the Geminid meteor shower, the most prolific of all of the annual displays, will reach its peak when an almost-first-quarter moon is setting during the late evening hours. This will make f

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2018-10-21 03:34:00



Climate Modeller Wins $10,000 Wager Against Solar Physicists, Fails To Collect  

Layzej writes: Back in 2005, solar physicists Galina Mashnich and Vladimir Bashkirtsev made a $10,000 bet that global temperatures, driven primarily by changes in the Sun's activity, would fall over the next decade. The bet would compare the then record hot years between 1998 to 2003 with that between between 2012 and 2017. With temperatures falling from their peak during the 1998 super El-Nino, and solar output continuing to fall, this seemed like a sure bet. The results are now in and all data

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2018-10-21 01:39:00



Trump: What We Really Need Right Now Is a Lot More Nukes  

The U.S. has had a brief respite from nuclear apocalypticism after that brief period when Donald Trump seemed pretty likely to start a war with North Korea via Twitter. But this being Trump, the power of the U.S. nuclear arsenal has never seemed very far from his mind, and on Saturday he announced the country will be…Read more...

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2018-10-21 00:35:00



Slashdot Asks: Should 'Crunch' Overtime Be Optional?  

An anonymous reader quotes Forbes: Rockstar Games co-founder and VP Dan Hauser unleashed a storm of controversy when he casually stated in an interview with Vulture that "We were working 100-hour weeks" putting the finishing touches on Red Dead Redemption 2. Reaction was swift with many condemning the ubiquitous practice of crunch time in the video game industry in general and Rockstar's history of imposing harsh demands on its employees in particular... Hauser responded that he was talking abo

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2018-10-20 23:44:00



Popular Mechanics Defends Elon Musk -- While He Tweets About Fortnite  

The November issue of Popular Mechanics includes a message from its editors that Elon Musk is "under attack," arguing that while some criticisms have merit, "much of it is myopic and small-brained, from sideline observers gleefully salivating at the opportunity to take him down a peg." But what have these stock analysts and pontificators done for humanity? Elon Musk is an engineer at heart, a tinkerer, a problem-solver -- the kind of person Popular Mechanics has always championed -- and the pro

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2018-10-20 22:44:00



Report: Tech-Loving Saudi Prince Suspected in Jamal Khashoggi's Death Has Twitter Troll Army  

Saudi crown prince and heir to the throne Mohammed bin Salman is big on PR. He's fond of selling himself as a Silicon Valley-style disruptor eager to take Saudi Arabia into the future as a regional tech and logistics hub, trying to ink big deals with international tech giants that could help solidify his claim to the…Read more...

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2018-10-20 22:15:00



Large Steel Balls Wreak Havoc on Seattle Neighborhood After Driver Fails to Secure His Load  

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) was forced to shut down a road in West Seattle on Wednesday after a semi-truck unleashed its massive load of steel balls onto its streets. The 2-pound grinding balls, ultimately totaling a dumped load of 44,000 pounds of steel, wreaked havoc on the neighborhood and damaged several…Read more...

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2018-10-20 22:15:00



A Free Horror Game Collection About Loss, Driving, And Candlekeeping  

Noted indie horror game creator Kitty Horrorshow has released a new, free collection of horror games, and they make for a disturbing time.Read more...

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2018-10-20 22:00:00



As PHP Group Patches High-Risk Bugs, 62% of Sites Still Use PHP 5  

America's Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center is operated in collaboration with its Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications -- and they've got some bad news. MS-ISAC released an advisory warning government agencies, businesses, and home users of multiple high-risk security issues in PHP that can allow attackers to execute arbitrary code. Furthermore, if the PHP vulnerabilities are not successfully exploited, attackers could still induce a d

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2018-10-20 21:48:00



Daredevil's Bullseye Was Very Nearly Captain America Instead  

Wilson Bethel, the man cast as Bullseye in the third season of Daredevil, had another chance at the Marvel universe in the past. It was a big one.Read more...

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2018-10-20 20:45:00



Bloodhound's 1,000 MPH Car Project Needs Money  

AmiMoJo quotes the Guardian: Plans to build a British jet-powered car to speed at more than 1,000mph through the desert have hit quicksand, after the company behind the Bloodhound project entered administration. The dream of an ultra-fast car to break the land speed record led to the creation of Bloodhound Programme Ltd in 2007, with the idea of also engaging schools and students in engineering. Bloodhound has already built and tested a viable racing car to speeds of 200mph, but the project is i

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2018-10-20 20:42:00



Watch These Serene Elephants Smash the Shit Out of Some Gourds  

Every year leading up to its annual Halloween festivities, the Oregon Zoo kicks the party off with a grand display of gourd-smashing, officially titled the Squishing of the Squash. But lest you thought it was children or even people squashing the gourds, you would be mistaken. Instead, the zoo unleashes its resident…Read more...

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2018-10-20 20:15:00



Researchers Secretly Deployed A Bot That Submitted Bug-Fixing Pull Requests  

An anonymous reader quotes Martin Monperrus, a professor of software at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology: Repairnator is a bot. It constantly monitors software bugs discovered during continuous integration of open-source software and tries to fix them automatically. If it succeeds to synthesize a valid patch, Repairnator proposes the patch to the human developers, disguised under a fake human identity. To date, Repairnator has been able to produce 5 patches that were accepted by

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2018-10-20 19:34:00



WhatsApp Bans 100,000 Accounts Before Brazilian Election, Which Is Still a Real Mess  

Facebook subsidiary and encrypted chat service WhatsApp has banned more than 100,000 accounts ahead of the upcoming federal elections in Brazil, where leftist Workers' Party candidate Fernando Haddad will face down far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro, Bloomberg reported on Friday.Read more...

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2018-10-20 18:45:00



Apple snaps up massive manufacturing space in Milpitas, California  

Apple has reportedly secured a 10-year lease for a Milpitas warehouse measuring almost 314,000 square feet, raising questions about the company's intentions.

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2018-10-20 18:37:59



NASA Has Explored Manned Missions To Venus  

NASA recently developed a program for manned missions to explore Venus -- even though the planet's surface is 860 degrees, which NASA explains is "hot enough to melt lead." Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro shares this week's article from Newsweek: As surprising as it may seem, the upper atmosphere of Venus is the most Earth-like location in the solar system. Between altitudes of 30 miles and 40 miles, the pressure and temperature can be compared to regions of the Earth's lower atmosphere. The at

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2018-10-20 18:34:00



Watch What Happens When A Drone Slams Into An Airplane Wing  

Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed writes: Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute [Impact Physics Lab] have shown in a video what can happen when a high-mass, consumer-level drone strikes the wing of an aircraft. They provide visual evidence of the damage a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 videography quadcopter would have upon the wing of a Mooney M20, a small, private aircraft. It is not difficult to extrapolate the effects upon an airliner in a similar situation. "We wanted

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2018-10-20 17:34:00



A Twitter employee groomed by the Saudi government prompted 2015 state-sponsored hacking warning  

An explosive report in The New York Times this weekend sheds new light on the apparent targeting of Twitter accounts by “state-sponsored actors” three years ago. It comes in the wake of the confirmed death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, two weeks after he disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi […]

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2018-10-20 17:25:24



Yamaha RX-V485 review: Affordable hub for an entry-level home-theater system - CNET  

The Yamaha RX-V483 offers high-quality sound at an affordable price, but some users may crave better connectivity options and Dolby Atmos capability.

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2018-10-20 17:18:48



China is funding the future of American biotech  

Silicon Valley is in the midst of a health craze, and it is being driven by “Eastern” medicine. It’s been a record year for US medical investing, but investors in Beijing and Shanghai are now increasingly leading the largest deals for US life science and biotech companies. In fact, Chinese venture firms have invested more this […]

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2018-10-20 17:15:04



This Artist Turns She-Ra Into a Powerful Heroine of Color  

This is a fantastic She-Ra. Read more...

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2018-10-20 17:15:00



Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar  

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor International growth, primarily in China, fuels the VC market today Corporate venture investment climbs higher throughout 2018 A few months ago, Crunchbase News reported that a longstanding period of SaaS investment stagnation had come to an end. […]

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2018-10-20 17:10:18



Khashoggi's fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state  

It’s been over five years since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on government mass surveillance programs, revealing, in unprecedented detail, quite how deep the rabbit hole goes thanks to the spread of commercial software and connectivity enabling a bottomless intelligence-gathering philosophy of ‘bag it all’. Yet technology’s onward march has hardly broken its stride. […]

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2018-10-20 17:00:17



In State Tectonics, an explosive ending for the future of democracy  

An omnipotent data infrastructure and knowledge-sharing tech organization has spread across the planet. Global conspiracies to disseminate propaganda and rig elections are ever present. Algorithms determine what people see as objective truth, and terrorist organizations gird to bring down the monopoly on information. Malka Older faces a problem few speculative science fiction authors face in […]

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2018-10-20 16:35:27



Over 90 Percent of Table Salts May Contain Microplastics, Study Finds  

New reports of microplastics turning up in just about everything from our bottled water to our beer pop up often to remind us just how widespread plastic pollution has become. New research now reports finding microplastics in over 90 percent of table salts, with sea salt unsurprisingly serving up the highest levels of…Read more...

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2018-10-20 16:35:00



Sentimental Humans Launch A Movement to Save (Human) Driving  

Car enthusiast McKeel Hagerty -- also the CEO America's largest insurer of classic cars -- recently told a Detroit newspaper about his "Save Driving" campaign to preserve human driving for future generations. Hagerty said he wants people-driven cars to share the roads, not surrender them, with robot cars. "Driving and the car culture are meaningful for a lot of people," Hagerty said, who still owns the first car he bought 37 years ago for $500. It's a 1967 Porsche 911S, which he restored with h

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2018-10-20 16:34:00



GitHub Launches 'Actions' -- Code That Can Be Run (and Maybe Monetized)  

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: For the longest time, GitHub was all about storing source code and sharing it either with the rest of the world or your colleagues. Today, the company, which is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, is taking a step in a different but related direction by launching GitHub Actions. Actions allow developers to not just host code on the platform but also run it. We're not talking about a new cloud to rival AWS here, but instead about something more a

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2018-10-20 15:34:00



Disney Wouldn't Let Wreck-It Ralph 2 Joke About Kylo Ren  

Wreck-it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet traffics is an irreverent sort of film. To collide a bunch of properties together, stir them up in the wide seas of the internet, and throw them out into an animated comedy requires a willingness to not take things too seriously. But there are still some things the movie…Read more...

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2018-10-20 14:45:00



Saturday's Best Deals: Google Wifi, Nest Sale, Leaf Blowers, and More  

Nest smart home products, a fast wireless charger, and our readers' favorite Wi-Fi routers lead off Saturday's best deals from around the web. Read more...

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2018-10-20 14:35:00



Equifax Web Site Designer Fined $50,000 And Confined To Home Over Insider Trading  

An anonymous reader writes: A 44-year-old, Georgia-based programmer -- who'd been working at Equifax since 2003 -- has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement and a $50,000 fine for insider trading. Working as Equifax's Production Development Manager of Software Engineering in August of 2017, he'd been asked to create a web site where customers could query a database to see if they were affected by a yet-to-be-announced security breach for a high-profile client. Guessing correctly th

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2018-10-20 14:34:00



Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people  

A government system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached, allowing hackers to siphon off sensitive and personal data on 75,000 people. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed the breach in a late Friday announcement, but revealed few details about the contents of the […]

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2018-10-20 14:29:07



Apple's iPhone XS Max smashes Google's Pixel 3 in benchmark testing  

AppleInsider is running Apple's iPhone XS Max and Google's brand new Pixel 3 through a gauntlet of tests to see which of the two flagship smartphones reigns supreme. In this first installment of our special video series we compare the iPhone's A12 Bionic processor against the Pixel 3's Snapdragon silicon.

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2018-10-20 14:16:21



A Southwest Flight Made an Emergency Landing After an In-Flight Case of Non-Consensual Footsie Got Out of Hand  

If you've ever flown before, you know the feeling: as you hunt down your seat, you're hoping and praying that the person next to you won't be some weirdo who doesn't understand the concept of personal space. Normally, we're pretty lucky. But on Tuesday, a Southwest flight had to make an emergency landing because of…Read more...

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2018-10-20 14:00:00



This $33 Bluetooth speaker sounds better than it has any right to - CNET  

Incredibly enough, the Audiophiliac is smitten with the Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth speaker!

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2018-10-20 13:53:07



iPhone XR early presale demand and the next Apple event is Oct. 30th - CNET  

Which iPhone XR models are showing shipment delays and what we're expecting at Apple's next launch event. Catch up on all your iPhone news for the week.

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2018-10-20 13:45:38



Free societies face emerging, existential threats from technology  

Bilal Zuberi Contributor Share on Twitter Bilal Zuberi is a partner at Lux Capital, and is on the boards of Evolv Technology, CyPhy Technologies, and Nozomi Networks, among others. Silicon Valley is currently, and correctly, under fire for the failure of leading platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to protect against the spread of […]

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2018-10-20 13:30:15



Gearing up to step into virtual reality  

For the past two years, we've been closely following the advances of new VR experiences. Much of this gear is still in development, but if you're eager to dive in and get a sense of what's available right now, we've put together our current recommendations for mobile, PC, console and budget VR headsets.

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2018-10-20 13:17:55



HealthCare.gov Portal Suffers Data Breach Exposing 75,000 Customers  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Sensitive information belonging to roughly 75,000 individuals was exposed after a government healthcare sign-up system got hacked, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said on Friday. The agency said that "anomalous system activity" was detected last week in the Direct Enrollment system, which Americans use to enroll in healthcare plans via the insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamaca

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2018-10-20 13:00:00



Environmental Regulation Has Helped Cut Deaths From Air Pollution in Half, Study Finds  

There are plenty of reasons to be worried about air quality these days, from the Environmental Protection Agency killing an expert panel on dangerous particulate matter to the Trump administration's plan to scrap mercury regulations. But today, we got some good news to remind everyone about the value of environmental…Read more...

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2018-10-20 13:00:00



iPhone XS specs vs. XS Max, XR, X: What's new and different - CNET  

See how Apple's new 2018 iPhones compare spec-by-spec with last year's iPhone X.

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2018-10-20 12:50:19



If Nest Makes It, It's Probably On Sale Today  

Whether you're already deep in the Nest ecosystem, or just buying your first smart thermostat, there's a deal for you in today's Home Depot Deal of the Day. Inside, you'll find discounted Nest thermostats, auxiliary temperature sensors (just $25 each!), Nest x Yale smart locks, and more. These prices are only…Read more...

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2018-10-20 12:43:00



It's a Great Day to Buy the Reader-Favorite Google Wifi Mesh Router System  

Update: Now up to $254Read more...

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2018-10-20 12:22:00



iPhone XR camera: Here's how good we think it'll be - CNET  

It's only got one lens, while the iPhone XS has two. But what else is different?

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2018-10-20 12:20:19



Apply for free tickets to Startup Battlefield Latin America 2018  

We're just a few short weeks away from the inaugural Startup Battlefield Latin America 2018 that takes place November 8 at the Tomie Ohtake Institute in São Paulo, Brazil. That's when up to 15 of Latin America's exceptional early-stage startup founders will launch their companies to the world as they compete for cash, glory and […]

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2018-10-20 12:00:58



Lynk & Co is partnering with Cyan to go racing - Roadshow  

The Chinese mobility startup will enter the 2019 World Touring Car Championship with the racing version of its 03 sedan.

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2018-10-20 12:00:10



9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET  

We look at how superfast 5G could rock your world; consider how your DNA will sell you out; and preview Netflix's new witch series.

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2018-10-20 12:00:06



iPhone XR: How to preorder right now - CNET  

Preorders are now open.

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2018-10-20 11:50:12






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