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Android Pie Breaks Pixel XL's Ability To Fast Charge  

Google's recent launch of Android 9.0 Pie hasn't gone off without some early bugs and issues. According to The Verge, users are reporting that Android Pie prevents their phone from fast charging when plugged into many chargers. Google's own charger doesn't even appear to be working. From the report: Other Pixel XL owners say the bundled charger still functions properly and displays "charging rapidly," but third-party USB-PD (power delivery) chargers no longer juice up the XL as quickly as they d

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2018-08-14 10:00:00



NVIDIA Unveils Next-Gen Turing Quadro RTX Professional Graphics Cards  

MojoKid shares a report from Hot Hardware: We been hearing a lot about NVIDA's next-generation GPU architecture since late last year, and today NVIDIA is announcing the first products based on Turing. NVIDIA is targeting the professional graphics market first with its new Quadro RTX 8000, RTX 6000 and RTX 5000 GPUs. Turing GPU architecture replaces Pascal, which has served both the consumer and professional markets since 2016. But as its 8th generation GPU architecture, NVIDIA is ushering in a n

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2018-08-14 07:00:00



The FDA OK'd an app as a form of birth control  

Don’t want to get pregnant? There’s a Food and Drug Administration approved app for that. The FDA has just given the go ahead for Swedish app Natural Cycles to market itself as a form of birth control in the U.S. Natural Cycles was already in use as a way to prevent pregnancy in certain European […]

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2018-08-14 05:46:03



China's Didi beefs up its newly-independent car services business with an acquisition  

A week after spinning out its driver services business and giving it $1 billion in investment capital, Didi Chuxing has added to it through an acquisition. Xiaoju Automobile Solutions (XAS), which the Didi spinout is called, announced today it has bought Hiservice, a three-year-old company that provides after-service care for car owners using a digital platform. […]

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2018-08-14 05:24:17



Zendesk introduces support bot for Discord gaming community  

The Discord gaming community boasts 150 million members and 46 million active monthly users, who spend their days chatting about games, finding people to play with and looking for advice on how to resolve issues. Up until now, game publishers have had to monitor public discussions looking for people who need help or relied on […]

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2018-08-14 05:23:14



Ethereum's falling price splits the crypto community  

Hello And Welcome Back To The Latest Edition Of All The Cryptos Are Getting Rekt Right Now. Crypto bloodbaths have become fairly common in 2018 — mainly because of the insane growth in 2017 — but we’ve not covered them all because they are so numerous and often include so-called ‘flash crashes’ or small drops, but […]

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2018-08-14 05:04:22



Enter to win* the 65-inch flat screen of your dreams - CNET  

This sweepstakes could land you the prize of a lifetime, if you're the lucky winner of a 65-inch LG W7 ultrathin OLED TV that's slimmer than a pencil. This giveaway ends Aug. 31, 2018.

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2018-08-14 04:59:08



Trump signs defense bill with watered-down ZTE sanctions - CNET  

Some lawmakers had sought to reinstate penalties against the Chinese telecom giant for violating trade laws.

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2018-08-14 04:33:04



Chinese engineer sued for stealing trade secrets from San Jose tech firm Lumileds - CNET  

He will have to pay $66 million in damages to his former employer.

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2018-08-14 04:08:07



New defense bill bans the U.S. government from using Huawei and ZTE tech  

U.S. government agencies will be forbidden from using certain components or services from several Chinese tech firms, including Huawei and ZTE. The ban was signed into law today by President Trump as part of the Defense Authorization Act and will go into effect over the next two years. The bill covers anything that is a […]

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2018-08-14 04:06:32



Facebook, Google, WhatsApp in the firing line as Australia reveals encryption laws - CNET  

The new laws would require tech giants to assist law enforcement in accessing encrypted communications. But the government insists it's not a backdoor.

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2018-08-14 03:34:20



FiveAI to start a trial of its shared autonomous car fleet in London in 2019  

After raising $35 million to develop driverless car technology and a strategy to build a fleet of shared vehicles, UK startup FiveAI is announcing its first on-street trial: a service aimed at commuters in the London outer boroughs of Bromley and Croydon. Projected to begin in late 2019, it will kick off first with a […]

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2018-08-14 03:31:18



AI Identifies Heat-Resistant Coral Reefs In Indonesia  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Between 2014 and 2017, the world's reefs endured the worst coral bleaching event in history, as the cyclical El Nino climate event combined with anthropogenic warming to cause unprecedented increases in water temperature. But the June survey, funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's family foundation, found the Sulawesi reefs were surprisingly healthy. In fact they were in better condition than when they were originally surveyed in 2014 -

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2018-08-14 03:30:00



Apple hosts Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai at Apple Park, touts cooperation with Malala Fund  

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai visited Apple Park on Monday, where she discussed Apple's ongoing Malala Fund partnership with hosts CEO Tim Cook and VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson.

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2018-08-14 02:42:22



California May Become First State To Require Companies To Have Women On Their Boards  

Two female state senators from California are spearheading a bill to require companies to have women on their boards. "SB 826, which won Senate approval with only Democratic votes and has until the end of August to clear the Assembly, would require publicly held companies headquartered in California to have at least one woman on their boards of directors by end of next year," reports TechCrunch. "By 2021, companies with boards of five directors must have at least two women, and companies with si

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2018-08-14 02:30:00



Tim Draper has a song about Bitcoin for you  

Down in the dumps while the cryptos are getting rekt? Quirky billionaire and long-time Bitcoin bull Tim Draper is here for you with what is apparently called a rap song. The song you have all been waiting for by Kelley James and me #bitcoin #bitcoinhustle. Free to share. #freedom — Tim Draper (@TimDraper) August 9, […]

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2018-08-14 02:18:48



See striking and bizarre images of cancer cells - CNET  

Scientists from Australia find stunning art in the course of their medical research.

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2018-08-14 02:15:58



Tesla Hit With Third Class-Action Suit Over Musk's Stock Tweets  

Embattled electric car manufacturer Tesla racked up its third class-action suit, filed this evening in California's Northern District Court, stemming from bizarre and potentially unfounded tweets sent last week by CEO Elon Musk.Read more...

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2018-08-14 02:13:02



The Art of Science draws beauty from medical research - CNET  

The exhibition features artwork created from scans of cancer cells and protein.

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2018-08-14 01:58:22



'Do Not Buy a Smartwatch Right Now'  

Since Qualcomm is set to launch a new wearable chipset on September 10, Kellen from DoidLife argues against buying a new Google Wear OS-powered smartwatch in the meantime. The new chipset will be able to execute commands quicker, and provide for substantially longer battery life. From the report: This new chipset is said to be built from the ground up, will allow watches to look pretty when you aren't using them (like a normal watch sitting idly by your side), and extend battery life. More impor

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2018-08-14 01:50:00



Avengers: Infinity War now on Blu-ray: Every way to watch - CNET  

Big, bad Thanos is snapping his way to your living room.

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2018-08-14 01:45:15



Watch this delightful aerial robot dance with its dangly legs - CNET  

This quadcopter-powered aerial-biped robot looks like a fun dance partner.

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2018-08-14 01:35:24



Apple held secret meeting with developers in 2017 to push app subscriptions  

In a meeting in a New York loft last year, Apple told around 30 developers that they ought to embrace subscription models.

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2018-08-14 01:19:04



Court Blocks FCC's Attempt To Take a Broadband Subsidy Away From Tribal Areas  

Jon Brodkin reports via Ars Technica: The FCC decision, originally slated to take effect later this year, would have made it difficult or impossible for Tribal residents to obtain a $25-per-month Lifeline subsidy that reduces the cost of Internet or phone service for poor people. But on Friday, a court stayed the FCC decision pending appeal, saying that Tribal organizations and small wireless carriers are likely to win their case against the commission. "Petitioners have demonstrated a likelihoo

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2018-08-14 01:10:00



WeWork China rival Ucommune raises $43.5M more at a $1.8B valuation  

Barely weeks after WeWork China raised $500 million, one of its main rivals is refueling its tanks too. Ucommune — the company formerly known as UrWork until a WeWork lawsuit forced a rebrand — announced its $43.5 million Series C round. Beijing-based Ucommune’s new round was led by real estate-focused investment firms Prosperity Holdings and RK […]

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2018-08-14 01:07:16



Zuckerberg Doesn't Care About Publishers; Media Firms That Don't Work With Us Will End Up 'In Hospice': Facebook Executive  

Olivia Solon, writing for The Guardian: A senior Facebook executive told Australian media companies that if they didn't cooperate with the social network, their businesses would die. According to a report by The Australian, Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships, told a group of more than 20 broadcasters and publishers that she wanted to help media companies develop sustainable business models through the platform. "We will help you revitalise journalism ... in a few years the reve

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2018-08-14 00:30:00



FBI Warns of 'Unlimited' ATM Cashout Scheme  

The FBI is warning banks about a global fraud scheme known as an "ATM cash-out," in which criminals hack a bank or payment card processor and use cloned cards at cash machines around the world to fraudulently withdraw millions of dollars in just a few hours. "The FBI has obtained unspecified reporting indicating cyber criminals are planning to conduct a global Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash-out scheme in the coming days, likely associated with an unknown card issuer breach and commonly refe

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2018-08-13 23:50:00



Australia To Pass Bill Providing Backdoors Into Encrypted Devices, Communications  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The Australian government has scheduled its "not-a-backdoor" crypto-busting bill to land in parliament in the spring session, and we still don't know what will be in it. The legislation is included in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet's schedule of proposed laws to be debated from today (13 August) all the way into December. All we know, however, is what's already on the public record: a speech by Minister for Law Enforcement and

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2018-08-13 23:10:00



Linux 4.18 Releases With Steam Controller Kernel Driver, Spectre Updates  

fstack writes: Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.18 as the newest kernel bringing a Steam Controller kernel driver, Spectre updates for ARM64, power management updates, a "Restartable Services" system call, AMD Radeon graphics driver improvements, V3D DRM as Broadcom's new graphics driver, DM writecache support, USB 3.2 support, and many other updates. Linus Torvalds wrote of the 4.18 final release: "It was a very calm week, and arguably I could just have released on schedule last week, but we

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2018-08-13 22:30:00



Apple Delays 32-Person Group FaceTime From iOS 12 Launch  

Developer Guilherme Rambo has revealed that the 32-person FaceTime group chat feature "has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12." Apple says the feature "will ship in a future software update later this fall." The Verge: Group FaceTime chats will allow 32 participants in a video call, with tiles of people's faces where you can manually select people to highlight them in the main interface. Apple's delay to group FaceTime chats comes after the company delayed its AirPlay 2 introduction

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2018-08-13 22:00:00



Facebook Bans the Sale of All Kodi Boxes  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Facebook previously banned the sale of fully-loaded pirate streaming devices, as did Amazon and eBay, but the social network appears to have expanded this to all Kodi-powered hardware now. This is made clear in the prohibited content section of the company's commerce policies, as shown below. Facebook states that users are no longer allowed to promote "the sale or use of streaming devices with KODI installed." In addition, jailbroken or load

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2018-08-13 21:30:00



Hands on: Audio-Technica's gesture-controlled, noise-cancelling ATH-ANC700BT headphones  

One of the year's more notable entries into the realm of high-fidelity Bluetooth headphones comes from Audio-Technica, which is trying to bridge the gap between performance and cost with its $199 QuietPoint ATH-ANC700BT, or the 700BT for short.

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2018-08-13 21:25:12



Nvidia's new Turing architecture is all about real-time ray tracing and AI  

In recent days, word about Nvidia’s new Turing architecture started leaking out of the Santa Clara-based company’s headquarters. So it didn’t come as a major surprise that the company today announced during its Siggraph keynote the launch of this new architecture and three new pro-oriented workstation graphics cards in its Quadro family. Nvidia describes the […]

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2018-08-13 20:54:48



What's The Best Chef's Knife?  

Although we've asked about your favorite chef's knives before, there are so many options out there, we thought we tried to stay on the cutting edge and ask again. So tell us, what's your pick for the best chef's knife?Read more...

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2018-08-13 20:50:18



Internet Engineering Task Force Releases the Final Version of TLS 1.3; Newest Chrome and Firefox Versions Already Support a Draft Version of It  

The encryption that protects your browser's connection to websites is getting a notch faster and a notch safer to use. From a report: That's because the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) on Friday finished a years-long process of modernizing the technology used to secure website communications. You may never have heard of Transport Layer Security -- TLS for short -- but version 1.3 is now complete and headed to websites, browsers and other parts of the internet that rely on its security. "P

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2018-08-13 20:50:00



Airbnb shows off new collaboration features that let co-travelers plan trips together  

In recent years, Airbnb has been working to expand its business beyond accommodations, by becoming a more robust travel companion with features like guidebooks, suggested experiences, and full-service hospitality for high-end travelers with its still invite-only Airbnb Beyond, for example. Now the company is preparing even more trip-planning features, including support for adding co-travelers to […]

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2018-08-13 20:21:54



VW's Electrify America launches first ad campaign... with a Bolt EV - Roadshow  

The ads are part of a larger campaign to help steer more car buyers toward electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

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2018-08-13 20:16:25



Apple Asked Developers To Adopt Subscriptions and Hike App Prices, Report Says  

Apple invited a group of app developers to a secret April 2017 meeting in New York's Tribeca district, asking them to move from selling apps at low prices to renting app access through subscriptions, Business Insider reports. From a story: This change is intended to keep users paying for apps "on a regular basis, putting money into developer coffers on a regular schedule," the report claims. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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2018-08-13 20:10:00



The Mendocino Complex Fire Has Now Spawned the Biggest Single Blaze in California History  

The Mendocino Complex Fire just keeps setting records. Last week, the combination of the Ranch and River fires set the record as the state's largest fire complex in history. But now the Ranch Fire alone is the biggest single fire to ever scar the state.Read more...

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2018-08-13 20:06:28



Vimeo has removed Alex Jones' Infowars too - CNET  

The video sharing platform follows the lead of Facebook, YouTube, Apple and more.

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2018-08-13 19:55:46



IBM Promised Its AI Platform Watson Would Be a Big Step Forward in Treating Cancer. But After Pouring Billions Into the Project, the Diagnosis is Gloomy.  

Can Watson cure cancer? That's what IBM asked soon after its AI system beat humans at the quiz show "Jeopardy!" in 2011. Watson could read documents quickly and find patterns in data. Could it match patient information with the latest in medical studies to deliver personalized treatment recommendations? "Watson represents a technology breakthrough that can help physicians improve patient outcomes," said Herbert Chase, a professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University, in a 2012 IBM pr

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2018-08-13 19:30:00



Protecting your data on the web is about to get faster - CNET  

Oh, and technology called TLS 1.3 makes the web more secure, too.

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2018-08-13 19:08:52



Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts Someday  

At the Usenix Security conference this week, a group of Princeton University security researchers will present a study that considers a little-examined question in power grid cybersecurity: What if hackers attacked not the supply side of the power grid, but the demand side? From a report: In a series of simulations, the researchers imagined what might happen if hackers controlled a botnet composed of thousands of silently hacked consumer internet of things devices, particularly power-hungry ones

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2018-08-13 18:50:00



Your smart air conditioner could help bring down the power grid - CNET  

Hacked appliances could overwhelm the grid, researchers say.

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2018-08-13 18:49:24



All three 2018 iPhones to support wireless charging, AirPower mat to cost $150, rumors say  

As predicted Apple's 5.8-, 6.1-, and 6.5-inch iPhones shipping this fall should all offer wireless charging, and the company's long-delayed AirPower mat should finally ship around the same time for $150, reports claim.

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2018-08-13 18:48:29



Rapper Azealia Banks' claims to have the inside track on Elon Musk's Tesla take-private drama  

If Azealia Banks’ Instagram account is to believed, Elon Musk’s tweets about Tesla’s take-private deal can be chalked up to some good ole acid and a whole lot of post-tweet frantic scrambling. Over a series of Instagram stories from the weekend, Banks (whose account should be taken with an entire salt shaker — more on […]

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2018-08-13 18:45:14



US House Candidates Vulnerable To Hacks, Researchers Say  

About 30 percent of House candidates running for office this year have significant cybersecurity issues with their campaign websites, according to a new study. Reuters: The research was unveiled on Sunday at the annual Def Con security conference in Las Vegas, where some attendees have spent three days hacking into voting machines to highlight vulnerabilities in technology running polling operations. A team of four independent researchers led by former National Institutes for Standards and Techn

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2018-08-13 18:10:00



The Mining Town Where People Live Under the Earth  

Claire Reilly, writing for CNET: After spending a night in an underground rock cave in the middle of the Australian desert, I learned three things: The silence is deafening. Your eyes never adjust to the darkness. And if nobody brushes the ceiling before you arrive, that clump of dirt is going to scare the living hell out of you when it drops on your face at 2 a.m. I've flown 1,200 miles for the privilege of sleeping in a hole in Coober Pedy. There's no Wi-Fi down here. The glare of my MacBook f

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2018-08-13 17:30:00



Chinese man tests his crazy homemade roller suit in rush-hour traffic - Roadshow  

This guy is a total nutter for ripping around in traffic in this thing, but we're secretly jealous.

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2018-08-13 17:05:50



It's Time to Let MoviePass Die  

It's finally time to admit that MoviePass is fumbling around like a wounded golden goose that needs to be put out of its misery. It may still give up the gift of "free" movies every now and then, but this weekend's latest service changes and screwups show the free ride is coming to an end.Read more...

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2018-08-13 16:43:17



Malicious Faxes Leave Firms 'Open' To Cyber-Attack  

Booby-trapped image data sent by fax can let malicious hackers sneak into corporate networks, security researchers have found. From a report: Since many companies use fax machines that are also printers and photocopiers, they often have a connection to the internal network. The malicious images exploit protocols established in the 1980s that define the format of fax messages. The research was presented at the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas. The two researchers said millions of companies

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2018-08-13 16:40:00



Elon Musk Responds to Azealia Banks' Claims of Ghosting, Tweeting, and LSD: I Don't Know Her  

In 2018, you go unhinged or you go home.Read more...

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2018-08-13 16:38:56



Google location tracking: Turn it off for real - CNET  

A new report indicates that even when you disable Location History, your phone might still be storing location data. Here's how to stop it.

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2018-08-13 16:13:44



The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views  

An anonymous reader shares a report: Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting him on track to bring in more than $200,000, records show. Mr. Vassilev, 32, does not provide the views himself. His website, 500Views.com, connects customers with services that offer views, likes and dislikes generated by computers, not humans. When a supplier cannot fulfill an order, Mr. Vassilev

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2018-08-13 16:05:00



Runaways' Second Season Will Arrive This Winter and Feature a Connection to the MCU  

Runaways' surprisingly solid first season ended with its titular heroes finally living up to their team name and trying to escape their villainous parents in order to be free. From the sounds of things, the gang's lives are only going to get even more difficult in the show's second season.Read more...

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2018-08-13 16:03:55



How to replace Apple Mail on the Mac, and why you might want to switch  

Look beyond the standard email app to get more power features like converting messages into To Do tasks or calendar appointments. AppleInsider checks out the reasons to leave Apple Mail -- and the reasons to stay.

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2018-08-13 15:53:20



Thomas Edison Predicted Nobody Would Be Able to Make Phone Calls Across the Atlantic Ocean  

Never say never. Thomas Edison was both a great inventor and an amusing prognosticator. But nobody, no matter how smart, knows the future. And that goes for Edison as well. Back in 1894, Edison predicted that transatlantic phone calls would be impossible. But his doubts would prove silly roughly 30 years later when…Read more...

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2018-08-13 15:31:30



Google DeepMind's AI Beats Doctors at Spotting Eye Disease in Scan  

DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence business, is planning clinical trials of technology that can help diagnose eye disease by analyzing medical images after early tests showed its results were more accurate than human doctors. From a report: Published in the scientific journal Nature, the study claims that DeepMind, in partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, has trained its algorithms to detect over 50 sight-threatening conditions to the same accuracy as expert clinicians. It

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2018-08-13 15:20:00



Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 OTA update amid performance woes  

The latest iOS 12 beta 7 over-the-air update has been made temporarily unavailable as Apple investigates reports of unexpected performance issues associated with the release.

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2018-08-13 15:02:04



Hackers Who Attended Black Hat and DefCon Conferences Say Hotel Security Personnel and Las Vegas Strip Demanded Access To Their Rooms  

More than two dozen hackers and security experts who attended security events last week say security personnel at the Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Aria, Cromwell, Tuscany, Linq, or Mirage hotels had entered their rooms. Security news site The Parallax reports: Except for Tuscany, which is independent, all of these hotels are owned by either Caesars Entertainment or MGM Resorts International. And of the three hotel companies, only Caesars returned a request for comment. Richard

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2018-08-13 14:40:00



Firefox now supports the newest internet security protocol  

Last Friday, the Internet Engineering Task Force released the final version of TLS 1.3. This is a major update to TLS 1.2, the security protocol that secures much of the web by, among other things, providing the layer that handles the encryption of every HTTPS connection. The updated spec promises improved security and a bit […]

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2018-08-13 14:14:08



The FDA Has Cleared Its First Digital Birth Control App  

Couples in the U.S. looking to either conceive or avoid pregnancy will now have a new tool available to them. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced it has permitted a digital birth control app to be marketed as such in the U.S. The app, called Natural Cycles, is the first medical device of its kind to…Read more...

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2018-08-13 14:12:01



Many Google Services on Android Devices and iPhones Store Location Data, Even if Location Sharing is Disabled From Privacy Settings: AP  

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so. The Associated Press reports that it has confirmed its findings with computer science researchers at Princeton. From the report: For the most part, Google is upfront about asking pe

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2018-08-13 14:00:00



Review: Hue Lily multi-color spotlights bring HomeKit to the outdoors  

Hue has become the most popular indoor smart light, and now they have evolved to tackle the outdoors as well. Hue Lily is one of many new outdoor bulbs and fixtures from Signify, marking the first official outdoor HomeKit lights.

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2018-08-13 13:43:41



Startups should read this checklist before they go “whale hunting” for big partners  

David Frankel Contributor David Frankel is a managing partner at Founder Collective. More posts by this contributor You earn a million dollars a year and can’t get funded? Dear auto entrepreneurs, please think outside the gearbox A top four tech company recently approached the CEO of one of our B2B portfolio companies with a tremendous […]

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2018-08-13 13:24:13



Breaking down Bullitt: A behind-the-scenes look at our tribute to the classic video - Roadshow  

Join producer Marc Ganley for a shot-by-shot analysis of our homage to one of the greatest movie car chase scenes of all time, in Steve McQueen's Bullitt.

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2018-08-13 13:24:06



Hackers Can Turn Body Cameras Into Malware Spewing Machines, Security Expert Says  

Once lauded as tools to enhance police accountability, body cameras have been facing increasing scrutiny from privacy advocates, and now one researcher has identified them as cybersecurity time bombs. Speaking to Wired ahead of a Def Con presentation, Josh Mitchell, a consultant at the security firm Nuix,…Read more...

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2018-08-13 13:10:58



Reddit Blocked In China  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Many Reddit users in China who tried to access the social network this weekend were slightly annoyed to find the company's site and app weren't working. But in China, it's second nature for internet users to turn on their VPNs, and in almost no time at all, they were surfing the "front page of the internet" again. According to users' posts, the crackdown appeared to have started on Friday (Aug. 10). By today (Aug. 13), more people said they were a

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2018-08-13 13:00:00



Vimeo removed Alex Jones' account over the weekend  

YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, Apple, Pinterest and now Vimeo have removed Infowars content from their services. The video streaming platform is the latest in a growing wave of tech companies pull videos from embattled right-wing conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. Jones has been under fire for years over conspiracy driven output, surrounding events like the Sandy Hook […]

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2018-08-13 12:59:26



Subscribe to Soylent on Amazon For An Extra 20% Off  

Grabbing breakfast or lunch with coworkers can be a great way to break up the day, but more often than not you'll just wallow in your own indecision before ordering a bad $12 sandwich.Read more...

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2018-08-13 12:43:57



In extreme situations, it's all about creative thinking - CNET  

For Road Trip 2018, we explored Australia's underground city, watched efforts to save one of the rarest fish on Earth and hiked the Amazon rainforest. That's just for starters.

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2018-08-13 12:08:57



Apple appeals against Santa Clara County tax demands over high property valuations  

When it comes to disputing local tax assessments, Apple is one of the toughest companies in Silicon Valley, and the company has repeatedly done battle with Santa Clara County to cut down how much tax it needs to pay.

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2018-08-13 12:07:49



'Synthetic Click' attack re-emerges in macOS High Sierra at Defcon  

A vulnerability has been discovered in macOS that could allow an attacker to impersonate a mouse click, enabling for it to bypass security prompts and completely compromise a Mac, a flaw that was found by accident.

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2018-08-13 11:57:22



Google is probably tracking your location, even if you turn it off, says report - CNET  

While your location history is paused, some services still store your location data.

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2018-08-13 11:54:01



Messenger Kids rolls out passphrases so kids can initiate friend requests themselves  

Facebook is making it easier for kids to add their friends on its under-13 chat app, Messenger Kids. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new feature that will allow kids to request parents’ approval of new contacts. To use the feature, parents will turn on a setting that creates a four-word passphrase that’s […]

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2018-08-13 11:33:17



The Birds of Prey Movie Is Looking for a Songbird to Play Black Canary  

New images from Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman, and more. Bond is on the hunt for its next villain, a live-action Dora the Explorer is finally upon us and Riverdale is keeping it all in the family next season. Sing your spoilers right this way...Read more...

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2018-08-13 11:31:01



Vimeo Removes InfoWars Content as Alex Jones Seeks Friendly Channels for His Media Empire  

With few places to turn, Alex Jones started publishing videos more frequently at Vimeo last week. But it looks like he's not wanted there either. Vimeo deleted a number of InfoWars videos over the weekend, citing violations of its terms of service.Read more...

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2018-08-13 11:27:30



Elder Scrolls game threatens to ditch PlayStation if Sony won't approve cross-play - CNET  

Bethesda may skip the PS4 for Elder Scrolls: Legends, because Sony won't play nice.

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2018-08-13 11:26:33



The world's first 3Dcolor X-rays video - CNET  

The Mars Spectral CT scanner shows us never-before-seen images of inside the human body.The Mars Spectral CT scanner shows us never-before-seen images of inside the human body.

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2018-08-13 11:18:53



Earth's Oldest Rocks Could Have Been Formed by Meteorite Impacts  

Some of the Earth's oldest rocks may have formed from the high temperatures of meteorite impacts, a new study reports.Read more...

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2018-08-13 11:16:43



Google Play Shows Warning To Anyone Searching For Fortnite APKs  

Mark Wilson quotes a report from BetaNews: The arrival of Fortnite on Android has not only been eagerly awaited, but also steeped in controversy. In addition to making the game a Samsung exclusive (for a few days, anyway), Epic Games decided to bypass Google Play and host APK downloads on its own servers. But this isn't going to stop people looking for Fortnite in the Play Store. Google is well aware of this, and that there is the potential for fake, scam apps to appear, tricking users into down

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2018-08-13 11:11:00



Y Combinator invests in a build-your-own mac and cheese restaurant  

Y Combinator has invested $120,000 in Mac’d, a build-your-own mac and cheese restaurant that lets customers choose their own adventure from the beginning. I popped over to one of the Mac’d locations last week in San Francisco to get my mac on and chat with the founders. For starters, the mac and cheese was bomb. […]

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2018-08-13 11:10:18



2019 Honda Civic standardizes safety, sprouts Sport trim - Roadshow  

The Civic was already very good, but these new updates sure don't hurt.

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2018-08-13 10:59:38



Observe.AI raises $8M to use artificial intelligence to improve call centers  

Being stuck on the phone with call centers is painful. We all know this. Observe.AI is one company that wants to make the experience more bearable, and it’s raised $8 million to develop an artificial intelligence system that it believes will do just that. The funding round was led by Nexus Venture Partners, with participation from MGV, Liquid 2 […]

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2018-08-13 10:51:06



Facebook buys Vidpresso's team and tech to make video interactive  

Zombie-like passive consumption of static video is both unhealthy for viewers and undifferentiated for the tech giants that power it. That’s set Facebook on a mission to make video interactive, full of conversation with broadcasters and fellow viewers. It’s racing against Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat to become where people watch together and don’t feel […]

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2018-08-13 10:41:07



New Evidence Contradicts Theory That Easter Island Society Collapsed  

The indigenous people of Easter Island, the Rapa Nui, experienced a societal collapse after the 17th century because they stripped the island clean of its natural resources. Or at least, that's the leading theory. An analysis of the tools used by the Rapa Nui to build their iconic stone statues suggests a very…Read more...

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2018-08-13 10:37:41



Twitter Lite expands to 21 more countries, adds push notifications  

Twitter announced today its Twitter Lite app is expanding to 21 more countries, which makes the data-saving app available to more than 45 countries in total. The app was introduced last year with the goal of bringing in more users from emerging markets to Twitter. Similar to other data-saving apps, like Facebook Lite or YouTube […]

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2018-08-13 10:36:39



Microsoft stands up Azure Stack for government as JEDI contract looms  

Microsoft announced today that it’s released Azure Stack for Azure Government at a time when it’s battling rivals at Amazon and other cloud companies for the massive winner-take-all $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract known as JEDI. Azure Stack provides customers with a similar set of cloud services that they would get in the public cloud, […]

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2018-08-13 10:33:37



Security researchers found a way to hack into the Amazon Echo  

Hackers at DefCon have exposed new security concerns around smart speakers. Tencent’s Wu HuiYu and Qian Wenxiang spoke at the security conference with a presentation called Breaking Smart Speakers: We are Listening to You, explaining how they hacked into an Amazon Echo speaker and turned it into a spy bug. The hack involved a modified […]

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2018-08-13 10:29:10



Only two weeks left to grab a spot in Startup Alley at Disrupt SF 2018  

Fourteen days. That's what stands between you and the opportunity to showcase your early-stage startup at Disrupt San Francisco 2018, which takes place September 5-7. With more than 10,000 attendees expected to descend on Moscone Center West, can you afford to miss out on that kind of exposure? We think not. There are only two […]

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2018-08-13 10:22:24



Foxconn taking charge of vast majority of iPhone production this fall  

Foxconn will not only manufacture every second-generation, 5.8-inch OLED iPhone -- sometimes dubbed the "iPhone XS" -- but 90 percent of 6.5-inch "XS Plus" units, and 75 percent of a 6.1-inch LCD budget model, according to one research firm.

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2018-08-13 10:19:21



Ruby Rose leaves Twitter after Batwoman casting backlash - CNET  

Twitter trolls are pushing another actress to leave social media.

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2018-08-13 10:19:12



Teddy Ruxpin learns some new words after a quick hack - CNET  

The beloved children's toy picks up some slang at Defcon.

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2018-08-13 10:12:45



2018 Perseid meteor shower sizzles across the sky - CNET  

It's perhaps the best known and most impressive annual meteor shower, making it one of the most widely photographed too.

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2018-08-13 09:59:57



Lyft and Uber's vomit fraud problem is less and more gross than it sounds - Roadshow  

Ride-hailing drivers are starting to falsify damage claims to increase their profits.

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2018-08-13 09:57:33



The Moto Z3's simple looks will win you over - CNET  

For under $500, this Mod-ready phone is easy on the eye.

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2018-08-13 09:48:56



The Vigilantes on Facebook Who Stream To Catch a Predator-Style Ambushes of Alleged Pedophiles  

The texts would come at all hours of the night, numbering in the thousands. "Have you been with an older guy?" "You're really hot, so it's worth the risk of getting in trouble." "Has your daddy fucked you today?"Read more...

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2018-08-13 09:46:42



Mark Hamill swaps lightsaber for sword in History's Knightfall - CNET  

His role sounds suspiciously Yoda-like.

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2018-08-13 09:11:41



Voltron's Penultimate Season Triumphantly Heads Home—But Not Without Some Bumps Along the Way  

Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender has spent the past few seasons wildly expanding the scope and scale of its story, and the universe the Voltron Force is destined to defend. Its newly-released seventh season—its penultimate installment—deftly narrows the series' focus to a more personal level as the Paladins…Read more...

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2018-08-13 09:08:22



All You Fascists Are Bound to Lose If You Don't Show Up In the First Place  

WASHINGTON, DC—There was just one moment when I thought I might see a white supremacist get killed. There were two of them, a man and a woman, the only two real live enemies I saw the entire day. Both were sagging in late middle age, both plump, both with long, gray hair, the man with a beard. Both, for reasons I do…Read more...

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2018-08-13 09:07:20






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