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  • Heres why you shouldnt freak out about that cell phones cause cancer study

    05/29/2016 12:50:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | May 27, 2016 | Kevin Loria, Tech Insider
    Its scary to hear that cellphones devices that most of us have with us all the time have been linked to cancer by a government study. But despite any headlines you may have seen, theres still not enough information or evidence for the average person to be concerned by these findings. Im not going to stop using my mobile phone in the light of this, Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at The Open University, said in a statement to the Australian and UK Science Media Centre. Heres why you shouldnt panicThe latest results that we have...
  • Saudi Claims He Invented e-Commerce, Intends to Sue Firms Which Use It

    05/28/2016 11:38:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 27 May 2016
    A Saudi man who claims he invented the concept of e-commerce during the early days of the internet says that he is talks with big firms who wish to avoid litigation for stealing his world-changing idea. There are now undergoing negotiations with big companies inside [the kingdom] and abroad to find a solution without opting to head to international judiciary, Faisal bin Fahd al-Osaimi told the local Saudi daily Okaz. Osaimi said he presented the concept of e-commerce to the late King Fahd in 1991, the same year the internet was born. The late king reportedly referred him to the...
  • A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes And Forceful Touches

    05/27/2016 10:57:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 26, 2016 12:30PM | By ANDREW LISZEWSKI
    Apple made a big deal about the advanced technology it developed to facilitate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s. But engineers at the University of Michigan have not only recreated the feature such that it can work on any smartphone, they have also improved it by enabling phones to detect when they’re being squeezed, too.A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes and Forceful Touches So how can additional interactive features be added to any smartphone without adding sensors or upgrading its hardware in any way? ForcePhone is a piece of software simply relies on two...
  • Google Beats Oracle on Copyright, Defeating $9 Billion Claim (Android's Java Link Only)

    05/27/2016 10:29:23 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Bloomberg | May 26, 2016 4:47PM | By Joel Rosenblatt
    A U.S. Federal Court jury finds Google didnt need a license from Oracle for Androids Java code, defeating Oracle's $9 billion claim. Oracle vows to appeal. Link Only Due To Copyright Issues From Bloomberg Article.
  • TED Talks and TOTUS

    05/27/2016 9:15:06 AM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 12 replies
    Book | 2016 | Chris Anderson
    If confidence monitors [i.e., monitors placed in the speakers field of view but out of sight of the audience] are dangerous, a teleprompter is even more so. On the face of it, its a brilliant invention. It places the words on a glass screen invisible to the audience bu right in the speakers line of sight. So a speaker can read a speech while also maintaining constant eye contact with the audience. But its ingenuity is also its Achilles heel. If you use one of these youre in danger of communicating to the audience, Im pretending to look at you,...
  • Patent troll VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime & iMessage, increase damages award by $190M

    05/26/2016 12:39:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 53 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | May 26, 2016 at 11:30 AM | By Zac Hall
    Infamous patent troll VirnetX has formally asked a Texas court this week to order Apple to stop providing its FaceTime and iMessage features to customers. The request follows VirnetX’s victory in court earlier this year to the tune of $625 million, which the firm wants to see increased by $190 million or more, Law360 reports: At a post-trial hearing Wednesday, Texas technology company VirnetX argued that although an injunction blocking Apple’s popular video chatting and messaging features, along with a virtual private network on demand feature, may seem like a harsh remedy, it is necessary because of the irreparable harm Apple’s...
  • High-quality random numbers can now be computed with much less effort

    05/26/2016 10:08:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies ^ | 26 May 2016 | Jon Worrel
    A big win for encryption, more efficient complex simulations Last week, computer scientist researchers at the University of Texas at Austin published a draft paper describing a new, more efficient way of generating truly random numbers that can be used everyday encryption situations like mobile banking, statistics, electronic voting and complex simulations, among other applications. At the university, computer science professor David Zuckerman and graduate student Eshan Chattopadhyay developed a method of taking two weakly random numbers and combining them into a single sequence of truly random numbers. In the past, the task of generating truly random numbers for encryption...
  • All drop-tests should be done this way: iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S7 to the death (Video)

    05/26/2016 9:24:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 61 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | May 26, 2016 | By Ben LoveJoy
    Drop-tests are always fun to watch, but I’ve always felt that the reliability of most of them is suspect simply because there are so many variables.Most involve someone dropping a phone by hand, and the distance is often as imprecisely measured as ‘waist height’ or ‘head height,’ making it hard to be sure both phones experienced exactly the same force. Dropping a phone from a hand can result in differences in initial angles, and releasing one side of the phone a fraction of a second before the other can impart a rotation to the device. In short, most drop-tests are more entertainment than science. But the...
  • Female business leaders earn MORE on average than their male competitors for the second year[tr]

    05/26/2016 7:27:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09:19 EST, 26 May 2016 | Darren Boyle
    Female chief executive officers earn more money on average than their male counterparts for the second year in a row according to a new survey. Researchers looked at the pay and benefits packages for male and female business leaders for 2014 and 2015. The data showed that the median pay for a female CEO was almost $18 million last year, while their male counterparts were worth on average a mere $10.5 million. Also, the packages received by women increased in value by around 13 percent last year, compared to a moderate three percent rise for the men.
  • US military uses 8-inch floppy disks to coordinate nuclear force operations

    05/26/2016 6:02:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 25, 2016 | Dan Mangan
    Maybe they use the '80s flick "War Games" as a training film, too. The U.S. Defense Department is still using after several decades 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces, a jaw-dropping new report reveals. The Defense Department's 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Government Accountability Office report.
  • Space Engine. Free real-time 3D space simulator, procedural universe generator and visualiser

    05/26/2016 1:44:40 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 18 replies
    Space Engine ^ | 5/26/2016 | Vladimir Romanyuk
    SpaceEngine - a free space simulation program that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies. Areas of the known universe are represented using actual astronomical data, while regions uncharted by astronomy are generated procedurally. Millions of galaxies, trillions of stars, countless planets - all available for exploration. You can land any planet, moon or asteroid and watch alien landscapes and celestial phenomena. You can even pilot starships and atmospheric shuttles.
  • Man demonstrates low-tech drone warfare with mid-air capture

    05/25/2016 2:16:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | 23 May 2016 | Ben Hooper
    MONTREAL, May 23 (UPI) -- A Quebec man took "drone warfare" to a new low-tech extreme by showing his method for using a quadcopter to snatch another drone out of the sky. Drone enthusiast David Freiheit, who previously used drones to herd sheep and (unsuccessfully) make tea for his wife, posted a video to YouTube showing his low-tech method for using a drone to capture another drone in mid-flight. Freiheit explains in the video that he pulled off the "Internet first" by using four strings attached to the skids of the attacking drone. The attacking drone then flies above its...
  • Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory in China (truncated title)

    05/25/2016 1:11:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 May, 2016, 9:50pm UPDATED : Sunday, 22 May, 2016, 9:29am
    Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory as Chinas struggling electronics hub turns to artificial intelligence Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, undergoes makeover as 600 companies look to trim their headcount The manufacturing hub for the electronics industry, Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is seeking a drastic reduction in labour costs as it undergoes a makeover after an industrial explosion killed 146 people in 2014.The county, one-seventh the size of neighbouring Shanghai and the mainlands first county to achieve US$4,000 per capita income, was adjudged the best county for its economic performance by Forbes for seven years in...
  • Microsoft is giving up on consumer smartphones, too

    05/25/2016 1:02:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    ReCode ^ | MAY 25, 2016, 5:00A | BY INA FRIED
    The company is taking a $950 million charge to unwind the last vestiges of the Nokia deal. div class="c-entry-content"> Microsoft is further scaling back its flagging phone business, exiting the consumer market and cutting another 1,850 jobs.As part of the move announced Wednesday, Microsoft will take a $950 million charge and cut what little remained of its Finland-based phone hardware business, unwinding the last of its disastrous $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's phone unit. Last week, Microsoft announced separately that it was selling what was left of its low-end "feature phone" business.The company has been scaling back its phone ambitions...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook saw an iPhone in a nearly 350-year-old painting

    05/25/2016 10:22:43 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    CNBC Tech Transformers ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Arjun Kharpal
    Apple's Tim Cook saw an iPhone in 350-year-old paintingThe Apple chief executive joked saying he thought he knew when and where the iPhone was invented. Apparently the iPhone was invented nearly 350 years ago, according to Apple boss Tim Cook's interpretation of a painting. During a chat at the Start-up Fest event in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Cook spoke to former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes about topics ranging from health to the future of TV. But the pair shared an anecdote from the night before when Kroes took Cook to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. "Do you happen to know Tim, where and when...

    05/25/2016 9:20:32 AM PDT · by knarf · 19 replies
    self ^ | May 25, 2016 | knarf
    About six months ago I downloaded SNAPFISH thinking it was something I wantedI soon learned it was not and went into my programs, uninstalled and everything was OK until todayI am getting a constant annoying popup saying, "We are unable to authenticate your acct." etc I've been everywhere I know and can't find this annoyance to remove ithelpW7 w/chrome
  • My Pine64 Media Center

    05/25/2016 7:47:22 AM PDT · by zeugma · 21 replies
    ZPRC ^ | 5/24/2016 | Zeugma
    My Pine64 Media Center Several months back, I participated in a Kickstarter campaign for the PINE A64, First $15 64-Bit Single Board Super Computer. The campaign started in December of 2015, and was designed to fund the production of a 64-bit computer on a card for the masses priced at $15. Initial estimated delivery was January or February. Their initial estimates on shipping were somewhat optimistic, as I just received mine the other day (5/21/2016). Reading through some of the comments on the project, some people were rather bent out of shape about the shipping delays, which is something I...
  • This Silicon Valley Billionaire Has Been Secretly Funding Hulk Hogan's Lawsuits Against Gawker

    05/25/2016 5:02:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 24, 2016 | Ryan Mac
    One of Silicon Valleys best-known investors has been footing a former wrestlers legal bills in lawsuits against a shared enemy. Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder and one of the earliest backers of Facebook FB +1.50%, has been secretly covering the expenses for Hulk Hogans lawsuits against online news organization Gawker Media. According to people familiar with the situation who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, Thiel, a cofounder and partner at Founders Fund, has played a lead role in bankrolling the cases Terry Bollea, a.k.a. Hogan, brought against New York-based Gawker. Hogan is being represented by Charles Harder, a...
  • Apple Sued Over iPhones Making Calls and Sending Email

    05/23/2016 7:39:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Fortune ^ | May 23, 2016, 11:29 A.M. ET | by Don Reisinger
    Apple has been hit by one of the more shocking patent lawsuits in recent memory.A company that seemingly does nothing but license patents or, if necessary, sue other companies to get royalties, has taken aim at Apple But here’s the kicker: the lawsuit alleges that Apple’s last several iPhones and iPads violate a slew of patents related to seemingly standard features, including the ability to place calls as well as sending and receiving emails. A total of six patent infringement claims were brought against Apple by Corydoras Technologies on May 20, according to Apple-tracking site Patently Apple, which obtained...
  • Apple Asks Suppliers To Produce 72-78 Million iPhone7s This Year, A 2-Year High

    05/23/2016 6:59:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Barron's Asia ^ | May 23, 2016, 3:26 A.M. ET | By Shuli Ren
    Taiwans Apple (AAPL) supply chain manufacturers soared, with the TAIEX Index closing 2.6% higher after media reports that Apple is asking its suppliers to prepare for much higher-than-expected iPhone 7 production for 2016. Taiwans Economic Daily said Apple had asked its suppliers to produce 72 to 78 million new iPhones by the end of the year, the highest production target in about two years. The street had expected only 65 million iPhone 7s to be produced this year. According to the Taiwan newspaper, Hon Hai Precision Technology (2317.Taiwan) will remain the key assembler for iPhone 7 and Pegatron Corp. (4938.Taiwan)...
  • Mohammed Inaugurates Worlds First 3D-Printed Office in Dubai

    05/23/2016 11:41:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, May 23, 2016
    UAE is an incubator of innovation and future technology: MohammedHis Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stated that the UAE has emerged as one of the major incubators of innovation and future technology in the world today, and its focused initiatives to shape the future have become global models that can be emulated in all sectors. "We implement what we plan, and we pursue actions not theories. The rapidly changing world requires us to accelerate our pace of development, for history does not recognize our plans but...
  • Discovery could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer

    05/23/2016 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies ^ | 23 MAY 2016 | Provided by: University of Texas at Dallas
    A University of Texas at Dallas researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones. Dr. Kyeongjae Cho, professor of materials science and engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has discovered new catalyst materials for lithium-air batteries that jumpstart efforts at expanding battery capacity. The research was published in Nature Energy. "There's huge promise in lithium-air batteries. However, despite the aggressive research being done by groups all over the world, those promises are not being delivered in real life," Cho said....
  • Hating America at Google

    05/21/2016 9:23:15 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    Commentary ^ | 29 May, 2016 | Hating America at Google
    This week Facebook made nice with conservatives who were worried about reports about it censoring its trending-news section to reflect the liberal bias of those who work for the social-media company. But maybe the conservative activists and media figures were worried about the wrong Internet giant. Yesterday, anyone who clicked on the Google home page saw a curious doodle honoring someone who most users had probably never heard of. But rather than the usual anodyne historical figure or celebrity, yesterdays honoree was a woman that Google identified as one of the most overlooked and dogged civil rights activists of our...
  • Tech support locker scam poses as failed Microsoft Update (malware wants $250 ransom)

    05/20/2016 12:14:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | May 20, 2016 | John Leyden
    Cybercrooks have put together a new scam that falls halfway between ransomware and old school browser lockup ruses. The new class of tech support lockers rely on tricking users into installing either a fake PC optimiser or bogus Adobe Flash update. Once loaded the malware mimicks ransomware and locks users out of their computers. Unlike Locky, CryptoWall and their ilk it doesnt actually encrypt files on compromised Windows PCs, however. Jrme Segura, a senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, said tech support lockers" represent a class of malware more advanced than browser locks and fake anti-virus alerts of the pre-ransomware past....
  • VANITY: WIN-10 Help

    05/20/2016 10:11:32 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 29 replies
    My Laptop | 20MAY2016 | Cletus
    Why does WIN-10 not connect with my home WIfi on start-up
  • Patrick Willis, Retired 49ers Star, Is Now an Executive VP at a Tech Startup

    05/19/2016 2:07:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Katie Dowd
    The legendary 49ers linebacker, who retired in 2015, is now a khaki pants-wearing, 9-to-5 office worker at Open Source Storage, a tech startup in Campbell. Willis currently serves as the executive vice president of partnerships and is on the Open Source Storage advisory board. And, according to a profile in Mashable, those aren't just empty titles; Willis puts on his button-down and shows up to work every day. "Monday through Friday, Willis commutes to work at a Silicon Valley office park," writes Mashable. "He's got a list of favorite lunch spots nearby. Sometimes he takes video calls from home, or...
  • A Story In Emojis

    05/18/2016 2:20:41 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 14 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 5/18/2016 | blueunicoen6
    🌞 🏡 🍺 🍿 🚶🐕. 🐿 🏃 🌲 🐕 😱. 🐕 🛫 🐿. 👁 🕳 🏃 🐕 🚑 🏥. 🌅 🔪 🐿 ☠. ☎️ 🚔 👁 🚽. 💸 😭🐕 😛. 💩. P.S. 👺 🙀 👑 🐙 ☃ 🌊.
  • Need help getting rid of Adobe Flash allow/deny icon

    05/18/2016 11:23:56 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    May 18, 2016 | Self
    The past few days a new nuisance with Adobe Flash has appeared on my computer. It's an icon that asks to install an ad cookie on my computer. If you click deny, you don't get to view the video. Normally I wouldn't care, but some news clips I want to view. For example, there was a nice interview with Ivanka Trump on CBS News this morning and a FR thread about the disdain shown by the reporter in the questioning: The question asks: "Allow CBS NEWS to store information on your computer?" Your choices are "Allow" or "Deny." Would...
  • Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not? (With discretes on a 12"x15" PCB)

    05/18/2016 10:21:45 AM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    The Register ^ | May 18, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    The 6502 CPU is a fondly-remembered CPU* for good reason: along with chips from Motorola, Intel and Zilog, it helped create the personal computer business in the 1980s. However, this project is affection on a grand scale: some US enthusiasts are creating a transistor-for-transistor replica of the chip's design using discrete components. It's a good thing we're in the era of surface mount components, because even with small components the 3,218 transistors, 1,019 resistors and various other bits of the MOnSter 6502 need a four-layer PCB measuring 12 x 15 with components mounted on both sides. Because a big, slow,...
  • Microsoft Must Be Getting Desperate (V)

    05/17/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 120 replies
    5-17-2016 | Orangehoof
    I live by myself and had been away from home for 12 hours. I often leave my home computer turned on even when I am gone. Last night, I noticed my computer screen was on and my computer was downloading Windows 10. I tried to stop it and, when I couldn't, I simply shut the computer off. After turning it back on, it said "restoring to your previous version" and I'm now back to Windows 7. I noticed that somehow my update settings had all been changed to allow Microsoft maximum access and Windows 10 upgrade was now categorized as...
  • Help with computer / new Dell monitor problem

    05/17/2016 3:04:11 AM PDT · by sushiman · 18 replies
    5/17/16 | sushiman
    My 3 year old Dell Inspiron desktop & Dell monitor worked flawlessly since purchasing them - until the other day that is . We moved into a new house on 3/31 and didn't get hooked up to the internet until a few days ago as were had to evacuate due to the 2 big quakes here in Kumamoto , Japan. My monitor fell off the desk when the first quake struck ( desktop did not move and I promptly took it off the desk and put it in a safe place until our return ) , so I ordered a...
  • Guiding Hands

    05/16/2016 2:04:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 21 April 2016
  • Microsoft is adding more ads to the Windows 10 Start menu

    05/16/2016 10:12:14 AM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 25 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 16, 2016 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is planning to double the amount of promoted apps in the Start menu with the upcoming Anniversary Update to Windows 10. The software maker revealed at its WinHEC conference last week that the amount will increase from five currently up to 10 in the Anniversary Update that's due to roll out in July. Promoted apps are typically used on new PCs as links to encourage Windows 10 users to download Store apps, and different apps are promoted in different countries. Some promoted apps are pre-installed, but Microsoft notes that they can be fully uninstalled and any promoted items removed...
  • Google's Chrome to block Flash this year - except for 10 top websites

    05/16/2016 10:03:47 AM PDT · by dennisw · 24 replies ^ | May 16, 2016 | By Liam Tung
    Google will soon close one more door on the Flash plugin in Chrome, requiring users to authorize each and every site where they want Flash to load, rather than running it automatically. Google has detailed a proposal to make HTML5 the default in Chrome over Adobe's Flash Player. If all goes to plan, by the fourth quarter of 2016 Chrome will not be using the Flash plugin for the vast majority of the web, and will only make an exception as the default media player for the world's top 10 sites that still rely on Flash. For the time being,...
  • VANITY: Need computer help with Outlook Express email

    05/15/2016 1:40:28 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 27 replies
    Need expert help from any who speak 'normal' English as we have no computer gifted language experts living under the roof here. Have been using Windows XP and Outlook Express (with which I am familiar and have had no problems using) Recently during a storm, the computer fried to crispy bacon and died. Guru able to save the hard drive from the old, puting same hard drive into a reconditioned make with Windows 7 operating system....making the puter available for wifi. Problem, windows 7 is not compatible with Outlook Express and unable to reconfigure the files from old programs. Now...
  • Disney Research Creates RFID Tags High-Tech, Wireless & Sensory Game Controllers

    05/14/2016 9:55:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    UniversityHerald ^ | 05/14/2016 | Darren Domirez
    The research team headed by Disney researchers with Carnegie Mellon and MIT has figured out a way to boost the speed and accuracy of monitoring wireless and non-battery RFID tags. They have used the finding to make interactive objects that would not need power source, as well as wireless pong controllers using an edition of the tech inside Disney's RFID-powered MagicBands. The discovery reults published as "RapID: A Framework for Fabricating Low-Latency Interactive Objects with RFID Tags," says that the system features more interesting latent functions for the inactive RFID system that depends on the control of an external drive....
  • TECH Ping! Need to Wake Up a FrontPage Website Old, Old Tech. Where Can I Find Skills?

    05/13/2016 4:17:06 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 46 replies
    05.13.16 | chickensoup
    Have a need to use my rickety old website. It is a 200 page FrontPage monster which has been sitting out at my ISP for quite a few years with little updating. I have recently been approached about restarting my column nationally. Am so excited! I would like to use the webpage as the vehicle and realize that it will need to be upgraded. I run WIN7. There is no extension left for Frontpage and the software currently does not recognize the website, there isn't even a screen to put in the username and code. The ISP states that FTP...
  • Apple unable to power on iPhone of teen lost at sea

    05/12/2016 3:35:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | May 12, 2016
    In a conference call on Tuesday night, an Apple team leader informed attorneys for the families of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen that they were unable to restore Stephanos’ badly-corroded iPhone 6 to working order. Austin and his friend Perry Cohen, both 14, went missing in July 2015 during a fishing trip off the coast of Jupiter, Florida. The U.S. Coast Guard found their boat during a search and rescue operation last year, but the boat was set adrift before it could be towed ashore by salvage teams. A Norwegian supply ship in March 2015 happened upon the 19-foot vessel...
  • Apple falls anew after iPhone 7 report; loses most valuable crown to Alphabet

    05/12/2016 2:22:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | May 12, 2016: 2:28PM
    “Apple stock tumbled to its lowest level in nearly two years on Thursday, following a report that Asian component suppliers are seeing weak orders related to the upcoming iPhone 7,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “Japanese business publication Nikkei Asian Review reported Thursday that Taiwan-based tech suppliers expect to get significantly fewer orders from Apple in the second half of this year compared with the year-earlier period,” Seitz reports. “They cited the ‘ongoing slump in demand for premium smartphones and a lack of groundbreaking features for the upcoming iPhone 7.'”“Apple shares were down more than 2.5%, near 90,...
  • Fallout 4 for Xbox One Supports MODS What To Do Next?

    05/11/2016 11:47:41 AM PDT · by yuleeyahoo · 47 replies
    Neurogadget ^ | May 11, 2016 | Costea Lestoc
    If you are playing Fallout 4 on an Xbox One console, we have some good news, as MODS will be supported by this version of the game. Bethesda has made an official announcement regarding this matter on its Twitter account, where it confirmed that the MODS feature will be available for the Fallout 4 version of Xbox One starting from May 19, 2016. If you are not sure what MODS are, then you should know that they are designed to be easy to access on any platform. The MODS will actually be created on a computer and, after that, uploaded...
  • MacBook sales in 2016 are worse than the (terrible) overall laptop market

    05/11/2016 10:04:58 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 111 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 11, 2016 | [Justin Pot] Justin Pot
    The MacBook Pro and Air lines are overdue for an update, and customers are noticing. New MacBook purchases are down compared to the first quarter of last year, suggesting customers don't see a reason to pay Apple's premium pricing right now.

    05/11/2016 9:46:17 AM PDT · by knarf · 35 replies
    self ^ | May 11, 2016 | knarf
    I inherited a D-Link DI-624 router ... no idea when it was bornWhen I plug in the cd, the exec fails ... I can't configure nor get the thing to operateI've been to the hard site "" which brings up the wizard, but the "run" tab is deadAny ideas ?
  • Will Google sue Sue Googe? (NC Rep Congress candidate copies Google font for campaign signs)

    05/11/2016 6:11:25 AM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 10, 2016 | Chris Plante
    Sue Googe is a 2016 Republican candidate who hopes to represent the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina in United States Congress. Also, her surname looks like the Google logo especially as it's written on her campaign signs, which use a font that's identical to Google's bespoke sans-serif typeface. [She's the one in the middle) [Lots more article and pics at The Verge article] ...
  • Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing (But more Linux-friendly)

    05/11/2016 5:56:19 AM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    The Register ^ | May 11, 2016 | Gavin Clarke
    The latest Windows 10 preview has been released by Microsoft, with changes making it more Linux and web-friendly. Gone, however, is automatic Wi-Fi sharing with contacts, with Microsoft citing low uptake over cost of development. Extensions to Edge, Microsofts browser alternative to Internet Explorer, in Windows 10 build 14342 can now be downloaded from the Windows Store. It ends the need to extract and load them from a local store but, Microsoft has warned pioneers, youll have to re-install any extensions they might have. Extensions are also available for AdBlock and Adblock Plus and a range of other applications while...
  • Mom Tries to Surprise Daughter, Snaps Selfie in Wrong Bed

    05/10/2016 8:48:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Ben Feuerherd
    "I am in the wrong dorm omg," the mother tweeted after the mistake>/I> A mother wanted to surprise her college-aged daughter after she traveled to her school to help her move out for the summer, so she snapped a selfie in what she thought was her daughter's bed. But when Deeana Pilling, who flew from New York City to Utah last week for the surprise, texted her daughter the photo, she realized she had a mistake. "Look where I am! Where are you?" Deeana texted daughter McKenna Pilling, a Utah State University student, after she sent her the selfie. "Where's...
  • Worlds Oldest Cat Dethroned by Even Older Cat Scooter

    05/10/2016 8:24:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Gaze into the eyes of Scooter, the new Worlds Oldest Living Cat. Scooter and his wise old eyes have been around for 30 years, and his achievements in extreme elderliness have now been recognized by Guinness World Records. Gail Floyd who generously houses Scooter even though he is a grown adult and should probably get his own place said her companion has always been a lively people cat. When he was a kitten, he would play in Gails hair and ride on her shoulder. Now, in his golden years, Scooter still rises at 6 every morning. If he...
  • 'Swarm Intelligence' wins $11,000 after correctly predicting the Kentucky Derby's first 4 finishers

    05/10/2016 4:21:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Raymond WONG
    Picking one horse to win a race is hard enough, but four horses and their exact placements in the grand Kentucky Derby? It's practically impossible. But that's exactly what just happened thanks to a crowdsourced intelligence called Swarm Intelligence. The bet is called the superfecta, and there's a 1 in 540 chance of winning it bettors have to pick out the horses that'll place first, second, third and fourth in the Derby. TechRepublic reporter Hope Reese challenged Unanimous A.I., a company that creates Swarm artificial intelligence technologies that allow groups to combine their thoughts and feelings in real-time to...
  • Trumps Wall iPhone app rises to No. 5 on the App Store (Build it Huuge!)

    05/10/2016 12:33:12 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 7 replies
    CNN -Money ^ | May 10, 2016
    A new parody app about Donald Trump is a hit, climbing to No. 5 on the list of most downloaded apps in the U.S. iTunes App Store. The objective of the game is to build a wall (as huuuge as you can). Youre not building the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, however. The wall is being built in front a building that looks like the White House with Trumps name plastered across it. This game and all characters in it are entirely fictional, is the message you see when you open up the Trumps Wall app. But everything on the...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin for May (Windows Updates! Look out! It's Patch Tuesday!)

    05/10/2016 11:38:23 AM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    Microsoft TechNet ^ | May 10, 2016 | Microsoft TechNet Team Download an Excel file containing detailed information, such as affected components, bulletin replacements, reboot requirements, and related Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs). Additionally, bulletin information in the Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework (CVRF) format is available. Date Bulletin Number KB Number Title Bulletin Rating 5/10/2016 MS16-067 3155784 Security Update for Volume Manager Driver Important 5/10/2016 MS16-066 3155451 Security Update for Virtual Secure Mode Important 5/10/2016 MS16-065 3156757 Security Update for .NET Framework Important 5/10/2016 MS16-064 3157993 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player Critical 5/10/2016 MS16-062 3158222 Security Update for Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Important 5/10/2016 MS16-061 3155520 Security Update for Microsoft...
  • Facebook employees admit to censoring right-wing news

    05/10/2016 10:59:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 5/10/2016, 10:50 AM | Matt Wanderman
    A number of former Facebook employees have revealed that the popular social media site adjusts the news stories it presents in order to encourage a liberal bias. The whistleblowers, who asked to remain anonymous, told Gizmodo that the sites news curators were told to modify the trending news section by hiding stories that supported conservative attitudes and promoting others that interested liberals. [] One of the most direct examples described in Gizmodo was the Black Lives Matter movement, which largely grew out of social media posts. While it was in its early stages, Facebook decided to actively intervene in order...