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  • App Lets You ‘Try On’ Fattoo Before You Ruin Your Body Forever

    05/02/2016 3:36:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | Jacob Siegal
    Virtual reality has (justifiably) been the biggest story in the tech world over the past few weeks. Oculus launched the Rift, HTC launched the Vive and gamers are finally getting the chance to see how much potential VR has. But you don’t have to spend $600 on a headset to digitally alter the world around you. Augmented reality (AR) has been around in various forms for years, allowing consumers to see what furniture might look like in their homes, or to bring virtual figures into the real world, where they can interact with the environment.
  • A letter of thanks to Apple, from a grateful dad

    05/01/2016 11:17:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    A Medium Corporation ^ | April 29, 2016 | by David A. House
    Earlier this evening I got a call from my son, I could hear voices in the background so I just thought he had butt dialed me. I called back, planning to ask my son what his butt wanted. No answer. Strange. A few minutes later he called again. He couldn’t hear me, but I could hear him. He said “I’m not sure if you can hear me, but I’m at Kennestone Hospital ER”. He repeated that several times and eventually the call ended. I called the ER and eventually found out he was in a car accident, but he was...
  • Apple Will Analyze iPhone of Teen Missing at Sea (Video at source)

    05/01/2016 10:55:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 29, 2016, 5:18 PM ET | By EMILY SHAPIRO
    Apple will analyze the recovered iPhone that may hold the key to what happened last summer when two Florida teens disappeared on a boating trip, according to an agreement reached by the teens' parents in court today. The recovered iPhone belonged to 14-year-old Austin Stephanos, who went missing while on a boat trip with Perry Cohen, also 14, in July. The Coast Guard led an eight-day search in the Atlantic, covering 50,000 nautical miles. The boys' bodies were never found. But Austin's iPhone was on board when the boys' boat was recovered last month about 100 miles off the coast...
  • The government wants your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Should that be allowed?

    05/01/2016 7:17:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    L A Times ^ | By Matt Hamilton and Richard Winton
    s the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom. There, authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. It marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open...
  • UCI researcher discovers important Li-Ion battery breakthrough

    04/28/2016 9:20:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 28 April 2016 | Jon Worrel
    MnO2-coated batteries can now last 400 years, 200,000 cycles Doctoral research student Maya Le Thai was working in her laboratory with nanobatteries one day when she decided to try a new approach. She coated an entire gold nanowire with a manganese dioxide MnO2 shell and covered the assembly with a "plexiglass-like" electrolyte gel, but the resulting outcome was completely unexpected. As she "playfully" experimented with different materials, the resulting nanobattery produced effectively "unlimited" lifetime charge cycles lasting well over 400 years. Traditional nanowire-based batteries are thousands of times thinner than a human hair, highly conductive and feature a large...
  • Apple to be exempted from 30% sourcing norms by (India) Government Panel

    04/28/2016 12:38:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    India Times Economics Tech ^ | 28 April 2016, 9:18 AM IST
    The US-based company has sought approval from the government on setting up single-brand retail stores in the country. A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. The company had given a detailed presentation to the committee headed by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Ramesh Abhishek on April 19, on its products, technology, innovations and camera. "The committee has found that the company's products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from...
  • Hillary And "Classified" Information

    04/28/2016 10:34:01 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 36 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 4/28/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Those of us who have handled Classified government information are aghast at how Hillary Clinton handled Classified government information in such an intentionally careless way. We, including Hillary Clinton, were very specifically informed that the careless handling of Classified government information would result in imprisonment by, or killing by, the government. It is life and death serious. There is nothing more serious. We know how wrong her behavior was. But, does the average Democrat voter understand how wrong her behavior was? It is critical that some words and concepts are understood by all Americans. Hillary Clinton is basing the defense...
  • Four Reasons Apple's Earnings Miss Is Such a Big Deal

    04/28/2016 5:40:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 04/28/2016 | By Anthony Mirhaydari
    The rollout of disappointing first-quarter earnings has continued in recent days, with sectors such as airlines and tech getting hit and eclipsing memories of early beats by the big banks. But the biggie has to be the disappointing top- and bottom-line miss by Apple (AAPL) after the close on Tuesday, marking the company's first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years.Apple was down more than 8 percent in after-hours trading on those earnings that came in at $1.90 per share (vs. $1.97 expected), an 18.5 percent decline from last year. Revenues came in at $50.6 billion (vs. $52.2 billion expected),...
  • Male Employee Found Dead at Apple’s Cupertino Headquarters: Sheriff

    04/27/2016 6:50:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/27 | Riya Bhattacharjee, Lisa Fernandez and Michelle Roberts
    A sheriff's audio dispatch indicates a man was found in a conference room with a gun nearby, but officials could not confirm thatA man who worked for Apple was found dead at the tech giant's headquarters in Cupertino Wednesday morning, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff. No suspects are being sought in his death, and no one is in danger, sheriff's officials said, adding that the campus at 1 Infinite Loop is open. Investigators have not confirmed information in apparent police dispatch recordings in which authorities describe the scene. "Through further investigation, they determined there was no other individuals...
  • Fallout 4’s Creation Kit is live on PC, coming later to Xbox One and PS4

    04/27/2016 8:24:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    slashgear.com ^ | 04/27/2016 | Chris Scott Barr
    People have been modding Fallout 4 on the PC since it was first released. Despite not having the official tools from Bethesda, they've found ways to add full dialogue options, lightsabers, and much more. If you thought there were a lot of mods before, then prepare yourself for a whole new level of modding. Yesterday, Bethesda officially announced the availability of the Creation Kit. Bethesda has supported mods for many years, but this time around, they're doing something different. Now mods will be available to find and install within the game, using a Bethesda.net account. What's more, for the very...
  • The Internet of Things gets a ledger

    04/27/2016 3:36:38 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 10 replies
    Cisco.com ^ | April 6,2016 | Amy Cortese
    In the next decade, there will be tens of billions of connected devices—from thermostats and cell phones to parking meters and cars. Increasingly, these connected devices that make up the Internet of Things will be imbued with intelligence so that they can not only communicate, but transact, negotiate, collaborate and exchange value. The Internet of Things needs a Ledger of Things How will we handle this mind-boggling volume of data being transmitted, and do it in a secure way? “The Internet of Things needs a Ledger of Things,” says Alex Tapscott, coauthor with his father, Don Tapscott, of the "Blockchain...
  • Apple reports earnings miss in Q216

    04/26/2016 6:25:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Mac Daily Newsws ^ | April 26, 2016
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarterÂ’s revenue. Wall Street expected Apple to report earnings of about $2 a share on $51.97 billion in revenue, according to...
  • Great Big Story app & website

    04/26/2016 5:44:13 PM PDT · by ctdonath2
    Great Big Story | 4/26/16 | Self with Great Big Story
    CNN's Great Big Story iPhone app and website relaunched today - check it out for fun & uplifting video stories 2-3 minutes long, about 3 released daily.
  • Ted Cruz knows where you live – if you downloaded his app (his official app leaks personal data)

    04/26/2016 8:12:12 AM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | John Leyden
    US presidential primary apps leak supporters' phone data "...nearly 25 per cent were found to be exposing sensitive data... account details (email address and social media profile names), device phone number, GPS coordinates, and more..." Many US presidential primary apps gather users’ personal information and leave their sensitive data vulnerable to attackers, security researchers at Symantec warn. Data exchanged through many of the apps can be intercepted by attackers and shared with third parties because of weak security practices. Symantec analysed the official mobile app behaviours of top primary candidates, as well as popular unaffiliated apps, using its Norton Mobile...
  • Study Casts Doubts on Apple’s Ethical Standards: Research on 1,261 pay stubs shows that Apple’s prot

    04/25/2016 3:30:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    China Labor Watch ^ | February 24, 2016
    In 2013, China Labor Watch (CLW) began investigating the labor conditions of workers at Pegatron Corporation factories in China making products for Apple... This year, CLW collected 1,261 pay stubs from Pegatron Shanghai workers, 13 times as many as stubs as last year. The documents were gathered with the assistance of 18 Pegatron workers coming from 12 departments... 1) Workers are paid at a rate of 1.82 USD/hour. 2) On average, overtime pay as a percentage of workers’ gross wages is 42.4%. 3) Workers work more than 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. 83.8% workers’ monthly overtime hours...
  • The 8 fastest growing tech skills worth over $110,000

    04/25/2016 1:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/25/2016 | Julie Bort
    In the tech industry, one day a skill is hot, the next it's not. IT professionals spend a lot of their career learning, training, and trying to keep up. Job hunting site Dice prides itself on helping IT pros navigate which skills to pursue. It just concluded an analysis of its database of 80,000+ tech jobs from April 2015 through April 2016 to determine the fastest-growing skills based on job openings. We then cross-checked those skills against Dice's annual salary survey, published in February, which offered the average salary for jobs using those particular skills in 2015. The good news?...
  • The Loony Left (1987 60 Minutes)

    04/24/2016 4:44:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 20, 2012 | TheGreenmansWife
    Link to video "This is an old film but it graphically shows the insanity that happens eventually whenever a left wing government take control. Despite the fact that most of them are now thankfully long gone, many of them like Neil Kinnock remain and have very cushy jobs at the European Union where they have continued working for their Marxist agenda practically unnoticed."
  • Solar Impulse 2 Lands in California After Pacific Flight

    04/24/2016 12:44:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun April 24, 2016 | David Molko and Euan McKirdy
    An experimental plane flying around the world without a single drop of fuel landed in California after a two-and-a-half day flight across the Pacific. Piloted by Swiss explorer and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Mountain View just before midnight (3 a.m. ET). Images of the elegant solar aircraft, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but only weighs about as much as an SUV, flying over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay mark a significant achievement. The team has seen the project beset with problems and setbacks during its pioneering airborne circumnavigation. "I'm...
  • Solar Plane Travelling on Around-the-World Journey to Land in Bay Area

    04/23/2016 7:32:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    The pilot of a solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey said Saturday that stopping in California's Silicon Valley will help link the daring project to the pioneering spirit of the area. Pilot Bertrand Piccard, who left Hawaii three days ago, said he hopes to fly over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge before landing in Mountain View on Saturday night. "Can you imagine crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on a solar-powered plane just like ships did in past centuries? But the plane doesn't make noise and doesn't pollute,'' Piccard said a live video feed on the website documenting the journey. It's...
  • Microsoft builds new AI bot to ignore Hitler ("Tay 2.0" Completely Lobotomized)

    04/22/2016 7:51:39 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 24 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 4-14-2016 | Hope King
    Microsoft is trying to avoid another PR disaster with its new AI bot. The company's latest program can describe what it "sees" in photos. "CaptionBot," as it's called, does a pretty decent job at describing simple everyday scenes, such as a person sitting on a couch, a cat lounging around, or a busy restaurant. But it seems to be programmed to ignore pictures of Nazi symbolism or its leader. CNNMoney gave CaptionBot several photos of Adolf Hitler and variations of the swastika to analyze, and it often came back with "I really can't describe the picture" and a confused emoji....
  • Most ACCURATE CDR/DVD burner

    04/22/2016 4:04:41 PM PDT · by newfreep · 49 replies
    I'm seeking an external (USB) CDR/DVD burner that is HIGHLY accurate. Any recommendations is most welcomed and appreciated.
  • Apple Services Shut Down in China in Startling About-Face

    04/22/2016 12:11:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 21, 2016 | By PAUL MOZUR and JANE PERLEZ
    An Apple Store in Beijing. Facing a slowdown in sales of iPhones in the United States, Apple is looking to China for growth. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times For years, there has been a limit to the success of American technology companies in China. Capture too much market share or wield too much influence, and Beijing will push back. Apple has largely been an exception to that trend. Yet the Silicon Valley company is now facing a regulatory push against its services in China that could signal its good relations in the country may be turning. Last...
  • Over 100 China makers rushing into VR device market

    04/22/2016 11:31:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    digitimes.com ^ | [Wednesday 20 April 2016] | Max Wang, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES
    More than 100 companies in China have stepped into the development of virtual reality (VR) devices, focusing on entry-level products initially, according to trade sources.A number of vendors showcased their VR products at the recently concluded Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2016 (Spring Edition), with FOB prices of entry-level models ranging from US$2-3 per unit and mid-range ones at US$25-80, the sources indicated.China-based makers are taking Google's CardBoard as reference design and turning out their VR devices using a plastic helmet attached with a pair of lenticular sheets for the low-end market, indicated the sources.Some vendors were showcasing VR products for...
  • Amazon Kindles Hacked? Users reporting hundreds of Kindle Fires getting all data wiped.

    04/22/2016 11:13:40 AM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 20 replies
    Self, Amazon user website | 22 April 2016 | RACookPE1978
    Many hundreds of Amazon Kindle Fire users are reporting their Kindle registration data and all account information stored on their Kiindle electronic readers have been wiped clean - the kindle has been returned back to zero-zero or original empty. No name, no account, no stored books, no stored videos or audio or music, not even a single piece of anything loaded on the device. On the Amazon feedback site, there is no solution. No one has reported losing power or physical harm (dropped the kindle, dipped it in water or a tub, lost power completely, nor did anything but "turned...
  • Telstra buys multi-million-dollar stake in open source developer

    04/22/2016 8:02:49 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Apr 21 2016 10:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    ... Telstra has invested $10.3 million in San Francisco-based open source web developer Nginx, the telco revealed today. Telstra Ventures chief Mark Sherman said the decision to invest was driven by Nginx's increasing global popularity, and technology leadership in the web application delivery and deployment market. Telstra's websites run on Nginx currently. Nginx was developed by Kazakhstan-born, Russian developer Igor Sysoev, and can be used to serve web pages, and act as a reverse proxy and load balancer for sites. The server runs on the Unix, Linux, BSD, Apple OS X, Oracle Solaris, IBM AIX and Microsoft WIndows operating systems.
  • Ubuntu Linux 16.04 is here

    04/22/2016 3:49:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 4/21/16 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    I, and a few tens of millions of other Ubuntu users, have been waiting for the new release of Ubuntu 16.04 and our wait is over. The latest version of this popular desktop, server, and cloud Linux is here.This new edition comes with the new 'snap' package format and LXD 2.0 pure-container hypervisor. While desktop users might like these, the main audience for these features is the enterprise. As Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, said in a statement "The leading cloud-based operations and the most advanced robotics run largely on Ubuntu, and this new release is the...
  • Solar Plane Successfully Departs From Hawaii With No Fuel

    04/22/2016 1:15:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/21 | Audrey McAvoy and Caleb Jones
    The plane was on course to land in Mountain View, California, in about three days Two pilots are slowly carving their way into a new future of solar-powered flight as one embarks on the latest leg of their around-the-world journey in a plane powered only by the sun. After some uncertainty about winds, the Solar Impulse team took off from Hawaii on Thursday, and hours later it was still ascending over the Pacific attempting to reach a high altitude before night sets in. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 was on course to land in Mountain View, California, in about...
  • Mike Murgio, Palm Beach County School Board Member Arrested by FBI

    04/21/2016 7:36:47 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 9 replies
    WPTV ^ | April 21, 2016 | WPTV Webteam
    See story at link, I'm mobile and not sure what the posting requirements for Scripps is.
  • FR keeps logging me out

    04/21/2016 1:18:26 PM PDT · by Huntress · 25 replies
    4/21/16 | Huntress
    I have a new computer, on which I'm running Windows 10 and using Firefox version 45.0.2 as my browser. My FR account is set to "convenient," which is supposed to mean that I remain logged on even when I close my browser. But I keep finding that I'm logged when I close and later reopen Firefox. I don't have this problem on my other computers or my smartphone, so I'm thinking this is a Windows 10 or Firefox issue. Any ides as to what Firefox or Windows settings I need to adjust? Thanks.
  • [Vanity] Need Help: Uninstalled Quicktime, now I can't insert/play my mp4 video clips on MS PPT

    04/21/2016 12:05:29 PM PDT · by Maceman · 15 replies
    I'm working on an MS PowerPoint slide deck (Office 10). Some of the slides have videos on them that I have inserted from files on my hard drive. I never had any trouble playing these videos in the slide deck, or inserting new ones, until I uninstalled Quicktime per advice from a number of articles I've recently seen here on FR. So now when I try to play the existing videos or install new ones that I have on file, I get a message that says: "PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file. Verify that the path and...
  • Supply-chain report says iPhone SE taking Chinese market share from local brands Xiaomi, Huawei

    04/21/2016 11:37:27 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | April 21, 2016 | By Ben Lovejoy
    We’ve been hearing mixed reports about iPhone SE sales in general, but Apple’s latest 4-incher does appear to be a big hit in China. After a previous report claimed third-party retailers in the country received 3.4M preorders before the phone went on sale, a new supply-chain report says that local brands like Xiaomi and Huawei are being hit hard by Apple offering its cheapest-ever iPhone. The launch of relatively low-priced iPhone SE in China has squeezed market share from local brands, including Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, Vivo and Oppo, affecting the earning performance of these brands, said the sources. The source is...
  • Chemists create battery technology with off-the-charts charging capacity

    04/20/2016 2:50:04 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    phys.org ^ | April 20, 2016 | Provided by: University of California, Irvine
    UCI chemist Reginald Penner (shown) and doctoral candidate Mya Le Thai have developed a nanowire-based technology that allows lithium-ion batteries to be recharged hundreds of thousands of times. Credit: Daniel A. Anderson / UCI ========================================================================================================== University of California, Irvine researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. The breakthrough work could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans for computers, smartphones, appliances, cars and spacecraft. Scientists have long sought to use nanowires in batteries. Thousands of times thinner than a human...
  • Top programming languages in the world

    04/20/2016 9:31:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    MyBroadBand ^ | 04/20/2016
    The results of Stack Overflow’s annual survey show the most popular programming languages among developers. Stack Overflow recently published the results of its annual developer survey, revealing its findings on the most popular programming languages.Over 50,000 developers from 173 countries responded to the survey.Stack Overflow said it also augmented some of the results with insights from the activity of its 40 million monthly visitors.It found that JavaScript remains the most popular technology among developers, with SQL and SQL Server a close second.“PHP appears to be falling out of favour as Node and Angular emerge,” said Stack Overflow. Most popular tech...
  • A fleet of self-driving trucks rumbles across Europe

    04/19/2016 5:44:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Computer World ^ | Apr 7, 2016 | Lucas Mearian
    A fleet of self-driving trucks rumbles across Europe Trucks "platooning" across the Netherlands. Credit: Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Platooning in the U.S. still four to five years out By Lucas Mearian Computerworld | Apr 7, 2016 2:24 PM PT A caravan of about a dozen self-driving, semi-trailer trucks for the first time finished a trip across parts of Europe this week. The autonomous truck challenge was organized by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and included rigs from six manufacturers, including Volvo, Daimler and Volkswagen subsidiary Scania. The convoy journeyed from manufacturing facilities in Belgium,...
  • PERSONAL COMPUTERS; CD-ROM for the Common Man [1989!]

    04/19/2016 1:26:22 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 80 replies
    ny times ^ | November 28, 1989 | PETER H. LEWIS
    THE Headstart Technologies Company of Great Neck, L.I., has introduced two new personal computers equipped with CD-ROM drives, becoming the first maker of personal computers to offer low-cost CD-ROM technology to the home, education and small-business markets... CD-ROM stands for compact disk read only memory, a laser-based system of storing and replaying large amounts of text, graphics or sound on a single five-inch platter. For example, one CD-ROM disk can hold the entire contents of an encyclopedia, or a shelf's worth of other reference books. For $2,999, Headstart is offering the Headstart III-CD, which differs from the LX-CD in that...
  • Meet a handheld server with a 13-terabyte SSD

    04/19/2016 11:31:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/19/16 | Agam Shah
    Fixstars' Olive is like the Raspberry Pi of servers, but with a twist -- it packs 13TB of solid-state drive storage in a system that can be held in one hand. Olive could be viewed as a full-fledged computer crammed into a 2.5-inch SSD drive. The 13TB drive makes it one-of-a-kind in a market where compact computers are hungry for storage. Some unique features make the server better suited for businesses than homes. It is customizable, with an FPGA (field-programmable gate array), which can be reprogrammed for specific tasks. It can also be used as a portable server to dish...
  • Help - Windows 7 starts on Chrome but freezes within 5 minutes

    04/19/2016 10:27:40 AM PDT · by bgill · 66 replies
    April 18, 2016 | vanity
    Windows 7 will start but when it goes to Google Chrome, it will freeze up within 5 on any and everything. On Internet Explorer, it doesn't freeze but graphics don't work properly. Example, go to any site with a moving weather radar and it won't load. Or any site where you have a box to search within the site, you can't type or click in the box. Also, say on yahoo.com homepage, the ads and other junk on the left and right sides don't show up but the headlines do and you can click them and to the sites.
  • EU competition chief set to charge Google with Android abuse: sources

    04/19/2016 9:54:33 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2016 | BY FOO YUN CHEE AND ERIC AUCHARD
    European Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager addresses a news conferenceBrussels, Belgium, January 11, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir - The European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers running its Android operating system, four sources familiar with the process said on Monday. Google generated an estimated $11 billion (9.73 billion euros) last year from sales of ads running on Android phones featuring Google apps. Android has become the dominant software in recent years, running most of the world's smartphones....
  • Clementine Music Player Scores Juicy New Update

    04/19/2016 3:41:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    OMG Ubuntu ^ | 4/17/16 | Joey-Elijah Sneddon
    Can you believe that it’s been over 2 years since the last stable release of Clementine?It’s also been over 4 years since we last mentioned the popular open-source music player on this site!New Features in Clementine 1.3 Ripened for release this weekend, Clementine 1.3 brings a punnet’s worth of improvements, features and bug fixes to the cross-platform Qt-based music player.It is also the first release of the app to formally support Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is due for release next week.More than 150 changes are present in all, with some of the more notable being: Support for Vk.comSeafile support (server >= 4.4.1)Ampache compatibility (via Subsonic service)New “Rainbow Dash” analyser“Psychedelic Colour”...
  • Hackers use Congressman’s iPhone to demo ability to listen into calls, monitor texts, track location

    04/18/2016 6:31:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | April 18, 2016 | By Ben Lovejoy
    CBS correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, left, with hacker Karsten Nohl Update: Rep. Ted Lieu has now written to the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requesting a formal investigation into the vulnerability. In his letter, the Congressman says that the flaw threatens ‘personal privacy, economic competitiveness and U.S. national security.’ The full text of his letter can be found at the bottom of the piece.Apple may take iOS security so seriously that it’s willing to do battle with the FBI over it, but German hackers have demonstrated that all phones – even iPhones – are susceptible...
  • This Incredibly Creepy Mattress Tells You When Sex Is Happening (WiFi/Internet pings your phone)

    04/18/2016 5:32:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Apr 17, 2016 | Chris Mills
    Apparently, we’re in the middle of a “global infidelity crisis,” a crisis that can only be solved by a smart mattress that pings your phone when it’s being used for sex. Wait, what? Smarttress is a real-looking product from Spanish company Durmet, which claims to use ultrasonic sensors to detect when two people are going at it on a bed. It then pings your phone to inform you of this fact. I’m still partly convinced that this is a late April Fool’s, but working on the terrifying assumption that it’s not, let’s look at this idea on its merits. On...
  • Robot Waiters Fired for Incompetence in China

    04/17/2016 8:02:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Inverse ^ | April 6, 2016 | Adam Toobin
    Robot Waiters Fired for Incompetence in China Customers liked them, but they couldn't carry soup. Adam Toobin April 6, 2016 The world may not be ready for restaurant robots — yet. At least two restaurants in Guangzhou, China have fired their teams of artificially intelligent robot waiters after discovering the machines were unable to keep up with their human staff. “The robots weren’t able to carry soup or other food steady and they would frequently break down. The boss has decided never to use them again,” an employee at one of the restaurants told the Worker’s Daily. The humanoid bots...
  • Windows 10 is Lying to Me About Anti Virus Conditions

    04/17/2016 7:05:29 AM PDT · by savedbygrace · 48 replies
    Windows 10 keeps popping up a message in the SysTray, trying to tell me that Windows Firewall AND Webroot AV/Firewall are both disabled. I have intentionally disabled Windows Firewall, but Webroot is fully up and actively protecting my system. What's up with this Microsoft lie? Is there any way to stop the fallacious popup?
  • Pentagon worried about strategic nerd shortage on electronic battlefield

    04/16/2016 5:29:22 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 13 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | 3/30/2016 | unnamed
    As the U.S. military prepares to fight the wars of the future, many of the most effective warriors will very likely be keyboard warriors, far behind the lines of combat. According to Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, the head of U.S. Army Cyber Command, however, the U.S “nerd inventory” is at an all time low.
  • Robots may beat drones in race to deliver packages

    04/16/2016 9:10:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    SFGate ^ | April 6, 2016 | Carolyn Said
    Robots may beat drones in race to deliver packages By Carolyn Said Updated 7:53 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Forget flying drones. When it comes to predictions on what sci-fi method might bring you hot pizza, aspirin, groceries or new shoes, some experts bet that delivery robots rolling down sidewalks will beat out airborne couriers. Getting your purchases to your front door — the “last mile” challenge — is an obsession throughout the multibillion-dollar logistics and e-commerce industries. While Amazon, Google and Walmart pursue flying delivery drones, some much smaller companies are quietly working on simpler autonomous solutions anchored on...
  • Please help.

    04/16/2016 7:35:08 AM PDT · by The_Republic_Of_Maine · 10 replies
    http://www.mainetv.net/ ^ | 4-16-2016 | Self
    I have a question for all, The two videos at www.MaineTV.net make it perfectly clear that computer voting machines and computer vote counting machines are easily hacked and corrupted, stealing elections, so that, the one sworn is is not the one elected, but the one anointed by the powers to be. Now my question: Why do you think it is literally impossible to get the Maine State Legislature and/or the Governor to work to ban these machines and return to paper hand counted ballots. I am serious with this question, I don't know how to work to remedy this till...
  • Apple's website hints 'OS X' to be rebranded as 'MacOS'

    04/15/2016 12:48:26 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Thursday, April 14, 2016, 04:38 pm PT (07:38 pm ET) | By Roger Fingas
    Adding to the evidence that Apple is intending to change the name of OS X, the company on Thursday posted an updated webpage referring to the software as "MacOS" instead. The term can be found on an FAQ page within Apple's Environment subsite, specifically in a section about greenhouse gases and product lifecycles. The text is the only direct reference to either Macs or OS X in the FAQ — notably, the rest of Apple's website still appears to insist on using "OS X." In late March it was discovered that one framework in OS X 10.11.4 refers to "macOS."...
  • Alert: If You’re Not On iOS 9.3.1 – UPDATE NOW.

    04/14/2016 7:28:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Razorian Fly ^ | April 14, 2016
    The urgency? … a newly discovered variant of the 1970 glitch that could result in your device becoming inoperable if you happen to be running any version of iOS prior to iOS 9.3.1, and connect to a known Wi-Fi network.The issue revolves around a feature that has been present in Apple’s iOS operating system for sometime – that is, the ability for either an iPhone or iPad to connect to networks that you have personally connected to before, automatically.This is in actual fact super handy, and prevents the need to enter security information for said networks each time you which...
  • Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities Announced

    04/14/2016 7:09:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    US-CERT ^ | Apr 14, 2016 | US-CERT Team
    Alert (TA16-105A) -- Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities AnnouncedSystems Affected Microsoft Windows with Apple QuickTime installed Overview According to Trend Micro, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation. [1] (link is external) Description All software products have a lifecycle. Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows. [1] (link is external) The Zero Day Initiative has issued advisories for two vulnerabilities found in QuickTime for Windows. [2] (link is external) [3] (link is external) Impact Computer systems running unsupported software are...
  • 'Apple owes me $2bn'

    04/14/2016 6:57:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    The Register UK ^ | April 13, 2016 | By Chris Williams
    A Detroit woman says Apple owes her $2bn because the iGiant allegedly ripped off her smartwatch idea.Daisy Washington-Gross has sued [PDF] the Silicon Valley giant in US district court of eastern Michigan, alleging Apple's Watch infringes her patent. She claims she paid $325 to apply for a patent describing a "detachable bleeper disc digital gym shoe computer wrist watch" in July 1996, although her submission doesn't appear to have gone anywhere except the bin. El Reg could find no record of the application. Your move, Apple ... Washington-Gross's court filing Washington-Gross's letter to Magistrate Judge Anthony Patti is dated April...