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Wednesday June 20, 2018
13:25San Francisco’s city-wide fiber Internet plan is delayed, future in...
Enlarge / Lombard Street in San Francisco. (credit: Getty Images | Michael Lee) San Francisco's plan to build a city-wide gigabit fiber Internet service won't go forward this year, as city officials decided they need to do more research before asking voters to approve a ballot initiative. ...
10:30There’s a slew of “potential newî Star Trek shows underway, per report
Enlarge / Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman arrives for the premiere of CBS's Star Trek: Discovery at The Cinerama Dome on September 19, 2017 in Los Angeles. (credit: Greg Doherty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) Both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported Tuesday that plans are afoot to bring multiple new Star Trek shows to life, with Alex Kurtzman at the helm as part of a new ...
09:15Widely used D-Link modem/router under mass attack by potent IoT botnet
Enlarge (credit: D-Link) Malicious hackers are mass exploiting a critical vulnerability in D-Link DSL routers in an attempt to make them part of Satori, the potent Internet-of-things botnet that is used to take down websites and mine digital coins, researchers said. Since making its debut late last year, Satori has proven to be a particularly versatile and sophisticated botnet. ...
00:02Air Force ready to work on Trump’s Space Force idea, but…
Enlarge / Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Gen. David L. Goldfein, right, chief of staff, prepare for a Senate Armed Services Committee in 2017. (credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) On Monday, President Trump went off script and announced that he would remove responsibilities for the space domain from the US Air Force and create a sixth branch of the armed forces he calls the ...
Tuesday June 19, 2018
19:40Jurassic World Evolution review: Genetic dead ends
Enlarge / She does, in fact, eat the goat. (credit: Frontier Developments) Jurassic World might just be the worst movie I ever paid money to see. It wasted a perfectly fine premise (rich people doubling down on past mistakes for profit) on a soulless, oddly sadistic “adventureî that wiped out whatever hope I had left that there will ever be a great sequel to the wonderful 1993 original ...
17:55Dealmaster: Get a Samsung T5 portable SSD for $128
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is led by a deal on Samsung's T5 portable solid-state drive, with the 500GB version now up for $128 on Amazon. The speedy SSD has typically gone in the $150-170 range for most of the year; this deal price is a new low. ...
17:14Verizon and AT&T will stop selling your phone’s location to data...
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | skaman306) Verizon and AT&T have promised to stop selling their mobile customers' location information to third-party data brokers following a security problem that leaked the real-time location of US cell phone users. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore. ...
16:37Microsoft’s new diverse avatar editor represents more body types,...
Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) In its E3 presentation last year, Microsoft announced that it was making a major overhaul to the Xbox avatar system. The goal of the new system is to make the avatars much more representative, showcasing not just our style and tastes, but also our body types, disabilities, and genders. ...
16:30More than one in three drivers doesn’t know when their tires are bald
Enlarge (credit: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) The most important safety feature on your car isn’t its airbag or even the seat belts—it’s the tires. This should be obvious; those four round black things are the only part of the vehicle to actually touch the road, after all. ...
15:00Gallery: Take a tour of E3’s video game theme park
The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo is a chance for the gaming press and industry to get an early peek at some of the best games of the coming months. But E3 also serves as a sort of video game-based theme park, with colorful and entertaining booths designed to grab attendee attention. ...
14:52Google launches a Web client for Android’s SMS app
Messages.android.com works now, but you'll need the phone app to get the feature, too. (credit: Google) Android's default messaging client for 2018—'Messages'—is getting a Web client today. Google announced the feature launch on the official Google blog, which says 'Messages for Web' will roll out to everyone over the next week. ...
12:48Alexa for hotels lets guests order room service, control in-room smart ...
Enlarge (credit: Amazon) Hotel rooms will serve as the newest homes for Amazon's Alexa starting this summer. Amazon announced a special version of its virtual assistant, Alexa for Hospitality, that will live across Echo devices placed in hotels, vacation rentals, and other similar locations. ...
11:54Tesla CEO: New “tentî assembly line is “way betterî than conventional...
Enlarge / The view of the new Tesla Sprung tent, shot from the Warm Springs BART station. (credit: Cyrus Farivar) FREMONT, Calif.—Tesla’s new tented facility isn’t just a new temporary 'assembly line' but is seemingly the first phase of an entirely new building, dubbed 'Factory 2.0.' On June 16, CEO Elon Musk publicly announced a 'new general assembly line' made with 'minimal resources. ...
11:47Senate rejects Trump’s plan to lift ZTE export ban
Enlarge / Trump meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in China last year. (credit: Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images) The US Senate on Monday voted to block implementation of a settlement that would lift a sweeping ban on US technology being exported to ZTE. ...
10:30The top ten games from E3 2018
In spite of countless leaks and pre-show announcements, this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) still managed to surprise us. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the presence of so many well-crafted, single-player delights. We were also happy to see way fewer battle royale cash-ins than we’d feared—though maybe they are just taking longer to develop. ...
10:04Air Force tests two turboprops as potential A-10 “replacementsî
(video link) The US Air Force has kicked off the procurement for another round of wing replacements for A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft, known affectionately by many as the Warthog. ...
09:00Hackers who sabotaged the Olympic games return for more mischief
Enlarge (credit: National Archives Archeological Site) The advanced hacking group that sabotaged the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February has struck again, this time in attacks that targeted financial institutions in Russia and chemical- and biological-threat prevention labs in France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Ukraine, researchers said. ...
07:08Man who allegedly gave Vault 7 cache to WikiLeaks busted by poor opsec
Enlarge (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) A federal grand jury has formally indicted Joshua Adam Schulte, a former CIA employee who prosecutors say was behind the Vault 7 trove of the agency’s hacking tools, which were sent to WikiLeaks. ...
Monday June 18, 2018
22:28Musk alleges Tesla Model 3 production has been sabotaged, according to ...
Enlarge (credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images) Tesla CEO Elon Musk has accused a Tesla employee of 'quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations,' according to an email obtained by CNBC. ...
19:55President Trump makes news at Space Council meeting by going off script
Enlarge / US President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with US Vice President Mike Pence during a National Space Council meeting in the East Room of the White House on Monday. (credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) For its third meeting, the National Space Council chose the White House as its venue. ...
18:00New study adds evidence to debate over the only known Clovis burial
Enlarge / Lorena Becerra-Valdivia used this equipment to extract hydroxyproline from the Anzick site bone samples. (credit: Becerra-Valdivia) At sites scattered across western North America, long, fluted stone projectile points mark the presence of ancient people from a culture archaeologists now call Clovis. ...
17:39Reminder: macOS still leaks secrets stored on encrypted drives
Enlarge (credit: Wardle and Regula) Unbeknownst to many people, a macOS feature that caches thumbnail images of files can leak highly sensitive data stored on password-protected drives and encrypted volumes, security experts said Monday. ...
16:54Audi CEO connected to diesel scandal arrested in Germany after phone...
Enlarge / Rupert Stadler, chief executive officer of Audi AG, speaks during an opening ceremony for the company's new production plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. German authorities have taken Stadler, chief executive officer of Volkswagen AGs Audi unit, into custody, making his the highest-profile arrest in the group's diesel-cheating probes. ...
16:36AT&T is already planning more acquisitions, days after buying Time...
Enlarge / The AT&T logo is displayed at a retail store in Washington, DC, on Monday, March 21, 2011. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) AT&T will soon offer a new streaming video service thanks to its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., and it will be buying more companies in order to beef up its advertising platform, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said. ...
15:36Google Maps removes Uber integration
Enlarge / Headquarters of car-sharing technology company Uber in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco, California, October 13, 2017. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Back in January 2017, Google and Uber teamed up to put a cool feature in Google Maps: You could search for, book, and pay for an Uber all directly from Google Maps. ...
13:58Attention knitters: Researchers harvest uranium from the sea with a...
Take some regular old acrylic knitting yarn, modify it with a special kind of adsorbent chemical, and wave it around in the ocean. After some time, the yarn will pick up enough molecules of uranium that grams of yellowcake, the precursor to fuel used in nuclear reactors, can be made. Of course, that description is a little reductive. ...
12:43As mega-constellations loom, US seeks to manage space debris problem
Enlarge / Artist's impression depicting a wide variety of existing and future satellites for communication, surveying Earth resources, and mapping them, circa 1978. (credit: Space Frontiers/Getty Images) Space is getting ever more crowded. ...
12:00What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this ...
Enlarge / Map of Antarctica today showing rates of retreat (2010-2016) of the “grounding lineî where glaciers lose contact with bedrock underwater, along with ocean temperatures. The lone red arrow in East Antarctica is the Totten Glacier, which alone holds ice equivalent to ~3m (10ft) of sea level rise. (credit: Hannes Konrad et al, University of Leeds UK. ...
10:00Garmin brings music, NFC payments, onboard mapping to Fenix 5 Plus...
Garmin On the heels of announcing thoughtful updates to its Vivoactive 3 device, Garmin is bringing some of the same new wearable features to the Fenix line. The new Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5 Plus, and Fenix 5X Plus devices finally have Garmin Pay and music storage now, and they include advanced biometric and routing features that serious athletes will appreciate. ...
Sunday June 17, 2018
13:00The President Is Missing… a few finer points on how the cyber works in ...
Enlarge / LONDON: A President Trump impersonator poses in a mock-up of the Oval Office to promote the global release of James Patterson and Bill Clinton's book, The President is Missing at Waterloo Station. (credit: Eamonn M. ...
12:00Rage 2 at E3: Doom’s punk rock sibling feels great to play
Enlarge (credit: Bethesda) LOS ANGELES—The first Rage didn't generate much buzz amongst fans of first-person shooters when it shipped in 2010, but one of id Software's later titles (the 2016 Doom reboot) made a big splash. With Rage 2, publisher Bethesda is hoping that some of the post-Doom goodwill can elevate this low-profile franchise to popularity. ...
10:15Today’s veterans are gradually returning to a new civilian-life...
Tammy Perez / ATX TV Festival AUSTIN, Texas—If you ask Graham Yost—prolific TV producer with a resume including Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and Justified—accuracy in on-screen military portrayals is a relatively new phenomenon, similar to how tech ranging from the latest hacker tools to futuristic autonomous bots have recently become increasingly grounded in reality. ...
Saturday June 16, 2018
13:15Got $360K burning a hole in your pocket? Check out the Range Rover SV...
Eric Bangeman CHICAGO—When you think of Land Rover, what comes to mind? For me, it’s two things: ancient off-roaders trekking about the African savannah in the nature documentaries of my youth, and modern, well-appointed luxury SUVs. Nearly 50 years later, Land Rover is trying to meld the two worlds with a large, two-door SUV that can drive through three feet of water. ...
12:00How ARKit 2 works, and why Apple is so focused on AR
Enlarge / A LEGO app using Apple's new ARKit features. (credit: Apple) Augmented reality (AR) has played prominently in nearly all of Apple's events since iOS 11 was introduced, Tim Cook has said he believes it will be as revolutionary as the smartphone itself, and AR was Apple’s biggest focus in sessions with developers at WWDC this year. ...
11:15In nearly 500 pages of answers, Facebook stonewalls some senators’...
Enlarge / The Facebook logo is displayed at the 2018 CeBIT technology trade fair on June 12, 2018 in Hanover, Germany. (credit: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images) Earlier this week, Facebook submitted nearly 500 pages worth of written responses to dozens of US senators’ questions stemming from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s April 2018 testimony before two committees. ...
10:25The Elder Scrolls Blades at E3: It’s not Skyrim, but does it need to...
Enlarge (credit: Bethesda) LOS ANGELES—A true The Elder Scrolls game on mobile? Not exactly. Recently-announced The Elder Scrolls Blades from Bethesda Game Studios is not a massive, free-roaming, systems-based super RPG. Instead, it's a casual dungeon crawler with a gorgeous presentation—and more bells and whistles than your typical mobile RPG. ...
Friday June 15, 2018
21:04Disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes indicted on criminal...
Enlarge / Founder & CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes. (credit: Getty | Gilbert Carrasquillo) Federal prosecutors have indicted Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and the company’s former president Ramesh “Sunnyî Balwani with nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. ...
20:00FBI recovers WhatsApp, Signal data stored on Michael Cohen’s BlackBerry
Enlarge / Michael Cohen leaving the United States District Court Southern District of New York on May 30, 2018 in New York City. A letter today revealed that the FBI had recovered over 700 pages of messages and call logs from encrypted messaging apps on one of two BlackBerry phones belonging to Cohen. ...
19:38NIH shuts down controversial $100M drinking study backed by Big Alcohol
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay at the NIH. (credit: Maya83) The National Institutes of Health has terminated a controversial $100-million study on the health effects of daily drinking that was largely funded by the alcohol industry. ...
19:18Apple snags Oprah Winfrey in original content deal
Enlarge (credit: Disney) Apple announced today that it signed a multi-year content partnership with actress, philanthropist, and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. The partnership is the latest in a series of moves Apple has made to bolster its original programming efforts. ...
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