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Judge Backs Parents, Saying Their 30-Year-Old Son Must Move Out  

"Attention geeks living in their parents' basements!" writes PolygamousRanchKid , sharing this story from NPR: The promise of adventure didn't do it. Neither did the lure of independence, or the weight of his 30 years. Instead, it took a judge to pry Michael Rotondo from his parents' home. The couple won an eviction order against their son, after a judge argued with Rotondo for 30 minutes. "I don't see why they can't just, you know, wait a little bit for me to leave the house," Rotondo told D

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2018-05-27 07:34:00



Location-based virtual reality is increasing its footprint in the U.S.  

Earlier this year, in a small, grey-walled storefront inside a very large mall in Torrance, Calif. (just past the AMC Center) , the virtual reality game-maker Survios planted its first flag in the market for location-based gaming. It’s one of several companies (many based in Los Angeles) that are turning the city into a hub […]

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2018-05-27 05:29:44



Atari Co-Founder Ted Dabney Dies at Age 81  

An anonymous reader quotes Eurogamer: Atari co-founder Ted Dabney has died, according to a close friend. Historian Leonard Herman, who told Dabney's story in an article for Edge magazine published in 2009, announced Dabney's death in a post on Facebook... Dabney, who was born in San Francisco in 1937, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in late 2017, and, according to friends, decided against treatment after being told he had eight months to live. In 1971 Dabney co-founded Atari predecessor

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2018-05-27 03:34:00



Australian Bank's System Outage Leaves 9 Million Customers Without Cash  

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: National Australia Bank on Saturday suffered what it described as a "nationwide outage" to some of its technology systems, leaving customers unable to access banking services or withdraw money. Customers took to social media to vent their frustrations, with some saying they were left unable to pay for groceries or refuel their cars... National Australia Bank is one of Australia's four largest retail banks with a customer base of 9 million, according to it

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2018-05-27 01:34:00



Ask Slashdot: Did Baby Boomers Break America?  

"Automation taking jobs is only one symptom of a larger problem," argues an anonymous Slashdot reader, sharing a link to this excerpt from Steven Brill's new book Tailspin, which seeks to identify "the people and forces behind America's fifty-year fall -- and those fighting to reverse it." The excerpt has this intriguing title: "How Baby Boomers Broke America." As my generation of achievers graduated from elite universities and moved into the professional world, their personal successes often h

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2018-05-26 23:34:00



5.3M Cars Recalled Because 'Drivers May Not Be Able to Turn Off Cruise Control'  

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press: Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 5.3 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until the cars, SUVs and trucks can be fixed with a software update. Fiat Chrysler says the condition can occur if the cruise control accelerates at the same time an electrical short-circuit happens.

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2018-05-26 22:34:00



Two 18-Year-Olds Charged With Hacking YouTube's Most Popular Videos  

An anonymous reader quotes Variety: Two 18-year-old French citizens have been arrested in Paris and charged with crimes related to the hack of Vevo's YouTube accounts last month that resulted in pro-Palestine messages being posted on several popular videos, according to prosecutors... Authorities allege the duo gained access to the YouTube account maintained by Vevo, to alter the content of multiple music videos, including Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" -- the most-viewed music video on YouTube in 20

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2018-05-26 21:34:00



Amazon Explains Why Alexa Recorded And Emailed A Private Conversation  

Amazon has issued the following statement about why their Alexa device recorded a woman's private conversation and then emailed it to one of her friends: Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like "Alexa." Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a "send message" request. At which point, Alexa said out loud "To whom?" At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, "[contact name], rig

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2018-05-26 20:34:00



Oracle Calls Java Serialization 'A Horrible Mistake', Plans to Dump It  

An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Oracle plans to drop from Java its serialization feature that has been a thorn in the side when it comes to security. Also known as Java object serialization, the feature is used for encoding objects into streams of bytes... Removing serialization is a long-term goal and is part of Project Amber, which is focused on productivity-oriented Java language features, says Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java platform group at Oracle. To replace the cu

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2018-05-26 19:34:00



Silicon Valley's Tech Bubble Is Now Larger Than In 2000. Will It Come To An End?  

"We are now officially in a tech bubble larger than March of 2000," argues Keith Wright, instructor of accounting and information services at the Villanova School of Business. An anonymous reader quotes his commentary on CNBC: In case you missed it, the peak in the tech unicorn bubble already has been reached. And it's going to be all downhill from here. Massive losses are coming in venture capital-funded start-ups that are, in some cases, as much as 50 percent overvalued... 76% of the companie

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2018-05-26 18:34:00



Gamers Behind Fatal 'SWAT' Call Now Face Life In Prison  

An anonymous reader writes: 18-year-old Casey Viner, who instigated the 911 call which led to a fatal shooting in Wichita (hiring Tyler Barriss to perform the actual call), is in big trouble. "If convicted on the 10 counts he faces, Viner could spend almost the rest of his life in prison and pay a $1,000,000 fine," reports a local Cincinnati news site. Ironically, Viner's father is a corporal with the county sheriff's department. The 19-year-old intended target for the SWAT attack had supplie

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2018-05-26 17:34:00



'The Expanse' finds a new home on Amazon Prime  

After an outcry among fans following Syfy’s discontinuation of the series on its network, The Expanse will be getting a fourth season on Amazon Prime after an announcement from Jeff Bezos. Bezos revealed the news at the International Space Development Conference where members of the show's cast were amongst those in the audience. I'll just […]

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2018-05-26 17:04:55



AI-Enhanced Weed-Killing Robots Frighten Pesticide Industry  

Rick Schumann writes: A Swiss company called ecoRobotix is betting the agricultural industry will be willing to welcome their solar-powered weed-killing autonomous robot, in an effort to reduce the use of herbicides by up to a factor of 20 and perhaps even eliminate the need for herbicide-resistant GMO crops entirely. The 'see-and-spray' robot goes from plant to plant, visually differentiating the actual crops and weeds, and squirting the weeds selectively and precisely with weed killer, as o

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2018-05-26 16:34:00



U.S. Passes 'Right to Try' Law Allowing Experimental Medical Treatments  

schwit1 shared this article from the Washington Post: The House on Tuesday passed "right to try" legislation that would allow people with life-threatening illnesses to bypass the Food and Drug Administration to obtain experimental medications, ending a drawn-out battle over access to unapproved therapies. President Trump is expected to quickly sign the measure, which was praised by supporters as a lifeline for desperate patients but denounced by scores of medical and consumer groups as unnecess

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2018-05-26 15:34:00



Microsoft Wins A Big Cloud Deal With America's Intelligence Community  

wyattstorch516 shared this story from the AP: Microsoft Corp. said it's secured a lucrative cloud deal with the intelligence community that marks a rapid expansion by the software giant into a market led by Amazon.com Inc. The deal, which the company said Wednesday is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, allows 17 intelligence agencies and offices to use Microsoft's Azure Government, a cloud service tailored for federal and local governments, in addition to other products Microsoft already off

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2018-05-26 14:34:00



Best turntables you can buy, from affordable to absolute insanity - CNET  

The Audiophiliac's list of vinyl spinners starts at $100 and goes up -- way up!

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2018-05-26 14:12:58



Incredible New NASA Images Show Puerto Rico's Forests Still Scarred From Hurricane Maria  

We're 10 days out from the 2018 hurricane season, but if a new NASA-led aerial survey is any indicator, Puerto Rico's forests and wetlands still have a long way to go before they've recovered from the last one.Read more...

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2018-05-26 13:21:47



How Canada Ended Up As An AI Superpower  

pacopico writes: Neural nets and deep learning are all the rage these days, but their rise was anything but sudden. A handful of determined researchers scattered around the globe spent decades developing neural nets while most of their peers thought they were mad. An unusually large number of these academics -- including Geoff Hinton, Yoshua Bengio, Yann LeCun and Richard Sutton -- were working at universities in Canada. Bloomberg Businessweek has put together an oral history of how Canada broug

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2018-05-26 13:00:00



Apple's Phil Schiller confirms Steam Link iOS app failed to meet App Store guidelines  

Apple's decision to prevent Valve's Steam Link iOS app from appearing in the App Store was due to a variety of issues, including in-app purchases, Apple's Phil Schiller has confirmed.

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2018-05-26 12:55:59



Amazon rescues The Expanse from cancellation - CNET  

CEO Jeff Bezos announces that The Expanse will come back for a fourth season on Amazon Prime.

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2018-05-26 12:49:07



Alien languages might not be that different from ours - CNET  

ETs may share a kind of 'universal grammar' with us, say leading linguists like Noam Chomsky.

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2018-05-26 12:19:52



iPhone beats Samsung in court, but Apple has to pay you $50 - CNET  

Your juiciest iPhone news this week.

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2018-05-26 12:19:38



Solo's surprise cameo is big Star Wars news, here's why - CNET  

And here's everything we know about this character.

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2018-05-26 12:19:35



CommerceDNA wins the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech  

It's been a long night at VivaTech. The building hosted a very special competition — the very first TechCrunch Hackathon in Paris. Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 24 hours to work on their projects. Some […]

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2018-05-26 11:13:38



iPhone to unlock hotel doors, act as virtual transit card after iOS 12 update  

The iPhone 6 was the first iPhone to come with a built-in NFC chip, needed to handle Apple Pay transactions. Apple's mobile payment solution came alongside iPhone 6 and has been available on all iPhones and Apple Watch models launched since then. Apple, however, did not allow third-party developers to take advantage of the full abilities of the NFC chip until now. Things are about to change come iOS 12, which will transform iPhones into hotel key doors, virtual transit cards, to name a few ex...

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2018-05-26 10:44:31



Here is where CEOs of heavily funded startups went to school  

CEOs of funded startups tend to be a well-educated bunch, at least when it comes to university degrees. Yes, it's true college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates can still do well. But Crunchbase data shows that most startup chief executives have an advanced degree, commonly from a well-known and prestigious university.

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2018-05-26 10:26:52



Nine automotive design trends that need to die in 2018 - Roadshow  

Some design trends stick around, and others don't last long. Here are the ones we'd like to see die, and soon.

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2018-05-26 10:21:19



French Teens Arrested for Hacking Vevo, Defacing Despacito Music Video  

Last month, a handful of extremely popular music videos on YouTube were defaced. Now two 18-year-old French citizens are in police custody and have been charged with crimes related to the hack of Vevo YouTube accounts.Read more...

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2018-05-26 10:14:45



Best Memorial Day sales and deals: Up to $350 off MacBooks, $22 wireless headphones and more - CNET  

Memorial Day weekend has arrived -- with some great sales on gadgets and electronics in tow.

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2018-05-26 10:12:43



2019 Subaru WRX gets more features, WRX STI gets 5 more horsepower - Roadshow  

Plus the turbocharged sedans each add limited-run Series Gray models.

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2018-05-26 10:08:21



Most MoviePass Subscribers Have Gone To a Movie They Normally Would've Ignored  

Extremist surveyed 1,311 current self-reporting MoviePass subscribers and found that 82% of subscribers have gone to a movie they normally would have ignored. 13% of respondents said "No," while 5% were "Not Sure." From the report: While theaters are only reporting a slight uptick in foot traffic since MoviePass got popular, there is no denying that there are now more butts in seats of movies that otherwise might not get as much foot traffic. Perhaps the real winner in a world with MoviePass is

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2018-05-26 10:00:00



Tesla Agrees to Settle Class Action Suit Over 'Essentially Unusable' Autopilot Feature  

Telsa agreed this week to a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against the company by buyers of Tesla vehicles who alleged the company semi-autonomous, assisted driving feature was "essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous."Read more...

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2018-05-26 08:58:06



What President Trump Doesn't Know About ZTE  

David Kline Contributor David Kline is a journalist, author and intellectual property strategist. More posts by this contributor Where human intelligence outperforms AI A new (old) way for product makers to defeat patent roadblocks After meeting with Chinese Vice Premiere Liu He this week, President Trump is still considering easing penalties on Chinese telecommunications giant […]

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2018-05-26 08:49:30



The 10 best free iPhone games of the week  

After a slow few weeks, the App Store roared back to life over the past couple days with some of the more interesting mobile games of 2018 so far. Most exciting among them is Pocket-Run Pool, the latest twist on a classic game from Zach Gage. Seriously, if you haven't played one of Gage's games before, you should download all of them. But start with Pocket-Run Pool. And when you need to take a break from that, there are nine other games too. Baseball Nine Build and play your own team! Baseball

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2018-05-26 08:39:37



Saturday's Best Deals: Pelican Coolers, Uniqlo, Gerber Knives and Multitools, and More  

Lodge's dutch oven, free shipping from Uniqlo, Pelican coolers and cases from Amazon, and more of today's best deals.Read more...

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2018-05-26 08:25:27



Venture Bros. is Returning to Adult Swim Sooner Than Expected  

Last year, Adult Swim teased that, finally, the seventh season of Venture Bros. would premiere late into 2018, with a tease of "422 days" last September placing the debut sometime this November. Fortunately, things are going even better than expected. Read more...

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2018-05-26 08:17:15



The First Order Doesn't Have a TIE Bomber, So This Star Wars Fan Designed One for Them  

The First Order in the new Star Wars trilogy has an imposing fleet, but there's one notable gap in its set of ship designs: a TIE Bomber. So one fan decided to fix it. Read more...

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2018-05-26 08:15:03



Installing the Amazon Key Home Kit - CNET  

Here's the installation process for the Amazon Key smart lock and Amazon Cloud Cam security camera.

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2018-05-26 07:47:15



The worst things about Solo: A Star Wars Story video - CNET  

Quick warning: This video includes very, very minor spoilers. If you want to know absolutely nothing about Solo before you see the movie, come back later.

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2018-05-26 07:39:41



Will the Galaxy Note 9 be faster than the OnePlus 6?  

Now that the OnePlus 6 is officially out, we know the smartphone is significantly faster than its rivals, including Samsung's Galaxy S9 series and Apple's iPhone X. That's even more impressive considering that the Galaxy S9 rocks the same Snapdragon 845 processor that goes inside the OnePlus 6, although the Chinese smartphone maker went crazy on RAM again. The OnePlus 6 does have 8GB RAM, while the Galaxy S9+ only gets 6GB. The Galaxy Note 9, of course, is Samsung's next high-end smartp...

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2018-05-26 07:16:24



Companies Are Using California Homes As Batteries To Power the Grid  

"Companies like Tesla and SunRun are starting to bid on utility contracts that would allow them to string together dozens or hundreds of systems that act as an enormous reserve to balance the flow of electricity on the grid," reports Quartz. "Doing so would accelerate the grid's transformation from 20th century hub-and-spoke architecture to a transmission network moving electricity among thousands or millions of customers who generate and store their own power." From the report: In theory, netwo

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2018-05-26 07:00:00



How to watch The Bachelorette - CNET  

The best show on TV is back for another season, and I've got you covered on all things Bachelor Nation.

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2018-05-26 06:51:02



The GDPR privacy law happened, and all I got were these lousy emails - CNET  

If a privacy policy changes and no one reads it, does it really matter?

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2018-05-26 06:46:33



The $27 Mediasonic Homeworx is the cheapest way to record live TV without paying for cable  

How happy were you the day you cancelled your cable TV or satellite TV contract and cut the cord? If we had to wager a guess, we’d say very, very, very happy. Well, prepare to be that happy again because the Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB 3 / 4 Channel HDTV Digital Converter Box with Recording and Media Player is going to be the best thing that’s happened to you since that day you cut the cord. You’ll get all the DVR functionality back that you’ve been missing and it’

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2018-05-26 06:44:21



The perfect component for audiophiles who love headphones and speakers equally - CNET  

The SPL Phonitor X is a superb headphone amplifier, but it also works its magic on speakers.

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2018-05-26 06:33:50



The Bachelorette: Your guide to Becca's season - CNET  

The show is more than tears and drama -- it's a lifestyle. Here's *the most dramatic guide yet* to becoming part of Bachelor Nation.

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2018-05-26 06:33:25



Apple 'Star' might be an ARM-based MacBook with a touchscreen display and LTE support  

Apple is supposedly developing a new kind of laptop or tablet device that features a touchscreen display, an ARM processor, and 4G LTE connectivity. The device is called Star internally, and a few prototypes have already been manufactured in China. Recent rumors did say that Apple is looking to put ARM chips inside MacBooks, and Star may very well turn out to be one of the first such devices. Sources in the supply chain have been in contact with 9to5Mac for months, claiming that the Star i

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2018-05-26 06:21:30



Trump says ZTE will pay $1.3B fine and overhaul its management to continue US business  

U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that Chinese telecom firm ZTE will pay a $1.3 billion fine and undergo a significant overhaul of its management team in order to remain operational in North America. ZTE looked to be in dire straits when it ceased its business in the U.S. earlier this month after a Department […]

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2018-05-26 05:57:07



12 things we want to see on iOS 12 at WWDC - CNET  

It's time to take it past 11.

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2018-05-26 05:54:33



Brazil Is Going Full Mad Max As Truckers Protest High Diesel Prices   

Gas stations are empty. People are stealing gas from one another. Flights are grounded. Surgeries are cancelled. Supermarket shelves are barren. All because truck drivers have gone on strike.Read more...

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2018-05-26 05:51:42



Netflix cancellations are on the rise, but there's no reason to worry  

There's no question that Netflix is an absolute juggernaut when it comes to media content. Each and every month, the streaming giant releases an eclectic array of original programming that's practically impossible for any one person to keep up with. And speaking to Netflix's ambitious goals with respect to original content, the company earlier this year said that it plans to have 1,000 originals on its platform by the end of 2018. At the same time, Netflix in recent months has gone on something

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2018-05-26 05:50:34



The Expanse Has Been Revived by Amazon for a Fourth Season  

Thank Jeff Bezos and the desiccated capitalist husk of our entertainment economy, because sometimes good things do still happen. Read more...

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2018-05-26 05:48:01



This week on AI: $539M in Apple v. Samsung, Apple's 'Bendgate' secrets, new MacBooks & more  

A court ruled that Samsung owes Apple $539 million for violating iPhone patents, but we may not have heard the end of the years-long debacle. Other news of the week included the revelation that Apple was aware of iPhone 6 issues before "Bendgate" erupted.

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2018-05-26 05:16:39



Amazon Alexa recording 'bug' shows how little we actually know about our smart home gadgets  

Yesterday, the news cycle worked overtime to first bring us the story of how an Amazon Echo secretly sent recordings of a couple's conversations to a friend, and then to explain why that happened. Amazon says that the glitch was caused by the Echo inadvertently interpreting a word as "Alexa," a follow-up phrase as "send message," and then the name of someone who was in their contacts list. Amazon is trying to brush the story off as "hey, that's weird!" and in isolation, this bug doesn't seem al

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2018-05-26 05:16:15



These poor creatures suffered from dandruff 125 million years before Head And Shoulders was invented  

These days, if you notice a bit of dandruff on your shoulder you just stop by the drug store and grab some specialized shampoo, but 125 million years ago the birds and feathered dinosaurs just had to deal with it. A new study published in Nature Communications has revealed that the ancient creatures shed their skin in small bits rather than in large chunks like most present day reptiles. According to the researchers, this new discovery also reveals how well the animals could fly. The scientists

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2018-05-26 05:05:32



Starbucks' nationwide bias training will use iPads  

"Designated iPads" will be part of May 29 training at more than 8,000 Starbucks locations nationwide.

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2018-05-26 04:50:42



POTUS can't block Twitter users, Fortnite's $100M commitment to esports video - CNET  

This week's major tech stories include a judge's ruling that President Trump can't block people on Twitter, Amazon rolling out new map tracking for packages and Epic Games' $100M commitment to esports off the success of its Fortinite game.

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2018-05-26 04:38:11



Amazon Echo vs. Google Home - CNET  

Amazon and Google have been going back and forth in a battle for smart speaker supremacy. As a result, both smart speakers are great, but which one is better?

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2018-05-26 04:32:48



App Roundup: FL Studio 20 for Mac, Spark 2, Evernote, Procreate Pocket 2, more!  

The wide and varied world of software, there are new apps joining the iOS and Mac App Store ranks all the time, while existing releases receive updates to keep them relevant to their users. AppleInsider has collected together some of the main additions and updates for macOS and iOS software that shipped in the last week.

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2018-05-26 04:08:54



Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, 4th man on moon, is dead at 86 - CNET  

Bean also spent time on Skylab, NASA's '70s-era space station.

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2018-05-26 03:37:42



A Middle-Aged Writer's Quest To Start Learning To Code For the First Time  

OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: The Economist's 1843 magazine details one middle-aged writer's (Andrew Smith) quest to learn to code for the first time, after becoming interested in the "alien" logic mechanisms that power completely new phenomena like crypto-currency and effectively make the modern world function in the 21st Century. The writer discovers that there are over 1,700 actively used computer programming languages to choose from, and that every programmer that he asks "Where should someone

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2018-05-26 03:30:00



Rumor: Apple working on new device family under codename 'Star' [u]  

Apple is rumored to be working on a new device family that, according to a decidedly sparse report, combines technology from the company's iOS and Mac device lineups.

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2018-05-26 03:24:33



Astronaut Alan Bean, the Fourth Man to Walk on the Moon, Has Died at 86  

Alan Bean, the fourth of just 12 people to walk on the moon and one of the first Americans to spend an extended period living on a space station, died Saturday at Houston Methodist Hospital. He was 86.Read more...

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2018-05-26 02:52:12



Amazon Memorial Day sale: Up to 80% off 100 popular Kindle books  

We don't cover books very often, but that's because everyone has such different taste. People who follow BGR Deals buy tons of books though, so we wanted to bring a special sale to your attention on Saturday morning. From now through the end of the day on Monday, Amazon is running a huge Memorial Day sale that slashes up to 80% off the prices of nearly 100 different popular Kindle book titles. With summer in full swing you need to stock up for all that beach reading you'll be doing, and now is t

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2018-05-26 02:50:49



Best Buy Memorial Day deals on MacBooks, iPads and more - CNET  

Here's a look at some of the top deals at Best Buy during its annual four-day sale.

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2018-05-26 02:07:13



Eric Schmidt Says Elon Musk Is 'Exactly Wrong' About AI  

At the VivaTech conference in Paris, Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt was asked about Elon Musk's warnings about AI. He responded by saying: "I think Elon is exactly wrong. He doesn't understand the benefits that this technology will provide to making every human being smarter. The fact of the matter is that AI and machine learning are so fundamentally good for humanity." TechCrunch reports: He acknowledged that there are risks around how the technology might be misused, but he said they're outweighed

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2018-05-26 02:05:00



Keep Ice Frozen For Over a Week With These Discounted Pelican Coolers, Plus More Gear on Sale  

Pelican is probably best known for their high-end camera transporting equipment, but they also make high-end coolers, water bottles, backpacks, and more, and they're all on sale in today's Amazon Gold Box.Read more...

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2018-05-26 01:58:43



School Shooting Game Angers Steam Users, Developer 'Likely' Changing It  

Earlier this week, a game called Active Shooter appeared on Steam. It'd be nothing more than another heap of hacked-together pre-purchased assets—or an "asset flip," as they're known on Steam—if not for its subject matter. It's about mass shootings.Read more...

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2018-05-26 01:51:43



Please Enjoy Some Lava at Night From Space  

We've had no shortage of incredible imagery of Kilauea's eruption over the past three weeks. But while aerial footage is perhaps best for conveying the epic fury of lava fountains, images from space offer a different perspective. This one, for instance, highlights just how searingly hot the landscape is.Read more...

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2018-05-26 01:47:52



HP Envy X2 has a fresh look but not enough power video - CNET  

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 inside provides a long battery life, but a underwhelming performance.

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2018-05-26 01:33:36



Trump Announces Plan to Save ZTE After His Administration Basically Killed It  

President Donald Trump announced Friday a deal to save Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE despite opposition from lawmakers in both parties, marking the latest in a bizarre and basically incoherent stretch of policymaking from the current administration.Read more...

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2018-05-26 01:27:42



Google Zooms By Amazon In Smart Speaker Shipments, Report Says  

A new report released this week says that Google has surpassed Amazon in global smart speaker shipments in the first quarter of 2018. "[Research firm Canalys] says Google shipped 3.2 million Google Home and Home Mini speakers over the course of the quarter," reports Ars Technica. "Amazon, meanwhile, is said to have shipped 2.5 million Echo speakers." From the report: According to the report, Google jumped from taking 19.3 percent of smart speaker shipments in Q1 2017 to 36.2 percent this past qu

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2018-05-26 01:25:00



Apple Will Start Disclosing App Takedown Requests From Governments  

Apple dropped its bi-annual transparency report Friday and offered a new pledge to its customers going forward. Starting with its end of year report for 2018, the company will disclose government requests to remove apps from the App Store.Read more...

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2018-05-26 01:05:12



Why that Solo: A Star Wars Story cameo is the best thing in the movie - CNET  

Spoilers: Wait, isn't he dead?!

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2018-05-26 01:01:49



Deadpool 2 post-credits scene(s), explained - CNET  

Yep, there are a total of five different Deadpool 2 post-credits scenes, and they're all wonderful. Spoilers ahead!

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2018-05-26 01:01:42



All Major ISPs Have Declined In Customer Satisfaction, Says Study  

The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index survey finds that Verizon FiOS has been rated the highest in customer satisfaction with a score of 70 out of 100. But, as DSLReports notes, that's nothing to write home about since that score was a one point decline from one year earlier. Furthermore, the industry average was 64 points, which is not only a decline from last year but lower than most of the other industries the group tracks. From the report: According to the ACSI, high prices and poo

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2018-05-26 00:45:00



Tesla Agrees To Settle Class Action Over Autopilot Billed As 'Safer'  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Tesla on Thursday reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit with buyers of its Model S and Model X cars who alleged that the company's assisted-driving Autopilot system was "essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous." The lawsuit said Tesla misrepresented on its website that the cars came with capabilities designed to make highway driving "safer." The Tesla owners said they paid an extra $5,000 to have their cars equipped with t

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2018-05-26 00:03:00



FBI Tells Router Users To Reboot Now To Kill Malware Infecting 500,000 Devices  

The FBI is advising users of consumer-grade routers and network-attached storage devices to reboot them as soon as possible to counter Russian-engineered malware that has infected hundreds of thousands devices. Ars Technica reports: Researchers from Cisco's Talos security team first disclosed the existence of the malware on Wednesday. The detailed report said the malware infected more than 500,000 devices made by Linksys, Mikrotik, Netgear, QNAP, and TP-Link. Known as VPNFilter, the malware allo

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2018-05-25 23:20:00



Zimbabwe is Introducing a Mass Facial Recognition Project With Chinese AI Firm CloudWalk  

An anonymous reader shares a report: In March, the Zimbabwean government signed a strategic partnership with the Gunagzhou-based startup CloudWalk Technology to begin a large-scale facial recognition program throughout the country. The agreement, backed by the Chinese government's Belt and Road initiative, will see the technology primarily used in security and law enforcement and will likely be expanded to other public programs. [...] Zimbabwe may be giving away valuable data as Chinese AI techn

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2018-05-25 22:42:00



Apple Will Report Government Requests To Remove Apps From the App Store  

In its bi-annual transparency report today, Apple said that it will soon start reporting government requests to take down apps from the App Store. These requests will relate to alleged legal and/or policy provision violations, Apple says. The Verge reports: These numbers will tell us just how often governments are trying to block access to certain apps, and how many of those orders are actually obeyed. Google doesn't yet report these numbers specifically for the Play Store. As for takedown reque

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2018-05-25 22:03:00



Birds Had To Relearn Flight After Meteor Wiped Out Dinosaurs, Fossil Records Suggest  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Birds had to rediscover flight after the meteor strike that killed off the dinosaurs, scientists say. The cataclysm 66 million years ago not only wiped out Tyrannosaurus rex and ground-dwelling dinosaur species, but also flying birds, a detailed survey of the fossil record suggests. As forests burned around the world, the only birds to survive were flightless emu-like species that lived on the ground. The six to nine-mile-wide meteor struck

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2018-05-25 21:25:00



Tesla settles class action suit over Autopilot claims for $5M  

Tesla has paid out $5 million to settle a 2017 class action lawsuit that originally alleged that the Autopilot feature shipped in 2016 in the company’s cars was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous.” The settlement does not admit this, but rather compensates owners for delays in delivering the promised functionality; owners who paid $5,000 for […]

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2018-05-25 21:17:32



Apple now offering refurbished Apple Watch models with LTE connectivity on the cheap  

For the first time since launching last year, Apple is now selling refurbished Apple Watch models with LTE connectivity on its online store. If you've been in the market for Apple's most advanced wearable but haven't yet pulled the trigger, you'll definitely want to check out some of these deals. Originally spotted by MacRumors, the savings to be had by picking up a refurbished Apple Watch may not be earth shattering but are still substantial. An Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE connectivity and a

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2018-05-25 21:16:22



Edge Beats Chrome in Battery Test, Says Microsoft  

The latest installment of Microsoft's browser battery challenge shows once again that Edge consumes less energy than Chrome and Firefox. From a report: With the Windows 10 April 2018 Update rolling out across the globe, Microsoft thinks it's once again time to square Edge up against Chrome and Firefox in a new battery-life test. Microsoft's browser experiment shows a time-lapse of "three identical devices, three different browsers, streaming one video." Firefox, Edge, and Chrome play what appear

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2018-05-25 20:48:00



For Your Convenience, a Solo: A Star Wars Story Spoiler Discussion Zone  

The story of that guy and his hairy pal is finally here! Would you like to chat about Solo: A Star Wars Story freely with other fans? Well, land that Falcon because you've just found the right spot! Just no arm-pulling, ok?Read more...

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2018-05-25 20:31:43



New PGP Encryption Exploits Are Being Discovered Almost Every Other Day  

For more than a week, PGP developers have been rapidly working to patch critical flaws in the legacy encryption protocol used for sending and receiving secure emails; a tool that's widely relied upon by lawyers, journalists, dissidents, and human rights advocates, many of whom operate at the highest levels of risk in…Read more...

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2018-05-25 20:19:33



Researchers Crack Open AMD's Server VM Encryption  

Shaun Nichols, reporting for The Register: A group of German researchers have devised a method to thwart the VM security in AMD's server chips. Dubbed SEVered (PDF), the attack would potentially allow an attacker, or malicious admin who had access to the hypervisor, the ability to bypass AMD's Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) protections. The problem, say Fraunhofer AISEC researchers Mathias Morbitzer, Manuel Huber, Julian Horsch and Sascha Wessel, is that SEV, which is designed to isolate

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2018-05-25 20:10:00



US news sites are ghosting European readers on GDPR deadline  

A cluster of U.S. news websites has gone dark for readers in Europe as the EU’s new privacy laws went into effect on Friday. The ruleset, known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), outlines a robust set of requirements that internet companies collecting any personal data on consumers must follow. The consequences are considerable enough […]

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2018-05-25 20:05:40



Facebook has a very specific Pepe the Frog policy, report says  

Facebook doesn’t ban fictional characters with hateful content as a rule, but interestingly Pepe the Frog is well enough established as a hate speech symbol that Facebook has a very particular policy devoted only to the cartoon frog. Motherboard got their hands on some content moderation policy documents from Facebook that show Pepe, a cartoon […]

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2018-05-25 20:04:29



At Least 52 People in Utah Were Poisoned by Fake Cannabis Oil  

A poisoning outbreak traced to synthetic cannabinoids sickened at least 52 people in Utah and sent 31 to the emergency room this past winter, reveals a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But unlike other recent outbreaks, the victims weren't trying to buy synthetic weed:…Read more...

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2018-05-25 19:50:27



US Reaches Deal To Keep Chinese Telecom ZTE in Business  

The Trump administration told lawmakers the U.S. government has reached a deal to put Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp back in business, a senior congressional aide said on Friday. From a report: The deal, communicated to officials on Capitol Hill by the Commerce Department, requires ZTE to pay a substantial fine, place U.S. compliance officers at the company and change its management team, the aide said. The Commerce Department would then lift an order preventing ZTE from buying U.S.

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2018-05-25 19:28:00



Here's definitive proof that Twitter was better in 2008  

Log onto Twitter now and the effect is a bit like the text version of opening the front door to find a hurricane ripping up your neighborhood. Ten years ago, though, the social media service was very different. People weren't accustomed to the fine art of micro-blogging. Like black and white photographs of previous…Read more...

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2018-05-25 19:10:07



Valve Slammed Over 'Horrendous' Steam School-Shooting Game  

Several readers have shared an EuroGamer report: Just a week after the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that saw 10 people fatally shot and 13 others were wounded, Valve has come under fire for a Steam school-shooting game that encourages you to "hunt and destroy" children. Active Shooter, which at the time of publication is live on Steam and due for release on 6th June, is described by its developer as "a dynamic S.W.A.T. simulator." The idea is you're sent in to deal with a shooter at a

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2018-05-25 18:48:00



The US Probably Had Its Third Straight Year of Lowered Life Expectancy in 2017  

The US likely experienced its third consecutive year of a sagging life expectancy in 2017, based on preliminary data published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increased deaths from suicide and drug overdose probably played a role in the decline.Read more...

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2018-05-25 18:45:09



GDPR: Google and Facebook face up to $9.3B in fines on first day of new privacy law - CNET  

An Austrian privacy group is wasting no time.

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2018-05-25 18:38:37



A 75" TV Is Within Reach With a Couple of Memorial Day Sales  

If size trumps features in your hierarchy of new TV needs, here are a couple of 75" sets that are surprisingly affordable for Memorial Day.Read more...

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2018-05-25 18:37:31



Gravy's new mobile game show is 'Price is Right' mixed with QVC  

Following the success of the live mobile game show HQ Trivia, a team of serial entrepreneurs have begun testing the market to see if another game show concept can work, too. Their new game show-inspired app, Gravy, is meant to be a riff on the “Price is Right” combined with a QVC-style shopping experience. That […]

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2018-05-25 18:35:24



In Apple Mail, There's No Protecting PGP-Encrypted Messages  

It has been nearly two weeks since researchers unveiled "EFAIL," a set of critical software vulnerabilities that allow encrypted email messages to be stolen from within the inbox. The Intercept reports that developers of email clients and encryption plugins are still scrambling to come up with a permanent fix. From the report: Apple Mail is the email client that comes free with every Mac computer, and an open source project called GPGTools allows Apple Mail to smoothly encrypt and decrypt messag

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2018-05-25 18:10:00



That fantastic Solo: A Star Wars Story cameo, explained - CNET  

Spoilers: Wait, I thought they were dead!

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2018-05-25 18:02:28



Ford Mustang GT500 rendering hits the web - Roadshow  

Consider this your reminder that a 700-plus-horsepower Shelby GT500 is coming soon.

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2018-05-25 18:01:26






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