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  • VirnetX Wins $302.4 Million Trial Against Apple in Texas (Link Only due to copyright issues)

    10/01/2016 12:07:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    Bloomberg | September 30, 2016 | by Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson
    Apple loses patent infringement case against VirnetX on second retrial. . . link only due copyright issues: VirnetX Wins $302.4 Million Trial Against Apple in Texas
  • Nvidia’s Driverless Car Learns From Observing Human

    10/01/2016 11:35:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Geek.com ^ | 09.30.2016 | LEE MATHEWS
    This might sound like a really terrible idea, but let’s give Nvidia the benefit of the doubt for now. They’re letting their AI-driven car learn solely by watching humans drive. Nvidia calls their prototype vehicle BB8, and while that name might be more befitting, say, a Volkswagen Beetle, it’s actually a Lincoln MKZ. Apparently even AI drivers want to feel like Matthew McConaughey diving backward into a rooftop pool when they’re out cruising around. While you can pick up a Lincoln that’s loaded with near-autonomous driving features, Nvidia shut them all down in their test vehicle. They wanted the car...
  • Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

    10/01/2016 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 30, 2016 | James Crisp
    The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming. The European Environment Agency this week said that larger numbers of electric vehicles will not be enough to make to the transition to a low-carbon economy. The EU’s transport sector still depends on oil for 94% of its energy needs. The reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in road transport gained from the scaling-up of electric vehicles would...
  • Obama's Political Bank Run

    09/30/2016 10:20:50 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 30, 2016 | Wall Street Journal Editorial
    The government threat to Deutsche Bank’s safety and soundness began on Sept. 15. That’s when the Journal reported that Justice was demanding an eye-watering $14 billion to resolve an investigation of the bank’s sale of mortgage-backed securities prior to the 2008 financial panic. Deutsche Bank then had to acknowledge the size of this government stick-up as its stock price proceeded to drop more than 20% in a fortnight. The lack of exuberance among investors was entirely rational. Washington’s proposed withdrawal represented most of the bank’s market capitalization.
  • Carnegie Deli will Close at End of 2016

    09/30/2016 9:25:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 201 | Steve Cuozzo
    The Carnegie Deli, a New York institution since 1937, will soon serve its last “Woody Allen.” The iconic home to gigantic Jewish-style sandwiches — like the 4-inch-high, pastrami-and-corned beef “Woody” on rye — will close its doors forever on Dec. 31, The Post has learned. Restaurant owner Marian Harper Levine tearfully broke the news to 60 heartbroken employees on Friday morning.
  • Chinese state TV slams Samsung over Note 7 recall ‘discrimination’

    09/30/2016 8:20:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Android Authority ^ | September 30, 2016 | by: ROB TRIGGS
    Just as we were beginning to think that the worst was behind Samsung regarding the Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has lambasted Samsung for discriminating against Chinese consumers when it comes to the terms of the recall. A commentary posted to the broadcaster’s website on Thursday calls out Samsung’s handling of the recall as “full of arrogance” and suggests that Samsung has discriminated against Chinese consumers by insisting that phones in the country do not need replacing. China has not been included in the global Note 7 recall, so customers are not entitled to replacements...
  • Android malware that can infiltrate corporate networks is spreading

    09/30/2016 8:08:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Computerworld ^ | September 30, 2016 | By Michael Kan
    DressCode has been found circulating in at least 3,000 Trojanized apps One of the Trojanized apps that's part of the DressCode family. Credit: Trend Micro An Android malware is spreading across app stores, including Google Play, and has the capability of stealing sensitive files from corporate networks. DressCode, a family of Android malware, has been found circulating in at least 3,000 Trojanized apps, security firm Trend Micro said Friday. DressCode hides itself inside games, user interface themes and phone optimization boosters. It can also be difficult to detect because the malicious coding only makes up a small portion of the overall...
  • Microsoft merges Research, Bing and Cortana into new AI unit

    09/30/2016 6:30:28 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Sep 30 2016 10:57AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    Microsoft has merged three of its business units to create a new artificial intelligence division, while teaming with four of the world's biggest tech giants to promote public understanding of AI. The artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research industry is estimated to grow to US$70 billion by 2020 from just US$8.2 billion in 2013, according to a Bank of America report that cited IDC research. Microsoft is hoping to tap into that pool by combining its Bing and Cortana product groups with its Research division to create the new AI and Research Group. The business unit will be Microsoft's...
  • Crews knock down massive fire at Berkeley church

    09/30/2016 6:12:23 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 1 replies
    ABC 7 NEWS ^ | 30 SEPTEMBER 2016 | ABC 7 NEWS
    BERKELEY, Calif. -- Berkeley firefighters have knocked down a four-alarm blaze at a church on Channing Way and Dana Street, a fire department spokeswoman said.
  • Saudi Arabia Is Buying Up America's Oil Assets

    09/30/2016 2:50:56 PM PDT · by wtd · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 30, 2016 | Ellen R. Wald, Ph.D
    Saudi Arabia Is Buying Up America's Oil Assets Saudi Arabia is quietly amassing quite a portfolio of American energy assets. State-owned Saudi Aramco is already co-owner, with Royal Dutch Shell , of Motiva, the largest U.S. refinery. Under an already signed agreement, in April 2017, Aramco will take full ownership of the most valuable Motiva assets. Now comes news that Motiva is the leading candidate to purchase the Lyondell Basell Refinery in Houston. This would give Saudi Arabia control of two major Texas refineries proving, once again, that American energy independence is impossible. Qatar Petroleum, along with ExxonMobil and...
  • Fuming man walks into Apple store and calmly smashes up every iPhone in sight (video)

    09/30/2016 10:35:50 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 47 replies
    The Mirror UK ^ | 30 SEP 2016 | BY KEYAN MILANIAN
    iPhones, iPads and laptops were severely damaged as the man used a metal ball to crack the screens in a shop within a French shopping centre VIDEO This was the moment a vandal calmly walked into an Apple store and began smashing iPhones, iPads and laptops with a metal ball. The man, dressed in shades and wearing a backpack, was filmed as he walked from one tech stand to the next in a French shop. He can be seen picking up iPhones , placing them on the counter then bringing a metal pétanque ball crashing down on the screen. As...
  • iPhone 7 Goes For Scuba Diving Test, Records 4K Underwater [Video] (and Apple Watch)

    09/30/2016 10:18:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    RedondPie ^ | September 29th, 2016 | By Oliver Haslam
    Apple’s iPhone 7 is claimed to be IP67 rated, making it suitable for water resistance at a depth of 1m for up to thirty minutes. That’s great if you happen to drop your iPhone in the bath, or for some reason, feel the need to reply to emails in the shower, but there will always be someone who takes things a little bit further.Perhaps too far, in fact, but it usually makes for great entertainment when they do. So when we heard about one YouTube taking an iPhone 7 for scuba diving, our ears pricked up.The hugely unscientific water resistance...
  • A choice for human rights

    09/30/2016 9:28:26 AM PDT · by Rusty0604
    cristusrex.org ^ | Donald J. Trump
    Published Friday, June 25, 1999, in the Miami Herald DONALD J. TRUMP A choice for human rights Donald J. Trump is a real-estate investor and head of The Trump Organization in New York City. Several large European investment groups have asked me to take the ``Trump Magic'' to Cuba. They have ``begged'' me to form partnerships to build casino-hotels in Havana. With the influx of foreign tourists, we would make a fortune, they promise, and they are no doubt right. They are also right to say that this type of arrangement would allow me to skirt the U. S.-imposed embargo....
  • Are the U.S. and China Headed Towards a Naval War in Asia?

    09/29/2016 4:53:58 PM PDT · by cba123 · 11 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 29, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The United States does not have a coherent strategy to deal with a rising People's Republic of China in the Western Pacific. Nor do foreign policy experts specializing in the Asia-Pacific region have a concrete set of ideas to coax an increasingly assertive Beijing into accepting the U.S.-led post-Second World War liberal-institutional world order or to reassert Washington's dominance in the region. It is becoming increasingly clear that China hopes to chart its own course independent of the existing Western frameworks as Beijing reaffirms its claims to the South China Sea and continues to build artificial islands in the region,...
  • Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding

    09/29/2016 2:43:12 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 36 replies
    Boy Genius Report ^ | Sep 29, 2016 | Zach Epstein
    The world’s leading smartphone makers just can’t stop copying each other. While the company has certainly improved its image over the past few years, Samsung is likely most famous for being an Apple copycat. After all, the company was sued repeatedly by Apple for stealing its technology and designs. And as we all learned, things got so crazy at one point that Samsung even created a 132-page internal document to help its engineers copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. Of course, Apple is hardly innocent in all this. The iPhone maker has aped plenty of features from Android in recent...
  • For Your Friends Who Say It's Hillary's "Turn"

    09/29/2016 1:25:20 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 25 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 9/29/2016 | blueunicorn6
    We all know people who think that it's Hillary's "turn" to be President. Usually, the concept of "turns" is found with children. "It's Megyn's turn to be the goose!" "It's Sheperd's turn to use the potty. We don't want another accident!" Adults generally try to select the person for President who will squeeze the most efficiency and effectiveness out of every hard-earned American Taxpayer provided dollar. But, for our friends who worry about "turns"...... IT'S DONALD TRUMP'S TURN TO BE PRESIDENT! It's official! I, blueunicorn6, the acknowledged Universal Grandmaster of the One Potato - Two Potato Game, conducted an official...
  • Bradenton man trying to solve lionfish overpopulation problem with glock-fishing

    09/29/2016 10:35:12 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 20 replies
    wfla.com ^ | : September 26, 2016, | Lila Gross
    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — One Bradenton man is trying to get rid of the overpopulated lionfish in an unconventional way, by glock-fishing underwater. This means shooting lionfish underwater with a glock pistol. Courtland Hunt said he taped his experience to raise awareness about the lionfish’s harmful overpopulation. FWC spokesperson, Amanda Nalley, said the FWC is aware of the video and the agency encourages people to remove lionfish, but not with firearms.
  • World's first 4-seater fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany

    09/29/2016 6:46:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 9:33 AM EDT
    Aircraft engineers in Germany have successfully tested the world’s first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly. The 10-minute test flight Thursday at Stuttgart Airport in southwestern Germany involved two pilots and two dummy passengers. The twin-cabin plane, known as HY4, was developed by aircraft maker Pipistrel, fuel cell specialist Hydrogenics, the University of Ulm and the German Aerospace Center DLR. …
  • Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

    09/29/2016 6:32:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 3:27 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror. Republican- and Democratic-controlled Congresses, and presidents of both parties, may have set the stage for the startling prices that have consumers on edge. In the last 13 years, Congress passed major legislation that expanded taxpayer-financed coverage for prescription drugs but lacked explicit mechanisms for dealing with costs, instead relying mainly on market forces. […] “The history we see over and over again is that when the government steps in as a guaranteed payer without regard to...
  • Largest company by revenue in each State, 2015

    09/28/2016 9:58:46 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 17 replies
  • US regulators warn customers about exploding Samsung washers

    09/28/2016 7:32:02 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    EndGadget ^ | September 28, 2016 | By Billy Steele
    Owners of the top-loading appliances say the machines exploded while they were doing laundry. REUTERS/Steve Marcus Just days after Samsung began replacing defective Galaxy Note 7s due to a risk of exploding batteries, the company faces another major product issue. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning today after multiple reports of top-loading washing machines exploding. Owners of Samsung appliances in Georgia, Indiana and Texas say that they were doing a load of laundry when they heard a loud boom. ABC News reports 21 people have submitted cases to the CPSC since early 2015 of washers exploding...
  • Income Was Too Good To Be True

    09/28/2016 6:45:46 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 7 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | September 28, 2016 | Rodney Johnson
    The Census Bureau reported that median income jumped 5.2% last year. As I pointed out last week, that's a solid increase, but still leaves us short of the record in 1999. Still, something about the gains struck me as wrong. Even with cities, states and some businesses bumping up their minimum wage, 5.2% seemed like a lot. So I went digging. And the more I dug, the more disappointed and frustrated I became. As usual, the source of my angst was the federal government. Long-time readers know my ongoing annoyance with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) when it comes...
  • Just a Short Vanity: Jeep commercial (vanity)

    09/28/2016 5:57:11 PM PDT · by lafroste · 31 replies
    me ^ | 9/28/2016 | lafroste
    Just a short vanity: I just saw a very nice patriotic Jeep commercial. I was surprised enough to elicit this vanity. This is a hat tip to Jeep. Very nice commercial. Well done.
  • Cox: Apple and Tesla really need each other now

    09/28/2016 5:12:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Reuters business ^ | September 20, 2016 | By Rob Cox
    The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. Great partnerships are often forged when each party enjoys a surplus of something the other needs and there’s little conflict in their ambitions. By that logic, two of Silicon Valley’s best known firms, Apple and Tesla Motors, really need each other right now. An investment in Tesla by Apple in return for some of the carmaker’s innovation dust might be just the ticket. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is revamping the company’s approach to self-driving cars and the gadget maker’s broader role in the future of transportation....
  • Air traffic controllers and pilots are switching to text messages [tr]

    09/28/2016 1:18:57 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 September 2016 | AP
    Air traffic controllers and pilots are switching to text messages for faster plane takeoffs, saving billions With the new system, called Data Comm, a controller can type a few instructions into a computer, tap a key and send the message directly to the flight management computers in each plane that needs the information. Pilots read the information on cockpit display screens and decide with the push of a button whether to accept it.
  • Should U.S. pay reparations for slavery? U.N.-appointed experts think so

    09/28/2016 12:13:08 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 71 replies
    CBS ^ | 9/27/2016 | CBS
    A United Nations working group is getting into the fray on U.S. racial discrimination. After 14 years, and 20 days of speaking with U.S. officials, activists, and families of people killed by police in major American cities, it has issued its conclusions: the slave trade was a crime against humanity and the U.S. government should pay reparations. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the racial terror lynching in the past,” a French member of the working group of U.N. experts, Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, said after their meetings in the U.S. The U.N. experts traveled to major...
  • PANIC, ANXIETY SPARK RUSH TO BUILD LUXURY BUNKERS FOR L.A.'S SUPERRICH

    09/28/2016 8:31:41 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 44 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter Magazine ^ | 09/28/16 | Ingrid Schmidt
    Oscar winners, sports stars and Bill Gates are building lavish bunkers — with amenities ranging from a swimming pool to a bowling alley — as global anxiety fuels sales and owners "could be the next Adam and Eve."SNIP Adds Mike Peters, owner of Utah-based Ultimate Bunker, which builds high-end versions in California, Texas and Minnesota: "People are going for luxury [to] live underground because they see the future is going to be rough. Everyone I've talked to thinks we are doomed, no matter who is elected."
  • Aetna to Provide Apple Watch to 50,000 Employees, Subsidize Cost for Customers

    09/27/2016 9:37:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 51 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:02 am PDT | by Juli Clover
    Insurance company Aetna today announced a major health initiative centered on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, which will see Aetna subsidizing the cost of the Apple Watch for both large employers and individual customers. Starting this fall during open enrollment season, Aetna will subsidize "a signficant portion" of the Apple Watch cost and will offer monthly payroll deductions to cover the remaining cost. apple watch series 2 Aetna also plans to provide Apple Watches at no cost to all of its nearly 50,000 employees as part of a wellness reimbursement program to encourage them to live healthier lives. "We...
  • Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

    09/27/2016 7:46:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 27, 2016 | Dan Robinson
    Microsoft’s self-installing Windows 10 operating system has reached the 400 million mark, the firm announced at its Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, up from the previous high of 350 million in August. This adoption rate means the firm’s self-imposed target of a billion devices by mid-2018 looks increasingly unlikely, but the Redmond giant can take some consolation in the fact that business enthusiasm seems to be growing. The latest version of Windows hit its one-year anniversary on July 29, a date that also marked the ending of the free upgrade offer period for users of Windows 7 and Windows...
  • Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law? (Hofstra gouges reporters)

    09/27/2016 7:25:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 27, 2016 | Kieren McCarthy
    The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine. Reporters at the event were appalled to find that among the heavily marked-up items they were offered – $150 to rent a lamp, anyone? – was a $200 charge for a "secure wireless internet connection." Worse than the clear effort to price-gouge people trying to file stories, however, was the fact that the university decided that only its wireless access points were allowed to be used, and even sent someone around...
  • Apple Watch Series 2 review: It’s time to jump in

    09/27/2016 2:59:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Sep 27, 2016 9:04 AM PT | By Jonny Evans
    Faster, brighter, water resistant and far more versatile I am not the world's best surfer, or passionate kayaker, but I quite enjoy a gentle swim from time to time. Credit: Apple I’ve been using my Apple Watch Series 2 for over a week. I thought I should share a few observations about my experience and try to explain why I think now is a good time for people who may have been curious about the product to take a look. A little history Introduced in a blaze of glory after years of speculation, Apple Watch quickly became King of the...
  • BeCensored (What's up with Candid?)(Video Only)

    09/27/2016 8:54:30 AM PDT · by servo1969
    YouTube ^ | 9-27-2016 | Harmful Opinions
    Get it? 'Cause their website is BeCandid. Ha.
  • A Sound Like The Rattling Of Dry Leaves In A Tree

    09/27/2016 3:01:33 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 4 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 9/27/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Words without action are just puffs of wind passing over vocal cords. They are like the sound of dry leaves rattling in the tree. They make an unimportant noise. Hillary Clinton speaks a lot of words. She is trained to do that. She has been paid to do that. But words do not build a bridge. Words do not fill an empty belly. Words do not stop the blast from a terrorist bomb. It takes action to make things happen. Not words. "Talk is cheap. I can get all the talk I want over at the Monarch Boarding House." We...
  • New Mac Trojan uses the Russian space program as a front

    09/26/2016 11:48:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    MacWorld ^ | September 26, 2016 | By Michael Kan
    The Komplex Trojan can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac Security researchers have found a new Mac OS X malware that appears to be targeting the aerospace industry. The Trojan, called Komplex, can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac, according to security firm Palo Alto Networks. Interestingly, the Trojan will also save a PDF document to the infected system concerning the Russian space program. The PDF document details planned Russian space projects from 2016 to 2025, but it acts as a decoy, Palo Alto Networks said in Monday blog post. In reality, the Trojan...
  • How Rwo $1.69 Bottles of Orange Juice Cost Dollar General $277K

    09/26/2016 8:02:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
    Two bottles of OJ that retailed for $1.69 at Dollar General will end up costing the chain more than a quarter of a million dollars. That after a diabetic former employee won a lawsuit connected to the juice. Linda Atkins was working at a Maryville, Tenn., location in the fall of 2011 when she felt a hypoglycemic attack coming on. The main cashier was on break, and so “to avoid leaving the cash register unattended, and for the security of the store,” Atkins grabbed a bottle of OJ from the cooler, drank it, and then paid for it once her...
  • Hillary Calls for Solyndra 2.0

    09/26/2016 7:57:06 PM PDT · by RC one · 3 replies
    lifesette ^ | 26 Sep 2016 at 10:30 PM | y Jim Stinson
    In first moments of debate, Clinton reboots subsidy push for well-connected green energy firmsne of the first dust-ups in the debate was about green energy.As expected, Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton pleaded for expanded green energy policies — or in other words — expanded green subsidies.Within the first 10 minutes, Clinton said she wanted the United States to be the world capital of clean, green energy.“Some country is going to be the clean energy super power of the 21st century,” said Clinton. “Donald thinks climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real.”Trump interrupted, protesting her claim....
  • iOS 10 backups are easier to crack, but Apple promises to fix security flaw

    09/26/2016 4:03:59 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Computerworld ^ | September 26, 2016 | By Darlene Storm
    Forensic researcher claims iOS 10 local backups are easier to crack since the security protection is 2,500 times weaker than in iOS 9, but Apple promised to roll out a patch for the security flaw. After Apple’s battle over encryption with the FBI, you’d expect Apple’s newest iOS to continue the trend of providing even better privacy and security than the previous iOS version. Sadly, that’s currently not true as iOS 10 has a “major security flaw” which leaves the data locally backed up to iTunes much more vulnerable to password cracking. At least that is what Russian forensic software...
  • In this W.Va. coal town, there’s little debate over presidential race

    09/26/2016 3:35:07 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 22 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | September 26, 2016 | Brad McElhinny
    WHARTON, W.Va. — In the coal community of Clinton Camp, not many are in Clinton’s camp. “Nobody likes Hillary around here,” said 77-year-old retired coal miner Darrell Bower, who was watering his lawn last week. “Everybody in my family and everyone I know is going to vote for Trump.” Millions of Americans are expected to tune in tonight to the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, the least-liked presidential candidates ever. In Clinton Camp, an unincorporated area of Wharton where the homes were constructed as a coal camp in the late 1940s, not...
  • Exclusive: Google is planning a 'Pixel 3' laptop running the 'Andromeda' OS for release in Q3 2017

    09/26/2016 3:16:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    AndroidPolice.com ^ | September 26, 2016 | By David Ruddock
    Two independent and reliable sources have confirmed to us that Google is planning a new Pixel laptop to be released in Q3 2017. The project, known internally as 'Bison' and by the informal nickname 'Pixel 3,' will likely be the first brand-new device to showcase Google's combined Android / Chrome OS 'Andromeda' operating system in a laptop form factor. Bison, then, would be the culmination of years of work by Google's Pixel team and Google's Android and Chrome OS teams.We are extremely confident Google plans for the device to run Andromeda. We are also confident that Andromeda is a...
  • Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note7 has battery problems too

    09/26/2016 2:59:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    BetaNews ^ | September 26, 2016 | By Mihăiță Bamburic
    Samsung can't seem to catch a break with the Galaxy Note7 recall. For a while it looked like the replacement devices would put the exploding battery concerns to bed, but now it appears that the saga may be far from over.The new batteries may no longer be a fire hazard, but follow-up reports from customers who have received replacement Galaxy Note7 units in South Korea reveal that they come with their own set of issues. The batteries that Samsung uses in the replacement Galaxy Note7 units are said to overheat and lose battery life quickly. The first issue has...
  • Airport Finds Body Parts in Woman’s Bag

    09/26/2016 12:15:54 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 09-26-2016 | Staff
    Investigators at Austria’s Graz airport questioned a Moroccan woman who arrived with a bag containing her husband’s entrails. After carefully wrapping the intestines in two containers, she was transporting them in hopes of getting a toxicology test performed. The man died during an operation in Morocco, Austrian media reported. Officials said a proper investigation on the parts could not be performed without the whole body. The woman broke no laws by transporting the entrails, local media reported.
  • How the FDA Manipulates the Media

    09/26/2016 7:43:20 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    Scientific American ^ | October 2016 Issue | Charles Seife
    How the FDA Manipulates the Media The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit By Charles Seife | Scientific American October 2016 Issue The deal was this: NPR, along with a select group of media outlets, would get a briefing about an upcoming announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a day before anyone else. But in exchange for the scoop, NPR would have to abandon its reportorial independence. The FDA would dictate whom NPR's reporter could and couldn't interview. “My editors are uncomfortable...
  • Clinton's Water Plan Runs Up Hill(ary) Towards Money

    09/26/2016 6:57:17 AM PDT · by WLusvardi · 1 replies
    Masterresource.org ^ | September 26, 2016 | Wayne Lusvardi
    “In California, they say: ‘water runs uphill toward money.’ To that, now should be added the adage: ‘Water runs up-Hillary to money’.” News flash: Hillary’s Western Water Plan would trickle up to elites. “The Clinton plan states that: ‘the United States has 17 national labs that work on energy, but not one that is focused exclusively on water’.” However, the Federal EPA already runs four water and environmental technology laboratories in Research Park, North Carolina (health effects); Cincinnati, Ohio (engineering); Corvallis, Oregon (ecology); and Las Vegas, Nevada (monitoring). This is not to mention that in California Fresno State University runs...
  • Architect Dinara Kasko switches from buildings to super cool cake design with a 3D printer

    09/25/2016 11:26:43 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 9 replies
    3Ders.org ^ | 9/22/2016 | Nick
    A newly qualified architect turned her back on the construction industry to spend her days building ornate cakes with the help of a 3D printer. Dinara Kasko was determined to be an architect and design landmark buildings, so she attended Kharkov University Architecture School in her home country. But, as soon as she started working in the industry, she just knew it wasn’t for her. So the 27-year-old Ukrainian looked for a way to apply her skills to another arena. She worked as a designer, a photographer and then a 3D visualizer. She started baking in the background, as a...
  • Fire breaks out on Pemex tanker in Gulf of Mexico, crew safe

    09/25/2016 8:12:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Sep 25, 2016 | 10:41am EDT | Natalie Schachar and Noe Torres
    A fire broke out on an oil tanker of Mexican state oil company Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, forcing all the crew to be evacuated in the latest accident to plague the struggling firm. The blaze on the tanker “Burgos” occurred off the coast of Boca del Rio in Veracruz state and all the crew were safe, Pemex said in a tweet. Mexico’s Navy said there were 31 crew members and that all had returned to port. […] The tanker was carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel and 70,000 barrels of gasoline, Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry said....
  • Moody's downgrades Turkey's credit rating to 'junk' status

    09/24/2016 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2016 8:06 PM EDT
    Moody’s has downgraded Turkey’s credit rating to “junk” status, a further blow to an economy shaken by terrorist attacks, a failed military coup and a diplomatic spat with Russia. The rating agency on Friday lowered its rating on Turkey’s debt one notch, stripping it of investment-grade status. The move could mean higher borrowing costs as investors demand steeper interest rates to take on riskier Turkish debt. …
  • Apple releases iOS 10.0.2

    09/23/2016 11:28:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | September 23, 2016
    Apple today released iOS 10.0.2 whic hincludes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad. This update: • Addresses an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working • Resolves an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library • Fixes an issue that prevented enabling some app extensionsFor information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
  • ‘Chicken Shacks’ Are Lifeline for New Jersey’s Afghan Immigrants

    09/23/2016 1:47:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 21 September 2016
    They dot the landscape in this working-class New Jersey city, popping up every few blocks with names like US Fried Chicken, Royal Fried Chicken and New York Fried Chicken and Burger and giving immigrants a foothold in a new country. One of these fried chicken restaurants, First American Fried Chicken, was thrust into the international spotlight on Monday when authorities arrested the owner’s son, Ahmad Rahami, after a shootout with police. Rahami is suspected of planting several explosives in New York City and New Jersey, including one that blew up on Saturday night in Manhattan and injured 29 people and...
  • Canada is pumping so much oil to the U.S. there are not enough pipelines to carry it

    09/23/2016 7:31:28 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 17 replies
    Financial Post ^ | September 23, 2016 | Sheela Tobben and Robert Tuttle
    Canada is sending a record amount of oil to the U.S., filling pipelines to capacity and threatening to push more crude into rail cars. U.S. imports from its northern neighbour jumped 17 per cent to 3.46 million barrels a day last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday in a preliminary report. That’s the most since the agency began collecting such data in 2010. Exports have surged as Alberta recovers from wildfires that disrupted supplies earlier this year. Supplies from the oil sands are piling up as producers bring back output and projects that had been delayed by the...
  • Teen Hacker Says He Jailbroke The iPhone 7 in Just 24 Hours

    09/22/2016 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 23 replies
    Motherboard ^ | September 22, 2016 | LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERAI
    The iPhone 7 is, in Apple’s own words, “the best, most advanced iPhone ever.” It is not, however, impossible to hack. A teenage hacker has found a way to circumvent the phone’s security and restrictions, jailbreaking a brand new iPhone 7 running iOS 10, effectively taking full control of it and allowing him to install apps not approved by Apple. The 19-year-old hacker, who’s known online as qwertyoruiop but whose real name is Luca Todesco, took advantage of a series of bugs he found and exploited—and all it took him, he said, was just 24 hours.