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  • Report: Google suppressed an explosive memo about its Chinese search engine

    09/21/2018 5:22:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cnet ^ | 09/21/2018 | Sean Hollister
    The Intercept is reporting that Google tried -- and apparently, failed -- to suppress a memo that may have revealed how that search engine could have allowed the Chinese government to track those citizens who used it. According to the report, the so-called Dragonfly search engine would require Chinese citizens to log in to perform searches, track their physical location, and then share all of its data with a Chinese partner company that could presumably share it with the Chinese government. The company would reportedly have "unilateral access" to the data. That might also presumably include Chinese citizens' phone numbers,...
  • Scientists Discover How to 'Upload Knowledge to Your Brain'

    09/21/2018 5:00:21 PM PDT · by Boomer · 40 replies
    Sci-TechUniverse ^ | 9/20/2018
    Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe. Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter amount of time, comparing it to “life imitating art”. They believe it could be the first steps in developing advanced software that will make Matrix-style instant learning a reality. In the neo-noir sci-fi classic, protagonist Neo is able to learn kung fu in seconds after the martial art is ‘uploaded’ straight to...
  • Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System

    09/21/2018 11:27:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System September 21, 2018 Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System A catalogue that provides an overview of over 2,200 planetary maps produced worldwide between 1600 and 2018 was presented today at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin. The catalogue has been produced by Henrik Hargitai, from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (Hungary), and Mateusz Pitura, from the University of Wroclaw (Poland).“Production of planetary maps started in Europe in the 1600s. It expanded to the...
  • Ohio State academic misconduct cases on the rise

    09/21/2018 7:21:23 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 7 replies
    The Lantern ^ | September 19, 2018 | Zach Varda
    The temptation to cheat is as old as the idea of administering exams and writing essays. As technology continues to evolve, cheating has become easier through the use of group chat apps like GroupMe and websites like Course Hero that let students share course materials. As a result, more Ohio State students are giving in to the temptation. A Lantern review of annual reports and statistics compiled by Ohio State’s Committee on Academic Misconduct reveals a large spike in the number of reported cases of cheating over the past four school years.
  • Super cheap earth element to advance new battery tech to the industry

    09/20/2018 8:32:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 09/20/18 | by Kayla Wiles, Purdue University
    Most of today's batteries are made up of rare lithium mined from the mountains of South America. If the world depletes this source, then battery production could stagnate. Sodium is a very cheap and earth-abundant alternative to using lithium-ion batteries that is also known to turn purple and combust if exposed to water—even just water in the air. Worldwide efforts to make sodium-ion batteries just as functional as lithium-ion batteries have long since controlled sodium's tendency to explode, but not yet resolved how to prevent sodium-ions from "getting lost" during the first few times a battery charges and discharges. Now,...
  • Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in 2 by 2028 — and 1 part will be led by China

    09/20/2018 7:04:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/20/2018 | Lora Kolodny
    Speaking at a private event hosted by Village Global VC yesterday night, tech luminary and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted that the internet will bifurcTate into Chinese-led and US-led versions within the next decade. Under Sundar Pichai's leadership, Google has explored the potential to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, stirring up controversy internally and outside the company. ===================================== Eric Schmidt, who has been the CEO of Google and executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, predicts that within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the...
  • Freaky Robotic Skin Brings Inanimate Objects to Life

    09/20/2018 7:55:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 09/19/2018 | George Dvorsky
    OmniSkins is made from elastic sheets embedded with sensors and actuators. The flexible sheets can be wrapped or affixed to a soft, malleable surface, such as a stuffed animal or a foam tube. The skins then “animate” these objects by applying force to their surface, leading to distinct movements. “We can take the skins and wrap them around one object to perform a task—locomotion, for example—and then take them off and put them on a different object to perform a different task, such as grasping and moving an object,” said Kramer-Bottiglio in a statement. “We can then take those same...
  • Future Wealth: Why Amazon Will Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

    09/19/2018 9:26:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/19/2018 | Jeff Brown
    In recent years, Amazon has reshaped entire industries with its innovations in e-commerce and its acquisitions of retail stores like Whole Foods. Today, Jeff Brown, Townhall Media’s Official Wealth Creation Expert, shows why Amazon may soon take an unprecedented step into cryptocurrencies. And as an investor, this is a development that should be on your radar. Most investors missed it… And the mainstream media, as far as I know, never even reported on it… But while Wall Street remains fixated on the ups and downs of bitcoin, something unusual is playing out behind the scenes in the blockchain industry. And...
  • It's More Than Faster Phones: The Life-Changing Potential of 5G Technology

    09/19/2018 9:07:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/19/2018 | Gary Shapiro
    In 1969, it was space travel. Today, the world’s most tech-savvy nations are in a race for 5G – networks that operate 100 times more quickly than today’s cellular networks. So what’s behind this competition to achieve 5G? First, buffering and lag will be a thing of the past, reducing the download time of a two-hour movie – which now requires six minutes – to only 3.6 seconds. But the impacts of 5G are more far-reaching than faster download speeds on our mobile devices. 5G allows for the lighting-speed transmission of massive amounts of data, making the potential applications of...
  • Yo, ho, ho! It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day

    09/19/2018 6:25:28 AM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 28 replies
    Local 10 ABC News Florida ^ | September 19, 2018 | Chistina Maxouris & Emanuella Grinberg
    Aye maties, 'tis the day we've all been waiting for: International Talk Like a Pirate Day. But avast! Before you grab your grog and parrot, let's get ye educated! The idea for the day was born in 1995 on a YMCA racquetball court in Albany, Oregon. John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur and his friend Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers began throwing around insults, just like pirates. They selected Sept. 19, simply because Summers had recently divorced, it was his ex-wife's birthday, and he figured "the date was stuck in my head, and I wasn't going to do anything with it anymore," he...
  • Apple Isn’t Deleting Your iTunes Movies

    09/18/2018 3:29:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    MacObserver ^ | September 17, 2018 | By Jeff Gamet
    The internet is flipping out with stories like, “Apple can delete your movies any time it wants.” No, Apple isn’t deleting movies people bought through iTunes, but one man’s heading with mysteriously missing movies underscores how messed up international movie licensing is.Streaming movies from iTunes Here’s the back story: Anders G da Silva shared his experience on Twitter. Some movies he bought through iTunes disappeared from his streaming library. The response from Apple was that the “content provider removed these movies from the Canadian Store. Hence, these movies these movies are not available in the Canada iTunes Store at this...
  • Abel Reyna Is Watching You (Waco)

    09/18/2018 2:50:48 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    Lame duck District Attorney Abel Reyna continues his personal war against members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club who attended the Confederation of Club’s and Independents meeting at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17, 2015. Approximately 70 members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and two Cossacks support clubs attended the meeting with the intention of intimidating members of the Bandidos, members of clubs that were friendly with the Bandidos and motorcycle enthusiasts who were not affiliated with any club. Multiple Cossacks in attendance at the event and Cossacks who were not at the event explained to police and the press...
  • Apple posts updates to iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and Safari 12

    09/17/2018 9:43:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | September 17, 2018
    Apple Releases iOS 12 Apple today released iOS 12 which brings performance improvements and exciting new features to iPhone and iPad. Photos introduces new features to help you rediscover and share the photos in your library, Memoji—a new, more customizable Animoji—make Messages more expressive and fun, Screen Time helps you and your family understand and make the most of the time spent on devices, Siri Shortcuts deliver a faster way to get things done with the ability for any app to work with Siri, augmented reality becomes even more engaging with the ability for developers to create shared AR...
  • Nasty piece of CSS code crashes and restarts iPhones

    09/17/2018 8:27:13 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    ZDNet ^ | September 15, 2018 | By Catalin Cimpanu
    A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in the WebKit rendering engine used by Safari that crashes and restarts the iOS operating system used by iPhones and iPads. The vulnerability can be exploited by loading an HTML page that uses specially crafted CSS code. The CSS code isn't very complex and tries to apply a CSS effect known as backdrop-filter to a series of nested page segments (DIVs). Backdrop-filter is a relative new CSS property and works by blurring or color shifting to the area behind an element. This is a heavy processing task, and some software engineers and web...
  • Stealing From a Cashierless Store (Without You, or the Cameras, Knowing It)

    09/16/2018 7:21:21 PM PDT · by Theoria · 74 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 September 2018 | Nellie Bowles
    A start-up uses visual tracking and behavioral data to operate a new San Francisco market, which lets shoppers walk out unimpeded. And sometimes mischarged. One recent afternoon, the city’s newest grocery market was trying to figure out whether I would buy, steal or leave behind a bag of white Cheddar popcorn — and so was I. On its side: 27 cameras along the ceiling and a wealth of behavioral data. On my side: crippling indecision. Last week, San Francisco got its first completely automated cashierless store, Standard Market. Shoppers who have downloaded the store’s app can go into the 1,900-square-foot...
  • FReeper Input on Home Security Systems

    09/12/2018 5:58:44 PM PDT · by waterhill · 41 replies
    9-12-2018 | Myself
    I am thinking about setting up a wireless security system. I want just the basic plug in and go, no monthly fees.
  • MacDailyNews presents live coverage of Apple’s ‘Gather Round’ September 12th special event

    09/12/2018 1:41:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | September 12, 2018
    Apple CEO Tim Cook and a team of Apple executives will be holding their “Gather Round” special event at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT today, September 12th. The special event will take place at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California in the Steve Jobs Theater. It is widely expected that Apple today will unveil the new iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, the all-new Apple Watch Series 4, and more! Apple’s special event will be webcast live by Apple here, on Twitter, and via the Apple Events app on Apple TV. MacDailyNews will offer live notes during Apple’s special event...
  • The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away

    09/12/2018 7:38:37 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 53 replies ^ | 9/7/18 | Jonathan Shieber
    The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away Quantum computing has moved out of the realm of theoretical physics and into the real world, but its potential and promise are still years away. Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, a powerhouse in the world of quantum research and a young upstart in the field presented visions for the future of the industry that illustrated both how far the industry has come and how far the technology has to go. For both Dario Gil, the chief operating officer of IBM Research and the company’s vice president of artificial intelligence...
  • Terrarium TV Shuts Down, Says NitroXenon

    09/11/2018 1:49:35 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies ^ | 09/11/2018 | staff
    Trrarium TV will shut down at the end of September, according to NitroXenon aka Peter Chan, the app’s developer. On September 10, NitroXenon pushed a notification to the apps users that read, “It has always been a great pleasure to work on this project. However, it is time to say goodbye. ---snip--- Terrarium doesn’t rely on content to supply TV and movies to users but rather relied on taking content from file-sharing sites. Those files were presented on Terrarium for users to easily download. The Torrent Freak report says that the last major update to Terrarium came in May 2018...
  • Question: How can you quote sources that won't let me cut and paste?

    09/10/2018 1:05:59 PM PDT · by Cyclops08 · 38 replies
    vanity | 09/10/18 | vanity
    There are news sites that will not let me highlight text, let alone copy/paste article. Most recently Briebart now does this. HOW are you doing what I cannot?