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Stephen Hawking's last paper on black holes is now online

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 3:02pm
Stephen Hawking never stopped trying to unravel the mysteries surrounding black holes -- in fact, he was still working to solve one of them shortly before his death. Now, his last research paper on the subject is finally available online through pre-...

Judge rejects Lime request to block e-scooter rivals in San Francisco

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 1:31pm
Lime just lost a last-minute bid to delay the launch of San Francisco's electric scooter pilot program. A judge has denied the company's request for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked Skip and Scoot from launching their services i...

Thalmic axes Myo gesture armband to make 'entirely different' product

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:58am
Thalmic has enjoyed a fair amount of success with its gesture-controlling Myo armband, which found uses in everything from DJ sets to prosthetics. However, the company is trying something radical: it's getting rid of its star product in favor of som...

Magic Leap’s inaugural conference shows it has a long way to go

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 10:30am
If I had to summarize my reaction to LeapCon, Magic Leap's inaugural developer conference, it's one of surprise. Not because of the various software demos, though some of them were pretty exciting. I was surprised by the sheer enthusiasm I felt in th...

How Intel's first Chief Security Officer is reshaping the chip giant

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 9:00am
Window Snyder transformed how Microsoft, Apple and Mozilla dealt with software threats. She served as the security lead for the Windows XP Service Pack 2 update, which fixed a wide variety of vulnerabilities in a notoriously buggy OS. And at Apple, s...

The Morning After: Netflix cancels 'Iron Fist'

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 7:30am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We'll take a look back at Facebook's massive security breach, the latest cancellation by Netflix and the missed opportunity of Google+.

Fake Flash updates upgrade software, but install crypto-mining malware

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 5:28am
According to cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks, it discovered a fake Flash updater that has been duping conscientious computer users since August. The fake updater installs files to sneak a cryptocurrency mining bot called XMRig, which mines for...

Venmo increases fees on instant money transfers

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 2:44am
Effective November 6th, Venmo patrons who use Instant Transfer to move money from their Venmo accounts to their debit cards will notice increased service fees. Instead of a flat $.25 per transfer, Instant Transfer fees will be set at 1% of the total...

Apple fires back at Australian encryption bill

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:48pm
In a seven-page letter to the Australian government, Apple criticized the country's proposed Access and Assistance Bill 2018. Apple claims, among other complaints, that the legislation raises cybersecurity concerns and give the state power to abuse u...

Netflix cancels 'Marvel's Iron Fist' after two seasons

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:01pm
It has been nearly five years since Disney and Netflix teamed up to launch a suite of Marvel TV series based on characters in The Defenders, and after two seasons Iron Fist is ending its run. There's no word on whether or not the character will come...

Akai's MPK Mini Play is a compact battery-powered beats machine

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 7:03pm
Portable instruments that run on AA batteries have been popping up for a while now. There's the Roland Boutique line, Korg's Monologue and even the iRig Keys I/O from IK Multimedia. Now Akai is getting into the portable game with an affordable update...

Audi and Huawei team up on self-driving car technology in China

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 6:04pm
Audi and Huawei want to make a name for themselves in China's burgeoning autonomous driving scene. The two have formed a partnership that will see them jointly develop Level 4 self-driving technology (that is, full control in specified areas) for Chi...

YouTube cracks down on ‘duplicative content’

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 4:55pm
Members of YouTube's Partner Program (YPP), those creators who monetize their content on the platform, must adhere to new rules regarding "duplicative content." According to a post on the company's Help Forum, YouTube Partners, both new and establish...

Amazon adds a free Echo Dot to Xbox One purchases

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 4:24pm
Amazon's previously-announced combo offer to anyone in the market for an Xbox One is now available. Buy a brand new system, either the entry level S or 4K-capable X model, and get both NBA 2K19 and an Echo Dot for free. Both the game and the Dot reta...

Twitter faces Irish investigation over user tracking

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 3:53pm
Twitter is the latest internet giant facing scrutiny over its data transparency in Europe. Ireland's Data Protection Commission has launched an investigation into the social network after it declined to provide t.co web link tracking data to research...

FCC and DOJ urge court to reject challenge to net neutrality repeal

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 3:22pm
The FCC is facing a lawsuit over its repeal of net neutrality, an action brought forward by 22 states, Washington, DC and a number of other local governments, rights groups and businesses. Now, the agency and the US Department of Justice have weighed...

DuckDuckGo hits high of 30 million searches in one day

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 2:51pm
DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine, achieved a new milestone by performing more than 30 million direct searches in a single day. The company cleared the bar twice this week before dropping slightly below the threshold. In a year filled with...

Goodbye Google+, you beautiful, squandered opportunity

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 2:30pm
When Google+ launched in 2011, people were already fed up with Facebook -- and Google was still cool. After Plus' closed invite garnered significant consumer desire, everyone's hopeful "Facebook killer" nabbed a sweet 300 million active monthly users...

Here’s how to see if you were affected by Facebook’s breach

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 2:08pm
Today, Facebook provided additional information on the data breach it disclosed last month. Whereas it initially said up to 50 million users might have been affected, it now reports that 30 million were impacted by the breach. By exploiting a system...

Facebook says recent data breach wasn't 'related to the midterms'

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 1:45pm
Even though the number of users affected by Facebook's most recent hack was lowered to 29 million, from 50 million, it's still safe to say the attack was worse than originally thought. That's because we now know that the breach, which Facebook reveal...