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  • Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too late Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:51:27 -0400

    Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too lateElon Musk isn’t the only expert who thinks we need to regulate AI soon. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla (TSLA) and Space X, recently sounded the alarm that murderous artificial intelligence-powered robots could one day rampage through American neighborhoods. Musk’s warnings that AI poses an “existential threat” may have been a bit dramatic, but he’s not the only expert hoping for some kind of government regulation of AI.


  • Amazon launches a social network for spending money Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:46:14 -0400

    Amazon launches a social network for spending moneyAmazon's Spark is a social network for spending cash.


  • Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:08:07 -0400

    Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flawThe back-to-school shopping season is just around the corner, and Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping its new Surface Laptop will be the computer you or your child brings to the classroom. Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s attempt to fight back against the growing popularity of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) low-cost Chromebooks and Apple’s (AAPL) own MacBook line. The Surface Laptop also marks the debut of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system, a more security- and performance-minded variant of Windows 10.


  • Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phone Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:01:58 -0400

    Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phoneSprint wants you to lease your next smartphone.


  • Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:57:19 -0400

    Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realizeHarman Kardon’s Invoke is Microsoft’s first true Amazon Echo competitor. When Amazon first debuted its Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker in 2014, expectations for the device were relatively high. More than two years later, the Echo’s success has spurred a new war of the tech titans: Companies including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), Samsung and a slew of their Chinese counterparts have either released their own smart speakers or will likely release them soon.


  • Another fitness-band company shuts down. But why? Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:45:38 -0400

    Another fitness-band company shuts down. But why?This week, according to the Information, Jawbone shut down.


  • Pogue's Basics: Navigate the Start menu tiles using keyboard Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:40:28 -0400

    Pogue's Basics: Navigate the Start menu tiles using keyboardAs you probably know, the Start menu in Windows 10 has two sides. If you start typing, you’ll discover that you can navigate the left side from the keyboard. Too bad you can’t navigate the right side if you’re a keyboard nut!


  • 'Pokémon Go' celebrates its first birthday by giving Pikachu a hat Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:55:23 -0400

    'Pokémon Go' celebrates its first birthday by giving Pikachu a hatPokémon Go is celebrating its first birthday this month with discounts on items and something for fans of the original Pokémon TV show: Pikachu, donning Ash's hat. SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon Go' is branding Pokémon caught by cheaters Starting today and running through July 24, Pikachus found in the wild will be wearing Ash's hat from the first season of the Pokémon anime. Pikachu was the very first Pokémon that the show's protagonist caught and has stuck with him through all these years (despite Ash changing his hat several times over the course of the series). Whether Pikachu will keep the hat on if evolved into Raichu is unknown at this point, but we can dream. On top of Pikachu's new duds, players will be able to get a limited anniversary box that includes incubators, max revives, ultra balls, and raid passes at a discounted price. Outside of the game, Niantic teased more details coming about in-person events including the sold-out Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, European events coming this summer, and events in Yokohama, Japan this August. Niantic dropped one more astounding piece of information to show just how popular its game has been: In its first year, Pokémon Go players have caught over 125 billion Pokémon. That's a lot of Pokémon. WATCH: Professional video gamers react to Pokémon Go


  • China vs the World: Smartphone giants face a low-cost threat Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:38:32 -0400

    China vs the World: Smartphone giants face a low-cost threatIf you're in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to give these Chinese handsets a chance.


  • How open-internet rules are actually helping consumers Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:24:15 -0400

    How open-internet rules are actually helping consumersDespite protests from opponents, it looks like open internet rules might actually be helping consumers.


  • Pogue's Basics: The master class on capturing screenshots Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:55:47 -0400

    Pogue's Basics: The master class on capturing screenshotsMaybe you’re writing up instructions, illustrating a computer book, or collecting proof of some secret screen you found buried in a game. You can take pictures of the entire screen or capture only the contents of a rectangular selection. On the Mac, it’s Command-Shift-3 to capture the whole screen, or Command-Shift 4 to grab a region of the screen.


  • A ruling against Google in Canada could affect free speech around the world Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:45:02 -0400

    A ruling against Google in Canada could affect free speech around the worldThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Google has to stop linking to a website impacting a Canadian company in both the country and the rest of the world.


  • How to switch from iPhone to Android and vice versa Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:30:48 -0400

    How to switch from iPhone to Android and vice versaChanging from an Android phone to an iPhone and vice versa can be a pain, but these steps will help make it a bit easier.


  • Even a $2.7 billion fine can't hurt Google Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:18:14 -0400

    Even a $2.7 billion fine can't hurt GoogleThe European Commission has fined Google $2.7 billion, but that won't hurt the search giant.


  • What you need to know about the new ransomware that's hit the US Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:19:30 -0400

    What you need to know about the new ransomware that's hit the USThe Petya/ NotPetya ransomware impacting countries across the globe is just the latest such attack to demand cash for a key to unlock victims' computers.


  • Your fingerprints could replace your airline boarding pass Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:23:42 -0400

    Your fingerprints could replace your airline boarding passDelta Airlines is testing fingerprint readers that may soon replace your old-fashioned paper and digital boarding passes.


  • Nintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo just in time for the holidays Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:21:00 -0400

    Nintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo just in time for the holidaysNintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo in the form of its new Super Nintendo Classic this September. Nintendo (NTDOY) is bringing is bringing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System back from the dead just in time for the holiday shopping season in the form of its SNES Classic Edition.


  • Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for it Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:11:35 -0400

    Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for itThe cable industry promised consumers free apps to replace rented cable boxes. We're still waiting.


  • Uber’s next CEO faces 3 big challenges Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:12:29 -0400

    Uber’s next CEO faces 3 big challengesUber's next CEO will have a a lot work cut out for him or her.


  • Why Apple would need to use ex-NSA workers to stop leaks Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:55:41 -0400

    Why Apple would need to use ex-NSA workers to stop leaksApple is using ex-NSA, FBI and military workers to help put an end to company leaks.


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  • Wisconsin Company Microchips Employees As Encrypytion Alternative, Is It Invasion or Convenience? Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:50:24 -0400
    A Wisconsin company has opened a can of worms by offering employees the convenience of opening doors, accessing PCs and even buying food through tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted into their hands. The company, Three Square Market, said the chip, the size of a grain, will be implanted for free. As of now, 50 of the 85 employees of the company have signed up for getting the chips embedded in their skins.
  • Alzheimer's Disease, Depression Could Be Treated With Ion-Powered Battery, Research Says Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:30:15 -0400
    A new research might provide an easy solution for the treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s disease and depression — researchers from the University of Maryland have invented a new battery which produces ionic energy similar to the one produced by humans, which might let doctors manipulate brain cells and treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • NASA’s Space Habitat Prototype To Be Built From Old Space Shuttle Module Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:03:08 -0400
    A space shuttle cargo container once used to transfer equipment and supplies to International Space Station will be converted into a prototype for deep space habitat. The refurbishing of the container known as Donatello multi-purpose logistic module (MLPM) is being carried out under a public-private partnership between NASA and Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company. The aim of the project is to develop life-support systems that can protect astronauts when they travel beyond low-Earth orbits.
  • Procrastination And How To Stop Delaying The Inevitable Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:40:02 -0400
    “I love deadlines,” English author Douglas Adams once wrote. “I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” We’ve all had the experience of wanting to get a project done but putting it off for later. Sometimes we wait because we just don’t care enough about the project, but other times we care a lot – and still end up doing something else. I, for one, end up cleaning my house when I have a lot of papers to grade, even though I know I need to grade them.
  • Grab, Uber's Southeast Asia Rival, Gets $2.5 Billion In Funding Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:54:24 -0400
    Ride-hailing services are a strong sector for tech companies in the U.S. and the market is seeing similar performance overseas. Southeast Asia ride-hailing service Grab is in the process of raising $2.5 billion in funding to bolster its services to users, according to Reuters.
  • Autism Test: Eye Movement May Help Diagnose Developmental Disorder Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:44:27 -0400
    Could you diagnose autism by looking into someone’s eyes? New research suggests that certain rapid eye movements could be a tell of the developmental disorder.
  • #SaveSnopes: Fact-Checking Website Snopes Starts GoFundMe To Avoid Shutdown Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:24:11 -0400
    Despite “fake news” dominating headlines and President Donald Trump’s tweets, fact-checking website Snopes.com says it’s in financial trouble and may shut down without crowdfunding help.
  • Uber Driver Appears To Receive Oral Sex From Passenger In Video Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:22:17 -0400
    An Uber driver has been accused of being physically intimate and receiving oral sex from a passenger during a drive with a customer earlier this month, according to a post from an Uber user.
  • Evan Spiegel Net Worth After Snapchat Stock Continues To Fall Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:11:08 -0400
    Snap Inc., creator of the app Snapchat and self-proclaimed camera company, went public in March debuting at $17 a share. The company announced a $2.2 billion net loss with its first quarter earnings report in May that resulted in a sharp dip in share price.
  • Mirai Botnet: Hacker Admits To DDoS Attack Against Deutsche Telekom Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:50:24 -0400
    A hacker known as “BestBuy” confessed in German court to using a massive botnet attack last year to disrupt the service of customers of German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom.
  • Operation IceBridge: NASA Measuring Melting Arctic Sea Ice By Plane Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:32:58 -0400
    Rapid sea ice melt in the Arctic and record low wintertime extents have prompted NASA to fly over the sea ice north of Greenland to observe the impact of melt on the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic. The observations are part of Operation IceBridge, aerial observation of Arctic sea ice conducted by NASA via plane.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Specs Leaked Live; Release Date Not Yet Announced Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:47:58 -0400
    The Galaxy Note 8 will be revealed in one month but the Galaxy S8 Active smartphone has not yet released. However, the rugged designed device appears to still be in Samsung’s pipeline as video and images of the device have recently leaked.
  • KKR Buys WebMD In $2.8 Billion Deal, Stock Prices Soar Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:58:00 -0400
    WebMD’s stock has jumped nearly 20 percent as the medical news and health information website agreed to a $2.8 billion deal to be purchased by private equity firm KKR & Co.
  • Microsoft Developing Artificial Intelligence Processor For HoloLens 2 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:50:21 -0400
    Artificial intelligence has been a growing field for tech companies and the technology is starting to make its way to consumer electronics. In a blog post Monday, Microsoft detailed plans for its HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset and confirmed that it would utilize a dedicated coprocessor for AI processing.
  • Ephemerisle 2017: The Bitcoin Community's Favorite Floating Festival In California Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:48:28 -0400
    Early bitcoin investors have a reputation for throwing opulent parties and invite-only conferences at tropical getaways, like the Satoshi Roundtable.
  • Mac Fruitfly Malware: Security Researcher Reveals Attack Can Spy On Victims Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:41:42 -0400
    A security researcher has unveiled new discoveries about Fruitfly, a dangerous macOS malware that has been shrouded in mystery since its discovery earlier this year.
  • Solar Eclipse 2017: NASA Wants You To Help Collect Data On Event Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:12:18 -0400
    If you’ve ever dreamed of being a scientist or working for NASA, your big break is coming this August. NASA is asking ordinary people viewing the total solar eclipse on August 21 to take part in a nation-wide science experiment by recording scientific data of the event to aid in research.
  • How Depression Can Affect Your Heart And Kill You Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:48:21 -0400
    This article was originally published by Kaiser Health News. Clyde Boyce has been hospitalized 14 times in the past four years. Boyce, 61, survived two strokes and five operations to unblock arteries around his heart, including three procedures in which doctors propped open his blood vessels with stents. He takes 18 pills a day and gets injections every two weeks with a powerful drug to lower cholesterol.
  • Wisconsin Company Implanting Microchips In Employees Horrifies Twitter Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:26:42 -0400
    A Wisconsin company announced it would offer its employees microchip implants they could use to scan into the building and buy food at work, reported ABC affiliate-KSTP Saturday.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specs May Include New Blue Color Option Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:25:36 -0400
    Samsung may be trying to replace its popular Coral Blue color option on the Galaxy Note 8. Tech informant Roland Quandt recently tweeted that the upcoming smartphone may be available in a Deep Blue color option, in addition to Black and Orchid Grey.

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  • These states should be on high alert for malware infections Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:05:02 +0000
    Computer users in New Hampshire are three times more likely to get a malware infection on their computers than computer users in general across the United States. That’s according to data released recently by Enigma Software Group, maker of the SpyHunter anti-malware program. Enigma analyzed more than 1.5 million infections detected on its customers’ personal computers in all 50 states in the first half of 2017. That research brought results showing that, on average, New Hampshire has an infection…
  • Nursing home tech co. looks to nearly double its Houston headcount Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:47:11 +0000
    This is the first year the company is generating revenue.
  • GE Aviation misses target for Leap engines on new Boeing Max jets Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:33:47 +0000
    General Electric Aviation, the GE unit that makes the Leap engines powering Boeing's new 737 Max, says it had a good first half on the engine production front. GE said it delivered 93 Leap engines in the second quarter, below its forecast of 100 but up from 81 in the first quarter. That brings first-half Leap production to 174 for the first six months of the year. The aviation giant said it remains on track to produce the 450 to 500 engines it wants to crank out this year. CFM, a partnership…
  • O’Hare’s average Wi-Fi speed falls 21 percent Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:00:03 +0000
    The average speed of the free Wi-Fi provided at Chicago O’Hare International Airport has had a double-digit drop since the end of last year, while cellular service speeds also declined, though at a lesser rate. O’Hare’s average Wi-Fi download speed fell 21 percent to 14.3 megabits per second from March through May, compared with October and December of last year, according to a survey by Seattle-based technology company Ookla. That result ranks O’Hare at 14th among North America’s 30…
  • How artificial intelligence is helping this Palo Alto law firm practice more efficiently Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:59:46 +0000
    The software improves the speed and accuracy of document review, according to the firm, which said it will be using the technology with its Silicon Valley clients.
  • Arzeda plans to double staff after raising $12 million Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:57:01 +0000
    Arzeda builds synthetic proteins used to develop new agricultural chemicals and materials like nylon for industrial companies including DuPont, Mitsubishi Rayon and Invista.
  • Marrone Bio ships first products to Africa Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:55:53 +0000
    Davis biotech company Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. on Monday announced it has shipped its first products to Africa. The company, which makes biologically-based pesticides and fertilizers, shipped its biofungicide Reysana to Morocco for use by growers on tomatoes, grapes and gourds, according to Pam Marrone, CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations (Nasdaq: MBII). Marrone Bio stock rose 8 cents, or 7.3 percent, to $1.17 on Monday after the announcement was made. Marrone told the Business Journal that selling…
  • Silicon Valley AI firm opens Pittsburgh office Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:21:10 +0000
    A Silicon Valley-based data firm that serves the chemicals and materials industry has expanded to Pittsburgh. Citrine Informatics announced Monday that it had opened an office at Bakery Square, the first office away from Silicon Valley. It wasn't clear how many employees would be at the Citrine offices. "We are quickly staffing up as demand dictates," a company spokeswoman told the Pittsburgh Business Times. Citrine is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif. “Our new Pittsburgh office allows…
  • LAX's cell service speeds among the worst Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:18:03 +0000
    The speed of the free Wi-Fi provided at Los Angeles International Airport ranks 11th among North America’s busiest airports, but cellular service speeds land the airport at near bottom, according to a survey by technology company Ookla. LAX’s Wi-Fi service showed a 60 percent jump in average download speeds to 17.8 megabits per second from March through May, compared with 11 Mbps recorded between October and December of last year, Seattle-based Ookla found. The results places LAX’s free Wi-Fi…
  • Axon wins patent lawsuit to ban sale of competitor's weapon products Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:02:10 +0000
    Axon Enterprise Inc. has won a patent lawsuit against Florida-based Phazzer Electronics Inc. to ban the sales of its Phazzer Enforcer conducted electrical weapons and dart cartridges. Scottsdale-based Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), formerly known as Taser International Inc., announced today the broad permanent injunction against Phazzer entered Friday by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The injunction prohibits Phazzer and its officers, agents, employees, and anyone else working…

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