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The ISS' first expandable habitat didn't unfold as planned

Engadget - 13 min 18 sec ago
The ISS was supposed to have an expandable module attached to the Tranquility node by now -- alas, things didn't go well for NASA and Bigelow Aerospace. Space station crew member Jeff Williams spent two hours pumping air into the module through a sma...

Vietnam blocks Facebook during Barack Obama visit - CNET

CNET News - 58 min 51 sec ago
The country's government reportedly restricted and blocked Facebook's usage to squash potential political demonstrations.

Windows 10 beta testers can make Cortana a DJ or an egg timer

Engadget - 1 hour 21 min ago
Beta testers who elect to receive the the freshest test builds of Windows 10 have some new features on the way, as we move even closer to the big Anniversary Update this summer. With Build 14352, Cortana's music abilities go from simply being able to...

The Last Guardian is definitely coming out this year, Sony dev says - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 38 min ago
Director Fumito Ueda said that the game, first announced in 2007, will finally see the light of day this year.

Reddit rolls out its own image hosting service (sorry, Imgur) - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 7 min ago
Imgur has long served as the de facto image hosting platform for users on Reddit's forums, but the popular website is looking to keep it in-house.

Want to prove you're not scared of heights? Check out the world's highest glass bridge - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-05-26 23:48
Opening soon at Zhangjiajie Canyon in China, the bridge is 300 metres high and will have three swings for thrillseekers.

Companies could use 'intermediate' web security certificates to spy

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-26 23:34
A certificate authority (CA) is a trusted entity that issues electronic certificates (duh) to verify identity on the Internet. They're a key part of secure communications online -- and thus super important. Then there's intermediate CAs, signed by a...

Patent Troll VirnetX Wants To Ban FaceTime and iMessage, Increase Damages Award By $190M

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-05-26 23:30
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year, patent troll VirnetX won a court battle with Apple to the tune of $625 million. Now, the company wants to increase the damages award by $190 million. Law360 reports: "At a post-trial hearing Wednesday, Texas technology company VirnetX argued that although an injunction blocking Apple's popular video chatting and messaging features, along with a virtual private network on demand feature, may seem like a harsh remedy, it is necessary because of the irreparable harm Apple's infringement caused the company. VirnetX also asked the court to increase the jury's damages award by at least $190 million, arguing that Apple has been the 'poster child' for unreasonable litigation tactics." VirnetX also wants the court to block FaceTime and iMessage entirely. "Meanwhile, Apple argued that in light of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decisions rejecting the four patents-in-suit, an injunction would be inappropriate, as would any ongoing royalty based on FaceTime, iMessage and virtual private network on demand features. The tech giant also sought a mistrial based on a purportedly inappropriate argument to the jury and argued that the company is entitled to a judgment of non infringement, despite the jury verdict, based on VirnetX's allegedly insufficient evidence," reports Law360.

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Goodbye, Space Selfies; Hello, Kickstarter Refunds

PCMag News - Thu, 2016-05-26 23:10
Planetary Resources has scrapped the project that would have given you awesome pictures of yourself in space—sort-of.

Microsoft, Facebook to build trans-Atlantic undersea cable - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-05-26 22:45
The 4,100-mile cable will have an estimated initial capacity of 160 terabits of data per second, the companies said.

Lenovo's new Droids might be shiny and metallic

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-26 22:32
See those phones above? They might be three versions of the Droid Lenovo's launching in an upcoming event in June. Evan Blass (aka evleaks), well-known source of device leaks, has posted the photo on Twitter, and people seem to have anointed the blac...

Twitter Now Supports (Short) Spotify Audio Cards

PCMag News - Thu, 2016-05-26 22:09
You'll now be able to tap on Spotify songs that Twitter users link to and get a quick, 30-second preview of the track.

Facebook aflame over laundry detergent ad in which woman turns black man pale - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-05-26 22:00
Technically Incorrect: In China, Qiaobi laundry detergent launches an ad that many find racist.

Mars faced an ice age 400,000 years ago, and it's still recovering

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-26 21:46
We've known for a while now that Mars has water frozen in ice. And analyzing that water has been a key goal to understanding how the planet has changed over time, especially if its presence meant it once held life. Today, a newly published study conc...

Researchers teaching robots to feel pain - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-05-26 21:32
The robot version of "pain" will work much like the biological version, teaching robots to avoid hazards.

This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

TechCrunch - Thu, 2016-05-26 21:28
MIT-DNA-Origami-1_0 If you want to print something a few inches tall, extruded plastic is a good medium. But when you need something at the nanometer scale, DNA is a better bet — but who has the time to design and assemble it base by base? New research lets would-be DNA origami masters design the shape — while an algorithm determines where to put our friends A, T, G, and C. Read More

Anonymous Hackers Turned Stock Analysts Are Targeting US, Chinese Corporations

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-05-26 21:15
An anonymous reader writes: A smaller group of Anonymous, called Anonymous Analytics, reached the conclusion that DDoSing is stupid and never fixes anything, so they decided to use their hacking skills and stock market knowledge to make a difference in another way. For the past years, the group has been compiling market reports on U.S. and Chinese companies and publishing their results. Their reports have been noticed by the stock market, who recently started to react to their findings. The most obvious case was of Chinese lottery machine maker REXLot. The hackers discovered that REXLot inflated its revenue and the amount of cash on its balance sheet, based on the amount of interest earned. "The group published its findings on June 24, 2015, and REXLot stock price plummeted from 0.485 Hong Kong dollar per share to 0.12, before trading was suspended [for ten months]. REXLot rejoined the market on April 18, 2016, this year, but even after submitting a 53-page report, the company stock fell again by 50 percent," reports Softpedia. Anonymous Analytics then published two more reports on the company, urging the market to sell, and two days later, Reuters reported that REXLot did not have enough cash to make due bond payments, which meant the company had to sell assets to repay bonds. Other companies on which the group published market reports include Qihoo 360 and Western Union.

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Mini Games Are Coming to Minecraft

PCMag News - Thu, 2016-05-26 21:08
Now you can duel with your friends, no setup required.

Samsung unmasks Batman-inspired Galaxy S7 Edge - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-05-26 20:49
New-age Bat Phone features gold accents and the iconic Batman seal on the back.

'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' season pass detailed

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-26 20:47
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to a galaxy near you this June, and it's bringing a bevy of downloadable content with it accessible via Season Pass.

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