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Lexus' UX Concept is actually pretty scary - Roadshow

CNET News - 13 min 56 sec ago
Take a good look at that grille before it eats your children.

Intel wearables show models' stress levels on Paris runway

Engadget - 14 min 25 sec ago
Intel's continuing experiment with wearables is getting pretty serious. The company teamed up with British designer Hussein Chalayan to create smart glasses and belts for five models in Chalayan's Spring/Summer 2017 show today. The devices are powere...

Teddy Ruxpin returns with animated LCD eyes

Engadget - 1 hour 30 min ago
Teddy Ruxpin is back -- again -- and this time, the creepy/adorable stuffed toy comes with animated, emoji-like eyes. The bear can blink, turn its irises into snowflakes and transform them into hearts and flowers. It can even suspiciously narrow its...

Meet Viveport, Vive's app store for virtual reality fans - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 44 min ago
Shop aims to help VR enthusiasts explore and create VR content while connecting with other customers.

CNET giveaway: Water-resistant SanDisk portable solid-state drive - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 44 min ago
Win a sturdy all-terrain SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD designed with photographers, videographers and outdoorsy types in mind.

Rosetta Spacecraft Prepares To Land On Comet, Solve Lingering Mysteries

SlashDot - 2 hours 44 min ago
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: All good things must come to an end, and so it will be tomorrow when the Rosetta spacecraft makes its planned soft landing onto the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the culmination of 2 years of close-up studies. Solar power has waned as 67P's orbit takes it and Rosetta farther from the sun, and so the mission team decided to go on a last data-gathering descent before the lights go out. This last data grab is a bonus after a mission that is already changing theorists' views about how comets and planets arose early in the solar system. Several Rosetta observations suggest that comets form not from jolting mergers of larger cometesimals, meters to kilometers across, but rather from the gentle coalescence of clouds of pebbles. And the detection of a single, feather-light, millimeter-sized particle -- preserved since the birth of the solar system -- should further the view of a quiet birth. The report concludes: "A slew of instruments will keep gathering data as Rosetta approaches the surface at the speed of a gentle stroll. For team members whose instruments have already been turned off to conserve power, the ending is bittersweet -- but their work is far from over. Most instrument teams have only examined their own data, and are just now thinking about combining data sets. "We've just started collaborating with other teams," [Holger Sierks of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Gottingen, Germany, chief of Rosetta's main camera,] says. "This is the beginning of the story, not the end."

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HTC Vive launches dedicated VR store for everything besides games

Engadget - 2 hours 44 min ago
HTC is launching a new app store for its VR hardware. Viveport escapes beta testing today, showcasing all the other VR possibilities besides survival horror, shooting and such. The company is promising the hub will show off art, creativity tools, edu...

Asus teams with Secretlab to create slick ROG gaming chairs - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 13 min ago
The Taiwanese electronics giant wants to power your gaming computer and support your back at the same time.

Melinda Gates' initiative is about getting more women into tech

Engadget - 4 hours 18 min ago
Melinda Gates has been supporting the global fight against malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS with her husband since 2000. And she'll continue to do so, but now she's also building her own office and dedicating resources to tackle gender inequality in th...

Magician's DEAD is a crazy arcade that's actually coming to the US - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 8 min ago
Magician's DEAD is a beat 'em up game where you use motion controls to burn, slash and shoot your enemies down.

Logitech's newest webcam is for the livestreamers

Engadget - 5 hours 14 min ago
With eSports shaping up to be a half-a-billion dollar industry this year, now would be a good time to step up your livestreaming game if you're hoping to get noticed among the packs of Twitch streamers and YouTubers. Enter Logitech's latest webcam: t...

Stealing your digital milk: Girt by CNET podcast 89 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-09-29 23:31
After paying a visit to the truly surreal Woolworths headquarters to check out the new Samsung smart fridge, the Girt Team talks smart home on this week's show.

The Americas Are Now Officially 'Measles-Free'

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-09-29 23:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Americas are now free of measles and we have vaccines to thank, the Pan American Health Organization said earlier this week. This is the first region in the world to be declared measles-free, despite longtime efforts to eliminate the disease entirely. The condition -- which causes flu-like symptoms and a blotchy rash -- is one of the world's most infectious diseases. It's transmitted by airborne particles or direct contact with someone who has the disease and is highly contagious, especially among small children. To be clear, there are still people with measles in the Americas, but the only cases develop from strains picked up overseas. Still, the numbers are going down: in the U.S. this year, there have been 54 cases, down from 667 two years ago. The last case of measles that developed in the Americas was in 2002. (It took such a long time to declare the region measles-free because of various bureaucratic issues.) Health officials say that credit for this victory goes to efforts to vaccinate against the disease. Though the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for all children and required by many states, anti-vaxxers have protested it due to since-discredited claims that vaccines can cause autism. NPR interviewed Dr. Seth Berkley, the CEO of GAVI, a Geneva-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve and provide vaccine and immunization coverage to children in the world's poorest countries. She says that 90 to 95 percent of people in a given region need to be vaccinated in order to stop transmission in a region. The rate worldwide is about 80 percent for measles, which means that 20 percent of people around the world are not covered.

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Get Ready: the Rosetta Spacecraft Will Crash Into a Comet on Friday

PCMag News - Thu, 2016-09-29 22:36
Pour one out for Rosetta, which will crash into the surface of comet 67P around 7:20 a.m. ET Friday.

Sony shows off everything inside the PS VR core bundle box

Engadget - Thu, 2016-09-29 22:32
We're a couple of weeks away from the debut of the PlayStation VR, but you can prepare with this new unboxing video from Sony. The hardware inside the $400 core bundle box (headset, processing unit, headphones and demo disc -- but not the Move contro...

The Psychological Reasons Behind Risky Password Practices

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-09-29 21:50
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: Despite high-profile, large-scale data breaches dominating the news cycle -- and repeated recommendations from experts to use strong passwords -- consumers have yet to adjust their own behavior when it comes to password reuse. A global Lab42 survey, which polled consumers across the United States, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, highlights the psychology around why consumers develop poor password habits despite understanding the obvious risk, and suggests that there is a level of cognitive dissonance around our online habits. When it comes to online security, personality type does not inform behavior, but it does reveal how consumers rationalize poor password habits. My personal favorite: password paradox. "The survey revealed that the majority of respondents understand that their digital behavior puts them at risk, but do not make efforts to change it," reports Help Net Security. "Only five percent of respondents didn't know the characteristics of a secure password, with the majority of respondents understanding that passwords should contain uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Furthermore, 91 percent of respondents said that there is inherent risk associated with reusing passwords, yet 61 percent continue to use the same or similar passwords anyway, with more than half (55 percent) doing so while fully understanding the risk." The report also found that when attempting to create secure passwords, "47 percent of respondents included family names or initials," while "42 percent contain significant dates or numbers and 26 percent use the family pet."

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Nintendo's Famicom Mini is Japan's NES Classic

Engadget - Thu, 2016-09-29 21:42
Nintendo fans in its home country are getting their own teensy retro console, as well. Today, Mario's creator has revealed the mini Famicom, a shrunken version of the original NES the company released in Japan. Just like the mini NES for the west, th...

IBM Buys Promontory Financial Group

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-09-29 21:20
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: IBM said Thursday it plans to acquire compliance consulting firm Promontory Financial Group to bring more financial regulatory expertise to Watson's cognitive computing platform. Promontory is a global consulting operation with an aim of helping banks manage the ever-increasing regulation and risk management requirements in the financial sector. With that in mind, IBM wants to use the industry expertise of Promontory's workforce -- which is made up of ex-regulators and banking executives -- to teach Watson all about regulation, risk and compliance. IBM is also using the deal to create a new subsidiary called Watson Financial Services, which will build cognitive tools for things things like tracking regulatory obligations, financial risk modeling, surveillance, anti-money laundering detection systems. "This is a workload ideally suited for Watson's cognitive capabilities intended to allow financial institutions to absorb the regulatory changes, understand their obligations, and close gaps in systems and practices to address compliance requirements more quickly and efficiently," IBM said in a press release.

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Teddy Ruxpin is coming back and he's got emoji-like eyes - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-09-29 21:04
The talking bear from your 1980s dreams (or nightmares) is all spiffed up and will be back for 2017.

Yahoo whodunnit: Mystery surrounds hackers behind massive breach - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-09-29 20:59
A cybersecurity company claims it wasn't state-sponsored hackers who breached Yahoo user data. Yah-who knows?