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Brazilian Activists Shame Web Trolls on Billboards

PCMag News - 2 min 12 sec ago
A group is installing signs featuring racist social media comments near the offenders' houses.

Lenovo's ThinkPad P40 Yoga is a hybrid PC with pro-level power

Engadget - 2 min 59 sec ago
Lenovo's existing ThinkPad Yoga hybrids have some power, but they're probably not your first choice for heavy-duty graphics work when they're saddled with integrated video. Thankfully, you now have a beefier option: Lenovo is introducing the ThinkPad...

DirecTV will begin live 4K broadcasts early next year

Engadget - 18 min 59 sec ago
4K is the way of the future, but until now, the selection of ultra-high-def content has been limited. Enter DirecTV. In an announcement made at New York's TranSPORT conference, the company noted that it will start broadcasting live 4K content in earl...

Your PS4 Just Became A Tiny Bit More Powerful

TechCrunch - 23 min 38 sec ago
PlayStation 4 Chances are you haven’t realized it, but your PlayStation 4 got a little bit more powerful. The PlayStation 4 comes with an octa-core CPU. Until now, game developers could leverage 6 of them while the other 2 ran the operating system. But Sony recently unlocked the 7th core for games, or at least part of it. Read More

Washington Hosts Summit On Gene Editing and 'Designer Babies'

SlashDot - 38 min 59 sec ago
An anonymous reader sends word that a three-day summit has begun in Washington to discuss the future of genetic engineering. It has a particular focus on the CRISPR technique, which has made gene editing quicker and more robust than ever before. "The reason CRISPR is so controversial is that it works well on 'germline' cells, such as sperm, eggs and embryonic cells, and the genetic editing results in heritable traits. Many scientific organizations have called for a time-out on any experiments on human cells, fearing that this crosses into dicey ethical territory. This meeting in Washington could potentially generate a new call for restraint, or some guidelines in how to handle the explosive technology." Many scientists, lawyers, and policymakers are present at the summit to try to reach consensus on how the scientific community should proceed with such research, and how the fruits of their research should be used. Professor Alta Charo said, "The more we can have effective systems for responsible oversight for the development and deployment of a technology, the more we can take chances. We have the chance to back up at the end, and change course."

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Details of FBI's National Security Letter revealed for the first time

Engadget - 48 min 59 sec ago
The FBI has been secretly tracking user information without judicial oversight since 2001. Ever since the Patriot Act's controversial expansion of the Bureau's authority, tens of thousands of National Security Letters (NSLs) have been issued every ye...

Psy takes two post-'Gangnam Style' shots at viral video glory - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 2 min ago
Let's check in with Korean pop sensation Psy as he unleashes two ludicrous new music videos on YouTube and starts piling up the views.

Move Over, Pinterest: Google Adds Image Bookmarking

PCMag News - 1 hour 2 min ago
Google is taking some inspiration from Pinterest with a new feature that lets you bookmark images for easy reference.

Report: Facebook's WhatsApp Blocks Telegram Links

PCMag News - 1 hour 2 min ago
Reddit users first discovered the issue, saying that WhatsApp is blocking any links to the encrypted service.

Facebook's Instant Articles come to Latin America

Engadget - 1 hour 14 min ago
Facebook's Instant Articles haven't been available in many parts of the world so far, but that's improving today. The social network's speedier, simpler reading feature has launched on iOS devices in Latin America, initially pulling in content from...

Bizarre chin-rest arm holds your face in place while you work - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 20 min ago
Give your tired head a helping hand with a robotic-looking arm that keeps your noggin in a comfortable position while you toil away at your computer.

New 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' trailer has more blood, explosions - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 25 min ago
Grab your corsets and 19th-century formal wear. Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" that tells how the zombie apocalypse came to 19th century England.

Microsoft tries to make peace with Apple - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 36 min ago
Technically Incorrect: In a new holiday ad, Microsoft takes the idea of peace and goodwill to all men a long way.

Mozilla May Separate Itself From Thunderbird Email Client

SlashDot - 1 hour 37 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A company-wide memo distributed throughout the Mozilla Foundation by chairperson Mitchell Baker argues that the organization should disentangle itself from the Thunderbird email client in order to focus on Firefox. She said, "Today Thunderbird developers spend much of their time responding to changes made in core Mozilla systems and technologies. At the same time, build, Firefox, and platform engineers continue to pay a tax to support Thunderbird." Both projects are wasting time helping each other, and those demands are only going to get worse. She says many within Mozilla want to see it support community-managed projects without doing the bulk of the work on it, and perhaps Thunderbird could be one of those projects. Baker stresses that no decisions have been made yet — they're starting the conversation early to keep the community involved in what happens to Thunderbird.

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Sony tempts gamers with two $300 PlayStation 4 bundles

Engadget - 1 hour 39 min ago
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be behind us now, but Sony wants to keep people's shopping momentum going. The tech company today announced two PlayStation 4 bundles at a new low price: $300 each, albeit for a limited time. First up, there's the Th...

The Moto 360 Sport goes on sale in the US in January

Engadget - 2 hours 2 min ago
The new Moto 360 was a definite step up over the original model, but we found it wasn't particularly well-suited to workouts. Motorola appeared to know that right off the bat, as the company announced it was working on a "sport" model specifically fo...

Latest GTA V Mod Features Stunning 4K Visuals, More

PCMag News - 2 hours 3 min ago
The "Pinnacle of V" mod adds 4K textures to everything in the game world.

Amazon Touts Record Black Friday Weekend Sales

PCMag News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Try to act surprised when you unwrap that new Amazon gadget this holiday season.

DHS Offering Free Vulnerability Scans, Penetration Tests

SlashDot - 2 hours 22 min ago
tsu doh nimh writes: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been quietly launching stealthy cyber attacks against a range of private U.S. companies -- mostly banks and energy firms. These digital intrusion attempts, commissioned in advance by the private sector targets themselves, are part of a little-known program at DHS designed to help 'critical infrastructure' companies shore up their computer and network defenses against real-world adversaries. And it's all free of charge (well, on the U.S. taxpayer's dime). Brian Krebs examines some of the pros and cons, and the story has some interesting feedback from some banks and others who have apparently taken DHS up on its offer.

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Kinect sensors could lead to safer X-rays

Engadget - 2 hours 23 min ago
You don't want to stand in front of an X-ray machine for any longer than necessary, and scientists have found a clever way to make that happen: the Kinect sensor you might have picked up with your Xbox. Their technique has the depth-sensing camera m...