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Apple reportedly bid for Clarkson and 'Top Gear' co-stars

Engadget - 1 hour 2 min ago
It was quite a surprise when Amazon announced it had snapped up the Top Gear trio for a new show on Prime Instant Video. Many thought Netflix or Sky would win out, but now it's emerged that another unlikely player was bidding for Clarkson and frien...

Latest look at 'Halo 5' is entirely devoid of Master Chief

Engadget - 2 hours 23 min ago
If you were hoping to see more of Spartan 117 ahead of Halo 5: Guardians release this October, today isn't your day. Sure, there's a new trailer embedded below, but it isn't gameplay. Nor does it tell us much about what's going on with the game's s...

Shouting about games: When e-sport commentators turn pro

CNET News - 2 hours 45 min ago
Video games are now watched online by hundreds of millions of people. We speak to one 'shoutcaster' about his path from passionate fan to professional e-sport commentator for the online game League of Legends.

Six UK Teens Arrested For Being "Customers" of Lizard Squad's DDoS Service

SlashDot - 2 hours 59 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: UK officials have arrested six teenagers suspected of utilizing Lizard Squad's website attack tool called "Lizzard Stresser". Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the infamous Christmas Day Xbox Live and PlayStation Network attacks. The teenagers "are suspected of maliciously deploying Lizard Stresser, having bought the tool using alternative payment services such as Bitcoin in a bid to remain anonymous," an NCA spokesperson wrote in an official statement on the case. "Organizations believed to have been targeted by the suspects include a leading national newspaper, a school, gaming companies, and a number of online retailers."

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Inrix pinpoints dangerous roads from crowdsourced car sensors

CNET News - 3 hours 44 sec ago
Traffic data aggregator Inrix launches its Road Weather service today, using sensor data from cars to pinpoint roads made dangerous by bad weather.

You can now spend up to £30 on contactless cards

Engadget - 3 hours 47 sec ago
More than ever before, the UK is embracing cashless payment methods such as debit and credit cards, phones and online banking. Some of that boom can be attributed to contactless payments, a technology that lets you pay with a card, fob, smartphone...

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announces she's pregnant with twins

CNET News - 3 hours 35 min ago
As with the birth of her son three years ago, Mayer writes that she plans to limit the amount of maternity leave she takes.

Indian government accuses Google of unfair and uncompetitive practices

CNET News - 4 hours 12 min ago
India's business watchdog has filed a report that calls the legitimacy of Google's search results into question, raising similar complaints to the US' FTC and European Union's EC in years past.

Another Silk Road spy pleaded guilty to laundering bitcoins

Engadget - 4 hours 13 min ago
$820,000. That's how much former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges pilfered in bitcoin during his time investigating the online black market, Silk Road. Bridges pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction of justice recently and the Departm...

Sensor Predicts Which Donated Lungs Will Fail After Transplant

SlashDot - 5 hours 28 min ago
the_newsbeagle writes: A lung transplant can be a life-saving intervention—but sometimes the donated lung stops working inside the recipient's body. This "graft dysfunction" is the leading cause of death for transplant patients in the early days after surgery. While lab tests can look for genetic biomarkers of inflammation and other warning signs in a donated lung, such tests take 6-12 hours in a typical hospital. That's too slow to be useful. Now, researchers at University of Toronto have invented a chip-based biosensor that can do quick on-the-spot genetic tests, providing an assessment of a lung's viability within 30 minutes.

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State Dept. releases more Hillary Clinton emails, around 150 classified

Engadget - Mon, 2015-08-31 23:51
As the saga over Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as Secretary of State continues, the State Department tonight released the largest bundle of recovered messages yet. Amounting to some 7,000 pages, officials told Reuters they include some 150...

Google's custom self-driving car comes to Austin

Engadget - Mon, 2015-08-31 23:09
Google's cute, koala-faced self-driving car is no longer limited to roaming around Californian streets. The company is bringing "a few" of the prototype autonomous vehicles to Austin, Texas within the next few weeks. They'll stick to the same north...

Old Atari games had graphics glitches because of CPU bottlenecks

Engadget - Mon, 2015-08-31 22:27
Now that we know how the graphics worked on the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64, The iBookGuy wants to tell us all about how the Apple II and Atari 2600 got their groove on. In the latest video he says that the Apple II actually used...

Beyond Bitcoin: How Business Can Capitalize On Blockchains

SlashDot - Mon, 2015-08-31 22:07
snydeq writes: Bitcoin's widely trusted ledger offers intriguing possibilities for business use beyond cryptocurrency, writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner. "From the beginning, bitcoin has assumed a shadowy, almost outlaw mystique," Wayner writes. "Even the mathematics of the technology are inscrutable enough to believe the worst. The irony is that the mathematical foundations of bitcoin create a solid record of legitimate ownership that may be more ironclad against fraud than many of the systems employed by businesses today. Plus, the open, collaborative way in which bitcoin processes transactions ensures the kind of network of trust that is essential to any business agreement."

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There goes the neighborhood: 'Black Ops 3' brings back Nuk3town

Engadget - Mon, 2015-08-31 21:49
Activision announced on Monday that Nuk3town, the single most popular map in the Call of Duty franchise's entire history, will be available on CoD: Black Ops 3. Anybody that pre-orders BO3 for the PS4, XBone or PC will receive a download code that...

Sale of buried Atari cartridges nets over $107,000

Engadget - Mon, 2015-08-31 21:20
The never-ending saga of the Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges that were famously buried (and later unearthed) in Alamogordo, New Mexico continues to benefit the small town. Last November, a selection of games (including E.T., Asteroids and Missile Comman...

Apple said to be exploring making its own movies and TV shows

CNET News - Mon, 2015-08-31 21:17
Original content could be a valuable addition to a much-hinted-at Web-based subscription TV service.

Aftershock SM-15 gaming notebook comes loaded with Intel's Skylake (pictures)

CNET News - Mon, 2015-08-31 21:00
Made in Singapore, this gaming notebook is one of the first few in the world to pack Intel's latest sixth-generation processor.

What it takes to be a Madame Tussauds wax figure (pictures)

CNET News - Mon, 2015-08-31 20:56
Ever wonder how the famous museum's artists manage to create such eerily accurate, life-size celebrity models? We're here to spill the wax.

What's on your HDTV: 'Mad Max', college football, 'Mr. Robot' finale

Engadget - Mon, 2015-08-31 20:39
After delaying its finale a week, Mr. Robot wraps up its run this week on USA. Of course, you'll probably want to check out Max Max: Fury Road on Blu-ray first, or the accompanying videogame on several systems. This weekend college football is also...