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Fiber optic lines can double as earthquake detectors

4 hours 5 min ago
You might not need an extensive sensor network or a host of volunteers to detect earthquakes in the future -- in fact, the lines supplying your internet access might do the trick. Researchers have developed technology that detects seismic activity t...

Windows 10 now includes anti-cheat protection for games

Sat, 2017-10-21 23:04
Windows 10's Fall Creators Update is full of changes, but one of the understated additions could make a big difference if you're a gamer. Microsoft has switched on its previously teased TruePlay feature, which promises to protect against "common" che...

Five-minute allergy test passes the FDA's scrutiny

Sat, 2017-10-21 21:33
A few years ago, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) started developing what they eventually dubbed the "world's most rapid" allergy test. Now, that test has received the FDA's approval and will start telling...

Study says body cameras don't always change police behavior

Sat, 2017-10-21 20:02
In theory, body cameras are supposed to not only catch police abuses of power, but deter them: officers will be on their best behavior knowing that they could be hauled in. As Washington, DC researchers have learned, though, that isn't guaranteed....

What we're watching: 'Raw' and 'Feast of Fiction'

Sat, 2017-10-21 18:32
Welcome back to Video IRL, where several of our editors talk about what they've been watching in their spare time. This month we're kicking things off with some seasonally-appropriate horror fare, that you can catch right away on Netflix or Amazon Pr...

LG's OLED TVs now pack loss-free 3D audio

Sat, 2017-10-21 17:01
There's a dirty secret to listening to Dolby Atmos sound on LG's current OLED TVs: all the audio is compressed, so you're losing a little fidelity for the sake of immersive 3D sound. You won't have to make that sacrifice before long. LG is trotting...

New York City ordered to share code for DNA evidence software

Sat, 2017-10-21 15:29
Many attempts to open up access to software in the justice system have fallen flat. Advocates in New York, however, have just scored a significant victory. A federal judge has publicly unsealed the source code for DNA analysis software previously u...

Twitter explains why it takes time to roll out new safety rules

Sat, 2017-10-21 14:02
Twitter has been trying to stamp out harassment, violence and abuse on its platform for years, but it's nowhere near achieving that goal. Since its administrators regularly get a lot of flak for not moving fast enough to make the website safer, Twitt...

New Twitch tools help you become a pro streamer

Sat, 2017-10-21 12:31
Many Twitch streamers dream of turning pro, but getting there is a fuzzy process. How do you know you've 'made it' and can apply to become an affiliate or partner? And how do you make a big deal out of staple events like channel raids and new viewe...

The best devices and apps to up your selfie game

Sat, 2017-10-21 11:00
The first time a stranger on the train told me I had a nice smile, I didn't believe her. Back then, I hadn't yet had my crooked teeth fixed, and my self-esteem wasn't anywhere as high as it is today. I was an ugly kid, and it took a shocking number o...

How Microsoft embraced 'messy’ creativity with Windows Ink

Sat, 2017-10-21 09:30
Windows Ink isn't Microsoft's first stab at bringing stylus support to PCs -- that would be Windows XP Tablet Edition -- but it is the company's most successful. It made stylus support a core part of Windows 10, and it's a big reason you're seeing so...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 2017-10-21 08:00
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like Project Loon-distributed internet going live in Puerto Rico.

Google's annual report shows more web traffic is encrypted

Sat, 2017-10-21 04:59
For several years now, Google has been exerting pressure to increase the usage of HTTPS across the internet. By defaulting to secure connections on both ends, users can be protected from anyone who may intercept or even manipulate data as it flows ba...

Apple's Upgrade Program offers a 'head start' on iPhone X

Fri, 2017-10-20 23:59
While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple's installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with...

Vector plans three 'microsatellite' launches in Virginia

Fri, 2017-10-20 22:02
Virginia's governor announced that microsatellite delivery company Vector has arranged a trio of launches from the state's spaceport on Wallops Island. While the notice gave no information on the payloads or customers, they will be very small compare...

Senators want to know if Apple fought back on China's VPN ban

Fri, 2017-10-20 20:54
Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn't pleased about pulling VPN software from the company's App Store in China, but this July, it happened anyway. As a result, many users who once counted on such software to dodge the country's Great Firewall were left to their...

Razer’s new webcam and microphone are made for streamers

Fri, 2017-10-20 19:44
Razer is known as a gaming laptop, mouse and keyboard maker, but it actually offers a wide variety of products, like Xbox controllers, power banks, and even an upcoming phone. Razer also makes webcams like the Stargazer, which is built for streaming...

Project Loon's LTE balloons are floating over Puerto Rico

Fri, 2017-10-20 18:33
About a month after Hurricane Maria's devastating landfall on Puerto Rico, and a couple of weeks after the FCC gave clearance, Project Loon is bringing wireless internet to people on the island. Part of (Google parent company) Alphabet's X innovation...

Movie 'sanitizer' VidAngel files for bankruptcy

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:45
Back in 2016, Hollywood studios were able to stop VidAngel from streaming sanitized versions of blockbuster hits, claiming that its system for doing so was covered under the Family Movie Act of 2005. The injunction, which VidAngel promised to appeal,...

Ford's commuter van service Chariot halts operations in San Francisco

Fri, 2017-10-20 16:33
Chariot, an on-demand commuter van service owned by Ford, had to suspend it's operations in San Francisco due to compliance issues with the California Highway Patrol, according to the San Francisco Business Times.