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Amazon fixes security flaws allowing smart home hijacks

3 hours 9 min ago
Some smart home device owners may have dodged a bullet. Amazon recently patched 13 security flaws in an operating system for the Internet of Things, FreeRTOS, as well as Amazon Web Services connection modules. The holes let intruders crash devices,...

Tougher emissions rules helped cut US air pollution deaths in half

Sat, 2018-10-20 23:58
There's little doubt that air quality has generally improved in the US in recent decades, but quantifying that improvement has been difficult. However, a recently published University of North Carolina study might have produced a more tangible figur...

Facebook carried ads from mysterious pro-Brexit group for months

Sat, 2018-10-20 22:34
While Facebook might be making strides in clamping down on fake news and shady political ads, there appear to have been holes in its strategy. The UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee has published data showing that Facebook carried ads...

Watch the visual effects for 'Ant-Man and The Wasp' come to life

Sat, 2018-10-20 21:10
One of the most entertaining aspects of Ant-Man and The Wasp was how the film played with the characters' shrinking and growing powers. Marvel obviously relied on CGI to turn that building into a roller suitcase and that Helly Kitty pez dispenser int...

Tesla's future 'dog mode' would prevent humans from panicking

Sat, 2018-10-20 19:37
Tesla already has a feature to prevent its electric car interiors from overheating. Not everyone knows that, though, and that's a problem when people may call the cops or break into your ride to rescue a pet that's actually quite safe. You might no...

Google Assistant may soon have a web app for lists and notes

Sat, 2018-10-20 18:05
Google Assistant might soon have its own list- and note-taking functions instead of leaning on third-party apps. The 9to5Google team has sifted through the Google search app's code to discover an unannounced "Lists and Notes" web app for Assistant t...

Lightweight gloves help you touch virtual objects

Sat, 2018-10-20 16:36
One factor that prevents virtual reality from being truly immersive is the fact that you still can't feel what you see. A group of scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich is trying to change that by creating a pair of high-tech gloves that "provides extr...

Saudi Arabia reportedly asked Twitter employee to spy on dissidents

Sat, 2018-10-20 15:04
Saudi Arabia may have done more than use large-scale social media campaigns to stifle political opposition. New York Times sources claim the country was "grooming" a Twitter engineer, Ali Alzabarah, to snoop on the accounts of dissidents and other t...

Lime's Gen 3 scooter is built to survive rider abuse

Sat, 2018-10-20 13:33
Lime might have lost access to San Francisco, but it does have a consolation prize: a new scooter to entice you in those cities where its shared service does operate. The Lime-S Gen 3 touts technology upgrades like a color screen (for speed, batter...

Watch the 'Forza' esports championship starting at 1PM Eastern

Sat, 2018-10-20 12:02
If you enjoy watching top-tier virtual motorsports, you're about to get your fill. Microsoft and Turn 10 are streaming the season-ending Forza Racing World Championship this weekend, starting with an initial pack of 24 racers on October 20th at 1PM E...

Still waiting for a video game developer to win a Genius Grant

Sat, 2018-10-20 10:30
Every year since 1981, the MacArthur Foundation has handed out the "Genius Grant," awarding a handful of individuals $625,000 each in recognition of their creative skills and success in their chosen field. The money is no-strings-attached, designed t...

The Morning After: Netflix cancels 'Luke Cage'

Sat, 2018-10-20 08:55
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! Friday night brought a successful rocket launch and some bad news for another Marvel hero on Netflix. Also, we'll take a look at Tim Cook's request to Bloomberg, and take a ride in Audi'...

YouTube video embeds now include a 'Subscribe' button

Sat, 2018-10-20 03:42
Up until now, if you saw a YouTube video you liked embedded in a website, you had to click through the video to YouTube's page in order to subscribe to that channel. Now, YouTube is making it a little easier for viewers to see the videos they want (a...

HTC's standalone Vive Focus will soon get 6DoF VR controllers

Fri, 2018-10-19 23:48
While Facebook's Oculus Quest won't arrive until the spring of 2019, its seemingly beefier inside-out tracking plus 6DoF controllers may already pose a threat to HTC's Vive Focus, as well as to other Vive Wave-based standalone VR headsets -- includin...

Netflix cancels 'Luke Cage' a week after dropping 'Iron Fist'

Fri, 2018-10-19 22:38
When Marvel and Netflix announced Iron Fist wouldn't return for a third season, there were reports Luke Cage was close to being renewed. That is not the case, however, as they announced tonight that the show will end after two seasons. In a statement...

YouTube TV apologizes for outage with a one-week credit

Fri, 2018-10-19 21:29
If you're one of many who experienced the Youtube TV outage on October 16th, check your email. YouTube TV sent its subscribers an apology today which contained a link to a form you can fill out to receive one week's free credit.

BepiColombo orbiters take off for Mercury tonight

Fri, 2018-10-19 20:45
If you've ever wondered what's happening over on Mercury, you'll have an answer soon. Well, soon-ish. BepiColombo, a joint effort between the space agencies of Europe and Japan, will send off a spacecraft Friday night at about 9:45 PM ET with the des...

Healthcare.gov security breach leaks info for 75,000 people

Fri, 2018-10-19 20:15
Today The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Healthcare.gov, the federally operated health insurance marketplace, has suffered a data breach. Apparently it detected "anomalous system activity" in a tool that's supposed...

Huawei is working on a foldable 5G smartphone

Fri, 2018-10-19 18:32
It's wasn't too long ago that flip phones were all the rage, and now it looks they might have a spiritual successor. Richard Yu, CEO of Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, told Digital Trends that his company is working on foldable phones as part of its...

Some Google Pixel 3 users claim their photos aren’t saving

Fri, 2018-10-19 17:12
If you're having issues with your Google Pixel phone not saving photos, you're not alone. According to reports on Reddit and Google's own forums, some owners of Google Pixel 3, 3XL, 2 and 2XL models -- and potentially other Android phones as well --...