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NSA Halts Some of Its Email Surveillance

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-04-28 18:08
The practice of intercepting messages between Americans and foreigners that mention a terrorism suspect will end.

Our Rosy Outlook on Driverless Cars Needs a Reality Check

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-04-28 18:08
A utopian view of driverless cars eradicating traffic and accidents may miss the mark.

You Hacked the Pentagon, How About the US Air Force?

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-04-28 18:08
The US Air Force is gearing up to launch its first bug bounty program; registration opens May 15.

Amazon's Alexa Can Now Whisper, Bleep Out Swear Words, and Change Its Pitch

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-04-28 18:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Amazon is trying to make its Alexa voice assistant sound more humanlike. Up until now, the female-sounding voice maintained an even, monotone cadence whenever speaking, but with Amazon's new Speech Synthesis Markup Language that the company introduced this week, Alexa can whisper, vary its speaking speed, and bleep out words. Developers can also add pauses, change the pronunciation of a word, spell a word out, add audio snippets, and insert special words and phrases into their skill. The Verge notes that "the language markups are [only] available to developers in the U.S., U.K. and Germany." Amazon will also be hosting a webinar on May 18th on the new code.

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Aliens will take us out in three seconds, says Ridley Scott - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-04-28 17:57
Commentary: The famous director insists that beings out there are a lot smarter than we are.

Obama reportedly digs at Trump and his Twitter account - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-04-28 17:46
Commentary: In an interview in Manhattan, the president muses that he had his own way of dealing with things, according to the New York Post.

NASA pushes first launch of its Mars rocket to 2019

Engadget - Fri, 2017-04-28 17:46
The Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy rocket NASA plans to send humans to Mars with, won't get its first launch until 2019. Tech problems have delayed the project years later than Congress' originally estimated it would debut, but space agency off...

Elon Musk teases electric Tesla semi truck at TED talk - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2017-04-28 17:45
Musk said previously that its debut is set for September.

Time travel is 'possible' -- mathematically anyway - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-04-28 17:42
A researcher crunches the numbers on time travel using his own TARDIS. Also, a weird new material could be the real-world version of a flux capacitor.

A Database of Thousands of Credit Cards Was Left Exposed on the Open Internet

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-04-28 17:20
A US online pet store has exposed the details of more than 110,400 credit cards used to make purchases through its website, researchers have found. From a report on ZDNet: In a stunning show of poor security, the Austin, TX-based company exposed its entire customer database, including names, postal and email addresses, phone numbers, credit card information, and plain-text passwords. Several customers that we reached out to confirmed some of their information when it was provided by ZDNet, but did not want to be named. The database was exposed because of the company's own insecure server and use of "rsync," a common protocol used for synchronizing copies of files between two different computers, which wasn't protected with a username or password.

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Apple Music clips are the new stars of videos

Engadget - Fri, 2017-04-28 17:18
Part creation tool, part social network, the popular app lets users make and share their own music videos using segments of songs. Thanks to a new deal with Apple, the service's users will be able to add songs from the vast Apple Music lib...

11 deleted tweets from President Trump's first 100 days - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-04-28 17:16
The president has tweeted more than 500 times since taking office. Here are the 11 he took back.

The war for the soul of the password

Engadget - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:50
Obviously, whoever invented the password system was a jerk. And whoever started adding all those little rules for password creation is a sadist. Not the kind of sex-positive sadist with a flag for their kink and a set of consensual negotiation rules...

IT Leaders Will Struggle To Meet Future Demands, Study Says

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:40
When it comes to meeting future demands, IT leaders in the UK are lagging behind those in Germany and the US. From a report: This is according to a new report by Brocade, entitled Global Digital Transformation Skills Study. The report is based on a survey of 630 IT leaders in the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia and Singapore. It says that organizations are "at a tipping point" -- a point in time when technology demands are just about to outstrip the skills supply. Consequently, those that train their staff now and prepare for the future in that respect are the ones that are setting themselves up for a successful future. Almost three quarters (74 percent) of IT leaders in the UK see IT departments as either "very important" or "critical" to both innovation and the growth of their business. But the same woes reman, as almost two thirds (63 percent) think they'll struggle to find the right people in the next year.

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Merriam-Webster's idea of 'sheeple' are Apple fanboys

Engadget - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:22
I'll admit it: I'm an unabashed Apple fanboy. I spent far too much on a Macbook Pro with specs that would cost half as much in the Windows world, I love my pair of ridiculous-looking and easily misplaced AirPods and I may or may not have a box full o...

Elon Musk's boring tunnels don't look boring at all - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:16
The tech visionary's Boring Company, which aims to build tunnels beneath LA, has released a video of what they could look like.

Apple Patents Long-Range Wireless Charging

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:07
Apple is exploring the idea of using a variety of different frequencies—including millimeter waves—to send power to consumer electronics.

How to Customize and Enhance Your Windows 10 Display

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:07
Tweak your display in Windows 10 to make it look better according to your preferences.

Elon Musk Outlines His 'Boring' Vision For Traffic-Avoiding Tunnels

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:00
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed new details about his futuristic tunnel-boring project during his TED talk on Friday. Ina Fried, writing for Axios: In an appearance at the TED conference in Vancouver, Musk showed off a new video visualization of electric skates transporting cars in a narrow tunnel, then raising them back to street level in a space as small as two parking spaces. Inside the tunnels, Musk said cars could travel as fast as 200 kilometers per hour (roughly 130 MPH). "You should be able to go from say Westwood to LAX in 5-6 minutes," the Tesla and SpaceX founder said, adding he is spending only 2-3 percent on the tunnel effort. The Boring Company is currently building a demo tunnel in SpaceX's parking lot, but will need permits from the city of Los Angeles to extend beyond the property line. Musk added, "I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I'm just trying to think about the future and not be sad." You can watch the video here.

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