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The Nuada smart glove gives your hand bionic powers

TechCrunch - Mon, 2017-09-18 17:34
 In the future, said Andy Warhol, everyone will be bionic for fifteen minutes. I’m paraphrasing, but it looks like a Portuguese company called Nuada is about to give us that opportunity. Created by Filipe Quinaz and Vitor Crespo, the seed-funded company pitched on our Disrupt stage and showed us one of the coolest pieces of hardware I’ve seen in a long time. The Nuada is a smart glove. Read More

Pepe the Frog creator battles the 'alt-right' through copyright law

Engadget - Mon, 2017-09-18 17:34
Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has long been unhappy with how the "alt-right" hijacked his friendly amphibian for hateful memes, going so far as to declare their uses "illegal" and to kill off the character in a symbolic gesture. And now, he's fulf...

Equifax Stock Sales Are the Focus of US Criminal Probe

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-09-18 17:20
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether top officials at Equifax Inc. violated insider trading laws when they sold stock before the company disclosed that it had been hacked, according to people familiar with the investigation. U.S. prosecutors in Atlanta, who the people said are looking into the share sales, said in a statement they are examining the breach and theft of people's personal information in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Securities and Exchange Commission is working with prosecutors on the investigation into stock sales, according to another person familiar with the matter. Investigators are looking at the stock sales by Equifax's chief financial officer, John Gamble; its president of U.S. information solutions, Joseph Loughran; and its president of workforce solutions, Rodolfo Ploder, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the probe is confidential. Equifax disclosed earlier this month that it discovered a security breach on July 29. The three executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in early August. The company has said the managers didn't know of the breach at the time they sold the shares. Regulatory filings don't show that the transactions were part of pre-scheduled trading plans.

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Roku could be hopping on the Echo train - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-09-18 17:07
A Variety report suggests the streaming device maker, which has filed for an IPO, could be working on its own smart speaker.

Color's breast and ovarian cancer DNA test is $99 through October

Engadget - Mon, 2017-09-18 17:03
During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September) and Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), genetic testing company Color is reducing the price of its new BRCA Test. The test -- which looks for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are linke...

Waymo's Autonomous Vehicles Have (Even More) Intel Inside

PCMag News - Mon, 2017-09-18 16:50
The compute platform on Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan was designed 'entirely-in house' by Waymo engineers with help from Intel.

Watch industrial robots play traditional instruments

TechCrunch - Mon, 2017-09-18 16:42
 Robots are stealing jobs, the narrative says and according to this video, robots are stealing the arts too. The video shows several industrial robotic arms playing the piano, guitar, drums and a keyboard. Through some stellar music production, it sounds amazing too. Nigel Stanford is the artist behind the project and also posted a video that shows some behind-the-scenes clips — basically… Read More

PGA Tour taps Intel for VR coverage of six upcoming tournaments

Engadget - Mon, 2017-09-18 16:41
Intel has been powering virtual reality sports viewing for some time now. The chip maker has enabled VR for the Olympics, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, and has taken virtual reality to the golf course with the PGA. It's this...

Google Offers To Treat Rivals Equally Via Auction

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-09-18 16:40
Google has offered to display rival comparison shopping sites via an auction, as it aims to stave off further EU antitrust fines, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. From a report: Google is under pressure to come up with a big initiative to level the playing field in comparison shopping, but its proposal was roundly criticized by competitors as inadequate, the sources said. EU enforcers see the antitrust case as a benchmark for investigations into other areas dominated by the U.S. search giant such as travel and online mapping. Google has already been fined a record 2.4 billion euros ($2.9 bln) by the European Commission for favoring its own service, and could face millions of euros in fresh fines if it fails to treat rivals and its own service equally.

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Shure puts its pro-audio chops to work in $100 Bluetooth earbuds

Engadget - Mon, 2017-09-18 16:22
Shure, the UK audio company that made its bones early in the middle of the 20th century with its iconic Unidyne grill microphones, got into producing high-end earphones and headsets in the late 1990s. The company is finally joining the rest of the au...

Lyft thinks it can fix Los Angeles traffic with fewer lanes

Engadget - Mon, 2017-09-18 16:01
For the past several decades, cities have designed streets around the assumption that they'll be used for personal cars. If you need a poster child for this, you just have to look at Los Angeles' Wilshire Boulevard -- it has a whopping 10 lanes for v...

Chrome To Force Domains Ending With Dev and Foo To HTTPS Via Preloaded HSTS

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-09-18 16:00
Developer Mattias Geniar writes (condensed and edited for clarity): One of the next versions of Chrome is going to force all domains ending with .dev and .foo to be redirected to HTTPs via a preloaded HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) header. This very interesting commit just landed in Chromium: Preload HSTS for the .dev gTLD: This adds the following line to Chromium's preload lists: { "name": "dev", "include_subdomains": true, "mode": "force-https" }, { "name": "foo", "include_subdomains": true, "mode": "force-https" }, It forces any domain on the .dev gTLD to be HTTPs. What should we [developers] do? With .dev being an official gTLD, we're most likely better of changing our preferred local development suffix from .dev to something else. There's an excellent proposal to add the .localhost domain as a new standard, which would be more appropriate here. It would mean we no longer have, but site.localhost. And everything at *.localhost would automatically translate to, without /etc/hosts or dnsmasq workarounds.

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Intel's self-driving tech will make Waymo vehicles fully autonomous

Engadget - Mon, 2017-09-18 15:40
Intel has been so committed to break into the self-driving car market that it bought autonomous techmaker MobilEye for $15 billion earlier this year. While Intel's tech has powered Waymo's test fleet of autonomous Chrysler minivans for awhile, the ch...

New York proposes stricter regs following Equifax hack - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-09-18 15:37
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants heftier security requirements for credit reporting agencies to better protect consumer data.

Please don't be a SUV: Toyota trademarks Celica - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2017-09-18 15:25
Seriously, my heart cannot take any more nameplate retcons this year.

Equifax stock sales prompt DOJ investigation for insider trading

Engadget - Mon, 2017-09-18 15:21
Things are about to get even worse for Equifax, and rightfully so. According to reports from Bloomberg, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened a criminal investigation into Equifax officials' stock sales just before the announcement of the sec...

HTML5 DRM Standard Is a Go

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-09-18 15:20
Artem Tashkinov writes: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the industry body that oversees development of HTML and related Web standards, has today published the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) specification as a Recommendation, marking its final blessing as an official Web standard. Final approval came after the W3C's members voted 58.4 percent to approve the spec, 30.8 percent to oppose, with 10.8 percent abstaining. EME provides a standard interface for DRM protection of media delivered through the browser. EME is not itself a DRM scheme; rather, it defines how Web content can work with third-party Content Decryption Modules (CDMs) that handle the proprietary decryption and rights-management portion. The principal groups favoring the development of EME have been streaming media companies such as Netflix and Microsoft, Google, and Apple, companies that both develop browsers and operate streaming media services. Following the announcement, EFF wrote a letter to W3C director, chief executive officer and team, in which it expressed its disappointment and said it was resignation from the W3C.

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Apple’s Venmo-like money transfers will arrive after iOS 11

Engadget - Mon, 2017-09-18 15:03
A new payment service from Apple is set to launch sometime this fall through iOS 11 and watchOS 4 updates. Apple Pay Cash will allow Apple device users to transfer money between each other within Messages or through Siri.

Word up! Troll, ransomware, alt-right added to dictionary - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-09-18 14:54
Pass the sriracha and consult the hive mind, there are now 250 more words and phrases you can look up at Merriam-Webster.

Huawei skewers iPhone X's Face ID with a creepy clown - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-09-18 14:53
This bizarre Facebook video teases Huawei's upcoming phone.