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The RS badge might be coming to a Ford crossover near you - Roadshow

CNET News - 9 hours 49 min ago
People like performance. People really like crossovers. We should have seen this coming.

Mind-Reading Computers That Can Translate Thoughts into Words

Scientifc America - 9 hours 49 min ago
In his latest book, Adam Piore explores how bioengineers are harnessing the latest technologies to unlock untapped abilities in the human body and mind, like translating neural brain patterns of...

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Americans' Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year

SlashDot - 9 hours 49 min ago
Jed Kolko, writing for FiveThirtyEight: The suburbanization of America marches on. Population growth in big cities slowed for the fifth-straight year in 2016, according to new census data, while population growth accelerated in the more sprawling counties that surround them. The Census Bureau on Thursday released population estimates for every one of the more than 3,000 counties in the U.S. I grouped those counties into six categories: urban centers of large metropolitan areas; their densely populated suburbs; their lightly populated suburbs; midsize metros; smaller metro areas; and rural counties, which are outside metro areas entirely. The fastest growth was in those lower-density suburbs. Those counties grew by 1.3 percent in 2016, the fastest rate since 2008, when the housing bust put an end to rapid homebuilding in these areas. In the South and West, growth in large-metro lower-density suburbs topped 2 percent in 2016, led by counties such as Kendall and Comal north of San Antonio; Hays near Austin; and Forsyth, north of Atlanta.

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The best external desktop hard drive

Engadget - 9 hours 49 min ago
By Justin Krajeski This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wo...

Xbox One launch title 'Ryse' is free to play next month

Engadget - 10 hours 2 min ago
April is fast approaching, which means another handful of games will be free to play on Xbox One through the Games with Gold program. During the course of next month, four titles -- two for Xbox One and two for Xbox 360 -- will be free to download. T...

Weekend Streaming: 'Buffy,' 'Angel' and 'X-Files' leaving Netflix by April - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 21 min ago
As March draws to a close, Netflix is getting rid of a lot of awesome, nerdy shows. Watch them while you still can!

Toyota teams up with Microsoft to bring voice recognition to cars - Roadshow

CNET News - 10 hours 23 min ago
It's the biggest arrangement Microsoft's reached with an automaker to date.

MIT creates 3D-printed robot inspired by the goldbug beetle

Engadget - 10 hours 25 min ago
Someday, robots, planes, cars and other machines might have sensors all over their bodies, turning them into a huge touchscreen that recognizes your input. For that to happen, though, scientists have to develop sensor-rich robotic skin that can react...

Some Of Hacker Group's Claims Of Having Access To 250M iCloud Accounts Aren't False

SlashDot - 10 hours 29 min ago
Earlier this week, a hacker group claimed that it had access to 250 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, who called themselves part of Turkish Crime Family group, threatened to reset passwords of all the iCloud accounts and remotely wipe those iPhones. Apple could stop them, they said, if it paid them a ransom by April 7. In a statement, Apple said, "the alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services," and that it is working with law enforcement officials to identify the hackers. Now, ZDNet reports that it obtained a set of credentials from the hacker group and was able to verify some of the claims. From the article: ZDNet obtained a set of 54 credentials from the hacker group for verification. All the 54 accounts were valid, based on a check using the site's password reset function. These accounts include "icloud.com," dating back to 2011, and legacy "me.com" and "mac.com" domains from as early as 2000. The list of credentials contained just email addresses and plain-text passwords, separated by a colon, which according to Troy Hunt, data breach expert and owner of notification site Have I Been Pwned, makes it likely that the data "could be aggregated from various sources." We started working to contact each person, one by one, to confirm their password. Most of the accounts are no longer registered with iMessage and could not be immediately reached. However, 10 people in total confirmed that their passwords were accurate, and as a result have now been changed.

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Some Of Hacker Group's Claim Of Having Access To 250M iCloud Account Aren't False

SlashDot - 10 hours 29 min ago
Earlier this week, a hacker group claimed that it had access to 250 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, who called themselves part of Turkish Crime Family group, threatened to reset passwords of all the iCloud accounts and remotely wipe those iPhones. Apple could stop them, they said, if it paid them a ransom by April 7. In a statement, Apple said, "the alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services," and that it is working with law enforcement officials to identify the hackers. Now, ZDNet reports that it obtained a set of credentials from the hacker group and was able to verify some of the claims. From the article: ZDNet obtained a set of 54 credentials from the hacker group for verification. All the 54 accounts were valid, based on a check using the site's password reset function. These accounts include "icloud.com," dating back to 2011, and legacy "me.com" and "mac.com" domains from as early as 2000. The list of credentials contained just email addresses and plain-text passwords, separated by a colon, which according to Troy Hunt, data breach expert and owner of notification site Have I Been Pwned, makes it likely that the data "could be aggregated from various sources." We started working to contact each person, one by one, to confirm their password. Most of the accounts are no longer registered with iMessage and could not be immediately reached. However, 10 people in total confirmed that their passwords were accurate, and as a result have now been changed.

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Teen Sues Mother For Taking Away His Phone

PCMag News - 10 hours 42 min ago
The judge ruled that the mother was not only well within her rights, but her action was 'almost required by law.'

Samsung Releasing 22 New Curved TV Models

PCMag News - 10 hours 42 min ago
While other manufacturers are ditching curved TVs, Samsung is embracing them as sales are set to peak this year.

T-Mobile fights phone scams with new tools for customers

Engadget - 10 hours 52 min ago
This week, the FCC revealed its plan to battle robocalls. Part of that initiative includes allowing phone companies to target and block calls from fake or suspect phone numbers. Those rules are still being finalized, but T-Mobile isn't wasting any ti...

Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf

Science Daily Astronomy - 11 hours 28 sec ago
Astronomers have identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo -- the outermost reaches -- of our galaxy, made up of the most ancient stars.

Amazon Wins $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute Over IRS

SlashDot - 11 hours 9 min ago
Amazon.com on Thursday won a more than $1.5 billion tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over transactions involving a Luxembourg unit more than a decade ago. From a report: Judge Albert Lauber of the U.S. Tax Court rejected a variety of IRS arguments, and found that on several occasions the agency abused its discretion, or acted arbitrarily or capriciously. Amazon's ultimate tax liability from the decision was not immediately clear. The world's largest online retailer has said the case involved transactions in 2005 and 2006, and could boost its federal tax bill by $1.5 billion plus interest. It also said a loss could add "significant" tax liabilities in later years. Amazon made just $2.37 billion of profit in 2016, four times what it made in the four prior years combined, on revenue of $136 billion.

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Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Amazon? The bid to stream the NFL - CNET

CNET News - 11 hours 12 min ago
Twitter had a successful run with the NFL last season. Now, other tech giants are hoping for an interception.

The Engadget Podcast Ep 33: Losing My Edge

Engadget - 11 hours 19 min ago
Managing editor Dana Wollman and host Terrence O'Brien are joined by a new face on this week's episode: social media manager Evan Rodgers. They'll talk about Engadget's Adult Week -- a collection of articles about growing up in the digital age. Sure,...

Japan's new digital vending machines eliminate coin fumbling - CNET

CNET News - 11 hours 43 min ago
QR codes become the payment method for snagging your favorite drink.

Airspace rights still unclear after drone lawsuit dismissed

Engadget - 11 hours 47 min ago
Where exactly you're entitled to fly your drone in the US without fear of it being blasted out of the sky continues to be a legal gray area, after a judge dismissed another case brought against self-proclaimed "drone slayer" William Merideth. The Ken...

Mazda offers a new hardtop MX-5, but you can't have one - Roadshow

CNET News - 11 hours 49 min ago
I mean, you could, but you probably wouldn't want to.

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