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Headphone deal: BeatsX wireless earphones are $100 at Best Buy - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-04-22 11:08
Best Buy has the black version of Beats' neckband-style Bluetooth sports headphone on sale for $50 off.

WikiLeaks Releases New CIA Secret: Tapping Microphones On Some Samsung TVs

SlashDot - Sat, 2017-04-22 10:34
FossBytes reports: The whistleblower website Wikileaks has published another set of hacking tools belonging to the American intelligence agency CIA. The latest revelation includes a user guide for CIA's "Weeping Angel" tool... derived from another tool called "Extending" which belongs to UK's intelligence agency MI5/BTSS, according to Wikileaks. Extending takes control of Samsung F Series Smart TV. The highly detailed user guide describes it as an implant "designed to record audio from the built-in microphone and egress or store the data." According to the user guide, the malware can be deployed on a TV via a USB stick after configuring it on a Linux system. It is possible to transfer the recorded audio files through the USB stick or by setting up a WiFi hotspot near the TV. Also, a Live Liston Tool, running on a Windows OS, can be used to listen to audio exfiltration in real-time. Wikileaks mentioned that the two agencies, CIA and MI5/BTSS made collaborative efforts to create Weeping Angel during their Joint Development Workshops.

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With the Galaxy S8, Samsung grabs the smartphone design crown

Engadget - Sat, 2017-04-22 10:30
In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit my bias right up front: I have never liked Samsung's smartphones. The Galaxy and Note series have both been wildly successful -- so much so that they basically cemented Samsung's status as Apple's equal...

Weekend Streaming: 'Bill Nye Saves the World' ready for binge watching - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-04-22 10:10
Everyone's favorite science guy is back with a new talk show on Netflix.

PowerRay is an underwater drone for filmmakers or fishermen

TechCrunch - Sat, 2017-04-22 09:00
 The creator of the PowerEgg, an ovoid flying robot, has begun accepting orders for its newest creation, a submersible camera drone for home use. Dubbed the PowerRay, the waterproof device can find, attract and record fish. It operates at a depth of 30 meters, or about 98 feet, for up to four hours at a time. It is suitable for use in fresh-, salt-or chlorinated-water. The PowerRay garnered… Read More

Here are the epic movie scenes CNET can't forget - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-04-22 09:00
Every week we come up with a question to ask people around the CNET offices. This week, it's all about the movie scene that sticks with us the most.

You don't have to be a 'Genius' to like Albert Einstein drama - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-04-22 09:00
Ron Howard directs Geoffrey Rush in "Genius", National Geographic's smart, entertaining drama unraveling the passions and politics that shaped Albert Einstein.

107 Cancer Papers Retracted Due To Peer Review Fraud

SlashDot - Sat, 2017-04-22 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The journal Tumor Biology is retracting 107 research papers after discovering that the authors faked the peer review process. This isn't the journal's first rodeo. Late last year, 58 papers were retracted from seven different journals -- 25 came from Tumor Biology for the same reason. It's possible to fake peer review because authors are often asked to suggest potential reviewers for their own papers. This is done because research subjects are often blindingly niche; a researcher working in a sub-sub-field may be more aware than the journal editor of who is best-placed to assess the work. But some journals go further and request, or allow, authors to submit the contact details of these potential reviewers. If the editor isn't aware of the potential for a scam, they then merrily send the requests for review out to fake e-mail addresses, often using the names of actual researchers. And at the other end of the fake e-mail address is someone who's in on the game and happy to send in a friendly review. This most recent avalanche of fake-reviewed papers was discovered because of extra screening at the journal. According to an official statement from Springer, the company that published Tumor Biology until this year, "the decision was made to screen new papers before they are released to production." The extra screening turned up the names of fake reviewers that hadn't previously been detected, and "in order to clean up our scientific records, we will now start retracting these affected articles...Springer will continue to proactively investigate these issues."

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Engadget - Sat, 2017-04-22 09:00
My name is Christopher Trout, your new editor-in-chief. You may not recognize my name, but chances are you've read something I've written. When I arrived at Engadget nearly seven years ago, I was a freelancer fresh off of unemployment, our rivalry wi...

Don't Just Watch Tribeca Film Festival Movies, Jump In

PCMag News - Sat, 2017-04-22 08:35
Now until April 29, you can try the interactive experiences at the Tribeca Film Festival's Immersive program. This is no VR gimmick; your reaction might surprise you.

Here's how we cracked the back of the new Galaxy S8 - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-04-22 08:00
After putting Samsung's latest Galaxy through three different torture tests, the results were better than we expected.

Is Comcast's new wireless service right for you? - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-04-22 08:00
In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon offers advice on whether Comcast's new $45 a month Xfinity Mobile service is really a good deal.

Waymo says Uber hid a LiDAR device based on its technology

Engadget - Sat, 2017-04-22 06:36
The legal battle Waymo waged against Uber is getting more and more intense, and the Alphabet-owned division is showing no signs of slowing down. It has just accused the ride-hailing company of covering up a trade secret theft in a new set of court of...

Light Sail Propulsion Could Reach Sirius Sooner Than Alpha Centauri

SlashDot - Sat, 2017-04-22 06:00
RockDoctor writes: A recent proposition to launch probes to other star systems driven by lasers which remain in the Solar system has garnered considerable attention. But recently published work suggests that there are unexpected complexities to the system. One would think that the closest star systems would be the easiest to reach. But unless you are content with a fly-by examination of the star system, with much reduced science returns, you will need to decelerate the probe at the far end, without any infrastructure to assist with the braking. By combining both light-pressure braking and gravitational slingshots, a team of German, French and Chilean astronomers discover that the brightness of the destination star can significantly increase deceleration, and thus travel time (because higher flight velocities can be used). Slingshotting around a companion star to lengthen deceleration times can help shed flight velocity to allow capture into a stable orbit. The 4.37 light year distant binary stars Alpha Centauri A and B could be reached in 75 years from Earth. Covering the 0.24 light year distance to Proxima Centauri depends on arriving at the correct relative orientations of Alpha Centauri A and B in their mutual 80 year orbit for the sling shot to work. Without a companion star, Proxima Centauri can only absorb a final leg velocity of about 1280km/s, so that leg of the trip would take an additional 46 years. Using the same performance characteristics for the light sail, the corresponding duration for an approach to the Sirius system, almost twice as far away (8.58 lightyears), is a mere 68.9 years, making it (and it's white dwarf companion) possibly a more attractive target. Of course, none of this addresses the question of how to get any data from there to here. Or, indeed, how to manage a project that will last longer than a working lifetime. There are also issues of aiming -- the motion of the Alpha Centauri system isn't well-enough known at the moment to achieve the precise maneuvering needed without course corrections (and so, data transmission from there to here) en route.

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EFF Says Google Chromebooks Are Still Spying On Students

SlashDot - Sat, 2017-04-22 03:00
schwit1 quotes a report from Softpedia: In the past two years since a formal complaint was made against Google, not much has changed in the way they handle this. Google still hasn't shed its "bad guy" clothes when it comes to the data it collects on underage students. In fact, the Electronic Frontier Foundation says the company continues to massively collect and store information on children without their consent or their parents'. Not even school administrators fully understand the extent of this operation, the EFF says. According to the latest status report from the EFF, Google is still up to no good, trying to eliminate students privacy without their parents notice or consent and "without a real choice to opt out." This, they say, is done via the Chromebooks Google is selling to schools across the United States.

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Pinterest fixes its broken visual search tool for Chrome

Engadget - Fri, 2017-04-21 23:48
Pinterest thought it launched something cool when it added visual search to its Chrome browser in March. It was supposed to be able to pinpoint specific items in an image, say a pair of sunglasses somebody's wearing in a photo, and find pins with sim...

Britain Set For First Coal-Free Day Since Industrial Revolution

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-04-21 23:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid. The control room tweeted the predicted milestone on Friday, adding that it is also set to be the first 24-hour coal-free period in Britain. The UK has had shorter coal-free periods in 2016, as gas and renewables such as wind and solar play an increasing role in the power mix. The longest continuous period until now was 19 hours -- first achieved on a weekend last May, and matched on Thursday. Hannah Martin, head of energy at Greenpeace UK, said: "The first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition. A decade ago, a day without coal would have been unimaginable, and in 10 years' time our energy system will have radically transformed again." Britain became the first country to use coal for electricity when Thomas Edison opened the Holborn Viaduct power station in London in 1882. It was reported in the Observer at the time that "a hundred weight of coal properly used will yield 50 horse power for an hour." And that each horse power "will supply at least a light equivalent to 150 candles."

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Will a rear Touch ID sensor stop you from upgrading to the iPhone 8? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 81) - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-04-21 22:59
Apple hires Google Satellite execs to work on new hardware, pointing to satellite internet, and more leaked schematics point to a rear Touch iD iPhone.

Lawsuit takes aim at Google, Huawei over Nexus 6P battery issues

Engadget - Fri, 2017-04-21 22:47
A federal class action complaint has been filed accusing Google and Huawei of fraud, breaching warranty and improperly handling customer complaints after a number of Nexus 6P smartphones unexpectedly shut down and became trapped in "boot loop" cycles...

Feds question their effort to unmask anti-Trump Twitter account - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-04-21 22:27
At Sen. Ron Wyden's request, Homeland Security launches an internal inquiry into whether its effort to reveal a Twitter user's identity was improper.