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PayPal bans Alex Jones' Infowars for promoting 'hate and intolerance' - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:42
Infowars won't be able to do business through PayPal anymore.

Huawei Trolls Apple By Giving Battery Packs To People Waiting in Line For the iPhone XS

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:42
Huawei, which recently surpassed Apple to become the world's second largest smartphone player, can't stop taking shots at the iPhone maker. From a report: After the iPhone XS was unveiled with little new, Huawei tweeted "Thank you for letting us be the real hero of the year," a tease for their upcoming Mate 20 Pro unveiling next month. Now Huawei's taking another shot -- by handing out battery packs to people waiting in line for the iPhone XS and XS Max in Singapore. The packaging says "You'll need it", which is actually a valid boast: Anandtech found that Huawei's P20 and P20 Pro had better battery life than the iPhone 8 and X.

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Maniac on Netflix: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone get weird, and it works - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:38
Review: Stone and Hill question what's real in this madly stylish and crazy fun sort-of sci-fi.

Twitter may have sent your private DMs to the wrong people -- but probably not - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:37
The bug ran for more than a year, but has been fixed.

'Walking Dead' studio Telltale lays off most of its staff

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:32
Telltale Games, the studio behind titles such as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, has laid off most of its staff, according to multiple reports. Engadget has contacted the company for confirmation.

Boston Dynamics door-opening robot has some creepy competition - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:17
Watch out Spot Mini. There's another door-opening robot in town, Anymal.

Google tests see-through mode, better motion tracking for Daydream

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:04
Google has introduced some new experimental features for developers working with the Lenovo Mirage Solo, the standalone Daydream headset released earlier this year. First up is see-through mode, a setting that lets the user see the real space around...

Magic Leap is Pushing To Land a Contract With US Army To Build AR Devices For Soldiers To Use On Combat Missions, Documents Reveal

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:00
Magic Leap, a US-based startup valued at north of $6 billion and which counts Google, Alibaba, Warner Bros, AT&T, and several top Silicon Valley venture capital firms as its investors, is pushing to land a contract with the U.S. Army to build augmented-reality devices for soldiers to use on combat missions, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing government documents and interviews with people familiar with the process. From the report: The contract, which could eventually lead to the military purchasing over 100,000 headsets as part of a program whose total cost could exceed $500 million, is intended to "increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy," according to an Army description of the program. A large government contract could alter the course of the highest-profile startup working on augmented reality, at a time when prospects to produce a consumer device remain uncertain. Building tools to make soldiers more deadly is a far cry from the nascent consumer market for augmented reality. But the army's program has also drawn interest from Microsoft, whose HoloLens is Magic Leap's main rival. The commercial-grade versions of both devices still face significant technological hurdles, and its not clear the companies can fulfil the army's technical requirements. If recent history is any guide, a large military contract is also sure to be controversial within the companies. Last month, Magic Leap unveiled its much-hyped AR device to the press and select developers.

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Lockly's smart locks promise better security through algorithms

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 15:46
Lockly thinks it has what it takes to stand out in the nascent smart lock market. Its latest model, the Secure Plus, uses a 3D fingerprint sensor combined with proprietary algorithm-based passcode tech which, together, supposedly makes the setup "vir...

Zapped: Infiniti drops Q50 Hybrid for 2019 - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 15:37
While it promises a bunch of electrified models in the future, it won't have any at all for a little while.

Tiny rovers see their shadow on the asteroid they're about to land on - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 15:25
Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft throws two little robots down toward the surface of Ryugu for a better look.

Twitter Notifies Developers About API Bug That Shared DMs With Wrong Developers

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 15:25
Twitter has started notifying developers today about an API bug that accidentally shared direct messages (private messages) or protected tweets from a Twitter business account with other developers. From a report: According to a support page published today, Twitter said the bug only manifested for Twitter business accounts where the account owner used the Account Activity API (AAAPI) to allow other developers access to that account's data. Because of the bug, the AAAPI sent DMs and protected tweets to the wrong person instead of the authorized developer. Twitter said it discovered the bug on September 10, and fixed it the same day. They also said the bug was active between May 2017 and September 2018, for almost 16 months. The bug represents a serious privacy issue, especially for Twitter business accounts that use DMs to handle customer complaints that in some cases may include private user information.

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Twitter bug sent some DMs to developers for over a year

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 15:17
A bug in one of Twitter's APIs may have caused unauthorized developers to receive some users' direct messages and protected tweets. Twitter says it hasn't yet discovered evidence that a developer actually received such data, nor does it believe that...

FCC’s Ajit Pai labels California net neutrality law 'illegal'

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 15:00
FCC head honcho, Ajit Pai, didn't mince words in comments regarding California's recent passing of a tough net neutrality bill. In his keynote speech for neoconservative policy organization Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai called California's SB 822...

Facebook's IGTV reportedly recommends heinous videos to kids - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:45
Instagram responds by saying it has "zero tolerance for ... explicit images or images of child abuse.

Romanian Ransomware Suspect Pleads Guilty To Hacking CCTVs in Washington DC

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:45
gosand writes: The Register reports that "a Romanian woman has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the US capital." The US DOJ stated that "this case was of the highest priority due to its impact on the Secret Service's protective mission and its potential effect on the security plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration." She could face a maximum of 25 years if convicted. She and her cohort (who is still jailed in Romania) made the classic hacker mistake of using their personal gmail accounts for the campaign, even accessing them from one of the compromised PCs.

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Razer's tiny new headset means no more Princess Leia buns for game streamers - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:38
The Razer Ifrit combines combines earbuds with a condenser mic.

T-Mobile aims to lower broadband prices with its 5G service

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:35
More and more companies are turning to at-home 5G service to fill in the gaps in availability of broadband internet. Now, T-Mobile has revealed details about its plans for at-home 5G service to the FCC, as was first spotted by Fierce Wireless.

Report: Google suppressed an explosive memo about its Chinese search engine - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:34
Google's prototype may have been designed to track citizens.

Joaquin Phoenix in his Joker makeup is plenty creepy - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:33
Joker director Todd Phillips teases Joaquin Phoenix's supervillian look.