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Alexa will now order you a Domino’s pizza in the UK

Engadget - 14 hours 20 min ago
There are many ways to order a pipin' hot Domino's pizza. You can use your smartphone, smash a tiny pizza button or even tweet an emoji to the company's official Twitter account. Now, finally, it's possible to buy a Texas BBQ or two by shouting at yo...

Bike-sharing company sued for 'inadequate' locks after boy's death - CNET

CNET News - 14 hours 23 min ago
A boy had broken the lock of an Ofo bike and was riding against traffic when a bus ran into him.

HP's desktops get a down-low makeover with new CPUs, webcams - CNET

CNET News - 14 hours 35 min ago
HP’s new Pavilion All-in-One desktops are updated with new CPUs and pop-up webcams for home or school use.

HP hopes its new all-in-one PCs are style icons

Engadget - 14 hours 35 min ago
With certain exceptions, HP's all-in-ones aren't what you'd call eye-catching. They're not ugly, but they aren't exactly conversation pieces. HP thinks it can change that: it's introducing revamped reversions of the Pavilion 24 and Pavilion 27 that...

iRobot wants to sell Roomba-generated maps of your home - CNET

CNET News - 15 hours 22 min ago
Cute robovacs map your homes and now their maker wants to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers.

MIT-developed plugin makes CAD changes 'instant'

Engadget - 15 hours 32 min ago
A new computer-aided-design (CAD) plug-in could drastically improve products you use on a daily basis. Researchers from MIT and Columbia University say the tool will allow engineers to develop prototypes in real-time. They claim its ease of use will...

iOS 11 Will Prevent Your iPhone From Automatically Connecting To Unreliable Wi-Fi Networks

SlashDot - 16 hours 35 min ago
A new feature spotted in iOS 11 beta 2 intelligently manages wireless networks based on their reliability, learning to ignore those that are too far away to provide a consistent experience. TrustedReviews reports: It follows the company's Wi-Fi Assist feature which meant handsets would switch to a data connection when Wi-Fi networks became too slow. Naturally, users weren't thrilled with the resulting data usage issues, and it seems Apple is looking to do better this time around. This new feature will disable "Auto join" for any network which suffers from low speed issues or is deemed to be generally unreliable. Users will, of course, still be able to join these networks manually, but the change should prevent the frustration that comes from iPhones automatically joining networks users know to be inadequate. At this point, there's no way to know how well the feature will work, and there will undoubtedly be issues when it eventually arrives in iOS 11.

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The Morning After: Tuesday, July 25th 2017

Engadget - 16 hours 35 min ago
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The big news in tech this morning? Microsoft's 32-year-old Paint program. Oh -- and we're expecting a new phone or two from Motorola. It's that kind of day.

Stanford built a '4D' camera for cars, robots and VR

Engadget - 17 hours 33 min ago
A team of Stanford scientists have created what could be the perfect "eye" for autonomous vehicles and delivery drones thus far. It's a 4D camera that can capture nearly 140 degrees of information, allowing it to gather more information than conventi...

Microsoft Confirms It's Not Killing Off Paint After Outpouring of Support

SlashDot - 17 hours 50 min ago
Microsoft said late Monday that it will not be killing off its Paint app in the next update of Windows 10. It will be made available via the Windows Store for free and will not be completely removed. CNBC reports: The U.S. technology company recently released a list which labeled Paint "deprecated," meaning it was considering removing the app when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update gets released later this year. Fans on social media decried the potential death of Paint, which has been in existence for 32 years. But Microsoft released a blog post shortly after to clarify that Paint would not be completely removed, but instead made available via the Windows Store for free. "Today, we've seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. If there's anything we learned, it's that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It's been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app," Megan Saunders, a general manager at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post on Monday. "Amidst today's commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news: MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free."

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TiVo's voice-controlled Bluetooth remote has a Netflix button

Engadget - 18 hours 30 min ago
The TiVo peanut-style remote has only changed slightly over the years, but ZatzNotFunny points out that a new revision is close to release. Labeled S6V, this Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connected remote popped up in FCC filings, while a clearer image...

A New Study Shows the Moon's Interior Could Contain Water

SlashDot - 19 hours 35 min ago
A new study from Brown University shows the moon might be flowing with more water than we thought, thanks to ancient volcanic deposits. NPR reports: Using satellite data, scientists from Brown University studied layers of rock on the moon that likely formed from large volcanic eruptions, called lunar pyroclastic deposits. The magma created by these eruptions has been carried to the moon's surface from very deep within its interior, the study showed. What's interesting about this new study, though, is that it shows the water is far more than just ice hiding in shadowy areas of the moon. In fact, there are likely pools of water in the moon's mantle, as well. If there's water in the moon's mantle, that suggests that the water was delivered to the moon very early in its formation, before it fully solidified, the study's lead author, Ralph Milliken told Because the magma originally comes from deep within the lunar interior, Milliken explains, "the deep interior of the moon must also contain water."

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Tech Hunters: Opening up new worlds with the Nintendo GameBoy

Engadget - 19 hours 35 min ago
You have to hand it to Nintendo: the company knows how to change the way people play video games. As millions of gamers getting to grips with the Switch, which delivers A+ games on-the-go as well as it does docked at home, many will remember the cons...

Nikon working on next-gen D850 DSLR for its 100th anniversary

Engadget - 19 hours 55 min ago
Nikon has become a bit set in its ways, failing to compete with Sony, Fujifilm and others in the profitable mirrorless and high-end compact realm. For its 100th anniversary, it has no intention of ceding the high-end professional market, however: It...

Global Network of Labs Will Test Security of Medical Devices

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-07-24 23:30
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Amid increasing concerns about cyber threats to healthcare environments, a global network of labs will test the security of medical devices, according to an announcement on Monday by a consortium of healthcare industry firms, universities and technology firms, The Security Ledger reports. The "World Health Information Security Testing Labs (or "WHISTL") will adopt a model akin to the Underwriters Laboratory, which started out testing electrical devices, and focus on issues related to cyber security and privacy, helping medical device makers "address the public health challenges" created by connected health devices and complex, connected healthcare environments, according to a statement by The Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium. "MDISS WHISTL facilities will dramatically improve access to medical device security know-how while protecting patient privacy and the intellectual property of our various stakeholders," said Dr. Nordenberg, MD, Executive Director of MDISS. The labs will be one of the only independent, open and non-profit network of labs specifically designed for the needs of medical field, including medical device designers, hospital IT, and clinical engineering professionals. Experts will assess the security of medical devices using standards and specifications designed by testing organizations like Underwriters Labs. Evaluations will include application security testing like "fuzzing," static code analysis and penetration testing of devices. Any vulnerabilities found will be reported directly to manufacturers in accordance with best practices, and publicly disclosed to the international medical device vulnerability database (MDVIPER) which is maintained by MDISS and the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC). The group says it plans for 10 new device testing labs by the end of the year including in the U.S. in states like New York to Indiana, Tennessee and California and outside North America in the UK, Israel, Finland, and Singapore. The WHISTL facilities will work with Underwriters Labs as well as AAMI, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Specifically, MDISS labs will base its work on the UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program specifications (UL CAP) and follow testing standards developed by both groups including the UL 2900 and AAMI 80001 standards.

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Bounce's Brown Sugar streaming service arrives on Apple TV

Engadget - Mon, 2017-07-24 22:58
The Apple TV's selection of culture-specific streaming services just got a little larger. Bounce has launched its subscription video service on Apple's fourth-generation media hub, bringing a large collection of movies and TV shows that star or or a...

'The Defenders' review: A Marvel-Netflix series you’ll actually want to finish - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-07-24 21:49
Four superheroes walk into a restaurant and the rest is an unexpected joy.

Legal Battle Could Kill Fact-Check Site

PCMag News - Mon, 2017-07-24 21:43
A contractual battle and a complicated divorce might mean the end of the fact-check site.

It's the beginning of the end for Microsoft Paint

Engadget - Mon, 2017-07-24 21:18
Windows' Fall Creators Update will add a pack of new features to the platform, but it could also mark the beginning of the end for MS Paint. Microsoft has revealed in a list of removed and deprecated features that it will stop actively developing the...

Qualcomm: Apple supporters are trying to misdirect regulators - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-07-24 21:11
In a filing with the US International Trade Commission, the chip giant defends its proposed ban of some Apple iPhones.