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Three top FBI officials quit as US cybersecurity threats mount

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 08:14
Looming cybersecurity threats are reportedly behind the departure of several cybersecurity officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to The Wall Street Journal, three of the top FBI officials -- Scott Smith, David Resch, and Carl G...

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend brings out the musical theater crowd at Comic-Con - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 08:00
At Comic-Con, fandom isn't just about superheroes.

Most efficient non-hybrid cars in 2018 - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 08:00
They may not be hybrids, but these gas-powered vehicles will still save you money at the pump.

At Comic-Con 2018, why Funko is the unofficial king of pop culture - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 08:00
The 3.75-inch vinyl figures cast a large shadow over San Diego's massive geekfest.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter unite to simplify data transfers

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 07:45
Four of the biggest technology companies are banding together to make it easier for users to download and transfer their data between services. Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter formally announced The Data Transfer Project (DTP) today, an open-...

'Spider-Man' PS4 Pro bundle is the right sort of product placement

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 07:15
Remember when the PS3 shipped with the Spider-Man font running across its belly in an awkward mix of corporate synergy and Ken Kutaragi's typography obsession? Twelve years later, and Sony's having another go at smashing its flagship console and its...

Nuclear Bomb Sensors Eavesdrop on Whales

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:45
A network of hydrophones intended to monitor nuclear tests may prove useful for conservation

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The Morning After: How Android stifles competition

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:30
Hey, good morning! You've made it to Friday. To reward those efforts, we take the official Tour De France game to task for being, well, rubbish, test out the expensive modular motorcycle of the future, and spell out this summer when it comes to espo...

Apple Watch, Fitbit could be hit with Trump's tariffs on China-produced goods - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:14
Tracking your health and streaming music may get more expensive.

'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' update adds Link from 'Breath of the Wild'

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:02
Is Link your favorite racer in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Good news! A new version of the Hylian hero has been added to the game. It's based, unsurprisingly, on the wonderful Breath of the Wild that was released for Wii U and Switch last year. You can play...

Two US Hyperloop Startups Line Up Financing From China

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:00
Los Angeles startups Arrivo and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies have reportedly secured financing from Chinese state-backed companies. "Lining up potential funding helps solve one of the biggest obstacles for hyperloop systems: They will be extremely expensive to build," reports Bloomberg. From the report: Arrivo, founded by a former senior engineer at Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp., said it secured a $1 billion credit line with Genertec America Inc., a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned entity based in Beijing that has helped finance and build high-speed rail and other infrastructure projects in Iran, Turkey and elsewhere. The credit line will go to backers of a future project using Arrivo technology, not to the startup itself. [The Genertec debt could be used to construct a project using the company's technology anywhere in the world, not necessarily in China.] Separately, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies said it plans to work on a 10-kilometer test track in Tongren, part of China's Guizhou province, at an initial cost of about $300 million. State entity Tongren Transportation & Tourism Investment Group will provide half the funds and seek private investors for the other half, HyperloopTT said. The precise route is yet to be determined.

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Oculus' Marvel Rift bundle lets you play as Hulk and Wolverine

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 05:03
When it comes to releasing VR game bundles, Sony is miles ahead of Oculus. But if you're not a console gamer and have only been waiting for Oculus to come up with a bundle of its own, then we hope you have a few hundred to spare. The studio has launc...

Panasonic supplier may have used Cuban cobalt in Tesla batteries - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 04:39
Thanks to a somewhat shady Canadian supplier, Panasonic may have violated long-standing trade statutes prohibiting using Cuba-sourced materials.

Move over A380, the Airlander would be true inflight luxury - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 04:29
One of the biggest and most unusual things ever to fly is promising cruise ship-like interiors that could take passengers on scenic excursion flights.

WhatsApp clamps down on forwarding to reduce hoaxes and spam

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 04:18
While parent company Facebook shifts policies on how to handle content that it said can lead to violence, WhatsApp is also in a state of change. A blog post describes how it's limiting the ability to forward messages to multiple chats at once, appare...

This Funko Pop dress is made of 500 Jack Skellington heads - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 03:54
For the fifth edition of the Her Universe Fashion Show, Ashley Eckstein surprised fans with a 400-pound couture dress made of the character's Funko Pop.

WhatsApp fights fake news in India by limiting message forwarding - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 03:22
More changes are coming as the private messaging service continues to fight the spread of misinformation.

Deadpool's on a Comic-Con toilet seat cover because of course he is - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-07-20 03:17
Deadpool is everywhere at Comic-Con. I mean, EVERYWHERE.

DOJ decides it should publicly 'expose' foreign election schemes

Engadget - Fri, 2018-07-20 03:02
If the US Justice Department stays true to its new policy, we'll hear about foreign cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns targeting the country's democracy straight from its office. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein (above) has announced...