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Lego’s app-controlled Batmobile could be 2018’s must-have toy (1 day old)

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The Stuff Hot Five (1 day old)

These are the top five products worth your time and money this week

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2 days old [18/05/18])

Does Activision’s annual FPS juggernaut freshen up its familiar formula?

The 36 best premium and free apps for Android (2 days old [18/05/18])

Want to do more with your Samsung Galaxy S9, Pixel 2, OnePlus 6 or any other Android device? Then get these amazing apps now

With TV better than ever, now is the time to upgrade to 4K (2 days old [18/05/18])

Thanks in part to the growth of streaming, there's a wealth of quality content out there—don't skimp out on the TV you watch it on.

Dynaudio Music: don’t think, just listen (2 days old [18/05/18])

Meet the intelligent wireless music system that learns your music tastes – and creates bespoke playlists at the touch of a button

Alexa finds a home in Polk Audio's Command Bar (2 days old [18/05/18])

"Alexa, mute Ed Sheeran"

Slashdot

Scientists Transfer Memory Between Snails (2 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: UCLA neuroscientists reported Monday that they have transferred a memory from one animal to another via injections of RNA, a startling result that challenges the widely held view of where and how memories are stored in the brain. The finding from the lab of David Glanzman hints at the potential for new RNA-based treatments to one day restore lost memories and, if correct, could shake up the field of memory and learning. The researchers extracted RNA from the nervous systems of snails that had been shocked and injected the material i[...]

Amazon Offers Whole Foods Discounts To Prime Members (5 hours old)

Amazon-owned Whole Foods debuted a loyalty program on Wednesday that offers special discounts to Prime members, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and rotating weekly specials. "The new loyalty strategy will test whether Amazon's $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods brings much-feared disruption and an intensified price war to the $800 billion U.S. grocery industry dominated by Walmart and Kroger," reports Reuters. From the report: Those perks are available now in Florida and will roll out to all other stores starting this summer. Amazon previously announced free two-hour delivery f[...]

Tesla Unveils Dual Motor and Performance Specs For Model 3 (8 hours old)

Rei writes: Yesterday evening, Elon Musk announced the pricing and specs for two of the Model 3's most in-demand options -- dual motor and performance versions. The base dual motor configuration adds an AC induction front motor to the current partial-PM reluctance rear motor for $5,000; in addition to AWD and allowing the car to drive with either motor out, this cuts the 0 to 60 mph acceleration time from 5.1 seconds to 4.5 seconds. The performance package is available as a bundle, including the long-range pack, premium interior, 20" wheels, carbon fiber spoiler, and a new black-and-white inte[...]

'TeenSafe' Phone Monitoring App Leaked Thousands of User Passwords (9 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: At least one server used by an app for parents to monitor their teenagers' phone activity has leaked tens of thousands of accounts of both parents and children. The mobile app, TeenSafe, bills itself as a "secure" monitoring app for iOS and Android, which lets parents view their child's text messages and location, monitor who they're calling and when, access their web browsing history, and find out which apps they have installed. But the Los Angeles, Calif.-based company left its servers, hosted on Amazon's cloud, unprotected and accessible by an[...]

Did Octopuses Come From Outer Space? (10 hours old)

A scientific paper, originally published in March, from peer-reviewed journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology has found its way in this week's news-cycle. The paper, which is co-written by 33 authors including molecular immunologist Edward Steele and astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe, suggests that octopuses could be aliens, adding legitimacy to a belief, which otherwise has been debunked several times in the recent years. An excerpt from the paper, which makes the bold claim: The genetic divergence of Octopus from its ancestral coleoid sub-class is very great ... Its large br[...]

Tesla Releases Some of Its Software To Comply With Open-Source Licenses (11 hours old)

Jeremy Allison - Sam shares a blog post from Software Freedom Conservancy, congratulating Tesla on their first public step toward GPL compliance: Conservancy rarely talks publicly about specifics in its ongoing GNU General Public License (GPL) enforcement and compliance activity, in accordance with our Principles of Community Oriented GPL Enforcement. We usually keep our compliance matters confidential -- not for our own sake -- but for the sake of violators who request discretion to fix their mistakes without fear of public reprisal. We're thus glad that, this week, Tesla has acted publicly r[...]

Bill Gates Shares His Memories of Donald Trump (12 hours old)

MSNBC recently published a video of Bill Gates telling his staff at the Gates Foundation that he had two meetings with Donald Trump since the president was elected. In the video, Gates says Trump doesn't know the difference between two sexually transmitted diseases -- human papillomavirus (HPV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) -- and that it was "scary" how much Trump knew about Gates' daughter's appearance. Gates also said he urged Trump to support innovation and technology during those meetings. CNN reports: Taking audience questions about his interactions with Trump at a Bill & Melind[...]

The Verge Goes Hands-On With the 'Wildly Ambitious' RED Hydrogen One Smartphone (13 hours old)

It's been almost a year since RED, a company known for its high-end $10,000+ cameras, teased a smartphone called the RED Hydrogen One. Several months have passed since the phone was announced and we still don't know much about it, aside from it having a very industrial design and "Hydrogen holographic display." Earlier this week, AT&T and Verizon confirmed that they'll launch the device later this year. Now, The Verge's Dieter Bohn has shared his hands-on impressions with the device, which he claims to be "one of the most ambitious smartphones in years from a company not named Apple, Google, o[...]

Chinese 'Accelerators' In Silicon Valley Aim To Bring Startups Home (14 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and bring them to China. The surge in the number of China-focused accelerators -- which support, mentor and invest in early-stage startups -- is part of a larger wave of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley. At least 11 such programs have been created in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2013, according to the tech-sector data firm Crunchbase. Some work directly with Chinese governments, w[...]

Estonia To Become the World's First Free Public Transport Nation (15 hours old)

On July 1st, the country of Estonia will create the largest 24/7 free public transit zone in the world, making it feasibly possible to travel by bus from one end of the 1.3 million-strong Baltic nation to the other without paying a cent. CityLab reports: Estonia is already a world leader in free public transit: In 2013, all public transit in its capital, Tallinn, became free to local residents (but not tourists or other visitors, even those from other parts of the country). The new national free-ride scheme with extend this model even further, making all state-run bus travel in rural municipal[...]

The Register

Ten social networks ignored UK government consultations (1 hour 30 minutes old)

So ministers hit the airwaves to reveal looming ‘obligation’ for rapid abuse takedown and colossal fines for not doing it Just four of fourteen social networks asked to consult with the UK government on regulation of social media attended the talks, so ministers have revealed plans to require rapid removal of abusive and objectionable material and substantial fines for not doing so.…

Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11 (2 hours old)

Retro computing fans wrap classic DEC fascia round world's fave hobby machine Always wanted a PDP-11, but don't have space for the iron? Good news: an obsolete computer enthusiast s offering beta tests of a kit designed to recreate the famous Digital Equipment Corporation box on a Raspberry Pi.…

NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter makes it around the Moon (5 hours old)

Store-and-forward probe TESS warms up its cameras with a snap of 200,000 stars NASA’s exoplanet-spotting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has successfully manoeuvred around Earth’s moon.…

Telstra's mobile networks go TOESUP* in national outage (5 hours old)

That's 'Total Outage Ends Support for Usual Performance', natch Updated Telstra's mobile network experienced a nationwide outage on Monday morning, May 21st, 2018.…

LG chairman Koo Bon-moo dies, aged 73 (6 hours old)

He turned LG into the global electronics brand we know today LG chairman Koo Bon-moo has died, aged 73.…

Signal bugs, car hack antics, the Adobe flaw you may have missed, and much more (1 day old)

EFF wins another privacy battle, ICE chips off AI spy plan Roundup Here's your guide to this week's infosec news beyond what we've already covered.…

How Google's Smart Compose for Gmail works – and did it fake its robo-caller demo? (2 days old [19/05/18])

Plus: Classifying frogs can be hopping mad Roundup Hello, here's our weekly AI roundup. We have more information on how Google's sentence prediction in Smart Compose for Gmail works, as well as some questions about its Duplex robo-caller system. Also, decision trees to classify the mating calls of frogs and toads to study climate change.…

US Congress mulls extending copyright yet again – to 144 years (2 days old [18/05/18])

Literally the 12th time corporate revenue put ahead of society and culture The US Congress is looking to extend copyright on some sound recordings to a staggering 144 years – making it the twelfth time copyright rules have been extended since the 1970s.…

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed (2 days old [18/05/18])

Pundits quick to erect straw man Comment Once again, a mass murderer has opened fire at a school in America – this one is Santa Fe High School in Texas – and video games are already being blamed. Rather than, oh, say, gun control, or the lack thereof.…

Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance (2 days old [18/05/18])

And what reason would you have not to trust Facebook with your personal data? Updated Social networking site and market-leading data broker Facebook is once again taking heat for playing fast and loose with its access to personal information.…

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BBC News - Technology

Artificial intelligence can be weapon in cancer fight, PM to say (9 hours old)

Smart technologies can sift through data to help the NHS spot diseases quicker, the PM is to say.

New internet laws pledged as social media firms snub talks (17 hours old)

Only four of 14 firms invited for talks turned up, culture secretary admits, as he pledges new laws.

Tomorrow's cities: Park with four seasons under one roof (1 day old)

Four seasons park explores need for greener cities and looks at how climate change affects urban spaces.

Banking by mobile app 'to overtake online by 2019' (8 hours old)

The growth in banking via smartphone apps puts more branches at risk of closure, forecasts suggest.

Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules (2 days old [18/05/18])

Two firms have closed this month, citing changes in airline policies on carrying batteries.

US mugshot website owners face criminal charges (2 days old [18/05/18])

The site published images of people taken by police after arrest and asked for cash to remove them.

Cambridge Analytica starts bankruptcy proceedings in US (2 days old [18/05/18])

The firm at the centre of the Facebook data row has filed legal papers that will see it wound up.

Broadband speeds 'far slower than in ads' (3 days old [17/05/18])

The findings from Which? come ahead of a major overhaul in how providers can advertise broadband speeds.

Airbnb to report homeowners' income to Danish tax authorities (2 days old [18/05/18])

The rental site will report homeowners' income to the Danish tax authorities in the first deal of its kind.

PayPal acquires Swedish payments firm iZettle (3 days old [17/05/18])

The move will boost PayPal's in-store presence as competition in the digital payments sector grow.

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