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Recent 'NotPetya' attacks might not be ransomware at all

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:02:00 -0400

(image) The companies and agencies hit by a cyberattack in the Ukraine, Russia, the US, parts of Europe, Asia and Australia might never be able to recover their data. See, some security researchers, including Kaspersky Lab, believe that the malware that inva...



Meet the small 360 camera module that will fit into phones

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:02:00 -0400

(image) You're probably not aware of this, but a Chinese company dubbed ProTruly has already released the world's first two smartphones with a built-in 360 camera last December. Don't worry if you missed the news, because chances are you'd be put off by the...



Canon's lightweight Rebel SL2 has a much-improved sensor

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

(image) If you prefer a DSLR's true optical finder to the EVF of a mirrorless, but don't want to lug a heavy camera, there aren't many options. Canon does have one worthy of consideration, however: the EOS Rebel SL2. It replaces the four-year-old Rebel SL1 a...



Canon's full-frame 6D Mark II is a solid upgrade with a catch

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

(image) Nearly four years after it first launched its original EOS 6D budget full-frame camera, Canon has unveiled a successor. The EOS 6D Mark II improves on the past model in nearly every way, offering more connection options, resolution, much faster autof...



Eero's new mesh WiFi system packs more power in a pretty package

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:59:00 -0400

(image) The first-generation Eero was a game-changer. With a mesh network that blanketed your home in WiFi, it finally offered home wireless that doesn't suck. It pledged to rid my home of dead spots and, for the most part, it did. Since then, however, Eero...



Draft defense bill would ban Kaspersky's security software

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:17:00 -0400

(image) American officials are worried that Russian software could be used to compromise national security, and they aren't taking any chances. A draft version of the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act, which greenlights military funding, explicitl...



Elon Musk's 'Godot' machine cuts its first LA tunnel segment

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:29:00 -0400

(image) SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk just tweeted that his tunnel-carving operation, The Boring Company, just completed cutting out its first segment with its Beckett-homaging drill, Godot. While the plan is to build an entire subterranean network unde...



Signal tests changes to how users verify secure contacts

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:51:00 -0400

(image) Last November, Signal introduced a few changes to how it manages its safety numbers -- the unique code given to each conversation you have on the app. Safety numbers can change because someone gets a new phone and reinstalled the app or because the c...



Real-time tracking and projection mapping keeps getting better

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:51:00 -0400

(image) Japanese creative studio P.I.C.S. have set a mindbending new standard for real-time tracking and projection mapping with their latest visual creation, EXISDANCE. The technology has been around for a while, although it arguably first captured the mai...



Postmates' speedy booze delivery begins drop-offs in NYC and Texas

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:03:00 -0400

(image) Postmates' on-demand alcohol service is now available well beyond California's borders. On top of an expansion to Miami in May, the internet delivery mainstay is now making its Drinks feature available in New York City (in Brooklyn and Manhattan) as...



You won't escape Google ads in VR

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:12:00 -0400

(image) Sorry, folks, donning a virtual reality headset won't offer a refuge from internet advertising. Google's Area 120 incubator is experimenting with online ad formats designed with VR in mind. It's a lot trickier than slapping a banner on a website, a...



DHS won’t expand its laptop ban to all US-bound flights just yet

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:27:00 -0400

(image) In a statement today, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced expanded security measures for US-bound flights. Kelly said the new measures were in response to terrorist groups' "renewed interest" in targeting airlines. "We cannot play intern...



NBC Sports’ new Premier League plan is terrible for everyone

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:02:00 -0400

(image) When NBC Sports announced its new $50 Premier League Pass yesterday, it was easy for soccer fans in the US to get excited about the ability to watch without a cable subscription. However, upon close inspection, the new broadcast structure for England...



Lawsuit claims Uber discriminates against people with disabilities

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:52:00 -0400

(image) Uber launched a couple of new programs back in 2014 to serve people who use wheelchairs. UberAssist is a way to hail an UberX driver trained in accessibility and whose car can accommodate a folding wheelchair. UberWAV will send you an actual accessib...



Telegram will register with Russia but won't share secure data

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:36:00 -0400

(image) A few days ago, we reported that Russia's communications regulator demanded that messaging app Telegram hand over information, including decrypted user messages, or risk being banned from the country. Now, Reuters reports that Telegram has agreed to...



Fox Sports brings its 'virtual suite' to Gold Cup VR broadcasts

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:20:00 -0400

(image) Fox Sports is no stranger to VR. The network broadcasted Super Bowl 51 via a virtual suite of sorts, for instance. Now Fox is taking that further with the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer championship. The footie action starts July 8th with the USA vs. Panam...



Google Photos' AI-powered sharing is now available

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:02:00 -0400

(image) Google is making good on its promise of AI-assisted photo sharing. A Google Photos upgrade arriving this week uses machine learning to suggest pictures based on both your own sharing habits, the people in the photos, and whether or not they're part o...



Canada says court order to pull Google results applies worldwide

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:46:00 -0400

(image) In 2012, Canadian manufacturer Equustek asked Google to remove search results relating to a court case against Datalink, a distributor of the former company's network devices. While Google complied with the request, it only did so in Canada itself. T...



DNC hires ex-Uber engineer as its chief technology officer

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:31:00 -0400

(image) The Democratic National Committee has selected ex-Twitter VP Raffi Krikorian as its chief technology officer. Krikorian was until recently the senior director of engineering at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center, but left the company in February.



Artistic AI paints portraits of people who aren't really there

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:31:00 -0400

(image) Mike Tyka paints the portraits of people who don't exist. The subjects of his ephemeral artwork are not born from any brush. Rather, they are sculpted -- roughly -- from the digital imagination of his computer's neural network.



US hit by cyberattack that targeted Ukraine and Russia

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:14:00 -0400

(image) Yesterday, a number of Ukrainian and Russian companies and state agencies reported being hit by a cyberattack, the results of which ranged from flight delays at Boryspil airport to a shutdown of Chernobyl nuclear power plant's automatic radiation mon...



Revamped Twitch app streams live from your phone

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) As useful as the Twitch mobile app can be, it still falls short of what you're used to on the desktop, especially if you're a broadcaster. Would you believe that you have to switch apps just to stream live? Thankfully, it's shrinking that gap today....



California may give EV buyers instant rebates

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:44:00 -0400

(image) If you're worried about the federal tax credit for electric car purchases phasing out, you may want to pay attention to what California is proposing. The state is concerned about demand for EVs declining as the tax incentives disappear. As a result,...



Bonaverde wants to be the Keurig of raw coffee

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0400

(image) Many people take their coffee drinking seriously, but even those with a proper espresso machine at home won't roast their own beans. This delicate step is typically done on an industrial scale using specialist equipment, far from the end consumer. No...



Adidas' All Day fitness app hits iOS and Android devices

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:14:00 -0400

(image) Exactly three months after announcing its All Day fitness app, Adidas is finally launching it in the US. The application, which is available for iOS and Android, focuses on serving up insights about different health aspects, such as mindset, movement...