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'Science Fair' shows the challenges teens face in Intel's competition

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:42:00 -0500

(image) Intel's science fairs are pressure cookers: imagine pitting some of the world's brightest students against each other while they're already grappling with teenage anxiety. And now, there's a documentary that illustrates just how rough it can be. Muck...

First human CRISPR study in the US could begin soon

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:21:00 -0500

(image) In mid-2016, A federal panel had greenlit the University of Pennsylvania to pursue the first trials using CRISPR gene-editing in the US. It seems the institution has quietly gotten the ball rolling and could theoretically start the study at any time:...

Senate votes to extend NSA’s warrantless surveillance program

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0500

(image) Last week, the US House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law that lets the National Security Agency monitor communications of non-US citizens living outside of the US. Today, the Senate has...

Korg finally has a mixer to link up those tiny Volca synths

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:47:00 -0500

(image) Korg has been producing a ton of little synths in its Volca series over the last several years. Announced back in 2013, the initial Volca Beat, Bass and Keys started a run that eventually included an OK Go sample box, an '80s-style FM synth and an os...

Nintendo Labo: Overpriced or innovative?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:30:00 -0500

(image) Weird Nintendo is often the best Nintendo, or so it is said. After all, two of its biggest successes (the Wii and the Switch) are far from ordinary consoles. Now, with a year of huge Switch sales behind it, Nintendo is getting even weirder with Labo...

'Counter-Strike' tournaments will now stream exclusively on Facebook

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:18:00 -0500

(image) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Pro League has got a new home. Starting February 13th, the beginning of its seventh season, it'll be streamed exclusively on Facebook, along with the ESL One Dota 2 and CS:GO tournament series. ESL, the company behind...

Spotify's revamped podcasts will include more photos and video

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:44:00 -0500

(image) Spotify announced today that it's launching a new multimedia format called Spotlight that will pair visual elements like photos and videos with podcasts, audiobooks and other audio content. It's the first big feature from Courtney Holt, Spotify's hea...

Apple will fix the 'chaiOS' text message bug next week

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:43:00 -0500

(image) Yesterday, we wrote about the chaiOS bug, which is a specific link that can cause iMessage on iOS and Macs to crash. Today, Apple let us know that a fix is on the way. The chaiOS bug will be patched in a software update next week.

Facebook adds its first African American board member

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:30:00 -0500

(image) Today, Facebook announced that the Chairman and CEO of American Express, Kenneth I. Chenault, has joined the company's Board of Directors. It will be effective starting February 5th. It's notable because Chenault will be the board's first African Ame...

Facebook Messenger bug caused the app to freeze on some iPhones (updated)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:16:00 -0500

(image) Just a few days after Facebook announced that its 2018 goal was to make Messenger less clunky, now there's an iPhone bug that makes the app almost unusable for some people. The app apparently freezes up after typing a few words. TechCrunch reports th...

Twitch's new tools help streamers hype pre-recorded videos

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Twitch has introduced a set of tools called Video Producer to help streamers "maximize excitement and engagement" around their pre-recorded uploads. Sometime today, broadcasters will be able to use those tools to create shareable landing pages and co...

NASA: 2017 was Earth’s second-warmest year since 1880

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:44:00 -0500

(image) After careful analysis, NASA has declared that 2017 was the second-warmest year since the end of the 19th century. In a separate study using different analytical methods, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ranked last year as the...

Essential is working to fix its sluggish touchscreens

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:38:00 -0500

(image) The Essential Phone launched last August, but five months later, there are still some issues with the phone that remain unfixed. One of those is the lagging touch latency. If you have a PH-1, though, know that Essential hasn't forgotten about the pro...

Instagram DMs now show when you were last active

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:16:00 -0500

(image) Less than 24 hours since we learned of Instagram's new text fonts for Stories, the Facebook-owned app has added another feature. But this one may not be to everyone's liking. Taking inspiration from its parent company's Messenger service (instead of...

Peugeot embraces electric cars in bid to return to US market

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:01:00 -0500

(image) Carmaker Peugeot has announced a raft of ambitious plans that will see it re-enter the US market and offer an all-electric fleet by 2025. Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress, Peugeot chief executive Carlos Tavares said the company plans to...

YouTuber wins damages in landmark UK revenge porn case

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:27:00 -0500

(image) YouTuber Chrissy Chambers has won damages in a landmark legal case against a former partner who posted revenge porn online. The vlogger was dating a British male — who remains anonymous as part of the settlement terms — in 2009 when sever...

Amazon picks 20 finalist cities for its next major HQ

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:50:00 -0500

(image) After poring through 238 applications in the US, Canada and Mexico, Amazon has narrowed the list of cities for its next major headquarters to 20 candidates. Most of the centers picked by the Seattle-based company for its "HQ2," like Boston, New York...

China uses facial recognition to monitor ethnic minorities

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:47:00 -0500

(image) China is adding facial recognition to its overarching surveillance systems in Xinjiang, a Muslim-dominated region in the country's far west that critics claim is under abusive security controls. The geo-fencing tools alert authorities when targets ve...

Lifeguard drone completes world-first ocean rescue

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:25:00 -0500

(image) Australia's 'Little Ripper' drone has saved a pair of swimmers caught in rough seas in what's thought to be a world-first rescue operation. Lifeguards were busy testing the UAV off Lennox Head as part of New South Wales' $250,000 shark-spotting strat...

Wikipedia explains how those late-night reading binges happen

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:03:00 -0500

(image) Everybody's prone to falling down a Wikipedia rabbit hole, clicking link after link until it's been hours since you've started our journey. Now the foundation has begun releasing monthly data dumps for English, Russian, German, Spanish and Japanese W...

Samsung starts producing GDDR6 RAM for next-gen graphics cards

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:32:00 -0500

(image) You can start getting pumped about the next generation of graphics cards, as Samsung has announced that it's building the first-ever 16-gigabit GDDR6 chips using its 10-nanometer class technology. The news isn't a complete surprise, as Samsung previo...

Hasselblad's crazy 400-megapixel camera does have a purpose

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:08:00 -0500

(image) If you judge cameras by megapixels and dollar signs, then Hasselblad just introduced the ultimate model. The H6D-400c can shoot 400-megapixel photos and will cost you $48,000, the price of a well-equipped Tesla Model 3. It does so by combining up to...

Hori’s Onyx is a wireless alternative to the PS4 DualShock

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:02:00 -0500

(image) We've had a slew of third-party, Sony-approved PS4 controllers over the years, including the pint-sized Mini Wired Gamepad and the pro-focused Razer Raiju. While welcome, they've all been missing a crucial feature — wireless connectivity. That...

The Morning After: Thursday, January 18th 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0500

(image) The next big Nintendo gaming accessory? Cardboard. The games maker unveiled Labo, a DIY add-on system for kids to fold and stick together peripherals from cardboard -- proving once again that Nintendo is the good kind of crazy. Elsewhere we've got iP...

Amazon will focus on 'bigger' movies to lure people to Prime

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:05:00 -0500

(image) Having made its name buying smaller, niche independent projects to build its TV and movie division into a multi-award-winning studio, Amazon plans ramp things up a little moving forward, Reuters reports. According to sources, the company will increas...