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'Major scale' malware targets your Mac through email scams

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:40:00 -0400

(image) Mac users are increasingly being targeted by malware after years of being relatively safe, and that means they're facing attacks that other users have unfortunately come to expect for a while. Check Point researchers have discovered Dok, the first "...



AAA launches its own app-based car sharing service

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:22:00 -0400

(image) Few companies connected to the auto industry can resist the allure of starting their own car sharing service, it seems. After a brief tease, AAA's venture wing has launched Gig, an app-centric car sharing service, in Berkeley and Oakland. You pull...



China takes its turn at a giant fighting robot

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:57:00 -0400

(image) MegaBots' giant robot duel might just turn into a full-scale brawl. Beijing outfit Greatmetal has unveiled a prototype of Monkey King, China's take on an enormous battle machine. It's still human-piloted, but it has a distinct trick up its sleeve:...



'Orange is the New Black' hackers may have stolen 36 other shows

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:29:00 -0400

(image) When the hackers who swiped Netflix's unreleased Orange is the New Black season warned that they had shows from other TV networks, they might not have been kidding around. TheDarkOverlord has reportedly provided DataBreaches.net with a "preview" of...



DNA in dirt can reveal where human ancestors lived

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:58:00 -0400

(image) When you want to know where humans have lived, you typically look for direct signs like bones or buildings. But that's not always easy, especially with hominid ancestors who didn't exactly leave an abundance of remains. Thanks to a new genetic rese...



Gene editing could lead to a vaccine for arthritis

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:26:00 -0400

(image) Right now, arthritis treatment tends to be an all-or-nothing proposition: the drugs you take affect your entire body, causing havoc with your immune system and leaving you prone to infections. But how do you narrow the treatment to just those areas...



Tesla ends SolarCity's door-to-door sales pitches

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:56:00 -0400

(image) Tesla is used to selling cars online, but that's not how the recently acquired SolarCity liked to roll -- it preferred door-to-door sales pitches to get panels on your roof. Thankfully, you won't have anyone interrupting dinner going forward. Tesla...



The best rice cooker

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) By Karen Solomon & Tim Barribeau This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that...



After Math: Keeping it 100

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) As America's least likeable plutocrat rounds out his first 100 days in office, we're taking a look at other centennial achievements from the world of technology. Google and Facebook were named as victims in $100 million scam, Instagram now boasts 700...



Ben Heck's logic gate board game: Fun with LCD displays

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) With Karen's laser cutting design skills and Felix's soldering, the team has created a prototype of the logic board game using Karen's magnetic clasp design. Now it's time to give the concept a test run with help from The Game Craft proprietor JT...



MIT fires a rocket motor made using 3D-printed plastic

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:25:00 -0400

(image) If you're going to 3D-print rocket parts, you'd want to make them out of metal to handle the stress, right? Not necessarily. MIT has successfully test-fired what it believes is the first completely 3D-printed rocket motor to be made with plastic casi...



Apple adds one more year of warranty to first-gen Watches

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:55:00 -0400

(image) Apple will still repair your first-gen Apple Watch if it breaks due to battery issues even if it's already older than two years. The tech titan has extended its wearable's repair coverage related to battery woes to last two years instead of one, acco...



Tesla revives automatic braking in response to lower review scores

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:27:00 -0400

(image) Apparently, public pressure works... to a degree. Tesla has reintroduced automatic emergency braking to the Model S and Model X through an update after their continued omission led Consumer Reports to lower its ratings for the electric cars. It's a t...



Amazon's free Android app program is nearing its end

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:30:00 -0400

(image) Back in 2015, Amazon launched a program called Underground that gave users free access to paid Android apps and in-app purchases. For those who've never heard of it before, you can think of it as a way to find applications you never knew existed or t...



Hideo Kojima on his cinematic influences, 'Death Stranding' and VR

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:00:00 -0400

(image) If you're starting a new gaming festival, having Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima aboard is a good way to prove you mean business. That was the case for the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival, which featured Kojima in a keynote conversation tonigh...



Apple, Tesla want changes to California's self-driving car tests

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:32:00 -0400

(image) Califonia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will soon review the new set of proposed regulations that could change how testing works in the state. If the proposals are approved, we might see some truly unmanned autonomous vehicles with no steering...



Turkey blocks Wikipedia over an alleged 'smear campaign'

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:58:00 -0400

(image) Turkey may have just stepped up its efforts to quash online free speech. The country has blocked Wikipedia for supposedly running a "smear campaign" by allowing articles claiming that the Turkish government was coordinating with militant groups. The...



Watch SpaceX try a picture-perfect rocket landing at 7AM ET (updated)

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:29:00 -0400

(image) Many SpaceX rocket landings have gotchas for viewers. Drone ship landings frequently mean shaky satellite video feeds, and nighttime launches just aren't very photogenic. You're about to have a much better look, however. SpaceX is launching a US spy...



EPA pulls climate science web pages to reflect White House views

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:02:00 -0400

(image) President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt aren't exactly fans of climate science, and they're scaling back the EPA's website to reflect their views. The EPA has started implementing a site revision that will "reflect the...



'The Circle' takes anti-tech paranoia to ludicrous heights

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:30:00 -0400

(image) As a book, David Eggers' The Circle was a flimsy attack against modern technology culture with occasional bits of insight. As a film, though, it's so disjointed, ridiculous and dull that even Tom Hanks can't save it. Sure, it didn't really have much...



Recommended Reading: The genetics of better beer

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) You Want Better Beer? Good. Here's a Better Barley Genome Adam Rogers, Wired The beer industry certainly isn't hurting for money these days, but a group of scientists are trying to figure out how to make the beverage even better. They're doing so...



Elon Musk gives us a glimpse of Tesla's electric semi truck

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:03:00 -0400

(image) Elon Musk made a few revelations about some his newer projects this week, including the electric semi-truck Tesla has been working on since 2016. The automaker promised to unveil the big rig this September, but the Tesla-slash-SpaceX chief has given...



ICYMI: The Hoff speaks for AI and MIT builds a mobile 3D printer

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: David Hasselhoff stars in a short film about an AI that takes over people's lives and decides what they should do and say. The kicker is that all of The Hoff's lines were written by -- you guessed it -- an AI. As M...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:05:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Life imitating art imitating...life? Netflix's series about prison is involved in an actual crime, and Elon Musk is going back into the tunnels. We'll explain.



Hackers stole a copy of 'Orange is the New Black' season five (updated)

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:40:00 -0400

(image) The next season of Orange is the New Black isn't supposed to premiere until June 9th, but the first episode has already leaked. That's because a hacker or group of hackers going by the name 'TheDarkOverlord stole the content from a third party, and t...