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Last Build Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:45:44 +0000


Man convicted for renting human heads cut with chainsaw, dripping disease

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:40:45 +0000

He faces up to 20 years for wire fraud, illegally transporting hazardous materials.

Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 and iOS 11.2.5

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:20:03 +0000

Also: tvOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and a Mac Meltdown/Spectre security update.

Verizon won’t be using tax cut to boost spending on network upgrades

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:10:39 +0000

Verizon’s spending won’t change much, and tax savings will boost balance sheet.

Dealmaster: Save $150 on a Samsung 4K QLED TV

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:59:20 +0000

Plus deals on Windows mixed reality headsets, several Dell PCs, and more.

How many electric cars can the grid take? Depends on your neighborhood

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:21:59 +0000

High concentration of EVs can lead to equipment trouble later.

Hands-on: DJI’s new Mavic Air is a beefed-up Spark with 4K video

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:10:48 +0000

The $799 drone tries to find the sweet spot between the Spark and Mavic Pro.

Firefox’s continued Quantum transformation—more multithreading, tracking protection

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:07:30 +0000

The open source stalwart continues to make large performance improvements.

Unlocked PS4 consoles can now run copies of PS2 games

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:23:10 +0000

Recent exploit also allows for homebrew and PS4 game piracy.

Acer’s new Chromebooks start at $279

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:15:01 +0000

One has a 360-degree hinge, one is for schools, and one's a headless Chromebox.

Software used in judicial decisions meets its equal in random amateurs

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:03:34 +0000

Software used to predict if people being sentenced will commit another crime.

Huge pay package convinces Elon Musk to stay at Tesla for 10 more years

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:51:42 +0000

Musk gets another 12 percent of Tesla stock if its value rises to $650 billion.

Apple’s Siri-equipped HomePod comes to your home on February 9

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:30:39 +0000

Preorders for the $349 device begin Friday, January 26 for US, UK, and Australia.

The first Chinese astronaut thought he was going to die

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:24:40 +0000

"Hold on! Just hold on for a bit longer."

Raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s linked to another outbreak—at least the 7th

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:00:47 +0000

And the sandwich chain’s customers are already clamoring for their return.

Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:00:22 +0000

Forced redirects from Zirconium group push phony malware and fake Flash updates.

Net neutrality is bad? 1 million PornHub employees can’t be wrong. Oh, wait

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:35:10 +0000

Millions of comments sent to FCC through bulk system used fake email addresses.

Video demonstrates the marvel of CRT displays at 380,000 frames per second

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:05:35 +0000

The video makes common display tech concepts easy to grasp.

Trump puts 30% tariff on imported solar cells and modules

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:25:05 +0000

Interestingly, Tesla stands to gain from this decision.

Making tools gives crows a big food boost

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:00:26 +0000

A small time investment can lead to big gains.

SpaceX gets good news from the Air Force on the Zuma mission

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:29:50 +0000

The important national security customer gives SpaceX a vote of confidence.