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Blockchain gets its first test with international trade

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:04:00 -0400

(image) Some financial gurus are convinced that blockchain (the underlying tech behind bitcoin) is the future of business, and they might already have some proof. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Wells Fargo have conducted the first international, inte...

Note 7 debacle forces Samsung to offer next-gen discounts in Korea

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:23:00 -0400

(image) In an effort to retain Galaxy Note 7 customers in South Korea, Samsung is offering a big discount on the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 models. The company will effectively offer 50 percent off the next-gen phone, provided that Note 7 customers...

IBM Watson collaborates on EP with Grammy-winning producer

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:30:00 -0400

(image) IBM's Watson has upended any romantic notions of songwriting by making it a precise formula of inspiration, emotion, musical theory and trends. The AI system's new music algorithm, called "Beat," helped producer Alex da Kid create his first solo EP o...

Singapore will trial a full-size autonomous bus

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:21:00 -0400

(image) Singapore will trial a pair of driverless buses. No, not micro buses, nor "Ollis" -- full-sized buses, measuring 12 meters (40 feet) long. The vehicles will operate in the Jurong West region of Singapore, where the island's Nanyang Technological Univ...

The Morning After: Monday October 24th 2016

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Happy Monday. Over the weekend, we sampled smart-refrigerated wine, looked back on 15 years of iPod, and asked Amazon's AI to fact-check politicians for us. Coming up this week: Apple's MacBook event, some news from Microsoft, and a lot of companies...

Linux exploit gives any user full access in five seconds

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:15:00 -0400

(image) If you need another reason to be paranoid about network security, a serious exploit that attacks a nine-year-old Linux kernel flaw is now in the wild. The researcher who found it, Phil Oester, told V3 that the attack is "trivial to execute, never fai...

Microsoft to raise some UK prices by up to 22 percent over Brexit

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:31:00 -0400

(image) Like it or not, the outcome of the Brexit vote has caused a lot of financial uncertainty in the UK. The government has yet to decide which course to take when it invokes Article 50, effectively triggering an exit from the European Union, but some maj...

UK games retailer charges for its PSVR demos

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:31:00 -0400

(image) Still not sold on VR? Got a PS4? But still not sure? Then you should probably test it out before laying down the hundreds of dollars (or pounds) the peripheral costs. But you probably shouldn't have to pay to do so. But that's exactly what UK retaile...

Adult Swim's latest game embraces cassette glitches

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:42:00 -0400

(image) Does something look slightly off with picture you see above? Don't worry, that's on purpose. Adult Swim Games and Fire Face are launching the surreal puzzler Small Radios Big Televisions on November 8th for PC and PS4, and its hook is a time-travel...

UK spies paid a New Zealand firm to help tap key internet lines

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:09:00 -0400

(image) It's no longer a secret that the UK's GCHQ was expanding its mass surveillance in the years before Edward Snowden's leaks. However, it hasn't really been clear as to who was helping it upgrade its spying campaign... until today. The Intercept and Tel...

Elon Musk's Mars colony would have a horde of mining robots

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:34:00 -0400

(image) If it wasn't already clear that Elon Musk has considered virtually every aspect of what it would take to colonize Mars, it is now. As part of his Reddit AMA session, the SpaceX founder has revealed that his vision of a permanent colony would entail a...

Samsung's hurried Galaxy Note 7 recall doomed the phone

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:01:00 -0400

(image) You knew it was just a matter of time before some of the drama behind the death of the Galaxy Note 7 came to light, and what we're seeing isn't all that pretty. Wall Street Journal sources claim that Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh thought there was e...

iPod marks its 15th birthday in a changed world

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:32:00 -0400

(image) If you're a gadget fan of a certain age (cough), you're about to feel ancient: Apple's iPod just turned 15 years old. Steve Jobs unveiled the first version of the media player at an event on Apple's campus on October 23rd, 2001. To say that it had a...

Amazon Echo now fact-checks politicians

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:56:00 -0400

(image) You've probably heard politicians make more than a few outlandish claims, and not just in the run-up to the US presidential election. Do you really want to swing by a fact-checking website every time a candidate stretches credibility? As of now, yo...

Sweden effectively bans camera drone flights

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:25:00 -0400

(image) Don't bring a drone with you to document your trip to Sweden -- you could find yourself in legal trouble. The country's Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned camera drone flights through a ruling. Camera-equipped drones are surveillance...

Elon Musk answers your SpaceX questions on Reddit at 6PM Eastern

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:57:00 -0400

(image) SpaceX has raised more questions than it has answered as of late. Just how will it finance its plan to colonize Mars? Can it improve the reliability of its rockets? And exactly when will it reuse a rocket? You might just get some answers. Company fou...

Ben Heck's PlayStation 4 Slim teardown

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0400

(image) Voiding warranties is what we do best here on The Ben Heck Show, and a new game console gives us the perfect opportunity. Join Ben as he tears down the Sony PlayStation 4 Slim to find out what makes it tick, and how it compares to Microsoft's Xbox...

After Math: Let's get nasty

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400

(image) It's been quite the week for everything going to hell in a handbasket. This viscous election cycle is seriously stressing out half of Americans. Videogame voice actors are on strike, the cops are growing their facial recognition databases of US citiz...

Tesla's self-driving future, and more in the week that was

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Tesla is making several big announcements this month, and Elon Musk just delivered the first: From now on, all new Tesla cars will be self-driving. The electric automaker also teamed up with Panasonic to build solar panels for its Powerwall home batt...

Cisco says it can cut live pirate video streams

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:03:00 -0400

(image) It's relatively easy for content providers to take down pirated videos when they're uploaded to the web, but stopping live streams is another matter. Just ask anyone who has watched a bootleg stream for a pay-per-view boxing match or the Super Bowl...

Doctors relax rules on letting babies watch screens

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:40:00 -0400

(image) Ever since 1999, many pediatricians have clung to one main recommendation about kids and gadgets: you shouldn't show screens to any child under 2 years old. However, they've just loosened that once-firm policy. The American Academy of Pediatrics has...

White House initiative pushes for more tiny satellites

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:55:00 -0400

(image) Miniature satellites are increasingly a big deal, and for good reasons: they're not only less expensive and easier to deploy than the giant satellites of old, but can cover wider areas. And the White House wants to give them a helping hand. It's la...

Facebook censored a cartoon breast cancer awareness campaign

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:23:00 -0400

(image) Facebook still has a thing or two to learn about what's considered acceptable in your timeline. The social network is catching flak after it briefly took down an ad for Cancerfonden's breast cancer awareness campaign that included cartoon representa...

AT&T to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:49:00 -0400

(image) After no small amount of anticipation, it's official: AT&T has announced that it's acquiring Time Warner for the equivalent of $85.4 billion in cash and stock. The move gives one of the US' largest telecoms control over some of the biggest names...

Facebook's Messenger app for Windows 10 now does calls

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:27:00 -0400

(image) Facebook has quietly upgraded its Messenger app for Windows 10 with the ability to make voice and video calls, VentureBeat has discovered. No more leaving the app to ring up a friend through a browser. If that new-but-familiar phone or camera icon th...