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Snowden's preferred email provider, Lavabit, has been resurrected

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:33:00 -0500

(image) Lavabit, the encrypted email provider Edward Snowden favored, has risen from the ashes with more security features than before. If you'll recall, company chief Ladar Levison shut it down in 2013 instead of complying with the government's demand to ha...

Tesla's big Autopilot update is now active on newer cars

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:59:00 -0500

(image) Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot has been months in the making, but it's finally here -- no, for real this time. After days of laying dormant, the upgrade is now active for all HW2-era (that is, self-driving capable) Model S and Model X vehicles with Autop...

Apple is reportedly reinventing the iPhone's fingerprint reader

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:32:00 -0500

(image) Future iPhones may revolve around more than just an eye-catching curved display. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who frequently (though not always) has a knack for hardware scoops, believes that Apple is designing a whole new Touch ID fingerprin...

Google rolls out Instant Tethering for your Android devices

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:01:00 -0500

(image) The latest version of Google Play Services comes with a feature that can ensure all your devices are always online. Austrian journalist Andreas Proschofsky has posted a screenshot on his Google+ account showing a new feature called "Instant Tethering...

Shia LaBeouf starts a 4-year livestream to protest Trump

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:28:00 -0500

(image) If you were determined to make a political protest through art, and had the luxuries of both fame and modern technology? For Shia LaBeouf, it's simple: start an ambitious livestreaming project. The actor (along with Nastja Säde Rönkkö...

An electric scooter is the perfect vehicle for quick jaunts

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:00:00 -0500

(image) We have a plethora of options for getting around in an urban area. Buses, taxis, Uber, monorails, light rail and dirigibles (well, probably not the last one) make travel in big cities easier. But for those looking for a bit more freedom and fun, ther...

Recommended Reading: Video games and the issue of slavery

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0500

(image) How Historical Games Integrate or Ignore Slavery Amanda Kerri, Rock Paper Shotgun Video games certainly don't claim to always offer a depiction of the "real world," but for those titles rooted in historical events, how the narrative addresses cert...

Styr's system of health gadgets exists to sell you supplements

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:30:00 -0500

(image) I'm the kind of guy who can always stand to lose a few pounds. The Styr Lab regimen seemed like a great way to do so. When I first saw it at TechCrunch's Disrupt event in San Francisco last September, I was genuinely excited to give the fitness-track...

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid...

ICYMI: A soft robot sleeve to keep your heart going

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:30:00 -0500

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: A soft robotic device made by Harvard and Boston Children's Hospital researchers has been tested on pigs and so far, seems quite promising in treating heart disease. The robotic heart wraps around parts of existi...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

(image) Letter from the Editor It's official. Welcome to Trump's America, everybody. And while there were plenty of eyes on the president-elect's questionable cabinet choices this past week, Obama still managed to make some headlines of his own. Among them...

CBS and Paramount settle lawsuit with 'Star Trek' fan film

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:38:00 -0500

(image) It's been a wild ride for the folks behind the Axanar Star Trek fan film, but it's finally over -- the fan production group has settled its lawsuit with CBS and Paramount. The terms of the agreement aren't completely clear, but both parties have anno...

'Inside' team teases its next project following company turmoil

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:23:00 -0500

(image) It's been quite the week for Playdead fans. First came some explanation for why the typically lock-jawed studio behind Limbo and Inside lost one of its cofounders last July. Then, the team tweeted out a teaser image for its next project. Absolutely n...

Unfollowing @POTUS could be difficult right now (update: explained)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:32:00 -0500

(image) While we only just learned of the transition plan for Obama Administration social media accounts, things aren't going quite as many users expected. Currently, many people have reported that despite unfollowing (or, in some cases, apparently never fol...

Samsung can't use in-box warranty to kill Galaxy S4 lawsuit

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:59:00 -0500

(image) Oh Samsung. When the company isn't busy recalling cellphones and washing machines for being safety hazards, it's busy fighting its customers in court. In 2015, Daniel Norcia contended that he was misled by Samsung about the capabilities of his Galaxy...

The Vine Archive will keep the videos looping forever

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:11:00 -0500

(image) Vine won't be going away after all. The six-second video service that gave the world "on fleek" and an enthusiastic community of homegrown celebrities will live on in the Vine Archive, a time capsule dedicated to the site's all-too-brief four year li...

Researchers use ultrasound to push helpful RNA inside cells

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:23:00 -0500

(image) Scientists at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have been able to push strands of RNA (ribonucleic acid) into colon cells using bursts of ultrasound waves. The treatment, thanks to how RNA can reprogram the production of proteins, dramatically red...

'House of Cards' returns for its fifth season on May 30th

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:29:00 -0500

(image) Netflix couldn't have found a more ideal moment to tease season five of House of Cards. In the midst of Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the US, the streaming service announced that its hit show is returning on May 30th. The sloga...

Track Trump will keep tabs on the President's first 100 days

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:39:00 -0500

(image) President Trump was clear about the goals of his first 100 days in office before the election was even over, eventually laying out those goals in a PDF titled "Donald Trump's Contract with the American Voter." While Trump's policies can often be obsc...

South Korean 'World of Warcraft' cooking show goes live tonight

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:14:00 -0500

(image) The seminal MMORPG World of Warcraft may have dwindled from its peak of 12 million players back in 2010, but Blizzard's still supporting the 12-year-old game with content and events. To celebrate the latest expansion, Legion, the studio built an elab...

Trump at 2AM: The new Oval Office in virtual reality

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:54:00 -0500

(image) Donald Trump stands before me with a grim look on his face, lightly leaning against the Oval Office's Resolute desk. Moonlight pours in through the office's rear windows as a phone quietly rings. It's 2am, and something has happened -- and a new Pres...

Kickstarter shuts down sketchy Adoptly campaign

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:41:00 -0500

(image) About a week ago, a brain-dead campaign hit Kickstarter. Adoptly promised that adoption was "just a swipe away" through its Tinder-style app that let you find adoptable children. It was a terrible way to frame such a service, and something about the...

Tesla's latest 100D models focus on range, not power

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:27:00 -0500

(image) Tesla has proved that the Model S P100D goes as fast as you'd ever want, and it now has a model that goes farther than ever. As expected, it quietly started selling the Model S 100D with the same battery as the P100D, but lacking the performance twea...

Giuliani as Trump's cybersecurity adviser is an unfunny joke

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:02:00 -0500

(image) I had just finished hacking the Gibson when I heard the news: Rudy Giuliani, the guy who said he was gonna solve cybersecurity, had just been named Trump's cyber advisor. I hopped onto our hacker mafia's government-proof encrypted chat app to make su...

Apple sues Qualcomm for $1 billion in royalty dispute

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:37:00 -0500

(image) Apple has filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm, claiming that for many years, the chip manufacturer has "unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with," CNBC reports. This marks the end of a rough week...