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Xbox adds Netflix-style video game subscriptions

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:59:06 EDT

Microsoft on Wednesday launched a subscription service for Xbox, letting players pay a monthly fee for access to a library of videogames for its console.



Novel technology applied to replace aging bridge

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:57:44 EDT

America's bridges received a grade of C+ on the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, put out by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Aging is a factor in this score—almost four in 10 of the 614,387 bridges in the U.S. are 50 years or older, and the average age keeps climbing.



Facebook aims for broad views in 'trending topics' tweak

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:25:56 EDT

Facebook on Wednesday unveiled its latest redesign to its "trending topics" feature—its latest move to give users a variety of sources on important news events.



Huge changes are likely for the new iPhone 8, including a whopper of a price tag

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:20:01 EDT

Details about the new anniversary iPhone are starting to emerge, and here's a big one: The price is likely to start at about $1,000.



Chinese tech firm LeEco reverses course in US, cuts 325 jobs

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:12:58 EDT

Cash-strapped Chinese tech firm LeEco on Wednesday confirmed that it is throttling back plans to invade the US market, cutting 325 jobs months after announcing a major expansion.



New modified toy car designs offer children with disabilities more options

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:48:21 EDT

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed two new modified toy car designs for children with disabilities in an effort to encourage them to further explore, play, and engage in physical and social activities.



Shedding light on how humans walk... with robots

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:00:06 EDT

Learning how to walk is difficult for toddlers to master; it's even harder for adults who are recovering from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other condition, requiring months of intensive, often frustrating physical therapy. With the recent boom of the robotic exoskeleton industry, more and more patients are being strapped into machines that apply forces to their legs as they walk, gently prodding them to modify their movements by lengthening their strides, straightening their hips, and bending their knees. But, are all patients benefiting from this kind of treatment? A group of scientists led by Paolo Bonato, Ph.D., Associate Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, has discovered a crucial caveat for rehabilitative exoskeletons: humans whose lower limbs are fastened to a typical clinical robot only modify their gait if the forces the robot applies threaten their walking stability.



Need cash? Facebook expands personal fundraising tools

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:23:41 EDT

Facebook is expanding its fundraising tools that let users ask friends and strangers to give them money to help pay for education, medical or other expenses.



Hyundai Ioniq: 2017's top fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:22:43 EDT

The 2017 Ioniq Hybrid is Hyundai's fuel-efficient challenger to the Toyota Prius, America's best-selling gasoline-electric hybrid.



China blocks online broadcast of computer go match

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:01:51 EDT

Internet users outside China watched a computer defeat its national go champion, but few Chinese web surfers could see it.



Qatar begins probe after state news agency hacked

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:00:38 EDT

Qatar said Wednesday it had begun an inquiry into an unprecedented security breach by hackers who posted fake news stories attributed to its ruler on highly sensitive regional political issues.



Securing large crowds a 'vexing problem'

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:23:37 EDT

Late Monday, an explosion at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England killed 22 people and injured nearly 60 others. The New York Times reported Tuesday that British authorities had identified the bomber who carried out the attack; the deadliest in Britain since 2005.



Five surprising ways holograms are revolutionising the world

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:21:20 EDT

We seem to be fascinated by holograms or at least the promise of what they can do. Think the famous Princess Leia projection in Star Wars; holographic fashion shows in New York, Hamburg and Beijing; the massive success of synthetic pop star Hatsune Miku in Japan, or recent reports of holographic politicians in France.



Facebook's moderation rules prove it's OK with being a hostile place for women

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:30:01 EDT

Every day, thousands of social media moderators scroll through feeds of threats, pornography, animal and child cruelty, car crashes and bloody beatings in order to decide what is acceptable and what must be removed. And the leaking of Facebook's training manuals means we now know what standard they are working to, allowing content most users would find abhorrent.



The difficulty of determining which internet apps track personal data

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:20:03 EDT

Anyone who spends much time online knows the saying: "If you're not paying, you're the product". That's not exactly correct.



Switching to off-peak delivery times reduces city congestion

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:50:13 EDT

In some businesses like supermarkets and restaurants, local restrictions on nighttime deliveries leave distributors no choice but to dispatch trucks during morning rush hours. But lifting these rules could reduce peak traffic volumes and increase transport efficiency, according to a recent study involving researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.



Carcinogenic soot particles from petrol engines

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:49:45 EDT

A new study led by Empa scientists finds that some direct-injection gasoline engines emit just as many soot particles as unfiltered diesel cars did in the past. Particle filters can remedy this.



New way to test self-driving cars could cut 99.9 percent of validation costs

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:42:23 EDT

Mobility researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a new way to test autonomous vehicles that bypasses the billions of miles they would need to log for consumers to consider them road-ready.



Researchers tackle autonomous vehicle security

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:26:45 EDT

Texas A&M University researchers have developed an intelligent transportation system prototype designed to avoid collisions and prevent hacking of autonomous vehicles. Modern vehicles are increasingly autonomous, relying on sensors to provide information to automatically control them. They are also equipped with internet access for safety or infotainment applications making them vulnerable to cyberattacks. This will only multiply as society transitions to self-driving autonomous vehicles in which hackers could gain control of the sensors, causing confusion, chaos and collisions.



China shuts some live streaming sites, punishes companies

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:55:27 EDT

Chinese authorities have punished dozens of companies involved in live online broadcasting and shut down 10 platforms for showing content that was pornographic, related to gambling or involved content considered superstitious and harmful to minors.



Research explores 'artificial leaf' system for solar fuel production

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:54:24 EDT

If human beings could mimic the way plants make their own fuel, it's not a stretch to say that Earth's energy needs could be solved.



Jump in renewable energy jobs worldwide: agency

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:07:45 EDT

The renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016, almost twice as many as in 2012, the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency said on Wednesday.



Samsung investigating Galaxy S8 'iris hack'

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:03:37 EDT

Samsung Electronics is investigating claims by a German hacking group that it fooled the iris recognition system of the new flagship Galaxy S8 device, the firm said Wednesday.



Qatar says state news agency hacked

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:00:07 EDT

Qatar said Wednesday its official state news agency was hacked and subsequently carried a "false statement" on sensitive regional topics attributed to the country's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.



More than play: Can video games train sailors and marines?

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:21:49 EDT

Blasting video game zombies, aliens and gangsters might not seem intellectually stimulating, but current research shows these computerized conflicts actually sharpen a range of cognitive skills—including better multitasking, increased attention span, faster reaction time and greater visual acuity.



Appeals court revives challenge to NSA surveillance practice

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:47:12 EDT

A challenge to the government's practice of collecting certain internet communications can move forward, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.



US says Fiat Chrysler used software to cheat emissions tests

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:10:01 EDT

The U.S. government is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that some of its diesel pickup trucks and Jeep SUVs cheat on emissions tests.



Target, states reach $18.5 million settlement on data breach

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:44:38 EDT

Target Corp. has reached an $18.5 million settlement over a massive data breach that occurred before Christmas in 2013, New York's attorney general announced Tuesday.



Sheffield energy experts design cooling system for Qatar 2022 stadium

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:18:30 EDT

A unique system to keep football fans and players cool at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, which was co-designed by engineers from the University of Sheffield, has been officially unveiled at the newly renovated Khalifa stadium.



Microsoft Surface gets battery boost, better viewing angles

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:04:59 EDT

Microsoft is refreshing its Surface Pro tablet with longer battery life and faster processors.