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Google's new super-secure email is crazy strong but not for the forgetful

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:20:02 EDT

Google on Tuesday rolled out a nasty-complicated but insanely secure version of its Google accounts aimed at "those who need it most," such as journalists, politicians and activists. It's not pretty but stands a good chance of keeping the bad guys out.



Microsoft's Windows 10 update bets on a bigger virtual-reality role for PC

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:00:03 EDT

Microsoft is trying to nudge laptop and deskbound computers to interact with the three-dimensional world.



Advertising startup gives college students gigs as human billboards

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:50:02 EDT

Jonah Friedl was trying to persuade his fellow Washington State University students to come eat at the hotel where he worked and felt like Facebook and social-media ads were his only option.



Review: Need to scan your old photos? Epson FastFoto will make it fast and easy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:40:02 EDT

I would bet good money that everyone reading this has a box (or album) of old photos in their closet or attic.



California education firm Chegg buys Berlin math app startup

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:10:15 EDT

Two Berlin math wizards have solved a problem that confounds many a startup company in the German capital: how to build a popular product and sell it for profit within a few years.



Facebook bug puts Pittsburgh users in Philadelphia for a day

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:02:23 EDT

Facebook users in Pittsburgh and other western and central Pennsylvania locations have found themselves transplanted to Philadelphia for a day.



Capturing CO2 from the air for accelerating growth of algae

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:42:42 EDT

A new air capture technology, developed by the University of Twente, captures CO2 from atmospheric air in a cheap and efficient way. The CO2, in turn, is used for growing algae, as a promising feedstock in the bio based economy. Another application is a closed cycle for storing solar and wind energy.



The difference between cybersecurity and cybercrime, and why it matters

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:41:41 EDT

A Texas woman in her 50s, let's call her "Amy," met a man online calling himself "Charlie." Amy, who lived in Texas, was in a bad marriage. Charlie said he was a businessman and a Christian, and wooed her. "He was saying all the right things," Amy later told the FBI. "He was interested in me. He was interested in getting to know me better. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there." Early on, Charlie told her he was having some problems with his business and needed money. She wanted to help.



A simple technique using common materials could lead to significantly cheaper solar cells

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:37:45 EDT

In the search for alternatives to silicon-based solar cells, A*STAR researchers are investigating a new material that is cheaper and easier to make, and could lead to better performing solar cells.



Hydroelectric power plants have to be adapted for climate change

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:28:06 EDT

Of all the electricity produced in Switzerland, 56 percent comes from hydropower. The life span of hydroelectric plants, which are massive and expensive to build and maintain, is measured in decades, yet the rivers and streams they depend on and the surrounding environment are ever-changing. These changes affect the machinery and thus the amount of electricity that can be revised. EPFL's Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines (LMH) is working on an issue that will be very important in the coming years: the impact of sediment erosion on turbines, which are the main component of this machinery. The laboratory's work could help prolong these plants' ability to produce electricity for Switzerland's more than eight million residents.



Opinion: Passengers have a lot to say about self-driving cars – industry should listen

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:00:01 EDT

Society's fear of driverless cars is somewhat baffling to me. Given that car crashes attributable to human error cause more than 1 million vehicle deaths every year1, it's those human-driven cars people should be afraid of. Yet all of us today get behind the wheel and simply trust that the cars coming toward them in the opposite lane will stay where they're supposed to. From my point of view, unless those are self-driving cars, we should all be terrified.



Robot wars: US smashes Japan in giant days-long duel

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:35:33 EDT

In scenes reminiscent of films like "Transformers", a giant US robot fighting machine swung a "chainsaw sword" to chop a Japanese opponent into submission in a battle watched by tens of thousands online.



Scientists develop robot with learned motor control

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:03:32 EDT

The two main pitfalls of robots that imitate the human body are control and cost. Researchers from the MoCoTi European project have designed a prototype of a robot that learns how to actuate its own limbs, and that can be easily duplicated. The device, consisting of a control system and a tendon-driven robotic arm, might be the first step toward low-cost humanoid robotics.



China mobile users tap phones to 'applaud' president's speech

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:33:50 EDT

Missed out on the orchestrated applause at China's Communist Party Congress? Cheer up: this being China, you can join the praise through your mobile phone.



Solar panels offer a lifeline in Rohingya refugee camps

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:10:01 EDT

The squalid camps in Bangladesh that are now home to nearly 600,000 newly arrived Rohingya have no running water and barely any toilets, but they do have power—thanks to a proliferation of solar panels.



You decide the plot: Social media shows shake TV drama

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:00:02 EDT

Cliffhanger endings where television audiences are left holding their breath for the next episode may never be the same again.



House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:51:07 EDT

Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media.



LG, Qualcomm join hands for autonomous driving

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:49:09 EDT

LG Electronics said Thursday that it will work with Qualcomm to jointly research and develop autonomous driving technologies.



Gimmick or game-changer: Is Virtual Reality the future of film?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:48:59 EDT

Virtual Reality will change the face of cinema in the next decade—but only if content keeps up with the advances in technology, industry experts at the Busan International Film Festival predict.



Researchers developing autonomous snake-like robots to support search-and-rescue teams

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:35:25 EDT

A team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has received a three-year, $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to create autonomous snake-like robots that can navigate more naturally and easily through the rubble, confined spaces, and rough terrain left in the aftermath of a disaster and send images and information to search-and-rescue teams.



Samsung's revamped Bixby takes on Amazon Alexa

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:11:57 EDT

Samsung on Wednesday announced it is upgrading its Bixby digital assistant and making it available for a range of connected devices, setting up a clash with Amazon's Alexa and others competing for leadership in artificial intelligence.



Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:26:44 EDT

Twitter is vowing to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweetstorm that the company is not doing enough to protect its users.



Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:25:56 EDT

The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring "intuition" has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday.



Minnesota submits low-budget bid for Amazon

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:38:47 EDT

Minnesota filed its bid for Amazon's second headquarters on Wednesday, hoping to get a great deal on a mammoth development plum by offering a package of financial incentives likely far smaller than other states.



Is 3-D printing living up to the hype?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:13:07 EDT

The growth in 3-D printing is allowing manufacturers to reduce production time and save money. Metal fabrication shops, industrial firms and engineers are also capitalizing on the technology. But the predicted mass production of 3-D printed products for consumers has not yet come to pass. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explains how industry is using the technology.



Poll: Despite mobile options and cord-cutting, sports fans still turn on the TV

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:14:18 EDT

Despite the growth of mobile technology and viewing options, when sports fans want to watch a game, they turn to traditional live TV, according to results of a UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll released today.



Shell opens its first electric vehicle charging points

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:03 EDT

Shell opened its first electric vehicle recharging points at three gas stations in Britain on Wednesday, part of the oil giant's efforts to respond to a global push toward zero-emission vehicles.



EU says data privacy deal with US can be improved

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:42:55 EDT

The European Union says that the one-year-old rules governing data transfers with the U.S. are working well but that some improvements can still be made to the system to guarantee EU citizens' privacy protection.



Nielsen says it will report on who's watching streamed shows

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:42:39 EDT

The Nielsen company, which has long measured viewership of television programs, now says it has a way to collect and widely spread details about how many people watch programming produced by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.



Twitter steps up fight against sexual harassment

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:42:08 EDT

Twitter has announced tough new rules on tweets containing "non-consensual nudity" and sexual harassment, which could be seen as fallout from the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal.