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Mueller investigation obtains thousands of Trump transition emails

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:35:00 -0500

(image) Government-related emails are once again prompting a very public dispute -- albeit under very different circumstances than a year earlier. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has confirmed an Axios report that it obtained thousands of Trump tran...

Robotic wheelchair gives you a piggyback ride

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:03:00 -0500

(image) Most wheelchairs, even the most advanced ones, have conventional seats. They're basically furniture on wheels. And that creates problems. It can be hard to sit in the chair if you're getting out of bed, while you're stuck in a position that puts m...

What we're watching: 'The Room,' 'Mindhunter' and 'Star Trek'

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:30:00 -0500

(image) This month we're diving into the film that served as the basis for The Disaster Artist, Tommy Wiseau's The Room, as well as the Netflix series Mindhunter. Also, Cherlynn Low explains what you've been missing in Chinese imperial drama YouTube series,...

Don't expect to buy AirPods as a Christmas gift

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:05:00 -0500

(image) Still scrambling to find an audio gift for the holidays? You'll probably need to rule out Apple's AirPods. Both MacRumors and 9to5Mac have discovered that the Siri-enabled earbuds are out of stock at most of Apple's online and retail stores around th...

Tesla discourages commercial cars from using Superchargers

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:34:00 -0500

(image) Tesla's Supercharger network was originally designed to enable long-range trips and offer a viable charging option for people who can't usually top up at home or the office. They've quickly become all-purpose stations, however, which can be a pain w...

Hackers shut down plant by targeting its safety system

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:02:00 -0500

(image) Hackers have already attacked critical infrastructure, but now they're launching campaigns that could have dire consequences. FireEye reported that a plant of an unmentioned nature and location (other firms believe it's in the Middle East) was force...

The best toaster oven

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0500

(image) By Brendan Nystedt This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full a...

After Math: When you come undone

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Oh hey, what a surprise, the guy who joked just last week about how he was a "puppet FCC Chairman" in front of his former Verizon bosses just so happened to spearhead a campaign to roll back Net Neutrality protections -- something Verizon has long lo...

Ben Heck's super glue gun: Designing a better enclosure

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:30:00 -0500

(image) Karen and Ben break out the pencils and go back to the drawing board to redesign their super glue gun. After changing the auto stand in response to feedback from the element14 Community, the team is looking at how best to fit together the extrude...

Smart display button puts GIFs on your shirt

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 04:20:00 -0500

(image) The odds are that you've shown your support for a cause with a button on your shirt or backpack at some point in your life. But there's only so much button real estate you can offer, isn't there? That's where BEAM Authentic thinks it can save the d...

Pentagon funded UFO identification program for 5 years

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:44:00 -0500

(image) Recent UFO research isn't just the work of the X-Files or former pop punk stars. The New York Times has learned that the US Department of Defense quietly funded a program (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification) designed to explain UFO reports. T...

Windows 10 included password manager with huge security hole

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:40:00 -0500

(image) There's a good reason why security analysts get nervous about bundled third-party software: it can introduce vulnerabilities that the companies can't control. And Microsoft, unfortunately, has learned that the hard way. Google researcher Tavis Ormand...

YouTube took down FCC's 'Harlem Shake' video for 7 hours

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:08:00 -0500

(image) Remember when "Harlem Shake" musician Baauer said he'd take down FCC chairman Ajit Pai's video marking (and really, trivializing) the death of net neutrality? He meant it... although his effort didn't last long. The Verge notes that Baauer's label Ma...

North Korea hackers steal bitcoin by targeting currency insiders

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:37:00 -0500

(image) Bitcoin values are skyrocketing, and North Korea appears to be trying to profit from that virtual gold rush. Secureworks reports that the Lazarus Group (a team linked to the North Korean government) has been conducting a spearphishing campaign again...

CDC barred from using terms like 'science-based' in budget docs

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:06:00 -0500

(image) We can just imagine CDC personnel still shaking their heads after finding out that they can't use certain terms in official documents for next year's budget. According to The Washington Post, the Trump administration has prohibited the CDC from using...

Google won't show news from sites that hide their country of origin

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:33:00 -0500

(image) Google's ongoing quest to curb fake news now includes sites that are less than honest about their home turf. The company has updated its Google News guidelines to forbid sites that "misrepresent or conceal their country of origin" or otherwise are a...

California advises against keeping your phone in your pocket

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:02:00 -0500

(image) The jury is still out on whether or not cellphone radiation is bad for you, but California's Department of Public Health isn't taking any chances. The agency just issued an advisory that suggests residents should take steps to limit their exposure t...

Firefox faces backlash for auto-installing 'Mr. Robot' add-on

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:35:00 -0500

(image) A curious add-on called "Looking Glass" started popping up on Firefox for a number of users this past week -- even if they didn't give the browser permission to install it. Due to its nebulous nature and creepy description that only said "MY REALITY...

Netflix may run Watergate series developed by George Clooney

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:06:00 -0500

(image) Netflix's ability to reel in big-name stars may have just secured a very topical political drama. Sources for Hollywood Reporter and Variety have learned that George Clooney and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman are working on Watergate, an eight-e...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. If you're still holiday shopping (or haven't started yet), then this might be a good time to mention that Amazon extended its free shipping before Christmas deadline through today. Now, f...

Uber Eats offers insurance for its European couriers

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:57:00 -0500

(image) Uber Eats only just turned two years old, but like other "gig economy" businesses, it's facing scrutiny over how it classifies workers. In Europe, the company is partnering with Axa to offer couriers an insurance package that covers accidents, hospit...

'PUBG' tests a replay feature as it creeps toward v1.0

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:58:00 -0500

(image) Now that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has launched in Early Access on Xbox One, its next milestone is an official retail release out of beta on the PC. That's expected to happen next week, but players who can't wait have a few new tweaks to try out...

Researchers use sperm to deliver cancer drugs to tumors

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:42:00 -0500

(image) Chemotherapy has a lot of terrible side effects and that's partly because the drugs being used to fight cancer also attack healthy cells. Figuring out a way to deliver drugs to tumors without affecting healthy tissue is a challenge and a problem that...

'Jacobs letter' unsealed, accuses Uber of spying, hacking

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:33:00 -0500

(image) Waymo's lawsuit against Uber for allegedly stealing technology for self-driving cars hasn't gone to trial yet, because the judge received a letter from the Department of Justice suggesting Uber withheld crucial evidence. That letter, with some redact...

'L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files' is available now for HTC Vive

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:27:00 -0500

(image) We were excited to hear that 2011 detective simulator L.A. Noire was headed to modern consoles and the HTC Vive for some VR action. The title received some visual upgrades, too, making the jump to PS4, Xbox One and the Switch a bit more graphically a...