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NASA wants your pictures of clouds to verify its satellites’ data

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:47:00 -0400

(image) NASA announced this week that it's looking for some citizen scientists to help out with a project. Six orbiting instruments make up NASA's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) project and they are used to study Earth's climate and the...

Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:58:00 -0400

(image) Late Friday night, Facebook has announced it's suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) from its site. While you may not have heard of SCL, its political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica has made headlines in the last few years due to...

Standalone Oculus Go headset could debut at Facebook's F8 event

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:21:00 -0400

(image) Last year Oculus teased its standalone "Go" VR headset saying it would go on sale for $199 early in 2018. Now Variety cites unnamed sources claiming that it will debut at Facebook's F8 conference May 1st. That should provide the kind of stage Zuckerb...

Karlie Kloss' coding camp covers more cities and languages this year

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:37:00 -0400

(image) Kode with Klossy, Karlie Kloss' coding camp for girls, is expanding this year. Last year, the program offered 15 camps in 12 cities, but this summer, it's running 50 camps in 25 cities and will teach 1,000 young women between the ages of 13 and 18 ab...

Microsoft tests forcing Windows Mail users to open links in Edge

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:46:00 -0400

(image) Edge might be Windows 10's built-in browser, but it definitely isn't the most popular browser -- NetMarketShare reported just under 4 percent usage share as of February 2018, slipping well below Chrome's 59 percent. And now, it looks like the compan...

Alcatel’s Android Go phone is headed to the US

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:13:00 -0400

(image) Two of the phones Alcatel revealed last month at MWC will be coming to the US, the company confirmed. One is the affordable Alcatel 1X is the brand's first to feature Android Go, a version of the OS customized for lower-performing hardware, while the...

When China hoards its hackers everyone loses

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:45:00 -0400

(image) They say you don't notice something good until it's gone. With China's decision to restrict its information security researchers from participating in global hacking competitions, we're about to see what that looks like on the global "zero day" stage...

Vanguard I has spent six decades in orbit, more than any other craft

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:51:00 -0400

(image) As of this month, the US satellite Vanguard I has spent 60 years in orbit and it remains the oldest man-made object in space. Vanguard I was the fourth satellite launched into orbit -- following the USSR's Sputnik I and II and the US' Explorer I. But...

‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ brings dinosaurs to your phone this Spring

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:24:00 -0400

(image) Open-world survival game ARK: Survival Evolved was one of the bigger early access games back in 2015, eventually launching a couple of years later on PS4, Xbox One and Steam and gathering 13 million players in the process. Now the title is coming to...

Microsoft is giving away 'Sea of Thieves' with Xbox purchases

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:49:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft is gearing up to make playing Sea of Thieves as easy as possible. If you've heard all the hype surrounding the cartoony pirate simulator but don't already own an Xbox (or PC) to play it on, for a limited time, when you buy an Xbox One X you...

iPad users can beta test Microsoft’s Edge browser now

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:21:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft has slowly been rolling out its Edge browser to various devices; it was officially released for iPhones back in November, with the promise that an iPad version was on the way. Now, it's finally here -- but only in beta. Microsoft Edge teste...

'#WarGames' is the 'Rosemary's Baby' of interactive cinema

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0400

(image) The line between film and video game is blurring. Much of this has to do with the shifting ways we consume media: Our screens are smaller, more personal and imbued with interactivity. They're meant to be tapped, swiped, clicked and pinched, and we ex...

Facebook search briefly suggested sexual content involving kids

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:35:00 -0400

(image) Yesterday, Facebook users reported that the website's search function began suggesting autofills of their searches that included sexually explicit phrases. After typing "videos of," the predictive search feature suggested phrases like "videos of sexu...

'Battlefront II' will finally make in-game progression fair next week

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:22:00 -0400

(image) Electronic Arts' long, awkward nightmare over Star Wars Battlefront II's multiplayer progression might finally be over. With next week's patch, dubbed the "Progression" update, EA promises that Star Cards (power-ups) or any other item that impact gam...

The Puffco Peak vaporizer is a quick hit of concentrated genius

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:00:00 -0400

(image) Hell hath no fury like a stoner who has just had to dig his last nugget of honeycomb wax out of the carpet because the wad of sticky concentrate managed to fall off its dabbing tool. I mean, do you still fire it up -- carpet fuzz, cat hair and al...

Inside Google’s plan to build a smart neighborhood in Toronto

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:30:00 -0400

(image) On the Sidewalk Labs website is a 200-page document explaining its vision for a smart neighborhood in Toronto. It's packed with illustrations that show a warm, idyllic community full of grassy parks, modular buildings and underground tunnels with del...

Alexa's 'Brief Mode' makes the digital assistant way less chatty

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:18:00 -0400

(image) Not too long ago, people got creeped out by Amazon's Alexa devices randomly laughing at them. Now Jeff Bezos' digital assistant is offering folks the chance to put a sock in its mouth. Err, speaker. Reddit users first noticed that when asked to turn...

The best gaming mouse

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

(image) By Thorin Klosowski This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. After research...

Food app Ritual is sharing users' precise workplace information

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:44:00 -0400

(image) Ritual is a "social ordering" app that allows users to place an order for a meal and have it ready for pickup at a local restaurant. That's not new, but what Ritual allows is for other users to add their own food orders, or "piggyback", onto the orde...

New Yorker applied machine learning to blocked bike lane problem

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:18:00 -0400

(image) Alex Bell likes to bike around New York City, but he got fed up with how often bike lanes were blocked by delivery trucks and idling cars. So he decided to do something about it, the New York Times reports. Bell is a computer scientist and he develop...

One year later, Bixby is still half-baked

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Oh, Bixby. What am I going to do with you? It's been a year since the virtual assistant "launched" on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and since then we've seen relatively little in terms of substantive improvements. It certainly doesn't help that Injong R...

A New York town just placed a moratorium on crypto mining

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:23:00 -0400

(image) As cryptocurrency becomes a more important force in the world market, more companies are cropping up to mine it. And that, in turn, is becoming a problem for places where these miners are setting up. The town of Plattsburgh, New York, has become the...

ThinkPad X1 Yoga review (2018): Flexibility comes at a cost

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the ideal business laptop. But it's also strictly a traditional notebook. If you're looking for something a bit more flexible, the X1 Yoga might be a better option. Just like Lenovo's other Yoga machines, it has a hinge...

Apple is holding an education-focused event on March 27th

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:51:00 -0400

(image) Well, can't say we saw this one coming. We were expecting Apple to take some time this month to talk about a sequel to its popular, low-cost iPad, and maybe even share some more information about its long-awaited wireless charging mat. Instead, Apple...

A 'Narcos' video game is on the way for PC and consoles

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:26:00 -0400

(image) A video game version of Pablo Escobar could grace your monitors, asking a poor guy whether he prefers "plata o plomo" (silver or lead), as soon as next year. Narcos producer Gaumont has forged a deal with British game publisher Curve Digital to devel...