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Postmates' speedy booze delivery begins drop-offs in NYC and Texas

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 18:03
Postmates' on-demand alcohol service is now available well beyond California's borders. On top of an expansion to Miami in May, the internet delivery mainstay is now making its Drinks feature available in New York City (in Brooklyn and Manhattan) as...
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Equal Rights Center Sues Uber For Denying Equal Access To People Who Use Wheelchairs

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 17:40
The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber, alleging that the company has chosen not to include wheelchair-accessible cars as an option in its standard UberX fleet of vehicles, and excludes people who use wheelchairs in Washington, D.C. According to the lawsuit, Uber is in violation of Title 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the D.C. Human Rights Act. TechCrunch reports: After conducting its own investigation of Uber's services for people in wheelchairs, the ERC found that passengers had to wait an average of eight times longer for an accessible car to arrive. They also had to pay twice as much in fares, according to the ERC's study. Ultimately, the ERC wants Uber to integrate wheelchair accessible cars into its UberX fleet so that people who use wheelchairs don't have to wait longer and pay more to use the car service. Uber said in a statement provided to TechCrunch: "We take this issue seriously and are committed to continued work with the District, our partners, and stakeholders toward expanding transportation options and freedom of movement for all residents throughout the region."

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Gigantic Final Fantasy Projection Mapped Video On Side Of Hotel In Japan

GeekOlogy - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 17:30
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise, as well as the recent release of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Square Enix had this massive projection mapped video displayed on the side of the Intercontinental Yokohama Grand hotel in Yokohama, Japan. I wish I could have been there. Not necessarily to watch this video though, just to be in Japan. It's like when a friend goes on a tropical vacation and they get back and tell me about all the fun stuff they did and I tell them I just wish I could have been there. It's like, I really do wish I had been there, just not hanging out with you. Keep going for the video, it's worth a watch even if you just skip around.
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You won't escape Google ads in VR

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 17:12
Sorry, folks, donning a virtual reality headset won't offer a refuge from internet advertising. Google's Area 120 incubator is experimenting with online ad formats designed with VR in mind. It's a lot trickier than slapping a banner on a website, a...
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Samsung Plans To Open $380 Million Home Appliance Plant In US, Creating Almost 1,000 Jobs

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 17:00
Samsung Electronics has agreed to open a $380 million home appliance manufacturing plant in Newberry County, South Carolina. The new plant is expected to generate 954 local jobs by 2020. CNBC reports: The South Korean firm said this year it was in talks to build a home appliances plant in the United States amid worries about protectionist policies under U.S. President Donald Trump put pressure on global companies to generate jobs in the country. "With this investment, Samsung is reaffirming its commitment to expanding its U.S. operations and deepening our connection to the American consumers, engineers and innovators," Samsung Electronics America President and CEO Tim Baxter said.

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Never Give Up: Fishermen Try To Show Off Giant Carp, Carp Refuses To Hang Around

GeekOlogy - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 16:30
This is a short video of a couple fishermen trying to show off the giant carp they caught when the fish decides it's had enough of this dry land bullshit and flops its ass back into the water. I can't say I blame it. Who on earth would want to hang out on land when there are plenty of-- "Is this going to be about mermaid boobs?" Well it might be if you would let me finish. Now, where was I? "Mermaid titties." My God I love those things. "Wait, are you...crying?" I'm sorry they're just so beautiful. Keep going for the video.
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DHS won’t expand its laptop ban to all US-bound flights just yet

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 16:27
In a statement today, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced expanded security measures for US-bound flights. Kelly said the new measures were in response to terrorist groups' "renewed interest" in targeting airlines. "We cannot play intern...
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Facebook's Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men From Hate Speech But Not Black Children

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 16:20
Sidney Fussell from Gizmodo summarizes a report from ProPublica, which brings to light dozens of training documents used by Facebook to train moderators on hate speech: As the trove of slides and quizzes reveals, Facebook uses a warped, one-sided reasoning to balance policing hate speech against users' freedom of expression on the platform. This is perhaps best summarized by the above image from one of its training slideshows, wherein Facebook instructs moderators to protect "White Men," but not "Female Drivers" or "Black Children." Facebook only blocks inflammatory remarks if they're used against members of a "protected class." But Facebook itself decides who makes up a protected class, with lots of clear opportunities for moderation to be applied arbitrarily at best and against minoritized people critiquing those in power (particularly white men) at worst -- as Facebook has been routinely accused of. According to the leaked documents, here are the group identifiers Facebook protects: Sex, Religious affiliation, National origin, Gender identity, Race, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, Serious disability or disease. And here are those Facebook won't protect: Social class, continental origin, appearance, age, occupation, political ideology, religions, countries. Subsets of groups -- female drivers, Jewish professors, gay liberals -- aren't protected either, as ProPublica explains: White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets, because one of their characteristics is not protected.

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NBC Sports’ new Premier League plan is terrible for everyone

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 16:02
When NBC Sports announced its new $50 Premier League Pass yesterday, it was easy for soccer fans in the US to get excited about the ability to watch without a cable subscription. However, upon close inspection, the new broadcast structure for England...
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Nebula Isn’t Scorned in This Guardians of the Galaxy Cosplay

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 16:00

Cosplayer AmberSkies, a.k.a. Amber, undertook an intense build in the weeks before the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. She worked with Marvel to make the first screen accurate version of Nebula’s updated costume from the movie. The process started small. Amber says it began with “a pile of fabric and belts from Goodwill.” She devoted countless hours to the build over a period of five weeks. With the fabric aspects, buckles, straps, and belts in addition to the special makeup, it’s no wonder it took so long.

She shared some specific notes about the boots, which you can see a photo of below.:

I meticulously painted the detailing and shapes on these with puffy paint (haha) then went back with a drybrush of acrylic paints in various purples and browns to add the depth and highlights and shadows. The buckle and straps are vinyl strapping and worbla decked out to fit the look. The boots are originally a pretty deep red leather that I found on eBay second hand for nice and cheap

Keep up with all of Amber’s projects by following her on Facebook and/or supporting her on Patreon.

Top photo via Instagram

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Lawsuit claims Uber discriminates against people with disabilities

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:52
Uber launched a couple of new programs back in 2014 to serve people who use wheelchairs. UberAssist is a way to hail an UberX driver trained in accessibility and whose car can accommodate a folding wheelchair. UberWAV will send you an actual accessib...
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The Petya Ransomware Is Starting To Look Like a Cyberattack in Disguise

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:46
Further research and investigation into Petya ransomware -- which has affected computers over 60 countries -- suggest three interesting things: 1. Ukraine was the epicentre of the attack. According to Kaspersky, 60 percent of all machines infected were located within Ukraine. 2. The attackers behind the attack have made little money -- around $10,000. Which leads to speculation that perhaps money wasn't a motive at all. 3. Petya was either "incredibly buggy, or irreversibly destructive on purpose." An anonymous reader shares a report: Because the virus has proven unusually destructive in Ukraine, a number of researchers have come to suspect more sinister motives at work. Peeling apart the program's decryption failure in a post today, Comae's Matthieu Suiche concluded a nation state attack was the only plausible explanation. "Pretending to be a ransomware while being in fact a nation state attack," Suiche wrote, "âSis in our opinion a very subtle way from the attacker to control the narrative of the attack." Another prominent infosec figure put it more bluntly: "There's no fucking way this was criminals." There's already mounting evidence that Petya's focus on Ukraine was deliberate. The Petya virus is very good at moving within networks, but initial attacks were limited to just a few specific infections, all of which seem to have been targeted at Ukraine. The highest-profile one was a Ukrainian accounting program called MeDoc, which sent out a suspicious software update Tuesday morning that many researchers blame for the initial Petya infections. Attackers also planted malware on the homepage of a prominent Ukraine-based news outlet, according to one researcher at Kaspersky.

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Telegram will register with Russia but won't share secure data

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:36
A few days ago, we reported that Russia's communications regulator demanded that messaging app Telegram hand over information, including decrypted user messages, or risk being banned from the country. Now, Reuters reports that Telegram has agreed to...
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Guy Recreates Theme And In-Game Sound Effects For Super Mario Bros. With Bass Guitar

GeekOlogy - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:30
This is a video of musician Nathan Navarro using a bunch of guitar pedal effects to perform the Super Mario Bros theme AND the in-game sound effects for World 1-1 on his bass. It was surprisingly impressive. I especially liked the invincibility and sliding down the flagpole parts. I did not like the part where my boss told me to stop watching videos on my laptop because this is supposed to be a meeting. Nobody likes getting called out. Especially considering my mom was here for Bring A Parent To Work Day. Keep going for the video.
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Fox Sports brings its 'virtual suite' to Gold Cup VR broadcasts

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:20
Fox Sports is no stranger to VR. The network broadcasted Super Bowl 51 via a virtual suite of sorts, for instance. Now Fox is taking that further with the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer championship. The footie action starts July 8th with the USA vs. Panam...
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Google Photos' AI-powered sharing is now available

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:02
Google is making good on its promise of AI-assisted photo sharing. A Google Photos upgrade arriving this week uses machine learning to suggest pictures based on both your own sharing habits, the people in the photos, and whether or not they're part o...
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Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage May Be Hurting Workers, Report Finds

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:01
As companies look for ways to cut costs, Seattle's $15 minimum wage law may be hurting hourly workers instead of helping them, according to a new report. From a USA Today article: A report (PDF) from the University of Washington (UW), found that when wages increased to $13 in 2016, some companies may have responded by cutting low-wage workers' hours. The study, which was funded in part by the city of Seattle, found that workers clocked 9 percent fewer hours on average, and earned $125 less each month after the most recent increase. "If you're a low-skilled worker with one of those jobs, $125 a month is a sizable amount of money," Mark Long, a UW public-policy professor and an author of the report told the Seattle Times. "It can be the difference between being able to pay your rent and not being able to pay your rent."

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Canada says court order to pull Google results applies worldwide

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:46
In 2012, Canadian manufacturer Equustek asked Google to remove search results relating to a court case against Datalink, a distributor of the former company's network devices. While Google complied with the request, it only did so in Canada itself. T...
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DNC hires ex-Uber engineer as its chief technology officer

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:31
The Democratic National Committee has selected ex-Twitter VP Raffi Krikorian as its chief technology officer. Krikorian was until recently the senior director of engineering at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center, but left the company in February.
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Artistic AI paints portraits of people who aren't really there

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:31
Mike Tyka paints the portraits of people who don't exist. The subjects of his ephemeral artwork are not born from any brush. Rather, they are sculpted -- roughly -- from the digital imagination of his computer's neural network.
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