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Sinkhole Opens In Street, Scooter Rider Drives In

GeekOlogy - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:30
This is some traffic cam footage of a sinkhole swallowing a street in China, and a scooter driver plunging in afterwards. Thankfully, the driver escaped with only minor injuries, which is a relief because I assumed he plummeted straight to the center of the earth and was burned alive. Minor injuries sound way better than that, but nowhere near as sweet as winning the lottery. Keep going for the whole video. Also, I liked how his headlight flashes around in the hole for a second before it disappears. I don't know why, but I did.
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Researchers use encryption to keep patients’ DNA private

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:21
There are a lot of valid security concerns when it comes to genetic testing and keeping your genome under wraps. But researchers at Stanford University have figured out a way to keep the vast majority of your genomic data hidden while looking for dis...
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Comcast's new sports guide makes it easier to find games and scores

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:02
Comcast has made some useful tweaks to its sports guide for X1 on set-top boxes and the Xfinity Stream App just in time for the NFL preseason. On X1, the top of the sports guide now has landing pages for every major league and sport including soccer,...
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Driverless Cars Need a Lot More Than Software, Ford CTO Says

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:00
In an interview, Ken Washington, Ford's Chief Technical Officer, shared company's views on how autonomy will change car design. From an article: The biggest influence will be how the cars are bought, sold and used: "You would design those vehicles differently depending on what business model (is being used). We're working through that business model question right now," he said. The biggest misconceptions about autonomous capabilities is that it's only about software: "People are imagining that the act of doing software for autonomy is all you need to do and then you can just bolt it to the car," he said. "I don't think it's possible to describe what an autonomous vehicle is going to look like," he added.

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Walmart may use a blimp to deploy its delivery drones

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:42
Hey, Amazon: you aren't the only one who pictures blimps full of delivery drones. Walmart has applied for a patent on "gas-filled carrier aircrafts" that would serve as airborne bases, helping courier drones fly to homes they couldn't reach if they...
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Guy Takes His 97-Year Old Grandpa For A Ride In His Tesla, Old Man Loses His Mind With All The Features

GeekOlogy - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:30
This is a video of Toronto, Canada commercial real estate broker Zev Gitalis taking his 97-year old grandfather for a spin in his new Tesla. His grandpa is very impressed with all the features, almost to the point of losing his mind. You know I rode in a Tesla once, I thought it was okay. "That was a Taurus." I was wondering why it took almost a minute to hit 60MPH. In grandpa's own words: I haven't had an experience like this in my life, I don't remember ever seeing such forward looking things. That's what they are. They look like a century from now. Oh, to be old again. Honestly, I was more impressed with his grandpa's mental clarity than I was with the car. When I'm 97 (which is incredibly unlikely) I'm just hoping I don't poop my pants waiting in line for my fast food breakfast in the morning. And it BETTER be fast. Come on -- I don't have much time left on this planet, how long do hash browns take?! Also, nice try, Elon, but I recognize a thinly veiled Tesla commercial when I see one. Keep going for the video. It's pretty sweet.
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Supreme Court Asked To Nullify the Google Trademark

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:20
Is the term "google" too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That's the question before the US Supreme Court. From a report: What's before the Supreme Court is a trademark lawsuit that Google already defeated in a lower court. The lawsuit claims that Google should no longer be trademarked because the word "google" is synonymous to the public with the term "search the Internet." "There is no single word other than google that conveys the action of searching the Internet using any search engine," according to the petition to the Supreme Court. It's perhaps one of the most consequential trademark case before the justices since they ruled in June that offensive trademarks must be allowed. The Google trademark dispute dates to 2012 when a man named Chris Gillespie registered 763 domain names that combined "google" with other words and phrase, including "googledonaldtrump.com."

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Watch Google’s Android O event right here at 2:40PM ET

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:19
During today's solar eclipse, Google will be unveiling its latest OS, Android O. The release event and livestream will begin at 2:40 PM Eastern. "Watch the solar eclipse unveil the Android O superhero. Trust us, it'll be extra sweet," said Google.
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‘Star Wars Battlefront II' space skirmishes put Yoda in the cockpit

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:16
Star Wars: Battlefront II may have a single-player mode -- a first for the series -- but that doesn't mean multiplayer is taking a back seat. Electronic Arts showed off the large-scale, multiplayer Starfighter Assault mode for the first time in a liv...
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Brawl in the post-apocalypse in the next 'Overwatch' map: Junkertown

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:04
We're currently enjoying Overwatch's summer event (including our favorite addition, the grilldad Soldier 76 skin) and looking forward to the recently-announced deathmatch modes coming to the game. In other words, we weren't expecting much during Game...
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'The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs' promises biggest-ever pets expansion

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:00
In the close-to-three years since its release on PC, The Sims 4 has broken down gender barriers, freed itself from the shackles of the suburbs, and even found time to cater to Mac and console gamers. But, there's been something amiss from the lives o...
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Celebrate 10 years of 'BioShock' with a $200 boxset

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:46
It's hard to believe, but as of today, the extremely influential BioShock is ten years old. To commemorate the art-deco shooter's birthday, publisher 2K will release a fancy commemorative edition of the claustrophobic, undersea morality tale on Novem...
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Intel Launches 8th Generation Core CPUs

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:40
Reader joshtops writes: Today Intel is launching its new 8th Generation family of processors, starting with four CPUs for the 15W mobile family. There are two elements that make the launch of these 8th Gen processors different. First is that the 8th Gen is at a high enough level, running basically the same microarchitecture as the 7th Gen. But the key element is that, at the same price and power where a user would get a dual core i5-U or i7-U in their laptop, Intel will now be bumping those product lines up to quad-cores with hyperthreading. This gives a 100% gain in cores and 100% gain in threads. Obviously nothing is for free, so despite Intel stating that they've made minor tweaks to the microarchitecture and manufacturing to get better performing silicon, the base frequencies are down slightly. Turbo modes are still high, ensuring a similar user experience in most computing tasks. Memory support is similar -- DDR4 and LPDDR3 are supported, but not LPDDR4 -- although DDR4 moves up to DDR4-2400 from DDR4-2133. Another change from 7th Gen to 8th Gen will be in the graphics. Intel is upgrading the nomenclature of the integrated graphics from HD 620 to UHD 620, indicating that the silicon is suited for 4K playback and processing.

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Classic: Video Of A Pig Falling For The Old Carrot On A Stick Trick

GeekOlogy - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:30
This is a video of Banks (presumably like Piggy Banks?) the pig getting tricked into exercising with the old carrot on a stick ruse. You know I actually tried the same thing with my dog once with much less impressive results, presumably because she doesn't give a shit about carrots. Then I replaced the carrot with a Sim Jim and...yeah. There's a reward if you find her. Keep going for the video.
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One week with Google Assistant

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:30
I had been in a years-long relationship with Siri when my affair with the Google Assistant began. It started innocently enough. Assistant made me laugh with some silly jokes, and we played a cute game she made in the Allo chat app called "Emoji Movie...
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AT&T's latest tablet is basically a vehicle for DirecTV Now

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:14
AT&T would really, really like you to try DirecTV Now. So much so, in fact, that it's releasing a tablet where its streaming video services are the centerpiece. The Primetime is a mostly unremarkable 10-inch LTE slate in terms of hardware (more o...
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Google Home's Bluetooth audio feature is available to all

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:00
Google has opened up its Home smart speaker in a big way. Today the search giant has added Bluetooth audio to the device for everyone, after teasing it back at I/O in May and slowly rolling out to select users after that. This is perfect if your app...
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UK.gov To Treat Online Abuse as Seriously as Hate Crime in Real Life

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:00
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service has pledged to tackle online abuse with the same seriousness as it does hate crimes committed in the flesh. From a report: Following public concern about the increasing amount of racist, anti-religious, homophobic and transphobic attacks on social media, the CPS has today published a new set of policy documents on hate crime. This includes revised legal guidance for prosecutors on how they should make decisions on criminal charges and handle cases in court. The rules officially put online abuse on the same level as offline hate crimes -- defined as an action motivated by hostility or prejudice -- like shouting abuse at someone face-to-face. They commit the CPS to prosecuting complaints about online material "with the same robust and proactive approach used with online offending." Prosecutors are told to consider the effect on the wider community and whether to identify both the originators and the "amplifiers or disseminators."

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Any Tesla will soon pull your personal settings from the cloud

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:38
There aren't a lot of formalities for new Tesla feature launches -- if CEO Elon Musk decides to tweet something then it's coming, and probably soon. A case in point is new cloud-based driver profiles. "We are going to move all info and settings to th...
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Battle Ready: Shots Of A Chameleon Wieldling Tiny Weapons

GeekOlogy - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:30
These are several shots of 2-year old Olive the chameleon wielding tiny weapons. In owner Emma Ward's own words while I try to teach my dog how to wield a bow and arrow without accidentally shooting me in the ass while my back is turned. *ahem* Margaret -- that WAS an accident, right? "Knowing she likes to grasp anything that goes in her hands, I thought Lego swords and Evangelion weapons would be an interesting idea," Ward told Chron.com. She got the nearly 2-year-old Olive in April 2016 from a reptile exhibition in Detroit, and they have been best friends ever since. Great, so not only are chameleons masters of camouflage, but they can also wield weapons now. Obviously, it's only a matter of time before some evil villain employs an army of weaponized chameleons to do his bidding for him. And on that day THE WORLD WILL BE MINE -- MWAHAHAHAHA! "Because you are that evil villain?" That's what I was insinuating, yes. Keep going for a couple more shots as well as somebody else's flying squirrel holding some weapons and somebody else's teensy chameleon holding a gun because you should never have to go into battle yourself (unless it's a duel, in which case teaming up is generally frowned upon).
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