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Life Finds a Way as Jeff Goldblum Returns for Jurassic World 2

Gizmodo - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 21:53

Did you watch the first Jurassic World and think, “This needs more Jeff Goldblum?” Well, you’re in luck for the sequel. Life found a way.

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Google Maps can remember where you parked on Android and iOS

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 21:53
Google Maps already lets you know when parking at your destination might be difficult, but the app's latest navigation feature aims to make things even easier after you've arrived. The helpful parking location features we saw last month just became o...
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Verizon's $70 Gigabit internet plan misses both targets

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:44
Yesterday Verizon announced the launch of Fios Gigabit Connection, as "the nation's largest deployment of gigabit Internet connection service." It even promised a $70 per month price standalone, however, as people tried to sign up a few shortcomings...
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Oregon Fines Man For Writing a Complaint Email Stating 'I Am An Engineer'

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:40
pogopop77 quotes a report from Motherboard: In September 2014, Mats Jarlstrom, an electronics engineer living in Beaverton, Oregon, sent an email to the state's engineering board. The email claimed that yellow traffic lights don't last long enough, which "puts the public at risk." "I would like to present these facts for your review and comments," he wrote. This email resulted not with a meeting, but with a threat from The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying [stating]: "ORS 672.020(1) prohibits the practice of engineering in Oregon without registration -- at a minimum, your use of the title 'electronics engineer' and the statement 'I'm an engineer' create violations." In January of this year, Jarlstrom was officially fined $500 by the state for the crime of "practicing engineering without being registered." Since the engineering board in Oregon said Jarlstrom should not be free to publish or present his ideas about the fast-turning yellow traffic lights, due to his "practice of engineering in Oregon without registration," he and the Institute for Justice sued them in federal court for violating his First Amendment rights. "I'm not practicing engineering, I'm just using basic mathematics and physics, Newtonian laws of motion, to make calculations and talk about what I found," he said. Sam Gedge, an attorney for the Institute for Justice, told Motherboard: "Mats has a clear First Amendment right to talk about anything from taxes to traffic lights. It's an instance of a licensing board trying to suppress speech."

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US ISP Goes Down As Two Malware Families Go To War Over Its Modems

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:00
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: Two malware families battling for turf are most likely the cause of an outage suffered by Californian ISP Sierra Tel at the beginning of the month, on April 10. The attack, which the company claimed was a "malicious hacking event," was the work of BrickerBot, an IoT malware family that bricks unsecured IoT and networking devices. "BrickerBot was active on the Sierra Tel network at the time their customers reported issues," Janit0r told Bleeping Computer in an email, "but their modems had also just been mass-infected with malware, so it's possible some of the network problems were caused by this concomitant activity." The crook, going by Janit0r, tried to pin some of the blame on Mirai, but all the clues point to BrickerBot, as Sierra Tel had to replace bricked modems altogether, or ask customers to bring in their modems at their offices to have them reset and reinstalled. Mirai brought down over 900,000 Deutsche Telekom modems last year, but that outage was fixed within hours with a firmware update. All the Sierra Tel modems bricked in this incident were Zyxel HN-51 models, and it took Sierra Tel almost two weeks to fix all bricked devices.

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What Will Stop Uber From Being Just Another Failure in the Sky?

Gizmodo - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:20

Flying cars have been a Sci-Fi prediction since rubber first hit the road with the street automobile, but the fantasy of flying cars has always been just that—a fantasy. For some reason, Uber thinks it can transform this pie-in-the-sky concept into actual vehicles cruising through the air.

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Facebook Shows Related Articles and Fact Checkers Before You Open Links

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:20
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article. In its next step against fake news, Facebook today begins testing a different version of its Related Articles widget that normally appears when you return to the News Feed after opening a link. Now Facebook will also show Related Articles including third-party fact checkers before you read an article about a topic that many people are discussing. If you saw a link saying "Chocolate cures cancer!" from a little-known blog, the Related Article box might appear before you click to show links from the New York Times or a medical journal noting that while chocolate has antioxidants that can lower your risk for cancer, it's not a cure. If an outside fact checker like Snopes had debunked the original post, that could appear in Related Articles too. Facebook says this is just a test, so it won't necessarily roll out to everyone unless it proves useful. It notes that Facebook Pages should not see a significant change in the reach of their News Feed posts. There will be no ads surfaced in Related Articles.

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A Run in the Altra IQ Smart Shoes

AdaFruit - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:10
Apparently I’m not only a slow runner, but also a lopsided one. The running shoe company Altra is currently shipping a smart shoe that includes an app for iOS and Droid. During a one hour run I was able to see that my left foot was hitting harder in the heel and staying on the ground longer than my right. That could explain why on longer faster runs my left knee gives out first. All it took was a phone coupled to the Altra IQ shoes to obtain run data. The Altra IQ provides the usual data about cadence, pace and distance which are of course included with the app. Those options would be standard for any fitness tracker. However, the fun part is observing how the left and right foot differ from each other when reviewing the shoe impact and accelerometer data.
  1. Landing Zone (midfoot-strike) (88% L | 96% R)
  2. Ground Contact Time (340ms L | 328 ms R)
  3. AVG Impact Rate (553 L | 530 R)

 

Altra has hit a home run in terms of being the first in making a friendly shoe that looks completely normal, but is in fact loaded with cutting edge technology. There are a few things I would have liked to have been able to do with this product which are not available right now:

  • Droid based iFit account creation (I had to use iOS for that step) when coupling to the shoes for the first time.
  • A way to overlay elevation data with landing zone, ground contact time and average impact rate. I suspect going up and down hills would change what my feet are doing. In the meantime I can record separate sections going uphill, downhill and flats and see what those look like.
  • Force sync options – I’m struggling to push data from the App to iFit’s site to see other possible views.
  • Raw data – At this time there is no raw data to download which would be fun to make my own graphs with. A CSV file, XML or something easy to parse would be ideal.
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Netflix gets its shows into China through iQiyi licensing deal

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:07
While Netflix has dominated much of the streaming content market, it's been blocked by regulators in a major region: China. Having previously licensed content to LeEco (which is currently dealing with its own problems) as far back as 2014, the compan...
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AT&T Brings Fiber To Rich Areas While the Rest Are Stuck On DSL, Study Finds

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 18:40
According to a new study from UC Berkeley's Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, AT&T has been focused on deploying fiber-to-the-home in the higher-income neighborhoods of California, giving wealthy people access to gigabit internet while others are stuck with DSL internet that doesn't even meet state and federal broadband standards. Ars Technica reports: California households with access to AT&T's fiber service have a median income of $94,208, according to "AT&T's Digital Divide in California," in which the Haas Institute analyzed Federal Communications Commission data from June 2016. The study was funded by the Communications Workers of America, an AT&T workers' union that's been involved in contentious negotiations with the company. By contrast, the median household income is $53,186 in California neighborhoods where AT&T provides only DSL, with download speeds typically ranging from 768kbps to 6Mbps. At the low end, that's less than 1 percent of the gigabit speeds offered by AT&T's fiber service. The median income in areas with U-verse VDSL, which ranges from 12Mbps to 75Mbps, is $67,021. In 4.1 million California households, representing 42.8 percent of AT&T's California service area, AT&T's fastest speeds fell short of the federal broadband definition of 25Mbps downloads and 3Mbps uploads, the report said.

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Scientists successfully grew fetal lambs inside 'uterus-like' bags

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 18:16
Doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a new artificial womb that could soon be helping the tens of thousands of critically preterm (younger than 26 weeks) births in the US each year. According to a new paper published in the j...
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An Airline Pilot Captured This Beautiful Timelapse Footage of the Milky Way

Gizmodo - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 18:15

As a passenger on an airplane, it’s not easy to shoot footage from your plane’s tiny window. But when you’re the pilot, with a large window to watch the night sky, you it’s possible to capture some amazing aerial footage of the Milky Way.

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Netflix Is Now In China Via a Deal With iQiyi

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 18:10
randomErr writes: Last year, Netflix tried to go into China but ran into regulatory issues. So Netflix has entered into a licensing deal with iQiyi. iQiyi was founded in 2010 by Baidu in a very similar way that Google owns YouTube. What Netflix content will be shown and how the subscription service will work has yet to be announced.

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Murdered Woman's Fitbit Nails Cheating Husband

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:40
BarbaraHudson writes: A murdered woman's Fitbit data shows she was still alive an hour after her husband claims she was murdered and he was tied up, contradicting her husband's description of events. New York Daily News reports: "Richard Dabate, 40, was charged this month with felony murder, tampering with physical evidence and making false statements following his wife Connie's December 2015 death at their home in Ellington, Tolland County. Dabate called 911 reporting that his wife was the victim of a home invasion, alleging that she was shot dead by a 'tall, obese man' with a deep voice like actor Vin Diesel's, sporting 'camouflage and a mask,' according to an arrest warrant. Dabate alleged her death took place more than an hour before her Fitbit-tracked movements revealed."

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Fans resurrect 'Tomb Raider' in your web browser

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:37
If you need a reminder of how far video games have come since the mid-90s, look no further than OpenTomb. Over the past four years, a handful of devoted developers have been rebuilding the original five Tomb Raider games from scratch, and the City of...
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So, We've Come To This: $425 Designer Men's Jeans That Look Like They're Covered In Mud

GeekOlogy - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:30
These are the $425 Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans designed by New York City based 'luxury fresh denim brand' PRPS and available from Nordstrom. For reference, the most I've ever paid for a pair of jeans was $120 (which I only did once), and they made my ass look like f***ing magic. These make your ass look like you went snorkeling in a Porta-Potty at a music festival. Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty. Yeah, but you are afraid to get down and dirty, that's why you paid $425 for a pair of jeans that make you look like you did when you didn't. You could have just gone and fixed a tractor or fed the hogs and earned that mud. *guy walks into bar wearing a pair of Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans* OMG I think that dude just got banged by a mud-monster! Keep going for several more shots.
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AT&T Launches Fake 5G Network in Desperate Attempt to Seem Innovative

Gizmodo - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:16

Have you heard? AT&T is going to “pave the way for the next generation of faster speeds” with something called 5G Evolution. No, it’s not actually a new 5G network, the much hyped successor to 4G that’s supposed to change the way we connect to the internet. It’s just a re-branded 4G offering, and AT&T’s sad attempt at…

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EU Lawmakers Include Spotify and iTunes In Geoblocking Ban

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: European Union lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban online retailers from treating consumers differently depending on where they live and expanded their proposed law to include music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple's iTunes. Ending so-called geoblocking is a priority for the European Commission as it tries to create a single market for digital services across the 28-nation bloc, but many industries argue that they tailor their prices to specific domestic markets. The proposal, which will apply to e-commerce websites such as Amazon, Zalando and eBay, as well as for services provided in a specific location like car rental, forbids online retailers from automatically re-routing customers to their domestic website without their consent. In a blow for the book publishing and music industries, European Parliament members voted to include copyright-protected content such as music, games, software and e-books in the law. That would mean music streaming services such as Spotify and iTunes would not be able to prevent, for example, a French customer buying a cheaper subscription in Croatia, if they have the required rights.

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This prosthetic arm is powered by Bluetooth and your mind

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:53
Robotic limbs aren't a new technology, though the range of motion and strength of such limbs continue to improve. Controlling prosthetics with your mind is another area of refinement, but they're typically connected directly to a patient's brain. A n...
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