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Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 (16 hours old)

The priciest Android Wear watch around is also one of the best...

The Stuff Hot Five (1 day old)

Here are the top five products worth your time and money this week

App of the week: Arkanoid vs Space Invaders (1 day old)

Two classic games collide in a breezy and frenetic mobile arcade blast

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (2 days old [26/05/17])

PlayStation's iconic orange marsurpial is back, just as you remember him

Smartphone Supertest 2017: What's the best phone right now? (2 days old [26/05/17])

Eight superb smartphones, but which should you splash out on?

Stuff Gadget Podcast Episode 26 - the one with the two-star mangle (2 days old [26/05/17])

The latest episode of the Stuff Gadget Podcast is now live!

Apple iPhone 8: Everything we know so far (2 days old [26/05/17])

UPDATE 26/05: There'll be no home button, according to the latest reports

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 (2 days old [26/05/17])

Still the final word in baffling beat-em-up subtitles

ION360 wants to be the most talented phone case ever (2 days old [26/05/17])

It charges, protects and takes 360-degree videos

7 reasons why Far Cry 5 will be the series' best yet (2 days old [26/05/17])

The open-world shooter sets its sights on Bible-bashing America

Slashdot

Walt Mossberg's Last Column Calls For Privacy and Security Laws (1 hour 20 minutes old)

70-year-old Walt Mossberg wrote his last weekly column Thursday, looking back on how "we've all had a hell of a ride for the last few decades" and revisiting his famous 1991 pronouncement that "Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn't your fault." Not only were the interfaces confusing, but most tech products demanded frequent tweaking and fixing of a type that required more technical skill than most people had, or cared to acquire. The whole field was new, and engineers weren't designing products for normal people who had other talents and interests. But, over time, the prod[...]

Leaked 'Standing Rock' Documents Reveal Invasive Counterterrorism Measures (3 hours old)

An anonymous reader writes: "A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures," reports The Intercept, decrying "the fusion of public and private intelligence operations." Saying the private firm started as a war-on-terror contractor for the U.S. military and State Department, the site details "sweeping and invasive" surveillance of protesters, citing over 100 documents leaked by one of the firm's contractors. The documents show TigerSwan even havested informatio[...]

Seven Science Journals Have A Dog On Their Editorial Board (4 hours old)

An anonymous reader writes: A professor of health policy at Australia's Curtin University got seven different science journals to put his dog on their editorial board. The dog is now associate editor for the Global Journal of Addiction & Rehabilitation Medicine, and sits on the editorial board of Psychiatry and Mental Disorders. The professor says he feels sorry for one researcher who recently submitted a paper about how to treat sheath tumors, because "the journal has sent it to a dog to review." The official profile of the dog lists its research interests as "the benefits of abdominal massa[...]

Malicious Apps Brought Ad-Clicking 'Judy' Malware To Millions Of Android Phones (5 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The security firm Checkpoint on Thursday uncovered dozens of Android applications that infected users' devices with malicious ad-click software. In at least one case, an app bearing the malware was available through the Google Play app store for more than a year. While the actual extent of the malicious code's spread is unknown, Checkpoint says it may have reached as many as 36.5 million users, making it potentially the most widely-spread malware yet found on Google Play... The nefarious nature of the programs went unnoticed in large part, according to Chec[...]

New Privacy Vulnerability In IOT Devices: Traffic Rate Metadata (6 hours old)

Orome1 quotes Help Net Security: Even though many IoT devices for smart homes encrypt their traffic, a passive network observer -- e.g. an ISP, or a neighborhood WiFi eavesdropper -- can infer consumer behavior and sensitive details about users from IoT device-associated traffic rate metadata. A group of researchers from the Computer Science Department of Princeton University have proven this fact by setting up smart home laboratory with a passive network tap, and examining the traffic rates of four IoT smart home devices: a Sense sleep monitor, a Nest Cam Indoor security camera, a WeMo smart [...]

Silicon Valley Continues To Explore Universal Basic Incomes (7 hours old)

A Silicon Valley Congressman "is pushing for a plan that has been described as a first step toward universal basic income...a long-shot $1 trillion expansion to the earned income tax credit that is already available to low-income families." An anonymous reader quotes the Mecury News: Stanford University also has created a Basic Income Lab to study the idea, and the San Francisco city treasurer's office has said it's designing pilot tests -- though the department told this news organization it has no updates on the status of that project... The problem is that giving all Americans a $10,000 an[...]

Researchers Found Perfect Contraceptives In Traditional Chinese Medicine (8 hours old)

hackingbear writes: Researchers at U.C. Berkeley found a birth control that was hormone-free, 100 percent natural, resulted in no side effects, didn't harm either eggs nor sperm, could be used in the long-term or short-term, and -- perhaps the best part of all -- could be used either before or after conception, from ancient Chinese folk medicine... "Because these two plant compounds block fertilization at very, very low concentrations -- about 10 times lower than levels of levonorgestrel in Plan B -- they could be a new generation of emergency contraceptive we nicknamed 'molecular condoms,'"[...]

Is Amazon's AWS Hiring 'Demolishing The Cult Of Youth'? (9 hours old)

Tech analyst James Governor argues that Amazon's cloud business is "demolishing the cult of youth." It just announced it is hiring James Gosling, one of the original inventors of Java... Meanwhile James Hamilton continues to completely kick ass in compute, network, and data center design for AWS... He's in his 50s. Tim Bray, one of the inventors of XML, joined Amazon in 2014. He's another Sun alumni. He's 61 now. He still codes. When you sit down with one of the AWS engineering teams you're sitting down with grownups... Adrian Cockcroft joined AWS in October 2016. He graduated in 1982, not 20[...]

New Details On Sergey Brin's Plan For The World's Largest Aircraft (10 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares The Guardian's report on plans for a new aircraft that's two-and-a-half times the size of a 747. Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a hi-tech airship in Silicon Valley destined to be the largest aircraft in the world, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the project. "It's going to be massive on a grand scale," said one, adding that the airship is likely to be nearly 200 meters [656 feet] long... Brin wants the gargantuan airship, funded personally by the billionaire, to be able to deliver supplies and food on humanitarian missions to remote locati[...]

Even For Businesses, Chrome Is The Top Browser (11 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares Computerworld's interview with David Michael Smith of Gartner. "Most enterprises still have a 'standard' browser, and most of the time, that's something from Microsoft. These days it's IE11. But we've found that people actually use Chrome more than IE... It's the most-used browser in enterprise," he said... IE retains a sizable share -- Smith called it "a significant presence" -- largely because it's still required in most companies. "There are a lot of [enterprise] applications that only work in IE, because [those apps] use plug-ins," Smith said, ticking off exa[...]

The Register

Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation (1 hour 42 minutes old)

Two coding-for-kids orgs already overlapped, now plan joint acceleration The Raspberry Pi Foundation and the CoderDojo Foundation have merged in order to combine forces and accelerate both organisation's mission to teach kids how to code.…

Arista-cats win some, lose some against Cisco (2 hours old)

Upside: it could be all over by September Both Cisco and Arista have claimed victory in the latest instalment of their intellectual property lawsuit.…

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations (3 hours old)

'Real, sophisticated, threat' may mean ban on flights to and from USA says Homeland Security head John Kelly United States Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly says he's considering a ban on laptops in airline cabins from flights that leave all nations, not just Europe and the Middle East as is currently the case.…

BA's 'global IT system failure' is due to 'power supply issue' (1 day old)

All flights from Gatwick and Heathrow cancelled British Airways CEO Alex Cruz has said the root cause of today's London flight-grounding IT systems ambi-cockup is "a power supply issue" and that the airline has "no evidence of any cyberattack".…

Sergey Brin building humanitarian blimp for lifesaving leisure (1 day old)

You may have to wait a decade or more to join him aloft In a few years, Alphabet president and Google cofounder Sergey Brin is expected to have an airship at his disposal for humanitarian missions and ferrying friends, not necessarily in that order.…

British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes (1 day old)

Nothing new in speech but then that wasn't the point British prime minister Theresa May used Facebook, Google and social media companies as a vote-winning punch bag on Friday, slamming them for not doing enough to limit extremist content online.…

Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone (2 days old [26/05/17])

Is it a Tango? Is it a 360-camera? Or is it a let-down? Android creator Andy Rubin has been running in stealth mode with his forthcoming smartphone startup Essential, but has now released a teaser picture of his new handset.…

Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon (2 days old [26/05/17])

Fast food chain cops to POS malware breach Fast-food chain Chipotle says hackers infected its point of sale terminals to gain access to card data from stores in 47 states and Washington, DC.…

Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon (2 days old [26/05/17])

Even AI researcher jobs at risk by the year 2105 Hundreds of AI researchers have taken a glimpse into their crystal balls to try to determine when machines will finally exceed human capabilities.…

TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one. (2 days old [26/05/17])

Hackers target The Donald's businesses The FBI and CIA are investigating an attempted hack on the Trump Organization.…

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BA flight disruption at Heathrow set for third day (1 hour 21 minutes old)

Some short-haul flights from Heathrow continue to be disrupted by a worldwide computer crash.

Hay Festival 2017: Stephen Fry's warning for the web (15 hours old)

Delivering a lecture at the Hay Festival, the actor said society could face "dire consequences".

General election 2017: Workers' rights v robo jobs - a quandary for all campaigns (2 days old [26/05/17])

Artificial intelligence will have a huge impact on jobs - so are the parties still committed to it?

Theresa May: Online extremism 'must be tackled' (2 days old [26/05/17])

The PM says the fight against so-called Islamic State is "moving from the battlefield to the internet".

Glitch hits Pension Regulator website (3 days old [25/05/17])

Thousands of businesses face fines as a result of a faulty server at the Pension Regulator.

Net neutrality: 'Dead people' signing FCC consultation (2 days old [26/05/17])

Campaigners say 'hundreds' have complained about their details being used to post fake comments.

Disney's Bob Iger says the film hack threat was a hoax (2 days old [26/05/17])

Chief executive Bob Iger said the company doesn't believe a ransom demand was genuine as "nothing has happened".

Subtitling systems contain 'widespread' security threat (2 days old [26/05/17])

Four popular media players are vulnerable to attack because of flaws, a security firm warns.

Google AI defeats human Go champion (3 days old [25/05/17])

Chinese Go player Ke Jie has lost two games of Go to Google's artificial intelligence.

Apple's Jonathan Ive says immigration vital for UK firms (3 days old [25/05/17])

Sir Jonathan Ive says Britain must keep its doors open to top talent if tech firms are to thrive.

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