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Formlabs acquires Pinshape, an online 3D printing community/marketplace (Brian Heater/TechCrunch)

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:Formlabs acquires Pinshape, an online 3D printing community/marketplace  —  By the time the Form 1 began shipping to Kickstarter backers, the market was already flooded with countless 3D printers built around the same basic plastic extruding technology.  —  But Formlabs offered something different.

Samsung Smart Home Flaws Let Hackers Pick Connected Doors From Anywhere In the World

(37 minutes ago)
Researchers have discovered flaws in Samsung's Smart Home automation system, which if exploited, allows them to carry a range of remote attacks. These attacks include digitally picking connected door locks from anywhere in the world. The flaws have been documented by researchers from the University of Michigan ahead of the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. "All of the above attacks expose a household to significant harm -- break-ins, theft, misinformation, and vandalism," the researchers wrote in a paper. "The attack vectors are not specific to a particular device and are broadly applicable." Dan Goodin, reports for Ars Technica: Other attacks included a malicious app that was able to obtain the PIN code to a smart lock and send it in a text message to attackers, disable a preprogrammed vacation mode setting, and issue a fake fire alarm. The one posing the biggest threat was the remote lock-picking attack, which the researchers referred to as a "backdoor pin code injection attack." It exploited vulnerabilities in an existing app in the SmartThings app store that gives an attacker sustained and largely surreptitious access to users' homes. The attack worked by obtaining the OAuth token that the app and SmartThings platform relied on to authenticate legitimate users. The only interaction it required was for targeted users to click on an attacker-supplied HTTPS link that looked much like this one that led to the authentic SmartThings login page. The user would then[..]

Microsoft HoloLens has a 1.04 GHz quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 16,500 mWh battery, 32-bit version of Windows 10 (Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

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Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:Microsoft HoloLens has a 1.04 GHz quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 16,500 mWh battery, 32-bit version of Windows 10  —  Microsoft HoloLens - Here are the full processor, storage and RAM specs  —  When it comes to Microsoft's HoloLens, there is a lot of magic, creativity …

Microsoft acquires Italian IoT platform Solair to integrate into its Azure IoT Suite (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

(One hour ago)
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:Microsoft acquires Italian IoT platform Solair to integrate into its Azure IoT Suite  —  Microsoft acquires Italian IoT platform Solair  —  Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Solair, an Italy-based IoT service that was founded in 2011 (and not the U.S.-based company that makes retractable awnings).

Taking a 'Gap Year' Before College Is a British Tradition That's Becoming a Big Trend In The US

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An anonymous user cites an article on Quartz: Today, many U.S. universities not only allow admitted students to take a year off before beginning their studies, but encourage it. In 2000, Harvard's admissions officers co-authored an article titled "Time Out or Burn Out for the Next Generation," in which they suggest admitted students combat the mounting pressures of secondary and post-secondary education (and modern life in general) by taking a year off. [...] The term "gap year" caught on in the US about a decade ago, when Prince William and Prince Harry took planned time off before entering university in the UK, according to Holly Bull, president of an independent agency called Interim Programs that helps US pre-college students plan their time off. Bull's father founded the agency in 1980 to promote the concept. "I've basically watched the trend grow from its inception in the U.S.," she says. "And while I wouldn't call it mainstream now, we've seen a lot of growth." This growth has led to a burgeoning "gap year" planning services industry, populated by an increasing number of consulting agencies such as Bull's. The American Gap Association (AGA), founded in 2012, oversees this industry, acting as a kind of accreditation agency. Based on the programs it reviews, the AGA estimates that between 30,000 and 40,000 students annually take a planned "gap year" in the U.S., and that the number of students doing this has grown by between 20% and 30% each year since 2006."The growing[..]

Microsoft now taking developer submissions for upcoming Bot Directory (Dan Thorp-Lancaster/Windows Central)

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central:Microsoft now taking developer submissions for upcoming Bot Directory  —  During Build 2016, Microsoft announced its intent to build a repository for third-party chat bots made using its open source Bot Framework, and now the tech giant is accepting submissions from developers ahead of its launch.

'I'll Make Their Life Miserable': Tech CEO Bullies Low-income Vendors By His Home

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An anonymous reader quotes an article on The Guardian that has caused a spark on social media: A Silicon Valley tech CEO has sparked backlash for comments slamming local fruit vendors, saying he would "make their life miserable" and "destroy" their produce if they were stationed near his house -- making him the latest wealthy Californian entrepreneur to publicly rail against low-income people. Mark Woodward, CEO of software company Invoca, published -- and later deleted -- a Facebook post saying that he would have no qualms about aggressively harassing unauthorized fruit sellers in his neighborhood if they got near his home. "I would go out there and make their life miserable. I would do whatever it took to make them leave. If that meant destroying some of their produce, or standing out there with signs to chase everyone away, Or just making them very uncomfortable, I would do that in a heartbeat." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Shopify announces partnership with Postmates, giving more than 21K small businesses a same-day delivery option (Jason Del Rey/Re/code)

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:Shopify announces partnership with Postmates, giving more than 21K small businesses a same-day delivery option  —  More than 21,000 small businesses can add same-day delivery through Postmates  —  For delivery startup Postmates to be effective long-term, its courier network needs to be busy all day, not just during peak meal times.

Oceans Could Soon Not Have Enough Oxygen To Support Marine Life

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An anonymous reader writes: As the climate continues to change in response to the increasing amount of carbon humans pump into the atmosphere, the oceans are being particularly hard hit from melting Arctic sea ice, acidification, and warming surface temperatures. Yet those are not the only difficulties that marine life has to deal with, as a new study reports that the oceans are also losing oxygen. As the majority of marine life relies on the oxygen dissolved in the oceans, it is worrying that noticeable differences have been observed in the gas concentrations in the world's waters. The reduction in oxygen will have profound effects on ocean biodiversity, though as the study published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles shows, not all regions will be affected in the same way or over the same period of time."Loss of oxygen in the ocean is one of the serious side effects of a warming atmosphere, and a major threat to marine life," said lead author Matthew Long of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. "Since oxygen concentrations in the ocean naturally vary depending on variations in winds and temperature at the surface, it's been challenging to attribute any deoxygenation to climate change. This new study tells us when we can expect the impact from climate change to overwhelm the natural variability."[..]

Giphy launches a keyboard for iOS called Giphy Keys (Jordan Crook/TechCrunch)

(2 hours ago)
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:Giphy launches a keyboard for iOS called Giphy Keys  —  With all of Giphy's integrations with chat platforms, it was only a matter of time before the betaworks-backed GIF platform launched its own keyboard.  —  World, welcome Giphy Keys into the mix.  —  The Giphy Keys third-party keyboard launches …

Google rebrands monthly OTA patch release for Nexus devices as Android Security Bulletin, fixes two critical Mediaserver flaws (Michael Mimoso/Threatpost)

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Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:Google rebrands monthly OTA patch release for Nexus devices as Android Security Bulletin, fixes two critical Mediaserver flaws  —  Google Patches More Trouble in Mediaserver  —  Google has re-branded its monthly patch release, bringing a new name and new scope to the newly renamed Android Security Bulletin.

Ubuntu Founder Pledges No Back Doors In Linux

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Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu Foundation, gave an interview to eWeek this week ahead of Ubuntu Online Summit (UOS). In the wide-ranging interview, Shuttleworth teased some features that we could expect in Ubuntu 16.10, and also talked about security and privacy. From the report: One thing that Ubuntu Linux users will also continue to rely on is the strong principled stance that Shuttleworth has on encryption. With the rapid growth of the Linux Foundation's Let's Encrypt free Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificate platform this year, Shuttleworth noted that it's a good idea to consider how that might work in an integrated way with Ubuntu. Overall, he said, the move to encryption as a universal expectation is really important. "We don't do encryption to hide things; we do encryption so we can choose what to share," Shuttleworth said. "That's a profound choice we should all be able to make." Shuttleworth emphasized that on the encryption debate, Canonical and Ubuntu are crystal clear. "We will never backdoor Ubuntu; we will never weaken encryption," he said. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Vanguard Group says glitch fixed on app for Apple devices

(3 hours ago)
BOSTON (Reuters) - Vanguard Group has fixed a software application after a glitch caused some clients to see inflated account balances on their Apple mobile devices, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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Lab-Grown Meat Is In Your Future, and It May Be Healthier Than the Real Stuff

(3 hours ago)
An anonymous reader shares an article on The Sydney Morning Herald:Scientists and businesses working full steam to produce lab-created meat claim it will be healthier than conventional meat and more environmentally friendly. But how much can they improve on old-school pork or beef? In August 2013, a team of Dutch scientists showed off their lab-grown burger (cost: $435,000) and even provided a taste test. Two months ago, the American company Memphis Meats fried the first-ever lab meatball (cost: $23,700 per pound). Those who have tasted these items say they barely differ from the real deal. The Dutch and the Americans claim that within a few years lab-produced meats will start appearing in supermarkets and restaurants. And these are not the only teams working on cultured meat (as they prefer to call it). Another company, Modern Meadow, promises that lab-grown "steak chips" -- something between a potato chip and beef jerky -- will hit the stores in the near future, too. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Vanguard Group says glitch fixed on app for Apple devices

(3 hours ago)
BOSTON (Reuters) - Vanguard Group has fixed a software application after a glitch caused some clients to see inflated account balances on their Apple mobile devices, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Sources: Fiat Chrysler partners with Google to develop self-driving prototypes based on its Pacifica minivans, will build vehicles starting this year (Bloomberg)

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Bloomberg:Sources: Fiat Chrysler partners with Google to develop self-driving prototypes based on its Pacifica minivans, will build vehicles starting this year  —  Fiat, Google Plan Partnership on Self-Driving Minivans  —  Cooperation would be tech company's first with a carmaker

Tim Cook Defends Apple, Teases Exciting New Products In The Pipeline

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anderzole quotes a report from BGR: Apple's earnings report last week saw the company report a year over year decline in profits for the first time since 2003. The biggest contributing factor to the decline, not surprisingly, is that year over year iPhone sales dropped by 16%. Notably, Apple's most recent quarter represents the company's first iPhone sales decline in history. Consequently, the usual contingent of pundits and analysts have come out of the woodwork, all exclaiming that we've reached 'peak iPhone' and that Apple at this point has nowhere to go but down. In an effort to inject a bit of good news and all-around optimism to a particularly negative Apple news cycle, Tim Cook earlier today appeared on CNBC with Jim Cramer where the Apple CEO teased that Apple's still has a lot of innovation left to do and some interesting items in the product pipeline. "We've got great innovation in the pipeline," Cook said to Cramer. "New iPhones that will incentivize you and other people that have iPhones today to upgrade to new iPhones. We are going to give you things you can't live without that you just don't know you need today. That has always been the objective of Apple is to do things that really enrich people's lives. That you look back on and you wonder, how did I live without this." Read more of this[..]

Google given access to patient records

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Google has signed an agreement with the Royal Free London NHS Trust to gain access to data of hundreds of thousands of patients.

Adblock Plus and Flattr launch a publisher payment system, Flattr Plus, which distributes payments among sites from a monthly budget after taking a 10% cut (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

(5 hours ago)
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:Adblock Plus and Flattr launch a publisher payment system, Flattr Plus, which distributes payments among sites from a monthly budget after taking a 10% cut  —  Adblock Plus and Flattr's new project will let users automatically donate money to websites  —  Adblock Plus and Flattr today …

India rejects Apple's request to import and sell refurbished iPhones in the country (Saritha Rai/Bloomberg)

(5 hours ago)
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:India rejects Apple's request to import and sell refurbished iPhones in the country  —  India Thwarts Apple's Plan to Sell Cheaper Refurbished IPhones  —  Company is also seeking permission to open retail stores  —  Apple's seeking new sources of growth as iPhone sales plateau

Researchers Solve One Of The Biggest Mysteries About How Water Flows On Mars

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An anonymous reader writes: Not only is water flowing on Mars, it's also boiling. This experiment published today in Nature Geoscience solves one of the major mysteries about the surface of the red planet. Gizmodo writes, "Researchers built a chamber simulating the conditions and atmosphere of Mars, then put ice in there to melt. The ice did melt and the water from it flowed -- but there was also a surprise. The surface of the water boiled as it flowed, and that boiling was strong enough to move not just the water but also dirt and debris surrounding the streams. Importantly, temperature was not the major factor in this boiling water, it was due to the pressure of the atmosphere." You may remember pictures of flowing water on Mars which surfaced last year. One would think the summer temperatures should be too cold for water to flow on Mars (as seen in the images), however, the water that flows on Mars is a salty-brine which lowers the freezing point of the water. So how does the water manage to carve out the landscape so quickly and visibly? Easy: the boiling water theory. Boiling water hits a boiling stage along its surface, where it kicks up dust and dirt and debris in the water's wake. The research team did see the boiling water move debris, but they also saw collapses along the sides of the flows. The boiling and disturbance it causes etches those lines on Mars clearly enough for satellites to notice them.[..]

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Eureka! How to make discoveries at the speed of light

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Soundcloud launches Spotify competitor

(10 hours ago)
Music streaming service Soundcloud launches a UK subscription service to rival the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

Brazil blocks WhatsApp in probe row

(10 hours ago)
A Brazilian judge blocks messaging service WhatsApp for 72 hours after its owner Facebook failed to hand over information required in a criminal investigation.

Novel Model Illustrates The Finer Details Of Nuclear Fission

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mdsolar quotes a report from Phys.Org: For nearly 80 years, nuclear fission has awaited a description within a microscopic framework. In the first study of its kind, scientists collaborating from the University of Washington, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, developed a novel model to take a more intricate look at what happens during the last stages of the fission process. Using the model, they determined that fission fragments remain connected far longer than expected before the daughter nuclei split apart. Moreover, they noted the predicted kinetic energy agreed with results from experimental observations. This discovery indicates that complex calculations of real-time fission dynamics without physical restrictions are feasible and opens a pathway to a theoretical microscopic framework with abundant predictive power. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Amazon launches a dedicated website for Prime Now express delivery service, expanding beyond mobile app (Todd Bishop/GeekWire)

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:Amazon launches a dedicated website for Prime Now express delivery service, expanding beyond mobile app  —  Amazon's Prime Now comes to the web, expanding beyond mobile app  —  Amazon today launched a website for its Prime Now one- and two-hour delivery service, offering a new option …

Uber enables global e-hailing through Alipay to fend against Lyft/Didi alliance (Johana Bhuiyan/Re/code)

(12 hours ago)
Johana Bhuiyan / Re/code:Uber enables global e-hailing through Alipay to fend against Lyft/Didi alliance  —  Starting today, Uber riders from China won't have to worry about language barriers or currency when traveling outside of the country.  —  Now, riders will be able to pay for and hail a ride in the Alipay app …

China Creates World's First Graphene Electronic Paper

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An anonymous reader writes from a report published on Tech Times: China has developed the world's first graphene electronic paper that can possibly revolutionize the screen displays on electronic gadgets such as wearable devices and e-readers. Developed by Guangzhou OED Technologies in partnership with another company in the Chongqing Province, the material is also the world's lightest and strongest material in prevalence today. It's 0.335 nanometers thick and can be used to create hard or flexible graphene displays. Graphene e-paper comes with the capability to conduct both heat and electricity, and it can supposedly enhance optical displays to a brighter level, owing to its high-light transmittance properties. What about cost? Since it's derived from carbon, graphene-based e-papers can be easily produced cost-effectively. Traditional e-papers use indium metal for their display, which is very expensive and rare to source. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The weight of evidence indicates Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto (Nik Cubrilovic/New Web Order)

(15 hours ago)
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:The weight of evidence indicates Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto  —  Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto  —  Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto.  He wasn't Satoshi Nakamoto before or after Wired and Gizmodo suspected him to be last year, and he still isn't Satoshi Nakamoto …

Tech:NYC, a new tech industry lobbying group, launches, with Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong as co-chairs and members including Google, Facebook, and Uber (Colin Lecher/The Verge)

(15 hours ago)
Colin Lecher / The Verge:Tech:NYC, a new tech industry lobbying group, launches, with Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong as co-chairs and members including Google, Facebook, and Uber  —  Google, Facebook, Uber, and others join new NYC tech industry lobbying group  —  A new, New York City-based technology advocacy group has launched …

UAE To Build Artificial Mountain To Improve Rainfall

(15 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes: The United Arab Emirates is in the early stages of developing an artificial mountain that would force air upwards and create clouds that could produce additional rainfall. While the Middle East and Africa continues to get hotter, researchers are further motivated and more desperate for solutions to maximize rainfall. "Building a mountain is not a simple thing," said NCAR scientist and lead researcher Roelof Bruintjes. "We are still busy finalizing assimilation, so we are doing a spread of all kinds of heights, widths and locations [as we simultaneously] look at the local climatology." The specific location has yet to be decided on as the team is still testing out different sites across the UAE. "If [the project] is too expensive for [the government], logically the project won't go through, but this gives them an idea of what kind of alternatives there are for the long-term future." Bruintjes said. "If it goes through, the second phase would be to go to an engineering company and decide whether it is possible or not." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

WhatsApp blocked in Brazil for 72 hours following court order; carriers must comply or face $142K in daily fines (The Intercept)

(16 hours ago)
The Intercept:WhatsApp blocked in Brazil for 72 hours following court order; carriers must comply or face $142K in daily fines  —  WhatsApp, Used by 100 Million Brazilians, Was Shut Down Nationwide Today by a Single Judge  —  A BRAZILIAN STATE JUDGE ordered mobile phone operators to block nationwide …

Kim Jong-Un Bans All Weddings, Funerals And Freedom Of Movement In North Korea

(16 hours ago)
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Weddings and funerals have been banned and Pyongyang is in lockdown as preparations for a once-in-a-generation party congress get underway in North Korea. The ruling Worker's Party of Korea, headed by the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, is due to stage the first gathering of its kind for 36 years on Friday. Free movement in and out of the capital has also been forbidden and there has been an increase in inspections and property searches, according to Daily NK, which claims to have sources in the country. The temporary measures are said to be an attempt to minimize the risk of "mishaps" at the event, according to Cheong Joon-hee, a spokesman at South Korea's Unification Ministry. Meanwhile, North Korea has been conducting missile tests left and right, many of which have failed miserably. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GE Healthcare buys out Microsoft's 50% stake in healthcare startup Caradigm (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:GE Healthcare buys out Microsoft's 50% stake in healthcare startup Caradigm  —  Microsoft sells 50% stake in Caradigm healthcare startup to GE  —  Microsoft is no longer an investor in Bellevue-based healthcare startup Caradigm, selling off its stake this month to General Electric.

LG's New Fingerprint Sensor Doesn't Need A Button

(17 hours ago)
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: LG Innotek has developed a fingerprint sensor that's placed under a glass surface instead of in a physical button, the company announced Sunday. The new sensor could lead to smartphones that you can unlock by placing your finger on the phone screen. The LG-owned electronics parts manufacturer achieved this by cutting out a 0.01-inch thick slot in the lower part of a smartphone's cover glass, and then inserting a very thin fingerprint sensor into it. In other words, the sensor is still under the cover glass, but the slot moves the sensor close enough to the surface to read a fingerprint. That way, the sensor is protected from water and scratches, and can be installed anywhere under the phone's glass surface. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

China Probes Baidu Over False Medical Ads After Student Dies

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hackingbear writes: China's Internet regulator said on Monday it will send a team to investigate Baidu Inc over the death of a university student who used the Chinese search engine to look for treatment for his rare cancer, and to find an experimental treatment offered by the Second Hospital of Beijing Armed Police Corps, which eventually proved ineffective. Before dying, Wei accused Baidu online of promoting false medical information, as well as the hospital for misleading advertising in claiming a high success rate for the treatment, state radio said. The post attracted a large public outcry. Baidu says around one quarter of its revenues come from medical and health-care advertisers. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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