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Scientists can make your inner monologue audible

(5 minutes ago)
When you hear someone else speak, specific neurons in your brain fire. Brian Pasley and a bunch of his colleagues discovered this at the University of California, Berkeley. And not only that, but those neurons all appeared to be tuned to specific...

Richard Branson Reacts to Virgin Galactic Crash

(23 minutes ago)
Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, sent out a message on Twitter on Friday after his company's SpaceShipTwo rocket exploded.

HP's smartwatch lacks sensors and touchscreen, has 7 day battery life; starts at $349, Nov. 7 (Michael Hsu/Wall Street Journal)

(23 minutes ago)
Michael Hsu / Wall Street Journal:HP's smartwatch lacks sensors and touchscreen, has 7 day battery life; starts at $349, Nov. 7  —  Michael Bastian Creates a Smartwatch That Looks Like a Watch  —  High-tech meets high-style in the MB Chronowing from Michael Bastian and Hewlett-Packard.  —  of  —  By

Qualcomm Begins Contributing To Reverse-Engineered Freedreno Linux Driver

(23 minutes ago)
An anonymous reader writes: For over two years there's been a Freedreno driver project that's been reverse-engineering Qualcomm's Adreno graphics hardware. Freedreno consists of both a user-space Gallium3D driver providing OpenGL / OpenGL ES support and a DRM/KMS kernel driver to replace Qualcomm's open-source kernel driver designed just around Android's needs. The community-based, reverse-engineering Freedreno driver project is finally paying off and gaining critical momentum with Qualcomm now contributing to the driver. QuIC through the Aurora Forum provided Adreno A4xx hardware support to the Freedreno MSM kernel driver. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

ASUS' ROG G751: a properly oversized gaming laptop

(41 minutes ago)
So, you noticed that NVIDIA has trotted out its latest GPU architecture and you're wondering if you should retire your old gaming laptop for something with a little more... pep. You aren't alone. Every time NVIDIA downsizes its flagship GPUs for the...

Richard Branson Reacts to Virgin Galactic Crash

(One hour ago)
Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, sent out a message on Twitter on Friday after his company's SpaceShipTwo rocket exploded.

Larry Page interview: Silicon Valley has become short-sighted; too few investors are chasing breakthrough technologies\ (Richard Waters/Financial Times)

(One hour ago)
Richard Waters / Financial Times:Larry Page interview: Silicon Valley has become short-sighted; too few investors are chasing breakthrough technologies\  —  FT interview with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page  —  Even the search engine's original mission is not big enough for what he now has in mind

Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

(One hour ago)
jenningsthecat writes: DARPA's Terahertz Electronics program has created "the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured." The Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (TMIC), boasts a gain of 9dB — previously unheard of for a monolithic device in this frequency range. Plus, the status of "fastest" has been certified by Guinness — seriously! ('Cause you might not trust DARPA, but you gotta trust Guinness — right?). In related news, DARPA has also created a micro-machined vacuum power amplifier operating at 850 GHz, or 0.85 THz. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

(One hour ago)
sciencehabit writes: Like cops tracking the wrong person, physicists seeking to identify dark matter — the mysterious stuff whose gravity appears to bind the galaxies — may have been stalking the wrong particle. In fact, a particle with some properties opposite to those of physicists' current favorite dark matter candidate — the weakly interacting massive particle, or WIMP — would do just as good a job at explaining the stuff, a quartet of theorists says. Hypothetical strongly interacting massive particles — or SIMPs — would also better account for some astrophysical observations, they argue. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

HP teamed up with a fashion designer to make a stunning smartwatch

(One hour ago)
As beautiful as the look of the Moto 360 is, there are people who would prefer something that's styled more like a traditional watch. For this, the MB Chronowing, created by fashion designer Michael Bastian and engineered by HP, could be the perfect...

Oracle's Larry Ellison isn't done building his legacy

(One hour ago)
Larry Ellison may no longer be CEO of Oracle, but he's not going anywhere anytime soon. Indeed, as executive chairman and CTO, Ellison is now in a position to focus solely on creating new products and services that will cement his legacy as he enters the twilight of a legendary career in tech.

Google Flu Trends to incorporate data from CDC after greatly overestimating number of cases in the US for the 2012-13 flu season (Steve Lohr/New York Times)

(One hour ago)
Steve Lohr / New York Times:Google Flu Trends to incorporate data from CDC after greatly overestimating number of cases in the US for the 2012-13 flu season  —  The New Thing in Google Flu Trends Is Traditional Data  —  Google is giving its Flu Trends service an overhaul — “a brand new engine,” as it announced in a blog post on Friday.

Five questions for the woman who's 3D printing edible fruit

(2 hours ago)
In the last few years 3D printing has gone from a niche within a niche, to one of the most headline-grabbing fields in tech. Consumers haven't exactly embraced the technology, but it is beginning to trickle down into the homes of more hobbyists and...

Facebook says you can be social and secure, acquires .onion address for Tor users

(2 hours ago)
The so-called darknet, which is accessible via the anonymizing Tor network, has a reputation for being home to many disreputable sites. But now the biggest social network in the world is available via Tor. Facebook announced Friday that it is available to Tor users via a .onion address--the pseudo-top-level-domain used by Tor hidden services.

Microsoft Band first impressions: clunky hardware, useful software; tile interface works well (David Pierce/The Verge)

(2 hours ago)
David Pierce / The Verge:Microsoft Band first impressions: clunky hardware, useful software; tile interface works well  —  Wearing the Microsoft Band, the next big thing in fitness tracking  —  I've been wearing it for two hours, and I'm still acutely aware that it's there.  This is the first and most unavoidable thing …

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

(2 hours ago)
Fallen Kell writes: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has crashed. "'During the test. the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle,' the company said in a statement. "The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time.'"" ABC says one person is dead, and another injured. This was the craft's fourth powered test flight, and its first since January. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sprint extends $20 lease program to Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Sport (Roger Cheng/CNET)

(3 hours ago)
Roger Cheng / CNET:Sprint extends $20 lease program to Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Sport  —  The program, where customers essentially rent a phone, was originally launched with Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  —  Sprint is doubling down on its smartphone leasing programing.  —  Starting Friday …

Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

(3 hours ago)
HughPickens.com writes: Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Education Department wants to make sure loan programs that prey on students don't continue their abusive practices. Now Kimberly Hefling reports that for-profit colleges who are not producing graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs. In order to receive federal student aid, the law requires that most for-profit programs, regardless of credential level, and most non-degree programs at non-profit and public institutions, including community colleges, prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation" (PDF). To meet these "gainful employment" standards, a program will have to show that the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. "Career colleges must be a stepping stone to the middle class. But too many hard-working students find themselves buried in debt with little to show for it. That is simply unacceptable," says Duncan. "These regulations are a necessary step to ensure that colleges accepting federal funds protect students, cut costs and improve outcomes. We will continue to take action as needed." But not everyone is convinced the rules go far enough. "The rule is far too weak to address the grave misconduct of predatory for-profit colleges," writes David Halperin. "The administration missed an opportunity to[..]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo reportedly crashes after launch

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Virgin Galactic's latest plane/rocket, dubbed "SpaceShipTwo", reportedly crashed shortly after takeoff this afternoon above the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Director Stu Witt told Bakersfield, California's KGET that the plane crashed east...

Despite Android TV push, Google Play Movies & TV app comes to Roku set-top boxes (Tom Cheredar/VentureBeat)

(3 hours ago)
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:Despite Android TV push, Google Play Movies & TV app comes to Roku set-top boxes  —  The latest app making its debut in the Roku Channel store today is Google Play Movies & TV, which is the search giant's digital media store for buying and renting videos.  —  The move is a tad interesting …

Facebook now available through Tor browsers at an onion address, SSL still enabled (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

(3 hours ago)
Andy Greenberg / Wired:Facebook now available through Tor browsers at an onion address, SSL still enabled  —  Why Facebook Just Launched Its Own ‘Dark Web’ Site  —  Facebook has never had much of a reputation for letting users hide their identities online.  But now the world's least anonymous website has just joined the Web's most anonymous network.

Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

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dkatana writes: The ongoing deployment of internet-of-things devices is already creating serious issues and discussions about the privacy of users, IoT security, and the potential threat of cyber criminals taking control of sensors and smart devices connected to the Internet. Security and privacy concerns associated with smart meters are why they are currently "optional" in several countries. That's the case in the Netherlands after consumer organizations and privacy watchdog groups campaigned vigorously to stop the mandatory smart meter deployment. A report from researchers at Tilburg University claimed that "smart meters have the capacity to reveal quite privacy-sensitive information, thus affecting not only informational privacy but also privacy of the home and of family life." This now applies to televisions as well — an article in Salon discusses the author's new "smart" TV, which came with a 46-page privacy policy. Quoting: "It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect 'when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.' It records 'the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.' It ignores 'do-not-track' requests as a considered matter of policy. It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Banking giant BBVA Compass partners with Dwolla for real-time transfers at reduced fees (Ben Popper/The Verge)

(4 hours ago)
Ben Popper / The Verge:Banking giant BBVA Compass partners with Dwolla for real-time transfers at reduced fees  —  A banking giant and payment startup unite to modernize money transfer  —  As the mainstream adoption and subsequent uproar around Apple Pay has shown, people are beginning to expect …

Not really into the iPhone 6? Sprint lets you rent the Galaxy S5, too

(4 hours ago)
If you prefer to carry Samsung's most recent handset instead of that newfangled iPhone 6, Sprint is now offering the Android option for lease. Until now, the carrier allowed customers to rent Apple's phone for $20 a month for two years. After that,...

Sky could be preparing to launch an MVNO on Vodafone's network

(4 hours ago)
When BT finally gets round to launching its own-brand mobile network running on EE's 4G infrastructure, it'll join Virgin Media and TalkTalk as a provider of all four main telecoms services: TV, internet, fixed-line telephone and mobile. This would...

Tech or Treat! Halloween Stunts From Google, Lyft, Amazon

(4 hours ago)
Silicon Valley is feeling festive this Halloween, with tech companies offering treats like a mummy T-Rex or a ride with an otherworldly passenger.

Apologetic Microsoft unleashes Xim globally for Android, Win Phone

(4 hours ago)
Apparently caught off guard by strong demand for Xim, a mobile photo-sharing app from its Fuse Labs researchers, a regretful Microsoft has released it globally for Android and Windows Phone, while promising iOS support is due soon.

Court rules cops can demand fingerprints, not passcodes, to unlock smartphones

(4 hours ago)
If police suspect that you've committed a crime, the odds are pretty good that they'll want to search your smartphone for evidence. Whether they can actually search your phone depends on the security method you've picked--if any--to protect the device. Use Touch ID? Turn over those fingerprints. Have a passcode? You're home-free.

How CIOs Can Keep Their Jobs by Picking the Right Vendors

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I was taken by a customer presentation by Stephen Rayda, CTO of Purdue Pharma, at this week's EMC Analyst Summit. Like all pharmaceutical firms, Purdue faces a lot of pressure -- and it just got a new CEO to boot. He asked which departments didn't need his attention; luckily, IT was the only one to make that list.

Twitter's MoPub ad exchange grabs Verizon tracking cookies, and more may follow

(4 hours ago)
Earlier this week we told you privacy and security critics were concerned about how Verizon inserts unblockable cookies into HTTP requests sent via the company's wireless network. One of the major concerns was that other companies might use this identifier, called a UIDH, and potentially build a dossier on a user's web usage.

FCC: A range of net neutrality options remain on the table

(4 hours ago)
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it remains open to a range of options for new net neutrality rules, following a news report saying it is leaning toward a controversial approach that regulates one piece of broadband service.

Make Chrome's New Tab page beautiful and more productive with these extensions

(4 hours ago)
Browser extensions excel at making your browser more useful, but these customizations often aren't about improving the actual look of the browser itself, Firefox's earth-changing UI themes aside.

Google now lets developers add "Ok Google" voice search functionality to third party apps (Adriana Lee/ReadWrite)

(4 hours ago)
Adriana Lee / ReadWrite:Google now lets developers add “Ok Google” voice search functionality to third party apps  —  OK, Google: Search Inside My Apps!  —  Soon Android users won't have to trifle with actually opening apps to dig up social photos, find restaurants or conduct other in-app searches.

Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Leaving Google

(4 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that Andy Rubin is leaving Google. Rubin co-founded Android in 2003 and stayed on when the company was acquired by Google in 2005. Rubin led Android through the acquisition of over a billion users, until 2013 when he moved to Google's robotics division. He was replaced in the Android division by Sundar Pichai, who continues in charge of that, Chrome, Google+, and many other products. Rubin's robotics role will be filled by James Kuffner. "Mr. Rubin's departure is a blow to Google's robotics efforts. However, Mr. Kuffner is experienced in the sector, having worked on human-like robot technology for over two decades, including seven years at Carnegie Mellon University and five years on Google's self-driving car project." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Samsung says Microsoft deal invites 'charges of collusion': filing

(4 hours ago)
(Reuters) - Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's handset business, according to a court filing.

Microsoft releases new Outlook for Mac to Office 365 subscribers

(4 hours ago)
Already using Office 365 on your Mac? Well, if you fancy Microsoft's email software too, you're in luck. The new version of Outlook for Mac is now available to the aforementioned subscribers, and it carries a smattering of new features. Aside from...

Q&A with Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield: thoughts on valuation, competition, road to success (Dan Primack/Fortune)

(5 hours ago)
Dan Primack / Fortune:Q&A with Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield: thoughts on valuation, competition, road to success  —  Stewart Butterfield explains why Slack is now worth more than $1 billion  —  Slack this morning announced that it has raised $120 million in new VC funding …

Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 42 months in jail in Denmark

(5 hours ago)
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A co-founder of the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was sentenced on Friday to three and a half years in prison, in what the prosecutor called Denmark's biggest-ever hacking case.
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