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Apple Watch now works with August's designer smart lock

(1 minute ago)
Unlocking a door with your smartphone feels like the future, but you still have to fish something out of your pocket to do it. If you happen to own one of the Yves Behar designed August smart locks, however, you can open it with something on your w...

Easily accessible dark web marketplaces list stolen identities from $1, to $450 for a premium identity with a high credit score (Keith Collins/Quartz)

(One hour ago)
Keith Collins / Quartz:Easily accessible dark web marketplaces list stolen identities from $1, to $450 for a premium identity with a high credit score  —  Here's what your stolen identity goes for on the internet's black market  —  The going rate for a stolen identity is about twenty bucks.

Tesla Presses Its Case On Fuel Standards

(One hour ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Tesla is preparing their case to leave federal mileage and emissions regulations intact, or make them even more strict. In addition, the company is fighting other car makers from loosening more stringent regulations in California. The WSJ reports: "Tougher regulations could benefit Tesla, while challenging other auto makers that make bigger profits on higher-margin trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Tesla's vice president of development, Dairmuid O'Connell, plans to argue to auto executives and other industry experts attending a conference on the northern tip of Michigan that car companies can meet regulations as currently written. 'We are about to hear a lot of rhetoric that Americans don't want to buy electric vehicles,' Mr. O'Connell said in an interview ahead of a Tuesday presentation in Traverse City, Mich. 'From an empirical standpoint, the [regulations] are very weak, eminently achievable and the only thing missing is the will to put compelling products on the road.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

London's police vans are getting fitted with CCTV

(One hour ago)
London's police forces are adopting cameras and other recording equipment in earnest. Twenty-thousand officers are already in the process of receiving body-worn cameras and soon, every police van will be equipped with CCTV too. The initial target is ...

​This interactive map crams in American literature's greatest road trips

(One hour ago)
People love road trips. Some like 'em more than others. And some like them perhaps a little bit too much. This interactive map from Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez crams the locations mentioned in twelve road-tripping books including Mark Twain'...

London's police vans are getting fitted with CCTV

(One hour ago)
London's police forces are adopting cameras and other recording equipment in earnest. Twenty-thousand officers are already in the process of receiving body-worn cameras and soon, every police van will be equipped with CCTV too. The initial target i...

​This interactive map crams in American literature's greatest road trips

(3 hours ago)
People love road trips. Some like 'em more than others. And some like them perhaps a little bit too much. This interactive map from Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez crams the locations mentioned in twelve road-tripping books including Mark Twain...

The German car industry is buying Nokia's Here maps

(3 hours ago)
Nokia is selling its Here maps service to a group of German car makers for €2.8 billion (roughly $3.07 billion). The consortium is comprised of Mercedes' owner Daimler, BMW, and Audi. As the latter is a VW subsidiary, the buyers essentially represent...

Call Windows' Cortana assistant with this Bluetooth button

(3 hours ago)
Now that Microsoft's voice-guided Cortana assistant is up and running in Windows 10, you might be eager to trigger it without leaving the "hey Cortana" feature on (which might sap battery life) or staying within reach of your computer. If so, Satechi...

AT&T's first DirecTV plans include a $200 phone-and-TV combo

(3 hours ago)
AT&T isn't waiting long to take advantage of its DirecTV acquisition. The telecom giant is introducing its first plans that incorporate the satellite TV provider, including a promo plan that could save you money if you need to get both cellphone and ...

Empire State Building projection shines a light on endangered animals

(3 hours ago)
If you were hanging around midtown Manhattan this weekend, you may have noticed some exotic animals projected on to the side of the Empire State Building. What was that all about? As it turns out, that was one of the more ambitious examples of tech-p...

Nokia reaches deal to sell Here business to Audi, BMW Group and Daimler

(3 hours ago)
Nokia has reached an agreement to sell its Here mapping and location services business to an automotive industry consortium consisting of Audi, BMW Group and Daimler, in a deal that gives the business an enterprise value of €2.8 billion (US$3.1 billion).

The German car industry is buying Nokia's Here maps

(3 hours ago)
Nokia is selling its Here maps service to a group of German car makers for €2.8 billion (roughly $3.07 billion). The consortium is comprised of Mercedes' owner Daimler, BMW, and Audi. As the latter is a VW subsidiary, the buyers essentially re...

Call Windows' Cortana assistant with this Bluetooth button

(4 hours ago)
Now that Microsoft's voice-guided Cortana assistant is up and running in Windows 10, you might be eager to trigger it without leaving the "hey Cortana" feature on (which might sap battery life) or staying within reach of your computer. If so, Sate...

Modding Community Putting HD Textures Into Resident Evil 4

(4 hours ago)
jones_supa writes: The Ultimate HD Edition of Resident Evil 4 does not fully adhere to its name, as terrain textures are actually not in high definition. A couple of fans called Cris and Albert are chipping in to help fix this deficiency. The pair is working for free to create the RE4 HD Project, a mod which is cleaning up the game's chunky textures and producing some nice and sharp screenshots. At present, it looks like the project is already about half complete, and an HD texture pack for the Village section of the game is available at the project website. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Nokia sells HERE mapping business to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for $3.07B (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

(4 hours ago)
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:Nokia sells HERE mapping business to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for $3.07B  —  Nokia Sells HERE Mapping Business To Group Of European Car Makers For $3.07B  —  Nokia has announced that it has sold its HERE mapping business to a consortium of automobile makers for $3.07 billion, ending months of speculation about the future of the unit.

Indian government orders ISPs to block 857 porn websites

(5 hours ago)
The Indian government has ordered a large number of porn websites to be blocked, creating an uproar among users and civil rights groups in the country.

Nokia sells HERE maps unit to German carmakers for $3.07 billion

(5 hours ago)
FRANKFURT/HELSINKI (Reuters) - A consortium of German premium carmakers has agreed to buy Nokia's mapping business HERE for an enterprise value of 2.8 billion euros ($3.07 billion), in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for connected cars.

AT&T announces its first wireless phone and DirecTV bundle, available August 10 for $200 (David Lieberman/Deadline)

(6 hours ago)
David Lieberman / Deadline:AT&T announces its first wireless phone and DirecTV bundle, available August 10 for $200  —  AT&T Unveils Nationwide Combo TV And Wireless Package With DirecTV  —  AT&T watchers have been waiting to see what it will do with DirecTV now that the companies are united, turning the telco into the world's largest pay TV provider.

AT&T's first DirecTV plans include a $200 phone-and-TV combo

(6 hours ago)
AT&T isn't waiting long to take advantage of its DirecTV acquisition. The telecom giant is introducing its first plans that incorporate the satellite TV provider, including a promo plan that could save you money if you need to get both cellpho...

Empire State Building projection shines a light on endangered animals

(7 hours ago)
If you were hanging around midtown Manhattan this weekend, you may have noticed some exotic animals projected on to the side of the Empire State Building. What was that all about? As it turns out, that was one of the more ambitious examples of te...

Girls Catfish ISIS On Social Media For Travel Money

(7 hours ago)
MarkWhittington writes: Yahoo Travel reported that three women in Chechnya took ISIS for $3,300 before getting caught. They are now under investigation for Internet fraud, which seems to be illegal even when committed against the most fearsome terrorist army in modern times. The scam seems to be a combination of the Nigerian Prince con, in which a mark is fooled into giving the con artist large sums of money and catfishing, in which the mark strikes up an online romance with someone he thinks is an attractive woman (or man depending on the gender and preference of the mark.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Comcast's X1 box automatically records extra-long events

(7 hours ago)
There are few things worse for DVR-toting sports fans than to realize that a game is going into extra time that they can't record -- just ask Red Sox and Yankees fans, who may have missed 10 innings this April. Thankfully, Comcast might save you fr...

Comcast's X1 box automatically records extra-long events

(7 hours ago)
There are few things worse for DVR-toting sports fans than to realize that a game is going into extra time that they can't record -- just ask Red Sox and Yankees fans, who may have missed 10 innings this April. Thankfully, Comcast might save you from...

Microsoft Edge review: Windows finally has a good browser (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

(8 hours ago)
Dan Seifert / The Verge:Microsoft Edge review: Windows finally has a good browser  —  For two decades, the default web browsing experience in Windows has been Internet Explorer.  Over the years, Microsoft's home-built browser became bloated, insecure, confusing to use, and just plain hated by many users.

BMW wants you to know when traffic lights change

(8 hours ago)
Traffic lights are supposed to help keep driving orderly, but they often create more tension than they resolve. How do you know that the green light won't turn yellow before it's too late to slow down? BMW thinks it can help. It's the first automaker...

Groupon's food delivery service brings discounts with every order

(8 hours ago)
You're about to get a fresh alternative to internet-based restaurant delivery services like GrubHub and Seamless. Groupon has just launched the simply-titled Groupon To Go, an order-in service that focuses on (what else?) discounts for your food. The...

BMW wants you to know when traffic lights change

(9 hours ago)
Traffic lights are supposed to help keep driving orderly, but they often create more tension than they resolve. How do you know that the green light won't turn yellow before it's too late to slow down? BMW thinks it can help. It's the first auto...

Zenefits, growing rapidly, promises to manage employee benefits but leaves some uninsured due to software glitches and human errors (William Alden/BuzzFeed)

(10 hours ago)
William Alden / BuzzFeed:Zenefits, growing rapidly, promises to manage employee benefits but leaves some uninsured due to software glitches and human errors  —  Zenefits Is An HR “Rocket Ship” — But Some Customers Get Left Behind  —  Mike Hawkins' four-month health insurance nightmare began in November …

Groupon's food delivery service brings discounts with every order

(10 hours ago)
You're about to get a fresh alternative to internet-based restaurant delivery services like GrubHub and Seamless. Groupon has just launched the simply-titled Groupon To Go, an order-in service that focuses on (what else?) discounts for your food....

Unicode Consortium Looks At Symbols For Allergies

(10 hours ago)
AmiMoJo writes: A proposal (PDF), submitted by a Google engineer to the Unicode Consortium asks that food allergies get their own emojis and be added to the standard. The proposal suggests the addition of peanuts, soybeans, buckwheat, sesame seeds, kiwi fruit, celery, lupin beans, mustard, tree nuts, eggs, milk products and gluten. According to TNW: "This proposal will take a little longer to become reality — it’s still in very early stages and needs to be reviewed by the Unicode Consortium before it can move forward, but it’ll be a great way for those with allergies to quickly express them." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Research Scientists To Use Network Much Faster Than Internet

(11 hours ago)
nickweller writes with this story from the Times about the Pacific Research Platform, an ultra-high-speed fiber-optic research infrastructure that will link together dozens of top research institutions. The National Science Foundation has just awarded a five-year $5 million dollar grant for the project. The story reports:The network is meant to keep pace with the vast acceleration of data collection in fields such as physics, astronomy and genetics. It will not be directly connected to the Internet, but will make it possible to move data at speeds of 10 gigabits to 100 gigabits among 10 University of California campuses and 10 other universities and research institutions in several states, tens or hundreds of times faster than is typical now. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

People's Bank of China publishes draft regulation requiring interoperability between Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent payment services (Paul Carsten/Reuters)

(12 hours ago)
Paul Carsten / Reuters:People's Bank of China publishes draft regulation requiring interoperability between Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent payment services  —  China mulls forcing Tencent, Alibaba to offer rivals' online payment services  —  China proposed new regulations on Friday that could force Internet companies …

Sociologist: Job Insecurity Is the New Normal

(12 hours ago)
Mr.Intel writes: Allison Pugh, professor of Sociology at University of Virginia, and author of The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity, says workers in the U.S. are caught up in a "one-way honor system," in which workers are beholden to employers. She says that the golden era when Americans could get a job, keep it, and expect to retire with and adequate pension are over. JP Morgan Chase has cut 20,000 from its workforce in the past 5 years, last year HP cut 34,000 jobs, and many others have announced layoffs. In this interview Pugh talks about the social effects of this "insecurity culture". Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Build your own smart, modular speaker with SparkBlocks

(12 hours ago)
You've seen modular controllers and even modular phones, but here's a new twist: a modular speaker system. Meet SparkBlocks, a crowdfunded audio system that's just as elaborate (or simple) as you want it to be. The basic unit is little more than a...

Build your own smart, modular speaker with SparkBlocks

(13 hours ago)
You've seen modular controllers and even modular phones, but here's a new twist: a modular speaker system. Meet SparkBlocks, a crowdfunded audio system that's just as elaborate (or simple) as you want it to be. The basic unit is little more than a po...

Non-Invasive Spinal Cord Stimulation Gets Paralyzed Legs Moving Again

(13 hours ago)
schwit1 writes: A new technique called transcutaneous stimulation has allowed five men with complete motor paralysis regain the ability to move their legs voluntarily and produce step-like movements. The treatment requires no surgery and adds to prior work to help paralyzed people gain voluntary movement through electrical stimulation (one completed in 2011, the other in 2014). Gizmag reports: "The new treatment uses a technique called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, which involves strategically placing electrodes on the skin of the lower back. While receiving stimulation, the men's legs were supported by braces that hung from the ceiling. At first their legs only moved involuntarily, if at all. But they soon found they could voluntarily extend the distance their legs moved during stimulation. They doubled their range of voluntary motion after four treatment sessions." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Disney explains why its 3D animation looks so realistic

(14 hours ago)
Have you watched 3D-animated Disney flicks like Big Hero 6 and wondered how some of its scenes manage to look surprisingly realistic? Today's your lucky day: Disney has posted a top-level explanation of how its image rendering engine, Hyperion, wo...

DoD Ditches Open Source Medical Records System In $4.3B Contract

(14 hours ago)
dmr001 writes: The US Department of Defense opted not to use the Department of Veterans Affairs' open source VistA electronic health record system in its project to overhaul its legacy systems, instead opting for a consortium of Cerner, Leidos and Accenture. The initial $4.3 billion implementation is expected to be the first part of a $9 billion dollar project. The Under Secretary for Acquisition stated they wanted a system with minimum modifications and interoperability with private sector systems, though much of what passes for inter-vendor operability in the marketplace is more aspirational than operable. The DoD aims to start implementation at 8 sites in the Pacific Northwest by the end of 2016, noting that "legacy systems are eating us alive in terms of support and maintenance," consuming 95% of the Military Health Systems IT budget. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Disney explains why its 3D animation looks so realistic

(14 hours ago)
Have you watched 3D-animated Disney flicks like Big Hero 6 and wondered how some of its scenes manage to look surprisingly realistic? Today's your lucky day: Disney has posted a top-level explanation of how its image rendering engine, Hyperion, works...

Light Raises $25 Million To Put DSLR-Quality Camera In Your Next Smartphone (Aaron Tilley/Forbes)

(14 hours ago)
Aaron Tilley / Forbes:Light Raises $25 Million To Put DSLR-Quality Camera In Your Next Smartphone  —  Our phones have turned everyone into a photographer and laid waste to a huge portion of the camera market.  But even though we use our phones these days to take all of our pictures, the cameras in our phones still …
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