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  • Valve Slammed Over 'Horrendous' Steam School-Shooting Game
    Several readers have shared an EuroGamer report: Just a week after the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that saw 10 people fatally shot and 13 others were wounded, Valve has come under fire for a Steam school-shooting game that encourages you t…
    - 1 hour ago, 25 May 18, 6:48pm -
  • In Apple Mail, There's No Protecting PGP-Encrypted Messages
    It has been nearly two weeks since researchers unveiled "EFAIL," a set of critical software vulnerabilities that allow encrypted email messages to be stolen from within the inbox. The Intercept reports that developers of email clients and encryption…
    - 2 hours ago, 25 May 18, 6:10pm -
  • Gut Sensor Could Monitor Health -- and Beam Results to a Smartphone
    Doctors are now one step closer to deploying sensors that can travel to parts of a patient's body to diagnose hard-to-detect conditions. From a report: Researchers have devised a new way to get a sneak peek into what's going on deep in your digestive…
    - 3 hours ago, 25 May 18, 5:30pm -
  • Vermont Wants To Pay Companies To Let Employees Work Remotely
    A proposal for an act in the Vermont legislature is actively trying to give grants to small companies to employ remote workers. From a report: Under the terms of S-0094, a $10,000 micro-grant will be given to a business that will "establish or enhanc…
    - 3 hours ago, 25 May 18, 4:54pm -
  • Vulnerability in Z-Wave Wireless Communications Protocol, Used By Some IoT and Smart Devices, Exposes 100 Million Devices To Attack
    An anonymous reader writes: The Z-Wave wireless communications protocol used for some IoT/smart devices is vulnerable to a downgrade attack that can allow a malicious party to intercept and tamper with traffic between smart devices. The attack -- cod…
    - 4 hours ago, 25 May 18, 4:10pm -
  • Robot Worries Could Cause a 50,000-Worker Strike in Las Vegas
    Thousands of unionized hotel and casino workers in Las Vegas are ready to go on strike for the first time in more than three decades. From a report: Members of the Culinary Union, who work in many of the city's biggest casinos, have voted to approve…
    - 5 hours ago, 25 May 18, 3:37pm -
  • As The Planet Warms, We'll Be Having Rice With A Side Of CO2
    Grains are the bedrock of civilization. They led humans from hunting and gathering to city-building. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the fruits of three grasses provide the world with 60 percent of its total food: corn, wheat and…
    - 5 hours ago, 25 May 18, 2:49pm -
  • Microsoft Explains Why Windows Defender Isn't Ranked Higher in New Antivirus Tests
    In its most recent reports, AV-Test had very few flattering things to say about Windows Defender. Microsoft's security suite was rated as the seventh best antivirus product in the independent test. In total, 15 AV products were tested. Microsoft, how…
    - 6 hours ago, 25 May 18, 2:00pm -
  • Apple Blocks Steam's Plan To Extend Its Video Games To iPhones
    Citing "business conflicts," Apple has blocked Steam's plans to distribute PC-based video games to iPhones. It's "a sign that Apple is serious about protecting its ability to take a cut of digital purchases made inside games on its mobile devices," r…
    - 7 hours ago, 25 May 18, 1:00pm -
  • A Star Wars Boba Fett Movie Is In the Works
    "Logan" director James Mangold is reportedly directing a "Star Wars" standalone movie centered on the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Variety reports: The untitled movie will be a part of the studio's Star Wars Anthology films, which are being spun off as o…
    - 10 hours ago, 25 May 18, 10:00am -
  • Facebook Accused of Conducting Mass Surveillance Through Its Apps
    A court case in California alleges that Facebook used its apps to gather information about users and their friends, including some who had not signed up to the social network, reading their text messages, tracking their locations and accessing photos…
    - 13 hours ago, 25 May 18, 7:00am -
  • Is Cockroach Milk the Ultimate Superfood?
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Global News: It may not be everyone's cup of milk, but for years now, some researchers believe insect milk, like cockroach milk, could be the next big dairy alternative. A report in 2016 found Pacific Beetle c…
    - 17 hours ago, 25 May 18, 3:30am -


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    • Tidal's new desktop app makes it easier to find the music you want
      Tidal's desktop music app has never been a particularly strong selling point compared to its rivals, but the company might change your mind. It's releasing revamped Mac and Windows apps that promise far simpler home screens that borrow a page from t…
      - 4 hours ago, 25 May 18, 4:15pm -
    • Microsoft marks Mixer's first year with improved eSports streams
      In the past year since changing names from Beam to Mixer, Microsoft's game-broadcasting app has gone through a slew of updates and brought forth a number of innovations. Redmond says last December, the app had over 10 million active monthly users, an…
      - 4 hours ago, 25 May 18, 3:54pm -
    • PlayStation Vue adds select live Fox primetime shows
      PlayStation Vue announced a new live Fox channel in 34 different local areas. Previously, Fox was only available on demand and not as a live feed. While this will replace the current on-demand channel, Vue users will still have access to VOD content.…
      - 5 hours ago, 25 May 18, 3:33pm -
    • UK may want a refund if it's cut out of Galileo GPS project
      Earlier this year, the European Commission revealed that Brexit might jeopardize the UK's involvement in the Galileo project, which is Europe's endeavor to build a their own version of America's GPS system. Now, Reuters reports that Britain may deman…
      - 5 hours ago, 25 May 18, 3:12pm -
    • Nissan built a convertible Leaf, but you can't buy it
      By Joel StocksdaleYour eyes are not deceiving you, that is indeed a real, honest-to-goodness Nissan Leaf convertible. Nissan built it to celebrate having sold 100,000 Leafs (Leaves? A tree? What exactly is the proper plural of the Nissan Leaf?) in.…
      - 5 hours ago, 25 May 18, 2:51pm -
    • How a YouTube video brought an extinct bird back from the dead
      Kauai, Hawaii –– In 2015, Danish environmental artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen became obsessed with a bird that no longer exists. The Kaua'i 'o'o, a now-extinct species of small honeyeater, was last seen in Hawaii in 1987.According to a rec…
      - 6 hours ago, 25 May 18, 2:30pm -
    • The hydrogen train of the future is a lot like the train of today
      The rail industry has a problem: Its infrastructure is decades, sometimes centuries old, and it is hugely expensive to upgrade. Diesel-powered trains dominate, but fuel is getting pricey, the trains are noisy and they're terrible for the environment.…
      - 6 hours ago, 25 May 18, 2:00pm -
    • Pioneer's in-dash unit supports both Android Auto Wireless and CarPlay
      Android Auto Wireless promises to make vehicle smartphone connections less of a futz, provided you have both a phone and infotainment system that supports it. Google is handling the first part, and Pioneer just announced that it has joined JVCKenwood…
      - 7 hours ago, 25 May 18, 1:42pm -