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Contractor hoped to sell social media surveillance to oppressive regimes

25 June, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Western companies are still interested in selling surveillance tools to governments that could easily abuse them. The Intercept claims to have leaked documents suggesting that Circinus, the defense contractor run by Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy,...

Scientists validate theory of relativity on galactic level

25 June, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Einsteins theory of general relativity is rather important when its crucial to the modern understandings of the universe and technology like satellites. But does it hold up with something as vast as a galaxy? Thanks to researchers, we know the an...

Xiaomi's latest tablet offers LTE on the cheap

25 June, by Richard Lai[ —]
Save for the earlier false alarm of Google nixing the tablet section on its website, things have been a little quiet in the Android tablet world. But earlier today, Xiaomi updated its tablet lineup with the Mi Pad 4, an 8-inch, 0.76-pound metallic sl...

AT&T managers encouraged unethical DirecTV Now sales pitches

25 June, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Theres no question that AT&T really, really likes it when customers sign up for DirecTV Now. It regularly touts the subscriber numbers, and it has lately offset troubles with the telecoms conventional TV business. However, its sales staff may h...

Navy backs 'omniphobic' coatings to help ships travel farther

25 June, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Researchers have already explored the idea of using water-repellent ship coatings that let ships travel faster and farther. The US Navy, however, is taking things a step further. Its backing University of Michigan work on an "omniphobic" coating tha...

Domestic abusers are exploiting smart home devices

24 June, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Smart home devices are supposed to make life easier, but its now apparent that their convenience carries unintended consequences for domestic abuse survivors. The New York Times has conducted interviews showing that abusers are exploiting smart spe...

VW electric racer smashes Pikes Peak's overall record

24 June, by Jon Fingas[ —]
VW may have been overly cautious when it hoped to beat Pikes Peaks electric vehicle record with its purpose-built racer. Official lap time data has confirmed that Romain Dumas I.D. R Pikes Peak made it up the legendary hill in just over 7 minutes...

Tesla will charge for 'premium' internet on new cars starting July 1st

24 June, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Ever since Tesla started offering cellular data access in its cars, theres been the implication that it would eventually charge for service. In 2014, it indicated that would start charging in 2018. Four years later, that moment is at hand... altho...

What's the best blender for smoothies?

24 June, by Wirecutter[ —]
By Lesley Stockton This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutters independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. A thick and vel...

DNA synthesis breakthrough could lead to faster medical discoveries

24 June, by Jon Fingas[ —]
For all of the advancements in genetic research, DNA synthesis hasnt changed much in over four decades. That could make it a serious obstacle to scientists who are otherwise racing to develop a new drug or understand the human body. It might final...

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