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24 March

BetaNews.Com

  • 10:15
    It is only three days since Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 arrived on the Fast ring. The same build has already made its way to Insiders on the Slow ring as well, fueling understandable speculation that this could well be the final build. This does in fact appear to be the case. We already know that Microsoft is due to release Windows 10 Creators Update in April, and a leaked Update Assistant tool shows that Build 15063 is indeed the RTM build number. The Update Assistant was pushed out into the limelight by serial leaker and Microsoft fan WalkingCat.… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 09:20
    Within minutes of the electrons drying on my last column about the Wikileaks CIA document drop called Vault 7, Julian Assange came out with the novel idea that he and Wikileaks would assist big Internet companies with their technical responses to the obvious threats posed by all these government and third-party security hacks. After all, Wikileaks had so far published only documentation for the hacks, not the source code. There was still time! How noble of Assange and Wikileaks! OR, Wikileaks has found a new business model. When organized crime offers assistance against a threat they (...) -- [Continue Reading]

The Adam Carolla Podcast

TechCrunch

Engadget

Mashable!

  • 08:08
    You twist the bottle, or try to yank it up quickly after pouring a glass — we all struggle to drop wine bottles from dribbling down the side of the neck. But turns out, all it took was some clever engineering to fix the perennial problem. SEE ALSO: This mum's wine hack has taken Twitter by storm Daniel Perlman, an inventor and biophysicist at Brandeis University has showed off a bottle with a groove cut into its lip. The groove is what stops the liquid from running down the bottle. There are already products designed to prevent wine dripping, but Perlman says he wanted to solve the (...) -- Engineering, Alcohol, Brandeis University, Wine, Watercooler
  • 07:54
    Even as the Indian government refuses to entertain most of Apple's demands, the Cupertino-based company will soon take a major step that could bolster its business in the nation. Mashable reported last month that Apple intends to start manufacturing in India by as early as late April, starting with last year's iPhone SE model for the first several months.   It appears, Apple has since chalked out bigger plans. SEE ALSO: The next iPhone's battery might be getting a Plus-sized boost The company will also be assembling the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s models in the nation, reports WSJ, (...) -- Smartphones, Iphone 6s, Iphone 6, Iphone Se, India
  • 06:18
    If you've ever seen Indigenous Australia's most-famed hunting weapon, the boomerang, you'll know it's a solid piece of wood that can really pack a punch if it manages to hit you. They're meant to be for knocking down mammals, after all. Drones are surprisingly resistant to a boomerang hits though, at least the one in this YouTube video by Dronegear. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro manages to take the whack of the weapon, which actually breaks.  The drone is disturbed from its original position by the whack, but finds its wings again pretty quickly. Still — good luck going up against those eagles. (...) -- Video, Videos, Drone Footage, Drone, Drones
  • 01:30
    Zayn and PARTYNEXTDOOR don't want you to waste time doing anything that gives you anxiety, like, say, being in One Direction, on their new collaboration "Still Got Time." The breezy single, which dropped Thursday in this lyric video, is the polar opposite mood from Zayn's most recent collaboration with Taylor Swift, "I Don't Wanna Live Forever." So we've still got time, but who wants to live forever, anyway? Two polar opposite ideas in distinctly different songs. It's the new Zen of Zayn. Read more... More about Music, Rapper, Partynextdoor, Zayn, and Zayn (...) -- Music, Rapper, Partynextdoor, Zayn, Zayn Malik
  • 01:10
    Finally, some peace and quiet on social media.  Twitter rolled out some new muting options today, which will allow Android and web users to hide selected words, phrases, hashtags and even emoji from their timelines and notifications for preset amounts of time. (iOS users, for now, will have to settle for blocking things from their notifications.)  The feature was first teased last October and expanded upon earlier this month.    SEE ALSO: Twitter suspends over 600,000 extremist accounts but still manages to feel like a flaming garbage pile Twitter has allowed its users to mute individual (...) -- Web, Android, Ios, Setting, Words
  • 01:32
    Well it does have a colourful, fruity-looking package, just like kid's products. An unnamed woman from Queensland, Australia told Facebook that she accidentally sent her five-year-old daughter to school with a pouch of raspberry sorbet-flavoured vodka, because it kind of looked like her daughter's "frozen juice pouch." SEE ALSO: UberEATS is delivering alcohol now, but probably not in the way you were hoping "EPIC lunchbox fail when you tell your five-year-old Preppie to put a frozen juice pouch in her lunchbox and you forget the other pouches in your freezer," the post reads.  No (...) -- Facebook Post, Mum, Lunchbox, Alcohol, Australia
  • 01:06
    Paranoid? Who's being paranoid? Following the Wikileaks March 7 Vault 7 data dump, which allegedly details a host of CIA hacking tools, people have started looking at their internet-connected devices with just a tad bit more skepticism. After all, if the government can rig a Samsung Smart TV as a listening bug, then why not other in-home devices as well? Other devices like, for example, the Amazon Echo or the Google Home. With that in mind, people have taken to asking their digital assistants about the CIA. The results, well, are a bit baffling.  SEE ALSO: Google Home is now playing (...) -- Wikileaks, Vault 7, Cia, Amazon Echo, Amazon

TechCrunch

Mashable!

  • 05:24
    We're a sucker for drama. And you'll see plenty of it, in Dash Cam Owners Australia's "March 2017 On The Road" compilation, which is part of an ongoing collection of the Facebook page's most dangerous — but also highly entertaining — cases of woeful driving or near-misses with risk-taking pedestrians. Just a warning, there's plenty of grunting and swearing from unhappy Australians in the video, but we think you'll find that's part of the hilarity of it all. Read more... More about Videos, Video, Dash Cam Footage, Dash Cam Owners Australia, and Dash (...) -- Videos, Video, Dash Cam Footage, Dash Cam Owners Australia, Dash Camera
  • 04:48
    Well, then. We didn't really have to wait that long.  After teasing us on Thursday morning with a cryptic post on Instagram, Kendrick Lamar has officially delivered to the delight of everyone already tired of listening to Drake's More Life on repeat.  The Compton rapper released a brand new single "The Heart Part 4" on Thursday night and it's now available to listen to right here. SEE ALSO: Kendrick Lamar teases a new project with mysterious Instagram post It seems likely the new track signals that Lamar will drop his upcoming fourth studio album imminently.   A post shared by Kendrick (...) -- Entertainment, Music, New Music, Kendrick Lamar
  • 04:25
    The CIA has put quite a bit effort into figuring out ways to hack Apple devices.That's the takeaway from the latest batch of documents dumped by WikiLeaks.  The so-called "Dark Matter"documents, published Thursday, detail methods allegedly used by the CIA to infect MacBooks and some older iPhones with malware that allowed the agency to remotely spy on device owners. SEE ALSO: Wikileaks' CIA dump contained WAY more bad memes than you would think As usual, WikiLeaks released a fairly alarming-sounding statement accompanying the documents. But before you freak out about the security of (...) -- Apple, Iphone, Mac, Cia, Vault 7
  • 03:49
    Why give something away for free if you can charge for it? The Twitterverse was set aflame this afternoon with news that the company is considering creating a premium service for its power users. Fortunately, this wouldn't be some sort of Tinder Select-esque club for only the rich, beautiful and famous account holders.  Rather, the idea is to give paying users access to a host of new data and analytics tools. Think of it as a souped-up version of TweetDeck, which is a Twitter dashboard that lets you manage multiple accounts, monitor engagement and do other exciting things.  And just what (...) -- Tweetdeck, Twitter, Tech, Apps Software
  • 03:23
    Find it difficult to tell when something on the internet is a joke? Maybe don't fly into an abusive rage. 17-year-old Shelley Floryd from Stockholm has been penning Facebook posts claiming "Australia is not real" and man, have they gone viral. SEE ALSO: Twitter turns a discriminatory hashtag (on a blank page) into LOLs "It's a hoax, made for us to believe that Britain moved over their criminals to someplace," she wrote in her original post on Tuesday. "All things you call 'proof' are actually well fabricated lies and documents made by the leading governments of the world. "Your (...) -- Conspiracy Theory, Sweden, Facebook Post, Facebook, Watercooler
  • 03:20
    A day after the terror attack in London, Adele performed a stadium show in New Zealand's capital city, Auckland, and took the opportunity to send an emotional message to the city.  The attacks which left four people dead and around 40 injured, occurred in the singer's "hometown" as she told the nearly 50,000 fans gathered, according to The Sun.  SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling tweets heartwarming message in the wake of the London terror attack "Today there was a terror attack in my home town of London. I''m literally on the other side of the world and I want them to see our lights and to hear (...) -- Concert, Auckland, New Zealand, Terror, Attack
  • 03:09
    Oh, you'd prefer an open, gaping toilet bowl? Thought not.  Fans of Hailey Baldwin are obsessing over the model (for a weirder-than-usual reason) right now, and it involves her method of sitting on the toilet.  SEE ALSO: Watch Hailey Baldwin's dad awkwardly introduce her to Justin Bieber The 20-year-old is the newest covergirl for Issue #4 of Inprint Magazine, an Australian publication whose covers are usually graced by high fashion royalty like Julia Nobis, Gemma Ward, Charles Fraser and Fernanda Ly. But with an Instagram nofollowing of 9.6 million, Baldwin is in a league of her own when (...) -- Magazine Cover, Fashion Shoot, Hailey Baldwin, Inprint Magazine, Watercooler
  • 02:56
    Google can't say for certain that ads placed with its various massive platforms won't end up near an offensive video or website. At least that's the opinion of Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, and the most prominent public face of the search giant. Schmidt conceded the point during an interview on Fox Business Network Thursday in response to a growing advertiser boycott against the company. More than 250 brands have pulled ads after reports that they were appearing near YouTube videos from terrorists, Nazis and other hate-mongers. SEE ALSO: It only took us (...) -- Advertising, Eric Schmidt, Alphabet, Google, Business
  • 02:49
    *New meme alert* A screenshot of a video created by viral stars Nick Joseph and Dan Rue has become the newest meme to send to your friends when you're judging them hard, but also very concerned about their choices: When you like one picture and they think they can slide in the dms after pic.twitter.com/hPD7b0zrQY — DJ Professor X (ⓐX_Zayyy) March 21, 2017 SEE ALSO: Northwestern's crying young fan is all of us watching our brackets get busted The picture and the phrase come from this video on Joseph's Twitter of the comedians pretending to trespass into New Orleans Pelicans player (...) -- Dan Rue, Nick Joseph, Judgement, Pranks, Comedians
  • 02:40
    Apple has responded to the latest crop of WikiLeaks documents that allege the CIA had a number of projects meant to compromise Apple products.  "Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013," Apple said Thursday in a statement provided to Mashable. SEE ALSO: Wikileaks' CIA dump contained WAY more bad memes than you would think The statement refers to two exploits (...) -- Vault 7, Wikileaks, Apple, Apps And Software, Tech
  • 02:29
    Don't hold a blank piece of paper to your computer screen, unless you really want to be made fun of. In the wake of the Westminster attacks in London, some far-right politicians have predictably used the event to try and support their bid for a trump-style ban on immigration from Muslim majority naions. SEE ALSO: Here's where that viral defiant meme about the London attack came from Among them was Australia's very own conservative politician Pauline Hanson, who hit up social media in a bid to try to convince people to get behind a Muslim ban. Um, no thanks.  One Nation leader Pauline (...) -- Twitter Reactions, Conversations, Twitter, Pauline Hanson, Australia
  • 01:52
    Basics, rejoice. Starbucks has—years into the game—finally jumped onboard the avocado toast wagon, and is offering packages of organic avocado spread for all your snacking needs. SEE ALSO: Drinking coffee like the 'Gilmore Girls' is a nightmare Made with "fresh, organic Hass avocados, sea salt, onion, garlic, jalapeño pepper, and lime juice," the spread sounds a lot like guacamole. Did you try the new avocado spread yet? T ܟ3 try it with our sous vide egg bites and sprouted grain bagel! #newingtonsbux #starbucks #starbucksfoodie #breakfast photo credit Starbucks Spokane, WA A post (...) -- Avocado Toast, Conversations, Watercooler, Avocado, Starbucks
  • 01:27
    Bonita Stewart, Google's vice president of global partnerships, says the tech industry barely talked about diversity when she joined the company around 10 years ago. On Thursday, she announced a deal that takes a step toward permanently changing that culture. The company just unveiled a new partnership with Howard University that will see black software engineers from "historically black colleges and universities," better known as HBCUs, invited to study at a brand new program on the Google campus. They're calling it "Howard West." SEE ALSO: Google pledges $11.5 million to racial (...) -- Engineers, Software, Black, Computer Science, Campus
  • 01:10
    Along the northwest Australian coast lies a dinosaur highway. With the Indian Ocean eating away at the rock, the red cliffs of the Kimberley have revealed hundreds of prehistoric footprints. Two-legged theropods and big-bodied sauropods, among other groups, walked this patch of Earth around 130 million years ago.  Armed with drones and hand-held laser scanners, scientists are mapping the heavy tracks they left behind. SEE ALSO: It's time to start thinking about cybersecurity for sharks. Yes, the fish. Anthony Romilio works in the Vertebrate Palaeontology and Biomechanics Lab at the (...) -- Dinosaurs, 3d Modelling, Drones, Western Australia, Dinosaur Coast
  • 00:22
    With the latest dump of WikiLeaks data called "Dark Matter" we get to see how (allegedly) deep the CIA's affection for British TV goes.  The documents, released Thursday, contain  more details from the "Vault 7" leak.  SEE ALSO: WikiLeaks document dump alleges the CIA can hack almost everything One of the big hacks was supposedly named "Sonic Screwdriver," which is a reference to the Doctor's trusty tool on the long-running BBC series Doctor Who. The sonic screwdriver is basically a sci-fi version of a magic wand that can do everything from picking locks to hacking into computers.  (...) -- Sonic Screwdriver, Doctor Who, Apple, Wikileaks, Tech

Engadget

hack a day

  • 06:00
    Have you got a spare Dish Network antenna lying about? They’re not too hard to come by, either curbside on bulk waste day or perhaps even on Freecycle. If you can lay hands on one, you might want to try this fun radio telescope build. Now, don’t expect much from [Justin]’s minimalist build. After all, you’ll be starting with a rather small dish and an LNB for the Ku band, so you won’t be doing serious radio astronomy. In fact, the BOM doesn’t include a fancy receiver  – just a hacked satellite finder. The idea is to just get a reading of the relative “brightness” of a radio source without trying (...) --

MacRumors

  • 02:54
    In response to a series of CIA documents leaked this morning that outline exploits the government used to gain access to Macs and iOS devices, Apple gave a statement to TechCrunch claiming that the documents are old and that the vulnerabilities outlined in the leak have long since been patched. Apple says the iPhone vulnerability only affected the iPhone 3G and was fixed in 2009, while all Mac vulnerabilities were fixed in Macs launched after 2013. We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability (...) -- WikiLeaks

Techmeme

NYT > Circuits

Boing Boing

  • 03:25
    Trump, his deal-making skills having failed him, simply ordered his party Thursday night to pass his unappetizing Obamacare replacement plan, or else. And the "else" is Obamacare, forever and ever and ever. It was far from clear, however, that Ryan and Trump have the votes to muscle the package through the House after several members of the hardline House Freedom Caucus refused to back it nofollowing a marathon session of negotiations Thursday with Trump and other top aides. “We have been promising the American people that we are going to repeal and replace this broken law,” Ryan said. (...) -- Post, politics, trump

BetaNews.Com

  • 02:21
    When someone is interested in trying a Linux-based desktop operating system for the first time, they often choose Ubuntu. This is a smart choice, as it is easy to use, well supported, and quite beautiful. Even if you don't like the Unity desktop environment, there are several other DEs, or flavors, from which to choose -- GNOME, KDE, and Xfce to name a few. Today, the Final Beta of Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus' becomes available for download. While it is never a good idea to run pre-release software on production machines, Canonical is claiming that it should be largely bug free… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]

Daring Fireball

  • 02:19
    From the 999 transcript: Operator: Hello, this is the police. What is your emergency? Roman: Hello, I’m Roman. O: Where’s your mummy? R: She’s at home. O: Where are you? R: At home as well. O: Can you do me a favour? Can you go and get mummy? R: We can’t, she’s dead. O: You said mummy was there – what do you mean she’s dead? R: It means that she’s closing her eyes and she’s not breathing. ★

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

TechCrunch

Flickr

  • 00:18
    Kelly, a geological consultant by day, built the rest of her life around her family: husband, daughter, two dogs. From the outside her suburban house looks like a sweet, comfortable place to build a family. Inside the soft fragrances of the season make you think you walked into a Hallmark commercial. “For years I nofollowed my daughter everywhere with the camera,” Kelly explained, a self-labeled scrapbook mom and family documentarian. “We’re a unit – my husband, daughter and myself. For eighteen years that’s how things were. We’ve just always done everything together.” One day, however, it (...) --

23 March

Mashable!

  • 23:27
    In the United States, working full-time does not always mean earning even just a living wage. But in Germany, things are pretty different. And there, Porsche is providing a whole new level of comfortably paid employment — every single one of the company's 21,000 employees is set to receive a massive €9,111 bonus, as The Drive reports. That's around $9,825. Why? The luxury carmaker reached record sales last year — $24 billion in revenue, marking a 4 percent increase, according to a statement. So rather than piling all that extra money at that top of the corporate totem pole, Porsche decided (...) -- Labor, Porsche, Cars, Unions, Lifestyle
  • 23:56
    German scientists have just switched on the world's largest "artificial sun," an instrument they say could be a game-changing technology in the fight against climate change. With 149 high-powered lamps, the Synlight system produces light about 10,000 times the intensity of natural sunlight on the Earth's surface. When concentrated on a single spot, the lamps can generate scorching temperatures of around 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit. The scientists say they eventually hope to harness that heat to produce hydrogen fuels, a carbon-free alternative for vehicles and airplanes. SEE ALSO: This (...) -- Emissions, Global Warming, Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Clean Energy

TechCrunch

MobileCrunch

Mashable!

  • 23:38
    Today, House Republicans postponed the vote on their health care bill. Donald Trump, on the other hand, welcomed truck drivers and executives to the White House in the Trump-iest way possible: by pretending to drive an 18-wheeler semi truck for a truly wild photo op. SEE ALSO: Jared Kushner is building a skyscraper and, well, it looks like a dick Witness him: Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Twitter caught wind of the photos and well, they had a f*cking field day. ⓐJimWatson_AFP ⓐBraddJaffy pic.twitter.com/VN5fRWnVwr — Inevitable Grin (ⓐshawngrindle) March (...) -- Twitter Reactions, Photos, Drivers, White House, Trucks
  • 23:16
    Just like everything else owned by Facebook, WhatsApp is becoming more like Snapchat.  Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on your own preferences and loyalty to the actual Snapchat. But it looked like a lot of people were thrilled by the update — until the influx of positive reviews got suspicious.  Bad ratings for WhatsApp in Google Play were boosted by hundreds of five-star reviews, a Telegra.ph post claimedSpotted by The Next Web, the post called out tons of five-star reviews that suspiciously all mention games and graphics.  WhatsApp is not a game, though you can play some (...) -- Google Play, Whatsapp, Business
  • 23:12
    A new New York Times profile on John Mayer details how the singer is still struggling to recover from the worst thing that has ever happened to him — his life was too great so he decided tell Playboy his penis is racist to shake things up.  Yes, poor, rich John Mayer.  Another terrible, no good thing for Mayer was, apparently, breaking up with Katy Perry. The on again, off again couple called it quits for good (perhaps?) in 2015, but he hasn't quite moved on. In a coy way, Mayer admits that "Still Feel Like Your Man" off his latest EP is about Perry.  SEE ALSO: Katy Perry's 'Chained to the (...) -- Music, Celebrities, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Celebrity Breakup
  • 22:41
    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is tearing up the charts on Twitch today, placing at no. 1 with over 145,000 viewers across just 20 different streamers. This may be the first time you're hearing about Battlegrounds. The game just released on Steam Early Access and was created by the same modder who made Arma 3's "Battle Royale" and consulted on the super-popular H1Z1: King of the Kill. That modder, Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Green, is finally working on his own standalone game alongside developer Bluehole — Battlegrounds. Battlegrounds, just like PlayerUnkown's other projects, is a battle (...) -- Esports, Gaming, Twitch, H1z1, Battlegrounds
  • 22:33
    Republicans like to insist the war on women is nothing more than hysterical liberal outrage.  Sure, the left uses the phrase to occasionally score political points, but sometimes Republicans make it so easy. Like when they appear to be casting aside women's needs without a second thought or even purposely targeting rights and policies that many women consider fundamental to their well-being and freedom.   SEE ALSO: What men say about women in secret is why we can't have gender equality Case in point: When Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a photo on Thursday from a meeting with a group (...) -- Women, Republicans, Politics, Gender, Us World
  • 22:32
    NewWind has designed a generator with 63 micro wind turbines that look like leaves on a tree. The company wants to encourage sustainable living in urban environments with its quiet, aesthetically pleasing product. Read more...More about Standalone Featured, Real Time Video, Real Time Video, Real Time, and Real Time Video -- Standalone Featured, Real Time Video, Real Time

Engadget

Techmeme

Extremetech

Wired News: Top Stories

kottke.org

  • 21:32
    The New York Times Book Review recently interviewed Fran Leibowitz for their By the Book series. She mentions Memoirs of Hadrian as the last great book she read and doesn't like literary dinner parties. Q: You're organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite? a: None. I would never do it. My idea of a great literary dinner party is Fran, eating alone, reading a book. That's my idea of a literary dinner party. When I eat alone, I spend a lot of time, before I sit down to my meager meal, choosing what to read. And I'm a lot better choosing a book (...)

Boing Boing

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)









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