American Technology News for 19 Aug 2017
The leaks just keep coming. The hackers responsible for the massive breach of HBO haven't let up, and reached out to Mashable to share their latest exploits. And while the latest data dump doesn't... include any Game of Thrones spoilers, it definitely contains some information that the network wouldn't want out in the open. SEE ALSO: The HBO hackers just hit us with another huge data dump Specifically, what appears to be the login credentials for almost every single HBO social media account. Passwords for everything from @HBO, @GameOfThrones, and @WestworldHBO to various Instagram and Giphy accounts were in a text document provided to us by the so-called "Mr. Smith group."
Imagine someone remotely controlling your brain, forcing your body's central processing organ to send messages to your muscles that you didn't authorize. It's an incredibly scary thought, but... scientists have managed to accomplish this science fiction nightmare for real, albeit on a much small scale, and they were even able to prompt their test subject to run, freeze in place, or even completely lose control over their limbs. Thankfully, the research will be used for good rather than evil... for now. The effort, led by physics professor Arnd Pralle, PhD, of the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, focused on a technique called "magneto-thermal stimulation." It's not exactly a simple process -- it requires the implantation of specially built DNA strands and nanoparticles which...
The U.S. unlocked Galaxy Note 8 makes an appearance on Samsung's store page. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be announced next week in New York, and the leaks just keep coming as we run up to the... event. This time, Samsung has prematurely listed the U.S. unlocked version (model UZKAXAA, consistent with the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8s) of the device on its online store. The product link itself doesn't go anywhere, but we still learn a few things about it. Before getting too excited: the listing doesn't yet show a price. But it does corroborate the brochure that leaked earlier which stated the device would ship with 64GB of internal storage in the base model. Most importantly, it suggests the U.S. unlocked model might ship at the same time as the carrier versions. For context, the U.S. Galaxy S8...
A new ruling in a bitter legal battle over the future of driverless car technology could hurt Uber when the case goes to trial.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns the decision by Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare to expel white supremacist site the Daily Stormer from their services has worrying free speech implications. In... a statement released Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned the tech companies' move could set a precedent. "We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare did here was dangerous," it said. "That's because, even when the facts are the most vile, we must remain vigilant when platforms exercise these rights. Because Internet intermediaries, especially those with few competitors, control so much online speech, the consequences of their decisions have far-reaching impacts on speech around the world." Domain provider GoDaddy expelled the Daily Stormer on Aug. 14...
While we usually see robotics applied to industrial or research applications, there are plenty of ways they could help in everyday life as well: an autonomous guide for blind people, for instance, or... a kitchen bot that helps disabled folks cook. Or — and this one is real — a robot arm that can perform rudimentary sign language.
Apple Maps isn't the first app most people are clamoring for when they're lost on a road trip. It's actually one of the first apps I deleted when iOS finally let you get rid of native iPhone apps. ... SEE ALSO: GBoard now supports YouTube and Google Maps for faster texting But since the iOS 10 update, there are some features that can make Apple Maps an app you'd want to use. Here's why you might want to consider keeping it around. Travel notifications for events Let Apple Maps tell you when to leave for events. Image: Molly sequin/mashable Apple cross checks its native apps to be as helpful as possible. This means that any events you have saved in your calendar will trigger a traffic notification via Apple Maps. It'll give you the event time and location while telling you when to leave...
Is your iPhone lacking in the protection department? You're so close to Apple's next-generation iPhone launch, so it would really be a shame to drop your phone now and break it. After all, you're... going to need its full trade-in value to go toward the pricey iPhone 8. Lucky for you, Amazon has a big sale going right now on seven different Yesgo iPhone cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The company's Clear Rugged Case provides best-in-class protection, and it's 20% off for either the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus using the coupon code IINS8PW3. Then there are five other Yesgo cases that are all on sale for 40% if you use the coupon code 9CSBRVA4 at checkout. Check out all the details below.
Not sure how to go about shooting photos of the solar eclipse? We got you.
New research has shown that e-cigarette users are more likely to quit smoking compared with smokers who have never used e-cigarettes. Conflicting results on the positive and negative effects of... e-cigarettes continue to surface.
See amazing photos of solar eclipses from space as seen by astronauts and cosmonauts over the last 50 years.
By elevating Cyber Command, the Trump administration signals just how important cyber warfare has become.
John Rummel, a biology professor at East Carolina University, reflects on his experiences as NASA's planetary protection officer, a job that requires a lot of science, but no alien combat.
It's finally here! The Great American Solar Eclipse will cast a fascinating darkness in the so-called path of totality that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, obscuring the sun's light as the... moon passes between Earth and its closest star.
Luxury vehicles from the 1930s were nearly aircraft carrier-long. It was the art deco era dominated by seemingly never ending clean lines. So it's no surprise that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6... Cabriolet is over six meters long (about 20 feet) and ha...
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - Today marked the end of an era for NASA as the last of the agency's next generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TRDS) that transmit the critical science data and... communications for the Hubble Space Telescope and human spaceflight missions to the International Space Station, successfully rocketed to orbit this morning, Fri. Aug 18 from the Florida Space Coast. The post NASA Completes Vital Space Communications Network with Spectacular Launch of Final TDRS Science Relay Satellite appeared first on Universe Today.
The University of Central Florida's Marine Turtle Research group found a turtle with two heads south of Patrick Airforce Base in Brevard County last week.
The Secret World was rebooted in June as the free-to-play, shared-world RPG Secret World Legends and it just received the first of three updates that will expand the game into a "disaster-ridden and... monster-infested" Tokyo. Tokyo: Back to the Beginni...
If you’re going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles, there’s a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage.... Luckily solar glass is fast becoming an option, and these clever glass blocks are the best option I’ve seen yet.
An update to the venerable Faketoken.q Android malware has made it easier for the program to steal your credit card information from ride-sharing apps. Faketoken attacks Russian ride-sharing apps by... overlaying text boxes on the credit card information pages that can capture your credit number and other important information. Kaspersky writes: After getting onto a smartphone (judging by the…
The Federal Trade Commission has claimed during court proceedings that AT&T should pay $3.95 billion to settle a false-advertising lawsuit filed against DirecTV, the satellite TV subsidiary, back in... 2015. The FTC says that DirecTV pulled a common trick, advertising one rate without making it clear that consumers were signing up for a two-year contract, with significant price hikes in the second year. The FTC claims that between 2007 and 2015, DirecTV didn't properly disclose the terms and conditions to 33 million customers who signed up for its satellite TV service. Specifically, DirecTV advertised a discounted 12-month pay-TV plan, but the package actually required a two-year contract, with prices increasing by up to $45 per month in the second year. The early termination fee -- $480! --...
YouTube has started rolling out a “Breaking News” section in people’s feeds today across platforms as Alphabet continues to tailor custom content playlists to users logged into Google Accounts,... Android Police reports. For most, YouTube is a place to hop from one video to the next and descend down rabbit holes, but browsing anything like a feed has become less…
One-man company Word to Info on Friday expanded a string of patent lawsuits over natural language processing technology -- active cases involve Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Nuance -- to include... Apple, taking specific aim at the tech titan's Siri virtual assistant.
This week's podcast is all about the Essential Android phone.
The world just got a sneak peek at a feature Facebook's working on to make its highly anticipated AR glasses a reality. According to a patent published Thursday, the device "may augment views of a... physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements" and may "be included in an eye-wear comprising a frame and a display assembly that presents media to a user's eyes." SEE ALSO: Watch the weird new trailer for Oculus' first full-length VR movie The so-called waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner, which is being developed by Facebook's virtual reality arm Oculus VR, could be used in virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, or a combination of the three.