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Top 100 Stories to Know for 18 Oct 2017 - United States

All data that move acrossHome and corporate Wi-Fi networks -- and all the data, photos and messages transmitted across them -- could be vulnerable to hackers, according to a computer security researcher in Belgium. The... vulnerability is in WPA2, the main protocol that protects Wi-Fi networks. Hackers can use a technique known...
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Greenpeace report praisesGreenpeace today has released a new version of its Guide to Greener Electronics. This breakdown offers a look at how several tech companies, such as Apple, Amazon, and Google, are handling their... environmental and renewable habits. The organization gives Apple an overall grade of B-… more…
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Qualcomm has managed to fitsQualcomm has a 5G modem that works in an actual phone. Back at Mobile World Congress in February, I walked through Qualcomm's sprawling show floor exhibit and was struck by the emphasis being paid to... a technology that, at least at the time, had little form or concrete narrative. 5G is a term thrown around to denote the next generation of wireless technology, combining the benefits of today's high-speed 4G LTE with something faster, more ubiquitous, and significantly cheaper. While it won't be available to the public until, at the earliest, 2019, companies like Qualcomm are already preparing for the shift. This is a 5G modem. Qualcomm has until 2019 to shrink it to fit inside a phone. #mwc17 — Daniel Bader (@journeydan) February 28, 2017 Almost exactly a year ago, the company announced...
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Using artificial intelligenceModel developed at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could reduce false positives and unnecessary surgeries.
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Police warn people on FacebookA drone flying near a wildfire in Northern California forced helicopters to stay grounded — and the California High Patrol (CHP) was not happy about it.  On Sunday, it posted an all-uppercase... warning to the public on Facebook: "FIRE FIGHTING PLANES CANNOT FLY IF YOUR DRONE IS IN THE AIR." SEE ALSO: The science behind the fast-moving wildfires that are devastating California Police found and cited a 24-year-old man for flying the drone, according to The Mercury News.  The pilot had been flying the drone in the vicinity of Petaluma Municipal Airport, forcing air traffic controllers to ground all craft until the drone no longer posed a danger to helicopter blades and engines. 
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Is the iPhone 8 being outsoldWhile it's typically easy to gauge the popularity of a new iPhone model, current demand for Apple's recently released iPhone 8 models is something of an enigma. Depending on who you ask, iPhone 8... sales are either disappointing or exactly where they should be in light of the forthcoming iPhone X release. A recent analyst note, however, is perhaps the most pessimistic take on iPhone 8 sales we've seen yet. According to a research note from KeyBanc analyst John Vinh, Apple may have reason to worry. According to a recent survey conducted by Vinh, and originally published by Reuters, it's not just that iPhone 8 sales are trending lower than anticipated, it's that Apple is still selling more iPhone 7 models than iPhone 8 models. The supposed reason for this curious finding is that the iPhone 7...
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Russia has been talking openly about the prospect of creating its own cryptocurrency, and it looks like the country might turn those words into action. Local news outlets report that Communications... Minister Nikolay Nikiforov has confirmed plans to l...
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Drone hits commercial aircraftCommentary: The Canadian Minister of Transport says the drone was flying out of legal limits.
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This microwave-based hardWhen it comes to consumer hard drives, SSDs are currently king, but a new technology from Western Digital is promising a massive leap forward for traditional disc-based technology The post This... microwave-based hard drive will offer 40 terabytes of storage appeared first on Digital Trends.
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2017 will likely be the worstIf you ever wanted proof that cord cutting is more than just a fad, look no further than cancellation numbers for pay TV subscriptions. In 2016, Bloomberg reported that cable, satellite and telecom TV... services lost a total of 1.7 million paid subscribers that year. That was estimated to be the largest exodus of pay TV customers ever recorded, but according to Exstreamist, that record could be broken as soon as this year. Based on Exstreamist's estimates and data gathered from telecom giants such as AT&T, Comcast, Dish, Charter and Verizon, between 1.8 and 1.9 million subscribers could cancel their cable package by the end of 2017. Considering how expensive cable subscriptions have become, this doesn't come as much of a surprise. There are also new streaming services popping up every week,...
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Project Loon may become Alphabet's next spinoff company

Android Authority - 15 Oct 2017 02:51
Project Loon may becomeA balloon-delivered wireless service project that began as a part of Google in 2013 might soon be spun off into its own company.
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NASA Undeterred by the Threat of Space Radiation

Universe Today - 15 Oct 2017 01:15
NASA Undeterred by the ThreatAccording to a recent statement by members of NASA's Human Research Program, the threat of radiation will not stop the proposed "Journey to Mars" and other deep-space missions. The post NASA... Undeterred by the Threat of Space Radiation appeared first on Universe Today.
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(Reuters) - Luxury electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc fired about 400 employees this week, including associates, team leaders and supervisors, a former employee told Reuters on Friday.
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Would life be better as anDuring its Oculus Connect conference Facebook-owned Oculus showcased wireless Oculus Go and Santa Cruz wireless headsets.        
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Twitter turns over 'handles'Twitter turns over 'handles' of 201 Russia-linked accounts to Senate investigators
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NASA studying potentialNASA is in discussions about potential roles it could play on an upcoming series of Russian robotic lunar missions, including landers and sample return spacecraft. SpaceNews.com
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The giant robot battle of yourYes, this is real. Two gigantic robots will battle each other Gundam-style for our amusement — and it will be streamed. On Oct. 17, the colossal robots Eagle Prime and Kuratas will meet in a violent... duel.  At least, that's when you can watch a stream of their battle that will last for days. The robots, which are piloted by humans, will attempt to topple each other.  This match has been two years in the making. In 2015, Megabots Inc. — a group of U.S. engineers that endeavor to build massive "fighting robots of science fiction, video games and movies" — challenged the Japanese robot Kuratas, built by Suidobashi Heavy Industries. 
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Waymo is the first company toTo help keep tabs on the safety of driverless cars rolling around U.S. cities, the federal government last year, and again last month, suggested that tech firms and car companies submit safety... checklists. None of the companies have done it. Until now. Waymo, a self-driving car project spun off...
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Facebook's Sandberg vows moreSandberg acknowledged Facebook has a responsibility to prevent future meddling from foreign actors.
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Oculus' Santa Cruz VR headsetThe future of VR is wireless. Today, Oculus announced that its standalone VR headset prototype, the Santa Cruz, will be available to developers in the next year. The company didn't provide further... details of when exactly that would be, but they were giving demos of its latest prototype at its Oculus Connect conference and I was able to take the latest version for a spin. SEE ALSO: Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset I was impressed with the demo I had last year of the early prototype, even though it was a pretty limited proof-of-concept more than anything else. So I was excited to see that Facebook has made significant progress in the last year.
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Here Are Five MajorElectric motors are coming whether we want them or not. So let's not pout, but instead celebrate the ways in which electric vehicles actually outperform their conventional internal combustion... engine-driven counterparts.
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Pinterest hit by Russia-linkedThe visual bookmarking site says it was on the receiving end of posts shared from Facebook and Twitter.
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Qualcomm takes a $773 millionThe Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission has fined Qualcomm NT$23.4 billion ($773 million) for antitrust violations. This is one other major defeat for the chipmaker that's currently embroiled in a... complicated legal battle against Apple and other tech firms. And local regulators keep hitting Qualcomm with fines, seemingly siding with Apple. Whatever Qualcomm says about Apple's actions, these fines will undoubtedly hinder its defense. Qualcomm's bottom line and the stock could also take serious hits. According to Bloomberg, the Taiwanese regulator said that Qualcomm has been violating antitrust rules for at least seven years, during which time the company collected NT$400 billion ($13.23 billion) from local businesses. The regulator said Qualcomm abused its position by not providing products to...
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NASA coordination project willAn asteroid will whiz by Earth tomorrow, but there’s no need to worry. The space rock won’t be anywhere close to hitting our planet, though researchers will use it for a very important task: to... test a particular early warning system that aims to warn Earth ahead of time about a potential asteroid impact. Such systems may be vital for …
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Apple issues third macOSHot on the heels of Monday's slate of beta software releases, Apple on Tuesday issued a third beta version of macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra to developers for testing.
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