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Global Technology News for 11 Sep 2019

Apple reveals iOS 13 andwatchOS and tvOS updates are also just around the corner.
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Porsche welcomes a TeslaThe EV wars are heating up and Germany's vaunted Nurburgring Nordschleife is the new battleground. The new Taycan set a better-than-commendable 7:42, and Porsche welcomes the competition.
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A bold new perspective suggests space-time isn't a fundamental entity but emerges from quantum entanglement, says physicist Sean Carroll
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Poll: Slightly Over Half ofSlightly over half of people in the UK believe that if the Earth received communications from an extraterrestrial, then the human species should collectively act like huge dumbasses and respond,... according to a University of Oxford poll cited by Sky News on Tuesday.
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It's bizarrely easy to seeFacebook has been doing its best to convince us that it's concerned about user privacy and security, but it's not doing a great job. Just a few days ago, we saw the latest proof that Facebook isn't... ready to protect all of your data. And if you wanted more proof that you should be careful about what kind of data you store on Facebook's servers, even if temporarily, you need to read a new report. It turns out that private Instagram posts and videos can be accessed with relative ease by people who aren't even following you. The supposedly protected content posted to private accounts on Instagram and Facebook can be accessed, downloaded, and shared with third parties "with a stupidly simple work-around," BuzzFeed discovered. The hack, which isn't really a hack, "requires only a rudimentary...
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The corporate world isn't waiting around for Congress to get started on tougher data privacy laws. A group of 51 CEOs from the Business Roundtable advocacy group, including tech companies like Amazon,... AT&T, IBM, Motorola and Qualcomm, have sent a...
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China's colossal radioChina spent five years and close to $200 million to build its Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, nicknamed FAST. It was a monumental undertaking, but the result is a true marvel of... technology, and it's the largest full radio telescope on Earth. Now, with China set for a final review of the completed project later this month, scientists say they've already used the telescope to detect a notoriously strange radio signal beaming through space. Every once in a while, radio telescopes on Earth detect powerful signals from unknown sources. These Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs for short) are often singular flashes, but a few of them have been observed repeating at seemingly random intervals. One particular signal, known as FRB 121102, is notorious for popping up again and again, and...
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281 Alleged Email ScammersThe most sweeping takedown yet of so-called BEC scammers involved arrests in nearly a dozen countries.
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5 ways the Apple Watch canWith more features than ever before, the watch can keep you safe and alert you to serious problems.
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U.S. Could Lose Clean Energy Race, Lawmakers Are Warned

Scientific American - 11 Sep 2019 20:15
U.S. Could Lose Clean EnergyExperts push for policies to fight climate change and encourage clean energy production --
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Facebook Tightening SuicideOn World Suicide Prevention Days Facebook announced it was tightening its policies around preventing suicide and self-harm.
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Self regulation has failed, says NSPCC The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is calling on the British government to force social media companies to use AI to detect... suspicious grooming behaviour....
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Technology is the most funded resource in education, with tech supplies requests totaling more than $250 million.
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Chrome 77 Released with 52 Security Fixes

SecurityWeek - 11 Sep 2019 17:16
Google this week released Chrome 77 in the stable channel with various fixes and improvements, including 52 security patches.
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Control is getting Photo Mode,Remedy lays out the planned DLC content for Control over the next year - and teases something pretty incredible for longtime Remedy fans. What you need to know Control is the latest game from Remedy... Entertainment and 505 Games. Today, Remedy released the roadmap for upcoming DLC, including photo mode and two expansions. The second expansion is teasing something massive than fans of Remedy will appreciate. Control is currently available at Amazon for $51 on PlayStation 4. Control released back in August but Remedy Entertainment is already talking about what fans can look forward to next. Yesterday, Remedy shared the patch notes for a comprehensive update aimed at fixing the issues players are having with the map, as well as glitches and frame-rate problems. Today, Remedy released the...
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How a Nearly Forgotten (RIP)MIT announced that Fernando Corbato, a pioneer in computer security, has passed away aged 93. Corbato's death, though it is sad news, provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of his work,... and specifically on one of his revolutionary ideas: the password. Here’s how a nearly forgotten (RIP) physicist shaped your internet access. Paving […] The post How a Nearly Forgotten (RIP) Physicist Shaped Your Internet Access appeared first on ReadWrite.
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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge If you're on the hunt for a good deal on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10, heading to your local Microsoft Store might be your best bet. It's offering up to $650 of... credit when you trade in an eligible phone toward a new Note 10 or Note 10 Plus. Of course, how much you get in return depends on the device you want to trade in. Microsoft is giving the most to iPhone users, perhaps in an effort to tempt iOS users over to an Android phone that, admittedly, will help you get a lot of stuff done with built-in Microsoft productivity tools and useful apps like Your Phone. Microsoft is offering up to $650 for phones in the iPhone X lineup, including the iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max. You can get a respectable $450 in credit for your iPhone 8. Aside from...
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Google Nest Mini may soonToday a new Google Nest Mini appeared at the FCC, and with it, confirmation of Google’s continue expansion to every room in your home. Google has a plan with Google Assistant – that plan is to... cover your entire world in Google-made natural voice smart assistant coverage, wall to wall, environment to environment. Google already has a first-gen Google Home …
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New Hybrid Brain Map Reveals How Neurons Connect

Singularity Hub - 11 Sep 2019 16:48
New Hybrid Brain Map RevealsProjects that map the billions of connections within entire brains have always had a tinge of grandiosity. Yet to connectomists, these projects aren't just the key to cracking the brain's ultimate... mysteries. Understanding how and why neurons form connections called synapses may be the path towards computer simulations that recreate human thoughts, memories, judgments, and […]
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Engineers nervously check their personal ride-sharing ratings A number of Uber employees found their rating a little lower than they thought as the company laid off 435 staffers this week....
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Discovery! Water Vapor -- andIn a major first, scientists have detected water vapor and possibly even liquid water clouds on a strange exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its host star about 110 light-years from Earth.
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Samsung PlayGalaxy Link gameIn addition to streaming games to your phone, PlayGalaxy Link can also wake up your registered PC. What you need to know The Samsung PlayGalaxy Link app is now available for download. PlayGalaxy Link... is Samsung's game streaming service that lets you play PC games on your Galaxy smartphone. PlayGalaxy Link is currently in beta and is open to users in the U.S. and Korea only. Samsung announced a new game streaming service called PlayGalaxy Link at its Unpacked event last month. Similar to Steam Link, Samsung's PlayGalaxy Link service lets you stream PC games to your Galaxy phone. As spotted by the folks at Android Police, the Playgalaxy.com site is now up and the Android app can be downloaded by Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ owners. To get started, you will need to download the PC application...
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Pixel 4 Motion Sense settingsSettings include changing the direction to skip tracks and an Ambient Display option. What you need to know YouTuber M. Brandon Lee gives us an exclusive first look at the settings for the Pixel 4's... Motion Sense gestures. The settings reveal you'll be able to change the direction of the swipe to skip music and use it to activate the always-on display manually. Previous leaks showed that the Soli sensor won't be active in Japan. Last year, we had a full review of the Pixel 3 leaking well ahead of the launch. This year, Google has done a better job of keeping its new Pixel 4 phones under wraps, but that doesn't mean the leaks have completely stopped. Recently, it seems we can't go a day or even a few hours without getting a new Pixel 4 leak, and today, we're getting a look at the Motion...
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YouTube vowed to disableA pedophilia scandal spurred YouTube to pledge it wouldn't allow comments on videos with kids age 13 and younger. Six months later, they're still easy to find.
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How to Properly Load a Dishwasher

The New Yorker - 11 Sep 2019 13:00
Emma Soren writes a humorous set of instructions for loading a dishwasher properly.
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