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17-01-2018 Policy

Scientists racing to save vital medical isotopes imperiled by shabby reactors

Enlarge / A dose of Tc-99m to be used in an upcoming scan. (credit: Getty | Rene Johnston) There’s a mad dash for a vital radioactive isotope that’s used in about 50,000 medical procedures every day in the US, including spotting deadly cancers and looming heart problems. Currently, access to it hinges on a shaky supply chain and a handful of aging nuclear reactors in foreign countries. But federal regulators and a few...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Scientists racing to save vital medical isotopes imperiled by shabby reactors

17-01-2018 Gaming & Culture

Nintendo’s Labo playset slaps the Switch into build-your-own cardboard toys

Enlarge / Labo looks like a trip, Nintendo. (credit: Nintendo) Nintendo has announced a new build-your-own-accessories line for the Switch console, dubbed Nintendo Labo. It will arrive on April 20 in the United States and Japan and April 27 in Europe. Labo's two playsets, the $69.99 Variety Kit and the $79.99 Robot Kit, will come with marked cardboard sheets that must be punched and folded by players, along with connecting string, reflective stickers (for controller-sensing...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Nintendo’s Labo playset slaps the Switch into build-your-own cardboard toys

17-01-2018 Tech

With HomePod around the corner, Siri’s “give me the news” feature exits beta

Enlarge (credit: Apple) When you say "Hey Siri, give me the news" to your iOS device, Siri will now immediately begin playing a daily news update from a popular news podcast—NPR by default in the United States. Coming shortly before the launch of the HomePod smart speaker, also powered by Siri, this small feature is the latest that brings some Alexa or Google Assistant-style interactions to Apple's ecosystem. In the US, NPR's News Now podcast...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

With HomePod around the corner, Siri’s “give me the news” feature exits beta

17-01-2018 Tech

Hackers can’t dig into latest Xiaomi phone due to GPL violations

Enlarge Yet another Android OEM is dragging its feet with its GPL compliance. This time, it's Xiaomi with the Mi A1 Android One device, which still hasn't seen a kernel source code release. Android vendors are required to release their kernel sources thanks to the Linux kernel's GPLv2 licensing. The Mi A1 has been out for about three months now, and there's still no source code release on Xiaomi's official github account. Unfortunately, GPL non-compliance...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Hackers can’t dig into latest Xiaomi phone due to GPL violations

17-01-2018 Policy

Apple to pay $38 billion in US taxes on overseas cash

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Gary Waters) Apple announced on Wednesday that it would pay $38 billion in taxes to the federal government as it brings cash earned overseas into the United States. The big payment is the result of President Donald Trump's tax cut bill, passed last month, which created a new, special tax rate for overseas cash. Apple is likely to be the biggest beneficiary of that provision. The American company had around...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Apple to pay $38 billion in US taxes on overseas cash

17-01-2018 Biz & IT

New botnet infects cryptocurrency mining computers, replaces wallet address

Enlarge / A cryptocurrency mining farm. (credit: Marco Krohn) Satori—the malware family that wrangles routers, security cameras, and other Internet-connected devices into potent botnets—is crashing the cryptocurrency party with a new variant that surreptitiously infects computers dedicated to the mining of digital coins. A version of Satori that appeared on January 8 exploits one or more weaknesses in the Claymore Miner, researchers from China-based Netlab 360 said in a report published Wednesday. After gaining control...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

New botnet infects cryptocurrency mining computers, replaces wallet address

17-01-2018 Tech

Fitbit Coach arrives on your TV with new Windows 10 and Xbox One apps

Enlarge (credit: Fitbit) Now that FitStar's transition to Fitbit Coach is officially complete, Fitbit is expanding the devices that support its revamped personal training app. The company announced that the Fitbit Coach apps for Windows 10 and Xbox One devices will be available for download later today. Fitbit owned FitStar for a while before it announced its impending transformation into Fitbit Coach last year. The app, which is separate from the main Fitbit app that...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Fitbit Coach arrives on your TV with new Windows 10 and Xbox One apps

17-01-2018 Cars

Report: GM and Waymo lead driverless car race; Tesla lags far behind

Enlarge / Cruise second-generation test vehicles, assembled at GM’s Lake Orion plant in Michigan. (credit: Cruise) In November, Waymo announced it would begin testing fully driverless vehicles with no one in the driver's seat. Then, last week, GM petitioned the federal government for approval to mass-produce a car with no steering wheel or pedals—with plans to release it in 2019. In short, driverless cars are on the cusp of shifting from laboratory research projects...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Report: GM and Waymo lead driverless car race; Tesla lags far behind

17-01-2018 Policy

“Free TV” box lawyer says video industry is “digging its own grave”

Enlarge / The Dragon Box. (credit: Dragon Media) The entertainment industry is lining up against the maker of a "free TV" box in a lawsuit that alleges piracy, but the defendant's lawyer says the industry is in for a difficult and dangerous fight. "I think this is a very, very dangerous lawsuit by plaintiffs," lawyer Erik Syverson told Ars yesterday. "If the case does not go the plaintiffs' way, they will have established very unfavorable...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

“Free TV” box lawyer says video industry is “digging its own grave”

17-01-2018 Cars

The 2019 Audi A7 is a sleek-looking fastback with some pretty cool tech

Jonathan Gitlin ...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

The 2019 Audi A7 is a sleek-looking fastback with some pretty cool tech

17-01-2018 Science

Immigrant-friendly policies make most whites feel welcomed, too

Enlarge (credit: National Park Service) Immigration policy in the US has grown increasingly contentious, seemingly pitting different communities and ideologies against each other. But a new study suggests that a large majority of Americans appreciate a welcoming policy toward immigrants. Only a specific minority—white conservatives—generally feels otherwise. And the effect isn't limited to policy, as it influenced whether citizens felt welcome in the place that they lived. The research, performed by a collaboration of US-based...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Immigrant-friendly policies make most whites feel welcomed, too

17-01-2018 Science

NASA’s internal schedule for the commercial crew program is pretty grim

Enlarge / Despite her smiles here, NASA's commercial crew program manager has concerns about schedules for Boeing and SpaceX. (credit: NASA) Publicly, both Boeing and SpaceX maintain that they will fly demonstration missions by the end of this year that carry astronauts to the International Space Station. This would put them on course to become certified for "operational" missions to the station in early 2019, to ensure NASA's access to the orbiting laboratory. On Wednesday...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

NASA’s internal schedule for the commercial crew program is pretty grim

17-01-2018 Science

Meteor lights up southern Michigan

Enlarge / That's no moon! Early last night local time, a meteor rocketed through the skies of southern Michigan, giving local residents a dramatic (if brief) light show. It also generated an imperceptible thump, as the US Geological Survey confirmed that there was a coincident magnitude 2.0 earthquake. The American Meteor Society has collected more than 350 eyewitness accounts, which ranged from western Pennsylvania out to Illinois and Wisconsin. They were heavily concentrated over...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Meteor lights up southern Michigan

17-01-2018 Gaming & Culture

Selling used PC games through the blockchain? We’re not buying it

Enlarge / A foolproof plan! (credit: Aurich / Getty) Companies in industries ranging from iced tea to image processing to fast-casual dining are jumping on the recent blockchain-mania as a way to try to revolutionize often-moribund businesses. Now, startup Robot Cache wants to bring that same technology to bear in revolutionizing the way we buy and sell PC game downloads, with the backing of game industry luminaries like InXile's Brian Fargo and Atari founder...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Selling used PC games through the blockchain? We’re not buying it