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28-07-2017 Cars

After 3 straight wins, Porsche kills its Le Mans hybrid in favor of Formula E

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After 3 straight wins, Porsche kills its Le Mans hybrid in favor of Formula E

28-07-2017 Policy

Senators buck Sessions, move to protect state medical marijuana laws

Enlarge / U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (credit: Getty | Chip Somodevilla) The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a budget amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from cracking down on state-legal medical marijuana—likely to the consternation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The amendment prevents the Department of Justice from using any of its funds to prevent states from “implementing a law that authorizes the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Senators buck Sessions, move to protect state medical marijuana laws

28-07-2017 Policy

Company: Apple TV’s “what did she say” feature infringes our patent

Enlarge / The fourth-gen Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) It's a problem everyone has had: you're watching a movie and don't catch a key bit of dialogue. In September 2015, Apple unveiled a new feature for Apple TV that solves the problem. Users can ask "what did she say?" and Siri will skip back 15 seconds and temporarily enable captions. But a Florida company says that it has patented this idea. The company, CustomPlay, filed a lawsuit on Thursday. The patent, filed...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Company: Apple TV’s “what did she say” feature infringes our patent

28-07-2017 Biz & IT

Amazon made a package delivery locker specifically for apartments

Enlarge (credit: Amazon) If you've ever lived in an apartment, you know how difficult it can be to receive packages. They get lost, misplaced, or dropped in front of the wrong door all the time. Amazon wants to change this with what is essentially a big digital storage unit for your apartment building. Amazon Hub is a new system that's similar to the online retailer's locker units that safely stores packages inside locked boxes so you can retrieve your...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Amazon made a package delivery locker specifically for apartments

28-07-2017 Science

Almost time for a “major pucker factor,” as Falcon Heavy readies for launch

Enlarge / Rendering of a Falcon Heavy on the launch pad. (credit: SpaceX) Thursday night, SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted that the Falcon Heavy rocket would make its maiden launch in November from Launch Complex-39A in Florida. Although this event has been long promised by the company, with real hardware being tested and moved across the country, this date finally feels real. Musk has recently attempted to set expectations for the maiden launch, which will...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Almost time for a “major pucker factor,” as Falcon Heavy readies for launch

28-07-2017 Features

A brief history of quantum alternatives

Enlarge (credit: Central Press/Getty Images) In 1915, Albert Einstein, with a ee pittle help from his friends, developed a theory of gravity that overturned what we’d thought were the very foundations of physical reality. The idea that the space that we inhabit was not perfectly described by Euclidean geometry had been inconceivable—so much so that the philosopher Immanuel Kant, a radical thinker in so many ways, proclaimed that it was not possible for any...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

A brief history of quantum alternatives

28-07-2017 Policy

San Francisco DA: Anti-theft law results in huge drop in stolen phones

Enlarge / San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, seen here in 2014. (credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images News) San Francisco’s district attorney says that a California state law mandating "theft-deterring technological solutions" for smartphones has resulted in a precipitous drop in such robberies. In a press release sent to reporters on Thursday, George Gascón said that since the law went into effect on July 1, 2015, smartphone-related robberies have fallen 22 percent from 2015...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

San Francisco DA: Anti-theft law results in huge drop in stolen phones

27-07-2017 Policy

How a podcaster managed to confront his tech support scammer, in person

Enlarge / This November 2015 photo appears to be a company photo of Accostings, which Reply All identified as an India-based tech support scam company. Kamal Verma is standing in a black shirt with a watch in the center of the photo. (credit: Kamal Verma) The following post contains spoilers of Reply All episode #102: Long Distance, which was released on July 27, 2017. If you don't wish to know what happens in that...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

How a podcaster managed to confront his tech support scammer, in person

27-07-2017 Policy

Police body cam footage of man tased in back prompts $110K settlement

(video link) Body cam footage of an Aurora, Colorado, cop tasing an unarmed black man in the back paved the way for the city to pay $110,000 to settle police abuse allegations, the man's lawyers told Ars Thursday. Footage from September's tasing shows two black men being questioned by police who are responding to a weapons incident at a nearby apartment building. One of the men is seen and overheard on the video demanding to know...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Police body cam footage of man tased in back prompts $110K settlement

27-07-2017 Science

Specific area of the brain helps keep the body young

Enlarge (credit: Daniele Meli) Age may not be a state of mind, but the brain is definitely involved. That's the conclusion of a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, which provides compelling evidence that a specific structure in the brain, called the hypothalamus, plays a significant role in controlling the entire body's aging. The results suggest stem cells play a critical role, but only in part via their ability to generate new...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Specific area of the brain helps keep the body young

27-07-2017 Science

As dominance of launch market looms, SpaceX now valued at $21 billion

Enlarge / Maye Musk and Elon Musk attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills. (credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images) After two serious accidents in 2015 and 2016, SpaceX has been on a tear in 2017 with 10 successful launches, including the historic re-flight of two used boosters and a used Dragon spacecraft. These achievements suggest the company is well on its way toward developing low-cost, reusable boosters, and therefore the rocket company...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

As dominance of launch market looms, SpaceX now valued at $21 billion

27-07-2017 Biz & IT

Windows 10 Creators Update now available to all, November Update end-of-life’d

Enlarge / The announcement of the Creators Update in October 2016. (credit: Ars Technica) Some four months after its initial release, Microsoft says it has opened the floodgates and is now pushing out Windows 10 version 1703, the Creators Update, to every compatible PC (a category that excludes systems using Intel's Clover Trail Atoms). Earlier this month, AdDuplex, which tracks the penetration of the different Windows 10 versions, reported that as of July 18, the...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Windows 10 Creators Update now available to all, November Update end-of-life’d

27-07-2017 Science

Tiny pillars put light and sound in a quantum superposition

Enlarge / It's now possible to precisely fabricate very small pillars. (credit: Stanford University) In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in coupling sound and light together. Admittedly, we've been doing this for a long time, but we've always been limited in terms of what we can do with how nature puts materials together. Now, with our ability to construct structures that are the right size, we can make devices that really...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Tiny pillars put light and sound in a quantum superposition

27-07-2017 Science

Genetic evidence suggests the Canaanites weren’t destroyed after all

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Genetic evidence suggests the Canaanites weren’t destroyed after all