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17-11-2017 Tech

Dealmaster: The Black Friday tech deals that might actually be worth buying

Enlarge / Get ready for lots of ads like this. (credit: Best Buy) Brace yourself for Walmart fights and snarky tweets about capitalism, because Black Friday is nearly here. Once again, the day after Thanksgiving—and in many cases the days before that—will see retailers across the country pushing an avalanche of sales to the gift-needy public. And once again, many of those “discounts” won’t be discounts at all. Year after year, the corporate holiday...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Dealmaster: The Black Friday tech deals that might actually be worth buying

17-11-2017 Tech

Microsoft abandons typical Patch Tuesday playbook to fix Equation Editor flaw

Enlarge (credit: Flickr user: Ivan T) When a company like Microsoft needs to fix a security flaw in one of its products, the process is normally straightforward: determine where the bug lies, change the program's source code to fix the bug, and then recompile the program. But it looks like the company had to step outside this typical process for one of the flaws it patched this Tuesday. Instead of fixing the source code...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Microsoft abandons typical Patch Tuesday playbook to fix Equation Editor flaw

17-11-2017 Science

Hairy situation: DC’s rail system may be taken down by human shedding

Enlarge / The DC Metro, when it's not on fire. (credit: Getty | Bill Clark) For residents of our nation’s capital, news of a fire on the city’s rapid transit system—the Washington Metro—is not surprising. It catches fire and smokes quite regularly. At some points last year, there were reports of more than four fires per week (although there’s some dispute about that rate). There’s even the handy site—IsMetroOnFire.com—to check the current blaze...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Hairy situation: DC’s rail system may be taken down by human shedding

17-11-2017 Biz & IT

Argentine Navy diesel sub disappears, NASA plane joins in search

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Argentine Navy diesel sub disappears, NASA plane joins in search

17-11-2017 Policy

Tax bill that passed the House would cripple training of scientists

Enlarge / Whatever you made in that flask, it's going to cost you. (credit: Oak Ridge National Lab) Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed its version of a tax bill that would drop corporate tax rates and alter various deductions. While most of the arguments about the bill have focused on which tax brackets will end up paying more, an entire class of individuals appears to have been specifically targeted with a measure...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Tax bill that passed the House would cripple training of scientists

17-11-2017 Biz & IT

Man gets threats—not bug bounty—after finding DJI customer data in public view

Enlarge / A security researcher says he was trying to play fair with DJI's bug bounty program. DJI calls him a hacker who exposed customer data. DJI, the Chinese company that manufactures the popular Phantom brand of consumer quadcopter drones, was informed in September that developers had left the private keys for both the "wildcard" certificate for all the company's Web domains and the keys to cloud storage accounts on Amazon Web Services...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Man gets threats—not bug bounty—after finding DJI customer data in public view

17-11-2017 Gaming & Culture

The world of Skyrim is thrilling and flawed in VR

Enlarge / The disembodied hand of fate falls on you, tree! Since consumer-grade virtual reality became a thing last year, there has been some criticism over the lack of lengthy, meaty VR experiences that can draw players in an epic story for dozens of hours. As if to answer that criticism, Bethesda has released Skyrim VR, a PlayStation VR exclusive version of one of the meatiest RPGs of the last decade. Consumer virtual reality was...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

The world of Skyrim is thrilling and flawed in VR

17-11-2017 Cars

New Tesla Roadster sounds impressive, but it’s not the only game in town

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) On Thursday night, Elon Musk upstaged his own semi truck launch with the news that Tesla is going to build a new performance car, the Roadster. The specs certainly have the Internet ablaze this morning: a 200kWh battery and 620-mile (1,000km) range, 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, the standing quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds, and a top speed of 250mph. That's truly impressive—particularly if it costs just $200,000. But Musk's claims that...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

New Tesla Roadster sounds impressive, but it’s not the only game in town

17-11-2017 Tech

Apple’s HomePod speaker isn’t coming out this year

Enlarge / Look at this happy couple enjoying voice commands and high quality audio in their home! (credit: Apple) In a statement to CNBC this morning, Apple said its HomePod smart speaker will be released in 2018, not by the end of this year as originally announced. Here is the company's statement: We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Apple’s HomePod speaker isn’t coming out this year

17-11-2017 Policy

Bitcoin is hitting new highs—here’s why it might not be a bubble

Enlarge (credit: Bullion Vault) In early September, one Bitcoin was worth almost $5,000. Then the Chinese government cracked down on cryptocurrency investments, and Bitcoin's value plunged 40 percent in a matter of days, reaching a low below $3,000. But Bitcoin bounced back. By early November, one Bitcoin was worth almost $8,000. Then last week, a controversial effort to expand the Bitcoin network's capacity failed. Within days, Bitcoin's price had plunged 25 percent, while the value...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Bitcoin is hitting new highs—here’s why it might not be a bubble

17-11-2017 Biz & IT

Robocalls from spoofed Caller IDs may soon be blocked by phone companies

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | vladru) Phone companies are now authorized to be more aggressive in blocking robocalls before they reach customers' landlines or mobile phones, but you might have to pay for the new blocking capabilities. The Federal Communications Commission yesterday issued an order to "expressly authorize voice service providers to block robocalls that appear to be from telephone numbers that do not or cannot make outgoing calls, without running afoul of the FCC's...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Robocalls from spoofed Caller IDs may soon be blocked by phone companies

17-11-2017 Science

Swiss lab develops genetic tool kit to turn any cell into a tumor killer

Enlarge / T cells latch on to a cancer cell before killing it. (credit: NIH) We've made some impressive advances toward inducing the immune system to attack cancers. One of these techniques, using CAR-T cells, is amazing. CAR-T cells are made by inserting receptors that recognize cancerous cells into a leukemia patient’s own T cells. This induces those T cells to recognize the patient’s tumor as the threat that it is and destroy it. But, that...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Swiss lab develops genetic tool kit to turn any cell into a tumor killer

17-11-2017 Science

First-ever marijuana overdose death? Let’s review what “potential link” means

Enlarge / Even this baby is annoyed. (credit: Getty | VW Pics) The US Drug Enforcement Administration plainly reports that no death from an overdose of marijuana has ever been reported—a tidbit often repeated by cannabis enthusiasts when discussing the potential harms of the popular drug. But this week, many news outlets coughed up headlines saying that the famous fact had gone up in smoke. Those media reports dubbed the death of an 11-month-old Colorado...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

First-ever marijuana overdose death? Let’s review what “potential link” means

17-11-2017 Biz & IT

Apple reportedly working with Intel to put 5G modem in future iPhones

Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) While it will be some time before 5G LTE becomes standard, Apple is thinking ahead about how to best incorporate 5G technology into its iPhones. According to a Fast Company report, Apple has been working with Intel to incorporate the chipmaker's 5G modems in future iPhones while talks with Qualcomm, the world's biggest modem supplier, have been "limited." Qualcomm currently has a more advanced 5G modem than Intel does, but Intel...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Apple reportedly working with Intel to put 5G modem in future iPhones