• Marktplaats oplichters voor de rechter

    Vandaag, woensdag en donderdag staan in totaal tien verdachten voor de rechter wegens het plegen van oplichting. Via Marktplaats boden zij graafmachines en tractoren aan en leverden deze vervolgens niet.
    De verdachten gingen volgens het Openbaar Ministerie geraffineerd te werk en pasten voortdurend hun werkwijze aan op Marktplaats. Hierdoor hebben de verdachten meer dan 78 slachtoffers kunnen maken. Meerdere slachtoffers hebben melding gemaakt van oplichting bij het Landelijk Meldpunt Internet O
  • CIA plans to replace spies with AI

    Human spies will soon be relics of the past, and the CIA knows it. Dawn Meyerriecks, the Agency’s deputy director for technology development, recently told an audience at an intelligence conference in Florida the CIA was adapting to a new landscape where its primary adversary is a machine, not a foreign agent. Meyerriecks, speaking to CNN after the conference, said other countries have relied on AI to track enemy agents for years. She went on to explain the difficulties encountered by cur
  • Uber to hide dropoff locations so sketchy drivers don’t know where you live

    In a small change which could improve the peace of mind of its passengers, Uber will now obscure the exact pick-up and drop-off locations in its drivers’ records. What it is: After this feature goes live, drivers will no longer have a record of precisely where they picked you up and dropped you off. Instead the app will show them the general vicinity of each location. According to Gizmodo, this feature will roll out around the same time as Uber’s new driver app is out for
  • Study: This is how long it takes adults to make new friends

    In a landmark study, a University of Kansas professor now believes he knows why making friends as an adult is just so difficult. Short answer? Time. The study: Published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Associate Professor of Communications Studies, Jeffrey Hall, found that it takes about 50 hours to cement a friendship between two adults. That is to say, going from mere acquaintance — that person you find yourself waxing poetic about the utility of avocados in the sup
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  • Survey: Amazon beats Google and Apple for ‘most positive’ impact on society

    What is it: A recent poll by SurveyMonkey and Recode indicated that 20 percent of Americans believe Amazon has the most positive impact on society among major tech companies. That was the highest of all companies listed, and was followed by Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Tesla, and others. 20 percent also selected ‘none of the above.’ Why it matters: Amazon consistently ranks among the most the most loved tech companies in surveys; it achieved a similar result in a poll he
  • This 30-year-old concept can help you like your job more

    Have you ever been so focused on a task that it seemed like everything in the background became nonexistent and the only thing you were thinking about was the responsibility at hand? If so, you’ve experienced flow, likely without even realizing it. Flow is a state of being that involves working at your full potential, where you feel and perform at your best. Some people describe it as being “in the zone.” The foundations of flow The person primarily associated with the concept
  • Nifty new site warns you which games have microtransactions

    Microtransactions, paid DLC, free-to-play-but-pay-to-win: all thorny topics for gamers as they involve having to fork over hard-earned money for dubious gains. Now there’s a community-built site where you can check your games ahead of time to see if they have microtransactions, and if so, how they work. The site, Microtransaction.zone, launched a few days ago. It has a relatively diverse, if limited library of games at the moment — site creator “igrat” said on Reddit all
  • MIT created a glove that controls how deeply you sleep

    Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a device that allows a person to maintain a semi-conscious state between wakefulness and sleeping. Why it matters: There’s now a working “sleep interface,” in the form of a device that allows humans to have a small amount of control over their own consciousness. The state between awake and asleep is called hypnophagia, and some experts believe that by controlling the amount of time we spend in i
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  • EU bevestigt onderzoek naar Shazam

    De Europese Commissie heeft officieel een vier maanden durend onderzoek naar de overname van Shazam door Apple aangekondigd. De EU maakt zich zorgen over de aankoop. Men is bang dat met de door Shazam verkregen gegevens Apple meer gebruikers naar zich toe zal trekken.
    Shazam is officieel geen muziekdienst zoals Apple Music. De dienst herkent muziek die op de radio wordt afgespeeld. Daarnaast wordt een koppeling tot stand gebracht met bijvoorbeeld Apple Music of Spotify voor wie het nummer nogmaa
  • Amazon is cramming Alexa into household robot

    Amazon is reportedly developing a domestic robot. We’re still pretty far away from the robot butler era, but this indicates the possible arrival of the “Alexa, get me a beer” stage, and we can’t wait. Sources familiar with the project told Bloomberg the company plans to develop a domestic robot: Codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, the project is overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and
  • Amazon is cramming Alexa into a household robot

    Amazon is reportedly developing a domestic robot. We’re still pretty far away from the robot butler era, but this indicates the possible arrival of the “Alexa, get me a beer” stage, and we can’t wait. Sources familiar with the project told Bloomberg the company plans to develop a domestic robot: Codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, the project is overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and