• Disney+ Takes First Emmy Win With 'The Mandalorian' For Visual Effects

    Disney+ Takes First Emmy Win With 'The Mandalorian' For Visual Effects
    At the Creative Arts Emmys on Wednesday night, The Mandalorian not only scored its first Emmy but also won the first Emmy for Disney+. Deadline reports: As a brand new streamer, this year marks the first year of eligibility for Disney+. The Mandalorian has racked up a staggering 15 Emmy nominations with 8 of those trophies being handed out tonight. Outstanding Special Visual Effects is the first win for the sci-fi series that stars Pedro Pascal as the titular masked hero and introduced the world
  • 'Extremely Brilliant Source' X-Rays Set To Revolutionize Science

    'Extremely Brilliant Source' X-Rays Set To Revolutionize Science
    Rose Pastore reporting via Gizmodo: A new way of producing powerful X-ray beams -- the brightest on Earth -- is now making it possible to create 3D images of matter at astounding resolutions. This "Extremely Brilliant Source" officially opened last month at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France, and scientists are already using it to study the coronavirus behind covid-19. These X-ray beams will image the interiors of fossils, brains, batteries, and countless other interesting ite
  • Former Facebook Manager: 'We Took a Page From Big Tobacco's Playbook'

    Former Facebook Manager: 'We Took a Page From Big Tobacco's Playbook'
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Speaking to Congress today, the former Facebook manager first tasked with making the company make money did not mince words about his role. He told lawmakers that the company "took a page from Big Tobacco's playbook, working to make our offering addictive at the outset" and arguing that his former employer has been hugely detrimental to society. His analogy continued: "Tobacco companies initially just sought to make nicotine more potent. But
  • $1 Hearing Aid Could Treat Millions With Hearing Loss

    $1 Hearing Aid Could Treat Millions With Hearing Loss
    Saad Bhamla, an undergraduate in Mumbai, India, has invented a do-it-yourself hearing aid made from inexpensive, easy-to-find parts. "At bulk rates, Bhamla says, it would cost just under $1 to make," reports Science Magazine. "But anyone with the freely available blueprints and a soldering iron can make their own for not much more -- maybe $15 or $20, Bhamla says." From the report: Inspired by his grandparents and a hearing-impaired colleague -- who is the first author on the new paper -- Bhamla
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  • The Only Black Hole We've Ever Seen Has a Shadow That Wobbles

    The Only Black Hole We've Ever Seen Has a Shadow That Wobbles
    The supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy has a shadow crescent that moves, like a dancer in the dark. From a report: Over a year ago, scientists unleashed something incredible on the world: the first photo of a black hole ever taken. By putting together radio astronomy observations made with dishes across four continents, the collaboration known as the Event Horizon Telescope managed to peer 53 million light-years away and look at a supermassive black hole, which is 6.5 millio
  • GeForce RTX 3090 Launched: NVIDIA's Biggest, Fastest Gaming GPU Tested

    GeForce RTX 3090 Launched: NVIDIA's Biggest, Fastest Gaming GPU Tested
    MojoKid writes: NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090, which just launched this morning, is the single most powerful graphics card money can buy currently (almost). It sits at the top of NVIDIA's product stack, and according to the company, it enables new experiences like smooth 8K gaming and seamless processing of massive content creation workloads, thanks in part to its 24GB of on-board GDDR6X memory. A graphics card like the GeForce RTX 3090 isn't for everyone, however. Though its asking price is about a
  • Illinois Facebook Users Can Claim Up To $400 In Class-Action Suit

    Illinois Facebook Users Can Claim Up To $400 In Class-Action Suit
    Facebook has settled a class action lawsuit that claimed the company collected and stored facial templates for its users between June 7, 2011, and Aug. 19, 2020, when the settlement was approved. "Individuals could be eligible for cash payouts of $200 to $400," reports Patch. From the report: In 2015, lawsuits were filed against Facebook over its use of "face tagging" feature. Plaintiffs claimed that Facebook was collecting biometric information ("face prints") without getting proper consent req
  • Amazon Alexa Can Now Immediately Delete Your Voice Recordings

    Amazon Alexa Can Now Immediately Delete Your Voice Recordings
    Amazon appears to be making good on its effort to keep tightening privacy for its Alexa-powered devices, even after the hot-button issue has cooled down this year. From a report: The most notable change is a new option to automatically delete your voice recordings immediately after they are processed by Alexa. A written transcript of these recordings will still be available for 30 days but can be deleted anytime you want. This feature, which is available starting Thursday, builds on Amazon's oth
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  • Universal Basic Income Gains Support In South Korea After COVID-19

    Universal Basic Income Gains Support In South Korea After COVID-19
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nikkei Asian Review: The debate on universal basic income has gained momentum in South Korea, as the coronavirus outbreak and the country's growing income divide force a rethink on social safety nets. The concept was thrust into the spotlight in the country when Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung proposed a basic income of 500,000 won ($430) a year per person this year. He aims to gradually expand the figure until it reaches 500,000 won a month -- rough
  • Former Cambridge Analytica Chief Receives Seven-Year Directorship Ban

    Former Cambridge Analytica Chief Receives Seven-Year Directorship Ban
    Alexander Nix, the former boss of Cambridge Analytica, has been banned from serving as a company director for seven years over "potentially unethical" behavior linked to his position at the center of a global scandal. The Guardian reports: The Insolvency Service said Nix had allowed companies to offer potentially unethical services, including "bribery or honey-trap stings, voter disengagement campaigns, obtaining information to discredit political opponents and spreading information anonymously
  • Ring's Latest Security Camera Is a Drone That Flies Around Inside Your House

    Ring's Latest Security Camera Is a Drone That Flies Around Inside Your House
    Ring's latest home security camera is an autonomous drone, called the Always Home Cam, that can fly around inside your home to give you a perspective of any room you want when you're not home. "Once it's done flying, the Always Home Cam returns to its dock to charge its battery," reports The Verge. "It is expected to cost $249.99 when it starts shipping next year." From the report: Jamie Siminoff, Ring's founder and "chief inventor," says the idea behind the Always Home Cam is to provide multipl
  • DHS Admits Facial Recognition Photos Were Hacked, Released On Dark Web

    DHS Admits Facial Recognition Photos Were Hacked, Released On Dark Web
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finally acknowledged Wednesday that photos that were part of a facial recognition pilot program were hacked from a Customs and Border Control subcontractor and were leaked on the dark web last year. Among the data, which was collected by a company called Perceptics, was a trove of traveler's faces, license plates, and care information. The information made its way to the Dark Web, despite DHS claiming
  • Mobile World Congress Postponed To June 2021

    Mobile World Congress Postponed To June 2021
    dkatana writes: The GSMA and Fira Barcelona announced today that next year's MWC Barcelona won't take place at the usual dates (early March). It has been postponed to late June to minimize the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. That has been a shock to Barcelona, as MWC is the most profitable event in the city. The biggest technology show brings over 500 million euro to the region's economy. GSMA CEO John Hoffman commented that "MWC is more than just an event. It's an experience that brings the wh
  • Luna is Amazon's New Cloud Gaming Service

    Luna is Amazon's New Cloud Gaming Service
    At its 2020 hardware event today, Amazon announced a cloud gaming platform called Luna. The news isn't too surprising: the service has been rumored since last year, previously codenamed "Tempo," while an Amazon-made game controller leaked out just ahead of today's event. From a report: It's not clear when Luna will launch widely, but it will initially be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iPhone and iPad (via web apps), with an Android version planned for after launch. Amazon says that intereste
  • Foreign Hackers Cripple Texas County's Email System, Raising Election Security Concerns

    Foreign Hackers Cripple Texas County's Email System, Raising Election Security Concerns
    Last week, voters and election administrators who emailed Leanne Jackson, the clerk of rural Hamilton County in central Texas, received bureaucratic-looking replies. "Re: official precinct results," one subject line read. The text supplied passwords for an attached file. But Jackson didn't send the messages. From a report: Instead, they came from Sri Lankan and Congolese email addresses, and they cleverly hid malicious software inside a Microsoft Word attachment. By the time Jackson learned abou
  • Google Will Try 'Hybrid' Work-from-Home Models, as Most Employees Don't Want To Come in Every Day

    Google Will Try 'Hybrid' Work-from-Home Models, as Most Employees Don't Want To Come in Every Day
    Google is rethinking its long-term work options for employees, as most of them say they don't want to come back to the office full-time. From a report: Sixty-two percent of Google employees want to return to their offices at some point, but not every day, according to a recent survey of employee office preferences the company released this week. So Google is working on "hybrid" models, including rearranging its offices and figuring out more long-term remote work options, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pich
  • Apple May Face EU Rules To Open Up Payment Technology

    Apple May Face EU Rules To Open Up Payment Technology
    The European Union is weighing legislation that could force Apple to open iPhone payment technology to competitors. From a report: The potential rules would grant other payment services a right of access to infrastructure such as near-field communication technology embedded in smartphones, the European Commission said Thursday. While the EU didn't explicitly name Apple, it said the "most commonly reported issue" related to mobile device manufacturers restricting third-party access to NFC chips.
  • EU To Launch Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox by 2022

    EU To Launch Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox by 2022
    The European Commission will team up with the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP) to launch a new regulatory sandbox focused on cryptocurrencies and blockchain by 2022, according to an announcement published today. From a report: The commission is the executive branch of the European Union and the initiative is part of its newly adopted Digital Finance Package that aims to provide greater clarity for cryptocurrency companies. "By making rules safer and more digital friendly for consumers, the
  • Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Will Invest Over $1 Billion in European Moonshots

    Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Will Invest Over $1 Billion in European Moonshots
    At an event hosted by Slush, the Spotify CEO said: "I will devote 1 billion euro of my personal resources to enable the ecosystem of builders to achieve [the] European dream over the next decade." From a report: "I will do so by funding so-called moonshots focusing on the deep technology necessary to make a significant positive dent, and work with scientists, investors, and governments to do so," he added. The pledge came after Ek explained his desire to see more big European companies, saying "
  • In India, Engineers and MBAs Are Turning To Manual Labor To Survive the Economic Crash

    In India, Engineers and MBAs Are Turning To Manual Labor To Survive the Economic Crash
    As India's economy reels in the aftermath of one of the world's strictest lockdowns, a rural employment program has emerged as a lifeline for some of the tens of millions left jobless. From a report: The government program -- which aims to guarantee 100 days of unskilled work in rural areas -- was intended to combat poverty and reduce the volatility of agricultural wages. Now it is a potent symbol of how the middle-class dreams of millions of Indians are unraveling. The program is serving as a l
  • Epic, Spotify, Tinder-Parent Firm Match, Tile and More Form Coalition To Take on Apple's App Store Rules

    Epic, Spotify, Tinder-Parent Firm Match, Tile and More Form Coalition To Take on Apple's App Store Rules
    More than a dozen app makers and other companies have joined together to form the Coalition for App Fairness, a nonprofit group that's taking aim at Apple and its App Store rules. Among the founding members are Spotify, Epic Games, ProtonMail, and Match Group, all of which have been vocal critics of the fees Apple charges developers. From a report: "As enforcers, regulators, and legislators around the world investigate Apple for its anti-competitive behavior, The Coalition for App Fairness will
  • Unpatched Domain Controllers Remain Vulnerable to Netlogon Vulnerability, CVE-2020-1472

    Original release date: September 24, 2020
    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is aware of active exploitation of CVE-2020-1472, an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Microsoft’s Netlogon. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to breach unpatched Active Directory domain controllers and obtain domain administrator access. Applying patches from Microsoft’s August 2020 Security Advisory for CVE-2020-1472 can prevent exploitation of this vulnerabili
  • Microsoft To Release a Non-Subscription Office Suite in 2021

    Microsoft To Release a Non-Subscription Office Suite in 2021
    In a blog post announcing the next version of its Exchange Server, Microsoft has slipped in a single line that's bound to make those who hate paying subscription fees for Office apps happy. From a report: "Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021," the tech giant's Exchange team wrote, confirming that a new version of Office you can purchase with a one-time payment is coming next year. The company has been pushing Microsoft 365 f
  • 3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

    3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Stomach ulcers and other gastric wounds afflict one in eight people worldwide, but common conventional therapies have drawbacks. Now scientists aim to treat such problems by exploring a new frontier in 3-D printing: depositing living cells directly inside the human body. [...] In their effort to treat stomach lesions less invasively, scientists in China wanted to develop a miniature bioprinting robot that could enter the human body wi
  • Chitin Could Be Used To Build Tools and Habitats On Mars, Study Finds

    Chitin Could Be Used To Build Tools and Habitats On Mars, Study Finds
    A team of scientists from the Singapore University of Technology and Design discovered that, using simple chemistry, the organic polymer chitin -- contained in the exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans -- can easily be transformed into a viable building material for basic tools and habitats. The findings have been published in the journal PLOS ONE. Ars Technica reports: "The technology was originally developed to create circular ecosystems in urban environments," said co-author Javier Fernande
  • ISS Successfully Dodges 'Unknown Piece of Space Debris'

    ISS Successfully Dodges 'Unknown Piece of Space Debris'
    With space junk piling up around our planet, the International Space Station needed to perform a last-minute avoidance maneuver Tuesday to steer clear of an "unknown piece of space debris expected to pass within several kilometers." From a report: Mission Control in Houston conducted the move at 2:19 p.m. PT using the Russian Progress resupply spacecraft docked to the ISS to help nudge the station out of harm's way. "Out of an abundance of caution, the Expedition 63 crew will relocate to their S
  • The Short Weird Life -- and Potential Afterlife -- of Quantum Radar

    The Short Weird Life -- and Potential Afterlife -- of Quantum Radar
    sciencehabit writes: A mini-arms race is unfolding in the supposed field of quantum radar, spurred by press reports in 2016 that China had built one -- potentially threatening the ability of stealthy military aircraft to hide from conventional radars. Governments around the world have tasked physicists to look into the idea. Whereas a conventional radar searches for objects by detecting pulse of microwaves reflected from them, quantum radar would utilize pulses of microwaves linked by a quantum
  • Blizzard Co-Founder Mike Morhaime Launches New Gaming Endeavor Dreamhaven

    Blizzard Co-Founder Mike Morhaime Launches New Gaming Endeavor Dreamhaven
    Mike Morhaime, the cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, has launched a new game company called Dreamhaven, and it has established two new game studios: Moonshot and Secret Door. VentureBeat reports: The Irvine, California-based company is a pretty good clue that Morhaime and his wife Amy Morhaime weren't quite done with games when they left Activision Blizzard in 2018. Mike will be the CEO of Dreamhaven, while Amy will head operations. They have hired a number of (mostly former Blizzard) industr
  • 'Amnesia: The Dark Descent' and 'A Machine For Pigs' Are Now Open Source

    'Amnesia: The Dark Descent' and 'A Machine For Pigs' Are Now Open Source
    Legendary horror game Amnesia: The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs is now open source, meaning that modders can dig in and see what lies underneath the hood of both games. Polygon reports: The full source code for The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs has been released on Github for folks who want to take a crack at modifying the game. It's relatively rare for developers to post their game codes themselves, though sometimes proprietary code can make its way online via leaks. "This doesn't
  • Researchers Found the Manual For the World's Oldest Surviving Computer

    Researchers Found the Manual For the World's Oldest Surviving Computer
    Researchers will be able to gain a deeper understanding of what's considered the world's oldest surviving (digital) computer after its long-lost user manual was unearthed. Engadget reports: The Z4, which was built in 1945, runs on tape, takes up most of a room and needs several people to operate it. The machine now takes residence at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, but it hasn't been used in quite some time. An archivist at ETH Zurich, Evelyn Boesch, discovered the manual among her father's docu

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