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Nevada gets first FAA-approved urban drone deliver

posted: 26 Mar 2016

Flirtey, the startup that did the first FAA-sanctioned drone delivery in a rural area, has replicated the feat in an urban setting. It sent out an autonomous hexacopter on a half-a-mile flight to an empty house in Hawthorne, Nevada on March 10th, car...

Here's your first look at Netflix's 'Voltron' seri

posted: 26 Mar 2016

As Netflix expands its suite of original programming it's going to the nostalgia well once again. The good news here is that instead of another sitcom spinoff like Fuller House, we're getting Voltron: Legendary Defender. Today at Wondercon 2016 its p...

Nevada gets first FAA-approved urban drone drone d

posted: 26 Mar 2016

Flirtey, the startup that did the first FAA-sanctioned drone delivery in a rural area, has replicated the feat in an urban setting. It sent out an autonomous hexacopter on a half-a-mile flight to an empty house in Hawthorne, Nevada on March 10th, car...

DARPA thinks it has the solution to satellite long

posted: 25 Mar 2016

The government's mad science wing has an eye on lowering the cost and extending the lifespan of the geosynchronous Earth orbit satellites that follow our planet during its rotation. DARPA has proposed a system dubbed Robotic Servicing of Geosynchrono...

Scientists find more evidence that Planet Nine exi

posted: 25 Mar 2016

It took us almost 50 years to get a close look at Pluto, so we think it's safe to say humanity has to wait a while before we can catch a glimpse of Planet Nine. In fact, we still have to prove that it really does exist. Mike Brown, who played a key r...

Keyless entry systems are still vulnerable to simp

posted: 25 Mar 2016

ADAC, the German Automobile Club, is sort of the AAA of Germany. Recently, the group revealed the findings of some auto security tests they'd run to bring attention to how easy it is for thieves to exploit keyless entry systems and steal cars, despit...

The Public Access Weekly: What planet are you from

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Obviously this week's big news was Monday's Apple announcement (or non-announcement if you prefer), wherein they announced a 4-inch iPhone, a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and some additional bands for the Apple Watch. While these offerings are not exactly sho...

Amazon's Alexa controls Nest thermostats

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Beginning today Amazon's digital assistant Alexa can control Nest thermostats. If you're home is too warm or too cold, just shout at the voice-activated helper and it'll adjust the temperature. It's going to be incredibly helpful on those summer days...

Recently patched security flaw bypassed OS X's new

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Theoretically, the System Integrity Protection introduced in OS X El Capitan makes it very hard to completely compromise a Mac. The feature prevents software from modifying protected files even if you have root access, preventing most software-based...

Rumor: Google's Android camera will get smart with

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Google might be working on a new feature for Android cameras that allows smartphone photo-snappers to search for information directly from their pictures, SlashGear reports. This tech would essentially combine Google Goggles, a visual-search app that...

Pranksters scammed Nintendo fans with 3D printing

posted: 25 Mar 2016

It's getting tougher and tougher to determine what's real on the Internet. Thanks to Photoshop and 3D printing you can create nearly anything. That's exactly what two pranksters did using the upcoming Nintendo NX as a subject.

Advertising's hottest surveillance software is sur

posted: 25 Mar 2016

You may have heard that the FTC this week sent out a dozen strongly worded letters to apps using the SilverPush framework. The FTC politely told twelve app developers that they needed to let users know that SilverPush was collecting data and selling...

Oculus reduces latency with shiny new tech

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Today Oculus announced that its SDK for the Rift supports Asynchronous Timewarp (ATW). While that sounds like something that keeps the TARDIS from smashing into a star, it's actually going to make virtual reality seem so much smoother.

HoloLens TED Talk shows what augmented reality can

posted: 25 Mar 2016

If you think you have a sense of what Microsoft's HoloLens headset can do, you're in for a pleasant surprise. The company's Alex Kipman recently presented a TED Talk on HoloLens that included multiple fresh demos illustrating Kipman's vision of an au...

LED-lit fishing nets save sea turtles from getting

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Sometimes, it's the simplest tech that makes the biggest difference. University of Exeter researchers have crafted fishing nets with evenly distributed green LED lights (one every 33 feet) that warn sea turtles away without spooking fish. While scien...

A 'Star Trek' Holodeck in Steam VR was inevitable

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Let's face it: if you grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, you probably see virtual reality as just a stepping stone toward the Holy Grail of simulation, the Holodeck. It's no surprise, then, that Reddit users illogical_cpt and Bradllez...

Microsoft shows what it learned from its Tay AI's

posted: 25 Mar 2016

If it wasn't already clear that Microsoft learned a few hard lessons after its Tay AI went off the deep end with racist and sexist remarks, it is now. The folks in Redmond have posted reflections on the incident that shed a little more light on both...

Fighting depression in the video game world, one A

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Matt Hughes took his own life in the fall of 2012. He was a freelance reporter covering the video game industry, and before he committed suicide, he sent emails to some of his editors, noting that he wouldn't be able to turn in more stories for one s...

Microsoft's gigantic Surface Hub pen display is fi

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Microsoft is finally shipping to business customers its interactive whiteboard replacement, the Surface Hub. Unveiled at the Windows 10 launch last year, the collaborative machine was delayed last year. But it looks like its about to find its way int...

Human-made bacteria has the tiniest genome ever

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Believe it or not, creating artificial life (albeit based on existing species) isn't new. However, scientists have managed a particularly unusual feat: they've built synthetic bacteria that has the smallest known genome of any lifeform... ever. The...

Explore the 'Batman v Superman' Batcave on Street

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Whether you think Batman v Superman is a masterpiece or an underwhelming mess, it's hard not to be impressed by the new Batcave. It's a stylish take on the Dark Knight's lair and now, you can explore it for yourself through Google Street View. You'll...

Google wants developers making crazy Android exper

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Last year, Google launched a site promoting innovative Android experiments on phones, tablets and smartwatches. Anything was game, provided it ran on top of Android or Android Wear. Now, with less than two months to go before its next I/O developer c...

House bill would discourage crooks from using burn

posted: 25 Mar 2016

For many criminals, prepaid "burner" phones are a dream tool: they're cheap, commitment-free... and most importantly, don't require ID that could reveal the buyer. House Representative Jackie Speier wants to put an end to that anonymity. She just i...

Rock Band 4 for PC will offer every DLC song ever

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Unlike on other platforms that have access to most every song in the franchise's archives, Rock Band 4 for the PC comes with no previous DLC content. As such, Harmonix has added an additional tier to its fan-funded Fig campaign that would give backer...

We're shutting down our comments ... see you next

posted: 25 Mar 2016

A few months back, we rolled out a new comments system. This was, in the words of Douglas Adams, widely regarded as a bad decision. But hey, every time we've changed commenting systems there's been a strong reaction. The negative response wasn't a s...

It's not Tay's fault that it turned racist. It's o

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Microsoft had to pull its fledgling chatbot, Tay, from Twitter on Thursday. The reason: In less that 24 hours, the AI had been morally corrupted to the point that it was freely responding to questions with religious, sexist and ethnic slurs. It spout...

France fines Google for breaking 'right to be forg

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Europe's "right to be forgotten" law is a boon to privacy, helping individuals hide embarrassing Facebook posts and other "out-of-date and irrelevant" results from search engines. However, many think it tramples on the public's right to know, as quit...

The best fitness tracker

posted: 25 Mar 2016

By Amy Roberts This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here. Over the course of 60 hours, we surveyed readers, interviewed industry and exercise-physiology experts, walke...

Oculus starts shipping the finished Rift headset

posted: 25 Mar 2016

It finally happened. After nearly four years of crowdfunding, developer kits, an acquisition by Facebook and seemingly endless hype, the finished Oculus Rift headset is shipping to its first customers. Oculus chief Brendan Iribe has confirmed that hi...

Make your own accessories for the Steam controller

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Valve wants to know what you'd do with its Steam controller if you had a chance to customize it. The gaming behemoth has released the CAD plans for it in an effort to spurn the community to put its own spin on the gamepad be it with accessories or ot...

Redbox is reportedly giving internet video another

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Remember Redbox's first stab at online video? You'd be forgiven if you didn't. The whole affair lasted about a year and a half before low adoption and payment snafus led Redbox to call it quits. However, the company appears ready to give it another t...

Downloading 'Dark Souls 3' early makes the game ev

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't the only thing hitting the internet ahead of its official release this week: The latest entry in FromSoftware's absolutely punishing Dark Souls series has as well. But rather than going to your torrent site of choic...

Hacker sells data stolen from Verizon's enterprise

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Verizon suffered a data breach, according to KrebsOnSecurity, but you can breathe easy if you're just one of the carrier's subscribers. What the hacker infiltrated was Verizon Enterprise Solutions, a division that provides services to clients from th...

Netflix is the one limiting its video quality on A

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Last week as T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that his company's Binge On program would expand to cover YouTube, he mentioned a strange point: that even the "mobile optimized" 480p Netflix streams T-Mobile offers were higher-res than what you get s...

Solar storms trigger X-ray auroras on Jupiter

posted: 25 Mar 2016

It's no secret that auroras are a common presence on other planets... however, you might be surprised by the ones you can't usually see. A new study using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has caught solar storms creating X-ray auroras on Jupiter as...

NASA to use the ISS as a testbed for inflatable li

posted: 25 Mar 2016

NASA, perhaps more than anyone else, knows that there's only so much room for packing stuff onto a spacecraft. That's why it's testing expandable living modules on the International Space Station prior to sending them to Mars for work and living spac...

Apple issues new iOS 9.3 build for older iPhones a

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Apple has released a fix for the iOS 9.3 bug that prevented some people with older iPhones and iPads from installing the update correctly. See, the mobile platform's latest update bricked older devices if users forgot or mistyped their Apple ID passw...

Apple Music gets an Android widget

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Apple Music on Android is pretty much identical to its iOS counterpart, but its latest update adds a unique feature for the platform: a widget. You can now add an Apple Music widget on your home screens if you want quick access to the service. Like a...

Evaporating Bitmoji cost Snapchat around $100 mill

posted: 25 Mar 2016

SnapChat is buying Bitstrips, the company behind those weird (and depending on your Facebook News Feed) sometimes offensive personalized avatar comic strips. Fortune reports that the deal between Bitstrips and the ephemeral messaging company is somew...

Sony's original TV show 'Powers' returns on May 31

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Sony's first PlayStation TV show landed with a bit of a thud. Based on the comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis, Powers struggled to stand out against its superhero peers, especially those on rival streaming networks. The show does have a follow...

HTC Vive developer explains how to livestream 'mix

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Mixed reality games -- which combine VR and AR -- are about to become very mainstream when the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets ship in just a few days. For Twitch streamers who want to do justice to the first wave of such games, the...

'Street Fighter V' gets two much-needed updates th

posted: 25 Mar 2016

When Street Fighter V launched last month, it was criticised by the press and fans alike for its lack of in-game content. The engine and mechanics were solid, but it lacked the story mode, tutorials and several online features present in Street Fight...

Google makes Nik photo-editing tools free to downl

posted: 25 Mar 2016

When Google snapped up Nik Software, it acquired not just Snapseed, but also the company's photo-editing plug-ins for Photoshop and Apple Aperture. Now, the company is making those plug-ins completely free to download. The Nik Collection, a suite of...

'2001: A Space Odyssey' as 569 GIFs tests fair use

posted: 25 Mar 2016

If there was a grand prize for "Most Work Done to Prove a Point" (and "Fanciest Name Ever") Jean-Baptiste Henri Franck Cyrille Marie Le Divelec would be a contender. For 2001: A Gif Odyssey, the ad agency creator painstakingly chopped Stanley Kubrick...

Microsoft readies a universal Skype app for Window

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Microsoft is developing a new version of Skype that works across all Windows 10 devices, including desktop PCs, tablets and smartphones. At the moment, it's called the rather convoluted "Skype Universal Windows Platform Preview," and will be availabl...

Amazon shows you how to make an Echo with Raspberr

posted: 25 Mar 2016

If you're into messing with hardware and have some basic programming skills, you can put together an Amazon Alexa device of your very own. Amazon has even put together an official guide to do so on GitHub, Lifehacker reports. You'll need to snag a Ra...

ICYMI: Multi-headed 3D printer, robo plant graftin

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Today on In Case You Missed It: Autodesk built a 3D printing assembly line that gives different jobs to several print heads, allowing them to work collaboratively and quickly spit out a finished project. Clemson University used a Korean robot to gr...

Apple made it mindlessly easy to design a custom W

posted: 25 Mar 2016

Remember when the Apple Watch launched, and you had to book an appointment, with an actual human, if you wanted to try the different strap and case combinations? Apple eased up after the watch had been on sale a while, meaning as long as you were in...

Shooting the Arabs: How video games perpetuate Mus

posted: 24 Mar 2016

Islam has an image problem. And it's not just recent world events that have led to an undue level of scrutiny and prejudice. The media has been pigeonholing Muslims for years. You need only watch a few episodes of 24 or Homeland to see that Muslims,...

The Wirecutter's best deals: Google's Nexus 6P and

posted: 24 Mar 2016

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com. You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....