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Thermal Imaging Cameras Could Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe

After Uber’s fatal self-driving crash last month in Tempe, Arizona, most observers had two basic question: Why did the car not see Elaine Herzberg crossing the street and stop before hitting her? And how can we stop this happening again, to someone else? The ride-hailing company has indefinitely suspended its testing program, and is cooperating […]
by Admin / April 21, 2018 /In News

Just How Random Are Two Factor Authentication Codes?

You know two-factor authentication tokens, the ephemeral, six-digit numbers you use as a second layer of security when logging into, say, your email? Those constantly updating, randomly generated numbers are one of the easiest ways to protect your accounts from being hacked. But for some time now, I’ve harbored a pet conspiracy theory about those […]
by Admin / April 21, 2018 /In News

CNET goes to Mark Zuckerberg’s hometown

We paid calls on the Facebook CEO’s barber, high school fencing coach and others to find out what makes Zuckerberg tick. Also: We visited one of the more controversial stops on his recent nationwid… source
by Admin / April 20, 2018 /In News

DNC Lawsuit Against Russia Reveals New Details About 2016 Hack

The Democratic National Committee Friday filed a lawsuit against a broad slate of people and entities allegedly responsible for the 2016 hack of its email, phone calls, and more. But while the suit claims involvement from a host of headliners—Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Donald Trump, Jr., and Russia among them—its immediate importance lies in the previously […]
by Admin / April 20, 2018 /In News

German Supreme Court dismisses Axel Springer lawsuit, says ad blocking is legal – TechCrunch

Germany’s Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit yesterday from Axel Springer against Eyeo, the company behind AdBlock Plus. The European publishing giant (which acquired Business Insider in 2015) argued that ad blocking, as well as the business model where advertisers pay to be added to circumvent the white list, violated Germany’s competition law. Axel Springer won a […]
by Admin / April 20, 2018 /In News

How to Build Custom Alexa Skills for the Amazon Echo

When Amazon first introduced developer tools that let people build stuff for Alexa, the company made a conscious decision to call these functions “skills” rather than apps. It was a subtle way of making Alexa seem capable, and also, suggesting to developers that building these skills would be a low lift. With just a “few […]
by Admin / April 20, 2018 /In News

Gadget Lab Podcast: The Tech We Can’t Live Without

Lauren’s new around here, and she wants to get to know Mike and Arielle a little better. So she came up with the prompt for this episode: What’s the stuff you can’t live without? In this hour, we go deep into our personal relationships with inanimate objects. Which, as you surely know, isn’t weird at […]
by Admin / April 20, 2018 /In News

ZTE says export ban will ‘severely impact’ its survival – TechCrunch

It’s been a hell of a week for ZTE. News Monday that it was being hit with a seven-year export ban sent the company scrambling. The Chinese handset maker suspended its earnings report and reportedly sent its lawyers to meet with Google to see if anything could be worked out about a punishment that could […]
by Admin / April 20, 2018 /In News