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06/26/2016 05:01 AM
328 foot-long floating barrier will collect ocean trash
There are numerous efforts underway to clean the world's oceans, but The Ocean Cleanup is testing what may be both the simplest and the most ambitious. It just launched a 328 foot-long prototype floating barrier that will collect trash floating in t...
06/26/2016 12:26 AM
Incipio just bought headphone maker Skullcandy
You probably don't see Incipio as more than the company who made your phone case or external battery pack. However, it's quietly becoming something of an accessory powerhouse: it owns brands like Braven and Incase. And now, it's getting even bigger...
06/25/2016 09:40 PM
Curiosity rover may sample Mars water
Scientists have already found hints of liquid water on Mars... now, they want to take a close look at it. NASA has revealed that the Curiosity rover will investigate recurring slope lineae (those streaks you see above) around Mars' Gale Crater in ho...
06/25/2016 08:05 PM
Google live support app would share your Nexus phone's screen
Buying a Nexus device straight from Google can be a little intimidating to newcomers. It's not as if you can visit a Google store or your carrier for help, after all. If an Android Police leak is accurate, however, you might not have to. The Andro...
06/25/2016 06:28 PM
Philippines man charged with raiding US celebrities' accounts
Online attacks against celebrities aren't limited to perpetrators in the US. American officials have unsealed charges against Peter Locsin, a Filipino who allegedly participated in a plot to compromise the financial accounts of at least five high-pr...
06/25/2016 05:03 PM
Microsoft will stop making the Surface 3 in December
Microsoft's Surface 3 has been on the market for over a year with no successor in sight, but it now looks like the lower-cost Windows tablet is on its way out... well, eventually. The company has confirmed to ZDNet that it will stop producing the Sur...
06/25/2016 03:31 PM
IRS kills e-filing PINs prematurely due to cyberattacks
The IRS was gearing up to kill e-file PINs later this year, but it has decided to speed up its plans after discovering suspicious activity. These electronic filing personal identification numbers, which people could use to authenticate tax returns fi...
06/25/2016 02:00 PM
Six gadgets made from LEGO bricks
By Cat DiStasio When kids play with LEGO bricks, their creations are limited only by their imaginations. A few colorful blocks can become a spacecraft, a bulldozer or a skyscraper with just a few moves. Although the LEGO builds from you childhood ma...
06/25/2016 12:28 PM
Snowden's email provider confirms it was an investigation target
It's a poorly kept secret that officials targeted Lavabit's secure email service as part of their investigation into Edward Snowden's leaks. Heck, the US government inadvertently leaked the truth itself. However, a gag order has prevented Lavabit f...
06/25/2016 11:00 AM
Bose's best headphones are even better wireless
When it comes to headphones, it can sometimes be easy to forget about Bose. The company doesn't debut new models as frequently as the competition, choosing instead to focus on quality, comfort and its highly touted noise-canceling tech. Bose's previo...
06/25/2016 09:29 AM
Reuters: Big tech companies are auto-purging extremist content
YouTube, Facebook and other big internet companies are using automated systems to find and remove terrorist content, according to Reuters. Prior to this, they mostly relied on users to report extremist videos, which human employees review and delete....
06/25/2016 08:00 AM
Recommended Reading: How the 'Final Fantasy' film helped Hollywood
The 'Final Fantasy' film bombed, but its motion capture revolutionized Hollywood Jordan Zakarin, Inverse The animated Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within film may not have been a success in terms of earnings, but the movie did provide some useful in...
06/25/2016 07:00 AM
ICYMI: The dogbot and a heart strap that beats surgery
Today on In Case You Missed It: Boston Dynamics introduced a new robot to the lineup and this one is both the smallest yet, and most adorable. The SpotMini is just two feet tall but in the video Boston Dynamics released, shows it can do dishes, th...
06/25/2016 06:00 AM
A $1,500 smart oven made me the perfect leg of lamb
If you'd like to cook more but tend to feel disappointed by the results, you might be interested in the June. Announced last year, the June is an intelligent oven outfitted with a camera, a scale, a bevy of sensors and the guts of a smartphone or tab...
06/25/2016 04:02 AM
iPhone 7 will get a larger camera, according to spy shot (updated)
Another week, another iPhone 7 leak. (Hey, it rhymes!) Following the set of components allegedly showing dual-SIM support, up to 256GB of storage and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone, Chinese repair shop Rock Fix is back with a photo of what...
06/24/2016 09:52 PM
Four crops grown in simulated Martian soil are safe to eat
We're still not sure if we can Mark Watney our way through a Martian mission, because soil on the red planet contains heavy metals toxic to humans, including lead and arsenic. A team of scientists from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, ho...
06/24/2016 09:43 PM
BitSummit 4 takes over Kyoto with more indie games and devs
BitSummit is back. The annual Japanese indie game festival recently announced its lineup of musicians and speakers including Koji Igarashi of Bloodstained and Castlevania fame, Rez creator Tetsuya Mizguchi, Tom Happ (the man behind Axiom Verge) and G...
06/24/2016 09:05 PM
Neural net photography tweaks go mobile with Prisma on iOS
We've seen DeepMind's acid trip photo creations and what it looks like when algorithms colorize black and white photos. But you need to be near a computer for the former, and do some pretty heavy lifting, scientifically speaking, to set up the latter...
06/24/2016 08:26 PM
Facebook hires Google Fiber co-founder Kevin Lo
As Facebook continues its plan to help connect people around the world to the internet, it's finding help from Google. Recode reports that former Google Fiber exec and co-founder Kevin Lo has been hired to help Facebook make infrastructure deals for...
06/24/2016 07:55 PM
DHS seeks to ask foreign visitors their social media accounts
Someday, departure and arrival forms in the US might have a new section asking foreign nationals for their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Department of Homeland Security has submitted a proposal to add a section in those forms that reads: "Please...
06/24/2016 07:21 PM
Nevada gives its first license to a daily fantasy sports game
Nevada's gaming board shut down daily fantasy games from DraftKings and FanDuel late last year for fairly obvious reasons: they're gambling, and they need a license to operate in the state. Now for the first time, the board has issued a license to a...
06/24/2016 06:32 PM
Russia set to pass bill requiring ISPs to eavesdrop on customer data
Most of the Russian government's attempts to wrangle the internet sound like humorous tirades -- for example, banning Wikipedia for an article on cannabis. But when they command Twitter and Facebook to store Russian users' data inside the country, we...
06/24/2016 05:43 PM
Celebrate 20 years of 'Quake' with a brand new game episode
Quake fans have plenty of reasons to celebrate these days. Wolfenstein: The New Order developer MachineGames is championing id Software's classic first-person shooter's 20th anniversary and offering fans a little something special in return: A brand...
06/24/2016 04:26 PM
'Destiny' distances itself from PS3 and Xbox 360 in August
It was bound to happen, the question was just a matter of when. The "it" I'm referring to, of course, is developer Bungie cutting off support for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Destiny. In a post on Bungie.net, the company says that start...
06/24/2016 02:40 PM
The Public Access Weekly: Same love
It's Pride Weekend in San Francisco, which means there will be over a million extra rainbow clad lovelies parading, dancing and celebrating in the streets and that's always fun. There's nothing San Francisco loves more than shutting down a street fo...