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Just A Baby app matches hopeful parents

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 20 min ago
A new dating app lets people search for sperm and egg donors, surrogate mothers and lovers.

Nokia 3310: How long could you survive with a retro phone?

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 25 min ago
Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones swaps his smartphone for the retro Nokia 3310 for a day.

Why Are Whales So Dang Big? Science May Finally Have an Answer

Wired - 1 hour 35 min ago
Baleen whales probably only grew colossal some 3 million years ago, and it was probably climate change that triggered the transformation. The post Why Are Whales So Dang Big? Science May Finally Have an Answer appeared first on WIRED.

Wikimedia wins small victory in challenge to NSA “Upstream” spying

Ars Technica - 1 hour 50 min ago

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The Wikimedia Foundation has won another day in court challenging the National Security Agency over the government's so-called "Upstream" surveillance program that was disclosed by Edward Snowden.

While there's still an uphill battle for the surveillance to be declared unconstitutional, as Wikimedia alleges, the decision Tuesday by the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals is important nevertheless. That's because a lower court had ruled that Wikimedia didn't even have a right to sue. The lower court said the foundation that runs the online encyclopedia Wikipedia could not demonstrate that the digital communications of the Wikipedia community editors and Wikipedia staff were being vacuumed up by the congressionally approved, large-scale surveillance.

The suit asserts that the surveillance violates the Fourth Amendment because the massive monitoring of the Internet backbone, authorized by a secret court known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, does not require probable cause or individualized suspicion. The suit also alleges a First Amendment violation—that the mere existence of the program chills speech and prevents those associated with Wikimedia from communicating electronically.

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Apple: Supreme Court shouldn't consider another Samsung case - CNET - News - 2 hours 5 min ago
Samsung in March asked the nation's highest court to reconsider a ruling in a trial involving the iPhone's slide-to-unlock and autocorrect features.

See what Mark Zuckerberg's old dorm room looked like - CNET - News - 2 hours 7 min ago
The Facebook cofounder stopped by his old Harvard dorm room ahead of his planned graduation speech.

Bloodbath at LeEco US as Chinese tech upstart implodes with layoffs

The Register - 2 hours 18 min ago
Kiss goodbye to that Android bike and Transformers car

It has all gone pear-shaped for Chinese conglomerate LeEco after the firm told nearly 70 per cent of its US staff that their services will no longer be required.…

Fuel economy rules would decouple “miles traveled” trend from “gas used” trend

Ars Technica - 2 hours 24 min ago


If federal fuel economy rules aren’t weakened, US drivers could consume 1.2 million fewer barrels of gasoline per day in 2025 than today. That’s the projection of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the energy statistics branch of the US Energy Department.

Today, the administration posted some numbers from its “Annual Energy Outlook 2017” report concerning light-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and how it could affect gas consumption out to 2025 and 2040. The EIA noted that by 2040, more cars than ever will be on the road, and billions of miles will be added to the collective miles traveled in the US by car per year. But if automakers meet current fuel-economy standards out to 2025, the US light-duty fleet could actually reduce the amount of gasoline that it collectively burns.

But the EIA’s numbers are based on a report completed in January 2017. Since then, things have changed. At the beginning of the year, the Obama-era EPA finalized the 2025 fuel-economy rules ahead of schedule, just before the Trump administration took office. Once in charge, Trump and his new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt bowed to automaker pressure to re-open the review process for those 2025 fuel-economy rules, saying the rules would place an unnecessary cost burden on manufacturers (although third-party research organizations contest this).

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A Physicist Breaks Down One of Roger Moore’s Iconic Bond Stunts

Wired - 2 hours 28 min ago
Our resident expert examines Bond's wild skydive in 'Moonraker.' The post A Physicist Breaks Down One of Roger Moore's Iconic Bond Stunts appeared first on WIRED.

Uber found to be doing something awful? Yep, it's Tuesday

The Register - May 23, 2017 - 10:49pm
Dial-a-ride house admits underpaying New York drivers

Uber said today that it will hand drivers back pay that could add up to tens of millions of dollars.…

Google Jamboard Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - May 23, 2017 - 10:46pm
The giant touchscreen whiteboard is also a free mobile and tablet app.

Here's what NASA's new rover will look like on Mars - CNET - News - May 23, 2017 - 10:42pm
An artist gives us a compelling portrait of NASA's upcoming Mars rover when it reports for future duty on a planet far, far away.

Samsung Galaxy Book (12-inch) review - CNET - Reviews - May 23, 2017 - 10:30pm
Samsung's Galaxy Book challenges Microsoft for the two-in-one title, but it's off to a wobbly start.

Google adds family sharing to YouTube and other apps - CNET - News - May 23, 2017 - 10:29pm
The search giant tries to make it easier for parents to share videos and to-do lists with their kids.

Chinese tech giant crashes hard in US overreach - CNET - News - May 23, 2017 - 10:28pm
Little-known LeEco cuts 70 percent of its US workforce as its lofty goals couldn't match the reality of a tough market.

People are actually happier with the iPhone SE than the iPhone 7 - CNET - News - May 23, 2017 - 10:28pm
A survey by the ACSI found that people were more satisfied with Apple's iPhone SE than any other phone.

When fidget spinners make an awful app popular - CNET - News - May 23, 2017 - 10:14pm
Fidget spinners remain wildly popular, but an app that simulates the toys isn't worth your time.

Republicans' net neutrality attack written by… you guessed it, the cable lobby

The Register - May 23, 2017 - 10:13pm
Metadata confirms what we all suspected

A "toolkit" provided to House Republicans to defend US comms watchdog the FCC's recent decision to tear up net neutrality rules was written by the cable lobby.…

Inside North Korea's mysterious military - CNET - News - May 23, 2017 - 10:12pm
From testing hydrogen bombs to launching cyberattacks, the rogue nation is taking an incredibly aggressive posture.

Breaking the iris scanner locking Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is laughably easy

Ars Technica - May 23, 2017 - 10:10pm

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Hackers have broken the iris-based authentication in Samsung's Galaxy S8 smartphone in an easy-to-execute attack that's at odds with the manufacturer's claim that the mechanism is "one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked."

The cost of the hack is less than the $725 price for an unlocked Galaxy S8 phone, hackers with the Chaos Computer Club in Germany said Tuesday. All that was required was a digital camera, a laser printer (ironically, models made by Samsung provided the best results), and a contact lens. The hack required taking a picture of the subject's face, printing it on paper, superimposing the contact lens, and holding the image in front of the locked Galaxy S8. The photo need not be a close up, although using night-shot mode or removing the infrared filter helps. The hackers provided a video demonstration of the bypass.

Starbug, the moniker used by one of the principal researchers behind the hack, told Ars he singled out the Samsung Galaxy S8 because it's among the first flagship phones to offer iris recognition as an alternative to passwords and PINs. He said he suspects future mobile devices that offer iris recognition may be equally easy to hack. Despite the ease, both Samsung and Princeton Identity, the manufacturer of the iris-recognition technology used in the Galaxy S8, say iris recognition provides "airtight security" that allows consumers to "finally trust that their phones are protected." Princeton Identity also said the Samsung partnership "brings us one step closer to making iris recognition the standard for user authentication."

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