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Cybersex toy industry heats up as infamous “teledildonics” patent climaxes

Ars Technica - 25 min 6 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty)

Sex toy innovators of America: we have good news for you!

The so-called "teledildonics patent," owned by a company that many would deem a "patent troll," has just expired. Now US sex toy companies can create the Internet-controlled vibrators, dildos, and whatever else of their dreams with significantly less fear of being sued.

On Friday, US Patent No. 6,368,268 expired after being on file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for 20 years. The company that had previously held the patent, TZU Technologies, LLC, of Pasadena, California, had filed 10 lawsuits alleging infringement since 2015—one as recently as December 2017. All suits appear to have been settled, with TZU Technologies receiving a payout in exchange for dropping the lawsuit.

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Facebook Messenger backdoor demand, bail in Bitcoin, and lots more

The Register - 2 hours 34 min ago
If you're not already suffering from Black Hat/DEF CON overload

Roundup It's time for another rapid roundup of computer security news beyond what we've already reported.…

Nvidia shrugs off crypto-mining crash, touts live ray-tracing GPUs, etc

The Register - 4 hours 22 min ago
Also, how Apple's Siri uses your location to improve its speech recognition

Roundup Here's your quick roundup of AI news beyond what we've already written about this week.…

Steam.tv is live -- and it appears to be Valve's Twitch competitor (update) - CNET

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 49 min ago
Update: Valve tells us Steam.tv was a test feed that accidentally went public.

SentinelOne makes YouTube delete Bsides vid 'cuz it didn't like the way bugs were reported

The Register - 11 hours 4 min ago
Research silenced amid copyright, trademark claims

If you were at BSides Manchester in England this week, you hopefully caught James Williams' presentation on the shortcomings of some commercial antivirus tools.…

'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

The Register - 11 hours 35 min ago
Internet boxes blab coordinates on login pages

Black Hat If you want to avoid the cops, or watch deliveries and call-outs by trucks and another vehicles in real-time, well, there's potentially not a lot stopping you.…

So much Mile 22 training for Mark Wahlberg, but no shirtless scenes - CNET

cNET.com - News - 11 hours 55 min ago
The Mile 22 star chats about his sleep routine, his FaceTime habits and how hard he worked out for his new film, only to not show off his abs.

Netflix will now interrupt series binges with video ads for its other series

Ars Technica - 12 hours 34 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: Netflix)

Netflix has confirmed a major change to its video-streaming service, effective as of this week for at least some users: video ads for other Netflix series between episodes.

The news emerged via user reports, particularly on the primary Netflix Reddit community, in which users claimed that ads for entirely different series would play between episodes of a given show's binging. One initial claim said that "unskippable" ads for the AMC series Better Call Saul appeared between episodes of Rick & Morty, and that this ad appeared while using Netflix's smart TV app on an LG set in the UK. Replies to that thread included an allegation that a video ad for I Am A Killer (a Netflix-produced true-crime series) appeared between episodes of the animated comedy Bob's Burgers.

An American Netflix user offered more details for exactly how the ads appear:

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Facebook takes heat from HUD over allegedly discriminatory housing ads - CNET

cNET.com - News - 12 hours 29 min ago
Federal regulators have filed a complaint against Facebook for letting landlords and home sellers pick and choose who gets to see their ads.

New Sharknado 6 trailer pits shark against T. Rex - CNET

cNET.com - News - 12 hours 32 min ago
See a dino, dragon sharks, medieval knights and cowboys in the trailer for Sharknado 6 - It's About Time, which airs on SyFy on Aug. 19.

The best back-to-school deals from Amazon - CNET

cNET.com - News - 12 hours 40 min ago
It's not too late to save money on Fire, Echo and other Amazon products.

DeepMind AI bots tell Google to literally chill out: Software takes control of server cooling

The Register - 13 hours 24 min ago
Oh good, we're out of the board games phase, then

DeepMind’s artificially intelligent algorithms are directly controlling the cooling systems within Google’s data centers to improve efficiency.…

You can't unsee this unsettling 'real-life' Homer Simpson - CNET

cNET.com - News - 13 hours 32 min ago
D'oh! A 3D rendering of a realistic Homer Simpson will sear itself into your brain forever.

Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant - CNET

cNET.com - News - 13 hours 33 min ago
Three voice assistants are fighting for space in your smart home -- is there a clear winner?

Facebook reportedly asked by US government to help wiretap Messenger - CNET

cNET.com - News - 13 hours 42 min ago
That would mean breaking encryption on the chat app.

Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 10:56pm

Enlarge (credit: Peter Bright / Flickr)

The last few Windows Insider preview builds of Windows 10 have offered few new features and have instead focused on fixing bugs.

The latest build, released today, takes a step toward completion: it has changed the operating system's version stamp. Until now, the previews have called themselves version 1803, the release from earlier this year. Today's build updates that version label to 1809, showing that Microsoft intends to wrap up its development in September with an October release likely to follow.

Version 1809 will be the last of the five Redstone-codenamed Windows releases. The next release, likely to come in April 2019, is codenamed simply "19H1," with Microsoft opting for date-based codenames to go with its date-based releases.

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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 10:34pm
Talk about getting off on a technicality...

It is a great day for those who dream of Internet-of-Flings sex toys. A key patent describing web-connected remote-controllable techno-dildos has expired.…

Nintendo Switch's 'VR Mode' has hidden in the system for over a year - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 17, 2018 - 9:58pm
Though it's unclear if it's Nintendo's official VR debut.

Blizzard now admits Overwatch is a possibility for Nintendo Switch - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 17, 2018 - 9:49pm
With Diablo III confirmed for Nintendo's hybrid gaming system, it's starting to sound like other Blizzard games could make the jump.

Russia is down to a single female cosmonaut, and she may never fly

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 9:38pm

Enlarge / Russia's newest class of cosmonauts is all male. (credit: Roscosmos)

The Russian space program gets a lot of credit for flying the first woman in space. In fact, the Soviet Union flew the first two women: Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 and Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982. NASA waited until the space shuttle era before selecting female astronauts, and Sally Ride did not become the first American woman in space until 1983.

However, since Ride broke the US space gender barrier 35 years ago, 50 other American women have flown into space. By contrast, just two other women from Russia have flown into space since then, Yelena Kondakova (1994 and 1997) and Yelena Serova (2014). Two women from China, Japan, and Canada have also flown into space, as well as one woman each from the countries France, India, Italy, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

Widening gap

This disparity seems likely to only widen in the future. Of NASA's last two astronaut classes, in 2013 and 2017, nine of the 20 chosen candidates were women. Of Russia's last two classes in 2012 and 2018, just a single woman, Anna Kikina, was picked. Selected in 2012, Kikina was subsequently expelled from the cosmonaut corps in 2014 for unspecified reasons. After a public outcry, Kikina was reinstated, but it is not clear whether she will ever fly.

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