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This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore

While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales' main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.<p>Chinook salmon are also known as kings: the …

Aquaculture

Star Wars taps Jon Favreau for live-action TV series

Jon Favreau is going from Avengers blockbusters to a galaxy far, far away. The director, actor, producer and writer will take on a Star Wars starring role by helming a series destined for Disney's new streaming video service. While Favreau is multi-talented, his focus will be on producing and …

Google promises publishers an alternative to AMP

Google’s AMP project is not uncontroversial. Users often love it because it makes mobile sites load almost instantly. Publishers often hate it because they feel like they are giving Google too much control in return for better placement on its search pages. Now Google proposes to bring some of the …

Google Search

Alexa can now play that song you heard but can’t remember the name of

Sometimes you want to listen to a certain song but you can't quite remember what it's called. Other times you might just want to listen to some of your favorites that you haven't heard in a while. Now, Alexa can find those tunes for you. While listening to Amazon Music, you can now ask Alexa in …

Kendrick Lamar

California becomes the 18th state to introduce right to repair bill

But it’ll be an uphill battle to get it passed into law<p>California has become the latest state to propose the Right to Repair Act, which would require electronics manufacturers to make repair information and parts available to product owners and to third-party repair shops and services.<p>The bill was …

Tested: the best smartphone cameras compared

I've been lugging around a DSLR ever since I conned my parents into buying me a Minolta Maxxum 5D in 2006, and let me tell you, that didn't win me any popularity points back in high school -- even if all my friends ended up with amazing MySpace profile pics.<p>Things are different now. In the strange …

Mobile Photography

‘Password,’ ‘Monkey’ and the Other Terrible Passwords We Choose

The list of this year’s 25 “worst” passwords says a lot about us.<p>“Starwars” (No. 16) reflects a resurgent force in popular culture.<p>“Whatever” (No. 23) and “letmein” (No. 7) seem to speak to an exasperation with online security itself.<p>And “password” (No. 2) speaks to our collective lack of …

Information Systems

Tech giants ratify a key standard for 5G cellular technology

Major tech giants from around the globe announced Wednesday night that the first key specification has been agreed upon for 5G, the next generation …

Apple addresses why people are saying their iPhones with older batteries are running ‘slower’

Because of a Reddit post and the loose interpretation of subsequent benchmark tests posted by Primate Labs’ John Poole, the “Apple throttles old iPhones” meme has reared its ugly head again.<p>The gist, as it always is, is that Apple is being super petty and trying to force customers to upgrade their …

After net neutrality: Brace for internet 'fast lanes'

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet "fast lanes" …

Net Neutrality

Amazon is reportedly working on a YouTube service of its own

Google and Amazon are fighting a silly battle right now. Or it seems ridiculous to us, the consumers, who are affected the most. Amazon has been …

The first real 5G specification has officially been completed

A huge step forward towards actual 5G networks<p>It’s been in development for awhile, but the 3GPP — the organization that governs cellular standards — has officially signed off on the first specification for 5G (specifically, the 5G NR standard) at a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, according to a report …

Apple confirms it makes old iPhones run slower (for a good reason)

Does your iPhone seem to get slower and slower as it grows older? Well, according to Apple, that is exactly what’s supposed to happen.<p>Many iPhone users have long suspected that Apple throttles performance of aging iPhones. The popular theory is that Apple does so to entice users to upgrade. …

​Bitcoin owners and currency exchanges emerging targets for criminals: FireEye

The security firm's Asia Pacific CTO has warned against assuming cryptocurrency is secure or is safe from extortion if stored in a digital …

Apple faces questions from the US Senate about slowing down iPhones

Apple has previously said it slows down ageing iPhones to mitigate the effects of failing batteries<p>Apple is to be questioned by the US Senate over …

The story behind Apple's nasty HomeKit vulnerability

When the risk of embarrassment outweighs the risk to users<p>When Apple announced HomeKit in 2014 it stressed that "HomeKit was designed with privacy and security from the very beginning" so that "only your iPhone can open your garage door or unlock your door." Turns out that last bit wasn't entirely …

Is your computer secretly mining Bitcoin alternatives? A beginner's guide to ‘cryptojacking'

Video streaming sites as well as file-sharing network The Pirate Bay have allegedly been “cryptojacking” their users’ computers<p>Nothing comes for …

Equations

Listen up: Updated AirPods are supposedly coming in 2018

Apple is planning to release an updated version of its AirPods wireless earbuds in the second half of 2018, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a new note to clients.<p>While he doesn’t share too many details about what the new AirPods will do differently, he does suggest that they will …

Chinese clothing brand sues Apple for stealing its logo for the App Store

Apple is being sued for its App Store logo by a Chinese clothing brand called Kon that has a similar logo, reports <i>Phone Radar</i>. Kon, according to China’s Wikipedia equivalent Baidu Baike, is a clothing brand founded in 2009 based on the Sex Pistols’ <i>Anarchy In The UK</i>. The triangle is supposed to be …

App Store

Artificial intelligence is helping astronomers discover new planets

Forget self-driving cars and computers that can beat humans at chess, artificial intelligence is helping astronomers make huge steps towards solving …

Thales agrees to buy Gemalto in digital security deal worth ~$5.43BN

Digital security solutions provider Gemalto has agreed to a €51 per share acquisition offer from French aerospace and defense group Thales — in a deal worth around $5.43BN.<p>The unanimously board approved all-cash offer represents a premium of 57% over the closing price of Gemalto stock as of 8 …

Literal death machine offers a way to peacefully slip out of existence

When we talk about death machines, we’re usually speaking hyperbolically about contraptions like this one, or the rise of AI overlords that get bored with their menial tasks before rising up against their oppressors. This might start with buying up Papa Johns franchises and taking up Soul Cycle but …

This Steve Jobs figurine is the weirdest holiday gift for Apple superfans

Everyone has that Apple fanatic on their holiday gift list — but what to buy for the Apple fan who already has everything? I wish I could say the answer was this one-foot tall Steve Jobs figurine from Dam Toys, which comes with 10 different accessories and three pairs of interchangeable hands. Yes, …

MacBook Air

Americans are spending Thanksgiving fighting for net neutrality

Phone calls, memes, and virtual protests<p>Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission released its final plan to kill off the net neutrality policies put in place by Barack Obama. It did this just days before a major national holiday in the United States, and is giving the public just …

The Oculus Rift has never been cheaper than it is right now for Black Friday

The Oculus Rift got off to a somewhat slow start after the initial buzz from the launch died down, but it picked up when the price of the Oculus Rift …

Tesla’s electric Semi truck starts at $150,000, reservations now live

The Tesla Semi, the automaker’s all-electric transport truck, will retail starting at $150,000 for a version with 300 miles of range, and will also be available in a $180,000 version with 500 miles of range. Interested parties can pre-order them with a base reservation price of $20,000 – or, if …

Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: 15-inch model now available in the UK

Powerful, versatile and portable – the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is one very impressive laptop<p><i>Update:</i> Microsoft has just announced that the 15-inch …

Toyota's robot mirrors human movements and other news

BBC Click's Kat Hawkins looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories, including:<p>US regulators propose to roll back net neutrality rules brought in by President Barack Obama<br>• Artificial intelligence and a human pilot compete in a drone race<br>• Toyota unveils humanoid robot T-HR3 which …

Barack Obama

The 20 best smartphones in the world

There's a lot to consider here, such as specs, features, design, and price. Thankfully, most of these smartphones come with more than enough power, great designs, and tons of features.<p>The biggest thing to watch out for in the next month is price. Phones like the OnePlus 5T and Essential Phone cost …

Intel's latest Core processors have serious security flaws

Intel has confirmed previous reports that its recent PC, internet of things and server chips are vulnerable to remote hacking. The problem is with the onboard "Management Engine," which has multiple holes that could let remote attackers run malicious software, get privileged access and take over …