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Google selling Boston Dynamics to Amazon or Toyota

<b>Update, May 28:</b> Boston Dynamics is close to becoming part of Toyota, according to a new report from <i>Tech Insider</i>. The car manufacturer wants to integrate Boston Dynamics into its newly formed Toyota Research Institute, a unit that pursues AI and robotics advancements. The deal has not been signed …

Under the screen: LG's new fingerprint sensor can neither be felt nor seen

Life may be sweeter under the sea, but it’s clearly safer under the screen. As biometric security becomes more common on our devices, the problem of placement has become a proper predicament. Whereas companies like LG and Huawei have been keen to keep fingerprint readers on the back – where they …

A man just smashed a world record with a jet-powered hoverboard

Flyboard Air inventor Franky Zapata sets Guinness World Record for farthest hoverboard flight<p>Franky Zapata, the French jet ski champion who invented the Flyboard Air, has set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight. Zapata achieved the feat Saturday morning off the coast of …

Popular VPN service fights back against DDoS ransom demand

On Monday, the VPN service Cloak got an unsettling email: if the owners didn't cough up 10 bitcoin (or $4,400) in the next week, the service would be hit by a denial-of-service attack large enough to bring down the service entirely. The fallout from that downtime would easily cost more than $4,400, …

3 location-based technologies reinventing data security

Today’s complicated data security landscape has begun to look a lot like a modern legend or fairytale.<p>Just like King Arthur gathered his knights to fight against enemies and supernatural forces to find the Holy Grail, organizations are constantly fighting hackers, malicious individuals and human …

Internet of Things

FBI’s war with Apple shows how little control we have over our privacy

The now well-known and increasingly long-running battle between Apple and the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone is over. Or, it is for now.<p>But with the FBI reportedly getting access from a third-party, leading to a request to withdraw the case, there are unanswered questions about the security of …

Privacy

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Netflix has revealed for the first time that it lowers the streaming video quality on Verizon and AT&T.</b> Netflix says that it has been throttling its video on wireless networks like AT&T and Verizon for over five years, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p><b>2. Playboy wants to sell itself, and it</b> …

Intel is officially slowing down the pace of CPU releases

To make consumers crave its next generation of CPUs, Intel has produced chips on a yearly tick-tock cycle for the last decade. Thanks to the shrinking die sizes, that process may permanently become a three-step, according to financial documents spotted by <i>Motley Fool</i>. The company has already had …

Fabrication

Flying drone can stay hidden underwater for months

Research prototype can survive hundreds of feet below the water<p>Researchers from John Hopkins University have developed a prototype drone that's just as happy in the water as it is in the air. The submersible quadcopter is designed to launch from an underwater station or vehicle (like a submarine, …

Domino's has built an autonomous pizza delivery robot

For a pizza chain, Domino's actually has a pretty rich history of innovation. It's embraced social media, created a one-click Easy Order button and even built a delivery car that has its own pizza oven. Now it's looking at robots. More specifically: delivery robots. What you see here is DRU …

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge not quite waterproof, torture tests reveal

Warranty-seller SquareTrade abused the latest smartphones from Samsung and Apple and found the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge survive dunking better, but not without some sonic scars.<p>New test results reveal that Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the best choice for snorkelers who can't go without their …

Samsung Galaxy S7

Six tiny robots can pull a two-ton car

Stanford university's uBots have pulled off a feat that makes ants look like slackers. Working in concert, six of the robots managed to tow a 3,900 pound car, despite weighing just a half-ounce each -- much less than other car-towing robots. The secret, according to the team, is biomimicry. The wee …

Snowden: FBI Saying It Can't Unlock iPhone is 'Bullsh**'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says the FBI is full of, well, something, in its iPhone case.<p>Speaking on a video link from Moscow on Tuesday, …

'Body Hacking' Movement Rises Ahead Of Moral Answers

A curious crowd lingered around Amal Graafstra as he carefully unpacked a pair of gloves, a small sterile blanket and a huge needle. A long line of people were waiting to get tiny computer chips implanted into their hands.<p>Graafstra had set up shop in a booth in the middle of an exhibit hall at the …

Singularity

Robot home can anticipate and cater to your needs

Ashutosh Saxena, the founder of a startup called Brain of Things, believes an automated home might make more sense than automated cars in the long run. We spend more time inside our houses, after all. That's the reason his company is building "robot homes" in three locations in California. They …

Robotics

Quantum computer revolves around just 5 atoms

It's no mean feat to find the factors of a very large number -- even a supercomputer can take years to find all the multipliers. However, MIT researchers have found a way to clear this massive hurdle. They've built a quantum computer that discovers number factors using just five atoms. Four of the …

Quantum Computing

Even expensive police drones are easy to hijack, hacker says

Authorities shouldn't trust their UAVs too much, even if they're of the more expensive variety. Nils Rodday, a security researcher working for IBM, demonstrated at the RSA security conference in San Francisco how a high-tech, pricey police drone* can be hijacked. Someone with the skills can take …

San Francisco

Scientists built a book-sized, protein-powered biocomputer

Supercomputers are absurdly impressive in terms of raw power, but it comes at a price: size and energy consumption. A multi-university team of researchers might've sidestepped that, though, with protein-powered biocomputers. Lund University notes that where this should really be helpful is with …

Clean Energy

Apple deems backdoor unnecessary after FBI screwup

After the Department of Justice today issued a motion to compel Apple to comply with its request to build software that could prove integral in unlocking the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, Apple has responded with a statement.<p>Within the statement Apple deemed it unnecessary to cooperate in …

Xiaomi Mi 5 is a flagship smartphone with a really low price

BARCELONA — Two days removed from the other big smartphone announcements at the Mobile World Congress was Xiaomi’s Mi 5, the company’s first truly …

Mobile Technology

Gravitational waves will unlock these 'revolutionary' secrets of the universe

Ripples in the fabric of space, called gravitational waves, are careening across the universe, right through everything and everyone.<p>Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment have detected some of the waves— a feat Einstein thought impossible 100 …

Cops arrest teen for hack and leak of DHS, FBI data

A 16-year-old boy living in England has been arrested in connection with the recent hack of FBI and DHS data, as well as the personal email accounts of CIA director John Brennan and homeland security chief Jeh Johnson.<p>Fox has confirmed that British authorities have arrested the still- unnamed teen …

Top scientists explain how enormously exciting and important gravitational waves are

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described how gravity warps and distorts space-time.<p>While this theory triggered a revolution in our understanding of the universe, it made one prediction that even Einstein doubted could be confirmed: the …

Watch DARPA's tiny drone do 45 MPH indoors, autonomously

It's been a bit since we last saw DARPA's bird-of-prey inspired drone system, but the government's mad science wing hasn't been sitting idle. The Fast Lightweight Autonomy program recently took one of its drones on an indoor test flight where there little quadrocopter that could zoomed around a …

Drones

The Week in Review: Einstein’s Gravitational Waves Theory Confirmed

A team of physicists announced their “biggest scientific breakthrough” on Thursday, as Albert Einstein’s gravitational waves theory was proven correct. The scientists, from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, confirmed that distortions in space, …

The Pirate Bay now lets you stream torrents from your browser

With the help of the Torrents Time plugin<p>The best-known torrent site in the world now streams pirated content too. The Pirate Bay has added support for Torrents Time, a plugin that lets users stream torrents directly inside their browser. There's no need to download the torrent itself, or a …

Samsung Gear VR users can mingle on AltspaceVR

Samsung Gear VR users can start making friends in a virtual reality world now that AltspaceVR has released its app for the headset to the public. In fact, they can mix and mingle not only with other Gear VR users, but also with people who use the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift*. You can think of …

Virtual Reality

Scientists figure out how to create affordable smart windows

Imagine having the power to tweak your windows' opacity depending on the weather. That's one application a group of MIT scientists believe they've made possible by conjuring up an equation that can predict how light goes through a rubber-like polymer structure. The rubbery material they used called …

Particles

​Smartphone accessory 3D-scans your food to count calories

Visual calorie-counting apps have appeared on smartphones before, but typically involved object identification through the camera (or barcode scanning, which isn't quite the same). Other apps, with more expensive subscription costs, would direct your photos to people hired to work out what you were …

Samsung is building chips for next-gen gaming graphics

Samsung likes being the first kid on the block with new memory products, and has done it again with a type of DRAM. The so-called HBM2 modules can power through data at the rate of 256GBps (with a capital "B"), making them a whopping seven times faster than the best DDR5 chips on the market. The …

Computer Hardware