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Tesla hackers explain how they did it at Defcon

<i>Note: As stated below, Tesla has already patched many of the vulnerabilities discussed here in a recent patch.</i><p>LAS VEGAS -- It is very difficult to hack a Tesla Model S, but it's not impossible. Last week, researchers Kevin Mahaffey and Marc Rogers demonstrated that they were able to remotely unlock …

Facebook unveils solar-powered drone that can beam the internet down to earth

Facebook has unveiled a full-scale prototype of its Aquila drone, with which it hopes to deliver internet access in unconnected parts of the world<p>Facebook has unveiled a full-scale prototype of its Aquila drone – the high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft that the Californian tech giant wants to …

How To Make Speakers From Post-Its

Harnessing the power of sound using office supplies<p>On the ground floor of Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York, a bearded and flanneled trio played gloomy arrhythmic music one Wednesday night. Upstairs, director of education David Sheinkopf taught a class on the …

Rare Earth

Floating plasma display makes fairies a reality

See that teensy Tinkerbell-shaped light above? That's not CGI -- that's a real floating display, and it's completely touchable too. Mid-air plasma displays aren't that prolific yet, but they're not exactly new either. However, floating lights created using existing techniques can usually burn skin, …

24 hours with the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition

I’ve been writing about Ubuntu smartphones and tablets on and off for the last few years. I’ve had the opportunity to pick Canonical’s founder Mark Shuttleworth’s brain on a few occasions too.<p>One thing that’s always struck me is how long it’s taken to get Ubuntu mobile hardware onto retailers’ …

Creative Portraits That Use Handmade Paper Props

Adriana Napolitano is a 31-year-old Italian artist and photographer who creates beautiful paper props by hand for portrait and advertising photo …

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

Artificial Intelligence

5 Topics For…E3

Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are among the biggest companies expected to attend E3 this week. The important gaming conference, which takes place in Los Angeles, hosts developers, fans and companies for demos, annoucements and press events. The expected showing of Oculus Rift is getting much of the …

Game Programming

'Man With The Golden Arm' Donates Blood That Has Saved 2 Million Babies

When James Harrison was 14, he got really sick. One of his lungs had to be removed, and he needed a lot of blood.<p>"I was in the hospital for three months and I had 100 stitches," he recalls.<p>After receiving 13 units — almost 2 gallons — of donated blood, Harrison knew right away that he wanted to …

Red Cross

Who are Sikhs? - CNN | @SikhMovement

Google's Project Vault is a secure computer stuffed into a microSD card

Several years ago, Intel showed off Edison, a prototype of an entire low-powered computer contained inside of a postage stamp-sized SD card.<p>Google …

Unorthodox Sprite drone tolerates abuse and actually flies

When you picture a consumer drone, something bulky with four or six props <i>à la</i> DJI probably pops to mind. But the folks behind a new model on Kickstarter think that such UAVs have two big problems -- namely, they're hard to carry and break easily if you mess up. They built The Sprite to overcome …

Prosthetic electrodes will return amputees' sense of touch

For all the functionality and freedom that modern prosthetics provide, they still cannot give their users a sense of what they're touching. That may soon change thanks to an innovative electrode capable of connecting a prosthetic arm's robotic sense of touch to the human nervous system that it's …

Fortune.com

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Home battery systems will be an energy revolution — but maybe not for Tesla

It is, in theory, pretty revolutionary.<p>It stores solar power such that a home can run on solar power all the time, even when it is cloudy or dark outside.<p>But in practice it's still in the early stages, it's really expensive (around $9,000 all-in), and there likely won't be enough economic incentive …

Natural Gas

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Phind Is Shazam For Location — Snap A Photo, Pull In All The Info, Book Stuff

You find yourself traveling abroad or in a strange city and need to work out where you are and what’s around you. What do we all do? It’s a familiar process. You take out your smartphone and open multiple apps: Foursquare, Yelp, Maps, Wikipedia, Trip Advisor, etc. The list goes on. After perusing …

Apps

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Book in Brief: How to Clone a Mammoth

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>“Will there ever be a real Jurassic Park?” I’ve heard this question more times than I can count. The answer is always “No“. Aside from the problem of getting a viable clone to develop inside a bird egg – one that scientists haven’t cracked yet – DNA’s postmortem decay …

13 features we'd like to see in iOS 9

Apple will reportedly focus on under-the-hood improvements, mainly for the sake of refining and polishing the current experience on its mobile devices.<p>According to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, Apple is placing a big emphasis on bug fixes and performance enhancements to make everything run faster and more …

Mobile Devices

Photoshop Tips: How To Carry Out ‘Cinematic Color Grading’ On Your Photos

<b>At the start</b> of this year, you might have watched this fascinating short on a movie before and after it has gone through post-processing.<p><b>Now you can</b> …

Tutorials

Body Maps Expose the Chemical Residue That Coats Our Skin

Author: Marcus Woo. Marcus Woo Science<p>Date of Publication: 03.30.15.<p>Time of Publication: 3:00 pm. 3:00 pm<p>All that soap, sunscreen, and lotion you …

Why Intel may be interested in spending over $13 billion on its biggest acquisition ever

In terms of revenue, buying Altera isn't going to move the needle for Intel, a massive company with over $55 billion in sales. Analysts estimate roughly $2.1 billion, or 4% of revenue, will be added to Intel's top line following this deal.<p>So why would Intel want to dole out all that money on this …

Markets

One of the most prolific tech investors says there will soon “undoubtedly will be some sort of setback” in Silicon Valley

"There are a whole bunch of crazy little companies that will disappear. There are a considerable number of unicorns that will become extinct," Moritz said in an interview with The Times of London. "There are also a good number that will flourish."<p>A "unicorn" is a term used to describe a startup …

Venture Capital

Here's how Canada tapped into computers and phones around the world

The Canadian surveillance agency the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is capable of "stealing data and destroying adversaries' infrastructure," writes The Intercept in collaboration with CBC News.<p>The documents mention numerous programs aimed at both spying and wreaking havoc on other …

Social Issues

7 reasons why Israeli cyber-security will remain hot

Is Israeli cyber-security worthy of its global reputation? Are the impressive price tags of recent M&As in the field justified? And will the field of cyber-security continue to be a driving force in the Israeli hi-tech ecosystem?<p>Over the last several years, we’ve seen a burst of activity in the …

Cybersecurity

Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

Digital Art

Islamic State posts pictures of 100 US military on 'kill list'

Pentagon says it investigating online threat to US servicemen<p>Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, US addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them.<p>The Pentagon said after the information was …

Top 6 Science Inventions You Probably Haven't Heard Of

<b>High school students from Southeast Asia protect the environment with inventions that challenge the status quo.</b><p>Did you know bamboo can be used to …