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Emoji translator wanted - London firm seeks specialist

<b>A company in London has advertised for an emoji translator in what is thought to be the first such job worldwide.</b><p>The role will involve explaining cross-cultural misunderstandings in the use of the mini pictures, and compiling a monthly trends report.<p>Agency boss Jurga Zilinskiene said emojis were a …

China forces game producers to reveal loot box odds

Using addictive animations and other psychological tricks, games like <i>Overwatch</i> and <i>Hearthstone</i> hook you on free loot boxes, then make you pay for the rush with real money. That sounds like gambling to China's Ministry of Culture, so it's instituting some new rules starting in May 2017. The …

A multi-material 3D printer that can create embedded circuit boards

Next Dynamics couldn’t find a print head to their liking, so they went ahead and built a new one, a fairly bold move in an industry where even some of the biggest names outsource that technology to companies like Xerox and Ricoh.<p>The result is lower costs (print heads comprise a disproportionate …

Outsourcing

This new fingerprint tech could be the death of the iPhone home button

Where we're going, we don't need buttons or circles, just glass. Endless sheets of glass.<p>That is the promise of future smartphone technology, …

Google is no longer developing its own self-driving car: report

Google has refocused its autonomous driving efforts away from developing its own car without a steering wheel and pedals, according to a report from <i>The Information</i>. Instead, the company is said to be partnering with automakers on more conventional cars with a view to possibly launching an …

Thousands of employees still able to stalk Uber customers, say former security staff

Thousands of Uber employees are said to be still able to use ‘God view’ to track customers of the ride service in real time almost two years after the company claimed to have restricted access to the data. Employees of the company are said to be tracking both public figures and exes.<p>The claim was …

Trump taps former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head Energy Department he once vowed to abolish

President-elect Donald Trump picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department on Wednesday, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an agency whose name he forgot during a presidential debate even as he vowed to abolish it.<p>Perry, who ran for president in the past two election cycles, …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Trump picks ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson as choice for secretary of state

<b>(CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump has chosen ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state, the transition team announced Tuesday, setting up a heated Senate confirmation battle and signaling a desire to ease Washington's estrangement with Russia.<p>Like Trump, Tillerson, 64, has no …

The people who keep us safe from hackers fear new regulations could put them in jail

That hashtag refers to the international arms treaty known as the Wassenaar Arrangement, named for the European town where it was first signed in 1995.<p>Wassenaar restricts the export and transport of weapons, dangerous chemicals or potentially dangerous technologies.<p>Wassenaar is updated regularly …

Security

Forget Emoji, Now You Can Express Yourself With Mime

In the beginning there was SMS. Then came emoji. Now, there is MimeChat.<p>If you’ve ever wanted to dye your hair purple or fish-slap a friend in the face but didn’t quite have the nerve, now’s your chance. Virtually, of course.<p>A free app for iPhone and Android, MimeChat allows you to create an …

Volvo plows into bystanders, company says tech could have stopped it

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It's going to be ever more disconcerting when cars have minds of their own.<p>We'll give them those minds. We may never be sure, though, what they will do with them.<p>But how much are we already relying on …

Dominican Republic

Overdraft fees top $1 billion at the big 3 banks

You aren't alone if you've ever been hit with an overdraft fee from your bank.<p>America's three biggest banks -- JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC) -- made more than $1.1 billion on overdraft fees in the first three months of the year.<p>Despite efforts to curb these …

'Logjam' browser vulnerability fix will block thousands of websites

Researchers have discovered a new browser and website encryption vulnerability called Logjam, and there's good news and bad news. On the plus side, the vulnerability has largely been patched thanks to consultation with tech companies like Google, and updates are available now or coming soon for …

Chipping Away At The Mystery Of The Oldest Tools Ever Found

A scientific discovery in Kenya, first reported in April, challenges conventional wisdom about human history, say the scientists who made the discovery and are now releasing the details. The scientists say the collection of stone tools they turned up near Lake Turkana were made long before the …

Anthropology