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Amazon's Alexa gets super sketchy when you ask her about the CIA

Better sleep with one eye open because you might have an unexpected spy living in your home.<p>When the woman in this video asks her Amazon Alexa if she …

31 Things You Can Buy On Amazon You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner

From goats to Communion juice packs, everything you didn't know you needed delivered right to your door.

Crash drones over and over again with Microsoft's open source simulator

Microsoft has released a free, open source simulator to help engineers test drones in a photo-realistic environment. The AirSim, as it's called, …

Drones

Mathematician Proposes Blocking Tsunamis with Sound Waves

Whether or not we could ever engineer such a thing is uncertain.<p>Usama Kadri, a mathematician at Cardiff University in the UK, has published new calculations in the open-access journal <i>Heliyon</i> demonstrating the possibility of neutralizing tsunamis with underwater sound waves. While actually …

Physics

More Linux on my new notebook: Fedora, Linux Mint and Ubuntu

Hands on with four more Linux distributions on my ASUS X540S - including both Linux Mint 18.1 and Linux Mint Debian Edition.<p>In my previous post I …

Five Tools for Beginners that Power Up the Command Line

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a command line noob, there’s no way you remember every command, manual page, or tooltip. Lucky for you, we have …

Zoom in on the crowd in CNN’s inauguration gigapixel portrait

Spot the former presidents<p>Gigapixel imagery can capture an incredible amount of detail, whether it’s a stunt for a car promotion or if it’s used to capture every detail in fine art. <i>CNN</i> has released a new image of yesterday’s presidential inauguration, allowing you to take in every detail of the …

Donald Trump

California Republicans celebrate Trump's inauguration: 'In L.A., you can't even put a bumper sticker on your car'

Shannon, a 48-year-old accountant from Encino, didn’t tell her co-workers she was traveling all the way across the country to get a great view of President<p>Donald Trump’s swearing-in. She told them she was going skiing.<p>"It's a bucket list," said Shannon, who didn't want The Times to use her last …

CIA puts almost 12 million declassified files online for the first time

The CIA has put almost 12 million pages of its records online, allowing anyone with an internet connection to browse 50 years worth of declassified intelligence reports, briefings, and other once-secret documents. Included in the database are US discussions about assassinating Fidel Castro, details …

Fidel Castro

Designing The World’s Most Secure Chat App

The most surprising experience about using Signal is how perfectly normal it feels–and that’s very much by design.<p>A friend had been bugging me for weeks. Give up Gchat and iMessages. Install Signal on my phone and desktop instead. And why shouldn’t I? Signal is the world’s most secure messaging …

Apps

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

With a few minutes and a few free tools, you can resurrect nearly any aging PC with a fresh, fast, Chrome-like interface.<p>Common scenario: You buy a new laptop, thinking you'll sell, donate or hand down the old one... but it never happens. Maybe you don't want to deal with the hassles of Craigslist …

Linux

Endless has a mission: Bring its charmingly cheap Mission One computers to the US

The new Endless Mission Mini and Mission One are small, inexpensive and can teach you coding.<p>You and I have a nearly limitless array of computer choices, from massive desktops to slim laptops to entire computers build into something the same size as a USB stick. But in emerging markets, the options …

Raspberry Pi

Ten easy encryption tips for warding off hackers, the US government—and Russia

On a frigid Saturday, pink and yellow Post-It notes scrawled with concerns about cybersecurity covered a wall of Eyebeam, a nonprofit art and technology center in Brooklyn. “Identity theft + surveillance = paranoia, plz help,” read one note. “How much of a threat do alt-right hackers pose on social …

Privacy

The most interesting PCs, laptops and tablets of CES 2017

Laptops

You can now have your weed legally delivered in 60 minutes or less with this new app

It's 2016 and you can now, in some American cities, legally have someone deliver you a bag of weed. With 24 states and the District of Columbia legalizing the use of marijuana in some form, marijuana dispensaries seek alternate ways to get their product to customers.<p>GreenRush is one of several …

Cannabis

Pre-orders open for the 'first internet-connected' keyboard

Das Keyboard is best known for its high-end mechanical keyboards, and now it's taking them online. Next month at CES the company will debut "the world's first cloud connected keyboard" that streams info from the web right to the input device. Rather than putting a display on the keyboard itself, …

Gear & Gadgets

Windows 10 ‘Game Mode’ Will Make Your Laptop More Like A Console

In the relentless war of smuggery between PC gamers and console gamers, one argument console gamers undeniably have the advantage on is that their hardware is built, from the ground up, to be used for games. And it’s true that most PCs just don’t handle games as well as they could, since they have …

Gaming

A Year Later, You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

Although Microsoft concluded its free Windows 10 upgrade program on July 29, 2016, the company has yet to close some of the loopholes that it …

Assistive Technology

Hardware

The Photon is a tiny little device with Wi-Fi built-in. It's super easy to setup and it has a cloud-based IDE with tons of examples written in C and …

Amazon drones, meet your mothership

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's -- Amazon. The online retailer has its head in the clouds with plans for an airship hosting a swarm of delivery drones.<p>This isn't what I imagined from Amazon's cloud-based technology.<p>In recently discovered patent images, Amazon drafted a plan to have an airship …

Aviation

Amazon has a plan to defend drones from hackers and bow-and-arrow-wielding troublemakers

With Amazon’s drones taking to the skies to deliver packages, the company will have to be ready to tackle all sorts of hijack scenarios: hackers, jammers, and human attackers.<p>According to a 2014 patent filing that was approved on Dec. 20, 2016, Amazon’s first line of control to prevent jamming or …

Drones

Best Raspberry Pi Projects

Our pick of the most fun and useful things you can do with your Raspberry Pi<p>Make a Raspberry Pi CCTV security system<p>There's no need to spend a …

21 Must-Have Apps For Ubuntu Desktop

We’re often asked what our essential Ubuntu apps are, but rather than reply in the comments I figured I’d write a list of what are, for us, must-have …

Apps

How blockchain can create the world’s biggest supercomputer

Ben Dickson Contributor<p>Ben Dickson is a software engineer and the founder of TechTalks.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Unlocking the potential of eye tracking technology<br>• Can you trust crypto-token crowdfunding?<p>As our desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, etc. stand idly by for a huge portion of …

Blockchain

The 11 Most Mesmerizing GIFs of 2016

Our favorite loops of the year are so hypnotic you might fall in.<p>Nothing calms the nerves like a perfectly looping GIF, except maybe a shot of good whiskey. You shouldn't drink 11 shots of whiskey in five minutes, but you can definitely get lost in these 11 GIFs. Hell, take 10 minutes. We read the …

Digital Art

29 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

There are so many wonderful websites around, and it is difficult to know each and every one of them. The below list provides some of those websites …

The only true 15-inch MacBook Pro alternative is about to get even better

Dell's new XPS 15 just got leaked -- complete with never-before-seen Intel and Nvidia chips.<p>Strange but true -- when we went looking for a Windows alternative to the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, only one laptop stood out. Right now, the Dell XPS 15 is the only machine with portability and performance …

Computer Hardware

5 rock-solid Linux distros for developers

Developers love things <i>their</i> way and no other way. To that end, Linux stands to be the ultimate developer’s desktop environment. Linux is endlessly …

Linux
Information Security