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Blackmailers threaten to leak users’ masturbation videos unless they pay ransom

It seems the cryptocurrency community is under threat of a new blackmail tactic, so take caution.<p>Cornell University computer science professor Emin Gün Sirer has shared an email that appears to leverage leaked passwords to swindle Bitcoin out of unsuspecting victims, demanding they pay a …

Security

Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles

Magic Leap revealed a mixed reality headset that it believes reinvents the way people will interact with computers and reality.<p>Unlike the opaque …

Augmented Reality

10 cheap ways to make your home smarter

Smart Homes

Internet Users in China Expect to Be Tracked. Now, They Want Privacy.

SHANGHAI — China’s biggest online payment company offers its hundreds of millions of users a breakdown on their spending each year, showing everything from their environmental impact to their ranking among shoppers in their area. Many spenders — not shy, and occasionally even a bit boastful about …

China

Chinese people don't care about privacy on the internet — here's why, according to a top professor in China

Over the last several months, the US and Europe have been embroiled in a long-standing debate over data privacy, but one place where that debate hasn't been nearly as developed is China.<p>Privacy has long been nearly nonexistent in China.<p>The ruling Communist Party has vast networks of closed-circuit …

China

Inside the creepy and impressive startup funded by the Chinese government that is developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhere

A computer system that can track and identify any face anywhere may sound like science fiction, but, in China, two such companies are barreling ahead at making such technology an everyday reality.<p>The two startups, SenseTime and Megvii, are developing competing facial recognition platforms powered …

Artificial Intelligence

Hear Stanley Kubrick Explain the 2001: A Space Odyssey Ending In a Rare, Unearthed Video

The director famously refused to give his interpretation of the sci-fi masterpiece.<p>When it was originally released in 1968, audiences didn't really know what the hell to think of <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>. In fact, 250 critics walked out of the New York premiere, literally asking aloud, "What is this …

unearthedvideo

MPs will lose their landlines as national copper shortage means suppliers can only offer Skype

It is the system that dates back to Alexander Bell's original creation more than 140 years ago.<p>But the traditional copper-wire telephone network is to be phased out of Parliament entirely within the next eight months, because the replacements for aging parts are no longer manufactured.<p>Instead, MPs …

Telephony

A PR firestorm around Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert's $5.5 billion Detroit project shows that money isn't the biggest challenge he faces in revitalizing the city

Dan Gilbert, the billionaire owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been transforming downtown Detroit for almost a decade. Since moving his mortgage company Quicken Loans to the neighborhood in 2010, he's invested $3.5 billion (with $2.1 billion in development) through his real estate firm Bedrock …

Dan Gilbert

Why and how virtual reality will transform marketing

The term “virtual reality” probably conjures images of immersive video games with spectacular vistas and vibrant flora and fauna.<p>Virtual reality (VR) …

Virtual Reality

This amazing new web tool lets you create microsites that exist solely as URLs

Long live the open web<p>Former Google designer Nicholas Jitkoff, who’s now the vice president of design at Dropbox, has created a really nifty new web tool he’s calling itty bitty sites, or self-contained microsites that exist solely as URLs. You can create your own by following this URL: …

QR codes

London police chief ‘completely comfortable’ using facial recognition with 98 percent error rate

The technology is being trialled in the UK but has so far led to zero arrests<p>The head of London’s Metropolitan Police force has defended the organization’s ongoing trials of automated facial recognition systems, despite legal challenges and criticisms that the technology is “almost entirely …

Surveillance

Apps Aren't Listening to You, But They Are Recording Your Screen

Apps on your phone may not be stealthy snooping on your conversations, but they are doing something equally, if not more, creepy: recording your …

Apps

How To: Hack Wi-Fi & Networks More Easily with Lazy Script

Wi-Fi tools keep getting more and more accessible to beginners, and the LAZY script is a framework of serious penetration tools that can be explored …

White Hat

App developers are going through your email — here is how to stop them

The Wall Street Journal reports that application developers, both mobile and desktop, are busy rummaging through the email of thousands and thousands …

Apps

Best Pitch Decks: The Early Stage Pitch Decks Of The Hottest Funded Startups

What does it take to create a winning pitch deck that gets your startup funded?<p>Whether you are still at seed stage, or are preparing for a follow up series of funding, a lot of your success is riding on a few slides. Not long ago I covered the pitch deck template that was created by Silicon Valley …

Venture Capital

The UDOO BOLT is a powerful computer on a tiny board

When we last met UDOO, the team was building a powerful Raspberry Pi-based DIY board with a bunch of impressive features, including more ports and a better processor. Now the team behind the first units has released the UDOO BOLT, a DIY board that can run “AAA games” thanks to a built-in AMD Ryzen …

Raspberry Pi

Locking Down Linux: Using Ubuntu as Your Primary OS, Part 1 (Physical Attack Defense)

Windows 10 and macOS have poor reputations when it comes to customer privacy and user policies. In addition, our steady flow of hacking Windows 10 …

Linux

Is Your Router Infected? Use This Tool to Find Out

The now-notorious Russian VPNFilter malware, designed to infect several dozen models of home Wi-Fi routers and network-attached storage drives, shows …

Wi-Fi

Open Mic Night

Ever wanted to sing, play an instrument, share a poem, tell a story, act out a skit, or tell a joke on a stage with a live audience? Every Monday …

Poetry

Venezuela's largest ISP blocks Tor

Venezuelans have been relying on tools like Tor to access news sources, including local outlets like <i>El Nacional</i> and international ones like <i>CNN en Español</i>, after the government banned them in the country. Unfortunately, they're going to have to work a little bit harder to circumvent government …

Privacy

Wi-Fi security is starting to get its biggest upgrade in over a decade

WPA3 certification starts today<p>Wi-Fi devices have been using the same security protocol for over a decade. But today, that’ll begin to change: the Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees adoption of the Wi-Fi standard, is beginning to certify products that support WPA3, the successor to the WPA2 security …

Wi-Fi

News: Magic Leap's Unity Conference Presentation Uncovered Many New Details, Here's What We Found Out

During its presentation at Unite Berlin, Magic Leap gave attendees a crash course in developing experiences for Magic Leap One (ML1), we found out …

Augmented Reality

Tech companies are eavesdropping on you through your smart speaker

Would you be willing to equip your bedroom or living room with an internet-connected microphone that could record and send all your conversations to the data-hungry server of a giant tech company or to a random person in your contact list? That is basically the privacy and security risk you’re …

Amazon Echo

Innovation Story: Brain VR Project

RT @Healthy Girls !!!: Just like that the 2018 Summer Experience is done! Over the past two weeks, the girls were able to engage in physical ac…<p>RT …

Innovation

LG, Google Designed An 18-Megapixel, 120Hz Display For VR Headsets

LG and Google's experimental VR HMD display technology blows current displays out of the water.

LG developed AI to cure VR motion-sickness

Korean tech giant LG recently unveiled a deep learning method to eliminate latency and motion-blur in VR. If VR makes you vomit, this is good news for you.<p><b>The problem:</b> VR makes people sick. Fuzzy low-res graphics combined with motion-blur create a visual cocktail the human brain (and stomach) …

Five must-read stories you may have missed this week

The WIRED Weekender is an eclectic weekly digest containing highlights of the most important, interesting and unusual stories we've published during …

Smartwatches

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Rules of the Internet

Xi Jinping wants to wrest control of global cyber governance from the market economies of the west.<p>It’s never been a worse time to be a Chinese telecom company in America. This evening, the Senate is set to vote on whether to restore a ban on U.S. company sales to prominent Chinese telecom player …

China

AI researchers allege that machine learning is alchemy

Ali Rahimi, a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) at Google in San Francisco, California, took a swipe at his field last December—and received …

Machine Learning