Aaron Meese

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Saudi Arabia Buying Out Tesla: How Much Can We Trust Elon Musk?

Ever since Elon Musk announced on Twitter last Tuesday that he had “secured” the “funding” to take Tesla private in what would be a $72 billion deal, …

Tesla

How to Slay Stress Before It Even Happens in the First Place

How optimism bias gets in the way of our success.<p>People have a tendency to look at the world through rose tinted glasses. In other words, when we’re …

Commuting

Nobody minding the store: security in the age of the lowest bidder

So, to recap: Satellite communication systems worldwide are “protected” by easily cracked hard-coded passwords. The private internet connecting the world’s mobile phone operators remains replete with vulnerabilities. Russia has successfully hacked into American power-plant control systems. Oh, and …

Communication Systems

Game-changing iDrive offers unlimited mobile backup for life

<b>No monthly subscription</b>, <b>unlimited data backup</b>, and even <b>cross-platform compatible</b> despite the iName). This is why iDrive has made our <b>special deal post</b>, and remarkably right now it’s available for a <b>one-off payment</b> of just $19.99.<p>You might well ask why you would pay for mobile backup when there are …

256-Bit

The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker's Dream

At this point, it seems like every so-called consumer smart device—from routers and baby monitors to connected thermostats and garage door …

Smart Cities

Hackers can seize practically all your online accounts, and it's your voicemail's fault

Who would have thought that, in the end, it would be the humble voicemail that would do us all in?<p>Your Google, Microsoft, Apple, WhatsApp, and even …

Voice Mail

Microsoft’s undersea data center now has a webcam with fish swimming past 27.6 petabytes of data

Any fin is possible<p>If you’ve always wanted to watch fish swim past a data center with 27.6 petabytes of storage, stop surfing around as today is your lucky day. Microsoft has taken the oppor-tuna-ty to install a webcam next to its undersea data center, offering live views of just how well the metal …

Scotland

Snapchat's leaked source code is clean, literally

In May, hackers leaked a portion of Snapchat’s top secret source code to the wider Internet. Snapchat owner Snap Inc was quick to issue a takedown notice, but the Internet never forgets. You can still find it, if you know where to look.<p>I got my hands on a copy last night. What impressed me is the …

Source Code

When Bots Teach Themselves to Cheat

Once upon a time, a bot deep in a game of tic-tac-toe figured out that making improbable moves caused its bot opponent to crash. Smart. Also …

Artificial Intelligence

New facial recognition tool tracks targets across different social networks

The open-source program is designed for security researchers<p>Today, researchers at Trustwave released a new open-source tool called Social Mapper, which uses facial recognition to track subjects across social media networks. Designed for security researchers performing social engineering attacks, …

Social Media

How to edit a human

For decades scientists aspired to modify the code of life. Tom Whipple meets Jennifer Doudna, who succeeded<p>This story begins nearly four billion …

Genetics

Challenger bank Monzo launches accounts for 16-18 year olds

When weighing up the likely success of challenger banks in the U.K., two predominant schools of thought emerge.<p>Those who are bullish say that incumbent banks provide a lousy user experience, rip off customers, and innovate incredibly slowly — and therefore are ripe for the taking. Challenger banks …

Banking

Meet the guy with four arms, two of which someone else controls in VR - MIT Technology Review

Yamen Saraiji has four arms, and two of them are giving him a hug.<p>The limbs embracing Saraiji are long, lanky, and robotic, and they’re connected to …

Robotics

A High School Senior Casually Reverse-Engineered eBay in a Hackathon

"She's remarkable. She's going to change the world, no doubt."<p>When Megan Cui, a rising senior at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio entered her …

High School

Ex-NASA Engineer Made the Perfect Rock Skipping Robot

His little robot can make over 60 skips, and teach you how to skip rocks better, too.<p>Ex-NASA engineer and Youtube inventor Mark Rober has made a perfect rock-skipping robot. Not only can the robot perform impressively, but it can help you learn how to skip rocks better too. Rober built the robot by …

Robotics

No Man's Sky Next: the answers to ten burning questions

For all the noticeable improvements to be enjoyed in No Man’s Sky's recent Next update, the game is still…obtuse, to put it kindly. Early tutorials …

PC Gaming

We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory

Did the continents spread apart because the planet itself is expanding? No, but a lot of good scientists used to think so.<p>“We’ve Been Wrong Before” is Popular Mechanics' encyclopedia of scientific ideas that sounded good at the time but didn't quite pan out. Today: The Expanding Earth Theory, which …

Earth Science

Crusader Kings 2 diary: How far can one AI go using wits, skill, and lots of cheats?

THE RULES<p><i>This diary was originally serialised in PC Gamer issues</i> <i>318</i><i>,</i> <i>319</i><i>, and</i> <i>320</i><i>.</i> <i>For more quality articles about all things PC gaming, you can</i> …

PC Gaming

Automating File-Based Backup of vCenter Server Appliance with Python

Did you know the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) has file-based backup options?<p>This ability was actually released in vSphere 6.5. However, there was …

Virtualization

John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ Bitcoin wallet (allegedly) got hacked

John McAfee threw down the gauntlet last week when claiming his newly-created Bitcoin wallet, Bitfi, was “unhackable.” It took security researchers less than a week to hack it.<p>As of yesterday, a Dutch security researcher known as “OverSoft” claimed to have root access to McAfee’s unhackable wallet. …

Security

A beginner's guide to AI: Algorithms

<i>Welcome to TNW’s beginner’s guide to AI. This (currently) four part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works. The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, and</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

One of Estonia’s first “e-residents” explains what it means to have digital citizenship

An online community survey recently asked me where I’m based. Without hesitation, I answered “Estonia.” You might ask: as a US citizen, why in the world did I do that? But as crazy as it may sound, Estonia is the country to which I feel most loyal today. I am one of the country’s first …

Estonia

Major Quantum Computing Advance Made Obsolete by Teenager

18-year-old Ewin Tang has proven that classical computers can solve the “recommendation problem” nearly as fast as quantum computers. The result …

Quantum Computing

A Master of Numbers and Shapes Who Is Rewriting Arithmetic

The 30-year-old math sensation Peter Scholze is now one of the youngest Fields medalists for “the revolution that he launched in arithmetic geometry.”

Mathematics

Inside the Tesla Factory: Burning cash, and trying not to burn out

FREMONT, Calif. — At the Tesla Factory one day last week, the robotic city of Elon Musk’s dreams looked like a madhouse, a tangle of red machines and car skeletons and industrial presses, firing welding sparks and pounding steel.<p>But the “controlled chaos” was a bit more relaxed than usual, insisted …

Tesla

What's a spider's favorite color? Study finds surprising answers

Intrepid spiders might have more hunting or mating opportunities because of their bold behavior, but they're also more likely to be be seen and …

Biology

WATCH: Building A Probe That Will Survive A Trip To The Sun

NASA's going to "touch" the sun.<p>This summer, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will embark on a mission to "touch the sun."<p>"Touch" might be a bit of an overstatement — the probe will actually pass 3.8 million miles from the sun's surface. Its primary job is to learn more about the outer atmosphere of the …

Astronomy

Embrace a career in artificial intelligence, the millennial way

Five professionals tell us what an AI job actually involves—and none of it requires building sentient killer robots

Artificial Intelligence

One SIMPLE Way To Be A BETTER Programmer

<b>Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.</b><p>The “<b>one simple way</b>” is nothing but “<b>overcoming</b>” the “<b>delusion of creating future-ready</b> …

Google's Pixel 3 Will Add Wireless Charging

Google has done a great job of leaking its new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on multiple occasions. And now the company has ‘accidentally’ done it again…<p>Picked up by the eagled-eyed 9to5Google, today the Google app was updated to version 8.14 and it contains new code which goes a long way to confirming …

Mobile Technology