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Quick Review: AirPods alternative that charge via USB-C and actually stay in: $28 Prime shipped

Although they cost $159 and can still be hard to find there’s a lot to love about Apple’s AirPods. The W1 chip makes it easy to pair with Apple devices and they just work…unless they just fall out of your ears like they do with mine. (You can pop some earbuddies on them but then you have to remove …

Tech Trends

7 ingenious ways to deal with food waste

From tomato tires to toast-based beer<p>Every year, the United States throws away more than one third of the food it produces. That's 133 pounds of food waste, or about $161 billion in grub. But people all over the world are trying to find ways to stop the waste. Here are some of the most ingenious …

Sustainability

Vendor lock-in, DRM, and crappy EULAs are turning America's independent farmers into tenant farmers

"Precision agriculture" is to farmers as Facebook is to publishers: farmers who want to compete can't afford to boycott the precision ag platforms …

Interface

Pinterest's mobile app displays a radial menu if you tap on an image. The menu items are for functions that are also available using the icons and …

Only if it serves the state: North Korea's online experience

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.<p>Doctors can consult via live, online video conferencing, and lectures at prestigious Kim Il Sung University are streamed to faraway factories and agricultural communes. People use online dictionaries and text each other …

North Korea

Logitech is killing its Harmony Link service and the hardware will die with it

The device will cease working in March 2018<p>[Editor's note: Logitech originally planned to give new devices to users within their original warranty period, but the company is now extending the new device offer to all Harmony Link owners. You can see the announcement here.]<p>The Logitech Harmony LiInk …

Top Knot Detective finds 2017 absurdity in ‘90s TV’s samurai crossover hits | Ars Technica

Top Knot Detective, the "show"—delightfully derivative. | TKD, the film—wildly original.<p>AUSTIN, Texas—“Documentary” <i>Top Knot Detective</i> ostensibly …

USS McCain collision ultimately caused by UI confusion | Ars Technica

CO ordered duties of helmsman split—but all of them got sent to another console.<p>On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the …

Military

​Most loathed programming language? Here's how developers cast their votes

Developers on Stack Overflow really don't want to work in Perl and don't like Microsoft much either.<p><i>Video: Which programming language do coders hate</i> …

Stack Overflow

Deep Blue Sea, 1999

<i>Deep Blue Sea,</i> 1999

Access Main Computer File

<i>Deep Blue Sea,</i> 1999<p><i>Kick-Ass</i>, 2010<p><i>Date Night</i>, 2010<p><i>Spy Kids</i>, 2001<p><i>Killers</i>, 2010<p><i>Charlie’s Angels</i>, 2000<p><i>The Spy Next Door</i>, 2010<p><i>Ronin, 1998</i><p><i>Iron Man 2</i>,</i> …

Linux

Apple fires iPhone X engineer after daughter’s hands-on video goes viral

Apple has reportedly dismissed an engineer after his daughter’s iPhone X hands-on video went viral on YouTube. Brooke Amelia Peterson published a vlog earlier this week, which included a trip to the Apple campus to visit her father and see an unreleased iPhone X. Peterson’s video was quickly picked …

Filmmaking

Chiropractors are hiding a deadly secret

More than half of patients treated by chiropractors suffer side-effects and at least 26 in the UK are feared to have died, a Sun investigation …

Terrifying, first-person photos show the claustrophobic conditions inside Hong Kong's 'coffin cubicles'

Hong Kong is in the midst of a housing crisis. As prices begin to rise and the city grows denser, some have resorted to living in the smallest of spaces.<p>Since 2012, photographer Benny Lam has been documenting the housing situation in Hong Kong by focusing his camera on what have become known as …

Hong Kong

Scot given three-month jail sentence for touching Dubai man's hip

A British man has been sentenced to three months in prison in Dubai for touching a man's hip in a bar, according to campaigners.<p>Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested in July over the incident in which he said he put his hand on a man's hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar.<p>The …

The Creator of This Gorgeous Game Doesn't Even Know How to Code

The maker of 'The First Tree' wants you to know that you can do the same.<p>When technical artist David Wehle posted about his new fox adventure game to …

Game Development

This is the most diabolical Android ransomware we've ever seen

Consider this yet another PSA on why you should never ever download Adobe Flash Player, or anything resembling it if you're using an Android …

This is what an exploding smartphone looks like

We've all become familiar with the images of the aftermath of an exploding smartphone, whether it be a completely destroyed phone, the damaged nearby property, or even bodily injury.<p>But we rarely see the moment a phone catches fire and the panic that ensues.<p>A recent video shows the moment a …

Gear & Gadgets

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Computer Science

How to Improve Your Sales Skills, Even If You’re Not a Salesperson

At some point in your career, even if you’re not a salesperson, you’re going to have to sell something — whether it’s your idea, your team, or yourself. So how can you improve your sales skills, especially if you don’t pitch people often? What should you focus on first? And what should you do if …

Selling

Intel patches remote hijacking vulnerability that lurked in chips for 7 years | Ars Technica

Flaw in remote management feature gives attackers a way to breach networks.<p>Remote management features that have shipped with Intel processors since …

Gatekeeper won’t stop this ‘major scale’ Mac malware

OSX/Dok, a new strain of “major scale” malware targeting macOS users, can bypass the Gatekeeper feature that’s designed to block malicious software.<p>The newly identified trojan, which prevents you from doing anything on your Mac until you install a bogus software update, also goes undetected by many …

Finally, a good digital masturbator

<b>NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.</b><p>As a kid, I suffered from phimosis, an overtightening of the foreskin that required medical circumcision to correct. The procedure is common in the US but, for me, the knock-on effect was dramatically …

Gear & Gadgets

AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use, scientists say<p>An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking …

Artificial Intelligence

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

They betrayed you for chump change<p>Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and …

Net Neutrality

What Minority Report Computers Would Really Be Like

Over 300 employees sue BlackBerry for bait-and-switch to cut severance benies

The law firm of Nelligan O’Brien Payne is taking in plaintiffs for a 300-plus class action against BlackBerry. The pursuers? Its own former employees …

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.<p>It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist …

Bill Gates

This incredible tool lets you see how Facebook tracks you online

A browser extension shows you how Facebook infers what content you want to see based on your social media habits and behaviors.<p>Data Selfie is a free …