EP 51: The Atlanta Film Festival

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Noise-insulating helmet is about to top every introvert's wish list

There's finally a very obvious way to let coworkers know that you're <i>not</i> in the mood to chat.<p>A noise-insulating helmet called the Tomako — created by Anna Salonen and Yuki Abe of Finland’s MottoWasabi — is made of felt and introverts' dreams.<p>It also looks totally silly.<p>The helmet has been compared …

Wishlist

Study Shows That Flattering Targeted Ads Would Be a Great Method of Social Control

Everyone reading this has stared at a targeted ad wondering why anyone thought it applied to them. A new study shows that making people guess why a …

Advertising

1,000-pixel headlights could offer improved vision at night

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a new headlight technology that automatically and intelligently adapt to the current traffic conditions. The team, led by Dr. Hermann Oppermann, essentially wired four, 256-pixel LED arrays together and connected them to a driver electronics …

Spotify Expands Curation Services With The Launch Of Fresh Finds

On the heels of the success of its Discover Weekly feature, Spotify is adding another curated service so that users can find new music.<p>Called Fresh Finds, the new weekly Wednesday feature, available through to all Spotify users in its “Browse” tool, will uncover new artists for listeners.<p>These new …

Music

Politically themed social network Roust launches iOS app

Launched last July as “a social network for connecting with others to discuss polarizing topics such as politics, religion and social issues,” Roust releases their first iOS app today to give members of their network another way to connect and discuss topics.<p>Given the crazy political year we are …

iOS Apps

There's a new way to hijack drones in mid-flight

Researchers have found a new way to hijack some police drones, as first reported by <i>Wired</i>. The attack was developed by researcher Nils Rodday, currently employed by IBM, who will present his findings at the RSA conference this week. By exploiting vulnerabilities in a drone's telemetry system, Rodday …

Drones

YouTube launches two new initiatives to support female filmmakers

The video network has partnered with the United Nations<p>YouTube is launching a global production program and partnering with the United Nations in an effort to highlight and support women's voices across the platform. The video networks will invest in videos created by female filmmakers through the …

Women's News

Pentagon competition dares you to hack its websites

The US military already tests the security of its networks, but it doesn't feel that's enough in an era when cyberattacks are a constant reality. It's starting up an experimental competition, Hack the Pentagon, that invites private citizens (carefully screened, of course) to hack public Department …

Television Academy expands Emmy categories to include digital content

LOS ANGELES — The Television Academy said it will expand its Primetime Emmy Awards short form category to include content from digital creators and distributors.<p>"Our industry is aggressively, quickly and creatively evolving the various ways episodic stories are told," Bruce Rosenblum, Television …

Awards

Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt to chair Pentagon’s new ‘Defense Innovation Advisory Board’

The U.S. Department of Defense today announced the formation of a new Defense Innovation Advisory Board, with the idea of improving the department with help from people in the private sector from Silicon Valley and other areas.<p>Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s umbrella company …

Google

Everything you need to know about the redrafted IP Bill

The Investigatory Powers Bill, which is set to become the UK's new, consolidated piece of surveillance legislation, was first introduced in draft form late last year. After fielding the thoughts and concerns of telecoms providers, major tech firms, intelligence specialists, privacy advocates and …