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Thousands of engineers put Apple self-driving car in high gear

Apple stays quiet about it, but the company is clearly developing a self-driving car. And this week the world was given a glimpse inside this project, showing that it’s much larger than many had previously thought.<p>The FBI arrested a former employee on Apple’s autonomous car design team for …

Here’s why Bitcoin’s blockchain has blocks that go over the 1MB limit

When you really try to nail down what makes a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin <i>really Bitcoin</i>, the more technical you get, the closer you are to discussing block size.<p>A block is really a set of data, and for Bitcoin BTC they’re mostly related to transactions. Bitcoin miners are really in the business of …

​Seven cloud vendors lining up for government security clearance

After Microsoft's contentious addition to the Certified Cloud Services List, the Australian Signals Directorate has revealed it is working with …

Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!

Robert M. Hertzberg’s hatred of bots is personal.<p>Mr. Hertzberg is a state Senator from California and last year, after he introduced a bail reform bill, he noticed that automated accounts on Twitter and Facebook were attacking him and his position. He is currently seeking re-election, and one of …

Bots

These phone models have highest failure rate: is your device on the list? (Update: Blancco responds)

<b>Update, July 20, 2018 (02:42AM EST):</b> Blancco, the company behind a report covering smartphone repairs and failure rates, has responded to <i>Android Authority</i> regarding its study. The report found that devices from Samsung and Xiaomi had the highest failure rates.<p>The company’s report originally noted …

Mobile

Rolls-Royce unveils its concept for a hybrid flying taxi

The race to launch flying taxis hotted up over the weekend, as Rolls-Royce revealed its interest in designing one. Fun fact: it’s not the luxury car brand from the UK that you’re thinking of. It’s actually the parent company that shares the same name that made the announcement. Besides owning a car …

Apple has a surprising amount of unsold iPhone X inventory

Apple is sitting on a massive stockpile of unsold iPhone X devices, a new report claims. The backlog reportedly equals almost three times the number of the high-end handsets already shipped.<p>If correct, this would be unusual for Apple. The company normally proves very good at forecasting the number …

Sony Quietly Rolls Out New PS4 Model

Games consoles regularly receive hardware updates so as to improve performance or reduce cost. This latest model update by Sony suggests the new PS4 …

Microsoft calls for facial recognition technology rules given 'potential for abuse'

Microsoft has called on the government to step up and regulate facial recognition technology.<p>In a blog post, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for “thoughtful government regulation” and “the development of norms” around using facial recognition technology.<p>“Without a thoughtful approach, public …

Peter Thiel and Billionaire Jihan Wu's Bitmain Invest in Block.one

Blockchain platform Block.one is close to announcing a new fundraising round, bringing in Peter Thiel and Chinese billionaire Jihan Wu’s Bitmain …

Cheapest Phones for Seniors

• Best overall<br>• Best for Verizon<br>• Best value<p><b>Best Overall:</b> Nokia 3.1<p>See at Amazon<p>Nokia makes several great new phones running the new Android One platform, …

Instapaper no longer part of Pinterest, service going independent

Read-it-later and bookmarking service Instapaper announced today that it will once again be an independent operation. Instapaper was mostly recently owned by social network Pinterest after an acquisition two years ago.<p>Instapaper allows you to save articles for offline reading and even lets you send …

Amazon workers strike in Germany, Spain and Poland to coincide with Prime Day

Tech News<p>FRANKFURT — Thousands of workers will walk off the job on Tuesday at Amazon warehouses in Germany to demand better working conditions, joining colleagues in Spain and Poland in taking action that coincides with a major sales promotion.<p>The Verdi services union called the one-day strike to …

Europe

Apple Is Planning Big Changes to Maps in iOS 12

Apple has some big plans for the next version of Maps in iOS 12.<p>The tech giant will launch a new version of its Maps app this fall that includes data …

Apple Watches and Fitbits are being used to monitor wearers' hearts during drug binges

<b>WTF?!</b> Wearables such as the Apple Watch and Fitbit’s activity trackers are great for monitoring users’ heartbeats, letting them tailor their …

Why it took seven years for a Sims game to add pregnancy gameplay

Producers say having their own children helped them understand why it was important<p>For years, having a baby in mobile life simulation game <i>The Sims FreePlay</i> was nothing more than a big blue button: press it, and a baby would magically appear. According to EA associate producer Joshua Birse, players …

California mall owner's license plate readers send info to ICE (updated)

Some shopping malls in California are scanning license plates and sending that data to a surveillance vendor that works with -- and sells information to -- Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. That's according to a report by tech watchdog group Electronic Frontier Foundation, which discovered that …

Real Estate

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia finally gets a mobile game and it sounds hilarious

• It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile is an upcoming game based on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.<br>• The game promises to include plenty of iconic moments from the TV show.<br>• It will be free-to-play and will be released sometime in 2018.<p>FoxNext Games and East Side Games have announced a new title …

TV

As Employees Protest Government Contracts, Tech Companies Deal With Security Concerns

As tech companies face protests over border security contracts with immigration agencies, corporations have been forced to address security threats both internal and external.<p>The day before activists planned to protest Salesforce’s contract with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) outside the …

Somebody Is Selling a Rare Working Version of One of Apple’s First Computers on Ebay

You could be the proud owner of one of Apple’s earliest computers — if you have at least $55,000 to spare.<p>An eBay user is auctioning off a rare …

Selling

The inventor of Linux is furious at Intel

Linus Torvalds, the inventor and founder of the Linux operating system, is not known for holding back strong opinions he has about computers, and he is now one of the loudest voices critical of Intel's handling of "Meltdown," the flaw revealed Wednesday that could enable an attacker to steal …

Linux

Ancient programming language COBOL can make you bank, literally

You’d think a computer programming language created in 1959 would be outdated — but you’d be incredibly wrong.<p>Most people know Java and C++, but good ol’ COBOL is still alive and kicking. In the US, around 80 percent of in-person transactions and 95 percent of ATM swipes are based on programs …

Commonwealth Bank

Minecraft adds micropayments – hide your wallets, parents

If you got bored with <i>Minecraft</i> sometime in the last six years, Microsoft is letting developers sell fresh content on the game’s store.<p>The store, opening in spring, will let companies sell in-game texture packs, landscapes, and story contente. All transactions will be in a new currency called …

Man in VR headset falls off fake cliff and hits a very real floor

One day, we’ll have an entire Tumblr account for hilarious VR accidents, but until then, George Takei’s Facebook account will have to do. Takei, the Star Trek alum and current boss of sharing things on Facebook, recently shared a video of a man attempting to conquer a virtual cliff while inside an …

PS4 Pro vs Xbox One S - which is the best console?

Sony yesterday revealed the long awaited PS4 Pro, the mid-generation hardware refresh for PlayStation 4.<p>While previous eras have seen slimmed-down …

How much do electric cars really pollute, even without tailpipes?

In regions that operate a very clean grid and purchase lots of electric cars, like California, their environmental damage is predicted to be lower …

GeForce GTX 1070: This is the graphics card you've been waiting for | Polygon

Solid price, better performance<p>It was clear the day Nvidia announced its new Pascal-powered GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card that there was a new champion for desktop gaming. The GTX 1080, according to Nvidia's tests and our own, provides a significant bump in graphics power compared to the GTX 980, …

Largest-ever math proof chews up 200TB of data

You've probably been asked to prove a math solution at some point, but never like this. Researchers have created the world's largest math proof while solving the Boolean Pythagorean triples problem, consuming a whopping 200TB of data -- the previous record was 'just' 13GB. The sheer size came from …

E3 2016: Microsoft Reveals Plans for Xbox at E3 2016

Just over one month away!<p>With just over a month to go before this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo kicks off in Los Angeles, Microsoft has lifted …

FBI Paid Upwards of $1.3 Million to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

United States Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey today gave some hints on how much the agency paid to access the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, suggesting a sum upwards of $1.3 million.<p>According to <i>Reuters</i>, Comey said the FBI paid an amount exceeding what he will …