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Google to remove "secure" indicator from HTTPS pages on Chrome

Users should expect the web to be safe by default, Google explained.<p>As part of its push to make the web safer, Google on Thursday said it will stop …

Google

China Leads The U.S. In Patent Applications For Blockchain And Artificial Intelligence

China, thanks to its 1.37 billion residents, leads the world on a number of counts. The smartphone user population totaled 663 million last year, more than anywhere else, and its internet penetration stood at 751 million.<p>Now China ranks first in the world in the number of patent applications from …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM files patent for AI-managed traffic lights

IBM was granted a patent for an AI-powered traffic management system earlier this month.<p><b>What it is</b>: According to the patent, IBM wants to develop a system for controlling traffic lights that relies on cameras. A computer views real-time footage of traffic in each direction and then calculates the …

IBM

U.S. can’t help Apple in its fight against EU

The U.S. wanted to be in Apple’s corner for its battle against the European Union, but a ruling from the EU’s highest court means that the United States is going to have to keep its distance.<p>The court upheld a previous December decision from a lower court, stating that the American government has …

European Union

Autonomous helicopter makes first operational delivery to Marines

Drones are coming to the battlefield faster than you think. Aurora Flight Sciences recently unveiled an autonomous, LiDAR equipped helicopter called AACUS, which was already an impressive feat, considering a helicopter's complexity. Now, for the first time, it has completed an autonomous, …

Aviation

This 3D-printed bicycle is stronger than titanium

The Arevo bicycle looks and feels like a high-end commuter bike, but it was made using 3D-printing technology and software. It's being hailed as the …

Replicas

Google's upcoming app for guiding the blind sounds kinda brilliant

Google has been working on improving its AI and computer vision for quite some time now, and it looks like they’re getting pretty darn good at identifying objects. The company is now building a clever Android app that takes advantage of these developments to help the visually impaired understand …

Apps

Tim Cook urges graduates to ‘be fearless’

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the commencement address at Duke University this morning. He urged the newest graduates of his alma mater to fearlessly face the challenges that trouble the world today, and assured them that technology gives them to power to do so.<p>Problems Cook mentioned include political …

Tim Cook

Driverless pods could be used to ferry tourists around a U.K. national park

Anyone who has ever visited England’s Lake District in the height of summer will know from bitter experience how the roads can become clogged with …

National Parks

Cross-platform Electron apps may be vulnerable to attack; update yours now

Electron is a popular framework for building cross-platform desktop applications using web technologies. The tool was created by GitHub, and is the basis of several popular apps like Slack, Visual Studio Code, Discord, and the Atom text editor.<p>And until very recently, it suffered from a …

JavaScript

Apple Slapped With Lawsuit Over MacBook Pro's 'Defective' Keyboard

Apple continues to face trouble with its MacBook Pro keyboard design.<p>Law firm Girard Gibbs has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, alleging …

MacBook Pro

Email Encryption With PGP May Have a Serious Flaw

A team of researchers in Europe uncovered a way to pull the plain text from emails secured with PGP and S/MIME encryption. But not everyone agrees on …

Information Systems

Spigen announces special edition iPhone X cases echoing iMac G3 and original iPhone design

Spigen has launched a series of new cases on Indiegogo for the iPhone X. As a celebration of Spigen’s tenth birthday, these cases are inspired by the design cues of the original iMac with its translucent windows as well as a throwback to the original iPhone’s aluminium metal and plastic design.<p>Only …

Mobile Technology

Face recognition police tools 'staggeringly inaccurate'

<b>The accuracy of police facial recognition systems has been criticised by a UK privacy group.</b><p>Two forces have been testing facial recognition cameras at public events in an effort to catch wanted criminals.<p>Big Brother Watch said its investigation showed the technology was "dangerous and inaccurate" …

Surveillance

Critical PGP and S/MIME bugs can reveal encrypted emails—uninstall now [Updated] | Ars Technica

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."<p><i>The research for this post is now public. See this post for details. A</i> …

Information Security

NASA will send a tiny drone helicopter to fly through the Martian skies

After landing several miniature dune buggies on Mars to cruise around the surface of the planet, NASA has decided it wants a birds-eye view next …

Drones

Some madman built a Mario Kart clone in pure CSS

Historically, CSS has been used for one thing: decorating webpages. But later versions of the stylesheet language have added extra bells and whistles, allowing developers to do more ambitious (and, dare I say, bonkers) things.<p>Case in point: London-based developer Stephen Cook built a barebones …

Mario Kart

Italian researchers develop lighter, cheaper robotic hand

ROME (AP) — Italian researchers on Thursday unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects more naturally and features a design that will lower the price significantly.<p>The Hennes robotic hand has a simpler mechanical design compared with other such myoelectric prosthetics, …

Robotics

Necto looks to help individuals get their own local ISP businesses off the ground

If you live in a city, you’re probably deciding between a handful of major broadband or wireless carriers — maybe something like Comcast or AT&T. But there’s a good chance that there are a bunch of local carriers that are looking to get off the ground, and Benjamin Huang wants to help make sure …

Net Neutrality

AI is Google’s secret weapon for remaking its oldest and most popular apps

I/O 2018 was all about how AI can make every Google product more useful, including products as old and pervasive as Google Maps and Google News<p>Google shocked the crowd at its I/O developer conference on Tuesday when it kicked off a fascinating discussion about AI ethics with Duplex, a human-like …

Artificial Intelligence

Malicious Siri voice commands can hide in regular music

Suppose you’re listening to some music, then glance over an realize your iPhone has loaded a porn site all on its own. That’s the nightmare scenario researchers say is possible after they proved voice commands can be concealed in songs.<p>It’s also possible to get Siri to recognize commands given at …

Siri

Volvo's electric garbage truck promises to dramatically reduce noise pollution

Garbage trucks may soon be much quieter.<p>Volvo introduced a new electric garbage truck design this week called the Volvo FE Electric. The truck is …

Pollution

Boston Dynamics’ robots are learning how to run outside and navigate autonomously

Boston Dynamics’ robots look more natural and more amazing with each video, and today the company posted two more clips to its YouTube channel showing the latest progress of its Atlas and SpotMini robots.<p>The clips don’t reveal much we haven’t seen before, but they both show how naturally these …

Robotics

Google Grapples With ‘Horrifying’ Reaction to Uncanny AI Tech

The most talked-about, futuristic product from Google’s developer show isn’t even finished -- but it’s already stoking heated debate.<p>At its I/O …

Artificial Intelligence

Medium’s latest pivot leaves some independent media in the lurch

Medium has abruptly pulled a feature that allowed publishers to operate paywalls on its platform, leaving some independent media scrambling for alternative options to maintain a crucial source of revenue.<p>The company this week shuttered a two-year program that let media run paid subscription …

Evan Williams

Firefox takes a big step towards eliminating passwords

Today, Mozilla released Firefox 60 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android, and with it arrives Web Authentication API for desktop browsers. This is a new security standard that allows Firefox users to log into all their online accounts with a single device, such as YubiKey. It doesn't mean that you …

Software

Penn doctors perform the first robot-assisted spinal surgery

Surgical robots are capable of feats that even the most skilled doctors can't manage, and the University of Pennsylvania just offered a textbook example. The school has confirmed that it performed the first-ever robot-assisted spinal surgery, using Da Vinci's robotic arms to remove a rare tumor …

Medicine

Google's top AI scientists: We're entering phase two

Some of Google’s top scientists today discussed the future of artificial intelligence and the message was one of tempered expectations – something we hadn’t seen much of at the Google I/O event.<p>The field of artificial intelligence exists in two states which, upon first glance, appear diametrically …

Artificial Intelligence

How to get all of Google Assistant’s new voices right now

Google Assistant is getting a new voice. In fact, it's getting six new voices. Here's how you can try them today.<p>Tuesday, at the I/O 2018 conference, Google announced that users would soon be able to choose among six new voices, including the voice of John Legend. These new voices are powered by …

Android News

Microsoft Garage's Snip Insights brings AI to your screen captures

Snip Insights can do the work of pulling valuable information out of your screenshots.Microsoft's experimental Garage division has birthed a number …

Machine Learning