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Nest Secure Alarm System

Nest makes a bunch of products, so it stands to reason that their Secure Alarm System isn't just a single monolithic box. Instead, it's comprised of …

Internet of Things

NASA is about to sling a spacecraft onto an asteroid

When it comes to studying samples of otherworldly material, scientists on Earth are in a bit of a bind. We’ve brought rocks back from the moon and …

Space Exploration

This is why you shouldn’t use texts for two-factor authentication

Researchers show how to hijack a text message<p>For a long time, security experts have warned that text messages are vulnerable to hijacking — and this morning, they showed what it looks like in practice. A demonstration video posted by Positive Technologies (and first reported by <i>Forbes</i>) shows how …

Security

What a New Theory on Memory Formation Means for Machine Learning

<i>A recent study challenges an accepted concept of how the brain forms and stores memories. The new learning mechanism could inform future AI</i> …

Machine Learning

The 'Tesla of buses' just set a range record that could spell the end for diesel buses

Silicon Valley-based Proterra just set a new record for its electric bus.<p>Proterra said its Catalyst E2 bus drove 1,101.2 miles on a single charge at the Navistar Proving Grounds in New Carlisle, Indiana. The record-breaking test shows battery tech has come a long way in allowing heavy-duty vehicles …

Electric Vehicles

10 things to try after you install iOS 11

What to do after you upgrade<p>iOS 11 is available, officially, today. It's coming to every iPhone and iPad made in the past few years, and chances are, you're going to upgrade. When you install it on your iPhone, you'll find that some things are very different than what you're used to, but the core …

iOS

How worried should we be about artificial intelligence? I asked 17 experts.

“We should take seriously the possibility that things could go radically wrong.”<p>Imagine that, in 20 or 30 years, a company creates the first artificially intelligent humanoid robot. Let’s call her “Ava.” She looks like a person, talks like a person, interacts like a person. If you were to meet Ava, …

Artificial Intelligence

Porsche’s electric Mission E arrives in 2019, priced like Panamera

Porsche’s first all-electric car will go on sale at the end of 2019, the car maker revealed at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, with pricing similar to the current Porsche Panamera, so likely starting around at least $80,000 or so in the U.S.<p>The Mission E was revealed originally back in 2015, but …

Electric Vehicles

iPhone X Vs iPhone 8: What's The Difference?

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now on sale (and there are important differences between them), but you will have to wait longer for the iPhone X which is <i>by far</i> the most interesting of Apple’s new iPhones. But the iPhone X is also over 40% more expensive than the iPhone 8, so is it worth the …

Phones

The iPhone X’s notch is basically a Kinect

Sometimes it's hard to tell exactly how fast technology is moving. "We put a man on the moon using the computing power of a handheld calculator," as Richard Hendricks reminds us in <i>Silicon Valley</i>. In 2017, I use my pocket supercomputer of a phone to tweet with brands.<p>But Apple's iPhone X provides a …

Augmented Reality

The End of Moore's Law Will Change How We Need To Think About Innovation

A shift from disrupting markets to tackling grand challeneges<p>In 1965, Intel cofounder Gordon Moore published a remarkably prescient paper which predicted that computing power would double about every two years. For a half century, this process of doubling has proved to be so remarkably consistent …

Innovation

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

Astronomy

U.S. astronauts are climbing back into space capsules. Here's how they've improved over the past 50 years

In 1961, an American astronaut reached space for the first time and soared through the heavens in a gumdrop-shaped capsule.<p>Since then, people have flown to the moon, created space planes and designed rockets that return to Earth for precision landings. But when astronauts lift off next year from …

NASA

‘OK. Let’s do it!’ An oral history of how NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn came to be

In the predawn hours Friday, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will make a suicide dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, vaporizing like a tiny meteor in the vast Saturnian sky.<p>It will be a fiery end for a spacecraft built and flown by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that has spent the last 13 years exploring the …

Space Exploration

Pressing on: How Apple evolved and eliminated the iPhone’s home button over a decade

When the original iPhone was unveiled in January 2007, Steve Jobs introduced its signature home button with a succinct pitch: “It takes you home from wherever you are. And that’s it.” Such a simple explanation seems striking today. Not only would the home button evolve into a Swiss Army Knife of …

iOS

Apple says it will release a detailed report about how Face ID handles privacy and security

In the three days since Apple took the wraps off the iPhone X, the forthcoming device's facial recognition capabilities have drawn a substantial amount of attention.<p>Apple fans have welcomed Face ID as the future and the preferred way to unlock an iPhone X. Some privacy advocates have pointed out …

Al Franken

Experiences in Childhood Can Alter Your DNA For The Rest of Your Life

It could even make you prone to illness.<p>Childhood is a defining period in anybody's life, but for many of us it seems those early life experiences …

Genetics

Researchers have linked a human brain to the Internet for the first time ever

Brain Meets IoT<p>A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical …

The Brain

Apple’s iPhone X notch is an odd design choice

Hot or notch?<p>Apple’s new iPhone X has a spectacular edge-to-edge display that dominates the entire front of the device. Well, nearly the entire front. Unlike Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2, Samsung’s Galaxy S8, and LG’s V30, Apple hasn’t kept the iPhone X top bezel intact; and compared to the Essential Phone, …

Phones

Creative solutions from developers working with the iPhone X notch

Earlier today, Ben Lovejoy noted the difficulty in finding positive reactions to the iPhone X’s “notch”. Many <i>9to5Mac</i> readers have shared the same sentiment over the past few days. While the notch can introduce some annoyances in viewing video or photo content for consumers, it also presents …

iOS

Hyperloop One Strikes Early-Stage Partnership With Colorado

WASHINGTON — Hyperloop One, an experimental transportation company that proposes to carry people at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour inside a system of tubes, announced its first partnership with a state government on Thursday.<p>The company and the Colorado Department of Transportation said they …

Transportation

Everything you need to know about digital currencies, in one massive graphic

Despite all the financial media coverage of bitcoin and other lesser-known digital currencies, cryptos pretty much remain a mystery to the uninitiated.<p>That’s where social trading platform eToro and the Visual Capital blog come in. The two got together to create a massive graphic aimed at lifting …

Digital Currencies

Amazon is bringing its biggest weapon to Whole Foods to make sure it succeeds (AMZN)

Amazon has been erasing billions from its rivals' valuations in the weeks since its acquired Whole Foods. Investors have shed their investments in other grocery stores as they wait to see how Amazon will modernize its new grocery holding.<p>But the best weapon in Amazon's arsenal isn't robot cashiers, …

Amazon

23andMe Is Digging Through Your Data for a Parkinson's Cure

In 2006, when personal genomics company 23andMe launched from its offices in California, it charged $1,000 for a home spit kit and its top …

Parkinson's Disease

Advertisers are furious with Apple for new tracking restrictions in Safari 11

Time limits on browser cookies are threatening the digital ad industry<p>A group of digital advertising and marketing organizations has come together today to condemn Apple for what the coalition says is a “unilateral and heavy-handed approach” to user privacy on Mac. The group fears that Apple, which …

Privacy

iPhone X Has One Small Problem

The 'notch' at the top of the iPhone X's display appears to be hiding video and game content. Luckily, developers have a few weeks to fix their …

Ziff-Davis

Why NASA is crashing the $4 billion Cassini spacecraft into Saturn

For 13 years, Cassini has explored the gas giant and its moons. On Friday, it takes a final plunge into the planet.<p>On Friday, September 15, around 6:30 am EDT, NASA will watch its 20-year-old, $4 billion-plus spacecraft to crash into Saturn.<p>The space agency really has no other choice. Cassini is …

Space Exploration

Hyperloop One Announces 10 Winners in Its "Global Challenge"

After competitions in the United States, Europe, and Asia earlier this year, Hyperloop One, the Los Angeles-based startup led by an Uber investor, a …

Transportation

Elon Musk: Tesla will reveal semi-truck 'beast' next month

Get ready to meet Tesla's "beast" of a semi-truck.<p>The electric vehicle maker is aiming to unveil the Tesla Semi and do a test ride on Oct. 26, according to CEO Elon Musk.<p>"Worth seeing this beast in person," he tweeted late Wednesday. "It's unreal."<p>The launch date is a bit later than Musk had …

Elon Musk