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A closer look at the NSO Group, the organization behind the most advanced iPhone spyware ever released

Late last week, security researchers uncovered what may very well be the most advanced mobile hacking tool we’ve seen to date. Dubbed <i>Pegasus</i>, and …

iPhone

Car hacking is the future – and sooner or later you'll be hit

“Car companies are finally realising that what they sell is just a big computer you sit in,” Kevin Tighe, a senior systems engineer at security testing firm Bugcrowd, says. It’s meant to be a reassuring statement: proof that the world’s major vehicle manufacturers are finally coming to terms with …

Security

Retooling AI for the workplace

One of the first computers required punch cards. I repeat, punch cards. Yes, you would take a piece of paper with tiny holes and use it to interact with the device.<p>Now we have computers the size of soda cans that sit in your house and control your lights, provide weather updates, solve math …

Siri

China: the new space superpower

At 8pm Beijing time on 25 June this year the tropical darkness over China’s Hainan province was temporarily banished by a blinding orange light. Accompanied by the thunderous roar of engines, a 53m-tall rocket pushed itself into the sky.<p>An increasing number of Chinese rockets have launched in the …

China

Drone Journalism Now Can Take Off

The Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules for use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, go into effect tomorrow, Aug. 29.<p>The agency had announced its plans in late June. Journalists and news operations spent the summer getting ready and are expected to jump in as quickly as possible to …

Journalism

NASA's Juno Successfully Completes Jupiter Flyby

NASA’s Juno mission successfully executed its first of 36 orbital flybys of Jupiter today. The time of closest approach with the gas-giant world was …

It's time for Tesla to stop improving its most successful car

The Model S, the first car that Tesla designed and engineered from scratch, has been perfected.<p>On Tuesday, the all-electric automaker announced a new battery pack for the Model S, creating in the the process the $135,000 Model S P100D, an all-wheel-drive four-door that can travel 315 miles between …

Tesla

The Pre-Singularity is Here

Recently the New York Post put up a remarkable video, of a man whose Parkinsonian tremors in his arms and legs were controlled by electrical current …

The Brain

6 Scientists Just Spent A Year On Fake Mars. Here's What They Learned.

The crew "returns to Earth" Sunday after 365 days in isolation.<p>HONOLULU, Hawaii ― Sending humans to Mars presents enormous challenges, from the technological to the psychological.<p>Perhaps no one understands the mental test better than the team of international scientists who just spent a year living …

Habitats

5 Essential Skills You Need To Keep Your Job In The Next 10 Years

Automation may affect half of jobs. Here are five areas to develop to keep yourself employed.<p>With everything from how we collaborate to the technology we use undergoing enormous transformation, many believe that the future of work will look very different in 10 years.<p>By some estimates, roughly half …

The Workplace

Facebook says humans won’t write its trending topic descriptions anymore

The company is still fighting the claim it suppressed conservative news content.<p>It has been more than three months since Gizmodo first published a story claiming Facebook’s human editors were suppressing conservative news content on the site’s Trending Topics section. Facebook vehemently denied the …

Facebook

Spotify says it isn’t punishing artists who cut exclusive deals with Apple and Tidal

Spotify doesn’t like exclusives. But it says it won’t bury Frank Ocean and other acts in its search results.<p>Spotify doesn’t like it when big-name acts take their music to Apple or Tidal first.<p>But it’s not punishing them when they do, by making their stuff harder to find in the music service’s …

Spotify

Spotify might not suppress search, but that doesn’t mean artists with exclusives get treated equally

Accusations that Spotify has been punishing artists for signing exclusives with other streaming services hit the internet in full force this morning, originating from a Bloomberg article.<p>When confronted by TechCrunch, a Spotify spokesperson gave the same response they have been giving since the …

Spotify

Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and other industry giants sign pledge to pay women equally

Two months ago, the White House first announced its Equal Play Pledge — a plan to end the salary gap between men and women in the private sector. Today, on Women’s Equality Day, 29 new signatures were added to a growing chorus of companies who demand equal pay for both sexes.<p>A total of 29 companies …

Facebook

Is Facebook About to Get ‘Myspaced’ by Next-Gen Social Media?

Shares 0<p><b>Social media is a major component of the internet and has already transformed how humans communicate and interact. Looking to take things to</b> …

Facebook

Apple issues urgent global iPhone software update after attempted hack with 'most sophisticated spyware' ever seen

Apple has issued a global upgrade of its iOS mobile operating system after a botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software.<p>The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in iOS to take complete control of iPhone devices.<p>…

iPhone

Breakthrough in cancer research: Legions of nanorobots target tumours with precision

Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer …

Research

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Camera

It's been a long four years since the Mark III hit the market, so you know professional shooters and well-heeled amateurs alike are thrilled about …

Cameras

Report: Mazda Approves Rotary-Powered RX-9 for Launch in 2020

The second coming of the rotary engine<p>Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer<p>View Special Offers<p>No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote<p>Change Car<p>If you’ve been waiting on that new car purchase in hope of a new rotary-powered sports car from Mazda, it looks like you might just get your chance …

Mazda

How Mylan And Pfizer Could Cause A Major Biotech Backlash

You know you’re in the middle of a crisis when Martin Shkreli defends your pharmaceutical company’s price hikes.<p>That’s exactly what happened to Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan Inc., when Martin Shkreli appeared on CNBC to affirm the legitimacy of the $600 price for an EpiPen, an emergency treatment …

Pharma

Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool | Motherboard

On the morning of August 10, Ahmed Mansoor, a 46-year-old human rights activist from the United Arab Emirates, received a strange text message from a number he did not recognize on his iPhone.<p>“New secrets about torture of Emiratis in state prisons," read the tantalizing message, which came …

Spyware

Man 'wakes up' from coma after ultrasound waves were beamed into his brain

The 25-year-old man gained full consciousness three days after the treatment<p>A 25-year-old man in a coma may have had his recovery kickstarted after researchers 'excited' his brain tissue with ultrasound pulses.<p>The man was showing minimal signs of being conscious and understanding speech before the …

Ultrasound

Funneling fundamental particles

Neutrinos are tricky. Although trillions of these harmless, neutral particles pass through us every second, they interact so rarely with matter that, …

We can all live ‘forever’ - and we need to talk about it

Throughout our entire lives we are told that aging is a completely natural and unavoidable part of life, one that should even be appreciated despite …

Genetics

Edible Battery To Power Internal Medical Devices

Devour the power!<p>Imagine taking a pill that includes an ingestible sensor that takes measurements and sends information wirelessly to your doctor, or a pill that senses changes in your gut microbiome and adjusts its dose accordingly. Ingestible medical devices promise such applications, and many …

Batteries

NASA to broadcast upcoming spacewalk and SpaceX 'Dragon' departure

If you have even a passing interest in NASA, you should know about two upcoming events set to air in the coming days.<p>First, NASA will cover the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station on August 26.<p>The Dragon spacecraft arrived at the station on July 20 to …

NASA

Why Twitter Was the Platform of Choice for Ripping Apart the NSA Dump | Motherboard

Last week, “The Shadow Brokers” dumped a slew of hacking tools they claimed belonged to a group associated with the NSA.<p>The dump was verified in various different ways. The Snowden documents provided a solid link between the files and NSA operations, and Kaspersky published an analysis of the …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Augmented reality power tool helps anyone craft things

Crafting with CNC mills, routers and other power tools isn't all that easy, especially if you're new to it. You'll frequently want a template, and it's all too easy to mess up a cut if you haven't developed a steady hand. Shaper doesn't think it has to be daunting, though: it's launching Origin, an …

Mixed reality

Scientists install 'memories' in DNA of human cells

The advancement was made by biological engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), using the genome-editing system CRISPR. The system …

DNA