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Uber Is Working On A Vertical-Takeoff Aircraft

Might settle on autonomous helicopters instead<p>Uber, the hungry Silicon Valley company that turned people with cars and smartphones into a transportation fleet to rival taxis (while skirting things like labor regulations in the process), has set its sights on something much larger. Uber is already …

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Massive Yahoo Data Breach Shatters Records

Between Cybercriminals and State Actors, Password War is Being Lost Jeremy Kirk (jeremy_kirk) • September 23, 2016<p>Yahoo's disclosure of one of the …

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McKinsey Predicts Enterprises Are Adopting Cloud Faster As IT Shifts From Build To Buy

• Enterprises’ adoption of IaaS as the primary environment for workloads will jump from 10% in 2015 to 51% in 2018.<br>• In 2015, 77% of enterprises used traditionally built IT infrastructure as the primary environment for at least one workload; by 2018, this will drop to 43%.<br>• Enterprises are likely to …

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Samsung now marks non-exploding Galaxy Note 7's with an 'S'

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 7 has been having some problems, to put it mildly. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great phone. <b>It is</b>. When we reviewed it, Napier Lopez described it as “the most complete smartphone ever made.” That hasn’t changed.<p>With Samsung quickly taking steps to recall exploding …

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This bizarre $15,000 electric car could transform your commute

A new all-electric car just hit the market, but it looks a little different than other electric cars you can buy.<p>Made by the Canadian company Electra Meccanica, the 2017 Solo car boasts three wheels instead of four and is built for just one passenger, hence its name, Solo.<p>The car is not aimed at …

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Man claims his Galaxy Note 7 blew up and set his car on fire

Following numerous reports of exploding batteries, Samsung might have a huge Galaxy Note 7 emergency on its hands as a man from Florida claims his phone blew up, setting his car on fire.<p>According to a report from FOX 13 News, the incident took place this Monday shortly after Nathan Dornacher and …

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Google cancels modular smartphone Project Ara

Google’s ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone concept with interchangable components has been shelved.<p>Reuters reports that Google canceled the project as part of a broader push to streamline the company’s hardware efforts, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.<p>The move marks an …

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Reddit CEO: Built it. Sold it. Came back to fix it.

Huffman and Jobs have more in common than the first name Steve.<p>When Reddit‘s CEO Ellen Pao resigned in 2015, the company’s largest shareholder, Condé Nast, asked its founder Steve Huffman to come back and fill the top spot (like Apple did with Jobs in 1997).<p>Why? Because he’s the only guy in the …

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.<p>Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including …

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NSA Pwned Cisco VPNs for 11 Years

sponsored by<p>Researchers Liken Cisco PIX Exploit to 'Internet God Mode' Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • August 22, 2016<p>The U.S. National Security …

Motorola calls Samsung a copycat, gets shut down by Nokia fans

Tech companies copy off of each other. That has always happened, and always will happen. Still Motorola is apparently not happy about Samsung (and LG’s) new always-on displays.<p>The company tweeted this out yesterday:<p>That’s obviously a direct jab at Samsung, and Motorola has indeed featured a similar …

Samsung Snatches Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

And it was all going so well for Samsung. In the run up to its official reveal of the Galaxy Note 7, the financial reports showed growth and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones were critical and commercial hits. Although the iPhone 7 was lurking around the corner to challenge Samsung, Apple’s …

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Microsoft leak Microsoft's shows why OS backdoors are dangerous

Security researchers MY123 and Slipstream revealed this week that Microsoft accidentally leaked security keys that allow Windows-based computers, phones and tablets to be unlocked and loaded with other operating systems, as well as malicious software like rootkits.<p>While the company has attempted to …

System Outage Grounds Delta Flights Worldwide

sponsored by<p>System Outage Grounds Delta Flights Worldwide A Tale of Failed Resiliency Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • August 8, 2016<p>Delta grounded …

Buying a smart lock might be a dumb investment

We’ve known for some time that the Internet of Things (IOT) was basically a connected dumpster fire. Time and time again, these connected devices have proven that, while convenient, they aren’t necessarily safe. In fact, many manufacturers have a rather apathetic view on security, which leads to a …

Black Hat USA 2016

briefings - august 3 & 4<p>Keynote<p>What we call the Internet, was not our first attempt at making a global data network that spanned the globe. It was …

Congrats, Walmart! You just realized e-commerce is a thing

The retail giant hopes its acquisition of startup Jet.com will infuse energy into its e-commerce business. But Walmart has a long way to go to match …

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Autopilot in Tesla Model X helps driver get safely to a hospital

A Missouri man might not have made it safely to the hospital without the aid of his Tesla Model X’s self-driving features (via Slate). Joshua Neally, the 37-year old Model X owner, was on the way home from his law firm after work when he was struck by a pulmonary embolism. Neally allowed the …

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Google's new password standard may change the future of Android logins

It's about to get a whole lot easier to log into apps on Android. Google and password manager Dashlane announced a new open log-in protocol, …

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China’s bus that travels over traffic has inaugural road test

The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) runs on rails along highways and is elevated on long supports so cars can drive underneath it. Rendered concepts of the TEB first hit the Internet earlier this year, but today a fully fledged working version of the transit device had its inaugural test run in …

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This Wireless Charger Makes Your iPhone Float

Magnets are used to both make stuff levitate and to wirelessly charge your electronic devices. It makes sense then that Canada’s AR Designs would …

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Disney patent wants to stealthily track park visitors by their shoes

A new patent awarded to Disney may have the theme park changing its tagline from “The happiest place on earth” to “The creepiest place on earth.”<p>In its efforts to expedite lines, customize the Disney experience, and make your overall visit more enjoyable, Disney’s new patent details plans to track …

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Entrepreneur: 4 Foolish Cybersecurity Mistakes Robert Herjavec Is Shocked People Still Make

July 28, 2016<p>Robert Herjavec compares hackers to professional burglars. “If they want to break in, there’s nothing you can do,” he tells …

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5 Takeaways From Amazon's Most Profitable Quarter Yet

Shipping continues to be costly.<p>Amazon continued to wow Wall Street with record profits in its second quarter earnings, blowing past analyst expectations on profit and revenue. Here are the five things to know from the e-commerce giant’s earnings.<p><b>1. Amazon posted record profits of $857 million:</b> …

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Microsoft, capitulation and the end of Windows Everywhere

Tech culture is very fond of persistence, stubbornness, perseverance, and the idea that you should never give up. We're surrounded by stories of …

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Marc Benioff tried to buy LinkedIn even after it announced the deal with Microsoft

After LinkedIn officially announced that it had sold itself to Microsoft for $26.2 billion in cash last month, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, a rival bidder, didn't give up right away.<p>Instead, he sent an email to LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and CEO Jeff Weiner that essentially said …

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Google's Android has gotten so out of control that $55 billion Salesforce had to take drastic measures

Google's Android operating system has long suffered from a problem called "fragmentation."<p>Unlike with the Apple iPhone, it's up to smartphone manufacturers, not Google, to push out updates to customers. So there's no guarantee that any given phone will get the operating system upgrades.<p>There's also …

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Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

<b>The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.</b><p>Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms on a copper surface.<p>The …

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