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Avoid long checkout lines with the new Walmart Scan & Go app for Android

Long checkout lines in stores are one of the most annoying parts of shopping. Especially for people who are a bit impatient by nature. Retailers are trying different things to make the checkout process faster, but not all of them work as planned. Walmart is one of the retailers trying to fix this …

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Police request Echo recordings for homicide investigation

You have the right to remain silent -- but your smart devices might not.<p>Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot are in millions of homes now, with holiday sales more than quadrupling from 2015. Always listening for its wake word, the breakthrough smart speakers boast seven microphones waiting to take and record …

Policing

Home farming robot

The Case For 'Data Governance'

U.S. says cybersecurity skills shortage is a myth

The U.S. government has released what it says is myth-busting data about the shortage of cybersecurity professionals.

Cybersecurity

Battery breakthrough will let phones charge in seconds and last for a week

A new type of battery that lasts for days with only a few seconds' charge has been created by researchers at the University of Central Florida.<p>The high-powered battery is packed with supercapacitors that can store a large amount of energy. It looks like a thin piece of flexible metal that is about …

Batteries

Russia has banned LinkedIn

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Russia has officially banned LinkedIn.<p>The country's communications regulator has blacklisted the social network for professionals because it has not complied with personal data storage regulations.<p>The site was inaccessible from Russia on Thursday.<p>LinkedIn had been found to be in …

Russia

This augmented reality tool could totally change med school

Facebook Buys Stolen Passwords

Facebook has admitted that it trolls the black market for stolen passwords in an effort to beef up its own security and protect its users who may use …

China Unveils Three Major Decisions Within Three Minutes - Bloomberg

As the world focuses on the race for the White House, China unveiled three major decisions within three minutes of each other on Monday.<p>Among a raft …

China

More websites were viewed on mobile devices and tablets than desktops for the first time ever this month

Our internet reading habits are becoming increasingly mobile.<p>October was the first month ever when more web pages were viewed on mobile and tablet devices than on desktop and laptop computers, according to the web analytics firm StatCounter.<p>While this doesn’t necessarily mean more people are using …

Mobile

Surface Studio and Dial hands-on: Microsoft made desktops exciting again

Microsoft has been going toe-to-toe with Apple’s hardware the past year or two. The Surface 2-in-1 concept is finally starting to catch on, the Surface Book was one of the best laptops I’ve ever used, and now the company is looking to reinvent the desktop with the Surface Studio and it’s quirky …

Could a Defensive Hack Fix the Internet of Things?

sponsored by<p>Could a Defensive Hack Fix the Internet of Things? Warning: Bricking Devices May Disarm Hackers But Trigger Unintended Fallout Jeremy …

About 100,000 devices helped take down the internet via a cyberattack

<b>UPDATE: Oct. 26, 2016, 12:48 p.m. EDT</b> This post has been updated to amend Dyn's analysis of the number of devices used in the DDoS cyberattack.<p>A massive cyberattack on Friday on a key piece of internet infrastructure included around 100,000 individual devices that were coordinated using a piece of …

Cybersecurity

GE Mobilizes ‘Bot Army’ Sentinels

Software destroys cloud apps that fail to meet security, compliance standards<p>FAIRFIELD, Conn.—When General Electric Co. developers deploy to its cloud systems an application containing vulnerabilities or unauthorized data, a Reaper Bot is there to halt or destroy the app before it begins …

21st Century

Attackers 'Hack' ATM Security with Explosives

sponsored by<p>As U.S. ATM Operators Face EMV Deadline, Physical Attacks Surge in Europe Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • October 17, 2016<p>Europe has …

Security

IoT and Blockchain near their hype peak while Software Defined Anything starts to normalize

Google and Facebook Are Laying a Big Cable

Google is partnering with Facebook, Pacific Light Data Communications, and TE Subcom to build a massive, super-fast undersea cable connecting Los …

Google

Why Samsung Abandoned Its Galaxy Note 7 Flagship Phone

When several Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones spontaneously exploded in August, the South Korean company went into overdrive. It urged hundreds of employees to quickly diagnose the problem.<p>None were able to get a phone to explode. Samsung’s engineers, on a tight deadline, initially concluded the …

Google’s head of self-driving tech: We’re not building a car, we’re building the driver

Dmitri Dolgov showed Recode how sensors on Google’s self-driving car help it navigate and interact with pedestrians.<p>Google — which has been working on its self-driving cars since 2009 — is not in the car-making business. Nope, Google is in the superhuman-driver-making business, according to Dmitri …

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Netflix's catalog has shrunk by a whopping 50% in the past few years

If you’ve felt like Netflix’s US catalog has shrunk dramatically since the company started making its own shows and movies, you’re absolutely right.<p>Since 2012, Netflix’s selection of titles has dropped over 50%, from roughly 11,000 titles to about 5,300, according to streaming blog Exstreamist, …

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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 …

Airplanes

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 …

Yahoo

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

I am currently serving as Director, Global Cloud Product Management at Ingram Cloud. Previous positions include product marketing at iBASEt, Plex Systems, senior analyst at AMR Research (now Gartner), marketing and business development at Cincom Systems, Ingram Micro, a SaaS start-up and at …

University of California

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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How Amazon arranges its warehouses

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 …

Autos

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 …

Samsung

Google cancels modular smartphone Project Ara

Company begins streamlining hardware businesses ahead of smartphone launch expected under its own Pixel brand<p>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 …

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