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Why you should get a burner phone number, even if you aren't a spy

Apps make it easy to create a second number.<p>The first time you heard of a burner phone—a cheap prepaid mobile intended for temporary use—was probably while watching a crime drama. But an extra cell phone comes in handy even when you operate on the right side of the law.<p>A second number can help you …

Apps

Norway: Using Drones to Maintain the Railway

Norway’s state-owned railway infrastructure company Bane NOR looks after a total of 4,000 km of rails going through 775 tunnels and across 3,000 …

Trains

How you can improve your workflow using the JavaScript console

As a web developer, you know very well the need to debug your code. We often use external libraries for logs, and to format and/or display them in …

JavaScript

Finally, an easy, quick way to transcribe audio, for free

If you haven’t wasted hours transcribing audio—endlessly replaying the same 30 seconds of the recording, cursing people’s inability to speak in full sentences—you’ve never transcribed audio. Or you’re a wizard.<p>For the rest of us, there’s finally a transcribing solution. It’s free, easy, and …

Typing

Lottie for Web, Android, iOS, and React Native

Lottie is a mobile library for Web, and iOS that parses Adobe After Effects animations exported as json with Bodymovin and renders them natively on …

Web Development

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 a Small But Welcome Evolution

While DJI’s big news this week has been its partnership with Microsoft that will see its professional use drones access the power of Azure IoT, the …

'Send in the drones' to protect soil

<b>Squadrons of drones should be deployed to locate and penalise farmers who let soil run off their fields, a report will say.</b><p>A coalition of campaigners complains that the Environment Agency can only check soil on 0.5% of farms each year.<p>Their report says drones can help to spot bad farming, which is …

Drone safety system stops props before they cut fingers

If there's one thing that's scary about quadcopter drones – besides their ability to invade peoples' privacy or fall on their heads – it's those …

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a drone that loves trash!

A New Jersey man is using drones and machine learning to measure plastic pollution on beaches.<p>It’s hard to keep track of how much plastic is in the ocean. We’ve all heard about the floating garbage gyres in the Pacific, but it’s such a large problem that it defies statistics. Scientists estimate …

How the Dutch police are using AI to unravel cold cases

If the Dutch police would decide to solve all the cold cases in their archive today, just reading through the roughly 30 million sheets of paper would take them about a century.<p>Barring inventions of revolutionary life extension, most perpetrators, and probably the detectives themselves, would be …

Microsoft’s AI bot also makes phone calls to humans, but only in Chinese

Earlier this month, Google blew the internet’s collective hive mind with a video of its Google Duplex AI calling system. The demo Google showed off …

$13 adapter lets you use a microSD or SD card with any iPhone

At no point in the future, be it next year or 20 years from now, will Apple ever release an iPhone with support for expandable storage. Apple makes …

Specialized chips are threatening to take over cryptocurrencies, and they look unstoppable - MIT Technology Review

If cryptocurrencies’ greatest common asset is their decentralized nature—the inability of any one person, corporation, or united group to control a …

Elon Musk promises $1 tunnel rides at 240 kmph in LA

Elon Musk’s pipe dreams sure are fun to follow: the CEO of the Boring Company told an audience at the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles on Thursday that his firm plans to ferry people from the city’s downtown area to the airport in eight minutes, for $1 per person.<p>Musk was in Los Angeles to present …

Elon Musk

LocationSmart didn’t just sell mobile phone locations, it leaked them

What’s worse than companies selling the real-time locations of cell phones wholesale? Failing to take security precautions that prevent people from abusing the service. LocationSmart did both, as numerous sources indicated this week.<p>The company is adjacent to a hack of Securus, a company in the …

Security

Latest leaked photos and specs of DJI Phantom 5

article<p>https://www.wetalkuav.com/latest-leaked-photos-and-specs-of-dji-phantom-5/<p>Last month WeTalkUAV has reported the rumors of DJI Phantom 5 …

The Next-Generation Aeryon SkyRanger R80 - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

Since its release in 2013, the SkyRanger R60 has captured real-time aerial intelligence across 30 countries, for well over 100,000 collective hours …

3D-printed airless bike tires deliver a 'smooth ride'

In New Mexico, we have a plant called a goathead whose spiked seeds love to destroy bike tires. That's why the promise of newer, better bicycle tire technology always intrigues me. BigRep, a Berlin maker of super-sized 3D printers, has introduced what it's calling a "world-first 3D-printed airless …

New Mexico

Former VW owner discovered digital access to her car months after it was sold

When connected cars become used cars, owners bear the burden to disable digital tools<p>Last December, Ashley Sehatti sold her 2015 Jetta back to a local Volkswagen dealership in California. So when the calendar turned over, she didn’t understand why she was still getting sent monthly reports about …

Waymo self-driving minivan involved in crash in Arizona

Minor injuries reported<p>A self-driving vehicle operated by Waymo was involved in a crash in Chandler, Arizona, on Friday afternoon, according to local news stations. Images of the crash scene showed a Waymo minivan with its side caved in and another vehicle with a smashed front end. There were minor …

Waymo

Upcoming Video Series Explores the Retro-Futuristic Space Colonies of NASA Artists

There’s a new documentary series in development called <i>Artist Depiction</i> about NASA artists and their visions for the future. Or, in many cases, their</i> …

How my unit tests went from 42 seconds to 1.8 seconds

TL;DR<p>As it turns out, the following is not a collection of revolutionary ideas about unit testing. If you already follow sound testing principles, …

DeepCode cleans your code with the power of AI

Zurich-based DeepCode claims that their system — essentially a tool for analyzing and improving code — is like Grammarly for programmers. The system, which uses a corpus of 250,000 rules, reads your public and private GitHub repositories and tells you how to fix problems, remain compatible and …

VS Code Extensions for Happier JavaScript Coding

As a web developer, having a well calibrated editor is paramount to productivity. One of the best parts of Visual Studio Code as a general purpose …

Apple is done making AirPort routers

Engadget reports that Apple is bowing out of the router business. It’s discontinuing its AirPort and Time Capsule base stations; the company will sell the remaining devices in its warehouses, and continue to offer support and patches in the future.<p>The Cupertino-based firm is winding down its router …

In this article I’m going to demonstrate a technique for creating CSS animations using the power of Sass’ for loop. Whether you’re using React, Vue …

200,000 Cisco Network Switches Reportedly Hacked

sponsored by<p>What Remediation Steps Should Be Taken? Geetha Nandikotkur (AsiaSecEditor) • April 9, 2018<p>Over 200,000 Cisco network switches worldwide …

Replace Animated GIFs with Video

Replace Animated GIFs with VideoHave you ever seen an animated GIF on a service like Imgur or Gfycat and inspected it in your dev tools, only to find …