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'Goldilocks' Legislation Aims to Clean up IoT Security

The proposed Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 is not too hard, not too soft, and might be just right.<p><i>David Holmes contributed</i> …

Information Security

​NATO just added cyber weapons to its armoury

Military alliance wants to encompass member countries' cyberwarfare capabilities into its options.<p><i>Video: What business should learn from the EU's</i> …

SLAC knows how the universe works. Now it's targeting your needs

A particle accelerator's $1 billion upgrade could lead to improvements in electronic gear. Also in SLAC's sights: better batteries and cancer treatments.<p>You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.<p>The particle accelerator, originally called …

Physics

The Galaxy S9 might not be an iPhone X killer after all – here's why

<b>Samsung has decided against including an optical fingerprint reader under the screen of the Galaxy S9, according to The Investor. The sensor will,</b> …

Phones

Simple trick to improve WiFi in your house - all you need is a bit of tin foil

Trying to make the beleaguered WiFi signal stretch into the far reaches of your house can be a struggle for many homeowners.<p>Tech companies are trying …

Wi-Fi

Breakthrough: Scientists reverse aging in human cells

New research published in the journal <i>BMC Cell Biology</i> shows that old human cells can be rejuvenated using chemicals similar to resveratrol, which is …

Medical Research

This Little Box Can Make Even the Junkiest Laptop a Gaming PC

You are probably surrounded by more computers than you know what to do with, whether it’s the phone in your pocket, the old clunker at home, or the …

Tomb Raider

This star cheated death, exploding again and again

The weirdest supernova ever has lasted more than three years, and may be the third outburst from the same star.

Universe

Texas Toast: SpaceX's Latest Merlin Engine Explodes During Testing - ExtremeTech

Texas Toast: SpaceX’s Latest Merlin Engine Explodes During Testing<p>By on November 9, 2017 at 8:44 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the …

Human Mini-Brains Growing Inside Rat Bodies Are Starting to Integrate

"We are entering totally new ground here."<p>Stem cell technology has advanced so much that scientists can grow miniature versions of human brains — …

Neurophilosophy

How blockchain will change major industries

While much of the discussion around blockchain has surrounded bitcoin and its ups and downs, corporations and businesses are quickly waking up to the possibility of using blockchain to secure and improve large volumes of transactions as well.<p>By removing the need for trusted third parties, …

AI pioneer Chris Boos talks about the future of machine learning

This week on Technotopia I talk to Chris Boos, the creator of a bot that can play FreeCiv, a Civilization clone. His solution demonstrates the power of machine learning and, wildly, has beaten multiple humans at the game.<p>Boos’ company, Arago, specializes in building tools that build themselves. …

Machine Learning

A self-driving shuttle in Las Vegas got into an accident on its first day of service

Surprise: it was the human’s fault<p>A Las Vegas-based self-driving shuttle service celebrated its launch day by getting into an accident with a human driver, according to a news report from local Nevada broadcast station <i>KSNV News 3</i>. The shuttle, made by French startup Navya and owned and operated by …

Autonomous Cars

Lyft is testing a new rider experience with a small percentage of users

Lyft is giving around 1 percent of its riders access to a different, beta user experience in its mobile app, starting today. The new look for passengers offers the same essential functionality, but is definitely a departure in terms of how the interface works for riders.<p>Lyft says via a spokesperson …

UX Design

These headphones can train your brain

You know how people achieve great feats by putting mind over matter? A mother can lift an entire car to save her baby, a man can walk bare feet on …

Neuroscience

Handy, eye-candy, phone-standy

It’s pretty simple, elegant, and I believe smartphone manufacturing companies can truly add value to their customers’ lives by including one of them …

Happy Birthday to RAID, the Storage Solution that Transformed Computing - ExtremeTech

By on November 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>It’s hard to understate the …

Microsoft Posts Checklist for a Highly Secure PC - ExtremeTech

By on November 8, 2017 at 10:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Security is important to …

Information Systems

Opera refresh adds VR support and in-browser selfies

The desktop browser will now let you stream 360 videos to your Vive or Occulus headset.<p>The Opera desktop browser was reborn with social media capabilities earlier this year, but that apparently wasn't enough.<p>Today's update adds VR support to the multifaceted browser, letting you stream 360 degree …

Apps

SmartDesk 3 Touchscreen Standing Desk With Integrated Artificial Intelligence

Autonomous Smart Office based in New York has created a new version of their SmartDesk which is now equipped with a touchscreen and integrated …

Solar powered offgrid greenhouse grows food faster using less water

A pilot structure built in California has shown that ‘wavelength selective’ greenhouses can be designed with solar panels that feed crops enough sunlight, while also powering the structure. In the greenhouse, 20% of crops actually grew better – while overall, plants used about 5% less water.<p>The …

There's Now An Electric Highway In California

The idea of an electrified road is not new, but barely anyone has ever driven on one. That’s because the technology is new enough that it only exists in limited research situations. After all, not many people know how electric vehicles work, much less that it’s possible to recharge them while they …

Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen and Google to bring quantum computing benefits to cars

Computers have changed cars at least as much as they’ve changed our daily lives, but a new partnership between Google and Volkswagen could transform transportation further still: The two are collaborating on how to apply quantum computing to solving some fundamental car-related problems, including …

Quantum Computing

Meet the Hacker Who Busts Child Pornographers on the Dark Net

Einar Otto Stangvik talks with us about online child pornography, self-developed hacking tools, the police who ran the abusive sites—and why he comes up with the best ideas while dreaming.<p><b>A version of this article originally appeared on Motherboard Germany.</b><p>In October, the Norwegian hacker Einar …

Darknet

How I Infiltrated a Fortune 500 Company with Social Engineering

Getting into the company proved surprisingly easy during a contest. Find out how to make your company better prepared for real-world attacks.<p>I …

Google Street View

Uber works with NASA to get flying taxis ready by 2020

They say the best revenge is living well, and so in the midst of its ongoing and messy breakup with London, Uber has proven it's <i>doing just fine thank you very much</i> by signing an agreement with NASA to develop software for its proposed flying taxi project, Elevate.<p>At a speech at the Web Summit in …

Los Angeles

OnePlus 5T will reportedly cost just $479 – same as the OnePlus 5

Similar to last year, OnePlus will be releasing two phones in 2017. We already got the OnePlus 5 this past summer, and in just a few days we'll get …

Palsy

Gene editing and 'playing God:' How far should we go?

New gene editing techniques are quickly giving us the power to create a more perfect crop, animal or human. A new CBSN documentary looks at whether we should.<p>Technology holds the promise of making our lives easier. Now, we're beginning to grapple with whether it should make us better.<p>"Playing God," …

Genetics