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WhatsApp isn’t fully deleting its 'deleted' chats

WhatsApp retains and stores chat logs even after those chats have been deleted, according to a post today by iOS researcher Jonathan Zdziarski. Examining disk images taken from the most recent version of the app, Zdziarski found that the software retains and stores a forensic trace of the chat logs …


Get ready for a new dinosaur novel from Michael Crichton

When Michael Crichton passed away in 2008, he left behind a massive collection of papers: outlines, notes, and several incomplete novels. In the years since his death, Crichton’s widow Sherri has been combing through those files, and recently discovered a new manuscript called <i>Dragon Teeth</i>, which is …


We have 18 questions (and answers) about Matt Damon's Great Wall of China movie

We’re pretty used to bombastic movie trailers: Hero X does this, Threat Y presents itself as that, <i>fight fight fight</i>, and then wrap it up with a pithy one-liner that leaves The Kids™ wanting more. We’re rarely surprised, though, because a formulaic trailer is typically selling a formulaic …

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UberCentral lets businesses arrange Uber rides for their customers

Uber has launched a new service called UberCentral that lets business request door-to-door rides for their clients / customers. The people going in the backseat don't need an Uber account at all; they don't even need the app installed. Instead, this is meant to position Uber as an indispensable …


Watch Matt Damon grow up in supercut that spans 28 years

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CBS All Access and Showtime streaming services have about 1 million subscribers each

CBS's bold experiment in over-the-top TV streaming is paying off. The company says its All Access and Showtime subscription services have 2 million total subscribers, with user bases evenly split between the two. "That’s well ahead of where we’d thought we’d be this early in the game," CBS CEO Les …

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LG Display invests $1.7 billion to produce flexible OLED phone screens

LG Display will spend around $1.7 billion to build a new production line for making flexible OLED smartphone screens. Flexible smartphone screens, which go into phones like the curved Galaxy S7 Edge, are becoming increasingly popular, and they seem likely to become a dominant style in a few years. …


You can buy a sentry robot for your home

A company called iPatrol has released a sentry robot called Riley that will cruise around your home on tank tracks with an HD camera, but without the requisite weapons to deter intruders (unless the intruder is a small animal). The tiny robot features a 5MP camera with night vision and motion …


Amazon, once a big spender, is now a profit machine


Alphabet's stellar earnings send its share price soaring

Alphabet, the umbrella for Google’s core business as well as its riskier "Other Bets," posted its second-quarter earnings today. In the third time the company has detailed its performance segment by segment, it handily beat analysts’ expectations. It notched $21.5 billion in revenue, a gain of 21 …


Hyperloop One has begun producing parts for a full-scale prototype

Hyperloop One is celebrating the grand opening of what it calls "the world’s first Hyperloop factory," just two weeks after one of its co-founders filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming, among other things, that a noose was left on his desk. The lawsuit includes a number of potentially …


Apple is reportedly shifting its focus from the electric car to self-driving software

More changes are underway at Apple's secretive electric car division. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, the team has brought on Dan Dodge, the former head of BlackBerry's automotive software group who joined the Canadian phone maker in 2010 when it acquired his operating system company QNX. Dodge is the first …

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Werner Herzog on the future of film school, critical connectivity, and Pokémon Go

Repetition is a powerful tool for both filmmakers and teachers, and Professor Werner Herzog wants you to know two things: he doesn't have a cell phone (later he will tell you that he does, but only for emergencies) and he didn't know movies existed until he was 11. He's dropped these facts both as …

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F1 abandons plans to introduce cockpit protection in 2017

Formula One cars will keep their open-cockpit design for at least another season. The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), F1's governing body, has scrapped its plan to introduce partially closed cockpits for the 2017 season, according to a statement released today. The series will now …


Samsung's Gear S3 is reportedly coming in early September

The unveiling of Samsung's next Gear smartwatch may be just around the corner. <i>SamMobile</i> is reporting that Samsung has plans to unveil the Gear S3 at this year's IFA, a major trade show in Berlin that begins September 2nd.<p>That'd make sense — the timing lines up with what Samsung did in 2015, …


Apple's unprecedented demands are reportedly the reason it still doesn't have a TV service

According to a new report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i><i>,</i> the delays to Apple's long rumored TV service have been due to the company's unprecedented demands and brash negotiating tactics with the TV industry. The <i>Journal</i> says talks between Apple and media giants CBS, 21st Century Fox, and Disney went …


Nest didn’t forget about you Apple Watch wearers

Apple Watch wearers can now control their Nest thermostat from their wrist. Support was added in an update to Nest’s iOS app today, which also included features for its camera products, including 1080p streaming on the Dropcam Pro and automatic video quality adjustments so live streams stay …


Fallout 4’s newest add-on lets you build the nuclear bunker of your dreams


Claims that 'deep ocean water' rehydrates athletes twice as fast don’t hold up

Anyone looking to enter the growing and crowded premium water market has to differentiate themselves somehow, whether it's with a unique bottling source or a diamond-encrusted bottle cap. Kona Deep's sell goes like this: deep ocean water, unlike regular water, has minerals that may help with …


Mercedes-Benz created a heavy-duty electric truck for making city deliveries

Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Trucks yesterday unveiled a prototype called the Urban eTruck, a heavy-duty all-electric truck meant to be used in and around big cities. The truck will have a weight capacity of 26 tonnes (or 29 US tons) and a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles). The two brands, which are …


The Rocketeer is getting a reboot starring a black female pilot

Disney has plans to reboot its 1991 cult classic <i>The Rocketeer</i> — but with a modern twist. <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> reports that the studio is developing the movie, this time called <i>The Rocketeers</i>, with a black female lead in mind.<p>According to <i>THR</i>, the new effort is being written by screenwriting partners …

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This Pokémon Go GPS hack is the most impressive yet

As <i>Pokémon Go</i> continues its huge surge of international popularity, there have already been a wide variety of creative methods from various players who have tried in various ways to beat the system, from drones to phone cases to just outright trying to sell accounts.<p>But new video from earlier this …


DirecTV’s NFL streaming package is now available to more people

DirecTV is expanding the availability of NFL Sunday Ticket for college students. Last year, students at most 4-year colleges could subscribe to the standalone football streaming package — without any satellite service required. This season, DirecTV is opening it up further to include to everyone at …


Kobo is definitely coming out with a new e-reader this summer

An FCC listing last month made us think Kobo might be preparing to release two new e-readers. Were we dreaming? Were those FCC listings actually filed or just figments of our hype-fueled imaginations? Apparently they were real, as indicated by Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn in a tweet yesterday.<p>That’s …


We might have to wait until 2018 to catch up with Daredevil and Jessica Jones

Craving the next seasons of Marvel’s <i>Daredevil</i> and <i>Jessica Jones</i>? It’s looking like you might have a longer wait than expected. At the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced that the company will be releasing the first seasons of <i>Iron Fist</i> and …

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Lockheed built a robot that finds and repairs pinholes in airships


The fundamental flaw of Batman v Superman isn't that it's too grim

This spring’s <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i> was designed to kickstart (again) the formation of a new DC movie universe, but failed to meet box office expectations. Critics call the film convoluted and unnecessarily grim. DC and Warner Bros. have reacted to by reportedly adding humor to the …


Custom in-ear headphones are the supercars of personal audio


Amazon's Alexa will now lock your door for you (if you have a 'smart' lock)

Amazon's Alexa has been able to control some smart home products, like Belkin WeMo switches or certain Wi-Fi-connected lightbulbs, for many months now, but the intelligent assistant hasn't been able to control your doors. Well, until now. Amazon said this morning that it has partnered with San …


The soundtrack for Netflix's Stranger Things is coming soon

Netflix’s new show <i>Stranger Things</i> might have captivated audiences with its nods to some of the classic films of the 1980s, but one of the best things about the show is the fantastic soundtrack that accompanies it.<p>The show follows a small town in 1983 Indiana when a boy goes missing one night. …