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MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head

When you think a sentence in your head, your brain sends signals to your mouth and jaw. MIT Media Lab's headset reads those signals with 92 percent accuracy.<p>I don't want to alarm you, but robots can now read your mind. Kind of.<p>AlterEgo is a new headset developed by MIT Media Lab. You strap it to …

MIT Media Lab

Get A Free PC Game Right Now Through Humble Store

You can now get Spec Ops: The Line for free, but only for a limited time. You can grab it from the Humble Store now, discounted down to the very affordable $0 from the usual $30. The store notes that this is a limited offer for 48 hours only or while supplies last, so best to hurry along if you'd …

Freebies

I built a vibrator at SXSW

Crave is trying to open up the conversation about female sexual pleasure. The company sells beautifully designed vibrators in a range of styles, from the $60, stainless steel Bullet to the $150 Duet, a discreet and powerful vibe packed with a variety of pulsing combinations. There's even the …

Netflix And Sizzle: The 10 Steamiest Netflix Originals

The ultimate 'Netflix & Chill' collection!<p>Photo: NETFLIX ; Illustration: Dillen Phelps<p><i>Orange is the New Black</i> <br>Piper and Alex, Stella and Piper, …

I tried a new Alexa-enabled car charger — and it's a must-have accessory for Amazon Echo lovers

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon<p>Millions of people — myself included— have invited the Amazon Echo into their home to answer questions and control their various …

Smart Homes

Shadow virtualizes a high-end gaming PC on your desktop clunker

In the early days of computing, local storage and processing weren't actually a thing. Instead, your individual computer acted as a terminal, pulling data from a central processing server. Well, the French startup Blade likes it that way and has released a similar system but with a 21st-century …

The 5 Finalists to Be the U.S. Navy’s Newest Frigate

The Navy will pick one of these ships to the the Navy’s low-end sea fighter.<p>The U.S. Navy has picked five semi-finalists in the competition to field the service’s next generation frigate. The five competitors include two foreign designs, from Spain and Italy, as well as beefed-up versions of the …

Video of U.S. Attack on Russian Mercenaries in Syria (WARNING: Graphic Violence is Depicted)

Last week, one of the big stories was the mauling of a large body of Russian mercenaries by U.S. air power and artillery after they had crossed a …

War

The Internet Archive's Military Industrial Powerpoint Complex: eyeball-lancing collection of terrible US military slides

The Internet Archive celebrated its 20th anniversary with a variety of special events and collections, including the cleverly named Military …

We Now Know Exactly What Sensors the Army's Powerful New RO-6A Spy Planes Will Carry

A recent contracting notice includes a detailed breakdown of the various cameras, radars, and signals intelligence gear that will go into the …

Free GTA 5 Online Money Available For PS4, Xbox One, And PC; Here's How To Qualify

As it does occasionally, Rockstar is providing a welcome freebie to players of Grand Theft Auto V. Players will be able to get some free money in GTA Online for a limited time, and in a roundabout way, everything available for sale will be discounted.<p>Attributing this to a move by the fictional San …

Next Free Amazon/Twitch Prime Game Is Available [Last Chance]

Those in the market for a new game that won't cost them a penny are in luck, provided they have an Amazon Prime membership. The next free PC game to be offered through Twitch Prime--which is one of the perks of an Amazon Prime membership--is now available, and it's a good one.<p>Civilization IV: The …

GPD WIN 2 Handheld Games Console Passes $2 Million In Funding

Anyone searching for a powerful Pocket PC is sure to be interested in the new GPD WIN 2, which at the time of writing has raised over $2 million in …

Meet the Maker: Jason Hotchkiss

Getting started<p>I used to do aimless tinkering with stuff just for fun. I did a bit of MIDI, I did a lot of things with the Novation Launchpad (a grid …

Pentagon invests in high tech, then it’s stolen. What’s the point?

Technology born and bred in the USA has been copied and deployed by Iran against Israel. Crossing into Israeli airspace from Syria last weekend, a …

Nearly 100 Earth-like ‘exoplanets’ found outside our solar system

Scientists have discovered nearly 100 new “exoplanets” in the search for Earth-like planets that could support life.<p>It’s a major breakthrough that …

Six animals having worse sex than you

Sex is terrible for almost all female animals.<p>If you have passionate sex—or even, let’s be honest, mediocre sex—you are in the top 1 percent of all living beings. Sex is awful in the animal kingdom. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is, after all, a means to an end for most creatures. Sexual …

Insects

What is the Dead Zone setting in PUBG and how do you change it?

Despite competition from Fortnite, PUBG remains a popular option for people looking to enjoy battle royale gameplay.<p>The more competitive players in …

Russian nuclear weapons engineers caught ­­­­minting blockchange with supercomputer | Ars Technica

The system—used for simulating weapons tests—was not supposed to be connected to Internet.<p>Russia's Interfax News Agency reports that engineers at the …

Wish you could log into someone's Netgear box without a password? Summon a &genie=1

Get patching – there's this auth bypass and loads of other bugsIf you're using a Netgear router at home, it's time to get patching. The networking …

Information Security

Falcon Heavy Now Officially the Most Powerful Rocket in the World

SpaceX made history Tuesday afternoon by launching its first Falcon Heavy—and Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster—into space, ushering in a new era …

Natalie Portman Isn't About to Take Any Sass on The Star Wars Prequels in New SNL Rap

Several years ago, Natalie Portman took to <i>Saturday Night Live</i> alongside Lonely Island to show everyone what a bad shut-your-mouth she really was. …

Dana White Is Blaming The Ref For One Of The Worst Beatings We’ve Ever Witnessed In The UFC

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night from Belem, Brazil was an event for the hardcore fans that can still enjoy a card stacked with South American fighters lacking Wikipedia entries. But even those folks probably wrapped up their viewing experience a bit disturbed by the horrible mismatch they witnessed in …

The funniest, most accessible book on rocket science is being reissued | Ars Technica

Often hilarious, always informative, this history of rocket science is a must-read.<p>It's rare that a book about as high-minded and serious a topic as …

'Top secret' Australian papers found in secondhand shop include reports on previous embarrassing security lapses

Australia has suffered a “momentous” security breach involving the publication of cabinet discussions spanning more than a decade after two locked filing cabinets were bought from a second-hand shop and prised open, revealing thousands of secret documents.<p>According to ABC News, which obtained the …

How Intel creates its dazzling drone light shows

After its light-show drones made a big splash at last year's Super Bowl, the chipmaker decided to create even more of them.<p>After the lights went dark in the Monte Carlo resort's Park Theater, a buzzing army of 110 small drones with flickering red lights started to float up to the ceiling from …

Computer Science

Threat or menace? “Autosploit” tool sparks fears of empowered “script kiddies” | Ars Technica

400 lines of Python code + Shodan + Metasploit equals a whole heap of hand-wringing.<p>The tools used by security researchers, penetration testers, and …

Are China’s Nuclear Subs Too Noisy for Their Own Good?

An incident in the East China Sea has observers wondering if China’s nuke boats have a noise problem.<p>Earlier this month, a Chinese nuclear-powered attack submarine surfaced in the East China Sea. The submarine, flying a huge Chinese flag, surfaced after being followed by Japanese naval forces. The …

Attack Submarines Are Getting Quieter and Deadlier

Over the past decade, air-independent propulsion — or AIP — for submarines has spread rapidly around the world. The technology, which allows …

Military

‘Weird thing’ baffles beachgoers

AN UNIDENTIFIED stationary object washed up on a NSW north coast beach has locals baffled.<p>The mystery object is described as two pieces of 3m-long …