Cheat Detecting Mattress Must Surely Be Spoof

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It seems you can stick “smart” in front of any household object these days and that’s what’s supposedly happened with a $1,750 mattress that catches out cheating partners. For the sake of humanity, one hopes it’s a prank, but if so it’s an elaborate one, to the point of filming what’s purported to be a […]

Amazon Video To Offer Month-By-Month Subscription

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Amazon is to offer a month-by-month subscription to its Instant Video package in the US. It’ll be poor value for permanent subscribers, but may win over those who like to pick and choose. The company already offered standalone video subscriptions in some markets, including the United Kingdom, but until now American customers could only get […]

Microsoft Challenges Data Warrant Gagging Order

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Microsoft is suing the Department of Justice to demand the right to tell users when it gives officials access to personal data. The company says forcing it to keep such searches a secret is a double constitutional violation. The case centers on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which dates back to 1986 and extends the […]

AMC Could Allow Texting In Movie Theaters

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The new head of AMC Entertainment says the movie theater chain may welcome and even encourage customers using cellphones during some screenings. Speaking to Variety, Adam Aron said the company needed to “reshape” the movie theater product to attract millennials who don’t have the habit of attending movies in the same way as their predecessors. […]

USB-C Could Get Safer

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A new authentication program could warn you if a USB-C cable risks frying your laptop. It could also develop into a security measure. The performance of USB-C cables appears to be somewhat mixed, largely because many sold under that name fall short of the actual specification. That inspired dozens of harsh but detailed reviews from […]

RUST: Online Players Lose Control Of Genitals

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The makers of online game Rust have gone a step beyond adding female characters to the game. Fifty percent of players will now be playing as a woman (or man!) whether they like it or not. Until last week, all the character models were male. Now the game is randomly assigning a male or female […]

Easter Egg Spells Doom For Punch-Out’s Piston Honda

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It took only three decades but the secret to beating Piston Honda in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out has been discovered. Beating the gargantuan fighters has of course always been possible, particularly if you can land a punch at a precise moment when they leave themselves vulnerable. The problem is that the window of opportunity is so […]

Hackers Hijack Radio With Furries Podcast

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An explicit podcast about furries went out on several US radio stations after a somewhat bizarre hacking incident. Listeners to at least three stations were unexpectedly treated to most or all of an episode of FurCast, a podcast for people with a very particular interest in anthropomorphised animals, often in the form of adults wearing […]

FBI: We Can’t Unlock Later Model iPhones

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The FBI says the solution it found to accessing data on the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone won’t work for most later models. It also confirmed that it paid money for the solution. FBI director James Comey said the bureau is still weighing up whether to hand over details of the method it used to allow […]

Computer Creates & Paints A New ‘Rembrandt’

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A computer has created a new Rembrandt-style portrait from scratch using an algorithm and a 3D printer. It’s the conclusion of a two year project titled The Next Rembrandt, produced with the help of two art museums in the Netherlands, a technology university, ING and Microsoft. The first step in the project was to scan […]

Facebook To Audio-Describe Photos

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Facebook has launched a tool that describes photographs to visually impaired users. However, it seems to be keeping expectations low. The tool is the work of Facebook engineer Matt King, who lost his sight through a medical condition. He wanted to deal with the way screen readers currently “speak” the name of the person who […]

Farewell to the Internet, Welcome to the internet

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The Associated Press has decided to switch from “the Internet” and “the Web” to “the internet” and “the web” from June 1. It’s provoked a mix of politeness, pedantry and philosophy. The changes will come in the AP stylebook. Not only does that determine the “correct” usage in the AP’s reports, but it’s also used […]