FBI Could Hack Nationwide

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US courts may soon have the power to authorize remote ‘hacking’ searches of computers across the country and even abroad. The Supreme Court has approved a change to rules about the scope of such searches. Unlike most Supreme Court rulings, this isn’t on a specific (precedent-setting) case. Instead the court was required to approve a […]

Comcast Trials 1TB Data Cap

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Comcast is testing a plan to increase its controversial monthly data cap to 1 terabyte a month. It also plans on increasing the costs for users who go over the limit. According to the Wall Street Journal, officially all Comcast customers have a 250GB cap, but this hasn’t been widely enforced for years. Instead it […]

Dyson Re-Engineers The Hair Dryer

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James Dyson, the man behind the bagless vacuum cleaner, has unveiled a $399 hairdryer. The technology is impressive, but the marketing could be a challenge. As you might expect from the engineer, the main difference is to the motor that operates the dryer, which cuts down on weight (the dryer is 370g) and noise. The […]

Hi-C Ecto Cooler Returns For Ghostbusters Reboot

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The reboot of Ghostbusters has led to a relaunch of one of the more infamous soft drinks of the 1980s and 90s: Hi-C Ecto Cooler. The drink launched in 1987 to tie in with The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, but proved such as success that it outlasted the series by a decade, ceasing production in 2001. […]

E-Gamers Charged With Match-Fixing

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Two professional video gamers have been charged with matchfixing. The pair reportedly received a total of $87,000 to deliberately lose contests. Video gaming, or e-sports, have been getting more and more like more traditional sports in recent years. TBS announced a deal to start its own league for live broadcasts of Counter-Strike Global Offensive games […]

Bank’s $10 Switches Allow $80m Heist

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Bangladesh’s central bank saved several hundred dollars by using cheap second-hand network switches. Unfortunately that move has now cost it $80 million. The bank was hit in February by hackers who actually tried to instigate just under a billion dollars worth of bogus payments. The sheer number of payments, along with a spelling error in […]

Billboard Demands More Star Wars Expanded Universe

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Star Wars fans have paid for a billboard ad pleading for a continuation of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Summarizing such a situation is likely tempting fate, but the quick and dirty version is that the Expanded Universe refers to most of the licensed content created before 2014 other than the first six movies and […]

Google.com Dangerous Says Google (But Not Anymore!)

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Google briefly labelled Google.com as “partly dangerous.” The automated warning appears to be a quirk caused by hosted content. The warning cameĀ on Google’s own Transparency Report page, which includes details of its Safe Browsing technology. That’s the database that gives warnings in Google’s search tools and the Chrome browser when pointing to a potentially risky […]

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. […]