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Facebook’s ‘Year In Review’ shows tragic side of software’s shortcomings

Facebook’s automated ‘year in review’ slideshows are meant to surface highlights from the year that was, but for some the virtual scrapbook simply brings back bad memories. In the case of web designer Eric Meyer, a photo of his recently deceased daughter appeared, surrounded by confetti, illustrations of party goers dancing and the exclamation “Eric, […]

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North Korea blames the US for internet outages following Sony hacks

It may appear we’ve reached a climax in the Sony Pictures hack saga – what with The Interview finally seeing a theatrical release – but the international finger pointing is alive and well. Today, North Korea’s National Defense Commission is accusing the US of causing nation-wide internet outages, while likening the government to a snot-nosed […]

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Hackers behind PlayStation Network, Xbox Live disruption reportedly targeting Tor

Lizard Squad, the merry band of hackers that claimed responsibility for taking Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network offline for Christmas, appears to have a new target: Tor. Reports of an attack on the network, which offers online anonymity, appeared earlier today, following a warning on December 19th of “Possible upcoming attempts to disable the […]

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Mathematicians find a cheaper, slower way to get to Mars

Getting to Mars is never going to be cheap. But a couple of mathematicians have figured out how to shave some significant bucks off the price tag. Rather than fly to the red planet when its orbit brings it closest, the craft will “meet” it on the way. The strategy is called ballistic capture and […]

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The NSA chose Christmas to detail 12 years of accidental spying

The NSA’s idea of a Christmas present, it seems, is to release multiple reports detailing 12 years of improper conduct. The heavily redacted accounts reveal many incidents of misuse (both accidental and intentional) of the NSA’s Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) systems. A large portion of the misconduct occurred due to the way agents searched the NSA’s […]

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With webOS and wearables, LG’s moving beyond just displays at CES

Samsung and Sony may grab a larger share of the CES fanfare, but don’t count LG out. It has quite the annual presence in Las Vegas, too. The Korean company uses the tech industry’s January soiree as the backdrop for a wide selection of product reveals — everything from wearables to smartphones to 4K TVs […]

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LED mask concept lets you smile through the pollution

There are myriad reasons for wearing a face mask. In China and parts of South East Asia, they’re commonly used as protection against alarmingly poor air quality, while in Japan and elsewhere they help reduce the chance of catching airborne diseases such as flu. Helpful as they may be, they’re not the most conducive to […]

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Mercedes teams with LG to keep drivers awake, brake cars automatically

CES 2015 is shaping up to be a big event for Mercedes-Benz, which will discuss its plans for self-driving cars in a keynote speech and show off a crazy prototype. LG has now revealed that it will supply the mono and stereo camera systems that will keep the cars in their lanes, dim the headlights, […]

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Fly across the Earth on board the ISS with this timelapse video

Photos of the Earth from up high make for some very stunning imagery, so astronauts aboard the ISS make it a point to capture tons of photos for our sake. Take for example, the 12,500 images astronaut Alexander Gerst took during his six-month stint on the station, which the European Space Agency has turned into […]

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D-Link’s latest smart home hub lets you add devices with a scan

How cheap is too cheap? D-Link has found the sweet spot between low-priced, but low-quality smart home systems (from the likes of Archos) and pricey security systems. It’s now planning on opening up its system to many more accessories, judging by the DCH-G020 connected home hub that just passed through the FCC. The system will […]

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Toyota reportedly working on a flagship, hydrogen-fueled Lexus limousine

Toyota’s first hydrogen car hasn’t even gone on sale yet here in the US, and already we’re hearing rumors about a follow-up vehicle. According to the Australian website Motoring, the Japanese auto giant is planning on taking the same fuel cell system it used in its mid-range Mirai sedan, and putting it into a higher-end […]

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Kodak’s finally making smartphones (sort of)

For a while there it looked like Kodak’s moment had come and gone, but the past few months have seen the imaging icon fight back from the brink of irrelevance. Now the company’s planning to push a Kodak-branded smartphone, and thankfully it’s not going to sue everyone in the business along the way this time. […]

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Tesla’s Roadster update will allow it to travel 400 miles on a charge

And here you thought only bad things happen on Christmas. Whereas most companies would avoid announcing good news on a day when no one is paying attention, Tesla CEO Elon Musk does things a bit differently. Musk just teased some news on Twitter about the company’s Roadster line, saying a forthcoming upgrade would endow the […]

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Xbox Live and PlayStation Network both down due to an apparent attack

Merry Christmas, gamers: Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are down this morning, apparently due to a denial-of-service attack. The notorious hacking group Lizard Squad — which already carried out earlier attacks on Microsoft and Sony — has claimed responsibility on Twitter for these latest outages. While the group’s role in all of this remains […]

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High speed internet access in the US reaches farther, goes faster

  Thought Google Fiber’s gigabit connections sounded fast? Forget about that — it’s going to be like dialing-in to 56k for folks in Minneapolis. US Internet has just announced that it’s bring 10 gigabit-per-second connections to the city next summer. The service costs a steep $400 a month, but “regular” gigabit internet will be available […]

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Your smartphone is changing the way your fingers work

Your smartphone is changing more than just your habits — it’s changing the way your hands work, too. Swiss researchers have discovered that activity in the brain cortex associated with index fingers and thumbs is enhanced directly in proportion to how often you use your phone’s touchscreen. That area of your mind will light up […]

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