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Retro Tech: Vintage muscle machines that pushed the limits

PC News - 9 hours 14 min ago
Pumping retro iron

Since the dawn of the PC market, most consumer users have been able to get by with the bare minimum of computing power. During the personal computer’s first two decades, that typically meant performing functions like word processing, light gaming, and home finance. Typical low- or mid-range PCs could handle those tasks with aplomb.

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Forza 6 PC release date and system requirements revealed - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 37 min ago
The first ever PC installment in the venerable racing game series is out soon in beta. But it won't have Vsync, wheel support or an in-game frame rate counter at launch.

Obesity 'Explosion' In Young Rural Chinese A Result Of Socioeconomic Changes, Study Warns

SlashDot - 9 hours 43 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Obesity has rapidly increased in young rural Chinese, a study has warned, because of socioeconomic changes. Researchers found 17% of boys and 9% of girls under the age of 19 were obese in 2014, up from 1% for each in 1985. The 29-year study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, involved nearly 28,000 students in Shandong province. The study said China's rapid socioeconomic and nutritional transition has led to an increase in energy intake and a decrease in physical activity. The data was taken from six government surveys of rural school children in Shandong aged between seven and 18. The percentage of overweight children has also grown from 0.7% to 16.4% for boys and from 1.5% to nearly 14% for girls, the study said. "It is the worst explosion of childhood and adolescent obesity that I have ever seen," Joep Perk from the European Society of Cardiology told AFP news agency.

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Searchers, slackers, and survivors, streaming this week

PC News - 9 hours 44 min ago
Movie fans, rejoice!

This week brings a surfeit of options for movie lovers. Serious cinephiles will appreciate the work of well-known movie-making masters, both foreign and domestic—from Robert Altman, to Christopher Nolan, to Akira Kurosawa, to Claire Denis (perhaps one of the best filmmakers in the world), and others. 

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Phone hackers for hire: A peek into the discreet, lucrative business tapped by the FBI

PC News - 9 hours 44 min ago

When the FBI paid someone to crack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, it didn’t just deftly bypass Apple’s objections. It also made the public aware of the business side of hacking—a business that is apparently as lucrative as it is discreet. “The recent argument between Apple and the FBI over unlocking an iPhone has likely revealed to the public for the first time that companies who specialize in cracking mobile devices even exist,” said Bill Anderson, chief product officer at OptioLabs, a mobile-security developer.

Everything we learn about the FBI’s hackers makes the situation more intriguing. Initial reports indicated the feds were using the services of Israeli mobile forensics firm Cellebrite to crack open Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. Since then, a Washington Post report claimed the FBI hired independent professional hackers, who used a zero-day exploit (a vulnerability unknown to Apple). Another April report showed that the FBI is now willing to help local law enforcement agencies around the country crack iPhones they have in evidence.

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Instagram forces anti-littering app Littergram to change name - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 45 min ago
Anti-littering app Littergram must change its name after the Facebook-owned imaging service insists it's infringing on its trademarks.

Belgium Is Giving Its Population Iodine Tablets in Case of Nuclear Disaster

Gizmodo - 9 hours 48 min ago

Maybe the Belgians know something we don’t. The country has just decided to give everyone iodine pills for use in the event of nuclear catastrophe.


Cute robotic monk knows the meaning of life

EnGadget - 9 hours 54 min ago
The Longquan (Dragon Spring) Temple in Beijing is spreading Buddhist teachings with the help of an adorable, two-foot-tall monk. His name is Xian'er, and he's a robot with a touchscreen chest. The temple teamed up with a dozen local tech and culture...

Here’s the Most Beautiful Pot Paraphernalia You Ever Did See

Wired Top Stories - 10 hours 4 min ago
Sweetflag, a woman-owned hardware startup, is the antithesis to your neighborhood headshop. The post Here's the Most Beautiful Pot Paraphernalia You Ever Did See appeared first on WIRED.

Instagram Does Not Want This Garbage-Reporting App To Be Called Littergram

Gizmodo - 10 hours 42 min ago

There’s a small British app that allows people to take pictures of trash on the street then report it to local authorities so that they can do something about it. But Instagram thinks that its name—Littergram—is garbage.


Will.i.am's next wearable is available to pre-order

EnGadget - 11 hours 3 min ago
Rapper, singer and entrepreneur William Adams, best known as Will.i.am, is ready to unleash his next smartwatch on the world. It's called the Dial and is available to pre-order from Three in the UK, starting at £22 per month with a £49 up...

'No Man's Sky' lore comes from classic sci-fi and comics

EnGadget - 11 hours 13 min ago
"We always said we shouldn't have a narrative, but we should have a lore," says No Man's Sky mastermind Sean Murray. And honestly, with a procedurally generated universe that's staggeringly gigantic, it'd be impossible to create a traditional video g...

Stunning Image of the Arctic Is the First Back From Europe's Latest Satellite

Gizmodo - 11 hours 17 min ago

The European Space Agency launched its latest satellite at the start of the week, and it’s already beaming back beautiful images like this one.


BT is raising prices for (almost) everyone in July

EnGadget - 11 hours 49 min ago
If you enjoy BT's phone, broadband or TV services, you can expect those packages to get a little more expensive in the coming months. According to The Guardian, the provider has announced a series of inflation-busting price increases, which will its...

Report: The FBI Will Be Able to Use the San Bernardino Hack Again

Gizmodo - 12 hours 6 min ago

Ever since the FBI opted for plan B and resorted to using the services of some third party to gain access to the San Bernardino iPhone, speculation has been rife about whether the hack could be used again. A new report suggests it can—but only on the same model of phone.


Google taps ex-Motorola exec for new hardware group - CNET

CNET News - 12 hours 22 min ago
From now on, everything from Google's Nexus smartphones to its not-yet-released new incarnation of Google Glass will be run by former Motorola President Rick Osterloh.

Elon Musk's AI initiative opened an online dojo

EnGadget - 12 hours 41 min ago
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the artificial intelligence you coded in your garage probably doesn't have the type of resources behind it that Google used to make DeepMind a fearsome Go competitor. That's what the Elon-Musk-backed Op...

In Internet Age, Pirate Radio Arises As Surprising Challenge

SlashDot - 12 hours 43 min ago
K7DAN writes: Just as the demise of terrestrial radio has been greatly exaggerated, so has the assumed parallel death of pirate radio. Due to the failure of licensed stations to meet the needs of many niche communities, pirate radio continues to increase in popularity. Helping facilitate this growth is the weakening power of the FCC to stop it, reports the Associated Press. Rogue stations can cover up to several square miles thanks largely in part to cheaper technology. The appeal? "The DJs sound like you and they talk about things that you're interested in," said Jay Blessed, an online DJ who has listened to various unlicensed stations since she moved from Trinidad to Brooklyn more than a decade ago. "You call them up and say, 'I want to hear this song,' and they play it for you," Blessed said. "It's interactive. It's engaging. It's communal." It's upsetting many congressional members who are urging the FCC to do more about the "unprecedented growth of pirate radio operations." They're accusing said pirates of undermining licensed minority stations while ignoring consumer protection laws that guard against indecency and false advertising.

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Crave giveaway: May the 4th Star Wars goodies from ThinkGeek - CNET

CNET News - 12 hours 44 min ago
Kit yourself out for the most sci-fi of all holidays with a gift pack of droid and Death Star merchandise from quirky retailer ThinkGeek.
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