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Friday Poll: Could AI threaten humanity?

CNET News - 11 hours 7 min ago
Elon Musk opened up a wave of discussion with his assertion that artificial intelligence has the potential to do horrible things to humanity.

Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

SlashDot - 11 hours 17 min ago
dkatana writes: The ongoing deployment of internet-of-things devices is already creating serious issues and discussions about the privacy of users, IoT security, and the potential threat of cyber criminals taking control of sensors and smart devices connected to the Internet. Security and privacy concerns associated with smart meters are why they are currently "optional" in several countries. That's the case in the Netherlands after consumer organizations and privacy watchdog groups campaigned vigorously to stop the mandatory smart meter deployment. A report from researchers at Tilburg University claimed that "smart meters have the capacity to reveal quite privacy-sensitive information, thus affecting not only informational privacy but also privacy of the home and of family life." This now applies to televisions as well — an article in Salon discusses the author's new "smart" TV, which came with a 46-page privacy policy. Quoting: "It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect 'when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.' It records 'the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.' It ignores 'do-not-track' requests as a considered matter of policy. It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition."

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Whovians: Bake a pudding brain cake in time for Halloween

CNET News - 11 hours 19 min ago
All you pudding brains who have been keeping up with the latest season of "Doctor Who" can make your very own pudding brain for All Hallows' Eve.

Roku Now Has Google Play, Is Pretty Much Unstoppable

Gizmodo - 11 hours 21 min ago

Roku was already the best little streaming device money could buy . But now, Google has gone and given Roku players access to all your Google Play movie and TV goodies. Which, more than just being an unprecedented move on Google's part, makes Roku pretty much unstoppable.


New AeroMobil 3.0 flying car is one really cool transformer

Gizmodo - 11 hours 25 min ago

This flying car looks pretty damn cool in both flight and road modes, but especially when it opens up like a transformer. After being certified by the Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying, the AeroMobil 3.0 has started final regular flight-testing this month.


Not really into the iPhone 6? Sprint lets you rent the Galaxy S5, too

EnGadget - 11 hours 25 min ago
If you prefer to carry Samsung's most recent handset instead of that newfangled iPhone 6, Sprint is now offering the Android option for lease. Until now, the carrier allowed customers to rent Apple's phone for $20 a month for two years. After that,...

Sky could soon launch its own mobile network with help from Vodafone

EnGadget - 11 hours 27 min ago
When BT finally gets round to launching its own-brand mobile network running on EE's 4G infrastructure, it'll join Virgin Media and TalkTalk as a provider of all four main telecoms services: TV, internet, fixed-line telephone and mobile. This would...

These Street Portraits Are the Most Beautiful Tribute to Halloween

Gizmodo - 11 hours 28 min ago

We are all bombarded with droves of kitschy, over-the-top representations of Halloween every year. That's why it's so refreshing to look at the stunning work of the photographer who calls himself Joey L. His black and white portraits taken in Brooklyn in 2010 embrace the softer side of our bizarre dress-up rituals.


​Five Native American Traditions That Will Take Anyone Closer To Nature

Gizmodo - 11 hours 37 min ago

Want to see more animals, move quietly through the woods or just feel a stronger connection with the world around you? Here's five traditions passed down to us by our First Nations, all capable of doing just that, occasionally in surprisingly powerful ways.


Samsung hints at smartphone overhaul as profits fall; time to embrace pure Google?

PC News - 11 hours 40 min ago

Samsung seems to be doing some soul-searching as profits from its smartphone business slip away.

In an earnings call on Thursday, the company’s head of investor relations, Robert Yi, said Samsung’s response to cheaper handsets from Chinese brands like Xiaomi “was not quick enough,” and promised more “efficiency” in the future, according to the Associated Press.

On the same call, Samsung’s senior mobile communications vice president Kim Hyun-joon called out “somewhat weak” high-end smartphone sales. “We will fundamentally reform our product portfolio,” he said. In other words, Samsung is finally acknowledging the squeeze that industry observers have been talking about for months.

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Get a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 with 4G LTE for $159

CNET News - 11 hours 44 min ago
What!?! This big tablet originally sold for over $500. And it comes with 32GB of storage, not just 16GB.

Sunlight glints off Saturn moon's seas in dazzling NASA image

CNET News - 11 hours 52 min ago
Saturn's captivating moon Titan once again draws the eye as NASA releases a color mosaic showing the sun shining on its polar seas.

There's No Wrong Way to Shoot a Reese's With a High-Speed Camera

Gizmodo - 11 hours 52 min ago

Using a slight variation on the famous high-speed camera set-up by Doc Edgerton, the Edgerton Center at MIT shot a .22 caliber rifle through three peanut butter cups and captured this perfect image. Three peanut butter cups were harmed in the photographing of this photograph. [MIT]


Dozens of Earbuds on Sale, Stock Up on Cold Medicine, and More Deals

Gizmodo - 11 hours 52 min ago

Today only, Amazon is offering steep discounts on a variety of JLab earbuds as their Gold Box Deal of the Day. Options range from $10 for standard buds to $18 for enhanced-bass models, to $20 for "high fidelity." There are a ton of colors available, and the prices are terrific, so grab a pair before they sell out. [JLab Earbud Sale]


Swedish hacker finds 'serious' vulnerability in OS X Yosemite

PC News - 11 hours 53 min ago
A full disclosure is likely to be published in January.

Sony posts $1.2 billion loss as mobile business falls off a cliff

CNET News - 11 hours 55 min ago
Dragging down the rest of the company Sony's mobile unit posts a quarterly operating loss of $1.6 billion on $2.8 billion in revenue.

Microsoft releases new Outlook for Mac to Office 365 subscribers

EnGadget - 11 hours 58 min ago
Already using Office 365 on your Mac? Well, if you fancy Microsoft's email software too, you're in luck. The new version of Outlook for Mac is now available to the aforementioned subscribers, and it carries a smattering of new features. Aside from...

10 Tropes About Magical Weapons That We Never Want To See Again

Gizmodo - 11 hours 58 min ago

Fantasy epics are full of weapons with mystical powers and strange destinies. It makes sense — everybody loves a weapon with some cool attributes. But as fantasy has grown, you see the same ideas over and over. And here are 10 story ideas about mystical weapons that have been done to death.


A Sidecar That Lets Strollers Accommodate an Extra Passenger

Gizmodo - 12 hours 1 min ago

So that first baby was a success, and you're thinking about adding a second to your family's roster, but that expensive stroller you bought only accommodates a single passenger who isn't ready to walk yet. You can either give up on the idea of having more kids, or consider this collapsible stroller sidecar that easily doubles your pram's capacity.


Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Leaving Google

SlashDot - 12 hours 2 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that Andy Rubin is leaving Google. Rubin co-founded Android in 2003 and stayed on when the company was acquired by Google in 2005. Rubin led Android through the acquisition of over a billion users, until 2013 when he moved to Google's robotics division. He was replaced in the Android division by Sundar Pichai, who continues in charge of that, Chrome, Google+, and many other products. Rubin's robotics role will be filled by James Kuffner. "Mr. Rubin's departure is a blow to Google's robotics efforts. However, Mr. Kuffner is experienced in the sector, having worked on human-like robot technology for over two decades, including seven years at Carnegie Mellon University and five years on Google's self-driving car project."

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