Thursday, May 5, 2016

IT News Head Lines (Engadget) 06/05/2016





Surgical robot could sew you up better than a doctor
Surgical teams aren't fond of robots that could replace them (just ask Johnson & Johnson), but that doesn't mean they're completely against mechanical helpers. Children's National Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University recently tested a Sma...

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Get ready for the new 'Battlefield' game with free DLC
In anticipation of Electronic Arts' next Battlefield title, the publisher is celebrating by serving up free downloads of some of the previous expansions. You can jump on the platform of your choice and pick up the Battlefield 4 add-on Dragon's Teeth...

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Over one million people swiped right for premium Tinder
According to Match Group, more than one million people have ponied up the $9.99 per month (or more, if you're over 30) for Tinder's premium service level in the first quarter of 2016. That figure is a relatively small portion of Tinder's 50 million g...

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DARPA wants your help tracking malicious hackers
If you're battling hackers, it's helpful to know who they actually are. Unfortunately, tracking down the culprits of an attack has always been difficult thanks to VPNs, TOR, and other methods used to disguise the source of a digital assault. Now DARP...

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FormBox brings a vacuum-forming factory to your home
While 3D printing is all well and good, it can be frustrating if you need to make a lot of things, or make them quickly. Do you really want to wait minutes (or hours) for a bowl to finish? Mayku sure doesn't. It's crowdfunding the FormBox, a machine...

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Hackers are trading millions of Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo logins
Email services including Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Hotmail have fallen victim to a hack, exposing usernames and passwords for millions of users. According to Reuters, a huge data breach consisting of some 273.3 million online accounts has been reported b...

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Twitter for Mac lets you search for GIFs when a photo won't do
Twitter launched a handy GIF search tool inside its mobile apps back in February, and now the social network is bring the animated images to the desktop. With an update to the Mac software, users can expect to quickly find an appropriate GIF for the...

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'Hamilton' and 'Star Wars' collide in your dream jam session
Unless you've been living under the proverbial rock for the last year or so, you've likely heard of the musical sensation Hamilton (16-time Tony nominee) and its creator / star Lin-Manuel Miranda. As it turns out, Miranda isn't just an American histo...

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Embrace your inner DJ with McDonald's McTrax placemat
Would you like a side of sick beats with those french fries? McDonald's Netherlands has you covered with the McTrax Placemat, a sheet of paper that allows you to connect with your smartphone to channel your inner Diplo.

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Vine's Windows 10 app is a great way to watch its short videos
Vine finally debuted an official Windows 10 app today, which you can find for free on the Windows Store. It offers everything you'd expect: A selection of the latest trending Vine videos, as well as the ability to explore videos in different category...

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CIA and NSA doubled their searches for Americans' data in 2 years
So much for US intelligence scaling back its curiosity in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks. An Office of the Director of National Intelligence transparency report has revealed that the CIA and NSA doubled the number of searches for the content of A...

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KFC-flavored nail polish gives new meaning to 'chicken fingers'
KFC is taking its "finger lickin' good" slogan a bit too far. The fried chicken fast food chain made two "edible" fingernail polishes for its fans in Hong Kong. Teaming up with ad agency Ogilvy & Mather and food experts at McCormick, two shades w...

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Cloud-seeding drone makes first flight over Nevada
A group of researchers and aviators in Nevada have successfully completed the first flight of an unmanned cloud-seeding aircraft, the state's Desert Research Institute reports.

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DARPA exhibit offers rare glimpse at a secretive agency
DARPA's has been responsible for countless advancements in cutting-edge technologies since its founding in 1958. During a conference call on Wednesday, DARPA's Deputy director Steve Walker announced that it is partnering with Chicago's Museum of Scie...

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Taxiing airplanes could soon get flight info wirelessly
Airlines have made great efforts to update their tech, including replacing bulky flight manuals with iPads. But pilot teams still receive flight information updates the same way they've been doing for decades: over radio voice comms, as current wirel...

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Anne Frank's story to be told in VR
You can already tour Anne Frank's hideaway in virtual reality if you can't make it to Amsterdam, but producer Jonah Hirsch is taking that one step further. He's creating a VR experience, Anne, that will tell the Holocaust symbol's tale in 360 degrees...

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Roost unveils smart smoke detectors to take on Nest
Roost's smoke detector smart battery is one of those rare, genuinely useful, connected home gadgets. It plugs into any smoke detector to give you alarm notifications on your smartphone, and it costs a paltry $35. Now, the company is adding two new sm...

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How a 'Star Wars' nerd made VFX software for the rest of us
If you've ever tried to make your own movie, you know that emulating J.J. Abrams isn't easy. Moreover, even if you were the greatest unheralded cinematographer in history, you still couldn't compete with Hollywood. After all, even modestly budgeted f...

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YouTube will reportedly start streaming live TV in 2017
Streaming live TV over the internet is the latest entertainment land grab -- as more consumers cut the cord, plenty of companies are finding new ways to offer potential customers a way to get their live TV fix. According to a report from Bloomberg, Y...

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Explore the depths of Far Harbor in 'Fallout 4's latest DLC
Already trudged through all of what nuclear wasteland simulator Fallout 4 has to offer? Crossed the first two expansions off of your list? Suit up, because it's time to head to Fallout 4's fictional island of Far Harbor on May 19th.

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The makers of 'Titanfall' are working on a 'Star Wars' game
Respawn is ready to break out of the Titanfall mold... and in a way you probably didn't expect. The game studio has announced that it's working with EA and Lucasfilm on a third-person Star Wars action/adventure. It's saying precious little about the...

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Google Slides has a new audience participation Q&A feature
Presentation apps may not be the most exciting software out there, but there's no doubt that tools like Powerpoint and Google Slides are important to large swaths of professional and educational users. Today, Google is adding what seems to be a prett...

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LIGO team wins $3 million prize for gravitational wave discovery
The team of scientists and engineers who confirmed the existence of gravitational waves earlier this year have just nabbed a handsome $3 million reward as part of a special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

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Simple exploits use images to attack websites
Would-be hackers don't always have to jump through hoops to bring down a website. Researchers have discovered relatively simple exploits in ImageMagick, a common package for processing pictures on the web, that let attackers run any code they like o...

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Building community through arcades and beer
It's springtime in downtown Phoenix, and Cobra Arcade Bar is open for business. Wednesday afternoon sunlight spills through two massive open windows at the front of the bar, illuminating silver tap handles, neon-splattered paintings from local artist...

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