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Tactai wants to bring better touch feedback to virtual reality

Virtual reality and augmented reality have delivered realistic visuals and sound to virtual experiences, but they’re completely lacking a sense of touch. Tactai wants to change that with a new kind of multi-modal touch feedback technology. If it works, it could lead to a new generation of VR and AR headsets that can a new sense to immersive experiences and games. Tactai’s technology goes further than past touch feedback, or haptic, devices, since it gives you a much more fine-grained sense of what you’re touching, based on a demo I saw. Tactai hopes to be part of the standard...

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Lack of Access to Morphine Causes 25 Million People to Die in Pain Every Year

A Global Pain Crisis A new special report from the medical journal Lancet has revealed that more than 25 million people — including 2.5 million children — die every year around the globe in terrible pain. The world’s poor lack pain relief in many nations, either because of fears concerning addictive drugs held by authorities, or a simple refusal to acknowledge the needs of the less privileged. Access to morphine would solve this crisis. “The world suffers a deplorable pain crisis: little to no access to morphine for tens of millions of adults and children in poor countries who live...

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After the end of the startup era

There’s a weird feeling afoot these days, in the Valley, and in San Francisco. Across the rest of the world — Denver, Santiago, Toronto, Berlin, “Silicon Glen,” “Silicon Alley,” “Silicon Roundabout“, Station F — it seems every city still wants to be a startup hub, dreaming of becoming “the new Silicon Valley.” But in the Valley itself? Here it feels like the golden age of the startup is already over. Hordes of engineering and business graduates secretly dream of building the new Facebook, the new Uber, the new AirBnB. Almost every big city now boasts one or more startup accelerators, modeled after Paul Graham’s...

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Scientists Are Rewriting the History of Photosynthesis

Researchers have caught their best glimpse yet into the origins of photosynthesis, one of nature’s most momentous innovations. By taking near-atomic, high-resolution X-ray images of proteins from primitive bacteria, investigators at Arizona State University and Pennsylvania State University have extrapolated what the earliest version of photosynthesis might have looked like nearly 3.5 billion years ago. If they are right, their findings could rewrite the evolutionary history of the process that life uses to convert sunlight into chemical energy. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission...

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Robots and Humans Need to Learn How To “Talk” to One Another

Robots Among Us The rise of automation is prompting all kinds of questions about the future of work for human employees, but there’s also another important consideration at hand — how are we to interact with robots as they become more commonplace in our day-to-day lives? As robots become more capable of performing tasks independently, it’s crucial that they’re taught how to communicate with the humans that they cross paths with, whether they’re co-workers or complete strangers. Natural language will play an important role, but it’s only one part of a greater whole. More Than Words When humans talk to...

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Air Pollution Literally Kills Thousands of People Every Year

When President Donald Trump announced on June 1 that he had decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, he asserted that staying in the pact would prevent our nation from further developing its fossil fuel reserves. Critics understandably have called this a setback for global efforts to curb greenhouse gas pollution. But there is another, equally important argument for transitioning to clean fuels. Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from old-fashioned air pollution, generated by electric power plants that burn fossil fuels. Estimates vary, but between 7,500 and 52,000 people in the United...

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APT28 group is rushing to exploit recent CVE-2017-11292 Flash 0-Day before users apply the patchesSecurity Affairs

The APT28 group is trying to exploit the CVE-2017-11292 Flash zero-day before users receive patches or update their systems. Security experts at Proofpoint collected evidence of several malware campaigns, powered by the Russian APT28 group, that rely on a Flash zero-day vulnerability that Adobe patched earlier this week. According to the experts who observed attacks on organizations across Europe and in the US, the APT28 group is trying to exploit the CVE-2017-11292 zero-day before users receive patches or update their systems. The state-sponsored hackers focused their attacks on state departments and private-sector businesses in the aerospace industry. “On Tuesday, October 18, Proofpoint...

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Own a Mac? You should be traveling with this gadget

Image: Stack Social By TEAM COMMERCEMashable Deals2017-10-22 10:00:00 UTC If you’ve done any international traveling, you probably already know that not all charging solutions are created equal. There are the ones that come with converters and outlet adapters…and that thing you haven’t quite figured out yet. Then there are the ones with different outlet adapters depending on where you’re going (turns out those are super easy to lose in a suitcase). But the Twist Plus+ World Charging Station is a welcome departure from the typical traveling woes. All you need is the Twist to charge your devices — no converters...

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A leaked document raises a doubt about NSA knew the #Krack attack since 2010Security Affairs

An NSA leaked document about the BADDECISION hacking tool raises the doubt about National Security Agency knew the Krack attack since 2010. Security experts are questioning the NSA about the recently disclosed Krack attack the allows an attacker to decrypt information included in protected WPA2 traffic. Security experts believe that the National Security Agency was aware of the flaw and its arsenal included a specific exploit. An NSA spokesperson did not comment the claims, this is normal for the US intelligence agencies, but according to ZDNet, rumors that it knew something about the vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol are circulating in the...

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Halo’s first trip into VR has a flat screen

I got the Fall Creators Update installed and I’m making my way through the launch library Microsoft has prepared for VR headsets from Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP and, next month, Samsung. One of my first stops was Halo Recruit, which is now the definition of a disappointing wave shooter in VR. In Recruit, you shoot targets on a flat screen….in VR. To be fair, 343 Industries and Microsoft didn’t present Halo Recruit like it would be a fully fledged game. It is meant to be more like a taster for what a Halo game in VR could one day be. Truth...

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When protecting medical devices from hacks, is the cure worse than the disease?

Numerous medical devices, such as pacemakers, are at risk of being hacked, but the updates meant to protect these devices can occasionally cause them to malfunction, leading doctors in a difficult situation. The post When protecting medical devices from hacks, is the cure worse than the disease? appeared first on Digital...

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The Moon is a floating eyeball that can control and monitor your house

Why it matters to you Home security is getting more sophisticated, with smart tech and 360-degree surveillance becoming more accessible than ever. If you’re looking for a Smart Hub for your home — one that’s very cool and slightly creepy to boot — the new Indigogo project from 1-Ring may be the gadget for you. The Moon is a levitating 360-degree smart camera with day- and night-vision-capabilities, wireless charging, cloud storage, and numerous sensors to monitor everything that’s happening in your house. The Moon is the first Indigogo venture from 1-Ring, and it will be available early next year. The...

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‘Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab’ is a VR adventure into the film’s setting

The free VR experience ‘Memory Lab’ puts you in the shoes of a replicant Blade Runner on the streets of Los Angeles in 2049 as you try to cover up evidence of your own horrific crime. The post ‘Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab’ is a VR adventure into the film’s setting appeared first on Digital...

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Google Pixelbook Reinvents the High End Chromebook

When talking about the best Chromebooks available, Google’s original Chromebook Pixel offering was an outlier: It ran Chrome OS, but on a surprisingly high-end machine with a high resolution screen and a budget far beyond the low costs of the average Chromebooks offered by other brands. In other words, it wasn’t clear who this Chromebook was for or who would want to pay so much for it, when Chromebooks are traditionally lightweight, low cost laptops with minimal specs. It’s no surprise, then, that Google is changing its strategy with the new Pixelbook, a reboot of the Chromebook Pixel that...

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OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets and modules

Earlier this month, my five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular decision to ditch all existing ports for a quartet of ThunderBolt 3 ports, which felt a bit like trading in a cow for a pocketful of magic beans. I’ve just been at too many events/live blogs in the past couple of years where some...

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Google officially activates Project Loon over Puerto Rico

After receiving FCC approval to use its balloons to restore cellular and LTE service to the people of Puerto Rico, Alphabet wasted no time in deploying Project Loon. On Friday, the company announced that it had successfully partnered with AT&T to restore service to part of the island. “Working with AT&T, Project Loon is now supporting basic communication and internet activities like sending text messages and accessing information online for some people with LTE enabled phones,” Project Loon leader Alastair Westgarth wrote. “This is the first time we have used our new machine learning powered algorithms to keep balloons clustered over Puerto Rico, so...

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New Zealand’s New Prime Minister is Promising a Zero-Carbon Nation by 2050

In Brief New Zealand’s new Prime Minister has pledged to make her country zero-carbon by the year 2050. The coalition government she formed will support efforts to curb carbon emissions and offset the rest. Going Zero-Carbon New Zealand’s new Prime Minister elect, Jacina Ardern, is not wasting time to commit to fighting climate change. With the help of her coalition government, Ardern has set a target for New Zealand to become a zero-carbon nation by the year 2050. This includes promises to reduce overall carbon emissions and to offset what remains with international carbon credits and tree...

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We now know when China’s ‘Heavenly Palace’ will crash to Earth. But where?

Why it matters to you Debris from the space station will fall to Earth in January or February, according to new calculations. The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 has accelerated its out-of-control descent and will plunge to the ground somewhere on Earth in early 2018. Launched in 2011 in an effort to compete with the U.S. and Russia, the spacecraft was decommissioned in 2016, and China notified the UN that it would likely break apart and fall to Earth sometime in 2017 or 2018. Now we have a better prediction of when the “Heavenly Palace” may come crashing down, as...

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Proton malware spreading through supply-chain attack, victims should wipe their MacsSecurity Affairs

The dreaded Proton malware was spreading through a new supply-chain attack that involved the Elmedia apps, victims should wipe their Macs Bad news for Mac users, a new malware is threatening them of a complete system wipe and reinstall. Crooks are distributing the malware in legitimate applications, the popular Elmedia Player and download manager Folx developed by the Elmedia Player who confirmed the threat. The latest versions of both apps came with the OSX.Proton malware. The Proton malware is a remote access tool (RAT) available for sale on some cybercrime forums, it first appeared in the threat landscape last year. The malicious code...

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets permission to dig a 10-mile tunnel in Maryland

Ready to dig a tunnel.Image: BEN MACMAHON/EPA/REX/Shutterstock By Emma Hinchliffe2017-10-21 17:23:16 UTC The hyperloop is moving ahead.  Elon Musk got permission from Maryland officials for his Boring Company to build a 10-mile tunnel in the state, the Baltimore Sun reported. The tunnel would be the first part of Musk’s envisioned hyperloop to transport people underground between New York and Washington, D.C.  “This thing is real. It’s exciting to see,” Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn told the Sun. “The word ‘transformational’ may be overused, but this is a technology that leapfrogs any technology that is out there today. And it’s...

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GitHub’s scandalized ex-CEO returns with Chatterbug

Translation earbuds might eliminate some utilitarian reasons to know a language, but if you want to understand jokes, read poetry, or fall in love in a foreign tongue, you’ll have to actually learn it. Unfortunately, products like Rosetta Stone leave people feeling burned after claiming the process should be easy while never helping you practice talking with a real native speaker. You know, the skill you actually want. Just memorizing vocabulary doesn’t make you fluent. So after teaching millions of people to code better, a team of former GitHub co-founders and executives this week launched Chatterbug to combine the...

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Antisocial media? | TechCrunch

As Facebook finds itself publicly on the hook for enabling Russian agents to spread divisive propaganda via its platform, be it in the form of fake news, ‘dark ads‘, issue pushing Facebook pages, and even political rallies organized using its Event tools, there’s another side to the story of how tech tools are impacting the democratic process currently playing out in Catalonia, where the regional government has been pushing for independence from Spain. To some, the Catalan political crisis has been a long time coming. It has its roots in the linguistic and cultural repression suffered by Catalans under the Franco dictatorship,...

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Stop what you are doing and watch Nathan for You’s brilliant Uber episode right now

If you have not yet had the pleasure of being introduced to Nathan for You, you’re in for a treat! The man behind the show, Nathan Fielder, is so wonderfully awkward in his delivery he might just make you pee your pants from laughing so hard. Last week’s episode “Andy vs. Uber” almost made me do just that. Warning: lots of spoilers in this post so stop reading if you haven’t seen the episode and don’t like spoilers. The Comedy Central show opens with an idea to undermine Uber by infiltrating it with a “sleeper cell” of rogue cab...

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PlayStation extends its reign as the gaming brand with the most-seen TV ads

The Nintendo Switch might have outsold the PlayStation 4 in September, but it’s Sony video game console that’s ruling the TV screen, leading in ad impressions month after month. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs, to bring you a monthly report on the TV ad impressions generated by the gaming industry’s biggest campaigns. These are the ads, and by extension the games, that game makers are putting major muscle behind. Below are the top five most-seen gaming industry brands from September 16...

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The best devices and apps to up your selfie game

I’m not alone in believing there are psychological advantages here. Studies have shown that seeing a good picture of yourself can boost your confidence, while taking a smiling selfie can make you feel happier. Over time, that can improve your self-esteem. But getting selfies to look the way you want requires a very particular set of skills, skills I’ve acquired over a very long career of testing gadgets that are often designed to help you take better photos. We’ll talk about those devices later — best if you nail your technique first. The basics First of all, practice, practice,...

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Blue Origin’s Breakthrough Means SpaceX Finally has a Competitor

In Brief The space company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is one step closer to flying tourists into sub-orbit, and possible even beyond. On Wednesday, Blue Origin’s breakthrough was announced — a successful hot-fire test of its powerful new BE-4 engine. Sub-Orbital and Beyond Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos isn’t just out to get the e-retail industry with artificial intelligence, he’s also had his eyes on space tourism for a while now. While Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, has made some progress since it successfully landed a reusable rocket, many have been waiting for a key...

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Make your Stranger Things binge a little gooier with our baked treat ideas

Aurich Lawson I love October. As an avid baker and Halloween reveler, I usually spend the whole month whipping up my favorite fall desserts and packing in as many gnarly sci-fi and horror flicks as possible. It’s just not October without the smell of spiced apples baking in the oven, knife-wielding serial killers, sage and sausage stuffing, flesh-eating zombies, pumpkin bread, and ferocious aliens. But this year—this October—is extra special. With the upcoming release of the much anticipated second season of Stranger Things, I, along with some folks at Ars, thought we should go a little bigger. I’ve spliced together my two favorite...

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How Microsoft embraced ‘messy’ creativity with Windows Ink

In particular, Woodman credits Microsoft’s close partnership with Wacom, a company best known for its stylus tablets and displays, for the progress with Windows Ink so far. That allowed the two companies to build a sensor that “essentially allows you to go between pen protocols.” For computer makers, that’s helpful since it lets them choose between different pen protocols. Basically, it let Microsoft open up the market for styluses, just like Windows did for PCs decades ago. Now, Woodman says retailers are selling twice as many pen-capable machines, compared to those that don’t have them. 43 percent of consumers...

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The best selfie camera ever

My wife recently decided to print out a hundred or so of the best photographs we’ve taken with our smartphones over the years. Looking at them, I’ve noticed something interesting: More than half of them were selfies. It’s hardly surprising. Rear cameras are great for taking photos of sunsets, but for those family moments you really want to remember, a selfie makes more sense. So why are rear cameras on phones vastly better than the selfie cameras? China’s Vivo, a top five smartphone manufacturer but not very well known outside of its home market, reverses this situation completely with...

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Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab takes sci-fi fans into a VR experience

The Blade Runner film series has always been about authenticating what is true and what is fake. Reality takes on a new meaning when you are surrounded by Replicants, or human clones who are built for our pleasure and service. Uncovering what is true and what is not is the theme of a new Oculus Rift virtual reality experience, Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab. The small game is one of a series of VR experiences being created in the Blade Runner universe by Magnopus, a Los Angeles studio that built the title for the Oculus Rift. It was released...

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A New Calculator Tries to Tell You How Many Healthy Years of Life You Have Left

As the old saying goes, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. While death is inevitable, the quality of life you experience until death is often within an individual’s control. This is what our team at the Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research chose to focus on by developing a rigorous measure of quality of life. How many healthy years of life do you have ahead before you become unhealthy? Everyone understands the benefits of living a long healthy life, but this also has implications for industry and society. Medical costs, financial planning and health support services...

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Redesigning the TechCrunch app | TechCrunch

Angela Medina Contributor Angela Medina is a product designer who led the redesign of TechCrunch’s mobile apps. She’s now based in New York City. Over the last two years we have been working hard to improve the experience of TechCrunch products for our readers. Our tiny-but-mighty product team launched the brand new TechCrunch mobile app for Android and iOS earlier this month and we couldn’t be more excited. It has been completely redesigned with the goal of giving you easy access to the news you care about most, no matter where you are. TechCrunch has had an app in the...

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CapHorn Invest raises $150 million fund to invest in B2B startups

French VC firm CapHorn Invest recently closed a new $150 million fund (€130 million). Around 250 CEOs and executives of big established companies invested in the fund as limited partners. This is CapHorn Invest’s second fund. The firm plans to focus on Series A rounds, from $600,000 to $6 million (€500,000 to €5 million). What’s interesting about this VC firm is that it focuses on B2B companies that try to disrupt old and dusty industries. Each partner is focusing on one vertical in particular. CapHorn Invest is also looking at companies that can sign deals with its LPs. As...

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You can get Black Friday pricing on these earbuds today

You can use them anywhere.Image: FRESHetech By Team CommerceMashable Deals2017-10-21 10:00:00 UTC Choosing a new pair of workout headphones is more complicated than it should be. Beats are too expensive, Bose are way too expensive (the dream), and the internet is full of knockoff pairs that were potentially built with Elmer’s Glue. And all you want is a reliable stream of your favorite track playing during your daily jog. Is that so much to ask?! The FRESHeBUDS Air Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds are a popular choice and for good reason. They cover the basics: water-resistance, Bluetooth technology, comfort, and battery life....

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Become a robotics expert through this trio of Arduino classes

So you want to build robots?Image: pixabay By Team CommerceMashable Deals2017-10-21 10:00:00 UTC Today’s aspiring robot inventors have an advantage over droid-loving Anakin Skywalker and it comes in the form of the Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle. Over the course of 22 hours of expert training, you’ll get familiarized with the world’s most popular open-source electronics platform so you can break into the fields of robotics and coding and start building the next C-3PO or HAL 9000* in the comfort of your home. (*Results may vary.) Here’s what’s included: Make an Arduino Robot ($100 value) This 57-lecture class is a crash-course in...

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Facebook Won’t Be Sent To The Gulag Over Russian Ads

Amid the widespread furor over the spread of Russian propaganda on Facebook and other platforms, several U.S. senators yesterday introduced a bill–the Honest Ads Act–that seeks to require the disclosure of who pays for political ads on social media. The proposed legislation is being seen by many as one of the first tangible attempts to rein in Facebook after weeks of intense coverage and criticism of the role played by the social media giant during last year’s election. And some are hoping Mark Zuckerberg’s company will have to grapple with the  consequences of the new legislation and likely new...

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Southeast Asia gaming and e-commerce firm Sea ends first day on NYSE up 8%

Sea, the gaming and e-commerce company holding the first major U.S. IPO from a Southeast Asian tech firm, had a bumpy start to life on the NYSE after closing the day up around eight percent on its list price of $15. The company raised $884 million from its listing, but it could surpass $1 billion if all allotted shares are purchased by underwriters. The share — listed as ‘SE’ — ended the day solid despite some initial uncertainties. Trading opened at $16.25, a small pop, before the price dropped below the $15 mark over the next couple of hours. It...

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Assemblyline – Canada’s CSE intelligence Agency releases its malware analysis toolSecurity Affairs

Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) intel agency has released the source code for one of its malware analysis tools dubbed Assemblyline. The Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) intelligence agency has released the source code for one of its malware detection and analysis tools dubbed Assemblyline. The Assemblyline tool is written in Python and was developed under the CSE’s Cyber Defence program. “This tool was developed within CSE’s Cyber Defence program to detect and analyse malicious files as they are received. As the Government of Canada’s centre of excellence in cybersecurity, CSE protects and defends the computer networks and electronic information of...

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Necurs botnet now spreading the Locky Ransomware via DDE AttacksSecurity Affairs

Operators behind Locky ransomware campaigns have switched to new attack techniques to evade detection leveraging the DDE protocol. Security experts are continuing to observe the Locky ransomware spreading via spam campaigns that rely on the Necurs botnet. Now operators behind Locky ransomware campaigns have switched to new attack techniques to evade detection. One of the new techniques adopted by the crooks is the use of the Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) protocol designed to allow data transferring between applications. “The DDE protocol is a set of messages and guidelines. It sends messages between applications that share data and uses shared memory to exchange data between applications. Applications can use the...

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Crunch Report | SoftBank Vision Fund Sequels

SoftBank is planning to create $100 billion Vision Fund sequels, Chariot is temporarily paused in San Francisco and Stitch Fix shows us what a good IPO looks like. All this on Crunch Report. Read...

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Report: Twitter CEO took a Russian impostor’s bait in 2016

Enlarge / Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter. As the public learns more about confirmed Russian troll accounts on social media platforms over the past few years, reporters have begun digging into any ties they may have with major political or tech voices. The Daily Beast found a pretty big one on Friday, when it confirmed via Internet archives that Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey unwittingly retweeted posts from a phony Black Lives Matter advocate. In fact, the example Daily Beast reporter Ben Collins found was a single account, @crystal1johnson, getting two juicy retweets from Twitter’s very...

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Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser

Although we may disagree on the usefulness of VR and AR today, it’s hard to argue with the idea that it should be easier to develop for and deploy — especially on the web. That’s why Mozilla is working on a combined framework that gives developers standardized, well-documented tools with which to access the user’s chosen mixed reality platform. Basically it’s just hard to build something on the web that you can easily deploy not just to desktop browsers, but to mobile, VR and AR headsets, and anything else that might do a little reality mixing. If these things...

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Charge the Trail with One of These Five Best Mountain Bikes

Mountain biking has boomed in recent years and as a result, manufacturers have developed an increased number of specialized designs to appeal to this broad and nuanced market. With so many models to choose from, selecting your first mountain bike — or upgrading to a more sophisticated model — can be quite the inundating task. From cornering ability to basic standover specifications, there are a slew of details to consider. While some downhill juggernauts may prefer a more advanced suspension system, the casual mountain biker or those new to the sport may only need a solid budget option for a weekend outing....

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