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Mars trips may involve less radiation exposure than previously thought

Sep 19 2018
There's no question that the first human mission to Mars will be extremely dangerous. Some studies have suggested that the radiation levels would exceed the maximum career dose for a given astronaut, greatly increasing the risk of cancer and other i...

California may ban terrible default passwords on connected devices

Sep 19 2018
California looks set to enact a law that aims to protect connected devices against hackers. The state senate has sent Governor Jerry Brown draft legislation that could beef up security across the vast ocean of smart gadgets.

Destiny 2: Forsaken's Gambit mode is open to everyone this weekend

Sep 19 2018
With the base Destiny 2 free for PS Plus members through the month of September, Bungie is determined to sell newcomers on Forsaken -- and that means giving players a taste of what they're missing. The developer is making Forsaken's Gambit multiplay...

Amazon could open 3,000 cashierless Go stores by 2021

Sep 19 2018
Amazon now has four of its Go stores up and running -- three in Seattle and one in Chicago -- with at least one on the way in New York. And while we've heard that there are plans for San Francisco as well, that apparently is just the beginning, becau...

Samsung’s $1,800 Odyssey Z gaming laptop is on sale in the US

Sep 19 2018
Samsung's Notebook Odyssey Z gaming laptop is now available in the US. The laptop, which features a slim design, a keyboard pushed to the lower portion of the tray and a right-side touchpad, comes in just one configuration that includes a 15.6-inch d...

Teenage Engineering's OP-Z synth finally goes on sale in October

Sep 19 2018
We got our first look at Teenage Engineering's next synthesizer in early 2017, and now the company is gearing up to finally ship the portable instrument/control center. The OP-Z is set to go on sale next month, but the company didn't include pricing...

Facebook’s 'War Room' is its latest effort to protect elections

Sep 19 2018
Facebook has more than 300 people working on protecting elections from misinformation aimed at influencing voters. But starting next week, the company will have one more weapon in its arsenal -- a War Room. The New York Times reports that Facebook is...

Amazon shopping test recommends products based on your likes

Sep 19 2018
Online stores have a common problem: you usually get recommendations based solely on what you've already seen or bought, which isn't much good if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. Amazon is testing a solution that might eliminate that i...

Bose Sleepbuds review: Helpful but needs improvement

Sep 19 2018
Bose, which is well-known for its quality (and pricey) audio equipment, went an interesting route with its latest piece of hardware. Two years ago, the company took to Indiegogo to gauge interest in a pair of noise-masking sleep earbuds. Essentially,...

'Red Dead Online' arrives this November

Sep 19 2018
If you're preparing to strap on your cowboy boots and venture into the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 when the sequel hits consoles at the end of next month, you'll have to wait a little longer to play the game's online mode. Rockstar Games said that...

Newegg fell victim to month-long card skimming hack

Sep 19 2018
It's not just British companies succumbing to large-scale payment data breaches in recent weeks. RiskIQ and Volexity have discovered that hackers inserted Magecart card skimming code into Newegg's payment page between August 14th and September 18th,...

Programmable 'skins' turn any household object into a robot

Sep 19 2018
When you think of a robot, a certain image probably comes to mind. Maybe it's on wheels, maybe it's a dog, but it's probably a sizeable electronic machine built specifically for a purpose. But what if you could create a flexible robot that could have...

Lyft Concierge lets businesses schedule flexible rides

Sep 19 2018
Lyft's Concierge service, which opened up to all businesses earlier this year, lets companies and organizations hail rides for their customers, patients and employees. While it lets those businesses offer an additional service, it's not always clear...

Telegram's move to Swift on iOS promises a more battery-friendly app

Sep 19 2018
Since January, Telegram has operated two versions of its messaging app on Android and iOS: the original and an experimental one called Telegram X. The app was rewritten from scratch for X; it's built on Apple's Swift programming language on iOS and t...

Why are people pretending to be dead on Instagram?

Sep 19 2018
Ahmed Simrin, 15, is one of the millions of teenagers who uses Instagram. He doesn't post pictures on his page every day (there are two total), yet somehow he's managed to get nearly 3,000 people to follow it. That doesn't make him a social media inf...

'PUBG' could be en route to PlayStation 4 this year

Sep 19 2018
Since 2017, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been exclusive to PC and Xbox. That could be changing. The battle royale game may appear on PlayStation 4 soon if a Korean ratings board slip-up (spotted by Eurogamer) is to be believed. Each time I've sp...

Spotify sued over executives' alleged gender discrimination

Sep 19 2018
Spotify has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexism in its workplace. Former sales executive Hong Perez has sued the streaming service over allegations that male execs have perpetuated systemic gender discrimination. The global head of sales re...

Evernote cuts staff as user growth stalls

Sep 19 2018
Note-taking app Evernote has fallen on hard times of late, culminating in its latest spate of job cuts impacting 15 percent of its workforce (54 employees). CEO Chris O' Neil -- an ex-Googler who took the reins in 2015 -- announced the firings at an...

Fitbit leans hard into healthcare with a new enterprise offering

Sep 19 2018
Today, Fitbit launched a new platform called Fitbit Care aimed at employers, health plans and health system that is aimed at wellness and preventing and managing disease. Fitbit Care is a combination of health coaching and and virtual care through th...

Google provides 911 call centers with more accurate location data

Sep 19 2018
Google is providing 911 operators with more accurate location information from callers using Android phones. The company has partnered with T-Mobile and emergency technology companies RapidSOS and West to send location data from its Emergency Locatio...

What we're watching: 'Mandy,' 'Succession' and 'Great News'

Sep 19 2018
This month, Reporter Timothy J. Seppala checks out the latest Nicolas Cage joint and explains why you should too, while Senior Editor Daniel Cooper returns from a break with impressions of some binge-worthy television.

iOS 12.1 beta hints at a new iPad this year

Sep 19 2018
If you were bummed that Apple didn't release a refreshed iPad Pro at this month's event, then code from the iOS 12.1 beta might brighten your day. According to 9to5Mac, there's a daemon embedded within the code that could contain the ability to sync...

Xiaomi's cheap handsets have ads in the Settings app

Sep 19 2018
How much of a discount would it take for you to accept ads all over your phone? That's the question that Xiaomi seems to be asking its potential customers. A reddit user noticed that the fourth-largest handset maker now has ads displayed everywhere,...

Sega's Mega Drive Mini won't arrive until 2019

Sep 19 2018
The retro console craze kicked off by Nintendo's NES and SNES classic systems, with Sony's miniature PS1 inbound, has proven bountiful for nostalgic gamers keen to relive their 8- to 32-bit glory days. But Sega's plans to join the rose-tinted celebra...

Netflix series 'What/If' is a social thriller anthology

Sep 19 2018
Netflix recently ordered 10 episodes of a new social thriller anthology entitled What/If with Renee Zellweger in a lead role. Now, the streaming service has announced the names of the actors joining the cast and starring opposite Zellweger, Glee alum...