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The doctor on your wrist: How smartwatches are saving lives

Jun 19 2018
By Caitlin McGarry James T. Green thought he was having a panic attack. He took a break from work to walk around the block during a stressful day, and noticed he felt out of breath strolling up a slight incline. This isn't normal, Green thought. He...

Speedy AI image analysis could help doctors during surgery

Jun 19 2018
Right now, comparing 3D medical scans is a pain -- it can take two hours or more to see what's changed. And that spells trouble for surgeons, who may have to bring patients back to the operating room if a tumor removal wasn't a complete success. Th...

Uber trials cheaper rides for people who are willing to wait

Jun 19 2018
There are times when you need to get an Uber right away, even if it's at a peak hour and prices are through the roof. But there are times when you have the luxury of waiting for your Uber to arrive -- those are the instances Uber had in mind when it...

With new updates, Yahoo bets big on Mail’s mobile future

Jun 19 2018
Few things are a uniquely annoying as having to use your email service's mobile interfaces — they're basic, they're kind of ugly, and they rarely provide the niceties you'd normally be used to. Yahoo wants to change that. The brand (which, like...

Amazon offers Hub delivery lockers to apartments across the US

Jun 19 2018
Over half a million residents in New York, San Francisco and some other locations can already have their packages delivered to Amazon's Hub lockers for their buildings. And those Hubs are bound to become a more common sight in apartments and condos,...

Beijing subways may soon get facial recognition and hand scanners

Jun 19 2018
A bio-ID surveillance framework that can recognize subway users may soon come to Beijing. China Daily reports two forms of bio-recognition being put forward -- palm touch and facial recognition. Together, they could offer a viable long-term solution...

Amazon launches Alexa for hotels

Jun 19 2018
Visitors to Marriott hotels will soon be able to use Amazon Alexa to make their stays more enjoyable. "Alexa for Hospitality" lets guests ask Alexa -- via an in-room Amazon Echo -- for help with hotel information, booking guest services, playing musi...

Fraudster caught using OPM hack data from 2015

Jun 19 2018
Way back in 2015, the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was electronically burgled, with hackers making off with 21.5 million records. That data included social security numbers, fingerprints, usernames, passwords and data from interviews condu...

The Morning After: Red Rocks

Jun 19 2018
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome back! We'll explain why it might be time to try Pokémon Go again and try to make our choice between a pair of excellent electric SUVs. Oh, and the president made a little announcement.

Apple hit with $6.6 million fine in Australia over 'Error 53' fiasco

Jun 19 2018
Australian authorities didn't buy Apple's explanation for the infamous Error 53 message, which bricked a lot of phones in 2016. The country's federal court has slapped the tech giant with a US$6.6 million fine a year after the Australian Competition...

Ex-CIA engineer charged in 'Vault 7' leak

Jun 19 2018
Last month when we learned that Joshua Schulte still had not been charged for allegedly providing CIA hacking information to Wikileaks despite being in custody for months, his family said he was a "scapegoat" for the data bungle. Today he was charged...

Microsoft is finally launching its new Xbox Avatar Editor

Jun 19 2018
Microsoft has been whetting Xbox users' appetites with the promise of new, customizable avatars since last year, and after several delays, they're finally becoming available. Xbox Insiders can get a taste of the Avatar Editor app starting tomorrow.

Facebook wants to help small businesses protect your privacy

Jun 19 2018
Data privacy is a continually growing concern in the wake of news of election tampering and Cambridge Analytica scandals. As the EU's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) take full effect, it's not only big corporations that need to be wary of...

Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban in the US

Jun 19 2018
The Trump administration's decision to work with Chinese President Xi Jinping to bring ZTE back to business didn't sit well with lawmakers from both sides. A group of Senators from the Republican and Democratic parties recently amended the National D...

IBM’s Project Debater is an AI that's ready to argue

Jun 19 2018
A large group of journalists and IBM employees sit quietly while a black monolith (yes, like the one found in 2001: A Space Odyssey) with a display shows three animated blue balls floating in front and behind each other. The assembled humans are wait...

What's on TV: 'Luke Cage,' 'Preacher' and 'Westworld'

Jun 19 2018
The FIFA World Cup is already rolling along, but this week we're getting ready for the second season of Marvel's Luke Cage on Netflix. AMC has the season premiere of Preacher and Comedy Central brings Drunk History while Westworld wraps up season two...

Synthetic 'blubber' could triple divers' survival time in icy water

Jun 19 2018
Even the hardiest diver can't last longer than an hour in cold water using a modern wetsuit, and that's no good if you're a special ops soldier or otherwise need to stay under the sea for hours at a time. MIT has a simple solution: imitate the blubbe...

Elon Musk says Tesla employee committed 'sabotage'

Jun 19 2018
Tesla may have more trouble on its hands than layoffs and production challenges. Reuters said it had obtained a company-wide email from Elon Musk stating that an unnamed employee had conducted "extensive and damaging sabotage." The staffer reportedly...

Roku could launch a store for streaming subscriptions

Jun 18 2018
Roku is planning its own Amazon Channels-style à la carte marketplace for video subscription services, sources told Variety. Anyone using the company's devices could sign up for and watch them without needing to download apps for each. The mar...

Microsoft employees criticize ICE contract amid recent reports

Jun 18 2018
Add Microsoft to the list of companies whose government deals are provoking outrage both inside and outside their offices. The Redmond firm sparked a wave of criticism on social networks after users discovered a January blog post noting that the comp...

Dark Horse's ‘Stranger Things’ comics chronicle Will's journey

Jun 18 2018
There will soon be quite a few ways for you to experience the world of Stranger Things, as books, a video game and now a line of comics are all in the works. Entertainment Weekly announced today that Netflix has teamed up with Dark Horse for the new...

Dropbox lets you preview more file types without having to download

Jun 18 2018
If you've ever received a ZIP or RAR file in Gmail, you'll have noticed that you can peek to see what's inside without having to download the file. If you've been hoping for a similar feature elsewhere, you're in luck: Dropbox has updated how it hand...

Amazon faces pressure to stop selling facial recognition to police

Jun 18 2018
Amazon may not have much choice but to address mounting criticism over its sales of facial recognition tech to governments. The American Civil Liberties Union has delivered both a petition and a letter from 17 investors demanding that Amazon drop its...

Desus and Mero to host Showtime's first weekly late-night talk show

Jun 18 2018
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, hosts of the weeknight talk show Desus & Mero, are leaving Viceland and heading to Showtime. The two will host the network's first weekly late-night talk show on which they'll chat with guests about pop culture, sport...

The WHO officially puts gaming on its list of addictions

Jun 18 2018
The World Health Organization was putting its finishing touches on the eleventh edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) when it released a draft back in December. The early version of the document, which medical professionals wi...