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The iPhone 8 could unlock when you press the screen - CNET - News - May 26, 2017 - 8:34pm
There have been conflicting rumors about what will happen to the iPhone 8's fingerprint sensor, but a recent report says it's going in the display.

Uber, Lyft returning to Austin as driver-fingerprinting dispute ends

Ars Technica - May 26, 2017 - 8:32pm

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Uber and Lyft are returning to Austin—the capital of Texas and home to the South by Southwest festival. The move comes one year after the ride-hailing services left the area over a driver-background check dispute with city regulators and voters.

The two companies are coming back now because state lawmakers passed legislation, which Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign Monday, that removes a controversial requirement that prospective drivers have their fingerprints run through an FBI database that tracks people's criminal activity over the course of their lives. Uber and Lyft claimed that the check was too onerous and should be reserved for security sensitive personnel.

The new legislation supersedes the city of Austin's regulations, paving the way for the companies' return to Austin possibly as early as this coming week. (The companies said they would return for business immediately following Abbott's signature.) Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he was "disappointed" with the new state regulations.

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Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade

ZDnet News - May 26, 2017 - 8:31pm
Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended last year, right? Maybe not. The GWX tool may be gone, but all the other upgrade tools still work, and the end result is an apparently valid digital license. Here's how to get yours.

Done and done: Blackberry ties up $940m settlement with Qualcomm

The Register - May 26, 2017 - 8:27pm
Patent case wraps up as sides agree on final tally

Former smartphone king BlackBerry has today finalized its settlement with Qualcomm in their long-running battle over royalty payments.…

How hackers can ruin your summer vacation - CNET - News - May 26, 2017 - 8:23pm
From airports to hotels to that cute cafe you found, it just takes one cybersecurity slipup to turn your holiday into a nightmare.

The 404 Show 1701: Jill Schlesinger on reunions, the housing market and more (podcast) - CNET - News - May 26, 2017 - 8:23pm
Jill Schlesinger returns to help us better understand the current housing market, why college and high school reunions are still a thing and what it means to "age in place."

Space's mysterious fast radio bursts: What the heck are they? - CNET - News - May 26, 2017 - 8:22pm
We're about to enter an era of research into one of the newest phenomena in all of space. Here's what you need to know.

Tidal loses third CEO in two years - CNET - News - May 26, 2017 - 8:09pm
Jay Z's music service has lost another CEO, Jefferey Toig.

Google's three-step plan to make you love VR - CNET - News - May 26, 2017 - 7:57pm
Like search and advertising before it, Google is setting the stage to dominate VR and AR by going all-in on mobile.

Samsung Galaxy S8 review - CNET - Reviews - May 26, 2017 - 7:53pm
But we're still waiting on the Siri-like AI.

New hack threat may be hiding in your movie's subtitles - CNET - News - May 26, 2017 - 7:28pm
Malicious code inserted into subtitle files downloaded from movie subtitle databases could be used to hijack your device, researchers warn.

Tech firms sends Congress checklist of surveillance reforms

The Register - May 26, 2017 - 7:25pm
Google, Facebook et al take on Section 702, Apple quiet

More than 30 big internet companies including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have sent a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee asking for specific reforms to the law used for carrying out mass surveillance.…

Assistants, Please

Wired - May 26, 2017 - 7:18pm
Is there anything your phone can't do these days? The post Assistants, Please appeared first on WIRED.

Radio-controlled pacemakers aren’t as hard to hack as you (may) think

Ars Technica - May 26, 2017 - 6:55pm

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Pacemakers are devices that are implanted in the chest or abdomen to control life-threatening heartbeat abnormalities. Once they're in place, doctors use radio signals to adjust the pacemakers so that additional major surgeries aren't required. A study recently found that pacemakers from the four major manufacturers contain security weaknesses that make it possible for the devices to be stopped or adjusted in ways that could have dire effects on patients.

Chief among the concerns: radio frequency-enabled pacemaker programmers don't authenticate themselves to the implanted cardiac devices, making it possible for someone to remotely tamper with them.

"Any pacemaker programmer can reprogram any pacemaker from the same manufacturer," researchers from medical device security consultancy WhiteScope wrote in a summary of their findings. "This shows one of the areas where patient care influenced cybersecurity posture."

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Memorial Day weekend means F1, the Indy 500, NASCAR, and the Nürburgring 24

Ars Technica - May 26, 2017 - 6:40pm

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As we prepare to head into Memorial Day weekend, there's a bumper crop of wheel-to-wheel action on offer for the motorsports fan. Both IndyCar and Formula 1 have their biggest races of the year this Sunday, NASCAR has its 600-mile race at Charlotte, and over in Germany hundreds of thousands of fans are camping around (and possibly setting fire to) the mighty Nürburgring.

Despite not being broadcast here in the US, the last of these is probably the easiest for you to watch. That's because the organizers have provided a free international livestream on YouTube:

The race starts at 11am ET (3pm CET) on Saturday (May 27) and runs for the next 24 hours. There's also English language commentary from the always-excellent team at Radio Le Mans.

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2018 Audi SQ5 Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - May 26, 2017 - 6:34pm
A new turbo V6, optional air suspension and large menu of available tech make this a performance crossover worth checking out.

Here's Disney's glorious new 'Guardians of the Galaxy' ride - CNET - News - May 26, 2017 - 6:29pm
CNET got a first look at the Guardians Mission Breakout ride, seeing what happens when Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering join forces.

Dealmaster: Memorial Day deals like $350 off a Dell Inspiron 15 and more

Ars Technica - May 26, 2017 - 6:27pm

Greetings, Arsians! Below are the best Memorial Day Deals on computers, electronics, TVs and more found by our partners at TechBargains. Act fast as stock is limited and these discounts will not last. We've updated this Memorial Day post, so check out the new deals!

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It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

The Register - May 26, 2017 - 6:15pm
Buy your bread n' butter from the Bezos Bunch

Amazon has once again expanded its reach in all things commerce, this time with its own take on the grocery store.…

How much nuclear waste is in your state? - CNET - News - May 26, 2017 - 6:10pm
The Nuclear Energy Institute keeps tabs on the spent nuclear fuel stored in states across the US. Here's where the radioactive waste ends up.

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