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The drones which help solve air accidents

BBC Technology News - 6 hours 24 min ago
The BBC's Richard Westcott looks at accident investigators' latest weapon in the battle to find out why ships and planes crash.

Commonwealth Bank hyperconverges with VMWare and Dell

The Register - 6 hours 25 min ago
ServiceMesh is still there. But the VSANs are landing to help an automation push

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made a significant investment in VMware's hyperconverged stack.…

CNET asks: Which games would you like to play on the SNES Mini? - CNET - News - 6 hours 31 min ago
The classics are making a comeback, and we want to know what Super Nintendo games you would like to have in the mini version of this rumored console.

Salesforce partners with WeWork to target SMBs - CNET - News - 6 hours 33 min ago
CNET@Work: The CRM giant will offer WeWork members 30 percent off its software available in the recently launched WeWork Services Store.

Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

The Register - 6 hours 34 min ago
Remote locate, unlock, and start vehicles – using a fixed encryption key... ouch

Hyundai has patched its Blue Link smartphone app to stop it blabbing private info that could, it is claimed, be used to break into and steal people's cars.…

Ted 2017: The woman who wants China to eat insects

BBC Technology News - 6 hours 46 min ago
An entrepreneur is promoting online farmers' markets and food tech to improve eating habits.

Juicero teardown hints at a very expensively-built product

Ars Technica - 7 hours 10 min ago

Enlarge / In this post a venture capital partner pulls apart this machine. (credit: Juicero)

A product designer and venture capital partner took apart a Juicero to see what made the notorious $400 juice presser so expensive. What he found was eight separate machined parts and a slew of custom plastic pieces that likely made the presser more expensive than it needed to be.

Juicero came under fire last week when Bloomberg reporters found that they could press juice out of the company’s proprietary juice bags with their hands, eschewing the expensive cold-press juicer. Some investors said they assumed the Juicero would press large chunks of fruit and vegetables, but instead the heavily-funded start-up delivered bags of pre-cut pulp to Juicero owners.

In his teardown, Ben Einstein notes that Juicero seems to rely heavily on custom-designed and complex parts, all of which add considerably to the appliance’s cost to build. Some of the eight machined parts (parts that are cut from a larger piece of material) even have rounded surfaces, which makes the parts even more expensive. Einstein calls out the Juicero for “unnecessary complexity.” He points out that the juice press uses what seem to be an excess of components just to keep the press door sealed, including “10 custom injection molded parts,” two stamped steel parts, a gear, two custom dowel pins, and more.

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Silicon Valley security robot beat up in parking lot, police say

Ars Technica - 7 hours 23 min ago

Enlarge / A Knightscope K5 security robot. (credit: Knightscope)

A 300-pound egg-shaped security robot was punched to the ground by an allegedly drunken man outside a Silicon Valley shopping center, Mountain View police said.

A 41-year-old Mountain View man has been arrested in connection to the alleged parking-lot altercation with the Knightscope-made droid. The accused robo-assailant, who faces charges of prowling and public intoxication, was identified as Jason Sylvain. The robot suffered minor scratches and is back on duty following last week's incident, which was first reported Tuesday by ABC7 News.

Sylvain was not immediately reachable for comment.

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Microsoft cracks open patch mega-bundles for biz admins, will separate security, stability fixes

The Register - 7 hours 30 min ago
IT bods can separate monthly updates with new controls

Microsoft has added yet another option to its monthly patch jumble for IT departments.…

Zuckerberg talked to Obama while writing his Facebook manifesto - CNET - News - 7 hours 49 min ago
The social network's co-founder may not be running for president, but his manifesto was inspired in part by talking to one.

Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

The Register - 7 hours 56 min ago
Blames pricey SF rent for $350,000 insider-trading scam

An ex-Expedia IT admin has been fined and jailed for 15 months after he spied on the emails of the travel giant's top brass to make insider trades.…

Lawsuit: Mylan’s epic EpiPen price hike wasn’t about greed—it’s worse

Ars Technica - April 25, 2017 - 10:58pm

Enlarge / Mylan Inc. CEO Heather Bresch testifies on Capitol Hill in a hearing on "Reviewing the Rising Price of EpiPens." (credit: Getty | Alex Wong)

When Mylan dramatically increased the price of its life-saving EpiPen devices, it drew sharp rebuke all around for what seemed like a purely greedy—and heartless—move. But according to a lawsuit filed by French drug maker Sanofi, the move wasn’t just out of simple greed. Instead, it was part of an underhanded scheme to “squash” competition from Sanofi’s rival device, the Auvi-Q.

With the lofty prices and near-monopoly over the market, Mylan could dangle deep discounts to drug suppliers—with the condition that they turn their backs on Sanofi’s Auvi-Q—the lawsuit alleges. Suppliers wouldn’t dare ditch the most popular auto-injector. And with the high prices, the rebates wouldn’t put a dent in Mylan’s hefty profits, Sanofi speculates.

Coupled with a smear campaign and other underhanded practices, Mylan effectively pushed Sanofi out of the US epinephrine auto-injector market, Sanofi alleges. The lawsuit, filed Monday in a federal court in New Jersey, seeks damages under US Antitrust laws.

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Nomiku Sous Chef Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - April 25, 2017 - 10:46pm
Sign up for a meal delivery service and wave the packaged meals in front of the Nomiku cooker, and it will automatically set the right temperature to cook your food in a water bath.

10% of Windows 10 machines upgraded to Creators Update; 60% of phones eligible

Ars Technica - April 25, 2017 - 10:43pm

Enlarge / The announcement of the Creators Update in October 2016.

Two weeks into its phased rollout, the Creators Update (version 1703) is on about ten percent of Windows 10 machines.

That number comes from AdDuplex, which collects statistics from Windows 10 machines running apps built with its advertising SDK. 9.8 percent of Windows 10 machines are on 1703, 82.1 percent are on the Anniversary Update, 6 percent are on version 1511, and just 1.8 percent are on the original RTM release.

That original release (sometimes known as 1507, following the year-year-month-month naming pattern used for subsequent releases) moves out of support on May 9. Although Windows 10 itself has a minimum of ten years of support, maintaining that support will still require periodic upgrades. This is not an entirely new policy; in the days of Windows Service Packs, the release of a new Service Pack would start a two-year countdown for support of the previous Service Pack. After those two years, only the new Service Pack would be supported. The timetable is a little condensed, however; Windows 10 1507 is not yet two years old, and it won't be two years old when it falls out of support.

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Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life

BBC Technology News - April 25, 2017 - 10:31pm
Facebook's processes were already under scrutiny after video of a US killing stayed online for hours.

Which OLED TV should you buy right now? - CNET - News - April 25, 2017 - 10:27pm
I compared the cheapest 2016 and 2017 OLED TVs directly. Both are awesome, but only one is overpriced.

Five years later, legal Megaupload data is still trapped on dead servers

Ars Technica - April 25, 2017 - 10:22pm

Enlarge / Following the Megaupload bust, the feds took more than 1,000 servers belonging to Carpathia Hosting. The servers, now offline in a climate-controlled facility, held more than 25 petabytes of data. (credit: Getty Images)

It's been more than five years since the government accused Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom of criminal copyright infringement. While Dotcom himself was arrested in New Zealand, US government agents executed search warrants and grabbed a group of more than 1,000 servers owned by Carpathia Hosting.

That meant that a lot of users with gigabytes of perfectly legal content lost access to it. Two months after the Dotcom raid and arrest, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a motion in court asking to get back data belonging to one of those users, Kyle Goodwin, whom the EFF took on as a client. Goodwin ran OhioSportsNet, and he used Megaupload to store the digital video he recorded of high school sports games. He paid €79.99 ($87.49) for a two-year premium subscription.

Years have passed. The US criminal prosecution of Dotcom and other Megaupload executives is on hold while New Zealand continues with years of extradition hearings. Meanwhile, Carpathia's servers were powered down and are kept in storage by QTS Realty Trust, which acquired Carpathia in 2015.

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April's giraffe cam is back, but it's Tuesdays only - CNET - News - April 25, 2017 - 10:11pm
If you're a fan of the popular livestream, mark your calendars for a few hours each week of watching April, Oliver and their still-unnamed son.

After blitzing FlexiSpy, hackers declare war on all stalkerware makers: 'We're coming for you'

The Register - April 25, 2017 - 10:04pm
App dev ransacked after gang used test/test login, it is claimed

A Brit biz selling surveillance tools that can be installed on phones to spy on spouses, kids, mates or employees has been comprehensively pwned by hackers – who promise similar stalkerware peddlers are next.…

See Sedric drive: Volkswagen shows off first autonomous concept car - IT industry - April 25, 2017 - 9:58pm

Earlier this year at CES, Toyota and Honda revealed their vision of an autonomous, connected, companion car, and now Volkswagen is entering the mix with Sedric. 

Sedric is Volkswagen's first crack at a fully autonomous car, and as such, it doesn't have pedals or a steering wheel. Instead, the concept car is summoned by pressing a button and "driven" by a voice-controlled AI agent. Passengers pile into its spacious interior through two sliding glass doors and can enjoy a movie on the car's OLED windscreen.

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