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Cheaper 2018 iPhones, and iOS 12 could just save your life - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 57 min ago
What went down in iPhone news this week.

Audi recalls, stops sale of 2012-2018 A6, A7 for sensor problems - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 15 sec ago
This recall also covers the S6, S7 and RS7 performance variants.

Microsoft's Bing lets you find that stranger's jeans with your phone camera - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 36 sec ago
We've all coveted things from afar. This Goole Lens competitor uses AI to help you track down info using a photo.

Google’s AR “Measure” app comes to all ARCore Android phones

Ars Technica - 4 hours 23 min ago

Back when I tested Google's first augmented reality product, Project Tango, one of my favorite use cases was the Google Measure app. This would turn Tango's bevy of extra sensors into a virtual tape measure, allowing you to roughly pick any two points in the world and get the distance between them. When Project Tango died, I figured the Measure app was done for too, but Google has resurrected the app for ARCore, its new, post-Tango augmented reality framework that works on many high-end Android phones.

Tango used a time-of-flight camera, an IR projector, and a fish-eye motion camera to measure things, but now with an ARCore-compatible Android device, you can run the exact same app with normal smartphone hardware. Just point the phone at something, drag out either the "length" or "height" measurement tools onto the camera feed, and adjust the end points to measure something. When you first open the app, you have to move the phone around so it can scan the surrounding area. This isn't a fast process and can be a bit of a pain when you just want to measure something.

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After being pulled from a spaceflight in January, Jeanette Epps speaks up

Ars Technica - 4 hours 33 min ago

Enlarge / Jeanette Epps, left, is shown as an Expedition 54-55 backup crewmember on December 5, 2017. She was pulled from Expedition 56 at about this time. (credit: NASA)

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps was supposed to be in space right now, as the first African-American crew member living on the International Space Station. But instead she's on the ground doing all of the things astronauts do when they're not in space—training, monitoring programs, working as a capcom in Mission Control, and more.

Since being pulled from her flight in January, a mission that launched about two weeks ago for a six-month tour on the space station, Epps has remained quiet in public. NASA did not specify the reasons for her removal from Expedition 56 to the space station, saying only that, "These decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information."

However, Epps did finally speak publicly this week, appearing at the Tech Open Air technology festival in Berlin on June 21, where she was interviewed by journalist Megan Gannon. The website CollectSPACE provided a transcript of the discussion.

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World Cup sees Google Translate use within Russia jump 30% - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 36 min ago
The most popular queries include "world cup," "stadium" and "beer."

SpaceX lands Air Force Falcon Heavy launch contract - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 40 min ago
SpaceX's strongest rocket gets a thumbs-up from the US Air Force.

Ars on your lunch break, part three: Those darn robot overlords

Ars Technica - 4 hours 41 min ago

Enlarge / HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT OUR LORD AND SAVIOR SKYNET (credit: Carolco Pictures)

Today we present the third and final installment of my interview with the world-renowned roboticist and AI pioneer Rodney Brooks. Please check out parts one and two if you missed them.

We start today’s installment with the very cliffhanger sentence yesterday’s installment ended with: Rodney saying “Yeah, let’s talk about deep learning.” We proceed to do just that. For anyone giddy about the glittering newness of neural networks and the deep learning systems they power, Rodney points out that this work began in 1943.

This leads to an argument similar to yesterday’s point about self-driving cars regarding the importance of knowing a technology’s full history before handicapping its future. Rodney’s basic point is that deep learning is an overnight success that required 70 years to percolate. So the next giant breakthrough could be further off than we think.

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Study: US oil and gas methane emissions have been dramatically underestimated

Ars Technica - 4 hours 43 min ago

Enlarge / PINEDALE, WY - MAY 3: A natural gas facility stands on the Pinedale Anticline, on May 3, 2018 in Pinedale, Wyoming. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images)

The US has been dramatically underestimating methane emissions from oil and gas operations, according to a new study published in Science on Thursday. The study, conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund and 15 partner universities, asserts that methane emissions from oil and gas production are likely 63 percent higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency has reported.

The discrepancy stems from the way methane is measured and monitored, the authors suggest. Methane leakages are measured at known intervals and at specific parts of equipment, without verification of the leak volume at the facility as a whole. This allows the industry to avoid counting any surprise leakage events, which the authors claim are more common than not.

The results are concerning because methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has more of a warming effect in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, part for part. On the other hand, methane is shorter lived in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, so restricting its escape can have positive short-term effects on warming.

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Bose Sleepbuds promise more blissful nights - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 4 hours 52 min ago
Bose's new $249 Noise-Masking Sleepbuds are for better sleep, not listening to music. We tried them out.

Under “right-to-try” law, therapy may go for $300K—with no proof it will work

Ars Technica - 4 hours 55 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

A small biotech company called Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. is among the first companies considering selling an experimental therapy directly to patients under the “right to try” measure, signed into law late last month. And if the company moves forward, it may give its unproven therapy a price tag in the ballpark of $300,000, according to a recent report by Bloomberg,

The experimental stem cell-based therapy, called NurOwn, is aimed at treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). But despite the potentially hefty price tag that patients would likely pay out of pocket, there’s no evidence that the therapy stops the progression of the disease or improves symptoms. So far, NurOwn has only passed early clinical trials showing safety, not efficacy. But under the new “right-to-try” law, the biotech company doesn’t need such proof to sell its therapy.

The law was pitched as a compassionate measure to allow patients with life-threatening illnesses easier access to experimental drugs. But the bill was controversial, with critics noting that the Food and Drug Administration already had a swift and lenient pathway for such patients to obtain experimental drugs. Critics also worried that the law would simply weaken the FDA and open vulnerable patients to unscrupulous companies that might try to peddle unproven—and potentially sham—therapies as profit-driven endeavors.

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Amazon staff to Bezos: Stop selling tech to law enforcement, Palantir

Ars Technica - 5 hours 6 min ago

Jeff Bezos stands next to the copper lining for a BE-4 engine nozzle in his Blue Origin rocket factory. (credit: Eric Berger)

In an open letter published by Gizmodo, Amazon staff have called on CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement and government agencies, due to the potential that the tech is used to "harm the most marginalized." This follows similar demands from Microsoft employees and Google workers over those companies' contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Defense, respectively.

Further, the letter demands that Amazon stop selling AWS cloud services to data analytics firm Palantir. Palantir has numerous government contracts and is involved in the operation of ICE's detention and deportation programs. Starting in May of this year, these programs have implemented a policy of systematically separating children of asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants from their parents, housing them in tent cities and cages. The letter's signatories "refuse to build the platform that powers ICE" and "refuse to contribute to tools that violate human rights."

Additionally, the authors call on Amazon to implement transparency and accountability measures to detail how Amazon's services are used by law enforcement agencies.

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Ötzi the Iceman spent his last days trying to repair his tools

Ars Technica - 5 hours 13 min ago

Enlarge / Ötzi's dagger. (credit: Wierer et al. 2018)

5,300 years ago, someone shot a man with an arrow on a high Alpine ridge near the modern Italian-Austrian border. Thousands of years after his death, a group of hikers found the victim’s mummified body emerging from a melting glacier. Today, we know the man as Ötzi, and archaeologists have spent the last 28 years studying the wealth of information about Copper Age life Ötzi brought with him into the present. Studies have examined his genome, his skeleton, his last meals, his clothes, and the microbes that lived in his gut. Now, a new study of the chert tools he carried reveals details of his lifestyle, his last days, and the trade networks that linked far-flung Alpine communities.

Archaeologist Ursula Wierer of the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio in Florence, Italy, and her colleagues studied the surfaces of the tools under high-power microscopes. Separately, they made CT scans to better understand the tools' shape and structure in places where the surface couldn’t be seen, such as where blade hafts were covered by wooden handles. They also compared microscopic images of the tools with a library of chert collected from around the region to learn where and how the equipment of Copper Age hunters like Ötzi was made.

Tools of the trade

Ötzi probably hailed from the lower Vinschgau Valley, one or two days’ walk from the slopes of the Alpine ridge where he died, according to isotopic analysis of his remains and the plant species that contributed to his tools and other equipment. 5,300 years ago, the Vinschgau was home to farmers and pastoralists who were just beginning to frequent the high mountain passes for the first time since the Mesolithic.

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Supreme Court rules: Yes, gov’t needs warrant to get cellphone location data

Ars Technica - 5 hours 22 min ago

Enlarge / Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court for the No Muslim Ban on April 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for MoveOn.org)

In a 5-4 decision issued Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that if the government wants to collect a suspect’s cell-site location information (CSLI)—detailed, granular data that shows where a person is every few seconds—it needs a warrant to do so.

"Accordingly, when the Government tracks the location of a cell phone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.

However, the court also suggested that there was a seeming arbitrary line of six days, ruling that law enforcement certainly definitely needed a warrant to get CSLI for more than that amount of time. The majority of the Supreme Court justices did not fully explain why they drew the line there, much to the frustration of the dissenting minority.

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Samsung is reportedly testing an Android Go phone - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 26 min ago
A simpler Samsung phone running a stock Android experience might be out there.

Article 13: Europe's hotly debated revamp of copyright law, explained - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 27 min ago
The EU's proposed European Copyright Directive is being called a war on memes. Here's why.

Police: Uber driver was streaming Hulu just before fatal self-driving car crash

Ars Technica - 5 hours 32 min ago

Enlarge / The Uber vehicle after it struck Elaine Herzberg. (credit: Tempe Police Department)

Tempe, Arizona, police have released a massive report on the fatal Uber vehicle crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in March. The report provides more evidence that driver Rafaela Vasquez was distracted in the seconds before the crash.

"This crash would not have occurred if Vasquez would have been monitoring the vehicle and roadway conditions and was not distracted,'' the report concludes.

Police obtained records from Hulu suggesting that Vasquez was watching "The Voice," a singing talent competition that airs on NBC, just before the crash. Hulu's records showed she began watching the program at 9:16pm. Streaming of the show ended at 9:59pm, which "coincides with the approximate time of the collision," according to the police report.

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Jeep Cherokee is the 'most American' car on American-made index - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 2 min ago
The Camry is once again nowhere to be found.

Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

The Register - 6 hours 2 min ago
No claps for you: Marketing director slams condom ad

An ad campaign branding Norway the "Land of Chlamydia" has been slapped down by tourist bosses.…

This Halter ED-600 adjustable sit-stand desk has never been cheaper: $110 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 5 min ago
Plus: A totally free Beach Boys album, a nearly free Steam Link and a sweet deal on a Monoprice amp.

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