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DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

The Register - January 18, 2019 - 10:33pm
Identical sisters with same genetic makeup get different results from test kits

Updated Mail-order genetic testing kits, which are all the rage right now, have been put through their paces by identical twins, and the results are a little baffling.…

Roadshow Asks: Do you like the 2020 Toyota Supra? - Roadshow - News - January 18, 2019 - 10:00pm
Toyota's legendary Supra is back after a 20-year hiatus. What’s your opinion: Love? Hate? Somewhere in between?

Bioacoustic Devices Could Help Save Rainforests

Slashdot - January 18, 2019 - 9:45pm
Categories: Geek, Opinion

Facebook could face record fine from US regulators, report says - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 9:44pm
The fine hasn't been finalized but is expected to be larger than the record-setting $22.5 million the Federal Trade Commission imposed on Google in 2012, according to The Washington Post.

Verizon offers free robocall blocking, two years after AT&T and T-Mobile

Ars Technica - January 18, 2019 - 9:34pm

Enlarge / A Verizon logo at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Verizon yesterday said it will make spam and robocall blocking features free for all wireless customers starting in March, about two years after AT&T and T-Mobile began offering free robocall blocking.

"In March, we will be rolling out our free spam alerting and call blocking tools to all of our wireless customers whose smartphones support these features, including iPhone and Android devices," Verizon's announcement said. "There will be more information on how to sign up for the free service as we get closer to launch."

Verizon added call and spam screening features more than a year ago to its $2.99-per-month Call Filter product, which also lets customers see contact details for unknown callers. Verizon pointed to research showing that its system "correctly identified potential problem phone numbers approximately 93.6 percent of the time."

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Ikea and Sonos to launch Symfonisk speakers in August, says report - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 9:24pm
The Swedish furniture company showcased prototype Symfonisk speakers last year.

Facebook may be hit with “record-setting fine” by FTC, report says

Ars Technica - January 18, 2019 - 9:13pm

Enlarge (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

According to a Friday report by The Washington Post, federal regulators have discussed imposing a "record-setting fine against Facebook" for violating the company’s 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission.

The Post, which cited "three people familiar with the deliberations," reported that the total amount is "expected to be much larger than the $22.5 million fine" that Google previously paid in 2012.

Facebook has come under significant scrutiny over the last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that erupted in March 2018. That now-defunct British data analytics company was revealed to have retained data on 50 million Facebook users despite claiming to have deleted it.

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Canadian ban on Huawei's 5G tech will trigger 'repercussions,' says China - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 9:12pm
The Chinese telecom giant's 5G tech sales have come under scrutiny.

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

The Register - January 18, 2019 - 9:05pm
Лучшая защита – нападение?

Russian hackers attempted to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) just after the US midterm elections last year, according to a new court filing.…

Audi plans Q3-sized EV crossover, report says - Roadshow - News - January 18, 2019 - 8:39pm
The same source said an EV variant of the Q2 SUV will head to China.

Saturn's rings are a relatively new addition, NASA says - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 8:15pm
The Cassini spacecraft is long gone, but it's still helping scientists make new discoveries about the giant planet.

Glass review: M. Night Shyamalan's superheroes aren't what you expect - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 8:01pm
Twenty years in the making, the sequel to Unbreakable has its powerful moments, but it ain't no Marvel movie.

Are these the faces of the future?

BBC Technology News - January 18, 2019 - 7:57pm
Are these the faces of the future? It's clear these robots are no ordinary machines.

Stop & Shop's grocery pods will bring the store to your house - Roadshow - News - January 18, 2019 - 7:51pm
It's a bit different than the grocery delivery robots we've covered in the past.

VR headsets, augmented windshields, and multiscreen infotainment at CES

Ars Technica - January 18, 2019 - 7:44pm

Enlarge / Yes, I am wearing VR in the backseat of an electric car. Yes, this is Peak CES. (credit: Aurich Lawson)

LAS VEGAS—I'd been on the ground for less than twelve hours before I strapped on the virtual reality headset. It was only 8pm but felt far later thanks to time zones and air travel. I had already been chauffeured about that afternoon by a self-driving car, and here I was sitting in the back seat of an Audi e-tron at a race track a little south of the city. I'd already reached Peak CES, yet the show wouldn't even officially start for another 36 hours.

We were at Speedvegas for a rather exclusive look at Holoride, which Audi thinks is the next big breakthrough in in-car entertainment. According to the company—which has spun Holoride as an independent startup—it's a "radically new way to entertain backseat passengers in a brand new way." The idea is deceptively simple: you take telematics info from the car in real-time and use it to construct artificial environments in VR. Or, to put it another way, imagine you're flying in a spaceship, and every time the car accelerates, brakes, or turns, your spaceship accelerates, brakes, or turns as well.

I know what you're thinking: "wearing VR in the back of a car is going to make me carsick!" Holoride's magic formula has been to better match the car's motion to what happens in VR. That means less conflict between the messages from your eyes and your vestibular system, which means less motion sickness. (Now, only 27 percent of users will experience severe nausea, down from more than one in two before Holoride worked out its digital magic. And 53 percent experience no nausea at all.)

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2019 Ram HD to offer a Sport package, but don't get too excited - Roadshow - News - January 18, 2019 - 7:25pm
The Ram HD's new Sport package ditches some chrome and adds parking sensors.

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