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A group of cybersecurity experts has come out in opposition to a White House-backed proposal that would dramatically expand the FBI’s wiretapping capabilities for internet communication services. In a new research paper , the group argues against new regulations under what’s being called CALEA II, an extension to the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act , which mandated law enforcement backdoor access for telephone networks. The new regulation would do something similar for internet communications, threatening heavy fines on companies that do not comply with wiretapping orders.
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Security experts warn FBI wiretap bill would make apps less secure
It’s easy to miss the Google TV booth here at I/O 2013, hidden in the corner of the third floor. That may not be an accident: there was apparently no room in the company’s sprawling three-and-a-half-hour keynote to mention Google TV, either, just a short blog post hours later announcing that it now runs the latest version of Android . So in a sea of new products, services, and pitches to developers, we couldn’t help but wonder: is TV dead? Google has killed plenty of products with many more fans than Google TV — will it go the way of Reader ? Continue reading…
Google TV: silent but not forgotten at I/O 2013
Here’s a video of biologist Brad Josephs’s GoPro camera being eaten by a grizzly bear in Alaska; he’d set it out in order to get footage for a BBC documentary. The grizzly went above and beyond the call of duty. A grizzly Ate My GoPro!!! GoPro HD (Thanks, Hugh)
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Grizzly bear eats video camera: close up of terrifying maw
The CW Network is bringing its shows to the Apple TV with a new app, reports Deadline . That makes it the first TV network to make its content directly available to viewers on the set-top box rather than through an intermediary like Netflix or Hulu. The network behind shows like 90210, Gossip Girl, and the Vampire Diaries will be launching the app sometime in the coming weeks, but no exact release date has been given. The network announced its plans at its annual upfront ad sales event. Later, confirming the details to MacRumors , CW stated that the app would be similar to what it offers on Xbox and mobile platforms — programming would be ad-supported (i.e., no cable authentication required), and available a day after airing on TV
Remember Delicious Library ? The app is a digital pack rat’s best friend, a beautiful way to organize and collect movies you’ve seen, albums you own, and books you’ve read. In its heyday the app inspired a generation of design-obsessed Mac developers , but it never found a home on iPhone, so various apps have sprouted up to fill the gap. Limelight for iPhone is the latest example, created by Everyme co-founder Oliver Cameron
Market research firm IDC just released its latest quarterly look at the smartphone market, and for the first time Windows Phone marketshare has eclipsed BlackBerry. During Q1 2013, Windows Phone devices accounted for 3.2 percent of all smartphones shipped, while BlackBerry devices made up 2.9 percent of the market. That’s a change from last quarter, when Windows Phone made up 2.6 percent of all shipments, compared to 3.2 percent for BlackBerry. While that’s good news for Microsoft in a relative sense — they’ve been trailing BlackBerry for third place for quite some time — it’s pretty obvious that we still don’t have a true third smartphone ecosystem that consumers are responding to yet. It’s still a two-horse race between Apple and..
Google and NASA have teamed up to launch a new laboratory focused on advancing machine learning. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab — hosted at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California — will contain a quantum supercomputer that will be used by researchers from the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and all over the world to pioneer breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Continue reading…
Recon Instruments has been building heads-up display headgear for years, but until Google Glass showed up, not many people understood what exactly the company was trying to sell. “Google being in this space makes it easier for us to explain what we do,” said Shane Luke, Recon’s VP of product management at Google I/O today. “People aren’t so confused by our products anymore.” The company’s next product, the Jet, is a pair of sunglasses built for bike riders, kayakers, runners and general athletes. Continue reading…
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Recon Instruments Jet: hands-on with a rugged Google Glass, of sorts
Following Outlook.com’s recent Skype integration , Microsoft is turning its integration focus to Google services today. Google Talk, an instant messaging service for text and audio, is being integrated directly into Outlook.com, Microsoft’s refreshed webmail service. The surprising move comes just days before Google is rumored to be rounding up its Google Talk and Hangouts services into a unified “Babel” service . Google Talk support just ahead of rumored Babel service Microsoft heard from Outlook.com users that they wanted to chat to their contacts using Google Talk, so the company utilized Google’s APIs to build the support.
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Outlook.com gets Google Talk support, rolling out worldwide this week
If you’re looking for screenshots of Atari’s 1976 blockbuster Breakout , you may be in for a surprise today. Typing ” atari breakout ” into Google Image Search will return a fully playable version of the game, where the images are rendered as breakable blocks. The original version of the game was developed by a pre-Apple Steve Wozniak after his friend Steve Jobs promised Atari founder Nolan Bushnell that he could deliver a prototype in just four days. While this Google version may not have quite as storied a history, it stands out as one of the more elaborate Easter eggs we’ve seen from the search giant.
Play Atari’s classic ‘Breakout’ right inside Google Image Search
Shane Todd’s parents, Rick and Mary Todd, arriving at the coroner’s public inquest. Photo: Belmont Lay Investigators and friends testified today that Shane Todd, the American engineer who was found hanging in his bathroom in Singapore last year , was depressed and even visited suicide-related websites in the months before his death. It was the first day of testimony in the highly sensitive 12-day coroner’s inquest, which was commissioned after Todd’s parents raised questions about their son’s death. The Todds believe that Shane was murdered , possibly because he facilitated an illegal transfer of military-grade technology from the US to China through his work at the Singaporean research agency Institute of Microelectronics.
Google has been extending the functionality of Google+ with a steady stream of feature rollouts , and today the company has announced the latest addition: the ability to add content recommendations to mobile websites. The feature — launching today on the Forbes mobile site — appears as a small bar at the bottom of a given article. Tapping it brings up suggested articles for that site, keying off the author, the topics discussed, or what is being shared on Google+ to generate the suggestions. Users don’t need to be signed into their Google+ account to see the recommendations, but if they are they’ll also see suggestions based upon what those in their Google+ Circles have been sharing. While Forbes is the immediate launch partner, any..
Members of the Avengers may not be hitting the small screen, but the peacekeeping and espionage agency that stands behind them, S.H.I.E.L.D., will be coming to ABC with its own set of heroes. The first trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired last night, after being teased on Vine earlier in the day, and the all-too-quick 30-second spot paints the show as a mixture of spy thriller and superpower-studded action. ABC is yet to reveal a release date for the series, but as the network only recently announced that it had ordered a full season based off of the Joss Whedon-directed pilot, development of the show may only just be getting underway
Amazon has just debuted its own virtual currency , Amazon Coins, allowing customers to pay for apps on its Amazon Appstore for Android, as well as some in-app items. Kindle Fire customers in the US are the first to get their hands on Amazon Coins, as the company is giving all of them $5-worth of the currency, or 500 coins. But anyone can head to the Amazon Coins page and purchase Coins for themselves. Continue reading…
Amazon launches virtual currency Coins
Aereo has just announced that it is cutting back on the number of plans it offers by eliminating its $1 per day plan it introduced last summer as well as the option to have a cheaper annual subscription. Now, Aereo will only offer its its $8 monthly plan (which includes 20 hours of DVR storage) or a $12 monthly plan that triples DVR storage to 60 hours. Unfortunately for those who knew they were in for the long haul with Aereo, the $80 annual subscription will no longer be an option, which means customers will definitely be paying more over the course of a year, regardless of how much storage they need. Aereo says that its data showed that customers wanted a “simple” approach to pricing, but it’s a shame that simple approach eliminates… Continue reading…
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Aereo streamlines its plans, eliminates daily and annual subscription options
One of Iron Man 3′ s defining action scenes is the so-called “barrel of monkeys” scene ( minor spoilers ahead ), in which Tony Stark saves the passengers of Air Force One after a hole is blown in it at 30,000 feet. While it’s a scene that may stretch the laws of physics , it’s also one of the film’s high points — two minutes of edge-of-the-seat drama and visual effects spender. The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog breaks the whole scene down , covering both VFX needed to pull it off as well as the stunts that made it look so convincing. For starters, those falling passengers were skydivers from Red Bull’s skydiving team, with their gear and parachutes removed in post-production. “It’s something that’s incredibly difficult to fake —..
A brief list of misused English terminology in EU publications [PDF] is a fascinating look at the emerging dialect of English that is emerging out of the EU bureaucracy, in which odd bureaucratic language has to be translated from and to many languages. It’s a good window into concepts that are common in one nation’s
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Official list of English words misused in EU documents
Yesterday, wire and news company Bloomberg admitted that its reporters had been clandestinely using the company’s data terminals to gather news. Now, The New York Times has revealed the full scope of the tracking: of the news branch’s roughly 2,400 reporters, “several hundred” had used it, according to a preliminary internal investigation. Sources told the Times that reporters were first given access to terminal information in the 1990s, when they would sit in on sales calls to discuss the company’s then-nascent news wing as a benefit of buying terminal access. They were able to view lists of account holders at a given company, and to track metadata like when the account holder had last logged in and how often they used various functions… Continue reading…
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg officially launched FWD.us , his immigration reform group made up of such Silicon Valley luminaries as Marissa Mayer, Eric Schmidt, Bill Gates, and Steve Ballmer . However, the group’s impressive list of members just got a little shorter — according to Reuters, SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has officially left the group after it funded for senators who support an oil pipeline and oil drilling in Alaska. The ads themselves were focused more on the senators’ general policies and positions rather than immigration specifically, including support for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. There was a quick backlash from a number of progressive or environmental-focused organizations like MoveOn.org and Sierra…
Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each week, we’ll bring you important articles from the previous weeks’ original reports, features, and reviews on The Verge. Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again. Continue reading…
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The Weekender: an entrepreneurial monk, fires in space, and GI Joe
Microsoft’s efforts to build out the app ecosystem for Windows Phone 8 appear to be reaching a plateau. Buried in today’s announcement of the Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon was the fact that the Windows Phone Store now has 145,000 apps , up only slightly from the 120,000 apps announced in October. The figures suggest momentum has slowed after the Windows Phone catalog doubled in size over the first half of last year. And it raises the question of whether developers are shying away from a platform that is still struggling to catch on in North America.
Today, electric cars are too expensive for most of us, even with prices creeping downward. A Tesla Model S will run you over a grand a month , and even Ford’s electric Focus sells for nearly $40,000 . Making matters even tougher on the wallet is the fact that a home charging station will set you back as much as another $2,000. The auto industry knows all of these prices have to come down if electrics will catch on. And finally — on the home charger side of things anyway — something is being done about it
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Bosch’s $449 electric vehicle home charger is a bargain
I am a committed Tabasco Sauce fiend. It is neither too hot, nor too mild, nor too vinegary — I put it on pretty much everything. I’d use it for contact lens solution if I could. My life was radically transformed by my discovery of tiny, individual Tabasco sachets that aviation security X-rays don’t identify
The immigration reform bill currently sitting in the Senate is huge: it’s more than 800 pages long, with more than 300 proposed amendments crammed in. Senators are in the early stages of debating the measure, and so far, there’s a lot of talk about border security. But one detail that isn’t getting much attention yet is a deeply buried proposal to create a national database of nearly every adult in the US. Continue reading…