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Experian makes it easy for someone to undo your credit freeze

Turns out Equifax isn't the only credit reporting agency with garbage security, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise at this point. As Brian Krebs reports on his security news website, Experian has a few issues too, namely some incredibly lax...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 7:03 am

US allies accuse NSA of manipulating encryption standards

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is in the global bad books again after allegations surfaced suggesting it was trying to manipulate international encryption standards. Reuters reports that it has seen interviews and emails from experts in countr...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 6:42 am

Instagram's face filters are now available during your livestreams

The face filters that Instagram swiped from Snapchat are now available on Instagram Live. Starting today, you can add filters before your Live feed airs or during with options that include various crowns and animal ears as well as pilot getup and and...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 6:21 am

The universe's most energetic particles have traveled a long way

The origin of cosmic rays has been a mystery to scientists since their detection over fifty years ago. One of the prevailing theories is that they come from the center of our galaxy. But now, a group of more than 400 scientists from eighteen differen...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 6:00 am

US music sales keep climbing thanks to streaming

Last year, streaming generated more money in the US for the music business than all other forms of distribution for the first time ever, and that trend is continuing in spades. In the first half of 2017, the industry raked in just under $4 billion, u...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 5:44 am

How Peggy Whitson stayed in shape for nine months aboard the ISS

Space is no place for battles of the bulge. That's why NASA insists on getting its astronauts into peak physical condition before sending them offworld. But aboard the ISS, in a living space the size of a football field, the human body will readily g...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 5:30 am

FTC lawsuit over D-Link’s lax router security just took a big hit

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took D-Link to court over its incredibly insufficient security. The FTC claimed that the company failed to protect its routers and IP cameras from unauthorized access, exposing them to use in botnet atta...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 5:16 am

Facebook's 'M' AI assistant will help you choose a movie

Facebook had grand plans for its in-Messenger AI assistant, M, when it was launched in 2015. While the service hasn't quite yet lived up to the hype, the company is continually rolling out new features in a bid to make using it a fun experience, and...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 5:00 am

Roku reportedly has a 4K streaming stick on tap for this fall

Roku's getting ready for a new round of hardware updates this fall (we've previously reported on their interest in a smart speaker), and we have some news on what may be coming. According to Zats Not Funny, Roku will unveil a 4K HDR streaming stick w...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 4:46 am

What if the Google-HTC deal is actually about voice assistants?

The news is out: HTC and Google have finally consummated their ages-long flirtation with each other. In exchange for $1.1 billion in cash, HTC will hand over 2,000 employees to the search giant. These are the people who formed the bulk of the Taiwane...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 4:30 am

London Costcutter trials finger-vein readers for faster payments

The humble Costcutter supermarket at Brunel University in London has recently become home to a biometric payment system that allows customers to check out with a tap of their finger. The store's owner has begun trialling Sthaler's Fingopay system, wh...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 4:20 am

Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to 'lifelike' robots

A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 4:14 am

Royole's 'personal cinema' headset carries a heavy premium

VR's not-so-meteoric rise has also revived interest in that most sci-fi of concepts: the personal cinema. A head-mounted display that lets you immerse yourself in a movie, blocking out the distractions of modern life. No matter if you're on a plane o...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 4:00 am

Twitter will also be at the Senate's Russia hearings

Social media played a huge part in determining the outcome of the 2016 election, and there's a suspicion that the ad-tracking tools those platforms offer could have been hijacked by nefarious forces. Shortly after news broke that Facebook will appear...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:40 am

UK lifeboat crew tests drones as search and rescue helpers

Drones are becoming an important part of the emergency services. Police are using them to search for missing people, while fire departments test them as a tool to survey dangerous sites. Until now, however, we haven't seen or heard about them being u...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:31 am

CCleaner malware had a specific target: tech titans

The malware that hackers inserted into legit downloads of popular PC-cleaning software CCleaner wasn't harmless after all. According to Cisco's Talos security division, it had specific targets: at least 20 tech titans, including Google, Samsung, Micr...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:22 am

Engadget giveaway: Win an Optoma UHD60 4K projector!

If you're planning a new home theater setup, 4K resolution and HDR color processing are definitely where you should be heading. You'll also want to maximize your screen real estate to enjoy it all, but many people don't have room in their layout for...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:05 am

Mercedes is building smarter headlights for its cars of the future

In a dark garage at the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, a flat gray S-Class illuminates a white screen at the end of long hall. The headlights blast on and while the light is bright, it's not that impressive. Then Stefan Toepfer, el...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:00 am

Google Assistant is definitely part of Bose's new QC35 headphones

Last week, we reported that Bose's QuietComfort 35 II Bluetooth headphones might include Google Assistant. Now, it's confirmed. Bose has revealed that this pair of QC headphones is the first to have a Google Assistant integration. They retail for $35...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:41 am

iOS 11 forces Uber to loosen its location tracking

Uber has followed through on its promise to restore your ability to block the app from tracking your location even when you're not using it. More precisely, it had no choice but to do so, at least for iPhones and iPads. The latest version of Apple's...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:19 am

'Doom’ for the Nintendo Switch feels exactly like it’s supposed to

When Nintendo announced the launch of the Switch by using footage from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it was a surprise -- but a reasonable one. Bethesda's open-world adventure game was beloved, but old enough that a port to Nintendo's new console seem...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:00 am

Microsoft may open its first UK store in London's Oxford Circus

After years of rumours and speculation, Microsoft might finally be ready to open its first retail store in the UK. Retail Week reports that the company is in advanced talks with The Crown Estate (the commercial business that controls land and holding...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:50 am

HoloLens is helping Ford designers prototype cars quicker

When Google released Glass Enterprise, it took a consumer-oriented product written off as privacy-invading nonsense and made it incredibly useful for businesses. Microsoft is effectively doing the same with its $3,000, not-yet-for-consumers HoloLens...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:41 am

Hulu scores new and old episodes of 'Will & Grace'

Will & Grace is set to return to our screens next week. But, its fabulous comeback won't just be relegated to network television. The show's original run, and its new episodes, are also making their on-demand debut on Hulu. The streaming service,...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:19 am

NVIDIA drops the basic Shield TV's price to $180

NVIDIA's Shield TV promised to be an Android set-top box for gamers, and in that sense, it delivered. The company first released it in 2015, but its updated version cut down on price by bundling the $50 remote in to make the base-tier $200 version mo...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:00 am