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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

CES 2017The annual godforsaken hypegasm that is the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has given an "innovation award" ... to a Wi-Fi-connected microphone-fitted allegedly "smart" hairbrush.
Iain Thomson, 04 Jan 2017
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Unemployed men queued outside a depression soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone U.S. Information Agency. (08/01/1953 - 03/27/1978)

Routine jobs vanishing and it's all technology's fault? Hold it there, sport

Routine jobs are disappearing, pushing less educated workers toward either lower-paying non-routine jobs, unemployment, or non-participation in the labor market.
Thomas Claburn, 04 Jan 2017
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smartphone driver

Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

A family is suing Apple after their five-year-old daughter was killed by a driver allegedly distracted at the wheel with a FaceTime call on his iPhone.
Iain Thomson, 04 Jan 2017
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Web-exposed MongoDB installs wiped by bitcoin ransoming script scum

Some 2,000 MongoDB installations have been compromised by an attacker demanding administrators pay 0.2 bitcoins (US$206) to have lost data returned.
Darren Pauli, 04 Jan 2017
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Hello Barbie

Mattel's parenting takeover continues with Alexa-like dystopia

Today in “what could possibly go wrong?”, the company that gave the world the infamous “Hello Barbie” now wants its Amazon Alexa look-alike in kids' bedrooms.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jan 2017
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FACEPALM

Kaspersky fixing serious certificate slip

UpdatedKaspersky is moving to fix a bug that disabled certificate validation for 400 million users.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jan 2017

Boffins bag side-channel bugs before they bite

Rowhammer and similar side-channel attacks aren't caught by anti-virus, so a bunch of US boffins have set about working out how to catch their signatures.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jan 2017
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Speeding jet of Siberian liquid hot Magma getting speedier, satellites find

A speeding jet of magma 420 kilometres wide, described nearly as hot as the Sun's surface underneath Russia is moving three times faster that previously recorded, scientists say.
Darren Pauli, 04 Jan 2017
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Netanel Rubin at Chaos Communications Congress 2016.

Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

Smart meters are "dangerously insecure," according to researcher Netanel Rubin – who claimed the gear uses weak encryption, relies on easily pwned protocols, and can be programmed to explode.
Darren Pauli, 04 Jan 2017
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soylent-like substance Huel... Photo by Edward Martinson

My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

The very phrase "food substitute" is enough to strike fear into the hearts of the Full-English loving workforce, and perhaps rightly so.
Edward Martinson, 04 Jan 2017
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A quadcopter drone seized by the Metropolitan Police

Joe Public likes drones and regulations, finds UK.gov 'public dialogue'

The general public is keen on drones of all shapes and sizes but wants their operators to be registered and trained, according to a study carried out by the UK Department for Transport and the Ministry of Defence.
Gareth Corfield, 04 Jan 2017
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Hoags Object

Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

A rarer-than-rare galaxy 359 million light years away from Earth has been spotted by physicists.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jan 2017
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LaCie_d2_and_Rugged_2017

Seagate performs upgrade transplant surgery on LaCie external drives

CES 2017With two Seagate LaCie drive revisions, we see the storage industry doing what it does best at a device level; capacity and connectivity upgrades so as to store more data and get at it faster.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2017
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Oil refinery - engineer checks fuel mix. Photo by Shutterstock

Regular or premium? Intel pumps out Optane memory at CES

CES 2017Intel has announced Optane memory products in M.2. format to ship in the second 2017 quarter.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2017
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Mark zuckerberg in a buena vista style flat cap. Photo: shutterstock mashup

The Zucker Mister Social Club: Facebook's daddy wants to be your friend, for realsies

There is only one appropriate response to obnoxious self-improvement posts on Facebook: instant de-friend. But unfortunately Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's resolution is to make more pals in person.
Kat Hall, 04 Jan 2017
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DJI_Ispire_2_drone

Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

Seagate is partnering with drone maker DJI to develop onboard storage for its unmanned aerial vehicles.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2017
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Couple in snorkelling gear at the travel agents... Comedy snap. Photo by Shutterstock

Travel booking systems ‘wide open’ to abuse – report

UpdatedLegacy travel booking systems disclose travellers’ private information, security researchers warn.
John Leyden, 04 Jan 2017
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Migrating birds in the cloud

AWS chief: Tens of thousands flocking from database rivals

AWS's database migration service (DMS) is storming along according to its head Andy Jassy, who offered a rare data point on the company's development last week.
Alexander J Martin, 04 Jan 2017
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Black hole - spaghetti visualisation. Artist's impression.  NASA/JPL-Caltech, CC BY-SA

NASA eyes up supermassive black holes, neutron stars

NASA will embark on a new mission to explore supermassive black holes, neutron stars, and pulsars hidden within the depths of space.
Katyanna Quach, 04 Jan 2017
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Assange

Assange confirmed alive, tells Fox: Prez Obama 'acting like a lawyer'

Julian Assange has been interviewed for the first time in months, putting to bed rumours he'd been kidnapped, while also disputing claims that Russia contributed to WikiLeaks' offerings during the US Presidential election.
Alexander J Martin, 04 Jan 2017
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Exhausted looking business man on phone in from of laptop. Photo by Shutterstock

DomainMonster email service restored at last after Yuletide borkage

UpdatedDomainMonster finally resolved problems with its hosted email service on Tuesday, more than two weeks after they first began on 21 December.
John Leyden, 04 Jan 2017
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Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer

Internet of Things bods at the Zigbee Alliance have unveiled what they are calling a “universal language” for IoT, dotdot.
Gareth Corfield, 04 Jan 2017
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Soaring costs in San Fran. from www.shutterstock.com

San Francisco first US city to outlaw ISP lock-ins by landlords

San Francisco has become the first major US city to bar building owners from restricting their tenants to specific ISPs.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jan 2017
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Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

When the leap second was added just before the arrival of 2017, Cloudflare stumbled. The content delivery network's DNS service suffered a limited service interruption during the first few hours of the new year.
Thomas Claburn, 04 Jan 2017
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Faraday Future

Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

CES 2017While the crowds at CES in Las Vegas are all agog at the Faraday Future FF91 supercar, you can stop saving your pennies. Half Life 3 will be released before these allegedly self-driving vehicles roll out in volume.
Iain Thomson, 04 Jan 2017
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fail

Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

A Florida inmate is suing Verizon Wireless after he used one of the telco's stores to commit identity theft.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jan 2017

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