WikiLeaks: NSA also targeted Japan, spied on climate change policy

Engadget - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:10pm
Add Japan to the list of countries that the National Security Agency purportedly spied on. New documents published by WikiLeaks alleges that the NSA kept tabs on Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, his cabinet and companies like Mitsubishi since 20...

YotaPhone 2's US launch canceled after crowdfunding success

Engadget - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:59am
We sort of loved the dual-screened YotaPhone 2, and we weren't alone -- nearly 450 people ordered devices from the company's Indiegogo campaign earlier this month, and a few of them are going to be very disappointed. In an email (obtained by The Ve...

'Super Smash Bros.' gets tournament modes and YouTube replays

Engadget - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:50am
Nintendo isn't done with the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. just yet. The company has released an update today which adds tournament modes and the ability to post video replays to YouTube. Both features were teased just before E3, but...

NVIDIA Recalls Shield Tablets Over Heat Risk

Slashdot - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:46am
An anonymous reader writes: NVIDIA has issued a recall for 88,000 units of its 8-inch Shield tablet sold in the past year. Predictably, it's because of the battery. There have been reports of overheating, including two reports that the tablet got so hot it damaged the floor it was resting on. Oddly, the company is requiring anyone returning the tablet to update its OS to the latest release.

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Google Rejects French Watchdog Demand For Global Privacy Delistings

TechCrunch - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:41am
 Google said “non.” In a blog post, Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer explained why Google wouldn’t comply with the French data protection watchdog demands. The CNIL wanted the American company to widen its implementation of the so-called European ‘right to be forgotten.’ In its current implementation, Google only delists results from the subdomain,… Read More

The business of eSports in numbers

Engadget - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:30am
It takes about 50 years for a "game" to become a "sport," according to Andrew Paradise's calculations. He's an entrepreneur who recently joined the wave of investors getting in on the eSports game: His app, Skillz, allows mobile-gaming fans to win...

9 Basic Tips For Not Getting Pwned At Blackhat 2015

TechCrunch - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:20am
 Honestly, does anyone even say ‘pwned’ anymore? Am I exposing myself even more by putting it into the headline? Ugh, this is not off to a good start. Read More

Philae delivered crucial comet data despite its bumpy landing

Engadget - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:15am
Philae had a bumpy landing on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet last November, but that didn't stop it from relaying some important data back to Earth. Papers published in the journal Science reveal how scientists, using the data collected by Phi...

Oolu Is Bringing Solar Energy To West Africa’s Off-Grid Population

TechCrunch - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:05am
 In rural West Africa, 150 million people are currently living without electricity. Oolu, a Y Combinator company launching today, aims to reduce this number by delivering affordable solar energy to West Africa’s off-grid population, beginning in Senegal. Despite the surge of innovation in solar storage and panel technology, Oolu founder Daniel Rosa says that many people living in rural… Read More

Mozilla CEO: Windows 10 Strips User Choice For Browsers and Other Software

Slashdot - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:04am
puddingebola writes: Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has sent an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella complaining about the default settings in Windows 10. Users who upgrade to 10 will have their default browser automatically changed to the new Edge browser. Beard said, "We appreciate that it’s still technically possible to preserve people’s previous settings and defaults, but the design of the whole upgrade experience and the default settings APIs have been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult. It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost. ... We strongly urge you to reconsider your business tactic here and again respect people’s right to choice and control of their online experience by making it easier, more obvious and intuitive for people to maintain the choices they have already made through the upgrade experience.

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YC-Backed Saida Wants To Bring Short-Term Loans To People In Emerging Markets

TechCrunch - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:00am
 Saida, an app that helps people get approved for short-term loans based on their activity on their phones, launched out of Y Combinator today. Saida can see how a person, for example, uses their prepaid cellphone plan, such as how often they recharge that plan and what proportion of the plan is spent on data services, voice or text messaging. Users give Saida some information that helps… Read More

Space drones will collect samples from planets and asteroids

Engadget - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:00am
While Curiosity's doing a great job on the red planet, there are still areas it can't go to, such as steep cliffs/hills and locations hidden by permanent shadows. That's why the engineers at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Swamp Works laboratory are de...

Sharp abandons TVs in the US, hands keys to China's Hisense

Engadget - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:40am
Sharp's financial problems have forced it to leave the LCD TV business in North America. Chinese TV maker Hisense has paid a mere $23.7 million for the company's Mexican factory and the right to use the Sharp brand in North and South America. Sharp...

December’s Disrupt London To Feature Delivery Hero And Wallapop

TechCrunch - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:23am
 We’re continuing to announce speakers for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015. The conference will feature an amazing slate of global startups, investors, influential speakers, VIP guests and more. Niklas Östberg, Delivery Hero Niklas Östberg is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Delivery Hero. Niklas has been involved in the start-up scene since… Read More

Google Rejects French Order For 'Right To Be Forgotten'

Slashdot - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:21am
Last month, French data protection agency CNIL ordered Google to comply with the European "right to be forgotten" order by delisting certain search results not just on the European versions of Google's search engine, but on all versions. Google has now publicly rejected that demand. CNIL has promised a response, and it's likely the case will go before local courts. Google says, This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web. While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be "gay propaganda." If the CNIL's proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place.

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Uber is betting $1 billion to expand in India

Engadget - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:20am
Uber has big plans for India -- specifically, $1 billion worth. The taxi-hailing company announced last night that it would make the investment to expand its ridership in India to 1 million rides per day by 2016. Currently, estimates put Uber at ar...

Amazon Prime Music Gets Its Own Exclusive Content With Launch Of Amazon Acoustics

TechCrunch - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:18am
 Amazon is expanding its Prime Music service today with the launch of a new collection of exclusive acoustical recordings from a number of artists, both established and up-and-coming. At launch, there are just over 30 recordings being made available, which is accessible by way of the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android, Android Fire devices, Amazon’s connected speaker Echo, or online at… Read More

UK Is Leading The Way To Becoming A Global Bitcoin Hub

TechCrunch - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:11am
 In many countries, when it comes to regulating bitcoin companies, it’s still mostly a work in progress. Some governments want to restrict bitcoin quite a lot, while others are adopting a more favorable stance. The U.K. has been the financial hub of Europe for decades now, and it looks like it plans to do the same thing with bitcoin. Read More

Recon Jet smart glasses get the GoPro controller app they deserve

Engadget - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:01am
Recon Instruments makes tech-friendly snow and cyclist headwear with built-in GPS, displays and more. Recon's Jet glasses even have a camera on board -- but it's limited to a one-minute max for videos. Riders, runners and powder-fiends who own either...

Klarismo, A Service That Makes A 3D Model Of The Inside Of Your Body, Raises $2.1M

TechCrunch - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:00am
 Klarismo, which takes existing MRIs and other kinds of body scans to build a 3D model of a person, has raised $2.1 million and launched out of Y Combinator. Klarismo is an online service where users are able to take a much deeper look at their body’s internal structure. It takes MRI scans and other kinds of scans that people are getting already and then uses that to build a 3D model of… Read More