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Vine helps everyone add pro-level music to their videos

Engadget - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:21am
After pushing out updates that focus on making its visuals better, Vine (for iOS and Android) is getting a major upgrade that introduces a bunch of new music features. The one that sounds most useful for creators, especially if you need a bit of he...

Ocean Cleanup Project Completes Great Pacific Garbage Patch Research Expedition

Slashdot - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:06am
hypnosec writes: The reconnaissance mission of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, dubbed the Mega Expedition by Ocean Clean, has been concluded. The large-scale cleanup of the area is set to begin in 2020. The primary goal of the Mega Expedition was to accurately determine how much plastic is floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This was the first time large pieces of plastic, such as ghost nets and Japanese tsunami debris, have been quantified. “I’ve studied plastic in all the world’s oceans, but never seen any area as polluted as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” said Dr. Julia Reisser, Lead Oceanographer at The Ocean Cleanup. “With every trawl we completed, thousands of miles from land, we just found lots and lots of plastic.”

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iZettle Gets $67M To Expand From Mobile Payments To Small Business Financing

TechCrunch - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:00am
 European mobile payments player, iZettle, is expanding into what amounts to small business loans — announcing a capital advance product, called iZettle Advance, which will be available to select iZettle customers who need funds to grow their own businesses. So it’s basically moving onto even more of the territory where traditional banks fear to tread. Read More

Apple Is About To Lay Down Its TV Cards

TechCrunch - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:46am
 A new Apple TV is on the way, though, and it could move the needle in more than one industry. According to information I’ve been able to compile from multiple sources, Apple is about to lay down its cards. Some of the nuts and bolts are already out there, but no one is really talking about how they fit together. Let’s talk. Read More

NYC cabs will test app-based system to challenge Uber

Engadget - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:32am
Around 7,000 NYC cabs are currently beta testing a new e-hail app called Arro, which the industry hopes can help it get back the customers it's lost to Uber. Arro isn't the first hailing app for cabs -- it actually works quite similarly to Uber --...

Inside the Booming, Unhinged, and Dangerous Malvertising Menace

Slashdot - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:33am
mask.of.sanity writes: The Register has a feature on the online malicious advertising (malvertising) menace that has become an explosively potent threat to end-user security on the internet. Experts say advertising networks and exchanges need to vet their customers, and publishers need to vet the third party content they display. Users should also consider script and ad blockers in the interim. From the article: "Ads as an attack vector was identified in 2007 when security responders began receiving reports of malware hitting user machines as victims viewed online advertisements. By year's end William Salusky of the SANS Internet Storms Centre had concocted a name for the attacks. Since then malvertising has exploded. This year it increased by more than 260 percent on the previous year, with some 450,000 malicious ads reported in the first six months alone, according to numbers by RiskIQ. Last year, security firm Cyphort found a 300 percent increase in malvertising. In 2013, the Online Trust Alliance logged a more than 200 percent increase in malvertising incidents compared to 2012, serving some 12.4 billion malvertisement impressions."

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Discovery launches short-form VR videos, starting with sharks

Engadget - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:58pm
Discovery hasn't jumped the shark yet, but it's definitely gotten really, really close to a few ferocious sea beasts. Discovery VR is the company's new foray into virtual reality and 360-degree experiences, and it begins with a series of short-form...

Sony isn't intentionally keeping 'Until Dawn' off of Twitch

Engadget - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:38pm
Right now, there's a bit of an issue going on with Twitch and the PlayStation 4's horror-movie-director simulator, Until Dawn. Yesterday the Twitch Support Twitter account posted that if you were using PS4's built-in Twitch sharing functionality th...

Turing Robotics' liquid metal phones to ship out in December

Engadget - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:09pm
That rectangular, encrypted Turing Robotics phone that one of our editors called "charmingly quirky" is ready for release. In fact, it will start shipping out on December 18th -- that's also when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, and yes,...

Research Suggests How Alien Life Could Spread Across the Galaxy

Slashdot - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:04pm
astroengine writes: As astronomical techniques become more advanced, a team of astrophysicists think they will be able to not only detect the signatures of alien life in exoplanetary atmospheres, but also track its relentless spread throughout the galaxy. The research, headed by Henry Lin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), assumes that this feat may be possible in a generation or so and that the hypothesis of panspermia may act as the delivery system for alien biology to hop from one star system to another.

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Expect a 'limited number' of HTC Vive VR headsets this year

Engadget - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:39pm
According to HTC, reports that the commercial launch of its Vive virtual reality headset is delayed until next year aren't telling the whole story. The company provided a statement to Engadget saying "We'll have a limited number of units by the end...

Vine ❤️ Music

TechCrunch - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:30pm
 Vine, the six-second looping video app from Twitter, has today announced a significant feature update that brings more attention to the audio in users’ videos. Starting tomorrow (Friday), Vine users will have more control over their vines with the ability to add music to their content. While it was previously possible to add music to vines by using a separate device to play the music,… Read More

Tesla Model S broke Consumer Reports' rating system

Engadget - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:47pm
The 2015 Tesla Model S P85D is officially the highest-rated vehicle ever tested by Consumer Reports. In fact, it's so good, it actually broke the magazine's rating system, achieving 103 points on a 100-point scale. The reviewers call the sedan "a g...

A Battle Royale Of Digital Assistants: The Big 5

TechCrunch - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:40pm
 Facebook is the latest tech titan to try and bring a consumer-focused digital assistant to the largely uninterested populace. M is a largely text-based hybrid assistant that can rely on human knowledge when need be to help answer queries that are a little bit more complicated and may require a human touch. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook now all have their own digital assistants… Read More

Facebook’s M Is Not The Droid You’ve Been Looking For

TechCrunch - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:29pm
 Facebook unveiled its M personal assistant yesterday, shelled out a few details and revealed that it was currently being beta-tested by a couple hundred random users in the Bay Area. The service is unique in that it is partially human-powered, and these “M trainers” can complete real tasks like buying items and making reservations. Whatever M eventually turns out to be, it is… Read More

Flexible phone concept bends to control apps

Engadget - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:22pm
This phone has a bendable screen, and it isn't just for show: it's equipped with a bending sensor and can actually be used as a form of input, like a stylus or your fingers on touchscreen displays. Our colleagues at Engadget Chinese got a chance to...

Brands Without Wax

TechCrunch - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:00pm
 The ancient Romans had a word to describe the most precious artistic works of the time: sincere. A technique made popular at the time involved inserting wax into a sculpture’s cracks as it aged to preserve its life. From a distance, a work treated in this regard was remarkably indistinguishable from its original. Read More

Most Healthcare Managers Admit Their IT Systems Have Been Compromised

Slashdot - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:55pm
Lucas123 writes: Eighty-one percent of healthcare IT managers say their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other kind of cyber attack during the past two years, and only half of those managers feel that they are adequately prepared to prevent future attacks, according to a new survey by KPMG. The KPMG survey polled 223 CIOs, CTOs, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at healthcare providers and health plans, and found 65% indicated malware was most frequently reported line of attack during the past 12 to 24 months. Additionally, those surveyed indicated the areas with the greatest vulnerabilities within their organization include external attackers (65%), sharing data with third parties (48%), employee breaches (35%), wireless computing (35%) and inadequate firewalls (27%). Top among reasons healthcare facilities are facing increased risk, was the adoption of digital patient records and the automation of clinical systems.

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Say Hello To Windows 10 Build 10532

TechCrunch - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:52pm
 If you are part of the Windows Insider program, Microsoft’s tool to get new code into the hands of its hardcore users ahead of the general public, you get a treat today: Windows 10 build 10532. Yes, another Windows 10 build. So, what’s new? Core to the new build are improved menus, which should provide a bit more harmonic fit. Also up is the ability to share notes from the… Read More

Facebook is trying to make it easier to stop video piracy

Engadget - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:47pm
From user-made clips to content from big media properties, video is all over Facebook (and more people than ever are using the social network). Along with that trend comes the problem of piracy: plenty of video publishers are seeing their work dist...