Monthly Archives: December 2018

Google aims to fix laggy interface on Chrome OS tablets

Chrome OS tablets still have some problems, not the least of which is lag. Even if you buy a higher-end model like some configurations of Google's own Pixel Slate, there's a real chance you'll grapple with a sluggish, stuttery interface … Read the rest of this entry

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The Morning After: AI got its eyes in 2018

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We took the weekend to work on it and it turns out Netflix's Black Mirror special episode (have you found all of the endings yet?) is not named Baldersnatch, Bumbersloot or Blipblops. We'll see … Read the rest of this entry

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Early internet pioneer Larry Roberts dies at 81

The internet has lost one of its early architects. Larry Roberts, best known as the program manager for ARPAnet (the internet's precursor), died on December 26th at the age of 81. While he wasn't as much of a public representative … Read the rest of this entry

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Malware stalls delivery of LA Times and other major US newspapers

If you still look forward to reading a physical newspaper now and then, you might have been in for a rude surprise this weekend. An unspecified malware strain has attacked Tribune Publishing's network, delaying the release of Saturday editions of … Read the rest of this entry

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China detains scientist who claims to have made gene-edited babies

China was quick to halt the work of scientist He Jiankui after he claimed to have created the first genetically edited babies, but that apparently wasn't enough. After weeks of uncertainty surrounding He's whereabouts, the New York Times has learned… … Read the rest of this entry

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Louis Vuitton’s pricey smartwatch gets a big upgrade for 2019

Louis Vuitton has upgraded its extravagant take on Wear OS with Qualcomm's new chipset for wearables. The new LV Tambour Horizon smartwatch is now powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100, the same chip that Qualcomm worked on for years with … Read the rest of this entry

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2018 is the year AI got its eyes

Computer scientists have spent more than two decades teaching, training and developing machines to see the world around them. Only recently have the artificial eyes begun to match (and occasionally exceed) their biological predecessors. 2018 has seen… Engadget RSS Feed

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The Morning After: ‘Black Mirror: Baldersnatch’

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your last weekend of 2018. Netflix's first interactive experience for adults has arrived, and the Essential Phone is exiting stage left. Plus, we have a few highlights from earlier this week like … Read the rest of this entry

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Hackers defeat vein authentication by making a fake hand

Biometric security has moved beyond just fingerprints and face recognition to vein-based authentication. Unfortunately, hackers have already figured out a way to crack that, too. According to Motherboard, security researchers at the Chaos Communicati… Engadget RSS Feed

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So, you got an IoT device for the holidays

IoT devices are at once a grotesquerie for the security- and privacy-conscious, and a delicious, convenient poison. And, chances are pretty good you got one as a holiday gift. You might say we're in the heyday of IoT — though … Read the rest of this entry

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