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The latest technology news from around the web from leading technology sources.

You may be jailed for telling someone to ‘die in a fire’
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 7:25 pm

Words can kill, a Massachusetts Juvenile Court judge decided last Friday, when he found 20-year old Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. This decision, with its broad interpreta... […]

FCC proposes ‘Blue Alert’ for threats against law enforcement
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm

During their June Open Meeting today, the FCC adopted a proposal to add an alert to the US Emergency Alert System. If enacted, the Blue Alert would notify the public of ongoing threats to law enforcement in their area through broadcast, cable, satell... […]

This medieval sword was found in a bog, and a knight’s remains may follow
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on June 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm

A notable archaeological discovery is coming out of Poland, where researchers have recovered a medieval-era sword from a peat bog. The sword is still in good shape, at least for something as old as it is, bearing all of its components minus the hilt padding. Researchers say the preservation is excellent enough that even a small marking — likely the … Continue reading […]

Mars Rover’s AI is really good at selecting rocks to analyze
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm

If we truly want to go to Mars, then we really need to know what it's made of -- it's hard to bring everything you need from Earth. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has been using specialized AI software to zap soil and rocks on the planet this past year... […]

Nova Launcher brings Google Now to older Androids [APK Download]
Posted by Chris Burns on June 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

The latest version of Nova Launcher for Android devices bring futuristic elements of Google’s main operating system to older smartphones. While not too long ago we had an encounter with the early release version of this app, the latest version enacts additional feature upgrades. This version no longer requires that the user be on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the Android … Continue reading […]

Steam Summer Sale starts: Store down as deals dashed
Posted by Eric Abent on June 22, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Here’s a bit of good news: PayPal was right and the Steam Summer Sale kicked off today! Now here’s a bit of bad news: the Steam store is currently crippled because of heavy traffic. If you’ve got some money burning a hole in your pocket, it looks like you’ll have to wait to spend it. Ever since the sale went … Continue reading […]

Trump’s infrastructure proposal includes rural broadband expansion
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 6:22 pm

In a speech this week given at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Trump said that his upcoming infrastructure plan will include expanded broadband internet access in rural areas. "I will be including a provision in our infras... […]

The HYLETE icon 6-in-1 backpack 40L is way more than a carry-on bag
Posted by Larry Geisz on June 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm

I have more carry-on bags than I would like to admit. The reason is simple, I haven’t found one that fits all my travel needs. Do I want a backpack or a roller bag? Can I use it when I get to my destination without looking like I am carrying a carry-on bag? So, basically, […]

BabelOn is trying to create Photoshop for your voice
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Speech synthesis -- the process of artificially creating the human voice -- isn't anything new. But a startup from San Francisco called BabelOn is working on a particularly unique offshoot of this technology. In a nutshell, BabelOn wants to make it a... […]

Pokemon GO Raid Update list : New items you’ll need
Posted by Chris Burns on June 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm

News of the Pokemon GO RAID Battle update requirements has reached the public – and the public has some questions! What we’ve learned over the past few hours is that while most everyone will be able to join in on this Pokemon GO update, not all players will be able to take part in every single RAID Battle. The most … Continue reading […]

Facebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures
Posted by Eric Abent on June 22, 2017 at 5:40 pm

As part of an effort to focus on what people in individual countries expect of Facebook, today the company announced new controls for users in India. These controls almost entirely concern profile pictures, allowing users to control who can download them, tag themselves in them, or even screenshot them. The hope is that more people will feel comfortable uploading profile … Continue reading […]

Stanford study uses big data to highlight racial biases in policing
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm

A group at Stanford University has taken on the issue of racial bias in law enforcement with an ongoing study called the Open Policing Project. The researchers have also created a website that makes not only their findings available, but all of their... […]

Amazon's Echo Show displays your smart camera's live video feed
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm

Amazon's Echo Show is getting another new trick, err, skill. Now the gizmo will link with the cameras on your home network and display their respective feeds when you say something like, "Alexa, show the front door." A press release notes that this w... […]

Windows 10 preview delivers new emoji and easy GPU tracking
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Windows Insiders have a big day today. Microsoft just released Windows 10 Preview Build 16226 for PCs and it's got a whole host of new goodies inside. […]

Facebook seeks to foster community with more group admin tools
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 4:32 pm

At Facebook's first Communities Summit, co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new direction for Community pages. Specifically how to run them effectively. The new direction mainly includes mod tools like insights into how and when members ar... […]

Nintendo commits to in-stock Switch
Posted by Eric Abent on June 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm

After E3 2017, the Nintendo Switch is looking like a much more attractive platform – the only problem is that they’re still difficult to find. Nintendo has been grappling with stock shortages ever since launch, and though we’re now nearly five months out from release date, those shortages don’t seem to be getting any better. This has led Nintendo to … Continue reading […]

Hackers reportedly altered and stole voting data before 2016 election
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm

As the United States continues to investigate the extent of hacking in the 2016 election, reports continue to emerge that make things sound a lot worse than they did a few months ago. The latest comes from Time, which reports that the attack included... […]

Car buyers aren’t thrilled about semi-autonomous features
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 4:01 pm

JD Power's latest research into the likes and dislikes of car owners has two big takeaways: people love Kia and are pretty lukewarm about self-driving technology. Or, at least those components that most drivers can gain access to right now, like adap... […]

Facebook and WSJ owners are working on a 'subscription' deal
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

The publisher of Wall Street Journal is in advanced talks to bring articles to Facebook through a subscription model. News Corp CEO Robert Thomson said that he'd been talking with Mark Zuckerberg about how "the value of content should be recognised".... […]

Why Ethereum crashed this week ($ETH)
Posted by Chris Burns on June 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm

The cryptocoin system known as Ethereum crashed in the middle of the day yesterday due to a single mega-massive trade. While the ticker showed a relatively significant drop in price throughout the day, it was at 12:30PM (on the 21st of June) that a single order kicked the entirety of the Ethereum universe in the pants. Not on all exchanges … Continue reading […]

German police raided 36 homes over social media hate speech
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Late last year, Germany proposed a bill that would fine social media providers, such as Facebook and Twitter, for failure to remove hate speech within 24 hours on their respective platforms. Now, Germany has raided the homes of 36 people accused of p... […]

Your next favorite songs are the backbone of 'Metronomicon'
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Rhythm games live and die by their soundtracks. The problem is, if you're holding a plastic instrument in your hand, you've probably played through the same songs over and over whether it's in Rock Band or Guitar Hero. Regardless of how advanced the... […]

LG’s new OLED display is transparent, flexible, and gigantic
Posted by Eric Abent on June 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Most of the time, discussion about display technologies will be limited mostly to their consumer applications. Every once in a while, though, a company will create a new display that isn’t meant to be sold, but rather was created as a way of pushing display technology forward. LG Display is doing precisely that today, showing off a new massive, flexible … Continue reading […]

Valve’s ‘Knuckles’ VR controller tracks individual fingers
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 2:41 pm

VR fans have been steadily following the development of Valve's new controller for SteamVR, called Knuckles. Now the device is being shipped to developers as a prototype, and as a result, Valve has released quite a bit of new information about Knuckl... […]

Amazon is prepping Echo Show for launch with visual Alexa cards
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

If you're a fan of Alexa, then this announcement might be good news for you. Amazon announced that they are adding a Display Cards feature to the voice assistant that will allow Alexa to respond visually to certain queries. […]

NASA's Curiosity rover is just a speck in this orbiter photo
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm

At this distance, Curiosity looks like a tiny beetle crawling over volcanic rock. Electric blue, its protective shell stands out against the rough, jagged mountainside. In reality, this is an image shot by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, an obser... […]

#ad Xeric’s Fifth Kickstarter Proves Crowdfunded Watches Are Here to Stay
Posted by Guest on June 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm

This post is sponsored by Watches.com As retailers and marketers have gained expansive access to new markets through the internet in the past couple of decades; there has been growing distance between big brands and consumers that can result in “lost markets.” The rise and rise social media, mobile and the struggling challenges of reaching […]

Estonia will back up its government in a 'digital embassy'
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

The rules on what governments can, and can't, do with your personal data is based entirely on where the information is stored. Since tech companies shunt your stuff to servers across the globe, there's a risk that an oppressive regime can use its rig... […]

More hotels will let you watch your own Netflix
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 1:21 pm

StayCast, a Google Chromecast-powered service for hotels, could fulfill your dream of being able to watch whatever you want to as a guest -- especially now that it's become much easier to get. AT&T has just announced that hotels can get DirectTV... […]

OnePlus 5 vs everyone else: where the upstart stands
Posted by JC Torres on June 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

The OnePlus 5 has finally broken cover and, with that, we are almost through this year’s expected roster of flagship smartphones. While still waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the LG V30, the Moto Z2, and, of course, the iPhone 8, we can take stock of what we have so far and see how they measure against the smartphone … Continue reading […]

Researchers distill entanglement between qubits, age limit checks in place
Posted by Chris Lee on June 22, 2017 at 7:20 pm

Send plus resend followed by careful measurement results in better entanglement. […]

Judge says San Francisco can subpoena Uber for driver information
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company's driver contact information, the city attorney said. […]

Trump plans to dismantle Obama-era “Startup Visa”
Posted by Joe Mullin on June 22, 2017 at 7:05 pm

Obama-era rule granted visas to immigrants who lined up $250,000 in capital. […]

Exclusive: Amazon to charge $2.8 million for NFL ad packages - sources
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is looking to charge advertisers $2.8 million for packages that include 30-second spots during the Thursday night National Football League games it will stream live to its Prime customers this coming season, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. […]

CEO Zuckerberg tweaks Facebook mission to focus on groups
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 6:26 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg revised the world's largest online social network's mission statement on Thursday to emphasize support for hobby clubs, civil society organizations and other community groups. […]

Trump meets wireless, drone executives on new technologies
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 6:09 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered support for emerging technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and next-generation wireless networks in a meeting on Thursday with the chiefs of AT&T Inc and General Electric Co and other business leaders. […]

Rhode Island bill sees highway surveillance cams ticketing uninsured motorists
Posted by David Kravets on June 22, 2017 at 6:04 pm

The $120 fines would be split evenly between contractor and the state. […]

Nintendo: Switch shortages are “definitely not intentional”
Posted by Kyle Orland on June 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm

In an Ars interview, exec also addresses issues with NES Classic, 3DS, and fan games. […]

What Execs Should Know About Deep Learning
Posted by Mo Patel, Practice Director of AI and Deep Learning, Teradata on June 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Deep learning takes a step beyond machine learning, and it's first killer app is computervision. […]

Exclusive: Fake online stores reveal gamblers' shadow banking system
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - A network of dummy online stores offering household goods has been used as a front for internet gambling payments, a Reuters examination has found. […]

Comcast accused of cutting competitor’s wires to put it out of business
Posted by Jon Brodkin on June 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm

Comcast "systematically destroyed" an ISP with 229 customers, lawsuit claims. […]

Imagination Tech up for sale after bruising Apple fight
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 4:55 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - Imagination Technologies, the British firm that lost 70 percent of its value after being ditched by its biggest customer Apple, put itself up for sale on Thursday in a disappointing end to a once-great European tech success story. […]

Waymo tells judge: Uber’s ex-CEO knew about Google files
Posted by Joe Mullin on June 22, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Levandowski had "five discs in his possession containing Google information." […]

Tesla moves a step closer to building electric cars in China
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc took a step closer toward establishing an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in China with its announcement on Thursday that it is in exploratory talks with the Shanghai municipal government. […]

Charter promised more broadband but didn’t deliver, now must pay fine
Posted by Jon Brodkin on June 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm

21,000 NY customers did not get broadband on schedule, despite merger promise. […]

Air Force clears F-35 to fly again—with caveats—after hypoxia scares
Posted by Sean Gallagher on June 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm

"Specific concerns" eliminated as source of problem, but cause of 5 cases not found. […]

Google pushes framework for law enforcement access to overseas data
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google pressed U.S. lawmakers and the international community on Thursday to update laws on how governments access customer data stored on servers located in other countries, hoping to address a mounting concern for both law enforcement officials and Silicon Valley. […]

Apple may want to lower record label payout from Apple Music
Posted by Valentina Palladino on June 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Record labels may negotiate more now with the popularity of paid music streaming. […]

Heat can kill and we’re turning up the thermostat
Posted by Scott K. Johnson on June 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Analysis of deadly heatwaves shows how many more people they’ll affect by 2100. […]

Exclusive: China Unicom counts Alibaba, Tencent among investors in drive to raise $10 billion - sources
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese tech giants Alibaba Group Holdings and Tencent Holdings will be among new investors pouring a total of around $10 billion into mobile carrier China Unicom, sources said, part of efforts by Beijing to rejuvenate state behemoths with private cash. […]

Google Knocks on Door of Gartner's Cloud Leaders
Posted by Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud on June 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Google is close but still no cigar when it comes to sharing the realm of the cloud leaders in the Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant. […]

Sand worms and lightning: Aven Colony takes city-building to exoplanets
Posted by Ars Staff on June 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

A city-building game set at the start of humanity's galactic civilization era. […]

Foxconn to continue to pursue Toshiba chip unit acquisition: Sharp CEO
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn will continue to pursue an acquisition of Toshiba Corp's chip business, a day after the troubled conglomerate chose a rival suitor as the preferred bidder, the head of Foxconn's Japanese unit said. […]

The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations
Posted by Ars Staff on June 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

"Show us that it's being adopted in the industry, and we'll put it in.&rdquo […]

Citrix isn’t just for telecommuting, Red Bull Racing uses it at the track
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on June 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

But the next big thing will be machine learning and AI for simulations and design. […]

“The enemy is real,” and the new Game of Thrones trailer is too
Posted by Annalee Newitz on June 22, 2017 at 12:46 am

Is it wrong that all I really care about at this point are dragons? […]

Obama’s Energy Secretary is starting a low-carbon energy think tank
Posted by Megan Geuss on June 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Energy Futures Initiative will offer analysis to “policymakers, industry executives, and NGOs.&rdquo […]

Bay Area: Join us tonight, 6/21, to discuss the US gov’t scientific data purge
Posted by Annalee Newitz on June 21, 2017 at 9:29 pm

Professor Lindsey Dillon will talk about rescuing scientific research in the age of Trump. […]

Utility that says Comcast didn’t pay bills threatens to pull wires off poles
Posted by Jon Brodkin on June 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm

UPDATE: Comcast and the utility have reached a settlement. […]

Niantic to punish Pokémon Go cheaters with mark of shame
Posted by Kyle Orland on June 21, 2017 at 8:12 pm

Gamemaker says ill-gotten Pokémon "may not behave as expected." […]