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Report: Young Americans Prefer Socialism to Capitalism

A new report from Gallup revealed that young people prefer socialism to capitalism. The Gallup report, which was published on August 13, details American attitudes on socialism and capitalism. The results specifically identified that positive attitude towards socialism amongst millennials. The majority of Americans, aged 18 to 29, now prefer ... Read More

Did He Do It to Crush the Shorts? SEC Reportedly Probing if Tesla CEO Elon Musk Misled Investors to Hurt Critics

The Securities and Exchange Commission is working to determine if CEO Elon Musk’s tweets about taking the electric car company private were designed to cause financial harm to short sellers, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Further, the SEC wants to know the depth to which Musk briefed Tesla’s board ... Read More

President Trump relaxes US cyber-attacks rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The previous rules required multi-agency sign-off President Trump has signed an order relaxing rules around the use of cyber-weapons, the Wall Street Journal reports.It is a reversal of guidelines, drawn up under President Obama, which required a large number of federal agencies to be ... Read More

Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $50 on Beats Solo3 Bluetooth headphones

Beats Solo3 Bluetooth Headphones Street price: $200; deal price: $150 Available in Asphalt Gray, these Bluetooth headphones, part of the Beats Neighborhood collection, are down to $150 from a typical street price closer to $200. The Beats Solo3, while not a pick in our guide to the best Bluetooth headphones, ... Read More

eBay makes it easy for amateur mechanics to shop for auto parts

You'll need to know the year, make, model, trim level and engine type of your car, truck or motorbike and then add all those information to the upgraded My Garage portal. But once that's done, you can simply choose your vehicle from My Garage and then select a category to ... Read More

Indian streaming firm Hotstar sees blended revenues as winning strategy

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian video streaming service Hotstar sees its blended revenue model that relies on both subscription fees and ad sales as a winning formula in India’s fast-growing market, home to tens of millions of price-sensitive new internet users. Advertising currently drives the bulk of Hotstar’s revenue, its Chief ... Read More

CNN Joins ‘Free Press’ Protest After Campaign to Blacklist Infowars

CNN, who led the campaign to have Infowars blacklisted from nearly every social network and Big Tech platform, joined in the protest this week to call out President Trump for allegedly attacking the “free press.” “We are members of the community ‘trying to do a job,’ driven by ‘by a set ... Read More

Elon Musk says Saudis back Tesla buyout

Image copyright Getty Images Elon Musk has outlined his plan to take Tesla private and said he discussed financing the deal with Saudi Arabia.The founder of the electric carmaker also indicated that he would need to raise far less than the $70bn it has been estimated he would need.In a ... Read More

ARM says its next processors will outperform Intel laptop chips

Of course, it's worth taking ARM's braggadocio with a grain of salt. The figures don't include Intel's comparable 8th-generation Core chips that pack twice as many cores and could easily shrink the performance gap. This is also based on one synthetic, integer-oriented benchmark (SPEC CINT2006), not a broader suite of ... Read More

Intel adds more power to its 8th-generation NUC mini-PCs

The NUCs come in two form factors, with the smaller one supporting M.2 SSDs and the larger one both an M.2 and 2.5-inch SATA SSD. There are Core i3-8109U and Core i5-8259U models at $299 and $399 respectively, but the one you really want is the $499 quad Core-i7 8559U ... Read More

Report: SEC Subpoenas Tesla over Musk’s Premature Go-Private Tweets

Tesla has received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following CEO Elon Musk’s tweets about taking the electric vehicle company private, according to reports. News of the subpoena comes after Bloomberg Business revealed Musk’s August 7 tweet, in which he claimed to have secured funding to take Tesla private for $420 ... Read More

Mastercard Forces Patreon to Blacklist Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer

Mastercard has reportedly forced funding platform Patreon to kick conservative author and “Jihad Watch” owner Robert Spencer off its site. “My name is April and I’m on the Trust & Safety team here at Patreon. I’ve been notified by Mastercard that we must remove your account from Patreon, effective immediately,” wrote ... Read More

MIT leads the way in spaghetti-based innovation

Basically, when you bend a spaghetti noodle in half, it breaks in the middle, but sends a secondary wave back along each side, called the "snap-back effect." The MIT scientists used a specially-made machine to add a twist of about 270 degrees to the noodle, which releases the snap-back forces ... Read More

AI service gives ‘Overwatch’ players in-game coaching

The service is now in open beta and Visor just raised $4.7 million in a Series A round to spur its growth -- there will be support for more games down the line, for instance. The app isn't really geared towards helping Overwatch League pros sharpen their skills. Instead, its ... Read More

Israel launches three-year program to boost cyber industry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli government said on Wednesday it is investing 90 million shekels ($24 million) to shore up the country’s cyber security industry as a global leader. Under the three-year program companies dealing with high-risk research and development will be eligible to receive up to 5 million shekels ... Read More

Powered by $25 million, Arcadia Power looks to expand its distributed renewable energy services

As renewable energy use surges in the U.S. and the effects of global climate change become more visible, companies like Arcadia Power are pitching a nationwide service to make renewable energy available to residential customers. While states like New York, California and regions across the upper Midwest have access to ... Read More

Myanmar Rohingya: Facebook ‘still hosts hate speech’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have left Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, according to Reuters.A probe by the news agency indicates that the ... Read More

NVIDIA’s Turing GPUs can process 8K video in real time

8K might seem like overkill, but the extra pixels offer more creative choices in post-production. "There's more flexibility for image stabilization, or panning and zooming to reframe a shot without losing image quality in the final [4K] delivery format," wrote NVIDIA. "For visual effects, high resolution can provide more detail ... Read More

No, this device can’t ‘enhance’ your intuition

The device is called Intuition Pro, and it basically records galvanic skin response (GSR), which is changes in the electrical conductivity of your skin. The main body of Intuition Pro is around the size of a small matchbox, and it's into this that you plug a pair of electrodes that ... Read More

American Airlines Boots ‘Intoxicated’ ‘F**k Donald Trump’ Rapper YG from Flight

American Airlines claims it removed rapper YG from a flight Monday because he was drunk, but the rapper claims it is all about racism. Taking to Twitter, YG exclaimed in a video from the gangway, “Fuck American Airlines,” he said. “They kick me off the plane and talkin’ ’bout I’m ... Read More

Wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and bombs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The system is cheaper and requires fewer staff than traditional security systems Ordinary wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and explosives in public places, according to a study led by the Rutgers University in New Jersey.Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the ... Read More

Tinder’s founders and former boss sue dating app owners

Image copyright AleksandarNakic Tinder's parent companies have been accused of undervaluing the dating app, cheating executives out of billions of dollars worth of stock options.A group of 10 current and former top staff - including the firm's co-founders and former boss - made the claim in a lawsuit filed in ... Read More

A look at Tesla’s nine-member board

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc’s board has named a special committee of three directors to negotiate with Chief Executive Elon Musk on taking the electric car maker private, although it said it was yet to see a firm offer from him. The committee, made up of Tesla directors Brad Buss, Robyn ... Read More

Amazon’s one-day delivery ad banned as ‘misleading’

Image copyright Getty Images Amazon's one-day delivery ad for Prime members has been banned as misleading.The UK advertising regulator said it had received 280 complaints, mostly from Prime customers who reported not receiving their packages within a day. It said the ad "must not appear again in its current form" ... Read More

Bokhari: Why Tech Giants Aren’t the Same as Christian Bakeries

In the intense debate that followed the rapid-fire censorship of Alex Jones and Infowars across virtually every major digital distribution platform last week, no argument has been lazier than the comparison with Christian-owned bakeries. According to this line of thinking, calls for tech giants to be regulated is equivalent to the ... Read More

Instagram hack sees accounts replaced with film stills

Image caption Various film stills have replaced the hacked account profile photos (Despicable Me 3, Anger Management, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumber and Dumber To, Wreck-It Ralph, Shrek 2) A number of Instagram users have taken to social media to report a mysterious hack in which their profile photos are ... Read More

The Morning After: NVIDIA’s graphics upgrade and taking Tesla private

When novel ideas get old.Motorola Z3 review This phone's Snapdragon 835 chipset keeps things moving at a respectable pace, and Motorola's Android tweaks are as thoughtful as ever. That said, the Moto Z3 lacks some of the flourishes that made earlier Moto Z phones truly great, and the best argument ... Read More

Video-calling ‘owl’ helps opioid addicts in US

Image copyright Owl Labs Image caption The Owl gets its name from its distinctive appearance Mental health experts in West Virginia, US, are turning to a video-calling "owl" to run opioid treatment sessions.The owl-shaped camera automatically focuses on the person speaking but also captures a panoramic view of everyone in ... Read More

Why some computer viruses refuse to die

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Be careful, malware that never dies is still roaming the net There are zombies on the internet - odd, undead lumps of code that roam endlessly seeking and finding fresh victims to infect that help keep the whole ugly horde staggering on, and on.Most ... Read More

Ruby Rose is the latest celebrity driven off Twitter by abuse

Before quitting Twitter Rose dropped a few missives, and seemed particularly annoyed by claims that her sexuality or gender identity weren't appropriate for the character. "Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can't be batwoman' come from -- has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing ... Read More

Google search knows where you were even if you disabled Location History

The Verge received a similar statement, but one that says "we make sure Location History users know that when they disable the product, we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions." That last ... Read More

Philadelphia Inquirer: Millennials Killed Mayonnaise

A journalist from the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a bizarre column this week arguing that millennials killed mayonnaise. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Sandy Hingston published an unusual piece about “identity condiments” over the weekend. In the piece, Hingston bemoans the new generation that isn’t as interested in bringing mayonnaise to family picnics. I racked my ... Read More

Duopoly: Facebook and Google Market Dominance Pushes Out Ad-Tech Firms

According to a recent report, advertising technology firms are increasingly being pushed out of the market by large tech firms led by Facebook and Google. The New York Times reports that while online advertising companies have suffered for years as Google and Facebook further solidified their position in the online ... Read More

Sainsbury’s supermarket goes ’till-free’

Image copyright Sainsbury's Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is trialling its first "till-free" store, in which shoppers do not need to queue for a staffed or self-service checkout.Instead, customers can scan goods with a smartphone and put them straight into a bag.When they have finished shopping, their payment is processed by the ... Read More

Report: Saudi Arabia May Back Tesla’s $420-per-Share Buyout

Bloomberg News reported on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is interested in participating in a potential Tesla Inc. buyout for up to $82 billion. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, which tracks stock purchase by national funds, reported on August 7 that J.P. Morgan had helped Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment ... Read More

Elon Musk: ‘Funding Secured’ Meant I Was Confident Saudi Govt. Would Buy Out Tesla

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk admitted Monday that his claim of “funding secured” did not mean that he had a deal in place to fund a private buyback of the electric car company’s outstanding stock. Musk published a blog post confirming a report that Saudi Arabia’s Public Interest Fund would be the ... Read More

Report: Google Is Tracking Your Location Even if You Tell It to Stop

Google is reportedly tracking your physical movements with your smartphone even if you select privacy settings which are supposed to stop it from doing so. According to the Associated Press, who launched an investigation into the tracking, it “found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your ... Read More

Nintendo cracks down on retro games downloads

Image caption Retro consoles such as the N64 can be emulated on modern computers EmuParadise, an 18-year-old website offering downloads of classic computer games, has voluntarily shut down following legal action by Nintendo against two similar online portals.All three offered a wide variety of old games in an unauthorised format.In ... Read More

The Morning After: A smart way of dealing with online trolls

You can also block unwanted players, naturally.'Fallout 76' deals with trolls by making them part of the game When Bethesda mentioned that Fallout 76 was an online game, you could hear alarm bells ringing in fans' heads. How were they going to deal with trolls? It's going to be baked ... Read More

Samsung’s new mesh routers use Plume’s WiFi optimization tech

While the SmartThings hub makes Samsung's offering unique, it also has some notable features on the WiFi side as well. Samsung partnered with Plume, one of the first companies to build out mesh WiFi systems, to offer AI-based networking optimization. Once everything is set up, the network begins "learning" about ... Read More
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