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Uber’s credibility crisis is getting harder to avoid

The latest ripple effect from recent reports of ingrained sexism within Uber is that the engineer who originally wrote about them now says someone is trying to dig up dirt on her. Susan Fowler tweeted that "Research for the smear campaign has begun,"...

Elon Musk thinks unions are bad for Tesla

Last night, tunneling fan CEO Elon Musk sent an email to Tesla employees firing back against allegations of poor working conditions and low pay. He rebutted claims made by Jose Moran, a production worker at the company's Fremont factory, that mandato...

FCC head puts the brakes on new ISP privacy rules

In the latest chip at net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission has Chairman Ajit Pai has moved to put a halt to a set of privacy rules designed to shield customers' personal data from internet service providers.

Facebook claims a technical error automatically logged users out

Were you logged out of Facebook earlier today? You weren't alone. A rash of folks were signed out of their account and some were told that their accounts may have been compromised. As such, the social network locked access and sent out password reset...

Build a Drone-Catching Net Gun Out of Basic Plumbing Parts

If you’re looking for a way to shoot down snooping drones in the near dystopian future, or just want to pretend to be Batman, this fun DIY build is for you.


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Remains of the Day: Google Spaces to Be Shut Down

Google is shuttering the experimental chat app that organized small group sharing around specific topics. It never had much traction though and with such low usage, in Spaces, no one could hear you scream. That and more in today’s news.


Avoid Buyer’s Remorse at the Thrift Store With the “Department Store Test”

You can save a ton of money shopping at thrift stores, but those low prices mean you can also end up with a bunch of junk you don’t need. This simple rule of thumb will keep your thrift store clutter under control.


Google is shutting down Spaces

Google's oh-so-brief Spaces experiment didn't even last a year before the company decided to shut it down. According to a note from the Spaces team today, they've made a "tough decision" and the group-sharing social network will lock down in read-onl...

Maker Pro News: Quitting Boeing to Go Maker Pro, Plus Philly Funds Startups

How one Boeing engineer quit to start a STEM non-profit and an LA hardware accelerator, Philadelphia pledges money to maker pros, behind the scenes of launching a Kickstarter campaign, and more.

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How used cars became a security nightmare

Application security for connected cars is far less mature than anyone should be comfortable with. This was clear at the RSA information security conference last week in San Francisco, where two presentations demonstrated different ways cars can be r...

Revive a ’90s Portable TV With a Raspberry Pi

The portable color TV is a classic ‘90s gadget, but they’re pretty pointless nowadays. Regardless, YouTuber David Watts decided to stuff a Raspberry Pi inside to bring it some new life.


We Were Wrong About How the Asteroid Apocalypse Will Go Down

Here’s a cheery thought to send you into the weekend: New research suggests that the greatest danger posed by an incoming asteroid is not from the cataclysmic impact of it striking the Earth—but from the enormous shockwave it produces when it enters the atmosphere.


Microbes in glittering cave revived after 10,000 years

Microbes that may be between 10,000 and 50,000 years old have been revived from the inside of enormous, glittering crystals from a Mexican cave

“Deciding What Not To Do Is As Important As Deciding What To Do”

Steve Jobs was a lot of things, both positive and negative, but regardless of all that, he most certainly got things done. As the above quote reminds us, at least part of that was knowing when not to do something.


‘Halo’ will bring back local multiplayer

When I critiqued Halo 5: Guardians, the lack of split-screen co-op was low on my list of gripes with the game. But that's not to say it wasn't a problem. In the lead-up to the 2015 game's release, developer 343 Industries crowed that there were no sa...

iOS 10.2.1 Is Reducing Those Pesky Random Shutdowns for iPhone 6 and 6s Owners

If you have an iPhone 6 or 6s, there’s a chance you’ve been plagued with random shutdowns. Apple has a replacement plan in place that gets you a new battery, but if you haven’t gotten around to that yet, you’ll be happy to hear that the newest version of iOS 10 seems to have fixed the problem.


Cloudbleed Is a Problem But It Gets Worse

Huge security disasters like Cloudbleed are never fun. However, as more information about the newly reported vulnerability becomes available, we can understand how dangerous bugs stand to screw up the internet. Luckily, in the case of Cloudbleed, it’s not as bad as it could have been. But it’s not good, either.


Solar-powered drone switches from helicopter to plane mode

Ever since the wobbly autogyro went out of fashion, engineers have tried designing a craft that gets the vertical lift of a helicopter's blades with the horizontal thrust of a plane is difficult to pull off. Popular successes, like the AV-8 Harrier s...

FCC Picks Worst Day Possible to Block Rules Protecting Personal Info

Until today, March 2 marked the date that internet service providers would be required to adopt “reasonable” measures to protect sensitive customer info like browsing histories, location data and Social Security numbers. Thanks to the Federal Communications Commission’s new leadership, however, that deadline will now…


Major data breach strikes Cloudflare, change your passwords immediately


Cloudflare has been accidentally leaking user information to any number of potential bad actors, and some of the information was apparently indexed on Google's search engine. Change your passwords now.

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Sling TV launches new Extra channel bundles

It's no secret that Sling wants to overthrow the sluggish cable providers. But as more an more people start cutting the cord, Sling is finding out that some of them aren't quite ready to ditch the channel packages that they're used to. Now, to cover...

New tech support scam borrows ransomware tricks


Rather than cold-calling victims, the perpetrators of this new support scam disable the PC and have the victim call for help.

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Tips of the Week: Painting, Drawing, and Jumper Wires

A few painting revelations and reminders, a bit about drawing, and how to cut the perfect jumper wire.

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Arctic seed vault grows as defense against food crisis

In light of President Donald Trump's rise to power, some people are seriously worried about the planet's health. Count The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists among that group, since they recently pushed the Doomsday Clock to two and half minutes to mi...

Google Waymo sues Uber over self-driving car technology


Uber is facing a lawsuit from Google over claims its self-driving car technology was stolen from Google's Waymo and has been used to accelerate Uber's own development.

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LG’s ultralight Gram laptops now available starting at $1,000

One of the most exciting things we saw at CES 2017 was LG's 14-inch Gram laptop, particularly because of its lightweight design (2.3 pounds). Today, the company announced that the device is now available, along with the 13.3 and 15.6-inch versions. R...

Waymo Says Uber Stole Critical Self-Driving Technology, Files Suit

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Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving carunit sued Uber Technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto on Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential and proprietary sensor technology.

Waymo accused Uber and Otto, acquired by the ride services company in August, with stealing confidential information on Waymo’s Lidar sensor technology to help speed its own efforts in autonomous technology.

“Uber’s LiDAR technology is actually Waymo’s LiDAR technology,” said Waymo’s complaint in the Northern District of California.

Uber said it took “the allegations made against Otto and Uber employees seriously and we will review this matter carefully.”

Lidar, which uses light pulses reflected off objects to gauge their position on or near the road, is a crucial component of autonomous driving systems. Previous systems have been prohibitively expensive and Waymo sought to design one over 90 percent cheaper, making its Lidar technology among the company’s “most valuable assets,” Waymo said.

Waymo is seeking an unspecified amount of damages and a court order preventing Uber from using its proprietary information.

Otto launched with much fanfare in May, due in part to the high profile of one of its co-founders, Anthony Levandowski, who had been an executive on Google’s self-driving project. Uber acquired the company in August for what Waymo said in the lawsuit was $680 million.

Waymo said that before Levandowski’s resignation in January 2016 from Google, whose self-driving unit was renamed Waymo in December, he downloaded over 14,000 confidential files, including Lidar circuit board designs, thereby allowing Uber and Otto to fast-track its self-driving technology.

Waymo accused Levandowski of attempting to “erase any forensic fingerprints” via a reformat of his laptop.

“While Waymo developed its custom LiDAR systems with sustained effort over many years, defendants leveraged stolen information to shortcut the process and purportedly build a comparable LiDAR system in only nine months,” the complaint said.


Beyond phones and 5G, mobile world seeks to reinvent itself
Bug causes personal data leak, but no sign of hackers exploiting: Cloudflare

Last month, Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) electric car company sued the former head of its Autopilot system. It said he tried to recruit Tesla engineers for his new venture with the former head of Google’s self-driving program while still working there, and said he stole proprietary data belonging to Tesla.

Waymo’s lawsuit said it learned of this use of trade secrets and patent infringement after it was inadvertently copied on an email from a component vendor that included a design of Uber’s Lidar circuit board, which bore a “striking resemblance” to Waymo’s design.

Waymo noted that Google devoted over seven years to self-driving cars and said Uber’s forays into the technology through a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University had stalled by early 2016.

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Everything you don’t want to know about the Nintendo Switch

Being a Nintendo fan is often an exercise in managing expectations. For years, we've watched the company just miss the mark with online services, third-party game availability and outdated hardware specifications. The frustration of seeing a company...

‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ finally goes 3D on mobile

With RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, the beloved amusement park building series is moving beyond dated 2D graphics and into the modern world. It's strange to say this in 2017, but it's the first mobile version of the game to take advantage of 3D graphics...

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Keeping multiple copies of your important data is vitally important, and an offsite solution is definitely your best bet in case of catastrophic damage (like hurricanes or floods). And thankfully, you can save 20% off of Amazon's cloud storage with today's coupon code.

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Investors and employees aren’t buying Uber’s sexism ‘probe’

Nobody was terribly surprised by revelations from former engineer Susan Fowler about a sexist, bro-centric Uber culture that protects "high performer" employees. And many folks aren't impressed by CEO Travis Kalanick's investigation into the matter b...

The best password managers

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This week in space: rockets, telescopes, and exoplanets


NASA dominates the news this week, but theirs isn't the only name. In this issue: Dawn, Juno, SpaceX, Spitzer and the ESO.

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The NBA hopes VR will expand its audience

This year's NBA All-Star Weekend wasn't just about the iconic Slam Dunk Contest or the riveting game between the best players from the Eastern and Western conferences. Yes, these were certainly the main attractions for attendees and viewers at home,...

Play both ‘Banner Saga’ games for free via Twitch Prime

Now here's an offer from Twitch and Banner Saga creator Stoic you can't refuse. Twitch Prime members (that is, anyone on Amazon Prime) can download the original Banner Saga for free right now, and on March 2nd, also get Banner Saga 2 gratis. But wait...

You can now gamble while playing ‘Frogger’

Konami has launched a version of Frogger that's suitable for gambling, which is now available to play in a casino. Frogger: Get Hoppin' is a skill-based title that enables players to wager money in exchange for testing their reflexes in the game. It'...

‘Runner 2’ and other indie hits get rare physical releases

Indie games don't often cross over into the physical world, so it's pretty notable when two separate companies make boxed games at once. Choice Provisions is partnering with Limited Run Games on a physical version of the Runner2 sidescroller on PS4 a...

The Engadget Podcast Ep 29: Re-Offender

Managing editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Nathan Ingraham join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about the biggest tech stories of the week. Of course, that means Uber and the growing controversy around its corporate culture -- including allegations...

Google helps put aging SHA-1 encryption out to pasture

The decades-old SHA-1 encryption used to protect websites is already dying, but a discovery from Google and security researcher CWI Amsterdam could be the killing blow. For the first time, they've found a way to generate a "collision" and create the...

ICYMI: UPS delivery drones and fashion’s robo-photo booth

Today on In Case You Missed It: We explore UPS' plans to deploy hordes of delivery drones and the robots are coming to replace fashion photographers — body shaming not included. And just in case you've been too busy to keep an eye on your R...

New leak points to release dates for Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6


The LG G6 will appear a bit earlier, but it'll be at a disadvantage when the Galaxy S8 arrives.

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Huawei announces a 360-degree VR camera for smartphones

Huawei is joining the 360-degree camera war. The Chinese electronics company has revealed that it created a 360-degree clip-on for smartphones called Honor VR Camera in collaboration with Insta 360 at an event in Beijing. Huawei is keeping its pricin...

Family Bonding Over a Giant CNC Router Project

Building a big piece of machinery is a great bonding experience!

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Maker Spotlight: Ashley Qian

Meet Ashley Qian

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Initial thoughts on ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

Unlike my New York-based colleagues, I didn't get a Nintendo Switch early enough to give some thoughts on the hardware. Mine arrived yesterday, along with Just Dance 2017 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. For obvious reasons, the former is...

ZeniMax wants to stop Oculus from selling VR headsets

Despite being $500 million richer than it was a few months ago, ZeniMax still isn't happy about the outcome of its Oculus Rift lawsuit. Reuters is reporting that the video game company behind id Software and Bethesda has filed for an injunction block...

LG’s latest battery is also a phone

The problem with having a smartphone that you want to use all the damn time is that you'll spend a big chunk of your day wedded to an outlet. LG believes that nobody should have to suffer such an indignity, and has launched the X power2 as a remedy....

Finally, A Web Series That Navigates The Horrors Of Being A ‘Woman Online’

In 2017, calling a web series about women’s experiences on the internet “Woman Online” is controversial, apparently.

“I’ve already been criticized by men online for this web series,” said comedian Sara Schaefer in a recent phone conversation with The Huffington Post, explaining that some online users took issue with the name. “I’m not saying that other people don’t get harassed online, but this web series is about what it’s like to be a woman online. I’m sorry, that’s who I am and that’s what I’m talking about.”

It’s a sentiment that likely many ladies on the internet could empathize with, given the frequent reports of gender-driven trolling women receive online. For example, a 2016 Australian study found that 76 percent of women under 30 experience online harassment. In the same year, writer Lindy West left Twitter after years of being the subject of harassment due to her work, calling the platform “unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators.”

That “Woman Online,” a project Schaefer created with Seriously.TV, reflects this current climate is no accident. The comedian, known for her 2013 MTV show“Nikki & Sara Live,” is fascinated by why people do what they do. As someone whose career is dependent on maintaining an online presence, Sara looked to the internet — and the specific experience of women in that space —as inspiration.

“Social media is, for me personally, an overall positive,” she said, citing the ability of online platforms to spread messages of the marginalized and share different individuals’ experiences. After witnessing the dissemination of information surrounding the Ferguson, Missouri, protests after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer, Schaefer saw the power of interacting online. “For me personally, it turned my brain on [to realize,] oh, my god, I can’t unsee this.And I can’t not be upset about it anymore.”

“Because of that, in some ways, we’re more sensitive... Everything feels so close, and so big, because of social media,” she said.

Of course, with great tweeting power comes great responsibility, and the democratization of information means, unfortunately, name-calling and threats are elevated to the same level as constructive discourse. Being a woman colors the whole experience in a different hue.

”Every man I know online could post the same thing I post and get completely different responses. There are a lot of gendered insults — cunt, bitch are big ones — that people don’t really say to men. There’s a reason for that,” said Schaefer.

“You know, women have been somewhat marginalized for all of history and again, social media has allowed us a platform to be louder and more unified. That’s scary to some people,” she continued. “I think there are a lot of women who are targeted because they are just speaking.”

The number of stories Schaefer’s found from women led her to want to talk about these issues, well, online. Recent episodes include “What really happens in secret lady Facebook groups?” and “Inside a woman’s dating app.” While occasionally she’s brought on guests, like fellow comedian Jen Kirkman, the series’ most recent episode showcased Schaefer’s own journey to chase down a particularly persistent troll. She begins by reciting some things she’s had said to her on the internet: “Don’t listen to this dumb bitch, she’s barely a comedian.” “This chick’s husband needs to put her back in her place.”

She goes on to tell the story of “Jeff,” a man who created numerous accounts to harass her in various ways, escalating to comments about Schaefer’s mother, who had passed away.

It’s clear that the directive women sometimes receive to “not feed the trolls” wouldn’t cut it in this situation. “Imagine if someone at your work was leaving anonymous notes taunting you about the worst thing that’s ever happened to you,” she says in the video. “Nobody would be like, ‘Oh, just ignore it! They just want attention!”

“On one hand, there’s nothing you can do to prevent [it],” Schaefer explained to me in our conversation. “It’s like telling someone to not go outside if they don’t wanna get mugged, you know? It’s like, well that’s just ridiculous. I have to be able to live my life,” she said.

Each video strikes a blend of education and comedy. “Humor is so powerful,” Schaefer said, noting that it’s an effective way to “communicate the craziness of our world,” especially in a time when fake news, the normalization of hateful speech and strong divisions in politics have taken center stage.

“My feeling now is that comedy is an important way to speak truth to power and hold up a mirror to things,” she said.“Not just against Trump, but against hypocrisy, and forcing people on both sides and in the middle to question how things are going.”

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Latest version of iOS solves iPhone 6’s shutdown issues

Some iPhone 6 and 6s devices have been randomly shutting down over the past several months. iOS 10.2.1 was designed to fix the issue, and Apple says it has successfully solved the problem for most people who've already installed it. Cupertino told Te...
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