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This organic robot could save lives

Stanford University researchers created this vine-like robot that can move around by ‘growing‘ and shrinking. Inspired by natural organisms like fungi, this polyethylene robot can grow up to 72 meters long and move at 35 km/h just by inflating and deflating its limbs. It can lift a 100 kg crate, crawl under small gaps, create a free-standing structure and navigate difficult spaces thanks to the camera on its arm/tentacle.

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South Africa‘s biggest data breach affects over 30 million citizens - and nobody knows where it came from

Earlier on 18 October 2017, the team at iAfrikan and I published all the details we knew at the time regarding what we thought wasSouth Africa‘s largest-ever data breach. This was after I had calledTroy Hunt, the security consultant, researcher and founder ofhave i been pwned?, who had initially discovered and announced the databreach. ‘I typically receive many files relating to data breaches daily but what struck me about this one wa

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Smartwatches ‘for children‘ can eavesdrop and keep tabs on your kids

The Norwegian Consumer Council has uncovered a litany of critical vulnerabilities and privacy shortcomings in several smartwatches specifically targeted at children. Among other things, malicious agents can easily hijack control of the watches and turntheminto covert spying devices, capable of listening in and keeping tabs on the children. The Consumer Council made the disturbing discovery in collaboration with security firm Mnemonic, which assis

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4 valuable tips for building pre-launch hype for your mobile app

Launching a mobile app isn‘t quite as easy as it was 10 years ago. When smartphones were flooding the market back in the mid 2000‘s, there was a distinct ‘honeymoon phase‘ when it came to apps. In other words, people were much more open to experimenting and trying out new programs. These days, launching an app to international fame is an incredibly cumbersome task. A study by Gartner predicts that only about 0.01% of appli

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Twitter outlines its plan to tackle trolls, hate symbols and violence

After coming under fire last week for suspending actor Rose McGowan‘s account in the midst of her pointing out the worrying phenomenon of sexual harassment in Hollywood, Twitter‘s attempt at firefighting was weak, to say the least. CEO Jack Dorsey‘s tweetstorm last Friday didn‘t hold much water, simply because it felt a lot like more of what we‘ve been hearing from the company for years about its interest in fighting

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Google built its first-ever mobile chip to power the Pixel 2‘s excellent camera

While Google has a long history of partnering with hardware makers to build its range of phones for showcasing the latest developments in Android, it‘s created its own mobile processor for the first time, to improve camera performance in the Pixel 2. It‘s called the Pixel Visual Core, and it‘s designed to tackle image processing duties (the grunt work involved in getting your phone‘s camera to take pictures), as well as ma

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Garmin‘s Speak brings Alexa into your car for 150

It kinda sounds like voice assistant overkill, but maybe Garmin is onto something: the navigation systems firm‘s new Speak gadget sticks to your windshield and lets you invoke Alexa to ask for directions, play music and audiobooks, shop on Amazon and turn off the lights at home with your voice. The device is about the size of a car charger and features a circular OLED display, an LED light ring and two mics; it can stream audio over your ca

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The importance of sticking to your company values

Having a set of public company values gives your business a distinct stature and can significantly strengthen your company‘s image and reputation, especially when it comes to outreach, promotions, and other social initiatives your company may seek to pursue. Oftentimes, having a brand or image that is consistent with your company‘s public values can garner consumer loyalty and make people feel good about the purchases they are making

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Nintendo finally reveals why Famicom cartridges have those tiny holes

In case you tend to miss miniscule details about your childhood paraphernalia: lots of Famicom cartridges had small holes on them which serve no apparent purpose. They look almost as though something was meant to snap into them, but there was nothing that would actually do that. Fans have (apparently) wondered at the purpose of these holes for years. Now they now - sort of. The Japanese websiteAfternoon Newsasked Nintendo officials about the hole

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How to watch GIANT ROBOTS fighting live tonight

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages, it‘s time! Tonight, live on Twitch, two giant robots will face-off in the squared circle to determine whether the US or Japan will reign supreme in mechanized battle. This is the first international piloted-mecha fight, and we‘re beyond stoked for it. If you aren‘t excited you must not be paying attention these two robots are huge. And they‘ll be going toe-to-toe

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WhatsApp borrows live location sharing from Facebook

WhatsApp today announced that users would be able to share their location live in the app. Your friends and family will be able to follow your movements for as long as you want. The feature is very similar to Facebook‘s Live Location sharing, though you‘ll be able to share your location for slightly longer in WhatsApp (at least 8 hours). To share your location, choose ‘Location‘ under the attachment options. After the app

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Snapchat is opening a Hollywood studio to make shows just for your tiny screen

Snap and NBCUniversal have teamed up to create a Hollywood studio set to focus on mobile entertainment. The joint venture aims to bring longer, scripted content to the app world. The project will focus on teaming up with creative partners in order to create 8-10 minute shows in the hopes of keeping (or increasing) its 173 million active daily users on the app. The deals will be exclusive, unlike Facebook and YouTube - only partners will be produc

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Snapchat is opening a Hollywood studio to make shows just for tiny screen

Snap and NBCUniversal have teamed up to create a Hollywood studio set to focus on mobile entertainment. The joint venture aims to bring longer, scripted content to the app world. The project will focus on teaming up with creative partners in order to create 8-10 minute shows in the hopes of keeping (or increasing) its 173 million active daily users on the app. The deals will be exclusive, unlike Facebook and YouTube - only partners will be produc

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Driverless cars bring visions of building boom, suburban sprawl

It‘s 2027 (or 2037) and the age of the self-driving car. City-dwellers have traded in their car keys for ride hails. Street parking has been replaced by wider sidewalks and bike lanes, while developers are busy converting garages into much-needed housing. That‘s one vision of how self-driving cars will affect U.S. real estate, laid out in a report by MIT‘s Center for Real Estate. But it‘s not the only one. Even as reclaime

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‘Think of the Children‘ is a video game that captures the hell of parenting

The best form of birth control is spending a few minutes around some children. They are cunning creatures bent on their own self-destruction and it‘s about time someone tapped into the hell that is parenthood for video game inspiration. Surprise Attack‘s upcoming game ‘Think of the Children‘ is a parenting simulator that challenges players to perform a series of simple tasks while simultaneously keeping their children aliv

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Tesla employees bite back, calling recent firings a cost-cutting measure

After San Jose Mercury News first reported Friday that Tesla was firing 400 to 700 employees of the motors division, speculation swirled. The Model 3 was behind schedule, and terminating workers in the division seemed a less-than-ideal way to solve its current production issues. A CNBC report today paints a different picture, albeit one that could be far worse: the layoffs may have been a cost-cutting measure, having nothing to do with performanc

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Why should you care about the AI chips in Apple and Huawei‘s new phones?

Earlier this year, both Apple and Huawei made a lot of noise about the new processors in their latest phones, touting the inclusion of a game-changing neural engine or neural processing unit specifically designed to handle artificial intelligence computation. But why should you care, and do you really need an AI-capable phone? What neither manufacturer managed to do was include game-changing apps to go with these powerful new chips. Apple‘s

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Facebook Live cuts out the middle man, adds its own screen-sharing feature

Facebook today added an option to share your screen directly on Facebook Live, thus eliminating the need for other software for many users. The feature was first spotted by our own Matt Navarra: NEW! Facebook screen sharing option on FB Live via https://t.co/Luozcvmz9G (desktop / laptop) pic.twitter.com/1CN2nsaUrT - Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) October 17, 2017 When you want to share your screen to Facebook Live, you hit the button on the Live in

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Microsoft‘s new Surface Book 2 adds a 15-inch size and gaming-grade graphics

Just when I was losing hope Microsoft would upgrade the Surface Book this year, the company invited a small group of journalists to quietly announce not just one, but two new laptops. In addition to a new 13.5-inch model, we‘re getting a 15-inch Surface Book as well. They start at 1500 and 2500, they pack serious performance, and they finally have USB-C. Despite their different sizes, both sizes of the Surface Book 2 feature largely similar

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Computers will soon be able to fix themselves will that kill IT departments?

Robots and AI are replacing workers at an alarming rate, from simple manual tasks to making complex legal decisions and medical diagnoses. But the AI itself, and indeed most software, is still largely programmed by humans. Yet there are signs that this might be changing. Several programming tools are emerging which help to automate software testing, one of which we have been developing ourselves. The prospects look exciting; but it raises questio

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The KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, explained like you‘re five

Yesterday, we learned about KRACK (or Key Reinstallation Attack) a security flaw in the WPA2 protocol, which could see an adversary break the encryption between a router and a device, allowing them to intercept and interfere with network traffic. Or, more succinctly, shit‘s fucked. But understanding the issue beyond glib remarks like ‘shit‘s fucked‘ is tricky. This, obviously, is profoundly complicated stuff. To help clea

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Microsoft new Surface Book 2 adds a 15-inch size and gaming-grade graphics

Just when I was losing hope Microsoft would upgrade the Surface Book this year, the company invited a small group of journalists to quietly announce not just one, but two new laptops. In addition to a new 13.5-inch model, we‘re getting a 15-inch Surface Book as well. They start at 1500 and 2500, they pack serious performance, and they finally have USB-C. Despite their different sizes, both sizes of the Surface Book 2 feature largely similar

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ZTE actually built a folding phone that looks legit

ZTE today revealed its latest smartphone, the Axon M. It has two screens and a central hinge allowing it to fold in half. We‘ve just revealed our newest #smartphone with the most innovative #tech. #AxonM, the must-have device of the year, is officially here. pic.twitter.com/iUzQrTuOM6 - ZTE USA (@zteusa) October 17, 2017 The Axon M‘s two screens fold together to make a single, double-sided smartphone, and can also be flipped open like

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A breakdown of blockchain myths

Public relations has never been blockchain‘s strength. When it first came to public and media attention in 2014, this new way of distributing and retrieving information was often used synonymously with Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has navigated through images problems of its own. Three years later, the distinction is somewhat clearer, but the association between the two has stuck. For the sake of avoiding any confusion, let‘s get

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