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Online hate victims must speak out if the law is to stop the mob
Missing the targetKatarzyna Bialasiewicz/GettyIT ISN’T news that the internet is awash with hateful content. But it is still shocking to put yourself in the shoes of somebody who has been on the receiving...
$1m prize offered to solve 'simple' chess puzzle
Computer programmers would be able to pocket the cash, which is offered by the Clay Mathematics Institute in America, if they found an efficient solution to the famous Eight Queens Puzzle. The puzzle...
Critical point in breaking the glass problem
Famously described as 'the deepest problem in solid state physics' by Nobel Laureate, Philip Andersen, the glass transition, by which a liquid transforms into a solid without freezing, is shedding its...
The new Surface Pro’s sleeping problem is no more following recent fix
Well, that was surprisingly fast. Microsoft has announced via both a forum post and through its support site that the brand new Surface Pro’s well-document sleeping problem is no more.Specifically, the...
The new Surface Pro’s sleeping problem may soon be fixed
If you’re one of the many newly-minted Surface Pro owners that sees your shiny new tablet take impromptu naps from time to time, rest assured that Microsoft is on the case.However, a cure to the latest...
Car companies' vision of a gradual transition to self-driving cars has a big problem
Chris Urmson, who led the team of Google's self-driving car engineers until he left to found his own startup last year, describes the decision over whether to assist drivers or take the drivers out of...
Last-second glitch grounds latest SpaceX rocket launch
For the second day in a row, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Intelsat communications satellite was grounded by a last-second glitch Monday, delaying the flight at least 24 hours and raising the prospect...
Canadian military helicopters back in limited service after software issue grounds fleet
The Royal Canadian Air Force has resumed limited flights on its Cyclone helicopters after a software problem grounded the aircraft for nine weeks.Col. Peter Allan, wing commander of the Shearwater base...
T-Mobile “ghost calls” clog 911 and may have led to baby’s death
EnlargeMike Mozart reader comments 6 Share this story On Saturday night in Dallas, Texas, a six-month-old baby boy named Brandon Alex died after the child's babysitter was unable to reach 911 from a T-Mobile...
States, Local Governments Have Major Cyber-security Issues
The diversity of agencies and systems and a lack of expertise in state and local governments mean that attackers can often easily target their systems successfully. SAN FRANCISCO—If the U.S. government...
California Rep. Issa sides with Silicon Valley over encryption debate
Apple's encryption fight with the FBI in 2015 brought to light a growing conflict between the mandates of government — the stated need for surveillance powers to monitor potential threats — and Silicon...
Futurist Mike Walsh says a post-truth-detecting algorithm could fight fake news
Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who declines to identify Facebook as a media company, has denied this was the case, insisting that "this really isn't a problem," while Twitter co-founder...
Apple will fix iPhone 6 Pluses with touchscreen problems, but it will cost you
Enlarge / The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.Andrew Cunningham reader comments 10 Share this story If you've been having touchscreen problems with your iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has a fix for you if you're willing to...
PS4 Pro 4K TV woes may be down to a firmware fault
The main draw of the PS4 Pro console is that it can take advantage of the latest 4K and HDR screen technology; however, some users have been reporting that their new consoles aren’t working with their...
iOS 10.1.1 will let you see your Health data again
Enlarge / iOS 10 is here.Andrew Cunningham reader comments 5 Share this story Further ReadingiOS 10.1 arrives with iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode and lots of fixesThe iOS 10.1 update fixed a lot of stuff,...
Residents are ordering crates of feral cats
Stray cats > normal rat traps. SINCE a crate of stray cats was delivered to his doorstep, Nicolas Cuervo has been ecstatic. “It was almost like getting a newborn,” he told The Wall Street Journal. The...
Honda recalls 350,000 Civics for brake defect
Honda is recalling 350,083 of its new 2016 Civics because the electric parking brake may not engage when the engine is turned off, leading to the possibility that the car could roll away and crash. It's...
Samsung still doesn’t know what went wrong with the Note 7
The faults with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and the company’s ultimate decision to kill it, is sure to cost Samsung an enormous amount in money and reputation, yet it’s still not clear what caused the...
Samsung Galaxy Note 7s are exploding and everyone has a theory as to why
Enlarge / The back is very shiny, and a fingerprint magnet. reader comments 17 Share this story The Galaxy Note 7 will probably go down as the most disastrous phone launch in history. Shortly after launch,...
Android Wear watches aren't playing nice with the iPhone 7
Despite running a Google operating system, many Android Wear watches can link up with iOS devices, offering limited functionality. Or, at least, they could, but owners of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus...
Facebook Inflated Video Traffic Numbers Over a Two-Year Period
Facebook has admitted that over a two-year time period, it overestimated the amount of time people spent on the site watching videos. “We recently discovered an error in the way we calculate one of our...
Samsung: Replacement Galaxy Note 7s coming Wednesday
SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung says new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be available in U.S. stores starting Wednesday to replace about 1 million devices that are being recalled because of a problem with batteries...
Apple Fixes iOS 10 Bricking Problem
It's the third time this year that iOS updates caused "bricking" problems for users. The iOS 10 issues have now been fixed, reports say. Soon after Apple began rolling out its latest iOS 10 mobile operating...
Reading this on a Mac? Install this security fix to avoid being spied on
Remember that gaping iOS security flaw which was revealed last week? Well, turns out that it's also present on Apple's desktop operating system, with the company patching up OS X to cure the issue.The...
"Touch disease" defect is now killing iPhones
A new report is warning iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users of a problem that could be threatening their phones. If you notice that your phone has a flickering gray bar at the top of the screen, it might be afflicted...
Success Far From Certain for FCC-Backed Robocall Strike Force
NEWS ANALYSIS: The level of attention to the problem of Robocalls from the FCC and other stakeholders is promising, but the complexity of this issue makes success questionable. Everyone seems happy about...
FBI chief Comey: “We have never had absolute privacy”
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images reader comments 16 Share this story SAN FRANCISCO—FBI Director James Comey has some phones—650 of them, to be exact—that he'd really, really like to take a look...
Quantum dots can't burn in, so what is Samsung's new warranty all about?
Samsung has announced that it will be offering a ten-year screen burn warranty for its Quantum Dot TVs. The announcement means that should your panel suffer from burn-in or image retention, even if it's...
10 best travel apps and gadgets to solve common road warrior woes
Best travel techIt feels a bit disingenuous to say travel is a pain these days, especially when we can flit across to the other side of the world in less time than it takes the postal service to deliver...
Bug bounties and automotive firewalls: Dealing with the car hacker threat
Aurich / GettyAs we have seen in the past couple of years, car hacking is becoming an ever-greater threat. Many of the systems in our vehicles—and the standards to which they were designed—predate the...
Fusion Reactor Still in Works
All today’s nuclear power plants make energy by thge splitting of uranium atoms -- which creates a lot of useful heat but also a lot of dangerous and deadly nuclear waste. The opposite process -- fusion...
What to do when your computer freezes or locks up
If your computer crashes, the first thing to do is try restarting it.(Photo: Chris Ratcliffe, Bloomberg) It happens to everyone at some point. You're doing something on your computer, whether it's an important...
Microsoft’s mobile problem may not be a problem at all
When Microsoft announced its Windows 10 strategy last year, the thinking was that the unified platform would drive Windows Mobile and finally bring the Windows phone out of the doldrums where it’s...
Ruby Interview Questions: Problem Walkthroughs
We've talked a bit about interviewing with Ruby and the basic tools of the game. In this article, we will consider some harder interview questions that ask us to apply some of the concepts we have learned...
Longform: Sex, drugs and Counter-Strike: eSports is fighting its demons
eSportsLast year, eSports got a reality check. Speaking in an interview, pro Counter-Strike player Kory "Semphis" Friesen openly admitted that he and other players had taken the performance-enhancing...
Apple is hard at work to fix this Safari-crashing bug
If you're running iOS 9 software on your iPad or iPhone - which is on almost 80% of all Apple devices - you may have found a problem where links can crash within Safari and it's down to some of the other...
Poorly behaved app causing crashes and link problems for some iOS 9.x users
Enlarge / The good news is that not all iOS 9 users are affected by this bug! The bad news is that if you are affected, you might be stuck waiting on a fix.Andrew CunninghamFurther ReadingApple re-posts...
New maths proof shows how to stack oranges in 24 dimensions
JTB/UIG via Getty It’s a tight squeeze. Mathematicians have proved that they know the best way to pack spheres in 8 and 24 dimensions – the first time this problem has been solved in a new dimension in...
What’s up with Telstra?
Telstra has gone down for the third time in two months. WITH Telstra suffering its third network outage in two months, customers are calling for answers. While they may have been willing to accept ‘human...
How to fix connectivity issues with the Amazon Echo - CNET
Sarah Tew In recent months, the Amazon Echo has matured quite a bit. New skills being constantly added, new third-party integration with other smart devices and the ability to speak to order Dominos pizza...
Full Harvest wants to fix the big farm food waste problem at source
Modern farming has a huge problem with food waste, stemming from the mismatch between specific food buyer requirements vs Mother Nature delivering an unsaleable overabundance and/or producing knobbly...
Wherefor lets you search for vacations based on how much you want to spend
As a travel enthusiast, it was a problem Ryan Wenger had often encountered; how can a person search for a flight and hotel based on the amount of money they want to spend rather than by destination...
Linux Mint: The right way to react to a security breach
Just over a week ago, the Linux Mint servers were penetrated, and a hacked ISO image was offered for download instead of one of the genuine Mint images.For almost the entire week after the incident, there...
Elucify Wants To Make Sure Salespeople Have Most Current Customer Contact Info
Elucify, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2016 class wants to solve an annoying and persistent problem for sales people — making sure they have the most recent customer contact data. To...
NP-complete problem solved with biological motors
Actin fibers, labeled in green, moving across a collection of myosin.Nicolau lab, McGill UniversityQuantum computers get a lot of people excited because they solve problems in a manner that's fundamentally...
Nissan Leaf electric car hack revealed
Some of Nissan's Leaf cars can be easily hacked, allowing their heating and air-conditioning systems to be hijacked, according to a prominent security researcher. Troy Hunt reported that a flaw with the...
Samsung almost fixes a small design problem with the S7 - CNET
Samsung's fixed its misaligned grille holes. Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung is listening. Its new Galaxy S7, launched at Mobile World Congress 2016, does more than bring back important features it jettisoned from...
Office 2016 Installation Routine Deleting Older Standalone Apps
NEWS ANALYSIS: If your company depends on Microsoft Office applications that are installed separately from the ubiquitous productivity suite, installing Office 2016 will remove them. I can’t say I wasn’t...
Apple heads back to 1970 to fix the iPhone's bricking problem
Apple has acknowledged that switching your iPhone's date back to May 1970, or earlier in that year, will brick your phone beyond use - and it is working on a fix.A number of users were fooled into switching...
Unofficially fixed iPhones 'disabled'
The latest software update for iPhone 6 handsets is allegedly rendering the devices useless if it detects repairs not carried out by Apple. The problem is known as "error 53" and has appeared in Apple...
How To Fix Safari On iPhone After Crash
Users are still reporting issues with Apple's Safari browser - a day after the firm said it was fixed. The default Apple browser crashed for users around the world on Wednesday, and by the afternoon the...
Apple's Safari browser crashing during searches
Apple Inc's Safari web browser is crashing for some users when they run a search from the address bar in both iOS and OS X devices. The problem appears to be affecting iOS and OS X devices worldwide,...
How to save Flint in Michigan from lead-poisoned drinking water
Conor Ralph/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP It’s a corrosive problem. The city of Flint in Michigan has caught international attention in recent weeks for the dangerously high levels of lead in its...
Exclusive: LG finally acknowledges G4 boot loop problem - and it's offering a fix
LG G4 owners with a broken, constantly-booting phone - rejoice! LG has finally admitted it's a problem, and even better, has offered a solution.This comes after months of Twitter complaints, Reddit threads...
Apple investigating iPhone battery percentage freezing bug - CNET
The bug means that what appears to be 100 percent battery could actually be anything but. Sarah Tew/CNET If your iPhone 6S seems to be displaying the incorrect battery percentage, it could be affected...
Dragon Drive is the best car voice activation system we’ve spoken to
Brian Ratliff from Nuance gives us a demo of Dragon Drive, the voice activation system in the new BMW 7 Series. Video shot/edited by Jennifer HahnLAS VEGAS—Distracted driving is a real problem. Even though...
Facebook product chief on Free Basics: ‘Surprised by how difficult it’s been’
Comments Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2016 8:04 pm Facebook is attempting to solve the problem of access to the Internet globally, claims Facebook product chief Chris...
How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education
In 1984, educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom published research on a new method of teaching, commonly called Bloom’s 2 Sigma Problem. The term “2 Sigma” comes from the results...
Facebook glitch invites young people to celebrate '46 years of friendship'
Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are. The social network sent automated messages Thursday inviting some users to celebrate "46 years of friendship on Facebook" with...
What everyone's missing about those Netflix socks that pause TV
Unless you have shunned the Internet since Wednesday you have surely heard about the amazing Netflix socks. They have cute designs and will pause your TV if you fall asleep in the middle of an episode....
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark