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surface phone speculation spurred by new phone apis in windows

enlarge/ the "surface phone" is speculated to be some kind of dual-screen device.microsoftshare this storythe rumors that microsoft is developing some kind of phone-like device (perhaps a "surface phone" or "andromeda") have been floating around for years, with little concrete evidence that such a thing exists. but the latest windows 10 insider preview has given new fuel for the speculative fire: it has a set of new apis for cellular phones.windows has had integrated support for cell modems since windows 8, but this has been restricted to supporting data connections. telephony—dialing numbers, placing calls—has always required either windows phone or windows 10 mobile, which has made the full windows 10 unsuitable for a phone.that ma...




the “unpatchable” exploit that makes every current nintendo switch hackable

enlarge/ the "proof of concept" payload for today's exploit shows crucial protected information from the now-exposed nintendo switch bootrom.kate temkin / reswitchedshare this storya newly published "exploit chain" for nvidia tegra x1-based systems seems to describe an apparently unpatchable method for running arbitrary code on all currently available nintendo switch consoles. hardware hacker katherine temkin and the hacking team at reswitched released an extensive outline of what they're calling the fusée gelée coldboot vulnerability earlier today, alongside a proof-of-concept payload that can be used on the switch."fusée gelée isn't a perfect, 'holy grail' exploit—though in some cases it can be pretty damned close," temkin wr...




new hacks siphon private cryptocurrency keys from airgapped wallets

enlarge/ simplified figurative process of a cryptocurrency transaction.mikael häggström / wikimediashare this storyresearchers have defeated a key protection against cryptocurrency theft with a series of attacks that transmit private keys out of digital wallets that are physically separated from the internet and other networks.like most of the other attacks developed by ben-gurion university professor mordechai guri and his colleagues, the currency wallet exploits start with the already significant assumption that a device has already been thoroughly compromised by malware. still, the research is significant because it shows that even when devices are airgapped—meaning they aren't connected to any other devices to prevent the leaking o...




monkey-selfie lawsuit finally ends: court affirms adorable macaque can’t sue

share this storya federal appeals court in san francisco ruled monday that naruto, a "crested macaque," does not have legal standing to file a copyright claim against a nature photographer, as naruto is not a person.the case dates back to 2011, when british nature photographer david slater was on a shoot on the tangkoko reserve in indonesia. naruto somehow swiped slater's camera and managed to snap a few pictures. slater later published a book, including some of the so-called "monkey selfie" images.people for the ethical treatment of animals, the advocacy group seeking to represent naruto, then filed a lawsuit, saying that naruto's copyright of the image had been violated. in january 2016, a federal district judge in san francisco ruled t...




surface phone speculation spurred by new phone apis in windows

enlarge/ the "surface phone" is speculated to be some kind of dual-screen device.microsoftshare this storythe rumors that microsoft is developing some kind of phone-like device (perhaps a "surface phone" or "andromeda") have been floating around for years, with little concrete evidence that such a thing exists. but the latest windows 10 insider preview has given new fuel for the speculative fire: it has a set of new apis for cellular phones.windows has had integrated support for cell modems since windows 8, but this has been restricted to supporting data connections. telephony—dialing numbers, placing calls—has always required either windows phone or windows 10 mobile. this has made the full windows 10 unsuitable for a phone.that may...




man behind cambridge analytica’s facebook data mining says he’s sorry

enlargeanthony quintano / flickrshare this storycambridge analytica & facebookview more storiesin advance of his upcoming testimony before the uk parliament, aleksandr kogan wants the public to know two things: he's sorry, and he's not a russian agent. (kogan, who was born in moldova, moved to moscow as a child before eventually emigrating to the united states, where he became a citizen.)kogan, who authored the initial facebook app created at the behest of cambridge analytica, has now come forward. he recently granted interviews to the new york times, buzzfeed news, and cbs' 60 minutes. (kogan did not respond to ars' request for comment.)it was kogan's 2014 app, "this is your digital life," which invited users to log in with their fa...




google chrome’s major redesign shows a lighter, rounder ui

share this story the work-in-progress chrome canary build shows off a very different chrome ui. this color guide from the design docs probably represents a more complete design. this has a new-tab button on the left. windows, linux, and chrome os get a left-hand-side new-tab button. macos gets a right-hand-side new-tab button. new chrome doesn't have a tab shape for background tabs. tabs should be the same color as the window title bar with only a small vertical separator between them. another picture spells out the shapeless inactive tabs. incognito mode gets a similar treatment. rounded rectangle bookmark buttons. text input boxes get rounder, too. a rounded omnibox. it looks like google's "product sans"...




the “unpatchable” exploit that makes every current nintendo switch hackable

enlarge/ the "proof of concept" payload for today's exploit shows crucial protected information from the now-exposed nintendo switch bootrom.kate temkin / reswitchedshare this storya newly published "exploit chain" for nvidia tegra x1-based systems seems to describe an apparently unpatchable method for running arbitrary code on all currently available nintendo switch consoles. hardware hacker katherine temkin and the hacking team at reswitched released an extensive outline of what they're calling the fusée gelée coldboot vulnerability earlier today, alongside a proof-of-concept payload that can be used on the switch."fusée gelée isn't a perfect, 'holy grail' exploit—though in some cases it can be pretty damned close," temkin wr...




the latest hyperloop feasibility study aims to connect cleveland and chicago

enlargehyperloop transportation technologiesshare this storythe drive between chicago and cleveland can take about five hours. taking the train is a little longer—six to seven hours, depending on how many stops the train makes. it's easy to see why people would be interested in bringing a faster type of transportation to the corridor.enter hyperloop, of course. the brainchild of elon musk, a hyperloop is a system of transportation envisioned to carry cargo or passengers at speeds above 700 mph through low-pressure tubes. the train pods would hover above the track, using either magnetic levitation or air-bearings. stretch a tube across the 344 miles between chicago and cleveland and simple math suggests you could cover the distance in half...




are we sure there wasn’t a coal-burning species 55 million years ago?

enlargegetty / aurich lawsonshare this storyif you’ve ever wished that a new study came packaged with some science fiction exploring the implications, this is your lucky day. of course, not every research paper lends itself to a short story, but a manuscript by nasa’s gavin schmidt and the university of rochester’s adam frank asks a fun question: are we sure that humans built the first industrial civilization in earth’s history?in recent years, scientists have debated defining a new geologic epoch—the “anthropocene”—based on the idea that humans have done enough to leave a recognizable mark in earth’s geologic archives. theoretically, if another world harbored life that produced an industrial civilization, we could find the...




670 horsepower and 0-60 in 2.2 seconds: the volkswagen i.d. r pikes peak

share this story this is the volkswagen i.d. r pikes peak, an electric race car designed to set a new record at pikes peak in colorado. volkswagen (l-r): sven smeets, francois-xavier demaison, and romain dumas stand with the i.d. r pikes peak. volkswagen 500kw (670hp) from two electric motors, and a 0-62mph time that's faster than an f1 car. volkswagen the front of the i.d. r pikes peak is dominated by a huge splitter and other aerodynamic appendages. volkswagen it's a pretty tightly packed cockpit. since the race is against the clock, side and rear visibility isn't much of a concern. volkswagen vw is using pikes peak in part to stress-test its new ev platform. volkswagen on monday the car start...




netflix, amazon, and major studios try to shut down $20-per-month tv service

enlarge/ set tv's website.set tvshare this storynetflix, amazon, and the major film studios have once again joined forces to sue the maker of a tv service and hardware device, alleging that the products are designed to illegally stream copyrighted videos.the lawsuit was filed against the company behind set tv, which sells a $20-per-month tv service with more than 500 channels."defendants market and sell subscriptions to 'setvnow,' a software application that defendants urge their customers to use as a tool for the mass infringement of plaintiffs' copyrighted motion pictures and television shows," the complaint says. besides netflix and amazon, the plaintiffs are columbia pictures, disney, paramount pictures, twentieth century fox, univ...




“i feel whole again:” wounded vet receives first penis-scrotum combo transplant

enlarge/ doctors performing surgery. getty | bsipshare this storya young military veteran severely maimed by an improvised explosive device (ied) received a transplant of a large section of tissue, including the penis, scrotum, and a portion of the abdominal wall, from a deceased organ donor, according to the new york times.the 14-hour operation took place at johns hopkins hospital last month. it marks the third successful penis transplant and the first complex penis transplant, which is to say it involved the scrotum and surrounding tissue as well as the penis. for ethical reasons, surgeons removed the testicles prior to the transplantation to prevent the possibility that the recipient could father children genetically belonging to the dono...




detroit developer sues french press over “toxic culture” reports

enlarge/ i thought this screen from detroit could be used as a metaphor for the current legal wrangling, but i'm not 100% sure of how.quantic dreamshare this storyquantic dream, the developer behind upcoming ps4 game detroit: beyond human, has brought lawsuits against two french media outlets following articles accusing the developer of fostering a "toxic corporate culture."kotaku reports on the lawsuits against le monde and website mediapart, two of the three outlets that published a joint investigation of quantic dream in january. the third, canard pc, told the site it has received "threatening letters" surrounding the articles but is not the subject of any lawsuits at this time."we're suing their journalists," quantic dream founde...




drool over marvel comics’ rarest original art, costumes at new museum exhibit

share this storyseattle—as the marvel cinematic universe expands to every movie theater in the world, the mopop museum of pop culture (formerly experience music project) swoops in this week with an exhibit that reminds fans where the heck these costumed heroes came from: the comics pages.marvel universe of super heroes, a massive, two-story exhibit, began its world-premiere run in seattle on saturday with a mix of incredible historical context and marvel's strange, narrow focus within the mcu. the very good news, as seen in the first gallery, is that marvel (which began life in 1939 as timely publications) is represented by way of a ton of original production art. no sense in starting this gallery off slowly. he...




backlash prompts eventbrite to drop demand to crash events, record them

share this storyenlarge/ the new (and now rolled-back) eventbrite merchant agreement terms, grabbed this weekend before they were rescinded.earlier this month, executives at eventbrite—the popular internet event-ticketing platform used by thousands of event organizers, including many information security conferences—made a change in the company's "merchant agreement" that many missed until this past week. that change added a section to the agreement entitled "permission you grant us to film and record your events," asserted broad rights over the content of events that use eventbrite for ticketing. as word spread this past weekend about the changes, many event organizers reacted with shock to the terms and began scrambling to find al...




apple offers free battery replacements for select macbook pro models

enlarge/ one of the 2016 macbook pros.andrew cunninghamshare this storyapple quietly launched a new battery replacement program to help a "limited number" of macbook pro users. according to the program's webpage, some 13-inch macbook pros without touch bars may experience component failure that causes the built-in battery to swell. it's not a safety issue, but apple will replace batteries on the affected laptops for free.the company didn't provide details about which component inside these macbook pros could fail and cause the battery to expand. affected laptops were manufactured between october 2016 and october 2017, and users can check to see if their device is eligible by inputting the device's serial number into the program's webpag...




job details disappear as report suggests upcoming amazon-made home robot

share this storywhile amazon's alexa successfully infiltrated homes via echo devices over the past few years, the company reportedly continues to look for new ways that it can make homes smarter. according to a bloomberg report, amazon is secretly developing a "domestic robot" that may be a portable home for its virtual assistant.the project is codenamed "vesta" after the roman goddess of the hearth, home, and family. according to people familiar with the plans, vesta is being led by gregg zehr, the head of amazon's lab126 hardware research and development division. that same group developed devices, including the popular echo smart speakers, fire tv set-top boxes, and fire tablets.while the project has reportedly been in the works for...




three years out, final fantasy vii remake still seems a long way off

enlarge/ this 2017 concept art might be the closest we get to new final fantasy vii remake footage for a while.share this storywe're now approaching three full years since sony first announced it was remaking the beloved final fantasy vii for the playstation 4. in that time, we've only seen a quick trailer's worth of gameplay footage (itself now over two years old) and a few scattered pieces of concept art for the mysterious project.now, a new japanese job posting from publisher square enix suggests the developers are still in the early stages of the project, which aims to be something much more ambitious than a simple remake of the 1997 original.as translated by gematsu, square enix's new job posting is looking for a "battle planner"...




white house reportedly exploring wartime rule to help coal, nuclear

share this storyenlargekym farnikaccording to reports from bloomberg and e&e news, the trump administration has been exploring another way to help coal and nuclear generators: the defense production act of 1950.the act was passed under president truman. motivated by the korean war, it allows the president broad authority to boost us industries that are considered a priority for national security. on thursday, e&e news cited sources that said "an interagency process is underway" at the white house to examine possible application of the act to the energy industry. the goal would be to give some form of preference to coal and nuclear plants that are struggling to compete with cheap natural gas.third time's the charm?this appears to be the th...