A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News. A new drug is working to cure ebola, hackers figured out how to weaponize home-speakers, and tech is coming to the aid of migrants on the border.

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

When Google's next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, arrives this fall, it will respond to a series of gesture interactions—a pinch of the fingers, or a wave of the hand—without the user ever needing to touch the screen.

Scientists Can Finally Build Feedback Circuits in Cells

Scientists Can Finally Build Feedback Circuits in Cells

The circuits El-Samad is designing will put the genes that produce those molecules under the control of LOCKR, to bring them into balance.

Apple Spends $1 Billion to Take Control of Its 5G Destiny

Apple Spends $1 Billion to Take Control of Its 5G Destiny

Apple said Thursday that it will spend $1 billion to buy most of Intel’s business that makes modems for smart­phones—the crucial chips that connect devices to cell net­works and Wi-Fi. The deal gives the iPhone maker new power to customize and control the technology inside its mobile devices at a time when the industry is moving to new and faster 5G cellular connections .Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

Over the first half of the BRAIN initiative, scientists and engineers have developed technologies to discover and catalog the unique electrical properties of brain cells and to begin to reveal how they work together to generate sensations and movements.

The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

But tick scientists such as Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York, have said for years that what is most needed is routine catching and sampling of ticks themselves, as is done by mosquito control agencies, to figure out what species are hatching and what diseases they may carry.

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze. We will never know for certain what more Desmond Amofah wanted to communicate—this week, the body of the popular YouTube gamer was found in Manhattan's East River—but we can hazard a guess.

YouTube Is Giving You More Control Over Video Recommendations

YouTube Is Giving You More Control Over Video Recommendations

YouTube will also start disclosing to iOS users the reason a video was recommended to them, like how Facebook tells you why you saw a specific advertisement or post in your News Feed.

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Shortly after noon on July 20, 1969, as they orbited some 70 miles above the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin detached their lunar lander from the Apollo 11 command module in preparation for descent.

San Francisco's E-Cigarette Ban Aims to Goose the FDA

San Francisco's E-Cigarette Ban Aims to Goose the FDA

San Francisco city officials voted unanimously on Tuesday to suspend the sale and delivery of electronic cigarettes until the products are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In 2018, the FDA warned e-cigarette companies to stop marketing to children and proposed restricting the sale of flavored vaping products to minors.

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News. There's a new scam getting after your Google Calendar, you can now control TVs with your eyes, and it's time to get your smorgasbord of cell phone photos organized.

Comcast Now Lets You Control Your TV With Your Eyes

Comcast Now Lets You Control Your TV With Your Eyes

Comcast customers can visit the interface in a web browser, log in with their Xfinity credentials, and pair their accessibility device to an existing set. An eye-controlled remote may seem to serve a small niche, but Wlodkowski likes to think about accessibility tech as driving broader innovations for consumers.

Lamborghini’s Huracán EVO Sees the Future—And Makes You Look Great

Lamborghini’s Huracán EVO Sees the Future—And Makes You Look Great

The new Lamborghini Huracán EVO I spent a few hours whipping around Willow earlier this month has perhaps the most advanced dynamic control system of any street-legal sports car .

The Highly Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers Have Probed the US Grid

The Highly Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers Have Probed the US Grid

or E-ISAC, and the critical infrastructure security firm Dragos have been tracking a group of sophisticated hackers carrying out broad scans of dozens of US power grid targets, apparently looking for entry points into their networks.

Apple Just Patched a Modem Bug That's Been in Macs Since 1999

Apple Just Patched a Modem Bug That's Been in Macs Since 1999

But 12-year-old Joshua Hill didn't have an iMac. To take advantage of all the new connectivity from his parents' mid-'90s Mac Performa, he needed a modem that would plug into the computer through one of its chunky "serial" ports.

Amazon Debuts a New Echo Show Amid Alexa Privacy Concerns

Amazon Debuts a New Echo Show Amid Alexa Privacy Concerns

And Amazon is announcing new privacy features for the web and for Alexa, as part of a larger effort to address the concerns of its customers.

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

The Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter is an MBB BO-105, a multipurpose light-twin-engine German model introduced in 1970 and known for a “hingeless” rotor design that gives it high maneuverability, fast climb performance, and the ability to pull some crazy tricks.

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

The aircraft would pitch the fan assemblies vertically for takeoff, then transition them 90 degrees for horizontal flight, with the aerodynamic wing and fuselage providing most of the lift at cruising speed.

My Wild Ride in a Robot Race Car

My Wild Ride in a Robot Race Car

It’s a cloudy spring day, and we’re in the pit area at Thunderhill West Raceway in Willows, California, where, for the fourth year running, self-driving-car companies are gathering to test out their wares on a closed racecourse.

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

Now it’s time to navigate a safe flight path (in relation to mountains, storms, air traffic zones, and other aircraft) and communicate with the folks who need to know what you’re doing, or who can help you to achieve a safe outcome.

Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You

Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You

Responding to many questions about the speed of their reaction and the continued availability of the shooting video, several companies published posts or gave interviews that revealed new information about their content moderation efforts and capacity to respond to such a high-profile incident. The post-Christchurch push for centralizing censorship goes well beyond the GIFCT hash database.

What I Learned By Binge-Watching Game of Thrones Backward

What I Learned By Binge-Watching Game of Thrones Backward

In an attempt to rebel against the algorithms that have placed Thrones ' biggest reveals in front of my face for eight years, I decided to watch the series spoiler-first—learn the bad thing, then learn what caused it.

A Peek Into the Toolkit of the Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers

A Peek Into the Toolkit of the Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers

In those investigations, FireEye says it's identified a collection of custom malicious software that the Triton hackers used, tools that allowed the hackers to patiently advance their intrusion as they worked to gain access to the victims' industrial control systems.

Gadget Lab Podcast: The Case for Male Birth Control

Gadget Lab Podcast: The Case for Male Birth Control

And survey results are mixed, Arielle tells us on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast: Some men indicate they would be reluctant to use birth control, while others are for it. Also on this week’s pod, Mike, Lauren, and Arielle discuss all of the news announced at Apple’s services-focused event on Monday.

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News. Facebook appears to be the first platform to take a stand against white nationalism specifically, but the question of whether other platforms will follow suit, and if Facebook can actually rid its platforms of these kinds of posts, remains to be seen.

Male Birth Control Could Actually Happen. But Do Men Want It?

Male Birth Control Could Actually Happen. But Do Men Want It?

Now a professor at the University of Washington, Page oversees three studies of new contraceptive methods for men: a hormonal pill, which suppresses sperm production with a compound called DMU; an injection, modeled after the Depo-Provera shot for women; and the NES/T gel, which uses a type of progestin called nesterone in concert with testosterone.

The War to Remotely Control Self-Driving Cars Heats Up

The War to Remotely Control Self-Driving Cars Heats Up

Livingston is a software engineer for Designated Driver, a new company that’s getting into teleoperations, the official name for remote controlling self-driving vehicles.

A Guide to LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms

A Guide to LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms

LockerGoga, which was named for a file path in its source code by security research group MalwareHunterTeam, remains relatively rare and targeted compared to older forms of ransomware like SamSam and Ryuk, says Charles Carmakal, who leads a team of incident responders at FireEye who have dealt with multiple infestations.

Smart Devices for Teaching an Old House New Tricks

Smart Devices for Teaching an Old House New Tricks

Any smart thermostat lets us set the temperature with an app, but this one has voice control: Ask its built-in Alexa to make it warmer or cooler, or to broadcast the latest news on your smart speaker.

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

"Within five seconds, you can be playing the game." Stadia doesn't simply present a challenge to traditional consoles and computers, but to distribution platforms themselves.

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