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Jul 16, 2019 2:10 PM ET

Jeffrey Epstein liked palling around with scientists — what do they think now?

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Famous ex-friends Jeffrey Epstein’s presence has loomed large over the scientific community for several decades. To some of the most high-profile scientists around the world, Epstein was a generous benefactor, a strong supporter of their research, and even a personal friend. He’s also a convicted sex offender, who was recently arrested and charged with allegedly sex trafficking young girls in New York. The Vergereached out to over a dozen different scientists and institutions who have been. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 1:40 PM ET

Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron is a thrilling examination of the cost of war

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - When I was in high school, I read through the entire back catalog of Star Warsnovels, one after the other, and finished with Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston’s X-Wing series. I loved that nine-book sub-series. It presented a different angle on the Star Wars universe, following a new crop of non-film characters as they worked to take the galaxy back from the Empire. Fast-forward a quarter of a century, and the finale of a new Star Wars trilogy. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 1:10 PM ET

As US counties update their voting machines, many run on outdated software

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Following the 2016 presidential election, states like Pennsylvania indicated that they would be working to upgrade their voting machines to allay security concerns. A new report from the Associate Press reveals that while counties across the United States have purchased new equipment, many of machines are running outdated software that could still be vulnerable to hackers. At the heart of the issue is the operating system that the machines run on — Windows 7. Microsoft. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 12:40 PM ET

A Chinese AI startup is tracking lost dogs using their nose prints

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Megvii, a Chinese AI startup that supplies facial recognition software for the Chinese government’s surveillance program, is expanding its technology beyond humans to recognize different faces of pets. As reported by Abacus News, Megvii’s new program is trained to recognize dogs by their nose prints — much like how humans have unique fingerprints. Using the Megvii app, the company says it can register your dog simply by scanning the snout through. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 12:10 PM ET

The killer-alligator movie Crawl is a solid antidote for a summer of big franchise blockbusters

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - As the line between film and television continues to blur, big-screen movies are still supposed to flaunt their scope. In a summer where plenty of would-be blockbusters are withering at the box office, and plenty of potential moviegoers seem to be staying home to watch Stranger Things, size and scale remain selling points for the theatrical experience. Avengers: Endgame hops around planets and time-streams. Men in Black: International zips between continents like a James Bond. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 11:40 AM ET

France’s Air Force is getting a space command

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Ahead of this weekend’s Bastille Day celebration on Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a space command that would be part of the country’s Air Force, according to Reuters. President Macron made the remarks to military personnel, saying that the space command would be responsible for defending the country’s satellites, and that it would officially be created in September. The Air Force, he says, will eventually be renamed as. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 11:10 AM ET

The US Army will test armored robotic vehicles in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - The US Army says that it will conduct live-fire tests of a new Robotic Combat Vehicle next year. While the tests won’t involve vehicles ultimately slated to go into combat, they will be used to show off various technologies that may later be incorporated into platforms in the future, and how soldiers might eventually utilize them on the battlefield. The RCVs are built on an M113 armored personnel carrier, and will be controlled. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Microsoft Word for Android has been installed more than 1 billion times

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Microsoft recently hit a particularly notable milestone: its Android edition of Microsoft Word has passed the 1 billion mark for installs, according to the Google Play Store (via Android Police). The company’s other Office apps are also doing pretty well. Spreadsheet app Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive each have more than 500 million installs, while email client Outlook for Android has more than 100 million installs. Android Police points out that these figures aren’t necessarily downloads from Google’s Play Store, noting that. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Why you should really, really update your Logitech wireless dongle

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Three and a half years ago, a security researcher broke into my laptop without ever needing to touch it. He didn’t even need its network address. All he had to do was sniff out my Logitech wireless mouse’s tiny USB receiver, fire off a few lines of code, and start typing things that appeared on my screen. He could have wiped my hard drive, installed malware, or worse, much as if. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is more electric motorcycle than I’ll ever need

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - There’s not a lot I can tell you from the 20 minutes I spent riding Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle this weekend at the Formula E race in Brooklyn, New York. One thing I can tell you, though, is it’s certainly more electric motorcycle than I’d ever need. That may not be the case for you, and if you have any interest, you should try to ride one at a dealer when they arrive later. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 9:10 AM ET

This video reimagines the iPhone as a retro Macintosh

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Imagine if Apple, instead of inventing something completely new for its original iPhone design, had maintained the look of its iconic Macintosh or the iMac G3. The phone would be more eye-catching than the all-glass gadget we have now, if designer FuturePunk’s imagined, digital 3D models are any indication. This week, he published a look at what he thinks Apple could have created if it modeled the iPhone off either of those. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 8:40 AM ET

American Airlines cancels Boeing 737 Max flights through November

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Just a couple of days after United Airlines announced that it was canceling more than 5,000 Boeing 737 Max flights through October, American Airlines has announced that it would suspend flights on the beleaguered passenger jet through November 2nd. The airliner had canceled flights through September 3rd, but after the FAA discovered a new problem with the aircraft’s flight computer, it opted to push the aircraft’s return to service until later in the fall.. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 8:10 AM ET

I have questions about this disturbing Jeff Bezos action figure

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Last year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted a picture of himself at his Mars 2018 conference, walking alongside one of Boston Dynamic’s Spot robots. Now, a toy company has provided a super-detailed, posable action figure of the world’s richest man, which you can conceivably find, purchase, and keep in your home for reasons we have yet to discern. A company called Ntwrk, a “mobile-first shopping” app, apparently sent the toy to a. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Spotify, YouTube, and others get reimagined as retro anime tech

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Artist Sheng Lam is behind the satisfyingly chunky designs The likes of Instagram, Spotify, and YouTube might all be high-tech modern internet services, but they all have their roots in another era of analog technology. Now, one artist has imagined what these services would look like if they were actually made for that bygone era, whether it’s an Instagram-branded Polaroid camera, a Spotify cassette player, or a VHS tape player. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Huawei will reportedly lay off hundreds of US workers

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei is reportedly preparing to lay off hundreds of workers in the United States, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company has struggled in recent months after the Trump administration placed a de facto ban on US sales to the company, citing potential security threats and amidst the ongoing US-Chinese trade war. According to the WSJ, Huawei is planning to lay off workers at a research subsidiary called Futurewei Technologies,. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Amazon is starting Prime Day 2019 a day early with discounts on its devices

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Prime Day 2019 starts on Monday, July 15th, but Amazon has announced that it will knock the prices on a bunch of products down a day before it begins, starting on Sunday, July 14th, at 3PM ET / 12PM PT. Two of the announced deals below will begin first thing Monday morning. As far as what you’ll find for less, the list is already pretty big. There’s a good mix of. [more...]

Jul 16, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Check out this incredible archive of Apple’s promotional photos and ads

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 16, 2019 - Graphic designer and marketer Sam Henri Gold has assembled an incredible archive of Apple’s promotional materials that stretches back to the 1970s, which he’s uploaded into a Google Drive folder for people to look through. The folder contains hundreds of videos and pictures of the company’s products, and it’s well worth the time to take a trip down memory lane. Gold has painstakingly organized this miniature online museum by decade and year,. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Here are the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals so far

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - If you’re reading this, then Amazon Prime Day 2019 is underway. Prices have fallen for countless products, including tech, and you’ll be able to shop the deals for 48 hours, until 2:59AM ET / 11:59PM PT on Tuesday, July 16th. First things first: to get in on the deals, you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber. You can get started with a free 30-day trial to the service, then either let it. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 11:10 AM ET

WhatsApp and Telegram media files aren’t so secure after they reach your phone

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - While they’re known for strongly encrypting messages in transit, apps like WhatsApp and Telegram may not always be able to keep files safe after they’re on your phone. Today, researchers from Symantec explain how hackers could use a malicious app to subtly alter media files sent through the services. WhatsApp stores media through external storage On Android, apps can choose to save media, like images and audio files, through either. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 10:40 AM ET

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is at its lowest price ever for Prime Day

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - If you’re in the market for an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S10, today is the best day to pull the trigger, as the entire line of S10 phones is at their lowest price ever for Amazon Prime Day. Amazon is cutting $300 off of the S10 and S10 Plus, while the S10E is selling for $200 below its launch price. Since these are US unlocked models, they are compatible with all four major carriers (and their related. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 10:10 AM ET

The Instant Pot Duo60 is on sale for Prime Day 2019

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - The Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 6-quart pressure cooker is $55.99 for Amazon Prime Day 2019. This is $15 off of its usual price, and though it’s not the lowest price this model has ever been, it’s still a good price price to pay for such a handy kitchen tool. If you want a larger, or smaller size, those are discounted, too. If you do all of your cooking on the stove top,. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Nintendo Switch consoles and Joy-Con controllers are discounted for Prime Day

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - If you buy a Nintendo Switch at Amazon for $299 (its regular price), you’ll receive a $35 eShop credit, which you can use toward a new game on the eShop. It’s not technically a price cut, though it’s an Amazon Prime Day deal that brings a much better value than the standard console offering. It guarantees that you’ll have something to play shortly after unboxing the portable console. Joy-Con controllers are an accessory that you’ll need. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Europe’s GPS alternative has been offline since Friday

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - Galileo, the European satellite navigation system, has been suffering a major outage since Friday, reports BBC News. The system’s status page currently lists all 22 of its satellites as either “Not Usable” or “Testing,” as part of an incident that started early Friday morning. In a statement, the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) said the system is being affected by a “technical incident related to its ground infrastructure.” The outage means the satellites. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Page through computer history with this complete scan of NeXT’s Fall 1989 catalog

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - An amateur computer historian has unearthed a cool piece of technology paraphernalia: NeXT’s Fall 1989 catalog. Kevin Savetz recently scanned the entire 138-page book, and posted the files to Archive.org. NeXT was the company that Steve Jobs founded in 1985 after he was fired by Apple. The company designed computer workstations and lasted through 1997, when Jobs was rehired at Apple. Image: Kevin Savetz Describing himself as an amateur computer historian, Savetz. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Zoom to fix major Mac webcam security flaw today with emergency patch

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - Video conferencing provider Zoom is pushing out an emergency patch later today to address the zero-day vulnerability for Mac users that could potentially expose a live webcam feed to an attacker. The move is a surprise reversal of Zoom’s previous stance, in which the company treated the vulnerability as “low risk” and defended its use of a local web server that incidentally exposed Zoom users to potential attacks. The fix, detailed in the. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Net neutrality was repealed a year ago. What’s happened since?

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - It’s been a year since net neutrality was repealed. Gigi Sohn, a distinguished fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law and Policy, chats with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about what’s happened since by explaining the ripple effect of harmful policy decisions and more. Below is a lightly edited excerpt of Sohn explaining three things that have happened since repealing net neutrality that clearly demonstrate what the FCC did is terrible for. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Nintendo Switch NES games are getting a rewind feature

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - In a move possibly designed to allow more than 17 people in the world to finish Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Nintendo is adding a rewind feature to NES games on the Switch. As you can see from the video above, you can hold down ZL and ZR to access a row of snapshots in time that you can resume from. The feature is coming on July 17th. NES games are. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Apple will finally release the HomePod in Japan this summer

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - The HomePod doesn’t appear to have been a sales smash hit anywhere, but it doesn’t help that you can only actually buy it in a handful of countries. Apple is still rolling it out, though, and just announced its imminent arrival in one of the company’s biggest markets: Japan. As spotted by MacRumors, the HomePod page on Apple’s website now says it’ll come to Japan “this summer.” The store page is also live, listing the smart speaker. [more...]

Jul 15, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Tinder Lite will arrive in Vietnam in the ‘coming weeks’

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 15, 2019 - Tinder has already publicized its plans to expand around the world, specifically in Asia, but today, it’s taking the next logical step in that journey and introducing a smaller version of its Android app — called Tinder Lite. The app is 25 times smaller than the main app, and while it maintains the core functionality, like swiping, it nixes more data-heavy ones, like the Feed. The idea is that Tinder Lite is. [more...]

Jul 14, 2019 7:40 AM ET

The Raspberry Pi Foundation messed up its first USB-C device

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 14, 2019 - The Raspberry Pi 4, the latest version of the micro computer that was announced two weeks ago, has a buggy USB-C port that prevents many popular charging cables from supplying power. The port is the device’s sole input for power, leaving some owners thinking they’ve purchased a lemon. The problem was first detailed in a blog post by Tyler Ward, and it’s since been acknowledged by Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton in. [more...]