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Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device

Enlarge (credit: June Oven) When my husband and I received a flashy, $250 Breville toaster oven for our wedding in 2014, we couldn’t believe how awesome it was. It revolutionized the two-person meal in our household. We were freed from using the geriatric, unreliable oven that came with our apartment, and cookies, pizzas, and baked …

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Pokémon Go creators launch AR-game contest that (nearly) resembles American Idol

Enlarge (credit: Niantic) How could Niantic, the leading developers of Pokémon Go, possibly top its augmented-reality (AR) gaming sensation? Today’s announcement from the studio hints at its future strategy: find someone else to do it. The Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest talks up a prize pool of more than $1 million, but the real meat …

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Tesla’s SolarCity lost ground to Sunrun in 2018

Enlarge (credit: Jon Callas / Flickr) The first three quarters of 2018 show that Sunrun’s residential solar panel sales have outpaced SolarCity’s residential solar panel sales, according to data from analysis firm Wood Mackenzie. Though Tesla, the owner of SolarCity, has been losing ground in the solar panel market-share game for years now, Sunrun’s new …

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Four months after its debut, sneaky Mac malware went undetected by AV providers

Enlarge / A screenshot of VirusTotal showing only two AV providers detected malware, four weeks after it was outed. (credit: Patrick Wardle) Four months after a mysterious group was outed for a digital espionage operation that used novel techniques to target Mac users, its macOS malware samples continued to go undetected by most antivirus providers, …

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Logitech disables local access on Harmony Hubs, breaks automation systems [Update]

Enlarge (credit: Logitech) Update, Dec 21, 2:47pm: In response to customers’ frustration, Logitech issued another statement today with instructions on how to enable private local API controls. The company created a new XMPP beta program that will give users access to the local controls that were removed in the most recent Harmony Hub firmware update. …

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ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”

Enlarge (credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) The American Civil Liberties Union, along with Privacy International, a similar organization based in the United Kingdom, have now sued 11 federal agencies, demanding records about how those agencies engage in what is often called “lawful hacking.” The activist groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests to the …

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How 3ve’s BGP hijackers eluded the Internet—and made $29M

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Over the past decade, many attackers have exploited design weaknesses in the Internet’s global routing system. Most commonly, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is abused to divert gigabytes, or possibly even petabytes, of high-value traffic to ISPs inside Russia or China, sometimes for years at a time, so that the …

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Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything

Enlarge (credit: Benno Hansen) What makes some people radical and prone to taking extreme views on topics? Radical, violent political movements have received a lot of attention in the news cycle, while non-violent radicalism is a significant impediment to the compromises that are necessary to build a functional society. At the same time some things …

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Start your (machine learning) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is almost here

Enlarge / Developers working in the “pit” at the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena in Las Vegas during Amazon’s re:Invent conference to prepare their DeepRacers for competition. (credit: Jason Levitt) Sadly, there’s one tech toy that Amazon won’t be able to sell you for Christmas this year. DeepRacer is an autonomous 1/18th scale race car that was …

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