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Comedy Docs You Should Watch Instead of Misery Loves Comedy

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:00pm

The new doc Misery Loves Comedy explores why comedians do what they do. But there are plenty of LOL docs out there.

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Delivery Drivers Can Now Leave Packages in Your Parked Audi

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:36pm

Audi, Amazon, and DHL want to deliver packages to your locked trunk.

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iOS WiFi Bug Allows Remote Reboot of All Devices In Area

Slashdot - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:24pm
New submitter BronsCon writes: A recently disclosed flaw in iOS 8 dubbed "No iOS Zone" allows an attacker to create a WiFi hot spot that will cause iOS devices to become unstable, crash, and reboot, even when in offline mode. Adi Sharabani and Yair Amit of Skycure are working with Apple for a fix; but, for now, the only workaround is to simply not be in range of such a malicious network.

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This Suitcase Pairs With Your Phone, and Charges It Too

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:12pm

If tackled correctly, the "smart luggage" concept isn't all that crazy. A startup called Bluesmart is trying to do it the right way.

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Cape Watch: No, Spider-Man Isn’t in Age of Ultron—Or Is He?

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:00pm

With all the Avengers: Age of Ultron talk lately, it's easy to forget there are other superhero movies on the horizon. We're here to remind you.

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Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

Slashdot - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:43pm
HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports that President Obama has offered an emotional apology for the accidental killing of two hostages held by Al Qaeda, one of them American, in a United States government counterterrorism operation in January, saying he takes "full responsibility" for their deaths. "As president and as commander in chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations," including the one that inadvertently took the lives of the two captives, a grim-faced Obama said in a statement to reporters in the White House briefing room. The White House earlier released an extraordinary statement revealing that intelligence officials had confirmed that Warren Weinstein, an American held by Al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian held since 2012, died during the operation. Gunmen abducted Warren Weinstein in 2011 from his home in Lahore, Pakistan. They posed as neighbors, offered food and then pistol-whipped the American aid worker and tied up his guards, according to his daughter Alisa Weinstein. The White House did not explain why it has taken three months to disclose the episode. Obama said that the operation was conducted after hundreds of hours of surveillance had convinced American officials that they were targeting an Al Qaeda compound where no civilians were present, and that "capturing these terrorists was not possible." The White House said the operation that killed the two hostages "was lawful and conducted consistent with our counterterrorism policies" but nonetheless the government is conducting a "thorough independent review" to determine what happened and how such casualties could be avoided in the future.

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Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War

Slashdot - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:57pm
retroworks writes: Two stories appear today which feature close up photos of young African men surrounded by scrap metal in the city of Accra. The headlines state that this is where our computers go to die (Wired). The Daily Mail puts it in even starker terms, alleging "millions of tons" are dumped in Agbogbloshie. The stories appear the same day as a press release by investigators who returned this week from 3 weeks at the site. The release claims that Agbogbloshie's depiction as the worlds "largest ewaste dump site" to be a hoax. It is a scrap automobile yard which accounts for nothing more than local scrap from Accra. Three Dagbani language speaking electronics technicians, three reporters, Ghana customs officials and yours truly visited the site, interviewed workers about the origins of the material, and assessed volumes. About 27 young men burn wire, mostly from automobile scrap harnesses. The electronics — 20 to 50 items per day — are collected from Accra businesses and households. The majority of Accra (population 5M) have had televisions since the 1990s, according to World Bank metadata (over 80% by 2003). The investigation did confirm that most of the scrap was originally imported used, and that work conditions were poor. However, the equipment being recycled had been repaired and maintained, typically for a decade (longer than the original OECD owner). It is a fact that used goods will, one day, eventually become e-waste. Does that support a ban on the trade in used goods to Africa? Or, as the World Bank reports, is the affordable used product essential to establish a critical mass of users so that investment in highways, phone towers, and internet cable can find necessary consumers?

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iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

Slashdot - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:08pm
An anonymous reader writes: iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they can't log into the iTunes store, meaning functions like buying content, watching already purchased movies and TV shows, playing DRM-protected content, backing up, updating, and syncing all do not work.

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Americans Want Self-Driving Cars for the Cheaper Insurance

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:00pm

The top reason Americans give for wanting a partially autonomous car is lower insurance costs.

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Oculus’ Founder on the Pros and Cons of VR for Social Good

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:30am

Virtual reality's potential to transform entertainment and social networking has been discussed ad infinitum. But we're only starting to understand its promise for doing good.

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Is AI the Killer App for Cancer?

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:14am

Remember Watson, IBM’s supercomputing Jeopardy! champ and gourmet chef? It’s growing up. Watson skipped university and took a career as a super-elite MD deploying AI software and predictive analytics for research trials at blue-chip healthcare institutions. Yet Watson still needs a whole lot of schooling before making independent decisions and in the meantime, nurses and […]

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An App for Hacking Fertility Now Also Works for Men

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:00am

The Glow team is rounding out its app with a new component: support for male fertility.

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Amazing Photos Reveal How the Natural World Copies Itself

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 9:00am

In these beautiful images, photographer Christopher Marley finds the each of his snakes, birds, or spiders its perfect counterpoint.

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This Is How We’ll Experience Storytelling in the Future

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 9:00am

A new exhibition looks at ways storytelling will change in years to come.

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Assassin’s Creed Goes 2-D With Sneaky Platformer Chronicles

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:00am

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China takes Ubisoft's mammoth historical-action series, and flattens it out. Literally.

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