LG G5's VR headset, 360 camera and other accessories hit the US (Billy Steele/Engadget)

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Billy Steele / Engadget:
LG G5's VR headset, 360 camera and other accessories hit the US  —  When LG announced its modular G5 phone last month, it also revealed a line of “Friends” companion devices to go along with it (See what it did there?).  Included in the lineup are the 360 VR headset, 360 Cam …

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HPE To Spin Out Its Huge Services Business, Merge It With CSC

Slashdot - 4 hours 38 min ago
itwbennett writes from a report via CIO: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise announced Tuesday that it will spin off its enterprise services business and merge it with IT services company Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) to create a company with $26 billion in annual revenue. The services business "accounts for roughly 100,000 employees, or two-thirds of the Silicon Valley giant's workforce," according to the Wall Street Journal. In a statement, HPE CEO Meg Whitman said customers would benefit from a "stronger, more versatile services business, better able to innovate and adapt to an ever-changing technology landscape." Layoffs were not a topic of discussion in Tuesday's announcement, but HPE did say last year they would cut 33,000 jobs by 2018, in addition to the 55,000 job cuts it had already announced. The company also split into two last year, betting that the smaller parts will be nimbler and more able to reverse four years of declining sales.

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Samsung and SK Telecom partner to deploy LoRaWAN-based IoT-dedicated wireless network in South Korea by midyear (Eric Zeman/InformationWeek)

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Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Samsung and SK Telecom partner to deploy LoRaWAN-based IoT-dedicated wireless network in South Korea by midyear  —  Samsung and SK Telecom have partnered up to create what they say will be the world's first network specifically for the Internet of Things.  —  Samsung Tuesday said it is working …

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TSA Replaces Security Chief As Tension Grows At Airports

Slashdot - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:30pm writes: Ron Nixon reports at the NYT that facing a backlash over long security lines and management problems, TSA administrator Peter V. Neffenger has shaken up his leadership team, replacing the agency's top security official Kelly Hoggan (Warning: source may be paywalled) and adding a new group of administrators at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Beginning late that year, Hoggan received $90,000 in bonuses over a 13-month period, even though a leaked report from the Department of Homeland Security showed that auditors were able to get fake weapons and explosives past security screeners 95 percent of the time in 70 covert tests. Hoggan's bonus was paid out in $10,000 increments, an arrangement that members of Congress have said was intended to disguise the payments. During a hearing of the House Oversight Committee two weeks ago, lawmakers grilled Mr. Neffenger about the bonus, which was issued before he joined the agency in July. Last week and over the weekend, hundreds of passengers, including 450 on American Airlines alone, missed flights because of waits of two or three hours in security lines, according to local news reports. Many of the passengers had to spend the night in the terminal sleeping on cots. The TSA has sent 58 additional security officers and four more bomb-sniffing dog teams to O'Hare. Several current and former TSA employees said the moves to replace Hoggan and add the new officials in Chicago, where passengers have endured hours long waits at security checkpoints, were insufficient. "The timing of this decision is too late to make a real difference for the summer," says Andrew Rhoades, an assistant federal security director at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who testified his supervisor accused him of "going native" after attending a meeting at a local mosque and that TSA's alleged practice of "directed reassignments," or unwanted job transfers were intended to punish employees who speak their minds. "Neffenger is only doing this because the media and Congress are making him look bad."

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Smart toothbrush Grush wins America’s Greatest Makers

ReadWriteWeb - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:00pm

The team at Grush, and their smart toothbrush, has won TBS’ “America’s Greatest Makers” reality competition show, taking home the $1 million grand prize.

Grush makes brushing teeth – one of kids’ least favorite tasks and one of their parents’ most common pointed questions at bedtime – into a fun game. The toothbrush comes bundled with an interactive app, where your child brushes all of the dirt from a monster’s teeth.

The toothbrush sends motion to the mobile app in real-time, aiming to keep the brushing kid’s attention for a few minutes. Parents are able to look at the results and see if the child missed some teeth or did not brush enough.

“We’re very excited,” said Grush co-founder Ethan Schur about the big win. “Being on the show was a fantastic experience, it gave us a chance to take our concept into American homes.”

Grush solves a big challenge for many parents

And Grush is one of those rare connected devices that actually should have a home in every house in America, or at least every house with kids.

Grush’s founders – gaming expert Schur along with Dr. Yong-jing Wang and pediatric dentist Dr. Anubha Sacheti – discovered the problem: kids see brushing as an unpleasant chore because they can’t see what they are doing inside their mouths, and so have a lot of trouble to seeing how effective they are. In short, it’s all boring pain for no real gain.

See also: IoT inventors star in TBS’ “America’s Greatest Makers”

But as some parents will love to point out – ok, mine sure did – the kids don’t pay the dental bills in the house. In fact, it was the resulting dental bills from co-founder Dr. Wang’s kids that spurred the idea for Grush.

Grush aims to transform that chore into a fun and interactive game. An advanced Bluetooth motion sensing toothbrush, coupled with interactive and instructive mobile games, guide kids’ brushing and lets parents track the results.

The connected toothbrush uses these fun and games to ensure a dentist’s idea of a perfect brushing every time – 30 seconds per mouth quadrant, with the proper brush angle toward the gum line – by counting and rewarding every brush stroke

The idea was a hit and the show certainly helped. Schur said that became apparent when they attended the Maker Faire and they discovered Grush was clearly getting the right kind of traction. “We found out a lot of our fans were under 12 years old,” he said.

“It’s no shocker they were crowned the winner,” said Kyle Ellicott, chief of labs at Wearable IoT World Labs, the accelerator that helped Grush get started. “It’s been amazing to witness – and be a part of – (their) storied journey over these past two years. They’ve accomplished some great feats and delivered an industry changing product.”

The startup plans to add a smart toothbrush for parents, focused on providing a more analytical service that warns when you don’t brush enough or miss spots. Grush is also planning to add multiple levels, which may contain microtransactions, to keep kids interested.

For people interested in the smart toothbrush, it is already available online for $59 and the mobile apps are available for free on iOS or the Google Play Store.

The maker community is also key

Schur said having great mentors on the show, including Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Massimo Banzi, co-founder/CEO of Arduino, maker of the popular development boards and a maker himself, helped with the business side of inventing. In the end, it’s not just about the prototype, he said.

Ultimately they had to convince judges who were essentially acting like investors normally would. “They asked very astute questions,” he said.

And setting a baseline of using show sponsor Intel’s Curie module meant that projects as diverse as those found on the show, from Grush’s toothbrush to “good vibes” wearable VENN, all had a common starting line.

“Every team may have had a different project,” Schur said. “But they all have the same resources and the same time.”

But he added that highlighting the inventor community – both the one created by the contestants and the one attracted to watching the series – was one of the greatest impacts of the show.

“(In) the maker community, we support each other,” he said. “We’re there helping each other, soldering, coding. That’s kind of the point.”

Second season in the works now

A second season of America’s Greatest Makers has been commissioned by TBS. So inventors of the world, get your applications in.

And Schur emphasizes you don’t need to be scared away by a perceived lack of ability to code or build things. You could use Intel’s Curie module with its existing code package right out of the box, for example – it’s easier than many people think.

Finding the right idea, and then putting together the right team, like Grush’s, is the path to success.

“If you find a problem big enough (to solve), you can prototype quickly,” he said. “There’s help out there. The maker community is there.”

Disclaimer: Grush was one of the alumni in our parent company’s accelerator, Wearable IoT World Labs.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t give them a hearty congratulations, too!

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Toyota Forms 'Strategic Partnership' With Uber

Slashdot - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 9:50pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Toyota and Uber are forming a "strategic partnership" which will include an investment by the Japanese automaker in the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company. Under the agreement, Uber drivers can lease their vehicles from Toyota and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers. Toyota says it will invest an undisclosed sum in Uber, which is already the most valuable technology startup in the world. A partnership between Toyota and Uber could help the ride-sharing company solve a lingering question surrounding its self-driving ambitions, namely where its going to get a fleet of cars to equip with its autonomous technology. Toyota, which is the world's largest car manufacturer, is taking self-driving technology very seriously. It recently established the Toyota Research Institute to develop AI technologies in two main areas: autonomous cars and robot helpers for around the home. Last month, Google, Ford, Volvo, Lyft and Uber joined a coalition to help spur the development of self-driving cars, ultimately to make them arrive to the market faster. Meanwhile, Apple made an investment in Uber's Chinese rival Didi.

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Apple To Open Up Siri To Developers, Release An Amazon Echo Competitor

Slashdot - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 9:07pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: According to a new report from The Information, Apple is finally ready to let Siri grow up. Specifically, the publication relays that Apple will finally offer official Siri APIs to developers, thus paving the way for third-party integrations, the kind that Amazon Echo users can't seem to get enough of. Things like ordering an Uber or pizza are currently impossible, because Siri is locked down by Apple. What's more, Apple is also reportedly working on a standalone device meant to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google's recently unveiled Google Home. If that's true, it's huge news -- Apple has been lacking any kind of smart home hub until now, but a Siri-powered device would be a serious play to get Apple into our homes. Google is the latest tech giant to announce a virtual home assistant. It unveiled Google Home, a small round gadget with microphones and speakers that listen and respond to your questions and commands.

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E Ink develops Advanced Color ePaper, an EPD display that shows up to 32K colors, for digital signage (Devindra Hardawar/Engadget)

TechMeme - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 8:55pm

Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
E Ink develops Advanced Color ePaper, an EPD display that shows up to 32K colors, for digital signage  —  There's a small glimmer of hope for the seemingly doomed dream of color electronic paper.  E Ink, which helped pioneer ePaper by providing the technology for Amazon's Kindle …

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E Ink Creates Full-Color Electronic Paper Display

Slashdot - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 8:23pm
SkinnyGuy writes: The reflective display company finally figured out how to make those ultra tiny balls produce 32,000 colors in one super-low-powered display. It's a breakthrough for E Ink, display advertising and, maybe someday, e-readers and digital photo frames. The new prototype display, which can be manufactured in an array of sizes, features a 20-inch, 2500 x 1600 resolution and is equally as power-efficient as the monochromatic display. E Ink Holding's Head of Global marketing Giovanni Mancini said it can be powered with solar cells used in bus stop signage, for example. Some of the limitations center around the resolution and refresh rate. As of right now, the resolution is only 150 pixels per inch (ppi), which is about half the resolution of a typical 6-inch, monochromatic E ink display. It also takes about two seconds to fully resolve images, which is pretty slow when compared to today's e-readers. The company is currently only focused on using the new color display for commercial signage.

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Sources: Peter Thiel has played a lead role in bankrolling Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker Media (Forbes)

TechMeme - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:45pm

Sources: Peter Thiel has played a lead role in bankrolling Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker Media  —  One of Silicon Valley's best-known investors has been footing a former wrestler's legal bills in lawsuits against a shared enemy.  —  Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder and one of the earliest backers …

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Pastejacking Attack Appends Malicious Terminal Commands To Your Clipboard

Slashdot - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:40pm
An anonymous reader writes: "It has been possible for a long time for developers to use CSS to append malicious content to the clipboard without a user noticing and thus fool them into executing unwanted terminal commands," writes Softpedia. "This type of attack is known as clipboard hijacking, and in most scenarios, is useless, except when the user copies something inside their terminal." Security researcher Dylan Ayrey published a new version of this attack last week, which uses only JavaScript as the attack medium, giving the attack more versatility and making it now easier to carry out. The attack is called Pastejacking and it uses Javascript to theoretically allow attackers to add their malicious code to the entire page to run commands behind a user's back when they paste anything inside the console. "The attack can be deadly if combined with tech support or phishing emails," writes Softpedia. "Users might think they're copying innocent text into their console, but in fact, they're running the crook's exploit for them."

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Google confirms the Nexus Player has been discontinued (Chris Welch/The Verge)

TechMeme - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:20pm

Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google confirms the Nexus Player has been discontinued  —  Google has ceased direct sales of its Nexus Player set-top box.  The hockey puck-shaped device, manufactured by Asus, has been unavailable from major third-party retailers like Best Buy for months.  And after a brief Google Store restock …

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Calling an Uber Is Cooler Than Owning a Car—And Automakers Want In

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:09pm
Today both Toyota and VW said they were pouring money into ride-hailing startups as Silicon Valley redefines the future of getting around. The post Calling an Uber Is Cooler Than Owning a Car—And Automakers Want In appeared first on WIRED.
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Elderly Use More Secure Passwords Than Millennials, Says Report

Slashdot - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 6:57pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Quartz: A report released May 24 by Gigya surveyed 4,000 adults in the U.S. and U.K. and found that 18- to 34-year-olds are more likely to use bad passwords and report their online accounts being compromised. The majority of respondents ages 51 to 69 say they completely steer away from easily cracked passwords like "password," "1234," or birthdays, while two-thirds of those in the 18-to-34 age bracket were caught using those kind of terms. Quartz writes, "The diligence of the older group could help explain why 82% of respondents in this age range did not report having had any of their online accounts compromised in the past year. In contrast, 35% of respondents between 18 and 34 said at least one of their accounts was hacked within the last 12 months, twice the rate of those aged 51 to 69."

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Microsoft Awards Grants To Deliver Affordable Internet Access

Slashdot - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 6:13pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Microsoft said Tuesday it had awarded grants to 12 businesses as part of the company's Affordable Access Initiative, part of the software giant's effort to encourage low-cost Internet around the world. Grant recipients include businesses from Argentina, Botswana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, the UK and the US. In addition to financial support, each company will have access to Microsoft resources, software and services to help them develop their technology. "With more than half of the world's population lacking access to the Internet, connectivity is a global challenge that demands creative problem solving," Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, said in a press release. "By using technology that's available now and partnering with local entrepreneurs who understand the needs of their communities, our hope is to create sustainable solutions that will not only have impact today but also in the years to come." Google and Facebook are also working on bringing affordable Internet access around the world. Google has plans to broadcast Internet from hot air balloons via Project Loon, while Facebook plans to beam Internet down to earth from drones.

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Foursquare releases Marsbot, an app that offers personalized and location-based tips on where to eat and drink before you ask (Alex Heath/Tech Insider)

TechMeme - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 6:00pm

Alex Heath / Tech Insider:
Foursquare releases Marsbot, an app that offers personalized and location-based tips on where to eat and drink before you ask  —  Foursquare is dipping its toes into the world of bots.  —  The location discovery company has a new app called Marsbot, which bills itself as …

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Google France Being Raided For Unpaid Taxes

Slashdot - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 5:30pm
jones_supa writes: Investigators in France have raided Google's Paris headquarters amid a probe over the company's tax payments, Reuters reports. The French Finance Ministry is investigating $1.8 billion in back taxes. According to a report in French daily Le Parisien, at least 100 investigators are part of the raid at Google's offices. A source close to the finance ministry said that the raid at Google's offices has been ongoing on Tuesday since 03:00 GMT. In February, a source at the French Finance Ministry told Reuters that the government was seeking the $1.8 billion from Google. At the time, official spokespeople for Google France and the Finance Ministry refused to comment on the situation. Google could face up to a $11.14 million fine if it is found guilty, or a fine of half of the value of the laundered amount involved. In April, the EU revealed plans to force multinationals such as Google, Amazon and Facebook to disclose exactly where and how much tax they pay across the continent. A new clause was added since the Panama Papers leak requiring the companies to report how much money they make in so-called "tax havens."

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With Trending Topics, Facebook Is Creating Its Own News Cycle

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 5:20pm
Facebook may be a rookie when it comes to news judgment, but it is a veteran at data mining. Now, it's using those skills to its advantage. The post With Trending Topics, Facebook Is Creating Its Own News Cycle appeared first on WIRED.
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