Technology

Can We Trust Drug Companies? The Future of Healthcare May Depend On It

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:22pm

Providers’ relationship with life science companies has been difficult, to say the least. But it has become clear that to move the needle on improving healthcare, these stakeholders will have to learn to work together. Providers guard a wealth of physiological data on patient populations within their Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Life science companies have […]

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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:04pm
Molly McHugh (3774987) writes with an intriguing use of VR technology: "It's as simple as making a light-skinned person feel connected to a virtual, darker skinned self—a thought experiment pretty much impossible without the immersive potency of VR. The effect is achieved by outfitting participants in VR headsets with built-in head-tracking and motion capture capabilities that sync actual movement to virtual experience." From the article: Evolving from cruder methods, VR is a natural extension of research examining the ways that people think differently when made to feel like they are part of a meaningfully different social group, known as an outgroup. ... What’s most exciting about this channel of research is that it gets at the kind of complex, subtle prejudices that most people can’t even articulate if asked directly.

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One Week Later, The Pirate Bay Shows Signs Of Life

ReadWriteWeb - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:42pm

A little less than one week after its servers were raided and taken down, you can find copies of The Pirate Bay online once again.

See also: The Pirate Bay Goes Offline Following A Raid By Swedish Police

Torrent site isoHunt has put a copy of The Pirate Bay, which has long been available for anyone to download, at the URL oldpiratebay.org. The copy is being run by the isoHunt team while the Pirate Bay crew takes an extended hiatus.

According to Mr 10100100000, a self-identified member of the Pirate Bay staff who spoke to TorrentFreak over an encrypted channel, the staff is lying low for now.

“Will we reboot? We don’t know yet. But if and when we do, it’ll be with a bang,” he said.

Although The Pirate Bay was down all week, piracy levels have not been affected. Other torrent sites began to report huge traffic spikes in the wake of the seizure. Furthermore, dozens of other copies of the Pirate Bay are online, not all of them safe to use.

Excepting one founder who thinks it’s time for The Pirate Bay to die, it doesn’t look like the original Pirate Bay staff seems to mind.

See also: Pirate Bay Cofounder: Site 'Has No Soul Left,' Should Stay Offline

“We love being cloned. It would be amazing if, like in the classic movie Spartacus, everyone could stand up and say ‘I am The Pirate Bay,’” Mr 10100100000 said.

Photo by Olivier Bruchez

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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:25pm
MojoKid writes Recently, Carnival cruise lines gave tours of their CSMART facility in Almere, the Netherlands. This facility is one of a handful in the world that can provide both extensive training and certification on cruise ships as well as a comprehensive simulation of what it's like to command one. Simulating the operation of a Carnival cruise ship is anything but simple. Let's start with a ship that's at least passingly familiar to most people — the RMS Titanic. At roughly 46,000 tons and 882 feet long, she was, briefly, the largest vessel afloat. Compared to a modern cruise ship, however, Titanic was a pipsqueak. As the size and complexity of the ships has grown, the need for complete simulators has grown as well. The C-SMART facility currently sports two full bridge simulators, several partial bridges, and multiple engineering rooms. When the Costa Concordia wrecked off the coast of Italy several years ago, the C-SMART facility was used to simulate the wreck based on the black boxes from the ship itself. When C-SMART moves to its new facilities, it'll pick up an enormous improvement in processing power. The next-gen visual system is going to be powered by104 GeForce Grid systems running banks of GTX 980 GPUs. C-SMART executives claim it will actually substantially reduce their total power consumption thanks to the improved Maxwell GPU. Which solution is currently in place was unclear, but the total number of installed systems is dropping from just over 500 to 100 rackmounted units.

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: ‘Rise’ App Puts a Real-Life Personal Health Coach in Your Pocket

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:00pm

Fitness and diet tracking technologies are great for collecting data about your health. But what should you do with all that data? Rise is here to help.

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Mint’s Latest App Helps You Pay Every Bill on Time

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:00pm

Mint Bills lets you track and automatically pay all your bills.

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Apple Pay Recruits Dozens of New Banks and Stores

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:58am

Just two months after its launch, dozens more banks, retailers, and even an NBA arena now work with Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payments system that uses NFC to let users send money from their iPhones to payment terminals in-store, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:43am
An anonymous reader writes Tech giants such as Apple and eBay have given their support in Microsoft's legal battle against the U.S. government regarding the handing over of data stored in an Irish datacenter. In connection with a 2014 drugs investigation, U.S. prosecutors issued a warrant for emails stored by Microsoft in Ireland. The firm refused to hand over the information, but in July was ordered by a judge to comply with the investigation. Microsoft has today filed a collection of letters from industry supporters, such as Apple, eBay, Cisco, Amazon, HP, and Verizon. Trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Digital Rights Ireland have also expressed their support.

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HBO Go Hits Amazon Fire TV, May Bring Cord-Cutting Service Too

ReadWriteWeb - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:14am

A glaring omission for Amazon's television set-top has been righted. The HBO Go app finally landed on the $99 Fire TV box on Monday, with the $39 Fire TV stick slated to follow in the spring. 

At this point, the mobile app could bring a lot more than just another streaming service. A few other developments are due in the same timeframe: First, the fifth season of Game of Thrones is likely to kick off in April, which sets an unofficial deadline of sorts. HBO announced it would launch its new online-only streaming service for cord-cutters in the spring.

See also: HBO Go Cord-Cutting Is Coming, Just In Time For 'Game Of Thrones'

That could mean owners of either device—as well as other HBO Go-friendly gadgets—will be able to stream all the battles, schemes and racy scenes they want, with or without a cable or satellite subscription. 

There's only one thing that could stand in its way. 

What Games May Come From Cable Operators

It's all too easy to imagine cable providers playing their own games, perhaps by urging the premium channel to block TV-connected gadgets. Some have already done so themselves, restricting online streams for existing subscribers. 

Comcast, for instance, long barred HBO streaming on the Roku—in fact, it only just reversed itself today. But it still doesn't authorize the newly available HBO Go app for Amazon Fire TV; neither does Charter Communications.

These are two of the largest cable operators in the United States. Others, including Time Warner, Cox, AT&T, Verizon FiOS, Dish, DirecTV and RCN, among others, have no such obstacles. But don't forget that Comcast is still angling to buy Time Warner Cable, a merger that would create a new behemoth by putting together the industry's two largest providers.

See also: TV Streaming Gadgets: ReadWrite's 2014 Gift Guide

Preserving lucrative business relationships is what kept broadcasters and premium channels like HBO abiding by the antiquated channel-packaging designs of cable systems. With HBO's standalone service still pending, the network might be vulnerable to some strong-arming by its existing cable partners. 

That would be a shame, because any kind of shenanigans could undercut a significant development in the TV industry. HBO was the first premium cable channel to announce it would go cable-free. The move spurred others like Showtime and parent company CBS to announce streaming-only plans of their own

Ultimately, it means that a sea change in the way TV service works could be afoot. Undoubtedly, other broadcasters and networks are eyeing HBO very closely, to see if it can succeed where nearly everyone else feared to tread. If it backs down, it could sink this trend before it really gets started. 

Something To Talk About

For Amazon, the only certainty is that HBO Go has finally arrived on its streaming set-top, and that support will extend to its TV stick some time thereafter. 

The addition caps off a period of growth in the Fire TV's inventory of streaming sources. “Since launch we’ve increased the number of services available on Amazon Fire TV by more than 4x,” Peter Larsen, vice president of Amazon's devices division, said in a press statement. 

The executive called HBO "the most requested service," adding that all of the app's media will be "accessible via voice search on your Fire TV remote,” along with Amazon's own streaming service, Hulu, Showtime, Vevo and others. (Notably, the Fire TV Stick does not come with a microphone-equipped remote control, though it will work with one if you buy it separately.) 

See also: HBO Is Coming To Amazon—And You Don't Need To Be A HBO Subscriber

Back in April, the lack of HBO cast a pall over the Fire TV box's debut—so much so that Amazon raced to wrangle some rather incomplete HBO offerings for Prime members. At the time, the company promised that the full-fledged HBO Go app would eventually come to its TV gadget. Now that the real thing has arrived, it puts the device in some heavy-duty company, among the most popular streaming gadgets on the market. 

Other HBO Go-friendly appliances include Apple TV, Chromecast, the Nexus Player, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, PS3 game console, the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. The app also works on the iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, and Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets. 

Presumably all of these gadgets could act as pipelines to HBO's upcoming standalone service—that is, as long as no other games get in the way. 

Photo of Amazon Fire TV box courtesy of Amazon; all others by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite

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Why Uber Isn’t the Only Future for the Business of Other People’s Cars

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:00am

As Uber gets all the attention, the basic rationale for renting other people's cars still seems worth considering. For so many of us, our cars spend most of their time parked, empty, going nowhere. And isn’t that a waste?

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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:58am
An anonymous reader writes with this news from the EFF's Deep Links: The public got an early holiday gift today when a federal court agreed with us that six weeks of continually video recording the front yard of someone's home without a search warrant violates the Fourth Amendment. In United States v. Vargas local police in rural Washington suspected Vargas of drug trafficking. In April 2013, police installed a camera on top of a utility pole overlooking his home. Even though police did not have a warrant, they nonetheless pointed the camera at his front door and driveway and began watching every day. A month later, police observed Vargas shoot some beer bottles with a gun and because Vargas was an undocumented immigrant, they had probable cause to believe he was illegally possessing a firearm. They used the video surveillance to obtain a warrant to search his home, which uncovered drugs and guns, leading to a federal indictment against Vargas.

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Godot Engine Reaches 1.0, First Stable Release

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:16am
goruka writes "Godot, the most advanced open source (MIT licensed) game engine, which was open-sourced back in February, has reached 1.0 (stable). It sports an impressive number of features, and it's the only game engine with visual tools (code editor, scripting, debugger, 3D engine, 2D engine, physics, multi-platform deploy, etc) on a scale comparable to commercial offerings. As a plus, the user interface runs natively on Linux. Godot has amassed a healthy user community (through forums, Facebook and IRC) since it went public, and was used to publish commercial games in the Latin American and European markets such as Ultimo Carnaval with publisher Square Enix, and The Mystery Team by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

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Comcast To Allow Roku Users Access To HBO, Showtime

ReadWriteWeb - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:02am
Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark Wedding HBO

At long last, Roku owners who subscribe to Comcast will have access to HBO and Showtime—just in time for the holidays.

A dispute between Roku and the pay-TV provider has kept Comcast services off of Roku gadgets. But according to a filing Recode discovered Monday, the dispute is soon to be over. According to the document the two companies submitted to the Federal Communications Commission, “Comcast has, among other things, agreed to authenticate the HBO Go and Showtime Anytime apps on Roku video streaming devices.”

See also: Roku TV Disrupts Nothing, Which May Make It The Smartest Smart TV Yet

The filing notes the agreement was reached on November 25th, but does not say when the service will begin to become available. Right now, Comcast subscribers are the only Roku box owners who can’t use their product’s full functionality.

This isn’t the first time Comcast subscribers have had fewer TV opportunities than subscribers at other providers. For example, Comcast is blocking HBO Go for Amazon Fire TV owners who subscribe to Comcast, but no other provider is making this decision. Many Comcast users have no choice to subscribe to any other provider when they’re unhappy with service, such as when Comcast is the only provider in their area. 

Photo via HBO's Game of Thrones

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This Digital Piggy Bank Could Finally Get You To Start Saving

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00am

Digit is like a digital piggybank. It connects to a user's checking account, analyzes the user's spending habits and income history, and uses an algorithm to automatically set aside small amounts of money at times when the user is least likely to miss it.

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Life Under the Microscope: The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00am

Life is pretty interesting, and at the microscopic scale, it can also be beautiful, strange, intriguing, frightening and gross. The winning photos and videos from this year’s Olympus BioScapes competition span the whole range. From rat brains to butter daisies to weevils and barnacle appendages, these microscope photos will amaze. First prize this year went […]

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Companies, If Not Consumers, Clamor For Apple Pay

ReadWriteWeb - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:58am

Apple Pay now supports 90% of U.S. credit cards in terms of purchase volume, the technology company said Tuesday.

Banks like SunTrust, Barclaycard and USAA recently began working with Apple to support the service, and as of Tuesday 10 more banks—and the credit cards they offer—will join the roster of companies that support Apple Pay, the New York Times reported.

See also: Apple Pay: 1 Million Cards Down, 599 Million To Go

Combined with the retailers, banks, and start-ups that already support it, there are more opportunities than ever for consumers to make purchases with a wave of an iPhone. Staples, McDonald's, Disney, Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb all support it. Whole Foods reported in October that it processed more than 150,000 Apple Pay transactions in the days after it came out.

Mobile payments have the potential to make retail lines move more quickly as payments get shorter and easier. While consumers have expressed concern about whether they would trust Apple with their credit cards, banks and retailers clearly don’t share these worries.

See also: Apple Pay: I'm Not Impressed

Now that 90% of US credit cards in terms of purchase volume support the technology, whether credit card users choose to adopt it will be Apple Pay’s true test.

Photo by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite

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What’s Up With That: The Dark Days of Winter Bum You Out

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:00am

There's a link between sunlight and happiness, and in winter time a lot of people aren't getting enough of either.

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Legendary Mad Magazine Illustrator Jack Davis Calls It Quits at 90

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:00am

Jack Davis, the legendary Mad magazine illustrator and movie poster artist, is hanging up his pencils.

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Lava Flow Update for December 16, 2014: Fogo, Kilauea, Holuhraun

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:46am

Significant lava flow eruptions are continuing at Fogo, Kilauea and Iceland, with the people and property in danger in both Hawaii and the Cape Verde Islands.

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Angry Nerd: TV’s Most Infuriating Moments in 2014

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:00am

This year, some TV shows made us laugh; others made us cry (in a good way). Then there were the TV programs that made us want to rip our hair out. In his latest installment Angry Nerd runs down 2014's top five most frustrating TV moments, from Doctor Who to How to Get Away with Murder.

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