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Apple reveals belief in reincarnation – CNET

Commentary: Are they strange at Apple? Depends on your perspective on the company’s latest ad. – Source

Samsung: Iris scanner hack highly improbable – CNET

After a video surfaced of hackers fooling a Galaxy S8 iris scanner, Samsung was quick to defend its technology. – Source

This NFL team’s Twitter joke was so savage its own coach apologized

Dude. Lighten up a little.

NFL coach Dirk Koetter apologized through the media to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday … all because of a harmless joke made on Twitter by his team’s social media department.

First things first: Remember how the Falcons blew a 28-3 Super Bowl lead against the New England Patriots a few months ago?

Of course you do; it pretty much became an instant internet meme.

And now, with the stage set, on to today’s deliciously petty NFL drama.

SEE ALSO: I drove across town with Jim Harbaugh at the unholy crack of dawn

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers — coached by Koetter — posted this promotional tweet for Bucs-branded fidget spinners on Wednesday. (🙄 right? But I digress.) …

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Kids’ Super-8 ‘Star Wars’ from 1977 is the most charming remake ever

A long four decades ago, in the far, far away village of Whitinsville, Mass., two brothers and a friend were so thrilled by the movie they just saw that they decided to remake it shot for shot.

The movie, of course, was Star Wars, 40 years old on May 25. It changed millions of lives — not least of which were Jim Jongsma, John Jongsma and Gary Baker, who saw it at White City Cinema over in Worcester.

SEE ALSO: These are the 11 most important Star Wars scenes ever. Fight me.

The trio of fans filmed their homage over the next three years using two Super 8 cameras and a budget of $1,000. The original was financed by 20th Century Fox to the tune of $8 million; this version was mostly financed by a paper route. …

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Listen to the largest planet in our solar system sing its song

Take a moment and just let the universe sing to you.

A new audio file released by NASA on Thursday reveals the “sound” of Jupiter’s plasma as recorded by the space agency’s Juno probe, which is exploring the huge planet.

SEE ALSO: Jupiter is the gigantic, stormy hellscape we always feared

The two minutes of audio sounds pretty eerie, but also oddly familiar, with musical beeps cascading toward the end of the recording.

NASA researchers created the sound file by using data taken by Juno during its close pass with Jupiter in February.

This isn’t exactly what you’d hear if you were floating in the space around Jupiter, however. …

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Another social media marketing campaign just went horribly wrong

What started innocently enough as a giveaway of free soccer tickets to the UEFA Champions League final took a turn for the worse thanks to a handful of online trolls.

SEE ALSO: Pepsi pulls cringeworthy Kendall Jenner ad after massive backlash

Walkers, the snack company that brings the UK its flavored crisps and other treats, started a social media campaign Thursday, asking fans who wanted to win tickets to tweet a selfie with the #WalkersWave hashtag.

The tweets were turned into a video of former soccer player Gary Lineker waving the “selfies” in front of the background of a stadium.

But trolls quickly realized the selfies weren’t being closely vetted before getting on screen, so everyone from serial killers to convicted felons to communist dictators made it onto the site with the sportscaster unwittingly waving the disturbing faces. …

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Government transparency limited when it comes to America’s conserved private lands

A new study examined why private-land conservation data is sometimes inaccessible and found that limited capacity within some federal agencies as well as laws prohibiting others from disclosing certain information are to blame. – Source

Amazon opens its first drive-through grocery store

Need to pick up some supplies but can’t be bothered to walk across a parking lot for them? Amazon’s got you covered. In Seattle on Thursday, the company opened a grocery store that doesn’t require you leave your vehicle, promising customers will only… – Source

You can now control your entire smart home with a single command – CNET

The new IFTTT Maker tier makes it possible to control your entire smart home with a single command. – Source

A 4-year-old saw ’Star Wars’ in 1977 and here’s what he drew

When Star Wars came out back in 1977, there was no merchandise — the toys came a year later — or fast-food tie-ins, or Funko Pops, or “character posters” or endless reels of online trailers to pore over in search of a fix.

We had only the movie, and our memories of it, to go on.

SEE ALSO: All the Star Wars tech that seemed cool in 1977, but we’re light years beyond now

One 4-year-old kid — who grew up to be this film reporter — saw Star Wars on opening weekend that year. He was so eager to manifest what he’d just seen that the minute he got home, he plopped down at his desk to storyboard everything he could while his mom started making dinner. …

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E-mails phished from Russian critic were “tainted” before being leaked

Enlarge / This fraudulent e-mail was sent in a successful attempt to phish the Gmail password for reporter David Satter. (credit: Citizen Lab)

E-mails stolen in a phishing attack on a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin were manipulated before being published on the Internet. That’s according to a report published Thursday, which also asserts that the e-mails were manipulated in order to discredit a steady stream of unfavorable articles.

The phishing attack on journalist David Satter’s Gmail account was strikingly similar to the one that hit Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chairman John Podesta last year. The attack on Satter looked almost identical to the security warnings Google sends when attackers obtain a subscriber’s password. Code embedded inside led Satter to a credential-harvesting site that was disguised to look like Google’s password-reset page. With that, the site automatically downloaded all of Satter’s private correspondence.

Thursday’s report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab stopped short of saying Russia’s government was behind the phishing attack and subsequent manipulation of Satter’s e-mail. US intelligence officials, however, have determined that Russia was behind the attacks on Podesta and other Democratic officials. Thursday’s report also said the same attack on Satter targeted 218 other individuals, including a former Russian Prime Minister, members of cabinets from Europe and Eurasia, ambassadors, high-ranking military officers, and CEOs of energy companies.

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Suggested Sharing is going live in Google Photos for some users

Google Photos is ground zero for the company’s crazy machine learning technology. At Google I/O 2017, a number of new features were announced for Photos, including suggested sharing based on who’s in a certain photo. But for that to work, Google needs to figure out who is who, and now the Photos web app is asking users to identify what they look like.

Upon visiting, you may be welcomed by the above screen.

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Keybase brings seamless encrypted chats to anyone on the web

Keybase is on a mission to make end-to-end encryption as easy as possible, everywhere you go online. After launching frictionless encrypted file sharing last year, the open-source security company rolled out Keybase Chat, a desktop and mobile chat ap… – Source

With new realities to build, Unity positioned to become tech giant

There are few verticals filled with more utopian dreams than the studios and startups building VR and AR experiences. While some are looking to craft 3D experiences that integrate into the real world, others are aiming to create massive worlds we can escape to. The one thing many of them have in common, however, is that they are built on a game engine from a company called Unity. Read More

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Sprint is giving away a bunch of Samsung Galaxy S8 phones

This month, Sprint is giving away no less than 16 Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones as part of a sweepstakes called “Twin To Win.” To participate, you don’t actually need to have a twin, and not even a brother or a sister, because this sweepstakes is about you and… your pet. More exactly, you’ll need a photo of you “twinning with your pet” – see Sprint’s photo above for inspiration.

You can enter Sprint’s new sweepstakes via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – any of these variants will do. On Facebook, you must go to Sprint’s official Facebook page, find a post announcing … – Source

Apple releases iOS 10.3.2 update with bug fixes, security improvements, and a severe battery drain

Today, Apple released iOS 10.3.2 to compatible iPhone and iPad devices. The update will fix some bugs, and improve the security of your iOS powered devices. Before updating your iPhone or iPad, make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. You should also plus your phone into a power source. Once that is done, follow these directions: Tap Settings > General > Software Update.

Already, there have been complaints made about the battery drain that has been an unexpected result of installing the iOS 10.3.2 update. One gentleman by the name of Kamlesh Parmar is a technical support … – Source

What Harvard graduates saw from Mark Zuckerberg: Humility

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Walt Mossberg signs ‘out’ – CNET

The legendary tech journalist is retiring. He wrote his last column on Thursday. – Source

Samsung to introduce up to three new color variants for Galaxy S8, S8+

A listing on Samsung’s web page indicates the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be made available in a bunch of new colors. Joining the Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Maple Gold, and Coral Blue color schemes that the phones are already available in will be Ice Lake Blue, Smoked Purple Grey, and Quicksand Gold for the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8+ will be sold in the latter two new colors only. It’s also not specified whether the new shades will be Taiwan-only, or available globally.
You can get a rough idea of how these new colors look from the image above.

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Android exploit adds secret, thieving layers to your phone

Researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Georgia Tech have discovered a fresh class of Android attacks, called Cloak and Dagger, that can operate secretly on a phone, allowing hackers to log keystrokes, install software and otherwise control a device wi… – Source

The first iPhone 8 dummy hands-on is FIRE! video – CNET

You’ll either be giddy or unimpressed with the new iPhone 8 dummy video, the future of the Apple Watch is micro-LED and we announce our Injustice 2 giveaway winners! – Source

Study from Stanford shows wearables aren’t accurate counting calories

As more and more folks adopt the use of smart wearables for tracking steps, heart rate, sleep, and calories burned, Stanford University performed a study to measure exactly how accurate the data collected from these wearables actually is.

The study involved seven different wearables (Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn, and the Samsung Gear S2) and 60 volunteers of different ages, skin color, and body mass index. The basis of the study is to use medical equipment to measure actual calorie usage by metering the heartrate and carbon dioxide…

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Reckless arcade classic ‘Crazy Taxi’ goes free & 64-bit compatible on Apple devices

Crazy Taxy is a classic arcade driving game originating from the Sega Dreamcast console. It’s revered for its fast, reckless driving and cult punk rock soundtrack. A feel good game Crazy Taxi was, and it still is, surviving in remastered form on Apple and Android devices.

Sega has made some changes to the game now. With the latest update, Crazy Taxy is now free and 64-bit compatible. So it’s ready to delight another generation of gamers for some time to come. Alas, the game becomes ad-supported now, which might drive those who already paid for it literally crazy. Then again, the advertisements … – Source

Sounds of Jupiter sent back by NASA’s Juno are oddly familiar – CNET

The spacecraft studying the giant planet picks up some wave signals, and NASA slows them to a frequency humans can hear. – Source

DARPA reveals design of its space plane for faster, cheaper satellite launches

Launching satellites into orbit could get a lot cheaper thanks to an experimental space plane.

SEE ALSO: NASA’s new space fabric looks like chain mail and can protect astronauts

This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed the design for the XS-1, which is set to be built by Boeing. The hypersonic aircraft would launch vertically, deploy a second stage to carry a satellite into orbit, and then land like a normal airplane.

Although the aircraft is still in the concept phase, DARPA believes the final result will be a vehicle that will provide “short-notice, low-cost access to space” for both military and commercial use. Initial tests of the XS-1 technology will attempt 10 flights over the course of 10 days with the ultimate goal being routine low-Earth orbit flights for around $5 million or less per launch. (Currently, it costs SpaceX …

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The educational games of your youth have their own museum exhibit

The Minnesota Education Computing Corporation might not be the most recognizable game developer today, but if you went to elementary school in the US anytime in the eighties or nineties, then you’ve almost certainly played — and probably learned som… – Source

New hack threat may be hiding in your movie’s subtitles – CNET

Malicious code inserted into subtitle files downloaded from movie subtitle databases could be used to hijack your device, researchers warn. – Source

Xiaomi announces the monstrous Mi Max 2 with a 6.44″ screen, 5300mAh battery, and Nougat

Xiaomi is already off to a good start for 2017. The Mi 6 was unveiled a month ago, and now the Chinese manufacturer is back with a successor the last year’s Mi Max. Pushing the limits of what one could call a “phone,” the Mi Max 2 packs in a massive screen with a huge battery to match. And since this is Xiaomi we’re talking about here, affordability is also of the package.

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Crunch Report | Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard Commencement Speech

Mark Zuckerberg gives this year’s Harvard commencement speech, Uber and Lyft are returning to Austin, Ford has some leadership shake-ups and TC Battlefield company Beam (acquired by Microsoft) is now called Mixer. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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[Deal Alert] Score an Asus ZenFone Zoom with a free ZenPower 10,500mAh portable battery for $180 from B&H ($170 off)

Memorial Day weekend is nigh upon us, so seeing some sales pop up is not surprising. Tonight, we have one courtesy of B&H. You can get an Asus ZenFone Zoom for $179.99 with a free ZenPower 10,500mAh portable battery pack. That’s a respectable savings of $170, with sales tax only applying to New York/New Jersey residents.

This is for model we saw debut last year with its ridiculous camera module (not to be confused with its younger brother, the ZenFone 3 Zoom).

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