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THANKS TO THE FDA, YOUR NEXT APPLE WATCH MIGHT BE LOADED WITH HEALTH FEATURES

Apple, Fitbit, and Samsung may be competing for smartwatch sales, but the companies have similar issues when it comes to health advancements in their wearables: too much red tape. Now the three companies are part of a new government-run pilot program that aims to change that. The Food and Drug Administration has selected nine tech companies out of a pool of more than 100 to participate in the program, which aims to fast-track health innovations in software and products. The companies participating…

Bored Microsoft programmer built a bot that tweets anytime devs swear on GitHub

My family went on plenty of road trips when I was a young lad, and they made for some of my happiest childhood memories. One of those I recall fondly was a game we played to pass the time as we covered hundreds of kilometers driving to and from our favorite destinations – and I recently rediscovered it in the form of an Android app. As far as I know, the game doesn’t have an official name – but I’ve found a…

Google’s ARCore SDK brings AR creation tools to Android

Augmented reality is about to get its big, mainstream moment thanks to Apple's iOS 11 and the new iPhone, but another player intends to grab some of the mainstream AR action, too: Google. To that end, Google is introducing ARCore, a platform for developers that will allow them to build augmented reality apps on Android. Today's release is a preview version for developers who want to get started on using the ARCore software development kit (SDK), with an official release coming in…

Uber will finally end creepy rider tracking, report says

Along with a new CEO, it looks like Uber is also about to get a little less creepy, as the company has now pledged to stop tracking users after rides. The company's practice of tracking user location five minutes after a ride has ended will be discontinued, according to a report from Reuters citing a comment from Uber's chief security officer. The tracking update, which was pushed to users last year, was meant to improve safety by allowing the company to track how often customers needed…

The ALL controller is a universal controller for every modern game system

Going back and forth between controllers that match their respective consoles can be a bit annoying. The ALL Controller fixes that. A company called Digital Depth Inc. is developing the ALL Controller, a universal controller that works with all current (and a couple past) game consoles, Windows and Mac computers, and smartphones. The ALL Controller is already fully funded on Kickstarter with more than 20 days left in its campaign. I was able to test a beta version of the controller…

How to Install Tor Browser for Mac and Protect Your Online Activity

Jump To Method:  How to Download Tor Browser on Mac Congress recently voted to overturn a wide-ranging set of internet privacy laws passed by the Federal Communications Commission in October of last year. And since President Trump has signed the bill into law earlier this year, browsing the internet as we know it — even from the comfort of our own homes — has become a major liability for those who care about the value of their personal information. In essence, as…

New game simulates the old grind

Pippin Barr, Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montréal, has released a game that I’m sure you’re all going to enjoy. It’s called It is as if you were doing work and it simulates the day-to-day activities of the average knowledge worker. Need to write a document? Close a bunch of notifications first. Finished with one task? Handle another that is equally cryptic. I couldn’t get very far without getting absolutely frustrated and I…

Seagate Ships Nytro 141 Low-Cost Consumer SSD

Seagate hasn't released a consumer SSD since the 600 and 600 Pro came to market in mid-2013. We've heard rumors about new products for the last year, but nothing has come of that speculation. That's about to change with the new Nytro 141 series, starting with the Nytro 141 256GB, which online seller Superbiiz lists as available for $85. Like the 600 and 600 Pro, Seagate plans to continue utilizing two products built with similar hardware but with modified firmware to tackle…

WD, SanDisk Ship 3D NAND SSDs

Western Digital's Blue and SanDisk's Ultra SSDs have been updated with 3D BiCS FLASH and are shipping, according to online reseller B&H Photo. They're coming in capacities up to 1TB; the SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD shows a large 2TB model "coming soon," but no date is given for availability. The site also gave us a first look at initial pricing for these products. Newegg may have the Blue 3D SSDs, as well. If you search by the product number, there are results, but…

Arctic Cooling Introduces AMD Threadripper-Ready All-In-One Coolers

Those of you planning on upgrading to one of AMD’s upcoming Threadripper processors will be happy to know that Arctic Cooling has updated its line of all-in-one coolers to be compatible with the TR4 socket. The Liquid Freezer line of coolers all share the same the 12v water pump equipped with a micro skived fin copper cold plate and are available in 360mm, 240mm, and 120mm sizes. Although the radiators all share the same basic high fin count aluminum construction, each varies…

Cisco Cybersecurity Report: Exploit Kits Down, Email Malware Up

Cisco released its 2017 mid-year cybersecurity report showing some important trends in corporate cybersecurity, including a decline in use of exploit kits, a rise in IoT botnets and destruction of services campaigns, and the return of email spam as an effective attack vector. Exploit Kits Are Fading Into The Background According to Cisco’s cybersecurity report, three of the main exploit kits--Angler, Nuclear, and Neutrino--abruptly vanished from the landscape last year. Neutrino returned eventually, but in the form of a subscription service…

‘Fall Of Oriath’ Expansion For ‘Path Of Exile’ Arrives August 4

Grinding Gear Games gave us an early preview of The Fall of Oriath expansion for Path of Exile in February. Now the studio is putting the final touches on the new content, and fans will be able to play the expansion when it comes out on August 4 at 1pm PDT. The free expansion ushers in the fifth act of the game, which was initially planned as the final chapter. However, the developers created five more acts to continue the story so that Acts I-V will…

Mozilla Aims To Democratize Voice Recognition Technology With ‘Common Voice’ Crowdsourcing Project

The Mozilla Foundation launched “Common Voice,” which is a crowdsourced initiative to build an open source data set for voice recognition applications. Voice-Controlled Future Many technology companies believe that voice control will be embedded into most devices in the future. This is why Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Baidu, and others are all trying to put their own voice-controlled artificial intelligence assistants into as many devices as they can and as fast as they can, in order to gain market share before the competition.…

Alphacool Debuts Two New M.2 SSD Cooling Solutions

Alphacool has added two new M.2 SSD coolers to its lineup with the introduction of the HDX-2 and HDX-3 cooling kits. Both units offer a 4x PCIe card with a built-in M.2 slot, mounting hardware, and thermal pads for both single- and double-sided M.2 SSDs. Why do you need aftermarket cooling for your M.2 SSD? To prevent thermal throttling caused by excessive heat. M.2 SSDs are designed to scale back performance or “throttle” to prevent damage to the drive when…

First 167 Cars For ‘Forza Motorsport 7’ Revealed (Updated)

Back at E3, Turn 10 Studios bragged about the list of playable cars within the upcoming Forza Motorsport 7, specifically that it will include the largest collection of Porsches, Ferraris, and Lamborghini models within a single racing game. In order to get fans excited, Turn 10 released a portion of the game’s car lineup today, and it does indeed feature a plethora of vehicles from “The Big Three” manufacturers, but it also has a few notable cars from other brands, as well. The…

Threadripper Competition Emerges As Intel Lets Core i9-7920X Details Slip

The Intel versus AMD battle is becoming more pitched. AMD is placing pressure on Intel with its new high-end desktop Threadripper models while also squeezing the low end of the market with the forthcoming Ryzen 3 models. Intel has its Core i9-7920X, the 12-core model in the Skylake-X lineup, waiting in the wings to challenge AMD's Threadripper, but the company has released little information on the new processor. The Core -7920X's sudden appearance on the company's July price list, though, suggests it will appear…