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Latest Windows 10 update now deemed good enough for business users

Enlarge (credit: Peter Bright / Flickr) Corporate users should now be unafraid to roll out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, aka Version 1803, to their fleets, according to Microsoft. Over the course of Windows 10's life, the precise terminology that Microsoft uses to denote this has changed. Ori...


Elon Musk says he will fund fixing Flint’s foul water

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) For around four years now, the water supply to the city of Flint, Michigan, has been contaminated with lead. Now, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has promised to help. Replying to a request on Twitter, Musk pledged to fund remediation work to houses with con...


Hominins lived in China 2.1 million years ago

Enlarge / Early hominins lived here, near Shangchen in China's southern Loess Plateau, 2.1 million years ago. (credit: Prof. Zhaoyu Zhu) Early hominins ventured out into the world beyond Africa even earlier than we've given them credit for, according to a new stone-tool find on the southern edge...


Ajit Pai finally gets around to fighting fraud in FCC comment system

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Palto) The Federal Communications Commission is planning to overhaul its public comments system to deter fraud and abuse, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a letter to lawmakers last week. The FCC may institute a CAPTCHA system as part of a redesign that will "institut...


Tesla whistleblower tells SEC of alleged wrongdoing at Gigafactory

Enlarge / Tesla's new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Tesla store in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images) Martin Tripp, an ex-Tesla technician who has been sued by his former employer, has now filed a formal whistleblower tip to the Securities and Exchange Com...


Apple is reportedly upgrading most of its Mac lineup this fall, including the Mac mini

Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has published his research note of predictions for Apple’s fall lineup — and it’s a doozy, via 9to5Mac. It has been 1,364 days since Apple updated the Mac Mini Kuo’s note claims that in addition to the th...


Apple’s new AI chief might actually be the right person to fix Siri

What is John Giannandrea, Google’s former head of search and AI, going to do at Apple? The short answer is “a lot.” The more pressing answer is “fix Siri.” Luckily, Giannandrea seems to be the right person for the job. The 53-year-old Scottish engineer was poached by Ap...


FBI charges former Apple employee with stealing trade secrets from self-driving car project

An engineer who worked on Apple’s secretive autonomous car project allegedly stole trade secrets for a Chinese car startup backed by Alibaba, according to new charges filed by the FBI. Xiaolang Zhang, who worked for Apple from December 2015 until May 2018, has been charged in federal court wi...


Ring Video Doorbell 2

Update: Amazon bought Ring earlier this year, giving Amazon yet another way into your home. This could either be good or bad, depending on your view, but for those who are interested in purchasing the Ring Video Doorbell 2, it's decidedly good.That's because there's an excellent chance Amazon will d...


5 Ways to DIY Hack Your Old Nintendo Devices Into Something New

Whether you’re a veteran gamer, or simply love Nintendo hardware, there’s a good chance you’ve got some old bits and pieces knocking around. You could give those old consoles away… or you could hack them. Here are five ways you can hack old Nintendo hardware into something n...

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