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Unroll.me to close to EU users saying it can’t comply with GDPR

Put on your best unsurprised face: Unroll.me, a company that has, for years, used the premise of ‘free’ but not very useful ’email management’ services to gain access to people’s email inboxes in order to data-mine the contents for competitive intelligence — and c...

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A life sciences firm run by a top VC and a cofounder of Alphabet’s life sciences arm, just raised its biggest fund yet

There’s no end to the number of fascinating devices and therapies being created right now in the fields of health and life sciences. The investors behind them are often pretty interesting, too, given the expertise needed to make informed bets on what are often completely unproven projects. Suc...

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NSA triples metadata collection numbers, sucking up over 500 million call records in 2017

The National Security Agency revealed a huge increase in the amount of call metadata collected, from about 151 million call records in 2016 to more than 530 million last year — despite having fewer targets. But officials say nothing is different about the year but the numbers. A transparency r...

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Report: Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies

Enlarge / This phishing message used Google's link-shortening service, allowing researchers to learned details about potential targets. (credit: ProtectWise) Researchers said Chinese intelligence officers are behind almost a decade's worth of network intrusions that use advanced malware to penetr...

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Ars Technica System Guide, Spring 2018: The show-your-work edition

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) In the December 2017 System Guide, we discovered the unexpected. Given the bevy of pre-built computing devices now available, there's a lot of debate and confusion about building one yourself these days. What's the goal behind a custom PC build in 2018? Wha...

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Don’t charge your brain implant during thunderstorms, docs warn after incident

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Barcroft Media) Last year, futurist Elon Musk announced a new project: a medical research company called Neuralink set to develop a new generation of brain implant devices—which may, among other things, help us in the coming AI apocalypse. But evil robots aside, the...

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Google Daydream VR goes standalone with Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

Enlarge / The Lenovo Mirage Solo headset with its WorldSense cameras clearly visible on the front. (credit: Lenovo) Daydream, Google's foray into the crowded virtual reality space, has hitherto used headsets that are simply holsters, a way of holding an Android smartphone right in front of your f...

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Alan Turing’s chemistry hypothesis turned into a desalination filter

Enlarge / A reverse osmosis facility. (credit: South Florida Water District) Alan Turing is rightly famed for his contributions to computer science. But one of his key concepts—an autonomous system that can generate complex behavior from a few simple rules—also has applications in une...

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Elon Musk hung up on NTSB chief during call about Tesla crash probe

Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks onstage at Elon Musk Answers Your Questions! during SXSW at ACL Live on March 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (credit: Chris Saucedo/Getty Images for SXSW) On April 11, Robert Sumwalt, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, called Tesla CEO Elon...

Software

Best PDF reader for Mac of 2018

Whenever you’re sent an important document via email – maybe a contract or an invoice – it’s likely that it will be in PDF format. Adobe invented the PDF back in 1993, so it’s not only one of the most commonly used files, but a veteran file format, too.The main aim of t...


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