Daily Archives: January 9, 2018

Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year

Toyota announced at CES this year that the carmaker will be offering support for Amazon Alexa within its vehicles – no additional hardware required. There’s a lot of third-party devices out there that are putting Alexa on your dashboard as an aftermarket add-on, but Toyota is one of the first automakers to fully embrace loading their vehicles up with Amazon’s voice-powered ...

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7.6 earthquake in the Caribbean triggers tsunami warnings for Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands

Published time: 10 Jan, 2018 03:07 Edited time: 10 Jan, 2018 04:00 A 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck in the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras, triggering multiple tsunami warnings in the area, including for the coasts of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. The powerful quake, which was felt in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, struck some 36km northeast of Great Swan ...

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Judge bars Trump admin from rescinding DACA – report

Published time: 10 Jan, 2018 03:50 Edited time: 10 Jan, 2018 04:02 A judge has granted a pretrial injunction, blocking the Trump administration’s rollback of protections for illegal immigrants who arrived in the US as children, according to Reuters. While the order does avert a complete repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, it does not prevent the Trump administration from ...

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Kate Spade gets into the smart watch game

As it stands right now, Apple is absolutely dominating the smart watch market. But that hasn’t stopped other entrants from trying their hand, or wrist, in the space. Most recently, Kate Spade New York has introduced a new line of smart watches in collaboration with Fossil. This is part of a larger push by Fossil Group to launch smart watches ...

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FBI director slams strong encryption as ‘urgent public safety issue’

Published time: 10 Jan, 2018 02:13 In another blast at privacy, FBI director Christopher Wray has said that powerful encryption which blocks law enforcement agencies from accessing data on devices represents an “urgent public safety issue.” In a speech at a cyber security conference in New York on Tuesday, Wray said the FBI was unable to access data from nearly ...

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Pranksters assure Guam governor Ukrainian missiles they ‘sold’ to N. Korea are too faulty to fly

Russian pranksters called the governor of Guam posing as the Ukrainian PM and “admitted” Kiev had supplied Pyongyang with missile technology. They “reassured” him, however, that the rockets were too defective to pose a threat. A well-known Russian comedy duo, Vovan and Lexus (Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov), have struck again, this time appearing to trick the Guam governor into ...

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Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve ‘unsustainable’ Assange ordeal

Published time: 10 Jan, 2018 01:57 Ecuador is exploring options to secure safe passage for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange from its London embassy, the country’s FM said. The situation has become “unsustainable” and a person cannot live in such conditions. “We are considering and exploring the possibility of mediation. It may be a third country or a personality,” Ecuador’s Foreign ...

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Trump orders limits on ‘unmasking’ of US citizens snagged in surveillance

President Donald Trump has ordered the intelligence community to develop new rules to handle requests from government officials who want to reveal the identities of US citizens collected through foreign surveillance. Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday, ordering Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats to create a policy requiring each branch of the intelligence community to create their own procedures ...

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Activity monitors may actually discourage users from exercising – study

Published time: 10 Jan, 2018 00:49 New year, new you? Physical activity monitors, usually given as a subtle hint that the recipient may want to exercise more, only make a significant impact on fitness when users set clear goals, according to new research. Without clearly defined fitness objectives, users’ physical activity levels actually declined and, as expected their cardiovascular health ...

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‘White racism’ course at Florida university sparks threats & outrage, as expected

Published time: 10 Jan, 2018 00:26 Edited time: 10 Jan, 2018 00:47 A Florida university has been accused of stoking racial tensions with a controversial new course. Is has already irked people to such an extent that police officers will be stationed outside the classroom. Florida Gulf Coast University rolled out the new course entitled, “White racism,” on Tuesday as ...

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