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23-01-2018 Policy

Man convicted for renting human heads cut with chainsaw, dripping disease

Enlarge (credit: JD Hancock / Flickr) A jury found body broker Arthur Rathburn guilty on Monday of illegally renting out diseased human body parts and heads to unwitting doctors. He faces up to 20 years in prison for eight crimes, including wire fraud and illegally transporting hazardous materials. Federal prosecutors alleged that from January 2007 to December 2013, Rathburn, 63, and his wife Elizabeth ran a corrupt body brokering company called International Biological, Inc (IBI)...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Man convicted for renting human heads cut with chainsaw, dripping disease

23-01-2018 Tech

Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 and iOS 11.2.5

Enlarge / One of the 2016 MacBook Pros. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Apple updated its entire suite of operating systems today with public releases of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, iOS 11.2.5, tvOS 11.2.5, and watchOS 4.2.2. The High Sierra update is relatively minor. It fixes a bug that caused messages in the Messages app to appear out of order, and it fixed a problem with connecting to SMB servers. Here are the notes: Read 4 remaining paragraphs |...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 and iOS 11.2.5

23-01-2018 Biz & IT

Verizon won’t be using tax cut to boost spending on network upgrades

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Spencer Platt) FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's claim that repealing net neutrality rules will boost network investment didn't get much support from Verizon's latest spending forecast. Verizon's network spending won't change much this year, and the company also won't be using its newfound tax savings to upgrade its broadband networks. Verizon reported $17.2 billion of capital expenditures in calendar year 2017, with the net neutrality rules in place the entire year...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Verizon won’t be using tax cut to boost spending on network upgrades

23-01-2018 Staff

Dealmaster: Save $150 on a Samsung 4K QLED TV

Greetings, Arsians! While the Dealmaster can't disclose who he's pulling for in this year's Super Bowl, he can, courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, bring you a number of deals on 4K televisions as the big game nears. Samsung's 49-inch Q6F QLED TV is close to an all-time low, and LG's acclaimed OLED TVs and a 75-inch 4K set from Vizio are also included below. For those who aren't ready to spend the big bucks, we've got...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Dealmaster: Save $150 on a Samsung 4K QLED TV

23-01-2018 Cars

How many electric cars can the grid take? Depends on your neighborhood

Enlarge / Signage for an electric car charging booth is displayed at Federation Square car park in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, April 28, 2017. (credit: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images) We all know what it's like to ask for more electricity than a system can give. Throw some soup in the microwave, put a poptart in the toaster, plug in your hair straightener, and pop! All of a sudden, you're in the dark, searching...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

How many electric cars can the grid take? Depends on your neighborhood

23-01-2018 Tech

Hands-on: DJI’s new Mavic Air is a beefed-up Spark with 4K video

Enlarge / The Mavic Air in red. Black and white options are also available. (credit: Jeff Dunn) NEW YORK—DJI on Tuesday announced the latest entry in its popular line of consumer drones: the Mavic Air. The Chinese firm, which is estimated to hold around 70 percent of the consumer drone market, showcased the new device at an event in New York City. It’ll start at $799, which is $400 more than the Spark’s current...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Hands-on: DJI’s new Mavic Air is a beefed-up Spark with 4K video

23-01-2018 Tech

Firefox’s continued Quantum transformation—more multithreading, tracking protection

Firefox 58, out today, continues to deliver Project Quantum, Mozilla's far-reaching modernization effort that's boosting the browser's performance, security, and maintainability. The initiative allows Firefox to take better advantage of modern multicore processors and makes the browser better suited to the demands of today's Web applications. The two highlights from today's release are an optional Tracking Protection feature and new multithreading in the page rendering. Firefox has had Tracking Protection in its Private Browsing mode for a...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Firefox’s continued Quantum transformation—more multithreading, tracking protection

23-01-2018 Gaming & Culture

Unlocked PS4 consoles can now run copies of PS2 games

Video of Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 for the PS2 running on an unlocked PlayStation 4. After years of work, hackers have finally managed to unlock the PS4 hardware with an exploit that lets the system run homebrew and pirated PS4 software. In a somewhat more surprising discovery, those hackers have also unlocked the ability to run many PS2 games directly on the console, using the same system-level emulation that powers legitimate PlayStation Classics...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Unlocked PS4 consoles can now run copies of PS2 games

23-01-2018 Tech

Acer’s new Chromebooks start at $279

Acer has announced a slew of new Chrome OS products in the wake of CES. The company's entry-level Chrome OS laptops are big hits with mainstream consumers, regularly ranking high on Amazon's laptop sales charts and moving units in educational sales. We have two new laptops and a Chromebox to cover. Acer Chromebook Spin 11 ...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Acer’s new Chromebooks start at $279

23-01-2018 Policy

Software used in judicial decisions meets its equal in random amateurs

(credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D.) In 2016, ProPublica caused a stir when it evaluated the performance of software that's used in criminal justice proceedings. The software, which is used to evaluate a defendant's chance of committing further crimes, turned out to produce different results when evaluating black people and Caucasians. The significance of that discrepancy is still the subject of some debate, but two Dartmouth College researchers have asked a more fundamental question: is the software...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Software used in judicial decisions meets its equal in random amateurs

23-01-2018 Cars

Huge pay package convinces Elon Musk to stay at Tesla for 10 more years

Enlarge / Elon Musk speaks during the StartmeupHK Venture Forum in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (credit: Justin Chin/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Tesla has been a huge success under Elon Musk's leadership, rising in value from less than $4 billion six years ago to $59 billion today. On Tuesday, Tesla's board announced that it had convinced Musk to stay at the helm for another decade with a truly gargantuan performance-based...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Huge pay package convinces Elon Musk to stay at Tesla for 10 more years

23-01-2018 Tech

Apple’s Siri-equipped HomePod comes to your home on February 9

Enlarge (credit: Apple) Apple announced this morning that the wait for its HomePod smart speaker is nearly over. HomePod will be available starting February 9, with preorders beginning Friday, January 26. The home speaker that houses the company's virtual assistant Siri will initially be sold in the US, UK, and Australia, and will be available in France and Germany this spring. The company first announced HomePod at last year's WWDC with the hopes of releasing...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Apple’s Siri-equipped HomePod comes to your home on February 9

23-01-2018 Science

The first Chinese astronaut thought he was going to die

Enlarge / Astronaut Yang Liwei lies in the re-entry capsule of Shenzhou-5 Spacecraft during a training on September 27, 2003 in Beijing, China. (credit: VCG via Getty Images) Later this year, China will mark the 15th anniversary of its first human spaceflight. On October 15, 2003, Yang Liwei launched into space on a Long March 2F rocket. After making 14 orbits around Earth, Liwei returned to the planet as China received congratulations from countries around...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

The first Chinese astronaut thought he was going to die

23-01-2018 Science

Raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s linked to another outbreak—at least the 7th

Enlarge / Jimmy John's Beach Club sandwich on seven grain bread with sprouts. Don't do it. (credit: Getty | The Washington Post) On the 2018 list of “things that are a bad idea to shove in your face,” raw sprouts from Jimmy John’s may be up there—right behind Tide laundry pods. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced late Friday that a multistate outbreak of Salmonella is...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s linked to another outbreak—at least the 7th