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17-11-2017 Biz & IT

Robocalls from spoofed Caller IDs may soon be blocked by phone companies

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | vladru) Phone companies are now authorized to be more aggressive in blocking robocalls before they reach customers' landlines or mobile phones, but you might have to pay for the new blocking capabilities. The Federal Communications Commission yesterday issued an order to "expressly authorize voice service providers to block robocalls that appear to be from telephone numbers that do not or cannot make outgoing calls, without running afoul of the FCC's...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Robocalls from spoofed Caller IDs may soon be blocked by phone companies

17-11-2017 Science

Swiss lab develops genetic tool kit to turn any cell into a tumor killer

Enlarge / T cells latch on to a cancer cell before killing it. (credit: NIH) We've made some impressive advances toward inducing the immune system to attack cancers. One of these techniques, using CAR-T cells, is amazing. CAR-T cells are made by inserting receptors that recognize cancerous cells into a leukemia patient’s own T cells. This induces those T cells to recognize the patient’s tumor as the threat that it is and destroy it. But, that...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Swiss lab develops genetic tool kit to turn any cell into a tumor killer

17-11-2017 Science

First ever marijuana overdose death? Let’s review what “potential link” means

Enlarge / Even this baby is annoyed. (credit: Getty | VW Pics) The US Drug Enforcement Administration plainly reports that no death from an overdose of marijuana has ever been reported—a tidbit often repeated by cannabis enthusiasts when discussing the potential harms of the popular drug. But this week, many news outlets coughed up headlines saying that the famous fact had gone up in smoke. Those media reports dubbed the death of an 11-month-old Colorado...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

First ever marijuana overdose death? Let’s review what “potential link” means

17-11-2017 Biz & IT

Apple reportedly working with Intel to put 5G modem in future iPhones

Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) While it will be some time before 5G LTE becomes standard, Apple is thinking ahead about how to best incorporate 5G technology into its iPhones. According to a Fast Company report, Apple has been working with Intel to incorporate the chipmaker's 5G modems in future iPhones while talks with Qualcomm, the world's biggest modem supplier, have been "limited." Qualcomm currently has a more advanced 5G modem than Intel does, but Intel...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Apple reportedly working with Intel to put 5G modem in future iPhones

17-11-2017 Science

Converting natural gas to hydrogen without any carbon emissions

Enlarge / Hard to believe that this stuff could cut carbon emissions. (credit: Department of Energy) The boom in natural gas production has been essential to the drop in carbon emissions in the US, as methane, the primary component of natural gas, releases more energy for each carbon atom when burned. But there's still a carbon atom in each molecule of methane, so switching to natural gas will eventually lead to diminishing returns when...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Converting natural gas to hydrogen without any carbon emissions

17-11-2017 Gaming & Culture

Justice League review: Who will avenge these shortchanged heroes?

Enlarge / Someone is (thankfully) missing here, and his name rhymes with "hot-mud-sand." (credit: Warner Bros.) This week's feature-length Justice League film benefits as much as it suffers from a "can't get any worse" reputation. Between the diminishing returns of Zack Snyder as a filmmaker, a crowded cast of new-to-film DC characters, and the incredibly stinky shadow of Batman V Superman, you'd be foolish to go into the latest (and likely final) Snyder DC...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Justice League review: Who will avenge these shortchanged heroes?

17-11-2017 Gaming & Culture

Star Wars: Battlefront II review: Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope

Enlarge / The pull of the Force is strong with things like an impeccably rendered Millennium Falcon. (I mean, gosh, that's purty.) But Star Wars: Battlefront II can't paint over most of its failings. (credit: EA / DICE) I've tried to give the new video game Star Wars: Battlefront II a fair shake, and I tried to do so through three types of fandom, at that. I really dig Star Wars—and I've generally appreciated when...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Star Wars: Battlefront II review: Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope

17-11-2017 Policy

If NYPD cops want to snoop on your phone, they need a warrant, judge rules

Enlarge (credit: Sergi Reboredo/VW PICS/UIG via Getty Images) A New York state judge has concluded that a powerful police surveillance tool known as a stingray, a device that spoofs legitimate mobile phone towers, performs a "search" and therefore requires a warrant under most circumstances. As a New York State Supreme Court judge in Brooklyn ruled earlier this month in an attempted murder case, New York Police Department officers should have sought a standard, probable cause-driven...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

If NYPD cops want to snoop on your phone, they need a warrant, judge rules

16-11-2017 Cars

Tesla promises a new wicked-fast $200,000 Roadster

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Tesla promises a new wicked-fast $200,000 Roadster

16-11-2017 Biz & IT

A first look at Tesla’s promised electric semi

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A first look at Tesla’s promised electric semi

16-11-2017 Gaming & Culture

After fan outcry, EA kicks real-money purchases out of Battlefront II

Enlarge / Perhaps Star Wars: Battlefront II won't go down in flames after a major EA about-face. (credit: Electronic Arts) Just hours before Star Wars Battlefront II's retail launch Friday, Electronic Arts and developer DICE announced that they are "turning off all in-game purchases... and all progression will be earned through gameplay." The surprise announcement promises the ability to purchase in-game crystals (used to purchase randomized loot boxes filled with in-game items) will return...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

After fan outcry, EA kicks real-money purchases out of Battlefront II

16-11-2017 Tech

Apple’s iOS 11.1.2 fixes the cold weather input bug on the iPhone X

Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads this afternoon. It's a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acquiring the new phone just under two weeks ago. iOS 11.1.2's patch notes are short and sweet. The update fixes just two problems. The first is "an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop." Last week, some iPhone...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Apple’s iOS 11.1.2 fixes the cold weather input bug on the iPhone X

16-11-2017 Policy

Comcast wants to get bigger, again, has begun talks with 21st Century Fox

(credit: Comcast) Comcast and Verizon have each, separately, approached 21st Century Fox about buying part of the company, according to several news reports. Comcast already owns NBCUniversal and numerous regional sports networks. Adding part of 21st Century Fox would give Comcast even more programming to pair with the nation's largest cable broadband and TV network. 21st Century Fox owns Fox Broadcasting Company as well as various cable networks, broadcast stations, and film producers and distributors. 21st...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Comcast wants to get bigger, again, has begun talks with 21st Century Fox

16-11-2017 Tech

Microsoft and GitHub team up to take Git virtual file system to macOS, Linux

Enlarge (credit: Git) One of the more surprising stories of the past year was Microsoft's announcement that it was going to use the Git version control system for Windows development. Microsoft had to modify Git to handle the demands of Windows development but said that it wanted to get these modifications accepted upstream and integrated into the standard Git client. That plan appears to be going well. Yesterday, the company announced that GitHub was adopting...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Microsoft and GitHub team up to take Git virtual file system to macOS, Linux