CNET News | 17 Jul 05:46

Elon Musk's Neuralink plans 2020 human test of brain-computer interface - CNET

The startup already has tests with 1,500 electrical probes in a rat brain.

Feed: All Latest | 17 Jul 17:50

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

To hear Musk tell it, Neuralink's hardware is either a state-of-the-art tool for understanding the brain, a clinical advance for people with neurological disorders, or the next step in human evolution

Latest news | 17 Jul 12:25

Elon Musk’s Neuralink uses tiny ‘brain threads’ to try and read your mind

The startup has come out of stealth with lofty claims concerning the future of brain implants.

BBC News - Technology | 17 Jul 11:37

Elon Musk reveals brain-hacking plans

Start-up NeuraLink wants to start testing its human computer interface on humans.

Techmeme | 17 Jul 08:10

Neuralink, which has received $158M in funding including $100M from Elon Musk, hopes to begin testing its brain-computer interface on humans by Q2 of 2020 (John Markoff/New York Times)

John Markoff / New York Times : Neuralink, which has received $158M in funding including $100M from Elon Musk, hopes to begin testing its brain-computer interface on humans by Q2 of 2020   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk aspires to make inserting a computer connection into your brain as safe and painless as Lasik eye surgery.

Gizmodo | 17 Jul 07:50

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

On Tuesday evening in San Francisco, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally shed some light on what Neuralink, his company that has raised $158 million to develop “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” has been up to since its launch in 2017. Read more...

Engadget RSS Feed | 17 Jul 05:51

Elon Musk's Neuralink hopes to put sensors in human brains next year

While we wait for Neuralink to present the progress it's made over the last couple of years in brain-computer interface technology, the New York Times has already published information from an early briefing and it's stuff that's straight out of scie...

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 05:24

Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s plans for brain-reading ‘threads’ and a robot to insert them

Photo: Neuralink Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, showed off some of the technology it has been developing to the public for the first time. The goal is to eventually begin implanting devices in paralyzed humans, allowing them to control phones or computers. The first big advance is flexible “threads,” which are less likely to damage the brain than the materials currently used in brain-machine interfaces. These threads also create the possibility of transferring a higher volume of data, according to a white paper credited to “Elon Musk & Neuralink.” The abstract notes that the system could include “as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads.” thinner than a human hair The threads... C...

Latest news | 17 Jul 12:31

Amazon faces European antitrust investigation over use of retailers' data

European Commission takes a close at Amazon's use of data from retailers that sell through its marketplace.

CNET News | 17 Jul 16:39

Amazon faces EU antitrust probe over its third-party marketplace - CNET

The EU will investigate whether Amazon breached competition rules with its use of data from independent retailers.

Latest news | 17 Jul 15:42

Amazon touts record Prime Day 2019 sales, device sales

Amazon's 48 hour Prime Day sale drove the company's biggest day of new Prime sign-ups.

Engadget RSS Feed | 17 Jul 13:38

EU opens Amazon probe to see if it used merchant data to gain an advantage

On the same day that Amazon announced plans to overhaul its business terms for its third-party sellers, the European Commission (EC) has opened a formal antitrust investigation into the retailer, designed to assess whether its use of sensitive mercha...

Techmeme | 17 Jul 13:05

The European Commission launches a formal antitrust investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct by Amazon in its dual role as marketplace and retailer (European Commission)

European Commission : The European Commission launches a formal antitrust investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct by Amazon in its dual role as marketplace and retailer   —  The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data …

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 13:00

EU opens Amazon antitrust investigation

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The EU’s Competition Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon to investigate whether the company is using sales data to gain an unfair advantage over smaller sellers on the Marketplace platform. The Commission says it will look into Amazon’s agreements with marketplace sellers, as well as how Amazon uses data to choose which retailer to link to using the “Buy Box” on its site. “E-commerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choice and better prices,” said the EU’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. “We need to ensure that large online platforms don’t eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behavior. I have therefore decided to take a very close look at Amazon’s business practi...

CNET News | 17 Jul 04:48

Amazon Prime Day sale ends at midnight, but deals remain - CNET

The two-day mega-sale isn't over yet, but the clock is ticking.

Techmeme | 17 Jul 03:20

Highlights from the House's antitrust hearing, where Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook executives fought criticism that their companies dominate their markets (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg : Highlights from the House's antitrust hearing, where Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook executives fought criticism that their companies dominate their markets   —  U.S. technology giants are headed for their biggest antitrust showdown with Congress in 20 years as lawmakers and regulators demand …

Engadget RSS Feed | 17 Jul 11:41

Google officially closes 'Dragonfly,' its controversial Chinese search project

Google's controversial Project Dragonfly has officially been shelved. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, Google's vice president of public policy, Karan Bhatia, said that work on its censored Chinese search engine had been "terminated...

Techmeme | 17 Jul 17:35

Google's vice president of public policy, Karan Bhatia, tells US Senate that the company has "terminated" Project Dragonfly, its Chinese search engine project (Davey Alba/BuzzFeed News)

Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News : Google's vice president of public policy, Karan Bhatia, tells US Senate that the company has “terminated” Project Dragonfly, its Chinese search engine project   —  At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Google's vice president of public policy, Karan Bhatia …

BBC News - Technology | 17 Jul 12:49

Google's Project Dragonfly 'terminated' in China

The firm's plan to launch a censored search engine in China had faced much criticism.

Gizmodo | 17 Jul 04:20

Google Exec Tells Senate That Project Dragonfly Has Been "Terminated"

On Tuesday, Google vice president of public policy Karan Bhatia told members of the Senate Judiciary that the company’s Project Dragonfly—a search engine for the Chinese market that was widely reported to involve huge concessions to state censors and protested by its own staff —has been “terminated” and employees… Read more...

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 14:35

Nintendo announces updated Switch with better battery life

Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Nintendo is unveiling an updated version of its Switch console today, with promises of improved battery life. The new model will include approximately two extra hours of battery life, bringing the estimates of usage to between 4.5 hours and 9 hours. Nintendo’s current Switch has an estimated battery life of between 2.5 hours and 6.5 hours. Nintendo’s Switch product page doesn’t reveal exactly how the company has achieved this improved battery life, but it’s likely thanks to a new system-on-chip inside and updated memory. A recent FCC listing revealed that Nintendo was planning to update the Switch with a new CPU and storage. This new model, dubbed HAC-001(-01), should start appearing in stores soon. You’ll need to check for serial... ...

Ars Technica | 17 Jul 16:30

New standard Switch model will improve battery life about 40 percent

Minor revision coming to US/Japan in August, UK in September

Techmeme | 17 Jul 16:25

Nintendo announces an updated Switch console which, it says, will last up to nine hours on a single charge; FCC filing suggests it has a new SoC and storage (Michael McWhertor/Polygon)

Michael McWhertor / Polygon : Nintendo announces an updated Switch console which, it says, will last up to nine hours on a single charge; FCC filing suggests it has a new SoC and storage   —  It's the same old Switch, just longer lasting  —  Nintendo is updating the original version of the Switch to offer better battery life …

CNET News | 17 Jul 15:16

Nintendo Switch with longer battery coming to Japan in August - CNET

The company says it will last up to nine hours.

Techmeme | 17 Jul 16:20

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019, two ports) review: great performance, display, and trackpad but keyboard reliability remains an issue and battery life is average (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

Dan Seifert / The Verge : MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019, two ports) review: great performance, display, and trackpad but keyboard reliability remains an issue and battery life is average   —  The latest entry-level MacBook Pro is surprisingly competent  —  There's a new entry-level MacBook Pro in town.

Engadget RSS Feed | 17 Jul 18:00

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro review (2019): This is the one

Last fall, Apple finally updated the MacBook Air. In doing so, it made choosing the best entry-level Mac laptop far more complicated than necessary. The Air was directly pitted against the 12-inch MacBook and the cheapest 13-inch MacBook Pro (s...

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 16:00

Apple MacBook Air (2019) review: the new normal

Can it live up to the classic? Continue reading…

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 15:30

Apple’s new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is an obvious upgrade

The latest entry-level MacBook Pro is surprisingly competent Continue reading…

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 18:42

Spotify app update for iPad finally supports multitasking

The latest update for the Spotify app on the iPad brings long-awaited support for multitasking features, including Split View (which Apple debuted in 2015) and Slide Over modes. You no longer have to open up a full-screen instance of Spotify to find new music, or switch songs via the limited pull-down menu. To use the Slide Over feature, add Spotify to your iPad dock, then open it while you’re still using a different app. Spotify will launch as a Slide Over view that sits on top of the app that’s currently running. If you want to use the Split View, tap and drag the top of the Spotify view window to the top of the screen. Your screen will then be split between Spotify and your other app; adjust the size to your taste. This new update... Continue reading…

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 18:35

The Farewell writer-director Lulu Wang on the joys of laughing at human nature

Filmmaker Lulu Wang says she knew years ago that she wanted to turn a specific personal experience of hers into a film: when her grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the family decided it was better not to tell her, out of a cultural belief that fear of death is more dangerous to ailing people than their actual symptoms. The problem was that when Wang talked to producers, they wanted to rewrite her personal story to be more pat and predictable. “‘We love that idea, but can you make it different?’… I very quickly saw that it was deviating from the story I wanted to tell,” Wang told an audience at the Chicago Film Critics Festival earlier this year. And then she met a producer for This American Life who took an interest in her... Continue reading…

Techmeme | 17 Jul 18:25

Researcher: 100+ Chinese loan apps sent sensitive data of 4.6M+ devices, including financial information, to a public server that was left exposed for two weeks (Alfred Ng/CNET)

Alfred Ng / CNET : Researcher: 100+ Chinese loan apps sent sensitive data of 4.6M+ devices, including financial information, to a public server that was left exposed for two weeks   —  Millions of people in China who use loan apps to borrow money have ended up paying with their privacy.

CNET News | 17 Jul 14:14

Loan apps exposed real-time location data on millions in China - CNET

Exclusive: More than 100 apps for loans in China have been sending data to an unprotected server, exposing how much money people owe and where they are.

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 18:04

Oakland city council votes to ban government use of facial recognition

Illustration by James Bareham / The Verge The Oakland city council voted last night to pass an ordinance banning city agencies from using facial recognition technology. The move sets up Oakland to become the third city in the United States to pass similar legislation. Ordinance passed unanimously Under the ordinance, which passed unanimously , municipal agencies, including city police, will be banned from obtaining or using the controversial technology. The city joins neighboring San Francisco, as well as Somerville, Massachusetts, which both passed similar legislation earlier this year. The Oakland City Council will take a second vote on the ordinance in September, but it is seen as procedural. The legislation has been pressed by civil rights advocates, includi...

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 18:01

FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns

FaceApp FaceApp, a Russia-based app that applies filters to photos, is having another moment in the spotlight this week. The app first went viral in 2017 , but this time it’s catching on because of a filter that makes users look older or younger. As with the last viral moment, however, users have been surprised to learn that the app’s creators are harvesting metadata from their photos. Close research suggests FaceApp isn’t doing anything particularly unusual in either its code or its network traffic, so if you’re worried about FaceApp, there are probably a bunch of other apps on your phone doing the same thing. Still, the conversation does bring attention to standard tech practices that might be more invasive than users realize. To use the app,... Continue re...

Techmeme | 17 Jul 18:00

Berlin-based Billie, which offers a B2B invoicing and payments platform, raises €30M Series B led by Creandum (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)

Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch : Berlin-based Billie, which offers a B2B invoicing and payments platform, raises €30M Series B led by Creandum   —  Billie, the Berlin-based fintech startup that offers a B2B invoicing and payments platform, has raised €30 million in Series B funding.

Latest news | 17 Jul 15:30

Visa acquires payments gateway maker Payworks

Visa plans to integrate Payworks' processing software into its CyberSource digital payment platform.

Gizmodo | 17 Jul 18:00

Data of Nearly Every Adult in Bulgaria Likely Stolen in Cyberattack

Someone stole the personal and financial information of millions of Bulgarian taxpayers—likely the majority of the adult population. Read more...

BBC News - Technology | 17 Jul 11:01

Data of 'nearly all adults' in Bulgaria stolen

A hacker targeted the Balkan country's tax agency and reportedly offered local media access to stolen data.

Engadget RSS Feed | 17 Jul 07:55

Bulgarian tax agency breach may have compromised 5 million people

Bulgaria's government is dealing with a massive security breach that might have affected almost all adult residents' information. According to Reuters, the country's finance minister has confirmed that hackers infiltrated the National Revenue Agency'...

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 17:59

Vergecast: the market for tech support is growing

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Everything is too complicated. Asurion CEO Tony Detter joins Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to discuss simplifying our experience with tech products, the problems with closed ecosystems, and why an insurance company like Asurion got involved with tech support. Below is a lightly edited excerpt where Detter and Patel discuss what we can do about the “everything is too complicated” problem. You can hear this and more in the latest episode of The Vergecast . Nilay Patel: Every year around the holidays, I write a post about how everything is too complicated . What happens is that I go home and basically spend the entire time driving around the Midwest to parents’ and families’ houses, and I just listen to my family ask me ...

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 17:57

PUBG’s first official story trailer is dark as hell

Battle royale games aren’t especially known for their stories, but it looks like PUBG is trying to change that. In the lead-up to the game’s fourth season, developer PUBG Corp released a cinematic trailer which provides the first real official lore for the game — and it’s incredibly dark. The trailer starts off with a young child on Erangel, PUBG ’s first map, who is the sole survivor of a horrible battle on the island. It then skips ahead pretty far in the future, where the boy is now a man, apparently with quite a bit of cash, who organizes the battle royale tournaments on Erangel. It ends with a shot of the man staring at a massive bank of monitors, taking in all of the murderous mayhem. This kind of explicit narrative stands in stark... Continue reading...

The Verge - All Posts | 17 Jul 17:55

‘I don’t think you should launch Libra at all,’ Congresswoman tells Facebook

Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call On Wednesday, Facebook cryptocurrency chief David Marcus faced Congress for a second round of questioning, this time from the House Financial Services committee . As in Tuesday’s Senate hearing, Marcus faced deep concerns over Facebook’s previous privacy issues, but there was also new skepticism over the nature of the Libra project itself. “I don’t think you should launch Libra at all,” Rep. Deborah Maloney (D-NY) told Marcus in one exchange, “because the creation of a new currency is a core government function and should be left to democratically accountable institutions, that are accountable to the American people. But at the very least, you should agree to do this small pilot program first, fully overseen by the Federal Reserve and the......