Day: November 14, 2017

25,000 EU citizens are unlikely to get compensation for Facebook’s alleged privacy violations

In 2015, Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist and lawyer, famously filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 25,000 Facebook users. He was seeking a ‘token level’ reward of €500 per plaintiff for violations of privacy — for a total of €12.5 million. Schrems’ main concern with the lawsuit is that the data Facebook has …

This fictional video about AI-powered weapons makes The Terminator look like a Disney film

If you woke up today feeling like the world wasn’t a very scary place, and for some reason you didn’t want to continue feeling that way, we’ve got the remedy for you. “Slaughterbots” is seven minutes and forty-seven seconds of sheer horror designed to be a fictional warning against a future full of killer robots. …

Reddit’s new Chat feature is a welcome solution for a gap long filled by other apps

Reddit is testing a real-time chat function which could soon replace its old-fashioned PM system — meaning Reddit will soon have a chat function that looks similar to any social media site out there. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. According to Mashable, the chat is still in beta. While the site’s developers are currently …

UrbanEars Plattan 2 BT Review: Minimalist Bluetooth headphones with clear, balanced sound

UrbanEars’ Plattan 2 headphones – a popular set of cans known for their minimalist design – are getting the wireless treatment. I’ve had the chance to try out the new Plattan 2 BT for a couple of days, and for $99 there’s a lot to like. UrbanEars’ headphones make a statement through simplicity. There’s little in …

Amazon just bought the rights to a multi-season Lord of the Rings adaptation

Amazon managed to get its hands on the fantasy holy grail today, buying the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” into a multi-season series for for Amazon’s Prime streaming service. Amazon Prime heads to Middle Earth. https://t.co/QowUmf8t3S pic.twitter.com/YVciEX3u2t — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 13, 2017 Sources inside the company told Variety in September …

IBM claims ‘quantum supremacy’ over Google with 50-qubit processor

IBM researcher Edwin Pednault was doing the dishes one evening when he came to the realization that qubits are a lot like the bristles of a scrubbing brush. What he dubbed as a “seemingly inconsequential moment” became the basis of a fault-tolerance theory which makes the 50-qubit quantum computer possible. Early last month Google’s quantum …

6 warning signs you’re about to be crypto-scammed

There’s no doubt that the world of cryptocurrency is growing remarkably fast.  And it’s no surprise that scamsters will lock unto this endless opportunity like a heat-seeking missile. Even one of the most widely known cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, is no exception to this threat. Just recently, the social media and digital security monitoring company ZeroFOX reported about the …