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Elon Musk Confirms Tesla Pickup Truck Coming 'After Model Y'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that a Tesla pickup truck is coming "right after Model Y." He said that he already has "the core design/engineering elements" in his mind and wants to bring it to

Beware: 'Digmine' Cryptocurrency Bot Is Spreading Via Facebook Messenger

Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has discovered a cryptocurrency bot that is being spread through Facebook Messenger. The bot, dubbed Digmine, was discovered in South Korea and has since been found in

Analysts Cut iPhone X Shipment Forecasts, Citing Lukewarm Demand

According to Bloomberg, analysts have lowered iPhone X shipment projections for the first quarter of next year, citing signs of lackluster demand at the end of the holiday shopping season. From the

Bitcoin Recovers Some Losses After Its Worst Week Since 2013

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Bitcoin fell nearly 30 percent at one stage on Friday to $11,159.93. At 3:09 p.m. (2009 GMT) on Tuesday, bitcoin BTC=BTSP was up 15 percent at $16,030

Uber Is Selling Its Money-Losing Car Lease Business

According to The Wall Street Journal, Uber is selling its Xchange Leasing unit to the car marketplace "It reportedly won't be a clean break," reports Engadget. "Uber will both take a stake

Is Google Home Fit For Elderly and Disabled Users?

Chances are either you or someone you know received a Google Home over the holidays. Not only are they being marketed heavily by Google but they seem to have appeared in almost every "Holiday Gift

The Library of Congress Will Stop Archiving Every Public Tweet On January 1st

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: In 2010, the Library of Congress started archiving every single public tweet that was published on Twitter. It even retroactively acquired all tweets

Flying in Airplanes Exposes People To More Radiation Than Standing Next To a Nuclear Reactor

Traveling the skies by jet lifts us far from the hustle and bustle of the world below. From a report: But many flyers don't know that soaring miles above Earth also takes us out of a vital protective

Net Neutrality Complaints Rise Amid FCC Repeal

An anonymous reader shares a report: Internet users are complaining more about net neutrality-related issues since the FCC voted to repeal the existing net neutrality rules earlier this month,

What Amazon's Alexa Economy Pays the People Building Its Skills

From a report on CNET: On a lark, Joel Wilson started developing skills for Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant, this past January. After a few weeks of coding, he launched two skills -- Amazon's term for

Thunderbird Will Phase Out Legacy Add-Ons, Will Support WebExtensions

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Mozilla announced last week plans to modernize Thunderbird's codebase, plans that include fixing some "technical debt" by incorporating the recent

Cash Might Be King, but They Don't Care

In Midtown and some other neighborhoods across New York City, cashless is fast on its way to becoming normal, The New York Times reports, sharing anecdotes where merchants have refused to accept bills

Cities With Uber Have Lower Rates Of Ambulance Usage

An anonymous reader shares a report: Many potential emergency room patients are too sick to drive themselves to a hospital. But an ambulance can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars without

China's Shanghai Sets Population at 25 Million To Avoid 'Big City Disease'

An anonymous reader shares a report: China's financial hub of Shanghai will limit its population to 25 million people by 2035 as part of a quest to manage "big city disease," authorities have said.

Researchers Fooled a Google AI Into Thinking a Rifle Was a Helicopter

An anonymous reader shares a Wired report: Algorithms, unlike humans, are susceptible to a specific type of problem called an "adversarial example." These are specially designed optical illusions that

Movie Theaters Were Already in Trouble. With Disney's Fox Deal, It's Double

Disney's acquisition of Fox's film studio will unite some of the most lucrative movie franchises, from Disney's Star Wars and Marvel series to Fox's X-Men and Avatar. With control of more

People Still Aren't Buying Smartwatches -- and It's Only Going To Get Worse

An anonymous reader shares a report: Wearable technology still isn't catching up. Despite a year full of exciting new smartwatches, tech-enabled clothing or jewelry, and fitness activity trackers

China Closes More Than 13,000 Websites in Past Three Years

China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news

UK Companies Facing Cyber Security Staff Shortage

Bruce66423 writes: According to a recent survey of recruitment agencies, 81% expect a rise in demand for digital security staff, but only 16% saw that the demand would be met." Resorting to

Estimates of Bitcoin's Soaring Energy Use Are Likely Overstating the Electric Power Required To Mine the Cryptocurrency

From a report: The computer process that generates each coin is said to be on pace to require more electricity than the United States consumes in a year. This bitcoin "mining" allegedly consumes more