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Snap lowers valuation expectations in highly awaited IPO

A Snapchat sign hangs on the facade of the NYSE in New York CitySnap Inc , owner of the popular messaging app Snapchat, set a lower-than-expected valuation range on Thursday, amid mounting investor concerns over its unproven business model, slowing growth and tight founder control. The company, which filed for an initial public offering earlier this month, was widely expected to be valued at between $20 billion and $25 billion. The lower valuation range reflected initial investor feedback, as well as Snap's aim to ensure there is sufficient demand for shares of the company that it trades up on its first day in public market.


Facebook says Irish challenge to U.S. data transfers 'deeply flawed'

Picture illustration of 3D-printed Facebook logo in front of EU logoBy Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Facebook said on Thursday a legal challenge against the way it transfers EU user data to the United States was "deeply flawed" and should not be referred to the EU's top court because ample privacy protections were already in place. The challenge by the Irish data regulator is the latest to question whether methods used by large tech firms such as Google and Apple to transfer data gives EU consumers sufficient protection from U.S. surveillance. The issue of data privacy came to the fore after revelations in 2013 from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden of mass U.S. surveillance caused political outrage in Europe Facebook says the case could lead to a breakdown in transatlantic data transfers that could knock EU economic output by up to 1.3 percent.


Auto union courts Tesla workers, amplifies 'buy American' message

A wheel of a prototype of the Tesla Model 3 on display in front of the factory in SparksUnited Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday the union is contacting workers at Silicon Valley electric car maker Tesla Inc , and plans to boost efforts to convince U.S. consumers not to buy vehicles built in other countries, including those sold by the Detroit automakers. The UAW leader also used a meeting with reporters to praise President Donald Trump for calling on companies to produce more products in the United States, and promising to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement.


South Korea court approves warrant to arrest Samsung Group chief

FILE PHOTO - Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee, leaves after attending a court hearing to review a detention warrant request against him at the Seoul Central District Court in SeoulSEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court said on Friday it approved a warrant to arrest Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee, who is under investigation for his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye. The Seoul Central District Court also rejected a request to issue an arrest warrant for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd President Park Sang-jin, who also heads the Korea Equestrian Federation. ...


EU privacy watchdogs seek assurances on U.S. data transfer pact

An illustration picture shows a network cable wrapped around to a pack of smartphones in BerlinBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union data privacy watchdogs will seek assurances from U.S. authorities that a move by U.S. President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration will not undermine a transatlantic pact protecting the privacy of Europeans' data. European concerns have been raised by an executive order signed by Trump on Jan. 25 aiming to toughen enforcement of U.S. immigration law. The order directs U.S. agencies to "exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information." The exemption of foreigners from the U.S. law governing how federal agencies collect and use information about people has stoked worries across the Atlantic about the new administration's approach to privacy and its impact on cross-border data flows.


European parliament calls for robot law, rejects robot tax

A man shakes hands with a humanoid robot during the International Conference on Humanoid Robots in MadridEuropean lawmakers called on Thursday for EU-wide legislation to regulate the rise of robots, including an ethical framework for their development and deployment and the establishment of liability for the actions of robots including self-driving cars. The resolution is a recommendation to the bloc's executive, the European Commission, which the Commission is not obliged to follow but must give reasons if it chooses not to. "The IFR believes that the idea to introduce a robot tax would have had a very negative impact on competitiveness and employment," said the Frankfurt-based International Federation of Robotics.


80 new Pokemon are coming to Pokemon Go, but more new features are hidden in the code
Pokemon Go developer Niantic revealed on Wednesday that 80 new Pokemon from the Johto region introduced in Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver will be added to the game by the end of the week. Along with the new Pokemon, Niantic is also adding new features to the game, such as new berries, new avatar customization items and new gameplay elements to make catching Pokemon more interesting. But as always, the development team has also begun laying the groundwork for more additions and improvements in the weeks and months to come. That's why the Silph Road community has once again dug into the code to see what other secrets are contained with Pokemon Go  version 0.57.2 While Niantic had plenty to share in its blog post on Wednesday, the specifics of many of the new features were left unexplained. For example, Niantic mentions "hats, shirts, pants, and other items" that can be worn by avatars, but the code reveals that shoes, eyes, gloves, socks, belts, necklaces, glasses and even skin will be customizable as well. Additionally, the code seems to indicated that some clothing options will be unlockable by leveling up, while others can be bought via in-app purchase. Niantic also says that trainers will need new evolution items to evolve certain Pokemon, but doesn't specify what those items are. In the code, The Silph Road has discovered several new key items that seem to be relevant to this feature: Sun Stone, King's Rock, Metal Coat and Dragon Scale. All four of these items have been used to evolve Pokemon into their strongest forms in the original games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R04u9E5INTI Aside from the code that illuminates some of the features mentioned in this week's blog post , there are also segments of code that point to features Niantic hasn't talked about at all. If you're sick of hearing the same tune constantly, Niantic appears to have added new music for day and night, both on the map and during encounters with wild Pokemon. The Silph Road also found more code relating to Shiny Pokemon, including unique animations for when they spawn and how they look when you encounter them. There's no telling whether or not Shiny Pokemon will arrive alongside the Johto Pokemon, but there's plenty of code to support them. Finally, a new event titled "Anniversary" has also been added to the code alongside the recently ended "Holiday_2016" event. This could be referring to a future event to celebrate the app's release date (July 6th), but it's worth noting that Pokemon Red and Blue originally released in Japan on February 27th, 1996. There are some other interesting discoveries within the code of the latest APK release, but you'll have to navigate over to  The Silph Road to see the rest of them .

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind.

Some excerpts from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's missive

FILE - In this Saturday, March 19, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a panel discussion held as part of the China Development Forum at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Zuckerberg released a missive Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, outlining his vision for the social network and the world at large. Among other things, Zuckerberg hopes that the social network can encourage more civic engagement, an informed public and community support in the years to come. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)In Mark Zuckerberg's vision, Facebook can help build communities, encourage civic engagement, and keep us safer and more informed. That's the long-term plan at least, years, if not decades, down the line.


The Zuckerberg manifesto: How he plans to debug the world

The Zuckerberg manifesto: How he plans to debug the worldMark Zuckerberg's long-term vision for Facebook, laid out in a sweeping manifesto , sometimes sounds more like a utopian social guide than a business plan. Are we, he asks, "building the world we ...


Apple may replace Touch ID with 3D face scanning on the next iPhone

Apple may replace Touch ID with 3D face scanning on the next iPhoneThe latest rumor for Apple’s next iPhone comes from JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall who claims that Apple will be adding a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition to unlock the device, as noted by MacRumors. Hall claims that the 3D face scans will replace the fingerprint-based Touch ID system, which has been a part of Apple’s iOS platform since the release of the iPhone 5S in 2013.


Apple may replace Touch ID with 3D face scanning on the next iPhone

Apple may replace Touch ID with 3D face scanning on the next iPhoneThe latest rumor for Apple’s next iPhone comes from JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall who claims that Apple will be adding a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition to unlock the device, as noted by MacRumors. Hall claims that the 3D face scans will replace the fingerprint-based Touch ID system, which has been a part of Apple’s iOS platform since the release of the iPhone 5S in 2013. According to Hall, the new scanner is being added as Apple removes to home button for a new edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display, which falls in line with other rumors from earlier this week.


AT&T launches new unlimited data plan for all customers
Following on the heels of Sprint , T-Mobile and Verizon , AT&T on Thursday announced a new unlimited data plan that will be available to all consumer and business postpaid customers. The plan launches on Friday, February 17th and will include unlimited talk, text and data on four lines for $180. Previously, qualifying for the AT&T Unlimited Plan required customers to also subscribe to either DirecTV or U-verse TV service, but with the new plan, that restriction has been lifted. It's unclear how exactly this will affect those customers, but we'll be sure to provide an update as soon as details are made available. According to the press release , customers will be able to make and take calls, send and receive text messages and use data on their mobile devices in the United States as well as Mexico and Canada with no roaming charges if they add the Roam North America feature to their plan for no additional charge. In the fine print, AT&T explains that the $180 price is what customers will see after a $40 bill credit is applied to their accounts for the fourth smartphone line. The credit starts after two, which means the price for the unlimited plan will be $220 per month until the credit is applied. AT&T also warns that after 22GB of data usage, it "may slow speeds during periods of network congestion." You're probably wondering how AT&T's unlimited plan compares with the recently announced plans of Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Lucky for you, we put together a detailed piece about that earlier this week .

Google’s AI Duet lets you make music with a virtual pianist

Google’s AI Duet lets you make music with a virtual pianistGoogle’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is a music-playing piano bot that digests whatever keyboard melodies you give it and tries to respond in kind. The neat tool is called AI Duet, and it’s part of an ongoing push from Google’s Creative Lab division to help the public familiarize themselves with AI and all the ways it can mimic human behavior — and even create art. A collection of music-focused AI tools were first shown off last fall, but now AI Duet in particular has been made available to the public.


Google’s AI Duet lets you make music with a virtual pianist

Google’s AI Duet lets you make music with a virtual pianistGoogle’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is a music-playing piano bot that digests whatever keyboard melodies you give it and tries to respond in kind. The neat tool is called AI Duet, and it’s part of an ongoing push from Google’s Creative Lab division to help the public familiarize themselves with AI and all the ways it can mimic human behavior — and even create art. A collection of music-focused AI tools were first shown off last fall, but now AI Duet in particular has been made available to the public.


US court confirms Snuggies are blankets, not clothes

US court confirms Snuggies are blankets, not clothesThe US Court of International Trade has ruled that the Snuggie should officially be classified as a blanket. Bloomberg reported on the ruling, in which the court dismissed the massive wad of fabric as being anything other than a blanket because it lacks “closures.” Were you hoping to wear it as a clerical robe or for some other ceremonious outing? Snuggie maker Allstar Marketing Group and the US Department of Justice have clashed about this classification since 2010.


US court confirms Snuggies are blankets, not clothes

US court confirms Snuggies are blankets, not clothesThe US Court of International Trade has ruled that the Snuggie should officially be classified as a blanket. Sorry to anyone who considers a Snuggie their special robe. Bloomberg reported on the ruling, in which the court dismissed the massive wad of fabric as being anything other than a blanket because it lacks “closures.” Were you hoping to wear it as a clerical robe or for some other ceremonious outing?


Watch President Donald Trump’s most unhinged press conference to date
You're going to want to sit down before you watch this. What started as a relatively innocuous announcement from President Trump that Alexander Acosta would be the new nominee for the labor secretary following Andrew Puzder decision to withdraw his nomination turned into a knock-down-drag-out brawl with the press. If you expected Trump to ignore the countless damning reports regarding his and his staff's connections to Russia, I have some bad news for you: he didn't. Before taking any questions, Trump rattled off a series of untruthful (and often nonsensical) statements, claiming that his electoral college victory was the largest since Ronald Reagan's ( it wasn't ), that the current administration is running like a "fine-tuned machine" ( it's not ) and that decisions from the 9th Circuit court which continued a stay on his travel ban "are overturned 80% of the time" ( they aren't ). Things only got stranger from there, as Trump opened the floor for questions. When asked about General Michael Flynn's recent resignation/firing , Trump reinforced press secretary Sean Spicer's earlier statements -- that Flynn had not done anything illegal, but rather that Trump was simply uncomfortable with "the way that information was given" to Vice President Mike Pence by Flynn. He then proceeded to repeatedly call the Russia story " fake news ," and things began to go off the rails. As for the recent leaks relating to Russia , Trump said that the leaks are real, but that "the news is fake." When a reporter fact-checked him on his claim about his electoral college victory, Trump said, "I don't know, I was given that information." Trump tried to explain uranium, talked at length about his debates with Hillary Clinton and affected a silly voice while gifting us with this incredible quote: "Tomorrow, they will say, "Donald Trump rants and raves at the press." I'm not ranting and raving. I'm just telling you. You know, you're dishonest people. But -- but I'm not ranting and raving. I love this. I'm having a good time doing it." It was the first of two times he would create a headline on the spot, the second in reference to his attempts to forge a positive relationship with Russia. I genuinely can't explain how weird this is, so watch it yourself: https://youtu.be/ZGqhhx8cxMg?t=1610

Alphabet no longer wants to blanket the earth with internet balloons

Alphabet no longer wants to blanket the earth with internet balloonsAlphabet is changing the course of Project Loon, its plan to cover the Earth with a “continuous stream” of balloons that beam internet to the ground. Astro Teller, the head of the company’s experimental wing, announced today that the Loon team has learned how to control the navigation of these internet balloons so well that they can now concentrate them in areas of need. The original plan for Loon looked like a reversal of the way our phones connect to cellular towers as we move around in our daily lives.


Alphabet no longer wants to blanket the earth with internet balloons

Alphabet no longer wants to blanket the earth with internet balloonsAlphabet is changing the course of Project Loon, its plan to cover the Earth with a “continuous stream” of balloons that beam internet to the ground. Astro Teller, the head of the company’s experimental wing, announced today that the Loon team has learned how to control the navigation of these internet balloons so well that they can now concentrate them in areas of need. The original plan for Loon looked like a reversal of the way our phones connect to cellular towers as we move around in our daily lives.


Check out the new best-selling mobile photo printer on Amazon
If you're looking for a mobile photo printer that's easy to use and offers high-quality printers in no time at all, congratulations because your search is now over. The Kodak Photo Printer Dock PD-450 connects to your iPhone or Android phone in seconds, and it prints gorgeous 4x6" photos in vivid color. The one-touch feature lets you print photos in an instant, and the printer's thermal transfer technology doesn't bleed or fade. It's the #1 new release in Amazon's portable photo printer section, and it's available to ship right now. Here are some highlights from the product page: ONE TOUCH PRINTING – Convenient Printer Dock Lets You Print Photos Direct From Your Smartphone; Includes Android Dock Pin & Free iOS Lightning Adapter HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS – Fast, Easy System Prints Standard 4” x 6” Photos in Brilliant Color & Stunning Detail; D2T2 Thermal Transfer Technology Won’t Bleed or Fade MAXIMUM DEVICE COMPATIBILITY – Dock Features 5-Pin Micro USB for Android & USB Host for Printing from iPhone, iPad, Digital Camera, or USB Memory Stick SIMULTANEOUS CHARGING – Power Up to Two Smart Devices While You Wait; Unique Dock Supplies a Fast Charge for Home, Office, School, or Business FREE COMPANION APP – Download the Kodak Photo Printer App for Filters, Stickers, Card Templates, Collage Maker, Video & SNS Print & Other Features

Stop blaming brown recluse spiders for your horrifying flesh wounds

Stop blaming brown recluse spiders for your horrifying flesh woundsIt’s not a bite from a brown recluse spider, a bug scientist and skin doctors say in an article aimed at combating misdiagnoses. For starters, brown recluse bites are usually flat, pale at the center, and don’t really ooze — unless they’re on your eyelid or toes, that is. This even happens in states where these spiders don’t live, according to an opinion article published today in the journal JAMA Dermatology.


Stop blaming brown recluse spiders for your horrifying flesh wounds

Stop blaming brown recluse spiders for your horrifying flesh woundsIt’s not a bite from a brown recluse spider, a bug scientist and skin doctors say in an article aimed at combating misdiagnoses. For starters, brown recluse bites are usually flat, pale at the center, and don’t really ooze — unless they’re on your eyelid or toes, that is. This even happens in states where these spiders don’t live, according to an opinion article published today in the journal JAMA Dermatology.


This battery pack / thumb drive / stylus pen is trying too hard

This battery pack / thumb drive / stylus pen is trying too hardIt’s a $29 device that has a pen, a stylus, and 1,000 mAh battery pack with a universal Lightning and Micro USB jack. A more expensive $39 ChargeWrite+ lowers the battery size to 650mAh, but adds 16GB of flash storage. The ChargeWrite has a standard ballpoint pen, with what seem to be proprietary replacements (although the ChargeWrite team will be offering those for free, plus shipping, to Indiegogo backers.) So it’s probably not terrible for writing, but there are certainly nicer pens out there.


This battery pack / thumb drive / stylus pen is trying too hard

This battery pack / thumb drive / stylus pen is trying too hardIt’s a $29 device that has a pen, a stylus, and 1,000 mAh battery pack with a universal Lightning and Micro USB jack. A more expensive $39 ChargeWrite+ lowers the battery size to 650mAh, but adds 16GB of flash storage. The ChargeWrite has a standard ballpoint pen, with what seem to be proprietary replacements (although the ChargeWrite team will be offering those for free, plus shipping, to Indiegogo backers.) So it’s probably not terrible for writing, but there are certainly nicer pens out there.


This Belle doll will dance for you, but only if you attempt to code

This Belle doll will dance for you, but only if you attempt to codeBelle from Beauty and the Beast loves books and, although she was birthed in the 19th century, also code. The new Dance Code Belle doll teaches kids the fundamentals of coding all in the name of getting Belle to dance.


This Belle doll will dance for you, but only if you attempt to code

This Belle doll will dance for you, but only if you attempt to codeBelle from Beauty and the Beast loves books and, although she was birthed in the 19th century, also code. The new Dance Code Belle doll teaches kids the fundamentals of coding all in the name of getting Belle to dance. Kids can program dance routines through Belle’s companion Android / iOS app.


How to install and use Let's Encrypt on a Ubuntu Server for SSL security

How to install and use Let's Encrypt on a Ubuntu Server for SSL securityIf you're looking for an easy way to install SSL certificates on your Ubuntu Server, follow this incredibly simple process to use Let's Encrypt.


Identity standards group expands certification program

Identity standards group expands certification programThose that issue user credentials, and those that accept them, now have access to OpenID Connect certification


Is Elon Musk actually building a fallout shelter in the SpaceX parking lot?
In the past few months, Elon Musk has very publicly and rather abruptly embarked on a project to build tunnels to solve LA's traffic problem. It's a very Musk solution to a very real problem, and about the kind of thing you would expect from a real-life Tony Stark. But suspend reality and put on your tinfoil hat for a second, and consider the rather terrifying idea that it could all be an elaborate cover for Musk's ultimate fallout shelter. A new  Bloomberg  profile on Musk's subterranean ambitions lays out the timeline of this new project in detail, but here's the short version: back in December, Musk tweeted about traffic problems in LA, and how he might start a tunneling enterprise -- the "Boring Company" -- to do something about it. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/810156881662590981 Since then, Musk has started experimenting, mostly by digging a big hole in the parking lot of the SpaceX headquarters in LA. The plan for the hole is to turn it into an experimental tunnel, which will somehow let Musk design a world-leading tunneling machine. That, in turn, will enable digging multi-story tunnels under LA, solving the traffic problems and simultaneously making Musk even more money. It's a far-fetched concept from an engineering standpoint -- Musk is just assuming that one outside look can disrupt generations of tunneling experience -- but given what he's achieved thus far, you can probably give him the benefit of the doubt here. But what's more interesting, from an /r/conspiracy perspective, are the lingering questions about what Musk is doing and where he's doing them. First, there's the hole and its location. From the photos in  Bloomberg , you can see that there's no tunnel thus far, just a big hole in the ground. Granted, this is how most tunneling projects start, but it would also be a good entrance shaft for a nuclear fallout shelter. That gets more convincing when you think about location. Musk said that his choice of the SpaceX parking lot was to make things easy regarding permits. But digging an experimental tunnel in the middle of a city really doesn't seem like such a good idea. As soon as Musk gets to the edge of his property, he'll need permits on permits, and careful planning to avoid any of the subterranean infrastructure that already exists. Building in a city also limits the space available on the surface, which hampers construction. Surely, it would be easier for him to buy a piece of nearby desert -- or even use a part of Tesla's gargantuan Gigafactory -- where he can safely experiment in the middle of nowhere? Of course, a fallout shelter out in the desert would be less convenient and useful for Musk than one within walking distance of his desk. Then there's the question of timing. Musk started this project in December, just as SpaceX was ramping up for a major year of launches, and Tesla was prepping for a make-or-break car to come to market. It's a bad time to be starting another moonshot, and strange when you consider that Musk gave away his Hyperloop idea for free because he was too busy to see in through. But you know what did happen in fall 2016? Donald Trump took the presidency, causing our collective chances of apocalypse to get that little bit bigger. Musk is in a better position than most to know this, since he's met with Trump multiple times and serves on his economic advisory board. So, if Trump is really poised to start WW3, Musk is better-informed (and better-prepared?) than most. There's one other part about the  Bloomberg  interview that seems off: Musk's vision of the future. His justification for tunneling is that it's the only way to solve the problem of congestion in cities. In the long term, he might be right, but it seems like a strange observation given Musk's other companies. Tesla is at the forefront of developing autonomous cars, which are widely predicted to completely change urban transportation. The current model of car ownership, with vehicles being owned by individuals and only being used for a few hours a day, is due to change. Instead, an Uber-on-steroids is meant to happen, which should drastically decrease the number of vehicles on the road. Add that to autonomous cars that can drive faster, closer, and don't need to stop for intersections, and the total capacity of our roads could increase dramatically, all without having to dig obscenely expensive tunnels. Yes, this is all a dumb conspiracy theory that has zero evidence and is almost certainly false. But it's also worth remembering that billionaires building secretive underground shelters is not a conspiracy theory, but rather a well-reported reality. Sure, Musk is probably building a tunnel and not a real-life  Fallout: Shelter . But if you were a billionaire engineering genius with concerns about the stability of western civilization and access to unlimited resources, a tunneling project sure would be a good cover.

GM is deploying over 100 electric Chevy Bolts for its car-sharing service in LA

GM is deploying over 100 electric Chevy Bolts for its car-sharing service in LAMaven, General Motors’ year-old car-sharing service, is adding over 100 all-electric Chevy Bolts to its fleet in Los Angeles, the company announced today. It’s not a surprise, because according to GM, Maven has been doing gangbusters in LA: since launching in October 2016, Maven has seen an average of 56 percent member growth month-over-month. Since its launch 13 months ago, Maven has grown to 17 cities in the US and Canada, and added 24,000 members who have made 27,500 reservations.


GM is deploying over 100 electric Chevy Bolts for its car-sharing service in LA

GM is deploying over 100 electric Chevy Bolts for its car-sharing service in LAMaven, General Motors’ year-old car-sharing service, is adding over 100 all-electric Chevy Bolts to its fleet in Los Angeles, the company announced today. It’s not a surprise, because according to GM, Maven has been doing gangbusters in LA: since launching in October 2016, Maven has seen an average of 56 percent member growth month-over-month. Since its launch 13 months ago, Maven has grown to 17 cities in the US and Canada, and added 24,000 members who have made 27,500 reservations.


AP FACT CHECK: Gates didn't say Trump would be like Reagan
SEATTLE (AP) — A story shared widely on social media falsely attributes to Bill Gates a tweet saying Donald Trump would be regarded as "one of the greatest presidents," like Ronald Reagan.

How Legion’s set designer turned its second episode into a trippy ride

How Legion’s set designer turned its second episode into a trippy rideIt’s fresh, weird, and even disturbing, with Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley using every trick and tool in his war chest to trouble his main character, and challenge viewers in the process. In the series’ excellent second episode, David, a powerful but thoroughly unhinged mutant who can theoretically alter reality, has escaped his government captors with the help of his girlfriend Syd (Rachel Keller) and other powerful mutants. Led by telepathic therapist Dr. Melanie Bird (Fargo’s Jean Smart), the group takes him a new facility called Summerland, where they recruit him to help them win a war against… it’s not clear what yet.


Free charging stations can hack your phone, here's how to protect yourself

Free charging stations can hack your phone, here's how to protect yourselfA recent experiment conducted by security company Authentic8 showed how lax some users are regarding their phone data. Here's how to practice good security when you need to charge.


AT&T just tested a flying cell tower, and it could change everything
Regardless of where you live, you probably have a really good idea of what sections of your city, neighborhood, or rolling rural hills offer good cellular reception. Driving through a well-known "dead spot" is like venturing through an invisible barrier into a dangerous land, and unless your carrier upgrades their hardware in the area — which is often a rarity — a bad coverage area isn't going to suddenly become awesome overnight. AT&T just tested something that could change that, and it has four arms and propellers. After first announcing its drone program in July of last year , AT&T has been working on building what it calls "flying COWs." COW stands for "cell on wings," and although the drone doesn't actually have any wings, what it does have is the power to reshape AT&T's network by enhancing coverage in any area it is deployed. The drone is packed with technology that you normally only find in an actual cellular tower, but unlike a stationary antenna it can be sent anywhere it's needed. After months of work, the company performed its initial test flight outside Atlanta today. The massive drone started up, took off and hovered for a bit, and then landed. It might not look all that impressive at first, but what the drone is capable of is actually pretty awesome. According to AT&T, a single one of the flying cell towers can provide coverage for 40 square miles, and since it's tethered to a vehicle-based ground station it is continuously powered and never needs to land to be recharged. However, before you go dreaming of a world where these fancy drones fill in all the patchy coverage anomalies in your neighborhood you should know that these powerful cell boosters are likely to be deployed in only the most crucial cases of network downtime. AT&T plans on using them to restore communications in areas affected by natural disasters and to provide extra coverage at popular venues like concerts and sporting events, where the sheer number of people can cause headaches.

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