Scientists Draw Inspiration From Catchweed To Create Biodegradable Velcro

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Velcro is an ingenious hook-and-loop fastener inspired by nature -- specifically, cockleburs. Now scientists at the Italian Institute of Technology are returning the favor. They have created the first biodegradable Velcro -- inspired by climbing plants -- and used it to build small devices to help monitor the health of crop plants and deliver pesticides and medicines as needed, according to a November paper published in the journal Communica...
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Meta’s Oculus VR headsets and app won the Christmas party

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, had the most popular app in Apple’s App Store on Christmas Day: the Oculus virtual reality app. That’s the app people download to manage the Oculus VR headset, and its top ranking is an indicator Meta’s VR headset was one of the most popular technology gifts over the holidays. [ ]
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Apple shuts down all of its NYC stores for in-person shopping due to rising COVID-19 cases

An Apple store.Spencer Platt/Getty Images All Apple stores in New York City were closed for in-person shopping on Monday.  The closures come as COVID-19 cases surge and it's unclear how long they'll remain in place.  The city has averaged more than 17,000 cases per day over the past week.  Apple has closed all of its New York City stores to indoor shopping on Monday because of the surge in COVID-19 cases."We remain committed to a comprehensive approach for our teams that combines regu...
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China anger after space station has to avoid Elon Musk Starlink satellites

Beijing calls on US to act responsibly after two near misses that it says posed serious threat to astronauts’ livesChina has accused the US of ignoring international treaty obligations and engaging in irresponsible and unsafe conduct in outer space after two near misses between the Chinese space station and satellites operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.Zhao Lijian, a foreign ministry spokesperson, said on Tuesday that China “urges the US to act responsibly” after incidents involving SpaceX’s...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, StarLink, Elon Musk Starlink, Zhao Lijian

Virginia Family Gets Keys To Habitat For Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in the US

One Virginia family received the keys to their new 3D-printed home in time for Christmas. The home is Habitat for Humanity's first 3D-printed home in the nation, according to a Habitat news release. CNN reports: Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, told CNN it partnered with Alquist, a 3D printing company, earlier this year to begin the process. Alquist's crew printed the house. Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsb...
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iMessage not delivered? 6 ways to troubleshoot

There are several ways you can troubleshoot when your iMessages won't deliver.Alex Wong/Getty Images If an iMessage isn't delivered properly, it's not an unusual issue and doesn't necessarily indicate a problem.   The most common solution is to make sure you have a reliable network connection.  You should also try restarting your iPhone. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you've had an iPhone for any length of time, you are no doubt familiar wi...
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Shutterfly Services Disrupted By Conti Ransomeware Attack

Photography and personalized photo giant Shutterfly has suffered a Conti ransomware attack that allegedly encrypted thousands of devices and stole corporate data. BleepingComputer reports: On Friday, a source told BleepingComputer that Shutterfly suffered a ransomware attack approximately two weeks ago by the Conti gang, who claims to have encrypted over 4,000 devices and 120 VMware ESXi servers. While BleepingComputer has not seen the negotiations for the attack, we are told that they are under...
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China Created AI 'Prosecutor' That Can Charge People With Crimes

In a scenario that's part "Robocop" and part "Minority Report," researchers in China have created an AI that can reportedly identify crimes and file charges against criminals. Futurism reports: The AI was developed and tested by the Shanghai Pudong People's Procratorate, the country's largest district public prosecution office, South China Morning Post reports. It can file a charge with more than 97 percent accuracy based on a description of a suspected criminal case. "The system can replace pro...
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'Widevine Dump': Leaked Code Downloads HD Video From Disney+, Amazon, and Netflix

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: A GitHub user who goes by the name "Widevinedump" has published several repositories that allow people to download HD video from popular streaming platforms, including Disney+, Amazon, and Netflix. The code appears to be the real deal but the 'free' use is fairly limited and may not be very secure either. [...] TorrentFreak spoke to a source who confirmed that these scrips are indeed the real deal. That said, they appear to be relatively old...
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A DAO Wants To Make Blockbuster a Decentralized Film Streaming Service

A decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) wants to buy the defunct movie rental business Blockbuster and create a decentralized film streaming service out of it -- "with plans for movie financing and production down the road," reports The Block. From the report: The new DAO's name is, aptly, BlockbusterDAO. [...] To achieve its goals, BlockbusterDAO intends to raise $5 million to purchase Blockbuster from Dish Network, an American television provider that bought the movie rental company in 2...
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Here's Where You Can Stream Or Buy Every Season Of Battlestar Galactica

There's a common thought these days that there are some books, shows, or movies that would be tempting to forget, if only so we can experience them for the first time again. Back in college, I binged through all of the "Battlestar Galactica" series that began in 2004 over the course of a few months. That's 10 years gone at this point, and it's still one of the most rewarding viewing adventures I've ever taken on. I look back fondly at hitting play on each episode, tucked away with a laptop, cryi...
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Apple to Offer Limited-Edition AirTag as Part of Japanese New Year Promotion

In celebration of the Japanese New Year, Apple has revealed a two-day promotion that will offer customers in Japan a free Apple gift card worth up to ¥24,000 with the purchase of an eligible Apple product on January 2 and January 3. In addition to a gift card, Apple said the first 20,000 customers in Japan who purchase a new iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, or iPhone SE during the promotion will also receive a limited-edition AirTag with a custom-designed engraving. The exact gift card values for ...
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Disney Plus: All your questions answered about Disney's ad-free streaming service

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Disney Disney Plus offers streaming access to tons of movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and more. Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 a year, and bundles with Hulu and ESPN+ start at $14 a month.   For detailed impressions, check out our full Disney Plus review. Disney Plus Monthly Subscription Service $7.99 FROM DISNEY+ Disney Plus fea...
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S&P 500 surges to 69th record close of 2021 as Santa rally powers US stocks

Investors have become more cautious about US stocks in recent weeks.Johannes Eisele/Getty Images US stocks rallied sharply Monday despite Omicron-related weakness in travel stocks. The S&P 500 notched its 69th record close of the year, adding to gains during the trading session. Major US indexes continued a year-end Santa Claus rally after picking up from last week's momentum. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. US stocks jumped Monday, powering the S...
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Apple Reportedly Hires Away Meta's AR Public Relations Head

Apple has reportedly hired Andrea Schubert, Meta's communications and public relations lead for its augmented reality (AR) products, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman in his Power On newsletter. The Verge reports: Schubert's LinkedIn page indicates that she's been working for Meta for nearly six years. "Meta, with Oculus, has been the market leader in headsets, so such a hire makes sense as Apple nears its launch," Gurman explains. On both Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, Meta'...
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5 Hidden iOS Features You Might Not Know

For some reason, Cupertino seems to love hiding features within iOS, so here are 5 of our favorites you might not know about. Maybe Apple wants to encourage exploration. Perhaps the tech giant just bakes so much into the operating system that it can’t possibly divulge every swipe or hidden feature. Whatever the case may be, here are a few hidden iOS features 1. Finding the Shuffle Button in the Music App as the First of Our Hidden iOS Features One of the most common questions we get asked here...
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Microsoft, Salesforce Battle To Revitalize Customer Service

Customer support has become a crowded battlefield in enterprise technology as software vendors from Microsoft to Salesforce rush to arm organizations with tools to create one-stop service centers. From a report: The attention is revitalizing the call center, a once-backwater unit that has long suffered from high turnover rates and minimal corporate investment. Salesforce, ServiceNow, Twilio and Genesys Cloud Services are among the companies that see the call center as a critical part of efforts ...
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Xiaomi 12 Pro specs leak in detail ahead of upcoming announcement

It's no secret to anyone that Xiaomi is launching a new flagship phone series very soon — like, "in a matter of hours" soon. The Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro have leaked in plentiful detail — we... #xiaomi12pro #xiaomi12 #flagshipphoneseries
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Big Tech Split Leads To Demise of Internet Association

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Financial Times: Growing tensions between Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Meta, and Apple lie behind the death of the Internet Association (IA), the nine-year-old lobby group that was Big Tech's voice in Washington, according to insiders and industry observers. The Washington-based group, which dubbed itself the "unified" voice of the internet industry, will shut at the end of the year after both Microsoft and Uber, among others, pulled their financial s...
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CDC Cuts Isolation Time For COVID-19 Infections From 10 Days To 5

U.S. health officials on Monday cut isolation restrictions for Americans who catch the coronavirus from 10 to five days, and similarly shortened the time that close contacts need to quarantine. The Associated Press reports: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said the guidance is in keeping with growing evidence that people with the coronavirus are most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop. The decision also was driven by a recent surge in COVI...
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More Than 1,200 Phishing Toolkits Capable of Intercepting 2FA Detected in the Wild

A team of academics said it found more than 1,200 phishing toolkits deployed in the wild that are capable of intercepting and allowing cybercriminals to bypass two-factor authentication (2FA) security codes. From a report: Also known as MitM (Man-in-the-Middle) phishing toolkits, these tools have become extremely popular in the cybercrime underworld in recent years after major tech companies started making 2FA a default security feature for their users. The direct result was that threat actors w...
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Nintendo Wins High Court Injunction to Block Access to Pirated Switch ROMs

An anonymous reader shares a report: In an effort to restrict access to pirated ROMs illegally made available for its Switch console, Nintendo has obtained a UK High Court injunction against six internet service providers. Targeted against ROM portals with NSW2U and NSWROM branding, the two-year blocking order requires BT, Virgin, Sky, TalkTalk and others to block the sites after they failed to respond to infringement complaints. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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Lenovo has a third Motorola Razr foldable coming, apparently with a better chip

A third-generation of the Motorola Razr foldable seems to be around the corner, as a Lenovo executive has confirmed a 2022 release. #thirdgeneration #razr #lenovo
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Bob Ambrogi’s Most-Read Posts Of 2021

This has been a year of uncertainty for the legal profession. Let's see how that panned out. The post Bob Ambrogi’s Most-Read Posts Of 2021 appeared first on Above the Law.
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California is Suing Walmart Over Alleged Improper Disposal of E-waste and Other Hazardous Materials

The California attorney general and 12 state officials have filed a lawsuit against Walmart, saying it allegedly illegally disposed of electronic and hazardous waste, compromising local landfills. From a report: California Attorney General Rob Bonta alleges in a statement the company violated state environmental laws with their practices, and the waste included materials like lithium and alkaline batteries, insect killer sprays, aerosol cans, LED lightbulbs, and more. State investigators conduct...
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A New Motorola Razr Foldable is Coming

An anonymous reader shares a report: The Motorola Razr was part of the first wave of foldable phones back in 2019, being the first to offer a clamshell form factor akin to the classic Razr feature phones. Motorola would follow up with the Razr 5G in late 2020, but Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip line had stolen its thunder by then. Now, Lenovo executive Chen Jin has revealed on Weibo that a third-generation Motorola Razr foldable is in the works. According to machine translation, the new foldable phone ...
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Elizabeth Holmes fraud trial: jury begins second week of deliberations

Former Theranos chief faces 11 criminal charges, alleging she duped investors and patients over blood-testing technologyThe jury weighing fraud charges against Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, began their second week of deliberations on Monday morning.Holmes faces 11 criminal charges, alleging that she duped investors and patients by hailing her company’s blood-testing technology as a medical breakthrough when in fact it was prone to wild errors. Continue reading...
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Leaker corroborates Apple’s plan to remove iPhone’s SIM card tray

Just a few years after letting users set up an eSIM with the iPhone XS line, Apple is rumored to remove the iPhone's SIM card and only use the eSIM technology. #simcardtray #iphone #leake
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The best Huawei P40 Pro Plus cases

The Huawei P40 Pro Plus is Huawei's big and beautiful flagship Android smartphone. Here are the best cases to protect it against any accident or fall.
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How to Silence Unknown Callers on Your iPhone

First introduced in iOS 13, Apple has a feature in Settings called Silence Unknown Callers. If you routinely get a lot of spam calls then this is the feature for you. Silence Unknown Callers If you receive a call from a number that is not in your contacts, iOS will silence the call, send it to voicemail, and display it on the Recents list in the phone app. Incoming calls from your contacts, numbers you recently called, and Siri Suggestions will continue to ring. Open Settings. Tap Phone. Tap ...
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