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Inmates hacked prison tablets to steal $225,000 for apps and music

Inmates hacked prison tablets to steal $225,000 for apps and music

Company JPay offers special, small tablets designed specifically for corrections facilities. These tablets are intended to provide inmates with limited access to the outside world, including email and mobile games, but instead they were used to transfer large sums of money into various JPay accounts. The hackers were able to do this by exploiting a vulnerability with the tablets.

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Google plans to launch 200 high-quality Internet hotspots in Nigeria

Google plans to launch 200 high-quality Internet hotspots in Nigeria

Google has announced plans to rollout Internet hotspots in Nigeria, a move that will give millions of people online access. The project will involve the construction of Google Station destinations across five Nigerian cities, adding them to the list containing Mexico, Thailand and other select countries set for Google Station rollouts. The hotspots will be launched in partnership with 21st Century, a fiber provider in Nigeria.

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Scientists create realistic fossils in 24 hours using new lab method

Scientists create realistic fossils in 24 hours using new lab method

Scientists have developed a new way to create synthetic fossils in a single day, the University of Bristol has announced. A natural fossil is the byproduct of millions of years and certain environmental conditions, but man-made fossils are created in a lab using an artificial maturation process that simulates the real thing. A new experimental protocol for creating these synthetic fossils may help scientists create these objects for research purposes.

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Mayfield Robotics halts business as Kuri robot cancelled

Mayfield Robotics halts business as Kuri robot cancelled

Mayfield Robotics, the startup developing the companion 'bot Kuri, has halted operations, another fatality in the tough home robotics space. The company, part of the Bosch Startup Platform, announced the news today, along with confirming that all pre-order deposits that had been placed for the robot will be refunded.

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JFK airport adds 3D CT scanners to screen luggage for small bombs

JFK airport adds 3D CT scanners to screen luggage for small bombs

TSA at JFK airport is adding multiple Analogic 3D CT scanners to its repertoire, machines it says are better capable of detecting certain types of explosives. The scanners will be used to screen travelers' bags, addressing concerns surrounding the scanning abilities of older x-ray machines. This could have a major impact on queues, as TSA suggests passengers may not have to remove large electronic items thanks to the 3D scanners.

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Artificial on-demand meteor showers may dazzle future skies

Artificial on-demand meteor showers may dazzle future skies

The future may bring us on-demand meteor showers, at least if a Tokyo-based startup has its way. ALE is setting the foundation for the world's first on-demand shooting stars, something that'll involve a pair of micro-satellites containing small balls. These balls will emit a bright glow as they reach the planet's atmosphere, providing a show for those on land.

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Prime Day 2018 outage is a huge, expensive headache for Amazon

Prime Day 2018 outage is a huge, expensive headache for Amazon

Amazon Prime Day is proving memorable, but for all the wrong reasons as site-wide downtime leaves the online retailer unusable for many would-be shoppers. The annual sales event has been wildly successful for Amazon over the past few years, but 2018's started with a fizz and a pop, not a bang.

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Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans to build the world's largest vertical farm, a growing method that reduces water usage, among other things. These vertical farms have cropped up in various cities, primarily in repurposed old warehouses and industrial buildings, enabling communities to grow their own local produce. Soon, Dubai will be home to a 130,000sqft facility that grows thousands of pounds of leafy goods.

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This is Elon Musk’s submarine that will rescue Thai soccer team

This is Elon Musk’s submarine that will rescue Thai soccer team

There’s a tragic irony to the fact that while soccer (read: football) teams were competing over the 2018 World Cup in Russia, a Thai boys’ soccer team is fighting for their very lives. But as traditional and straightforward methods prove inadequate to rescue the children and their coach, Elon Musk is turning to technology to design a kid-size submarine that will help save the boys. Unsurprisingly, he’s borrowing a few things from SpaceX.

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HTC had a dire June 2018 with sales down almost 68%

HTC had a dire June 2018 with sales down almost 68%

HTC has had its worst sales slump in over two years, with mediocre demand seeing June 2018 sales drop by more than 67-percent year on year. The announcement of a particularly dire month came just a week after HTC confirmed it would cut close to a quarter of its employees worldwide.

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Sonos’ frenemies are its biggest risk as it files to go public

Sonos’ frenemies are its biggest risk as it files to go public

Sonos has filed to go public, with the connected speaker firm aiming to raise $100m but detailing some of the challenges - not least when you're trying to be assistant agnostic - it faces along the way. The company most recently launched the Sonos Beam, a more compact TV soundbar that includes Amazon Alexa support for voice control.

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Toyota on Trump tariffs: Expect a much pricier Camry

Toyota on Trump tariffs: Expect a much pricier Camry

America's best-selling car could get almost $2k more expensive, Toyota has warned, if President Trump follows through on plans to impose new tariffs on vehicle imports. The ominous prediction comes as the US Commerce Department considers whether to kickstart a new trade war, by declaring vehicle and vehicle part imports "a threat to national security."

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