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Fake cracking glass skywalk in China is a terrible prank

Fake cracking glass skywalk in China is a terrible prank

A lot of things these days can be faked with the right hardware and digital tools. But while many of them are usually employed for harmless fun and laughs, some might have less than pleasant effects on people. In China's northern Hebei Province sits the Taihang Mountain range, about 1,500 to 2,000 meters high. And somewhere in the middle of that is a skywalk with glass panels for floors. And, for some "extra zing", the administrators of that tourist attraction deemed it wise to introduce a "special effect" in the form of breaking glass.

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Ford disguised a man as a seat to prove a self-driving car point

Ford disguised a man as a seat to prove a self-driving car point

Believe the autonomous concept cars that have proliferated in recent years, and the exterior of your self-driving vehicle will rival the Jumbotron what with all the displays and screens it's covered in. Communicating exactly what a driverless vehicle is intending to do with other road-users and pedestrians is one of the ongoing headaches automakers and researchers are facing, with answers ranging from color-changing hubcaps to laser beams. It's a question that pushed Ford and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to borrow an old trick from Knight Rider, of all places.

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Tech companies rise to help Florida weather Irma

Tech companies rise to help Florida weather Irma

You know those jokes about how people first go online and on social media in times of emergencies before they actually do something about said emergency? Well it’s time to turn that new habit on its head and actually make it useful. Florida governor Rick Scott urged residents to take advantage of apps like Gas Buddy, Google Maps, and Expedia to get the latest information on gas availability and road closures in preparing for hurricane Irma’s landfall. Of course, only before and after the storm, not during and especially not inside it.

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Equifax data breach exposes Social Security numbers, credit cards and more

Equifax data breach exposes Social Security numbers, credit cards and more

Credit company Equifax has been hit with a data breach that could possibly affect 143 million people throughout the US. The company recently disclosed the data breach, which itself is said to have been discovered on July 29. The hackers were able to gain access to 'certain files' by exploiting a web application on the company's website, according to a statement the company has made.

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FlexSafe kept my smartphone safe at the beach

FlexSafe kept my smartphone safe at the beach

Over the past several weeks I've been using the FlexSafe portable safe whenever my family heads to the beach. The FlexSafe is a tiny three-digit code-locking pack for valuable items, made to keep items safe whilst traveling. The FlexSafe is designed in a way that lends itself well to attaching to a bar - or a chair arm - or any one of a wide variety of larger items. It's made to lock down.

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DJI Bug Bounty program offers rewards for finding security issues

DJI Bug Bounty program offers rewards for finding security issues

DJI, the drone maker hit with recent security concerns after a US military memo came to light, has announced a new bug bounty program that asks individuals to report any security issues they may find with DJI's software. The program offers to reward those who find and turn in bugs; assuming the discovered issue qualifies, the person who finds it could get between $10,000 and $30,000. The company is calling this the DJI Threat Identification Reward Program.

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DJI Spark drones will be bricked if firmware isn’t updated soon

DJI Spark drones will be bricked if firmware isn’t updated soon

DJI is giving Spark owners until September 1 to update their drone or deal with having it bricked. The move leaves no room for negotiation, instead forcing owners to update posthaste or lose the ability to operate their Spark. Why such a drastic tactic to force updates? Because the drones are reportedly vulnerable to dropping out of the air, putting those on the ground at risk.

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Do NOT shoot the eclipse without the right camera equipment

Do NOT shoot the eclipse without the right camera equipment

In just a few hours, the US will experiencing a historic astronomical event. And in this digital age, that usually means a lot of people will try to preserve it by snapping up photos and videos of this once in a lifetime total solar eclipse. But before you go reaching for your smartphone or slotting a memory card into you digital camera, pause for a few seconds and consider how much you value your equipment. Because if you do, you will ABSOLUTELY NOT use them to shoot the eclipse. Unless you actually have the right filters and accessories to keep them from burning up.

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NVIDIA SHIELD European plug recalled over safety concerns

NVIDIA SHIELD European plug recalled over safety concerns

When speaking of potential fire hazards and electronic devices, we usually think about faulty batteries or exposed cables. Who would have thought that a plug adapter could be just as dangerous. But that’s exactly the worry that has caused NVIDIA to announce a voluntary recall program in Europe to replace the two-prong plug head that ships with the NVIDIA SHIELD. Apparently, the build quality wasn’t so great that it could potentially break off and give users the shock of their lives.

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Fidget spinner explosions prompt Safety Commission warning

Fidget spinner explosions prompt Safety Commission warning

Following news of at least one fidget spinner exploding, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a statement of caution surrounding the popular toy. According to the statement, fidget spinners may pose a risk of both explosions and choking in young children.

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AI is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen next

AI is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen next

It sounds like something out of a dystopian sci-fi novel, but it is happening now: artificial intelligence is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen before they take place. The technology is being applied specifically to Chicago's dangerous South Side, where police are given predictions about crime locations via a computer algorithm and digital maps. The same technology is being tested in cities around the nation, including Tacoma, WA, Denver, CO, and Lincoln, NE.

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Confusing autonomous cars might be worryingly easy

Confusing autonomous cars might be worryingly easy

Confusing a self-driving car could be as easy as applying some stickers to a road sign, researchers have warned. With driverless projects hunting for ways to cut costs and reduce reliance on expensive sensors such as LIDAR, many have looked to camera-based alternatives to better understand the world around a vehicle. Now, researchers at the University of Washington have found that throwing an autonomous car off course might be as easy as making minor changes to roadway signage.

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