We here at Gizmodo had a lot of questions this week, and we did our best to give you some answers because you’re probably wondering some of the same things. For instance, if you’ve ever asked yourself who is regulating police drones to keep them from being abused, the answer…
Source: Gizmodo : Policing Police Drones, Inheriting Facebook Messages, and Unexplained Sounds: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week


British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi and is starting a search for partners to help develop a project it hopes could take to the skies as soon as early next decade.
Source: Reuters: Rolls-Royce plans for take-off in flying taxi market


Chrome is getting a major redesign soon, and this week new changes have started to land in the Chrome’s nightly “Canary” build. Google is launching a new version of Material Design across its products, called the “Google Material Theme,” and after debuting in Android P and Gmail.com, it’s starting to roll…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : A look at Chrome’s new tab design


Few computers inspiring drooling as much as the fully kitted-out flagship systems by boutique PC builders. The fire-breathing hot rod of a rig that just showed up in our labs is so gorgeous we just had to share it.The Maingear F131 Gordon unboxes above packs Intel’s 18-core Intel Core i9-7980X…
Source: PCworld : Watch us unbox Maingear’s F131, a glorious hot rod of a gaming rig


Enlarge (credit: Thomas Claveirole) PC sales were up year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018, the first such increase since the first quarter of 2012. Market research firms Gartner and IDC both reported growth in the market, of 1.4 and 2.7 percent, respectively. The two companies track numbers differently: Gartner…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : PC market appears to have grown for the first time since 2012


Enlarge / The 10.5-inch iPad Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Adobe is working on a full version of the popular photo-editing program Photoshop for Apple‘s iPad, according to a Bloomberg report. Sources claim the software company plans to announce the new app at its annual MAX conference this October, with the…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Adobe plans to bring full version of Photoshop to the iPad next year


Ron Amadeo As someone who spends a lot of time with smartphones, I often get asked, “Hey Ron, what Android phone should I buy?” The high-end answer is usually easy: buy a Pixel phone. But not everyone is willing to shell out $650+ for a smartphone, especially the types of…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Nokia 6.1 Review—The best answer to “What Android phone should I buy?”


How much would you pay to leave our dumpster fire of a world for just a few minutes? Blue Origin is considering charging $200,000 to $300,000 according to a Reuters report. For that price, passengers would get a seat on Blue Origin’s New Shepard, the commercial space vehicle from Jeff…
Source: TechCrunch – Gadgets: Blue Origin could charge 0k-0k for a trip to space


(credit: Google) Google’s Chrome browser is undergoing a major architectural change to enable a protection designed to blunt the threat of attacks related to the Spectre vulnerability in computer processors. If left unchecked by browsers or operating systems, such attacks may allow hackers to pluck passwords or other sensitive data…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : The most ambitious browser mitigation yet for Spectre attacks comes to Chrome


With just the right song, and some good edits, this game footage looks like it stepped out of the Spider-Man cartoon of my dreams. Read more…
Source: Gizmodo : I Wish There Was a Spider-Man TV Show Like This Videogame Fan Trailer


A girl falls into a manhole, another lady face-plants on some stairs, and one guy almost gets mauled by a goddam bear. At this point, we’re way past ridiculous, and it’s all happening simply because people are walking around like techno zombies whose life-forces are seemingly sustained by the digital…
Source: Gizmodo : How to Walk


TCL’s inexplicably excellent 4K TVs got even better this year, and Amazon’s running the first real deals on the brand new 2018 6-series sets.Read more…
Source: Gizmodo : The Best Value TVs of 2018 Just Got Their First Significant Discounts


Enlarge / Loch Ness, seen from Fort Augustus in Scotland. (credit: Getty Images (Jeff J Mitchell)) A company called Intelligent Land Investments (ILI) is proposing a huge 2.4 gigawatt-hour pumped hydroelectric project right next to the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. The project, called “Red John” after the Scottish…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : Monster energy project wants to use Loch Ness as a giant battery


The skies aren’t big enough for everyone. On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit reversed a ruling from last year that found the FAA cannot regulate small drones used by hobbyists. New regulations are expected to come soon, which should please companies that are trying to…
Source: Gizmodo : Hobbyists Lose Fight to Escape the FAA’s Toy Drone Rules


Enlarge / The Sonos One, a Sonos smart speaker that launched with Amazon‘s Alexa voice assistant. (credit: Jeff Dunn) Smart audio company Sonos has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to go public. In doing so, the company warned investors of potential risk factors, such as Sonos’ dependence…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Sonos files for IPO, positions its products as alternatives to screen addiction


“Diamonds are forever” is a cliche that fails to fully encapsulate the many strange properties of diamonds. But a new kind of diamond, one loaded with impurities, relies on a sort of foreverness that could be useful in future quantum technology—maybe even a quantum internet.Read more…
Source: Gizmodo : Weird New Quantum Diamonds Offer Hope for a Quantum Internet


Rakuten Kobo’s Clara HD e-reader ($130 from Rakuten Kobo) costs $10 less than its main competitor, the ad-free version of the Kindle Paperwhite (reviewed here and available, of course, from Amazon). The casual observer could be forgiven for mistaking one for the other, as they share similar dimensions and the same…
Source: PCworld : Rakuten Kobo Clara HD E-Reader review: Superior to the Kindle Paperwhite, except for one thing


Using what one expert calls a ‘Wizard of Oz technique’, some companies keep their reliance on humans a secret from investorsIt’s hard to build a service powered by artificial intelligence. So hard, in fact, that some startups have worked out it’s cheaper and easier to get humans to behave like…
Source: The Guardian: The rise of ‘pseudo-AI’: how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots’ work


Enlarge (credit: Amazon) Amazon‘s move into retail meatspace has largely hinged around opening (or acquiring) brick-and-mortar stores. But this holiday, the online retailer will reportedly try something different: printed catalogs. As in, a massive, holiday-themed catalog dedicated entirely to toys—to conveniently fill the void left behind by the recently shuttered…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : Report: Amazon will publish toy catalog this holiday to fill Toys ‘R Us void


The OnePlus 6. (credit: Ron Amadeo) OnePlus has been releasing great bang-for-your-buck smartphones for several years now. The company usually combines the same high-end specs as the competition but with a price that is a few hundred dollars lower. One of the big tradeoffs for that low price has been…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets: OnePlus finally promises to update its smartphones


Shares of China’s ZTE Corp were set to rise 5.5 percent in Hong Kong on Monday after the United States lifted a ban on American companies selling parts to the telecommunications equipment maker that had crippled its business.
Source: Reuters: ZTE’s HK shares set to open up 5.5 percent after U.S. lifts supplier ban


Monoprice offers its open-box Monoprice Monolith M1060 Planar Magnetic Over-Ear Headphones for $269.99. Coupon code “M1060BX” cuts it to $179.99. With free shipping, that’s $36 under our May mention, the best price we’ve seen, and a low now by $100. They feature 106mm planar magnetic drivers, an open-back design, and…
Source: CNET – Deals: Open-Box Monoprice M1060 Over-Ear Headphones for 0 + free shipping w/code M1060BX


Apple has been having a rough time in India including the loss of three key executives as it continues to struggle to beat single-digit market share in the country, which is the third-largest market for smartphones in the world, according to a weekend report in Bloomberg.Read more…
Source: Gizmodo : Report: Apple Restructuring Its India Sales Division After Weak iPhone Sales in First Half of 2018


Walmart offers the Hyper-Tough 86-Piece Electrical Tool Set for $6.60. Opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping charge. That’s about a buck under our March mention and the lowest price we’ve seen. (It’s the best price today by $10.) It includes a wire stripper, mini long-nose pliers, insulated…
Source: CNET – Deals: Hyper-Tough 86-Piece Electrical Tool Set for + pickup at Walmart


Accusation directed on Twitter at Vern Unsworth, who called Tesla CEO’s offer of ‘mini-sub’ to help rescuers a ‘PR stunt’Elon Musk came under fire on Sunday after launching an extraordinary attack on a British diver who helped rescue the boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, baselessly calling him…
Source: The Guardian: Elon Musk calls British diver in Thai cave rescue a ‘pedo’ in baseless attack


Fry’s offers the Lechange 8-Channel Security System with 4 Cameras & 2TB HDD for $479.99 with free shipping. That’s $170 off and the lowest price we could find. It features night vision, 4K cameras, motion detection, and weatherproof protection.
Source: CNET – Deals: Lechange 8-Channel Security System w/4 Cams for 0 + free shipping


Graco offers its Graco 4Ever All-in-One Convertible Car Seat in Skylar for $134.99 with free shipping, via the directions below. That’s the lowest price we could find by $65, although it was $37 less in a different color in December. This 4-in-1 car seat adjusts to accommodate children from 4…
Source: CNET – Deals: Graco 4Ever All-in-One Convertible Car Seat for 5 + free shipping w/code 4EVERJULYSKYLAR


Ada Lovelace | Morris Minors | Halal school meals | ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Guardian masthead | Angry seabirdsBehind Theresa May and her cabinet in your photo (Cabinet crisis, 10 July) is a big painting of Countess Ada Lovelace, mathematical genius and probable inventor of the computer. Good to see Lovelace…
Source: The Guardian: We’ve got the Guardian masthead blues and we’re overjoyed | Letters


The robocall problem is as bad as it has ever been, but if big corporations have their way, it just might get worse. The Washington Post reported this week that top businesses from the financial services and retail industry, among others, are lobbying the Trump administration to make it easier…
Source: Gizmodo : Corporations Are Lobbying to Keep Making Robocalls

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