Some Humans Can Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field, Fascinating Experiment Suggests

The ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field—a trait known as magnetoreception—is well documented among many animals, but researchers have struggled to show that humans are also capable of the feat. Until now.

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Source: Gizmodo – Some Humans Can Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field, Fascinating Experiment Suggests

MySpace Reportedly Deleted Years of Music by Accident—and It Took People Months to Notice

MySpace, one of the first social networking sites that allowed bands to share their music directly with fans, reportedly lost years of songs during a server transfer last year. Tellingly, however, the world only seems to have taken notice this week.

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Source: Gizmodo – MySpace Reportedly Deleted Years of Music by Accident—and It Took People Months to Notice

Logitech M185 and Other Mice are Vulnerable to Keystroke Injection

According to a recent post on David Sopas’ security blog, the very popular, and very cheap, Logitech M185 is vulnerable to a keystroke injection attack. Using a recent version of the “Bettercap” hacking toolkit and a 2.4ghz USB dongle, the security researcher used the mouse to open a script which, in this particular case, simply opened a calculator instance on Windows. While it wasn’t on the “affected mouse” list, the M185 is apparently part of a wide variety of mice that are affected by similar exploits. Thanks to cageymaru for the tip, and check out the demonstration below:



Just a simple PoC where I took an Logitech M185 wireless mouse and hijacked it to launch my DuckyScript on the victims machine – in this case just popping up the Windows calculator.

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PlayStation Vue's multi-picture mode comes to Apple TV

You don’t have to pick up a PS4 to take advantage of PlayStation Vue’s multi-picture mode in your living room. Sony is introducing the multi-view feature to the Apple TV (not pictured here) on March 18th through an update, and it’ll even one-up the P…

Source: Engadget – PlayStation Vue’s multi-picture mode comes to Apple TV

Micron Introduces 2200 Client NVMe SSD With New In-House Controller

Micron has announced the first product based on their new in-house client NVMe SSD controller. The Micron 2200 doesn’t boast performance sufficient to compete with the top enthusiast-class NVMe drives on the retail market, but should be plenty fast enough for OEMs and system integrators to use it as a performance option in the business PCs it is intended for.


Micron has been notably slow about bringing NVMe to their client and consumer product lines. They initially planned to launch both client OEM and consumer retail drives built around the combination of their first-generation 32-layer 3D NAND and the Silicon Motion SM2260 controller, but those plans were shelved as it became clear that combination could not deliver high-end performance. Last fall Micron finally launched the Crucial P1 entry-level NVMe SSD with QLC NAND and the SM2263 controller, but no high-end product has been announced until now.


It’s been no secret that Micron has been working on their own NVMe SSD controllers. Every other NAND manufacturer has either developed in-house controllers or acquired a controller vendor, and complete vertical integration has worked out extremely well for companies like Samsung. Micron has been the odd man out sourcing all their controllers from third parties like Silicon Motion, Marvell and Microsemi, but their 2015 acquisition of startup controller design firm Tidal Systems made their intentions clear. That acquisition and any other in-house controller design efforts bore no visible fruit until Flash Memory Summit last year, when a prototype M.2 client NVMe SSD was quietly included in their exhibits.
















Micron 2200 Specifications
Capacity 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
Form Factor M.2 2280 Single-Sided
Interface NVMe PCIe 3 x4
Controller Micron in-house
NAND Micron 64-layer 3D TLC
Sequential Read 3000 MB/s
Sequential Write 1600 MB/s
4KB Random Read 240k IOPS
4KB Random Write 210k IOPS
Power Active 6 W
Idle 300 mW
Sleep 5 mW
Endurance 75 TB 150 TB 300 TB

Micron has not yet shared details about their new NVMe controller, but the basic specs for the 2200 SSD are available. The 2200 uses Micron’s 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory and offers drive capacities from 256GB to 1TB as single-sided M.2 modules. The drive uses a PCIe gen 3 x4 interface and has the expected features for a Micron client drive, including power loss protection for data at rest and SKUs with or without TCG Opal self-encrypting drive (SED) capabilities.


The performance and write endurance ratings for the Micron 2200 don’t match up well against top consumer drives, but compare favorably against entry-level NVMe SSDs. Endurance is actually lower than their Crucial MX500 mainstream consumer SATA drive, so any retail derivative of the 2200 will need to improve on that metric. No such retail version has been announced, but with the 2200 available now it is likely we’ll be hearing from Crucial within a few months, though they may wait until later in the year to launch with 96 layer NAND instead of 64 layer.



Source: AnandTech – Micron Introduces 2200 Client NVMe SSD With New In-House Controller

Report: Trump “would never get in a self-driving car”

President Donald Trump, as seen on January 27, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.

Enlarge / President Donald Trump, as seen on January 27, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. (credit: Pool Photo/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao, has worked hard to avoid placing regulatory barriers in the way of self-driving cars. But Chao’s boss is a driverless car skeptic, Axios reports.

One Axios source had a conversation with Trump in 2017 where he mentioned owning a Tesla with Autopilot technology. According to the source, Trump “was like, ‘Yeah that’s cool but I would never get in a self-driving car… I don’t trust some computer to drive me around.'”

On another occasion, Trump reportedly said, “Can you imagine, you’re sitting in the back seat and all of a sudden this car is zig-zagging around the corner and you can’t stop the f—ing thing?”

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Source: Ars Technica – Report: Trump “would never get in a self-driving car”

A New Zealand shooting video hit YouTube every second this weekend

In the 24 hours after the mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday, YouTube raced to remove videos that were uploaded as fast as one per second, reports The Washington Post. While the company will not say how many videos it removed, it joined Facebook,…

Source: Engadget – A New Zealand shooting video hit YouTube every second this weekend

Apple Announces 10.5-inch iPad Air and Refreshed iPad Mini

Ahead of a planned event next week, Apple today unveiled two new iPads. From a report: The new, larger, 10.5-inch iPad Air will arrive with a 70 percent performance boost compared to its predecessor, thanks to the company’s A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine. That’ll be useful alongside the now 20-percent larger display — which is compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil too.

A new iPad Mini has been a long time coming. The 7.9-inch option will, barring screen size, match the Air on specs. The screen is also 25 percent brighter versus old iPad minis, and will also support Apple Pencil — the tiniest model to do so. Both new iPads have a laminated display that brings the surface glass and screen closer together to improve visibility — and making them at least a little more desirable than Apple’s entry-level iPad. Neither has FaceID built-in, it seems. Look, there’s that Home button. The new iPad mini starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi model and $529 for the variant that includes cellular support. The new iPad Air starts at $499 for Wi-Fi, and $629 for Wi-Fi and cellular model.

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Source: Slashdot – Apple Announces 10.5-inch iPad Air and Refreshed iPad Mini

You Should Brûlée Your Next Glazed Doughnut

A good doughnut does not rely on gimmicks, but a gimmick can help out a subpar doughnut. It doesn’t matter how artisanal or renowned a doughnut shop is, if they can’t produce a decent plain, yeast-risen, glaze doughnut—without covering it in distracting ingredients—they are not a good doughnut shop.

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Source: LifeHacker – You Should Brûlée Your Next Glazed Doughnut

Apple Watch accurately spotted heart condition 34% of the time in study

In a large Apple-sponsored study assessing whether the pulse sensor on older versions of the Apple Watch (Series 1, 2, and 3) can pick up heart rhythm irregularities, researchers found that only 34 percent of participants who received an alert of an irregular pulse on their watch went on to have a confirmed case of atrial fibrillation, a common type of irregular heart rhythm.

The study was led by researchers at Stanford, who presented the results Saturday in New Orleans at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. The results have not been published in a scientific journal and have not been peer-reviewed.

The study, dubbed the Apple Heart Study, began in November 2017, before the release of the Apple Watch Series 4, which includes an electrocardiograph (ECG) feature for monitoring heart activity. Though the study didn’t keep pace with that of wearable device development, it was rather speedy relative to clinical trials. In fact, some cardiologists were impressed simply by the short period of time in which the study was able to recruit such a large number of participants—nearly 420,000—plus follow up with them using telemedicine and get results.

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Source: Ars Technica – Apple Watch accurately spotted heart condition 34% of the time in study

Stanford institute aims to improve humanity through AI

Stanford is joining the rush to create AI research hubs, albeit with a slight twist. The university is opening the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI for short) with the goal of drawing input from across the university and acr…

Source: Engadget – Stanford institute aims to improve humanity through AI

Ahead of Streaming Launch, Apple's Iron-Clad Secrecy Is Reportedly Stressing Out Hollywood

With the imminent arrival of Apple’s new streaming video service scheduled for next week, the tech giant is on the cusp adding content creator to its traditional hardware-making and app store-managing duties. However, in an effort to stock its upcoming service with shows, it seems Apple’s secretive Silicon Valley-esque…

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Source: Gizmodo – Ahead of Streaming Launch, Apple’s Iron-Clad Secrecy Is Reportedly Stressing Out Hollywood

Meteor Blast Over Bering Sea Was 10 Times Size of Hiroshima

A meteor explosion over the Bering Sea late last year unleashed 10 times as much energy as the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, scientists have revealed. From a report: The fireball tore across the sky off Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula on 18 December and released energy equivalent to 173 kilotons of TNT. It was the largest air blast since another meteor hurtled into the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, in Russia’s south-west, six years ago, and the second largest in the past 30 years. Unlike the Chelyabinsk meteor, which was captured on CCTV, mobile phones and car dashboard cameras, the December arrival from outer space went largely unnoticed at the time because it exploded in such a remote location. Nasa received information about the blast from the US air force after military satellites detected visible and infrared light from the fireball in December.

Lindley Johnson, a planetary defense officer at Nasa, told BBC News that blasts of this size were expected only two or three times a century. The space agency’s analysis shows that the meteor, probably a few metres wide, barrelled into Earth’s atmosphere at 72,000mph and exploded at an altitude of 16 miles. The blast released about 40% of the energy of the meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk, according to Kelly Fast, Nasa’s near-Earth objects observations programme manager, who spoke at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science conference near Houston.

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Source: Slashdot – Meteor Blast Over Bering Sea Was 10 Times Size of Hiroshima

Lazareth Teases a Transforming Hoverbike

French car and bike maker Lazareth just teased a flying, turbine powered “hoverbike” that can transform into a motorcycle. No, I wouldn’t believe them either, and many were skeptical of the company’s claims back when they showed off renderings of the LMV 496 years ago, but they uploaded a live demonstration as proof. The contraption reportedly uses 4 96,000 RPM JetCat jet turbines to lift itself off the ground, and only weights about 308 lb while making as much as 529 lb of thrust. However, what isn’t clear is how the bike is powered in “road” mode, or if the prototype’s wheels are even powered at all. New Atlas seems to think there’s some kind of electric drive train, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the turbines were used to drive the car in road mode. Jet turbines have been used to make ridiculously high power motorcycles before, but as far as I know, this is the first one that can fly with them.



Lazareth has hover-tested the bike on tethers to a height of 1 m (3.3 ft), with his brave and lightweight girlfriend Vanessa at the helm… The Lazareth team will be bringing the Moto Volante to Gitex in Dubai this October, and will launch pre-orders there at a price of 496,000 Euros (approx. US$560,000). La Moto Volante joins Jetpack Aviation’s Speeder as the only two jet-powered flying motorcycle concepts we’ve seen to date. Mind you, the Speeder is much more of a single-purpose vehicle without any road capability, and as such we’d expect its flight dynamics to be superior and less compromised. But Lazareth’s got a full size prototype in the air that’s also road-certified, so congratulations to the Lazareth team for building what must be acknowledged as a ground-breaking multi-mode vehicle.

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Obsidian Employee is Remaking Star Wars Dark Forces

Jason Lewis, a professional senior environment artist at Obsidian, is reportedly porting the environments of Star Wars Dark Forces to Unreal Engine 4 as a passion project. While port looks significantly better than the 1995 FPS, to say the last, it doesn’t feature any shootable enemies yet. If you want to try it out, you should get it while the download link is still up, as Disney has a history of taking down similiar projects (like the KOTOR port to Unreal Engine 4) .



Download the project here before Disney makes it disappear… Thanks so much for watching everyone, and I look forward to seeing you on the battlefield!

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'Almost Everything Is Destroyed': Cyclone Idai Leaves Mozambique's Fourth-Largest City in Ruins

On March 15, a rare, giant cyclone made landfall in Mozambique before making its way west to Malawi and Zimbabwe. By Saturday, Cyclone Idai had dissipated, but not before causing widespread infrastructural damage throughout eastern Africa and claiming more than 200 lives, reports Al Jazeera.

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Source: Gizmodo – ‘Almost Everything Is Destroyed’: Cyclone Idai Leaves Mozambique’s Fourth-Largest City in Ruins

Sony A6400 camera review: Definitely not a vlogger's dream camera

Sony’s 24.2-megapixel A6400 APS-C camera was a surprise, filling a gap between the A6300 and A6500 that didn’t really need to be filled. Both in how it looks and the technology inside, it didn’t seem like a great leap over the A6300. It also lack…

Source: Engadget – Sony A6400 camera review: Definitely not a vlogger’s dream camera