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User outcry prompts OnePlus to step down its excessive data collection

User outcry prompts OnePlus to step down its excessive data collection Earlier this week, it was revealed that independent phone maker OnePlus was collecting all manner of information from phones running its OxygenOS — without telling users, of course. Caught red-handed, the company is backing off from the opt-out data collection program, giving users a choice up front instead of buried in the options. The offending telemetry was discovered earlier this week, when software engineer Christopher Moore happened to snoop on his phone’s traffic for a hacking challenge. He noticed…

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Citing ‘a few’ malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini

Citing ‘a few’ malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini Google is permanently axing all “top touch” functionality from its new Home Mini device after a nasty bug was documented yesterday that essentially recorded everything around the gadget and sent it to Google. These things happen! Either the company couldn’t be sure it could fix it or it couldn’t be sure people would trust that it did — so they made the choice to nuke it from orbit. The bug, first reported by Android Police, was apparently a hardware…

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DJI’s new interchangeable-lens drone camera takes aim at filmmakers

DJI’s new interchangeable-lens drone camera takes aim at filmmakers DJI just introduced a new camera designed to work with drones, and in particular its Inspire 2 flyer. The camera is a “world first” in that it’s a super 35 digital film camera tailored for aerial cinematography — in other words, if you’re a filmmaker, documentarian or professional cinematographer, you are probably going to want one of these. The Zenmuse X7 camera has a large, Super 35 format digital sensor, and supports interchangeable lenses for a range of potential focal lengths….

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A batch of SNES Classic Editions goes on sale tomorrow

A batch of SNES Classic Editions goes on sale tomorrow If you’ve had bad luck so far in trying to nab an SNES Classic Edition, you’ll have a fresh chance tomorrow. Two major retailers have announced they have stock in hand and will be selling it starting October 11. GameStop and ThinkGeek will both have undisclosed numbers available for sale online and (at least for the former) at retail locations. Look for them starting mid-morning Pacific time. GameStop describes the SNES as “the most lit console,” which kind of puts…

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A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7

A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7 The idea of inviting an always-on recording device into our bedrooms would have once seemed beyond creepy, but now most consumers hardly give it a second thought. As Android Police reports, a small number of Google Home Mini review units given to tech reviewers malfunctioned, persistently recording audio in the background without being activated by a hotword. The Home Mini units gave no indication they were recording beyond silently flashing their four display lights — a notification that you’d only…

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The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in flight. The leader researcher, Mirko Kovac, equates the drone with Darwin’s bark spider, an arachnid that can shoot a…

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Nintendo’s mini SNES has already been hacked to run more games

Nintendo’s mini SNES has already been hacked to run more games Nintendo SNES Classic owners should be glad to learn that more games aren’t out of your reach. Cluster, the Russian coder who originally cracked the NES Classic Edition, has now figured out how to side-load more games to the SNES CE through his Hakchi tool. With the release of Hakchi v2.20, users can expand their options on the little SNES, which comes with only 21 games pre-installed. In fact, the emulator will even run NES titles, as well. A…

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A chat with the creators of Arduino

A chat with the creators of Arduino On this week’s Technotopia I talked to Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante, the co-creators of Arduino. This pair of Italian artists saw their little single-board computers as a gateway to high-tech art but they’ve essentially created a world in which anyone – from an 11-year-old hacker to a huge corporation – can make amazing hardware in a few hours. The pair recently returned to full-time control after a stint that placed high-tech exec Frederico Musto at the head of Arduino AG. Musto recently…

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Germans are doing deep scans of ancient instruments to uncover their secrets

Germans are doing deep scans of ancient instruments to uncover their secrets I don’t know if you’re into baroque music, but I can tell you that Germans sure are. So it’s no surprise that German R&D outfit Fraunhofer has turned its considerable resources towards learning about and conserving every little detail of the instruments for which the likes of Bach and Handel composed their music. Specifically, they’re putting them into an enormous x-ray machine. There are thousands of such instruments, from woodwinds to pianos, but many of them are too…

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This smart bandage releases meds on command for better healing

This smart bandage releases meds on command for better healing Taking care of a cut or scrape usually means swapping out the bandage a few times, and maybe putting a little healing cream or hydrogel on there. But what if the dressing could dispense that stuff on its own? That’s the idea behind a smart bandage now being tested by engineers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard and MIT. Instead of plain sterile cotton or other fibers, this dressing is made of “composite fibers with a core electrical heater covered…

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