Google's Android security chief: We're just as secure as our competition is

Since last May, David Kleidermacher has been Google’s security chief in charge of keeping Android, Google Play and the Chrome operating system secure. With today’s release of Google’s annual security report, Kleidermacher says that Android is just as secure as its competition. While Android’s top cop might have been playing coy for the media, it was obvious that he was talking about iOS.

According to the newly issued report, “Android security made a significant leap forward in 2017 and many of our protections now lead the industry.” In this era of alternative facts and fake news, you might …

Millions of refugees could benefit from big data — but we're not using it


Today, 65 million people live as refugees or are displaced within their home countries — more than at any other point since the U.N. Refugee Agency began collecting data. Many countries have opened their borders to those displaced by war and famine, but struggle to handle the large influx.

This global crisis is often misunderstood as an overwhelming challenge for which no one can offer a satisfactory solution. But there is a set of tools that would help us, as a global society, take major leaps forward in addressing this crisis. I’m talking about predictive analytics — the statistical science (some would say art) that mines current and past data to predict future outcomes. Read more…

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Perfect 'Saturday Night Live' sketch tackles the awkward Aziz Ansari convo we're all having


There’s no getting around it: Aziz Ansari made things complicated.

That’s the premise of this Saturday Night Live sketch.’s lurid account of Ansari behaving horribly during a recent date turned what has seemed to many like a black-and-white situation — root out all sexual predators, wherever they may hide — into a much more nuanced conversation. 

Ansari’s built his brand around being a “woke” comedian, but now we’re forced to reckon that public persona against a troubling account from his private life. Watching this pleasant dinner devolve into a series of false starts and endless qualifiers probably rings true for a lot of real conversations that have played out over the past couple weeks. Read more…

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I know there's a lot on your plate this year, so don't worry about all these robots we're making


Okay, so you’ve probably seen an influx of robots and robot stories getting shared on the internet lately, and you’ve probably experienced some anxiety about some sort of impending robot-related doom

As a lead robot scientist, I’m here to assure you that evvvvveerrrrrything is cool. It’s all good!

Why are we making these robots that can acrobatically execute a flawless backflip? Don’t worry about that! Just believe me when I say that it’s totally cool. 

One of the robots we made yesterday already knew how to wield a gun and we didn’t even program that! This, of course, is one of many things you should not worry yourself with. Go grab a beer instead! Seriously. Nothing to see here. Read more…

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'Game of Thrones' prequel writer teases future shows and we're already stressed about it


You might feel like it’s too soon to think about the Game of Thrones spinoffs HBO has in the pipeline, but consider this counterpoint: It’s not. 

Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who will pen at least one of the prequels planned for after Thrones concludes in 2018, spoke to IGN about what her series would include — and she kept it deliberately, maddeningly vague.

“I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, ‘Oh, that! OK.'” Goldman said of her series. “Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go.” Read more…

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'Game of Thrones' brought back someone we've sorely missed, and we're screaming


Spoilers below for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5. So don’t act like you haven’t been warned.

Game of Thrones is in the business of reunions and resurrecting old favorites this season, and “Eastwatch” brought back none other than King Robert Baratheon’s beloved bastard Gendry.

The blacksmith’s apprentice who fled King’s Landing with Arya Stark and sailed away from Stannis Baratheon waaaaayyyyy back in Season 3 reunited with Davos Seaworth in Fleabottom in tonight’s episode… and then gets into another freaking boat.

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We're more likely to make rational decisions on our smartphones, than on PCs

Have you ever though that you’d make different decisions depending on the device you’re using? Let’s take that video game you bought, instead of adding the money to your summer vacation savings. Would you have done it if you were browsing Steam through your smartphone, and not your PC?

While it might seem unrealistic to assume that the device we’re currently using affects our choices in any way, a study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior suggests otherwise. According to its results, people are more likely to make a rational decision when presented with a moral dilemma on …

We're one step closer to on-screen fingerprint scanners, CrucialTec obtains US patent

Biometric solution developer CrucialTec has obtained a patent for its on-screen fingerprint solution in the US, according to The Investor. 
The technology, dubbed DFS (display fingerprint solution), can enhance the touch sensitivity capabilities on a fixed part of a smartphone display panel, allowing it to scan fingerprints. 
All of the components included in the module are transparent, while the company also boasts that the production process is highly efficient, as manufacturing can be shared …

Started from the bottom, now we're here: 4K footage shows the current state of the Apple Park

The construction of Apple Park, the futuristic circular new headquarters that will house more than 12,000 employees, is almost complete.

The 2.8-million-square-foot “spaceship” and the surrounding auxiliary R&D buildings that are propped across 175 acres of land are receiving some final major touches, which hint that Apple is indeed aiming to finish the large-scale project by year’s end.

Thanks to a 4K drone video footage captured by YouTube creator Matthew Roberts, we get to see the whole of Apple Park from the best possible vantage point that leaves almost nothing …