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The FTC Wants To Rein In Your Health App’s Privacy Problems
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The FTC Wants To Rein In Your Health App’s Privacy Problems

Photo: Paul J. Richards (Getty Images) The Federal Trade Commission put health apps on notice this week with a brand new policy statement aimed at protecting the sometimes super-sensitive data that they collect from their users. In a 3-2 vote held on Wednesday, the Commission agreed to clarify a decade-old rule in order to mandate...

V/H/S/94’s First Trailer Looks Like a Spooky Jump-Start of the Series
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V/H/S/94’s First Trailer Looks Like a Spooky Jump-Start of the Series

Definitely worried for this person and whatever bizarre predicament they’re in here.Image: Shudder We’ve got screams. We’ve got dark, sinister tunnels. We’ve got severed heads, walking corpses, coffins doing things they definitely should not be doing, strange weapons, and explosions. All of it’s captured from the grainy, glitchy, shaky-as-hell point of view of a freaked-out...

Startup’s Mushroom Leather Ready for Commercial Production
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Startup’s Mushroom Leather Ready for Commercial Production

A new biotech materials startup called Bolt Threads has created a leather-like material it calls Mylo that could revolutionize the fake leather market — and it’s ready to go mainstream, Fast Company is now reporting. Bolt Threads says it’s ready to produce the material on a commercial scale, according to the report, producing as much...

Elon Musk Tells Jack Dorsey “Crypto” Is His Safe Word
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Elon Musk Tells Jack Dorsey “Crypto” Is His Safe Word

He previously said “Bitcoin” was his safe word. Call and Response Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey had an incredibly weird exchange on Thursday. It all started when Dorsey mysteriously tweeted “‘crypto’” — yes, including the quote marks — to which Musk quickly replied, “That’s my safe word too.” Market Manipulation A...

Watch Augmented Reality Turn a Dude Into a Straight-Up Skeleton
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Watch Augmented Reality Turn a Dude Into a Straight-Up Skeleton

It’s incredibly impressive. Skin and Bones The tech behind augmented reality (AR) is becoming more and more sophisticated each day. For a compelling example, look no further than the independent developers creating impressive lenses and filters for Snapchat and TikTok. Take this demo of a Snapchat lens, from a developer named Kavin Kumar. It shows...

Home Assistant Amber is a ready-to-use smart home platform
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Home Assistant Amber is a ready-to-use smart home platform

Home Assistant, the powerful-yet-prickly smart home automation platform, is finally moving toward the mainstream. Nabu Casa, the company behind the free, open-source software, has launched Home Assistant Amber, its first ready-to-use hub that can run Home Assistant software out of the box. Unlike with prior methods of using Home Assistant, there’s minimal programming required and...

Helen Mirren finds a side door into Harry Potter with a new game show
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Helen Mirren finds a side door into Harry Potter with a new game show

Dame Helen Mirren is a wizard, reader. Or a witch. Or maybe a concerned Muggle? The details don’t really matter; either way, the Oscar award-winning actress is hosting a new Harry Potter quiz show later this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film series. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses will be simultaneously...

Nintendo’s latest FCC filing reveals a mysterious new controller
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Nintendo’s latest FCC filing reveals a mysterious new controller

Nintendo may have a new wireless controller in the works based on this FCC listing the company filed Thursday (via Vooks). The new device has received the model number HAC-043, which, if it matters, is one model number higher than Nintendo’s wireless SNES controller from 2019. Nintendo submitted a 180-day request for confidentiality to the...