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24Apr/170

Livestream’s Mevo camera can broadcast to YouTube Live

Last year, Livestream's Mevo became the first camera with integrated Facebook Live streaming. Now the video streaming platform is giving its device a few more major upgrades, including support for Android and YouTube Live. The camera can now broadcast to four platforms: its creator's website (Livestream), Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube Live. Plus, it can do so in 1080p, something it wasn't capable of, since it used to be locked to 720p. So long as you upgrade its software and get the latest version of its iOS app or its new Android app, you can also use it to record 4K videos.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/23/mevo-camera-youtube-live/

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24Apr/170

Apple threatened to drop Uber’s app over iPhone tagging (updated)

Reportedly, Kalanick told staff to "obfuscate" the Uber app's fingerprinting code for anyone operating from Apple's current headquarters in Cupertino. As far as the people at Infinite Loop could see, it was business as usual. However, the trick didn't work for long. Apple workers outside of the headquarters eventually spotted the shady behavior, leading to the meeting with Kalanick. The approach isn't that uncommon for Uber (it recently admitted that it used location-based techniques to fool regulators), but it's particularly brazen given the risk of being dropped from the App Store and losing millions of customers.

Apple isn't commenting on the meeting with Cook, and we've reached out to Uber for its take on the allegations. However, it's safe to say that Uber would like to leave an issue like this in the past. The company is trying to turn a corner, and Kalanick himself is looking for a second-in-command to keep his boundary-pushing tendencies in check. This revelation certainly won't help matters, though. It reinforces the notion that Uber is all too willing to break rules in the name of money, even if it's motivated by honest concerns like fraud.

Update: Uber has responded to Engadget, and maintains that its staff "absolutely do not" track individual users after they've deleted the app. At present, it spots potential fraud through a mix of common red flags (such as unusual IP addresses and GPS locations) and undisclosed methods. The company adds that fingerprinting is a "typical way" of preventing people from using stolen phones for joyrides, and otherwise thwarting "known bad actors." You can read the full statement below. It's good to hear that the company isn't tracking people, but the heart of the story revolves around hardware fingerprints -- those still violated Apple's privacy guidelines, even if Uber couldn't definitively associate phones with specific customers.

"We absolutely do not track individual users or their location if they've deleted the app. As the New York Times story notes towards the very end, this is a typical way to prevent fraudsters from loading Uber onto a stolen phone, putting in a stolen credit card, taking an expensive ride and then wiping the phone—over and over again. Similar techniques are also used for detecting and blocking suspicious logins to protect our users' accounts. Being able to recognize known bad actors when they try to get back onto our network is an important security measure for both Uber and our users."

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/23/apple-ceo-threatened-to-drop-uber-app/

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24Apr/170

Thousands descended on DC to march for truth and science

Ultimately, what the march didn't give its participants was a clear sense of what should happen next. When the massive crowd finally parked on a broad expanse of grass overlooking Capitol Hill for a photo op and a few, final moments chanting "We! Made! History!", the march's organizers proclaimed that this was only the beginning. They didn't lay out more detailed plans on-site (the March for Science website has vague details for a subsequent "week of action"), but the people in attendance had their own ideas about how to keep the movement going strong.

More than anything, the people I spoke to believed the most important step would be to open up new — and more elegant — lines of communication about what science means for commerce, quality of life and more. I caught up with Seitz, the astronomy graduate, at the end of the march, and he already knew what he and others like him should do when they get back home.

"We definitely need to keep the momentum going," he said. "I think it's really great for people to see others like them who believe the same things, and take that energy back with them into their cities and their towns and start talking to local legislators. I know I've started talking to my local congresspeople all the time about these important issues that matter to me."

Naturally, talking to lawmakers is only one part of the puzzle. Some here also argue that in order for the government to fully realize the importance of the scientific method, scientists need to do a better job of explaining to everyone what they're actually doing.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/23/thousands-descended-on-dc-science-march/

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24Apr/170

First gene therapy drug proves a flop in the market

You see, Glybera carries a whopping $1 million price. That's not so bad when it's a one-time treatment -- as CBC points out, there are drugs that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per year that people may have to take for the rest of their lives. However, the rarity of the disease Glybera targets meant that UniQure didn't exactly have an abundance of medical data to show that the treatment worked as promised. In fact, just one person received the drug in five years. While that was thankfully effective, it's tough to ask insurers and health care providers to fork over so much money for something so relatively untested.

This doesn't mean that commercial gene therapy drugs are dead... far from it. There are already late tests underway for treatments that cover more frequent conditions, like Duchenne muscular dystrophy. However, the failure suggests that how gene therapy is sold may be as important as how well it works. While the approach is still relatively exotic, it's not so exotic that pharmaceutical companies can charge a premium or expect to turn a serious profit. Not for a treatment that targets a rare disease, at least. Until gene therapy drugs are relatively commonplace, pharma brands may have to accept that they won't get as much of return on investment as their patients.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/23/first-gene-therapy-drug-leaves-market/

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24Apr/170

Pinterest doesn’t want you to see it as a social network

CEO Ben Silbermann explains that the "No. 1 challenge" is convincing would-be users that Pinterest isn't a social network. Instead, its a place to "get ideas for your real life," such as vacation ideas, fashion tips and (of course) new gadgets. While Pinterest isn't diving into the specifics of the ads, they're likely to focus on people who've gone "from dreaming about their life to designing it." In other words, they'll purposefully distance Pinterest from the likes of Facebook and Twitter, even if they don't mention social networks by name.

However the promos work out, they might be necessary. Silbermann is aware that Pinterest is small relative to the likes of Facebook, and that his crew has to "move really, really quickly" to survive. Remember, Facebook just took a shot at Pinterest through Instagram's post collections -- it might not take much more to hit Silbermann's company where it really hurts. An ad push could increase the odds that Pinterest is your first choice for idea gathering.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/23/pinterest-to-run-first-us-ads/

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24Apr/170

IllumiBowl’s latest toilet light also kills germs

IllumiBowl's motion-activated, multi-color toilet night light may have seemed like a silly idea when it first launched, but don't laugh -- it's a practical solution if you'd rather not flick on the regular bathroom light (and momentarily blind yourself) just to do your business. And it appears that enough people bought into the concept to warrant a sequel. The company is crowdfunding a second-generation IllumiBowl light that adds anti-germ cleaning to the mix. The new gadget includes a diode whose "highly focused" non-ultraviolet light kills bacteria without hurting humans. This doesn't mean that your toilet will suddenly be sterile, but it may set your mind at ease in between bowl scrubbing sessions.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/23/illumibowl-anti-germ-toilet-light/

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24Apr/170

Most habitable planets may be completely covered in water

Those planets that had less water tended to have much less, to the point where deserts dominated the landscape. Also, size plays a role. Larger habitable planets (including Earth) are more likely to be water worlds thanks to deeper oceans and stronger gravity, according to the calculations, while smaller ones are drier.

If reasonably accurate, the data points to Earth hitting a rare sweet spot, possibly due to unusually deep water basins. And that makes sense at first glance. Despite what Earth looks like, water only occupies a tiny amount of volume compared to the rest of the planet. It wouldn't take much more to inundate the land, or much less to make it barren. You can see for yourself in the video below.

There is reason to be skeptical. Astrophysicist Sean Raymond warns Gizmodo that there are still a number of unknowns that may play an important role in water levels, and recent models suggest that water delivery to planets is relatively "reliable" with fewer surges or shortfalls. However, Simpson is quick to add that his theory should be testable soon. Future instruments (likely including the James Webb Space Telescope) will have enough power to measure the atmospheric compositions of alien planets, giving a clue as to how much water there is on the surface. If nothing else, the study is a reminder that we shouldn't assume a planet is human-friendly just because there's plenty of H2O.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/23/most-habitable-planets-totally-covered-in-water/

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23Apr/170

Europe may harmonize how internet companies fight hate speech

Internet companies are already taking action against hate speech, but it's no secret that they don't always tackle it in the same way. One may delete the hostile material immediately, while the other might spend days reviewing it before taking action. That wildly inconsistent approach might not fly in European Union countries before long. Reuters says it has obtained a draft European Commission document proposing that the EU implement measures that harmonize how online firms remove hate speech, child porn and other illegal content. Just how they'd take material down isn't clear, but Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have already agreed to an EU code of conduct that requires takedowns within 24 hours -- this would dictate how they pull the offensive content.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/22/europe-may-harmonize-fighting-online-hate-speech/

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23Apr/170

YouTube will fight fake news by offering workshops to teens

Google is already flagging fake news, but it knows that isn't always enough. People need to recognize what fake news is, too. To that end, its YouTube wing just launched an Internet Citizens program that will teach UK teens to spot fake news through workshops. The day-long gatherings will encourage teens to check facts, escape "social bubbles," deal with hate speech responsibly and use reporting tools. YouTube began the program in Liverpool on April 21st, but it plans to swing by youth clubs in other UK cities over the months ahead.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/23/youtube-fake-news-teen-workshops/

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23Apr/170

Ben Heck’s super glue gun: Gears, Arduinos and motor drivers

We're making progress with the Super Glue Gun project, though we've hit a problem and we could use your help. To push the glue sticks into the gun, we need motor control. For this we're prototyping with ATTiny24, Arduino, and TRIACs, all while different motors, such as steppers. It can be tricky, though. First the team must identify how much power motors use, and then learn to control them using an Arduino. Unfortunately, the team encounters some unforeseen consequences. Let us know if you can help over on the element14 Community.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/23/ben-hecks-super-glue-gun-gears-arduinos-and-motor-drivers/

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