Lawyers in the US are that headphone and speaker company , is secretly collecting information about what users listen to when they use its bluetooth wireless headphones.
, the lawyers acting on behalf of customer Kyle Zak of Illinois, claim that information about what Zak has been listening to through his Bose headphones was being collected without his knowledge or explicit consent every time he used a Bose companion mobile app called .
The app allows customers to interact with the headphones, updating software and also managing which device is connected at any time with the headphones. If the headphones are being used to listen to something, details about what is being played will show up in the Connect App. Read more...
Dejian Zeng may have built your phone. Or at least worked on it, anyway.
The second-year masters of public administration student at NYU Wagner spent six weeks last year working in a Chinese factory manufacturing iPhones for Cupertino-based Apple. Six days a week he screwed approximately 1,800 screws into 1,800 iPhones. Every day. Over and over again.
Why did he do this? It wasn't for the wages, which at approximately 3,100 yuan a month (roughly $450) are not even enough to buy one of the iPhone 6s phones he helped produce. Instead Zeng teamed up with New York University and the NGO China Labor Watch to investigate working conditions in a Chinese manufacturing plant. Read more...
After Connie Dabate was killed in her Connecticut home, just two days before Christmas 2015, her obituary described her as "beloved wife and best friend of Richard Dabate."
Fast-forward more than a year later and her "best friend" is the lead suspect charged with his 39-year-old wife's murder—thanks in part to her Fitbit, according to an arrest warrant reported in the Hartford Courant.
Connie's Fitbit has become integral in piecing together her murder. Prosecutors say her husband's alibi that a masked intruder attacked him first and then went after his wife just doesn't add up. He was arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this month and released on a $1 million bail last week. Read more...
We need to break up. We've been working on our relationship for four years now, but I feel like I'm the only one trying to salvage what we had. And I can't do it on my own any more.
Sure, it hasn't been all bad. Since we've been together, I've had joyous moments witnessing the bright orange sun settle into a pink sky as beautiful music flowed and dancing like crazy after midnight, but those experiences are few and far between now.
Lovers of sci-fi horror, rejoice. Just weeks before the release of Alien: Covenant, we're getting something we've never seen before: The facehugger's view of being born (or chest burst) into the world, thanks to virtual reality.
The experience is called Alien: Covenant in Utero and it's a short VR experience launching on the Oculus Rift Wednesday.
That day, April 26, also happens to be "Alien Day" — a reference to planet LV-426, from the original Alien film.
Last year, Twentieth Century Fox kicked off the annual date to bring Alien fans together much like Star Wars and Star Trek fans hold regular franchise-based gathering. During the first Alien Day, Sigourney Weaver held court in New York City after a screening of Aliens, engaging a packed theater full of hardcore fans. Read more...
In the perhaps not-so-distant future, NFL players will be able to monetize intimate data about their body.
The NFL Players Association recently closed a deal with Whoop, a wearable tech company that makes wristbands that track heart rate, sleep quality, and more.
Whoop will now hand out wristbands to NFL players who will own the data produced by their wearables and can sell that information to, as Bloomberg wrote, a network that could then broadcast the heart rate of that player throughout a particular game.
The haka is always a powerful show of Maōri culture and identity, but you can really feel the force in this one.
Tuesday marked ANZAC Day, a day to commemorate Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in armed conflicts around the world. In recent years, it's also been a day to recognise the impact that war has on the mental health of veterans.
It's culminated in the Haka For Life, a show of support for men's mental health.
Universal basic income is a largely untested policy concept in which every citizen would get a regular government stipend with no strings attached.
The idea of such a system has bounced around academic circles for decades, but it's gained newfound traction lately as experts worry that advances in automation and artificial intelligence could kill millions of jobs. Read more...
I’m at a New York City heliport in a waiting room so packed with people that the obviously overwhelmed staff are struggling to move through the crowd to check everyone in. While the staff of Blade, the "Uber for helicopters" company, is used to a well-heeled crowd, the current group may be a bit over the top even by their standards.
Across Blade's three Manhattan heliports more than 200 people are boarding choppers bound for the Rockefeller Estate’s “playhouse,” a sprawling two-story building where members of the Rockefeller family still meet twice a year.
Scissors and combs are fine if you want a normal, non-anxiety-inducing haircut.
But if you're looking to add a little excitement to your hair maintenance routine, try a shear that's a bit more dangerous with like, I don't know, an ax, perhaps?
A Russian hairdresser from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Daniil Istomin, used the sharp tool to give his client's hair a little trim and claimed it's easier to cut hair with an ax instead of scissors.
Why? WHY? There are easier ways to get a haircut, we swear. We've survived every haircut ever done by a pair of scissors or a razor. This is as terrifying as getting your head set on fire during a haircut, which is also an unnecessarily dangerous thing that happens. Read more...
Summer might be right around the corner, but that doesn't mean you can't apply to be a member of President Donald Trump's "Winter White House," Mar-a-Lago.
The satirical website Mar.alago.me is giving users a way to apply for membership to the exclusive Palm Beach club at which Trump has spent more than a quarter of his time as POTUS. Simply print out the joke-laden application, place it in an envelope addressed to Trump and the Mar-a-Lago admissions committee, and include a bribe (a 50-ruble banknote—worth less than $1—was included in an application packet Mashable received).
We don't see many live-action games anymore, and for good reason. They're goofy AF, and they need to be deployed sparingly.
That's why a 25th anniversary re-release of Night Trap — perhaps the most beloved of the live-action genre, in all its cheesy glory — is exciting. It's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this spring.
Here's all you need to know: The story follows a group of teen girls who are trapped in a house that's under siege by vampires. It's up to you to keep them safe, by flipping between a variety of cameras and triggering traps set throughout the house.
The announcement trailer suggests this is just a straight re-release, instead of a new game based on the original, and that's perfectly OK with me. Read more...
For a group of eighth grade girls from Deer Park, Texas, organizing a benefit concert has shown them the incredible power of community.
The Music 4 A Mission benefit concert was born out of a class the girls are taking at Deer Park Junior High School called Caring Communities. The goal is to raise $20,000, through a combination of ticket sales, donations, and a silent auction. The proceeds will be donated to four students in the Deer Park community who are all battling a different form of cancer.
“Our main goal is to let the kids know that the community cares about them, to help them with their financials, and to just be there for them,” says Bethany Joy, director of operations for Caring Communities. Read more...
Just when you thought we'd reached peak unicorn, a sheep in Iceland has been discovered masquerading as the real thing.
A ram, born last spring to family farmers Erla Porey Olafsdottir and her husband, Bjarni Bjarnason, in Hraunkot, Iceland, has been named, literally, "Unicorn," or "Einhyrningur" in Icelandic, according to a translation from the local newspaper the Iceland Monitor.
Unicorn's two horns are fused together at the top of his head making one super-wide horn and making him look like the mythical creature. As the BBC points out, "unicorn" originates from the Latin for "single horn." This isn't a perfect unicorn situation, since the horn splits toward the top, but still. Read more...
Virtual reality as we know it today didn't exist in the 19th century, but what if it did? What if, alongside the monocles, pocket watches, and snuffboxes of proper gentlemen of the time, there existed, somehow, a fancy pants VR headset.
You may officially turn your imagination off, because we found those VR goggles, and they are gloriously impractical yet compelling in their own hipster-using-a-vacuum-tube-phonograph way.
A woman in Wisconsin said her Fitbit exploded on her wrist, causing second-degree burns and prompting her to get up and move for all the wrong reasons.
Dina Mitchell told ABC News in an email she had only been wearing her tracker, the Flex 2, for about two weeks when it burst into flames while she was reading last week. She didn't report any prior issues with the device or its lithium-polymer battery, which was presumably the cause of the explosion.
"It was either defective or really mad I was sitting still so long," she wrote, proving the incident didn't blow away her sense of humor. "I don’t know. Either way, It burned the heck out of my arm." Read more...
Now his wife, Zecole Thomas, has hired a lawyer to hold Uber accountable and fight for what she thinks her family deserves: workers' compensation benefits. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Uber denied her claim after her husband died in August, nearly five months after working for the company. Read more...
When it comes to some supermarket produce, "fresh" is a relative term.
While apples in the store might be crisp and juicy, there's a strong chance they've been sitting in a warehouse for nearly a year, using a process some farmers describe as "putting the apples to sleep."
Packing and shipping companies rely on "controlled atmosphere storage" to keep apples fresh until they're ready to be sold. In sealed rooms, levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, as well as temperature and humidity, are regulated to keep apples in a state of suspended animation.
The massive theme park is set to open on Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates sometime in 2018.
Metropolis will boast skyscrapers from Superman'sworld, the dark cityscape of Batman's Gotham City will thrill visitors, and Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch will feature characters like Bugs Bunny, the Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo from the Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Read more...
The entertainment juggernaut (X-Men pun intended) recently began a universe-wide storyline called Secret Empire, enraging fans beyond the normal geeky outcries. In this latest and likely temporary multi-month arc, which Marvel has been building toward for a year now, it's revealed that patriotic hero Captain America is actually not a patriot. Read more...
Global warming has pushed the Arctic into a new state unprecedented in human history, with thinning and retreating sea ice, skyrocketing air and sea temperatures, melting permafrost, and glaciers that are shedding ice at increasing rates.
All of these impacts and more may seem remote at first — after all, few of us live in Nunavut — but if you're a coastal resident anywhere in the world, from New York City to Dhaka, Bangladesh, what happens in the Arctic will affect you during the next several decades and beyond, primarily through sea level rise.
Perhaps the most widely agreed-upon assessment of 13 Reasons Why is that there's way too much Tony. That's not a dig at actor Christian Navarro, whose portrayal of the uncomfortably wise and ever-present character keeps him from being insufferable, but an online theory floating around this week accounts for all of that.
Tony is — wait for it — a ghost.
This theory is 100% not true, duh, and we'll prove it to you.
The nature of Tony as a spiritual entity is a bit unclear; some theories treat him like a real ghost, while the more appropriate assessment is that he's like a guardian angel looking out for...every single student at Liberty High. Tony is seen by every character in the show, including teachers and parents. If he's an apparition, he's a collective one, which also pushes the show from drama right into a sci-fi fantasy amalgam that should only be touched by Damon Lindelof. Read more...
Facebook is listening. No, not to your phone calls — probably. They are listening to publishers. And yet, publishers are still wary of the technology company's power and its ability to help them succeed in the new media industry.
Last week, Facebook held F8, its annual conference to tease all the cool stuff it's working on. Traditionally it has provided opportunities for developers to also learn about those new toys, with Facebook CEO and coder Mark Zuckerberg presenting his latest open-source developments. Read more...