Trump Trades in Android Phone For Secret Service-Approved Device

Slashdot - 2 hours 3 min ago
Who's got two thumbs and a Secret Service-approved phone to tweet from? On arriving in Washington on Thursday ahead of his inauguration, Donald Trump has handed in his Android device in exchange for an unidentified locked-down phone, according to Associated Press. From a report: The phone comes with a new number that is known only to a limited number of people. This marks a big change for Trump, who's frequently on the line with friends, business contacts, reporters, foreign leaders and politicians. Barack Obama was the first president to use a mobile device approved by security agencies because of hacking concerns. Initially he had a heavily modified BlackBerry and later switched to another phone that had most features totally disabled. He was not known to use it for making or receiving calls, but it was one of few devices that had access to the @POTUS Twitter account.

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Physics Explains How (But Not Why) Humans Can Throw Washing Machines

Wired News - 3 hours 3 min ago
In this competition, humans are throwing washing machines. What is the force and power required to accomplish such a feat? The post Physics Explains How (But Not Why) Humans Can Throw Washing Machines appeared first on WIRED.
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Facebook Has a Team That Handles Mark Zuckerberg's Page

Slashdot - 3 hours 3 min ago
theodp writes: Q. How many Facebook employees does it take to produce Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page? A. More than a dozen! CNET's Ian Sherr offers his take on the news that Facebook has a team that handles Mark Zuckerberg's page: "Ever notice the photos, videos and posts on the profile page for Facebook's CEO are a lot nicer looking or better written than yours? Don't feel bad. Mark Zuckerberg has a team of people who are increasingly managing his public persona, according to a Wednesday report from Bloomberg Businessweek. Not only do they help write speeches and posts, but they also take photographs of his family and his travels, interspersing them with infographics about the company's user growth and sales. There're even people who delete harassing comments and spam for him. A Facebook spokeswoman said the company's service is an easy way for executives to connect with people." Wonder how many people it took to help craft the latest post, in which Zuck fired back at "some misleading stories going around" about "some land" he purchased in Hawaii (which another Zuck post noted also serves as a petting zoo of sorts for his daughter).

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6 Things to Know About Trump and NASA

Space.com - 3 hours 57 min ago
Ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration tonight (Jan. 20), here are six things to know about the soon-to-be-president's actions and projected plans relating to NASA.
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It’s About To Get Even Easier to Hide on the Dark Web

Wired News - 4 hours 2 min ago
The anonymity-focused Tor Project wants to make darknet sites not just more secure, but potentially undiscoverable. The post It’s About To Get Even Easier to Hide on the Dark Web appeared first on WIRED.
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Inauguration Liveblog: Donald Trump Is Sworn In as President

Wired News - 4 hours 2 min ago
Join WIRED for analysis, insight, and updates from the Capitol as Donald Trump—real estate mogul, reality TV star, and tweeter-in-chief—becomes president. The post Inauguration Liveblog: Donald Trump Is Sworn In as President appeared first on WIRED.
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China’s Plan to Rule the World: Make All the Gadgets

Wired News - 4 hours 2 min ago
Instead of just making and selling smartphones, Xiaomi wants to make and sell just about everything. The post China's Plan to Rule the World: Make All the Gadgets appeared first on WIRED.
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That Whole Oculus Lawsuit Hinges on What Makes Code ‘New’

Wired News - 4 hours 2 min ago
ZeniMax claims its tech is being used in Facebook-owned Oculus products without permission. But what does it really mean to steal code? The post That Whole Oculus Lawsuit Hinges on What Makes Code ‘New' appeared first on WIRED.
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The Whirling Ballet of the Presidential Motorcade

Wired News - 4 hours 2 min ago
The most complex of safety dances. The post The Whirling Ballet of the Presidential Motorcade appeared first on WIRED.
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Latest Twist? Making Good Movies Again

Wired News - 4 hours 2 min ago
The writer-director's new film, 'Split,' is his second good high-drama shocker in a row. The post M. Night Shyamalan's Latest Twist? Making Good Movies Again appeared first on WIRED.
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Secret Facebook Groups Are the Trump Era’s Worst, Best Echo Chamber

Wired News - 4 hours 2 min ago
People seeking solidarity and safety in like-minded groups are increasingly looking to secret Facebook groups. They're solipsistic—but that's OK. The post Secret Facebook Groups Are the Trump Era's Worst, Best Echo Chamber appeared first on WIRED.
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The Totally Legit Complete Guide to Trump’s Inauguration

Wired News - 4 hours 3 min ago
Get the full line-up here. The post The Totally Legit Complete Guide to Trump's Inauguration appeared first on WIRED.
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Facebook Live and Book Giveaway Monday: 'The Glass Universe' by Dava Sobel

Space.com - 4 hours 3 min ago
Tune in Monday (Jan. 19) on Facebook Live to ask questions and for a chance to win a copy of Dava Sobel's new book, "The Glass Universe."
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Cassini Gets Up Close and Personal With Saturn's 'Wavemaker' Moon Daphnis

Space.com - 4 hours 3 min ago
As NASA's Saturn mission skims the gas giant's rings, it's seeing incredible detail in the interactions between ring particles and a tiny moon's gravity.
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Launch Photos: SBIRS Geo-3 Missile-Warning Satellite

Space.com - 4 hours 3 min ago
The U.S. Air Force's SBIRS Geo-3 missile-detection satellite is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Jan. 20, 2017. See photos of the satellite and its liftoff here.
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Air Force to Launch Missile-Warning Satellite Friday: Watch It Live

Space.com - 4 hours 3 min ago
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the SBIRS Geo-3 missile-detection satellite for the U.S. military Friday (Jan. 20) at 7:42 p.m. EST (0042 GMT on Jan. 21). Here's how to watch it live.
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Starling Murmurations Are Beautiful. Just Ignore the Poop

Wired News - 4 hours 58 min ago
Hundreds of birds soared through the sky above Pontevedra, Spain. It's stunning and just a little bit icky. The post Starling Murmurations Are Beautiful. Just Ignore the Poop appeared first on WIRED.
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Image of the Day

Space.com - 5 hours 3 min ago
This is what the sun looked like every day in 2016 through the eyes of the European Space Agency's Proba-2 satellite.
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Star Trek Discovery Gets Delayed Again As Spock's Father Is Cast

Slashdot - 6 hours 3 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hollywood Reporter: CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed again as the series continues casting. The revival for the streaming platform has cast James Frain as Spock's father, producer CBS Television Studios announced Wednesday, as sources confirm that the show's planned May debut has been pushed. "Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created," reps for CBS All Access said in a statement. "This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it's best for the show. We've said from the beginning it's more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn't beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows." Frain will play Sarek, the famed father of Spock who was first introduced in the original Star Trek and who has made several appearances throughout the franchise's many incarnations over the past five decades. The CBS All Access show features the franchise's Enterprise, now known as the U.S.S. Discovery. The drama will introduce new characters seeking new worlds and civilizations while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. Star Trek: Discovery was originally scheduled to debut in January and was pushed back to May, with The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight now set to be the first scripted offering on CBS All Access, the network's VOD platform. This marks the second delay for the series, which saw former showrunner Bryan Fuller step down to focus on his Starz drama American Gods.

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At the DeploraBall, Trump’s Online Army Wonders: What Now?

Wired News - 7 hours 55 min ago
They're the new heart of conservatism, but finding consensus about what they stand for is as difficult as finding consensus about anything online. The post At the DeploraBall, Trump's Online Army Wonders: What Now? appeared first on WIRED.
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