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An anonymous reader writes: Boeing has successfully tested a new weapon system that tracks unmanned aircraft and shoots them down with a laser. The system is surprisingly small — it can be transported in a few medium-sized boxes, and two techs can set it up in minutes. The laser needs just a few seconds of continuous to set a drone aflame, and the tracking gimbal is precise enough to target specific parts of a drone. "Want to zap the tail so it crashes and then you can go retrieve the mostly intact drone and see who is trying to spy on you? Can do. Think it's carrying explosives and you want to completely destroy it? No problem." The laser is controlled with custom targeting software that runs on a laptop, with help from an Xbox 360 controller. Boeing expects the laser system to be ready for sale in the next year or two.
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The shotgun home has been a fixture of New Orleans since the 1830s. The modest structure, so named because one could, if so inclined, fire a bullet clean through without hitting anything, first housed immigrant workers. It soon became the most common type of house in the lowest-lying areas of a city entirely below sea level. When the flood that followed Hurricane Katrina washed away great swaths of the city, it destroyed many of them.

Although distinctive, the shotgun home has never embodied New Orleanian glamour and history like the neoclassical plantation homes of the Garden District. They are simple, understated homes, with one room leading into another and the pint-sized dimensions of a subway car. “These were people who lived on the docks, and they were poor families,” Mac Ball, a local architect, says of those who lived in them. They were never more than cheap houses for people who couldn’t afford the craftsman bungalows, ranchburgers, and other styles that came in and out of style.

But 10 years after Katrina, a funny thing is happening in New Orleans: The shotgun is, improbably, popular. “They’re just popping up like daisies all over town,” Ball says.

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Jet.com may have the lowest prices on the Web, but a lot of people who visit the site still don’t realize it.

That is something CEO Marc Lore acknowledged when asked about confusion among people who hear about Jet.com’s low prices but don’t see them displayed clearly when they visit a Jet.com product page.

“Believe me, we have this discussion every single day,” Lore said in an interview Thursday evening. “We keep tweaking the [user experience] to make it more clear and are bringing in research groups. But you’re right, it’s still frustrating to [some].”

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OpenOffice was the first big, mainstream free software competitor to Microsoft Office, and because of that, it still has mainstream name recognition—which is a problem.

Developers have almost all moved to LibreOffice, the spiritual successor to OpenOffice. But OpenOffice continues to be operated as its own project, seeing little development and only drawing potential LibreOffice users to a defunct piece of software.

Why do both exist?

Yes, there are two big open-source office suites. Blame Oracle. Sun controlled the OpenOffice.org project, and Oracle acquired control of it when it purchased Sun back in 2010.

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Girl, Justin Bieber has no idea what you're talking about.

The pop tart turned grown-up terror just released a moody lyric video for his next single, "What Do You Mean" — a track about a flighty lover who just can't decide whether she wants Biebs or wants him to go away. Think Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold," if it were a thoughtful EDM-lite song with less comprehensible lyrics. ("You're so indecisive of what I"m saying," Bieber croons. Wait... what?)

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In Linux when trying to clean up your system you will find that you will need to remove files and folders to keep your file system nice and tidy. Linux has a powerful utility called rm. When using the rm command at the prompt you will have the ability to remove files and folders of your choice. See below for the proper use of this command. Please take caution when using this command as one switch I describe can totally eliminate data on your drive. Again the red arrow is just used to show you the command variable used.

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Google is targeting people for job offers based on their search activity. It's certainly a way to attract people with an inborn curiosity and willingness to investigate unusual things (and no fear of malware).
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Imagine working to solve a problem for your current project, and the process helps you get a new job. This is what has happened for at least one new Googler, Max Rosett. Rosett was working on a project for his Master's Degree in Computer Science at Georgia Tech when he Googled "python lambda function list comprehension" and he was startled by an invitation to a challenge. The challenge led to a job at Google.

The surprising thing is that Rosett didn't immediately assume it was malware (you can check out a picture of the invitation here). The usual Google search results split open to reveal a black bar that said, "You're speaking our language. Up for a challenge?" It is a wonder it didn't ask if he wanted to play a game of thermonuclear war.

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Mirrativ

Japanese mobile game company DeNA has launched an app called Mirrativ that lets you livestream anything and everything that's happening on your phone. Think of the app as a mix of Periscope and Twitch -- yes, there are plenty of ways to stream your face and your games to the world, but with Mirrativ you're not limited to just either-or. DeNA is also targeting a broader range of uses than just gaming. What else might you like to stream? Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, DeNA's Junichi Akagawa says that users could perhaps browse online stores while seeking "shopping advice" from followers, or read news articles and share their thoughts on the topics.

The app is is currently in public beta, and DeNA is restricting streaming to a few hours a day while it works stuff out. Viewing streams is akin to other services -- you can comment or show appreciation and it'll show up on the streamer's end live, just like in Periscope. Unfortunately, there's no archive for streams just yet, so once an event's over it's over.

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IT MAY HAVE TAKEN GOOGLE FOUR MONTHS, but the firm has finally issued a formal, albeit angry, response to the antitrust charges levelled by the European Commission (EC).

The EC filed two antitrust charges against Google in April. One involved the firm's Android operating system, while the other accused Google of favouring its own Google Shopping results over those of competitors, an anti-competitive practice that is illegal under Europe's antitrust laws.

Google has finally responded to the EC's Statement of Objections (SO), criticising the charges as "unfounded" and "wrong as a matter of fact, law and economics".

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Onanoff Editors' note: This week's giveaway has a Twitter component, so please read the below rules carefully. We've turned off comments on this post to avoid confusion as to how to enter the contest.

Ever get the urge to turn your iPad's volume up to 11? Then listen in to this week's giveaway.

We've got an Onanoff Sound Cover, a thin and lightweight iPad Air case with built-in flat-panel stereo speakers that amplify the device's volume up to 400 percent.

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European mobile payments player, iZettle, which offers smaller merchants the ability to process card payments via its mobile card readers, is expanding into what amounts to small business loans — announcing a capital advance product, called iZettle Advance, which will be available to select iZettle customers who need funds to grow their own businesses. So it’s basically moving onto even more of the territory where traditional banks fear to tread.

iZettle Advance will be rolled out gradually in its European markets starting with the Nordics, says CEO Jacob de Geer. The startup’s fastest growing markets at this stage are the Nordics, the U.K. and Brazil — although he adds it currently has no plans to offer the Advance product in Latin America at this point.

There’s no word on what proportion of its customers could be granted loans at this stage. The amount that can be borrowed will also depend on the business in question, so on factors such as how much much revenue they are processing on a monthly or yearly basis (a figure which iZettle is of course privy to, given its existing role processing their card payments).

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I'm Getting Completely Lost in Discovery's Beautiful VR Projects

The Discovery Channel, home of sharks and professional pyromaniacs, has a lot of cool stuff to show off. So it makes complete sense to cherry-pick some of the best moments, and package them into bite-size VR experiences.

At the moment, there’s nine videos on the Discovery VR site you can view: a couple Mythbusters clips from diving with sharks, surfing lessons, or a short tutorial from Survivorman are all in there. You can view in a 360-degree video player in your desktop browser, or download the Android or iOS apps.

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Earlier this month, it was rumored that in addition to revealing new tablets, fitness bands, and smartphones, Microsoft would use its upcoming October launch event to show off a slimmer Xbox One. But Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, shot those rumors down last night, using Twitter to say that the rumored smaller version of the console is "not real."

Sources familiar with Microsoft's October plans told The Verge last week that the company is planning to use the event to lift the lid on two new Lumia handsets, the Surface Pro 4, and a Microsoft Band 2. Chinese tech site WPDang had claimed that the so-called Xbox One Mini would drop the ability to play Blu-rays, and would be both quieter and smaller than the current model, weighing in at about a third the size. Spencer's unequivocal comment makes it appear that not only will the console not see the light of day in October, but that Microsoft is not currently in the process of making a miniature version of its jumbo-sized home console.

@av_xz Not real.

— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 27, 2015
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has put out an alert noting that, as part of a larger spear phishing attack campaign, to try to gain control over computers, a group has created a fake EFF website, designed to trick people into thinking they're going to EFF's actual website, but really installing some pretty nasty malware.

Electronicfrontierfoundation.org was not the only domain involved in this attack. It seems to be part of a larger campaign, known as “Pawn Storm”. The current phase of the Pawn Storm attack campaign started a little over a month ago, and the overall campaign was first identified in an October 2014 report from Trend Micro (PDF). The group behind the attacks is possibly associated with the Russian government and has been active since at least 2007.

The attack is relatively sophisticated—it uses a recently discovered Java exploit, the first known Java 0-day in two years. The attacker sends the target a spear phishing email containing a link to a unique URL on the malicious domain (in this case electronicfrontierfoundation.org). When visited, the URL will redirect the user to another unique URL in the form of http://electronicfrontierfoundation.org/url/{6_random_digits}/Go.class containing a Java applet which exploits a vulnerable version of Java. Once the URL is used and the Java payload is received, the URL is disabled and will no longer deliver malware (presumably to make life harder for malware analysts). The attacker, now able to run any code on the users machine due to the Java exploit, downloads a second payload, which is a binary program to be executed on the target's computer.

Needless to say, don't visit the site unless you know what you're doing -- and also, a good reminder not to click on URLs in emails. Go directly to sites.
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Mobile gaming company DeNA has launched a live streaming app that lets users stream anything on their smartphones, from chats to apps and video. 

Mirrativ goes beyond popular video live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat, as well as console-oriented Twitch, because it can broadcast smartphone screen content instead of just live feeds from the camera or video games. 

A blend of the words "mirror" and "narrative," Mirrativ will mirror the content of the broadcaster's screen on those of followers. The broadcaster can receive feedback in real time in the form of stars, questions or comments. 

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Google on Thursday informed developers of a five-line bit of code crafted to sidestep Apple's upcoming App Transport Security encryption feature in iOS 9 by creating HTTPS exceptions, which could in some cases block mobile ads from appearing.

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The workaround was published to Google's official Ads Developer Blog in a post titled "Handling App Transport Security in iOS 9," a reference to Apple's upcoming privacy tool. Apple's ATS standard is built into iOS 9 to restrict insecure and potentially nefarious code served via HTTP from infiltrating the operating system. Developers whose apps are not yet ATS-compliant could see their mobile ads blocked as a result of this tightened security, which in turn poses a threat to Google's money-making ad business.Google said it strives to meet industry standard protocols, but can't guarantee compliance from third-party ad networks or custom code served through its own systems. Therefore, the company proposes publishers add an exception that sidesteps Apple's ATS encryption requirement to allow incoming non-HTTPS connections."To ensure ads continue to serve on iOS9 devices for developers transitioning to HTTPS, the recommended short term fix is to add an exception that allows HTTP requests to succeed and non-secure content to load successfully," writes Tristan Emrich, a member of Google's Mobile Ads Developer Relations team.As noted by Re/code, the Internet search giant apparently received some flak after issuing the instruction set. In an update, Google attempted to clear the air about its intentions, explaining the post was meant to "outline some options" for developers who had asked about resource changes expected to come into effect with iOS 9. "To be clear, developers should only consider disabling ATS if other approaches to comply with ATS standards are unsuccessful. Apple has provided a tech note describing different approaches, including the ability to selectively enable ATS for a list of provided HTTPS sites," Emrich says. Google still advocates for strong HTTPS protection, including ATS compliance, across its product line and is not suggesting against strong encryption. Indeed, the blog post notes developers should maintain ATS compliance on the backend or move over to the secure method as soon as possible. Google is in a conundrum, as it still serves up a healthy supply of plain HTTP ads, proceeds of which are the company's lifeblood. In the end, it seems Google doesn't want its altruistic goals impinging on its bottom line.
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Most people get excited for an open bar at a wedding, but at a wedding in Oregon, guests enjoyed an open weed bar, complete with a knowledgable budtender.

John Elledge, a professional cannabis cultivator by day, married Whitney Alexander on Aug. 8 at a Christmas tree farm in West Linn, Oregon. And because the event was held on private property, the weed tent was totally legal.

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