Dubai debuts driverless minibus Dubai has unveiled its first driverless bus service, launching a month-long trial period for the electric vehicle with a view to expanding it across the futuristic Gulf city state. The 10-seat vehicle made its first trip on Thursday along a 700-metre (2,300-foot) stretch of road in downtown Dubai, near to the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower. Developed jointly by French group Easy Mile and Dubai-based Omnix, the minibus is powered by an electric motor and can hit speeds of 40 kilometres per hour (25 miles per hour). Phys.org

One in two users click on links from unknown senders Most people know that e-mails and facebook messages from unknown senders can contain dangerous links. However, many users still click on them -- and Dr. Zinaida Benenson from FAU’s Chair of Computer Science 1 has investigated why. The results of the experiment were clear: up to 56 percent of e-mail recipients and around 40 percent of facebook users clicked on a link from an unknown sender although they knew of the risks of their computer becoming infected with a virus. FAU

Researchers map locations of 4,669 servers in Netflix's content delivery network When you open Netflix and hit "play," your computer sends a request to the video-streaming service to locate the movie you’d like to watch. The company responds with the name and location of the specific server that your device must access in order for you to view the film. For the first time, researchers have taken advantage of this naming system to map the location and total number of servers across Netflix’s entire content delivery network... IEEE

How spy tech firms let governments see everything on a smartphone Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location? That will cost you $650,000, plus a $500,000 setup fee with an Israeli outfit called the NSO Group. You can spy on more people if you would like -- just check out the company’s price list. The NSO Group is one of a number of companies that sell surveillance tools that can capture all the activity on a smartphone... The NY Times

How I used & abused my Tesla  -- what a Tesla looks like after 100,000 Miles, a 48 state road trip, 500 Uber rides, 20 rentals & 2 AirBnB sleepovers Most $100,000 cars are babied by their owners. Never taken out except on a warm Sunday. Garaged and kept with extremely low mileage. Only driven by the owner, not even allowed to be driven by a spouse, much less a stranger. Not my poor Tesla. I've worked that thing like a rented freaking mule. So, you ask, how did the Tesla hold up? Medium

What happened to gaming's Waterworld? Back in 2008, Realtime Worlds was sitting pretty. A year after the release of the well-received Crackdown, the Dundee-based studio's founder and GTA creator David Jones managed to net $50m for its pet project, the ambitious MMO APB: All Points Bulletin. He was positive about its chances, and given the interest in the project and the pedigree behind it he had every right to be. APB would be the company's first big online game, he thought. Instead, it was to be Realtime Worlds' last. Eurogamer

This new 3D-printing pen draws with wood, copper, and bronze 3Doodler's 3D-printing pens have always had a lot of potential (who doesn't want a souped-up glue gun that can draw 3D structures in midair?), but in our hands-on with the pens, their rough build quality means they come across more as toys than serious design tools. The company's latest model, the 3Doodler Pro, wants to shake up this perception, offering professional users more control, faster-setting plastics, and a whole new range of materials to work with. The Verge

Evaluating Futuremark's Servermark VDI on the Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T Standardized benchmarks with industry-wide acceptance are a must for evaluating computing systems. These benchmarks may evaluate the system as a whole, or target specific aspects. Vendors such as Futuremark and BAPCo have various offerings for both consumer and business-use PCs. However, the market for such programs in the server space is largely untapped. Futuremark has been working on Servermark for more than two years now, and they finally felt it was stable enough to let us test drive one of their recent beta versions. AnandTech

Building a new Tor that can resist next-generation state surveillance Since Edward Snowden stepped into the limelight from a hotel room in Hong Kong three years ago, use of the Tor anonymity network has grown massively. Journalists and activists have embraced the anonymity the network provides as a way to evade the mass surveillance under which we all now live, while citizens in countries with restrictive Internet censorship, like Turkey or Saudi Arabia, have turned to Tor in order to circumvent national firewalls. Ars Technica (also, How Tor works)

Starting with Linux in the early days In 1991, I was already an experienced Unix sysadmin and writer. I'm sure I saw Linus Torvalds's famous Usenet message: "I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones," and I paid it no mind. Many people said similar things and little came of it. This time, it would be different. ZDNet (also, Fedora 24 review: The year's best Linux distro is puzzlingly hard to recommend)

Build log: We put together a potent VR-ready PC The arrival of VR headsets from HTC and Oculus might be one of the main reasons that seasoned and fresh PC DIYers alike are dusting off their system-building chops these days. Those headsets require powerful hardware for a good VR experience, and PCs from even two or three years ago might not have the grunt to provide the necessary pixel-pushing power. The Tech Report

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon For decades, scientists have tried to harness the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create high-performance electronics that are faster or consume less power -- resulting in longer battery life, faster wireless communication and faster processing speeds for devices like smartphones and laptops. University of Wisconsin-Madison

The shadow brokers publish NSA spy tools, demonstrating possible flaws in the NSA's approach to security vulnerabilities A group calling itself the Shadow Brokers recently released powerful surveillance tools publicly on the Web and promises to publish more dangerous tools for the price of one million bitcoin -- or to whomever makes the best offer, if they can't get to a million. EFF

25 video game cartridges, ranked Rumours have been brewing for some time, but it’s looking more likely than ever that Nintendo will use some form of cartridges for its next console, a system currently known as the NX. While Nintendo's home consoles haven't used cartridges since the Nintendo 64, their handhelds have continued to use a form of them, including the current Nintendo 3DS. Vice

Smaller and faster data compression with Zstandard People are creating, sharing, and storing data at a faster rate than at any other time in history. When it comes to innovating on storing and transmitting that data, at Facebook we're making advancements not only in hardware -- such as larger hard drives and faster networking equipment -- but in software as well. Facebook