• EU Wants To Clamp Down On Websites Hiding Content Behind ‘Cookie Walls’

    Ever since the EU introduced the GDPR designed to better protect the user’s privacy, it has been made mandatory for websites to inform users that they might be issuing cookies. For those unfamiliar, cookies store user information and is used to help remember user settings, but in recent times, it has also been used to track user activity across multiple websites.

    However, there are some websites that are abusing these new regulations, where they hide content behind what is known as a “cookie wall”, where they only display the full content of the website once the user accepts it. It looks like those practices could soon end as the European Data Protection Board is now saying that websites hiding behind cookie walls violate the EU’s data protection law.

    This is because according to the EDPB, they claim that forcing users to accept cookies without being shown the content is not

  • After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

    For most aerospace engineers, an explosion in a rocket engine is a disaster. But for Kareem Ahmed, it’s the entire point. As the director of the Propulsion and Energy Research Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, Ahmed has spent the past few years developing a next-generation rocket engine that uses controlled explosions to boost stuff into space. It’s called a rotating detonation engine, and it promises to make rockets lighter, faster, and simpler. But before it ever heads to space, engineers and physicists need a better understanding of how the hell it works.

    “The challenge has been trying to understand what’s really happening inside and to be able to predict the performance,” Ahmed says. “We want to get them to the point where they are as predictable as a traditional engine.”

    Rotating detonation engines, or RDEs, sound like something out of science fiction, but the concept is about

  • SteelSeries Could Be Working On A New Controller For Apple Devices

    There are many third-party gaming controllers out there in the market today that will work with iOS devices, but if you’re looking for devices that will ensure compatibility, that’s what the MFi certification is for. The good news is that it looks like SteelSeries could be preparing something for the iPhone and iPad.

    According to a report from InsiraFicha, it looks like SteelSeries has a new gaming controller in the works dubbed the Nimbus+. This was discovered in the ANATEL system, which for those unfamiliar is basically Brazil’s equivalent to the FCC. The Nimbus+ seems to be a combination of several controllers from the company in the past.

    One of which is the original Nimbus that was released for iOS devices back in 2015, but its design also appears to be very similar to SteelSeries’ Stratus gaming controller, but presumably the main difference would be that it has been

  • Smart home platform Wink will require a monthly subscription starting next week

    Smart home platform Wink will require customers to pay a $4.99 per month subscription fee starting May 13th, the company announced today. That gives Wink users just seven days to decide if they want to pay a monthly fee for a service that was previously offered for free as part of owning a Wink product.

    If you opt not to sign up for Wink’s subscription, “you will no longer be able to access your Wink devices from the app, with voice control or through the API, and your automations will be disabled on May 13,” according to Wink’s announcement blog. That seems to mean that you’ll lose the ability to use non-Wink-made smart home products connected to a Wink-managed setup. Though if you decide to subscribe later, your device connections, settings, and automations can be reactivated.

    Wink’s “long term