Extending Iridium With Custom Step Definitions

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Cucumber, which is the library that Iridium is built on, has been designed to allow developers to easily have their own code run in response to a step inside a feature script. Once you have all the boilerplate code written to initialize Cucumber, having it run your own code is as simple as creating a POJO with methods that have the annotations @Then, @When, @But, @Given or @And.

But getting all the boilerplate code written is not quite as easy as it sounds, especially when you are integrating Cucumber with WebDriver in order to drive a web browser. In fact, the bulk of code in Iridium has been written to provide an environment where WebDriver and Cucumber can work together. Writing the code that is executed by a feature scripts is actually one of the easiest aspects of the Iridium code base.

All Windows 10 Kernel Mode Drivers Must Be Digitally Signed By Microsoft

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“Last year, we announced that beginning with the release of Windows 10, all new Windows 10 kernel mode drivers must be submitted to the Windows Hardware Developer Center Dashboard portal to be digitally signed by Microsoft,” reads a MSDN blog post. “However, due to technical and ecosystem readiness issues, this was not enforced by Windows Code Integrity and remained only a policy statement. Starting with new installations of Windows 10, version 1607, the previously defined driver signing rules will be enforced by the Operating System, and Windows 10, version 1607 will not load any new kernel mode drivers which are not signed by the Dev Portal.”

Slashdot reader mikejuk quotes a report from i-programmer.info which argues “the control of what software users can run on their machines is becoming ever tighter,” and compares Microsoft’s proposal to an XKCD cartoon:

Before you start to panic about backward compatibility with existing drivers the lockdown is only going to be enforced on new installations of Windows 10. If you simply upgrade an existing system then the OS will take over the drivers that are already installed… Only new installations, i.e. installing all drivers from scratch, will enforce the new rules from Windows 10 version 1607… Be warned, if you need to do a fresh install of Windows 10 in the future you might find that your existing drivers are rejected.

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Don’t be caught dead on any road trip without these essentials

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We love road trips done right, and these gadgets have made our lives much easier each time we hit the road:

Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger

We think the Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger should be on any road trip packing list. It has 4 charging ports, one for your and your passengers’ phones (or…each of your four phones). It’s also USB-C compatible and features a built-in OHC chip, making it compatible with the newest tech and fast-charging to boot.

Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount

The Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount keeps our phone out of our hands and in our line of sight—helping us avoid all those pesky traffic tickets while still being able to look at the GPS. It attaches to our dashboard and is compatible with all smartphones and GPS devices–convenience at its best.

Make some serious noise no matter where you are

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If you’ve ever wished there was a soundtrack to your life, we have a suggestion for you. Personally, we love the Samsung Level Box Mini Bluetooth Speaker, which lets us easily play our music anywhere–indoors, outdoors, everywhere in between.

Why we love it: this compact, high tech speaker looks great. And it sounds even better (we swear it’s like having a full-sized speaker in our bags, but without all that annoying bulk and weight).

And with A2DP wireless streaming technology and built-in Samsung SoundAlive, we never find ourselves missing a beat of any of our favorite songs. Nor will any bystanders around us…which can be good or bad depending upon what song we’re blasting at the moment.

It’s easy to set up too, meaning we have no trouble getting the party started: just pair it with your NFC or Bluetooth device, and you’re good to go.

See for yourself: take your love of music to the next level, and grab one of these bad boys today (just $49.99, or 50% off MSRP).

How to pay no taxes at all! (if you’re Apple, Google or Facebook)

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In only 7 minutes, Australian comedy show The Undercurrent explains exactly how companies like Apple, Google and Facebook use offshore registration, transfer payments, debt loading and tax havens to get a lower tax rate than nurses, starving their host countries like Australia of so much money that they’re cutting schools, medicare, public broadcasting, climate change and indigenous services.
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Pregnancy-tracking app was riddled with vulnerabilities, exposing extremely sensitive personal information

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Consumer Reports Labs tested Glow, a very popular menstrual cycle/fertility-tracking app, and found that the app’s designers had made a number of fundamental errors in the security and privacy design of the app, which would make it easy for stalkers or griefers to take over the app, change users’ passwords, spy on them, steal their identities, and access extremely intimate data about the millions of women and their partners who use the app.
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When the Macarena moved Hillary Clinton and the 1996 Democratic National Convention to dance

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The day after the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the hilarious Jesse McLaren celebrates the best fad from the 1996 DNCThe writer and comedian’s video shows delegates, politicians, and Hillary Clinton herself performing the former dance craze and current cruise ship anthem “The Macarena.”

Because we’re talking about a presidential convention, the moment is well documented. C-SPAN hosts four minutes of DNC Macarena footage. For whatever reason, C-SPAN doesn’t allow video embeds, so you’ll have to visit the site to see the giddiest wonks of 1996 dig deep for their cotillion dance training.

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Soylent founder’s abandoned “eco-living experiment” could land him in jail

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NEW DELHI, INDIA  NOVEMBER 21: Rob Rhinehart, CEO and founder of Soylent at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2014 on November 21, 2014 in New Delhi, India. (Photograph by Pradeep Gaur/Mint Via Getty Images) Soylent’s Rob Rhinehart is facing criminal charges and fines up to $4,000 for allegedly refusing to remove a shipping container he placed on top of a hill behind his home in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The head of the meal replacement startup weirdly named after a movie where they ground up and served people in drink form was charged with unpermitted… Read More

Gilded as charged

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reddit-paid1 The threat of advertising skulks outside the periphery of every free site or service, but the more terrifying thought is that, to paraphrase “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” the ads are coming from inside the house. That’s what Reddit may be facing with a new form of advertising announced by the social news site earlier this week. Read More

How to hack that nutty electronic Chewbacca mask

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Remember that video showing the overwhelming glee of the woman enjoying her new Chewbacca mask? Our hyper talented maker pal John Park recorded this instructional video on hacking the Chewbacca Electronic Mask so you can upload any sounds you want, including the crazed laughter of the woman in that wonderful video!

You can still find the mask for sale but, predictably, the third party sellers on Amazon have bumped up the price: Star Wars The Force Awakens Chewbacca Electronic Mask

And here are John’s instructions for the hack: Happy Chewbacca Mask (Adafruit Industries)

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SwiftKey bug leaked emails and other personal information

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People use SwiftKey because it helps predict the words they’re trying to type, and usually, the service works pretty well. However, over the past week, some users reported that their keyboards were populating with other people’s email addresses and searched phrases. The bug relates back to SwiftKey’s cloud sync service, which has since been suspended.

The incorrect predictions spawned multiple Reddit threads. In one, an English speaker was getting someone else’s German suggestions; in another, someone received NSFW porn search suggestions.

Following user reports, SwiftKey took syncing and backups down. The company released an official statement today that doesn’t detail the bug but clarifies that it “did not pose a security issue.”…

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Genovation’s GXE breaks the land speed record for a street-legal all-electric car

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maxresdefault-2 You probably aren’t trying to set a land speed record for an all-electric, street legal car, but if you are, I have bad news: The goalposts just got moved further out. Genovation‘s Extreme Electric (GXE) car, which uses a Corvette Z06 chassis with a custom electric drive under the hood, broke its previous record of 186.8 mph by a margin of nearly 20 mph. The new record now stands… Read More

This is (very likely) the new Samsung Gear VR

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gearvr-2016-press As Samsung prepares to launch its next-gen phablet extraordinaire, the Note 7, at its special event this upcoming Tuesday, the leaks are continuing to flow. Today, photos of the new Gear VR were leaked from leaker OnLeaks (h/t 9to5Google). The device is reportedly going to be sporting a USB Type-C connection which corroborates reports that the new Note 7 will be shifting to the new… Read More

AT&T raises U-verse internet data cap to 1TB, gigabit users get unlimited

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AT&T is matching Comcast and raising the ceiling of its monthly home internet data cap to 1TB. Beginning August 21st, all U-verse customers on speed tiers up to (and including) 300Mbps will receive the higher monthly allowance. If they somehow still manage to exceed 1TB, they’ll be charged $10 for each additional increment of 50GB.

Currently, customers on U-verse’s lower speed tiers are limited to an allowance of 300GB / month, so this change gives those users a lot more to work with. It’s also nearly twice the 600GB data cap that currently applies to people on tiers between 12Mbps and 75Mbps.

And if you’re on AT&T’s luxurious GigaPower 1Gbps plan, you’ll no longer have to worry about any data allowances at all; all of those customers…

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Steam is holding its first big VR weekend sale

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If you own a virtual reality headset, Valve is holding a sale that showcases games and experiences for it. The VR Weekend Sale isn’t the first time Valve has discounted games for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive — a number of them showed up in the big summer sale — but it’s the first time that it’s based a whole weekend sale purely around VR.

The centerpiece of the sale is a 20-game bundle that’s discounted by 32 percent, to $251.42. It includes some HTC Vive favorites, like arcade shooter Space Pirate Trainer, adorable airport management simulator Final Approach, and survival horror game The Brookhaven Experiment. There are also a couple of Oculus Rift titles, including the well-reviewed House of the Dying Sun, which can also be played on…

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Tim Cook is hosting a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton

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Tim Cook is planning a fundraising event for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to an invitation obtained by BuzzFeed News. The fundraiser is scheduled for August 24th and will be undertaken by Cook as a private citizen, rather than as a representative of Apple.

Cook also hosted a fundraiser for Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan earlier this summer, indicating support for both parties. Thus far, he has not made any such gesture to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who called for a boycott of Apple products earlier this year.

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This charger will levitate your smartphone

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Soon to be found in a Brookstone near you, the OvRcharge is a wireless charger than can levitate your smartphone using magnets. Of course as a third-party product it’s not true wireless charging — it requires a special case to charge your device — but it can levitate and rotate “most phones” using a magnet that you’ll need to attach to the back of your phone.

At $177 — which is a Kickstarter early-bird price and less than it will retail for — the OvRcharge is far too expensive for what amounts to a party trick that will charge your smartphone far slower than every standard charger would (and let’s not even discuss quick chargers). But if you don’t mind the hassle of a slower charge and a special case, you can back OvRcharge on…

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Another Democratic Party committee has been hacked

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has suffered a security breach, and the FBI is investigating, writes Reuters. The incident, reported by four anonymous sources and later confirmed by the DCCC, comes shortly after WikiLeaks released a trove of damaging emails from the Democratic National Committee’s servers. The sources told Reuters that like the DNC hack, this new attack could have exposed information about Democratic donors, including credit card and social security information.

It’s not clear precisely how similar this attack is to the DNC hack, or how broad its scope was. Reuters reports that in June, “a bogus website was registered with a name closely resembling that of a main donation site connected to the DCCC.”…

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The Holofone Phablet is a 7-inch Android phone / Windows PC with a built-in projector

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Smartphone season is rapidly upon us, with the new versions of Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Apple’s iPhone rumored to be just around the corner. Unfortunately for those two companies, Chinese OEM Akyumen (Pronounced like “acumen,” probably) has just announced that its Holofone Phablet, which I assume is going to be the only phone anyone will ever need to buy ever again, will be available September 1st.

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