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  • Mediaset to seek damages from Vivendi over pay-TV deal (2016-07-28 12:11:20)
    The board of Italian broadcaster Mediaset said on Thursday it rejected an alternative proposal by Vivendi for the sale of its pay-TV unit and would seek legal action against the French media group. The company owned by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said it gave its administrators mandate to sue Vivendi for damages for its abrupt u-turn over the share-swap deal signed on April 8 that would have given the French group the full control of Mediaset's pay-TV arm Premium. Vivendi said earlier this week it would not honor the previous contract and put forward an alternative proposal.
  • Kobo is definitely coming out with a new e-reader this summer (2016-07-28 12:10:03)
    Michael Tamblyn (Twitter) An FCC listing last month made us think Kobo might be preparing to release two new e-readers. Were we dreaming? Were those FCC listings actually filed or just figments of our hype-fueled imaginations? Apparently they were real, as indicated by Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn in a tweet yesterday. Great news for booklovers coming soon from @kobo. Keep your eyes wide open mid-August! #OpenUpKobo pic.twitter.com/UeKXU5bNmD— Michael Tamblyn (@mtamblyn) July 27, 2016That’s like 89 percent pebbles and 11 percent new Kobo device. So what can we deduce from this? Blue power button. ...
  • We might have to wait until 2018 to catch up with Daredevil and Jessica Jones (2016-07-28 12:07:45)
    At the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced that the company will be releasing the first seasons of Iron Fist and the team-up Defenders, with the next seasons of the other shows coming after. Of course, this assumption only holds if Netflix continues with the same release schedule.
  • Oracle banks on the cloud, buys NetSuite for $9.3 billion (2016-07-28 12:02:44)
    ​Oracle has ​purchased NetSuite to bolster its software with cloud-computing technology.
  • $6 device lets you cut the cord without losing live network TV in full HD (2016-07-28 12:02:08)
    Cord cutting was a nerve-racking proposition as recently as a few short years ago. Sure services like Netflix offered plenty of good content to stream on demand, but what about new episodes of your favorite shows? And live TV? What about major sporting events and breaking news? The idea of saving as much as $100 or even more each month by ditching cable has always been a great proposition, but you used to have to sacrifice so much to do it. Well, that's no longer the case. There are plenty of online services that give you access to new episodes of just about any show you could want to watch for a small fraction of the price of a cable subscription. And as for live TV, you can get free network TV in full 1080p HD resolution for life simply by purchasing an HDTV antenna. Which antenna should you buy? Check out the  ViewTV Flat HD Digital Indoor TV Antenna With 25-Mile Range . It's on sale right now on Amazon for just $5.99 with free shipping, and it delivers crystal clear network TV in full HD as long as you have broadcast towers within 25 mils. We know what you're thinking: how am I supposed to know where the broadcast towers near me are? Good question, and luckily the answer is simple. Just go to  antennaweb.org and enter your zip code. The site will tell you where all the towers around you are, and you'll be able to see all of the free HD channels you can get at your home. You might be surprised at how much content is out there. For example, I can receive 65 channels from 21 over-the-air stations in my town. That's a whole lot of free TV.
  • Record online orders boosts GrubHub revenue, shares soar (2016-07-28 11:51:58)
    (Reuters) - GrubHub Inc's revenue increased more than expected in the second quarter as a record number of people used its service to order meals online, sending the company's shares surging to a new year-high. GrubHub's third-quarter revenue forecast also topped analysts' estimates, indicating the company may have got a handle on the rising competition from Amazon.com Inc's Prime Now and recent entrant Uber's [UBER.UL] UberEATS. The company's shares rose as much as 27.8 percent to $39.29 in morning trading on Thursday and were the biggest gainer on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.
  • Spectate in style with VR spectator mode for 'Dota 2' (2016-07-28 11:51:00)
  • Tesla gets vote of confidence from a top investor at Fidelity (2016-07-28 11:40:52)
    Fidelity's OTC Portfolio, a top investor in Tesla Motors Inc, gave the electric car maker a vote of confidence in its latest commentary, saying it boosted its position in the company during the second quarter. "We are fans not just of Tesla products but of the concepts underpinning the firm and potential future partnerships ahead of it," Fidelity OTC portfolio manager Gavin Baker said in his quarterly commentary for investors. "We foresee fruitful synergies between Tesla and any company in search of superior battery technology, and we modestly increased our position this quarter." Fidelity posted the commentary on its website on Wednesday.
  • Samsung extends lead over Apple in smartphone market (2016-07-28 11:40:03)
    Samsung extended its lead in the global smartphone market over Apple in the second quarter, gaining from the launch of its updated flagship handsets, surveys showed Thursday. The South Korean giant delivered 77 million smartphones in the quarter, up 5.5 percent from a year ago, for a market share of 22.4 percent, research firm IDC said. Samsung got a lift from the March launch of its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagship models, with an upgraded processor, waterproofing and other features, IDC noted.
  • Lockheed built a robot that finds and repairs pinholes in airships (2016-07-28 11:40:02)
    Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works division has created a robot that can find and repair tiny holes on blimps. The Self-Propelled Instrument for Airship Damage Evaluation and Repair, known as Spider, is designed to work with Lockheed's new hybrid airship, which is essentially a giant blimp designed to move heavy cargo into areas without proper roads.
  • Oracle to buy NetSuite for $9.3 billion to gain cloud computing clout (2016-07-28 11:34:05)
    Business software maker Oracle Corp said on Thursday it would buy NetSuite Inc for about $9.3 billion in cash, a deal designed to help Oracle gain market share in the fast-growing cloud computing business. NetSuite shares rose about 18 percent to $108.05 in morning trading, just shy of the offer price of $109 in cash per share. Oracle and NetSuite both offer software applications that help companies automate back end and administrative operations from technology to human resources.
  • Nestle says to collaborate with Samsung to explore nutrition science (2016-07-28 11:32:12)
    Nestle said it is teaming up with Samsung in a research project to explore the potential of nutrition science and digital sensor technologies. The companies said on Thursday they are developing a new digital health platform to provide individuals with more personalised recommendations around nutrition, lifestyle and fitness. Health has become an increasing focus for Nestle in recent years, generating estimated sales of about 4 billion Swiss francs ($4.08 billion) out of Nestle's total 88.8 billion francs in 2015.
  • Mini review: Our quick verdict on the Moto G4 and G4 Plus (2016-07-28 11:30:00)
  • Apple will open a store near New York's World Trade Center (2016-07-28 11:23:38)
    The new Apple Store will take up residence in the underground transit hub servicing Manhattan's downtown area.
  • The fundamental flaw of Batman v Superman isn't that it's too grim (2016-07-28 11:23:12)
    This spring’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was designed to kickstart (again) the formation of a new DC movie universe, but failed to meet box office expectations. DC and Warner Bros. have reacted to by reportedly adding humor to the upcoming Suicide Squad and Justice League films.
  • Custom in-ear headphones are the supercars of personal audio (2016-07-28 11:16:03)
    Earlier this week, I awarded The Verge’s highest ever score, 9.4, to the extraordinary Focal Utopia headphones. Custom earphones have been around for a long while, and their premise couldn’t be simpler. Instead of throwing a dozen different types and sizes of tips your way, customs are designed for the specific shape of your ear canal — they’re like a tailor-made audio suit, basically.
  • Next-gen MacBooks will probably come with USB-C support (2016-07-28 11:12:52)
    Apple’s 12-inch MacBook laptop launched last year was the industry’s first PC to ship with a USB-C port – and that's the only connector the laptop has, aside from the headphone jack. Since then, other PC makers have adopted the port, but not all of Apple’s competitors are thrilled about the upgrade. A new report says that while some laptop manufacturers are reluctant to adopt USB-C in their upcoming devices, Apple will equip its next-gen MacBook Air (or Pro?) with the new interface. DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before The USB-C port isn’t only smaller than previous standards, but it can offer fast data transfers and battery charging. Without a doubt, USB-C represents the evolution of the USB connector, one that both customers and device makers should be excited to use. However, Digitimes notes that many vendors are still conservative about USB-C because the new interface comes with a few side-effects. The USB-C interface uses electric current “that is larger than one of the previous-generation interfaces, and could lead to interference and heat dissipation problems when adopting too many at once,” the site notes. The second problem is that USB-C needs an amplifier chip, a receiver chip, and a special transmission wire to deliver high-speed transfers. And these parts would “significantly raise product costs.” The report says that Apple, Asus, and HP are upgrading their notebooks to support USB-C, while Acer, Dell, and Lenovo are still evaluating the option. Interestingly, the reports notes that the MacBook Air will receive USB-C support. While a new MacBook Air has appeared in previous reports that said Apple is working on new MacBook designs that include USB-C ports, it’s unclear at this point whether these sources are confusing the 2016 MacBook Pro design with a MacBook Air. Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro is rumored to be thinner and lighter than ever and reports even say the MacBook Air line may be phased out in the very near future. That said, it seems more than plausible to assume Apple will use the USB-C interface in more Macs, not just the 12-inch model.
  • Consumer groups to Mercedes: Pump the brakes on Drive Pilot ads (2016-07-28 11:07:45)
    They posit that Mercedes' advertising is promising much more than the car's semi-autonomous systems are capable of.
  • Amazon's Alexa will now lock your door for you (if you have a 'smart' lock) (2016-07-28 11:00:05)
    Amazon's Alexa has been able to control some smart home products, like Belkin WeMo switches or certain Wi-Fi-connected lightbulbs, for many months, but the intelligent assistant hasn't been able to control your doors. Amazon said this morning that it has partnered with San Francisco-based hardware startup August to allow Alexa to control August door locks. This means that you can say to your Amazon Echo speaker, "Alexa, lock the door" and, provided that your Amazon and August devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, the door will lock.
  • Amazon Echo now controls your August Smart Lock (2016-07-28 11:00:00)
  • Drinkbox's creeptastic 'Severed' arrives on iOS today (2016-07-28 11:00:00)
  • This phone-powered vision test can replace your eye doctor (2016-07-28 11:00:00)
  • Mercedes rejects claims about 'misleading' self-driving car ads (2016-07-28 10:55:16)
    Mercedes-Benz has defended an advertising campaign for its new E-Class against allegations that consumers were being misled about the car's self-driving capabilities, the latest backlash by consumer groups in the wake of a fatal Tesla accident. Consumer groups warned car buyers not to rely too heavily on advanced cruise control systems, which use computers and sensors to automatically steer and brake, following a fatal crash by a Tesla car operating in "autopilot" mode. The ensuing investigation of the Tesla accident by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has increased scrutiny of automated driving technology and the claims made about it by carmakers seeking to push sales.
  • TechRepublic named Top 10 B2B Website of the Year, wins six Azbee awards for long form (2016-07-28 10:52:39)
    In the leading awards for B2B publications, TechRepublic has once again collected multiple honors for its in-depth journalism.
  • Apple sells billionth iPhone, here are numbers that matter more (2016-07-28 10:51:57)
    Apple recently claimed to have sold its one-billionth iPhone. However, the announcement comes at a turbulent time for the Cupertino giant.
  • Facebook shares hit record high as it beats estimates again (2016-07-28 10:49:12)
    Facebook Inc is growing so fast analysts can't keep up. The social networking giant beat market expectations for profit and revenue yet again in the latest quarter, pushing up its shares to a record high on Thursday and allowing it to overtake Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc as the fifth biggest U.S. company by market capitalization. Facebook's shares rose as much as 4 percent to $128.33, boosting its market value by $14 billion to $367 billion - enough to eclipse Berkshire's market cap of about $355 billion.
  • This is when you’ll finally be able to buy the iPhone 7 (2016-07-28 10:45:32)
    After so many years of seeing Apple launch new iPhones at some point in September, we all expect to see the new 2016 iPhone models arrive less than two months from now. We don't have any official announcements from Apple just yet, but new a new report appears to reveal the actual dates on which the upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be made available for preorder and the released. DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before A few days ago, well-known leaker Evan Blass tweeted that the phone will be released during the week of September 12th, with September 16th being the purported release date . Blass has been accurate with his mobile leaks over the years, so he’s one of the sources to trust when it comes to early info. Blass is back with a second prediction related to the iPhone 7’s launch, stating that the iPhone 7 will be available for preorder starting on Friday, September 9th. “Confirmed: Pre-orders start on the 9th. You can extrapolate the launch event date from there,” he said in a tweet. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/758497414227464192 Apple usually starts preorders on the first Friday that follows the official new iPhone announcement. That means Apple might hold its iPhone 7 keynote on September 6th (Tuesday) at the earliest, given that September 5th is Labor Day. In 2015, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on September 9th, kicking off preorders on September 12th, and releasing the phone two weeks later on September 25th. Assuming Blass’s predictions are accurate, we could see Apple release the phone a bit earlier than expected, and reduce the preorder window back to just one week, as it used to be before the iPhone 6s.
  • Anyone can now print out all TSA master keys (2016-07-28 10:37:00)
  • Toy-robot maker Wonder Workshop raises $20 million in second funding round (2016-07-28 10:18:59)
    Wonder Workshop Inc, which makes toy robots that teach kids how to code, said it raised $20 million in its second round of funding and was looking to expand into new markets, especially China. Chief Executive and co-founder Vikas Gupta hit upon the idea to start Wonder Workshop during a six-month sabbatical he took shortly after his daughter. "I wanted to find the solution that will engage children aged 5-10, meet them at their cognitive and motor skills," Vikas Gupta told Reuters.
  • The soundtrack for Netflix's Stranger Things is coming soon (2016-07-28 10:15:59)
    Netflix’s new show Stranger Things might have captivated audiences with its nods to some of the classic films of the 1980s, but one of the best things about the show is the fantastic soundtrack that accompanies it. Hailed for its nostalgia for films such as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goonies, and others, it’s scored by an incredible synth-based score composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the Austin-based band S U R V I V E. The show’s soundtrack perfectly suits the show’s somber and dark tone, and fans of the show have been asking if a soundtrack would be released.
  • Apple's latest numbers show a huge slowdown in China (2016-07-28 10:14:42)
    Following a 33 percent drop in revenue, China is no longer Apple's second biggest market.
  • Minecraft will get Oculus Rift support in next few weeks (2016-07-28 10:11:30)
    Minecraft for Windows 10 will be adding support for the Oculus Rift VR headset in the "next few weeks." Microsoft and Mojang announced the news on the one-year anniversary of Minecraft’s release on Windows 10, confirming that it will be a free update. Windows isn’t the first platform to enable Minecraft in virtual reality — that would be the Samsung Gear VR, where a VR edition of the game launched in April. If you own an Oculus Rift, it’s worth trying simply because there aren’t that many long, complex games for the platform.
  • NASA details preparations for SLS' and Orion's first flight (2016-07-28 10:10:00)
  • Stephen Colbert retires Stephen Colbert, introduces new Stephen Colbert (2016-07-28 09:54:29)
    Remember last week when late night host Stephen Colbert brought back the character of Stephen Colbert, the star of Comedy Central’s faux-conservative talk show The Colbert Report? Apparently Comedy Central’s lawyers do. To appease the lawyers, Colbert retired his famous Stephen Colbert character, only to follow it with the immediate reveal of that character’s "twin cousin" also named Stephen Colbert.
  • Lithium-ion pioneer Sony is selling its battery arm (2016-07-28 09:51:00)
  • Nvidia's best graphics card isn't for gaming (2016-07-28 09:42:39)
    Nvidia’s had a year so far. Both its GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics cards brought the gamers to the yard and then it announced its impressive Titan X. The P6000 is now Nvidia's best card, but it likely won't do much for you unless you're into 3D rendering or processing lots of images daily.
  • Porsche goes on a hiring spree to get its Mission E ready to take on Tesla (2016-07-28 09:41:50)
    Porsche's plan to take on Tesla is about to kick into high-gear. A new report from Autoblog claims  that the German-based automaker is ramping up its hiring by more than 50% in order to get its highly intriguing Mission E EV concept into production and on the road by 2020. As it stands today, Porsche's Mission E team currently boasts about 1,000 members. Looking ahead, Porsche is aiming to add 400 more people to the team in order to accelerate its development and production effort. What's more, the report claims that Porsche "is also looking for roughly 100 IT specialists, 50 creatives and 70 more apprentices..." DON'T MISS:  Ultimate Pokemon Go cheat lets you walk anywhere in the game without moving an inch While many auto manufacturers tend to talk a big game when it comes to EV development, there is no doubt that Porsche is more than willing to put its money where its mouth is. Not too long ago, for example, Porsche signaled its plan to invest more than $1.1 billion in factory upgrades in order to facilitate and ramp up Mission E production. Word of Porsche's intention to deliver the all-electric Mission E was first made public when concept renderings were released this past September. While final specs are obviously a ways off from being finalized, Porsche's vision is ambitious to say the least. Per the concept, the Mission E will be an extremely sleek-looking car with 600 horsepower, jaw dropping acceleration, and an impressive driving range of 310 miles on a single charge. What's more, Porsche's anticipates that the Mission E will boast a re-charge time of just 15 minutes. "With Mission E, we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand, company chairman Wolfgang Porsche said a few months back. "Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car." Porsche has previously said that it wants to get the Mission E out on the road by 2020 and it will be interesting to see if the company can meet that deadline.
  • Gilfoyle and Dinesh: The 'Silicon Valley' love story you're waiting for (2016-07-28 09:32:37)
    "When Dinesh met Gilfoyle, sparks flew." It's the Pied Piper rom-com you've been dreaming of, and it's coming soon, according to this parody trailer from HBO.
  • ICYMI: Robot spiders can patch an airship during flight (2016-07-28 09:30:00)
  • La compra anticipada del iPhone 7 comenzará el 9 de septiembre: reporte (2016-07-28 09:21:06)
    El reportero Evan Blass asegura que está confirmado el día en el que comenzarán a venderse los nuevos iPhone, por lo cual es más que probable que el evento otoñal de Apple sea esa misma semana.
  • Jaunt's new VR film series explores e-sports tournaments (2016-07-28 09:10:47)
    Jaunt, one of the bigger names in virtual reality filmmaking right now, has partnered with the e-sports league ESL to film a series of short 360-degree documentaries about its biggest tournaments. The first of those documentaries is called CLG: Win Everythin’ (typo intentional) and follows the team Counter Logic Gaming during a League of Legends competition. The documentary is just over five minutes long and is available now through Jaunt's apps and on the web (you can see it in the embed above).
  • Facebook will refund app and game purchases made by minors (2016-07-28 09:10:00)
  • America Movil says to reduce Telekom Austria stake (2016-07-28 09:00:06)
    America Movil said on Thursday it would cut its stake in Telekom Austria by 7.8 percentage points to just over 50 percent as a deadline neared for it to reduce its holding and increase the Austrian firm's free float. The announcement came shortly after Citigroup said it was launching a bond of up to 400 million euros ($443.8 million) exchangeable into shares of Telekom Austria, which could be a means to the same end, but America Movil's brief statement made no reference to that bond. America Movil became the majority owner of Telekom Austria through a billion-dollar takeover offer in July 2014 that marked Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim's first successful venture into operating in Europe.
  • The Hyperloop is bringing some of its futuristic tech to Europe’s biggest railway (2016-07-28 09:00:04)
    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced today that it will build an “innovation train” for Germany’s Deutsche Bahn, the largest railway operator in Europe. The train will not be a super-fast hyperloop, in which pods are propelled through aluminum tubes at speeds of up to 760 mph, but a conventional train that includes some of the futuristic technologies the startup has been showcasing at tech conferences around the world. As a startup that relies on crowdsourcing and volunteer engineers, the collaboration with Deutsche Bahn may allow HTT to start generating revenue while it works toward the larger goal of building passenger-ready hyperloop systems.
  • Werner Herzog learns the origins of the internet in this clip from Lo and Behold (2016-07-28 09:00:03)
    "Does the internet dream of itself?" is the logline for director Werner Herzog’s new documentary, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. While the doc gradually speculates on some grim theoretical outcomes of our era, it begins with a charming tale about the origins of the internet. In this exclusive clip, UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock enters room 3420, "a sacred location where the internet began" in 1969.
  • Amazon Launchpad to showcase over 300 products with Kickstarter Collection (2016-07-28 08:59:13)
    More than 300 Kickstarter products are getting a boost, as Amazon Launchpad announced the creation of its Kickstarter Collection on Thursday.
  • Twitter's Snapchat-like stickers are now available to all (2016-07-28 08:50:00)
  • Oracle to buy NetSuite in $9.3 billion deal (2016-07-28 08:41:17)
    (Reuters) - Oracle Corp said it would buy NetSuite Inc in a deal valued at about $9.3 billion to expand into the fast-growing cloud market. Netsuite shares rose 18.6 percent to $108.64 in premarket trading, just shy of the offer price of $109 per share. Like rivals SAP SE and Microsoft Corp, Oracle has focused on moving its business to the cloud-based model, essentially providing services remotely via data centers rather than selling installed software.
  • Jason Bourne review: Batman on a bender, pounding through an endless pursuit (2016-07-28 08:30:03)
    “I remember everything,” Jason Bourne says in voiceover at the beginning of his latest movie. After three films in a row focused on Bourne (Matt Damon) trying to recover the memories of how he became an amnesiac CIA assassin (not counting 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, in which Bourne didn’t appear at all), this should be a huge step forward in his life.
  • Hyperloop One opens its first manufacturing plant (2016-07-28 08:26:00)
  • Uber and Didi get the legal green light in China (2016-07-28 08:23:28)
    Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Apple-backed rival Didi Chuxing will be officially legal from November.
  • Oracle buys NetSuite in $9.3 billion deal (2016-07-28 08:15:44)
    (Reuters) - Oracle Corp said it agreed to acquire NetSuite Inc, a cloud-based software services provider, in a deal valued at about $9.3 billion. Oracle's $109 per share offer is at a 19 percent premium to Netsuite's Wednesday close. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)
  • Blu and Amazon have redefined the budget smartphone (2016-07-28 08:00:03)
    It’s a $100 phone that you can get for $50 if you agree to let Amazon display ads on your lock screen and in your notification tray. The whole reason this phone is so stupid cheap is because of those Amazon ads. Every time you wake the phone there's an ad on the lock screen.
  • Oculus' mini-Pixar teases next VR film experience: You play a (bit) part (2016-07-28 08:00:03)
    Oculus Story Studio, founded by vets of Disney's animation giant, hints its next project will experiment with letting you touch the story.
  • Watch an Atlas V rocket launch a secret spy satellite into space (2016-07-28 07:30:02)
    This morning, an Atlas V rocket will blast off into space from Cape Canaveral, taking a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office into orbit. The rocket — the primary craft of private space travel company United Launch Alliance — is scheduled to take off at 8:37AM ET, but ULA’s coverage of the launch will start about 20 minutes earlier, at 8:17AM ET. This will be ULA’s 23rd flight for the NRO, which operates a host of satellites used for intelligence gathering and surveillance.
  • First Click: Start your day with the most influential punk label (2016-07-28 07:30:02)
    Seminal Washington DC punk label Dischord made its entire back catalog available on Bandcamp this week, in the short gap between the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Most, if not all, of the tracks were available on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, but in making them totally free to listen to for anyone, it feels a little like Dischord was performing a public service — after two weeks of hectoring by presidential hopefuls, their peers, and their underlings, now's a perfect time to listen to the kind of angry, political punk that the label made its name putting out. Dischord was founded by friends Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson in 1980, originally to release a record by their band, the Teen Idles.
  • Tumblr will allow users to make money from ads (2016-07-28 07:23:27)
    Tumblr this week announced that it will roll out ads across all of its blogs, in a bid to increase revenue from the Yahoo-owned site. In a blog post published this week, Tumblr said that it is still working out the details of the program, and that a revenue split will be introduced at some point in the future. The announcement comes after Verizon announced that it agreed to buy Yahoo for $4.83 billion.
  • SoftBank sees sharp recovery for Sprint, flags much investment for ARM (2016-07-28 07:23:21)
    Japan's SoftBank Group Corp on Thursday flagged a sharp recovery for struggling U.S. unit Sprint and was bullish about long-term prospects for soon-to-be-acquired UK chip designer ARM . The telecoms and internet conglomerate unveiled plans this month to purchase ARM for $32 billion in cash, one of CEO Masayoshi Son's boldest bets yet, as he seeks to be at the forefront of the next wave of digital innovation. "I'm telling ARM management - let's increase the number of engineers, boost R&D spending and make investments proactively," Son told a briefing on SoftBank's first-quarter earnings where it reported flat profits.
  • Adobe's virtual oil paint adds texture to digital painting (2016-07-28 07:05:00)
  • Free Windows 10 upgrades end tomorrow (2016-07-28 06:39:59)
    Microsoft released Windows 10 almost a year ago on July 29th, 2015. The software maker has offered its latest OS to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users as a free upgrade for the past year, but that offer is about to run out. You only have one day left to upgrade to Windows 10 for free if you're currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
  • Uber will be legal in China in November (2016-07-28 06:29:32)
    Ride-hailing services like Uber will be legal in China as of November, Bloomberg reports, citing a document from the country's transportation ministry. Uber and its Chinese rival, Didi Chuxing, have so far been operating in a legal gray area, as the two companies vie for supremacy in the world's largest ride-hailing market, but the new regulations reviewed by Bloomberg will now allow them to compete freely. An earlier draft of the regulations called for a ban on the use of private cars for ride-hailing services, and would have limited the number of licenses available for drivers.
  • Level-5's 3DS puzzle series is back with 'Lady Layton' (2016-07-28 06:03:00)
  • China green lights ride-hailing services with new regulations (2016-07-28 05:30:29)
    By Jake Spring BEIJING (Reuters) - China has given the green light to online ride-hailing services, issuing guidelines that establish a long-awaited framework for the booming industry and remove uncertainty for firms such as Didi Chuxing and U.S. rival Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL]. While globally Uber leads the sector, Didi claims 87 percent of the Chinese market for private ride-hailing.
  • ​Compra anticipada de iPhone 7 comenzará el 9 de septiembre: reporte (2016-07-28 05:24:24)
    El reportero Evan Blass asegura que está confirmado el día en el que comenzarán a venderse los nuevos iPhone por lo cual es más que probable que el evento otoñal de Apple sea esa misma semana.
  • Amazon launches a page dedicated to Kickstarter projects (2016-07-28 05:11:31)
    Amazon this week launched a page dedicated to Kickstarter projects, collecting more than 300 products under a single hub. The new Kickstarter Collection is now available at Amazon Launchpad, the company's digital storefront for hardware startups and crowdfunded projects. Successful Kickstarter projects available on the new page include Piper, Zivix, and Prynt, and they cover a wide range of products.
  • 'Darksiders' rides again on PS4, Xbox One and Wii U (2016-07-28 05:02:00)
  • Microsoft Pix uses artificial intelligence to get the perfect shot (2016-07-28 04:59:50)
    For those disappointed with their photo-snapping skills, Microsoft is offering a new app to make every shot a perfect photo. Microsoft Pix takes a burst of 10 photos and its artificial intelligence automatically gets to work, acting as a virtual Photoshop. If the app deems any motion detected during the photo session worthy, it pulls it out to make a looping video through its Live Image feature.
  • Sky's 'Buy & Keep' store now sells movie and TV box sets (2016-07-28 04:40:00)
  • Didi Chuxing welcomes China's new ride-sharing rules (2016-07-28 04:25:09)
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing said on Thursday it welcomed new government rules regulating the industry and that it will make an "earnest effort" to comply. The rules take effect on Nov. 1. (Reporting by John Ruwitch)
  • China requires ride hailing services to sign labor contract with drivers (2016-07-28 04:24:44)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - New regulations require China's online ride-hailing services to sign labor contracts with drivers, the vice minister of transport, Liu Xiaoming, told a news conference on Thursday. China has issued the final version of a policy to regulate booming online ride-hailing services, according to a document made public on Thursday, for a sector where Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Chinese rival Didi Chuxing compete aggressively. (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk)
  • Uber China welcomes new regulations on ride-sharing (2016-07-28 04:14:58)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese arm of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Thursday it welcomes newly published government guidelines on ride-sharing services and sees the rules as an endorsement of the industry. "We welcome the new regulations, which send a clear message of support for ride-sharing and the benefits that it offers riders, drivers and cities," Zhen Liu, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy for Uber China, said in a statement. "This is a welcome step ... We look forward to working with policymakers around the country to put these regulations into practice. ...
  • Australia's biggest banks are tackling Apple Pay (2016-07-28 04:02:00)
  • LG Electronics' profit up 19 percent on TV, appliance sales (2016-07-28 03:52:12)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. says its second-quarter net income jumped 19 percent thanks to strong sales of high-end TVs and home appliances that outweighed another quarterly loss in its handset business.
  • LG’s V10 successor is coming soon (2016-07-28 03:45:09)
    LG’s G5 misstep has been a drag on the Korean company’s finances this year, and so its latest earnings report chooses to draw attention elsewhere: toward a new V series device coming in the next quarter. Recording a $132 million operating loss from its mobile division over the past three months, LG says it has met with "increased marketing expenditures and somewhat slow initial sales of G5 smartphone." The company did improve its total phone shipments by 3 percent, and it hopes that its upcoming launch of "the new V series" and a number of of mass-market devices will help right the ship.
  • China issues regulations for online ride-hailing services (2016-07-28 03:19:22)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has issued the final version of a policy to regulate booming online-ride hailing services, according to a document made public on Thursday, for a sector in which Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Chinese rival Didi Chuxing compete aggressively. The rules take effect on Nov. 1 and require, among other things, that drivers have a minimum of three years of experience behind the wheel to work with a ride-hailing service. Uber and Didi have invested billions to lure riders with discounts despite previously operating in a legal gray area in most of China. ...
  • Amazon brings its Dash grocery scanner to the UK (2016-07-28 03:18:00)
  • Sony is planning to sell its battery division to Murata (2016-07-28 02:52:37)
    Sony has announced that it's entered into negotiations to sell its battery business to Murata, a Japanese components company that plans to use the purchase to expand its energy operations. The sale is expected to include the Sony Energy Devices Corporation subsidiary as well as Sony's manufacturing operations in China and Singapore, though certain products like Sony's branded USB chargers and alkaline batteries will remain under the company's umbrella. Sony's battery business is a part of its Devices division, which also includes image sensors and other components.
  • 'Quantum Break' studio's next project isn't what you expect (2016-07-28 02:52:00)
  • SoftBank first-quarter profit flat, signs of sharp Sprint recovery seen (2016-07-28 02:50:38)
    By Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp reported flat first-quarter operating profit as solid earnings for its domestic telecommunications business offset losses at U.S. unit Sprint Corp . While the U.S. carrier posted wider losses in quarterly earnings this week, it also said it expected to be cash flow positive in the next financial year. "Sprint has been a drag, but I'm now seeing signs of a V-shaped recovery at Sprint," SoftBank's Chief Executive Masayoshi Son told an earnings briefing.
  • SoftBank first-quarter profit flat, profits at domestic telecoms business solid (2016-07-28 02:14:31)
    SoftBank Group Corp reported a 0.2 percent increase in first-quarter operating profit as solid profits in its domestic telecommunications business offset losses at U.S. unit Sprint Corp . SoftBank, which owns more than 80 percent of the U.S. wireless carrier, said April-June operating profit increased to 319.24 billion yen ($3.05 billion) from 318.56 billion yen a year earlier. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has said he went ahead with the ARM deal as he believed he was close to turning around Sprint.
  • South Korea to expand tax benefits for R&D spending to drive new growth (2016-07-28 02:07:57)
    South Korea's government plans to expand tax benefits for research and development of robotics and other technologies as it seeks out industries that could become new economic growth engines. Up to 30 percent of R&D expenses will be tax deductible for companies across 11 key sectors starting 2017, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance said in its annual review of the tax code on Thursday. Spending on development of artificial intelligence technologies, flexible displays, 3-D printing, and hyper-plastics are some of the areas subject to the tax code revision, it said.
  • Watch the Dota 2 International up close and personal in VR (2016-07-28 01:45:31)
    The International, Valve's premier e-sports tournament, is bringing the action closer to your eye holes than ever before with ways to watch the action in VR.
  • Yahoo's upgraded Messenger App is now on desktops (2016-07-28 01:37:07)
    The revamped Yahoo Messenger app, which first landed on mobile devices last December, is now available on Windows and Mac.
  • Playstation VR launching in Asia same day as US (2016-07-28 01:36:47)
    Gamers in Asia won't have to wait any longer than their American cousins to get their hands on Sony's VR platform -- though they'll have to pay a touch more.
  • New crop of robots to vie for space in the operating room (2016-07-28 01:29:42)
    By Susan Kelly CHICAGO (Reuters) - Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world. Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries - more than double current levels – is expected to be performed with robotic systems, with surgeons sitting at computer consoles guiding mechanical arms. Robotic surgery has been long dominated by pioneer Intuitive Surgical Inc, which has more than 3,600 of its da Vinci machines in hospitals worldwide and said last week the number of procedures that used them jumped by 16 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier.
  • BigScreen adds audio sharing to fulfill its 'Virtual LAN' promise (2016-07-28 01:28:00)
  • Bytes and barrels: the origins of oil traders' love of Yahoo (2016-07-28 01:06:54)
    For the oil industry, Yahoo Inc's decision this week to sell its core business to Verizon Communications Inc for $4.8 billion does not matter all that much. Back then, Yahoo's technology revolutionized the industry, helping usher in a new era of high-speed communication that changed the way millions of barrels of oil traded daily. For Gene Grabinski, who was trading crude in Chicago for BP Plc , one of the largest energy companies in the world, it was just the solution needed to stem the endless flood of phone calls as he bought and sold crude in the Midwest and U.S. Gulf.
  • Obama and Bloomberg and Biden, oh my! Twitter reacts to DNC heavyweights (2016-07-28 00:31:10)
    President Barack Obama throws his support to his former rival and everyone slams Republican nominee Donald Trump on the third night of the Democratic National Convention.
  • Study identifies two new carcinogens in e-cigarette vapor (2016-07-28 00:23:00)
  • Donald Trump actually used a laptop for his Reddit AMA (2016-07-28 00:02:57)
    Donald Trump's short and inoffensive "ask me anything" session on Reddit this evening didn't give much of an insight into the extravagantly coiffed man who could be US president, but thanks to a photo posted to his official Facebook page, we get to see just what he was up to when he was answering tonight's questions. It's the same hand that seems to have a mind of its own during Trump's speeches, pointing, waving, and otherwise flitting about as its owner makes his points, and it, combined with Trump's expression of mild confusion, makes the pose look a little awkward. The image is one of the rare times we've actually got to see Trump near a laptop — or a computer of any kind.
  • Samsung Electronics tips 'solid' second-half profits on components pickup (2016-07-27 23:46:38)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects solid earnings to continue in the second half of 2016, with stronger components demand likely offsetting heightened margin pressures for smartphones. The world's No. 1 maker of smartphones and memory chips said mobile profits would weaken in the second half after soaring 57 percent in April-June, and flagged higher marketing costs to combat new products from rivals. While smartphone earnings looked choppy, Samsung said the components business would buttress second-half earnings amid signs of recovery in memory chip and display panel prices after a global slowdown in gadget sales.
  • Researchers believe Jupiter's Red Spot is heated by thunder (2016-07-27 23:44:00)
  • The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Skimming links for fun and profit (2016-07-27 23:28:04)
    Mr. Robot is a show built on hacks. It’s rare to get through an episode without at least one digital intrusion, often drawn from real life. Each week, we'll be running through Mr. Robot's C Y B E R activities — who got hacked, why, and how much magic would be required to make them actually work.
  • Mercedes unveils world's first completely electric semi truck (2016-07-27 23:09:00)
  • The key to unlocking large-scale glasses-free 3D might be...the Nintendo 3DS? (Tomorrow Daily 398) (2016-07-27 22:35:03)
    Generally, we don't love 3D at the movies, but if this team at MIT can make high-quality 3D happen someday, we're listening.
  • Apple has finally sold its billionth iPhone (2016-07-27 22:31:00)
  • Samsung sees profit rise on sales of Galaxy S7 (2016-07-27 22:22:33)
    The South Korean company beats expectations thanks in part to strong sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • Online activist group petitions to keep Trump out of security briefings (2016-07-27 22:21:02)
    Credo Action is seeking 10,000 online signatures on a petition that urges the government to not let the GOP presidential nominee attend security briefings.
  • Samsung's mobile division is the company's top earner (2016-07-27 22:15:00)
  • Samsung found a way to turbocharge smartphones without upgrading chips or RAM (2016-07-27 22:00:45)
    “[A] common belief is that phone performance can only be improved in two ways, either using a faster processor or increasing the RAM.” You may think that’s a quote from Apple, perhaps the introduction of an explanation of why the iPhone regularly bests Android flagships in performance despite having specs that never seem to measure up on paper. But you’d be wrong. That’s how Samsung starts a new video intended to explain that mid-range devices can be very powerful without sporting high-end specs. This only begs the question: If Samsung can pull off amazing performance without bumping up processor speed or adding more RAM, why does it keep doing that with every new Galaxy S and Galaxy Note model it launches? MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Samsung posted the new video on its Samsung Mobile India page to describe a new feature of the Galaxy J2 Pro 2016 edition, the Turbo Speed Technology (TST) that’s supposed to offer a fast, fluid smartphone experience. Samsung says its engineers went back to the drawing board to come up with software and hardware optimizations meant to improve smartphone experience even on a device that doesn’t have a cutting-edge processor or tons of RAM. Samsung did shrunk some of the most used smartphone apps down, so that they consume less RAM while in use. TST also includes a “proactive app management” feature that lets the phone automatically kill apps that aren’t being used to free up more RAM. Finally, an “intelligent memory control” feature is supposed to rearrange and declutter RAM, to make more RAM available when it’s needed. The TST feature is available only on the Galaxy J2 Pro, but it’ll presumably come to other Android smartphones from Samsung in the near future. In fact, it’ll be interesting if TST will be included on the Galaxy Note 7, one of those upcoming devices that will have both a faster processor and more RAM – 6GB of RAM to be more precise. We won't be able to answer that question until next Tuesday when Samsung unveils the new Note 7, so check out the video below in the meantime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh_333mq9Ro
  • The internet's Ice Bucket Challenge funded a medical discovery (2016-07-27 21:58:00)
  • Smartphone sales drive Samsung Q2 profit (2016-07-27 21:42:20)
    Solid sales of its flagship smartphone and an aggressive cost-cutting drive saw Samsung Electronics on Thursday post a better-than-expected gain in net profit for the second quarter. The giant South Korean conglomerate said its key mobile division enjoyed "substantial earnings improvement" in the April-June period led by expanded sales of its high-end Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones. Industry trackers estimate that the world's largest smartphone maker has sold about 26 million units of the S7 since it hit stores in March ahead of launches by competitors, including arch-rival Apple.
  • Donald Trump’s Reddit Q&A session was surprisingly bland (2016-07-27 21:41:10)
    Donald Trump gave a series of surprisingly inoffensive answers to fans in his Reddit "ask me anything" session tonight. After a press conference filled with off-the-cuff and sometimes bizarre comments, his visit to Reddit stronghold r/The_Donald was marked by conspicuously anodyne responses — which, to be honest, was probably the best outcome anyone could have hoped for. Reddit’s official, high-profile AMAs — like the 2012 one with Barack Obama — are usually held on the subreddit r/IAmA.
  • For real, Ford has revolutionized the cupholder (2016-07-27 21:35:04)
    There are a lot of places you might expect Ford to innovate and improve in its Super Duty pickup truck. The biggest innovation in the 2017 Super Duty is this incredible quad-barreled cupholder. You might think, like I did, that the cupholder was pretty much as good as it was gonna get.
  • Tor Project says it has confirmed sexual misconduct by developer Jacob Appelbaum (2016-07-27 21:27:43)
    The Tor Project, a nonprofit known for its online anonymity software, says it has verified claims that former employee Jacob Appelbaum engaged in "sexually aggressive behavior" with people inside and outside of its organization. "We have confirmed that the events did take place as reported," Shari Steele, Tor's executive director, tells The Verge. In a blog post today, Steele says that Tor began an investigation into Appelbaum's behavior after several people came forward with allegations of misconduct in late May. "Many people inside and outside the Tor Project have reported incidents of being humiliated, intimidated, bullied, and frightened by Jacob, and several experienced unwanted sexually aggressive behavior from him," Steele writes.
  • Lastpass addresses two major vulnerabilities found by users (2016-07-27 21:12:00)
  • Marvel fans show us how ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ really should have ended (2016-07-27 21:00:25)
    Although Batman v Superman stole the negative spotlight this summer, comic book fans weren't all that enthused with X-Men: Apocalypse either . That's not to say that critics and fans alike didn't have anything nice to say about the movie, but it certainly wasn't the critical reaction 20th Century Fox was hoping for. So what could the studio have done to fix the highly anticipated sequel? DON'T MISS:  10 of the worst mistakes in DC movies that you probably never noticed Well, they could have asked the fans for help. That's what the How It Should Have Ended (HISHE) team did, anyway. HISHE has been "fixing" movies for years , providing us with hysterical, but surprisingly effective, ending for some of the biggest releases in recent memory. But rather than solve the X-Men: Apocalypse ending themselves, this time they decided to ask their viewers to submit ideas. What you're about to see is the result of mashing together all of the best ideas they received: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b47lvO4N-7A This ridiculous mashup actually debuted at Comic-Con last week, but now everyone who wasn't able to attend the convention can see it. As you might expect, it's not nearly as focused as many of the best HISHE videos, but it turns out that the HISHE viewers have some genuinely funny ideas floating around in their heads. Plus, it's got Deadpool in it.
  • Strong Galaxy S7 sales push Samsung to biggest profits in over two years (2016-07-27 20:58:33)
    Samsung Electronics has published its full second-quarter earnings, confirming earlier guidance that indicated the company's strongest profits in over two years. Samsung's mobile division accounted for over half of that revenue and profit, with the company pointing to strong sales of its well-received flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones that continued from the previous quarter. The larger, more expensive Edge phone made up over half of Galaxy S7 sales, improving profitability for the lineup, while Samsung also benefited from a streamlined mid-to-low-end product lineup.
  • Wikileaks has published a new batch of voicemails from the DNC hack (2016-07-27 20:38:24)
    Wikileaks has released a cache of voicemails taken from a hack of the Democratic National Committee, in a publication it has dubbed The DNC Recordings. The release comes just days after a much larger publication, which included 19,000 emails from the top DNC figures as well as credit card and social security numbers from a number of top donors. The 29 voicemails contain far less newsworthy information than the earlier dump, with the most notable being an extended complaint by an anti-Sanders donor upset at the committee’s accommodation of the Sanders’ campaign’s demands.
  • Samsung Electronics tips 'solid' second-half profit on components pickup (2016-07-27 20:24:08)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects solid earnings to continue in the second half of 2016, with stronger components demand likely offsetting heightened margin pressures for smartphones. "Looking ahead to the second half of 2016, the company expects its solid performance to continue compared to the first half, mainly driven by earnings increase in the component business," Samsung said in a statement. April-June profit rose 18 percent from a year earlier to 8.1 trillion won ($7.17 billion), the highest since the first quarter of 2014, Samsung said.
  • Twitch now makes highlight clips on any channel (2016-07-27 20:24:00)
  • This Android app is the best way to find pokémon on the go (2016-07-27 20:21:54)
    There's an entire digital cottage industry sprouting up around Pokémon Go, the explosively popular augmented reality game that has people hitting the streets scouring for imaginary pocket monsters. Naturally, the most common of these third-party products revolve around maps that help you locate which pokémon are nearby and when they tend to disappear. The app comes courtesy of app maker Joaquim Vergès, and it's hands-down the most clean and responsive Pokémon Go map I've used.
  • Brazil prosecutor freezes $11.7 million of Facebook funds due to WhatsApp case (2016-07-27 20:21:42)
    The public federal prosecutor in the Brazilian state of Amazonas said on Wednesday the court there froze 38 million reais ($11.7 million) of funds held in Facebook Inc's account for failing to comply with a court order to supply data on users of the company's WhatsApp messaging service who are under criminal investigation. The prosecutor's office said the funds frozen correspond to the fines for failing to comply with court order to turn over data. Facebook representatives were not immediately available for comment.
  • Tech firms call on lawmakers to invest in STEM ed, reform immigration (2016-07-27 20:08:50)
    Representatives from Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon tell Democratic members of Congress they need a better-educated and more diverse workforce to stay competitive in the global economy.
  • Looking for official Android tips and tricks? Google’s got you covered (2016-07-27 20:00:16)
    You might be well versed in the ways of the Android, but not everyone is, especially beginners who are just discovering Google’s mobile operating system. However, regardless of your level of expertise in Android matters, you can now find answers to some of your pressing questions by bookmarking a new Google resource, a Tips and Tricks section the company published on its Android site. DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Available at this link , the Tips and Tricks mini-site goes through a bunch of various troubleshooting categories. A Featured section is the first one to load up, showing you solutions to common problems like accessing photos, changing the phone’s wallpaper, using voice to navigate the device, or using battery saving mode to extend battery life. Aside from the featured section, there are seven other categories, each containing a few tips and tricks, including Privacy and Security , Voice , Camera and Photo , Battery , Customization , More Apps , and Settings . The tips are presented using a card-like interface, with each card listing a particular problem, and the steps required to mitigate it. Clicking on Learn more inside the card brings up a pop-up window that contains the step-by-step information you need. Most smartphone users are probably aware of many of these tips and tricks, but the site is still a resource worth remembering in case you can’t find a solution for your problem on your Android device. The best thing you could do with it is to forward it to your parents if they’re rocking Android devices. They might annoy you less with Android help requests after that.
  • Samsung posts 1.7 pct rise in Q2 net profit (2016-07-27 19:58:53)
    Seoul (AFP) - Strong sales of its flagship smartphone and an effective cost-cutting drive saw Samsung Electronics post a 1.7 percent year-on-year gain to $5.2 billion in second quarter net profit on Thursday.
  • Samsung Electronics says second-quarter profit up 18 percent versus year earlier (2016-07-27 19:50:12)
    South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its second-quarter operating profit rose 18 percent from a year earlier to its best in more than two years, propelled by a pickup in smartphone earnings. Samsung said in a regulatory filing its April-June operating profit was 8.1 trillion won ($7.17 billion), matching the 8.1 trillion won it guided for in early July. The mobile division operating profit jumped 57 percent from a year earlier to 4.32 trillion won, the highest in two years.
  • Samsung reports 2 percent gain in 2Q net profit (2016-07-27 19:49:54)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics says its second-quarter earnings rose 2 percent over a year earlier.
  • Donald Trump is making the internet great again with a Reddit AMA (2016-07-27 19:45:14)
    Future Galactic President Trump is currently hosting an Ask Me Anything on Reddit . Once the preserve of celebrities trying to schill their new movie, Reddit AMAs are seemingly a rite of passage for internet-concious public figures, with President Obama famously using the site to help get re-elected. This AMA is promising to go a little differently, though. It's being hosted on /r/The_Donald, a rabidly pro-Trump subreddit that doesn't really allow dissent of the great and glorious leader. DON'T MISS:  Reddit isn’t going to like this new plan for sponsored content If you want to take part in the AMA, good luck. There's nearly 20,000 comments at the time of posting, and a stringent set of rules about who is able to ask a question. You can't have a brand-new Reddit account, and you need an active account with over 500 karma to ask a question. Also, the sub is still applying its normal rules, meaning only pro-Trump opinions are really allowed. So far, Trump has answered a couple softball questions. You can keep track of all his replies by viewing his account's commenting history here . So far, we've got such stunning revelations as: Honestly I think NASA is wonderful! America has always led the world in space exploration. Keeping Crooked Hillary Clinton out of the White House! I have been very concerned about media bias and the total dishonesty of the press. I think new media is a great way to get out the truth. If you've been following this campaign like the rest of the human race, you'll know these are par-for-the-course things for Trump to say. The only real thing of interest so far has been the appearance of right-wing trollmaster Milo Yiannopoulos , who has shown up a couple times in the thread to lob Trump a couple softballs. We'll be keeping a watchful eye on Trump (or whichever poor campaign staffer is answering these questions) and keep updating throughout the evening.
  • Google Play's new Family Library lets you share purchases (2016-07-27 19:43:13)
    Family Library gives family members access to Google Play purchases.
  • Major League Soccer deal lets you buy tickets on other websites (2016-07-27 19:38:00)
  • Microsoft Pix review (2016-07-27 19:37:00)
    Take better photos without extra effort
  • Nintendo's Mario eyes a Mickey Mouse merchandising makeover (2016-07-27 19:36:52)
    By Makiko Yamazaki and Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Flush with the stunning popularity of the Pokemon GO mobile game, Nintendo aims to make more from marketing popular characters such as Super Mario, taking a leaf from the Walt Disney playbook where Mickey Mouse and friends bring in billions of merchandising dollars each year. The success of Pokemon GO - created by Nintendo, Pokemon Company and Niantic, a Google spinoff - may signal that Nintendo's move to let its characters roam beyond that console universe could help revitalize a company that had grown from a card game maker in nineteenth century Kyoto to the world's top computer game and console maker.
  • MIT's ridesharing network is learning to dodge pedestrians (2016-07-27 18:58:00)
  • Mark your calendars for Netflix return of 'Gilmore Girls,' 'Black Mirror' (2016-07-27 18:57:45)
    Lorelai and Rory will start in with the sassiness right after Thanksgiving, so fans have something new to be thankful for this year.
  • Qualcomm agrees to pay $19.5 million in gender discrimination settlement (2016-07-27 18:47:23)
    Plaintiffs in the class action suit said women at Qualcomm were paid less than "the men who work beside them."
  • Reddit isn’t going to like this new plan for sponsored content (2016-07-27 18:30:22)
    Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the internet," is a stupendously popular online community. It also makes very little money, despite that user base. So in an effort to do a Facebook and turn karma into money, the site is going to start allowing companies to sponsor user-submitted posts. In an interview with AdAge , Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman confirmed that starting on August 4th, Reddit will debut a new type of ad called Promoted User Posts. DON'T MISS:  Ultimate Pokemon Go cheat lets you walk anywhere in the game without moving an inch This is how it will work according to AdAge: " If someone creates a giant replica  of a Taco Bell hot sauce packet, for example, and shares it on Reddit, the restaurant chain could step in and sponsor that post. In turn, Reddit will display it in different parts of its website and target specific users that the brand wants to reach." Posts will only get promoted with the consent of the users. People whose posts are promoted won't get paid, but they do get a lifetime of Reddit Gold. Knowing how the Reddit community responds to the world of business ( see: /r/hailcorporate ), I suspect that this change isn't going to go down well with users. People on the internet tend to forget that they don't have exclusive rights over content they submit to communities. A few years ago , there was a huge backlash when Instagram changed its terms of service to suggest the company was going to start monetizing user posts. With Reddit's more militant community and lingering hatred of Reddit administration, this plan might not be the pure money-maker Reddit wants it to be.
  • Self-proclaimed socialist who owns ClintonKaine.com sets price at $90,000 (2016-07-27 18:17:40)
    As Donald Trump might say, the markup is yuge. Pegg, who originally supported Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, currently uses the site to host "Hillary Potter" comics, an election-tinged Harry Potter parody. According to him, the domain doesn’t contain Hillary Clinton’s trademark, because ClintonKaine.com was his fan fiction brand before Clinton announced her running mate.
  • Disappointing earnings revive speculation on Twitter's future (2016-07-27 18:13:21)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc disappointed investors yet again on Tuesday with second-quarter earnings that missed estimates and a lower-than-expected outlook, reviving chatter about a possible sale of the company and the future of Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey. With the stock falling almost 15 percent Wednesday, Twitter shares are down 50 percent since Dorsey returned last summer to the helm of the social media company he co-founded. At a market cap of about $11 billon, compared with more than $40 billion at its peak, Twitter could now be a more attractive takeover target.
  • Facebook just can't stop growing (2016-07-27 18:12:00)
  • Eddie Redmayne will star in historical thriller The Last Days of Night (2016-07-27 18:04:59)
    Eddie Redmayne has just signed on to star in the upcoming adaptation of The Last Days Of Night. The film with the same name is about the epic clash between industry titan George Westinghouse and inventor Thomas Edison over one question: who invented the lightbulb? It's set to be released sometime in late 2017, according to Deadline and will be directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers).
  • Apple says one billion iPhones have been sold (2016-07-27 18:04:08)
    Apple announced Wednesday the sale of its billionth iPhone, a milestone for the company as it seeks to keep momentum in a competitive smartphone market. "IPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history," he said in a statement. IPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day.
  • Call John Cusack: 400 boom boxes blast their way on to auction block (2016-07-27 18:03:27)
    The legendary mobile music machine was everywhere in the 1980s and 1990s, and now you can own more than you'll ever have room for.
  • Correction: Timber Town's Comeback story (2016-07-27 18:01:50)
    PRINEVILLE, Oregon (AP) — In a story July 27 about a rural Oregon town that has reinvented itself as a high-tech outpost, The Associated Press reported erroneously when Facebook came to Prineville to look for a site for a data center. It was seven years ago, not 15.
  • New Feminist Frequency video dissects 'Women are too hard to animate' (2016-07-27 18:01:00)
  • New video shows how big Tesla’s Gigafactory really is (2016-07-27 18:00:23)
    Anything called a "Gigafactory" being built in the Nevada desert was always going to be big. (There's no other reason to build something in the Nevada desert, for one.) But a new behind-the-scenes video from  Wired  shows the speed and ambition that Tesla is applying to building Elon Musk's new supervillain lair the factory where the Model 3 will be made. The Gigafactory is under construction in Sparks, Nevada. When it's finished, it will be the biggest building in the world by footprint, and will churn out batteries for 500,000 Model 3s per year. But first, Tesla needs four walls and a roof. DON'T MISS:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Wired 's video does a good job of showing off how impatient Tesla is being. The first section of the factory is already up and running, assembling battery cells into battery packs. At the same time, the basic structure of another factory section is being built outside. Other parts of the factory are still just hot sand. https://youtu.be/bFYlEDrE3tc Scaling up production is probably Tesla's hardest challenge for the next few years, even above expanding its autonomous driving technology or fighting with regulators over car sales. Tesla has already struggled with quality control on the Model X, a car that's being produced in much lower volume than the Model 3. If quality slips with volume (a fairly usual thing with manufacturing), Tesla will have a real struggle on its hands. None of this is dampening Musk's enthusiasm, of course. Tesla's founder laid out a roadmap for the next few years recently, and it includes starting a ridesharing service, making a Tesla pickup, and building public transportation systems. No resting on laurels, then.
  • A Donald Trump Bluetooth speaker as bold as the man himself (2016-07-27 17:49:28)
    A Russian company invites audiophiles to play Donald Trump "like he's been playing you" with a Bluetooth speaker embedded in a bust of the GOP presidential nominee.
  • Facebook trounces Wall Street estimates with sharp ad sales growth (2016-07-27 17:48:23)
    The world's most popular website and phone app provided more evidence on Wednesday that it is getting better at turning eyeballs into profits as Facebook Inc trounced Wall Street's estimates, sending its shares to an all-time high. The leading social media company's mobile app and push into video attracted new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to spend more. "Facebook has shown that you can be a giant and you can be innovative," said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.
  • Live video has made Facebook the place to be (2016-07-27 17:40:13)
    Mark Zuckerberg's focus on live video has turned the social network into a destination of the political stage.
  • 'Life is Strange' is getting its own digital series (2016-07-27 17:35:00)
  • Facebook beats 2Q forecasts, user numbers grow, stock soars (2016-07-27 17:18:59)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's stock is trading higher after the world's biggest social media company handily surpassed Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter, barreling ahead on mobile advertisements, user growth and the next frontier — video.
  • Netflix renews Lady Dynamite and a bunch of other stuff (2016-07-27 17:11:05)
    Netflix has just renewed a big handful of shows, and announced a smaller handful of new ones. The most exciting renewal is probably Maria Bamford's Lady Dynamite, a sitcom that's not only funny and absurd, it also offers a sharp and vulnerable portrayal of mental illness. Netflix hasn't announced how many episodes the second season will get — only that it will arrive sometime in 2017.
  • The new 'Gilmore Girls' series comes to Netflix on November 25th (2016-07-27 17:11:00)
  • Netflix will be releasing new episodes of Black Mirror on October 21st (2016-07-27 17:10:43)
    One of the best and darkest science fiction shows ever created is coming back — soon. Netflix announced today that it will be releasing a new, six-episode season of Black Mirror on October 21st. Variety has also confirmed that new episodes would arrive on October 31st.
  • Even more leaked photos of the Galaxy Note 7 we want (2016-07-27 17:05:46)
    The Galaxy Note 7 is going to be unveiled in a few days, and Samsung’s next-gen phablet -- what will likely become the best performing Android device of the year -- will finally be official. However, most leaks so far have suggested the phone will come in a single curved “edge” flavor, which isn’t necessarily good news for everyone. DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Sure, the dual-edge design of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 is certainly appealing, and the phones look amazing, and they feel great in hand – of those, the Galaxy S7 edge is the clear winner. But not all buyers want curved displays in a smartphone, particularly in a type of device that comes with a built-in stylus, the kind of accessory that might not be that friendly to curved display edges. However, more recent leaks have also shown the Galaxy Note 7 in a flat version, suggesting that Samsung might have two Galaxy Note 7 models in stores this year. Dutch blog TechTastic found even more pictures on Weibo, showing the flat Galaxy Note 7 in action – yes, the screen is turned on in the images at the end of this post. The leak also includes two screenshots that seem to confirm the phone’s specs, including a 2K AMOLED display, octa-core 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 12-megapixel camera, and Android 6.0.1. The fact that more images showing a flat new Note are appearing in leaks doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung will actually sell this model anywhere in the world. We might be looking at pictures of prototype devices, so don’t get too excited about a flat Galaxy Note 7 just yet. Samsung will tell us all about the new Note on August 2nd, during a special Unpacked media event in New York. Meanwhile, check out this latest batch of leaked Galaxy Note 7 photos below.
  • Beyerdynamic's new Byron earbuds are designed to take on the go (2016-07-27 17:03:04)
    High-end audio company Beyerdynamic announced three new earbuds this week that it imagines will be affordable and reliable options for people who use their phones to listen to music. The cheapest pair in the Byron series will sell for $54, and the most expensive model — the BTA — will sell for $219. The cheapest pair connects through a traditional headphone jack, whereas the two more expensive models — the BT and BTA — connect to a phone through Bluetooth.
  • It's official: Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones (2016-07-27 17:01:21)
    CEO Tim Cook says during a company meeting that Apple shipped its billionth iPhone last week.
  • Escucha el tema de 'Pokémon' creado con piezas de computadora (2016-07-27 16:52:36)
    Un músico programó 64 unidades de diskette, ocho discos duros y dos escáners para que reprodujeran la canción principal de la popular serie animada japonesa.
  • LastPass password vault reportedly not so secure (2016-07-27 16:52:13)
    A security researcher with a record of hunting down holes finds a big one that could give hackers access to your online accounts. LastPass says, though, that the flaw has since been fixed.
  • Yahoo launches its redesigned Messenger app for desktops (2016-07-27 16:45:00)
  • GoPro revenue plunges 47 percent, but beats estimates (2016-07-27 16:38:10)
    (Reuters) - GoPro Inc's quarterly revenue plunged 47.4 percent, but beat analysts' estimates, which have been sharply lowered on shrinking demand for the company's body-mounted point-of-view cameras. GoPro's revenue fell to $220.8 million in the second quarter ended June 30 from $419.9 million a year earlier. Analysts on average were expecting revenue of $194.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. That is about 20 percent lower than the estimate on May 5, when GoPro reported first-quarter results and delayed the launch of its Karma drone until the holiday season.
  • Apple sold its billionth iPhone last week (2016-07-27 16:33:50)
    When Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone back in 2007, the Apple co-founder laid out a rather modest goal for the company's revolutionary smartphone -- to sell 1 million units. At the time, 1 million in unit sales represented approximately 1% of the global smartphone market. And not only did Apple reach that goal with ease, it quickly became apparent that the iPhone itself was a juggernaut, a once-in-a-lifetime product that would forever change the way we interact with technology. With each passing quarter, iPhone sales continued to skyrocket. Indeed, it wasn't until the company's March 2016 quarter that iPhone sales would experience their first year-over-year sales decline. That said, Apple last week reached an impressive new milestone -- 1 billion iPhones sold. DON'T MISS:  Ultimate Pokemon Go cheat lets you walk anywhere in the game without moving an inch Word of Apple's incredible milestone came via a press release issued earlier today. During an employee meeting at Apple last week, CEO Tim Cook made the following statement: iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day. Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day. As for how we got here, the following chart maps out all of Apple's quarterly iPhone sales from 2007 all the way to the present. And for a little trip down memory lane, here's Steve Jobs masterfully introducing the iPhone back in 2007. What's particularly crazy about the original iPhone introduction is that the actual product vastly exceeded even the most wildly optimistic expectations about what the device was going to be like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hUIxyE2Ns8 Developing...
  • Find, download, and install iOS apps safely from the App Store (2016-07-27 16:29:00)
    Bend Apple's iTunes to your will, find the right iOS app, spot the fakes, install manually or automatically, and delete apps.
  • This magic chat app puts Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Skype all in one place (2016-07-27 16:25:24)
    I spend a significant portion of my day swapping between messaging apps: Slack for work, Facebook Messenger for friends in the US and WhatsApp for friends abroad. It can be frustrating at times, but at this point, it's simply part of my routine. But what if it didn't have to be? What if I could have them all in one place? Introducing: All-in-One Messenger . DON'T MISS:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before All-in-One Messenger is a web-based chat app for Chrome that lets you log into over twenty messenger platforms at once, all in a single window. Additionally, you can log into as many accounts on the same platform as you like, so you won't have to log in and out if you need to access a secondary account. If you want to stay in the loop all day long, you can even allow the app to send you notifications when you receive a message, allowing you to reply with a single click. On the other hand, if you can't miss your Slack messages but want to remain undisturbed by Facebook, you can turn off notifications for specific apps. Rather than listing all the platforms that the app supports, we took a screenshot: It's not the first app of its kind, but it's definitely one of the sleekest and most functional. You can download it free today from the Chrome Web Store .
  • Facebook continues to thrive, closing in on 2 billion monthly users (2016-07-27 16:23:58)
    Facebook posted its second quarter earnings for investors today. If Facebook continues growing at this pace, it will have over 2 billion monthly active users by the end of next year. Since its IPO four years ago, Facebook’s stock price has more than tripled.
  • Apple has sold over 1 billion iPhones (2016-07-27 16:22:30)
    Apple recently sold its billionth iPhone, the company announced today. During a meeting at Apple's Cupertino headquarters this morning, CEO Tim Cook made an appearance to celebrate the major milestone. "iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history," Cook said.
  • Amazon announces category just for Kickstarter projects (2016-07-27 16:17:00)
  • Amazing fake trailer shows us what Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Suicide Squad’ would look like (2016-07-27 16:15:48)
    Suicide Squad is hopefully going to be one of the best movies from the DC Comics cinematic universe, a story about a team of anti-heroes assembled by the US government to take part in a crucial suicide mission. We’ve already seen a variety of trailers featuring some of the most dangerous members of this squad, so we know what kind of characters to expect. But what if Quentin Tarantino made Suicide Squad ? Would we have the same villains in this deadly team? Would they even stick to a DC Comics script? Would it somehow be even bloodier? MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before The video below is a parody trailer that imagines what Quentin Tarantino’s Suicide Squad would be like. Rather than seeing the Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and all the other bad guys from the comics, YouTube channel Loot Crate Production came up with a Suicide Squad based entirely on characters from Tarantino movies. We’ve got The Bride, Django, Jules, Gogo and Aldo ready to wreak havoc in this special version of  Suicide Squad , and you really have to see it. The plot has changed as well. These anti-heroes will not face whatever’s coming to them in the DC Comics universe. Instead, they’re going to war against Nazi Germany. In other words, it looks like Tarantino’s Suicide Squad would be another version of Inglorious Basterds . That said, the real Suicide Squad comes out August 5th. In the meantime, you definitely should check out the video embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBlfSnsehC4
  • Microsoft Pix wants to use AI to improve your iPhone photos (2016-07-27 16:12:24)
    Microsoft's new app, Pix, uses AI to edit your iPhone photos for you and improve the quality of your shots with additional tools like stabilization and exposure.
  • The RedMi Pro is Xiaomi's first dual-camera smartphone (2016-07-27 16:09:40)
    Xiaomi has announced the RedMi Pro, its first smartphone with a dual-camera setup. The RedMi Pro features a 13MP Sony IMX258 sensor along with a 5MP Samsung sensor on the rear of the device, which Xiaomi says will produce DSLR-quality photos. The RedMi Pro is also the first Xiaomi smartphone display to use an OLED display.
  • Amazon is giving period drama The Last Tycoon a series order (2016-07-27 16:02:31)
    Amazon is ordering its starry F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Last Tycoon to series after a successful June pilot run, according to Deadline. The full series doesn't have a premiere date yet, but it's joining shows like the feminist '60s drama Good Girls Revolt, the Bryan Cranston-produced Sneaky Pete, and Tig Notaro's One Mississippi on Amazon's crowded production slate.
  • Flagship 'Dota 2' tournament sets cash prize record (2016-07-27 15:56:00)
  • Starz is making an American version of the UK's Peep Show (2016-07-27 15:48:53)
    Peep Show, the weird, cynical British comedy starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, will return in a new form on American TV. Variety reports that Starz is developing an American version of the show stateside. Like the US version of The Office, Starz's Peep Show will be an entirely different series than the one that ran for nine seasons on the UK's Channel 4.
  • Motorola isn’t worried about making sure your Android phone is secure (2016-07-27 15:48:34)
    We've all heard it before: the best thing you can do to keep your computer safe from hackers is to update regularly. Software companies push updates to fix known flaws in their operating systems, and hackers routinely search for old software versions so that they can take advantage of known security flaws that no one's bothered to patch yet. So it's a little unnerving to hear that Motorola, maker of some of the world's best Android phones, doesn't really think that making Android security updates available in a timely manner is particularly important. DON'T MISS:  6 of the best Gmail tricks you never knew existed To be absolutely clear, Android as a platform has a problem with updates and security updates. Unlike iOS devices, which get the update as soon as Apple has tested it, there's a few more steps to the Android update process. Google has to issue an update, which manufacturers then have to tweak, cell carriers have to mess with a little, and then the update finally gets pushed to customers. It's a painstaking process that takes months of time, and serious money for the hardware manufacturers that they'll never see back. But timely updates are also the cornerstone of good mobile security. With major flaws like Stagefright being revealed every year -- flaws that can only be fixed with a security patch -- updates that get pushed in days or weeks, not months, are important. This is where Motorola comes in. As first spotted by  Ars Technica , the company has decided not to commit to monthly Android security updates, even for its newest devices. When asked to comment on this story, Motorola didn't address specific questions about security concerns, and stuck to the line that monthly updates are "difficult": Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it's difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade. As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them. Everything in the statement is technically true: issuing fewer updates is certainly "most efficient" for Motorola, and cranking out monthly updates for a number of devices is difficult. But the statement is symptomatic of a pretty cavalier attitude from many Android manufacturers towards security. With profits difficult to find in the high-end smartphone business (if you're not called Apple, that is), spending money issuing free security updates is a difficult ask. Google is aware of the reputation Android has for poor security (compared to iOS), which is why it created the Android Security Bulletin program to issue monthly security updates. But if manufacturers refuse to commit to the program -- and Moto seems to be leading the charge here -- it's not going to do much to fix Android's " toxic hellstew " of vulnerabilities.
  • Motorola doesn’t really care about making your Android phone secure (2016-07-27 15:48:34)
    We've all heard it before: the best thing you can do to keep your computer safe from hackers is to update regularly. Software companies push updates to fix known flaws in their operating systems, and hackers routinely search for old software versions so that they can take advantage of known security flaws that no one's bothered to patch yet. So it's a little unnerving to hear that Motorola, maker of some of the world's best Android phones, doesn't really think that making Android security updates available in a timely manner is particularly important. DON'T MISS:  6 of the best Gmail tricks you never knew existed To be absolutely clear, Android as a platform has a problem with updates and security updates. Unlike iOS devices, which get the update as soon as Apple has tested it, there's a few more steps to the Android update process. Google has to issue an update, which manufacturers then have to tweak, cell carriers have to mess with a little, and then the update finally gets pushed to customers. It's a painstaking process that takes months of time, and serious money for the hardware manufacturers that they'll never see back. But timely updates are also the cornerstone of good mobile security. With major flaws like Stagefright being revealed every year -- flaws that can only be fixed with a security patch -- updates that get pushed in days or weeks, not months, are important. This is where Motorola comes in. As first spotted by  Ars Technica , the company has decided not to commit to monthly Android security updates, even for its newest devices. When asked to comment on this story, Motorola didn't address specific questions about security concerns, and stuck to the line that monthly updates are "difficult": Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it's difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade. As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them. Everything in the statement is technically true: issuing fewer updates is certainly "most efficient" for Motorola, and cranking out monthly updates for a number of devices is difficult. But the statement is symptomatic of a pretty cavalier attitude from many Android manufacturers towards security. With profits difficult to find in the high-end smartphone business (if you're not called Apple, that is), spending money issuing free security updates is a difficult ask. Google is aware of the reputation Android has for poor security (compared to iOS), which is why it created the Android Security Bulletin program to issue monthly security updates. But if manufacturers refuse to commit to the program -- and Moto seems to be leading the charge here -- it's not going to do much to fix Android's " toxic hellstew " of vulnerabilities.
  • Can't find a co-worker or a meeting room? At VMware, there's an app for that (2016-07-27 15:43:00)
    VMware is rolling out beacons and a new mobile app at its headquarters to help employees navigate the vast campus and even find EV charging spots for their Prius.
  • SpaceX's Mars lander mission said to cost $300 million (2016-07-27 15:39:31)
    Estimated price tag is revealed for Red Dragon, the mission that will lay the groundwork for the company's long-term goal of getting humans to Mars.
  • Pick up charity War Child's 12-game bundle for a great cause (2016-07-27 15:30:00)
  • Samsung boss allegedly caught on camera soliciting prostitutes (2016-07-27 15:21:04)
    It shouldn’t be anyone’s business what you choose to do with your free time, but if you’re the boss of one of the largest companies in the world, you should at least make sure nobody finds out about your predilections. After all, everyone has a pretty decent camera in their pocket these days, and Samsung makes a huge number of them. He may be in a coma right now, but Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee is being investigated for having allegedly solicited the services of prostitutes multiple times between 2011 and 2013. DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before According to The Associated Press , an official from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said a division that specializes in crimes against women and children is handling the case. Selling or buying sex is a crime in South Korea punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of up to 3 million won (around $2,600). News of Lee’s alleged crimes emerged last week when Newstapa published footage that shows a man who appears to be Lee interacting with women who might have been prostitutes. The videos were supposedly recorded discretely by at least one of the women who worked for Lee at the time, and they may have been used to blackmail Lee or the Samsung Group before being leaked to the press. Samsung did not comment on these allegations, describing them as a “personal matter” concerning Lee, his family and authorities. Lee suffered a heart attack in May 2014 and has been in a coma ever since.
  • Pokémon Go player uses a bot to reach the game's maximum level (2016-07-27 15:19:05)
    The hardcore Pokémon Go players out there know that once you reach level 20 in the augmented reality mobile game, the difficulty curve starts getting much steeper. In fact, one player was so curious about the level progression that they used a software bot to churn through as much XP as possible until the game hit its end. The requirement to jump from level 39 is 5 million XP, and the total cumulative XP required is a mind-boggling 20 million points.
  • Tor confirms sexual harassment claims against former developer (2016-07-27 15:10:00)
  • WikiLeaks founder says 'a lot more' campaign material could come soon (2016-07-27 15:08:18)
    Julian Assange also declines to confirm or deny to CNN whether Russia is to blame for hacking the emails his site published last week.
  • Trump to Russia: Uncover, release deleted Clinton emails (2016-07-27 15:04:39)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump encouraged Russia to meddle in American politics Wednesday, with a stunning recommendation to uncover and make public hacked emails that might damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
  • 'Yakuza 0' is coming to brutalize your PS4 in January 2017 (2016-07-27 14:55:00)
  • Honest trailer for Pokemon Go reminds us how ridiculous this game really is (2016-07-27 14:54:22)
    Pokemon Go is now the biggest app of all time. It has tens of millions of people all around the world getting out of the house, exploring their neighborhoods, socializing with strangers and even getting in some much-needed exercise. But as a game, it's still really not all that great. SEE ALSO:  Ultimate Pokemon Go cheat lets you walk anywhere in the game without moving an inch Smosh is best known for its "honest trailers" for the biggest movie releases every year, but the Smosh Games channel has taken up the mantle in recent years as well with its own "honest game trailers." These trailers typically highlight the silliest or dumbest aspects of a game, and the trailer for Pokemon Go is no exception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD-KCkpcsvA Smosh Games refers to the app as a "groundbreaking combination of mild cardio, Google Maps and Paper Toss ," which takes out "most of the parts that make [ Pokemon ] a video game." And they're not wrong. Pokemon Go is barely a video game. You catch creatures by tossing digital Poke Balls at them, which seem to miss as often as they hit the further you progress. Once you have an respectable collection of Pokemon, all you can do with them is battle gyms of rival teams or train at gyms of your own team. And the combat system is about as dull you could possible imagine, if not more so. And yet, we simply can't stop playing it. Maybe it's nothing more than a serious case of nostalgia, but at least it's getting us out of the house .
  • Netflix has released a first trailer for Gilmore Girls' new episodes (2016-07-27 14:46:48)
    Netflix has put out a first trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the much-loved series' four-part revival. It's been almost a decade since Gilmore Girls ended its seven-season run, and this trailer offers the one thing fans want the most: more of the show's wonderfully snappy banter between Rory and Lorelai. Pretty much nothing's changed — except the references. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino co-directs all four 90-minute episodes; they'll premiere on November 25th.
  • Lifelike Lego figure isn't so bad until you see its plum-sized thumbnails (2016-07-27 14:44:04)
    Now I’m no economist, nor do I have a business degree from a fancy college, but I assume a basic formula to be true. Lego + a popular intellectual property = cute meta-brand that makes yachts full of easy money.Lego Star Wars. Lego Batman. Lego Harry Potter. The evidence is plentiful. An empire is built atop Lego-ized humans. But what of humanized Lego? Perhaps lifelike Lego is an untapped revenue stream?No. No it is not.The lifelike Lego minifig, a collaboration between tested and special effects makeup artist Frank Ippolito, who is responsible for this uncanny Zoidberg mask, is chilling. ...
  • More cancer-causing chemicals found in electronic cigarettes (2016-07-27 14:40:55)
    The vapor from electronic cigarettes contains two previously unidentified chemicals that can cause cancer, according to a new study. The new research, published in Environmental Science & Technology, also shows that levels of harmful chemicals vary between e-cigs. Researchers in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used two different electronic cigarettes and simulated vaping at different battery power settings.
  • Dolly the sheep's clones are healthy, thank you (2016-07-27 14:40:00)
  • Apple Maps, Parkopedia team up to make parking, charging easier (2016-07-27 14:39:45)
    Now, when you search for parking in Apple Maps, you get Parkopedia's help to determine the number of spaces, if it's lit at night and whether or not it has EV chargers.
  • Oculus is Zuckerberg's big bet on the future (2016-07-27 14:30:01)
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees Oculus as part of his plans to "connect" more people throughout the world.
  • Proposed Lego set honoring women of NASA wants your vote (2016-07-27 14:25:28)
    A suggested new Lego set honoring female pioneers who helped further US space exploration could hit store shelves if it gets enough votes on the Lego Ideas site.
  • Google tweaks system after Trump left off search results for 'presidential candidates' (2016-07-27 14:25:18)
    If you made a Google search for "presidential candidates" this morning, you would have found an unusual result. As of this morning, the top bar of results displayed Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein — with Donald Trump and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson left off the top bar entirely.
  • Paramount axes its exclusivity clauses with Sky TV (2016-07-27 14:25:00)
  • Fertility app Glow warns users of security loophole (2016-07-27 14:23:53)
    Glow, a fertility-tracking app founded by a well-known Silicon Valley technologist, warned users today of a privacy loophole that may expose personal data. The company said its "connect a partner" feature, which lets the app user give access to a partner, might have made some of the shared data accessible to third parties.
  • Forget keys; use Bluetooth locks to get into your toolbox (2016-07-27 14:23:03)
    CraftsmanCraftsman is planning to release a new Pro Series of tool storage units this October that’ll lock with a physical key, like most other toolboxes. They’ll also be modernized with a companion app and Bluetooth, so they can be unlocked remotely. The app lets you set up a proximity lock, too, so the box knows to unlock when you’re within a certain range. If you're paranoid someone's getting into your toolbox while you're away, the box will also send an alert if it’s someone's messing with it. ...
  • VW's diesel buyback gets preliminary go-ahead from judge (2016-07-27 14:21:13)
    This will allow the company to set up a site where diesel owners can see how much they're going to receive as part of the settlement.
  • SpaceX's Red Dragon mission will cost around $320 million, NASA hints (2016-07-27 14:19:36)
    SpaceX’s upcoming Red Dragon mission — the company’s plan to send one of its Dragon capsules on Mars in 2018 — is estimated to cost around $320 million, Space News reports. When discussing NASA’s involvement in the Red Dragon mission, Reuter said that the space agency would be investing $32 million into the project.
  • Lockheed Martin's blimp-scaling robot hunts for leaks (2016-07-27 14:15:37)
    SPIDER, a self-propelled instrument for airship damage evaluation and repair, helps sniff out tiny leaks in Lockheed's hybrid airship.
  • T-Mobile bulks up as new customers gobble pizza freebies and more (2016-07-27 14:12:00)
    The aggressive No. 3 carrier once again leads the industry in the critical area of adding customers.
  • Twitter's video push seen taking time to fast-forward growth (2016-07-27 14:02:31)
    Twitter on Tuesday reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since going public in 2013 as its user base grew by just 1 percent in the three months ended June. Since he took over the interim role in July last year, Twitter has lost about half its market value. Twitter has made it clear it sees video as a way ahead.
  • Fast growth, dating services come between Sofi and bank license: CEO (2016-07-27 14:01:37)
    Online lender Social Finance Inc is unlikely to seek a banking license because its fast growth and involvement in unorthodox activities like dating services would make it hard to win approval from regulators, according to its chief executive. "It's not a viable solution for us to be a bank," CEO Mike Cagney said on a conference call hosted by Goldman Sachs analysts on Tuesday. Known as SoFi, the company is growing at a pace the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation would view as too fast, Cagney said.
  • This Macbook lookalike promises insane power for $750 (2016-07-27 14:00:23)
    Xiaomi is a Chinese tech company best known for making cheap-and-cheerful Android phones which offer flagship-phone specs for half price. So it's not surprising that the company is applying the same formula for its first laptop. What is surprising is how much it looks like a Macbook, but also how good the specs are for $750. Laptops this cheap aren't meant to have integrated graphics, an inch-thick aluminum body and 8GB of RAM, but clearly Xiaomi didn't get the memo. DON'T MISS:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Two new notebooks were unveiled last night. The headliner is the Mi Notebook Air, a 13-inch homage to Apple's more famous Macbook Air. It's a little thicker and just a tiny bit lighter, but manages to pack in much better specs. There's a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, but most importantly a discrete graphics card in the shape of Nvidia's GeForce 940MX. It's a lightweight unit better suited to  World of Warcraft  than  The Division , but still head and shoulders above the integrated graphics in Apple's cheaper laptops. According to  CNET 's hands-on, the build isn't too shabby either. You get a aluminum body with no logo on the back, a decent keyboard, USB-C ports and even a full-size HDMI. I like the placement of the 3.5mm jack close to the front of the laptop as well. There's a few compromises to get to the price point. I'm not wild about the 1080p display, and the lack of an SD card reader is a shame. But for the price of last year's used Macbook Airs, I'm not really going to complain. The biggest problem is going to be availability. Xiaomi has only announced availability in China so far, so there's a good chance this laptop will never officially make it to the US. But even if I had to spend $100 importing it through some weird reseller, I still want to get my hands on this laptop.
  • SoundCloud reportedly wants to find a buyer (2016-07-27 13:55:00)
  • Tumblr is bringing ads to user blogs (2016-07-27 13:40:00)
  • 7 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today (2016-07-27 13:38:07)
    Apple's third-party mobile app ecosystem is the best in the business, but that doesn't mean you should have to pay an arm and a leg to get good iPhone and iPad apps. Thanks to our series on paid iOS apps that go on sale for free, you can keep all your appendages and enjoy some sweet new apps every day. Today's post includes 7 limited-time sales, and you'll find a few more remaining freebies in yesterday's post as well. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Stickman Football Normally $0.99. American Football!, designed in a way you never played it before. Be part of the action, be the Quaterback, control your player directly. Tired of just choosing moves from the playbook? Meet Stickman Football, play and directly control your favorite hero in every detail, tackle, pass, run or trick the defenders while going for your first touchdown! Stickman Football finally joins the well known Stickman Sports game collection consisting of Stickman Soccer, Stickman Soccer 2014, Stickman Tennis, Stickman Tennis 2015, Stickman Basketball and Stickman Ice Hockey. Experience pure football fun with fast paced gameplay, an astonishing atmosphere, stunning smooth animations, simple controls, insane action and tons of replay value. Choose your favorite football team and rank up while playing various seasons, cups in spectacular stadiums or simple dominate in a quick game or future football style matches. You have full control over your players with manual running, passing and tackling your opponents. Choose your favorite football team from more than 32 different skilled teams and lead them to glory! • Stickman Football supports MOGA and other iOS 7 MFi game controllers • From the makers of various top hits like Stickman Soccer, Stickman Basketball, Stickman Downhill, Stick Stunt Biker, Stickman Tennis, Stickman Cliff Diving, Stickman Base Jumper, Rope'n'Fly and more... Features • Bone-breaking tackling action • Selectable tactics: short or long passes, running, punt, field goals, … • Quick game and tutorial mode with football rules explained by your coach. • Different season modes: Short Season, Long Season, The Bowl, Djinnworks Cup, North-West Cup, South-East Cup, Top 8 Tournament • Bonus Future Football game • 32 football teams to choose from • Various stadiums and configurable game time • 4 difficulty levels for longterm motivation (easy, medium, hard, pro) • Simple yet powerful touch controls with timing control • Match statistics • Smooth animations with 60 frames per second • Compete with your friends with the integrated world ranking leaderboard • Various achievements to unlock • MOGA and MFI Game Controller support • Pure football action! Download Stickman Football Stickman Ice Hockey Normally $1.99. Experience pure hockey fun with fast paced gameplay, an astonishing atmosphere, stunning smooth animations, simple controls, insane action and tons of replay value. Choose your favorite hockey team and rank up while playing various seasons, cups or simple dominate in a quick game or a open air classic mode. Play with or without Icing and Offside rules for real arcade fun. Decide whether you want full control over your players with manual running and shoot timing or use the automatic running mode where you have control over precise pass timing and watch your players body-check your opponents. Choose your favorite hockey team from more than 46 different skilled national and international teams and lead them to glory! FEATURES • Bone-breaking body-checks • Quick Game and Training Mode • Different season modes: Short Season, Long Season, World Cup, Djinnworks Cup, Westcoast Cup, Eastcoast Cup • Bonus Open Air Classic game • 46 National and International hockey teams to choose from • Various ice rinks and configurable game time • 4 difficulty levels for longterm motivation (easy, medium, hard, pro) • Choose to play with or without Icing and Offside rules. • Simple yet powerful touch controls with timing control • Automatic or Manual Running • Match statistics • Smooth animations with 60 frames per second • Compete with your friends with the integrated world ranking leaderboard • Various achievements to unlock • MOGA and MFI Game Controller support Download Stickman Ice Hockey Kiwi Normally $3.99. Kiwi for iOS 8 is the best way to create and share beautiful, fully-functional custom keyboards for your iOS device. Combine an array of endless colors in vibrant gradients, add your own exciting background images, apply blur effects, and select from over 200 unique keyboard fonts! Enjoy Kiwi's unique autocorrection capabilities and easily swipe between letters, emoji, and special characters. Best of all, you can easily share your favorite keyboard creations for anyone to download and use! Note: Kiwi requires Full Access in Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Kiwi. This allows the Kiwi app to display your custom keyboard as the system wide keyboard. We value your privacy and we do not collect any data that you type — all of that stays on your device. Once you've enabled Full Access, tap the globe icon on the bottom left of your keyboard to see your newly created Kiwi keyboard! Download Kiwi Units Plus Converter Normally $2.99. SWAP units by swiping or double tapping center of label OPTIMIZED for Retina display - works on 3.5 inches and new 4 inches screens. ***Now with LIVE Currency Updates for all major currencies in the world*** Very simple and beautifully designed unit converter with 12 categories and many different units: CONVERT: *Area *Currency (155 world currencies updated every 15 min.) *Data-computer data (byte, kilobyte, megabyte, etc.) *Fuel-milage *Length *Power *Pressure *Speed *Temperature *Time (days, weeks, hours, etc.) *Volume (dry and wet) *Weight-mass Currency exchange rates are downloaded every 15 minutes when app is open. Every download uses very small amount of data. Around 1-2kb. Internet connection required. 155 currencies available - This is all world currencies with their respective country flags. Download Units Plus Converter Hatchi Normally $0.99. Hatchi is a retro-looking iPhone and watch app sure to get the nostalgia burning for all those who cared for a virtual pet back in the 1990s when they were at the height of their popularity. Just as with the keychain-sized pets of the 90s, iPhone, iPod and iPad users now will feed, clean, play with and generally look after their pets to ensure they grow up to be healthy, happy little Hatchis. He needs YOU! *** Featured on Touch Arcade Best iPhone and iPad Games*** Your Hatchi monster will go through several stages of growth, and will look different depending on the type of care the player provides. There are also NEW EGGS you can get which give you all new types of Hatchi! Customise your Hatchi!! You can: * Choose different backgrounds like the park or the beach! * Use stickers to customise the background to give Hatchi a better environment! * Change the color of your Hatchi's pixels! How will YOU customise your Hatchi? Play mini games!! including: * The Hatchi Matchi memory game * Hatchi Squares - play against your Hatchi! * Roshambo - What Hatchi will you pick? * Hatchi Catchi - move your Hatchi to catch falling food * Its raining meds - avoid the meds! * Whack a Hatchi - whack as many as you can! and now our ALL NEW MULTIPLAYER BATTLING GAME!! Play Hatchi Battle with your Game Center friends and see who wins! Feed, clean, play and watch it evolve over several days. Download Hatchi Rune Gems Normally $1.99. Rune Gems is an excellent, well-presented game, friendly to both long and short play sessions. Five Star from -insidemobileapps.com The whole game is well executed and we really love to tap on one of the runes, for the animation is so smooth. Five Star from -fun2tap.com Rune Gems is a new & unique puzzle game. HOW TO PLAY: 1.You have a tray that holds 7 tiles. 2.Any tile you tap goes into your tray. 3.All tiles that enter your tray are automatically sorted by color and once you have EXACTLY 3 matching tiles of one of one color, those 3 tiles disappear and you score some points. If you happen to tap on too many unmatched tiles so as to clog up the tray with no way to form a group of three matching tiles from the available tiles on the board, the game ends the second you add that 7th tile and it isn't immediately part of an existing set. A little trick: Since a grouping can NEVER be more than 3, is to simply match as many triplets as fast as possible for an escalating speed combo bonus...but be careful, if in your haste you end up tapping on 4 red pieces, that 4th piece will now sit on the tray clogging stuff up until you find it two more partners. So always be mindful of what you put on the tray and make sure you can match it off quickly or letting it clog the flow up a bit is worth it if it is blocking your access to many other tiles underneath. Download Rune Gems Wrap Camera HD Normally $0.99. The ultimate Picture Editor has been rebuilt from scratch to make your experience more exciting. This update is not just an update, it is a new app that runs much, much faster and has a ton of new filters and effects. Wrap Camera HD is combining the fun of playing with photos and serious picture editing on-the-go. Probably the most complete picture editing tool with its more than 450 filters and effects, all function are sorted for a better workflow. Professional tools like Histogram, Gamma Correction and Tonecurve come together with one touch corrections and tools like QuickSharp, Color Correction, Chroma and various lights. Read comments from reviewers from before we turned the app into a stunning experience (and imagine what you miss if you don't get it): > Angela LaFollette, 148Apps: "Turn Pictures into works of art" > TUAW (The Unofficial apple weblog): "Wrapcam is a clever and unique photo editor for ios" > App4Phone: "Edit photos like a true professional" > Appshine: "Unleash your imagination and let it free" > Rebecca MacLary from appPicker: "Wrap Camera has some of the best and different effects I’ve seen in a photo editing app." Of course users agree with the reviewers verdict using words like: + Incredible + Beautiful + Awesome work + Never had so much fun + I think that now don't miss anything!! All these comments are from previous versions, be sure to get this completely revamped photo editing suite. It is aimed to statisfy every possible need! All filters and effects are sorted in various categories. That means if you need a one touch effect or filter, you find them all in the same place. Or if you are looking for something more professional for dedicated work you can access these tools with another touch. One Touch correction and clarity tools include - but are not limited to: - Toon and Smooth Toon - Chroma - Kuwahara - Amatorka - Vignette - Emboss - Sepia - Tilt Shift - Blur - sharpen/Unsharpen and a lot more. There are one touch finishing filters too, we call them Finesse: - Quick Sharp - Tone Up - Dim - Exposure - Reverse - Decolor and tons of others. Collage: No photo app is complete without a collage, there is a well sorted set of different collages with individual zoom and move functions. Picture Blending allows to create spicy artworks, that's why there are more than 20 different blend modes, varying from simple add and multiply to advanced eChroma, Poisson, ColorBurn and Dissolving. The editor section allows serious picture editing with Gamma Correction, White Balance, Hue and Saturation Control and even dedicted ToneCurve. The editor includes more tools like free rotation, cropping, enhancing, brightness and contrast control. Smoothing and Patching are perfect to tamper with selfies and for face tuning, for privacy you can switch off the geo tag directly from within the app. Use the histogram to stay in control. There was a need to include Face Swapping, that's why we included a LOL button. That's where you find it together with a Green Wall. Even if you don't have access to a green box, it still is fun to play with :) General corrections are called lights, a bunch can be used for various corrections or to imitate behaviour of certain film rolls or lenses from various devices. And not to forget Overlay to create stunning effects, there are so many of them that you will be busy just scrolling through them. For the icing on the cake, try Watercolors, Stickers and Splash Painting, you definitely will like it! Download Wrap Camera HD
  • Google searches omitted key US presidential candidates (2016-07-27 13:25:00)
  • The Latest: Clinton adviser says Trump encouraging hackers (2016-07-27 13:21:41)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (all times local):
  • SFR plans to shed 5,000 jobs from 2017 to 2019: unions (2016-07-27 13:14:20)
    By Gwénaëlle Barzic and Mathieu Rosemain PARIS (Reuters) - SFR Group, France's second-biggest telecoms operator, plans to shed 5,000 staff - a third of its workforce - between 2017 and 2019, two union representatives told Reuters on Wednesday. Billionaire Patrick Drahi, who controls SFR's parent company Altice, had promised when Altice bought the telecoms operator two years ago, not to touch the company's headcount until mid-2017. A spokesman confirmed SFR would stick to that.
  • Microsoft thinks its new iOS camera app takes better photos than the iPhone (2016-07-27 13:13:35)
    Microsoft is not a real contender in the smartphone business when it comes to hardware, but the company keeps launching exciting new apps for other platforms – or buying cool mobile apps – in its quest to dominate iPhone and Android. One such app from the software giant is Pix, a “smarter” camera app that’s supposed to take better pictures than the default iPhone camera app. Or, at least, that’s what Microsoft says. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Available as a free download from the App Store , Pix uses artificial intelligence to enhance pictures automatically and deliver the best possible result for each shot, according to Microsoft . The best part of it is that the user doesn’t have to deal with any manual controls – there are already plenty camera apps like that. Instead, Microsoft does it all automatically for you, managing focus, exposure, color and other settings. Each time you press the shutter, the app captures 10 frames, from which it selects up to three best versions for you to review. The app automatically deletes the discarded versions so they don’t consume any storage space. Pix also pays attention to what is happening in the photo, focusing on human subjects to adjust focus and make people look good. Here's a comparison shot between Pix and the default iPhone camera app, as featured by Microsoft: Furthermore, if the app thinks there’s motion in a shot that’s worth saving, it’ll also save a Live Image for you, which is Microsoft’s own version of Live Photos, made of all the frames it captured for a shot. You can try Pix yourself by following this link . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V03FBXUb1C4
  • The Blu Studio Touch is a $99 burner with a fingerprint scanner (2016-07-27 13:13:10)
    Blu Products is back with another cheap smartphone, the $99 Blu Studio Touch, and it's one of the rare smartphones to come with a fingerprint sensor with a price tag under $100. The rest of the specs are average for a low-end smartphone in 2016 (as you would expect):
  • Jaguar Land Rover goes all in with Portland-based tech operations (2016-07-27 13:11:54)
    The automaker's rolling out a new facility, adding new jobs and increasing the size of its tech-startup incubator.
  • Breaker, (circuit) breaker: Mercedes debuts all-electric Urban eTruck (2016-07-27 13:11:23)
    eTruck? Really? We couldn't have come up with a name that's a little less 1998?
  • Democrats ask for immediate action to combat climate change (2016-07-27 13:10:00)
  • New superbug-fighting antibiotic discovered up humans' noses (2016-07-27 13:00:06)
    It may be years before the new compound comes to market, but its discovery, published in the journal Nature, points to the value of an untapped resource for antibiotics. Most antibiotics have been isolated from bacteria that live in soil, but finding new antibiotics from this source has proven difficult.
  • The atmosphere above Jupiter's Great Red Spot is hotter than the rest of the planet (2016-07-27 13:00:04)
    The upper atmosphere above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot — the huge storm that has been raging for centuries on the gas giant — is much hotter than anywhere else on the planet. New research published today in Nature suggests that movement of the massive storm in Jupiter’s lower atmosphere may be responsible for the extra high temperatures in the upper layer. The Great Red Spot is one of the most iconic features of Jupiter.
  • What is LeEco, and why is it buying Vizio? (2016-07-27 12:58:06)
    Chinese tech firm LeEco made its biggest splash on American soil yet yesterday with the announcement that it's acquiring Vizio, the biggest US maker of TVs, for $2 billion. You might not be familiar with the name, but in LeEco's short history the ambitious company has achieved one of the fastest and most flamboyant rises to prominence so far in the Chinese tech space, going from streaming video site to aspiring self-driving car pioneer. Although LeEco has had a whirlwind 18 months, its beginnings were much more humble.
  • Pandora and Ticketfly joining forces for personalized events (2016-07-27 12:50:00)
  • 6 of the best Gmail tricks you never knew existed (2016-07-27 12:48:57)
    Whether you're inundated with messages from family members and friends, responding to clients day in and day out or are constantly bombarded with PR pitches (like us), you probably wish that you could work your way through your Gmail inbox faster. As it turns out, with a few simple tricks, you can. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before A few years ago, a Quora user asked the internet if they would share some lesser known Gmail tips . Over 100 answers later, the thread has become a surprisingly useful resource for anyone who uses Gmail on a regular basis. Rather than ask you to sort through all 100+ answers, we've cherry-picked 6 of the most valuable tips and tricks from the list, all of which you can see below: Use keyboard shortcuts While viewing a list of threads (i.e. Inbox, All Mail, Drafts, search results, etc.): c to compose a new mail j and k to move the cursor down and up x to select/deselect the current thread that's pointed to by the cursor e to archive all threads that have been selected [Enter] to go into the thread pointed to by the cursor "g i" to go to my Inbox "g a" to go to All Mail "g d" to go to Drafts While inside a thread: n and p to browse down and up messages inside a thread (move the cursor up and down) a to reply all (or r to reply individually, but that's rare) to the message currently pointed to by the cursor f to forward the message that's pointed to by the cursor u to go back to the previous thread list view, which could be your Inbox, All Mail, Drafts, etc. This is the same as the back button s to toggle through the stars on the message currently pointed to by the cursor Other useful shortcuts: / to make the search bar active "* u" to select all unread emails "* n" to deselect all emails Shift+i to mark all selected emails as read Shift+u to mark all selected emails as unread While inside a thread, Shift+u will bring you back to the previous thread list view and marking the current thread as unread. I do this a lot to keep important threads at the top of my inbox. -  Kevin Wang You have two email addresses For example: if you have a Gmail id: xyz@gmail.com , the second one is  xyz@googlemail.com . This will be useful for opening multiple accounts in a website or app. For example, In Redbus mobile app, if you are new user (i.e., if you use new email id) you will get flat 100 rupees off on ticket booking. If you have already used xyz@gmail.com  you can still use xyz@googlemail.com and take advantage of the offer. You will receive your ticket to your normal inbox itself. -  Vijayenthiran Subramaniam Find out who sold your email to spammers If you want to keep track of how your email address is used (ie, when you sign up to a newsletter), add "." (period only) anywhere in your username. This way you’ll create a new ‘alias’ email address and all the messages sent to that new 'alias' address will get forwarded to your primary Gmail address. [For example, if your email address is someone@gmail.com, you can enter some.one@gmail.com as your address when signing up for an account or a newsletter and you'll still receive the messages in your primary inbox. The same is true if you use "+anyword" after the first part of your email address, i.e. someone+anyword@gmail.com. Gmail ignores the "+anyword" when sending messages to your account, but you'll still see someone+anyword@gmail.com if you check the "To:" line in the message.] Why is this useful? If you use [these tricks] when you sign up to different newsletters and you start receiving spam, you’ll know which newsletter sold your email address to spammers. -  Niket Kedia Mail delegation With mail delegation, you can grant access of your email to other people. With mail delegation, other people can read, send and delete messages on your behalf. Gmail's mail delegation is also useful to handle multiple accounts at the same time. You don't need to sign out of your current account and you can still access your other account at the same time within the same browser. For a tutorial on how to setup mail delegation, follow this link:  Set up mail delegation.  -  Vishal Soni Compose in a new window Shift-clicking on 'Compose' will open a new popup window for composing your email, in case you need to reference the email you're currently looking at. -  Kevin Fox The best of Labs Hidden gems of Gmail. This is where the small crazy ideas of the Gmail team become a reality. You can do things from playing snake to making sure you don’t drunk email here. Some of my personal favourites: - ' Unread Message icon ' allows you to see how many unread emails you have at a quick glance of your tab's icon - ‘Canned Response’ lets you create and save email templates. - ‘Default Reply to All’ - self explanatory. How often do you just reply to just the sender? - ‘Undo Send’ is definitely one of the top on the list for me - how many times have you hit the send button and regretted? These few precious seconds could change a lot of things. -  Yi Sung Yong Did we miss any? Feel free to share your favorite Gmail tips in the comments below.
  • Hiroshima wants Pokemon Go players to go away (2016-07-27 12:41:20)
    Officials from the Japanese city worry the search for Pikachu could disrupt an annual ceremony remembering victims of the first atomic bomb.
  • This flower smells like a rotting corpse, and you can watch it bloom live right now (2016-07-27 12:39:18)
    For 10 years the New York Botanical Garden has devoted time and resources to the Amorphophallus titanum, a single towering flower that when in bloom smells like a rotting corpse. According to The Hairpin, who brought our attention to this organic miracle, this will be the first corpse flower bloom at the New York Botanical Garden since 1939.
  • Trump says he hopes Russia hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (2016-07-27 12:34:35)
    Donald Trump says that if Russians were behind the security breach that made tens of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails public, he hopes they’ve also hacked Hillary Clinton’s private email server. In a press conference, Trump responded to a question by saying that "it’s probably not [Russia], nobody knows who it is." But he gleefully expounded on the implications of a Russian hack. In the clip below, Trump went further.
  • Microsoft tries building a smarter iPhone camera app in Pix (2016-07-27 12:30:36)
    Tapping AI and other software tricks, Microsoft crafts a camera app that it says outdoes Apple's at taking pictures of people. An Android version is on its way.
  • The VERTX is an e-cigarette with a touchscreen (2016-07-27 12:30:00)
  • Xbox One S 500GB, 1TB bundles to launch on August 23 (2016-07-27 12:27:05)
    Now up for preorder, the 500 gigabyte bundle costs $299, while the 1 terabyte edition will set you back $349.
  • If you’ve binge-watched all of Stranger Things, play this game next (2016-07-27 12:23:10)
    It’s all so very 1980s: the tight-knit group of young boys pulled from Stand By Me, the synth-heavy soundtrack of a John Carpenter film, the suburbia-meets-sci-fi setting of E.T. It’s a potent mix that makes the show easy to binge. If you’re digging Stranger Things, you’re really going to love Oxenfree.
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge funds gene discovery (2016-07-27 12:20:02)
    Donations from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge have helped researchers discover a gene linked to the disease.
  • Trump wants Russia to hack the US government (2016-07-27 12:18:00)
  • It's not just semantics: Why Tesla should stop using the term 'Autopilot' (2016-07-27 12:10:17)
    It's easy for professionals to use technical terms, but considering the end user and choosing words that are readily understandable can make a big difference.
  • Name and Shame? Obama points to Russia on DNC email hacking (2016-07-27 12:05:05)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to identify Russia as almost certainly the culprit in hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing politically embarrassing emails fits his administration's new penchant for openly blaming foreign governments for such break-ins.
  • New US cybersecurity plan makes it easier for businesses to get help after an attack (2016-07-27 12:03:55)
    US President Barack Obama recently published a policy directive for cyber incident coordination, which outlines how the government should respond to cybersecurity attacks.
  • Comcast profit slips due to fewer box-office hits (2016-07-27 11:58:31)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's second-quarter profit slipped because of fewer movie hits from its NBCUniversal film-and-TV arm, but it posted big gains in internet customers and its smallest video losses for a second quarter in at least a decade.
  • Firefox for iOS just received a slew of new updates (2016-07-27 11:51:00)
  • How a new breed of hack compromised 2,500 gambling sites at once (2016-07-27 11:50:49)
    "We very carefully monitored the traffic coming from our servers because we take that sort of situation extremely seriously," says Michael Corfman, executive director of the Gambling Professional Webmasters Association, the organization targeted by the attack. Now, new details of the attack are surfacing as a researcher named Gaby Nakibly prepares to give a talk on the attack at the Black Hat conference next month. The redirecting site has since been taken down and research indicates GPWA sites haven't been affected for months, but the methods involved still offer a tempting puzzle for researchers.
  • HBO is canceling Project Greenlight (2016-07-27 11:49:26)
    HBO is ending Project Greenlight, the movie-making reality show spearheaded by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that ran for four seasons across HBO and Bravo. Its first three seasons aired between 2001 and 2005, and the show laid dormant for a decade before being revived by HBO for a single season last year. Damon broke the news in an interview with The Associated Press while promoting his new movie Jason Bourne.
  • Sarah Silverman's Twitter account hacked with anti-Hillary post (2016-07-27 11:33:17)
    Two days after the comedian/actress announces her support for Hillary Clinton, an unwelcome tweet turns up under her name.
  • Leak may have just confirmed the secret Apple had up its sleeve for the iPhone 7 (2016-07-27 11:31:59)
    Apple's iPhone 7 is shaping up to be a more intriguing device than we may have originally given it credit for. According to a new report from Macotakara -- a site with an impressive track record regarding Apple rumors -- the home button on Apple's next-gen iPhone will sit flush with the screen and will not move when pressed. Instead, Apple is planning to incorporate a series of sensors underneath the home button that will trigger a slight vibration when pressed. This, in turn, will provide users with the illusion that the iPhone 7 home button is a mechanical button. While we've seen rumblings pointing to a home button redesign before, Macotakara's corroboration arguably provides exceedingly convincing proof that the iPhone's tried and true home button will see an innovative new redesign come September. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before The report further adds that the sensors underneath the iPhone 7 home button will be pressure sensitive, thereby paving the way for Apple to incorporate 3D Touch functionality on the screen as well as via the home button itself. Notably, Apple has already implemented this type of technology on its MacBook line via a feature it calls Force Touch. To provide some context, here's what Apple has to say about the Force Touch feature on the MacBook: Force sensors detect how much pressure you’re applying, and the new Taptic Engine provides a click sensation when you press anywhere on the surface. Now the click that once was a single, mechanical function is just the start of what you can do with Force Touch. The sensory capabilities of the Force Touch trackpad allow you to tell your MacBook what you want it to do based on subtle differences in the amount of pressure you apply. This makes it possible to perform a variety of different actions in different apps, all on the same surface. And it can respond with haptic feedback you can actually feel, making your MacBook more usable and personal than ever before. Now imagine that type of user experience wrapped up in a sleek new iPhone 7: all of a sudden, the iPhone 7 becomes a much more interesting device than previously imagined. The report further adds that Apple is planning to introduce a new color to its iPhone lineup this fall, a Space Black model to be specific. Notably, we've seen a few rumblings suggesting the same over the past few weeks. All told, Apple's iPhone 7 lineup will likely come in an array of 5 colors - Gold, Rose Gold, Space Grey, Silver and Space Black. While previous rumors hinted at a dark blue iPhone 7 model, those reports were subsequently debunked. As a final point, word leaked over this past weekend that Apple's new iPhone 7 models are set to go on sale on September 16th . While Apple hasn't officially confirmed anything just yet, the above leak came via Evan Blass, as reputable a leaker as they come.
  • Nextbit's stylish Robin now comes in a spicy red (2016-07-27 11:30:05)
    Nextbit We figured a red Nextbit would be announced sometime soon, and today we got our confirmation. The company behind the Robin phone (still so pretty!) confirmed that a red version of the phone will go on sale today on Nextbit.com. This summer "ember" edition will cost $299. The specs of the phone remain the same as the original device that came out earlier this year. Nextbit Nextbit Nextbit is also releasing a software update to its beta users that will let them store videos in the cloud, just as they do with photos. ...
  • Google Play Family Library for apps, movies, and TV launches today (2016-07-27 11:30:03)
    Two years after Apple launched its Family Sharing feature for iTunes apps and content, Google is finally doing the same thing with a feature it’s calling Google Play Family Library. Like Apple's plan, it's free, works with up to six different accounts, and lets you share movies, TV shows, purchased music, books, and apps across multiple devices — and anybody in the family plan has the option to pay with the main account’s credit card. The plan is related to (but not the same thing as) Google’s music streaming service for families, which costs $14.99 and is adding four more countries to its availability list today.
  • Google brings Family Library sharing to the Play Store (2016-07-27 11:30:00)
  • Subscriber additions drive T-Mobile's profit beat, forecast (2016-07-27 11:28:05)
    T-Mobile US Inc reported quarterly results that beat analysts' estimates and raised its full-year subscriber growth forecast, as the No.3 U.S. wireless carrier posted customer gains that surpassed expectations. Shares of the company, in which Deutsche Telekom holds a majority stake, rose as much as 2 percent to a nine-year high of $45.87 in morning trading on Wednesday. Under Chief Executive John Legere, T-Mobile has rolled out offers including free data for its users who play the popular smartphone game "Pokemon Go," its free video streaming service "BingeOn" and weekly perks, such as free food and movie tickets, to attract users.
  • This Raspberry Pi 3 starter kit is now half off (2016-07-27 11:25:00)
  • The Latest: Trump says Russia hacking charges 'far-fetched' (2016-07-27 11:22:56)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (all times local):
  • Three's Essential plans scrap the perks to cut the cost (2016-07-27 11:10:00)
  • Washington scientist launches effort to digitize all fish (2016-07-27 11:05:33)
    SEATTLE (AP) — University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of stingray and other fish.
  • Brand new Pokemon Go hack helps you locate Pokestops and gyms (2016-07-27 11:04:11)
    The Pokemon Go craze has spawned an entire new breed of apps as developers come up with various resources that can help players. After one developer had figured out how to extract data from the game to create a map of Pokemon spawn locations , we started seeing a bunch of implementations of the hack, each one easier to use than the last. But these maps will only tell you what kind of Pokemon are spawning near you and how long they’re going to be available in that location. If you’re looking for a map that features Pokestops and gyms, then you need a different type of app and we've got just the thing. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Called PokemonGoMap , the Google Maps-based site displays more than 2.3 million Pokestops and gym locations, which should make playing Pokemon Go much easier. The service was launched on Friday and it’s available free of charge right inside your browser. Users can vote and comment on these locations, with some 5,000 new registered members signing up for the service each day. You can sign up with your Google account and you can easily request a scan of your area and report sightings. As you can see in the image above, Pokestops and gyms are layered on top of Google Maps. Clicking on a cube will get you more information about that location, and let you take additional actions such as commenting, marking a site as a gym, or asking for it to be removed if you find an error. If you don’t have time to roam around in search of Pokestops and gyms but still want to play the mobile game as much as you can, then PokemonGoMap might be the perfect tool, in addition to the map hacks that show you where Pokemon spawn around you .
  • Google Play Store to get new app categories for improved browsing (2016-07-27 11:03:14)
    Google is set to bring new categories to its Play Store to help make apps easier to browse and quicker to find.
  • China finishes building the world's largest amphibious plane (2016-07-27 11:00:00)
  • YouTube star PewDiePie's firm rakes in $8 million profit (2016-07-27 10:53:19)
    YouTube video star PewDiePie's company made 70 million crowns ($8.1 million) profit in 2015, an annual report filed in Sweden showed, following controversy over payments for video game promotion. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is known for his humorous, raw commentary on video games. Warner Bros settled with the FTC after it was accused of failing to adequately disclose thousands of dollars in payments.
  • ​Xiaomi estrena el teléfono Redmi Pro con cámara dual, y una nueva Mi Notebook Air (2016-07-27 10:49:49)
    En una conferencia de prensa la compañía ha dado a conocer su nuevo celular, que imita la cámara dual del Huawei P9, y una laptop ultraligera dirigida a 'gamers' que por fuera nos recuerda a la MacBook Air.
  • Comet lander Philae says goodbye as communications are cut (2016-07-27 10:44:00)
  • Leaked photo finally shows the Galaxy Note 7 you’ve been waiting for (2016-07-27 10:37:32)
    Something interesting has been happening behind the scenes here at BGR over the past couple of weeks. As we've been sharing more and more leaked photos and videos of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 7, more and more people have been emailing us with a curious concern. Here's an example of a leaked video that shows the new Note 7 in action , and almost every time we publish one, we get emails from people concerned about rumors that the only available version of the Galaxy Note 7 will have curved edges on either side of the display. We love the edge design — it makes the large Galaxy S7 edge shockingly comfortable and easy to use with one hand. But apparently not everyone is into it, and people are worried that there won't be a flat option for the Galaxy Note 7. Well, perhaps this newly leaked photo will put your mind at ease. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Samsung has really been pushing its "edge" phone lineup, and the reasoning is fairly obvious. They offer differentiation compared to other smartphones since they're a variation on the rounded rectangle form factor everyone is all too familiar with . They're also pricier, which means higher ASPs and better margins for Samsung. Not everyone is sold on the curved edge design, it would seem. Despite the added comfort and unique look, flat phones are still the preference for many users. There are a few main reasons people have mentioned in emails, but one that pops up often is the slight distortion that appears on the edges of the screen when the user looks straight at it. Fair enough. It looks like Android fans hoping to see a flat option when Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 7 next week are in luck, because a newly leaked image taken from Weibo and shared by anonymous Twitter user The Malignant shows a next-gen Note 7 with a flat screen. The image is believed to be authentic, and the stylus is out so there's no mistaking which model this unreleased phone is. Here's the leaked photo: Samsung will unveil its next-generation Galaxy Note 7(s) during a press conference in New York City on August 2nd, and we'll have live coverage for you right here on the site.
  • Fix Britain's Internet: ISPs campaign to tear BT and Openreach apart (2016-07-27 10:37:00)
  • Apple Pay notches 3 of every 4 contactless payments in US, says CEO Tim Cook (2016-07-27 10:35:04)
    Even as Apple grapples with lower iPhone sales, its mobile payments service continues to make gains.
  • Exclusive: Alibaba, eBay, CVC bid for Polish auction site Allegro - sources (2016-07-27 10:31:31)
    By Agnieszka Barteczko and Adrian Krajewski WARSAW (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba , U.S. online retailer eBay Inc , and private equity firm CVC Capital Partners are among the bidders for Eastern Europe's No.1 auction website Allegro from South Africa's Naspers , sources said. Polish online groups Wp.pl, owned by Innova Capital, and Onet.pl, controlled by Ringier Axel Springer could also be interested, some of the sources said.
  • RedTube, which helped kill porn mags, launches a porn mag (2016-07-27 10:30:00)
  • Sennheiser's new flagship gaming headset is the PC 373D (2016-07-27 10:25:40)
    Sennheiser has announced the PC 373D, its latest headset for PC gamers featuring 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound and a copious amount of velvet. The new flagship headset comes with a noise-canceling microphone and what Sennheiser is calling an "optional noise reduction algorithm." There are also plush velvet ear pads over the aluminum ear cups, and volume controls are embedded in the right ear cup.
  • Imagine a future without waiting in line (2016-07-27 10:23:40)
    A startup called Density has built a people-counting sensor it says could be used to tell you how packed the gym is, or which emergency room can see you the fastest.
  • Simon Pegg and Justin Lin had to destroy Star Trek to save it (2016-07-27 10:20:44)
    When longtime fans think of Star Trek, they conjure up creator Gene Roddenberry’s original utopian vision: a collectivist, multicultural future where money is no longer needed, and characters are happy to go on exploratory five-year missions for no reason other than their own need to bring good into the world. As audiences discovered this past weekend, it’s basically everything director Justin Lin destroys in the first 20 minutes of Star Trek Beyond. According to director Justin Lin, it allowed him and the screenwriting team of Simon Pegg and Doug Jung to bring the film series back to its television roots.
  • Artist creates awesome VHS boxes for Stranger Things, Rogue One, and other genre flicks (2016-07-27 10:20:17)
    A few weeks before Halloween 2015, the IAmSteelberg account launched on Instagram with a bundle of photos a novel art form: the VHS box. Steelberg redesigns the grimy 1980s movie sleeves for recent genre films. The project is a charming cultural ouroboros, a nostalgic repackaging of modern films, many of which are sequels, reboots, or homages to the films of the VHS era.Mad Max: Fury Road and J.J. ...
  • Reddit will let advertisers sponsor your post (2016-07-27 10:16:00)
  • Pokémon Go Plus wearable pushed back to September (2016-07-27 10:13:00)
    Niantic, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company, the companies behind Pokémon Go, originally planned to release the game at the end of July. Set to retail at $34.99, Pokémon Plus will be worn on a player's wrist to help detect and catch Pokemon.
  • The 2016 Cadillac CT6 delivers power and luxury (2016-07-27 10:00:00)
  • Watch tonight's Mr. Robot Digital After Show with guest Kor Adana at 11:28PM ET! (2016-07-27 09:51:25)
    It's almost time again for the official Mr. Robot Digital After Show hosted by The Verge, and we hope you'll join us tonight at 11:28PM ET as we recap episode 4 and chat with Mr. Robot writer and Technology Producer Kor Adana. In tonight's episode we'll see Elliot grow closer to Ray, hoping he can challenge Mr. Robot, Dom making a discovery, and Darlene trying to deal with both the FBI and the Dark Army. Mr. Robot airs Wednesday night at 10PM ET, and you can watch the Mr. Robot Digital After Show right after by tuning in to the Ustream channel above. The after show is hosted by The Verge's own Nilay Patel, Emily Yoshida, and Russell Brandom, who will break down each episode, and take questions and comments from fans on Twitter and our chat room.
  • As iPhone sales stagnate, services promise growth for Apple (2016-07-27 09:46:41)
    Though Apple Inc is selling enough iPhones to keep investors happy for now, the world's most valuable publicly traded company is set increasingly to rely on its apps and services to drive growth. Apple's services business alone - which includes the App Store, Apple Pay and iCloud - will be "the size of a Fortune 100 company next year," Chief Executive Tim Cook said on a post-earnings call on Tuesday. Revenue from the business rose 19 percent to about $6 billion for the third quarter, eclipsing sales of iPads and Mac computers for the second consecutive quarter to rank as Apple's second-largest unit after iPhones.
  • Americans aren't ready for biotech-enhanced superhumans (2016-07-27 09:46:00)
  • Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before (2016-07-27 09:43:16)
    If all goes according to plan, we're currently about a month and a week away from seeing Apple's next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus get official. A recent report from a reputable source has pegged September 16th as Apple's release date for the new iPhone 7 models , which means an announcement will likely come on the Tuesday or Wednesday prior to that date. Monday September 5th is Labor Day, so Apple certainly isn't going to host a press conference on the 5th. That means that we can expect to see the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus become a reality on either Tuesday September 6th, or Wednesday September 7th. Of course, you don't have to wait that long at all to get up close and personal with Apple's upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. DON'T MISS:  Weird iOS glitch lets you make all your iPhone folders round — you have to try it! On Tuesday we showed you a high-quality video that gave the world its best look yet at a mockup of Apple's upcoming new iPhone 7 . As a refresher, Chinese companies use leaked iPhone schematics to build models of unreleased iPhones. Then, the resulting models let third-party accessory makers design things like protective cases and other accessories that will fit the new iPhones and be ready right when Apple's new handsets launch. Of course, those models also give Apple fans a taste of things to come. Tuesday's video gave us a great up-close look at the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, but now two new videos have popped up on YouTube that are even better. That's right, someone in the Far East has begun selling these iPhone 7 models to people outside the country, so you can expect to see plenty of high-quality hands-on videos to pop up in the coming weeks. The first video comes from YouTuber Austin Evans, who spent about three minutes comparing a gold iPhone 7 model to a current-generation iPhone 6s, and speculating on some of the changes rumored to be coming to Apple's 2016 iPhone models. Here is Evans's hands-on video: Next up, we have a very similar video from YouTuber Jonathan Morrison, who also managed to get his hands on a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 mockup. Here's his take: Where the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 mockup goes, the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus/Pro model is sure to follow, so we can undoubtedly expect to see some up-close-and-personal videos with Apple's next-generation phablet in the coming days and weeks.
  • IBM steps up efforts in fight against Zika (2016-07-27 09:34:54)
    (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it would provide its technology and resources to help track the spread of the Zika virus. Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a leading research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, plans to use IBM's technology to analyze information from official data about human travel patterns to anecdotal observations recorded on social media. Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus, which has caused a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas.
  • The Pokémon Go Plus wearable is delayed until September (2016-07-27 09:30:03)
    Nintendo has announced that it will release its Pokémon Go Plus wearable in September, not the end of July as originally planned. The news went out in a tweet this morning, and according to an email posted by Nintendo Life, Nintendo is contacting people who already ordered the device with an apology and a small discount on their next purchase.
  • This might be the best Pokemon Go cheat ever… if you can get it to work (2016-07-27 09:16:16)
    We’ve seen a few ways of cheating at Pokemon Go emerge over the past few weeks, and most of them involve tools that would tell a player what type of Pokemon creature is spawning nearby . But what if there was a way to increase the time you have at your disposal for Incense and Lucky Eggs? DON’T MISS: 10 of the worst mistakes in DC movies that you probably never noticed By using either Incense and Lucky Eggs, you can level-up your Trainer faster than you can with other methods. However, these perks only work for a preset amount of time. Once activated, you’ll have to make the most of them over the next 30 minutes. With Incense, you attract Pokemon to your location, while Lucky Eggs will double your experience points over the next 30 minutes. Business Insider found a “crazy simple” hack that lets you use both power-ups for an unlimited amount of time. Here’s how it works: first, you activate your Incense, Lucky Egg or both. Then you go to your phone’s Settings app to the Time and date menu where you need to turn off the phone’s automatic time/date setting. You probably know what the third and final step is: Setting the time back on your phone by up to 30 minutes. This trick supposedly works on both iPhone and Android. Getting back to the game, you’ll notice that the time on Incense/Lucky Egg has increased by however much time you’ve moved back the clock (see image above), but the total can't be more than 60 minutes, which is why you can’t set the time back any further than 30 minutes. The trick should give you plenty of additional time to hunt Pokemon. It might be the best Pokemon Go hack yet, but it’s still a cheat that might be eliminated in a future update. Additionally, some people report that it works perfectly while others haven't had much success with it at all, so your results may vary.
  • Robotic exoskeleton for babies can help prevent cerebral palsy (2016-07-27 09:14:00)
  • Microsoft Pix is a camera app for your iPhone that improves your photos (2016-07-27 09:13:20)
    Microsoft is launching yet another iPhone app today: Microsoft Pix. While the default camera app on the iPhone takes great automatic photos, Microsoft thinks it can do better. Described as a "smarter camera app," Microsoft Pix uses artificial intelligence to improve photos by adjusting camera settings, automatically enhancing pictures, and then choosing the best out of a burst of photos.
  • The Dyson 360 Eye is the best robotic vacuum, which is why it's $1,000 (2016-07-27 09:00:50)
    Mike Aldred was hired by high-end appliance maker Dyson in 1998 with the goal of creating a robotic vacuum. Aldred was familiar with founder James Dyson’s legendary perfectionism, but even that didn’t prepare him for the task that lay ahead. "For us, it had to be a vacuum cleaner first, and then it was automated, rather than a robot that’s had a vacuum cleaner added to it," he explained.
  • Microsoft's new camera app brings AI to your iPhone (2016-07-27 09:00:00)
  • ICYMI: Robosurgeon, wigglebot and a very cute penguin (2016-07-27 09:00:00)
  • Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe (2016-07-27 08:54:29)
    Ground controllers bid a final farewell Wednesday to robot lab Philae, cutting communications after a year-long silence with the tiny probe hurtling through space on the surface of a comet. "Today communication with Philae was stopped," Andreas Schuetz of German space agency DLR told AFP from ground control in Cologne. Its batteries depleted, Philae's last succesful communication with Earth was on July 9 last year.
  • T-Mobile bulks up as new customers gulp down pizza freebies and more (2016-07-27 08:53:04)
    The aggressive No. 3 carrier once again leads the industry in the critical area of adding customers.
  • Set aside your eulogies, Apple’s iPad isn’t dead just yet (2016-07-27 08:49:13)
    The iPad burst onto the tech scene in 2010 like a runaway train with no brakes, quickly and easily breaking every type of consumer electronics sales record imaginable. The narrative at the time was that Steve Jobs and Apple had done it again: whereas many other companies had previously tried and failed to successfully bring a tablet to market, Apple's iPad -- like the iPod and the iPhone before it -- managed to single-handedly create a new market out of thin air. DON'T MISS:  Weird iOS glitch lets you make all your iPhone folders round — you have to try it! In fact, the iPad's upwards trajectory was so impressive that the narrative quickly shifted from "the iPad is amazingly successful" to "the iPad is going to replace the PC!" But as the tablet market matured and the years went by, iPad sales began to fall. At first, the decline was subtle. But soon, the decline was stark and all but impossible to ignore. A few months ago, we opined that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was Apple's last chance to save the iPad line, if only because a number of previous efforts to boost sales and revenue had all failed. Well, four months later, it appears that wrapping up the 12.9-inch iPad Pro's features into a 9.7-inch form factor was a shrewd move. Per Apple's earnings report yesterday, year over year revenue from iPad sales increased for the first time in nearly two years. Specifically, revenue for the quarter checked in at $4.87 billion, a 7% increase from the same quarter a year-ago. Is a 7% revenue increase earth-shattering? Not really, but consider this: During Apple's June 2015 quarter, the company's iPad line experienced a 23% year-over-year decline in revenue. And during Apple's June 2014 quarter, iPad revenue experienced an 8% year-over-year decline. In other words, the 7% revenue increase may be small, but it signals that there's still a bit of life left in Apple's venerable tablet. What's more, Apple sold more iPads during the quarter gone by than analysts were anticipating -- 9.9 million units vs. a consensus of 9.2 million units. So for the time being, the iPad isn't dead in the water just yet. Having said that, the real litmus test will occur over the next two quarters where we'll see if this recent quarter was simply a temporary exception or perhaps the start of a nice little comeback.
  • UAE's Pacific Controls in bank talks about 1.4 billion dirhams debt (2016-07-27 08:47:55)
    By Tom Arnold, David French and Hadeel Al Sayegh DUBAI (Reuters) - Pacific Controls, a Dubai-based technology company, is in talks with banks about restructuring debts of 1.4 billion dirhams ($381 million), sources told Reuters, one of the largest firms to have to do so since the emirate's economy began to slow. It is also set to be the highest-profile example to date of a company receiving assistance from a special mechanism set up by the United Arab Emirates' banking federation to help firms struggling to repay debt, the sources said. Launched in 2000, the privately owned company benefited from the boom in the UAE's economy as it provided technology services to local businesses, more recently expanding into cloud computing and the internet of things.
  • Nintendo's NES retrospective book looks like a game cartridge (2016-07-27 08:35:00)
  • Twitter's video push seen unlikely to fast-forward revenue growth (2016-07-27 08:32:33)
    Twitter on Tuesday reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since going public in 2013 as it managed to increase its user base by just 1 percent from the preceding quarter, sending its shares down 11 percent in premarket trading. The company has made it clear it sees video as the way ahead. Video is now the number one ad format in terms of revenue on Twitter," Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain said on a conference call.
  • Hands-on with BlackBerry's touchscreen phone (2016-07-27 08:26:13)
    BlackBerry is this week introducing its second Android handset, the DTEK50, which is being promoted as "the world's most secure smartphone." I've just gotten to try it out for myself and it has frankly surpassed my expectations. If BlackBerry could just get out of its own way and present its devices without trying to inflate pedestrian features, I think the company might have a pretty good device on its hands. The only BlackBerry difference is the replacement of the Idol's glass back with a distinctly utilitarian rubber surface.
  • Subscriber additions drive T-Mobile's revenue, profit beat (2016-07-27 08:15:33)
    (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as the No.3 U.S. wireless carrier added subscribers due to heavy discounts and promotions. The company's shares rose 2.8 percent to $46.25 in premarket trading on Wednesday. T-Mobile's postpaid phone churn rate - the rate at which users switch to other networks - fell to 1.27 percent, its lowest ever, in the second quarter from 1.3 percent, a year earlier. However, the company added 890,000 postpaid customers, or those who pay monthly bills, fewer than the 1 million it added a year earlier. ...
  • Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 battery woes attributed to software (2016-07-27 08:05:00)
  • Apple’s services category will be the ‘size of a Fortune 100 company’ next year (2016-07-27 07:45:40)
    Apple's earnings for its June 2016 quarter gave investors a whole lot to cheer about. Even though iPhone, iPad and Mac sales were all down compared to the same quarter a year-ago, Apple's quarter was not nearly as grim as many investors were anticipating. What's more, there was a familiar bright spot amidst Apple's earnings report yesterday -- revenue from the company's various line of Services. DON'T MISS:  How to find Pokemon even when Pokemon Go’s nearby tracker is broken For the quarter gone by, revenue from Apple's array of services -- Apple Music, Apple Pay, iTunes, the Mac App Store and the App Store -- checked in at $5.97 billion, an impressive 19% increase from the year-ago quarter. In fact, revenue from Apple's services category raked in more cash than both the Pad ($4.8 billion) and the Mac ($4.2 billion). So while some analysts continue to blindly focus on hardware sales when evaluating Apple's financial health, it's important to really take a close look at how successful Apple has become at leveraging its ever-increasing pool of iOS users. Consider this: Apple to date has doled out more than $50 billion to App Store developers over the past eight years. Breaking things down a bit more, it took Apple approximately 6 years and 6 months before it reached the $25 billion mark. The next $25 billion came just 18 months later. In other words, App Store revenue isn't just increasing, it's accelerating at an unprecedented clip. Speaking to this point, Apple CEO Tim Cook during Apple's earnings conference call yesterday boasted that Apple's services category would soon be the size of a Fortune 100 company. "In the last twelve months," Cook said,  "our services revenue is up almost $4 billion year-on-year to $23.1 billion and we expect it to be the size of a Fortune 100 company next year." While much of this revenue comes from the App Store and Apple Music, it's worth mentioning that Apple Pay is also becoming increasingly popular. According to Apple, the number of users taking advantage of Apple Pay has increased by a staggering 400% year over year. Looking ahead, Cook slyly added that Apple continues to pour R&D dollars into services that haven't even launched yet.
  • T-Mobile's quarterly revenue rises 12.8 percent (2016-07-27 07:40:32)
    (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc, the No.3 U.S. wireless carrier, reported a 12.8 percent rise in quarterly revenue as its promotional offerings attracted subscribers. However, net income attributable to the company fell to $225 million, or 25 cents per share, in the second quarter from $361 million, or 42 cents per share, a year earlier. Net revenue rose to $9.2 billion, the company said. (Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
  • This fan clips to your sleeves to keep your armpits cool (2016-07-27 07:34:40)
    If the antiperspirant isn't cutting it, how about a fan for your pits?
  • EU will watch Privacy Shield for a year before challenging (2016-07-27 07:34:00)
  • First Click: iPhone sales are shrinking for the same reason that Pokémon Go is thriving (2016-07-27 07:30:03)
    Apple today finds itself in the unusual position of having not one, but two consecutive quarters of slumping iPhone sales. The company’s stock price, however, has gone in the opposite direction, rising in response to Apple outperforming direr expectations. Looking at the Pokémon Go infatuation that has gripped the globe this summer, I’m reminded about the ubiquity and commodification of the smartphone.
  • Qualcomm settles gender discrimination suit for $19.5 million (2016-07-27 07:15:00)
  • Comcast profit drops on film sales, beats Wall Street estimates (2016-07-27 07:13:42)
    By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp reported a 5 percent drop in quarterly profit on Wednesday, hurt by lower film division sales, but managed to beat Wall Street expectations due to growth in its business services and high-speed internet units. The largest U.S. cable operator posted total revenue of $19.27 billion in the quarter ended June 30, up 2.8 percent from a year ago and slightly surpassing analysts' consensus estimate of $18.99 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Its net income was $2.03 billion, or 83 cents per share, compared with $2.14 billion, or 84 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Philadelphia-based Comcast lost 4,000 pay-TV subscribers in the quarter, but that was less than a loss of 69,000 video customers a year ago.
  • SolarWorld to appeal US court's ruling to pay $793M damages (2016-07-27 07:09:37)
    BERLIN (AP) — German solar panel-maker SolarWorld says it is appealing a U.S. court's ruling ordering it to pay $793 million in damages to Michigan-based supplier Hemlock Semiconductor Corp.
  • Japan's Nintendo logs over $234 mn loss despite Pokemon Go (2016-07-27 06:58:29)
    Video game giant Nintendo said Wednesday it logged a huge first quarter net loss, despite global hoopla over the launch of Pokemon Go which came too late to boost figures. The company lost more than $233 million on a stronger yen and lacklustre sales, and Nintendo warned last week that even the craze for the new app was unlikely to translate into bumper profits going forward. "In terms of earnings, it's going to be a tough year for Nintendo since it has no plans to release new consoles or promising titles for now," said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo.
  • Japan's Line Corp swings to first-half profit as ad revenue soars (2016-07-27 06:49:14)
    By Thomas Wilson TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Line Corp on Wednesday said soaring advertising revenue helped it swing into profit in the first half of the year, in the messaging app maker's first public earnings report since its billion-dollar stock market listing. Line enjoyed a stellar debut on both the Tokyo and New York exchanges this month after the tech world's biggest initial public offering of the year, as investors brushed off concern of slowing user growth and the mountain Line would have to climb to challenge leaders such as Facebook Inc's WhatsApp. "The advertising business has grown to be the largest pillar for Line," Chief Executive Takeshi Idezawa said at an earnings briefing.
  • Nintendo NX will be fully portable, have removable controllers: report (2016-07-27 06:44:22)
    September brings with it a first reveal of Nintendo's next home console, and a new report indicates that it will be a tablet-style affair with big screen capabilities. The Nintendo NX will combine handheld and stationary console design standards, with each controller comprising a display "bookended by two [detachable] controllers on each side," according to a new report. Meanwhile, games bought at retail would be stored on cartridges rather than discs, sticking with Nintendo's preference for portable consoles since 1989's Game Boy first emerged.
  • Microsoft wants to make Steam buggy and broken, says Tim Sweeney (2016-07-27 06:21:28)
    Epic Games co-founder Tim Sweeney launched a scathing attack on Microsoft and its Universal Windows Platform (UWP) back in March. Sweeney argued that Microsoft is turning the PC into a walled garden and that game developers must fight against it. In a new interview with Edge magazine, Sweeney goes into detail about his fears that Microsoft wants to make old desktop games and Steam inconvenient to use and position the Windows Store as the only source for new titles.
  • Sky Sports will share Premier League goals on Twitter as they happen (2016-07-27 06:20:00)
  • Gionee's M6 smartphones tackle security in a different way (2016-07-27 06:10:00)
  • Dolly's sheep clones are doing just fine (2016-07-27 06:00:19)
    Twenty years after Dolly the Sheep was born out of a test tube, four sheep cloned from her DNA are healthy and aging normally, according to a study published this week. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, may dispel long-held concerns that cloned animals age prematurely. Many of those concerns arose after Dolly was cloned.
  • Nintendo posts first-quarter loss, delays launch of accessory for Pokemon GO (2016-07-27 05:58:38)
    Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd booked a quarterly operating loss on a sharply stronger yen and delayed the launch of an accessory for Pokemon GO, but hopes for long-term growth are running high on the mobile game's success. First rolled out only three weeks ago, the game which has players walking around real life neighborhoods to catch and train Pokemon, has taken the world by storm, driving up Nintendo's market value by 50 percent. While analysts have been upbeat about prospects for Nintendo to make money off the game - how much it will be able to do so is unclear.
  • Hiroshima unhappy atomic-bomb park is 'Pokemon Go' site (2016-07-27 05:57:10)
    TOKYO (AP) — "Pokemon Go" players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.
  • EE begins offering six free months of BT Sport (2016-07-27 05:45:00)
  • How to catch Pikachu or Charmander in London easily (2016-07-27 05:25:39)
    In Greenwich park in London it's always Squirtle, and elsewhere you can find batches of Pikachu or Charmander. Holland Park is the best place to catch Charmander. As I write this, I can see 6 Charmander just sitting in Holland Park waiting to be captured.
  • Pokemon no go: Nintendo suffers quarterly net loss of $234 million (2016-07-27 05:22:40)
    With Pokemon Go profits going to Niantic and The Pokemon Company, Wii U sales falling and few big hits in sight, Nintendo is hit with financial woes.
  • Apple patents stylus that doubles as a joystick, air mouse (2016-07-27 05:05:00)
  • BBC adds subtitles to live iPlayer channels (2016-07-27 04:55:00)
  • Nintendo sinks into loss despite 'Pokemon Go' global success (2016-07-27 04:50:29)
    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. sagged into a loss of 24.53 billion yen ($232 million) for the fiscal first quarter through June, despite the global success of the "Pokemon Go" augmented reality game.
  • Amazon launches one-hour Prime Now deliveries in Scotland (2016-07-27 04:15:00)
  • Apple to open retail stores in India, says CEO Tim Cook (2016-07-27 04:14:16)
    India is the world's quickest growing smartphone market, and it's a key to the iPhone's long-term success.
  • Google Play gives Android app developers more categories (2016-07-27 04:08:00)
  • Xiaomi gets into the laptop business with $750 MacBook competitor (2016-07-27 03:58:51)
    Rapidly rising smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is entering the laptop market. The 13.3-inch version is the more powerful of the two, with an Intel Core i5 processor, a 256GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce 940MX mobile graphics card that Xiaomi says makes it capable of playing video games like Dota 2 at high frame rates. CNET reports that the laptops are actually made by a partner called Tian Mi, but will be sold under Xiaomi's branding.
  • Nintendo in wider-than-expected first-quarter loss, but hopes high for Pokemon GO (2016-07-27 03:40:46)
    Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd booked an operating loss in the first quarter, hurt by unfavorable currency rates although hopes for long-term growth are running high on the worldwide success of Pokemon GO. Nintendo posted an operating loss of 5.1 billion yen ($49 million) for the April-June quarter, versus a profit of 1.15 billion yen in the same period a year earlier, blaming a stronger yen that eats into the value of income earned abroad. Nintendo earns more than 70 percent of its sales overseas, making it vulnerable to currency swings.
  • Nintendo records $49 million operating loss as Wii U sales crumble (2016-07-27 03:40:01)
    Nintendo made an operating loss of 5.13 billion yen ($48.6 million) in the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year as Wii U sales plunged 53 percent year over year to just 220,000 units. 12 months ago Nintendo recorded its best first-quarter figures since 2012, a year in which the company was winding down the Wii and preparing for its successor. This year Nintendo finds itself in a similar position, with the Wii U all but a thing of a past — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild notwithstanding — and the new NX console set for release in March.
  • 10 tips to avoid ransomware attacks (2016-07-27 03:30:02)
    As ransomware increasingly targets healthcare organizations, schools and government agencies, security experts offer advice to help IT leaders prepare and protect.
  • Twitter says it's having trouble competing for advertising dollars (2016-07-27 03:29:06)
    Sales in the third quarter won't come close to Wall Street's estimates as advertisers increasingly favor rival social networks.
  • Pokemon GO Plus launch delayed to September from end-July: Nintendo (2016-07-27 03:25:55)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Pokemon GO Plus, an accessory for the hit augmented reality mobile game, will be launched in September instead of the end of this month as originally planned, Nintendo said on Wednesday.
  • Xiaomi's first laptop is the $750 Mi Notebook Air (2016-07-27 03:20:00)
  • Japan's Line Corp swings to first-half net profit on ad revenue boost (2016-07-27 03:14:17)
    By Thomas Wilson TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Line Corp, reporting earnings for the first time since listing, on Wednesday said it swung to a profit in the first half of the year as advertising revenue soared. The operator of Japan's dominant mobile messaging application posted net profit of 2.6 billion yen ($24.3 million) versus a net loss of 5.29 billion yen a year earlier. The firm, which earns the bulk of revenue from games and selling adverts, emojis and electronic stickers, said advertising sales grew 76 percent compared with the first half of 2015.
  • Nintendo's lack of breakthrough games hits profits hard (2016-07-27 03:13:00)
  • Firefox for iOS gets customizable search, battery savings (2016-07-27 03:02:13)
    Diehard fans of Mozilla's desktop browser now have a new mobile version for their iPhone or iPad.
  • Xiaomi's Redmi Pro does OLED and dual camera on a budget (2016-07-27 02:50:00)
  • Twitter dazzled, dismayed by Bill Clinton's star turn at DNC (2016-07-27 02:36:22)
    With his speech at the Democratic National Convention, the former president shows that he still knows how to rock a lectern. The Twitterati weigh in.
  • ARM, soon to be bought by Softbank, posts second-quarter profit rise (2016-07-27 02:20:30)
    British chip designer ARM Holdings, which earlier this month agreed to be bought by Softbank Group Corp for $32 billion, reported a 5 percent rise in second quarter profit on Wednesday. The provider of technology for the iPhone, satellites and supercomputers said that given restrictions linked to Softbank's recommended offer it would not be providing its usual full-year revenue guidance at this stage. For the three months ended June 30, the company said normalized pretax profit came in at 130.1 million pounds ($171 million) on revenues which rose 9 percent to $387.6 million.
  • 3D imaging helps map tiny connections in the brain (2016-07-27 02:18:00)
  • Android's new Emergency Location Service could save your life (2016-07-27 02:04:42)
    Google has begun rolling out a feature that will see your exact location given to emergency services if you dial their number.
  • Daimler's mytaxi, British rival Hailo to merge (2016-07-27 01:44:12)
    BERLIN (AP) — Daimler's mytaxi and British rival Hailo are merging to form Europe's biggest app-based cab ordering service.
  • Check out Lockheed Martin's robotic blimp inspector (2016-07-27 01:28:00)
  • Man crashes car into MapleStory developer's office, said its games 'ruined' his life (2016-07-27 01:25:56)
    The man, surnamed Lee, was visiting the country and used his brothers car to crash into Nexon's offices.
  • Australia's big banks team up to challenge Apple on mobile payment apps (2016-07-27 01:24:42)
    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's three biggest banks, including no. 1 lender National Australia Bank (NAB) , on Wednesday said they had lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple Inc to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. Apple, which operates its own Apple Pay mobile wallet, does not allow third-party electronic payment apps to be loaded onto to the hugely popular smartphones. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's phones without themselves being accused of violating anti-competition law.
  • Apple supplier LG Display puts $1.8B into flexible displays (2016-07-27 01:17:40)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Display Co., a supplier of Apple's iPhone screens, said Wednesday that it will invest 1.99 trillion won ($1.75 billion) to produce flexible displays for smartphones, in a sign that more high-end smartphone makers may adopt flexible screens in the near future.
  • Apple CEO touts future technology amid iPhone worries (2016-07-27 01:17:10)
    As iPhone sales declined for the second straight quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook peeled back the curtain ever so slightly on its work in artificial intelligence and augmented reality, aiming to reassure investors that the company is ready to ride the next wave of technology. Raving about hit smartphone game Pokemon GO, Cook stressed that Apple is “high on [augmented reality] for the long-run” and investing heavily. Augmented reality, in which computer-generated content is overlaid on the real world, is one of the latest fixations in the technology business, with Pokemon GO among the first applications to catch on.
  • Japan latest battleground in Airbnb home-sharing war (2016-07-27 01:01:03)
    Sarah Takeda thought she had a good little business renting a traditional tatami-mat room in her house on Airbnb. Calls for change have reached the highest levels of government, which is mulling a revision to the rules, as Japan's tourist numbers hit fresh records and Tokyo scrambles to build enough accommodation to host the 2020 Olympics. "I had no idea Airbnb was against the law when I was running it," said Takeda, a pseudonym, who has since stopped renting the straw mat room for about 3,000 yen a night.
  • Adobe is working on realistic 3D digital paint (2016-07-27 00:55:38)
    Artists have been using tablets to make 2D art for years now, and recently, the proliferation of VR headsets and software like Google's Tilt Brush have also allowed them to paint in 3D space. Nvidia, who partnered with Adobe to produce the software, describe it as the "world's first real-time simulation-based 3D painting system with bristle-level interactions" — an app that allows artists to draw on 2D surfaces with virtual 3D paint. It's applied by stylus to a screen, as in existing 2D drawing applications, but Adobe Research's software simulates real-world brushstrokes, leaving texture in the virtual oil paint as if the artist had daubed it onto real canvas.
  • Solar-powered machine turns urine into drinkable water (2016-07-27 00:55:00)
  • LG Display invests $1.75 billion for flexible OLED demand (2016-07-27 00:21:00)
  • 'Destiny' splits off from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 today (2016-07-26 23:40:00)
  • Watch Melissa McCarthy, 50 Cent, Bill Hader and more audition to be young Han Solo (2016-07-26 23:00:27)
    Playing young Han Solo has probably been a dream for thousands of young actors who auditioned for the part, but Alden Ehrenreich is the chosen one to portray the beloved Star Wars character in an upcoming spinoff movie. Little did you know that some of your favorite stars may have also auditioned for the role... at least, they did in Conan’s universe. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 The following clip shows us that reading for the young Han Solo role isn’t easy, regardless of how much experience you have. Melissa McCarthy, 50 Cent, Jodie Foster, Bill Hader, Adam Sandler, Will Arnett and Jeff Goldblum are just some of the famed actors who gave it a hilarious try. So what if McCarthy and Foster are going for a male leading role? They could totally pull it off, especially McCarthy who has no idea what Star Wars is about but brings something special to the role. As for Hader, he can do a mean young Jabba the Hutt, which might be a better role for him. If that’s not enough, then you’ll also be happy to see Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch and Kamail Nanjiani audition for the part. And they basically play their characters from Silicon Valley  while reading for the part of young Han Solo, giving their performances some extra flair. Even if you’re not into Star Wars  but you know who Harrison Ford’s Han Solo is, you still should watch the following video from Conan. It’s absolutely hilarious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUX_Vv6Rpvs
  • Is Amazon's Echo wiretapped, and would you group date on Tinder? (CNET's Open_Tab Ep. 8 show notes) (2016-07-26 22:52:47)
    Plus, #THERNC and RIP to Kickass torrents. Join Open_Tab live on CNET's YouTube page Fridays around 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT.
  • Porsche will hire over 1,400 employees to build its electric cars (2016-07-26 22:29:00)
  • Tesla's Musk sees 'modest' capital raise for next strategic turn (2016-07-26 22:13:59)
    By Joseph White SPARKS, Nevada (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc's next strategic turn could cost the electric car maker "tens of billions" of dollars over the long term, but will likely require only a "modest" capital raise, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Musk's comments during a media open house at Tesla's sprawling, battery "gigafactory" outside Reno, Nevada, come at a time when the automaker is losing money and dealing with investigations into a crash that killed a driver using its Autopilot driving-assist software. Musk seemed unwilling to let such speed bumps slow him down.
  • First commercial drone delivery in US included donuts, sandwich (Tomorrow Daily 397 show notes) (2016-07-26 22:02:02)
    We'd be down to order drone-delivered donuts from a local convenience store. The chicken sandwich, though...not so much.
  • Sega is taking on Nintendo’s mini NES with two new retro consoles of its own (2016-07-26 22:00:24)
    Not to be outdone by Nintendo's reveal of the NES Classic Edition earlier this month, Sega and AtGames announced two new retro consoles this week with 80 games built in in celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary. DON'T MISS:  An awesome side-effect to playing Pokemon Go First up we have the Genesis Classic Game Console, a device which you've likely seen on store shelves in years past. AtGames has been at the forefront of the nostalgia-fueled retro console business for quite some time, so this is really just the 2016 edition of the Classic Game Console with a few new games included. One of the most significant differences between AtGames' mini Genesis and Nintendo's mini NES is that the Genesis actually plays original Genesis cartridges. If you have any old Sega games lying around, you can slot them in and start playing. The Sega console also comes with two wireless controllers, but supports classic Genesis controllers as well (if you want to go really retro). Unfortunately, the mini Genesis doesn't support HDMI output, but if you don't want to play on your TV, you can pick up the Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player instead. This 3.2-inch handheld console features the same 80 games, but also has an SD card slot in case you want to add more. Both the mini Genesis and the portable Genesis will be available in October for around $65. They might not be as polished as the NES Classic Edition, but if you prefer quantity over quality, they're worth checking out. Here is the complete list of 80 games that come built-in: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Alien Storm Altered Beast Arrow Flash Bonanza Bros. Chakan: The Forever Man Columns Columns III ComixZone Crack Down DecapAttack Dr. Robotnik'sMean Bean Machine ESWAT: City Under Siege Eternal Champions Fatal Labyrinth Flicky Gain Ground Golden Axe Golden Axe II Golden Axe III Jewel Master Kid Chameleon Phantasy Star 2 Phantasy Star 3 Ristar Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Sonic & Knuckles Sonic Spinball Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog II Sonic 3D Blast Sword of Varmilion The Ooze Vectorman Vectorman II Mortal Kombat I Mortal Kombat II Mortal Kombat III Adventure in the Park Cross the road Jack's Pea Jewel Magic Curling 2010 Plumbing Contest Wall-Breaking Bubble Master Break a Fireline Mahjong Solitaire Warehouse Keeper Chess Memory Snake Air Hockey Spider Naval Power Mr. Balls Cannon Fight or Lose Bottle Taps Race Bomber Checker Hexagonos Whack-A-Wolf Mirror Mirror Panic Lift Black Sheep Flash Memory Brain Switch Mega Brain Switch Hidden Agenda Dominant Amber Hide and Seek Jura Formula Lost World Sudoku Meatloaf Rotation Mya Master Mind Skeleton Scale T-Rex Memory Match Yawning Triceratops
  • EPA findings should lead to caps on aircraft emissions (2016-07-26 21:39:00)
  • Twitter is still trending downward financially (2016-07-26 21:27:07)
    User growth remains stagnant, and the social network plans to rely more on video and live-streaming to turn its fortunes around.
  • 'Anything's possible' _ Obama points to Russia on DNC hack (2016-07-26 21:20:53)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia may have been behind the leak of hacked Democratic National Committee documents, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in his first public comments on the breach.
  • LG Display guides for earnings recovery after second-quarter slump (2016-07-26 21:08:17)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd on Wednesday guided for a second-half earnings recovery, signaling a pickup for the struggling panel industry as clients prepare to launch new gadgets such as smartphones. The firm also unveiled plans to invest 1.99 trillion won ($1.75 billion) to boost production of organic light-emitting diode screens for mobile devices, as smartphone makers increasingly adopt the next-generation technology. "Overall profitability in the second half of the year is expected to further improve due to stabilized panel prices," LG Display Chief Financial Officer Don Kim said in a statement.
  • Never get lost on Netflix again with this brilliant recommendation bot (2016-07-26 21:00:31)
    One of the most frustrating non-issues in all of our lives is trying to decide what to watch on Netflix. Even as the library continues to shrink , there are still thousands of movies and TV shows to sort through, with more original series, films, stand up acts and documentaries being added each and every month. But what if there was a bot that could do the deciding for you? MORE NETFLIX: Every movie and TV show being added in August "And Chill" is the first chatbot that I've personally ever heard of that I actually wanted to use. Originally launched on May 10th, And Chill is a Facebook Messenger-based chatbot that offers movie suggestions based on the criteria you give it. So in theory, if you ask for "a British comedy with a bizarre twist ending," there's a good chance that the bot will suggest you watch Hot Fuzz . The key to And Chill is its conversational tone and ability to understand what you're asking for, even if you aren't talking to it like it's a bot. Unfortunately, And Chill has become so popular that it's having trouble keeping up with all of its users, so you might have to wait a while before you get a response. When I saw the Lifehacker article pointing to And Chill earlier today, I immediately rushed to Facebook to start a conversation. 20 minutes later, I've yet to receive a response, but the bot is definitely still a work in progress. If you want to try And Chill yourself, head to the bot's Facebook page and begin a conversation . You probably won't get a response right away, but be patient.
  • Venmo opens up third-party app support to all (2016-07-26 20:53:00)
  • Cook: La comercialización de 'Pokémon Go' y AR presentan buenas oportunidades (2016-07-26 20:26:59)
    El presidente ejecutivo de Apple se alista para recibir miles de millones de dólares por las compras realizadas por los usuarios del videojuego móvil y por sus inversiones en la realidad aumentada.
  • LogMeIn to merge with Citrix's GoTo unit in all-stock deal (2016-07-26 20:26:45)
    LogMeIn Inc and a unit of Citrix Systems Inc that makes software products such as GoToMeeting said on Tuesday they are merging in an all-stock deal to create a $1.8 billion company focused on technology applications for the workplace. LogMeIn shareholders cheered the deal, sending shares up more than 20 percent in after-hours trading. Citrix shares were down 1.94 percent after closing at $89.33 in regular trade.
  • Runkeeper's Running Groups keep you motivated (2016-07-26 20:21:00)
  • Poop-themed cafe gives new meaning to being a 'regular' (2016-07-26 20:15:37)
    Welcome to Toronto's first poop-themed dessert cafe, where you'll enjoy sweet-smelling treats out of toilet-style dishes. You could even call the place a dump.
  • Tesla's Musk says master plan will require capital raise (2016-07-26 20:05:55)
    Tesla Motors Inc's "master plan" to broaden the electric vehicle maker's product line could cost "tens of billions" of dollars over time and would likely require a "modest capital raise", Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Speaking at a formal unveiling of Tesla's $5 billion battery "gigafactory" outside Reno, Nevada, Musk said the new plant being jointly developed with Japan's Panasonic Corp could ultimately support 1.5 million electric vehicles a year. The immediate plans call for Tesla's new Model 3 sedan, due out next year, to reach an annual production level of 500,000 by the end of 2018, Musk said.
  • 10 of the worst mistakes in DC movies that you probably never noticed (2016-07-26 20:00:56)
    When DC revealed that it would be building its own movie universe, comic book fans the world over held their collective breath. It's not that we expected the DC Extended Universe to fail, we just knew how big of an undertaking it would be, and how easy it could be to screw it all up by rushing things. Based on the critical reaction to Batman v Superman , fans were right to be cautious. But Dawn of Justice wasn't the first (or the only) high profile mistake DC made. SEE ALSO:  As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature Following a weekend filled with well-received projects from DC's film and television divisions, Screen Rant put together a video compilation of some of the biggest mistakes in DC movie history. Some of these are relatively recent, but others stretch as far back as Batman Returns from 1992. These mistakes probably won't ruin the movie for you (at least not anymore than the movie was already ruined from the outset), but in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , Bruce Wayne runs through a cloud of heavy dust in the beginning of the movie and comes out the other side completely clean. Later on, Batman lays the smackdown on Superman, but a scene later, Superman's wounds have miraculously healed and even his disheveled hair has been styled again. These are just a few of the minor mistakes you might not have noticed. You can see a bunch more in the video from Screen Rant below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeYpGfZhxF8
  • How to install NGINX on your CentOS server (2016-07-26 19:59:52)
    If you're looking to replace Apache with NGINX on your CentOS server, look no further. Learn how to make the switch to this performance-oriented web server.
  • 'Second Life' removes support for Oculus Rift (2016-07-26 19:59:00)
  • Tesla's Musk says Model 3 could generate $20 billion in revenue per year (2016-07-26 19:36:55)
    Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday that the company's Model 3 could generate $20 billion in revenue per year and an annual gross profit of about $5 billion. A "modest capital raise" could be needed to fund Tesla's strategic plans, and new products in the plan could cost "tens of billions" over time, Musk said at a press conference at the official unveiling of Tesla's battery "gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada. Last week Musk unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy systems.
  • How to live stream Bill Clinton’s speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention (2016-07-26 19:30:18)
    After getting off to a rocky start yesterday as Bernie Sanders' supporters vented their frustrations, the Democratic National Convention has calmed down considerably on Tuesday, due in large part to the fact that Sanders was able to speak to his delegates for over half an hour from the main stage last night. The inclusion of Paul Simon, Sarah Silverman and Michelle Obama didn't hurt either, but that was just day one. So what's in store for day two? SEE ALSO:  As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature Following the nominating speeches and the roll call vote, the night's speakers will make their way to the stage one by one, beginning with Governor Terry McAuliffe and Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi. There are a ton of other speakers worth watching out for as the night proceeds, but there's no question that the most anticipated guest will be Hillary's husbands Bill. Expected to speak at some point between 10-11PM, former President Bill Clinton will be speaking to the crowd as the first ever First Husband of a nominee for President of the United States. If you want to watch it as it happens, you can follow along with the live stream below all night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fw7XiCJL4M
  • Hackers could sniff out your passwords if you're typing nearby (2016-07-26 19:25:59)
    The keysniffer attack picks up your passwords when you type on a wireless keyboard. But hackers have to sneak up pretty close to make it work.
  • Tesla parts ways with chipmaker behind its Autopilot system (2016-07-26 19:17:00)
  • LG Display to invest $1.75 billion for flexible OLED screens (2016-07-26 19:10:17)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd said on Wednesday it will invest 1.99 trillion won ($1.75 billion) to boost capacity for flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, its latest attempt to meet growing demand from mobile device makers. OLED is widely expected to replace liquid crystal displays (LCD) for smartphones as the standard technology in a few years, and flexible displays can be curved or folded. LG, the world's largest maker of LCDs, has been focusing on making OLED screens for televisions and is trailing behind Samsung Display Co Ltd, an unlisted unit of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd that is the largest maker of OLEDs for smartphones.
  • Can't get a ticket to the DNC? Explore Philly like a local (2016-07-26 19:07:06)
    These five apps will help Hillary and Bernie fans who can't get into the DNC forget their differences and enjoy the City of Brotherly Love.
  • Tesla just broke up with its most important Autopilot software partner (2016-07-26 19:00:15)
    In an interesting turn of events, Mobileye disclosed during a recent earnings conference call that its multi-year partnership with Tesla is coming to an end. For those unfamiliar, Mobileye is an Israeli-based company that provides the sensors and a good deal of the underlying technology behind Tesla’s Autopilot software. Specifically, the company’s EyeQ System-on-Chip solution was used to power features such as traffic sign recognition, late departure detection and more. DON’T MISS: This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 But for reasons that still remain murky, it appears that Mobileye’s EyeQ3 chip – which is currently found in Tesla’s fleet of vehicles – will be the last chip the company provides to Tesla. “Mobileye’s work with Tesla will not extend beyond the EyeQ3,” Mobileye said in a statement provided to The Wall Street Journal . “We continue to support and maintain the current Tesla Autopilot product plans. This includes a significant upgrade of several functions that affect both the ability to respond to crash avoidance and to optimize auto-steering in the near term, without any hardware updates.” News of the abrupt ending to the longstanding partnership is particularly unexpected, especially given reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently spent some time in Israel taking a look at Mobileye’s next-gen technology. The Journal adds that Mobileye’s next-gen chip is slated to arrive sometime in 2018. Some have speculated that the rift between the two companies may be rooted in the fatal May 7 accident involving a Tesla Model S that crashed into a tractor-trailer. In the wake of the accident, Mobileye issued a statement indicating that the crash was not of the variety that Mobileye’s current technology is capable of preventing. Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see if Tesla tries to develop its own SoC solution or if they’ll look to partner up elsewhere.
  • Dota 2 breaks its own record for biggest prize pool in e-sports (2016-07-26 18:48:21)
    Last year, Dota 2 set a remarkable record of $18,429,613 with the prize pool for its biggest annual tournament, The International. Dota’s consistently rising prize pools are thus just an expression of its enduring and growing popularity. There’s even a special prize for surpassing the now-defeated 2015 record: every Battle Pass owner will now receive three treasure chests with a random item of high in-game worth.
  • Reddit will let brands sponsor posts from regular users (2016-07-26 18:47:52)
    Reddit has a bold plan to earn more advertising revenue and it involves letting big name brands sponsor the posts of regular users. The ad program, which is slated to go live on August 4th, is part of a renewed effort from co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman to make the social news site more profitable, according to an interview published in Ad Age today. As part of the initiative, a brand like Taco Bell could seek out content on Reddit that fits its marketing campaigns — let's say a photo of a human-sized Crunchwrap Supreme created by an avid T-Bell fan.
  • U.S. issues first government guide on responding to cyber attacks (2016-07-26 18:45:25)
    By Dustin Volz and Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday issued the U.S. government's first emergency response manual for a major cyber attack, though some officials acknowledged it lacked clear guidance on possible retaliation against hacker adversaries. The Obama administration, which created a federal cyber chief position in February that has not yet been filled, published a "presidential policy directive" that includes a five-level grading system. A hack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which the FBI is investigating, would likely earn a lower grade, depending on any foreign government involvement or intent to meddle in the presidential election.
  • Milky Way's spinning 'halo' helps reveal how galaxy formed (2016-07-26 18:44:00)
  • Apple sales down, but iPhone 7 offers glimmer of hope (2016-07-26 18:43:29)
    Despite struggling with weak phone demand, the company manages to report better-than-expected quarterly results.
  • Hunting for Pokemon in the rubble of war-torn Syria (2016-07-26 18:33:19)
    Artist Khaled Akil places Pokemon creatures amid scenes of destruction to get people looking up from their smartphones at the harsh realities of war.
  • Weird iOS glitch lets you make all your iPhone folders round (2016-07-26 18:20:26)
    Remember back in April when we told you about a nifty trick that let you completely change the look of your iPhone's home screen without having to jailbreak your device? For some odd reason, using a very small image as the wallpaper on your iPhone caused iOS to hiccup and display all of your device's folder icons as circles rather than the standard rounded squares. Well, this bizarre glitch is back and it still works on the latest version of iOS, which Apple just released last week. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 As was the case last time around, the glitch was discovered by YouTube user "videosdebarraquito." And also just like last time, he put together a quick video that walks you through the process. It really couldn't be easier. All you have to do is visit a special site in Safari on your iPhone where you can download a number of different pre-made wallpapers that will all trigger this odd glitch. Pick some colors you like, long-tap on each one, and then download it to your device. Then, either in the Settings app or in the Photos app, apply the image as your wallpaper, just like you would with any other picture. Once that's done, the glitch will be triggered. All of the icons for your folders will appear round instead of the typical rounded square look. And this time around, your dock will also be invisible. No one knows exactly what causes this glitch, but it's a cool and easy way to set the look of your iPhone apart from everyone else's. The full video is embedded below, and here's a link to the site where you can download the special wallpapers.
  • Apple Music orders up 16 episodes of 'Carpool Karaoke' series (2016-07-26 18:19:25)
    Apple Music will be home to the new spinoff from James Corden's late-night show which features celebrities singing in cars.
  • Twitter still struggling to grow as rivals race ahead (2016-07-26 18:15:36)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is in danger of becoming the next internet company forced into a desperation sale if it cannot find a way to start luring people and advertisers back to its sometimes-befuddling messaging service.
  • Apple's sales fall across iPhone, iPad, and Mac (2016-07-26 18:11:20)
    Apple just released its Q3 2016 financials, and the data shows device sales across all three of Apple's main product categories falling over the past year. Overall, iPhone growth has stalled, though it's certainly possible things will pick up when the iPhone 7 is released later this year.
  • Apple is investing in augmented reality, says Tim Cook (2016-07-26 18:04:36)
    It’s Apple earnings day, which means analysts are allowed to ask Tim Cook probing questions about when the new iPhone is coming out and he is allowed to dance around those questions with exquisite grace. “We are high on AR in the long run,” he said. Cook also said that he thinks “AR can be huge,” but expressed some doubt about it being the next new platform.
  • The CraveCast relives its youth at Comic-Con while preparing for future binge-watching (CraveCast Podcast, Ep 26) (2016-07-26 18:04:35)
    Comic-Con 2016 got nostalgic with Double Dare, Pokemon and Power Rangers, but also offered a glimpse of more great geekery to come. The CraveCast crew reports back on all of it.
  • Electro-Harmonix brings '80s synth sounds to your iPad (2016-07-26 18:03:00)
  • New Facebook Messenger bot orders lunch for you, curates meals (2016-07-26 18:02:17)
    Allset's Facebook Messenger chatbot finds nearby restaurants, books tables and lets you order meals.
  • Analog Devices to buy chipmaker peer Linear for $14.8 billion (2016-07-26 18:01:23)
    Analog Devices Inc said on Tuesday it would buy fellow chipmaker Linear Technology Corp for about $14.8 billion, the latest deal in a wave of consolidation that has swept the semiconductor industry in the past two years. By buying Linear, Analog is aiming to boost its profitability and increase its share in the fragmented market for analog chips, which process signals such as sound, light and temperature and convert them into digital signals. "Our highly complementary portfolios of industry-leading products will enable us to solve our customers’ biggest and most complex challenges at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds," Analog Chief Executive Vincent Roche said in a statement.
  • The FBI will be on the front line of any future hacking wars (2016-07-26 18:00:48)
    In an announcement today, President Obama unveiled his new policy for handling "cyber incidents." It's different from Future President Trump's opinions on "the cybers," mostly because there's some actual plans in there. Most notably, the confusing turf war over which agency gets to do what has been sorted out. Moving forwards, the FBI will be the lead agency responding to any "cyber incidents." DON'T MISS:  Speeding didn’t cause the fatal Tesla Autopilot crash The move is a slight change from the status quo. The FBI has long dealt with "cyber incidents" concerning hackers or attacks against lone companies, but the intelligence agencies have been the behind-the-scenes leads on attacks from other governments. The new policy changes all that. The FBI is now responsible for "threat response activities," while the Department for Homeland Security is responsible for "asset response activities" -- attacks against the power grid or similar. The intelligence community is moved to a backup role, providing "intelligence support and related activities." This doesn't mean that the NSA has nothing to do with cyber warfare any more -- it just means that the FBI is ultimately responsible for investigating any attacks and coordinating a response. The new federal policy has been much-needed for a long time. The likely Russian-conducted hack on the DNC that's causing turmoil around the Democratic convention proves how real the threat of hacking is. There's plenty of government talent capable of helping prevent those attacks in the future; coordinating the response is the real trick. Obama's new policy goes a long way towards helping.
  • Apple talks services amid drop in iPhone sales, profit (2016-07-26 17:49:50)
    With iPhone sales and profits sliding, Apple on Tuesday sought to highlight its growth in services as it seeks to reduce dependence on its main profit driver. In its quarterly update, Apple said profits slumped 27 percent from a year ago to $7.8 billion on a sharp drop in iPhone sales. Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones in the quarter ending June 25, down 15 percent from a year earlier, highlighting concerns over growth for the company's iconic smartphone.
  • Apple's secret car project may have a new boss (2016-07-26 17:45:32)
    A new report says Bob Mansfield, a former head of hardware engineering at Apple, is now driving Project Titan.
  • Apple sells more iPhones than expected, shares jump after hours (2016-07-26 17:42:08)
    Apple Inc sold more iPhones than Wall Street expected in the third quarter and forecast revenue in the current period would top many analysts' targets, soothing fears that demand for Apple's most important product had hit a wall. The world's most valuable publicly traded company said it sold 40.4 million iPhones in the third quarter, down 15 percent from the year-ago quarter but slightly more than the average analyst forecast of 40.02 million, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount. IPhone sales dropped for the second straight quarter, pushing down Apple's total revenue 14.6 percent in the fiscal third quarter, ended June 25.
  • If you could only have a mug or a donut, which would you choose? (2016-07-26 17:34:22)
    The decision to only sprinkle half the donut implies culinary expertise, because while tasty, sprinkles can quickly overpower chocolate icing. On the other hand, that mug looks built to last. If the mug becomes part of my morning routine, I might build an emotional attachment.
  • PlayStation's Adam Boyes now runs the 'Killer Instinct' studio (2016-07-26 17:32:00)
  • Cybersecurity experts see merit in claims of Russian hacking (2016-07-26 17:31:41)
    PARIS (AP) — Experts who've followed the leak of Democratic National Committee documents say they believe the party's claim that Moscow had a hand in the hack, lending weight to the extraordinary allegation that the Kremlin is trying to tamper with the U.S. presidential contest.
  • Twitter reports slowest quarterly revenue growth since IPO (2016-07-26 17:26:26)
    SAN FRANCISCO/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Twitter Inc reported its slowest growth in quarterly revenue since going public in 2013 and frustrated investors yet again with a disappointing outlook for the current quarter. The microblogging service operator's shares fell 10 percent in extended trading with investors concerned about its expansion and role in the social media landscape as it faces intense competition from fast-growing competitors like Snapchat and Instagram. The company's second quarter revenue missed Wall Street estimates and the revenue forecast for the current quarter of $590 million to $610 million was well below the average analyst estimate of $678.18 million.
  • As iPhone sale sag, Apple touts apps and services instead (2016-07-26 17:20:59)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — You can expect to hear a lot more from Apple about the virtues of mobile apps and online services in coming months. And for good reason: They're just about the only part of Apple's business that's growing right now.
  • U.S. report says Tesla in fatal Autopilot crash was speeding (2016-07-26 17:17:46)
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A driver killed in the May 7 crash of a Tesla Motors Inc car while using Autopilot driving-assist software was exceeding the speed limit, U.S. highway safety investigators said on Tuesday in a preliminary report that did not state a probable cause. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said its preliminary findings showed the Model S was traveling at 74 miles per hour (mph) in a 65-mph zone at the time it struck a semi-truck near Williston, Florida. Joshua Brown was killed when his vehicle drove under the tractor trailer.
  • Apple's iPhone sales slump again as questions loom over the iPhone 7 (2016-07-26 17:14:36)
    Apple's iPhone sales continue to decline. Apple just reported its latest Q3 earnings, and the company sold 40.4 million iPhones in the recent quarter, compared to 47.5 million this time last year. The slump in sales means Apple's profit has dropped 27 percent as a result. Last quarter, iPhone sales were also down 16 percent year-over-year.
  • New VR Concert App Gives Everyone Front Row Seats (2016-07-26 17:08:13)
    Billed as the world's first virtual reality platform, the free Android app is a new way for music lovers to experience their favorite artists in virtual reality. Moments after I held the Google Cardboard to my eyes, I found myself in a dark room in the midst of a screaming audience.
  • Meet the First VR Headset That Tracks Your Facial Expressions (2016-07-26 17:08:10)
    If Veeso has its way, the next big thing in virtual reality will be actual face tracking. Dubbed as the first face-tracking virtual reality headset, Veeso is capable of capturing your facial expressions and transferring them into VR for an even more engaging experience. When/If it launches, the headset will be available in four colors (Red, Blue, Black and White) with 10 custom apps set to ship within the first six months of launch.
  • Why the New Head of Apple's Car Project Should Rev Your Motor (2016-07-26 17:08:06)
    The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Mansfield is now heading Project Titan, Apple's long-rumored though far from official effort to build its own self-driving car. The Journal says all senior managers involved in Project Titan have been reporting to Mansfield, who left Apple's executive team in 2013 after a 15-year stint at Apple.
  • Tim Cook, Please Don't Call the iPhone 7 the iPhone SE (2016-07-26 17:08:02)
    According to a new report, Apple may name its next phone the iPhone 6SE instead of the iPhone 7, in an effort to message to shoppers that this is not the huge update they're looking for but more of a medium-size upgrade. The rumor was spotted by 9to5Mac on the German blog Apfelpage, which says that Chinese supply chain sources have seen packaging and labeling that show iPhone 6SE. Sure, there's already the iPhone SE, but iPhone 6SE is too many letters and numbers and almost sounds like a joke.
  • This $25,000 VR Robot Pushes Back When You Play (2016-07-26 17:07:56)
    VR platforms like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift transport you to faraway worlds. HTC's controllers let Vive owners interact with the virtual world, but enthusiasts haven't been able to feel physical feedback. Researcher Justin Devine at Queen's University Belfast is using a $25,000 industrial machine called Baxter for the experiment.
  • Amazon to Test Delivery Drones in the UK (2016-07-26 17:07:41)
    With the help of drones, Amazon Prime delivery could be even more immediate. Amazon has established a new partnership with the UK government that will allow the company to test new drone delivery technology for its highly-anticipated future delivery system, Amazon Prime Air. If testing is successful, Prime Air is slated to deliver packages to customers within 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial drones that can fly directly to your doorstep straight from the distribution center — a method that is both faster and more environmentally friendly, according to Amazon.
  • The White House now has a color-coded scale for cybersecurity threats (2016-07-26 17:00:37)
    As the Obama administration nears its final months, the White House has released a framework for handling cyberattacks. The Presidential Policy Directive on United States Cyber Incident Coordination builds on the action plan that Obama laid out earlier this year, and it’s intended to create a clear standard of when and how government agencies will handle incidents. It also comes with a new threat level scale, assigning specific colors and response levels to the danger of a hack.
  • Twitter is adding users, but its biggest problems still remain (2016-07-26 16:57:12)
    From a financial perspective, Twitter's narrative has been relatively straightforward since it went public in 2013. It couldn't — and never likely will — grow at the pace or to the magnitude of Facebook, Snapchat, or WhatsApp. Today, Twitter is having trouble gaining users and making money from displaying ads to those users.
  • Zagat's new iPhone app is like the best of Yelp and Foursquare (2016-07-26 16:57:00)
  • Speeding didn’t cause the fatal Tesla Autopilot crash (2016-07-26 16:55:56)
    An Autopiloted Tesla that fatally crashed in Florida in May was being driven at 74 in a 65 zone, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The crash has caused all sorts of debates, with some parties calling for Tesla to deactivate its Autopilot program, and the SEC investigating Tesla for securities fraud surrounding the crash. The NTSB report is a little short on most details. But one thing it does confirm is that the car was speeding, doing nine miles an hour over the posted speed limit. Given that the crash occurred on a straight section of road, with no restrictions on visibility, and the Tesla was travelling at a very reasonable speed for the road, we can virtually rule out "speeding" as the root cause of this accident. DON'T MISS:  Samsung S7 Active review: I can’t kill this indestructible smartphone As initially reported by Tesla, and now confirmed by the NTSB, the accident occurred when the Tesla, travelling along the highway, hit a semitrailer that was turning left across the Tesla's direction of travel. The photo below shows the location of the crash. Presumably, the semitrailer was turning into the gas station visible on the right-hand side of the photo. The NTSB report confirms that it's an "uncontrolled" intersection, so cars travelling along the highway (i.e. the Tesla) have the right of way. We won't know for sure what happened until the NTSB releases its full report. But even now, with the limited data at hand, it's hard to see how the mild speeding highlighted by the NTSB could be at fault. The difference in stopping distance between 65mpg and 74mph is about 60 feet in a typical car, and presumably much less in a high-performance Tesla. That's not a lot. The problem doesn't appear to have been that the Tesla saw the truck, but was travelling too fast to take evasive action. It's that an obstacle suddenly appeared on the highway in front of the Tesla, and neither the car nor the driver saw it in time to take action. It doesn't really matter if the car was travelling at 60 or 80 miles per hour -- the difference in stopping distance (including reaction time) is negligible, and a crash at both speeds is likely to be equally fatal. Now, it may well be that the driver wasn't paying as much attention as he should be, since Autopilot was engaged and he wasn't actively involved in the driving process. According to Tesla, the Autopilot system also performed sub-optimally, mistakenly identifying the semitrailer as an overhead gantry, rather than an obstacle on the road. But none of those things have anything to do with speed, so let's take a moment before using this preliminary NTSB report to brand the driver of the Tesla as irresponsible.
  • Apple's iPhone sales are still down, but Wall Street is happy anyway (2016-07-26 16:55:00)
  • Apple narrowly beats revenue expectations in the third quarter (2016-07-26 16:48:58)
    Apple just reported earnings for its third quarter of 2016, and managed to beat Wall Street expectations — although expectations were set fairly low after disappointing earnings last quarter. Apple reported $42.4 billion in quarterly revenue for its third quarter 2016, and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion ($1.42 per share). In terms of iPhone sales in the third quarter, it was another relatively weak quarter for the device, although again, Apple managed to beat short-term expectations.
  • I thought I knew the future of luggage, but then I saw this suitcase that follows you around (2016-07-26 16:44:21)
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  • Twitter's growth remains flat as its profit continues to dip (2016-07-26 16:39:00)
  • Dark Matter is a blockbuster read that channels Michael Crichton (2016-07-26 16:35:57)
    Jason Dressen leads an average life. Blake Crouch's new novel Dark Matter will satisfy any cravings you might have for the late Michael Crichton's known techno-thrillers like Jurassic Park, Timeline, The Andromeda Strain, and others.
  • Lithium Power CEO eyes quick growth in Chile (2016-07-26 16:35:36)
    By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Lithium Power, the latest company keen to capitalize on Chile's vast reserves of key battery ingredient lithium, is planning to start drilling by September and ramp up to commercial sales by 2020, the chief executive told Reuters. The Australian-listed smallcap, which already has projects in Australia and Argentina, announced last week that it was forming a joint venture with local partners to develop the Maricunga project in northern Chile. Lithium Power is going to fund the development costs starting with a $2 million loan.
  • Apple reports Q3 earnings: iPhone sales continue to slide, but Apple beats estimates (2016-07-26 16:31:07)
    What goes up must come down, and Apple is in the midst of a tough lesson in gravity at the moment. The company's second-quarter earnings report this past April marked the first time Apple had ever reported a decline in iPhone sales. Of course, the decline was expected by anyone who was paying attention — after astronomical iPhone 6 sales fueled by pent-up demand for iPhones with larger displays, there was simply no way Apple was going to be able to keep pace with an incremental "S" upgrade. What was unexpected, however, was how dramatic that sales decline would be. With the second quarter behind us and serious questions surrounding the future of Apple's core business swirling, all eyes were still fixed on the iPhone ahead of Tuesday's fiscal Q3 earnings report. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 At Tuesday's open, Apple shares were down more than 7% from where they were trading ahead of Apple's second-quarter earnings report three months ago. The chief concern among investors (thanks in no small part to a dreary picture painted repeatedly by bearish analysts) is that Apple's iPhone business has hit a wall. March-quarter units sales this year came in at 51.2 million iPhones, which was down from 61.2 million units in the same quarter last year. That's a massive decline, to say the least, so it's understandable that people would be rattled. Making matters worse is the fact that Apple has all but confirmed that this year's new iPhones won't be major upgrades. In a series of reports that reeked of a PR plant , expectations were established for a somewhat minor update in 2016 that will feel more like a second consecutive "S" upgrade than the big bi-yearly update Apple fans are used to. As a result, some industry watchers are predicting further declines that reach well into 2017. When will it end? It's obviously difficult to say, but one thing is certain: Apple's iPhone sales slide didn't come to an end in the June quarter. Apple on Tuesday announced fiscal third-quarter earnings of $1.42 per share, or $7.8 billion in net income, on sales totaling $42.4 billion. That compares to a net profit of $1.85 per share in the same quarter last year, while revenue slid from the Q3 record of $49.6 billion that Apple set in fiscal 2015. Ahead of Apple's report, analysts were expecting EPS to come in at $1.39 while revenue was seen dropping to $42.1 billion, right in the middle of Apple's guidance of between $41 billion and $43 billion. iPhone sales in fiscal Q3 2016 totaled 40.4 million units, down from the 47.5 million iPhones the company sold during the June quarter last year, which was also a third-quarter record. Wall Street's consensus for this past quarter was 40 million units. The company said it expects between $45.5 billion and $47.5 billion in sales for the fiscal fourth quarter. Apple remains the world's most profitable consumer electronics company by a substantial margin, but there's little question that the company has some choppy waters to navigate right now. The iPhone has been the star of the show for the better part of a decade, and Apple has enjoyed astronomical growth as a result. Is growth in Apple's iPhone business gone for good? Don't be so sure . But iPhone growth is certainly over for the time being, and there's nothing else in Apple's portfolio that can pick up the slack. Bears see that as a sign of serious trouble for Apple's future under CEO Tim Cook. Bulls see it as an opportunity to buy Apple shares at a deep discount before they skyrocket again in the coming years. There are certainly compelling cases being made on both sides of the fence, but only time will tell if the new products Apple is working on behind the scenes can bring the company back to growth.
  • Vizio's price tag: $2 billion, in a sale to China's LeEco (2016-07-26 16:28:06)
    One of the top TV brands in the US will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese company.
  • Kano inks deal with Toys R Us and Barnes & Noble to sell DIY computer kit (2016-07-26 16:23:19)
    Kano's DIY computer kit for kids started out on Kickstarter, and will soon be available in retail stores.
  • Chinese tech giant LeEco buys Vizio for $2 bn (2016-07-26 16:09:27)
    Chinese tech giant LeEco led by billionaire Jia Yueting announced a deal Tuesday to buy US television manufacturer Vizio for $2 billion. The deal expands the US presence for the company, formerly known as Letv, which operates a streaming television service, makes smartphones and other electronics, and has been working on research for autonomous cars. "LeEco believes in breakthrough technologies, a complete ecosystem and disruptive pricing," Jia, the founder and chief executive of LeEco, said in a statement.
  • Listen to this podcast explain the power of podcasts (2016-07-26 16:08:03)
    For 72 episodes, What’s Tech has invited guests to explain technology and its cultural periphery — from drones and fan fiction to ASMR and biohacking. For this momentous occasion, our guest is Alex Goldman, co-host of one of my favorite podcasts, Reply All. After you listen, visit Reply All’s publisher Gimlet Media, which is responsible for a number of the best examples of the podcasting form.
  • Analog Devices to buy Linear Technology for $14.8 billion (2016-07-26 16:02:18)
    (Reuters) - Analog Devices Inc said it would buy fellow chipmaker Linear Technology Corp for about $14.8 billion, creating a company with a combined revenue of $5 billion. Analog Devices said it would offer $46.00 per share in cash and 0.2321 a share for each Linear share. The deal is expected to immediately add to Analog Devices' non-GAAP EPS and free cash flow.
  • Opera Mini can download videos for offline viewing (2016-07-26 15:57:00)
  • Apple is turning Carpool Karaoke into an Apple Music series (2016-07-26 15:52:42)
    Apple is turning Carpool Karaoke, the Late Late Show with James Corden segment that regularly goes viral, into its own TV show, which will air on Apple Music. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple has ordered 16 episodes, which will be released weekly once the series is ready. It's not known who will host the new show, though the Reporter says it's unlikely to be Corden. Can Apple recreate the success of 'Lip Sync Battle'?
  • Qualcomm to pay $19.5M to settle gender discrimination suit (2016-07-26 15:41:17)
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Qualcomm has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit involving 3,300 women who alleged they were denied equal pay and job opportunities to their male counterparts.
  • Chinese tech firm LeEco agrees to buy Vizio TV maker for $2B (2016-07-26 15:36:25)
    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Chinese video streaming company LeEco is breaking into the U.S. TV market by buying Vizio, a manufacturer of budget-priced sets. The combination promises a marriage of hardware and content as tightly linked as your smartphone is to your monthly voice and data plan.
  • OnePlus 3 'Soft Gold' edition arrives in understated luxury (2016-07-26 15:33:00)
  • Galaxy S8 specs will reportedly include a 4K display (2016-07-26 15:30:14)
    Samsung is already developing its next-gen smartphone, new rumors indicate, a Galaxy S8 that will feature high-end specs that make today's flagships look like toys. Among them ia a 4K display that would take Google’s Daydream virtual reality project to a whole new level. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 Google in mid-May unveiled Daydream, its mobile-friendly VR platform. But the company said that compatible hardware would only be released later on down the road, maybe beginning sometime this fall (with new Nexus phones?). While current Android devices might not support Daydream experiences, next-gen smartphones will probably be equipped to deliver Daydream content. One of them might be the Galaxy S8, which is supposed to arrive at some point around MWC 2017. According to reports from Asia, the device is codenamed Project Dream, which is seen as an indication that Samsung’s future flagship will tout Daydream support as a core feature. The Galaxy S8 should pack a 4K display, a new report from MyDrivers says , which might be critical for such VR projects. Samsung has already demoed a 5.5-inch display with 4K resolution, suggesting that some of its high-end next-gen handsets might actually ship with these high-resolution screens in place. In addition to 4K displays for mobile devices, Phone Arena reminds us that Samsung is also working on a technology called Bio Blue that is supposed to diminish the amount of blue light that Samsung’s AMOLED screens put out. That said, we have no actual confirmation that the Galaxy S8 will have a 4K display at this point, but things should get clearer as we approach MWC 2017.
  • Pokemon Go player says cops, guns drawn, mistook him for a robber (2016-07-26 15:27:22)
    Iowa football player Faith Ekakitie says he's "thankful to be alive" after being searched at gunpoint by police while playing the popular app in a park.
  • Chinese conglomerate LeEco acquires Vizio for $2 Billion (2016-07-26 15:26:11)
    One of the top TV brands in the U.S. will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the China-based company.
  • Credit card companies are blowing it with chip payments (2016-07-26 15:19:51)
    1) I bought something using a credit card, and 2) I complained about something on Twitter. Fun fact: Samsung Pay uses a virtual magnetic stripe in some situations, so it might fail and tell you that you have to use the chip on your card.
  • This robot is part machine, part sea slug (2016-07-26 15:13:51)
    Case Western Reserve University scientists develop a "biohybrid" robot that can endure harsh underwater conditions better than all-machine bots.
  • Glasses-free 3D movies may be coming to a theater near you (2016-07-26 15:10:03)
    3D video, despite never really succeeding as a consumer-level product, still has some success today in movie theaters, as more and more big-budget movies are released in 3D to try and squeeze a few more dollars out of patrons.
  • Owlet's wearable SIDS alarm isn't ready for the real world (2016-07-26 15:10:00)
  • Investigators say driver in fatal Tesla Autopilot crash was speeding (2016-07-26 15:04:43)
    The National Transportation Safety Board today issued the preliminary report of its investigation into the May 7th accident which involved a Tesla Model S operating in Autopilot mode. The crash resulted in the death of the driver, Joshua Brown, who was 40 years old. The agency found that Brown’s car was traveling nine miles over the posted speed limit at the time of the crash, and the report also includes the first officially released images of the accident.
  • Facebook to pledge 1,500 housing units for general public (2016-07-26 14:58:51)
    To help offset real-estate demand in Menlo Park, Facebook is constructing 1,500 housing units and dedicating a percentage of that for low-income families.
  • T-Mobile is adding Apple Music, ABC and Dish to its unlimited Binge On service (2016-07-26 14:55:46)
    T-Mobile's Binge On is a convenient loophole that lets customers stream music and video from a long list of providers without it counting against their 4G data limit. The more services that participate in Binge On, the better, so the news that Apple Music, ABC, Disney and a host of other providers are joining today is particularly good. The announcement today brings the list of participating services up to 100. It's gone from being a select group of video and music services to a who's who of online video and music. DON'T MISS: The new additions today are: Apple Music ABC Big Ten Network CEEK VR DISH Anywhere Disney Channel Disney Jr. Disney XD D-PAN.TV DramaFever FOX NOW FXNOW NAT GEO TV Shalom World Sioeye Tubi TV Binge On isn't without its drawbacks and critics. For customers signed up to Binge On, video from all the participating services is capped at SD quality, so you can't watch HD streams. A study also found that T-Mobile's detection system isn't flawless, so some video was being incorrectly slowed down or quality-limited. The service also annoys net neutrality warriors, who argue that by offering preferential treatment to some services, T-Mobile violates the fundamental tenant of net neutrality, to treat all internet traffic as legal. It doesn't seem to have spooked T-Mobile's customers, though. According to T-Mobile's data, 80% of Binge On video services are seeing customers watch more video on mobile devices. In the 8 months that Binge On has been active so far, customers have streamed 87,000 years of data-free video. That's a whole lot of Nyan Cat.
  • Tesla on Autopilot was speeding before fatal crash: probe (2016-07-26 14:54:22)
    The Tesla electric car driving in semi-autonomous mode when it crashed and killed its driver was speeding just ahead of impact with a tractor-trailer, a preliminary probe showed Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said its preliminary findings showed the Tesla was traveling at 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour ahead of impact, but noted that investigators have not yet completed an analysis of the crash data or assigned a cause for the fatal collision. "All aspects of the crash remain under investigation," the NTSB said in a statement on its review of the May 7 fatality, which raised concerns about the safety of the rapidly growing field of autonomous driving technology.
  • Pokemon Go: is it a BYOD security nightmare? (2016-07-26 14:53:36)
    BYOD security is already a headache for businesses. Add a super-popular app that's become a target and you have a recipe for serious trouble.
  • Level up in Pokemon Go (2016-07-26 14:48:25)
    Our tips and tricks for gaining levels quickly in Pokemon Go.
  • The best portable induction cooktop (2016-07-26 14:45:00)
  • BlackBerry's cheaper DTEK 50 skips the keyboard, but keeps Android (2016-07-26 14:43:36)
    The full touchscreen midrange phone is the latest product from the struggling phone maker. BlackBerry touts the DTEK 50 as the most secure Android phone in the world.
  • U.S. issues guidelines for responding to major cyber attacks (2016-07-26 14:38:39)
    The White House issued new instructions on Tuesday on how government agencies should respond to major cyber security attacks, attempting to combat perceptions the Obama administration has been sluggish in addressing threats from sophisticated hacking adversaries. The announcement was made amid suspicion in the U.S. government that hackers working for Russia may have engineered the leak of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to influence the Nov. 8 presidential election. The directive, which was years in the making and includes a five-point scale to grade the severity of an incident, provides the first public guidance on the specific roles of federal agencies in coordinating efforts to investigate and respond to cyber security breaches in government and the private sector.
  • Business travelers: Use Google Maps 'areas of interest' to find cool stuff in new cities (2016-07-26 14:36:36)
    Google Maps was recently updated with a new design, color scheme, and "areas of interest," which show areas that are full of restaurants, bars and shops.
  • AMD just announced a graphics card with an SSD (2016-07-26 14:31:02)
    AMD has announced a new graphics card that incorporates an SSD for the first time. The Radeon Pro SSG features two PCIe 3.0 M.2 slots allowing you to add up to 1TB of NAND flash memory directly to the graphics card. The Radeon Pro SSG was demoed at the Siggraph computer graphics conference rendering raw 8K video smoothly at 30 frames per second, and AMD claims it can even run at 90 frames per second.
  • How to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 on your iPhone or iPad without ever connecting to a PC (2016-07-26 14:30:22)
    Chinese iPhone hackers just released a new jailbreak tool for the latest versions of iOS and not one day later, we already have a better option. On Monday we told you about the newly updated Pangu jailbreak tool , which offered anyone with a Windows PC a means to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad running any version of iOS from iOS 9.2 through to the just-released iOS 9.3.3. There are some big caveats beyond the need for a Windows PC though, namely that this was a "semi-untethered" jailbreak that require a few extra steps each time a phone is rebooted. Now, just one day later, there's a new and improved jailbreak that could be the simplest way to jailbreak and iPhone that we've seen in years. MUST WATCH:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video In a video created by YouTube's resident jailbreak tutorial maker iCrackUriDevice, we get a full walkthrough of how to use JailbreakMe9.com, a new tool that lets iPhone and iPad users jailbreak their phones using a mobile website accessible through Safari. It really doesn't get any easier than this. There are still a few caveats you'll want to make note of — this jailbreak is still semi-untethered for the time being — but it's very straightforward. The full video is embedded below, and then you'll find a timeline so you can skip around to the parts you need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4c3c4JTZeg 0:05 - Jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 - NO Computer 0:32 - Dev Enterprise ‘Warning’ 1:33 - Supported Devices 2:09 - Supported Firmwares 2:33 - Credits 2:49 - Visit JailbreakMe9.com 3:45 - Trust The Certificate 4:07 - IMPORTANT Jailbreak STEPS! 5:51 - Opening Cydia! 6:42 - Incompatible Tweaks Warning! 6:58 - Rebooting and Semi Untethered 7:26 - MUST WATCH AFTER Jailbreak! 7:52 - How to Reboot w/ Semi Untether 9:42 - Summary: Follow for Updates
  • China's LeEco buys Vizio in a $2 billion deal (2016-07-26 14:24:00)
  • Game based on Netflix's 'Narcos' lets you play kingpin (2016-07-26 14:23:15)
    The mobile game will reportedly be released in September alongside the season two premiere of "Narcos."
  • Video: How Facebook Live gets the masses engaged at the RNC and DNC with 'broadcast capability in your pocket' (2016-07-26 14:22:00)
    TechRepublic's Dan Patterson spoke with Facebook's VP of Public Policy about the company's presence at the 2016 presidential conventions and how it's getting voters involved through Facebook Live.
  • Vizio acquired by Chinese tech company LeEco for $2 billion (2016-07-26 14:15:03)
    Chinese electronics firm LeEco is buying American TV manufacturer Vizio for $2 billion. The acquisition was announced during a press event this morning in Los Angeles, giving LeEco an instant foothold in the US television market. Under the deal, Vizio will be operated as an independent subsidiary, with the company's current management team staying in place and working out of its offices in Southern California.
  • U.S. report says Tesla driver speeding in fatal Autopilot crash (2016-07-26 14:10:40)
    A driver killed on May 7 in a crash in a Tesla using the car's Autopilot software was speeding, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday in its preliminary findings. The preliminary report said the Model S was traveling at 74 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone at the time it struck a semi-truck hauling blueberries near Williston, Florida. The report said the NTSB confirmed the Model S driver was using the advanced driver assistance features Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer lane-keeping assistance at the time.
  • Samsung S7 Active review: I can’t kill this indestructible smartphone (2016-07-26 14:05:51)
    I remember when I first started writing about technology, my boss at the time told me all about how he protected his Nokia N97 by keeping it in a fleece-lined pocket with daily cleanings, just in case the camera accumulated dust or scratches. I've never been remotely that careful with a gadget. My phones have been dropped, scratched, soaked, and for one unlucky handset, immersed in a bucket of paint. Phones like the indestructible Samsung Galaxy S7 Active are phones for people like me. DON'T MISS:  Nexus 6P prices slashed across the board in this huge sale On first glance, the S7 Active just looks like a regular Galaxy S7 but in a rugged case. The screen, guts, and basically everything apart from the body are all the same as the regular S7. A couple differences do stand out. There's three physical buttons along the bottom, just like the Android phones of yore. The back (on my version, at least) is camo-colored for extra mental ruggedness. One nice touch is an extra physical button on the left-hand side, which works as the shutter button in the camera app, and can be programmed for anything else during general use. The Galaxy S7 has been extensively reviewed before , so we're not going to go into the nuts and bolts of using a Galaxy S7 as a smartphone under normal conditions. Suffice to say that it's superbly fast, the screen is crystal clear, and Android continues to be excellent. Samsung's custom TouchWiz skin on Android continues to annoy me a little, but mostly it's an excellent phone, up there with the best that Apple and LG can make. But you don't buy a Galaxy S7 Active if you're interested in having a standard day-to-day phone. You buy the S7 Active because you life is filled with adventure, from canoeing unknown rivers to bushwacking through jungles or taking selfies while surfing. (I'm just reading between the lines of the marketing material that Samsung sent me here.) So the real question is: how does the S7 Active perform as a smartphone in less-than-ideal conditions? Pretty darn well, actually. The waterproofing, ruggedness and extra buttons are all useful and not in the slightest gimmicky. The S7 Active is specced to survive immersion in five feet of water for 30 minutes. Because I'm mildly sadistic, the first thing I did with the new phone was turn it on, start a 30-minute timer, and drop it to the bottom of a six-foot-deep pool. There's no port covers on the phone (a common feature on most other handsets), so I was a little dubious that the exposed microUSB port and 3.5mm jack would survive their little swim. Luckily for me, it functioned just fine afterwards. So I found a new game: skimming stones, only using a $800 smartphone instead of rocks. The rounded design and smooth back actually make the S7 Active ideal for skimming. With a strong wrist flick and good technique, you can get some quality water testing, followed by a solid hit on a stone wall. Allow me to demonstrate. Over the last month, I've immersion-tested this phone to spec three times, skipped it into a tile wall about 50, and run it over with a hatchback for good measure. Considering this is basically just a standard smartphone with waterproof ports and a built-in Otterbox, I'd say that's pretty good. It's worth mentioning that other publications have immersion-tested the S7 Active and had different results.  Consumer Reports   found that two S7 Actives they bought and immersion-tested stopped working after water got inside. Samsung blamed the problem on a manufacturing defect, which they say they've found and fixed. Any water-damaged phones are being replaced under warranty, for now. But it's not just that this phone survives screwing around in a pool -- it's legitimately useful in adventure. I've broken an iPhone screen before by just holding my phone when I go running, thanks to too much sweat.  [Ed note: ew.]  Capacitive touchscreens also have the tendency to stop working temporarily when they get a little bit damp, which can stop you from getting a good photo at the right time. Having the extra side button and the three physical buttons on the front make the phone a lot easier to use when you're wearing gloves or have sweaty hands. The chunky build means I'm not going to drop it, and if I do, I'm not worried about scratching the screen or shattering the glass. By the way, that camera is the same unit found in the regular Galaxy S7, and it's fantastic for adventure use. It has excellent dynamic range so nothing gets washed out in bright sunlight, the camera app is fast and responsive, and the AMOLED screen is excellent for framing shots in bright sunlight. As a piece of hardware to take to the beach with you, the S7 Active is the best phone out there. It manages to do that while also being a legitimate flagship phone to carry around for your 9-to-5, non-beach-based job. There's still a few drawbacks: the phone is an AT&T exclusive, so you're out of luck if you want to adventure on another network. AT&T has also loaded up the phone with too much of its own software, so you're in for a 10-minute deleting party when you first set it up. But overall, the S7 Active feels like Samsung has finally delivered on the concept it laid out with the first Galaxy Active phone years back: a no-compromises high-end Android phone that doesn't look out of place on your office desk. Provided you don't go with the camo color, of course.
  • T-Mobile quadruples its Binge On streaming partners (2016-07-26 14:03:12)
    The nation's third-largest wireless carrier wants its customers to watch more video without worrying about data usage.
  • Explorers spot mysterious purple orb on ocean floor (2016-07-26 14:01:18)
    It's blobby. It's bright purple. It lives under the water. But what is it? Scientists aren't exactly sure just yet.
  • Here's one way to survive the iPhone headphone apocalypse (2016-07-26 13:59:03)
    Apple’s anticipated removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has drawn plenty of ire and consternation, and rightly so. Along with the jack-less Moto Z and LeEco’s 2016 lineup, the next iPhone is expected to be in the vanguard of a new generation of phones that lack a slot for the most universal of audio connectors. One pretty good idea will be to buy a Bluetooth receiver, such as the one I just stumbled upon from Noble Audio.
  • Mobileye split with Tesla spurs debate on self-driving tech (2016-07-26 13:57:16)
    By Sai Sachin R and Paul Lienert BENGALURU/DETROIT (Reuters) - A rift between Tesla Motors Inc and key supplier Mobileye NV sent down shares of the Israeli maker of chips for the electric vehicle maker's semi-automated Autopilot system and fanned debate on self-driving vehicle technology. Mobileye shares, which have been wildly popular with institutional and tech investors, were down 7.7 percent at $45.50 on Tuesday after the company said its contract with Tesla would not be renewed. Tesla stock fell 0.9 percent to $227.94.
  • Facebook open sources its 360-degree video camera (2016-07-26 13:50:00)
  • Daimler creates taxi-hailing Voltron to do battle with Uber (2016-07-26 13:44:22)
    Daimler's Mytaxi service will merge with Hailo to better compete against the titan of ridesharing.
  • Porsche's electric Mission E will be a job creator (2016-07-26 13:43:05)
    Its greenest effort to date won't just rely on everything Porsche's built. It's going to need more.
  • Google’s Phone app will now tell you if a spam number is calling (2016-07-26 13:41:32)
    While we wait for robocalls to be blocked before they ever reach our phones, Google is stepping in to help its Nexus and Android One users. Caller ID and spam protection is on by default for the Phone app but can also be turned off in the options menu.
  • Illustrated Bachelorette recap: Robby loves JoJo, his dad said so (2016-07-26 13:40:30)
    Last week's episode ended on a To Be Continued, with JoJo popping a squat on a tarmac at the rose ceremony to sob deeply at Luke's confession of love. A totally normal reaction to have when someone tells you they love you! But to be fair to our girl JoJo, nothing about this show is normal, nor makes any sense. At this point JoJo has shown her ineptitude at making sound / reasonable decisions time and time again, so none of us should really be surprised that she sent the best contestant home.
  • Your cable company really doesn’t want you to know about this box (2016-07-26 13:39:41)
    How much do you pay for internet service at your home? $30? $50? $80? $100 or more. Well, whatever your answer was to that question, you actually got it wrong. You might think your ISP is charging you $60 a month for your home internet service, but you're actually paying another $8 or $10 each month just to use your cable company's modem. Well guess what: You can give it back to them and get your own modem, and you'll never have to pay that fee again. There's a new version out of one of our favorite cable modems, and you really have to check it out. The  TP-LINK N300 DOCSIS 3.0 (8x4) Wireless Wi-Fi Cable Modem works with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and most other popular cable-based ISPs, and it now supports download speeds up to 343Mbps and upload speeds up to 143Mbps. Some more key details: Eliminate your cable modem monthly rental fee Item is CABLE MODEM ROUTER. Compatible with cable internet plans up to 150Mbps* Great for Comcast Xfinity Internet Extreme 150, TWC 100M, and Cablevision Internet Service Game, stream, and download at Wi-Fi speeds up to 300Mbps Up to 343Mbps download and 143Mbps upload speeds (based on cable provider's service) Four Gigabit Ethernet ports for lightning-fast wired connections Channel bonding of up to 8 downstream and 4 upstream channels Industry-leading 2-year warranty and unlimited 24/7 technical support The  TP-LINK N300 DOCSIS 3.0 (8x4) Wireless Wi-Fi Cable Modem also has a built-in Wi-Fi N router, so you won't need to buy a separate device to beam wireless internet all across your home. Right now, it's just $79.99 on Amazon, which is $10 off the standard selling price.
  • The CraveCast indulges in some Comic-Con hangover hair of the dog (2016-07-26 13:34:44)
    The CraveCast crew has more Comic-Con geekery to grok than can fit in a single show, but we're going to try anyway. Join us at noon PT today.
  • Nest error is breaking remote control on some thermostats and smoke detectors (2016-07-26 13:32:17)
    Nest's app has run into some sort of problem today that's causing it to lose control of some thermostats and smoke detectors. The error is causing Nest Thermostats and Nest Protects to appear offline within the app, leaving them out of owners' remote control. While the app is unable to remotely control those devices right now, Nest tells The Verge that they should otherwise continue to function, sticking to existing schedules and adjusting to changes made manually inside the home.
  • I went on a Pokécrawl and all I got was this lousy Bulbasaur (2016-07-26 13:25:00)
  • Microsoft Word wants to help you with your homework (2016-07-26 13:19:37)
    Microsoft's online office suite looks to machine learning to power a small set of new convenience features.
  • Apple has ‘peaked’ under Tim Cook, analyst claims (2016-07-26 13:12:24)
    Later this afternoon, all eyes will be focused on Apple as the company releases its earnings report for the June quarter. What makes today’s earnings report so important is that Apple last quarter reported its first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales in history. That being the case, investors will be extremely interested to see if last quarter’s iPhone slowdown was an aberration or perhaps a sign of things to come. Ahead of today’s earnings report, a number of analysts have come out with rather bearish takes on Apple’s financial situation. And perhaps the most negative stance comes from Colin Gillis of BGC Financial L.P. who, in a research note to investors, opines that Apple under the stewardship of Tim Cook has finally peaked. DON'T MISS: This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 "Our opinion is that Apple has peaked under the leadership of CEO Tim Cook," Gillis wrote in a note obtained by Bloomberg . "Our view that there is a risk that the upgrade rate for the next iPhone may slow even more than the upgrade rate cycle of 6s, which has been materially lower than the upgrade rate of the iPhone 6 as per the company." In turn, Gillis slapped shares of Apple with a “sell” while lowering the company’s stock target down to $85. Personally, I think the doom and gloom scenarios surrounding Apple are once again overblown. The iPhone 6s may not be the hot ticket item that the iPhone 6 was, but it’s important to remember that the iPhone 6 represented the first time Apple released larger-screened smartphones. Consequently, it makes sense that the excitement and sales figures from the iPhone 6 would come in higher than the iPhone 6s. And looking ahead to the impending iPhone 7 release, the pool of iPhone users in the market to upgrade is larger today than it’s ever been before. Which is to say, the iPhone 6s lull Apple is currently experiencing may very well be nothing more than a temporary hiccup. More broadly speaking, what truly matters is how Apple’s actual earnings pan out. Over the last few years, Apple has demonstrated a knack for leveraging its growing iPhone user base to increase its overall revenue from services, whether it be from Apple Pay, Apple Music or even the App Store. So while Apple’s iPhone sales figures will naturally be the main metric analysts are looking at, it’s just as important to take a close look at how Apple is managing to generate new revenue streams via services once an iPhone sale has been completed.
  • Facebook is giving away the blueprints to its 360-degree video camera (2016-07-26 13:01:20)
    Today Facebook has followed through on its promise to open source the design of the Surround 360, its 17-camera array designed to capture video in 360 degrees. The goal is to encourage camera makers and videographers to shoot more footage in the experimental format — and, of course, share it on Facebook. The Surround 360 was first announced during Facebook’s F8 developer conference back in April.
  • Report: Nintendo NX is a tablet with detachable controllers (2016-07-26 13:00:00)
  • Verizon 2Q profit hurt by strike; revenue disappoints (2016-07-26 12:56:27)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Communications said Tuesday that a strike by 40,000 employees hurt its results in the second quarter, and the company's revenue fell short of analyst projections.
  • Lightning strikes Empire State Building in sizzling video (2016-07-26 12:48:32)
    One of New York's most famous buildings is caught on video absorbing a spectacular lightning strike.
  • The Walking Dead cast just confirmed whether or not Negan killed Glenn (2016-07-26 12:45:06)
    Kevin Smith talked to four of the stars of The Walking Dead at Comic-Con last week, including Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Jeffery Dean Morgan (Negan)... and he actually managed to find out who Negan didn’t kill. Beware, some major spoilers may follow below. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 Season 6 ended with a massively dramatic cliffhanger. Negan chose a person from Rick’s crew to kill as punishment, but AMC never showed who that person is. In the comics, Glenn dies. But AMC already trolled us with a would-be Glenn death early in season 6, so doing it would certainly be a curious move at best. Recent reports said that Glenn’s wife is the one who will end up having died  at Negan's hand, but that’s yet to be confirmed. During the interview , Smith asks them who dies, and Morgan lets it slip that nobody sitting there is killed. It’s certainly not a surprise to hear that Rick is sticking around. After all, Negan wants to show him who the new boss is. But Morgan also indicates that Glenn and Daryl will survive the dramatic meeting with Negan. When asked how long the show will continue running, Lincoln said that both the TV series and the comic that’s still running might come to a close at the same time. Check out IMDb’s video interview with these four The Walking Dead stars, which is embedded below. Meanwhile, the first trailer for Season 7 is available at this link , and The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season in October.
  • Instagram crash may require app's reinstallation (2016-07-26 12:40:02)
    The outages mainly hit the US Northeast and have significantly decreased since early Tuesday morning, according to Downdector.com, which reports on the status of online services.
  • Twitter for Android gets a much-needed night mode (2016-07-26 12:40:00)
  • Let's all say goodbye to the Philae comet lander, which we'll never hear from again (2016-07-26 12:30:28)
    There’s still some time left before Europe’s Rosetta mission comes to an end in September, but it’s already time to say goodbye to the mission’s Philae lander — the first spacecraft ever to touch down on a comet. Tomorrow at 5AM ET, the European Space Agency will switch off the Electrical Support System Processor Unit (ESS) on the Rosetta spacecraft, which is currently orbiting around the comet that Philae landed on. The ESS is the system Rosetta uses to communicate with Philae, but researchers need to power it down to prepare for the end of the mission.
  • Is Apple going to disappoint again? (The 3:59, Ep. 84) (2016-07-26 12:30:04)
    We also talk about Verizon's lackluster earnings results and a wearable meant to help couples conceive.
  • ​'Pokémon Go' ha sido descargado más de 75 millones de veces (2016-07-26 12:27:11)
    Según la plataforma de seguimiento de apps SensorTower, el videojuego fue el más rápido en la historia en lograr 50 millones de descargas.
  • Twitter now has a night mode on Android (2016-07-26 12:20:11)
    Twitter may finally have found the feature that gets people excited about its service again: night mode. Twitter is launching a night mode feature on Android today that switches most of the interface from white to a really deep blue. It looks nice, and I have no doubt that a lot of people will use it, because everyone seems to love a good night mode.
  • 9 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right now (2016-07-26 12:18:27)
    Following yesterday's post — where you'll find several freebies that are still available for download , mind you — we're back with yet another installment in our series covering paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free. We've selected the best of the bunch for Tuesday, and they're all laid out for you in the post below. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. YoWindow Weather Normally $2.99. Accurate, beautiful weather with landscapes depicting weather, sky, season. YoWindow is a unique new weather app. The magic of YoWindow is a living landscape that reflects your actual weather. For instance, if it's raining - it rains in YoWindow. The sunset and the sunrise in YoWindow happens at exactly the same time as in real life. But the great thing is you can scroll the time forward. Just swipe the screen and you will see how the weather is going to change throughout the day. Simple! All the weather at your fingertips. You see the current weather, the forecast for today and for several days ahead. Beautiful! State of the art landscapes change depending on the season. The artwork is designed down to the smallest detail. Choose a landscape that fits best for your area. Handy! YoWindow is a window in your pocket =) The weather forecast is provided by yr.no and NWS - the leading meteorological organizations. Download YoWindow Weather gTasks Pro Normally $5.99. A SINGLE PURCHASE COVERS ALL YOUR IPHONE AND IPAD DEVICES. Sync your tasks with Google and across your Mac, iPhone & iPad devices. Never liked your tasks app? You’ll love this one :) MAIN FEATURES ● Sync your tasks with Google Tasks. ● Sync tasks between your iPhone & iPad devices. ● View your tasks and calendar events in one place. ● Keep your tasks organized with subtasks. ● Location based reminders such as when you leave your office. ● Set repeating tasks such as “Pay bills” every month. ● Universal app, designed both for iPhone and iPad. GOOGLE TASKS ● Naturally integrating into Google Calendar. ● No permanent internet connection required. The app will sync updated tasks as soon as an internet connection is available. ● Your tasks are backed up. ● Manage your tasks conveniently on your home/office PC, and have them synced to your iPhone/iPad and vice versa. ● Share tasks with your colleagues. Download gTasks Pro Don't Run With a Plasma Sword Normally $1.99. Run to save the world in this humoristic tribute to retro sci-fi movies! A fun, challenging runner with tons of content!! Start with a simple combat runner and evolve your gameplay to ultimately navigate masterfully through challenging level configurations and boss fights! - Over 700 000 downloads, 10 million games played! - Featured by Apple! - Covered on The Totally Rad Show! - What the press has to say: 4.5/5 touch arcade "From presentation to gameplay to overall fun factor, DRWAPS simply shines" 4.5/5 iFanzine "DRWAPS is the kind of genre mashup gold that we need to see more often in the App Store" 4/5 appspy "DRWAPS's book and try to provide an experience that goes beyond mindless platforming" 4/5 148Apps "DRWAPS is another solid endless runner with a little bit of action-platformer thrown in" 4.5/5 padgadget "DRWAPS is an action-packed infinite runner that fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on." 5/5 iphonegameruk "November Game of the Month" 4.5/5 apptudes "gorgeous and full of personality, it effortlessly blends platforming, action, and RPG elements into a fantastically entertaining experience" 5/5 app-score "DRWAPS is yet another running game that has used the iPhone to the best of it’s ability" 4/5 touchgen "DRWAPS is a fun entry in the endless running genre that brings both storyline, and humour to the table" 4/5 modojo "We grew tired of "runners" months ago, but DRWAPS renewed our faith in these types of games" 4.5/5 iPhone Alley "the amount of content that’s here is enough to satisfy any casual gamer or the ideal hardcore" 4.5/5 crasymikeapps "DRWAPS is a side scrolling platformer with more personality than most, leveraging excellent graphics and in depth gameplay" 4/5 iphoneappreviews "DRWAPS is one of those games that keeps your coming back for more, even once all upgrades are purchased" 4/5 AppsJP 4.5/5 backtothegeek "If you like runners, jump on it" ------------------------- For a long time Cornelius has been working at the local comic books stand shop. For about as long, he's been daydreaming about how somehow, someday, he'd become a Hero. After all, wasn't what the fortune cookie was saying, right? ... right? Fortunately the Aliens invasion would come just in time to provide with this opportunity... Don't Run is a breathtaking, retro sci-fi, combat based, funny sidescroller with tons of content. Anyway, what more can you ask for than running with a plasma sword, slicing-up invading aliens? ------------- Main Features ------------- - Universal App - Retina display - 5 environments: City, Factory, Mother ship, Alien Planet, Tandoori Moon - 2 Game Modes: - Story mode with fixed game progression, save points, boss fights and 3-stars rating system - Endless mode with 4 levels of difficulty, random map generation and objectives to accomplish - Did we say it? Boss fights! - Breathtaking action! Hundreds of small hand crafted map sections put together dynamically to make sure to bring out a maximum of diversity and generate a controlled difficulty progression. - A unique 3 buttons contextual controls scheme: jump, slide, slash which becomes double jump, dive and dash in the air - Several types of monster with their own gameplay, traps to avoid, power-ups and rewards to collect - Upgrades! Collect xp in game to level up your avatar on skills and avatar customization - Game Center leaderboard and achievements - Comic storyboards - Awesome soundtrack and sound effects - 2 supported languages, English and French Download Don't Run With a Plasma Sword Voice Secretary Normally $2.99. With Voice Secretary, you will never miss any important meeting or events even when you are engaged in busy business or driving a car. Use your own voice to record reminders, saving you time from typing and customizing your own alerts. Everything is readily available even when the app is turned off. It’s an amazing app which is worthy of owning for who want to remember everything quickly without typing. An awesome recorder is included also. "Voice Secretary app was included in our best reminder applications" -- AppPicker "Voice Secretary is One of Best Voice Secretary Business Apps in iTunes" -- ***** By AppDictions "Siri is good for setting appointments, but she can’t provide users with voice memos in those appointments, or allow those same voice memos to be emailed to others attending those appointments. The Voice Secretary has you covered with easy-to-make voice memos that can be referenced and shared inside appointments that are made inside this application." -- ***** by CrazyMike'sApps "Voice Secretary is a great app like the name itself. It's a voice alert app that allows you to use your own voice to remember everything. A great new twist in iOS voice alert app you have ever seen " -- ***** By Best10Apps "Not only this program is great but it saved me time.For my job the ability to sketch out ideas quickly and clearly, is of the upmost importance. Simple, elegant in design, very happy to have discovered her." -- ***** "Отличная прога.....использ на все 100%" -- ***** "음질 좋은편이고 멀티테스킹 및 화면 끈 상태서도 녹음되네요. 역시나 전화통화중은 안되는듯" -- ***** "这个软件设计很完善,而且能够通过语音来提醒,非常方便,能够按时提醒,非常实用,能够反复提醒,让每一件事情都能得到很好的安排。" -- ***** "..è lo strumento giusto per impostare promemoria alla velocità della luce anche quando ci si trova in macchina ed è meglio concentrarsi sulla guida. Non so come faccia ma si sincronizza anche con lagenda con Informant, validissima!" -- ***** "Die beste app die ich kenne und jeden Tag benutze weil es so unglaublich simple und schnell geht Erinnerungen zu erstellen ohne ewig lang tippen zu müssen..." ***** ........ More Features: - Time-saving. It helps you save lots of time. Just turn on the software, record, and set the time and everything is done. - Auto reminding. You can receive the reminders with no need to open the application or connection with network, only when the phone is on. - Easy to add reminders. Click the big button, simply shake the phone or start the recording by proximity sensor. - Email your reminders. Send your voice reminding to your friends or family members by Emails as easily as sending a file. - Support recording in background. - Time delay function. You will feel easy to delay the reminder when your hands are full and no schedules will be missed. - Backup and sync up. With voice secretary, never worry about the loss of data. Backup your audio data to your PC, Dropbox or iTunes through Wi-Fi and sync up your voice files in Dropbox and iTunes. - Nag(Echo). I deeply believe that someone may NAG to you everyday and you may think it's bothered but voice secretary just nag to you to give you reminding so that you won't ever miss any event or meeting - Support multiple languages. Support English, simplified Chinese, Chinese traditional, Japanese, Deutsch, Française, 한국어, Русский, Portuguese, Italiano, Español, etc. - Dozens of reminder sounds. You can choose your favorite reminder sounds out of thirty ringtones. - Security guaranteed. Without the passcode in your phone, nobody will know the content of the voice reminding. Help to protect your private information. Download Voice Secretary Paranormal Agency Normally $2.99. Use your supernatural ESP to rid the city of malevolent spooks and spirits in this eerie Hidden Object game! Detective Heather Mills has the amazing ability to see ghosts and other mysterious entities that are not visible to other people. When spooky ghosts and weird creatures start showing up in local homes, it's up to Heather and her agency to get to the bottom of this macabre mystery and look for reasons behind recent poltergeist attacks on innocent citizens. Help Heather hunt for hidden items in locations all over the city and find out who is behind the attacks. Featuring over 50 levels and variety of hidden object challenges, Paranormal Agency is a thrilling, and chilling, interactive examination of the unexplained. Start your search today! ● More Than 50 Challenging Levels ● Five Different Types of Hidden Object Challenges ● Seven Unique Mini-Games ● Original Storyline Re-written Exclusively for the iPhone/iPad Version ● Nearly Endless Hidden Object Fun ● Support Game Center ● iPhone 5 Display support Download Paranormal Agency Audio Notebook Normally $4.99. All-Day Audio Recorder, 2x Playback, and Wide-Screen Text Editor. Audio Notebook is perfect for: - Students: To record all your lectures, and take notes on all your classes, - Professionals: For every meeting and interview, - Everyone else: To capture your thoughts and ideas for all of life's projects. PRISTINE ALL-DAY RECORDING Stop struggling to take notes while keeping up with discussions. Audio Notebook captures everything that is said, so you don't have to worry about missing a thing. Record through your whole day and take notes at the same time. Edit and add to your notes while recording or reviewing later. When you're done, easily email your notes and recordings with a tap. Leave your laptop behind. Stay on top of all your classes and meetings with just your iPad. FAST 2x PLAYBACK Reviews are a snap: Audio Notebook lets you breeze through recordings with up to 2x playback speed. Rewind by 5 seconds with just a tap, and capture every point with perfect recall. 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  • Alchema can make homebrew cider your next DIY habit (2016-07-26 12:00:00)
  • Nexus 6P prices slashed across the board in this huge sale (2016-07-26 11:51:21)
    If you're a hardcore Android fan who needs to always have the latest and greatest pure Google smartphone, now probably isn't the best time to buy a new handset. Two next-generation HTC-built Nexus phones will be released in the coming months, and you're undoubtedly waiting for them to be released before you pull the trigger. But if you want an insanely powerful and capable smartphone at an insanely reasonable price, now is the perfect time to purchase Google's Nexus 6P phablet because Amazon has knocked $100 off its selling price for all three available models. First, some key Nexus 6P specs: All-metal design Unlocked, LTE smartphone with a powerful 2GHz Snapdragon 810 V2.1 Processor and the newest Android software, Android 6.0 marshmallow. A 5.7-Inch, high-resolution wqhd AMOLED display and front-facing stereo speakers to experience your photos and videos in cinematic Quality. The powerful 12 MP Camera was built to capture your world in true-to-life detail. Larger 1.55 µM pixels absorb more light¹ in even the dimmest conditions to make your photos Brighter. Quicker access and more security with a fingerprint sensor placed on the back to complement the way you naturally hold your Phone. Long lasting 3,450 mAh battery with quick charging USB Type-C plug. it's reversible, so there's no more guessing which way is up. Model Nin-A1; compatible with nano SIM Cards And most importantly, of course, is the fact that you get instant access to new Android versions as soon as Google releases them! Below, you'll find links to each of the six different Nexus 6P models that are currently on sale. Nexus 6P unlocked smartphone, 32GB Graphite : $399.00 Nexus 6P unlocked smartphone, 32GB Gold : $399.00 Nexus 6P Unlocked Smartphone, 64GB Silver : $449.00 Nexus 6P unlocked smartphone, 64GB Gold : $449.00 Nexus 6P unlocked smartphone, 128GB Graphite : $549.00 Nexus 6P unlocked smartphone, 128GB Silver : $549.00
  • Verizon posts subscriber gain shortfall, says Yahoo to fuel media push (2016-07-26 11:47:30)
    Verizon Communications Inc  disappointed Wall Street on Tuesday by reporting a smaller-than-expected subscriber gain for its main wireless business, and its CEO gave few details about plans to increase revenue from its planned purchase of Yahoo Inc's internet assets. Shares of the No. 1 U.S. wireless company, which had risen about 21 percent this year, were down nearly 2 percent in midday trading. Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said Verizon could "create long-term value in a less capital-intensive manner" with "the global scale, volume of customer analytics and market reach" of Yahoo and AOL, which it acquired last year.
  • Engadget giveaway: Win a complete set of Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speakers! (2016-07-26 11:47:00)
  • Future versions of the Apple Pencil could work with Mac trackpads (2016-07-26 11:42:02)
    Apple has been granted a patent that allows it to use a future edition of the Apple Pencil with the Magic Trackpad. The patent, which Apple applied for back in 2014, describes a much more powerful version of the Apple Pencil than the first generation model. Support for in-air gestures to change slides in apps like Keynote and turn pages in Pages, and the ability to operate as a joystick for games are both described in the patent application.
  • BlackBerry unveils second, cheaper, Android device (2016-07-26 11:34:21)
    BlackBerry Ltd unveiled an Android-based handset on Tuesday, a device that combines Alphabet Inc's popular software and broad app catalog with the company's security and productivity features at a lower price. The faded smartphone pioneer is hoping the DTEK50 will sell in greater numbers than the Priv, its first phone using the Android operating system, which Chief Executive John Chen has said suffered because of its high price. The company said the touchscreen-only DTEK50 will cost $299 in the United States, Canada and across Europe.
  • Democrats wants to balance liberty and security in encryption debate (2016-07-26 11:30:00)
  • BBC to reboot game-powered TV show 'Time Commanders' (2016-07-26 11:25:00)
  • The iPhone 7 leak we’ve been waiting for still doesn’t solve the biggest mystery (2016-07-26 11:24:23)
    Can there possibly still be any questions left unanswered after all of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus leaks we've seen over the past month or so? As impossible as it might seem, there actually are still several questions that remain unanswered. We know what Apple's new iPhones will look like and we might even know exactly when they're set to be released thanks to a big leak earlier this week. But there are some big mysteries that remain, and we've been waiting for one leak in particular to arrive so that what is perhaps the biggest iPhone 7 mystery out there might finally be solved. The good news is that the leak we've been waiting for is finally here. The bad news is that unfortunately, it doesn't bring us any closer to getting answers. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 According to countless leaks and rumors, the iPhone 7 (or whatever Apple ends up calling it ) is shaping up to be a more refined iPhone 6s. It'll be thinner, it'll have less visually offensive antenna lines, it'll have more storage capacity, it'll have a bigger battery, and it'll have better specs as well as an upgraded camera. But there's something else it might have that's of particular interest. A report and an accompanying leaked photo from back in June suggested that the iPhone 7 would include a major change that no one saw coming . According to that photo, the new home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wouldn't be a real button at all, but rather a capacitive button with 3D Touch support for haptic feedback. Why would that be such an important change? Because a setup like this would almost certainly be a sign of things to come. Next year's big tenth-anniversary iPhone refresh is rumored to ditch the home button and integrate the Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the phone's display. A capacitive home button with 3D Touch on the iPhone 7 would be a strong indication that Apple is indeed moving in that direction. Now, a photo of what are believed to be actual front covers from the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has been posted to Weibo and shared on Twitter by anonymous user The Malignant. This marks the first time we've seen these components since the iPhone 7 entered mass production, but unfortunately they don't answer our question of whether or not Apple's 2016 iPhones will sport a 3D Touch home button. As you can see in the leaked image below, the front covers for the new iPhone look exactly like the iPhone 6's covers. The rumor and leak cycle ahead of this year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has followed the exact same pattern as leak in previous years. As such, we can likely expect this mystery to be solved soon enough.
  • Mobileye shares sink on news Tesla contract won't be extended (2016-07-26 11:14:24)
    By Sai Sachin R and Paul Lienert BENGALURU/DETROIT (Reuters) - A widening rift between electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc and Mobileye NV sent shares of the Israeli maker of driving-assistance chips and software plunging on Tuesday. Mobileye shares, which have been wildly popular with institutional and tech investors, were down 12.6 percent to $43.09 at mid-morning, after the company said its contract with Tesla would not be renewed after it expires. "Mobileye's work with Tesla will not extend beyond the EyeQ3," Mobileye said in a statement, referring to its chips that provide image analysis for Tesla's Autopilot technology, which helps drivers steer and stay in lanes.
  • BlackBerry says its new Android smartphone is the 'world's most secure' (2016-07-26 11:10:10)
    BlackBerry has announced its second Android smartphone today, the DTEK50. The device, which shares hardware specifications and design with the Alcatel Idol 4, is a midrange, all-touchscreen smartphone. BlackBerry is touting the security features of the DTEK50, claiming that it is the "world's most secure smartphone." The device is up for preorder direct from BlackBerry for $299.99 starting today and will be available on August 8th.
  • On the heels of Yahoo deal, Verizon hits a wall (2016-07-26 11:03:55)
    It's clear why the nation's largest wireless carrier needs to look elsewhere for growth: Its core mobile phone business has slowed way down.
  • The best official Star Wars prop replicas (lots of) money can buy (2016-07-26 11:00:59)
    When it comes to collecting props, Star Wars fans don’t like to settle for anything less than the most screen-accurate items possible. When it comes to The Force Awakens, those collectors can go right to the source: Propshop. The detailing on the props was remarkable, from the nuances in the cutaway of Kylo Ren’s saber — details I hadn’t seen in any other licensed product, nor in the 3D-printed prototype that debuted last year at Star Wars Celebration — to the weathering of the fabric and strap on Rey’s staff.
  • Adobe launches Lightroom for Apple TV (2016-07-26 11:00:08)
    Adobe is launching Lightroom on the Apple TV today, giving photographers an easy way to display their edited photos up on a big screen. That's really all this app is: a photo viewer. Any photo in Lightroom that you've synced to mobile or Lightroom's web gallery will be available inside the Apple TV app. From there, you can view them individually, start a slideshow, or stop to zoom in and pan around.
  • This $100 smartwatch is powered by Android (2016-07-26 11:00:07)
    The latest effort comes from a Chinese company called Mobvoi and is an Android-based smartwatch complete with its own proprietary software and voice assistant. The Ticwatch 2 is launching through a Kickstarter campaign today and is expected to hit retail availability in the US and Europe this fall. Its software is called Ticwear and has a custom user interface and voice-controlled assistant that is independent from Google’s voice assistant.
  • Something is wiping away all of the craters on dwarf planet Ceres (2016-07-26 11:00:04)
    To get to the bottom of this mystery, scientists have used computer simulations to model how Ceres most likely evolved over time, showing just how many different types of craters the dwarf planet should have on its surface. The results of the computer modeling, published today in the journal Nature Communications, confirm that Ceres is rather unique. Scientists expected the dwarf planet to be similar to the heavily cratered Vesta — a large asteroid in the Asteroid Belt that Dawn visited before putting itself in orbit around Ceres.
  • Adobe's Lightroom app for Apple TV helps show off your photos (2016-07-26 11:00:00)
  • An unknown company made an actually decent $99 smartwatch (2016-07-26 11:00:00)
  • How to Record a Kick-Ass Facebook Live Video (2016-07-26 11:00:00)
    Haven't recorded a Facebook Live video yet? Here's everything you need to know.
  • Google Maps is getting the visual makeover you’ve been waiting for (2016-07-26 10:59:57)
    Google about to roll out a cleaner look for Google Maps across desktop, Android and iOS devices – that much Google has already confirmed. But what might be more exciting for Google Maps fans is a new Wi-Fi only mode feature that’s supposed to cut down the use of cellular data. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 In a blog post on its Maps site , Google explained that it wants to “help you better explore the world around you” with the new visual changes. The new Google Maps update is going to get a “cleaner” look that ditches certain elements, including road outlines. “The result is a cleaner look that makes it easier to see helpful and actionable information like traffic and transit,” Google said. “And we’ve improved the typography of street names, points of interest, transit stations, and more to make them more distinguishable from other things on the map, helping you navigate the world with fewer distractions. The new Google Maps canvas is also supposed to let Google display local information “in entirely new ways.” Orange-shaded areas will be “areas of interest,” where a lot of activities usually happen. You’ll have to zoom in on the orange shaded zone in order to get more details about a certain location. The video demo below highlights this particular feature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vimAfuKGJ0 Areas of interest are created using an algorithmic process, but Google also uses “a human touch” in high-density areas like New York City. Finally, there’s a new color scheme intended to let you easily differentiate between man-made and natural features, and identify some locations much more quickly. But as Android Police notes , there’s also a new Maps feature that Google has yet to announce officially, and that’s a Wi-Fi only mode. With the mode enabled, you’ll get most of your Google Maps data only over Wi-Fi, although the app may still use a small amount of cellular data during operation. As seen in the image above, a bar will appear at the top of the screen to indicate the fact that Wi-Fi only mode is enabled. If you’re using Google Maps for its mass transit features, you’ll be happy to hear that notifications for mass transit delays are also coming, with some users having already spotted the feature live in their apps.
  • Pokemon Go cinches 75 million downloads (2016-07-26 10:54:02)
    The mega hit already joined the 50 million downloads club faster than any other popular game in the last two years, according to an app analytics firm.
  • US government agency calls for the end of SMS authentication (2016-07-26 10:41:00)
  • Pickup trucks don't suck anymore (2016-07-26 10:34:52)
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  • The Sense sleep tracking ball is nothing but a lovely alarm clock (2016-07-26 10:33:02)
    It fails at its fundamental mission of tracking my sleep. Return to bed around 6AM, and sleep for another couple of hours before work. The Sense sleep tracker isn’t convincing me to change my habits because it isn’t smart enough to earn my respect.
  • How to conditionally count the number of times any value occurs in Excel (2016-07-26 10:32:00)
    Specifying the conditional count of a value sounds like a daunting task, but two Excel functions make quick work of this challenge.
  • T-Mobile adds Apple Music, Fox Now and more to Binge On (2016-07-26 10:19:00)
  • As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature (2016-07-26 10:07:57)
    Apple's iPhone has been my main cell phone ever since just after the first model was released back in 2007. To be honest, I don't see that changing anytime soon. While it was a bit rough around the edges in the early days, Android has grown into a refined and stable mobile platform. It also continues to be more versatile than iOS will ever be, and Android phone makers have come out with some gorgeous hardware that matches or even bests Apple's iPhones in many ways . But iOS still offers a user experience and a third-party app ecosystem that are both vastly superior to Android in my opinion, and the hardware isn't half bad either — especially with the new and improved iPhone 7 on the horizon. That said, there are still plenty of Android features that make me jealous, and that rings especially true for the newest Android feature Google just introduced. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 My cell phone number is basically a matter of public record at this point. It has bounced around so many PR lists that just about anyone can find it. As a result, I get plenty of calls that are much more annoying than just unsolicited phone pitches about some Valley startup trying to build the Uber for ballet slippers. I get at least 3-5 spam calls a week. These horribly annoying calls come from a wide range of spammy companies trying to trick people into signing up for their spammy offers. It's difficult to believe that anyone would actually fall for these ridiculous robocalls, but it obviously happens. Beginning soon though, if you have a Nexus phone or an Android One handset, the number of spam calls you receive will drop dramatically. "Spam callers be gone! Today, we’re beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #AndroidOne devices to warn you about potential spam callers and give you the ability to block and report these numbers," Google said in a Google+ post from its Nexus account. "If you already have Caller ID turned on, spam protection will be available on your phone once your app updates to the latest version." The updated Google Phone app is already rolling out to devices but if you don't want to wait, you can install the new version manually by downloading this APK onto your phone.
  • Remix OS for PC upgraded to Marshmallow, supports more hardware (2016-07-26 10:04:03)
    Remix OS has been putting Android 5.1 on PCs for only half a year, but now users can upgrade their devices to Android Marshmallow. The update also makes the OS compatible with additional NVIDIA and AMD GPUs, which adds support for more than a dozen x86 PCs and laptops. It can be installed on most Intel-based PCs and Macs, although Android and most of its apps will probably always work best on ARM.
  • Talkshow offers the ability to host your own AMAs (2016-07-26 10:00:00)
  • The best Chromebook of 2016 (2016-07-26 09:57:47)
  • Moore's Law dead in 2021: Here's what the next revolution will mean (2016-07-26 09:55:13)
    A recent SIA report stated that we may no longer be able to fit more transistors on a silicon wafer after 2021. However, innovation will continue with lower cost for IoT and computing.
  • Xbox One S 'Halo' and 'Madden 17' bundles arrive August 23rd (2016-07-26 09:47:00)
  • This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7 (2016-07-26 09:40:18)
    We may very well have reached the peak of the iPhone 7 rumor cycle, Apple fans. At this point, unless just about every reliable Apple source out there has been grossly misguided, we know almost everything there is to know about Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. We know what they'll look like, we know about a host of new features they'll likely include, we know about most of the biggest changes compared to this year's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and we even probably know exactly when Apple's new iPhones will be released . As much as Apple fans already know, however, they still haven't grown tired of getting early peeks at next-gen iPhone 7 models. And now, a new video gives us what is undoubtedly our best look yet at the upcoming new iPhone 7. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video We've seen it happen time and time again in the past. Third-party accessory makers use schematics smuggled out of Foxconn to build models of unreleased iPhones. Why? Using these built-to-scale models, these companies can build protective cases and other accessories that will fit Apple's new iPhones perfectly. Getting a head start means having products available right when the new iPhones are released, which is when tens of millions of people will be looking for new accessories to complement their new iPhones. It's a good strategy, obviously. And it has a welcomed side-effect: Giving Apple fans and the rest of the world an early look at Apple's new iPhone designs. We've seen low-quality photos and videos of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro dummy units emerge from China time and time again. They typically originate on the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo. While fans definitely enjoy these leaks, everyone wishes that they would offer a clearer look at Apple's next-gen iPhones. Now, your wish has been granted. Gadget blog TechnoBuffalo  contacted a company in China that was selling iPhone 7 dummy models and it had one shipped to its home base in the US. Upon receiving it, the site promptly put together what is easily the highest-quality video we've seen so far that features one of these iPhone 7 models. The unit in question is shown in rose gold, and it's also compared at length to a rose gold iPhone 6s in order to highlight the differences. The full video is embedded below. Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro smartphones during a press conference in early September. Then, according to a recent report , the new models will be released on Friday, September 16th. For details on exactly what new features and specs the new iPhone 7 series should include, check out our earlier post .
  • Sanders' speech draws cheers, tears -- and Trump tweets (2016-07-26 09:35:22)
    The Vermont senator makes a strong case for his no-longer-rival Hillary Clinton. He also lays out how he and Trump agree on nothing. Trump can't keep quiet.
  • Nintendo's mysterious NX is reportedly a portable console that connects to your TV (2016-07-26 09:32:51)
    The picture around Nintendo's next major piece of hardware is getting a little clearer: a new report from Eurogamer provides a number of new details on what the NX might look like. According to the report, the NX will primarily be a portable device with its own built-in screen, but it will also feature a somewhat radical design in the form of controllers that can detach from the device. The portable-focused nature also means that the NX will include a number of other features that set it apart from modern consoles, according to Eurogamer.
  • ICYMI: Better 3D viewing and your new robot gardener (2016-07-26 09:30:00)
  • The US's first double hand transplant patient says the hands don't work at all (2016-07-26 09:24:35)
    Jeff Kepner, the first American to receive a double hand transplant seven years ago, now says the hands have never functioned at all. Kepner was the first American to undergo the experimental surgery, which, while risky, had the potential to greatly improve his quality of life. Kepner lost both his hands due to sepsis in 1999, according to Time.
  • Nintendo’s NX is a portable console with its own display (2016-07-26 09:13:35)
    According to a report from Eurogamer , several sources have now confirmed that Nintendo's next-gen NX will be a portable console with its own display and detachable controllers. NX owners will also be able to connect the system to their televisions if they prefer to play their games on the big screen. DON'T MISS:  6 incredibly rare Pokemon that are currently impossible to find in Pokemon Go Sources claim that the console itself will feature a screen "bookended by two controller sections on each side," which can be removed and replaced at will. A "dock station" will be used to connect the NX to a television. Unlike most modern consoles, the NX will reportedly utilize game cartridges (hopefully sleeker than the cartridges for the Nintendo 64). The company is apparently suggesting developers use 32GB cartridges, which is especially interesting considering the fact that The Witcher 3 took up 50GB of space. Digital downloads will likely be available to NX owners, but because of the drastic hardware and software changes, there are no plans to offer backwards compatibility. One early rumor suggested that the NX might run on Android, but the report also claims that Nintendo has built its own OS for the NX. The report also reveals that the NX will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra mobile processor. Although Eurogamer notes that it is nearly impossible to directly compare the potential graphical power of the NX with, say, the Xbox One or PS4, it's clear that Nintendo is not attempting to beat, or even match, Sony and Microsoft from a sheer power standpoint. Rather, Nintendo will sacrifice power to fit everything into the portable machine. As for when we'll see the device, the report points to a September reveal. Nintendo was "unable to comment on the various rumours and speculations circulating," but it appears that the cat is finally out of the bag. Nintendo's NX is currently slated to launch in March 2017.
  • Meet Ava, the wearable that helps couples get pregnant (2016-07-26 09:13:26)
    A Swiss startup wants to revolutionize reproductive health with a wristband that pinpoints a woman's fertility window.
  • Android will now automatically send your location to 999 operators (2016-07-26 09:05:00)
  • Diskus is the accessory every Apple Watch owner has been waiting for (2016-07-26 09:00:52)
    The irony wasn't lost on me when I realized the most annoying thing about the Apple Watch shortly after I purchased one last year. It was the charging cable. Well, the 27 minutes it took to open and refresh any app was probably the most annoying thing, but the charging cable was a close second. The good news was the fact that the Apple Watch finally came with a charging cable that was actually long enough to reach from a wall outlet to a table, unlike any other iOS device Apple has ever released (hence the irony). The bad news was that it was a proprietary wireless charger, so it meant yet another cable to carry around while traveling. Forgetting it was all too easy, and wouldn't be long before the first time I traveled and left my Watch charger behind. Thankfully, someone finally created the Apple Watch charger Apple should have released from the get-go. MUST WATCH:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video Apple's charger design for the Apple Watch is quite brilliant. Instead of having an unsightly open port just begging to let water in, Apple created a wireless charging mechanism. The charger is a small disk that is drawn magnetically to the back of the Watch, and it passes power wirelessly when connected. Of course the problem is that no other Apple devices use this type of charger, so it means yet another cable to carry in addition to everything else you have to remember and lug around. Enter Diskus, a wonderfully simple accessory that every Apple Watch owner out there is going to want. In a nutshell, Diskus is an Apple Watch charger without the connected cable. It's just the disk part of the charger. Like Apple's OEM Watch charger, Diskus connects to the Apple Watch and is held in place by magnets, and it also passes power wirelessly. But instead of having a fixed power cable attached to the side like Apple's charger, it simply has a microUSB port so that any standard microUSB charger can be connected. A Lightning port might have been nice instead of a microUSB port, but it also would have been much more expensive to produce. Everyone has microUSB chargers lying around anyway, and Diskus ships with one in case you don't. I tested a Diskus prototype and it works just as advertised. I didn't time any complete charges, but it even seemed like Diskus charged my Apple Watch a bit faster than the stock charger from Apple. You won't have to worry about any overload though, because Diskus is MFI certified to work with the Apple Watch, making it the first such accessory to gain Apple's approval. Now, for the bad news: You can't actually purchase a Diskus charger just yet. ThanoTech, the company behind the Diskus Apple Watch charger, is launching a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to fund the first manufacturing run of Diskus chargers. The company wants to raise $55,000 through the 30-day campaign, and it expects the first batch of chargers to ship to backers beginning this October, just three months from now. The device will then be made available to the general public through Amazon and on the company's website. While there are never any guarantees when it comes to Kickstarter, it should be noted that this isn't ThanoTech's first rodeo. The company's K11 iPhone bumper is one of our favorite third-party iPhone cases , and it's now widely available for purchase on Amazon following the successful crowdfunding campaign. As for pricing, the Diskus will be available to early backers on Kickstarter for $28, which is certainly by no coincidence $1 cheaper than Apple's own Apple Watch charger . Early backers will also have the option to prepay for two Diskus chargers at $26 each. Once the early bird supply runs out, the regular Kickstarter price is $32 per unit. At launch, ThanoTech expects the Diskus charger to retail for $44.95.
  • Kano's DIY computer kit is going on sale at Toys R Us and Barnes & Noble (2016-07-26 09:00:37)
    Kano, a simple computer kit which began as a Kickstarter project three years ago, has gone on to become a bona fide hit. Today it’s announcing a deal that will get it in front of a lot more potential customers, inking retail agreements with Toys R Us and Barnes & Noble, two of the largest retail chains in the US.
  • Microsoft just made it way easier to write a research paper with Word (2016-07-26 09:00:07)
    Word might feel feature complete right now, but Microsoft isn't giving up on adding new and interesting features. This month, Microsoft is adding a new Researcher feature to Word. As the name implies, it's designed to make research paper writing a lot easier.
  • The Diskus is the first Apple-approved Watch charging cable (2016-07-26 09:00:04)
    A year ago, Apple first offered the option to its MFI program partners to produce third-party Apple Watch charging accessories, several months after the Apple Watch was released. The Diskus is a Kickstarter project from ThanoTech that hopes to join this elite club of accessories, intending to be the first third-party Apple Watch charging cable approved through Apple’s official MFI program to go to market. The biggest difference between Diskus and Apple's pack-in charger is the option for swapping out the cable.
  • We Happy Few’s drug-fueled future is a grim and charming place (2016-07-26 09:00:03)
    One of the first things I did in We Happy Few — which launches today as an early access game on Xbox One, Steam, and GOG — was eat an apple. My character needed food, and it was the only option I had. It also happened to be rotten, and eating it caused the game’s world to warp in a disturbing, nauseating fashion. I wasn’t hungry anymore, but I now had food poisoning — but like in much of We Happy Few, the solution was drugs. Take the right pill and everything is better. ...
  • Olympic athletes are training with brain-altering headphones (2016-07-26 09:00:00)
  • Office 365 gets smarter with cloud-powered features (2016-07-26 09:00:00)
  • OurMine 'hackers' are targeting news sites now (2016-07-26 08:41:00)
  • On the heels of Yahoo deal, Verizon sees slowing phone growth (2016-07-26 08:36:53)
    It's clear why the nation's largest wireless carrier needs to look elsewhere for growth: Its core mobile phone business has hit a wall.
  • Google's Omnitone adds 3D audio to web-based VR (2016-07-26 08:29:00)
  • Verizon reports bigger-than-expected fall in quarterly revenue (2016-07-26 08:10:58)
    Verizon also signed up far fewer new retail wireless postpaid customers than expected in the quarter ended June 30, and its shares slipped 0.4 percent in premarket trading. The company's total operating revenue fell to $30.53 billion in the second quarter, from $32.22 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected revenue of $30.94 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
  • Star Trek at 50: Artists celebrate the final frontier (2016-07-26 08:00:03)
    Set phasers to stunning: 50 artists create a range of art you're going to want in your starship quarters.
  • Wireless charging tech harvests your phone's wasted radio waves (2016-07-26 08:00:00)
  • Ransomware 2.0 is around the corner and it's a massive threat to the enterprise (2016-07-26 08:00:00)
    The profits from ransomware are making it one of the fastest growing types of malware and new versions could negatively impact entire industries, according to a Cisco report.
  • EU privacy watchdogs keep open mind on new U.S. data pact (2016-07-26 07:39:37)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union privacy watchdogs will let a new EU-U.S. commercial data pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic trade run for at least a year without any legal challenge, they said on Tuesday. The new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield will allow companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the United States - from human resources information to individual browsing histories to hotel bookings. The chair of the group of 28 EU data protection authorities said on Tuesday that the regulators would not launch any challenges to the new Privacy Shield until it has gone through its first annual review, expected sometime next summer.
  • Pokemon Go player puts ‘The Donald’ in the White House (2016-07-26 07:30:27)
    The White House might be one of the most prized gyms in the US when it comes to Pokemon Go action, and a player completely mocked it to send a message. After winning a battle there, he put in a Magikarp to defend the gym... which is a hilarious inside joke for Pokemon fans. Also, he named it The Donald, probably just for laughs. DON’T MISS: Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date As Kotaku explains , it’s sort of a trend to defeat a gym and then place a Magikarp there to defend it, which is just about the weakest creature in the game. The Donald, seen below, only stayed atop the gym for a few minutes, but other people try to keep it in place by elevating the level of the gym. “The fish was actually somehow supported briefly by his party,” Joshua Shull said. However, this message doesn’t have anything to do with politics, although naming a Magikarp after Donald Trump is indeed hilarious. “Just standing there for fifteen minutes I think I saw [the White House] change teams at least 10-15 times,” Shull added. “There’s always a huge crowd of tourists in front of the place normally; now just half of them are fighting for the gym.” The message Shull tried to send has something to do with the way the game is played. “Whenever someone takes down a gym, they’re answering the question of ‘what’s the point,’” Shull said. “To some, it’s just to have their little creature up on the pedestal, five minutes of fame. To me, since gyms are almost impossible to hold and barely give you any kind of exp, I wanted something more than that.” He continued, “Sure I can take down and put my strongest 2000 CP Pokemon in the White House, so what, that’s already been done—and the Pokemon would be knocked off the gym in seconds anyways. I wanted to do something unique, something memorable, something that would maybe both communicate something valuable while being humorous. Thus, The Donald.” The problem with gym battles is that they’re flawed, Shull said, so it’s difficult to take them seriously when the system favors the attacker.
  • First Click: My Yahoo! story (2016-07-26 07:30:04)
    No, I’m not proud of my lax internet security, but consider how neatly that little fact sums up Yahoo’s demise this century. In the 17 years I’ve had a Yahoo account, I’ve never cared to meaningfully secure it, Yahoo has never cared to force me to do so, and hackers, who could break into my account in their sleep, have never cared to try. It was with Yahoo! that my online adventure first began, with me gingerly typing “144” — the bus route taking me to school every day — as my ultra-secure login authenticator.
  • Google announces Maps update to highlight areas of interest (2016-07-26 07:17:25)
    Google has announced on its blog an update to Google Maps, making some visual changes to the service on desktop, Android and iOS, as well as introducing a few additions to help make it easier for users to get to where they want to go. For a cleaner, clearer look, Google has removed any information that it believes isn't absolutely necessary, such as road traffic outlines, enabling users to find what they need more easily.
  • Delivery company to trial self-driving vans in Japan (2016-07-26 07:15:05)
    Forget delivery drones: A postal service in Japan is hoping to use self-driving cars.
  • Now Xbox Live Gamertags will expire after five years (2016-07-26 07:02:00)
  • Tesla's Master Plan 2.0: AI experts, auto insiders, and Tesla customers weigh in (2016-07-26 07:00:02)
    Tesla has just unveiled its second 'master plan,' coming a decade after the first. Here's what the autonomous car insiders think about what it means and whether it's on target.
  • Solar Impulse zero-fuel plane lands in Abu Dhabi, completing historic round-the-world trip (2016-07-26 05:42:23)
    After 18 months, Solar Impulse's sun-powered circumnavigation is complete, as the pilot hails a "new era in aviation."
  • Amazon making moves in India, launches Prime service with more coming soon (2016-07-26 05:42:22)
    The launch of same-day delivery option to Indian customers further captures Amazon's commitment to India.
  • Google Maps update brings cleaner look and new areas of interest (2016-07-26 05:39:58)
    Google spruced up its Maps app on Android and iOS yesterday, as well as its web counterpart, in a bid to make it easier to understand. The updated Google Maps has removed road outlines and changed typography, alterations that Google says make it easier for users to see traffic information and make out points of interest, train stations, and other key spots easily. The company is also taking advantage of this cleaner look to highlight new areas of interest, shading districts with a lot of stuff to see and do in orange, and allowing users to explore their contents.
  • Crowd Play puts the audience in control in Telltale's 'Batman' (2016-07-26 05:37:00)
  • China cracks down on major news websites for original reporting (2016-07-26 05:31:24)
    China's internet regulator this week ordered popular Chinese websites to stop publishing stories based on original reporting, marking the government's latest effort to consolidate its control over online media. As The New York Times reports, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Monday ordered the websites to "clean up" certain online features, saying in an edict that they were in "serious violation" of a 2005 internet regulation that restricts independent reporting. The four sites implicated in the edict are owned by some of China's biggest internet companies, including Sina, Sohu, NetEase, and Phoenix.
  • Engadget UK asks: is fitness tech improving your life? (2016-07-26 05:20:00)
  • Daimler's mytaxi to merge with Hailo to take on Uber (2016-07-26 04:44:49)
    Daimler's mytaxi said it will merge with British rival Hailo in an all-share deal, creating Europe's largest smartphone-based taxi-hailing business. Unlike U.S.-based ride hailing start-up Uber [UBER.UL], which established itself to compete against taxi companies, the new company will operate using taxi firms. It is the latest push by traditional carmakers to enter the taxi ride hailing services market dominated by Uber and other technology companies.
  • Ofcom orders BT to make Openreach a 'legally separate company' (2016-07-26 04:38:00)
  • VAIO's new 'fashionable' laptops have pretty colors, low specs, and high prices (2016-07-26 04:36:27)
    The resurrected VAIO has gone for the premium and businessy ends of the market with most of its laptops so far, but the company's latest announcement targets different customers altogether — albeit customers that still have quite a lot of money to spend. The regular model has a 15.5-inch 1366 x 768 display — on a 2016 VAIO laptop, yes — along with 4GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron 3215U processor.
  • India's Flipkart buys Rocket Internet-backed online fashion store for $70 million (2016-07-26 04:22:35)
    India's biggest e-commerce firm Flipkart is buying domestic online fashion retailer Jabong from Global Fashion Group for $70 million in cash, the latest consolidation move in the country's e-commerce sector as competition intensifies. Flipkart unit Myntra, India's largest online fashion retailer which is buying Jabong, said on Tuesday the two sites will have a combined base of 15 million monthly active users. Global Fashion Group is backed by Germany's Rocket Internet and Sweden's Kinnevik .
  • Microsoft investigating significant Surface Pro 3 battery issues (2016-07-26 04:19:08)
    Microsoft is investigating widespread reports of battery issues with its line of Surface Pro 3 devices. Reports of Surface Pro 3 battery drain originated back in May, and some users are now reporting that their devices only last up to an hour after a full charge. It's not clear exactly what's causing the issues, but most Surface Pro 3 users who are experiencing the problems have SIMPLO batteries installed in their devices.
  • Porsche to create more than 1,400 jobs for electric car (2016-07-26 04:17:43)
    Porsche has raised the number of jobs it will create for the production of its first all-electric sports car to more than 1,400 from more than 1,000 previously, the manufacturer said on Tuesday. More than 1,200 of the new positions will be created at the Volkwagen-owned brand's base in Zuffenhausen where Porsche is building a new paint shop and assembly line for the battery-powered Mission E due to be built by the end of the decade. Porsche also said it will increase the number of apprenticeships to 220 from 150.
  • Google updates Nexus phones with spam call protection (2016-07-26 04:14:00)
  • Hailo gets help from car giant Daimler to take on Uber (2016-07-26 03:55:00)
  • Huawei's global smartphone shipments jump 25 percent in first half (2016-07-26 03:27:57)
    By Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the world's third-largest smartphone vendor, said first-half global smartphone shipments jumped 25 percent, helped by rapid growth in traditionally high-end markets such as Europe. Shenzhen-based Huawei, which competes with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc , shipped 60.5 million smartphones globally in the first half. Huawei aims to surpass market leaders Samsung and Apple within five years to become the world's top smartphone vendor.
  • Chinese army bans Hong Kong's Pokemon players from barracks (2016-07-26 03:10:37)
    The Chinese army garrisoned in Hong Kong has warned people searching for Pikachu and other virtual monsters to stay off their premises, as Pokemon Go mania sweeps the smartphone-obsessed city. The gaming app landed Monday in Hong Kong and saw residents more glued to their phones than ever, searching for the cyber creatures in locations ranging from shopping malls to the government headquarters. The game has prompted increasing concern worldwide over safety, with reports of players straying into restricted areas, being injured or becoming crime victims.
  • Cyanogen Inc. founder says company isn't focusing on Android apps (2016-07-26 03:01:00)
  • 'Jason Bourne' review: Best of Bourne rather than Bourne at its best (2016-07-26 03:00:03)
    Like a greatest hits tour, Matt Damon's return to the Bourne series slickly repackages its own history (spoiler-free review).
  • Bernie Sanders' DNC speech draws cheers, tears -- and some Trump tweets (2016-07-26 02:37:34)
    The Vermont senator who rose up and started a revolution on the left makes a strong case for Clinton. Also, he lays out how he and Trump don't agree on anything. Trump can't keep quiet.
  • Cinema 3D with no glasses? MIT has done it (2016-07-26 02:31:26)
    Those pesky cinema glasses may one day be a thing of the past for 3D film viewing.
  • SMS-based two-factor authentication will soon be banned (2016-07-26 02:23:50)
    The US National Institute for Standards and Technology draft guidelines state that SMS is not secure enough for authentication purposes.
  • You can own this luxury hobbit home for just a million bucks (2016-07-26 02:13:09)
    "Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat."
  • Android Nexus phones can now screen spam calls (2016-07-26 01:56:15)
    An update to the Android mobile operating system identifies suspected spam callers so you can choose whether or not to take the call.
  • Amazon now testing drone delivery in the UK (2016-07-26 01:45:10)
    Amazon's long-developed Prime Air drone delivery system may see its first application in the UK.
  • Daimler's MyTaxi to merge with Hailo to take on Uber: sources (2016-07-26 01:36:06)
    Daimler will deepen its European footprint in the ride-hailing business when its MyTaxi smartphone app unveils an all-share merger deal with U.K. rival Hailo as soon as Tuesday, three sources briefed on the matter told Reuters. It is the latest push by traditional carmakers to enter the taxi ride hailing services market dominated by technology companies like Uber [UBER.UL]. In similar deals earlier this year, Volkswagen took a $300 million stake in Gett and General Motors invested $500 million into Lyft.
  • 'Battlefield' TV show has an Oscar-winning executive producer (2016-07-26 01:34:00)
  • Encryption breakthrough: Scientists derive truly random numbers using two-source extractors (2016-07-26 01:19:04)
    Computer scientists enhance data security by simplifying the creation of truly random numbers used to build encryption keys.
  • The identity crisis that led to Yahoo's demise (2016-07-26 01:12:08)
    By Jonathan Weber and Jeffrey Dastin SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When senior Yahoo executives gathered at a San Jose hotel for a management retreat in the spring of 2006, there was no outward sign of a company in crisis. The tough days of the dot-com bust were a distant memory, and Yahoo Inc, flush with lucrative advertising deals from the world's biggest brands, was enjoying its run as one of the top dogs in the world's hottest industry. Then they were asked to write down their answer for Yahoo.
  • Verizon sale leaves Yahoo investors betting on a stub (2016-07-26 01:10:51)
    Yahoo Inc shareholders may be left betting on how quickly, if at all, the former web pioneer can cash in on its multi-billion dollar stakes in two Asian peers after Monday's deal to sell its core internet assets to Verizon Communications Inc. Most of Yahoo's $36.4 billion market value is derived from its 15 percent stake in Chinese online commerce company Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd and its 35.5 percent stake in joint venture Yahoo Japan Corp. These are not included in Yahoo's deal with Verizon. Investors will be hoping for a quick sale of these stakes, but Yahoo has been looking for years without success for a way to make money from the investments without incurring a huge tax bill. Yahoo declined to comment on potential scenarios on Monday.
  • NASA is going to map the surface of asteroid Bennu (2016-07-26 01:09:16)
    The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft travelling to asteroid Bennu will be equipped with a variety of instruments to provide a full map of the surface.
  • Nintendo's 'Miitomo' app update reminds you it still exists (2016-07-26 00:48:00)
  • Solar Impulse 2 completes round-the-world trip on sun power alone (2016-07-26 00:31:06)
    More than a year after it took off from Abu Dhabi, Solar Impulse 2 has completed its round-the-world trip. The solar-powered plane landed back again in Abu Dhabi last night, just over two days after it took off from Cairo late on July 23rd, completing the final leg of its long journey. It took pilot Bertrand Piccard two days and 37 minutes to fly Solar Impulse 2 from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, but that wasn't close to the longest leg of the 16-step journey.
  • Historic solar flight marks first round-the-world journey (2016-07-25 23:49:24)
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) journey that began more than a year ago.
  • Michelle Obama throws shade at Twitter, it adores her anyway (2016-07-25 23:47:01)
    ​The first lady takes a subtle dig at the Twitter echo chamber, but social media can't get enough of her curtain-raiser at the Democratic National Convention.
  • AT&T's chief is heading up a robocall 'strike force' (2016-07-25 23:28:00)
  • Machine learning helped create a new map of the human brain (Tomorrow Daily 396 show notes) (2016-07-25 22:50:03)
    Medicine is still using a brain map created in the early 1900s, but this new version adds almost 100 new regions.
  • Australian Dropbears win the Quidditch World Cup (2016-07-25 22:42:57)
    The fictional game invented by JK Rowling has turned into a global competition between 21 teams, and this year Australia has taken home the gold.
  • Solar Impulse completes its round-the-world journey (2016-07-25 22:29:00)
  • SK Hynix tips first-half pickup after sharp second-quarter profit drop (2016-07-25 22:12:20)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean memory chip maker SK Hynix Inc on Tuesday tipped a strong pickup in DRAM memory chips for mobile devices in the second half after its second-quarter operating profit fell to its lowest in more than three years. The world's No. 2 memory chip maker after Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said key clients would launch new smartphone products, boosting a market which has been hurt by weak demand for consumer electronics. "The third quarter is a time when demand from key clients for new smartphone products rises significantly, which will have a positive effect," SK Hynix said in a statement.
  • Jimmy Kimmel hilariously sets the record straight on Matt Damon (2016-07-25 22:00:28)
    Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon don’t get along – or at least, we all have to pretend to believe them when they tell us that. For years, the two have made fun of each other, with their exchanges becoming viral on the internet. Kimmel is not yet ready to make peace with Damon, his archenemy, and he decided to set the record straight on Damon in a recent interview. DON’T MISS: Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date Talking to GQ , which is getting ready to publish an oral history of Matt Damon cover story for its August issue, Kimmel revealed some little-known details about his relationship with Damon. “I guess the same way you become aware of herpes or chlamydia,” the talk show host said when asked how he became aware of his enemy.” I think probably the first I heard of him was when he played, uh, the teacher's boyfriend in that movie that they mistakenly gave him an Academy Award for.” He went on to say that the worst thing Damon did to him was to have sex with his girlfriend and then make a song about it. Kimmel then said Matt Damon’s insecurity is the one thing the world doesn’t see. “If he wasn't such a jerk, you'd feel sorry for him. But just the fact that he sits in that dressing room waiting to come on the show every night. I mean, it's pathetic.” He also revealed that Damon is 63, his personal style is “date rapey,” he’s “pure evil,” and he “smells like a zoo animal.” The most Matt Damon thing that Matt Damon has ever done was “when he went to Mars and made the United States spend almost a billion dollars to rescue him.” Kimmel thinks the US government should have spent “forty dollars, tops” for that mission.
  • NVIDIA's latest pro video cards help you livestream VR video (2016-07-25 21:51:00)
  • Oculus update preps Rift for room-scale VR, motion controls (2016-07-25 21:17:00)
  • Verizon to buy Yahoo's core business for $4.8 billion in digital ad push (2016-07-25 21:09:26)
    By Malathi Nayak and Deborah M. Todd NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said on Monday it would buy Yahoo Inc's core internet properties for $4.83 billion in cash, marking the end of the line for a storied Web pioneer and setting the stage for a big new internet push by the telecom giant. Verizon will combine Yahoo's search, email and messenger assets as well as advertising technology tools with its AOL unit, which it bought last year for $4.4 billion. Verizon has been looking to mobile video and advertising for new sources of revenue outside the oversaturated wireless market.
  • Carriers brace for heavy wireless data loads at Philly DNC (2016-07-25 21:06:10)
    Wireless carriers are ready for tweeting, Facebooking, Instagraming Democrats after smoothly handling the Republicans in Cleveland.
  • An awesome side-effect to playing Pokemon Go (2016-07-25 21:00:13)
    Pokemon Go is a viral mobile game that needs no introduction. There are tens of millions of dedicated fans playing the game, even though it was only released a little less than three weeks ago on iPhone and Android. Even if you don’t play the game, it’s very likely you’ve heard about it in the news, and know how it works. You might even be annoyed by the hordes of Pokemon fans that are patrolling your neighborhood in search of new creatures and fights. But Pokemon Go doesn’t only have negative side-effects. In fact, a new report shows that the game might make history great again. DON’T MISS: Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date According to Associated Press , some of the Pokemon Go addicts roaming the cities actually look up from their screens and acknowledge their surroundings while they play the game, discovering historical landmarks in the process. Many players visit historical locations and famous landmarks so that they can collect in-game items. But some of them even stay to discover and explore these Pokestop locations. "Before I was just going from Point A to Point B, but now I'm learning things," 15-year-old Jaiden Cruz said while walking past the place where Abraham Lincoln spoke at an old railroad hall in Providence, Rhode Island. Why are there historical places in Niantic’s massive database of Pokestops? AP explains that Google signed a licensing agreement to use The Historical Marker Database, a website that locates the geographic coordinates of more than 80,000 historical locations around the world, most of them from the US. Niantic used these markers for Ingress, a 2012 mobile game that uses real-life locations, but which never took off like Pokemon Go. The company used the same locations for Pokemon, which explains the sudden influx of visitors to historic places. Niantic decided that spots that came with “a cool story, a place in history or educational value" or a “cool piece of art or unique architecture,” would add value to Ingress, and to the in-game world. "Hopefully, people will take their eyes off the phone and read the historical markers," J.J. Prats, the founder and publisher of the volunteer-run website, said. Next time you find yourself in a cool location while playing Pokemon Go, you might want to take his advice. Not to mention that you’ll also save battery life and avoid data consumption while visiting these sites.
  • Watch the first teaser for Trainspotting 2 (2016-07-25 20:52:29)
    Trainspotting 2 is actually happening, and here's the first teaser. It doesn't tell us much about the film itself, which sees Danny Boyle return as director to adapt Irvine Welsh's sequel novel Porno, but it does have:
  • Amazon teams up with the UK to make drone delivery a reality (2016-07-25 20:38:00)
  • Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in Abu Dhabi, completes first round-the-world solar-powered flight (2016-07-25 20:10:10)
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in Abu Dhabi, completes first round-the-world solar-powered flight.
  • Amazon is expanding drone delivery testing in the UK (2016-07-25 20:01:53)
    Amazon is partnering with the British government to expand its testing of delivery drones, paving the way for commercial air deliveries for UK residents. The expanded testing, announced today in a press release, involves Amazon working with the UK Civil Aviation Authority to focus on operating drones outside of the line of site of pilots, improving sensors for obstacle detection and avoidance, and having one pilot operate a team of multiple, semi-autonomous drones in unison. The project is the latest regulatory victory for Prime Air, the online retailer's ambitious program designed to bring cheaper and more forward-thinking delivery logistics in-house.
  • Microsoft slashes Xbox One to its lowest price ever (2016-07-25 20:00:00)
    I told you not to buy the Xbox One just a few weeks ago , when Microsoft announced a few interesting deals on its current model, making the console cheaper than ever. The reason was pretty simple. A better Xbox One version launches in early August — the Xbox One S — so you should hold on to your cash for that one. But Microsoft has done the unthinkable: it already reduced the price of the “old” Xbox One yet again. At $249, it’s cheaper than ever and it's a very attractive option if you’re not looking to spend $399 on the Xbox One S. DON’T MISS: Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date That's right — for a limited time , you’ll be able to take advantage of a special $249 price. For that sum, you’ll get an Xbox One console with 500GB hard drive, one controller, and a game of your choice. Game bundles include various popular titles such as Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Rare Replay. The selected game will be available as a free download after your purchase. The deal is valid while supplies last, and stores including Best Buy and Amazon will sell the console at Microsoft’s new $249 price point immediately. Here's a link to take advantage of the deal on Amazon right now. If it matters, the Xbox One S pictured above launches August 2nd . For $399, you’ll get a console that’s 40% smaller, packs a 2TB hard drive, a new controller, a vertical stand, and support for 4K Ultra HD video as well as HDR.
  • Amazon gets permission from UK to explore drone deliveries (2016-07-25 19:59:57)
    (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it has entered into a partnership with the British government to speed up the process for allowing small drones to makes deliveries. The world's biggest online retailer, which has laid out plans to start using drones for deliveries by 2017, said a cross-government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority had provided it with the permissions necessary to explore the process. Amazon unveiled a video last year showcasing how an unmanned drone could deliver packages, narrated by former Top Gear TV host Jeremy Clarkson.
  • Watch a massive road roller lay waste to 17 LCD monitors (2016-07-25 19:58:14)
    The Road Roller channel on YouTube likes to smash things. Printers next, please.
  • What's on your HDTV: 'Sharknado,' 'MADtv' (2016-07-25 19:49:00)
  • Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6SE' will be available on September 16 (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 47) (2016-07-25 19:45:41)
    EvLeaks claims we'll see the next-gen iPhone in mid-September; iris scanning could be coming in 2018; and the Apple Car gets a new lead.
  • DNC quotes Dumbledore, Hogwarts’ rigger-in-chief, on election reform (2016-07-25 19:34:56)
    If there’s a single theme in this year’s Democratic National Convention, it’s that there may be a rift between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, but the party can still team up long enough to stop He Who Must Not Be Named — meaning, obviously, Voldemort. At least, that’s what I’m getting from Diane Russell, a Sanders delegate and Maine state representative who framed her speech at the convention around some advice from Harry Potter. "You know," she said, "Dumbledore from Harry Potter once said, ‘It takes great courage to stand up to your enemies.
  • John Oliver returns to deconstruct the insanity of the Republican National Convention (2016-07-25 19:30:44)
    After taking an extended summer break, Last Week Tonight returned on Sunday night to tackle the Republican National Convention. As you might expect, John Oliver was both incredibly amused and evidently horrified by the proceedings. Chances are you've already gotten your fill of RNC coverage over the past several days, but this is still worth a watch. SEE ALSO:  Watch all the hot movie trailers released at Comic-Con right here "The Republican National Convention in Cleveland — the most apocalyptic thing ever to happen to that city... and bear in mind their river has repeatedly caught fire," said Oliver to kick off his RNC-focused segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNdkrtfZP8I He covers Melania's plagiarized speech, Rudy Giuliani's rant, Ted Cruz's dissent and the GOP's now-defunct plan to attract minority voters by emphasizing an inclusive message (rather than one of turning away immigrants). But the best part of the segment has to be when Oliver unearths a truly terrifying, prescient clip from a DVD extra of The Apprentice . The RNC was definitely the primary talking point for Oliver last night, but there was another segment that HBO decided to share with its online audience as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32n4h0kn-88 Not a song I'm going to put on my iPhone any time soon, but pretty clever.
  • US Special Forces are getting a 'missile sub' delivery vehicle (2016-07-25 19:23:00)
  • Lo que viene y se va de Netflix en agosto de 2016 en EE.UU. (2016-07-25 19:20:04)
    Vale más notar lo que abandona el servicio de 'streaming' de video en el mes de agosto que lo que arribará a su programación.
  • Science worries binge-watching could be killing you (2016-07-25 19:18:16)
    New research links excessive TV watching and killer blood clots. That could be especially bad news for those who like to watch entire seasons of their favorite shows at a time.
  • La Cara de Marte: El misterio marciano cumple 40 años (2016-07-25 19:13:33)
    Un 25 de julio, como hoy, hace cuatro décadas en 1976, Voyager 1 captó una foto de lo que parecía una cara humana en la superficie del Planeta Rojo.
  • 5 trailers to watch while you're waiting for Marvel to #FreetheFootage (2016-07-25 19:09:46)
    We can't watch Spidey or Baby Groot legally yet, so here are some Comic-Con trailers to ease the pain.
  • Did the Roman Reigns experiment die at WWE Battleground? (2016-07-25 19:00:58)
    Commentary: Who will be the next John Cena? For the first time in over two years, the answer to that question looks to be in doubt.
  • PhD student uses a robot to make VR feel more real (2016-07-25 19:00:00)
  • The iPhone 8 might use iris scanning to complement Touch ID (2016-07-25 18:55:41)
    You didn’t think we could go an entire summer without stumbling across a potentially sketchy yet oddly intriguing iPhone rumor, did you? A recent report from Digitimes -- which has a spotty track record with respect to Apple rumors -- claims that a number of smartphone brands, including Apple, are planning to implement advanced iris scanning functionality. “Samsung is expected to lead all vendors by releasing its new flagship smartphone supporting iris recognition technology in the second half of 2016,” the report claims, “while Apple is likely to roll out new iPhone devices with iris sensors in 2018…” DON'T MISS: 6 incredibly rare Pokemon that are currently impossible to find in Pokemon Go This rumor, if true, would correspond to Apple’s iPhone 8 which, among other things, is rumored to feature an edge-to-edge display with an embedded home button that sits flush with the display itself. Now before you cast off this rumor as complete nonsense, it’s worth noting that reputed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously suggested that Apple has been working on introducing additional biometric sensor technologies to the iPhone. Earlier this year, Kuo indicated that Apple has been working on technologies that would allow users to authenticate themselves via their face or eyes. To this point, it's worth pointing out that Apple in early 2016 acquired Emotient, a company whose software had the ability to not only analyze a given face, but also delineate between various facial expressions and emotional states. The impending release of the iPhone 7 may not be as exciting as previous iPhone releases, but the rumors we’ve been hearing about the iPhone 8 strongly suggest that Apple still hasn’t lost its innovative edge, notwithstanding what some pundits might otherwise have you believe.
  • 'Firefly' Serenity plush slippers smuggle your toes in style (2016-07-25 18:54:08)
    Express your love of "Firefly" with a honkin' big pair of soft slippers shaped like the show's spaceship.
  • Illinois politician resigns after fighting social network fakes (2016-07-25 18:40:00)
  • All of these Netflix movies and TV shows are vanishing in August (2016-07-25 18:30:18)
    Along with revealing all of the shows and movies coming to its service next month , Netflix also shared with its subscribers the list of content that would be expiring from the platform over the next several weeks. SEE ALSO:  Watch all of the best TV trailers from Comic-Con 2016 right here Most of these aren't exactly going to leave a whole in your heart, but there are a few notable exceptions. If you haven't seen them yet (or in a while), The Replacements ,  The Pursuit of Happyness and The Sandlot are all worth a repeat viewing. And I know anime isn't everyone's cup of tea, but Death Note is an incredible show too. Keep in mind, the list is subject to change as Netflix renegotiates its deals, but here is the current list of removals scheduled for July: Leaving August 1st Addams Family Values (1993) The Best Man (1999) Bowfinger (1999) The Gabby Douglas Story (2014) Jennifer 8 (1992) Johnny English (2003) The Nutty Professor (1996) The Replacements (2000) Roseanne Collection: Collection 2 (1996) Rugrats Go Wild (2003) The Sandlot (1993) Suspect Zero (2004) Teen Witch (1989) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) Where the Red Fern Grows (1974) The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) Leaving August 11th Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) Leaving August 14th Clifford the Big Red Dog: Seasons 1­2 Clifford's Puppy Days: Seasons 1­2 Leaving August 15th Charlie's Angels (2000) Wish Upon a Star (1996) Leaving August 16th Inside Man (2006) Leaving August 20th Harry the Bunny (2009) Leaving August 23rd Blitz (2011) Leaving August 27th The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Leaving August 30th A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) Leaving August 31st Death Note (2006) Naruto Shippûden the Movie: Bonds (2008) Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (2007) Zathura (2005) It’s not all bad news, though — don’t forget to check out all of the new movies and TV shows being added to Netflix in August .
  • Short sellers flock to Nintendo as Pokemon aura fades (2016-07-25 18:22:18)
    Bets that shares of videogame maker Nintendo will fall have quadrupled in the past week following a major rally sparked by the wild popularity of its Pokemon GO smartphone game. Short interest in Nintendo stood at $1.2 billion on Monday and was climbing ahead of the company's first-quarter report on Wednesday, according to financial analytics firm S3. Bets by short sellers against Nintendo had remained low in mid-July while the company's stock surged more than 100 percent over seven sessions.
  • Lithium-oxygen battery promises lighter electric cars (2016-07-25 18:12:00)
  • Video showcases Tesla’s Autopilot software preventing an accident (2016-07-25 18:05:39)
    Tesla’s Autopilot software has been in the news quite a bit lately, albeit for all the wrong reasons. When word broke that a Model S with Autopilot engaged was involved in a fatal accident this past May, pundits were quick to proclaim that Tesla’s software was not yet ready for primetime. Not helping matters were subsequent crashes involving Tesla vehicles which only fueled more pessimism and concern surrounding the company’s Autopilot software. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video But truth be told, the hysteria surrounding Tesla’s Autopilot software has been entirely overblown . Lost in the shuffle and completely absent from the discussion is that Tesla’s Autopilot feature actually works well when used correctly and, in fact, works to prevent accidents and save lives. The thing is, we only see Autopilot stories hit the news when something bad happens, and even then, the facts surrounding a given Autopilot failure have tended to be misleading at best. To remedy that, Tesla owner Bobby Blackwolf took to YouTube and posted dashcam video footage which showcases how the Forward Collision Avoidance system on his Model S sprung into action and prevented him from getting into an accident. As illustrated via the video below, Blackwolf was driving down a highway when the car in front of him abruptly slammed on the brakes. Detecting an approaching obstacle ahead, the Model S signaled an alarm and prompted Blackwolf to immediately hit the brakes. As Blackwolf tells it, but for Tesla’s Autopilot software, he would have rear-ended the car in front of him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hO98l1_bP8 Incidentally, the Forward Collison Avoidance system is not designed to slam on the brakes manually, but rather to alert the driver of an impending impact. Is this proof positive that Tesla’s Autopilot software is perfect? Hardly. But it still serves as a useful reminder that we only hear about the Autopilot incidents that fail as opposed to the ones that actually prevent crashes.
  • The year that virtual reality took over Comic-Con (2016-07-25 17:53:21)
    Thursday I became Harley Quinn, working my way through an elaborate fight sequence with the rest of the Suicide Squad. This year, virtual reality came to Comic-Con. 360-degree videos and VR have been slowly nosing their way into San Diego’s mecca of pop and geek culture, but in 2016 they took over the show entirely.
  • Comic-Con 2016 was a reminder that fans come first (2016-07-25 17:49:22)
    Comic-Con 2016 was unquestionably a smaller show this year, though it remains the biggest fan convention on the planet. Significantly, the event lacked the studio presence of years passed, with both 20th Century Fox and Sony opting out of the lineup entirely. As Hollywood is finding more and more reason to pull away, it feels a little like Comic-Con is, slowly but surely, finding its way back to putting the fans first.
  • 'Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV' gets its first English trailer (2016-07-25 17:48:00)
  • Bernie Sanders texts his DNC supporters to ask them not to protest (2016-07-25 17:46:23)
    Bernie Sanders is pleading with supporters not to disrupt the proceedings of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia tonight. The request is meant to mitigate the anger of Sanders supporters who feel the entire nomination process was biased against him. Leaked DNC emails released by WikiLeaks last week suggested an organized effort to aid presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned as a result.
  • Illinois Republican lawmaker resigns, cites Facebook, Twitter hacks (2016-07-25 17:44:35)
    By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A prominent Illinois Republican has resigned from the state legislature, citing multiple incidents of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts set up in his name in recent weeks. "After some cyber security issues arose, I began to re-evaluate my continued public service," Representative Ron Sandack, House Republican floor leader, said in a resignation letter dated Sunday and provided on Monday by the Republican Caucus. Sandack, known as an adamant defender of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's initiatives on the floor of the Democratic-dominated House, was up for re-election in November against Democrat Greg Hose.
  • Here’s what Apple might name the iPhone 7 instead of ‘iPhone 7’ (2016-07-25 17:40:54)
    It's a tiny bit amusing that despite everything we know about Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro, there are still some pretty basic things we don't know. We know just about exactly what the iPhone 7 is going to look like, and we also know what the larger iPhone 7 Plus will look like. We know the phones will lose the 3.5mm audio port and gain thinner housings with redesigned antenna lines that are much easier on the eyes. We also know that both phones will feature new and improved cameras, though the camera on the Plus model will be a much bigger upgrade than the one on the smaller iPhone 7. But ironically, we still don't know one of the most basic things about these two upcoming new phones: We have no idea what they'll be called. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video Logic dictates that this year's new iPhone models will be called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In the past, Apple has released new iPhone numbers on alternate years with "S" upgrades separating them. Then there have been some rumblings that Apple would switch the name of the larger iPhone from "Plus" to "Pro." This would align better with Apple's iPad naming scheme — and "Plus" was always an awful name anyway. But there have also been some claims that this year's new iPhones would stray from convention and not be named iPhone 7 at all. Instead, Apple is said to be saving its big redesign for next year's tenth-anniversary iPhone and potentially keeping 2016's new iPhones in the iPhone 6 family. But what would Apple name new iPhones in the same lineup for the second year? According to a new report from German Apple blog  Apfelpage , the new phones will be branded "iPhone 6se." There's certainly a logic to the name, which would align with the iPhone 5se Apple launched earlier this year, but it would be a curious move in some ways. Apple already has to deal with the media narrative that this year's new iPhones represent a "minor" upgrade that is "boring," so why make the task of convincing fans that this is a big upgrade even more difficult? As we've noted, the new iPhones are shaping up to be anything but boring . In fact, they're shaping up to be pretty massive upgrades — and launching them with new names would help support that idea.
  • FBI investigating hack of Democratic party email (2016-07-25 17:17:59)
    The agency is looking into the WikiLeaks email dump that led to the resignation of the DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
  • DNC makes a public apology to Bernie Sanders after email leaks (2016-07-25 17:13:06)
    Leaders of the Democratic National Committee are issuing a formal apology after hacked emails showed members of the committee mocking Bernie Sanders' campaign for president. "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," says the statement, signed by incoming interim chair Donna Brazile and other top brass at the DNC.
  • 'No More Ransom' helps you fight ransomware without paying (2016-07-25 17:13:00)
  • Canadian teens accidentally invade America while playing Pokemon Go (2016-07-25 17:10:09)
    Pokemon Go has been responsible for car crashes, people wandering into minefields, and all sorts of spontaneous stampedes. But this might mark the first time the game has been responsible for an international incident. Pro Pokemon Go tip in case you're playing this week: remember to take your passport if you're going to be crossing a border According to the  National Post ,  a pair of Canadian teenagers accidentally strayed across the border into Montana while playing Pokemon Go over the weekend. The incident was resolved without too much drama, but this is a surefire sign that President Trump needs to build that Northern Wall lickety-split. DON'T MISS:  6 incredibly rare Pokemon that are currently impossible to find in Pokemon Go According to the  Post , "Border Patrol Agent John South says the teens were engrossed and wandered into the United States.Agents detained them while contacting their mother, who was nearby on the Canadian side." With leniency and common sense not normally attributed to American border guards, the kids were promptly returned to their parent. I know that the border between the US and Canada is a little more loosely patrolled than that between the US and Mexico, but the fact that a couple teenagers managed to stumble across without even looking where they were going is just a tiny bit worrying. More importantly, this marks another odd Pokemon Go story to cross off the list. I think we've got Pokemon Go accident involving hot air balloon, Pokemon Go accident involving a tractor and Pokemon Go/sinkhole to go before I win the local office sweepstakes.
  • Oculus now supports up to four trackers (2016-07-25 17:09:28)
    Oculus Home was updated this past week to include support for up to four trackers on the Rift and Touch. This added functionality is likely a direct appeal to Steam game developers who haven't yet been able to develop motion-controlled games for the Oculus Rift, as the company prepares to release its Touch controllers later this year. Four trackers could ultimately improve accuracy and set a new standard for VR setups in the future, but still, it’s unclear how users are expected to set up all those USB connections.
  • Google Maps gets cleaner look, areas of interest (2016-07-25 16:52:58)
    Items on Maps are now easily identified and areas of interest are now added via a shade of orange.
  • Audi is trying to beat Tesla at its own game (2016-07-25 16:47:00)
  • 'Guardians of the Galaxy' tendrá su propia atracción en Disney California Adventure (2016-07-25 16:44:39)
    Los fanáticos de esta aventura especial podrán vivirla en carne propia a partir de 2017 en uno de los parques de atracciones de Disney en California.
  • Netpicks: Everything coming and going on Netflix for August 2016 (2016-07-25 16:40:41)
    What's leaving Netflix in August might be more noteworthy than what's coming.
  • Hackers develop jailbreak for Apple's iOS 9.3.3 (2016-07-25 16:37:21)
    But there are constraints that might make it challenging for some people to enable the jailbreak.
  • New Pokemon Go dating app brings new meaning to 'catch 'em all' (2016-07-25 16:21:22)
    Swipe right and you have a chance catch a lot more than just little critters.
  • Saturn 'bends' its rings in striking NASA photo (2016-07-25 16:20:35)
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft snaps a mind-boggling view of Saturn's rings looking a little bent out of shape.
  • Zenefits fined $62,500 by Tennessee regulators in first settlement on licensing (2016-07-25 16:18:49)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software startup Zenefits must pay the state of Tennessee $62,500 for violating insurance requirements, state officials said on Monday, marking the first settlement with regulators as the scandal-hit company seeks to redeem itself after revelations it had flouted the law. "Under the company's past leadership, compliance with insurance laws and regulations was almost an afterthought," Julie Mix McPeak, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, said in a statement. Fortunately, new company leadership has demonstrated a dedication to righting the ship." Zenefits, which makes human resources software, may continue operating in Tennessee.
  • The FBI is investigating suspected Russian hacking into the DNC servers (2016-07-25 16:15:59)
    Last week, WikiLeaks posted a series of emails from the Democratic National Committee, with all sorts of embarrassing details for the DNC, and a bunch of passport and social security numbers of supporters. Rumors have been flying around that the hack was the work of the Russian government, and now the FBI has given those rumors some credibility by announcing an investigation. According to a statement the FBI issued to the Associated Press, the Bureau is "investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC," since "a compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously." DON'T MISS:  Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date  The fact that the DNC was hacked has been known since May, when DNC documents started being published by some news outlets. At the time, the blame for the hack was publicly on an anonymous actor calling himself "Guccifer 2.0." Since then, a report from security firm CrowdStrike pinned blame on the Russian FSB and GRU agencies. Worse, the Clinton campaign has insinuated that it was hacked because of Trump's "bromance" relationship with Putin. The suggestion is that the Russians hacked the DNC in an effort to weaken Hillary, giving Trump an extra boost before the election. Trump dismissed the rumors in his usual way: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/757538729170964481 Hopefully, the FBI's investigation should set the record straight one way or another. Either way, the email leak is an unpleasant distraction for the DNC, just before its convention kicks off in Philadelphia.
  • Watch 17 LCD monitors lose in a humiliating fight against steamroller (2016-07-25 16:13:37)
    A man with a steamroller, a camera, a YouTube account, and 17 LCD monitors did what any person in his situation would do: slowly mashed the displays into a gritty pancake of glass, plastic, and presumably toxic fumes. The Road Roller video is titled "Road Roller crush 17 LCD SCREENS! Total press!" and I have to assume "total press" is a jubilation shouted by crush enthusiasts whenever an object is squished into oblivion. The YouTube channel, dedicated entirely to a steamroller smashing things people love or need, is home to many total presses.
  • Google Maps now highlights busy neighborhoods (2016-07-25 16:13:00)
  • Democratic emails: All about the hack, the leak, the discord (2016-07-25 16:03:53)
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First came the hack, then the leak. Now, the Clinton and Trump campaigns are fighting over Russia's role in the release of thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails.
  • This $25,000 robot will let you knock over some wooden blocks in VR (2016-07-25 15:52:16)
    There’s a lot that today’s VR systems can do to really make you feel like the virtual world you’re in is as close as possible to the world you inhabit. Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have taken a step forward toward that end with their HapticVive system, which uses an HTC Vive headset and controller along with a Baxter robot to help simulate physical resistance. Not even considering the cost of an HTC Vive and a high-end, VR capable computer, the Baxter robot used in the project alone goes for a hefty $25,000, making it a far cheaper and viable option to simply buy some wooden blocks and push them over in the real world, for now.
  • Watch all 8 generations of iPhones burn for your sick satisfaction (2016-07-25 15:50:02)
    Do you know how many poorly-paid workers slaved in dangerous conditions to build these iPhones? Well, it doesn't matter. Because now they're going to burn in the name of YouTube views. And you're going to watch it, you depraved Western consumer. Ok, so there is actually 1/10th of an amount of reasoning behind this video. It tests which iPhone is the most fireproof, which would be useful if you frequently play Pokemon Go in burning buildings. DON'T MISS:  Donald Trump will make the internet great again with a Reddit AMA The video was made by Zach Straley , a YouTuber with a penchant for gratuitous smartphone destruction. For this video, he found all ten generations of iPhone, and set them up on a baking tray outside. Gasoline was liberally applied, and a timer started on every phone. Last phone standing wins. https://youtu.be/Ia2J95zx0-w Unlike the waterproofing tests -- where newer iPhones do markedly better -- the older iPhones seem to withstand the fiery inferno much better. The iPhone 3G hung in there for over two minutes, long after the 6s had expired. Fireproofing isn't really a rating that manufacturers work towards. We're still only just starting to get waterproof phones, which makes a lot of sense -- the number of handsets lost to accidental toilet trips is still too damn high. But I'm not really sure how many phones succumb to fire every year (and even if they do, their owners are  probably  more worried about their houses burning down than their iPhones).
  • Nike's latest soccer cleat is its most data-driven shoe yet (2016-07-25 15:45:00)
  • How to mediate disputes during an IT project (2016-07-25 15:41:16)
    Nobody wants to play referee, but diplomacy can be done with grace, and it can save your project. Here are a few tips.
  • Twitter to live stream for free 1 MLB, 1 NHL game per week (2016-07-25 15:40:25)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter will live stream for free one Major League Baseball game and one NHL game per week under a new deal.
  • Tesla not backing down, still claims Model X crash was the driver’s fault (2016-07-25 15:25:19)
    In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, Tesla and the owner of a Model X involved in a crash a few weeks ago have been involved in a war of words as of late. Last week, a man known as Mr. Pang wrote an open letter to Tesla wherein he blamed the company’s Autopilot software for causing his Model X to spontaneously swerve into a guard rail and ultimately cause him to get into a serious accident. Immediately following the accident, Tesla issued a statement indicating that Autopilot was not used appropriately at the time of the crash. Mr. Pang, however, effectively said that Tesla was lying and that the company never even tried to contact him in the aftermath of the crash. What’s more, Pang went so far as to categorize Tesla’s Autopilot software as a beta product that should have never been released in the first place. Taking things a bit further, Pang also added that Tesla drivers are unwitting “lab rats” being taken advantage of for Tesla’s own benefit. DON’T MISS: Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date Shots fired. Never one to shy away from the spotlight or a public controversy, Tesla over the weekend issued a response wherein it laid blame, once again, on the driver. Originally published on the Tesla Motors Club forum , the letter reads as follows: Dear Mr. Pang, We were sorry to hear about your accident, but we were very pleased to learn both you and your friend were ok when we spoke through your translator on the morning of the crash (July 9). On Monday immediately following the crash (July 11), we found a member of the Tesla team fluent in Mandarin and called to follow up. When we were able to make contact with your wife the following day, we expressed our concern and gathered more information regarding the incident. We have since made multiple attempts (one Wednesday, one Thursday, and one Friday) to reach you to discuss the incident, review detailed logs, and address any further concerns and have not received a call back. As is our standard procedure with all incidents experienced in our vehicles, we have conducted a thorough investigation of the diagnostic log data transmitted by the vehicle. Given your stated preference to air your concerns in a public forum, we are happy to provide a brief analysis here and welcome a return call from you. From this data, we learned that after you engaged Autosteer, your hands were not detected on the steering wheel for over two minutes. This is contrary to the terms of use when first enabling the feature and the visual alert presented you every time Autosteer is activated. As road conditions became increasingly uncertain, the vehicle again alerted you to put your hands on the wheel. No steering torque was then detected until Autosteer was disabled with an abrupt steering action. Immediately following detection of the first impact, adaptive cruise control was also disabled, the vehicle began to slow, and you applied the brake pedal. Following the crash, and once the vehicle had come to rest, the passenger door was opened but the driver door remained closed and the key remained in the vehicle. Since the vehicle had been left in Drive with Creep Mode enabled, the motor continued to rotate. The diagnostic data shows that the driver door was later opened from the outside and the vehicle was shifted to park. We understand that at night following a collision the rotating motors may have been disconcerting, even though they were only powered by minimal levels of creep torque. We always seek to learn from customer concerns, and we are looking into this behavior to see if it can be improved. We are also continually studying means of better encouraging drivers to adhere to the terms of use for our driver assistance features. We are still seeking to speak with you. Please contact Tesla service so that we can answer any further questions you may have. Sincerely, The Tesla team And now we wait for an inevitable response from Mr. Pang.
  • Facebook and Twitter helped catch suspected militants in Brazil (2016-07-25 15:23:00)
  • Flashback to 1995: Yahoo, the startup (video) (2016-07-25 15:22:25)
    CNET interviewed co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo in October 1995 when Yahoo was taking off as the coolest destination on the web.
  • Lights in the sky: Inside San Francisco's illuminated art scene (2016-07-25 15:00:00)
  • The Scary Truth About Public WiFi (2016-07-25 15:00:00)
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  • Watch Game of Thrones season 6 bloopers and the first teaser for season 7 (2016-07-25 14:59:25)
    Living in New York, it's not very often that I pine for the cold embrace of winter. But after learning that Game of Thrones would be starting later than usual next year , I can't help but shake my fist at the sun every time I leave my apartment. We're going to have to wait almost a full year before we get to return to Westeros for the start of Game of Thrones season 7, but at least in the interim HBO is doing its best to keep us entertained. DON'T MISS:  All the biggest Pokemon Go announcements from Comic-Con this weekend Over the weekend, HBO shared a short blooper reel from season 6 to make the wait for season 7 a little more bearable. It's always bizarre to see characters from such a serious, brutal show giggling about mispronouncing words or tripping over stairs, but that doesn't make it any less hysterical: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wsb4b8CjRs In addition to the blooper reel, HBO also released a ridiculously early teaser trailer for season 7. There's no actual footage of the new season here, as production just started, but you can get a glimpse at all of the hard work that goes into building the sets for this massively ambitious show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjue5j1JRaA As for what season 7 has in store, no one knows for sure. Showrunners Benioff and Weiss have pushed far beyond the boundaries of the novels at this point, and the show will likely end far before George R.R. Martin's series. Game of Thrones  season 7 will debut next summer with just seven new episodes.
  • Sony is adding NFL Network and RedZone channels to PlayStation Vue (2016-07-25 14:51:56)
    Sony's streaming TV service just became a lot more attractive with the addition of NFL Network and NFL RedZone channels, both of which will arrive on PlayStation Vue in time for the 2016 season opener in September. Sony says customers will also get standard Vue features like simultaneous streaming and cloud DVR, as well as access to the NFL's mobile, Windows, and set-top box apps for when they're not using a Vue-supported device. It should be noted that NFL Network and RedZone may come packaged as a standalone paid service, similar to HBO.
  • Uber slapped by judge for hiring firm to dig up dirt on lawsuit plaintiff (2016-07-25 14:45:04)
    Uber was banned from using information gathered by a secretive, CIA-linked research firm on the plaintiff who brought a price-fixing lawsuit, after a judge in the case reprimanded the firm for behavior that could “arguably” be called criminal conduct, according to Reuters. Last December, Spencer Meyer filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, alleging a scheme to fix prices in violation of antitrust laws. The same day, Uber hired a research firm called Ergo to investigate Meyer out of concern he posed a security risk to Kalanick.
  • PokeMatch is the 'Pokémon Go' dating app you've been dreading (2016-07-25 14:41:00)
  • Google Maps is testing a Wi-Fi-only mode to help users save data (2016-07-25 14:35:58)
    Google has begun testing a new feature in its Maps app that would only allow data to be downloaded via a Wi-Fi connection, according to TechCrunch. Select users can find the mode in the Maps settings menu in place of the "Offline areas" option. When enabled, the app warns that a small amount of cellular data may still be used, but significantly less than usual.
  • On John Oliver's show, musicians demand politicians stop using their songs (2016-07-25 14:32:28)
    Technically Incorrect: In a hilarious indictment of politicians who purloin songs, often not realizing what the lyrics actually say, the HBO comedian brings together Usher, Sheryl Crow and many other to fight back.
  • A long, ongoing collection of the best Pokémon Go stories (2016-07-25 14:32:25)
    Nintendo and BulbapediaPokémon Go has been one of the few positives of an otherwise grim July. Perhaps because of its status as the rare untainted beacon of joy, the smartphone game has pervaded popular culture, from the design of a neighborhood lemonade stand to the floor of the Republican Nation Convention. The game’s scope is so broad, spanning so many subcultures, that it’s become difficult to visualize.We find that it helps to see these stories alongside one another, to better appreciate just how strange this game and its moments really are. ...
  • Interview: Meet the Ex-Googlers building the self-driving big rig trucks of the future (2016-07-25 14:30:54)
    For ex-Googler Lior Ron, long-haul big rigs might seem like an unlikely next step in a career that’s so far included stints as an Israeli Army CTO and serving as a product lead for Google Maps. His latest professional turn involves helping fit some of the 4.3 million trucks on U.S. roadways with the technology kits his new startup Otto  is developing that can turn those hulking rigs into completely autonomous trucks. Because while commercial trucks may be something of an unsexy progression coming from software engineering at a place like Google, they nevertheless represent a potent technology challenge for the team at Otto, a young startup with abundant ambition that operates out of a space in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. MUST WATCH:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video Besides Ron, Otto’s co-founders also include Anthony Levandowski, a tinkerer long fascinated by robots who built a self-driving motorcycle now housed at the Smithsonian for the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge. He was also a co-founder and technical lead for Google’s self-driving car project. The rest of Otto’s 40-strong team comes from companies like Google, Tesla and Apple. It’s a contingent of talent racing toward the same autonomous future that big tech companies want to hasten with their myriad self-driving car efforts. It’s just that Otto -- named partly after the German engineer Nikolaus Otto who developed the internal combustion engine -- has a quite literally bigger target in mind: No less than full autonomy for big commercial trucks as a means of saving lives and the environment, among other benefits. And it’s coming, Ron promises. He doesn’t known when, but it’ll be soon - and the arrival of that full autonomy, he insists, is all but inevitable. “Computers at the end of the day can perceive better, calculate faster, react faster - which means at the end of the day they can drive safer,” Ron said, rattling off safety stats based on 2014 data that includes more than 211,000 combination truck crashes that year. “And once it’s in that safety level and we can show that the truck can drive safer than a human being, then the technology should be deployed at scale in society. “(At Otto) we’re progressing with the highest urgency. This shouldn’t be a long-term exercise. I’ll be very disappointed if we talk again in four or five years and we don’t have these trucks driving safely on the road. Safely, of course, being the operative word, at a time when concern has mounted over autonomous driving technology thanks to a recent Tesla fatality . Ron, though, insists the data is on Otto’s side. Where Otto breaks ranks with some supporters of semi-autonomous driving technology -- where humans, essentially, can take the wheel if needed -- is in Otto’s insistence that it’s safer for humans not to be involved at all. If a driver isn’t actively engaged in the act of driving, Otto believes that driver shouldn’t be expected to jump on the wheel with possibly a split-second’s warning, Ron said. https://youtu.be/bK76W1kH4jA Otto is still relatively new, having launched out of stealth in May. Ron and Levandowski left Google in January to start the company. Companies like Otto, while they may not necessarily attract the buzz of a flashier names like Tesla, are nevertheless important and just as worth watching for their own reasons. One of them is the necessary practicality they bring to the industry’s bleeding edge. While consumers may lust after their own sleek self-driving car and anticipate they day those fill city streets, for example, rigs equipped with Otto’s kits may get here a lot sooner, helping push autonomy along while consumers wait for other use cases to materialize. So far, Otto has outfitted four trucks with its kit and has been testing the self-driving capabilities on highways in California. Otto’s technology includes sensors it’s built that sit on top of the truck, in addition to self-driving software. The company says its in-truck computer system and software are able to executive real-time driving decisions based on readings from the sensors. All told, it’s a big, wide-open space that Otto is playing in. Commercial trucking, according to the company, is a $700 billion market in the U.S. Besides Ron and Levandowski, the company’s other co-founders include Don Burnette, previously a staff software engineer on the Google self-driving car project for several years before joining Otto. Co-founder Claire Delaunay most recently was a staff software engineer at Google, where she led robotics projects, among other things. “We’ve been at this for the past five months, really driving with urgency and building the team,” Ron said. “We’re very focused on building a team of the best and brightest. As far as the trucks and roadmap, we have four trucks now driving on different roads, and we’re in the process of expanding the testing to more and more highways. We’re also testing with different lighting conditions, different weather conditions, different obstacle conditions - really starting to chip away at all the other things that come next.”
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  • Watch all of the best TV trailers from Comic-Con 2016 right here (2016-07-25 14:01:31)
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  • New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in August (2016-07-25 13:32:25)
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  • This might be the best Pokemon Go hack ever (2016-07-25 13:03:25)
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  • 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2016-07-25 12:07:35)
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It works globally, has over 500 location types and even provides turn-by-turn directions to your chosen destination. Fully customizable, an incredibly simple interface hides a sophisticated engine that plugs into the largest Points of Interest database and global map on the market. Can't decide where to go? Use our Shake-to-Suggest feature to explore and experiment! √ Full Retina HD Graphics for iPhone and iPad. √ Over 500 preset searches sorted into 12 common categories. √ Search can be done within a few taps, no typing needed. √ Fully customizable. You can sort, add, remove, rename all items. √ Simple user interface and intuitive user experience. √ Review your recent searches and most used searches. √ Configure start-up view, choose between home, recents or last viewed. √ Shake-to-Suggest, deciding on where to go can be just a shake away. √ User Ratings and Reviews, sharing your experience with other users. COMING SOON: Our team is already working on new features including offline database, user-ratings and translation into many languages. Stay tuned for the free update and feel free to contact us for any feedback so we can improve the app for you. Download Where To Go? PR's Normally $1.99. PR's is here. Tracking your ORM' and keeping track of them just got a whole lot easier! The app makes it super simple to track your PR's in the gym, log them, and break them down into percentages for future lifting sessions. *Features - PR Logging track your PR's and keep them, in one simple feed to view on the go. - Add by exercise using the exercise tab you can add PR's by the category. As well as custom lift's using the add PR function. - ORM Percentages Workout routines often call for a certain percentage of your ORM on a given day. That just became easier with PR's percentage feature, giving you the ability to see your ORM percentages at just a glance. 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Getting a good night's rest is essential to memory formation and recall and mental performance the next day. If you have any prior medical conditions such as seizures consult your physician before using any binaural brainwave entrainment application. Never use binaural brainwave entrainment when operating machinery or driving. Download Study Smart Super Cat Galaxy Normally $0.99. Super Cat faster then a speeding bullet, save the world from the the evil Aliens Super cat Galaxy an amazingly fun addictive game where you use your fingers to move Super Cat and your other finger to shoot dangerous space enemys. Collect coins and power ups to help save the world and unlock New Worlds and other characters. Hours and hours of fun -Collect coins to unlock four different worlds -See your achievement against others with game center endless gameplay four hours of fun - choose 4 different super cats to fight with Simple to learn hard to beat Download Super Cat Galaxy Cleaner Normally $1.99. 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  • Hooked on H: Hyundai to debut new fuel-cell system in 2018 (2016-07-25 12:07:15)
    Its next hydrogen-powered vehicle won't be a retrofit of an existing model, like the current Tucson Fuel Cell.
  • RiskBand is another portable panic button that doesn't need a phone (2016-07-25 12:02:03)
    Given that the general state of the world in 2016 could be classified as The Worst, it was only a matter of time before a tech company started selling gadgets to Make You Feel Safe Again. Enter RiskBand, a personal safety device from Whereable Technologies that can pinpoint your location anywhere in the world with the press of a button. The company says once you press the button on your RiskBand for three seconds, it will pinpoint your location anywhere in the world using GPS and cell towers without the need for a cell phone.
  • Please don't catch any Pokémon while attending a Rihanna concert (2016-07-25 11:59:43)
    Rihanna's ANTI world tour touched down in Lille, France over the weekend, and she took some time out of her jam-packed set to make sure fans were focusing on her. When its song puts everyone to sleep, Jigglypuff hops off the stage and draws on everyone's faces as an expression of futile rage.
  • Judge bans Uber background check in NY lawsuit (2016-07-25 11:43:55)
    A federal judge on Monday banned Uber Technologies Inc and its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from using information obtained in a background check of a plaintiff bringing a price-fixing lawsuit, saying the firm that conducted the investigation engaged in "arguably" criminal conduct. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said the firm, Ergo, crossed a line when its unlicensed investigator lied to friends and acquaintances of plaintiff Spencer Meyer in a bid to dig up derogatory information about him and his lawyer. Rakoff faulted the investigator for claiming to seek information about "up-and-coming researchers in environmental conservation," when the real purpose was more likely to intimidate Meyer or hurt his case over pricing practices at Uber, the ride-sharing service.
  • Twitter finally figures out what Twitter is (maybe) (2016-07-25 11:41:00)
  • How to find Pokemon even when Pokemon Go’s nearby tracker is broken (2016-07-25 11:38:04)
    It’s really hard to catch Pokemon if there are problems in the Pokemon Go app that are out of your control. Say for example that the Pokemon Go "Nearby" tracker isn’t working correctly... how are you supposed to catch any Pokemon? There’s at least one neat trick to help out with that, and it's an absolute necessity for every single Pokemon Go player out there until Niantic improves the reliability of its wildly popular new game. DON’T MISS: Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date The easiest thing you can do to locate Pokemon around you is to use a special map found online that shows you where Pokemon are spawning . It’s not exactly “legal,” since maps like this have been created by developers who managed to extract certain data from the app, but it definitely works. This could be considered a form of cheating, though. But there's another trick you should know about, and it doesn’t involve looking at a map to figure out the location of your next Pokemon hunt. Instead, you simply have to install and use a different app created by Pokemon Go creator Niantic, which is a game that shares some features with Pokemon Go. Ingress is a mobile app available for iPhone and Android that uses your location to create a real-world augmented reality game. It's nowhere near as popular as Pokemon Go, but Ingress does have something that can help you with Pokemon Go hunting: The same map data. If your Pokemon Go tracker malfunctions, simply open Ingress and then start looking for a high concentration of white dots (exotic matter or XM) in that game, as shown in the image above. Once you find it, switch over to Pokemon Go, and you should see a Pokemon near you. The reason this trick works is because Niantic uses much of the same data in Ingress and Pokemon Go. A player who already captured the 142 Pokemon available in the US told Business Insider that he used this trick to keep hunting when Pokemon Go's Nearby tracker was experiencing issues. "I found more than a few rare ones by spotting them on radar, then ignoring the radar and using the Ingress in-game map to navigate to those hotspots," Nick Johnson said. "May not work 100% but definitely helped me.” So what’s the deal with the tracker in Pokemon Go? Located in the lower right corner of the screen, the tracker indicates whether a Pokemon is in your vicinity and tells you how far you are from the creature. It does so by showing a silhouette of the Pokemon (this is important if it's one you don't have in your collection), and then a number of paws. Three paws means you’re far away from the Pokemon, but if it drops to two or one, you should be closer to it. However, many people have been complaining that the tracker is often stuck at three paws, no matter how far a player might be from his or her target. It’s believed that Niantic switched the feature off to avoid server issues – and Pokemon Go servers have seen their share of downtime, considering the massive number of people joining the Pokemon hunt.
  • Focal's Utopia headphones live up to their $3,999 price (2016-07-25 11:33:43)
    Before you answer that question, consider that humanity as a whole spends more than $11 billion per year on headphones, $1 billion of which is spent on premium ($100+) cans in the US. Focal is a French loudspeaker manufacturer that is well attuned to the developing trends in personal audio, and is this summer introducing two blockbuster pairs of headphones: the $999 Elear and the otherworldly $3,999 Utopia. The company’s betting on people finding themselves dissatisfied with the Beats by Dre class of supposedly premium headphones and looking up in price range to discover what truly premium cans are about.
  • Conoce a Niantic Labs, la empresa detrás del popular éxito llamado 'Pokémon Go' (2016-07-25 11:30:01)
    Pese a lo que muchos creen (incluidos inversionistas), el juego de realidad aumentada que ha puesto el mundo de cabeza no nació en Nintendo, sino que surgió como un proyecto de Google. Te contamos su historia.
  • Apple brings back Bob Mansfield to reportedly run its car project (2016-07-25 11:29:50)
    Apple is going back to its old hardware boss to run the biggest hardware project it has ever attempted. Bob Mansfield, Apple's former hardware engineering chief, has taken over the Apple Car project, known internally as "Project Titan," according to The Wall Street Journal. Mansfield stepped down from his day-to-day role on the executive team at Apple in 2013 after 14 years with the company, with reports at the time stating that he would work on special projects.
  • NFL Network and RedZone are coming to PlayStation Vue (2016-07-25 11:22:00)
  • The joy of guilty pleasures: why I've played the same broken game for nine years (2016-07-25 11:20:33)
    Because of my job, I struggle to remain focused on any one game too long, but I think I’ve finally come to the obvious conclusion with Earth Defense Force. The Earth Defense Force games have long been my preferred video game comfort food.
  • LCD Soundsystem shut up and played the hits at Panorama (2016-07-25 11:15:01)
    When James Murphy and the rest of LCD Soundsystem finished ripping through the opening one-two punch of "Us V Them" and "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House," they took a breath to offer up a sort of apology.
  • Donald Trump will make the internet great again with a Reddit AMA (2016-07-25 11:09:15)
    Brace yourself, internet-dwellers: Donald Trump is coming to town. According to a press release emailed to journalists and a post on the controversial /r/The_Donald subreddit, everyone's favorite Republican candidate will be conducting an AMA this Wednesday at 7:00PM ET. Trump's AMA isn't unusual, since prominent entertainers do frequently visit the platform to plug their latest movie or concert tour. Even President Obama has stopped by once or twice. But there's a few details that may make this AMA one to remember. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video Firstly, the Q&A isn't being held on Reddit's traditional forum for this stuff, the /r/IAmA  sub. It's a neutral platform with mods experienced at handling all kinds of AMAs from different people, and used to coordinating with Reddit staff to make sure this stuff goes smoothly. https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/757566671380807680 Instead, Trump is being hosted by /r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump sub not known for its neutral views, balanced subscriber base or tolerating outsiders well. It's not clear if the Trump campaign was approached by the mods of /r/The_Donald or the other way around, but either way, the deal works well for everyone involved. Trump gets the softest platform on the internet, and the sub gets publicity across all of Reddit. According to the Trump announcement, the thread will open for questions at 6.30ET on Wednesday, and Trump will arrive to answer questions at 7PM. Of course, since there's no definitive proof that Trump has ever touched a computer, it's a good bet that Trump will be relaying his answers through an intermediary, rather than browsing the dank memes himself.
  • NYC subway tunnel used by 225,000 people a day will shut down for 18 months (2016-07-25 11:06:57)
    Starting in 2019, the L train between Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City will be completely shut down for 18 months in order to repair the extensive damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. It is the longest and most painful service disruption in the history of America’s largest subway system. An estimated 225,000 people ride the L train between Manhattan and Brooklyn every day, which is more people than the daily ridership of Baltimore, LA, and Miami’s systems combined.
  • Pokemon Go takes over Comic-Con (2016-07-25 11:03:30)
    At San Diego's annual pop culture fest, whose lifeblood is unapologetic obsession, the smartphone game is the fixation of the year.
  • Play your SNES with a wireless controller using this new adapter (2016-07-25 11:00:04)
    The Super Nintendo is about to go wireless. Analogue, the company behind the recently launched Retro Receiver for the NES, is now launching a new version designed for Nintendo’s 16-bit home console. As with the previous version, the Retro Receiver for the SNES is a simple wireless adapter that plugs into the controller port of any Super Nintendo — including the Japanese Super Famicom, along with other aftermarket versions of the hardware — letting you play games on it using a variety of controller options.
  • Google Maps now offers Wi-Fi only mode and mass transit notifications for commuters (2016-07-25 10:54:59)
    Google Maps recently rolled out a new Wi-Fi only feature and public transit notifications to select users, which could be helpful to business travelers and commuters.
  • Meet the collectors who resell toys to pay off their Comic-Con addiction (2016-07-25 10:53:27)
    "You gotta pay off your addiction somehow," Andrew Felin told me. Felin is one of several collectors I met outside the booth for Funko, which makes a popular line of figurines with oversized heads. It turns out, it's easier to find someone in the Funko line who's flipping toys than someone who isn't.
  • Donald Trump is hosting a Reddit AMA during the Democratic National Convention (2016-07-25 10:41:09)
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is holding an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit the night that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are set to speak at the Democratic National Convention. The AMA, which was announced this morning, will be held on July 27th at 7PM ET on Trump subreddit r/The_Donald. Reddit has become a significant platform for campaigning over the past few years.
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video (2016-07-25 10:40:06)
    There sure is a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro, especially for a pair of new smartphones that have been deemed by bloggers to be "boring." We're seeing just as much interest in Apple's next-generation models set to debut this September as we did last year ahead of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus release — and as you might recall, that ended up being Apple's biggest iPhone launch ever, albeit by a narrow margin. With expectations mounting for a massive tenth-anniversary overhaul next year though, Apple's 2015 launch is going to be difficult to beat in 2016. But even if Apple falls short, it'll still have the two most popular new smartphones on its hands when they finally debut in about a month and a half. Of course, you don't have to wait that long to check out Apple's next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7: Seriously, this phone sounds boring to you? The leaks have been coming in steadily over the past few weeks now that production is well underway. The designs for Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (or iPhone 7 Pro, as it may be called) leaked long ago, and factories in China have been pumping out new iPhone mockups. These precise replicas are used by accessory makers so that their protective cases and other accessories are ready for primetime even before Apple unveils its new iPhones each year. Of course, they're also used to give Apple fans a taste of things to come. Each year new sources seem to pop up and emerge as the go-to spots for iPhone leaks. In 2016, an anonymous Weibo user named "KK" has managed to climb to the top of the heap and establish himself or herself as the premiere source for iPhone 7 leaks. Sure, others are still getting in on the action — in fact, a tried and true source just told the world exactly when the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be released — but KK has been the go-to source for sneak peeks at Apple's new iPhones. The Weibo user released two new videos showing off iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus mockups over this past weekend, and they were combined into a single video by YouTuber ConceptsiPhone. In the first part of the video, we see the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus in three different colors — rose gold, silver and space gray — along with a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 in rose gold. The look of the phones aligns perfectly with what we've come to expect following more than a month of steady leaks. The second part of the video shows a person handling mockups of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, both in rose gold. The person is talking but the video has been overdubbed with music, so we have no idea what was being said. The full video is embedded below.
  • Twitter is livestreaming weekly MLB and NHL games (2016-07-25 10:38:00)
  • Ford brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to all 2017 models (2016-07-25 10:31:42)
    Its Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system will be available across all 2017 Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
  • Sprint revenue beats estimates as discounts attract subscribers (2016-07-25 10:22:09)
    Analysts and investors had raised questions about Sprint's financial position after majority owner SoftBank Corp agreed earlier this month to buy UK chipmaker ARM Holdings Plc for $32 billion. "We expect that we will have adequate sources to provide all the capital necessary to fund the business and repay the debt maturities due in FY 16," Chief Financial Officer Tarek Robbiati said on a conference call with analysts. Sprint, whose shares rose more than 18 percent in early trading, reported 173,000 postpaid wireless additions in the three months ended June 30 - the biggest increase for any first quarter in nine years.
  • Super-fast magnetic motor keeps tiny satellites on track (2016-07-25 10:16:00)
  • The robot Pepper is now on sale in Taiwan (2016-07-25 10:02:43)
    Over a year after its initial launch in Japan, SoftBank is bringing its Pepper robot to Taiwanese businesses. This is the first time it’s available outside Japan. A subsidiary of Foxconn called Perobot is handling orders in Taiwan, which will likely be similarly priced to the bot in Japan.
  • Do you need a smart suitcase? 5 things to know before you buy (2016-07-25 09:59:00)
    Tech-savvy travelers are packing smart suitcases with built-in battery packs and USB charging, location tracking, and more. Read our hands-on review of four popular models.
  • Scientists map human brain in more detail than ever before (2016-07-25 09:57:00)
  • Twitter to stream MLB baseball and NHL hockey (2016-07-25 09:46:28)
    Users will be able to watch weekly out-of-market games along with an exclusive highlights show.
  • All the biggest Pokemon Go announcements from Comic-Con this weekend (2016-07-25 09:46:20)
    You probably won't be surprised to hear that the Pokemon Go panel at San Diego Comic-Con was under a great deal of scrutiny this weekend. Not only were a few hundred of the tens of millions of players anxious to hear about any upcoming updates firsthand, but there was a rumor that developer Niantic would unleash the first legendary Pokemon at some point during the panel. That never happened. But we did learn some interesting things about the future of Pokemon Go , the most important of which we'll discuss below. DON'T MISS:  6 incredibly rare Pokemon that are currently impossible to find in Pokemon Go The most important reveal during the Pokemon Go  panel was that each of the three teams (Valor, Mystic and Instinct) will have a leader. Candela will lead the red team, Blanche is in charge of blue and Spark carries the torch for yellow. According to Niantic CEO John Hanke, these three team leaders will dispense advice within the app, but other than that, their purpose remains a bit mysterious. As for new features, the team is still intent on bringing trading to the app as quickly as possible. Niantic has also talked about giving players the ability to customize Poke Stops and add Pokemon Centers to the game. During the Q&A portion, one fan asked about breeding, and Hanke confirmed it was under discussion. Although we shouldn't expect to see any new Pokemon in the game any time soon ( we haven't even seen all of the original 151 yet ), Hanke did allude to the fact that more generations of creatures will appear in the game eventually. Finally, Hanke told the crowd that only a tenth of the functionality that the developer wanted to include in the game was available at launch. The team plans to support the game for many years to come, and we've only seen a sliver of what the game will likely be once the team has begun releasing regular updates. At this point, keeping the servers online and fixing major bugs (like the "three-step glitch") are the priority for Niantic, but once the game is up and running smoothly in every market, the update we've all been waiting for should start to drop.
  • Netflix gets global streaming rights to FX's American Crime Story (2016-07-25 09:42:23)
    Netflix just nabbed the global rights to the first season of FX's popular American Crime Story series, The People v. O.J. Simpson. The 10-episode season, structured like a standalone mini-series, follows the 1995 trial of O.J. Simpson (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
  • Ericsson ousts CEO after poor results (2016-07-25 09:40:49)
    By Sven Nordenstam STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson parted company with its chief executive Hans Vestberg on Monday, a move led by major shareholders after a series of disappointing results. Vestberg, who had served longer than his three predecessors, had come under fire in recent months from Swedish media questioning his leadership and pay, particularly after weak results in April knocked 15 percent off the shares in one day. Speaking at a press conference Ericsson chairman Leif Johansson said he expected the search for a new CEO, which would consider both internal and external candidates, to take "many months".
  • iPhone 7 tipped to launch September 16 (2016-07-25 09:35:23)
    A typically reliable leaker, known as @evleaks, offers up a release date, which follows Apple's normal pattern of a mid-September launch for iPhones.
  • See how VFX puts the realism and fire into 'Game of Thrones' (2016-07-25 09:28:00)
  • Facebook Uses Solar Drone to Shower Earth in Internet (2016-07-25 09:27:57)
    If you have an inconsistent (or no) internet connection, relief might come in the form of a drone. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday (July 21) that it had successfully tested a solar-powered drone during a 96 minutes flight in Yuma, Arizona on June 28. The drone's goal is to send laser beams to the surface that deliver internet access to those below.
  • Nvidia's $1,200 Titan X GPU Will Blow Your Mind and Budget (2016-07-25 09:27:49)
    Thought Nvidia was done for the summer? Just when I was getting used to my GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and wrapping up testing the GeForce GTX 1060, here comes the latest Titan X GPU to blow everything out of the water. Targeting enthusiasts with deep wallets, the latest incarnation of the powerful card costs $1,200 and promises to be the most powerful GPU the company has released.
  • Pokemon Go GPS Spoofing Is Serious Cheating Problem (2016-07-25 09:27:40)
    After release in Australia, the U.S., Canada and most of Europe, Pokemon Go is finally available in its home country of Japan. The technique is called GPS spoofing, and it allows players to trick the game into thinking they are somewhere they actually aren’t, which in a game that revolves around physically traveling to specific locations, is an offense of the highest order.
  • Pew Pew! These Star Wars Drones Shoot Frickin' Lasers (2016-07-25 09:27:34)
    You soon will, thanks to four Star Wars drones that can go up to 50 miles per hour, and shoot lasers—yes, lasers— at each other. Announced in London, the Millennium Falcon, X-Wing, TIE Fighter and an Imperial Speeder bike, made by Propel, will go on sale later this year, and will cost around $300-$400 each, according to IGN. All the drones have the propellers on the bottom, rather than in the frame, as with the Air Hogs Millenium Falcon, which, according to the company, will make them look more realistic in flight, and zip them around faster—up to 50 mph, in the case of the Falcon.
  • You can now jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 and this video will show you how (2016-07-25 09:19:33)
    Apple's iOS software grows more and more capable with each new release, which in turn makes jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad far less appealing than it used to be. Years ago, third-party apps were so limited that jailbreaking was practically a necessity for anyone who wanted to get the most out of his or her iOS device. But in 2016 the story has changed, and it'll change even more once iOS 10 is released this fall. Of course, there are still plenty of jailbreak apps and tweaks that hardcore users just can't seem to live without, and they'll be very happy to learn today's news. Apple just released iOS 9.3.3 to the public last week  but the Chinese iOS hacking team Pangu has already managed to jailbreak it. There are a few caveats that make this particular jailbreak a bit tricky though, which is why you'll find the how-to guide in the video below particularly useful. DON'T MISS:  Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date Before we dive in, there are a few important things you should know. First, the obligatory jailbreak warning: you should only follow this guide if you're an advanced user. Things can and do go wrong. You also may void your iPhone or iPad's warranty by following the steps outlined in this guide. Next warning: this is not a true "untethered" jailbreak. It is untethered in that you won't have to connect to your computer each time you boot your iPhone or iPad, but you will have to go through a few extra (simple) steps on your device each and every time you boot. It's not a huge deal and it won't deter eager fans who have been itching for a jailbreak, but it's still worth noting. Last but certainly not least, this jailbreak is available only to Windows users for the time being, and the tool is only available in Chinese. Both of those things will change in upcoming updates but if you want to jailbreak your iOS device immediately, you'll want to stick closely to the guide unless you read and understand Chinese. If you're undeterred by those warnings, you'll find everything you need in the video how-to guide below, which was created by YouTuber "iCrackUriDevice."
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update: the 10 best new features (2016-07-25 09:00:06)
    In just a few short days, Microsoft will be celebrating Windows 10’s first birthday. It has been a busy year that has seen a number of Windows 10 updates with new features and improvements, but the biggest one is arriving on August 2nd. Microsoft’s free Anniversary Update to Windows 10 includes some highly requested features, but overall it’s full of minor additions that really make the OS feel a lot more polished.
  • You'll soon be able to live stream MLB and NHL games on Twitter (2016-07-25 09:00:03)
    Twitter is going to start live-steaming games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, in addition to a new nightly show called The Rally in conjunction with 120 Sports. The Rally will be available live each night, and will be produced by 120 Sports in a "distinct format designed to integrate with Twitter’s platform." Unlike the baseball or hockey games, this program appears to only be available to registered users in the United States. Officials from the MLB and NHL cited Twitter’s ability to reach and engage fans.
  • Windows 10 one year on: Has it been a success for Microsoft? (2016-07-25 09:00:02)
    How has Microsoft handled the first year in the life of its flagship OS and what does the future hold?
  • Windows 10's Anniversary Update makes a great OS better (2016-07-25 09:00:00)
  • Watch all the hot movie trailers released at Comic-Con right here (2016-07-25 08:52:20)
    Every week, we get to see quite a few trailers for upcoming attractions . But when Comic-Con is in town, you can expect even more previews than normal for some of the highly anticipated movies that are currently in the making, as well as some welcome surprises. We saw a bunch of trailers for various TV shows  last week , including the upcoming The Walking Dead Season 7 , so now it’s time to focus on the movie trailers that were released over this past weekend at the massive event. We’ve got plenty of superhero movie trailers coming up, with special emphasis on the exciting DC Comics cinematic universe, but also a Blair Witch sequel and a Guy Ritchie take on King Arthur – see all of them below. DON’T MISS: Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date Blair Witch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=girSv9UH_V8 Release Date: September 16th, 2016. Doctor Strange https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSzx-zryEgM Release Date: November 4th, 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flypX4XT3qE Release Date: November 18th, 2016 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rbPTQIdjmY Release Date: March 24th, 2017 Kong: Skull Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK5hbs4LOI8 Release Date: March, 2017 Justice League https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gglkYMGRYlE Release Date: November 2017. Suicide Squad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0Xb9BhfVjY Release Date: August 5th, 2016. Wonder Woman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lGoQhFb4NM Release Date: June 2nd, 2017
  • Prisma now available for Android (2016-07-25 08:48:29)
    Photo filtering app Prisma is now live for Android users reports Tech Crunch.
  • Sprint's revenue beats estimates as it adds subscribers (2016-07-25 08:25:42)
    (Reuters) - Sprint Corp , the No.4 U.S. wireless carrier, reported slightly better-than expected revenue as heavy discounts helped it attract the most postpaid subscribers on a net basis for any first quarter in nine years. Sprint, whose shares were up 3.9 percent in premarket trading, reported 173,000 postpaid wireless additions in the quarter ended June 30, compared with a net loss of 12,000 in the same period last year. The quarter also had the lowest postpaid phone churn in the company's history, Chief Executive Marcelo Claure said in a statement on Monday.
  • 3 data center takeaways from Andreessen Horowitz's latest fund announcement (2016-07-25 08:00:03)
    VC firm Andreessen Horowitz recently announced their fifth fund. In a recent podcast, the firm's founders made several predictions that could impact the enterprise data center.
  • Apple earnings may be hung up by iPhone -- again (2016-07-25 08:00:03)
    The company will report fiscal third-quarter financial results Tuesday. Based on sluggish demand for the iPhone, it probably won't be pretty.
  • Scientists create glasses-free 3D for the movie theater (2016-07-25 08:00:00)
  • Verizon to buy Yahoo's core business for $4.83 billion (2016-07-25 07:56:42)
    (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said Monday it would buy Yahoo Inc's core internet properties for $4.83 billion in cash to expand its digital advertising and media business, in a deal that ends a lengthy sale process for the fading Web pioneer. The purchase of Yahoo's operations will boost Verizon's AOL internet business, which it bought last year for $4.4 billion, and give it access to Yahoo's ad technology tools, BrightRoll and Flurry, and assets such as search, mail and messenger. The deal, expected to close in early 2017, marks the end of Yahoo as an operating company, leaving it with a 15 percent stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and a 35.5 percent interest in Yahoo Japan Corp .
  • Sprint finally starts to turn heads, but at a hefty cost (2016-07-25 07:53:33)
    Sprint added 173,000 so-called post-paid customers, an indication that people are flocking back to the once embattled carrier. Still, the company saw its losses widen from a year ago.
  • Europol, Intel and Kaspersky team up to crack down on ransomware (2016-07-25 07:49:46)
    Paying those who take your data hostage only makes the ransomware problem worse, says Kaspersky.
  • Sprint reports bigger quarterly loss (2016-07-25 07:46:44)
    (Reuters) - Sprint Corp , the No.4 U.S. wireless carrier, reported a bigger quarterly loss as the company provided heavy discounts to attract customers. The company's net loss widened to $302 million, or 8 cents per share, in the first quarter ended June 30, from $20 million, or 1 cent per share, a year earlier. Net operating revenue of Sprint, majority owned by Japan's SoftBank Corp , fell marginally to $8.01 billion from $8.03 billion. (Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)
  • Verizon is buying struggling giant Yahoo for $4.83 billion (2016-07-25 07:44:00)
  • First Click: Windows 10 updates, the best Chromebook, Apple and Google earnings, and more in the week ahead (2016-07-25 07:30:02)
    This week we're kicking things off with a closer look at the Windows 10 Anniversary Update later today, a few days before Microsoft celebrates the first year of Windows 10. Tuesday will be full of Chromebook reviews with our best Chromebook recommendations. Tuesday will also be the beginning of earnings season for a number of tech companies.
  • Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare' revival on Facebook Live makes childhood dreams come true (2016-07-25 07:25:22)
    We'll take the physical challenge: The game show celebrates its 30th anniversary by bringing back original host Marc Summers and all kinds of gunk and slime.
  • Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83B, marking end of an era (2016-07-25 07:10:22)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet.
  • US military creates 'Space Mission Force' to wage satellite war (2016-07-25 07:02:00)
  • Verizon confirms $4.83B buyout of online pioneer Yahoo, marking end of an era for company that once defined the internet (2016-07-25 07:01:52)
    Verizon confirms $4.83B buyout of online pioneer Yahoo, marking end of an era for company that once defined the internet.
  • Moscow city launches app inspired by 'Pokemon Go' (2016-07-25 06:50:35)
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Moscow City Hall has launched a new app based on the hit smartphone game "Pokemon Go" where users can "catch" famous Russian historical figures.
  • Pokemon Go banned in ancient Japanese shrine (2016-07-25 06:38:55)
    Izumo-taisha, one of the oldest Shinto shrines, has banned the game just days after its release in Japan.
  • Will these official Star Wars Battle Quads propel drones into the mainstream? (2016-07-25 06:36:44)
    The first ever genuine Star Wars drones are official and despite not going on sale until the fall and currently not being available to US fans even to reserve, the buzz they're creating can be heard in a galaxy far, far away.
  • SoftBank's robot Pepper to be rolled out in Taiwan later this year (2016-07-25 06:18:56)
    SoftBank Corp's human-like robot Pepper will be rolled out in Taiwan later this year with about 100 rented units making their appearance in some banks and Carrefour SA shops, executives handling Pepper's sales in the island said on Monday. Taiwan is set to become one of the first markets outside of Japan to launch Pepper, a key plank in SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son's vision of future technology centered on 'internet of things', a network of devices, vehicles and building sensors that collect and exchange data. The island is also home of the robot's contract maker Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co .
  • The Face of Mars: A Martian mystery turns 40 (2016-07-25 05:59:05)
    On this day: On 25 July 1976, Voyager 1 took a photograph of what appeared to be a humanoid face on the surface of Mars.
  • Nintendo reminds investors it didn't make Pokemon Go, stock plummets (2016-07-25 05:32:16)
    The company's share price more than doubled in the two weeks following the release of the augmented reality game -- but it dropped by 18 percent on Monday.
  • Titanium-gold alloy could lead to super-strong implants (2016-07-25 05:25:00)
  • Thai students use social media to stoke opposition to draft charter (2016-07-25 05:08:22)
    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai student protesters will use social media tools, from Facebook to Japanese messaging app Line, to persuade voters to reject a military-backed draft constitution, some of the activists said on Monday. The students rank among the most vocal critics of Thailand's military government ahead of an Aug. 7 referendum to approve a contentious draft constitution that critics fear could cement military control over civilian politics for years. The activists told Reuters social media campaigns offer an edge over street action, such as a protest on Sunday in the capital by 43 civil and student groups hemmed in by government limits on public assembly and campaigning.
  • What's new in Android Nougat (2016-07-25 04:59:49)
    After its first presentation in May 2016 at the Google I/0 conference, summer brings more news on the latest version of Android -- version 7.0, also known as Nougat -- ahead of its official launch this fall. Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system (84.1% market share for Q1 2016, according to Gartner), and also the OS most at risk from malware attacks. Android Nougat will help combat viruses by analyzing mobile devices each time they restart.
  • Ericsson ousts chief executive after months of criticism, shares soar (2016-07-25 04:48:25)
    By Sven Nordenstam STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson ousted Hans Vestberg as chief executive on Monday, a move led by major shareholders after months of criticism of Vestberg's leadership and pay. Chief Financial Officer Jan Frykhammar was named acting chief executive while the company searches for a successor to Vestberg, CEO since 2010, who leaves immediately. Spokespeople for investment companies Investor AB and Industrivarden, Ericsson's largest shareholders, said they were behind the board's move to let Vestberg go but declined to comment further.
  • OneDrive cribbed a lot from Google Photos for its new update (2016-07-25 03:44:00)
  • 'Pokemon Go' players stumble on hidden history (2016-07-25 03:05:29)
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Historical markers have long dotted the landscape, often barely noticed by passers-by — until they became treasure-filled stops this month on the "Pokemon Go" trail.
  • Pure hard technical skills will lose every time: National Blood Authority CIO (2016-07-25 02:54:07)
    As a smaller government department unable to compete with the big boys, the National Blood Authority is focused on culture building and soft skills.
  • Ericsson CEO Vestberg steps down with immediate effect (2016-07-25 02:49:45)
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson's Chief Executive Hans Vestberg has stepped down with immediate effect, the company said on Monday. Vestberg, who has been CEO since 2010, has come under fire in recent months, with Swedish media questioning his leadership and pay, particularly after weak quarterly results in April sent its share price down 15 percent in a single day. The CEO's departure comes days after the company reported that like-for-like sales had declined for a seventh consecutive quarter. ...
  • Nintendo shares dive as company plays down Pokemon GO's earnings impact (2016-07-25 02:31:26)
    By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Nintendo Co tumbled as much as 18 percent on Monday after the company said Pokemon GO would have a limited impact on its earnings - their biggest setback so far after a huge run-up on the smash-hit game. The Kyoto-based gaming company, which is due to report first-quarter results this week, surprised markets with a statement on Friday that income garnered through its 32 percent stake in affiliate Pokemon Company, which owns the licensing rights, would be limited and that it did not plan to revise its earnings outlook for now. "The market has overreacted to the Nintendo statement," said David Gibson, a senior analyst at Macquarie Securities Group, noting the game in Japan had broken records with 10 million downloads in one day.
  • Nintendo shares plummet after investors realize it doesn't make Pokémon Go (2016-07-25 02:15:10)
    Nintendo shares have skyrocketed since following Pokémon Go's release and instant transformation into global cultural phenomenon, but they fell dramatically today after investors realized that Nintendo doesn't actually make the game. Nintendo put out a statement after the close of trading on Friday pointing out that the bottom-line impact will be "limited" as it only owns 32 percent of The Pokémon Company, and that the game and its Pokémon Go Plus smartwatch peripheral have been accounted for in the company's current forecasts. Pokémon Go is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company and Niantic Labs, the developer who previously created the similar AR game Ingress as part of Google.
  • Roadmap says transistors will stop shrinking in 5 years (2016-07-25 01:53:00)
  • Hillary Clinton's new mobile app offers real-world rewards to her biggest supporters (2016-07-25 01:06:07)
    Hillary Clinton might be namedropping Pokémon Go on the campaign trail, but she'll also be hoping her supporters have some smartphone battery left for another app — her own. Clinton supporters Hillary for America launched Hillary 2016 on the App Store last night, an app that offers daily challenges and quizzes to Clinton supporters, as well as providing digital and physical rewards to volunteers who help organize and canvas for the Democratic candidate.
  • Farewell to VCRs: Japanese maker to shelve once-hit product (2016-07-25 00:37:27)
    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it's yanking the plug on the world's last video cassette recorder.
  • What's next for 'Pokémon Go'? Custom locations and more monsters (2016-07-25 00:25:00)
  • All 2017 Ford vehicles are getting CarPlay and Android Auto (2016-07-25 00:01:00)
  • Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade ends on July 29th (2016-07-24 23:21:00)
  • Pokemon Go perfect storm turns tiny park into suburban nightmare (2016-07-24 22:48:51)
    With thousands of avid Pokemon Go players flocking to the suburb of Rhodes in Sydney's inner west, the local council has petitioned Niantic for the removal of PokeStops.
  • Facebook, Twitter co-operated with Brazil probe of alleged militants (2016-07-24 22:44:05)
    The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects' use of both social networks. In an interview late Sunday with Fantastico, a weekly news program on the Globo television network, Judge Marcos Josegrei da Silva said cooperation by both companies, after a judicial order tied to the investigation, was instrumental to understand the nature of discussions carried out by the suspects, a 12th of whom was detained late Sunday. Spokesmen for Facebook and Twitter declined to comment on specifics of the case.
  • China's Huawei says first-half sales revenue rose 40 percent year-on-year (2016-07-24 22:34:51)
    Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], one of the world's largest telecoms equipment makers, on Monday posted a 40 percent rise in first-half sales revenue and said it would "maintain current momentum" this year. Sales revenue reached 245.5 billion yuan ($36.8 billion) in the first six months of 2016, the company said in a statement. The Shenzhen-based private company, which competes with Sweden's Ericsson for the top spot in the global market for telecoms equipment, did not elaborate in its brief statement.
  • DNC head resigns over WikiLeak email dump (2016-07-24 21:50:14)
    ​Debbie Wasserman Schultz gives up her post after emails are released showing Democratic National Committee officials worked to undermine Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.
  • NASA wants more private uses of the International Space Station (2016-07-24 21:50:00)
  • Nintendo shares plunge, company says Pokemon GO's earnings impact limited (2016-07-24 21:42:36)
    Shares of Nintendo Co tumbled as much as 18 percent early on Monday after the company said smash-hit mobile game Pokemon GO would have only a limited impact on its earnings. Nintendo said after the market closed on Friday that it had already factored in anticipated revenues from its Pokemon GO Plus device - an accessory worn on the wrist to alert players of nearby monsters to catch - and that it had no plans to revise its annual earnings forecasts for now. Nintendo said its affiliate Pokemon Co receives licensing and fees from the game's developer, Niantic Inc, and that profits at Nintendo from those revenues would be limited.
  • 5 things we learned from San Diego Comic-Con 2016 (2016-07-24 21:26:19)
    In addition to geek event staples like cosplayers and superhero movie leaks, there were some key thematic takeaways. For one, the '90s are back.
  • Prisma's neural net-powered photo app arrives on Android (2016-07-24 20:23:00)
  • Pokemon Go team leaders' names revealed, Eevee evolution trick confirmed (2016-07-24 20:16:54)
    Joining Team Mystic, Instinct or Valor? Then meet Blanche, Spark or Candela respectively, introduced at San Diego Comic-Con.
  • Pokemon Go gets big Comic-Con stage, creator talks success and future (2016-07-24 20:05:59)
    By Piya Sinha-Roy SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - The creator of the wildly popular Pokemon Go gaming app received the celebrity treatment on Sunday at the final day of San Diego's annual Comic-Con, as he discussed the viral popularity and future of the game. John Hanke, founder of Niantic Labs and developer of Pokemon Go, was welcomed with loud applause from more than 6,500 fans on a stage usually reserved for star-studded presentations from movie studios and TV networks. Hanke said the global popularity of the game, which incorporates colorful animated creatures from Nintendo's Pokemon universe into the real world using augmented reality (AR) and Google mapping technology, had been "mind-blowing." The game, released July 6, was evolved from an earlier Niantic Labs AR app game called Ingress, which Hanke said has also gained in popularity after the release of Pokemon Go.
  • Everyone's making fun of Pokémon Go's Team Instinct leader (2016-07-24 19:57:26)
    Obviously it's Mystic, but we learned today that Team Instinct really has it rough. Designs for each of the three teams' leaders have finally been unveiled, and the consensus is that Mystic and Valor are run by badasses, while Instinct is run by a total dweeb. Some people are making fun of Instinct's leader, Spark, on his lameness alone.
  • Watch 'South Park' creators explain why their next game is better (2016-07-24 18:58:00)
  • New faces highlight roster of DC shows on The CW this fall (2016-07-24 18:57:00)
    The DC/CW panels in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con doled out some details about the shows before they roll out this fall and showed off a lot of cast camaraderie, too.
  • Pokémon Go will eventually add new pokémon and customizable pokéstops (2016-07-24 18:52:54)
    The panel was a simple back and forth between John Hanke, Niantic's CEO and founder, and Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick, the moderator. Hanke discussed the game's rollout over the past two weeks (frequently noting Niantic's work on server issues) and touched briefly on where the game is going in the future. Perhaps most exciting for newer Pokémon fans, Hanke said that new generations of creatures would eventually make their way into the game.
  • Microsoft drops Xbox One price to $250 (2016-07-24 18:36:10)
    No doubt making room for its upcoming slim version, Microsoft brings down the price of its original Xbox One in time for summer heat waves.
  • New 'Sherlock' trailer offers season 4 clues (2016-07-24 18:23:33)
    New mysteries await Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes. But is his nemesis James Moriarty back from the dead, or does a more dangerous foe have sights on the Great Detective?
  • 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' comeback lands at Netflix (2016-07-24 17:34:00)
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Joel Hodgson on the undying appeal of mocking bad movies (2016-07-24 17:18:16)
    When Joel Hodgson announced a Kickstarter campaign to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000, the 1990s cult cable show he’d created and starred in, the internet basically melted down. The show’s combination of bad B-movies and relentless riffing had earned it an active underground fan base, and in the 17 years since its demise MST3K had continued to live on thanks to word of mouth and online chatter. Fans helped the campaign blast past its original $2 million goal, eventually raising nearly $5.8 million, turning it into the biggest crowdfunded video project on Kickstarter.
  • DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns after email leak (2016-07-24 17:07:45)
    Just days after WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 e-mails from the Democratic National Committee, chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned. Since the leak, the comittee has come under intense criticism over the contents of those e-mails, which have suggested an organizational bias against the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders during this year’s primary season. Wasserman Schultz will step down as chairwoman once this coming week’s Democratic Convention ends.
  • Lightsaber battles are as fun and fantastic in real life (2016-07-24 16:46:53)
    Last night, well over a hundred people gathered in San Diego's Balboa Park, a short drive from Comic-Con, for an epic lightsaber battle on a scale not seen since the fight in Attack of the Clones. The event was hosted by the Underground Lightsaber Fighters, a group that started up in January and has been hosting monthly lightsaber tournaments ever since. The group's founder, Nick Murico, says he started the event figuring he "could probably make a dozen new friends." But after creating the original Facebook group, he says, more than 100 responses came in overnight.
  • New 'Lego Batman Movie' trailer reveals Robin's hilarious origins (2016-07-24 16:25:16)
    Batman may team up with fellow superheroes Superman and Wonder Woman, but it's his interactions with sidekick Robin we can't wait to see in the upcoming Lego movie.
  • Scientists capture rare images of wolverine in Sierra Nevada (2016-07-24 16:23:53)
    TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Scientists following up on a rare wolverine sighting in the Sierra Nevada set up cameras and captured video of the animal scurrying in the snow, scaling a tree and chewing on bait.
  • This short documentary shows how astronomers hope to find the next habitable planets (2016-07-24 16:22:07)
    Just a couple of decades ago, the very idea that there were other planets orbiting stars throughout the universe was something that belonged to science fiction. The short documentary The Search for Earth Proxima outlines the breakthroughs that have led us to these discoveries, and how a group of astronomers plan to look for habitable planets in our neighborhood. It’s hard to detect these Earth-like planets: they’re extremely faint — one astronomer likened it to trying to spot a firefly in a spotlight from ten miles away.
  • Ben Heck's Nintendo PlayStation prototype teardown, part 1 (2016-07-24 16:15:00)
  • Tourist told us he wants a world with no emoji at Panorama (2016-07-24 15:46:53)
    The Verge is posted up at the Panorama festival in New York City this weekend, which means we're surrounded by musicians — and we got some of them to talk to us. William Phillips, who records ambient electronic jams under the moniker Tourist, stopped by The Verge lounge backstage to talk about texting, emoji, and why he doesn't like Elon Musk.
  • Prisma is now out on Android (2016-07-24 15:29:35)
    Prisma, the sensationally popular iOS photo manipulation app that's been second only to Pokémon Go in terms of summer hype, has now arrived on Android. The Google Play Store has been plagued by sketchy knockoffs of this excellent new app, so it's a welcome relief to have the authentic app now up and running. Prisma's makers say they've ported over all the iOS functionality, so there shouldn't be any difference in user experience or capabilities.
  • Clinton camp accuses Russians of releasing DNC emails to help Trump (2016-07-24 15:27:43)
    Clinton campaign says Russian hackers are to blame for WikiLeaks release of emails showing the Democratic National Committee favored Clinton over Sanders in the primaries.
  • Verizon to announce $5 billion deal to buy Yahoo on Monday: source (2016-07-24 15:24:43)
    (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will announce an agreement on Monday to buy Yahoo Inc for about $5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The deal will end months of uncertainty about Yahoo's future after the company announced plans to review strategic alternatives in February. Yahoo and Verizon both declined to comment.
  • Kendrick Lamar set the crowd on fire at Panorama (2016-07-24 15:16:16)
    Kendrick Lamar took the main stage at the inaugural Panorama festival in New York City on Saturday night, to the biggest crowd Randall's Island has seen thus far this weekend. Performing with a full band, Lamar blasted through favorites from 2012's good kid, m.A.A.d city, and got fans jumping to "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" and "Money Trees." He even dropped a few classics from his 2011 breakout mixtape Section .80 — including not one but two renditions of "A.D.H.D." By the time he and his ensemble moved on to 2015's groundbreaking To Pimp A Butterfly, the crowd was on fire. The Verge has partnered up with the Panorama music, art, and technology festival taking place in New York City this July.
  • Original Xbox One drops to $249 (2016-07-24 14:58:00)
  • Microsoft cuts Xbox One price to $249 (2016-07-24 14:52:29)
    Microsoft is cutting the price of its Xbox One console to $249. Retailers like Best Buy and Amazon will be selling Microsoft's Xbox One console at the new $249 price point immediately, and the software giant says the consoles will be available at $249 "while supplies last." Microsoft's aggressive Xbox One pricing follows a sales gap between its console and Sony's PlayStation 4. Sony has sold more than 40 million PS4s, but it's not clear exactly how many Xbox Ones have been sold as Microsoft hasn't provided sales figures for quite some time.
  • Delicate Steve told us all about his cousins at Panorama (2016-07-24 14:40:13)
    The Verge has been hanging out with some of the incredible musicians playing the Panorama festival in New York City this weekend, and we're broadcasting our conversations with them live on Facebook. Keep it locked to The Verge this weekend for more VR experimentation, behind-the-scenes photos, and live conversations with the musicians who are making Panorama possible.
  • Pokemon Go has taken over Comic-Con (2016-07-24 14:33:28)
    At San Diego's annual pop culture fest, whose lifeblood is unapologetic obsession, the smartphone game is the fixation of the year.
  • Here's the first teaser for Sherlock season four (2016-07-24 14:29:36)
    Sherlock's next season is supposed to be just about done filming, which means that now — the day of Sherlock's Comic-Con panel — is the perfect moment for a first look. The BBC put out a dark and tense initial teaser today that shows Benedict Cumberbatch back in action as Sherlock Holmes and plays up the mystery around Moriarty's potential survival. It's not much, but it's the first time we've seen Sherlock back in the world of Sherlock in over two years, since his last appearance largely took place in Victorian London.
  • Scenes from Panorama, day 2: Kendrick Lamar, Blood Orange, and Ex Hex — together on one island (2016-07-24 14:14:29)
    The Panorama festival in New York City ramped up on Saturday — and so did the blistering heat. Early high-energy performances by D.C. garage band Ex Hex, and Brooklyn's Caveman woke up the early birds who managed to get to Randall's Island before the sun went down. As festivalgoers were treated to an incredible sunset over the East River, they wandered from Sufjan Stevens' neon disco party to Kendrick Lamar's packed set at the main Panorama Stage before shuffling off to the ferry home.
  • Reporter plays Pokemon Go during State Department ISIS briefing (2016-07-24 13:57:46)
    Technically Incorrect: A journalist admits to a State Department spokesman that he's keeping one eye on the game.
  • 'Star Trek: Discovery' gets its first teaser at Comic-Con (2016-07-24 13:48:00)
  • Airbnb sues hometown San Francisco over rental regulation (2016-07-24 13:46:41)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco wants people who rent out their homes through Airbnb and other online platforms to follow some rules, and it wants the platforms to advertise only those rule-abiding listings — or face steep fines.
  • Verizon to announce $5 billion deal to buy Yahoo Monday: source (2016-07-24 13:29:07)
    (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will announce an agreement on Monday to buy Yahoo Inc for about $5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The deal will end months of uncertainty about Yahoo's future after the company announced plans to review strategic alternatives in February. Yahoo was not immediately available, and Verizon declined to comment.
  • 'Suicide Squad' rocks as worst heroes ever in new remix trailer (2016-07-24 12:46:30)
    See the Joker, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and the rest of the unhinged members from Task Force X in the newest "Suicide Squad" trailer, featuring music from the movie soundtrack.
  • Trump's new Twitter ad boasts about how much applause he got (2016-07-24 12:30:31)
    Technically Incorrect: Did you know that those in the convention hall in Cleveland applauded 33 percent of the time. Now there's a belief in big data.
  • Solar Impulse 2 starts the last leg of its round-the-world flight (2016-07-24 12:29:00)
  • Watch Melissa McCarthy, Jeff Goldblum and Adam Sandler audition to play young Han Solo (2016-07-24 12:12:01)
    Team Coco After over 3,000 people auditioned for the role of a young Han Solo, the role went to Alden Ehrenreich, who will star in the upcoming standalone Star Wars film set to be released in 2018. Conan O’Brian decided to have some fun with imagining what some of the rejected auditions might have looked like.O’Brien got a whole bunch of actors to give him their own take on the character, including Bill Hader, Will Arnett, Melissa McCarthy, Jeff Goldblum, Adam Sandler, 50 Cent and others. The results are probably a bit different than what LucasFilm was looking for.
  • Brie Larson to star as Carol Danvers in 'Captain Marvel' (2016-07-24 12:09:38)
    Marvel reveals that the Oscar winner will play the lead in the upcoming superhero film, "Captain Marvel."
  • Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date (2016-07-24 11:45:48)
    It's time to mark your calendars, folks. According to reputable leaker Evan Blass, Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 7 is set to hit store shelves on Friday, September 16th. Word of the not-yet-official release date originally came via a tweet from Blass indicating that Apple was going to release the device during the week of September 12. In turn, there was some initial confusion as to whether or not the week of September 12 referred to the product's unveiling or the actual launch event. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 won’t have a headphone jack, but Apple has a trick up its sleeve to keep you happy Clearing things up, Blass published a follow-up tweet on Saturday in order to address any confusion. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/756941371416518656 Given Apple's previous iPhone release history, not to mention Blass' impressive track record regarding these types of rumors, it's a safe bet that crowds will be lining up outside of Apple retail stores this coming September 16. As a quick refresher, recall that Apple released the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 on September 25 and September 9, respectively. With that release date in-hand, we can also deduce that the actual iPhone 7 unveiling will likely be about 10-14 days earlier. Looking at the calendar, it's not unreasonable to presume that Tim Cook and co. will get on stage either on September 6 or 7 and introduce Apple's next-gen smartphone to the world. Now as for what type of features the iPhone 7 will bring to the table, it's believed that Apple is saving its most jaw-dropping new features for the iPhone 7s (which may be called the iPhone 8). That notwithstanding, the iPhone 7 might very well be more interesting than many people are giving it credit for, in large part due to what may be a huge leap forward in camera technology. It's long been assumed that the iPhone 7 Plus will receive an advanced dual camera system, but recent product leaks indicate that the camera module on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 is significantly larger and protrudes to a greater degree than the module found on the iPhone 6s. And given how impressive the iPhone 6s camera is, it stands to reason that the camera on the iPhone 7 will be an absolute game-changer. As a quick point of interest, the following video purports to show what a leaked iPhone 7 looks like next to an iPhone 6s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqYQZrsKhDw What's more, rumors also indicate that Apple with the iPhone 7 will finally abandon the 16GB entry-level model. Instead, it's believed that the storage tiers for the iPhone 7 will be 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. While there have been some rumblings of a 256GB model being made available, those rumors have been sketchy at best. And of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that the iPhone 7  -- according to a number of credible reports -- will not ship with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, a controversial design decision to say the least. Consequently, Apple will likely ease us into that transition by providing a lightning to 3.5mm dongle (at no extra cost) inside every iPhone 7 box.
  • Watch a Tesla Model S hold its own in a drag race against a $250,000 McLaren 650S Spider (2016-07-24 11:30:11)
    When it comes to speed, Elon Musk and Tesla do not play around. Even Tesla detractors who aren't fans of the company can't help but admit and admire the fact that Tesla cars are insanely and impressively fast. Indeed, a completely tricked out performance model Tesla -- the Tesla Model S P90D in Ludicrous Mode -- is one of the fastest production cars in terms of 0-60 speed out on the market. But what happens when a Tesla goes head to head with a legit super car, say a McLaren 650S Spider? Nothing but a whole a lot of fun and excitement, that's what. DON'T MISS:  Pokemon Go: Google Maps hack makes it easier than ever to find Pokemon Recently, the folks over at Autocar matched up Tesla's newly redesigned Tesla Model S P85D against a McLaren and posted the video for our viewing enjoyment. Now to be fair, it's not exactly a fair matchup given that a McLaren 650S Spider costs upwards of $250,000, which is more than double the cost of what you're likely to pay for a top of the line Model S. But hey, when it comes to drag racing videos, part of the fun is matching up cars that have no business racing each other in the first place. Now it's worth noting that this matchup isn't fair for another reason: the race takes place on a wet track. As many viewers of the video have pointed out, Tesla's AWD has a distinct advantage over the McLaren's RWD. Suffice it to say, if this race had gone down on a completely dry track, the Model S would have been blown out the water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AssSdA77GMU&feature=share
  • Russia will not face a blanket ban at the Rio Olympics (2016-07-24 11:15:21)
    Today, the International Olympic Committee said individual sports federations will be responsible for barring Russian athletes from this summer's games in Rio. The ruling comes just 12 days before the start of the games, and the call is now left to the 28 federations that oversee individual sports at the Olympics. While the IOC Executive Board has deferred the decision to the individual federations, they have taken a firm stance on the participation of Russian athletes.
  • 11 things we learned from 'Star Trek Beyond' (2016-07-24 11:00:07)
    It's more Trek than it looks, and it's all about Brexit. Here's what we learned from the new Star Trek movie. Spoilers on the starboard bow, captain!
  • The After Math: She blinded me with science (2016-07-24 11:00:00)
  • The Verge Review of Animals: the chicken supreme (2016-07-24 10:00:03)
    Thomas Vlerick This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.Some people ask, what came first, the chicken or the egg? To me, that question is akin to asking whether basketball or Michael Jordan came first. The answer, in both cases, is that the later thing redefined the earlier thing to the point of fundamentally transforming it. ...
  • Tesla's plan for world domination, and more in the week that was (2016-07-24 10:00:00)
  • Additional testing rules Colorado town’s water THC free (2016-07-24 09:51:49)
    Residents of Hugo, Colorado can resume drinking their tap water. After additional testing by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, no trace of the chemical was found. Officials began testing Hugo’s water after a local company had conducted their own test following a round of drug testing with its employees.
  • Additional testing rules Colorado town's water THC free (2016-07-24 09:51:49)
    Residents of Hugo, Colorado can resume drinking their tap water. After additional testing by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, no trace of the chemical was found. Officials began testing Hugo’s water after a local company had conducted their own test following a round of drug testing with its employees.
  • Egypt cleric says too much Pokemon Go could be dangerous (2016-07-24 09:48:56)
    CAIRO (AP) — A leading Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric has warned against the dangers of playing too much of the wildly popular mobile phone application "Pokemon Go," adding to Mideast religious voices that have sometimes been sterner in their critique of the game.
  • 6 incredibly rare Pokemon that are currently impossible to find in Pokemon Go (2016-07-24 09:00:04)
    On Thursday morning, one intrepid Pokemon Go player took to Reddit to announce that he had caught every Pokemon currently available to catch in North America. That amounts to 142 Pokemon, but at launch, the game was expected to feature the entire original selection of 151 pocket monsters. So where are the other 9? DON'T MISS:  Pokemon Go: Google Maps hack makes it easier than ever to find Pokemon Three of the Pokemon missing from this player's Pokedex actually can be found in the wild, but they're thought to be exclusive to certain regions. Farfetch’d can supposedly be found in Asia, Kangaskhan in Australia and Mr. Mime in Europe. So although you can catch these Pokemon, you're going to have to book a flight. That leaves six other Pokemon that the North American completionist hasn't found yet: Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo and Mew. We still don't know when or where we'll be able to find them, but here's what we know about them, according to their descriptions from Pokemon.com : Ditto Ditto rearranges its cell structure to transform itself into other shapes. However, if it tries to transform itself into something by relying on its memory, this Pokémon manages to get details wrong. Articuno Articuno is a legendary bird Pokémon that can control ice. The flapping of its wings chills the air. As a result, it is said that when this Pokémon flies, snow will fall. Zapdos Zapdos is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokémon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts. Moltres Moltres is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control fire. If this Pokémon is injured, it is said to dip its body in the molten magma of a volcano to burn and heal itself. Mewtwo Mewtwo is a Pokémon that was created by genetic manipulation. However, even though the scientific power of humans created this Pokémon's body, they failed to endow Mewtwo with a compassionate heart. Mew Mew is said to possess the genetic composition of all Pokémon. It is capable of making itself invisible at will, so it entirely avoids notice even if it approaches people. At this point, you're probably asking yourself: "Where can I find these rare and legendary Pokemon?!" While we don't have an answer for you,  Kotaku notes that the original trailer for Pokemon Go showed dozens of trainers gathered in Times Square, all trying to capture Mewtwo at once. Some believe that this is an indication that developer Niantic will host in-game events that will allow players to catch legendary creatures for a limited amount of time. We'll keep an eye out and will be sure to let you know the minute that a legendary Pokemon actually can be caught in Pokemon Go .
  • The Road to Philly: DNC delegates turn to crowdfunding (2016-07-24 08:00:10)
    Like their candidates, delegates to the convention are turning to the internet and social media to help raise money.
  • An Aliens superfan proposed to his girlfriend in front of James Cameron at Comic-Con (2016-07-24 08:00:03)
    The panel brought together Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, and the majority of the film's cast: Sigourney Weaver (Ripley), Michael Biehn (Hicks), Carrie Henn (Newt), Bill Paxton (Hudson), Paul Reiser (Burke), and Lance Henriksen (the android Bishop, who just coincidentally has the best character name in film history). Giving credit to the make-up effects by the late Stan Winston, Cameron described how the early tests for the Alien Queen were done in a parking lot, using nothing more than ski poles and black garbage bags to prove that the puppeteering system they had in mind would actually work.
  • 'Star Wars' drones can do aerial stunts and shoot lasers (2016-07-24 07:02:00)
  • China rolls out world's largest amphibious aircraft (2016-07-24 03:16:35)
    BEIJING (AP) — An official news agency says China has unveiled the world's largest amphibious aircraft that Beijing plans to use for marine missions and fighting forest fires.
  • Regulator: Tesla crash shouldn't hinder self-driving research (2016-07-24 01:58:00)
  • The new Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming to Netflix (2016-07-24 01:40:13)
    Joel Hodgson's Kickstarter campaign to bring back the TV cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 broke records earlier this year, but up until know it still wasn't clear where the 14 new episodes he was making would end up. Today we have an answer: Netflix. The service announced the news via a simple tweet today, around the same time a panel for the new MST3K was kicking off at San Diego Comic-Con. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix will be the home for the series in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Newest X-Men entry 'Legion' is a...brainscrambler (2016-07-24 00:46:37)
    And it looks like it might rock our world.
  • Marvel reveals more mysteries in second 'Doctor Strange' trailer (2016-07-24 00:05:10)
    See Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme using magic to tackle mayhem caused by a supernatural enemy.
  • Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o join 'Black Panther' cast (2016-07-23 23:56:49)
    Jordan, Nyong'o and Danai Gurira join Marvel's "Black Panther" cast alongside Chadwick Boseman. Learn more about their characters in a new featurette. Plus, a new logo.
  • FCC chief asks telcos to offer free robocall blocking services (2016-07-23 23:45:00)
  • 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' gets modern feel, lock, stock and throne (2016-07-23 23:36:58)
    In his signature style, director Guy Ritchie reimagines the legend of King Arthur as a rough-around-the-edges bloke who just wants what's rightfully his -- the throne.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy are set to break out of Disney's California Adventure Park (2016-07-23 23:06:30)
    Disney is getting its own, special "bunch of a-holes" in real life.
  • Brie Larson will star in Marvel's Captain Marvel (2016-07-23 22:15:01)
    Marvel finally has its Captain Marvel. The House of Ideas announced at Comic-Con today that Brie Larson, who just won an Academy Award for her turn in Room, will star as Carol Danvers, the company's first leading female superhero. With Larson in the role, Marvel Studios can finally start making moves to correct its deeply white and deeply male Avengers roster.
  • 'Gears of War 4' will have plenty of PC-specific features (2016-07-23 22:14:00)
  • Star Trek's William Shatner on Leonard Nimoy: 'He was my brother' (2016-07-23 21:46:33)
    At San Diego Comic-Con, the man who played Capt. Kirk opens up about his friendship with the man who played Mr. Spock.
  • Two new Sonic games seek to recapture the glory days (2016-07-23 21:36:46)
    Sonic Mania, announced at Comic-Con, focuses on reimagining classic levels, while a new Sonic adventure features both retro and modern versions of Sonic.
  • Watch the first full trailer for Marvel's Doctor Strange (2016-07-23 21:29:26)
    Marvel's already had quite a Comic-Con thanks to its three upcoming Netflix series — and that was all before Marvel's panel actually started. Now it's rolling out the the big names, and one trailer that's getting shared outside of Hall H is for Doctor Strange. This is Marvel's first full trailer for Doctor Strange, following up a teaser it released in April.
  • A Pokémon Go bar crawl was one of the best events at Comic-Con (2016-07-23 21:15:04)
    If you were in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter last night, you couldn't have missed the hordes of Pokémon Trainers walking around in the game's distinctive red, yellow, and blue caps. Hundreds of people had come together just outside the convention center to drink and play Pokémon Go, as part of an unofficial bar crawl put together over Facebook. Teasdale (seen right in the tweet above) is the Pokémon fan who put together Friday night's event.
  • The Lego Batman Movie's latest hilarious new trailer introduces Robin (2016-07-23 21:03:42)
    This movie is looking more amazing with each passing moment. The latest trailer for The Lego Batman Movie just hit the web, and it adds a whole lot of new footage from the pair of teaser trailers that arrived earlier this year.
  • Scenes from Panorama, day 1: so hot, but so cool (2016-07-23 20:50:07)
    When we look back at the first day of the inaugural Panorama festival here in New York City, we're going to remember one thing above all else: the heat. Arcade Fire brought everyone back to life just as they could've been fading at the end of the night. The Verge's James Bareham spent the afternoon posted up at the Panorama Stage, where he captured Friday night's biggest names (and the fans who watched them) in all of their sweaty glory.
  • Ben Heck powers on the Nintendo PlayStation's CD drive (2016-07-23 20:50:00)
  • Flosstradamus told us the past has no chill at Panorama (2016-07-23 20:44:49)
    James Bareham
  • Jai Wolf told us Damn Daniel is his favorite meme at Panorama (2016-07-23 20:34:15)
    James Bareham
  • New 'Fantastic Beasts' trailer conjures good look at Congress (2016-07-23 20:26:46)
    The latest "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" trailer, released at Comic-Con, also offers a longer peek at Colin Farrell, who plays Percival Graves.
  • 'Star Trek: Discovery' is name of new Trek series, featuring a new ship, the USS Discovery (2016-07-23 20:22:37)
    The title of the 2017 CBS TV series is revealed at Comic-Con, along with a new spacecraft for the Trek crew.
  • Apple weathers anti-U.S. demo in China, where patriotic protests snowball (2016-07-23 20:12:55)
    Apple Inc found itself on the receiving end of a small, short-lived anti-U.S. protest this week in China, the tech firm's biggest overseas market and a country where foreign firms have suffered damaging boycotts following international spats. A handful of unofficial Apple stores were picketed and social media users encouraged each other to destroy their Apple goods, in a rare instance of the tech firm being targeted as a symbol of perceived injustice following an international ruling against Chinese territorial claims. "There's not much Apple or any other foreign firm can do to prevent such patriotic protests," said analyst Nicole Peng at researcher Canalys, who sees no impact to Apple's sales from the recent protest.
  • First 'Kong: Skull Island' trailer is chilling in the best way (2016-07-23 20:11:58)
    Explosions, gunfights and tears break out on this "joyride."
  • Algiers told us they want a robot to scratch their backs at Panorama (2016-07-23 20:11:44)
    James Bareham
  • Watch the first trailer for FX's X-Men series, Legion (2016-07-23 20:02:01)
    FX has released an eclectic first trailer for Legion, a new X-Men series from Marvel. The show follows a character named David Haller, who comic fans know as the mutant Legion. This series seems to be starting off with Legion's origin story, letting Haller discover the world of mutants and then become part of it.
  • Yahoo must explain how it got a drug trafficker's deleted email (2016-07-23 19:21:00)
  • The solar system prepares for war in the first teaser for The Expanse's second season (2016-07-23 19:06:33)
    The Expanse is one of the best science fiction shows on the Syfy channel since Battlestar Galactica, and we’ve been excited to see more of the show ever since the end of the first season. The cast and crew gathered at San Diego Comic-Con, where they gave us our first glimpse of what’s to come. The Syfy channel released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming second season, and it looks amazing.
  • CBS unveils Star Trek Discovery and a first look at its ship (2016-07-23 18:39:41)
    At long, long last, Star Trek is making its way back to TV, and today we're getting a first look. Alongside this afternoon's Star Trek panel at Comic-Con, CBS put out a teaser showing the new series' subject: a new Starfleet ship called the USS Discovery. The show is also getting a proper name today, Star Trek Discovery.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them goes surprisingly political in latest trailer (2016-07-23 18:26:43)
    A new trailer for the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered at San Diego Comic-Con today. While it shows off all the fantastic new parts of J.K. Rowling’s American wizarding world, it also comes with a message that is surprisingly relevant this election season. The trailer has some material that we’ve seen before: Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander arrives in 1926 New York City along with a suitcase full of magical creatures.
  • 'Legends of the Hidden Temple' TV-movie trailer debuts at Comic-Con (2016-07-23 18:03:04)
    Nickelodeon's '90s game show turned TV movie features all kinds of reimagined nods to its source material, including scary temple guards, the Steps of Knowledge and the infamously difficult Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
  • Google Play starts showing apps' actual download sizes (2016-07-23 17:52:00)
  • Harley Quinn cosplayers are taking over Comic-Con (2016-07-23 17:36:02)
    Harley Quinn seems to be everywhere at this year's Comic-Con. If you walk the show floor for even a few minutes, you're pretty much guaranteed to pass a Quinn cosplayer — probably dressed in Margot Robbie's tattered Suicide Squad-style getup. Quinn may be having a resurgence thanks to Suicide Squad, but one group here at Comic-Con has been celebrating the character for years.
  • DC faces renewed backlash over Batgirl in animated Batman: The Killing Joke (2016-07-23 17:30:18)
    The upcoming animated adaptation of DC's The Killing Joke is already causing controversy ahead of its release. Based on the 1988 graphic novel by Alan Moore, the original story is deemed a classic by fans but widely derided for its depiction violence against women. During the panel for the movie at San Diego Comic-Con, the creators of the movie sought to depict the film in a positive light.
  • Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword takes a legend to the streets (2016-07-23 17:03:46)
    The first trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword looks like it’s going to be absolutely nuts.Guy Ritchie has made a name for himself with films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Sherlock Holmes, and he’s carried that same distinctive dialogue and visual style over to the Arthurian legend. Charlie Hunnam plays a rough-and-tumble Arthur who grew up in the streets, only to discover that his birthright was stolen from him.
  • Cyanogen reportedly cuts jobs as it changes course (2016-07-23 16:49:00)
  • New 'Justice League' teaser debuts -- and it's almost funny? (2016-07-23 16:30:37)
    Our first official look at the team inspires more confidence, but it still doesn't show off the big guy(s).
  • The villains are a force to be reckoned with in the final Suicide Squad trailer (2016-07-23 16:15:23)
    Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 5th, and during the mega film panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. released a new, slick trailer for the film. The film comes right on the heels of our first look at Wonder Woman and The Justice League, which collectively gives us some hope that the DC movie franchise is finally gaining its footing.
  • 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is bringing the fiery Ghost Rider to life (2016-07-23 16:12:13)
    At Comic-Con, showrunners unveil the newest cast member, discuss season 4 developments and share some of the show's lighthearted moments.
  • Kong: Skull Island gets its terrifying first trailer (2016-07-23 16:09:51)
    Legendary Pictures
  • 'Wonder Woman' gets a badass official trailer (2016-07-23 15:58:02)
    Finally! Women are kicking ass and taking names in the first full-length trailer for the 2017 DC film.
  • The first Justice League trailer is here, and it actually looks great (2016-07-23 15:49:23)
    Here at Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder debuted the first trailer for his upcoming film Justice League, and here's the shocker: it actually looks fantastic. The trailer starts with Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne, hunting down Aquaman, presumably putting together the team of warriors that Warner Bros. hopes will be its answer to The Avengers. While Man of Steel and its sequel have been largely criticized by their dour, dismal feel, Justice League seems to be taking a cue from Suicide Squad.
  • The 'Station' desk cradles your body and gut-punches your wallet (2016-07-23 15:35:00)
  • Here's the first image of the Justice League together at last (2016-07-23 15:34:19)
    Zack Snyder surprised Hall H at Comic-Con today by announcing he had something special for fans chomping at the bit for Justice League, next year's crossover epic. That special something is the first hi-res image of the entire Justice League united. Here we have the Flash, a smiling Superman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Aquaman assembled and ready to take on all comers. Consider us impressed. Justice League hits theaters next year.
  • Watch the first trailer for Wonder Woman (2016-07-23 15:10:42)
    Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for next year's Wonder Woman movie during its massive Hall H panel here at San Diego Comic-Con. Director Patty Jenkins took the stage to talk about the film, and how important Wonder Woman is as a character and as a superhero. Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, follows Princess Diana of Themyscira as she joins the fight for global peace during World War I. Jenkins described Gadot as perfect for the role, proclaiming, "Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman." And... well, yeah! Gadot is joined by Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor, Diana's lover during the conflict. Wonder Woman hits theaters next summer.
  • The 2016 RNC was celebratory and friendly, both online and off (2016-07-23 14:30:00)
  • Pokemon GO blamed for illegal border crossing from Canada to U.S. (2016-07-23 14:15:52)
    (Reuters) - Two youths unaware of their surroundings when they were playing Pokemon GO on their cell phones made an illegal border crossing this week from Canada into the United States in a remote part of Montana, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said. The two, who were not identified, were found by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Thursday, with their attention affixed to their phones as they were trying to hunt down cartoon characters on a journey that took them over the border. "Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon GO games that they lost track of where they were," said Michael Rappold, a spokesman for the agency.
  • I was Harley in 'Suicide Squad' thanks to VR (2016-07-23 14:01:18)
    Warner Bros. and Samsung Electronics tap virtual reality to immerse you in the set of the highly anticipated DC film.
  • Honoring Spock: Adam Nimoy on his father's legacy at Star Trek's 50th anniversary (2016-07-23 14:00:25)
    Leonard Nimoy was so familiar that you’ve probably seen his legacy, even if you never watched an episode of the original Star Trek. In Spock, he created the prototypical Vulcan, logical and detached to a fault, but also full of deep and complex emotion — particularly toward his friend, Captain James T. Kirk. Filmmaker Adam Nimoy originally set out to make a documentary with his father about the importance of Spock in popular culture.
  • Chuck Wendig's final Aftermath novel will help set up The Force Awakens (2016-07-23 13:57:22)
    Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chuck Wendig has been working to explore the post-Return of the Jedi era with his Aftermath trilogy. During the Star Wars publishing panel at San Diego Comic-Con, he dropped a few cryptic hints as to what we can expect in the trilogy's final installment, Aftermath: Empire’s End, and how it ties into the new films. Wendig's Aftermath trilogy is part of the new continuity that the Star Wars Story Group has been setting up in place of the franchise’s Expanded Universe.
  • ACLU praises new Illinois limits on cellphone surveillance (2016-07-23 13:52:32)
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new Illinois law limits how police can devices that cast a wide net in gathering cellphone data and are at the center of a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department.
  • New in our buyer's guide: All the phones (just the good ones) (2016-07-23 12:30:00)
  • How to upgrade to Windows 10, while also getting heroically drunk (2016-07-23 12:00:58)
    You know you should upgrade to Windows 10 this weekend. The latest version of Windows, which is faster, more secure and more useful than its predecessor, is only a free upgrade until next weekend. After that, you'll have to pay $120 for a piece of software, which is unconscionable. However, all the facts in the world don't disguise the truth that updating an operating system is always awful. Windows 10 promises you "all your stuff will be just where you left it!" which is basically a lie. Luckily there's a solution: alcohol. So sit back, crack a cold one (or 12), and get ready for a software update, adult-style. DON'T MISS: I'm doing this update on a Friday evening. Evenings are good if you have people relying on you to be a sober, functioning adult during regular times. If you're a pantsless work-from-homer like me, though, you can do whatever you want. The rules of this game: each Windows upgrade step is broken down, with each action assigned a number of drinks, based on the time/stress associated with the step. Use whatever drink you want, in whatever volume you want. Just please don't die. The first step, which should take you just two  sips , is to check your machine meets the requirements for upgrade. It needs at least a 1GHz CPU, 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB of RAM (64-bit), 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB of open hard drive space (64-bit) and a DirectX 9-capable video card. You can check these by going to  Windows Explorer, right-click My Computer, and click Properties.  Once you've confirmed that your computer can handle Windows 10, you need to check you're eligible for a free upgrade. Anyone running a legitimate version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 gets a free upgrade. Microsoft provides a guide for checking your version of Windows. I'm not putting a sip quantity here, because everyone should know what version of Windows they're running. You also need to update your PC to the latest version, and back up your files. Both of these are stressful activities, so I'm allocating  one drink  to this process. Just in case something goes wrong, I would back up your files before updating. In theory, neither Windows Update nor the upgrade to Windows 10 should touch your stuff. In practice, well...let's just say there's a difference between what happens in Microsoft's lab, and what happened to my old Dell laptop. You can use all sorts of backup software to make a complete backup if you so choose (here are some good ones); at a bare minimum, use a flash drive, external hard drive or cloud service like Dropbox to copy essential files and photos. This can be as simple as drag-and-drop the files onto a storage device. Once you've tackled that, you can check for updates. On Windows 7, go to  Control Panel-->System and Security-->Windows Update . On Windows 8, you can just type  "Windows Update" into the Start Menu search . Next, you need to actually begin the update process. The easiest, most universal way is to head to the Windows 10 download page. This will prompt you to download the Windows 10 installer. The program will check what device you want to install 10 on, ensure you meet all the system parameters, and download the install package. This will take  not less than one drink , but depending on your internet connection, you might need an entire bottle of wine. Once Windows is downloaded, you're ready to pull the trigger. The first thing you'll be presented with are the Windows License terms. If you actually want to read this, I don't know how much alcohol you'll need. A lot, probably. Assuming, like me, you do the  one-sip process of clicking Accept, you'll click through to the only page that really matters. You'll have three choices: keep personal files and apps, keep personal files, or nothing. Personally, I prefer to keep all the personal files and apps. There's a small chance that some of your programs might not work (Photoshop didn't transfer well for me), but uninstalling and reinstalling the program should fix that. On the final screen, you'll have your last chance to turn back. Once you hit install, the process can't be stopped. Make sure your PC is plugged into a power source, settle down with  two entire drinks , and wait the 15-20 minutes the install process should take. Your PC will reboot several times. Please don't panic/press the power button/otherwise screw with things. Assuming everything goes well and you don't have a power outage during installation, you should have a freshly installed, totally free copy of Windows 10. If you don't, well: at least you're pleasantly drunk.
  • The Woods is really a stealth Blair Witch Project reboot (2016-07-23 11:53:30)
    This is unexpected: The Woods, an upcoming found-footage horror film is going to be a direct sequel to the 1999 horror blockbuster The Blair Witch Project. The revelation was unveiled during the film's initial screening at San Diego Comic Con, which coincided with the film's real title: Blair Witch. Blair Witch picks up years after the events of the first film when one of its characters discovers footage that appears to show Heather Donahue, his long-lost sister and lead character of the original film.
  • Donuts in flight in first US-approved drone delivery (2016-07-23 11:44:04)
    "We're absolutely thrilled to have 7-Eleven, the largest convenience chain in the world, embracing new technologies and working with us at Flirtey to make drone delivery a reality for customers all over the world," said Flirtey chief executive Matt Sweeny. "This is just the first step in our collaboration with 7-Eleven.
  • Disfruta de un año en la vida de la Tierra a un millón de millas de distancia (2016-07-23 11:00:02)
    La NASA ofrece una mirada desde el espacio para darte una perspectiva única de nuestro planeta durante 12 meses.
  • 7-Eleven just made the first commercial delivery by drone (2016-07-23 10:22:23)
    Drone startup Flirtey recently partnered with convenience store chain 7-Eleven to make the first commercial delivery to a private residence in Reno, Nevada earlier this month. The delivery took place on July 11th when Flirtey flew an autonomous drone a mile from a 7-Eleven location to a private home in Reno. According to 7-Eleven, the initial delivery included a chicken sandwich, donuts, coffee, candy and Slurpees.
  • Recommended Reading: Social media's effect on the truth (2016-07-23 10:00:00)
  • Bojack Horseman rides again for a fourth season (2016-07-23 09:02:44)
    Netflix just started streaming the third season of its animated comedy BoJack Horseman, and it has announced that it has renewed the animated comedy for a fourth season. The show follows the exploits of BoJack Horseman, a washed-up actor in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals coexist. The latest season, which began streaming on July 22nd, dealt with BoJack coming to terms with earning an Oscar nomination for his work in a major film, and fallout that quickly followed.
  • 11 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week (2016-07-23 09:00:35)
    With Comic-Con in full swing in San Diego this week, we’ve already seen a bunch of exciting trailers for upcoming TV series. But now it’s time to check out some of the hottest trailers for future movies, and we have quite a few interesting ones for you. DON’T MISS: Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night A Tale of Love and Darkness Natalie Portman stars in A Tale of Love and Darkness . And we expect to get love and darkness set in Jerusalem during the second World War. Oh, and the movie marks the directorial debut of the actress, all the more reason to jot this title down. The movie comes out on August 19th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2Jd6COX9Q0 Citizen Soldier Opening August 30th, Citizen Soldier is an action/documentary about modern-day warfare, told from the point of view of US Army soldiers and based on actual real-life events in Afghanistan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d-BcfRGl7c Hands of Stone Robert de Niro in a movie about boxing? Sign me up. We’ve got de Niro playing trainer Ray Arcel and Edgar Ramirez playing Roberto Duran in Hands of Stone . The biography comes out August 26th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeP5YVVkQV8 London Road A musical with Tom Hardy? Color us confused. And excited. London Road is a crime story, with plenty of singing in it. In London. London Road . The movie comes out September 9th, and you should be on the lookout for it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGhXnl-fXgQ Operation Avalanche Snowden isn’t the only movie in this weekly trailer roundup that’s about spying. Operation Avalanche is particularly interesting, considering that it tells the story of four undercover CIA agents sent to NASA as a documentary film crew two years before a certain space mission. We won’t even spoil the trailer for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ6IPQ2lTeQ Snowden But of all the movies trailers we’re looking at today, Snowden is probably one of the most interesting ones, considering that it’s a story based on real-life events that only started happening a few years ago. This is likely to be the biggest story about spying and surveillance operations the world has ever seen, and the movie will try to explain it in a fun way. The best part about it is that we have no idea how this Snowden story ends. After all, it's not clear what will happen to the world-renowned whistleblower. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OVHjPCOb3c Suicide Squad Suicide Squad is one of the movies I’m looking forward this August, and not only do we have a final trailer for it , featuring the master puppeteers, but also clips featuring some of our favorite anti-heroes, including the Joker. Harley Quinn, and Deadshot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fep4KiwyQuk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biaR7ijyzNk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASg8ab9vluQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ngQXlRkF7M The Edge of Seventeen If you expect The Edge of Seventeen to be some high-school-based comedy/drama, then that’s exactly what this picture proposes. Hailee Steinfeld will show us what growing up means in today’s world, and Woody Harrelson will be there to help out. The movie comes out September 30th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2eR6j8eocE The Girl on the Train Based on the epic book of the same name, The Girl on the Train should be an exciting thriller this October, starring Emily Blunt. Here’s the latest trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5yk-HGqKmM The Magnificent Seven This remake of The Magnificent Seven comes with a promising cast. Who doesn’t want to see Denzel Washington partner up with Chris Pratt for some western agent? Add to this pair five more fine individuals, including Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier, and you end up with am brand new take on an old story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-RBA0xoaWU xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Yes, absolutely we missed xXx , and, yes, Xander Cage will return early next year. Premiering on January 20th, 2017, xXx: Return of Xander Cage has a first trailer you need to see. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stb7iIn1CDA
  • ICYMI: Bubba Watson builds a jetpack, Facebook flies its solar drone (2016-07-23 09:00:00)
  • Cancel your weekend plans and go watch 'Stranger Things' (2016-07-23 08:00:13)
    The new Netflix series blends classic King and Spielberg to create masterful contemporary television.
  • Pokemon No: All the ways you shouldn't play the latest app craze (2016-07-23 08:00:07)
    It's easy to find tips about how to catch the best Pokemon. But what you won't find is a list of all the hazardous ways people are playing Pokemon Go. Yes, there are wrong ways -- unfortunately.
  • ¿No tomas suficiente sol? Tus dientes te delatarán (2016-07-23 08:00:03)
    Investigadores de una universidad canadiense estudiaron la dentadura de cadáveres que datan de 1700 y 1800.
  • Could Sonic Mania be the best Sonic the Hedgehog game since the Genesis? (2016-07-23 01:55:44)
    There is a cycle that fans of Sonic the Hedgehog are all too familiar with, and it goes a little something like this. Sega announces a new game starring the hedgehog with attitude. Sega says all the right things.
  • Kaine you even? Tim Kaine could be the punniest VP pick ever (2016-07-23 01:55:31)
    Puns fly on Twitter as Hillary Clinton names Kaine her vice presidential candidate of choice. Or is that Kaindidate?
  • 'Project Sonic 2017' is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo NX (2016-07-23 01:20:00)
  • Celeb hacker who stole nude images gets six months in prison (2016-07-22 23:59:00)
  • Paramount signs up to release more movies with DTS:X audio (2016-07-22 23:44:00)
  • Jawbone's top product executive has left, as company shifts focus (2016-07-22 23:38:18)
    Travis Bogard, a top Jawbone product executive, has parted ways with the company, The Verge has learned. Bogard had been with Jawbone since 2008, first as executive director of product and later on as vice president of product and strategy. Before Jawbone, he worked at Microsoft and was a founding member of AOL's Instant Messenger team.
  • 'Sonic Mania' looks like the 2D sequel fans deserve (2016-07-22 23:22:00)
  • This is how Google might fix its messaging system (2016-07-22 23:00:47)
    You might not remember them if you don’t follow Android news closely, but Allo and Duo are Google’s latest messaging and video chatting apps. Introduced at Google I/O in May , the two apps are supposed to launch at some point in the future, and they’ll be available on Android and iPhone. Google did not fully explain what’s in store for the Android versions of the apps, but an alleged beta tester revealed on Reddit how these apps should work inside Android 7.0 Nougat. DON’T MISS: Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night Replying to a thread posted a few days ago that proposed that Google would combine Allo and Duo into a single platform, user LTNGNX explained how the apps should work once Nougat rolls out. Allo and Duo will be default apps, he said, with the Messenger app expected to be phased out gradually. Hangouts will also be phased out “little by little” on mobile devices, but it’ll stay on as businesses use it a lot. The app will get SMS and Google Voice support and will be associated with a single device, at least initially, with support for more devices supposed to come after that. Eventually, Allo and Duo will also run on Chrome OS, with Allo being a priority, he revealed. “Allo will be attached to only one phone number (like WhatsApp) at launch,” the leaker explained. “Multi-device syncing will come eventually, once they solve the Incognito situation.” “Allo and Duo will become direct competition to Apple's iMessage and FaceTime,” LTNGNX said. “These two apps are very important for Google and things will be done little by little mostly to avoid even more drama with the EU and their shenanigans.” According to his own account, he’s a third-level beta tester and “breaking an NDA and risking a lot trying to bring some facts and hopes” to the Android section of Reddit. Android 7.0 Nougat is due this summer at this point we’ll see exactly what’s what with both Allo and Duo.
  • Xenon detector finds no dark matter after 20-month study (2016-07-22 22:05:00)
  • Someone already caught all 142 Pokemon in America (2016-07-22 22:00:52)
    Someone has already managed to find every single one of the 142 Pokemon characters in Pokemon Go that are roaming the US, but that doesn’t mean that person is done hunting. In all, there are 151 animals that are waiting to be caught, including a few rare ones that have yet to make an appearance in the game. DON’T MISS:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night As you can see in the following image, Reddit user ftb_hodor caught 142 beasts already — and that was no easy feat. It takes plenty of patience and a whole lot of walking to get them all. And even then, you might not be able to hunt down some of the more fickle Pokemon in the game. As Phone Arena reports , the New Yorker did it in two 50-hour weeks of work. He had to hatch 303 eggs and trace Pokemon over 95 miles on foot. In all, he collected 4269 Pokemon, which is impressive to say the least. It's also insane, considering the fact that the game was only released a little over two weeks ago, on July 6th. Since then, Pokemon Go has launched in more than 30 markets, most recently Japan. That means ftb_hodor still has nine more Pokemon to collect — the rarest of the rare — so it will be a while until he can find them. Meanwhile, you can check out his story over on Reddit at this link . Check this post if you want to see all the Pokemon Go characters in one place, including the rare animals that have yet to be caught.
  • Hillary Clinton announces VP pick Tim Kaine on Twitter (2016-07-22 21:33:21)
    The Democratic party's presumptive nominee for president of the United States says via a tweet late Friday that she picked Sen. Tim Kaine, underscoring the continued importance of social media in the campaign.
  • Police want to use 3D fingerprint replicas to access murder victim’s iPhone (2016-07-22 21:00:07)
    A few months ago, Apple was embroiled in a high-publicized legal battle with the FBI over mobile security. If you recall, the controversy began after Apple refused to create a custom version of iOS that would have enabled authorities to bypass the lockscreen on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. In defending Apple's position, Tim Cook boldly said that the FBI wanted Apple to create the " software equivalent of cancer ." Ultimately, the legal dispute fizzled out after the FBI managed to purchase software from a third-party that enabled it to bypass the lockscreen without Apple's assistance. With that as a backdrop, we recently stumbled upon a report detailing a novel way that law enforcement authorities in Michigan managed to access a locked iPhone of a murder victim, without any help from Apple or even having to lay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to a third-party. DON'T MISS:  Pokemon Go: Google Maps hack makes it easier than ever to find Pokémon According to a report from Fusion , Police in Michigan recently needed access to the locked iPhone belonging to a murder victim. Naturally, the authorities believe that information on the phone may provide them clues and help them solve the ongoing murder investigation. Initially thwarted by the Touch ID system the user had set up on his phone, the police did not reach out to Apple but instead contacted a Michigan State University Computer Science professor named Anil Jain who had substantial expertise in biometric related technologies. In turn, Jain, along with help from a PhD student named Sunpreet Arora, utilized 3D printing to create a replica version of the victim’s fingerprints based on prints the police already had on file. And because authorities aren’t sure which digit the victim used to access his phone, Jain has been busy creating replicas of all of the victim’s fingers. But of course, that’s just part one of the process. Because Touch ID on the iPhone is only receptive to an object with electrical current, a dummy replica of a fingerprint, no matter how accurate, is not sufficient to access the device in and of itself. That said, there is a solution in the works. Most fingerprint readers used on phones are capacitive, which means they rely on the closing of tiny electrical circuits to work. The ridges of your fingers cause some of these circuits to come in contact with each other, generating an image of the fingerprint. Skin is conductive enough to close these circuits, but the normal 3D printing plastic isn’t, so Arora coated the 3D printed fingers in a thin layer of metallic particles so that the fingerprint scanner can read them. It’s not a foolproof method yet. Arora is still refining the technology, and they haven’t yet given the fingers back to the police to try and unlock the victim’s phone. But Arora said that in a few weeks, once he’s tested the fingers enough in the lab, he’ll hand them over. Then the police will try to use 3D printed models of a dead man’s fingers to unlock his phone. All in all, that’s a pretty clever workaround, but the entire process might be all for naught. Remember, iPhones that have been turned off for more than 48 hours require a passcode for full access to the device. Which, of course, will simply bring the police back to square one and in the same position as the FBI was in a few months ago.
  • Zombies and tigers star in new 'The Walking Dead' season 7 trailer (2016-07-22 20:51:46)
    The next season of "The Walking Dead" looks grrreat thanks to King Ezekiel and his tiger. See more in the Comic-Con 2016 official trailer for the AMC show.
  • Star Trek Beyond review roundup: Another big-budget disappointment? (2016-07-22 20:30:04)
    It’s finally Star Trek season and the latest installment in the modern Star Trek reboot is out in theaters around the world. Star Trek Beyond marks a special moment in Star Trek history, celebrating the 50th birthday of this storied franchise. After all this waiting, Beyond is finally out and Trekkies will surely want to watch it regardless of what reviews say. But we’re going to give you a review roundup anyway. DON’T MISS: Working Galaxy Note 7 captured on video for the first time ever Director Justin Lin helmed this Star Trek project, and most reviews of the movie have been more positive than the last installment. Beyond is maybe more humorous than expected at times, but it's also packed with action that Star Trek fans want to see. However, it’s also not the greatest Star Trek movie from the sound of things, and many reviewers were left hoping for a better movie in the upcoming sequel. The battles are spectacular when it comes to special effects, but also “generic, and boring,” as The Wall Street Journal explains . The Enterprise gets destroyed — we already knew that from the trailers, so no spoiler here — and the team has to overcome difficulties at every corner to deal with the newly discovered threat. Read The Wall Street Journal’s review at this link. The villain, Krall (Idris Elba) could be a great character for Star Trek Beyond , but that’s hardly the case. “[Krall] winds up as about as generic a baddie as the Trek movies have provided to date. His manifesto amounts to ‘Unity is bad, fighting is good, so the Federation should die,’ which barely counts as a bumper sticker, let alone a meaningful credo,” The Verge notes . Read The Verge’s review at this link. Krall, however, is responsible for the destruction of the Enterprise, which is one of the highlights of the movie, so at least we have that. There’s also a new character worth mentioning in the film who doesn’t come from the regular Star Trek cast, “the sprightly new heroine named Jaylah (Sofia Boutella),” as The New Yorker describes her. Read The New Yorker’s review at this link. Writers Simon Pegg (who plays Scotty) and Doug Jung may have colored inside the lines, as The New York Times puts it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for Trekkies who expect a certain consistency from this type of action-packed space movie. “Not every wheel needs reinventing, and one of the abiding pleasures of Star Trek , in its old and newer iterations, lies in its balance of stubborn consistency and canny inventiveness,” the Times notes. But, at the same time, the movie might not have anything surprising in it, when comparing it to previous episodes and most blockbuster films. Read The New York Times'  review at this link. With all that in mind, you’d think Star Trek Beyond isn’t a movie to see in theaters, but that’s not exactly the case. Even if many directorial and screenplay decisions were criticized in reviews, the general impression still seems to be that Beyond isn’t a dud. The Journal ’s conclusion best summarizes that idea. “ Star Trek Beyond  is better than not-bad. By any earthly standard it’s good,” the review reads. In fact, Forbes thinks the movie is better than J.J. Abrams’ previous two movies. “ Star Trek Beyond maintains the best aspects of the first two reboot films, but ups the humor and — most importantly — the character development and relationships. The result is far more emotional impact than either of the previous reboot entries and more than any of the Next Generation films,” the review says. Read Forbes’ review at this link
  • Groot and Rocket Raccoon are the stars of this year’s official space station lab patch (2016-07-22 20:30:02)
    Perhaps the best perk of working on a NASA mission is getting the official stitched mission patch. Nearly every project at the space agency produces its own unique emblem that is adorned by astronauts and engineers alike, serving as a reminder of the hard work put into each assignment.
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  • Dinklage, Clark get tongue-tied in new 'Game of Thrones' blooper reel (2016-07-22 20:07:21)
    "Game of Thrones" outtakes newly released at Comic-Con show the stars of the show laughing, and cursing, their way through their on-camera flubs.
  • American Gods' first teaser is here (2016-07-22 20:03:25)
    American Gods, the TV adaption of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed novel, is actually happening. Like for real, really actually happening, after years of being kicked back and forth. And now Starz has put out a first preview of the show. It's a short first look at the show that focuses on the conflict between the deities of traditional religions and so-called new gods, which represent modern society's infatuation with capitalism, technology, media, and drugs.
  • A sneak peek at Japan’s sponsored Poke Stops in Pokemon Go (2016-07-22 20:00:23)
    Now that Pokemon Go has finally launched in Japan , trainers are finally getting their first look at sponsored locations. In case you haven't heard, developer Niantic Labs is partnering up with some big-name sponsors to convert certain locations into Poke Stops and gyms inside the game, starting with McDonald's. The image you see above from Toru Hanai at Reuters is our first look at a sponsored Poke Stop, which unsurprisingly looks a great deal like a normal Poke Stop. DON'T MISS:  Pokemon Go: Google Maps hack makes it easier than ever to find Pokemon The great thing about the Pokemon Go sponsorship deals is that they don't affect the gameplay in any noticeable way. You won't find Ronald McDonald or Grimace running around the map — rather, you'll just know in the back of your head that any of Japan's 3,000 McDonald's locations would be a prime place to pick up some Poke Balls or Potions before you continue on your journey. Ingress , the previous location-based game from Niantic, also features several well known sponsors all around the world. The company has yet to announce any definitive plans for other sponsors inside or outside of Japan so far, but don't be surprised to see sponsored Poke Stops in the United States before too long. In the meantime, be sure to check out PokeVision — the best site for keeping track of Pokemon in real-time. It's a vital tool if you want to catch 'em all.
  • El disfraz más loco e impresionante de San Diego Comic-Con (2016-07-22 19:42:54)
    Con miles de disfraces espectaculares en la feria de cómics, éste del personaje Reinhardt Wilhelm del videojuego 'Overwatch' se lleva el premio.
  • Someone made a phone case that helps aim pokéballs (2016-07-22 19:30:03)
    Jon Cleaver (My Mini Factory)We miss all the pokéball throws we don’t take. Sometimes we miss the ones we make, too. A man named Jon Cleaver knows this, so he created a case for the iPhone 6 that includes a pokéball aimer. We might never miss a Gyarados again, or even a Pidgey.Cleaver put his plans for the pokéball case online. You can 3D print it yourself. We tried it out on Facebook, only to discover that our 3D printer wasn’t big enough for the job. Oh well!
  • Deconstructing the legendary dungeons of 'Ocarina of Time' (2016-07-22 19:22:00)
  • The real reason Netflix’s subscriber growth is falling (2016-07-22 19:20:02)
    Netflix's earnings results earlier this week didn't give investors much to cheer about. While the streaming giant's overall number of subscribers increased over the quarter, the company experienced their slowest rate of subscriber growth in history. As for the reason why, Netflix casually dismissed the data point and instead blamed the tech press for focusing too much on its plans for a $1 increase. But the idea that Netflix subscribers -- including those who were previously grandfathered in under old pricing schemes -- would brazenly cancel their subscription over a meager $1 price increase just didn't make a whole lot of sense to some, including CNBC's Jim Cramer. Appearing on Squawk on the Street on Tuesday, Cramer instead laid out an opposite theory, namely that users are canceling their subscriptions because of a lack of content. DON'T MISS:  Pokemon Go: Google Maps hack makes it easier than ever to find Pokemon "Something happened here where people decided that content wasn't worth paying for," Cramer said. "I would never in a million years say I'm not paying the additional couple [of dollars]." Now is this to say that the content on Netflix is no good and that the company's big bet on original content isn't paying off? Not quite. Exstreamist adds some clarity to Cramer's remarks, noting that subscriber churn may simply be a function of Netflix's dwindling library of content. As we've highlighted before, the quantity of titles in Netflix's library has dwindled dramatically over the past few years, largely due to Netflix spending most of its money on developing new series as opposed to securing licensing deals with content providers. As a result, Netflix's content library has shrunk by about 40% over the last four years. And sure, one can reasonably argue that the quality of content on Netflix has gotten measurably better, Netflix's laser like focus on original content may leave some viewers looking for something to watch once they plow through everything Netflix has to offer. Exstreamist also makes a good point of noting that Netflix's original movie strategy may not even be a good use of its funds, and we're inclined to agree. We struggle to believe that spending $90 million on Will Smith movies is sustainable or the right strategy for the streaming service. Certainly, despite having total ownership over this content, that money could easily be spent elsewhere. As a benchmark, Hulu paid $180 million for the rights to stream ‘Seinfeld,’ likely one of the most expensive television shows, for five years. We’d much rather have half of the Seinfeld catalog than one movie when it comes to paying for a streaming subscription. This is a very insightful point, especially because spending all that money on a multi-year series gives viewers a whole lot of content to watch. Take Seinfeld , for example. There are 180 Seinfeld episodes which translates to approximately 72 hours of Television to watch. On the flip side, Netflix invests untold millions into original movies which yield 2 hours worth of content to watch at the most. Another point which we'll cover in greater depth later is that Netflix's focus on original content puts the company in a position where it's constantly trying to advertise its shows and get viewers interested. And with so many new shows hitting Netflix every single month, it's somewhat tough to keep up with everything new coming down the pipeline. In contrast, a library full of already popular TV shows and movies makes it easier for viewers to find something they're already familiar with. If The Americans comes to Netflix, for example, the existing buzz around the show would immediately translate over to Netflix without first requiring Netflix having to explain to users what the show is all about and why they might be interested. All that said, the quality of Netflix's original programming simply cannot be beat as the streaming giant continuously outdoes itself. It just might be nice to see its content library bolstered ever so slightly by TV shows and movies we already know and love.
  • Imagine how fast this 1,000 horsepower Tesla is going to be (2016-07-22 18:40:20)
    A regular Tesla with all the bells and whistles produces 532 horsepower. This is enough to literally scare people shitless, or thoroughly embarrass the crotchiest of crotch-rockets. So why would you hack yourself together a 1,000hp custom electric vehicle? Because speed is a drug, and 1,000 all-electric horsepower is a great middle finger to the internal combustion engine. Jason Hughes is well known within the EV community as a Tesla hacker. He retrofitted an Autopilot system to and older Tesla Model S, but his new project is way more ambitious. He's planning on fitting a Tesla drivetrain and Chevy Volt batteries into some kind of non-electric vehicle, quite possibly an old Mitsubishi. DON'T MISS: Electrek   got the details on Hughes' upcoming build, which promises to be quite something. He's using two Tesla performance drive units -- basically, the business end of a Model S P90D -- and putting both of them in one vehicle. Two Chevy Volt batteries will be supported by six Tesla battery modules, with a custom controller hooked up to control the whole thing. https://youtu.be/Pu7c3gbVJCc Hughes already put a video of a test of the drive units and controller up on his YouTube, so in theory, the hard electrical engineering should already be done. According to Hughes's estimates, the car should have a 120-150 mile range, not bad for a 1,000hp beast. Electrek  thinks the final car is going to be a Mitsubishi 3000GT. It will look inconspicuous enough that it should burn anyone at the lights -- assuming Hughes can upgrade a 200hp car to take a thousand, that is.
  • Wikileaks publishes thousands of DNC emails (2016-07-22 18:39:00)
  • RNC tweets spike Thursday night (2016-07-22 18:23:59)
    Nielsen Social, which tracks Twitter activity around TV series and events, notes a flood of posts during Donald Trump's acceptance speech.
  • Kickass Torrents is back but don’t trust any of the clones just yet (2016-07-22 18:10:57)
    Anyone who used to get their movie fix via torrenting sites are probably still mourning the unexpected departure of Kickass Torrents (KAT). The site became the world’s biggest piracy resource after The Pirate Bay went offline for more than a month following a police raid in December 2014. However, the US government led an operation that ultimately took down Kickass Torrents this week. The site went down almost immediately after its alleged owner was arrested in Poland a few days ago. Since then, Kickass Torrents resumed activity online, but you should be very wary of the unofficial sites that pop up after takedowns like this. Some of them may have ulterior motives in mind apart from simply restoring a renowned piracy site. DON’T MISS:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night According to The Verge , at least two KAT clones were spotted online, including KickassTorrents.website (which is believed to originate from IsoHunt) and KAT.am . However, TorrentFreak notes that KickassTorrents.website has no ties to IsoHunt whatsoever. This copycat just lists torrent files from the past one and a half years, but it doesn’t have a working forum or even upload functionality. “It’s not perfect, but if users need to save and archive something, it’s time. We don’t know how long it can last, but at least it’s something,” the people behind the site told TorrentFreak . The creators of KAT.am claim that the site is “hosted on multiple cloud servers to prevent blockade, and the hosting information is well hidden behind Cloudflare.” Furthermore, they told The Verge that the site features am a mobile version and that it "will has [sic] the complete torrent database of KAT, including the comments, user information intact." Kickass.la is one other site that has advertised itself to reporters as an “official” backup of KAT, but that’s not the case, as the person behind it isn’t involved with KAT at all. With all that in mind, you should pay attention which KAT-branded piracy sites you visit in the next few days, if that’s your thing. Some of them might be fronts and you might end up downloading a whole mess of malware instead of the movie you were trying to steal.
  • Meet the automated flash fiction writer you never knew you wanted (2016-07-22 18:10:02)
    Brew's code imitates the predictive text function on your phone. Brew wrote it — based solely on options from the emulator. The emulator that Brew selects his options from looks at the words that most recently occurred in the sentence and spits out a list of words from the source material that are most likely to come next.
  • The Game of Thrones season six blooper reel is here (2016-07-22 18:05:00)
    It's now customary for Game of Thrones to greet fans at San Diego Comic-Con with a fresh blooper reel. This year is no exception. In this video, Emilia Clarke struggles with her Dothraki, and Kit Harington feels a little shy about being nude in front of Carice van Houten. But Peter Dinklage owns the entire thing by being unable to say the word "benevolent." It looks like it became a running joke on the show, too.
  • Leslie Jones: “hate speech and freedom of speech are two different things” (2016-07-22 18:01:01)
    Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones is back on Twitter after several days of horrific abuse at the hands of anonymous trolls. The actress spoke with Seth Meyers last night about her experiences from the last couple of days. As Ghostbusters enjoyed its weekend box office run, Jones found herself targeted by a whole host of Twitter trolls. She spent part of the evening posting up screenshots of the tweets that were being directed at her.
  • Is the Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch right for you? (2016-07-22 18:01:00)
    Nervous IT pros might be tempted to deploy a little-known Windows 10 edition to simplify administration tasks. Ed Bott offers four questions to ask first.
  • 3D-printed 'Pokémon Go' cover aims for you, obscures screen (2016-07-22 17:55:00)
  • World of Marvel's Black Panther expected to push diversity boundaries this November (2016-07-22 17:53:47)
    Marvel is shining the spotlight on Black Panther's homeland in a new comic book series that focuses on black women, a rarity in the traditional comics space.
  • Nvidia’s new Titan X graphics card might actually be worth the $1,200 asking price (2016-07-22 17:38:51)
    Over the past several weeks, Nvidia and AMD have been attempting to one-up each other by launching increasingly affordable graphics cards. Nvidia struck first with the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 . AMD followed with the $199 RX 480 . Nvidia hit back days later with its own sub-$300 GTX 1060 . But after weeks of fighting over the low-end, it's time to bring out the big guns. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 won’t have a headphone jack, but Apple has a trick up its sleeve to keep you happy Meet the new Titan X. As in previous years, Nvidia's Titan X is its top-of-the-line GPU for 2016. For a budget-breaking $1,200, you can own a graphics card that features 12GB of GDDR5X memory, 10 Gbps memory speed, 3,584 CUDA cores and a Boost Clock speed of up to 1,531 MHz. If you're looking for a reasonable upgrade over your current GTX 960 or GTX 970, the 11 teraflops of the Titan X would probably be overkill. On the other hand, if you want to play new PC games at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, it might be worth shelling out for this beast of a graphics card. The Titan X will be available directly from Nvidia on August 2nd. You can see the snazzy trailer that the company put together for the card below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y02kptTItj8
  • 3D-printed iPhone case gives you perfect Pokemon aim every time (2016-07-22 17:33:31)
    Level up your Pokemon-catching skills with an assist from a special iPhone case designed to guide your finger during Pokeball throws.
  • Would you drink 63-day-old milk? Scientists would (2016-07-22 17:29:18)
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  • Huge leak shows Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner in action on video (2016-07-22 17:25:41)
    This has been a big week of firsts for eager Samsung fans who can't wait to get their hands on the company's upcoming new flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 7. After a few rounds of new photos leaked earlier in the week, we showed you the first ever video of a working Galaxy Note 7 on Thursday. The new flagship phablet appears to be everything we've come to expect after weeks of leaks and rumors — and that's a good thing, because leaks have thus far painted a very impressive picture. Now, another first: A video posted on Weibo by an anonymous user appears to show the Galaxy Note 7's new iris scanner in action. MUST SEE:  Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid review We can't say we're terribly surprised, but Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 is shaping up to be one of the most impressive smartphones the world has ever seen. Here's a small sampling of the specs we're anticipating following a string of reports from solid sources: 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM 64GB+ of storage microSDXC  support up to 2TB 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera 5-megapixel front-facing camera IP68 dust and water resistance Exynos 8893 processor or Snapdragon 821 processor (depending on region) Fingerprint scanner Iris scanner Where that last bullet point is concerned, the Note 7 is expected to be the first mass-market smartphone to ship with an eye scanner that will further enhance the phone's security. It's not clear exactly how or where Samsung plans to implement this nifty new feature, but the first leaked video of the Note 7's iris scanner in action appears to confirm the main use case we all expected — unlocking the phone. As for any other uses the iris scanner might have, we'll just have to wait and see. The video of the Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner in action (via Reddit ) is embedded below. Don't blink or you'll miss it.
  • Nvidia's foveated rendering tricks for VR could improve graphics and immersion (2016-07-22 17:23:54)
    Okay, I'll admit, I just like saying "foveated rendering" because it makes me sound smart. Of course, this only works if you know where someone is looking, and none of the major VR headsets currently available do this. SMI has integrated eye tracking in the Oculus Rift DK2, the Gear VR, and at Siggraph this year it's showing off an eye tracking developer's kit for the HTC Vive.
  • The $100,000 Pokemon trading card you can buy on eBay (2016-07-22 17:16:52)
    Die-hard Pokemon fans can collect this 'vintage' Pikachu trading card from 1998 for a cool six figures.
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  • Driver involved in Model X crash blasts Tesla and Elon Musk, claims Tesla drivers are ‘lab rats’ (2016-07-22 16:50:41)
    The owner of a Tesla Model X that was involved in a highly publicized accident in Montana a few weeks ago recently published a scathing post about both Tesla and Elon Musk on the Tesla Motors Club message board. If you recall, a man known as Mr. Pang was driving his Model X down a Montana road in the dark of night a few weeks ago when his vehicle unexpectedly veered into a guard rail, ultimately causing the car to get into a serious crash. Though the driver thankfully emerged unscathed, the accident once again called the efficacy and utility of Tesla’s Autopilot feature into question. DON'T MISS:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night Following word of the accident, Tesla eventually issued a statement on the matter, indicating that the Autopilot software was not used properly. What’s more, some reports suggested that the driver of the Model X repeatedly ignored audible alerts instructing him to reassume control of the car. Responding to such claims, the driver of said Model X has issued his first statement on the ordeal, laying into Tesla and Elon Musk in the process.  As the driver tells it, he was just innocently driving his Model X down a country road when his car, with no apparent warning or reason, crashed into a guard rail. Pang even goes so far as to call Tesla drivers lab rats insofar as they're using technology that’s simply not ready for mainstream use. Also of note is the claim that Tesla didn’t contact him after the crash and was quick to lay blame for the accident on him. The full letter can be read below. A Public Letter to Mr. Musk and Tesla For The Sake Of All Tesla Driver's Safety From my friend, Mr. Pang, a survivor of the Montana Tesla autopilot crash My name is Pang. On July 8, 2016, I drove my Tesla Model X from Seattle heading to Yellowstone Nation Park, with a friend, Mr. Huang, in the passenger seat. When we were on highway I90, I turned on autopilot, and drove for about 600 miles. I switched autopilot off while we exited I90 in Montana to state route 2. After about 1 mile, we saw that road condition was good, and turned on autopilot again. The speed setting was between 55 and 60 mph. After we drove about another mile on state route 2, the car suddenly veered right and crashed into the safety barrier post. It happened so fast, and we did not hear any warning beep. Autopilot did not slow down at all after the crash, but kept going in the original speed setting and continued to crash into more barrier posts in high speed. I managed to step on the break, turn the car left and stopped the car after it crashed 12 barrier posts. After we stopped, we heard the car making abnormal loud sound. Afraid that the battery was broken or short circuited, we got out and ran away as fast as we could. After we ran about 50 feet, we found the sound was the engine were still running in high speed. I returned to the car and put it in parking, that is when the loud sound disappeared. Our cellphone did not have coverage, and asked a lady passing by to call 911 on her cellphone. After the police arrived, we found the right side of the car was totally damaged. The right front wheel, suspension, and head light flied off far, and the right rear wheel was crashed out of shape. We noticed that the barrier posts is about 2 feet from the white line. The other side of the barrier is a 50 feet drop, with a railroad at the bottom, and a river next. If the car rolled down the steep slope, it would be really bad. Concerning this crash accident, we want to make several things clear: 1. We know that while Tesla autopilot is on but the driver's hand is not on the steering wheel, the system will issue warning beep sound after a while. If the driver's hands continue to be off the steering wheel, autopilot will slow down, until the driver takes over both the steering wheel and gas pedal. But we did not hear any warning beep before the crash, and the car did not slow down either. It just veered right in a sudden and crashed into the barrier posts. Apparently the autopilot system malfunctioned and caused the crash. The car was running between 55 and 60 mph, and the barrier posts are just 3 or 4 feet away. It happened in less than 1/10 of a second from the drift to crash. A normal driver is impossible to avoid that in such a short time. 2. I was horrified by the fact that the Tesla autopilot did not slow down the car at all after the intial crash. After we crashed on the first barrier post, autopilot continued to drive the car with the speed of 55 to 60 mph, and crashed another 11 posts. Even after I stopped the car, it was still trying to accelerate and spinning the engine in high speed. What if it is not barrier posts on the right side, but a crowd? 3. Tesla never contacted me after the accident. Tesla just issued conclusion without thorough investigation, but blaming me for the crash. Tesla were trying to cover up the lack of dependability of the autopilot system, but blaming everything on my hands not on the steering wheel. Tesla were not interested in why the car veered right suddenly, nor why the car did not slow down during the crash. It is clear that Tesla is selling a beta product with bugs to consumers, and ask the consumers to be responsible for the liability of the bugging autopilot system. Tesla is using all Tesla drivers as lab rats. We are willing to talk to Tesla concerning the accident anytime, anywhere, in front of the public. 4. CNN's article later about the accident was quoting out of context of our interview. I did not say that I do not know either Tesla or me should be responsible for the accident. I might consider buying another Tesla only if they can iron out the instability problems of their system. As a survivor of such a bad accident, a past fan of the Tesla technology, I now realized that life is the most precious fortune in this world. Any advance in technology should be based on the prerequisite of protecting life to the maximum extend. In front of life and death, any technology has no right to ignore life, any pursue and dream on technology should first show the respect to life. For the sake of the safety of all Tesla drivers and passengers, and all other people sharing the road, Mr. Musk should stand up as a man, face up the challenge to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident, and take responsibility for the mistakes of Tesla product. We are willing to publicly talk to you face to face anytime to give you all the details of what happened. Mr. Musk, you should immediately stop trying to cover up the problems of the Tesla autopilot system and blame the consumers.
  • How I would have improved Comic-Con's Rave of Thrones party (2016-07-22 16:36:18)
    When you’re invited to see Hodor DJ a set at the single biggest nerd convention in the country, you don’t think twice. Event agency NVE and Nylon teamed up to bring the party to San Diego’s Omnia nightclub, inviting a handful of Hollywood and music industry talent attending the convention — and Nairn just happened to be the draw. This is Comic-Con, after all.
  • The Walking Dead's new trailer is an excruciating tease for its October return (2016-07-22 16:29:25)
    Last season The Walking Dead left audiences hanging with one of the most infuriating cliffhangers the show has ever attempted. During the panel, showrunner Scott Gimple also revealed when the show would be returning to presumably answer who he killed: October 23rd. The Walking Dead spent most of last season building up to that reveal, with the season closer ending with Negan executing a member of Rick Grimes' group.
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  • Watch the first trailer for ‘The Walking Dead’ season 7 (2016-07-22 16:24:32)
    The seventh season of The Walking Dead returns this fall, with new episodes set to premiere in October on AMC. That means we’ve still got a painfully long wait before we finally find out who died at the hand of Negan in the final scene of season 6. But at least AMC started has begun to air trailers for season 7, with a teaser debuting at the San Diego’s Comic-Con 2016 followed by the the first official trailer for The Walking Dead season 7, which was just released. DON’T MISS: Working Galaxy Note 7 captured on video for the first time ever The 32-second tear clip, posted on YouTube in several places already, doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t know. That terribly annoying cliffhanger from season 6 is still there, and we don’t get any clues as to who Negan's victim might have been. The video features Negan and his trusty bat Lucille taking his time choosing his victim. The people of Alexandria are all on their knees, lined up for the slaughter, all fully knowing that Negan will only kill a person. That’s pretty much all there is to see in this teaser trailer, but hopefully more details will be revealed in upcoming footage – check it out below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5eOvRzaG6w Meanwhile, the first official trailer for The Walking Dead Season 7 was finally just released, and it gives us quite a taste of things to come in the hotly anticipated seventh season of AMC's smash hit show. Do yourself a favor and check out the full trailer, which is embedded below. The new season kicks off on Sunday, October 23rd, and it'll break after eight episodes before resuming for the second half of the season in February 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmUz88zoIg0
  • Roxane Gay will write a Black Panther companion series for Marvel (2016-07-22 16:21:27)
    Feminist writer Roxane Gay and poet Yona Harvey will write a Marvel comic series set in the same world as Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther series, The New York Times reports. Reportedly coming this November, the series will be called World of Wakanda, and it will go deeper into the stories of the women of the Black Panther universe. One of Coates' main goals for his Black Panther series was to make Wakanda feel like a real place, with a distinct African cultural history — these stories will give a huge boost to that world-building by fleshing out even more of its inhabitants.
  • WikiLeaks posts leaked DNC emails, including donor personal information (2016-07-22 16:09:37)
    The week before Hillary Clinton is expected to become the Democratic presidential candidate, WikiLeaks has published over 19,000 emails it says come from seven top Democratic National Committee figures. WikiLeaks announced the new database in a tweet, with the hashtags #Hillary2016 and #feelthebern. It includes 19,252 emails with 8,034 attachments, the bulk of the emails apparently from DNC communications director Luis Miranda.
  • Security bugs put Apple devices running iOS and Mac OS X at risk (2016-07-22 16:03:00)
  • This $1.5 million Star Trek home theater is Trekkie heaven (2016-07-22 15:51:06)
    A millionaire's mind-boggling Star Trek-themed theater took four years to build.
  • Save $200 on iPhones (and a bunch of other stuff) in Best Buy’s 2-day sale (2016-07-22 15:44:18)
    It's rare to see iPhones go on any kind of sale, let alone $200 off. But to draw attention to its "Black Friday in July" sale (because one Black Friday wasn't enough!), Best Buy is cutting prices on iPhones, 4K TVs, and basically anything else you can think of. DON'T MISS:  New photos show Galaxy Note 7 from every angle, but not the Note 7 we’ve seen before The iPhone sales are only for on-contract devices, but if you were thinking about buying a phone from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, a sale is still a sale. The 16GB iPhone 6s is just $1, and even the 64GB iPhone 6s Plus is just $200 upfront, way down from the usual upfront of $400. There are more good deals on Apple products. The base Retina MacBook Pro--which is just about the best all-around laptop for most people--is $150 off, and the cheapest Apple Watch Sport versions are $50 off, bringing down the price of an Apple Watch to just $250. I've spotted some good deals on non-Apple products, too. The Sphero BB-8 RC toy is down to $125, which is a small amount of money to pay for something so objectively adorable. A refurbished Dropcam is also going for $120, a rare sale on something that usually costs $150. My final weakness, 4K TVs, are also well represented in the sale. A 55-inch Sony model is as low as $720 if you stoop to the open-box product, and LG's well-reviewed 65" version is also $300 off . The sale lasts until tomorrow evening, and if you see something you like, there's free shipping for any orders $35 and over. I'm not the biggest fan of extra Black Fridays, but if companies are going to insist on offering stuff on sale, I suppose I can take a look.
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  • Ballooncam is literally a balloon with a camera on the outside (2016-07-22 15:30:25)
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  • They're creepy and they're colorized, 'The Addams Family' (2016-07-22 15:27:33)
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  • Harry Potter fans are more likely to dislike Trump, study suggests (2016-07-22 15:26:34)
    J.K. Rowling famously tweeted out that "Voldemort was nowhere near as bad" as Donald Trump. A new study reveals that people who have read the Harry Potter books are more likely to dislike Trump. The reason, according to study author Diana Mutz, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is that the novels’ major themes — the value of tolerance, opposition to violence, and the dangers of authoritarianism — resonate with readers.
  • Meet Graham, the hideous creature built to survive car crashes (2016-07-22 15:16:01)
    Happy nightmares! Australian road-safety commission creates the perfect man for car-accident survival. Let's all be thankful we did not evolve in his image.
  • 12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today (2016-07-22 15:13:58)
    Congratulations on making it to the end of another week! There are plenty of ways you can celebrate, but most of them involve going out and spending a bunch of the money you just spent all week earning. Here's another option: snag these 12 paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale right now for free. We've got an app that'll hide your private photos, a cool proximity chat app, an app that turns your iPhone into a mouse for your computer, a great language translator and plenty more. MUST SEE:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. The Big Clock Normally $0.99. Stop squinting! This is the Biggest, Ad-free Clock in the App Store. Completely Customize Your Alarm - Set a Song from your Music Library. - Set the Time Between each Snooze. - Set a Maximum Number of Snoozes. - New in iOS 8! Use Background Actions to Snooze or Stop the alarm. Weather Widget(In App Purchase Required - $2.00 USD/yr - Auto Renewable) - Always see the current temperature and conditions in your current city. - Use the GPS to set your Current City or get Weather from any City in the World. - Swipe or Tap to Reveal a 10-Day Forecast. Weather Data Powered by Forecast(forecast.io) Download The Big Clock MultiDrop Normally $8.99. MultiDrop is a free multi‐purpose local file exchanger with voice communication and more. It uses the new Multipeer Connectivity framework to interconnect devices using only WiFi or BlueTooth, so no internet is needed, nor any server or databases. You can: ‐Connect up to 10 devices with this FTP ‐Automatic and manual device discovery and connection ‐Exchange multiple big Images, Videos and any kind of files simultaneously ‐Share and send on facebook and twitter Includes InApp purchases for: ‐Chat Messenger with Video and Image sending capabilities ‐Fancy walkie‐talkie for voice communication ‐Capture and share image and video files -Print your photos and documents -Share your contacts from your Address Book. Send them also with e-mail as a card. All that in a user friendly neat UI screens. Enjoy private risk free communication for all! Download MultiDrop Remote Mouse Normally $1.99. Remote Mouse turns your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch into a wireless user-friendly remote control for your Mac / PC. It’ll surprise you with fully simulated touchpad, keyboard and featured remote panels which make your remote experience simple and efficient. Giving a presentation? Watching an online movie? Or transferring pictures within a second? We make it dead easy to control your PC / Mac! Just sit back and enjoy the day. ** FEATURES ** • Fully Simulated Mouse • Magic Trackpad • Multi-Touch Gestures • Function Keyboard in Landscape Mode (full version only) • Key Combination Input • Media Remote (need unlocking) - Support iTunes, Keynote, Powerpoint, Hulu and Powerpoint for Mac - Support Windows Media Player, Window Photo Viewer, Powerpoint and iTunes on Windows - Physical Volume Buttons Control to adjust computer volume and change presentation slides • Image Transfer (need unlocking) • Spotify Remote (need unlocking) • Application Launcher & Switcher • Shut Down / Sleep / Restart / Log Off Remotely • Numeric Keyboard • Swaying Mode Control • Remotely Typing with Voice (need Siri) • Connect via IP & QR code • Password Protection • Customizable Interface • Customizable Wallpapers • Works under Wi-Fi and 3G network • Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista, Mac OSX 10.6+ ** TO GET STARTED, YOU ALSO NEED ** 1. Visit www.remotemouse.net with your Mac / PC. Download & install Remote Mouse server on computer. 2. Make sure that your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi (or 3G hotspot) as your computer. 3. Open Remote Mouse App, Click “Start” to connect. Download Remote Mouse Lose Weight Hypnosis Unlock All Advanced Features in-app purchase normally $2.99, now free. ◉ Learn to enjoy healthy food and exercise after listening daily for just 1–3 weeks ◉ Change your mindset through subconscious thoughts for effortless weight loss ◉ You won’t have to try to lose weight — it just happens naturally! TRAIN YOUR MIND TO WORK ON WEIGHT LOSS THROUGH HYPNOSIS Tired of losing weight, and then gaining it all back? Adding hypnosis to your weight loss program helps change your entire mindset, resetting your behavior for a healthier lifestyle and eating habits. EFFORTLESS CHANGE ◎ A single audio session of 22 minutes a day that is effective in just 1–3 weeks ◎ Hypnosis audio carefully read by the soothing voice of a certified hypnotherapist ◎ Peaceful background music and nature sounds to help you relax ◎ Hypnotic Booster with binaural beats to induce your brainwave frequency into an optimal state for receiving hypnotic suggestions ◎ Separate volume controls for Voice, Background, and Hypnotic Booster ◎ Awaken at End feature can be disabled at bedtime for a relaxing, restful sleep ◎ Repeat sessions or loop while you sleep ◎ Continue listening to background sounds after the session ends ◎ Works with Apple Watch! Pause, resume and adjust overall volume from your wrist via the Now Playing glance READ OUR USER REVIEWS "After just one week of listening to this app, my “sweet tooth” was gone and I was able to get my stress eating under control. This app literally helped me turn a corner in what has been a life-long struggle." "This app has helped me control my appetite in a way that nothing else ever has. My ability to control my appetite is virtually effortless. Food is not the center of my world anymore. It’s very liberating." "I was really skeptical and I normally don’t do reviews unless an app was horrible but seriously…wow. I started using this app 2 weeks ago and while I know your suppose to shoot for no more than 2lbs a week….I’ve lost 12lbs. I do this one in conjunction with their exercise one as well as another weight loss hypnosis app & an intuitive eating hypnosis. and this one is my favorite. I throw it on mid-day when I start craving sweets. I have not had processed sugar for a week and when I did break down for a brownie it tasted chemically. I’m in love with hypnosis now. I have 40lbs to go till my goal but I’m finally feeling ready for it!!!!" "At first I didn’t think it would work, but after listening to it just once I began to pick healthier choices and wasn’t hungry all the time. I now use this app every morning to start my day right with the right mind set and the wake up feature is like my own cup-o-coffee." "So glad I downloaded this app!! I never thought this would work but boy I was wrong!! I use it every night to help me fall asleep and I’ve lost 40lbs!!" THE BEST WEIGHT LOSS HYPNOSIS APP AVAILABLE Lose Weight Hypnosis is FREE and effective with the default settings. A one-time in-app purchase is required only if you wish to change the default settings. (Each of our free hypnosis apps includes its own in-app purchase; in-app purchases cannot be shared among separate apps.) Download Lose Weight Hypnosis Speedafari Normally $1.99. Stuck in a slow connection? Speed up Safari with Speedafari! "Kinda crazy, but it works." - Federico Viticci, Macstories.net Speedafari blocks unnecessary parts of websites from loading. By removing part of the experience (ads, tracking scripts, external fonts, videos, etc.), you gain speed, battery, and data. Speedafari is always just a swipe away, in the notification center. Just tap once, and — boom — Safari speeds up. No need to switch browser. Choose between three different aggressiveness levels — low, medium or high. The higher the aggressiveness, the more will be blocked, and the faster the page will load. Note that some website functions may not work at all with the medium and high levels. You're out in the woods? Now don't worry about slow internet anymore! "Speedafari is a blocker that strips away everything it can so you can still load pages even when your connection is crap." - Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker.com Oh, and don't worry about privacy! Speedafari has no access at all as to what web pages you visit. Brought to you thanks to the power of iOS 9. Developed and designed by Arvid Lunnemark. Download Speedafari The Little Fox Normally $0.99. The Little Fox is an alternative perspective on the world-renowned ‘fairy tale for adults', The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, where the Fox takes the place of the protagonist – a charming little character with a big heart. ====== Every once in a while, a game manages to stand out with having the right mix of everything. The Little Fox has a lot of the right stuff – charm, eye candy, storyline, platforming, original and challenging mechanics, an impossibly cute protagonist. -Phonearena In beautifully serene levels that feature relaxing, atmospheric music, the fox seems to be trying to travel faster than the speed of light. -Pocketgamer You get a game that is both casual-friendly but also a real game. -Toucharcade ====== In search of the Little Prince, you'll have to: run through thirteen fairytale planets, passing icy cliffs and volcano craters, finding your way through a bog and a dark cave take care of the abandoned Rose by collecting tears literally by the drop inspire a multitude of familiar characters to change their lives Beauty Taking the best examples of minimalist low-poly graphics as inspiration, we've created thirteen colorful and unique three-dimensional planets for you, along with an animated comic that tells the tale of the main characters. The picturesque landscapes of Eternal Winter and the Forgotten Asteroid, the Sweltering Canyon and the Secret Cave, all of these are sure to stand out in your memory and make you want to set a screenshot of the game as your background. Gameplay The Little Fox is the first runner of its type on a hexagonal field. Our ace in the hole is innovative gameplay that is easy to learn, but hard to master. Just two taps (on the left side of the screen to turn left, on the right to turn right) provides full freedom for moving through the game world. Rest assured, no level will give in on your first attempt. But each successfully completed level will satisfy your sense of perfectionism. Music It is advised to play The Little Fox with headphones. A selection of unique tracks, each written with the specifics of each setting in mind, provides complete immersion in the game's atmosphere. Download The Little Fox Multi Translate Normally $0.99. This is a translator app which can translate voice, translate speech, translate Spanish and translate any language into 3 others at the same time! Powered by Google Translate, Multi Translate is a very handy yet powerful translator. Main Functions: 1. Translate any language to any 3 other languages with one tap. 2. One to one translator. 3. Share the translate results via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS. 4. Save all the translate history automatically. 5. Custom the source and target languages within the translator settings. 6. Auto detect input language. 7. Support 80+ languages v1.3.2 Listen to all your translations for Free! v1.3.3 1.Fully support Apple Watch, try it now! 2. Minor bug fixing! v1.3.4 Improve the results from the watch app translator. v1.3.5 1. Support 3D Touch preview and short cuts. 2. Search history via Spotlight 3. Search language while selecting 4. Speed enhancement. 5. Bug Fixing. v1.3.6 1. Control the speed and volume while listening to the results. 2. Listen to the results even when your device is mute. 3. Enhance the performance of the watch app. Download Multi Translate RadioApp Normally $1.99. Easily tune in to local radio stations and to radio stations from all over the world, using a unique analog-like tuner. • Internet Connection Required Features: • Unique analog-like FM/AM tuner • Use remote control to seek stations • Supports multiple countries at the same time • Name of playing song when available • Favorite stations • Alarm clock • Sleep timer Download RadioApp QuickClip Normally $0.99. Save copied text too easily and quickly. QuickClip is very useful clipboard manager. You can quickly and easy copy and paste. App Features - Simple UI - You can access all clips from Widget - iCloud Sync - No Ads - Folder *This application is only supported iOS7 or higher. Download QuickClip Zen Sketch Normally $1.99. Zen Sketch is a cross between a note-taking and a painting app. We wanted to give people an app with a balance between power and simplicity: A place that could stay out of the way and let them think, but also contained an environment with the ability to add serious detail to their work. And so Zen Sketch was born. The app goes beyond regular ink handwriting apps by using an industry standard drawing/painting engine, but still organizes your work in a logical fashion like any good note-taking app. Use Zen Sketch to create powerful notes or paintings. All your work can easily be exported out of the app as images or PDFs, and shared in just about every way imaginable. The app has no learning curve, and lets you work in a streamlined and clean interface designed with the latest technology in mind. We hope you like the Zen Sketch. And if you do, be sure to check out some of the other great Zen apps we’ve made. Download Zen Sketch Ananda Normally $2.99. 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  • Download the Chffr app for free to help self-driving cars learn (2016-07-22 15:10:00)
  • Pokemon Go breaks Apple App Store record (2016-07-22 15:08:38)
    The popular augmented reality game had more downloads in its first week than any other app in history, Apple confirmed.
  • Pokémon Go logra récord en la tienda App Store de Apple (2016-07-22 15:07:28)
    El popular juego de realidad aumentada tuvo más descargas en su primera semana que cualquier otro app en la historia, según confirmó Apple.
  • Lazy travelers can ride this suitcase straight to the gate (2016-07-22 15:06:33)
    Walking is sooo overrated. Glory in the stares as you hop on Modobag's motorized luggage and ride at a blistering 8mph to your final airport destination.
  • Amazon coupon saves you $20 on a device that could save you thousands more (2016-07-22 14:55:50)
    There are a few purchases that the BGR Deals team urges you to make over and over again. It's not because we like sounding like a broken record, it's because our goal is to help you save money and there are a handful of products out there that can keep saving you money long after you buy them. One example is a cable modem , which will chop $8-$10 off your internet bill every single month, forever. Another is a dash cam, which can save you hundreds in auto repairs and thousands in insurance premiums by proving your innocence in the event of an accident. The  Goluk T1 Wi-Fi Smartphone-Connected Car Dash Cam is one of the most compact and feature-rich options out there, and we've got a special coupon code that'll save you $20. Some key information about this hot dash camera: Goluk T1 Wi-Fi Dashcam: 1. Wireless Wifi Connect with your smartphone. 2. Free App Control the camera and settings. 3. Separate remote control, taking short videos by one click. 4. Easy instant sharing videos to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube etc. 5. A real Slim and Mini Size Dashboard Camera Recorder Loop Recording, Emergency Accident Auto-Recording, WDR, G-Sensor, Built-in Microphone Speaker Full HD 1920*1080P, Ambrella S2LM Chipset, 152° Wide Angle Camera, Aptina 1/2.7" Ultra HD CMOS Sensor, 6 Glasses Lens and 1 Infrared Filter, F2.0 Aperture 360°Rotatable Structure - It can rotate 360 degree, not only for record outside of the vehicle but also for inside joy moment. More videos please search on Youtube "Goluk T1" 18 Months Quality Warranty by Goluk. @ Size: 1.2 LX1.2 WX3.5 H inch (3 x 3 x 9 cm) The  Goluk T1 Wi-Fi Smartphone-Connected Car Dash Cam is normally $129.99 but use the coupon code XWMH9LCA and you'll be able to buy one for $109.99. Note that the code expires at midnight on July 31.
  • These are the Star Wars drones you're looking for (2016-07-22 14:54:31)
    The Millennium Falcon takes flight in your living room, thanks to dronemaker Propel. Best yet, it shoots lasers.
  • Optical illusions gone wild! Find the frog, then look for the lizard (2016-07-22 14:54:03)
    Indian photographer Yuwaraj Gurjar shares two nature photos featuring carefully camouflaged creatures.
  • Status update: The rise of the social-media extortionist (2016-07-22 14:44:00)
  • Facebook's giant solar-powered drone takes flight to deliver internet to remote areas (2016-07-22 14:32:07)
    Aquila, Facebook's massive unmanned airplane, recently completed its first test flight. Here's how the company wants to use it to improve connectivity around the world.
  • Piper's Minecraft DIY computer kit teaches kids programming and engineering (2016-07-22 14:32:00)
    Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk are among the fans of the Piper DIY kit that provides the materials for children to assemble a Raspberry Pi 3 microcomputer that includes Minecraft gameplay.
  • WikiLeaks may have just published your SSN and credit card number (2016-07-22 14:29:04)
    As part of its ongoing "HillaryLeaks" series, WikiLeaks just published a whole trove of Democratic National Committee emails. Unfortunately, those emails contain the names, addresses, social security numbers and passport details of some innocent Democratic donors. 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments were added to a searchable online archive today. The extent of the damage won't be known until the data has been analyzed, but as Gizmodo  notes , just searching things like "passport" or "social security" is throwing up people's passport numbers and SSNs. DON'T MISS:  It’s official: Pokemon Go had the best opening week of any app ever If you've made any contribution to the DNC, you probably want to search your own name right now to see if your details have been exposed. Identity theft protection probably wouldn't be a bad idea, either. https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/756501723305414656 How did this happen? WikiLeaks has shown a reckless disregard for people's personal information in the past. Unlike the Snowden leaks, which were carefully disseminated through the media, stripping out sensitive and personal information, WikiLeaks prefers to dump unredacted files directly on the internet. It's not responsible journalism, and more the kind of thing you expect from Anonymous. This is the latest in a string of bad news for the DNC and its internal files. A hacker calling himself "Guccifer 2.0" has released sensitive internal documents, including the Democrats' entire playbook for taking down Donald Trump. The latest series of emails may well reveal something embarrassing for the Democrats; right now, it's just worrying that the organization keeps sensitive personal data in poorly-protected plaintext.
  • Pokémon Go breaks App Store record for most downloads in its first week (2016-07-22 14:20:06)
    Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that might as well be everyone's second job, has become the most downloaded mobile app in its first week of release in the history of the App Store. Apple confirmed the record to The Verge, although no concrete download numbers have been made available. The app, a free-to-play mobile title from developer Niantic in collaboration with The Pokémon Company, was released on July 5th in Australia and New Zealand and a day later in the US.
  • TBS is giving 'Overwatch' its own $300,000 tournament (2016-07-22 14:20:00)
  • U.S. asks phone companies to provide 'robocall' blocking technology (2016-07-22 14:10:47)
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday pressed major U.S. phone companies to take immediate steps to make technology that blocks unwanted automated calls available to consumers at no charge. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in letters to CEOs of major phone companies, said so-called robocalls, automated pre-recorded telephone calls often from telemarketers or scam artists, continue "due in large part to industry inaction." Wheeler's letters went to chief executives of companies including Verizon Communications Inc, AT&T Inc, Sprint Corp, US Cellular Corp, Level 3 Communications Inc, Frontier Communications Corp, Bandwidth.com Inc, and T-Mobile US.
  • iMessage flaw could compromise iPhones, iPads, Macs (2016-07-22 14:04:08)
    Double-check what version of iOS and OS X you are running because outdated versions carry a huge vulnerability.
  • Twitter can’t move forward until it decides what to do about harassment (2016-07-22 14:02:53)
    Twitter made an intriguing move earlier this week when it announced it would open its coveted blue checkmark to the public with an open application process. As of Tuesday, there are only 187,000 verified accounts among Twitter’s 310 million monthly active users. The short-term effects of an application process appear minimal, but it could signal a change in how the company deals with its ever-present harassment problem.
  • It’s official: Pokemon Go had the best opening week of any app ever (2016-07-22 14:00:53)
    Unless you've been living under a rock in a cave in a fallout shelter (got extra space?), you've probably heard of popular gaming app/dystopian plot line  Pokemon Go . It's mind-blowingly popular, as seemingly confirmed by Apple : Pokemon Go had the most downloads in its first week of any app ever. Candy Crush, eat your heart out. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photo might be our first look at Google’s next-gen Nexus phone https://twitter.com/reneritchie/status/756542137081167872 Apple is set to make a bunch of money from the game, thanks to the profit it makes from in-app purchases. Apple takes around 30 percent of revenue spent on games downloaded from the app store. Analysts are putting Apple's potential profits from the game at around $3 billion over the next two years, assuming the popularity of Pokemon doesn't suddenly nosedive. In fact, some estimates say that Apple will make more money from Pokemon Go than Nintendo. The Japanese gaming company only owns a minority stake in the game, which was developed in conjunction with Niantic, an Alphabet spinoff. Ironically, Apple and Google stand to gain the most from Pokefever. There's no sign yet of a slowdown in Pokemon Go popularity. Videos keep coming out of thousands of users playing in the middle of big cities, including a virtual stampede in Central Park the other night when a rare Pokemon appeared. A reporter was even busted playing Pokemon during a State Department briefing .
  • How to customize the Bubbles, Ribbons, and Mystify screen savers for Windows 10 (2016-07-22 13:56:00)
    If you're a fan of traditional Windows screen savers, these simple HTA apps are for you. They'll make it easy to access and configure three screen savers that dropped off the map with Windows 10.
  • 'Splatoon' isn't dead, but it's still saying goodbye (2016-07-22 13:52:00)
  • In Colorado, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient may have made it into the water supply (2016-07-22 13:51:26)
    The tap water in a small town in Colorado may be contaminated with THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana. For this reason, residents in Hugo, located about 90 miles east of Colorado Springs, have been instructed to not use the water for drinking and cooking, The Denver Post reports. Officials have tested 10 samples of Hugo water using two different types of test kits and six tested positive for THC.
  • I’m too motion-sick to finish this cool VR game, so I made some GIFs to explain why (2016-07-22 13:45:14)
    I’m currently midway through a game called The Assembly, which was released on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive a few days ago. The Assembly is one of the closest things VR has to a full-length, first-person exploration game, which is one of my favorite genres. The plot has shades of Portal and The Prisoner, alternately following two protagonists through a secret underground research facility that operates above the law. The writing and art direction aren’t perfect, but it’s still one of the stronger VR efforts I’ve seen recently. It also makes me sick — really, incredibly nauseated. ...
  • Reactor Core founder: short-term programs, not four-year degrees, are the future of tech education (2016-07-22 13:45:00)
    TechRepublic's Scott Matteson spoke with the co-founder of Reactor Core about criticisms of coding schools, and how his organization addresses those.
  • Electric cars need more charging stations, and the White House wants to help (2016-07-22 13:44:59)
    Today the Department of Energy announced that it was expanding its $4.5 billion loan guarantee program to include charging stations for electric vehicles (EV). Charging stations could be seen as an “efficient electrical transmission or distribution technologies,” which would make them eligible under the law for this specific loan program.
  • Microsoft adds Pokémon detector to OneDrive to locate monster screenshots (2016-07-22 13:38:27)
    Microsoft is making a number of changes to OneDrive today, but the feature that stands out is a new Pokémon detector. Pokémon seems to be the latest tag, and if you use OneDrive on Windows, Android, or iOS to backup photos then it will automatically detect all your Pokémon screenshots and allow you to search for each monster by name. If Pokémon isn't your thing, Microsoft has also improved a number of other OneDrive features today.
  • 'Star Wars Episode 8' is one step closer to theaters (2016-07-22 13:35:56)
    Now the magic begins with special effects and all the final touches that will be applied to the highly anticipated film. You'll just have to wait until the end of next year to see it all.
  • I love this Game of Thrones-sampling rap tribute to Jon Snow (2016-07-22 13:29:50)
    Twenty-two-year-old Chicago rapper Lil Bibby has a lot to prove. The competition coming out of the Chicago rap scene lately has been stiff, his birth name is "Brandon," and he only made it onto XXL's 2014 Freshman Class list because Young Thug decided he didn't feel like posing for a photo. That could be why he's chosen to write an aggressive musical tribute to Game of Thrones' fans favorite hungry young dude, Jon Snow. The track starts off with samples from the show: Melisandre whispering, "The Lord let you come back for a reason," Tormund telling Jon Snow, "They think you're some kind of god," and Davos muttering, "It's completely fucking mad it seems to me." Truly there is not a more chilling way to begin a musical number than by inserting a bunch of British voices saying stuff about mystical reincarnation and dropping F-bombs.
  • Verizon is reportedly close to buying Yahoo for $5 billion (2016-07-22 13:28:00)
  • New photos show Galaxy Note 7 from every angle, but not the Note 7 we’ve seen before (2016-07-22 13:23:40)
    There's still a couple of weeks to go until Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy Note 7, but I don't know what the company is really waiting for. We've heard all kinds of rumors and even seen video of the phone in action . A new series of photos from the Chinese Weibo site clearly show a device that looks a lot like the upcoming Galaxy Note 7. The pictures confirm everything we've suspected before: it will ship in at least three colors, have an all-glass design, keep the S Pen, and even add an iris scanner. But there's something special about these photos that Samsung fans will notice right away, and it points to not one but two new inbound Note 7 models. DON'T MISS:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night The phone is shown in the Onyx Black color, but according to TechTastic , which found the photos, it will also ship in a silver and bright blue color. The specs also sound pretty fantastic: 2K screen, 4GB of RAM (although some rumors put that number at 6GB), and an Exynos or Snapdragon processor, depending where in the world you buy this phone. My favourite detail might be the battery, though. The rumor is 3,600mAh, with a quick charge capability to get 50 percent charge in just 20 minutes. Big phones have always tended to have better battery life, but being able to put an entire day's worth of charge inside in just 20 minutes is seriously impressive. The leaked photos show one other good piece of news for power users. There's clearly a 3.5mm headphone jack along the bottom, sitting right next to the USB-C port. Motorola is already killing off the headphone jack, and there's a good chance Apple will follow suit in September. But it looks like Samsung is sticking to its guns, for this year at least. Last but not least, this Note 7 model clear has a flat face, unlike the dual edge version we've seen leak time and time again. If the source is legitimate, it appears as though Samsung will have not one but two new Galaxy Note 7 models in store for us when it unveils the new phones on August 2nd. A few of the leaked images follow below.
  • Comcast's Rio portal is a good way to keep up with the Olympics (2016-07-22 13:07:00)
  • US Department of Energy expands loan program to include EV charging stations (2016-07-22 13:00:09)
    If you want to encourage EV adoption, ensuring a fully fleshed-out charging infrastructure is a good way to do that.
  • Genesis will have one of the best luxury-car warranties at launch (2016-07-22 13:00:06)
    Hyundai's luxury offshoot is adding as many tangential benefits as possible to pull attention away from the more traditional brands.
  • Want to help the future of self-driving cars? Sign up for Chffr (2016-07-22 13:00:02)
    The name's not that great and the software is still in beta, but it will help Comma.ai learn how to drive like a human being.
  • Powered by Google, U.N. flexes tech muscle to fight climate change (2016-07-22 12:56:46)
    By Magdalena Mis ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New Google-powered software will help the world tackle problems related to climate change, deforestation and food production, a United Nations agency said on Friday, as it presented its revamped online platform. Open Foris, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) software, uses high-resolution satellite images to monitor the environment and changes in land use and forest cover. "We make maps that used to take three years in a week," Erik Lindquist, forestry officer at FAO, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
  • Jon Stewart returns to late night TV to make sense of this crazy election (2016-07-22 12:56:04)
    Earlier this week, Jon Stewart helped Stephen Colbert find himself , both literally and figuratively. Hosting live shows this week has done wonders for The Late Show , and in order to cap it all off, Colbert invited Stewart back once again on Thursday night, but it was for much more than a cameo appearance this time. On Thursday night, Jon Stewart brought The Daily Show to CBS. DON'T MISS:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night In order to celebrate the news that Roger Ailes would be stepping down from his CEO position at Fox News, Stewart took Colbert's seat for a few minutes and basically hosted an abbreviated episode of The Daily Show : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNiqpBNE9ik You might have picked up on a few revived bits from the old show: scribbling on paper during applause breaks, eating pizza with a knife and fork and making fun of Arby's. Oh, and he kept calling Sean Hannity "Lumpy," for some reason. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, it's great to see that Jon Stewart hasn't missed a beat since leaving The Daily Show last year. We're still anxiously waiting to see exactly what he's going to do next , but for now, at least Stephen Colbert is willing to share the stage as Stewart warms up for his next act.
  • Classic electronics, copyright lawsuits, and the nerdiest Vergecast on record (2016-07-22 12:55:51)
    With a classic cast of Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Paul Miller, and Lauren Goode, we have a very nerdy episode of Vergecast this week. For starters, there’s the news about SoftBank buying chip maker ARM, then the Electric Frontier Foundation filing a lawsuit that takes on anti-circumvention rules. The gang also goes deep into nostalgia with classic consumer electronics.
  • An important update on this picture of Seth Rogen (2016-07-22 12:45:27)
    Every day since May, a Twitter account called @SamePhotoOfSeth has tweeted the same thing: It’s a still of Seth Rogen inhabiting the "Kim Kardashian" character in a parody video of Kanye West’s "Bound 2" music video. ...
  • Eye tracking software can gauge your intent and boredom in VR (2016-07-22 12:43:00)
  • Edward Snowden made an appearance at a secret Comic-Con screening of Snowden (2016-07-22 12:34:01)
    Toward the climax of Oliver Stone's Snowden, a powerful government official video links into a meeting room where he appears on a monitor that — for whatever reason — spans an entire wall. Snowden was calling into a secret Comic-Con screening of Snowden. Also present were Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Snowden, and Shailene Woodley, who plays Lindsay Mills, Snowden's longtime girlfriend.
  • Never pay for network TV again thanks to this $11 gadget (2016-07-22 12:31:55)
    We're going to let you in on a little secret but whatever you do, don't tell your pay TV provider that we told you: with one simple and inexpensive purchase, you can watch all of your favorite network TV channels in full 1080p HD for free... forever. Seriously, network TV is broadcast over the air in full HD and if you have an HDTV antenna, you can pick up those crystal clear signals for free. And right now, Amazon is offering an extra discount on one of the best rated HDTV antennas around . DON'T MISS:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night Some key details: Free for Life - Never pay your cable or satellite fee for television again! You can get all local channels crystal clear and absolutely free! The 1byone antenna can pull in all of your local news, sitcoms, kids and sports programs Full HD - 25-Mile range to access from broadcast tower. It delivers full 1080p HD to any digital-ready TV Longer Cable, Easier Setup - A 16.6-foot coaxial cable makes it easier for you to place it at the position with the best reception in your house. Especially useful for customers whose TV's are quite far away from the windows Easy Operation - Fast and easy set up with 4 steps - Unwrap, Plug it in and Scan channels Buyer Guarantee - We stand behind our products 100% with a 12-month warranty. Please Note: Freeview reception is dependent upon environmental factors, we cannot guarantee reception in all conditions. We do offer a 30 day money back guarantee on all new items in order for you to test the suitability in your area The  1byone 25 Miles Super Thin HDTV Antenna retails for $27 and Amazon typically sells it for $13, which is a heck of a deal. Right now though, it's on sale for just $10.99 with free Prime shipping.
  • Digital advocates call DMCA copyright restrictions unconstitutional (2016-07-22 12:21:55)
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the government, arguing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has outlived its usefulness in protecting copyrighted material from pirates and stifles free speech.
  • A new iOS 10 feature warns against open WiFi networks (2016-07-22 12:21:00)
  • Panorama's VIP launch party kicked off the weekend in style (2016-07-22 12:12:37)
    Luminaries from the worlds of music, technology, and fashion came together last night to celebrate the inaugural Panorama weekend at the festival's VIP launch party. With a food selection curated by Eater, a handful of brilliant guest speakers, and breathtaking views of the New York skyline from the Tribeca Rooftop, it was the best possible way to kick off a festival that's going to explore the twin futures of art and technology on a massive scale. The Verge has partnered up with the Panorama music, art, and technology festival taking place in New York City this July.
  • RNC 2016: 4 things Peter Thiel said about tech, the economy, and Silicon Valley (2016-07-22 12:07:00)
    Venture capitalist and PayPal founder Peter Thiel spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in support of Donald Trump. Here are some top takeaways from his address.
  • I replaced the word ‘cyber’ with ‘Pokemon Go’ in this ridiculous Trump interview (2016-07-22 12:06:52)
    In an interview with The New York Times this week, Donald Trump made it very clear that he's not 100% sure what the word cyber means or how to use it in a sentence . It was the most laughable moment in an interview full of them, so I decided to notch up the ridiculousness a few degrees by replacing every mention of the word "cyber" with some form of the word "Pokémon." DON'T MISS:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night Here's the unabridged portion of the transcript from the  Times , which I turned into a terrible joke for your amusement: DAVID E. SANGER: You’ve seen several [members of NATO] come under Pokéattack, things that are short of war, [which] clearly appear to be coming from Russia. DONALD TRUMP: Well, we’re under Pokéattack. SANGER: We’re under regular Pokéattack. Would you use Pokéweapons before you used military force? TRUMP: Pokémon Go is absolutely a thing of the future and the present. Look, we’re under Pokéattack, forget about them. And we don’t even know where it’s coming from. SANGER: Some days we do, and some days we don’t. TRUMP: Because we’re obsolete. Right now, Russia and China in particular and other places. SANGER: Would you support the United States’ not only developing as we are but fielding Pokéweapons as an alternative? TRUMP: Yes. I am a fan of the future, and Pokémon Go is the future. It's been an excruciatingly long week. Let's all go outside and play some Pokémon Go to take our minds off the state of politics in the United States. After all, Trump is a huge fan of the future, and Pokémon Go is the future.
  • The dream of an iPhone running Android is real (2016-07-22 12:06:32)
    Android and iOS fans are known to occasionally disagree when it comes to their choice of mobile OS. Earlier this year, developer Nick Lee finally saw a way to end these years of conflict, designing a solution that allowed an iOS device to dual-boot into Android by means of a custom case. The case, which contained an enclosed circuit board running a modified version of Android Marshmallow, combined with an app that allowed the iPhone to boot the Android OS.
  • The best portable solar battery charger (2016-07-22 12:00:00)
  • Top 5 solid-state drives: It's upgrade time (2016-07-22 11:54:21)
    CNET editor Dong Ngo picks the best solid-state drives (SSDs) currently on the market.
  • Twitter adds more college sports to its video streaming lineup (2016-07-22 11:46:00)
  • See every single Pokemon from Pokemon Go, all in one place (2016-07-22 11:41:44)
    As anyone who's even a little familiar with Pokemon will known, the goal  of Pokemon Go is to catch as many Pokemon creatures as you can. And if you think that it might not take too long to find every single character, then you’d be dead wrong. There are no less than 151 animals in the game that you have to discover and add to your Pokedex. You might not be able to catch every single Pokemon you spot, but there’s a long list of animals to hunt before you can consider yourself a Pokemaster. Almost everybody knows Pikachu, who is one of the first characters you can catch if you’re familiar with Pokemon Go tricks, but there are plenty of other animals, each one with its own unique story. If you’re looking to meet them all but you can't be bothered to actually hunt them down in the game, there are a couple of sites you should visit. DON'T MISS:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night Before we start, you should know that not all of the 151 Pokemon characters are available to players just yet. There are some that you won’t be able to catch anytime soon, because they haven't been made available at this time. But Business Insider put together a comprehensive list of every single Pokemon that’ll be found in the game, including the rarest ones. The site lists each character's description and the official photo, too. Pikachu is number 25 on the list: The list respects the number and order of the official online Pokedex tool , which is where the information originates from. However, all the information is on one massive page, which means you don’t have to click back and forth to check out various characters. Check out Business Insider ’s full post to see the other 150 Pokemon characters in one place. On the other hand, if you want physical traits and stats for each character, you’ll have to check out their individual pages on Pokemon.com . If you don't care about any of that and you just want to play, you absolutely must check out this awesome new Pokemon Go tool .
  • First drone pilot jailed for flying contraband into UK prisons (2016-07-22 11:38:00)
  • Razer is taking preorders for the OSVR virtual reality headset (2016-07-22 11:32:00)
    Razer has opened preorders for the HDK 2, a VR headset made by its open-source VR initiative OSVR. The $399 headset will start shipping on August 12th, and if you order before July 28th, you’ll get two free VR games as well: the shooter Descent: Underground and racing game Radial G. Its predecessor, the original lower-resolution HDK, will remain on sale for $299. OSVR, which is co-led by Razer and VR company Sensics, is focused on the same kind of tethered VR as Oculus, HTC, and Sony.
  • This smart home hub uses Tor to make IoT devices secure (2016-07-22 11:25:31)
    The internet itself can be pretty insecure, too, which is why some people turn to Tor to help mask their identity. Guardian Project took a Raspberry Pi and turned it into a smart hub that runs its new HomeAssistant software. HomeAssistant more specifically relies on an authenticated hidden service, which means it doesn’t let other Tor users connect to it unless they have a passcode.
  • Amateur diving data could help climate change studies (2016-07-22 11:23:00)
  • iPhone 7 won’t have a headphone jack, but Apple has a trick up its sleeve to keep you happy (2016-07-22 11:16:50)
    Typically, the impending release of a new iPhone model focuses on whatever cool and exciting new features has in the works. The iPhone 7, though, is a bit different. In fact, it's not unreasonable to say that the upcoming unveiling of the iPhone 7 has been marked by controversy more than anything else. According to a number of credible reports, Apple's next-gen smartphone will ship without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. And while Apple isn't shy about discarding popular technologies to the curb, the 3.5mm headphone jack has literally been around for more than 100 years and is as reliable and durable as it is universal. DON'T MISS:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night Suffice it to say, Apple's rumored decision to scrap the tried and true jack on the iPhone 7 has elicited no shortage of heated debates. In one widely circulated piece, Nilay Patel of The Verge argued that removing the headphone jack was nothing short of  " user-hostile. " In turn, we pointed out just a few weeks ago that Apple's disdain for the 3.5mm headphone jack would make the iPhone 7 Apple's riskiest iPhone release yet. After all, with no new groundbreaking features rumored to be part of the iPhone 7 design, removing the headphone jack might persuade a good number of users who might otherwise upgrade to simply stick with what they already have. Now for anyone worried about their beloved 3.5mm headphone jack completely disappearing, there's hope on the horizon. According to a new research note from Deutsche Bank, Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 will ship with a Lighting to 3.5mm dongle, thereby making the transition much more seamless. If this report proves to be true, it would certainly be a smart move by Apple. Indeed, it's much more user-friendly than shipping Lightning headphones and requiring users who prefer to use their old 3.5mm headphones to dole out cash for a dongle. Apple must recognize that abandoning the headphone jack is a huge and risky move. In turn, it probably appreciates that the transition away from the 3.5mm headphone jack won't happen overnight and might even be met by a wave of backlash. That being the case, shipping a dongle -- presumably one that's not too clunky -- inside of every new iPhone 7 box appears to be more than a reasonable compromise. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank analysts also anticipate that the iPhone 7 will ship with a new color, a newly re-designed home button similar in operation to the trackpad on the MacBook, "professional class water-proofing" and more.
  • 5 Seconds of Summer's Ghostbusters music video bows at the feet of Spike Jonze (2016-07-22 11:14:33)
    Officially knighted by One Direction — which has been on a slow Alka Seltzer dissolve for the last six months — Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer is the new cream of the crop when it comes to Pixy Stix-swilling boy bands who play guitar music and aren't shy about pastiche. As such, they've recorded a song for the soundtrack of the new Ghostbusters, and shot a music video featuring Hobby Lobby recreations of the movie's costumes, props, and spare car. Giving the movie's big promotional music video to the boy band of the moment feels like an official passing of the torch — the Ghostbusters franchise belongs to a new generation now, and it belongs to girls a little bit more than it belongs to everyone else.
  • Here’s what you’ll actually be doing in No Man’s Sky (2016-07-22 11:01:22)
    After many delays and a lot of hype, the sci-fi exploration game No Man’s Sky is finally launching next month. If nothing else, it’s a way to hold you over until the game is released on August 9th on both PC and PlayStation 4.
  • You'll recognize these gestures because you make them every day (2016-07-22 11:00:03)
    Some people view gestures are "meaningless," but Sierzega and Whitney see them as a sign of the times. Giant Gestures isn’t a memorialization of how we interact with technology today, but rather a "reinterpretation" of it, the artists said. The gestures change meaning when taken out of context, and users will recognize what basically amounts to a daily performance.
  • NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 gives you gaming power on a budget (2016-07-22 11:00:00)
  • The Mr. Robot VR experience isn't a gimmick — it's true storytelling (2016-07-22 10:56:06)
    Mr. Robot mastermind Sam Esmail has made a point of taking on nearly every creative role possible on his show, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when the idea came up for a virtual reality tie-in, he took the same hands-on approach. Debuting at Comic-Con, Mr. Robot VR is a 13-minute narrative experience written and directed by the auteur that takes viewers on a flashback journey with lead character Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) as he remembers an early encounter with his dealer-turned-love-interest Shayla (Frankie Shaw).
  • Samsung fixes waterproofing issues with the Galaxy S7 Active (2016-07-22 10:54:16)
    The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active — a phone specifically designed to be waterproof — became the subject of scrutiny after a pair of the smartphones failed a Consumer Reports dunk test. At first, Samsung claimed that Consumer Reports could've had two defective devices — which would be a huge coincidence since CNET also did a dunk test which the S7 Active failed — but now the company is singing a different tune. "We found a problem in the production line that we were able to correct," a Samsung representative told Consumer Reports about the device which is exclusive to AT&T. The undisclosed issue has been fixed, but Galaxy S7 Actives currently on shelves won't be swapped out for the problem-free units and current owners won't be offered a replacement unless they report an issue.
  • 3D printers in space: How the maker movement made it to the final frontier (2016-07-22 10:38:15)
    Crew members of the International Space Station recently installed a 3D printer on the station. Here's a look at how the technology came to space.
  • EFF sues US government to void 'onerous' copyright rules (2016-07-22 10:38:00)
  • Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night (2016-07-22 10:26:57)
    Not a day has gone by in the past few weeks that hasn't brought new iPhone 7 leaks with it. "Boring" or not, Apple's next-generation iPhones represent the most hotly anticipated new consumer electronics launch of 2016. Companies out in China have gotten their hands on leaked iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro schematics, and they've been building dummy units in nearby factories ever since. Of course, each new look at these iPhone 7 mockups makes fans even more excited for Apple's upcoming launch in September. While you were fast asleep last night, two hot new iPhone 7 leaks surfaced. One shows us a hands-on video comparison of a rose gold iPhone 7 mockup and an iPhone 6s so we can check out all the subtle differences. Then the second is a photo that gives us our best look yet at the larger iPhone 7 Plus/Pro model's most talked about new feature. MUST SEE:  You can now disable iOS 10’s most annoying new feature… but I don’t want to Okay okay, so the phone's most talked about feature is its lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack, but that's not really a "feature" per se. Instead, the upcoming new dual camera setup have Apple fans buzzing and wondering how Apple might utilize the new configuration to further enhance the iPhone camera experience. Apple's iPhone lineup already has one of the best smartphone cameras in the world, so we can't wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve. Here's the leaked photo from Weibo user KK  — who may have recently given the world its first look at a working iPhone 7 — which shows off a great view of Apple's new camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus (or iPhone 7 Pro, or whatever Apple ends up calling the phone): The same anonymous Weibo user also posted a video of an iPhone 7 mockup being compared to an iPhone 6s. The video, which was reposted on YouTube by 9to5Mac , shows a rose gold iPhone 7 model next to last year's 4.7-inch iPhone, which is also pictured in rose gold. The video gives us a nice opportunity to check out the subtle differences between the 6s and Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone 7. The new model certainly isn't the complete visual redesign users were hoping for in 2016, but it's hardly a "boring" update, as we've discussed ad nauseam. Here's the new video: Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro are expected to debut in September.
  • Looking: The Movie is the perfect ending to an imperfect show (2016-07-22 10:22:30)
    If Looking’s two-season run on HBO left any kind of mark on the TV world, it’s one that has more to do with the show’s languid pace than its ballyhooed homosexuality. Its best episodes, like the first-season daydream in which Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo) explore their nascent relationship, were praised because they felt so meditative and organic.
  • Olympic-themed Apple Watch bands are only available in Rio (2016-07-22 10:14:00)
  • The Moto Z is a good phone headed down the wrong path (2016-07-22 10:07:16)
    As a company that’s losing ground to cheaper rivals at home in China and better-marketed iPhone and Galaxy alternatives in the USA, Lenovo is grasping for a unique selling point — modularity. Modular phones are the passing fad of 2016, and Lenovo’s commitment to them beyond this year could be an albatross for an already ailing mobile division.
  • Someone turned the best Pokemon Go hack into an online tool every player needs (2016-07-22 10:01:38)
    A few days ago, we told you that a few bright developers managed to pull location data out of Pokemon Go and turn it into a Google Maps-based tool that could tell you where Pokemon pop up near your location. Although anyone could use it, the hack required quite a bit of tinkering to make it work, and even some light coding, which made it somewhat difficult for most people to use. However, since then, someone put all that data into one handy and very user-friendly tool that can be used to discover Pokemon near your location. All you have to do is load a website and you should see Pokemon appear around you on a map. DON’T MISS:  You can now disable iOS 10’s most annoying new feature… but I don’t want to Called PokeVision , the site lets you type your address and offers a Google Maps-like interface that shows you where nearby Pokemon are located. You see their names pop up, as well as a countdown timer marking their availability at a specified location. That means you can get instant results with the tool, and make your hunting more efficient. Yes, no matter how you explain the tool, this would probably be considered by most people to be cheating. But it shouldn’t ruin the game for those people who don’t have the time to patrol real-life locations for Pokemon Go content. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, PokeVision’s servers can go down. Not to mention that Pokemon Go servers are also down  following the massive launch in Japan . That means you might not get it working just yet. (Don't forget you can always tell if the Pokemon Go servers go down by visiting this website .) Finally, it’s unclear whether Niantic will somehow kill this cheat in an upcoming update. So, assuming you get it to work, you’d better take advantage of it as soon as you can.
  • New trailers: three Netflix and Marvel series, Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar, Suicide Squad, and more (2016-07-22 10:00:07)
    Please, if you will, imagine all of this in capital letters, and italics, and maybe bolded or underlined and also strikethroughed, because it's COMIC-CON WEEK and things, on the entertainment front, are crazy. Seriously, Netflix has already released THREE Marvel trailers. There's a lot of huge Comic-Con stuff, but also some smaller films and shows that seem like they're worth knowing about.
  • A closer look at the Bugatti Chiron's design (2016-07-22 10:00:03)
    When it comes to a 261-mph hypercar, design needs to work in harmony with engineering. Here's how Bugatti did it.
  • 'Pokémon Go' llega (al fin) a casa: el popular juego móvil aterriza en Japón (2016-07-22 09:57:36)
    Tras más de dos semanas de espera, los fans nipones de Pokémon finalmente han logrado tener acceso al juego de realidad aumentada disponible para iOS y Android.
  • Snowden: 'I never thought I'd be saved' after NSA leaks (2016-07-22 09:54:37)
    Speaking via internet feed at Comic-Con 2016, the former intelligence contractor talks about the aftermath of his bombshell disclosures on government surveillance.
  • Experiment with face swaps in a snap with this new search engine (2016-07-22 09:54:00)
  • Verizon emerges as front-runner in Yahoo auction: sources (2016-07-22 09:51:05)
    Yahoo Inc is focused on selling its core business to U.S. telecommunications company Verizon Communications Inc after reviewing final bids that it received this week, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. A deal would boost Verizon's AOL internet business, which it acquired last year for $4.4 billion, by giving it access to Yahoo's advertising technology tools, as well other assets such as search, mail, messenger and real estate. It would also mark the end of Yahoo as an operating company, leaving it only as the owner of a 35.5 percent stake in Yahoo Japan, as well as its 15 percent interest in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd .
  • Updates to Periscope and Facebook Live bring longer videos, full-screen mode and more (2016-07-22 09:45:48)
    Within a few hours of each other, two big names in the world of live video streaming from mobile devices unveiled a host of new features. Facebook first of all announced that its Live service was to get several widely awaited functions, such as a full-screen mode and video playback in landscape or portrait mode on a mobile device (Android and iOS). Periscope announced an update to its mobile application bringing autoplay to videos on Android devices.
  • Watch the new trailers for Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’ from Comic-Con (2016-07-22 09:35:50)
    Yesterday was a big day for fans of Marvel's Netflix series. Not only did the two companies reveal the first ( not so great ) teaser for The Defenders , they also revealed that Daredevil would be getting a third season and showed off brand new trailers for two highly anticipated shows: Luke Cage and Iron Fist . SEE MORE:  The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ made me so angry If you watched Jessica Jones when it hit Netflix late last year, you already know Luke Cage as Jessica's love interest. Although we spent a lot of time with him, we still don't know much about his past, but expect to learn a whole lot more about Luke when the first season of his show hits on September 30th : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymw5uvViqPU After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive who attempts to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But soon he is pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury. The final Defender, Iron Fist, is the only main character from the Marvel Netflix universe that we haven't met yet. Although Marvel's Netflix shows have been relatively grounded in reality up to this point (you know, for superhero stories), Iron Fist wields a mystical power that should make this show quite different than what we're used to seeing from Daredevil , Jessica and Luke : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCSPda7xQ3s Danny Rand fights relentlessly to regain everything he's lost in Marvel's Iron Fist, coming soon to Netflix. Iron Fist hasn't been given a release date other than 2017 yet.
  • SpaceX recently landed another rocket — here's what it was like to see it (2016-07-22 09:31:49)
    When SpaceX successfully pulled off its first Falcon 9 rocket landing in December, I knew it was something I had to see for myself someday. The company has had a lot of success with its ocean landings in 2016 — and a few explosive results as well.
  • Star Trek Beyond review: two minutes of humor, two hours of angst (2016-07-22 09:15:03)
    For just a few delirious minutes at the opening of Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the latest Trek reboot cycle, director Justin Lin (Fast And The Furious 3 through 6) and writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung appear to be making a comedy. It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the last Trek movie to let its characters be loopy, relaxed, and even silly for more than the space of a line or a scene. The new Trek movies have allowed humor through the door, but it’s mostly been a shoulder-punching bro humor, focused on James T. Kirk’s belligerence or his bedroom habits.
  • Leaked photo might be our first look at Google’s next-gen Nexus phone (2016-07-22 09:14:02)
    Google is going to launch two new Nexus smartphones this year, codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. The company has yet to make them official, but a variety of reports from solid sources have revealed just about everything there is to know about them. The phones are supposed to share the same set of high-end hardware, which could make the 2016 Nexus handsets real flagship killers , and they’re expected to share the same design as well. While we did see renders based on some of the recent leaks , actual photos of the smartphones were not featured in previous reports. However, that’s about to change, as a new image might show us one of the upcoming smartphones for the first time. DON’T MISS: Working Galaxy Note 7 captured on video for the first time ever The HTC-made Marlin made an appearance online, according to TechDroider . Unfortunately, we can only see the screen of the device, so the actual design of the HTC Marlin will remain a mystery. I guess the person who snapped the photo, assuming it's the real deal, only had enough storage for one more picture. The photo indicates the phone is a Marlin running Android Nougat that has received the latest security patches from Google on July 5th. The HTC Marlin is supposed to be the followup to the Nexus 6P . We’re looking at a high-end tablet that should feature a large 5.5-inch 2K AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, rear fingerprint sensor, 3,450mAh battery, and a headphone jack. Hit this link to check out the rumored design of Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones.
  • Video: How big data drove Ted Cruz's campaign and is driving business decisions (2016-07-22 09:03:00)
    Chris Wilson, former Director of Data and Analytics for Ted Cruz for President, explains the role of big data in the 2016 presidential campaign and how every business can use direct targeting to reach customers.
  • The space auction where a Sputnik model goes for $269,000 (2016-07-22 09:00:04)
    On the catalog of the Bonhams auction house in midtown Manhattan, where the Space History Sale took place on Wednesday, the estimated price is $10,000 to $15,000. The room is filled with space artifacts, in glass cases or hanging from the walls: a control panel from the space station MIR, an 86-inch tall Saturn V flight configuration chart, a NASA flight simulator chair, a camera ring sight used by James Irwin on the Moon during Apollo 15, and countless photos and emblems signed by Buzz Aldrin.
  • Microsoft was just ordered to stop Windows 10 from spying on users (2016-07-22 08:49:18)
    After learning just how much data Windows 10 might be collecting from users , France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act and "stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent" within three months. READ MORE:  Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid review Shortly after the launch of the new operating system in July 2015, CNIL began investigating the software and questioning Microsoft on its privacy policy. During these observations, the group discovered that Windows 10 was collecting irrelevant and excessive data, providing a frightening lack of security for users, failing to obtain user consent before allowing first- and third-party apps to monitor browsing or offer targeted advertising and more. The list goes on. "Given the above, the Chair of the CNIL has decided to issue a formal notice to Microsoft Corporation to comply with the Act within three months," writes the CNIL. "This proceedings only commits French Data protection authority. The other data protection authorities belonging to the WP29 Contact group are continuing their investigations within their respective national procedures." As for the consequences of failing to meet these standards: "Should Microsoft Corporation fail to comply with the formal notice within the specified timescale, the Chair may appoint an internal investigator, who may draw up a report proposing that the CNIL’s restricted committee responsible for examining breaches of the Data Protection Act issue a sanction against the company." Microsoft followed up with a response one day after the notice was issued: Earlier today Microsoft received a notice from the French data protection authority, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés or CNIL, raising concerns about certain aspects of Windows 10. The notice gives Microsoft three months to address the issues. We built strong privacy protections into Windows 10, and we welcome feedback as we continually work to enhance those protections. We will work closely with the CNIL over the next few months to understand the agency's concerns fully and to work toward solutions that it will find acceptable. The CNIL noted that the Safe Harbor framework is no longer valid for transferring data from European Union to the United States. We fully understand the importance of establishing a sound legal framework for trans-Atlantic data transfers, and that is why Microsoft has been very supportive of the efforts on both side of the Atlantic that led to last week's adoption of the Privacy Shield. As the European Commission observed, Microsoft's January 2016 Privacy Statement states that the company adheres to the principles of the Safe Harbor Framework. Microsoft has in fact continued to live up to all of its commitments under the Safe Harbor Framework, even as the European and U.S. representatives worked toward the new Privacy Shield. As we state in our privacy statement, in addition to the Safe Harbor Framework we rely on a variety of legal mechanisms as the basis for transferring data from Europe, including standard contractual clauses, a data transfer mechanism established by the European Commission and approved by European data protection authorities, to cover data flows from the European Union to the United States. Microsoft will release an updated privacy statement next month, and that will say Microsoft intends to adopt the Privacy Shield. We are working now toward meeting the requirements of the Privacy Shield. Although Microsoft failed to explain why it continues to collect so much seemingly irrelevant data from users or even address the legitimate security concerns raised by CNIL, at least the company appears to be taking this seriously.
  • This minimalist circuit board generates digital audio in its simplest form (2016-07-22 08:41:03)
    The matte-black circuit board that holds Tristan Perich’s Noise Patterns has a few things in common with your average smartphone. Noise Patterns is Perich’s latest experiment with 1-bit music, an album made up of six pieces of rhythmic noise that’s best heard right from the source: the circuit board.
  • Jon Stewart got back behind a late night desk, so we might be fine after all (2016-07-22 08:38:30)
    After sticking his toe in the water and joining Stephen Colbert in the woods for a few spit takes on Monday night, Jon Stewart finally made his way to the right side of a late night desk yesterday evening. Thank goodness. The Daily Show is still around, but it doesn't feel as urgent or vital as it did in previous years — Trevor Noah does a solid job, but there's just nobody like Stewart. This week's feature spots on Colbert have many hoping he'll rejoin us for the last few months leading up to the election.
  • Volkswagen to stop selling most of its vehicles in South Korea (2016-07-22 08:30:03)
    This makes the diesel stop-sale in the US seem like a small hiccup.
  • NASA's Curiosity Rover now decides which Mars rocks to shoot all by itself (2016-07-22 08:17:45)
    The Curiosity rover uses its laser to analyze the chemical composition of rocks and soil — hitting the target with a tiny pulse, and then scrutinizing the gas produced using a spectrometer. The laser itself is tiny, but Curiosity's handlers have wielded it unsparingly: zapping some 1,400 targets in 10,000 places with more than 350,000 individual shots. Previously, every target had to be first selected by a scientist back on Earth, but now, NASA is using a piece of software known as AEGIS (that stands for "Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science") to let Curiosity pick its own victims.
  • Nvidia's new $1,200 Titan X graphics card is an absolute monster (2016-07-22 08:07:33)
    The American chipmaker has just unveiled its most powerful graphics card yet -- but it comes at a cost.
  • Mophie Charge Force wireless charging system: The smart person's guide (2016-07-22 08:00:03)
    Wireless charging is the focus of Mophie's latest entry in the smartphone accessory market. The lineup offers juice packs for some Samsung and iPhone models that bond to a base for instant charging capabilities.
  • The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ made me so angry (2016-07-22 07:45:53)
    Look, if we're being honest with ourselves we can admit that the past few Marvel movies have been... not great. They're all still wonderfully entertaining thanks to huge budgets and compelling characters, but I'd wager that there aren't many people out there who would argue that Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America movies have been getting better as they progress. That noticeable decline is one of the reasons I'm so excited for The Defenders , an upcoming new Netflix exclusive show that will combine the stories of four characters from the Marvel universe similar to what we've seen in The Avengers . But the first teaser trailer Marvel just release didn't pique my interest — it just made me angry. DON'T MISS:  Someone built a black and gold iPhone 6 and it’s everything you dreamed it would be I was so let down by recent Marvel movies like Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron that I didn't even bother to see Civil War , instead opting to wait for it to hit TV. The storylines in the franchise's past few movies have been a bit — how can I put this nicely? — terrible. Meanwhile, the first two seasons of Marvel's series Daredevil have been terrific as was Jessica Jones , marking a very promising start to Marvel's Netflix offshoot. That's why I'm holding onto hope that next year's The Defenders is going to be great. It'll bring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist together in one terrific series, and the first teaser trailer was just released from San Diego Comic-Con. It's pure evil. The new series won't kick off until next year but if you're going to release a teaser trailer, at least give us something . Instead, all we get is... well... watch for yourself: The Defenders will premiere exclusively on Netflix sometime in 2017.
  • First Click: How long has your current phone lasted? (2016-07-22 07:30:03)
    I’ve been using the same phone — an iPhone 5S — for nearly two years now, and it works fine. The battery life could be better, and I’m sure a newer model would be a bit faster. But I haven’t been able to justify an upgrade, because it still works.
  • How your business can make money on Pokemon Go (2016-07-22 07:30:03)
    Pokemon Go is the biggest mobile game of all time. While it has caused some frustrations, there are ways you use it to drive business.
  • CNET UK podcast 490: British chip designer ARM sold, Pokemadness and 'Star Trek Beyond' reviewed (2016-07-22 07:28:12)
    Is the sale of tech giant ARM to Japan's SoftBank a sign that Britain's open for business, or flogging the family silver? Plus spoiler-free thoughts on the new Trek movie, and much more.
  • Apple Watch gets 14 flag-inspired Olympic bands (2016-07-22 07:19:37)
    You can now wear your support for your national team on your sleeve -- although you do have be willing to go to Brazil to do so.
  • Samsung welcomes Huawei to the top tier of mobile with a salvo of lawsuits (2016-07-22 07:13:36)
    When Chinese company Huawei became the third largest smartphone vendor in the world alongside Apple and Samsung, it moved into the top tier of mobile vendors. The Chinese firm started this process itself earlier this year when it filed suit against Samsung for the Korean firm's use of 11 standard-essential patents owned by Huawei. Now, Samsung is firing back, alleging that Huawei infringed six of Samsung's own patents, and demanding damages of 161 million Chinese yuan ($24.1 million).
  • Co-bots: Ford's experiment in robot-human collaboration where no one loses their job (2016-07-22 07:00:03)
    At its factory in Cologne, Germany, Ford is working on 'co-bots'-robots designed to assist human workers. Here's what they plan to gain from the new working experience.
  • The best laptops you can buy right now (2016-07-22 07:00:03)
    Our favorites, from budget-priced hybrids to upscale ultraportables to gaming laptops that skip the performance compromises.
  • 'Legends of the Hidden Temple' VR put me face-to-stony-face with Olmec (2016-07-22 06:53:16)
    Wish you could have been on the '90s Nickelodeon game show? This virtual reality experience takes you inside the infamous temple.
  • Syrians harness Pokemon frenzy to depict their plight (2016-07-22 06:49:31)
    A sad-eyed Pikachu Pokemon Go character sits amidst the rubble on a Syrian street, while a Charizard dragon from the smash hit game is perched alongside gun-toting jihadists. The striking montages are the work of Syrian Khaled Akil, who is one of several activists and artists using the international frenzy over Pokemon Go to draw new attention to the plight of their battle-scarred country. In the images posted on Akil's website, characters from the wildly popular smartphone app are placed into news photographs of scenes from the conflict in Syria, which is now in its sixth year and has killed more than 280,000 people.
  • KickassTorrents resurfaces online, as all piracy sites do (2016-07-22 06:07:47)
    The alleged founder and operator of the most popular torrenting site in the world, KickassTorrents (KAT), has been apprehend by the US authorities and the site's domains seized. A statement emailed to The Verge from the creators of KAT.am claims the site is "hosted on multiple cloud servers to prevent blockade, and the hosting information is well hidden behind Cloudflare." The anonymous contact said they'd improved on the original KickassTorrents site by adding a mobile version, and noted (with the original, ambiguous, wording retained here) that the site "will has the complete torrent database of KAT, including the comments, user information intact." We're not sure whether that means KAT.am has this complete log of comments, etc, or will have it at some point in the future. The Department of Justice's statement on KAT's alleged founder and operator, 30-year-old Artem Vaulin, charges him with "unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials," and claims that he collected roughly $16 million in advertising revenue a year.
  • Sweden's Kinnevik says Zalando can withstand Amazon threat (2016-07-22 06:06:46)
    Swedish investment firm Kinnevik, which backs Europe's biggest pure online fashion firm Zalando, is confident the retailer can withstand competition from Amazon because it caters to a different type of customer. Zalando's shares have tumbled 11 percent this year as investors have expressed fears it is more exposed to Amazon's foray into fashion than British rival ASOS, whose shares have rallied 30 percent since the start of 2016. Kinnevik is Zalando's biggest shareholder.
  • Chinese scientists will soon begin the first CRISPR human trial (2016-07-22 06:06:00)
  • 'Power Rangers' movie will have reimagined Alpha 5, shiny Power Coins (2016-07-22 06:02:44)
    Director Dean Israelite confirmed Thursday that the Rangers' robot buddy will be in the 2017 film.
  • China seeks top-10 automation ranking by 2020: robot industry group (2016-07-22 05:51:39)
    China is aiming for a top-10 ranking in automation for its industries by 2020 by putting more robots in its factories, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) said. China's push to modernize its manufacturing with robotics is partly a response to labor shortages and fast-rising wages. By 2020, it aims to boost penetration to 150 per 10,000 workers, IFR said in a statement, citing Wang Ruixiang, President of the China Machinery Industry Federation.
  • Watch it, cowboy: Japan's 9 safety tips for "Pokemon Go" (2016-07-22 05:38:13)
    TOKYO (AP) — Aware of the reports of "Pokemon Go"-related mishaps elsewhere, Japan's government-run National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity has issued a flier with these nine public safety tips to keep overly enthusiastic players from getting into trouble. The smartphone game was released in Japan on Friday:
  • Apple is selling country-themed Apple Watch bands for the Olympics (2016-07-22 05:24:15)
    If you're making a trip to Brazil this year for the Olympics then Apple has a new way for you to show your team colors: country-themed bands for the Apple Watch. As reported by GQ, the limited edition bands will be available for 14 different nations from this August, but will only be sold at the Apple Store in Barra da Tijuc, a neighborhood in the west of Rio de Janeiro. The band are based on the new woven-nylon strap that Apple introduced earlier this year, and cost $49 apiece.
  • Apple to open first Apple Store in Taiwan (2016-07-22 05:03:02)
    Apple Inc is planning to open its first Apple Store in Taiwan, a move that comes after the U.S. technology giant raised $1.38 billion in a bond offering last month on the island that is home to many companies in its supply chain. Apple was seeking "a leader for personnel training plans for the Taiwan Apple Store" and other retail positions indicating it was looking for a team in Taiwan, according to job postings dated Friday on Apple's website. The Cupertino, California-based company confirmed it had plans to open the first Apple Store in Taiwan, but provided no other details.
  • Microsoft's canceled 3D Touch Windows phone gets reviewed (2016-07-22 04:37:37)
    Microsoft was planning to introduce its own unique 3D Touch feature for Windows Phones back in 2014. While we exclusively detailed 3D Touch and the existence of Nokia's "McLaren" prototype device, Microsoft decided to cancel the flagship and focus on the emergence of Windows 10 for mobiles. Windows Central has managed to get access to a McLaren prototype, and it looks like a mix of Nokia's Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925. Previous leaks have shown off the camera bump, and compared the device to an iPhone. Windows Central has even reviewed the entire device, detailing its 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 5.5-inch full HD display, and the 20-megapixel camera.The most interesting aspect of the McLaren was, without a doubt, the 3D Touch features.
  • Google is selling businesses AI-powered language analysis on tap (2016-07-22 04:32:30)
    Google has fallen behind in the cloud computing market, outpaced by rivals like Microsoft and Amazon. Earlier this year, Google announced its intention to offer cloud-based machine learning tools to customers, and from this week onwards, two of those APIS are going to be available to all in an open beta. The first of these is a text analysis tool, which can be used to automatically extract key bits of information from written documents, or perform "sentiment analysis" to judge the mood and intent of the author.
  • Philippines suspends new Uber, Grab vehicle registrations as backlog mounts (2016-07-22 03:52:52)
    The Philippines has stopped accepting applications for new ride-sharing vehicles of Uber [UBER.UL] and Grab due to a backlog amid a government review of its policies on fare spikes, a senior official said on Friday. "It's just the new applications that we have to suspend so we don't have a huge amount of backlog," said Cherie Mercado, spokeswoman of the transportation department. Applications have ballooned to record highs, with 29,000 pending, 23,000 of which were for Uber and the rest divided between Grab and u-Hop, she said.
  • New AI creates original music by looking at pictures (2016-07-22 03:31:26)
    A new AI from the Google of China, Baidu, deconstructs pictures and uses the visual elements within to create original music.
  • Pokemon GO launches in Japan, bringing smash-hit game home (2016-07-22 03:26:49)
    By Elaine Lies and Megumi Lim TOKYO (Reuters) - Eager Japanese rushed to their phones on Friday to start hunting as Pokemon GO, the hit Nintendo-backed smartphone game, finally launched in Japan, home of the colorful cartoon characters. The game has been an unexpected, runaway success from Spain to Australia, doubling Nintendo's value since the game's launch in the United States earlier this month. Japan, however, had been made to wait, as Niantic, the developers behind the game, and Nintendo sought to ensure servers would withstand the game's popularity.
  • NVIDIA's new top-end graphics card is the $1,200 Titan X (2016-07-22 03:26:00)
  • How 'Pokemon Go' went from prank to phenomenon (2016-07-22 03:02:46)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The origin of "Pokemon Go" is as peculiar as any of the Voltorbs or Snorlaxes that players track and capture in the surprise hit game.
  • Crave giveaway: Piper DIY electronics kit for kids (2016-07-22 03:00:02)
    Do your kids like playing Minecraft? This week's giveaway lets young ones build their own computer, then teaches them about programming through the game.
  • Huawei wants to change your mind about its smartphones, and it's working (2016-07-22 02:47:04)
    The Chinese company has become a world leader in smartphones in recent years, eschewing its humble, budget-phone-centric roots.
  • The post-Ailes Fox News may have bigger problems (2016-07-22 02:19:33)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes built the Fox News Channel into a ratings juggernaut, one that successfully presented a conservative alternative to mainstream news and garnered a large new audience in the Age of Trump.
  • Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders take over Comic-Con (2016-07-22 02:16:47)
    Unveiled tonight in San Diego: Production has begun on the solo "Punisher" series; a third season of "Daredevil" is coming (soon?); and the teasers for two anticipated Marvel shows on Netflix.
  • Pokemon Go home: Mega popular game finally arrives in Japan (2016-07-22 02:09:35)
    After more than two weeks of waiting, Japanese Pokemon fans can finally get their hands on the augmented-reality game for iOS and Android.
  • Try passing 'The Turing Test' August 30th on Xbox One (2016-07-22 02:09:00)
  • Watch Patrick Stewart profess his love for hardware stores in a beautiful Twitter soliloquy (2016-07-22 01:56:10)
    Sir Patrick Stewart has the kind of voice that can make anything sound important — Christmas ghosts, rubber-faced aliens, and even, apparently, hardware stores. The actor and Starfleet captain tweeted a video paean to the humble hardware store yesterday, standing outside one named Websters, and professing his undying love for the drills, hammers, and other tools that lay just beyond its glass window. "Look here," Stewart says to the giggling camera operator, waving his hand toward a wall of pliers.
  • Redbox is testing its second attempt at a streaming service (2016-07-22 01:37:19)
    Redbox, best known for its DVD rental kiosks, is planning to follow Netflix into the streaming business. Redbox is currently testing a new service called Redbox Digital, four months after the company indicated it wanted to put together its own streaming service. A Redbox spokesperson told Variety that the rental company was developing a "transactional digital VOD and EST offering" that it says is designed to complement its existing kiosk business.
  • BMW plans electric car battery factory in Thailand: industry minister (2016-07-22 01:26:48)
    German carmaker BMW Group is considering building a new plug-in hybrid vehicle battery factory in Thailand, the country's industry minister said on Friday. Construction was likely to start in the middle of next year with an investment of 2 billion baht ($57 million), Industry Minister Atchaka Sibunruang said, adding that the factory would make hybrid vehicles more affordable for Thai consumers. "Hybrid vehicles are still expensive now but once there is a factory established and batteries are available this will make it affordable for consumers," Atchaka told reporters.
  • Twitter reacts swiftly to Donald Trump's acceptance speech (2016-07-22 01:19:05)
    Trump's usually hyperactive Twitter account was, naturally, radio silent, but others had their say on social media during the GOP presidential nominee's acceptance speech.
  • Verizon will disconnect its heaviest 'unlimited' data users (2016-07-22 01:05:00)
  • LME trading resumes after four hour delay on technical outage (2016-07-22 00:31:36)
    Trading on the London Metal Exchange's electronic platforms restarted just before 0400 GMT after technical issues delayed the start of trading for almost four hours on Friday. The delayed was due to technical issues relating to members' ability to connect to the market, a spokesman at LME-owner Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing said. LME copper traded down half a percent at $4,959 by 0404 GMT with still relatively low volume of around 100 lots.
  • Ride-hailing service Grab partners Indonesia's Lippo for mobile payments (2016-07-22 00:09:52)
    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Southeast Asian ride-hailing service Grab said on Friday it is teaming up with Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group to implement a payments platform. This will be Grab's first step to providing a mobile payments solution more widely across Southeast Asia and will extend its reach beyond transport, Grab said in a statement. Users will be able to use the Grab app to pay for services across Lippo's retail companies, including department stores, cinemas and e-commerce. The partnership will give Grab access to over 50 million existing customers in Indonesia, it added. ...
  • Live Planet camera system live streams in VR (2016-07-22 00:00:02)
    With 16 lenses, this camera stitches together 360-degree footage in real-time for viewing on multiple VR platforms.
  • Twitch Creative streamers to raise funds for kids in need (2016-07-21 23:57:00)
  • Pokemon GO launches in Japan, bringing global smash-hit game home (2016-07-21 23:32:59)
    By Elaine Lies and Naomi Tajitsu TOKYO (Reuters) - Eager Japanese rushed to their phones on Friday to start hunting as the Pokemon GO mobile game finally launched in Japan, bringing the record-setting global hit to the home of the Pokemon characters. After several days of rumors that the launch was imminent, Japan - one of the world's biggest gaming markets - joined the United States, Canada, Australia and more than 30 countries in Europe in playing the "augmented-reality" game by Nintendo Co Ltd in which players interact with virtual characters in the real world. The unexpected hit has doubled Nintendo's value since its U.S. launch earlier this month.
  • Ted Schilowitz talks Barco Escape and being a professional futurist (Tomorrow Daily 395 show notes) (2016-07-21 23:16:03)
    We deep dive into robot cowboys, interactive LED art and golf cart jetpacks. Also, we welcome Barco Escape Chief Creative Officer Ted Schilowitz to the show to discuss new moviegoing experiences and what he does as 20th Century Fox's resident futurist.
  • Russian balloonist hopes to circumnavigate globe on Saturday (2016-07-21 23:14:00)
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 65-year-old Russian adventurer was on the brink of setting a record for flying solo in a balloon around the world nonstop and was expected to land in Australia on Saturday, his son said on Friday.
  • Netflix previews 'Luke Cage' and more Marvel at Comic-Con (2016-07-21 23:09:00)
  • LME trading delayed in Asia due to technical outage (2016-07-21 23:00:58)
    The start of trading on the London Metal Exchange was delayed on Friday due to technical issues, with trading still set to begin nearly three hours into the session. "The opening of LMESelect has been delayed due to technical issues relating to members' ability to connect to the market," a spokesman at LME-owner Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing said. "The LME is working with its network provider to resolve the issue as soon as possible such that the market can open without further issue." Traders said the outage was dampening overall interest in metal markets.
  • Samsung invents the artificial muscles your future foldable smartphone will need (2016-07-21 23:00:40)
    It’s no secret that Samsung wants to make more advanced flexible mobile devices in the future, including foldable smartphones . But such products require advanced manufacturing techniques that would guarantee the integrity of the product while it’s being bent. Samsung, therefore, invented an artificial muscle whose mission, should it choose to accept it, would be to move the internal components and the screen of a flexible device in such a way that the hardware isn’t damaged. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time First discovered by Korea News , the patents were filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The first one describes flexible components supposed to fold the display and other parts seamlessly. "A support member provided between the display panel and the image processing board and at least one artificial muscle connecting at least two plates" is what teardown experts might discover inside such products. The muscle isn’t a real muscle, but acts like one. As ZDNet explains , it’s a set of small connected plates that are arranged in a matrix structure that will respond to bending movements when sensors detect them. At that point, the muscle will move with the force, moving the components it’s supposed to protect in the same direction in a correct, safe, movement. A second patent describes a display panel made of two separate areas, which are connected by the muscle assembly described above. The display would be a top and bottom area, and would be user-bendable. Apple has launched smartphones with curved and flexible displays so far, but those models were not bending-friendly. The company is rumored to launch at least one such new form factor device at some point next year .
  • Peter Thiel tells Republican convention he is 'proud to be gay' (2016-07-21 22:54:42)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, the only big-name supporter of Donald Trump from the country's technology hub, spoke on Thursday at the Republican National Convention to urge the country to discard petty cultural battles and turn its attention to solving the United States' economic decline. Thiel offered a full-throated endorsement of Trump, echoing the Republican candidate's themes of economic decline while lambasting economic and foreign policies that have allowed the country to get embroiled in "stupid wars." "Our nuclear bases still use floppy disks.
  • At RNC, Peter Thiel talks gay pride, warns Republicans away from 'fake culture wars' (2016-07-21 22:51:11)
    During a speech at the Republican National Convention, the PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor calls gender issues "a distraction from our real problems" and says Trump can rebuild an ailing economy.
  • Apple regains status as world's favorite company (2016-07-21 22:46:24)
    Technically Incorrect: Having lost out to Google last year, Apple rises to the top again in FutureBrand's analysis of the top 100 listed companies in the world.
  • Nvidia announces the new Titan X, an absurdly powerful $1,200 graphics card (2016-07-21 22:36:43)
    Nvidia's breakneck GPU release schedule continues today with the announcement of the new Titan X, the company's most powerful graphics card yet. While the recently released $599 GTX 1080 impressed by outperforming last year's $999 Titan X, the new card goes all-out with Nvidia's latest Pascal architecture, 12GB of GDDR5X memory, and 3,584 cores at 1.53GHz delivering a quoted 11 teraflops of performance. The new Titan X, which Nvidia calls "the biggest GPU ever built," has 12 billion transistors in total — and you'll be paying about $100 per billion.
  • Redbox is getting back into streaming and downloads (2016-07-21 22:32:00)
  • Social media's inescapable presence at the RNC (2016-07-21 22:14:55)
    Facebook and Twitter are taking up big space -- literally -- at the GOP confab in Cleveland.
  • Nintendo, McDonald's Japan shares up as players say Pokemon GO hits Japan (2016-07-21 22:13:05)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares of Nintendo rose as much as 7 percent on Friday, erasing earlier losses after players reported the company's blockbuster mobile phone game Pokemon GO had been released in Japan. Shares in McDonald's Japan, which will collaborate on the game, rose as much as 9 percent. (Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Clara Ferreira Marques)
  • Marvel confirms Daredevil is coming back to Netflix for a third season (2016-07-21 22:10:31)
    Daredevil will return to Netflix for a third season, Marvel confirmed today during San Diego's Comic-Con. Marvel also didn't confirm when Matt Murdoch, Foggy, and friends will actually be back on the streaming service, but a third season will join a slate of upcoming Marvel shows, including Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a second series of Jessica Jones.
  • The wait is over for 'Pokemon Go' fans in Japan (2016-07-21 22:07:54)
    TOKYO (AP) — The wait is over for "Pokemon Go" fans in Japan.
  • Watch the first teaser trailer for Marvel's The Defenders (2016-07-21 22:07:45)
    Marvel outdid itself for its Netflix panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year. In addition to debuting new footage for Luke Cage, the studio showed a teaser for next year's The Defenders. The event series promises to be an Avengers-esque crossover featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, all facing a mystical evil that threatens to swallow New York City whole.
  • You booze, you lose: Study confirms direct link between alcohol and cancer (2016-07-21 22:04:58)
    Newly published research has found even moderate consumption of alcohol carries risk of seven types of cancer.
  • Pokemon GO launches in Japan, bringing smash-hit mobile game home (2016-07-21 22:01:42)
    Nintendo Co Ltd's Pokemon GO mobile game has launched in Japan, bringing the record-setting global hit to the home of the Pokemon characters. Japan, one of the world's biggest gaming markets, joins the United States, Canada, Australia and more than 30 countries in Europe to have the "augmented-reality" game, in which players interact with virtual characters in the real world. The game was created by Nintendo, Niantic, and Pokemon Co. Nintendo owns a third of Pokemon Co, and both have undisclosed stakes in Niantic.
  • The latest teaser for Netflix's Luke Cage is all bullets and mayhem (2016-07-21 21:54:25)
    Marvel's Luke Cage is set to debut this fall on Netflix, so it's about time fans saw something new from the series. Here at San Diego Comic-Con, attendees got a fresh look at what Cage, one of Marvel's toughest superheroes, has been up to since leaving Hell's Kitchen last year. Here, he takes on a gang of goons before facing off against Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali), assuring him that he's only getting started.
  • WikiLeaks threatens to start its own Twitter because of ‘cyber feudalism’ (2016-07-21 21:51:02)
    WikiLeaks and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have had harsh words over Twitter’s recent decision to ban noted Breitbart editor and troll Milo Yiannopoulos. This afternoon, WikiLeaks’ Twitter account declared the ban an example of "cyber feudalism," saying that Twitter had "banned conservative gay libertarian [Yiannopoulos] for speaking the 'wrong' way" to Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.
  • PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel says he is 'proud to be gay' as he pledges support for Trump (2016-07-21 21:37:53)
    Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel said on stage at the Republican National Convention tonight that he is "proud to be gay, proud to be a Republican, but most of all, proud to be an American." He was the first openly gay speaker at the RNC to speak about his sexuality. Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and board member at Facebook, made several economic points during his speech as well, gesturing to Silicon Valley's success compared to other parts of the country.
  • Pokémon Go is FINALLY out in the country that discovered Pokémon (2016-07-21 21:23:20)
    Japan's long national nightmare is over: its citizens and residents are now finally able to use "Pokémon Go," a smartphone application that helps people find and catch pokémon around them. As you're no doubt aware, pokémon are a diverse class of creatures that were first discovered by Japanese scientists Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori in 1996, meaning species like the pikachu have forever been associated with Japan. As such, launching the app in the United States appears to have been more of a priority, possibly because Japan's higher pokémon density than the US could have caused technical issues with users' pokédexes.
  • China's WeChat takes on WhatsApp in Africa (2016-07-21 21:22:41)
    By Tiisetso Motsoeneng JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Late to the party, WeChat, China's biggest Internet-based mobile messaging platform, is scrambling to get a piece of the action in the booming African market. The move is leading the South Africa-China joint venture down a fiercely competitive path as Facebook's WhatsApp is already part of the social media fabric in most African countries. Africa is not often the scene of battles between tech giants, but the outcome could help determine who can turn the exponential growth in online messaging services into profits.
  • Nintendo's new NES commercial will toy with your nostalgia (2016-07-21 21:14:00)
  • LME electronic trading systems down, under investigation (2016-07-21 21:12:11)
    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Electronic trading on the London Metal Exchange has been disrupted and the matter is under investigation, an LME trading operations person told Reuters on Friday. So far there is no indication when the systems will resume, the operations person said. (Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Michael Perry)
  • Not everyone is excited about Tesla and Elon Musk’s ambitious master plan (2016-07-21 21:00:23)
    Yesterday evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk published part two of the company’s not-so-secret master plan for automotive domination. With part one of the plan effectively accomplished – culminating with the 2017 release of the Model 3 – part two details Tesla’s ambitious plan for the future, a vision that includes electric busses, a proliferation of solar power, pickup trucks, and a fleet of fully autonomous Tesla vehicle. In the wake of Musk’s recently published plan, some of the bigwigs on Wall Street have already begun to weigh-in on Tesla’s goals. For the most part, analysts appear to be satisfied with Musk’s vision of the future, though a few analysts expressed concern regarding Tesla’s plan to finance their grandiose ideas. As for the more immediate impact on Tesla stock, shares of the company were down 3.75% today. DON’T MISS: Pokemon Go: Google Maps hack makes it easier than ever to find Pokemon Earlier today, The Street provided us with a recap of some of the more notable and interesting analyst notes that emerged following Musk’s note yesterday. Up first, Rod Lache of Deutsche Bank, while not finding anything terribly new in Musk’s statements, found it compelling nonetheless. One area of concern, though, is whether Tesla’s planned acquisition of Solar City is in fact a shrewd business move. And while it goes without saying that all aspects of the plan involve very high levels of execution risk, we continue to find the "Tesla Motors" plans, which are encompassed in Parts 2, 3, and 4, as innovative and potentially compelling. We continue to work on better appreciating whether Solar is in fact a "good" business for Tesla shareholders. Second, Adam Jonas of Morgan Stanley -- a Tesla bull who has long championed Tesla's foray into the ridesharing business -- had this to say. Given the company's rate of cash consumption, to put this innovation into action, Tesla must fund the plan with large amounts of external capital. Tesla management have demonstrated a strong ability to convince investors of the validity and scope of its business and technological ambition. The expansion of business scope announced last night is very significant, likely requiring substantial deployment of capital and potentially many years of upfront losses to see to fruition...Absorbing the losses at SCTY while funding its further expansion could likely add a further investment burden on top of all that. These are big markets and we understand they require large capital investments, time and execution risk to address...We do not have enough detail from Tesla to offer any specific analysis or observations of their shared/autonomous services at this time...We'd say the Master Plan Part Deux is pretty darn down the middle of the fairway of our expectations. With one exception: Tesla Semi. We did not see that coming at all. Commercial vehicle transport is a very different end market, with different customers, engineering demands, vehicle demands and infrastructure. Make sure to hit the source link below for the full run down of what Wall Street had to say about Tesla's take on the future of driving.
  • Samsung Electronics sues Huawei in China for patent infringement (2016-07-21 20:37:41)
    Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it sued Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] for patent infringements through multiple courts in China, escalating a legal conflict between the smartphone rivals. The South Korean firm sued Huawei in a Beijing court about two weeks ago for allegedly infringing six of its patents, a spokeswoman said. "Despite our best efforts to resolve this matter amicably, it has regrettably become necessary to take legal action in order to defend our intellectual property," Samsung said in a statement.
  • PayPal seeks to extend reach with Visa tie-up (2016-07-21 20:33:43)
    PayPal Holdings Inc moved to extend the reach of its online payments business through a deal with Visa Inc that is expected to boost the revenue and number of users of the money-transfer service. The partnership announced on Thursday is intended to make it easier for customers to use Visa credit and debit cards in PayPal transactions and allow shoppers to use PayPal in brick-and-mortar retail locations. It is PayPal's latest effort to bring its internet payments service to the physical checkout line.
  • The Republican convention looks very different on Snapchat (2016-07-21 20:32:08)
    A handful of Snapchat celebrities are on hand for the RNC in Cleveland this week. We tracked them down to see how they're experiencing and sharing American democracy in action.
  • Teen Wolf said goodbye to Comic-Con with a Flashdance homage (2016-07-21 20:16:47)
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  • Samsung Elec sues Huawei in China for patent infringement (2016-07-21 20:14:43)
    Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it sued smartphone rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] for patent infringements through multiple courts in China, escalating a legal conflict between the two companies. The South Korean firm sued Huawei in a Beijing court for allegedly infringing six of its patents, a spokeswoman said. Huawei in May said it sued Samsung in the United States and China, accusing its rival of infringement on patents for fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software.
  • T-Mobile is giving free data and calls to customers in Brazil for the Olympics (2016-07-21 20:00:27)
    Downside of going to Rio for the Olympics: you might get Zika. Plus side of going to Rio (at least if you're a T-Mobile customer): free data for the duration of the games. The carrier-that-isn't-a-carrier announced on Thursday that any customers heading to Rio for the Olympics will get free data, free calls back to the US, and free worldwide texting. Given that you can pick up a pre-paid SIM for less than my monthly plan, might be worth buying if you're heading to Rio this August. DON'T MISS:  If you want to be the best at Pokemon Go, you have to pay Any T-Mobile customers in Rio will get free, unlimited LTE data for the month of August. Given that 100,000 Americans are estimated to be heading to Rio for the games, that's not a bad giveaway. https://youtu.be/BjLRtwqpwcc To further the PR stunt points, T-Mobile is also giving away a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge to the families of athletes heading to the Games, so every celebratory Snapchat you see will be courtesy of the magenta mafia. T-Mobile's roaming plans are already generous (by which I mean, often free), and this kind of move cements T-Mobile's reputation as the best plan for frequent travelers. All in all, it's a good move from T-Mobile. Although it's not spending money to be an official sponsor for the Olympics (unlike AT&T and Samsung), most of the US visitors there are likely to be using its network.
  • Get the Moto Z for only $1 at Best Buy (with a caveat) (2016-07-21 19:59:23)
    With a two-year contract, you can get the Moto Z for just $1 or the Z Force for just $99 at Best Buy.
  • Facebook's solar-powered internet drone takes flight (2016-07-21 19:58:04)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Aquila, Facebook's lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook page. The company ultimately hopes to have a fleet of Aquilas that can fly for at least three months at a time at 60,000 feet (18,290 meters) and communicate with each other to deliver internet access.
  • Verizon will kick customers off unlimited data if they use over 100GB per month (2016-07-21 19:57:01)
    Verizon Wireless will soon begin forcing grandfathered unlimited data customers to switch over to a tiered plan if they use over 100GB in a single month. Yesterday, Droid Life reported on the carrier's plan to cut off service for users who regularly burn through extraordinary amounts of data each month. As a longtime unlimited data customer, the news had me a little nervous — especially since at the time, it wasn't clear exactly how much data usage Verizon would deem to be excessive.
  • 'Overwatch' was June's best-selling game, even with a handicap (2016-07-21 19:46:00)
  • WeWork demands start-up tenant take down critical blog (2016-07-21 19:42:44)
    By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - WeWork Cos, the office-space sharing start-up with an estimated $16 billion valuation, has demanded that one of its tenants take down a blog on a public website that suggests the rate at which members leave has surged in recent months. The posting on Tuesday by Justin Zhen, whose data analytics firm Thinknum operates out of a WeWork site on 42nd Street in Manhattan, also said that member engagement on WeWork's social networking platform is surprisingly low. ...
  • ​Wonder Woman stamps honor 75 years of Amazon glory (2016-07-21 19:25:36)
    Send your snail mail with US Postal Service stamps honoring the Amazonian warrior princess who can lasso the truth out of villains and deflect bullets with her bracelets.
  • Al Jazeera to launch English language digital streaming service in U.S. (2016-07-21 19:13:51)
    Al Jazeera Media Network is preparing to make its English language international news channel video content digitally available to U.S. viewers again, according to a July 21 email sent to employees obtained by Reuters. The move comes almost three months after it shut down its U.S. cable television network, Al Jazeera America, citing economic challenges in the U.S. media market. Al Jazeera English reaches more than 305 million households in over 160 countries.
  • Amazon set to increase bet on Italy's digital turnaround plan: sources (2016-07-21 19:12:13)
    By Giulia Segreti MILAN (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon.com is set to announce on Friday the first in a series of investments in Italy worth at least 500 million euros ($550 million), a bet on the government's plan to go from laggard to leader in digital commerce, sources said. Amazon will invest 150 million euros to build a major storage and logistics center outside Rome, its second in Italy, said one source close to the matter. "There are wide margins of growth for small and medium businesses in Italy, which are still very much behind their European counterparts on e-commerce," the source said.
  • Boat thieves thwarted by teens with a Phantom drone (2016-07-21 19:08:00)
  • How to find out if your social media accounts have been compromised (2016-07-21 19:00:18)
    When it comes to the internet, there are few things more frightening than finding out that one of your social media accounts has been compromised. Our Facebook accounts in particular are home to countless private details and conversations, which is exactly why we should be diligent about checking the status of our accounts on a regular basis, even if there are no signs of tampering. DON'T MISS:  Tesla’s Autopilot just saved someone’s life If you've been on the internet long enough, you've likely received an email at some point notifying you that "suspicious activity" has been detected on one of your many online profiles. At that point, the site or service typically locks your account until you have a chance to reset your password. Here's the thing: you might not always receive that alert. Thankfully, it's exceptionally easy to check and see exactly who has been logging into your account any time you feel the need to do so. On Thursday, Gizmodo published a guide for checking login history for some of the most common accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Google. You should check out the full post for a detailed explanation, but here are the basics: Facebook Navigate to Facebook.com on a browser and head to the Settings menu. Click on the Security  tab on the left-hand side of the page. Find the Where You're Logged In section near the bottom of the menu and click  Edit . You can then end any suspicious sessions by clicking End Activity . Twitter Navigate to Twitter.com on a browser and tap on the profile image in the top-right corner. Select  Settings . Find the  Your Twitter data  section in the menu on the left-hand side of the page. After providing your password, you'll be able to see the devices that have access to your Twitter account, as well as recent login history with IP addresses. Google Navigate to your Google account page . Click on the Device activity & notifications link under the  Sign-in & security header. Review the devices that have access to your account and the latest sign-in events.
  • First CRISPR trial in humans will attempt to battle lung cancer (2016-07-21 18:59:19)
    The first human trial of cells that have been tweaked by the genome-editing technique CRISPR will begin in China in August, Nature reports. The group will take white blood cells, which are part of the immune system, from people with a type of lung cancer and edit them using the CRISPR technology so they hunt cancer. The approach is similar to another trial in the U.S., which will test edited immune cells in several kinds of cancer.
  • Friends find and help sick man while out playing Pokemon Go (2016-07-21 18:46:46)
    An antidote to all those stories of Pokemon Go-related mishaps: three friends find an ill man while out playing the game and make sure he gets medical aid.
  • How to watch Donald Trump’s speech at the RNC (2016-07-21 18:36:56)
    Tonight, it's the speech we've all been waiting for. The hairpiece mannequin who also happens to be the Republican candidate for president is formally accepting the nomination tonight, which promises to make for fantastic television. Luckily for us, it's easy to watch along. The convention is being livestreamed on Twitter, and there's also an official RNC YouTube channel that you can pull up on your mobile device, laptop computer, smart TV, dumb TV, Roku box, Chromecast, or basically anything that receives The Internet. In other words, the Donald will be impossible to escape. DON'T MISS:  Was Microsoft’s biggest E3 2016 announcement a huge mistake? The night will start at 6PM ET, when former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton is expected to speak. Another highlight following shortly after will be Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, a rare Republican supporter among the tech industry. Trump's daughter Ivanka will introduce Trump sometime after 7.20PM ET, and the big man himself should be coming on stage sometime around 9PM (although that time, like many other things in Trump's life, isn't fixed). https://youtu.be/r_lpyG-ddec So far, the convention hasn't exactly gone to plan for Trump. After his wife was found to have plagiarized her speech on Monday night, Ben Carson went off script, and then "Lyin' Ted" refused to endorse Trump last night, and was subsequently booed off stage. If Trump's campaign team can stop the in-fighting for one evening, they'll be hoping for a much better result from their candidate.
  • Watch the second trailer for Oliver Stone’s Snowden biopic (2016-07-21 18:32:57)
    The second trailer for Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden biopic debuted at San Diego Comic-Con today. The trailer starts off with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden in a now infamous Hong Kong hotel room, where he delivered to journalists a trove of classified NSA documents.
  • Curiosity rover can shoot lasers at any rock it wants (2016-07-21 18:32:00)
  • The incredible technology cartels use to sneak drugs across the border (2016-07-21 18:30:33)
    The US government has been engaged in a war on drugs for years, and while it scored many renowned victories against prominent drug lords, drugs are still entering the country.  As it turns out, the cartels use incredibly advanced gear to ship their product across the border. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time Speaking to Interpol senior advisor Marc Goodman, Business Insider has discovered some of the gadgets traffickers use to make sure their cargo can be delivered unhindered by law enforcement anti-drug operations. The cartels use sophisticated technology for transporting the “goods,” but also for other purposes, including communication, surveillance, and defense operations. Communication is key to any successful business, and the cartels know it. The Zeta drug cartel created its encrypted cellular network that uses antennas and repeaters installed all over Mexico. The equipment is hidden in remote locations and is connected to solar power, while radio-receiving cell phones and Nextel devices are used for talking. Who configured it all for the drug lords? Kidnapped engineers, of course. Transporting the drugs also requires efficient use of technology. We’re at the dawn of self-driving vehicles, so Goodman expects smugglers to employ unmanned drones, cars, and even subs to transport narcotics. Law enforcement has already captured drones trying to move limited amounts of heroin across the border (a few dozen pounds of product). But cartels are beefing up security around them with measures supposed to block drones that Homeland Security is using to capture drug shipments. Cartels can spoof Homeland Security drones, and jam GPS signals, so that drones can’t figure out where they are. In addition to drones, ultralight planes with quiet engines can also be used to move drugs. They can fly at over 70 miles per hour, and carry more weight than drones. But the most successful way of smuggling drugs is by boat. Submarines to be more precise, like the one in the picture above. 80% of drug smuggled from Mexico come via a maritime route, and 30% of those are narco subs, Business Insider notes. The subs can carry as much as 7.5 tons of cocaine, and they're kind of difficult to catch. They’re made of lead so they can’t be detected with infrared, and they can’t be found with radar or sonar because they sit below the water. Finally, drug lords need protection, and they’re building their surveillance systems that can record various vantage points. Furthermore, they use rocket launchers and have designed tanks of their own meant to withstand attacks and smash through traffic and blockades. The full Business Insider article is available at the source link, complete with more images and details about cartel operations.
  • McDonald's learns hard lesson: Don't let the internet name your products (2016-07-21 18:22:56)
    Want slurs with your fries? Learn from Boaty McBoatface. An online promotion tasted pretty terrible for a McDonald's New Zealand site.
  • Watch a new teaser for Fox's Rocky Horror Picture Show remake (2016-07-21 18:14:21)
    You're free to question whether Rocky Horror can truly be remade, but at least Fox looks like it's having fun with it. A new teaser for the TV remake debuted ahead of a San Diego Comic-Con panel today, offering a first good look at what Laverne Cox is doing with Dr. Frank-N-Furter, plus how Fox is turning the film's audience into a part of the show. Perhaps the weirdest thing so far? Tim Curry is involved — and he looks remarkably normal... by comparison, at least. The new Rocky Horror premieres this Halloween.
  • Mozilla's Firefox to turn off Adobe Flash by default in 2017 (2016-07-21 18:09:57)
    Starting next year, Firefox users will have to click on a webpage to activate the Flash plug-in.
  • AT&T's 'thanks' keeps existing phone customers happy, but doesn't win new ones (2016-07-21 18:07:40)
    Competition is fierce in wireless as AT&T focuses on new businesses like video and its DirecTV acquisition for future growth.
  • Coinbase offers digital currency to consumers (2016-07-21 18:05:19)
    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin exchange Coinbase said on Thursday it is now offering the ether digital currency to consumers. Ether is the digital currency for the Ethereum platform, a blockchain, or public database that can be used by consumers or corporations without the need for control by intermediaries. Ethereum, which uses ether to execute peer-to-peer contracts automatically, was co-founded and invented by 22-year old Russian-Canadian programmer Vitalik Buterin.
  • BMW determined to keep M5 sort of relevant with Pure Metal Silver special edition (2016-07-21 18:01:03)
    In the face of some new competition, without a new M5 in sight, BMW's wringing every last inch out of its executive sports sedan.
  • Was Microsoft’s biggest E3 2016 announcement a huge mistake? (2016-07-21 18:00:43)
    Having struggled to keep up with the PlayStation 4 for nearly three years, Microsoft knew it was going to have to bring the big guns to E3 2016. Rather than just announcing new games and peripherals, the company actually announced not one, but two (2!) new versions of the Xbox One console last month. On paper, this sounds like a surefire way to reinvigorate a fan base. In reality, it might have unintentionally stalled Xbox One sales. DON'T MISS:  Xbox One S launches on August 2nd for $399 Let's go back in time for a moment. It's the morning of June 13th, and Microsoft has officially unveiled the long-rumored Xbox One S . Scheduled to launch in August, the Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One, comes with a brand new Bluetooth-enabled wireless controller and provides HDR support for Xbox One games. Less than an hour later, Microsoft one-ups itself with the reveal of Project Scorpio — a 4K-capable, VR-ready Xbox One console that will be on store shelves before the end of 2017. New hardware is always the most exciting part of E3 2016, but based on the latest financial reports, these announcements might have backfired. According to Eurogamer , Microsoft's gaming revenue decreased by 9% in the fourth financial quarter of 2016 (ending in June) while Xbox hardware revenue dropped by a precipitous 33%. Microsoft says that this was due both to the lower cost of the Xbox One console itself and declining sales. Best case scenario: Microsoft makes up a chunk of the revenue it lost last quarter with a massive windfall in August due to the launch of the Xbox One S . Worst case scenario: Gamers decide it's probably best to wait for the upgraded Scorpio console, and Xbox One sales continue to stagnate throughout 2016.
  • New Galaxy S7 Active smartphones won't leak, says Samsung (2016-07-21 17:55:00)
  • Watch man in $250,000 McLaren chase skateboarding teen after windshield smashed (2016-07-21 17:42:29)
    Technically Incorrect: A YouTube video shows an apparent confrontation at a stop sign that leads to a passenger in a McLaren jumping out and chasing a teen. It's now been enjoyed by many millions.
  • You can soon call on Amazon to bring you lunch in a hurry (2016-07-21 17:38:00)
  • Boobs are perfect safety devices, men determine (2016-07-21 17:31:26)
    One idea: boobs are a great safety device. Sculptor Patricia Piccinini consulted with these two when she created "Graham," a mutant doll who represents what humankind might look like if it evolved to be able to withstand severe car accidents. Understandably Graham's head is much larger, to keep his brain from getting jostled.
  • How to configure the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (2016-07-21 17:22:00)
    Our MDT series continues with a look at the process of configuring the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for use in device deployments.
  • Obama administration offers EV charging loan guarantees (2016-07-21 17:19:59)
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said it was expanding a federal loan guarantee program to include companies building electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, part of a broader effort to boost EV sales. The U.S. Energy Department issued a notice clarifying that charging facilities, including hardware and software, are now an eligible technology. The Energy Department said EV charging stations could be considered efficient electrical transmission or distribution technologies, which make them eligible for a specific loan guarantee program.
  • Amazon has a serious problem with paid-for reviews (2016-07-21 17:19:06)
    The reviews system is one of the things that makes Amazon good. Thousands of crowd-sourced, supposedly unbiased reviews take the guesswork out of buying sight unseen. But a new study is shedding light on the dark underbelly of incentivized Amazon reviews. Those are reviews where the reviewer has received an item for free, which according to the results of the study, introduce bias into the system. A lot of bias. DON'T MISS:  You can now disable iOS 10’s most annoying new feature… but I don’t want to The team at ReviewMeta analyzed seven million Amazon reviews to try and work out if receiving a product for free impacts the eventual score. The sample size is huge, although the methodology is perhaps questionable: the researchers used an algorithm to look for "reviews containing language that would indicate the reviewer received the item for free or at a discount." Assuming that the methodology is sound, the results are unsurprisingly damning. Incentivized reviews (which accounted for a whopping 30% of all reviews) were, on average, 0.38 stars higher. That doesn't sound like a big difference, but because of the star inflation on Amazon reviews, it's enough to bump a product from a mid-range review average to top five percent. It gets worse for critical reviews. On average, incentivized reviewers were four times less likely to leave a negative review than people who actually paid for their products. The study also found that incentivized reviews are also rising sharply. In 2014, there were barely any, but they're up to over half of all reviews now. And, of course, that's just the reviews that are disclosed.  
  • Police get dead man's finger 3D-printed to unlock his phone (2016-07-21 17:19:00)
  • We just saw Nintendo's NES Classic in person and it is glorious (2016-07-21 17:03:38)
    There's a lot of things at San Diego Comic-Con that might make you want to trek across convention centers, hotels, and clamber over legions of fans — but at the top of the list is Nintendo's upcoming NES Classic. Set up next to a full-size NES, the Classic is almost comically small, like looking at a Luke Skywalker action figure right next to Mark Hamill. The width of the entire console seems to come in just under the width of the old-school NES controller.
  • Apple's electric car might not hit the streets until 2021 (2016-07-21 17:01:00)
  • Atomic memory could one day solve your storage problems (2016-07-21 16:48:02)
    Data storage is rapidly becoming a major pain point in the technology industry, especially as our apps and media start to reach higher and higher sizes. Instead of using magnetic disks or integrated circuits, like today’s hard drives and solid state drives, the new technology, known as atomic memory, uses an arrangement of individual atoms to store data. Given the (obviously) smaller size of atoms relative to, well, everything, the information density that could be achieved off atomic memory is potentially huge.
  • T-Mobile to offer unlimited high-speed data in Brazil for Olympic games (2016-07-21 16:46:34)
    The Uncarrier is celebrating the games next month by throwing in unlimited LTE data as well as free calls and texting for subscribers who are in Brazil.
  • Pokemon Go has done the impossible for mobile apps (2016-07-21 16:45:46)
    Pokemon GO has rolled out in more than 30 countries and it is now two weeks since its US launch. The data around the usage patterns is becoming ever more mindboggling. New numbers AppAnnie has shared with BGR defy belief. Most apps would be deliriously happy to top 20 minute average daily engagement. But each Pokemon GO users spends more than an hour on the app every day. What makes this number stunning is the fact that more than 10% of all American smartphone users play the game. It has the broadest user base of any mobile game, but also gets those users playing every day. This combination is completely unprecedented. Apps that get their average user to spend an hour a day tapping the screen tend to appeal to small core of rabid fans. Whatsapp, a universally popular app is regarded as exceptionally addictive because it has managed to get to 27 minute daily average usage time. DON'T MISS:  How much data does Pokemon Go really use? Despite all that, Pokemon GO has now combined both exceptionally wide reach and amazing daily engagement. More than one tenth of adult American consumers with any spending power are spending more than an hour on Pokemon hunting every day. This means that sectors like retail and restaurants are basically forced to react if Niantic and Nintendo decide to roll out PokeStop promotions for businesses. And of course they will. AppAnnie is now estimating that the first 20 countries where the app launched are yielding $3 million of daily revenue. Once the giant Asian mobile markets finally open, that number will likely leap over $6 million a day, perhaps as soon as the end of next week. This is eerily reminiscent of two other major mobile content industry revolutions. In 2010, Angry Birds spread like a wildfire across the globe, demonstrating for the first time the earnings potential of well-designed paid apps with regular updates. In 2013, Candy Crush and Clash of Clans stunned the game industry by demonstrating how free apps can start churning out Billion dollars in annual revenue. In both cases, a business model that wasn't truly novel was finally delivered with enough finesse and pizzazz to change the way the entire mobile app industry operated. After Angry Birds, all major games had to offer plenty of free content in regular and extensive updates. After Candy Crush and Clash of Clans, cashing in on speeding up game progression became de rigeur. Now we are facing the Third Age of mobile content. Nothing will be the same - within 2-3 months we will witness a deluge of location-sensitive apps, many with augmented reality and collection features. Mobile game market is a curious beast - it remains seemingly static, improving by small degrees for 3 years at a time. And then via a massive evolutionary leap, it morphs into a totally novel sort of creature, with a majestic new aspect. Kind of like Pokemon.
  • Wirecutter's best deals: Save $125 on an iPad Pro 9.7 (2016-07-21 16:45:00)
  • Big price tag seen for Musk's Tesla 'master plan', shares fall (2016-07-21 16:43:51)
    Elon Musk's latest "master plan" for Tesla Motors Inc to develop an electric commercial truck, a public bus, a pickup and systems to enable fully autonomous driving could cost $2 billion to $3 billion or more, experts and analysts said Thursday. Musk did not lay out a budget for his latest strategy, revealed on Wednesday, to expand Tesla into a broader range of vehicle markets as well as ride services and solar energy systems. The Tesla chief executive also did not explain how the company planned to pay for the new products he envisioned.
  • Fox News boss Roger Ailes resigns amid sexual harassment claims (2016-07-21 16:43:41)
    Roger Ailes, the controversial Fox News head embroiled in an ongoing sexual harassment scandal, has resigned, 21st Century Fox announced this afternoon. Ailes served as chairman and CEO of both Fox News and the Fox Business Network, and was chairman of Fox Television Stations Group as well. In his place, Rupert Murdoch — whose family owns both 21st Century Fox and News Corporation — will assume the role of chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Business Channel.
  • Your iPhone or Mac could be hacked with one iMessage (2016-07-21 16:39:58)
    Security gaps in almost every version of iOS and OS X make your Apple device vulnerable to attack.
  • Linksys updated its router app so you can tap to text your friends your Wi-Fi password (2016-07-21 16:36:02)
    Linksys’ Smart Wi-Fi app pairs with the company's routers to let users manage their internet more easily and from a friendlier user interface. The iOS and Android app now allows users to share a guest Wi-Fi name and password through either a text or email, provide guest access for up to 50 people, and prioritize bandwidth to certain devices. The app will also notify users if a router loses its internet connection.
  • All the movies and TV shows arriving on Hulu, August 2016 (2016-07-21 16:35:25)
    Lots of fun movies like "Clerks," "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Silence of the Lambs make their way to Hulu along with lots of TV shows.
  • PayPal announces Visa partnership, 15 percent revenue growth (2016-07-21 16:29:49)
    (Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc on Thursday showed strong growth in its online payments business, meeting Wall Street expectations on earnings and announcing a new partnership with Visa Inc that is expected to bring a significant revenue increase. PayPal posted second-quarter earnings of 36 cents per share, in line with analysts' expectations, and revenue growth of 15 percent to $2.65 billion. (Reporting by Heather Somerville in San Francisco; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
  • Pandora reportedly turned down a $3.4B offer (2016-07-21 16:24:28)
    Liberty Media, which owns Sirius XM, offered to buy the streaming service for $15 per share, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Spotify is now selling your information to advertisers (2016-07-21 16:24:00)
  • You can now disable iOS 10’s most annoying new feature… but I don’t want to (2016-07-21 16:21:00)
    Apple's new iOS 10 software is anything but an Earth-shattering update. Instead, it's a release that's packed full of refinements and new features that enhance Apple's existing apps. That said, there are a few changes that impact fundamental iPhone and iPad functionality, and some of those changes have been received better than others by iPhone users with access to the public and private iOS 10 betas. For example, everyone seems to love the new lock screen in Apple's latest iOS software, but the new gesture used to actually unlock the phone had been widely criticized. As it often does, Apple listened to users and made a change earlier this month in iOS 10 beta 2 to address the "issue." But after switching back and forth, I actually think that Apple got it right the first time. MUST SEE: Tesla’s Autopilot just saved someone’s life In the first iOS 10 beta, Apple replaced its tried and true "slide to unlock" gesture with a new directive to press the home button to unlock. Why? With the arrival of Touch ID, Apple has allowed users to unlock their iPhones and iPads simply by touching the home button. A quick fingerprint scan later, and the phone was unlocked and ready to go. But in iOS 10, Apple changed it so that the user actually has to press the home button in order to unlock the phone. It seems like a minor issue, but users were angry. In fact, the change has even been called " iOS 10's most annoying feature ." Initially, I agreed that the change was annoying. It made sense, of course, since Apple wanted people to utilize the new enhanced features on the lock screen. With touch-to-unlock enabled, the iPhone typically unlocks as a user picks up the phone before the lock screen is even visible, since his or her thumb is on the home button. Now, the iPhone wakes automatically when you pick it up so you can see the lock screen, and then a press on the home button unlocks it. In iOS 10 beta 2, Apple added an option in the Accessibility menu for "Rest Finger to Open." When enabled, it restores the old behavior so that simply touching the home button will unlock the phone. I was relieved when the option came back but after just a couple of hours, I disabled it and went back to requiring a button press to unlock the phone. The new lock screen in iOS 10 is awesome. Notifications are far more interactive. You can message people right on your home screen without even leaving the lock screen, for example. And third-party apps will have access to these enhanced features as well. With "Rest Finger to Open" enabled, that entire portion of the iOS 10 experience is passed by. Apple made the right choice by listening to users and offering both options. But once third-party apps start taking advantage of all the new notification features that will be made available right on the lock screen, disabling "Press home to unlock" will mean missing out on some terrific new functionality.
  • Comcast to offer prepaid TV and internet service (2016-07-21 16:20:17)
    By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp, the No. 1 U.S. cable company, said on Thursday it will introduce prepaid TV and internet services to attract customers whose credit ratings do not quality them for postpaid services. The service will roll out later this year in Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Florida and Indiana, and will extend to the entire country by the end of 2017, Philadelphia-based Comcast said in a statement. The new offering, which does away with credit checks and annual contracts, lets customers refill their service at any time for a period of seven or 30 days for $15 and $45 respectively, the company said.
  • Facebook's self-flying, solar-powered, Wi-Fi airplane nails first flight (2016-07-21 16:17:23)
    One small step for Facebook, and one giant step for Wi-Fi worldwide.
  • Witness a year in the life of Earth, as seen from 1 million miles away (2016-07-21 16:12:54)
    One of NASA's farflung eyes in the sky offers a unique perspective on our planet over the course of a year.
  • Oregon man sentenced in celebrity hacking case (2016-07-21 16:08:00)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who admitted hacking hundreds of email accounts and stealing explicit photos from several unidentified celebrities was sentenced Thursday to six months in federal prison.
  • US seeks extradition of alleged boss of Kickass Torrents piracy site (2016-07-21 16:07:39)
    The US confirmed Thursday it was seeking the extradition of the alleged boss of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, on charges of distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content. A day earlier, the US Justice Department unveiled a criminal complaint against Ukrainian national Artem Vaulin, 30, who was arrested in Poland and is wanted by American authorities for copyright infringement, money laundering and other charges. Vaulin is alleged to own Kickass Torrents or KAT, which in recent years has eclipsed Pirate Bay and others to become the world's biggest source of pirated media.
  • This suitcase attachment for your butt is a crime against decency (2016-07-21 16:06:49)
    The My Hitch, much like Crocs and those people who talk with their phones on speakerphone in public, is out to destroy the civility and general decency that our society needs to survive. My Hitch is $18.
  • 5 Pokemon Go alternatives (2016-07-21 16:00:51)
    These augmented-reality games make your surroundings a battle zone where you fight zombies, aliens, monsters, and enemy soldiers.
  • Watch the new trailer for Narcos season 2, coming to Netflix on September 2nd (2016-07-21 15:56:45)
    Everyone is talking about Stranger Things this week (and for good reason, based on the reviews), but there's another Netflix original series coming back later this year that got a new trailer on Thursday. On September 2nd, Narcos —one of the most violent shows the streaming service has even produced—returns for season 2. MUST SEE:  Watch Nintendo’s awesome retro trailer for the mini NES Here's the main trailer for the second season of Narcos : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkOKkS7mKfY "In the second season, notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is on the run, with the Colombian authorities in relentless pursuit -- and determined to put an end to his illegal activities," reads the YouTube description for the trailer. Narcos was one of the few Netflix series I missed out on the first time around, but I'm definitely intrigued after seeing this trailer. The first season ended with Pablo Escobar on the loose, and judging from all the fire, explosions and gunfights, the DEA is going to have its hands full once again later this year. All ten episodes of Narcos season 2 begin streaming on September 2nd.
  • Hackers reportedly selling leaked terrorism watchlist (2016-07-21 15:49:00)
  • The Lab at Panorama: here's everything you'll see at our incredible tech and art exhibit (2016-07-21 15:46:43)
    In addition to a great musical lineup that includes Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Sia, Alabama Shakes, and Arcade Fire (to name just a few), Panorama will also be home to The Lab, a massive interactive art exhibit made by a collective of talented and forward-thinking New York-based artists, all powered by our sponsor HP. If you're coming to Randall's Island this week — and you really should, because we'll be there, too — this is what you can expect to see at The Lab. Justin Bolognino, whose company META.is designed and curated The Lab, thinks a lot about how to make the virtual reality experience more social.
  • If you aren't on Facebook, people won't believe you are real (2016-07-21 15:42:49)
    For a good portion of last night, thousands of people believed Donald Trump’s longtime speech writer didn’t exist. The conspiracy theory flashed up in the wake of Melania Trump’s plagiarism scandal, when a little-known ghostwriter named Meredith McIver stepped forward to accept responsibility for the plagiarized portions of the speech. McIver was best known for ghost-writing a number of Trump’s books, but had only a bare-bones Facebook page, and the only Twitter account in her name was a clear dummy, with few tweets and a phony headshot.
  • SoftBank and Honda want to build a talking car that can empathize with you (2016-07-21 15:36:37)
    This possible future was sketched out by SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son at an event in Tokyo Thursday, according to Reuters. The eccentric tech executive, who recently announced his company’s acquisition of chip manufacturer ARM for $34.1 billion, said he is working with Honda to produce a car that can both talk and read a driver’s emotions. “Imagine if robots, with their super intelligence, devoted themselves to humans," Son said, according to Reuters.
  • Musk's new Tesla 'master plan' comes with big price tag (2016-07-21 15:34:18)
    Elon Musk's latest "master plan" for Tesla Motors Inc to develop an electric commercial truck, a public bus, a pickup and systems to enable fully autonomous driving, could cost $2 billion to $3 billion or more, experts and analysts said Thursday. Musk did not lay out a budget for his latest strategy to expand Tesla into a broader range of vehicle markets as well as ride services and solar energy systems. The Tesla chief executive also did not explain how the company planned to pay for the new products he envisioned.
  • Brooding 'Riverdale' looks like it could be crazy fun (2016-07-21 15:31:56)
    Warner Bros. Television debuts the pilot for this updated, darker soap-opera-ish take on the classic Archie Comics characters.
  • Facebook's solar-powered drone makes first full test flight (2016-07-21 15:30:00)
  • How much data does Pokemon Go really use? (2016-07-21 15:29:44)
    Pokemon Go is insanely addictive, and that’s why you should beware of two major side-effects that might hinder your overall gameplay experience: battery consumption and data overages. It’s easy to deal with battery life problems -- just go buy an external battery pack or case, or preorder this Pokemon Go Plus accessory . Mobile data, on the other hand, is not so easy to fix, and it might be a real problem if you don’t have a generous monthly allowance. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time That’s not to say that Pokemon Go will eat a lot of data itself, but the game will need extra data on top of your monthly average usage – and yes, there is an app to monitor data usage  and you can install it on your device right now for free. But how much data does Pokemon Go actually consume? The more you use it, the more bytes it’ll swallow, but the numbers are far from alarming if you're a casual player. At least that’s what a Business Insider post on the matter says. “In an eight-hour period, Pokémon Go had only consumed 25 megabytes, which is a little over 3 megabytes per hour,” the site said. That sounds quite reasonable if you don’t plan to waste your life on Pokemon Go. “[If] you played "Pokémon GO" for eight hours a day for 31 days straight (a month), you'd consume just under 20 GB. That's more than the average 2-4 GB data plan,” Business Insider  added. Obviously, your mileage may vary and you probably have better things to do than playing Pokemon Go all day long. But expect overages if you plan to play the game without stopping. Or just switch to T-Mobile .
  • Watch the first trailer for Narcos' explosive-looking second season (2016-07-21 15:29:34)
    The second season of Netflix's Narcos is launching on September 2nd, and today we got our first look at what the story's about. Holbrook's voiceover — "this isn't a manhunt, it's an invasion" — implies the season will take us even deeper into the United States' infamous War on Drugs. In fact it seems like a season of more: more gunfire, more lackeys getting shoved out of helicopters, and more expert glowering from Golden Globe nominee Wagner Moura, who stars as Escobar.
  • Fan-made 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' trailer will get you as excited as the real thing (2016-07-21 15:25:42)
    Woo-woo! Get on board the "Episode VIII" hype train with an excellent fan-made trailer designed to stir your Star Wars-loving heart.
  • Al Jazeera to launch English language digital streaming service in U.S (2016-07-21 15:21:52)
    Al Jazeera Media Network is preparing to make its English language international news channel video content digitally available to U.S. viewers again, according to a July 21 email sent to employees obtained by Reuters. The move comes almost three months after it shut down its U.S. cable television network, Al Jazeera America, citing economic challenges in the U.S. media market. Al Jazeera English reaches more than 305 million households in over 160 countries.
  • Nintendo tries to salvage 'Star Fox: Zero' with a late demo (2016-07-21 15:14:00)
  • Donald Trump’s opinion on cyberwarfare is pretty scary (2016-07-21 15:00:53)
    As the future President of these United States, Donald Trump will have to deal with the delicate issue of cyberattacks. So good thing he's got a coherent handle on this tricky and nuanced topic, right? Nah, just kidding. He sounds more like your drunk uncle at Thanksgiving blaming everything on "the cybers." DON'T MISS:  If you want to be the best at Pokemon Go, you have to pay In the full transcript of an interview with the   New York Times  published today, Trump outlines his plans for cyberwarfare. And by "plans," I mean faint ramblings about the cybers: [DAVID E.] SANGER: You've seen several [NATO members in the Baltics] come under cyberattack, things that are short of war, clearly appear to be coming from Russia. TRUMP: Well, we're under cyberattack. SANGER: We're under regular cyberattack. Would you use cyberweapons before you used military force? TRUMP: Cyber is absolutely a thing of the future and the present. Look, we're under cyberattack, forget about them. And we don't even know where it's coming from. SANGER: Some days we do, and some days we don't. TRUMP: Because we're obsolete. Right now, Russia and China in particular and other places. SANGER: Would you support the United States' not only developing as we are but fielding cyberweapons as an alternative? TRUMP: Yes. I am a fan of the future, and cyber is the future. You heard it here first, folks: Donald Trump, who we're not sure has ever touched a computer , is a fan of the future, and cyber is the future.  
  • Android June 2016 Security Bulletin: What you need to know (2016-07-21 14:59:00)
    The Android Security Update for June 2016 includes a number of critical issues. Jack Wallen has the highlights, and shows how to find out if your device is up to date.
  • Dónde encontrar pokémons, pokéstops y gimnasios en Nueva York (2016-07-21 14:58:31)
    Se dice que la ciudad de Nueva York es uno de los mejores lugares de EE.UU. para jugar 'Pokémon Go'. Te contamos de cinco lugares que debes visitar si eres un entrenador.
  • McLaren has one thing Tesla doesn't: Profits (2016-07-21 14:55:58)
    Woking's actually in its third year of profitability, and it's building nothing but insanely expensive supercars.
  • Stem cell-based cartilage could fix your broken hip (2016-07-21 14:55:00)
  • 'Powerless' adds laughs to the DC Universe (2016-07-21 14:49:15)
    As long as it doesn't rely solely on references to DC Comics lore, this sitcom could take off.
  • Texan gets 10 years in U.S. prison for Russian tech export scheme (2016-07-21 14:38:28)
    The former owner of a Houston company was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison after admitting that he operated as an unauthorized agent of the Russian government who exported sensitive microelectronics for its military's use. Alexander Fishenko, who pleaded guilty in September to engaging in a scheme that resulted in over $30 million in technology sales, largely to Russian military entities, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson in Brooklyn. The sentence, which included an order that Fishenko, 50, forfeit over $500,000, was confirmed by the U.S. Justice Department.
  • Someone built a black and gold iPhone 6 and it’s everything you dreamed it would be (2016-07-21 14:34:44)
    Love it or hate it, no one can argue that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s are unattractive phones. Apple has always had an incredible collective sense of style and design, and that extended to the iPhone right out of the gate in 2007. Perhaps that's why so many of Apple's rivals have copied the company's designs so shameless time and time again. As great as Apple's designs are though, there are always people who wish something was a little different — no antenna lines, or a flat back instead of a camera bump. One wish in particular has made the rounds quite frequently over the past two years: people want a gold iPhone with a black face. The bad news is that there's no sign Apple has plans to offer this sought-after color combo anytime soon. And the worse news for people who want a black and gold iPhone is that it looks even better than you thought it would. MUST SEE:  Working Galaxy Note 7 captured on video for the first time ever If you've been pining after a black and gold iPhone ever since Apple first launched the iPhone 6, Reddit user The_Gold_Gatsby is now your best friend (and your worst enemy, since you're about to get a taste of something you'll never have). He or she took two iPhone 6 Plus units and performed some serious surgery to build a Frankenstein that looks even better than you thought it would. "I've seen a few posts on this subreddit of Black and Gold iPhone 6/ 6 plus's but in those posts," the user wrote in a post on Reddit . "They replace the screen, not the body, so they're left with a sleek black screen, interrupted by a white button! There's also been a few pictures of photoshopped versions oh the black face, with a gold body but renders don't count!" The Redditor continued, "Recently I took the risk of gutting my Space Grey iPhone 6 Plus and transferring it to a gold body. At first I was trying to think of a way to get the touch ID to have a gold ring, but after a few days I realized it looks much better without! Many people purchase the black iPhone for the black screen because when it's off, it's a clean black surface. I'm not saying a gold ring wouldn't look cool but it'd distract from the sleek black surface. I've been very happy with the results over the past few days and I really wanted to share with other people that also might appreciate it and maybe try it out themselves! Cheers!" Feast your eyes:
  • Edward Snowden designed an iPhone case to prevent wireless snooping (2016-07-21 14:33:00)
  • Cleveland native takes you beyond the RNC in photos (2016-07-21 14:29:19)
    A cinematographer from Cleveland gives us a tour of his hometown, highlighting the Republican convention's host city and its visitors this week through the eyes of both.
  • Google just made reading comics on smartphones a lot easier (2016-07-21 14:28:05)
    At San Diego Comic-Con, the search giant unveils a feature called Bubble Zoom, which enlarges speech bubbles with the push of a button.
  • Daimler accelerates electric car plans, sees higher R&D spending (2016-07-21 14:23:11)
    Germany's Daimler which owns the Mercedes-Benz luxury brand, has accelerated development of premium electric cars, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said, adding he saw the vehicle segment gaining market share. "As a tendency, and as a trend, we have become more bullish in that regard." The carmaker will reveal more about its plans for electric cars at the Paris motor show in October, he said. Daimler reiterated it will increase spending in research and development, which it expects to be "significantly above" last year's 6.6 billion euros, which was already a step up from 5.7 billion invested in 2014.
  • Newly developed wheel converts any bicycle into an electric vehicle (2016-07-21 14:21:10)
    Right off the bat, Michael Burtov said he and his team at technology startup GeoOrbital did not re-invent the wheel. After two years and five prototypes, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup has developed a new type of electric bicycle wheel that steered the company into crowdfunding stardom raising more than $1.2 million at a record-setting pace on Kickstarter.   The newly developed bicycle wheel has the major components of an electric vehicle – a 500 watt motor, a lithium battery and a suit of electronics, all arranged to fit perfectly into the radial of a wheel made out of high density foam to avoid a flat. “The unique thing about this wheel is that we rearranged it," Michael Burtov, the CEO & Founder of GeoOrbital said.
  • An 'Overwatch' graphic novel is coming (2016-07-21 14:12:00)
  • 'Pokémon Go' haría ganar a Apple US$3,000 millones: reporte (2016-07-21 14:03:53)
    Tu obsesión con el juego móvil de moda podría llevar a la compañía de Cupertino a embolsarse esa inesperada cantidad de dinero en los próximos uno o dos años, según un analista.
  • 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Moto 360 Smartwatch Can Do (2016-07-21 14:00:40)
    Use these simple tips to master your Moto 360 smartwatch.
  • Motorcycle Gear for Hot Weather (2016-07-21 14:00:00)
    Staying cool with the right gear on your motorcycle this summer will keep you safer and help you enjoy your miles even more.
  • Soon you can have your student loans serviced through Amazon (2016-07-21 13:51:00)
  • The EFF is suing over one of the worst US copyright rules (2016-07-21 13:48:12)
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is attempting to overturn a US copyright provision that can stop people from doing anything from remixing videos to fixing cars. In a lawsuit filed today, it argues that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s rules against circumventing copy protection — designed to stop people from pirating copyrighted works — places unconstitutional limits on free speech. The EFF filed suit on behalf of Johns Hopkins computer science researcher Matthew Green and hacker / inventor Andrew "bunnie" Huang, both of whom argue that the DMCA’s rules are impeding their work.
  • Amazon enters student loan business in partnership with Wells Fargo (2016-07-21 13:41:39)
    Amazon.com Inc is entering the student loan business in a partnership with Wells Fargo & Co, the companies announced Thursday. The deal calls for Wells Fargo to shave half a percentage point from its interest rate on student loans to Amazon customers who pay for a "Prime Student" subscription, which provides benefits such as free two-day shipping and access to movies, television shows and photo storage.
  • Lionsgate is repositioning Divergent: Ascendant as a TV movie and series (2016-07-21 13:41:04)
    Variety revealed that Lionsgate is repositioning the franchise for television with plans to release the final installment, Divergent: Ascendant, as a TV movie followed by a spinoff series. Based on the book series by Veronica Roth, the Divergent series takes place in a dystopian society where citizens are sorted into five different affiliations based on their personalities. It follows Beatrice Prior, who’s labeled a "divergent" — someone who can think independently and who is seen as a threat to the stability of society.
  • We will all be working for this enterprising Pokéstop Shop CEO someday (2016-07-21 13:39:13)
    Nintendo's value is soaring like an uncaged Zapdos from the success of Pokémon Go, but some small business owners are also reaping benefits from the game. Having already exceeded the goal to buy a new phone, Miranda's next goal is to buy her nephew a new iPad.
  • Watch Nintendo’s awesome retro trailer for the mini NES (2016-07-21 13:38:01)
    Although we're all dying to see what Nintendo has in store for the next generation, the gaming company made waves earlier this month will some decidedly less timely news: the Nintendo Entertainment System is coming back. On July 14th, Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition — a miniature version of the original NES with 30 classic games built in. A week later, Nintendo shared a radical, tubular, totally retro trailer to hype up the console. SEE ALSO:  This free app will help you find any Pokemon in Pokemon Go Here's the trailer in all its glory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAGVilt3Rls As we discussed in the announcement post , the NES Classic Edition will come with an NES Classic Controller and 30 old-school games, such as Super Mario Bros. , The Legend of Zelda , Final Fantasy , Donkey Kong and Metroid . It will be available to purchase on November 11th, 2016 for $59.99. That's a great value for a product like this ($2 a game!), but we weren't totally satisfied with the list of games Nintendo included. In fact, we even made a list of seven games we wish Nintendo had tacked on to the list . If you want to know more about the mini NES, be sure to check out our extensive FAQ . You'll learn about the console's online functionality (it has none), save states, controller support and more. It's a vital read if you're thinking about buying one this fall (providing they don't sell out immediately).
  • Google’s new Bubble Zoom feature will make reading comics on your phone easier (2016-07-21 13:30:03)
    San Diego Comic-Con is officially in full swing, and Google is getting in on the action with a new feature meant for comics fans. The company just announced that Google Play Books now supports a feature called Bubble Zoom, which uses machine learning to detect text bubbles in comic panels and increase their size with just a tap. Anyone who reads comics on their smartphone can tell you that reading dialogue can be difficult, especially on smaller screen sizes. Google's Bubble Zoom feature (which isn't the greatest name, I know) simply blows up the text without zooming in on the image on the page.
  • Google Play Books 'Bubble Zoom' makes it easier to read comics (2016-07-21 13:30:00)
  • 2016 is (predictably) set to be the hottest year on record (2016-07-21 13:29:47)
    If temperature trends continue, 2016 is on track to be the planet’s hottest year on record, according to NASA. NASA made these high temperature measurements thanks to satellite data and ground-based observation. "While the El Niño event in the tropical Pacific this winter gave a boost to global temperatures from October onwards, it is the underlying trend which is producing these record numbers," said Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
  • The Apple car’s ship date target has slipped to 2021, report claims (2016-07-21 13:26:40)
    The anticipated ship date for the rumored Apple car has been pushed back by a year to 2021, according to a report from The Information. There are so many rumors about the Apple car floating around at this point, it’s easy to see how you might have wondered if it was launching this fall. Where another carmaker might say "that’s good enough, ship it," Apple could spend years refining the design (or decide to kill it altogether).
  • The Moto Z Play will reportedly come with a headphone jack (2016-07-21 13:20:14)
    Twitter (@the_malignant)The new Moto Z and Moto Z Force don’t come with a headphone jack; instead they’ve got a USB-C port and an adapter. But apparently Lenovo isn't totally committing to a jack-less future. The company’s Moto Z Play will reportedly come with a headphone jack. Here’s an image of what it might look like:#Lenovo The clearest image of #MotoZ PlayVia @techdroider pic.twitter. ...
  • Watch this incredibly retro commercial for Nintendo's new mini NES (2016-07-21 13:18:24)
    Last week Nintendo announced a surprise piece of hardware: the NES Classic Edition, a tiny version of the classic console with 30 games built right in. It's a device fueled primarily by nostalgia, and this new video shows that Nintendo isn't backing away from that idea at all, with a vibe that feels pulled right out of the '80s. ...
  • Hillary Clinton invites you to 'Trump Yourself' (2016-07-21 13:13:43)
    The Clinton campaign unveils an app that overlays some of Trump's most memorable insults on your Facebook profile picture.
  • Is Pokemon Go down? (2016-07-21 13:11:26)
    Niantic and Nintendo launched Pokemon Go only a few weeks ago, yet there are quite a few hardcore fans who spend all of their free time playing the game. One of the worst things that can happen to them is for the servers to go down, which obviously means no more Pokemon Go action. So is Pokemon Go down right now? At the time of this writing, the servers had been online for four hours, which is both great and terribly annoying, depending on how you look at it. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time Because there are millions of players around the world hunting creatures and fighting at gyms, and more people join the game with every new market Niantic enters, the servers are bound to go down. That’s why Niantic is yet to launch the game in Japan, and why it postponed the app's rumored launch . Japan probably houses the biggest community of Pokemon fans in the world, and many fans are eager to get on board. So, if adding countries like Canada brought the servers down a few days ago, we wouldn't be surprised to see the same thing happen following the app's release in Japan. There’s a hilarious Reddit thread that explains exactly how annoying the problem can be. Imagine having 1,000 people show up for a Pokemon Go event only for the servers to go down. Yes, that actually happened just the other day . Is Pokemon Go down? Not at this time, though you wouldn't know it from Niantic because the company doesn't offer users any updates on server status. So if you ever find yourself wondering if Pokemon Go won't load on your phone because of your own internet connect or due to a server outage, just head to this link so you can check out the status of the servers yourself before you throw a tantrum.
  • How Ted Cruz performed the perfect troll (2016-07-21 13:03:41)
    Ted Cruz’s career-defining heel turn on last night’s Republic National Convention broadcast was a perfectly timed twist befitting prestige television drama. Twitter users collectively dubbed the speech the Ted Wedding, a reference to Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding, a notorious moment of political and literal violence in which one family misguidedly enters the house of would-be allies only to be stabbed and sliced and bludgeoned to death. Cruz entered the castle of his allies, and he went for the head of the king.
  • Square Enix's 'Cosmos Rings' is an RPG for your Apple Watch (2016-07-21 13:02:00)
  • How Virginia uses the language of film to tell a different kind of video game story (2016-07-21 12:59:40)
    The end of a game development cycle is often grueling. It’s the point where most of the game itself is complete, but the creators need to spend time fixing the little details, polishing bugs, and generally rushing to get the finished product ready to release. Jonathan Burroughs, who previously worked on games ranging from Kinect Sports to House of the Dead: Overkill, knows the feeling all too well.
  • Eero Is Making Elegant Strides Towards Better WiFi (2016-07-21 12:58:18)
    These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by Nick Weaver, Co-founder & CEO of eero, on Quora:Q: How did eero get started?A: I've been the IT guy for my family and friends for as long as I can remember. I was the first call for...
  • It's elementary, my dear Pikachu (2016-07-21 12:57:34)
    We might be getting the Pokemon movie we never knew we wanted. And yes, it stars Detective Pikachu.
  • Gorilla Glass 5 will protect phones and tablets from 80% of drops (2016-07-21 12:56:00)
    Corning recently announced the latest version of its Gorilla Glass for mobile devices, which promises to protect even better from shoulder height drops. It targets selfie takers and texting on the go.
  • Liberty Media CEO made offer for Pandora in recent months: WSJ (2016-07-21 12:52:20)
    (Reuters) - Liberty Media Corp Chief Executive Greg Maffei made an offer to buy internet radio company Pandora Media Inc in recent months, valuing the company at more than $3.4 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Pandora's board rebuffed the advance, because it believed the company's true value was closer to what it was in the fall, when the shares were trading around $20, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The $15 per share offer from Maffei was several dollars above where the shares were trading at the time, the Journal said.
  • The RNC dominates Twitter (The 3:59, Ep. 82) (2016-07-21 12:51:15)
    On today's podcast, we also talk about group dating on Tinder and Apple lining its pockets with Pokemon Go cash.
  • Pandora just turned down a $3.4 billion purchasing offer (2016-07-21 12:48:51)
    Liberty Media, which owns Sirius XM, offered to buy the streaming service for $15 per share.
  • SoftBank and Honda team up for cars that can read emotions (2016-07-21 12:38:00)
  • This device will let you control your DSLR with your smartphone over Wi-Fi (2016-07-21 12:37:07)
    Two years ago, a Chinese startup called Cheering Tech released the Case Remote, a wireless controller that lets you operate your DSLR from your smartphone or tablet. Now the company is back with the Case Remote Air, a smaller version of the controller, with a couple new features. The new features include the ability to live stream to Mac and Windows apps — which the Case Remote Plus, a larger wireless controller will also support, according to the company's website.
  • Get 50% off AVG Protection PRO for ALL your devices! (2016-07-21 12:34:00)
    One AVG license protects all of your Mac, Windows, and Android devices.
  • 7 things we learned from our Mark Zuckerberg interview (2016-07-21 12:32:17)
    It's a long and in-depth conversation that revolves around the successful first flight of Facebook's solar-powered drone, Aquila, and goes on to discuss Facebook's plans for the next 10 years — from virtual reality, to promoting 5G internet, to Zuckerberg's toast-making robot (yes, really). You can read the whole thing right here, but we wanted to pull out a handful of big points Zuckerberg made throughout the course of his conversation with The Verge's Casey Newton. The key point, and the one thing you really need to accept to understanding where Facebook is going, is that Zuckerberg sees internet access as key to making his company — and society — stronger.
  • Snowden designed an iPhone case: Guess what it does (2016-07-21 12:31:18)
    The NSA whistleblower is presenting a new gadget at the MIT Media Lab that'll keep your iPhone from spying on you.
  • Police 3D-printed a murder victim's finger to unlock his phone (2016-07-21 12:30:31)
    Police in Michigan have a new tool for unlocking phones: 3D printing. According to a new report from Flash Forward creator Rose Eveleth, law enforcement officers approached professors at the University of Michigan earlier this year to reproduce a murder victim’s fingerprint from a prerecorded scan. Police techniques for unlocking phones have drawn close scrutiny since the San Bernardino case earlier this year, although the phone involved did not have a fingerprint reader.
  • Periscope videos can now be embedded with a tweet (2016-07-21 12:17:00)
  • Saudi Arabia denies issuing new fatwa against Pokemon (2016-07-21 11:24:40)
    Saudi Arabia denied on Thursday that the conservative kingdom's top clerical body had renewed a 15-year-old edict declaring that the Pokemon game was un-Islamic. Saudi media reports said on Wednesday the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars had revived a 2001 decree against a Pokemon card game in response to queries from Muslims, although it made no mention of the new Pokemon GO mobile game. The 2001 fatwa said the card game contained elements prohibited by Islamic law such as gambling.
  • Edward Snowden designed an iPhone attachment that detects unwanted radio transmissions (2016-07-21 11:24:17)
    Edward Snowden thinks about phone security a lot more than the average person. The two hope to be able to eventually produce a prototype, and eventually work with manufacturers in China to build modified devices to sell or distribute to reporters.
  • This crazy Wi-Fi extender has a touchscreen and a range of 10,000 feet (2016-07-21 11:21:39)
    What good is that blistering-fast internet service you pay so much for each month if it doesn't reach all the rooms in your house? Great, so you get 100Mbps when you're standing in your living room right next to your router. But when you're in your office in the back of your home, you're lucky if you can even get one bar of Wi-Fi signal and 5Mbps. Good luck streaming your favorite shows on Netflix — err... I mean... good luck getting all your work done — with speeds that slow. It's time to check out the  TP-LINK AC1900 Desktop Wi-Fi Range Extender w/ Touchscreen Interface , a dual-band wireless range extender that supports speeds up to 1900Mbps and has a range of up to 10,000 feet. Oh, and did we mention it has a touchscreen? Some key details: Set up and adjust your Wi-Fi settings using the intuitive touchscreen Expand and improve your Wi-Fi range up to 10,000 square feet with High-Powered 700mW amplifiers Simultaneous gaming and 4K HD streaming with dual band speeds up to 1900Mbps Provides fast, reliable connections to multiple users with 1GHz dual-core processor Connects smart TVs and game consoles directly to Wi-Fi using Gigabit Ethernet ports Find the best spot to set up with the Smart Signal Indicator Works with any wireless router or access point Industry-leading 2-year warranty and 24/7 technical support The TP-LINK AC1900 Desktop Wi-Fi Range Extender w/ Touchscreen Interface  has a full retail price of $150, but right now it's on sale for $129.95 with free Prime shipping
  • Pokemon Go seen making billions for Apple (July 20) (2016-07-21 11:19:36)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc stands to rake in $3 billion in revenue from the Pokemon Go craze in the next one to two years as gamers buy "PokeCoins" from its app store, brokerage Needham & Co said. Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game from Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd, can be downloaded for free but iPhone users can use PokeCoins to buy additional features. A pack of 100 PokeCoins costs 99 cents in Apple's app store, but the price can go up as much as $99.99 for a pack of 14,500.
  • France objects to Windows 10 user tracking (2016-07-21 11:15:00)
  • Square Enix is developing Cosmos Rings for the Apple Watch (2016-07-21 11:07:20)
    Square Enix has already conquered gaming consoles and computers, and now they’re aiming to take over another platform: your Apple Watch. The Japanese gaming company announced that they would be developing Cosmos Rings, a roleplaying game that will run on your smartwatch. The game is a spinoff from the company’s Chaos Rings franchise, and utilizes the Watch's pedometer.
  • An even easier map tool for finding the location of every pokémon (2016-07-21 11:06:50)
    Someone has put the Pokémon Go mapping data we wrote about Tuesday and into a far more accessible map tool that you can use to search for pokémon online. The site, called PokéVision, lets you type in your address and view a map showing the exact location of nearby pokémon along with individual clocks counting down their availability at the location. Be warned that PokéVision isn't always responsive.
  • Google makes it easier for users to fill in the blanks on Maps (2016-07-21 11:00:20)
    Google's reach often feels ubiquitous, but even a $500 billion tech company can have trouble getting to every single corner of the Earth. Consequently, the search giant is making it easier for users to lend a helping hand, adding new tools to Google Maps for contributing and verifying map data. Users can add businesses that don't appear in Google's data, or editing info about existing entries.
  • You can now embed Periscope broadcasts anywhere on the web (2016-07-21 11:00:03)
    Periscope broadcasts can now be embedded elsewhere on the web, including both ongoing live ones and already-recorded streams. The Twitter-owned service says starting today, all you need to do to use the feature is embed a tweet containing the Periscope stream and it will play just like a standard embedded GIF or video file. The move is designed to let Twitter users more easily share Periscope broadcasts on other social networks, and to allow website owners and journalists to embed streams directly into articles.
  • Apple CarPlay, where have you been all of my driving life? (2016-07-21 11:00:03)
    It's been two years since Apple and Google announced CarPlay and Android Auto, their proprietary, smartphone-powered interfaces for select car models, and they've come a long way: more than 100 car models either currently support CarPlay and Android Auto or will soon, according to Apple and Google. Really the biggest difference is that Apple has stuck with a familiar grid of apps for its main interface, whereas Android Auto shows you notifications, or cards, as it thinks you need to see them.
  • Donald Trump: 'I am a fan of the future, and cyber is the future' (2016-07-21 10:59:00)
    Donald Trump's controversial remarks on NATO are drawing headlines this morning, after the candidate told The New York Times he wouldn't necessarily defend allies under attack. Trump says he's all for "cyber," although it's unclear from the conversation what exactly that means. Look, we're under cyberattack, forget about them.
  • Take a look at how 'No Man's Sky' handles combat (2016-07-21 10:56:00)
  • The Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote is now nearly 50 percent off (2016-07-21 10:55:00)
  • Major ‘Suicide Squad’ spoiler revealed at Comic-Con (2016-07-21 10:54:39)
    If you love superheroes, then you have to be excited about Suicide Squad , a new movie from the DC Comics universe that tells an unusual superhero tale. Rather than having the good guys save the day, in Suicide Squad we get to see a team of sick, perverted villains  who are forced to work together by the government. Among them, there may or may not be the Joker, who’s likely the best villain Batman has ever had to deal with, and many other exciting characters. We have no idea what happens in the movie, even though there have been numerous trailers to enjoy. However, a major spoiler seems to have been unearthed by the most unexpected thing, a Hot Toys new product for the movie that was shown off at Comic-Con. Stop reading now, if you want to avoid any  spoilers . DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time First seen on display at the San Diego Comic-Con event by Birth Movies Death , the toy in the images below shows what seems to be a peculiar Batman character. Only the person behind the mask is not Bruce Wayne. Instead, it’s the Joker who somehow managed to acquire and customize a Batman suit. The toy is even labeled as “The Joker (Batman Imposter Version)” and it’s the first time we've seen a character who hasn't been shown in the trailer. The Hot Toys product isn’t available for sale just yet, and every toy the company has ever made has appeared in a movie. As io9 points out , they just stick to what we see in movies. With that in mind, we can’t help but wonder what Joker did to get his hands on the Batman costume. It’s not like Bruce Wayne gives out old suits to the poor alongside whatever other clothes he may be handing out. Suicide Squad , due August 5th, will surely explain it all.
  • The Minimoog Model D analog synth is back in production after 30 years (2016-07-21 10:52:02)
    Moog is bringing back the Minimoog Model D, 30 years after suspending production on the analog synth. As the first portable synth, The Minimoog Model D was the archetype for the modern electronic keyboard that musicians around the world use every day. The Minimoog Model D was used to establish the funk sound of George Clinton's band Parliament Funkadelic, and on iconic recordings like Bob Marley’s Catch A Fire, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.
  • Google vet's new Candid app for anonymous sharing puts trolls in their place (2016-07-21 10:38:17)
    Bindu Reddy wanted a social app where she could say what she really thought, hear unfiltered responses and tamp down the volume on trolls.
  • Verizon to customers: No more data gobbling for you (2016-07-21 10:36:04)
    Customers who take too big a bite of data each month will have to migrate to one of Verizon's new limited data plans or face expulsion, according to blog site Droid Life.
  • iOS 10 might warn you when there’s water in your Lightning port (2016-07-21 10:32:58)
    Imgur (DimitriHalden) Sometimes our iPhones get wet and damaged, and sometimes we have to buy a replacement one for a lot of money. It's a terrible situation all of the time. But maybe soon we’ll have a warning when our phone is wet. Some beta versions of the new software are reportedly warning users when there’s liquid in their Lightning port. This warning presumably gives iPhone owners enough time to disconnect their Lightning cable and let the phone dry out.
  • Scientists can build lab tools using these Lego-like blocks (2016-07-21 10:31:00)
  • Tesla’s Autopilot just saved someone’s life (2016-07-21 10:27:01)
    Tesla's advanced Autopilot system has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Ever since news broke that Autopilot was enabled on a Model S at the time of a fatal crash , it seems like drivers try to blame Autopilot every time a Tesla gets into an accident. Of course, Tesla's cars have a complex logging system that can easily determine whether or not Autopilot was enabled at the time of an incident. As a result, the company is often quick to respond when public accusations are made. But today, Autopilot is finally back in the news for a good reason instead of a bad one. According to a story shared by a Model S owner and verified by Tesla, the Autonomous features in a Model S likely saved someone's life. MUST SEE:  Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time According to Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk, claims made recently by a Model S owner have been verified by an analysis of his car's logs. The owner, who has been identified only by his first name "Larry," was driving last week in Washington DC with his daughter in the car when his Model S's collision prevention feature stopped his car from hitting a pedestrian. It's unclear how fast the car was traveling at the time or whether or not the pedestrian would indeed have been killed by the impact. Also unclear is whether or not Autopilot was actually engaged at the time of the incident. The driver mentions the feature in his note, however the collision avoidance features that would have prevented this accident are enabled whether or not Autopilot is active. What is clear, however, is that Tesla's advanced safety features prevented a serious accident at best. At worst, they saved a life and prevented at least two more people from being traumatized. Here is the full text from the man's email, as tweeted by Elon Musk : Hi, I wanted to let you know that I think my car probably saved the life of a pedestrian last night, 7/16 around 10:30pm when I was driving in Washington DC with my daughter. I was on New York Ave and it was night time, there was a lot of glare from the headlights of oncoming cars, and there was a siren in the distance. We were having trouble figuring out if the siren was coming from behind us or from one of the side roads when a pedestrian stepped out in front of our Model S in the dark with dark clothes and in the middle of the road (not near an intersection). Before I could step on the brakes the beeped (collision warnings) and the picture of a red car came up on my dash. The car slammed on the breaks before I could and we stopped just inches from hitting the pedestrian. I guess that the car thought the pedestrian was another car in front of us? I am not sure if I would have been able to stop before hitting him but I am so glad the car did. I am not sure if the event is recorded in the cars sensor logs. At a time when there are so many negative stories about Autopilot and the death that occurred a few weeks ago, I thought that it was important to let you all know about this story. The work that you are all doing is really important and is saving lives. Unfortunately, incidents like this one don’t get written about in the press and most of the time no one is ever aware of how many accidents your safety features may have prevented. Thanks and thanks for letting customers use Autopilot even though it is in beta. Larry
  • Smart stitches send doctors information on wounds as they heal (2016-07-21 10:16:43)
    Visions of the future of medicine often involve digital sensors that constantly monitor patients, but not many people imagine that these sensors could be stitched directly into us. To make their stitches smart, Tuft scientists created a few basic thread types to act as building blocks for more complex sensors, as described in a paper published in the journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering.
  • PSVR's 'cinematic mode' boasts a virtual 226-inch screen (2016-07-21 10:10:00)
  • Musk's new 'master plan' for Tesla big on vision, short on detail (2016-07-21 10:07:29)
    A commercial truck, a public bus, small SUVs, a pickup ... Elon Musk's latest "master plan" for Tesla Motors Inc laid out where he wanted to take the electric car maker, but provided few details on how he planned to get there. Musk on Wednesday sketched out his vision for an integrated carbon-free energy enterprise offering products and services beyond electric cars and batteries. Tesla is already burning through cash and has a history of failing to deliver on its production promises.
  • NASA releases a year-long look at the sunlit face of the Earth (2016-07-21 09:50:00)
  • iPhone 7 in rose gold, gold and space gray shown in new video (2016-07-21 09:35:00)
    We just can’t have enough video leaks featuring the unreleased 2016 iPhones, particularly since it looks like many people have access to dummy units of the upcoming iPhone 7. We saw a bunch of videos in the past few days featuring the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 model , and now it’s time to look at a new clip that shows the device in three different colors, including rose gold, gold, and space gray. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time Those of you familiar with the iPhone 7 know what to expect: the same, recycled iPhone 6/6s design with a few minor changes. Gone is the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the antenna bands are a bit less off-putting than before. The camera on the back is still protruding, but it’s bigger and it doesn’t have a separate metal ring around the lens. You can easily see these features in the video embedded below, which was posted by YouTube channel Concepts iPhone . It’s not clear where the leaks originate from, but the iPhone shell does come with “iPhone” markings. Before you ask, no, these aren't functional devices and the front of the handsets isn't even shown. That said, these iPhone 7 mockups are in line with many of the previous reports on Apple’s plans for the iPhone 7. As has been the case with earlier leaks, they were likely created in a factory using actual iPhone schematics that leaked earlier this year from Apple's iPhone manufacturing partner Foxconn. Check out this new video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koyBI_RcjWA
  • A defense tech firm is buying the company behind the jet-powered hoverboard (2016-07-21 09:32:42)
    Zapata Industries, the company behind the jet-powered hoverboard known as the Flyboard Air, is about to be purchased by a defense tech company called Implant Sciences. Implant Sciences has spent years making machines that can detect explosives for customers like the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security. The company is publicly traded on the OTCQB exchange, and the deal is subject to the approval of its shareholders.
  • Tinder launches Social to let users hang out in groups (2016-07-21 09:32:26)
    (Reuters) - Now, you can use Tinder to plan a night out and take along your friends to meet strangers. The popular dating app, owned by website operator Match Group Inc, has launched "Tinder Social" to allow members to form groups and connect with other groups to go anywhere from a concert to a pub crawl. Users can see who's going out, invite friends to join a group, swipe and match with other groups nearby, make plans on chat and then meet up, Tinder said in a blog post.
  • U.S. authorities seize Kickass Torrents domains (2016-07-21 09:32:24)
    Artem Vaulin, who allegedly owns the site, has been arrested and awaits extradition in Poland.
  • ICYMI: Microscopic seascapes and riding your luggage home (2016-07-21 09:30:00)
  • The Big Book of Science Fiction is 1,100 pages of sci-fi history (2016-07-21 09:27:16)
    As the title suggests, The Big Book of Science Fiction is a big book. Weighing in at over 1,100 pages of fiction and commentary, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer’s massive tome is an important contribution to the larger conversation about science fiction, and it’s coming at the perfect time. The Vandermeers catalog the ups and downs of the genre’s history in broad strokes in their introduction, taking readers through the various modern movements, efforts to include more women and authors of color, and the growing international movements that told the same stories.
  • Windows 10 collects too much user data, lacks security says watchdog (2016-07-21 09:13:30)
    Microsoft has been told to reduce the data Windows 10 collects about users and tighten up the OS security or risk facing sanction for breaching data protection rules.
  • Ag-tech startup Indigo raises $100 million new funding round (2016-07-21 09:03:11)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Agriculture technology startup Indigo has raised $100 million in a new round of funding, bringing its total financing to more than $150 million, a sign of growing investor interest in new ways to ease food scarcity. The $100 million investment led by the Alaska Permanent Fund, a $54.3 billion fund owned and managed by the state of Alaska, is believed to be the largest single financing round into the private ag-tech sector, Indigo said on Thursday. The $156 million raised by Indigo so far will support the Massachusetts-based company's efforts to create resilient crops that can better withstand water shortages.
  • Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid review (2016-07-21 09:00:19)
    Though the smartphone market was nearly as massive a few short years ago as it is today, it was a terrible business to be in unless your company’s name was Apple or Samsung. There were simply no other phone vendors that could figure out how to make any real money selling smartphones. Try as they might — and oh, how they tried — rival phone companies spun their wheels while Samsung and Apple pulled in all of the smartphone industry’s profits. Today, things are different. Galaxy phones and iPhones are still the most popular handsets by a wide margin, but other companies have managed to put a serious dent in Apple and Samsung’s combined market share. Gaps in the market have been exposed and several companies are taking advantage. Most notably, Chinese vendors have found success selling high-quality phones at surprisingly low prices. But price isn’t the only area of the smartphone market where there is an opportunity to strike. There’s also an innovation gap just waiting to be filled, and Lenovo’s new Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are the latest phones that will attempt to fill it. The LG G5 is a perfect example of a terrific idea executed poorly. People want smartphones that are sleek and slim, but they also want more power and exciting new features. There’s only so much companies can stuff into such slim packages, so LG had an idea: Why not create a system that keeps the main phone slim and sleek but allows users to extend the device's functionality using special attachments that integrate perfectly? The idea was smart but the execution is sorely lacking. There are two big problems with the LG G5: first, the phone’s modular design requires users to remove the phone’s battery and reboot anytime they want to switch modules. Second, LG’s module selection was almost nonexistent at launch. Even now, there aren’t very many add-ons to choose from. Motorola’s approach with the brand new Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid is completely different —  and it's so much better. But before we dive into the Z and Z Force's modular features, let’s take a look at the phones themselves. First, and just to get this out of the way, "Moto Z Droid" and "Moto Z Force Droid" are terrible names for smartphones. My guess is that a branding battle between Lenovo/Motorola and Verizon reached an impasse when Motorola refused to let the phones launch without "Moto Z" branding and Verizon obviously couldn’t let go of "Droid." Motorola's deal with Verizon makes it the carrier’s exclusive Droid partner, and so Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid were born. It seems like it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but branding is important. Imagine the original iPhone had launched as the "iPhone Z U-verse" or something equally ridiculous because AT&T needed to have its mark on the phone. Fortunately, the names are really the only ugly things about Moto’s new flagships. The new design of the Moto Z series is nothing short of gorgeous. The thinner Moto Z Droid in particular is an incredible feat. At just 5.2mm thick, it’s the thinnest flagship smartphone on the planet by a sizable margin. It feels incredible in the hand, since the slim housing does a great job of shrinking down an otherwise large phablet. Motorola’s Moto Z Droid measures 153.3mm tall by 75.3mm wide, which is only marginally smaller than Apple’s monstrous iPhone 6s Plus. But the 6s Plus is 7.2mm thick — nearly 40% thicker than the Moto Z. Unsurprisingly, the design and build quality of these phones is second to none. Motorola’s recent flagship phones have been all about design and customization. Users were invited to choose from a wide range of different colors and materials online, including real woods and leathers. The resulting phones were sleek and unique, but Motorola moved away from that model with the Z and focused instead on premium metal and a bold new design. Of note, that bold new design is decidedly masculine, which isn’t uncommon for smartphones in Verizon’s Droid line. The Moto Z Droid is built entirely of metal and glass, and you’ll struggle to find a smartphone that feels more solid and premium in your hand. The front is a single sheet of 2.5D Gorilla Glass that has five interruptions — one for the speaker near the top of the phone, a second for the LED selfie flash next to it, a third for the static home button (it’s a raised button with an embedded fingerprint scanner, but it’s stationary and you can’t press it), and a fourth and fifth for two small openings near the bottom where dual microphones reside. Notably, the fingerprint scanner is lightning-fast and extremely reliable. The Z Force Droid ditches Corning’s Gorilla Glass in favor of Moto ShatterShield, a five-layer system that Motorola guarantees won’t shatter when dropped. It features an exterior glass layer with a "proprietary hardcoat designed to guard against dents and abrasion," as well as a second crack-resistant layer for added strength. I repeatedly dropped the phone face down onto concrete, tile and wood from heights of well over six feet, and so far I haven’t seen so much as a chip, let alone a crack. In fact, the phone even cracked the grout in my kitchen and stuff wasn’t damaged in any way. Motorola guarantees its ShatterShield screens for four years. The display on the Z Droid and Z Force Droid is a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel with 2K resolution (2560 x 1440). That works out to a pixel density of 535 ppi, and it addresses one of the two biggest problems many users have had with recent Moto flagship phones. The screens on phones like the Moto X were good, but never great — and never anywhere close to being on par with flagship phones from other vendors like Samsung. Motorola’s Moto Z Droid display still isn’t quite as good as the panels you’ll find on phones like the Galaxy S7, but it’s far better than anything you’ve ever seen on an older Moto phone. Blacks are deep, colors pop and the contrast is dramatically improved compared to earlier Motorola handsets. The edges of the phone are all metal, with a third mic and a SIM/microSDXC tray on the top edge and a USB Type-C port on the bottom. Three metal buttons sit near the top of the phone on the right edge — volume up, volume down and power/sleep — and there is nothing on the left edge of the Moto Z Droid. A "water repellent nano-coating" protects against splashes and minor spills, but the new Moto phones aren’t IP68 rated like some rival handsets so you cannot submerge them in water. Around back, you’ll find a large "camera bump" near the top that houses the lens, flashes and sensors. Near the bottom are the copper contacts utilized by the phone’s modular mechanism, which we’ll discuss shortly. If you were paying attention, you’ll notice that something was missing from my description of the phone’s hardware. That’s right, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack. Like Apple, Motorola chose to ditch the standard audio jack in order to make the phone thinner and free up room for other components. Bluetooth headphones will obviously work with the Z and Z Force, and both phones also ship with a USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter. Inside, the Moto Z Droid packs a large 2,600 mAh battery that Motorola says will supply up to 30 hours of "mixed usage." In my testing, I was able to get more than a full day of usage that was obviously a bit heavier than normal since I was reviewing the phone. The Moto Z Force Droid has an even larger 3,500 mAh battery rated for up to 40 hours of mixed usage, and it would take some serious effort to burn through it in one day. Further enhancing the phones’ fantastic battery life is support for Motorola’s proprietary "TurboPower" charging, which is Moto’s take on the fast charging tech almost every flagship phone ships with these days. The company says its new phones can soak up 8 hours worth of battery life in just 15 minutes using the special USB-C charger included in the box. I haven’t verified that claim but I can certainly confirm that the huge batteries on these phones fill remarkably quickly. Moving back to the phone’s modular features, this is one area where the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid really shine. The concept here is the same as it is with the LG G5. You have a phone that’s  compact and comfortable to use, and you can then expand its capabilities by attaching any one of a number of modular accessories. In the case of the Z and Z Force, Motorola calls them "Moto Mods." The main difference between Moto Mods and LG’s modular attachments is the mechanism they use to connect to the phone. With the G5, the user is forced to pop out the phone’s battery in order to change modules. This means shutting the phone down completely and then waiting for it to boot back up again each and every time you want to switch to a new module or remove a module and go back to using the phone on its own. But with the Moto Z Droid and Z Force Droid, attaching a module is as simple as slapping it onto the back of the phone. Motorola’s terrific design uses a series of strong magnets to fix a Moto Mod attachment to the back of the handset without the need to remove the battery or even fasten anything. Simply place a Mod onto the back of the phone and you’re done. In fact, the magnets are so strong that some slimmer Mods such as the Tumi battery pack can actually be a bit difficult to pry off. Motorola gave me three different Moto Mods to test and all three worked as advertised. The Tumi Power Pack adds 2,200 mAh of battery life, which Motorola claims is good for about 22 hours of usage. The JBL Soundboost Mod adds about half as much battery life to the phone but also includes stereo speakers and a kickstand. The sound quality is far better than the integrated speakers found on any smartphone in the world, and it makes watching movies on the phone’s large 5.5-inch quad HD display an absolute pleasure. The third Moto Mod I tested was by far my favorite. Built in-house by Motorola, the Insta-Share Projector attaches to the back of the phone and adds a surprisingly clear projector that beams a display up to 70 inches onto any surface. It also automatically adjusts the projection angle to compensate for the position of the phone relative to the surface on which the screen is being projected. The built-in battery in the Insta-share Projector lasts for an hour of continuous projection and there’s also an integrated kickstand to prop the phone up. The projected image will mirror your phone’s display so you can give a presentation, share a photo slide show or even watch a movie that you’re streaming on Netflix. Now if only there was a way to combine the projector with those killer JBL speakers... Lenovo and Motorola have more Moto Mods in the pipeline, as do the companies’ partners. There will also be a hardware developer kit available beginning in August for just $125, and it’ll let anyone build devices that are compatible with the Moto Mod system. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with a 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU powers the new Moto Z models, and it’s assisted by 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of UFS storage. The combination provides more than enough power and speed to facilitate an Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience that is as smooth as you’ll find anywhere. In terms of performance, I like to remind readers that benchmark test results aren’t always an accurate reflection of how a device performs in the real world. They do a good job of measuring performance when a phone is pushed to its limits, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to typical, everyday usage. Benchmarks do provide a decent way to compare one phone to others while handling a heavy load though, and the Moto Z Droid averaged a score of 149,155 in AnTuTu tests that I ran. That score comes in second only to the HTC 10, which is the most powerful smartphone in the world right now . Motorola’s Android builds have been as close to stock as you’ll come across in recent years. Instead of slapping a proprietary layer of software on top of Android like Samsung, HTC and others do, Motorola leaves the interface unchanged for the most part. Its custom features are accessible in a special Moto app, where you can pick and choose which Moto-specific functionality you want to enable. There are also some additions to the Android Settings app, and the nifty Command Center widget that Moto fans know and love. Beyond that, Android purists will be quite pleased with the Android experience on the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid… once they get past all the Verizon bloatware, of course. The Moto app has three main sections, each of which let you configure special Moto Z Droid features. In the "Actions" section, you can choose which motion gestures you’d like to enable or disable. Examples include "Approach for Moto Display," which turns on the phone’s standby screen as you reach for it so you can see the time and notifications; "Chop Twice for Flashlight," which lets you turn the camera LED on or off with two quick chop gestures; and "Swipe to shrink screen," which is my personal favorite. The Moto Z has a large display that can be difficult to use with one hand, so a swipe up from the bottom will shrink it down to a more manageable size. The second section is labeled "Voice," and it gives you access to the phone’s Moto Voice features — features that many people will likely pass on since Google Now is so comprehensive. And finally, a "Display" section lets you pick and choose what notifications and other information appears on the standby screen when the phone is locked. Beyond that, users have access to all the great features Google baked into Android Marshmallow… and they’re available for the most part exactly as Google built them. There are a couple of Google apps that Motorola replaced with its own software, and my favorite among them is the camera app. Motorola’s camera app is simple when it needs to be and complex when the user wants it to be; a special "Professional mode" gives the user complete control over settings like shutter speed, white balance, ISO and even focus. The camera also has Motorola’s "Best Shot" feature baked in, which snaps multiple photos with each tap of the shutter button and lets you choose the best among them. Of course, more important than the camera software is the quality if the photos captured by the Moto Z Droid’s camera. When discussing the phone’s display, I noted that the Z Droid’s 2K AMOLED screen addressed one of the two biggest complaints users had about Moto phones. Camera quality was the second, but Motorola has made great strides with the Z Droid and Z Force Droid. The thinner of the two new Moto phones sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, laser autofocus and 1.12um pixels. The camera on the Z Force Droid is even better, swapping out the 13-megapixel sensor for a 21-megapixel model and adding even more efficient and accurate phase detection autofocus into the mix. Both cameras capture photos that are clear with accurate color reproduction. Thanks to OIS and fast autofocus, photos are also generally free of excessive noise and blurring, and videos are nice and stable unless you really jerk the phone around. In ample lighting, I would have difficulty distinguishing pictures captured by either of the two new Moto phones and the Galaxy S7, which has what is by far the best smartphone camera in the world in my opinion. In lower light, however, the difference becomes a bit more apparent, though I did find that the Z Force Droid’s low-light performance seems to be a bit better than the slimmer model. The bottom line is that these phones feature cameras that are in a completely different league than earlier Moto phones. They can easily go toe-to-toe with the best camera phones out there like the Galaxy S7 and the HTC 10, though the S7 is still the reigning champ in my book. Before we wrap things up, let’s quickly run down all of the differences between the Moto Z Droid and the Moto Z Force Droid: The Z measures 153.3 mm x 75.3 mm x 5.19 mm while the Z Force measures 155.9 mm x 75.8 mm x 6.99 mm The Z weighs 136g while the Z Force weighs 163g The Z has a 13MP camera with laser autofocus while the Z Force has a 23MP camera with phase detection autofocus The Z has a Gorilla Glass face while the Z Force has a ShatterShield display The Z has a 2,600 mAh battery while the Z Force has a 3,500 mAh battery Motorola has created a situation similar to the one Apple created with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the key difference here is that both phones feature the same size screen. There are clear advantages to choosing the Z Force Droid over the Z Droid, and those advantages are significant. On paper, the choice is obvious. Once you hold that 5.2mm-thick Moto Z in your hand though, it can be very difficult to let go. Motorola Mobility has endured a bizarre and turbulent ride over the past few years. It split from Motorola Solutions back in 2011 and was acquired by Google for a whopping $12.5 billion a few months later. Google held onto it for a couple of years before selling the company and most of the assets gained from the initial purchase to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. Now, as a division of Lenovo, Motorola is making the best phones of its long and storied existence. I have a long history with Motorola. I've owned and used every major Motorola cell phone since the days of the StarTac. I scooped all of the new phones  the company was working on back in 2008 and 2009 when it first mounted a comeback after smartphones began to kill off the RAZR. I also gave the world its first live look at the original Droid , the smartphone that would cement Android’s position as a true competitor to the iPhone, BlackBerry and Symbian. It’s been a wild ride and it’s taken us here, to the two most impressive smartphones Motorola has ever built. I can’t call them my personal favorites since the original RAZR will always hold a special place in my heart . But they’re easily my favorite Motorola smartphones to date and, to be frank, they’re far and away my favorite smartphones of 2016 so far. They also complement other Moto phones perfectly; Motorola’s low-cost handsets like the Moto G have become some of the company’s best-selling phones ever. Motorola has managed to build phones that feature a better design, better materials, better build quality, better relative battery life and better performance than just about anything else out there. The look is incredible, the feel is as impressive, and the major pain points from earlier Moto phones have been addressed with a great AMOLED display and two different dramatically improved cameras. The biggest problem people will have with these phones right out of the gate is the fact that they’re Verizon Wireless exclusives for the time being. That’s great news for Verizon subscribers, but everyone else will have to wait a while longer before Lenovo starts selling the phones unlocked in the US in September. The other big problem people will have is choosing between the two models. The Z Droid is insanely sleek and slim but the shatterproof screen, bigger battery and better camera on the Z Force Droid will be difficult to pass up. As for Verizon customers, they’ll be able to pre-order the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid on Verizon’s website  beginning immediately ahead of the phones’ release next Thursday, July 28th. The Moto Z Droid starts at $26 per month or $624 outright, while the Moto Z Force Droid starts at $30 per month or $720. There will also be several Moto Mods available at launch online and in Verizon stores. The JBL SoundBoost speaker costs $79.99, the Insta-Share Projector is $299.99, TUMI and Kate Spade Power Packs will range from $59.99 to $89.99, and a variety of Incipio back plates will sell for $14.99 each.
  • Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force Droids will launch on Verizon July 28th (2016-07-21 09:00:10)
    The latest Droids are near. Verizon and Lenovo today announced that the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid will launch on the leading US carrier on July 28th — a week from today. Preorders for the two smartphones with modular "MotoMods" attachments start today. The Moto Z retails for $624 or $26 monthly on Verizon's device payment plan. The Moto Z Force is slightly more expensive at $720 full price of $30 on the plan.
  • The Moto Z is the best modular phone yet (2016-07-21 09:00:06)
    Lenovo’s new Moto Z and Moto Z Force are the best test yet of whether a “modular” approach to smartphones can truly reinvent what these devices can be, beyond slabs of internet-connected glass. In reviewing them, I’ve been trying to figure out whether this futuristic dream makes sense, if it’s an underwhelming gimmick, or maybe modularity is just a fun thing somewhere in between.
  • New probiotic seeds grow crops that require less water to survive (2016-07-21 09:00:03)
    Today, agtech startup Indigo launched a probiotic-covered seed called Indigo Cotton, which promises to reduce how much water a cotton plant needs by harnessing the power of microbes. Indigo also closed a $100 million Series C funding round and announced it will launch its next microbe-enhanced seed Indigo Wheat later this year. Indigo Cotton is the startup's first commercial product and the company said it's already been planted across 50,000 acres in Texas and four surrounding states.
  • Verizon announces Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid release date and pricing (2016-07-21 09:00:02)
    Verizon Wireless on Thursday finally let eager Android fans know when the latest additions to its Droid lineup will launch. The Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are two of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of the year, featuring unique modular designs, premium materials and a near-stock version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. How soon will Verizon subscribers be able to get their hands on these sleek new smartphones? Sooner than you might have thought. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time Lenovo and Motorola have gone in an entirely new direction with the Moto Z lineup. Where the Moto X line is all about customization and choice, the Moto Z phones focus on premium glass and metal, performance, and a novel new modular system that lets users extend a phone's functionality in any number of different directions. Read our full in-depth Moto Z Droid review and Moto Z Force Droid review to learn more about these exciting new phones. Fans had been waiting anxiously to learn when the new Moto Z series would finally be available for purchase in the US, and the answer is finally here. Both the Moto Z Droid and the Moto Z Force Droid can be pre-ordered on the Verizon Wireless website beginning immediately. Preorders will be delivered next Thursday, July 28th, which is also when both new Droid models will be released in Verizon stores across the country. “Together with Motorola, we’re fueling the smartphone revolution, and fostering the development of new ideas that are not only changing the wireless world we know today, but redefining the future of technology,” Verizon's VP of wireless devices Jeff Dietel said in a news release. “There’s truly nothing else out there like the Moto Z Droids. While these phones are powerful on their own, when you combine them with the new Moto Mods you transform them into powerful devices that take you way beyond a phone.” As for pricing, the 5.2mm-thick Moto Z Droid will cost $26 per month for the 32GB model on a Verizon payment plan, or $624 outright. The 32GB Moto Z Force Droid, which features a better camera and a shatterproof screen, costs either $30 per month or $720 outright. Several different modular "Moto Mods" attachments will also be made available beginning next Thursday, including the JBL Soundboost Speaker for $79.99, the Moto Insta-Share Projector for $299.99, Tumi and Kate Spade Power Pack batteries that range from $59.99 to $89.99, and Incipio back plates that will cost $14.99 each. The Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid will be Verizon Wireless exclusives in the United States until September, when unlocked versions of both phones will be released.
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    France is not happy about the amount of data collection and lack of security in Windows 10 and has given the firm three months to sort it out.
  • Michelle Obama talks Snapchat, sings Beyonce in 'Carpool Karaoke' (2016-07-21 08:43:00)
    The first lady rocks out to Beyonce, Stevie Wonder and Missy Elliott with "The Late Late Show" host James Corden in a carpool tour around the White House grounds.
  • The live-action 'Pokémon' movie starts production next year (2016-07-21 08:40:00)
  • Apple Watch's first role-playing game coming from creators of Final Fantasy (2016-07-21 08:38:11)
    Square Enix has launched a teaser site for the first role-playing game to arrive on Apple's wrist-bound gadget.
  • Free Ford software lets developers emulate Sync 3 apps on the desktop (2016-07-21 08:30:07)
    Ford announced the release of its Sync 3 AppLink Emulator, letting developers test how their apps will work in its Sync 3-equipped vehicles.
  • Say farewell to VHS (if you hadn't already) (2016-07-21 08:21:00)
  • Alcatel Idol 4S review: it's hard out there for a phone (2016-07-21 08:00:03)
    If you've thought of Alcatel at all, you've probably only thought of it as a budget smartphone maker, creating drops in a sea of low-end Android phones. You might do something a little like the Idol 4S. The Idol 4S is Alcatel’s attempt to move up and compete with the next tier of modern smartphones.
  • Alcatel's Idol 4S bundle is an affordable way to try out VR (2016-07-21 08:00:00)
  • Musk's Tesla 'master plan' big on vision, short on details (2016-07-21 07:52:45)
    "The plan is like before – or like much of what Tesla does – long on exciting visions of the future and short on financial details," Barclays Capital analyst Brian Johnson said in a note to clients. In a blog post titled "Master Plan, Part Deux", Musk also restated his argument that Tesla should acquire solar panel installer SolarCity Corp .
  • Windows 10 apps start appearing on the Xbox One (2016-07-21 07:47:52)
    Microsoft is planning to enable Windows 10 apps to run on its Xbox One console very soon, and we're starting to see exactly how they'll work today. Universal apps for Netflix and MSN Weather are both installable on Xbox One consoles running the latest preview software, and Windows Central has spotted a Groove Music update (with background music support) that should be available shortly. As the new apps are universal, they are very similar in functionality to the same apps available on Windows 10 for desktop PCs.
  • Pokemon Go prompts Saudi Arabian clerics to renew fatwa against franchise (2016-07-21 07:31:07)
    The country's Council of Scholars has deemed the augmented reality phenomenon to be un-Islamic, due to the game's supposedly negative iconography and promotion of gambling.
  • First Click: A Pokémon Go dating app makes perfect sense (2016-07-21 07:30:02)
    Tinder, for example, recently released a "social" feature that lets you organize group outings, but perhaps the best comparison is Happn — a French dating app that claims to help you "discover the people you cross paths with." The idea is that if you make eyes with someone in the street or at a party, you can reconnect with them later from the comfort of your phone screen.
  • Samsung Electronics buys $450 million stake in Chinese electric car firm BYD (2016-07-21 07:29:45)
    Samsung Electronics is to pay 3 billion yuan ($450 million) for a stake in Chinese automaker and rechargeable batteries firm BYD Co Ltd , the Chinese company said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday. The Samsung investment has been made through Chinese subsidiary Shanghai Samsung Semiconductor and gives the Korean firm a 1.92 percent stake in BYD, making it the ninth largest investor in the company. Samsung Electronics said last week it was in talks to acquire a stake in BYD to boost its automotive chip business, after the Korea Economic Daily first reported that Samsung had agreed to buy a stake.
  • William Hill seeks new boss to revive online growth (2016-07-21 07:29:21)
    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's William Hill has fired Chief Executive James Henderson after only two years in the job because the bookmaker's board said he was failing to deliver enough growth in online and international gambling. Henderson was promoted from the role of operations director when the highly regarded Ralph Topping retired in 2014. Topping had helped to make the company Britain's largest listed bookmaker by adding online and international operations to its chain of high street betting shops.
  • Apple and Facebook helped bust the world's biggest torrent site (2016-07-21 07:16:00)
  • 10 big data insiders to follow on Twitter (2016-07-21 07:00:02)
    Want to start making sense of big data? Check out these 10 experts who make the most of their 140 characters on Twitter.
  • Japan issues Pokemon Go safety guide ahead of game's launch (2016-07-21 06:51:26)
    The Japanese government recommends keeping cool under the hot sun and not wandering into dangerous areas.
  • True Corp plans Thailand launch of Pokemon Go game in September (2016-07-21 06:39:41)
    Thailand telecoms company True Corp Pcl plans to launch Nintendo Co Ltd's smash-hit mobile phone game Pokemon GO in the country in September, a top executive at the Thai firm said on Thursday. True Chief Executive Suphachai Chearavanont told reporters the launch will be facilitated by the company's appointment in 2014 as the only master licensee to manage Pokemon content and expand the business in Thailand, a fast growing mobile game market in Southeast Asia. The exact launch date will be decided by Japan's Nintendo, he said, adding the game will be available for free downloads to users of any mobile service.
  • Anna Faris and Rhys Darby star in flight safety video you might actually watch (2016-07-21 06:35:01)
    Air New Zealand wants you to have a safe flight -- and it's using celebrities and social media to make that happen.
  • NASA institute will find ways to protect astronauts' health (2016-07-21 06:32:00)
  • Suspected boss of online piracy site Kickass Torrents arrested (2016-07-21 06:24:29)
    The alleged boss of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, was hit with US criminal charges Wednesday, accused of distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content. The Justice Department unveiled a criminal complaint against Ukrainian national Artem Vaulin, 30, who was arrested in Poland and is wanted by the US for copyright infringement, money laundering and other charges. Vaulin is alleged to own Kickass Torrents or KAT, which in recent years has eclipsed Pirate Bay and others to become the world's biggest source of pirated media.
  • I didn't know how much I loved Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’ until Angry Birds tried to ruin it (2016-07-21 06:04:54)
    "Sandstorm" by Darude might not be the most critically acclaimed piece of music out there, but it is honest, pure, and strong. It's a trance track that, to quote my colleague Sam Byford, is to dance music what Andrew W.K.'s "Party Hard" is to metal: "It elevates the tropes of a genre to the point of simplicity and absurdity, so much so that it becomes subversive." It's also the only song I want played at my funeral — and Angry Birds is trying to ruin it. In an attempt to reanimate its long-running franchise, Angry Birds publisher Rovio is releasing a new update for the game named The Mighty League, which pitches players against one another to compete for high scores.
  • If the future involves me riding my luggage around an airport, I’m here for it (2016-07-21 06:00:03)
    Modobag I’ve received multiple pitches for smart luggage; it’s pretty common now. (Just look at this past coverage.) That doesn’t mean I can’t be surprised, though. Take the pitch I received for the Modobag. It was different. Yes, it’s carry-on luggage that comes with USB ports for charging and real-time location tracking, but it’s also a rideable. Say what? I know. Modobag Yep. The bag reaches up to eight miles per hour. It launched on Indiegogo today with early bird pricing starting at $995. That’s nearly $1,000 for a single piece of luggage. But it’s also a rideable, so. ...
  • Tinder users can now swipe right on group dates (2016-07-21 06:00:02)
    With Tinder Social, the more the merrier. The viral dating app has a new feature to bring together groups for a night out.
  • Tinder Social is a new feature for finding friends to hang with (2016-07-21 06:00:00)
  • Facebook developing drones that deliver high-speed internet via lasers (2016-07-21 05:22:41)
    Facebook is working on a means of delivering high-speed internet to remote areas via laser beams. The project has now taken a step forward, after a first test delivered connection speeds over 2Gbps, according to an article penned by four members of the social network's "Connectivity Lab," published in the scientific journal Optica. The social network plans to provide high-speed internet connections by using laser beams to deliver connectivity to even the most remote locations.
  • 'TowerFall' team's next game is all about climbing a mountain (2016-07-21 05:20:00)
  • Indonesia shrugs off Pokemon fatwa as gaming fever takes hold (2016-07-21 04:59:59)
    By Eveline Danubrata JAKARTA (Reuters) - Avid players of smash-hit mobile phone game Pokemon GO in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, are not letting religious decrees or security warnings get in the way of their mission to catch their next cartoon creature. Nintendo's augmented reality app, in which players walk around real-life places to hunt virtual characters on their smartphone screens, has become an instant hit globally, almost doubling the market value of the Japanese game-maker. Saudi Arabia's top clerical body recently renewed a 15-year-old fatwa, or edict, that declared the Pokemon game franchise un-Islamic, saying it promotes gambling and the theory of evolution, among other concerns.
  • Watch and listen to NASA cracking 8-foot barrels to test new space materials (2016-07-21 04:57:24)
    When it comes to finding the best new materials for building rockets, NASA has an old-fashioned approach: apply pressure and see what breaks first. In the video above, you can see the space agency testing 8.4-foot-tall barrels made of (are you ready?) graphite-epoxy honeycomb-core sandwich composites. The barrels were rigged with a network of 300 electronic strain sensors and 16,000 fiber optics sensors to measure their structural integrity during the process, and even the polka dots are part of the test — they make it easier to measure movement and deformation using high-speed cameras.
  • Sky Q update makes binge-watching that little bit easier (2016-07-21 04:45:00)
  • Hubble study finds two potentially habitable exoplanets (2016-07-21 04:35:00)
  • Anna Faris and Rhys Darby star in short film to educate you on airline safety (2016-07-21 04:33:10)
    Air New Zealand wants you to have a safe flight (on it's airline, of course), and is using celebrities and social media to make that happen.
  • France orders Microsoft to stop tracking Windows 10 users (2016-07-21 04:27:05)
    France's data protection commission has ordered Microsoft to "stop collecting excessive user data" and to stop tracking the web browsing of Windows 10 users without their consent. In a notice published on Wednesday, the CNIL said that Microsoft must also take steps to guarantee "the security and confidentiality" of its users' personal information, after determining that the company was still transferring data to the US under the "Safe Harbor" agreement that an EU court invalidated in October. Microsoft has three months to comply with the orders, the CNIL said.
  • Google uses DeepMind AI to cut data center energy bills (2016-07-21 04:02:49)
    The amount of energy consumed by big data centers has always been a headache for tech companies. Well, Google has a different solution to this problem: putting its DeepMind artificial intelligence unit in charge and using AI to manage power usage in parts of its data centers. After accounting for "electrical losses and other non-cooling inefficiencies," this 40 percent reduction translated into a 15 percent reduction in overall power saving, says Google.
  • Tech leaders: it's time to stop shadow reporting and provide intelligent data (2016-07-21 04:00:03)
    Dashboards were supposed to put an end to executive reporting woes; however, they have largely failed. It's time to rethink executive reporting.
  • Pick up 'Inversus' and other new PS4 indies this August (2016-07-21 03:50:00)
  • Silicon Valley's Yahoo diaspora mourns company's decline (2016-07-21 03:38:09)
    By Deborah M. Todd and Jeffrey Dastin SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former Yahoo executive Dan Rosensweig has not worked at the pioneering internet company in nearly a decade. "I hire as many ex-Yahoos as I can, because I know their commitment, their talent." Rosensweig - now CEO of the online education company Chegg Inc - is one of scores of executives around Silicon Valley who still "bleed purple," as many Yahoo alums put it, despite the company's more recent instability and decline. In the formative years of the web, Yahoo was the biggest, richest internet upstart in Silicon Valley, and it incubated a generation of executives.
  • Softbank, Honda: Sit back, relax, let the car do the talking (2016-07-21 03:33:14)
    On the heels of its $32 billion takeover of chip designer ARM Holdings, SoftBank Corp founder Masayoshi Son is embarking on another "crazy idea": talking cars that can read a driver's emotions. The Japanese telecommunications and internet corporation said on Thursday it was teaming up with Honda Motor Co to look at ways of applying SoftBank's humanoid robotic technology to cars so they can communicate with drivers, perhaps helping them park or offering company on long trips. The announcement comes after SoftBank on Monday agreed to buy British chip designer ARM Holdings, which Son believes will play a central role in the tech industry's shift to the 'internet of things' (IoT).
  • Maxthon browser is a wolf in sheep's clothing (2016-07-21 03:29:02)
    You may have installed the Maxthon browser on your mobile devices. If so, here's why you should remove it. Immediately.
  • Qualcomm is selling more chips for high-end smartphones (2016-07-21 03:02:00)
  • Google Nexus: The smart person's guide (2016-07-21 03:00:00)
    This comprehensive guide covers the Android flagship device series, including the benefits and limitations compared to other phones, as well as why it matters for business.
  • This is what Wonder Woman's invisible jet looks like (2016-07-21 02:30:56)
    San Diego Comic-Con celebrates the iconic hero's 75th anniversary with a giant version of her trusty but unseen mode of transportation.
  • Twitch bans popular streamer accused of secretly owning a gambling site (2016-07-21 02:08:45)
    Streaming service Twitch has banned one of its most popular broadcasters after he was accused of secretly owned a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive item gambling site. James "PhantomL0rd" Varga had his channel closed after Skype logs indicated that he owns a stake in CSGO Shuffle, a site that allowed players to gamble weapon skins from the popular Valve game, and had rigged bets in the past in his favor. The accusations against Varga come in the same month that two other popular Counter-Strike streamers — Trevor "TmarTn" Martin and Tom "Syndicate" Cassell — were found to own another gambling site. Like Martin and Cassell, Varga used the gambling site he reportedly owns on his stream without disclosure, presenting multiple victories as the results of chance rather than potentially rigged pots.
  • ThinkProgress joins Medium's growing list of publications (2016-07-21 02:05:00)
  • The last-ever Japanese VCRs will be made this month (2016-07-21 01:42:18)
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  • New imaging method reveals how Alzheimer's reshapes the brain (2016-07-21 01:04:00)
  • Inside the RNC's secret cybersecurity battle (2016-07-21 00:54:50)
    The Republican National Convention is under constant attack. How cyberdefense firms keep thousands of connected devices safe around the clock.
  • No 'Pokemon Go' yet in Japan, but government already worried (2016-07-21 00:12:14)
    TOKYO (AP) — The "Pokemon Go" craze has yet to hit Japan, but reports of robberies, traffic accidents and other mishaps abroad already has the government worried.
  • Southwest technology problems cancel, delay flights (2016-07-21 00:02:21)
    DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights across the country were delayed or canceled Wednesday after technology problems prevented many travelers from checking in or boarding flights.
  • Nightdive Studios' 'System Shock' remake is coming to PS4 (2016-07-21 00:02:00)
  • Buzz Aldrin's first Facebook Live session remembers Apollo 11 (2016-07-20 23:59:25)
    The second man on the moon took to Facebook Live for the first time for the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
  • Japan warns on Pokemon GO safety as impatient gamers await launch (2016-07-20 23:55:40)
    Gamers in Japan, home of Nintendo's Pokemon, are still impatiently awaiting the launch of the smash-hit Pokemon GO game but the government is already preparing for an invasion of little cartoon monsters, issuing a safety warning. The country's National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) issued nine instructions to users of the mobile game, ranging from advising them not to use their real names to warning gamers over fake apps. It is rare for NISC to issue an advisory over specific games, but Japan is just the latest government to do so over Pokemon GO, a game where users chase cuddly cartoon monsters in their real-life neighborhoods.
  • Trump's hands may not be small, but his wall is (2016-07-20 23:52:13)
    Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus erects a miniature border wall, complete with razor wire, around The Donald's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • NASA tests composite material for lightweight rockets (2016-07-20 23:32:00)
  • Phones are going to get tougher this year thanks to Gorilla Glass 5 (2016-07-20 23:26:57)
    The latest version of Corning's Gorilla Glass can survive nearly human-height drops and will be baked into new phones starting this fall.
  • The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Bitcoin burglary and self-destructing hardware (2016-07-20 23:22:57)
    Mr. Robot is a show built on hacks. The mother of all hacks serves as the big cliffhanger at the end of the show's first season, and nearly every plot development leading up to it was nudged along by some kind of exploit. It’s rare to get through an episode without at least one digital intrusion, often drawn from real life. Each week, we'll be running through Mr. Robot's C Y B E R activities — who got hacked, why, and how much magic would be required to make them actually work.* * * S P O I L E R S  F O L L O W * * *It’s been a bad week for fsociety. ...
  • Tesla's master plan is here and it's not really anything new (2016-07-20 23:15:22)
    Nothing that other automakers aren't already looking into, that is.
  • Whirlpool washer and dryer can order refills with Amazon Dash (2016-07-20 22:41:00)
  • Bubba Watson hits the links in a golf cart jetpack (Tomorrow Daily 394 show notes) (2016-07-20 22:16:03)
    It's totally a publicity stunt, but we'll watch anyone ride around in a gigantic jetpack.
  • Musk 'master plan' expands Tesla into electric trucks and buses (2016-07-20 22:10:00)
    Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the company into electric semi trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy systems. In a blog post titled "Master Plan, Part Deux," Musk sketched a vision of an integrated carbon-free energy enterprise offering a wider range of vehicles, and products and services beyond electric cars and batteries. Both Tesla and SolarCity are burning cash.
  • Netflix subscribers spend nearly 50% more time watching content than Hulu subscribers (2016-07-20 22:00:34)
    Anchored by an ever-increasing library of original content, Netflix over the last two years successfully managed to increase its subscriber base by an impressive 50%. But when it comes to all things Wall St., the What have you done for me lately? dynamic still reigns supreme. So when the streaming giant released its earnings earlier this week and disclosed that its s ubscriber growth over the last quarter was lower than it had ever been before in company history, investors were quick to panic. Since Monday, shares of Netflix have fallen by nearly 15%. Part of the problem, according to Netflix, was higher than anticipated subscriber churn fueled by "press coverage in early April of our plan to un-grandfather longer tenured members.” In other words, some subscribers aren't too keen on any type of price increase. All told, it hasn't been the best of weeks for the company that has graced us with hits like House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt . But not to worry Netflix fans, not all hope is lost. MUST SEE:  Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time ever Because the narrative surrounding Netflix as of late has been decidedly negative, we thought it was high time to remind folks that Netflix, despite some subscribers canceling their subscriptions, remains exceedingly popular. In fact, some back of the envelope calculations tabulated by AllFlicks last month reveals that consumers spend considerably more time watching Netflix everyday than they do watching Hulu. Specifically, AllFlicks found that the average Netflix viewer spends upwards of 1 hour and 40 minutes watching content every day. In contrast, the average Hulu viewer watches approximately an hour and 7 minutes watching content every day. So is there an explanation for the disparity in user engagement? Better content, perhaps? It's possible, but it's really hard to say for sure, especially given that Hulu is certainly no slouch in the content department itself. More than anything, it's entirely likely that the types of shows on Netflix -- especially Netflix's growing stable of original content -- simply lend themselves to lengthier viewing sessions. Hulu's bread and butter, meanwhile, is not so much original hour-long programming, but rather TV shows that are often as short as 22 minutes per episode. AllFlicks also speculates that Hulu's commercials (the most annoying in all of media today) may also have something to do with it. It’s possible that it’s the type of content that is driving this gap. Netflix has done very well in the original content wars, and it has focused a lot of shows that inspire binge watching. Some of Hulu’s most acclaimed content – like the Criterion Collection films – is less conducive to binge watching. Or perhaps it’s Hulu’s commercials that are causing viewers to end their viewing sessions sooner. Regardless, the findings aren't all that surprising. After all, would you expect anything less from a service that is more popular than both eating and sex ?
  • iOS 10 warns when your Lightning port gets wet (2016-07-20 21:58:00)
  • Mr. Robot Season 2 Episode 3: Watch our digital after show at 11:26PM ET (2016-07-20 21:29:00)
    The Verge is hosting the official Mr. Robot Digital After Show in partnership with USA Network, and we hope you'll join us tonight at 11:26PM ET, and each week, as we discuss the exploits of sophisticated hackers and corporate overlords. In tonight's episode we'll see Elliot vow to beat Mr. Robot, Angela getting a glimpse behind the curtain at E Corp, and fsociety stirring up trouble. Mr. Robot airs Wednesday night at 10PM ET, and you can watch the Mr. Robot Digital After Show right after by tuning in to the Ustream channel above.
  • Tesla Master Plan pt. 2 explains how everyone gets an electric car (2016-07-20 21:10:00)
  • Here’s Elon Musk’s master plan for the future of transportation (2016-07-20 21:05:50)
    Elon Musk's master plan: part two is here, and it's a doozy. Rather than set out a short-term vision, he's setting out a plan for how Tesla will save the world. No, actually . In the plan , he's outlining how Tesla as we know it is going to change. Forget fast sports cars: the future Tesla will feature pickup trucks, semi trailers and urban buses, with those concepts to be unveiled next year. DON'T MISS:  The US government has taken down the owner and domains of the world’s biggest pirate site Musk's plan is centered around four main themes: integrating solar power and energy storage into every house in the world making vehicles autonomous sharing vehicles among users make all vehicles, be they cars, trucks, or buses, fully electric A lot of this isn't actually revolutionary, per se: the end of per-person car ownership has been predicted by the rise of Uber, Powerwall and Solar City are already working on the non-grid energy part, and everyone and their startup-friendly dog is developing a self-driving vehicle of some kind. But to bring all the pieces together in one company, while also saying that this plan is going to save the human race? That's ballsy. But I guess this is Elon Musk we're talking about. Let's take a deeper look at the four planks of Musk's new master plan. Integrate Energy Generation and Storage "Create a smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works, empowering the individual as their own utility, and then scale that throughout the world. One ordering experience, one installation, one service contact, one phone app." This is basically just the extension of something Musk has already been working on. SolarCity is Musk's solar power startup, which Tesla recently acquired (to the dismay of its shareholders). Powerwall is a Tesla initiative that installs a large battery pack in people's houses, letting the users take advantage of lower-priced electricity during the evening. All that Musk is proposing here (if you can call the disruption of a national piece of infrastructure and the fossil fuel industry "all") is using distributed, off-grid solar power as the basis for energy generation. It's not an outlandish idea. Scientists and economists have said that solar power is maturing as a technology, and we're going to reach a point in the not-too-distant future where it's a viable replacement for our grid. But rather than having a couple large solar farms distributed across the country, Musk thinks we'll be better off with local-scale energy production. That's actually a rather revolutionary idea. The concepts of economies of scale and specialization are deeply built into our economy, and suggest that a few large plants are a better solution than a whole bunch of smaller solar cells. Whatever your belief, Musk ties local-scale energy generation (and storage -- extensive energy storage is a must when relying on solar power) directly into the rest of his master plan, which is already likely to annoy the established energy industry. Expand to Cover the Major Forms of Terrestrial Transport "Today, Tesla addresses two relatively small segments of premium sedans and SUVs. With the Model 3, a future compact SUV and a new kind of pickup truck, we plan to address most of the consumer market. In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate. With the advent of autonomy, it will probably make sense to shrink the size of buses and transition the role of bus driver to that of fleet manager." This is the part that will probably excite most Tesla fans. Right now, Tesla is strictly a car maker, and the products it currently sells are high-end vehicles. What Musk is proposing here is a complete Teslaization of everything that moves on our roads. It's ambitious, to say the least, but it seems that Tesla is already well on the way to designing these vehicles, if they're ready to be unveiled as soon as next year. Tesla will need all the headstart it can get here. Semi trucks and buses are a very different business to cars, and the existing car-makers have already been the quickest to adopt new technology. Autonomous trucks have already "platooned" their way across Europe, and a self-driving bus from Mercedes did a run from Amsterdam's busy airport just this week. Presumably, Tesla is relying on its experience with electric vehicles to give it the edge here. It's an ambitious new industry to dive head-first into, so at the very least, Musk isn't lacking ambition. Autonomy "As the technology matures, all Tesla vehicles will have the hardware necessary to be fully self-driving with fail-operational capability, meaning that any given system in the car could break and your car will still drive itself safely." This part of Musk's plan is the least surprising. Tesla is already leading the way in terms of autonomous vehicles, and Musk just confirms that this is going to continue. The rest of this section really just reads like a defense of the recent Autopilot controversy. Musk points out that "when used correctly, [Autopilot] is already significantly safer than a person driving by themselves." This is technically correct, although the sample size is so small that it's not so much verified fact as a statistic, open to interpretation. Sharing "You will also be able to add your car to the Tesla shared fleet just by tapping a button on the Tesla phone app and have it generate income for you while you're at work or on vacation, significantly offsetting and at times potentially exceeding the monthly loan or lease cost. This dramatically lowers the true cost of ownership to the point where almost anyone could own a Tesla." This is a different version of the sharing economy as envisioned by some analysts. What Musk is saying here is that everyone (or at least, everyone's Tesla) will be driving for Uber in the off-time. Musk is right that this will bring down the cost of car ownership, although he's still forgetting that with depreciation and other wear and tear, the gains from renting out your car might be not that high. An expansion of the sharing economy isn't all, though. Musk buried the lede, telling us that Tesla is going to become a rent-a-car service sometime in the future: "In cities where demand exceeds the supply of customer-owned cars, Tesla will operate its own fleet, ensuring you can always hail a ride from us no matter where you are." So, not only is Tesla going to make pickups, semis, and operate a bus route, but it's also going to become an Uber rival. No one ever accused Elon Musk of thinking small.   Developing...
  • Elon Musk’s ‘Master Plan’ for Tesla is all about energy, new cars, autonomous, and sharing (2016-07-20 21:01:42)
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the new and updated version of the Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan in a post on the company's website. The plan outlines Musk's vision for a combined Tesla and SolarCity, which Tesla offered to acquire last month. Musk expects that deal to receive investor support.
  • Watch a teenager smash the windshield of a $250,000 McLaren with his skateboard (2016-07-20 21:00:35)
    Hold on to your hats, folks, this story is a doozy. A $250,000 McLaren recently had its windshield utterly smashed in by a skateboard-toting teenager  who didn’t take too kindly to being honked at. And best of all, the crazy sequence events was all captured on video. It’s almost as if the introduction of smartphone video recording has been leading up to this one glorious moment for years. Here’s how it all went down. DON'T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time A crispy orange McLaren was cruising down the street when it ran a stop sign every so slightly. In the process, the McLaren veered into a crosswalk which our teenage hero (or villain, depending on your perspective) was legally and appropriately using to cross the street. The driver of the car then honked at the kid, and if you listen closely to the video below, you can hear the driver shouting an expletive or two while demanding that the kid get out of the way. And that’s when things went bananas. The skateboard-wielding teen then smashed the windshield of the car, cracking and smashing it instantly. As you might expect, things then got real. The man in the passenger seat opened up the McLaren’s beautiful butterfly doors as the teenager began to run for his dear life. The chase was on, but alas, we’re not sure if the passenger ever caught up with the kid who, rather impressively, appeared to be running while holding onto his skateboard the entire time. The video description reads: "I was catching a video of the sunset saw this McLaren run a stop sign and make a kid fall off his skateboard. You can hear the skateboard in the video. The passenger of the McLaren yelled something at him and the next thing I heard was a SMASH! The windshield was completely shattered." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7yt-VPYtOA So what is this, folks? Destruction of property or simply nothing more than savage street justice served up cold? Naturally, some of the Reddit comments on this video are pure gold. A few examples: This video has everything: out of view footage of what happened, vertical video and even a shout out to worldstar at the end. Some say he's still chasing the skateboarder to this day. If only this guy was shooting the Kennedy assassination, we would all know what happened. Horizontal video would have captured the action.
  • Smartphone app lets users decide fate of Netherlands refugees (2016-07-20 20:55:24)
    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Looking to change public perception about migrants in the Netherlands, two journalists have launched a Smartphone app that dramatizes the asylum-seeking process and lets users ask tough questions of would-be refugees. With "The Detailed Interview" app, users select questions for actors portraying migrants from Syria and Guinea as they explain why they fled their homelands. Amsterdam-based journalists Ludo Hekman and Klaas van Dijken said they wanted to counter perceptions that it was easy to become a refugee in the Netherlands, which has seen a rise in far-right, anti-immigration sentiment.
  • McDonald's Japan shares soar, to collaborate on Pokemon GO soon (2016-07-20 20:43:40)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares of Japan's McDonald's Holdings Co jumped to their highest level since 2001 in early trade on Thursday after the company said it would collaborate on the Pokemon GO game "soon".
  • Twitch streamer banned for shady betting on 'Counter-Strike' (2016-07-20 20:34:00)
  • Mozilla will block Flash in Firefox starting next month (2016-07-20 20:33:03)
    Mozilla's Firefox browser will start blocking Flash content "not essential to the user experience" from August 2016, the company said today, helping to hasten the achingly slow demise of the ageing plugin. The company says its August change is expected to reduce Flash-related crashes and hangs in Firefox by up to 10 percent, as well as giving users "enhanced security, improved battery life, faster page load, and better browser responsiveness." Data shared as part of today's announcement shows that Firefox plugin crashes dropped when both YouTube and Facebook switched from Flash video as default to HTML5, part of a downward trend that coincides with Flash's slow retirement.
  • The US government has taken down the owner and domains of the world’s biggest pirate site (2016-07-20 20:32:21)
    KickassTorrents (KAT) is the biggest pirate site in the world, hosting thousands of torrents covering the biggest movies and music in the world. The 30-year-old Ukrainian founder, Artem Vaulin, was arrested in Poland today, and the US government has requested his extradition. A court in Chicago has also ordered the seizure of bank accounts and domain names related to the site. DON'T MISS:  New Gorilla Glass should make the iPhone 7 screen practically indestructible Vaulin has been formally charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and criminal copyright infringement. As of the moment, the main KickassTorrents site appears to be down worldwide. In a press release given to  Ars Technica , the Department of Justice said that they'd chased Vaulin around the world trying to capture him. “Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials. In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.” An undercover IRS agent allegedly pinned KAT's bank account by going undercover to buy and ad on the site. The agent bought a "faster download" ad for five days, at a rate of $300 per day. Banner ads were priced at thousands of dollars, allowing a witness to estimate KAT's annual advertising revenue at $16 million. That estimate may be way off, however. Pricing illegal online activities is difficult, as proven by the trial of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. In that case, the prosecution's estimate of revenue was off by an entire order of magnitude. Based on the DOJ press release, the case against Vaulin seems to be quite clear-cut. Assuming the extradition goes through, this will be a landmark first case against the head of a major pirate site. But if history has taught us anything, it's that there will be three new torrent sites springing up in KAT's place tomorrow.
  • A millennial mourns director Garry Marshall (2016-07-20 20:22:15)
    Commentary: Some of her friends don't even know who Garry Marshall is, but this twentysomething holds a special place in her heart for the writer and director she associates with memories of home.
  • The first ever live-action Pokémon movie will be Detective Pikachu (2016-07-20 20:17:00)
    Legendary Pictures and The Pokémon Company are working to deliver a live-action adaptation of Detective Pikachu. The 3DS game was released earlier this year in Japan and features the titular pocket monster as a deerstalker hat-wearing sleuth who works and communicates with humans. Detective Pikachu's storyline focused on the iconic yellow electric mouse teaming up with a boy named Tim to search for the boy's missing father.
  • South Korea probes Google for anti-competitive behavior: Yonhap (2016-07-20 20:03:50)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's antitrust regulator conducted an inspection of Google's local headquarters to investigate whether the firm is engaged in anticompetitive behavior over its Android operating system, Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday. Yonhap, citing unnamed sources, said the Korea Fair Trade Commission conducted the inspection last week and was probing whether Google forced smartphone makers using Android on its devices to not sell products using other operating systems. ...
  • Which countries pirate the most expensive software? (2016-07-20 20:00:02)
    For decades now, piracy has remained a lingering problem that software companies have tirelessly and unsuccessfully tried to eliminate. So whether it's a college student downloading a cracked version of Photoshop or an entire small business skirting around the licensing rules of pricey enterprise software, piracy, for many companies, simply remains an unfortunate cost of doing business. In fact, it's estimated that nearly 40% of all software installed on PCs across the world hasn't been "properly licensed." DON'T MISS:  The most comprehensive Pokemon Go guide on the internet Naturally, giant software companies like Microsoft have more challenges to face than others. Speaking to this point, you might recall that Microsoft in 2015, in an effort to stem rampant Windows piracy, announced that it would offer Windows users in China a free upgrade to Windows 10 even if their current copy of Windows was pirated. Indeed, piracy overseas tends to be a huge headache for many software firms, both big and small. But you might be surprised to learn that the country with the highest value of installed pirated software isn't China or India, but the United States. According to the following chart from Statista , the commercial value of in-use pirated software in the U.S. checks in at an astonishing $9.1 billion. China follows closely behind with $8.7 billion while India, France and the U.K. occupy the next few slots with figures that check in at $2.7, $2.1 and $1.9 billion, respectively. What's interesting, though, is that the rate of unlicensed software in the United States is actually lower than every other country on the list. While the incidence of pirated software in the U.S. is just 17%, the figure rises to 70% in China. The takeaway here is that while a greater percentage of individuals in non-U.S. countries pirate software, individuals in the U.S. pirate much more expensive software.
  • Intel's slowing data center growth overshadows strong profit (2016-07-20 19:57:39)
    Hurt by weak demand from enterprises, revenue at the highly-profitable unit rose 5 percent to $4 billion, but lagged the previous quarter's 9 percent increase and remained below Intel's annual target of low double-digit growth. "As we enter the second half, we expect the enterprise segment of the business to stabilize and the cloud segment growth rate to accelerate," Intel's finance chief Stacy Smith said on a call with analysts. Intel has been focusing on the unit and its operation that makes chips for Internet-connected devices, as it seeks to lower dependence on the slowing PC market that it once helped create.
  • Firefox will leave Flash off by default in 2017 (2016-07-20 19:42:00)
  • Top online pirate suspect arrested in Poland, charged in US (2016-07-20 19:39:18)
    A Ukrainian alleged to be the ringleader of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, was hit with US criminal charges Wednesday, accused of distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content. The Justice Department unveiled a criminal complaint against Artem Vaulin, 30, of Kharkiv, Ukraine, who was arrested in Poland earlier in the day and is being sought by US authorities for copyright infringement, money laundering and other charges. Vaulin is alleged to own Kickass Torrents or KAT, which in recent years has eclipsed Pirate Bay and others to become the world's biggest source of pirated media.
  • Mouthing off: This is what 100 coats of lipstick looks like (2016-07-20 19:26:18)
    You're going to want to see how it peels off at the end of this video experiment that's already gone viral.
  • U.S. indicts KAT file sharing owner for copyright infringement (2016-07-20 19:17:52)
    The owner of file-sharing website KAT was indicted in the United States on Wednesday for copyright infringement related to the distribution of more than $1 billion worth of movies, video games, music recordings and other content, U.S. justice officials said. Artem Vaulin, 30, of Ukraine, was arrested in Poland and U.S. officials want him extradited to face charges that include conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to attorneys for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • France serves notice to Microsoft on data tracking (2016-07-20 19:12:03)
    France on Wednesday said it had served notice to Microsoft to stop collecting what it deems excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent on civil liberty grounds. The National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) said in a statement that it had given the US computing giant three months to comply with the French Data Protection Act to ensure user data security and confidentiality. The agency said media and political groups brought the issue to its attention after Microsoft launched its latest Windows 10 operating system a year ago.
  • Plex streams your music collection to Sonos speakers (2016-07-20 19:09:00)
  • Federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles due this summer (2016-07-20 19:00:37)
    There are two key elements required for a driverless car to operate. One is a robust software and hardware package that can safely steer a car in any traffic conditions and deliver the passengers to the destination without any input from the driver. The second is a legal framework that would make AI-powered cars legal. After all, carmakers can simply launch entirely or partially autonomous cars whenever they feel like it, and there are many legal conundrums to address, especially since these self-driving cars will coexist with regular cars – that means accidents won’t go away for good anytime soon. While Tesla, Google, and a myriad of other carmakers are working on driverless platforms, lawmakers are devising the federal guidelines this new type of transportation system will require. And the first set of rules is due this summer. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time The Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday that his department would issue the new guidelines this summer, the LA Times reports . The top priority for driverless cars should be safety, he said. “We want people who start a trip to finish it," Foxx declared. "Autonomous doesn't mean perfect," he said at an industry conference in San Francisco. "We need industry to take the safety aspects of this very seriously." The Transportation Department has been working with Google, BMW, General Motors and other companies that are developing driverless and partly self-driving car models. Foxx did not reveal any details about the upcoming guidelines, but he did say they involve “pre-market approval steps.” "We need clear lines of responsibility between industry, government, and consumers," he said. Foxx said that some drivers would “push the limits of what the manufacturer intends,” likely in response the fatal Tesla accident in May where a driver died in a car driving itself into a truck that the Autopilot did not observe. The department will also create a federal advisory committee to help plan how to "approach autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence more generally” and work with states on deploying standard approaches to regulation. These laws are not meant to hinder innovation, he said, with input coming from businesses, drivers, and technology experts.
  • KickassTorrents domains seized after alleged owner is arrested in Poland (2016-07-20 18:55:50)
    The US Justice Department says it has successfully apprehended and charged the alleged founder and operator of KickassTorrents, the world's largest and most notorious BitTorrent distribution site. Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old man from Kharkiv, Ukraine, was arrested today in Poland on behalf of the US, which has requested his extradition for crimes related to running the site. Vaulin now faces two counts of criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. "Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials," wrote Leslie R. Caldwell, the assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's criminal division, in a statement.
  • 'It just all comes out': The Republican convention gets 'glogged' (2016-07-20 18:51:01)
    CNET's Eric Mack runs into twin artists documenting the Republican National Convention in a most unusual way on the streets of Cleveland.
  • Judge invalidates Fitbit patents in suit against Jawbone (2016-07-20 18:49:32)
    Three months after Fitbit scored a victory in a trade ruling against Jawbone, the tables have turned: now a judge from the US International Trade Commission has ruled that three patents Fitbit was using in a separate case against Jawbone are invalid. As Bloomberg reports, the three Fitbit patents in question are related to portable tracking devices, heart rate monitoring systems, and motion detection technology. In a statement about the ruling, Jawbone alleged that this particular case was "brought improperly by Fitbit in an attempt to burden Jawbone with having to defend invalid patents in multiple venues." In other words: Jawbone believes Fitbit is trying to bleed it dry.
  • Strong demand from China buoys Qualcomm forecast (2016-07-20 18:47:49)
    Qualcomm Inc forecast current-quarter profit largely above market estimates as it sees strong demand for its mobile chips in China and expects to sign more licensing deals. "We are seeing incremental demand for our lower-tier chip sets in China versus our prior expectations," Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf said on a call with analysts. The company, whose chips are used in Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd smartphones, is focusing on its flagship mobile processors to regain the market share.
  • Gorilla Glass 5 will save your phone from even bigger falls (2016-07-20 18:32:00)
  • Finally, you can put a 10TB hard drive inside your home PC (2016-07-20 18:30:31)
    I know, I know. That pathetic 4TB hard drive just isn't cutting it for storing your collection of rare memes. You've had to use an external drive, or *shudder* Dropbox to handle the overflow. But never fear! For the surprisingly low price of $535, Seagate will sell you a 10TB drive with a five year warranty, complete overkill for basically anyone's storage needs. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 Pro shown in all four colors in new leaked photo The new Barracuda Pro is the first 10TB drive aimed at home users, although not the first 10TB drive available to buy. The real difference between the Barracuda and other 10TB drives is the workload: the new drive is specced to handle 300TB of data writing per year, which should be plenty for everyone. The Pro drive also includes a multi-tier cache, which helps the drive handle different kinds of storage media. The result should be a drive that's more efficient and a little bit faster, helping offset the inherent speed disadvantage of hard drives versus solid-state drives. Although most of us won't need a 10TB drive any time soon, it's a handy reminder that solid-state drives aren't the only game left in town for storage drives. Good though SSDs might be, they remain expensive, and degrade much faster with use versus HDDs. Mostly though, I'm just in awe that you can buy a 10TB drive for $500 these days. I remember spending about that much to upgrade the hard drive in my first Dell computer from 80GB to 160GB years ago. Filling up that drive seemed difficult back in the day, but I really can't imagine running out of room on a 10TB drive.
  • Obi is a robotic dining companion for people with disabilities (2016-07-20 18:30:02)
    Obi is a robot designed to help disabled people feed themselves with less assistance. Created by the robotics firm Desin, Obi features four separate bowls for food and a robotic arm with a spoon that can learn the delivery location after being shown once by a caregiver. Obi has portion control settings, interchangeable spoons (both the spoons and the bowls are dishwasher- and microwave-safe), and a spill-proof surface for easy clean up.
  • RNC grabs prime-time spotlight on Twitter (2016-07-20 18:26:39)
    People often turn to Twitter to chat about their favorite TV shows. But this week, the Republican National Convention is what everyone is tweeting about, according to Nielsen Social.
  • Play Pokemon Go three times longer using this Pokeball battery charger (2016-07-20 18:17:41)
    Keep the gameplay going with this USB power bank disguised as a Pokeball.
  • This eerie short film was made with iron fillings and magnets (2016-07-20 18:14:54)
    Iron fillings and ferrofluids are really cool to play with — hold a magnet under them and you get amazingly intricate pillars of metal. This atmospheric short film Ferro puts this concept to the test. As the camera settles on a bank of silver snow, it becomes clear this miniature world is made to look like out own, though crafted from an alien-like material.
  • This year's phones are about to get tougher with Gorilla Glass 5 (2016-07-20 18:13:01)
    The latest version of Corning's Gorilla Glass can survive nearly human height drops and will be baked in to some new phones this fall.
  • New York City’s subway is getting a massive makeover and it looks amazing (2016-07-20 18:00:28)
    New York City’s subway system is probably one of the best in the world, but it’s in desperate need of a makeover. Luckily for New Yorkers who rely on the subway for their daily commutes, the city is ready to upgrade the system over the next five years. The city is ordering over 1,000 cars with advanced features intended to help deal with the increase in volume, and it’s renovating more than 30 stations across the five boroughs. The subway makeover is part of the MTA’s $27 billion development plan, and should be completed by 2020 at the latest. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 shows up in new hands-on video comparison with iPhone 6s The announcement came from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday, The New York Times reports , and work has already started. The MTA will start asking for bids this week for the construction of 1,025 new subway cars. Of those, up to 750 cars will include open passageways that would increase overall capacity by 10% – that’s a huge increase from the initial plans to build just 10 such cars. Other features intended to ease the experience of commuters include bigger doors – up from 50 inches to 58 inches – that should shorten the time a subway car spends in a station by a third, and improve access to the cars. Finally, flip seats should create extra space during peak commuting times. High-tech features include Wi-Fi support, USB chargers, digital information displays and illuminated door-opening alerts. More security cameras will also be installed in trains and stations to improve the safety of passengers. As for the station repairs themselves, the MTA will renovate 31 terminals by 2020, which means some of them will be shut down for up to six months at a time for repairs. The new stations will feature better maps, service announcements, USB ports, countdown clocks and finishes that are easier to clean. The MTA will issue the first requests for proposals to start renovations in three stations in Brooklyn, including Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street and Bay Ridge Avenue. Many of the features the MTA plans to introduce to the New York subway may seem exciting to New Yorkers, but they are already available in other developed countries. “This is an example of New York catching up with the rest of the developed world,” executive director of the advocacy group Riders Alliance John Raskin told the Times  regarding the upcoming changes. He also reminded readers that the government had been “underinvesting in mass transit for decades.”
  • France orders Microsoft to stop collecting excessive user data (2016-07-20 17:56:04)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The French data protection authority on Wednesday ordered Microsoft Corp to stop collecting excessive data on users of its Windows 10 operating system and serving them personalized ads without their consent. The CNIL said the U.S. company had three months to stop tracking browsing by users so that Windows apps and third-party apps can offer them targeted advertising without their consent, failing which it could initiate a sanctions procedure. A number of EU data protection authorities created a contact group to investigate Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system following its launch in July 2015, the French privacy watchdog said.
  • Facebook Live now lets you hide comments, stream for longer (2016-07-20 17:55:00)
  • Strong demand for chips buoys Qualcomm forecast (2016-07-20 17:53:50)
    (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc forecast current-quarter profit largely above market estimates as demand for its mobile chips rose and the company made progress with its licensees in China. Shares of the company, which also posted a better-than-expected third-quarter profit, rose 5.5 percent in extended trading on Wednesday. The company said it expected to earn $1.05 to $1.15 per share in the fourth quarter, compared with analysts' average estimate of $1.08, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
  • Excuse me, why didn't you put water in Phillip's pool?! (2016-07-20 17:53:06)
    Arnold and Rosie (YouTube)
  • US charges Ukrainian alleged to head top piracy site (2016-07-20 17:47:03)
    US authorities announced criminal charges Wednesday against a Ukrainian alleged to be heading the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content. The Justice Department unveiled a criminal complaint against Artem Vaulin, 30, of Kharkiv, Ukraine, who was arrested in Poland earlier in the day and is being sought by US authorities for copyright infringement, money laundering and other charges. Vaulin is alleged to own Kickass Torrents or KAT, which in recent years has eclipsed Pirate Bay and others to become the world's biggest source of pirated media.
  • Chrome's silly app launcher is finally gone (2016-07-20 17:41:17)
    As promised earlier this year, Google has officially removed the weird app launcher that it bundled with the Chrome browser for Windows and Mac with the launch of Chrome 52, reports VentureBeat. The launcher, which is still going to live in Chrome OS, allowed you to launch Chrome apps without having to have the browser open. Chrome apps will now live in those launchers and will retain the ability to be opened when the browser is closed.
  • Robert Kirkman wants the Chronicles of Amber to be the next Game of Thrones (2016-07-20 17:41:00)
    Instead of contenders in Westeros fighting for the Iron Throne, we’re about to see contenders on cable fighting to fill the attention gap Game Of Thrones leaves behind after its final season. Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has a possible solution: Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles Of Amber, a classic 10-book fantasy series that could potentially keep TV viewers up to their necks in squabbling, murderous siblings for at least the next decade. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman and business partner Dave Alpert have acquired the rights to Zelazny’s series for their company Skybound Entertainment, which manages Kirkman comic series like The Walking Dead and Invincible, and recently moved into producing with the TV adaptation of Kirkman’s Outcast books.
  • BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users (2016-07-20 17:35:05)
    The Apple vs. FBI legal battle over the San Bernardino case in early 2016 was one of the most important events of the year so far, as user privacy, device security and terrorism converged in a single case. On one hand, we have Apple, keen on protecting everyone’s privacy. On the other hand, there's the FBI, a law enforcement agency that demands access to any communication device that may have been used during the plotting of a heinous crime. Apple won that battle, and while many from the tech sector sided with the iPhone company in its fight against the FBI, there was one notable company that argued that encryption has to be broken when the government needs it: BlackBerry. The irony did not escape us then, and it doesn’t escape us now -- BlackBerry's CEO still thinks Apple is wrong. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time For years, BlackBerry’s data security was one its most important marketing tools, so you’d think BlackBerry would be a strong supporter of Apple. That’s not the case, however, as BlackBerry’s CEO thinks it’s not okay for Apple to protect criminals with encryption. John Chen reiterated that point of view recently during the BlackBerry Security Summit, Patently Apple reports . “One of our competitors, we call it ‘the other fruit company,' has an attitude that it doesn’t matter how much it might hurt society, they’re not going to help […],” he said. “I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." I find it disturbing as a consumer that the CEO of a tech company believes encryption should be accessible to law enforcement, no matter how noble the motive. Of note, however, Chen’s remarks should not be interpreted as signs that BlackBerry phones aren’t secure. But at this point, it's not clear what data the company can and cannot share with the US government.
  • GOP and industry agree: Tech has a messaging problem (2016-07-20 17:31:00)
  • Apple to Pokemon Go: Thanks for the extra $3 billion? (2016-07-20 17:23:51)
    Your Pokemon Go obsessions could make Apple an extra $3 billion over the next one to two years, an analyst says.
  • 'Game of Thrones' star tells Reddit he'd love to play a certain Batman villain (2016-07-20 17:22:33)
    Samwell Tarly is a good guy in Westeros, but actor John Bradley dreams of portraying a specific Gotham City baddie.
  • Southwest Airlines halts flights after technical outage (2016-07-20 17:22:00)
    Southwest spokesman Dan Landson said a team is working to resolve the issues that began Wednesday afternoon following an outage. It will take time before the budget airline resumes a normal operation, he said. Flight tracking website FlightAware.com showed that Southwest had delayed 157 flights so far on Wednesday, or about 3 percent of its operation.
  • Top U.S. vehicle safety regulator stands by self-driving cars (2016-07-20 17:14:04)
    By Rory Carroll and David Shepardson SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. auto safety regulator said the government will not abandon efforts to speed the development of self-driving cars, despite a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S operating on an autopilot system. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind said at a conference Wednesday the agency is bullish on the potential of autonomous driving technology to reduce the 94 percent of car crashes attributed to human error. "No one incident will derail the Department of Transportation and NHTSA from its mission to improve safety on the roads by pursuing new lifesaving technologies," Rosekind said.
  • I can't wait to fight hundreds of people to get to these subway USB charging ports (2016-07-20 17:10:03)
    State of New YorkNew York is planning to upgrade its subway cars to include free Wi-Fi and USB ports for charging. I won’t tell you how to feel about that decision. We knew about the plans months ago, and now we have a better idea of what the new cars might look like. The city released renderings this week, including this one:State of New YorkSee those USB ports? I’m not sure how many will be included in each car, but I know it’s not enough to quench New Yorkers’ thirst for a charge, especially during rush hour. At the very least these ports might induce some tense run-ins among train riders. ...
  • EBay beats revenue estimate, bumps up forecasts (2016-07-20 17:09:42)
    (Reuters) - Online retailer eBay Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and raised its sales forecast for the year as efforts to revamp its online marketplace start to pay off. EBay shares were up 6.5 percent after the bell on Wednesday after the company's board also authorized an additional $2.5 billion stock buyback program.
  • 'Dots & Co.' is a meditative puzzle game that should be on your phone (2016-07-20 17:09:00)
  • Airbnb hires ex-U.S. Attorney General to help shape policy (2016-07-20 17:03:32)
    By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airbnb said on Wednesday it hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help craft its anti-discrimination policy to combat discrimination occurring on the home-sharing company's platform. Airbnb, which allows private homeowners, or "hosts," on the site to rent apartments and houses on a short-term basis, has received complaints of discrimination based on race, gender and sexual orientation. "While we have a policy that prohibits discrimination, we want this policy to be stronger," Airbnb Chief Executive Brian Chesky said in a blog post announcing the hiring of Holder.
  • Why was Twitter so vague about banning Milo Yiannopoulos? (2016-07-20 17:02:20)