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  • These ‘Captain America: Civil War’ bloopers will brighten up your weekend (2016-08-26 22:00:32)
    Next week is going to be exceptionally busy, with Apple slated to reveal the iPhone 7 and Sony preparing to announce a slim PS4 alongside a "high-end" PS4 . For those of us who cover the worlds of technology and entertainment, it's important to relieve as much stress as possible the weekend before big events, which is why I'm watching this new  Captain America: Civil War blooper reel on repeat. SEE ALSO:  New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in September With such stellar ensemble casts, it's never surprising to see actors in Marvel's movies cracking each other up on the set. Plus, it's hard not to crack a smile when you know your movie is primed to rake in $1 billion at the box office. But seriously, I could watch Captain America shoot finger guns and make "pew pew" sounds for an entire movie, in case Marvel's running low on ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZHl3OskH84 If you want to see more special features from Captain America: Civil War , you can pick up the movie in Digital HD format on September 2nd and on physical Blu-ray on September 13th . Those special features include a Making Of video, a sneak peek at Doctor Strange , deleted and extended scenes and a commentary track with brothers/directors Anthony and Joe Russo.
  • Report: Spotify punishes artists who give exclusives to Apple Music (2016-08-26 20:30:33)
    With Apple working overtime in an effort to attract new subscribers to Apple Music, and steal away users from Spotify in the process, the company has doubled down on artist exclusives as a marketing strategy. Over the past few months, Apple has successfully managed to convince a number of big name artists like Drake and Frank Ocean to release new albums exclusively on Apple Music. Predictably, Spotify isn’t a fan of Apple’s business strategy and has reportedly begun retaliating against artists who opt to release exclusives on Apple Music. According to a recent report from Bloomberg , artists who get into bed with Apple may discover that their content becomes harder for users to find on Spotify. DON’T MISS:  Does it even matter that last year’s iPhone 6s is so much faster than the new Galaxy Note 7? Bloomberg's report reads in part: Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with the strategy. Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won’t be able to get their tracks on featured playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people, who declined to be identified discussing the steps. Those artists have also found their songs buried in the search rankings of Spotify, the world’s largest music-streaming service, the people said. Spotify’s strategy has reportedly been in-place for about a year but it’s unclear if it’s had any discernible effect. If anything, the big name artists likely to release exclusives on Apple Music are hardly the type of artists who need any sort of promotional push from Spotify. What’s more, I’ve noticed that when Apple Music exclusives finally make their way to Spotify, such content immediately skyrockets to the top of the Spotify charts. In other words, prominent placement and cash from Apple may ultimately outweigh whatever type of punishment Spotify is capable of handing down. The larger takeaway here is that the tension between Spotify and Apple has been heating up for some time and may continue to escalate in the months ahead. Interestingly enough, the recent release of Frank Ocean’s new album as an Apple Music exclusive prompted Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grange to declare that Universal artists will no longer be allowed to release exclusives on any particular streaming service.
  • Netflix: Todo lo que viene y se va en septiembre de 2016 de EE.UU. (2016-08-26 20:07:15)
    'Marvel's Luke Cage' y 'Narcos' son algunas de las muchas series y películas interesantes que llegan al servicio de video este mes.
  • Facebook reduces role of human editors in 'trending topics' (2016-08-26 19:47:32)
    Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative ...
  • How will driverless cars make life or death choices? Google exec admits he doesn't know (2016-08-26 19:45:55)
    As Uber rolls out its driverless cars in Pittsburgh, Google futurist Ray Kurzweil says he's still working out the moral dilemma in the case of a potentially fatal accident by an autonomous vehicle.
  • How to use Dropbox Version History and save crucial documents (2016-08-26 19:05:39)
    If you overwrite important data when uploading a file to your Dropbox account, don't panic--there's a quick way to revert to a previous iteration of that file. Here's how.
  • Sprint proves it doesn’t understand what ‘unlimited’ means (2016-08-26 19:00:28)
    Sprint and T-Mobile both recently released unlimited data plans that aren't actually unlimited -- you can use a whole bunch of data, but you are limited to streaming SD-quality video and slow speeds for gaming. As part of a new plan that Sprint is offering you can now pay $20 a month more to stream video in full HD and game faster. This plan is called  Unlimited Freedom Premium , which pretty much goes to show that Sprint didn't understand the meaning of the word "Unlimited" in the first place. DON'T MISS:  Does it even matter that last year’s iPhone 6s is so much faster than the new Galaxy Note 7? On Sprint's regular "Unlimited" plan, you have unlimited data, but limits on what you can use it for. Video streaming is limited to 480p, and gaming is throttled to 2Mbps. The "Unlimited Freedom Premium" (gags) ups those limits to 1080p and 8Mbps respectively. If you want to stream 4K video, good luck. So, you pay $80 per month, $20 more than the regular plan, and it's still not actually unlimited. This isn't just Sprint's problem, in all fairness. T-Mobile has similar limitations on its "Unlimited" plans, and you can also remove those limitations for $15 per month. (Just to keep score here: T-Mobile invented the concept of an "unlimited plus" plan first, and Sprint is copying T-Mobile's badness.) https://twitter.com/marceloclaure/status/769172070110461952 Sprint has been confused over naming before. Marcelo Claure, Sprint's outspoken CEO who has proven in the past that he doesn't understand what unlimited means , keeps referring to Sprint's plan as #BestUnlimitedOnThePlanet. As well as being a hashtag that's way too long, it's also false. As previously pointed out, plenty of non-American carriers offering genuinely unlimited plans for less money, so unless you could 480p-throttled video as a good feature, Sprint is clearly worse. Terminology aside, I still think T-Mobile and Sprint's new data plans are great options for almost everyone. I don't personally care about watching HD video on my mobile device, so I think the plans are just fine. But the naming is a problem. We've fought long and hard to establish net neutrality for broadband providers exactly to stop this kind of preferential internet treatment. If the power company told you you were getting unlimited electricity for the month, you'd rightly assume you can keep the lights on all night and turn the heating up to 11. In T-Mobile and Sprint's version of the world, what you get to do is keep all the energy-saving lightbulbs turned on, and pay $20 a month if you want the AC on full blast. Sure, the new plans are good, but the naming is important. Unlimited  should  mean unlimited, and the entire concept of "Unlimited Freedom Premium" should have been DOA.
  • Facebook changes Trending Topics after criticism (2016-08-26 18:55:33)
    The social network adds a more automated design that strips human-written descriptions from its list of popular topics, following months of criticism over how it displayed news stories.
  • Breach in fishing license system exposes data in Northwest (2016-08-26 18:44:00)
    A breach in a vendor's system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers' personal information, ...
  • Whiplashed investors stay skittish about St. Jude (2016-08-26 18:43:36)
    (Reuters) - One day after a short seller claimed that St. Jude Medical Inc's heart implants are vulnerable to deadly cyber attacks, investors appear most concerned about whether the accusation will derail St. Jude's $24 billion planned deal for Abbott Labs to buy it.St. Jude's stock at one point fell around 3 percent on Friday, though it ended the day slightly up, following a drop of around 5 percent on Thursday after Muddy Waters Capital leveled the accusation against St. Jude. The stock continues to trade well below its price on Wednesday of around $82 per share. ...
  • Britney Spears returns to promote her new album on Carpool Karaoke (2016-08-26 18:30:38)
    If there is a viral late night talk show segment more consistent than Carpool Karaoke, I haven't seen it. Month in and month out, Late Late Show host James Corden continues to send the internet into a frenzy with his latest celebrity guest, from artists such as Gwen Stefani and Adele to First Lady Michelle Obama. This week's guest: Britney Spears. Although each and every one of the guests has been greeted with a great deal of enthusiasm, Britney Spears brings more nostalgia with her than anyone who has ever appeared on the segment before. DON'T MISS:  Last call: These Netflix movies and TV shows are expiring in September Speaking of which, you won't be surprised to see which song gets picked first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSd9hiBGoE0 Along with singing all of Britney's chart-topping hits of the '90s and 2000s, Corden also takes some time to ask Spears about her life. The former (and potential future) pop star has had her fair share of ups and downs, so if you have any interest at all in what exactly Spears has been up to, you should check out the video. Glory , the latest album from Britney Spears, is available now.
  • Facebook changes 'Trending' feature to rely less on human editors (2016-08-26 18:14:33)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc changed its popular "Trending" feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. The update is Facebook's latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias.
  • Netflix: Todo lo que viene y se va en septiembre de 2016 (2016-08-26 18:07:26)
    'Marvel's Luke Cage' y 'Narcos' son algunas de las muchas series y películas interesantes que llegan al servicio de video este mes.
  • What you should know about the iPhone 6's 'Touch Disease' (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 52) (2016-08-26 18:04:10)
    It's time to update your iPhone's software right now. Also, is the iPhone 6S really faster than the Note 7? And Apple Music starts to flex its muscle.
  • Simple free app enables Android 7.0’s hidden Night Mode (2016-08-26 18:00:20)
    Truth be told, no one really knows whether or not features like "Night Mode" actually help you sleep better at night. Although the jury is still out, there's no question that reducing the amount of blue light cast be your smartphone's display is easier on the eyes in the dark. Apple introduced its "Night Shift" feature in iOS 9, allowing users to automatically or manually cut out a configurable amount of blue light from their screens. Google's newly released Android 7.0 Nougat operating system has a similar feature baked in, but for some reason Google decided to keep the feature hidden in its new release. Of course, you knew that third-party developers Android developers wouldn't let this sweet new feature stay hidden for long. DON'T MISS:  Apple's new iPhone 7 is going to be SO much better than any Android phone... Had Google's new Night Mode feature been made available upon installing Nougat, it might have made the cut in our list of the best new features available in Google's latest Android update. On second thought, maybe not — the features on that list now are much cooler than Night Mode. Night Mode is still a hugely useful feature though, especially considering how often people use their smartphones in the dark these days. The new feature will stay hidden for most users who install the new update, but those who know about a great free app by Android developer Mike Evans will be able to toggle the new feature on and off right from within the quick settings menu. Here's a video that shows how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NOhhaRKrIc Once you use the app to enable the setting, you never have to worry about it again. Simply place the quick tile wherever you want and then tap it anytime you'd like to enable or disable Night Mode. Night Mode Enabler is a free download in the Play store.
  • Jar Jar returns in this 'Rogue One' parody (2016-08-26 17:49:50)
    This fan-made trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" gives you exactly what you never wanted -- more Jar Jar Binks.
  • Verge ESP: Let's talk money (2016-08-26 17:47:18)
    Meanwhile, Frank Ocean finally dropped not one but two albums. The first, Endless, is a so-called visual album that fulfilled his contractual obligations to Def Jam (a part of Universal Music Group). Blonde is an apple exclusive on Ocean's own Boys Don't Cry label.
  • Is Spotify punishing artists who cozy up to Apple Music? (2016-08-26 17:32:53)
    When singers and bands give exclusives to subscription-music rivals like Apple and Tidal, Spotify is depressing those musicians in search results, a report says. Spotify says that's not true.
  • Facebook changes to Trending topics after criticism (2016-08-26 17:09:47)
    Facebook's added a more automated design that strips the descriptions from Facebooks' trending topics, after months of criticism over how its employees display news stories.
  • Whoops! False Northern Lights alert triggered by lawnmower (2016-08-26 16:59:11)
    British group sent out a red alert for scenic aurora borealis, but uh, a staffer on a riding mower just drove too close to the sensor.
  • Facebook says it will stop writing descriptions for Trending Topics (2016-08-26 16:49:01)
    Facebook's News Feed team has been reeling since a report earlier this year argued that a team of contractors responsible for the feed's Trending Topics module routinely suppressed news of interest to political conservatives. Facebook denied the report, which was published by Gizmodo and was sourced to a single former contractor on the team. Today Facebook took a step to reduce the influence humans have over the module by ending its practice of writing editorial descriptions for topics, replacing them with snippets of text pulled from news stories.
  • How to create and populate a database in MySQL (2016-08-26 16:48:00)
    Get up to speed on MySQL basics with this step-by-step tutorial on how to create a database, add a table, and input data into the table.
  • Photos leak of Uber’s self-driving car in the wild (2016-08-26 16:30:14)
    It's been only a few days since Uber announced that it's bringing a fleet of (supervised) self-driving cars to Pittsburgh. But in true internet fashion, we've already got our first pictures. Helen Rosner, the executive editor of Eater, spotted what looks like an Uber car on the road in Pittsburgh. The Uber logos along the side hint that it might just be an Uber car, and the mass of sensors strapped to the roof suggest that this isn't your average Uber car. DON'T MISS:  Does it even matter that last year’s iPhone 6s is so much faster than the new Galaxy Note 7? The car looks to be a Ford Fusion, one of the company's most autonomous cars. Some newer Fords already come with a raft of semi-autonomous driving capabilities, using radar and cameras to do something faintly similar to Tesla's Autopilot. But to bring the car from Level 2 semi-autonomous towards the hands-free experience Uber was boasting about clearly requires extra hardware. https://twitter.com/hels/status/769168208788017152 It looks like there's a LIDAR system mounted on top, which should give good all-round visibility to the car. There also seem to be extra cameras or sensors along the front of the roof unit. It's unclear if this is a self-driving testbed, or rather a mapping car that will be gathering road data to be used by Uber's fleet of self-driving Volvos in the future. Uber's grand plan for the future is to replace the drivers in its fleet with computers, and then use its rentable, self-driving cars to replace car ownership altogether. The Pittsburgh test is a limited trial that's mostly a publicity stunt: Google has also had supervised self-driving cars doing the rounds for years, and all Uber is really doing here is letting (non-paying) passengers ride in the back. In unrelated news, Uber lost $1.2 billion in the first half of this year.
  • How CallMiner uses analytics to secure customer data and ensure PCI compliance (2016-08-26 16:27:08)
    When recording voice conversations, complying with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard regulations is tricky. Voice-analysis tech simplifies the process.
  • Styley Star Trek stamps will deliver your mail at warp speed (2016-08-26 16:22:19)
    New postage honoring 50 years of obeying the prime directive will soon whisk your letters to any starfleet address...on this planet at least.
  • Alexa, meet Iris: Amazon Echo now controls Lowe's smart hub (2016-08-26 16:17:42)
    Lowe's Iris system for home control now lets you adjust lights and temperature using the Amazon Echo, and your voice.
  • Stormtrooper who bonked head in original Star Wars movie has died (2016-08-26 16:11:23)
    British actor Michael Leader will be remembered for his long-term role on the BBC's popular "EastEnders," but the famed space blooper will never be forgotten.
  • Muddy Waters says St. Jude shares could fall below $55 a share: CNBC (2016-08-26 16:07:08)
    Carson Block, the head of short-selling firm Muddy Waters, said on Friday that shares of medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc could fall to $55 per share or lower if Abbott Laboratories' deal to buy the company falls apart. "If the deal were to break, I think that we could be $55 or lower," Block told cable television network CNBC. St. Jude agreed in April to be purchased by Abbott Laboratories.
  • This device fixes the worst thing about the MacBook Pro (2016-08-26 16:00:01)
    The best MacBook Pro money can buy right now is amazing. But it still can’t offer you the kind of gaming experience you expect from a computer, and the same goes for virtual reality. Apple might be exploring VR right now, and it’s likely that future MacBook Pros will have better graphic cards so they can handle more complex programs and games. But any existing MacBooks won’t be eligible for upgrades – after all, these are laptops. To fix that, one company has come up with a device that aims to give any laptop, including MacBooks, a huge boost: Meet the Wolfe. DON’T MISS:  Apple’s new iPhone 7 is going to be SO much better than any Android phone… We’re looking at an external enclosure that can house the latest GPU models and offer MacBook owners a massive graphics performance upgrade. If the project sounds familiar, that’s because RAZR came out with a similar product earlier this year, but that one isn’t compatible with Apple’s laptops yet. This is a Kickstarter operation , the Wolfe is still a risky proposition, mainly because backers will have to wait several months to actually get the product — if it goes into production at all. Not to mention that Apple’s way of doing things could always hinder the device's functionality. One exciting thing Apple could do to fix the same MacBook Pro issue is to launch an updated Thunderbolt Display that includes a GPU slot. That said, the Wolfe can be backed for $449 on Kickstarter right now, as lower-tier pledges aren’t available any longer. The devices are supposed to begin shipping in February or March next year if everything goes according to plan. The project reached its $50,000 funding goal in less than a day, and has almost a month to go – currently, more than 550 backers have pledged over $200,000 for the Wolfe. Check out the video below to see it in action.
  • St. Jude says report by short sellers 'false and misleading' (2016-08-26 15:55:09)
    (Reuters) - Medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical Inc said on Friday that a report by short-selling firm Muddy Waters and a cyber-security researcher alleging its heart devices were riddled with bugs was "false and misleading." The report, which caused St Jude shares to decline after its release on Thursday, alleged there were significant security bugs in the company's Merlin@home device for monitoring implanted heart devices. St. Jude initially responded on Thursday with a terse statement from its chief technology officer, Phil Ebeling, who said "the allegations are absolutely untrue." But he did not provide specific examples of errors. St. Jude on Friday issued a longer analysis, saying the majority of the observations in the report applied to older versions of its Merlin@home devices, which had not been patched with security upgrades that the company automatically pushes out to customers.
  • Stolen iPhones could eventually capture photo and fingerprint of thieves (2016-08-26 15:50:34)
    Apple recently patented a feature that could trigger the iPhone to capture and store biometric data, images, audio, and video of a user if unauthorized use is detected.
  • GIFs show how we'd all survive Mars without Matt Damon (2016-08-26 15:45:49)
    We'll all have to breathe, eat and drink when we colonize Mars. These cartoons show how we'll reuse waste and pollutants to do it -- just like Mark Watney in "The Martian."
  • How Blizzard can save the business of World of Warcraft (2016-08-26 15:43:00)
    The classic the subscription game recently shed half its customers. Here's how WoW's publisher can super-serve the fervent fan base and balloon the population of gaming's most vital virtual world.
  • Everything you need to know about Touch Disease, the latest big iPhone flaw (2016-08-26 15:35:00)
    You might've heard about Touch Disease , the latest way for your iPhone to go poof. But what exactly is a Touch Disease, and how worried should you be about your beloved smartphone turning into an expensive glass rectangle? DON'T MISS:  Does it even matter that last year’s iPhone 6s is so much faster than the new Galaxy Note 7? What is it? Touch Disease is a name given by electronics repair blog  iFixit   to a peculiar problem affecting some iPhones. Owners will find their devices suddenly stop working properly, the Touch ID sensor refuses to work at all, and grey bars appear along the top of the screen. Apple hasn't given any definitive information on the problem yet, but it appears to be caused by faulty touch controllers on the logic board. Those controllers are responsible for both the display and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, so it makes sense that a problem with that causes problems with the display and the finger input. Who does it affect? As far as we can tell, mostly iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners. As outspoken independent technician Louis Rossman explains, the problem may be caused by a design flaw in the 6 and 6 Plus. The touch controller chip doesn't have underfill between it and the logic board. Underfill is basically glue that holds a chip in place, so without it, the chip is more susceptible to being knocked around and de-soldered. Some repair technicians have also linked the flaw to Bendgate, the notorious issue with iPhone 6 Pluses that caused them to bend with little pressure. iPad Rehab’s Jessa Jones told  Cult of Mac that the problem might be caused by the fact that bigger iPhone 6 units do tend to bend when a certain force is applied. https://youtu.be/-iX7TyEjJ2E “Nearly 90 percent of devices with Touch IC Disease are iPhone 6 Pluses,” Jones said. And it’s all because of Apple’s design choices. In the iPhone 6, instead of using a metal shield to protect the board like on the iPhone 5s, Apple reverted to a sticker shield. The sticker doesn’t protect the chips as good when the board bends and the Touch IC chip is especially susceptible to damage when the phone bends. “This is a signature failure,” said Jones. “Every phone has one, but this one is a signature failure that got to epic proportions.” What does Apple say? The real problem here is that Apple is refusing to acknowledge this as a problem worthy of repair or replacement. Since most of the devices are out of warranty, and Apple doesn't do advanced fixes like resoldering a chip in store, customers' only option (according to Apple) is to buy a new iPhone. Now, there's a good chance that if enough people make enough noise about the problem, Apple will issue an extended warranty program and fix affected devices free of charge. It's happened in the past with faulty Macbooks (and, to an extent, with the iPhone 4's Antennagate), so with enough complaining, it's a good possibility. How likely am I to suffer it? There's a thread on Apple's support forums that's currently 62 pages long and growing, indicating that this isn't a small, localized problem. But since the problem appears to be caused by physical damage, just taking good care of your phone might be enough to keep you safe. A strong case should limit the chance of any bending and help protect the chip from damage, so that's not a bad idea. If your phone does start malfunctioning, some repair technicians will be able to fix the damage. Since it involves potentially replacing a chip on the logic board, it's a fix for more specialized repair shops. It's a lot more involved than replacing a cracked screen, so using a well-reviewed mail-in technician like Rossman is a better idea than your local "i fix iFones."
  • No, software engineers aren't the highest paid employees in tech (2016-08-26 15:34:30)
    Technically Incorrect: You thought that coding is where the money is? A new report says that isn't true.
  • Apple issues update after cyber weapon captured (2016-08-26 15:31:58)
    Apple iPhone owners on Friday were urged to install a quickly released security update after a sophisticated attack on an Emirati dissident exposed vulnerabilities targeted by cyber arms dealers. Lookout and Citizen Lab worked with Apple on an iOS patch to defend against what was called "Trident" because of its triad of attack methods, the researchers said in a joint blog post.
  • The Latest: Computer hack exposes millions in Northwest (2016-08-26 15:28:23)
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on a computer breach involving Northwest hunting and fishing license sales (all times local):
  • Netpicks: Everything coming and going on Netflix for September 2016 (2016-08-26 15:17:10)
    "Marvel's Luke Cage" and "Narcos" anchor a heavy-hitting September for Netflix.
  • The Bowlus Road Chief is the original aluminum travel trailer (2016-08-26 15:14:08)
    First built in 1934, two years before the Airstream came to be, the Bowlus Road Chief is back and it's chock full of 21st century technology.
  • See the spawn rates of all 151 Pokemon in Pokemon Go (2016-08-26 15:13:07)
    As popular as Pokemon Go has become, it's always been equally obtuse. Without spending a significant amount of time doing research on the internet, you probably wouldn't know how to catch a Pikachu as your starter, how to determine the power levels of your creatures or how to decipher the new appraisal feature . Another question that most trainers have: how do I know when a Pokemon is going to spawn? You're obviously less likely to find a Blastoise than you are a Pidgey, but what are the actual spawn rates for each individual Pokemon? We finally have the answers, thanks to some dedicated fans. READ MORE:  Brand new Pokemon Go feature may block you from cheating On Friday morning, Pokemon Go Hub published a detailed chart of spawn rates for all 151 Generation I Pokemon, from Bulbasaur to Mew. The team says that is created the chart using 100 million data points, with the percentages being calculated on a rolling basis from week to week. Here are the spawn rates for the three starter Pokemon and their respective evolutions. Now you can see why everyone wants a Charizard so badly: Pidgey is the most common Pokemon, with a 15.98% spawn rate. Rattata is a close second at 13.05% and Weedle isn't far behind at 7.12%. Dragonite, on the other hand, spawns at a depressing rate of 0.0011%. That's only slightly less often than Gyarados, which has an infinitesimal spawn rate of 0.0032%. It's a fascinatingly bleak chart, but utilizing the most active spawn times, you just might find that rare Pokemon you've been looking for this whole time.
  • Rollers, Nissans, rivals and puppies: Our week on Instagram (2016-08-26 15:06:42)
    We *really* love dogs.
  • Just drop some sarcasm? Your computer might pick it up soon (2016-08-26 15:04:43)
    Joined by Yahoo, a group of researchers wants to help computers understand your most ironic wordplay. As if.
  • Spotify reportedly burying tracks from artists who give exclusives to competition (2016-08-26 15:04:37)
    Spotify is apparently punishing artists who decide to make their albums exclusives on other streaming services when they first drop. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Spotify is making these artists' music more difficult to find on their service by burying them in search results and refusing to put their tracks on featured playlists. This has been in practice for about a year, according to Bloomberg's sources, and affects artists who have given exclusives to both Apple Music and Tidal.
  • U.S. Cellular's new share plans bump up the data (2016-08-26 14:56:53)
    The regional carrier's plans inch up both your data package and monthly prices, but you can change your plan at any time.
  • iOS 9.3.5 patches up big holes (2016-08-26 14:49:05)
    Update your iOS devices -- a trio of security flaws could lead to trouble.
  • Snakes on a cell tower: T-Mobile photo full of nope nope nope (2016-08-26 14:48:09)
    Paging Samuel L. Jackson! You're needed immediately at a T-Mobile cell tower to deal with some $@*$%!# snakes.
  • Ax handle made using gummy bears looks handy and delicious (2016-08-26 14:41:57)
    Made from gummy bears, resin and a double ax head, this gadget looks more like a snack than a signature lumberjack tool.
  • BMW will soon turn your 5 Series into a surveillance device (2016-08-26 14:31:37)
    Its Remote View 3D technology could be used in a number of ways, most of which are thankfully not creepy.
  • Spotify exec says album exclusives are bad for everyone (2016-08-26 14:27:09)
    Spotify won't try to lure subscribers with promises of albums and songs you can only get from its premium service, according to an interview with Billboard.
  • Pokemon Go captures 55M mobile users in first month (2016-08-26 14:11:24)
    The mobile app was an immediate sensation when it launched in July. Now questions are cropping up over whether it can keep it up.
  • Sitting in traffic isn't just bad for your mood, it's bad for your health (2016-08-26 14:10:39)
    A new study finds that pollution levels in cars can be 40 percent higher while idling in traffic.
  • Why can't Apple spend its way out of security vulnerabilities? (2016-08-26 14:04:28)
    Apple has a lot of money.On most days, it’s the largest company in the world by market cap, and a surprising amount of that money is already in the bank. At the close of Q1 this year, the company had $55 billion in easily accessible cash along with another $178 billion in long-term securities that could be cashed in if the need arose. With the core business already at its peak, there’s no obvious place to put that money, which is why it’s so easy for Tim Cook to pour cash into areas like health-tracking or Frank Ocean.
  • Online fishing, hunting license sales halted in Northwest (2016-08-26 14:04:15)
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho, Oregon and Washington have shutdown online sales of hunting and fishing licenses amid concerns a vendor's computer system has been hacked and personal information is at risk.
  • Good luck finding the iPhone 7 you want at launch (2016-08-26 14:03:31)
    The iPhone 7 is hitting stores next month, but Apple is already reportedly having supply issues with the upcoming iPhone generation. This is the same kind of rumor we hear every year ahead of a new iPhone launch and so far, they've been fairly accurate. Last year, for example, more popular iPhone 6s models were very difficult to find for several weeks after the phone's release. This time around, a report from Asia singles out a couple of issues that are apparently affecting iPhone 7 production, but it also claims that Apple is already being conservative with component orders this year. DON’T MISS: Solid source says he knows exactly when Apple will release the iPhone 7 The two problems that may affect Apple’s iPhone production concern the waterproof speaker and the dual lens camera, as suppliers are apparently experiencing low yields for these components. "If Apple sticks to its launch schedule from last year, there may not be enough supply at the beginning, as some suppliers are still trying to fix low yield rates of their components," a source told Nikkei . "We estimate total iPhone 7 builds to be 74 (million) in 2H16F, compared to 84 (million) for iPhone 6s in 2H15. Together with pricing pressure, we expect most Apple food chain suppliers to see (year-on-year) revenue decline for the rest of the year," Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu wrote in a note to customers. Pu cut his forecast for the second half of the year because supposed defects in waterproof speakers and dual-camera modules have yet to be fixed. So will there be enough iPhone 7 units to go around at launch? It’s too early to tell. But Nikkei notes other reports that say Apple has cut orders from its suppliers compared to last year. "The total order for core processor chips for Apple's new iPhones may drop up to 15% compared with last year," a source said, while a different person said that Apple is being very “conservative” with orders this year. A third source said that a major supplier got an initial order for only 54 million units of unspecified parts that will go into the iPhone 7.
  • You can now stream any Blizzard game live on Facebook (2016-08-26 14:02:35)
    Back in June Blizzard announced a collaboration with Facebook which would allow players to easily stream any of the developer’s games through Facebook Live. Starting today the live-streaming capability will be available in every Blizzard game in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, with a complete global rollout expected “soon.” It’s currently only available to PC gamers, but Mac support is also in the works. All you’ll need to do is connect your Battle.net account to Facebook, and then you can stream games like Overwatch or Hearthstone directly to your Facebook page.
  • UK regulator to monitor WhatsApp's data sharing with Facebook (2016-08-26 13:58:25)
    (Reuters) - Britain's data privacy regulator said on Friday it would monitor how popular messaging service WhatsApp shares data with parent Facebook Inc under a new privacy policy. The Information Commission's Office (ICO) said while some users may be concerned by the lack of control provided by the updated privacy policy, others may consider it a positive. WhatsApp, which has more than a billion users, said on Thursday it would start sharing users' phone numbers with Facebook, allowing for more relevant advertisements and friend recommendations on the social media network.
  • How to use Task Manager to monitor Windows 10's performance (2016-08-26 13:43:36)
    The Windows 10 Task Manager offers a treasure trove of details. Here's a look at the information you can access on the Performance tab.
  • Apple issues update after security flaws laid bare (2016-08-26 13:37:51)
    Owners of Apple mobile gadgets on Friday were being urged to install a quickly released security update to fix flaws exposed by a sophisticated attack on an Emirati dissident. The California-based iPhone maker released a new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 9.3.5, on Thursday, saying in a post that it doesn't confirm security issues until they are investigated and patched. Lookout and Citizen Lab worked with Apple on an iOS patch to defend against what was called "Trident" due to its triad of attack methods, the researchers said in a joint blog post.
  • Stop fretting about the Note 7’s performance (2016-08-26 13:34:23)
    The Galaxy Note 7 is this year’s best new phone, edging out Samsung’s own S7 Edge, and easily the most talked-about new device of the summer. This phone doesn’t have a performance problem. On Monday, the performance obsessives at XDA — I use this term with kindness, for I am quite fanatical about speed myself — posted benchmarks and measurements showing the Galaxy Note 7 to be slower than the HTC 10 and OnePlus 3.
  • El aniversario de Tim Cook en Apple y las novedades de Android Nougat (2016-08-26 13:30:56)
    [La semana en CNET en Español #99] Se cumplieron cinco años de Tim Cook en la cima de Apple, llegó Android Nougat a algunos celulares y dos empresas planean competir con Snapchat.
  • The 404 Show 1673: Proxima b, Uber's big loss, unsubscribable email lists (podcast) (2016-08-26 13:28:51)
    Giant Bomb's Vinny Caravella talks with Jeff about Proxima b, how hard it is to actually unsubscribe from certain email lists and what Uber's $1.27 billion loss means for the future of the shared economy.
  • Once a jolly SwagBot: Ageing Aussie drovers go high-tech (2016-08-26 13:26:29)
    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Mustering cattle across rugged terrain and wide open spaces, Australia's newest drover is a far cry from a man with a big hat, a horse and fancy boots. Australia is the world's third largest cattle exporter but with the age of producers creeping higher, and cattle stations averaging about 400,000 hectares (988,420 acres) of land - nearly four time the size of Hong Kong - rearing livestock can be difficult, even with a sufficient number of cowhands. A labor shortage makes the task harder though, and threatens Australia's hope of boosting its livestock output to profit from rising Asian demand for red meat.
  • The Obama administration wants to require electronic speed-limiting devices in big trucks and buses (2016-08-26 13:23:48)
    The US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a new proposal Friday to require heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and buses to include speed-limiting devices. If approved, all newly manufactured trucks, buses, and passenger vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds would be required to come equipped with devices limiting their speeds to 60-68 mph. That would cover big rigs, dump trucks, refuse haulers, many buses and other large work trucks. The new rule is being touted by the feds as an important step toward fighting the rise in traffic fatalities across the country, as well as a key ingredient in lowering CO2 emissions.
  • Paris prosecutor opens investigation into naval contractor DCNS data leak (2016-08-26 12:58:04)
    The Paris public prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation after French naval contractor DCNS filed a complaint for breach of trust over a leak of documents concerning six Scorpene submarines it is building for India, a judicial source said. DCNS was left reeling after details from more than 22,000 pages of documents relating to submarines it is building for India were published in The Australian newspaper this week, sparking concerns about the company's ability to protect sensitive data. "We filed a complaint against unknown persons for breach of trust with the Paris prosecutor on Thursday afternoon," a spokesman for the shipbuilder said on Friday.
  • Apple just released iOS 10 beta 8 and public beta 7 (2016-08-26 12:57:44)
    Okay seriously, this is getting a little bit ridiculous now. Apple used to stick to a two-week release schedule for its iOS beta software, but the company just released iOS 10 beta 8 and iOS 10 public beta 7 because... well... why not? iOS 10 beta 7 and public beta 6 were released just seven days ago , so we were clearly due for new builds. DON’T MISS:  Apple’s new iPhone 7 is going to be SO much better than any Android phone… If you have an iPhone or iPad running either iOS 10 beta 7 or iOS 10 public beta 6, you'll be able to install the new update by going to Settings > General > Software Update and following the instructions on your device. The new builds will also be made available shortly on Apple's developer website, where they can be downloaded and installed using iTunes. Or you could just skip iOS 10 beta 8 or public beta 7 and wait for the next new beta builds, which should be released sometime later this afternoon at this rate. As for what's new, Apple Music has a new look as does Apple's News app. There are also obviously a wide range of bug fixes and other refinements. Apple is expected to release the final public version of iOS 10 in early September ahead of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus release, so the iOS 10 GM (Gold Master) build should be released sometime soon. Probably shortly after iOS 10 beta 497 is pushed out.
  • Porsche's first real utility vehicle dates back to the 1950s (2016-08-26 12:54:26)
    Plus, it might have the coolest name of any Porsche model ever.
  • Amazon is experimenting with a 30-hour work week for certain teams (2016-08-26 12:51:19)
    Amazon is launching a program that would give a specific team of employees a 30-hour work week, The Washington Post reports. The employees will be a subset of Amazon's technical team, and would earn 75 percent of what their 40-hour counterparts earn, but with the same benefits package. The group will consist of "a few dozen" employees, according to the Post.
  • Your next iPhone might be able to protect itself from thieves (2016-08-26 12:47:47)
    Apple is considering ways to empower the iPhone with active protections after being stolen, according to a new patent application.
  • Nissan gets Sirius about offering free Travel Link access for three years (2016-08-26 12:45:58)
    Who doesn't like free stuff, especially when it can improve your commute?
  • Hyundai creates the Voltron of connected-car apps (2016-08-26 12:45:25)
    It's merged its Blue Link and Car Care mobile apps to create MyHyundai with Blue Link.
  • Dell releases a 24-inch gaming monitor (2016-08-26 12:45:02)
    Dell has released a new 24-inch gaming monitor, a smaller and slightly improved version of the 27-inch gaming display that was released last year — the first for the company. The two monitors are very similar: both feature 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, a DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, four USB 3.0 ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Last call: These Netflix movies and TV shows are expiring in September (2016-08-26 12:41:18)
    Netflix has decided to break my heart this September. Although most of the titles being rotated off the service next month are somewhat forgettable, there are also a few important losses that will have many subscribers rushing to their screens one last time before the shows and movies vanish for good. DON’T MISS:  Apple’s new iPhone 7 is going to be SO much better than any Android phone… Everybody Loves Raymond ? Alright, I can live without it. Zoolander ? Most of us have seen it too many times already. Fringe? I was probably never actually going to get around to watching all five seasons anyway. But The Emperor's New Groove ? How could you, Netflix? Keep in mind, the list is subject to change as Netflix renegotiates its deals, but here is the current list of removals scheduled for September: Leaving September 1st 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) A Walk to Remember (2002) Anywhere but Here (1999) Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014) The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013) The Color Purple (1985) Crocodile Dundee (1986) Days of Thunder (1990) Defending Your Life (1991) Double Jeopardy (1999) Everybody Loves Raymond: Seasons 1-­9 Exporting Raymond (2010) Flight of the Intruder (1991) Girl Rising (2013) Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) Hardball (2001) The Haunting (1999) Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz (2011) Our Man in Tehran (2013) Primal Fear (1996) Roboshark (2015) Roman Holiday (1953) S.W.A.T. (2003) Sins of My Father (2009) Spanglish (2004) Traffic (2000) The Weather Man (2005) The Wood (1999) Zoolander (2001) Leaving September 4th Melissa & Joey: Seasons 1­-4 Shanghai Knights (2003) Leaving September 5th Gabe the Cupid Dog (2012) Leaving September 6th Hollywood Homicide (2003) My Babysitter's a Vampire: The Movie (2010) Leaving September 9th The Emperor's New Groove (2000) Lilo & Stitch (2002) Leaving September 11th Fringe: Seasons 1-­5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Leaving September 15th Bob Saget: That's What I'm Talkin' About (2013) Leaving September 16th Gridiron Gang (2006) The Kids Are All Right (2010) Leaving September 17th Gimme the Loot (2012) Simon Killer (2012) Leaving September 20th Something, Anything (2014) Leaving September 23rd The Lost Medallion (2013) Leaving September 24th The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) Leaving September 25th Alias: Seasons 1-­5 Jobs (2013) Leaving September 28th Open Water (2004) Open Water 2: Adrift (2006) Leaving September 30th 666 Park Avenue: Season 1 Another Gay Movie (2006) The Aviators (2008) League of Super Evil: Season 1 We Were Soldiers (2002) Wolf (2013) 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 September .
  • Twitter developing keyword filtering tool to fight abuse, says report (2016-08-26 12:35:49)
    Twitter is reportedly working on a feature that will let users block certain keywords in order to fight abuse, reports Bloomberg. According to anonymous sources, Twitter has been discussing the tool internally for about a year, although it’s unclear when or if it might be put into place. Bloomberg compares the keyword filtering to a feature recently added by Instagram, which lets users block comments containing certain words from appearing on their posts.
  • White House aims to help immigrant entrepreneurs bring startups to the US (2016-08-26 12:25:45)
    A new proposal from the Obama Administration would allow some international entrepreneurs to build their companies and create jobs in the US.
  • What is 3D NAND, and when can I get a 10TB SSD in my laptop? (2016-08-26 12:17:38)
    The good news is, 3D NAND flash memory is here, and that’s going to be a great thing for bigger, faster, and cheaper memory. Wondering what 3D NAND is? Excellent question! Flash memory — the type of memory in SD cards, solid state hard drives, and your smartphone — works by having a series of floating gate transistors, which are assigned a charge value of "on" and "off" (1 and 0).
  • Finally, Netflix admits it's nothing more than a North Korean knockoff (2016-08-26 12:02:17)
    Tech rivalries are known for their twists and turns, but today Netflix has done something truly surprising: it admitted it's nothing more than a ripoff of North Korean rival, Manbang, changing its Twitter bio to say as much. You may have seen reports earlier this week that the Hermit kingdom has developed its own "Netflix ripoff" — a set-top box that delivers TV content on-demand over the internet.
  • Pokemon doughnuts, exercise classes tap game's popularity. (2016-08-26 11:55:03)
    Weeks into the "Pokemon Go" craze, demand remains strong for "Poke Ball"-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ...
  • Odds are a hawk won’t steal your pet, but you should still be cautious (2016-08-26 11:49:47)
    Mario Tama/Getty Images A hawk hunting for house pets in the kempt lawns of suburbia sounds like the making of an urban legend, but the tale has, in recent decades, become a staple of local news. In 2011 a hawk plucked two small dogs from their Boston neighborhood and dropped them from the sky, inflicting serious injuries. A different hawk nabbed a Pomeranian from its home in Beech Island, South Carolina back in 2013; the 10-year-old rescue didn’t survive. And then there’s the case of the great horned owl, that in 1995, reportedly feasted on the pets of Greenville, Maine. ...
  • More details emerge about next year’s curved OLED iPhone (2016-08-26 11:43:10)
    Apple’s ‘boring’ iPhone 7 will hit stores in less than a month, but there’s increased chatter online about the bold new iPhone update you’ve been craving . The iPhone due next year will mark Apple’s 10th iPhone anniversary – let’s call it iPhone 8 for the time being – and it should introduce a brand new form factor. Reports indicate that at least one new iPhone model next year will feature an OLED display, possibly a curved screen similar to what Samsung is doing with its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. Now, a new report from Asia reveals more details about the upcoming redesigned iPhone. DON'T MISS:  Apple's new iPhone 7 is going to be SO much better than any Android phone... According to ETNews , Apple has started to select partners that will develop the components needed to make the OLED iPhone. Aside from the flexible OLED screen that will be provided by Samsung, Apple is also in talks with companies that provide other parts required for such a display. “We are currently pushing to supply our new products for OLED iPhone,” a person working at an unidentified supplier told the site. “It seems that a decision will be made during the fourth quarter.” “We are looking to supply our materials to Apple, and it seems like we will receive a decision in September or October,” a second source from an OLED material industry said. Apple is looking for suppliers of flexible printed circuit boards that will be needed for the handset, or FPCB. Apparently, businesses are fiercely competing for Apple's orders. The display change also implies that Apple could ditch some current suppliers. Interestingly, the tone of the article seems to indicate that all of Apple’s future iPhones will have OLED displays. ETNews says that Apple plans to eliminate “most” of its current suppliers. The report also says that the reason Apple is receiving increased attention for moving to OLED displays is that its business decisions have an enormous impact on suppliers' bottom line. The paper notes that yearly iPhone sales reached 200 million, a number that’s equivalent to the total number of OLED smartphones that were sold all of last year. One other interesting tidbit from the report concerns screen size. Apple is reportedly testing 4.8-inch and 5.5-inch OLED displays, but it’s unclear whether Apple will release more than one new iPhone model with an OLED screen. Previous reports indicated that Apple would launch three iPhones next year, with only one of them sporting an OLED screen. The OLED iPhone is tipped to feature a dual edge design similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Note 7 models, but Apple is expected to differentiate its design by “changing curvature” and other features. A Bloomberg report  from earlier this week said that the OLED iPhone 8 might also lack a physical home button, which we've now heard a number of times. Apple reportedly plans to source major components for the iPhone 8 beginning in May 2017, with orders and mass-production to take place in the second quarter of the year.
  • Here's the tech NBC built to stream the Olympics — now can it replace TV? (2016-08-26 11:41:58)
    For NBC, this year’s Olympic Games coverage was more than just a series of household rating points: it was a moment of truth in a fast-changing media world. To say the network won silver in prime-time television ratings would be kind: no matter which article you read, it points out that ratings were down by double digits at different points throughout the games. To say the network took home the gold in streaming video would also be an overstatement: online viewership was up, but the online experience wasn’t quite ready to replace the traditional TV experience.
  • Listen to this week’s feature: All Queens Must Die (2016-08-26 11:39:04)
    This week, we published Ryan Bradley’s engrossing feature All Queens Must Die. In popular lingo, the story is a “longread.” Many people have had time to enjoy this deep dive that begins with the annihilation of an ant colony and expands to the power and purpose of nature conservation. But other people, for whatever reason, may have held off because they’d prefer listening to the tale.Good news: this week’s feature is available as a half-hour recording on SoundCloud. We want to thank David Carlson, who not only took the time to record a reading of the feature, but did a most excellent job. ...
  • President Obama just quadrupled the size of a protected marine reserve off Hawaii (2016-08-26 11:37:49)
    President Barack Obama will expand the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean to over 580,000 square miles from 140,000 square miles. The sanctuary, which contains thousands of marine species, stretches across the Midway Atoll and Hawaii, and will become the world’s largest protected marine area, The New York Times reports. Obama will travel to Midway Atoll next week to mark the vast expansion.
  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft will snap the first up close images of Jupiter on Saturday (2016-08-26 11:34:19)
    NASA’s Juno spacecraft will get cozy with Jupiter this weekend, as the vehicle makes its closest approach to the gas giant early Saturday morning at 8:51AM ET. Juno, which is in orbit around Jupiter, will come within 2,500 miles of the planet’s clouds — the closest the probe will get during its mission. It will also be the first time that Juno passes by Jupiter with all of its instruments turned on, meaning NASA is about to get a bunch of juicy new data.
  • If your fashion company isn't developing a fitness tracker then I don't know what you're doing (2016-08-26 11:24:06)
    Kate Spade introduced new fitness trackers and a smartwatch to the world this week. All the connected devices pair with Kate Spade’s iOS / Android app to collect fitness and sleep data. Of course, Kate Spade isn’t the first fashion company to try selling its own wearables.
  • FDA recommends testing all donated blood in the US for Zika virus (2016-08-26 11:21:06)
    In a major expansion of its policy on Zika virus, the Food and Drug Administration says it now recommends all blood donated in the United States be screened for possible Zika infection. "The FDA is updating its guidance after careful consideration of all available scientific evidence, consultation with other public health agencies, and taking into consideration the potential serious health consequences of Zika virus infection to pregnant women and children born to women exposed to Zika virus during pregnancy," the agency said in a statement released today. In February, the FDA released guidance for areas known to be affected by Zika transmission.
  • Cloud Security Alliance releases top 100 big data best practices report (2016-08-26 11:18:12)
    The thoroughly detailed report breaks 100 best practices down into 10 categories. We've summarized them into the biggest takeaways IT professionals need to know about.
  • This app solves Pokemon Go players’ biggest complaint, but iPhone users can’t have it (2016-08-26 11:14:57)
    Bloggers have had a field day over the past week writing about how Pokemon Go is dead because it's beginning to sink on Apple's top free iPhone downloads chart in the App Store. Of course, those bloggers don't really understand how the app market works, do they? Top-grossing games are never top-ranked downloads, as we explained in a recent article . What Pokemon Go had initially achieved was completely unprecedented, and no one who knows anything at all about the app industry would expect the game to remain at the top of the free downloads chart and the top-grossing apps chart. Pokemon Go is still taking the world by storm and people love trekking out to hunt down Pokemon all around their areas. Of course, the game is hardly perfect and players still have a bunch of complaints. The good news is that we found a nifty little free app that solves what is easily one of Pokemon Go players' biggest problems with the app. The bad news is that it only works on Android devices. MUST SEE:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required For a long time, the biggest problem with Pokemon Go was Niantic's server instability. The game would go offline all the time, enraging players as they tried to capture characters or engage in gym battles. Niantic hasn't resolved all of its server issues but there's little question at this point that things have improved dramatically. Other problems remain, of course, but one of the biggest complaints out there can be addressed with a simple free Android app. Pokemon Go has widely become known as a battery killer. In fact, sales of smartphone battery cases and portable batteries have skyrocketed since Pokemon Go was first released. Amazon even has a special section on its site now packed with Pokemon Go essentials that will help ensure your phone doesn't run out of juice. One of the main reasons Pokemon Go is such a battery hog is that it has to be left open in the foreground with the phone awake the whole time you're playing. Players have repeatedly requested a feature that would let the game keep tracking GPS positioning while it's reduced to the background, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen anytime soon. On iPhones, there's really nothing that can be done to reduce battery drain aside from repeatedly lowering the phone's display brightness and then raising it again when you're ready to play. That's a huge pain, however. Google's Android platform gives third-party developers much more freedom though, and there's a great simple app that will really cut down on the amount of battery Pokemon Go drains while you're not actively playing. Via Reddit , the app is called Proximity Service and it was created by SSDeveloper. In a nutshell, the app turns an Android phone's display off anytime the light sensor on the front of the phone is covered. This means that any apps open in the foreground — like, say, Pokemon Go — will continue to function, but the screen will shut off when you put the phone in your pocket, thus saving tons of battery life. The app's full description can be found below along with a link to download it. Proximity Service uses your device's proximity sensor to control the screen on/off state. Simply covering the sensor will turn the screen off whilst keeping the device awake - perfect for games that need to be running in the foreground but don't need your continuous attention. Flip your phone on a table, place it in your pocket, or use any other means to cover the proximity sensor. As soon as the sensor is uncovered, the screen will come back on. Proximity Service is minimal - there is no user interface and no complicated settings to deal with. Running the app will place a notification in the system that will persist as long as the service is running in the background. Touching the notification will stop the service. Note that Proximity Service does not prevent the device from falling asleep when the device is being used normally with the screen on and user activity timeout has been reached. However, the device will not fall asleep as long as the screen has been turned off by the proximity sensor as this effectively counts as continuous user activity. Download Proximity Service for free
  • Nest plans to enlist 50K California customers in conservation program (2016-08-26 10:58:11)
    The program could alleviate potential energy shortages, especially after a major gas leak in Southern California last year restricted supplies.
  • Those robot babies used in sex ed may actually increase teen pregnancies (2016-08-26 10:55:24)
    Robot babies used in sex ed to discourage pregnancy seem to have backfired. The numbers don’t look good: 8 percent of the girls who received the dolls had at least one baby by 20, compared to 4 percent of the control group.
  • Hacking the climate while using Android Nougat (2016-08-26 10:50:11)
    This week on Vergecast, it's Wilderness Week! Nilay, Paul, and Dieter welcome video director James Temple to the show to talk about his new Verge series, Climate Hackers, which features scientists set on trying to reverse the effects of climate change.
  • Does it even matter that last year’s iPhone 6s is so much faster than the new Galaxy Note 7? (2016-08-26 10:45:47)
    This past Monday we shared a video that showed a performance test pitting Samsung's brand new Galaxy Note 7 against Apple's year-old iPhone 6s . Instead of relying on benchmark testing to compare the two phones, this particular test used a different method intended to compare their performance during real-world usage. The test wasn't scientific by any means, but the unique format actually does to a pretty decent job of comparing two phones in a real-world setting. Benchmark tests, after all, really only test the capabilities of a smartphone when it's pushed to its limits. How often do you push your phone to its limits in the real world? In this aforementioned performance test, Apple's year-old iPhone positively clobbered the brand-spanking-new Galaxy Note 7. Apple fans and Android fans have all been quite vocal about the results since then, but does this test even really matter? MUST SEE:  Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the radical redesign we’ve been waiting for The video in question has already been viewed more than 1 million times, which shows you just how intense this debate has been. To put that in perspective, most other recent videos posted by the same YouTube user each have view stats in the tens of thousands. Here's the video in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-61FFoJFy0 The methodology here uses app laps to compare smartphone performance. The YouTuber opens the same series of apps one after the other on both phones and times how long the entire series — or "lap" — takes. He does two laps with each phone and then compares the results. In a nutshell, the thinking here is that this type of performance test paints a more accurate picture of how a smartphone performs in the real world. After all, you don't spend most of your time playing insanely complex 3D games on your phone, do you? No, you open apps, switch apps and perform simple tasks most of the time. In this particular test, the iPhone 6s from 2015 beat Samsung's brand new Galaxy Note 7 by more than 40 seconds on the first lap — the 6s took 1:22 to complete the lap, while the Note 7 took 2:05. As if that beating weren't brutal enough, the gap widened to nearly a full minute on the second lap. So... a year-old iPhone with a dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM completely annihilated a brand new flagship Android phone with a quad-core chipset and 4GB of RAM. But does it really matter? There are certainly arguments on both sides of the fence but in the end, yes, it matters. Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 is a fantastic smartphone. As we noted in our Galaxy Note 7 review last week, the hardware is phenomenal and the Note-specific software features are outstanding. One thing we brushed by and didn't really dive into, however, is that the new Note 7 isn't entirely "new," so to speak. While Samsung's Note lineup has offered various upgrades over same-year Galaxy S phones in the past, this year Samsung decided to use the same expect processor, camera, and other components from the Galaxy S7. Is that such a bad thing? On its own, no, it's not a bad thing. The Note 7 offers a very smooth user experience compared to other Android phones, and it has more than enough power to handle heavy lifting. But the Samsung phone's 6-month-old specs draw attention to the fact that iOS is still far smoother and more responsive than Android. As you can see on Apple's year-old iPhone 6s, apps are lightning fast. There are a number of important factors that contribute to the iPhone's silky smooth user experience, such as a powerful custom A9 chipset and optimizations in both third-party apps and iOS itself. This all becomes far more important next month, when Apple releases its next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple manages to make huge performance gains each year with its new iPhones, and last year's iPhone 6s is already faster than any flagship Android phone by a landslide. The iPhone 7 is truly going to be in a league of its own.
  • Amazon will open physical bookstores in Chicago and Portland (2016-08-26 10:36:14)
    Amazon has plans to open more physical bookstores, further expanding its brick-and-mortar store footprint. According to the Financial Times, Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass said yesterday that the retail giant is opening locations in Chicago and Portland, with the Chicago store due to open next year. Amazon opened its Seattle location last November, and has slowly revealed plans for more stores since.
  • Sprint now has an unlimited data plan that will only throttle you a little (2016-08-26 10:29:11)
    Sprint is introducing a new service plan today called Unlimited Freedom Premium, which sort of inherently highlights the fact that its last unlimited data plan was not, in fact, unlimited. The new Premium plan isn't unlimited either, but it is much closer: rather than limiting you to low-res 480p video streams, the Premium plan allows unlimited streaming at 1080p. To be clear, that means Sprint will still be throttling subscribers when they're streaming videos, music, and games.
  • Young Thug writes a song for Harambe, forgets Harambe (2016-08-26 10:24:42)
    The history of music tells us a song with a proper noun is about said proper noun. The Beatles’ "Yellow Submarine" is about a yellow submarine, "Sweet Caroline" is a about a sweet Caroline, and YG’s "Fuck Donald Trump" is about Donald Trump.
  • That dragon, rust: Mazda recalls 190,000 SUVs over suspension separation (2016-08-26 10:21:01)
    Is there anything that water and salt can't screw up?
  • Sprint launches pricier unlimited plan with HD video (2016-08-26 10:17:15)
    Following in the footsteps of T-Mobile, Sprint's "Unlimited Freedom Premium" plan is $20 more than its $60 unlimited plan.
  • No Man’s Sky travel diary: following the path (2016-08-26 10:12:31)
    No Man’s Sky is an almost impossibly huge game, an entire virtual universe filled with 18 quintillion planets, each one different from the next thanks to the powers of procedural generation. Instead of a typical review, I’m going to be writing regular dispatches from No Man’s Sky, giving a firsthand account of what the experience is like, and what you can expect if you choose to dive in. When I enter a new star system I pretty much always know what to expect.
  • Defense Department wants you to design its next biohazard suit (2016-08-26 10:07:52)
    The Pentagon is crowdsourcing ideas for the next generation of protective gear for soldiers, offering a total of $250,000 in prizes.
  • Twitter may finally have a solution to its troll epidemic (2016-08-26 10:06:22)
    The company is reportedly working on a tool to let people filter out offensive tweets.
  • Spotify talent manager: Exclusives are 'bad for the whole industry' (2016-08-26 10:00:58)
    It doesn't look like Spotify will be getting into the album exclusive game anytime soon. Carter's comments come just a few days after Frank Ocean's Blonde made the future of exclusives a little murky. Ocean released Blonde independently through Apple Music, after his visual album Endless had already satisfied his contractual obligations with his label, UMG.
  • Editor's Choice: Our Favorite Wallets (2016-08-26 10:00:00)
    We picked the wallets that hold a special place in our pockets.
  • Barack Obama in a VR headset is still inherently funny (2016-08-26 09:49:24)
    One of video games’ big breakthrough moments came in the early seasons of House of Cards, when consummate politician Frank Underwood sat down and booted up Call of Duty during an episode. President Barack Obama wearing a VR headset isn’t noteworthy in the way Obama using a BlackBerry was — that was a story about a technologically stodgy institution catching up with the rest of the world.
  • Solid source says he knows exactly when Apple will release the iPhone 7 (2016-08-26 09:49:06)
    Apple has yet to announce the official date for its big iPhone 7 event, but we think we know when it’s all going down. We’ve got tentative dates for the press conference, preorders and launch. There are actually two potential launch dates that have been rumored for the new iPhones, but a new claim may have just firmed up the exact day when Apple will release its next-generation iPhones. DON’T MISS:  Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the radical redesign we’ve been waiting for A report from a trustworthy source recently stated that Apple will unveil the iPhone 7 on September 7th. Before that, well-known leaker Evan Blass tweeted that preorders would kick off on September 9th , with shipping and in-store launch set for September 16th. However, a leak originating from AT&T retail staff suggested that September 23rd might be the actual launch date of the new iPhones. Both September 16th and 23rd make sense. They’re both Fridays, which is when Apple launches new iPhones. And Apple is expected to release a brand new iPhone on the first or second Friday following the first day of preorders. In a tweet  from a couple of days ago that went largely unnoticed, Blass reiterated his belief that the iPhone 7 will launch on September 16th. “I’m very confident in this date,” he said, quoting his previous tweet in which he stated that the phone should be available in stores on September 16th. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/768165530901426176 Considering his track record when it comes to mobile leaks, we’re inclined to trust Blass more than an unverified AT&T leak. But nothing is official until Apple announces it, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
  • 'Game of Thrones' composer creating 'Gears of War 4' score (2016-08-26 09:37:22)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The composer for "Game of Thrones" is swapping the sword-filled realm of Westeros for the alien-plagued world of Sera.
  • New kind of virus makes scientists rethink infection (2016-08-26 09:21:04)
    A new kind of virus is making scientists rethink how infection works. In a study published Thursday in the journal Cell Host and Microbe, scientists describe how this new virus — named Guaico Culex after the Culex mosquito found in Guaico, Trinidad — works. The fifth one seems to be optional, or could control how deadly the virus is, study author Jason Ladner told NPR.
  • New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in September (2016-08-26 09:20:55)
    It's always difficult to cope with the end of summer, but as the temperature drops and the days get shorter, at least we'll have a wide selection of new shows and movies to watch on Netflix. The streaming service revealed its September lineup on Friday, and there are plenty of worthwhile additions coming next month. MUST SEE:  How to decode Pokemon Go’s new appraisal feature This month is loaded with original series from Netflix, including the second season of Narcos on September 2nd, the fifth season of Longmire on September 23rd and the debut of Marvel's Luke Cage on September 30th. Check out the full list of additions for September 2016 below: Available September 1st The Amityville Horror (2005) Babel (2006) Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (2013) Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Bratz: The Movie (2007) Burn, Burn, Burn (2015) Cats & Dogs (2001) Crashing: Season 1 Defiance (2008) Easy Fortune Happy Life (2009) Europe's Last Great Wilderness (2015) The Fierce Wife (2010) Footloose (1984) Full Out (2015) Game Winning Hit: Season 1 Heartland: Season 7 Hellevator: Season 1 Hoot (2006) Hope Floats (1998) I Am the Ambassador: Season 1 ­- NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE Indochina's Wild Heart (2015) The IT Crowd: Series 5 Jaws (1975) Jaws 2 (1978) Jaws 3 (1983) Jaws: The Revenge (1987) Joyful Noise (2012) Keepers of the Game (2016) Last Holiday (2006) Lucky Days: Season 1 Man on Wire (2008) Milk Money (1994) Practical Magic (1998) Road Trip (2000) Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules (2000) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Scary Movie 2 (2001) Shameless (U.S.): Season 5­6 Stomp the Yard (2007) Sweeney Todd (2007) Top Gun (1986) True Grit (1969) U­571 (2000) The Wicker Man (2006) Wild Madagascar (2015) The Womanizer: Season 1 The Year of Happiness and Love: Season 1 Available September 2nd Baby Daddy: Season 5 Chef's Table: France -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Kazoops!: Season 1 -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Kulipari: An Army of Frogs ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Narcos: Season 2 ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Young & Hungry: Season 4 Available September 6th Crash (2004) The Finest Hours (2015) Hard Target 2 (2016) Honey 3 (2016) R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House (2016) Available September 7th The Blacklist: Season 3 Galavant: Seasons 1-­2 Available September 10th Supergirl: Season 1 Available September 13th Extremis (2016) -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Hawaii Five­0: Season 6 London Has Fallen (2015) Available September 14th Goldie & Bear: Season 1 Available September 15th Sample This (2012) The Walking Dead: Season 6 Available September 16th Cedric The Entertainer: Live from the Ville -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015) The White Helmets (2016) -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available September 17th 3 Days to Kill (2014) Luther: Season 4 Penny Dreadful: Season 3 Available September 19th Call the Midwife: Series 5 Gotham: Season 2 Available September 20th Colliding Dreams (2016) New Girl: Season 5 Zootopia (2016) Available September 22nd Bones: Season 11 Easy: Season 1 ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Wallander: Series 4 Available September 23rd Audrie & Daisy (2016) ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Last Man Standing: Season 5 Longmire: Season 5 ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL VeggieTales in the House: Season 4 -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available September 24th Portlandia: Season 6 River (2016) Available September 25th Family Guy: Season 14 Margaret Cho: PsyCHO (2015) Available September 28th The Fosters: Season 4 (Part A) The Imitation Game (2014) Available September 30th Amanda Knox (2016) ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Scream: Season 2 Check back soon for a full list of the shows being removed from Netflix, and watch a short video featuring some of the September highlights below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z3RrH6gAIM
  • Minecraft and Dragon Quest are a perfect pairing (2016-08-26 09:00:06)
    In a lot of ways Minecraft and Dragon Quest sit on opposite ends of the gaming spectrum. On the other side is a strictly linear role-playing game that pushes players down a specific path. What makes Dragon Quest Builders work — at least during the early portion of the game that I played — is that it pulls out the best elements from both franchises, and then puts them together in smart ways.
  • AmazonFresh customers: Beware of the $5 Snickers bar (2016-08-26 08:53:08)
    Some potential bugs on Amazon could be unnecessarily costing customers of its grocery service a lot more money.
  • Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the radical redesign we’ve been waiting for (2016-08-26 08:51:41)
    To be sure, Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 will be a solid and respectable upgrade, complete with faster internals and improved camera performance across the board. That said, users anticipating a radical rethinking of the iPhone's design will likely be disappointed when Tim Cook and co. take the wraps off of Apple's next-gen smartphone next month. According to a number of credible sources and various leaks that have emerged over the past few weeks, the iPhone 7 will, by and large, closely resemble the design of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6s models. But for those willing to wait it out, Apple's 2017 iPhone is shaping up to be an incredibly intriguing device. Echoing previous speculation from the rumor mill, a new report from Bloomberg relays that the iPhone 8 (Apple may skip the iPhone 7s nomenclature ) will not ship with a mechanical home button. DON'T MISS:  New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones "Apple is already at work on a major redesign of the iPhone for 2017," the report claims. "[One] that focuses more heavily on the display by removing the Home button, according to a person familiar with the matter." Bloomberg doesn't dive any deeper but previous sources have indicated that the home button on the iPhone 8 will be integrated into the display itself, will sit flush with the display, and will rest atop of a series of touch-sensitive sensors that will vibrate when pressed. In turn, the vibration will give users the illusion and sensation that the button can be depressed when it is, in fact, completely stationary. It may sound far-fetched, but Apple has already implemented a similar scheme on the trackpads used on its line of MacBooks. Apple of course isn't getting rid of the iPhone's tried and true home button for no good reason. Reports of an embedded home button dovetail nicely with previous claims that the iPhone 8 will feature an edge to edge display. What's more, there are also rumblings that Apple with the iPhone 8 will introduce a third iPhone model with a curved OLED display. At this point, though, it remains unclear if every iPhone 8 model will be graced with an edgeless display or if it will be a feature reserved solely for what will presumably be a Pro model. As to the rumored edgeless display, it's worth highlighting statements made by well-connected industry observer John Gruber this past May: I think next year’s phone, the 2017 model, the one that will come out in September of 2017. What I have heard, now this is not really from the rumor mill but just scuttlebutt that I’ve heard, is that it will be an all-new form factor. And there have been some rumors, I guess, but what I’m saying is that I’ve heard this independently and it is completely getting rid of the chin and forehead of the phone. The entire face will be the display. And the Touch ID sensor will be somehow embedded in the display. The front-facing camera will somehow be embedded in the display. The speaker, everything. All the sensors will somehow be behind the display. What I don’t know, and I have no idea, is whether that means that they’re going to shrink the actual thing in your hand to fit the screen sizes we already have, or whether they’re going to grow the screens to fit the devices we’re already used to holding… I don’t know. Interestingly, a report from Nikkei this past year claimed that Apple was initially hoping to roll out an OLED iPhone model in 2018 before deciding to accelerate their product roadmap in order to "offset a predicted stall in iPhone sales." As a final point of interest, you may be surprised to learn that one of Apple's original iPhone prototypes from 2006 featured a curved display. As we covered previously , Apple ultimately abandoned the design due to prohibitive cost and design constraints.
  • How Allstate boosted developer productivity by 350% with the cloud (2016-08-26 08:49:34)
    Reshaping a Fortune 500 company is hard, but giving developers access to cloud resources is making it possible at Allstate.
  • The Chord Mojo turns good headphones into great ones (2016-08-26 08:25:28)
    Things have been like this for quite some time, but recently a new gadget was introduced that bridges the gap between the many and the few, and its name is the Chord Mojo. The Mojo is an audio processor and amplifier that’s smaller than a pack of cards yet delivers the awesome performance of much larger rivals. The Mojo fits the performance of VCR-sized audio equipment into a shirt pocket.
  • ​'Samsung Notes' del Galaxy Note 7 llegará pronto a otros 'Notes' (2016-08-26 08:03:46)
    La aplicación para crear y organizar notas de texto se podrá utilizar en versiones anteriores como el Galaxy Note 5, según la propia Samsung.
  • Who's the deadliest cybernetic villain in movies? Hint: Cartman would approve (2016-08-26 08:00:10)
    An entertaining analysis examines Darth Vader, Agent Smith and a dozen other baddies, and comes up with one colossal champion.
  • First Click: Do you still Pokémon Go? (2016-08-26 07:30:03)
    Hula Hoops, Rubik’s Cubes, and Slinkys, for example, can still be found in toy stores despite being decades old. On Tuesday, Bloomberg ran a report that showed people quickly losing interest in Pokémon Go.
  • Do we even need game consoles? Chat with us live at 3:30 p.m. ET (2016-08-26 07:30:03)
    Now that Sony is bringing its PlayStation games to Windows, should you even bother getting a dedicated game machine? Tell us what you think for today's live show.
  • Apple issues update after security flaws laid bare: media (2016-08-26 06:31:12)
    Apple has issued a security update to fix vulnerabilities found after fierce spyware created by an Israeli firm was used to target an Emirati dissident, US media reported. The company released its latest iOS version, 9.3.5, on Thursday, which the New York Times said was meant to fix three security vulnerabilities in Apple products. Apple told various US media outlets that it fixed the vulnerabilities as soon it learned about them.
  • Tap-to-pay coming to Japan's next iPhones (2016-08-26 06:17:15)
    Taking public transportation in Japan just got a little easier, as future iPhones look set to include FeliCa technology, a mobile tap-to-pay system, reports Bloomberg. The FeliCa chip, developed by Sony, will allow users in Japan to store their train and bus passes on their iPhones. The FeliCa chip can process a transaction in 0.1 seconds and can also store e-money, a type of electric currency that has become widely accepted at vending machines, cafes and convenience stores in Japan.
  • CNET UK podcast 495: Android Nougat arrives, Pokefever on the wane and five years of Tim Cook (2016-08-26 06:05:36)
    How has Apple changed after half a decade with Cook at the helm? Plus, Pokemon Go shows signs of decline -- but is that so surprising, or even a big problem?
  • UK lawmakers say Facebook, Google, and Twitter are 'consciously failing' to fight ISIS online (2016-08-26 05:58:38)
    A committee of UK lawmakers this week said that Facebook, Google, and Twitter are "consciously failing" to combat terrorist propaganda and recruitment on their platforms, escalating an ongoing debate over the role of social media companies in curtailing online extremism. In a wide-ranging report on radicalization published Thursday, the UK Parliament's Home Affairs Committee said that social media platforms have become "the vehicle of choice in spreading propaganda and the recruiting platforms for terrorism." The Wall Street Journal first reported on the committee's findings on Wednesday. Lawmakers in the US and Europe have called on social media companies to crack down on propaganda spread by ISIS and other extremist groups, following a spate of recent attacks.
  • Panasonic and Sony to develop high-res 8K televisions (2016-08-26 05:31:12)
    Japan is looking to boost its tech offering ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, as Panasonic and Sony partner with broadcaster NHK to develop televisions with 8K video, reports Nikkei.
  • When drones meet VR: Parrot Disco promises first-person flight experience (2016-08-26 05:12:01)
    Unveiled at the CES tech show in Las Vegas in January 2016, the Parrot Disco is a first-person view, wing-shaped drone that soars through the skies like a bird. The Disco goes on sale in September in a pack including the drone, its remote control unit and a virtual reality headset. The Parrot Disco is a wing-shaped drone with a 115cm wingspan and a lightweight 750g build.
  • Net1 to invest up to $40 million in India's MobiKwik over 2 years (2016-08-26 05:00:12)
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Payment services provider Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc will invest up to $40 million in Indian mobile wallet services provider MobiKwik over the next 24 months, the companies said in a joint statement on Friday. MobiKwik had previously raised three rounds of funding from investors including Sequoia Capital, American Express, MediaTeK and Cisco Investments, according to the statement. (Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
  • Sony and Panasonic target 8K TVs for 2020 Olympics (2016-08-26 04:58:03)
    The Rio Olympics has only just finished, but Japan is already gearing up for its 2020 staging of the games. According to a report from Nikkei, TV-makers Panasonic and Sony will be partnering with broadcaster NHK and others to develop broadcast technology capable of handling 8K video. Tests of 8K video already took place during this year's Olympics in Rio, with NHK broadcasting a small selection of of footage from the games alongside a grab-bag of 8K content, including a concert by J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
  • Belgians are hunting books, instead of Pokemon (2016-08-26 04:28:10)
    By Maria Haase Coelho BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Inspired by the success of Pokemon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks. While with Pokemon Go, players use a mobile device's GPS and camera to track virtual creatures around town, Aveline Gregoire's version is played through a Facebook group called "Chasseurs de livres" ("Book hunters"). Having played Pokemon Go with my kids, I had the idea of releasing the books into nature," Gregoire told Reuters.
  • Chinese man arrested in Hong Kong over FACC cyber attack in Austria (2016-08-26 04:16:18)
    A Chinese citizen has been arrested in Hong Kong in connection with a cyber attack that cost Austrian aerospace parts maker FACC 42 million euros ($47.39 million), Austrian police said on Friday. FACC fired its chief executive and chief financial officer after the attack, which involved hoax emails asking an employee to transfer money for a fake acquisition project - a kind of scam known as a "fake president incident". FACC's customers include Airbus and Boeing.
  • Australia warns shipbuilder DCNS after massive security leak (2016-08-26 04:00:59)
    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian defense officials warned French naval contractor DCNS to beef up security in Australia, where it is preparing to build a A$50 billion ($38.13 billion) fleet of submarines, in the wake of a massive data leak, a government spokesman said on Friday. DCNS was left reeling after more than 22,000 pages outlining details relating to submarines it is building for India were published in The Australian newspaper earlier this week, sparking concerns about its ability to protect sensitive data. A senior Australian defense official, acting on orders from Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, warned DCNS that the government was deeply concerned by the implications of the leak, a spokesman for the minister told Reuters.
  • French naval contractor DCNS files complaint following data leak (2016-08-26 04:00:59)
    French naval contractor DCNS has filed a complaint for breach of trust after a massive leak of documents concerning six Scorpene submarines it is building for India, a spokesman for the shipbuilder said on Friday. DCNS was left reeling after details from more than 22,000 pages of documents relating to submarines it is building for India were published in The Australian newspaper this week, sparking concerns about the company's ability to protect sensitive data. "We filed a complaint against unknown persons for breach of trust with the Paris prosecutor on Thursday afternoon," the DCNS spokesman said.
  • Only a samurai schoolgirl can rescue instant ramen from a noodle-nabbing drone (2016-08-26 03:26:25)
    One of the major perks about living in Japan, I thought before I moved to the country, would be the TV. I'd been raised in the UK on a steady diet of Takeshi's Castle (MXC in the US), Nintendo games, and incomprehensible internet videos, so I was expecting wall-to-wall oddity on my own Japanese flatscreen. Imagine my sadness when I arrived and realized that Japanese channels were just as tedious as their British counterparts. ...
  • Crave giveaway: Awesome CNET Moving Day Grab Bag (2016-08-26 03:00:03)
    As CNET cleans up before our remodel, one reader will clean up too. This week's free goods include a tough laptop backpack, a hardcover book filled with game art and earphones shaped like devil horns.
  • Isolation, desperation and tech in the refugee crisis: Girt by CNET podcast 84 (2016-08-26 02:51:29)
    We took a break from our usual podcast chat about new phones and high-tech gadgets this week to take a look at a tech issue that is really making waves beyond Australia's shores.
  • Kuwaiti government employee arrested over IS online postings (2016-08-26 02:39:50)
    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's Interior Ministry says a government employee has been arrested for spreading Islamic State ideology and hacking social media pages of "some friendly and sister countries."
  • SpyNote malware: One more reason to never sideload Android apps (2016-08-26 01:59:00)
    Jack Wallen explains why the recently discovered SpyNote malware threat should make you squeamish about sideloading Android apps.
  • Economists see ride-hailing industry as ripe for competition (2016-08-26 01:06:19)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese powerhouse Didi Chuxing's acquisition of Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] China operations marked the biggest move yet toward consolidation in an industry that many investors and Silicon Valley pundits view as a winner-take-all game. On the day the Didi deal was announced earlier this month, Uber board member Bill Gurley said Uber's rivals in other markets had a slim chance of splitting the market with the dominant player, just as Uber struggled to erode Didi's share in China. After China, the industry will consolidate in other markets, said Hans Tung, an Asia-focused investor and managing partner at GGV Capital, which backed Didi and Grab, a Singapore-based ride service.
  • SECURED moves IoT and BYOD security to the network (2016-08-26 00:44:40)
    Researchers figured out a way to move the responsibility of securing millions of BYOD and IoT devices to the network. Get details about the SECURED project.
  • You can stop WhatsApp from sharing your phone number with Facebook (2016-08-26 00:34:19)
    Hyper-popular messaging app WhatsApp announced yesterday that it would start sharing some user data — including your phone number — with parent company Facebook. The two companies say the new policy will help you find friends and "improve your Facebook ads and products experiences," but it will also give businesses a new avenue to reach potential customers, with WhatsApp describing situations where banks and airlines will use your phone number to get in touch about fraudulent payments or delayed flights. WhatsApp has promised that it won't sell or share that number with advertisers, but if you still balk at the idea of putting your phone number where a legion of hungry brands could potentially see it, you're in luck — you've still got a chance to stop WhatsApp from handing Facebook this new data if you act fast.
  • Apple reportedly readying iPhone for Japan with tap-to-pay (2016-08-25 22:15:49)
    iPhone maker is developing a handset that will tap FeliCa, the mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan.
  • Apple's next iPhones could support tap-to-pay for Japan's trains (2016-08-25 22:13:32)
    Next generation iPhone owners in Japan may soon be able to use their smartphones to pay for train, subways, and bus rides. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to add FeliCa technology — the wireless standard used by Japan's mass transit systems to accept payments —  to its next iPhone, allowing users to store virtual pay-as-you-go passes in their Wallet app, and touch their phone to station barriers to travel. The Sony-developed FeliCa chip is used primarily in Japan, and differs from the NFC systems used to enable contactless iPhone payment on transport in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
  • Here’s how to play solitaire and tic-tac-toe in Google Search (2016-08-25 22:00:07)
    Because there aren't already enough distractions on the internet to keep your from being productive, Google just added solitaire and tic-tac-toe to Search. Whether you're on Google.com or using Google's mobile app, all you have to do is search for either " solitaire " or " tic-tac-toe " and the game will appear. DON'T MISS:  New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones In solitaire, you can choose from two difficulties: easy and hard. I haven't managed to complete a round yet, so I can't tell you whether or not the cards fly over the screen like they do on the Windows version of the game. (Thankfully, we always have this website for whenever we need a pick-me-up.) Tic-tac-toe is a much simpler game, but it actually features three difficulties: easy, medium and impossible. Plus, if you have a friend nearby, you can play against a live opponent on the same screen. Just remember: always go middle. Those are the highlights of today's update, but Google also added a few more oddities. If you ask Google, " what sound does a pig make ," you'll get an answer in the form of a short audio clip. You can do this with a wide selection of animals. And as if that wasn't enough, Google will also let you " flip a coin ," in case you need to settle a bet but don't have any change on you. By 2020, there's a decent chance we won't ever have to go further than Google Search to find what we're looking for. Good luck, rest of the internet.
  • 'Rick and Morty' co-creator wants to hire you for his VR world (2016-08-25 21:28:32)
    Writer, producer and voice actor Justin Roiland says he wants to make "super duper games" through his new VR development company, Squanchtendo Games.
  • ​Adobe to support advanced photo format debuting in Canon's hot new SLR (2016-08-25 21:13:15)
    The dual-pixel raw format lets photographers fine-tune focus and clear up distracting flare. Those advantages won't be restricted to Canon's own software forever, though.
  • Harvard scientists develop first autonomous soft robot (2016-08-25 21:00:28)
    Meet the octobot, a unique new creation out of Harvard that the university says could be the first step in a new kind of bot. This totally soft robot has eight movable legs, just like its flesh-and-blood marine cousin, which was the inspiration for the device. Created partially through 3-D printing, the octobot is autonomous, according to Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Its power source is hydrogen peroxide, which together with a catalyst of platinum, creates gas that travels into the bot’s appendages to move them. “One long-standing vision for the field of soft robotics has been to create robots that are entirely soft, but the struggle has always been in replacing rigid components like batteries and electronic controls with analogous soft systems and then putting it all together,” Robert Wood, a professor of engineering and one of the lead researchers behind the octobot, said in a statement . “This research demonstrates that we can easily manufacture the key components of a simple, entirely soft robot, which lays the foundation for more complex designs.” Right now, based on a video released by Harvard, the octobot doesn’t seem to do much: it just moves its arms around. But the next step is to make it do more things, like crawl. In the future, this kind of device could be the first step towards making more soft robots that can control themselves, according to Harvard. A study about the octobot technology was published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Related:  Flying pizza looks to be on its way to New Zealand as Domino's demos drone delivery MIT scientists invent solar-powered sponge that can boil water Iraq to battle ISIS with machine gun-toting robot Want a HUD in your motorcycle helmet? Livemap survives where Skully crashed
  • Office supplies as fingernail art? This tutorial nails it (2016-08-25 20:55:39)
    This viral video shows you how to use Liquid Paper, Sharpie pens, scented markers and glitter glue for something more artistic than school and office work. If you're into that sort of thing.
  • Norwegian lawmaker caught playing Pokemon Go in parliament (2016-08-25 20:37:52)
    Technically Incorrect: Trine Skei Grande, leader of the liberal party, just can't get enough of monsters.
  • Pre-production Apple 1 sells for $815,000 (2016-08-25 20:23:00)
    The rarest Apple 1 known was sold at auction today, with a percentage benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Apple's 2017 iPhone will reportedly get rid of iconic home button (2016-08-25 20:05:53)
    For those wondering what will change with the upcoming iPhone 7, the device is said to remove the headphone jack in favor of the Lightning port, contain two rear cameras, and a memory boost to 3GB of RAM, according to separate report from Bloomberg.
  • Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update (2016-08-25 20:03:26)
    AJMAN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates' prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link.
  • Uber’s new flat fare is cheaper than the bus (2016-08-25 20:00:47)
    New test fares being rolled out by Uber in select markets are making the ride-sharing service all new kinds of cheap. A beta program being tested in a few chosen cities scrap surge pricing and charging per-mile in favor of a flat fare for UberPool that's the same price as a bus ticket. According to an email seen by Business Insider UK , pricing in San Francisco is a pack of 20 rides for $20, or 40 rides for $30. On top of that base fee, you then pay $2 per ride. So, on the lower pricing, you're paying $3 per ride for an UberPool trip. DON'T MISS:  ‘Bendgate’ strikes again, but this time it’s called Touch Disease Journeys can be taken within an eligible zone, so you're not going to be able to use it to take trips from one city to the next. But it provides a good alternative to public transportation that is about the same price (but more convenient) for users. Of course, it's just a test right now. San Francisco, Miami, San Diego, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, DC appear to be taking part in a test just for September, after which Uber will reevaluate. Only the company knows if it will make money with the flat fee approach. Given that it  lost $1.27 billion in the first half of the year , there is zero guarantee that the flat fares would be profitable. But for Uber, profit matters less than providing competition for every other mass transportation system. Uber started as an alternative to black cars, before expanding to UberX and taking on regular taxis. With flat-fare UberPool rides, it's clear that buses and trains are the next thing to go, before it turns its attentions to the Uber drivers themselves .
  • Alphabet is putting serious pressure on Google Fiber to cut costs (2016-08-25 19:32:59)
    Google parent company Alphabet is shaking things up at its gigabit internet division, according to a report today from The Information. The unit, previously known as Google Fiber and now called Access, is shifting its focus to wireless technology, and not ultra-fast internet delivered through fiber-optic cables. More pressing, however, is a demand issued by Alphabet CEO Larry Page to reduce customer acquisition costs to one tenth their current level while asking Fiber chief Craig Barratt to cut the unit’s workforce in half, from 1,000 people to 500.
  • Apple fixes security flaw after UAE dissident's iPhone targeted (2016-08-25 19:28:18)
    Apple Inc issued a patch on Thursday to fix a dangerous security flaw in iPhones and iPads after researchers discovered that a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident's phone had been targeted with a previously unknown method of hacking. The thwarted attack on the human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor, used a text message that invited him to click on a web link. Instead of clicking, he forwarded the message to researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab.
  • Ultrarare Apple-1 falls short of expected $1M auction price (2016-08-25 19:22:48)
    Computer believed to be a prototype sells for $815,000 in an auction that sees a portion of the sale price being donated to charity.
  • Artist submerges black dress in Dead Sea, salt turns it white (2016-08-25 19:16:25)
    Salt crystals not only changed the color of the dress, but added hundreds of pounds to its weight.
  • All hail Octobot! Harvard debuts adorable 3D-printed soft robot (2016-08-25 19:12:25)
    Harvard researchers build a tentacled little robot made entirely of flexible parts. No electronics needed.
  • Apple’s next iPhones could capture video footage and fingerprint data of thieves (2016-08-25 19:00:46)
    Being one of the most desirable items on the planet, it's no wonder that the iPhone is often the target of theft. Apple has done an admirable job of battling back against thieves with tools such as Find My iPhone and giving iPhone owners the ability to wipe their devices remotely when they are lost or stolen. But the future of iPhone security could be far more impressive. DON'T MISS:  New video goes behind the scenes of an iPhone 7 leak for the first time ever On Thursday morning, Patently Apple shared a patent from Apple that describes a security system which would allow iPhones to capture a thief's fingerprint data using Touch ID and then record video or capture a picture of the thief. Here's the full explanation from the patent: "A computing device may determine to capture biometric information in response to the occurrence of one or more trigger conditions. The trigger condition may be receipt of one or more instructions from one or more other computing devices, detection of potential unauthorized use by the computing device, normal operation of the computing device, and so on. The computing device may obtain biometric information and may store such biometric information. Such biometric information may be one or more fingerprints, one or more images of a current user of the computing device, video of the current user, audio of the environment of the computing device, forensic interface use information, and so on. The computing device may then provide the stored biometric information for identification of one or more unauthorized users." Knowing that your face and fingerprint might be captured by a stolen iPhone could be a strong deterrent for potential thieves. As always, it's worth noting that Apple files hundreds of patents that never result in any tangible products or features, but this one seems like a no-brainer if Apple can make it work.
  • Google Fiber reportedly ordered to cut costs, downsize (2016-08-25 18:51:19)
    Building a fiber-based network is expensive and time-consuming. The company is said to have fallen "well short" of its subscriber goals.
  • Netflix's brilliant response to its North Korean doppelganger (2016-08-25 18:49:13)
    Technically Incorrect: After North Korea launches its own streaming video service, Netflix bows its head in respect. Sort of.
  • U.S. bank group to launch Zelle instant payments brand in 2017 (2016-08-25 18:27:10)
    By David Henry NEW YORK (Reuters) - A consortium of banks holding the majority of U.S. consumer accounts plans to launch its instant, person-to-person payments brand Zelle in the first half of 2017, a spokesman said on Thursday. The group has posted its logo - which includes a vertical line bisecting the letter "Z" like a backwards dollar sign - on (www.zellepay.com), said Andrew Tilbury, a branding consultant and spokesman hired by the bank consortium, Early Warning Services. Zelle is the consortium's response to challenges from Silicon Valley, such as Venmo, a payments app run by PayPal Holdings Inc. Venmo has become popular with young adults making payments to one another for shared expenses, such as rent and lunch tabs.
  • You should update your iPhone right now (2016-08-25 18:16:57)
    Earlier today Apple issued an urgent iPhone and iPad software update (iOS 9.3.5) that included a patch for a serious security vulnerability. And while the vast majority of iPhone owners are probably on iOS 9 right now — and should install that version right away — the sudden release left some uncertainty around iOS 10. Are developers and public beta testers running the preview version of Apple's next big software release at risk? "The exploits are addressed in the latest iOS 10 seed," an Apple spokesperson told The Verge.
  • Jones website hack reveals stars' tricky cyber landscape (2016-08-25 18:08:06)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hateful hack of comedian Leslie Jones' personal website reveals the tricky cyber landscape celebrities tread and the murky legal protections that exist for personal digital content.
  • Future iPhones might capture a thief’s photo and fingerprint when stolen (2016-08-25 18:06:49)
    Apple may be interested in an anti-theft measure that involves covertly capturing both a photo and fingerprint of a phone thief without his or her knowledge. This system was detailed in a new patent application published today and suggests Apple may incorporate some version of the technology into future iPhones and iPads. This biometric information "may be one or more fingerprints, one or more images of a current user of the computing device, video of the current user, audio of the environment of the computing device, forensic interface use information, and so on," the patent abstract details.
  • Russian lawmaker's son convicted in U.S. for hacking scheme (2016-08-25 18:03:57)
    The son of a Russian lawmaker was convicted on Thursday on U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to hack into U.S. businesses in order to steal and sell credit card numbers, costing financial institutions more than $169 million. Roman Seleznev, also known as "Track2," was found guilty by a federal jury in Seattle on 38 of 40 counts including wire fraud and intentional damage to a protected computer following an eight day trial, prosecutors said. The conviction of Seleznev, of Vladivostok, followed a 10-year-long investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, the agency said.
  • Apple is still damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t (2016-08-25 18:00:34)
    For years, Apple has been held to a completely different than the rest of the tech industry. Whereas a company like Google can pursue and then shutter any number of ambitious “moonshots” and ultimately be applauded for their efforts, Apple is routinely criticized for not coming up with a device as revolutionary as the iPhone every 5 years. In a broad sense, Apple is forced to endure a level of criticism that no other tech company on the planet has to deal with. DON'T MISS:  New video goes behind the scenes of an iPhone 7 leak for the first time ever To be fair, a good deal of the attention and scrutiny directed at Apple is not undeserved. After all, the company over the past few decades helped transform not one but three separate industries. That being the case, it’s only natural for expectations surrounding Apple to be a little bit higher than it is for others. But sometimes the critiques flowing in Apple’s direction become so ludicrous that we have to pause, take a step back, and point out just how absurd the tech press can become. Recently, Apple executives, along with two Siri scientists, sat down for a fascinating interview with Steven Levy of Backchannel . The piece provided an incredible glimpse into some of the work Apple is doing in the field of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. For a company as notoriously secretive as Apple, the informative expose was a must-read for anyone who follows the company in particular or the tech industry at large. Not only was the piece informative from a technical perspective, it provided no shortage of details explaining how Apple's ongoing work in AI has helped improve the overall iPhone user experience. But in quick order, it didn’t take long for critics to start taking jabs at Apple for an ostensible PR piece that tech companies all across Silicon Valley routinely engage in. From Amazon and Microsoft to Google and Facebook, every major tech company you can think often make its top executives available for what are effectively “let us brag about our technology” features. And that’s all great and entertaining, but when Apple does it, it’s because there’s a problem. In fact, in the wake of the aforementioned Backchannel piece, some people went so far as to either imply or outright state that Apple never engaged in this type of desperate PR when Steve Jobs was around . Yes, it’s 2016 and some people still can’t help but compare everything Apple does to what they think Apple would have done if Steve Jobs was still alive. It’s pure nonsense, but Apple today still finds itself stuck in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” predicament. To wit, here's Owen Williams' take. https://twitter.com/ow/status/768459027865034752 It was actually one of the more substantive looks inside Apple we've seen in a long time. And here, Om Malik yearns for the Apple of yore. https://twitter.com/om/status/768542066955554816 Curiously, Malik just a few weeks ago had this to say: I was on Leo Laporte’s TWIT show yesterday and ended up going on a bit of a rant about Apple and “Planet of the Apps.” My view on “content” efforts like this is pretty simple. It is distracting, non-core to Apple and basically avoids the bigger challenges: how to add data and Internet DNA into a company that has managed to struggle with services. The App Store needs more smarts and better search, and it needs to take a contemporary, data-centric approach to surfacing apps. “Planet of the Apps” is just an old media-like thinking applied to “apps.” I might be the only one who feels that way, but the reality is that these kinds of efforts are really not good for Apple at a time when it is competing with Google, Amazon and Facebook. So Apple comes in with a math-heavy piece where they detail some of the advanced AI things they're implementing across the entirety of their software suite and Malik has a problem with that too? One rebuttal to Malik's tweet worth mentioning reads: https://twitter.com/roo_44/status/768633953141952512 For years we heard complaints that Apple was too secretive, that we didn’t really get a sense of who ran the company, save of course for Steve Jobs. With Tim Cook at the helm, Apple has done an impressive job of becoming more open, transparent and even friendly with the press. Still, the criticisms come in from all angles. As another illustrative example, consider this:  Mashable  earlier this summer  criticized Apple for improving the Apple Watch UI, essentially arguing that there wouldn't have even been a problem to fix if Steve Jobs was still around. So it goes in Apple-land.
  • Shooting in 360: From GoPro rigs to immersive iPhone cameras (Open_Tab) (2016-08-25 18:00:27)
    CNET's Joshua Goldman goes over your options for making 360-degree video, from the high-end to the more affordable, in this excerpt from Open_Tab.
  • Sony, just let me dream about this Xperia X Compact leak (2016-08-25 17:55:06)
    Sony's Compact phones are typically very close in quality and specs to their full-sized counterparts and are some of the best-looking small phones (4.6 inches or so) out there running Android. For instance, we loved the Z3, but Sony just announced that it won't be updated to Android Nougat, even though the phone is under two years old.
  • The synthetic opioid Fentanyl is killing more Americans than ever before (2016-08-25 17:54:56)
    Synthetic opioids are killing a skyrocketing number of people in the US, and the cause for the surging death rates is likely the growing trade in illegally manufactured fentanyl, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With more people dying of fentanyl overdoses now than ever before, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), figuring out where that fentanyl is coming from will be critical to keeping people safe. Fentanyl, which made headlines when Prince overdosed on it in April, is a lab-created synthetic opioid that’s 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.
  • PlayStation Vue añade NFL Network a su cobertura digital (2016-08-25 17:54:43)
    Los fanáticos del fútbol americano podrán ver los partidos, las mejores jugadas y escuchar a los analistas por el servicio de 'streaming' de Sony.
  • Hillary Clinton attacks Trump for taking online racism mainstream (2016-08-25 17:47:29)
    Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has called out rival Donald Trump over his affinity with online fringe groups — or, as she puts it, people from "the far dark reaches of the internet." In a speech that was first previewed earlier this week, Clinton addressed Trump’s ties to the alt-right, a reactionary group that has propagated online over the past few years.
  • CNET's Apple Byte Giveaway (2016-08-25 17:35:36)
    Byte this and enter for a chance to win* one of two streaming devices with Brian Tong and Apple Byte.
  • iPhone's best new RPG is a Tinder-like fantasy (2016-08-25 17:32:31)
    One of the most popular games available on a smartphone plays a bit like Tinder, though in Reigns, the stakes are higher than a hook-up. No story or mate will ever be without flaws, but who cares when you’re the ruler of your own kingdom.
  • A gold iPhone 7 is already on sale because everything is awful (2016-08-25 17:25:14)
    The iPhone 7 won't be released for two weeks yet, but it's already been ruined. Goldgenie, the  Pimp My Ride  of the smartphone world, has announced its plans for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Thanks to leaks, everyone in this world already has a very good idea what the iPhone 7 will look like, so it was reasonably simple for Goldgenie to take a rendering, and add bling until blinded. DON'T MISS:  New video goes behind the scenes of an iPhone 7 leak for the first time ever  The images Goldgenie has provided are exactly in line with everything we've seen from leaks so far. No headphone jack, redesigned antenna lines, a bigger camera, and a physical home button are all in place. The changes Goldgenie made to its iPhone 7 are entirely cosmetic, and whether you think they're good probably depends on how many gold chains you normally wear. The phones are wrapped in 24 carat gold or rose gold, and decorated with crystals and platinum. You can reserve your very own hideous phone for a low, low deposit of $6500, with the same again payable on delivery. That's a small markup over what the iPhone 7 will probably retail for, which should be closer to $600. But think of the decoration you get! Along with the photos, Goldgenie has also supplied a supposed specs list for the iPhone 7. It looks suspiciously like it's cobbled together from rumors, so it isn't exactly the straight-from-Apple gospel. But if it's to be believed, most of the specs will stay similar to the iPhone 6s, and virtually every rumor so far has been spot on. In other words, no surprises here.
  • Having this retro arcade console on your desk will make you the coolest person in the office (2016-08-25 17:15:06)
    8Bitdo 8Bitdo is a company that specializes in game controllers, and now it’s trying out a bit of furniture design. This year at Gamescon the company unveiled its 8Bitdo Desktop Arcade Joy Stick, and the company's showing off the pretty arcade system on its Facebook. Check out that retro wooden design. We don’t know what games it can handle or even if the console will ever be available publicly, but 8BitDo does say it’ll release more details. For now, we can just look at photos. Yay: 8Bitdo 8Bitdo 8Bitdo The Smart Boy turns a smartphone into a Game Boy
  • Meet the (alleged) aliens of Proxima b (2016-08-25 17:01:34)
    Almost 60 years ago, an account emerged of aliens from a planet around Proxima Centauri. It's been largely forgotten, but now that we know the planet is real, does the wild story deserve another look?
  • Sportswriter gets Twitter account back after flap over posting Olympics GIF (2016-08-25 16:59:28)
    The social network restores the account of a sports writer suspended for posting a GIF of US gymnast Aly Raisman.
  • Is Android malware more popular than Google’s own app? (2016-08-25 16:50:16)
    How can I compare the popularity of Google’s recently launched Duo video chat app to Android malware apps that many consider not to be a thing? That’s preposterous, heresy even. But I’m just going to show how much our perception is altered when talking about market share in the mobile business using Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai as a benchmark. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left “Google Duo now over 5 million Android downloads in a week,” Pichai tweeted. That’s certainly impressive for an app that’s meant to bring a FaceTime-like experience to Android, but is also cross-platform, as the app is also available on iPhone. https://twitter.com/sundarpichai/status/768657715962839041 Let’s now look at a statement that Pichai made two years ago about malware. Addressing Tim Cook’s comments about Android malware the Apple CEO made at WWDC 2014, Pichai said during the I/O keynote the same year that “based on every data we see, well, well less than half a percent of users ever run into any malware issues.” That seemed to settle it. To many Android users who know how to avoid malware and will probably not have any issues with malicious apps in the future, it looked like Google cleared the air once and for all. But according to late June 2014 numbers, Google registered up to 1 billion active Android users each month. Translating percentages to a palpable number, I concluded at the time that, according to Pichai, up to 5 million users were affected by malware. That’s hardly something to be ignored. Let’s get back to Pichai’s Duo numbers. Imagine him tweeting something like: “Google Duo now on more than 0.37% of active Android devices in a week.” That’s hardly something one would care about. According to Google’s latest Android numbers, there are over 1.4 billion active users each month. These are September 2015 stats, and that’s the number I used to calculate the percentage above. As for malware, 0.5% of 1.4 billion amounts to 7 million people who might be affected by Android malware, assuming Pichai’s 2014 statement still holds true. But Google has taken several other measures since 2014 to combat malicious apps, so I’d hope that percentage is even lower. Furthermore, even if millions of people contracted malware at one point in their lives, there have been many different strains out there, from a variety of players. Very few of them managed to affect a large number of users, at least according to what's known to date, and many of them have been eradicated. Ben Evans calculated in late July that there might be an additional 450 million Android phones and 200 million Android tablets in China on top of what Google reports. These are the kind of devices that don’t connect to the Google Play store, therefore aren’t counted in statistics. And these are the kind of devices that are the most susceptible to malware. Again, comparing malware to an app isn’t something that can really be done. But the point I’m trying to make here is that we often fall for the numbers companies feed us, without looking at what they really mean in many cases. As for Duo, getting 5 million app installs in one month alone is very impressive, and that number is only going up, I would assume. It’s interesting though that Pichai did not say anything about iPhone downloads, which might mean they’re not relevant yet. But is it a hit already?
  • Massive new galaxy turns out to be 99.99 percent dark matter (2016-08-25 16:45:07)
    Powerful telescopes have revealed that a nearby galaxy is 99.99 percent dark matter. It’s not the only galaxy to be composed of almost all dark matter, but most of the other ones are tiny dwarf galaxies, not ones a trillion times more massive than our Sun.
  • OnePlus made a new pair of earbuds called Bullets (2016-08-25 16:35:03)
    OnePlus has been making cheap and stylish accessories to go along with its cheap and stylish smartphones, and its latest addition is a pair of earbuds. The new model makes some small changes that give the earbuds a fuller, more polished look. While the new Bullets do look pretty good, they also look like a lot of other in-ear headphones out there.
  • New emoji are on the way, including airline pilot and rainbow flag (2016-08-25 16:25:39)
    The list of hugely popular little drawings on your phone are going to expand again, making your life a little more colorful, one message at a time.
  • Pie in the sky: Drones to deliver Domino's pizza in New Zealand (2016-08-25 16:25:04)
    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a hand-tossed Hawaiian with mushrooms. And you don't even have to tip the delivery drone.
  • Uber reportedly lost $1.27 billion in just six months (2016-08-25 16:14:57)
    Uber lost $1.27 billion in the first half of 2016, according to Bloomberg, which on the surface seems like a lot of money. Bloomberg notes that the majority of Uber’s losses stem from the massive amounts of subsidies the company gives to its drivers. Most of those drivers operate in China, where up until recently Uber was locked in an insanely expensive battle with the country’s native ride-hail app, Didi Chuxing.
  • WhatsApp will hand over data to Facebook (2016-08-25 16:10:42)
    The messaging app's parent company will use the data to target ads and suggest new friends.
  • Don't Breathe review: a ruthlessly efficient, claustrophobic terror machine (2016-08-25 16:02:46)
    Within the first few minutes of the mesmerizing home-invasion thriller Don’t Breathe, writer-director Fede Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues pull something clever enough to impress jaded psychological-horror fans, without boring the adrenaline junkies sitting next to them in the theater. After one gruesome opening shot that teases where the film is eventually going, Alvarez and Sayagues introduce their protagonists in the middle of robbing a well-appointed house. With minimal dialogue and no exposition, they make it clear who these characters are and what drives them.
  • Everything You Need to Know About the Tesla Model S P100D (2016-08-25 16:00:00)
    Tesla's latest innovation improves the performance of the Model S and Model X while making it even more efficient.
  • CellRobot wants to let you build a modular robot (2016-08-25 15:55:16)
    Robots. Some people love them, some people hate them, and some people are deeply afraid of them causing a Terminator-like apocalyptic future. No matter what your feelings on them are, everyone can agree that they’re pretty hard to build yourself, unless you possess some serious background knowledge in hardware and software engineering.
  • The Latest: Russian convicted of hacking into US businesses (2016-08-25 15:48:23)
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on the case of a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses (all times local):
  • Record-holding Batman costume stocked with 23 working Bat-gadgets (2016-08-25 15:42:55)
    Ben Affleck might feel a little envious if he sees this tour of a crazy Batsuit with a suite of functional crime-fighting gadgets.
  • Think biofuels are better for the environment than gasoline? Think again (2016-08-25 15:39:19)
    That's the word from University of Michigan researchers, who recently studied the claim that biofuel is carbon-neutral.
  • Homeland Security investigating Leslie Jones website hack (2016-08-25 15:31:20)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday it is investigating the hack of Leslie Jones' website that revealed several private details of the actress-comedian's life.
  • Robo-baby contraception attempt leads to increase in teen pregnancy rates (2016-08-25 15:30:03)
    The use of infant simulators to educate teens about contraception is having the opposite effect, with pregnancy rates up among girls who attend the programs.
  • Apple upgrades iOS after spyware finding (2016-08-25 15:24:36)
    The tech giant updates its mobile software after learning from experts that a prominent Arab activist's iPhone was targeted.
  • France's Faurecia recasts interiors for self-driving cars (2016-08-25 15:22:05)
    By Paul Lienert HOLLAND, Mich. (Reuters) - With self-driving cars expected on the road within three to five years, French supplier Faurecia SA is focusing on the cabin of future autonomous cars. Faurecia, partly owned by French automaker Peugeot Citroen, is one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive seats and interiors. It envisions next-generation cockpits for "new behaviors, when vehicles are no longer designed solely for driving," said Matt Benson, head of ventures and advanced innovation at the company's xWorks operation in a former furniture factory in this small city in western Michigan.
  • Apple might owe the EU billions in back taxes (2016-08-25 15:20:10)
    Apple has been under fire from the EU over its tax system for quite some time, but up until now, we didn't know how bad things were. JP Morgan, one of Apple's investment banks overseeing the case, has put the potential tax bill at $19 billion. That's a ways over the previous estimates, and a healthy chunk of change even for the cash-flush Apple. The news came at the same time as the US Treasury Department sought to intervene in the case . The government has entered the fight on Apple's side, accusing the European Commission of being a "supra-national tax authority." DON'T MISS:  New video goes behind the scenes of an iPhone 7 leak for the first time ever As the BBC reports, a US Treasury Department investigation into the case accuses the European Commission (EC) of bias against US companies, saying that a different set of criteria is used to judge US companies, something that it finds "deeply troubling." Apple is accused by the EC of using Ireland to shelter profits at a low tax rate, and avoid paying taxes in the country where the profits were actually generated. If the EC has its way, Ireland will be forced to collect back taxes from Apple, which according to JP Morgan, could total $19 billion. Apple denies any wrongdoing in the case, telling the BBC "We have received no selective treatment from Irish officials. Apple is subject to the same tax laws as scores of other international companies doing business in Ireland." The EC's focus on Apple is the latest in a string of high-profile tax investigations of American companies. Google, Amazon and Starbucks have all come under fire from the EU (or member states) in past years, usually accused of using tax loopholes to shift profit to one EU country with lower tax rates, such as the Netherlands or Ireland.  
  • Prince’s Paisley Park home will be open for tours soon (2016-08-25 15:16:14)
    Prince’s legendary home and recording studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will likely open to public tours beginning in October, according to a report from Minnesota TV station KARE 11. In a statement released yesterday, the late musician’s siblings announced that the complex, called Paisley Park, will be transformed into a museum. "Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson said.
  • Singapore launches driverless taxis ahead of Uber and the US (2016-08-25 15:12:00)
    The world's first driverless taxis, powered by small startup nuTonomy, hit the roads in Singapore on Thursday, days before Uber's self-driving fleet arrives in Pittsburgh. Here's what it means.
  • New IT managers: learn these five people skills (2016-08-25 15:08:33)
    Staying on good terms with employees is one of the most difficult parts of a leadership position. Here are five ways to avoid being a bad boss.
  • This Twitter bot uses erosion science to create a new fantasy world every hour (2016-08-25 14:54:32)
    Pop quiz: how many elaborately detailed, scientifically generated topographical maps have you created in the last day or so? Chances are the answer is "none," unless you're writing or publishing a series of old-school fantasy novels.
  • ‘Bendgate’ strikes again, but this time it’s called Touch Disease (2016-08-25 14:51:22)
    There’s a new issue affecting plenty of iPhone users, one that Apple is still keeping a tight lid on. Specifically, the “Touch Disease” is an iPhone 6 Plus condition that affects the phone’s TouchID sensor and the screen. Users report a flickering gray bar along the top of the screen and a faulty TouchID sensor. Apple doesn’t have a repair plan for the issue, which seems to be widespread and affecting mostly 5.5-inch devices. But third-party repair shops can fix the problem, and a report explains why it all happened. It appears that Bendgate problem Apple had to deal with soon after the iPhone 6 launched is back. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left This “Touchgate” is related to Bendgate according to iPad Rehab’s Jessa Jones, who told Cult of Mac that the problem might be caused by the fact that bigger iPhone 6 units do tend to bend when a certain force is applied. “Nearly 90 percent of devices with Touch IC Disease are iPhone 6 Pluses,” Jones said. And it’s all because of Apple’s design choices. In the iPhone 6, instead of using a metal shield to protect the board like on the iPhone 5s, Apple reverted to a sticker shield. The sticker doesn’t protect the chips as good when the board bends and the Touch IC chip is especially susceptible to damage when the phone bends. “This is a signature failure,” said Jones. “Every phone has one, but this one is a signature failure that got to epic proportions.” The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are unaffected by the issue, as the touch chips were moved to the display to power the 3D Touch screen, the blog notes. Not to mention that the iPhone 6s units do not bend. Meanwhile, to prevent Touch Disease, you should use a case for your phone, and prevent any bending. For many users, that might be too late.
  • Dirty jokes from museum field trip live forever on YouTube (2016-08-25 14:43:12)
    Then head on down to Washington, DC’s Newseum where you can "Be a Reporter!" The journalism-centric museum on the Washington Mall lets anyone stand in front of a green screen and deliver a news segment. A trove of the funniest (and dumbest) submissions has been archived by a YouTuber who files the videos under the channel NewseumArchives. The channel isn’t affiliated with the museum in any way, though Newseum marketing director Jonathan Thompson said his staff is aware of it. Until this morning, when links to many of the videos were tweeted by Mic reporter Sage Boggs, we certainly weren’t aware of this low-profile treasure chest either.
  • Apple fixes serious security flaw after UAE dissident's iPhone targeted (2016-08-25 14:37:17)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc issued a patch on Thursday to fix a dangerous security hole in iPhones and iPads after researchers discovered that a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident's phone had been targeted with a previously unknown method of hacking. The attack on the dissident, Ahmed Mansoor, used a text message that invited him to click on a web link. Instead of clicking, he forwarded the message to researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab.
  • A serious attack on the iPhone was just seen in use for the first time (2016-08-25 14:23:58)
    Earlier this month, an Emirati human rights activist named Ahmed Mansoor got a suspicious text. If Mansoor had followed the link, it would have jailbroken his phone on the spot and implanted it with malware, capable of logging encrypted messages, activating the microphone and secretly tracking its movements. The attack is detailed in a new report from Citizen Lab and Lookout Security, which received the link directly from Mansoor.
  • 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today (2016-08-25 14:22:10)
    Want to manage your budget, fix your wallpapers and build a 3D city on your phone without spending a penny? You're in luck! You can do all of those things and more with today's selection of free iPhone and iPad apps. And if that's not enough, you can probably find a few more free apps from yesterday’s post as well, but you'll have to act fast, as the sales could end at any time. MUST SEE:  New report leaks details on Apple’s upcoming Snapchat rival and other new apps 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. MindNode Normally $9.99. MindNode makes mind mapping delightful. Mind maps are a visual representation of your ideas, starting with a central thought and growing from there. MindNode allows you to brainstorm, organize & share your thoughts in an intuitive way, so you can focus on the idea behind it. The clean interface lets you concentrate on generating and connecting thoughts, and an infinitely expanding canvas means that no matter how big or complicated your project gets, MindNode can keep up. MindNode has helped students, artists and project managers to be more creative with less effort. Brainstorming — Just Start With Your Ideas • Create new ideas with a tap of your finger • Create multiple mind maps on a self-expanding canvas • Create connections between otherwise unrelated topics • Add photos and stickers to illustrate your ideas • Full VoiceOver support including gestures and other accessibility features Organizing – Think Content, not Layout • Simply rearrange your thoughts and hide entire branches to stay on top of your idea • Automatically keep complicated mind maps organized using Smart Layout • Highlight important nodes using different colors, fonts, and strokes • Add notes to topics and labels to connections for additional details • Easily browse large and complicated maps using a built-in outline • Get things done by turning nodes into tasks, with parent nodes showing your progress Sharing — Spread Your Thoughts Easily • Access all your mind maps from your iPhone, iPad or Mac using iCloud Drive • Share interactive documents publicly via the web through our MyMindNode service • Import your mind map from MindManager, FreeMind, OPML, Markdown, TaskPaper, CSV, or text outline • Export your mind map as a PDF, FreeMind, OPML, PNG, Markdown, TaskPaper, CSV, or text outline • Export your tasks to Apple’s Reminders and OmniFocus Download MindNode AmpliTube Acoustic Normally $7.99. INTRODUCING AMPLITUBE ACOUSTIC: THE FIRST COMPLETE MOBILE ACOUSTIC TONE STUDIO THE NO#1 TONE STUDIO HAS GONE ACOUSTIC! CONNECT YOUR GUITAR, UKULELE OR OTHER INSTRUMENT TO YOUR PHONE WITH iRIG ACOUSTIC AND PROCESS WITH 3 AMPLIFIERS AND 6 STOMPS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS! AmpliTube Acoustic is a complete mobile tone studio for acoustic instrument recording and processing. Powered by AmpliTube technology, it lets you practice, play and record with a collection of acoustic-centric virtual gear that offers world-class tone and sonic sculpting flexibility anytime and everywhere. Build your own custom rig with up to 6 stompbox FX and 3 amps. You can even drag and drop your stomps to sit before or after your amplifier (4 slots pre and 2 slots post). Designed for use with IK's iRig Acoustic mobile acoustic instrument interface, it provides plug-and-play sound thanks to its built-in calibration system that sculpts iRig Acoustic's EQ response to suit your particular acoustic guitar. With the two combined, you can get studio-grade condenser microphone sound from an interface that slips easily into your pocket. AmpliTube Acoustic gives you 6 creative stompbox effects and 3 amazing amps that are all tailored for acoustic instruments. Turn your acoustic into a jangling 12 string with the "12 String" simulator, add some low-end with the "Bass Maker" or even change your guitar's body from big to small (or vice versa) with the "Body Modeler." Feed your signal through solid state or tube amps and graphic EQs to get just the sound you want. Use the "Feed Kill," a special stomp, to have the app eliminate feedback for you through smart frequency filtering. You'll be absolutely floored by the sound quality. AmpliTube Acoustic uses the same tone technology as the acclaimed AmpliTube 4 Custom Shop for OS X and PC. You'll hear the difference and understand why AmpliTube is an essential for so many professional musicians and recording studios. Like to loop? Now you can get creative with loops in AmpliTube via its new Super Looper, which is available through in-app purchase. It makes it easy to record, play back, adjust levels and play along with up to 4 loops. Looper is controllable via MIDI or iRig BlueBoard. Looper feature is available for in-app purchase. Need a drummer? Use the built-in Loop Drummer system to jam to killer drum tracks. Make your own rhythmic patterns or let it create some inspiring drums for you. Get more loops via in-app Style Packs. Use AmpliTube’s streamlined built-in 8-track recorder and DAW-style studio (available via in-app purchase) sections to record, edit and tweak and share your compositions via SoundCloud, FTP, file sharing or email. Now you can use the power of AmpliTube with your favorite acoustic instruments. AmpliTube Acoustic features: • Lets you intuitively create acoustic instrument rigs with up to 6 stomps and 3 amps • Includes 6 stomps and 3 amps • Add more features via in-app purchase • Included single-track recorder (in-app purchase unlocks up to 8-tracks) • Studio mode for intuitive DAW-style editing (unlocked via in-app purchase) • Loop drummer module that plays in sync with the recorder • Includes speed trainer, metronome and tuner • Inter-App Audio support (available on iOS 7 and above) • Project sharing between versions and devices • Import and play songs as backing tracks from your Music Library or computer • Export audio via E-mail, SoundCloud, FTP or File Sharing • MIDI controllable • Low-latency for real-time playing • FREE version available Download AmpliTube Acoustic Ananda Normally $1.99. Ananda helps you concentrate, focus and work with progressive binaural tones and high quality peaceful sounds. -Enhance your brainwaves Choose from one of Ananda’s numerous binaural programs to focus, concentrate or brainstorm. Each program comes with binaural beats designed to help you reach a specific mood or state of mind. -Discover a new ambiance every time Each session provides a subtly fresh, new ambiance. A unique combination of nature sounds, chants, mantras and peaceful bells is generated on top of binaural tones every time you start Ananda. Main Features - 4 Binaural programs - Creativity - Deep Meditation - Lucid Dreaming - Intuition - Short description and benefits of every binaural program - High quality nature and peaceful sounds - Choose the sounds you prefer - Sounds are mixed together in a new way for every session - Simple and minimalist design - Information on brainwaves and binaural tones included in the app Download Ananda Blox 3D City Creator Normally $2.99. Create amazing cities with buildings,cars, roads and people! Blox 3D City lets kids create cities and towns with simple taps, from busy metros to sleepy towns and rain-swept plazas. Add cars,trucks,roads and people to watch your world come alive. People walk into buildings, cops chase robbers and trains chug through the night. Planes and helicopters roam the sky as boats skim through water. *Designed to develop children's creativity with hours of city building fun. *The worlds can be as simple as a tiny village or a teeming city...sky's the limit. *Control the weather and lighting to change time of day or setting with night,day and rain environments. *No sounds, distracting animations or virtual currency..just pure creative fun. Based on the bestselling apps Blox 3D World and Blox 3D Junior which have collectively been downloaded more than 500,000 times since last year,Blox 3D City Creator is the latest in a series which has been featured on Itunes in 17 different countries. Download Blox 3D City Creator FileOpener Normally $1.99. FileOpener is the ultimate app to download, organize and view all your files on your iPhone or iPad. Easy to import files, documents & media from PC/Mac, email attachments, google drive to FileOpener along with amazing transfer features. You can carry or browse all your files along with FileOpener to anywhere. DOWNLOAD FILES: Getting your documents onto your iPhone or iPad is really easy. You can download your files from your computer using iTunes or import them from Google Drive. You can also open file attachments from E-mail. Import options are: -iTunes -Google Drive -Email -From other apps using share extension ORGANIZE DOCUMENTS: With easy to interface you can organize the files the way you want. The app allows you to: -Create Folders -Email Files -Unzip Files -Move Files from one folder to another folder -Sort Files By Date, Name or Type -Rename Files/Folders -Open files with other apps -Play media files with in the app BROWSE/VIEW FILES: FileOpener allows you open any kind of file with in the app. Supports all major file types. - PDF Files - Microsoft Office Files (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) - iWork Files (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) - Image Files (JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF etc.) - HTML Files - Web Archives - Plain Text Files - Audio Files (MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAVE, AIFF, CAF) - Video Files (QuickTime, MP4, M4V, MPV) - Archive Files (.zip/.cbz, .rar/.cbr, .7z/.cb7; handle passwords, splits) Transfer Files Via USB: Simply connect iPhone/iPad to any PC/Mac and Transfer files(Both download and upload allowed) Download FileOpener Wonderoom Pro Normally $4.99. Wonderoom is a full-featured, powerful photo editor, with clean interface, designed for quick editing. It supports undo/redo, preserves EXIF data while editing, and it auto-saves you current progress, you can safely close the app and continue in any time. You can import Instagram and Flickr photos from your account or do a search by hashtags. With Wonderoom you will have all the freedom to customize your photos with pretty filters, effects, frames and fonts. FILTERS & EFFECTS Choose from dozens of breathtaking filters and effects to completely change you image. - Photo Filters - Light Effects - Art Filters - Vignette - Pixelate area - Sharpness - Blur (5 types) COLOR CORRECTION Take full control over the tone and color of your image with advanced color adjustments. - Enhance - Warmth - Brightness/contrast - Hue/Saturation - Exposure COLOR SPLASH Give your photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. - Color Splash DECORATIONS Add a caption to the photo. Choose from bunch of different stickers, frames and shapes to give your photos some extra flare. - Shapes - Stickers - Frames - Text labels (bunch of fonts) DRAW Draw on your photo with any color you want. - Draw (5 tools, color picker, undo/redo) TRANSFORM - Crop - Orientation - Resize (with or without aspect saving) GEOLOCATION & TIMESTAMP You can add, edit or delete the geolocation and timestamp of your photo preserved in EXIF. - Location Download Wonderoom Pro Kool Normally $3.99. Kool is a simple, yet powerful voice to text app that allows you to convert your speech into text in a matter of seconds. :: :: KEY FEATURES:: :: - Send emails, texts and WhatsApp messages directly from the app. - Tweet and update your Facebook status. - Copy your text to use in other apps. - Beautiful and minimalistic design. Download Kool Wallpaper Fix Normally $0.99. Ever had a frustrating experience setting a picture as your iOS 8 wallpaper? Your photo looks zoomed in and pixelated? iOS 8 doesn’t let you resize or position it the way you want to? These frustrating times are over thanks to Wallpaper Fix. Wallpaper Fix lets you freely resize, rotate and position your picture in order to use it as your custom iOS 8 wallpaper in seconds. iOS 8 needs wallpapers to be of a specific size, that is why Wallpaper Fix adds a not visible border to your image so iOS 8 shows your wallpaper exactly how you want it to be. Optimized for iPhone and iPad. Download Wallpaper Fix Stringly Normally $2.99. Stringly is a great way to save the little thoughts, snippets, and bits of information that we deal with everyday. The app sets aside all the complication of most note-taking apps while still remaining robust and powerful: Add photos and Markdown rich text to your words. Everything you type is synced to all your devices in real time. If you are looking for a powerful to store simple things, Stringly is perfect. Give it a try! Download Stringly Coyn Normally $1.99. Coyn — Simple, Secure, and Stylish way to manage your cash balance. Introducing new feature: Coyn Share. • Manage your money like it’s no one else’s business. • A brand new experience to manage your daily expenses. • Be the only one who tracks your cash expenditures and earnings. • Traveling a lot? No problem! use Coyn to track all your cash expenditures and focus on your adventures! • Never lose track of where and how you spent your cash. • Improve your financial wellness by defining budget and meeting the goals. - Introducing Coyn Share, now you can share your expenses with anyone. - Premium users to have Unlimited Accounts to manage their cash balance. - 3D Touch feature allowing users to add expense/ earning quickly and also see the balance instantly. - Premium users can see their expense and income balance for each accounts using the 3D Touch features. - Secure your Coyn using your finger print. Use Coyn Share to: - Manage expenses from your road trip with friends - Report your business expenditures to your boss - Pay your electricity / rent to your roommate - Split bills at the restaurant - or simply pay your friend for that cold beer! -"Keep your cash and your Coyn in your pocket." Simplicity: Coyn is all about efficiency. We spent days and nights testing the usability of Coyn so that you can experience the most unique user-interface and enjoy managing your cash. Simply swipe up to add expenses and swipe down to add income! Privacy: Coyn respects your privacy and will never allow your data to be posted to any websites, bank accounts, or cloud services. We don't require you to log in or add your bank accounts. With Coyn you can focus on saving money and being on top of your cash expenditures and earnings and stop worrying about privacy and accounts FOREVER! Personalize: You can customize all categories and set target budget to make sure you are on top of your financials. Coyn is the most powerful tool for anyone who uses cash for daily expenses or even have cash incomes (gift cards, pocket money, etc.) it will help you track your cash activities and keep the records only to yourself. If you travel with cash or want to track business vs. personal expenses Coyn would be your best friend! Download Coyn
  • How to enable PowerShell Remoting via Group Policy (2016-08-25 14:18:00)
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  • Fox's new X-Men series will connect to the films, says Bryan Singer (2016-08-25 14:16:28)
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  • Government caught using sophisticated one-click hacking tool in the wild (2016-08-25 13:53:02)
    Researchers have discovered a scarily effective piece of malware, authored by an Israeli "cyber arms dealer," that can completely hack an iPhone if the user clicks on one link. First found by a UAE human rights defender who was sent a malicious link, the spyware uses a series of zero-day exploits to thoroughly take control of a users' iPhone. Ahmed Mansoor, the human rights defender in question, was sent the link earlier in August. It was in a text message which promised him information if he followed the link. Instead, he sent the link to researchers at Citizen Lab, who analyzed the malware installed after the link. DON'T MISS:  New video goes behind the scenes of an iPhone 7 leak for the first time ever The spyware uses three zero-day exploits to jailbreak any stock iPhone, allowing secret access to data on the device and monitoring of the microphone and camera. In a blog post, the researchers discovered links to a private Israeli firm: "We recognized the links as belonging to an exploit infrastructure connected to NSO Group, an Israel-based “cyber war” company that sells Pegasus , a government-exclusive “lawful intercept” spyware product.  NSO Group is reportedly owned by an American venture capital firm, Francisco Partners Management." Apple has been informed of the zero-day exploits, and has already fixed them. iOS 9.3.5, out today, is basically just a security update that patches those holes. It's not just about those three exploits, though: the more worrying fact is that for enough money, anyone seems to be able to buy a hacking tool that can easily penetrate the most common smartphone in the world. For now, the basic principles of staying safe on the internet remain the same: never click on a link unless it's sent from a specifically trusted source.
  • Amazon starts car research and review site (2016-08-25 13:52:13)
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  • Meet the Facebook group calling out fake nature photography (2016-08-25 13:48:41)
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  • ​NFL Network available on PlayStation Vue, but RedZone is a $40 add-on (2016-08-25 13:43:13)
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  • Volkswagen, dealers reach tentative deal in cheating scandal (2016-08-25 13:35:54)
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  • Apple boosts iPhone security after Mideast spyware discovery (2016-08-25 13:35:24)
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  • Garmin released a luxury smartwatch for people who exercise (2016-08-25 13:32:07)
    Garmin has a robust wearable lineup that includes activity trackers, smartwatches, and even an analog watch with activity features. The Garmin Fenix Chronos is a watch designed for people who don't like to sit in front of computers all day that will start at $899. The Fenix Chronos comes with standard activity features like step, calorie, and sleep trackers, as well as more advanced tracking for physical activities like biking, golf, and open-water swimming.
  • Apple releases iOS 9.3.5 to fix a major iPhone and iPad security flaw (2016-08-25 13:23:43)
    With less than two weeks to go until the iPhone 7 unveiling, Apple has released another update for iOS 9, and this is one you're going to want to download as soon as you possibly can. According to The New York Times , Apple discovered that NSO Group, an intelligence gathering firm out of Israel, was taking advantage of multiple vulnerabilities that allowed them to read texts and emails, track calls, record audio, collect passwords and even track a user's location. DON'T MISS:  New video goes behind the scenes of an iPhone 7 leak for the first time ever If you want to keep your private information secure, it's probably best to update immediately. In order to download and install iOS 9.3.5, either head to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device, or plug the device into your computer, at which point iTunes will alert you that an update is available. If you want to know more about the vulnerabilities, Vice has an incredible (and incredibly detailed) account of how it was discovered : "On the morning of August 10, Ahmed Mansoor, a 46-year-old human rights activist from the United Arab Emirates, received a strange text message from a number he did not recognize on his iPhone. “New secrets about torture of Emiratis in state prisons," read the tantalizing message, which came accompanied by a link. Mansoor, who had already been the victim of government hackers using commercial spyware products from FinFisher and Hacking Team , was suspicious and didn’t click on the link. Instead, he sent the message to Bill Marczak, a researcher at Citizen Lab, a digital rights watchdog at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. As it turned out, the message wasn’t what it purported to be." You should absolutely read the full piece, but before you do, make sure that all of your iOS devices are updated to iOS 9.3.5.
  • Did Uber just burst the sharing economy bubble? (2016-08-25 13:16:45)
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  • 'That music is scary!' Robots react to the trailer for new thriller 'Morgan' (2016-08-25 13:08:48)
    How will human-like robots react to the creepy trailer for a new movie starring Kate Mara and Paul Giamatti?
  • How the minds behind Metroid Prime and Mega Man joined forces to make ReCore (2016-08-25 13:00:29)
    In 2002 a little-known developer called Retro Studios from Austin released Metroid Prime on the Nintendo Gamecube. Built in collaboration with Nintendo, the game transformed the seminal sci-fi series from a 2D side-scrolling experience into a vast, three-dimensional world. Six years later several of the key minds behind the Prime series, including director Mark Pacini, left to found a new studio called Armature.
  • WhatsApp will share your phone number with Facebook for ads (2016-08-25 12:58:47)
    WhatsApp finally updates its terms and conditions, two years after being bought by Facebook.
  • ICE, Homeland Security investigate Leslie Jones website hack (2016-08-25 12:57:39)
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  • How to stop WhatsApp from sharing your personal data with Facebook (2016-08-25 12:51:09)
    WhatsApp will start sharing data with its parent company Facebook shortly, in spite of the promises the company made when it was first acquired. Facebook will get access to your phone number and other data so that it can deliver better friend suggestions... and serve targeted ads. But you’ll be able to opt out and stop WhatsApp from sharing any of your info with Facebook. In this post, we'll tell you exactly how to do it. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left By default , you’ll be opted into sharing your phone number with Facebook. Once the feature rolls out, you’ll be notified that the privacy policy is changing, so that’s when you’ll have to act fast. Before you tap on the Agree button in the notification that will pop up on your iPhone or Android, device, tap on Read. Then scroll to the bottom and toggle the control. If you mistakenly tap on Agree before you’ve had the chance to disable the feature, you’ll have 30 days to fix it, but after that you're out of luck. Go to Settings , Account , Share my account info inside the WhatsApp app, and then uncheck the box. That should ensure that your phone number isn’t shared with Facebook, and the rest of your personal data will be safe as well. However “the Facebook family of companies will still receive and use this information for other purposes such as improving infrastructure and delivery systems, understanding how our services or theirs are used, securing systems, and fighting spam, abuse, or infringement activities,” whatever that means.
  • Hemsworth and Hiddleston visit a children's hospital as Thor and Loki (2016-08-25 12:49:53)
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  • ​Facebook's AI tech now helps anyone build computers that can see (2016-08-25 12:41:02)
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  • 'World's first' Apple Watch battery charger is neither first nor useful (2016-08-25 12:27:09)
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  • Obduction launch trailer delivers your Myst fix for the modern age (2016-08-25 12:24:40)
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  • Android 7.0 Nougat has already been ported to a phone that doesn’t support it (2016-08-25 12:20:11)
    A few days ago I told you that the Nexus 5 had just died . It became obsolete, officially, since Google isn’t supporting the handset anymore. Owners of one of the best and most popular Nexus devices ever made, the Nexus 5, will never get the Android 7.0 Nougat release, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with Marshmallow forever. Hardcore users not afraid to tinker with their devices will get Nougat running on the Nexus 5 in the near future thanks to a custom ROM from Android hackers. In fact, the first Nougat-based build has already been released. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left Unofficial ports are best avoided, at least early ones, but if you know how to flash unofficial ROMs on a Nexus device and how to get back to a stable Android release – in this case, the latest Marshmallow build that Google made available for the handset – then you should feel free to give it a go. BGR never recommends installing unofficial software on any device, so proceed at your own risk. The first Nougat port for the Nexus 5 comes  from xda Recognized Developer Santhosh M . His Nexus 5 is indeed running Android 7.0, but there are some caveats. For starters, Bluetooth and the camera do not work at this time, which is probably a deal-breaker for most people. Updating the Nexus 5 to Nougat should be pretty simple for most savvy Android users. All you have to do is install the ROM by flashing the appropriate zip file using a custom recovery of your choosing. Remember to back up your data before doing anything else, and you should wipe your device. Read more details about this first unofficial Nougat port for the Nexus 5 at this link .
  • Volkswagen agrees to settle Dieselgate litigation with its US dealers (2016-08-25 12:17:23)
    Volkswagen has reached an agreement to resolve litigation with its US dealers related to Dieselgate, including both the TDI vehicles and the value of Volkswagen franchises. The settlement includes cash payments and "additional benefits" to dealers, though final details of the settlement — including the total amount of compensation — have yet to be worked out. The final agreement is expected by the end of September and will need to be approved by a judge overseeing the proceedings.
  • A simple explanation of No Man’s Sky and its internet-fueled controversy (2016-08-25 12:00:57)
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  • Facebook is giving away the software it uses to understand objects in photos (2016-08-25 12:00:06)
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  • Leslie Jones hack reportedly being investigated by the FBI (2016-08-25 11:49:51)
    The FBI is looking into the hack of comedian Leslie Jones' iCloud account, TMZ reports. The investigation is still in the early stages, and TMZ says the FBI is "developing a strategy" for finding the person or group of people responsible for yesterday's attack. Yesterday afternoon, personal photos were taken from Jones' iCloud account and posted to her Tumblr, along with her driver's license and passport.
  • Leslie Jones hack being investigated by Homeland Security (2016-08-25 11:49:51)
    Homeland Security is looking into the hack of comedian Leslie Jones' iCloud account, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Yesterday afternoon, personal photos were taken from Jones' iCloud account and posted to her Tumblr, along with her driver's license and passport. Jones' team eventually took her Tumblr down, but not before the photos surfaced elsewhere.
  • Google now lets you play solitaire and tic-tac-toe in search (2016-08-25 11:40:10)
    Google will now allow you to play games with search results. When you search for solitaire or tic-tac-toe, it will return a playable game as a result. Type in solitaire or tic-tac-toe to Google, and it will display the game for you to play, right in the search results.
  • Frank Ocean and the cars of Blonde (2016-08-25 11:36:33)
    In the essay on the Tumblr account that accompanies his site-specific magazine and album release of Blonde and Endless, Frank Ocean asks, "How much of my life has happened inside of a car?" He recalls his time in a "sinewy crossover SUV," how his manager once rescued him from a bad trip in a Porsche truck, and how after money and fame and London living, he ordered a Porsche GT3 RS, essentially because as a made musician, he could. The essay is the most obvious example to date of the particular way Frank Ocean uses cars in in his writing to unpack exactly how automobiles have shaped him.
  • WhatsApp lied, of course it will share user data with Facebook (2016-08-25 11:25:26)
    WhatsApp users were rattled more than two years ago when they heard Facebook was ready to pay $19 billion to buy the popular messaging app. The worry was that WhatsApp will share data with Facebook, which would learn even more details about you. At the time, WhatsApp made it clear that something like that won’t happen. But as it turns out, WhatsApp lied. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left WhatsApp will be sharing a limited amount of user data with Facebook , including your phone number, The New York Times reports. That should help Facebook offer better friend suggestions and deliver more relevant ads. Users will be able to opt out of sharing their phone number with Facebook. WhatsApp also wants to make it easier for you to communicate with businesses – or is it the other way around? – without involving spam or banner ads. The company said you won’t see ads in WhatsApp going forward, and that your chats will still be end-to-end encrypted. Facebook or anyone else would not be able to read your messages. “We won’t post or share your WhatsApp number with others, including on Facebook, and we still won't sell, share, or give your phone number to advertisers,” the company wrote. Here’s what WhatsApp’s co-founder Jan Koum said two years ago about what privacy will mean after Facebook acquires the company. “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don't have to give us your name and we don't ask for your email address,” he wrote. “We don’t know your birthday. We don’t know your home address. We don’t know where you work. We don’t know your likes, what you search for on the internet or collect your GPS location. None of that data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp, and we really have no plans to change that.” But Facebook will know a lot of things about you by simply getting access to WhatsApp data, however often that happens. Who knows what will be shared that. No matter how you look at it, you can’t but be disappointed about WhatsApp lying.
  • This year's summer blockbuster is a drone ad (2016-08-25 11:20:02)
    Wingsland China-based company Wingsland launched its new S6 drone this past week with probably the best short action film that hawks a product. The movie turns the S6 into a protagonist that eventually helps track down criminals with its spotlight and reunite couples through its removable emoji display board. In my unofficial movie critic opinion, this ad is quality viewing. It builds enough mystery to keep the viewer intrigued. S6 is referenced before we know who or what it is. The twist of it being a drone? I didn’t see that coming. And it ends happily! SPOILER ALERT: the S6 saves the day. ...
  • Following widespread backlash, here’s what Respawn is doing to fix ‘Titanfall 2’ (2016-08-25 10:56:52)
    Last weekend, after months of anticipation , players finally got their hands on Titanfall 2 . In order to prepare for the game's late October release, Respawn Entertainment launched a Tech Test on PS4 and Xbox One both to stress-test the multiplayer servers and to get valuable feedback from players. As it turns out, not everyone was enthused with the sequel. In fact, the general consensus was widely negative, as Respawn had changed many of Titanfall's fundamental features and slowed the pace of the game to a crawl. DON'T MISS:  How to decode Pokemon Go’s new appraisal feature Thankfully, the Tech Test isn't the final build that will ship to consumers in two months. In preparation for the second Tech Test, which kicks off on Friday, August 26th, Respawn has made several significant changes to the game which should address a vast majority of the issues that players had with the first test. First and foremost, Respawn is adjusting the mobility of the pilots to be more in line with the original Titanfall . Although the slower pace was meant to help with predictability (i.e. getting randomly shot in the back less often), it had some "unintended side effects" as well, such as "causing players to lose momentum while wallrunning." Here are Respawn's solutions to the issue: We’ll be tuning air speed and wall-running speed to be faster. Players should once again accumulate and retain more speed when chaining wallruns. Another change that had players scratching their heads was the lack of guaranteed Titans. In Titanfall , players would slowly build up a Titan meter throughout the match, even if they were standing still. They could speed the meter up by capturing objectives or defeating enemies, but eventually, everyone would get a Titan. In the first Tech Test, this was no longer the case. It was suddenly far more difficult to get a Titan, and if you performed poorly enough, there was a chance you wouldn't get a Titan at all. Respawn has adjusted the meter for Tech Test 2: Pilots will once again acquire a small passive amount of Titan meter every few seconds. These changes alone should satisfy many distraught fans, but there were plenty of other adjustments as well, such as to the survivability of Titans, the mobility of Titans and to the HUD (which some players found distracting). Regardless of whether or not these changes are enough to "fix" Titanfall 2 for the players who were unimpressed by the first Tech Test, it's great to see that Respawn is listening intently to fan feedback in the weeks before launch. Titanfall 2 launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 28th.
  • EMC's new Native Hybrid Cloud could make it easier to build cloud-native apps (2016-08-25 10:41:50)
    EMC recently announced updates to its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud suite, as well as a new Native Hybrid Cloud on VCE VxRail 200 offering.
  • Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4 has a big 4,100 mAh battery and a tiny price tag (2016-08-25 10:40:29)
    Some of the shine is starting to come off Xiaomi, with the Chinese smartphone maker overtaken by domestic rivals in recent sale figures. However, the company's latest handset — the Redmi Note 4 — is sticking with a familiar playbook, offering slick design and plenty of specs without breaking the bank.
  • DJI announces a new Osmo with a zoom lens (2016-08-25 10:37:07)
    DJI has just announced an update to the Osmo, the handheld version of the stabilizing gimbal and camera that the company uses on its drones. The new Osmo is on sale starting today for $649. The Osmo+ uses the Zenmuse X3 Zoom camera, a version of the Zenmuse Z3 aerial camera the company announced back in July.
  • In Sweden and Finland, tech companies help refugees find work (2016-08-25 10:32:21)
    Both Nordic nations are stretched thin processing thousands of new asylum seekers. The tech industry is lending a much-needed hand.
  • Google Doodle celebrates the diverse beauty of US National Parks (2016-08-25 10:30:55)
    The National Park System is turning 100, and The Verge is celebrating with Wilderness Week: a look at the natural world, its freaky critters, and its future. Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 100th anniversary of US National Parks through a video that beautifully illustrates the wonders of nature. The animation highlights all the ways our national parks inspire awe, from the breathtaking landscape of the Grand Canyon to their role as vibrant ecosystems. Designated in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, the US National Park Service has provided 84 million acres of protected land for the free-spirited to explore.
  • New video goes behind the scenes of an iPhone 7 leak for the first time ever (2016-08-25 10:27:26)
    As has been the case in previous years, there’s an increasing number of image and video leaks originating from Asia ahead of the new iPhone launch. We’ve seen the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in a variety of pictures and hands-on videos, although most of them were not functional devices. Instead, we only got to see dummy units. All of them are similar when it comes to overall design, and we’re used to seeing iPhone 7 units pop up in all sorts of colors, including traditional ones and brand new options. Now, anew video goes behind the scenes and gives us an inside look at the facilities that make these iPhone 7 mockups. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left Obtained by Twitter user @the_malignant , the video below shows what appears to be a Rose Gold iPhone 7 Plus that’s about to be engraved with the markings you expect to see on the back of the handset. However, from the looks of that workbench, the machine doesn't appear to be in a Foxconn or Pegatron plant. In fact, it’s beyond unlikely someone would be able to capture video of an unreleased iPhone device from inside Foxconn or Pegatron. https://twitter.com/the_malignant/status/768505918447296513 The iPhone in the video looks very much like most of the iPhone 7 units that have popped up on Weibo and YouTube in recent weeks. And it's shops with equipment like the machine you see above make them. The models are then used by case makers and other iPhone accessory companies — and they're shown off in leaks, of course. That’s not to say that these iPhone 7 models aren't accurate in terms of design. It just goes to show that people who are in the business of making iPhone clones are getting better and better at it. It's believed that these dummy units are based on actual iPhone 7 schematics that leaked from Foxconn months ago. Apple should unveil the iPhone 7 in early September, and launch it by the end of the month.
  • WhatsApp draws closer to Facebook, makes it easier for businesses to message you (2016-08-25 10:21:27)
    WhatsApp finally updates its terms and conditions, two years after being bought by Facebook.
  • Amazon offers up car advice with Amazon Vehicles (2016-08-25 10:19:54)
    The new site within Amazon.com can steer you to research on thousands of cars and trucks, as well as customer reviews.
  • WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook (2016-08-25 10:19:39)
    Mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Thursday announced it would begin sharing subscriber data with parent Facebook, giving advertisers better access to information on WhatsApp's one billion-strong user base. The company said the change would allow Facebook to target advertising at WhatsApp users who are also on the social media platform, and help WhatsApp fight spam on its service. "By connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them," WhatsApp said in a statement.
  • All Queens Must Die (2016-08-25 10:09:19)
    The cows were the first to go because cows are big, and killing them was easy. The ranchers on Santa Cruz Island had been killing cattle for more than century already. Rounded up, marched onto ships and motored 20 miles across the Pacific to mainland California, the cows were slaughtered, just like they’d been slaughtered for a hundred years, or longer even. By the early 1980s, the cows were gone. So were nearly all the ranchers. All Queens Must DieOn Santa Cruz Island, they killed the cows, sheep, and bees. Now it’s time to finish the job
  • Yosemite, and President Obama, head into virtual reality (2016-08-25 10:01:33)
    In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality — in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National ...
  • WhatsApp relaxes privacy stance, to share phone numbers with Facebook (2016-08-25 10:01:25)
    Popular messaging service WhatsApp said it would start sharing users' phone numbers with parent Facebook Inc , marking a notable shift in its stance on privacy. When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, founder Jan Koum vowed to protect data of its users, saying the deal would not affect its privacy policy. The change in policy, WhatsApp's first since the deal, will allow for more relevant advertisements and friend recommendations on Facebook, according to a WhatsApp blog post.
  • Samsung's 'pink gold' Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are coming to the US (2016-08-25 10:00:07)
    Samsung first unveiled its 'pink gold' Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge back in April, but the version was only initially available in South Korea. The handset will be available unlocked, meaning it'll work with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, but Samsung has yet to share the price tag. Best Buy says customers will also get a $150 gift card with each purchase.
  • Tour Yosemite in virtual reality with Barack Obama (2016-08-25 10:00:07)
    If you want to celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s National Parks Service, there are definitely worse ways than with a virtual reality trip through Yosemite narrated by President Barack Obama. Through the Ages is a roughly 10-minute video shot by virtual reality filmmakers Felix & Paul, in collaboration with the White House, Oculus, and National Geographic. The video was created earlier this summer, when the Obamas visited Yosemite National Park.
  • ReSpeaker turns anything into an Amazon Echo (2016-08-25 09:48:25)
    This morning when I woke up to the sound of the alarm I set on my Amazon Echo last night, I thought to myself "I wish more of my gadgets worked by me yelling things at them." Luckily, a few minutes later I was reading a PR email from SeeedStudio about its new product ReSpeaker which just launched on Kickstarter and promises to turn everything in your house into an Amazon Echo.
  • Amazon launches new hub for car buyers — but isn't selling them itself (2016-08-25 09:47:48)
    Amazon has launched a new hub to help customers research and compare cars. Amazon Vehicles lets users check out specs and read reviews on a range of vehicles, from convertibles to SUVs to trucks, and Amazon says it hope the site will create a new "automotive community." And while the information on-site does include recommending pricing from manufacturers, Amazon isn't selling any cars itself — at least for now.
  • Brand new Pokemon Go feature may block you from cheating (2016-08-25 09:29:09)
    We already know that Niantic has been banning Pokemon Go cheaters , and it even instituted a permanent ban policy a few weeks ago. But that doesn’t mean that Pokemon Go cheating has been fixed. The company is now taking one extra step to try to block fraud, and it's a new captcha feature intended to authenticate players to ensure that they're “not robots.” DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left Spotted in the game’s recent update, the feature should prevent people from using bots and third-party trackers to circumvent the rules while catching them all. Niantic has not started using the new captcha feature yet, but developers digging around in the app's code have found references to it, including the image above. Once it’s enabled, it’ll make it difficult for players to use third-party services. A Pokemon Go bot creator told Business Insider that it’s only a matter of time before hacks stop working. "This will be really tough to crack," Insta-PokeGo creator Steven Bartell said. The service was used to catch 3.3 million Pokemon in less than a week but will be shut down to prevent account bans. https://twitter.com/FastPokeMapCom/status/767991180210634752 An example of a service that tells people where Pokemon spawn on the map is  FastPokeMap . But the service might be going down as soon as Niantic implements the new security measure. There is still hope for cheaters, however. "No one is sure whether mapping trackers will be affected because it really depends on how Niantic deploys the captcha," he said. "If they only use it when players spin a Pokéstop or try to catch a Pokémon, maps could be fine. If they are smarter about it and deploy the captcha when they see any sort of suspicious behavior, the maps could be in trouble too." There are also other types of cheats that will continue working, of course. For example, the ultimate Pokemon Go hack that lets you walk anywhere in the game without actually having to leave your house won't be impacted.
  • 'That music is scary!' Robots react to the trailer for horror movie 'Morgan' (2016-08-25 09:09:22)
    How will human-like robots react to the creepy trailer for a new movie starring Kate Mara and Paul Giamatti?
  • Uber lost at least $1.27 billion in first half of 2016: Bloomberg (2016-08-25 09:07:41)
    (Reuters) - Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] lost at least $1.27 billion before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the first six months of 2016, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The subsidies Uber grants its drivers was the main reason for the loss, finance head Gautam Gupta told investors in a quarterly conference call, Bloomberg said, citing sources. The company lost about $520 million in the first quarter of the year and another $750 million in the second quarter, Bloomberg said.
  • Amazon launches Amazon Vehicles to help car buyers (2016-08-25 09:05:36)
    (Reuters) - Amazon.com on Thursday launched Amazon Vehicles, an online platform for users to research on cars, auto parts and accessories. The platform will include specifications, images and reviews on Amazon.com for a large number of car models, ranging from Tesla Motors' 2014 Model S to the iconic Ford Mustang 1965. Amazon Vehicles would be an extension of the existing Amazon Automotive store, the company said.
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson is scoring the Blade Runner sequel, and that's a good thing (2016-08-25 09:01:35)
    The sequel to Blade Runner has attracted a really intriguing cast and crew, and now, we know that it will sound great. Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who collaborated with director Denis Villeneuve on films like Sicario and the upcoming film Arrival, will be providing the score for the upcoming Harrison Ford film. Hailing from Iceland, Jóhannsson has made a name for himself in the experimental and minimalist music scene in the country.
  • New report leaks details on Apple’s upcoming Snapchat rival and other new apps (2016-08-25 09:00:09)
    Smartphone social apps including Facebook, Snapchat and instant messengers have seen tremendous growth in recent years thanks to the iPhone and Android. Apple revolutionized the smartphone business with the iPhone and the App Store, creating a massive mobile software business. But now that iPhone sales are slowing, Apple is looking to monetize its services by launching compelling apps and services for its customers. According to a new report, Apple plans to go after top smartphone apps with alternatives of its own. The first one will debut this year in iOS 10, while next year’s iPhones might come alongside exciting new camera and social apps that will compete against Facebook, Snapchat and other services. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left A report from Bloomberg says that Tim Cook is looking to the App Store and iCloud to compensate for Apple’s slowing hardware business. Apple’s iMessage update coming in iOS 10 is proof that Apple wants to improve its already popular messaging app and make it even more appealing to smartphone users who likely also use popular apps such as Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Next year, Apple may be rolling out a standalone camera app that will let an iPhone or iPad user record, edit (apply filters and drawings) and share video in less than a minute. The unnamed Apple app is meant to take on Snapchat, which currently has more than 150 million daily active users who spend an average of 30 minutes inside the app each day. Facebook users, on the other hand, spend an average of 50 minutes inside the News Feed, Messenger and Instagram (combined) each day. It's this screen time that Apple might be going for in future iOS releases. The new app is reportedly being developed by the same team behind Final Cut Pro and iMovie, with Apple having hired Joe Weil to oversee the project. Weil co-developed a blogging app called KnowMe before joining Apple. A different team is working on new social features for the iPhone and iPad. Apple wants to be able to suggest social actions to users so that they can easily connect with their contacts. Apple’s proactive features already suggest location-based and time-of-day-related suggestions on the iPhone. Apple is also working on consolidating communications between iPhone and iPad users. For example, an app might show a user a single window where he or she can see all the text messages, emails and social network interactions with a specific contact. It’s not clear whether these features will be available as standalone apps or baked into a future release of iOS. Apple is expected to launch a radical iPhone redesign next year, marking the handset's 10th anniversary, as well as iOS 11. The report also mentions that the video sharing and social apps Apple is currently developing could be canceled if they fail to meet Apple’s requirements. Furthermore, a privacy team inside Apple will be assessing the privacy implications of a revamped social sharing feature inside iOS, before the apps can be launched. If the team decides a feature exposes too much user data, it might be canceled.
  • More than 20 global fintech hubs to form federation in innovation push (2016-08-25 08:55:13)
    Financial technology groups from more than 20 cities across the world plan to form a federation of 'fintech' hubs this year in what would be the first attempt to coordinate and globalize web-based innovation transforming the financial industry. Fintech is under the global spotlight because of its promise - or threat - to 'disrupt' traditional financial activity. One of fintech's fastest growing areas is the 'blockchain' protocol, which could enable the clearing and settlement of securities such as stocks and bonds without the need for intermediaries such as banks.
  • EpiPen maker Mylan will make its allergy treatment more affordable (2016-08-25 08:51:18)
    Mylan NV will offer a savings card that covers as much as $300 of the $600 cost of an EpiPen two-pack for those paying full price, the company said in a statement. Mylan added that it is expanding eligibility for its patient-assistance program, which makes the allergy treatment cheaper for underinsured families.
  • UK lawmakers urge social media companies to tackle extremism (2016-08-25 08:45:09)
    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Thursday demanded that social media do more to police users who promote extremism, arguing that companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are "consciously failing" to stop radicalization online.
  • New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones (2016-08-25 08:35:20)
    Apple customers are generally a shockingly loyal bunch. The company's high repeat customer rate can be attributed to a combination of factors that concern iPhones themselves as well as Apple's industry-leading customer service. Dealing with Apple's customer care department has always been a pleasure compared to dealing with rival companies, and iPhones themselves have historically been very reliable, offering a consistently smooth user experience that people love. But now, a new study suggests that things may be changing for the worse where the iPhone user experience is concerned. MUST SEE:  Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake Blancco Technology Group used its mobile diagnostics tools to collect performance data from millions of mobile phones in the second quarter of 2016, according to a newly released report titled " Q2 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health ." The anonymized data was then used to determine how often smartphones fail, how and why they fail, and which third-party apps crash most frequently on each of the two major mobile platforms. The results of the new study are surprising, to say the least. According to Blancco's data, iPhones had an overall failure rate of 58% in Q2 2016. That figure ballooned from just 25% in the prior quarter. Meanwhile the rate of failure across all Android devices covered in the study was just 35%, down from 44% in the first quarter of 2016. The study uses the term "failure" to cover a wide range of both first-party and third-party issues. Failures can be anything from Wi-Fi connectivity issues and headset malfunctions to phone reboots and third-party app crashes. That said, the results are still somewhat surprising considering how solid Apple's third-party app ecosystem has been over the years. Apps crashed on exactly 50% of the iPhones included in Blancco's study, while just 23% of Android devices experienced app crashes. That's a massive discrepancy. The firm found that Apple's iPhone 6 experienced the highest failure rate among iPhones at 29%, followed by the iPhone 6s (23%), iPhone 6s Plus (14%), iPhone 6 Plus (13%) and iPhone 5s (8%). Among Android handsets, Samsung phones experienced the highest failure rate at 26%. In terms of the most common failures on each platform, app crashes with the biggest issue on iPhones (65%) while problems with the devices themselves were far less common. On Android devices, camera issues (10%) and battery problems (10%) shared the top slot. On iOS, the biggest culprits for app crashes were Snapchat (17%), Instagram (14%), Facebook (9%), Facebook Messenger (5%) and Google (3%). The top five on Android phones were Google Play Services (12%), Google Contacts Sync (5%), Address Book (5%), Photos (5%) and Samsung's TouchWiz Home launcher (5%).
  • WhatsApp will begin sharing user data with Facebook (2016-08-25 08:30:40)
    WhatsApp announced in a blog post on Thursday that it will be bolstering its relationship with Facebook, after the messaging app was bought by the social media giant in 2014.
  • Fujifilm makes camera and lens updates to its X Series (2016-08-25 08:27:03)
    FujiFilm announced on Thursday that it has updated its X Series with a new mirrorless camera and a compact lens.
  • Apple Music Festival 2016: See Britney, Elton, Alicia Keys and more for free (2016-08-25 08:15:47)
    The annual free music extravaganza returns in September. Here's how to win tickets.
  • Facebook to start using WhatsApp data for targeted advertising (2016-08-25 08:13:25)
    (Reuters) - WhatsApp, Facebook Inc's popular messaging service, will start sharing users' phone numbers with its parent, allowing for more relevant advertisements and friend recommendations on the social network. The move is WhatsApp's first update to its privacy policy since it was acquired by Facebook in 2014. WhatsApp will also explore ways for businesses to send messages using its platform over the next several months, it said in a blog post. (http://bit.ly/1fi1n5j) (Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)
  • EU rejects US concerns of bias in company tax investigations (2016-08-25 08:08:38)
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive branch rejected Thursday the U.S. government's complaint that its probes into sweetheart tax deals between EU governments and big companies are hitting U.S. firms hardest.
  • WhatsApp to start sharing user data with Facebook (2016-08-25 07:50:20)
    After WhatsApp was bought by Facebook in 2014, users worried that the messaging app's strong stance on privacy might be compromised. Co-founder Jan Koum hoped to stem these fears, writing in a blog post at the time: "Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible." Today, though, the company is loosening some of its own restrictions, and has announced it will begin sharing a limited amount of user data — including individuals' phone numbers — with parent company Facebook. WhatsApp says that sharing this information means Facebook can offer better friend suggestions by mapping users' social connections across the two services, and deliver more relevant ads on the social network.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat: Small changes that make a big difference in UX (2016-08-25 07:30:15)
    Not every feature in Android 7.0 Nougat is a showstopper. Don't overlook small improvements that add up to make Android 7 special.
  • First Click: This YouTube channel is catnip for stoners (2016-08-25 07:30:07)
    It was very late, and I was sitting around with a friend, talking about Dune and outer space. At one point, my friend grabbed my laptop and started playing one of Kurzgesagt’s YouTube videos: a 6-minute animated clip about the Fermi Paradox. Created in 2013, Kurzgesagt (German for "In a nutshell") is a Munich-based design studio that creates animated explainer videos on a wide range of subjects.
  • Uber to let Londoners book journeys weeks in advance (2016-08-25 07:19:09)
    Ride service Uber [UBER.UL], which enables users to instantly hail a taxi ride using their smartphone, will allow customers to book trips days or weeks in advance in London, the first European city to get the option. Uber began offering scheduled rides in June in Seattle, targeted particularly at business customers. Earlier this year, the San Francisco-based app avoided having a mandatory waiting time of five minutes imposed upon it and other private hire car firms in London as part of proposals by transport bosses to regulate the sector.
  • WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook (2016-08-25 07:03:11)
    Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads on Facebook ...
  • Twenty-five years of Linux overcoming hurdles and overshooting goals (2016-08-25 06:59:04)
    Linux has reached many a milestone. This time around it turns 25 and Jack Wallen offers up his congratulations and reflections.
  • Montenegro priest says Pokemons are demons (2016-08-25 06:54:14)
    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — For a priest in Montenegro, Pokemons are no game.
  • French official threatens to sue social media users who share burkini photos (2016-08-25 06:45:59)
    A French government official has threatened to file a lawsuit against anyone who shares photos or videos of police enforcing a ban on the burkini — the full-body bathing suit, designed for Muslim women, that has suddenly become a symbol of religious and social tensions in France. The statement comes after the widespread circulation of photos showing a Muslim woman removing her clothes in front of four male police officers on a beach in Nice. Christian Estrosi, president of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and deputy mayor of Nice, said in a statement Wednesday that the photos "provoke defamatory remarks and threats" against police agents.
  • Chinese telecom firm ZTE books 9.3 percent rise in first half profit on 4G growth (2016-08-25 06:40:52)
    Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp on Thursday booked a 9.3 percent rise in first-half net profit as China's adoption of fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology offset the impact of restrictions on its U.S. operations. Profit reached 1.8 billion yuan ($270 million) in January-June, the firm said in a filing at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. "The development of traditional telecommunication industries will be subject to stronger challenges in the second half of 2016, given the slowdown in global economic growth and increasing uncertainties," ZTE Chairman Zhao Xianming said in a statement.
  • Apple is creating its own Snapchat, says Bloomberg (2016-08-25 06:36:26)
    Apple is reportedly building its own version of Snapchat. Bloomberg News reports that Apple is currently testing an app that lets iPhone users record video and apply filters or drawings to the content in a similar way to Snapchat. "The software is currently being designed to be used mostly with one hand," reports Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, and videos from the app can be shot, edited, and uploaded in less than a minute. Bloomberg reports that the team behind Final Cut Pro and iMovie are responsible for the new app, which is unnamed in the report.
  • Self-driving taxis hit Singapore (2016-08-25 06:23:14)
    US startup nuTonomy on Thursday began trialling autonomous taxis in Singapore, beating Uber to the starting line.
  • Watching Apple’s Music Festival will now require a subscription (2016-08-25 06:14:37)
    Apple's Music Festival started off life as the iTunes Music Festival back in 2007, and it's about to celebrate its 10th birthday in London next month. Apple has signed up 10 artists to take the stage at Camden's iconic Roundhouse venue, and the Music Festival will commence on September 18th with Elton John as the opening act. While previous years have involved back-to-back nights, Apple appears to be taking a couple of days in-between all the acts to space the festival out.
  • First driverless taxi hits the streets of Singapore (2016-08-25 06:10:32)
    By Christophe Van Der Perre SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The first driverless taxi began work on Thursday in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore.     Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its "robo-taxi" in a western Singapore hi-tech business district, hoping to get feedback ahead of a planned dull launch of the service in 2018. "This is really a moment in history that's going to change how cities are built, how we really look at our surroundings," nuTonomy executive Doug Parker told Reuters. Parker, whose company has partnered with the Singapore government on the project, said he hoped to have 100 taxis working commercially in the Southeast Asian citystate by 2018.
  • EU rejects US Treasury concerns over tax probe bias (2016-08-25 05:54:34)
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive branch rejected Thursday the U.S. government's complaint that its probes into sweetheart tax deals between EU governments and big companies are hitting U.S. firms hardest.
  • Chinese telecom firm ZTE books 9.3 percent rise in H1 profit on 4G growth (2016-08-25 05:14:32)
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp on Thursday booked a 9.3 percent rise in first-half profit as China's adoption of fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology offset the impact of government restrictions on its U.S. operations. Net profit reached 1.8 billion yuan ($270.43 million) in January-June, versus 1.6 billion yuan a year earlier, the firm said in a filing at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Revenue rose 4.05 percent to 47.8 billion yuan. That compared with the 49.17 billion yuan average estimate from analysts polled by Thomson Reuters SmartEstimates. ...
  • Driver distracted by Pokémon Go kills woman in Japan (2016-08-25 04:37:30)
    A driver apparently distracted by Pokémon Go has killed one woman and seriously injured another in Japan, marking the first fatal accident involving the augmented reality app in the country. Japan's National Police Agency says that the accident, which took place in rural Tokushima prefecture on the smallest of Japan's four main islands, was the 79th Pokémon Go-related accident in the country since Niantic Labs' game reached its shores in late July. Despite being the birthplace of Pokémon, Niantic Labs' Pokémon Go launched in Japan several weeks after it arrived in the US, Australia, and Europe, much to the consternation of Japanese fans.
  • World’s first self-driving taxi trial begins in Singapore (2016-08-25 04:30:45)
    The first ever self-driving taxis available to the public have started picking up passengers in Singapore. Only six autonomous vehicles — Renault Zoes and Mitsubishi i-MiEVs modified by MIT-spinoff NuTonomy — will be offering rides, and only then from predetermined pick-up and drop-off points within a 2.5-square-mile radius. This trial means that NuTonomy has beaten Uber to be the first firm to publicly test autonomous taxis.
  • UK report urges social media companies to tackle extremism (2016-08-25 04:26:46)
    A new U.K. parliamentary report is demanding that social media companies do more to tackle sites that promote extremism. The Home Office Committee report says Google, Facebook and Twitter are leaving cyberspace ...
  • UK MPs say Facebook, Twitter failing on extremist content (2016-08-25 04:23:57)
    Facebook, Twitter and Google are not doing enough to prevent their social networks from being used by extremists for a recruitment drive, a panel of British MPs said Thursday. Failure to act would lead to the sites becoming "the 'Wild West' of the internet," the Home Affairs Committee warned. The report was published after the number of counter-terrorism arrests in Britain increased 35 percent between 2010 and 2015, although the country has not seen a mass casualty extremist attack since 2005's London bombings.
  • Pizza by drone: unmanned air delivery set to take off in New Zealand (2016-08-25 02:59:36)
    By Rebecca Howard and Byron Kaye WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - A New Zealand pizza chain aims to become the world's first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the once-unthinkable quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people. Some of the world's biggest companies including Amazon.com Inc and Google, or Alphabet Inc as it is known, have plans to make deliveries by drone and aviation authorities in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand have been relaxing rules to allow air deliveries. Last month, U.S. convenience store chain 7-Eleven Inc [SILC.UL] conducted the first single commercial drone delivery - coffee, donuts and a chicken sandwich - as part of a trial.
  • Sony finally adds two-factor authentication to PlayStation Network accounts (2016-08-25 02:55:09)
    PlayStation and PSP owners can now enable two-factor authentication on their PlayStation Network accounts, adding a much-needed layer of protection to a service that has suffered severe security breaches in recent years. Sony confirmed that users would be able to activate two-factor authentication on their accounts in a tweet last night that linked to a new security page that explains how the process works. It's a welcome move by Sony, but it's come conspicuously late — a full five years after the company suffered a devastating hack that compromised the personal details of 77 million PSN users.
  • CrowdStrike, other cybersecurity firms integrating industry cooperative (2016-08-25 02:44:11)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some information security companies that were shut out of the leading system for sharing data on malicious software are revealing more about how their own systems work in hopes of rejoining the cooperative effort, a shift that should improve protections for customers throughout the industry. CrowdStrike, one of the most prominent young security companies threatened with exclusion from some shared services, said it has integrated part of its system for detecting malicious software with VirusTotal, the main industry repository for disclosing and rating risks of malware and suspect files. Alphabet Inc's Google runs the VirusTotal database so security professionals can share new examples of suspected malicious software and opinions on the danger they pose.
  • CrowdStrike, other cybersecurity firms rejoining industry cooperative (2016-08-25 01:47:45)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some information security companies that were shut out of the leading system for sharing data on malicious software are revealing more about how their own systems work in hopes of rejoining the cooperative effort, a shift that should improve protections for customers throughout the industry. CrowdStrike, one of the most prominent young security companies threatened with exclusion from some shared services, said it has integrated part of its system for detecting malicious software with VirusTotal, the main industry repository for disclosing and rating risks of malware and suspect files. Alphabet Inc's Google runs the VirusTotal database so security professionals can share new examples of suspected malicious software and opinions on the danger they pose.
  • Google marks National Park Service's centennial with virtual tour (2016-08-25 01:33:29)
    Animated doodle takes us on a tour of some of the natural beauty that has been set aside for our enjoyment in the past 100 years.
  • Pokemon Go-playing truck driver kills pedestrian, police say (2016-08-25 01:29:29)
    Technically Incorrect: In Japan, a truck driver allegedly admits he was playing the game when he hit two women, killing one and injuring the other.
  • Class up your emojis with the NYPLEmoji Twitter bot (2016-08-25 01:10:36)
    A new Twitter bot designed by the New York Public Library responds to emojis with relevant selections from its vast array of old images.
  • Fujifilm's new X-A3 is a selfie powerhouse (2016-08-25 01:00:03)
    Fujifilm has announced the X-A3, a new version of the entry-level model in its X-series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. It’s not the only part of the press release that Fujifilm tries to measure a new feature by its selfie-ability. Fujifilm has also added more of its vaunted film simulations — PRO Neg.Hi and PRO Neg.Std, most notably — to bring the total number available on the X-A3 to 11.
  • Questlove will host a weekly show for internet radio service Pandora (2016-08-25 00:32:22)
    Pandora is reportedly in the final stages of creating its own subscription-based music streaming service, designed to rival Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music, but that's not the only change on the horizon for the internet radio company. Pandora has also partnered with Questlove, well-known member of the Roots and Stephen Colbert's Tonight Show band leader, to produce a weekly three-hour radio show that will be broadcast online. Questlove Supreme will feature eclectic playlists handpicked by the artist himself, as well as guest appearances from musicians, actors, and other celebrities.
  • Who is Sombra? The alternate reality hunt for Overwatch's new character (2016-08-25 00:22:36)
    Codes, video snippets and 'hacked' twitter accounts are all being used to tease Sombra, the next character to join Blizzard's team-based shooter.
  • Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go kills pedestrian (2016-08-25 00:05:34)
    A Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go while driving hit two pedestrians, killing one and injuring the other, in Japan's first death related to the Nintendo Co craze. The driver said he had been distracted by the game after his arrest for negligent driving following the accident on Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Tokushima prefectural police said. No decision has been made yet on whether to proceed with a prosecution," he added A spokesman for Niantic, which developed Pokemon GO jointly with Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Company, said the company was aware of the accident.
  • HP’s new laptop screen can prevent people from spying on you (2016-08-25 00:01:06)
    Sometimes you really don’t want the people around you to see what’s on your laptop screen, so HP has come up with a solution. You might have seen something like this before: people already buy “privacy filters” and stick them onto their laptop screens to achieve this same effect. What’s interesting about HP’s privacy filter is that it can be turned on and off by pressing a keyboard shortcut.
  • Guard your secrets with HP's Sure View privacy screen (2016-08-25 00:01:03)
    To ward off physical hacking, HP is adding a built-in privacy filter to some of its business laptops.
  • Canon’s 5D Mark IV has built-in Wi-Fi and shoots 4K video (2016-08-25 00:00:03)
    Canon today announced the 5D Mark IV, the fourth iteration of the company’s popular full-frame DSLR camera originally launched in 2005. It’s the first Canon DSLR to shoot 4K video, and it’s also the first 5D to come with Wi-Fi connectivity and a touchscreen. The 5D Mark IV will be available in early September for $3,499.
  • Google will take you on a 360-degree tour of the Kenai Fjords, Bryce Canyon, and other National Parks (2016-08-25 00:00:03)
    Google Google is celebrating the National Parks Service’s 100th anniversary with a new 360-degree "interactive documentary."The company sent film crews out to various National Parks to capture the natural wonders around them along with commentary from park rangers. Five parks are featured: Kenai Fjords National Park, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Dry Tortugas National Park.Viewers can kayak through fjords, get up close with lava, deep sea dive around coral reefs, and explore dank caves. ...
  • Uber to pull out of Macau in September: Macau media (2016-08-24 23:26:12)
    (Reuters) - Global ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc will pull out of the gambling hub of Macau on September 9, less than 10 months after it launched there, Macau media reported, citing a letter they said was sent by Uber's Asia regional chief. According to a copy of a letter uploaded onto Macau legislator Au Kam-san's official Facebook account, Uber's Asia Regional General Manager Mike Brown said the firm planned to exit the small China-ruled city, saying its drivers have been fined a total of 10 million patacas ($1.25 million) in the short time in which it has operated in Macau. There was no immediate response from the Macau government, and legislator Au couldn't be reached for comment.
  • The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Stagefright and real-life ransomware (2016-08-24 23:10:06)
    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 throughMr. Robot's C Y B E R activities — who got hacked, why, and how much magic would be required to make them actually work. ...
  • Planes hovering above Baltimore right now are recording every move people make (2016-08-24 23:00:48)
    “Imagine Google Earth with TiVo capability.” That’s how the impressive, and very high-tech, one company's real-time surveillance system is sold to interested parties. In short, Big Brother is here, and as time goes on it’ll get only better at seeing everything you do. DON’T MISS:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left Mounted on a Cessna plane that can hover above a city around the clock, an array of wide-angle cameras produce 192-megapixel images of an area that measures roughly 30 square miles, constantly beaming the images down to hard drives that store them indefinitely. Sitting at their desks, analysts can sift through the available images and move backward and forward thorough time to search for clues that might help law enforcement. The system may not be able to identify a person, which measures about a pixel, and can’t magically read license plates numbers by simply magnifying a blurry image like you see in the movies. Instead, it’s able to track objects and identify patterns. Analysts can tell police what a person did after he or she killed or robbed someone, for example. They can track a getaway car to see where it stopped, and they can go back in time to see how it arrived at the crime scene in the first place. Police can then combine that data with street cameras and footage from other locations that offer local surveillance, giving them a better chance of apprehending suspects. This isn’t the plot of an Enemy of the State sequel. It’s actually happening in the US right now, with a privately funded program underway in Baltimore, Maryland. At $2 million per year, the program is cheaper than police helicopters and it could help out with the city’s aim of lowering crime rates. But in the wrong hands, the technology can be devastating, as it’s essentially invading the privacy of every individual in the city. In Bloomberg Businessweek’s massive expose , you’ll learn exactly how this type of surveillance came to be. It all started in Iraq for Persistent Surveillance Systems’ CEO Ross McNutt, where he provided a similar system that the Army could use to investigate bombings. Upon his return, he founded a private company that deals in professional surveillance. His object is to prevent crimes, and he says the system is designed in such a way that analysts looking at images would not be able to track targets for personal reasons, since everything is logged. However, as successful as the Baltimore project might be, it’s still something local police would not acknowledge. And something regular citizens might not appreciate because of the obvious privacy implications. If this type of spying sounds similar, that’s because law enforcement agencies have used similarly sophisticated surveillance systems mounted on planes in the recent past. Called StingRays, fake cell phone towers that can be installed on small plans can also help agencies spy on a community. And yes, before you ask, it appears that StingRays were also used in Baltimore as part of this new program. McNutt’s firm isn’t the only one selling surveillance to cities, and as camera and computer technologies evolve we’ll only see more advanced systems ready to track everything we do from up above. Bloomberg ’s story, complete with video, is available in full at this link . Definitely check it out.
  • Best Buy is bringing Oculus Rift demos to 500 stores this holiday season (2016-08-24 22:00:24)
    Want to try virtual reality for yourself but don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on an expensive headset? We have good news for you. According to Bloomberg , Oculus Rift demos ( which started in May ) will be featured in 500 Best Buy stores around the country by the time the holiday season rolls around this year. Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly, who called the technology "mind-boggling," is confident that the demos are going to be well-received by customers and believes VR "has the potential to contribute to our growth." SEE ALSO:  How I get a new iPhone for $125 a year In addition to the Rift, Best Buy will also host 200 PlayStation VR demos, which will rotate between locations throughout the season. The PlayStation VR is likely to be the first headset with mainstream appeal, especially considering the fact that PS VR players don't need a high-end gaming PC to play VR games. All they need is a PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation Camera. Virtual reality has had its fair share of early adopters, but giving the hardware a platform this large could change the way that the average consumer views the technology. After all, it's nearly impossible to explain to someone how far VR has come since over the past several years without letting them get their hands on it. Joly doesn't have any delusions that VR will be a massive hit in 2016. The technology is still being perfected, and the barriers to entry are still too daunting for many gamers. But with thousands of customers finally having the chance to experience VR for the very first time, this holiday could be the first step to virtual reality becoming mainstream in the coming months and years.
  • Drop test: Is the Galaxy Note 7 really tougher than the S7 Edge? (2016-08-24 21:46:56)
    The Note 7 is the first phone made with Gorilla Glass 5, but does this make it a tougher to break that the S7 Edge?
  • World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore (2016-08-24 21:32:36)
    SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.
  • How Apple stopped the Siri disaster, and quietly became great at AI (2016-08-24 21:00:50)
    When Siri was originally released on the iPhone 4S back in 2011, the reviews were somewhat lukewarm. On the positive side, having an intelligent assistant baked into a massively popular smartphone was a huge leap forward. On the other hand, Siri didn’t always perform as advertised. Even more problematic was that Siri's feature set was purposefully stunted by Apple. In fact, the Siri Apple released in 2011 wasn’t even as capable as the Siri app that Siri’s original developers had previously released on the App Store. What’s more, it eventually became apparent that rival AI systems from the likes of Google were far superior than what Apple was bringing to the table. DON'T MISS:  Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake As time marched on, Siri began to slowly but surely improve. Not only did the scope of its functionality expand, but its speech recognition and processing capabilities also got markedly better. A fascinating in-depth piece from Steven Levy, writing for Medium’s Backchannel , details how Apple’s ongoing research into machine learning made all of these improvements possible. What’s more, Apple’s machine learning techniques can now be found across many parts of Apple’s software. With access to top-level Apple executives like Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, not to mention some time spent with two Siri scientists, Levy provides us with an unprecedented glimpse into some of the fascinating work Apple is currently doing with deep learning. If you’re an iPhone user, you’ve come across Apple’s AI, and not just in Siri’s improved acumen in figuring out what you ask of her. You see it when the phone identifies a caller who isn’t in your contact list (but did email you recently). Or when you swipe on your screen to get a shortlist of the apps that you are most likely to open next. Or when you get a reminder of an appointment that you never got around to putting into your calendar. Or when a map location pops up for the hotel you’ve reserved, before you type it in. Or when the phone points you to where you parked your car, even though you never asked it to. These are all techniques either made possible or greatly enhanced by Apple’s adoption of deep learning and neural nets. Indeed, Apple emphasized to Levy that machine learning now permeates all aspects of the iPhone user experience, often in surprising ways. For instance, Apple leverages machine learning to improve face detection in the Camera app and even when deciding if connectivity is stronger on a Wi-Fi network or on cellular, One particularly interesting tidbit from the piece details how Apple leveraged its machine learning expertise when developing the Apple Pencil that debuted with the iPad Pro. When the iPad Pro first came out, reviewers lauded the Apple Pencil and specifically noted that inadvertent touches via the palm were thankfully unregistered. As it turns out, this was made possible by machine learning. Using a machine learning model for “palm rejection” enabled the screen sensor to detect the difference between a swipe, a touch, and a pencil input with a very high degree of accuracy. “If this doesn’t work rock solid, this is not a good piece of paper for me to write on anymore — and Pencil is not a good product,” says Federighi. If you love your Pencil, thank machine learning. Apple famously likes to keep everything under wraps, a fact which makes Levy’s write-up all the more enthralling and worth checking out in its entirety. For the full scoop on how Apple has used machine learning to improve Siri and why Apple believes that controlling both the hardware and software helps improve overall AI, make sure to hit the source link below. Apple doesn’t make its executives and top-level scientists available too often, but when they do, it’s always worth exploring.
  • SF woman outhustles others to win #PitchLeBron online contest (2016-08-24 20:10:41)
    The owner of a San Francisco company gets a big-league shout-out from the NBA star on social media.
  • Man claims bottles and cans just stick to his head (2016-08-24 20:03:20)
    Technically Incorrect: No one seems to know why Jamie Keeton's body is the way it is. But it's seemingly magnetic. So much so that he makes money out of it.
  • Apple proposes new job-related emoji, including astronaut and pilot (2016-08-24 20:01:11)
    Apple has been quite opinionated regarding emoji standards of late, and today its latest recommendations have been approved by the Unicode Consortium. The iPhone maker suggested earlier this month that Unicode adopt new job-related emoji for firefighters, pilots, painters, astronauts, and judges, with options for both male and female versions of each profession. For those unaware, the Unicode Consortium is the tech industry non-profit responsible for standardizing emoji across operating systems and hardware.
  • Google just made public Wi-Fi suck a little bit less (2016-08-24 20:00:56)
    Wi-Fi Assistant is a feature that Google has been offering to Project Fi users for a year. The optional setting will connect your device to over a million public Wi-Fi hotspots that Google has verified as being fast and reliable, giving you more seamless connections in places where the cell service is lacking. Starting today, the option is rolling out to anyone using a Nexus device in the United States, Canada, Mexico, UK and Nordic countries. For anyone eligible, this is an upgrade well worth taking. DON'T MISS:  How I get a new iPhone for $125 a year There's obvious privacy concerns about auto-connecting to public Wi-Fi, however. Previous studies by researchers have shown that people will connect to basically any Wi-Fi network, and if Google is programmed to trust a network with a specific name, hackers could build a similar-looking network that your device would connect to automatically. But Google does have one trick up its sleeve: when you connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot, Google will establish a VPN connection with its own servers, which should protect your data. It's likely not foolproof, as there's other attacks that can be done on public Wi-Fi other than sniffing packets, but it's far more secure that most public Wi-Fi, which mostly involves praying no-one can be bothered to hack you. So, if you regularly do online banking or send nuclear launch codes from your mobile device, you'll want to use a VPN, or disable Wi-Fi Assistant outright. But for anyone who struggles for cell signal, Wi-Fi Assistant is a decent way to save a little time every day.
  • 'SNL' star Leslie Jones' personal site offline after hacking (2016-08-24 19:49:16)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leslie Jones, the black "Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters" actress-comedian, is again the target of racist and sexist online attacks.
  • Good thing Rick Astley doesn't mind Rickrolling, cause we're never gonna give it up (2016-08-24 19:32:52)
    The singer whose 1980s video is at the heart of a recurring internet joke says he knows it's not personal.
  • World’s largest aircraft damaged on 2nd test flight (2016-08-24 19:30:38)
    The developer of the world's largest aircraft says the blimp-shaped airship sustained damage after it made a bumpy landing Wednesday on its second test flight in eastern England. Hybrid Air Vehicles said it is trying to figure out what caused the rough landing of the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 during its 100 minute flight Wednesday in Bedfordshire, north of London. "The Airlander experienced a heavy landing and the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage, which is currently being assessed," the company said. "Both pilots and the ground crew are safe and well and the aircraft is secured and stable at its normal mooring location." A hybrid of blimp, helicopter and airplane, the Airlander is able to stay aloft for days at a time. It is designed to use less fuel than a plane, but carry heavier loads than conventional airships. The aircraft was initially developed for the U.S. military for use in surveillance in Afghanistan. Related:  Was Cincinnati Zoo right to delete Twitter account? FBI investigating possible cyberbreach of New York Times reporters' email accounts World's largest pyramid is hidden in a mountain in Mexico
  • Google Fiber flips the switch on super-fast internet in Salt Lake City (2016-08-24 19:23:23)
    Residents are invited to check whether their address is served by 1-gigabit service, which costs $70 per month.
  • Can a social network curb racial profiling? (2016-08-24 19:15:55)
    Nextdoor became a magnet for racial profiling. An update aims to reduce such incidents, but what responsibility does the community message board have to do so?
  • Facebook, Twitter failing on extremist content: UK MPs (2016-08-24 19:12:24)
    Facebook, Twitter and Google are not doing enough to prevent their social networks from being used by extremists for a recruitment drive, a panel of British MPs said Thursday. Failure to act would lead to the sites becoming "the 'Wild West' of the internet," the Home Affairs Committee warned. The report was published after the number of counter-terrorism arrests in Britain increased 35 percent between 2010 and 2015, although the country has not seen a mass casualty extremist attack since 2005's London bombings.
  • Facebook knows if you’re a Trump or Clinton supporter, and you can see which (2016-08-24 19:00:45)
    One of the reasons why Facebook is so beloved by advertisers is because the social networking giant has access to all sorts of granular data about your background and interests. All the more interesting is that Facebook even has a good idea as to your political leanings, even if you rarely, if ever, “like” or express an interest in a particular candidate or political cause. Interestingly enough, there’s an extremely simple way to see what side of the political spectrum Facebook thinks you fall on. It all goes back to advertising dollars, after all, so you better believe that Facebook has a good inclination as to whether or not you’re on the Trump bandwagon or if your heart still beats proudly for Bernie Sanders. Even if you think you’ve done a good job when it comes to keeping your political views hidden from public view, it’s hard to escape the all-knowing Facebook algorithm. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left Per The New York Times , figuring out “how Facebook has categorized you — as very liberal or very conservative, or somewhere in between” is a relatively straight forward affair. All you have to do is log-in to Facebook and then hop on over to facebook.com/ads/preferences . Next, go to the “Interests” section where you’ll see a number of sub-categories. From there, click on the “Lifestyle and culture” option and keep an eye out for a box called US Politics . Once you find that, you’ll see your political designation (according to Facebook) located in parentheses. Expectedly, the possible designations include, liberal, very liberal, moderate, conservative and very conservative. How does Facebook figure this out when it comes to who those prefer to keep their politics to themselves? Facebook obviously isn’t divulging any details, but it stands to reason that the company makes educated guesses based on a user’s interests, drawing correlations between items that can reasonably be associated with a specific political orientation.
  • US intelligence still sorting out NSA hack (2016-08-24 18:56:36)
    YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. is still probing the extent of a recent cyber leak of what purports to be hacking tools used by the National Security Agency, the nation's top intelligence official said Wednesday.
  • US intelligence still sorting out purported NSA hack (2016-08-24 18:55:11)
    YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. is still probing the extent of a recent cyber leak of what purports to be hacking tools used by the National Security Agency.
  • HP Inc beats estimates, weak printer demand weighs on forecast (2016-08-24 18:45:58)
    By Aishwarya Venugopal (Reuters) - HP Inc , the hardware business of the former Hewlett-Packard Co, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as demand recovered for its notebooks. However, HP forecast current-quarter profit below analysts' estimates, reflecting weak sales of its printers as companies cut costs across industries. HP's shares fell nearly 6 percent in extended trading on Wednesday. Third-quarter revenue from the company's computer business rose 7.5 percent from the second quarter as sales of notebooks improved. ...
  • Why Heath Ledger's Joker was the best Batman bad guy (2016-08-24 18:42:35)
    No joke! A new video makes a convincing argument as to why the Clown Prince of Crime makes the perfect antagonist for the Dark Knight.
  • Beware of moldy bagpipes: Doctors warn musicians of health concerns (2016-08-24 18:40:26)
    Players who don't regularly clean their instruments could end up suffering from "Bagpipe lung," according to a new case study.
  • Ex-Comverse CEO pleads guilty to fraud, a decade after fleeing to Africa (2016-08-24 18:31:20)
    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief executive officer of Comverse Technology Inc pleaded guilty to securities fraud on Wednesday and was ordered detained a decade after fleeing the United States for Namibia to avoid prosecution. Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the Woodbury, New York-based software developer's founder, entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn, after ending his fight to avoid extradition. Benjamin Brafman, Alexander's lawyer, said he was "bitterly disappointed." It was unclear if Alexander would appeal.
  • How to decode Pokemon Go’s new appraisal feature (2016-08-24 18:30:33)
    Many of the updates Niantic has released for Pokemon Go  over the past month have been to address bugs and server issues, but this week, the developer surprised players with a brand new feature that hadn't been previously announced . The new feature, "Appraise," allows players to ask their respective team leaders about the power level of any Pokemon in their possession. MUST SEE:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required It's a neat addition, but unfortunately (like every other feature in the game), it's poorly explained and nearly impossible to find if you don't know where to look. We're going to do our best to walk you through the process. How to appraise your Pokemon Once you've updated your Pokemon Go app to 1.5.0 (iOS)/0.35.0 (Android), you can open the Pokemon menu where all your captured Pokemon can be found. Tap on the Pokemon you want to have appraised, then tap on the circular menu button at the bottom of the screen. You should see three separate options: Favorite , Appraise and Transfer . Click on Appraise . At this point, your team leader—Blanche, Candela or Spark—will pop up at the bottom of the screen and analyze your Pokemon. Tap on the screen a few times to read everything your team leader has to say, but be sure to take note of what the leader says in the second dialog box, because you'll need that information later. Understanding your appraisal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYVeirP7v6M So, you've appraised your Pokemon, but you have no idea how to actually utilize the information you've been given. Here's where the internet comes in handy. Shortly after the update began rolling out, some clever Pokemon Go players decoded the messages from the team leaders and determined that you can actually gauge the Individual Value (IV) of your Pokemon based on what they say. Here's a helpful image from Reddit user ygorwr with every possible answer: If you want a more precise reading, you can check out the detailed explainer over on Gamepress . But this chart should give you a basic understanding of what your team leader means when they tell you that your Pokemon is "really strong."
  • The upcoming Macbooks will be fast in ways you probably weren’t expecting (2016-08-24 18:00:58)
    Apple's upcoming Macbooks need to be a major refresh to the lineup, since the laptop selection is looking a little old lately. We're expecting Touch ID and a new OLED button panel to come to the 2016 Macbook Pro, but code hidden in the latest version of macOS Sierra hints at one additional feature. According to code uncovered by  9to5Mac , macOS Sierra will support USB 3.1 Gen 2, better known as the upgraded version of USB-C. Apple introduced USB-C ports into its lineup with the 2015 Retina Macbook, and it's a safer bet than ever that those ports will be coming to the new Macbook Pro. DON'T MISS: The code  9to5Mac   found shows that Apple is planning to support the upgraded USB-C from a software side. Given that the Retina Macbook isn't due for an update for a good six months, and a Macbook Pro refresh has been overdue for some time, it's a safe bet that this code is aimed at the upcoming Macbook Pros. I'll be disappointed if the new Macbook Pros ditch conventional USB ports entirely, but adding USB-C connectivity could be a major boost. The ports should have the capability for 10Gb/s transfer speeds, which means that one port could potentially handle a high-resolution external display, talk to an external graphics card, and provide power all in one. If that doesn't sound like a laptop you want in your life, there's something wrong.
  • A simple reason why The Ring reboot trailer doesn't work (2016-08-24 17:57:37)
    The Ring was excellent for a number of reasons, but I’d start with director Gore Verbinski, who, at his best, is not just a good horror director, but a talented storyteller regardless of genre. In The Ring, Verbinski's talents turn a silly story about a deadly video into something natural, immediate, and believable. Bit by bit the stakes are raised, with more innocent people being sucked into The Ring’s increasingly powerful blackhole.
  • How to remove pesky malware from your PC with Windows Defender Offline (2016-08-24 17:46:01)
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  • LG V20 leak shows the Android phone is keeping its second screen (2016-08-24 17:36:30)
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  • Americans say science is why they've given up religion (2016-08-24 17:23:54)
    Technically Incorrect: A new Pew survey finds that those who say they have no religion tend to cite science as one of the main reasons.
  • U.S. banking regulators focused on cyber security after SWIFT attacks (2016-08-24 17:22:33)
    U.S. banking regulators said on Wednesday they are focused on cyber security risks and controls for U.S. financial institutions after attacks earlier this year involving the global financial network known as SWIFT. In a letter responding to questions from Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, the regulators also said the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency was drafting guidance on interbank messaging and wholesale payment systems. "As part of ongoing supervision activities, the OCC's onsite examination teams regularly address emerging issues, such as the recent reports of cyber-attacks involving SWIFT," said the letter from banking regulators including the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption (2016-08-24 17:20:05)
    The recent NSA hack just proved to the world that no system is hack-proof if attackers have what it takes to break the access door. Regardless of whatever protections guarded that NSA server, hackers found a security hole to get in and steal critical documents. The same thing could happen to encrypted services that would feature a backdoor for law enforcement. But governments around the world still think they’d be able to handle such terrifying scenarios, with France and Germany being the latest nations looking to gain access to private encrypted messages exchanged over the internet by terror plot suspects. DON’T MISS: Steve Wozniak has free advice for Apple on how to fix the iPhone 7’s major issue It’s understandable why France and German are interested in heightened digital security, considering the many terrorist attacks that have hit the European region. “Messages exchanged through certain apps such as Telegram must be decrypted and used as evidence by magistrates and investigators as part of legal proceedings,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said during a joint press conference with his German counterpart German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière. As The Wall Street Journal reports , the two countries are seeking new legislation that would allow spy agencies to demand access to a suspect’s communications, and impose “obligations” on operators unwilling to help. The proposed laws would force companies including Apple, WhatsApp, Telegram, and many others, to build backdoors into their messaging systems, something that’s highly unlikely to happen. “Some terrorists and criminals are ahead of us on the technology front. That’s not right,” de Maizière said. But breaking encryption isn’t right either. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, representing Amazon, Facebook, Google, eBay, and others already took notice of the matter. “It is certainly understandable that some would respond to recent tragedies with back doors and more government access,” the director for Europe of the association, Christian Borggreen, said. “But weakened security ultimately leaves online systems more vulnerable to all types of attacks from terrorists to hackers.” This fall, the European Commission is expected to come up with new rules on privacy and security for telecom operators to include third-party services such as WhatsApp or Telegram.
  • This adorable robot octopus is powered by farts (2016-08-24 17:11:48)
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  • China's Mars rover concept looks like a butterfly (2016-08-24 17:09:21)
    China plans to send an expedition to Mars soon, and it wants to land a very pretty rover on the surface.
  • HP Inc forecasts weak profit on low demand for printers (2016-08-24 16:45:29)
    (Reuters) - HP Inc forecast fourth-quarter profit below analysts' estimates as the company, which was split off from the former Hewlett-Packard Co, struggles with weak demand for its printers.
  • Parents have little clue what their kids are doing online, study says (2016-08-24 16:41:41)
    Technically Incorrect: A Microsoft-sponsored survey suggests teens think their parents have little awareness of their online activity. And less than a third of parents suspect their kids have secret online lives.
  • Would you believe that Lincolns have the highest rate of owner satisfaction? (2016-08-24 16:21:14)
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  • HP Inc's quarterly revenue falls 3.8 percent (2016-08-24 16:16:25)
    (Reuters) - HP Inc's quarterly revenue fell 3.8 percent, the third straight quarter of decline since the company was split off from the former Hewlett-Packard Co, as demand slid further for its printers. HP's net earnings from continuing operations rose to $843 million, or 49 cents per share, in the third quarter ended July 31 from $700 million, or 39 cents per share, a year earlier. Total revenue fell to $11.89 billion from $12.36 billion. HP forecast adjusted earnings of 34-37 cents per share from continuing operations for the fourth quarter. ...
  • Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10 (2016-08-24 16:15:56)
    Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10's collection of data, and the "malicious" way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you're not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride. DON'T MISS:  Forget cheating, Pokemon Go will block you just for being too good Amul Kalia, the author of the piece, starts out by attacking Microsoft's well-documented attempts to push Windows 10 installs: "The tactics Microsoft employed to get users of earlier versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 10 went from annoying to downright malicious. Some highlights: Microsoft installed an app in users’ system trays advertising the free upgrade to Windows 10. The app couldn’t be easily hidden or removed, but some enterprising users figured out a way . Then, the company kept changing the app and bundling it into various security patches, creating a cat-and-mouse game to uninstall it." They go on to describe Microsoft's later attempts to push installs as "highly deceptive," and say Microsoft "chose to employ questionable tactics to cause users to download a piece of software that many didn’t want." Then, attention turns to what Windows 10 actually does once it's been installed on your machine: "Windows 10 sends an unprecedented amount of usage data back to Microsoft, particularly if users opt in to “personalize” the software using the OS assistant called Cortana . Here’s a non-exhaustive list of data sent back: location data, text input, voice input, touch input, webpages you visit, and telemetry data regarding your general usage of your computer, including which programs you run and for how long." All in all, it's a succinct and damning report on how Microsoft screwed up what should have been a very easy software update. Ultimately, with Windows 10, Microsoft was giving away a much-improved piece of software to its users. How it managed to screw that up so badly that the EFF is writing bad editorials -- well, you just need to read it to find out .
  • US Treasury blasts European tax probe of multinationals (2016-08-24 16:04:30)
    U.S. officials are publicly criticizing Europe's investigations into favorable tax arrangements that Apple and other multinational companies have reached with Ireland and a few other countries.
  • Giant butt-shaped aircraft crashes because butts weren't meant to fly (2016-08-24 16:03:14)
    The world's apparently largest aircraft crashed during a test flight in England. But all the internet could see was that it looks like a heinie.
  • Hackers post 'Ghostbusters' star Leslie Jones' nude photos, private data (2016-08-24 15:53:06)
    The actor's website is reportedly compromised with hackers posting personal identification and private photos alongside racist commentary.
  • See Link’s rune abilities in new ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ video (2016-08-24 15:49:52)
    Not only is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild one of the most anticipated games of 2017 , it's also one of the last major titles to ever launch on the Wii U. With that in mind, you can understand why Nintendo is already hyping up the game, despite the fact that Breath of the Wild doesn't even have a release date. DON'T MISS:  Brand new Pokemon Go update comes with a feature you’ve wanted from day one A couple of days ago, the Nintendo of Europe Twitter account shared a short video showcasing some of the abilities that Link will have access to using the runes that he collects along his journey. We saw a few of these in action when Nintendo demoed the game at E3 2016, but there are some unseen powers in the video as well: https://twitter.com/NintendoEurope/status/767753824345939968 The Cryonis Rune is the first that we see in the video, allowing Link to create ice pillars in the water in order to make his way to otherwise inaccessible terrain. Next up is the Magnesis Rune, which lets Link grab and lift metal objects from afar, such as a chest sitting at the bottom of a lake. The third rune on display is the Round Bomb, which is exactly what it sounds like — a round bomb that can be summoned repeatedly (after a short cooldown). And finally we see the Statis Rune in action, which gives Link the ability to lock objects in place and manipulate them. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  is clearly drawing inspiration from previous games in the series, but it looks like players are going to have a ton of new interactions to explore when the game launches for Wii U and NX in 2017.
  • Ex-Comverse CEO pleads guilty to fraud, a decade after fleeing U.S. (2016-08-24 15:41:06)
    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief executive officer of Comverse Technology Inc pleaded guilty on Wednesday to securities fraud, a decade after he fled to Namibia from the United States to avoid prosecution. Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the Woodbury, New York-based software developer's founder, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn, after ending his fight to avoid extradition to face charges pending since 2006. The case is one of the last open prosecutions arising from government or internal investigations of stock options backdating at over 200 companies, including Comverse, which was acquired in 2013 by former unit Verint Systems Inc .
  • Microsoft jumps into the livestreaming business with its acquisition of Beam (2016-08-24 15:41:00)
    Microsoft acquired Beam and its interactive livestreaming service as a way to bolster Xbox Live for a gaming culture crazy about eSports.
  • Gambit director Doug Liman has left for DC’s Justice League Dark (2016-08-24 15:34:03)
    Fox’s Marvel film franchise has suffered a new setback. Gambit director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) has departed the project and has signed on to direct DC’s supernatural ensemble film Justice League Dark. DC started publishing the supernatural team-up in November 2011 with Justice League Dark #1.
  • Video: How smart cities are using automation to increase energy efficiency (2016-08-24 15:22:17)
    At the TrustBelt 2016 conference in Chicago, TechRepublic spoke with Erin Grossi of UI Labs about how new technologies are accelerating the growth of smart cities.
  • How I get a new iPhone for $125 a year (2016-08-24 15:20:16)
    A new iPhone is rapidly approaching, which means it's time for my yearly tradition of flogging my old iPhone to strangers on the internet. Upgrading phones every year might be a ridiculous luxury, but if you're smart about how you do it, upgrading once a year is actually less expensive than upgrading whenever your old device dies. DON'T MISS:  Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS There's a bunch of different ways of selling old devices, ranging from grandma-level easy to requiring actual time and effort. We've detailed those before, but what we'll be looking at here is selling privately. If you have a device in decent condition, selling online can get you pretty close to the as-new device condition, which is way, way above what you'll get on trade-in. Pick your selling site There's nothing wrong with using all the usual culprits to sell your iPhone, but I find the more local-specific the website, the higher price you can get. There's a glut of new or as-new iPhones on eBay, which drives the price down. Local Craigslist ads can be better, but I find the best place to sell consistently is local Facebook free-and-for-sale groups. Since there's less competition, and you're dealing with people who want to buy something  right now  in many cases, I've found much higher prices on Facebook. Using Facebook groups also tends to cut down on people messing you around or aggressively undercutting. Because you know the public Facebook profile of whoever you're dealing with, you get fewer no-shows. Of course, it's not perfect, so you should use the usual precautions of meeting in a public place and making sure you count the cash or verify the bank transfer before handing over your device. Keep your device in good condition There's a huge price difference between selling an as-new iPhone and one that's been thoroughly used. If you keep your device in some kind of case, a year's usage shouldn't put any noticeable scratches on the handset. Try to avoid using badly-designed cases that scratch your phone as you take them on or off. Before taking photos of your device to post, use a small amount of window cleaner and a paper towel to clean fingerprints off and remove any dirt that would show up in photos. It's also a good idea to update it to the latest software. Original box and accessories are worth more than you think Continuing the whole as-new vibe, hanging onto the box and accessories for your iPhone will massively boost the resale value. I hate the Apple Earpods and I have lots of charging cables, so I leave the ones that come in my iPhone in the original box, hidden in a drawer for a year. When it comes time to sell my iPhone, having the original box and brand-new accessories is a huge selling point. If you're planning on upgrading to a new iPhone and you've already used the accessories that came with your old phone, there's an easy way around this: buy your new phone before you list the old one, and transfer the brand-new accessories into the old box. Trust me, you're better off doing that and buying more Lightning cables off Amazon than you are using the new cables and headphones. Take good pictures It's a cliche that you should take good pictures to sell things online, but it's also true. Try to use a decent camera, but a modern phone camera will work well if it has to. More important is the lighting and the setting. The best option is to use a balcony or something outdoors right around sunset. That provides more than enough light, but not so bright that the phone is washed out, or has reflections coming off the screen. As for location, place your phone on a background that's simple and non-distracting. A plain-colored table or carpet works well here, but the important thing is that the phone is the focus of the photo. It's the same rules that tech journalists generally use for photographing gadgets, and what works for blogs also works for you selling your stuff. Pick your timing Back in 2013, I scraped data from eBay to try and work out if the release of a new iPhone has any effect on the resale value of previous-generation handsets. Remarkably, the differences are tiny. Given that Apple will drop the price of the iPhone 6s as soon as it releases the 7, the decrease in resale value is less than you'd expect. Back in 2013, I found that while the release of the iPhone 5S saw a dramatic increase in the volume of iPhone 5 sales, the price stayed nearly the same, only decreasing by 5 percent in a month. In other words: you don't need to panic-sell your old phone as soon as you've bought a new one. But, you should try and make the sale within a month or two, as prices of older iPhones take a nosedive about three months after the release of a new model. The bottom line As I said before, with careful selling and planning, buying a new iPhone every year doesn't have to be expensive. To give you some anecdotal experience, I've bought a new iPhone for full price for the last three generations. For the 64GB models, the price (with tax) is normally around $700. My average resale value has been $575, meaning in effect, I spend $125 per year to have the newest iPhone. What if I upgraded once every three years, which I think is about the most I can stretch it? Well, I wouldn't be financially much better off. If that were the case, I'd be using an iPhone 5s right now, and be getting rid of it to get a new iPhone 7 in a few weeks. 32GB iPhone 5s devices in good condition are selling for about $200 right now on eBay . Assuming that I get a little more for having it in good condition and keeping the box, I'd expect to get $250-$300 for mine. That means I would've spent $400 over three years for that phone, or about $135 per year. So, for almost the same amount of money, I get a brand-new iPhone every year, rather than upgrading once every three years. That's without taking into account that by buying new (on the right credit card) every year, I benefit from six months of no-deductible insurance, and my device is always under warranty. The iPhone argument The market in used smartphones is the one killer reason for why I've spent my own money on iPhones for the last few years. Despite the fact that I hate the bigger form factor, and I'd love to have my daily phone be waterproof, it's just not worth the cost. Even the biggest-name Samsung devices don't hold their value nearly as well as iPhones, which makes them hundreds of dollars more expensive in the long run. Being an Apple fanboy isn't a matter of taste -- it's just economics.
  • Fingerprint scanner scares refugees away from safe haven (2016-08-24 15:08:35)
    In northern France, authorities and charities have built three refugee camps with different technology and philosophies. But their good intentions can easily be undermined.
  • What goes up, must come down: Domino tower gives it up to gravity (2016-08-24 15:06:30)
    This colorful tower of dominoes was the third-tallest in the world, but something happened on its way to the top.
  • Fisherman reportedly kept $100 million pearl under his bed for 10 years (2016-08-24 15:04:51)
    The 75-pound natural pearl is now on display in the Philippines, waiting to be authenticated. It kind of looks like a shiny wad of gum.
  • Another big leak says iPhone 7 will fix iPhone users’ biggest problem (2016-08-24 14:51:11)
    If sentiment around the internet is any indication, iPhone owners aren't very happy with the idea that Apple is planning to ditch the standard headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but everything we've seen and heard so far suggests that Apple's new iPhone models will only have a Lightning port on the bottom, so users who want to use a wired headset will either need to purchase a new one or use an adapter. Yes, Apple is creating a new problem for iPhone users, though if history has taught us anything the outrage will subside fairly quickly after the new iPhones are released. But potential iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users will be happy to learn that Apple will also likely solve a problem with its new iPhone models, and it's a big one. DON'T MISS:  Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake According to just about every study that has ever been done, iPhone users have two main problems with their smartphones of choice. One is battery life, which Apple doesn't seem interested in fixing anytime soon. iPhones are always among the thinnest smartphones available, and Apple seems to value design over battery life. Even more so than battery life, people complain about their iPhones' storage capacity... or lack there of. Apple has no plans to add microSD support and taking an ax to its iPhone ASPs, so users are stuck without however much storage comes on their iPhones. Not everyone can afford to spend $100 or $200 extra for more capacity, so 16GB is all they get — and that doesn't even take into account the space occupied by iOS itself. Well, we have some good news. Rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to double each storage tier for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and now we may have some evidence to suggest that indeed will be the case. Twitter leaker "The Malignant" on Wednesday posted a photo of what is believed to be an internal spreadsheet that belongs to one of Apple's component suppliers or manufacturing partners. The image shows purported listings for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus storage modules, and it shows three different sizes: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. Is this a guarantee that Apple does in fact plan to double the storage capacity for each new iPhone tier. Not quite, but the source has a decent track record and remember, this isn't the first time we've heard this rumor. All will likely be revealed on September 7th, when Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhones. Until then, you can check out the leaked photo below.
  • Hillary Clinton calls on EpiPen maker to lower price immediately (2016-08-24 14:50:29)
    Hillary Clinton has asked the maker of the the EpiPen to voluntarily lower the price of the lifesaving allergy treatment, which has jumped by over 400 percent in the past few years. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Claire McCaskill of Missouri also requested pricing information from the manufacturer, Mylan NV, within two weeks. Several senators have been pressing Mylan over the price hikes.
  • Tim Cook en Apple: 5 años que se traducen a 5 cifras récord (2016-08-24 14:48:53)
    Hace exactamente cinco años, Cook tomó las riendas de la gigante de Cupertino. Bajo su mandato, la empresa alcanzó su récord de ventas para el iPhone, lanzó un reloj inteligente y abrió casi 500 tiendas por todo el mundo. ¿Cómo pintan los próximos 5 años?
  • Here are all your Pokemon saying, 'YAS!' in character (2016-08-24 14:34:10)
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  • Self-driving cars aren’t going to be so great until we make our maps way better (2016-08-24 14:33:49)
    Uber is rolling out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, which is cool — but it means that the way we think about maps and addresses is about to get really complicated. For example, here is something that happens to me several times a week: I call an Uber to my apartment building, and the driver gets lost because they can’t find the door. See, the address of my building is on a main street, but the actual entrances are on the sides of the building — and when I drop a pin at those locations, Uber maps them to nonexistent addresses.
  • Orange denies media report on deal with Vivendi on Telecom Italia (2016-08-24 14:33:07)
    French telecoms operator Orange denied on Wednesday having reached a deal with Vivendi that would include taking stakes in the media giant's pay-TV Canal Plus and in Telecom Italia, following an online report by French magazine Challenges. Rumours of a potential deal between Vivendi, which owns 24.7 percent of Telecom Italia, and Orange, have regularly surfaced over the past few months as traditional media groups try to find new ways to compete against newcomers such as Netflix and Amazon. "Orange obviously discusses with all content players in a sector that is constantly evolving, but the group formally denies having reached any secret deal with Vivendi including Canal Plus and Telecom Italia," a spokesman for Orange said by phone.
  • How to use PowerPoint 2016's stunning new Morph transition (2016-08-24 14:32:00)
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  • Her name is Rio and she dances on the stand: Kia heads to Paris (2016-08-24 14:31:41)
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  • How big data helped raise big money on the campaign (2016-08-24 14:31:18)
    In a revealing interview, analytics firm CFB Strategies explains how big data helped his company generate over $90 million in contributions, and what business can learn from fundraising tactics.
  • Frank Ocean's release of Blonde marks the start of a major fight in the music industry (2016-08-24 14:27:17)
    The release of Blonde marked much more than Frank Ocean’s musical return after four years away. After satisfying his Def Jam deal with the release of Endless, Ocean released Blonde independently in a move that marks the first shot in an inevitable fight between music labels and streaming services. The relationship between an artist and a music label has been a notoriously fraught one, but until recently, there was nowhere an artist could run to when they tired of their label besides the next label down the street.
  • Netflix phishing scam looks to steal credit card details from iPhone users (2016-08-24 14:26:07)
    Whether or not you have active Netflix or Apple accounts makes no difference to hackers looking to steal precious personal data. But you should be aware of a new Netflix email scam that’s using a fake iTunes bill to fool you into giving your credit card details to scammers, so here’s what you need to know about it so you can avoid it. DON’T MISS:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left Like any phishing scheme, these fraudulent emails contain fake bills for products you may not remember having purchased, according to This Is Money . The emails seem to originate from Apple, and they appear to contain receipts for purchases that you’d normally get in your email – if you have an Apple ID account and buy stuff from Apple’s digital stores. This particular receipt concerns Netflix, and it tries convince you that someone impersonating you has gained access to your Apple account to subscribe to Netflix. Naturally, you’ll want to put a stop to it by clicking the available “refund” or “manage subscriptions” links in that email. You’ll then get to a website that looks like Apple’s where you have to enter your account and credit card details for the refund. But what really happens is that those details are delivered straight to the scammers. And they’ll then put it to good use, meaning that you can expect real warnings from your bank in the near future. So what should you do? First of all, if you don't have an Apple account, then you're safe. Secondly, never click the links inside an email like this. Instead, check with your bank to see if the fraudulent charges are real. You can also go to Apple.com directly and check your account – but, again, don’t use the links in that email. Just type the site's address into your browser. It might be Netflix and Apple today, but scammers could pair other hot products in the future to send similar emails. Consider the tips above best practices that you should always keep in mind.
  • Could life exist on Proxima b, the closest Earth-like planet in the universe? (2016-08-24 14:11:05)
    A planet that could be Earth's cousin is circling the nearest star beyond our sun. Could Proxima b also host cousins of a different sort?
  • Apple wants you to know it already does great AI — but it’s ‘subtle' (2016-08-24 14:09:50)
    Apple wants you to know it’s been working on AI for years now — you just didn’t know it. In a new feature by Stephen Levy in Backchannel, some of the company’s top execs and machine learning experts hammer home this message, pointing out all the ways in which AI is used in Apple’s products today. Apple has cause to push this message.
  • Hackers nab 25M accounts in another Mail.ru breach (2016-08-24 14:09:49)
    Two hackers were able to steal email addresses and easily crackable passwords from three separate forums in this latest hack.
  • Found in space: Planet Proxima b could be Earth's closest cousin (2016-08-24 14:09:37)
    It's the biggest exoplanet news since the first one was spotted two decades ago. Meet Proxima b, the world beyond our solar system that future generations may visit one day.
  • SpaceX is building new facilities at Port Canaveral to refurbish rockets (2016-08-24 14:05:04)
    SpaceX plans to lease one building and construct a newer second building at Port Canaveral, just two miles from where it launches its Falcon 9 rockets from the Cape Canaveral space pad, port chief John Murray tells Flordia Today. The company plans on leasing the former 52,000 square foot Spacehab building, which used to belong to the aerospace company now called Astrotech Corporation.
  • Here’s what Hasselblad’s rumored camera module for the Moto Z might look like (2016-08-24 14:04:48)
    Back in May we saw possible backplates for Lenovo’s modular Moto Z. All of them, including a projector and speaker, ultimately turned out to be real, but the rumored camera module that looked to come complete with a grip, sensor, lens, and flash never showed up. Lenovo instead focused on the phone’s default 13-megapixel camera. MotoG3 reports that the photos surfaced online and that Lenovo is planning to introduce the module at IFA in Berlin this year.
  • Reward your ears: 5 gadgets to liven up your music (2016-08-24 14:04:00)
    ATLANTA (AP) — Open your ears. What do you hear?
  • Uber offers drivers free retirement planning before robots eventually take their jobs (2016-08-24 14:02:13)
    Uber is now offering drivers in select cities free financial planning through a partnership with a robo-advisor called Betterment. Uber mentions neither in its announcement about teaming up with Betterment. Drivers can use the Uber app to open a Betterment IRA or Roth IRA for free for the first year, with no minimum account balance and a team of advisors to walk them through the steps of setting up a retirement account.
  • Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS (2016-08-24 13:57:08)
    Android and iOS have been in a user-interface war for years. Who is winning really depends on who you ask, but a secret feature buried in the code for Android 8.0 Nougat shows a feature that would give Android the upper hand. Android Police  uncovered details and screenshots of a navigation bar customizer hidden in the code for Android Nougat. It's not currently active, as it was pulled from the code base for being "not ready," but a tipster managed to recreate the feature and provide screenshots. DON'T MISS:  Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake The customizer appears to be powerful. All the navigation buttons are removable, and you can replace them with options like a clipboard or a keyboard switcher. Keycodes also allow you to assign any keyboard action you want to a button on the navbar. Basically, anything you've ever wanted to be able to do from the navigation bar is up for grabs. Once you've decided on the actions, you're able to move those buttons around in any order you want on the navbar. It's a big change for Android, which has mostly stuck with the same navigation options for years, especially once physical buttons started to die out. Making the navbar customizable is an obvious move for Android. The navbar itself is a little old, and arguably a waste of space in the user interface. But add the option for customized buttons, and navigating around Android just became faster and easier than ever. Jailbroken iOS users, eat your heart out.
  • TechRepublic to partner with CNET and City of Louisville to connect smart cities to professionals and their living spaces (2016-08-24 13:53:00)
    Big data from smart cities can help businesses and professionals be more productive and efficient with their time. TechRepublic will be creating content from the CNET Urban Smart Home to show how.
  • Discovery of 'another Earth' revs plan for fly-by of laser-propelled spacecraft (2016-08-24 13:51:34)
    Breakthrough Starshot, the Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg-backed plan to send spacecraft to our stellar neighbors, has a new target, and it wants you to have the chance to glimpse it up close.
  • ​This Eleven figure from 'Stranger Things' needs to be real (2016-08-24 13:37:46)
    Toy maker Funko crafts an Eleven figure from "Stranger Things" in its signature Pop Vinyl style, complete with an Eggo waffle and bloody nose.
  • Google brings data-saving Wi-Fi Assistant to all Nexus phones (2016-08-24 13:31:57)
    Starting in the coming weeks, Google is adding a new data-saving perk for owners of its Nexus smartphones. Called Wi-Fi Assistant, the feature lets your device automatically connect to millions of open and free Wi-Fi hotspots in an effort to cut down on data use and optimize mobile data speeds. Prior to today, the feature was exclusive to Google’s Project Fi cell service.
  • Google's balloon-fueled internet venture gets a new leader (2016-08-24 13:08:56)
    The X research lab names Tom Moore the new general manager for Project Loon.
  • Watch Stephen Colbert’s hilarious ‘interview’ with Ryan Lochte (2016-08-24 13:03:43)
    Although the incredible athletic performances and moving human stories should have taken center stage at the Olympics, we were unfortunately too distracted by the saga of Ryan Lochte to pay much attention to the actual competitions. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left After telling the world that he had been robbed in Rio by four men with badges, Lochte came under a great deal of scrutiny. As it turns out, the altercation was not a robbery at all, and Lochte has since apologized for "over-exaggerating" the story (although he has not yet admitted it was a complete fabrication). Matt Lauer has since interviewed Lochte about the incident, giving him a chance to clear the air. Colbert saw this as an opportunity, and on Monday night's edition of The Late Show , he edited himself into Matt Lauer's seat, effectively taking over the interview and twisting Lochte's answer to make them funnier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUffop9NpJo Colbert has every reason to poke fun at this ridiculous controversy, but it's more than a joke for Lochte. To date, the swimmer has lost four major sponsorships: Speedo, Ralph Lauren, Airweave and Syneron-Candela. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Lochte is an impressive athlete, but his actions outside of the stadium are going to cost him around $1 million. Let's hope we can avoid this nonsense in 2020.
  • Let this mechanical hand centipede tell you how the shadow world feels (2016-08-24 13:00:09)
    Advanced virtual reality haptics — technology that lets you realistically feel like you’re touching digital objects — lags behind headsets and motion controllers, in terms of both mainstream development and consumer adoption. This may be partly because delivering these subtle sensations requires an intimate connection with our bodies, and the one-size-fits-all nature of wearable technology sometimes makes that difficult. This is Dexmo, a force-feedback exoskeleton built by VR startup Dexta Robotics.
  • A planet orbits around the closest star to our Solar System — and it may be habitable (2016-08-24 13:00:06)
    Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System, has a planet that may have just the right features to support life on its surface. The planet is also super close to Proxima Centauri, located around 4.3 million miles away from the star, or just 5 percent of the distance from the Earth to the Sun. As a result, Proxima b’s orbit is a mere 11.2 days — about an eighth the length of Mercury’s orbit. Proxima Centauri is a cool red dwarf star, much smaller and fainter than our Sun. So its "habitable zone" — the region around a star where temperatures are just right for liquid water to exist on a planet’s surface — is much closer to the star than it is to our Sun. And Proxima b is squarely in this region.
  • Best Buy's online sales soar despite competitors (2016-08-24 12:57:23)
    The retailer's second-quarter financial results reveal impressive online sales.
  • Leslie Jones' website goes offline after personal info, photos leaked (2016-08-24 12:56:32)
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  • AAA study shows not every autonomous braking system is created equal (2016-08-24 12:56:09)
    Despite some drivers thinking that all auto-braking systems work the same, AAA's study shows the reality of the situation is way different.
  • Volvo's Iron Knight is a 2,400-hp truck built for shattering speed records (2016-08-24 12:55:27)
    It's broken multiple world records, yet its transmission is the same one used in Volvo's regular truck lineup. Not too shabby!
  • Blame it on the alcohol: Researchers discover how to recycle carbon fiber (2016-08-24 12:54:35)
    Here is yet more proof that alcohol solves all sorts of problems.
  • Here is the only good Kickstarter pitch email in history (2016-08-24 12:48:20)
    One of the occupational hazards of gadget blogging is the never-ending flood of PR emails from desperate Kickstarter companies. Then there is Flag, which hired former Gizmodo editor Joel Johnson to write the following email. It is the essence of Kickstarter reduced to fundamental elements: attention, promise, frustration, apologia.
  • Jawbone accuses Xiaomi of ripping off its speaker design, just like everyone else (2016-08-24 12:38:55)
    Jawbone’s chief creative officer, Yves Behar, has a bone to pick with Xiaomi over their Mi Square Box Bluetooth speaker. Behar tweeted out his thoughts at Xiaomi, calling out the Chinese company for "ripping off the Jawbone Mini Jambox.
  • 11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2016-08-24 12:38:47)
    We've got something for everyone in today's batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. From photos apps to music steaming apps to games and everything in between — there's even an app in there that will help you cheat at Pokemon Go. We also found an app that lets you listen to your own music while on hold during a phone call, instead of the crummy music on the other end of the line. Pretty cool! A few additional freebies can be snagged from yesterday's post as well, but remember that all of these sales could end at any moment. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left 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. MusicRogue Normally $1.99. MusicRogue is the best way to listen to YOUR hold music when making a call on mobile. No in-app purchases, no ads, and no call charges. Enjoy a clean and easy solution. When on hold, play any track from your playlist, change playlists on a call, or chose music from your Spotify account (coming soon). Your music on hold with zero ads or in-app purchases. Features • Play your music on your smartphone when on hold • Select new playlists easily by “swiping” while on a call • Companies called are blocked from advertising their products to you • No ads or in-app purchases from MusicRogue • Secure automated return to your call • App can be used as a music player offline Privacy Policy: http://musicrogue.com/privacy.html Terms of use: http://musicrogue.com/terms.html Download MusicRogue WeatherHop Normally $0.99. Do you take lots of photos that you never see again? WeatherHop will help you relive those memories by showing you photos from your current location and other locations you've saved alongside the current weather and a full 7-day forecast. Download WeatherHop Shift Normally $0.99. Shift 2.0 allows you to create thousands of custom photo filters by combining textures, color overlays, and blends to produce stylish effects like grain, vintage, light leaks, and high contrast black and whites. Completely redone from the ground up, Shift 2.0 gives you full control over each element of the photo filter to achieve beautiful and unique finish to your photos. Textures Shift 2.0 is preloaded with 37 original textures that add film grain, dust, and light leaks that can be repositioned, scaled, rotated, and repeated to your heart's content. The strength of the texture can also be adjusted separately from the strength of the color overlays, meaning you can decide whether the texture, color, or both takes the main stage. Complete texture manipulation like this is the first in the realm of photo filtering. Colors Overlays Shift 2.0 provides striking color overlay presets that can be easily tweaked and customized. In its most basic form, color overlays can be a single color, which changes the tone of the entire picture. Color gradients that combine the overlay color from one to another provide an even more stunning look, simulating effects like light leaks or the look or vintage film. Shift 2.0's innovative approach to color gradients comes in two flavors - two-point control or three-point control. Each individual point, which represents the focus of each color, can be moved, repositioned, rotated, and zoomed allowing for even more control of how the colors fade into each other, producing incredible outcomes. Blends Blends bring everything together by combining the original photo with the color overlay and texture. Every blend produces a different result - switching between them will produce another entirely different effect even with the same color overlay and texture. Altogether, Shift 2.0 has seven blend modes including standard Photoshop favorites such as multiply, overlay, additive, and screen, as well as custom blends like desaturate and psychedelic. Favorites Even though creating custom filters that are perfect for each photo is half the fun, favorites let you save and name their go-tos for quick and easy access for the next photo. Of course, the favorites can be adjusted themselves and be used as a starting point for yet another custom filter. There is no limit to the number of favorites that can be saved. Features * Create thousands of beautiful photo filters by mixing textures, color gradients, and blends * 23 sample filters - Use them as starting points or make new ones from scratch * 12 color overlay presets and color wheel - Pick a color overlay preset and use the color wheel to achieve the perfect look * 37 original textures that can be moved, scaled, rotated, and repeated * Fine tuned control over color gradients - Adjust position, strength, and direction * 7 blend modes including multiply, overlay, additive, and screen * Image adjustments like brightness, contrast, saturation, and temperature * Save and name an unlimited number of custom photo filters to your favorites Download Shift SnapTube Premium Normally $2.99. SnapTube Premium is buit for music lovers. Search, discover, organise and play millions of youtube music, vevo music, live stream music videos. Keep tracking on trending, hottest, just released youtube music videos. - Discover trending youtube music videos in your country - Discover just release youtube music, vevo music - Explore new youtube music, vevo music hits - Background music playback - Control music playback from lock screen - Search unlimited youtube music tracks, playlists - Seamless play millions of youtube music, vevo music - Video streaming is optimized for both speed and quality Media Library - Add unlimited youtube music, vevo music - Browse by Date or Duration or Name - Search by Artist, title Playlist manager - Create playlists and listen to your favorite music seamlessly - Organise unlimited number of playlists Player - Best youtube player for youtube music videos - Play all high quality music video Smoothly and Seamlessly - Streamer is optimized Download SnapTube Premium Zuki's Quest Normally $0.99. Zuki's Quest is a mobile, turn-based puzzle platformer. Solve challenging puzzles by controlling the gravity and helping Zuki to free a mysterious island from its ancient curse. Story Zuki and her hummingbird, Pico, travel to a mysterious island. The gods have tasked the island-dwellers to collect the golden idols from the temples and sacrifice them for their amusement. On Zuki's arrival, the island-dwellers capture and try to cook her, but instead, the wise island chief decides to send Zuki on this difficult endeavor. Of course, those temples have plenty of traps, poisoned spikes, falling blocks and long-forgotten ghosts. From here, the adventure begins... About Zuki's Quest is a mobile, turn-based puzzle platformer. You solve puzzles by changing the gravity and moving Zuki through the levels. Every move can have multiple consequences and it's always good to think about where to jump next. With a limited number of moves per level and plenty of mind-bending challenges, Zuki's Quest is great game for puzzle lovers! Zuki's Quest Features + Innovative mechanic to solve puzzles + Simple swipe controls + Physics-based gameplay + Beautiful Game Art + 72 challenging Levels + Game-Center Achievements + Easy to learn, hard to master Download Zuki's Quest Spends Normally $1.99. It is a household account book app that there are three types of layout. ●Three of the household account book layout You I can use the week and month display household accounts of that infinite horizontal scrolling. ●Beautiful two themes And a two themes of WHITE and BLACK, you can use to choose the one you like best. Function ------------------------------------------- Three types of graph - By the scope of the week day line graph - Another range of the month day line graph - Range is the month of category pie chart Other Features - Editing of expense items, additional functions - Theme change function. It can be changed from two types of theme Download Spends 8 Minute Workout Normally $0.99. 8 minute workout is a sport annex based on scientific research and practice of audience by women of all ages who achieved colossal results. This simple and effective set of exercises was first presented by a leading scientific journal by international organization American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and later made popular by newspaper NYT. Do you want to have a slim belly and a beautiful abs, but can never find time to work out? All you need is dedicate 8 minutes a day to these simple exercises and watch your results! This annex contains carefully picked exercises for a complete workout. Features - Training regimen with built in stopwatch. - Demonstration in photos and videos of each exercise. - Step by step description of proper exercise. - Training calendar. - Optimal training schedule. - Your weight control. - Gallery of personal achievements. - Sound accompaniment for workouts. - Reminder for upcoming training. - Integrated music player. - Training timer set ability to pick individual perform and rest timing. - Ability to share your achievements on Facebook / Instagram. All the material is stored inside of this application (no Internet connection required). All exercises designed specifically for women and are very simple, but extremely effective - you can work on your weight without special equipment and simulators only 8 minutes a day! Download 8 Minute Workout NoLocation Normally $0.99. "If you want to protect the privacy of your photos then NoLocation is a simple app that can help you with this. It's easy to use and the whole process only takes a couple of seconds." - appPicker Location data is stored in every photo you take with your iPhone. When your photos are shared on the internet, anyone that sees them can see exactly where they were taken. NoLocation is here to fix that problem. With just a few taps, you can remove that data. After the data is removed, it will automatically open the share menu so you can send it to the to the internet or your favorite social network. Download NoLocation MemoMa Normally $3.99. MemoMa is a notes app that you can write your memos, ideas, journals, or any kind of text directly into your iPhone calendars. You can add a note very quickly by tapping a plus (+) button, and your note will be registered with a time stamp. You can also add a calendar event using MemoMa. You can start your day by checking MemoMa’s today’s view. That is where the app starts when you launch it. It shows all of your notes and events for the day. 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What MemoMa Can Do: - Create and edit plain text notes with date and time stamp. - Create and edit calendar events. - View entire texts for a given period (e.g., a day, a week, a month or a year) without having to open each event or note. - Copy a note’s or event’s detail to clipboard. - Hyperlink addresses, URLs and phone numbers to launch external apps. - Full text search within given period (up to a year). - Search results in chronological and reversed chronological orders. - Create notes and events off-line. - Change text size through system settings. CAUTION: MemoMa has the following limitations: - Cannot insert image, video, audio or other multimedia content. - Cannot change fonts or format rich text. - Alarms, reminders and invitations are not supported (it can be set but, the functionalities are delegated to iPhone's main calendar app) Download MemoMa Tank Super Wars Normally $14.99. One of the most Classical Tank Battle NES / FC Game since 1990 Game Rules: - Defense your base - Destroy all enemy tanks - Game over, if your tank or your base is destroyed It is a modern NES classical mobile tank battle city. Game of modern war, Boom the map, Summon your alliance, Strike the Enemy! Key Features: - 5 difficulty levels - Built-in 250 Maps - Map Editor (Available on iPhone5 or higher) [Suggest use Touch Pen] - Custom playlist (Available on iPhone5 or higher) * All custom map need to create on you own, you cannot edit or change internal built-in maps. ** We will update the number of internal map every 2 to 4 months. Download Tank Super Wars Cheats for Pokémon Go Normally $0.99. Features: ● Guide for Po ké mon GO is an application that provides full details for all 150+ confirmed Po ké mon in the game and how to use this. ● The best guided videos. Download Cheats for Pokémon Go
  • The NYC subway may have limited mobile ticketing as soon as next year (2016-08-24 12:15:49)
    Amelia Holowaty KralesEarlier this year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it hoped to have its new mobile, high-tech fare payment system for the New York City subway installed by 2020. But e-ticketing may be coming to the nation’s largest rapid transit system sooner than we thought. That’s because two companies, Mastercard and Boston-based Masabi, are currently in talks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand their recently launched e-ticketing app for the agency’s commuter rail lines to New York City’s subway system as soon as next year. ...
  • Watch SNL comedians break character in a supercut of skits that were too funny to handle (2016-08-24 12:13:58)
    Saturday Night Live  is always a great source of laughs, featuring a regular cast of great comedians and guest stars that add an extra layer of fun. Some of the greatest  SNL sketches aren’t only memorable because of the great jokes and actors playing all sorts of weird characters, however. Instead, they're memorable because sometimes they's so hilarious that the cast members can't even finish their lines without bursting out laughing. A couple of new videos just uploaded to YouTube feature a compilation of moments where cast members broke character. It's not a blooper reel since it all happens live, but it is the funniest thing you'll see today. DON’T MISS:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left Posted on YouTube channel KateMcKinnonTV – no, it has nothing to do with the comedian who’s an SNL regular – the following videos are hilarious, covering both brand new sketches as well as much older ones. You’ll easily recognize the members of the cast and their guests as the clips move from one sketch to the next, but you’ll soon notice that one of the recurring characters in this compilation is Bill Hader’s Stephon. The reason is pretty simple. SNL writer John Mulaney revealed that they turned Hader’s “hands over the mouth” pose into a signature move because Hader would laugh a lot while playing Stefon. Mulaney and Hader would write the sketches together, but right before the show, Mulaney would add jokes that Hader hadn’t seen — and that’s why Hader broke out laughing so often. And let's not forget Ryan Gosling, who just can't keep it together on SNL . Check out the two clips below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVtziVj2quQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvHc_DJeW98
  • Rovio is already planning a sequel to The Angry Birds Movie (2016-08-24 12:11:51)
    Now that The Angry Birds Movie is the second-highest grossing video game movie of all time, it makes perfect sense that a sequel is on the way. The Wall Street Journal reports that Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company behind the popular mobile series, is developing a follow-up. The Angry Birds Movie was a commercial success both in the US and abroad, pulling $346.9 million at the global box office on a $73 million budget according to Box Office Mojo.
  • Senator says Facebook gun sales ban 'should have the teeth it needs to be effective' (2016-08-24 12:11:04)
    Facebook's ban on private gun sales has faced steady criticism since it was first instituted in January, as reports of sales on the site continued. Last month, Democratic Massachusetts senator Edward Markey wrote to Facebook and Instagram with questions about how the ban was being enforced, and yesterday, his office released the company's response. "We share your concern about any activity on our platform that violates our Community Standards, including peer-to-peer sales of firearms or explosives, and we are committed to removing this activity from Facebook and Instagram," Facebook vice president of US Policy Erin Egan writes.
  • Exclusive film clip: Watch 'Snowden' demolish his CIA aptitude test (2016-08-24 12:01:06)
    Edward Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, demonstrates serious smarts in this scene from Oliver Stone's upcoming political thriller. Get a first look here.
  • Google extends Project Fi Wi-Fi technology to Nexus devices (2016-08-24 12:01:02)
    Starting today, Google Nexus users will be able to use key technology developed for Google's Project Fi Wi-Fi service on any carrier's network.
  • Hundreds of Pokemon Go fans hit the streets of Taipei (2016-08-24 11:55:03)
    Hundreds of Pokemon Go enthusiasts caused a stampede in Taipei on Sunday (August 21) in a rush to 'catch' rare Pokemons. The streets in Beitou were packed with people playing the location-based game and hunting for the virtual monsters through their smartphones. Many rushed to the spot where the characters apparently appeared. "There is Snorlax, Gyarados... Aerodactyl is a bit more common," said one player, naming the characters that caused the commotion. So-called Pokestops are often established in parks, causing many to gather there. ...
  • This wallet is an affront to common sense (2016-08-24 11:50:45)
    Convergence is the ultimate goal of most technological developments, but there are some areas of life that don’t benefit from it. A good example: valuable items that you might keep about your person. Don’t converge those. As a seasoned traveler, I know to keep my passport in one pocket, my money in another, my phone in a third spot, and my keys in a fourth. That way if I lose one thing, I don’t lose them all.I diversify my risk portfolio.Well, the Intrepid Travel Wallet is the anti-Vlad. ...
  • The new ToeJam and Earl looks like the sequel fans have wanted for 25 years (2016-08-24 11:48:54)
    Often adults, particularly the nerdiest amongst us, possess an unflagging love for an entertainment franchise that defined their childhood. Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Jem and the Holograms. My heart, for example, belongs to ToeJam and Earl, an all but forgotten roguelike for the Sega Genesis that starred the two aliens with a love for hip-hop and funk.For better and worse, movie studios and retailers haven’t spent the last two decades rebooting, retooling, and reincarnating my favorite childhood property, as they have with bigger brands. ...
  • Rio Olympics 2016: How hackers are still using the games to scam businesses (2016-08-24 11:39:36)
    Though the Olympic games have ended for the summer, cybercriminals are still using stories from the games to target companies. Here's how to stay safe.
  • Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake (2016-08-24 11:23:03)
    Apple is expected to unveil its brand new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones exactly two weeks from today, on September 7th. At that point in time, Apple fans will have to do their best to act surprised — thanks to months of persistent leaks and rumors, we now know just about everything there is to know about Apple's next-generation iPhone models. In fact, the last mystery may have just been solved . Everyone knows what to expect and in spite of all the claims we've seen on gadget blogs that Apple's new iPhones will be "boring," we all know that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are shaping up to be far more exciting than some might think . Unfortunately, however, a new claim suggests that one of the coolest new features reportedly coming to Apple's new iPhones will be a no-show next month. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left According to more reports than we can count at this point, Apple's next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will feature an updated design with new antennas and no traditional headphone jack. They'll also both sport new cameras, though the iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-lens setup while the smaller iPhone 7 will have just one rear camera lens. Several reports have also suggested that another exciting new feature will separate the Plus model from the 4.7-inch iPhone 7: a Smart Connector. First seen on the iPad Pro last year, Apple's Smart Connector is made up of several magnets and contacts that can pass power and data from the iPad to a connected accessory. The addition of a Smart Connector port to the iPhone 7 Plus could open the door for a wide range of nifty accessories similar to what we've seen from Motorola with its new Moto Z and Moto Z Force . Unfortunately, a new claim suggests the iPhone 7 Plus won't actually include the special connector. In a post on Instagram (via Reddit ), iPhone case maker Carved penned a quick note about its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases. The company said that it would have new cases available to ship as soon as Apple's new iPhones are released, and preorders would be made available ahead of launch. The company also noted that as far as it knows, Apple's larger iPhone 7 Plus will not include a Smart Connector. Here's the full post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJed9XhANfp This is hardly a confirmation, of course, but case makers have been known to get good intel from sources at Apple's manufacturing partners. As such, it might be a good idea to avoid holding your breath for a Smart Connector on the iPhone 7 Plus.
  • Bachelor in Purgatory: season three, episode 4 (2016-08-24 11:17:12)
    Bachelor in Paradise is a television show in which the discarded men and women from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette come to a place called "Paradise" (technically a resort in Mexico) for a second (or sometimes third, and occasionally fourth) shot at love. Lizzie Plaugic: We've spent four weeks in Paradise so far, which has been enough time for Josh to moan 237 times, Ashley to cry 16 times, and for some of the "strongest couples" (at least, according to BiP standards) to realize things are not always blueberries and paper airplanes in Paradise. Ashley spends the majority of the episode staring at them from behind giant ferns and trying to decide how to best convince Jared that Caila is a giggling, emotionless temptress who is not to be trusted.
  • Google’s next-gen Nexus will come with new Nougat features that aren’t available yet (2016-08-24 10:58:55)
    Google just released the Android 7.0 Nougat update but this year’s Nexus devices are yet to become official. Even if you don’t plan on buying an HTC Nexus model this year, you should still be excited about the phones because the two devices will run Android 7.1, a Nougat upgrade that will bring with it two exciting new features. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left A post on Reddit revealed that Google is already testing Android 7.1, with Android Police ’s David Ruddock tweeting that the new Nexus phones will launch with Android 7.1, “which is now confirmed to be Nougat’s MR1 release.” https://twitter.com/RDR0b11/status/768133395587018752 If that’s not enough, one more person who offered details recently about the upcoming Nexus phones confirmed the news. “The Marlin leak is based on N Maintenance Release 1. NMR1,” Nathan Benis said . “With Google’s announcements, today of doing quarterly maintenance releases leads me to believe the upcoming Nexus devices are going to be launched alongside MR1. Probably around the same time they were last year. Current version of Android N that is being pushed to Nexus devices is based on Developer Preview 5 and does not have any of the ‘proprietary features Android Police and myself have been leaking’ expect a developer preview of mr1 with these changes soon... “ Previous leaks indicated that the Marlin and Sailfish would feature a new launcher  as well as a way to activate the brand new Google Assistant from a redesigned home button. Google has yet to confirm any of these details, but Benis seems to indicate the new Nexus phones are due in late September. That means an announcement is probably is probably on the way.
  • U.S. appeals court sends BlackBerry lawsuit back to lower court (2016-08-24 10:54:36)
    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing BlackBerry Ltd of fraudulently inflating its stock price by painting an upbeat picture of the prospects for its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone line that was misleading. While the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the lawsuit failed to state a plausible claim, it ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider whether to let the plaintiffs amend their complaint in light of what they said was new evidence. Neither BlackBerry nor a lawyer for lead plaintiffs Todd Cox and Mary Dinzik responded immediately to requests for comment.
  • How to increase your DKIM key to 2048 bits for Google Apps (2016-08-24 10:53:09)
    Checking the length of your DKIM key and generating a new, 2048-bit one could help prevent spoofing and spam. Here's the process for Google Apps admins.
  • Baltimore police secretly using aerial camera surveillance, report says (2016-08-24 10:51:55)
    The Baltimore Police Department has been using an aerial surveillance system borrowed from the Iraq War, according to Bloomberg.
  • South Korea delays decision to share mapping data with Google (2016-08-24 10:49:19)
    The nation pushes back the deadline to November to respond to Google's request for mapping data.
  • Play Kerbal Space Program like an astronaut with this custom control board (2016-08-24 10:37:33)
    Kerbal Space Program is a tough game to describe, but the best possible description I can give it is "NASA: The Game." It’s a spaceflight sim, where the goal is to design ships and launch the adorable Kerbals into space, helping them explore their solar system without reaching an untimely and fiery demise. The game is known for its extremely realistic simulation of spaceflight and orbital mechanics, with enterprising players being known to accidentally learn some advanced physics to succeed in the game.
  • The 'flying bum' aircraft crash-landed on its second test flight (2016-08-24 10:20:40)
    Airlander 10, the butt-shaped airship that just flew for the first time last week, crashed earlier this morning on its second test flight, damaging the cockpit. Nicknamed "The Flying Bum," the helium-filled aircraft took off from its central-England airfield last week to begin its initial testing, and was flying this morning for a second round of test flights. The aircraft completed its tasks for the day during its hour and a half flight before coming in for a landing.
  • Where does Tesla’s new Model S P100D rank among the world’s fastest cars? (2016-08-24 10:08:02)
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk once boasted that Tesla doesn't know how to make slow cars; and true to form, Tesla on Tuesday announced a new 100kWh battery option that ups the already impressive 0-60 time on the Model S to record levels. With the new P100D option, a Tesla Model S in Ludicrous mode can go from 0-60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds flat, easily making it the fastest production car on the planet. In light of Tesla's jaw-dropping announcement, we thought it'd be fun to take a look at the world's fastest cars. Note that in putting together this list we're not looking at overall top speed, but raw acceleration from 0-60 off the starting line. Also note that while there are two cars that can best Tesla's Model S, the Model S is the fastest car that you can pick up today brand new. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left 1) LaFerrari: 0-60 in 2.2 seconds Ferrari only produced 499 LaFerrari models and if you're interested in picking one up you'll have to pony up at least $1 million. 2) Tesla Model S P100D: 0-60 in 2.5 seconds The fact that a Model S even made it onto a list populated by supercars is a feat unto itself. 3) Porsche 918 Spyder: 0-60 in 2.5 seconds Only 918 of these were ever produced, so you're going to have to spend a pretty penny if you want to pick one of these bad boys up. 4) Bugatti Veyron: 0-60 in 2.5 seconds Only 450 of these were ever produced. 5. Rimac Concept_One: 0-60 in 2.6 seconds This high performance electric supercar costs a cool $1 million and can go from 0-60 in just 2.6 seconds. Also impressive is that it boasts a top speed of 220 MPH. 6) Porsche 991 Turbo S: 0-60 in 2.8 seconds You can still pick up this car, but it's going to a bit slower off the line and far more expensive than Tesla's top of the line model. 7) McLaren P1: 0-60 in 2.8 seconds In 2013, McLaren began taking orders for its limited-run McLaren P1. Just months later, the initial and only production run was sold out. 8) Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous Mode: 0-60 in 2.8  seconds Incredibly, Tesla's Model S shows up on this list not once, but twice.  
  • World's largest aircraft damaged on 2nd test flight (2016-08-24 10:07:08)
    The developer of the world's largest aircraft says the blimp-shaped airship sustained damage after it made a bumpy landing Wednesday on its second test flight in eastern England. Hybrid Air Vehicles said ...
  • Leap Motion’s new VR physics engine is built for your hands (2016-08-24 10:03:45)
    If you’ve ever used the Leap Motion hand tracker, you’ll know that it’s a magical experience punctuated by moments so frustrating it makes you want to throw things — except that you can’t pick them up, which is why you’re frustrated in the first place. Leap Motion is well aware of this problem, and the company has just announced a beta of what it calls the Interaction Engine, which is meant to fix it. The Interaction Engine is an add-on for the larger Unity game engine, which supports just about any VR headset.
  • 'Revenant' for kids: Honest Trailers praises 'Jungle Book' remake (2016-08-24 10:03:27)
    Honest Trailers takes a critical look at the movie's lush CGI moments, deep plot points and celebrity voiceovers.
  • Does Facebook think you're liberal or conservative? Here's how to find out (2016-08-24 09:58:55)
    You probably already know that Facebook shows you ads based on what it thinks you like and dislike, but you might not be aware that it also labels your political preferences — even if you don't state them yourself. Earlier this month, the social network made this information easier to find with a new ad preference tool. To find out what Facebook thinks your political allegiances are, head over to www.facebook.com/ads/preferences. If you haven't directly indicated which political party you support by, for example, liking the page of a specific candidate, then Facebook will try to infer this information from your other activity on the site.
  • This French animator's wonderfully whimsical GIFs were made on a Nintendo 3DS (2016-08-24 09:54:05)
    French artist Kévin Gemin analyzes the mysterious ways in which birds move — less "ah, the majesty of nature," more "that is a peculiar way for a creature to contort itself." Naturally, his talent is perfect for distilling a good bird GIF into a tiny, soul-inflating animation. Gemin got his start animating in 2009 with a program called Flipnote Studio for the Nintendo DSi.
  • Chronicled releases open registry for IoT built on blockchain (2016-08-24 09:49:55)
    San Francisco's Chronicled announced that it has partnered with Ethereum to provide a registry for connected devices built on blockchain technology.
  • iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left (2016-08-24 09:41:53)
    If a recent report from a tried and true source is to be believed, Apple's upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now less than a month away from being released on September 16th. And with just two weeks to go before the devices' expected September 7th unveiling, we know just about everything there is to know. Thanks to countless leaks and reports, we know that Apple's next-generation iPhones will look a whole lot like its current-generation iPhones, but with a few design tweaks. We know the phones will sport a beefed up processor and improved cameras. We know they won't have standard headphone jacks on the bottom. We've even seen a real working iPhone 7 in action on video . Despite everything we know about Apple's upcoming new iPhones, there is one mystery that remains. As it turns out, that mystery may have just been solved... and Apple fans aren't going to like what comes next. DON'T MISS:  There’s an iOS 10 update coming on September 30th and at least one new feature was revealed For all the information we have about Apple's next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it still hasn't been confirmed that the new iPhone models will actually be called "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus." Everyone refers to the unreleased phones by those names, but it's all based on the assumption that Apple will stay true to form. In the past, Apple has released a new iPhone model one year and then an updated "S" model the next. Since last year's iPhones were the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," it stands to reason that this year's models will be the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. That said, this year's new iPhones aren't like new iPhones we've seen in the past. Apple is reportedly prepping a completely redesigned iPhone for 2017 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone. As a result, this year's new iPhones appear to be something of a stopgap in terms of design. As a result, Apple could choose to break from its standard naming convention since the upcoming new iPhones seem to be a second consecutive "S" upgrade. Of course, "iPhone 6ss" isn't an option, so what might Apple name these new iPhone models? Each year ahead of release, Apple's new iPhone packaging leaks. And each year, bloggers are always skeptical of its authenticity. Such is the case in 2016, as 9to5Mac points us to simultaneous leaks from dutch blog Techtastic and from a second blog called Priceraja . 9to5Mac calls the supposed images of Apple's retail packaging for its new iPhones "sketchy," and they are. Similar leaked photos have been just as "sketchy" in prior years though, and yet they've always seemed to pan out. Let's hope that's not the case in 2016. Why? Because according to this new leak, Apple's upcoming iPhone models will be named "iPhone 6se." Ugh. You'll find several of the leaked photos below.
  • Wil Wheaton talks growing up on Star Trek, as actor and man (2016-08-24 09:37:25)
    Star Trek's 50, Wil Wheaton isn't yet. The man who played "Next Generation" boy genius Wesley Crusher opens up about his favorite behind-the-scenes moments and which actor he never wanted to let down.
  • Tips on merging your two smartphones into one easier-to-carry device (2016-08-24 09:30:03)
    An increasing number of tech and business professionals are stuck carrying two smartphones: A business one and a personal one. Tired of the hassle? Here are some tips to merge them.
  • You blew it, ​Ashley Madison: Dating site slammed for security 'shortcomings' (2016-08-24 09:29:12)
    An investigation into the Ashley Madison hack finds that the site's owners "fell well short" of protecting customer privacy, but the 36 million members of the dating site probably already knew that.
  • YouTube's TV app gets a facelift (2016-08-24 09:22:49)
    Google's massive video site adds carousels, more recommendations and further categories so you can browse clips without awkward remote searches.
  • Photos show the aftermath of a Galaxy Note 7 that exploded while charging (2016-08-24 09:16:14)
    Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 is far and away the hottest new Android phone of the year at this point, and it's unlikely that any new handsets set to launch in the coming months will outdo it. The phone's design is gorgeous, the display is stunning, the Note software suite is still a class leader, and the new features Samsung introduced have made it one of the most sought-after devices of 2016. One eager user discovered a feature that isn't quite as appealing as the curved display or Samsung's new iris scanner, and it could have caused serious injury or property damage had the phone's owner not been so lucky. MUST SEE:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat A user named "Mr. Ni 666666" on the Chinese forum Baidu posted photos  (via Major Droid ) of what he claims to be a Galaxy Note 7 that exploded on Tuesday while it was charging. In a series of posts, the user claims that his Galaxy Note 7 was plugged in at night charging when he heard a "sudden bang." He then discovered his phone on fire, and a series of photos show the aftermath. Here are the photos he posted: Samsung has yet to comment on the incident and it's not clear whether or not there will be an investigation, but it looks like the Note 7 owner was using a third-party microUSB charger rather than the charger and cable supplied by Samsung, so that may have played a part in the incident. Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 ships with a white charger and USB cable, but the user in this case has a black cable that he is using with Samsung's included USB-C adapter tip. It's entirely possible that this was a manufacturing defect and the charger had nothing to do with it, but just to be on the safe side, Note 7 owners should probably use the equipment supplied by Samsung until we get to the bottom of this.
  • Brand new Pokemon Go update comes with a feature you’ve wanted from day one (2016-08-24 08:51:05)
    Niantic on Monday announced that a new Pokemon Go was due, version 1.5 for iPhone and version 0.35 for Android. The new build was supposed to bring over several bug fixes and improvements as well as a brand new feature, one that you could have used from day one. Dubbed Pokemon Appraisal, the new trick will let you view quick stats about your creatures, which are crucial for planning battles. And now, this new version of Pokemon Go is finally available to download. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone “Trainers will now be able to learn about a Pokémon’s attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche or Spark) to determine which of their Pokémon have the most potential for battle,” Niantic wrote on Facebook . In practice, the update lets you see stats for a newly captured Pokemon and determine its fate. Is it any good for fighting other Pokemon? Should you evolve it? The Appraisal feature should come in handy if you’re the kind of Pokemon Go player who desperately wants to know what’s going on with his or her Pokemon army. Third-party services were already able to offer you Pokemon stats, but some of them might not work, given Niantic's intention of killing every unofficial game resource developers come up with. The new updates's change log also mentions one other fix for the game and a notice that Niantic is working on rebalancing battles. “Fixed a bug that kept defeated Pokémon at 1HP; these Pokémon will now return as fainted Pokémon. We’re working on rebalancing the training battle, stay tuned,” the company said. In its post on Facebook, Niantic also hinted that other new features are in the works, without detailing what they are. “We are still working hard on several new and exciting features to come in the future of Pokémon Go,” the company wrote. That said, you can download the new Pokemon Go update from the App Store and Google Play store right now.
  • Mr. Robot Season 2 Episode 8: watch our digital after show tonight with special guest Kor Adana! (2016-08-24 08:13:14)
    The Verge is hosting the official Mr. Robot Digital After Show in partnership with USA Network, and we hope you'll join us tonight directly after the show, and each week, as we discuss the exploits of sophisticated hackers and corporate overlords. Tonight we're pleased to bring back Mr. Robot writer and Technology Producer Kor Adana, who gives the show many of its impressive details. 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.
  • How to spot an Instagram scammer (2016-08-24 08:00:09)
    As a general rule, anyone who posts pictures of money and talks about investment opportunities is probably trouble. The accounts boast of a mysterious investment system, posting cash and other luxury goods as proof that it works.
  • Climate Hackers: One man’s plan to stop global warming by shooting particles into the atmosphere (2016-08-24 08:00:03)
    The National Park System is turning 100, and The Verge is celebrating with Wilderness Week: a look at the natural world, its freaky critters, and its future. In turn, the ice sheets are melting, oceans are rising, hurricanes are increasing in number and intensity, and climate refugees are pouring over borders. Climate change is real, so what do we do about it?
  • Ever wanted to make your own phone? Cyrcle shows you how (2016-08-24 07:39:54)
    A Kickstarter campaign will teach you how to build a working 3D-printed phone of your own.
  • First Click: Augmenting nature one plug at a time (2016-08-24 07:30:03)
    It’s Wilderness Week at The Verge as we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the US National Park Service. It’s a good time to reflect upon your own relationship with nature, the mother of all inventions.
  • Stratasys launches two new 3D printers, partners with Boeing and Ford on applications (2016-08-24 07:00:04)
    New 3D printers will aid in making lightweight, customizable parts for the aerospace and automotive industries. Here's what it means for manufacturing.
  • Former Apple Music employee bashes Spotify, Tidal and cheap fans (2016-08-24 06:51:30)
    Sean Glass, who was involved in Apple's exclusive launches by big stars like Frank Ocean, says Tidal gives "zero value" and Spotify leaves indie labels "powerless".
  • France and Germany want Europe to crack down on encryption (2016-08-24 06:22:10)
    France and Germany this week called on the European Union to adopt a law that would require app companies to make encrypted messages available to law enforcement, as part of Europe's ongoing efforts to thwart terrorist attacks. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his German counterpart, Thomas de Maizière, said in a joint proposal released Tuesday that encrypted messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram "constitute a challenge during investigations" by making it difficult for law enforcement to conduct surveillance on suspected terrorists.
  • This flying egg drone is yours to preorder for $1,288 (2016-08-24 06:15:06)
    The Egg in question is actually a drone made by Chinese company PowerVision. Renders of the craft were first shown off earlier this year, but now the company has actually demonstrated that their drone can fly. Although a few outlets have seen it in action (check out this video from CNET to see the Egg in action), the tests appear to be limited, and we haven't seen any footage from the drone's 4K camera.
  • South Korea delays decision on Google's request for mapping data (2016-08-24 05:35:07)
    South Korea said on Wednesday it will extend a review of a request by Google Inc in June for permission to take government mapping data out of the country for use in servers worldwide, with a decision due by Nov. 23. Google, whose corporate parent is Alphabet Inc, has said it needs to put the data on servers worldwide to fully enable mapping services in South Korea. Following a meeting of officials on Wednesday, the government said it needs to make a "cautious decision" on the matter after holding further discussions with Google on issues such as security.
  • Prisma launches offline mode for its photo filter app (2016-08-24 05:33:44)
    Art enthusiasts no longer have to wait for an internet connection to turn their favorite photos into an Edward Munch painting, reports Tech Crunch. Art filter app Prisma has created an offline mode for users to create creative images anytime, anywhere.
  • Google will soon crack down on mobile sites with intrusive pop-up ads (2016-08-24 05:24:28)
    The company on Tuesday announced two new changes to its mobile search function, including the cutting of its "mobile friendly" tag.
  • Microsoft’s iPhone keyboard takes aim at Google with new built-in search (2016-08-24 05:10:51)
    Microsoft has released a big update for its Word Flow keyboard on the iPhone this week. The biggest addition is a new search interface that lets you find GIFs, emoji, images, contacts, and anything from Bing search results without leaving the keyboard. Microsoft's GIF search feature copies the animated pictures into your clipboard, allowing you to paste them in.
  • Microsoft's iPhone keyboard takes aim at Google with new built-in search (2016-08-24 05:10:51)
    Microsoft has released a big update for its Word Flow keyboard on the iPhone this week. The biggest addition is a new search interface that lets you find GIFs, emoji, images, contacts, and anything from Bing search results without leaving the keyboard. Microsoft's GIF search feature copies the animated pictures into your clipboard, allowing you to paste them in.
  • Leap Motion updates its hand-tracking tech (2016-08-24 04:14:29)
    Leap Motion has introduced an early access beta version of its Interaction Engine, making hand-tracking for VR more sophisticated and giving developers an edge in building VR environments.
  • Singapore will ban civil servants from using the internet (2016-08-24 03:54:35)
    Public servants in Singapore will be barred from using the internet at work, under a new policy aimed at protecting the city-state from cyber attacks and espionage. As Reuters reports, computers in some Singaporean ministries are already disconnected, or "air-gapped," from the web, but security experts doubt that expanding the policy will do much to enhance cybersecurity. David Koh, head of Singapore's Cyber Security Agency, tells Reuters that officials decided to air gap government computers after realizing that the threat of a cyber attack "is too real." Research has shown that countries in Southeast Asia face a higher risk of cyberattack, particularly those implicated in ongoing disputes over the South China Sea.
  • Hackers linked to Russian intelligence agencies target The New York Times (2016-08-24 03:51:24)
    Hackers believed by US officials to be working for Russian intelligence agencies have targeted American news outlets including The New York Times. CNN reports that the hackers also targeted "other US news organizations" in recent months, but did not specify which outlets. US intelligence officials told the publication that they are considering the attacks as part of a broader series of hacks that include those targeting emails from the Democratic National Committee.
  • Google's Daydream VR platform reportedly launching 'in the coming weeks' (2016-08-24 02:17:31)
    The VR platform was announced back in May, but we've not yet seen any glimpse of a headset designed for it.
  • Seals wear tiny hats to study Antarctic oceans (2016-08-24 01:59:24)
    Scientists have found out a lot more about the melting of Antarctic ice shelves thanks to elephant seals wearing satellite trackers on their heads.
  • Spotify negotiating to pay less to record labels, report says (2016-08-24 01:24:42)
    The music streaming service currently pays around 55 percent of its revenue to major record labels, sources told the Wall Street Journal.
  • This is what Goldeneye 007 might have looked like on Xbox 360 (2016-08-24 00:51:01)
    For a time, the Nintendo 64's Goldeneye 007 was the greatest game in the world, but Rare's shooter hasn't aged gracefully, the two decades since its launch making its controls feel clunky and its graphics look sludgy. It's hard to confirm the veracity of the footage, posted to YouTube by Rare Thief, but there's certainly enough history to indicate a Goldeneye 007 remake was indeed in the works at British developer Rare. The problem was money: Microsoft, Rare's new owner, couldn't reach a licensing agreement with Nintendo, the two companies battling over whether Nintendo would receive an one-off fee or a continued cut of the game's sales revenue.
  • Samsung, Tencent surge in race to become Asia's most valuable firm (2016-08-24 00:37:27)
    By Nichola Saminather SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd are racing to be crowned Asia's most valuable company as expectations for robust earnings growth push their share prices to record highs. "These companies can grow earnings despite weaker global growth," said Andrew Gillan, head of Asia ex-Japan equities at fund managing firm Henderson Global Investors, which is overweight on Asian technology firms. "The operating fundamentals of the Chinese internet sector particularly have surprised positively in the most recent quarterly results." While many investors remain upbeat about Samsung and Tencent, some caution the firms are vulnerable to rapid swings in sentiment on any sign of slowing momentum.
  • Super-size snake sheds skin, samples social media (2016-08-24 00:24:16)
    Wessie the Westbrook, Maine, snake decided to discard its 10-foot-long skin in the woods, and then it discovered Twitter.
  • Jawbone fails to block Fitbit from the US in court case (2016-08-24 00:04:37)
    Jawbone has failed in a legal bid to block rival Fitbit from operating in the United States, after a US International Trade Commission judge ruled that Fitbit had not stolen trade secrets from the manufacturer. Jawbone had alleged that its rival had stolen classified information in a complaint to the International Trade Commission in July last year — an action would violate the the US Tariff Act, and potentially allow the ITC to block the import of Fitbit's products into the US.
  • Strong demand for Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 tests supply chain (2016-08-23 23:53:05)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Better-than-expected demand for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy Note 7 is causing supply constraints globally, the South Korean tech giant said on Wednesday, suggesting strong initial sales for the new premium smartphone. While robust demand could help deliver another solid quarter of earnings, Samsung also risks missing out on potential sales if it cannot boost supply quickly. Rivals such as Apple Inc are poised to launch new phones which could pull customers away from Samsung if a shortage persists.
  • Official: FBI probing attempted cyber breach of NY Times (2016-08-23 23:26:06)
    The FBI is investigating attempted cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said ...
  • Mind the air-gap: Singapore's web cut-off balances security, inconvenience (2016-08-23 23:14:20)
    By Jeremy Wagstaff and Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore is working on how to implement a policy to cut off web access for public servants as a defense against potential cyber attack - a move closely watched by critics who say it marks a retreat for a technologically advanced city-state that has trademarked the term "smart nation". Some security experts say the policy, due to be in place by May, risks damaging productivity among civil servants and those working at more than four dozen statutory boards, and cutting them off from the people they serve. It may only raise slightly the defensive walls against cyber attack, they say.
  • BuzzFeed splits itself into news, entertainment departments (2016-08-23 23:02:03)
    (Reuters) - Online media outlet BuzzFeed will split itself into two new departments that will focus on news and entertainment, CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in a memo sent to employees. The move to create two departments - BuzzFeed News and BuzzFeed Entertainment Group - comes at a time when online media companies are grappling with the balance between covering news and politics, and lighter fare like social media, entertainment and lifestyle. BuzzFeed will integrate some existing groups like the health team and video news into BuzzFeed News, which will be run by Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed.
  • ‘Ben-Hur’ box-office bomb proves that Hollywoods needs to stop with the unimaginative remakes (2016-08-23 23:00:58)
    It seems like Hollywood these days is in dire need of some creativity. Indeed, it's hard to go to a movie theatre these days and not see a movie that's either a prequel, a sequel, a reboot, or a complete remake of an original masterpiece. Sometimes, the strategy of remaking or rebooting a film works out exceedingly well. Most notably, we saw this with the Batman reboot from Christopher Nolan that resulted in a trio of excellent films starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader. But more often than not, Hollywood tries to go to the same well far too frequently, often leaving us with subpar films that do nothing but sully the original it's derived from. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone For reasons that defy explanation, Hollywood seems more eager to roll out films with familiar titles than it is with actually delivering a compelling and original viewing experience. In a way, Hollywood keeps on betting that viewers, blinded by nostalgia and curiosity, will mindlessly flock to the theaters even when confronted with subpar films. This strategy worked brilliantly earlier this summer with Jason Bourne , a lackluster, mindlessly uncreative and generic action film that doesn't even belong in the Bourne cannon. Despite an avalanche of tepid reviews, the film still did exceedingly well at the box office.   The recent dud that is Ben-Hur , however, may finally be the wake-up call that Hollywood needs. The original Ben-Hur from 1959 is a bonafide classic, winning a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The recent remake starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Hutson is anything but. Reviews of the film have been horrid, to say the least. On Rotten Tomatoes, for example, the film has a cumulative rating of just 29%. But more than that, viewers finally decided to vote with their wallets and not plunk down their hard earned cash for a film Hollywood was trying to position as a big Summer must-see. Over the weekend, Ben-Hur  opened to a laughable $11.4 million box office. And to put that already paltry number in perspective, the film cost upwards of $100 million to produce. CNBC writes : Paramount reduced its exposure to risk by co-financing Ben-Hur with MGM, but this weekend's results push Viacom's studio further into the loser category after earlier this year "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Zoolander" sequels fell flat. "The problem at Paramount is truly shocking," wrote analyst Michael Nathanson on in anticipation of the film opening on Friday. "Paramount's profits in FY2016 dropped by nearly $500M in a year with the studio poised to lose over $350M this year. Short of firing the entire Paramount leadership team, there is little a new CEO could do quickly to improve its film pipeline." Here's an idea: how about a movie studio focuses on actually, oh I don't know, trying to come up with new classics instead of remaking old ones? The reality is that it's often best to leave classic films and movie franchises alone. To that end, we thankfully don't have to worry about the Back to the Future franchise getting a reboot anytime soon as creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis have said that they'll never agree to such nonsense. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the  Die Hard series. While nothing is set in stone just yet, a few months ago word broke that 20th Century Fox was in discussions with  Live Free or Die Hard  director Len Wiseman to direct the sixth! installment of the ever expanding Die Hard series . Now seeing as how Bruce Willis is getting up there in age, and because the most recent two films in the franchise were horrendous, the next Die Hard film is likely to be something of a prequel or origins story that may be called  Die Hard: Year One . Seriously? Are we so bereft of ideas that we need yet another reboot? The last two Die Hard movies were embarrassments that only served to dilute the series as a whole. To say that critics and audiences alike hated the last installment would be a gross understatement. On Rotten Tomatoes, A Good Day To Die Hard has just a 14% ranking . Now if I may rant for a hot second, the John McClane character played by Bruce Willis is wholly undeserving of an origins story because it cuts against the underlying theme of the original film's premise -- namely that McClane is an ordinary guy who by pure happenstance finds himself forced to fight and survive in extraordinarily dangerous situation. As Noah Berlatsky of  The Guardian  wrote a few months ago, "John doesn’t have an origin story, because John isn’t a superhero. Instead, he’s your average white guy working-class cop in a world that doesn’t care much about average white guy working-class cops.... In short, John’s specialness is his lack of specialness." We haven't heard any new rumblings about this Die Hard prequel lately, but the broader point is that it's time for Hollywood to start delivering some fresh ideas. Put simply, not every franchise or movie warrants a reboot or a continuation.
  • ‘Ben-Hur’ box-office bomb proves that Hollywood needs to stop with the unimaginative remakes (2016-08-23 23:00:58)
    It seems like Hollywood these days is in dire need of some creativity. Indeed, it's hard to go to a movie theatre these days and not see a movie that's either a prequel, a sequel, a reboot, or a complete remake of an original masterpiece. Sometimes, the strategy of remaking or rebooting a film works out exceedingly well. Most notably, we saw this with the Batman reboot from Christopher Nolan that resulted in a trio of excellent films starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader. But more often than not, Hollywood tries to go to the same well far too frequently, often leaving us with subpar films that do nothing but sully the original it's derived from. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone For reasons that defy explanation, Hollywood seems more eager to roll out films with familiar titles than it is with actually delivering a compelling and original viewing experience. In a way, Hollywood keeps on betting that viewers, blinded by nostalgia and curiosity, will mindlessly flock to the theaters even when confronted with subpar films. This strategy worked brilliantly earlier this summer with Jason Bourne , a lackluster, mindlessly uncreative and generic action film that doesn't even belong in the Bourne cannon. Despite an avalanche of tepid reviews, the film still did exceedingly well at the box office.   The recent dud that is Ben-Hur , however, may finally be the wake-up call that Hollywood needs. The original Ben-Hur from 1959 is a bonafide classic, winning a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The recent remake starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Hutson is anything but. Reviews of the film have been horrid, to say the least. On Rotten Tomatoes, for example, the film has a cumulative rating of just 29%. But more than that, viewers finally decided to vote with their wallets and not plunk down their hard earned cash for a film Hollywood was trying to position as a big Summer must-see. Over the weekend, Ben-Hur  opened to a laughable $11.4 million box office. And to put that already paltry number in perspective, the film cost upwards of $100 million to produce. CNBC writes : Paramount reduced its exposure to risk by co-financing Ben-Hur with MGM, but this weekend's results push Viacom's studio further into the loser category after earlier this year "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Zoolander" sequels fell flat. "The problem at Paramount is truly shocking," wrote analyst Michael Nathanson on in anticipation of the film opening on Friday. "Paramount's profits in FY2016 dropped by nearly $500M in a year with the studio poised to lose over $350M this year. Short of firing the entire Paramount leadership team, there is little a new CEO could do quickly to improve its film pipeline." Here's an idea: how about a movie studio focuses on actually, oh I don't know, trying to come up with new classics instead of remaking old ones? The reality is that it's often best to leave classic films and movie franchises alone. To that end, we thankfully don't have to worry about the Back to the Future franchise getting a reboot anytime soon as creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis have said that they'll never agree to such nonsense. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the  Die Hard series. While nothing is set in stone just yet, a few months ago word broke that 20th Century Fox was in discussions with  Live Free or Die Hard  director Len Wiseman to direct the sixth! installment of the ever expanding Die Hard series . Now seeing as how Bruce Willis is getting up there in age, and because the most recent two films in the franchise were horrendous, the next Die Hard film is likely to be something of a prequel or origins story that may be called  Die Hard: Year One . Seriously? Are we so bereft of ideas that we need yet another reboot? The last two Die Hard movies were embarrassments that only served to dilute the series as a whole. To say that critics and audiences alike hated the last installment would be a gross understatement. On Rotten Tomatoes, A Good Day To Die Hard has just a 14% ranking . Now if I may rant for a hot second, the John McClane character played by Bruce Willis is wholly undeserving of an origins story because it cuts against the underlying theme of the original film's premise -- namely that McClane is an ordinary guy who by pure happenstance finds himself forced to fight and survive in extraordinarily dangerous situation. As Noah Berlatsky of  The Guardian  wrote a few months ago, "John doesn’t have an origin story, because John isn’t a superhero. Instead, he’s your average white guy working-class cop in a world that doesn’t care much about average white guy working-class cops.... In short, John’s specialness is his lack of specialness." We haven't heard any new rumblings about this Die Hard prequel lately, but the broader point is that it's time for Hollywood to start delivering some fresh ideas. Put simply, not every franchise or movie warrants a reboot or a continuation.
  • This might be a first glipse of Faraday Future’s mysterious Tesla-killer (2016-08-23 22:00:31)
    Tesla may be at the forefront of the electric car revolution, but there are plenty of companies looking to create similar products. One of them is the recently announced Faraday Future, which plans to launch electric vehicles of its own in the future. One of them might be the following prototype, which was spotted driving around Los Angeles wearing heavy camouflage. DON’T MISS: Samsung’s hot new Galaxy Note 7 still isn’t as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s The car in the picture seems to be a midsize crossover SUV, although its design is covered in a shroud of mystery. The person who posted the picture on Twitter did not realize what it was, but Electrek says it was able to confirm with sources that the car is operated by Faraday Future. https://twitter.com/Everette/status/767865314063228928 The site previously reported that Faraday Future plans to launch a large luxury crossover to market, which would sell for over $100,000. Even though the design of this prototype vehicle isn’t clear, it certainly seems to resemble a vehicle shown in an official teaser image a few months ago. Electrek also reported earlier this month that Faraday Future is already testing a prototype for the Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) program in Los Angeles, using a Lincoln MKZ as a test mule. It’s probably not a coincidence that the first suspected Faraday Future prototype was posted in the same general area. The company is yet to make any announcements, so it’s not clear when this electric crossover SUV will be available for purchase. Faraday Future made a splash earlier this year when it unveiled a bold concept and announced plans to invest $1 billion in an electric vehicle factory in Las Vegas.
  • You blew it ​Ashley Madison: Report slams dating site for security 'shortcomings' (2016-08-23 21:47:21)
    An investigation into the Ashley Madison hack has found that the site's owners "fell well short" of protecting customer privacy -- but 36 million members of the dating site probably already knew that.
  • The North Korea Netflix clone is as bad as you’d think (2016-08-23 21:00:51)
    Netflix is committed to supplying a never-ending stream of Western entertainment straight into the eyeballs of the populace. North Korea is committed to none of those things. So it's a bit of a mystery why North Korea has built a Netflix clone, but I sure am glad that there's photos of it. North Korea News  has the scoop on "Manbang" (no, really), the North Korean set-top box service that is supposed to rival Netflix. It offers the ability to watch five channels in real time, browse TV by category, and view information about the Glorious Leader. Manbang and chill? Sounds about right. DON'T MISS:  Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world According to the somewhat sketchy details pulled off a North Korean TV station, Manbang is a TV-over-internet device (IPTV). A set-top box that looks a lot like a router plugs into a TV and the internet, and offers streaming and on-demand capabilities. The interfaces do look a little dated: it seems that you use the TV remote to search for things, and all the menus are black-on-black. It looks similar to the level of functionality from a smart TV in 2009, which is to say it's not all that useful. UI aside though, proper IPTV is a big capability increase for North Korea, which has previously been lacking in the high-tech department. Now, if they could just fix the name and organize a worldwide release, Netflix might have some competition.
  • The CraveCast celebrates half a century of Star Trek (2016-08-23 20:59:42)
    With so many galaxies to explore, it shouldn't be a surprise the USS Enterprise and the rest of Starfleet are still at it 50 years later. Our crew chats about Star Trek's past, present and future today at noon PT.
  • Woz doesn't want Apple to remove headphone jack for iPhone 7 (2016-08-23 20:54:23)
    Technically Incorrect: Speaking in Australia, the Apple co-founder says he's not fond of Bluetooth at all.
  • New York Times says suspected Russian hackers targeted Moscow bureau (2016-08-23 20:50:46)
    The New York Times said on Tuesday its Moscow bureau was targeted by a cyber attack this month but that there was no evidence the hackers, believed to be Russian, were successful. "We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools," Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the newspaper. "We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised." Earlier on Tuesday, CNN, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other U.S. security agencies were investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the Times and other U.S. news organizations that were thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence.
  • Russian hackers suspected in hack of New York Times, others (2016-08-23 20:25:23)
    Newspaper says its Moscow bureau was the target of a cybersecurity breach but that there's no evidence hackers were successful.
  • MIT researchers came up with a way to make Wi-Fi 10 times faster (2016-08-23 20:15:05)
    We've all been there: You find yourself at a massive public event, whether it be a concert, a sporting event or a political rally and your reception is atrocious. In an instant, your smartphone with blazing fast LTE all of a sudden feels like it's a flip phone on Edge circa 2006. In an effort to combat this, many places have started implementing complimentary Wi-Fi so that attendees can text and browse the web with ease. That's great and all, but sometimes even an abundance of wireless routers can't help prevent congestion and painfully slow browsing speeds. DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat Coming to the rescue is, surprise surprise, a team of researchers from the MIT Computer Science and AI Laboratory. In a new research paper published this week, MIT engineers describe how they were able to devise a system wherein wireless routers at a mass gathering can more seamlessly work together and, in turn, reduce the incidence of interference and inadvertently throttled Internet access. All the more impressive is that researchers, through improved network management, were able to increase Wi-Fi speeds by a factor of 10. As for how the it all works, researchers devised a system called MegaMIMO whereby WiFi signals are not "sent over the same frequency at the same time." Forbes reports : MegaMIMO 2.0 is a distributed MIMO system that coordinates the activity of access points (wireless routers, for example) so that signals are not sent over the same frequency at the same time. Eliminating interference permits all of the transmitters in an area to operate more efficiently. MegaMIMO 2.0 was tested with a setup composed of four independent transmitters and receivers located in the same area. With a traditional point-to-point MIMO system each of these uncoordinated transmitters would operate at about one quarter efficiency because they would interfere with each other. By coordinating the four transmitters, MegaMIMO 2.0 increased data throughput by a factor of 3.6. Because interference scales up with the number of transmitters in an area, eliminating interference with MegaMIMO 2.0 is expected to produce greater performance gains as the number of transmitters increases. MIT's research team is now exploring ways to commercialize their technology so perhaps we'll soon be able to watch YouTube videos at concerts and baseball games as opposed to (gasp!) watching them without being tethered to our smartphones.
  • Samsung Electronics says Galaxy Note 7 demand beats supply (2016-08-23 20:04:27)
    Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday stronger-than-expected demand for the new Galaxy Note 7 is causing supply constraints globally, suggesting strong initial sales for the premium device. "As pre-order results for the Galaxy Note 7 have far exceeded our estimates, its release date in some markets has been adjusted," Samsung told Reuters in a statement. The world's top smartphone maker is betting the new premium device will help the business maintain sales and earnings momentum in the second half even as rivals such as Apple Inc prepare to launch new devices in the coming months.
  • Best livestreaming apps (2016-08-23 19:56:00)
    Live-stream to your friends or the public with these seven easy-to-use apps.
  • Apple’s AR technology could stop you getting lost in the mall (2016-08-23 19:30:56)
    Apple is very interested in augmented reality (AR), Tim Cook recently reiterated without detailing any hardware or software products that would support it. However, a newly discovered patent reveals technology that would use AR for navigation purposes without requiring a GPS or cellular connection to work. Also important is the fact that the patent practically confirms that Apple purchased Flyby Media. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone Earlier this year, Apple was rumored to have purchased Flyby Media , a company that worked on AR solutions for products such as Google’s Project Tango. Apple Insider reports that Apple was granted a patent detailing an AR-based navigation technology, which marks the first invention to be reassigned from the Flyby Media acquisition. Called Visual-based inertial navigation , the patent lets a device position itself in a 3D space after interpreting data from the camera and sensors including the gyroscope, accelerometer, and others. Using images and taking several measurements, the device can determine its orientation and position in real time. A GPS or cell connection isn’t required to calculate a highly accurate location, down to centimeters. Interestingly, the patent does mention that "smart glasses" are the kind of products that could benefit from such technology alongside smartphones and tablets. Apple’s invention uses a technology called sliding window inverse filter (SWF) to minimize the computational overhead needed to combine data from multiple images and calculate a location. In other words, Apple wants to be able to tell you where you are located inside a building without using too many resources, including extra computing power and battery life, or hog the storage with locally saved images. The SWF technology process information from overlapping images as captured by the camera, and tracks the features in them in order for sensors to determine the device’s state, and then to locate the device’s position in a certain environment, including indoor locations. SWF could be used to support AR navigation on devices, or help users find lost objects or items in a store. Like with any Apple patent that surfaces online, it’s not guaranteed that the technology described will make it to future devices. What is interesting about the patent is that it shows Apple is taking AR very seriously. The full patent is available at the source link.
  • As China e-commerce booms, private equity sees room for growth in storage space (2016-08-23 19:13:10)
    By Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - When U.S. private equity heavyweight Warburg Pincus [WP.UL] started looking at China's logistics sector in late 2009, there were more modern warehouses in Boston than in the whole of the world's most populous country. Deep-pocket investors including Carlyle Group LP, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Warburg Pincus have splashed $12 billion on the sector in China since 2013, says real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle.
  • If you live in the US, you pay too much for prescription drugs (2016-08-23 19:01:17)
    Why does the US pay more for prescription drugs than any other country? Researchers from Harvard Medical School dug through medical and health policy papers published in the last ten years to figure out why people in the US spent almost twice as much on prescription drugs in 2013 compared to 19 other industrialized nations — and why prices are still going up. All of which work together to allow drug companies to set their own prices, according to a special communication published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Samsung to take on Amazon Echo and Google Home with its own Bluetooth speaker (2016-08-23 19:00:42)
    Despite its relatively hefty price tag, the Amazon Echo has been one of the best-selling electronic devices on Amazon ever since it launched nearly two years ago. It turns out that people love interacting with Bluetooth-enabled speakers , which is why Google, Apple and now Samsung are joining in on the fun. DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat We already know that Google is hard at work on bringing Google Home to market , while Apple is rumored to bring even greater Siri functionality to the next Apple TV . But on Tuesday, Australian Android blog Ausdroid stumbled upon a patent revealing that Samsung is working on its own Bluetooth speaker as well. Based on documents submitted to the FCC , the device is called "Scoop." The Samsung Scoop is a Bluetooth-enabled speaker which features a 3.5mm input jack, a Micro USB charging port, a microphone and a leather strap to carry it around. Although the Amazon Echo and Google Home are relatively portable devices, the Scoop appears to be even smaller than the competition. A power button, play button and volume buttons reside on the side of the device, with the play button doubling as a Bluetooth pairing button. There's no indication of when the Scoop will launch (or whether or not it will ever see the light of day), but you can see a few more pictures of Samsung's potential Echo rival below:
  • Samsung takes on Amazon Echo and Google Home with its own Bluetooth speaker (2016-08-23 19:00:42)
    Despite its relatively hefty price tag, the Amazon Echo has been one of the best-selling electronic devices on Amazon ever since it launched nearly two years ago. It turns out that people love interacting with Bluetooth-enabled speakers , which is why Google, Apple and now Samsung are joining in on the fun. DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat We already know that Google is hard at work on bringing Google Home to market , while Apple is rumored to bring even greater Siri functionality to the next Apple TV . But on Tuesday, Australian Android blog Ausdroid stumbled upon a patent revealing that Samsung is working on its own Bluetooth speaker as well. Based on documents submitted to the FCC , the device is called "Scoop." The Samsung Scoop is a Bluetooth-enabled speaker which features a 3.5mm input jack, a Micro USB charging port, a microphone and a leather strap to carry it around. Although the Amazon Echo and Google Home are relatively portable devices, the Scoop appears to be even smaller than the competition. A power button, play button and volume buttons reside on the side of the device, with the play button doubling as a Bluetooth pairing button. There's no indication of when the Scoop will launch (or whether or not it will ever see the light of day), but you can see a few more pictures of Samsung's potential Echo rival below:
  • Fitbit didn't steal Jawbone trade secrets, ITC judge rules (2016-08-23 18:55:30)
    A finding of trade secret theft could have led to a ban on importation of Fitbit's wearable devices into the US.
  • The new Tesla Model S P100D is faster than all these cars (2016-08-23 18:49:38)
    Tesla today introduced a new version of its Model S sedan. It’s called the P100D, and it can go from 0-60 MPH in 2.5 seconds. Tesla says that makes this the third-fastest production car ever, behind the Ferrari LaFerrari ($1.4 million) and the Porsche 918 Spyder ($845,000).Both those cars are way more expensive than the Tesla Model S P100D, which starts around $135,000. But while the list of cars that are faster than the P100D is quite short, the list of cars that the Tesla is quicker than is quite long. ...
  • Fugitive tech CEO expected to plead guilty in fraud case (2016-08-23 18:47:12)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A fugitive former technology company CEO who frustrated federal authorities by living comfortably in exile in southwest Africa for the past 10 years has agreed to return to the United States to face charges he hatched a scheme to pocket millions of dollars by secretly manipulating stock options and is expected to plead guilty, prosecutors revealed on Tuesday.
  • Tesla touts speed and driving range with new upgraded battery (2016-08-23 18:41:57)
    SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc crowned itself the maker of the world's fastest production car on Tuesday, saying a new version of its Model S all-electric sedan can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2-1/2 seconds. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company will offer a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles that will extend range, while also allowing for super fast acceleration. Tesla has long laid claim to bragging rights in the highly competitive luxury car market.
  • Game of Thrones star says ‘nothing will prepare you’ for season 7 (2016-08-23 18:30:21)
    Seven months. That's how long we  expected to have to wait for the seventh season of Game of Thrones . Unfortunately, thanks to the fact that winter has finally descended upon Westeros, we're going to have to wait a bit longer to see what happens to all of our favorite characters on TV's most pirated show. Thankfully, it sounds like season 7 will be worth the wait. DON'T MISS:  We finally know something important about ‘Stranger Things’ season 2 Last night, Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark) took to Twitter to announce that she had finished reading the scripts for season 7. Although she (understandably) didn't share any specific details about the highly anticipated season, she did say that fans should "start preparing" themselves now, before admitting that "nothing will prepare you" for what happens this year on the show: https://twitter.com/Maisie_Williams/status/767849355529318400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw https://twitter.com/Maisie_Williams/status/767849415734353920 https://twitter.com/Maisie_Williams/status/767849644508516352 https://twitter.com/Maisie_Williams/status/767849789711118336 https://twitter.com/Maisie_Williams/status/767849813962526720 Now, Williams, being a cast member on the show, isn't exactly an unbiased source of hype. But considering how long we have to wait before we're likely to hear anything substantial about the new season, we'll take what we can get. That said, there's little doubt in any fan's mind that season 7 will be one of the most exciting yet. Not only is it confirmed to be the second-to-last season of the show , but we can also expect to see the White Walkers finally go to war with the armies of The Known World. The White Walkers are tough, but I have a feeling that a certain trio of dragons might be able to put up a fight. Game of Thrones season 7 debuts next summer on HBO.
  • Parrot’s Disco drone is coming next month for $1,299 (2016-08-23 18:17:10)
    Parrot showed us its fixed-wing Disco drone at CES this year, and now the company is saying it plans to release it next month. All a user has to do to fly the Disco is toss it in the air. The Disco relies on a new system called the Control Hub & Universal Computer Kit, which basically controls the drone until a pilot can take over. The Disco can reach up to 50 miles per hour and can stay afloat for up to 45 minutes.
  • Wi-Fi? Why not? Homeless are avid users of free web kiosks (2016-08-23 18:13:44)
    NEW YORK (AP) — An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.
  • 5 summers that were worse for movies than 2016 (2016-08-23 18:07:45)
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  • A suspicious number of iPhones are breaking right before an iPhone launch (2016-08-23 18:00:32)
    Planned obsolescence is one of those quasi-conspiracy theories that sits right alongside the breakfast-industrial complex as making you a weird dinner party guest. But it's true that modern electronics have a shelf life, and a bunch of year-old iPhones spontaneously dying right before the launch of the iPhone 7 is particularly bad timing. IFixit , a company that specializes in the world of repairing electronic devices, has highlighted a problem with the TouchID sensors of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. In a blog post, the site said "there’s no way to tell exactly how many phones are afflicted with what we’re calling Touch Disease, but every repair tech we spoke to told us that the problem is incredibly common." DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone The site has labelled the afflication as "Touch Disease." Symptoms include a flickering gray bar along the top of the screen, and a badly functioning TouchID sensor. It appears to be a fault with the touchscreen controller chips attached to the logic board, which control the touchscreen and the TouchID sensor. It's not a fault that Apple will fix -- generally, the company won't do repairs that involve soldering things to the logic board -- but unauthorized repair techs with the right tools can fix the problem reasonably cheaply. Apple stores are turning away customers with the problem since they're out of warranty. That said, it's a recognized problem, so if enough people complain, there's a chance that Apple will have to take action. That's what happened with 2011 Macbooks, which started suffering from video glitches and unexpected restarts. Apple eventually created an extended repair programme, which fixed the problem on eligible Macbooks for free. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iX7TyEjJ2E As passionate anti-Apple repair technician Louis Rossman explains in the video above, it's really an Apple design deficiency that's led to the problem, and Apple has made things worse by failing to fix the problem, and telling users their only option is to buy a new phone (rather than having it fixed independently).
  • The CraveCast boldly chats about 50 years of Star Trek (CraveCast Podcast, Ep. 27) (2016-08-23 17:58:52)
    The crew welcomes Captain Kooser to share stories from the 50th-anniversary Star Trek con and away team member Kelsey Adams calls for a rethink of one reboot character.
  • The giant blue screen of death comes for us all (2016-08-23 17:56:06)
    This photo of the infamous Windows error screen on a five-story Thai shopping mall is like something out of a sci-fi movie.
  • Posting could elevate severity of man's charges in killing (2016-08-23 17:55:24)
    PHOENIX (AP) — A Twitter posting by an Arizona man who was arrested on suspicion of killing his roommate during a struggle could elevate the severity of charges he could face.
  • If you ask me, pumpkin spice lattes should come sooner (2016-08-23 17:44:14)
    Everyone has an opinion about pumpkin spice lattes, but here's the only thing about them that is objectively true: I should not have to wait until September to buy one.
  • The latest change in Google’s Chrome browser is infuriating, but we’ll show you how to undo it (2016-08-23 17:35:25)
    Google's Chrome web browser is a resource hog. Because of that, it's also often a battery hog. It doesn't have a few of the cool new features rival browsers have such as built-in free VPN , and it doesn't look quite as sleek as other options out there like Safari. But Chrome is lightning-fast and its user interface is slick and minimalistic. It also offers fantastic tie-ins with other Google services and a catalog of third-party extensions that no other browser can touch. Those are just some of the reasons it's the most popular web browser in the world, and why I have no plans to switch away from it despite the fact that one of Google's changes in the latest Chrome update is driving me insane. DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat According to Google, 0.04% of page views served up by its Chrome web browser come as a result of users hitting the backspace key to go back one page. That number seems minuscule but if you stop to consider how many pages Chrome serves up, that number is much bigger than you might have thought. If you search around social networks like Facebook and Twitter, or around tech forums, you'll see that users have been outraged ever since Google eliminated the backspace-to-go-back feature in its latest major update, Chrome 52. But don't worry, undoing the damage is beyond easy. Google initially downplayed how widely the backspace key is used to go back a page, but the company saw the user outcry and was quick to respond. No, it didn't add the functionality back to Chrome, but it did do the next best thing: Google released an official Chrome extension that re-maps the backspace key to its old function. Google's " Go Back With Backspace " extension is completely free and available for download in the Chrome Web Store.
  • The Microsoft HoloLens secret: A superpowerful 24-core processor (2016-08-23 17:31:20)
    The "Holographic Processing Unit" can do a trillion operations per second, with each core focusing on a particular task.
  • U.S. trade judge clears Fitbit of stealing Jawbone's trade secrets (2016-08-23 17:18:26)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitbit Inc did not steal rival Jawbone's trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, dashing Jawbone's hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit's wearable fitness tracking devices. The judge, Dee Lord, said that there had been no violation of the Tariff Act, which gives the commission the power to block products that infringe U.S. intellectual property, because "no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret." (Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
  • Autoplaying videos with sound are about to ruin Facebook (2016-08-23 17:10:11)
    According to a post I once saw on Facebook, idly scrolling through the News Feed accounts for two-thirds of all wasted time for American office workers. Well, Facebooking at work is about to get a little more dangerous, as the social network is starting to trial autoplaying videos with sound. Better grab those headphones! As  Mashable  notes , some Australian mobile users will start seeing the autoplaying audio today on the Facebook app. In case you were looking for another reason to delete the main Facebook app, this is probably it. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone The test comes in two different varieties. According to  Mashable , "in one version of the test, sound plays immediately as the video begins, if you have sound enabled on your device. Another group is able to turn sound on during the test session using an icon that will sit to the bottom right of video." Apparently, there will be an option in Facebook's settings to always turn off sound, which I imagine is going to be a button that gets clicked a lot. Pushing sound is an interesting change for Facebook's News Feed video, which up to now has been almost always silent. Publishers have gotten used to adding subtitles to Facebook video in the hope of keeping users engaged for a few crucial seconds, until it registers as a view. But successful though video has been for Facebook, autoplaying sound will almost definitely be a step too far. Users already get fed up with Facebook's app burning battery life, so much so that some people have just switched to using the mobile website and uninstalling the app. If autoplaying video with sound rolls out worldwide, I can see the app getting booted off everyone's devices, starting with mine.
  • 'Scoop' might be Samsung's itty-bitty Amazon Echo competitor (2016-08-23 17:07:15)
    Documents submitted to the FCC reveal a pint-size speaker with internal microphones and built-in Bluetooth. Is there an Echo in here?
  • Tesla goes 0 to 100 (kWh) real quick (2016-08-23 16:54:34)
    Say hello to what's allegedly the quickest production car in the world.
  • Meet the NES clone that runs circles around Nintendo’s official mini NES (2016-08-23 16:45:12)
    Nintendo made waves earlier this year when it revealed it would be bringing its first home console back to the market in the form of the NES Classic Edition . Loaded with 30 popular games from the late '80s and early '90s, the official mini NES is perfect for casual fans who want to rediscover the magic of 8-bit gaming. But what about the hardcore enthusiasts? Where's their console? DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat Ah, there it is. Introducing the Analogue Nt mini — an NES clone capable of playing each and every NES, Famicom and Famicom Disk System game in existence. That's a library of well over 2,000 games, in case you were curious. As the name suggests, the Nt mini isn't the first console from Analogue. Rather, it's a streamlined model of the original Nt, featuring a lower price tag, a wireless NES controller, a retro receiver and built-in HDMI compatibility. Yes, you read that right — you can play NES games in 1080p resolution on the Nt mini. There are even options to change the palette, the scaling, the resolution and the horizontal stretch from the menu screen while playing a game. Oh, and if HDMI isn't your cup of tea, there are also RGB, Component, S-Video and Composite hookups on the back of the machine as well. You can preorder the Analogue Nt mini today from Analogue's website for $449, a far cry from the NES Classic Edition's $59 price point. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a small price to pay for a premium NES clone with a sturdy aluminum body and the ability to connect to every NES controller and accessory under the sun.
  • Tesla touts vehicle speed and range with new upgraded battery (2016-08-23 16:20:10)
    By Alexandria Sage SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday the company will offer a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles that will extend range and allow for super fast acceleration. The new 100 kilowatt hour battery pack means high end versions of the Model S sedan, called the P 100D, will be the world's fastest accelerating car in production, the Silicon Valley automaker said. "These are very profound milestones and I think will help convince people around the world that electric is the future," said Musk on a conference call with journalists.
  • The Xperia Z3 isn’t even two years old yet, but it’s not getting Nougat (2016-08-23 16:17:03)
    Now, I know Nougat isn’t any sort of life-altering update, but it does have a few niceties to it and Sony’s neglect signals a bigger issue. If the Z3 family isn’t even on Sony’s (presumably long and bumpy) upgrade roadmap for Android versions, that pretty much tells me it’s as good as dead to the Japanese company. This is a rather cruel twist after the Z3 served as Sony's test device for the Android N dev preview.
  • Bono wanted Hillary Clinton to stream U2 in space; mercifully, he was denied (2016-08-23 16:11:37)
    Bono apparently donated to the Clinton Foundation for the same reason I suspect most rich people donate millions of dollars to politicians and Super PACs: because they want to ingratiate themselves with other powerful people so they might one day call upon them for a favor.
  • Why Your Replacement Headlight Cost $2,000 (2016-08-23 16:00:00)
    Thought your car was expensive? Wait until you replace a broken headlight.
  • Official: FBI probing cyber breach of NY Times journalists (2016-08-23 15:51:29)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday.
  • Meet the man who wants to disrupt the Happy Birthday song (2016-08-23 15:39:21)
    Luckily for uniquely named people like me, Greg May has been on a mission to let everyone experience a similar joy in the form of a personalized "Happy Birthday" song he wrote. This month, May relaunched the corresponding website, 1happybirthday.com, which now allows people to tweet, Facebook, or link to the audio for the tens of thousands of birthday song variants.
  • Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world (2016-08-23 15:37:25)
    Teslas have always been fast. But with the addition of a new 100kWh battery option for the Model S, Tesla now builds a car that can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. That's about as fast as it takes you to even say "P100D." The bigger battery and faster Ludicrous mode is the biggest part of new updates unveiled today. The new battery option will be available in both the Model S and Model X starting immediately, with those cars running at $134,5000 and $135,500 respectively. Older P90D versions can be upgraded for the low, low price of $20,000. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone Let's talk for a minute about how fast this new car will be. Doing 0-60 in 2.5 seconds is crazy fast. Two road-legal cars in the world can beat that: the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, both of which cost a lot more than $140,000, and neither of which have a real trunk. If the Model S doesn't have enough practicality for you, there's also the option of putting that giant new battery in the Model X. With the 100kWh battery, it will do 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, which is very fast indeed for an SUV. It's not all about speed, either. The new Model S P100D has a slightly improved range, up about seven percent to 315 miles from 294. It's not a huge difference, but it does push a standard EV over 300 miles for the first time. With the new car, there's also the option to put the Premium seats from the Model X into a Model S for the first time. Apart from the new battery, most everything has been left unchanged. The wiring harness, drivetrain and suspension are basically all the same. There's also no new Autopilot hardware, which has been extensively rumored in the past couple weeks. In short, it's the same extremely fast Tesla as before, but now it will guaranteeably smoke anything you pull up next to at the lights. Unless your neighbour drives a million-dollar Ferrari, that is.
  • New report confirms you need NoSQL, and probably in the cloud (2016-08-23 15:35:11)
    Enterprises increasingly depend on NoSQL, but will they run it in their data centers or in public clouds?
  • Sony's $25 USB dongle adds full DualShock 4 support to PC and Mac (2016-08-23 15:34:16)
    Sony is bringing official DualShock 4 support to Windows PCs and OS X. Today, alongside the announcement of PlayStation Now's upcoming release on Windows, the company revealed a new $24.99 USB adapter that will enable "every feature" of the PlayStation 4 gamepad. Specifically, Sony says the dongle opens up full access to "buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack" — so long as those features are all supported by whatever game application you're using. You can already use the DualShock 4 for the basics by pairing over Bluetooth or plugging it in directly with a USB cable, but now the controller's full capabilities will be unlocked.
  • Tesla unveils 100 kWh battery for Model S, Model X cars (2016-08-23 15:30:50)
    (Reuters) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc will launch a 100 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery for its Model S and Model X cars, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Musk said in a tweet earlier in the day that Tesla would unveil a new product, sending the company's shares up as much as 2.5 percent. (Reporting by Narottam Medhora and Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
  • Tesla's new 100kWH battery makes Ludicrous Mode even more ludicrous (2016-08-23 15:30:24)
    With a number of new upgrades announced today, Tesla's Model S is now the third-fastest car in the world, going from 0 to 60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds. Depending on which battery is purchased, base model pricing ranges from $66,000 to $134,500 on the Model S, and $74,000 to $135,500 on the Model X.
  • Pinterest scoops up Instapaper (2016-08-23 15:28:51)
    Instapaper will continue to work as a separate app, while Instaparser, the developer API, will be available till November 1.
  • PlayStation games are coming to PC, and other signs the end is nigh (2016-08-23 15:25:53)
    Soon, you won't need a PlayStation to experience games like God of War or Uncharted. Also, cats and dogs are living together now.
  • Amazon could launch cheap music-streaming service for the Echo only (2016-08-23 15:25:13)
    A new report says Amazon could launch a pair of new music services. One would be discounted and aimed at Echo owners.
  • Wi-Fi? Why not? Homeless are avid users of NYC's free kiosks (2016-08-23 15:17:40)
    NEW YORK (AP) — An ambitious effort to replace obsolete New York City pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.
  • Want an iPhone 7? Here’s how to get the most money for your old iPhone (2016-08-23 15:07:34)
    With September right around the corner, we're just a few short weeks away from Apple introducing the iPhone 7 . While nothing is official quite yet, rumor has it that Apple will be holding a special media event on Wednesday, September 7 where it will introduce the highly anticipated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Though the iPhone 7 may not introduce any game-changing new features -- aside from marked improvements in camera quality -- there's a good chance that the iPhone 7 will still manage to break all previous iPhone sales records. The reason? The current pool of iPhone users looking to upgrade is larger than it's ever been before. DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat you won't find on any iPhone If you're an existing iPhone owner interested in the iPhone 7, you'll naturally want to know how to squeeze the most amount of money out of your current device before upgrading to Apple's latest and greatest. Whether you're aiming to sell your device or trade it in for credit, there are certainly no shortage of options worth exploring these days. Providing some clarity to what can often be a confusing matrix of options, CNET recently put together a comprehensive outline detailing how users can get rid of their existing iPhone so that they can get Apple's next-gen smartphone for as cheap as possible. While some options may not be all that surprising (i.e selling it on Craigslist or eBay), the outline has a solid rundown of iPhone sale and trade-in options you might not be aware of. Apple of course has an attractive trade-in program where an iPhone 6 in good working condition can yield as much as $225 in trade-in credit. An even better trade-in deal, though, can be found at Best Buy where users can receive substantial in-store credit for iPhone 6 and 6s models. Phone 6: Up to $301 iPhone 6 Plus: Up to $364 iPhone 6S: Up to $383 iPhone 6S Plus: Up to $465 If you're looking to sell your device for straight cash, Gazelle may be the big name you recognize, but CNET notes that you can potentially get more cash back if you go through a company called Nextworth. So whether you're an iPhone 6 or 6s owner, or even if you're still rocking an iPhone 5s, make sure to hit the source link below for the full run down on your sale and trade-in options.
  • 'Nothing will prepare you' for 'Game of Thrones' new season, says Arya (2016-08-23 15:06:51)
    Maisie Williams just read the season 7 script, and she's tweeting teases about just how bad things are going to get when the HBO show returns.
  • Russians suspected in hack of New York Times, other U.S. media: CNN (2016-08-23 14:52:44)
    The FBI and other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations that are thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. "Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said," CNN said. The FBI declined to comment, and representatives for the U.S. Secret Service, which has a role in protecting the country from cyber crime, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
  • MIT creates self-assembling cell phones (2016-08-23 14:52:21)
    A researcher puts magnetized hardware components into a tumbler, and they form two separate cell phones. The idea has potential applications for assembly lines.
  • The 3:59's big milestone (The 3:59, Ep. 100) (2016-08-23 14:49:45)
    For our 100th episode, we discuss Apple, Samsung, VR, Pokemon Go and all the tech of 2016 so far.
  • Google will punish sites that use annoying pop-up ads (2016-08-23 14:49:32)
    Google is about to deal a small blow to some of the most annoying ads on mobile: pop-ups and interstitials. There are a "hundreds of signals" that go into Google’s search result rankings, so it’s not like every website that uses these ads will feel pressured to remove them overnight. Google’s intention is to not just direct people to more informative results, but to results that work better for them — e.g., don’t annoy them with a pop-up — too.
  • Ashley Madison parent broke Canada, Australia privacy laws (2016-08-23 14:48:48)
    The parent company of infidelity dating website Ashley Madison was responsible for numerous violations of privacy laws at the time of a massive release of customer data in a cyber attack last year, privacy watchdogs in Canada and Australia said on Tuesday. The two countries launched an investigation after the 2015 breach of Avid Life Media Inc's computer network, when hackers exposed the personal details of millions who signed up for the site with the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair." The probe found the Toronto-based company had inadequate safeguards in place, including poor password management and a fabricated security trustmark on the website's home page.
  • Social Security rolls back security measures on website (2016-08-23 14:46:37)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has rolled back extra security measures on the agency's website after getting complaints from people who had trouble accessing their accounts.
  • Optoma updated its low-priced 1080p projector to make it even smaller (2016-08-23 14:40:43)
    OptomaOptoma released its HD26 projector two years ago. Reviewers liked it at the time, especially considering its low price tag of $599. The HD26 did have some issues, though, like showing rainbow artifacts. But generally, it could produce a decent image under the right conditions and with the right adjustments. Now, Optoma is updating the HD26 with the release of its HD27. This time, the projector's a bit smaller; Optoma shaved off nearly an inch from its height. The HD26’s dimensions were 12.4 x 8.8 x 4.0 inches, and the HD27 is 11.73 x 3.7 x 9.0 inches. ...
  • Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here, but when will your phone get it? (2016-08-23 14:40:23)
    Android 7.0 Nougat is here! It's finally here! But, well, not really... Last year, Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow and as of Google's latest Android version distribution numbers , it's only installed on 15.2% of active Android devices. To quote a certain presidential candidate, sad! Despite the fact that Android update adoption continues to mosey along at a dreadfully slow pace, the company on Monday released yet another new version of Android. If history has taught us anything — and it has — Android Nougat will become the most popular version of Android sometime in 2018. But don't worry, because you likely won't have to wait quite that long to get it on your Android smartphone. DON'T MISS:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device When Apple releases a new iOS software update, it's released directly to end users. By controlling iPhone hardware and software Apple is able to bypass third parties (though third parties are obviously involved with testing). Android, of course, works differently in most cases. When Google releases a new Android software update, it has to be tested by Google. And Android device makers. And wireless carriers. Compounding matters is the fact that while Apple only sells a few different iPhone models, Android vendors offer many different phone models at any given time. So, while Google did in fact release Android 7.0 Nougat to the public on Monday afternoon, the only people who can use it for the time being are owners of Google's Nexus branded smartphones. So, when are you going to get Android 7? If you're reading this right now, the odds are fairly good that you're a savvy tech fan who owns a fairly recent flagship Android phone model as opposed to an older phone or a mid-range device. Newer flagships are always the first to get Android updates, and things trickle down from there. As for when the latest crop of smartphones is set to get Nougat, the bad news is that info is scarce for the time being. As both ZDNet and Wired  report, however, we can learn a bit from the past. So far only HTC has confirmed anything, having stated that the HTC 10, HTC One A9, HTC One M9 and unspecified other handsets will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat later this year. That sounds a bit vague indeed, but there are only four months left in 2016 so the wait can't be too long. As for other smartphone vendors, you're probably in fairly good shape if you have a newer Motorola smartphone because Moto is generally quick with updates. LG has a good track record as well. Samsung generally takes a bit longer, which is certainly understandable since it sells far more smartphone models and works with far more carrier partners than any other Android vendors out there. So, if you have a Samsung smartphone, odds are good that you'll still be running an older Android version when you ring in the new year.
  • Prisma adds offline image processing to iOS app (2016-08-23 14:30:06)
    Prisma, the photo manipulation app that uses neural networks to regenerate users' images in the styles of famous artists and paintings, marks a big upgrade today. The iOS Prisma app is being updated to allow offline processing of images for the first time, taking away much of the frustration around needing an internet connection and waiting for overloaded servers to catch up. The initial update won't include all of Prisma's filters, but it does at least lay the foundation for making the app self-sufficient.
  • PlayStation Now game streaming is coming to PC (2016-08-23 14:19:29)
    Get ready to play Uncharted on your computer: Sony has revealed that PlayStation Now game streaming is coming to PCs. The company says that PS Now will be available “overseas in parts of Europe soon and will come to North America shortly thereafter.” Sony recommends the following specs if you plan to partake in the service on your desktop:Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 103.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAMSound card; USB portAs part of the announcement, Sony also revealed a new wirelss USB adaptor to connect a DualShock 4 controller to a Mac or PC. ...
  • Hillary Clinton says she's embarrassed by her emails (2016-08-23 14:18:02)
    Technically Incorrect: After a judge orders the release of 15,000 more emails from Clinton's private server, the Democratic candidate tells late-night host Jimmy Kimmel they're all boring.
  • Informatica expects valuation to double in five years (2016-08-23 14:15:38)
    By Rishika Sadam BENGALURU (Reuters) - Informatica, a privately held software developer, said it expects its valuation to double to at least $10 billion in the next five years, driven by investments in big data and cloud computing. The Redwood City, California-based company was taken private last year by Permira and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for about $5.3 billion. Informatica also has Microsoft Corp and Salesforce Inc as strategic investors.
  • North Korea debuts its own Netflix-like video-on-demand service (2016-08-23 14:14:40)
    The Manbang set-top box is connected to state-controlled intranet and enables access to five TV channels showing propaganda. OK, so it's not exactly like Netflix.
  • Reporters at New York Times, other U.S. media, hacked: CNN (2016-08-23 14:13:53)
    The FBI and other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. "Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said," CNN said.
  • Watch this shopping cart get crash tested at 73 mph (2016-08-23 13:50:44)
    Does this have anything to do with cars? Not really. Is it awesome? Definitely.
  • Google’s new Nexus phones might have an Android Nougat feature no other devices get (2016-08-23 13:49:37)
    Google is expected to unveil two new Nexus devices this year, both made by HTC with similar high-end designs and flagship hardware. The phones will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, meaning buyers will get to experience all the cool features in the new Android OS , including one cool feature that’s not available on any other Nexus handsets. However, it might not actually be a feature you want. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone Google explained that new devices that ship with Nougat on board would come with support for seamless updates that will make updating the entire system and Android apps a lot easier than before. That means your next Android update will be ready to go instantly, without requiring restarts or other annoying app optimizations. https://twitter.com/LlabTooFeR/status/767796298124783617 But to offer this feature, devices will have to sacrifice some of their built-in storage. A developer who has intimate knowledge of HTC’s plans, and who has leaked details about HTC's plans before, says the feature will be found on the upcoming Nexus handsets. However, he doesn’t necessarily see it as a useful addition. “Curious fact about Android N for upcoming HTC Nexus phones, all partitions will be doubled...” LlabTooFer tweeted , posting a screenshot to prove it. “What a waste of storage…” Google has yet to confirm it, but rumors say the HTC Nexus handsets will come in 32GB and 128GB models. It’ll be interesting to see how much storage will be available to the user with this Nougat feature enabled. Also, it’ll be interesting to see whether the feature can be disabled by the user.
  • Save $50 on a do-it-all Brother printer that shakes hands with your phone (2016-08-23 13:44:52)
    Shopping for a new printer? You can get the high-scoring Brother MFC-J480DW at half price right now at Office Depot or Staples.
  • Mitsubishi recalls 80,000 vehicles for CVT issues (2016-08-23 13:44:32)
    When you want a vehicle to accelerate, it's rarely beneficial for that acceleration to arrive later than anticipated.
  • Courageous couple scales crane perched atop giant skyscraper (2016-08-23 13:43:49)
    Love can soar to great heights. Watch as a loving duo dare to climb 2,099 feet up China's Goldin Finance 117 to prove romance isn't dead.
  • The hidden afterlife of Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines (2016-08-23 13:40:06)
    It’s a window into all the directions the original project could have gone, as interpreted by one man: a German analytical chemist and longtime video game modder named Werner Spahl, or wesp5. Spahl is far from the only person who’s contributed to Bloodlines’ unofficial patch.
  • Alone With You is a romantic adventure game by way of Star Trek (2016-08-23 13:35:45)
    Surviving lethal conditions has become a reliable backbone for modern games. Sometimes it’s the unknown alien landscapes of No Man’s Sky, other times it’s the harsh post-apocalyptic world of DayZ. You craft, you hunt, and you take shelter in a genre that often feels like a video game adaptation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. But Alone With You, which launches today on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, isn’t so concerned with what you’ll eat or how you’ll stay warm. Its dire alien setting asks you to fulfill another human need: find love. ...
  • Numbers lie all the time: How political polls work (2016-08-23 13:33:00)
    The business of numbers is big business. Read our quick guide to how polling works, how big data changed the industry, and the most influential and accurate polls of the 2016 election.
  • This is what modern logos would look like if they were from the USSR (2016-08-23 13:24:28)
    A Russian graphic designer named Mike Levchenko is doing his part to mend the icy relationship between his country and the West — or at least Western capitalism — by reimagining a half-dozen global brands as if they were from the Soviet Union. Levchenko took the logos of McDonald’s, Nikon, Samsung, Dior, Apple, Chanel, and Mercedes-Benz, and gave them a Cyrillic spin. Apple’s is boxy, but with an unmistakable leaf growing from the first letter.
  • How to roll back a btrfs snapshot and restore corrupt or missing files (2016-08-23 13:24:00)
    Snapshots are a built-in backup method that data center admins shouldn't overlook. Here's an easy way to create snapshots on a btrfs (or Butter FS) filesystem to back up files and folders.
  • Facebook is testing videos that autoplay with sound turned on (2016-08-23 13:14:29)
    Facebook is testing a change to its main mobile apps that would have videos automatically start with the sound turned on, according to Mashable. The test, which appears to be active in Australia and may be ongoing in other countries, has Facebook video playing with sound so long as users have the volume on their smartphone turned on. As it stands today, Facebook videos will autoplay in the News Feed, but require users to tap once into the video and toggle the sound on and off.
  • Dyson's latest fan combines heating, cooling, and air purification (2016-08-23 13:08:31)
    Dyson has sold fans, heaters, and air purifiers individually for some time, but now it has combined these three functions into a single device. The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link is much like the Pure Cool Link that was released earlier this year: it features Dyson's blade-free design, a HEPA air filter for the purification system, and it can be controlled wirelessly using the Link app. Now with the additional heating capability, the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link is an all-in-one device for all of your air-related needs.
  • ​Pokemon Go now helps figure out which critter is best for battle (2016-08-23 13:04:02)
    Detailed statistics have arrived on the app with a meteoric rise.
  • Sony accidentally revealed its PlayStation Now cloud gaming service is coming to PC (2016-08-23 13:03:35)
    Sony might not have any surprises left for its upcoming PlayStation Meeting by the time September 7th rolls around. Over the weekend, someone got their hands on the unannounced PS4 Slim . Hours later, video footage of a new DualShock 4 controller began making the rounds. And now it appears that Sony itself has accidentally spoiled another announcement on the PlayStation Blog . DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat Yesterday, Joel Smith, Art Director for the PS VR game PlayStation VR Worlds , published a post discussing the challenges of art direction when building virtual reality worlds . It was a fairly innocuous article, but some very astute readers realized that when they let their cursor hover over the final two images in the post, a line of text appeared, reading "PS Now on PC Announce Post": There are really only two reasonable explanations for this occurrence: Someone from the EU PlayStation Blog loves trolling gamers. Sony is about to announce PlayStation Now on PC. In case you haven't heard of PlayStation Now, it's a cloud gaming service that allows PS4 owners to either rent PS3 games for a limited time or subscribe to access the full collection of PS3 titles at any time. It was an exciting idea on paper, but the fees have been exorbitant from day one and the addition of backward compatibility to Xbox One has made the service look even worse. All of that said, bringing over 400 PS3 games to the PC is a great way to add value to the service. Maybe Sony will even take this opportunity to rethink the price of the service in order to get more gamers on board.
  • U.S. Trade Rep approves import ban on Arista devices, says rival Cisco (2016-08-23 13:02:41)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Trade Representative has upheld an import ban on Arista Networks Inc's ethernet switches following a federal commission's finding in June that the company's products infringed patents owned by rival Cisco Systems Inc , Cisco said. The decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which investigates purported violations of U.S. intellectual property, stemmed from a complaint Cisco filed in December 2014 about the switches, which are used in computer data centers and servers. In a blog post on the company's website on Monday, Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler said the import ban was to start on Tuesday.
  • I trapped lizards in Los Angeles because their DNA holds secrets (2016-08-23 13:00:06)
    How do lizards cross the road? Their DNA suggests they don't
  • Be a VR dino-killing action hero in Island 359 (2016-08-23 13:00:03)
    On a basic level, Island 359 is a virtual reality game about dinosaurs. It’s the first title from CloudGate Studio, founded by the creators of VR survival horror hit The Brookhaven Experiment. Although the CloudGate founders left before Brookhaven was complete, Island 359 is in some ways a similar project.
  • Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest (2016-08-23 13:00:03)
    Instapaper, a pioneering app for saving articles to read later, has been acquired — again. The app, which was created by developer Marco Arment and sold to Betaworks in 2013, has found a new home at Pinterest. The goal is "to accelerate discovering and saving articles on Pinterest," the company said in a statement.
  • 12 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today (2016-08-23 12:42:42)
    Word on the street is that Apple's upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will offer twice as much storage with each tier. So the entry-level model will have 32GB, the mid-tier iPhones will have 128GB and the most expensive iPhone will have 256GB. You know what all that means, right? It means you have to stock up on free iOS apps now so you'll be able to make good use of all that extra space when your new iPhones come. MUST SEE:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device 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. 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The immersive free-to-play version, Letters From Nowhere®: A Hidden Object Mystery, is already live! Don't miss out! Have you played the prequel to this fascinating game? Don’t miss Letters from Nowhere - on iPad and iPhone! Travel to the town of Nowhere and search for clues to remove the terrifying curse in this thrilling and spooky sequel! Audrey collected all the letters with the help of the dead postman, hoping they would lead her to Patrick, her missing husband. Instead, she is taken to a mysterious sleepy town. In Letters from Nowhere 2, Audrey discovers that her husband is a descendant of a cursed family, and is doomed to death. Now it’s up to her to confront the evil that haunts her beloved and prevent a series of grisly murders. Search through over 30 cryptic locations including the sinister mansion and a bloody sacrifice room for important artifacts. 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  • NASA’s hopes for Mars and the future are at stake in the 2016 election (2016-08-23 12:38:06)
    Election years are a tense time for NASA. A new president can completely alter NASA’s long-term goals by resetting the space agency’s agenda. Whoever is elected will be faced with a choice: change the focus or scope of NASA’s goals, or keep things going on the same track.
  • How a pair of auto industry giants are fast-tracking 'level 5' driverless cars for 2019 (2016-08-23 12:36:35)
    Mobileye and Delphi are teaming up on the software, cameras, and mapping for driverless cars, promising semi-to-fully autonomous vehicles in the next three years.
  • Android Nougat to launch exclusively on Nexus and the LG V20 (2016-08-23 12:35:57)
    Google has announced the distribution of the definitive version of its new operating system Android Nougat. Initially, all of the handsets that participated in Google's Android beta program will be updated with the final version of Android 7.0. Thereafter, Android Nougat will be rolled out to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Pixel C as well units from the low-cost Android One range.
  • Penguin promoted to brigadier in Norwegian Army (2016-08-23 12:26:30)
    A king penguin living in Scotland is quite the celebrity in Norway thanks to his rapid rise through the ranks of the Royal Norwegian Guard.
  • Microsoft's Office, OneDrive, Skype to climb into Lenovo phones (2016-08-23 12:19:43)
    Lenovo expects to ship millions of mobile devices over the next several years, many of which will now come preloaded with Microsoft productivity software.
  • Is Pokemon Go already dying? (2016-08-23 12:19:28)
    Considering just how much of a stir it caused last month, you might have expected Pokemon Go to dominate the mobile charts forever . You wouldn't have been the only one, but as it turns out, you definitely would have been wrong. DON'T MISS:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required According to Bloomberg , data from mobile marketing companies Apptopia, Sensor Tower and SurveyMonkey all show that Pokemon Go has shrunk from a peak of nearly 45 million daily active users to 30 million in less than a month. Daily downloads, engagement, and time spent on the app have all declined sharply as well, with the downward trend expected to continue. Although this is bad news for Niantic, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo (which inexplicably saw its stock skyrocket before investors realized Nintendo had almost nothing to do with the game), it's good news for other app developers. "Given the rapid rise in usage of the Pokémon Go app since the launch in July, investors have been concerned that this new user experience has been detracting from time spent on other mobile focused apps," Axiom Capital Management analyst Victor Anthony told Bloomberg . "The declining trends should assuage investor concerns about the impact of Pokémon Go on time spent on [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and other popular mobile apps.]" There are countless reasons for this decline. First off, the game is still missing several features that the developer revealed before the game even launched ( such as trading ). There's also the bugs and glitches that have plagued the game since day one. Many of those bugs have been patched, but they soured the experience. Here's the thing: without significant updates, Pokemon Go was never going to thrive in the long run. There's nothing you can do now that you couldn't do a month and a half ago. But as soon as Niantic adds trading, unleashes the Legendary Pokemon and starts hinting at bringing some of the other 500+ Pokemon to the game, players will start flocking back to Pokemon Go in droves.
  • People are quickly losing interest in Pokémon Go (2016-08-23 12:17:26)
    Bloomberg has published some charts by Axiom Capital Management that show daily users and engagement dropping. Niantic was never going to be able to keep the Pokémon phenomenon as strong as it was around launch, but it's possible it'll be able to keep its numbers more stable on a month by month basis.
  • 25 years since the public launch of the web (2016-08-23 12:15:09)
    On August 23, 1991, the World Wide Web, which had been created two years earlier by Tim Berners-Lee, a British fellow of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), was made public, and in theory, accessible to all. From 1989 to 1991, the basic fundamentals of today's Web, in the shape of HTML pages composed of text, and sometimes, of images and links, all of which are made accessible via URL addresses, were developed under the leadership of Tim Berners-Lee and Belgian engineer Robert Cailliau.
  • Google Daydream VR will reportedly launch in ‘weeks' (2016-08-23 12:08:48)
    Google is recruiting YouTube stars and other creators to build a catalog of exclusive material for its Daydream virtual reality platform, which will launch in "the coming weeks," says a Bloomberg report. Sources have told Bloomberg that Google is funding 360-degree videos from YouTube celebrities like Justine Ezarik, known as iJustine, and is spending "hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece" on various VR content and apps. This isn’t necessarily surprising, as Google already announced a number of games and apps for Daydream during its reveal at Google IO this spring.
  • ​Oculus Rift now has a VR patio furniture experience...with drones (2016-08-23 12:05:49)
    All your dreams of virtual patio furniture design have come true.
  • Import ban on Arista devices approved by USTR, Cisco says (2016-08-23 12:05:32)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Trade Representative has upheld an import ban against certain Arista Networks Inc products following a June decision by a federal trade agency finding that the company's products infringed several patents owned by rival Cisco Systems Inc , Cisco said in a Monday blog post on the company's website. The import ban on the ethernet switches, which are used in computer data centers and servers, was to go ahead on Tuesday, Cisco's general counsel Mark Chandler said in the post.
  • Amazfit is trying to make wearables fashionable, but I don't think it's working (2016-08-23 12:01:43)
    AmazfitMost silicon band wearables are the antithesis of fashion. I don’t think there's anything aesthetically pleasing about wearing a thick, brightly colored band of rubber around your wrist, so I can appreciatecompanies that want to improve this norm in display-less wearable style. Amazfit is one of those companies. Its ceramic wearable, which was modeled after Chinese jade pendants, is meant to be fashionable. It’s got a natural vibe, too. The wearable comes in two wristband styles called Moonbeam and Equator. Very zen. ...
  • Tesla to unveil new product Tuesday, shares rise (2016-08-23 12:01:15)
    (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc chief executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday that the company planned to make a product announcement later in the day, sending the company's share price higher. "Tesla product announcement at noon California time today," Musk tweeted. The company declined to offer details before the announcement. Shares rose more than 1 percent after the post and were recently trading up $3.69, or 1.7 percent, to $226.62 a share. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
  • This awesome gaming controller turns your iPhone into a Nintendo DS (2016-08-23 11:52:53)
    If you want to play hardcore games with killer graphics and complex stories that take week to work your way through, you'll probably want a dedicated video game console or a pricey gaming PC. But if you're a casual gamer who prefers to just have some relaxing fun, you already own the perfect console — you just might not know it. Apple's iPhone is an ideal gaming machine because there are so many great developers out there making games for it. You've got every conceivable genre covered, and iOS games are far more affordable than any PS4 or Xbox One games out there. The problem is the controls — there's only so much you can do with a touchscreen. It's time for you to meet the  Tt eSPORTS Contour Wireless Mobile Gaming Controller , which transforms any iPhone into a portable gaming console like the Nintendo DS. Actually, this cool contraption is even better than a DS because you can mount your iPhone on it like a portable console, or you can use AirPlay to stream from your iPhone or iPad to a TV and play games on your big screen. Here are some key details: Apple certified Compatible with all iOS devices: CONTOUR is the perfect mobile controller for Apple TV, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini, iPod Touch (5th Generation)). No strings Attached: Unleash the potential of your Apple devices to the fullest and connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to transform your mobile devices into a gaming console with the full-featured and console style! Adjustable Clip: Built with a strong adjustable clip and rubber tabs to ensure powerfully locked your devices to the controller. The stand can be adjusted over 3.75 inches to fit your mobile devices! Remarkable Gaming Control: CONTOUR consists the most advanced set of console-quality controls available to ensures you'll game at the highest level with dual clickable analog sticks, shoulder buttons and shoulder triggers. Long Gaming Time: Extend your gaming time with a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 10+ hour battery life so you'll be able to use it wherever and whenever you want, allowing you to enjoy your game to the fullest! Connect to your TV: Transforms your iOS device into a portable gaming controller! Connect your Apple devices to your home TV with the Apple's Lightning Digital AV Adapter and you can get the true console-style gaming experience. Warranty: 2 year The  Tt eSPORTS Contour Wireless Mobile Gaming Controller  is typically $80 on Amazon, but the site is offering it for just $64.99 from now through September 4.
  • This standing desk could sync with your smart home devices (2016-08-23 11:30:32)
    There is a long list of standing desks that promise to improve your posture and help ease the neck pain many people suffer as they sit and stare at a computer for multiple hours a day, but the Gaze Desk may be the first smart desk to qualify as a gadget. The Gaze Daze, which can switch between standing and sitting at the press of a button, features dual lift controls that allow you to adjust the height of your monitor independently from the desk, according to the company. It can automatically adjust to your preferred settings once you approach, track your posture using sensors on the desk, and alert you through its app when you've been sitting for too long, or even automatically raise to the standing position.
  • We finally know something important about ‘Stranger Things’ season 2 (2016-08-23 11:23:53)
    One of the stranger things in Netflix’s hugely popular Stranger Things series is that not many people in the town seemed to care about what happened to Barb, the second child who went missing in a matter of days. I mean sure, everyone was relentlessly looking for Will, but when Barb went missing only a few people noticed and cared, including Nancy. And make no mistake, Barb’s disappearance is very important for the series. Without Barb disappearing, Nancy would have never started her investigation, and without Nancy, there’s no figuring out how that monster hunts. Season 2 will do Barb justice – but hey, some spoilers follow below, so you should avoid them if you haven’t seen the show yet. DON’T MISS:  Opera just released an Android app that gives you unlimited free VPN Nancy’s best friend Barbara died, and she won’t be revived as is sometimes the case in TV shows. But the creators of the show know very well that they owe some explanations for what happened to her. There needs to be some closure, and we need to see what happens to the town in light of Barb’s death. After all, this used to be a pretty peaceful community, where crimes rarely ever happened. Matt Duffer, one of the creators of the show, told IGN in an interview that Barb is almost definitely not returning from the dead. “I can’t see it happening,” Duffer said when asked if Barb will somehow survive the Upside Down – although she really is dead there. "But Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.” He continued, "It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’ Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.” But if Barb isn’t coming back, doctor Brenner is almost definitely returning – we didn’t see him die in the Upside Down. “I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner… as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me – when the monster jumps on him, and we cut away," Duffer said. "He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.” Other than that, we have no idea what will happen in the second season of Stranger Things . Not even the main stars of the show know .
  • Wilderness Week: cool trees, tiny lizards, big parks, and more! (2016-08-23 11:17:38)
    This week marks the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, and for The Verge it’s an opportunity to explore spacious skies and majestic mountains. Without its national parks, "America The Beautiful" might be a song about polluted skies, dirty strip malls, and gated playgrounds.
  • Bat lickers lick bats in bat cave, get caught (2016-08-23 11:13:22)
    The National Park System is turning 100, and The Verge is celebrating with Wilderness Week: a look at the natural world, its freaky critters, and its future. On March 16th, 2015, two hikers named Codey Foster and Dusten Ray Gill licked a tricolor bat in violation of federal law. The bat was hibernating in the Bowden Cave in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, remote enough that if the hikers had kept their bat-licking escapade to themselves, no one might ever have discovered the crime.
  • Delphi and Mobileye are teaming up to build a self-driving system by 2019 (2016-08-23 11:07:24)
    Delphi and Mobileye, two leading auto-parts suppliers, announced today that they are forming a partnership to develop a near-complete autonomous driving system by 2019. "Almost daily, we all see stories about how the trend in vehicle automation is driving rapid change in the automotive industry," Kevin Clark, president of Delphi, said in a call with reporters Tuesday morning. The companies say their Central Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) self-driving system will be Level 4 autonomous as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
  • The best outdoor gear for camping, hiking, and exploring nature (2016-08-23 11:00:03)
    It's Wilderness Week here at The Verge, and that means thinking about all the ways we can explore and admire nature, even if our park getaways happen to be few and far between. Because every good outdoor experience involves traveling light with gear that lasts a long time, we've put together a list of some of our favorite camping and hiking items. From the perfect water bottle to the most comfortable and versatile footwear, every item here is a quintessential piece of equipment that's survived quite a few National Park excursions and hiking trips abroad.
  • ​McDonald's Happy Meal Step-It fitness trackers officially recalled (2016-08-23 10:55:36)
    Reports of burns and rashes trigger a recall. Bring yours back for a replacement toy and apple slices or a yogurt tube.
  • The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone (2016-08-23 10:54:40)
    There are just a few weeks left before Apple finally unveils this year’s new iPhones, and we already think we know what the company has in store for us. By all accounts, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are going to be so much more exciting than you think . Disregarding all the leaks and rumors, and looking at how Apple does things when it comes to the iPhone, I can tell you a few things about the iPhone 7. It’ll have better cameras and a better CPU/GPU than any previous iPhone – and these are two things Apple always insists on while presenting a new iPhone. And while Apple might not make this point on stage, I'll bet you a rare Pokemon that the iPhone 7 will be the fastest smartphone in town this year. What makes me so sure? It’s all because of that iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy Note 7 speed test video we saw yesterday. DON’T MISS: Samsung’s hot new Galaxy Note 7 still isn’t as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s By now it’s crystal clear that nobody can keep up with Apple when it comes to smartphone performance. Apple’s 64-bit chip is miles ahead of the competition, and Qualcomm and the others are still struggling to put out a mobile processor that can compete with Apple’s A-series chips when it comes to performance. Secondly, Apple’s ability to optimize software to offer a faster experience is something other smartphone makers can only dream of. Apple last year said that the A9 chip inside the iPhone 6s generation delivered 70% faster CPU and 90% faster GPU performance than the iPhone 6. If you made the jump from iPhone 6 to iPhone 6s you immediately notice the speed difference – and of course, the RAM bump helped as well. What’s fascinating about it is that almost a year after the iPhone 6s was launched, there's still no smartphone can beat it when it comes to opening apps and reloading them from memory. Those functions sound unimportant, but think about it — that's what you spend most of your time doing on a smartphone. And it’s all thanks to Apple’s high-end silicon. On its website, Apple describes the third-generation 64-bit A9 as the most advanced chip ever included in a smartphone, able to offer “64-bit desktop-class architecture” and “gaming console-class graphics performance.” The A9 “sits at the cutting edge of mobile chips,” Apple wrote on that page that’s almost a year old. These statements still hold true now. Going into the imminent iPhone press conference in early September, Apple will only have to beat the iPhone 6s when it comes to performance. Think about it for a second. The best new Android devices are still no match for Apple’s one-year-old phone, and Apple already knows that. The A10 chip inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus should be even speedier. The CPU and GPU graphs Apple always offers (see above) indicate that every iPhone has been better than its predecessor, with performance increasing dramatically with the iPhone 5, and even more so with the iPhone 5s that ushered in the era of the 64-bit mobile chip. But the speed comparison between the iPhone 6s and Galaxy Note 7 “doesn’t accurately reflect real-world performance,” SamMobile wrote . “The speed test doesn’t indicate the handset’s real-world performance as nobody is going to open 14 apps and render a video in the same exact sequence,” the site said. That’s absolutely true. Everyone will open apps differently... but when opening the same apps for the first time, or from memory, the iPhone will always be faster. Every single time. That means you spend less time waiting and more time doing what you want to be doing on a mobile device. Sure, Galaxy Note 7 owners might not even notice the difference unless they also use an iPhone 6s. But that comparison video alone paints a great picture of Apple's future for the A10 chip. If A9 is desktop-grade computing, just wait to see what the A10 does. SamMobile does agree that “Apple does a lot of work to optimize its hardware and software so that they work together almost perfectly.” That, however, is still not a valid excuse for Samsung not trying to do the same thing, or for Qualcomm and Samsung not being able to match the A9. “This speed test doesn’t cover some of Samsung’s genuinely useful features like split-screen multitasking or the S Pen’s Glance feature which are great for productivity as they enable users to use two apps side-by-side,” the site noted. A valid point. But what if the Galaxy Note 7 delivered speeds that matched the iPhone 6s? Wouldn’t that offer an even better experience? Finally, a Galaxy Note 7 performance review from xda-developers  that you shouldn’t miss explains everything that’s wrong about the Galaxy Note 7. And if the best Android phone of the year can’t match Apple's year-old iPhone in overall performance, how will it fare in similar tests against the iPhone 7?
  • Report: 82% of hospitals fear they aren't prepared for mobile cyberattacks (2016-08-23 10:52:42)
    As more hospitals deploy mobile devices for clinical communications, staff and IT leaders worry that cybercriminals will hack them and steal medical records.
  • This MS Paint-like tool lets you search for images by drawing them (2016-08-23 10:37:42)
    Because I see Jake Gyllenhaal everywhere, I decided to test out Splash by sketching one of my favorite memories: Jake Gyllenhaal explaining the word "separate" on Sesame Street in 2009, with the help of a puppet octopus! Sure! Jake Gyllenhaal talking to a puppet octopus does have thematic similarities to a photo of a child being given a free balloon, and endearing facial contortions in front of a green screen are Jake's specialty. Because Splash did so well generating the first Jake Gyllenhaal mood board I decided to try something a little trickier.
  • Mobileye, Delphi to build fully autonomous vehicle system by 2019 (2016-08-23 10:36:36)
    The two companies are working together to make self-driving cars a reality, and they plan to sell their finished work to automakers.
  • Glee's children: The Get Down and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend advance musical television (2016-08-23 10:35:09)
    Now, more than a year after its cancellation, new musical series like the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Netflix’s new The Get Down are coming into their own while advancing what Glee did so well at its best. On the surface, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Get Down couldn’t be more different. The latter is Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrmann’s mythic retelling of the birth of hip-hop, with its ensemble coming up against gang violence, the drug trade, and the despair of late-1970s New York City on their way to pioneering a new art form.
  • TP-Link gets a new logo as it aims for smart home (2016-08-23 10:29:25)
    Does this suggest friendlier to you?
  • Apple could launch an iPhone with curved screen (2016-08-23 10:19:29)
    The company may be aiming to play Samsung's game by building a phone with a curved OLED display, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.
  • 99% of businesses have not upgraded to Windows 10, according to study (2016-08-23 10:09:46)
    According to a new study released by Softchoice, less than 1% of businesses have upgraded to Windows 10, opting instead for Windows 7.
  • Pokemon-mad Russians hunt Ivan the Terrible with new app (2016-08-23 10:06:10)
    The routine is familiar to Pokemon hunters obsessed with the ultra-popular Pokemon Go game -- but this is no Pokemon. Instead, it is Russia's brutal 16th-century tsar Ivan the Terrible, or rather, his digital 3D rendition in a new app developed by Moscow authorities. As the Pokemon Go craze sweeps the globe, city officials have launched an augmented reality app called Discover Moscow Photo, which is billed as Russia's answer to the Nintendo creation.
  • 5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat (2016-08-23 09:58:47)
    Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here! Well, sort of... Nougat has indeed finally been released to the public, but it's only available on a handful of Google's Nexus-branded devices. If you own anything else — and odds are very good that you do — you're in for a bit of a wait before an Android 7.0 update is made available for your smartphone. Owners of the latest and greatest flagships can likely expect an update to roll out sometime in the next few months, maybe even before the New Year rolls around if you're lucky. The good news, Android fans, is that Android 7.0 Nougat is worth the wait. It might not seem like the new update has much flash and flair on its surface, but the truth is that Android N is a massive update packed full of terrific new features. In this post, we'll cover the five best additions to Google's brand new version of Android. MUST SEE:  Opera just released an Android app that gives you unlimited free VPN Instant Apps Google's new Instant Apps feature debuts in Android 7.0 and while it hasn't gotten as much press as it should, it really is an exciting new addition to Android. In fact, we would go as far as to call it the biggest change to app stores since Apple first introduced its on-device app portal all those years ago. In a nutshell, Instant Apps lets Android users begin using an app in the Google Play store instantly. You don't have to buy it — heck, you don't even have to download it. Simply open the app's store page and you can begin testing it immediately to see if it's something you might be interested in downloading. This is a killer feature that really is a game-changer for users. Multi-window App Support Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphones have had this feature for quite some time, as have a few other Android phones. Now, all handsets can take full advantage of huge displays that have become increasingly popular over the years. With Android 7.0 Nougat, Google has added the ability for users to open two apps side by side on the screen. That means you can watch YouTube videos while you respond to emails, read a webpage on half the screen while Facebook is updating on the other half, and so on. Power-Saving Features Google's new "Doze" feature debuted in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the company is kicking its power-saving features up a notch in Android 7.0. The original feature puts a smartphone or tablet in a dormant state when it's not being used, but Android Nougat's new “Doze on the Go”feature takes things a step further. Now, users will enjoy Doze's battery-saving features even while the phone is in motion, anytime the display is off. Also new in Android Nougat is Project Svelte, which stops apps from waking up each time a device's network connection status changes. Virtual Reality Last but certainly not least is Daydream. Google saw all these different companies building separate virtual reality platforms, while likely leads to incompatibilities and can potentially hurt the VR market in the long run. In an effort to unify the mobile VR experience, Google has created the Daydream hardware and software platform for virtual reality. This way vendors like Samsung, LG and others don't each have to build their own VR platform or partner with different third parties. And for developers, it potentially means they can build one VR app or experience that will work across all Android devices. Background System Updates This new feature isn't the sexiest addition you'll find in Android 7.0 Nougat, but it truly is nothing short of a game-changer. With Android Nougat, operating system updates will happen in the background, just like they do in Google's Chrome OS. The system will download OTA updates in the background over Wi-Fi and install them as a separate system image on a device's storage. Then the next time the device reboots, it'll boot to the newly updated image. Voila! Here's a quick note from Google’s documentation on the feature: Android N also adds some important new features to help keep users safer and more secure. Inspired by how Chromebooks apply updates, we’re introducing seamless updates, so that new Android devices built on N can install system updates in the background. This means that the next time a user powers up their device, new devices can automatically and seamlessly switch into the new updated system image.
  • Amazon wants to blow Spotify out of the water with a $5/month music streaming service (2016-08-23 09:33:36)
    A rumored streaming service from Amazon could potentially give services like Spotify and Apple Music a run for their money. According to a report from Recode , Amazon has plans to roll out two brand new streaming services as early as September. While one service would effectively be similar to what's already available -- unlimited on-demand streaming for $10/month -- the other has the potential to be a real game changer. Citing sources purportedly familiar with Amazon's plans, the online retail giant is prepping a music service that would drastically undercut Spotify and Apple Music. If you thought $10 for all you can eat streaming was a great deal, how does $4 or $5 sound? DON'T MISS:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required It sounds delightfully crazy, but Jeff Bezos and co. haven't gotten to where they are now by making boneheaded business decisions, save for the ill-fated Fire Phone. The catch is that Amazon's more affordable streaming service would only be available to Amazon Echo owners. Interestingly, this strategy closely resembles what Apple tried and failed to do with Apple Music -- reduce the monthly subscription price in an effort to drive hardware sales. The lower-priced service would represent a novel approach. Other services have tried, without success, to offer subscriptions in the $5 range. But those have usually been variants of web radio services, which don’t let users play any song they want, whenever they want. ... Amazon’s discount service would be different, industry sources say, because it would work like Spotify or Apple Music — unlimited, ad-free music on demand — but it would be constrained to Amazon’s Echo player, and wouldn’t work on phones. The underlying question here is if Amazon can convince record labels to hop on board. If you recall, Apple famously encountered heavy resistance when it tried to price Apple Music in the $7-$8 range, which makes Amazon's goal to cut the typical streaming rate in half all the more intriguing.
  • Five translation and language learning apps to make international business easier (2016-08-23 09:30:04)
    Whether you need on-the-fly translation while overseas or you're trying to learn a new language, here are five apps that can give you an edge.
  • Samsung launches latest smartphone in India (2016-08-23 09:25:56)
    The new device is powered by Tizen, Samsung's own mobile OS. Priced at the equivalent of US$68, the new smartphone costs a little under the average mobile phone price in India. Called the Z2, the device is also the first Tizen-powered mobile to support 4G, according to technology source The Verge.
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guard targets 450 social media users (2016-08-23 09:24:45)
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The cyber-arm of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says it has summoned, detained and warned some 450 administrators of social media groups in recent weeks.
  • How to install Nougat on your Nexus right now without waiting (2016-08-23 09:06:34)
    You’ve been waiting for it, and Google finally delivered it: Android 7.0 Nougat is here , which means you can install the first stable release version on your Nexus device, provided it’s still supported . We already told you how to do it, but what if the update isn’t available for you yet as an OTA download? There are things you can do to grab the download right away, rather than waiting for Google to push it out to your device. DON’T MISS:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required First things first: you need to have a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Pixel C Tablet, General Mobile 4G, or Nexus Player at hand to get the job done. Older Nexus hardware, such as the Nexus 5 and aging Nexus 7, won’t do. If you’re already on the Android N developer preview, then you’re going to find that update waiting for you – and we already told you how to get it . However, if you’ve stayed about from betas before, now’s the time to join the program. And since you waited, you get access to Android 7.0 right away rather than having to take your place in line for future Android 7.x beta releases. As The Verge points out, registering for beta access should get you almost instant access to Nougat – Google does say it’ll take up to 24 hours, but you’ll really only have to wait a few minutes. This certainly appears to be the fastest way to push the update to your device. If for some reason you don’t want to go through the beta signup, you can install the update manually. Android Police says the full disk images for most supported devices (Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Nexus 9 Wi-Fi) are already up and can be downloaded for manual installs right away. This method applies to Android veterans, so proceed with care by following the links  available here . The best route is still signing up for the beta. Google did say that it might take up to two weeks for the Nougat release to reach all compatible devices over-the-air (OTA), but there’s no point waiting, is there? Regardless of which path you take, make sure you backup your device first before proceeding with the installation. Also, you'll want to keep the device plugged in and perform the download over a Wi-Fi stable connection if you decide to go with an OTA updates.
  • Bill Nye discusses our nation's parks and why Earth is the best place to live (2016-08-23 09:02:39)
    The National Park System is turning 100, and The Verge is celebrating with Wilderness Week: a look at the natural world, its freaky critters, and its future. Bill Nye may be constantly studying the other planets in our Solar System as the CEO of the Planetary Society, but yesterday, the Science Guy was marveling at what our planet Earth has to offer. Nye stopped by Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, which was created by Woodrow Wilson on August 25th, 1916.
  • Selling your house? Coldwell Banker thinks smart home tech can help (2016-08-23 09:00:10)
    The real estate company is now offering sellers "Smart Home Staging Kits" made up of popular connected home gadgets like the Nest Learning Thermostat and August smart lock.
  • NBA star Stephen Curry ready to take on China with PressPlay (2016-08-23 09:00:07)
    Golden State Warriors star expands his tech portfolio by partnering with California startup PressPlay to connect with fans overseas.
  • Win a prize pack from The Verge Back to School Guide! (2016-08-23 09:00:03)
    August is almost over, which means it's time to start getting ready for the upcoming school year. We here at The Verge have you covered with our 2016 Back to School Guide, and we've also got a ton of great gadgets, games, and gear from that to give away to help you get started.
  • Meet the candidate campaigning for Congress via Uber (2016-08-23 09:00:03)
    Uber and Lyft driver Casper Stockham slapped a campaign magnet on his car, and it started conversations. Multiple chats with voters later, he may never quit driving, even if he makes it to Washington.
  • Roborace unveils self-driving race car prototype (2016-08-23 08:56:24)
    DevBot is designed to demonstrate the technology of Roborace's autonomous racing vehicles, and allow teams to develop software for the platform.
  • France, Germany want encrypted app makers to help stop IS (2016-08-23 08:55:56)
    PARIS (AP) — France and Germany pushed Tuesday for Europe-wide rules requiring the makers of encrypted messaging apps such as Telegram to help governments monitor communications among suspected extremists.
  • Mobileye, Delphi to develop self-driving system (2016-08-23 08:53:44)
    (Reuters) - Israeli driving assistant software maker Mobileye NV said on Tuesday it was developing a self-driving system with Delphi Automotive Plc that will be ready for production by 2019. Mobileye had cut its ties with Tesla Motors Inc last month after the electric carmaker's autopilot system faced scrutiny from regulators following a fatal accident in early May. Tesla's autopilot system uses EyeQ chips from Mobileye to help with image analysis for steering and staying in lanes. Mobileye and Delphi said their technology would cater to automakers that may not necessarily want to develop their own self-driving systems.
  • Video: How automation affects the office environment (2016-08-23 08:44:58)
    Economic development leaders at the TrustBelt 2016 conference met to discuss the economic future of the Midwest. TechRepublic spoke to Derrick Mashore about the impact of automation in the workplace.
  • 10 companies hiring people to work on driverless cars (2016-08-23 08:36:47)
    Are you a professional looking for a job in the world of driverless cars? These 10 businesses, schools and research organizations are looking to hire.
  • Verizon reigns supreme in latest wireless test (2016-08-23 08:31:01)
    RootMetrics once again has Verizon dominating in every category of its test, which ranges from speed to reliability and overall quality.
  • Apple said to have a curved iPhone in 2017, just like Samsung (2016-08-23 08:20:23)
    Apple will reportedly release a trio of new iPhones next year, including one premium model with a curved display similar to those used in Samsung devices. This description is pretty vague, and could mean an iPhone with the more noticeable curves of the Galaxy S7 Edge, or the subtler lines of the Galaxy Note 7. Nikkei also quotes an analyst claiming that Samsung will be a supplier for these new displays. The publication notes that the premium iPhone will also use OLED for its screen — something that's been previously rumored (as well as the curved display), with earlier sources suggesting that a 5.8-inch OLED display is being prepared for the device.
  • This could be Mozilla’s next logo (2016-08-23 08:07:30)
    Mozilla, the open web pioneer, is staying true to its collaborative and open roots by performing a brand redesign right out in public. Among them is the above, seemingly abstract, structure that actually spells out Mozilla’s name in its multicolored isometric shapes. There are also lots of pictures of how each logo can be applied across stationery, mugs, T-shirts, and the like, so click over to Mozilla’s site to get an eyeful.
  • Opera just released an Android app that gives you unlimited free VPN (2016-08-23 08:00:55)
    Opera made waves back in April when it announced the addition of unlimited free VPN service to its desktop web browser. VPN, or virtual private networking, is a technology that allows people to mask their actual IP addresses by routing their internet traffic through a third-party server. This way, any software that might collect information about users as they visit a website will not be able to record a user's actual IP. People also often use VPN services to spoof their region, with the most widely discussed example being people who use a VPN client to make it appear to Netflix as though they're based in the United States . VPN services are incredibly valuable to people who protect their privacy while surfing the web, but these services can also have costly subscription plans that limit the amount of data you can use each month. That's why Opera's initial announcement was so intriguing, but the company has no intention of stopping with desktop browsing. DON'T MISS:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device Opera on Tuesday announced the release of a brand new Android app. Dubbed Opera VPN for Android , the app does exactly what its name suggests, providing Android users with VPN service that will route their traffic through special servers to mask users' info and prevent websites from tracking them. Of course, Android VPN clients are a dime a dozen. What makes Opera different from most, as we're sure you've figured out by now, is that it offers users unlimited VPN service for free. "The Opera VPN app for Android sets itself apart from other VPNs by offering a completely free service - without a data limit, no log-in required, advanced Wi-Fi protection features and no need for a subscription," said Chris Houston, who heads Opera’s VPN division. Opera's new VPN app for Android really couldn't be easier to use. It's as simple as opening the app and tapping connect, and for most users concerned only with privacy, that will be enough. People who want to mask their regions as well can choose from five different regions including the US, Canada, Germany, Netherlands and Singapore. The app also includes a few additional features, such as the ability to scan Wi-Fi networks for security and display the number of ad trackers blocked over a certain period of time. Opera VPN for Android is available as a free download on the Google Play store beginning immediately.
  • Delphi, Mobileye join forces on autonomous car platform (2016-08-23 07:31:15)
    DETROIT (AP) — Auto parts and electronics company Delphi Automotive is joining with Israeli software maker Mobileye to develop the building blocks for a fully autonomous car in about two years.
  • First Click: The importance of knowing when to stop searching (2016-08-23 07:30:30)
    Original image: Wikimedia Commons
  • Eight Facebook users indicted for mocking Thai junta leader (2016-08-23 07:17:15)
    A Thai military tribunal on Tuesday indicted eight people with sedition for running a Facebook page that mocked the kingdom's junta chief, making them the latest victims of the regime's crackdown on dissent. Thailand's generals have clamped down on politics and severely curbed free expression since their 2014 power grab, jailing scores of critics of the government and monarchy -- often for comments posted on social media. The eight Facebook users were arrested in April by military raids in Bangkok and northeast Khon Kaen province, according to Human Rights Watch.
  • Fender’s FXA7 headphones are for hardcore bassheads only (2016-08-23 07:00:08)
    The way you feel about bass will determine how you feel about the FXA7s, which have more of it than probably any other earphones on the market. Fender is an unusual brand name to find silkscreened on an earphone, because as hallowed as it is in musical circles, it’s most associated with the creation rather than reproduction of sound. Fender headphones, until this year, didn’t even exist.
  • Life in the kill box: 'Eye in the Sky' targets the ethics of drone strikes (2016-08-23 07:00:03)
    Meeting with CNET, director Gavin Hood talks kill chains, drone policemen and how the US government has "ripped up" the Geneva Convention.
  • All I want for Christmas is an Xbox Onesie (2016-08-23 06:10:27)
    Luckily, Microsoft has me covered. Microsoft's Australian marketing team, who are presumably fueled by cans of Fosters, have created an Xbox Onesie. The enlarged pockets mean you can carry around your Xbox One controller even when you take a rest on the porcelain throne after shooting baddies (don't forget to mute your party chat).
  • VR lets you ride in the palm of a huge Gundam fighter (if you're in Japan) (2016-08-23 05:42:30)
    Gundam, a super popular franchise that started as an anime show in 1979, is being brought further into the 21st century thanks to HTC's virtual reality tech.
  • Samsung launches first Tizen-powered 4G smartphone for $68 (2016-08-23 05:39:34)
    Samsung's latest mobile — the Z2 — launches in India today, and it's a straightforward play to appeal to the country's growing number of smartphone users. The Z2 costs INR 4,590, or around $68 (just two dollars less than the average price of a mobile phone in India) and is powered by Tizen, Samsung's home-grown mobile OS. It's also the first Tizen device to support 4G.
  • Microsoft reveals secret HoloLens processor specs (2016-08-23 05:30:44)
    Microsoft has finally revealed exactly what's inside its HoloLens headset. While The Verge got exclusive access to a deconstructed HoloLens developer edition back in April, Microsoft has been keeping the details of its special Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) very secret. Microsoft revealed most of the HoloLens specifications earlier this year, and the special HPU is designed to do most of the processing so the CPU and GPU are able to just launch apps and display the holograms.
  • It's been 50 years since Earth was first photographed from the moon (2016-08-23 05:00:03)
    On this Day in History: On August 23, 1966, NASA's Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photograph of Earth from the moon's distance.
  • France, Germany want limits on encryption to fight terrorism (2016-08-23 04:59:07)
    France and Germany want messaging apps such as Telegram to limit encryption to help governments monitor communications among suspected terrorists. Privacy advocates argue that encryption is essential to ...
  • WikiLeaks exposed sensitive data on hundreds of innocent people, including rape victims (2016-08-23 04:48:06)
    WikiLeaks has exposed the personal data on hundreds of ordinary citizens, including rape victims, sick children, and the mentally ill, according to a report published today by the Associated Press. In its analysis, the AP found that the transparency group published medical files on "scores" of innocent people, and that it "routinely" publishes other sensitive information that can be exploited by criminals, including identity records and phone numbers. WikiLeaks has long committed itself to exposing government secrets through the publication of diplomatic cables and other classified information.
  • Here's how to install Android Nougat on a Nexus right now (2016-08-23 04:32:00)
    Yesterday, Google started rolling out the latest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat, to a handful of newer Nexus devices. The over-the-air-update — which adds features like improved multi-tasking and better notification control — will be trickling out to users over the coming weeks, but if you really want Nougat right now, this instant, there is a way. First up, you need to make sure you have a compatible device.
  • Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets (2016-08-23 03:39:23)
    WikiLeaks' global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, ...
  • Samsung Electronics says to sell third Tizen OS smartphone in India (2016-08-23 03:39:14)
    South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will start selling its third smartphone powered by the company's own Tizen mobile operating system in India next week. The Z2 phone, equipped with a 4-inch screen and India-specific features such as a safety mode for motorcyclists, will be the cheapest Tizen phone Samsung has launched to date at 4,590 rupees ($68.44). The phone, the first Tizen-powered device that will run on 4G networks, will start selling in India on Aug. 29.
  • Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web (2016-08-23 03:00:02)
    On this day in history: On August 23, 1991, new users for the first time were able to access the World Wide Web. The occasion is known as Internaut Day.
  • Roborace unveils self-driving Formula E race car prototype (2016-08-23 02:42:28)
    DevBot is designed to demonstrate the technology of Roborace's autonomous racing vehicles, and allow teams to develop software for the platform.
  • Comcast closes $3.8B DreamWorks Animation acquisition (2016-08-23 02:41:13)
    The animation studio behind "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" now belongs to Comcast's NBCUniversal.
  • Samsung’s ultra-portable Scoop speaker revealed by FCC docs (2016-08-23 02:24:00)
    FCC filings spotted by AusDroid seem to have revealed the existence of a new BlueTooth speaker built by Samsung — the appropriately named Scoop. Included in the filing are images of the interior and exterior of the device, as well as its user manual, a document that describes how users can connect the Scoop to smartphones via BlueTooth to play music. The pictures show the Scoop's small footpint — it's about 10 centimeters in diameter —  suggesting that it's built for portability.
  • The wispy fragments of an exploded binary star (2016-08-23 02:11:44)
    The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the remnants of a supernova several thousand years ago.
  • Video filter apps (2016-08-23 02:09:00)
    Turn an everyday clip into a mesmerizing mini movie.
  • Sharp to review TV licensing deals to boost global presence (2016-08-23 01:54:47)
    Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp said Tuesday it will review its TV brand licensing deals overseas in an effort to boost its global presence under the aegis of Taiwan's Foxconn. "We have decided to review our current brand licensing business in Europe and Americas, and are currently examining various possibilities," Sharp said in a statement. The comment follows a report by the Yomiuri newspaper that Sharp will dispatch officials next month for negotiations to buy back its TV business in the United States and Europe.
  • Lenovo will preload Microsoft Office, Skype, and OneDrive on its Android devices (2016-08-23 00:19:10)
    Microsoft has announced that its software will be soon be preloaded onto some of Lenovo Android devices. Productivity apps including Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype will be loaded onto selected Lenovo products running Google's operating system, the result of a new patent cross-licensing agreement the two companies signed that covers both Lenovo and Motorola devices. Microsoft has used similar deals many times before, linking up with Samsung, Xiaomi, LG, Sony, Dell, and Asus — among others — to put its apps and services on their Android devices.
  • A computer-boosted power tool for craftsmen and creators (2016-08-23 00:00:02)
    With help from a camera and computer chip, the Shaper Origin can carve wood, metal and plastic into anything from furniture to jewelry boxes.
  • This could be the new PlayStation 4 Slim controller (2016-08-22 23:13:06)
    Now we've also got a chance to look at what could well be its controller, in a video uploaded to YouTube by tech blogger and developer ZRZ. The clip shows a controller that looks almost exactly the same as the current PS4 DualShock 4 controller, but with one minor difference — the light bar on top of the controller is now visible on its front face too. It's also not yet clear whether the controller in the video is indeed the real thing, but the existence of the updated light bar was seemingly confirmed by Twitter user @shortmaneighty2, whose own PS4 Slim was photographed by Eurogamer after it was purchased from a classified listing posted on Gumtree.
  • John Oliver unloads on charter schools in latest ‘Last Week Tonight’ episode (2016-08-22 23:00:14)
    Comedy Central must be kicking themselves for letting John Oliver go because the former Daily Show comedian has been absolutely killing it on HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver for some time now. Far from your standard satirical or late night show, John Oliver each week chooses one topic to hone in on and then goes after it with surgical-like precision and wit. DON'T MISS:  Samsung’s hot new Galaxy Note 7 still isn’t as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s This past Sunday, Oliver turned his attention to charter schools and highlighted many of the problems associated with them that often get brushed under the rug. While Oliver acknowledges that there are many things to like about charter schools he also isn't afraid to point out their shortcomings. "Charters are basically public schools that are taxpayer-funded but privately run," Oliver explained at the beginning. "The first ones emerged 25 years ago as places to experiment with new educational approaches.” "But critics argue that charters overstate their successes, siphon off talented students and divert precious resources within the school district," Oliver went on to say. "Now for this piece, and I know this is going to make some people on both sides very angry, we're going to set aside whether or not charter schools are a good idea in principle. Because whether they are or not, in 42 states and in D.C. we're doing them. So instead we're going to look at how they operate in practice. One group found on average charters have a slight edge over traditional public schools in reading and about the same in math, but acknowledged charter equality is uneven across the states and across schools and that is putting it mildly." With that contextual backdrop, sit back for a good 18 minutes and enjoy John Oliver at the top of his game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_htSPGAY7I
  • Samsung pulls the plug on Milk Music streaming service in US (2016-08-22 22:46:53)
    Music service exclusive to recent Galaxy smartphones will shut down next month, the electronics giant says.
  • Pokemon Go fever shows signs of fading (2016-08-22 22:37:00)
    Data collected by market researchers shows engagement, daily users and time spent on the app per day in decline, Bloomberg reports.
  • New ‘jellyfish’ material means the Apple store will always know about your water damage (2016-08-22 22:00:47)
    Jellyfish and squids are inspiring creatures of the sea and researchers already created a material that mimics some of the properties of their skins. The material could be used to display hidden messages, such as telling an Apple genius that your iPhone was submerged in liquid for a certain amount of time, regardless of what your version of the story is. DON’T MISS: This is our first look at one of the two brand new PS4 consoles launching next month Researchers from the University of Connecticut looked closely at squids and jellyfish trying to figure out how they’re able to change color or texture in response to what’s happening around them. Presenting their results at the 52nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society on Sunday, they said they were able to replicate the properties of skin to encrypt – well, hide away – messages. The trick element that would expose a message is moisture, which would reveal things that aren’t visible to the naked eye. That’s how, in the example above, a smartphone repair shop could instantly tell whether a device was damaged by water. As Gizmodo explains , jellyfish skin doesn’t prune like human skin does. Instead, it can change to a wrinkly state and become opaque. When in danger, squids can contract their muscles and expose colored pigments that help them camouflage themselves. The researchers created a thin film of polyvinyl alcohol on a rubbery base of polydimethylsiloxane. In a wrinkled state, it would be opaque, but as soon as water is added, it becomes transparent and would show a message. By further refining the way polymers link to each other, researchers could create messages that would self-destruct after reading. The researchers also said that if wrinkles would be generated by moisture, in a smartphone, for example, the procedure could not be reversed. That way, stores could tell whether or not the warranty for a product is valid or not. Videos showing the material in action follow below, with more details about it available on Phys.org . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtF4NEmZGTk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mbLsTcfpf8
  • Deal puts Microsoft apps on Lenovo smartphones (2016-08-22 21:25:53)
    Microsoft apps such as Office and Skype will be installed on Lenovo mobile devices powered by Android software under the terms of a collaboration announced late Monday. The US technology giant and the Chinese computer titan said they were "deepening their strategic relationship" with a move that could add to the ranks of people using Microsoft programs as services hosted in the internet cloud. "The marriage of Microsoft's apps and Lenovo's Android-based devices will enable customers around the world to be more productive, more connected and achieve even more," Microsoft corporate vice president Nick Parker said in a statement.
  • Tesla’s new offer will tide you over until your Model 3 arrives (2016-08-22 21:00:19)
    Hundreds of thousands of people have pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3, which means hundreds of thousands of people are currently waiting impatiently for their next car. The two-year wait is a long time to be without new wheels, so Tesla has a new offer that should help pass the time. For a limited time, the company will offer two-year leases on the Model S and Model X. It's not explicitly angled at people waiting for a Model 3, but it's a solid way for buyers who can't wait two years to get in a Tesla for less than $600 a month. DON'T MISS:  A curved OLED screen could be the front of Apple’s new iPhone Pro, coming next year Plans start from $593 a month, although to get that, you'll need to put $6,000 down on a bare-bones Model S, and only drive 10,000 miles a year. For a more reasonable P75D with 15,000 miles a year, it will be a much higher $1,000 per month. Plans for the Model X run to be much more expensive, around $1,500 for a tricked-out model. Although all the attention has been grabbed by the upcoming Model 3 (and perhaps a Tesla pick-up truck), the Model S and Model X continue to be Tesla's bread-and-butter. To transition from being a low-volume luxury car maker to pumping out hundreds of thousands of vehicles a year will be a tough ask, and part of the reason Tesla is sinking so much money into the Gigafactory in the desert.
  • LG employs wacky designs for its new Bluetooth speakers (2016-08-22 21:00:05)
    LG LG has a trio of new Bluetooth speakers it's planning to show off at IFA next month in Berlin, and they’re some of the weirder-looking audio products to hit the market this year. Called the PH2, PH3, and PH4, these brightly colored speakers each take on a different shape. You have your standard cylindrical design for the PH4, which is a splash-resistant 16-watt speaker. But move down to the PH3, and you’re in full-blown candle territory. The PH2, on the other hand, looks like an enlarged Oreo cookie.There’s no pricing yet. ...
  • Microsoft unveils the Xbox Onesie (2016-08-22 20:58:02)
    The latest reveal from Microsoft is not a console or game, but a cosy garment for gaming.
  • Sorteo 'OnePlus 3' de CNET en Español (2016-08-22 20:45:58)
    Participa entre el 22 de agosto y el 4 de septiembre para ganarte* un celular OnePlus 3 con tecnología de carga rápida Dash Charging. (Promoción válida en EE.UU., Puerto Rico y Canadá).
  • CNET's OnePlus 3 Giveaway (2016-08-22 20:45:26)
    Enter to win* a OnePlus 3 phone with Dash Charging technology, a June winner of our Editor's' Choice award.
  • Amazon said to plan music-streaming service for its Echo speaker (2016-08-22 20:16:54)
    Service would cost half what rival music services charge but be exclusive to Amazon's internet-connected speaker, Recode reports.
  • Amazon working on music subscription service for $5 a month: Recode (2016-08-22 20:06:20)
    (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said it was working on a music subscription service that would cost about $5 a month and would only work on its Echo hardware, Recode reported, citing sources. Amazon would like to launch the services in September, but has not finalized deals with major music labels and publishers, Recode reported. The Recode report said one sticking point, sources say, is whether Amazon will sell the cheaper service for $4 or $5 a month.
  • Two Model S cars were stolen despite Tesla’s advanced tech (2016-08-22 20:00:14)
    You’d have thought that nobody can steal your Tesla thanks to its advanced tracking system. Thieves foolish enough to try to get away with it could be easily caught with the help of the on-board GPS. However, that’s not really the case. Tesla cars are incredibly valuable, which means thieves will do whatever it takes to grab one and leave no traces behind. In fact, at least two such thefts have already been reported in Europe. DON’T MISS: This is our first look at one of the two brand new PS4 consoles launching next month Two Tesla owners in Germany discovered that their Tesla Model S cars were stolen, Electrek reports . One of them is a brand new Tesla Model S P90D that was picked up on August 2nd, and another model disappeared on June 11th. Neither car has turned up yet, and it’s not clear how it happened or whether their owners will ever get them back. It’s believed that hackers were able to breach the owners' Tesla accounts and then use iPhone or Android apps to access and drive the cars away. One of the drivers said he still has the keys to the car. They also had to jam the GPS signal on the cars, although it’s not clear how they did it. Last year, a Model S was briefly stolen in Vancouver, but the owner was able to direct the police to the location of the car by using tracking data from his account. It would certainly be interesting to hear how the thieves plan to use these stolen Teslas. Simply painting the cars over and changing their plates won’t suffice. To take advantage of Tesla’s features, you also have to use the car’s software. And we all know Tesla keeps track of what happens with each car, so it might be able to find these stolen vehicles if they ever reconnect to the system. Tesla has yet to comment on the matter, but it’s likely that the company is looking at ways to retrieve the stolen cars, and prevent similar thefts in the future.
  • DreamWorks Animation is now owned by Comcast (2016-08-22 18:49:13)
    Less than four months after Comcast announced its $3.8 billion plan to pick up DreamWorks Animation SKG, the deal is closed. The animation studio, which created franchises like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and How To Train Your Dragon, is now part of NBCUniversal’s Universal Filmed Entertainment Group — a movie-related catch-all that also includes Universal Pictures, ticketing site Fandango, and NBCU’s own Brand Development arm.
  • Every confirmed Pokemon Go easter egg in one video (2016-08-22 18:30:20)
    Since the day Pokemon Go launched, gamers have been poking through the game's code to find any hidden secrets the developers might have hidden within. For the first several days, there wasn't much to talk about, but in the ensuing weeks, dozens of exciting tidbits have come to light. MUST SEE:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required We've written about some of Pokemon Go's easter eggs in the past (as in the surprises that the developer actually intended for us to find, not the cheats that some players have discovered on their own along the way ). There's the Eevee easter egg, which allows players to control which evolutionary form their Eevee evolves into. There's the option to choose Pikachu as your starter Pokemon (providing you're willing to walk around for a while when you first start playing). But along with these, there are plenty of others we haven't had time to cover. Thankfully, one dedicated player has made a video highlighting each and every easter egg to date, including some you might have completely missed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxd5TtXjfNs Stick around for the end of the video when YouTuber Big Daddy Red talks about some of the theories regarding Ditto — a rare Pokemon which no one has caught legitimately yet . Although Ditto is exceedingly rare in the original Pokemon games, it's not a legendary Pokemon, which has led many players to believe that there is a way to catch one that has yet to be discovered.
  • This light Spotify theme for Mac is a tribute to Rdio design (2016-08-22 18:24:28)
    For those who still mourn the loss of Rdio, Devin Halladay has a solution. The 19-year-old designer has hand-crafted a Spotify skin for Mac, which brings Rdio’s best design principles to the Swedish streaming service that has survived the booms and busts of the modern streaming era. You can download it over at Halladay’s website, and it requires you to switch your Mac security settings to permit apps downloaded from anywhere.
  • Barb will get justice in second season of 'Stranger Things' (2016-08-22 18:08:13)
    About time! The creators of the creepy Netflix show promise to revisit the fate of Nancy's poor best friend.
  • Is this what’s slowing down Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7? (2016-08-22 18:05:32)
    One of the most critical components of a smartphone is the built-in storage, which can make a huge difference in overall performance. Tests repeatedly show that Apple’s iPhone 6s is the fastest smartphone when it comes to storage speed, beating all rivals including high-end handsets from Samsung. Of course, the competition is getting better and better when it comes to built-in and expandable storage speed, with Samsung having already confirmed it has big plans in the years ahead . So, how does the brand new Galaxy Note 7 fare when it comes to storage performance? DON’T MISS: This is our first look at one of the two brand new PS4 consoles launching next month The Galaxy Note 7 ships with 64GB (UFS 2.0) of built-in storage, which may be enough for many smartphones users. But the device also has a microSD slot that can take up to 2TB of extra storage. Since 256GB is the largest card available right now, the Note 7 can hold up to 320GB of total storage. Looking at microSD card speeds in the Galaxy Note 7, GSM Arena concluded that the Galaxy Note 7 offers similar performance to the Galaxy S7 edge, and beats the Galaxy Note 5 in some tests. Interestingly, the Galaxy Note 7 trails behind both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7 edge when it comes to built-in storage speeds. This could certainly play a role in slowing down the Note 7 when it comes to real world performance; as we just saw, Samsung's latest flagship phone is nowhere near as fast as last year's iPhone 6s . In its tests, the site used a Transcend 32GB Class 10 UHS-I card that delivers much faster speeds than a Class 10 non-UHS-I microSD card. But both types of cards would still comfortably move data between the microSD memory and the phone. The Galaxy Note 7 was able to write 4K video to storage at 8MB/s. As you can see in the following screenshots, sequential read and write tests support speeds well over 8MB/s for UHS-I cards. The cards won’t do very well in random read and write tests, which is how app data might be used in a real-life scenario. On the other hand, media files will require data sequentially, moving from one end to the other. In other words, using apps and games from the microSD cards may not always offer as good an experience as playing multimedia files directly from internal storage.
  • Retailer Target to focus on digital efforts, CIO says (2016-08-22 18:04:15)
    (Reuters) - U.S. retailer Target Corp will focus on technologies that enhance customers' store experience and on other digital efforts, Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara said. Target will focus on its website, Target.com, and offline-online experiences such as order pickup and digital marketing, McNamara said in a blog post on the company's website. "The retailers with the strongest technology and supply chain will have the best chance of winning." Target will also focus on efforts such as store replenishment and merchandising systems to keep its stores well stocked, he said.
  • Global travel spending still growing but at a slower pace (2016-08-22 17:55:47)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Global travel spending is still growing, although at a slower pace, despite weakening economies and fears over terrorism.
  • You won't look cool wearing the NodPod, but that's okay because you're practical (2016-08-22 17:54:31)
    NodPodThe NodPod solves a real problem. When we fall asleep in random places, like on airplanes and in the car, our heads nod, and we temporarily wake up. One: this is annoying. Two: this hurts necks. It’s a big-time sleep bummer. The NodPod is essentially a head cradle. It prevents your head from bobbing and thereby lets you sleep more soundly. I’m a big fan of anything that lets me sleep better. I am a potential fan of the NodPod.Here’s the thing with it, though. It looks incredibly nerdy. ...
  • Google rolling out latest Android system to Nexus phones (2016-08-22 17:52:28)
    Google is ready to start sending out the latest version of its Android operating system to a handful of devices. The release announced Monday means many Nexus-branded devices should receive a free upgrade ...
  • Schwarzenegger gets assembled Terminator-style for 'Celebrity Apprentice' (2016-08-22 17:52:18)
    After replacing Donald Trump as the reality show's host, the actor has apparently been re-assembled and ready to fire (celebrities) at will.
  • Noodle on this: Ramen surpassing cigarettes as most coveted prison currency (2016-08-22 17:43:48)
    New study says that the high-energy food is becoming more popular as prison food gets even worse.
  • Roborace reveals a working prototype of its self-driving racecar (2016-08-22 17:35:34)
    It's almost been a year since we first learned about Roborace, the autonomous racing series that will run alongside Formula E next season. Since then, though, the series has been pretty tight-lipped, offering up some tantalizing renders of the cars but little in the way of information about when or how the series will run. Today we know a tiny bit more, because the series posted a video of an actual car using actual wheels and no actual human driving — very briefly — around a racetrack.
  • Feds: Ignore that post about banning driver cellphone use (2016-08-22 17:32:13)
    Briefly Monday, it looked like the federal government was going to push all 50 states to ban the use of cellphones and other wireless devices while people are driving. But the National Highway Traffic ...
  • How to hatch eggs more efficiently in Pokemon Go (2016-08-22 17:15:10)
    At the end of the day, every Pokemon Trainer has only one goal in mind: catching them all. That's the key tenet of any Pokemon adventure, but with Pokemon Go , it's more difficult than ever to actually accomplish that goal. Not only are some of the rarest Pokemon currently impossible to catch, but others can only be found in specific regions, so the only way to add them to your collection is to hatch them from an egg. For the most part, this simply requires a great deal of walking, but over the weekend, CNET  published some worthwhile tips to help you hatch eggs more efficiently in Pokemon Go . DON'T MISS:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required The first step is to acquire eggs and incubators (which are necessary to hatch the eggs). Everyone starts the game with a single infinite incubator, but players are rewarded with 3-use incubators every five to ten levels. You can also buy a temporary incubator for 150 PokeCoins, if you need more. Eggs, on the other hand, can only be picked up from PokeStops. You can hold up to nine eggs in your inventory, and they come in three different varieties: 2 kilometer, 5 kilometer and 10 kilometer. The further distance you have to walk to hatch them, the rarer the Pokemon you receive will be. As you might expect, 2km and 5km eggs are much more common than 10km eggs. This wouldn't be quite so frustrating if you could delete unwanted 2km eggs from your inventory, but the only way to get rid of an egg is to hatch it. So if your inventory is filled with 2km and 5km eggs, you need to hatch at least one before you can pick up another egg. Now that you understand the basics, let's discuss a couple of ways to hatch eggs without actually walking around for hours on end . As CNET notes, the city bus is arguably the only way to hatch eggs while in a moving vehicle. The GPS in Pokemon Go doesn't work if the player is moving too fast, so driving down the interstate at 70 miles per hour won't get you anywhere. Some players have also had success tying their phones to ceiling fans and record players, but you're going to want to make sure the phone is securely fastened before you turn the fan on high. Despite all of the bug fixes and additional features that Niantic has brought to Pokemon Go since launch, the app is still far from perfect. You will occasionally run into issues when hatching eggs, so just be patient and make sure the distance is being recorded appropriately before you head out for a walk.
  • Alan Tudyk on using motion capture for 'Rogue One': Anthony Daniels was envious (2016-08-22 17:11:02)
    The man bringing K-2SO to life in the upcoming Star Wars film talks about having a much more comfortable time playing a droid than C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.
  • Nintendo sells its stake in Seattle Mariners MLB team for $661 million (2016-08-22 17:09:39)
    The Mario game company still owns a 10 percent share of the Seattle Mariners.
  • How Facebook censors your posts (FAQ) (2016-08-22 17:09:02)
    High-profile videos involving the police and the black community have gripped the country in recent months. They've also put a spotlight on the confusing mess that is Facebook's censorship policies. We've put together the FAQ Facebook doesn't have to help you understand how, when and why you're being censored.
  • Hyundai and Amazon to let people order test drives online (2016-08-22 17:07:03)
    Hyundai and Amazon have partnered up to let customers order test drives of the Hyundai Elantra, right from Amazon’s website. Drive Now." — is under the umbrella of Amazon’s same-day delivery service and it’s basically just a way to schedule test drives in advance. Given how much of a nightmare car dealerships can be, it’s actually an excellent idea.
  • Paper cut: Can a saw made out of paper slice through wood? (2016-08-22 17:00:00)
    A video that puts a paper blade to the test will leave you with a newfound respect for the sheets in your printer tray.
  • Go renew your Playstation Plus membership right now (2016-08-22 16:50:24)
    Sony is increasing the price of its Playstation Plus membership to $60 for the year starting in September. That's a $10 increase over what it is currently, so unless you hate free money, you should go buy this Playstation Plus gift card right now . The increase takes effect starting on September 22nd. A yearly membership will be $60 going forwards, and the three-month membership is $25. Basically, if you use Playstation Plus, which you probably do if you play Playstation games online, a yearly membership is a good idea. DON'T MISS:  A curved OLED screen could be the front of Apple’s new iPhone Pro, coming next year Rather than waiting for your membership to run out and just renewing online (which will cost you $60), you might as well order a Playstation Plus gift card while you can. The physical card will come in the mail, and you should be able to redeem the code whenever your current membership runs out, but having only paid $50 rather than $60. Playstation Plus is needed to play most online games with a Playstation. It's a little embarrassing that Sony still charges for online games (and won't let you change your gamertag!), but that's the price you pay for plug-and-play gaming.
  • Who is this $800 Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit boxset meant for? (2016-08-22 16:43:51)
    Warner Bros. is releasing an $800 boxset collection of the combined Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, in their extended Blu-ray cuts, this coming October. The $800 Middle Earth Ultimate Collectors Edition includes, over the span of 30 separate discs, the actual films (two Blu-ray discs each, for a total of 12), with an additional 18 discs worth of bonus material, director commentary, and making-of-documentaries. What makes the price tag sting even more is that despite the impressive packaging, there appears to be little new in the Middle Earth collection beyond a 100-page art book and some watercolor concept art prints.
  • Driverless taxis could be the bullet train of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (2016-08-22 16:40:20)
    The next summer games could spark a slew of innovation in Japan, once again serving as an antidote to its slumping economy.
  • NASA reestablishes contact with long lost spacecraft after two years of silence (2016-08-22 16:36:51)
    NASA has reestablished contact with its STEREO-B spacecraft, nearly two years after losing communication with the vehicle. The space agency has been trying to get in contact with the spacecraft since October 1st, 2014, when the last signal from STEREO-B was received on Earth. Finally on Sunday, NASA was able to pick up a signal from the vehicle using the Deep Space Network, or DSN — an international network of large radio antennas used for communicating with spacecraft.
  • New invention could let your home Wi-Fi network track your every move (2016-08-22 16:25:47)
    Whenever we see the word “tracking,” we expect to find out more details about a covert NSA operation that was unearthed in a new series of Snowden leaks, a story about an application that may have breached your privacy, or an online service that found novel ways of tracking its users. That is the future we live in. And that future is only getting better when it comes to smart connected devices able to perform magical tricks at home. But for them to automate some of the smart home controls we set up, they’ll need to be able to figure out whether we’re present in a room. So, a team of researchers created a Wi-Fi tracking system that can recognize a person in a room by the way he or she interacts with Wi-Fi signals. A laptop connected to a dumb Wi-Fi router would be able to tell exactly who it is at home with the help of the new invention. DON’T MISS: This is our first look at one of the two brand new PS4 consoles launching next month Called FreeSense and available from a team of researchers from Northwestern Polytechnic University, the technology could be used in the future in connection with smart connected devices to automatically turn lights on and off in a home, adjust heating preferences and control multimedia. All without the user having to tell those devices he or she is at home, and wondering out and about in a certain room. FreeSense uses interruptions in Wi-Fi waves to identify individuals in a room based on body shape and motion patterns, Motherboard reports . Even if there are multiple people in a room, the system can still tell them apart – though I’d imagine it would have a hard time determining what smart actions to take next. “Due to the difference of body shapes and motion patterns, each person can have specific influence patterns on surrounding WIFI signals while she moves indoors, generating a unique pattern on the CSI time series of the WIFI device,” the team writes in its report. “FreeSense…is nonintrusive and privacy-preserving compared with existing methods [of human identification].” In tests, FreeSense identified with 75% accuracy the individuals in a 30-square meter home. During the test, just one person would be in the room of the nine volunteers. When the system had to tell just two people apart, the accuracy rose to 95%. The ideal number of people who can be identified by FreeSense is between two and six, the team said. With six people moving in the system, FreeSense would have an 88% ID accuracy. It's not known when the system would be commercially available, but more information about it are available at the source link. And yes, for the paranoid people out there, the system could probably be used for indoors surveillance and tracking operations.
  • Britney Spears’ latest album ‘Glory’ leaks online days ahead of its release (2016-08-22 16:00:06)
    Britney Spears' career may be filled with no shortage of ups and downs, but the pop sensation has impressively managed to remain a relevant fixture in the entertainment industry for a good 15+ years. Currently holding a residence in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood, Spears recently took some time off from performing to record her ninth studio album; not too shabby for someone who endured and came back from a highly publicized nervous breakdown a few years back. DON'T MISS:  A celebrity you’ve never heard of already has an iPhone 7 Spears' forthcoming album, titled Glory , isn't slated to hit stores and streaming services until August 26. But as things tend to go with big name releases, the album was leaked online over the weekend. In the wake of the leak, Billboard put up a rather mini-review of Spears' latest effort. Glory, which features the single “Make Me” featuring G-Eazy, clocks in at 12 tracks on the standard edition and 17 on the deluxe. Collaborators on the set are extensive. Writers include Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, Young Fyre, Sterling Fox, Oak and Phoebe Ryan, among others, while production comes courtesy of Burns, Nick Monson, Mattman & Robin, Cashmere Cat, Robopop and more. The album is much livelier than predecessor Britney Jean, which arrived in 2013 and became her lowest-selling album to debut on the charts. Glory contains the previously released “Private Show,” “Do You Wanna Come Over?” and “Clumsy,” all of which were issued to streaming services over the past few weeks. Elsewhere on the album, the songs’ paces vacillate, but Spears is clearly here to party. We won't provide a direct link to the album, but it's certainly out there if you're intent on finding it. All the same, I doubt that the leak will have much of an impact on album sales. Spears fans are nothing if not loyal and it's entirely possible that the leak will only help to generate more hype and potentially provide a boost in sales, if anything. That said, the album's debut single Make Me featuring G-Eazy can be viewed below. Is it anything special? Not really, but hey, at least it's not another Crossroads . Hopefully the new album is just a tad better than the generic pop song below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etfJCm0nfr4
  • Brock Lesnar just made people believe WWE was real (2016-08-22 16:00:03)
    Yes, this is pro wrestling, but things quickly got real in SummerSlam's main event this Sunday.
  • ​Artist makes Day of the Dead skull sculptures with Lego (2016-08-22 15:56:02)
    These unusual Lego sculptures make for a colorful tribute to the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos.
  • Uprooted: how climate change may kick off an artificial migration of trees (2016-08-22 15:43:56)
    The National Park System is turning 100, and The Verge is celebrating with Wilderness Week: a look at the natural world, its freaky critters, and its future. Whitebark pines are majestic trees with a whitish, often wind-curled trunk that grow up high in the Rocky and Sierra Mountains, in the Western US. As a result, the USDA Forest Service estimates that 97 percent of the whitebark pine’s natural range will disappear by 2100 in the US.
  • Thor and Loki share photos from the 'Thor: Ragnarok' set (2016-08-22 15:39:02)
    Chris Hemsworth shares a photo of himself and Tom Hiddleston at their "part-time job" selling newspapers on the "Ragnarok" set in Australia.
  • Ian McKellen tells Sean Parker what's cooler than a million dollars (2016-08-22 15:30:04)
    In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, the British knight who has more acting awards than I have square feet in my apartment has revealed that he was once invited to officiate Sean Parker's wedding in exchange for $1.5 million. McKellen says he would "perhaps" have "considered" the invite if the Napster co-founder and early Facebook investor hadn't required that he come dressed as Gandalf, the fictional wizard hero from J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings. Recounting the rest of the details of Parker's McKellen-less event sort of makes me feel like I'm writing an uninvited and too on-the-nose sequel to The Circle, but here I go! Parker, Silicon Valley billionaire, interchangeable in my mind with Justin Timberlake no matter what I'm told, provided all of his wedding guests with Lord of the Rings-inspired attire designed by the Academy Award-winning costume designer for Lord of the Rings, Ngila Dickson.
  • 'Neighbors' director co-creating Netflix comedy 'Friends from College' (2016-08-22 15:07:19)
    The series, set to start filming this fall, stars Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage and Jae Suh Park.
  • Stolen NSA hacking tools reportedly on sale for $8,000 (2016-08-22 15:04:12)
    It's been a rough week for the NSA, to say the least. Last week, a group of hackers collectively known as The Shadow Brokers allegedly stole and released  a treasure trove of NSA hacking tools and exploits. What's more, the group promised to release even more weapons from the NSA's cyber arsenal for the right price. While the initial leak was met with skepticism, researchers and security experts who examined the leak subsequently confirmed that the leaked exploits were very much real. "It definitely looks like a toolkit used by the NSA," French computer researcher Matt Suiche said after taking a look at the code. As if that weren't bad enough, now comes word that The Shadow Brokers may not be the only hackers who hold the keys to the NSA's cache of advanced hacking tools and exploits. DON'T MISS:  Samsung’s best phone yet might have some quality issues that can’t be fixed Late on Sunday night, a hacker with the Twitter handle 1x0123   indicated that he was willing to sell the aforementioned hacking tools for $8,000. https://twitter.com/1x0123/status/767564288160571392 Speaking to Gizmodo , the hacker also said that he'd be willing to provide screenshots to verify his claims for $1,000. Interestingly, 1x0123 didn't come to possess these files by hacking the NSA, but allegedly by stealing them from the Shadow Brokers. It’s unclear how the hacker supposedly stole the hacks and he refused to explain beyond saying “traded some exploits for access to a private escrow and stole the tar file.” This could mean a variety of things, but it seems like he’s indicating that he tricked the Shadow Brokers, the group that originally claimed to have accessed the NSA tools, and stole the .tar file containing the exploits. Again, we don’t have a way to confirm this is true but this hacker has hacked and sold his exploits in the past. Notably, 1x0123 is not some fly by night Twitter account with no track record to speak of. On the contrary, 1x0123 is a self-identified "underground researcher" who has been behind a number of big name exploits in the past, including a hack of  Fidelity National Information Services. It's also worth noting that famed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave 1x0123 some praise on Twitter just a few months ago. https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/719263028345192449?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  • Seriously, don't drop your Galaxy Note 7 (2016-08-22 15:03:46)
    Apparently, huge 5.7-inch seamless curved Gorilla Glass 5 screens don’t come cheap. This kind of cost isn’t unheard of, with new screens for the similarly curved Galaxy S7 Edge also going for $270, but it’s a hefty price to pay, especially when compared with Apple (where the most expensive iPhone screen, for the 6S Plus, goes for $150) or HTC’s Uh Oh program which offers free broken screen repairs in the first year after buying. It’s possible Samsung’s higher cost is just a natural by-product of the complexities of replacing the S7 Edge and Note 7’s curved screens, especially with the added complexity of keeping the waterproofing intact.
  • Is this the new PlayStation 4 Slim? (2016-08-22 15:02:30)
    Following a report that Sony will unveil a slim, cheaper version of its PS4 console next month, a video surfaces that appears to show a leaked version of the device.
  • Google to drop support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux (2016-08-22 15:00:50)
    Don't panic. The Google browser is safe, but the company will drop a feature that leveraged web technologies into separate apps.
  • Ford to release much-improved Focus Electric later this year: Report (2016-08-22 14:55:32)
    It appears that Ford's first electric car will remain off-limits for most states, though.
  • Watch a hamster navigate a rodent-sized Super Mario level (2016-08-22 14:46:49)
    A chubby-cheeked hamster steps into the role of Mario and handily conquers a custom-built gaming course.
  • Does MariaDB's latest move show how hard it is to make money with open source? (2016-08-22 14:41:00)
    MariaDB founder Monty Widenius promised his software would always be open. Now it's not, and that says more about open source business than it does about him.
  • T-Mobile strikes a nerve with move to single unlimited data plan (2016-08-22 14:37:08)
    Fans are turning their backs on the latest Uncarrier move. T-Mobile says it's shaking up the industry, and change can be scary.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat: What business users need to know and when it's coming (2016-08-22 14:36:00)
    Google recently announced that Android 7.0 Nougat is finally rolling out to Nexus devices. Here are the key features for business users.
  • Forget cheating, Pokemon Go will block you just for being too good (2016-08-22 14:35:00)
    Pokemon Go developer Niantic has taken a strong position against cheaters. This past Friday the company came out once again to warn players that cheating could get them banned from the game permanently. That's right... despite all the game's problems such as crippling reliability issues and the lack of a decent Pokemon Go tracking feature, Niantic is focusing valuable time and resources on identifying and banning people who cheat. At a smartphone game. About finding and catching virtual animals. Ridiculous though it may seem, Niantic is indeed focusing a tremendous amount of effort on taking measure to stop cheaters, but it looks like some of those measures are about as reliable as the company's servers. This past weekend, one of the best Pokemon Go players in the world had his account temporarily suspended for being too good, and it happened right in the middle of a Pokemon Go event. DON'T MISS:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device This past weekend, avid Pokemon Go fan Jimmy Derocher finally set in motion a plan he had been working on for weeks. As he had been discussing on Facebook , he worked out a plan to accrue 1 million experience points in Pokemon Go over the course of just 24 hours, without cheating at all. Derocher had previously managed to rack up more than 1 million XP in one weekend, but the internet doubted his accomplishment and accused him of cheating. As he noted in a post on Reddit , he hatched his new plan in part to prove that its possible to rack up that much XP in a short period of time without having to cheat. So he mapped out a "loop" in Austin, TX that would allow him to hit the same 10 Pokestops repeatedly and rack up experience points as quickly as possible, and he hit the road. His plan was going swimmingly at first, and Derocher racked up XP at an amazing pace. In fact, he managed to score more than 600,000 experience points in just over half a day. But as noted by Kotaku , the fun wouldn't last — after 13 hours, Pokemon Go enacted anti-cheating measures that hardcore players call a "soft ban." "Niantic Labs recently implemented an anti-botting policy becoming more well-known to players as a ‘soft-ban’," he wrote on Facebook. "More or less, the policy is a 24 hour ‘cheating prevention’ tool which stops you from getting more XP than should be possible." The lesson here is apparently that you shouldn't cheat, but you also shouldn't be so good at Pokemon Go that you don't have to cheat. So you might as well just cheat... and you'll be happy to learn that the greatest Pokemon Go cheat ever is now available to iPhone users with no jailbreak required .
  • Massachusetts becomes the first state to tax Uber and Lyft (2016-08-22 14:30:44)
    Several states have been exploring ways to squeeze more money out of the rapidly growing ride-hailing industry, but Massachusetts appears to have just beaten them to the punch. According to Reuters, Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a 20-cent tax per trip on Uber and Lyft rides, with some of the revenue collected going to the traditional taxi industry. Rather, ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft will be paying the per-trip subsidy to the state.
  • Appliance Science: How Alexa learns about you (2016-08-22 14:23:56)
    How do services like Amazon's Alexa understand your voice? Appliance Science looks at the role of machine learning and natural language processing in your voice-controlled future.
  • Play beer pong against a robot (2016-08-22 14:19:09)
    If this Kickstarter bot makes it to the mainstream, fraternity parties will never be the same.
  • Millions of devices are still vulnerable, says researcher who discovered Stagefright (2016-08-22 14:19:00)
    The Stagefright vulnerability on Android phones was one of the top security stories of 2015. Here's where it stands now and how users can protect their devices.
  • I don’t believe you’re an athlete unless you have Bluetooth earbuds around your neck (2016-08-22 14:11:22)
    Tech companies seem to think true athletes want to have Bluetooth earbuds that come with a neck strap. The earbuds can be controlled through Samsung’s companion Level app, which lets users decide what notifications and alerts are pushed through. The Level Active follows Samsung’s Level U neckbuds, which came out last year.
  • I don't believe you're an athlete unless you have Bluetooth earbuds around your neck (2016-08-22 14:11:22)
    Tech companies seem to think true athletes want to have Bluetooth earbuds that come with a neck strap. Today Samsung announced its new Bluetooth Level Active headphones, which it designed for "exercise and outdoor activities." They have earhooks so they don’t fall out of ears, they come with a neck strap, and they’re also splash resistant. The earbuds can be controlled through Samsung’s companion Level app, which lets users decide what notifications and alerts are pushed through.
  • The fungus among us: Researchers use fungi to harvest wasted batteries (2016-08-22 14:11:08)
    Using specially developed fungi is far more environmentally friendly than the current method of reclaiming spent battery material.
  • We’re still blasting Tim Cook for no good reason (2016-08-22 14:08:09)
    When Tim Cook assumed the CEO position at Apple five years ago, he was faced with an impossible task: follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs. Indeed, given Jobs' remarkable track record within the tech industry, it's widely accepted as gospel that no one on earth could ever truly replace Jobs. Looking back, Jobs helped spearhead not one, but three technological revolutions, first with the Mac and later on with the iPod and the iPhone. With Tim Cook currently at the helm of Apple, it's still curiously popular, not to mention intellectually lazy, to reflexively point out that Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs. In fact, any time Apple runs into trouble, we're inundated with pundits and talking-heads who still love pointing out that Tim Cook lacks the vision that Steve Jobs famously boasted in spades. DON'T MISS:  There’s an iOS 10 update coming on September 30th and at least one new feature was revealed The reality of Tim Cook's tenure at Apple is much more nuanced. Revolutionary devices like the iPhone only come along once every so many decades. Consequently, analysts who are quick to demand similar innovations out of Tim Cook's Apple demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding as to how innovative products come to be. More often than not, innovations don't emerge out of thin air but are rather the culmination of many advances across a wide swath of technological areas. As former Apple executive Jon Rubinstein has opined, the iPhone would not have been possible without some of the previous software and hardware innovations Apple first pulled off with its Mac lineup. Additionally, looking at Tim Cook's tenure through the prism of Steve Jobs ignores many of Apple's achievements over the past few years. Remember, the last iPhone released when Steve Jobs was alive was the iPhone 4s. Since then, the iPhone's capabilities have increased by leaps and bounds. Touch ID and Apple Pay, in my personal opinion, are complete game-changers. Deifying Steve Jobs while blasting Tim Cook may make for a great talking point, but it tends to ignore the fact that Steve Jobs was very human and was far from perfect. Jobs had no shortage of failures underneath his belt and, as a quick example, was initially against the idea of rolling out an App Store. Speaking on the fifth anniversary of Tim Cook's CEO position, Recode managing editor Ed Lee appeared on CNBC today and trotted out many of the same tired lines about how Apple is in desperate need for a visionary leader. It's essentially formulaic punditry at this point: 1) Praise Tim Cook as an operational genius 2) Blast Tim Cook for not being Steve Jobs. The Street writes of Lee's appearance on CNBC this morning: "Apple needed a Tim Cook with operational excellence because Steve Jobs was all over the place, making last-minute changes to all kinds of things," Lee said. Lee cited the infamous situation in which Steve Jobs wanted to change the iPhone screen to glass from plastic just six-weeks before the product's launch. The original prototype of the phone had been plastic. However, Jobs, frustrated with the amount of scratches the screen had, wanted an overhaul. Cook stepped in and ensured the problem was sorted out in a timely and efficient manner. Despite his calm, cool and collected demeanor in handling crisis situations brought about by the company's founder, Lee says Cook lacks something Steve Jobs embodied that propelled Apple into becoming an icon. "Now what they're lacking is they don't have a vision guy. Cook is a great operator, a great executive, but we haven't seen evidence of the next game-changing product," Lee explained. What a load of nonsense. First off, the idea that Jobs was all over the place seems like an odd and factually empty premise to begin with. To wit, the example Lee uses to back it up is bizarre to say the least. Jobs wanting to change the iPhone screen from plastic to glass underscored Jobs' commitment to product excellence. Upon realizing that an iPhone that could scratch easily upon being placed in one's pocket, Jobs was determined to find a better solution and subsequently used his influence to help bring Gorilla Glass to the mainstream. Hardly an example of Jobs being all over the place, Jobs' last-minute decision was a stroke of genius. As for the overhaul, much of that credit is owed to Corning, not Tim Cook. Lee here seems to be saying any number of random things to clumsily support his misguided conclusion. Moving along, Lee's assertion that we haven't seen "evidence of the next-game changing product" from Apple is once again an example of someone not quite understanding how innovative cycles tend to operate. The reason the iPhone was revolutionary was precisely because it was a product that only comes along once every few decades. Further, it's easy to forget that many years often pass between any two hit products. As an obvious example, look at the lag time behind the introduction of the original Mac and the iPod. Even the time frame between the iPod and the iPhone was a good six or so years. Will the Apple Watch prove to be a revolutionary device? Maybe. Maybe not. If we look back, it took the iPod a few years to truly get off the ground and running. Taking a step back, evaluating Tim Cook's time as Apple CEO should be an all-inclusive evaluation, not an exercise in cherry-picking. Under Tim Cook, the entirety of Apple's hardware suite has improved by leaps and bounds. Under Tim Cook, shares of Apple soared to new heights. And perhaps most of all, if we want to laud Steve Jobs as being an absolute genius who could do no wrong, why are we supposed to assume that him choosing Tim Cook to be CEO was such a catastrophic mistake? Tim Cook isn't perfect and he'll be the first to tell you that he's no Steve Jobs. Again, nobody on this earth is. Tim Cook may lack the vision that Steve Jobs had, but Apple is not a one-man operation. Apple is staffed by some of the smartest engineers and research scientists in the world who are continuously working hard to push the technological bar higher. One of Tim Cook's best attributes is that he is cognizant of his own shortcomings and is willing put smart visionary people around him while also being able to acknowledge and rectify mistakes when his judgement runs askew. With Apple still making money hand over fist and compelling new upgrades set to hit both the MacBook Pro and the iPhone (curved OLED display anyone?), I think it's high time we stop blasting Tim Cook for no good reason.
  • Photo-storage service Picturelife shuts down 18 months after being acquired (2016-08-22 14:03:34)
    Picturelife, a four-year-old photo-storage and management service acquired by digital media hub Streamnation last year, is shutting down. An email sent to subscribers today said the service faced "a challenging economic environment" and was no longer viable. Members will have the option of transferring their photos to SmugMug, a paid photo-storage service aimed at professional and semi-pro photographers, and continue to view and download them for no cost.
  • Twitter rolls out Night Mode for its iPhone app (2016-08-22 14:03:01)
    Need to turn down the lights while reading Twitter? This feature will darken things a bit.
  • Sorry, Iron Maiden fans, but new Iron Man character will be Ironheart (2016-08-22 13:56:50)
    Riri Williams, the teen genius who built her own Iron Man suit, will take on the name in November's "Invincible Iron Man #1."
  • How to get the Android Nougat upgrade, if your phone is worthy (2016-08-22 13:43:19)
    Android Nougat is available today! Well, sorta. Unlike rollouts of things like iOS or even Windows 10, Android updates happen over the course of months and years, not days. But starting today, a small number of lucky users can finally get their hands on the latest and greatest from Google. Nexus devices should be seeing the upgrade as an over-the-air download today. Devices like the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C are all eligible for the upgrade. Google says that updates are delayed by carrier and region, so if you don't see the update today, keep trying, as it should appear soon. DON'T MISS:  Samsung’s hot new Galaxy Note 7 still isn’t as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s Android 7.0 Nougat brings much-needed updates like split-screen multitasking and better notifications, but a lot of the improvements we saw to Android and Google services at Google I/O don't require the latest version of Android. The improved Google Assistant, for example, will run on any device that uses Google's smart AI, and on-demand apps should be compatible with previous versions of Android. To get the update is reasonable simple as a Nexus owner. Just ensure your device is backed up (because you always keep backups, right?), and head to Settings, scroll to the bottom, hit About phone, and check for downloads. If the download is available for your device, make sure you're plugged in to a power source, and settle in for a download.
  • John Oliver: Trump's 'like an alien trying to impersonate a human' (2016-08-22 13:37:58)
    Technically Incorrect: In a segment showing how the Republican presidential candidate can truly become an American legend, the HBO comedian muses that Trump should declare his campaign is just satire.
  • NASA's 360-degree Mars vista could pass for an Earth landscape (2016-08-22 13:37:23)
    Mars may be an alien planet, but it looks awfully familiar in a new 360-degree view from NASA's Curiosity rover.
  • Fear the Walking Dead has stopped trying to be different (2016-08-22 13:29:09)
    When AMC’s Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead debuted last year, it tried to distinguish itself with a very simple premise. Where the original hit series follows Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes as he roams a landscape ravaged by the zombie apocalypse, Fear would explore the tick-tock of a world falling apart, as the zombie outbreak begins and society starts to collapse. Focusing on characters that refuse to believe zombies are real, because who could really buy into such a thing?
  • 11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now (2016-08-22 13:26:56)
    By our count, anywhere between 400 and well over 1,000 paid iPhone and iPad apps can go on sale for free on any given day, and going through all those apps is a huge task. That's why we do the heavy lifting for you here at BGR, and we pick out the cream of the crop each day for your downloading pleasure. Today's list includes 11 different premium iOS apps that have been made available for free by their developers, but remember that these sales could end at any moment so be sure to check them out now. MUST SEE:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device 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. Briefcase Pro Normally $2.99. Briefcase is an all-in-one document reader and manager for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It can import files from Camera, Photo Albums, PC/Mac(via Wi-Fi or iTunes), Email attachments, GoogleDrive, Dropbox,SkyDrive,Box and so on. All files are saved to your deivce locally so you can enjoy reading them anywhere! ======== Features ========== ● Import files From Mac or PC via Wi-Fi or iTunes Any Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7 computer can transfer files to the iPhone,iPad and iPod Touch and operate it like a wireless flash drive. No additional software is required. ● Access Dropbox, GoogleDrive,SkyDrive,Box Pocket Briefcase allows you to download and upload files from Dropbox, GoogleDirve,SkyDrive,Box. ● Documents viewer and manager Supports view PDF file, Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel & Powerpoint), iWorks documents (Keynote, Pages, Numbers), image files(JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and others)and other plain text file. ● Media files playback Supports audio(MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV) and video(MOV, MP4, M4V) file playback. ● Share Files With Your Friends Email files directly from Pocket Briefcase. Share files via "Wi-fi Sharing" function. ● Password protection supported Passcode required at App startup Download Briefcase Pro Week Calendar Pro Normally $1.99. Fully customizable week calendar to link all your calendars to. A different approach to working with calendars. Week Calendar Pro allows you to fully customize what you what to see on your calendar through a nice drop down preset that you can quickly switch between. Add unlimited presets to filter out: - Days (show/hide any day) - Select which calendars to show - Select up to three working weeks (15 days) - Zoom in/out on hours or view 24 hours - Select which day is first day of week - Tap and hold to add new event - Drag existing events to reschdule - and many more to discover ... Download Week Calendar Pro Zombies After Me Normally $16.99. Your city has been invaded by hordes of hungry zombies, your only goal is to escape and save yourself as fast as you can before being eaten by some horrible undead! Make your way through the walking dead slaughtering them with your Chainsaw and blasting their brains with the Shotgun before it's too late! Use the Skateboard and your acrobatic skills to get through obstacles and avoid the runaway cars, and take advantage of the explosive barrels scattered around the environment to create a devastating hellfire! Run like hell in this adrenalinic adventure with horror / splatter atmosphere, the survival of the human race depends only on you! Features: - Dodge obstacles and perform stunts of all types by swiping your finger on the screen! - Use the Chainsaw and the Shotgun to smash the zombies! - Use the Skate Mode to run at full speed between the zombies and trample everything! - 3D graphics of the highest quality and in Full HD!!! - Collect coins to buy several items and power-ups in a well assorted virtual store! - Supports GameCenter: compete with players all around the world thanks to leaderboards and achievements! - Universal App: runs in HD on iPad and Retina Display devices. Download Zombies After Me Vesper Normally $9.99. Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do — anything you want to remember. Organize your notes whatever way comes naturally to you, without complications. Vesper's focus is on how it feels to use. • Use tags to group related notes. • Attach photos. • Drag and drop notes to reorder them — move important ones up, other ones down. • Swipe a note to send it to the archive. Out of sight, but remembered forever. • Keep notes backed up with Vesper Sync. Download Vesper Tower Siege Normally $0.99. Shocking! Electrifying! Jolting! Command the Tower packed up with an electrical beam, Air Strikes, Death Ray, Shocker and other Specials! Find out how many waves of furious enemies armed with fuel tanks, submachine guns and laser swords your defense can repel. Summon all the reaction speed and strategic planning you have to beat off the air, land and foul underground attacks. Grab the rewards, get the achievements, power up and conquer the leaderboards! Forget the considering, time to start zapping! GAMEPLAY HIGHLIGHTS Absorbing atmosphere with captivating special effects. You’ll spend every spare minute playing Tower Siege. No watching, start acting! Use your strategic skill between the levels and your tactic skills during the attacks. Face new enemies, new weapons and new tactics. Any one of the countless levels is unique and challenging. Plan carefully to collect more specials. All the weapons are unlocked so building the perfect defense depends on your strategy and skill only. Use different approach to tweak your defense. Get extra money if you’re outnumbered. Find the best strategy. Use different game profiles for your experiments. Collect them all! Earn Tower Siege achievements with OpenFeint and GameCenter. Download Tower Siege Music tube pro Normally $2.99. We are the best & most powerful YouTube client for your iPhone. Try it for FREE and you will love it. • Optimized for the new iOS 9 and iPhone 6s & 6s+. Force touch gesture to access shortcuts from home screen • Optimized for iPad Picture in Picture (Play from home screen) Split View, Multitasking. Watch videos while using other apps!!! • Search and Play YouTube Videos without login • OR Access your YouTube account. Everything in the app is synced with your YouTube account so you can access all your playlists and likes from your computer too! We encourage logging in as that removes user limitations on YouTube API Quotas. • Change playback speed to play video in slow motion (watching game replays) or fast motion (watching reviews of products) • Video can be played in a small player in the corner while you are browsing videos. The mini player can be moved around the screen. Swiping it off the left edge of the screen closes the mini player and video. • Search for millions of videos or playlists available in YouTube. 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"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. 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Every stroke is saved instantly to all your devices. • Organize your work into a notebook hierarchy • Beautiful interface, designed for iOS 9+ • A variety of drawing tools and colors The App is perfect for: • Quickly capturing ideas and inspiration • Sketching out a thought like you would on a napkin • Taking notes in class • And More! Give Neptune Notes a try today. We think you'll love it. Download Neptune Notes Socium widget Normally $0.99. Socium widget it's a buttons of favorite social networks right at Notification Center. Post to Twitter and Facebook from any app. Create new publication in two-tap. Just select a social network and write the post. Widget is performed in the native design of the operating system Apple, completely repeating usability and aesthetics this OS Download Socium widget
  • Kanye West's McDonald's poem, illustrated (2016-08-22 13:15:30)
    Frank Ocean finally dropped his much-anticipated album Blonde this weekend, along with a limited companion zine called Boys Don't Cry that came with some physical copies of the album. The zine features artwork from collaborators, personal essays and interviews, and a poem about McDonald's by none other than Kanye West.
  • Bangkok's Pokemon Go police squad out to catch players behaving badly (2016-08-22 13:15:22)
    If you're hunting Pokemon in Thailand's capital, be careful: Police are on the lookout.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat (2016-08-22 13:09:00)
    The latest release of the Android operating system
  • PlayStation Plus’s price is going up next month (2016-08-22 13:05:58)
    The price of PlayStation Plus is rising by a Hamilton. Beginning on September 22nd, the yearly fee will increase by $10 — from $49.99 to $59.99.The new price won’t impact current subscribers until it is time for renewal. So, if you’ve been considering PlayStation Plus, it would be cheaper to join this month for the next year at the lower rate. If you’re a subscriber already and would rather not continue with the new price, Sony’s blog recommends you turn off auto-renewal in your account setting by September 22nd. ...
  • Twitter brings night mode to its iOS app (2016-08-22 13:02:07)
    Twitter is now rolling out the much-anticipated night mode feature to its iOS app. First introduced on Android back in July, night mode re-skins the mobile app in darker hues to make it easer to scan the feed and read tweets in environments with less light. To toggle night mode on and off, head to Twitter’s settings panel after you receive and download the update.
  • Google's ​Android Nougat is finally here for your Nexus phone and tablet (2016-08-22 13:00:13)
    Free over-the-air upgrades for most Google Nexus devices start now.
  • Android Nougat begins rolling out to Nexus devices today (2016-08-22 13:00:06)
    The next big version of Android begins to arrive today. Google is starting to roll out Android 7.0 Nougat, which adds split-screen multitasking, quick-reply notifications, much better emoji, and an assortment of other small changes throughout. You can read our full review right here.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat review: great, but does it matter? (2016-08-22 13:00:03)
    Google has announced that the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat, is rolling out to newer Nexus devices starting today. Nougat isn’t radically different from the last version, Marshmallow, but does add a handful of notable user-facing features. Some of them, like improved multitasking, are long overdue and really useful on tablets.
  • Netflix grabs 'Anne of Green Gables' show (2016-08-22 12:57:25)
    The 8-hour series, based on the classic novel about an orphan girl on 1890s Prince Edward Island, was created by one of star writers of "Breaking Bad."
  • A curved OLED screen could be the front of Apple’s new iPhone Pro, coming next year (2016-08-22 12:47:49)
    For most of the year, rumors were flying that the 2016 iPhone range would include a bigger, more tricked-out 'Pro' model, along with an OLED screen. The rumors about sharper screens have been pushed to next year (when it's looking reasonably certain we'll be seeing an OLED iPhone), and now it looks like the iPhone Pro will have to wait until 2017 too. A report in  Nikkei claims that in 2017, Apple will ship a 'Pro' model with a 5.5-inch curved display that will use an OLED panel. It will debut alongside two other new iPhone models, which will have flat screens with older LCD displays. DON'T MISS:  A celebrity you’ve never heard of already has an iPhone 7 The advantages of OLED technology make it a no-brainer upgrade for Apple, which has been the only big phone manufacturer not to at least try releasing a phone with OLED display. Samsung's curved-edge phones have also been a big hit with a particular niche of users, so Apple's move towards a curved edge looks more and more like a play to steal back customers from the Note 7. Along with a new Pro model wielding OLED tech, all of next year's iPhone range should see a significant change in design.  Nikkei  confirms earlier reports that the 2017 iPhone will have an all-glass display and chassis, which will only be linked with a metal bezel. Major iPhone supplier Foxconn has reportedly been working hard to develop the new capability in time to make Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone. The move to OLED screens will be big for Apple's other suppliers, which have seen falling sales due to slower iPhone orders this year. But numerous reports have said that Apple's interest in OLED displays has driven growth among screen suppliers including Samsung, which is expected to make some of the displays for next year's iPhone Pro. The big overhaul in the iPhone line is a sign of slightly worrying times for Apple. The company is far from dead, but declining iPhone sales this year are expected to continue with the only-incremental upgrade for the iPhone 7. The slowdown is hitting Apple suppliers: Nikkei said that "major supplier has received component orders for 54 million units for the two new models, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, according to the source familiar with the iPhone design, and the lack of demand is likely to drag down shipments for the full year to less than 200 million handsets, compared with the 231 million phones Apple sold last year." But set all the Apple doom and gloom aside, and  Nikkei 's report is clearly good reading for anyone that likes good phones. A third, tricked-out iPhone is a sign that Apple is starting to realize different consumers will want slightly different things from their phones. A good number of people just want a small 4 or 4.7-inch handset, and certainly don't need oodles of RAM. But for people who understand acronyms like OLED or like the feel of a curved-edge phone, an iPhone Pro will be long overdue. Plus, all that extra space around the side will make a great place for the headphone jack to make a triumphant 2017 return.
  • Samsung will reportedly sell refurbished phones (2016-08-22 12:46:29)
    The world's largest phone manufacturer is said to be looking for ways to maintain its market lead.
  • Welcome to Wilderness Week! (2016-08-22 12:35:18)
    Without its national parks, "America The Beautiful" might be a song about polluted skies, dirty strip malls, and gated playgrounds. The park system has lovingly been called "America’s best idea" for a good reason; even in a time when it feels like our neighbors are yelling at each other more than ever, we can all agree that parks already make America great.This week marks the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, and for The Verge it’s an opportunity to explore spacious skies and majestic mountains. ...
  • Watch the PS4 Slim being powered on for the first time (2016-08-22 12:31:02)
    Over the weekend,  we saw the first leaked images of the upcoming "PS4 Slim" — a slimmer PlayStation 4 console that is expected to be unveiled alongside the PS4 Neo at Sony's PlayStation Meeting in New York next month. The leak was about as convincing as they come, but in case you were still skeptical about the console's legitimacy, a new video all but proves it. DON'T MISS:  One of the iPhone’s best RPGs is getting a sequel On Monday morning, Eurogamer shared a video of the PS4 Slim booting up while connected to a television. According to the article, Digital Foundry's own Richard Leadbetter actually visited the person who claims to have bought the unannounced console from Gumtree in order to see it for himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2cIwkg7OVQ The hardware has a fresh look, but the software hasn't changed at all. As reports suggested, this will likely replace the "fat" PS4 altogether in the coming months and years, sitting alongside the PS4 Neo as the only two models on store shelves. Eurogamer plans to have more details about the console later this week, but for now, at least we know it's real. With the Xbox One S already on the market , we wouldn't be surprised to see the PS4 Slim launch within days of its reveal in early September, so it won't be long before we know everything there is to know about the slimmed-down console anyway.
  • A tiny ball of gold could help fight Alzheimer’s (2016-08-22 12:29:00)
    A tiny ball of gold carrying medicine could help doctors fight Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have created a nanoparticle that is just the right size to target the overactive brain receptors that cause neurological disease, while leaving the rest of the receptors we need alone. This super-precise method could reduce the side effects of a common Alzheimer’s drug so doctors can prescribe it to help people during earlier stages of the condition.
  • This video shows the PS4 Slim turning on (2016-08-22 12:28:50)
    Eurogamer has gotten its hands on a working version of the rumored PS4 Slim, seemingly confirming the leaked images of the console that came out yesterday. A report from The Wall Street Journal also corroborates the existence of a smaller PlayStation 4, stating Sony will unveil a less expensive version of its gaming console alongside a higher-end model at its event on September 7th. The video shows the PS4 Slim booting up and displaying the home screen.
  • Does Apple CEO Tim Cook deserve an A? (The 3:59, Ep. 99) (2016-08-22 12:23:19)
    We rate the many hits and many misses from the tech giant during Cook's five years at the helm.
  • Can't wait until Model 3? Tesla's got a two-year lease just for you (2016-08-22 12:20:49)
    With a modest down payment, you can spend as little as $593 per month on a Tesla Model S or X while you wait for the "affordable" model to come about.
  • Schedule a test drive where you want with Hyundai and Amazon (2016-08-22 12:18:05)
    Hyundai's new on-demand pilot program places the power of test driving in the buyers' hands.
  • Automobile Design Graphics brings you the car dealer brochures of yesteryear (2016-08-22 12:17:07)
    Car dealerships are beginning to use virtuality reality to sell their vehicles, but once upon a time, sealing the deal required carmakers to pass out printed matter. The folded car dealer brochure was a carefully planned work of artful design intended to show the promise and prestige of the newest makes and models. Automobile Design Graphics is a new book, edited by Jim Heimann, that covers the evolution of automotive advertising from 1900 to 1973.
  • Apple reportedly recrafting retail store jobs (2016-08-22 12:15:32)
    One of the new purported positions would take some of the load off the Genius Bar crew, thereby cutting the wait time for customers.
  • Finally, a way to play Roomba beer pong without a Roomba (2016-08-22 12:14:27)
    PongbotBeer pong, a decades-old staple of the modern American college experience, deserves a reboot. We gotta make it more high tech. Pongbot could be the start of a rethinking of the game. The beer pong-oriented robot just launched on Kickstarter and is basically a cup holder on wheels. The robot moves around to make sinking a ball more difficult. The robot’s manufacturers note that you can use Pongbot with "with non-alcoholic beverages or no beverage at all!" So it’s perfect for kids, right?Now, I find Pongbot’s Kickstarter page to be a little suspicious. ...
  • AT&T to launch roaming access in Cuba (2016-08-22 12:13:37)
    Catching up with rivals, AT&T's agreement with local telecom ETECSA should let customers connect easily while visiting the island.
  • Apple acquires health data startup Gliimpse (2016-08-22 12:01:52)
    Apple has quietly acquired health data startup Gliimpse, Fast Company reports. Fast Company says that Apple has now confirmed it, commenting that "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Apple responded to The Verge with the same statement. Founded in 2013, Gliimpse collates users’ personal health data from different platforms, turning information from labs, hospitals, and pharmacies into a single shareable report.
  • Chinese investors buy ad tech startup Media.net for $900 million (2016-08-22 11:48:35)
    Advertising technology startup Media.net, founded by tech entrepreneur Divyank Turakhia, said on Monday it had been acquired for about $900 million by a group of Chinese investors. The deal would represent the third-largest in the ad tech industry, after Alphabet Inc unit Google's acquisition of DoubleClick and Microsoft Corp's deal for aQuantive. The company's products, which are licensed by various publishers and ad networks, auto-learn and display the most relevant ads to users.
  • One of the iPhone’s best RPGs is getting a sequel (2016-08-22 11:47:41)
    Although it never received quite as much attention as Pokemon Go , Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas made a big splash when it launched in 2013. Virtually unprecedented in scope and scale, Oceanhorn was a full 3D RPG for iPhone and iPad. Developed by small independent studio Cornfox & Bros., it was a perfect substitute for a true mobile Zelda game. Nearly three years later, we're finally getting a sequel . MUST SEE:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required "We are proud and excited to reveal the next installment of the Oceanhorn franchise, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm ," the development team announced on Monday. The first game was praised for its impressive graphics, but based on the first screenshots, the sequel is going to blow the original away. According to the team, Oceanhorn 2 is set in the same world as Oceanhorn , but in a different time period following a new hero. There are sure to be plenty of improvements, but Oceanhorn 2 will still feature the exploration, music and familiar RPG gameplay that made the original an instant classic. Cornfox isn't ready to reveal any gameplay footage yet, but you can get a glimpse of what the game looks (and sounds) like in the title track video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRhG2mF5KSY The studio also isn't prepared to announce a release date yet, but in the meantime, the original Oceanhorn is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on September 7th . If you haven't played it yet and prefer a controller to touch controls, this might be the best way to experience the game.
  • Hudly is an aftermarket HUD that can mirror your smartphone (2016-08-22 11:30:02)
    Now, Hudly is looking to bring that technology to drivers whose vehicles don't currently support the feature with its aftermarket HUD. Hudly is a three-part system featuring a projector, transparent display, and a plug-in for the OBD-II Data Link Connector, which is standard on every vehicle built after 1996. The company says the system can mirror your iPhone and Android phones using an HDMI connector (you'll need an adapter), allowing you to display your apps and turn-by-turn directions on the HUD.
  • A celebrity you’ve never heard of already has an iPhone 7 (2016-08-22 11:18:54)
    Unless you live in Taiwan, you haven't the faintest idea who Jimmy Lin is. He’s a big celebrity in that country though, and he also apparently has access to a brand new iPhone 7 before Apple makes official. Again. Yes, hardcore Apple fans may remember him from previous years when he's pulled similar stunts with unreleased iPhones. DON’T MISS:  Samsung’s hot new Galaxy Note 7 still isn’t as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s Lin was somehow able to get a hold of an iPhone 5 back in September 2012. He then leaked the iPhone 6 design in June 2014, well ahead of what turned out to be the biggest iPhone launch in Apple's history. And he got a hold of the iPhone 6 Plus as well. Phone Arena reminds us that Apple employees in Hong Kong even vouched for the legitimacy of those devices. Lin is back with an iPhone 7 leak. That’s him in the image below, posing for the camera while sitting at a table and using an iPhone 7 Plus just like it’s a regular day at the office. How do we know it’s an iPhone 7 Plus? Check out that bulky dual-lens camera on the back. That’s a telltale sign that it's an upcoming iOS phablet rather than the smaller iPhone 7, but don’t get too excited just yet. Sure, Lin’s photo seems to verify all the big leaks we've seen. Furthermore, his pose suggests he’s actually using an iPhone 7 Plus unit that’s working – and we did see photos of such a device just recently . On the other hand, we’ll point out that at this point it’s practically very easy to get your hands on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dummy units that don’t work, especially if you’re based in Asia. Secondly, this may very well be an Android-powered iPhone 7 Plus clone, for the exact same reason: Lin is in Asia and there are clones all around. Finally, there’s nothing to prove that Lin’s device is functional and this may be a marketing stunt from the local star, despite his track record. It’s enough for him to hold a dummy iPhone 7 Plus in his hands and allow others to photograph him while doing it, in order to gain free publicity. After all, he did leak other iPhone designs in the past. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 series on September 7th and release it in stores on September 23rd, according to recent reports.
  • We can now make shrunken, see-through rodents for science (2016-08-22 11:00:03)
    In a lab in Germany, researchers are making shrunken, see-through rodents. In a study published today in Nature Methods, researchers led by Ali Ertürk at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich developed a technique that shrinks rodents by up to 65 percent, makes them transparent, and preserves key fluorescent proteins needed for imaging.
  • The gorgeous Analogue Nt aluminum NES is getting smaller and cheaper (2016-08-22 11:00:03)
    Today the company behind the gorgeous, aluminum Analogue Nt — a modern console designed play classic games — announced new version that keeps the same beautiful style, but shrinks it down into something more compact. The new version of the Analogue Nt is 20 percent smaller than the original, and has a number of useful new features, including an HDMI input built right in (the previous version required an adaptor) and an included wireless controller and adaptor that let you play NES games with modern gamepads like the Wii Remote or Dual Shock 4. The Analogue Nt mini not only supports both NES and Famicom cartridges, but you can also buy an expansion port that makes it possible to play Disk System games, as well.
  • Help find a lost Nintendo DS in this funny free smartphone game (2016-08-22 10:57:26)
    For the 30 short stages of Hidden My Game By Mom, a mother hides a little boy’s Nintendo DS, and you must help find it. This is, at least at first, a traditional hidden object game, a genre indebted to Where’s Waldo and decades of Scholastic magazines. By tapping the 2D artwork, you move books and furniture or collect stools and brooms from the living room, gradually adjusting accumulating the right tools to find the hidden treasure. Except it’s not quite so simple, and after a few rounds, the tone of the game begins to, well, change.I won’t spoil anything here, other than to say Hap Inc. ...
  • The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required (2016-08-22 10:49:56)
    It has now been nearly two months since the Pokemon Go craze first swept the world. While the app's rankings in the iOS App Store have slipped a bit over the past couple of weeks — it now sits at No. 10 on the free app charts — Pokemon Go remains the No. 1 top-grossing iOS app. You also still can't walk more than 20 feet in cities large and small around the world without seeing at least a few people scampering around and trying to catch a Pokemon. While most users generally play the game clean, an increasing number of Pokemon addicts take advantage of all the different Pokemon Go cheats and hacks out there. Don't worry, we won't judge you because after all, it's just a smartphone game. Well, if you don't mind bending the rules you're in for a serious treat on Monday morning, because the ultimate Pokemon Go cheat that used to require players to jailbreak their iPhones is now available with no jailbreak required. MUST SEE:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device Back in late July was the first time  we told you about the ultimate Pokemon Go cheat . There are plenty of cheats and hacks out there, but this one takes the cake by letting players walk anywhere in the game without physically moving an inch, and without triggering the developer's anti-cheating alarms and getting themselves banned in the process. For those of you who are still somehow unaware of how Pokemon Go works, it's an augmented reality game that requires you to travel around with their smartphones, following a digital map that mirrors the real world around you. When you arrive at a real-world location that's home to a virtual Pokemon, you can catch the Pokemon and add it to your collection. The real-world integration is key, of course, and that's part of what keeps players so interested in the game. You can't just sit on a couch and work your way through Pokemon Go in a day. Instead, you have to travel all over your town and the surrounding area, capturing Pokemon and performing other tasks in the process. Or at least, that used to be the case. As we mentioned above, a hack was introduced late last month that lets players walk around the map on an iPhone without actually having to move anywhere. The cheat got even better a couple of weeks ago, but it still required users to jailbreak their iPhones in order to install the hack. All that changed this past weekend though, and this incredible Pokemon Go cheat is now available on iPhones that are not jailbroken. This newly updated Pokemon Go hack is quite simple to install and use, but YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice put together a great video that explains the entire process. In a nutshell, you simply need to uninstall Pokemon Go, download three files from a special Pokemon Go hacks website , install the files on your iPhone from your computer, adjust one setting and you're good to go. There is a caveat that's explained in the video. Long story short, you'll have to self-sign and then trust the app the get it to function on your iPhone, but that self-signed certificate will only work on your phone for seven days. You can keep using this Pokemon Go cheat forever, but you'll have to repeat this process every seven days to do so. As you'll see in the video though, it's really not complicated and only takes a couple of minutes once you have the files you need. The full video explaining this Pokemon Go cheat and how to install it without jailbreaking your iPhone is embedded below.
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update kills webcams, no fix until September (2016-08-22 10:40:12)
    One of the big issues with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is that it has broken some webcams. While Microsoft has apologized for the problem, there won't be a fix until September.
  • IoT success is more about focusing on strengths, less about creating an ecosystem (2016-08-22 10:38:20)
    Using indoor cycling trainers as an example, Patrick Gray explains how the Internet of Things (IoT) can rapidly create new competitors and collaborations among vendors, companies, and customers, upsetting the best-laid plans of creating an ecosystem.
  • Kobe Bryant's next bank shot: a $100 million tech venture fund (2016-08-22 10:32:29)
    The retired basketball star is teaming up with entrepreneur Jeff Stibel to invest in technology, media and data companies, through their creatively named fund, Bryant Stibel.
  • Massachusetts to tax ridesharing, give money to taxi companies (2016-08-22 10:03:33)
    It's a literal case of nickel-and-diming.
  • Samsung’s hot new Galaxy Note 7 still isn’t as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s (2016-08-22 09:51:58)
    Yes, the Galaxy Note 7 is gorgeous, and it’s the phablet to beat this year. Check out our in-depth Galaxy Note 7 review if you want to learn about all of the fantastic features that make Samsung's new phone so great. But the smartphone isn’t the fastest handset around, despite all its cutting-edge tech. It may very well do better in benchmark tests than its Android peers, but when it comes to finally taking down last year’s iPhone in real-world speed tests – something no flagship has been able to do – the Galaxy Note 7 fails miserably. DON’T MISS:  Samsung made different Galaxy Note 7s for US and global markets – which is faster? At this point, it’s not really unexpected to see Apple’s iPhones beat Samsung’s best phones in real-world testing. We’ve seen it time and again. And it’s certainly not a surprise with the Galaxy Note 7, since it features the same hardware used in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Even so, it is a bit troubling to see the iPhone 6s dominate its rivals almost a year after it was launched. PhoneBuff put the handsets through a simple test: opening a set of apps on each phone in the same order, and then reopening them from memory, again in the same order. The iPhone 6s stormed past the Galaxy Note 7 in the test, which appears to have much more powerful hardware on paper. Sure, there are some caveats here. The Galaxy Note 7 isn’t running the latest Android version available, although Android 7.0 Nougat isn’t out yet, so it couldn’t be. Also, I would have liked to see the comparison between the Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 6s Plus since they're both phablets, but that would have probably had roughly the same results. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-61FFoJFy0 If that’s not enough, then xda-developers has an even deeper performance review of the handset. In a post titled “With the Note 7, Samsung still delivers embarrassing real-world performance,” the site explains everything that doesn’t go according to plan with the new smartphone. This isn’t a regular quick video comparison. Instead, xda dives deep into what makes the Galaxy Note 7 tick and finds that the phone isn’t able to keep up with rivals. The Galaxy Note 7 is “trailing behind not just other Snapdragon 820 phones like the OnePlus 3 and HTC 10, but also the year-old Nexus 6P running on Android’s latest preview.” The conclusion appears to be as follows: "Considering that Samsung packs the cream of today’s processing power with its UFS 2.0 storage, LPDDR4 RAM and the Snapdragon 820, we can begin to entertain the notion that something went wrong with Samsung’s implementation." Even worse, there appears to be extra heat coming off the phone when you least expect it. “Not only have we found issues in real-world performance, but some of our writers also came across uncomfortable heat (close to 40° Celsius) while doing mundane tasks such as listening to music or watching YouTube videos on LTE,” the site also noted. Of course, some of these issues can be ironed out in future updates. But it’s certainly disconcerting to see the Galaxy Note 7 perform far worse in head-to-head performance tests than we would expect for a brand new flagship phone. Read the entire xda review at this link .
  • Motorola's Moto G4/G4 Plus: The smart person's guide (2016-08-22 09:49:00)
    The fourth generation of Motorola's Moto G line comes in two models and they both offer basic smartphone features at a starting price point of $199 for unlocked versions.
  • Apple gets a new Gliimpse at your personal health story (2016-08-22 09:38:58)
    The tech titan's health care portfolio continues to grow with the purchase of a data startup.
  • Samsung's S Health app gets an update (2016-08-22 09:35:27)
    The tech giant's health tracker application is changing its layout for easier use and adding in a new option for users. The S Health app allows users to track and record a number of lifestyle features from food intake, weight, sleep and stress, and also includes a coaching option to help with motivation and challenges. Online information source the Verge reports that part of Samsung's overhaul includes facilitating the general layout for consumers, making it easier to share and compare fitness levels with others.
  • The Verge Back to School Guide 2016 (2016-08-22 09:31:18)
    Dear class of 2016 or later, let us — a team of post-college writers who all made questionable shopping decisions throughout their grade school and college days — help you find the best back-to-school supplies for class, the essentials for your dorm, and a few things that'll make hanging out at the quad more enjoyable.
  • There’s an iOS 10 update coming on September 30th and at least one new feature was revealed (2016-08-22 09:22:47)
    There's a long list of reasons users can become frustrated with Apple's virtual personal assistant, Siri. No one would argue that progress has been slow with Siri — the feature was an absolute mess when Apple first released it as a beta alongside the iPhone 4S back in 2011. Since then, Siri's capabilities have expanded exponentially and reliability has improved dramatically as well. There are still plenty of wrinkles to be ironed out, however, and at least one of them will be apparently fixed late next month. How do we know? Because a certain celebrity let it slip that she spoke with Apple CEO Tim Cook, who told her about it personally. MUST SEE:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device When you're a regular iPhone user and you have a problem with Siri, the best you can do is hit Facebook, Twitter or Apple's support forum and complain about it. You won't really accomplish much, but sometimes it helps to vent and to chat with other people who might have the same complaint. Of course, if you're Barbra Streisand and you have a problem with Siri, you've got another option: Call Apple CEO Tim Cook directly and convince him to fix it. In an interview with NPR (via   Hollywood Reporter ) that ran last week month, Streisand shared a funny little anecdote that happened to include possible confirmation of an upcoming iOS 10 update set to be released on September 30th. Apple is expected to release iOS 10 to the public 2 weeks prior to that, so the company may already have a small update planned soon after the new software's initial release. Considering how quickly Apple has been pushing out iOS 10 beta updates, it really wouldn't surprise us. Back to Babs. During her interview with NPR , the interviewer pulled out his iPhone and asked Siri, "who's was the only female vocalist who's had hit records for six straight decades?" Siri's response, of course, was "Barbra Streisand." Upon hearing the response however, Streisand commented that Siri pronounces her name incorrectly, and then shared an interesting little tidbit. "Streisand with a soft S, like sand on the beach," she said. "I've been saying this for my whole career. And so what did I do? I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name, finally, with the next update on September 30th." Apple obviously hasn't publicly announced any new iOS 10 update that's set to be released at the end of September, but this seemingly comes straight from the horse's mouth.
  • Google killing Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux, but it's no cause for concern (2016-08-22 09:10:42)
    New Chrome apps will only be available to Windows, Mac, and Linux users in the form of web apps starting Later this year. Don't get too worried, though: You won't notice the change.
  • Samsung will soon sell used flagship phones at deep discounts (2016-08-22 08:55:50)
    For a leading smartphone company like Samsung, the only thing better than getting a customer to purchase a flagship smartphone is getting two different customers to purchase the same flagship smartphone. As Samsung seeks new ways to boost earnings as the high-end smartphone market becomes a far less reliable source of growth, a new report sheds light on one of the new programs the company plans to implement. Smartphone buyers in the US and other markets continue to flock to newer installment plan options that let them make low monthly payments and trade in their phones each year for new models. Now, it appears as though Samsung is getting ready to launch a new program that will see it refurbish and sell all those used phones. DON'T MISS:  Samsung made different Galaxy Note 7s for US and global markets – which is faster? Reuters reporters Se Young Lee and Miyoung Kim stated in a new report on Monday that Samsung will launch a new program as soon as next year that will see Samsung resell used premium smartphones that have been traded in as part of the company's upgrade program. "The South Korean technology firm is looking for ways to sustain earnings momentum after reviving its mobile profits by restructuring its product line-up," the report said. "As growth in the global smartphone market hits a plateau, Samsung wants to maximize its cost efficiency and keep operating margins above 10 percent." The report cites just a single anonymous source at Samsung, but Reuters obviously has a solid track record. Details are scarce, however — the reporters couldn't determine what type of discounts Samsung plans to offer or even in which markets the refurbished phone program might become available. Samsung's plan to sell refurbished flagship phones seems like an obvious move, but the report does note that there is a risk involved. If smartphone shoppers have the option of purchasing used phones under warranty directly from Samsung at deep discounts, it could cannibalize sales of new smartphone models to an extent.
  • Iron Man's female successor will be named Ironheart (2016-08-22 08:40:36)
    Last month, Marvel revealed that Tony Stark would be passing on the Iron Man mantle to Riri Williams — a 15-year-old genius and the first young black woman to wear the famous armor. As we suspected at the time, Williams won't be keeping the Iron Man name, and now, as reported by Wired, we know her chosen moniker: Ironheart. Williams was first introduced to Marvel readers in Invincible Iron Man #9 back in May, when she creates her own Iron Man suit in her dorm room at MIT and gets kicked out of school for her trouble.
  • Netgear's plan to solve awful Wi-Fi is a second router (2016-08-22 08:30:06)
    For as long as there have been Wi-Fi routers, setting up Wi-Fi has been pretty much the same. Wi-Fi may even be built into your modem in the first place. Netgear likes to call Orbi a "Wi-Fi system," rather than a router, because it's technically a combination of router, range extender, and some software that makes it all work seamlessly together.
  • Sony could debut two new PS4 consoles at September event (2016-08-22 08:23:47)
    The tech giant is prepping a cheaper, slimmer PlayStation 4 to introduce alongside the 4K "Neo" model, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • I unlocked the awesomeness of $1,800 earphones using a pair of scavenged tips (2016-08-22 08:17:57)
    The thing that makes or breaks a set of earphones is its fit. Without a good seal, earphones can't properly reproduce bass, and without long-term comfort, they can't get into your ears in the first place.
  • Samsung updates S Health with a dose of friendly competition (2016-08-22 07:47:23)
    Samsung is giving its S Health app a minor overhaul, switching up the layout and making it easier for users to compare fitness levels with friends. There's also a new service named Ask Experts that lets users start Q&As with local healthcare professionals to ask questions about their workouts.
  • Need drugs in jail? Try using a drone (2016-08-22 07:46:26)
    While Amazon and the British government are looking into how to use drones to deliver parcels to customers, criminals are already exploiting the technology to send drugs to accomplices in prison. Police said on Monday they recovered two drones carrying mobile phones and drugs near London's Pentonville prison and have set up a special task force - Operation Airborne - to catch offenders trying to get contraband into the jail.
  • First Click: Wilderness Week, the best smart lighting, The Get Down, and more in the week ahead (2016-08-22 07:30:06)
    This week is Wilderness Week at The Verge as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System on Thursday, August 25th. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out all our picks from the last few months including the best universal remote, best wireless headphones for fitness, best turntable, best Chromebook, and best portable Bluetooth speaker. As noted by Android Central, Canadian carrier Telus lists an "Android N Update" for both Nexus 6P and 5X devices on August 22nd, the same start date as LG’s limited Nougat preview program in Korea.
  • Tokyo's Olympic medals might be made from discarded smartphones (2016-08-22 07:22:59)
    Organizers of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo aim to produce gold, silver, and bronze medals from the metals found in discarded smartphones and other electronics, according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review. As the business journal reports, Olympic organizers, government officials, and executives first discussed the plan during a June meeting organized by a Japanese NGO. The hope is that such a scheme would help raise awareness around so-called "e-waste," though Japan would need to implement a more comprehensive system for collecting discarded electronics.
  • EFF blasts Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy concerns (2016-08-22 07:18:28)
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has accused Microsoft of disregarding user choice and privacy with Windows 10. In a scathing editorial, EFF employee Amul Kalia calls on Microsoft to "come clean with its user community" over a growing number of Windows 10 privacy concerns. "Windows 10 sends an unprecedented amount of usage data back to Microsoft," explains Kalia, noting that enabling Cortana increases the amount of data passed to Microsoft.
  • League of Legends owner Tencent is making a beautiful looking anime about pro-gaming (2016-08-22 07:15:24)
    The new anime from Tencent airs early 2017 and is based on a popular Chinese web-novel
  • How to improve work-life balance at your company (2016-08-22 07:00:03)
    Only 65% of tech workers are satisfied with their work-life balance. Companies that want to attract and retain the best employees, and keep them productive, must consider more flexible work options.
  • Cincinnati zoo director: enough of the Harambe memes (2016-08-22 06:47:18)
    Harambe, the gorilla that died, is still a going concern in the internet's meme-making business, and that's not goodfor Thane Maynard, the director of Cincinnati Zoo, where Harambe (RIP) lived and loved. Over the weekend, Maynard's Twitter account was temporarily hacked, his profile picture changed, and messages including "#DicksOutForHarambe" sent under his name. Speaking to the Associated Press, Maynard said that the Harambe meme is not at all fun for the zoo's staff.
  • Bangkok's Pokemon Go police squad out to catch trainers behaving badly (2016-08-22 06:33:13)
    If you're hunting Pokemon in Thailand's capital, be careful -- police are on the lookout for dangerous players.
  • Samsung will reportedly sell refurbished phones from next year (2016-08-22 06:17:12)
    The world's largest phone manufacturer is said to be looking for ways to maintain its market lead.
  • Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app (2016-08-22 05:39:21)
    Facebook on Friday took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates. The app, called Lifestage, was released with no fanfare, and is available for anyone to download on iPhone, although seeing profiles of other users is reserved for those 21 years of age or younger. The social network allows users to make video clips to describe likes, peeves, dance styles, and other aspects of their character.
  • Barbra Streisand fixes Siri with a call to Tim Cook (2016-08-22 04:57:40)
    For Barbra Streisand, it's as simple as picking up the phone and calling the CEO of Apple to get a quick fix. The legendary singer and actress said that she'd become frustrated recently with how Siri pronounced her name, and rang up Tim Cook to sort out the problem. "She pronounces my name wrong! [It's] Streisand with a soft 's' like sand on the beach, I've been saying this for my whole career," Streisand told NPR's Scott Simon.
  • Denso wants to fight driver fatigue with a shot of cold air (2016-08-22 04:15:30)
    A new system by the auto-parts maker uses cameras to detect driver drowsiness, and the air-conditioner to wake the driver up.
  • Samsung will sell refurbished high-end phones, says report (2016-08-22 04:04:23)
    Samsung is preparing to launch a new program selling refurbished, used versions of its high-end smartphones, reports Reuters. According to an anonymous source "with direct knowledge of the matter," the program will use handsets returned to Samsung as part of its upgrade programs in markets like the US and South Korea. The idea of getting a refurbished premium handset directly from Samsung should be attractive to many consumers, especially considering the plaudits the company has won in recent years for its design work.
  • Japanese Prime Minister dons Super Mario disguise at the Olympics (2016-08-22 03:48:14)
    Technically Incorrect: As the baton is passed from Rio to Tokyo in 2020, Shinzo Abe appears as Nintendo's famous gaming character.
  • Sony to reveal two new PlayStation 4 consoles next month, says WSJ (2016-08-22 03:05:50)
    Sony will show off a new slimmer version of its current PlayStation 4 console next month, the Wall Street Journal reports, a smaller and less expensive machine that would go on sale alongside the upgraded 4K-capable PS4 that the company described earlier this year. The news comes soon after pictures appeared in an online auction that appeared to show a thinner and smaller PlayStation 4, suggesting that we may already have had our first glimpse at the device in question. The company is set to detail both this slimmer PS4 and the upgraded 4K version of the console at an event in New York on September 7th, just a month after competitor Microsoft released its own slimmed-down version of its Xbox One.
  • Rare Apple 1 charity auction bids have already reached $500,000 (2016-08-22 02:51:43)
    The computer is expected to fetch around $1 million, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to charity.
  • Samsung plans refurbished smartphone program: source (2016-08-22 02:11:43)
    By Se Young Lee and Miyoung Kim SEOUL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. As growth in the global smartphone market hits a plateau, Samsung wants to maximize its cost efficiency and keep operating margins above 10 percent. Samsung would then re-sell these phones at a lower price, the person said, declining to be identified as the plan was not yet public.
  • Halt and Catch Fire's season three premiere is airing early — right now (2016-08-21 23:23:30)
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  • Halt and Catch Fire's season three premiere aired early (2016-08-21 23:23:30)
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  • Watch Japan's Prime Minister morph into Mario for the Olympics' closing ceremony (2016-08-21 23:03:27)
    For Japan, the next host of the summer games completing the handover in Rio de Janeiro tonight, it was video games. A two-minute clip broadcast during the 2016 Olympics' closing ceremony showed Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, physically transform into Nintendo mascot Mario. Abe, sat in the back of a car in Tokyo, realizes he will be late to Rio's ceremony, and elects to swap bodies with the video game hero, a skill he didn't emphasize during his election campaign.
  • ​Musician balances on Pokeball while playing Pokemon theme on flaming bagpipes (2016-08-21 19:15:02)
    Watch the talented Unipiper dressed as the creature Charmander perform the ultimate tribute to Pokemon Go.
  • Facebook can climb more than 20 percent on ad growth: Barron's (2016-08-21 16:44:24)
    Facebook Inc stock has the potential to climb by more than 20 percent over the next year given the growing advertising revenue among its platforms, according to a Barron's report on Sunday. The social media giant, which traded at just under $124 a share on Friday, has seen a recent acceleration in growth in part because of its increasing mobile ad load, or, the number of ads Facebook can serve up to its users, the report said. Facebook also has other avenues of ad load growth, including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp, which have yet to fill up on ads, it said.
  • Leaked PlayStation 4 slim images emerge online (2016-08-21 16:18:13)
    Not long after Microsoft’s Xbox One S hit stores, Sony will be releasing its own slimmed down version of its gaming console. Pictures of the updated PlayStation 4 console have appeared in an online auction, showing off some changes to the device, including what appears to be a matte finish. The seller provided The Verge with some images of the console, which show off a slimmer version of the PS4, with rounded corners.
  • Cadillac's fantastic Escala concept is more New York than Detroit (2016-08-21 16:00:06)
    In it, Cadillac has shed its hard lines and opted for a more fluid form language on the exterior that looks less conceptual and closer to actual real world product. Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen introduced the vehicle at a private estate multi-million estate billed as the Monterey version of its New York-based Cadillac House and the newly retired GM head of design Ed Welburn attended to witness the fin de siè·cle of his imprint on the brand. Escala is not just a clever play on an Escalade derivative — Cadillac designer Andrew Smith says that Escala is "Spanish for scale." It’s powered by GM’s new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 and can cut off half its cylinders to save on fuel.
  • Gadget Thirst Trap: a pillow that plays music, a portable projector, and an alien egg-shaped speaker (2016-08-21 15:00:02)
    Gadget Thirst Trap rounds up the weirdest gadgets of the week that made us thirsty for more. Be sure to follow The Verge (verge) on Snapchat for the video edition. Kushion The KushionIt’s a pillow. It’s a speaker. It’s a pillow speaker. I have so many questions about the Kushion, but mainly, I’m in awe at its marketing materials. Its creators describe it as "bold, fearless, and powerful" in addition to a lot of other adjectives. They also make sure to clarify that it’s not "pretentious, fanatical, or nerdy. ...
  • Lyft pushes back at Uber’s ‘unsavory tactics’ (2016-08-21 14:16:54)
    Lyft is not happy with Travis Kalanick and Uber. Last week, Lyft found itself the subject of several stories claiming the company was involved in active but unsuccessful acquisition talks with a number of firms. Naturally, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick seized the opportunity to zing his competition.
  • Phone company reveals where unused data goes (2016-08-21 14:00:03)
    Technically Incorrect: In a witty ad, New Zealand's 2Degrees Mobile answers the question so many have asked themselves.
  • North Korea has released its own on-demand video service (2016-08-21 13:07:40)
    Korean Central TelevisionNorth Korea is a notoriously isolated country. Sanctions have closed off most trade, and the nation limits its citizens access to the internet. Despite those hurtles, DPRK residents reportedly now have access to their own streaming video service, according to NK News.Called Manbang (which means ‘everywhere’ or ‘every direction’) streaming service was unveiled by the Korea Central Television. It allows viewers in the country to replay documentaries and other programs, and also reportedly will provide language lessons for those who want to learn English or Russian. ...
  • You should really be watching the weird and wonderful Final Fantasy XV anime (2016-08-21 13:00:03)
    In a lot of ways, Final Fantasy XV resembles a typical fantasy epic. This mixture of goofy and serious is on full display in the ongoing anime spinoff, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV, the fourth episode of which was released just this week. Since then, the episodes have all been primarily flashbacks, showing how Prince Noctis’ entourage came to be.
  • Attention film nerds: here are the 10 best structured movies of all time (2016-08-21 12:00:35)
    There are a myriad of lenses through which one can view and judge a film, from the dialogue or action all the way down to its cinematography. But one aspect of film that isn't often evaluated or paid much attention to is structure. While we may not overtly think about the varying structures that underly different movies, we're certainly cognizant of them. To wit, one of the reasons why people remain so enamored with films like Pulp Fiction and Memento is precisely because they take advantage of extremely unique structures in order to relay the story to viewers. DON'T MISS:  The 10 best deals in Best Buy’s huge 50th anniversary sale happening right now With this in mind, CineFix recently set out to rattle off the 10 best structured movies of all-time. What makes CineFix's video compilation so engaging and well worth watching in its entirety is that it dives deep into each film and explains exactly what is so unique about the film's structure. So rather than just reading a few blurbs about a film and coming away with a loose understanding of structure, we'd venture to say that CineFix's list is as much educational as it is entertaining. So whether you're an avowed film nerd of simply an amateur movie buff, there's a lot to learn here for everyone. https://youtu.be/mgk6e8gWDbk For a brief rundown, CinFix's list of notably structured films include the following: The Mirror (oneiric/dreams) The Sweet Hereafter (nonlinear) Before the Rain (circular narrative) Rashomon (repetition) Irreversible (backwards) Citizen Kane (ending first) Ajami (hyperlink cinema) Godfather II (multiple timeline) High Noon (single uninterrupted stream) Die Hard (three act)
  • Barbra Streisand: I called Tim Cook to get Siri to pronounce my name right (2016-08-21 12:00:03)
    Technically Incorrect: In an NPR interview, the singer says she dislikes how Siri says her name and the Apple CEO agreed to make the change.
  • NASA is hoping to hand International Space Station over to a commercial entity in the next decade (2016-08-21 11:21:51)
    At a recent press conference, Bill Hill, NASA’s deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development, noted that the agency is looking to turn over the International Space Station to a privately held-company in the next decade. During a panel discussion on NASA’s plans for a mission to Mars, Hill discussed some of the agency’s long term plans for reaching the red planet.
  • Sony's new aftermarket reciever supports CarPlay and Android Auto (2016-08-21 11:00:03)
    Sony's latest aftermarket head unit will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Notably it doesn't come with an auxiliary port, so if your phone doesn't support Android Auto or CarPlay you may be stuck with crappy Bluetooth audio or listening to the radio. Sony says the XAV-AX100 will be available in the US in late November.
  • Sony's new aftermarket receiver supports CarPlay and Android Auto (2016-08-21 11:00:03)
    Sony's latest aftermarket head unit will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Notably it doesn't come with an auxiliary port, so if your phone doesn't support Android Auto or CarPlay you may be stuck with crappy Bluetooth audio or listening to the radio. Sony says the XAV-AX100 will be available in the US in late November.
  • Women and authors of color won big this year's Hugo Awards (2016-08-21 09:24:14)
    This year’s Hugo Awards were awarded last night at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, with works such as N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season and Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti walking away with the top prizes. There were several categories that were composed of of selections from the Sad and Rabid Puppies groups: Best Fancast, Best Professional Artist, Best Graphic Story and Best Related Work. Several other categories, such as the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and Best Fanzine were also dominated by slated works.
  • Women and authors of color won big at this year's Hugo Awards (2016-08-21 09:24:14)
    This year’s Hugo Awards were awarded last night at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, with works such as N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season and Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti walking away with the top prizes. Like last year, a group of fans calling themselves the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies created their own recommended lists that they urged their collective of followers to vote on. Upset with the direction they felt the science fiction field was going, they worked a loophole in the system: anyone could sign up to vote for the awards with a supporting membership.
  • Not even ‘Stranger Things’s’ creators know where to take the show next (2016-08-21 09:00:57)
    Stranger Things is one of the best TV shows Netflix has released since it started making original content for its streaming service. There’s absolutely no doubt about it. It’s enough to see one episode to want more, and thankfully, you can proceed to the next one immediately. This 80s thriller debuted just recently on July 15th, but it became an instant hit with subscribers. A second season has already been confirmed, but a new interview reveals that two of the show's top stars have no idea where season 2 is heading. DON’T MISS: These flash drives work with your PC and your iPhone, and they’re discounted on Amazon Winona Ryder, who plays the distraught mother of a missing boy, and Millie Bobby Brown, the young actress playing a girl with special powers who escapes a government research facility, spoke to Variety about what it was like to prepare for the roles and work with the creators of the series, the Duffer twins. Matt and Ross Duffer have not told them what’s next for them in season 2. “I’m dying to know,” Ryder said when asked whether she knows anything about the future season. “When are they gonna say that? It has to be soon.” “Same,” Brown added. “We’re exactly like you guys, we have no idea. But hopefully…” On the other hand, a little mystery never hurt anyone, at least not in this case. After all, we hated HBO’s Jon Snow moment and that goes double for AMC’s The Walking Dead  cliffhanger from season 6's finale. But there is some secrecy surrounding Stranger Things as well, and the actors experienced it from the beginning. The interview reveals that both Ryder and Brown signed on without knowing what would happen to their characters. They only had one episode to judge the show by. “Yeah. But I’m suspect — they had to have written more, right?” Ryder said. “Can you get a show with just one script? I don’t know. A lot of friends of mine are on shows, or have been, and the one thing I remember when I first met with [creators, the Duffer twins] was thinking, “I don’t want to find out some big dark secret that would make me go, ‘I would’ve played it so differently!’” She continued, “That’s happened to a lot of friends of mine. Like, “I’m the killer?” They’ll find out at a table read. I’ve known so many people who have had that experience. [The Duffers] didn’t tell me everything, but they told me enough. I said, ‘You have to let me know if there’s something that would affect the way I play her.’ They were great in the way they helped me construct a backstory.” Brown said that it’s hard to trust someone with your character. “They’re two brothers, they’re so young, but I had no idea they’re geniuses. They’re literally geniuses.” With that in mind, we can’t wait to see what the geniuses will be up to for Stranger Things season 2. To read the entire interview, which reveals more details about how Ryder played her character as well as her complete lack of a social media presence, head on over to Variety .
  • Apple under Tim Cook: A nicer company, but a better one? (2016-08-21 08:00:08)
    Cook hits his five-year anniversary as CEO this week. CNET takes a look at how Apple has changed during his tenure.
  • How to find the right baby monitor (2016-08-21 08:00:03)
    The four questions every new parent should ask while searching for the best video monitor.
  • Here are the winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards (2016-08-20 22:53:43)
    This year’s World Science Fiction convention, MidAmeriCon II, is currently being held in Kansas City, Missouri. And during tonight’s Hugo Awards ceremony, voters largely rejected the slated works that had been placed on the ballot.The Hugo Award is one of the major awards for speculative fiction novels, shorter stories, magazines, editors, and other works. Unlike the Nebula Awards, which are voted upon by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the Hugo Awards are selected by members of the convention. ...
  • This 'Bad Lip Reading' video makes the DNC seem quite strange (2016-08-20 20:30:25)
    Watch Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders give speeches about their favorite superheroes, "Game of Thrones," manservants, wildlife and more.
  • Frank Ocean's new album Blonde is now available (2016-08-20 19:36:15)
    After repeated delays and false starts, Frank Ocean has finally released his sophomore album Blonde. The album, which was formerly known as Boys Don't Cry, was slated to drop on August 5th, but a report from The New York Times detailing the release caused Ocean and his team to push the project back after they lost the element of surprise, according to a source close to the situation.
  • This 'Bad Lip Reading' video makes the Democratic National Convention seem quite strange (2016-08-20 18:18:50)
    Watch Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders give speeches about their favorite superheroes, "Game of Thrones," manservants, wildlife and more.
  • Google saying buh-bye to Chrome Apps for Windows, Mac, Linux (2016-08-20 17:06:35)
    New apps will be available only on Chromebooks by the end of this year, and will stop loading on non-Chrome OS machines in 2018.
  • No wonder Microsoft’s Xbox One S console is so beautiful, look who designed it (2016-08-20 16:37:45)
    The latest update to Microsoft’s flagship gaming console is a very pretty box, and now we know why: Andrew Kim was part of the design team. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, Kim is a "visual and product" designer who came to work for Microsoft after making a splash when he put together his own design concepts for the company’s rebranding in 2012. On his website, Kim noted that the Xbox One S was his first big project, and the design team was tasked with creating "a more friendly and universal product that doesn't evoke traditional ‘gaming’ cues," and noted that they brought the hardware in line with the Windows 10 design language that had been created at the same time.
  • Motorola to Samsung: You nicked our idea (2016-08-20 16:18:28)
    Technically Incorrect: The company tweets that Samsung stole one of its "cool features." The Twitterati pile on.
  • Uber told its investors that it wouldn’t pay more than $2 billion for Lyft (2016-08-20 15:33:11)
    Ride sharing service Lyft has been looking for a buyer in recent weeks, speaking with a number of potential partners including Google, Apple, and GM. One other company said to be in talks was Uber, though no deal was struck. Uber executives have told investors that it wouldn't pay more than $2 billion for Lyft, reports Bloomberg.
  • Uber doesn’t think Lyft is worth more than $2 billion (2016-08-20 15:33:11)
    Ride sharing service Lyft has been looking for a buyer in recent weeks, speaking with a number of potential partners including Google, Apple, and GM. One other company said to be in talks was Uber, though no deal was struck. Uber executives have told investors that it wouldn't pay more than $2 billion for Lyft, reports Bloomberg.
  • Former Navy SEAL will pay $6.6 million to settle with authorities over Bin Laden Raid book (2016-08-20 15:06:02)
    When No Easy Day was first published two years ago, it was one of the first accounts depicting the mission that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. Now, its author, Matt Bissonnette, will pay $6.6 million to the government to settle a case alleging that he failed to clear the book with the Department of Defense. Bissonnette wrote the book under the name Mark Owen shortly after leaving the US Navy and generated considerable publicity.
  • Samsung is shutting down Milk Music in September (2016-08-20 14:21:08)
    Samsung users are going to have to find a new way to listen to music: the company announced that it would be shuttering its streaming radio service Milk Music. According to Variety, Samsung will be shutting down Milk Music on September 22nd, urging its Galaxy and Note smartphone users to switch over to Slacker Radio, which powered the system. Samsung launched the music streaming service to much fanfare in 2014 as an alternative to ad-supported services such as Spotify and Pandora.
  • How to be human: how to learn from unrequited love (2016-08-20 13:30:03)
    Greg Lavine/FlickrLeah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "Ask Leah" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is a Senior User Researcher for Slack, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at askleah@theverge.com and read more How to be Human here.Dear Leah, Before I start, I'd just like to say how great your articles are on The Verge and I've been reading most of them since the start of it. ...
  • Tesla creates two-year lease option for Model S and X (2016-08-20 12:54:53)
    Looking to buy a Tesla? The company just launched a new two-year lease program for all of its Model S and X vehicles. Tesla already offered a three-year lease program, but said it received numerous requests from potential customers asking for a shorter lease period.
  • The Hyperloop VR app shows how boring the future will be (2016-08-20 12:00:43)
    I've seen  Tomorrowland , so I know that the future is supposed to be full of flying cars and jetpacks. Elon Musk's version of the future is a little less fanciful -- it only involves levitating people through a partial vacuum at hundreds of miles an hour. But if this VR app that lets you try the Hyperloop experience is accurate, Musk's future won't be particularly exciting. To support its Hyperloop pod design bid, the Delft University of Technology had an ad agency make an app that explains how Hyperloop and lets users virtually try out a Hyperloop trip. It's whatever you call the polar opposite of a wild ride. DON'T MISS:  Here’s every single leaked photo of the iPhone 7 The app is available for iOS or Android . In addition to an explainer of Hyperloop technology and how it works, it lets you try a simulated journey from Paris to Amsterdam. Only, it could be a simulated journey from North Dakota to South Dakota for all I care. You sit in a small pod, watch the miles tick away (quite quickly) and stare at the inside of the pod. In case the app doesn't work, you can replicate the experience by sitting in a room with a flickering tube light and a kitchen timer. Of course, Hyperloop isn't supposed to be a rollercoaster ride. The main benefit is speed and simplicity, and while loop-the-loops would certainly add to the entertainment value, the G-force would probably make you pass out. While Hyperloop is looking promising from a technology standpoint, its adoption in the US still isn't looking all that likely. The same problems that have prevented the rollout of highspeed trains still apply to Hyperloop, mostly that it's difficult and expensive to build a completely straight track between two cities.
  • New trailers: an incredible NASA story, the next big sci-fi film, MacGyver, and more (2016-08-20 12:00:02)
    The first, Mustang, came out last year and is about five sisters who become quite literally imprisoned by their uncle as he works to marry them off against their will. In Mustang, one sister contemplates stealing a car to escape, but can't because none of them have been taught how to drive. There's actually no excuse not to watch Mustang this weekend: it's streaming right now on Netflix.
  • Frank Ocean just dropped a powerful new music video, Nikes (2016-08-20 11:47:57)
    Now, he’s released a powerful new single called "Nikes" that plays tribute to Trayvon Martin, as well as southern hip-hop icon Pimp C and A$AP Yams. "Nikes" opens with a kaleidoscope of imagery and sound that alternates between Ocean’s sped up and deeper, slowed down vocals, before his unadulterated voice enters near the end of the track. It’s unclear if "Nikes", which is an Apple Music exclusive, is a standalone project or apart of Ocean’s upcoming conventional album, which was called Boys Don’t Cry at one point.
  • With the installation of the International Docking Adapter, the ISS is ready for the private spaceflight era (2016-08-20 10:49:28)
    During a complicated spacewalk on Friday, NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins successfully installed a new International Docking Adapter (IDA) to the outside of the space station. The six-hour spacewalk helps the space station transition from the era of Space Shuttle transportation to that of privatized spaceflight. Both astronauts trained for this installation in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab on the ground, going over the sequence of steps to configure the IDA.
  • You can now unlock your Chromebook with a PIN (2016-08-20 10:08:16)
    Up until now, users could protect their Chromebook by entering either using their Google account password or by using a paired smartphone to unlock it. According to OMG! Chrome, the feature is part of the latest Canary Build for the operating system, and it will allow users to input a four-digit PIN rather than their entire Google account password.
  • How to Adjust Your Road Bike Brakes in 5 Minutes (2016-08-20 10:00:00)
    Have soft, squeaky, or slow brakes? Our mechanic shows how to get them stopping like they're new.
  • 7 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week (2016-08-20 09:00:28)
    Rogue One may be one of the most anticipated sci-fi movies of the year, given that it’s part of the Star Wars world, but that’s not the only space movie you should be excited about. Arrival is also a title to remember, and its first trailer is quite promising. Check out this week’s hottest new movie trailers below! DON’T MISS: These flash drives work with your PC and your iPhone, and they’re discounted on Amazon American Honey The second trailer for American Honey is already out after we’ve recently seen the first one. The movie opens September 30th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5L1sUvBG2o Arrival If you ask me, when aliens will decide to finally make contact, they will already be able to understand our languages and communicate their intentions. But what if that’s not going to be the case? Well, in that case, linguists will step up to the plate to try to communicate with them. Which is exactly the plot of Arrival , a sci-fi movie you should be excited about. The movie launches on November 11th and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTNJtEXYsyw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Yes, there’s a new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, and you have to see it. The movie is part of the Harry Potter universe, a prequel, if you will, and comes out November 18th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrBVEWZHbf0 Hidden Treasures Coming out on January 13th, 2017, about a month after Rogue One , is Hidden Figures . It’s a drama that tells the story of a team of African-American women working for NASA ahead of the program’s first successful space mission. The cast includes Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8xHq6dfAo Rogue One Didn’t we just have a Rogue One trailer in last week’s roundup ? Yes, yes we did. But the following one was released a few days after that. It’s the international version that has one huge plot revelation . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48XWkN0jBQY Same Kind of Different as Me In Same Kind of Different as Me , we have Renee Zellweger playing a woman who’s got romantic problems. But that’s where the similarities end between this movie and any Bridget Jones flick. Same Kind of Different as Me , we’re looking at a drama about a struggling couple and a homeless man, and how all their lives are about to be changed. Also starring are Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, and John Voight. The movie launches on February 3rd, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAooQSO_pSs The Sea of Trees The Sea of Trees launches next Friday, and stars Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, and Ken Watanabe. There, you have three reasons to see it. If that’s not enough, then just check the following short trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tuemib6AG4
  • We finally know what Ötzi the iceman was wearing when he died 5,300 years ago (2016-08-20 08:51:32)
    Ötzi the iceman is a scientific celebrity, and we finally know what he was wearing when he died 5,300 years ago. Using complex DNA techniques, researchers identified the material in everything from his hat to his shoelaces and learned a little more about life in the Copper Age. In a study published today in Nature Scientific Reports, they discovered that some of the material came from wild animals.
  • Cheers, VR! Drink your way to another part of the world in virtual reality (2016-08-20 08:00:08)
    Craft-beer brewer Innis and Gunn and rumrunner Havana Club transport you to the Scottish Highlands and sunny Cuba to make your drink taste different.
  • The Lamborghini Centenario Roadster has 770 horsepower of open-top ferocity (2016-08-19 21:19:26)
    This is the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster. The naturally aspirated V12 puts out 770 horsepower and that makes it, along with its nearly-identical coupe brother, the most powerful Lamborghini ever. The name celebrates what would have been the hundredth birthday of its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, and is meant to deliver "the freedom of a true open-top super sports car for a pure drive experience," said Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali.
  • If you can't legally drink, Facebook has (another) app for you (2016-08-19 20:55:13)
    The thing teens need most is another social media app. Facebook's got it covered.
  • Aston Martin made a convertible Vanquish Zagato and of course it's amazing (2016-08-19 20:50:35)
    This is the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante. It's the drop-top version of the incredibly stunning Vanquish Zagato coupe that Aston unveiled earlier this year. Unveiled at Pebble Beach this week, Aston Martin said that there was such "overwhelming customer interest" for the coupe (which was limited to just 99 units) that it decided to build another 99 Vanquish Zagatos... but to do this one without a roof.
  • Sprint accuses Verizon of whining and panicking (2016-08-19 20:03:09)
    Technically Incorrect: In a new ad featuring former Verizon spokesman Paul Marcarelli, Sprint suggests that Goliath is scared of David.
  • How to play this year’s most popular PC game on a Mac (2016-08-19 20:00:39)
    Overwatch  has been a surprise hit for Blizzard, a game company much better known for  World of Warcraft , not a team shooter. But while Overwatch has been out for months now, Mac owners have been left out of the fun. But as it turns out, it's not that hard to play Overwatch on OS X. All you need is a little time and some clever software. DON'T MISS: Here's every single leaked photo of the iPhone 7 Parallels is a virtual machine software that lets you run Windows apps on OS X. It's been around as a tool for programmers and engineers who need a specific bit of software forever, but with the latest release of Parallels 12, it's becoming more consumer-friendly than ever. Parallels worked with Blizzard to make sure that Overwatch will work just fine in Parallels 12, which means that anyone with a capable enough Mac should now be able to play. The key difference between Parallels and Apple's Boot Camp system is convenience. To use Boot Camp, you have to reboot your Mac and start it up with Windows. Parallels just lets you run Windows apps side-by-side in the OS X environment, without having to restart anything. You can use Parallels on pretty much any Macbook. The minimum requirements are a Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of RAM, so any laptop made in the last five years should at least meet that. Installation is pretty simple, although you will need a Windows product key. Once you've installed Parallels, you can just install Overwatch (and the client application Battle.net) as you would any other Windows program. Overwatch can then be started from the Windows Application Folder, something that Parallels creates within the OS X dock. Of course, to run Overwatch, you're going to need much more than just the minimum Parallels requirements. It's a graphically and processor-intensive game, so you're best off with a computer with a discrete graphics card. That limits you to the bigger Macbook Pros, the 27-inch iMacs, or of course, a Mac Pro. (Insert joke about just selling your computer and building a Windows desktop here.) If you're still running into framerate issues, you can try turning down the screen resolution, as trying to drive a Retina display on a graphically intensive game is never easy. As long as the list of caveats above hasn't put you off, Parallels 12 is available for existing Parallels 10 or 11 customers as a $50 upgrade. For first-time users, Parallels 12 will be available on August 23rd for $80. No one said gaming was cheap.
  • Don't expect the new Apple Watch to get cellular data (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 51) (2016-08-19 19:41:20)
    Battery-life issues are holding back the Apple Watch from getting cellular data, new iPads with OLED screens are coming...in 2018, and Apple gets rid of the "Store" in Apple Store.
  • Facebook’s latest youth play is a teens-only social network (2016-08-19 19:19:53)
    Facebook has yet another piece of software to lure teenagers into thinking its products are more hip than Snapchat. The new iOS app, called Lifestage, is a kind of video diary where you answer biographical questions about yourself. The app was designed by 19-year-old wunderkind Michael Sayman, a Facebook product manager who tells TechCrunch that he wanted to replicate the readymade virality of Facebook’s earliest days, when it was restricted to college students.
  • How to optimize Hadoop performance by getting a handle on processing demands (2016-08-19 19:18:48)
    If your IT team is managing hundreds or even thousands of Hadoop nodes, read about a solution that might help them get the most out of Hadoop.
  • Why your Apple store is no longer a 'store' (2016-08-19 19:17:43)
    Technically Incorrect: The company's brick-and-mortar locations are losing the "store" part of their name. Is this a conscious attempt to tweak the way you think about Apple?
  • Will Ferrell’s as Sherlock Holmes is certainly going to be interesting (2016-08-19 19:00:03)
    If you thought you’ve seen every possible Sherlock Holmes scenarios in movies or TV shows, then you’re in for a huge surprise. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will partner up for a Sherlock Holmes Comedy that will probably be anything unlike what we’ve seen so far. DON’T MISS: These flash drives work with your PC and your iPhone, and they’re discounted on Amazon According to Variety , the two actors are going to star in Sony’s Holmes and Watson , making the movie their third collaboration following Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. Ethan Cohen is directing the picture, based on his own script. We have no idea what kind of hilarious adventures these two Sherlock and Watson characters will be up to, but we do know they’ll have to face off enemies across the globe. The last two Sherlock Holmes movies for the big screen starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Sherlock and Watson, respectively, and the did tremendously well at the box office. Mixing humor and action-packed scenes, the movie attracted plenty of movie fans, with both movies grossing over $500 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Ferrell’s Daddy’s Home grossed $240 million, while his previous comedy Get Hard earned $100 million worldwide. In other words, Ferrell and Reilly’s Sherlock may have the perfect recipe for a huge success: two amazing characters that people love, and two great actors that certainly have what it takes to offer us a memorable Sherlock take. A release date for Holmes and Watson isn’t available yet.
  • Apple’s plan to keep iPhone 7 margins high may have just imploded (2016-08-19 18:30:57)
    Apple's efforts to secure lower component pricing from iPhone suppliers has been met with strong resistance, according to a new report from Digitimes . The report claims that Apple in recent weeks sought to convince component manufacturers to reduce their quotes for iPhone parts by 20%. Apple has historically been able to wield quite a bit of power when it comes to securing favorable contract terms, but with iPhone sales currently on the decline, Apple has clearly lost a bit of its negotiating power. Generally, Apple is able to get some of the best deals on components because suppliers can make up the difference on volume and Apple is famously willing to pay up-front for parts. But with orders for iPhone components set to decline 30% year over year, it's easy to see why some suppliers were quick to balk at Apple's demands. DON'T MISS: The 10 best deals in Best Buy’s huge 50th anniversary sale happening right now Notably, Apple's demand for more favorable pricing did not include chip manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) or Largan Precision as Apple can't readily find adequate replacements for companies that offer "foundry services or high-end camera modules, respectively." The report reads in part: Major downstream suppliers, notably Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and associated companies under the Foxconn Group, have replied Apple that they could not be able to accept orders without reasonable profits at this time. Apple is leveraging the rising handset supply chain in China to force Taiwan-based companies to reduce their quotes comparable to those offered by China-based suppliers. But it makes no sense for such a requirment since the quality of products rolled out by Taiwan- and China-based suppliers is standing at different levels. With Apple and component suppliers at a seeming standstill, it'll be interesting to see how margins on the iPhone 7 are affected. Historically, and in large part due to Tim Cook's operational wizardry, Apple has for years managed to secure favorable pricing deals from component manufacturers. Even during the Steve Jobs era, Cook -- who at the time served as the head of Apple's worldwide operations group -- was highly regarded for getting Apple the absolute best deals on components. Now as to why Apple suddenly demanded a 20% discount, it all boils down to keeping the company's revenue stream healthy. With iPhone sales growth currently on the decline, Apple  is simply trying to squeeze more of a profit out of each iPhone sold.  Another theory we've seen suggests that because the components that make up the iPhone 7 may be more expensive than what Apple used on the iPhone 6s, Apple is simply trying to make up the difference in order to protect its precious margins.
  • Google Duo edges out Pokemon Go on Android (2016-08-19 18:29:10)
    Less than a week after its release, Google's video-calling service is the second-most popular app in Google's Play Store.
  • Microsoft broke millions of webcams with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (2016-08-19 18:20:48)
    Microsoft is facing a torrent of backlash from consumers and businesses complaining that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has broken some third-party USB cameras. Now, millions of Windows users are discovering that their webcams are freezing up, even when trying to stream via Microsoft-owned Skype. The issue is said to effect many popular webcams from big-name peripheral makers like Logitech on the hardware side, while numerous apps and services that rely on the codecs are being crippled from the software side.
  • NASA’s new online archive is a treasure trove of free research articles (2016-08-19 18:08:05)
    NASA launched a free online archive for science journal articles that were funded by the space agency. The archive, which was announced this week, is called PubSpace, and it will make available research and data that are often hidden behind the subscriptions and paywalls of scientific journals. PubSpace will be managed by the National Institutes of Health as part of its own database called PubMed Central.
  • ¿Es este el Chupacabras? Video de criatura humanoide causa furor en Internet (2016-08-19 17:56:14)
    ¡Escondan a sus cabras! Un video de baja calidad parece mostrar a una misteriosa criatura que ha encendido las especulaciones sobre el terror de los animales de granja.
  • ​Supergirl poses with Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (2016-08-19 17:51:42)
    Superwomen Melissa Benoist dressed as Supergirl meets former "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter in a candid photo from the set.
  • Judge orders Clinton to answer questions on email use (2016-08-19 17:34:59)
    A federal judge on Friday ordered Hillary Clinton to answer questions in writing from a conservative legal advocacy group about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. ...
  • Microsoft will pay you to use its new Edge browser (2016-08-19 17:20:36)
    But you also have to make Bing your default search engine to earn points in its revamped rewards program.
  • You can’t vlog in North Korea and call it apolitical (2016-08-19 17:06:18)
    Louis Cole never set out to show the reality of living in North Korea, as he and his agent have been quick to clarify. Last month, the popular vlogger traveled to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, filming a series of videos that extolled some of the country’s more positive aspects, such as its beaches and water parks. The first pop music video to come out of North Korea.
  • We will ban Pokemon Go cheaters, Niantic promises (2016-08-19 17:00:31)
    Niantic, a relatively small game developer which is suddenly in charge of administering the world's biggest mobile game, is done with cheaters. In a statement posted to the game's blog , the development team confirmed that it will "continue to terminate accounts that show clear signs of cheating." It's an open-ended statement that doesn't specify exactly what the company consider cheating, how it weeds people out, and what the appeals process (if any) is for accounts falsely flagged. But it does make absolutely clear that Niantic is tired of people cheating at the game. DON'T MISS:  Here’s every single leaked photo of the iPhone 7 In the post, Niantic said "after reviewing many reports of in-game cheating, we have started taking action against players taking unfair advantage of and abusing Pokémon GO. Moving forward, we will continue to terminate accounts that show clear signs of cheating." There's no specification on exactly what constitute "clear signs of cheating," but hopefully it will be more targeted on using bots to level up, rather than using things that many people would consider guides, like third-party Pokemon maps. GPS hacks, one of the most popular ways to speed up leveling up, will probably be a weird grey area. Niantic continues, saying "our main priority with Pokémon GO is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate game experience for all players. If our system has determined that you cheated, then you will receive an email stating that your account has been terminated." Those bans will be permanent, unless you can prove that you were playing legitimately. The developers included a link where you can submit a ticket if you think your account has been banned incorrectly, but even if the number of false positives is small, the sheer number of players will probably make any appeals process flimsy and dependent on who reviews your case. Being accidentally banned from a mobile game doesn't sound like a big deal, but think of it in terms of investment. All games take time to level up, and Pokemon Go in particular is a game where you can invest hundreds of hours of real-world time and effort. If Niantic is trying to do things like prevent GPS spoofing, it's going to be difficult to separate the genuine cheats from people whose GPS connection is spotty. While trying to ban actual cheating is a good goal (I've been burned way too many times with aimbots in  Call of Duty to have any sympathy), the lack of transparency and unique nature of the game means that a lot of innocent people will probably get caught in the crossfire.
  • Lyft tried to sell itself to Apple, Google, Uber, and GM (2016-08-19 16:47:26)
    Ride-hailing company Lyft, the second largest such firm behind Uber, has been making overtures to sell itself recently, according to a report from The New York Times. GM is one of Lyft’s biggest investors, putting $500 million into the company earlier this year, is said to have been Lyft’s most serious suitor for, but it never made a written offer. Last week, reports said Lyft had rebuffed GM’s acquisition interest, meaning it’s not entirely clear who rejected who in the end.
  • Pebbles, Jaguars and a stick-shift shootout: Our week on Instagram (2016-08-19 16:32:57)
    Carfection's back! Hooray, my job is easier!
  • This is your next jam: saying goodbye (2016-08-19 16:32:49)
    Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, and this is the last time I’ll serve as your host. My time at The Verge is ending today, and I’m not going to be curating jams for anyone — save myself, and maybe my parents if they ask — for a while. It’s sad! I’ve loved working here and writing for you, and the decision to move on and pursue a new opportunity wasn’t made easily.
  • Another week, another Tesla crash involving Autopilot (2016-08-19 16:30:55)
    It seems that we can't even go a week these days without hearing about yet another Tesla crash involving the company's Autopilot software. The latest incident comes to us by way of Texas where Model S owner Mark Molthan turned on his car's Autopilot feature while driving down a highway during ideal weather conditions. During a bend in the road, the Model S didn't adjust to the turn and slammed into a guard rail. DON'T MISS:  The 10 best deals in Best Buy’s huge 50th anniversary sale happening right now Originally reported by Bloomberg , Molthan said that in the seconds before the accident, he had just reached into his glove compartment for a piece of cloth and was cleaning his dash. So on the one hand, Molthan didn't have his hands close to the wheel as Tesla advises drivers must do. But on the other hand, it's strange if not downright worrisome that Molthan's Model S got into an accident making a turn that should have presumably been elementary for the software. What's more, Molthan tells Bloomberg that the Model S' behavior after the initial impact only made things worse. "I used Autopilot all the time on that stretch of the highway,” Molthan said, “but now I feel like this is extremely dangerous. It gives you a false sense of security. I’m not ready to be a test pilot. It missed the curve and drove straight into the guardrail. The car didn’t stop -- it actually continued to accelerate after the first impact into the guardrail.” The accident thankfully wasn't fatal but it once again calls into question whether or not Tesla's Autopilot software is ready for primetime. Earlier this month, a driver in China posted dashcam video of his Tesla not detecting and subsequently ramming into a parked car that was sitting on the shoulder of a Beijing highway. Also interesting is that the recent Tesla crash in Texas may raise the issue of how insurance companies will handle accidents involving self-driving car software. While Molthan has no plans to sue Tesla, Bloomberg relays that Molthan's insurance company might.
  • AT&T, Apple, Google and others join FCC to end robocalls (2016-08-19 16:21:26)
    The tech industry is joining forces with federal regulators to put an end to unwanted automated phone calls.
  • Can a Pikachu drink your coffee? MIT video magic might show the way (2016-08-19 16:12:38)
    Pokemon Go, and other augmented-reality adventures, could get way more immersive, thanks to a crazy-cool new innovation that makes video responsive.
  • New Snowden docs support claim of NSA cyberweapon hack (2016-08-19 15:50:16)
    The Intercept publishes files from leakmeister Edward Snowden that appear to confirm the NSA's secret malware software is out in the open.
  • Strange humanoid creature caught on film: Chupacabra or hoax? (2016-08-19 15:38:08)
    Hide your goats! A crummy video purports to show a mysterious creature that could be a livestock-munching chupacabra.
  • Harley-Davidson has an expensive emissions problem of its own (2016-08-19 15:33:47)
    Harleygate sounds terrible, so I'm not going to call it that.
  • DroidOL: Android malware detection based on online machine learning (2016-08-19 15:33:07)
    Discover how researchers figured out a way to improve Android malware detection with machine learning that is continuously and automatically trained online.
  • Watch old bridge parts get resurrected into an insanely overbuilt turntable (2016-08-19 15:27:14)
    On an episode of "Made By Destruction" on the Science Channel, foundry workers melt steel sourced from discarded bridges to build the most metal turntable ever.
  • Ryan Lochte's apology: So easy, so empty (2016-08-19 15:04:58)
    Technically Incorrect: Now that surveillance camera evidence has proved his story of being mugged rather false, the Olympian posts an apology (of sorts) to Instagram.
  • Watch plane's emergency landing -- is an engine spitting flames? (2016-08-19 14:58:05)
    Technically Incorrect: An onlooker grabs smartphone video of a Qatar Airways passenger jet heading toward an Istanbul airport after the plane was hit by a bird.
  • The 404 Show Best of 2016: Steve Guttenberg (2016-08-19 14:17:17)
    As the summer draws to an end (finally), we're taking a look back at the first half of 2016. Please enjoy this amazing episode with Steve Guttenberg as he tells a handful of stories including his run-ins with Steven Spielberg and Bruce Willis.
  • GoPro's Hero 5 might let you tag awesome moments by saying ‘that was sick’ out loud (2016-08-19 14:02:10)
    Pretty legit images and specs of GoPro’s Hero 5 leaked this morning, and one of the standout features appears to be voice control. Update August 19th, 4:20PM: Updated to include an eagle-eyed reader’s spotting of a font difference.