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  • Oracle ordered to pay HP $3 billion in Itanium case (2016-06-30 19:52:06)
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury ordered Oracle Corp to pay Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co $3 billion in damages in a case over HP's Itanium servers, an Oracle spokeswoman said on Thursday. The Itaniuum processor is made by Intel Inc . In a statement, Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley said the company had been providing all its latest software for Itanium servers since Kleinberg's decision.
  • Rosetta will crash into its comet and die on September 30th (2016-06-30 19:32:00)
  • This app will help you get rid of all your old photos in an instant (2016-06-30 19:30:40)
    A few weeks ago, I started receiving incessant notifications on my iPhone that my iCloud storage was nearly full. You won't be surprised to learn that a vast majority of that storage space was being taken up by photos and videos I hadn't sorted through in months, so I proceeded to scroll through the list and delete the ones I didn't want, one at a time. Had I known about Magic Cleaner, this process would have been much easier. DON'T MISS:  Watch the first 10 minutes of ‘Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition’ right here Magic Cleaner is a free app for iOS and Android that analyzes all of your photos in batches of 500 and sorts them into categories such as Greetings & Memes, Screenshots, Scans, Quotes and Cartoons. Once all your photos have been sorted, you can choose to delete all of the "junk photos" that the app has discovered. My phone had recently been purged, so I didn't have too many photos to sort through, but the Doctor Kleen (the app's mascot) managed to find 44 junk photos during his search through the annals of my phone. Each and every one of those 44 photos should probably have been deleted the first time around: screenshots (accidental and intentional), receipt scans and funny memes were taking up precious megabytes on my device. The sorting was less than perfect, with several screenshots slipping into other categories, but not a single actual photo got caught in the app's algorithm. So before you start scrolling through your camera roll, trying to pick out every pointless image taking up storage space on your phone, give Magic Cleaner a try.
  • The Nintendo 3DS is quietly having an amazing summer (2016-06-30 19:30:02)
    With all of that going on, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about Nintendo’s plucky handheld, the 3DS. It’s a shame, because they are often brilliant: case in point, Planet Robobot, which takes one of the most adorable characters in gaming and straps him into a towering mech suit.
  • Tesla’s own Autopilot warnings outlined deadly crash scenario (2016-06-30 19:25:38)
    Today's news that a Tesla driver was killed in early May while driving his Model S with Autopilot engaged will inevitably trigger a series of tough questions — many of which have already been posed — about whether semi-autonomous driving features are ready for prime time, and whether automakers should be putting safety-critical "beta" software into real customers' hands. Warning: Do not depend on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to adequately and appropriately slow down Model S. Always watch the road in front of you and stay prepared to brake at all times. Traffic-Aware Cruise Control does not eliminate the need to apply the brakes as needed, even at slow speeds.
  • Facebook's Paper news-reading app to shut down next month (2016-06-30 19:05:00)
  • YouTube star jumps into 1,500 gallon pool filled with Coca-Cola and Mentos (2016-06-30 19:01:04)
    Always looking to create a few waves and stir up some controversy, YouTube star TechRax recently decided to beat the heat by having his friend take a dip in a 1,500 gallon swimming pool that he filled not with water, but with Coke, a pack of Mentos (for "spice") and 200 pounds worth of ice cubes. According to the video's description, TechRax over the past few weeks bought thousands of Coke bottles and spent "many more hours of opening and pouring" that liquid gold into his backyard pool. Notably, this isn't a Coke-only affair as TechRax makes a point of noting that about 7% of the pool was comprised of Pepsi. DON'T MISS:  Here’s what reviewers said about the original iPhone Now if the name TechRax sounds familiar, it's because the YouTube has made quite a name for himself over the years destroying iPhones in bizarre new ways, from grinding them up, putting them into pots of boiling water, and even running them over with tanks. In any event, TechRax's latest video is far less violent and much more peculiar, though a DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter does get ruined in the process. When TechRax's buddy Ryan is asked how he's doing, he simply responds, "I feel like I'm in a pool of Coke, man." Well said Ryan, well said. You can enjoy the Coke-themed summertime madness below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RLN_pNuMc0 And lastly, TechRax seemed to tease this ridiculous experiment last week on Instagram when he showed off a mysterious receipt that, now in hindsight, likely reflected an insane Coke purchase. https://www.instagram.com/p/BGyu1cUTBTr/?taken-by=techrax&hl=en
  • Chipmaker Micron to cut jobs after turnaround plans dashed (2016-06-30 18:57:11)
    (Reuters) - Memory-chip maker Micron Technology Inc said it would lower costs, including by cutting jobs and focusing on fewer programs, after its hopes of reversing its fortunes this year were thwarted by a persistently challenging market. Demand for Micron's DRAM chips for personal computers has continued to fall, while it faces stiff competition from rivals such as Samsung in the market of NAND chips for devices like smartphones. Micron's sales have fallen more than expected for three quarters now including the latest third quarter, and the company on Thursday forecast a steeper-than-expected drop in sales and a surprise adjusted loss for the current quarter.
  • Nuts to that; Hershey rejects kiss from chocolate competitor (2016-06-30 18:38:59)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Hershey on Thursday rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez that would bring some of the world's best known cookies and chocolates under one company.
  • Apple reportedly in talks to acquire Jay Z's Tidal music service (2016-06-30 18:36:38)
    Apple is reportedly considering an acquisition of Tidal, the Jay Z-owned music streaming service, according to The Wall Street Journal. The service launched in 2014, placing a focus on high-fidelity audio quality, but more recently has secured exclusive streaming rights on several high profile albums to better compete with much larger rivals like Spotify and Apple's own Apple Music service. Apple's interest in Tidal is tied to the service's unique relationship with some of today's top artists including Kanye West. Jay Z acquired Tidal last year, gave other performers a stake in the company in the process, and has since been trying to better position the service in a crowded market.
  • WSJ: Apple in talks to buy Tidal (2016-06-30 18:31:00)
  • Sony’s answer to the Xbox One S expected to launch in September (2016-06-30 18:30:42)
    One of the biggest surprises of E3 2016 was the lack of new hardware on display. Although Microsoft used its press conference to unveil both the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, Nintendo and Sony decided to save their hardware announcements for a later date. There's no telling how long we'll have to wait to see the NX , but it sounds like we might only be a few months out from a PS4 Slim. DON'T MISS:  The best Grand Theft Auto easter egg of all-time was just discovered In a story about Sony's profitability for The Wall Street Journal , writers Takashi Mochizuki and Yuka Koshino noted the success of the company's video game business. Despite the fact that image-sensor sales are down, Sony believes that its PlayStation division could end up generating revenue of up to half a trillion yen more than projected by the end of the fiscal year in March 2018. This spike would be fueled by a lineup of highly-anticipated games and the launch of multiple new models of the PlayStation 4 — an upgraded console with support for 4K gaming a slim console to compete with the Xbox One S . Sony has already announced the upgraded console , which it called a "high-end PS4," but we've yet to hear any official word on a slim version of the PS4. Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong believes that both the high-end console and the slim console could be released in September during the Tokyo Game Show. Having released slim versions of the PS2 and PS3, it wouldn't exactly be a shock to see Sony continue the tradition with the PS4. And although E3 might have seemed like a perfect opportunity to launch a PS4 Slim, the new model simply might not have been ready for primetime in June.
  • Genius movie pirate sneaks Clueless into 360-degree YouTube video (2016-06-30 18:29:48)
    Never underestimate the tenacity of an Alicia Silverstone fan. In devising increasingly more elaborate and outrageous ways to bypass YouTube's Content ID copyright detection system, a user by the name of Thuy Pham has hidden 1995 classic Clueless within a 360-degree video. The video is labeled appropriately as "Clueless 1995 Movie 720p," and starts out with the frame of the film perfectly in line with the rectangular YouTube viewer.
  • Uber, Lyft settlement did not require either side to pay: sources (2016-06-30 18:29:30)
    By Joseph Menn and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A pitched legal battle between ride-hailing rivals Uber and Lyft, involving accusations of hacking and corporate spying, ended with a settlement this week that did not require either company to pay money, according to sources familiar with the agreement. The settlement coincided with news that Lyft was working with investment bank Qatalyst Partners to pursue strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. The settlement would remove a legal risk for potential partners, though it could not be learned whether the deal or timing was linked to a possible transaction.
  • Tesla driver killed on 'autopilot' mode, US probe opened (2016-06-30 18:23:34)
    Tesla said Thursday a driver was killed while using its "autopilot" self-driving mechanism on its Model S electric car, leading to a federal safety investigation. Tesla said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had opened a "preliminary evaluation" into the performance of Autopilot after the electric car company notified the agency of the fatality. In a statement, Tesla said the fatality was "a tragic loss" and was the first such incident with its Autopilot system activated.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook takes a new role on Nike's board (2016-06-30 18:13:00)
  • You should care about this Facebook Messenger security flaw no matter what Facebook says (2016-06-30 18:03:03)
    Yes, Facebook says that anyone can see any of the three million links that are shared every hour in private conversations. That’s a feature, not a bug. But before you get too freaked out about this type of Messenger “feature,” you should know that your privacy isn’t exactly breached, and a hacker would have a seriously hard time figuring out who shared which link with whom. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Belgium-based security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire revealed in a post on Medium earlier this month that links shared in Messenger chats are found by Facebook’s crawler tool, which gives them a numerical identifier so that they can be displayed over and over after being shared once. It turns out that developers can request any object in Facebook by its number, including these shared links. The researcher was able to extract 70 links in 10 minutes, without being able to obtain information about the chats from which they originated. Facebook, meanwhile, told The Daily Dot that De Ceukelaire indeed contacted the social network about the flaw, but said that it's not a flaw at all. It’s how Facebook works, and it can’t be used by hackers for malicious purposes. Facebook is "confident that the risk to URLs people share in messages is very low." The company has various protections in place to prevent abuse, including rate limiting on requests and throttling that "can detect suspicious activity and which we have recently strengthened further." The company said that the technique used "could only return random URLs and would not tie the sharing of a link to any particular person on Facebook. We have not seen abuse of this matter, and we are constantly working to make the security of our systems stronger.” "As always, we are focused on keeping your message content safe," Facebook added. From the looks of it, people can’t spy on other anyone's Messenger chats as a result of these publicly available links. That means you can still send links in Messenger without worrying who reads them, other than Facebook. But you should still be wary of this flaw. If you’re looking to share personal data hosted on some site or a personal server, then absolutely avoid sharing links on Messenger because these links can indeed be found. Send private links using Signal instead. Or WhatsApp. Or iMessage. All these chat apps feature end-to-end encryption, with the first two working across platforms.
  • U.S. opens investigation into Tesla after fatal crash in Autopilot mode (2016-06-30 17:48:20)
    The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Thursday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla Motors Model S cars after a driver of one of the vehicles was killed using the Autopilot mode. The agency said the crash came in a 2015 Model S operating with automated driving systems engaged, and "calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash." The investigation is the first step before the agency could seek to order a recall if it finds the vehicles were unsafe. NHTSA said in a statement the driver of the 2015 Model S was killed while operating in Autopilot mode in a crash on May 7 in Williston, Florida.
  • GoPro’s new backpack lets you stuff five GoPros in a backpack (2016-06-30 17:46:34)
    GoPro Do you love GoPros? Are GoPros your thing? GoPro knows you love GoPros, so today it announced a new backpack called the Seeker. It's for you, GoPro fan. It fits five GoPros inside. Five. It also comes with space for a bag of water, with its having a 16-liter compartment. But really, anyone buying this bag is doing so for the GoPro aspect. So, in addition to those five cameras you can stuff inside the Seeker's dedicated GoPro section, the backpack also comes with three mounting options: two over-the-shoulder ones and a chest mount. The Seeker is available on GoPro’s website for $169.99. ...
  • Karma, the shareable hotspot, finally supports private networks (2016-06-30 17:40:00)
  • How to make Burger King’s outrageous Mac n’ Cheetos at home (2016-06-30 17:36:56)
    Earlier this week, we reviewed an incredible new food innovation from Burger King: Mac n' Cheetos. Okay, it may not be something worthy of being called an innovation, but we can't deny that globs of deep-fried mac and cheese buried within a Cheeto is a surprisingly tasty treat. If you, like me, are intent on devouring this quintessential American treat, you might want to try to hit up a local Burger King before the promotion ends. Now I know what you may be thinking: what if I don't live near a Burger King? Not to fear, we've got you covered. Recently, we stumbled across a video which gives us the low down on how to make Mac n' Cheetos right in your very own kitchen. And surprisingly enough, the solution is incredibly simple, if not a bit odd. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Thanks to Brandi Milloy over at Popsugar, you no longer have to discreetly order the tasty treat that is Mac n' Cheetos in public, nor embark on a walk of shame back to your house or apartment. With this easy recipe, you can now feel embarrassed about your eating choices right in the privacy of your own home! What a fitting tribute to the stereotypical American diet as we steadily approach the fourth of July holiday. But enough blabber, onto the good stuff. The video below lays out all the steps, but if you wanna cut to the chase, here's what you need to know. Take some refrigerated and already-cooked macaroni and cheese and roll them into the shape of a Cheeto, more or less. Then, freeze it. Step two is where things get interesting. Here's when you need to take a few bags of Cheetos and dump a whole bunch of them into a blender. Keep that machine going into the Cheetos are ground up into a very fine cheesy powder  Take a bowl and fill it with 2 eggs and a 1/2 cup of milk. Stir vigorously!  Take another bowl and fill it with approximately 1 cup of flour.  Remove the mac and cheese from the freezer and start coating each frozen piece with flour.  Following that, dip each flour-coated mac and cheese bite into the egg bowl  Next, remove each bite and apply the Cheetos crumbs for its outer coating  Freeze the Mac n' Cheetos before cooking them for approximately 2-3 minutes in oil pre-heated to 350 degrees  Rejoice and enjoy! You're living out the American dream! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz5pLAbvO8M
  • Tesla under investigation after first Autopilot-related death (2016-06-30 17:17:00)
  • Serial's Adnan Syed has been granted a new trial (2016-06-30 17:12:25)
    Adnan Syed, the subject of This American Life's 2014 Serial podcast, has been granted a new trial, The Baltimore Sun reports. Syed was convicted in 2000 of first-degree murder when he was just 19 years old. In 1999, Syed's ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee was found dead in a Baltimore park.
  • Driver killed in Tesla Autopilot crash filmed a close call earlier this year (2016-06-30 17:12:01)
    The driver killed in the first known fatal crash of a Tesla vehicle in the semi-autonomous Autopilot mode had previously posted a viral video of his Model S avoiding an accident with Autopilot engaged. Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old Ohio man who regularly posted Tesla videos to his YouTube account, received more than 1.7 million views to a dash cam video of his Model S avoiding a collision on a highway. The video even garnered a tweet and a link from Elon Musk. In its blog post, Tesla said Brown "was a friend to Tesla and the broader EV community, a person who spent his life focused on innovation and the promise of technology and who believed strongly in Tesla’s mission.
  • Tesla’s Autopilot is being investigated after a fatal crash (2016-06-30 17:08:12)
    Tesla's Autopilot software often works like magic, but there's clearly a long road ahead before we find ourselves in a world filled with fully autonomous vehicles. Most recently, a driver of a 2015 Model S who had Tesla's Autopilot software activated was involved in a fatal accident when it crashed into a tractor-trailer. Now comes word via Reuters that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into the crash amid concerns that a glitch in the car's Autopilot software may have played a role in the tragic accident. DON'T MISS:  This is the iPhone 7 leak we’ve been waiting for The report reads in part: The agency said the crash came in a 2015 Model S operating with automated driving systems engaged, and "calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash." It is the first step before the agency could seek to order a recall if it believed the vehicles were unsafe. Addressing the matter, Tesla just published the following blog post on the incident a short while ago. "We learned yesterday evening that NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot during a recent fatal crash that occurred in a Model S. This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated. Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles. It is important to emphasize that the NHTSA action is simply a preliminary evaluation to determine whether the system worked according to expectations. Following our standard practice, Tesla informed NHTSA about the incident immediately after it occurred. What we know is that the vehicle was on a divided highway with Autopilot engaged when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S. Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied. The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer, with the bottom of the trailer impacting the windshield of the Model S. Had the Model S impacted the front or rear of the trailer, even at high speed, its advanced crash safety system would likely have prevented serious injury as it has in numerous other similar incidents. It is important to note that Tesla disables Autopilot by default and requires explicit acknowledgement that the system is new technology and still in a public beta phase before it can be enabled. When drivers activate Autopilot, the acknowledgment box explains, among other things, that Autopilot “is an assist feature that requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times," and that "you need to maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle” while using it. Additionally, every time that Autopilot is engaged, the car reminds the driver to “Always keep your hands on the wheel. Be prepared to take over at any time.” The system also makes frequent checks to ensure that the driver's hands remain on the wheel and provides visual and audible alerts if hands-on is not detected. It then gradually slows down the car until hands-on is detected again. We do this to ensure that every time the feature is used, it is used as safely as possible. As more real-world miles accumulate and the software logic accounts for increasingly rare events, the probability of injury will keep decreasing. Autopilot is getting better all the time, but it is not perfect and still requires the driver to remain alert. Nonetheless, when used in conjunction with driver oversight, the data is unequivocal that Autopilot reduces driver workload and results in a statistically significant improvement in safety when compared to purely manual driving. The customer who died in this crash had a loving family and we are beyond saddened by their loss. He was a friend to Tesla and the broader EV community, a person who spent his life focused on innovation and the promise of technology and who believed strongly in Tesla’s mission. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
  • Google's diversity efforts show scant progress (2016-06-30 17:02:18)
    By Deborah M. Todd SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google on Thursday released data on its two-year-old initiative to create a more diverse U.S. workforce, saying it had more black, Latino and female employees but still lagged its goal of mirroring the population. The company released its diversity figures for the first time in 2014 and sparked a conversation among Silicon Valley tech companies that led many of its closest competitors to follow suit. Google's overall percentage of non-white, non-Asian employees in the United States did not move at all in 2015 from the year before, remaining at 2 percent for African Americans, 3 percent for Hispanics, 3 percent for multiracial individuals and less than 1 percent for Native American and Pacific Islanders, according to the company.
  • Netflix is being sued for raising its prices (2016-06-30 17:01:02)
    I think most TV and movie lovers would agree that one would be hard pressed to find a service that provides more bang for the buck than Netflix. In addition to a growing stable of quality original programming, Netflix also has a wide selection of movie and TV content. And even though Netflix's content library is 40% smaller today than it was four years ago, the quality of content available is arguably unmatched anywhere else. But rolling out an endless string of original content and securing licensing deals with Hollywood studios isn't cheap, a business reality that has naturally forced Netflix to raise its prices over the past few years, even for longtime subscribers. And so, not surprisingly, Netflix now finds itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit. DON'T MISS:  This is the iPhone 7 leak we’ve been waiting for Remember when we told you recently that you're about to start paying more for Netflix ? The Hollywood Reporter reports that a Netflix subscriber who was led to believe that he was grandfathered in under Netflix's $7.99/month rate recently filed a class action suit against the streaming giant for increasing his monthly rate to $9.99. "For a period of time, Netflix solicited persons to subscribe to Netflix's streaming service by guaranteeing that Netflix would not increase monthly subscription prices as long as the subscribers maintained the subscription service continuously," the complaint reads in part. "Netflix has broken its contract with these subscribers by unilaterally raising monthly subscription prices." Consequently, the subscriber in question -- one George Keritsis -- is suing Netflix for breach of contract and is hoping to secure class action certification. Is the $2 increase annoying? Sure, but let's be honest -- it's still a much better deal than what Hulu charges for its commercial-free streaming tier. Netflix has yet to issue a statement on the lawsuit but we'll keep you posted as to how this one progresses.
  • Tesla driver killed in crash with Autopilot active, NHTSA investigating (2016-06-30 16:42:21)
    A Tesla Model S with the Autopilot system activated was involved in a fatal crash, the first known fatality in a Tesla where Autopilot was active. The company revealed the crash in a blog post posted today and says it informed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the incident, which is now investigating. The accident occurred on a divided highway in northern Florida when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S. Neither the driver — who Tesla notes is ultimately responsible for the vehicle’s actions, even with Autopilot on — nor the car noticed the big rig or the trailer "against a brightly lit sky" and brakes were not applied.
  • HTC’s two Nexus phones might only differ by display and battery (2016-06-30 16:35:38)
    Android N nexus 6HTC is probably going to manufacture two new Nexus devices this year, which Google has reportedly codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. Last week, we got a preview of the specs for the Sailfish with no hint of Marlin. Now, it’s Marlin’s turn. Android Police published what we can supposedly expect to see on the bigger Nexus:Quad-core Qualcomm processor5. ...
  • Great news for stoners: Terrence Malick's IMAX nature doc has a trailer (2016-06-30 16:31:38)
    Terrence Malick's first IMAX film, Voyage of Time, hits theaters October 7th and you can watch a trailer for it right now. Voyage of Time is about the birth of the universe. If you're thinking "wasn't there a lot of 'birth of the universe' stuff in Malick's 2011 film The Tree of Life?" you are correct, and Malick has said that much of this film is pulled from the same pile of footage.
  • Wirecutter's best deals: Get a UE Roll Bluetooth speaker for $50 (2016-06-30 16:30:00)
  • Here come the virtual reality Olympics ... for Samsung users (2016-06-30 16:15:05)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there's another test underway as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events?
  • The new features in Tesla’s upcoming software update sound incredible (2016-06-30 16:11:37)
    When Tesla flipped the switch and activated its Autopilot software in late 2015, it provided us with a glimpse into what the future of driving would be like. And while Tesla's Autopilot isn't exactly perfect, it's still more capable and advanced than anything else out on the market today. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Now comes word via Electrek that the next Autopilot software update in the works is going to be a doozy. Said to be the biggest UI refresh to date, the report adds that the impending 8.0 software update will bring even more autonomous features to Tesla's fleet of Model S and Model X vehicles. While the Autopilot is not quite there yet, Tesla has been improving it with each new update and the 8.0 version brings the system one step closer to a virtually autonomous driving system on highways with the addition of automatic off-ramp with the turn signal. Much like Tesla’s current automatic lane change with the turn signal when on Autosteer, 8.0 will allow drivers to command the Autopilot to take an exit by simply activating the turn signal. What's more, the new update -- which is said to already be in beta testing -- will deliver a "smoother experience" with respect to Autosteer and stop and go traffic. Indeed, even when the current incarnation of Autopilot works properly, the experience can sometimes tend to be a bit on the jerky side. But what's even more exciting is that Tesla's vast array of sensors will be able to process, analyze and display to the driver even more information about other cars on the road. Specifically, a UI refresh to the dashboard display will not only show other vehicles on the road but will also indicate the "angle they are moving, like perpendicular to the Tesla or turning around a corner." On a related note, about two months ago we highlighted how the next-gen version of Tesla's Autopilot software and hardware will help take autonomous driving to the next level . Specifically, new Autopilot hardware from Tesla partner Mobileye will be able to more readily avoid obstacles and recognize important weather conditions that can often play a role in how software interprets data. Make sure to hit the source link below for the full rundown of changes Tesla drivers can expect to see once the company releases its latest Autopilot software update.
  • Chipmaker Micron to cut jobs, reports drop in third-quarter sales (2016-06-30 16:11:32)
    (Reuters) - Memory-chip maker Micron Technology Inc said it would implement a restructuring plan to lower costs by focusing on fewer projects, job cuts and other measures. The company also reported a 24.8 percent fall in third-quarter net sales, hurt by a drop in prices due to weak demand for personal computers. Micron's net sales fell to $2.90 billion in the quarter ended June 2, from $3.85 billion a year earlier. Net loss attributable to Micron was $215 million, or 21 cents per share, compared with a profit of $491 million, or 42 cents per share. ...
  • Chat bots are a brand's best friend... again (2016-06-30 16:07:37)
    If you're old enough to have had an AOL Instant Messenger account, then you may remember Jill020306, a curious teenager who kept getting creepy phone calls she couldn't resist answering. As part of the marketing campaign for the 2006 horror flick When A Stranger Calls, the ad agency Universal McCann built a chatbot that would play the part of Jill Johnson in an AOL Instant Messenger conversation. What's old is new again and today Sequel, "the chatbot platform that enables creators and brands to build conversational personas for entertainment and media," has launched an experience to help market Now You See Me 2.
  • Sling TV adds a slew of new channels including BBC, NBC, Bravo, USA and Syfy (2016-06-30 16:06:03)
    Sling is adding several new networks to its streaming-video roster, but restrictions remain for households that want to watch many channels at once.
  • US man claims Apple owes him a fortune for iPhone idea (2016-06-30 15:57:31)
    San Francisco (AFP) - A Florida man who claims Apple made a killing with his iPhone idea is suing the technology giant seeking billions of dollars.
  • Netflix will stream classics from Albert Brooks, voice of Marlin in 'Finding Dory' (2016-06-30 15:52:24)
    Comedian Albert Brooks doesn't actually condone child kidnapping in order to persuade Netflix execs to carry his films. Really, he doesn't.
  • Tesla software update said to include UI refresh, improvements to Autopilot (2016-06-30 15:52:16)
    Tesla is readying a significant software update for its cars, including a smarter version of Autopilot and a user interface update, reports Electrek. The report says the update will give Tesla’s autopilot semi-autonomous driving system the ability to take an off-ramp exit on the highway by activating the turn signal. Currently the car will change lanes when the turn signal is activated, but wasn’t able to intelligently take off-ramps.
  • Over 100 Nobel winners urge Greenpeace to support GMOs (2016-06-30 15:52:00)
  • Rihanna debuts 'Sledgehammer' music video, confirms Trekkie status (2016-06-30 15:51:23)
    In an interview promoting her song on the "Star Trek: Beyond" soundtrack, the popstar confesses her love for Star Trek.
  • I'm terrible with technology (2016-06-30 15:50:02)
    True story: back when I worked for Engadget it was always my dream to cover a Steve Jobs keynote. Everything that can go wrong with technology, will go wrong in my hands. When Apple unveiled the iPhone, arguably the most important Apple keynote of all time, I was covering a Dell press conference in Las Vegas.
  • It’s almost definitely too late to save our planet from catastrophic climate change (2016-06-30 15:46:02)
    Despite the renewed zeal of the world's leaders to limit the impact of climate change, it might already be too late. According to a new report from Nature , "the window for limiting warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius with high probability and without temporarily exceeding that level already seems to have closed." DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Earlier this year, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement — a plan that aims to keep the global average temperature "well below 2 degree Celsius" while pursuing additional efforts to limit the increase to just 1.5 degrees Celsius. Sadly, analysis of the climate pledges made in the Paris Agreement show that we will more likely see a global jump between 2.6-3.1 degrees by 2100. This all sounds incredibly dire, but as the report notes, it isn't completely impossible to hit the 1.5 C goal yet. Unfortunately, it would require more than just cutting greenhouse gas emissions and switching to renewable energy. We would need to begin to remove carbon dioxide from the air. As Climate Home explains , this would be a controversial move, as it would use up valuable resources for these so-called "energy crops" that could be used for food instead. But it might be the most efficient way to start cutting back. "It is a really important precondition to do this in a sustainable and a just way," said research scholar Joeri Rogelj of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. "The faster one cuts emissions, the less one relies on these massive negative emissions afterwards to clean up the atmosphere." It might be too late to ensure we stay under that 1.5 C threshold, but Rogelj believes that "even if we overshoot… the validity of that limit is still there."
  • New undersea cable will speed US-Japan connection (2016-06-30 15:41:03)
    An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service on Thursday, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia. "From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, 'faster, Faster and FASTER,' and at one point it became the project name, and today it becomes a reality," said a statement from Hiromitsu Todokoro, chairman of the FASTER management committee.
  • Facebook and the folly of self-regulation (2016-06-30 15:30:00)
  • U.S. judge requests more information on Uber driver settlement (2016-06-30 15:29:41)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday said ride service Uber [UBER.UL] and its drivers have failed to provide enough information for him to rule on a proposed settlement in a lawsuit over driver benefits. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco ordered both sides to submit additional briefs, saying the settlement worth up to $100 million could still be clarified to win his preliminary approval. (Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Chris Reese)
  • Video: Tesla’s Model S rarely rolls over, but it’s catastrophic when it does (2016-06-30 15:21:52)
    Being one of the hottest electric carmakers in town also comes with unwanted side-effects. Every Tesla-related incident, whether it’s an accident caused by human error or linked to the car’s AI features, receives plenty of scrutiny. Take, for example, a car rolling over. If it’s your average vehicle, it’s a scary incident but not terribly interesting. But if it’s a Tesla that rolls, then it’s major news -- and for good reason, because Teslas rarely roll. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years A Tesla Model S rolled over after colliding with a truck in the Netherlands, and there’s video of the wreckage. As you’ll see in the following clip, the car is totaled and what's left is certainly an unpleasant sight. According to the video’s description, a truck hit the Model S at high-speed, causing it to roll over at least once. The driver sustained injuries and was transferred to the hospital, and the car had to be removed by a salvage company. What’s so special about a Tesla rolling over? Electrek explains that Model S is extremely difficult to roll because of its weight (5,000 pounds) and lower center of gravity – all thanks to the battery pack platform. The Model S got a 5-star NHTSA rating with a 5.7% rollover probability score in a high-speed accident. Regardless of ratings and driver ability, accidents like these keep happening, making rollovers unavoidable. It’ll be interesting to see whether smart cars of the future, including Tesla models, will be able to prevent this sort of incident. Meanwhile, here’s what a Model S looks like after it rolls at high speed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdzOolr4S4A
  • NASA’s DAWN mission over dwarf planet Ceres has come to an end (2016-06-30 15:15:51)
    After traveling 3.5 billion miles, the DAWN spacecraft has reached the end of its primary mission over Ceres, a dwarf planet that sits in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Since departing in 2007, DAWN became the first vehicle to orbit two separate objects, and the first to visit our Solar System’s asteroid belt for detailed study. Powered by a breakthrough ion thruster, DAWN arrived at its first destination, asteroid 4 Vesta, on July 16th, 2011, where it spent over a year mapping the surface.
  • Nexus rumor watch!: HTC could create plus-size phone for Android Nougat (2016-06-30 15:08:04)
    A new rumor about Google's next Nexus phones suggests one hardware package that comes in big and little sizes.
  • Snapkeys launches QWERTY keyboard for round Android Wear smartwatches (2016-06-30 15:05:08)
    Furiously peck out messages and emails on your smartwatch with Snapkeys' digital keyboard.
  • Spotify: Apple is holding up app approval to squash competition (2016-06-30 15:03:00)
  • Rosetta will crash land into its comet on September 30th, bringing its mission to an end (2016-06-30 14:57:49)
    The countdown to the destruction of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has begun. The probe, which has been orbiting around a comet since the end of 2014, will make a controlled descent and crash into its rocky companion on September 30th. The spacecraft’s destruction will mark the end of the Rosetta mission, which has spanned the last 12 years.
  • Google serves a 'Nougat' to fans of its Android software (2016-06-30 14:56:22)
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is serving a new morsel for fans of its Android software: The next version has been dubbed "Nougat," extending Google's tradition of nicknaming each overhaul of Android after a sweet food.
  • Spotify is furious at Apple because it’s not a non-profit (2016-06-30 14:54:27)
    There's a big problem with building a business on the back of other companies' businesses: You have to play by their rules. There are countless examples of companies losing their cool when a free ride comes to an end. Twitter is an example that instantly comes to mind. Developers spent so long building apps and services utilizing free access to Twitter's APIs and its users' data. They made money — a whole lot of money — with these services and paid nothing to Twitter as they did. Then, when Twitter made some changes to its model that impacted many developers' products, they flipped. Fast forward to this week, when Spotify's general counsel sent a letter to Apple's lawyers, basically slamming the company for not giving Spotify a free ride while it pulls in millions in fees from iPhone and iPad users. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years The App Store was a game-changing idea that moved mobile software portals onto mobile devices. Those of us old enough to recall what app distribution was like before the iOS App Store will know just how important it was to the evolution of mobile devices. Of course, Apple didn't create the App Store solely out of the kindness of its heart. Apple is a for-profit company. Recode is now reporting that Spotify is pissed. Why? Because Apple is allegedly refusing to approve Spotify's latest app update unless Spotify uses Apple's billing system. This way, Apple will be entitled to 30% of all subscription fees paid by users who sign up through Spotify's iOS app. The horror! I wonder what percentage of Spotify's customer base use the app mainly on an iOS device... In the letter obtained by Recode , Spotify's head lawyer says that Apple is "causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers" by rejecting the company's latest app update. Apple's app review team apparently says that Spotify should use Apple's billing system if it "wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions." The letter continued, "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law. It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify … we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors." Spotify did support App Store billing for a period of time, opting to charge customers who signed up through its iOS app an extra $3 each month to cover Apple's cut. The company has since disabled the App Store billion option in its app, instead prompting users to sign up through the Spotify website. Apparently, Apple shouldn't be compensated for giving Spotify access to tens of millions of potential subscribers.
  • Spotify says Apple uses App Store as a 'weapon' to choke rivals (2016-06-30 14:52:31)
    A lawyer letter reported by Recode says Apple is rejecting an update to the Spotify app to stifle competition for its Apple Music streaming service.
  • These omni-directional car wheels are basically witchcraft (2016-06-30 14:45:09)
    Ever seen a car pivot in place before, without the use of wheel dollies?
  • Google Maps adds multi-stop routes, memories to mobile (2016-06-30 14:44:32)
    Mobile users of Google Maps will soon be able to enjoy the perks of planning and using multi-stop routes with a new update to the Android and iOS app. "Road trip warriors can now get multi-stop directions in Google Maps on Android (coming soon to iOS)," explained Liz Davidoff, Communications Manager for the Google Maps team, in a June 30 blog post. Users of Your Timeline on Andorid will be able to integrate it with Google Maps if their device's Location History setting is enabled.
  • The Das Keyboard 5Q is for working smarter, not harder (2016-06-30 14:41:00)
  • Dell is discontinuing its Venue Android tablets (2016-06-30 14:38:05)
    Dell is planning to discontinue its Venue line of Android tablets and cease issuing OS updates. The move to get out of the Android market, at least for the immediate future, will allow Dell to focus on its Windows 2-in-1 devices. "The slate tablet market is oversaturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line," a Dell spokesman told The Verge.
  • A pilot's dozen: British Airways adds 12th A380 to its fleet (2016-06-30 14:35:46)
    The last A380 in BA's original Airbus order, the giant airliner arrived last week at London's Heathrow airport. We learned how the engines are replaced.
  • Watch Matt Damon prank unsuspecting people with Jason Bourne-style spy missions (2016-06-30 14:27:23)
    One of Matt Damon’s most famous characters is Jason Bourne, the spy who – like Jon Snow – knows nothing. But Bourne will find out more about himself in the upcoming Jason Bourne movie, and Damon teamed up with Water.org, a charity he often promotes, to prank unsuspecting people with spy missions. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Damon needed just a phone and a couple of co-conspirators to set everything up. The first person would hand a stranger a phone that would ring immediately after being dropped off. At the other end of the call was Damon, giving out instructions for a spy mission, complete with the appropriate lingo. Surprisingly, many people decided to help without knowing what they might be walking into. The mission was pretty simple though, involving obtaining a manila envelope from a second actor waiting on a nearby bridge. “That manila envelope’s the hottest potato you’ve ever held in your hand,” Damon told one person. The best part comes right at the end when Damon instructs the people he’s pranking to meet him to give him the precious package. And let’s just say that it pays off answering a phone call from Matt Damon. Check out the entire prank video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzVHqSpO8Ko Jason Bourne , the new movie, comes out on July 29th – and you can watch a trailer for the film right here .
  • Brexit: Global business executives sound off on how they will respond (2016-06-30 14:20:45)
    The UK recently decided to leave the EU, sending the business world into a frenzy. Here are what a few business leaders think of the decision.
  • Disney's gamer-loving 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' comes to theaters in 2018 (2016-06-30 14:19:31)
    Too bad the dry, lengthy announcement on Facebook Live almost wrecked it for us.
  • Nest seems to be working on a 'smart crib' loaded with sensors (2016-06-30 14:19:00)
  • Google is working on a virtual reality version of Chrome for Android devices (2016-06-30 14:13:59)
    Google wants the entirety of the internet to be explorable in virtual reality, and it's started using its mobile Chrome browser to make that happen. The latest beta and developer versions of Chrome for Android include support for the open source WebVR standard, reports Road to VR. The dev version also makes mention of a "VR Shell" feature that, in the future, will enable mobile device headsets to browse any website regardless of whether it uses WebVR. Google's new VR Shell for Chrome raises the possibility of a one-size-fits-all approach to making every website explorable in 360-degree virtual space.
  • Ukraine central bank flagged cyber-attack in April: memo (2016-06-30 14:09:44)
    By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's central bank urged lenders in April to review security procedures, saying thieves had attempted to steal money from a Ukrainian bank using fraudulent SWIFT transfers, according to a confidential message obtained by Reuters. The warning, issued on April 28, did not identify the bank or say if the cyber attack had been successful, but said it had been similar to the theft in February of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank. A spokeswoman for SWIFT had no immediate comment.
  • Rio 2016 Olympics will be viewable in virtual reality (2016-06-30 14:00:11)
    With the summer Olympic games in Rio just about one month away, there are still many questions surrounding the games. Not only have some athletes expressed fear about attending due to the Zika virus , a recent report relays that a slew of body parts recently washed up on the beach right in front of where the Volleyball competition is set to be held. And when you add in the myriad of concerns regarding crime and whether or not the requisite infrastructure will be ready in time, the 2016 Summer games in Brazil will be unique to say the least. All that said, for Olympics enthusiasts intent on watching all the action from home, NBC today announced that it's planning to provide viewers with upwards of 85 hours of VR content. The only catch, though, is that the available VR content will only be made accessible to users who have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and the Samsung Gear VR headset. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone still better than Android after all these years According to a report from ABC News , the VR content will include footage from the following events: the opening and closing ceremonies, men's basketball, gymnastics, track and field and a few others set to be named soon. NBC, which is carrying the games, said recently that it will provide more details surrounding its VR-oriented content very soon. Incidentally, Getty Images earlier this week indicated that it will use Virtual Reality cameras exclusively during its coverage of the Rio Olympic Games. Now if you don't happen to own any Samsung gear, you'll still be able to enjoy the Olympic games, albeit without an immersive 360-degree experience. According to NBC, the Rio games will be the "most live Olympics ever" as the broadcast network plans to make 6,755 hours of Olympic programming accessible via NBCOlympics.com and via its own NBC Sports app. NBC's press release on the matter reads in part: The networks and digital platforms of NBCUniversal will present an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August, NBC Olympics announced today. NBC will broadcast 260.5 hours of Olympic programming, including coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, gymnastics, track and field, and many more of the Games’ most popular sports. With Rio just one hour ahead of the Eastern Time zone, the 2016 Summer Games will be the most live Olympics ever. NBCU will present 2,084 hours of Olympic linear programming across 11 networks: broadcast networks NBC and TELEMUNDO (Spanish language); cable channels Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NBC UNIVERSO (Spanish language), and USA Network; plus two specialty channels provided to distribution partners, one each for basketball and soccer. Powered by Playmaker Media, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream 4,500 total hours — including all Olympic competition for the third consecutive Olympics — for authenticated pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere to desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, plus connected TVs for the first time. Additional details regarding NBC Olympics’ digital offering will be announced soon. NBC Olympics will also provide 4K Ultra HD content to NBCU distribution partners, as well as Virtual Reality (VR) programming, the details of which will be announced soon. Both presentations will be Olympic firsts. “Olympic fans rejoice; the Rio Games will offer the most comprehensive coverage of any event in sports history,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics. “For those who have a favorite sport or like to watch on a particular screen, this nearly 7,000-hour smorgasbord of sports excellence has you covered.” The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics will air on Friday, August 5, on NBC. Competition begins two days earlier on Wednesday, August 3, with women’s soccer on NBCSN and USA Network, and the Games conclude on Sunday, August 21, with the Closing Ceremony on NBC. Funny enough, the drive to make the Olympics more accessible than ever before coincides with what appears to be a waning interest in the Olympic games.
  • Karma adds private network option to its hotspots (2016-06-30 14:00:03)
    Karma is a company that’s built a business model around sharing internet access with others, even strangers, through its hotspot service. If you’re not familiar with how Karma works, it’s helpful to back up a few steps. Karma sells a small, mobile hotspot device called the Go that customers subscribe to data service for.
  • FDA warns consumers not to eat raw cookie dough after E. coli outbreak (2016-06-30 13:57:20)
    The US Food and Drug Administration just issued new consumer guidelines recommending complete abstinence from eating raw cookie dough. "Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria," Leslie Smoot, a senior advisor in the FDA's Office of Food Safety, said in a statement. The announcement comes during an investigation by the FDA and the CDC after "dozens of people" across the US contracted a specific strain of E. coli, likely from eating raw flour.
  • 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' is officially set to wreck the internet in 2018 (2016-06-30 13:41:00)
  • This Bluetooth Star Trek Communicator would impress Spock (2016-06-30 13:37:48)
    Ask Scotty to beam you up, or just chat with friendly lifeforms, with this impressive Star Trek: TOS Bluetooth Communicator from The Wand Company and ThinkGeek.
  • Android N is officially called Nougat (2016-06-30 13:34:51)
    Google announces the name of the latest version of its mobile software, after asking fans in May to chime in with suggestions.
  • This is the iPhone 7 leak we’ve been waiting for (2016-06-30 13:33:19)
    A few days ago, a sketchy leak from China showing the purported pricing structure for the iPhone 7 series hinted that Apple would finally ditch the 16GB storage tier, and replace it with a 32GB iPhone. Strangely enough, that leak suggested the iPhone 7 would be available in three versions, including one 4.7-inch model and two 5.5-inch variations (Plus and Pro), just as some early iPhone 7 rumors claimed. Now a second report from China seems to reinforce last week’s story, and we sincerely hope it turns out to be accurate. DON’T MISS:  5 ways Apple's iPhone is still better than Android after all these years The previous leak said that the iPhone 7 would be available in 32GB, 64GB and 256GB options while the iPhone 7 Pro and iPhone 7 Plus would launch in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB flavors – that seems like something Apple would never do. Here's how those suggested prices, as posted by that tipster on Weibo, compare to the current iPhone 6s prices in China: iPhone 6s: ¥5288 (16GB), ¥6088 (64GB), ¥6888 (128GB) iPhone 7: ¥5288 (32GB), ¥6088 (64GB), ¥7088 (256GB) iPhone 6s Plus: ¥6088 (16GB), ¥6888 (64GB), ¥7788 (128GB) iPhone 7 Plus: ¥6088 (32GB), ¥6888 (128GB), ¥7888 (256GB) iPhone 7 Pro: ¥7088 (32GB), ¥7888 (128GB), ¥8888 (256GB) A new possible leak on Chinese website WeChat now says that Apple is killing both 16GB and 64GB storage tiers, replacing them with 32GB and 128GB options across the board. The quoted prices match the ones above from the original report, and this scenario is at least within the realm of reality. There's just no way Apple is going to deal with the logistical headache brought about by using different sized memory modules in different models. Here's what the new leak says: iPhone 7: ¥5288 (32GB), ¥6088 (128GB), ¥7088 (256GB) iPhone 7 Plus: ¥6088 (32GB), ¥6888 (128GB), ¥7888 (256GB) iPhone 7 Pro: ¥7088 (32GB), ¥7888 (128GB), ¥8888 (256GB) It’s widely believed that Apple will finally kill the 16GB storage tier starting with the iPhone 7. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll use a 32GB/128GB/256GB storage setup for the new iPhone. We will point out that, if these storage tiers are real, then Apple could claim on stage and in marketing that it’s doubling the storage in the iPhone across the board without raising prices – currently, Apple sells its newest iPhone in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB configurations.
  • Facebook wins Belgian privacy case over tracking logged-out users (2016-06-30 13:26:52)
    A Belgian court has overturned a ruling that would have forced Facebook to stop tracking non-users who had visited its pages, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. A Brussels appeals court found that the Belgian Privacy Commission, which brought a case against Facebook last year, does not have jurisdiction over the company’s Ireland-based European headquarters. This reverses a decision made last year, when a court ordered Facebook to stop using cookies to keep tabs on the web browsing of people who were not logged into accounts or had otherwise opted out of tracking.
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross made a song for NASA's Juno mission (2016-06-30 13:23:00)
  • There's going to be a Wreck-It Ralph sequel (2016-06-30 13:19:48)
    Disney just announced a sequel to 2012's animated movie, Wreck-It Ralph. Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston will return to helm the sequel, along with John C. Reilly. The news was unveiled in a Facebook Live video, during which Reilly kept interrupting Moore and Johnston as they attempted to make the announcement.
  • Government urges owners of old Hondas to get air bags fixed (2016-06-30 13:16:55)
    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.
  • This is our favorite smart lock (2016-06-30 13:08:51)
    Home automation and security start at your front door. There is no single connected device more obvious and necessary than a smart lock because it makes your life so much easier. No more fumbling with keys because your smartphone controls the lock. And no more worrying about giving a guest or repair man access to your home because you can give them temporary access from their smartphone, or you can even open your door remotely from anywhere in the world as long as your smart lock connects to the internet. The problem with smart locks these days is that there are so many to choose from, but we have a clear favorite that rises above the rest: The  August Smart Lock Keyless Home Entry System . Here are some key details: Secure - Safe, keyless access to your home with iOS and Android smartphones Easy DIY Retrofit Install, - Replace the interior of your existing deadbolt; outside is unchanged Total Control - You control who has access to your home and manage how long their access lasts Always On - Powered by batteries means it's always on, even if your power, Wi-Fi, or cable go down Kindly refer the installation videos, August Smart Lock works with the free August app to create keys, grant access, view the activity log, and more, available for Android and iOS. All of the standard features are great, of course, but there are two things in particular that make this lock our favorite. First, it's absolutely gorgeous — especially compared to most of the other stuff out there. And second, you actually never have to take your phone out of your pocket to use it if you don't want to. The lock can be set to lock itself automatically behind you as you leave the house, and then a proximity-unlock feature unlocks August when you return home and approach the door. The August Smart Lock Keyless Home Entry System starts at $165 on Amazon depending on the color you want. There's also a version that works with Apple's HomeKit platform for $228. Finally, the $80 August Connect add-on lets your lock connect to the internet so you can operate it remotely.
  • AI pilot defeats human combat instructor in simulated air battles (2016-06-30 13:03:59)
    ALPHA, which was designed as a research tool, was called "the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic, and credible AI I’ve seen to date" by United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee, a retired aerial combat instructor who tested the program's capabilities. Lee battled ALPHA in a flight simulator which pitched teams of aircraft against one another in various scenarios, including defending and attacking specific territory.
  • Nest's next project could be a smart baby crib (2016-06-30 13:01:00)
    The smart home giant has filed a patent that could point to its first all-new product in years.
  • Hundreds of US companies sell unapproved 'stem cell treatments' (2016-06-30 13:00:38)
    Hundreds of companies across the United States are selling unapproved stem cell treatments directly to patients, raising concern about safety and scams in a fast-growing industry, researchers said Thursday. The report in the journal Cell Stem Cell found that at least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures at 570 individual clinics. The clinics claimed to offer "stem cell interventions" for muscle and bone disorders, heart disease, problems with the immune system, injured spinal cords, and cosmetic reasons, and more.
  • I played God with The Odin's DIY CRISPR Kit (2016-06-30 13:00:00)
  • Next Android OS named Android Nougat (2016-06-30 12:57:09)
    The upcoming iteration of the Android mobile operating system, previously known as Android N, is to be called Android Nougat.
  • Will a Verizon rollover data plan get you to switch? (The 3:59, Ep. 71) (2016-06-30 12:50:19)
    We also discuss the return of Amazon Prime Day and watching the Olympics in virtual reality.
  • Time is running out to stop a $53 million cryptocurrency heist (2016-06-30 12:42:34)
    On June 17, someone stole $53 million from the DAO, an experimental investment bank built in the Ethereum cryptocurrency system — and the developers have spent the last two weeks trying to get it back. The DAO’s withdrawal system froze the money for 27 days, and rather than let the money slip away permanently, Ethereum's coders have decided to stop the theft by changing the basic code that the currency runs on.
  • Furby gets smarter, but it's still pretty damn creepy (2016-06-30 12:42:00)
  • Halt and Catch Fire's third season will premiere on August 23rd (2016-06-30 12:31:15)
    Halt and Catch Fire, AMC's consistently entertaining, detail-obsessive '80s period drama, will return for its third season on August 23rd. Halt and Catch Fire's third season will see the show moving from Texas to Silicon Valley for its 10-episode run. Last season, the series largely followed Cameron and Donna's attempts to get their online games company, Mutiny, off the ground. Although the show sometimes seemed uncomfortable in the startup world, given the first season's exploration of the slightly stodgier Cardiff Electric, it remained innovative and well-crafted.
  • Happy 40th anniversary, Honda Accord! (2016-06-30 12:31:05)
    It doesn't look a day over 29.
  • Google buys output from two new Nordic wind farms (2016-06-30 12:30:14)
    Google has bought future output from two yet to be built wind power farms in Norway and Sweden to power its data centers in Europe, the company and farm developers said on Thursday. Google said in a separate statement it has also agreed to buy power from a smaller wind farm project in Sweden, putting the total newly acquired capacity at 236 megawatts (MW). Norway's Zephyr and Norsk Vind Energi said the 50-turbine, 160-megawatt capacity onshore Tellenes wind farm south of Stavanger is expected to be fully operational in late 2017, when it would become the largest wind farm in the country.
  • Android N? More like Android Nougat (2016-06-30 12:21:00)
  • Google finally gave Android N a name (2016-06-30 12:15:28)
    After spending weeks taking suggestions from users all over the world, Google has finally settled on a name for the next version of Android. The company revealed on Thursday that the latest OS will be called Android Nougat. READ MORE:  If VR is going to have a future, PlayStation VR can’t fail Considering that Android versions are released in alphabetical order, we always knew that the next version would begin with the letter N, but at Google I/O last month, the company announced that it would give its fan a chance to pick the name. Of course, it still reserved the right to pick the final name for itself, which is exactly what Google did during the grand unveiling on Thursday. https://twitter.com/Android/status/748547400210472961 Unfortunately, despite revealing the name, Google didn't provide Android users with an official release date for Nougat. With the final developer build scheduled to release in July, there's a chance it could be out as early as August, but September seems more likely. That said, even if it does arrive earlier than expected, it will only be available on a select few Android devices.
  • If VR is going to have a future, PlayStation VR can’t fail (2016-06-30 12:14:05)
    It has been a very, very long time since a peripheral has shaken up the game industry. EyeToy was a bust, Kinect died a slow, excruciating death and there's a pretty good chance you'd completely forgotten about the GBA e-Reader. All of those hardware add-ons failed (or are in the process of failing), but it never really mattered. They took a risk; it didn't pan out; we all moved on. With all of that failure in the rearview mirror, PlayStation VR has a mighty tough row to hoe, but if VR really is the future of gaming, it simply can't fail. DON’T MISS:  5 ways Apple's iPhone is still better than Android after all these years The VR revolution is off to an expectedly slow start. Although thousands of early adopters were anxious to get their hands on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive the minute they launched, VR gaming is anything but mainstream in the summer of 2016. In order to game on your $799 Vive or your $599 Rift, you need a $1,000 computer that can actually run virtual reality software. It's just not financially viable for most people. On the other hand, over 40 million consumers own a PlayStation 4, which they probably bought for $399 at launch or as low as $299 in any of the countless sales over the past few years. The PlayStation VR headset will cost them an additional $399 (or $499 if they spring for the bundle), which is still a massive amount of savings over the hardware necessary for PC VR gaming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzSvuRBm4Bk The price is important, but even more important is the initial reaction to PSVR. If those who preordered the hardware are underwhelmed by the experience or the hardware or even the launch lineup , it could create a major roadblock for the future of VR. Sony has to get this right the first time. Coming off of one of the more beguiling E3 expos in recent memory , one aspect of Microsoft's press conference stood out to me. While semi-announcing Project Scorpio for a 2017 release, Microsoft revealed that the upgraded console would support "high-end VR," similar to what we see on PCs today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c18R6Sb97nM Interestingly, the company also admitted that it hadn't yet settled on a partner. Could this mean that Oculus is competing for the spot? Or is Microsoft working on its own solution for Scorpio? Or (and this is where I bring it all full circle) is Microsoft just waiting to see whether or not PSVR crashes and burns before it dedicates a great deal of time and resources to VR? If PSVR bombs, it would throw up a red flag the size of an OG Xbox for Microsoft and any other companies considering getting into the VR realm. Although it's doubtful that Microsoft would remove VR capability altogether, they could certainly downplay its existence and focus on other features of the console. But if PSVR thrives, you had better believe that Microsoft is going to do everything it can to bring a better, faster, more powerful VR experience to market just a year after the launch of Sony's own VR hardware. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-nW-NqT_G4 With Sony and Microsoft trying to one-up each other on the home console side of the industry, PC gamers will be rewarded with even more cross-platform content, especially if VR games make their way into Microsoft's new Xbox Play Anywhere program . Imagine if every VR game you bought worked on both your Xbox One and your PC with your Oculus Rift or Xbox VR headset? But before any of these dreams can become reality, Sony needs to make an impact this fall. It would be foolish to assume that a tepid launch to PSVR would doom the technology once and for all, but it would certainly make for a significantly steeper hill to climb going forward. If you're interested in the future of VR, you should watch very closely when PSVR launches on October 13th.
  • Hubble is capturing stunning photos of Jupiter’s giant auroras (2016-06-30 12:11:32)
    The Hubble Space Telescope is capturing amazing photographs of Jupiter’s auroras, which look like sparkly swirls at the planet’s poles. While on Earth the biggest auroras are caused by solar storms — when high energy particles ejected from the Sun rain down on our planet — auroras on Jupiter are also caused by the charged particles ejected by other sources, like the planet’s orbiting moon Io.
  • You can control your LG smartphone from your computer with this app (2016-06-30 12:08:03)
    LG has released a new app called VPInput that allows you to control your LG smartphone from your Mac or PC. You can input text, send screenshots from your computer directly to your phone, and share clipboard text between the devices.
  • Google investigates Calendar app outage (2016-06-30 12:07:42)
    The company now says service has been restored for some users.
  • Android N is now Android Nougat (2016-06-30 12:03:21)
    Google announced on Snapchat today that Android N, the latest version of Android, will now go by Android Nougat. The announcement comes after the company said at I/O last month that users could submit suggestions for the name online.
  • Kleiner Perkins raises $1.4 billion to invest in startups (2016-06-30 11:50:35)
    The venture capital firm's new funds will translate into opportunities for young companies.
  • Why is Tesla sending golden tickets to random people who ordered a Model 3? (2016-06-30 11:49:30)
    Tesla's upcoming Model 3 is one of the hottest new cars to have been unveiled in recent years. The vehicle will be Tesla's first electric car with a price tag that is accessible to mass market buyers, following the Roadster and Model S with pricing that could reach well over $100,000. The Model 3 starts at just $35,000, and that's before available tax incentives that could drop the price to as little as $25,000 for early buyers . As it turns out, tax incentives aren't the only perk that a select group of Model 3 buyers will enjoy. Tesla is sending out "golden tickets" to a small number of people who reserved the company's newest car. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare Have you ever read Roald Dahl's beloved classic  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ? Well, it's time to meet the new Willy Wonka. Elon Musk's Tesla has begun sending out emails to people at random who reserved a Model 3. Reservations were nearing 400,000 at last count, but only 12 lucky people will end up with a special ticket. What do these mysterious digital tickets do? Why, they give you access to the Chocolate Factory, of course. Here's an email published by Electrik that was received by a lucky winner: Hello, Congratulations! Through random selection, Tesla has chosen twelve Golden Ticket winners from all those that placed Model 3 Reservations on the opening date to receive an all-expenses paid trip to our Gigafactory Grand Opening event on July 29th, 2016 in Reno, Nevada. We are excited to share that your name was chosen in this drawing and that we’d like to invite you and a guest to join us at the event. Round trip economy class airfare, transportation, and accommodations will be provided. Tickets are non-transferrable. For additional details and to redeem your package, please contact ***@tesla.com. We look forward to seeing you and your guest at the event! Best regards, The Tesla Team Tesla has since confirmed that the email is genuine, so be sure to check your inbox (and spam box, just in case) for emails from Tesla if you reserved a Model 3.
  • The European Union is updating its electronic signature laws (2016-06-30 11:41:47)
    On Friday, the European Union will implement new rules for electronic signatures, replacing existing regulations that had made the use of digital authentication difficult across the economic bloc. Starting on July 1st, the eIDAS Regulation goes into effect, allowing individuals and businesses across the European Union to take advantage of a new series of digital signatures, seals, time stamps, registered delivery, and website authentication across national borders. The new regulations put into place new trust centers to ensure that online signatures and certificates are authentic.
  • Google puts earthquake data directly in search results (2016-06-30 11:40:00)
  • The Roomba for your lawn might be called the ‘Terra’ (2016-06-30 11:36:02)
    It also makes a mopping robot, a bot to help clean gutters, and one to clean pools. Now, the company might be nearing the release of a lawn mowing robot called Terra, according to patent filings released earlier this month. The FCC approved iRobot’s work on a lawn mowing robot last year.
  • Is there a revolution in headphones coming? (2016-06-30 11:26:24)
    As the rumors about the disappearing headphone jack continue to surface, Walt reviews new earphones that still take advantage of this classic technology but adds a new twist. This sparks a new conversation about the powered audio jack and how it benefits existing technology.
  • Apple’s iPhone turns nine: 5 ways it’s still better than Android (2016-06-30 11:24:21)
    Apple changed the world nine years ago when it released the first iPhone. It sounds hyperbolic but I assure you, the original iPhone quite literally reshaped the mobile industry. It also changed the way we access information and connect with each other. The giants of the industry at the time have now all but vanished. Android, which was being developed as a terrible BlackBerry copy , was reimagined and released as the platform we now know. There have been plenty of retrospective pieces covering the iPhone to celebrate its nine-year anniversary, and some have been fairly interesting. But in light of all the negativity currently surrounding Apple's next-generation iPhone , I thought it might be nice to look at some of the ways Apple's mobile phone is still far better than its chief rival, Android. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare User Experience Beginning with the most broad advantage the iPhone and iOS have over Android devices, Apple's UX is still in a league of its own. Google has taken tighter control of Android in recent years and we see "pure Android" shine through more and more with each new handset generation. This has had a huge positive impact on the overall Android user experience, which had for a long time been a muddled mess. Even pure Android can't quite compare to iOS though, which offers levels of simplicity and fluidity that are unmatched. Tight inter-device integration and proprietary services also add to the experience. Products like iMessage and FaceTime don't just lock users in, they offer superior quality and consistency. Sharing content between iPhones is also a snap. And if you own multiple Apple devices like an iPhone, iPad and MacBook, Continuity features bring better and tighter integration than you'll find anywhere else. Apple controls the hardware and the software experiences so the company is able to offer a product that aligns perfectly with its vision. Rumors suggest Google may finally be working on its own phone, but the company has quite a bit of ground to make up before it can even approach the experience Apple has crafted. Software Updates I wrote just about everything there is to write on this matter earlier this year . In a nutshell, the open source Android distribution model that led to the platform's success is also one of its biggest disadvantages. Almost no Android users have access to new updates when they're released. Instead, they have to wait months or longer before they gain access to the latest features and security updates. Many Android phones will never have access to new releases even after just a couple of years. The most widely used version of Android in the world right now was released in 2014. And Android Lollipop's market share (35.4%) is just a few points higher than KitKat (31.6%), which was released all the way back in 2013. Security Apple's iOS security is an advantage in so many ways. From encryption to general policy, Apple has a very pro-consumer approach to the way it protects its devices and services. And then you have app development and distribution to consider, which are controlled much more tightly by Apple than they are by Google. There is no question that Android apps have exciting capabilities you won't be able to enjoy on an iPhone. But all that freedom brings serious risks. Scary new malware that targets the Android platform is discovered on a weekly basis at this point. Meanwhile, as security expert Graham Cluley pointed out in a recent post , iOS hasn't ever had a major malware incident. Third-Party Apps It's as true today as it was seven years ago when the App Store first launched: iOS apps are better than Android apps. "Better" is subjective, so I'll elaborate. Apple's stricter guidelines for developers result in a far more consistent user experience across all iOS apps, first- and third-party. They look similar, they're fast, they're smooth, and they're far more reliable than apps on rival platforms. As I've written before, the same app from the same top-tier developer will always offer a better experience on an iPhone than it does on an Android phone. The third-party app ecosystem Apple has created is the main reason I can't ditch the iPhone and switch to my favorite smartphone, which just happens to be an Android phone. Customer Service and Support Last but certainly not least is customer support, which is an area where Apple has no competition. When you have a problem with your iPhone, Apple employees do everything they can to fix it. The best experience comes in Apple Stores, where friendly reps work with customers one-on-one to resolve any issues. And if an issue can't be resolved, the customer walks away with a new iPhone that has already been filled with all of his or her data. Apple's phone support is nearly as impressive. In some ways, it's even more impressive. Phone reps are friendly and patient, and they always do everything they can to resolve any issues and avoid having a device sent in for inspection. Often times you'll even receive a follow-up call to ensure your issue was resolved and your device is still working properly. Making a sale is the easy part and Apple knows it. After-sale service is yet another area where Apple shines far brighter than rivals, and it's one of the main reasons iPhone buyers keep coming back.
  • Hertz signs rental deals with Uber and Lyft (2016-06-30 11:23:41)
    (Reuters) - Hertz Global Holdings Inc said it has reached deals with the two largest U.S. ride-hailing companies, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Lyft Inc, to rent cars to their drivers. Hertz's deal with Uber will allow drivers in Los Angeles to rent cars from certain off-airport Hertz locations. The deal could be expanded to other areas in the United States, Hertz said.
  • The Olympics will be shown in VR, but only on Samsung headsets (2016-06-30 11:15:00)
  • Facebook wins appeal to collect data on nonmembers in Belgium (2016-06-30 11:14:02)
    The tech giant had been ordered to stop tracking data on nonmembers, but can now continue doing so.
  • Want to avoid cloud lock-in? It's about the database (2016-06-30 11:07:51)
    As companies barrel into the public cloud, they may want to consider keeping their database separate to preserve freedom from vendor lock-in.
  • Furby Connect has come to steal and eat your IoT nightmares (2016-06-30 11:06:42)
    There's a new Furby, and nothing is safe or sacred. A colorful, bright LED in FURBY CONNECT’S antenna lights up to signal new content has arrived in the app’s theatre. The FURBY CONNECT toy strives to offer the best value by providing a play experience that continuously refreshes and encourages kids to keep connecting.
  • This description of Trump eating McDonald's will haunt you (2016-06-30 11:04:20)
    Boston radio host Howie Carr wrote a breathless piece about how he’s not a racist, but is friends with Donald Trump. The story, at the Boston Herald, is a messy and defensive non-apology about Carr’s decision to mock Senator Elizabeth Warren with a "war whoop." More importantly, the rant culminates with one of the strangest "compliments" of the 2016 election cycle. It was fun being on the Boeing 757 with Trump.
  • Is Devices-as-a-Service the future of workplace IT? (2016-06-30 11:02:00)
    New service is aimed at helping companies do a better job of meeting staff demand for an increasingly broad mix of PCs, mobile computers and other devices found in the modern workplace.
  • Juiced for Olympics in VR? Better grab a Samsung headset (2016-06-30 10:57:05)
    For the first time, you can watch Olympic ceremonies and competition in virtual reality, but only if you have Samsung's devices and pay for traditional TV.
  • Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black' would have been cable's No. 2 show (2016-06-30 10:52:33)
    A Nielsen report seen by The Wall Street Journal shows massive viewership numbers for the crew at Litchfield Penitentiary.
  • Amazon opens up grocery deliveries to more of London (2016-06-30 10:50:00)
  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft will soon reach Jupiter and start unlocking the planet’s secrets (2016-06-30 10:41:53)
    NASA is celebrating Independence Day this year by putting a spacecraft into orbit around Jupiter. The space agency’s Juno mission is slated to arrive at the massive planet on the night of July 4th, after having traveled across more than 1.7 billion miles of space over the past five years. Once Juno arrives, the probe’s main engine will fire, slowing the spacecraft down and placing it into orbit around Jupiter.
  • Let’s all huddle together for warmth and embrace our Lightning headphone future (2016-06-30 10:40:02)
    Apple is supposedly going to get rid of the headphone jack on its next iPhone and force users to either buy Bluetooth headphones or ones that plug into the Lightning port. There's going to be a big market for those Lightning headphones, and savvy manufacturers are going to need to start developing their designs, like, now. Today, Cirrus Logic announced a a MFi (Made for iPhone) development kit for Lightning headphones to show how great those future headphones will be and how they'll interact with iOS apps.
  • Blast Motion's swing sensor data is coming to baseball broadcasts (2016-06-30 10:40:00)
  • Samsung thinks you’re ugly (2016-06-30 10:34:14)
    Hey you, Samsung Galaxy-wielding selfie taker. You’re ugly. I’m serious. And it’s not my opinion either. It’s Samsung’s professional opinion about its customers who buy Galaxy phones in general. That means you, too. You see, it appears that BY DEFAULT, the selfie camera has beautification features that make you look a lot better in pictures than you do in person. While that’s definitely a nice editing tool for photos, it’s also very politically incorrect. Disrespectful is one other word I’d use for it. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare It might not be immediately apparent to phone users, and you can turn it off if you want to. The problem is, the Beauty Face mode activates by default, and can have a pretty big impact on photos. As Insider notes , the feature lets you make your face look slimmer, and your eyes look bigger. A beauty blogger first noticed it, Mel Wells, author of The Goddess Revolution , who took to Instagram to note her anger with Samsung. “Wow Samsung,” she said in her rant. “When you get a brand new phone and go to take a selfie and realise that the default setting on the front camera is automatically on ‘Beauty level 8’ which evidently means: seriously airbrushed face. This means everyone who gets a new Samsung phone and flicks the front camera on is automatically being told 'Hi, we're Samsung, and we think you look way better when we automatically airbrush your selfies for you, x 8!!' “Thanks @samsungmobile for the vote of confidence, I think I'll keep my freckles and imperfections since this is how I look in 3D and this is how all my friends see me in real life. I hope young girls are buying iPhones instead of Samsungs. (Wait, do iPhones do this too?) To clarify - no apps here - this is Samsung's DEFAULT FRONT CAMERA SETTING." Samsung has no problem with this whatsoever, apparently. The company told Insider that "at Samsung, we offer a range of camera settings on our mobile phones for our customers to be able to choose to switch on or use. The beauty setting is one such setting that we know our customers love and has the option of being switched on or turned off completely, depending on personal preference." That statement completely ignores the fact that the beautification feature is turned on by default, which is Samsung’s way of telling you that you’re ugly.
  • Rihanna and the Starship Enterprise costar in the trippy video for Sledgehammer (2016-06-30 10:25:14)
    The video for Rihanna's contribution to the upcoming Star Trek Beyond soundtrack premiered this morning in IMAX theaters. It's the first music video to be shot entirely with IMAX cameras, and it features Rihanna hanging out in space, performing magic. Near the end she turns into some kind of celestial god. It's cool!
  • Skyrocketing Android ransomware has quadrupled over past year, says new report (2016-06-30 10:23:23)
    A Kaspersky Lab reports Android ransomware is booming, quadrupling over the past year alone, shedding light on the growing problem of non-PC ransomware.
  • Spanish tax inspectors search Google office in Madrid (2016-06-30 10:21:54)
    MADRID (AP) — A Madrid court says it authorized tax inspectors to enter Google's offices in Madrid as part of a tax department investigation.
  • B&O Play get into the wireless earbud game (2016-06-30 10:15:00)
  • Verizon and Samsung built a LTE network extender for your house (2016-06-30 10:10:00)
    Verizon Wireless has partnered with Samsung's Network Division to create a LTE network extender for homes and small businesses. If you've ever had cell signal issues in your home or office you know it can be a pain, and Verizon says this small box which features Samsung's small cell technology could be the answer to your networking issues. The LTE network extender will allow up to seven devices make HD calls and receive LTE data within 7,500 square feet, by essentially creating a localized cell tower indoors when connected to broadband.
  • This is how hot a 3D Touch home button would look on the iPhone 7 (2016-06-30 10:09:55)
    Look at that home button on the iPhone 6s Plus pictured at the top of this post. Don't you just hate it? Sitting there all smug. Taking up precious real estate on the face of the iPhone that could be put to much better use by, say, a bigger display. It's taunting us, and we don't like it one bit. But the good news is that according to report after report, it appears as though we won't have to put up with that obnoxious home button for much longer. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare The massive iPhone overhaul the world is waiting for isn't coming this year. Apple PR planted a series of stories with major media recently to ensure that fans (read: investors) know that will be the case. Instead, we're likely looking at a relatively minor upgrade that many consider to be an "iPhone 6ss." According to reports, the iPhone 7 — or whatever Apple ends up calling it — will look a lot like the iPhone 6s but it'll be thinner and will have redesigned antenna lines on the back of the phone. We're also expecting a much better camera on both models, though the Plus-size version will seemingly sport a dual camera design. We've all seen the leaks and we all pretty much know what to expect, but a big leak that hit the web two weeks ago showed a major change that we never saw coming . According to the purported photo of a fully assembled iPhone 7, this year's models will no longer feature a physical home button. Instead, it appeared as though a capacitive home button with 3D Touch capabilities might appear in its place. Now, a Redditor named "reximilian" has created a gorgeous render of what a 3D Touch home button might look like on the iPhone 7: (click to enlarge) That render looks amazing, though you'll instantly notice one big problem: The render is based on an iPhone 6s and it shows a 3.5mm headphone jack, which we all know will not be present on the next-generation iPhone. If Apple does switch to a 3D Touch home button on this year's new iPhones, it will likely be a stopgap solution that prepares users for next year's iPhone. According to reports, the tenth anniversary iPhone will feature a new OLED display that extends almost to the edges of the phone's face. The home button and Touch ID fingerprint scanner will then be embedded beneath the display, completely eliminating the need for a second home button.
  • NBC to offer VR Olympics content to Samsung users (2016-06-30 10:01:52)
    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says it will provide 85 hours of virtual reality programming during the Rio Olympics in August — but only to users of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and the Samsung Gear VR headset.
  • Some Rio Olympics events will be broadcast in virtual reality (2016-06-30 10:00:12)
    NBC has promised to broadcast 85 hours of the 2016 Rio Olympics in virtual reality. The opening and closing ceremonies, plus men’s basketball, gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball, diving, boxing, and fencing events will all be available for the Samsung Gear VR headset, through a special section of the NBC Sports app. NBC’s VR programming will be released with a delay, from August 6th — the day after the opening ceremony — to August 22nd, after the closing.
  • Bare hands are the future of VR, says Microsoft Research (Tomorrow Daily 386 show notes) (2016-06-30 10:00:07)
    Because game controllers in virtual reality are SO last-gen.
  • Apple sued over obscure film by China's media regulator: court (2016-06-30 09:56:41)
    Apple is being sued by China's media regulator over rights to an obscure patriotic film, a Beijing court said Thursday, in the latest legal battle for the US tech giant in one of its crucial overseas markets. China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) claims that Apple has violated its exclusive online broadcast rights to the 1994 movie "Xuebo Dixiao" -- whose title roughly translates to "Blood-Splatter our Strong Enemies" -- by allowing viewers to access the film on the "Youku HD" app downloadable via the company's online store. SAPPRFT has filed suit against both Apple and the Chinese video streaming platform Youku, according to a statement posted on the official website of the Beijing Haidian District People's Court, where the case has been received.
  • These new pokemon all look terrible (2016-06-30 09:51:37)
    Over the past 20 years, there have been many, many pokemon, spanning multiple games and platforms. During that time there have been some great character designs, and also some... not so great ones. (Luvdisc, I'm looking at you.) A new Japanese trailer has just launched showcasing some of the creatures that will be featured in the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon. The video includes a handful of new species — I don't know their official names since it's all in Japanese — and, for the most part, they're all awful, with designs that are either completely unoriginal or just downright strange.
  • Apple patent blocks your iPhone from recording video at gigs (2016-06-30 09:49:54)
    The patent uses infrared to tell your phone to disable video recording so you can be forced to enjoy the show.
  • Watch: Tesla Model S gets smoked by a Lamborghini Huracan in a drag race (2016-06-30 09:44:54)
    If you're looking for a car that can really scream and you're not in a place to spend several hundreds of thousands of dollars in one fell swoop, a tricked out Tesla might be the way to go. With a Tesla Model S P90D capable of going from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds flat, you won't find a car that provides more bang for your buck in that department anywhere else. Even the older Model S P85D is no slouch in the acceleration department as it can skyrocket form 0 to 60 in a still blazing fast 3.2 seconds. But incredible acceleration, no matter how impressive, is still not a replacement for raw speed. So when DragTimes recently decided to pit a Tesla Model S P85D up against the beastly Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4, the Model S gets absolutely smoked. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare The Huracan may not be as quick off the line as the Model S P90D in Ludicrous Mode, but its 0-62 MPH time of 3.2 seconds is nothing to scoff at. Beyond that, the Huracan can go from 0-124 MPH in just 9.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of more than 202 MPH. As you can see below, the Tesla gets off to a quick lead but it doesn't take the Huracan more than a second or so to overpass it and leave the Tesla in its tracks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOBeu-4vsj0 Truth be told, this isn't the fairest matchup given that the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 sells for $237,250, more than $100,000 more than what the tricked out Tesla Model S in the video runs for.
  • Sony adds cheaper 4K TVs to its lineup (2016-06-30 09:41:00)
  • Lionsgate is buying Starz for $4.4 billion (2016-06-30 09:39:21)
    Lionsgate announced this morning that it will buy the Starz network for $4.4 billion in cash and stock, reports Deadline. The deal unites the biggest mini-major studio in the country with the second biggest cable network on television, and could mean big things going forward as the merged companies compete with the likes of Netflix and HBO. "The combination of Lionsgate and Starz brings significant scale to our portfolio of content and distribution assets and will enable us to compete successfully in today’s rapidly evolving global entertainment marketplace," Lionsgate Chairman Mark Rachesky said in the official release.
  • Lyft and Hertz are expanding a deal to offer rental cars to drivers (2016-06-30 09:31:10)
    Both Lyft and larger rival Uber have been experimenting with rental fleets in recent months, looking for ways to get more drivers on the road who wouldn't otherwise have access to a clean vehicle that's appropriate for ride-hail duty. Lyft's deal with Hertz offers drivers special rates and dedicated service centers, and the vehicles can be used for personal use in addition to picking up fares.
  • Netflix is rebooting Lost in Space (2016-06-30 09:30:51)
    Netflix has become known for rebooting classic television shows, and its latest project will be taking it into the depths of space with a reboot of the classic 1965 science fiction drama Lost in Space. The reboot will be run by Zack Estrin, one of the executive producers for Prison Break, and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Power Rangers). The new show will be produced by Legendary Pictures which has been working bring the show to Netflix since late 2015.
  • Leak shows what iPhone 7’s Lightning EarPods might (but probably won’t) look like (2016-06-30 09:17:04)
    This year new iPhone will differ in one major way from last year’s flagship, even though the iPhone 7 is generally seen as a minor upgrade from the iPhone 6s. For the first time, the iPhone will not feature a headphone jack – well, at least not the standard 3.5mm audio port we’re used seeing. According to most reports, Apple is killing the 3.5mm headset jack, and one of the “fixes” for the problem it’s creating is pretty simple: Apple can relegate sound output to the versatile Lightning port, and launch Lightning Earpods for the iPhone 7 series. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare A new leak from Asia seems to indicate that will indeed be the case. A couple of images spotted on Weibo by iPhone7.nl show what look like Lighting EarPods that some expect to see in the iPhone 7 box. It’s not clear at this point whether the headphones in the following image are genuine, or whether we’re looking at fakes. The latter is most likely the case, since just about anyone can make Lightning EarPods now that the reference design is available . If these are in fact Apple headphones, they we're looking at a bulky Lightning connector that replaces the 3.5mm jack. Everything else seems to be identical, including wire thickness, the remote, and the earphones. On the other hand, one recent rumor did say that Apple will pack 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter in iPhone 7 boxes, and keep the same design for the EarPods for at least one more year. This seems like a more likely solution. What’s absolutely clear though, is that many iPhone 7 buyers will resent Apple for this particular change, no matter how much sense it makes in the grand scheme of things . But no, it won't be the nightmare some have predicted .
  • Google's underwater internet cable connecting US, Japan is going live (2016-06-30 09:13:25)
    The 9,000 kilometer cable will boost internet speeds throughout Asia as well as on the West Coast of the US.
  • Saudi Arabia to introduce hi-tech bracelets in haj safety push (2016-06-30 09:09:57)
    Saudi Arabia will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Mecca starting this year, Saudi media said on Thursday, as part of a safety drive a year after the annual Islamic rite suffered its deadliest disaster in a generation. As many as 2,070 people died in a crush when thousands of pilgrims converged on a walkway intersection near the Muslim holy city of Mecca last September, according to a Reuters count, the highest loss of life at the annual pilgrimage since 1990. Containing personal and medical information, the bracelets will help authorities provide care and identify people, the official Saudi Press Agency SPA said.
  • Google's Spanish offices raided in tax investigation (2016-06-30 09:09:00)
  • It's time for Netflix to release its viewership data (2016-06-30 09:07:30)
    Nielsen’s attempts to track streaming service viewership data are finally starting to bear public fruit. According to The Wall Street Journal, the measurement firm released a small sample of data points at a recent Las Vegas conference with the consent of its studio clients. Netflix is available in over 190 countries.) It’s not much, but it’s the most reliable look yet at just how many people watch streaming service programming, and it’s only the tip of the iceberg: there’s a great deal more information Nielsen is keeping private for the time being.
  • Breakthrough device can diagnose malaria in 5 seconds flat (2016-06-30 09:04:29)
    Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 438,000 people died from malaria in 2015 alone, and the disease continues to spread at an alarming pace. Sub-Saharan Africa is the most widely impacted region by a huge margin, where mosquitoes carrying the disease swarm in densely populated areas. But the worst part about the disease is how curable it is — as long as it is diagnosed early enough. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare Nearly 200 million people are affected by malaria each year according to the WHO. Though deadly, the disease is preventable and curable as long as it is diagnosed early enough for medical treatment to begin. New developments are constantly being made on that front, but the latest breakthrough device could be a complete game-changer in the fight against the deadly disease. John Lewandowski is a PhD student at MIT, where he invented a groundbreaking new device that could have a dramatic impact on the way heath care professionals combat malaria. His creation is called the RAM, which stands for Rapid Assessment of Malaria, and it's a small box capable of diagnosing malaria accurately in just 5 seconds. "Early detection is very important, typically in the first five to seven days before symptoms arise, so that treatment can begin," the 26-year-old scientist recently told CNNMoney . There are currently two ways to diagnose the deadly disease, both requiring blood analysis. A blood sample can be analyzed by human eyes under a microscope in order to determine whether or not the parasite is present, or a diagnostic test can be used. The latter is preferential, especially in the field, but the current crop of devices often have difficulty detecting early-stage infections. With a single drop of blood, Lewandowski's RAM device can accurately detect the presence of malaria using Magneto-Optical Detection as early as a week before symptoms even present themselves. Like a pregnancy test, the RAM analyzes the sample and returns either a positive or negative response. As impressive as the technology itself is the cost to build Lewandowski's creation, which is assembled from parts that cost less than $120 all together. Beyond the outer box and LCD display, the RAM consists mainly of a circuit board, a laser, some magnets and an SD card reader. The RAM is currently being developed by Boston-based  Disease Diagnostic Group , a company Lewandowski founded to create and distribute the RAM. A recent filed test in India yielded results that were accurate 93% to 97% of the time, and the company will launch a new field trial this summer in Nigeria that Lewandowski hopes will test as many as 5,000 patients
  • Hyper will sort through the internet muck and find you the best 10 videos of the day (2016-06-30 09:00:04)
    An app for iOS called Hyper thinks it has the answer. "More videos are uploaded to the web in one day than you can consume in an entire lifetime," Markus Gilles, CEO and co-founder of Hyper, said to me in an email. Hyper’s human curators sift through the day’s internet content, and work with media partners, including The New Yorker, GQ, and Refinery29, to find the best stuff.
  • Playing Pokémon Go on your phone is fun and frustrating at the same time (2016-06-30 09:00:04)
    By mixing software with a device’s camera and sensors, you can bring to life a video game and blend it with the real world. All the while, your phone can catalog and store the pokémon you capture and act as a gateway into a new world layered on top of our own. After spending a few days with the beta version of developer Niantic's new mobile game, I can safely say the title mostly makes good on this promise.
  • ICYMI: Pinterest's photo recognition and light exosuits (2016-06-30 09:00:00)
  • Uber driver data in Kenya helps bridge credit gap (2016-06-30 08:58:29)
    By Neha Wadekar NAIROBI (Reuters) - Sidian Bank has approved its first car loans to experienced Uber [UBER.UL] drivers in Kenya, using a model the ride hailing service hopes can be rolled out across countries in Africa where a lack of customer data limits lending. Getting loans is one of the main hurdles facing small businesses and individuals across the continent as relatively few people have bank accounts or a credit score to go with them so lenders can assess risk. Under the Sidian Bank scheme, Uber's app for booking cars and registering customer satisfaction provides the data the lender needs to decide whether to offer Uber drivers relatively cheap loans to buy their own cars.
  • Juno snaps a pic of Jupiter before it reaches the gas giant (2016-06-30 08:31:00)
  • When Hollywood does AI, it's fun but farfetched (2016-06-30 08:30:02)
    Don't head to the multiplex expecting the truth or a light touch when it comes to artificial intelligence.
  • 'Crowd Control,' part 21: What comes after the zombie apocalypse (2016-06-30 08:28:51)
    In the penultimate installment of CNET's crowdsourced sci-fi novel, the resurrection war on Earth resolves and humanity turns to the true threat.
  • The BioShock series is being remastered for PS4, Xbox One, and PC (2016-06-30 08:25:50)
    You can't go home again — but you can head back to BioShock cities like Rapture and Columbia thanks to an upcoming remastered collection. Called simply BioShock: The Collection, the bundle includes all three games in the series — the iconic original, BioShock 2, and the more recent BioShock Infinite — with updated visuals for modern hardware. In addition to the main games, the collection will also include all of the available downloadable content, so you'll be able to play additional chapters like "Minerva's Den" or "Burial At Sea." (The only thing missing is BioShock 2's multiplayer ...
  • Google Maps for Android is getting the desktop feature you’ve been waiting for (2016-06-30 08:00:50)
    One of the coolest Google Maps tricks is being able to set multiple destinations. You no longer have to plan simple A-to-B trips, and then request new directions whenever a new destination comes along. With multiple stops, A-to-B-to-C-to-D routes are easy to set up. However, as useful as the feature is, it also used to be pretty annoying in one significant regard: it was only available on the desktop website, which is hardly convenient when most people rely on iPhone and Android for their navigating. Thankfully, that just changed, and you’re going to be able to use multiple destinations on mobile as well. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare As is often the case with Google Maps, Android users will be the first to get the new feature as soon as update 9.31 rolls out. As Android Police reports , a beta version of the update shows that Google is actively working on implementing the multiple stops feature, and the feature is finally going live for users. The following screenshots show you what setting up multiple destinations looks like on mobile. The site says the feature is likely activated by “a server-side switch,” not an actual update to Maps, but you should still update Google Maps to the latest version available and wait for Google to make the feature available in your area. It’s likely that Google Maps for iPhone will also receive the future in the near future. After all, Google likes to offer iPhone users the same set of features that are available on Android, especially considering the increased competition from Apple Maps .
  • Google is adding recent earthquake data to search results (2016-06-30 08:00:11)
    Google is making it easier to find out useful information in the event of an earthquake. Searching for terms like "earthquake" or "earthquakes near me" will show a card with data like the magnitude and epicenter of the relevant quake, as well as other recent tremors to put it into context.
  • Intel may partner with BMW to produce autonomous cars (2016-06-30 08:00:05)
    Self-driving cars may be a step closer to hitting the streets if a potential partnership with BMW and Intel comes to pass.
  • Apple Watch vs. Garmin: which one should you get? (2016-06-30 08:00:03)
    At least, that's been my experience with the Garmin Forerunner 735XT, which I've been wearing for at least a few weeks. The next thing people usually ask me is "How does it compare to an Apple Watch or Fitbit?" Which is interesting, really, because these things are fundamentally different, but in the expanding venn diagram of activity trackers they do have overlapping features. In short, Apple Watch is a very capable fitness tracker, to the extent that its health and fitness features are a big reason why people even buy the Watch.
  • Samsung is now selling the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge unlocked in the US (2016-06-30 08:00:03)
    Samsung is today announcing something that should make more than few smartphone fans happy: it is now selling unlocked versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the US. The unlocked phones, which work on all major US carriers, including CDMA carriers such as Sprint and Verizon, are available direct from Samsung or through Amazon, Best Buy, Ebay, Sam’s Club, and Target. Unlocked versions not only allow you to change carrier at will, but they also come free of the carrier apps that Samsung customers are so familiar with.
  • AI, Frankenstein? Not so fast, experts say (2016-06-30 08:00:02)
    It's easy to worry about what artificial intelligence will deal us. Some people are trying to sort things out before we get too far down the road.
  • France's Bollore wins electric car-sharing project in Singapore (2016-06-30 07:54:29)
    French firm Bollore Group won an electric car-sharing project in Singapore, its first in Asia, with a fleet of 1,000 vehicles expected to operate in the densely-populated city-state by 2020, government authorities said on Thursday. Bollore's proposal was chosen from among 13 proposals after more than a year of evaluation by government agencies under the joint leadership of Singapore's Land Transport Authority and the Economic Development Board, the city-state's transport minister, Khaw Boon Wan, said at the signing ceremony for the deal. The first 125 electric cars are expected on the road in the middle of next year.
  • Congratulations! It's sharks! (2016-06-30 07:52:06)
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  • Jamaica wants to make it really easy for tourists to buy weed (2016-06-30 07:38:39)
    Jamaica is looking to install airport kiosks where tourists can obtain permits to legally purchase marijuana, in an effort to cash in on the country's burgeoning weed industry. As The Jamaica Gleaner reports, the permits would be available to travelers with a medical marijuana prescription, and would allow them to carry up to two ounces of the drug while in Jamaica. The country's Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is preparing a formal proposal, which CLA medical chairman Winston De La Haye expects to take "a few weeks" to complete.
  • Qualcomm files 17 new complaints in China courts against smartphone maker Meizu (2016-06-30 07:35:36)
    Qualcomm Inc has filed 17 fresh complaints in China against Meizu Technology Co, stepping up its battle with the Chinese smartphone maker after the two were unable to reach a licensing accord in the U.S. tech giant's biggest market. The patent infringement complaints by Qualcomm, submitted to intellectual property courts in Beijing and Shanghai on Thursday, mark the second time in a week it has taken legal action against Meizu, one of China's top 10 handset suppliers. Qualcomm is seeking to uphold terms of its landmark 2015 anti-trust settlement with China's economic policy panel, the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC).
  • EU regulators clear $4.5 billion Italian broadband plan (2016-06-30 07:23:19)
    BRUSSELS - Italy gained EU regulatory approval on Thursday for its 4 billion euro ($4.5 billion) plan to bring fast-speed Internet access to areas where it currently not available. The Italian National Ultra-Broadband Scheme, which will run until the end of 2022, complies with the bloc's state aid rules, the European Commission said in a statement. The EU executive is seeking to boost online cross-border trade and economic growth and has come up with several measures to support this goal. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)
  • Black Friday in July: Everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day (2016-06-30 07:15:26)
    Amazon launched a new sales event last summer , a Prime Day meant to rival annual Black Friday deals. The giant online retailer is back with the sales promo this year, and July 12th is the date chosen for its second annual summer sales day. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare Because this is a Prime Day sales event, it means you have to be an  Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of the deals Amazon is preparing. The good news is that you can try the service free of charge if you’re not a member already – check out this link to get your free 30-day Prime trial. If you’ve already used your free trial, you can still take advantage of this year’s Amazon Prime Day by either creating an account for someone else in your household, or signing up for Amazon Prime via the monthly payment option (that’s $10.99 per month, rather than $99 per year). Just remember to cancel it in August, though there are plenty of reasons to keep Prime. Amazon says it’ll host some 100,000 deals that will be available exclusively for Prime members, across all its departments and product categories. New deals will start as often as every five minutes throughout the day, with the sales event kicking off at 12:00 AM PST. If that’s not enough, then you should know that Amazon will also count down deals from July 5th to July 11th, and offers will include bargains on Amazon's Fire TV and Fire Stick, Prime Music, and Photo services. Furthermore, the deals aren’t going to be offered only to U.S. Prime subscribers. Instead, Prime members from 10 countries will get access to Amazon’s Prime deals on Tuesday, July 12th. Amazon’s Prime Day was quite successful last year, becoming Amazon’s largest sales day ever and breaking the record that was set on Black Friday in 2014.
  • BMW teams up with tech firms for driverless cars: source (2016-06-30 07:09:21)
    BMW is set to announce an alliance to develop self-driving cars with collision detection specialist Mobileye and computer chip maker Intel, a source familiar with the matter said, as the race to put driverless cars on the road heats up. The tie-up is likely to focus on technology being developed by Mobileye to give computer-driven vehicles better reflexes without driver input, ushering in an era of self-driving cars early in the next decade, analysts said. It will be attended by BMW Chief Executive Harald Krueger, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Mobileye Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Amnon Shashua, they said.
  • AI experts weigh in on Microsoft CEO's 10 new rules for artificial intelligence (2016-06-30 07:00:00)
    Satya Nadella's vision for AI includes mandates for transparency, ethical considerations, and education. AI experts think it's a good first step, but say the rules beg new questions.
  • Here's a list of everything you can ask Google's voice assistant (2016-06-30 06:58:09)
    Voice interfaces are confusing. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Now all want you to speak to them to get stuff done, but unlike with visual interfaces, there's no obvious way of knowing what it is you can ask. Well, that problem has now been solved for Google at least, with this handy directory of everything you can ask the company's voice interface.
  • Publicis CEO Maurice Lévy on new Paris tech event: 'Viva Technology puts France at the heart of the digital world' (2016-06-30 06:49:50)
    The first edition of Viva Technology brings together startups, investors and companies at a new technology show at Paris's Porte de Versailles exhibition center. The event's cofounder, Publicis Groupe Chairman and CEO, Maurice Lévy, explains how this new event came about and what it hopes to achieve. What was the impetus for organizing this kind of event in Paris?
  • These omnidirectional wheels let you drive your car sideways (2016-06-30 05:49:01)
    The latest video to inspire this omnidirectional dreaming comes from William Liddiard, a Canadian inventor who's come up with his own take on the classic design. You can see the so-called Liddiard Wheels in action above, fitted to what appears to be a Toyota Echo. The wheels in the video above are only a prototype, but back in March Liddiard said that he was looking to sell the design to a company like Goodyear or Honda.
  • Bang & Olufsen made a set of neckbuds you'd actually want to wear (2016-06-30 04:48:09)
    Bang & Olufsen's first ever pair of wireless earphones — dubbed Beoplay H5 — look like they could be a winner. They're simple and well-designed, with no plastic collar that sits on your shoulders: just a single braided cable with a built-in remote, playback, and volume control. They're splash and dust resistant, and there are 50 mAh batteries inside each earpiece which combine to offer five hours of continuous playback.
  • Microsoft's most powerful Surface models now available outside US (2016-06-30 04:30:52)
    Microsoft is expanding its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 line-up outside the US and Canada today. Microsoft's online stores will sell the new models, and Germany and Japan will start receiving them later in July. Microsoft's top Surface Book is priced at £2,649 in the UK ($3,199 in the US), and the 1TB Surface Pro 4 debuts at £2,199 ($2,699 in the US).
  • Google buys 12-year output from Norwegian wind power farm (2016-06-30 04:19:31)
    Google has bought the entire 12-year power production from a yet-to-be-built Norwegian wind power farm to supply its European data centers with renewable energy, its developers said on Thursday. Norway's Zephyr and Norsk Vind Energi said the 160-megawatt capacity onshore Tellenes wind power farm south of Stavanger is expected to be fully operational in late 2017, and when built it would become the largest wind power farm in the Nordic country. "Google has been carbon-neutral since 2007 and we are committed to powering 100 percent of our operations with renewable energy sources," said Marc Oman, EU Energy Lead, Google Global Infrastructure.
  • Oculus CEO's Twitter gets hacked (2016-06-30 03:30:00)
    Brendan Iribe, CEO of the Facebook-backed VR company, has his Twitter intruded into.
  • Google's underwater internet cable connecting US and Japan is about to go live (2016-06-30 03:21:33)
    The 9,000 kilometre cable allows internet speeds to be boosted throughout Asia as well as the west coast of the US.
  • Japan regulator approves Canon deal to buy Toshiba unit, warns on method (2016-06-30 03:18:56)
    By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's anti-monopoly regulator has approved Canon Inc's acquisition of Toshiba Corp's medical equipment unit, but issued a warning over the way they carried out the deal, which antitrust experts have called questionable. Toshiba, hurt by an accounting scandal and in a hurry to raise cash before closing its books for the business year that ended in March, structured the 665.5 billion yen ($6.5 billion) sale in an unorthodox way so that it could book proceeds before securing approval from regulators. Some antitrust and accounting experts at the time said the method, involving the issuance of warrants to allow Toshiba to receive cash from Canon before regulatory approval, was problematic though not illegal.
  • BMW, Intel, Mobileye team up to develop autonomous cars: source (2016-06-30 02:48:50)
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW is close to unveiling a development partnership for autonomous cars with Israeli collision detection software maker Mobileye and U.S. chip maker Intel , a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. (Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Georgina Prodhan)
  • Amazon Prime Day returns with its biggest sales event ever on July 12th (2016-06-30 02:22:14)
    Amazon's second annual Prime Day will take place on July 12th, the company announced today, and will become the biggest Amazon sales event ever, with more than 100,000 price cuts for Prime subscribers around the world. Prime Day was introduced last year on Amazon's 20th birthday, and while it didn't boast the same deep cuts on consumer electronics as events like Cyber Monday, it proceeded to drive more sales than any of the company's previous events — even beating Amazon's 2014 Black Friday. In addition to a 266 percent increase in orders over the same day in 2014, 2015's Prime Day also spurred more people to try Prime than ever before — the decision to make its own holiday giving another marquee sale to help Amazon secure valuable $99-a-year subscriptions from its customers without competition from retailers like Best Buy.
  • How to take quick Google Keep notes with the help of Nova Launcher Prime (2016-06-30 02:02:00)
    Attention Google Keep power users: With the help of Nova Launcher Prime, you can take Keep notes with a quick swipe of the finger. Jack Wallen shows you how.
  • Japan regulator to approve Canon's purchase of Toshiba Medical: Nikkei (2016-06-30 01:55:27)
    Japan's anti-monopoly regulator is set to approve Canon Inc's acquisition of Toshiba Corp's medical equipment unit, the Nikkei newspaper said, although it added that the regulator would prohibit further use of the deal's unusual structure. Toshiba, hurt by an accounting scandal and in a hurry to raise cash before closing its books for the business year that ended in March, structured the 665.5 billion yen ($6.5 billion) sale in an unorthodox way so that it could book proceeds before the deal was approved by regulators. Earlier, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said the commission had been investigating Canon for possible breach of disclosure rules in the Toshiba Medical deal.
  • Netflix says firm continues to look into entering China (2016-06-30 01:17:52)
    Netflix Inc will continue to look into the possibility of entering China, a senior company executive said on Thursday, as the video streaming service seeks to grow its subscriber base outside its home of the United States. "Since China is a great opportunity, we continue to look into China," Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said at a media event in Seoul without elaborating. Netflix is trying to counter slowing growth in the U.S. with its move in January to launch in more than 130 new markets worldwide.
  • Amazon's Prime Day to return with big focus on TVs, toys (2016-06-30 01:00:03)
    The shopping event is back on July 12, with a handful of tweaks from last year to allay past complaints.
  • 'Unexpected John Cena' is no longer just an internet meme (2016-06-30 00:57:56)
    The prank has been the bane of many an internet user's existence for some time, but now John Cena and Cricket Wireless are using it for good.
  • Google Keep auto-creates topics for your notes (2016-06-30 00:12:00)
  • Netflix CEO says firm continues to look into entering China (2016-06-29 23:54:12)
    Netflix Inc will continue to look into the possibility of entering China, Chief Executive Reed Hastings said on Thursday, as the video streaming service seeks to grow its subscriber base outside its home of the United States. "Since China is a great opportunity, we continue to look into China," Hastings said at a media event in Seoul, without elaborating. Netflix is trying to counter slowing growth in the U.S. with its move in January to launch in 130 new markets worldwide.
  • US government advises sociopathic paranoia when traveling abroad (2016-06-29 23:42:23)
    Foreigners! They're weird, and scary, and they talk different. What are they talking about? Is it you? It must be you. They want your secrets! Your amazing American secrets, the files and documents on things like fleet movements, spy satellite capabilities, and other national security questions that every upstanding citizen carries with them everywhere they go. Do you really want a foreigner looking at your delicious secrets, with their foreign brains and foreign eyes?
  • Regulator probing Canon on $6.5 billion Toshiba unit purchase: source (2016-06-29 23:13:23)
    Japan's anti-monopoly regulator is investigating Canon Inc over a possible breach of disclosure rules in the company's acquisition of Toshiba Corp's medical equipment unit, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. Canon, which agreed in mid-March to buy Toshiba Medical for 665.5 billion yen ($6.5 billion), declined to comment on the matter. Toshiba, in a hurry to raise cash before closing its books for the business year that ended in March, structured the sale of its medical equipment business to Canon in an unorthodox way so that it could book proceeds before the deal was approved by regulators.
  • A digital music box for the nostalgic remix artist (2016-06-29 23:11:00)
  • The best Grand Theft Auto easter egg of all-time was just discovered (2016-06-29 23:00:20)
    If you finished playing Grand Theft Auto V a few years ago, it's time to take it out of whatever drawer it's been hiding in and pop it into your Xbox or Playstation ASAP. Earlier this week, gamers unearthed an absolutely awesome easter egg that lets players assume the character of Big Foot and, if they're lucky, the Teen Wolf character from the 1985 Michael J. Fox film of the same name. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare The story of this particular easter egg dates back quite a few months when some GTA V players began to poke around in the game's code. In turn, they discovered that the GTA V universe contains peyote plants that, when ingested, transform any of the game's three main character into Bigfoot. Of course, the peyote plants would only appear in certain weather conditions and had to be eaten in a precise order for the Bigfoot character to manifest. Following that, GTA V introduces a new "Wild Animal" character into the universe that must be chased down as part of a bizarre mini-game. Geek adds: In order to track this creature, players (playing as Bigfoot) had to roar in order to get a response roar from their prey. This then would lead to an epic chase across GTA‘s map, with some chases lasting well over an hour. A user by the name of LeBlond was the first to successfully hunt down and kill the beast — a creature that is blatantly modeled after Michael J Fox’s Teen Wolf. Once the monster is dead, players get its skin to use in the game’s Director Mode. How awesome is that? You can see a walk-through of this tremendous easter egg below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v5vMjsdtmk
  • FCC says TV airwaves being sold for wireless use worth $86.4 billion (2016-06-29 22:37:17)
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday the price of 126 MHz of television airwaves taken from broadcasters to be sold for wireless use in an ongoing auction is $86.4 billion. The FCC disclosed the price in a statement after completing the first part of an auction to repurpose low-frequency wireless spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters. "Strong participation from broadcast stations made this initial clearing target possible," Gary M. Epstein, chair of the FCC's incentive auction task force, said in a statement.
  • Google wants to show you all the data it's collected about your online habits (2016-06-29 22:24:33)
    The web giant's new tool lets you review the sites you visit, the searches you make and the videos you watch, among other things.
  • Sony is opening one last wave of PlayStation VR preorders in a few hours (2016-06-29 22:08:43)
    Sony first opened — and quickly closed — preorders for its PlayStation VR headset back in March, but now people in the US have one more chance to preorder the PlayStation 4-compatible virtual reality device. The company is opening a new wave of preorders at 7 AM PT (10 AM ET) on June 30th, it announced today, with a limited number of devices available through Gamestop's online store. Previously both the PlayStation VR Launch bundle ($499, packaged with the PlayStation Camera and Move controllers) and the core pack ($399, just the headset) were made available for preorder, but it's not clear whether people who preorder from Gamestop in a few hours will be able to choose between the two options.
  • Global internet speeds are on the rise again (2016-06-29 22:07:00)
  • AI lawyer shoots down 160,000 parking tickets (2016-06-29 21:12:00)
  • Why a man married his iPhone (2016-06-29 21:00:24)
    If you have a dream, you really should do everything in your power to make it happen. And if you want to marry your iPhone or any inanimate object for that matter, there’s a chapel in Las Vegas (where else?) that will do it for you. DON’T MISS: HBO just told us who Jon Snow’s parents are, well ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 The marriage between a person and an iPhone will not be recognized legally by the State of Nevada, or any other state, but The Little Vegas Chapel will still wed you and your beloved iPhone. We have no idea if this was love at first sight or an arranged marriage. In fact, we’re worried that Aaron Chervenak might dump this particular iPhone model as soon as something younger, better looking, comes along – maybe not this year , though. But what’s clear is we’re looking at more than a publicity stunt. "At first, it was like what?” The Little Las Vegas Chapel owner Michael Kelly told KTNV . "We don't really have many people that marry inanimate objects." Chervenak drove all the way from Los Angeles on May 20th for the ceremony. His purpose was to send a message to society. “People are so connected to their phones, and they live with them all the time,” Kelly explained. “They're with them 24 hours a day. They go to sleep with their cell phone. They wake up with their cell phone, sometimes it's the first thing that they check." So there you have it. That’s the reason why a man committed to an iPhone. Oh, and there’s a video of this unusual wedding – check it out.
  • This intelligent tape measure may be the world's smartest (2016-06-29 20:04:00)
  • Netflix picks up reboot of 1960s TV show 'Lost in Space' (2016-06-29 20:02:44)
    The new series is based on the adventures of the Robinson family as they grapple with a strange alien environment far from home.
  • Walmart’s Amazon Prime competitor is here, and you can try it for free (2016-06-29 20:00:28)
    Walmart has been trialing a rival service to the free shipping part of Amazon Prime for a while, but ShippingPass is finally ready for prime time. The service costs $49 a year, in return for which you get unlimited free two-day shipping. It's half the price of Amazon's $99 a year Prime, but it also doesn't come with all the bells, whistles, and free streaming services that Prime members get access to. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare Existing and new subscribers can both take advantage of a 30-day free trial to ShippingPass, if you want to try out the service and see if it's for you. I can't imagine it being radically different to Amazon Prime, but the offer of a free trial is never to be snubbed. The price is the clearest possible proof that Walmart sees Amazon as an existential threat to its business. From all the available numbers, Prime isn't really a money-maker for Amazon -- all the shipping costs it too much -- so it's mostly a way to kill the competition, and make people habitual Amazon shoppers. Assuming that Walmart's free shipping program is also a money loser, it's interesting to see how much the world's largest retailer is willing to spend in order to challenge Amazon. Either way, the result for consumers is a good choice between multiple cheap shipping options, so I won't complain.  
  • NBC: Rio 2016 broadcast is its 'most live Olympics ever' (2016-06-29 19:40:00)
  • Crystal Pepsi is making a triumphant return to U.S. stores on August 8 (2016-06-29 19:30:19)
    Somewhere along the way, the world sadly became too cool for food-based gimmicks. These days, everything is all about lush greens and health living. Which is fine, because I suppose items like quinoa, kale and tofu do have a place in a healthy (read: boring) diet. But sometimes you just want to throw caution to the wind, have a little bit of fun, and enjoy some creativity with your food. For some, that might take the form of Mega Stuff Oreos, or the surprisingly tasty Mac n' Cheetos snack from Burger King that we reviewed earlier in the week. Looking to get in on the action, and tap into deep-seated feelings of nostalgia, one of the more famous food gimmicks of all-time is making a long overdue comeback. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare According to a new report from  AdAge , PepsiCo is at long last bringing Crystal Pepsi back to stores nationwide later this summer. Cue the Van Halen music! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPvyq_KmXhc According to the report, a crystal clear version of Pepsi will be available in 20-ounce bottles beginning on July 7 in Canada and on August 8 in the United States. Originally launched back in 1993 alongside a massive marketing campaign, the gimmick didn't really resonate with consumers, prompting Pepsi to pull the product just one year later. While no TV ads are planned, Crystal Pepsi will be supported by what [Pepsi marketing director Linda] Lagos described as an "extensive paid media campaign on digital channels." In-store marketing will include push-button devices that play the 1990s-era song "Whoomp! (There It Is)." The lead agency on the campaign is Barbarian Group. Crystal Pepsi has the same sweeter mix as regular Pepsi, including sugar. When it originally launched in the early 1990s it was backed by a $40 million ad budget. But the soda flopped as consumers grew disenchanted with clear sodas...    
  • Google Fit gets a colorful redesign and improved goal setting (2016-06-29 19:26:00)
  • These are transparent directional glass speakers and they look amazing (2016-06-29 19:20:03)
    Turtle Beach sent out a press release saying it made a breakthrough, and glass-based speakers may be the future of your home audio. The speakers, which Turtle Beach is calling HyperSound Glass, are comprised of multiple layers of transparent materials and film allowing it to "generate a beam of ultrasound" according to the company. Ultrasound beams are largely inaudible unless you're one of the targeted listeners, making the HyperSound Glass a highly directional and very thin speaker.
  • We’re finally getting faster Wi-Fi later this year (2016-06-29 19:10:42)
    When it comes to technological advancements, there are always peaks and valleys. Wi-Fi seems to have been stuck in one of those valleys for quite some time, but on Wednesday, the Wi-Fi Alliance unveiled a list of features that it will require new products to support in order for them to be part of the second wave of its certification program, coming later this year. DON'T MISS:  One of the iPhone 7’s best new features won’t generate the excitement it deserves The first (and most important) new feature is known as Multi-user Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO). Despite the confusing name, MU-MIMO is actually relatively simple — it gives routers the ability to send data to multiple devices at once, rather than sending data to each of them one at a time. Other additions to the certification program include doubling maximum channel bandwidth from 80 MHz to 160 MHz, support for an additional spatial stream and even more available channels in 5 GHz. "In today’s world, people have more Wi-Fi devices per person and per household, and those devices require significantly more bandwidth," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. "Wi-Fi Alliance updated the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac program to meet increasing user demands and to stay ahead of emerging applications, while preserving interoperability." Here's a list of the first Wi-Fi Certified ac "wave 2" products: Broadcom BCM94709R4366AC Marvell Avastar A88W8964 MediaTek MT7615 AP Reference Design and MT6632 STA Reference Design Qualcomm IPQ8065 802.11ac 4-stream Dual-band, Dual-concurrent Router Quantenna QSR1000 4x4 802.11ac Wave 2 Chipset Family We should start seeing wave 2 devices hit store shelves within the coming weeks, but it will be a few years before they take over the market.
  • Dropbox's new productivity features (2016-06-29 18:59:39)
    Dropbox is expanding beyond cloud storage and sharing with new productivity, collaboration, and security features.
  • Video catches great white shark sleep-swimming (2016-06-29 18:50:05)
    Ever woke up in your home bed not knowing exactly where you are? The temporary confusion fades away as you assimilate the familiarity of your surroundings. It’s probably the same place you wake up every morning, and it’s all coming back to you. A great white shark, on the other hand, has an entirely different type of sleep experience, and it’ll likely wake up not knowing where it is. It turns out that the shark sleeps while swimming in a robot like auto-pilot mode. It’s sleep-swimming if you will, but that’s not a medical condition. The whole thing was captured on video for the first time. DON’T MISS: HBO just told us who Jon Snow’s parents are, well ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 Discovery   explained in Shark Week 2016’s Jaws of the Deep that the shark wouldn't stop swimming as sleep sets in. Doing that means falling towards the bottom of the ocean and potentially dying for lack of oxygen. Instead, the female shark in the following video “steps” right into a current that not only helps her conserve energy during her swim on “auto pilot” mode while slumbering but also forces oxygen-filled water into her mouth, which stays open as she naps. The great white shark may not know where she will wake up next, but she will survive another night thanks to this fantastic life-preserving mechanism. The entire thing is mesmerizing, as it explains how a great white shark’s routines change from night to day, showing for the first time how these creatures sleep. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7ePdi1McMo Oh yes, and we can’t but acknowledge the fact that modern technology made the whole think possible. Swimming alongside the great white beast is a robotic submersible, that’s ready to capture the kind of footage humans would likely have a hard time recording.
  • Google Keep now automatically organizes your notes by topic (2016-06-29 18:49:51)
    Google Keep, the company's note-taking and to-do list mobile app, is getting much smarter today with a new organizational feature. Now, Google Keep will categorize your notes by topic — like food, books, and quotes — and allow you to search for those musings later by keyword. While the app may not be as fully-featured as other note-taking software, Keep is a free option made better all the time by the small tweaks and intelligence Google incorporates.
  • Tesla is giving ‘Golden Tickets’ to random Model 3 buyers to attend Gigafactory opening (2016-06-29 18:46:46)
    In a not-so-subtle homage to Willy Wonka, Tesla has sent twelve "Golden Tickets" — really, that’s what they’re called — to holders of Model 3 reservations inviting them to attend the Gigafactory grand opening in Reno, Nevada on July 29th. A number of Tesla VIPs have already been invited to the party, including Model S owners who referred five buyers to the company, but presumably everyone else needed to pay their own way. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said earlier this year that the Reno facility, which will produce lithium ion battery packs for Tesla’s cars and other products, will have the largest footprint of any building in the world.
  • On-demand food service delivers beer with your meal (2016-06-29 18:39:00)
  • Could this flying box be GoPro’s long-awaited drone? (2016-06-29 18:30:20)
    That GoPro has a drone in the works is not a secret. The company has confirmed its plans to release a consumer drone, and even unveiled some footage from it. But we still have no idea what it looks like or when it will be released. PatentYogi has unveiled a patent application that might shine some light on the drone's design. They found a patent published last week, filed by a GoPro employee who works on drones. If this is GoPro's drone (and that's a big if), it's like nothing else on the market today. DON'T MISS:  Flashback: Here’s what reviewers said about the original iPhone The patent details something called the "QuadBox", a rectangular box with struts and propellers that fold out for flying. Unsurprisingly, there's a GoPro mount on the top of the chassis. The patent uses the example of a rectangular box, but also has options for a spherical or cylindrical mount. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgNetvl36jQ&feature=youtu.be Putting all the internals in one central, protected case is a design departure from the norm, but it would actually make sense for GoPro. The company has made its name designing cameras that you can take anywhere, and it's easy to see them going the same way with a drone. Trying to carry a DJI Phantom up a technical mountaineering route or deep into the jungle is hard -- drones are big, unwieldy and delicate. A drone that is reasonably rugged and folds into a box? That would be far easier to take to faraway places, which at heart is what GoPro is about.
  • Meal kit apps for no-fuss dinners (2016-06-29 18:28:00)
    These apps help you order tasty meal kits, delivered right to your door.
  • Hot mobile games coming in 2016 (2016-06-29 18:12:00)
    Big-name game publishers are branching out to Android and iOS. Should you?
  • Calm your troubled soul by watching this robot arm solve Tower of Hanoi (2016-06-29 18:10:03)
    Have you tried watching a robot arm slowly, painstakingly solve Tower of Hanoi? It was programmed by an intern named Yosef Mirsky, as his first project at the company. Also, while I know it looks really simple, and perhaps this robot is a tad slow, it's important remember that the minimum number of moves to solve any Tower of Hanoi puzzle is 2n - 1 (so, in this case, that's 2 to the 7th power, minus 1, so that's 127 moves).
  • Here's how the 'Game of Thrones' epic 'Battle of the Bastards' scene was created (2016-06-29 18:01:08)
    The visual-effects studio that created one of the most climactic scenes from the series shows how it was done.
  • Watch the first 10 minutes of ‘Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition’ right here (2016-06-29 18:00:25)
    The critical reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn't quite what Warner Bros. and DC were expecting. Sitting at 27% on Rotten Tomatoes , Zach Snyder's franchise-building film took a beating from critics when it released back in March, but based on early reviews, the Ultimate Edition of the film (which as now available as a digital download) is leaps and bounds better than the original cut. SEE ALSO:  HBO just told us who Jon Snow’s parents are, well ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 According to Collider's Steve Weintraub, "the three hour cut of Batman v Superman is such an improvement that I strongly suggest giving the film another chance." Screen Rant's Ben Kendrick agreed, noting that "the  Ultimate Edition injects a considerable amount of quality character drama and plot development back into the experience – putting more distance between the clunky parts while also providing a much more comprehensible set of side arcs that elevate every character, every narrative beat, and every thematic through-line in the process." Based on these reviews and a smattering of other opinions that have appeared online over the past few days, the Ultimate Edition is the movie that should have been released in theaters three months ago. It's not a perfect film, and it probably won't convert any Marvel zombies into DC superfans, but it's a major improvement over a deeply flawed movie that does a better job of setting up the DC Extended Universe. You can buy Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Ultimate Edition now on Amazon , iTunes and other VOD services, but if you'd like a sneak peek before you put down any money, Fandango shared the first 10 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN9g7RzTHr4
  • Look at this ridiculous 200-watt laser bazooka (2016-06-29 18:00:00)
  • Google's giant new trans-pacific internet cable goes online tomorrow (2016-06-29 17:54:40)
    A new undersea internet cable funded in part by Google and connecting Japan with the US is slated to go online starting June 30th. The joint announcement, made today in a press release from NEC Corporation, says construction and testing on the trans-pacific cable, dubbed "Faster," was successfully completed and the system is now ready for service. Faster was first announced in August  2014 and it's led by a consortium of internet companies intent on improving cross-continent networking infrastructure.
  • Sen. Warren says Apple, Google and Amazon have too much power (2016-06-29 17:52:27)
    The prominent senator from Massachusetts believes "competition is dying" in America, and anti-competitive mergers are responsible.
  • 'Ghostbusters: Dimension' is a glimpse at where VR is headed (2016-06-29 17:45:00)
  • ACLU sues to kill decades-old hacking law (2016-06-29 17:44:34)
    The advocacy group says the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act makes it hard to investigate websites for bad behavior and potential discrimination.
  • This human catapult looks like a very, very, very, very bad idea (2016-06-29 17:36:26)
    A human slingshot is a bad idea.I admit that my career in extreme sports ended with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, so it’s possible, likely even, that I have been left behind by this new generation of thrill-seekers. Times have changed, I think, as I watch a human-being catapult into the air, traveling 0-200kph in one second, with no real destination other than "down."There must be better hobbies. Rock-climbing. Skydiving. Traditional BASE jumping. Anything, really, that doesn’t treat your body with the respect of an Angry Bird. ...
  • The Legend Of Tarzan review: a dozen films crowded together, most of them sweaty and shirtless (2016-06-29 17:35:00)
    There are a dozen films fighting for supremacy in Warner Bros. The Legend Of Tarzan, and there’s no clear winner to the war. It’s impossible to guess how narratively and tonally divided Legend is from the trailers, which present it as a standard-issue fantasy/historical epic, or maybe the latest “brand deposit” live-action version of an existing Disney movie.
  • Intense music game 'Thumper' is a PlayStation VR launch title (2016-06-29 17:32:00)
  • Welcome to the future; we have noise-canceling USB-C headphones (2016-06-29 17:27:42)
    Let me catch you up: Apple nixed the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, so throw out those earbuds. Most other phone manufacturers decided not to follow Apple’s lead. Conexant Systems introduced a single-chip active noise cancellation CODEC, CX20888, in June 2016, allowing this to happen.
  • Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman talks VR, storytelling, and tickling ghosts (2016-06-29 17:27:13)
    At the opening of the Ghostbusters: Dimension virtual reality experience in Times Square today, we got a chance to sit down with Ivan Reitman, the producer and director behind the original Ghostbusters film, and a Hollywood legend. Reitman worked with Utah startup The Void as it developed its VR companion to the upcoming reboot, and we got the chance to chat with him about emotional storytelling, technology, tickling digital ghosts, and bringing pornography to high-end virtual reality. Ivan Reitman: I first went through it about two months ago in Utah, where they designed this.
  • I taught my mom how to play Doom (2016-06-29 17:24:41)
    CNET writer Danny Gallagher goes to Hell and back with his mother by showing her how to play the new bloody reboot of the classic first-person shooter.
  • Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsApp (2016-06-29 17:24:21)
    Security researchers from FireEye recently uncovered a new piece of Android malware that can mimic the look and feel of app interfaces from the likes of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware reportedly struck first in  Denmark and is now making its way through a handful of other European countries, including Italy, Germany and Austria. According to researchers, the malware is spread via a basic yet cleverly deceptive SMS phishing scheme. When a user receives and subsequently clicks on an ostensibly legit link, the malware is downloaded and begins to monitor which apps are active and which apps are running in the background. What happens next is extremely clever: when a user attempts to use an app that the "malware is programmed to target", the software overlays a fake user interface with "nearly identical credential input UIs as seen in benign apps." In turn, the malware than asks unassuming users to enter in sensitive information such as their banking credentials or credit card information. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare All the while, victims of this attack believe that the UI screen in front of them is 100% authentic because it only sprung into existence once they decided to launch whatever app they happen to be using. All told, the malware is designed to mimic 8 separate apps, including WhatsApp, WeChat, Uber, Facebook, Viber, the Google Play store and more. Notably, the authors of this particular are seemingly becoming more sophisticated and ambitious now that they're targeting a larger array of popular apps. FireEye notes: For example, later campaigns usually targeted more benign apps than earlier campaigns, focusing on messaging apps, for example, as opposed to banking apps. Also, the malicious apps used in later campaigns are often harder to analyze because obfuscation techniques were adopted to evade detection. In addition, some new functionality was added; in particular, we noticed that more recent samples leveraged reflection to bypass the SMS writing restriction enforced by the App Ops service (introduced in Android 4.3). All of this suggests that threat actors are actively improving their code.   Additionally, the malware authors have begun sending out more enticing and seemingly benign links via SMS, with one message stating, "We could not deliver your order. Please check your shipping information here.” In one particular malware campaign targeting users in Denmark, one SMS link managed to generate more than 130,000 clicks. More information on this particular strain of malware can be viewed via the source link below.
  • Facebook to put friends, family ahead of media (2016-06-29 17:17:38)
    Facebook said Wednesday it would give friends and family more prominence on user feeds, a move that may hurt media outlets that rely on the network to draw readers. Facebook said its review found no bias, but that it would take steps to reassure users about the neutrality of the platform. Its vice president Adam Mosseri said in a blog post that an updated algorithm that determines what users see would help people find information that matters to them.
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing a book called Hit Refresh (2016-06-29 17:15:45)
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing a book about his life, Microsoft, and how technology will shape the future. Nadella intends to give his proceeds to Microsoft Philanthropies. This is Nadella's first book, and it sounds like he wants it to be a bit different than the typical book from a business leader.
  • PS Plus members get free early access to 'Paragon' on July 5th (2016-06-29 17:15:00)
  • Academy makes good on diversity promise as it invites 683 new members (2016-06-29 17:11:20)
    After making a pledge in January to improve diversity in its ranks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made its first big step today in announcing its 2016 class. "This class continues our long-term commitment to welcoming extraordinary talent reflective of those working in film today," wrote Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Among those invited were Creed director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan, who were both snubbed at this year's awards in the directing and acting categories, respectively.
  • Verizon set to offer 'unlimited' option, data rollover (2016-06-29 17:01:16)
    The company could make its announcement, which may also include unlimited calls to Canada and Mexico, next week.
  • Toyota recalls another 1.4 million cars with defective airbags (2016-06-29 17:01:00)
  • FCC says TV airwaves being sold for wireless use worth $86.4 bln (2016-06-29 17:00:50)
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday the price of 126 MHz of television airwaves taken from broadcasters to be sold for wireless use in an ongoing auction is $86.4 billion. The FCC disclosed the price in a statement after completing the first part of an auction to repurpose low-frequency wireless spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters. "Strong participation from broadcast stations made this initial clearing target possible," Gary M. Epstein, chair of the FCC's incentive auction task force, said in a statement.
  • Downhill Racer Destroys a Walmart Bike By Taking It on a Real Trail (2016-06-29 17:00:00)
    Pro rider Phil Kmetz survives a trip down a double-black diamond trail on a $179 Huffy mountain bike.
  • Seagate to cut 1,600 jobs in restructuring plan (2016-06-29 16:59:51)
    (Reuters) - Hard-disk drive maker Seagate Technology Plc said it would cut about 1,600 jobs, or 3 percent of its workforce, as the company looks to rein in costs amid waning demand. Seagate said on Wednesday the restructuring is expected to result in total pre-tax charges of $62 million and is likely to be completed by the end of the September quarter. The company, which has about 52,000 employees worldwide, had said in September it would cut 1,050 jobs.
  • Big Windows 10 update scheduled for August (2016-06-29 16:56:11)
    Microsoft will bring an improved Cortana to Windows and new features to the Xbox One.
  • Website finally lists all the Google voice commands in one place (2016-06-29 16:55:12)
    Google Now can do some pretty fancy stuff, but one thing it sucks at is actually listing its own capabilities. Just like keyboard shortcuts, if you don't know they exist, you can't try and show them off to your friends. Ok-google.io is a new site that keeps a complete, always-up-to-date list of Google voice commands. There's 150 different commands, with over a thousand examples given. I had no idea even a tenth of these existed. DON'T MISS:  Leaked specs show the Tesla Model 3 will be seriously fast The site breaks down all commands by category, and shows them in context, in a neat list. Some of them, like "Turn on Bluetooth," I already knew, but being able to say "take a selfie" (ugh) is legitimately useful, especially if you bought a knockoff selfie stick with a non-functioning trigger. The maker turned up in a Reddit thread to share his motivation for making the site: I was annoyed by the fact that every once in a while a new "complete list of Google Now commands" appears online, so I decided to create this project. After few days of research I found an extensive list of over 150 commands and 1000+ variations. I'll try to keep it up to date, and in v2 I'll add an easy way for the community to contribute. The project will be open sourced soon , but feel free to report any bugs or issues on GitHub right now. The commands work on any Android or iOS device. On more recent Android devices, the AI can be activated just by saying "OK Google Now"; on iOS, you need to open the Google app and hit the mic button.
  • Defend your own universe with this 3D-printed Voltron Super Robot (2016-06-29 16:52:57)
    Some assembly required.
  • Google Maps for mobile now handles multiple destinations (2016-06-29 16:47:00)
  • Microsoft giving away free Xbox One to students buying Surface PCs (2016-06-29 16:40:02)
    Buy a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, get an Xbox One for free -- if you're a student, parent or teacher.
  • Last PlayStation VR pre-orders start on June 30th (2016-06-29 16:33:00)
  • A drunk driving virtual reality app is on its way (2016-06-29 16:31:35)
    If you've ever wanted to experience monumentally awful things like drunk driving, soon you'll be able to without putting yourself and other people in danger.
  • BOSEbuild Speaker Cube kit teaches kids the power of DIY (2016-06-29 16:27:58)
    Just in time for summer, Bose is releasing a step-by-step build kit that breaks down the science of sound and shows kids how to build their own functioning Bluetooth speaker.
  • Flashback: Here’s what reviewers said about the original iPhone (2016-06-29 16:26:07)
    To call the iPhone a revolutionary device is nothing short of an understatement. Given the myriad of ways in which Apple's iconic smartphone has profoundly impacted not only the way we use mobile devices but how we communicate and interact with the world at large, the iPhone is undeniably a once-in-a-lifetime device whose far-reaching influence may never again be matched. Not surprisingly, TIME earlier this year called it the most influential gadget in history. One of the reasons why the iPhone is an innovation that stands above most is that it immediately turned an entire industry on its head. When Steve Jobs first introduced the device, he boasted that it was five years ahead of anything else on the market. And as it turned out, it took about that long before Android devices managed to reach parity with the iPhone. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare Today, smartphones -- whether you happen to be an iPhone or Android user -- are essentially miniaturized command and control centers that touch all aspects of our lives. Throughout the course of any given day, a smartphone user might use his or her device to listen to music, video chat with friends, play games, browse the web, pay for goods and services, order food, check-in to a flight and more. We of course could drone on endlessly about the impact the iPhone has had, but with the ninth anniversary of the original iPhone's release upon us, we're instead going to take a step back and look at what some of the first reviews said about Apple's iconic device when it hit the market on June 29, 2007. Ars Technica We love the concept of the iPhone. It's extremely easy to use and almost entirely self-discoverable; the interface looks better than any other phone—smartphone or not—currently on the market, and it's just plain fun to use. In a perfect world, the iPhone is a perfect 10. But neither the world nor the iPhone are perfect. The first clear example of our imperfect world is the lock-in with AT&T. Having only one carrier to choose from sucks, especially when that carrier is not the best by any stretch of the imagination. Let's be honest about the price, too. $600 for the 8GB model is pricey and a heck of a gamble for those of you considering switching to a new network. At this price, we should have more choice of carriers. ... The iPhone has killed the whole concept of a "mobile web" in our view, because if mobile devices can surf like this, we don't need to worry about setting up anemic, "mobile version" pages just for mobile use. Yeah, so we want our Exchange support. What most people want is mobile web browsing, and the iPhone delivers this beautifully. The only thing holding Safari back (that we don't expect to be addressed in a software update) is EDGE, and that makes us sad. CNET In a rarity for our coverage about Apple, most of the discussion accompanying iPhone stories was not the usual religious flame wars about security and Microsoft's antitrust sins. It was about what people really want in a mobile device. That's because this is about more than Apple. Even if it's a flop — perhaps even more so if it's a flop — the iPhone will change the way mobile devices are designed, whether that's closer to Apple's vision or further away. ... The iPhone really could change the future of computing. It's quite possible that June 29, 2007, will one day be remembered as the day that the average consumer realized what mobile computing was all about. AnandTech The iPhone isn't perfect, I can tell you that now (for more reasons than only supporting Edge), but it's a huge step in the right direction. At the same time it's a great product today and while not for everyone, its impact on the industry will be tremendous. ... "Is the screen as good as it looks in the commercials?" The answer is unequivocally yes. In fact, in taking pictures for this article I had to redo a number of shots because the camera would pick out details in the LCD display that simply weren't visible to the naked eye. Capturing the beauty of the screen is really a tough job, but it really does look just as good in person as it does in Apple's own commercials/videos. ... There are many complaints that you can levy on the iPhone, it's too slow, expensive, it can't do X Y or Z, but the praise you can sing is arguably more powerful. The iPhone perfected text messaging, it made mobile web browsing usable, it integrated the smartphone and the iPod, it brought forth an interface that just makes sense. There are no convoluted layers of menus, no poorly made graphics with sluggish interaction; the iPhone works like a computer, but in the palm of your hand. New York Times As it turns out, much of the hype and some of the criticisms are justified. The iPhone is revolutionary; it’s flawed. It’s substance; it’s style. It does things no phone has ever done before; it lacks features found even on the most basic phones. ... The phone is so sleek and thin, it makes Treos and BlackBerrys look obese. The glass gets smudgy — a sleeve wipes it clean — but it doesn’t scratch easily. I’ve walked around with an iPhone in my pocket for two weeks, naked and unprotected (the iPhone, that is, not me), and there’s not a mark on it. But the bigger achievement is the software. It’s fast, beautiful, menu-free, and dead simple to operate. You can’t get lost, because the solitary physical button below the screen always opens the Home page, arrayed with icons for the iPhone’s 16 functions. Macworld The abolition of a physical keyboard is probably destined to be the iPhone’s most controversial feature, at least at first. There’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using the iPhone’s keyboard, especially for people who are comfortable using the physical keyboard on a Blackberry, Treo, or other smart phone. I can’t say that my typing experience with my previous phone, a Palm Treo, was particularly good. I could manage, but never felt that I could reach an acceptable typing speed. As a result, it’s hard for me to put myself in the place of an accomplished Blackberry thumb typist who has spent a year honing his or her skills. But I believe that most users—even thumb typists, given an open mind and some training time—will find the iPhone’s keyboard to be excellent. TIME E-mail and web-browsing are unbelievably great. Ditto the crisp music and video playback. Everybody I called with the iPhone remarked on the crispness and clarity of the audio. For the iPhone, Apple has brought to market a revolutionarily smart, sensitive touchscreen and created an entirely new user interface to match it, all in one go, so seamlessly that my 3-year-old daughter — and I apologize for going to this place, but the fact is striking nonetheless — had no trouble unlocking the iPhone and dialing with it (even though she believed that she was playing a musical instrument). SF Gate Looking back, the iPhone could mark a tipping point, encouraging the masses to look at their cell phone as more than a cell phone and prompting profound changes in everything from privacy to citizen journalism. It could -- assuming the iPhone succeeds -- help introduce a new age of mobile living. USA Today The most remarkable thing about iPhone is what's missing: a physical dialing keypad and/or full qwerty, or traditional, keyboard. Instead, either a virtual keypad or keyboard shows up on the iPhone screen, depending on what you are doing — entering a Web address, for instance, or banging out a text message.
  • ​Get a Lyft in the 'Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 (2016-06-29 16:22:14)
    Who ya gonna call to grab a ride in a vehicle that scares away specters? This weekend Lyft offers a Ghost Mode option to riders in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Boston.
  • Sometimes your Kickstarter dream isn’t what you envisioned (2016-06-29 16:20:58)
    Xounts UpThe Xounts Up, a speaker in the shape of a pyramid, reached its goal on Kickstarter earlier this month. I know because I received PR on it. Two hundred and twelve people backed it, allowing it to successfully raise more than $78,000. Those 212 people will walk into their homes later this year when the Xounts Up ships, and they'll see this:Yes, The Verge was sent a $269 Xounts Up speaker, and we chose to protect you all from it. Whenever someone walks by the Verge-ified Xounts Up, which we hide in a closet, they marvel at how truly ugly it is and why anyone would be interested in it. ...
  • Risky stem cell procedure for ALS may be done safely, study shows (2016-06-29 16:00:02)
    A complicated procedure for transplanting human stem cells into the spinal cord of patients with a fatal neurodegenerative disease may be done safely, new research shows. Although it’s unclear whether the stem cell treatment can actually slow down the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, researchers are hopeful that one day the procedure could be used to develop a new life-saving therapy. This is not the first time that stem cells — cells that can develop into many different cell types — have been injected into the spinal cord of patients.
  • F-35 completes first transatlantic flight on delivery to UK (2016-06-29 16:00:00)
  • Private sale gives Amazon Prime members deep discounts on two hot new phones (2016-06-29 15:57:58)
    There's nothing better than a good sale. Actually, that's not entirely true. The only thing better than a good sale is a good private sale that offers deep discounts not everyone has access to. It's OK to admit it, don't be ashamed. Everyone loves a little exclusivity here and there. On Wednesday, Amazon announced an exclusive new program that only Prime members have access to. It gives you deep discounts on two hot new Android phones that are already quite affordable. First up, the just-announced Moto G4 , which is a tremendous value at its full $200 retail price but can be had for just $125 in this sale. Then you've got the  BLU R1 HD , a quad-core Android phone that costs just $50 with this sale. It's worth noting that there's a caveat with these new deals. For some it will be a deal-breaker, while others won't care at all. As is the case with the Kindle deals Amazon offers, smartphones included in this new series of Prime-only bargains will feature targeted advertisements on the lock screen. Ads won't be present anywhere else on the phone, so it's really not too invasive. Here's what you need to know about the Moto G4, which you can preorder today ahead of its release on July 12: Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.5" full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone's lockscreen Take brilliant photos with the 13 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card The all-day battery includes TurboPower charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad (including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon) And here are the key specs for the BLU R1 HD: Fast 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6735 ARM Cortex processor with 8 GB Internal memory and 1 GB RAM Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone's lockscreen Dual SIM and MicroSD support for up to 64 GB of expandable storage Stunning 5" HD display with curved Gorilla Glass 3 protection, plus an 8 MP main camera and 5 MP selfie camera that includes a front-facing LED flash 4G LTE plus GSM unlocked for your favorite compatible carrier or for international travel (including AT&T, T-Mobile; not compatible with Verizon or Sprint) You can take advantage of these deals by heading over to Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones page . And if you're not already a Prime member, you can get a free 30-day trial right here and buy one of these phones before your free membership runs out.
  • HTC is spinning off Vive into a separate company (2016-06-29 15:50:00)
  • Delays plague PlayStation 4 'Fallout 4' mod update (2016-06-29 15:35:00)
  • James Cameron just admitted what he really thinks of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2016-06-29 15:28:43)
    When  Star Wars: The Force Awakens  hit theaters last year, it instantly became a money-making machine the likes of which we had never seen. Suffice it to say, Disney's decision to purchase Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012 was nothing short of a brilliant business move. Anchored by nostalgia and an entirely new cast mixed in with some recognizable favorites, Star Wars: The Force Awakens  immediately began to break any number of box office records, including becoming the fastest film to ever pass the $1 billion threshold in global box office receipts. But despite the film's uncanny ability to print money, not everyone was of the mind that  Star Wars: The Force Awakens  was actually a good movie. As we highlighted a few months back, many of the film's more negative reviews centered on the fact that it effectively presented viewers with the same exact story we had already seen decades earlier. And recently joining that chorus of naysayers is none other than Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron. DON'T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare During a recent interview, Cameron was asked what he thought about  Star Wars: The Force Awakens,  and while the famed director tried to remain diplomatic at first, he couldn't help but let his real thoughts on the film shine through. George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film. I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next. So far so good, but Cameron just couldn't help himself. Cameron continued: I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination. This film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you have seen before and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So for me, the jury’s out. I want to see where they’re going with it. Personally, I applaud Cameron's candor. Not only is Hollywood a place where big time stars are afraid to be 100% honest when critiquing the competition, but  Star Wars  is one of those popular franchises so drenched in nostalgia and passion that some people simply refuse to hear any opposing viewpoints. Having seen the film, I thought the film was just okay, if not downright overrated. As I noted in a review late last year,  "the film’s primary anchor is the iconic name it’s attached to." Truth be told, Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a standalone film is rather forgettable, offering up nothing new, exciting, or compelling. In any event, for those interested, Cameron's full remarks can be seen in the video below at around the 3-minute and 16 second mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLE0QXytO6w
  • Boris Johnson's Brexit victory speech uploaded to Pornhub with X-rated title (2016-06-29 15:24:31)
    Pornhub user "BrexitVote" posted Johnson's speech with a comical, but obscene title.
  • Your NVIDIA Shield now plays Netflix videos in HDR (2016-06-29 15:20:00)
  • We tried Ghostbusters: Dimension, the world’s most immersive VR experience (2016-06-29 15:18:54)
    At Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square today, we got to try out one of the world’s most expensive and immersive virtual reality experiences. On July 1st, Sony and a Utah startup called The Void will open Ghostbusters: Dimension, which lets you become a ghostbuster in what The Void likes to call a "hyper-real" world. Dimension is part of a larger exhibit based on the new Ghostbusters movie, which also includes wax versions of the stars and a walk-through haunted house experience. With two partners, you enter an elaborate stage where the real world is mapped to the virtual one, capturing ghosts by shooting a plastic gun that stands in for a proton pack.
  • Facebook says it’s not using location data to suggest friends, even after admitting it was (2016-06-29 14:59:28)
    OK Facebook, you really need to make up your mind about what you say in public. And it would probably be a lot easier if you didn’t sneak certain features past your customers. The social network recently admitted to using smartphone location data to recommend friends to people, after someone discovered a recommendation that had no other reasonable explanation than the harvest and use of location data. But now, Facebook says that’s not what it’s doing at all. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare “Location information by itself doesn’t indicate that two people might be friends,” a Facebook spokesperson told Fusion a few days ago . “That’s why location is only one of the factors we use to suggest people you may know.” As Fusion reports, multiple people took to the internet to reveal they also received weird friend recommendations in the past, likely based on location information – check out these Reddit and Slashdot threads. Fusion says that on Monday night after seeing plenty of negative feedback, Facebook reversed its stance on the issue. The company dug further into the matter and found that “we’re not using location data, such as device location and location information you add to your profile, to suggest people you may know.” Facebook did run a pilot late last year that used location data for the friend suggestion feature. But it was never rolled out to the general public. “We ran a small test to use city-level location to better rank existing [“People You May Know] candidates and not all were aware that the test had ended,” a Facebook spokesperson told Fusion . “The test ran for four weeks at the end of 2015.” So does this mean the people who complained online about having seen location-based suggestions in Facebook were all part of that test? That’s not likely, and Facebook didn't explain how these strange recommendations like the one reported by Fusion earlier this week would be possible if location data isn’t used. Fusion speculates that Facebook could be looking at IP addresses and wireless networks rather than GPS or cellular location data to determine location and issue recommendations. The site also says that the Federal Trade Commission may be happy to learn that Facebook is using such a feature without proper consent from users. The FTC recently fined  a mobile advertising company $4 million because it figured out location information based on wireless network data and tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without their explicit consent.
  • Google Maps on mobile is adding support for multiple destinations (2016-06-29 14:56:00)
    Google Maps is an incredibly useful smartphone app, and I use it every single day. Until now, only the desktop version of Google Maps has allowed you to get directions for a trip that spans multiple stops. It's rolling out now, and you'll know you've got it when you see a new plus icon underneath the directions field in Maps.
  • HTC turns its Vive VR business into a separate subsidiary (2016-06-29 14:47:22)
    HTC has decided to take its most valuable asset, the Vive VR headset and the budding ecosystem developing around it, and turn it into a separate business. Reports earlier this week indicated that HTC was spinning off the Vive, but the company has now clarified for The Verge that it is only establishing a wholly-owned subsidiary, which it is calling HTC Vive Tech Corporation. HTC can confirm that it has established a wholly-owned subsidiary, HTC Vive Tech Corporation, as a vehicle for developing strategic alliances to help build the global VR ecosystem.
  • With Amazon in mind, Wal-Mart to offer free shipping for 30 days (2016-06-29 14:46:38)
    (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday launched a free 30-day trial of ShippingPass, its two-day shipping program for shoppers in the United States, as the world's largest retailer looks to take on Amazon.com Inc's Prime subscription service. Wal-Mart said that existing ShippingPass subscribers will get one month free. Wal-Mart's two-day service costs $49 a year.
  • Amazon starts selling its own branded coffee, baby food (2016-06-29 14:45:50)
    The company quietly launches private-label brands Mama Bear baby food and Happy Belly coffee on its website.
  • Clinton's tech policy backs entrepreneurs and more internet access (2016-06-29 14:45:14)
    Hillary Clinton unveils a tech agenda that promises to reinvigorate the economy. At least one critic warns that her plans are costly.
  • Microsoft bundles Surfrace Pro 4 and Xbox One (2016-06-29 14:41:29)
    Encouraging consumers to buy the new Surface Pro 4 as well as the soon-to-be-old version of the Xbox One, the second will be given away with the first in a July to August deal on the Microsoft Store. The Surface 3 line is coming to an end at the end of the year and the smaller, 4K and HDR-supporting Xbox One S is around the corner with an August release date. Between then and now is a Microsoft Store promotion that sees the original Xbox One sold for free with purchases of a Surface Pro 4 keyboard and tablet screen combo, which starts at $899.
  • NFL legend Jim Brown settles 'Madden' lawsuit with EA (2016-06-29 14:40:00)
  • Rihanna 'Sledgehammer' music video the first to debut in IMAX theaters (2016-06-29 14:39:28)
    The music video for the song on the 'Star Trek: Beyond' soundtrack will debut on Vevo and Tidal after its big IMAX debut.
  • Ford issues three recalls for fewer than 10,000 vehicles (2016-06-29 14:39:25)
    Affected models include Focus Electric, F-150, Explorer and Transit Connect.
  • BoseBuild Bluetooth Speaker Cube kit teaches kids the power of DIY (2016-06-29 14:38:58)
    Just in time for summer, Bose is releasing a step-by-step build kit that breaks down the science of sound and shows kids how to build their own functioning Bluetooth speaker.
  • HTC leads $10 billion consortium to invest in virtual reality (2016-06-29 14:35:14)
    The phone maker, whose Vive VR headset was released earlier this year, helps to form an investment consortium aimed at supporting "true innovation" in VR.
  • Protect your messages, hide them in emoji (2016-06-29 14:26:34)
    Mozilla, which makes the Firefox browser, has come up with a novel way to send secret messages across the web -- and look adorable while doing it.
  • Chevrolet cuts in-car LTE data pricing in half (2016-06-29 14:20:00)
  • Google My Activity site reveals all the data that's been collected about your online habits (2016-06-29 14:16:04)
    Google recently launched a new page called My Activity that shows you a history of your online activities and interactions with its products.
  • How to Check (and Erase) Everything Google Knows About You (2016-06-29 14:01:22)
    Google tracks just about everything you do on the web, but the company is at least becoming more upfront about it. With the new My Activity dashboard, you can keep tabs of your recent activity on services such as Chrome, YouTube and Google Search, as well as delete anything that you don't want Google to remember. To view the dashboard, simply visit myactivity.google.com, where you'll see a running list of your recent web activity organized by day.
  • Deal or No Deal? Amazon Prime Offers Ad-Supported Phones (2016-06-29 14:00:50)
    If you're an Amazon Prime member in the market for a new smartphone, Amazon's willing to knock up to $50 off the price tag of an unlocked Android device. Amazon says it will offer exclusive pricing to Prime members that can cut the price of newly released unlocked smartphones by up to 50 percent. Amazon's first discounted phones include the Moto G for $149 and the Blu R1 HD for $49.
  • Symantec/Norton Antivirus Flaw Threatens Millions of PCs (2016-06-29 14:00:46)
    When you download antivirus software, you expect it to protect your computer, not threaten it. An amazingly disastrous flaw could let cybercriminals attack a Windows machine at the deepest level, regardless of whether you have the home (Norton) or enterprise (Symantec) version of the company's programs — as do tens of millions of computers worldwide. This information comes from Google's Project Zero security-research blog, on which security boffin Tavis Ormandy periodically writes about the latest flaw he's discovered in commercial antivirus software.
  • The PlayStation 4 revisited: small improvements for a solid system (2016-06-29 14:00:00)
  • HBO infographic confirms Jon Snow’s parents, makes room for edgy shipping fantasy (2016-06-29 13:48:47)
    HBO makes a television program called Game of Thrones, which is increasingly loosely based on a series of books called A Song of Ice and Fire. Amongst fans of both Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire it has been widely suspected for some time that Jon Snow is not actually the son of Ned Stark and Some Rando, but actually the love child of Ned's sister Lyanna and the Targaryen prince, Rhaegar, both of whom are RIP-ing. Because it's more dramatic this way, and it's nice to think of Ned as incapable of adultery (RIP to him, and to his wife, and to most people he could have adultered with).
  • D-Link announces three new Wi-Fi cameras (2016-06-29 13:43:34)
    D-Link introduced three new Wi-Fi cameras today, all of which come with sound and motion detection, night vision, and local recording. The HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-936L) features a 720p camera with 4x digital zoom, and can record continuous, scheduled, or detection triggered video on a microSD card (up to 128GB). It also features a Wi-Fi signal locator to help you choose the best place to place the camera for an optimal connection, remote viewing through the mydlink Lite app, and it's the cheapest of the three cameras, coming in at just $79.
  • ACLU sues US over law limiting data discrimination studies (2016-06-29 13:40:00)
  • Video shows the amazing special effects behind Game of Thrones’ greatest battle (2016-06-29 13:32:34)
    Episode 9 of the just-ended Game of Thrones season 6 is titled Battle of the Bastards , and it featured  one of the best battles ever seen on the TV show , and perhaps one of the greatest action scenes in TV history. The following short video will show you some of the amazing special effects used in the episode – but beware, because  major spoilers  lie ahead if you haven't already seen the episode. DON’T MISS: HBO just told us who Jon Snow’s parents are, well ahead of Game of Thrones season 7 A behind-the-scenes video from HBO released  a couple of weeks ago  showed us how the creators, director, actors and other Game of Thrones  crew tackled the various elements of the battle. The idea was to give viewers an immersive experience of a battle of epic proportions. One of the best things about the battle sequence is that it’s not all done using computer-generated special effects. The battle scenes involved plenty of extras, real horses and perfectly executed stunts. Obviously, on top of all that, the creators added plenty of special effects to enhance the entire battle scene. VFX design studio Iloura’s Vimeo video below focuses only on the computer generated effects, and the clip is spectacular. You can see exactly what was added to the battle, on top of the practical effects and real actors. The clip explains, among other things, how the heartbreaking horse collisions were created — obviously noting what we already knew, that no animal was hurt in the making of these intricate battle scenes. Check the video below to see the CGI in Battle of the Bastards , and follow this link to see HBO’s behind the scenes video detailing the making of this epic battle.
  • NASA’s Hubble celebrates Fourth of July early with galactic explosions (2016-06-29 13:23:30)
    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured a "firework" large enough to engulf our planet. The birth of a cluster of star in galaxy Kiso 6359 looks like a projectile from a Roman Candle, soaring through the night sky.NASA’s page includes a helpful from Debra Elmegreen, a lead researcher at Vassar College, that gives the stars some galactic context:
  • VLC media player hits Windows 10 today, Xbox One this summer (2016-06-29 13:20:00)
  • Jessica Williams is leaving The Daily Show (2016-06-29 13:15:55)
    After four years as one of the show's highest profile correspondents, Jessica Williams is leaving The Daily Show. Entertainment Weekly reports that the comedienne is set to leave this Thursday to focus on a show she's working on with Comedy Central going forward. Williams joined The Daily Show in 2012 as both the youngest and first black woman correspondent. Williams signed a development deal with Comedy Central in March, and now plans on working on a show for the network.
  • 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2016-06-29 13:03:49)
    What, you thought we wouldn't be back with a follow-up to Tuesday's great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free? Of course we are, and we've got some great options for you on Wednesday including an app that lets you track your cellular data usage, a sleek speech translator that's normally $5, a GIF browser, a cool photo-sharing app and plenty more. As always, these sales could end anytime so be sure to check them out now. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare 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. DataControl Normally $0.99. DataControl is a easiest way to track your data usage. With its simple and clear design, you don't have to worry about busting your data plan. Say goodbye to data overage. Data Widget. Check your usage from Notification Center. Forecast in time. DataControl predicts how much data for daily use is reasonable. And tells you in usage percentage and cool colors. Real-Time Stats. Besides your usage statistics directly from iOS, you can see network speed. LET/4G/3G, and Wi-Fi are supported. Practical Design. Instantly offers the most important stats you need most. Features: - Track cellular LTE/4G/3G and Wi-Fi - Monthly, 30-day data plans supported - Bill-cycle data tacking automatically - Compatible with all carriers - No need to register or login - Pure functions. No Ads or monetizing your info or whatsoever Your data will be safe with DataControl. Download DataControl Smart Translator Normally $4.99. Smart Translator is an amazing app that lets you translate your text or speech into more than 40 languages. MAIN FEATURES • Input your text by typing or speaking. • Hear your translation being read aloud to you. • Translate your text into more than 40 languages. • Send your translated text as an email or text message. • Share your text or translation on social networks. • Copy it to other apps. • Print it using a Wi-Fi printer. SUPPORTED LANGUAGES • Speech recognition support العربية, English (Australia), English (UK), English (US), Español (España), Español (México), Bahasa indonesia, Bahasa melayu, čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, français (Canada), français (France), italiano, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk, Polski, Português, Português brasileiro, Pyccĸий, Română, suomi, Svenska, Tϋrkçe, Ελληνικά, 한국어, 中文(中国), 中文(臺灣), 廣東話, 日本語. • Translation support Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh. Smart Translator requires a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. - Are you travelling to a foreign country? - Do you need to communicate with someone who doesn't speak your language? - Do you need to share your ideas in a foreign language? If yes, then Smart Translator is definitely for you. Grab your copy now. Download Smart Translator SHAREit Photo Sharing Pro Normally $1.99. Photo Share allows you to transfer your photos & videos between your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC over your local Wi-Fi network. It also supports sending and receiving photos & videos to/from popular cloud & photo services, mobile storage devices and NAS. Any kind of photo transfer – Photo Share can handle it! ● Support drag & drop upload, easy to use ● Transfer multiple photos and videos at once ● Download photos and videos as zip archives ● Crate new album Download SHAREit Photo Sharing Pro GifBrowser Normally $5.99. GifBrowser is the Best App to play GIF on iPhone! GifBrowser is an smart app to manage, play and share GIF on your iPhone. You can view GIF to GifBrowser and download gif by using the embedded web browser, also you can import GIF from your Local Albums,From your computer or form Search browser. Features: (1)Play and pause control; (2)Support switch GIF animation frame while pausing; (3)Swipe left and right to switch GIF animations; (4)Playing speed control; (5)Zoom in and zoom out; (6)Tap to playing in fullscreen; Web Browser (1)Tap and hold on an GIF to download it directly to GifBrowser; (2)Click or long press on a gif link to download; Web Search (1)Search funny gif by using the embedded web Search; (2)Save gif to local or photo album; Security (1)You can setup the passcode to protect your gif; (2)Use TouchID to protect; (3)Use Security question and security answer to protect; Download GifBrowser iMySystem Normally $0.99. iMySystem provides a wealth of information about your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch iOS device. Over 120 pieces of information on your device separated into the categories: device, memory, network, location, media, folders and processes. Automatically monitor changes and share any information easily. Includes Network Speed estimates. Now includes Network Speed in the Network Information to provide a decent idea of how fast your the current cell or WiFI network is. Now includes photo, video, new photo and new video totals and sizes. Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Buy once, run on all devices. Some of the information in each of the areas are disk space and disk spaced used, screen and device resolution, L2 Cache Size, CPU, GPU, free and used memory, WiFi or cell indication, WiFi SSID and WiFi BSSID, IP Address, Cell Address, Bonjour Services, AirPlay Services, network Tx and Rx, Street address, latitude/longitude/altitude, # apps, photos, tracks and albums, folder names used by iOS and running or being killed processes. The summary area at the top displays device type, iOS version, free memory, free disk space, # of apps installed, and whether you are on WiFi or cell. Memory information displays two graphics for free and used memory respectively. Location details includes a map of your current location. The bottom tab bar shows the areas of information available. Selecting a tab will display the desired information or use a left or right swipe will switch between areas. On app restart, the last selected area is shown. Click the share icon to send the displayed information to a specific service such as Facebook, Twitter, Email, Tumblr, clipboard, printer or other service. Use in app settings icon, upper left-hand corner, to turn monitoring, swiping or map auto zoom on or off. For the process information, if a process has ended, then it is highlighted in red before it is removed from the process list. When monitoring is enabled Device, Memory, Network, Location, Media and Process information are updated as changes occur. Download iMySystem Auto Adjust Normally $0.99. Stop losing memories to bad lighting. Auto Adjust is a lightweight utility for automatically bringing your dull, dark, or washed out photos to life! Auto Adjust is the only app that lets you make adjustments to your images instantly. There's no waiting for changes and its designed to save your photos faster than any other image processing app available. Auto Adjust will also keep your image the same size no matter how large it may be. This app will completely transform your photo library! Features • 6 Different Black and White modes (Luminance Mode) • Create HDR results with only a single image • Noise Reduction • Intuitive Color Correction • Set Screen Brightness right in the app. If you're using a low screen brightness (to save battery, you're inside, etc) you might be over brightening your images! Never make this mistake again by setting your screen brightness within Auto Adjust • Full Photo Size. Some photo apps like to cheat you and shrink your photos. Auto Adjust shows you your photo size so you know they're still 3, 5, 8, or even 12MP! They stay their original size! • Manual Tweaking. Some apps just have a Magic Wand. Auto Adjust actually shows you how it adjusts your photos and lets you tweak it from there, or do it all manually. • Realtime adjustments. When you drag a slider in Auto Adjust, your photo changes AS YOU DRAG. No waiting. No "Working". • Tap to switch between "before" and "after" of you photo. Download Auto Adjust Stand O’Food Normally $2.99. From the publishers of Supermarket Mania! Stand O’ Food® is an original, fast-paced restaurant challenge with millions of players on PC and other platforms. Feed a host of hungry patrons before they leave in a huff! Slap together burgers and cook up some bacon as quickly as you can! But it's not all about speed – you've also got to plan ahead. Put the sandwiches together in the correct sequence, and set yourself up so you can make the next sandwich without difficulty. Earn money to purchase condiments and upgrade your equipment to serve tastier food even faster than before. Stand O' Food will satisfy all of your cravings! ● 2 gameplay modes: Quest and Lunch Rush ● More than 100 levels ● 80+ sandwiches to create ● Close to 20 upgrades to purchase ● Game Center Support ● iPhone 5 support Download Stand O’Food Scanner Pro Normally $1.99. Scanner Pro is currently the fastest and most powerful tool for scanning the documents. You can create and managed a virtual copy of credit cards, books, checks, recipes, timetables and any paper documents by using Scanner Pro. Scanner Pro can process the captured from the camera images and already existing photos in the gallery, cloud and network services. Application allows you to adjust and apply the filters for images with the built-in editor. Experiment with your documents and edit them, you can always revert to the original image. You can upload your finished pictures to gallery, cloud and network services, send by mail in JPEG and PDF formats. Scanning takes place on your device without an internet connection, so your documents do not run the risk of being intercepted. The unique scanning and processing algorithms improve the quality of scans, remove the noises and the shadows, correct the angle of the projection, so you get the highest quality and the clear result. This scanner is created based on many years of working with the documents of many people to save your time in the day to day activities as much as possible. The application takes into account the memory capacity and the count of processor cores for maximum performance and comfortable operation. The key features is: + Automatic and the manual scanning mode + Creating and saving the documents in colored, grayscale, black and white formats + Selection of the document's page format (A3, A4, A5, Letter, Legal, Business Card, Automatic) + Flash settings + Ability to turn on a grid + Sorting of documents by the name and the date + Easy search of your documents + Ability to create the groups and move the documents from one group to another + Creating the multi-page PDF documents + Moving, copying and renaming of scans The additional benefits include: + Integration with the popular cloud services (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Yandex.Disk) + Integration with the popular network services (SMB, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV) + Unique and advanced scanning algorithm + High performance and stability of the application + Intuitive interface + Password protection of the application + User friendly navigation High speed and quality of image processing without tedious manual corrections will make Scanner your ideal companion for business and education. Already thousands of people have joined us! And you could try this tool of scanning unsurpassed in speed of work and capabilities! Download Scanner Pro Toca Builders Normally $2.99. If you can imagine it you can build it with the six Toca Builders! Join your new builder friends on an island far away and create a whole new world with blocks. Jump, walk, roll and rotate the builders to use their unique skills, and they will help to build whatever you can imagine! Toca Builders makes it fun to drop, spray, smash and lift blocks to construct new objects - may it be a house, lamp or maybe a banana? Let's get started by putting down some blocks. MEET THE BUILDERS! Blox: Great at dropping and smashing blocks Cooper: A fantastic painter Vex: Amazing at putting blocks in stacks Stretch: Specialized at placing blocks anywhere Connie: Enjoys lifting and moving blocks Jum-Jum: Loves to spray paint The builders will guarantee that you’re having a good time when you create your world! Toca Builders is a new way of creating and crafting things with blocks, that encourages both creativity and curiosity. With simple touch gestures and unique controls the builders come alive and help create a world only you can dream up! To save your world, just tap the Back-button to go back to the main menu and everything you've made is saved. The snapshot feature makes it easy to take a photo of your construction to share with the world! KEY FEATURES • 6 super builders • Build whatever you want - drop, spray, lift and smash! • Color each individual blocks as you want • Unique controls of the builders - spin, roll, aim and move • Autosave guarantees your progresses is saved • Use the snapshot feature to take a photo of your creation • Easy-to-use, kid-friendly interface with incredible creative possibilities • Incredible creative possibilities • Beautiful original graphics • No rules, stress or time limits – play any way you want • No third-party advertising • No in-app purchases Download Toca Builders Secret Albums Calculator X Pro Normally $2.99. Protect of hide your photos and videos. CalculatorX hides your photos & videos behind a working calculator. You can show your basic gallery to family friends, and fellow workers. You have to down load immediately, so it can stop guest from using your protected pictures & videos. You can only when you want. - Math calculator style - Lock function for PIN code. - Ghost mode (fake password) - Ghost mode, enter the fake password. - Control your gallery list. (Creation/correct/delete/move) - Photo/video & down load & move gallery - Recently delete folder (Recover) - Wi-Fi file management (iPhone - PC) - Airdrop - Transfer files using iTunes - Send to Email - Send to text message - Take private photos/videos from within the app - File sharing / send / Receive file in another app "Open In" - Support image gallery - Support video player * Happen to error, use I-tunes to copy USB. * If you delete the application will delete all hidden data. * We are unable to delete photos and videos from the native Photos app. * Please make sure to backup this app if you are upgrading via iTunes sync Download Secret Albums Calculator X Pro First Normally $0.99. Choose wisely! First is a fast paced game where selecting the right circle quickly is everything. There are three funtastic game modes: * Letters(English) - Pick the letter that comes first in the alphabet as your options change, remember to watch out for the timer! * Addition - Add the two numbers in each of the circles and then select the smallest number from your options. *Subtraction - Subtract the two numbers in each of the circles and then select the smallest number from your options. Download First
  • 'Oddworld' creator on how customer feedback changed gaming (2016-06-29 13:00:00)
  • Health officials prepare for Zika, but local efforts tight (2016-06-29 12:57:36)
    HOUSTON (AP) — The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika.
  • My all-nighter with the first iPhone (2016-06-29 12:57:34)
    Nine years ago phone history was made when the first iPhone went on sale. I was there to write the first CNET review.
  • Twitter among SF tech companies that may face new payroll tax (2016-06-29 12:56:15)
    City leaders estimate the tax could generate $120 million annually that would be earmarked to curb homelessness and the housing shortage in SF.
  • Samsung might use a glowing ring to let you know when you have a text message (2016-06-29 12:49:42)
    Samsung’s Galaxy J2 will come with a new Smart Glow ring that tells users when they have a notification waiting to be addressed, SamMobile reports. The ring surrounds the rear camera and acts in place of the blinking LED light Samsung uses on current Galaxy devices. At first, it’ll give three types of notifications: "priority alerts," "usage alerts," and "selfie assist," which helps users take a selfie with their rear camera.
  • ​Sing along to 'Ghostbusters' theme with Japanese comedians (2016-06-29 12:49:24)
    Hate the new "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" song from Fallout Boy and Missy Elliot? Get ready to sing "Who ya gonna call?" in Japanese with this catchy music video.
  • Rihanna's Sledgehammer video is premiering in IMAX theaters tomorrow (2016-06-29 12:47:44)
    Rihanna's Star Trek Beyond soundtrack contribution "Sledgehammer" is a massive ballad, so it feels appropriate that the song's video is making an IMAX-sized debut tomorrow morning. The Floria Sigismondi-directed clip is the first music video ever shot entirely with IMAX cameras, and it's going to premiere in IMAX theaters tomorrow (June 30th) at 9AM ET. The Fader is reporting that the video's supposed to premiere alongside screenings of The Legend of Tarzan, but that doesn't mesh well with Rihanna's tweeted time unless there are morning screenings in your area. Rihanna tweeted out a brief teaser for the video this morning, and it looks suitably alien: she's terraforming a canyon and conjuring purple orbs while decked in a funky, flowing red pseudo-pantsuit.
  • FCC pegs cost to reallocate TV spectrum for wireless use at $86.4 billion (2016-06-29 12:46:51)
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that the cost of reallocating 126 MHz in the television broadcast spectrum for wireless use is $86.4 billion in the first stage of a government auction. The auction is aimed at repurposing low-frequency spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters to wireless companies and other bidders seeking new airwaves to build and improve wireless networks. The so-called "broadcast incentive" spectrum auction is one of the commission's most complex and ambitious to date.
  • The ultimate Apple I/O death chart (2016-06-29 12:46:51)
    The internet has been ablaze the past few weeks about Apple potentially removing the headphone jack from the next iPhone — a move that’s been heavily rumored for months, and has everything from blurry leaked case images to Wall Street Journal articles backing it up. Apple’s vertical integration, passionate userbase, and scale (both historically small and now immensely huge) allow it to push big changes in a way that few other companies can pull off. The floppy, SCSI, optical drives, VGA — all killed by Apple years before vanishing from the rest of the industry. how long does it really take Apple to kill legacy tech?
  • WiFi spec update promises to double your wireless speeds (2016-06-29 12:40:00)
  • Leaked specs show the Tesla Model 3 will be seriously fast (2016-06-29 12:38:20)
    The Tesla Model 3 is going to be the company's first attempt at a reasonably priced, mass-market car. But Tesla made its name making electric cars that could smoke the fossil-fueled competition, so even though it's cheap, the Model 3 won't be a slouch. Leaked specs from  Electrek  claim that the Model 3 will have a 300kW power inverter, which implies that the Model 3 will have power -- and, hopefully, 0-60 times -- close to the current Tesla Model S. Let's remember, this is a $35,000 family car we're talking about here. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare  We always knew that the Model 3 would be decently fast (in a straight line at least). At the unveiling, Elon Musk said that the base models of the car would have a very respectable 0-60 of under six seconds. But according to  Electrek 's source , the higher-end versions of the 3 could comfortably beat that: A source very familiar with the Model 3 powertrain program confirmed that Tesla tapped the same engineers who worked on the dual motor inverter architecture to develop the Model 3’s, but this time, they were given a blank sheet to develop the system from the ground up, including the power semiconductor package. According to the source, the strategy paid off and the inverter architecture for the Model 3 will have a capacity of “over 300kW”, comparable to the Model S’ RWD system even though the S is a much higher-end and bigger vehicle. Equally promising is the rumor that the new inverter will have 25% fewer parts, making manufacturing much easier. That's good news for a company that has been plagued with reliability problems since the launch of the Model X. With production due to increase dramatically in order to meet Model 3 pre-orders , anything that makes the cars simpler to build and more reliable is good. The fact that it might also make a mid-range family sedan freakishly fast is just the icing on the cake.
  • What Hillary Clinton's technology policy agenda means for business (2016-06-29 12:35:31)
    Hillary Clinton wants to use technology to reshape America's economy. Her campaign just released a comprehensive technology proposal. These are the five most important things companies needs to know.
  • New Wi-Fi standard promises to speed up your wireless (2016-06-29 12:29:44)
    Products that meet the new standard will have expanded high-speed features, such as MU-MIMO, quad-stream and faster channels.
  • Hitachi is rolling out a series of Roku TVs this fall (2016-06-29 12:20:00)
  • Great white shark caught napping on camera for first time (2016-06-29 12:17:47)
    Sharks get tired, too. A film crew delights in rare footage of a huge shark taking a snooze underwater.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 'getting in the way' and needs to evolve, says product director (2016-06-29 12:14:00)
    In a session at this year's Red Hat Summit, the company revealed their strategy for overhauling the 14 year old Enterprise Linux operating system.
  • Watch the first trailer for ‘BoJack Horseman’ season 3, coming to Netflix next month (2016-06-29 12:13:59)
    Netflix has more hits than misses, but one of its most surprising hits is BoJack Horseman — a dark comedy about a washed up sitcom star contending with substance abuse, depression and an inability to find work. Oh, and the main character is a walking, talking horse played by Will Arnett. SEE ALSO:  The iPhone 7 nightmare I'm still not sure exactly  why the show works, or even  how , but after finding its legs near the end of the first season, BoJack Horseman has become one of the most fascinating character studies in any medium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VESKjoxAmZg After being introduced as a drug-addled jerk with far too much money in season 1, BoJack slowly but surely became a sympathetic figure as we learned more about his past. Although the show has plenty of laughs (as it should with such a great cast), the drama often overrides the comedy. In the second season, BoJack finally got the chance to play the role of a lifetime: Secretariat, a race horse who won the Triple Crown in our world, but had an even more exciting life in the anthropomorphic world of BoJack Horseman . Based on what we see in the trailer, it looks like Secretariat was a hit, and BoJack is once again in the spotlight. Of course, that doesn't mean that he's going to be able to cope with the newfound success, so expect plenty more late night drug binges, excessive drinking and refusing to attend his friend's improv shows. BoJack Horseman season 3 premieres on Netflix on July 22nd .
  • FCC says cost for clearing 126 megahertz of spectrum for wireless TV use $86.4 bln (2016-06-29 12:12:30)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that the cost for clearing 126 megahertz in the TV band for wireless use is $86.4 billion in the first stage of a government auction. The auction is aimed at repurposing low-frequency spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters to wireless companies and other bidders seeking new airwaves to build and improve wireless networks. (Reporting by David Shepardson)
  • Facebook to put friends and family first, not media (2016-06-29 12:04:00)
    Facebook said Wednesday it would give friends and family more prominence on user feeds, a move that may hurt media outlets that rely on the social network to draw readers. Facebook said its review found no bias, but that it would take steps to reassure users about the neutrality of the platform. Facebook vice president Adam Mosseri said in a blog post that an updated algorithm that determines what users see would help people find information that matters to them.
  • Walmart launches free two-day shipping nationwide (2016-06-29 12:02:00)
  • Walmart rolls out free trial of two-day delivery service (2016-06-29 12:01:47)
    Walmart's ShippingPass service is offering a free 30-day trial, in a hopes of grabbing some of Amazon's customers.
  • A death in Pittsburgh shows how police tech can go horribly wrong (2016-06-29 12:00:07)
    If you want to know what can go wrong when police rely on equipment such as Tasers and pepper spray to combat petty crimes, look no further than the case of Bruce Kelley Jr. Around 3:30PM, on January 31st this year, Bruce Kelley Jr. and his dad, Bruce Kelley Sr., both African-American, were drinking cans of beer near a public gazebo in Wilkinsburg, a small borough on the City of Pittsburgh's eastern border. Two Allegheny County Port Authority Police officers showed up, apparently on a routine patrol, and approached the two men to ask what they were doing.
  • North American leaders unveil ambitious plan to boost renewable energy production (2016-06-29 11:49:09)
    The leaders of the Canada, Mexico, and the United States unveiled a sweeping plan to reduce carbon emissions during this year’s trilateral North American Leaders' Summit, held today in Ottawa, Canada. The leaders issued an ambitious goal to generate half of North America’s energy from renewable sources in the next decade. In a joint statement, U.S. President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to bring 50% of North America’s energy production over to "clean power generation", which includes renewable sources by 2025.
  • One of the iPhone 7’s best new features won’t generate the excitement it deserves (2016-06-29 11:48:05)
    This year’s iPhone will be an “S” version of the iPhone 6s, multiple reports say, with Apple moving to a three-year iPhone redesign cycle this time around rather than the typical two-year model. That means the iPhone 7 – that might not be its final name – will be very similar to the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 will have a few unique features of its own, including redesigned antennas, better cameras, a missing 3.5mm headphone jack and a redesigned home button. Some of these features don't sound terribly exciting to most people, though they should generate plenty of interest and even outrage when it comes to that standard audio port’s removal . One of them in particular will mark a major change for the iPhone, but one that likely won't generate the excitement it deserves. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare Apple is changing the home button, an iconic design element of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that also happens to be assigned a variety of critical features. Wow, that sounds so boring, right? Not quite. The new home button will be flush with the front side of the device, previous leaks have shown  (see the image below). But Business Insider reports that analysts at Cowen and Company believe the new home button will also have “Force Touch” functionality. The home button wakes the phone from sleep, unlocks it (via the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded within it), invokes Siri, enables multitasking, enables one-handed operation, and is integral to hard resets. So the home button isn’t going anywhere this year. But Apple is slowly building toward a future iPhone that will lack a home button. That glass-only device will still offer all the features mentioned above, but they will be reassigned to other parts of the handset, including the screen itself. Before we get there, we’ll see the physical home button replaced by a capacitive one that can’t be pressed like the current one. That also means it’ll be less likely to break. But it’ll still have to provide tactile feedback to the user, to indicate that a user command has been registered. According to Cowen’s research, the physical mechanism of the home button will be replaced by a motor that will deliver the sensation that the button has been physically depressed. That's the kind of home button Apple needs for an iPhone that would feature an all glass design with a wraparound display . But this type of innovation will likely not be fully appreciated until next year. In fact, you can expect some people to complain that the iPhone 7 doesn't have a physical home button anymore. The analysts also said the iPhone 7 will lack a headphone jack, and will be waterproof, which is in line with most rumors.
  • Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority (2016-06-29 11:43:07)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Belgian data protection authority said on Wednesday it had lost a legal battle with Facebook in which it sought to stop the social network from tracking the online activities of non-Facebook users in Belgium who visit Facebook pages. A spokeswoman for the Belgian Privacy Commission said the Brussels Appeals Court had dismissed its case on the grounds that the regulator has no jurisdiction over Facebook, which has its European headquarters in Ireland. Belgium's data protection regulator took Facebook to court a year ago, accusing it of trampling on EU privacy law by tracking people without a Facebook account without their consent.
  • Amazon is offering deep smartphone discounts for Prime members (2016-06-29 11:43:00)
  • China's top internet regulator steps down (2016-06-29 11:36:38)
    China's top internet regulator, who oversaw a severe tightening of internet freedoms during his tenure, has stepped down, reports said Wednesday. Lu Wei -- named as one of the world's 100 most influential people last year by Time magazine -- had been in charge of supervising controls on online expression since taking over as head of the Cyberspace Administration of China in 2013. China censors online content it deems to be politically sensitive, while blocking some Western media websites and the services of Internet giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google.
  • After Fire flop, Amazon unveils phones with its apps, ads (2016-06-29 11:35:18)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is back in the phone business — sort of.
  • With Election Year, the Purge series has become the zombie franchise we deserve (2016-06-29 11:33:24)
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  • BoJack Horseman is a troubled movie star in the first season three trailer (2016-06-29 11:27:23)
    BoJack Horseman has come a long way since his debut two years ago, and he's back in the first trailer for the Netflix series' third season. After starting out as the washed up former star of a '90s sitcom, he picked himself up last season to play Secretariat in his first dramatic role. This year, he's a bona fide movie star, complete with an Oscar nod. Obviously, that comes with a whole host of problems, including depression and a lot of substance abuse. One wonders if he'll actually survive the experience. BoJack Horseman season three premieres on July 22nd.
  • Media use in America up a full hour over just last year (2016-06-29 11:26:11)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The typical American adult is using media for a full hour a day more than just last year, with smartphones accounting for most of the increase.
  • Google just shamed the antivirus software you probably use, so update immediately (2016-06-29 11:23:31)
    Whether you’re looking to protect your PC or an entire fleet of computers, chances are you’ve either considered or have ended up purchasing products from Symantec. The company sells consumer software under the Norton brand, in addition to Symantec Endpoint Protection that targets enterprises. The bad news is that both products were just shamed by  Google’s Project Zero security team , which found critical errors that leave users at risk. In fact, Google’s security hacker Tavis Ormandy discovered numerous vulnerabilities in 25 different Norton and Symantec products, and he said they are “as bad as it gets.” MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare "These vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets," Ormandy  wrote . "They don’t require any user interaction, they affect the default configuration, and the software runs at the highest privilege levels possible. In certain cases on Windows, vulnerable code is even loaded into the kernel, resulting in remote kernel memory corruption." Rather than protecting users from malicious programs, the anti-virus programs could end up helping hackers by making it even easier to target these machines – essentially, a hacker could simply have to attack the software intended to protect a computer, rather than the computer itself. "Just emailing a file to a victim or sending them a link to an exploit is enough to trigger it – the victim does not need to open the file or interact with it in any way,” Google’s researcher said. Google’s team looks for zero-day security holes in various products and found issues in antivirus products from Trend Micro in the past. The researchers give companies 90 days plus a two-week grace period to fix issues, after which point they’re revealed to the public. The good news is that Symantec has taken swift action  and all the issues were fixed in an update that was already sent to customers by the time Ormandy published his findings. Even so, while antivirus software on some systems is updated automatically, not all computers are set up that way. Admins might have to perform the updates themselves. It’s still disconcerting to find out that one of the top antivirus makers out there had so many bugs in software meant to protect users from malicious hackers. More details about the software issues found in Symantec and Norton products are available at the source links – and make sure you update all your Symantec products immediately.
  • Uber will warn ​its drivers if they're speeding (2016-06-29 11:21:00)
  • What's better than a webcam dedicated to the world’s longest burning lightbulb? Its website (2016-06-29 11:18:02)
    Facebook re-popularized the live stream this year year with Facebook Live, a streaming video service that allows media companies and marketing teams to grovel for your attention in real time. Live footage of meaningless events has been part of the internet long before Mark Zuckerberg had the idea to create an intra-college hook-up tool. An unremarkable building in a small California town is home to the centennial light bulb.
  • Siri didn't pay very close attention to the Game of Thrones finale (2016-06-29 11:13:00)
    Siri is the Game of Thrones "fan" who's really watching Keeping up with the Kardashians and keeping an eye on #GoT Twitter so they don't miss out on the water cooler conversation the next day. Yesterday afternoon, the official Game of Thrones Twitter account tweeted a screenshot of Siri giving a sassy response to a question about the long-held fan theory that Jon Snow is not Ned Stark's son, but rather the love child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. The theory was all-but confirmed in the season six finale, by a scene in which Ned watches his sister bleed to death, as he gets handed a dark-eyed baby and a real important secret.
  • Facebook's political influence under a microscope (2016-06-29 11:08:53)
    As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Facebook Inc is going out of its way to show its neutrality - an increasingly urgent matter for the social network as evidence of its power continues to emerge. According to research scheduled to be published in August in the Journal of Communication, when people tagged their friends on Facebook in voting reminders, turnout increased by 15 to 24 percent. In the United Kingdom, a Facebook reminder days before the deadline to register to vote on whether the country should exit the European Union led to 186,000 people registering online to vote, according to the government.
  • Uber will soon warn drivers when they go over the speed limit (2016-06-29 11:07:12)
    Uber is going to start monitoring the behind-the-wheel habits of its drivers, including acceleration, braking, and turns, The Wall Street Journal reports. Here's how it will work: After each completed trip, a driver will be sent a summary, according to WSJ. The summary will reportedly include distinct "scores" for acceleration and braking.
  • The Wileyfox Spark is woefully inadequate (2016-06-29 11:04:13)
    The British smartphone maker Wileyfox has returned with its third budget smartphone, the Spark, following up the Swift and Storm models launched last year. Wileyfox will release the Spark, Spark+ (more RAM and storage), and the Spark X (bigger screen) over the next two months, which is ambitious, but you should definitely avoid the lower-end Spark given its paltry amount of RAM and storage. Reports from users have the 8GB Spark offering less than 2.5GB of actual space after updating the pre-installed apps. How much space does the 8GB WileyFox Spark have left after just booting & updating built in apps?
  • Final Fantasy VII is a perfect fit for Monopoly (2016-06-29 11:03:02)
    In the dystopic world of Final Fantasy VII — a classic role-playing game released on the original PlayStation way back in 1997 — a mega-corporation known as the Shinra Electric Power Company controls much of daily life, bleeding the planet of a precious natural resource called Mako and then selling it back to people as energy. The game has you fighting against Shinra in an attempt to repair the damage that's been done, and return the planet's sense of equilibrium. Delve into the evolving city of Midgar in search of the latest business opportunities.
  • South Africa's rich-poor divide, captured by drone (2016-06-29 11:00:00)
  • The cheapest way to buy Motorola’s brand new Moto G4 and G4 Plus (2016-06-29 10:58:56)
    When the brand new Motorola Moto G4 launches is released on July 12, there will be two types of people who buy one: those who pay full price, and those who were smart enough to take advantage of the great preorder deal we're about to show you. Granted, there's nothing to be ashamed of if you end up paying full price since the G4 is a fantastic value, but why pay more than you have to? Using a limited-time preorder deal from B&H, you can snag a new G4 for as little as $149.99 when you account for the value of a free $50 gift card you get with each order, and the G4 Plus will start at $249.99. You'll find details below. First things first — a bit about the new Moto G4: GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Capable Compatible with All Major US Carriers North American Variant 4th Generation 2016 Model Rear 13MP Camera + 5MP Front 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core CPU 16GB Storage Capacity + 2GB RAM 5.5" 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD Display microSDXC Memory Card Slot Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 And the Moto G4 Plus: GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Capable Compatible with All Major US Carriers North American Variant 4th Generation 2016 Model Rear 16MP Camera + 5MP Front 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core CPU 16GB Storage Capacity + 2GB RAM 5.5" IPS LCD Touchscreen Display microSDXC Memory Card Slot Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 All that in phones that start at $199.99 is amazing. All that in phones that start at just $149.99 including the value of the free $50 gift card is simply insane. There are two different Moto G4 models and two G4 Plus models, and all of them include a $50 B&H gift card if you preorder them ahead of their July 12 release. Here are the links you need: Motorola Moto G4 XT1625 4th Gen 16GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black) : $149.99 after $50 gift card Motorola Moto G4 XT1625 4th Gen 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White) : $179.99 after $50 gift card Motorola Moto G4 Plus XT1644 4th Gen 16GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black) : $199.99 after $50 gift card Motorola Moto G4 Plus XT1644 4th Gen 64GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White) : $249.99 after $50 gift card Preorders go live on Wednesday at 11AM. UPDATE: Amazon is selling the G4 even cheaper at $124.99 as long as you're willing to put up with ads on your lock screen. Follow  @BGRDeals on Twitter  to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web
  • Chevy cuts pricing on in-car LTE connections (2016-06-29 10:48:21)
    It isn't often that wireless plans go down in cost without any strings attached, but Chevy appears to have done that today on its in-car LTE plans. The plans — which are serviced by AT&T's LTE network — operate on the modems that Chevy first started rolling out across its entire US product range in 2014.
  • Flyability's Elios UAV is now even safer thanks to DJI (2016-06-29 10:38:00)
  • The iPhone 7 nightmare (2016-06-29 10:31:27)
    I haven't been as active lately on Twitter as I once was, but I do use the service constantly to monitor the news. Twitter lists are fantastic for news-watching. In fact, the lists feature is probably the only reason I still use Twitter at all. On Tuesday night, a tweet crossed by timeline that caught my eye. "Here’s the nightmare scenario if Apple removes the headphone jack on the next iPhone, as rumored," the tweet warned . Ruh roh! This tweet had "click me" written all over it, and I might have skipped past it entirely had it not been for the source — Fast Company is a high-quality site that I personally enjoy. So I clicked. The good news is that the article that tweet led me to wasn't senseless click bait, as I had briefly feared might be the case. The bad news is that it describes a "nightmare scenario" that almost certainly isn't based in reality. DON'T MISS:  The internet completely lost it over Trump’s ‘garbage wall’ speech last night The actual headline on the article — "What The Next iPhone Really Means For Music Copy Protection" — is far less clicky , which likely explains why the text in that tweet was pulled from the lede. The premise is relatively simple and, truth be told, potentially pretty frightening. We've seen plenty of coverage of one iPhone 7 rumor in particular over the past few weeks. We've heard rumblings for months that Apple's 2016 iPhone models would ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and opt instead to only support Lightning headphones (or Lightning adapters). A new wave of panic ensues each and every time this rumor resurfaces, and it happened most recently last week. My colleague penned a post explaining what many people are getting wrong about the rumor, but this new Fast Company article tackles things from another angle. The "nightmare scenario" the author describes is a shift back to digital rights management (DRM) in the music industry, this time manifested as physical restrictions on headphone hardware. The article paints a picture of a possible future where digital music purchased legally or streamed from paid services like Apple Music might only play on authorized headphones. The switch from analog audio to digital would enable this new wave of DRM. From the article: Here’s the nightmare scenario if Apple removes the headphone jack on the next iPhone, as rumored: Years from now, you’ll try to plug your phone into a speaker or set of headphones via the iPhone’s Lightning port, and the music won't play. Maybe it’s because the headphones weren’t authorized by Apple, or because your Lightning-to-USB cable uses an outdated copy protection method. Whatever the case, you’re now locked out of listening to the music you’ve legally paid to hear—a problem that doesn’t exist in today’s analog audio age. This is a hypothetical situation, but the concern is not entirely without merit. If the headphone jack starts disappearing from smartphones, its digital replacement could include new mechanisms for digital rights management. The only question is to what extent that copy protection will be enforced. It's scary indeed, but it's not going to happen. Let's think about why DRM exists in the first place and who stands to benefit in the scenario described above. The technology was brought about in an effort to combat music piracy, which was running rampant at the time. The beneficiaries were record labels, music publishers and other rights holders, who lost money each and every time a song was illegally downloaded for free. Using DRM would allow these rights holders to restrict playback and ensure that people listening to each track had indeed paid for it... in theory, at least. Now, let's fast-forward to the bleak future described by Fast Company . We don't even have to dive in too deep to dismiss it entirely. This actually does seem like something Apple might do, at least on the surface. Apple already imposes restrictions on iPhone and iPad accessories through a compatibility program. Have you ever tried to plug in your phone only to get that annoying "This accessory may not be supported" message? But in this case, we're talking about a certification program covering accessories designed to work only with Apple devices, and they connect only using proprietary ports. Where headphones and speakers are concerned, it's a different story entirely. Who would benefit from hardware DRM that restricts playback in the way Fast Company suggested? Music labels and song publishers? Nope. They are the reason music DRM exists in the first place, but they don't sell headphones and they don't care what kind of headphones you use. They also don't sell speakers. They sell music, and this DRM scenario wouldn't protect them at all. Instead, it would protect Apple and other hardware vendors that sell headphones and speakers. Further complicating matters in this nightmare scenario is wireless streaming technology. Enforcing DRM over a digital, wired connection is one thing, but Apple would also have to enforce DRM when the user connects a pair of Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth speaker in order for this scenario to make sense; there's no reason to enable DRM for one type of connection and not the other. Again, this just isn't going to happen. There are valid reasons to be annoyed or even angry that Apple is likely ditching the 3.5mm audio jack on its upcoming iPhones. If your current headphones have a 3.5mm plug, you'll need to purchase a Lightning-converter dongle or a Bluetooth adapter in order to keep using them. Or, you'll need to purchase new headphones that have a Lightning plug, or that connect wirelessly. It's not ideal, but we've known for quite some time that Apple is willing to go against the grain in order to facilitate its designs. This manifested itself most recently on the Retina MacBook, which features no standard USB ports and instead uses only a USB Type-C port so that Apple could make the laptop thinner and have more room for the battery. Prepare yourself to be annoyed this September when Apple unveils its new iPhones and they don't have 3.5mm audio jacks. But rest assured that you'll be able to use any headphones you want when you take delivery of your new iPhone 7.
  • AMD Radeon RX480 review roundup: VR graphics for the masses (2016-06-29 10:21:45)
    AMD's Polaris architecture is the answer to Nvidia's Pascal: a 2016 update to graphics card technology that promises all the traditional boosts in efficiency, performance, and value for money — along with the new priority of better VR. Instead of taking on Nvidia directly, however, AMD has sought to hit breakthrough pricing with its opening Polaris salvo, the Radeon RX480, which dips down to $199 while offering enough power to support the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The always-thorough reviewers at The Tech Report place the RX480's performance on a par with Nvidia's pricier GTX 970, noting that "a performance jump like this hasn't happened around this price point for a long, long time, and it's quite welcome." Power consumption and noise levels on the RX480, they say, aren't as pretty a picture as its price-to-performance ratio, but they are still delighted with the upgrade at the $199 price point.
  • Neil Gaiman is rewriting Norse Mythology in his new book (2016-06-29 10:21:09)
    Finding references to Norse mythology in Neil Gaiman’s works such as American Gods, Sandman, and Odd and the Frost Giants is a common occurrence. The award winning fantasy author has long been fascinated by North Germanic story traditions, and in a new book titled Norse Mythology, coming in February 2017, he’ll be going straight to the source in a book that reinterprets the ancient stories for a modern audience. According to the book's cover copy, Gaiman will take the Norse mythos and fashion the stories and characters into a "novelistic arc" that begins with the beginning of time and ends with the mythical apocalypse of Ragnarök.
  • Students can get a free Xbox One with a Surface Pro 4 (2016-06-29 10:19:00)
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update hits on August 2: What you need to know (2016-06-29 10:14:55)
    It's been a year since Windows 10 arrived, and Microsoft has new features for it, including an always-listening Cortana and Hello for website logins.
  • Facebook offers limited detail on formula behind News Feed (2016-06-29 10:13:53)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday offered a rare glimpse into how it ranks and shows content in its News Feed, part of an effort to provide more transparency about its operations as the social network's cultural and political influence continue to grow. The disclosures, though lacking in detail, are notable in part because they come in the wake of a May news report alleging liberal political bias in a Facebook feature called Trending Topics. “News Feed is a system that’s designed and built by people, but people have values and those values are reflected in how we make decisions on a regular basis,” Adam Mosseri, vice president of product management for News Feed, told a press briefing.
  • ACLU files lawsuit over U.S. anti-hacking law (2016-06-29 10:11:59)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said it filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court on Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of an anti-hacking law, arguing it prevents academics and others from collecting data to investigate whether online algorithms may be discriminatory. The lawsuit claims the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) infringes the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protections of speech, the press, and a right to petition the government. It was brought by the ACLU on behalf of a group of university professors and First Look Media, which publishes the news site The Intercept, against U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
  • NY-based explorers find 1868 schooner wreck in Lake Ontario (2016-06-29 10:10:12)
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The shipwreck of a Canadian schooner that sank off Lake Ontario's central New York shore nearly 150 years ago has been discovered, a team of underwater explorers announced Wednesday.
  • Facebook's political influence under a microscope as elections rage (2016-06-29 10:08:39)
    As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Facebook Inc is going out of its way to show its neutrality - an increasingly urgent matter for the social network as evidence of its power continues to emerge. According to research scheduled to be published in August in the Journal of Communication, when people tagged their friends on Facebook in voting reminders, turnout increased by 15 to 24 percent. In the United Kingdom, a Facebook reminder days before the deadline to register to vote on whether the country should exit the European Union led to 186,000 people registering online to vote, according to the government.
  • Google has a new tool that shows you how much it really knows about you (2016-06-29 10:06:34)
    It’s hardly a secret that Google tracks pretty much everything you do online , and it does this for a few reasons — mainly to keep the lights on. Google makes money from ads, and the more data it has on users the better it can target advertising. But the vast amount of data it collects is also used to improve its various services, especially the ones with smart features made possible by artificial intelligence advancements. Either way, Google gives you plenty of options for keeping track of the data it collects, and you can also limit data collection if you choose. In fact, the company just rolled out a new site that shows you exactly what it knows about you. DON’T MISS: HBO just told us who Jon Snow’s parents are, well ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 The new My Activity website will show you the massive amount of personal data Google collects every day. The site lets you see your activity across all of Google’s products including search, Android, Chrome, Google Maps and many others. You can review your history and even delete the data you don’t want Google to store. A filter feature lets you search for activity related to a specific type of Google product, which could come in handy if you want to track down a certain video you watched on YouTube but can’t find anymore, or your Google Maps history. The site has a clean card-based interface and is accessible from mobile devices and desktops alike. As expected, you need to be signed into the Google account you want to inspect to see your history, or to make any kind of change. Check out Google’s new My Activity site at this link .
  • New ACLU lawsuit takes on the internet’s most hated hacking law (2016-06-29 10:00:53)
    For decades, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been one of America’s dangerous laws for anyone doing "unauthorized" things with a computer. Used to prosecute Aaron Swartz, Sergey Alenikov, and jailbreaker George Hotz, the law has long been criticized as a blank check for prosecutors. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union is challenging that.
  • Facebook adjusts News Feed to favor friends and family over publishers (2016-06-29 10:00:03)
    Facebook is adjusting the algorithm that runs the News Feed to promote posts from friends and family members over posts from publishers, the company said today. This marks the second time in recent years that Facebook has committed publicly to tilting the feed to posts from people you know in real life. In April of last year, Facebook announced it was rebalancing the feed in ways likely to reduce the reach of publishers like The Verge.
  • This skeleton robot salamander just wiggled its way into my heart (2016-06-29 09:45:38)
    Show me a robot that waddles and is also a skeleton and I may as well have died and gone to heaven. Enter — wiggling gently with a slightly stupid grin on its skull-like face — the latest robotic creation from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland: the Pleurobot. Researchers from the EPFL created X-ray videos of Pleurodeles (it's technically a newt, but newts are part of the salamander family) to study its movements in both the water and the air.
  • This robot lawyer has already appealed over $4 million in parking tickets (2016-06-29 09:41:35)
    AI chatbots have garnered a great deal of buzz ever since Facebook brought them to its Messenger platform earlier this year . Some analysts are already claiming that these bots are going to be the next big thing in the industry, but other than a select few diamonds in the rough, we haven't seen many that have impressed us. DoNotPay is one of those diamonds. READ MORE:  Confirmed: Game of Thrones has 15 episodes left, at the most According to the bot's official site, DoNotPay is "The World's First Robot Lawyer." Citizens who believe they have received an unfair parking ticket or want to be compensated for a flight delay can simply start a conversation with the bot and see what action they need to take in order to generate an appeal. Speaking with Andrew Keen for TechCrunch's INNOVATE 2016 Series, DoNotPay creator Joshua Browder said that the bot had helped users appeal over $4 million in parking tickets in just a few months. Browder also told VentureBeat that 160,000 of the 250,000 tickets that have been challenged were overturned. "I think the people getting parking tickets are the most vulnerable in society," Browder told VentureBeat . "These people aren’t looking to break the law. I think they’re being exploited as a revenue source by the local government." The chatbot is currently available to users in New York and the United Kingdom, but Browder wants to expand to Seattle by fall of this year. “I feel like there’s a gold mine of opportunities because so many services and information could be automated using AI, and bots are a perfect way to do that, and it’s disappointing at the moment that it’s mainly used for commerce transactions by ordering flowers and pizzas,” he said.
  • How's my driving? Uber to track drivers who brake too hard or drive too fast (2016-06-29 09:39:58)
    Uber wants to improve its drivers' performance on the road with new features giving them feedback on their driving.
  • Puma made a shoe celebrating BMW's bizarre fabric-covered concept car (2016-06-29 09:36:54)
    BMW's for-hire design agency — to make a new shoe that pays homage to one of the stranger concept cars of the last decade. The X-CAT DISC takes styling cues from BMW's GINA Light Visionary Model that debuted in 2008, a roadster with a seamless, silvery fabric pulled taut over a substructure where you'd normally expect metal panels. The "DISC" in the shoe's name comes from the fact that it uses Puma's DISC system, which uses a rotating disc in place of shoelaces.
  • Original USS Enterprise prop restored to its former glory (2016-06-29 09:36:00)
  • Amazon slashes prices on budget phones by half -- but there's a catch (2016-06-29 09:17:26)
    Are you interested in a deal? You'll have to agree to see ads on your phone's lockscreen.
  • ICYMI: Pig poop could make more eco-friendly roadways (2016-06-29 09:15:00)
  • Roku widens TV line with Hitachi (2016-06-29 09:14:03)
    Hitachi's smart TVs soon will come with Roku's streaming-media boxes basically bundled inside.
  • This digital music box looks silly, anachronistic, and lots of fun to use (2016-06-29 09:12:09)
    With a regular music box, a rotating cylinder covered in pins strikes the tuned teeth of a steel comb. The music box itself — called the XOXX Composer — is comprised of eight wheels, each with 16 positions that hold small magnetic balls. The XOXX was developed by Axel Bluhme, a designer who built early prototypes of the device while studying at the Royal College of Art in London.
  • The advent of virtual humans (2016-06-29 09:11:08)
    Sixty years after the term "artificial intelligence" was coined, AI is starting to take its place alongside people.
  • Walmart launches its Amazon Prime competitor nationwide with a 30-day free trial (2016-06-29 09:05:35)
    Walmart's Amazon Prime competitor, ShippingPass, is now available to all customers in the US, complete with a 30-day free trial. Reuters reports that current subscribers to the $49/year two-day shipping service will get also get month free as the big box giant works on building its services for customers. Walmart launched ShippingPass last year as a means of competing with Amazon, though it was confined to a small number of cities across the country. Today's launch makes it an attractive alternative to Amazon Prime, which costs $99/year. Retail Dive also reported in April that the company intends on spending $2 billion by the end of 2017 to build out its e-commerce business.
  • China appoints new internet regulator (2016-06-29 09:03:44)
    China on Wednesday appointed a new head of its powerful internet regulator, a man who has publicly vowed to maintain the ruling Communist Party's tight grip over cyberspace. In a brief report, the official Xinhua news agency said Lu Wei will no longer head the Cyberspace Administration of China, naming one of his deputies, Xu Lin, as his replacement. Xu, 53, was in charge of propaganda in China's commercial capital Shanghai from 2013-15 before being moved to Beijing to become a deputy to Lu, according to his biography.
  • Hitachi will launch Roku TVs this fall (2016-06-29 09:00:22)
    Hitachi is joining the growing list of companies that make Roku TVs. No specifics beyond that have been announced at this time, but the Hitachi Roku TVs will be based on "Roku’s low-cost TV reference design" and include the popular streaming software built in. Other companies that've backed Roku TV include TCL, Hisense, Sharp, and Best Buy's Insignia brand, which launched sales of 4K models back in March.
  • Mossberg: New Even earphones tune themselves to each individual’s hearing (2016-06-29 09:00:18)
    Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Recode. It’s a new type of wired earbuds that use built-in hardware and software to tune themselves to the unique individual hearing characteristics of every person’s ears — in fact, every person’s right and left ears separately. The Even earphones went on sale this week for a competitive $99 a pair at the Even website, with a 30-day money back return policy.
  • Amazon will start subsidizing Android phones with ‘special offer' ads on the lock screens (2016-06-29 09:00:17)
    Amazon today said it would begin offering Prime members significant discounts on select unlocked Android smartphones, in exchange for the ability to pre-install Amazon apps and show customers more ads on the phones. Right now the deal only applies to two smartphones — the new Motorola Moto G and the BLU R1 HD — neither of which is available yet in the US, but are expected to ship on July 12th. The lock screen ads are not dissimilar from the ads that appear on Amazon's Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets with "special offers," as Amazon calls them.
  • Open software promises speedy self-driving car development (2016-06-29 09:00:03)
    Hoping to create a standard software architecture for self-driving vehicle development, Elektrobit releases Robinos, giving engineers a software framework to integrate sensor and control systems.
  • AMD's Radeon RX 480 is the new king of budget video cards (2016-06-29 09:00:00)
  • Kanye West and Adidas announce huge partnership including new stores (2016-06-29 08:52:58)
    You haven't seen the last of Kanye West's Adidas designs. West and the apparel company have just announced a huge expansion of their current partnership, in what Adidas is calling "the most significant partnership ever created between a non-athlete and an athletic brand," Pitchfork reports. The terms of the partnership dictate that West will expand his work with Adidas to include apparel and accessories, as well as sneakers.
  • Microsoft annouces free Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out on August 2nd (2016-06-29 08:49:28)
    The first major content update for Windows 10 finally has a release date. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Anniversary Edition — a free update for all Windows 10 users —  is launching on August 2nd . The update was originally unveiled at Microsoft's Build Developer Conference in March, but the company wasn't ready to show off all of the new features and upgrades. Now, with just a few weeks until launch, the curtain has been pulled back. READ MORE:  SanDisk’s giant 256GB microSD card is also the world’s fastest Improved security is one of the prime focuses of the update, with both Windows Hello and Windows Defender receiving some noteworthy updates. Windows Hello will allow users to log in to apps without a password and access websites with biometric authentication using Microsoft Edge. As for Windows Defender, the software will now let users schedule quick scans of their PCs to run automatically throughout the day and provide summaries once they're done. Microsoft is also making its new browser more capable and power efficient than before. When the Anniversary Update lands, Microsoft Edge will receive power-saving improvements to use fewer CPU cycles, consume less memory and minimize background activity. In addition, extensions will be available in the Windows Store and Edge will support modern web standards, like HTML5, CSS3 and ARIA. For the gaming crowd, the Anniversary Update will also introduce Xbox Play Anywhere , which gives them the option to buy a game on either Xbox One or PC and immediately own it on both platforms. Cortana, Language Region Independence and support for background music will all be coming to Xbox One alongside the Anniversary Update as well. Along with everything listed above, the update will include a new app to help schools set up their Windows 10 PCs, improvements to Cortana to help her save and recall data and a brand new experience called Windows Ink that "enables people to write on a device as they would on paper." You can download the free Anniversary Update on August 2nd.
  • Microsoft announces free Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out on August 2nd (2016-06-29 08:49:28)
    The first major content update for Windows 10 finally has a release date. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Anniversary Edition — a free update for all Windows 10 users —  is launching on August 2nd . The update was originally unveiled at Microsoft's Build Developer Conference in March, but the company wasn't ready to show off all of the new features and upgrades. Now, with just a few weeks until launch, the curtain has been pulled back. READ MORE:  SanDisk’s giant 256GB microSD card is also the world’s fastest Improved security is one of the prime focuses of the update, with both Windows Hello and Windows Defender receiving some noteworthy updates. Windows Hello will allow users to log in to apps without a password and access websites with biometric authentication using Microsoft Edge. As for Windows Defender, the software will now let users schedule quick scans of their PCs to run automatically throughout the day and provide summaries once they're done. Microsoft is also making its new browser more capable and power efficient than before. When the Anniversary Update lands, Microsoft Edge will receive power-saving improvements to use fewer CPU cycles, consume less memory and minimize background activity. In addition, extensions will be available in the Windows Store and Edge will support modern web standards, like HTML5, CSS3 and ARIA. For the gaming crowd, the Anniversary Update will also introduce Xbox Play Anywhere , which gives them the option to buy a game on either Xbox One or PC and immediately own it on both platforms. Cortana, Language Region Independence and support for background music will all be coming to Xbox One alongside the Anniversary Update as well. Along with everything listed above, the update will include a new app to help schools set up their Windows 10 PCs, improvements to Cortana to help her save and recall data and a brand new experience called Windows Ink that "enables people to write on a device as they would on paper." You can download the free Anniversary Update on August 2nd.
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update arrives August 2nd (2016-06-29 08:45:00)
  • 'Socially-cooperative' cars are part of the future of driverless vehicles, says CMU professor (2016-06-29 08:39:52)
    At Carnegie Mellon, one of the leaders in robotics, Professor John Dolan is finding ways humans and machines can communicate safely on the road. He spoke with TechRepublic about his research.
  • Xbox One vs. PS4: The post-E3 2016 scorecard (2016-06-29 08:34:43)
    The annual gaming show has come and gone. And now we know how the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will stack up against each another for the next 12 to 18 months.
  • Landing with a bump? Germany's Rocket falls back to earth (2016-06-29 08:33:54)
    By Emma Thomasson and Chijioke Ohuocha BERLIN/LAGOS (Reuters) - When German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet launched Jumia in 2012 as a would-be African Amazon, it was optimistic that a rapidly expanding middle class would quickly shift from street markets to shopping online. Four years on, falling sales for sites like Jumia and slower growth from Nigeria to Russia and Brazil is casting doubt on Rocket Internet's ambition to become the world's biggest Internet company outside the United States and China. The devaluation of Nigeria's naira last week is a new blow for Jumia, which now operates in more than 20 countries in Africa.
  • This smart garden turned me into the laziest gardener ever (2016-06-29 08:30:02)
    Amelia Holowaty Krales I love growing plants — which doesn’t mean I’m good at it. I have one aloe vera named Bob that has survived my horrible gardening skills for four years now, but has been on the brink of dying multiple times. I’ve killed lots of other plants — orchids, a dieffenbachia named Celeste, and even cacti. So as much as I love growing plants, I find it frustrating and a little bit heartbreaking whenever a new plant dies on me. That’s where the Click & Grow smart garden supposedly comes in.The smart garden allows you to grow plants with minimal effort. ...
  • With Amazon in sight, Wal-Mart to offer free shipping for 30 days (2016-06-29 08:29:35)
    (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it launched a free 30-day trial of ShippingPass, its two-day shipping program to all shoppers in the United States, as the world's largest retailer looks to take on Amazon.com Inc's Prime subscription service. Wal-Mart also said existing ShippingPass holders will get a month free, as the company builds on initiatives it announced earlier this month. The ShippingPass, priced at $49/year, looks to compete with Amazon.com's Prime subscription which costs $99/year.
  • Solve an FMV mystery with 'Her Story' on Android (2016-06-29 08:28:00)
  • Airbnb may be seeking new funding that values company at $30B (2016-06-29 08:21:52)
    That valuation would put the home-rental service just behind Uber, the most-valued US startup.
  • Google: Symantec antivirus flaws are 'as bad as it gets' (2016-06-29 08:02:00)
  • Windows 10 will get its first major update on August 2nd, and it’s free (2016-06-29 08:00:10)
    Microsoft is confirming today that it plans to ship its Windows 10 Anniversary Update to existing devices on August 2nd. The date slipped out by mistake yesterday, and it marks just over a year since Windows 10 first debuted on July 29th, 2015. Microsoft is marking the occasion with an update that is free to existing Windows 10 users, and includes new features like Windows Ink, Microsoft Edge browser extensions, and Cortana improvements.
  • Microsoft is giving students a free Xbox One with Surface Pro 4 purchases (2016-06-29 08:00:10)
    Microsoft is tempting students to buy a Surface Pro 4 this week with a new promotion running at its retail stores in the US. "So basically a free Xbox One with the purchase of a Surface Pro 4," says Terry Myerson, head of Windows and devices at Microsoft, in an interview with The Verge. The timing of Microsoft's deal comes just a week after the company revealed it's ending production of its Surface 3 devices by the end of the year.
  • Wi-Fi Alliance promises faster Wi-Fi in new products this year (2016-06-29 08:00:02)
    The Wi-Fi Alliance is today announcing an update to its certification program for modern Wi-Fi devices, which will require all new products to support faster speeds and for routers to do a better job of handling multiple devices at the same time. Going forward, routers and devices that want to comply with its latest certification program will have to support three key new features: wider channel bandwidth, an additional spacial stream, and perhaps most importantly, MU-MIMO.
  • IBM's Watson may provide a shortcut to treating cancer (2016-06-29 07:54:40)
    IBM will provide its cognitive computer system to oncologists to get through the tedium of identifying mutations in DNA and finding specific treatments.
  • China appoints new head of internet regulator (2016-06-29 07:44:39)
    The director of China's internet regulator has stepped down and been replaced by one of his deputies, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. Lu Wei will no longer head the Cyberspace Administration of China, Xinhua said in a brief report, adding that one of his deputies, Xu Lin, would replace him. Xu, 53, was in charge of propaganda in China's commercial capital Shanghai from 2013-15 before being moved to Beijing a year ago to become a deputy to Lu, according to his biography.
  • Roccat's frameless Suora keyboard looks good and plays great (2016-06-29 07:42:51)
    My Dota 2 record since switching to the Roccat Suora keyboard is 11-2. It's not that those hard-earned victories were caused by the keyboard (any more than Michael Jordan's superhuman airtime was caused by his sneakers), but it didn't get in the way either. This is why the Suora piqued my interest, with its promise of a minimalist "frameless" design, which is basically the keyboard equivalent of a bezel-less smartphone.
  • YouTube users see fake subscribers disappear following bug correction (2016-06-29 07:41:15)
    Several YouTube channel owners have seen their subscriber numbers plummet following a claim by the platform that it had fixed a bug.
  • First Click: Take a look back at tech history with this simple trick (2016-06-29 07:30:03)
    Did you know that ten years ago today Google launched its ill-fated Checkout service? Were you aware that eight years ago today we saw Bill Gates 2.0 lounging about on a Sunday morning after having just retired from Microsoft? Did you know that seven years ago today Steve Jobs returned to work as Apple CEO after a five-month medical leave, or that six years ago today was the launch of Hulu Plus, or that HP was still considering licensing webOS five years ago today?
  • Abduct four pals for couch co-op in PS4's 'Alienation' (2016-06-29 07:05:00)
  • This fingernail-sized 256GB microSD card is the world's fastest (2016-06-29 06:48:44)
    SanDisk's new 256GB microSD card isn't the first of its kind, but it is, says parent company Western Digital, the fastest. The card has transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of 90MB/s — quick enough to transfer an entire HD movie in around 45 seconds. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card is only slightly faster than Samsung's own $249.99 256GB microSD card, but Western Digital also unveiled a slower cousin intended for a wider audience — the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition.
  • Video, social media, digital assistants: what happens on the web in one minute (2016-06-29 06:33:20)
    In 60 seconds Facebook Messenger shares 216,302 photos and Twitter fields 8678 tweets with emojis embedded. All of which shows that social messaging in particular is beginning to redefine the web for many consumers and should explain why apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are adding more and more features beyond simple multimedia messaging. Every minute Netflix subscribers stream a combined 86,805 hours of video while YouTubers share 400 hours of new video and the amount of video flowing over networks is poised to explode as Twitch and Facebook's Livestream services start to move into the mainstream and as more and more of us start cord cutting -- i.e., severing ties with traditional pay TV providers in favor of internet streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
  • Uber software tracks drivers for high speed, sudden stops (2016-06-29 06:26:48)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Using smartphone sensors to peek over its drivers' shoulders, Uber is promising to keep a closer eye on their behavior — while discouraging speeding or slamming on the brakes.
  • Please disregard this video about 3D printing your next motorcycle helmet (2016-06-29 06:16:23)
    The Zortrax M300 may sound like a plasma rifle from a futuristic FPS or a new type of heart medication, but it's actually a 3D printer — a big one. Well, as this incredibly pumped-up intro video shows, it's large enough to print out a motorcycle helmet in a single run. Not that you should ever wear a motorcycle helmet made in a 3D printer (at least not if you're concerned with keeping your head during a crash), but it does give a good indication of the Zortrax M300's sizable build envelope.
  • Google is testing internet speeds straight from search (2016-06-29 06:10:00)
  • Kuka CEO says company in talks with potential new investors (2016-06-29 05:49:19)
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German robotics maker Kuka is in confidential talks about potential new investors but has so far only received a takeover offer from Chinese bidder Midea, Chief Executive Gordon Riske said on Wednesday. Midea, which already owns a 13.5 percent Kuka stake, made a 115 euros a share takeover offer earlier this month, causing furore among German politicians who have urged Kuka to remain independent. Earlier this week, Midea and Kuka unveiled an investor agreement which includes a commitment to keep its existing headquarters, factories and jobs. ...
  • Sky's Now TV Combo unites live TV, streaming, phone and broadband (2016-06-29 05:35:00)
  • Sony is killing Ustream support for the PS4 from August 1st (2016-06-29 05:21:26)
    Sony has announced it's ending support for game-streaming service Ustream on the PlayStation 4. Gamers will be unable to stream their games or view others' broadcasts on Ustream from August 1st onwards. This includes watching Ustream via the PlayStation Vita, on the PlayStation App, or using Live from PlayStation on the PS4 itself.
  • Google and Qualcomm are making Snapdragon chips Tango ready (2016-06-29 05:14:00)
  • Satya Nadella's rules for AI are more boring (and relevant) than Asimov's Three Laws (2016-06-29 04:58:58)
    Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics (technically four) have been a stalwart of science fiction for decades. With recent advances in artificial intelligence, though, computer scientists and tech companies are beginning to seriously consider the rules we actually need to protect ourselves from future robots and AI. Last week, researchers from Google published a scientific paper outlining five key challenges for making robots safe to work with, and yesterday, in an article for Slate, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out the six "principles and goals" he believes AI research must follow to keep society safe.
  • The coolest PC case mods of 2016, according to Cooler Master (2016-06-29 04:44:01)
    The results from the Case Mod World Series are in, so prepare to be wowed by the best in PC tower mods and scratch-built chassis.
  • Microsoft drops Windows 10's 'messaging everywhere' feature (2016-06-29 04:16:00)
  • Near-perfect wings from dinosaur times discovered in amber (2016-06-29 03:38:24)
    A pair of wings found encased in amber suggest that the plumage of modern birds has remained almost unchanged from some of their dinosaur-era ancestors, according to scientists. In a new study published in the Nature Communications journal this week, researchers say that the wings have very similar structures, coloring, and feather layouts as the wings of modern birds, despite the fact they likely belonged to 100-million-year-old avialans called enantiornithes. X-ray scans indicate that the fossilized wings — found in northern Myanmar — likely belonged to juvenile creatures, and contain skin, muscle, and claws, as well as various layers of feathers, arranged in a markedly similar fashion to those of birds.
  • Tadpole galaxy erupts with the birth of stars (2016-06-29 03:31:46)
    A rare, nearby galaxy is exploding with newborn stars, as seen in a newly released image captured by Hubble.
  • 10 facts about the Apple-1, the machine that made computing history (2016-06-29 03:28:19)
    On June 29, 1975, Steve "Woz" Wozniak tested the first prototype of the Apple computer, and history was made.
  • Salamander robot can walk, crawl and swim like the real deal (2016-06-29 03:26:00)
  • Uber celebrates four years of annoying London taxi drivers (2016-06-29 03:00:02)
    The controversial ride-hailing app is now used by 2 million people in the home of the iconic black cab.
  • Gameloft's board resigns, names new boss (2016-06-29 02:36:59)
    French video games company Gameloft said on Wednesday its board was resigning as it disagreed with the strategic vision of its new majority shareholder Vivendi. Gameloft also said that to facilitate the transition period it had accepted a proposal from its new majority shareholder to name Gameloft's finance chief Alexandre de Rochefort as head of the group's 39 subsidiaries, effective June 29. Vivendi, led by billionaire Vincent Bollore, owns 95.94 percent of the share capital of Gameloft following a hostile takeover battle.
  • Sony is working on a robot that can 'form an emotional bond' with people (2016-06-29 02:18:13)
    Sony has announced plans to develop a robot "capable of forming an emotional bond with customers." And no, it's not talking about the Rolly. At the company's corporate strategy meeting this morning in Tokyo, CEO Kaz Hirai said that a new robot-focused organization within Sony was established in April and is working towards a business launch. Japanese telecoms company SoftBank makes similar "emotional" claims about its Pepper robot, while Sony arguably achieved the goal to some extent with its AIBO dogs, which some users have gone as far as to hold funerals for.
  • Electrostatic sheets promise super-light exoskeletons (2016-06-29 02:13:00)
  • Pinterest ramps up e-commerce features (2016-06-29 01:47:33)
    Online bulletin board Pinterest on Tuesday unveiled new features to facilitate shopping on the site, as the platform pushes to become an e-commerce hub. The new offerings announced at the company's San Francisco headquarters include a virtual shopping bag that users can fill as they cruise bulletin boards. "When you're ready to check out, everything you've added to your bag will be right there waiting for you," Pinterest product manager Tim Weingarten said in a blog post.
  • 'The Banner Saga 2' is making its PS4 debut earlier than expected (2016-06-29 01:33:00)
  • Home-brewed lava helps scientists conduct hot experiments (2016-06-29 01:19:34)
    University researchers in Buffalo, New York, cook up their own molten rock to better understand what happens when lava gets wet.
  • Valve's mobile version of Steam finally hits Windows Phone (2016-06-29 00:58:00)
  • 99-million-year-old wings found frozen in amber (2016-06-29 00:45:44)
    A recent discovery reveals that prehistoric plumage was remarkably similar to the feathers found on modern birds. Dinosaurs? More like six-foot turkeys.
  • Nintendo didn't show the NX at E3 over copycat concerns (2016-06-29 00:28:00)
  • Media firms lose control of news as tech platforms rise (2016-06-29 00:20:07)
    When allegations emerged that Facebook was skewing its trending news stories, many learned about it... on Facebook. Technology and social media firms are increasingly playing a role in filtering and delivering news, often with automated feeds, algorithms and "bots" designed to determine the most relevant articles. "In the past 18 months, companies including Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, and Google have moved from having an arm's length relationship with journalism to being dominant forces in the news ecosystem," said a June report by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.
  • Doom is about to become an even better throwback (2016-06-29 00:19:21)
    The new Doom is fantastic — a brutal, intense return to the days when first-person shooters were about health packs and keycards rather than hiding behind boxes while your health magically recovers. And in the game's first major update, Id Software is making a further retro tweak; there'll be a new option to have your weapon placed in the center of the screen, just like old times.
  • UK has fastest mobile internet while US lags behind, says report (2016-06-29 00:02:58)
    In a bad week for Britain in the news, the UK can at least take solace in its average mobile connection speeds, which — according to a new report from content delivery network Akamai — are the best in the world. The company's latest State of the Internet report claims that British mobile users were able to get average speeds of 27.9 Mbps when connecting to Akamai's HTTP/S platform in Q1 2016, beating most countries in Europe by an average of more than 10 Mbps, and the United States' average speed by more than 20 Mbps. The US had an average connection speed of 5.1 Mbps for the first quarter of 2016, lower than Turkey, Kenya, and Paraguay, and on a par with Thailand.
  • IMAX will build your home theater for a mere $400k (2016-06-28 23:55:00)
  • The new 'Doom' gets its first update on June 30th (2016-06-28 23:21:00)
  • 5,000-year-old ‘document’ shows workers were paid in beer (2016-06-28 23:00:08)
    Being paid in beer might be a dream for some people, but it was a reality for many workers in ancient times. And there’s living proof that beer was an accepted pay for labor: A 5,000-year-old document that recorded these transactions. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7: How does 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage sound? Discovered in the city of Uruk, Iraq, the clay tablet above is a pay stub that contains records for beer due. "We can see a human head eating from a bowl, meaning ‘ration,’ and a conical vessel, meaning ‘beer.’ Scattered around are scratches recording the amount of beer for a particular worker,” Alison George wrote in New Scientist . As Ars Technica points out, Uruk was quite a place to live in ancient Mesopotamia. The city enjoyed impressive architectural marvels and people were trading goods for money. They even had tablets, like the one above, which they used to jot down thoughts in letters or keep track of beer owed, using a writing system called cuneiform. The document above is an important finding because it proves the concept of employees and employers existed during those times. We have no idea why workers would agree to be paid in beer in the first place rather than money, but employers must have had large amounts of beer to afford to pay their employees in alcohol. And the irony doesn’t escape us: somewhere around Uruk, some clever person might have been paying people to make large quantities beer with – you guessed it – beer. Paying people in alcohol isn’t a new practice and it's not restricted to the Mesopotamian region. Some of the people who build the pyramids received some four to five liters of beer per day for their work, Ars says. With all that alcohol flowing, it’s amazing they did such a good job.
  • The Latest: Clinton: Understands fear of foreign trade (2016-06-28 22:34:54)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):
  • Google is giving you power to control the ads you see online (2016-06-28 22:33:00)
  • J.K. Rowling reveals history of 'American Hogwarts' school Ilvermorny (2016-06-28 22:13:16)
    Learn all about the wizarding school found on United States soil, including its Sorting Ceremony, in a new backstory and video on Pottermore.
  • The Latest: Clinton and Trump on Istanbul, Trump in Ohio (2016-06-28 22:05:35)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):
  • Twitter launches Dashboard app for small business accounts (2016-06-28 22:03:00)
  • Someone built an entirely new game in ‘Skyrim’ (2016-06-28 22:00:42)
    There are few games that receive as much attention from the modding community as The Elder Scrolls series. Creative fans have designed new clothes, tweaked the combat system and even built entirely new landmasses inside of Morrowind , Oblivion and Skyrim over the past decade or so, but the most impressive mods of all are the ones that require the most work: total conversions. SEE ALSO:  The inevitable ‘Minecraft’ movie finally has a release date After years of development, the SureAI team has finally announced a release date for Enderal — a total conversion of Skyrim with its own world, its own story, its own characters and its own mechanics. It was built using the Skyrim modding tools, so the final product is going to have a similar feel to the latest Elder Scrolls game, but the similarities mostly begin and end there. "In Enderal , we have attempted to combine open world gaming with a complex and profound storyline," says the SureAI team, explaining how the game distinguishes itself from Skyrim . "While the game world of Enderal is smaller than Skyrim's and the quests are fewer, we believe that the depth of our story and the complexity of our characters both surpass those in recent Elder Scrolls games." SureAI says it has spent 29,908 hours on the development of this total conversion mod, but this weekend, all that hard work finally paid off as Enderal's release window was revealed: between July 1-3. Unfortunately, that only marks the release of the German version of the game, with an English version coming "some weeks later." You can watch the launch trailer for Enderal below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hrmSD6DZt4
  • Tesla admits defeat, quietly settles Model X lawsuit over usability problems (2016-06-28 21:30:22)
    We can talk about how innovative Tesla is for days on end. Indeed, there's no disputing the fact that the company, in injecting a bit of Silicon Valley ingenuity into the tried and true auto design process, has completely turned the auto industry on its head. At the same time, Tesla helped kickstarted the EV revolution, even causing traditional automakers like Porsche and BMW to start taking electric cars more seriously. But in Tesla's zeal to move extraordinarily quickly, problems have inevitably begun to creep in. Specifically, quality control issues still seem to be plaguing the Model X. DON'T MISS:  Meet your favorite new Google search feature According to a recent report, avowed Tesla fan named Barrett Lyon recently returned his Model X and filed a lawsuit against Tesla arguing that the Model X was "rushed" and released before it was ready for sale. "In Lyon’s lawsuit," Fortune  writes , "he claimed the cars doors opened and closed unpredictably, smashing into his wife and other cars, and that the Model X’s Auto-Pilot feature posed a danger in the rain. He also shared a video that shows the car’s self-parking feature failing to operate successfully." Now comes word that Tesla has since quietly settled the lawsuit. "We are committed to providing an outstanding customer experience throughout ownership," a Tesla spokesperson said on the matter. "As a principle, we are always willing to buy back a car in the rare event that a customer isn’t completely happy. Today, the majority of Model X owners are loving their cars." Perhaps, but there's still no denying that we seemingly can't go a month without seeing some new report which calls the quality of the Model X into question. Last month, for example, a Fortune review of the Model X observed a number of quality control issues. One particularly worrisome problem focused on the Model X's seats. Tesla promised me that the Model X’s second-row seats move in such a way as to allow a baby seat to be in place and yet still move to access the third row. I borrowed a friend’s three-month-old baby—yes, really—and her Uppababy Mesa babyseat and discovered very quickly that the system moved the rear-facing seat far enough forward to hit the back of the driver’s seat. Worse, it started to tip the second-row seats, squeezing the car seat’s frame with the baby in it. Definitely not okay. And one month earlier, we highlighted a Model X owner who experienced a range of frustrating problems , including a front drivers-side door that wouldn't fully shut, thus forcing him to drive to work with one his left hand manually keeping the door closed. "I could manually close it, but the car couldn’t sense that the door was shut, so the electric control wouldn’t latch,” the owner explained. “Yesterday, I literally drove to a meeting holding the door closed.” It of course goes without saying that these are basic problems that no new car owner ever expects to deal with, especially on a car that can cost well into the six figures. For any Tesla fans looking for a silver lining, Tesla is at least aware that some problems need serious fixing. During a recent earnings conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that his desk is at the end of the Model X production line so that he can stay on top of any critical issues that need addressing. “My desk is at the end of the production line,” Musk said. “I have a sleeping bag in a conference room next to the production line that I use quite frequently.” Notably, Musk himself has said that Tesla was far too ambitious when designing all of the bells and whistles that went into the Model X. And for any worried Model 3 reservation holders out there, Musk not too long ago indicated that the company wouldn't make the same mistake with the Model 3.
  • Further Zika studies increase the chances of a vaccine (2016-06-28 21:28:00)
  • Anti-wall crusader Zuckerberg put up 'oppressive' wall, say Hawaii residents (2016-06-28 21:14:17)
    Technically Incorrect: At his home on Kauai, the Facebook CEO seems not to want to share a view of his property -- or the sea -- with others.
  • SanDisk’s giant 256GB microSD card is also the world’s fastest (2016-06-28 21:00:20)
    MicroSD cards are about the size of your fingernail, but they're capable of storing way more stuff than, say, 3.5" floppy disks of yore. Every year it seems like cards get better, and 2016 is no exception. The SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-1 card takes the crown as the new fastest microSD card on the planet. It's got transfer speeds of 100MB/s, and write speeds of 90MB/s. That should be enough to comfortably keep up with 4K hi-speed video recording from action cameras and drones, and way,  way  overkill for even the fanciest Android smartphone. DON'T MISS:  Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like The cards are being unveiled today at Mobile World Congress Shanghai. Alongside the Extreme card, there's also a new Ultra Premium card with slightly lower write speeds. Both cards come in 256GB capacities. The most interesting thing, however, is the price. The Ultra card comes in at $150, and the Extreme card is $200. That might not sound decently priced, but the only other card on the market with the same size is Samsung's Evo Plus card. That sells for $250, and the read/write speeds are on par with the Ultra Premium card. That card was released a month and a half ago in May, so it's not like it's old tech either. In other words, SanDisk's card does the same thing for $100 less, and the Extreme card offers better performance for fifty fewer dollars. Sounds awfully like a slam-dunk to me.
  • Western Digital launches high-speed, high-capacity miniSD cards (2016-06-28 21:00:02)
    The company unveils two new 256GB miniSD cards for pro- and general consumers with the top speed of up to 100MB/s.
  • 'Batman: Return to Arkham' delayed indefinitely (2016-06-28 20:54:00)
  • 'System Shock' remake is now live on Kickstarter with free demo (2016-06-28 20:17:00)
  • A look at all the technologies and websites banned in China (2016-06-28 20:00:48)
    Looking at China from a tech perspective is always a fascinating endeavor. The country is more populous than any other place on the planet, and yet, the country's citizens are often blocked from partaking in the latest tech advancements, all in the name of state wanting to control the dissemination of information. All the while, the powers that be in China talk a big game about being more open but as a recent CNN look into the country reveals, there's still a big lockdown on which pieces of software and websites individuals in the country are allowed to use. And further illustrating the degree to which the Chinese Government looks to control access to any and all types of content, Lady Gaga media content in any form was recently banned after the singer took a meeting with the Dalai Lama in the United States. DON'T MISS:  Report says Apple Watch 2 will include one of the most sought-after missing features So with that as a backdrop, let's dive in and have a quick look at which types of apps, services and websites individuals in China can't partake in and enjoy. Instagram Banned since 2014, you won't be able to spend hours browsing through Instagram photos in China. As CNN notes, the site was blocked "after pro-democracy protests rocked Hong Kong in 2014." Google/YouTube If you want to partake in the wonders of Google search or peruse through YouTube's massive video library, you won't be able to do it in China Twitter Banned for quite some time, one can see why Chinese officials would be wary of Twitter given its usefulness in disseminating information and the important role the site played during the Arab Spring. Facebook Banned since 2009, there's no indication that Facebook will be opened up to the general populace anytime soon. Not surprisingly, Chinese officials are particularly wary of any website or service that is centered on user-generated content. A list of other websites banned in China include Dropbox, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Scribd, Bloomberg, Flickr, BBC, The Economist, and TIME.
  • This $5,000 custom System Shock PC is the coolest gaming laptop I've ever seen (2016-06-28 20:00:02)
    In the world of System Shock, the evil mega-corporation known as TriOptimum is indirectly responsible for the near-destruction of Earth, humanity, and at one point the literal fabric of reality. If it were a real company, I would be totally on board with that, as long as it sold this laptop. Most gaming laptops look aggressive, like you're trying to be the roughest customer at your local LAN party.
  • Sony ends Ustream game broadcasts on PlayStation 4 (2016-06-28 19:55:00)
  • Google is testing an internet speed tool built right into search results (2016-06-28 19:45:26)
    Searching Google using the phrase "speed test" has become a common practice for internet users looking to double check their Mbps rate, typically by surfacing a link for the free web product provided by analytics firm Ookla. To take advantage of the common behavior, Google appears to be building its own internet speed test function right into search. The feature may be in response to Netflix's new Fast.com website, which lets you check your internet speed by just typing in the URL and waiting a moment.
  • Nancy Pelosi pities Tim Cook for holding Republican fundraiser (2016-06-28 19:41:10)
    Technically Incorrect: Suggesting that the Apple CEO probably doesn't think much about politics, the House minority leader is dismissive of Cook.
  • Noodles & Co reports possible data security incident (2016-06-28 19:38:24)
    (Reuters) - Fast-casual restaurant chain operator Noodles & Co said on Tuesday a recent data security incident may have compromised the security of payment information of some its customers. The company said the possible data security incident has affected customers who used debit or credit cards at some of its locations between Jan. 31 and June 2. Noodles & Co confirmed that malware may have stolen credit or debit card data from some cards used at some of its locations.
  • How Apple could fix the iPhone 7 headphone jack issue it’s creating (2016-06-28 19:30:15)
    The iPhone 7 will lack a 3.5mm audio jack that would be compatible with existing wired headphones, most rumors claim . Consequently, many people are already angry at Apple for looking to kill the port, even if most of them already know this is precisely the kind of move Apple is known for. But if Apple is killing the headphone jack, what will replace it? DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7: How does 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage sound? Erik Person imagined several solutions Apple might be considering, including wired and wireless headphones. If Apple is making wired EarPods for the iPhone 7, then we might be looking at Lightning-only headphones, Person writes. That’s in spite of the fact that they’ll only be compatible with the iPhone 7 initially. If the next-gen Macs ship with a female Lightning port, they’d also be compatible with the new headphones. But that would mean most users would have to buy new dongles to use the headphones on all non-Apple devices with 3.5mm headphone ports. Apple could also ship a Lightning female-female adapter in the iPhone box, the same one it uses for the Apple Pencil (image above). If that's the case, you’d be able to use the Lighting headphones with any computer via USB. But the whole thing sounds messy. If Apple is going the wireless route – and there are patents to suggest that wireless EarPods might be in the works – then it needs to fix to some problems: Charging the headphones, and pairing/unpairing them to iPhones and other devices with ease. With a male Lightning plug like the one your iPhone cable uses, you’d be able to both recharge the wireless EarPods and pair them with the iPhone – which should be Apple’s main concern, according to Person. A female-female lightning adapter would be required to use them with anything else, however. With a female Lightning port (like the iPhone’s), the wireless EarPods could be charged directly from the wall or a computer. A male-male cable could be used to pair the headphones to a device, but also to turn them into wired EarPods. The most unlikely solution would be using both a female and male connection for the wireless EarPods, which would let you charge and/or pair them without requiring cables or adapters. Finally, there’s always wireless charging for the wireless headphones, although it’s unclear how this would work and how pairing the headphones with an iPhone or Mac is done. These are all ideas Person is fronting, but nothing is official. One rumor says Apple will continue to ship regular EarPods with the iPhone 7, but also add a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter that would let you connect them to the new phone. Person isn’t even considering this option, though this might be the kind of compromise Apple would have to make so that iPhone 7 buyers could still use new EarPods with any other device that features a 3.5mm jack.
  • Artificial intelligence could be used to stop car smugglers (2016-06-28 19:29:00)
  • Google gives Black Girls Code $2.8M space inside its NY headquarters (2016-06-28 19:27:48)
    The nonprofit hopes working near Google will provide better opportunities for students and increase diversity in the tech industry.
  • Best Buy now offers free consultations for upgrading your house with new tech (2016-06-28 19:07:23)
    Best Buy is testing out a new consultation service in a few cities, which involves the retailer's employees coming to your home, scoping out all the tech you've got, and recommending potential upgrades and fancier gadgets to replace all of it with.
  • 'Overwatch' Competitive Play mode launches on PCs today (2016-06-28 19:04:00)
  • Rolls Royce is developing futuristic ships that will one day sail across oceans autonomously (2016-06-28 19:00:35)
    With so much talk about a future filled with self-driving cars, it's easy to forget that general advances in autonomous software technologies can also be applied to boats. That being the case, Rolls Royce recently announced that it's been working on technology that might someday make it possible for gargantuan cargo ships to sail themselves across oceans. In a white paper published a few days ago, Rolls Royce explained how their vision of "remote and autonomous shipping" may become a reality as early as 2020. The initiative is part of Rolls Royce's Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) program. DON'T MISS:  Video gives us a 15-min walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 7’s leaked next-gen software Speaking on the matter, Rolls Royce VP of innovation Oskar Levander explained: "This is happening. It’s not if, it’s when. The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist. The AAWA project is testing sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions in Finland and has created a simulated autonomous ship control system which allows the behavior of the complete communication system to be explored. We will see a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade." Indeed, as Rolls Royce envisions it, we're just a few years away from an environment where a lone operator would be able to remotely control an entire fleet of ships from a central command console. And because this is the future we're talking about, Rolls Royce envisions the console being an advanced holographic display as evidenced by the renderings above and below. Some of the anticipated benefits of remote and autonomous shipping include an improved safety profile and the ability for crew members to focus on more pertinent tasks. For instance, the company explains how these ships of the future would be able to use advanced sensors and companion drones that would effectively serve as advanced scouts capable of identifying important travel issues that humans might otherwise not notice. So while Rolls Royce at the moment is working on decreasing the role of humans in the shipping process, the company eventually believes that fully autonomous shipping may be possible within two decades. Before that, the company is confident that remote controlled ships will become operational by 2020. A few more photos from Rolls Royce's press release can be viewed below.
  • Calvin and Hobbes in 3D is even more magical (2016-06-28 18:40:08)
    Turning classic 2D cartoons into 3D renderings can be a tricky act to balance. There's always something a little unsettling and kind of off about the finished model, like say, The Peanuts Movie, or Garfield: The Movie. Maybe it's the way that it looks way too polished, or how it messes with the nostalgic memories of our beloved characters, but we just know it's not right when we see it.
  • Curiosity finds evidence that Mars was once rich in oxygen (2016-06-28 18:40:00)
  • Facebook activates Safety Check after deadly airport bombings in Turkey (2016-06-28 18:31:44)
    Tool for informing contacts that you are safe turned on after three suicide bombings at Istanbul Ataturk Airport kill at least 28 people.
  • Inside ‘The Garage’, a collaborative workshop for every Google employee (2016-06-28 18:30:14)
    Working at Google might not be all fun and games, as several former employees explained in a Quora thread earlier this year , but there's no question that the perks offered by the company are virtually unrivaled in the industry. One of the coolest perks for creative Googlers who want to express themselves has to be The Garage — a collaborative workshop through which Business Insider was lucky enough to take a tour earlier this month. DON'T MISS:  Meet your favorite new Google search feature As Google tells it, The Garage began life in 2008 inside of a cubicle when a group of Googlers needed a space to work during their "20% time" — time set aside to work on pet projects employees think might benefit the company. By 2012, Google had set aside space for The Garage and began filling it with tools. Today, The Garage is absolutely packed with equipment, from 3D printers to shop vacs to sewing machines to a CNC milling machine. While touring the facility with director of open source and Garage manager Chris DiBona, Business Insider actually stumbled upon a machine that DiBona hadn't seen in The Garage before, which shows you just how often new tools make their way in. Although Google has several machine shops restricted to authorized employees, The Garage is open to everyone. The company regularly hosts events in The Garage, including "design sprints," which task employees with building a product to solve a problem in a very limited amount of time. It's an incredible facility, and one worth seeing with your own eyes over at Business Insider .
  • Mozilla made a game to teach you the basics of encryption (2016-06-28 18:13:00)
  • This watch looks nice and will count your steps (2016-06-28 17:57:07)
    Skagen is coming out with a line of wearables, the first of which will be a smartish watch and activity tracker under the name Hagen. If that sounds familiar, Skagen has been selling a sleek analog watch under the name for some time, but this new line will be its first foray into the wearable world. If the actual product matches the render Skagen is showing off, the Hagen Connected may be one of the best looking wearable on the market, and it'll also be one of the few that doesn't need to be charged.
  • Combat AI beats the Air Force's top tactical experts (2016-06-28 17:49:00)
  • The Latest: Gov. Kasich may skip GOP convention (2016-06-28 17:47:45)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign. (all times EDT):
  • Criminals can steal your identity to get free iPhones and there’s little you can do about it (2016-06-28 17:40:01)
    Identity theft is one of the worst things that can happen to someone online, and getting rid of the problems that follow might become a never-ending quest. Considering that millions of consumers have had personal details stolen in the last few years, cyber criminals have a seemingly easy task at hand: gathering enough data about a person to start impersonating him or her for financial gain. Now authorities are now investigating a new type of fraud based on stealing someone’s identity which is currently surging: stealing mobile accounts. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7: How does 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage sound? Attackers in these scenarios gain access to a person's mobile account by impersonating that customer. They proceed to order phone upgrades to high-end devices, usually iPhone, and the devices are then sold to third parties. The owner of the account might not be affected financially, even though he or she could take a temporary hit, but the carrier ends up paying for it. However, when this type of attack occurs, a person’s mobile phone might unexpectedly die, causing a series of unwanted side-effects. Imagine not being able to log into any online service because your phone doesn’t work for authentication anymore.And imagine an attacker having temporary access to two-factor authentication passwords for your accounts. In most fraud cases, the perpetrator walks away with a brand new phone that has the number belonging to the person who’s targeted in the attack. Nobody is safe from these attacks. The carriers, NBC News reports , know about the matter and have steps in place to ensure that only an account holder can make changes to a mobile phone account. But if a criminal has personal data belonging to his or her target, then bypassing these security steps is probably very easy. Dena Haritos Tsamitis, who knows a thing or two about cyber security since she teaches it at Carnegie Mellon University, was a target herself. She lost access to her account in March. When calling customer support, they said she went to a store in New York City where she upgraded two of her phones to iPhones, shutting down the old devices. She lives in Pittsburgh and has not been to New York, and she never authorized the transaction. "It was a nightmare. It was hugely inconvenient and caused a lot of stress, but it would have been much worse had I needed to use the phone," she said. "I had to cancel all of my meetings and spend the next day in the phone store." Lorie Cranor, who’s the chief technologist for the FTC, had the same thing happen to her on the day her husband died. This goes to show that nobody is safe. The FTC is aware of this type of fraud and it’s investigating cases. The number of incidents, however, is increasing at a steady pace. In January 2013, some 1,038 cases were recorded. Three years later, the number reached 2,658. If you’re the target of such an attack, it’s likely that criminals have somehow stolen plenty of details about you. That means you should start securing your digital assets with better passwords immediately. The next time they try to impersonate you, they might be going after something else that could be a lot more damaging financially. You should also enable a second layer of security for your mobile account, a password or PIN that would be required to make changes to it. All carriers offer the feature – here’s how to enable it .
  • Airbnb may be seeking new funding valuing the company at $30 billion (2016-06-28 17:39:01)
    That valuation would put the home-rental service just behind Uber, the most-valued US startup.
  • New rules for Chinese App Store mean mandatory identity tracking (2016-06-28 17:20:00)
  • J.K Rowling reveals history of 'American Hogwarts' school Ilvermorny (2016-06-28 17:18:16)
    Learn all about the wizarding school found on United States soil, including its Sorting Ceremony, in a new backstory and video on Pottermore.
  • How to install MongoDB community edition on Ubuntu Linux (2016-06-28 17:17:31)
    If you're itching to try out MongoDB, follow these steps to install this document-oriented database on Ubuntu Linux for free.
  • ‘Earprint’ headphones are going to be the next buzzy music gadget (2016-06-28 17:16:23)
    Last this month we previewed the Nura headphones, which customize their audio to listeners’ specific ear layout. Now, there’s another company promising to do the same thing, except with earbuds that cost nearly $200 less. You'll probably find that the earprint version of music sounds better than the regular audio version, but I don’t necessarily believe it’s because the sound is customized.
  • Behold, the most ambitious Apple lawsuit ever (2016-06-28 17:15:57)
    As you'd expect from the world's largest seller of consumer electronics, Apple gets sued a lot. Some of those suits go places, others get dismissed out of hand the first time they get to court. And then there's Florida. MacRumors  has spotted a gem of a lawsuit filed by Thomas S. Ross, a Floridian who feels that Apple's iPhone infringes on the sketches he made of an "Electronic Reading Device" in 1992. DON'T MISS:  Video gives us a 15-min walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 7’s leaked next-gen software Ross's sketches detail something that does, in all seriousness, bear a passing resemblance to some kind of smart device. It's a large rectangle with rounded corners, a keyboard at the bottom, cell antenna, and a 80MB hard drive. Ross filed for a patent in 1992, but apparently never paid the fees, and the application was abandoned by the USPTO in 1995. I'd say it looks more like a late Symbian device or a squashed Blackberry than an iPhone, but that hasn't stopped Ross from seeking damages from Apple. Specifically, he has experienced "great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money," and seeks a jury trial, $10 billion in damages, and a 1.5% royalty on all iPhone sales worldwide. Given how long it took Apple to extract money from Samsung for a much more plausible copyright case, I'm not holding my breath for the future of this lawsuit. Still, it's nice to see that the lawyers of the world remain gainfully employed.
  • Microsoft enhances Maps app but continues to languish in the mobile market (2016-06-28 17:13:24)
    Microsoft has improved Maps and other apps with mobile-friendly features, but will it be enough to make a difference in sales of Windows 10 smartphones?
  • Dieselgate: What the FAQ do I do? (2016-06-28 17:12:00)
    Let's walk through this whole thing together and see if we can't make some sense of it.
  • Hurt Yourself: The Best New Gravel Bikes (2016-06-28 17:00:00)
    Crush pavement, dirt, and gravel with these bikes built for every kind of road a cyclist could want to ride.
  • The Best New Gravel Bikes (2016-06-28 17:00:00)
    Crush pavement, dirt, and gravel with these bikes built for every kind of road a cyclist could want to ride.
  • Windows $10,000: Microsoft pays out for unauthorized update (2016-06-28 16:54:09)
    Microsoft's aggressive Windows 10 updater apparently went a little too far, costing the company.
  • Microscopic camera could be injected into your body (2016-06-28 16:53:00)
  • Meet Sajad Gharibi, an Instagram star being called a real-life Incredible Hulk (2016-06-28 16:49:58)
    Sajad Haribi is a 24 year old powerlifter based out of Iran that gives new meaning to the word 'big.' In fact, Haribi is so big that he's being likened to a real life version of the Incredible Hulk, or as he likes to call himself, the Persian Hulk. And truth be told, Hairibi looks like he might even be able to man handle The Mountain from Game of Thrones . DON'T MISS:  Report says Apple Watch 2 will include one of the most sought-after missing features Over the past few months, Haribi has started to pick up a bit of fame as his Instagram account has exploded with followers. Just a few weeks ago, for instance, Haribi had about 59,000 Instagram followers. Today? A cool 108,000. As one would expect, Haribi's Instagram account has no shortage of photos depicting Haribi showing off his gargantuan frame and posing with adoring fans. Not content to simply be a powerlifter with worldwide Instagram fame, Haribi is reportedly hoping to break into pro wrestling with the WWE. A few of his more notable photos can be seen below. https://www.instagram.com/p/BEWoGb4Dpjp/ Apparently Haribi sometimes likes to kick back and play a little bit of PS4. He's just like you and I! https://www.instagram.com/p/BAiGR1dDpr9/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BEg-PiDjpsB/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BETzM8WDps_/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BAvPTABjpgO/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7L9rBDpps/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BFub4lWDpiy/
  • This throwback Ford GT paint job is drop-dead gorgeous (2016-06-28 16:48:24)
    Thanks to a new throwback livery, Ford has taken the GT, perhaps the sickest car the company has ever made, and made it even better. It's called the Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition and it's a limited edition color scheme for the new Ford GT supercar inspired by the Number 2 Le Mans-winning GT40 from 1966. The new GT has drawn a lot of comparisons with the old GT40, not least of which is winning Le Mans, which Ford repeated in the GTE Pro class at the famed 24-hour race last weekend.
  • All the important stuff that happens offscreen in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016-06-28 16:45:33)
    Spoiler warning: This piece mentions many specific plot points from Independence Day: Resurgence, including character death. One of the big plotlines — and deadlines — in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence involves a bunch of aliens drilling a hole through the Earth’s mantle to get at its molten core. This comes up a lot: Important Science Guy (Jeff Goldblum’s character, returning from the original 1996 Independence Day) shouts “they’re after our molten core!” as if he were in an ’80s commercial, trying to protect his precious breakfast cereal from a wacky cartoon character.
  • Pinterest teases camera-search tech to make shopping a snap (2016-06-28 16:29:06)
    Users will soon be able to shoot a photo of a product they spot in the real world and get related recommendations online.
  • The free story mode for 'Street Fighter V' arrives this Friday (2016-06-28 16:28:00)
  • Evernote just made its free option worthless (2016-06-28 16:15:04)
    Evernote used to be the best cheap, simple service for syncing notes and lists between multiple devices.  Used to be, because starting today , the free version of Evernote only lets you sync notes between two devices. Starting today , the free plan only allows you two sync between two devices. If you're an existing power user with a long list of laptops and desktops, Evernote will give you "some time" to jump ship to OneNote. DON'T MISS:  Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like If that wasn't bad enough, the paid tiers -- you know, the ones that are now actually useful -- are more expensive, up to $4 and $8 per month. The $4 comes with 1GB of space for uploads, while the Premium plan is 10GB and comes with a couple more features for Enterprise users. $4 a month really isn't that much for admittedly excellent software, but I'm not sure how many users are going to pay. There's dozens of free Evernote competitors on the internet, and a lot of people have access to the Microsoft Office suite and therefore OneNote, which is an excellent competitor. As you'd expect, Evernote CEO Chris O'Neill framed the changes as necessary for improving the service long-term: We don’t take any change to our pricing model lightly, and we never take you for granted. Our goal is to continue improving Evernote for the long-term, investing in our core products to make them more powerful and intuitive while also delivering often-requested new features. But that requires a significant investment of energy, time, and money. We’re asking those people who get the most value from Evernote to help us make that investment and, in return, to reap the benefits that result. It's easy to understand the change. Server space and programmers aren't free, and Evernote has been around for long enough that it really needs to start turning a profit. But I'm not sure that the service is valuable enough to demand a monthly subscription (no matter how low).
  • Zipcar tests pay-per-mile pricing system for short trips (2016-06-28 16:04:00)
  • The System Shock reboot just went live on Kickstarter (2016-06-28 15:59:15)
    The team behind a "reimagined" version of classic cyberpunk shooter System Shock has launched a $900,000 crowdfunding campaign for the project. As we’ve heard before, Night Dive Studios — which re-released the original System Shock last year — has promised a totally revamped version of the game. A Kickstarter page now lays out its plan for updated art, music, controls, and a new voiceover from the original voice of iconic villain SHODAN, with a release date of December 2017. Also called System Shock, the game is described as "a faithful reboot" of the original — as Night Dive explained to Polygon, they believe modern graphics can convey a sense of fear and isolation that the original pixelated designs couldn’t.
  • 7 totally unanswered questions about Twitter's new virtual reality project (2016-06-28 15:55:45)
    Twitter recently hired former Apple designer Alessandro Sabatelli to run its fledgling efforts in augmented reality and virtual reality, the company confirmed to me today. As first noted by Upload VR, Sabatelli was previously the CEO of IXOMOXI, a small startup whose first product created visual filters for VR devices. Cortex is a new part of the company that is charged with "developing state-of-the-art machine learning capabilities to refine and transform our products." The news of Sabatelli's hire comes a week after Twitter announced it had bought Magic Pony, a startup whose first product sharpens low-resolution and blurred video in real time, which will also become part of Cortex.
  • Secure-K is an encryped OS that lives on a USB drive (2016-06-28 15:54:21)
    If you're looking for a encrypted, portable OS that can be securely loaded on any computer, Secure-K may be the answer. Also if you're afraid of hackers wearing hoodies in darkened rooms and find joy in a British man repeatedly saying "privacy" in an excited tone, you'll enjoy this video.
  • Porsche’s press event for the Panamera was... odd (2016-06-28 15:53:42)
    Porsche unveiled the new Panamera today. That's cool, but like many product unveilings across many industries, the introduction was preceded by an on-stage hypefest that was only loosely connected with reality. (See: Samsung's Zoll, Qualcomm at CES 2013, the list goes on.) So let's just go through a quick list of things that happened during the Porsche event: 1. A guy threw a courage rag
  • Amazon Page Flip feature turns up on Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers (2016-06-28 15:50:48)
    Does your Kindle make you miss thumbing through the pages in a book? A new features hopes to replace that utility.
  • NASA's newest rocket booster is ready for deep space (2016-06-28 15:45:00)
  • Red Hat goes all in on OpenShift and containers at Red Hat Summit 2016 (2016-06-28 15:34:08)
    At the annual Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, the company announced a host of updates that it hopes will spur container adoption in the enterprise.
  • Report says Apple Watch 2 will include one of the most sought-after missing features (2016-06-28 15:30:01)
    The current Apple Watch may not have hit the market with the resounding bang that many of us expected, but it's still far too soon to call Apple's wearable a flop. After all, it's worth noting that the Apple Watch during its first year of availability actually sold better than both the iPhone and the iPod. DON'T MISS:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design That aside, there's a whole lot to get excited about with respect to future versions of the Apple Watch. For starters, watchOS 3 looks incredible and finally delivers a range of fixes to a number of problems that seemingly made the first incarnation of the Apple Watch seem like a beta product. Not only is performance on watchOS 3 blazing fast, but the entire UI has been completely overhauled, leaving us with a much more intuitive and user-friendly interface. This is critical because even ardent fans of the original Apple Watch couldn't ignore the somewhat clunky and convoluted implementation of watchOS 1 and 2. So that's all well and good from a software perspective, but an impending hardware update -- rumored to take place in September -- is seemingly poised to take the Apple Watch from a niche product into the mainstream in an emphatic way. Will the Apple Watch 2 sport faster hardware? No doubt. Will the Apple Watch 2 have improved battery life? It's a safe bet. And to top it all off, now comes word via 9to5Mac that the second-gen version of Apple's wearable will feature GPS functionality. Citing a source purporting to be familiar with Apple's plans, the Apple Watch 2 will include a GPS chip. If true, such a feature would instantly make the Apple Watch a legit fitness tracker. The Apple Watch does a few things well from a fitness perspective, but its lack of GPS makes it a less than ideal device even for casual runners. The Apple Watch 2 is said to include GPS for accurate workout logging without the need to carry an iPhone, and the Workout app reportedly will gain the ability to track swimming – suggesting a higher level of waterproofing in the next Apple Watch. Notably, John Gruber during a recent episode of The Talk Show podcast relayed a blurb he heard from Apple during WWDC, namely that fitness tracking is far and away the function people primarily use the Apple Watch for. That being the case, it would make perfect sense for Apple to hone in on fitness-oriented features for the second iteration of the device. One other rumor we've seen make its way through the rumor mill suggests that the Apple Watch 2 may include a front-facing FaceTime camera.
  • Google brings Earth into better focus (2016-06-28 15:25:52)
    Google's free online mapping service is bringing the world into better focus with an updated version of Earth that takes advantage of photos from a US Landsat 8 satellite. The Internet giant introduced a "cloud-free mosaic" of this planet three years ago at Google Earth, and on Monday began rolling out a new version that uses new techniques to process sharper images gathered by the satellite sent into orbit in 2013, as part of a collaboration between NASA and the US Geological Survey. Google Earth previously relied on images from a Landsat 7 satellite, which encountered a hardware problem that resulted in large diagonal gaps in pictures, according to program manager Chris Herwig.
  • Iraqis use off-the-shelf drones to battle ISIS (2016-06-28 15:23:00)
  • Thales aims at boosting its revenue in cybersecurity with Cisco (2016-06-28 15:22:06)
    French electronics group Thales aims to increase its revenues by hundreds of millions of euros in the cybersecurity field through a strategic agreement it has signed with Cisco Systems, it said on Tuesday. "We hope that with this agreement, we will add several hundred millions of euros in the next years," said Jean-Michel Lagarde, who heads secure communications and information systems at Thales. "It will have a multiplier effect, as this is not only about cybersecurity, but also about secure systems for cities and airports." The two companies have been partners since 2010 and plan to co-develop a solution to better detect and counter cyber attacks in real time, it said.
  • Donald Trump stands in front of garbage, waits for punchlines (2016-06-28 15:20:24)
    Donald Trump is currently standing in front of a wall of garbage. Donald Trump knows that good press and bad press, at least for him, are simply competing tributaries feeding into his river of self-promotion. Laughing at Donald Trump is fun, because when we laugh he feels like a benign goof and not a real person running for President of the United States of America.
  • Microsoft pays woman $10,000 over forced Windows 10 upgrade (2016-06-28 15:15:18)
    "I had never heard of Windows 10," travel agent Teri Goldstein tells The Seattle Times.
  • Clinton proposes debt forgiveness to young entrepreneurs (2016-06-28 15:12:08)
    DENVER (AP) — Hillary Clinton on Tuesday proposed letting entrepreneurs defer making student loan payments in order to create jobs and stimulate growth.
  • Can you hear them now? New buoy listens for singing whales (2016-06-28 15:11:34)
    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Scientists have deployed a buoy 22 miles off the coast of New York's Fire Island to monitor several species of great whales in "near real-time." The high-tech acoustic device will eavesdrop on the songs of the whales to better understand and safeguard their movements near two busy shipping lanes entering New York Harbor.
  • Twitter pushing into AR and VR via new hire with Apple background (2016-06-28 15:09:01)
    Could Twitter be working on new apps for virtual and augmented reality?
  • Incredible liquid can pour itself out of a container (2016-06-28 15:05:15)
    Okay, so the container in the following video isn’t sitting in a perfectly straight position, but the liquid in it still shouldn’t be able to pour itself. However, that’s not your regular liquid inside that jar... DON’T MISS: Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like Steve Mould mixed some polyethylene oxide with water and the result is a liquid that will pour itself out of, or into, anything. The polymer is made from long chains of molecules which explains why it's seemingly defying physics. In addition to being able to pour itself out of a container, it’ll climb relatively easy inside a syringe that’s held downwards. Other than being the star in amazing YouTube video that will surely go viral, polyethylene oxide (PEO) is also known as polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polyoxyethylene (POE). These similar compounds have various uses in industrial manufacturing and medicine. The polymer in the video, however, can’t be included in some beverage that you could drink in front of an audience. It would probably pour itself right into your stomach making for a great trick, but don’t even think about doing it. you should still check the short clip below to see it in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOSVX8zOPkc
  • Evernote's free plan no longer lets you sync more than two devices (2016-06-28 15:01:00)
  • Airbnb seeks funds valuing it at $30 billion: source (2016-06-28 14:58:27)
    (Reuters) - Apartment-sharing startup Airbnb is in talks for a new round of funding that would value the company at $30 billion, a source close to the company said on Tuesday. Airbnb intends to use the financing to support new investments and growth opportunities, the source added.
  • Porsche Panamera redesigned, and it's still a 911 for moms and dads (2016-06-28 14:51:43)
    If you're looking at Porsches, you've been able to choose between a couple SUVs and the Panamera to meet your sporty-but-practical needs — but let's be honest, a Panamera is a whole lot sleeker than a Cayenne or a Macan. Equipped with the best engine, Porsche calls it the fastest series limousine in the world. Inside, there's a new UX that features two new 7-inch displays in the instrument cluster on either side of the tach (Porsche loves having a proper analog tach) along with an enormous 12.3-inch center screen.
  • Facebook releases Chrome extensions for sharing and saving articles (2016-06-28 14:42:58)
    Despite Facebook's best efforts, some internet content continues to be created and consumed outside of the company's walled garden. The Share to Facebook extension puts a Facebook icon in your browser next to the address bar. Add a message and congratulations — you have shared content to Facebook.
  • Twitter confirms it's launching an AR division with new hire (2016-06-28 14:42:00)
  • This $190 Chromebook is perfect for running Android apps (2016-06-28 14:40:03)
    Chromebooks are big business these days! No, really: they're outselling Macbooks, and with the recent addition of the Google Play Store, you can now run millions of Android apps on Chrome OS. But as you can probably imagine, clicking your way through Snapchat with a keyboard and mouse is a little laborious. To solve all of your problems, HP is launching a $190 11-inch Chromebook with a touchscreen. But can a sub-$200 machine actually do anything useful? DON'T MISS:  Video gives us a 15-min walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 7’s leaked next-gen software HP's Chromebooks have been around for a while as one of the better low-price Chromebook options. The new Chromebook 11 G5 looks like it's keeping that trend up: 2.5 pounds, a claimed 11-hour battery life, and a Gorilla Glass HD touchscreen. My main area of doubt is the processor, an Intel Celeron N3060 with two cores and a clock speed of 1.6GHz. I remember similar specs on the Dell laptop I bought a decade ago, which struggled with things like tabbed browsing and video playback. HP claims that the Chromebook 11 will fly through spreadsheets and basic computing tasks, but I wonder what definition of 'fly' they're using. In either case, the real use for the G5 is clear: Android apps, probably in a classroom environment. From that perspective, a dual-core processor (with good onboard graphics) should work just fine. At worst, the G5 sounds like a pretty great laptop for schools and lower-income students. At best, it could be the Netflix-in-bed machine that I've been wanting all my life.
  • 20 questions about bots I don't know the answer to (2016-06-28 14:35:52)
    Say you want to talk to a bot. It's a reasonable thing to want. You've heard they're cool and even though a lot of the early ones haven't been that good, you want to give it a shot. Cool. But in, say, six months to a year, I suspect things are going to be complicated, confusing, and weird. In fact, we just wrote a very long piece about the very issue that explains a lot of what’s going on here - go read it!But now, I still have questions about what it's actually going to be like to live with and use all these bots and intelligent assistants. ...
  • Pregnant monkeys shown to stay infected with Zika longer (2016-06-28 14:27:17)
    Scientists have successfully infected a group of rhesus macaque monkeys with Zika, marking the first time that non-human primates have been shown to be susceptible to the mosquito-borne virus. Specifically, scientists infected eight macaques with an Asian strain of the Zika virus, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. All of the monkeys — two of which were pregnant — contracted Zika when exposed to the virus.
  • Still waiting for your Oculus Rift? VR headset has returned to Amazon (2016-06-28 14:24:09)
    The Rift virtual-reality headset is now back in stock at the online retailing giant.
  • Pinterest wants you to shop for an item by taking its picture (2016-06-28 14:19:00)
  • Watch the fastest Tesla in the world take on Pikes Peak (2016-06-28 14:15:59)
    Every year, the fastest and craziest cars in the world assemble at Pikes Peak, a three-mile hill climb in the Rocky Mountains. Among the cars on show this year was something unusual -- a Tesla Model S, technically a "production" car, but completely stripped out and turned into a lean, mean, racing machine. The car was driven by Blake Fuller, CEO of GO Puck, and set a record for the fastest production electric vehicle (although "production" was pretty loosely defined). DON'T MISS:  Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like A "production" car is supposed to be one that's only modified enough to make it safe for racing, by changing seats, removing airbags, installing a rollcage and the like. Fuller's Tesla did all of that, but the questions seem to be over the battery pack. According to  Jalopnik , the battery pack has been modified to put out more power, at the cost of range and long-term battery life. Does that count as modifying the car so it's no longer production? Well, parts-wise, no, but you'd struggle to take this particular Model S on a road trip any more. https://youtu.be/wmWSnvWsV2s In any case, the modifications were enough to do an 11:48 run, comfortably the fastest (sorta) production electric vehicle. It wasn't the fastest electric vehicle overall, though: Pikes Peak always sees an assortment of prototype and one-off cars trying their luck, and Rhys Millen’s eO  electric vehicle clocked in at 8:57.118. Just in case you're wondering what it looks like to charge up a desolate mountain road full-throttle in a modified electric vehicle, there's video. It's scary. Really scary.
  • Starship will test its autonomous delivery robot in Washington, DC this fall (2016-06-28 14:01:50)
    Starship — the company behind the adorable, six-wheeled delivery robot we met this year at Mobile World Congress — has received approval from the Washington, DC Department of Transportation to start testing a delivery program as early as this September.
  • The best cold-brew coffee maker (2016-06-28 14:00:00)
  • Born in the USA: Toyota Camry earns 'Most American Car' honor again (2016-06-28 13:54:45)
    Because nothing's more fun than schooling ultranationalists on how to actually buy American.
  • Confirmed: Game of Thrones has 15 episodes left, at the most (2016-06-28 13:52:59)
    The sixth season of  Game of Thrones  just wrapped up, with the 60th overall episode of the series having been a glorious season finale — likely one of the best episodes in the entire series. Fans are eagerly waiting to see what’s going to happen next, but season 7 won't debut until next year. And HBO showrunners confirmed what we already feared: There are just 15 episodes left in the series at most, meaning season 7 and season 8 will have less than 10 episodes each. DON'T MISS:  Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like In an interview with Deadline , David Benioff and D.B Weiss talked about season 6’s finale and how it sets up for the upcoming season. But they also confirmed what we dreaded, that there are only 15 episodes left in the series, at most. “It’s two more seasons we’re talking about,” Benioff said when asked about how long Game of Thrones will continue. “From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now.” Benioff doesn’t mention the number of episodes in the upcoming two seasons. But since an episode lasts almost an hour, with the season finale being slightly longer, we can easily conclude that 73 to 75 hours means we’re looking at a lot less than 20 episodes for the upcoming two seasons. Benioff also said that Game of Thrones is unlike any other TV show in this regard. It’s not trying to score more episodes than it needs. “We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end,” Benioff explained. “As Dan [Weiss] said, we’ve known the end for quite some time, and we’re hurtling towards it. Those last images from the show that aired last night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board, and we are heading toward the end game.” He continued, “The thing that has excited us from the beginning, back to the way we pitched it to HBO is, it’s not supposed to be an ongoing show, where every season it’s trying to figure out new story lines. We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story. We’re definitely heading into the end game now.” The full interview with the creators of Game of Thrones is available at this link .
  • The Latest: Clinton says nothing new in Benghazi report (2016-06-28 13:51:09)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign. (all times EDT):
  • The Nubia Z11 is another phone with an edge-to-edge display (2016-06-28 13:46:29)
    Chinese smartphone maker Nubia has announced the Z11, a smartphone with an edge-to-edge display and the sequel to last year's bezel-free flagship Z9. The Z11 comes with a 5.5-inch 1008p display, which isn't that great in 2016 but largely makes up for it with a strong lineup of specs:Snapdragon 820 SoCAndroid Marshmallow 6.0.1 with Nubia UI 4.016MP rear camera with OIS, PDAF, and f/2.0 aperture8MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture and a wide-angle lensedual SIM, VoLTE, fingerprint sensor, HiFi sound3000mAh battery with fast charging
  • Netflix is splitting the first season of The Get Down into two parts (2016-06-28 13:44:36)
    Netflix's newest series, Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, is getting split in two for its first season. Polygon reports that the streaming network will release the first six episodes of the show on August 12th, while the remaining six episodes will air at some point in 2017. The Get Down is a musical drama set in 1970s South Bronx, and will feature "a lot of disco, a lot of clothes-on thrusting, a few guns, and frustration." Breaking Bad alum Giarcarlo Esposito and Jaden Smith are set to star alongside an ensemble of young actors to depict the period. While Netflix's new talk show Chelsea airs three nights a week, Netflix hasn't ever released a show in narrative chunks.
  • Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in July (2016-06-28 13:40:06)
    CBS StudiosThe battle between Netflix and Amazon may go on for decades to come, but Amazon strikes a distinct blow this month as it wrestles control of a core film series away from Netflix: Star Trek — the old ones, I mean. Not the new ones you love to complain about.But this month’s film and TV additions aren’t a total wash for Netflix. For one, it’s picking up all seasons of Gilmore Girls worldwide (they’ve already been available in the US) to prep viewers for the new specials coming later this year. It’s also picking up a pair of film series, Back to the Future and Lethal Weapon. ...
  • Amazon's Alexa Gets Voice-Enabled Skills (2016-06-28 13:32:57)
    It's easier than ever to make Amazon's smart assistant, Alexa, even more brilliant. Now, just by saying "Alexa, enable Lyft," you can add the ability to order a ride with your voice. Amazon also revamped how the app is organized, so it's easier to search by categories such as Smart Home or Lifestyle.
  • Facebook Slideshow Movie Maker to Rival Apple's Photos (2016-06-28 13:32:53)
    If you loved the slideshows from Facebook's Moments app but only use the social network's core app, you're in luck -- Facebook is bringing the feature to its mobile news feed. A video released by Facebook makes it look simple. When you post five or more photos or videos to your timeline within 24 hours, you'll be presented with a pre-made video at the top of your feed, where you can modify it with a bunch of different themes.
  • Here’s how to disable apps that could make your Twitter account vulnerable (2016-06-28 13:32:46)
    On Monday, hacking group OurMine gained access to the Quora account of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Quora has the ability to connect with a user’s Twitter account — as do thousands of other platforms. Because Pichai had granted Quora permission to tweet from his Twitter account, the hackers were able to send messages from the handle of Google’s leader without actually hacking the account.
  • Oracle's cloud business takes lead in Latin America (2016-06-28 13:29:45)
    By Brad Haynes SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Oracle Corp is selling more cloud-based business software than traditional licensed products in Latin America, executives said on Tuesday, underscoring how remote computing has spurred demand from smaller businesses in new markets. Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd said the cloud business, which stores enterprise software and data on remote servers, lets Oracle sell to clients without the budget for hardware or qualified staff, which can be tough to find in emerging markets. "One of the benefits of cloud is that you can now offer capabilities to a much broader set of customers," Hurd said at an event in São Paulo.
  • Why everyone’s biggest complaint about the iPhone 7 is all wrong (2016-06-28 13:27:28)
    Over the past couple of weeks, the tech world has borne witness to a contentious and fiery debate surrounding Apple’s alleged plans to remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from the upcoming iPhone 7. Understandably, not everyone is on board with Apple’s rumored decision to kick a ubiquitous standard that has been around for decades to the curb. And while some in the tech community are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach, others have come out with guns ablazin’. Last week, for example, Nilay Patel of The Verge penned a widely circulated piece wherein he calls Apple’s abandonment of the headphone jack “user hostile and stupid." But here’s the thing: Apple isn’t stupid. Apple may be many things — arrogant, paranoid about product leaks, and selfish are just a few adjectives that come to mind — but stupid isn’t a word that really fits. As a result, I believe that there’s a strong chance the 3.5mm headphone jack that we’ve all come to know and love isn’t going to completely disappear once the iPhone 7 hits store shelves. Will one or more iPhone 7 models ship without a headphone jack? It’s entirely possible. But the idea that Apple, in one fell swoop, will completely abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack with a single iPhone release just doesn’t add up. Here’s why. DON'T MISS:  Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like One of the core things Apple cares about is the narrative that surrounds its products. The unveiling and subsequent release of each successive iPhone model is incredibly well-structured and thoughtfully constructed. The product unveilings themselves are highly rehearsed and extremely polished. Meanwhile, the accompanying marketing campaigns behind each new iPhone model are expertly designed to highlight the features that Apple deems to be the most important. By this yardstick alone, if Apple were to release a slate of new iPhone 7 models with no headphone jack, it would completely lose control of the narrative it prizes so dearly. It’s not even July and the debate surrounding Apple’s alleged ambivalence towards the headphone jack has already engendered an insanely passionate debate. And while that debate, for now, has mostly circulated within nerdy tech circles, it will inevitably spill over, if not explode into the mainstream if the headphone jack is, in fact, tossed by the wayside. With rumors that the iPhone 7 will be largely devoid of particularly marketable or exciting new features, do you really think Apple wants the top talking point surrounding its next-gen iPhone to be the company’s controversial decision to remove the headphone jack? Apple may be arrogant at times, but do you really think that the company is willing to risk a headphone-gate type controversy from overshadowing the iPhone 7’s release? It would be one thing if Apple with the iPhone 7 could encourage users to focus on a crazy new display technology or an incredible new feature like TouchID -- but with no wild new features on the radar, omitting the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 would come to define the device itself. Furthermore, there’s no telling how the public will react to such a design shift. Do people really think Apple is stupid enough to release a selection of new iPhone models without even an option for a headphone jack? If Apple truly believes that a world devoid of the 3.5mm headphone jack is where the future lies, it’s going to strongly encourage users to agree while still providing users who disagree with an iPhone purchasing option. Apple may be arrogant, but it's not blind. Compounding matters is that the iPhone 7 is already shaping up to be an extremely important and strategic product release. Recall that Apple in 2016 experienced its first year over year sales drop in iPhone history. Consequently, now isn’t the best time for Apple to unleash what may very well be its riskiest iPhone design yet. Apple needs the iPhone 7 to be a success, and abandoning the headphone jack altogether is entirely too risky, especially given that the device will reportedly lack any crazy new features that might otherwise overshadow the device’s glaring lack of a port that has been around for decades. All that said, I believe there's more than a strong chance that at least one new iPhone 7 model will feature the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack. Notably, some leaked iPhone 7 photos which surfaced last week support this claim. For those inclined to support Apple’s alleged plan to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack, a commonly raised argument is that Apple has a long history of abandoning legacy technologies, with the original Bondi Blue iMac shipping without a floppy disk being a prime example. On the surface, such comparisons may seem astute, but a deeper examination reveals that such analogies are misplaced for reasons that we’ll address in more detail in a subsequent post. In the meantime, consider this: Apple has no problem kicking legacy technologies to the curb when better alternatives exist. But from a usability, reliability, durability and efficiency point of view, what's the superior alternative to the headphone jack? Bluetooth headphones as a replacement is laughable, to say the least. And as for, lightning headphones? Well, they already exist. In other words, where's the value proposition? Apple may very well want to phase out the headphone jack for upcoming design considerations -- say the rumored edge to edge display on the iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 -- but such a move will likely be staggered. Much how Apple didn't completely abandon the optical drive across its entire product line when it released the MacBook Air, I believe that the headphone jack will live on with the iPhone 7, though perhaps in a more limited form. Perhaps the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will sport a headphone jack while the larger iPhone 7 Pro will do away with it completely. For a design shift this big, Apple is smart enough to recognize that a staggered rollout is the way to go. Besides, a world where the headphones that ship with every iPhone aren't compatible with any shipping Mac product seems decidedly unlike Apple. My prediction? If Apple really wants to get rid of the headphone jack, it's going to ease us into the idea slowly with the iPhone 7 before completely removing it with the iPhone 7s or iPhone 8.
  • Shout at the devil: the confusing world of talking to computers (2016-06-28 13:25:55)
    Microsoft calls it "conversation as a platform." Google says it wants to computers to have an "ongoing two-way dialogue" with their users. Digital assistants that we talk to — Siri, Alexa, Cortana — are already commonplace, but creating computers that talk back will mean something extra: using machine learning to offer users prompts and suggestions. "Our goal with artificial intelligence is to build systems that are better than people at perception," said Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Bose helps kids build their own speaker with a $149 kit (2016-06-28 13:22:00)
  • EU regulators readying third Google antitrust charge: sources (2016-06-28 13:09:48)
    Alphabet's Google may face a third EU antitrust charge as soon as next month, this time focusing on its revenue mainstay AdWords ad placement service, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The world's most popular Internet search engine is already under fire from the European Commission for promoting its shopping service at the expense of rivals and for using its Android mobile operating system for smartphones to squeeze out competitors. The Commission has asked Google rivals to share information related to search advertising with the tech giant, a step suggesting the EU competition enforcer could be poised to hit Google with a fresh charge, the sources said.
  • Terrifying video shows a passenger plane on fire (2016-06-28 13:04:43)
    No no no no no no no. No. Flying on commercial airplanes is already nerve-racking enough as it is, but you're never going to want to set foot on an airplane again after seeing this video. The footage shows Singapore Airlines flight SQ368, which took off for Milan, Italy shortly after 2:00AM local time early Monday morning before turning around and landing back in Singapore. It's a good thing the pilot did turn around, and you're about to find out why. DON'T MISS:  Meet your favorite new Google search feature After taking off from Changi Airport in Singapore en route to Milan, pilots got an engine oil warning that prompted them to turn the flight around and head back to Singapore. The plane made it all the way back to Changi and landed safely before an engine burst into flames. Here's footage of the fire, which was published by The Associated Press and posted by Gizmodo : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0anPv8aFmgM A person who was not aboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ368 but who was at Changi Airport at the time of the incident captured and posted more footage, noting that oil leaked into the engine, causing the fire pictured. https://twitter.com/AlifAdele/status/747240102116491265 Reuters reported that crews at the airport were able to contain the fire within just a few minutes, and no passengers were injured. The Singapore Airlines flight had 222 passengers and 19 crew on board. "Passengers disembarked through stairs and were transported to the terminal building by bus. Passengers will be transferred to another aircraft which is expected to depart for Milan later today," the airline said in a statement.
  • Giant helium field could inflate the world’s dwindling supply (2016-06-28 13:02:30)
    When the US privatized the National Helium Reserve in 1996, it began selling off the nation’s helium reserves cheaply, — which depleted the world’s largest supply of the gas. Now, researchers have claimed to have discovered a major new field in Tanzania, which could provide a much-needed boost to global reserves. Researchers from Oxford and Durham Universities collaborated with with Helium One, a private Norwegian helium exploration company, to search for helium using an experimental method.
  • Can charging hubs be stylish? (2016-06-28 13:02:02)
    Most charging hubs are the antithesis of style. An Italian company wants to change the fate of the poor charging hub with its new Woodie Hub. The Woodie’s outlets fit four different types of plugs, including the US’s. It's also built for Qi wireless charging and has USB ports.
  • Facebook just redesigned the like button (2016-06-28 13:00:02)
    Facebook's like button, the familiar blue icon that is found on millions of pages around the web, is getting a new look. The company is introducing a redesigned version of the icon that ditches Facebook's company logo in favor of a thumbs-up icon. The move is part of a broader redesign of Facebook's social plugin buttons that makes them flatter and more distinct. Previously, the buttons for liking and sharing both used Facebook's corporate logo.
  • Facebook add-ons save and share stories in Chrome (2016-06-28 13:00:00)
  • Game of Thrones' 69-minute season six finale was its most-watched episode ever (2016-06-28 12:48:51)
    8.9 million people watched the Game of Thrones season six finale live on HBO on Sunday night. Last week, HBO told USA Today that the average weekly viewer total for season six was 23.3 million — about 15 percent higher than it was for season five. As it stands, the only show that regularly trounces Game of Thrones is AMC's The Walking Dead — last year's season finale brought in 14.1 million live viewers.
  • Jeremy Clarkson unveils the logo for The Grand Tour, the old Top Gear crew's new show (2016-06-28 12:45:50)
    Jeremy Clarkson, noted bully and former host of popular BBC car show Top Gear, just tweeted out the logo for his new show The Grand Tour. The new show, which premieres on Amazon Prime Instant Video this fall, will feature him and his fellow former Top Gear hosts James May and Richard Hammond galavanting around the world, driving cars, and engaging in their special brand of wacky hijinks. Clarkson was forcibly Brexited from the old Top Gear show more than a year ago after he assaulted a producer, but it didn't take long for his fellow hosts to follow him away from the BBC.
  • Clinton's tech policy includes student loan relief for startups (2016-06-28 12:40:00)
  • Don't forget to floss: App tells you how nice your smile is (2016-06-28 12:37:33)
    In addition to rating your gnashers, the app tells you how trustworthy, elegant and friendly your smile makes you look.
  • Google Project Fi now siphons service from US Cellular coverage, too (2016-06-28 12:36:44)
    Sprint and T-Mobile fuel Google's wireless telephony service, and now US Cellular lends its strength to a growing Fi.
  • Western Digital announces new 4TB My Passport drives (2016-06-28 12:31:03)
    Western Digital's My Passport Ultra hard drives are now available with 4TB of storage, the company announced today. Previously the drive was only available with up to 3TB of storage so it's a nice improvement for power users who eat up a ton of storage. The company says it is also releasing 4TB versions of its My Passport Ultra Metal and My Passport for Mac drives before the fall, but there's no indication on how much those will cost yet.
  • The first episode of the new Transformers animated series is available now (2016-06-28 12:29:37)
    Optimus Prime awaits you on YouTube in a four-part preview to the upcoming series "Combiner Wars," which is aimed at grown-ups.
  • Illustrated Bachelorette Recap: these are all of my boyfriends (2016-06-28 12:28:35)
    To kick things off, Wells gets his first one-on-one date card, and he reveals to the guys that he still hasn't kissed JoJo. Everyone knows that on The Bachelorette, weakness is grounds for relentless bullying. Wells and JoJo go on an awkward date through Buenos Aires, and he's sweating through his shirt trying to find the perfect moment to lay a juicy one on his would-be forever love.
  • Blue Origin breaks ground on new Florida rocket factory (2016-06-28 12:26:04)
    Jeff Bezos announced today that his private spaceflight venture, Blue Origin, has begun construction on the new rocket manufacturing facility the company is building in Florida. The facility, which will span 750,000 square feet, will be used to build the company’s future orbital rocket, according to an email Bezos sent out today. Currently, Blue Origin’s only working vehicle, the New Shepard, can travel to and from suborbital space but cannot achieve orbit.
  • This is the Ghostbusters theme song cover you deserve (2016-06-28 12:24:20)
    Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters theme song might've been mortally wounded by the Fall Out Boy version released last week, but it was only a matter of time before someone brought it back to life. Four Japanese comedians — Tomochika, Oniyakko Tsubaki, Naomi Watanabe, and Shizuyo Yamasaki — recorded their own take on the 1984 classic for Sony Pictures Japan's own Ghostbusters campaign, and it restores all of the goofy joy that made the original sparkle. Goodbye, aggro riffs! Fare thee well, regrettable Missy Elliott verse! Happy trails, Patrick Stump!
  • Microsoft revamps pushy Windows 10 upgrade process (2016-06-28 12:21:00)
  • Evernote raises prices of its paid plans, limits device sharing on free tier (2016-06-28 12:18:12)
    Evernote today announced a new suite of pricing for its paid plans and new limitations for its free service. Evernote Basic remains a free-to-use service, but it is now limited to two devices per account. Evernote recently made passcode locking a free feature, but that likely won't placate the Basic users accustomed to accessing their notes on a variety of devices at the same time.
  • Where Volkswagen's $5 billion environmental payout is going (2016-06-28 12:16:29)
    As part of its landmark $14.7 billion settlement with US regulators, Volkswagen will be shelling out cash to improve the land it sullied with its excess diesel emissions.
  • Clinton campaign proposes new ‘startup visa’ and student loan breaks for entrepreneurs (2016-06-28 12:16:21)
    In most cases, the plan continues policies put in place by President Obama and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, but also puts forward a number of unexpected immigration and student debt programs aimed at spurring entrepreneurship within the US. Clinton’s immigration proposal is particularly notable, offering a "startup visa" for foreign entrepreneurs who want to move to the US to start a business. "Immigrant entrepreneurs would have to obtain a commitment of financial support from U.S. investors before obtaining the visa, and would have to create a certain number of jobs and reach performance benchmarks in order to pursue a green card," the proposal reads.
  • A look at Steve Jobs’ biggest failures as Apple CEO (2016-06-28 12:07:03)
    It's hard to believe that it's 2016 and the phrase This would have never happened if Steve was still alive is still being used. Most recently, Mashable referenced Apple's overhaul of the Apple Watch UI as a solution to a problem that would have never have happened if Steve Jobs was still at the helm of Apple. Is this true? Perhaps. Obviously there's no way to know for sure, but the underlying and frustrating problem with the  This would have never happened under Steve Jobs narrative is that it effectively presupposes that the Apple co-founder was a flawless visionary who never oversaw the release of shoddy software or underwhelming hardware. DON'T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design No company is perfect, to be sure, but one of Apple's strengths has long been its willingness to concede when it's made a mistake and throw all of its weight behind fixing said mistake. Which is to say, Apple's willingness to overhaul the Apple Watch UI, I believe, is a positive insofar as it indicates that the company is happy to admit defeat in order to improve the overall utility of its products. But returning to Steve Jobs for a moment, he wasn't immune to making decisions that later required correction. So while he was an innovative genius he was still, at the end of the day, a human being who made no shortage of missteps along the way. Now given that critics and pundits often find it all to easy to mercilessly and, often times, needlessly attack Tim Cook as a lesser version of Steve Jobs, we thought it was a good time to open up the history books and highlight some of the more curious Steve Jobs decisions and product releases that occurred under his command. Jobs was against the App Store The App Store completely changed the way we interact with our mobile devices and created an economy unto itself in the process. The App Store today is a huge money-making machine, not to mention a key selling point for the iPhone. But interestingly enough, Steve Jobs initially opposed releasing an iPhone SDK and rolling out an App Store. When discussing the original iPhone, Jobs tried to convince the world that Web 2.0 and Ajax apps were all that developers and end-users needed. The full Safari engine is inside of iPhone. And so, you can write amazing Web 2.0 and Ajax apps that look exactly and behave exactly like apps on the iPhone. And these apps can integrate perfectly with iPhone services. They can make a call, they can send an email, they can look up a location on Google Maps. And guess what? There’s no SDK that you need. You’ve got everything you need if you know how to write apps using the most modern web standards to write amazing apps for the iPhone today. So developers, we think we’ve got a very sweet story for you. In fact, Jobs' reluctance to move ahead with an SDK and a bona fide App Store was so strong that a number of Apple employees and board members were actively trying to persuade Jobs to change his mind. According to Walter Isaacson's Jobs biography, Apple board member Art Levinson called Jobs "a half dozen times to lobby for the potential of the apps." Phil Schiller also tried to persuade Jobs to open up the iPhone to third-party developers. "Jobs at first quashed the discussion," Isaacson note, "partly because he felt his team did not have the bandwidth to figure out all the complexities that would be involved in policing third-party app developers.” Thankfully, Jobs eventually saw the competitive advantage that the App Store would provide and changed his mind. When the App Store opened up for business in July of 2008, it became an immediate hit. iPod Hi-Fi Apple in February 2006 announced a speaker system dubbed the iPod Hi-Fi, a forgettable product to say the least. From the outset, it was clear that Apple was simply trying to capitalize on the success of the iPod which was still thriving at the time. The iPod Hi-Fi was a simple concept -- play music directly from your iPod -- that worked decently well. The sound quality respectable but was not in line with the premium price tag ($349) Apple attached to it. Not surprisingly, audiophiles couldn't help but rip the product to shreds. Less than two years after its release, Apple unceremoniously and quietly discontinued the iPod Hi-Fi after sales never managed to take off. Oddly enough, brand new and never opened packages of the iPod-HiFi currently sell for over $1,000 on Amazon, though we can't imagine that someone would actually buy it. MobileMe Apple has never been the best when it comes to cloud-based services. Suffice it to say, if you're frustrated with iCloud today, thank your lucky stars that you never had to withstand the horror that was MobileMe. From the get-go, MobileMe was fraught with problems. What Apple hoped would be a seamless way for users to check email, locate their devices, share photos and more was anything but. Indeed, Steve Jobs reportedly went into a tirade following a less than stellar review of the service from Walt Mossberg, reportedly telling Apple engineers that they ”tarnished Apple’s reputation” and that they “should hate each other for having let each other down.” In fact, the fallout from the initial rollout of MobileMe was so severe that the initial team behind it was reportedly disbanded. What's more, MobileMe's failure prompted Jobs to hand control of Apple's cloud and Internet-related services to a then up and coming employee named Eddy Cue. Hockey Puck Mouse Arguably one of Apple's strangest design decisions, the company's ballyhooed Bondi Blue iMac shipped with a circular mouse design that was quickly dubbed the hockey puck mouse . Despite Jobs' assertions to the contrary, the iMac's translucent mouse was not ergonomically friendly. It was frustrating to control, clunky, and far from a beacon of efficiency. Almost comically, Jobs at one point touted the peripheral as "the best mouse you'll ever use." At best, most iMac users tolerated the mouse. Mercifully, Apple in 2000 replaced it with the optical Apple Pro Mouse. G4 Cube Apple's famed G4 Cube wasn't an inherent failure. The machine itself was favorably reviewed and featured a slick design that completely reimagined the way a computer should look and feel. Nonetheless, a daunting $1,599 price tag coupled with the fact that a monitor had to be purchased separately kept most G4 Cubes on the shelf. Trusting Eric Schmidt It seems like ancient history now, but it's funny to look back at the original iPhone introduction and see former Google CEO Eric Schmidt up on stage praising Apple. At the time, Steve Jobs boasted that the iPhone was a good five years ahead of the competition. Of course, we now know that the iPhone introduction prompted Google's Android team to completely re-think its approach to creating a mobile OS. Yet even as the years passed on by and the tea leaves increasingly started to point to Google becoming Apple's top competitor, Eric Schmidt remained a member on Apple's board of directors. By August of 2009, Jobs and co. finally wised up and realized that the inherent conflict of interest of having Schmidt on the board was not worth keeping up. On August 3, 2009, Apple issued a press release announcing Schmidt's resignation. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest," Steve Jobs said at the time. "Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”
  • Chinese economic cyber-espionage is diminishing, says U.S. official (2016-06-28 12:00:41)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said on Tuesday that Chinese hacking activity appears to have declined since the Chinese government vowed last September to stop supporting the hacking of U.S. trade secrets. The assertion supports findings released earlier this month from cyber security firm FireEye that breaches attributed to China-based groups had plunged by 90 percent in the past two years.
  • Jaunt’s super-fancy VR movie camera is getting easier to find (2016-06-28 12:00:02)
    VR film company Jaunt is opening a rental program for its all-seeing, camera-studded eye of a virtual reality film rig. In what’s described as a pilot program with rental house Radiant Images, Jaunt will offer both the Jaunt One hardware and access to its software tools, which filmmakers will need for the elaborate stitching and editing process involved in 360-degree video. From there, creators can either upload the videos to Jaunt’s catalog or release them on platforms like YouTube.
  • How The Bachelor became social media’s new favorite sporting event (2016-06-28 11:59:15)
    "Is The Bachelor tech?" You might ask this question while listening to this week’s episode of What’s Tech, a podcast that provides introductory explainers into the many pockets of technology and the culture around them. The Bachelor series has aired for over 14 years and spun-off numerous programs, totaling over 35 seasons, but its most recent surge of critical significance stems from the rise of social media. Who watches The Bachelor and how they watch it have changed dramatically since the first episode has aired.
  • Microsoft says Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming August 2nd (2016-06-28 11:51:43)
    Windows 10's first big update will arrive August 2nd — or, at least, that's what it sounds like. Microsoft published a blog post earlier today that included only a headline, "Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update available Aug. 2," and then pulled the story moments later. It's possible that Microsoft just got the date wrong, but, more likely than not, Microsoft seems to have just clicked the publish button earlier than it meant to.
  • The Moto G is coming to the US on July 12th for $199 (2016-06-28 11:43:24)
    The Moto G will be in the US less than three weeks from now, and it’ll be universally unlocked. It’ll work on any carrier in the US, and according to Lenovo, it’ll also work internationally with any SIM card. The Moto G will cost $199, and the Moto G Plus will be priced at $249. Major retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart will sell the devices.The phone’s already available in India and Brazil. The Moto G has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, and a 13-megapixel camera. ...
  • 11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now (2016-06-28 11:42:28)
    June might be winding down but our series on paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free for a limited time is still going strong. You'll find plenty of great options on Tuesday's list that span all different categories — including an Office suite app that's normally $15! — so there's something for everyone. The all have one thing in common, though: These sales could be over at any time. MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years 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. OfficeSuite Pro Normally $14.99. OfficeSuite is the leading app for mobile document editing! Go beyond simply editing and creating office documents. OfficeSuite's powerful modules for DOCUMENTS, SPREADSHEETS, PRESENTATIONS, and PDF files let you share, annotate, collaborate, digitally sign and much more - all in one complete app! Whether you're in or out of the office, do more with OfficeSuite! WHAT MAKES OFFICESUITE BETTER THAN ALL OTHER EDITORS? * Familiar desktop-inspired user interface * Direct opening and saving to/from the cloud - Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and iCloud * Complete editor for Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations * Edit, annotate and digitally sign PDF documents * Support for all Microsoft Office file formats * View and edit RTF and CSV file formats; open ODF files * Restrict access to OfficeSuite and protect your valuable files with passwords * Printer support * Auto-correct while you type * Word, Excel and PowerPoint template galleries Download OfficeSuite Pro VOX Normally $5.99. #1 Music Player for iPhone and Mac! Introducing new YouTube source in VOX™ Player. Now you can listen to YouTube Music Charts and any YouTube Playlists via the best FLAC Music Player :-)! Key features: – LOOP for VOX™. • Your personal and absolutely Unlimited music cloud storage. We don’t compress any music! 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Explore the exciting world of particles in this new hypnotic game! Spin particles to their outer magnetic bound and find a clear route through the endlessly expanding vortex cloud. Master time and space to keep expanding, improving your precision and accuracy to conquer this complex system. Spin Dummy - 10pt Spin Dreamer - 25pt Spin Explorer - 45pt Spin Zen - 75 pt Spin Docteur - 105pt Spin Philostopher - 150pt Spin Master - 190pt L'allemand - 225pt L'andalusien - 300pt Download Spinbound Random PW Generator Normally $1.99. The Random PW Generator allows them to easily generate random passwords, create your own, save and manage Passwords. The app features: Generate passwords with length of 4 to 26 characters. Character selection: big letters, small letters, numbers and special characters, combined with everything else. Special characters can be selected individually. Own password combined with generated characters. Save passwords, delete, print, move with iTunes file sharing on the computer, or send via AirDrop. iTunes File Sharing on - off function. App lock code allows you to keep the passwords from strangers eyes. Do not play with the security of your data! Avoid using the same password for multiple logins. Random PW generator helps you to solve these problems. Download Random PW Generator Compass Zen PRO Normally $8.99. Compass Zen is an eye-catching, minimalist compass app designed specifically for your ipad or iphone. Compass Zen delivers many features with an accuracy that will exceed all your expectations. The magnetic north compass will ensure your co-ordinates are exact and will also tell you your altitude and speed. The elegant design offering easy-to-read information also sports a background customization facility, meaning you can decide what works best for you. There are options of reading the speedometer in km or mph, choose your GPS altitude in meters or feet and view your co-ordinates in DMS or Decimal. All of this gives you the ultimate user experience of a compass but with a simplicity and flair that is matched by no other iOS app on the market. Features: - True/ Magnetic North Compass - Speedometer (in km/h or mph) - GPS Altitude (in meters or feet) - Coordinates (in DMS or Decimal) - Elegant Minimalist Design - Background Customization Download Compass Zen PRO Motion Robot Normally $4.99. Motion Robot measures the running speed of your body like a speedometer does it for a car. Use it to measures your running speed.* It also keeps the total distance you traveled. Note: Motion Robot does not use battery-depleting GPS chip to calculate your speed. Motion Robot is battery optimized to last full 7 days of daily use from a full charge. Download Motion Robot
  • Verizon hires banks for debut cell phone ABS (2016-06-28 11:39:34)
    By Joy Wiltermuth and Jason Freydberg NEW YORK (IFR) - Mobile phone giant Verizon has mandated banks for the first ever securitization to be backed by cell phone contracts in the US, one of the banks managing the deal told IFR on Tuesday. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (structuring), Barclays and MUFG have been hired as lead managers on the inaugural transaction, which is expected to be $1.169 billion in size and rated Triple A. An investor roadshow will take place this week and next. The deal will be backed by Verizon cellphone payment contracts, which in the past few years have become an increasingly popular way to finance smart phone purchases.
  • It's happening: Volkswagen's $15 billion diesel settlement covers buybacks, repairs (2016-06-28 11:35:01)
    If you stack 15 billion $1 bills end to end, you can go to the moon and back nearly three times.
  • A new giant centipede has been discovered — also it can swim (2016-06-28 11:31:18)
    Just in time for pool season, scientists have discovered a new species of centipede — the first known to hunt in water. It's called Scolopendra cataracta and it can grow to be up to 8 inches long, National Geographic reports. S. cataracta was discovered by the Natural History Museum's George Beccaloni while on his honeymoon in Thailand in 2001.
  • One picture can unlock all your apps (2016-06-28 11:23:16)
    PhotoLogin lets people take a photo and use it as a password to access their online content.
  • Amazon's new Dash buttons restock Nerf, Play-Doh and more (2016-06-28 11:20:00)
  • Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like (2016-06-28 11:17:26)
    Various reports seem to agree that Apple will introduce a new iPhone color starting with the 2016 iPhone series due this year. But they don’t agree on what the new color will be. Referred to as the iPhone 7 though it may have a different commercial name when it launches in September, the new family of devices is supposedly coming either in blue or black , color options that have not been available on any previous iPhone models – not including the plastic iPhone 5c that did come in a blue version, of course. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7: How does 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage sound? Apple isn't ready to share any iPhone 7 pictures just yet, but designers already took to the web to imagine what a "Space Black" iPhone 7 would look like. Here’s one such concept from @ShaiMizrachi . https://twitter.com/ShaiMizrachi/status/747505666735153152 Instagram user appleidesigner took things further by releasing a slew of images that imagine the black iPhone 7. As for the blue option, YouTube channel TechConfigurations created a short video that shows 3D renders of an iPhone 7 based on existing design leaks, painting the handset in a “dark blue” shade – check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGEJd4Np9r4 It looks nice and all, but a real blue iPhone 7 model would probably look like this instead.  
  • Poop emoji rafts belong in every pool (2016-06-28 11:06:27)
    Forgot to buy a Father’s Day present? Why not give the old man a floating poop emoji?One of many emoji floats, this buoyant rubber poo will inspire dads around the pool to endlessly reference the 1980 comedy Caddyshack. "Baby Ruth," they’ll chortle before slurping the dregs of a Miller Light.Just imagine your dad, or any dad you know, supine on this smiling turd as the two are cooked by the summer sun. Imagine it!Truly, there’s an emoji float for everyone: the sunglasses face, the 100 square, the fire. All these emoji are available in five to seven-foot long rafts. ...
  • How to start using Google Now on Tap in Android Marshmallow (2016-06-28 11:01:00)
    With Android Marshmallow, Google Now has morphed into something completely different called Google Now on Tap. See how easy it is to use.
  • With a click, Amazon adds Dash buttons for Play-Doh, Campbell's and even fish oil (2016-06-28 11:00:35)
    The e-retailer expanded its one-click widgets with more than 50 additional buttons.
  • Two Zika vaccine candidates shown to completely protect mice from the virus (2016-06-28 11:00:03)
    Scientists have found two potential vaccine candidates that may help combat the Zika virus. A single shot of each vaccine was shown to completely protect mice against two strains of the mosquito-borne disease, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature. "These two vaccine candidates both provided complete protection against Zika virus challenge in mice," said study author Dan Barouch, a virologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School.
  • Engadget giveaway: win a PowerCache 220 courtesy of Monoprice! (2016-06-28 11:00:00)
  • Bose made a Bluetooth speaker that kids can assemble (2016-06-28 10:57:04)
    Bose has released a new product called the Speaker Cube, a build-it-yourself Bluetooth speaker targeted at kids. It's the first product from the company's new kid-friendly category BOSEbuild, which will offer products that can be easily assembled to help promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
  • ​Ride service Lyft may be shopping itself around (2016-06-28 10:55:51)
    Lyft has partnered with investment bank Qatalyst Partners. Could it mean investment from car manufacturers, or a sale?
  • Watch: Model S owner builds the crazy autonomous charging system Tesla never delivered (2016-06-28 10:52:24)
    Some day you'll pull your electric car into your garage and it will start charging instantly because there will be a wireless charger built into the floor beneath it. We have quite a ways to go before wireless technology can safely move enough current to efficiently charge a car though, and different companies are working on ways to improve existing charging tech in the meantime to tide us over. One of the coolest things we've seen so far was a demo of an autonomous Tesla charger prototype that looked absolutely amazing, but Tesla has yet to actually make it a reality. As it turns out, a Model S owner got tired of waiting so he built a version of it for himself. DON'T MISS:  Meet your favorite new Google search feature Back in August of last year, Tesla built a prototype of an autonomous charger mechanism and showed off a video on Twitter. Here's the prototype in action: https://twitter.com/TeslaMotors/status/629305813912326146 It looked like a scary snake robot out of some post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie, but the concept is actually quite smart. By creating a mechanism that connects itself to a car automatically, it obviously simplifies the process a great deal. But sadly, you won't find any crazy robotic snakes at Tesla's Supercharger stations. Model S owner Deepak Mital was tired of waiting for Elon Musk's autonomous charger to become a reality, so he built his own motorized charging system. As Electrek noted , it uses a custom designed mechanism and a Raspberry Pi to control it. It's a bit slow, as you'll see in the video below, but the machine guides the charger into the Model S's charging port without any help from a human, just as Mital intended. A video showing the cool DIY autonomous charger in action follows below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khg-Rw5_anI  
  • Zipcar is testing pay-per-mile rentals in some US cities (2016-06-28 10:48:12)
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  • Read a new J.K. Rowling short story set in a North American wizarding school (2016-06-28 10:45:07)
    The film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them doesn't hit theaters for months, but in the meantime, Rowling is working on a new short story series called Magic in North America, which is exactly what it sounds like. It's called Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, named after a North American version of Hogwarts. The story's main character is a girl named Isolt Sayre whose parents were murdered when she was young.
  • A rare helium mother lode has been found in Tanzania (2016-06-28 10:38:54)
    A massive supply could mean more gas for science, tech and hopefully not birthday parties
  • Ask Alexa to add new features to your Amazon Echo (2016-06-28 10:38:00)
  • Taiwanese chip supplier says Apple conservative on orders: Nikkei (2016-06-28 10:27:16)
    (Reuters) - Taiwanese chip firm Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc said on Tuesday that its biggest customer, Apple Inc, was being more conservative in placing orders compared with last year, according to the Nikkei. The business daily reported in May that component suppliers in Taiwan would receive fewer orders from Apple in the second half of 2016. Apple usually launches its flagship iPhone in September.
  • Video gives us a 15-min walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 7’s leaked next-gen software (2016-06-28 10:27:08)
    Plenty of leaks have already revealed almost everything there is to know about the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung’s next flagship phablet. We already know the device will have an unexpected name, that it might launch only in a dual edge screen version , and that it will feature powerful hardware . But Samsung is also tweaking its software, with a new leak giving us a thorough walkthrough of the upcoming TouchWiz user interface. And yes... among the new features is a software based copy of Apple's 3D Touch functionality. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7: How does 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage sound? 3D Touch is an iPhone 6s signature feature that lets users perform different functions by simply applying pressure to the screen. The feature requires pressure sensors within the screen and a Taptic Engine that offers more precise vibration feedback to provide better feedback. Samsung isn’t doing it that way. Italian blog HDBlog got its hands on a new beta version of TouchWiz and installed it on a Galaxy Note 5 for a video review. The site recorded an extensive 15-minute video walkthrough that goes through the main features coming in this TouchWiz update, which will almost certainly be the default UI for the upcoming Galaxy Note 7. Among the various changes, HDBlog also demoed the new 3D Touch-like feature that doesn’t require new hardware. Simply swiping up on an app icon – using either the finger or stylus – brings up a menu containing various shortcuts for the app in question. Samsung's 3D Touch alternative will likely be available on current top Galaxy devices as well once they receive the same TouchWiz update. Samsung also improved the overall design and performance of TouchWiz, adding several useful tweaks along the way. Errors and glitches are also present, but this is a beta version of the software. Even though it’s in Italian, you should watch the following video to see what Samsung has envisioned for its next-gen TouchWiz. If you're an advanced user and you want to try the new UI yourself, grab it from xda-developers at this link . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1JPxiNWuLo
  • Windows 10 U-turn: Microsoft admits upgrade push was 'confusing' (2016-06-28 10:21:00)
    Following widespread criticism of earlier changes, Microsoft once again revamps its program to get Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10.
  • Hacker claims to have 655,000 health care records for sale (2016-06-28 10:19:00)
  • The Latest: Clinton slams Republicans over Benghazi report (2016-06-28 10:06:51)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign. (all times EDT):
  • The LA Metro takes a cheerful, menacing approach to accidental death (2016-06-28 10:04:13)
    Here you'll find everything to be completely satisfactory, as long as you don't mind the constant, heavy threat of accidental death by rail transport vehicle. Safetyville is the setting of the Los Angeles Metro's new safety campaign, designed to deter people from doing things that could cause a train to potentially destroy their body on impact.
  • Game of Thrones season six was full of impossible journeys, so we mapped them (2016-06-28 09:59:25)
    Dami LeeIn Game of Thrones, movement is life. If you linger too long in the Sept of Baelor, for instance, chances are you won’t be around long enough for afternoon prayer. That’s why many of the characters in Westeros are constantly in transit, traversing from the North to the Riverlands or sailing across the Narrow Sea to hang out with Daenerys in Meereen.
  • VW agrees to $14.7 billion settlement over US diesel claims (2016-06-28 09:55:00)
  • These colorful squares supposedly let you track and call your kid (2016-06-28 09:51:30)
    SnowfoxA few former Nokia employees got together and created some new gadgets, including a wellness ring, sound-cancelling earplugs, and a GPS. Now, the team is working together to create a GPS tracker for kids. The Snowfox notifies parents of their kids' whereabouts while also letting them call their kids if they stray too far from a particular route. The device pairs with a companion iOS / Android app that lets parents set up a geo-fence, so they'll receive a notification when their kid enters a specific area. Snowfox
  • Microsoft's hand-tracking magic may lead to gamepad-free VR (2016-06-28 09:45:00)
  • This startup has a smart ring designed to keep you safe (2016-06-28 09:33:02)
    Kickstarter project Nimb is the latest in a niche category of wearable tech devoted to personal safety.
  • Microsoft finally fixed its Windows 10 upgrade notifications following customer complaints (2016-06-28 09:31:57)
    Earlier this year, Microsoft began pushing upgrade notifications to Windows users, suggesting they upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. As the year marched on, the notifications became increasingly aggressive, to the point where there was no longer any way to opt out of the upgrade from the notification windows. Users were understandably livid that Microsoft wasn't giving them a choice in the matter, but all of that changes this week. DON'T MISS:  Facebook is tracking your phone’s location to recommend friends In case you missed it, Microsoft decided this week to pay out $10,000 to a travel agent by the name of Tori Goldstein who says she lost wages and had to replace her computer after Windows 10 installed itself on her machine. Microsoft initially appealed the decision, but eventually gave up and settled . "Since we introduced a new upgrade experience for Windows 10, we've received feedback that some of our valued customers found it confusing," Windows chief Terry Myerson told  The Verge  in a statement . "We've been working hard to incorporate their feedback and this week, we'll roll out a new upgrade experience with clear options to upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer." In recent weeks, the upgrade notification had morphed into something more like ransomware than a friendly reminder about a free offer. Clicking the red X at the top of the window would actually initiate the upgrade, and Windows 7/8.1 users would have to find clever ways to work around having Windows 10 automatically installed on their computers without their permission. Thankfully, the updates will be going away altogether when the free offer expires on July 29th, at which point Windows 10 will likely cost $119 .
  • Clinton rolls out wide-ranging technology agenda (2016-06-28 09:28:10)
    (Reuters) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday laid out a technology and innovation agenda ranging from connecting every U.S. household to high-speed internet by 2020 to beefing up cyber security and reducing regulatory barriers. A statement issued by her campaign said Clinton strongly supports the Obama administration's net neutrality rules requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than giving or selling access to a so-called Web fast lane.
  • ICYMI: The CGI car stand-in and smart pill dispenser (2016-06-28 09:15:00)
  • Inside is an incredible, unsettling adventure from the creators of Limbo (2016-06-28 09:10:16)
    At the outset of Inside, the long-awaited follow-up to 2010 indie hit Limbo, you’re dropped in a grim, grey forest and all you can do is walk to the right. And really, that’s mostly what you’ll be doing for the five or so hours the game lasts: pushing onwards through increasingly unsettling and occasionally terrifying situations. Inside takes the basic formula of a platform game, twists it in some unique ways, and combines that with the language of cinematic storytelling; it’s basically one long, beautiful camera shot that pulls you through a constantly changing landscape.
  • Top Gear USA has been canceled (2016-06-28 09:10:07)
    If you've seen a single episode of Top Gear USA, you know that it was only a matter of time before the show was canceled. To say that remaining hosts Rutledge Wood, Tanner Foust and Adam Ferrara simply couldn't recapture the magic of the original BBC program, and fans quickly revolted. Everyone knew going in that the show would take some time to hit its stride without Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, but fans has little faith that things would turn around after watching early episodes. Now, we may never know if things would have turned around because the show has officially been canceled, and tonight's episode will be its last. DON'T MISS:  Meet your favorite new Google search feature "I'm very sad to say, but Tuesday night's ‪#‎TopGear‬ on HISTORY is the last TG US that we have shot for you," Rutledge Wood wrote in a post on Facebook . "I'm not saying Top Gear on HISTORY is done, but it's done for the immediate future on @History." Wood continued, "I remember the day that I got the phone call to ask if I'd be interested in talking to one of the producers about possibly being one of the hosts of the US's version of the world's most iconic car show. It's been an amazing ride for sure, and although I don't think the show is done, it appears that it's done with our friends at History, and we're incredibly grateful for being a part of the A&E Networks family. I have had so much fun with Tanner Foust and Adam Ferrara they really are like brothers to me. We've traveled this amazing country and to some of the coolest places on earth together, and even in the hardest moments, it's been a total dream come true." Will the show ever return? Wood seems hopeful that it might, though he acknowledges that if it ever does, it won't be on History. "The three of us will stick together and hope to bring you much more Top Gear USA, albeit it somewhere else it appears," he wrote. Wood's full post is embedded below. https://www.instagram.com/p/BHJB1sUgOfO/
  • Legal weed hasn't turned all of Colorado's teens into stoners (2016-06-28 09:04:58)
    A common argument against legalizing marijuana in the US has been that it would make weed more accessible to teens, even with age requirements for purchase. Turns out, that didn't happen — at least not in Colorado. According to a 2015 survey of more than 17,000 middle and high school students, marijuana use among teens did not increase significantly after legalization.
  • Do you need a bot to talk to your bank? (2016-06-28 09:00:11)
    They're here — or they're about to be. The wave of bots. We've been waiting for them for half a year now, and now that they've received an imprimatur from the biggest companies in tech we're starting to see them arrive.
  • You can enable any of Alexa’s 1400 skills just by asking for it (2016-06-28 09:00:06)
    Amazon has just added another layer of voice control to its voice-controlled Alexa AI. Now, instead of going into the Amazon Alexa mobile app to add "skills", or app functionality, to your Amazon Echo speakers, you can just tell Alexa to add new skills for you. It's a small update but one that is meant to make the whole Alexa experience even more frictionless.
  • No corner of your house is safe from Amazon's branded Dash buttons (2016-06-28 09:00:05)
    Ever since Amazon announced its Dash buttons last year, those little plastic Buy-Me-buttons you're supposed to stick around your house and push to instantly re-order goods, the company has been releasing a steady stream of partner announcements. From garbage bags to dog food, coffee to condoms, and a whole bunch of stuff in between — you can order it with a Dash Button. Amazon is continuing to push the service, adding 50 new brands today to its Dash buttons today.
  • Devialet just doubled the power of its ridiculously loud speaker (2016-06-28 09:00:03)
    Just about one year ago, French audio company Devialet debuted the Phantom, a bulbous mass of a wireless speaker that had enough power to hit volumes of up to 105db. Devialet says that the new speaker is capable of hitting 108db, which equates to twice as loud as 105db.
  • Wink can now put Uber on your wall (2016-06-28 09:00:03)
    Wink's smart home controller is getting an update today that lets it know and do a whole lot more. After an update, the Relay controller will be able to integrate with Uber to let you hail a cab, as well as with Fitbit to display your daily step count. More intriguingly, it'll also integrate with IFTTT, which'll let you program the Relay's two physical buttons to do pretty much whatever you want.
  • Doppler Labs' new augmented reality earbuds can also stream audio from your phone (2016-06-28 09:00:03)
    Doppler Labs has just announced a new version of the Here Active Listening System, the earbuds that let users augment the sounds of the outside world. Doppler Labs will start taking preorders today for $299, and the earbuds will ship in November. There are two big differences between Here One and Doppler’s last product.
  • Amazon's Page Flip is a powerful digital bookmark for Kindle owners (2016-06-28 09:00:03)
    Amazon wants Kindle owners to take advantage of all the software perks e-books have to offer. The feature, called Page Flip, is designed to be the "digital equivalent of sticking your fingers in the book," says Amazon Kindle VP Jeff Kunis. Page Flip allows for two different styles of viewing every page of an e-book — a more zoomed-in view and than a bird's-eye view.
  • Amazon made flipping through books on Kindles and tablets easier (2016-06-28 09:00:00)
  • Wink's smart home controller can hail an Uber car (2016-06-28 09:00:00)
  • Todoist's business platform has a new activity log and notifications (2016-06-28 09:00:00)
  • Doppler smart earbuds blend music with the outside world (2016-06-28 09:00:00)
  • This camera is so tiny it can be injected with a syringe (2016-06-28 08:58:29)
    Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have designed a micro-camera so small it can fit inside a syringe. The researchers, who published their findings in Nature Photonics, managed to 3D-print a three-lens camera that, with its casing, is just 0.12 millimeters wide — slightly smaller than a grain of salt. Since the camera can fit inside a syringe and can focus from a distance of 3mm, it could potentially be used to capture images from inside human organs or even the brain.
  • Volkswagen Dieselgate settlement lets US owners get rid of their cars or 'wait and see' if a fix happens (2016-06-28 08:54:21)
    Widely reported by media outlets yesterday, Volkswagen's settlement for US owners of 2-liter diesel vehicles affected by the Dieselgate scandal is now official. As expected, VW will end up shelling out about $15 billion just to cover its costs in the US — never mind the rest of the world — and to get back into the good graces of the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In addition, they'll be able to choose from a buyback of their vehicle at the September 2015 NADA trade-in value — before Dieselgate broke and trade-in values plummeted — or they can "wait and see" whether Volkswagen is able to develop a fix that makes the engines compliant with emissions standards and is approved by US regulators.
  • China cracks down on mobile app developers (2016-06-28 08:52:04)
    The country's internet regulatory arm announces that developers must add real-name registration and save activity logs for users.
  • Meet your favorite new Google search feature (2016-06-28 08:51:45)
    Wait, what on Earth did Drake just mumble in that new single? And what the heck is Rhianna saying in the hook on her new song? Is that Fetty Wap track even English? There's a reason lyrics sites like Genius have exploded in popularity over the past few years — fans have no idea what anyone is saying anymore. There are dozens of apps and services that offer lyrics for millions upon millions of songs, and soon you won't have to use any of them ever again. Why? Because song lyrics will appear right within your search results on Google.com and inside Google's mobile search apps for iOS and Android. DON'T MISS:  How to get paid every week just for using one Google app Google and a Toronto-based company called LyricFind have both confirmed a deal that will bring song lyrics directly to search results. As Billboard confirmed , the ink on the deal is dry and the new lyrics feature will begin rolling out to users in the United States on Tuesday. This is more than just a big win for LyricFind, which will undoubtedly pull in some nice additional cash as a result. It's also more than a win for Google, which takes yet another step toward realizing a future where users never actually have to leave Google's own sites and apps. Music publishers and songwriters will also see benefits from the deal, according to LyricFinder CEO and co-founder Darryl Ballantyne. "It should be a significant revenue stream," Ballantyne told Billboard . "I can’t get into the rates, but we expect it to be millions of dollars generated for publishers and songwriters as a result of this. It’s all based on usage. Royalties are paid based on the number of times a lyric is viewed. The more it’s viewed, the more publishers get paid." Here's a screenshot of a lyrics search:
  • Siemens to invest $1.1 billion in new startups unit (2016-06-28 08:46:58)
    German industrial group Siemens plans to invest 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) over the next five years in a new startups unit to help it develop businesses in areas such as artificial intelligence and decentralized electrification. The funds will be available to employees, external startups and established companies if they want to pursue business ideas in fields that are strategic to Siemens' future, the trains-to-turbines group said on Tuesday. Siemens, which was founded in 1847 on the then-new telegraph technology, is expanding its core strengths in automation and electrification in new directions to stay at the cutting edge of the digitization of industry.
  • Power Suit: Startup Brings Wireless Charging to Clothes (2016-06-28 08:45:59)
    BauBax’s first Kickstarter campaign was a wild success, raising over $9 million for its innovative travel jacket with more pockets and built-in gadgets than you can shake a stick at. Now, BauBax is back to bring wireless charging to almost any piece of clothing with what it says it the thinnest charging pad in the world.
  • Top Gear USA canceled 'for the immediate future' (2016-06-28 08:37:19)
    Rutledge Wood, one of the three co-hosts of the History Channel's Top Gear USA, has announced that the show has been canceled. It's not clear exactly why the show was canceled, but Top Gear USA never managed to gather the same momentum as the BBC original. Hosts Wood, Tanner Foust, and Adam Ferrara took a little bit to find their rhythm, and while some viewers criticized the show for cleaving to close to the original, others claimed it strayed too far away.
  • G2A attempts to appease game publishers with royalty payments (2016-06-28 08:30:00)
  • This RAM is lit (2016-06-28 08:18:13)
    For the vast majority of people, random-access memory is just a number on a spec sheet, and optimizing it is a simple matter of making it as big as one's budget would allow. But numbers aren't enough for everyone — some of us demand our memory sticks be dressed up in anodized aluminum and illuminated with the pulsating power of red and white LED lights. Enthusiast memory maker Corsair is happy to oblige the latter crowd, and its latest LED-lit RAM sticks are as polarizing as you might expect.
  • Watching lightning strikes in real time is engrossing as hell (2016-06-28 08:10:02)
    Last week at around three in the morning I was woken by the loudest thunderstorm I've ever heard in my life. It may sound silly but it was a genuinely awe-inspiring thing: the lightning turned the room incandescent, the sonic boom rattled the window like cannon fire, and then left with a bass rumble like continental drift. Being dazed from waking up no doubt strengthened this impression, but it's still strange to think how dramatic and yet ordinary thunder and lightning like this is. Honestly, if you don't believe me then just look at this real time map of lightning strikes around the world.
  • 'Avatar' mobile game landing ahead of film sequels (2016-06-28 08:05:01)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before moviegoers return to Pandora, they'll be able visit the exotic alien world from "Avatar" on their smartphones.
  • Huawei MateBook review: this tablet wants to be a PC, but misses the basics (2016-06-28 08:00:03)
    In the world of tablet computing, there are two camps. There’s the Microsoft Surface (and its clones) camp, which attempts to make hardware that transforms from tablet to laptop and back again. Then there’s Apple’s take, which is to just make its iOS platform powerful enough for productivity without dramatically changing the hardware.
  • Baubax puts wireless charging ports in your clothes (2016-06-28 08:00:00)
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  • Five essential tech skills you can learn without a degree (2016-06-28 07:55:00)
  • Microsoft tweaks aggressive Windows 10 upgrade prompt following complaints (2016-06-28 07:52:30)
    Microsoft started aggressively pushing its Windows 10 upgrade notifications back in February. Microsoft is paying out $10,000 to a woman in Seattle who claims that Windows 10 installed itself on her work computer without her permission. Microsoft's initial upgrade prompts for Windows 10 were relatively clear, but in recent months the company tweaked its prompt so that if you simply dismissed it using the "Red X" the upgrade would schedule itself anyway.
  • SK antitrust regulator is investigating Apple and it won’t say why (2016-06-28 07:45:15)
    A report on Tuesday morning reveals that South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating some of Apple's business practices in the region. Rumors emerged as recently as last week suggesting that an investigation would soon be underway, and the FTC's head confirmed as much during a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday. For the time being, however, the FTC is not revealing exactly why Apple is being investigated. DON'T MISS:  Free app lets you save seven times more photos on your iPhone During an FTC hearing on Tuesday morning in South Korea that was attended by a Reuters reporter , FTC chairman Jeong Jae-chan confirmed that the country's antitrust regulator is currently investigating Apple. Jeong said that the FTC is investigating "some matters" related to the world's top consumer electronics company, but he would not discuss any further details surrounding the investigation. Earlier this month, local media including The Korea Times reported that Apple would be targeted in an upcoming FTC investigation. According to those reports, some of Apple's contracts with wireless carriers in the region were to be the focus of the investigation. Unnamed sources told the website that Apple was believed to be pressuring some South Korean carriers into purchasing a minimum number of promotional iPhones, though it is unclear how that might violate regulations in the region. The site also reported that Apple is allegedly forcing carriers to share the burden of iPhone repair costs. "The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating mobile carriers over the exact terms of their contracts with Apple, and Apple Korea will also be looked into soon," one unnamed source told the site. Apple hasn't yet commented publicly on the investigation.
  • First Click: The Xbox One isn't my cord-cutting dream anymore (2016-06-28 07:30:02)
    Microsoft's original Xbox One vision was a digital entertainment center at the heart of your living room, and I've been living that dream for nearly three years. Microsoft announced last year that it was planning to add TV DVR features to the Xbox One, and it immediately became clear the console was turning into the perfect cord-cutting set-top-box. With a vast array of on-demand TV services from British broadcasters and services like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, I have little reason to pay for cable or satellite TV providers like Sky, Virgin Media, or BT unless I really want to watch live sports.
  • The Even headphones make you feel better about your poor hearing (2016-06-28 07:30:00)
  • Google+ is five years old today (2016-06-28 06:52:30)
    Somehow, don't ask me how, Google's zombie of a social network experiment has shambled its way to the grand age of five years old. Like its predecessor Google Buzz, G+ failed to convince people to make it part of their everyday lives, even though it hooked into ubiquitous online services like Gmail, YouTube, and Google search. At varying points, Google+ was pushed as Google's premier photo-sharing platform, or its go-to video chat destination, or, most egregiously, a necessary portal for logging in to your YouTube account.
  • Young Turks: e-commerce start-ups bet on enviable demographics (2016-06-28 06:51:42)
    By Asli Kandemir ISTANBUL (Reuters) - When Demet Mutlu dropped out of Harvard six years ago to found an online fashion retailer in her native Turkey, friends thought she was crazy to leave the world's top business school for a leap into the unknown. While that represents just 2 percent of Turkey's fragmented e-commerce market, Trendyol is growing fast and Mutlu expects sales to almost double to 1 billion lira this year and grow another 50 percent in 2017. "News about Turkey is very negative recently, but if you set up the right business model and target young people, there is tremendous growth potential in e-commerce, even more so than in the U.S. or Europe," Mutlu said.
  • Alphabet proposes scrapping buses in favor of Ubers (2016-06-28 06:32:00)
  • Wileyfox returns with three more affordable smartphones (2016-06-28 06:25:00)
  • This flying phallus will follow you around and take your picture (2016-06-28 06:20:34)
    The drone's creators say it uses facial recognition technology to track users, and is capable of staying aloft for 20 minutes at a time,  taking selfies, shooting "perfectly uninterrupted panoramic shots" from its 1080p camera, or live streaming footage. Also, how good and how useful is that facial recognition technology?
  • Norton releases app for stopping wi-fi naughtiness (2016-06-28 06:18:55)
    Constantly posting your experiences in real time to social networks is now as integral to the typical summer vacation as remembering to pack sunscreen. "We know many consumers believe that using a password to access public Wi-Fi means their information is safe, but that's not necessarily the case," said Fran Rosch, executive vice president, Norton Business Unit, Symantec.
  • Line's IPO price range indicates strong demand, values firm at up to $6.6 billion (2016-06-28 06:10:59)
    By Thomas Wilson TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Line Corp on Tuesday set a price range for a Tokyo share sale that could value the messaging app operator at up to $6.57 billion, indicating strong demand for a firm that pitched itself as a stable investment rather than quick-growing startup. Line, owned by South Korea's Naver Corp , set a tentative range of 2,700 yen to 3,200 yen a share. At the top of the range, Line could raise 129 billion yen ($1.26 billion) from the sale of as many as 40.25 million shares.
  • Clinton to offer debt forgiveness to young entrepreneurs (2016-06-28 06:00:41)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton will propose allowing entrepreneurs to defer making student loan payments, as part of a technology agenda she plans to introduce on Tuesday.
  • Google Maps gets sharper thanks to satellite upgrade (2016-06-28 05:49:41)
    Satellite images on Google Maps and Earth are now higher res thanks to a new, more powerful satellite launched by the search giant.
  • London start-up scene weighs threat of British Techxit (2016-06-28 05:39:47)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Britain's tech start-up scene was having a bumper year in terms of new company creation, fresh funding and acquisitions by global tech players before voters decided to leave the European Union in Thursday’s referendum. Now high-profile companies are threatening to pull out or slow down plans to enter the UK market, international employees are second-guessing their immigration standing and investors could cut new funding that is the lifeblood of young tech firms. Market researchers are predicting a sharp slowdown in UK technology and advertising spending and the longer-term threat that sizeable portions of these budgets will move to the continent.
  • Norton's new VPN app wants to save us from dangers of public Wi-Fi (2016-06-28 05:37:47)
    It's billed as a way to stay secure on public networks, but Norton's new Wi-Fi Privacy app also gives you plenty of VPN benefits on your mobile, though you'll need to pay for the privilege.
  • WWDC: What kinds of app and OS changes should you expect? (2016-06-28 05:30:02)
    Each WWDC brings a lot of changes with it. This year's was no exception, so what should business tech users look forward to in 2016?
  • 'Tetris' the movie is going to be a sci-fi trilogy (2016-06-28 05:29:00)
  • Google vs the EU's antitrust complaints (2016-06-28 04:39:10)
    The European Union has been battling with Google over antitrust complaints for years, with the European Commission — the part of the EU responsible for enforcing and writing the Union's laws — accusing the company of abusing its dominant position in a number of markets. This history of informal probes and official complaints dates back to 2010, and includes the US company's search, shopping, advertising, mobile, and mapping businesses. After 18 months of investigation into Google's search practices, the European Commission has found four particular areas of concern where the search engine giant may be exploiting its market dominance to the detriment of competition.
  • China tightens rules for mobile app developers (2016-06-28 04:18:46)
    China has tightened rules for mobile app developers including requiring real-name registration and preserving users' activity logs, the country's internet regulator said on Tuesday, as Beijing looks to strengthen oversight of the growing app market. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement that mobile app providers would need to fulfill six requirements to help crack down on "unscrupulous" use of their platforms to carry out fraud, distribute pornography and spread malicious rumors. China's government already exercises widespread controls over the internet.
  • Scientists discover new freaky-looking, amphibious centipede (2016-06-28 03:59:18)
    In Southeast Asia and fancy a dip by a waterfall? You may want to watch out for this vicious-looking centipede, the first of its species known to be amphibious.
  • Google adds song lyrics to search results (2016-06-28 03:38:00)
  • Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives (2016-06-28 03:26:40)
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies. Lyft and its former chief operating officer Travis VanderZanden ended litigation in a California state court in which Lyft accused VanderZanden of breaking his confidentiality pledges when he went to work for Uber. Uber also withdrew a subpoena on Monday in separate litigation over a data breach at Uber, which had targeted an Internet address assigned to Lyft's chief technology officer (CTO), according to a court filing.
  • 'Tetris' movie stacks up two sequels (2016-06-28 03:15:17)
    Could the popular block-stacking game support three films? The person behind the "Tetris" movie...err...trilogy seems to think so.
  • Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, the original Iron Man (2016-06-28 03:01:02)
    Legendary Australian bushranger Ned Kelly held the Siege of Glenrowan in an impenetrable suit of armour.
  • Airbnb sues San Francisco to avoid thousands of dollars in fines (2016-06-28 02:41:11)
    Airbnb is suing the city of San Francisco in an attempt to block a new law that could see it face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Under the law, which was unanimously voted in by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors earlier in June, platforms like Airbnb would have to remove listings from any unregistered host or pay $1,000 in fines for each one. The company filed the complaint against its hometown in federal court on Monday, claiming that the law impinged on its free-speech rights, and violated the Communications Decency Act.
  • Juno closing in on Jupiter, sends first photograph (2016-06-28 02:39:58)
    As it closes in on its research target, NASA probe Juno has sent back a photograph of Jupiter and four of its moons.
  • Lady Gaga is now banned in China (2016-06-28 02:19:17)
    The American pop star is the latest victim of the Great Firewall of China, angering the country's officials by meeting with the Dalai Lama.
  • Line Corp sets 2,700-3,200 yen tentative IPO price range: Dow Jones (2016-06-28 02:06:38)
    By Thomas Wilson TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese messaging app operator Line Corp has set a tentative price range of 2,700 yen to 3,200 yen ($26 to $32) a share for an initial public offering (IPO) in Tokyo, Dow Jones reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified source. The range compared with the 2,800 yen reference price Line announced earlier this month. At the top of the reported range, Line would raise 112 billion yen ($1.1 billion) from the sale of 35 million new shares.
  • How to set up 9to5Google for easier two-factor authentication (2016-06-28 02:00:03)
    Google has made it even easier to use two-factor authentication. With 9to5Google, there are no more excuses for not adding an extra layer of security. Jack Wallen shows you how to make use of this new feature.
  • Pillo is a very ambitious pill dispenser (2016-06-28 02:00:02)
    Pillo is a new "home health robot" built by Pillo Health that supposedly combines machine learning, face recognition, video conferencing, and automation to create a personal health assistant that can dispense your vitamins and medication. According to the company, Pillo will recognize each users face and voice, dispense the proper pills at the appropriate time (pills are stores in a tamper-proof casing, according to the company), and automatically reorder your medicine before it runs out. The company claims Pillo will be able to answer health and wellness questions in a conversational manner, securely sync with your phone and wearables, and allow you to video conference with health care professionals.
  • Astronomers discover a nearby 'hidden' black hole (2016-06-28 01:52:00)
  • The Roam-e Flying Selfie drone camera from Australia takes 360-degree shots (2016-06-28 00:48:56)
    The future of hands-free selfies has arrived, thanks to this flying drone camera that uses facial recognition to follow you around.
  • Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs plans to take over public transport in Columbus, Ohio (2016-06-27 23:59:46)
    When it was spun out from Google last year, Sidewalk Labs promised to improve urban living by creating "smart cities." Now, in documents obtained by the Guardian, we've got an idea of exactly how the Alphabet company envisions these cities will work. In proposals offered to Columbus, Ohio — the winner of the $40 million Smart City challenge award organized by the US Department of Transport — Sidewalk Labs says it will use camera-equipped cars to keep track of empty private parking spaces and offer them for short-term rental, and combine various methods of transport under one app, integrating car-sharing services, bus routes, and even bike lanes to create a new kind of public transport. The company is reportedly offering Columbus a three-year trial of its capabilities, bringing 100 Wi-Fi kiosks as well as systems it says are "new superpowers to extend access and mobility." The project is built around Sidewalk Labs' Flow software, introduced earlier this year as a tool designed to manage congestion and parking problems, with an eye to the eventual introduction of self-driving cars.
  • Airbnb files suit against San Francisco over rental laws (2016-06-27 23:59:00)
  • South Korea antitrust regulator says investigating Apple on 'some matters' (2016-06-27 23:43:19)
    South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating "some matters" relating to tech giant Apple Inc, the head of the anticompetition body said during a parliamentary hearing, without disclosing further details. Speaking at the hearing on Tuesday, FTC Chairman Jeong Jae-chan declined to comment on the specifics of the regulator's investigation when asked to do so by a South Korean lawmaker. Apple didn't immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
  • US Navy turns to cloud technology to reduce drunken driving (2016-06-27 22:46:34)
    TOKYO (AP) — An American sailor has tapped a cloud-based technology for mobile phones to have volunteers take turns to drive, an initiative that has curtailed drunken driving among the Navy ranks.
  • The Tetris movie is now inexplicably a trilogy (2016-06-27 22:33:06)
    Until we see some convincing evidence otherwise, one Tetris movie is likely to be one too many for most. "Purely because the story we conceived is so big," producer Larry Kasanoff tells Empire. "This isn't us splitting the last one of our eight movies in two to wring blood out of the stone.
  • Brad Neely's weird Adult Swim cartoon premieres on Vine (2016-06-27 22:28:00)
  • Airbnb sues to block new San Francisco rental law (2016-06-27 22:03:20)
    Short-term rental company claims new amendment violates a host of federal laws, including the First Amendment.
  • Anki's Cozmo robot is a mashup of adorable and AI (Tomorrow Daily 384) (2016-06-27 21:37:03)
    We can't wait to get our hands on this cute little robot; he's got some neat features we're dying to try out.
  • Adorable SpaceX Falcon 9 drone sticks its watery landing (2016-06-27 21:30:02)
    A mini-me version of SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket attempts a landing on a barge in a pool, and it's a thing of beauty.
  • Watch a tiny SpaceX rocket land in a backyard pool (2016-06-27 21:00:38)
    No, Elon Musk isn't on a serious budget. This is one very dedicated fan's re-enactment of SpaceX landing its Falcon 9 rockets, using a very small quadrotor version of the Falcon 9, a backyard pool, and an unmanned drone barge. SpaceX has previously described trying to land its rocket as like vaulting a pencil over the Empire State Building, and even at smaller scale, it's clear how difficult the trick is. DON'T MISS:  Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos is exactly what America needs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb1uXWZL6Os&feature=youtu.be Even though the YouTuber is using four rotors rather than one big rocket engine, he still appreciates the difficulty: "The "rocket" is built around a stripped down Blade Inductrix 200, using a variety of model rocket and custom parts. The legs deploy in flight, and I've got a removable "Flame" that can be attached. The Droneship is made from 1" insulation foam, and is built to the correct scale for the 1m tall rocket. It is a tiny landing pad, and give me even more respect for the amazing accomplishment that is landing the real one!" Of course, for added realism, the hobby rocket should have to crash into the pool four or five times before actually sticking the landing.
  • Photonic Swiss watch engraving might keep counterfeiters at bay (2016-06-27 20:55:00)
  • Airbnb sues San Francisco over registration policy (2016-06-27 20:32:47)
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Airbnb sued the city of San Francisco on Monday, arguing that a recent ordinance which requires hosts to register with the city violates the online home-sharing company's free speech rights. A San Francisco law slated to take effect next month requires companies like Airbnb to verify that rentals have a valid registration number issued by the city. The ordinance would impose on the company fines of up to $1,000 per day for each offense.
  • What's on your HDTV: 'Shark Week,' 'Resident Evil 5,' 'Marco Polo' (2016-06-27 20:20:00)
  • Lyft hires investment bank Qatalyst Partners: WSJ (2016-06-27 20:01:06)
    (Reuters) - Ride-sharing service Lyft has hired investment bank Qatalyst Partners, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Qatalyst Chairman Frank Quattrone has contacted companies including large automakers about acquiring a stake in Lyft, the Journal said, citing the people.
  • The inevitable ‘Minecraft’ movie finally has a release date (2016-06-27 20:00:48)
    It's been over two years since Warner Bros. bought the movie rights to indie hit Minecraft , but it took until today for developer Mojang to finally reveal that the Minecraft movie has a release date. (Spoiler alert: it's gonna be a while.) DON'T MISS:  Watch the latest ‘Star Trek Beyond’ trailer, featuring Rihanna’s new single According to Mojang , the movie will be released on May 24th, 2019 in 3D and IMAX formats. That's an incredibly long wait for a movie about a game that launched in 2011, "but it just so happens to be the right amount of time to make it completely awesome," says Mojang COO Vu Bui. Minecraft: The Movie will be directed by Rob McElhenney (best known for his role as Mac on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia ), but that's all we really know. As a pure sandbox game, Minecraft doesn't have a traditional story, but Mojang has partnered with Telltale Games to make an episodic adventure game called Story Mode that explores a group of characters living in the virtual world. Perhaps the movie will take a page or two out of Telltale's book?
  • HideMyAss Pro VPN for Android (2016-06-27 19:53:32)
    Hide my ass Pro vpn for Android - hide my ass Is the premium Android vpn app
  • Facebook debuts hand-picked event listings in 10 cities (2016-06-27 19:39:00)
  • If Google built a phone -- well, it's complicated (2016-06-27 19:38:34)
    A new report says Google will come out with its own branded phone. It's the latest in a long, winding history of how Google has answered the iPhone question.
  • Ford dealership steals art from indie game Firewatch (2016-06-27 19:32:20)
    A Ford dealership in Quincy, MA spent all day being bombarded with inquiries from video game journalists after blatantly ripping off art from indie game Firewatch. The title, developed by San Francisco-based studio Campo Santo, is set in the Wyoming wilderness and uses a heavily stylized visual aesthetic courtesy of graphic designer and illustrator Olly Moss, who led art direction for the project as a member of the Campo Santo team. Moss based the aesthetic on National Park posters from the '60s, and apparently a Ford dealership thought it could sell outdoorsy types on a 2016 Focus with the same style.
  • Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for forcing Windows 10 installation (2016-06-27 19:23:58)
    A lot of people have complained about Microsoft's aggressive Windows 10 installation strategy. One person has actually gotten some resolution: according to The Seattle Times, Microsoft is paying $10,000 to Teri Goldstein, who runs a travel agency in California, over an automatic Windows 10 installation. Goldstein claims that Windows 10 installed itself on her work computer without her permission.
  • This malware steals data using your Internet-less computer’s fans (2016-06-27 19:00:13)
    So you have an air-gapped computer , or unconnected to the Internet, and you think your data is secured just because it’s not accessible online? In most cases that might be true, but that’s not 100% accurate. There are ways to steal information from computers that are not connected to the web, and smart hackers will not stop looking for such tricks. The newest such malware would let attackers steal information from supposedly secure computers with the help of the sound made by its fans and processor. DON’T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design Researchers from the Ben Gurion University in Israel explained in a new paper that they would be able to retrieve data from an isolated computer that’s not connected to the internet and doesn’t have cameras or audio hardware in such a manner. What they did was to control and listen to the speed of the computer’s fans and CPU, Motherboard explains . The information can be transmitted in Morse code up to eight meters, and a smartphone could pick up the signals and turn it into usable information. Even so, to work, the malware has to be installed on the air-gapped computer. That would be done using a stick, or any other external storage device that would carry the virus. Once installed, it locates data on the machine and starts transmitting it by controlling the speed of the CPU and cooling fans. The acoustic waveforms would probably be ignored by the computer user, but a nearby listening device would pick it up and translate it for the attacker. Because this is still morse code, hackers can’t really steal large amounts of data. Researchers expect speeds of 900 bits per hour which isn’t a lot. But it might be enough to get passwords and encrypted keys without leaving a trace. Of course, this type of attack still needs two things to happen: 1) the malware needs to be installed on the air-gapped computer, and 2) the attackers need to be in the range of the hacked device to pick up the signal. But it’s more than clear that people are actively devising ways to compromise even the most secure computers. The full paper on the matter is available at the source link.
  • Volkswagen reaches $14.7 billion Dieselgate settlement for US owners (2016-06-27 18:56:35)
    As expected, Volkswagen has reached a deal this week with US regulators to compensate owners of vehicles affected by its massive diesel emissions cheating scandal — a systematic global deception of customers and regulators that resulted in millions of vehicles being sold globally that produce unexpectedly high levels of pollutants.
  • All about the Benjamins: Study ranks Toyota ahead of Tesla on self-driving (2016-06-27 18:53:36)
    A study by Lux Research on self-driving initiatives among automakers suggests monetization trumps technology.
  • Monument Valley review (2016-06-27 18:53:18)
    Manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world
  • Framed review (2016-06-27 18:52:43)
    Re-arrange panels of animated comic book to change the outcome of the story
  • Prune review (2016-06-27 18:52:12)
    A game about the beauty and joy of cultivation
  • The Room Three review (2016-06-27 18:51:50)
    ***WARNING DUE TO HEAVY GRAPHICS REQUIREMENTS, THE ROOM THREE IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH IPAD 1, IPHONE 4 (& OLDER IPHONES) OR IPOD TOUCH 4TH GEN (&
  • Dell made a 70-inch touchscreen for schools (2016-06-27 18:50:00)
  • Two SolarCity board members will consider Tesla deal (2016-06-27 18:38:47)
    By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Solar panel maker SolarCity Corp said on Monday it has formed a special committee of just two directors to evaluate Tesla Motors Inc's $2.8 billion takeover offer. SolarCity independent directors Donald Kendall and Nancy Pfund will serve on the committee. Kendall is the chief executive of investment management firm Kenmont and is the only member of SolarCity's board with no direct ties to Tesla, the Southern California automaker founded and run by Elon Musk, who is also the chairman of SolarCity.
  • U.S. extends ZTE reprieve for alleged Iran sanctions violations (2016-06-27 18:38:02)
    By Joel Schectman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has extended through August 30 a reprieve to ZTE Corp on tough export restrictions imposed on the Chinese smartphone maker in March for allegedly breaking sanctions against Iran, the Commerce Department said on Monday. The renewed Commerce Department license allows ZTE to continue exporting equipment containing U.S. technology. The agency said in March that its first reprieve could be extended if the company cooperated with the government.
  • Expect a settlement in the Volkswagen emissions fiasco tomorrow (2016-06-27 18:20:00)
  • Samsung really doesn’t want to commit to making a great smart flip phone (2016-06-27 18:06:06)
    Last year it introduced the Galaxy Folder smart flip phone, and now it's updating that device. Although Samsung is supposedly releasing an upgraded version of the Galaxy Folder, it’s really not much of an update at all. Sigh, I want a flip phone so badly.
  • Infrared Jupiter looks hot as Juno spacecraft approaches (2016-06-27 18:06:00)
    NASA's mission to explore the Jovian system has almost reached its destination, and telescopes on Earth are capturing some especially fiery images of the planet to help.
  • Tesla Model S P90D goes head to head with its predecessor in latest drag race video (2016-06-27 18:00:17)
    When it comes to pure speed and raw acceleration, you'd be hard pressed to find a car that offers you more bang for the buck than a Tesla Model S. Specifically, the Tesla Model S P90D -- with Ludicrous Mode enabled -- is a 762 horsepower speed demon that can skyrocket from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds. Not surprisingly, we've seen no shortage of videos which pit a tricked out Model S against all sorts of supercars, from a Lamborghini Aventador to a  McLaren 650S Spider . We've even seen a Tesla Model S go head to head with a Boeing 737 for reasons that still defy explanation. But what happens when a Tesla goes against itself? DON'T MISS:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design Recently, the enterprising folks over at Drag Times decided to see what happens when a Tesla Model S P90D gets matched up against its brethren, a Tesla Model S P85D. The result isn't necessarily surprising as the P90D obviously earns the W, but the gap between the cars is worth paying attention to. Video of the race in its entirety can be viewed below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klh1yUIFRLs
  • Facebook's Slideshow feature takes on Apple Memories (2016-06-27 17:58:41)
    In the battle for user-created content, Facebook makes Slideshow available to iPhone and iPad users ahead of Apple's Memories feature in iOS 10.
  • Passengers film from inside Singapore Airlines flight as plane burns (2016-06-27 17:54:24)
    Technically Incorrect: The right engine of a Boeing 777 bursts into flames during an emergency landing at Singapore's Changi airport.
  • Microsoft Studios shutters Xbox Fitness at-home workouts (2016-06-27 17:52:00)
  • U.S. extends ZTE's reprieve for alleged Iran sanctions violations (2016-06-27 17:42:46)
    The U.S. government has extended through Aug. 30 a reprieve to Chinese smartphone maker ZTE Corp on the tough export restrictions it imposed on the company in March, the Commerce Department said in a public notice posted online Monday. In March, the department hit the company with some of the toughest-ever U.S. export restrictions for allegedly breaking sanctions against Iran.
  • Deadpool made after-the-trailer appearance in Japan just because he can (2016-06-27 17:30:53)
    We’ve been educated to expect after the credits scenes in all sorts of movies, but especially superhero films. If you’re a Marvel universe fan, then you know better than to leave the theater once the credits start rolling. Some of the good stuff – teasers at what’s to come in upcoming pictures – will happen during and/or after the credits in Marvel movies. Very rarely, trailers will get a similar treatment. And by very rarely we mean almost never. It probably only happens if Deadpool is involved. DON’T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design Also, it probably only happens for Marvel titles. So how did the merc with a mouth hijack the Japanese trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse ? Well, he was simply looking for a plug for his own movie, which launched only a few weeks ago in the country, or much later than anywhere else in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k52z71ty28E Even so, Deadpool was very keen on telling fans that his movie was just around the corner, and he did so brilliantly: He’ put a brilliant a spin on the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, sharing Five Things You May Have Missed In the X-Men Trailer with the audience. He also explained why he chose to appear out of the blue after a trailer, rather than after a movie. Both Deadpool and the latest installment of X-Men have already hit theaters in most markets, with the former being available on DVD in many western countries . Deadpool is also the most successful of the two, and I sure can’t wait for Deadpool 2 . Oh, and if you haven’t seen the first one yet, make sure you don’t stop the playback once the credits start rolling .
  • Drones keep getting into firefighters' way (2016-06-27 17:25:34)
    Small, personal drones are interfering with air crews fighting wildfires across the American Southwest, Time magazine reports.
  • This laser-powered drum machine is a stunning work of art (2016-06-27 17:23:00)
  • Two Wi-Fi routers that cost less than $25 each (2016-06-27 17:19:50)
    If you're constantly playing complex online games and streaming ultra HD content, you probably need a cutting-edge router with the latest and greatest wireless tech. Of course, you should be prepared to spend hundreds on a router like that. If you just want to browse the web, stream Netflix and use the web like most people do, you don't even have to spend $25. Check out the two router models below, which both offer fantastic performance, great range and wireless N speeds but cost next to nothing. Wireless N speed up to 450Mbps, ideal for bandwidth-intensive tasks like HD video streaming, VoIP, and online gaming 802.11n technology, 15x faster with 5x the range of 802.11g, Three antennas for increased coverage and stability, System Requirements - Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista(TM) or Windows 7, Windows8/ 8.1/10, MAC® OS, NetWare®, UNIX® or Linux IP based bandwidth control allows you to determine how much bandwidth is allotted to each device, WPS button for one-touch wireless security encryption Parental Controls to manage Internet access on children's or employees's computers, Industry-leading 2-year warranty and unlimited 24/7 technical support. *450Mbps wireless speed is only for TL-WR940N V3 while the earlier version is 300Mbps. TP-LINK N450 Wireless Wi-Fi Router, Up to 450Mbps (TL-WR940N) - V3 : $24.99 with free Prime shipping N300 Wi-Fi speed for faster downloads & Internet gaming 5dBi antennas for improved Wi-Fi coverage. NOTE: This product comes with an ethernet cable. Manage your home network with NETGEAR genie Use Push-N-Connect to add devices to your WiFi network with a push of a button GUEST NETWORK ACCESS for separate & secure WiFi access for guests SECURE WIFI CONNECTIONS for highest level wireless security with WPA/WPA2 4 MB flash and 32 MB RAM, Five (5) (1 WAN, 4 LAN) Fast Ethernet ports This version of the product will have 'WNR2020-200PAS' stickered on box NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Router with High Power 5dBi External Antennas (WNR2020v2) : $19.97 with free Prime shipping
  • SolarCity forms special committee to evaluate Tesla offer (2016-06-27 17:18:07)
    (Reuters) - Solar panel maker SolarCity Corp said on Monday it has formed a special committee to evaluate Tesla Motors Inc's $2.8 billion offer.
  • Brexit‬ drama: Should the tech world be worried? (The 3:59, Ep. 68) (2016-06-27 17:17:59)
    Plus, we talk about the growth of Netflix and Hulu, as well as Google's new educational tech.
  • Best Buy launches pilot program to give your home a tech makeover (2016-06-27 17:12:06)
    The electronics retailer is testing out a new ​in-home consultation service in Atlanta, San Antonio, and Austin.
  • Singapore becomes the third country in the world to get Android Pay (2016-06-27 17:00:03)
    Google's mobile payment makes its way to Asia, with the island state the first in the region to accept the service.
  • Google brings higher-resolution imagery to Earth and Maps (2016-06-27 16:58:00)
  • The live-action Minecraft movie is happening, but you won't see it until 2019 (2016-06-27 16:51:34)
    Warner Bros. and game developer Mojang have finally announced the official release date for the highly anticipated Minecraft film adaptation.
  • Mazda improves its steering and nobody will ever know (2016-06-27 16:46:59)
    The new G-Vectoring technology from Mazda promises to make its smooth steering even smoother. Too bad you probably won't consciously feel anything different.
  • See blazing solar material do the twist over the sun's surface (2016-06-27 16:44:43)
    Get up close with some dramatic sun activity as NASA zooms in on a fascinating solar happening.
  • VPN by Private Internet Access (2016-06-27 16:28:02)
    Surf the Web via secured VPN tunnel
  • Microsoft sued for $10,000 after unwanted Windows 10 upgrade (2016-06-27 16:28:00)
  • The recalled Jeep shifter is just bad user interface design (2016-06-27 16:27:43)
    The recalled Jeep shifter that may have been involved in Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin’s death is a straightforward example of how things get harder to use when you take controls out of hardware and put them into software. First things first: if you have a 2014 or 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee or a 2012-2014 Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300, you should call your dealer right now and set up an appointment for the recall. It’s a software update that was finally accelerated in the past few weeks after a death, even though problems with this shifter were so widespread that it made local TV news stories last year, the National Highway Transportation Administration issued a harsh report in February, and FCA recalled the shifter in April.
  • Sharp new satellite imagery makes Google Earth way better for stalking (2016-06-27 16:25:29)
    Google Earth and Street View already combine to make the tool for stalking people since the phone book went out of print. With a brand-new set of imagery captured by the Landsat-8 satellite, Google has made the day of satellite imagery nerds and stalkers worldwide. The new imagery was debuted in a blog post , which explains how Landsat-8 and better image processing have combined to give some spookily pretty satellite images. DON'T MISS:  Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos is exactly what America needs Landsat-8 went into orbit in 2013, and has sensors that are a step above other satellites in NASA's Landsat program. We've been seeing the results for years from NASA releases, but this is the first time comprehensive imagery of the entire globe has been stitched together. And what imagery! Google has some before-and-after shots prepared , and the contrast is stark. Take these images of New York City: everything is far sharper, showing things like building shadows and baseball fields in Central Park. In order to assemble one complete cloud-free mosaic of the Earth, Google used its Earth Engine API to sort through imagery. In total, it had to mine data from a petabyte of imagery, representing over 700 trillion individual pixels. Good thing Google has computers big enough to be seen from space to do the work for it. The new images are already available to the general public -- go to the Google Earth app, if you're still using that, or enable the satellite overlay on Google Maps. Most of all, I'm excited for what the latest version of Google Earth means for satellite image wallpapers.
  • Dogs can smell low blood sugar in people with diabetes (2016-06-27 16:20:36)
    Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered one more reason why dogs are great: their superior sense of smell is inspiring advancements in the medical field. In a study published today in Diabetes Care, the researchers determined that during a hypoglycemic attack in people with Type I diabetes, the amount of the naturally occurring chemical isoprene in a person's breath increases. In a preliminary study, the researchers gradually lowered the blood sugar levels of eight women with Type I diabetes, and analyzed the chemical makeup of the women's breath.
  • The Game of Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 10, The Winds of Winter (2016-06-27 16:15:59)
    In the Game of Game of Thrones, patience is a virtue, faith is a virtue, and Faith gets burned in the green flames of wildfire. Some perspective: in last year's Game of Game of Thrones, season winner Bryan Bishop scored 448 points.
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai Gets Hacked (2016-06-27 16:10:04)
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai may want to change his passwords today. An account belonging to Pichai on Quora, a question-and-answer social network, appeared to have been briefly hijacked on Sunday by OurMine. The same group claimed to have accessed Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter account earlier this month.
  • Twitch just invented this animated emoji that costs $140 to use once (2016-06-27 16:01:41)
    Fans of Twitch's live-streaming gamers now can "cheer" them on in chat rooms with animated icons, ranging in cost from a couple of pennies to $140, in a new tipping system.
  • Tour de France officials will scan participants' bikes to check for cheaters (2016-06-27 16:00:14)
    Following a prominent cheating incident earlier this year, participants in the upcoming Tour de France will have to have their bikes scanned for concealed electric motors and batteries. Cycling officials plan to conduct between 3,000 and 4,000 tests, the Union Cycliste Internationale said today. This technology has been used at multiple other races, but this will be the first time it is deployed at the Tour de France.
  • 'Mass Effect Andromeda' novels tie into the full video game saga (2016-06-27 16:00:00)
  • This Game of Thrones Xbox One special edition looks like a terrible cake (2016-06-27 15:58:25)
    Microsoft France has the answer: weird limited-run special edition movie and TV show tie-ins. In April we saw the "designed by Stark Industries" Iron Man Xbox One. Now we have the "designed by somebody on Cake Boss probably" Game of Thrones Xbox One.
  • Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos is exactly what America needs (2016-06-27 15:50:19)
    America: Land of the free, home of Mac n' Cheetos. In case you've been living under a rock or too busy eating kale in a back corner of Whole Foods somewhere, you might have missed an incredible new food innovation from Burger King. Not to worry, we'll get you up to speed lest you risk embarrassing yourself at any upcoming fourth of July barbecues. Earlier today, BK chains around the country began selling a wild new concoction known simply as Mac n' Cheetos. The new food item is exactly as it sounds -- gooey pieces of mac and cheese nestled right inside of deep-fried Cheetos. Yep, you no longer have to live in Wisconsin in order to enjoy what can easily be categorized as a heart attack in a bucket. DON'T MISS:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design So earlier today, I braved the sweltering 91 degree heat and embarked upon a search for the ultimate junk food mashup. A few minutes later as I approached my destination, I saw BK signage off in the distance. It was like seeing a mirage, akin to a weary and thirsty traveller seeing visions of water while trekking through the desert. Could it be true? Doth my eyes deceive me? But no! This was not a mirage. I had reached my destination and this particular Burger King was one of the select BK locations that sold the Mac n' Cheetos I had been searching for. Now don't worry, those feelings of envy pulsing through your veins are completely understandable. Here's what happened next. I walk in and the place is completely empty. Yup, nothing out of the ordinary just yet. I saunter on over to the counter and put my order in, pinching myself just to make sure I wasn't in the midst of a beautiful dream. The lady at the checkout counter asks me if I want to make it a meal. I politely decline. I need this to be a pure and unadulterated experience. More so, I need to ensure that this moment isn't influenced (or tainted!) by tasty fries or a refreshing coke. If I wanted to truly appreciate this junk food lover's dream, I needed to go in fresh. The order is in, and the waiting game begins. Before I know it, I see a lady from behind the counter grab a big bag of frozen Cheetos and dump a few into a deep fryer. I immediately get second thoughts. What on earth have I signed up for? Sure, we've all dreamt of macaroni and cheese filled Cheetos [Ed note: Have we?] , but now that the opportunity was before me I was getting nervous. Time begins to pass. Two minutes. Three minutes. Four minutes in, and my order still isn't ready. Did I order wrong? Should I have opted for a more reasonable food option, say the grilled hot dog or the chicken fries? Next thing I know, I see an employee at the grill quizzically checking her phone as she fiddles with a knob. Is she looking up the cooking instructions? Is she texting? Hopefully it's the latter. One minute later and my precious Cheetos are being scooped out of the frier and put into a bag. Finally! And because this is America, they ask me if I'd like any dipping sauces to go along with it. I opt for ranch and honey mustard, a decision I would come to regret for reasons we'll soon get to. I sit down and begin to dig in, surrounded by a sea of orange. I take a few bites and am pleasantly surprised. They're actually quite good! Truth be told, there's not really much of a Cheetos flavor with this product. More than anything, it tastes like a standard mozzarella stick filled with mac and cheese instead of mozzarella. And for less than $3 for a box of 5 Cheetos, it's not a bad deal at all. On the inside, it's definitely cheesy, though not as much cheese as the advertisements would otherwise suggest.  Next, I try the dipping sauces. The ranch is okay. It's not bad, but it's nothing special. All in all, it complemented the Cheetos reasonably well. The honey mustard though was, in hindsight, a poor choice. You know the phrase, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts ? Well this was the opposite of that. Mixing the Cheetos with the honey mustard made the sauce itself taste a bit off while completely making the Cheeto wholly unappetizing. Lesson learned. Next time I'll have to bring my own sauce. Overall, I'd have to give Burger King's latest cross promotion creation a ranking of 13 stars out of a possible 15 stars. The food was fresh and tasty, but not having an adequate dipping sauce detracted from the overall experience. Nonetheless, game recognizes game and this junk food concoction is no frills and exactly what you'd expect and want: it's greasy, cheesy, and delicious. As a final point, and at the risk of sounding controversial, I think it's fair to say that Mac n' Cheetos is exactly the type of food America needs at this point in its history. In a time where politics divides us all, what better way to bring the country together than with a ridiculous food invention that could have only been conceived and released here in the good ole' U S of A? So whether you're more likely to be holding a gun or a protest sign, now is the time for you to drop whatever happens to be in your hand and instead pickup a Mac n' Cheeto stick and toast to the good life.
  • Schwarzenegger confesses he was 'way too ripped' to play Conan (2016-06-27 15:48:16)
    The actor and former California governor revealed on Reddit that he had to gain body fat to play the title role in the 1982 fantasy film. Oh, and he explained his technique for biting a dead vulture.
  • Tour de France will use high-tech scanning system to find hidden motors (2016-06-27 15:39:05)
    The bike race's governing body says it will use a tablet, case, adapter and custom software to test the frame, wheels and components in under a minute.
  • My pointless quest to achieve perfect retro console fidelity (2016-06-27 15:30:00)
  • Google Chrome security tips for the paranoid at heart (2016-06-27 15:29:00)
    If you're a Google Chrome user who loses sleep about online privacy risks, check out these tricks to making your browsing experience more secure.
  • Kobo still exists and is releasing another e-reader (2016-06-27 15:26:19)
    Kobo is preparing to release a pair of new e-readers, according to an FCC listing. The company's new e-reader is called the Aura One, according to Mobile Scout, and will come in 7.8-inch and 6-inch variations.
  • One of the new ‘Top Gear’ hosts is going to have to leave (2016-06-27 15:25:20)
    According to a report in British tabloid  The Sun , all is not well at New  Top Gear . Specifically, Matt LeBlanc has threatened to quit unless Chris Evans is fired. Considering that the BBC was meant to have killed presenter drama when it fired Jeremy Clarkson, this is not good. According to  The Sun , "sources on the crisis-hit programme say Matt has grown increasingly frustrated with his co-star’s rudeness and frosty attitude towards the team." LeBlanc is signed for two seasons, so the BBC is apparently being pushed into choosing between the two main presenters. DON'T MISS:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design The report continues to dish out dirt on the working relationship between Evans and the rest of the team, not just LeBlanc: “The team does not gel at all, and the atmosphere between the presenters is decidedly frosty. It’s very much a picture of him – Chris – and them. “Matt has already indicated that he won’t continue on any further series if Chris remains a part of it. And he is far from the only one who isn’t happy. “Chris is not encouraging when any of the others are doing their links. “On one occasion this month he even pretended to bump his head against a wall in frustration when Eddie Jordan kept fluffing his lines." “He just isn’t interested. He doesn’t even hang out with the others back stage and firmly keeps his distance from all of them at the aerodrome.” In all fairness, this is  The Sun , so reports should be taken with a healthy dose of salt. But if true, it paints a very different picture to the  Top Gear  that has traditionally existed. Clarkson & Co were famous for their chemistry on and off screen, very visibly demonstrated when Hammond and May chose to go with Clarkson after he was fired. The bad chemistry is manifesting itself on screen, with ratings in freefall and episodes failing to make an impression on viewers . Where gems do exist from the new show, they're entirely absent Chris Evans, such as last week's Tesla Model X review.
  • Facebook's new Slideshow feature turns your photos into videos (2016-06-27 15:24:34)
    Facebook really wants people to share more videos, so much so that it will even create them for you. A new feature coming to its iOS app this week, called Slideshow, takes your mobile photos and videos and turns them into a short clip you can customize with different themes and music. Facebook will do this automatically with a pre-made slideshow so long as you've taken at least five photos or videos in the last 24 hours.
  • Microsoft is shutting down Xbox Fitness (2016-06-27 15:05:05)
    Xbox One owners are going to have to find another tool for working out in front of the TV: today Microsoft announced plans to shut down its Xbox Fitness service. Xbox Fitness launched more than two years ago, and since then has received a steady stream of updates, something Microsoft says is unsustainable moving forward. "Given the service relies on providing you with new and exciting content regularly, Microsoft has given much consideration to the reality updating the service regularly in order to sustain it," says Microsoft’s Erica Bell.
  • Google ups detail on Maps, Earth imagery (2016-06-27 15:04:38)
    Photographs retrieved from NASA's Landsat 8 satellite are enabling Google Maps and Google Earth to incorporate sharper images as of today.
  • Star Trek's Enterprise voyages from Smithsonian's basement to main floor (2016-06-27 15:02:27)
    The model of the USS Enterprise, in the Smithsonian's collection since 1974, is getting restored and given a more prominent spot in the National Air and Space Museum.
  • 9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today (2016-06-27 15:00:49)
    After a excruciatingly hot weekend, it's time to cool down with a sizable new collection of free apps from your friends at BGR. Be sure to keep scrolling to see some of the best paid apps that are currently free on the App Store. MUST READ:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design 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. Videomator Normally $1.99. This very simple app will allow you to record video with different color presets (317) Much more is coming soon! Videos will be saved in your photo stream. Download Videomator Sketchify Normally $3.99. Sketchify is a simple yet powerful way to capture your thoughts, notes, and ideas. With a beautiful and clean interface designed for iOS 9, the app is a joy to use and easy to learn. Underneath the simplicity, Sketchify packs powerful features. Each stroke you make is synced in real time to all your devices. Your work is organized into notebooks, with the ability to add titles to each page. Features: • Robust drawing engine • Beautiful iOS 9 design • Cloud Syncing to all your devices • Notebooks Galore Download Sketchify Hidden Wonders of the Depths Normally $1.99. Discover the beauty of marine life in this exciting mix of match three, mahjong and hidden object fun! Match three gems in a row before time runs out to unlock underwater inhabitants and reach the bonus level. Collect ancient artifacts, discover hidden treasures and help a crab to build a fantastic home for a mermaid. ● 204 exotic locations deep within the ocean ● 25 challenging levels to keep you entertained ● Four bonus levels and eight puzzles to solve ● 39 ultimate achievements to earn ● Stunning underwater scenes ● Game Center Support ● iPhone 5 support Download Hidden Wonders of the Depths VOX Normally $5.99. #1 Music Player for iPhone and Mac! Introducing new YouTube source in VOX™ Player. Now you can listen to YouTube Music Charts and any YouTube Playlists via the best FLAC Music Player :-)! Key features: – LOOP for VOX™. • Your personal and absolutely Unlimited music cloud storage. We don’t compress any music! Sync, stream and cache your entire sound library between Mac and iPhone in full audio quality. – Listen to your music now! We support all popular formats. • Lossless: FLAC, APE, WAV, ALAC, etc. and Lossy: MP3, WMA, OGG, etc. Exclusive Hi-Res format support for crisp clean sound. Powered by BASS audio engine. – All-in-one Music Player from all of your favorite music sources: • iTunes Playlists; • Personal FLAC Collection; • Play stream from SoundCloud and YouTube; • Online Radio with 30'000+ Radio Stations; … and even more :-). – Unique Design. We're taking iOS design & experience on a completely new level. • Gesture-based interface; • Gapless playback support; • Stream music via AirPlay; • Exclusive sound Equalizer; • Offline Mode for music playlist; • Share #nowplaying music track to Twitter, Facebook. Download VOX HeliInvasion HD Normally $1.99. HeliInvasion - Survive waves of invading hostile helicopters! Shoot them with your cannon, rocket, rock, wind, and try to make them rotate until they explode. Let them knock into each other to create massive chain reactions of explosions! Earn money with each exploding helicopter to repair and upgrade your cannon. -Support Multi touch after getting double shell. -Compete with your friends through online Leaderboard via the GameCenter system! -Upgrade weapons`s rate of fire and amount. -Using box2d physical engine to simulate the collision, flying,exploding. -Support ipad, iphone and ipod touch. Download HeliInvasion HD Election 2016 Emojis Normally $1.99. Who's going to win? Democrats or Republicans? Hilary or Trump? Show support for your candidates with Electionmoji 2016! Start political conversations, mock your friends and have super fun :) Download Election 2016 Emojis Chef Me Normally $1.99. Chef Me: The recipe and cooking app thats make you a chef Become a chef yourself and learn to cook delicious meals in reduced amount of time with our recipes. The recipes are divided over various categories, to include healthy and vegetarian while also including special occasions such as christmas and summer recipes. What is the hard part in cooking is finding the right recipe to start with. That's why chef me gives you inspiration with our daily recommended recipes. The steps and methods are easy to follow. And include all details to guide over the cooking process step by step. You can save all your favourite recipes to find them all in one place. And that all can be done through one click. Sharing recipes is very easy to add friends over your inspirations in cooking. Discuss the plans for your delicious dinner with your friends with just a single click. Future improvements and updates will include: timer, comments, upvotes and downvotes to integrate users with the cooking community. Step by step videos. Download Chef Me Handblock Adblocker Normally $0.99. Welcome to Handblock, the most powerful content blocker for iOS 9! Handblock is an advanced content blocker for iPhone & iPad running iOS 9 providing the best browsing experience on Safari! Handblock includes complete modules on whitelisting your favourite sites and blacklisting the annoying ones with Parental Control. It's blocking ads, content, tracking url's and cookies from Safari and increases up to 5X browsing speed and 22% of battery life on your device. Handblock installs directly on Safari for iOS 9 and needs no additional setup! Enjoy ad-free browsing using Handblock! Download Handblock Adblocker Zenge Normally $0.99. Zenge is a peculiar puzzle game, telling the story of Eon - a lonely journeyman who's stuck between the worlds and time. Game is intended to be a relaxing experience, thus there are no points, stars, tutorials, move counters, in game shops or any other distractors. Just pure, immersive journey with Eon, told through gorgeous art and music. Made by Michal "Hamster" Pawlowski and Konrad Januszewski (he drew it!). Download Zenge
  • You can now tip Twitch streamers by buying animated chat emotes (2016-06-27 15:00:03)
    Today the service is introducing the beta of a new feature called “cheering,” which lets you purchase animated chat emotes with real money, with broadcasters earning a share of revenue. While Twitch isn’t sharing an exact breakdown, the company says that broadcasters will receive a share of the revenue that comes from cheering. The new feature joins channel subscriptions as one of several ways that viewers can directly support the broadcasters they watch on Twitch.
  • Twitch introduces 'Cheering' emotes for tipping streamers (2016-06-27 15:00:00)
  • Half of US households have streaming TV services: survey (2016-06-27 14:49:23)
    Streaming television services from companies like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have reached a key milestone -- half of US households are now subscribing, a survey showed Monday. The Nielsen Total Audience Report found that in the first quarter of 2016, streaming video on-demand (SVOD) services reached 50 percent of American homes, the same percentage as digital video recorders. "While DVR penetration has plateaued, SVOD penetration is growing," the report said.
  • Facebook Slideshow livens up your photos and videos (2016-06-27 14:40:00)
  • Nissan to introduce EV range extenders, single-lane semi-autonomy in Japan (2016-06-27 14:37:45)
    While the range extender doesn't appear to be coming to the US, Nissan's self-driving system most definitely will.
  • Diamanti believes appliances can simplify containers for the enterprise (2016-06-27 14:37:00)
    Containers are hot, but they still have some barriers to adoption. TechRepublic spoke with Diamanti VP Mark Balch on how appliances could help solve the problem.
  • One of Google’s biggest partners probably isn’t dumping Android after all (2016-06-27 14:35:11)
    For the foreseeable future, Android will be the number one mobile operating system on the planet. It has continued to build an impressive lead over iOS and the countless stragglers who can't even top 1% of the market share, but that hasn't stopped some of the industry's leading Android phone makers from planning for a future that is significantly less dependent on Google's mobile OS. DON'T MISS:  Forget 2016 Nexus phones, Google is said to be making an iPhone 7 killer Just last week, The Information reported that Huawei had put together a team of engineers to build a new operating system that could one day replace Android as the company's go-to software for smartphones and tablets. Although Huawei hasn't directly responded to the report, the company's CEO Richard Yu took to social media site Weibo over the weekend to confirm that his team will continue to use Android as long as Google keeps it open. This is not exactly an outright denial, but it should be Google at ease for the time being. Even if Huawei is working on its own mobile platform, Samsung has already shown just how long it can take to get any traction whatsoever with a new OS. Tizen has been in various stages of release since 2012, but you'd still be hard-pressed to find someone on the street who had ever even heard of it. The smartphone market will continue to have a decidedly green tint for the coming years, but don't be surprised if other operating systems begin to rise up in the wake of fragmentation and dissatisfaction with Android.
  • Apax raises $7.9 billion for its global fund: source (2016-06-27 14:19:14)
    (Reuters) - Private equity firm Apax [APAX.UL] has secured $7.9 billion for its latest pool of capital, according to a source familiar with the matter. Reuters had reported last year that Apax, whose investments have included King, maker of Candy Crush, and AutoTrader, would begin raising capital for its ninth fund at the end of 2015. Bloomberg had earlier reported on Monday that Apax had raised the money for its fund Apax IX, citing people familiar with the matter. (http://bloom.bg/28ZLw1Q) Apax Partner declined to comment. ...
  • John Oliver compares Brexit to 'Independence Day' (the movie, that is) (2016-06-27 14:15:34)
    Technically Incorrect: In an excoriation of Britain's decision to leave the EU, the HBO comedian cannot contain himself.
  • Google updates Maps and Earth apps with super sharp satellite imagery (2016-06-27 14:15:29)
    Google has updated its mapping applications with new, higher-resolution imagery from NASA's Landsat 8 satellite, the company announced today. By stitching together selective portions of the Earth with clear skies, Google's mosaic is able to eliminate clouds and other weather obstructions to create a crystal-clear snapshot of every corner of the world. Google Maps and Earth's satellite imagery was last updated in 2013.
  • Here's when that 'Minecraft' movie is finally coming out (2016-06-27 14:15:00)
  • Watch the latest ‘Star Trek Beyond’ trailer, featuring Rihanna’s new single (2016-06-27 14:10:42)
    When Paramount Pictures shared the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond , fans were understandably wary. The tone of the action was all over the place, it was impossible to decipher what the movie was actually about and Sabotage by the Beastie Boys simply didn't fit the feel of the trailer at all. Two trailers later, the marketing team might have finally hit its stride. SEE ALSO:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design More so than the previous two , the latest theatrical trailer for the third movie in the Star Trek series seems to be taking itself very seriously. Although this movie is sure to be filled with a typical healthy mix of action and humor, Rihanna's new single Sledgehammer , which is featured prominently in the trailer, brings a surprising amount of weight to the footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MBXBMkcUNo Here's the official synopsis of the sequel: "Star Trek Beyond," the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin ("The Fast and the Furious" franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In "Beyond," the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. A rather vague description, but at least we haven't had the whole movie spoiled for us in the trailers. Star Trek Beyond hits theaters on July 22nd, 2016.
  • Watch this homemade autonomous Tesla charger in action (2016-06-27 14:07:49)
    Thankfully, it's far less creepy than Tesla's own prototype.
  • Here's why the internet loved that 'Game of Thrones' credits change so much (2016-06-27 13:51:54)
    George R.R. Martin made the house names, sigils and mottos matter to fans, and that's why seeing the Stark direwolf return thrilled hearts.
  • The Minecraft movie is coming in 2019 (2016-06-27 13:50:01)
    Minecraft has spawned action figures, a spin-off adventure game series, apparel, a convention, plush dolls, cosplay costumes, and more. On May 24th, 2019, arguably the most culturally significant video game since Super Mario Bros. will get its own movie. The news comes from the blog of developer Mojang.
  • Apple’s Craig Federighi explains the built-in security features of Auto-Unlock (2016-06-27 13:45:22)
    One of the more exciting new software features Apple introduced with macOS Sierra is Auto Unlock, a feature that allows users wearing an Apple Watch to quickly unlock their Mac and bypass the pesky password prompt altogether. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior But of course, every new software advancement these days seems to be straddled with a new set of security considerations, and Auto Unlock isn't an exception to this rule. During a recent episode of The Talk Show podcast, John Gruber of Daring Fireball brought up the issue of Auto Unlock security with Craig Federighi, Apple's senior VP of Software Engineering. Gruber asked Federighi what security mechanisms Apple incorporated to make the feature truly secure. Specifically, Gruber hypothetically asked how Apple might prevent someone from being able to open up Phil Schiller's MacBook if Schiller just so happened to be in the same room. In other words, how will Apple ensure that a Mac will not be continuously unlocked just because its owner happens to be nearby. Without missing a beat, Federighi explained: It's a continuation of the work we did with continuity to develop really low-power BTLE based discovery protocols so that your devices could discover each other continuously with acceptable overhead from a battery point of view. And also, all the authentication mechanisms we put in place as far as having your devices know that they're your devices. So that's kind of a foundation. The unique challenge with auto-unlock is that you don't want a kind of relay-attack, where Phil is actually well far away from his office and someone basically has a bluetooth listener that will forward a signal to you, because you're now by his Mac, and this Mac is having a conversation with Phil's watch over a very long distance. And so, we're actually able to do time of flight calculations using peer-to-peer Wi-Fi where we literally can measure how long at the speed of light it's taking for the signal to travel from your Mac to your watch and back. And because of that, if you interposed any kind of relay, it would introduce a delay that would immediately tell us that there are hijinks afoot. So that piece is critical. And so there you have it, straight from Hair Force One himself.
  • Best Buy hopes to offer in-home tech advice (2016-06-27 13:44:00)
  • Adult Swim premiered its newest show on Vine (2016-06-27 13:42:49)
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  • Google beats children's web privacy appeal, Viacom to face one claim (2016-06-27 13:31:15)
    Google and Viacom on Monday defeated an appeal in a nationwide class action lawsuit by parents who claimed the companies illegally tracked the online activity of children under the age of 13 who watched videos and played video games on Nickelodeon's website. By a 3-0 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, and Viacom Inc were not liable under several federal and state laws for planting "cookies" on boys' and girls' computers, to gather data that advertisers could use to send targeted ads. The court also revived one state law privacy claim against Viacom, claiming that it promised on the Nick.com website not to collect children's personal information, but did so anyway.
  • Europeans lost sleep over the Brexit vote. Here's how much (2016-06-27 13:28:52)
    Data provided by fitness tracker Jawbone shows Londoners in particular got less shut-eye as votes on whether the UK would leave the European Union were being counted.
  • 3-D printed micro-camera can be injected with a syringe (2016-06-27 13:15:10)
    German engineers have created a camera no bigger than a grain of salt that could change the future of health imaging -- and clandestine surveillance. Using 3-D printing, researchers from the University of Stuttgart built a three-lens camera, and fit it onto the end of an optical fibre the width of two hairs. 3-D printing -- also known as additive manufacturing -- makes three-dimensional objects by depositing layer after layer of materials such as plastic, metal or ceramic.
  • Mitsubishi teases yet another plug-in crossover ahead of Paris (2016-06-27 13:10:02)
    Debuting this October, the Ground Tourer concept is a cleverly named car that sticks to Mitsu's current business direction, which is to say, "things that aren't necessarily exciting."
  • Dell invests millions to support global startups and women entrepreneurs (2016-06-27 13:08:34)
    Dell continues to invest in helping the United Nations drive global entrepreneurship, which it believes will bring more job growth, and in women-led businesses.
  • Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs wants to make your daily commute less crummy (2016-06-27 13:07:35)
    The subdivision of Google's parent company looks to revolutionize the transportation landscape.
  • Hobbyist builds a tiny working model of the reusable Falcon 9 rocket (2016-06-27 13:07:33)
    In the new footage we see a working RC version of SpaceX's famous rocket repeatedly touch down on a scale model of the company's autonomous drone ship (cargo containers and all). In one of the video descriptions, ajw61185 writes that the RC Falcon 9 was built using a mix of custom and model rocket parts, and the propulsion is supplied by a repurposed Blade Inductrix 200 toy drone.
  • How to use VBA to validate data entered in a Word UserForm (2016-06-27 13:01:10)
    Avoid input errors when soliciting data via a Word UserForm with VBA procedures that check for specific attributes.
  • Interview: Spaces is the most exciting VR startup you’ve never heard of (2016-06-27 13:00:26)
    Virtual reality startups like Spaces , a new Los Angeles-based VR shop, are in a race for eyeballs. For some companies in the space, it’s about the wow factor of shiny hardware that gives users awe-inspiring VR experiences. For an enterprise like Spaces, which was launched by veterans of DreamWorks Animation with $3 million in funding, a key piece of the game plan is teaming up with bigger companies like media brands to get the startup’s VR content in front of as many people as possible. That’s one reason, for example, Spaces secured a $30 million joint venture announced earlier this month between it and China-based Songcheng Performance Development Co. Ltd., one of the biggest theme park operators in the world. Spaces will be using tools and technology it’s developing specifically for theme parks to help bring VR and mixed reality into Songcheng’s properties, which drew almost 23 million people last year, according to Spaces. Not bad for a company that’s only a few months old and was born out of its founders’ itch to capitalize on the exploding market for VR content and experiences. DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years The founding team includes CEO Shiraz Akmal, who prior to January had spent more than two years developing technology, experiences and games for VR at DreamWorks Animation. He’s also worked for almost a decade at THQ as vice-president of operations-product development and helped establish THQ China. Brad Herman, meanwhile, is Spaces’ CTO who also came from the trenches at DreamWorks. He served as head of DreamWorks Animation’s DreamLab, among other things, and served as crowds supervisor on DreamWorks Animation productions like “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.” The name they chose for their new venture refers to the base unit of virtual reality. “We’re a technology company that has creativity at its core,” Herman told BGR a few days before the Spaces team met with development partners at E3. “We make creative software, predominantly in the enterprise space. We’re about creating spaces and enabling people to create spaces.” One example is the agreement with Songcheng, which Spaces is co-managing from its L.A. headquarters. In Songcheng’s theme parks, VR and mixed reality elements will be added to existing attractions, including elaborate stage shows. The Songcheng-Spaces venture also plans to build unique, standalone virtual reality attractions and parks throughout China. Spaces appears set to tap into something spelled out in the 2016 Virtual Reality Consumer Report released a few days ago that presents the latest consumer research on this topic from Greenlight VR. The bottom line, according to the report — when more than 1,200 survey respondents were asked about their personal interest in different VR use cases, gaming came in at number six. The top use cases were actually things like travel, tourism and adventures; movies and recorded video and live events. “I think this is where our customers and partners like Songcheng — all these companies believe in this kind of future,” Akmal said. “It’s not because they think it’s cool. Of course they think it’s cool. But they also see all these other trends, like the fact that there’s all this major investment money pouring in and all the major companies — from Microsoft to Google to Facebook and Apple — all investing in this perceptual computing wave that’s coming our way. “So I think for us, we see that and say that for all of that to be successful, people are going to want something cool to do. They’re going to want something interesting to use their hardware for. And that’s where content and technology tools will help enable our mission of helping our partners bring their content libraries and brands onto these devices.” Another important point to note: forget the video game console war between Sega-Nintendo or Xbox-PS4. Same with iOS vs. Android. The Spaces team decided that there’s enough of a multiplicity of VR devices — and not, Akmal argues, likely to be one dominant platform or winner — that made now the right time to dip their toe in the water and formally launch their own company. “If you’re a media and entertainment company, these discussions started happening 12 months ago,” Herman said. “Like, every large media and entertainment company 12 months ago started having these discussions, like ‘We have to have a 360-video/VR strategy because our competitors are doing it.’ Kind of like the early mobile era. They didn’t necessarily realize why they were doing it, they just realized the market was going in a certain way and they have to do it. It’s going to take a little longer for it to reach something like your neighborhood pizza place, but I don’t think it’s going to take as long as people think.”
  • Watch a new teaser for Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down (2016-06-27 12:59:17)
    Baz Luhrmann's upcoming Netflix series The Get Down is set in the South Bronx in 1977, and that's mostly what its latest teaser focuses on. It's just 30 seconds long, packed with images of Cadillacs, graffiti, the subway, and summer smog — oh, and a new song from Nas. The only line of dialogue: "That's how we're gonna go down. Do or die."
  • Google makes coding playful with Bloks tactile toys (2016-06-27 12:46:33)
    Google wants to use the new open-source tech to help children as young as five learn computational thinking skills.
  • Uber is putting Pandora tunes in the driver's seat (2016-06-27 12:41:40)
    Drivers can now play Pandora through the ride-hailing company's driver app, ahead of a plan to roll out Pandora for riders in Uber cars too.
  • Dell introduces 70-inch touchscreen display; office workers worldwide rejoice (2016-06-27 12:41:02)
    Sam Paper spent hours creating a PowerPoint presentation on office snack consumption, and now, he was feeling defeated. Though his spreadsheets were complete and his math was double-checked, he realized the whole thing was a little bland. Sure, his C-level overseers always enjoy a good budget discussion, but would they really care about office snack statistics? Everyone already knows the community seltzer water barely sticks around longer than a day while the packs of raisins chill for weeks. Still, these are important numbers, Sam thought. How could he make them care?
  • Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10 (2016-06-27 12:35:33)
    Windows 10 auto-upgrades are like a sick, cruel joke being played on us by this point. Most stories that start with "my Windows 10 PC auto-upgraded" tend to end with "and then all my data was lost," but this particular version has a happy ending, because it involves Microsoft paying out a lot of money. A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft, after the tech giant gave up challenging a court case. Teri Goldstein alleges that after her computer was upgraded to Windows 10, it became slow and unreliable. DON'T MISS:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design “I had never heard of Windows 10,” Goldstein said. “Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update.” Goldstein subsequently took Microsoft to court, suing for lost wages and the cost of a new computer (running OS X, I hope). Goldstein won the initial court case, and although Microsoft initially appealed, it just dropped that case. So, Goldstein should be seeing a $10,000 check show up from Microsoft sometime soon. In a statement to the  Seattle Times,  Microsoft said that "“we’re continuing to listen to customer feedback and evolve the upgrade experience based on their feedback.” As well as being a great Monday morning story of justice, the ruling has to be worrying for Microsoft. Ever since Windows 10 upgrades became more pushy ( bordering on "malware" in some cases ), horror stories of Windows 10 upgrades gone wrong have been doing the rounds of the internet. If even a tenth of affected customers can get a payout on the level of Tori Goldstein, this might be the most costly software update in history.
  • The Neon Demon: a spoiler-filled chat about the year’s best or worst movie (2016-06-27 12:31:03)
    Here at The Verge, a small contingent of us have been more than a little preoccupied with the most important question in cinema in 2016: will Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon be the best or worst film of the year? The film follows Jesse, played by Elle Fanning, a 16-year-old newcomer to Los Angeles who hopes to break into a career in modeling. Jesse’s ruthless careerist side starts to come out, making her a target for everyone suffering in her shadow.
  • Ebay's StubHub to resell Yankees tickets from July (2016-06-27 12:28:29)
    (Reuters) - EBay Inc's StubHub said on Monday that it had won a deal to resell tickets for the New York Yankees, starting from July 7. StubHub will replace Ticketmaster, which currently runs the ticket-resale business for the baseball team. The Yankees and StubHub did not disclose financial terms of the deal.
  • Bots accused of hijacking anti-Brexit petition (2016-06-27 12:13:37)
    The online petition has 3.7 million signatures, but all of them may not be real.
  • Google is making a toy system that teaches kids how to code (2016-06-27 12:12:24)
    Bloks is a system of toy blocks that kids can connect together to control other toys and learn the fundamentals of coding in the process — a bunch of blocks with arrows on them, for instance, could be used to direct a robot. Google's intention is for Bloks to teach the logic behind coding, so that kids can pick up basic skills as they play and later transfer that knowledge to real-world applications. Rather, Google's plan is to build Bloks as a platform — creating most of the technology and coding behind the toys — and then let partners build kids' toys on top of it.
  • You’ve been using your Amazon Visa credit card rewards all wrong (2016-06-27 12:10:50)
    You probably don’t know it, but you may have been using your Chase Amazon Visa credit card rewards all wrong. Luckily, there’s a way to fix all that, and make the most of your Amazon purchases. DON’T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design As Lifehacker reminds us , the Chase Amazon Visa card is going to get you 3% cash back on your Amazon purchases, and 1-2% on everything else – but you probably knew that if you already got one. What you don’t know is that you should always redeem your Amazon Visa rewards for cash. That way you’ll be able to redeem more points with future purchases. And – you’ve guessed it – you’ll have to turn those into cash as well. Kyle James revealed in Rather Be Shopping that when you use rewards to cover an Amazon purchase, you won’t get any points as a reward. “For example, if your points bring a $300 item down to $220, you’ll score 660 reward points on the purchase ($220 x 3),” James explains. “But if you cash out your points, or request a statement credit, then use your card to make the same $300 purchase, you’ll end up with 900 points instead of 660. ($300 x 3). Remember, you’ll get the same dollar amount whether you cash out or redeem points directly on an Amazon purchase, making this trick a total no-brainer.” So while it may seem like a better deal to save money on your next Amazon purchase by using points, you’d be better paying full price for it, and grab a larger chunk of points for the future. The more you shop at Amazon , the more points you’ll make, and the more money you’ll get back if you follow this simple rule. On the other hand, the more money you don't spend on Amazon, the more you'll save – but who does that anyway?
  • President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden before leaving office (2016-06-27 12:04:45)
    For the last three years, one month, and seven days, Edward Snowden has been living in exile from the United States. In the weeks that followed, Snowden left Hong Kong for Russia, fleeing forced extradition by the US and its allies. The implicit point is that if Snowden is going to come home, his best chance is a presidential pardon, which is unlikely to come from Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
  • Vive owners, rejoice! You can play exclusive Oculus Rift games again (2016-06-27 12:02:33)
    Oculus has removed a block on a piece of software that allowed Vive users to run games designed for the Rift.
  • HP's new touchscreen Chromebook is ready for Android apps (2016-06-27 12:02:00)
  • Google is making its educational tools more powerful (2016-06-27 12:00:03)
    It’s no secret that Google’s Chromebooks have seen the most success in the classroom, and have quickly become the de facto education computer in the US thanks to their low cost and easy management. Today, Google is announcing new tools and expanded capabilities of its existing tools for educators that stand to make its position in the classroom even stronger. Google says the idea behind this feature is to expand the use of the projector - one of the most widely used devices in the classroom - to people other than the teacher and to foster improved interaction with students.
  • Brexit campaign wipes its homepage amid accusations of false promises (2016-06-27 11:57:57)
    Prominent Brexiters have been backtracking on key promises made during the referendum. Now the campaign's homepage has erased links to those claims.
  • Witness this delightful Jon Snow sword goof from 'Game of Thrones' (2016-06-27 11:54:18)
    Even the best-run television shows still suffer from the occasional mistake, and HBO's "Game of Thrones" is no exception.
  • Relive Le Mans '66 (sort of) with the Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition (2016-06-27 11:49:16)
    This special-edition supercar relies entirely on aesthetic enhancements, as the car itself is already more than capable.
  • How to test-drive Google’s Android VR platform with a simple painting app (2016-06-27 11:47:50)
    Google is treating the 6P (which isn’t officially compatible with the platform) as a development kit, and the painting tool is a sample project for would-be Daydream app creators. You just need a 6P, a Google Cardboard-style headset for it, and a second Android phone of any type to mimic the motion controller. If you don’t have those, you can wait for this fall or early next year, when almost every major Android manufacturer has promised us a Daydream-compatible phone — and its apps will probably work a lot better.
  • An ode to Game of Thrones' best character (2016-06-27 11:44:32)
    Last night on Game of Thrones we said goodbye to a lot of people, most of whom no one cared about. The only death that stung me in this finale was that of the Last Great Scammer — Margaery Tyrell. Jamieson Cox: Kaitlyn, I had a vested interest in Margaery achieving some kind of liberation from the High Sparrow's clutches — she was the Hail Mary pass I hoped would save my miserable Game of Game of Thrones team, which is probably cruising to a last-place finish as we speak.
  • Watch NASA fire up a giant rocket booster in the desert (2016-06-27 11:40:02)
    NASA is going to light a massive fire in the Utah desert tomorrow morning. The space agency plans to test out one of the solid rocket boosters that will be used on the Space Launch System (SLS), the giant expandable rocket that NASA is building to take humans into deep space. For the test, the engines on the booster will be ignited for two minutes at Orbital ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah.
  • Watch NASA fire up a giant rocket booster in the desert tomorrow (2016-06-27 11:40:02)
    NASA is going to light a massive fire in the Utah desert tomorrow morning. The space agency plans to test out one of the solid rocket boosters that will be used on the Space Launch System (SLS), the giant expandable rocket that NASA is building to take humans into deep space. For the test, the engines on the booster will be ignited for two minutes at Orbital ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah.
  • 'No Man's Sky' soundtrack is going on tour around the world (2016-06-27 11:39:00)
  • 'It’s the age of the self': how Kim Kardashian gamified her life and made $100 million doing it (2016-06-27 11:37:11)
    Kim Kardashian West let her biggest fans go to her daughter North’s third birthday party this month. In the days leading up to the party, Kardashian West’s enormously successful mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood ran a special event right around the time of the party, allowing players to help plan North’s birthday party, right down to the decor. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is celebrating a birthday as well.
  • Twitter adds stickers with a searchable difference (2016-06-27 11:37:08)
    Social messaging network Twitter has inaugurated its own spin on digital stickers, and it's one that lets users see how other people are using the same picture enhancements. Twitter is rolling out a library of "hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props" that can be superimposed on existing photos and images multiple times, resized, rotated and, finally, searched.
  • Google beats children's web privacy appeal, Viacom must face one claim (2016-06-27 11:34:36)
    (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday said Google and Viacom need not face a nationwide lawsuit claiming they illegally tracked the activity of children under the age of 13 who watched videos and played video games on the Nickelodeon website. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia largely upheld a January 2015 lower court ruling dismissing claims that Google, which is a unit of Alphabet Inc, and Viacom Inc violated the federal Video Privacy Protection Act by planting "cookies" on children's computers.
  • Tesla owner makes the 'solid metal snake' self-charging system that Elon Musk promised (2016-06-27 11:32:14)
    Tesla owners are a resourceful bunch — and while they wait for the Model 3 to start shipping, they've got some time on their hands. Today, that resourcefulness has led to an autonomous charging system spotted by Electrek that will automatically guide the Model S's charging cable into the waiting receptacle, no human intervention required. It's agonizingly slow, but hey, you don't have to touch the cable or plug in the connector, which — let's be honest — can be a laborious process and a huge hassle.
  • Intel open to selling security software business (2016-06-27 11:27:03)
    The chip giant could never make full use of the McAfee business, which it bought in 2010.
  • Netflix and its ilk don't play second fiddle to DVRs anymore (2016-06-27 11:23:17)
    Subscription video-on-demand services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu are now in as many US households as digital video recorders.
  • Dolby's wide color range technology comes to Amazon Video (2016-06-27 11:18:00)
  • Google may face another EU complaint over its ad services biz (2016-06-27 11:17:20)
    It would be the third antitrust complaint from the European Union, according to a report from Bloomberg.
  • Ebay's StubHub wins deal to resell Yankees tickets-source (2016-06-27 11:16:44)
    (Reuters) - EBay Inc's StubHub has won a deal to resell tickets for the New York Yankees for the next six-and-a-half years, a source familiar with the matter said. StubHub will replace Ticketmaster, which currently runs the ticket-resale business for the baseball team. Bloomberg, which first reported the news earlier Monday, said the deal was valued at $100 million.
  • This chemtrail petition is hiding something from us (2016-06-27 11:13:42)
    Blame an online petition being easier than visiting a voting booth. "Boycott Marriott Hotels for their new ‘Chemtrail Room’" is an example of Change.org’s application amongst fringe conspiracy theorists and straight-faced pranksters. With 425 supporters at the time of publication, the petition only needs 75 more signatures to achieve its goal.
  • Here’s why the iPhone 7 ‘Deep Blue’ color option isn’t happening (2016-06-27 11:00:51)
    Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 will be available in a much darker version of space gray, according to a recent report from AppleInsider . Citing a source from Macotakara , the publication relays that the space grey model Apple has in the works for the iPhone 7 is so dark as to almost be black. If the report is to be believed, the move would represent an about-face for Apple, as the company has increasingly leaned towards lighter colors with recent iPhone models. In fact, the last time Apple offered an iPhone model in a color that was arguably close to black was all the way back with the iPhone 5. As it stands today, Apple's iPhone models are available in the following colors -- Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Space Grey. The current incarnation of Space Grey, however, is more of a light to medium grey than anything else. DON'T MISS:  Forget 2016 Nexus phones, Google is said to be making an iPhone 7 killer Interestingly enough, AI adds that the report appears "to be a clarification" from an earlier Macotakara report which claimed that Apple was abandoning the space grey model for a bold Deep Blue color option . "Sources who claim to have seen the next-generation iPhone coloring apparently mistook the darker space gray for a blue shade," the report adds. All that said, the iPhone 7 color options will only incorporate slight color changes relative to the current iPhone 6s lineup. Unless Apple has any big surprises in store that it's managed to keep under wraps, it's a safe bet that the iPhone 7 will be available in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and a much darker version of Space Grey. So long, Deep Blue! We hardly knew ye. As for other iPhone 7 rumors making the rounds, photos purporting to be rear casings of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus leaked over the weekend. Notably, the camera sensor on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 appears to be much larger than what Apple used on the iPhone 6s, strongly suggesting that the larger 5.5-inch model won't be the only iPhone graced with substantive camera improvements.
  • Google's Project Bloks tinker toys teach coding to kids (2016-06-27 11:00:00)
  • Automotive Grade Linux wants to help open source your next car (2016-06-27 10:59:39)
    The Linux Foundation is bringing open source to the auto industry, thanks to Automotive Grade Linux. Jack Wallen gets you up to speed on what's new with the project and why this is important.
  • Rolls-Royce designed a robot boat control center that looks like Star Trek (2016-06-27 10:57:40)
    The company has been touting the benefits of autonomous freighters for some time, but it just unveiled a bunch of concept artwork as part of a whitepaper presented at a symposium in Amsterdam last week. Remote operators are depicted as workers in a futuristic command center, complete with holograms, Minority Report-style user interfaces, and a captain's throne fit for Jean-Luc Picard himself. Rolls-Royce's VP of Innovation for the marine division assures that remote-controlled ships will see commercial applications "by the end of the decade," and the sensors and systems that will be used by such ships are already in testing with operators.
  • HP adds a touchscreen to its 11-inch Chromebook lineup (2016-06-27 10:55:03)
    HP today announced the Chromebook 11 G5, the first of the company's Chrome OS laptops in the 11-inch range to include a touchscreen display. The base model of the Chromebook 11 G5 has a 11.6-inch screen with a sub-HD display (there will be an option for an HD IPS touchscreen panel with Gorilla Glass), weighs 2.51 pounds, and comes with a 1.6gHz Intel Celeron N3060 — a somewhat common processor for low- to mid-range Chromebooks. HP claims it will be powerful enough to handle video calls and playback, and that it "speeds through spreadsheets," which is the most amazingly modest goal I can imagine for a Chromebook.
  • iPhone 7 alleged photos expose second speaker, larger camera (2016-06-27 10:51:04)
    The photos seemingly provide more backing for rumors that have been floating about the past few months about the next iPhone.
  • Amazon helps teachers share free digital education tools (2016-06-27 10:46:00)
  • Twitter copies Snapchat in desperate bid to remain relevant (2016-06-27 10:35:31)
    Twitter is acutely aware that it's no longer the hip social network of choice for tweens. (Was it ever the hip network of choice for anyone?) In a bid to become cool again, and also boost its stock price, the network has been rolling out changes over the past couple months. The latest comes straight from Snapchat's playbook. Starting sometime in the next few weeks , Twitter's app will have #Stickers that you can plaster over your photos. Make no mistake: these aren't the the same kind of stickers that Facebook and Snapchat and Kim Kardashian have been touting for years: these are, per the press release, #Stickers and therefore definitely new and interesting and better. This is what Twitter has been missing all this time. This is the solution. Stickers and slightly longer tweets will finally Make Twitter Great Again. DON'T MISS:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design The type of stickers you can use ranges from emojis, accessories, hats, and basically anything else you could ever want to stick over a photo to make it worse. Even better, because Twitter is all about things being #Connected, the new stickers are also #connected. You'll be able to view tweets by sticker, so you can see all the photos where other people have used the same sunglasses emoji. The changes will be rolled out to the iOS and Android apps sometime in the next few weeks, alongside new location-based feeds. There's no news on an opt-out button quite yet, but my fingers remain very firmly crossed.
  • Amazon Video now offers Dolby Vision HDR content (2016-06-27 10:35:26)
    Last year, Amazon began offering 4K HDR content on its video services, and now it has expanded its support of the high quality format to include Dolby Vision, the other (and arguably better) high dynamic range format. The second season of of Amazon's original series Bosch is now available in Dolby Vision through Amazon Prime Video, and a number of movies from Sony Pictures including The Smurfs 2, Men in Black 3, Salt, Fury, Pineapple Express, and Elysium are available for purchase through Amazon Video, the company announced today.
  • Do you love your children, or will you buy them this Belkin case for their Chromebooks? (2016-06-27 10:30:58)
    Look, kids break things sometimes. It’s a fact of life. Are you going to buy them sippy cups and trampoline nets and Nerf footballs forever? No way, you gotta let them explore their limits, experience danger, and maybe break that back-to-school 11-inch Chromebook you bought for them on sale at Walmart. You can replace a Chromebook, they’re like $200. A child’s self-esteem? Very expensive to replace.And don’t get me wrong, I’m not mad at Belkin. It’s an accessory manufacturer, it’s just doing its job. ...
  • Twitter's searchable stickers can add pizzazz to your photos (2016-06-27 10:26:00)
  • Amazon unveils free educational tools for teachers (2016-06-27 10:25:06)
    The online commerce giant hopes to give teachers easy access to learning materials through its Amazon Inspire program.
  • Supreme Court overturns abortion clinic restrictions (2016-06-27 10:18:17)
    In a major ruling on abortion, the Supreme Court struck down parts of a Texas law that could have led to the closure of many abortion facilities, setting a precedent for abortion access nationwide. The surprise 5-3 decision struck down two provisions of a law passed in 2013, requiring abortion clinics to meet strict regulations in order to operate. The first would have mandated that abortion facilities meet the same standards as surgical centers, which would mean — among other things — designing centers with wide hallways for gurneys and installing additional equipment.
  • #Stickers coming soon to your photos on Twitter (2016-06-27 10:15:25)
    The social network will let its users attach stickers to their photos for fun.
  • Uber partners with Pandora to give drivers ad-free internet radio (2016-06-27 10:01:34)
    Uber is integrating Pandora into its Partner app, giving drivers the ability to easily hunt for personalized music stations while on the road. The company says the new feature is rolling out to drivers in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, and will be ad-free for the first six months. Uber will also be providing aux cables to drivers to take advantage of the partnership.
  • Lufthansa to bring satellite-based Wi-Fi to short-haul fleet from October (2016-06-27 10:00:56)
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Lufthansa will roll out satellite-based broadband onboard short-haul flights starting from October, it said on Monday, as customers increasingly demand to stay connected in the air. Airlines across the world are moving to satellite-based Internet services, prompting a scramble for customers by communication providers. The technology on board the Lufthansa flights is being provided in cooperation with partner Inmarsat and its Global Xpress network. ...
  • Twitter adds stickers for photos and lets you search them like hashtags (2016-06-27 10:00:02)
    Twitter will begin letting you add virtual stickers to the photos you post, the company said today. Hundreds are available at launch, including the standard Unicode emoji and some original work from Twitter. Stickers are a common feature of social networks and messaging apps, but Twitter has given them one unique twist: you can search them like hashtags.
  • Anki's tiny Cozmo robot is a Pixar character made real (2016-06-27 09:47:00)
  • 65daysofstatic are taking the No Man’s Sky soundtrack on tour (2016-06-27 09:37:37)
    The sci-fi sounds of No Man’s Sky will soon be beamed to a music venue near you. British band 65daysofstatic have announced a new world tour in support of the soundtrack for the game, starting in October in Tilburg, Netherlands. 65daysofstatic’s generative soundtrack has long been one of the most enticing aspects of No Man’s Sky, a game about exploring a vast, seemingly unending universe.
  • Tour de France will use thermal cameras to spot hidden motors (2016-06-27 09:27:00)
  • Uber and Pandora partner to offer music to drivers (2016-06-27 09:02:41)
    Ride-hailing giant Uber is integrating online radio station Pandora into its app for drivers for easy listening on trips, the companies announced on Monday. The deal gives Uber a new perk to dangle to drivers and strengthens Pandora’s presence in the key automotive market. The move puts Pandora front and center for Uber's 450,000 active drivers in the United States.
  • Anki’s Cozmo robot is the real-life WALL-E we've been waiting for (2016-06-27 09:00:03)
    While Cozmo sleeps, it snores. The small robot — shaped like a miniaturized bulldozer with a CRT monitor for a cockpit — sits in a charging dock, waiting to be awoken. Like Pixar’s adorably anthropomorphic WALL-E, Cozmo falls somewhere between a Mars rover and an animated woodland creature. It’s lifelike enough to evoke sympathy, but still enough of a toy not to teeter too close to the uncanny valley.
  • Uber and Pandora to bring (more) music to rides (2016-06-27 09:00:00)
  • Forget 2016 Nexus phones, Google is said to be making an iPhone 7 killer (2016-06-27 08:47:01)
    There’s no doubt about the fact that Google will have to launch at least one new Nexus smartphone this year. It’s the only way for the company to show what Android N can do – to customers, developers, and OEMs. In fact, at this point, there’s no way for Google to launch a major Android release and not make a Nexus phone. But unlike in previous years, 2016 might mark the year when Google launches both Nexus devices and a Google-branded phone that wants to be an iPhone killer of sorts. The device would go head-to-head against Apple’s iPhone 7. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet Sources familiar with Google’s smartphone plans told The Telegraph that Google is “is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone that will extend the company’s move into hardware.” It’s not clear what these devices will be called, or how they would differentiate themselves from Nexus handsets, but the paper says the phone will launch by the end of the year, at least according to a senior source. Google has had a hard time dealing with carriers when it comes to selling Nexus handsets in the past, so it’ll be interesting to see whether this new effort will yield better results. Google is said to be taking more control over design, manufacturing and software with this device. Google CEO Sundar Pichai dispelled such rumors a few weeks ago when he said in an interview that Google will continue to make Nexus handsets with partners, revealing that it will pay a lot more attention to them in the future. Pichai even said that the next Nexus handsets will not run pure Android anymore . But he seemed to indicate that Google isn’t interested in controlling the hardware side and making a new Google-branded handset. “They are concerned that Android is fragmenting, that it needs to become a more controlled platform,” CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood told The Telegraph . “I think they’ll seek to control it more, more like Apple.” Google is also reportedly “annoyed” that customers see the iPhone as the only premium offering on the market, according to a tip received earlier this year by 9to5Google . It’s worth noting that a premium Google device would not only compete against the iPhone, but also against high-end handsets made by Google’s partners. Ultimately, even if Google decides to can this iPhone killer, the 2016 Nexus handsets already sound very exciting .
  • Snowden calls proposed Russian antiterror measures 'Big Brother law' (2016-06-27 08:39:25)
    New legislation calls for service providers to store metadata for up to six months, and expressing pro-terror sentiments online could get you jailed for up to seven years.
  • Watch the new Star Trek Beyond trailer featuring Rihanna’s single Sledgehammer (2016-06-27 08:16:06)
    Idris Elba's blue-faced reptilian villain is still representing the part of space where "the frontier pushes back") you can at least listen to "Sledgehammer" in full below. Beyond is scheduled for a US release on July 22nd and is directed by Justin Lin, a stalwart of the Fast & Furious franchise. As this heritage might suggest, the new film looks like it's trying to reinvigorate the rebooted Star Trek with more action and adrenaline.
  • Edward Snowden is not a fan of Russia's 'Big Brother' bill (2016-06-27 08:15:00)
  • Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design (2016-06-27 08:05:49)
    Over the weekend, a pair of photos purporting to show the rear casings of both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus appeared online. Originally spotted by Nowhereelse.fr , the images are largely similar to previous leaks we've seen over the past few weeks, with the unsightly antenna lines that plagued both the iPhone 6 and 6s thankfully moved towards the side. What's particularly interesting about the latest iPhone 7 leak, however, is that the photos appear to suggest that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 model will receive an impressive camera upgrade. While we've seen no shortage of rumors pointing to all of the snazzy and advanced camera technology Apple is planning to grace the iPhone 7 Plus with, the most recent iPhone 7 leak reminds us that Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 7 may also have a substantive camera upgrade itself. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 will be Apple's riskiest iPhone yet As evidenced by the photo below, the area for the camera sensor on the iPhone 7 is markedly larger than what Apple employed with the iPhone 6s. That being the case, if Apple can leverage some of the camera technology it picked up when it acquired LinX back in April of 2014, it stands to reason that the iPhone 7 camera will boast superior and compelling camera performance all across the board. As we've detailed previously, LinX was an Israeli-based company whose camera technology was said to be “leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets." Some specific camera improvements made possible by LinX's technology include improved low light performance, a pronounced reduction in noise levels and improved color fidelity. Additionally, the leaked photo of the iPhone 7 Plus below appears to corroborate earlier reports which point to Apple's premium iPhone 7 model sporting a dual-lens camera which may very well prove to be a game-changer  in its own right. With all of the debate surrounding Apple's rumored decision to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from its iPhone 7 models, the above leaks arguably underscore that Apple may still have a few surprises in store for us come September. While Apple's next-gen iPhone may not have a whole lot of bells and whistles, it's entirely possible, if not downright probable, that the biggest selling point for the iPhone 7 will be a huge leap forward in camera quality. Also of note is the tidbit that iPhone 7 production has reportedly kicked off, albeit slowly. Other leaked photos of the iPhone 7 that you may have missed can be seen below.
  • German publishers appeal decision in market power case against Google (2016-06-27 07:59:12)
    German publishers have appealed a Berlin court's rejection of a case in which they accused Google of abusing its market power by refusing to pay them for displaying newspaper articles online, an attorney for the publishers said on Monday. Germany's biggest newspaper publisher, Axel Springer and 40 other publishers had accused Alphabet Inc's Google of unfair treatment.
  • Amazon Dash buttons may get a new brand blitz (2016-06-27 07:49:50)
    Dozens of brands will be added to the lineup of tiny widgets, which you can click to purchase household goods through Amazon, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Bat wings inspire new breed of drone (2016-06-27 07:41:26)
    By Matthew Stock The unique mechanical properties of bat wings could lead to a new breed of nature-inspired drone. A prototype built by researchers at the University of Southampton shows that membrane wings can have improved aerodynamic properties and fly over longer distances on less power. Using a paper-thin rubber membrane, the team designed wings that mimic the physiology of the muscles in a bat's wing, changing shape in response to the forces it experiences.
  • China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law (2016-06-27 07:33:58)
    China moved closer on Monday to adopting a controversial cybersecurity law, after parliament held a second reading of the draft rules, which carry significant consequences for domestic and foreign business and threaten greater censorship. China enforces widespread controls over the internet that it has sought to codify in law, and Chinese laws often go through multiple readings and drafts before they are adopted. The draft, presented before the standing committee of the National People's Congress, requires network operators to comply with social morals and accept the supervision of the government and public, official news agency Xinhua said.
  • Overachieving Hubble mission gets five more years (2016-06-27 07:32:25)
    Originally expected to serve until around 2005, the Hubble Space Telescope will be operational until at least June 30, 2021.
  • Ghostbusters in hyper reality, Game of Game of Thrones Finale, and more in the week ahead (2016-06-27 07:30:03)
    Game of Thrones season six might be over, but our Game of Game of Thrones finale spectacular is still to come. Verge entertainment editor Emily Yoshida was no doubt up all night preparing the final recap for our extremely unofficial fantasy league. The event is sponsored by the likes of Microsoft, Dell, and Google who’ll be making news as they try to get their wares into the hands of students who’ll one day be adults in charge of corporate budgets.
  • Apple celebrates Pride with rainbow Watch straps (2016-06-27 07:10:29)
    But it's not known whether the company will put the celebratory wristbands on sale.
  • Google's Sundar Pichai latest target of social media hackers (2016-06-27 07:10:00)
  • Google will reportedly release its own phone this year (2016-06-27 06:34:24)
    The tech giant is currently in talks with mobile operators to release its own non-Nexus device, according to reports.
  • Twitter-bot plasters creepy smiles on celebrities' faces (2016-06-27 06:05:00)
  • Brexit: Answers to 8 crucial questions for business and technology professionals (2016-06-27 06:00:03)
    The UK recently voted to leave the EU, which will likely have major implications for business and IT. Here are answers to the most important questions raised by the exit.
  • China launches new Long March 7 rocket in preparation for planned space station (2016-06-27 05:39:26)
    China's Long March 7 rocket launched successfully for the first time this weekend, the second in a trio of new boosters the country will use to launch and supply its planned Tiangong-3 space station. The 53-meter-tall Long March 7 carried a number of small satellites into orbit as well as a subscale, dummy version of China's next-generation crew capsule. The rocket is the middle child in the country's new family of launchers, sitting between the heavier Long March 5  and lighter Long March 6.
  • Microsoft still believes hand tracking is the future of PC input (2016-06-27 05:17:12)
    Microsoft wants to move beyond the keyboard and mouse to power the interfaces of the future. While the software maker has been investing in voice recognition and augmented reality scenarios, Microsoft's research division has made some significant progress with hand tracking. Researchers are working on software that will allow virtual environments to track and recognize detailed hand motion.
  • Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7 is another unremarkable refresh (2016-06-27 05:05:00)
  • Bangladesh central bank ends FireEye investigation into cyber heist (2016-06-27 04:54:19)
    Bangladesh's central bank has ended a contract with U.S. cyber security firm FireEye to investigate February's online theft of $81 million, turning down a proposal to extend the agreement, a senior official said on Monday. More than four months after hackers broke into the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank and transferred money from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, investigators in Bangladesh and the United States are still trying to identify them. FireEye's Mandiant division had asked for 570 hours of additional work to complete its investigation into the biggest cyber heist in history, sources at the bank had said earlier.
  • Shoot actual fire from your eyes with this 'Cyclops' helmet (2016-06-27 04:50:00)
  • Google is building a phone for this year, says unlikely report (2016-06-27 04:09:44)
    It's no secret that Google has ambitions to build its own Android phones, but a new report from The Telegraph today suggests a much more aggressive timeline than we've previously heard. Anonymous sources at mobile operators have told the Telegraph's James Titcomb that Google is preparing to release "a Google-branded phone," and a senior one among them has said that the device "will be released by the end of the year." This handset is said to be distinct from Google's branding endorsement of Nexus phones manufactured by its partners, though no details are given as to why and how it'll be produced. Google's official timeline for the release of its first smartphone is for 2017 via its Project Ara modular phone initiative.
  • India joins elite missile tech group controlling global sale (2016-06-27 03:44:41)
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Monday joined an exclusive club of countries controlling exports in missile technology, just a day after bemoaning its exclusion from another elite group that governs international nuclear fuel and technology.
  • Google CEO's Quora account briefly hijacked by Mark Zuckerberg hackers (2016-06-27 03:43:16)
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai had his Quora account hacked last night, becoming the latest in a list of major tech figures to have their social media presences hijacked by a group calling itself "OurMine." The breach comes less than a month after both Mark Zuckerberg and Spotify boss Daniel Ek suffered a similar fate. The breach of Pichai's account became apparent when tweets linking to Pichai's Quora posts — referencing the OurMine group — appeared on his official Twitter account late Sunday night. Unlike the case of Daniel Ek, however, the hackers hadn't gained access to Pichai's Twitter account proper, instead relying on Quora's auto-tweet functionality to notify his half-a-million followers about the breach.
  • Bizarre 'Street Fighter' gym gear includes Zangief dumbbells (2016-06-27 03:04:00)
  • How industrial IoT maker APX Labs is teaming with GE and Boeing to put wearables to work (2016-06-27 03:00:03)
    APX Labs has been named a top innovator by the World Economic Forum. The developer of the Skylight platform is working with enterprises on industrial wearables in manufacturing environments.
  • Overacheiving Hubble mission gets five more years (2016-06-27 02:53:15)
    Originally expected to serve until around 2005, the Hubble Space Telescope will be operational until at least June 30, 2021.
  • Line IPO range announcement delayed until Tuesday (2016-06-27 02:52:58)
    Japanese messaging app firm Line Corp has delayed setting a tentative price range for its initial public offering (IPO) by one day, until Tuesday, the company said in a regulatory filing, citing the "market environment". The IPO price range was originally scheduled to be announced on Monday. On Friday, the S&P 500 fell 3.6 percent, its biggest one-day drop in 10 months, and Japan's broad Topix index slid 7 percent after Britain voted to exit the European Union.
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account hacked (2016-06-27 02:36:52)
    The group responsible for hacking Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts has taken aim at Sundar Pichai.
  • Religious hacker defaces escort websites (2016-06-27 02:09:42)
    The Moroccan hacker has attacked over 100 websites, citing religious reasons, and claims to have access to user data.
  • Swedish payments firm Klarna taps debt market for the first time (2016-06-27 01:47:21)
    Swedish payments firm Klarna, one of Europe's most highly valued tech startups, said on Monday it had tapped debt markets for the first time, issuing subordinated notes totaling 300 million crowns ($35.2 million). Klarna, which handles about 10 percent of all online transactions in Europe and launched last year in the United States on online payments giant Paypal's home turf, said it issued debt to support its expansion and diversify funding. It added that this issue was a first small step to a wider presence in debt capital markets.
  • Scientists want to make buildings from bone (2016-06-27 01:35:00)
  • Snowden calls new Russian anti-terror measures 'Big Brother law' (2016-06-27 01:27:15)
    Under the new laws, service providers will be made to store metadata for up to six months, and expressing pro-terror sentiments online can get you jailed for up to seven years.
  • Fujifilm announces a newer, faster instant printer for your phone (2016-06-27 01:00:03)
    Fujifilm has announced the second version of its portable instant film printers, the Instax Share SP-2. It's the first update to the company's tiny printer lineup since the first Instax Share was released at CES in 2014, and the new model is supposed to be faster, more reliable, and comes with more customization options. The Instax Share printers use Fujifilm's 2-inch-by-3-inch Instax Mini instant film, and they're made to be used with your smartphone.
  • Insane ball machine built entirely out of K'Nex (2016-06-27 00:45:29)
    Over a period of three years, K'Nex builder Shadowman built an elaborate ball machine standing nearly 2.5 metres tall.
  • China tech powerhouse Tsinghua bets $7.5 billion on R&D, urges faster reforms (2016-06-27 00:42:14)
    By Elias Glenn TIANJIN, China (Reuters) - State-backed Chinese technology group Tsinghua Holdings plans to spend $7.5 billion on research and development over the next five years, accelerating China's drive to build a high-value semiconductor industry to challenge global chipmaking rivals. As the firm that controls acquisitive chip supplier Tsinghua Unigroup outlined the target, its chairman, Xu Jinghong, also said China has been too slow to reform its economy, and must move faster to promote high-margin tech operations rather than cheap manufacturing. In the chip development drive - a strategic priority for Beijing - Tsinghua Unigroup aims to become the world's No. 3 chipmaker after Intel Corp and Samsung Electronics Co. The firm has proposed buying stakes worth nearly $1 billion in two Taiwanese chip firms - deals now under review by a new Taipei government that is less friendly toward China.
  • Play a new episode for old Quake from the Wolfenstein: The New Order studio (2016-06-27 00:22:27)
    MachineGames has released a new episode for the original Quake to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Id Software’s wildly influential first-person shooter. You can download the chapter for free here; you’ll need to extract the package into your Quake folder, then set "-game dopa" as a launch option in Steam. Quake is $2.49 in the Steam summer sale right now, in case you don't own it.
  • India's $4 smartphone arrives June 30th (2016-06-26 23:38:00)
  • How many catch phrases did you catch in the Game of Thrones finale? (2016-06-26 22:53:58)
    Most of the dialogue for Game of Thrones' season six finale was catch phrases. Tyrion said "the great game" referring to the proverbial "game of thrones," twice. Sansa and Jon had a good LOL about "winter is here," which was off-putting both because Jon's laugh is unsettling and because both of them fully know that winter is prime White Walker season.
  • How many catchphrases did you catch in the Game of Thrones finale? (2016-06-26 22:53:58)
    Most of the dialogue for Game of Thrones' season six finale was catch phrases. Tyrion said "the great game" referring to the proverbial "game of thrones," twice. Sansa and Jon had a good LOL about "winter is here," which was off-putting both because Jon's laugh is unsettling and because both of them fully know that winter is prime White Walker season.
  • Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by 2020 (2016-06-26 21:58:00)
  • Rihanna to drop Sledgehammer: New 'Star Trek' single releasing Monday (2016-06-26 20:47:26)
    Pop star Rihanna has teased the upcoming release of her single Sledgehammer, written for the soundtrack of upcoming film "Star Trek Beyond."
  • Amazon said to be planning another brand blitz for Dash buttons (2016-06-26 20:45:29)
    Dozens of new brands will be added to the lineup of tiny widgets, which people can click to purchase household goods through the internet retail giant, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Wisconsin's sentencing algorithm faces a court battle (2016-06-26 20:15:00)
  • Google reportedly ships its first non-Nexus phone this year (2016-06-26 18:42:00)
  • See the unusual way cancer cells spread (2016-06-26 17:10:00)
  • The shockingly green Mercedes AMG GT R is a track monster (2016-06-26 17:05:21)
    What has 577 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque, and is bright green? It's at the top of Mercedes' street-legal sports car range and, fresh off its unveiling on Friday, the car has arrived at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to take on the famous hill climb. It's the harder, better, faster, stronger version of the Mercedes-Benz's excellent AMG GT that was released a few years ago.
  • Save Browser (2016-06-26 16:53:59)
    From the little city of White Settlement, Texas, home to 16,000 people and one aggrieved kitty, comes my favorite story of the year: a snack-sized tale of petty revenge in local government. Originally reported by Bud Kennedy at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the White Settlement city council voted 2-1 on June 14th to fire the public library's Chief Library Cat, Browser. The vote was marked on the council's agenda only as "discuss and consider relocation of Library Facility cat 'Browser'" — a bureaucratic euphemism for the heartless abandonment of a former shelter cat and the start of World War 3: Cats Vs. Dogs.
  • Kanye West begs to be sued for new naked celebrities video (2016-06-26 15:43:37)
    Technically Incorrect: On Twitter, West hopes that Donald Trump, Chris Brown, George W. Bush or anyone depicted naked in his new "Famous" video" will sue him. The memes flow.
  • South Korea hopes traffic signs will cut phone distractions (2016-06-26 15:33:00)
  • Rihanna teases Monday release for new Star Trek Beyond song (2016-06-26 14:09:09)
    A new song from Rihanna, the latest Star Trek alien, could be coming tomorrow. A sledgehammer is probably the least of the Enterprise crew's problems, since director Justin Lin keeps tearing the poor ship to shreds. Star Trek Beyond is the third entry in the new series kicked off by JJ Abrams, and will premiere in theaters later this month on July 22nd.
  • Chrome exploit makes life easier for video pirates (2016-06-26 14:02:00)
  • Browse free or die? New Hampshire library is at privacy fore (2016-06-26 13:17:53)
    LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A small library in New Hampshire sits at the forefront of global efforts to promote privacy and fight government surveillance — to the consternation of law enforcement.
  • Alco Electronics' David Leung on making gadgets in China (2016-06-26 13:05:45)
    DONGGUAN CITY, China (AP) — A look inside Alco Electronics Ltd.'s factory in China shows what it takes to succeed as a maker of gadgets for the rest of the world — human precision in tiny tasks and increasingly automated manufacturing, but also flexible thinking and perks to keep the best employees.
  • Now the director of Independence Day wants to crash the Moon into Earth (2016-06-26 12:49:25)
    The irony of Independence Day: Resurgence ads, which keep saying those aliens "messed with the wrong planet," is that they appear to completely destroy the planet, which probably means they messed with the right planet after all. What is Moonfall about, you ask? Emmerich thinks the answer is "yes," and if Moonfall ever reaches theaters, expect it to showcase "an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity." If that sounds familiar it's because that movie has been made every year since they started making movies, half of them featuring either Tommy Lee Jones or Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Ben Heck's Essentials series: Logic gates (2016-06-26 12:30:00)
  • Russia moves toward alarming new counter-terrorism law (2016-06-26 12:29:25)
    The lower house of Russia's parliament has passed so-called anti-terrorism legislation that would allow steep prison sentences for dissent, and require ISPs and phone companies to store huge amounts of communications for long periods of time, The Guardian reports. The AP says telecoms have claimed that the law would require them to store 100,000 times more data at a cost of more than $33 billion.
  • Facebook, YouTube said to be automatically blocking extremist videos (2016-06-26 12:16:50)
    Web giants quietly using digital fingerprints to identify and remove Islamic State videos and other similar material, Reuters reports.
  • How we made New York City with a pile of e-waste (2016-06-26 12:00:04)
    This past week, we published Andrew Hawkins' feature E-Waste Empire, which tracked the millions of pounds of dead electronics that New York discards each year. Both Andrew and our staff photographer Amelia Krales followed the path of e-waste recycling from Manhattan, through Staten Island, New Jersey and onto a huge recycling facility in Holliston, MA. Amelia shot reportage photos of each stage of the process and mountains of discarded TVs, computers, cell phones —even an Apple II, complete with box.
  • Teachers out at prep school after nasty Slack messages about students are revealed (2016-06-26 12:00:03)
    Technically Incorrect: Several teachers privately called the kids "idiots" and worse; then screenshots of their chats were circulated, say reports.
  • Yuneec Typhoon H drone gets new obstacle-avoiding powers from Intel (2016-06-26 11:07:10)
    The hexacopter will soon be available with an Intel RealSense camera for steering it around obstacles while flying and filming.
  • Tokyo Thrift: the Sony Rolly was peak Sony (2016-06-26 11:00:03)
    When I talk about peak Sony, I'm not, of course, referring to the Sony that took over the world with products like the Walkman and the PlayStation. No, the Sony that made the Rolly is that Sony’s twisted, lovable alter-ego. The Rolly was a “sound entertainment player” the size and shape of a goose egg.
  • After Math: What are we watching? (2016-06-26 11:00:00)
  • The Verge Review of Animals: sandpipers (2016-06-26 10:36:55)
    Pixar Animation Studios This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Pixar Animation Studios' new theatrical release Finding Dory is in theaters now, and audiences who turned up to see it have been subjected to a highly unscientific animated short called "Piper." Reality check: sandpipers do not actually learn most of their life lessons from friendly baby crabs, and they aren't great swimmers. Cuteness aside, though, sandpipers are pretty confusing, because "sandpiper" is both a species name and the colloquial name for the Scolopacidae family of birds.
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar Impulse's record flight and more! (2016-06-26 10:00:00)
  • Chrome OS is slowly turning into a real operating system (2016-06-26 09:00:45)
    Chome OS has always been a thing I think of for people's grandparents, or young students looking for their Fischer-Price My First Computer. But with Chromebook sales outstripping Macbooks, and Google adding serious new features at speed, it's probably time to start taking Chrome OS seriously. Google has added a storage manager to the latest developer update version of the software, giving a preview of the kinds of features we can expect from Chrome OS in the coming months. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior The storage manager is exactly what you'd expect: a feature that lets you see how much capacity your machine has, how much is free, and whether downloads or offline files are taking up the most space. In case you're thinking that sounds like a dead-simple feature that's a prerequisite for any serious operating system, you'd be right! Small flaws like this (and a thousand other similar holes) are why Chrome OS has mostly been written off by serious power users for years. Similar functionality has been available in the past, but it's been through a third-party app that you'd have to download. Just like when I had to install a program to show my the battery percentage on my older Android phones, having to download an app to check a basic system function feels like a real step backwards. Making a built-in storage manager isn't going to make Chrome OS fantastic overnight, but between this, Android apps, and continued great hardware, Chromebooks are starting to look more and more like a great option.
  • Kuka nears deal with Chinese bidder: source (2016-06-26 08:50:49)
    BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German robotics maker Kuka is on the brink of agreeing to an investor agreement with Chinese bidder Midea that includes a long-term commitment to existing headquarters, factories and jobs, a source close to the negotiations said. Kuka needs to decide in the coming week whether it wants to recommend the acceptance of Midea's 4.5 billion euro ($4.99 billion) bid, the biggest German industrial technology company to be targeted by a Chinese buyer in a wave of recent deals. The source told Reuters that there had been a breakthrough in negotiations between Kuka and Midea, with the results presented to a meeting of the supervisory board on Saturday.
  • Sail the world while avoiding roaming fees (2016-06-26 08:30:02)
    From CNET Magazine: CNET's consumer advice columnist Marguerite Reardon serves up five tips for using your phones at sea and in port.
  • China's Alipay could take stake in Germany's Wirecard: report (2016-06-26 07:28:44)
    Wirecard AG is negotiating with representatives of Alipay, a unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba , about it taking a stake of up to 25 percent in the German banking software company, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Without citing its sources, the Bild am Sonntag weekly said Wirecard was in confidential talks with Alipay about it taking a stake of up to 25 percent, and possibly more later. A source familiar with the matter said Ant Financial, which operates the Alipay platform, was not talking to Wirecard about an investment.
  • 328 foot-long floating barrier will collect ocean trash (2016-06-26 07:01:00)
  • Incipio just bought headphone maker Skullcandy (2016-06-26 02:26:00)
  • Curiosity rover may sample Mars water (2016-06-25 23:40:00)
  • Google live support app would share your Nexus phone's screen (2016-06-25 22:05:00)
  • Leaked Google support app shares your Nexus phone's screen (2016-06-25 22:05:00)
  • Line, the biggest tech IPO of the year, struggles to show its growth plan can work (2016-06-25 21:20:48)
    By Yoshiyasu Shida and Thomas Wilson TOKYO (Reuters) - In delaying its IPO by two years, Japanese messaging app company Line Corp bought time to correct weak financial reporting controls, work on its business plan, bolster staffing - and left billions of dollars on the table as its valuation shriveled. Line's initial public offering in the next three weeks is set to raise about $1 billion, which given a global drought of such deals could make it the biggest tech listing this year, but skeptical fund managers point to tepid growth in Line's home market and doubts about its prospects for regional expansion. In seeking to earn more from its major Asian markets of Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan, Line will try to generate more revenue from services such as advertising and offer more localized products, its IPO filing said.
  • Philippines man charged with raiding US celebrities' accounts (2016-06-25 20:28:00)
  • Kanye West's video for Famous is damn genius clickbait (2016-06-25 19:49:19)
    Kanye West premiered the music video for "Famous" last night in Los Angeles, and it's absolute clickbait in the most congratulatory meaning of the word. Because lots of people are going to click on headlines like:
  • Microsoft will stop making the Surface 3 in December (2016-06-25 19:03:00)
  • Alipay could take stake in Wirecard: report (2016-06-25 18:14:18)
    Wirecard AG is negotiating with representatives of Alipay, a unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, about it taking a stake of up to 25 percent in the German banking software company, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Without citing its sources, the Bild am Sonntag weekly said Wirecard was in confidential talks with Alipay about it taking a stake of up to 25 percent, and possibly more later. The paper said Wirecard declined to comment.
  • IRS kills e-filing PINs prematurely due to cyberattacks (2016-06-25 17:31:00)
  • A secret public letter to my Game of Game of Thrones rivals (2016-06-25 17:24:29)
    It's been a rough season for my Game of Game of Thrones all-animal meme team: Ser Pounce's Feral Menagerie. But as a consummate competitor, I am looking for creative options to defeat my enemies and defy fantasy-league GM and Verge Entertainment Editor Emily Yoshida, who some suspect has rigged the game against me unfairly. In any event, it is clear that I must bend the world to fit my interests, and so I have a humble proposal for my adversaries: let us join forces Sunday night during the Game of Thrones finale.
  • Six gadgets made from LEGO bricks (2016-06-25 16:00:00)
  • Don't send an email if you can pick up the phone (2016-06-25 15:55:07)
    Like a group of teachers at a prep school in Rhode Island who insulted their students in Slack, only to have those conversations leaked to the whole school. The Providence Journal reported this week that three teachers resigned after toxic conversations about their pupils were shared "with the entire school community" in a Google Doc by some unknown alleged hacker. The comments were originally made in Slack (the same app The Verge uses to conduct business and share photos of company pets), and reportedly included things like calling students idiots and ridiculing them for their academic performance.
  • Trump tweets that Scotland loves Brexit (though Scotland voted against) (2016-06-25 15:31:07)
    Technically Incorrect: Arriving in Scotland, the presumptive Republican nominee for US president seems unaware that the Scottish really want to be part of Europe.
  • Samsung's next phablet phone may be the 'Galaxy Note 7,' tipster says (2016-06-25 15:07:24)
    Mobile reporter Evan Blass, who often gets reliable phone leaks, claims Samsung's next big phone will skip the Galaxy Note 6 moniker.
  • Termites were farming 25 million years ago — long before humans (2016-06-25 14:53:02)
    By searching through cliffs in southwestern Tanzania, researchers have discovered fossilized "fungus gardens" created by termites 25 million years ago, reports The Washington Post. The insects do this by feeding the fungus with pellets of pre-chewed plant material that the termites can’t digest themselves. Then, the termites wait for large mushrooms to grow out of the fungus spores so they can eat them.
  • SolarCity recuses two more board members from voting on Tesla offer (2016-06-25 14:51:22)
    Two additional SolarCity Corp board members with ties to Elon Musk are recusing themselves from making decisions regarding Tesla Motors Inc's offer to buy the solar power company, in a bid to alleviate corporate governance concerns surrounding a potential deal. The new recusals mean the majority of SolarCity's board will be sitting out the decision on whether to be acquired by Tesla. Peter Rive, who is the cousin of Tesla chief executive and SolarCity chairman Musk, along with JB Straubel, chief technology officer and co-founder of Tesla, are both recusing themselves from the decision-making process, SolarCity spokesman Jonathan Bass said in a statement emailed to Reuters late on Friday.
  • Snowden's email provider confirms it was an investigation target (2016-06-25 14:28:00)
  • Stephen Colbert ridicules Ticketmaster's free-voucher concerts (2016-06-25 14:16:03)
    Technically Incorrect: Yes, you too can get free tickets for a Black Sabbath tribute band. If you try very hard.
  • Facebook and Google may be using copyright scanners to suppress 'extremist' speech (2016-06-25 13:38:50)
    The systems that automatically enforce copyright laws on the internet may be expanding to block unfavorable speech. Reuters reports that Facebook, Google, and other companies are exploring automated removal of extremist content, and could be repurposing copyright takedown methods to identify and suppress it. Leaders in the US and Europe have increasingly decried radical extremism on the internet and have attempted to enlist internet companies in the fight. Earlier this year, Facebook said its users flag more than one million items for review every day.
  • Gadget Thirst Trap: the Impossible I-1, a pooping vacuum, and future 'Matrix' sunglasses (2016-06-25 13:04:03)
    A graduate student created these kawaii-inspired household gadgets basically to prove that gadgets can be cute. The toaster sneezes when it’s filled with too many breadcrumbs, and the vacuum poops out its capsule of dust when it needs to be emptied.
  • Bose's best headphones are even better wireless (2016-06-25 13:00:00)
  • Stick figure safety videos from Metro Los Angeles are equal parts hilarious and violent (2016-06-25 12:00:37)
    When I took Drivers Ed way back when, I remember being shown unusually graphic videos from the 1960s which depicted horrific scenes recorded in the aftermath of particularly gruesome accidents. The message was clear, if not a bit overdone: driving can be exceedingly dangerous and you better obey the rules of the road lest you wind up in a video like this. Perhaps looking to these videos for inspiration, Metro Los Angeles this week released five animated videos that illustrate all of the horrific things that can happen if you don't respect the safety guidelines that govern train transit. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 will be Apple’s riskiest iPhone release yet The videos, while being nothing more than black and yellow animations featuring stick figures, are surprisingly violent and graphic. Even the video titles themselves don't leave much to the imagination, with "Dismount or dismembered?" being one such example. Since their release this week, the videos have gone somewhat viral, if only because it's not too often that we see a public transit outfit release something that was seemingly lifted from an entirely different generation. And naturally, some can't help but view these safety videos as nothing more than comical. So without further ado, here's what Metro Los Angeles decided to unleash upon the public earlier this week. First up, we have "Present or pulverized?" which highlights the danger of being locked into your phone, oblivious to the environment around you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yowkv9zyaF4 Next up, we have "Careful or crushed?" which showcases what happens when you try and beat a train rolling down the track. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GOejWsV9LE The rest of the collection of bizarre videos can be seen below. "Heads-up or headless?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiz66gZDvuY "Patient or pancake?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQQexd4WMWo "Mindful or mangled?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEA4BdTGFeU "Dismount or dismembered?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMvbarb-Erk
  • Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on working with Marvel: 'These people don't act like a studio.' (2016-06-25 12:00:03)
    For a filmmaker with such a particular, peculiar sense of humor, New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi has helmed a surprisingly wide range of projects. The film adapts Barry Crump’s book Wild Pork And Watercress, but it’s also meant as a throwback to 1980s-era mismatched-buddy comedies and on-the-run movies.
  • Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on working with Marvel: 'These people don't act like a studio' (2016-06-25 12:00:03)
    For a filmmaker with such a particular, peculiar sense of humor, New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi has helmed a surprisingly wide range of projects. The film adapts Barry Crump’s book Wild Pork And Watercress, but it’s also meant as a throwback to 1980s-era mismatched-buddy comedies and on-the-run movies.
  • This is your next jam: Aphex Twin, Gucci Mane, and more (2016-06-25 11:30:03)
    As a Canadian who grew up during Broken Social Scene’s indie rock reign, I have a soft spot for Brendan Canning, that band’s shaggy, beloved co-founder. Canning’s releasing a new solo album called Home Wrecking Years on August 12th, and "Book It to Fresno" is its horn-flecked lead single.
  • Reuters: Big tech companies are auto-purging extremist content (2016-06-25 11:29:00)
  • How to be human: is love worth it? (2016-06-25 11:00:03)
    Priscila Tonon RamosLeah 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 Slack’s user researcher, 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.Hi Leah,I'm really hoping you can help me work some things out. I've just come out of a four-year relationship with a man who I still love and just can't seem to let go of yet. ...
  • Recommended Reading: How the 'Final Fantasy' film helped Hollywood (2016-06-25 10:00:00)
  • 5 of the most badass action scenes in movie history (2016-06-25 09:00:23)
    As difficult as it must be to construct and film a compelling action scene, it takes more than just punching, kicking, car chases and explosions to create a truly memorable sequence that will stick in the minds of moviegoers forever. In a new video, CineFix explores five of those sequences — action scenes that are just as smart and impressive as they are thrilling and explosive. SEE ALSO:  Canceled Star Wars TV series would have explored Emperor Palpatine’s origins Mad Max: Fury Road is the most recent movie on the list, so we'll start with it. In one minute of action, director George Miller manages to give more than half a dozen characters something important to do. In lesser movies, there are times when we find ourselves wondering why certain characters are in the movie at all if they aren't going to contribute to the story. Not so in Mad Max . Speaking of giving everyone something to do, Peter Jackson was able to direct enormous armies in the The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers without ever letting us lose track of what exactly was happening. CineFix calls it "pyramid action," which means that we can see every level of the fight taking place all at once, from the massive battle between two sides to the strategies deployed by each side all the way down to the individual skirmishes between characters we recognize. The video is a fascinating critique on some of the most brilliant conceived and perfectly executed action scenes in modern filmmaking. If you want to see all of them, you can watch the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3_d5Y0Gr3c
  • The Whale of Iron: Inside the JMSDF Akishio submarine and the Kure Maritime Museum (2016-06-25 09:00:03)
    Japan's Akishio submarine was decommissioned in 2004 and now sits on dry land just outside Hiroshima. The Kure museum next door has a scale model of the largest battleship ever built. Here's what they're like inside.
  • ICYMI: The dogbot and a heart strap that beats surgery (2016-06-25 09:00:00)
  • The real cost of virtual reality (2016-06-25 08:30:03)
    Splurging on a high-priced VR headset is just the beginning. The computer hardware needed to run Oculus Rift and HTC Vive can cost several times as much.
  • China tells search engines to ID paid results after man died (2016-06-25 08:05:22)
    BEIJING (AP) — China issued new regulations on Saturday demanding search engines clearly identify paid search results, months after a terminally ill cancer patient complained that he was misled by the giant search engine Baidu.
  • Seven tips on keeping your phone safe while traveling (2016-06-25 08:00:06)
    In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon offers advice on how to make sure your vacation isn't ruined by becoming a victim of mobile cybercrime.
  • A $1500 smart oven made me the perfect leg of lamb (2016-06-25 08:00:00)
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  • Riding in a supercar changed my life (2016-06-25 06:14:10)
    My ridiculously fortunate job has me at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England this week, serving as the Verge's car newbie trying to find out what all the fuss is about. It was a thrill the likes of which you only experience in some life-or-death situation.
  • iPhone 7 will get a larger camera, according to spy shot (2016-06-25 06:02:00)
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  • China to regulate search results following man's death (2016-06-25 02:02:43)
    BEIJING (AP) — China issued new regulations on Saturday demanding search engines clearly identify paid search results, months after a terminally-ill cancer patient complained that he was misled by the giant search engine Baidu.
  • Four crops grown in simulated Martian soil are safe to eat (2016-06-24 23:52:00)
  • BitSummit 4 takes over Kyoto with more indie games and devs (2016-06-24 23:43:00)
  • China tightens controls on paid-for internet search ads (2016-06-24 23:08:20)
    China's internet regulator said on Saturday that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid-for and limiting their numbers. Chinese regulators last month imposed limits on the number of lucrative healthcare adverts carried by Baidu Inc following the death of a student who underwent an experimental cancer treatment which he found using China's biggest internet search engine. Wei Zexi, 21, died in April of a rare form of cancer, and the case sparked widespread public anger.
  • Neural net photography tweaks go mobile with Prisma on iOS (2016-06-24 23:05:00)
  • Self-driving cars will deliberately kill people, and that’s ok (2016-06-24 23:00:28)
    Elon Musk keeps warning us that artificial intelligence is a real threat , but he’s also contributing to the evolution of machines. Sure, he might not be doing the real coding, but the smart Tesla cars that will be able to drive themselves around town in the following years will have to be programmed to handle a particular type of emergency: hitting a pedestrian or saving the lives of the passengers inside the vehicle. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet Tesla and other carmakers are already working on self-driving cars, but autopilot features are yet to be finalized – or completely safe. Even if driverless cars would be readily available to buyers, the legal framework that would allow such machines to operate on public roads isn’t there yet. That means self-driving vehicles aren’t legal as long as they’re not regulated. Overall, self-driving cars are supposed to increase the safety of everyone on the road, and minimize the risk of accident. But even so, accidents may happen, and a car would have to be programmed to react in a worst-case type of scenario where it should choose who to save, either the people in the car, or a passenger. Sure, the car may be smart enough to find a way to save everyone – or at least not kill anyone, even though some people may sustain injuries. But no matter how unlikely such a scenario sounds, carmakers and lawmakers will have to take it into account. A new research study reveals that prospective owners of self-driving cars responded in online studies that driverless cars should make decisions for the greater good. But by presenting respondents with “a series of quizzes that present unpalatable options that amount to saving or sacrificing yourself,” as The New York Times puts it , the researchers were able to discern that people would rather stay alive. The study, published in Science magazine , details the findings of a group of computer scientists and psychologists after performing six online surveys of United States residents between June and November last year. Teaching ethics to a car, and therefore, to a powerful computer that may have AI features, might be one of the hardest things that programmers working for Tesla, Google, and Apple will have to do. By forcing machines to abide to a certain set of yet-to-be-determined laws, tech companies including Musk’s Tesla will teach them the types of situations where it’s okay to jeopardize the life of a human. The Times ’ full article on the matter, complete with a video explaining this particular moral dilemma, is available at the source link below.
  • MIT's answer to global health issues: Democratizing big data analytics (2016-06-24 22:40:45)
    Discover how medical professionals and MIT researchers are using data-enabled systems to help doctors around the world make the best healthcare decisions.
  • Facebook hires Google Fiber co-founder Kevin Lo (2016-06-24 22:26:00)
  • Watch Nissan’s incredible GT-R drone keep up with a sports car (2016-06-24 22:00:30)
    Nissan earlier today unveiled the GT-R Drone, an incredibly advanced drone that Nissan categorizes as "one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world. So just how fast is it? Well, the GT-R Drone was designed to keep up with the Nissan's new GT-R car on a race track. Specifically, the GT-R Drone can accelerate from 0-62 MPH in just 1.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 115 MPH. Of course, piloting a drone at such high speeds requires an individual with top-notch skills, which is why Nissan called in British National Drone Racing champion James Bowles to a racetrack recently. DON'T MISS:  Mountain biker crashes into a black bear in crazy Instagram video The end result is an exciting and admittedly absurd video featuring the GT-R Drone chasing Nissan's 2016 GT-R around a 1.2 mile track. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARHjF3T7MKI Sure, we know that this is nothing more than a brilliant piece of marketing dressed up as a viral video, but come on, it's still pretty darn cool. The video description reads in part: Custom designed by World Drone Prix Champions, Tornado XBlades Racing, the GT-R Drone uses a special race tuned configuration and low-drag canopy to reach 100 km/h from a standstill in just 1.3 seconds. Both machines use incredible technology and engineering to extract the maximum performance, both in a straight line and through corners. The GT-R car transfers power from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre 24-valve V6 to all four wheels; the GT-R Drone delivers incredible acceleration via four propellers mated with 2000kV XNova motors and race specification Sky-Hero quadcopter frame. Undoubtedly, the web certainly doesn't have a clip shortage of downright absurd race videos to choose from. Just two months ago, for instance, we saw footage of a Tesla Model S P90D in Ludicrous Mode go head to head with a Boeing 737 , of all things.
  • DHS seeks to ask foreign visitors their social media accounts (2016-06-24 21:55:00)
  • 'Investing for good' gains appeal amid rocky tech startup market (2016-06-24 21:35:06)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As valuations flounder for Silicon Valley startups once worth billions of dollars, investor interest is on the rise in startups with both financial and social benefits, such as healthcare software for poor communities or low cost solar panels for homes. The change reflects investor concern with current valuations of more mainstream technology startups, a desire to help by some investors and a broadening definition of social-good startups. There is also growing sentiment that the rise of mobile technology will allow for profitable upstarts in parts of the world relatively untouched by Silicon Valley.
  • Nevada gives its first license to a daily fantasy sports game (2016-06-24 21:21:00)
  • Citigroup resolves 'technical issue' that left accounts frozen (2016-06-24 20:55:15)
    (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said on Friday it resolved a technical issue that had left customers unable to access their accounts remotely. Customers had taken to social media to complain about the outage, which affected several U.S. states, including New York, Pennsylvania and California, according to Bloomberg. "We experienced a brief technical issue that is now resolved," Citigroup's customer service Twitter account said in response.
  • Tend.ai applies the cloud and machine learning to co-working robots (2016-06-24 20:33:44)
    Basically, with Tend.ai you buy a regular robot arm, and attach a regular webcam to it, and then you let Tend.ai supply the smarts. You can "train" your robot arm on a task by simply moving the robot arm around and demonstrating the task you want performed — just like how Baxter works.
  • Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos (2016-06-24 20:32:15)
    By Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States. YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.
  • Russia set to pass bill requiring ISPs to eavesdrop on customer data (2016-06-24 20:32:00)
  • Oculus wants you to believe that exclusive games are good for VR (2016-06-24 20:00:23)
    Exclusivity is a complex issue for the gaming industry, and has been for quite some time. Although platform exclusivity of first- and third-party titles creates competition between the console makers, it also fragments the user base and forces gamers to either put up with the fact that they're going to miss out on major triple-A titles, or spend money on yet another video game console. All of that said, you can see why Oculus's aggressive stance toward acquiring VR games exclusively for its platform has been met with some derision. Now Oculus wants to explain itself. DON'T MISS:  All the best deals from Steam’s summer sale This week, Oculus Head of Content Jason Rubin sat down with GamesIndustry to discuss the company's approach to acquiring exclusive rights to VR games, and how it might help the industry in the long run. "As a developer looks at a multi-million dollar production in VR right now, they say there's no way that will earn its money back in any reasonable amount of time, so instead I'll go make a non-VR PC game of that scale if I want to because that's a better bet," posits Rubin. " We don't like that ," he adds. Basically, Oculus wants to jump-start the industry by funding big-budget games today, rather than hoping that developers find success with smaller projects and slowly build up to working on titles that would fit in among the Grand Theft Autos , Call of Duties and Uncharted 4s of the world. "So what Oculus has said is, 'Why don't we throw more money into the ecosystem than is justified by the consumer base,' which will lead to a consumer base that's larger, which will leave that second generation of developers to say, 'Hey, let's go build these games because now the consumers are there, and kick start that decade long process in a much shorter length of time.' And, to do that, we have put huge amounts of money into the ecosystem, more than any of our competitors," explains Rubin. But vital to this entire conversation is the fact that "in no case [is Oculus] asking to have control of the intellectual property in the long-term." He gave a specific example of that last point with Crytek's  The Climb : "In the case of The Climb , there was no game The Climb . We went to Crytek, I looked at some demos they had put together, one of them was a climbing demo, and I said, 'We should build a game entirely around that.' We co-designed it. They, obviously, did all the hard work and they're the developer, but that game was fully funded and fully conceptualized from the beginning with us. We consider those first-party titles... Having said that, they own The Climb IP. The Climb 2 can come out on any console, any PC, any anything, anywhere. We don't own that." It's hard to poke many holes in Rubin's reasoning. Sony, HTC, Oculus — they're all in on VR, and they all want to see the medium flourish. If Oculus genuinely believes that funneling millions into the industry for timed exclusives is going to benefit everyone in the long term, the company might as well give it a shot. In the meantime, Oculus is doing what it can to get back in the good graces of gamers. On Friday, it was discovered that the company had quietly reversed its DRM which barred Vive users from playing Rift exclusive games on their headsets . "We believe protecting developer content is critical to the long-term success of the VR industry, and we’ll continue taking steps in the future to ensure that VR developers can keep investing in ground-breaking new VR content," Oculus told Ars Technica , but confirmed that it "will not use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC in the future." A win for VR gamers everywhere.
  • The Rock made a movie trailer to announce he's on YouTube (2016-06-24 19:47:30)
    The Rock is obviously not going to be one of those vloggers. Dwayne Johnson launched his YouTube account today with nothing less than a movie trailer about how epic (or not so epic) his channel is going to be. The channel will include videos from Johnson himself, as well as an action series, collaborations with other figures who "inspire" and "motivate," and looks at projects from his production company, according to Variety. Johnson's channel is actually the latest project out of his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, so it's not surprising that part of the goal here is to leverage YouTube to promote The Rock's other projects.
  • Celebrate 20 years of 'Quake' with a brand new game episode (2016-06-24 19:43:00)
  • Xbox exec responds to Scorpio concerns (2016-06-24 19:36:02)
    Xbox Head of Operations Dave McCarthy: "We really do intend it to be a seamless experience going across that ecosystem of devices."
  • One major Android N change you’re going to hate…for about five minutes (2016-06-24 19:30:21)
    Google is getting closer and closer to the moment diehard Android fans are waiting for, the official release of Android N to supported Nexus devices. Google already explained at I/O 2016 the new features of this new Android release, but it didn’t reveal everything there is to it. While Android N will still be baked using Google’s tried and tested Material Design, a report details a change we didn’t see coming: new navigation buttons. Yes, you're probably going to hate it, at least until you get used to it. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet According to Android Police , which often provides accurate details about unreleased Android features and devices, Google is redesigning the home and navigation buttons. For some inexplicable reason, Google seems to think a redesign is in order, even though the current design is only a couple of years old. The site says that it remains unclear whether all Android N devices will get the new navbar buttons (old Nexus hardware included), or whether the design change is restricted to this year’s Nexus devices. “According to our source, the new multi-colored home button does animate in some fashion when long-pressed, with the various colors expanding in their corresponding directions until they all file out horizontally,” the site says. “I know - it's not exactly easy to visualize, but stuff happens. As you can see, all they keys are also now opaque - an interesting change.” Google’s Sundar Pichai said recently that Nexus devices will no longer run pure Android versions , and this sort of tiny but immediately noticeable changes might help Google give an identity to the Nexus line. Even so, updating the home and navigation buttons in this manner is probably going to enrage some people, at least until they get used to the new design.
  • Private Tunnel VPN (2016-06-24 19:18:12)
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  • Microsoft to end production on the Surface 3 by late 2016 (2016-06-24 19:14:01)
    Microsoft plans to stop manufacturing its entry-level Surface 3 tablet by year's end, the company announced today. Quite a few sites dedicated to Microsoft and Windows news noticed of late that stock for the device has been running low, and ZDNet confirmed the company would be winding down production over the next six months. "Since launching Surface 3 over a year ago, we have seen strong demand and satisfaction amongst our customers," Microsoft said in a statement.
  • Watch molten copper destroy a Rubik's Cube and Ping-Pong balls (2016-06-24 19:09:09)
    When classic toys get covered in molten copper, the results are anything but playful.
  • Apple discontinues the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display. What's next? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 43) (2016-06-24 19:02:03)
    Everything points to the next big upgrade coming in 2017 for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. The Apple Watch is looking at new display tech, and say goodbye to the Thunderbolt Display.
  • A painfully telling video about Brexit sweeps the web (2016-06-24 18:57:30)
    Technically Incorrect: Within hours of Britons voting, a chief proponent of withdrawing from the EU says one of the Leave campaign's biggest promises was false. The news spreads quickly on Twitter.
  • 'Destiny' distances itself from PS3 and Xbox 360 in August (2016-06-24 18:26:00)
  • Netflix has a secret team of workers paid to watch TV and movies (2016-06-24 18:10:19)
    A pair of recent lawsuits has revealed that Netflix has a secret team of employees tasked with watching thousands of hours of programming from Netflix's library in order to figure out which still images should be used to represent a given program. While seemingly silly on the surface, Netflix famously spares no expense when it comes to keeping users immersed in the Netflix universe for as long as possible. From Netflix's vantage point, every detail, no matter how minute, matters a great deal. So whether it's the recommendations that fill up a user's splash page or the images used to represent movies and TV shows, no detail is too small to be ignored. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior Word of the program -- officially dubbed Project Beetlejuice -- were first brought to the surface following two putative class action suits against the streaming giant. Specifically, the lawsuits were filed by two respective members of the Project Bettlejuice team who believe they should be classified as employees rather than contractors. The distinction might seem slight, but the legal implications are significant. As contractors, the viewers are not entitled to overtime pay, a higher wage, health insurance, 401(k) packages and more. Originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter , the secretive program tasks hundreds of individuals called "juicers" to spend untold hours watching endless amounts of programming from Netflix's library. And for all of their time, they're paid $10/hour. Famous for its use of algorithms to help make programming decisions, Netflix apparently requires at least a bit of grunt work computers are incapable of handling. Although the company never has publicly acknowledged "juicers" — who can work from home — it has spoken before about "taggers," who are paid to watch a movie and label it as, for instance, "thriller with strong female lead" to better serve users. In 2014, Netflix even advertised its need for "taggers" in Ireland and the United Kingdom. As each lawsuit makes its way through the court system, it'll be interesting to see if any more of Netflix's secrets make their way into the public eye. When reached for comment, Netflix told a number of outlets that it doesn't comment on pending litigation.
  • This webcam is actually a PC but you should still put tape over it (2016-06-24 18:00:03)
    At first glance the TVPRO HD6 looks like your standard webcam from 2004, but it's actually a tiny PC complete with a full array of ports and even smaller stereo speakers. The TVPRO HD6 runs on an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage which can be expanded with a microSD card. Some more specs:2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 HDMI outputs, 1 Ethernet port, microSD cardBluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n/ Wi-FiWindows 10
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  • Apple’s 2017 Apple Watch may be the wearable we’ve all been waiting for (2016-06-24 17:45:26)
    A new report from DigiTimes claims that there are some interesting changes in store for the Apple Watch. According to the publication -- which admittedly has a spotty record with Apple rumors -- Apple is planning to replace the OLED panels it currently uses on the Apple Watch with Micro LED technology sometime next year. The report adds that the new display panels will be built on technology Apple acquired when it purchased LuxVue back in 2014, a company well regarded for its power-efficient micro-LED displays. The benefits of switching from OLED to Micro LED are certainly intriguing: not only might it help increase battery life on the Apple Watch, but it may also result in a richer and more vibrant color gamut with higher resolutions. More importantly, because Micro LED panels are thinner and lighter than OLED screens, it stands to reason that the Apple Watch 3 casing will be thinner than its current form, a welcome change for those who find the current design a bit unwieldy. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior All told, the future of the Apple Watch is looking rather bright, especially given the recent unveiling of watchOS 3. As we detailed previously , watchOS 3 addresses nearly all of the major complaints that consumers had with the first iteration of the Apple Watch. From welcome performance improvements to a long overdue overhaul of the UI, the Apple Watch as a standalone product is looking more intriguing than ever before. Broadly speaking, the Apple Watch may finally be in a position to become the success many initially assumed it would be. If we go back to April 2015 when the Apple Watch first hit store shelves, many assumed that the device would be a runaway hit. The reality, though, was quite the opposite. Though the Apple Watch has sold reasonably well, sales thus far haven't been high enough to prompt Apple to release official sales figures just yet. And while this has caused some to prematurely label the Apple Watch a flop, it's important to remember that sales of Apple's wearable during its first year of availability were higher than what we saw for both the iPhone and the iPod. In other words, blockbuster hits don't always happen over night. Sometimes, it takes awhile for products to find their footing and truly resonate with mainstream consumers. And with the Apple Watch, it's increasingly starting to look like versions two and three of Apple's wearable will finally transform the device into the ubiquitous success many assumed version one would be.
  • Goodwood, Le Mans and some cars, too: Our week on Instagram (2016-06-24 17:26:47)
    This is our 10th Instagram recap. Now accepting anniversary presents.
  • SanDisk iXpand Memory Case can increase your iPhone's storage (2016-06-24 17:26:05)
    Unfortunately, it only works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.
  • The Mill's shapeshifting Blackbird can mimic any car (2016-06-24 17:21:00)
  • Watching ‘Game of Thrones’ with Leslie Jones is a trip (that I want to go on) (2016-06-24 17:20:04)
    This weekend's penultimate episode of Game of Thrones season 6 was one of the most exciting and brutal in the history of the series . The Battle of the Bastards lived up to the hype, but until you watch some of the episode's highlights with Ghostbusters star and SNL cast member Leslie Jones, you really haven't experienced it. SEE ALSO:  YouTube is starting a war with Netflix, Facebook and Periscope all at once "My favorite thing about watching Game of Thrones is watching what my friend Leslie Jones live-tweets during an episode," Seth Meyers explained on Late Show last night. "I couldn't watch it on Sunday, so I decided to wait until Leslie could join me and watch it right next to me." Enter: Game of Jones , one of the strangest, yet most compelling bits that Seth Meyers has put on the air in quite some time. Now, there is a chance you will find this extremely irritating, and on top of that, it does feature spoilers for episode 9, but if you aren't worried about being spoiled and think you can find the humor in the bit, it's totally worth watching. Oh, and added bonus: Kenan Thompson stops by for a few fleeting moments! Here's Leslie Jones on Late Night with Seth Meyers , narrating and commentating Game of Thrones as Meyers nearly giggles himself into a coma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM9UvNomgV0  
  • Tidal to live stream Kanye West music video premier (2016-06-24 17:09:11)
    The official music video for the song "Famous" will debut at an event in Los Angeles that will be live-streamed exclusively via Tidal.
  • Obama, Zuckerberg promote entrepreneurship at Stanford (2016-06-24 16:59:54)
    President Barack Obama and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg talk about the importance of entrepreneurs at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
  • This joy-riding teenager is about to be so grounded (2016-06-24 16:55:17)
    Let's say you're a 16-year-old who took your mom's car on a totally illegal joyride and hit a parked car. Should you A: call the police, report the incident, and face your mother's wrath, or B: hit-and-run, drive to your friend's house, and completely fail to park the car in a garage, messing up the door in the process? I know which is the sensible option, but on the plus side, the footage of the failed parking makes for fantastic viewing. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3's secretive interior   According to  Jalopnik , the Porsche Cayenne belonged to the mother of the unlicensed 16-year-old who is driving it in the video. The hit-and-run happened on June 16th in Vancouver, when the teenager hit a parked car. After doing so (and breaking one of the wheels in the process), he drove to a friend's house, where he was planning on hiding the car. As you can see, that didn't work out too well. The teenager's parking skills were right up there with his not-hitting-parked car skills, and the car just scrapes along the side wall of the garage for a while. I guess a few scuffs aren't a big deal when you've committed a couple felonies and trashed your mom's car. https://youtu.be/TwZwSIrMLmk Thanks to the YouTube video, Canadian police have managed to bring the teenager to justice, charging him with hit and run, driving without due care, and driving without a license. If I were this kid, I'd hope to get jail time just to avoid my parent's wrath.
  • Oculus stops preventing VR games from working with HTC's Vive (2016-06-24 16:52:00)
  • Samsung might be releasing a special Galaxy S7 Edge for the Olympics (2016-06-24 16:40:16)
    Rumors are swirling about an Olympic Edition of the popular Samsung smartphone for the summer games in Rio.
  • Don’t fall prey to this clever piracy extortion scam (2016-06-24 16:35:52)
    For as detestable as they are, scammers are undeniably clever and resourceful. In the most recent example which highlights the lengths to which scammers will go to swindle people out of the hard-earned money, Torrent Freak directs us to a new phishing scheme where ISPs are the primary target. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 will be Apple’s riskiest iPhone release yet According to the report, an individual or group of individuals are masquerading as representatives from IP Echelon, the IP tracking arm of Lionsgate. These malicious actors are reaching out to ISPs with takedown notices which are then passed along to consumers, and bundled with such notices are fines which users are encouraged to pay in order to avoid legal proceedings. And because the consumer sees correspondence from their official ISP, they assume that it is 100% legitimate: TorrentFreak was alerted to a takedown notice Lionsgate purportedly sent to a Cox subscriber, for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the movie Allegiant. Under threat of a lawsuit, the subscriber was asked to pay a $150 settlement fee. ... For a phishing scam the fake DMCA notice does its job well. At first sight the email appears to be legit, and for Cox Communications it was real enough to forward it to their customers. The report notes that U.S. law enforcement agencies are already looking into the matter. In the meantime, you should independently reach out to the legitimate rightsholder if you receive such a notice, rather than just paying up directly.
  • Boston Dynamics' robot dog is good enough to show how terrible home robots are right now (2016-06-24 16:30:02)
    One anecdote I like to share about the company is how the next generation Atlas has 3D printed limbs, with embedded "veins" in the structure to route its hydraulics, which keeps the robot strong while making it vastly lighter and in some sense simpler than the original Atlas. Of course, while Boston Dynamics is pretty much at the state of the art when it comes to humanoids, it's probably best known for its terrifying line of dog-inspired, gas-powered robots like BigDog and AlphaDog. Right now the company is owned by Alphabet, but, according to Bloomberg, Alphabet is looking to sell Boston Dynamics because it doesn't have any products that can actually be released in the near term.
  • Apple's differential privacy algorithm will require you to opt-in (2016-06-24 16:25:00)
  • You deserve this funny video on a crummy day (2016-06-24 16:08:35)
    The past couple weeks haven’t been the best. But it’s Friday afternoon. The weekend is so close, but here you are, still at your desk. You deserve happiness as much as anybody else. So, I have a video for you.It’s short. It’s sweet. It repeats the oddly comforting sound of a NYC subway train leaving the station. I hope it brings you joy. And if it doesn’t — and if you are of legal drinking age — I might recommend an ice-cold wine spritzer.
  • FBI moves to keep its Tor hacking tool secret (2016-06-24 16:01:00)
  • Brexit: The tech world reacts to UK's withdrawal from EU (2016-06-24 16:00:22)
    In spite of what the tech industry hoped, the UK and the EU have decided to go their separate ways. Now's the time to keep a stiff upper lip.
  • A bug in Chrome makes pirating Netflix and Amazon movies easy (2016-06-24 15:50:06)
    Bad news for Google, good news for pirates: a pair of security researchers have found a flaw in the way the Chrome browser unpacks encrypted video. It's all rather technical, but the upshot is that pirates have an easy way to save DRM-ed video streams to their desktop. Wired  first reported on the vulnerability , which was discovered by researchers David Livshits from the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University and Alexandra Mikityuk of Telekom Innovation Laboratories. DON'T MISS:  The expert’s guide to spotting credit card skimmers According to  Wired , this is how the exploit works: "The problem is with the implementation of a digital management system called Widevine, which Google owns but did not create. It uses encrypted media extensions to allow the content decryption module in your browser to communicate with the content protection systems of Netflix and other streaming services to deliver their encrypted movies to you. EME handles the key or license exchange between the protection systems of content providers and a CDM component in your browser. When you choose a protected movie to play, the CDM sends a license request to the provider through the EME interface and receives a license in return, which allows the CDM to decrypt the video and send it to your browser player to stream the decrypted content. A good DRM system should protect that decrypted data and only let you stream the content in your browser, but Google’s system lets you copy it as it streams. The point at which you can hijack the decrypted movie is right after the CDM decrypts the film and is passing it to the player for streaming." It's a sort of man-in-the-middle attack for digital streaming, and it looks very effective. The researchers created a video to demonstrate their proof-of-concept, rather than releasing the code publicly. https://youtu.be/5CkWjOvpZJw The bug was disclosed to Google on May 24th, but there's still no fix. Google doesn't seem to think that the exploit is a particularly big deal -- a Google spokesperson told  Wired  that   "they’re examining the issue closely, but he also downplayed the bug, saying the problem is not exclusive to Chrome and could apply to any browser created from Chromium, the open-source code from which Chrome is derived." This is much like an auto manufacturer saying "it doesn't matter that our car spontaneously combusts, because so do other cars based on the same platform." Google has since said that it's "examining [the report] closely." Whether that means there's a fix in the works, or if pirates have a free pass, still remains to be seen.
  • US Customs wants to collect social media account names at the border (2016-06-24 15:49:11)
    Your Twitter handle may soon be part of the US visa process. Yesterday, US Customs and Border Patrol entered a new proposal into the federal register, suggesting a new field in which persons entering the country can declare their various social media accounts and screen names. The information wouldn’t be mandatory, but the proposed field would still provide customs officials with an unprecedented window into the online life of travelers.
  • Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a warrant (2016-06-24 15:40:00)
  • S. Korea mulls law to keep office out of the home (2016-06-24 15:29:16)
    Hyper-wired South Korea is considering legislation that would ban bosses from bothering their staff at home, after growing complaints about the country's already onerous work-life imbalance. "As more firms use social media or mobile messengers to send work orders, regardless of time, the stress inflicted on workers has reached a serious level," they said in a statement. The bill seeks to ban firms from sending employees work-related messages by telephone, text, social media or via mobile messaging apps after official working hours.
  • The clownish fight over who hacked the DNC (2016-06-24 15:15:00)
  • ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ director sets the record straight regarding reshoots (2016-06-24 15:10:12)
    With Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed to December 2017 , the stakes have gotten significantly higher for director Gareth Edwards' spinoff movie. In fact, fans are so anxious for the movie that any hint of trouble behind the scenes turns into a newsworthy catastrophe, as was the case when several publications began reporting that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  would be undergoing significant reshoots this summer. Now, weeks later, Edwards has spoken to Entertainment Weekly for their cover story to set the record straight. DON'T MISS:  Darth Vader officially confirmed for ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ "I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots," he explains. "We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit." Although some of the initial reports regarding the reshoots made explosive claims — like that 40% of the movie would need to be reshot — EW's sources were clear that this would be all but impossible in the five weeks Lucasfilm has scheduled for additional shooting. Furthermore, The Force Awakens had weeks of reshoots the summer before its release as well, but it didn't cause a stir like this. "There’s lots of little things that we have to get, but it’s all little things within the preexisting footage," Edwards said when asked about the nature of the reshoots. For example, some shots with groups of actors had to be pushed to the summer to accommodate their schedules, because "everyone’s on different films all over the world" before, during and after principal photography. "It’s funny, making a film stops you believing anything you’ve ever read on the Internet," said an "exasperated" Edwards regarding the rumors. Lucasfilm president and Rogue One producer Kathleen Kennedy backed Edwards up, saying: "There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography. I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make."
  • Men less likely to use a condom if woman is attractive, says study (2016-06-24 15:09:42)
    Technically Incorrect: Research out of Britain suggests that the more attractive a woman is, the less inclined straight men are to use protection during sex with her.
  • Facebook fires 'filter arrows' at Snapchat in ongoing video war (2016-06-24 15:02:11)
    Facebook has made its latest move against competitor Snapchat, capitalizing on the popularity of its "selfie" filters and launching a similar offering of the same as it continues to enhance its Live platform. The new Facebook photo filters have been made possible by a firm called MSQRD (pronounced masquerade) that specializes in video selfies, which Facebook acquired in March this year. According to The Verge, in the coming weeks Facebook users will be able to trial the MSQRD app and utilize its many different Snapchat-like masks and filters while the video is running.
  • This wetsuit promises to optimize your buoyancy for $900 (2016-06-24 15:02:07)
    This is the Maverick X, a wetsuit that sounds like the name of a superhero, a car, or a hacker in a Lifetime movie. The Maverick X was made by Roka Sports, a company that describes its product in (presumably) hushed tones as something will "liberate" swimmers and "revolutionize" the wetsuit.
  • Deerhoof's new album proves they're still one of the coolest bands working (2016-06-24 14:59:37)
    There are two keys to understanding Deerhoof tucked into The Magic, the San Francisco quartet’s 13th studio album. Midway through "Kafe Mania!," Satomi Matsuzaki starts chanting the names of various espresso beverages: "Cappuccino! Macchiato! Affogato! Cortado!" It’s the perfect absurdist refrain for a band that’s always seemed exceptionally caffeinated. Deerhoof are one of the greatest American rock bands of the last two decades, and they’re the most unorthodox — and underrated — band that warrants that descriptor.
  • The Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage honors one of the most beautiful cars ever made (2016-06-24 14:48:02)
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  • Build a Portal Gun from 'Rick & Morty' on the cheap (2016-06-24 14:45:53)
    Latest episode of "DIY Prop Shop" shows you how to make a weapon prop from the Adult Swim animated comedy series "Rick & Morty."
  • HTC’s LG Nexus 5X successor will not kill the headphone jack (2016-06-24 14:40:41)
    There’s much ado about a certain headphone jack these days. The iPhone 7 is expected to ditch the standard 3.5mm port, just like Motorola’s 2016 flagship devices that were announced a few weeks ago . But not all phones will stop supporting the audio standard, and at least one of the two upcoming HTC-made Nexus devices is rumored to have a headphone jack. In fact, a new leak gives us a preview of the rumored hardware of the smaller 2016 HTC Nexus handset. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet A trusted source shared with Android Police the supposed specs of the HTC Sailfish, which is the codename of the 5-inch Nexus handset made by the Taiwanese handset maker this year. HTC is rumored to have partnered with Google to launch two distinct Nexus devices this year , likely the successors of the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei 6P. The HTC Sailfish will reportedly feature a 5-inch Full HD display, 64-bit 2.0GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.2, rear fingerprint reader, USB-C port, at least one speaker on the bottom, and the headphone jack on top. It’s not clear at this time what type of mobile processor the HTC Nexus will get, whether the phone will have any other storage versions, or whether it’ll have dual speakers on the bottom. But the headphone jack is explicitly mentioned. Information regarding pricing and release dates has not been leaked, and there are no images available for the handset. The specs for the HTC Marlin Nexus handset have not leaked.
  • The 404 Show 1666: Spotify's Shanon Cook predicts 2016's song of the summer (podcast) (2016-06-24 14:36:58)
    Our best friend from the land of Spotify, Shanon Cook, is back on the show to let us know what she believes will be the song of the summer, and takes some time to look back at year's past -- even into the 80s.
  • You can play all of Watch Dogs 2 without killing anyone (2016-06-24 14:36:51)
    The original Watch Dogs had a lot of good ideas, but many of them were buried under a fairly underwhelming shooter. For the sequel, it looks like at least some of that will change: according to Watch Dogs 2 game director Danny Belanger, you can play the entire game without killing anyone.
  • NASA tasks the Hubble Telescope with five more years of service (2016-06-24 14:29:00)
  • You won’t have to give Apple your data if you don’t want to (2016-06-24 14:25:52)
    If Apple's going to compete in this industry, it's going to have to start collecting more data from its users. It's a hard truth for both the company and its users to accept, but Apple revealed at WWDC 2016 last week that iOS 10 will collect more information from devices than ever in order to improve Siri and other services. Apple didn't share many details beyond that, but on Friday, Recode helped clarify exactly what Apple will be collecting (and whether or not you actually have to let Apple collect it from your personal devices). DON'T MISS:  Uber is making it a lot harder to see surge pricing According to Recode , Apple is introducing differential privacy — data which the company can sort through without putting anyone's personal privacy at risk — in iOS 10. It hasn't been collecting any of this information up to this point. Furthermore, Apple won't collect the information automatically. Rather, users will have to opt-in to give Apple permission to collect the data. "As for what data is being collected," Recode  explains, "Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji replacements), deep links used inside apps (provided they are marked for public indexing) and lookup hints within notes." Although Apple is clearly attempting to walk a very fine line by making this an opt-in service rather than an opt-out one, it looks like the company is hamstrung by its messaging. Damned it they do, damned if they don't.
  • Why can't all gadgets be this cute? (2016-06-24 14:22:49)
    DezeenIt’s not often that I squee at a gadget. Something about their reflective metal gives off a sterile vibe.A big-screen TV doesn’t sound my cute alarm, you know? But these lil guys:
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions makes the wait for Persona 5 a lot easier (2016-06-24 14:11:01)
    While there are plenty of great games coming out in the meantime, I have a suggestion for Persona fans: Tokyo Mirage Sessions on the Wii U, which launches today. The fact that Persona and Tokyo Mirage Sessions — or, to use its ridiculous full name, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE — are similar shouldn’t be all that surprising. Both games are made by Japanese developer Atlus, and Tokyo Mirage is billed as a mash-up of Shin Megami Tensei, the series that spawned Persona, and Nintendo’s own strategy franchise Fire Emblem.
  • George Lucas abandons plans for Chicago museum, will move to California (2016-06-24 14:02:15)
    Bad news continues for the Lucas Museum. After two years of fighting for permission to build in Chicago, George Lucas said today that he's abandoning those plans and will once again attempt to bring his museum to California. Chicago's government has been enthusiastic in its support for the Lucas Museum, which is meant to showcase George Lucas' collection of art related to storytelling, particularly with regard to cinema.
  • France's Orange says will keep UK offices despite Brexit vote (2016-06-24 13:57:54)
    French telecoms company Orange said on Friday it plans to maintain several group offices in the United Kingdom, which employ about 900 people, despite Britain's vote to leave the European Union. The company said it was not present in the British telecoms consumer market and that the referendum vote had no direct impact on its financial exposure and balance sheet. Britain's decision to exit the European Union in a referendum on Thursday sent markets tumbling on Friday, with the pound sterling crashing to a 31-year low at one point.
  • Kanye West is premiering his video for Famous with a live stream tonight (2016-06-24 13:57:16)
    Kanye West's live-streamed premiere of The Life of Pablo at Madison Square Garden was a phenomenal success back in February, and he's trying to recapture that magic by hosting a similar event for the premiere of his "Famous" music video tonight in Los Angeles. In addition to being chosen as one of The Life of Pablo's singles, "Famous" is infamous for containing a line about Taylor Swift that reignited her long-simmering feud with West. West claimed he asked and received permission to use the line from Swift herself.
  • Talking to the fan fiction writer who predicted 'Hiddleswift' (2016-06-24 13:51:24)
    Two years ago, on a whim, she wrote "Wildest Dreams," a 12,000-word piece of fan fiction depicting (with some uncannily accurate details) the budding relationship of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston. Most of the writing I do isn't fan fiction.
  • This DJI Phantom 3 drone hit a Quebec woman in the head (2016-06-24 13:48:00)
  • New Horizons Finds a 'Super Grand Canyon' on Pluto's Largest Moon (2016-06-24 13:45:03)
    The canyon, which is informally named Argo Chasma, is estimated to be 430 miles long and as deep as 5.5 miles, according to NASA. By comparison, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is 280 miles long and is a little more than a mile deep.
  • Live streaming comes to YouTube app (2016-06-24 13:42:25)
    Streaming will start with a select few users, but will open up soon.
  • The new AMG GT R is Mercedes-Benz's most hardcore sports car (2016-06-24 13:30:03)
    Did you think the AMG GT S was the best Mercedes could do against the Porsche 911? Introduced at Mercedes' facility at Brooklands in the UK today, the AMG GT R will produce 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, up from 503hp / 479 lb-ft. and 456hp / 443 lb-ft. in the 2017 AMG GT S and the base AMG GT, respectively.
  • Silicon Valley can't stop innovating around pizza (2016-06-24 13:28:29)
    One such startup, called Zume and based in Mountain View, CA, has built up a robot pizza-making operation that is quite sophisticated. It's got a dash of the on-demand economy, a sprinkling of automation, and a thick layer of pizza-based disruption.
  • The expert’s guide to spotting credit card skimmers (2016-06-24 13:25:13)
    Credit card skimmers are scarily-small devices that thieves attach to credit card readers, capturing the magnetic strip data and allowing clones of cards to be made. These days, they're so phenominally small that they can be fit inside devices, making them nearly impossible to spot. Luckily, security researcher Brian Krebs found a guide from credit card terminal manufacturer Ingenico, teaching retailers how to spot skimmers in the wild. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior The guide details one particular kind of overlay for Ingenico iSC250 card terminals, which are most popular in self-checkout lanes, slowly creeping into stores nationwide. It looks legit in most aspects, but because it's an overlay, it is noticeably bigger than the regular terminal. "In order for the overlay to fit atop the POS [point-of-sale] terminal, it must be longer and wider than the target device," says an Ingenico security bulletin. "For this reason, the case overlay will appear noticeably larger than the actual POS terminal. This is the primary identifying characteristic of the skimming device. A skimmer overlay of the iSC250 is over 6 inches wide and 7 inches tall while the iSC250 itself is 5 9/16 inch wide and 6 1⁄2 inches tall." There's barely half an inch in it either way, but if you look closely at the red bars on the top image, you can see the difference. Luckily, there's also an easier way to spot the fakes. The overlay that catches people's PIN also prevents the backlight coming through the pin pad. The final indicator is the stylus tray. Although people don't seem to bother putting the stylus back, the overlay blocks the place that the stylus normally sits. So, if you can't see a light behind the numbers or a stylus tray, you should think twice before swiping your card -- and maybe go inform a cashier.
  • 'Move to Gibraltar' among British Google searches after vote (2016-06-24 13:16:27)
    LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom's historic vote to exit the European Union is dominating the conversation online as well as global headlines.
  • Collaborative robots open new fronts in automation (2016-06-24 13:16:01)
    By Georgina Prodhan MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Robots that work as assistants alongside people are set to upend the world of industrial robotics by putting automation within reach of many small and medium-sized companies for the first time, industry players said this week. Ostergaard and his co-founders were already working on robotics at university together when the Danish ministry of food launched an initiative to get more robots into the Danish food industry to be more competitive.
  • Genes, germs and bacon: A look inside my own DNA (2016-06-24 13:15:00)
  • Letting it ride: Entrepreneur bets it all on a $6,800, 84 mpg microcar for the masses (2016-06-24 13:00:28)
    All of the buzz around the cars of the future — from the millions of dollars in investment sloshing around the industry to the glitzy unveilings at places like Tesla — can easily make it seem like everything is the Next Big Thing. Where everywhere you turn, you breathe in that sweet new car smell, all of it a great smashing of the old order. The story of entrepreneur and car enthusiast Paul Elio is reflective of what it takes for all that to happen. DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years His company Elio Motors — which is built around a three-wheeled vehicle sort of like a motorcycle that gets 84 miles per gallon and has a base price of just $6,800 — is starting production on its flagship vehicle next year. Like other car startups, it’s raised millions in investment funding. It’s also collected almost 55,000 reservations for its vehicle, which Elio will crank out at a former General Motors facility in Louisiana. Elio has also taken several recent steps forward on its path toward realizing a dream the company’s founder has nurtured for almost a decade — to build a successful car company, something that, minus Tesla, Elio is quick to point out no one has done in the U.S. since Walter Chrysler in 1925. Those new steps include forming a partnership with a Canadian supplier to make engines for Elio’s vehicles. Elio Motors also has been expanding its leadership ranks, with just-added hires that include a manager of logistics, director of safety engineering and an engineering program manager. For the company’s founder, though, the ambition hasn’t come cheap or easy. Once they start rolling out of the factory, each finished model will also serve as a reminder of what Elio had to pay along the way — a failed marriage and seeing his personal wealth evaporate while in pursuit of his singular dream for an affordable, fuel-efficient car for the mass market. He founded Elio Motors in 2009. By October 2010, he recalls, all of his assets were gone. He was getting utility cutoff notices and hadn’t made a house payment in a while. One of the low points was taking his watch to a pawn shop and then realizing he could get more for it if he sold it instead on eBay. “It’s been a long road, no doubt about it,” says Elio, whose company in recent days also announced a partnership with The Onion for a digital media campaign. “I think what keeps you going on the hard days – the ‘why’ is we can create thousands of new American jobs over the next year and a half. And we can reduce total U.S. gas consumption. That’s a big deal. “A Harvard economist also came out with a study six months ago that said the number one correlation to whether or not you have poverty is mobility… so when you know you can transform our society, this project is a big deal. It really moves the needle on a lot of important things. And once you know that, how could you possibly give up?” Elio kicked off the year with some good news. In addition to the growing number of reservations, the company closed an equity crowdfunding campaign that brought in over $17 million. That money is being used to build its E-series prototype. The money is also going toward finalizing the engineering around things like durability, aerodynamics and safety. Elio himself is feeling a lot better these days, well past the darker days when he was broke and close to pawning his watch. His company today has three centers of gravity, so to speak. Its founder lives in Phoenix, while the VPs of manufacturing, government affairs, purchasing and engineering are in the Motor City in Detroit. The company also has the manufacturing site in Shreveport. “All along, the hard part of this project has been finding the money to do it,” Elio said. “You’d think the hard part would be creating a $6,800 car that’s built in America, but no - it’s finding the money to build the thing. “We were kind of stalled out before the fundraising. That’s what we needed to do to build the E-series prototype. We’re actively doing that, and the first series vehicle should be complete soon. We’ve taken the design as far as you can virtually. Now we’re building the prototypes and validating those simulations. Based on the strength of those, we’ll go to production.” Meanwhile, Elio is also continuing to build out its leadership team. It has its top brass firmly in place, Elio explained, and is now working to build an organization under each of those executive “to pull off what we want to pull off.” “We’ve definitely proved there’s a demand for this,” he said of the company’s vehicle. “We just got a study back last week or the week before - we did a study on have you ever heard of Elio, and only 6.5 percent of Americans had ever heard of us. So as impressive as 55,000 reservations is, we got that from 6.5 percent of the population. When you scale that up … just on awareness alone, I think there’s a lot to gain. “I think one of the things that had held down reservations historically is risk. Everybody knows what we’re doing is difficult. As we overcome the risk in the public’s mind - each passing milestone lessens the risk in the public’s mind, and I think that will make reservations keep going up.”
  • Tune in to watch President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg live at 1:45 PM ET (2016-06-24 12:58:00)
  • Hunt For The Wilderpeople review: a hilarious dry run for Thor: Ragnarok (2016-06-24 12:54:13)
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  • 'Crowd Control,' part 20: When the dead fight back (2016-06-24 12:52:12)
    In the latest installment of CNET's crowdsourced science fiction novel, the borders between life and death get twisted for a new kind of war on Earth.
  • Leslie Jones is definitely invited to my Game of Thrones viewing party (2016-06-24 12:45:28)
    At my apartment, we have a very strict "no talking during Game of Thrones" policy. Since the show is jam-packed with #content, we try to minimize any outside noise so that we don’t miss such important lines as "I drink and I know things" or "You’re a greedy bitch, you know that?" And you had to be extra silent to catch Maester Pycelle’s nuanced fart joke in episode three.
  • TD Ameritrade, Fidelity problems rile social media users (2016-06-24 12:37:08)
    By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - Social media users flooded TD Ameritrade's and Fidelity Investments' Twitter feeds with irate messages on Friday, as customers struggled to access their accounts with the online brokers. The apparent problems came on the heels of a British referendum to leave the European Union, or Brexit. Global financial markets plunged as results from the vote showed a 52-48 percent victory for the campaign to leave a bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago. “@TDAmeritrade Really? Your service is down after BREXIT? Good job TD," tweeted Mo Karney (@mo_karney). ...
  • Incipio to buy headphone maker Skullcandy for $177 million (2016-06-24 12:32:44)
    Under the deal, Skullcandy has a one month "go-shop" period where it can try to solicit better offers.
  • YouTube is starting a war with Netflix, Facebook and Periscope all at once (2016-06-24 12:32:42)
    YouTube dropped two bombshells this week with far-reaching implications. First, the video-sharing site announced that it would be picking up a full season of a TV show based on the popular film franchise Step Up . On the same day, YouTube's Kurt Wilms revealed in a blog post that live streaming will soon be "baked right into the core YouTube mobile app." With these two moves, YouTube has not only taken a major step forward as a service and as a content provider, it has also declared war against some of the biggest technology companies and apps in the industry. READ MORE:  Report: Netflix is going to let you download your favorite movies and shows this year With the introduction of YouTube Red late last year , the site took its first step on the long road to competing with the likes of Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu. The debut series were nothing to write home about, but the Step Up film franchise has grossed $650 million at the global box office. In other words, this is a far more likely hit for YouTube than Scare PewDiePie . "After five exciting and successful movies, we're proud to partner with YouTube Red, a major new force on the programming landscape, to adapt the films into an adrenaline-filled original drama series driven by its non-stop energy, spectacular dancing and A-list creative talent," said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. YouTube tested the water with some low-risk, low-cost original series last year, but now that the Red service has legs, YouTube is finally ready to prove that its premium service can offer subscribers something substantial that Netflix can't. And then there's the mobile live streaming functionality. Honestly, I was somewhat surprised to learn that this wasn't already a feature of the YouTube mobile app, but now that the "big red capture button" will be sitting in the corner of everyone's screen, who's to say that users won't pick YouTube's streaming feature over Facebook's or Periscope's? As with the original series, it's going to be a bit of an uphill climb for YouTube (especially considering how needlessly difficult it can be to find a live stream on YouTube.com as opposed to Facebook or Periscope), but with a user base of over a billion, it's hard to count YouTube out of this race just yet, even if some of its fiercest competitors got a big head start.
  • One Direction's Harry Styles has signed a solo recording contract (2016-06-24 12:26:49)
    Harry Styles is the second member of UK boy band One Direction to land a solo recording contract, following Zayn Malik's contract with RCA Records last July. While Malik officially left the band three months prior to signing, Harry Styles is still technically a member of One Direction. Rumors of solo careers were swirling even before One Direction announced its "temporary hiatus" in January of this year, but Styles is the first to put pen to paper Billboard reports.
  • The ArcaMini is a square electric skateboard that nobody asked for (2016-06-24 12:25:46)
    Sometimes you can't even begin to imagine who would spend X on Y. This morning was one of those times, because ArcaSpace — a private space company that builds rockets and spacecraft — announced a tiny, square, electric skateboard that just looks awful. On Christmas Eve, the company announced the ArcaBoard, a ridiculous hoverboard that uses 36 electric fans to fly a few inches off the ground.
  • Brexit: 5 ways the UK leaving the EU will affect tech firms (2016-06-24 12:25:00)
    The UK public's decision to leave the Europe Union will impact technology firms operating within Britain in a variety of ways. Here's a breakdown for business and tech professionals.
  • Pluto's moon Charon features a massive, deep chasm (2016-06-24 12:21:00)
  • The next HTC-made Nexus could have a 5-inch screen (2016-06-24 12:20:03)
    Earlier this year, HTC was essentially confirmed as the maker of the next generation of Nexus phones — codenamed at Google as Marlin and Sailfish. Now, Android Police is following up on its initial report with rumors of what we can expect to see built into the Sailfish. Meanwhile, these specs show some interesting decisions on HTC's part.
  • Oculus stops blocking Vive owners from playing exclusive Rift games (2016-06-24 12:17:54)
    Oculus has reversed course on a controversial recent decision: blocking owners of HTC Vive headsets from buying and playing exclusive Rift games. Earlier today, the creators of Revive — a system that enables games from Oculus’ store on the Vive — noted that Oculus had seemingly removed a new copy protection check it added to games last month, which checked to see if a Rift was present before playing a game. Oculus also confirmed the news to The Verge.
  • Uber is making it a lot harder to see surge pricing (2016-06-24 12:10:11)
    One of the best or worst features of Uber is surge pricing. For drivers, it means higher payouts. For customers, it means knowing when to hail an Uber. However, Uber is about to move away from overt surge pricing, in favor of just showing upfront fares.  DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet Instead of seeing the small lighting bolt icon that indicates surge pricing is in effect, customers will only see how much the upcoming ride will cost them. In a blog post explaining the feature, Uber says that upfront fares promise “no math and no surprises.” That might be an interesting approach, but veteran Uber customers will probably hate not being able to see whether surge pricing is in effect. “Imagine buying an airline ticket without knowing the full fare until the end of your trip,” the company writes. “Or booking a hotel room online and being told that the real price would be 1.3X. Yes, that sounds odd—but it’s what happens with many Uber trips today.” The analogy is not entirely apt. Surge pricing is enabled when there are more drivers than riders, and the feature is supposed to be pretty transparent to customers. But with upfront fares, you won’t know whether you could pay less for the same ride. At the same time, seeing the fare upfront might be a feature many Uber customers want. Too bad you can't have both. “Upfront fares are calculated using the expected time and distance of the trip and local traffic, as well as how many riders, and nearby drivers are using Uber at that moment,” Uber said. “And when fares go up due to increased demand, instead of surge lightning bolts and pop-up screens, riders are given the actual fare before they request their ride. There’s no complicated math and no surprises: passengers can just sit back and enjoy the ride.”
  • Watch a satellite get launched into space (2016-06-24 12:09:18)
    The Atlas V rocket has just launched a satellite into space, and you can watch it live streaming on YouTube.
  • How to delete your OK Google Now audio search history (2016-06-24 12:03:37)
    If you're a Google Now power user, you might want to know that Google saves all of your audio searches. You might also want to know how to delete those searches from your account. Jack Wallen shows you how.
  • The best tech and apps for your home office (2016-06-24 12:00:00)
  • CNET UK podcast 487: Brexit's impact on tech, wine for cats and Bletchley Park in 360 (2016-06-24 11:59:48)
    We ask what ditching the EU would mean for Brits' gadgets, and bring you an immersive VR tour of Britain's wartime codebreaking nerve centre.
  • How to use an Apple Pencil with Office 365's Ink feature on your iPad Pro (2016-06-24 11:58:00)
    Office 365's new Ink feature works with the Apple Pencil so you can make quick markups on an iPad Pro. Learn how to get the most out of this handy feature.
  • U.S. charges Filipino man with hacking accounts of celebrities (2016-06-24 11:53:04)
    (Reuters) - A Filipino man has been criminally charged in New Jersey with running a large and sophisticated scheme to hack into the bank and credit card accounts of well-known or celebrity customers, U.S. prosecutors said. According to an indictment made public on Friday, Peter Locsin, 35, conspired with others from February 2012 to January 2015 to compromise accounts belonging to at least five victims at three financial institutions. In June 2015, The Philippine Star newspaper said former FBI director Robert Mueller was among the victims, without saying where it got the information.
  • Watch this murdered-out dune buggy shapeshift into any car via CGI (2016-06-24 11:50:00)
    London-based FX studio The Mill released a video this week showing off its latest creation: the Blackbird, an adjustable car rig that can mimic any model vehicle for advertisers. With the appearance of a murdered-out dune buggy, the Blackbird uses 360-degree cameras and an adjustable suspension to transform its chassis into any length or width required. The Mill says it created the Blackbird to address the "biggest challenges in car advertising": car availability and subsequent model revisions.
  • Mobile security for iOS: Getting better with CM Security, but slowly (2016-06-24 11:49:02)
    Popular Android security suite CM Security just migrated to iOS, but it isn't very full-featured, and iTunes is full of imposters.
  • iPhone 7 will be Apple’s riskiest iPhone release yet (2016-06-24 11:45:17)
    Apple’s iPhone 7 unveiling this year will likely adhere to a familiar pattern. No doubt, we’ll hear tales and see charts detailing how Apple’s new A10 processor blows the competition out of the water. You want thin? We’ll see a video narrated by Jony Ive explaining how Apple managed to shave a whopping .2 millimeters off of the iPhone 7’s design. But what about the camera? Not too worry, Phil Schiller will likely get up on stage and explain the myriad of ways in which the iPhone 7’s camera easily outclasses every other device on the market. All that said, the impending release of the iPhone 7 will be decidedly different than in years past. Specifically, the upcoming iPhone 7 may very well be the riskiest device Apple has ever released. DON'T MISS:  It’s crazy how much trouble Samsung has with design According to a number of sources, Apple’s iPhone 7 will ship without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, Apple will rely upon the device’s Lightning port for audio. And while digital audio comes with a number of benefits, abandoning a port as ubiquitous and familiar as the tried and true 3.5mm headphone jack is exceptionally risky given the current state of iPhone sales. There’s no question that the iPhone 7 will sell exceedingly well. But with Apple this year experiencing its first year over year decline in iPhone sales, all eyes will be laser-focused on Apple to see if the company can release a device that will bring growth back to the company’s product line. This past quarter, Apple reported its first year over year drop in iPhone sales. During the company’s March quarter, Apple sold 51.1 million iPhones, a discernible drop from the 61.2 million iPhones it sold during the March 2015 quarter. What’s more, some analysts are already anticipating Apple to report yet another decline in iPhone sales for the June quarter. Meanwhile, shares of Apple last month hit a 52-week low as investors begin to worry that perhaps we have in fact reached ‘peak iPhone.’ With that as a backdrop, the pressure is on the iPhone 7 to deliver in a big way. In fact, one could reasonably argue that the pressure for Apple to deliver a home run with the iPhone 7 is greater than it's ever been before. As we saw with the iPhone 6s, strong sales are not sufficient to placate investors. Which is to say that the iPhone 7 needs to be a huge success, which makes removing the device's headphone jack an extremely risky move. Even now, months before Tim Cook and co. will take the stage and introduce Apple's next-gen device, there is already a fierce debate being waged over the design decision. Earlier this week, Nilay Patel of The Verge penned a somewhat controversial post arguing that removing the headphone jack is "user-hostile and stupid." In turn, John Gruber of Daring Fireball countered with a post explaining why headphone jacks are the modern-day equivalent of the floppy drives of yore. And while the debate today may be nothing more than nerd fodder, it will undoubtedly become a mainstream discussion come September. Even though most people may not care that much, the idea of a proprietary headphone jack may very well dissuade a good number of users from upgrading. Personally, I've never been a fan of Apple's white earbuds and have always opted for better options from Sony. The idea of being forced to use, or perhaps buy, a potentially clunky adapter isn't appealing in the slightest. One can only hope that Apple, in an effort to alleviate some of the backlash against its design change, will include a free adapter with each new iPhone -- especially since it appears that this year's iPhone model may not feature any game-changing technology that could offset the frustrating removal of the headphone jack.  
  • The 23 craziest things that happen in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016-06-24 11:44:39)
    Independence Day: Resurgence has been labeled by the broad critic community as an abomination. There aren’t characters and storylines from a dozen other movies buttressing Resurgence — you don’t even need to know the plot of the original. Here are 23 pieces of evidence for the case that Independence Day: Resurgence deserves a place in the catalogue of great sci-fi B-movies.
  • DARPA's 'Virtual Eye' lets soldiers see around obstacles (2016-06-24 11:42:00)
  • An Olympic edition of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge may be coming (2016-06-24 11:31:38)
    Samsung has already made a Batman edition of its Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, so it should come as no surprise that the company is working on an Olympic edition of its flagship device, according to SamMobile. A photo of the device has also been leaked courtesy of Evan Blass (formerly known as @evleaks). There could be some Olympic VR content on the way as well, given Samsung's penchant for turning everything into VR content.
  • YouTube will let you live-stream from your phone (2016-06-24 11:25:08)
    Users will be able to broadcast live video from their mobile device, a feature rolling out to everyone soon.
  • 'Halo 5: Guardians' is getting Warzone Firefight this July (2016-06-24 11:23:00)
  • Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior (2016-06-24 11:05:02)
    Although Tesla has officially launched the Model 3 (and hundreds of thousands of people have put down $1,000 to reserve one), we still don't know exactly what it looks like. Helping to fill in the gaps are some new prototype photos, leaked yesterday on Reddit , which show off the interior surprisingly clearly. DON'T MISS:  Brexit: when democracy feels like it doesn’t work As the pictures show , Tesla has really re-thought what the interior of a car should look like. There's no instrument cluster or central buttons. Instead, everything is controlled by a "floating" 15-inch display, placed between the driver and passenger. There's also speculation that the lack of an instrument cluster means the Model 3 will have a heads-up display to show speed, turn-by-turn navigation and battery charge. The new interior photo shows a clean, all-black design with zero clutter. Some have speculated that the minimalist interior, with few physical driving controls, points to a self-driving capability for the Model 3. Since Musk said that the interior "would make more sense" in the future when he launched it, that's not a bad guess. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCjcoaBBVpE Alongside the new photos, we also found a video that seems to show a similar prototype Model 3 doing road testing on a highway. It's shadowed front and back by Model S cars, so this is either the weirdest group ride in history, or a legitimate road test. Tesla wants to deliver up to 200,000 Model 3s by late 2017 and produce some 500,000 vehicles in the following year, including Model 3, Model S, and Model X. It's an ambitious plan for a car that isn't even in final design stages yet, but hopefully Tesla can pull it off.
  • How to connect the Nextcloud Android app to your Nextcloud server (2016-06-24 11:01:04)
    To continue using ownCloud, you might need to migrate to the new server/client platform Nextcloud. Here's how to connect to a Nextcloud server from your Android device.
  • Panorama artist Zach Lieberman wrote his own software for an interactive light installation (2016-06-24 11:00:54)
    The Panorama festival is happening in about a month, but it won't just be a place to see Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem without switching venues — it'll also be something of an interactive art gallery, where festivalgoers are encouraged not only to look at art, but to touch it. Lieberman is interested in something he calls "code poetics," or the idea that code is capable of behaving like poetry. At Panorama, Lieberman will be showing an installation called Reflection Study, which utilizes the properties of light, geometry, and Lieberman's own software to project unique designs onto any surface.
  • Let's count the ways this robot is fake (2016-06-24 11:00:07)
    Watching the promo video above, you'd think that Andbot — a vaguely anthropomorphic "robot butler" on wheels — was the second coming of RoboJesus. Burning your breakfast? Andbot will tell you. Raising your children? Andbot can take care of it! Dying from the ravages of age? Not to worry: Andbot is here and it totally has your back.
  • Incipio is buying Skullcandy to expand its accessory empire (2016-06-24 11:00:01)
    Two of the most well-known commodity brands are about to come together, because Incipio just announced that it's buying Skullcandy. Incipio LLC says it will pay $5.75 per share for all of Skullcandy Inc., resulting in a cash deal worth $177 million. In September of last year, Incipio bought Incase, a maker of popular backpacks and cases for laptops and phones.
  • New Gordon Ramsay mobile game brings the heat and profanity (2016-06-24 11:00:00)
  • The Neon Demon review: everyone's an object in Nicolas Winding Refn's LA horror show (2016-06-24 10:43:02)
    From the very beginning of Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, the protagonist, Jesse (Elle Fanning) is willing to sell herself to whoever’s buying. It's a dark joke — whatever "it" is, audiences can only see it in the way people react to Jesse, and not in Jesse herself.
  • Net neutrality advocates to FCC: Put the kibosh on internet freebies (2016-06-24 10:41:30)
    Weeks after a federal appeals court upheld the FCC's net neutrality rules, supporters are asking the FCC to take action against broadband and wireless companies they say are violating the regulation.
  • Don’t buy these iPhone 7 clones, no matter how good they look (2016-06-24 10:40:43)
    The iPhone 7 won’t be out for three more months, and most reports already say it’ll be a “boring” upgrade over the iPhone 6s when it comes to overall design. The many leaks that hit the web revealed the main differences between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s. But in addition to fueling the passion of iPhone fans, these leaks are also helping Chinese knock-off makers come up with iPhone 7 clones a lot faster than expected. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet An iPhone 7 Plus clone, complete with a dual lens camera, redesigned antenna lines, and an Apple logo can easily be seen in the following image, provided by GizChina . You’d think it’s a real pink iPhone, considering the many leaks we’ve seen so far. From the looks of it, however, it appears this clone does retain the headphone jack, whose tiny dent can be spotted in the lower right corner. But it’s enough to read the fine print that reads “Designed by TAIWAN, made in China” to realize this isn’t some near-final iPhone 7 Plus prototype that someone obtained from Chinese handset makers. It’s not clear at all whether this clone is functional. But if it is, it’s likely running some version of Android, just as all previous iPhone clones. There's no commercial name for it either, and we have no idea if you can already buy this iPhone 7 clone in the region. Some smartphone buyers may be fine buying iPhone knock-offs, and most people should not worry about this sort of thing. But those buyers who are purchasing used iPhones should pay attention to these sort of products, so they avoid being conned. What’s ironic about this whole thing is that Apple lost a patent case in China over the iPhone 6 design to a company that's not actively selling any smartphones. Yet phone makers in China have been thriving by selling iPhone knock-offs for years.
  • RZA teams up with Atari on a new video game-inspired album (2016-06-24 10:36:00)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 review: a good value, but unprepared for the future (2016-06-24 10:30:04)
    Acer’s Chromebook 14 is a two-sided story. For one, it shows the remarkable progress that we’ve made around what a $300 laptop can and should be. It’s made of aluminum, has a fantastic keyboard / trackpad combo, and a crisp 1080p display. And it does Chromebook things (web browsing, email, Google Docs, YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, etc.) adequately.
  • Your favorite gadget blog meets your favorite podcast (2016-06-24 10:20:11)
    A brand-new episode of Vergecast is here! This week, Paul Miller and Ashley Carman, part of our Circuit Breaker team, join Nilay and Dieter to discuss trends they've noticed while blogging for the site. Also, fan favorite Nicola Fumo stops by the show to tell us what she's been up to and explains her recent tech troubles.
  • Google VR is bringing Pride parades to your living room (2016-06-24 10:18:43)
    Google's Pride for Everyone program will let you watch Pride parades anywhere in the world.
  • Sweden debuts the world's first 'electric highway' (2016-06-24 10:12:00)
  • New trailers: The Birth of a Nation, Westworld, Queen Sugar, and more (2016-06-24 10:10:48)
    As usual, my girlfriend and I were looking for a Keira Knightley period piece the other week when we learned, to immense disappointment, that Pride & Prejudice is no longer on Netflix. It seemed to have the same vibe, and Carey Mulligan is amazing, so clicking play was an obvious choice. Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts about Far From the Madding Crowd and am kind of bewildered that it's received such a positive response.
  • Qualcomm says Chinese phonemaker Meizu illegally using its tech (2016-06-24 10:00:35)
    The chip maker said it filed a complaint with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court.
  • Hey ops teams, developers want control of the data center (2016-06-24 09:53:31)
    Developers play an increasingly central role in enterprise computing, including figuring out the infrastructure that runs their apps. Containers and SDDC are at the forefront of the shift.
  • MIT: More collaboration is needed to fight disease (2016-06-24 09:48:00)
  • Brexit: when democracy feels like it doesn’t work (2016-06-24 09:45:07)
    Last night, the majority of the British population voted to leave the European Union. It's an act of direct democracy, high turnout voting on a simple yes-and-no question. But because of stunning generational divides, the result of the Brexit vote sure doesn't feel like a fair and equitable outcome. According to a YouGov poll, a huge majority of people under 50 voted to Remain. Among 18-24-year-olds, the age category that's going to have to live with the consequences of this vote for all of their working lives, 75 percent voted to stay. What we have are the generations that are already out of work (or close to it) handing down a verdict to their kids or grandchildren because of some mild fearmongering over immigration. The over-50s right now have enjoyed a career where Britain was part of the single market, able to enjoy all the benefits and economic growth that apply. Now that the older generation is done, they've taken away freedom of movement, freedom to work and quite possibly a stable economy from people my age. Since the vote result came clear, stock markets have crashed, the sterling is at a 30-year low against the dollar, and big banks have already started moving staff to Frankfurt and Paris. Thanks, guys. I'm not going to talk about the longer-term damage this may do to Britain and Europe, although signs (Scotland calling for a second independence referendum) are already there. Instead, let's use this moment as a wake-up call to American voters facing one of the weirdest Presidential campaigns in modern history this fall. British voters (or at least, old British voters) have been swayed by a combination of xenophobia and hankering back to some vague 'good old days,' and persuaded to tear down something beautiful. I don't quite know if Nigel Farage called to "Make Britain Great Again," but he might as well have. By all means send a message to your political classes protesting the status quo. Just don't protest so hard you make a decision the country will regret in the morning.
  • YouTube rolls out live video streaming to mobile app (2016-06-24 09:41:17)
    Although YouTube has allowed live video streaming from a computer since 2011, users will now be able to broadcast live footage from a smartphone, a function already available from social networks Facebook (via Facebook Live) and Twitter (via Periscope). Smartphone users will now be able to stream live video directly via the YouTube mobile app for Android and iOS. While some testers already have access to the function, the service will be rolled out to all users imminently by means of an update, Google announced.
  • Civilization V is coming to North American high schools next year (2016-06-24 09:40:14)
    Civilization V is coming to the classroom. Publisher Take-Two Interactive announced that a modified version of the historical strategy game Civilization V is in the works, and is expected to be available for high school classes in North America starting next fall.
  • How to permanently mount a Windows share on Linux (2016-06-24 09:29:04)
    If you get tired of having to remount Windows shares when you reboot your Linux box, read about an easy way to make those shares permanently mount.
  • Report: Netflix is going to let you download your favorite movies and shows this year (2016-06-24 09:26:31)
    Earlier this year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made it clear that the company was keeping an open mind about bringing offline viewing to the streaming service . On Thursday, Light Reading published a story claiming that the feature is currently in development, and that it should go live before the end of the year. DON'T MISS:  New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in July "We know from our sources within the industry that Netflix is going to launch this product," Penthera COO and industry insider Dan Taitz tells Light Reading . "My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers." Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Dan Rayburn confirms Taitz's declaration, saying that he and others have "been hearing for months now that they are in fact going to roll something out soon." Unfortunately (but expectedly), Netflix couldn't confirm or deny the report: "While our focus remains on delivering a great streaming experience, we are always exploring ways to make the service better," says Netflix spokesperson Anne Marie Squeo. "We don't have anything to add at this time." Although downloading content to watch it on the go is a far less common method of watching shows and movies than simply streaming the content, Taitz, whose company, Penthera, develops video downloading technology, believes that offline viewing will be an important feature for streaming services going forward. "I still view download as something that's emerging into the consciousness of consumers," says Taitz. "They know about downloads because before there were streaming services people downloaded movies and videos from iTunes, but they're not necessarily looking for download as a feature of their streaming service they're already paying for."
  • 'CivilizationEDU' takes the strategy franchise to school (2016-06-24 09:23:00)
  • Brexit: A step back to tribalism and a personal insult (2016-06-24 09:22:20)
    Commentary: The UK vote to withdraw from the European Union makes one citizen feel like the country where he was born is regressing into merely a little island.
  • Roku upgrades app to Windows 10 (2016-06-24 09:09:56)
    The app, which is initially available to laptop and tablet users in the US, has a new homepage design and Cortana integration.
  • ICYMI: Saving the ocean and ghosting on love interests (2016-06-24 09:00:00)
  • 'What is the EU?' trends on Google in the UK as the country votes for Brexit (2016-06-24 08:54:21)
    Britons have voted in favor of Brexit, but Google Trends data suggests there is still confusion over what leaving the EU actually means.
  • Finally: Adele’s ‘25’ is streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Tidal (2016-06-24 08:51:52)
    The moment many Adele fans have been waiting for is finally here. Adele decided to make her latest album available for online streaming after all, in spite of her initial stance on the matter. 25 is now available on a variety of online music streaming services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Tidal. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet Notably absent from the list, which was confirmed by Billboard , is Google Play, but Mashable says that Google Play is also going to get access to Adele’s newest album. Adele took a strong stance against music streaming last November. The renowned artist told Time  that streaming is a “disposable” way to listen to music, deciding against making 25 available to her fans prefer to stream their music as opposed to buying a physical or digital copy of the album. Until now, just three singles from the album were available for streaming, including Hello, Send My Love (To Your New Lover) and When We Were Young. This time around, the full 25 album will be available for streaming. Adele’s decision isn’t completely surprising. After all, 19 and 21 are both available for streaming, and the latter was also made available on music streaming services well after its commercial debut. To date, the album spent 10 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 since its initial release on November 20th, 2015, and the move to streaming will likely give it another significant boost as her ravenous fans begin listening to the album online and adding songs from 25 to their playlists.
  • Watch the most powerful version of the Atlas V rocket launch a satellite into space (2016-06-24 08:41:05)
    This morning, the United Launch Alliance’s premiere rocket — the Atlas V — will launch a US Navy communications satellite into a high orbit above Earth. The vehicle is set to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 10:30AM ET, but there is a 44-minute launch window if for some reason it can’t go up right away. This marks the first flight of the Atlas V after the vehicle’s brief hiatus from spaceflight.
  • Oculus claims exclusive games are good for the VR industry (2016-06-24 08:29:00)
  • Yo-kai Watch is making another push to take over America (2016-06-24 08:25:10)
    Called Yo-kai Watch, the game debuted in Japan in 2013 and went on to become a massive success, selling millions of video games and raking in more than $1 billion in merchandise revenue. Yo-kai Watch might not be a Pokemon-like success yet, but that isn't stopping Level-5 from taking another shot. "We have to understand that it takes time," president and CEO Akihiro Hino said during an interview at E3 last week.
  • Google is testing out a storage manager for Chrome OS (2016-06-24 08:02:31)
    Google continues to flesh out Chrome OS with new features. Last week, we saw the first Chromebook devices get access to Android apps and games, and this week, the company is experimenting with adding a storage manager to the latest developer update of the software. It's far from the most detailed storage manager, but it's better than nothing, and more easily accessible than an app (Chrome OS users' best option to check out their storage previously).
  • VR suits, car phones' comeback and insect brains: 8 tech predictions from Qualcomm (Q&A) (2016-06-24 08:00:10)
    Chairman Paul Jacobs spends his time nowadays thinking about the future. He shares some of his ideas with CNET.
  • The classic cars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed (2016-06-24 08:00:03)
    If you're looking for the finest summer weather, don't come to drizzly England. This is my first time at the famed Festival of Speed in southern England, and I've been overwhelmed by the sheer joyous variety of motor vehicles on display. Lord March is the owner of the venue, the grounds of Goodwood House, and the organizer of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which began in 1993 under the premise of being the world's biggest "automotive garden party." It's been a rather muddy and rainy garden this year, but the party mood is already in place.
  • To IPO or not to IPO: 2016 to remain tepid as investors stay away (2016-06-24 07:37:42)
    (This version of the June 22 story was refiled to correct to "Truesdell" from "Truesdall" in the second-last paragraph) By Sweta Singh and Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) - Last fall, Jessica Mah, the founder and chief executive of San Francisco-based inDinero, was deluged with calls from investors wanting to know when the accounting software maker would go public. "My investors are now pushing for not wanting to go public anytime soon," said Mah, who started inDinero six years ago when she was 19. The change in inDinero's investor sentiment reflects the uncertainty prevalent in the U.S. IPO market.
  • Google creates VR montage of Pride parades around the world (2016-06-24 07:35:00)
  • First Click: Mario or Sonic? (2016-06-24 07:30:02)
    Nintendo's Mario — short, fat, improbably good at jumping — had seen off eggs, cavemen, and nondescript spaceship blobs in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, but it was quickly clear there was something different about Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog. Donald Trump praised the Scottish this morning for "[taking] their country back" in the UK's vote to leave the European Union.
  • Can Samsung's $1.2 billion investment launch the era of 'human-centered' IoT? (2016-06-24 07:30:00)
    Multiple layers of the Internet of Things ecosystem, from software to chipsets to wearables, are positioned to benefit from Samsung's deep dive into IoT startups and research.
  • EU, United States agree on changes to strengthen data transfer pact (2016-06-24 07:14:56)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States have agreed changes to a data transfer pact that is key to transatlantic business, including stricter rules for companies holding information on Europeans and clearer limits on U.S. surveillance. The revised EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was sent for review by European member states overnight. Cross-border data transfers by businesses include payroll and human resources information as well as lucrative data used for targeted online advertising, which is of particular importance to tech companies.
  • Aston Martin's one-off Vantage GT12 Roadster was designed to roar (2016-06-24 07:04:07)
    The most extreme Aston Martin roadster to date is a one-off creation tailored to the desires of one very particular customer. The anonymous gentleman — of course it would be a dude — wanted to truly hear the roar of the engine of Aston Martin's already exclusive (limited to 100) Vantage GT12 and so he asked the company to design him a bespoke roadster variation. The whole thing is made out of carbon fiber, which Reichman tells me was the only way to achieve the desired lightness — and it was quite an engineering feat given the rapid production time, even if he says so himself.
  • Tesla speaks: How we will overcome the obstacles to driverless vehicles (2016-06-24 07:00:03)
    As automakers race toward developing driverless cars, barriers in regulations and public perception threaten to hold back progress. Here's how Tesla plans to overcome the hurdles.
  • German court hands Springer partial victory in ad-blocking case (2016-06-24 06:45:39)
    A German court on Friday handed publisher Axel Springer a material win in its fight against so-called ad-blockers, which users can install on computers or mobile devices to prevent advertising from being shown. The appeals court in Cologne on Friday banned German startup Eyeo, which makes one of the world's most-used ad-blockers, from using so-called "white lists", which advertisers can pay to get on to avoid being blocked.
  • UK scientists face an uncertain future after Brexit vote (2016-06-24 06:42:49)
    The UK's decision to leave the European Union has rattled the scientific community, amid fears that the so-called "Brexit" referendum could threaten funding for British research and collaboration across the continent. The decision left financial markets reeling on Friday morning, and led Prime Minister David Cameron to announce that he will resign from his position in October. Brexit supporters have argued that the UK should leave the EU to free itself from regulations on its economy and immigration policies, while opponents have maintained that staying in the EU would be better for Britain's economy.
  • Roku puts your laptop in control of movie night (2016-06-24 06:37:00)
  • Donald Trump praises Scotland for voting to leave the EU, but it didn't (2016-06-24 06:16:25)
    Donald Trump praised the Scottish this morning for "[taking] their country back" in the UK's vote to leave the European Union. This is despite the fact that Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, with 62 percent of the population backing the Remain campaign. Just arrived in Scotland.
  • Controversial $4 smartphone to start shipping next week (2016-06-24 06:05:19)
    After stirring controversy with its dirt-cheap smartphone earlier this year, Indian company Ringing Bells says it has over 200,000 Freedom 251 units ready for shipping.
  • EU, United States agree changes to strengthen data transfer pact (2016-06-24 06:04:13)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States have agreed changes to a data transfer pact that is key to transatlantic business, including stricter rules for companies holding information on Europeans and clearer limits on U.S. surveillance. The revised EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was sent for review by European member states overnight. Cross-border data transfers by businesses include payroll and human resources information as well as lucrative data used for targeted online advertising, which is of particular importance to tech companies.
  • Tata ordered to pay NTT DoCoMo $1.2 billion in arbitration award for JV stake (2016-06-24 05:59:23)
    (Corrects paragraph 6 to attribute quote to representative) TOKYO (Reuters) - India's Tata Sons Ltd has been ordered to pay NTT DoCoMo Inc $1.2 billion to buy DoCoMo's stake in its mobile phone joint venture, the Japanese firm said, citing an international arbitration court ruling. In 2009, the Japanese telecoms group acquired a 26.5 percent stake in Tata Teleservices Limited for around 127.4 billion rupees ($1.88 billion). DoCoMo said it held the right to request that Tata find a buyer for its stake at 50 percent of the original price or at fair market value, whichever was higher.
  • Bitcoin value surges as British pound tanks on Brexit (2016-06-24 05:57:15)
    Britain's decision to exit the EU has predictably shocked global currency markets. While traditional currency markets react to the news, cryptocurrency bitcoin has started to surge in price. Bitcoin dropped to a weekly low of $550 yesterday, but it has passed the $650 mark today.
  • Google connects Netflix to Android TV's universal search (2016-06-24 05:40:00)
  • Uber's new upfront pricing tucks away the surge (2016-06-24 05:27:15)
    The company's new upfront pricing supposedly helps do away with surge pricing headaches by telling you what you'll pay upfront.
  • Brexit is 'likely to be devastating' for UK film and TV industry (2016-06-24 05:05:00)
    The chairman of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing the companies behind independent film and TV the world over, has described the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union as an event that is "likely to be devastating" for the creative sector. "The decision to exit the European Union is a major blow to the U.K. film and TV industry," Michael Ryan says in a statement to Variety.
  • Explaining Brexit in 21 tweets (2016-06-24 05:03:35)
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  • NASA is making a robotic spacecraft that can refuel satellites (2016-06-24 04:40:00)
  • Pinot meow: Wine for cats lets you toast with your feline friends (2016-06-24 03:29:21)
    The new beverage has no alcohol, of course, but is made with organic catnip and fresh beets.
  • Chrome OS is getting a much-needed storage manager (2016-06-24 03:19:00)
  • Samsung selling dual-camera modules to Xiaomi, says report (2016-06-24 02:49:43)
    Chinese firms Xiaomi and LeEco are buying dual-camera modules for their upcoming phones, a report from the Korean Herald claims.
  • Google search spike suggests people don't know why they Brexited (2016-06-24 02:05:28)
    The United Kingdom — the country of my birth — has just voted to leave the European Union. The majority of the electorate has chosen to turn its back on the biggest political project in the world, a flawed but forward-thinking union that served as the only concrete symbol of European unity after the continent was torn apart by two World Wars. Google's Trends Twitter account reported an increase of 250 percent in people searching "what happens if we leave the EU," at around midnight British time, two hours after the referendum polls closed.
  • Should autonomous vehicles save passengers or pedestrians? (2016-06-24 01:58:00)
  • Lindsay Lohan an unlikely source of information during the Brexit vote (2016-06-24 01:54:02)
    As the UK stunned the world by electing to leave the European Union, Lindsay Lohan shocked Twitter by revealing herself as a voice of #Brexit expertise.
  • Sweden opens 1.2 mile long electric highway for trucks (2016-06-24 01:48:39)
    The highway will charge electric trucks using overhead wires and is finally open for trials.
  • Sharp has designed an earthquake-proof fridge (2016-06-24 01:42:58)
    The Japanese electronic giant's latest fridge automatically locks if it senses an earthquake and has a solar-powered backup battery in the event of a power outage.
  • Hubble discovers a new 'dark vortex' on Neptune (2016-06-24 00:27:00)
  • Shatner: I'd play Captain Kirk again, but I won't be asked (2016-06-23 23:44:36)
    The Enterprise's original captain urges fans to write to J.J. Abrams if they'd like to see the two Kirks onscreen together.
  • 'Banner Saga 2' gets bigger and badder with Survival Mode (2016-06-23 23:30:00)
  • Steam summer sale is poised to make a dent in your wallet (2016-06-23 22:51:00)
  • Internet tunes in to watch giant balloon take an explosive powder (2016-06-23 22:44:28)
    Pop goes the weasel! It took half an hour for the enormous, white balloon to finally explode, sending powder everywhere.
  • How to remove Android apps from the battery optimization list (2016-06-23 22:35:13)
    Android 6.0's standby mode does wonders for battery life, but the feature may cause some of your apps to not function as you'd like. Learn how to remove those apps from standby mode.
  • American Express teams up with Facebook to offer Amex Bot (2016-06-23 22:14:00)
  • Leak reveals the next big new features coming to WhatsApp (2016-06-23 22:00:49)
    One of the most popular cross-platform messaging app around, Facebook’s WhatsApp, is about to get a whole lot better. A new report says that a beta version of the app comes with a bunch of new features that users might appreciate. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet According to Macerkopf , WhatsApp is working on a slew of interesting features, including support for larger emoji, music sharing, public groups and mentions. Users will be able to share music stored locally as well as Apple Music tracks with friends and family. However, for Apple Music sharing to work, both the sender and the recipient have to be paying subscribers. It’s not clear at this time whether the feature will support other streaming services. When sharing a track, a small music player will appear complete with album visuals for the song that’s being shared. The WhatsApp app already lets users share pictures and videos, files, contacts and links. Music sharing will be added to that list, as the screenshot above reveals. Support for large emoji is also something users will love, though there are no visuals for them at this point. 9to5Mac reports that the WhatsApp beta team revealed this week that emoji will match the ones introduced with iOS 10, which are three times bigger than current ones. When it comes to public groups, anyone with a link to a specific group can post content to it, and admins will be able to shut groups downs when needed. The mentions feature works pretty much just like it does on Twitter: You can simply tag people in your address book within a chat.
  • Apple plans to retire aging Thunderbolt display (2016-06-23 21:30:56)
    The company offered no hints on whether it planned to replace the aging monitor, the only one it currently offers.
  • YouTube launches live mobile streaming for a select few (2016-06-23 21:25:26)
    YouTube is adding a live streaming option to its mobile app, the company announced today, a new feature that will allow users to broadcast live video from their mobile devices with the touch of a button. The company's mobile streaming interface looks markedly similar to Periscope's, with viewer comments scrolling up the screen over the broadcast, but YouTube says its existing infrastructure gives it an advantage over competitors, with streamers and their viewers able to search live broadcasts just as they can search recorded videos. The introduction of the new feature comes a day after live-streaming competitor Periscope had a moment in the sun.
  • YouTube Red's next originals include a 'Step Up' spinoff (2016-06-23 21:24:00)
  • YouTube Red buys its first big-budget TV drama (2016-06-23 21:14:27)
    Online video giant's paid subscription service acquires series based on "Set Up," a 2006 Channing Tatum movie, the New York Times reports.
  • Facebook Live will be able to stream Masquerade face swaps (2016-06-23 21:03:00)
  • Xiaomi’s new electric bike is as ugly as it is affordable (2016-06-23 21:00:08)
    Look at that thing. It’s hideous. But it’s also very affordable and smarter than its peers. We’re talking about the Mi QiCycle Electric Folding Bike that’s going to cost around $455 when it launches in China. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet Xiaomi is mostly known for making affordable mobile devices that are inspired by Apple’s line of products, and it's seen phenomenal success so far. But the company has plenty of other interests, one of them being electric bikes . That really shouldn’t surprise you considering bikes are extremely popular in China, especially electric models that can assist with pedaling. Xiaomi’s e-bike is good for 45km (28 miles) on a charge, The Verge reports . The 250-watt motor does the heavy lifting, powered by 20 2,900 mAh Panasonic batteries and a smart energy management app. The bike can reach a top speed of 20km/h (12.4 mph). Furthermore, the bike comes with a companion app that can track several things, including distance and speed, but also offer GPS support and calorie tracking. The Mi QiCycle features Shimano three-speed gears that should come in handy whenever you feel like doing some old school pedaling. The explanation for the unappealing design is rather simple. Not only does the bike’s frame have to house a battery, but the bike itself has to be foldable so that it can be easily stowed away. The whole thing is pretty compact, weighing about 14.5kg (32 pounds). Xiaomi also has a more expensive bike for you, made by a startup called iRiding that the company has invested in. The QiCycle R1 non-foldable electric bike costs around $3,000. iRiding is also suspected to be behind Xiaomi's newer Electric Folding Bike model.
  • YouTube ready to put live streaming in the palm of your hand (2016-06-23 20:54:24)
    YouTube promises its app will offer live streaming on mobile devices, complete with all the features of regular videos.
  • Apple said to plan retirement of Thunderbolt display (2016-06-23 20:51:11)
    The company offered no hints on whether it planned to replace the aging monitor, the only one it currently offers.
  • GPS bracelet locked to suspect's leg, but police say he simply took leg off, committed murder (2016-06-23 20:43:36)
    Technically Incorrect: In Washington, DC, a security company fits a tracking device onto the leg of a man awaiting trial. But the firm makes an apparently fatal mistake.
  • YouTube Red buys its first big TV series (2016-06-23 20:33:44)
    YouTube Red, Google's paid video streaming service, has purchased its first big-budget television series, reports The New York Times. The show will be called Step Up, and it's based on the Channing Tatum dance drama franchise of the same name. Tatum is onboard as an executive producer, and the show is said to resemble the first film in the series with a setting at a performing arts high school.
  • YouTube's mobile app will soon support live video streams (2016-06-23 20:28:00)
  • Apple stops selling the Thunderbolt Display (2016-06-23 20:16:00)
  • It’s crazy how much trouble Samsung has with design (2016-06-23 20:00:06)
    You’d think that a company as big as Samsung would have all it takes to come up with great products from top to bottom, inside and out – Samsung doesn’t control any of the software other than Tizen though, so we're just talking about hardware design. It turns out it’s still tough for Samsung’s designers to come up with a product that people will want to buy the minute they lay their eyes on it. We’ve touched on this before  when looking at the Galaxy S6’s asymmetry last year , and now we’re about to check out the device above, the brand new Notebook 7 Spin. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet This is one of Samsung’s newest 2-in-1 convertible laptops, and it starts at $799. It comes in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch versions that sport Full HD screens with “Video HDR,” up to 16GB of RAM and hard drives up to 128GB SSD (on top of the regular 1TB HDD inside), and fast-charging battery tech. But hardware performance is something you get to experience only after you purchase a device. A simple look at the Notebook 7 Spin, which The Verge says  has a design “reminiscent” of Lenovo’s Yoga line, is all you need to come to appreciate the MacBook’s smooth lines and understand why everyone is trying to copy Apple. Just look at those ports. And that line that seems to run almost through them. But if that’s not a big deal for you, then just check out that Ethernet port – hint: it’s the middle one above between the charger port and the HDMI port. You see, even though 2-in-1 devices have been designed to be the best of mobile computing, Samsung seems to think you’d want a wired connection. And to do that, you’d need an Ethernet port. But you also want your 2-in-1 to be as slim as possible, don’t you? This way the device doesn’t become annoying to use while you're on-the-go. Therefore, you have to open a flap and then insert the Ethernet cable. Samsung apparently hasn't heard of adapters. Or it’s simply too worried that people won't want to carry an adapter to risk it. Of course, no one seems to have a problem with the MacBook line's lack of an Ethernet port. Let’s move on to the USB-C port that could be used with an Ethernet-to-USB-C adapter. That’s the second-to-last port in the image above, which can be used for faster file transfers (and charging batteries, at least on other devices). Why on Earth is it sticking out? Is there not enough space inside the laptop to perfectly align and conceal it? Does it have to protrude? Let's look at Apple's USB-C port: And I’m not even going to say anything about the ports not being evenly spaced out. Let’s move on to brand recognition and brand awareness. It’s obvious this is a Samsung tablet/laptop because of that logo. But nobody thought of what happens when you keep the device in the position pictured above. Sure, everyone and their grandmother knows who Samsung is and can read that name even if it’s upside down. Yet it’s still a tiny detail that Samsung's design team apparently isn’t thinking about. If the screen can be flip around, why stick your logo in a spot where it'll be upside down half the time? One more thing: what’s the deal with that trackpad that’s not centered? You’ll say it’s because the device packs a full keyboard, complete with a keypad. Then I’ll amend my question: What’s the deal with the keypad on a laptop? With all that in mind, I’d take Apple’s design over Samsung;s any day of the week, even if that means I’ll have to ditch floppy disks, DVD drives and all the other ports, including the headphone jack that so many people dread losing. If design is important to you, then the Notebook 7 Spin probably isn’t the laptop you want.
  • Kodi wants to turn your Raspberry Pi into a tiny media center (2016-06-23 20:00:03)
    Remember XBMC, or as it was known even longer ago, Xbox Media Center? It's continued along under a new name, Kodi, and works on Windows, OS X, and Linux, with remote apps on iOS and Android. In all that time, Kodi / XBMC has always been a software-only project, meant to let you turn various pieces of hardware into a media box.
  • CBS, Paramount Pictures release guidelines for Star Trek fan films (2016-06-23 19:46:42)
    Thinking about shooting a Star Trek parody movie? Follow these rules so you won't get sued by CBS and Paramount.
  • Adele's '25' heads to streaming services now that you bought it (2016-06-23 19:43:00)
  • Free app lets you save seven times more photos on your iPhone (2016-06-23 19:30:32)
    When you think of the name "Avast," what's the first thing that comes to mind? We can guarantee it won't be iPhone photo storage apps, but the company just released one that you should absolutely check out. If not for the sleek graphics and the great user interface, check it out for its wizardry: According to Avast, its new app can store 7GB of photos in just 1GB of space. MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years What is this magic?! OK, so it's not magic at all. Instead, the app uses cloud storage and some smarts to upload all of your photos at full resolution and then save lower-quality versions on your phone. The result is seven times more photos in the same amount of space. Whether you have a 16GB iPhone or a 128GB model, you can certainly never have enough free space, right? The full description for the Avast Photo Space app follows below along with a link to download it. Avast Photo Space is your free and safe solution to an overcrowded photo gallery. Don’t let your phone’s limited memory prevent you from preserving life’s most precious moments: with Avast Photo Space, you can store and share as many photos as you can take. “Why can’t my phone save more photos?” It’s because your phone’s camera takes high-quality photographs, but it doesn’t optimize them for storage. That’s where Avast Photo Space comes in. We can optimize your photographs to reduce the amount of space they take up on your phone while keeping them easy to share and enjoy. Then, you can upload the original photo onto the cloud service of your choice. Through this method, you can fit 7GB worth of photos into 1GB of space! It’s simple: Take a picture with any camera app Open Avast Photo Space Set up cloud synchronization (if you haven’t already) The original is sent to the cloud A copy is then optimized and saved on your phone Avast Photo Space comes with its own camera app, which will automatically transfer, optimize, and sync your photos to the cloud. Recommended to save you time and data. By using the Avast Photo Space app: Your phone will have much more space for photos (and other apps) You’ll save money on data by using free cloud storage You don’t have to agonize over which pictures to save and which to delete You can delete photos on your phone knowing they’re safe in the cloud Every picture on your phone can still be shared with friends and family Avast Photo Space is free to download and use—so you have nothing to lose. Try it today! Download Avast Photo Space
  • Twilio stock nearly doubles in market debut (2016-06-23 19:27:10)
    Shares of the cloud communications company jumps 92 percent in first day of trading, giving it a market value of $2.4 billion.
  • Apple is discontinuing the only monitor it makes, the Thunderbolt Display (2016-06-23 19:18:54)
    Apple is discontinuing sales of the Thunderbolt Display, a much-loved, though rarely updated monitor. Although it's still available in the Apple store (for the not super low price of $999), once current inventory is sold though, that'll be the end of Apple producing standalone displays for its computers. There's no word on whether or not Apple intends to replace it with something in the future.
  • Lyft wins approval of driver settlement from U.S. judge (2016-06-23 19:14:16)
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge granted preliminary approval to ride service Lyft's $27 million settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by California drivers who claimed they should be deemed employees instead of independent contractors. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco had previously rejected a $12.25 million deal as too small.
  • Opera browser for Windows review (2016-06-23 19:13:00)
    Surf the Web and customize your browsing experience
  • Arista infringes Cisco networking patents, U.S. trade agency rules (2016-06-23 19:11:05)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc won a key victory in a sprawling legal battle with rival Arista Networks Inc on Thursday after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Arista infringed three of Cisco's patents with its ethernet switches used in computer data centers and servers. The ITC, which investigates complaints of violations of U.S. intellectual property, also recommended an import ban against Arista's products that infringe the patents. The ITC's ruling must now be reviewed by the U.S. Trade Representative, who can approve or disapprove of the commission's orders.
  • 'Upfront' Uber pricing replaces estimates with guarantees (2016-06-23 19:11:00)
  • FBI did not need warrant to hack child porn suspect's computer -court (2016-06-23 19:07:20)
    The FBI did not need a search warrant to hack a suspect's computer during an investigation of a large child pornography website, a U.S. judge has ruled, in a decision one group of private advocates called "dangerously flawed." In a decision unsealed on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Henry Morgan in Newport News, Virginia, rejected a bid to suppress evidence against Edward Matish, one of at least 137 defendants charged in the probe of the website Playpen. Morgan noted the widespread nature of hacking today, and compared the hacking of Matish's computer to a police officer looking through someone's broken window blinds, which the Supreme Court has said does not violate the U.S. Constitution. As a result, he said, a computer normally afforded protection in other circumstances against unreasonable searches "is not protected from Government actors who take advantage of an easily broken system to peer into a user's computer." The ruling drew sharp criticism from Mark Rumold, a senior staff attorney Electronic Frontier Foundation, who in a blog post called the decision "dangerously flawed." "To say the least, the decision is bad news for privacy," he wrote.
  • Pick up this powerful little JBL Bluetooth speaker for half-off retail (2016-06-23 19:04:29)
    Best Buy just knocked 50 percent off the price of the original JBL Clip, a portable Bluetooth speaker that sounds great for its size.
  • Android TV's universal search now includes results from Netflix (2016-06-23 19:01:56)
    As Apple races to add to the number of third-party apps that Siri can search through on Apple TV, Google is today checking off an overdue one over on Android TV. The company has announced that shows and movies from Netflix now appear when you use Android TV's universal search function. Yes, this is something that's been possible with the latest Apple TV from the start, but it's nice that those who favor Google's set-top box software now have the same capability.
  • 'Skyslide' off the side of the tallest skyscraper in the West (2016-06-23 18:46:35)
    You can try the slide perched on the outside of the 70th floor of a skyscraper for a mere $33.
  • Five Android apps to help pass the time (2016-06-23 18:44:00)
    When you need to kill a little time between meetings, classes, or when you're on a break, these five outstanding apps will help make the time fly by.
  • Florida man brags about burglary on Facebook, lands him in jail (2016-06-23 18:41:45)
    A Florida burglar who posted a Facebook video bragging about a $500,000 jewelry haul has landed himself and one of his accomplices in jail, police said on Thursday. Officers from Pinecrest, Florida said they arrested Raderius Glenn Collins, 18, after he uploaded the video to Facebook on May 27. The video, which runs more than seven minutes long and has over 3,000 views, showed the men bragging about their illegal earnings, exclaiming: "We got a safe" and "Can someone say check please?" The man in the driver's seat makes sure the traffic light is still red and proceeds to proudly reveal his bag of cash to the camera while the other two men cheer.
  • CBS and Paramount release 'Star Trek' fan film guidelines (2016-06-23 18:33:00)
  • Banks are killing the password, and they can thank the iPhone for that (2016-06-23 18:30:37)
    Many distinct entities are looking to kill the password, or replace it with better, more secure ways of logging into several online services. Banks are among them, and it’s easy to understand why. They want to protect their money. In light of the many security breaches that have put at risk the identities and online assets of millions of users, banks are encouraging customers to sign up for in-app biometric authentication methods. Scanning a fingerprint, the eye, or recording voice is a lot easier, and more secure, than logging into online banking services using credentials that hackers can steal or social engineer. And the iPhone is a big reason why banks are looking to kill the password. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet In an extensive piece, The New York Times explains the various password alternatives banks use, all related to a certain extent to biometrics. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo have millions of customers who log into their bank accounts using fingerprints on mobile phones, a feature iPhone introduced with the iPhone 5s, and which later became an integral part of the Apple Pay wireless payments feature. Apple equipped smartphones with fingerprint sensors all the way back to 2013, and many competitors followed suit. A year later, Apple opened Touch ID to developers and launched Apple Pay. However, it’s only recently that banks have released apps that can take advantage of the feature. Other biometrics used include eye scans (Wells Fargo), voice (Citigroup), and facial contours (USAA). It’s important to note that banks are worried that regular username and password logins aren’t secure because of all the many breaches in the last few years that allowed hackers to steal millions of credentials for various services as well as other identifiable information such as social security numbers. Financial institutions have toyed for years, with the idea of adding biometric-based security layers to customer accounts but the available technology was cumbersome and expensive. The iPhone and other devices solved that problem, making smartphones practically ubiquitous. Smartphones are advanced enough to let apps read fingerprints, scan eyes, and record voice in crystal clear quality. Also, smartphones also act as a second layer of protection. “If you have your phone and you are authenticating with your fingerprint, it is very likely you,” Twin Mill founder and biometrics security expert Samir Nanavati told the Times . The problem with biometric-based logins is that customers have to agree to make fingerprints, eye scans, and voice accessible by banks. And there’s always the theoretical possibility that clever hackers might find ways to compromise this type of security as well. But banks to not store actual fingerprints or eye patterns. Instead, they’re keeping templates made of hard-to-predict numerical sequences. Other safeguards are also in place, including voice prompts that ensure the user isn’t playing a voice recording to log in. Eye-scanning apps tell users to blink and/or move the eyes to avoid someone using a photo to log into an account. Wells Fargo teamed up with EyeVerify, whose technology creates a maps of the veins in the whites of the eye. In addition to securing accounts better than passwords, biometrics can also transform the entire banking experience, making it faster than before. However, while logins are almost instant, certain operations, like transferring funds, might still require good-old passwords, at least for the time being. The Times ’ full article on the matter is worth a read and it’s available at the source link.
  • eBay archaelogist finds two unreleased Nirvana songs (2016-06-23 18:21:03)
    One lucky Nirvana fan buys a reel on eBay that reportedly contained a recording of the band in session just before the release of "In Utero."
  • Kylie Jenner checked her Snapchat in a PartyNextDoor music video that debuted on Snapchat (2016-06-23 18:14:58)
    In it, Kylie Jenner, his rumored girlfriend, checks her Snapchat to see what he's up to. Turns out, he's at the club, which is kind of a bummer because Kylie wishes they were making out! Girl, I know the feeling. Just to recap: Kylie Jenner is the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner crew, and she's building a Kim-like empire off of her matte lipstick "Lip Kits." PartyNextDoor is a rapper on Drake's OVO Sound label.
  • New app asks users to fight sex trafficking by snapping photos (2016-06-23 18:10:45)
    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Smartphone users in the United States can try to help catch sex traffickers with a newly introduced app designed to identify hotel rooms where victims are held. The app, TraffickCam, asks users to upload photos of hotel rooms where they may be staying and compares those to photos by law enforcement that depict suspected sex trafficking. In the United States, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center said it got reports of more than 4,000 cases of sex trafficking last year.
  • Cash to trash: Watch millions of dollars turn into compost (2016-06-23 18:08:57)
    Talk about your cash crops. The New Orleans Federal Reserve mulches up our dirty dollars to help grow food.
  • Democrat gun control sit-in sparks social media sensation (2016-06-23 18:07:05)
    A blackout of television cameras in the U.S. House Representatives during the Democrats' gun control sit-in may have spurred public interest in the protest as it forced the demonstrators to use social media to broadcast their message. Democrats leapt on Facebook Live and Twitter's Periscope after the cameras, controlled by the House, went dark Wednesday when presiding House officer and Republican Representative Ted Poe declared the chamber not in order during the protest. As Democrats took to alternative forms of video broadcasting, their message gained tremendous momentum from social media.
  • Bond group grows amid Brazil's Oi bankruptcy plan, sources say (2016-06-23 18:01:41)
    By Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Ana Mano SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A group representing holders of Oi SA's bonds not guaranteed by unit Telemar Norte Leste SA is growing, two sources familiar with the matter said, underscoring the challenges facing Brazil's largest fixed-line phone carrier as it enters bankruptcy protection proceedings. New York-based investment bank Houlihan Lokey Inc and Metrica Investments LLC have stepped up talks with owners of $6.4 billion worth of euro- and U.S. dollar-denominated Oi bonds in the wake of the largest bankruptcy protection filing in Brazilian history, the sources said on Thursday. Oi filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday.
  • Bankruptcy filing by Brazil's Oi rattles global supply chain (2016-06-23 18:01:01)
    By Brad Haynes and Ana Mano SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's biggest bankruptcy filing ever is sending shockwaves far beyond the recession-hit country's borders as operator Oi SA seeks creditor protection from global telecoms suppliers and export banks around the world. Oi is seeking protection on over 500 million reais ($150 million) of accounts payable to international providers from Nokia Corp and Ericsson to IBM Corp and Alcatel-Lucent SA, according to court documents reviewed by Reuters. The biggest Brazilian fixed-line carrier also owes about $1 billion to foreign development banks in China, Finland, Canada and Germany, which encouraged exports to Brazil during a recent surge in spending on wireless and broadband networks.
  • Chicago allows Airbnb to operate under restrictions (2016-06-23 18:01:00)
  • Video: This mini electric car just smashed the 0-60 MPH world record (2016-06-23 18:00:34)
    Tesla likes to boast that it only knows how to make fast cars. And with good reason, the Tesla Model S in Ludicrous Mode can go from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars by acceleration on the planet. Ranked slightly above Tesla are an assortment of cars from Porsche, Bugatti and Ferrari, with the Porsche 918 Spyder boasting the fastest 0-60 time for a production car in history with a blazing 2.2 seconds. Well, there's no a new record holder for the 0-60 title and it comes from an unlikely place: a motorsport student club in Switzerland. DON'T MISS: You’re about to start paying more for Netflix Earlier this week, students from Swiss universities ETH Zurich and Hochschule Luzern showcased an mini electric car they built that looks like a shrunken down version of a Formula One race car. The car leaped off the starting line before recording a 0-60 time in an unbelievable 1.513 seconds. The end result? A new Guinness world record. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-NCH8ct24U The car itself is primarily comprised of carbon fiber, weighs 370 pounds and sports 200 horsepower. Impressively, a team of about 30 students built the car in less than a year. For more information, make sure to check out this video tour detailing the technical details of the record-setting car. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voVwDYMnQlo&feature=youtu.be For a quicker overview, a press release on the record-setting achievement can be viewed below. The Formula Student team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) accomplished its mission today: the grimsel electric racing car accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.513 seconds and set a new world record. It reached the speed after covering less than 30 m of track at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich. The previous world record stood at 1.779 seconds and was set last year by a team at the University of Stuttgart. The record-breaking Formula Student electric car was developed and built in less than a year by a team of 30 students at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. grimsel is AMZ’s fifth electric vehicle and sets new standards in lightweight construction and electric drive technology. Thanks to the use of carbon-fibre materials, grimsel weighs just 168 kg. The four-wheel drive electric racing car has four specially developed wheel hub motors that are capable of generating 200 hp and 1700 Nm of torque. A sophisticated traction control system regulates the performance of each wheel individually, allowing the car's acceleration to be increased even further. No large-scale production car – even one with a combustion engine – can reach an acceleration comparable to the grimsel. An incredible achievement certainly worthy of a celebration.
  • Uber is trying to make you forget that surge pricing exists (2016-06-23 18:00:03)
    Surge pricing has long been Uber’s Achilles’ heel: during periods of excessive demand, when there are more riders than drivers, Uber increases its normal prices to encourage drivers to flood the zone. Now, Uber is testing a new version of its app that makes surge pricing nearly invisible to customers.
  • The future of big rigs could lie in these overhead wires (2016-06-23 17:47:53)
    The system, which Siemens calls an "eHighway," is being tested on a public road for the first time in Sweden in partnership with Volkswagen-owned Scania. The system is only deployed on a 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) stretch of road right now, but Siemens is planning a second trial in California next year with Volvo Trucks.
  • Arista infringes Cisco networking patents, trade agency rules (2016-06-23 17:38:29)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc won a key victory in a sprawling legal battle with rival Arista Networks Inc on Thursday as the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Arista infringed three of Cisco's patents with its ethernet switches used in computer data centers and servers. The ITC, which investigates complaints of violations of U.S. intellectual property, also recommended an import ban against Arista's products that infringe the patents. Cisco's patents relate to managing and securing communications networks.
  • Supercell leads rise of action-heavy games on smartphones (2016-06-23 17:35:55)
    By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In its early years, the mobile video game market was dominated by simply designed, family-friendly games like "Fruit Ninja" and "Angry Birds." Action and adventure titles with sophisticated graphics and complex story lines were seen as better suited to gaming consoles and personal computers. Today, the world's top-selling mobile game is "Clash of Clans," a combat strategy game in which warring factions battle in a Medieval fantasy world. This week, China's Tencent Holdings Ltd announced it was purchasing a majority stake in "Clash of Clans" maker Supercell for $8.6 billion, the largest acquisition in gaming history.
  • Wirecutter's best deals: Save $300 on a Whirlpool refrigerator (2016-06-23 17:31:00)
  • More than a thousand WhatsApp calls are made every second (2016-06-23 17:26:08)
    Over 1,100 voice calls are made on WhatsApp a second, totaling up to 100 million calls a day.
  • Did you spot the bowtruckle in Harry Potter 'Fantastic Beasts' clip? (2016-06-23 17:18:45)
    Stick 'em up! The tiny branch-like tree guardian looks cute, but will gouge your eyes out if you threaten its home.
  • BlackBerry results paint a bleak future for its phones (2016-06-23 17:11:11)
    The continued slide in sales is just the latest bit of bad news for the embattled phone maker.
  • WhatsApp hits 100 million voice calls per day (2016-06-23 17:09:38)
    Despite reports that say millennials believe "phone calls can be burdensome," users of the very popular messaging service WhatsApp are making over 100 million voice calls every day, taking that oh-so-heavy burden head on. With over 1 billion users, WhatsApp is one of the biggest communication platforms in the world, thriving in Europe and Asia where growth has far outpaced growth within the United States.
  • House sit-in shows the power and potential of livestreaming (2016-06-23 16:59:00)
  • Google Fiber to get bigger with purchase of ISP (2016-06-23 16:57:19)
    A small internet service provider could be a big key to Google Fiber's expansion.
  • Jeff Jacobson to take over as Xerox Corp CEO after split (2016-06-23 16:57:07)
    (Reuters) - Xerox Corp said Jeff Jacobson, the president of its technology unit, would take over as chief executive after the company splits its business process outsourcing unit into a separate, publicly listed entity. Jacobson, 56, joined Xerox in 2012 and he was appointed the president of the technology business, which includes the company's hardware and software offerings, in July 2014. Xerox will house the company's legacy printer business.
  • Tech company Twilio nearly doubles in stock market debut (2016-06-23 16:34:07)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twilio shares nearly doubled in their first day of trading Thursday, after the technology company raised $150 million in its initial public offering.
  • Facebook Live will soon have Snapchat-like filters from MSQRD (2016-06-23 16:33:02)
    Facebook has grand plans to continue expanding and improving its live video platform this year, starting with support for face-swapping app MSQRD. In the coming weeks, you can go live on Facebook from the MSQRD app and utilize its many different Snapchat-like masks and filters while the video is running. Facebook first acquired Masquerade, the Belarusian startup behind MSQRD, back in March with the intention to "continue enhancing the Facebook video experience," a spokesperson for the social network said at the time.
  • All the best deals from Steam’s summer sale (2016-06-23 16:30:00)
    The Steam summer sale is an institution by this point: once a year, when we're all meant to be outside enjoying the weather, a bunch of absurdly low-priced games come around and convince us to stay inside, tanning from LCDs. This year is a little different. Rather than being a bunch of daily sales, this year's Steam summer sale is running from now until July 4th, and there are some fantastic deals inside. DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years Big names are all over the place in this year's sale.  Call of Duty  titles are all 50-67% off, including 50% off  Black Ops III and  Advanced Warfare . Say what you will about the decline in quality of the series, but that's still damn cheap for some quality shoot-'em-up. Plus, if you're still pining for the good old days, COD4 and Captain MacTavish are $10 away. Fallout  more your kinda thing? Good, because that's also on sale, alongside 75% off Assassin's Creed, and other sales on Doom and Deus Ex. Finally, there's also some great steals on indie games, like 75% off Hotline Miami 2. I'm a little sad that Steam isn't doing the daily sales. To be honest, half the fun of last year was spending 20 minutes digging through each day's sale, finding some hidden (or forgotten) gem costing $2, and then playing my treasure trove over the course of the next year. The new sale system is definitely less stressful and more efficient, but I can't help but feel some of the mystery is missing this time around.  
  • Volkswagen will reportedly pay up to $10,000 to owners of emissions-cheating cars (2016-06-23 16:17:50)
    Volkswagen will pay between $1,000 and $7,000, and in some cases as much as $10,000, to owners of cars that were affected by the diesel emissions scandal, according to reports from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Chicago decides not to clamp down on ride-sharing services (2016-06-23 16:17:00)
  • Kit Harington will doggedly pursue you (2016-06-23 16:16:25)
    Kit has been doing motion capture in London for the last week, according to a press release. Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie directed the shoot, but I don't know who took these photos of Kit or whether Kit was informed that they would be shared with the world. Harington looks at least 800 times more frightening than he does on Game of Thrones, and he beat a guy to a bloody pulp last week.
  • This van has the sickest sound system of all time (2016-06-23 16:09:03)
    Enter Nelson Hidalgo, an inventive man from Queens who seems to have solved the problem of poor car audio once and for all. According to amNewYork, Hidalgo is alleged to have installed around 80 speakers into his van to make a truly insane portable sound system. How do all of those speakers fit in that van?
  • Walmart expands mobile wallet service Walmart Pay to 15 more states in one week (2016-06-23 16:08:25)
    The service lets you pay for items via your smartphone, but it's good only at Walmart stores.
  • As House Dems protest crosses 24 hours, #NoBillNoBreak streams keep flowing (2016-06-23 16:05:36)
    Democrat lawmakers' live streams of a sit-in on the floor of the US House racked up 3 million Facebook views
  • Solar-Powered Plane Completes Historic Atlantic Crossing (2016-06-23 16:05:04)
    Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard landed Solar Impulse in Seville, Spain this morning, completing a three-day historic trip across the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane powered by only the sun's energy. A smiling Piccard was greeted by his Solar Impulse partner, Andre Borschberg, as he exited the cockpit after spending 71 hours and 8 minutes inside the cockpit, cruising over the ocean at a speed of around 50 mph. "The Atlantic is always the symbolic flight for all the means of transportation and today it becomes a symbolic flight for energy vision," Piccard told ABC News before he took off from New York City.
  • Instagram launches 'Picked for You' channels, curates videos based on user interest (2016-06-23 16:01:06)
    With video viewership rising, Instagram will feature videos catered to a user's topics and interests.
  • Mountain biker crashes into a black bear in crazy Instagram video (2016-06-23 15:59:59)
    When hiking through an area known to have a population of black bears, there are a number of well-known safety precautions one should follow in order to limit the likelihood of running into a bear on your trip. These rules, by and large, are pretty straight-forward: don't leave food out in the open for too long, clean up your trash, and make sure to keep up conversation with friends if you're not on a solo-hike (the sounds tend to keep bears away). Sounds simple enough, but if you're mountain biking through a bear enclave you have an entirely different problem to worry about: crashing head-on into a bear. As unlikely as this scenario sounds, a recent Instagram video from Davis Souza highlights what happened when he surprisingly crossed paths and subsequently crashed into a black bear mid-ride on the Mills Peak trail in Plumas County, California earlier this week. DON'T MISS:  How much will a 256GB iPhone 7 cost? The video -- courtesy of a helmet cam Souza was wearing -- shows him flying over the handlebars as the bear, presumably scared beyond belief, runs for cover in the surrounding woods. "That was a bear!" Souza exclaims in pain as he attempts to regain his footing and composure, and of course, save face in front of his friends trailing behind him. #tramplebearstuesday this bear came out of nowhere and was gone before I could ask if it was alright or anything... Volume up! #tahoemassive #fail #bear #ouch @jerryoftheday Jukin Media Verified (Original) * For licensing / permission to use: Contact - licensing(at)jukinmediadotcom A video posted by Davis Souza (@savydouza) on Jun 14, 2016 at 3:34pm PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js
  • Physicists create a 'quantum ruler' to measure the universe (2016-06-23 15:56:00)
  • Facebook is training employees to avoid political bias (2016-06-23 15:53:31)
    After facing questions about how its widely used trending-topics feature is managed, the social network says it's going to ensure employees are aware of how political bias can affect their work and the company's products.
  • BlackBerry CEO confident on handset profit; results top expectations (2016-06-23 15:47:47)
    By Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell WATERLOO, Ontario/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen expressed confidence on Thursday that he can make the company's trimmed-down handset business profitable by a self-imposed September deadline, as the smartphone pioneer posted results that beat expectations. BlackBerry broke even before charges and writedowns in its first quarter and forecast a smaller-than-expected annual loss, helping to send its stock up 3.6 percent. Adjusted revenue in that business exceeded handset sales in the quarter.
  • Watch the trailer for YouTube star Issa Rae's HBO comedy Insecure (2016-06-23 15:43:19)
    Awkward Black Girl star Issa Rae has spent the last few years working on a new comedy for HBO, and it's just around the corner after suffering through its fair share of development hell. Insecure's eight-episode first season is premiering this fall, and the network released its first short trailer this afternoon. Rae's character works for an outreach program, a gig that forces her to ping back and forth between her clueless white coworkers and the mostly black children insistent on clowning her. ...
  • A connected hearing aid is an Internet of Things device I can get behind (2016-06-23 15:39:02)
    The device connects to a user's smartphone and can be controlled through Oticon’s companion app. Because it's compatible with IFTTT, the app can push through notifications when a smart lock is unlocked, a smart doorbell rings, or a smart smoke alarm goes off.
  • Craigslist founder donates $50,000 to fund scholarship for public service (2016-06-23 15:33:56)
    Ten students from the University of San Francisco's public-service program will each receive a $5,000 scholarship.
  • The struggle to adapt storytelling for virtual reality (2016-06-23 15:30:00)
  • Agency hopes apps will keep drones away from wildfires (2016-06-23 15:28:59)
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When Brian Cresto and his fellow firefighters fly toward a wildfire at just a few hundred feet off the ground, he's scouting for the best spot for them to land when they parachute out.
  • Behind those Amazon Prime boxes, a bull market in warehouses (2016-06-23 15:27:36)
    By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - With Amazon and other e-commerce sites continuing to take market share from malls and other physical retailers, U.S. mutual fund managers are upping their bets on an overlooked part of the online shopping boom: warehouses. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) that own the distribution centers required to fill all those Amazon Prime boxes are a growing favorite on Wall Street after two years of underperformance compared with the broad real estate market.
  • How a Brooklyn business turns memes into money (2016-06-23 15:25:21)
    In some fashion, I see David Moreno and his company 232Tech as similar investors, but in meme commodities. Perhaps they could interest you in a T-shirt, featuring the likeness of Jon Snow wielding an American flag. Moreno has been interested in the idea of reactionary apparel for some time, but his company’s first substantial success came last week when NBA star LeBron James celebrated the Cleveland Cavaliers victory over the Golden State Warriors.
  • A new 'dark vortex' just popped up on the surface of Neptune (2016-06-23 15:23:14)
    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spied a brand-new blemish on the surface of Neptune. New images from the spacecraft reveal that a "dark vortex" has popped up in the planet’s atmosphere. No, this has nothing to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy, nor has a spell been cast on Neptune.
  • How to get paid every week just for using one Google app (2016-06-23 15:20:53)
    Next time you're waiting on a painfully long line at Starbucks or doing anything where you have some time to kill, there's a much better way to occupy your time than playing Candy Crush or looking at 700 photos of your friend's newborn on Facebook. How about spending a few minutes using a great little Google app instead? You're undoubtedly familiar with many Google apps, but you might not know that there's one application in particular that Google will actually pay you to use, and that money can then be spent to buy other apps, games, movies, music, books or anything else available in the Google Play store. MUST READ:  5 ways to speed up Google’s Chrome browser We last told you about Google Opinion Rewards all the way back in 2014 , and it might've even been covered on the site once or twice before then. The app popped up again in a Business Insider post on Thursday though, and we thought it was worth bringing to your attention again. Why? Because everyone loves free stuff, obviously. Here's how it works, from the app's description in the Play store: Answer quick surveys and earn Google Play credits with Google Opinion Rewards, an app created by Google Consumer Surveys. Getting started is easy. Download the app and answer basic questions about yourself. We'll then send you surveys around once a week, although it may be more or less frequent. You'll get a notification on your phone when a short and relevant survey is ready for you, and can receive up to $1.00 in Play credits for completing it. Questions can range from, "Which logo is best?" and "Which promotion is most compelling?" to "When do you plan on traveling next?" It couldn't be easier, and it's a much more productive use of your time than taking a selfie for the 57th time today. Download Google Opinion Rewards
  • 6 cybersecurity and emergency situations every IT department should train for (2016-06-23 15:15:00)
    IT leaders are good at testing systems and policies, but often overlook real-world scenarios. Here are emergency situations every IT department should train for.
  • Columbus wins the White House’s ‘Smart City’ challenge (2016-06-23 15:10:01)
    Columbus, Ohio, is the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s “Smart City” challenge, a competition for mid-sized cities to rethink urban transportation using technology like self-driving cars and smart street lights. Columbus edged out six other finalists, which were winnowed down from 78 submissions, to win $40 million in federal grant money to enact its proposal. The city proposed to deploy three electric self-driving shuttles to link a new bus rapid transit center to a retail district, and to use data analytics to tackle health problems like infant mortality.
  • Walmart expands mobile wallet service Walmart Pay to 15 more states (2016-06-23 15:09:21)
    The service lets you pay for items via your smartphone, but it's good only at Walmart stores.
  • Why would you want a 1,000 core processor? (2016-06-23 15:09:03)
    Are you familiar with the highly influential piece for programmers by Herb Sutter called "The Free Lunch Is Over"? Back in those days, software developers could count on Moore's Law double the speed of their software every couple years. The technical definition of Moore's Law continued — transistor counts kept doubling — but it has become more and more difficult to translate those transistors into actually faster apps.
  • Boston Dynamics' new robot goes full Buster Keaton (2016-06-23 15:08:25)
    Boston Dynamics' new companion dog is less psychopathic killer and more genial jokester in new video.
  • Soon your drone can avoid collisions using radar (2016-06-23 15:08:00)
  • Podcast: Learning to fly - a decade on Twitter (2016-06-23 15:01:11)
    On this week's podcast our team remembers the early days of Twitter, how Apple helped Twitter take off, and the business impact of social media's most important and controversial network.
  • Columbus wins $50 million to implement self-driving shuttles, new transit options (2016-06-23 14:53:43)
    The Department of Transportation announced Columbus, Ohio, as the winner of its Smart City Challenge, a $50 million grant to improve transit options in a midsize city.
  • WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business (2016-06-23 14:51:38)
    Is John C. Dvorak is trying to cement his position as the worst industry "analyst" of all-time? It's entirely possible because Dvorak's latest article for PC Mag is one of the most peculiar and inane pieces we've seen from the man who in 1984 famously predicted that no one would want to use a mouse and who, in 2007, boldly predicted that the original iPhone would amount to nothing more than an embarrassing flop. And now Dvorak is back again with a kindly suggestion for Apple: spin-out the company's Mac business into an entirely separate company. Usually, boneheaded ideas like this are reserved for message boards, not a featured spot in PC Mag of all places. But so it goes in the world of tech where the ability to formulate a well-reasoned opinion piece is clearly not a prerequisite for participation. Let's dive into Dvorak's madness, shall we? DON'T MISS: You’re about to start paying more for Netflix First things first, Dvorak's idea to spin out Apple's Mac division as a separate company stems from the fact that it just recently renamed OS X to macOS. Putting this elementary leap in logic aside, Dvorak goes on to lay out the "obvious" reasons why his business plan for the Mac makes perfect sense. The reasons to do this are obvious and simple. PC sales are flagging. While the market for desktop computers and laptops is still enormous, it's seen as dead. You can see it in all the worldwide tech reporting. It's become a boring replacement market as people keep their systems longer and longer. This means the computer division of Apple will eventually become a genuine albatross around the company's neck. So it's better off as a standalone company focused on computers, pretty much like it was pre-2001 when the iPod showed up. Say what? PC sales have been on the decline, to be sure, but it's anything but a dead market. Besides, sales of the Mac have proven to be more resilient against a downturn market than PCs. Furthermore, it's important to remember that Apple enjoys extremely healthy margins on Mac sales. During the company's most recent quarter, revenue from the Mac actually surpassed revenue from the iPad. So to declare that Apple's Mac division will become something of a noose around the company's neck is bizarre and unfounded, to say the least. By Dvorak's logic, any division within Apple experiencing a downturn should be spun out into a new company. And as for the market for Macs, rumors of an exciting new MacBook Pro refresh might turn things around sooner rather than later. Now as for any perceived benefits resulting from spinning out Apple's Mac business as a standalone entity, Dvorak explains: The new Mac company would be assured success by contracting with Apple for access to the Apple stores for its primary sales channel. It could also contract with Apple for the use of its industrial design team. If Apple maintained the majority of the shares of the new company, it could roll out an IPO and add the value of its shares as an asset while writing off the loss of the division. Maintaining majority ownership would prevent any third party such as Google or Microsoft from acquiring the company. Thus the current Mac mavens, who hate any alternative, would see almost no change in the milieu. This take is so asinine and demonstrates such a fundamental lack of knowledge regarding Apple's development process that it's hard to even know where to begin. Over the years, Apple executives have said that they don't keep profit and loss balance sheets for each division within the company. The reason? Apple focuses on the bigger picture and wants each of its "divisions" to concern themselves with innovation rather than profitability. More importantly, one of the reasons Apple is so successful is because it has an entire product ecosystem where the strength of one product can be leveraged to improve the user experience across other products. One of the upcoming macOS Sierra features, for example, allows users to seamlessly unlock their MacBooks via the Apple Watch. This is only possible because Apple's varied OS teams are able to work together in an environment of cross-collaborative innovation. Similarly, other features such as universal copy and paste would effectively be non-starters if Apple's Mac division was spun out as a separate company likely governed by different priorities. In short, Dvorak's advice would undermine one of Apple's longstanding advantages -- vertical integration. One of the benefits of owning a Mac is that it's so well integrated with other Apple products and services. From various continuity features to the ability to use iMessage on the Mac, Dvorak's embarrassing master plan would serve to make Apple products less useful. Dvorak concludes: Years ago, IBM pulled a similar stunt with its extremely popular ThinkPad laptops, selling the division to Lenovo. Such a drastic move from Apple, though, would upset the community. Instead, it should look to IBM's successful spin-offs, like Lexmark. This is the kind of thing that mature companies do, and I'm guessing that it's something Apple may be planning...because it's a good idea. No, it's a bad idea unsupported by any cogent arguments whatsoever. Essentially, Dvorak argues that it's a good idea simply because he thinks it's a good idea.
  • Mr. Robot season two extended to 12 episodes (2016-06-23 14:48:20)
    Mr. Robot's second season is getting a two-episode extension, bringing it from 10 episodes to 12, USA announced today. Because of the extension, Mr. Robot season two will now kick off on July 13th with a two-episode premiere. In true Mr. Robot fashion, the episodes' titles, "eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc" and "eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc," are as cryptic as on-screen coding. USA has also commissioned an hour-long post-show program called Hacking Robot to offer a behind-the-scenes look at each week's installment.
  • Led Zeppelin has won its copyright trial over Stairway to Heaven (2016-06-23 14:30:23)
    A Los Angeles jury has ruled that Led Zeppelin didn't copy a riff from Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus" for their own 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven," according to The Hollywood Reporter. While the jury agreed that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (the song's co-writers) had heard "Taurus" before writing "Stairway to Heaven," they didn't find the two songs similar enough to constitute a copyright infringement on Page and Plant's part. The song's legal journey began in May 2014, when Michael Skidmore — a trustee representing the estate of former Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe — filed a suit claiming Led Zeppelin had knocked off "Taurus" for the "Stairway to Heaven" introduction.
  • No Headphone Port? No Problem for This Audio Add-on (2016-06-23 14:29:01)
    As rumors about Apple ditching the audio port in this fall's expected iPhone release pick up steam, the fear of losing that killer pair of headphones feels all too real for iPhone users. Whether or not the headphone jack really is a goner on the iPhone, audio conversion devices like the Mokin Soundlink digital audio converter can transform and improve the sound from your phone while potentially acting as a detachable adapter for the headphone jack. The Mokin is a small conversion device with a built-in amplifier that's currently in the early stages of a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo.
  • Tastes like Power: KFC Bucket Recharges your Phone (2016-06-23 14:28:34)
    KFC, bless them, is taking it to a whole new level by experimenting with including USB ports and a 6100mAH power bank on their 5-in-1 meal boxes. The boxes are given out randomly at physical locations or won through a contest on KFC India's Facebook page. Thankfully, the power bank is detachable.
  • Boston Dynamics’ tiny new robot sneaks through your house like a ninja (2016-06-23 14:24:59)
    Boston Dynamics, the robotics company that will someday be responsible for the end of humanity, just unveiled its latest creation. It's called SpotMini, and it's a four-legged robot the size of a big dog, but with a long, giraffe-like claw for picking up items and squeezing puny human heads into submission . Oh, and it can effortlessly navigate obstacles and stand up when it's fallen over. Great. DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years In the unveiling video, Boston Dynamics seems to be framing SpotMini as some kind of around-house helper. It passes through doorways, under tables, and even picks up glasses and cans left there by humans. It's actually rather impressive -- the dexterity required to hold a glass or can with exactly the right amount of pressure, so it doesn't drop or crush the item, is hard to code. Mechanically, SpotMini is a departure from previous Boston Dynamics robots. It's small enough that it doesn't need a hydraulics system, and instead relies on electric motors to move its 55-pound body around. https://youtu.be/tf7IEVTDjng The onboard battery should be good for 90 minutes of moving around, and a set of sensors give it full situational awareness. It's not really clear how autonomous the robot is, which is a big question in its future utility. If it's being remote-controlled to some extent by a human, it's basically just a very slow way to do the dishes. But if it's roaming on its own, finding things to clean without human input? Well, that's impressive, useful, and just a tiny bit terrifying.
  • Does the world need another first-person, team-based shooter? (2016-06-23 14:15:00)
  • How do you teach an autonomous car when to hurt its passengers? (2016-06-23 14:14:16)
    As engineers develop and refine the algorithms of autonomous vehicles that are coming in the not-so-distant future, an ethical debate is brewing on what happens in extreme situations — situations where a crash and injury or death are unavoidable. A new study in Science, "The Social Dilemma of Autonomous Vehicles," attempts to understand how people want their self-driving cars to behave when faced with moral decisions that could result in death.
  • HP, Apple top list of tech companies fighting forced labor risk (2016-06-23 14:10:32)
    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - HP Inc and Apple Inc topped a list issued on Thursday ranking how well technology companies combat the risk of forced labor in their supply chains. Workers who make components in information and communications technology (ICT) companies’ supply chains are often migrants who are vulnerable to becoming forced labor, said the report by KnowTheChain, an online resource for business. An estimated 21 million people are victims of forced labor around the world, according to the International Labour Organization.
  • VW to pay $10.2 billion in diesel emissions scandal, reports AP (2016-06-23 14:09:48)
    Anonymous sources told the AP that Volkswagen has agreed to a $10.2 billion settlement package, compensating owners of its diesel-engined cars for violating emissions standards.
  • Google Fiber buys Webpass to speed up broadband deployment in cities (2016-06-23 14:02:09)
    The purchase of a company that delivers wireless high-speed broadband should help Google Fiber build its 1Gbps network quicker and for less money.
  • Saudi prince aims for Silicon Valley appeal to gleam at home (2016-06-23 14:01:56)
    By Celine Aswad and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The powerful young prince behind modernizing reforms in Saudi Arabia presents himself as the champion of his nation's plugged-in youth, and his visit to Silicon Valley this week sought to bolster that image. The 31-year-old Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unabashedly pitched his "Vision 2030" reforms at the 70 percent of the staid Islamic kingdom's people younger than him, promising to unlock their "talent, potential and dedication". Pictures of the denim-clad prince in Silicon Valley served both purposes.
  • There is a new dog breed, and it needs all the hugs (2016-06-23 14:00:03)
    The American Kennel Club introduced the 190th dog breed this week: a whimsical, hard-working herding pooch called the Pumi. The Pumi comes to us all the way from Hungary, and will be eligible to compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next February. It was a long process to get the Pumi the recognition it deserves — an achievement 17 years in the making.
  • Sperm self-sabotage to make sure mothers have a bigger influence on DNA (2016-06-23 14:00:03)
    When humans reproduce, women are the only ones who pass on a type of DNA called mitochondrial DNA. Unlike most of our genetic material, this kind of DNA comes from tiny cellular subunits, called mitochondria, located inside the cell's cytoplasm, but outside the nucleus. Now, a roundworm study published in Science reveals that sperm produce an enzyme that attacks the sperm’s mitochondrial DNA shortly after it merges with the female egg.
  • Get More Out of Spotify With These 13 Tricks (2016-06-23 13:58:33)
    Spotify just got even better thanks to these must-know tips and tricks.
  • T-Mobile's latest perks: Free high-speed data in Europe, plus an hour of free airplane Wi-Fi for all (2016-06-23 13:57:57)
    The wireless carrier launches even more freebies, this time targeting summer travelers.
  • We really wanted this ‘Game of Thrones’ fan theory to be true (2016-06-23 13:57:03)
    This year’s Game of Thrones season is slowly coming to an end. The season finale airs on Sunday and it will hopefully bring resolutions to several matters that have not been resolved. Sure, the Battle of the Bastards episode was one of the best this season , but there are plenty of other things happening in Westeros and Essos that need to be further explained. While we wait for the last episode of season 6 to hit HBO, we can confirm that one popular theory related to the most recent events in Game of Thrones has been officially shot down. Before we tell you what it is, you should be aware that  major spoilers follow below. So don’t read any further unless you’ve already seen the first nine episodes of this season. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet Sansa has grown to be the strong Stark female the family deserves, showing that she is her mother’s daughter. Arya has also evolved a great deal this season, but the following fan theory concerns the oldest Stark daughter. Sansa described in great detail the kind of physical and mental abuse she had to deal with while she was married to Ramsay Bolton. “I can still feel what he did, in my body, standing here, right now,” she told him. Many viewers, including yours truly, took it as a hint that she might be pregnant with Ramsay’s child. After the battle between the Starks and Boltons had ended, Sansa wanted to oversee the proper punishment of Ramsay personally. She had him killed by his unfed dogs, right in front of her. Before unleashing the hounds on him, Sansa spoke briefly with him and during the exchange, Ramsay told her that he is part of her now. This seemed like further confirmation that Sansa might be carrying his child. However, that’s not the case. The Bolton bastard will not have a descendant. At least that’s what actor Iwan Rheon, who played Ramsay on the show, revealed to The Daily Beast in an interview. “What he’s saying is that no matter what happens, what he’s done to her, very much like what he did to Reek—to Theon. Theon will never be able to shake off the horror that he’s been through and the mental and physical torture,” the actor said. “So in the same way, he’s saying to Sansa, “I’ve put my mark on you now. For the rest of your life, you will always remember the horror of the time you’ve spent with me.” There you have it, fans, there's no Ramsay Jr. Stark on the way... unless this is another elaborate ruse from HBO. After all, it would make for quite a storyline.
  • Boston Dynamics made a robot dog that can do your dishes (2016-06-23 13:56:00)
  • Motorola's wireless earbuds are better than most, but still not good enough to buy (2016-06-23 13:49:11)
    While they get a few things right, the experience is still a far cry from what you’d want from truly wireless earbuds. In these early days of truly wireless earbuds there are two connections you have to worry about: earbud to earbud, and earbud to phone. The VerveOnes are, in both respects, the best at maintaining their wireless connection out of the handful of wireless earbuds that I’ve tried.
  • Talking to the man behind Sonic the Hedgehog's incredible Twitter (2016-06-23 13:41:18)
    On June 23rd, 1991, Sonic the Hedgehog made its debut on the Sega Genesis. A blaze of speed and attitude, Sonic proved to be just what Sega needed in order to keep pace with Nintendo in the earliest iteration of the game console wars. Two years ago, Aaron Webber took over the Sonic the Hedgehog handle on Twitter and turned a formerly typical corporate account into a bizarre, self-aware, meme-filled comedic adventure.
  • Fall Out Boy redid the Ghostbusters theme song, boy oh boy (2016-06-23 13:39:32)
    Feminism's greatest ally, Fall Out Boy, has released a rerecording of the Ghostbusters theme song specifically designed to make you realize what could actually retroactively ruin a 30-year-old movie. Do you remember Fall Out Boy? Maybe you had the 2007 version of Dance Dance Revolution, which features the song "Dance, Dance"?
  • SanDisk made an iPhone case with built-in storage (2016-06-23 13:35:03)
    Since Apple insists on continuing to sell a 16GB iPhone in 2016 like its totally okay, mobile storage will continue to be an issue for millions of people for some time. SanDisk is trying to alleviate that problem with its iXpand Memory Case, an iPhone case with flash storage built in that connects via the Lightning port, which will allow you to dramatically increase your storage capacity without having to buy a new phone or carry around an extra dongle. Since Apple doesn't exactly make it easy to expand your storage with third-party devices, you'll need to install the companion app on your phone, which can automatically back up your camera roll and password-protect your photos and files.
  • The best deals on Steam’s summer sale: Doom, Fallout 4, Call of Duty, and more (2016-06-23 13:27:53)
    The days are getting warmer, which can only mean one thing: it's time to stay indoors and play lots of cheap games on Steam. You can get the fantastic reboot of Doom for 40 percent off, for instance, while the sprawling post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 4 is now half price. You can also get plenty of indie games for just a few bucks; the brutal Hotline Miami 2 is 75 percent off, while cult hit farming game Stardew Valley is 20 percent cheaper than usual.
  • Longtime Google engineer Matt Cutts is joining the Pentagon's digital team (2016-06-23 13:25:36)
    Matt Cutts, a 16-year Google veteran who authored the company's SafeSearch content filter, is taking a leave from the search giant to work on the Pentagon's Defense Digital Service. The division, formed last fall, is responsible for improving the Department of Defense's ability to solve complicated IT issues and develop new technologies.
  • Tech company Twilio soars over 70 pct in stock market debut (2016-06-23 13:24:53)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twilio shares soared more than 70 percent after the technology company's stock market debut Thursday.
  • FAA fines Amazon for two more shipments of unlabeled chemicals (2016-06-23 13:22:00)
  • BioLite's releasing a 'pizza dome,' so you can bake a pizza and charge your phone from the wilderness (2016-06-23 13:05:02)
    BioLite, the maker of the BaseCamp and BaseLantern, is now making all your camping pizza dreams come true with the public launch of its PizzaDome. The dome sits on top of the BaseCamp heating and electricity system and involves a ceramic pizza stone and built-in thermometer. BioLite offered PizzaDome as a stretch goal in 2014 and shipped backers the first batch earlier this year.
  • 10 of the best jokes hidden in the credits of your favorite movies (2016-06-23 13:05:02)
    In 2016, we expect to be entertained from the moment we walk into a theater to the moment the lights turn on and the ushers ask us to vacate the premises. That means trivia challenges followed by movie trailers followed by a thrilling blockbuster feature, and finally, something to keep us in our seats when the credits start rolling. SEE ALSO:  All of these Netflix movies and TV shows are disappearing in July Marvel is the master of the post-credits scene, setting up sequels and introducing villains at every turn, but as Screen Rant observes in a new video, Marvel movies aren't the only movies you should sit through the credits for. In fact, there are dozens of movies with hilarious jokes squeezed into the credits. For example, in the credits of  Airplane II: The Sequel , there is a credit for Worst Boy right below Best Boy. Who is the Worst Boy, you wonder? Well, it's Adolf Hitler, of course. He really was the worst boy. Naked Gun 33 1/3 had an equally ridiculous closing credits roll, listing the "Kung-Fu Grip" as G.I. Joe and asking the owner of a blue Honda Accord to report to the parking lot. Jumping to the present, the creators of Deadpool were so proud of their credits sequence that they decided to slap it at the beginning of the movie. Ryan Reynolds is referred to as "God's Perfect Idiot," the producers are listed as "Asshats" and the writers took the liberty of calling themselves "The Real Heroes Here." Here are 10 of the best hidden credits jokes in movie history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQs3q-99RcI
  • Instagram will start recommending video channels for you to watch (2016-06-23 13:00:03)
    Next time you're looking for something to watch on Instagram, you might have better luck: Instagram is rolling out an update to its Explore section so that it'll start recommending video collections it thinks you'll be interested in. Instagram started taking video more seriously back in April, when it first launched video channels within Explore. There's been a basic recommendation section since then, which just collected any video Instagram thought might be up your alley, as well as occasional "featured" channels.
  • Instagram adds more video channels to your 'Explore' feed (2016-06-23 13:00:00)
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ ratings hits new record even before season 6 finale (2016-06-23 12:38:11)
    Game of Thrones  is famous for being the most pirated show on TV, but what about its legal ratings? As it turns out, those aren't so bad either. When you add up all the different forms of viewing -- originals, repeats, DVR and streaming -- HBO's hit series is now up to 23 million viewers from the US alone per episode. That's a marked increase from last year, and a new high for the series. DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years As  USA Today  reported , the numbers increases aren't the same in different categories: "Sunday premiere ratings are up 6%, to 7.3 million, while overall TV and on-demand viewership is up 4%. But viewing on HBO Now and HBO Go digital platforms skyrocketed 70% over last season, to about 2.5 million streams." The growth in streaming audience is indicative of a trend in how people watch TV overall, as well as pointing to the kind of people who watch  Game of Thrones . Younger viewers are far more likely to use services like HBO Go to watch shows (or torrent them, for that matter), and it shows in the ratings. It's also -- and I'm just guessing here -- one of the reasons  Game of Thrones  fans are particularly adamant about not seeing spoilers. With so many people watching on catch-up, staying spoiler-free is even more important. The ratings high is good news for  Game of Thrones , which is now in its sixth season and starting to hunt around to keep the plot going. With just two seasons rumored to be left, the show might finish on a ratings high after all.
  • Apple Pay comes to the parking meter with PayByPhone's latest update (2016-06-23 12:37:00)
    PayByPhone is adding Apple Pay support in its latest version, with more features, and additional integrations, to come.
  • AP: VW will shell out $10.2 billion to settle emissions claims (2016-06-23 12:36:00)
  • Apple files patents for a touch-sensitive stylus and hand-detection technology (2016-06-23 12:31:02)
    Two patent applications filed by Apple and published to the US Patent and Trademark Office have shed some light on what the company could have in store for users of future generations of the iPhone and iPad. The first is a stylus with multi-touch sensors along the body, which can determine finger position and be used for gesture controls on the corresponding device. For example, running a finger up the stylus may allow users to scroll.
  • Mercedes’ next-gen autopilot probably won’t run you into a van like Tesla’s (2016-06-23 12:11:36)
    Through a combination of great marketing and rushing out 'Autopilot' while it's still in beta, Tesla has managed to become the big name in semi-autonomous driving (though there have been a couple of bumps in the road so far). But as you'd imagine, other automakers are working on programs of their own. USA Today   recently got behind the wheel of a Mercedes E-Class equipped with all the autonomous driving tech that will be coming to Mercedes's cars in the next year. It all sounds quite similar to Tesla, but you won't be able to sleep behind the wheel. DON'T MISS:  You’re about to start paying more for Netflix Autonomous driving features are coming to the 2017 E-Class, which is a big deal, because that's the company's mid-range sedan. The higher-end S-Class has featured adaptive cruise control for over a decade, but moving a more sophisticated version of that into the E-Class shows that Mercedes thinks advanced cruise control is ready for prime time. The features sound a lot like Tesla's Autopilot, but the focus is very much on safety as well as driver convenience: •Drive Pilot. it not only maintains distance from the car in front of you, but also can follow that car through curves. • Steering Pilot . This feature includes a lane change feature. Once you've set the cruise control, you can use the turn signals to make the car change lanes without your intervention. It will make the change as long as the car doesn't detect a vehicle in the adjacent lane or one approaching at a high rate of speed, which it can determine using its long-range rear-facing radar. • Side radar. The system detects an impending side impact. If it does, it will rapidly inflate a bladder in the front seat sides that will push you a few inches away from the side of the impact to reduce the shock. It also plays a burst of static noise over the audio system to prime muscles to compensate for for the loud blasts of airbags and the impact itself. •Evasive Steering Assist. The feature helps you steer around obstacles at low speeds, such as a pedestrian that might have walked out in front of you. • Emergency Stop Assist. It activates your hazard lights and bring your car to a safe halt if it detects that you haven't touched the steering wheel in a while, assuming you've had a medical emergency. •Active Brake Assist. This feature brakes the car if it detects an impending collision and you haven't reacted. • Speed Limit Pilot. Now you can automatically adjust your speed to the local speed limit when it changes along the highway. It can be overridden manually. The focus on safety is clear, and it's a real departure from the way Tesla has been doing things. Tesla's Autopilot will allow you to conduct an entire journey without touching the wheel, something that's been abused by people who want to sleep , or climb into the back seat. Allowing people not to touch the wheel also implies that Tesla's system is far better than it really is. Videos are all over YouTube showing Autopiloted Teslas swerving violently , or not picking up other vehicles on the road. Mercedes's system isn't perfect either from the sounds of things. The USA Today reporter who drove the new E-Class noted that "at lower speeds it failed three times to detect a vehicle that was merging into my lane, causing me to hit the brakes to avoid a low-speed collision."
  • Solar Impulse makes first sun-powered Atlantic crossing (2016-06-23 12:10:00)
  • GM and the US Navy are building hydrogen fuel-cell underwater drones (2016-06-23 12:00:03)
    No, you haven't woken up inside a Tom Clancy novel.
  • Why the US government should take Tesla up on its offer to share Autopilot data (2016-06-23 11:58:25)
    One of the leaders of the autonomous driving movement is willing to share data it has collected from over 780 million Tesla Autopilot miles. Experts say the US Department of Transportation should 'jump on' the offer.
  • Netflix CEO says Trump will 'destroy' what is great about America (2016-06-23 11:58:19)
    Executives from Netflix, Google and Airbnb throw their support behind the Clinton campaign while attacking Trump's policies.
  • Boston Dynamics made a giraffe robot (2016-06-23 11:57:57)
    Boston Dynamics — the (for now) Alphabet-owned company behind BigDog and other impressive machines — has just unveiled its latest robot: SpotMini, an all-electric, smaller version of its Spot robot.
  • How we created our 360-degree tour of Bletchley Park (2016-06-23 11:53:05)
    Ever wondered how those look-everywhere videos are made? Here's how we did it.
  • Founders of Netflix, Airbnb, and Tumblr endorse Clinton for president (2016-06-23 11:49:32)
    Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a new set of endorsements from business leaders today, including a number of major tech leaders. Netflix founder Reed Hastings, Box founder Aaron Levie, and Tumblr founder David Karp all appear on the list endorsing Clinton. The CEO of Dropbox and two co-founders of Airbnb also appear on the list. A number of prominent investors also endorsed Clinton as part of the announcement, including Greylock’s Reid Hoffman, Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr and Brook Byers, and IAC chairman Barry Diller. ...
  • Executives from Google, Netflix, and Tumblr endorse Clinton for president (2016-06-23 11:49:32)
    Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a new set of endorsements from business leaders today, including a number of major tech leaders. Google co-founder Eric Schmidt, Netflix founder Reed Hastings, and Tumblr founder David Karp all appear on the list endorsing Clinton, as does Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. The CEO of Dropbox and two co-founders of Airbnb also appear on the list, along with prominent investors like Greylock’s Reid Hoffman, Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr and Brook Byers, and IAC chairman Barry Diller. ...
  • T-Mobile will offer unlimited data for European travel (2016-06-23 11:45:00)
  • The only browser to use if you want your laptop battery to last as long as possible (2016-06-23 11:44:58)
    Modern laptops have now arrived at a point where pretty much anything you purchase is going to offer enough power to handle web browsing, media streaming and basic work without any problems — unless it's really a budget machine. Modern processors and graphics chips are nice and powerful, and most software from big-name developers is pretty well-optimized. With that in mind, battery life becomes an increasingly important piece of the puzzle when people are choosing a new laptop. What you might not realize, however, is that battery performance is about much more than just hardware. MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years There's a new type of web browser war going on right now, and the end result is nothing but big benefits for you, the end user. It started with Opera making the bold claim that by switching to its browser of the same name on your laptop would increase your battery life by a whopping 50%. That's a bold claim, and testing from independent sources found that the Opera browser did indeed have a big impact on battery life. Then more recently, Microsoft jumped into the fray and said that its new Edge browser offers even more benefits where battery life is concerned. A video posted alongside its claims showed Edge outperforming Opera, Chrome and Firefox in battery longevity tests. Needless to say, Opera wasn't going to take Microsoft's claims sitting down. And new the company is back with a new blog post explaining that Opera does indeed offer better battery life than Microsoft's Edge browser. Opera explained that it didn't even include Edge in its earlier comparisons because the browser is only available on Windows 10. Following Microsoft's new claims though, the company decided to respond. "Like most other engineering teams, we love it when someone picks a fight," Opera's Błażej Kaźmierczak wrote in a blog post . "If we get beaten in a test like this, we consider it a bug." He continued, "our first step was to see if it actually is the case that 'Edge gives longer battery time than Opera'? As Microsoft hasn’t revealed its full methodology, we were unable to run the same tests. The methodology we applied instead was exactly the same as we provided before: browsing a set of popular websites where the automation simulates interaction with the website, making it close to what we expect normal browsing would be on such page." Here are the results of Opera's testing: Opera's full post is an interesting read, and the company says that its browser is the clear winner over Edge. If you still don't want to ditch Chrome for either of these rival browsers though, there are two important things you should note: first, there are ways to speed up the Chrome browser and some of them have the added benefit of reducing battery drain. Second, you can be sure that Google engineers are already hard at work following this new round of interest in battery life, and future versions of Chrome will likely offer big improvements in this area.
  • Adele's 25 is coming to Spotify tomorrow, seven months after its release (2016-06-23 11:38:59)
    According to Recode's Peter Kafka, Adele's blockbuster 2015 LP 25 is finally making its way to Spotify. The album is landing on the streaming service over seven months after its initial physical and digital release, which smashed sales records all around the world while being held off of streaming platforms — both paid and free.
  • Plugging into HP’s new laptop and the disappearing headphone jack (2016-06-23 11:38:25)
    After Walt's review of the HP Spectre, Nilay and Walt pick up where the review left off and dig into how the laptop compares to its direct competitor, the MacBook. Additionally, the duo go into Nilay's recent article about replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack from phones, in response to the rumors about Apple's next iPhone. You might also want to check out Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, and Too Embarrassed to Ask featuring The Verge's Lauren Goode.
  • Tech 'unicorn' Twilio leaps in debut (2016-06-23 11:34:55)
    Shares of software maker Twilio Inc surged as much as 72 percent in their debut on Thursday, raising hopes that investor appetite for U.S. tech IPOs is finally returning. Twilio's strong debut, which valued the company at as much as $2.12 billion, coincided with a rally in global stock markets on indications that most Britons would vote on Thursday to remain in the European Union. The stock rose to a high of $25.84 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • 'Vampyr' and the gender politics of 1918 London (2016-06-23 11:30:00)
  • Accenture revenue beats on strong demand for digital services (2016-06-23 11:20:26)
    (Reuters) - Accenture Plc posted better-than-expected quarterly net revenue, driven by demand for its digital services like cloud and security, particularly in its consulting unit. Accenture, incorporated in Ireland, said it expects fourth-quarter revenue of between $8.25 billion and $8.50 billion. Analysts were expecting revenue of $8.39 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. To cope with competition, the company has been investing heavily in its digital business, as more enterprise clients shift to technologies like analytics, cloud and security services.
  • 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now (2016-06-23 11:17:38)
    Yesterday's list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a terrific one, and you can still find a few remaining apps in that post that are free downloads if you hurry. But we've got 10 fresh iOS apps for today's post, of course, and you'll find them all listed below. Be sure to grab the ones you like before these sales end. MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years 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. Nok Normally $0.99. Start a timer by knocking/tapping on your iPhone! Your iPhone can even be in your pocket! The Nok timer is the essential interval timer for cooking in the kitchen, working out at home or the gym, studying at home, or other small tasks that require repetition. Nok allows you to customize up to 5 timers with individual names and times for the ultimate interval timing experience. No need to go through the lengthy process of unlocking your phone, finding your clock app, and resetting your timer -- simply knock twice to set it again. You can even tap the alarm on or off through your pocket! Features: * Works in your pocket! * Works in the background and with music playing * Customizable color interface * Set up to 5 timers with customizable names, intervals, and colors * Double Tap/knock to start and pause timer * Pre-alarm feature to alert upcoming timer before it ends (in seconds) * Lock/unlock interface to prevent accidental tapping * Alarm with both sound and vibration With a sleek, customizable interface that is almost as intuitive as breathing, you’re guaranteed to love this app. The two-tap system is easy to learn and even easier to use. Great When Used For: * Gym Activities. Time your reps and rests without overdoing either. Stay on top of your fitness regimen and never guestimate your workout times again. Have the perfect workouts! No more slacking off in the gym! * Kitchen Activities. Steep your tea just the way you like it. Stop over-boiling your eggs. Let your dough set for just the right amount of time for perfect cookies every time. * Classroom Activities. Time pop quizzes, memory exercises, classroom speeches, discussion time, and more! * Parental Guidance. Great for time-outs and taking turns alike, not to mention homework intervals and laundry times. Parents love using Nok to ensure a harmonious household. * Beauty Activities. Use Nok to perfectly time your hair and nail treatments to maximize the benefits of your beauty products and save money in the long run. Download Nok Voice Notes Pro Normally $6.99. Record directly to MP3 for you & share the recording with your friends at the touch of a button. Add notes, to-dos, tags, markers & photos to your audio recording in second with this useful app. FEATURES: 1. Direct recording MP3 audio format - Minimum file size, and can share to any platform. 2. Interrupted to continue 3. Tags 4. Notes 5. Photos 6. Markers - A marker lets you quickly locate a position in a recording 7. Calendar 8. Timeline 9. Starred - Favorites 10. To-dos 11. iCloud - Any recording can be Move into iCloud or Removed from iCloud. 12. Archive - Recordings can be compressed into a zip file for sharing. 13. Video - Recordings and photos can be made for video sharing. 14. PDF 15. Sharing 16. Search 17. ID3 Tags Download Voice Notes Pro Vlad Normally $5.99. Vlad – Find your way to the sky. Vlad was born under the surface, but he always dreamed of the sky. Help him to fulfill his dream. By taking the control of his environment, help Vlad meet the spirit of each world to unlock the next one. Move objects with different powers, avoid scary creatures and collect needed artefacts through each level. This will allow Vlad to reach the sky. But be careful, gravity will always catch you up so mind the gaps and be strategic! FEATURES: •A unique and staggered atmosphere •Explore the underground, the surface and the sky •Weird, cute and scary creatures •Strategy and anticipation will be your best allies •45 puzzles requiring your brain Download Vlad BubbleText Keyboard Normally $0.99. For a limited time only, get BubbleText for free in celebration of Gay Pride! Please spread happiness in BubbleText! BubbleText Keyboard for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is a new keyboard that enhances your old keyboard and allows you to type in text surrounded by bubbles. Show more emotion, creativity, and flair when typing on your mobile device. Be more spirited in your next text, email, or Facebook post using BubbleText Keyboard and show off the full potential of your device running the iOS 8 or iOS 9 software. Download the keyboard that has remained in the featured section for over 14 months! Key Features: ◦BubbleText Keyboard adds pizzazz to all of your favorite apps like iMessage, SnapChat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Safari, etc. ◦It is NOT LIMITED to its own app. ◦You can use it anywhere you would use Apple's keyboard, with the exception of secure password text fields. ◦Your privacy is protected! ◦We do not require "Full Access" like many other custom keyboards, so we never have access to what you type. ◦With beautiful circular keys, your keyboard buttons truly represent the bubble font being typed. ◦Don't worry if you miss a circle while typing, each button's radius extends beyond the visible circle for better accuracy. ◦You can even type numbers in bubbles! ◦It is easy to switch between BubbleText Keyboard and Apple's keyboard, just as you would with an Emoji keyboard. ◦Customize the look and feel of your BubbleText Keyboard by selecting from over 20 different color schemes. ◦NOTE: BubbleText font will always print in black like ⓣⓗⓘⓢ. Punctuation will not be in bubbles. ◦Want to see BubbleText in color? Within the BubbleText Keyboard Application, play around with beautiful text and background color combinations. ◦Take screenshots within the app and send as image files just as you would any other screenshot. Requirements: Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch must be running iOS 8 or higher and you must follow the keyboard instructions when first opening the BubbleText Keyboard Application in order for the keyboard to properly install for use in all applications. Apple requires these installation steps to be taken for all Custom Keyboards. Instructions: 1. Open your device's "Settings" application. 2. Select "General." 3. Select "Keyboard." 4. Select "Keyboards." 5. Select "Add New Keyboard..." 6. Under "THIRD-PARTY KEYBOARDS," select "BubbleText Keyboard." 7. Your keyboard is now installed. Use it in any app on your mobile device. Download BubbleText Keyboard Planet of Cubes : Multi Craft Normally $0.99. Planet of Cubes is the first true MMO block building game with one global infinite world. Team up with other players from all over the world and build online together! Chat with other players with in your “View Distance” when you build. Teleport to any player directly from the Chat or from the Players List windows. Control your “View Distance” in Options. Rent your own areas (CHUNKS) of this beautiful Planet made of cubes and start your creative joy today. Only you can build on your own chunks – but watch out your chunk rentals expiration! Once your rental is expired someone else can rent it and lock you out from modifying. A single chunk consists of the 16 x 16 square blocks and 256 blocks in height. You can turn “SHOW MY CHUNKS” mode and easily spot all of your chunks – in this mode the Planet of Cubes is displayed in grey but your own chunks are displayed in color. The whole single and beautiful Planet made of cubes is shared among all multiplayer users online worldwide! Ancient castles and cathedrals, lost ships and aircrafts, flying islands, cities and megalopolises, military basis, Egyptian pyramids, epic monuments and many other exciting objects and places are waiting for your exploration in this infinite Planet. The game has compass and current coordinates display to make navigation through the endless infinite world easier. You can also chat with all players who are visible within your current “View Distance” range. You cannot build or dig inside the Spawn Zone and on the chunks belonging to other users. All cubes inside the Spawn Zone have TTL value of 0. Thus to build something make sure to leave Spawn Zone where TTL indicator is greater than 0. TTL indicator shows amount of time till all changes of the Planet at the current place will be rolled back to the initial state. For example, TTL = [0h : 0m] means you can’t change the Planet here. TTL = [8h : 30m] means all changes will be rolled back in 8 hours and 30 minutes unless you rent this place for up to 30 days period. Make sure to select your own skin from 160+ available skins. You will have random skin assigned upon your first login to the Planet. Planet of Cubes game gives you infinite number of possibilities and endless potential for all of your creative, constructional and survival needs. FEATURES: • One global infinite Planet made of cubes available to all users across the world • Unlimited amount of players worldwide • Teleport to any player with in your “View Distance” • Rent your own chunks, build and chat globally • Endless amount of beautiful buildings and places made of cubes to explore • Built-in chat in Multiplayer mode with multi-color messages support • 160+ player skins available • 7 themed skin packs • 2 different Block Texture Packs to select from • Multiplayer works over Wi-Fi and 3G • No need to setup and/or host a server • No subscription or additional fees required Download Planet of Cubes : Multi Craft AURA Normally $3.99. ▶ RATED #1 PHOTO EDITOR! Snap, Edit & Share your photos, easier than ever! Our powerful and beautifully designed tools will help you add beautiful frames, filters, text and so much more to your photos, in the most creative & playful way ever! • High-Quality Filters Apply stunning filters to your photos, easier than ever! Choose between a beautiful collection of stunning filters to make your photos achieve the specific look and glow you want. We will continually be adding more filter packs for your photos to enjoy! • Stunning Effects Choose from a perfectly categorized collection of stunning effects such as Spot, Bloom & Gloom to easily make your photos stand out! • Beautiful Text Simply add beautiful text to your photos with many artistic fonts to choose from. Express yourself, with the most perfectly designed text editing tool for your phone! • Artistic Frames & Borders Add beautiful frames and borders to your photos, easier than ever! Tons of designs to choose from, all for free! • Simple Sharing Share your favorite photos with your friends in just 1 tap! Our simple sharing features, allows you to post your pics to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or whatever social network you use, faster than ever! Tag your photos on Instagram with #AuraCam and follow @AuraCamera for a chance to be featured on our official Instagram Download AURA ThumbTyper Normally $0.99. Do you want to make typing on an iPad and iPhone 6 faster and simpler? Try ThumbTyper. This is the breakthrough application, the first split keyboard which has been designed specifically to enable you to type with just two thumbs. Now you will be able to hold your iPad with both hands and work in comfort on a train, a bus or a plane. And, after only two hours of training, you will be able to type as easily as you can touch-type. It is ideal for work on the go. - For those on the go - Two times easier and two times faster - Convenient under most conditions - Easier typing - Optimized for iPad and iPhone 6 Download ThumbTyper Super Calendar Normally $4.99. iOS Premium Calendar Most versatile calendar app and widget in the app store! - day view, list or time view for day events - customize list view for day events - turn on/off month view in the widget - choose from one of 10 styles for month view in the widget - more customization options Also the most customizable calendar app in the app store! - 6 different views easily accessible through swipe. - Light, dark, color or picture theme! - Search your events. - Customize day, week, month, agenda views with templates/styles. - Table style or list for day view - 11 different styles for week view - 11 different styles for month view, 11 different styles for its agenda view - 13 different styles for agenda view including a countdown mode - 3 useful year view styles allowing easy navigation to any day, week or month - 11 different styles for agenda view including a countdown mode - 8 different styles for Reminders - Adjust font size for events, choose font - Choose from 100+ different colors for individual calendars - Easy settings - Option to choose default view - And so much more - Optimized for iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus - This has not been tested with iPhone 5 and below, so it may not work with these older iPhones. Download Super Calendar Selfit Normally $0.99. Keep track of your fitness selfies and weight! - See your visual and weight progress on a timeline - Take a photo and enter weight - Add cool effects to your photos - Save and share photos - Supports both imperial(lbs) and metric(kg) weight units Download Selfit The Greedy Cave Normally $0.99. In a land far, far away there once was a vast continent called Milton. It was a land where the power of rule came by the sword and the arcane, where Men who devoted themselves to the blade or to magecraft, could become the finest warriors, wisest wizards or the greatest adventurers. In this land, there are several kingdoms divided by borders but united through history. Countless stories of alliances, upheaval, and moments of peace bedeck this tapestry, but that is a tale for another day. Our story begins in a remote kingdom to the north, Iblis, an obscure and oft-forgotten place. It is a wild and barren land, a place where its people scrape a living from the earth, mining minerals for the lords of the south. On occasion, adventurers would stop by for the night but never linger. Until one day, a fledgling adventurer lost his way and stumbled into a hole. The story might have ended then had he not come back, but return he did, with sacks of gold and glittering treasure. Like a fierce gale from the north, news of his fame and fortune fanned across the kingdoms overnight, and kings sent their bravest warriors and adventurers to clear the cavern of monsters in search of treasure. Even peasants wanting a part of this newfound wealth partook in these expeditions. In no time at all, a bustling town had sprung up in this forgotten place. People set up camps, and formed their own groups to explore the cave. Clever merchants not missing this opportunity, built taverns and shops near the cave, selling equipment and potions to eager adventurers. At first everything seemed fine. As explorers delved into the caves, they encountered new creatures and discovered new treasures. Mysteries continued to poured forth from the cave, yet nobody knew where the source of the secrets lay. However, as the explorations continued, the balance of wealth beyond the cave began to waver, and cracks appeared among those adventurers who had previously worked arm-in-arm. The latecomers or weak, limited to wandering the upper levels of the cave, could only watch as the veteran adventurers brought treasure after treasure from the deep. They began harboring dark thoughts as they watched the veteran adventurers grow arrogant from their largesse, ordering people around, hoarding secrets from the rest. The place became a festering pool of suspicions and greed, mired in jealous rage. It started with an adventurer disappearing in the cave. Rumors circulated he had found some legendary treasure and hoarded it for himself. Others said he had been guided to another world by some mysterious magic force in the cave. Still the unspoken belief was that he had been murdered by a rival party and was buried somewhere beneath the caverns. Nobody knows exactly what happened, but people have continued to disappear ever since. As more people have gone missing, some adventurers have called it quits, others cling to hope, and a few continue to wait and see. Which brings us to you, an ordinary young man, coming into this extraordinary circumstance with purposes unknown to others. May you find what you seek in ... -------------------------------------------------------- In "The Greedy Cave", you are a brave adventurer tasked with exploring a mysterious cave and battling all kinds of monsters. Use your wits to defeat them, learn different skills, gain mighty equipment, challenge evil monster bosses, and decipher the mysterious surrounding this cave... Game Features ·Randomly generated cave levels provide a different game experience every time! ·Hundreds of monsters to defeat! ·Hundreds of equipments to collect! ·Hundreds of quests and achievements to conquer! ·Enchant/Reform/Level up/Gold collecting, and more abundant systems to explore! Download The Greedy Cave
  • Fiat Chrysler adds Maseratis to transmission recall (2016-06-23 11:15:16)
    DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is adding 13,000 Maseratis to a recall of vehicles with confusing gear shifters like one in the SUV that crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin.
  • Check out the BBC's new 'Robot Wars' House Robots (2016-06-23 11:10:00)
  • Facebook will train its employees on managing political bias (2016-06-23 11:08:46)
    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced at an event last night that Facebook will be requiring political bias training for employees, according to a report from The Hill. According to the report, Sandberg told a crowd that the company has already held classes "focused on racial bias, age bias, gender bias, national bias — and we’re going to add in a scenario now on political bias." The Hill also reports that the training will be mandatory for all employees.
  • Qatar uses 3D printers to make World Cup stadiums 'desert-proof' (2016-06-23 11:07:39)
    By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - Scientists at Qatar University are testing 3D-printed models of football stadiums that Qatar is building for the 2022 World Cup to see if they can endure the Gulf state's punishing desert climate. Qatar has sought to allay concerns about its summer heat and moved the competition to the cooler month of November. It also wants the stadiums to be used all year round beyond the 2022 tournament, Saud Ghani, a Qatar University engineering professor, said.
  • BlackBerry first-quarter breakeven tops expectations, shares climb (2016-06-23 11:07:13)
    By Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - Smartphone pioneer BlackBerry Ltd broke even before charges and writedowns in the first quarter, topping expectations, and forecast a smaller-than-expected annual loss on Thursday. BlackBerry said it expects an adjusted annual loss of around 15 cents per share, compared with the average analyst estimate of a loss of 33 cents for fiscal 2017. The company had annual software revenue of $527 million last fiscal year and is targeting 30 percent organic growth.
  • My favorite meme has been erased from the internet by copyright claims (2016-06-23 11:00:49)
    Today is the 20th anniversary of the Nintendo 64, which is an excuse to play one of the console’s better games, Goldeneye. Geddan gestated on the Japanese video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga in 2007, gradually accumulating its three components. According to Know Your Meme, Nico Nico Douga member Lamaze P was the first to turn the glitch into a form of choreography only possible with intensive video editing.
  • Nextbit claims to greatly improve smartphone battery life with software (2016-06-23 11:00:04)
    Nextbit has been one of the more interesting smartphone companies of late. Its head-turning Robin has a striking industrial design, but the company hangs its hat on the unique software features it adds to Android. Its initial trick, Smart Storage, promised to eliminate worries about running out of storage by backing up apps, photos, and other data to the cloud and restoring them as needed.
  • BitTorrent launches a music and video streaming app for iOS, Android, and Apple TV (2016-06-23 11:00:02)
    It's launching an app today called BitTorrent Now that basically sounds like a bizarro mashup of Netflix and Spotify, offering on-demand streaming of videos and music, but largely from independent artists you've never heard of. This isn't a way to access the myriad amount of pirated content available on torrent sites.
  • Instagram to allow users to translate posts with button (2016-06-23 11:00:00)
    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Instagram is aiming to increase interaction with users across the globe through a new translation button it plans to roll out in the next month.
  • BitTorrent Now is an open, ad-supported music and video platform (2016-06-23 11:00:00)
  • Nextdoor — a private, localized social network — is now used in over 100,000 US neighborhoods (2016-06-23 10:55:48)
    Two years ago, I wrote a story about Nextdoor, a private social network that requires users to register with proof of both their identity and address. Once accepted, you belong to a neighborhood and can see and speak with any nearby users who have signed up. It's trying to build a local graph to complement the social graph, and it has quietly grown into one of the largest social networks in the US, with over ten million registered users spread across more than 100,000 neighborhoods.
  • How much will a 256GB iPhone 7 cost? (2016-06-23 10:50:59)
    iPhone 7 rumors and speculation are running rampant. The 2016 iPhone will be so “boring” this year that it won’t even be called iPhone 7, some say, because the name will be reserved for next year’s tenth anniversary iPhone. Design, specs and features are often detailed in reports, and we have a general idea of what to expect from this year’s iPhones. Apple made sure of that  with a series of stories that were almost certainly planted by the company's PR team. But how much will the new iPhone cost? Will it be cheaper than last year’s model, or will Apple stick to its typical iPhone prices? MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years Apple will unveil the new iPhone 7 – yes, I’ll still call it that until something better comes along – in September, so don’t expect official prices until then. But someone posted purported iPhone 7 pricing  on Weibo for three distinct iPhone models. As PocketNow explains , the prices are in line with what Apple is currently charging for the iPhone 6s models. But the Weibo post offers a rather perplexing detail. If true, Apple might completely change storage tiers across iPhone 7 models. Here’s an iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 7 price comparison for China, based on the Weibo leak and Apple’s current iPhone 6s prices. iPhone 6s: ¥5288 (16GB), ¥6088 (64GB), ¥6888 (128GB) iPhone 7: ¥5288 (32GB), ¥6088 (64GB), ¥7088 (256GB) iPhone 6s Plus: ¥6088 (16GB), ¥6888 (64GB), ¥7788 (128GB) iPhone 7 Plus: ¥6088 (32GB), ¥6888 (128GB), ¥7888 (256GB) iPhone 7 Pro: ¥7088 (32GB), ¥7888 (128GB), ¥8888 (256GB) The person who posted the message suggests Apple will introduce a rather complex pricing scheme for the iPhone this year. Multiple reports said there won’t be three distinct iPhone 7 versions this year, but this pricing scheme offers such a scenario. What causes confusion is the idea that Apple would have different storage options for the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 models, which would be a huge departure from convention and a logistical nightmare. The leak suggests there’s a 32GB/64GB/256GB setup for iPhone 7 and 32GB/128GB/256GB for the iPhone 7 Plus and Pro models. Apple would probably never go for two separate storage setups for this year’s iPhones.
  • GM and Lyft expand Express Drive car rental service to three more US cities (2016-06-23 10:49:04)
    Express Drive, the car rental service created by General Motors and Lyft, is launching in three US cities today: Baltimore, Boston, and Washington, DC, according to Recode. Express Drive is not your typical car rental program: the more trips drivers complete for Lyft, the less they pay in rental fees. GM says Express Drive will be operated under its Maven car-sharing service, which it launched in Ann Arbor, Michigan last January.
  • Politicians have a powerful new tool in Periscope, and democracy is better off for it (2016-06-23 10:43:45)
    In March of last year, shortly after live-streaming via smartphones became a genuine phenomenon, Dan Pfeiffer declared that 2016 would be "the Meerkat election." "Whether it is Meerkat, Periscope or someone else," wrote Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to President Obama, "the potential for a service that makes live-streaming this easy is limitless. It could do to television what blogs did to newspapers by removing many of the financial and structural advantages of legacy media institutions." Pfeiffer was mocked at the time — "as exciting as these new live-streaming social media apps are, they are certainly not 'taking over' Washington," wrote Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
  • Science fund lets kids learn 3D printing, gene modification (2016-06-23 10:41:00)
  • BMW's breathtaking sculpture is a fitting centerpiece for the Goodwood Festival of Speed (2016-06-23 10:40:08)
    Each year since 1997, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been graced by a Central Feature, a grand sculpture celebrating a particular marque and its latest anniversary or celebration. In 2016, the honored carmaker is BMW, which is marking 100 years in business by taking a trio of spectacular concept cars on a world tour. For Goodwood, BMW has brought some of its finest classics to show off, and three of them have been attached at the ends of the three enormous steel curves forming the structure of this striking creation.
  • The front of this speaker looks like a shower drain (2016-06-23 10:36:23)
    Princeton AudioThe Site:1 wireless speaker from Wisconsin-based Princeton Audio wants to be an alternative to plastic speakers, so it relies on wood. It comes in four different types of wood, actually: mahogany, black walnut, maple, and black cherry. Design is the big selling point for the Site:1, which, sure, it does look different than the average speaker, but it also reminds me of things I see around the house. ...
  • 4 management tactics to maximize the potential of average performers (2016-06-23 10:30:32)
    Every employee can't be a top performer, but average workers are still valuable. Here's how to keep them motivated and engaged.
  • Google’s two biggest partners are both working toward ditching Android (2016-06-23 10:23:25)
    Today, Google's Android platform and Apple's iOS platform dominate the mobile landscape. It's difficult to imagine that ever changing considering how far behind other platforms are at this point, but people said the same thing more than a decade ago when operating systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile ruled the world. Things change and what goes up must come down. What's interesting, however, is that major Android vendors are already starting to prepare for life after Android despite the platform's strong position at the moment. MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years According to market research firm Gartner, Android's worldwide smartphone market share was 84.1% in the first quarter of 2016. The next closest platform was iOS at just 14.8%, which was down from 17.9% in the same quarter a year earlier. No other mobile platform had a market share that even reached the single digits of a percent — Microsoft's Windows Mobile/Phone was closest at a pathetic 0.7% In other words, it's Android's world and we just live in it. Despite Android's firm grasp on the smartphone and wider mobile markets, the platforms biggest partners are also working toward someday abandoning the platform. Samsung, the world's biggest Android vendor by a massive margin, has developed its own open source Tizen operating system and it sells phone models that run Tizen in a few regions. Now, a new report reveals that Huawei is following suit. Huawei was the third-largest smartphone vendor in the world in the first quarter of the year, with estimated handset shipments that totaled 28.7 million units. According to The Information , Huawei has a team of engineers that is currently beginning to build a new mobile operating system. Details are scarce for the time being but the report says that this small team is based in Scandinavia and it includes some former Nokia engineers. Hopefully it's not the same team that built MeeGo. This is absolutely something that Google needs to keep an eye on. The company's two biggest Android partners are now both taking steps to dial back their reliance on Google's mobile platform, and perhaps someday abandon it entirely.
  • 'Focus on cars', IT pioneer tells Romania's rising software stars (2016-06-23 10:23:18)
    By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania has emerged as one of Europe's most active technology hubs, with the IT industry posting stellar growth and benefiting from a highly-skilled local labor pool as well as one of the fastest internet speeds in the world. To keep up momentum and cement its reputation, Romania's best-known technology pioneer says local developers should focus on creating software for the car and global services industries –- shunning local market needs in favor of more mature, lucrative sectors. Multinational companies such as Oracle, IBM and Intel have set up in the former communist country in customer support, business process outsourcing and software development, and young entrepreneurs have launched a wave of new startups, creating an industry with turnover of 3.1 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in 2015.
  • BioLite camp stove add-on can cook wood-fired pizza (2016-06-23 10:02:00)
  • Kuka investor tenders stake to Chinese bidder: sources (2016-06-23 09:51:55)
    BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German mechanical engineering group Voith [VOITH.UL] is selling its 25.1 percent stake in robotics maker Kuka to Chinese bidder Midea, paving the way for the merger to go through smoothly, people close to the deal said on Thursday. Voith said it would comment on Midea's offer in due course, declining to say whether it had already decided to tender its shares. Voith's owners resolved at a meeting on June 15 that it did not make sense strategically or financially for Voith to remain a minority shareholder alongside Midea, monthly Manager Magazin earlier reported.
  • It's polling day in the UK and everyone is lying about their 93-year-old mums (2016-06-23 09:46:01)
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  • How scientists could patent the genetic blueprint for a human (2016-06-23 09:43:05)
    Three weeks ago, scientists announced a controversial plan to create synthetic human genomes from scratch. The paper — which they published following reports about a private, off-the-record meeting — outlined an ambitious plan to build human genomes with various, medically relevant properties, like ones that are immune to cancer. Chief among them: would the project make it possible to patent a human genome for the first time?
  • Pluto might still have an ocean underneath its icy shell (2016-06-23 09:39:00)
  • You’re about to start paying more for Netflix (2016-06-23 09:29:48)
    Back in April, Netflix started the countdown to let longtime subscribers know that they were about to start paying more for their service. The price hike would increase subscription fees paid by older customers to match the company's newer, more expensive plans. At that time, a survey found that a whopping 80% of Netflix subscribers had no idea that prices were about to increase . With that in mind, Netflix is making sure that it breaks the bad news a bit sooner this time. But just in case you missed the news, let this serve as another warning: The next round of longtime Netflix subscribers will see their prices increase next month. MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years "When we raised prices for new Netflix members in 2014, we kept your price the same for two years. Your special pricing is now ending and as of 7/22/16 your new price will be $9.99 per month," Netflix wrote in an automatically generated email sent to me personally. "Please visit netflix.com to review the details of this change and your options for plans and prices. To cancel your membership before the price change takes effect, you can do so at any time by going to Your Account." The price hike amounts to $24 annually over the previous monthly subscription rate of $7.99, and it's a price most customers are likely willing to pay. According to a recent survey, three-quarters of Netflix subscribers would consider leaving the service if Netflix ever started to show ads alongside its movies and TV shows. With that in mind, a $2 price hike indeed seems like a much smarter way to increase revenue and improve profitability. According to a recent report, these Netflix price increases could generate more than $500 million annually in additional revenue. Among popular services out there, Netflix is now one of the most expensive options. Hulu's unlimited video streaming service starts at $7.99, though the company's base subscription does include commercials that interrupt programming multiple times during each viewing. Amazon Prime Video is now also available as a standalone service, and it costs $8.99 per month.
  • ICYMI: Squashing brain cancer and autonomous drones arrive (2016-06-23 09:15:00)
  • UK tech and gaming magazines are banding together (2016-06-23 09:10:00)
  • New leak highlights how boring the iPhone 7 really is (2016-06-23 09:00:37)
    The iPhone 7 will be a close copy of the iPhone 6s, multiple trustworthy reports claimed , as Apple transitions to a three-year iPhone redesign approach — at least temporarily . The iPhone 7 might not even be called iPhone 7  according to one report , as that honor might apparently be reserved for the 2017 iPhone series, which would mark Apple’s 10-year iPhone anniversary. Some of the main changes coming to the 2016 iPhone concern the headphone jack, antenna lines and rear cameras, and now a new report says there will be other tiny modifications. DON’T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years According to Japanese Apple blog Macotakara , this year’s iPhones will pack a larger cutout for the ear speaker, the ambient light sensor will be relocated from the left side to the right side, and the proximity sensor will feature a yet-to-be-explained “dual specification.” In other words, the iPhone 7 is shaping up to be so boring that blogs are actually issuing reports on a slightly bigger hole on the front of the phone. What's more, Apple blogs are covering the news as if  it were news . These sort of changes won’t affect you unless you’ve got screen protectors for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that you were hoping to continue using, because they won’t fit the new iPhone. The report says that accessories manufacturers have stopped receiving orders due to these tiny design changes. The site also reiterated for the 400th time that iPhone 7 will feature a slightly bigger camera while the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual lens rear camera. That’s exactly what we expect from the upcoming iPhones, as these are features that have been mentioned time and time again in reports detailing the 2016 Apple smartphones. Overall, these rumors will make the iPhone 7’s design appear “boring” to those people who’re looking for something totally new. But just as the iPhone 6s was a major upgrade over the iPhone 6 in spite of recycling the same overall design, the iPhone 7 is likely to be an impressive device, regardless of its housing. iPhone buyers looking to jump from an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s to the newest Apple will probably ignore the number of antenna lines or the placement of sensors, and they'll appreciate the most important upgrades: internal hardware and iOS 10. The removal of the headphone jack, on the other hand,  will draw plenty of criticism at least at first , but it won't matter much in the long run.
  • How cool does a bladeless fan make you? (2016-06-23 09:00:08)
    Dyson's fans look cool. There's no getting around it — there's just something about them that makes you want to spend stupid amounts of money on what ought to be a very basic home product.
  • Samsung's Notebook 7 Spin is a folding Windows 10 convertible (2016-06-23 09:00:07)
    Samsung has announced the Notebook 7 Spin, a convertible laptop with a folding design reminiscent of Lenovo's Yoga line. Samsung is touting the laptops' fast-charging feature, which supposedly extends battery life by up to two hours after 20 minutes of charging, as well as a "Video HDR" mode for the display that makes "the content sharper, colors more vivid and textures truly pop." You'll probably want to see that in person before taking Samsung's word for it.
  • Spin Samsung's Notebook 7 screen right round on June 26th (2016-06-23 09:00:00)
  • Amazon backs 'Vainglory' mobile eSports tournament (2016-06-23 09:00:00)
  • A DevOps dashboard for all: Capital One's Hygieia project offers powerful open source resource (2016-06-23 08:52:15)
    Capital One has set out to enable metrics for the DevOps pipeline via their open source project Hygieia.
  • BlackBerry first-quarter breakeven tops expectations, revenue falls (2016-06-23 08:43:58)
    By Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd broke even in the first quarter, topping expectations, and forecast a smaller-than-expected annual loss on Thursday, even as its revenue fell sharply. Shares of the smartphone industry pioneer rose more than 4 percent in premarket trading. The Canadian company, which has shifted focus from its once-dominant smartphones to the software that companies and governments need to manage their devices, said it expects to post an adjusted annual loss of around 15 cents per share.
  • Critical iOS 10 component isn’t encrypted, but it’s a feature not a glaring oversight (2016-06-23 08:31:07)
    Apple last week released the first beta of iOS 10  after explaining the main features of the upcoming iPhone, iPad and iPod touch update during its WWDC 2016 opening keynote. As expected, developers and researchers started poking around and some of them discovered that Apple left the kernel unencrypted. To some, this appeared to be an unexpected mistake from a company that’s known to prioritize user security and privacy, and to advocate for strong encryption. However, other researchers suspected this might be a feature, not a bug. Apple has now confirmed the kernel is supposed to be decrypted in iOS 10. DON’T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years “The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch , seemingly settling the matter. In previous iOS releases Apple has encrypted the kernel, hiding the way it works. The kernel controls how apps access hardware resources and manages security. However, it doesn’t handle user data that would warrant the use of encryption. Apple hopes that an unencrypted kernel in iOS 10 will help third parties discover potential issues faster than before, despite allowing anybody to have a sneak peek at the inner workings of iOS. Talking to MIT Technology Review before Apple acknowledged this hidden iOS 10 feature, security expert Jonathan Zdziarski said that leaving the kernel unencrypted by mistake “would have been an incredibly glaring oversight, like forgetting to put doors on an elevator.” He supported the idea that Apple left the kernel unencrypted by choice, linking the decision to Apple’s determined defense against the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone case. By making the kernel available to anyone, Apple is more transparent than ever with iOS, in the hope that companies dealing in critical iOS security issues that can offer law enforcement agencies access to an encrypted device would have a harder time hoarding these vulnerabilities.
  • Adam Savage: Don't let science scare you (2016-06-23 08:29:02)
    From CNET Magazine: The "MythBusters" co-host spent 14 seasons conducting some pretty crazy experiments and debunking myths. His proudest achievement, though, is influencing a generation of kids -- even if that was by accident.
  • Can't activate Windows 10? Microsoft adds troubleshooter to resolve common complaints (2016-06-23 08:28:00)
    New feature aimed at helping users who are unable to activate their copy of Windows 10 after upgrading their PC.
  • Evidence mounts for a liquid ocean on Pluto (2016-06-23 08:24:41)
    Frozen though it may be, new research suggests an ocean may be sloshing away under Pluto's icy plains.
  • Netflix signs Vine star Cameron Dallas for new reality show (2016-06-23 08:19:00)
  • Accenture revenue rises on demand for consulting services (2016-06-23 08:10:07)
    (Reuters) - Accenture Plc posted a better-than-expected 8.6 percent rise in quarterly net revenue, driven by demand for consulting services, particularly from customers in North America. The company said it expects fourth-quarter revenue of between $8.25 billion and $8.50 billion. Analysts were expecting revenue of $8.39 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Net revenue from Accenture's consulting business, which accounts for a little more than half of total revenue, rose 12.4 percent in the third quarter.
  • The G-BOOM bluetooth speaker is now just $80 (2016-06-23 08:00:00)
  • Huge Moto X Pure Edition sale: 16GB with 32GB card for $240, 64GB with 64GB card for $320 (2016-06-23 07:54:17)
    Even though the new Moto Z is set to be released this summer, the Moto X Pure Edition is still one of the best phones in its price range. The handset features a large 5.7-inch HD display, a 21-megapixel camera, a fast hexa-core Snapdragon processor and a nice big battery that lasts for a full day and beyond. As good a value as the Moto X Pure Edition always is, however, it's about to get even better thanks to a huge sale going on right now. For a limited time, you can get a 16GB Moto X Pure Edition phone with a free 32GB microSD card for just $239.99, and a 64GB Moto X with a free 64GB card costs $319.99. Here are the key specs: GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Capable Compatible with All Major US Carriers North American Variant Rear 21MP Camera + 5MP Front 4K Video Capture 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 808 Hexa-Core CPU 16GB Storage Capacity + 3GB of RAM 5.7" LCD Touchscreen Display microSDXC Memory Card Slot Android 5.1 Lollipop These great sale prices are only available today until midnight at B&H, and you'll find links to all of the available models listed below. Also of note, they all ship for free. Motorola Moto X Pure Edition 16GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White/Bamboo) : $239.99 + free 32GB microSD card Motorola Moto X Pure Edition 16GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black) : $239.99 + free 32GB microSD card Motorola Moto X Pure Edition 64GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White) : $319.99 + free 64GB microSD card Motorola Moto X Pure Edition 64GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White/Bamboo) :$ 319.99 + free 64GB microSD card Motorola Moto X Pure Edition 64GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black) : $319.99 + free 64GB microSD card
  • BlackBerry reports first-quarter revenue slump (2016-06-23 07:54:12)
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  • Solar Impulse zero-fuel plane lands in Spain to complete Atlantic crossing (2016-06-23 07:51:49)
    The solar-powered aircraft has landed in Seville, ending the 15th stage of its round-the-world trip.
  • CM Punk, Marvel comic writer and former WWE star, set for UFC debut in September (2016-06-23 07:41:56)
    Phil "CM Punk" Brooks has written Drax and Thor comics, and now he's about to put his own battling abilities to the test -- for real.
  • Japan's pension fund sues Toshiba over accounting scandal (2016-06-23 07:37:43)
    Japan's national pension fund, the world's biggest, said Thursday it is suing Toshiba over a profit-padding scandal that slashed the value of its stock, as its new boss pledged to overhaul the vast conglomerate. The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) wants more than $9 million in damages to cover losses linked to some of its investment in Toshiba, and that figure may grow, it said. "For now, the demand only covers (certain) Toshiba shares" purchased by the Fund, a spokesman told AFP.
  • First Click: Before Brexit and Trump vs. Hillary there was the mascot war (2016-06-23 07:30:03)
    Nintendo's Mario — short, fat, improbably good at jumping — had seen off eggs, cavemen, and nondescript spaceship blobs in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, but it was quickly clear there was something different about Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog. Super Mario 64, released 20 years ago today, blew this detente deal out of the water.
  • First Click: Before Brexit and Trump vs. Hillary, there was the mascot war (2016-06-23 07:30:03)
    Nintendo's Mario — short, fat, improbably good at jumping — had seen off eggs, cavemen, and nondescript spaceship blobs in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, but it was quickly clear there was something different about Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog. Super Mario 64, released 20 years ago today, blew this detente deal out of the water.
  • Fiat Chrysler slowly phases out cars with troublesome Takata airbag inflators (2016-06-23 07:30:03)
    The company will stop putting non-desiccated inflators in vehicles globally by mid-September.
  • Xiaomi's foldable electric bicycle costs just $460 (2016-06-23 07:30:00)
  • Xiaomi's cheap, foldable electric bike looks perfect for city commutes (2016-06-23 07:09:02)
    Xiaomi continues to push the message that it's not just a phone company — it's a technology company. Looking at features and price, the Mi QiCycle Electric Folding Bike certainly seems like a good deal. It's not clear if the QiCycle Electric Folding Bike is built by Xiaomi's though.
  • Kodi jumps into hardware with a Raspberry Pi case (2016-06-23 06:55:00)
  • Bletchley Park in 360: See inside Britain's Enigma-breaking HQ (2016-06-23 06:51:25)
    CNET takes you on an immersive VR tour of Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing and his colleagues smashed Nazi encryptions in World War II.
  • Faraday Future will test self-driving cars in California...even though it doesn't yet have a car (2016-06-23 06:38:08)
    This is the next major move for the mysterious, self-described Tesla competitor.
  • Opera says it crushes Microsoft in browser battery wars (2016-06-23 06:30:24)
    Microsoft made a bold claim earlier this week that its new Edge browser in Windows 10 is better for your laptop's battery life than Opera or Chrome. While everyone who uses Chrome is aware of the bad effect on battery life, Opera introduced a battery saving feature last month to improve things on its own Chromium-based (Blink) browser. Naturally, Opera saw the Edge claims and the company has a bone to pick with Microsoft.
  • Can Google Glass help autistic children read faces? (2016-06-23 06:30:02)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder.
  • Video calls in Brooklyn libraries will put inmates in touch with their families (2016-06-23 06:00:03)
    The Brooklyn Public Library has been awarded a grant for nearly $400,000 to place inmate video calling services in a dozen libraries, giving inmates' friends and family members a new way to stay in contact. A large part of the problem has been on the inmate phone industry, but increasingly, prisons and jails are turning to video calls for visitations, and have employed similar practices. In 2014, the Brooklyn library launched a pilot in one branch, setting up a connection to Rikers Island and city Department of Corrections facilities.
  • Your next ride around the Nürburgring could be in a 200-mph Jaguar F-Type SVR (2016-06-23 06:00:03)
    €295 will buy you a 30-minute ride 'round the 'Ring with a professional driver at the helm.
  • Google's AI fears are adorably mundane, for now (2016-06-23 05:50:00)
  • Japan firm rolls out smile-rating app (2016-06-23 05:49:11)
    How do you know if you've got that winning smile? Japanese cosmetics firm Shiseido says it has come up with a system to rate a person's smile by measuring facial movements. Starting from July, Shiseido will start testing the app on 5,000 Japan Airlines flight attendants, who will use it daily for several months.
  • Huawei is working on its own mobile OS in case things sour with Google (2016-06-23 05:38:23)
    Huawei, the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer, is reportedly developing its own mobile OS. Phones made by the Chinese manufacturer currently run on the company's Android skin, EMUI, but according to a report from The Information Huawei is building an alternative OS in case its relationship with Google sours.
  • Want to develop an app but have no expertise? Google now has a course for you (2016-06-23 05:30:26)
    Google and Udacity say they can turn you into an Android developer in 165 hours.
  • Solar-powered plane lands in Spain (2016-06-23 05:18:25)
    SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — An experimental solar-powered airplane landed in Spain Thursday, completing an unprecedented three-day flight across the Atlantic in the latest leg of its globe-circling voyage.
  • The best way to play 'Splatoon' is with a hacked water gun (2016-06-23 04:45:00)
  • Through innovative application the city of Gdansk helps homeless animals (2016-06-23 04:36:23)
    Innovative cities of the world are coming up with innovative animal shelter and care solutions. In Gdansk, an application for adopting pets from city shelter is a ground-breaking project, in which the city hall, hacktivists and a private company cooperate to solve social issues with IT tools. Cooperation of these entities is the model of action...
  • Instagram will soon automatically translate foreign languages in-app (2016-06-23 04:07:03)
    User bios, comments and captions written in foreign languages will begin to be automatically translated to the user's native language in the ever-popular app.
  • Solar Impulse 2 completes first ever solar-powered Atlantic flight (2016-06-23 03:59:30)
    Solar Impulse 2 has successfully crossed the Atlantic — the first journey of its kind made by a solar-powered plane. The experimental aircraft set off from New York on Monday and landed this morning in Seville, Spain. The journey started in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi, and last year, the Solar Impulse 2 flew eight stages of its trip — including a record-breaking four day, 21-hour leg from Japan to Hawaii.
  • Apple left iOS 10's core code unencrypted on purpose (2016-06-23 03:33:00)
  • Women in Business Q&A: Tena Melfi, CoverHound (2016-06-23 03:10:04)
    Tena Melfi joined CoverHound in April 2016 as Chief Revenue Officer. Tena began her career as a management consultant where she gained experience across a wide range of industries including publishing, utilities, retail and financial services. In 1999 she joined Electric Insurance Company (EIC), a subsidiary of GE, and launched her career in...
  • How the sex life of screwworm flies saved billions (2016-06-23 02:45:34)
    Research conducted in the 1950s came under ridicule, but over the decades since has done more for agriculture than anyone could have guessed.
  • Swiss officials say solar-powered plane lands in Spain (2016-06-23 02:33:16)
    LONDON (AP) — Swiss officials say an experimental solar-powered airplane has completed a three-day flight across the Atlantic in the latest leg of its globe-circling voyage.
  • Google Fiber buys a gigabit ISP that uses fiber and wireless (2016-06-23 01:31:00)
  • U.S. Supreme Court weighs review of canceled patent on prenatal test (2016-06-23 01:25:17)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Companies, trade groups and universities who fear that many important discoveries may no longer qualify for patents are among a broad coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the cancellation of a patent on a less risky form of prenatal testing. The justices are set to consider on Thursday whether to take the case involving biotechnology company Sequenom Inc's patent, which was thrown out in 2013 during infringement litigation with rival Ariosa Diagnostics, a unit of Roche Holding AG. Sequenom's patent relates to a non-invasive test of a pregnant woman's blood to detect fetal DNA, in order to screen for genetic abnormalities such as Down Syndrome.
  • 'Game of Thrones' stars to net $500,000 per episode next season, says report (2016-06-23 01:07:25)
    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Emilia Clarke have just secured themselves a nice new deal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Computer simulations point to the source of gravitational waves (2016-06-23 00:30:00)
  • Japan's public pension fund sues Toshiba: WSJ (2016-06-23 00:21:04)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's public pension fund has sued Toshiba Corp for $10 million in damages related to the technology and industrial conglomerate's $1.3 billion accounting scandal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Officials at the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) and Toshiba were not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Kentaro Hamada and Christopher Gallagher; Writing by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)
  • Instagram is adding automatic in-app text translation (2016-06-23 00:19:38)
    Instagram will soon start translating comments, captions posted alongside its pictures, and user bios. The image-sharing social network announced that it would be adding the feature in the coming month, automatically translating comments and descriptions to the user's chosen language. Text will be machine translated from the original language to the language selected in the user's app settings, and will be visible by tapping a new "see translation" option under comments and captions.
  • Daring flight removes 2 sick workers from South Pole station (2016-06-23 00:12:30)
    Two people who fell ill while working at the U.S. research station at the South Pole have been evacuated by a small plane that made the daring rescue flight in Antarctica's harsh winter. The National Science ...
  • Facebook brings reaction emojis to 360-degree VR videos (2016-06-23 00:10:00)
    Users viewing videos on Gear VR goggles will be able to add one of Facebook's five new emoji reactions to the videos.
  • Payments app Circle raises $60 million in China expansion (2016-06-23 00:01:41)
    U.S.-based payments app Circle has raised $60 million from Chinese investors and launched a company in China, as it seeks to expand in the world's second-largest economy. The latest funding comes from existing investor and Beijing-based tech investment fund IDG Capital Partners, as well as Chinese firms including Baidu, CICC Alpha and Everbright Investments, Circle's co-founder Jeremy Allaire said. "We're not aiming to compete with the domestic market as that would be a suicide mission given the strength of local players like Alipay and WeChat, but we can connect Chinese consumers with the euro zone and dollar markets," Allaire told Reuters by phone.
  • Not-so-magical Harry Potter live Q&A disappoints 'Fantastic' fans (2016-06-23 00:00:57)
    What was that? A much-hyped streaming movie discussion revealed nothing about next Potter film.
  • Airbnb, Lyft among tech companies pledging to White House diversity initiative (2016-06-22 23:30:03)
    The Obama Administration looks to change the landscape of technology and business by focusing on inclusion and diversity.
  • FCC wants your help understanding radio noise (2016-06-22 23:28:00)
  • This sleek new case from SanDisk adds up to 128GB to your iPhone (2016-06-22 23:00:19)
    How would you like to protect your iPhone while simultaneously expanding its storage capacity by up to 128GB? That's exactly what SanDisk is going to let you do with its new iXpand Memory Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years SanDisk first introduced Lightning flash drives for the iPhone back in 2014, but completely overhauled the design of the accessory earlier this year . It was a significant improvement over the relatively bulky device from years prior, but it still wasn't the perfect solution for everyone in need of additional storage. The iXpand Memory Case is a far more practical product: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrdO6TaYZhw Every smartphone needs a case, so why not get a case with some added functionality? That appears to be the play here, as SanDisk is offering three different versions of the case: 32GB for $59.99, 64GB for $99.99 and 128GB for $129.99. The cases are available in four different color varieties as well: blue, grey, red and teal. If you want to make the iXpand case even more useful, you can purchase an optional add-on battery pack as well, which appears to be significantly less bulky than some of the other, less attractive options on the market . Another added benefit of the iXpand case is it comes with its own SanDisk iXpand Memory Case app, which will automatically organize all of your content into photos, videos and music, allow you to manage your storage right from your phone and even track the battery pack, providing you attach it to your case. The new iXpand case from SanDis is already available for purchase on Amazon .
  • Yuneec's 3D-sensing drone is available for pre-order (2016-06-22 22:11:00)
  • Canceled Star Wars TV series would have explored Emperor Palpatine’s origins (2016-06-22 22:00:18)
    Few characters in the history of film are as easy to hate as Emperor Palpatine. Not only did he corrupt Anakin Skywalker, eradicate a vast majority of the Jedi and force Darth Vader to bring his son to the dark side, he was also one of the more troubling elements of the prequel trilogy — an impressive feat, considering everything about the prequel trilogy was rather troubling. But what if we actually knew anything about the Emperor's past? DON'T MISS:  ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ script leak explains who Rey might really be In an interview with VentureBeat this week , God of War director Cory Balrog discussed how the team landed on a new approach for a series that has been defined by violence and brutality throughout its 10+ year run. How does this relate to Star Wars , you ask? Well, it turns out that Balrog briefly worked for LucasArts before returning to Sony Santa Monica to revive the God of War series, and while he was there, he had a chance to read scripts for the canceled live-action show known as Star Wars: Underworld . Here's what he had to say about the show and how it influenced him: "[Television] is this great format where people can have a relationship with characters for an extended period of time. During that time, a character can go from one extreme to another. They can go from a character you loathe to a character you love and root for. Probably the really small beginnings of this idea, the germination of this — when I was working at Lucas, I was allowed to go up to the ranch and read the scripts for the [canceled live-action Star Wars] TV show. It was the most mind-blowing thing I’d ever experienced. I cared about the Emperor. They made the Emperor a sympathetic figure who was wronged by this f***ing heartless woman. She’s this hardcore gangster, and she just totally destroyed him as a person. I almost cried while reading this. This is the Emperor, the lightning out of the fingers Emperor. That’s something magical. The writers who worked on that, guys from The Shield  and 24 , these were excellent writers." The only information previously available regarding the show was that it would have focused on the criminal underworld of Coruscant. Palpatine's role in the show had never come to light, which makes it even harder to accept that we'll never get to see what the team was working on. Who knows — maybe if we're lucky Netflix will pick up a Star Wars series someday to go along with its Marvel lineup and upcoming Disney deal .
  • Sony to pay millions to settle spurned gamers' PS3 lawsuit (2016-06-22 21:04:44)
    The settlement stems from a lawsuit over removal of support for Linux from the console in 2010.
  • 'Furi' unleashes nothing but boss battles on PS4 and Steam this July (2016-06-22 21:01:00)
  • We’re editing human genes to kill cancer (2016-06-22 21:00:14)
    Killing cancer is the ultimate goal for many researchers, and they’re studying various ways of doing it. Some scientists are working on a vaccine that would kill tumor cells in a patient and stop cancer from spreading. Others are looking to edit genes to enhance the immune response of the organism and eliminate cancerous growth. A federal panel approved the latter type of proposed treatment, marking the first use of CRISPR in humans. DON’T MISS: Why does Mark Zuckerberg tape the camera and mic of his MacBook? If CRISPR sounds familiar, that’s because we talked about this gene-editing technology before. As Stat reports , it was widely expected that the first human use of CRISPR would occur in 2017, in a clinical trial supposed to treat a rare form of blindness called Leber congenital amaurosis . However, a federal biosafety and ethics panel on Tuesday approved a CRISPR-based clinical trial that would see doctors from various centers treat certain types of cancer by editing immune cells. Proposed by physicians from the University of Pennsylvania, the experiment still needs approval from the medical centers where it would be conducted, and from the FDA. The trial would focus on patients with multiple myeloma, melanoma, and sarcoma, and would be funded by the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which was launched earlier this year by Sean Parker. The scientists plan to remove T cells (immune cells) that are in the first line of defense against foreign cells that make it inside the body, and then edit them so that they can target and kill cancerous cells. The genetic altering process of the T cells would ensure that the cells produce a “chimeric antigen receptor,” or CAR, which would then bind to molecules-antigens protruding from tumor cells. This way, T cells would go after a specific type of cell, and only take out cancer. But for CAR to work, additional gene-editing is needed. CRISPR techniques will be used to slice out two genes in T cells. One gene is for PD-1, a molecule found on cancer cells that disable T-cells when meeting them. The other is for endogenous TCR, T cell’s natural receptors, as studies showed that removing the TCR results in better functioning. With PD-1 and TCR genes removed, T cells would be more efficient at fighting cancer, and they would have an increased persistence inside the human body. This new type of treatment, as exciting as it may be, also comes with some ethical side effects and conflicts of interest. For starters, we, as a species, are opening doors to something we haven’t done before, playing with human genes. Secondly, the financial interests behind the success of such treatments are enormous, and the committee already spotted a conflict of interest in this matter that it wants to keep in check. More details about the first human trials are available at the source link.
  • Behind Tesla carnage, signs of support for Musk's SolarCity deal (2016-06-22 20:52:55)
    Some of Tesla Motor Inc's biggest investors have signaled support for CEO Elon Musk's plan to buy solar power company SolarCity Corp , although the electric car maker's stock cratered on Wednesday, lopping more than the $2.8 billion value of the proposed deal off Tesla's market capitalization. “It’s a natural evolution of their mission to transform transportation into a sustainable business,” said Joe Dennison, a portfolio manager of Zevenbergen Capital Investments, which has about 600,000 Tesla shares, or about 0.4 percent of shares outstanding. It is still early in the process, he said, but “We expect it to go through and believe that most investors who actually own the stock understand management’s long-term vision for the company." That was not the market's broad reaction, sending Tesla's shares down more than 10 percent, and taking more than $3 billion off its market value, which now stands around $28.7 billion.
  • 'Quake' marks its 20th anniversary (2016-06-22 20:44:00)
  • Google Fiber acquires gigabit internet provider Webpass (2016-06-22 20:06:42)
    Google Fiber is acquiring San Francisco-based internet service provider Webpass. The news, announced in a press release this afternoon, means Google's own fiber internet service now has a well-established commercial provider of gigabit internet to aid its continued expansion. Webpass, founded in 2003, focuses on providing businesses with ethernet-based fiber connections, though it does provide residential gigabit internet in select markets for buildings built after 1995. Webpass is active in 5 major US markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, and Miami.
  • Google Fiber to acquire gigabit internet provider Webpass (2016-06-22 20:06:42)
    Google Fiber is acquiring San Francisco-based internet service provider Webpass. The news, announced in a press release this afternoon, means Google's own fiber internet service now has a well-established commercial provider of gigabit internet to aid its continued expansion. Webpass, founded in 2003, focuses on providing businesses with ethernet-based fiber connections, though it does provide residential gigabit internet in select markets for buildings built after 1995.
  • Shocker! Company that sued Apple over iPhone 6 is a patent troll (2016-06-22 20:00:01)
    Late last week, reports began to surface indicating that Apple was being forced to halt sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Beijing due to a patent infringement claim from a company called Schenzhen Baili. Specifically, the company alleged that Apple's 2014 iPhone models infringed upon the design of its own 100C smartphone. DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years As it turns out, sales of Apple's iPhone 6 models were never halted, but the allegations against Apple were very much real, albeit frivolous. The short of it is that Apple will be able to continue selling the iPhone 6 as the case makes its way through the Chinese court system. Understandably, the very possibility -- no matter how slight -- that iPhones in China might be taken off the shelves caused great concern among investors. After all, China remains Apple's most strategic market as it hopes to reverse stalling iPhone sales. In light of all this, the Wall Street Journal  dug a little bit deeper and discovered that Schenzhen Baili "barely exists." Not only does the company have no working phone, the Journal discovered that there's not even a company office to speak of. In other words, what we have here is nothing more than your run of the mill patent troll. Nonetheless, the lawsuit will reportedly continue. Baili, its unit that registered the phone patents, will continue to battle Apple in court, said Digione lawyer Andy Yang, of Beijing Wis & Weals. “Shenzhen Baili is still operational in its necessary functions,” he said. ... The issue here is not whether Digione makes phones anymore, but whether the iPhone 6 infringes on this patent,” he said. According to reports, Beijig's Intellecutal Property Court will likely issue a ruling on the matter in just a few months. Of course, with the impending release of the iPhone 7, it's entirely likely that production of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will have already ceased by the time a ruling is issued. Notably, a number of former Schenzhen Baili employees told the Journal  that the lawsuit was nothing more than a publicity stunt, presumably to draw attention to the company's smartphone lineup.
  • Electric race car sets an acceleration world record (2016-06-22 19:57:00)
  • People are using chip implants to open doors, control phones (2016-06-22 19:42:19)
    Chip implants are becoming increasingly popular among so-called biohackers to control phones and perform other technological tasks.
  • Fans ask Nintendo to honor Christina Grimmie in next Zelda game (2016-06-22 19:33:19)
    The former "Voice" contestant, a giant Zelda fan, was shot and killed June 10, and some fans think a game inclusion would be a fitting honor.
  • Uber not the road to riches, BuzzFeed report finds (2016-06-22 19:32:45)
    An examination of leaked documents and Uber's own calculations finds that drivers in three major markets are making little more than retail workers.
  • This genius chatbot will blow off unwanted text messagers (2016-06-22 19:30:21)
    The makers of the famed Burner app -- an app which lets users create and use temporary phone numbers -- recently came out with a new piece of chat software designed to take care of unwanted text messages. Dubbed Ghostbot, the software is the perfect solution for bad dates that simply can't take the hint. DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years The way Ghostbot works is rather simple: instead of ignoring texts, Ghostbot will engage with the party on the other end with a series of AI-inspired responses designed to confuse, misdirect and evade. Note, though, that Ghostbot's responses are pre-written, so it's not as if the AI is powerful enough to come up with original retorts on its own. Additionally, Ghostbot only works on your temporary burner number, so it's effectively an interesting proof of concept as opposed to something you'd use on a regular basis. The software description reads in part: We’re pleased to introduce Ghostbot, the witty text message autoresponder that anyone can add to Burner to handle unwanted, aggressive, or abusive texting situations. Ghostbot is both a glimpse of the future and a small taste of what’s possible when the newly popular concept of “bots” converges with Burner phone numbers that are smart and open for anyone to build on. Nonetheless, it's an intriguing idea, even if it has no chance of passing the Turing test. If you'd like to give it a try, you can head over the Burner app's Ghostbot page and get started. A demo video of the software in action can be viewed below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMVutBvHwrI
  • In Silicon Valley, Obama to keep hot-button tech issues off agenda (2016-06-22 19:16:59)
    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will head to Silicon Valley on Friday to a summit aimed at connecting about 1,200 entrepreneurs from 170 countries with the biggest and brightest players in the U.S. tech sector and venture capital community. Hot-button political issues that the White House and tech sector normally grapple with, such as the use of social media by extremists, the desire by law enforcement for a way around encryption, and cyber security, will not be on the agenda. Obama is using the summit - the seventh in a series which have reached a total of 17,000 people mainly in Muslim-majority countries around the world - to help bolster his foreign policy legacy as his time in offices draws closer to the end on Jan. 20, 2017.
  • Facebook now lets you 'Like' 360-degree videos in virtual reality (2016-06-22 19:15:43)
    Today, Facebook-owned Oculus announced the launch of 360-degree video reactions for the Gear VR headset. When viewing 360-degree videos, you'll also be able to see others' reactions float by on the screen as well. The company originally touted the feature back in March when it first began letting Gear VR users sign into their Facebook accounts on the VR headset to get a personalized feed of stories.
  • Nest will begin curating its Works With Nest products online (2016-06-22 19:12:00)
  • Spoiled.io sends anonymous Game of Thrones spoilers to all your worst enemies (2016-06-22 19:11:31)
    The most sinister prank you can play on a GoT fan.
  • Senate nixes plan for warrantless FBI searches of internet browsing histories (2016-06-22 19:04:53)
    Amendment would have expanded the types of communication records the FBI could demand without a court order.
  • Apple already won the dumb ‘Error 53’ lawsuit (2016-06-22 19:00:30)
    Apple is no stranger to being sued over everything, by everybody. But the class-action lawsuit over "Error 53," which occurred when some customers had their TouchID sensors replaced by unauthorized repair shops, was a standout kind of bad. Luckily, that lawsuit has been stopped before it got anywhere near a jury. Yesterday , a US district court judge dismissed the entire lawsuit, saying that the plaintiffs "lack standing to pursue injunctive relief," and could not provide sufficient evidence that they had suffered permanent data loss. DON'T MISS:  All of these Netflix movies and TV shows are disappearing in July In case you needed a reminder , the "Error 53" controversy erupted earlier this year. It concerned users who had taken iPhone 5Ses (or above) to unauthorized repair shops, who replaced the TouchID sensor on their phones, either to fix the TouchID, or just to fix the screen. When those users upgraded to iOS 9, they found that their devices were bricked with "Error 53." That's because the TouchID sensor is one of the security components in the device, and when it is replaced without changing details in the software, the phone assumes it's being hacked and shuts down. Some customers framed this (not implausibly) as an attempt by Apple to stop people from using authorized repair shops. That's an argument worth having, but I think it's quite separate to Error 53, which is a very valid software check to prevent devices from being hacked. Thanks to the district court judge's ruling, this particular lawsuit won't be proceeding, but lawyers in other courts -- and other countries -- are still working the same angle. So, there won't be any shortage of courtroom drama for Apple for the remainder of this year, but at least it wins this one small battle.
  • Five Android apps for audiophiles (2016-06-22 18:36:00)
    If you're a music lover who demands the best sound possible, you'll be glad to know there are Android apps ready to meet (or exceed) your needs.
  • This is when your Nexus device will stop getting the latest Android updates (2016-06-22 18:30:50)
    If all you care about is running Google’s latest version of Android the minute it’s officially launched, then there’s only one type of smartphone for you: a Nexus. Even so, there’s a fine print you have to read when getting a new Nexus device. Regardless of how capable the hardware is, Google won’t support it forever, and there will come a time when you won’t be able to run Google’s latest and best Android release on your Nexus handset. If you’re considering the purchase of a new Nexus handset – the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P are Google’s most recent smartphones – you should totally check out Google’s new cheat sheet that tells you when Nexus devices will stop getting updated. DON’T MISS: Why does Mark Zuckerberg tape the camera and mic of his MacBook? As you expect, the older the device, the less future-proof it’ll be when it comes to software updates. There are two kinds of updates Google guarantees, including Android version updates and security patches. Each Nexus device will get Android version updates for two years after it started selling on the Google Play Store. Security patches will be available for the longer of 3 years from the availability of 18 months from when Google last sold the device. Here’s when the Nexus devices that are in circulation will stop receiving Android updates, according to Google : Nexus 5X: September 2017 Nexus 6P: September 2017 Nexus 6: October 2016 Nexus 9: October 2016 Nexus 5: October 2015 Nexus 7 (2013): July 2015 Nexus 10: November 2014 As you can see, your best bet for making sure your smartphone runs Android N this year is buying either a Nexus 6, Nexus 5s or Nexus 6P. However, the Nexus 6 will not be eligible for next year’s Android O update. One other thing to note is that as long as you have a Nexus device, you'll be able to install beta releases of an upcoming major Android upgrade.
  • How Congress' bad Periscopes brought out the best in C-SPAN (2016-06-22 18:29:00)
    It is rare that I'm compelled to seek out C-SPAN live coverage. House Democrats staged a dramatic sit-in to demand action on gun control, chanting "no bill, no break." But after a recess was called, C-SPAN's live video footage was cut off by House Republicans. As a video editor, I was curious to see how C-SPAN would integrate Periscope and Facebook Live into their broadcast.
  • SolarCity's thrifty message clashes with Tesla's luxury branding (2016-06-22 18:25:22)
    Elon Musk is betting that luxury electric car buyers and rooftop solar customers are a single market. The marketing messages of Tesla and SolarCity tell a different tale. Musk said he would be "shocked" if his customers did not all at least have an interest in solar, but he did not know how many Tesla owners also have solar panels.
  • Facebook brings VR Reactions to 360-degree videos (2016-06-22 18:24:00)
  • IBM forms medical-imaging collaborative to battle major diseases (2016-06-22 18:16:05)
    The Watson Health initiative taps "cognitive imaging" tech to help doctors worldwide tackle breast cancer, diabetes and eye and heart disease and more.
  • U.S. SEC accuses U.K. man of hacking, fraudulent trades (2016-06-22 18:15:45)
    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued a U.K. man it said hacked into online brokerage accounts of several U.S. investors, placed unauthorized stock trades, and within minutes made profitable trades in the same stocks in his own account. A federal judge issued an emergency order freezing assets belonging to the defendant, Idris Dayo Mustapha, the SEC said on Wednesday, shortly after filing its civil lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. It was unclear whether Mustapha had a lawyer.
  • Verizon says 'Can You Hear Me Now?' tagline is now irrelevant (2016-06-22 17:57:19)
    Technically Incorrect: After Sprint hires the guy who recited the famous line in Verizon commercials, a Verizon ad shows Jamie Foxx sniffing that no one talks on the phone anymore.
  • An LGBTQ fan convention is banning toy guns after the Orlando shooting (2016-06-22 17:57:01)
    A week after the mass shooting that left 49 patrons of a gay nightclub dead in Orlando, Florida, upcoming fan convention Flame Con is asking its attendees to drop the firearms from their costumes.Flame Con, in its second year, is an LGBTQ-focused geek fandom convention that will be held in Brooklyn this August. Like most other fan events, it’s a popular place for cosplay. ...
  • How to choose an Android VPN (2016-06-22 17:55:00)
    How do you pick the trustworthy and useful VPNs out of a lineup of possibly shady characters?
  • Thirty Helens agree: Smart-city technology can change our lives for the better (2016-06-22 17:53:43)
    A new study from Mobileye suggests that Americans are excited to bring more technology into our commutes, as it can solve problems that have plagued us for years.
  • 'Hotline Miami 2' is ready for your user-built sequels (2016-06-22 17:44:00)
  • 'Game of Thrones' actor says what we were all thinking (2016-06-22 17:43:59)
    Spoilers ahead, but let's just say that in Westeros, sometimes a straight line isn't the best path to survival.
  • Sony agrees to pay millions for abandoning Linux on PS3 (2016-06-22 17:37:42)
    Remember how Sony launched the PS3 with "OtherOS" support, so you could install Linux or whatever other PowerPC-compatible OS you could finagle onto your shiny new next-gen gaming system? Sony has agreed to a settlement with the litigants to pay $55 to anyone who can prove they owned an OtherOS-capable PS3 (what the settlement adorably refers to as a "Fat PS3," as opposed to the slim model that never supported OtherOS) and actually used that functionality. If you simply knew about OtherOS and intended to use it on your Fat PS3, you can get $9.
  • The Laws You Need to Know Before Flying Your Drone (2016-06-22 17:32:00)
    What you need to know about the FAA’s new landmark drone rules.
  • Let’s all just agree the 2017 iPhone will have an OLED screen (2016-06-22 17:20:52)
    I have to keep checking my calendar, because it's only June 2016, but we already have a pretty solid idea of what 2017's iPhone is going to look like. I know Apple leaks have been getting worse year-by-year, but this is just getting silly now. A(nother) well-sourced report from  Nikkei has supply-chain research that shows that Samsung and Sharp are ramping up production of OLED screens, in time to be in devices by 2017. As we (and everyone else on the internet) has pointed out, there's only one mobile company big enough to need this kind of supply ramp-up. The name starts with 'A,' and ends with 'pple's going to make an OLED-screen iPhone next year.' DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years Let's just take a moment to sit down, and look at the evidence. Back in April,  The Korea Herald  had a report that Apple had a contract with Samsung for OLED screens, with delivery to start in 2017. Then in May , a  Bloomberg  report said that a number of companies that make equipment to make OLED screens were seeing increased orders, which is a very strong indicator that OLED makers are ramping up production. Next up was a UBS analyst who spoke to industry insider sources, confirming that someone COUGH APPLE COUGH is buying up a huge number of OLED screens, in preparation for a 2017 device launch. That's just the firm evidence! Then, we have the leaks in multiple sources yesterday , which said that only minor changes are coming to the iPhone this year, in preparation for a major, mind-blowing overhaul next year. Could OLED screens be part of that? Heck yes! By now, let's just agree that we don't need any more supply-source confirmation. Next year's iPhone is going to have an OLED screen. It's going to be all kinds of contrasty and pretty and fantastic, but we don't need to hear about it every second of every day until then.
  • Aaron Sorkin will teach you screenwriting for $90 (2016-06-22 17:19:09)
    Legendary screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Steve Jobs) is partnering with the online education platform MasterClass to offer a course on screenwriting that's being made available later this summer. Over the course of 25 video lessons spanning five hours, Sorkin is going to share "his rules of storytelling, dialogue, [and] character development," critique select student submissions, and work with real-world examples from the decades he's spent writing movies, TV shows, and plays. Sorkin is not one of those writers.
  • Tesla's SolarCity bid adds debt, sucks cash from carmaker at sensitive time (2016-06-22 17:14:37)
    By Alexandria Sage and Paul Lienert SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Elon Musk may have "zero doubt" over the common sense of Tesla Motors' proposed acquisition of rooftop solar company SolarCity, but a merger of the two cash-burning companies at a crucial time in the electric car firm's growth plan carries financial risk Tesla can ill afford, investors and analysts say. The proposed stock deal, worth $2.8 billion at Tuesday's close, effectively doubles long-term debt on Tesla's balance sheet and exacerbates persistent cash burn that already pushed Tesla to the markets last month for a $1.7 billion capital increase. Tesla, which appeared set for the rest of the year, might have to come back to the markets sooner in order to fund SolarCity and production of Tesla's Model 3, a roughly $35,000 vehicle due in 2017 on which the company has pinned its future.
  • Reddit users helped bust a national park graffiti artist (2016-06-22 17:14:00)
  • FCA accelerates recall of confusing gear lever that may have contributed to Anton Yelchin's death (2016-06-22 17:12:59)
    Fiat Chrysler says that it is moving up the schedule for updating software in around 1.1 million vehicles that use a confusing gear selector design that was first recalled in April. The design, which makes it unusually easy to accidentally place a vehicle in neutral instead of park, was present in the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin last weekend when it rolled down his driveway and pinned him against a mailbox. Presumably, Yelchin's Grand Cherokee did not have the updated software.
  • Dems turn to Facebook, Twitter after cameras turned off over gun sit-in (2016-06-22 17:11:54)
    In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, US Democrats stage a sit-in on the House floor and use social media to get the word out after cameras are reportedly switched off.
  • 10 things you should know about deploying a software defined network (2016-06-22 17:07:00)
    Its's early days for SDN deployments, and organizations need to navigate some tricky currents to reap the benefits.
  • Health advisories in Zika-affected countries may have prompted more women to seek abortions (2016-06-22 17:00:03)
    Women who live in some Latin American countries where the Zika virus is spreading are increasingly seeking access to abortion — even though, in many instances, abortion is illegal or restricted. Since November 17th, 2015, when the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an epidemiological alert about Zika, the number of requests for abortion medications has increased significantly, sometimes even doubling, scientists have found. The Zika virus causes microcephaly, a condition in which babies conceived by infected moms are born with abnormally small heads.
  • Seinfeld's apartment meets Doom, yada yada yada (2016-06-22 16:45:46)
    Serenity now! Become the master of your domain with this map that lets you combine the shoot-'em-up video game with the show about nothing.
  • California's last nuclear power plant to close in 2025 (2016-06-22 16:43:00)
  • Converse put a wah pedal in a pair of Chuck Taylors (2016-06-22 16:39:08)
    Three years ago, the design agency Critical Mass created a prototype of a high-top Converse Chuck Taylor with a built-in wah pedal called the . Now, in partnership with CuteCircuit, Converse has brought the shoe to life, and giving a pair to legendary guitarist J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. among others to use on stage.
  • Aston Martin is going to make 99 Vanquish Zagatos, because Aston Martin loves you (2016-06-22 16:32:01)
    As grand touring cars go, they don't get much more beautiful than the Vanquish Zagato that Aston Martin revealed as a concept several weeks ago. At the time, Aston didn't reveal any production plans — but it was pretty obvious that they wanted to make a few. Based on the already beautiful Vanquish, the limited model was co-designed with Italy's Zagato — hence the name — with which Aston Martin has had a relationship for decades.
  • #NoBillNoBreak trending globally as US politicians hold sit-in over gun control (2016-06-22 16:25:06)
    In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, US Democrats stage a sit-in on the House floor and use social media to get the word out.
  • A French artist hand-painted our favorite emojis onto this billiard set (2016-06-22 16:23:33)
    Head-bandage, corner pocket.
  • Just like the NSX, except not: Acura sets pricing for 2017 MDX crossover (2016-06-22 16:21:34)
    Acura's suite of safety tech comes standard, and a three-motor hybrid variant will be on sale later in the year.
  • Senate temporarily votes down controversial online surveillance expansion (2016-06-22 16:17:27)
    Congress has failed to pass an expansion of online surveillance powers for monitoring suspected terrorists — at least for now. In a vote today, the Senate fell just short of the 60 votes needed to adopt an amendment brought by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), mustering only 58 supporters. The measure, introduced as an amendment to a spending bill, would allow the FBI to collect targets’ browsing history, email records, and other electronic metadata through a national security letter — a method of surveillance that carries relatively little oversight and can bar internet service providers and other recipients from revealing its existence.
  • Sony will pay out millions to spurned PS3 Linux users (2016-06-22 16:14:00)
  • ​Go inside 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' (2016-06-22 16:11:49)
    The cast of "Rogue One" graces the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly, which promises to deliver behind-the-scenes news of the upcoming "Star Wars" film. Plus, Darth Vader is back.
  • Watch the intense movie-style trailer for NASA's Jupiter mission (2016-06-22 16:06:00)
    The Juno mission boldly goes where no spacecraft has gone before and a dramatic trailer highlights the danger of the journey.
  • Ghostbot: Meet the bot that will get rid of annoying texters (2016-06-22 15:45:03)
    Is your phone flooded with texts from people you don't want to talk to? A new feature in the Burner app helps handle people who can't take a hint.