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  • Waze carpooling service now available to all users in San Francisco area (2016-09-29 20:06:09)
    Google's Waze Rider service, which lets people carpool to and from work with drivers using the Waze app, has come out of its pilot program and is now widely available in the San Francisco area. It's been rolling out to users over the last several weeks, the company confirmed to The Wall Street Journal today. Waze Rider is different from ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft in that it's meant to pair two people headed in the same direction.
  • This was the first time ‘Google’ was ever used on a TV show (2016-09-29 20:00:06)
    I’m old enough to remember a time when Google wasn’t the only search engine in town. You say, way back in the day, the search engine landscape was littered with a seemingly endless number of options, from Altavista to Webcrawler. In the late 90s,  Google came along and quickly implanted itself as the de-facto search engine. Thanks to its clever page-rank algorithm, Google managed to deliver more accurate and helpful search results than the competition. Google’s rise to search engine dominance was well-chronicled in Steven Levy's In the Plex , but one of the more interesting aspects of Google’s ascension was its penetration of the mainstream vernacular. Google didn’t just change the way we used the web, it changed the way we talked . After a few years of dominance on the web, the word Google  eventually morphed into a verb. DON'T MISS:  See how Google’s new Pixel phones stack up to last year’s Nexus phones These days, you ask someone a question and they might hit you back with, “I don’t know, why don’t you Google it.” On a related note, medical professionals will often bemoan the use of Dr. Google , a reference to patients who put more faith in the search engine than in anything else. Today, the phrase “Google it” is just a part of the everyday vernacular. And while it’s impossible to pinpoint when it became commonplace, it is possible to pinpoint the first time the phrase was used on national TV. According to Charles Arthur, author of Digital Wars , the first reference to Google as a verb took place on October 15, 2002 during an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer .  The character Willow (played by Alyson Hannigan) asks the following in reference to a girl, “Have you Googled her yet?” The response? “She’s 17!” Clearly not catching the reference, Willow clarifies, “It’s a search engine.” Arthur writes: You can view the clip in question below at about the 2:40 mark. Shortly after Google's debut on Buffy , the word would soon resurface during an episode of ER  in early 2003 .  When a doctor notices two of his colleagues on a computer and asks what they're doing, they respond with "Googling your blind date."
  • VW's Skoda to ponder U.S. production amid market push (2016-09-29 19:42:11)
    By Andreas Cremer PARIS (Reuters) - Volkswagen's Czech division Skoda said it will assess the possibility of building cars in the United States as it considers selling in the world's second largest auto market where its parent continues to grapple with an emissions scandal. Skoda, Volkswagen's (VW) mass-market brand, will start deliveries in Iran, South Korea and Singapore next year and will take time until the end of 2017 or later to decide whether to enter the United States, Skoda's chief executive, Bernhard Maier, said.
  • Tesla on Autopilot and bus collide in Germany (2016-09-29 19:37:06)
    BERLIN (AP) — Police in northern Germany say a Tesla being driven with its Autopilot system engaged collided with a bus on a highway.
  • New California law allows test of autonomous shuttle with no driver (2016-09-29 19:35:50)
    A bill signed into law on Thursday by California Governor Jerry Brown allows a self-driving vehicle with no operator inside to test on a public road, a key step enabling a private business park outside San Francisco to test driverless shuttles. Self-driving cars are already allowed to test on California public roads by 15 automakers, technology companies and startups, including Alphabet's Google , Ford , Honda and Tesla . The bill introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla allows testing in Contra Costa County northeast of San Francisco of the first full-autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel, brakes, accelerator or operator.
  • NXP Semiconductors explores sale to Qualcomm: sources (2016-09-29 19:22:35)
    NXP Semiconductors NV is exploring selling itself to Qualcomm Inc in a deal that could be valued at more than $30 billion, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The deal would help diversify Qualcomm's business and make it a bigger supplier to the automotive industry. An agreement with Qualcomm could be struck in the next two to three months, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported news of the talks.
  • Google asks for airspace access for internet balloons (2016-09-29 19:15:01)
    Google, which is hoping to beam the internet to remote areas of the world via balloon, went before the UN's aviation agency to ask member states to let it ply their airspace. The company's X Lab, which was created to pursue big-vision projects, said it hopes to establish a network of helium balloons floating in the stratosphere that will emit a powerful 4G signal to rural and difficult-to-access areas. The new initiative -- launched in 2013 and dubbed "Project Loon" -- saw its first balloon take off from South America in February only to crash at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, where it was discovered by villagers.
  • Elliott Management takes 8.1 percent stake in Mentor Graphics (2016-09-29 18:57:17)
    (Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Elliott Management said it picked up an 8.1 percent stake in electronics hardware supplier Mentor Graphics Corp , a few months after Carl Icahn exited the company. Elliott, founded by billionaire Paul Singer, said Mentor Graphics' shares were undervalued and that it was in talks with the company's board. Mentor Graphics shares should be valued at $29.07, according to StarMine data.
  • Star Wars Death Star's famed feature was a complete accident (2016-09-29 18:35:05)
    Film artist Colin Cantwell tells Reddit how the iconic trench came to be. And it turns out the X-Wing owes its life to a night of drinking.
  • Spotify joins Japan streaming music fray with karaoke lyrics (2016-09-29 18:33:39)
    The world's second-largest music market is worth over $2.5 billion. But Spotify will still have to fight for a big piece of the pie.
  • ​California tightens background checks on Uber, Lyft drivers (2016-09-29 18:24:40)
    Governor Jerry Brown signs a new law that will fine ride-hailing companies up to $5,000 per driver if those drivers are found to have criminal histories.
  • Google's Project Shield defends free speech from botnet scourge (2016-09-29 18:03:05)
    The effort is designed to save journalists, activists and others from "botnets" of hacked DVRs and security cameras used to swamp websites with data.
  • Here’s what to do if your iPhone 7 display looks yellow (2016-09-29 18:00:08)
    Earlier today, we received a tip from the staff of foreign news site  Letem světem Applem about a concerning issue that some of the site's readers were encountering. Several iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners have taken to the site's forums to complain about the display on their new phone appearing yellow. They hadn't accidentally turned on Night Mode — their displays just didn't look right. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding A quick Google search turned up dozens of similar results, indicating that this is a rather widespread problem. Thankfully, the results also included several solutions, the most comprehensive of which we found on OS X Daily . But before we get to the fix, it's worth noting that this isn't the first time iPhone buyers have reported seeing yellow . Previous reports on the issue claim that, in some instances, the adhesive on the screen simply hasn't dried yet, which can create a yellow hue on the display. Before you attempt any fixes or run to your nearest Apple Store, wait a few days to see if the issue takes care of itself. No luck? Alright, let's move on to the fix: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility From there, head to  Display Accommodations > Color Filters Tap the switch next to Color Filters below the colored pencils Tap Color Tint , the last option in the menu Scroll down and you should see two sliders: Intensity and Hue . Adjust the two sliders until your display begins to look normal again. It is possible to overcorrect the tint, so you might have to fiddle around for a few minutes until you hit the sweet spot. This might not be a perfect solution, but if the yellow hue is driving you crazy, it's a reasonable stopgap.
  • Melinda Gates tackles women in tech issues (2016-09-29 17:32:49)
    The well-known philanthropist gets the wheels turning on a push to promote women in the tech industry.
  • Verizon tech found guilty of tracking customers’ locations for money (2016-09-29 17:30:21)
    A Verizon Wireless technician has plead guilty to a federal hacking charge related to selling customer data over a number of years. As  Ars Technica  discovered , the technician, Daniel Eugene Traeger, was selling customer location and calling data to a private investigator between 2009 and 2014. He now faces a prison sentence of up to five years. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding According to the plea deal found by  Ars , Traeger was selling customer calling and location data to the private investigator on request: "The Defendant accessed customer call records by logging into Verizon's MARS system. The Defendant then compiled the data in spreadsheets, which the Defendant provided to the PI, including by e-mail. The Defendant accessed customer location data using a Verizon system called Real Time Tool. Using RTT, the Defendant "pinged" cellular telephones on Verizon's network and provided location data for those telephones to the PI. The PI paid the Defendant $50 per month of customer records or location data. The Defendant began selling records to the PI in about April 2009, at a rate of about two records per month. The rate increased over time, and by mid-2013 the Defendant was providing 10 to 15 records in exchange for about $750 per month. Between April 2009 and January 2014, the Defendant was paid more than $10,000 in exchange for his provision of confidential customer information and cellular location data to the PI, an unauthorized third party. The Defendant accessed private and personal Verizon customer information in excess of his authorization for his own private financial gain." In short: the tech had a private investigator paying him to dig up information on specific customers, presumably to help in some kind of investigation. This is obviously illegal; but the worrying part is how it went undetected for so long. You'd assume that there's little reason for a Verizon tech to frequently be pinging individual cellphones, so any systematic abuse of that system would be flagged. But the document makes clear that for years, Traeger was selling multiple records per month, in a spreadsheet, via email. This one particular case has been caught; let's hope Verizon (and every other cell network) does something concrete to prevent future abuse.
  • Salesforce urges EU to probe Microsoft, Linkedin antitrust issues (2016-09-29 17:25:24)
    U.S. software company Salesforce called on EU regulators on Thursday to investigate antitrust issues related to Microsoft's $26 billion bid for social network LinkedIn. Microsoft is expected to seek EU antitrust approval in the coming weeks for its largest ever deal. Salesforce , which lost out on the bidding for LinkedIn , urged competition authorities to go beyond a simple review, saying the deal threatens innovation and competition.
  • Amber Alerts on mobile now can have link to missing child's pic (2016-09-29 17:17:37)
    The FCC also increases the length of Wireless Emergency Alerts to 360 characters for 4G LTE and future cell networks.
  • Nutanix IPO shows risks of 'unicorn' valuations (2016-09-29 17:15:44)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In the run-up to its initial public offering, cloud computing company Nutanix scrambled to avoid a situation that has increasingly marred technology IPOs: a price that's below the most recent private funding round. After bumping up its price Wednesday to $13 to $15 per share, Nutanix will be valued at $1.9 billion at the mid-point of that range, just shy of the $2 billion valuation it received in a 2014 private funding round. Once a rarity, public offerings at a price below the private market valuation have become common, especially for venture-backed companies worth $1 billion or more - the so-called unicorns.
  • Despite flagging sales, Nissan CEO Ghosn says sports cars still matter 'for the storytelling' (2016-09-29 17:12:34)
    In the face of mushrooming SUV sales and the coming autonomous car, CEO says Nissan remains committed to sports cars.
  • Periscope revamps website to make live videos easier to find (2016-09-29 17:10:34)
    The site's new look highlights relevant curated channels and makes it easier to search for video.
  • In new iPhone 7 ad, Apple wants you to express yourself better (2016-09-29 17:03:43)
    Technically Incorrect: Texting is so old. Look what you can now do on your iPhone 7: Send each other balloons.
  • Qualcomm reportedly in talks to buy NXP for over $30B (2016-09-29 17:01:50)
    A deal could be struck in the next two to three months, says a Wall Street Journal report.
  • Leak: This is our best look yet at the upcoming Google Pixel (2016-09-29 16:58:42)
    Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 has been released. And rereleased. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force have been released. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been released. Are there any upcoming new phones left to get excited about in the second half of 2016? Why yes, yes there are, and the world will get its first official look at them next Tuesday when Google hosts a press conference to introduce the Pixel and Pixel XL flagship phones. Of course, we don't have to wait for anything official to take a peak at what Google has in store. MUST SEE:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding We've seen plenty of leaks that seemingly reveal various details and even images of Google's upcoming Pixel phones, which are believed to be taking the place of the company's Nexus smartphone lineup in 2016. Whereas Nexus phones focused on value, offering solid specs at low price points, the new Pixel and Pixel XL will reportedly both be premium flagship phones with high-end specs and much higher price points than Google fans are used to. Where specs are concerned, rumors suggest the phones will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor along with 4GB of RAM, between 32GB and 128GB of storage, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The smaller Pixel will have a 5-inch 1080p display while the larger Pixel XL will reportedly pack a 5.5-inch 2K screen. Both phones will apparently launch with an unannounced version of Nougat, Android 7.1. We've seen leaks in the past that showed renders and even some blurry live photos of the phones, but a new offering from gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer gives us what is likely our best look yet at the smaller Pixel phone. Both phones are expected to share the same design, including that ugly glass or plastic panel at the top, so there likely won't be any hardware surprises next week. A video showing a 3D render of the new Google Pixel phone is embedded below. Google is expected to unveil both new phones during a big press conference on October 4th, where several other big announcements are also due.
  • Google rebrands cloud business, adds more artificial intelligence (2016-09-29 16:45:47)
    Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it renamed its business-to-business cloud computing brand and enhanced some enterprise applications using artificial intelligence, the company's latest gambit to better compete with and Microsoft Corp. in the lucrative cloud business. Discussing the rebranded Google Cloud, Diane Greene, senior vice president of Google's enterprise business, said the company has made good progress courting customers and improving its technology. Cloud computing uses remote internet servers to store, manage and process data, and Google offers a range of apps like word processing and email, as well as the ability to host data and offer resources for developers.
  • Video game makers extend months-long rally with new titles on tap (2016-09-29 16:38:13)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of video game maker Activision Blizzard and rival Electronic Arts extended months-long Wall Street rallies in September as investors eyed new versions of high-profile franchises such as "FIFA" and "Call of Duty," analysts said. Since the end of February, Activision has surged 39 percent, while EA has risen 12 percent since the start of July and both companies have attracted new institutional investors. In the current quarter, 189 mutual funds and exchange traded funds became new shareholders of Activision, resulting in 116 net new purchasers after divestments by other funds, according to research firm Morningstar.
  • 'Farmville' creator Zynga names former EA executive CFO (2016-09-29 16:35:40)
    (Reuters) - "Farmville" creator Zynga Inc on Thursday appointed Gerard Griffin as its chief financial officer, adding another Electronic Arts Inc executive to its top ranks. Zynga in March named EA veteran Frank Gibeau its chief executive, as part of efforts to transition into a mobile games-focused company. Griffin, a gaming industry veteran, spent more than 10 years at the "FIFA" videogame publisher.
  • Hiker's dramatic video of two snakes fighting reveals rare sight (2016-09-29 16:33:41)
    A hiker captures footage of a copperhead grappling with a cottonmouth, perplexing herpetologists in the process.
  • Now even Bluetooth isn’t working on some iPhone 7 devices (2016-09-29 16:25:45)
    Apple, September 7th: "It takes courage to kill the headphone jack, but it's fine, because you can just connect to everything with Bluetooth!" Uh, about that. Numerous reports are coming in saying that the iPhone 7 has big problems connecting to in-car Bluetooth. Problems range from BMWs to Kias to my own Ford, and include audio cut-out or problems connecting. Given that I can't use the aux-in cable and also charge my phone, this is a very real problem. DON'T MISS: Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding Commenters have cropped up on Reddit , Apple's official support forums , and the MacRumors forum . Going off the number of complaints, it seems like BMW, Kia and Ford vehicles are all having repeat problems connecting, while some users are complaining about intermittent issues with Bluetooth speakers. BMW has confirmed that there is an issue, saying in a statement that "at this time, the Apple iPhone 7 is not an approved device for our vehicles until testing has completed. We do not currently have an estimated time frame regarding the completion of iPhone 7 testing. Please continue to look for an update from Apple for a new iOS and our update website to help resolve your concerns:" It's not uncommon for brand-new phones to have Bluetooth connectivity issues, although a problem that causes audio to cut out (what I've been experiencing in a car with an (admittedly dated) Ford Sync system) is more serious than most. More than anything else, this really highlights why Apple may have been premature in killing the headphone jack. Bluetooth is fantastic when it works, but it's still a glitchy and inconsistent standard. The very idea that BMW needs an "approved list of devices" goes to show that it's not reliable enough to be the only audio connection standard. Cars are also the worst place for the iPhone 7's Bluetooth to be malfunctioning. You can't even use your stupid dongle to plug in, because streaming music while also using Maps will eat through your battery life in ten seconds flat, and you can't charge the iPhone 7 while also listening to music. Hopefully, Apple will get around to fixing this problem soon, although even the latest version of iOS 10.1 beta doesn't fix it for me. But more than anything else, this just goes to show that while removing the headphone jack might be "courageous" in Cupertino's perfect testing environment, in a four-year-old car that hasn't had a firmware update in years, courage looks very different.
  • HP will stop blocking its printers from using third-party ink (2016-09-29 16:20:03)
    HP is backtracking on a firmware update that recently blocked some printers from using third-party ink cartridges. Some users reported that the update sometimes mistakenly marked legitimate ink as fake, so HP’s CEO Jon Flaxman wrote today that the company will issue a new update to turn off the DRM. The first mandatory update took effect on September 13th and forced printers to display "damaged cartridge" whenever a bad third-party cartridge was loaded.
  • IdeaFestival 2016: How soon will virtual reality change the way we work? (2016-09-29 16:17:52)
    Ben Kuchera of Polygon discussed the ethical concerns of virtual reality, and how it could impact telecommuting, travel, entertainment, and the way we work in the future.
  • Luke Cage's take on black power in America makes it must-see TV (2016-09-29 16:15:02)
    If Netflix’s Luke Cage is about anything, it’s about power — and no word is imbued with as much unique power in black life as “nigga.” Luke Cage himself makes that much clear. Early on in the new series, Luke (Mike Colter) is held up at gunpoint. “Young man,” Luke says, “I’ve had a long day.
  • Winds of Winter excerpt included in new iBook edition of A Game of Thrones (2016-09-29 16:06:43)
    Apple is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Game of Thrones by launching enhanced editions of George R.R. Martin's best-selling novels, exclusively on iBooks. The Enhanced Edition will allow die-hard Game of Thrones fans to have an interactive experience, one that aims to make the notoriously complex stories a little easier to follow. In addition, readers will also get an excerpt of The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth book in the series. According to The Guardian, HarperCollins said that the excerpt was briefly published on Martin's website, but now can only be found in the Enhanced Edition.
  • You can now preorder an awesome N64 Bluetooth controller for iOS, Android and PC (2016-09-29 15:55:57)
    Are you sick of playing mobile games with touch controls? Would you rather plug an old Nintendo 64 controller into your phone than tap and swipe at the screen? Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that you can't just plug an N64 controller into your iPhone. The good news is that 8Bitdo is about to release a Bluetooth N64 controller that will wirelessly connect to your computer or mobile devices. DON'T MISS:  A top Apple insider just reported key details about the iPhone 8 Back in June, when E3 2016 was in full swing, 8Bitdo ( best known for their NES30 Bluetooth controller ) revealed that it was working on an N64 controller to add to its sizable lineup of classic controller recreations. On Thursday, without any official word from the company itself, the controller went up on Amazon . According to the listing, the controller is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, as well as Mac and PC. If you prefer to use a cord, the device also appears to come with a 6-foot USB cable that you can plug into the controller. The controller will cost $49.99 and begins shipping on October 25th. If you're a fan of emulation gaming and want the experience to feel as authentic as possible, the N64 Bluetooth controller should be a no-brainer. On the other hand, if you just miss the N64 days, this might still fit the bill. You can preorder the controller from Amazon by following  this link .
  • This miniature PC only works if you have the key (2016-09-29 15:50:02)
    Passwords are all well and good (when they work), but if someone has physical access to your hard drive, even the best passwords may not be enough to keep your data safe. Orwl (pronounced Orwell) is an open-source, miniature PC that’s designed solve that problem for security conscious users. Lastly, the entire system is encased in an active mesh that prevents physical access to any of the internal hardware.
  • Watch a fool throw an iPhone 7 off the tallest building in the world (2016-09-29 15:49:38)
    YouTube user TechRax's latest torture test takes him to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
  • How to install a LAMP server on openSUSE (2016-09-29 15:48:53)
    If you want to deploy an openSUSE-based LAMP server, follow these steps to add the AMP to the L.
  • Spotify launches in Japan: Better late than never (2016-09-29 15:45:29)
    The country's music business is worth over $2.5 billion, but it may be tough for Spotify to get a big piece of that pie.
  • Tech titans join to study artificial intelligence (2016-09-29 15:45:03)
    Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, and Google-owned British AI firm DeepMind on Wednesday announced a non-profit organization called "Partnership on AI" focused on helping the public understand the technology and practices in the field. The move comes amid concerns that new artificial intelligence efforts could spin out of control and end up being detrimental to society. Academics, non-profit groups, and specialists in policy and ethics will be invited to join the board of the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI).
  • 'Adventure Time' and its trips to distant lands will end in 2018 (2016-09-29 15:33:54)
    C'mon, grab your friends, the surreal animated show still has two seasons and some specials left.
  • Garmin's next step in its plan to own your fitness life: an activity tracker for kids (2016-09-29 15:30:45)
    Garmin, which makes so many different activity trackers that you actually burn calories just by trying to distinguish between them all, is now selling an activity tracker to kids. Garmin says it based the 60 minute move goal on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, aerobic activity is supposed to account for 60 minutes or more of a child's physical activity every day.
  • HBO is now available on PlayStation Vue for $15 per month (2016-09-29 15:28:40)
    A few weeks ago, Sony announced that its PlayStation Vue streaming service would soon offer both Cinemax and HBO. Those networks are both available today as standalone options for $15 per month each, or as part of a larger new bundle.
  • Amazon Alexa Prize offers $2.5M to get voice assistant chatting (2016-09-29 15:22:35)
    The company wants to make Alexa smart enough to talk with a real person for 20 minutes, and it hopes clever students can help.
  • Amazon chats up college students with $2.5M Alexa prize (2016-09-29 15:12:48)
    The company wants to make Alexa smart enough to talk with a real person for 20 minutes.
  • There’s already a complete guide to repairing your iPhone 7 at home (2016-09-29 15:10:11)
    It's a fall tradition: the leaves change, Apple launches a new iPhone, and then you drop said iPhone on the sidewalk. Luckily, there's a next step. iFixit  has released its full collection of repair guides for the iPhone 7, two weeks after conducting a live teardown of the new phones. If you've somehow already broken your battery -- or maybe it exploded all on its own! -- this is the information you need. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding Contrary to what some people think, conducting basic fixes on an iPhone is actually pretty easy. You need some simple tools, an hour of your life, and the mental fortitude to rip a $700 piece of electronics in two. The actual procedures involved with the iPhone 7 for a screen or battery replacement are mostly the same as for an iPhone 6s. It starts with removing the proprietary pentalobe screws at the bottom of the device, which hold the display and body together. Then, you use heat to warm up the adhesive (iFixit recommends a warm tube that you heat up in a microwave), and a suction cup to actually pull the display up. Once you're inside, you need to remove a few components to be able to get the battery out. The Taptic engine, barometric vent and sensor assembly all need removing, which mostly just involves taking out screws and undoing connectors. The final move is to remove the battery from the case using the adhesive pull tabs, which can be a little fiddly. But ultimately, the replacement is easy: undo screws, loosen adhesive, and gently apply force in the right place.
  • Indian bitcoin company raises $1.5 million from U.S., Indian investors (2016-09-29 15:03:43)
    Unocoin, a Bangalore-based bitcoin startup, has raised $1.5 million in funding from a mix of Indian and U.S. investors, the company announced on Thursday. The company, which runs a trading platform to buy, sell, and store bitcoins for Indian customers, said the money raised was the largest for an Indian bitcoin startup. Unocoin describes itself as the Coinbase of India.
  • Bill Ford says governments need to be involved as transport changes (2016-09-29 14:52:17)
    Ford Motor Co will become less capital intensive and will be open to partnerships as it develops new businesses such as ride sharing and autonomous vehicles, Chairman Bill Ford said on Thursday. "There will be partnerships," Ford told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Detroit on the future of transportation. Since taking over as the automaker's chairman in 1999, Ford has pushed the company, which was founded by his great-grandfather, to look beyond its traditional business of manufacturing and selling cars.
  • Jeremy Clarkson’s new ‘Top Gear’ might be coming to TV after all (2016-09-29 14:45:55)
    The Grand Tour is Jeremy Clarkson’s upcoming Top Gear -like TV show that’ll stream exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Video this fall. But while Amazon paid a lot of cash to secure a car show starring the three Top Gear hosts that were fired and/or left the BBC last year, The Grand Tour  might not be an Amazon exclusive for too long. Apparently, there’s a secret deal in place that would let TV stations get the rights for the show. DON’T MISS: An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8 According to Business Insider , ITV is just one of a host of broadcasters that are looking to get access to The Grand Tour after it launches on Prime Video. Amazon said that it has no interest in licensing the original series to network and cable TV companies, but the site learned from a British TV industry sources that Amazon has a secret arrangement in place. As a part of the deal Amazon made with Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and executive producer Andy Wilman last year, Amazon agreed to work with IMG to license “second window rights” for the show. In other words, Amazon gets to choose if and when the show is made available on regular TV channels. IMG, who sold BBC spy drama The Night Manager to more than 188 countries this year, has been informally gauging interest in the UK in recent weeks. Apparently, ITV is particularly interested in Amazon’s new car show. IMG could also help Amazon sell The Grand Tour to countries where Prime Video isn’t available, given the immense popularity of Top Gear . BBC ’s show was sold to 212 territories around the world, becoming in 2013 the holder of the Guinness Book of World Record for the “world’s most widely watched factual TV programme.”
  • FCC beefs up emergency cellphone alerts (2016-09-29 14:39:22)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government is beefing up emergency cellphone alerts like the one used in New York to advertise a search for a bombing suspect earlier in September.
  • Hiker's dramatic video of two snakes fighting reveals a rare sight (2016-09-29 14:32:56)
    A hiker captures footage of a copperhead grappling with a cottonmouth, perplexing herpetologists in the process.
  • Panasonic's new flexible batteries could one day power a bendable phone (2016-09-29 14:30:03)
    Fortunately, Panasonic is moving us a step closer to the dream of a bendable phone with its new flexible lithium-ion batteries. More importantly, Panasonic’s batteries can withstand these deformations without affecting the battery’s ability to maintain a charge, something that's currently a problem with regular lithium-ion batteries.
  • Director Andrea Arnold on the cross-country party that produced American Honey (2016-09-29 14:21:14)
    Andrea Arnold’s new film American Honey is a fascinating, immersive trip across the American heartland with a crew of hard-partying 20-somethings, but it’s also one of those projects where the behind-the-scenes story is as compelling as the one on-screen. Arnold had read a 2007 New York Times article about mag crews — traveling groups of young people selling magazine subscriptions, often for predatory companies keeping them indentured under brutal conditions. American Honey only features a few professional actors — Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road, Magic Mike) as Krystal, the mercenary head of the mag crew, and Shia LaBeouf as Jake, her top seller and trainer.
  • Cumberbatch reveals Doctor Strange will join 'Avengers: Infinity War' (2016-09-29 14:20:53)
    The Marvel superhero movie, set for release in 2018, just got a bit more magical now that Doctor Strange is set to be in it.
  • How to stop your smartphone battery from exploding (2016-09-29 14:20:27)
    2016 may be remembered as the year self-driving cars started to become a thing, or as a low point for American democracy. But it will also be remembered as the time that expensive electronics started doubling as handwarmers. Apple and Samsung devices (and washing machines!) have started going boom with slightly worrying regularity, all because of the sometimes-unstable power source lingering inside. Here's how to keep your lithium-ion-using device at a safe and non-explosive temperature. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding From a scientific point of view, the fact that lithium-ion batteries can explode really isn't a surprise. Cellphone and laptop batteries have been intermittently catching fire, swelling up or exploding for decades. The reason is simple: batteries store energy, and while most of the time, that energy is turned into dank memes or FaceTime calls, when things go wrong , it can turn into flames. It's the same thing as a car's tank of gas: when everything goes properly, the energy is released gradually and safely by the engine, which makes the wheels go round and round. But when there's a leak or a fire or a crash, the entire tank of gas can go up at once. Pictured: a car fire caused by a charging Note 7 in Florida Of course, regulators and companies have known about the dangers of lithium batteries ever since they were first introduced, and in theory, every battery sold today should not fail under ideal circumstances. But accidents happen, so let's take a look at how and why lithium-ion batteries can go boom. Assuming a battery is properly and safely manufactured, the most common cause of a fire or explosion is physical damage. If a battery is badly dropped -- or worse, penetrated with a sharp object -- it can cause a short circuit inside one cell. That will lead to energy flow between the positive and negative elements of the cell, causing "thermal runaway," and quite possibly a fire. One cell heating up dramatically can also cause a chain reaction inside the entire battery, leading each cell in turn to heat up and vent. In practice, this looks less like an explosion and more like a quick and violent fire. So, simple solution: don't stick nails into your phone! Less obviously, you should be cautious with a device after it's suffered any kind of physical damage. If your phone or tablet takes a big tumble, monitor it for signs of damage like the battery not holding charge, the device getting unusually hot, or the batteries swelling in any way. That covers physical damage. But what about the dozens of Samsung devices that have recently been exploding with no damage? From the information Samsung has released, it's a similar kind of fault as physical damage, but due to a flaw in the manufacturing process. For some reason, cells were manufacturered with the positive and negative terminals too close to one another. That causes excessive heat within the battery, especially during charging or use in a particularly hot place. Combine those factors, and you have a perfect recipe for thermal runaway. But why did Samsung screw up so badly? The big-picture reason is really to do with lithium-ion battery technology, and consumers' demand for better battery life. The battery chemistry of lithium-ion cells hasn't changed that much over the last decade, but consumers have been clamouring for better battery life. So, in an effort to cram more energy into the same-sized battery, manufacturers have been pushing tolerances more and more, meaning that one tiny error in the manufacturing process can have huge effects. If you have an affected Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the easiest way to prevent it from exploding is to go trade it in for a new, non-explosive device. In the interim, you should avoid charging your phone all the way (Samsung has even released a software patch that will do just that), and avoid charging or using it in warm places (sorry, Florida). iPhone 7 that apparently came out of the box pre-exploded But it's not just Samsung devices that have been exploding. A story is going around today about an iPhone 7 that appeared to explode. According to the user, he opened the box of a brand-new iPhone, and it looked like this. We don't know precisely what happened yet, but a decent guess would be the box was left somewhere too hot, which could cause the battery to overheat and go boom. Although batteries are safe in general (far safer than driving in a car, for example!), there's still a few precautions you can take to avoid spontaneous combustion: Don't buy off-brand batteries to put in your devices. Even if they use the same battery cells, brand-name batteries have circuitry that's designed to keep the battery safe, protect it from bad chargers, and vent the battery if the pressure in the cells becomes too high. With cheap replacement cells, you have no guarantee that they've taken the same precautions. Avoid using bad chargers with unknown power supplies. Cheap chargers from gas stations (or even Amazon) don't always follow the USB protocols, and can accidentally send completely the wrong amount of power. Using a charger that's underpowered will hurt your battery long-term; using a bad charger (or even cable!) that sends too much power can fry your devices. Don't charge in extreme temperatures. Your smartphone manual will have temperature limits written on it, normally 0-45 degrees Centigrade. Charging your device outside of those temperatures can cause long-term damage, and even fires in the worst case scenario. Don't hit your batteries with a nail, hammer, sledgehammer, jackhammer, bowling ball, or really any pointy or heavy object. Just avoid hitting batteries in general.
  • Periscope adds four new streaming channels (2016-09-29 14:16:38)
    Livestreaming app adds channels spotlighting protests, pets, celebs and parks.
  • You've got too much mail! Can AOL save us from email burnout? (Well...) (2016-09-29 14:10:19)
    AOL's Alto app tries to cure our email troubles. Meanwhile, Samsung is dealing with bigger problems: exploding washing machines.
  • Qualcomm in talks to buy NXP Semiconductors: WSJ (2016-09-29 14:08:01)
    (Reuters) - Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc is in talks to buy NXP Semiconductors NV in a deal that could be valued at more than $30 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. Netherlands-based NXP and San Diego-based Qualcomm said separately that they did not comment on rumors or speculation. NXP shares rose as much as 19.3 percent to $98.09 in afternoon trading on Thursday, while Qualcomm's rose as much as 8.5 percent to $68.83.
  • Melinda Gates turns her focus to promoting women in tech (2016-09-29 14:03:41)
    Melinda Gates is taking time from her philanthropic work to build out a personal team dedicated to helping increase the number of women in technology-related jobs. Gates, who co-chairs the world’s largest philanthropic foundation with her husband and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, says the issue is close to her heart. "I care about computer science," Gates tells Backchannel in an interview published today.
  • BlackBerry's physical keyboard isn't going away yet (2016-09-29 14:00:12)
    After BlackBerry announced it was finished building its own smartphones yesterday, many people were concerned it signaled the end of the company's iconic QWERTY keyboards. Although BlackBerry will continue to make smartphones with QWERTY keyboards, it's possible it won't be the exact same keyboard you're used to. The company will have to maintain the style and build quality that everyone who enjoys BlackBerry's physical keyboards has grown accustomed to, without actually building or designing it.
  • Apple's new ad is for people who haven't figured out how to use iMessage effects (2016-09-29 14:00:03)
    Apple debuted a TV ad today that shows off the new iMessage effects on iOS 10. The ad depicts balloons floating around a city and gathering in the bedroom of an iMessage user who reads a happy birthday text that was sent with the balloon iMessage effect. In case you don’t know what the new effects are, they fill a text thread with either balloons, confetti, lasers, a shooting star, or fireworks.
  • 15 secret Pokemon Go tips and tricks that’ll take your game to the next level (2016-09-29 13:58:08)
    Despite the fact that it launched nearly three months ago, there's still plenty we don't know about Pokemon Go . We don't know where to find Ditto, we don't know when Legendary Pokemon will be added to the game and we don't know why everyone in the world seems to have a Dragonite other than us. Thankfully, members of The Silph Road community on Reddit have banded together to eliminate our ignorance with a list of mechanics that aren't made obvious in the game, but will make your playing experience much smoother. MUST SEE:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding Here's the complete list, which was compiled by u/xboxrecordat : You can tap the "Oh?" screen with two fingers to skip the hatch animation (thanks u/Robdog777 and u/Fuzati ) Tapping on the "transfer succeeded" banner dismisses it Clicking on the compass aligns the view with north, clicking again dynamically moves the view to align with where your phone is facing Swiping up during a gym battle brings up the switch 'mon screen There is a slider at the side of the pokemon screen that allows you to scroll through the entire list without dragging up multiple times (thanks u/DynamoPro ) Press and hold the pokeball menu button then drag and release on whichever thing you want to open, saving an extra tap (thanks u/Handtuch1 ) If you tap to the left or right of a Pokemon's CP number when looking at its details, you will navigate to the previous or next Pokemon in the list (thanks u/Nriqg ) Tapping multiple Pokemon at once in the heal/revive screens heals/revives every Pokemon tapped, so you don't have to heal/revive individually (thanks u/johnsmusicbox ) If you tap the appraisal screen with 1,2, or 3 fingers, it'll skip that many screens. (thanks u/pppeeepppsssiii ) Evolving a Pokemon awards you with one candy. So if you have a Squirtle and 124 candy, you'll have the 100 for a Blastoise after evolving to Wartortle. (thanks u/iliketoast714 ) On the map screen tap once then quickly press and hold to zoom in and out by moving your finger up and down (during the hold), an alternative to pinch to zoom. (thanks u/chrissulli13 ) Clicking the Candy icon in the buddy screen allows you to see your buddy's CP/Moves/Total Candy Count. (Thanks u/maulpets ) When you delete a Pokémon's name a press "OK" it will revert to its default name (Thanks u/Fuzati ) You can swipe through gym defenders while your team roster is up. (Thanks u/woodswims ) You don't need to click "OK" on the Pokemon captured dialog, just click somewhere on the screen. This allows you to get out of the post capture screens quickly by tapping twice where the checkbox is on the stats screen. (Thanks u/Roro_chan ) It's frustrating that none of these mechanics are explained by the game itself, but it does give dedicated trainers a reason to go online and interact with the rest of the Pokemon Go community. Maybe that's the point? If so, very clever, Niantic.
  • Banks tighten SWIFT system security after hacks (2016-09-29 13:56:48)
    Banks are tightening the security of their SWIFT messaging networks – used by the industry to shift trillions of dollars each day – following revelations that hackers are increasingly able to get into this system to steal money. Bankers at SWIFT's annual SIBOS conference in Geneva said they were adopting new security tools, reviewing procedures and pressing their counterparties to do the same. Some banks are also looking at alternative technologies for transferring money, such as blockchain-type systems.
  • HBO, Cinemax land on PlayStation Vue as new channel package (2016-09-29 13:53:54)
    The channels will be part of the new Ultra plan that costs $65 to $75 a month.
  • Google's tweaks to Android Wear watches won't arrive till 2017 (2016-09-29 13:50:12)
    Google's Play Store will run directly on Android Wear watches, possibly opening up more functions for iPhone users.
  • Ex-CIA official to head new bureau for background checks (2016-09-29 13:45:14)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's former security director is being tapped to head the National Background Investigations Bureau, set up after last year's massive government data breach at the Office of Personnel Management.
  • German retailer Media Markt tests home delivery by robot (2016-09-29 13:39:05)
    German consumer electronics retailer Media Markt is testing using robots to make home delivery of goods faster and more cost effective, although for now they have to be accompanied by a human minder. Media Markt, owned by the Metro group, said on Thursday it is testing two robots not much bigger than vacuum cleaners to deliver packages weighing less than 10 kg within a 5-kilometre radius from a store in the city of Duesseldorf. Under conditions set for the pilot project by the German authorities, the robots are only allowed to travel in daylight, move at a normal walking pace on the footpath and are programmed to give way to oncoming pedestrians.
  • Udacity's self-driving car engineering degree lures over 11,000 hopefuls (2016-09-29 13:34:22)
    By Alexandria Sage and Paul Lienert SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley online education platform Udacity has already received more than 11,000 applicants for its so-called nanodegree in self-driving car engineering, Udacity president and Google X founder Sebastian Thrun said. The high number of applicants - for 250 spots in the course - underscores the pressing need for talent by technology leaders such as Alphabet's Google and Apple, traditional car companies and automotive start-ups, as they race to develop production-ready autonomous-driving vehicles within the next decade. High-profile, costly acquisitions driven by the desire to acquire talent, such as General Motors Co's purchase of automotive start-up Cruise, or Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] buying self-driving trucking start-up Otto, have marked the sector over the past year.
  • Many Android Wear watches aren’t working with the iPhone 7 (2016-09-29 13:33:41)
    Android Wear devices like the second-generation Moto 360, Fossil Q, and $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch are currently incompatible with Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Google added iOS support to Android Wear back in August 2015. Things were fine on the iPhone 6S Plus, but once I upgraded to Apple’s latest handset, I hit a major roadblock — and I’m not alone.
  • Tesla crashes into bus in Germany; driver says used Autopilot (2016-09-29 13:32:56)
    A Tesla car whose driver said he was using the "Autopilot" driving assistance system crashed into a bus on a motorway in northern Germany on Wednesday, police in the German town of Ratzeburg said on Thursday. "The car driver said he had used the car's Autopilot. It now has to be investigated why this did not work," police said in a statement, adding that the Tesla driver was slightly injured and none of the 29 bus passengers was hurt.
  • The iPhone 7 has great battery life, but it doesn’t beat its top rivals (2016-09-29 13:31:59)
    The iPhone 7’s battery life is even better than the iPhone 6s — no surprises there — but can Apple’s best iPhone to date offer better battery life that competes with its main rivals? DON’T MISS: An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8 According to Which ’s extensive testing, the iPhone 7 can’t beat the Galaxy S7, the LG G5 or the HTC 10 in battery life tests. The site compared the four phones in two telling tests: phone calls and web browsing. In both of them, the iPhone 7 came in dead last. “For the tests, we made a continuous call over 3G for the call time test and access a regularly updating special web page over 3G to measure web browsing time,” Which explains. The iPhone 7’s battery lasted for 712 minutes in the 3G call time test. Comparatively, the HTC 10 lasted for 1,859 minutes, followed by the LG G5 (1,579 minutes) and Galaxy S7 (1,492 minutes). When it comes to 3G web browsing, the iPhone 7 lasted for 615 minutes. The HTC 10 took first place once again at 790 minutes, followed by the Galaxy S7 (677 minutes), and LG G5 (640 minutes), as seen in the following image. How is it possible for the HTC 10 to score so much better than the iPhone 7 when it comes to calls? Which explains that it all goes back to the obvious: battery size. “The iPhone 7 has a 1,960mAh battery, whilst the HTC 10 has a 3,000mAh battery: it should hardly be surprising that one battery nearly half the size of another offers roughly half as much charge,” the site writes.
  • If you can’t wait for Pokémon, you should totally play Yo-kai Watch (2016-09-29 13:30:36)
    If you’ve heard of Yo-kai Watch before, it was likely being compared to Pokémon. The series — which began in Japan in 2013 before debuting in English last year — has much in common with Nintendo’s monster-battling phenomenon. This all may lead you to believe Yo-kai Watch is a simple Pokémon clone.
  • AP EXPLAINS: What's at stake as US cedes internet control (2016-09-29 13:27:12)
    On Saturday, the U.S. government plans to cede control of some of the internet's core systems — namely, the directories that help web browsers and apps know where to find the latest weather, maps and Facebook ...
  • Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft join forces to push AI (2016-09-29 13:21:10)
    No, these companies aren't going to take over the world (quite yet). They want to educate the public about the benefits of artificial intelligence.
  • Tesla 'on autopilot' crashes on German Autobahn: police (2016-09-29 13:19:16)
    A Tesla electric car crashed into a tourist bus on a motorway in northern Germany, police said Thursday, adding that the driver had claimed he had activated the car's autopilot system. The driver of the Tesla car was slightly injured, while the 29 people on board the Danish bus were unhurt in the incident on Wednesday, police in Ratzeburg in Schleswig-Holstein state said. A Tesla spokesperson however said in a statement that "we have spoken to our customer, who confirmed that Autopilot was functioning properly and that his use of Autopilot was unrelated to the accident.
  • Donald Trump's latest conspiracy theory takes on Google (2016-09-29 13:17:41)
    The Republican nominee might prefer Bing or Yahoo for his Hillary Clinton news.
  • Q&A: The data your car collects and who can use it (2016-09-29 13:15:57)
    Your car knows more about you than you think. Newer cars that connect to the internet can collect vast amounts of data about drivers, such as where you went to dinner, if you broke the speed limit or if ...
  • Another Tesla Autopilot crash reported, this time on Germany’s Autobahn (2016-09-29 13:04:36)
    With more drivers taking advantage of Tesla’s Autopilot software than ever before, we’re starting to see a discernible increase in the number of Autopilot related mishaps. The latest incident comes to us by way of Germany where a driver on the famed Autobahn crashed his Model S into the back of a bus. The Model S driver claims that he had Autopilot engaged at the time of the crash and explicitly blames the software for the incident. Notably, the driver received a few bumps and bruises but ultimately managed to escape without any serious injuries. Meanwhile, all of the passengers on the bus were unscathed. DON'T MISS: Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding According to a report from Electrek , the Model S driver was using Tesla’s Autosteer feature when the incident occurred. Notably, the driver says that his hands were either close to or on the wheel at the time of the crash. This is worth highlighting because Tesla advises drivers to keep their hands just above the steering wheel even when Autopilot is engaged. Inevitably, Tesla will review the car's logs and will release a statement as to whether or not Autopilot was engaged or not. The most recent Autopilot-related crash comes at an interesting time for Tesla. Just a week ago, the company rolled out version 8.0 of its Autopilot software, an update which introduced a sweeping UI overhaul and a number of significant safety and performance improvements. As Tesla detailed earlier this month, Tesla Autopilot 8.0 relies more heavily upon the car's radar units to detect impending obstacles in the road. "We’re making much more effective use of radar,” Musk said during a conference call a few weeks ago. “It will be a dramatic improvement in the safety of the system done entirely through software." At this point, there's no indication of the Model S driver in Germany was using the most recent version of Tesla's Autopilot software or not.
  • Google delays launch of Android Wear 2.0 to next year (2016-09-29 13:00:10)
    Google’s next-generation smartwatch platform, Android Wear 2.0, will not be seeing the light of day this year. Instead of launching the final version this fall, Google is extending the developer preview program for Android Wear 2.0, and today it’s releasing the third preview of the platform for developers. The Play Store for Android Wear 2.0 will let smartwatch owners browse and download apps and watchfaces directly to their watches, without having to install them on their phones.
  • FCC hits brakes on set-top box vote (2016-09-29 12:58:09)
    Democrats on the Federal Communications Commission say they'll wait to consider rules requiring cable companies to create apps that could replace set-top boxes.
  • Microsoft sharpens AI focus with new research group (2016-09-29 12:57:53)
    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it created a new artificial intelligence unit, as the company pushes deeper into the fast-growing field. Silicon Valley is diving into artificial intelligence (AI)and machine learning research, an industry estimated to zoom to $70 billion by 2020 from just $8.2 billion in 2013, according to a Bank of America report that cited IDC research. On Wednesday, Microsoft teamed up with four other big technology companies - Inc, Alphabet unit Google, Facebook Inc and IBM - to create a non-profit organization to advance public understanding of AI technologies.
  • Nissan sets 'hard Brexit' compensation condition for new UK investment (2016-09-29 12:54:54)
    By Laurence Frost and Costas Pitas PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Nissan wants Britain to pledge compensation for any tax barriers resulting from its decision to leave the European Union, or the Japanese automaker could scrap a potential new investment in the country's biggest car plant, its CEO said on Thursday. Carlos Ghosn's remarks indicate growing concern among global carmakers that Britain could be heading towards a so-called 'hard Brexit', which would leave them paying tariffs to export UK-assembled cars to EU markets. Nissan , which builds around a third of Britain's total car output at its plant in Sunderland, northeast England, is due to decide early next year on where to build its next Qashqai sport utility vehicle.
  • Walt and Nilay colonize Mars (2016-09-29 12:50:11)
    This week, Walt and Nilay celebrate one year of podcasting together on Ctrl-Walt-Delete by discussing Elon Musk's plan to move humanity to Mars — and all the unanswered questions that remain after Musk's dazzling presentation. Walt's column this week took a look at Parallels 12 as a way to run Windows 10 and macOS Sierra simultaneously on Macs new and old, so they touch on that and compare it to Boot Camp.
  • Samsung: Safe batteries inside over 1 million Note 7 phones (2016-09-29 12:38:19)
    The new Galaxy Note 7 devices were issued as part of the company's global recall of an estimated 2.5 million phones.
  • 'Failed' Indiegogo film project was a troll all along (2016-09-29 12:37:17)
    Two years ago, FND Films, a Chicago-based comedy group, raised $77,900 on Indiegogo to produce a feature-length film, It’s All Good. It was the company's second time around on the crowdfunding service, after a successful $11,000 campaign to create the 40-minute short film, Punching. Then, as is unfortunately the case with many crowdfunding campaigns, the company went dark. There were no updates for over two years, and the estimated release date of June 2015 came and went with no news.
  • The AI Super Friends assemble! (The 3:59, Ep. 115) (2016-09-29 12:34:17)
    Should we be worried? Also: More exploding Samsung things, and Tinder gets a boost.
  • Bon Iver obscures his vulnerability with vocal effects on 22, A Million (2016-09-29 12:32:41)
    Bon Iver’s debut album, 2007’s For Emma, Forever Ago, slow-burned into relevance, despite the fact that its creator, Justin Vernon, might have preferred it remain in obscurity. It sold just 4,000 copies in its first week, but eventually received a gold certification (500,000 units sold) from the RIAA. The album’s success solidified Vernon as a new mastermind in the recently commercially viable indie world, and it became a cultural landmark for a certain kind of unapologetically emotional solo artist. ...
  • Electrics touted at Paris car show, but await their moment (2016-09-29 12:05:47)
    When will electric-powered cars become a practical choice for ordinary people? The question hangs in the air at the Paris auto show, where Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors are showing off electrics ...
  • Titanfall 2's latest story trailer shows the love between soldier and mech (2016-09-29 12:00:00)
    When Titanfall launched in 2014, its world of mechs and aliens was missing one key ingredient: a proper story mode. That's being rectified with the sequel, which adds a much-requested single-player campaign, and the latest trailer for the game delves into one particular aspect of that story. Namely, the strong bond between pilot and titan. The trailer paints an incredibly serious and emotional vibe, which is maybe surprising for a game primarily about shooting lots of robots. ...
  • China, Britain, France sign pact for new UK nuclear plant (2016-09-29 11:59:42)
    Officials from China, Britain and France have attended a signing ceremony to mark the final approval for the construction of the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station in southwest England. The 18 billion-pound ...
  • Tesla's Musk: No more discounts on new cars (2016-09-29 11:58:58)
    Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk told employees in an email to follow company policy of not offering discounts on new cars, responding to some investors' concerns about the practice. In a Twitter message, Musk said "corrective action" had been taken on discounting of new vehicles, which "seems to be limited to a small number of cases." Musk's email to employees was included on Wednesday in a response to comments on a Reddit posting of someone questioning the discount policy. The Tesla boss said, "It is absolutely vital that we adhere to the no negotiation and no discount policy that has been true since we first started taking orders 10 years ago." Musk said there could be discounts to floor models, vehicles that had been used for testing or those that were damaged in delivery.
  • FCC delays vote on much-disputed rules on cable boxes (2016-09-29 11:57:35)
    Federal regulators have delayed a vote on requiring cable and satellite TV companies to make free apps to bypass the need for cable boxes. Consumers could potentially save a few hundred dollars a year ...
  • How Harmonix put Rock Band into a virtual reality world (2016-09-29 11:53:47)
    When Oculus fans unwrap their new motion controllers sometime later this year, they’ll find a strange little accessory alongside them: a chunk of black plastic with an oddly shaped hole in the middle. This is Oculus’ invitation to try out Rock Band VR, one of the biggest, most potentially crowd-pleasing Oculus Touch launch titles. As a launch trailer last year simply put it, “We wanted to make the Rock Band experience on Oculus so realistic that the player actually feels like they are a rock star.” But for all the video’s easy jokes about groupies, headbanging, and smashed guitars, the reality is far more complicated — and more interesting.
  • Redstone push is on to reunite CBS and Viacom (2016-09-29 11:50:17)
    Media mogul Sumner Redstone's firm is calling for CBS and Viacom to combine again, more than a decade after they went their separate ways. National Amusements, which owns most of the voting shares of the ...
  • New evidence suggests the Galaxy Note 8 will copy the iPhone 7’s best new feature (2016-09-29 11:49:34)
    Before Apple unveiled the iPhone 7, I wrote that Samsung would surely copy this latest iPhone in the future. At the time, I argued that Samsung would also remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from future smartphones, even though it defended the aging port and mocked Apple during its Galaxy Note 7 launch. That may very well happen with the Galaxy S8 next year. And it might not be the only thing Samsung decides to take from this year’s new iPhones. MUST SEE:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding A patent application discovered in South Korea reveals that Samsung is working on changing the user interface of its camera app to accommodate new touch gestures that would let users easily zoom in and out while taking a photo. The application was filed on September 13th, a week after the iPhone 7 was unveiled, GalaxyClub notes . It’s not clear why Samsung would want to patent a new way of zooming, since all current smartphones have such capabilities, including Samsung handsets. But it’s easy to speculate on why Samsung is doing it. Rumors have already suggested that the Galaxy S8 will come with a dual camera system similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s likely that such a camera would have an optical zoom feature, just like Apple’s iSight Duo camera. In that case, users would need a quick way to zoom in and out to take advantage of optical zoom while capturing photos and recording videos. Sure, Apple was not the first company to use a dual-lens camera setup. But it’s likely that Apple’s approach will be more popular with buyers than past dual-lens camera implementations from competitors. And if that’s the case, Samsung will probably want to offer the same feature in its phones as soon as possible, and then tell us how Galaxy phones have better cameras than the iPhone 7 Plus. It's only fair, since Apple is now copying Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note 7 .
  • Blue Origin will test its spacecraft’s in-flight escape system on October 4th (2016-09-29 11:39:38)
    Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company Blue Origin has announced that the next launch of its New Shepard rocket will take place on October 4th at 10:50AM ET. New Shepard has two main parts: the rocket booster, and a crew capsule on top. Blue Origin hopes to someday send paying customers to space using that capsule, offering a few minutes of weightlessness before returning them to Earth.
  • Singapore eases online gambling ban (2016-09-29 11:32:53)
    Singapore will allow limited online betting in tightly controlled conditions, the government said Thursday, as it eases a sweeping law banning remote gambling. The Ministry of Home Affairs has exempted state-linked Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club from legislation that blocks access to gambling sites and stops electronic payments to them. Both operators will launch online gaming services in the next two months but cannot offer casino-style games or poker, the ministry added.
  • Deutsche Bank opens digital factory, hires 400 specialists (2016-09-29 11:25:38)
    Deutsche Bank opened a center for software developers and IT and financial specialists in Frankfurt on Thursday, joining other lenders in developing products for digital banking. Germany's biggest lender said the so-called digital factory brought together 400 technology and financial professionals from 14 countries. The lender, which has similar tech centers in New York, London and Berlin, plans to invest 750 million euros ($842 million) in the effort through 2020, including 200 million in this year alone.
  • A top Apple insider just reported key details about the iPhone 8 (2016-09-29 11:20:11)
    One day after an unnamed Apple employee shared details about the iPhone 8 with a reporter , KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared a note  with clients outlining his own expectations for the 2017 devices, which he believes will feature a glass casing, a metal frame and something special for the high-end model. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding "As all-glass casing is not possible at present given technological bottlenecks, a metal frame surrounding the edge is necessary for reinforced structure design," Kuo says. "As stainless steel has a better look than aluminum and costs more, we expect only high-end new iPhone models to come with a stainless steel frame next year." It appears that the popularity of the Jet Black iPhone 7 might be driving many of Apple's decision going forward. According to KGI, the Jet Black model accounted for between 30-35% of all preorders around the world, even though customers have to resort to more expensive models with more capacity than they might need. Kuo also notes in his report that Apple is considering switching to "2.5D glass" on the iPhone 8 as opposed to "3D glass". In theory, 2.5D glass would be more durable and scratch-resistant than 3D glass because of the curvature of the cut. Focusing on glass would also help Apple avoid the inventory problems that have plagued the rollout of the Jet Black iPhone 7, which sold out almost immediately on launch day.
  • Get Gary Johnson some coffee for his second 'Aleppo' moment (2016-09-29 11:13:23)
    Social Cues: Tech giants form a Voltron-esque nonprofit so you can stop worrying about the Terminator.
  • Tesla rear-ends bus in Germany, driver blames autopilot (2016-09-29 11:12:58)
    BERLIN (AP) — Police in northern Germany say that a Tesla driver is blaming the car's autopilot after crashing into the rear end of a bus on a highway.
  • Samsung is investing in ‘syperhydrophobic’ glass coatings to keep water off your phone screen (2016-09-29 11:11:09)
    Samsung is interested in keeping its devices water, dust, and fingerprint free with something called a "syperhydrophobic glass coating." Let’s break that down. This word tells me that the glass coating is very afraid of water. It wicks away water and is resistant to fingerprints and smudges.
  • Nissan to seek Brexit compensation pledge for new UK investment (2016-09-29 11:07:48)
    By Laurence Frost and Costas Pitas PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Nissan wants Britain to pledge compensation for any eventual tax barriers imposed due to Brexit if the Japanese automaker is to make a new investment in the country's biggest car plant, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Thursday. Nissan, which builds around one in three of all of Britain's total car output at its Sunderland facility, is due to decide early next year on where to build its next Qashqai sport utility vehicle. "If I need to make an investment in the next few months and I can't wait until the end of Brexit, then I have to make a deal with the UK government," Ghosn told reporters at the Paris auto show.
  • Study: Police using body cameras see huge drop in complaints (2016-09-29 11:07:25)
    LONDON (AP) — A Cambridge University study of British and U.S. police shows a 93 percent decrease in the number of complaints made against officers when they are using body cameras — pivotal findings that suggest the simple devices could reduce conflicts between police and the public.
  • FCC upgrades text alert system after criticism of NYC manhunt (2016-09-29 10:59:28)
    When the NYPD wanted to get New Yorkers looking for Ahmed Rahami after a bombing in New York earlier this month, they sent out a single text to the city’s smartphones: "Wanted: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. Now, that system is getting an upgrade. Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to expanding those alerts from 90 to 360 characters for 4G and LTE networks, and include support for embedded photos and links. "We can do more with these messages," said FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
  • Samsung tablet explodes on a plane, but it’s not what you think (2016-09-29 10:55:50)
    Samsung has a massive PR problem on its hands thanks to its exploding gadgets. Aside from the Galaxy Note 7, which had to be recalled weeks after launch after many batteries went up in flames, various other Samsung Android devices have been catching fire, including Galaxy S7 edge models , the Galaxy Grand and the older Galaxy Note 2. Even Samsung washing machines  have had a terrible accidents recently. Now, a report says that a Samsung tablet exploded on a plane, which then had to be diverted from its destination as a result. While all these incidents are terrible, it’s worth pointing out that they’re not related. The same problem isn’t affecting all these gadgets just because they’re made by Samsung. The Galaxy Note 7 is the only product that shipped with a massive flaw that turned each device into a potential fire hazard. All the other explosions appear to be isolated incidents. MUST SEE:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding A Galaxy Tab exploded on a Delta flight from Detroit to Amsterdam, as seen in the following image. The flight was diverted to Manchester after smoke was discovered in the business class cabin where the tablet was found wedged in a seat. It’s not clear at this time what made the Galaxy Tab explode, but it could be related to physical pressure. The tablet was left behind by a passenger on the previous flight and was wedged between the seats when it overheated. The FAA is currently investigating the matter, Travel and Leisure reports . The FAA banned the use of the Galaxy Note 7 on all aircraft, but all other Samsung devices can be used on commercial flights. A similar case occurred in May on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Dallas Forth-Worth. A phone jammed between seats began smoking, but the crew put out the fire and sealed the phone in a metal box. That flight was not diverted.
  • You can now spend money on the first iPhone 7 headphone jack case (2016-09-29 10:39:35)
    When Apple removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, it was not a question of if, but rather when, an onrush of cases with built-in 3.5mm headphone jacks would be flooding crowdfunding sites and stores. As the extremely enthusiastic announcement video explains, the Fuze case is a battery pack case that brings back the "rock and roll" choice of a 3.5mm headphone jack to your device. The case itself contains either a 2,400mAh (iPhone 7), or 3,600mAh (iPhone 7 Plus) battery for extra power, and conveniently charges via Lightning cable instead of Micro USB.
  • Push to digital helps Accenture beat revenue estimate (2016-09-29 10:35:53)
    Consulting and outsourcing services provider Accenture Plc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as its investments to boost digital and cloud services pay off, sending its shares up 6.6 percent on Thursday. Increasing demand for digital services from businesses has forced IT service providers to beef up their security, cloud and analytics services. Accenture said it would continue with its push to the services which it refers to as "The New".
  • Adventure Time's next season will be its last, airing in 2018 (2016-09-29 10:30:27)
    Cartoon Network announced today that the next season of cult hit Adventure Time will be its last. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the show's final episode won't be until 2018, with the final season — the ninth — extended with a number of specials. Adventure Time has been a massive critical success, praised for its imagination, whimsy, and heart.
  • FCC delays vote on controversial set-top box proposal (2016-09-29 10:26:53)
    The Federal Communications Commission made a last-minute announcement this morning that it would delay the vote on a measure that would have effectively killed off the cable box by requiring TV providers to make their shows and movies available through free streaming apps. A revamped proposal was introduced earlier this month, attempting to address some major complaints, by giving cable companies more control over their content and adding more copyright protections for content providers. The FCC would have had veto power over its rules, and — naturally — cable companies didn’t want that to happen.
  • AP EXPLAINS: US ceding control of core Internet systems (2016-09-29 10:25:09)
    On Saturday, the U.S. government plans to cede control of some of the internet's core systems — namely, the directories that help web browsers and apps know where to find the latest weather, maps and Facebook ...
  • Tesla 'on autopilot' crashes on German Autobahn (2016-09-29 10:21:35)
    A Tesla electric car crashed into a tourist bus on a motorway in northern Germany, police said Thursday, with the driver claiming he had activated the car's autopilot system. The driver of the Tesla car was slightly injured, while the 29 people on board the Danish bus were unhurt in the incident on Wednesday, police in Ratzeburg in Schleswig-Holstein state said. Available for Tesla's Model S electric cars since October 2015, the driverless autopilot system has come under global scrutiny following fatal crashes in northern China in January and in the US state of Florida in May.
  • HP says sorry (sort of) for crippling third-party ink cartridges (2016-09-29 10:21:00)
    A fix is in the works to reverse a recent OfficeJet security update aimed at blocking counterfeit cartridges.
  • Daimler says sales volume may no longer be benchmark of success (2016-09-29 10:19:45)
    The rise of new trends like car sharing and autonomous driving may usurp sales volume as a benchmark for measuring success in the auto industry, the head of marketing and sales at Mercedes-Benz, said on Thursday. Daimler's Mercedes brand is on track to overtake German rival BMW this year as the biggest seller of luxury cars globally, earlier than its target date of reaching that goal by 2020. While the carmaker still sees that as an important goal in addition to customer satisfaction, the emergence of new smartphone-enabled services like ride hailing is changing customer habits so that it is becoming more difficult to measure a brand's success by car sales, Ola Kaellenius told journalists at the Paris Auto Show.
  • Car industry shows off cooperation as way to rival technology firms (2016-09-29 10:16:11)
    By Edward Taylor and Eric Auchard PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Alarmed by the threat posed by Silicon Valley firms developing autonomous driving systems, carmakers at this week's Paris Motor Show showed signs they are ready to hit back by cooperating in areas where they might have been expected to compete. "This is how the automotive industry may be able to fight off the threat that Apple and particularly Google represent to their brands as digital services become more and more important," technology investment analyst Richard Windsor said. BMW , Daimler and VW's Audi announced this week they would launch new traffic monitoring services next year which give drivers a view of road conditions miles ahead.
  • Safran in exclusive talks to sell Morpho to Advent (2016-09-29 10:13:08)
    Safran has entered exclusive talks about the sale of its Morpho identity and security business to Advent International, which owns smartcard maker Oberthur Technologies, the French aerospace and defense firm said on Thursday. The potential sale of Morpho to Advent would value the business at 2.425 billion euros ($2.7 billion) and result in a pre-tax capital gain, partially state-owned Safran said in a statement. Advent was on a shortlist of bidders reported to include digital security firm Gemalto and three funds: Bain Capital, CVC Capital Partners and KKR.
  • Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding (2016-09-29 10:05:58)
    The world's leading smartphone makers just can't stop copying each other. While the company has certainly improved its image over the past few years, Samsung is likely most famous for being an Apple copycat. After all, the company was sued repeatedly by Apple for stealing its technology and designs. And as we all learned, things got so crazy at one point that Samsung even created a 132-page internal document to help its engineers copy the iPhone pixel by pixel . Of course, Apple is hardly innocent in all this . The iPhone maker has aped plenty of features from Android in recent years, and it probably never would have made iPhones with large displays if Samsung hadn't paved the way. But now, things have gone way too far... MUST READ:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 So what's the latest feature Apple ripped off from its top smartphone rival Samsung? Apparently, Apple was jealous that Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note 7 is stealing some of the iPhone 7's airtime, so it built an exploding smartphone of its own. Behold: All joking aside — and before other sites catch wind of this story and go crazy with it — this clearly appears to be an isolated incident, at least for the time being. The image above was posted by Reddit user "kroopthesnoop" on Wednesday, and it shows a matte black iPhone 7 that certainly looks like it exploded. Unlike Samsung's somewhat widespread Galaxy Note 7 problem that was due to a battery defect, however, this iPhone exploded while in transit, according to the phone's owner. When he received the iPhone 7 he ordered and took it out of the box, this is what he found. Details are scarce for the time being. "Something happened between the factory and delivery," is all the phone's owner had to say in his thread on Reddit. Apple hasn't commented publicly and neither has UPS, but one or both companies will likely have to investigate the matter when the phone's owner contacts Apple for a replacement.
  • Ubisoft says unaware of Vivendi board seat request: CFO (2016-09-29 09:59:05)
    PARIS (Reuters) - French video games maker Ubisoft is not aware of media giant Vivendi requesting a seat on the company's board, Chief Financial Officer Alain Martinez said on Thursday. "Nobody is forbidden from proposing management figures be it Vivendi or another shareholder," Martinez told a group of shareholders. "Unless there's been a proposal that's been made today, as far as I know there hasn't been." (Reporting By Gwenaelle Barzic; writing by John Irish; editing by Leigh Thomas)
  • Measles are gone from the Americas (2016-09-29 09:57:36)
    The Americas are now free of measles and we have vaccines to thank, the Pan American Health Organization said earlier this week. The condition — which causes flu-like symptoms and a blotchy rash — is one of the world’s most infectious diseases. To be clear, there are still people with measles in the Americas, but the only cases develop from strains picked up overseas.
  • World's first 4-seater fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany (2016-09-29 09:33:19)
    BERLIN (AP) — Aircraft engineers in Germany have successfully tested the world's first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly.
  • Trump fuels conspiracy that Google is 'suppressing' bad Clinton news (2016-09-29 09:23:19)
    Donald Trump is not a stranger to the occasional conspiracy theory, and in a speech on Wednesday, he added a new one to the list: Google is suppressing bad news about Hillary Clinton. "A new post-debate poll that just came out, the Google poll, has us leading Hillary Clinton by two points nationwide, and that's despite the fact that Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton," Trump said at the speech in Waukesha, Wisconsin. As flagged by The Washington Post, it appears to be this Independent Journal Review poll conducted by Google Consumer Surveys.
  • Push is on to reunite CBS and Viacom (2016-09-29 09:20:27)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A company that controls CBS and Viacom wants the two New York media companies to combine again, more than a decade after they went their separate ways.
  • J.J. Abrams says we should expect a ‘Portal’ movie announcement soon (2016-09-29 09:18:52)
    Years ago, at the 2013 DICE Summit, J.J. Abrams took the stage to reveal that his studio was working with Valve to create two movies: one in the Portal universe and one in the Half-Life universe. That's basically the last we heard of the projects, but at the Westworld premiere this week (an upcoming HBO show on which Abrams is an executive producer), IGN took a moment to ask Abrams about their status. DON'T MISS:  J.J. Abrams hasn’t killed the future of ‘Star Wars’ After confirming that both films are "still very much in development," Abrams told IGN : "We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we’re very active, I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon." Fairly soon! That's way sooner than "not yet," which was his response the last time he was asked for a substantial update on the progress of the films . IGN then pressed Abrams, asking whether or not the movies would follow the games: "We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom...once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things," Abrams responded. "As someone who loves playing Half-Life and Portal , what’s the movie of this, it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it, it’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing." It's not a trailer or a release date announcement, but just knowing that the projects are still "very much" alive will satisfy many fans.
  • Safran starts exclusive talks with Advent for Morpho unit (2016-09-29 09:18:02)
    PARIS (Reuters) - France's Safran has entered into exclusive negotiations with the owner of smartcard maker Oberthur Technologies over the sale of its Morpho business, the aerospace and defense company said on Thursday. The potential deal with Advent International would value the identity and security business at 2.425 billion euros, Safran said in a statement. French SIM card maker Gemalto had also been among bidders interested in the assets being sold by Safran, while private equity fund Advent wanted to acquire the biometric business and merge it with Oberthur, which it bought in 2011. ...
  • Twitter opens 'Moments' feature to the public (2016-09-29 09:09:59)
    Twitter has released a new feature that allows all Twitter users to create their own "Moments," made up of collections of Tweets connected by common subject matter. The feature was first introduced to the social platform in October 2015, originally curated solely by Twitter employees and certain publishing partners, but has been slowly opening up to the public. Last month, Twitter made the "Moments" feature more accessible by allowing a select number of brands and individual influencers to dabble, and now anyone can create their own stories using tweets and photos uploaded to the service.
  • Daimler to make more than 10 electric cars by 2025 (2016-09-29 09:02:22)
    Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands will launch more than 10 electric cars by 2025, and zero-emission vehicles will make up between 15 percent and 25 percent of overall Mercedes sales by then, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said. Speaking to journalists at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday, Zetsche said the automaker was preparing a major push in pure electric vehicles thanks to advances in battery technology and greater consumer acceptance of zero-emissions vehicles. A new generation of electric vehicles will be sold under the "EQ" brand, and based on a new technical architecture developed specifically for battery-electric models, the company said.
  • Apple moving UK HQ to site famous for Pink Floyd, 'Doctor Who' (2016-09-29 08:56:31)
    Apple will be the largest tenant in the redeveloped Battersea Power Station by the banks of the river Thames.
  • Best Buy is holding midnight openings at 350 stores for the PlayStation VR (2016-09-29 08:54:47)
    Sony's PlayStation VR is going on sale October 13th, and for fans who need to start playing on launch day, Best Buy might be your best bet. Some 350 Best Buy stores will be holding a midnight launch on the 13th, opening their doors at 12:01AM ET. Thanks to the wonders of time zones, that means some customers will even be able to get the PlayStation VR on October 12th — starting at 9:01PM on the West Coast, 10:01PM Mountain time, and 11:01PM Central. You can find your nearest Best Buy store here.
  • This is the Generation EQ: Stunning photos and video footage of Mercedes’ hot new EV concept (2016-09-29 08:51:07)
    Mercedes-Benz on Thursday finally took the wraps off its hotly anticipated all-electric SUV concept, the Generation EQ. The Paris Motor Show provided the backdrop for the unveiling, which yielded the first of many EVs that will fall under the new Mercedes "EQ" brand. This first EQ model is a mid-size SUV that resembles what you might end up with if you combine a GLC300 with something out of Tron , but the new concept design still manages to maintain an air of elegance despite all the flash. MUST SEE:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 The Generation EQ concept vehicle is an all-electric, all-wheel drive, mid-size SUV that will be equipped with two electric motors and a 300kW battery. According to Mercedes, that battery pack will provide enough power to take the Generation EQ an average of about 310 miles per charge. That would indeed be impressive range for Mercedes' first all-electric SUV, but the Generation EQ will supposedly pack some power as well — Mercedes says its electric truck will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. "The mobility of the future at Mercedes-Benz will stand on four pillars: Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric. 'Generation EQ' is the logical fusion of all four pillars," Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche said in a statement . "The emission-free automobile is the future. And our new EQ brand goes far beyond electric vehicles. EQ stands for a comprehensive electric ecosystem of services, technologies and innovations." While Mercedes' first EQ brand vehicle is an AUV, the company says the architecture on which it will be built can also be used on sedans, coupes and cabriolets thanks to an innovative new modular component system. A video showcasing the new Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept EV follows below, along with several photos.
  • Blink wireless security cameras run for two years on a pair of AA batteries (2016-09-29 08:29:32)
    The camera itself shoots 720p video and features a microphone, temperature sensor, and an adjustable LED lamp that can easily illuminate an entire room when the camera’s motion sensor is tripped. Every camera system ships with a small sync module that joins your local Wi-Fi and then acts as a communication hub for the Blink cameras. Both were dead simple to set up from my iPhone (there’s also an Android app), taking less than five minutes to go from unboxing to seeing live video.
  • Automakers show off electric cars at Paris show (2016-09-29 08:29:20)
    Global automakers are showing off new electric vehicles at the Paris auto show as they look ahead to a world of tighter environmental standards and brace for rapid changes in technology. Volkswagen, trying ...
  • The Paris Motor Show opens amid a war on cars (2016-09-29 08:26:53)
    For a few fleeting hours last weekend, central Paris was devoid of all cars. Cyclists and pedestrians filled wide Haussmannian boulevards on Sunday afternoon, as they did around this time last year, as part of a municipal campaign for a cleaner, less noisy French capital. There are big reveals planned for this year’s show, including new models and concepts from Mercedes, Ferrari, and Volkswagen, though there are conspicuous absences, as well.
  • Inside historic Bell Labs, where tomorrow's tech is born (2016-09-29 08:22:17)
    Bell Labs, now run by Nokia, shows off its superfast next-gen 5G networks, smarter smartwatches and a drone that delivers new mobile network capacity.
  • Growth in demand for industrial robots halves as China, carmakers cut back (2016-09-29 08:10:03)
    Growth in sales of industrial robots has halved from levels seen two years ago and is unlikely to recover those levels over the next few years because demand in China, the biggest market, has slowed. Carmakers, the top buyers, have also cut back on investments, affecting demand for robots, although that should start to recover as they introduce new models and production techniques, the International Federation of Robots (IFR) forecast on Thursday. Global shipments of industrial robots rose 15 percent last year, down from 29 percent growth in 2014, and are likely to increase by 13-14 percent annually over the next few years, the Frankfurt-based IFR forecast said in a report.
  • Toyota drops diesel from new model, signals likely phase-out (2016-09-29 08:00:41)
    Toyota has decided to drop diesel engines from its new C-HR compact in the wake of Volkswagen's emissions scandal and will probably do the same for future model renewals, the carmaker's second-ranking global executive said on Thursday. The Japanese automaker decided "within the last six to 12 months" not to offer a diesel version of the car, unveiled at the Paris auto show, because demand for the powertrain technology is falling sharply, Executive Vice President Didier Leroy told Reuters in an interview. If faced with a renewal decision today for other models up to and including the larger Auris compact, a Toyota staple, "we would probably do the same thing", Leroy added.
  • Security: It might not be the outside world that's the largest threat to businesses (2016-09-29 08:00:04)
    A new report reveals that one in three businesses experienced an insider attack in the past year. More devices with more access are putting sensitive info in the hands of everyone: Spies included.
  • Uber wants to let brands feed you content during your next ride (2016-09-29 08:00:03)
    Uber is partnering with Yext, a New York-based startup that specializes in location data for businesses, to help online shoppers book rides to their favorite store or restaurant. The partnership will also allow corporations to serve up marketing material and ads to consumers on Uber’s platform. The announcement is an extension of Uber’s decision to open its application program interface (API) software to third-party developers.
  • Accenture revenue tops estimates on strong cloud services demand (2016-09-29 07:59:55)
    (Reuters) - Accenture Plc , a provider of consulting and outsourcing services, reported a better-than-expected 7.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue as its investments to boost digital and cloud services pay off. Shares of the company, which also reported a better-than-expected adjusted profit, rose 2 percent in premarket trading. Accenture is beefing up its digital and cloud services as it seeks to gain market share from rivals including IBM Corp and India's Infosys Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd . "Looking ahead, we will continue to invest in high-growth areas ... ...
  • Apple moving UK HQ to iconic building made famous by Pink Floyd and 'Doctor Who' (2016-09-29 07:55:40)
    Apple will be the largest tenant in the redeveloped Battersea Power Station by the banks of the river Thames.
  • Renault sees 'stabilization' of European car market in 2017 (2016-09-29 07:51:01)
    PARIS (Reuters) - Renault expects the European car market to grow 5 percent this year before steadying in 2017, an executive at the French car manufacturer said on Thursday.
  • Samsung issues status update for its unprecedented Galaxy Note 7 recall (2016-09-29 07:45:07)
    The second quarter of 2016 is a period that Samsung can't put behind it soon enough. The company was in great spirits going into August, and why wouldn't it be? Samsung was about to launch the Galaxy Note 7, the sleekest and most impressive phablet the world had ever seen. The launch went well, the Galaxy Note 7 reviews were outstanding, but then things took a turn for the worse: A battery defect caused some Note 7 handsets to explode while charging. Things are finally beginning to settle now that Samsung's unprecedented smartphone recall is well underway, and the company on Thursday offered a status update to let the world know how far along it is in its efforts to replace every potentially dangerous Note 7 that had been sold. MUST SEE:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 In an update posted to its China market website on Thursday morning, Samsung said that more than 1 million people around the world are now using "safe" Galaxy Note 7 handsets with batteries that are not in danger of exploding. That figure includes all Note 7 smartphones that were issued as replacements for affected phones, as well as units that were initially sold in China, since they were not equipped with batteries from the plant that produced the problematic power cells. "Currently, the brand new Note 7 products that have been swapped in overseas markets are using identical batteries to those that were supplied and used for the Chinese version," Samsung told Reuters . Over 1 million safe Note 7 handsets it a big milestone, but Samsung isn't quite out of the woods just yet. Aside from the hundreds of thousands of potentially dangerous devices that Samsung has yet to swap, there are new reports emerging that some "safe" Note 7 units still have problems with overheating batteries . What's more, Samsung is also investigating a growing number of reports that some of its washing machines have exploded while in use .
  • First Click: The hidden dangers of life on Mars (2016-09-29 07:30:09)
    There are a lot of obstacles blocking Elon Musk’s ambitious plans to colonize Mars. Let’s say SpaceX develops a ship big and powerful enough to house a hundred humans for a months-long trip in the vacuum of space. Let’s say those would-be colonists are shielded from dangerous cosmic radiation, they’re fed, watered, and kept safe from danger, and they land on Mars as our species’ first interplanetary citizens.
  • Mercedes-Benz jump starts new EQ brand with Generation EQ concept (2016-09-29 07:29:12)
    Mercedes' first electric SUV concept is part of its plans to produce a lot more electric vehicles.
  • BMW's Concept X2 is a look at our dystopian, all-crossover future (2016-09-29 07:02:29)
    Sorry, folks, it's all oversized hatchbacks from here on out.
  • 'Game of Thrones' books getting a digital enhancement (2016-09-29 07:00:46)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The books that gave us "Game of Thrones" are getting an enhancement for the digital age.
  • QX Sport Inspiration is an evolutionary step in Infiniti design (2016-09-29 07:00:11)
    It may be a concept, but it shouldn't stay that way for too much longer.
  • This sweet BMW electric scooter with 99 mile range is coming to the US (2016-09-29 07:00:11)
    BMW's motorcycle division is bringing the updated version of its C evolution electric scooter to the United States. The new C Evolution uses the same battery technology that's going into the new BMW i3, and that helps give it more power and a much longer range. The scooter can produce a continuous 26 horsepower and a peak of 48 horsepower, enough to give it a maximum speed of 80 mph and a 0-31 time similar to 600cc scooters with internal combustion engines.
  • BMW's X2 SUV concept is a sportier alternative to the X1 (2016-09-29 07:00:11)
    BMW will be filling out its ever-expanding product line with a coupe-like X2 SUV, with the Concept X2 debuting this week at the Paris Auto Show. In pictures at least, it's pleasing to look at, with BMW's iconic kidney grille and aggressive aero components at the front and a sporty look all around. It should make a fine entry to the BMW lineup when the final version arrives, though BMW gave no word on when that might be.
  • Infiniti's variable-compression engine offers diesel efficiency with petrol power (2016-09-29 07:00:08)
    The company claims it's production ready, but it's not slated to appear in any production car just yet.
  • Finally! A good reason to take pictures of your food (2016-09-29 07:00:03)
    Food-tracking app Lose It lets users snap photos to log their meals and overcome dieting drudgery.
  • Pacemaker lets you create and share mixtapes made with Spotify streams (2016-09-29 07:00:03)
    Pacemaker, the DJ app that allows you to stream and beat-match songs from Spotify, is attempting to resurrect the mixtape. Today the company is introducing the Digital Mixtape, a new feature in version 2.0 of the app that will allow you to use its beat-matching capabilities to create mixtapes that can be shared with friends. Mixtapes are still popular on sites like SoundCloud and Mixcloud, so Pacemaker isn't exactly breaking new ground, but it is making them dramatically easier to create and quickly share.
  • Samsung says over 1 million people globally using Note 7 with safe battery (2016-09-29 06:51:47)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's biggest smartphone maker, said on Thursday more than 1 million people globally are now using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with batteries that are not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire. Samsung on Sept. 2 initiated a voluntary global recall of at least 2.5 million Note 7 smartphones due to faulty batteries causing some of the flagship devices to catch fire, a deeply embarrassing crisis for a firm that prides itself for its quality control. Samsung, in a statement issued on its China website, apologised to its consumers for failing to providing a detailed explanation why the smartphones on sale in China were safe, as they used batteries that came from a different supplier to those that could overheat.
  • EU looks to remove national barriers to data flows (2016-09-29 06:50:54)
    By Julia Fioretti BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - The European Commission wants to reduce national restrictions on where some types of commercial and health data can be stored, Vice-President Andrus Ansip said on Thursday. Ansip is in charge of creating a digital single market in the European Union to boost growth in the 28-nation bloc. "Barriers like data localization not only prevent economies of scale.
  • From robots to websites, British firms curb spending due to Brexit (2016-09-29 06:44:55)
    By Helen Reid READING, England (Reuters) - Heavy machinery whirrs and clanks on the factory floor of precision metalworking firm Robert Bion & Co, where a planned three-meter robotic arm would have been speeding up output by now, if Britain had not voted to leave the European Union. "We're waiting to get a clear idea of what the future might be before we make any significant investments," owner Nick Bion said at the company his father founded in 1964 in Reading, west of London. Britain's economy has held up better than most economists predicted since voters chose in June to quit the EU.
  • Wal-Mart in talks to buy stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart: sources (2016-09-29 06:09:42)
    MUMBAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks to buy a minority stake in India's largest e-commerce firm Flipkart, two people familiar with the matter said, as the world's biggest retailer aims to break into a fast growing but highly competitive online retail market. A deal would pit Wal-Mart against U.S. rival Inc, which has been expanding rapidly in a market that Bank of America Merrill Lynch has forecast will surge to $220 billion in value of goods sold by 2025 from about $11 billion last year. Wal-Mart operates 21 wholesale stores in the South Asian country, but is discouraged from setting up its own bricks-and-mortar shops by rules that limit foreign ownership for multi-brand retailers to 51 percent and the cost of setting up shops in a country as large as India.
  • Car industry puts cooperation on show in battle against Silicon Valley firms (2016-09-29 06:08:16)
    PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Alarmed by the threat posed by Silicon Valley firms to their businesses in developing autonomous driving systems, it was evident at the Paris Motor Show this week that carmakers are seeking to fight back by cooperating in areas of technology development where previously they might have tried to compete. Three big carmakers - BMW , Daimler and VW's Audi - announced earlier this week they would launch new traffic monitoring services next year which give drivers a view of road conditions along their entire route, based on video data collected by their jointly-owned navigation mapping services firm HERE from sensors incorporated in other cars ( Connecting cars on the move with the Internet also needs more reliable mobile telecoms networks and towards that end Germany's top automakers said this week they were teaming up with the telecoms network equipment makers Ericsson , Huawei[HWT.UL], Nokia , Qualcomm and Intel to help with developing the next-generation 5G networks set to debut around 2020 (
  • Samsung says over 1 mln people globally using Note 7 with safe battery (2016-09-29 05:57:27)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's biggest smartphone maker, said on Thursday more than 1 million people globally are now using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with batteries that are not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire. Samsung on Sept. 2 initiated a voluntary global recall of at least 2.5 million Note 7 smartphones due to faulty batteries causing some of the flagship devices to catch fire, a deeply embarrassing crisis for a firm that prides itself for its quality control. Samsung, in a statement issued on its China website, apologised to its consumers for failing to providing a detailed explanation why the smartphones on sale in China were safe, as they used batteries that came from a different supplier to those that could overheat.
  • Mark Zuckerberg shares pictures from Facebook's cold, cold data center (2016-09-29 05:37:20)
    Keeping the internet cool isn't easy, and the energy consumption of data centers always been a headache for tech companies. Different firms have tried to solve this problem in different way, with Google using its AI expertise to trim costs, while Microsoft has even been exploring the possibility of underwater data centers. For Facebook, though, the solution was simpler: move to a cold country.
  • Surface desktop keyboard rumored alongside Microsoft’s all-in-one PC (2016-09-29 05:31:22)
    Microsoft appears to be readying a Bluetooth-powered keyboard with the Surface branding attached. WinFuture discovered a listing for a Surface Ergonomic Keyboard at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), and the naming appears to suggest it's designed for desktop PCs. Microsoft has typically designed Surface accessories for its line of tablet and laptop hybrids, but a desktop keyboard would signal a new area for the brand. The software maker could simply be rebranding its line of existing desktop keyboards over to the Surface brand in an effort to unify its hardware efforts.
  • Mercedes launches EQ brand with electric SUV concept (2016-09-29 05:30:03)
    The Paris Motor Show is on today, and Mercedes-Benz is using the big gathering as a platform to present its vision for the future of electric mobility. Introducing a new EQ brand, standing for "Electric Intelligence," the German automaker has revealed a new concept car that embodies its ideas about designing vehicles "based on an architecture developed specifically for battery-electric models." It's called Generation EQ and it's a streamlined, all-wheel drive, all-electric SUV in its Paris form, but Mercedes says the underlying architecture is versatile enough to also be used for saloons, coupes, cabriolets, and other models, thanks to a modular component system. The Generation EQ car joins in the current trend among concept vehicles of replacing side mirrors with cameras and disguising door handles and windshield wipers in order to emphasize a clean aerodynamic shape.
  • Better late than never: Spotify just launched in Japan (2016-09-29 05:17:29)
    The country's music business is worth over $2.5 billion, but it may be tough for Spotify to get a big piece of that pie.
  • Automakers show off electrics at Paris show (2016-09-29 05:06:24)
    PARIS (AP) — Global automakers are showing off new electric vehicles at the Paris auto show as they look ahead to a world of tighter environmental standards on emissions.
  • Spotify launches Japan streaming with karaoke twist (2016-09-29 04:58:31)
    Online music giant Spotify said Thursday it is launching a streaming service in Japan with a karaoke twist, the world's second-biggest music market but one still dominated by compact discs. In a nod to Japan's love for karaoke, it will feature lyrics to go along with its soundtracks. Last year, Google launched its music streaming service in Japan, featuring more than 35 million tunes available at a cost of 980 yen a month, while Apple and Line have also stepped into the country.
  • The director of The Revenant is making a VR short film about immigration (2016-09-29 04:47:21)
    Four-time Oscar-winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has an intriguing new side project: a short film shot in virtual reality about immigration between Mexico and the US. The director of Best Picture nominee The Revenant — a grim, frontier Western starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and a bear — will be working on the short with frequent collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki, the winner of three Academy Awards for best cinematography. Details about the project are scarce, but according to Variety it will "explore the intense and excruciating experience of a group of immigrants and refugees crossing the border between Mexico and the United States." The film is being produced and financed by Legendary Entertainment, with Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB division (creators of the Star Wars virtual reality projects) providing technical expertise.
  • Spotify's mobile lyrics feature is launching first in Japan (2016-09-29 04:29:14)
    After several years of rumors suggesting an imminent launch, Spotify is now available in Japan, one of the biggest music markets in the world. The service will compete against the likes of Apple Music and Google Play Music, as well as local apps like Line Music and Awa, in a country that hasn't taken to streaming music as much as the rest of the world. Sony is launching its PlayStation Music service, which uses Spotify for content, on the PS4 and PS3 in Japan today as well.
  • Apple is moving its UK headquarters to London's iconic Battersea power station (2016-09-29 03:50:03)
    Apple is moving its UK headquarters to Battersea power station — an iconic building in South West London in the middle of a $10 billion regeneration project. The iPhone-maker will be moving into the former boiler house in what was previously a functioning coal-fired power station, decommissioned in 1983. The decision has been greeted with enthusiasm by the UK government, as a vote of confidence in London after the political and economic fallout of Brexit.
  • Clinton vows to retaliate against foreign hackers (2016-09-29 03:44:30)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is vowing anew to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States. When she openly blamed Russia for recent U.S. cyber break-ins, Donald Trump wondered whether to blame overseas governments or overweight hackers working from home.
  • TomTom to supply mapping data for Volvo Trucks, Skoda (2016-09-29 03:40:39)
    TomTom NV will supply traffic data to Volvo Trucks and Volkswagen's Skoda cars in deals announced on Thursday by the navigation services provider. TomTom's main rival HERE, Nokia's former digital maps division now owned by three major German carmakers, this week said it would launch a rival product next year that will allow drivers to see real-time video of traffic on the road ahead. TomTom's shares are down 27 percent this year, in part on competition worries.
  • Cellphones spill into Yellowstone's wilds despite park plan (2016-09-29 03:13:21)
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Adventure seekers encounter untamed wilderness when they enter the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Howling wolves. Deadly grizzly bears. Steam-spewing geysers as seen nowhere else on earth.
  • Insight: From robots to websites, British firms curb spending due to Brexit (2016-09-29 03:09:17)
    By Helen Reid READING, England (Reuters) - Heavy machinery whirrs and clanks on the factory floor of precision metalworking firm Robert Bion & Co, where a planned three-meter robotic arm would have been speeding up output by now, if Britain had not voted to leave the European Union. "We're waiting to get a clear idea of what the future might be before we make any significant investments," owner Nick Bion said at the company his father founded in 1964 in Reading, west of London. Britain's economy has held up better than most economists predicted since voters chose in June to quit the EU.
  • U.S. software firm Apttus raises $88 million from private investors after delaying IPO (2016-09-29 03:04:05)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software maker Apttus has raised more money from private investors, postponing plans for an initial public share offer until next year because of the current uncertainties facing markets, including the U.S. presidential election. Apttus was putting the finishing touches on its IPO filing early this year, just as the stocks of cloud computing companies took a beating. A deep sell-off in February hit the likes of Inc and Workday Inc and effectively shut down IPO opportunities for many software start-ups, with the subsequent rally in share prices only adding to the uncertainty.
  • 'Suicide Squad' beats 'Iron Man', cracks US' top 50 highest grossing films (2016-09-29 02:13:37)
    DC's ensemble film has grossed $318.5 million in the US alone.
  • TomTom says it will supply mapping data for Volvo trucks, Skoda (2016-09-29 02:06:11)
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Navigation services provider TomTom NV said on Tuesday it has won a contract to supply Volvo AB trucks in Europe with mapping and traffic data. The Amsterdam-based company also said it has expanded its traffic data contract with Volkswagen AG to cover all of the German automaker's Skoda models over the course of 2017. TomTom traffic data has previously been available for Volkswagen-branded vehicles as well as Volkswagen-owned brands Audi, Porsche and Bentley. (Reporting by Toby Sterling)
  • Samsung says in talks with U.S. watchdog on washing machine safety issues (2016-09-29 00:17:07)
    Samsung Electronics, which is already reeling from a global recall of its Note 7 smartphones, said on Thursday it is in talks with a U.S. watchdog to address potential safety problems related to some of its washing machines. The South Korean tech company's comments came as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned of problems with some of Samsung's top-load washing machines, following media reports that they had exploded. Certain top-load washing machines made between March 2011 and April 2016 were affected, both the company and the CPSC said.
  • Ghost in the Shell gets a VR movie and a 4D chair to boot (2016-09-28 23:59:47)
    The VR experience comes ahead of Hollywood's 2017 adaptation of the franchise, and celebrates Ghost in the Shell's 25th anniversary.
  • Apple Music takes top honors in music streaming customer satisfaction study (2016-09-28 23:00:10)
    Although it isn't as popular as Spotify (yet) , Apple Music has apparently done a better job of satisfying paying customers. This week, J.D. Power shared the results of its first streaming music satisfaction survey, and Apple Music came out on top. DON'T MISS:  An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8 "Apple Music is nearly always used on Apple devices, and the service performs highest in overall satisfaction in part because of the halo effect stemming from the brand’s ecosystem," J.D. Power explains, according to 9to5Mac . In other words, Apple fans love their devices, as well as the apps and services on those devices. "Apple Music has the highest incidence of customers who say they selected their provider because it is part of their device ecosystem, and the brand’s phone and tablet customers have the highest levels of commitment." The survey looked at seven different streaming music services: Amazon Prime Music, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify and TuneIn. With six key measures in mind, including performance, cost, content and customer service, Apple Music managed to secure the top spot with 834 points. To put that into perspective, Rhapsody came in second place with 826, Pandora took third with 825 and Spotify fell to fourth place with 824. Amazon and Google, which were tied for last, still managed to rack up 818 points. The quality of these services is fairly subjective, especially considering how similar each of their content libraries are, but, at least for now, it appears that Apple Music has the most loyal and satisfied customers.
  • This terrible editorial is a monument to Silicon Valley’s sexism (2016-09-28 22:50:39)
    After piecing together a vague evolutionary theory, an anecdote about blind orchestral auditions, and a theory of likability from a self-help book, Greathouse concludes that women would be better off in professional settings by covering up the fact they’re women. If you identify your team via their initials (men and women), you effectively strip out all preconceptions related to race, ethnicity and gender. Greathouse’s suggestion is based on the prejudicial position of men in tech — a position illuminated by the fact that he’s only asking women to conceal their identities, and not men.
  • Five of the best 2+2 convertibles for a weekend getaway (2016-09-28 22:19:29)
    There are a surprising number of options when it comes to picking a drop-top to enjoy with three of your friends. Here are the best ones.
  • Samsung expects to get over 80 percent of recalled Note 7s in South Korea by October 1 (2016-09-28 22:17:04)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects to have recovered more than 80 percent of recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea by Oct. 1, when the firm plans to resume sales of the device in its home market. Samsung, in a statement, reiterated its request for all consumers affected by the recall to turn in their devices. On Sept. 2, Samsung announced a global recall of at least 2.5 million Note 7s in 10 markets due to faulty batteries causing some of the phones to catch fire.
  • J.J. Abrams hasn’t killed the future of ‘Star Wars’ (2016-09-28 22:00:52)
    A few days ago, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger talked about the studio’s franchises including Star Wars . He revealed that a new movie is scheduled for 2020 and more  Star Wars movies could follow after 2021 . He also talked about Rogue One , the first Star Wars story Disney is making, and said that while interest in the film is high, he doesn’t expect the movie to match The Force Awakens ’ box office take. DON’T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company This, apparently, prompted The Guardian to wonder whether J.J. Abrams has ruined Disney’s Star Wars plans for the future, by sticking to telling a Skywalker and Solo story in Episode VII . The Force Awakens is a great movie, but one that has everything Star Wars  fans expect, including beloved main characters. The Skywalkers and Solos are back, and they have children and worthy successors. Rogue One , meanwhile, will tell a different kind of story. One that might lack lightsabers and Jedi knights. Instead, it’ll be a story about the regular people in the Star Wars universe, the rebel fighters that made possible the destruction of the first Death Star. Because Rogue One lacks any of the iconic Star Wars characters, Star Wars fans might not give it a similarly warm reception. Without Skywalkers and Solos in it, the movie won’t be as entertaining, The Guardian notes. That’s certainly an accurate presumption, but that doesn’t mean the film will be a flop at the box office. And no, J.J. Abrams did not ruin Disney’s Star Wars plans for the future, just because he needed to utilize characters and elements from the original trilogy to make sure his Star Wars  take isn't another Phantom Menace . Can Rogue One be a worse movie than this year’s Batman v. Superman ? Or Suicide Squad ? These “flops” generated hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket sales, and that's in spite of bad reviews. Rogue One is likely to be a hit at the box office come December, even if it’s probably futile to expect it to break The Force Awakens ’ record. The only reason I can think for Rogue One “flopping” is that it’s a movie whose ending is already written. Its ending, whatever it is, is a happy one. The rebels will steal the plans to the Death Star no matter the cost. It’ll probably lack a sequel, and it doesn’t need one. In a world dominated by Darth Vader, some courageous individuals managed to breach the security of the most feared organization in space. That’s a story Star Wars fans will want to see, and Rogue One  will deliver it. Overall, an underperforming Rogue One wouldn’t make Disney’s Star Wars future any less bright, especially considering what’s coming next. Episodes VIII and IX will probably generate as much interest as The Force Awakens  if not more. And a standalone Han Solo movie is the kind of flick that will sell a boatload of tickets, because Han Solo.
  • What Apple thinks about Blackberry killing its phone business (2016-09-28 21:00:39)
    Over the past few years, much has been written about BlackBerry’s historic fall from grace. In a turn of events that already has the trappings of a classic Business School 101 case-study, the famed Canadian tech giant once ruled the smartphone market with an iron fist before Apple swooped in out of nowhere and pushed them to the brink of irrelevance. Once it became clear that Apple’s take on the modern-day smartphone was where the entire industry was headed, BlackBerry tried to implement all sorts of gimmicks, strategy re-shifts, and executive shuffling in an effort to stay afloat. Alas, there was nothing that BlackBerry could do to remain relevant in a smartphone market that quickly became a two-horse race between Apple and Android. DON'T MISS:  An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8 Amid mounting losses, BlackBerry earlier today signaled its intention to stop developing BlackBerry smartphones in-house. Instead, the company will pivot (yet again!) and will now focus its efforts exclusively on security and software while leaving the hardware to third parties. Interestingly enough, Apple now appears to be taking up more and more ground in the enterprise, an area that BlackBerry once dominated. In the wake of Apple inking a new and sweeping iPhone/iPad deployment deal with Deloitte, the Financial Times asked Tim Cook about BlackBerry’s aforementioned announcement. Not one to mince words, Cook said: "I think their sales have been fairly low for a while. We are very focused on the opportunity and we see it as massive." Indeed, with Apple looking for more ways to grow the iPhone line, the company in recent years has been paying increasingly more attention to the enterprise.
  • Google doodles with a ballpoint pen (2016-09-28 21:00:02)
    Thursday's Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of László József Bíró, inventor of the ballpoint pen.
  • The most dangerous celebrities to look up on Google (2016-09-28 20:30:56)
    One of the more common ways that purveyors of malware are able to trick unsuspecting users into downloading malicious software is to prey upon the public’s insatiable appetite for celebrity news, photos and gossip. As a result, some celebrity-oriented search queries tend to be associated with a greater likelihood of downloading malware than others. As Intel notes , malicious actors are quick to put up websites “loaded with malware that can steal passwords and personal information,” especially in the days preceding new movie and music releases and in the days following a major celebrity breakup a’la the recent divorce news involving Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. DON'T MISS:  An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8 Earlier today, Intel published its list of the “most dangerous celebrities” to search for, and checking in at the top of the list is comedian Amy Schumer. Filling out the top 10 are Justin Bieber, Carson Daly, Will Smith, Rhianna, Miley Cyrus, Chris Hardwick, Danieth Tosh, Selena Gomez  and Kesha. All in all, the list isn’t too surprising, though the presence of Carson Daly at number three is somewhat startling. Looking specifically at musicians, artists of note that didn’t crack the top-10 still include a who’s who of entertainers. This year’s riskiest celebrities included some of the most sensational, chart-topping pop artists such as Justin Bieber (No. 2), Rihanna (No. 5), Miley Cyrus (No. 6), Selena Gomez (No. 9) and Kesha (10). Pop, rap, hip-hop and a bit of country were represented by Drake (No. 13), Katy Perry (No. 14), Jason Aldean (No. 16), Justin Timberlake (No. 17), Jennifer Lopez (No. 18), Lady Gaga (No. 19), Nicki Minaj (No. 20), Iggy Azalea (No. 27), Beyoncé (No. 28) and Usher (No. 29) as they rounded out the top 30. While it should go without saying, Intel urges users to only click on search results from reputable sites and, naturally, to avoid any and all Torrent links.
  • Apple and Deloitte partner on 'Enterprise Next' service (2016-09-28 20:02:22)
    Consulting firm will try to help the iPhone maker boost sales of iOS devices to businesses.
  • This Commodore 64 bad boy helps drive an auto shop in 2016 (2016-09-28 19:58:24)
    An auto repair shop in Poland does just fine running some of its operations on a C64C from the '80s, thank you very much.
  • Dan Brown is writing another Da Vinci Code novel (2016-09-28 19:49:37)
    An adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno is set to hit theaters at the end of October, but another adventure featuring its hero will be hitting in 2017: Doubleday Books will release Dan Brown’s Origin next September. The novel will join the other novels in Brown’s Robert Langdon series. Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, and The Lost Symbol have collectively been some of the most popular novels ever published.
  • Tinder's new feature helps you get a booty call even faster (2016-09-28 19:38:06)
    Tinder is testing a feature that could mean more views for your profile. And hopefully more matches.
  • This crazy new feature might be coming to the Galaxy Note 8 (2016-09-28 19:30:10)
    There’s really one thing Samsung has to improve by this time next year to make the Galaxy Note 8 an exciting device: the battery . Making one that doesn't explode is a good first step. But Samsung will bring other new features to its next-gen phablet, and a redesigned S Pen stylus with a crazy new feature might be one of them. DON’T MISS:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 The stylus is the iconic feature of the Galaxy Note family, a device that lets Samsung offer phablet fans a series of software tricks that aren’t available on other devices. The Galaxy Note 7’s S Pen brings over a slew of improvements compared to its predecessor, but Samsung has no plans to stop refining it. A newly discovered patent indicates that Samsung is toying with the idea of including a speaker in the S Pen stylus of the future. First seen by Patently Mobile , the patent describes a speaker system that would work differently depending on the position of the stylus. When the S Pen is docked, the sound will be emitted from the bottom of the stylus. When in use, the sound will come from the S Pen enclosure. Such a creation would help Samsung free up space inside the Galaxy Note, as it could do away with the speaker and speaker grille that are found on the current Galaxy Note. The extra space could be used to boost battery capacity or house additional components. As is the case with other patents, the technology described in this new Samsung patent might never find its way to commercial products. However, it’s still interesting to see Samsung looking to extend the use of one of the best Galaxy Note features. Meanwhile, Samsung still has to clean up after its Galaxy Note 7 debacle. No matter how nifty its new stylus features might be, batteries that don’s explode are sexier.
  • Ship shake: Hanjin woes may help float tech, data start-ups (2016-09-28 19:23:11)
    The global shipping industry, ravaged by collapsing revenues, defensive mergers and the failure of major player South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd , is slowly waking up to the redeeming potential of technology. While sensor-laden containers, smart ships and 3D printing have grabbed the headlines, the start-ups making the biggest inroads are those working on something more basic - streamlining the interaction between shippers, freight forwarders, and those actually transporting the goods. "This is way up there on the list of insanely complex systems with enormous impact on the global economy," says Trae Stephens of Founders Fund, which this week led a $65 million investment round in Flexport, a start-up focusing on providing logistics services and data.
  • HBO renews High Maintenance for a second season (2016-09-28 19:04:03)
    HBO has renewed its new stoner comedy High Maintenance for a second season. High Maintenance is renewed for a second season on @HBO. "The response to the new episodes exceeded all of our expectations," said HBO programming president Casey Bloys in an official statement.
  • Bitdefender Total Security 2017 review (2016-09-28 19:03:45)
    Protect PC against e-threats, shield your privacy, recover your devices in case of loss or theft
  • Clinton, Trump schooled by Twitter on debate tactics (2016-09-28 18:58:33)
    Social media responds as the presidential candidates spar over everything from cybersecurity to taxes.
  • How to thwart Election Day hackers: Vote the old-fashioned way (2016-09-28 18:57:51)
    The country's outdated, offline voting machines could actually save the election from cyberattacks, say experts at a Congressional hearing.
  • Spotify said to be in advanced talks to buy rival SoundCloud (2016-09-28 18:43:04)
    The Financial Times reports that an acquisition announcement is expected soon for the steaming service often referred to as the "YouTube for audio."
  • 'Westworld' saddles up with six-shooters and existential angst (2016-09-28 18:37:25)
    HBO's remake of the 1973 sci-fi/Western mashup sees emotional robots in an existential shootout with the darkest of human desires.
  • Apple logs every iPhone user’s text message contacts, new leak claims (2016-09-28 18:35:05)
    Apple likes to make boasts about how secure its Messages app is, but new revelations from The Intercept detail how Apple keeps a log of every iPhone user's texting contacts that they will readily share with law enforcement authorities when served with a court order. Now this isn’t a Snowden level leak by any means, nor does it imply or suggest that Apple has access to the content of any privately sent messages, but in today’s age where user privacy is a hot-button issue, it can never hurt to be cognizant of what information might be shared with the police. DON'T MISS:  An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8 According to leaked documents, any time an iOS user begins a text communication, Apple will take note of the target number and see if it corresponds to an iOS device capable of receiving a blue-bubbled iPhone message. While this isn't new information in and of itself, what was not previously known is that every number Apple checks against their iMessage database is kept in a log for 30 days. This log also includes the date and time when you entered a number, along with your IP address — which could, contrary to a 2013 Apple claim that “we do not store data related to customers’ location,” identify a customer’s location. Apple is compelled to turn over such information via court orders for systems known as “pen registers” or “tap and trace devices,” orders that are not particularly onerous to obtain, requiring only that government lawyers represent they are “likely” to obtain information whose “use is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation.” To be clear, the logs in question are not stored perpetually on Apple’s servers. On the contrary, they are removed and cleared every 30-days, barring of course, a court order that would compel Apple to extend a particular log’s existence. The underlying purpose of these logs, from a law enforcement perspective, is that it provides them with a clearer picture of who a given individual may have been in contact with. In a broader sense, it helps law enforcement authorities establish a communication network for whomever they happen to be investigating. Commenting on the matter, Apple issued the following statement: When law enforcement presents us with a valid subpoena or court order, we provide the requested information if it is in our possession. Because iMessage is encrypted end-to-end, we do not have access to the contents of those communications. In some cases, we are able to provide data from server logs that are generated from customers accessing certain apps on their devices. We work closely with law enforcement to help them understand what we can provide and make clear these query logs don’t contain the contents of conversations or prove that any communication actually took place. As far as privacy issues are concerned, this is hardly something to be worry about or be righteously indignant about. Still, it can never hurt to know exactly what a company knows about its user base and how information may or may not be shared with authorities.
  • Noted nerds react to Elon Musk's Mars colony plans (2016-09-28 18:32:13)
    SpaceX wants to see a million Earthlings living on Mars this century, but before anyone signs up we're going to tweet about it.
  • NBC is remaking The Italian Job and as a Mini driver, I will watch every single episode (2016-09-28 18:16:30)
    The show that I’ll be watching, however, will be NBC’s The Italian Job. The rebooted show will be inspired by both the original 1969 film with Michael Caine and the newer version that starred Mark Wahlberg, according to Deadline. At the best, I can see this being a combination of Leverage, Prison Break, and Heist — but with Mini Coopers.
  • Skype's latest iOS app update lets you make calls with Siri (2016-09-28 18:11:37)
    Microsoft is fast taking advantage of a key new feature in Apple's iOS 10 update. Today the company released a new version of Skype for iPhone and iPad, and deeper Siri integration is its biggest new addition. You can now ask Siri to place a Skype call to any of your contacts without launching the Skype app first.
  • Amy Schumer honored as most dangerous celebrity online (2016-09-28 18:06:58)
    Cybercrooks might use the "Trainwreck" star to bait you.
  • YouTube hires Lyor Cohen, hip-hop heavyweight, to run music (2016-09-28 17:59:27)
    Google's massive video site brings in a heavy hitter to swing hard against Spotify and Apple and help YouTube navigate a tense time with the record industry.
  • Kello is an alarm clock that claims to help you regulate your sleep patterns (2016-09-28 17:57:51)
    Sleep gadgets are having a moment. The Kello is a new sleep-oriented connected alarm clock that just launched on Kickstarter, but unlike other gadgets, its goal is to help us regularize our sleeping patterns, as opposed to tracking our actual time asleep.
  • Citigroup becomes last big U.S. bank to join payments network (2016-09-28 17:51:07)
    Citigroup Inc on Wednesday became the last of the big U.S. banks to agree to allow customers to send instant payments by mobile phone over an industry network that is competing with upstart Venmo. Citigroup said in a statement that it will begin offering the service early next year over the clearXchange network. ClearXchange has emerged as the industry's rival to Venmo, a non-bank payment service of PayPal Holdings Inc, which is winning fans among young adults who use it to split apartment rents and dinner tabs.
  • Fresh MacBooks are coming in late October, according to new report (2016-09-28 17:45:58)
    Earlier this month, just days after Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2 on stage in San Francisco, a curious fan sent an email to Tim Cook asking whether or not the company was moving away from the Mac line. "I love the Mac and we are very committed to it," Cook responded. "Stay tuned." If the latest reports are true, we won't have to stay tuned much longer. MUST SEE:  80 high-resolution iPhone wallpapers for people who love movies According to MacRumors , Apple is "moving rapidly toward a launch of the new MacBook Pro models, with the company's current development work on macOS 10.2.1 focused largely on preparing the operating system to support the updated hardware's new features." Those features are rumored to include Touch ID support, an OLED touch bar above the keyboard and a more powerful GPU from AMD. Based on what MacRumors has heard, Apple will roll out one final beta of the macOS 10.2.1 software early next week. By the end of next week, Apple hopes to have finalized the software ahead of the upcoming hardware launch. Providing everything goes according to plan, Apple could begin shipping the latest round of MacBook Pro models by "the second half of October." As for the rumors regarding the MacBook Air , iMac, Mac Pro and Mac mini, MacRumors hasn't heard anything about potential release dates for any of those products. For now, we're going to have to be satisfied with a new MacBook Pro.
  • Cyber firm challenges Yahoo claim hack was state-sponsored (2016-09-28 17:42:14)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber security company on Wednesday asserted that the hack of 500 million account credentials from Yahoo was the work of an Eastern European criminal gang, adding another layer of intrigue to a murky investigation into the unprecedented data heist. Arizona-based InfoArmor issued a report whose conclusion challenged Yahoo’s position that a nation-state actor orchestrated the heist, disclosed last week by the internet company. InfoArmor, which provides companies with protection against employee identify theft, said the hacked trove of user data was later sold to at least three clients, including one state-sponsored group.
  • Alec Baldwin will be Saturday Night Live's new Donald Trump (2016-09-28 17:37:41)
    Saturday Night Live has announced that Alec Baldwin will don the Trump makeup and wig left behind by former cast member and current SNL announcer Darrell Hammond. Before Hammond, the role was played by Taran Killam. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin will appear in several episodes in the role, similar to the arrangement that SNL made when it cast Larry David as Bernie Sanders last season.
  • The UN plans to launch its first space mission five years from now (2016-09-28 17:35:32)
    The United Nations will launch its first-ever space mission aboard Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spaceplane in 2021. The news was announced yesterday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. The goal of the mission is to give developing nations that don’t have their own space programs the chance to fly payloads in microgravity.
  • HP promises fix for printer software that barred outside ink (2016-09-28 17:33:08)
    HP Inc. has apologized to customers for cutting them off from ink cartridges from other companies and says it will fix the problem. The printer maker had issued a software update that made some of its ...
  • YouTube hires veteran music executive Lyor Cohen as music head (2016-09-28 17:32:26)
    (Reuters) - YouTube, Google's video streaming service, has hired former Warner Music Group executive Lyor Cohen as its global head of music as it looks to strengthen its relationships with the music industry. Cohen, a veteran of the music industry, most recently served as the chief executive and co-founder of the 300 Entertainment record label, which currently includes prominent hip-hop artists such as Fetty Wap, Young Thug and Rich the Kid. Cohen said in a letter to YouTube employees that he would look to help the music community "embrace the technological shifts we're seeing in music today so we can help take the confusion and distrust out of the equation".
  • The rise of Netflix could cost cable companies $1 billion next year (2016-09-28 17:30:33)
    Cord-cutting feels like it's been the "next big thing" for a decade now, but according to one new report, 2017 is going to be THE YEAR. We promise it's true this time. Management consultancy firm cg42  has published a report into the state of the cable industry, and it makes for bleak reading if you're a Comcast exec. DON'T MISS:  All the best new features in iOS 10 Messages Cg42 estimates that 800,000 current cable subscribers will cancel their packages in the next year, which will lead to around a billion dollars in lost revenue for cable companies. Ouch. The math looks much better for consumers though, who save an average of $104 per month by switching to subscription services. The landscape for cord-cutters has become far better over the last year or two. Internet access is finally starting to speed up (although cable companies are responding by introducing bandwidth caps). Netflix and Amazon Prime both have strong selections of older stuff, as well as new offerings of original content that rival traditional TV channels. The big holdout continues to be sports, but even that is fading. MLB and the NHL both offer online viewing services of some kind, and even Twitter is trying to get into the live sports game. That's not mentioning the rising world of live sports piracy, which is proving difficult to shut down in the two-hour window where it matters the most. And, of course, there's the hardware. New streaming sticks have user-friendly features like the ability to cast from your phone and watch YouTube, while cable boxes (and, to be honest, most every Smart TV) are a user-interface mess designed by the same people who do customer service phone menus.
  • Spotify in advanced talks to buy SoundCloud: FT (2016-09-28 17:27:51)
    (Reuters) - Swedish music-streaming service provider Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire German rival SoundCloud, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions. SoundCloud's founders and investors were exploring strategic options for the company, including a sale, that could value it at $1 billion, Bloomberg reported in July, citing people familiar with the matter. Music-streaming companies have struggled to turn a profit amid rising competition from larger players such as Apple Inc. Inc is also preparing to launch a standalone music-streaming subscription service, Reuters reported in June, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
  • Spotify is reportedly in talks to acquire SoundCloud (2016-09-28 17:12:10)
    Spotify is reportedly in advanced talks to purchase SoundCloud, according to a report from the Financial Times. The move would give Spotify a larger library of content  — SoundCloud has over 125 million songs — and remove a competitor from the streaming music landscape after SoundCloud launched its own paid service earlier this year. But outside of that the benefits of the acquisition seem limited for Spotify. For SoundCloud, the deal makes much more sense.
  • Finding a Charizard in Pokemon Go just got a whole lot easier (2016-09-28 17:03:12)
    Over the past several weeks, Pokemon Go developer Niantic has been making significant changes—some obvious, some less so— to its popular mobile game. First, the company launched Pokemon Go Plus — a device which can capture Pokemon and collect items from PokeStops with a single button press. Then the spawn rates of rare Pokemon suddenly shot up , with dozens of trainers confirming that they were seeing Pokemon in their neighborhoods they'd never seen before. Now it appears that Niantic has made yet another major adjustment to Pokemon Go , as trainers are suddenly seeing evolved Pokemon at nests around the world. DON'T MISS:  Report: ‘Destiny 2’ will launch on PC, feature more interesting worlds to explore Without getting into the messy details, here's what you need to know: There are nests scattered around the world where specific Pokemon are more likely to spawn. For example, if you hang around a Charmander nest for long enough, you're eventually going to see a Charmander spawn on the map. Over the past day or so, reports have been springing up on  The Silph Road that Pokemon evolutions are now spawning at nests, which wasn't possible previously. In other words, you might find a Charmeleon or even a Charizard at that Charmander nest, but it's still unclear how likely they are to spawn. "I have had all the nests in SA/Austin fixed and monitored for the past 4 hours and the scanner is showing Sandslashes at Sandshrew nests, Nidorinos at Nidoran nests, etc.," says Redditor carypalmer on The Silph Road . The dedicated Pokemon Go researchers are still hard at work to figure out exactly what this means, but providing it's true, you should be able to find evolved versions of your favorite Pokemon far more often in the wild from now on.
  • Elon Musk's Mars metropolis: Insane but not impossible (2016-09-28 17:00:14)
    Commentary: SpaceX has advanced a vision of a city built on Mars as soon as the 2060s, but a galaxy of technical, ethical, legal and other questions need to be answered first.
  • Facebook, Google, and Microsoft team up to pacify fears about AI (2016-09-28 17:00:11)
    Five of the world’s largest technology companies have come together to shed light on the ongoing development of artificial intelligence. The entities involved are Facebook, Google and its DeepMind subsidiary, Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM, and the group's new nonprofit organization will grow to include a number of AI research groups and academics. Announced today, the coalition will be known as the Partnership on AI and it will be co-chaired by Microsoft Research chief Eric Horvitz and DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman.
  • Facebook's annual software fest F8 kicks off April 18 (2016-09-28 17:00:03)
    The social network usually saves its biggest announcements for the event, where CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds court in front of an army of web developers. So expect lots of in-the-weeds stuff, too.
  • 'Slack' is an acronym (2016-09-28 16:53:23)
    Slack, the workplace productivity chat tool that lets you quietly discuss the merits of strawberry / frosted vs. brown-sugar / unfrosted PopTarts with a colleague for up to six hours at a time without anyone else noticing that you're being totally useless, is an acronym. The letters S-L-A-C-K stand for things.
  • Twitter opens its Moments feature up to everyone (2016-09-28 16:39:14)
    Twitter will now let any of its users create a Moment. Moments, best known as the feature you have to swipe past to see your notifications, are collections of tweets that generally focus on a single subject. It may be people tweeting reactions to a baseball game, news updates on an emergency, or just a bunch of jokes about the presidential debate.
  • See how Google’s new Pixel phones stack up to last year’s Nexus phones (2016-09-28 16:37:35)
    Google is ditching Nexus branding on this year's new smartphones in favor of a new "Pixel" moniker. The devices also come with a new pitch. They’re no longer pure Android devices, nor are they affordable. The Pixel and Pixel XL will be high-end smartphones that are meant to rival the iPhone 7 and this year’s top Android devices. We’ve already seen them pop up in several leaks, but now it's time to see exactly how Google's two new Pixel phones measure up to last year's Nexus handsets. DON’T MISS: An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8 In 2015, Google released the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P made by LG and Huawei, respectively. These are 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch handsets that’ll be slightly bigger than their Pixel-branded alternatives. The Pixel, also known as the Sailfish, is supposed to have a 5-inch display. The Pixel XL, or the Marlin, will have a 5.5-inch screen. Android Central  used the recently leaked Pixel and Pixel XL press renders to compare them to last year’s Nexus devices — as seen in the image at the top of this post. From left to right, we have the Pixel, the Nexus 5X, the Pixel XL and the Nexus 6P. We will point out that we don’t have the official specs list for the Pixel handsets, which means their exact dimensions aren’t known at this time. But the image above is still useful, as it gives us a general idea of what to expect from Google’s next-gen flagship smartphones when it comes to size and pocketability. Google will unveil the Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4th during a special media event that’s also supposed to bring us at least one big surprise as well.
  • Twitter's Moments can now be made by everyone (2016-09-28 16:34:28)
    The social network makes the storytelling feature available to all users.
  • The security tsunami of the Internet of Things is coming, are you ready? (2016-09-28 16:19:33)
    Intel Security's Scott Montgomery took the stage at Structure Security to explain some of the core security and privacy challenges that are coming with the Internet of Things.
  • YouTube hires legendary music executive Lyor Cohen to strengthen ties with artists (2016-09-28 16:14:37)
    As the battle for exclusive albums and access to artists heats up in the world of streaming music, YouTube has signed an industry legend to help cement relationships with the musicians who publish on its platform. Cohen laid out his agenda in a letter to the YouTube Music team. Second, building on the great work you all have done to help the music industry and creative community break new songs and artists to YouTube’s audience of over 1 billion fans.
  • Samsung is investigating replacement Galaxy Note 7s that still have battery problems (2016-09-28 16:13:27)
    Samsung's best ever smartphone has also been the biggest ever nightmare for the company's mobile business. And now, the nightmare has somehow managed to get even bigger. Samsung was forced to issue a global recall of its just-launched Galaxy Note 7 flagship smartphone when a battery defect caused some units to explode while charging. The company has now replaced a huge number of handsets with new phones that have been deemed safe, but it looks like Samsung's rush to replace potentially dangerous Note 7 units may have caused yet another headache: Samsung has confirmed that it's looking into reports that newer replacement Galaxy note 7 units still have battery problems. DON'T MISS:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 As reported by  The Wall Street Journal , Samsung has confirmed that it is looking into multiple customer claims that replacement Note 7 phones may be faulty. So far, there have been no reports of explosions caused by the defect that affected Samsung's first run of handsets — there have been reports of "safe" Note 7s catching fire in China, but Samsung said that external heat sources were to blame, not handset malfunctions. While no newer units have exploded, some users are reporting that their Galaxy Note 7 handsets are becoming extremely hot during usage. According to WSJ , complaints have come from users in the US and in South Korea who claim the phone gets so hot that they cannot hold it to their faces to make a phone call. “There have been a few reports about the battery charging levels and we would like to reassure everyone that the issue does not pose a safety concern,” a Samsung spokesperson said on Wednesday. “In normal conditions, all smartphones may experience temperature fluctuations.” The company will continue to investigate the claims, however. In other news, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Wednesday that it is investigating multiple reports from consumers who say that their Samsung washing machines exploded while in use .
  • How 'Nigerian Spielberg' Izu Ojukwu is taking advantage of free speech and a changing industry (2016-09-28 16:10:45)
    Like so many film industries in developing countries, Nigerian cinema started small and scrappy, with inexperienced filmmakers rushing out ultra-low-budget movies on tight turnarounds for quick profits. In 2014, PricewaterhouseCoopers calculated that film was Nigeria's second-biggest industry, after agriculture. It's also seen a new cultural openness about its own history, which has been particularly helpful for local film luminaries like Izu Ojukwu.
  • Google Express shopping service expands delivery coverage on the East Coast (2016-09-28 15:58:33)
    More residents in the Northeast can now sign up for Google's two-day delivery program.
  • Understanding Android's balance between openness and security (2016-09-28 15:52:10)
    At the 2016 Structure Security conference, Google's Adrian Ludwig talked about the balance between keeping Android as open as possible, while also keeping it secure.
  • All the best new features in iOS 10 Messages (2016-09-28 15:48:22)
    One of the apps that got the most redesign love in iOS 10 is Messages. The little chat bubble is now a lot more than a texting app, with its own app store and the ability to send a lot more than just texts. But with great features comes great confusion, and not all the settings are immediately obvious. Here's all the new stuff you should actually care about. DON'T MISS:  Apple’s newest HQ is a perfect super-villain hangout Individual read receipts I don't know why this wasn't a thing a long time ago, but iOS 10 finally adds the ability to selectively choose who gets read receipts. This is a good thing, because read receipts are mostly awful, but occasionally useful. I don't want the majority of people knowing that I'm blowing them off and ignoring messages (or, for that matter, getting worried because I'm taking more than 0.0002 seconds to reply). But for a few select people, it's good that they know that I've read a message, so they can stop bugging me. To enable individual read receipts, just tap on the circular i in the top-right of your message history, and hit the "read receipts" check box. GIF apps I already wrote about Momento, which is easily the best standalone Message app so far. It takes several similar images (like the three failed group photos you took on your night out) and turns them into one perfect animated GIF that you can spam to people. The results are occasionally useful, and always hilarious. Yes, it's a good way to relive some great experiences, but mostly it's a reminder that computer vision software still has a long way to come. Stickers Apart from the silly GIF apps, Messages also has a lot of silly sticker apps in the store. We already rounded up the most useful Messages apps so far, and no surprises, the Super Mario sticker pack makes it into the top 10. If you've been using Facebook Messenger's stickers for a while, none of this will really be a surprise. But it's still fun to startle your parents with a Mario sticker from time to time. Slam messages Phil Schiller spent a lot of time on stage in May explaining how Messages in iOS 10 gives you all sorts of ways to make your point. You can send your message big, small, secretly, with confetti, with ballons, or basically however you want. To access all the options, type your message out, and then press and hold on the blue arrow you'd normally just press to send. Sliding up will get you the different options for the message bubble itself, while if you tap the Screen button at the top of the screen, you'll get options like bubble and confetti. Heartbeat/Digital Touch In case you didn't have enough ways already to send your message, Apple imported the Digital Touch feature from the Apple Watch. It gives you options to draw your own symbol, or you can press and hold for different options like sending a heart or a kiss. Location sharing If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map of your location must be worth an entire novel. It's easy to use the Messaging app to send your location to a contact, either on a constant or one-time basis. Tap the circular i in the top-right of a conversation, and you'll get two options for sending your location. If you're talking with a plebian Android-wielder, they'll get a hyperlink they can click on to get your location. Low Quality Images If you're into sending people lots of pictures but you have a limited data plan, Apple has a special option just for you. Head into the Messages menu in the Settings app, scroll to the bottom, and there's an option to reduce image size. If you're just sending a quick, low-quality picture of something over cellular data, this could be a good idea. It reduces image size down from 1-2MB to around 100KB. That can make a big difference if you're on a low monthly data allowance. Filter Messages Just above the option for low quality images is another box, this one to filter messages. It splits your messaging inbox in two: one for people who are in your contact book, and another for random people. You can switch between the two with a toggle at the top of the messages app.  
  • Lev Grossman will reimagine King Arthur’s legacy in The Bright Sword (2016-09-28 15:42:13)
    Fantasy author Lev Grossman has announced his next book project: The Bright Sword, which will be a new take on Arthurian legend. The Bright Sword will begin following the death of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Galahad, and will feature some of the "minor figures from the margins of Arthurian mythology" as they work to rebuild England, while coming to terms with the toll their adventures have had on them. Grossman has spoken in the past about his love for T.H. White’s epic retelling of Arthurian legend, The Once and Future King.
  • VW chief: Working on settlement with US for emissions fraud (2016-09-28 15:28:18)
    Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the company is cooperating with U.S. authorities and hopes to reach a settlement on a fine with the Justice Department for equipping diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions ...
  • BlackBerry avoids smartphone risk with outsource move: CEO (2016-09-28 15:28:14)
    By Alastair Sharp WATERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's decision to outsource the development of its smartphones helps it avoid the risks of a competitive market and focus on its more lucrative businesses of software and managing rival devices, its chief executive said on Wednesday. The company's shares rose 5 percent as investors welcomed a further shift away the money-losing handset business, in which BlackBerry had gone from being a market leader to trailing far behind rivals like Apple Inc . BlackBerry said it was in late-stage discussions for a similar deal in China and working on several India initiatives.
  • A Pokemon Go guide infected thousands of phones (2016-09-28 15:26:44)
    "There's no surprise that an app as popular as Pokemon Go has spawned associated malware," said Tim Erlin, senior director of IT security and risk strategy for Tripwire.
  • Samsung drama continues as company’s washing machines found to explode (2016-09-28 15:23:08)
    Samsung’s issues with exploding devices may, oddly enough, extend far beyond the public relations disaster that was the recently recalled Galaxy Note 7. According to a report from ABC News , the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning in regards to top-loading Samsung washing machines after fielding numerous complaints about the machines exploding. Hardly isolated incidents, the CPSC since 2015 has seen at least 21 reports from consumers involving exploding washing machines. In one story relayed by ABC News , one owner described the incident as being nothing short of harrowing. DON'T MISS:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 "It was the loudest sound. It sounded like a bomb went off in my ear,” owner Melissa Thaxton said during an interview. “There were wires, nuts, the cover actually was laying on the floor.” Thaxton added that her four-year old son, in the wake of the explosion, "was  just screaming this scream that I didn’t even know I could scream.” Exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices over the last few weeks caused no shortage of damage, but exploding washing machines, by mere virtue of their size alone, arguably pose much more of a grave threat to users. And that, of course, says quite a bit given what we’ve seen what exploding Note 7 devices can do. Over the past few weeks, Galaxy Note 7 devices have been responsible for parked cars becoming engulfed in flames and a large number of burn reports. With the CPSC now taking action, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Samsung is now being sued for its exploding washing machine problem. For those who own top-loading Samsung washing machines, the company advises users to only use “the delicate cycle when washing bedding and bulky items.” Samsung's full comments on the matter read: We are in active discussions with the CPSC to address potential safety issues related to certain top-load washing machines manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016. In rare cases, affected units may experience abnormal vibrations that could pose a risk of personal injury or property damage when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant items. Samsung is recommending that consumers with affected models use the lower speed delicate cycle when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant materials. There have been no reported incidents when using this cycle. It is important to note that Samsung customers have completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011. CPSC and Samsung are working on a remedy for affected consumers that will help ensure there are no further incidents. We will provide updated information to the public as soon as possible on this website. If you own a top-loading Samsung washing machine, you can see if your machine is vulnerable by entering in your serial number here .
  • The world-conquering Land Rover Discovery is here (2016-09-28 15:14:41)
    The Land Rover Discovery is coming back to America and it looks fantastic. The Land Rover Discovery name was unceremoniously killed off in 2004 in favor of the uninspired names "LR3" and "LR4" (thanks to associations with the Discovery's famously terrible build quality), but the basic layout of the car continued on: seven seats, fantastic views, top-notch exploration and off-road capabilities. Now the new Land Rover Discovery is here, unveiled this week at the Paris Auto Show.
  • What can the old Star Wars Expanded Universe give to the new canon? (2016-09-28 15:07:55)
    Star Wars’ big blue bad is back. Disney announced this summer that Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the best-known villains from Star Wars’ past, would be reentering the official canon. This past weekend, he made his triumphant return with the premiere of the third season of Rebels.
  • First full 'Fantastic Beasts' trailer reveals magic, mayhem and plot (2016-09-28 14:53:56)
    Get out your wand. The new "Fantastic Beasts" trailer dives deeper into the Harry Potter spin-off with more monsters, more magic and fresh plot details.
  • Syrian hacker sympathetic to Assad pleads guilty in U.S. court (2016-09-28 14:51:15)
    A computer hacker sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government pleaded guilty for his role as a middleman in an extortion scheme targeting U.S. media outlets and governments, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. It said in a statement that Peter Romar, 37, was a member of the Syrian Electronic Army hacking group and had joined an operation to infiltrate computers of Assad's "perceived detractors" in the media, U.S. government and other governments. Romar's guilty plea was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Apple partners with Deloitte in pitch to business (2016-09-28 14:35:31)
    Apple is extending its push into selling business technology by forging a partnership with the Deloitte consulting firm to advise companies on using iPhones, iPads and Apple software in the workplace. ...
  • iOS 10 is already bigger than iOS 9 (2016-09-28 14:33:21)
    Just over two weeks after Apple released iOS 10, it has already overtaken its predecessor. As of Wednesday, September 28th, iOS 10 has jumped to 48% of the total iOS market share, while iOS 9 has fallen to 47%. Having launched on September 13th, it took iOS 10 just 15 days to become the most popular version of the software, according to Mixpanel's data . SEE ALSO:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 This is an incredibly impressive feat , especially when taking into consideration how long it takes the average Android user to receive the latest version of Google's software. But interestingly, the uptake appears to have slowed slightly when compared to the rate at which iOS users updated from iOS 8 to iOS 9. Looking back at Mixpanel's data from 2015, it took only eight days for iOS 9 to surpass iOS 8. On launch day, September 16th, iOS 9 had captured just 5% of the market. By September 24th, it was at 46%, topping iOS 8. Another interesting difference between 2015 and 2016—far fewer stragglers are still on an earlier version of the software than the two most recent releases. When iOS 9 overtook iOS 8 in 2015, still nearly 8% of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch using population was still on iOS 7 or below. Today, that number is approaching 4%. So, while it might have taken a little longer for the latest edition of iOS 10 to beat out its forerunner, over 95% of Apple fans have moved on to one of the two latest versions of the software by now. Way to go, Apple fans!
  • LG’s new active Bluetooth neckbuds are for wireless pioneers who enjoy sweating (2016-09-28 14:32:45)
    LG LG is a proponent of the neckbuds. It introduced a new pair this week, and I have no explanation as to why neckbuds continue to be a thing.The new LG Tone Active are retractable earbuds that you can wear around your neck. They have a microphone so you can talk on the phone or listen to music, and the battery will reportedly last for a little more than nine hours when playing music. This is essential for especially tough gym sessions. Apparently the enhanced curved design lets you work out with them on because they won’t slip off. ...
  • IdeaFestival 2016: 5 ways to navigate uncertainty in the workplace and use it to enhance creativity (2016-09-28 14:30:08)
    New America think tank fellow Jamie Holmes explains how our human drive for certainty and closure impacts hiring decisions and creativity. She offers tips for effectively dealing with uncertainty.
  • McLaren gets picked to make a more powerful battery for Formula E (2016-09-28 14:27:51)
    McLaren Applied Technologies — the technology wing of McLaren’s Formula One team — has won the contract to provide Formula E with an all-new battery starting in 2018, the sport’s governing body announced today. McLaren beat out the likes of Porsche, Red Bull Technology, Renault, and even Williams Advanced Engineering — the company that made the current battery. According documents published by the FIA in March (which is when the contest was opened up), the battery will have at least 54 kWh of available energy — almost twice as much as the current 28kWh battery used by the series.
  • No Man's Sky investigated over misleading advertising claims (2016-09-28 14:20:21)
    One player of the action-adventure survival video game reports feeling misled "after seeing just how vastly different the trailers for No Man's Sky were from the actual released game."
  • IdeaFestival 2016: How we can use data to stop an impending pandemic health crisis (2016-09-28 14:20:00)
    At IdeaFestival 2016, journalist Sonia Shah explained the history of pandemics, how and why they spread, and what we can use data to intervene before a major outbreak.
  • Manual review (2016-09-28 14:15:32)
    Use custom exposure for your iPhone camera
  • Image of 1992 slaying suspect is generated from his DNA (2016-09-28 14:13:06)
    A prosecutor on Wednesday released composite images of a suspect in the unsolved slaying of a middle school aide nearly a quarter century ago, a rendering that uses genetics to predict someone's appearance. ...
  • Apple deepens enterprise push with Deloitte partnership (2016-09-28 14:11:04)
    More than 5,000 Deloitte advisers will be included in the Apple initiative, the companies said. The consulting firm also launched EnterpriseNext, a program aimed at helping clients make better use of Apple products and services.
  • Hakuna Matata! Disney is making a new ‘The Lion King’ movie (2016-09-28 14:08:10)
    There’s no doubt about it, The Lion King is one of Disney’s biggest hits ever. First released in 1994, the movie brought in almost $1 billion at the box office (which was almost unheard of back then) and inspired the very popular Broadway play by the same name, which is still performed around the world. So, naturally, Disney wants to remake it using some of the new tech available today. That’s hardly surprising, considering that its newly released Jungle Book  movie also earned close to $1 billion at the box office, and that next year’s Beauty and the Beast is already one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2017. DON’T MISS: An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8 The company on Wednesday confirmed that it partnered with Jon Favreau for a new The Lion King  film, production of which has been fast tracked. Favreau also directed “the technologically groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book ” movie that hit theaters a few months ago. The new Lion King doesn’t have a release date just yet, but the movie will include songs from the original film, just like Beauty and the Beast . The new Lion King movie can’t be a live-action movie because there are no humans in this story. But it’s likely that Favreau will use plenty of CGI effects to bring these characters to life. Oh, and Disney confirmed that Favreau is also working on a Jungle Book sequel, though that new film doesn’t have a release date yet either.
  • 3D-printed 'hyperelastic bone' could be the future of reconstructive surgery (2016-09-28 14:00:09)
    A new synthetic material called hyperelastic bone, or HB, could be "the next breakthrough" in reconstructive surgery, new research shows. The HB can be implanted under the skin as a scaffold for new bone to grow on, or used to replace lost bone matter altogether. Hydroxyapatite — a form of calcium found in bone and already used in reconstructive surgeries — is extremely brittle, but the researchers mixed it with a polymer to add flexibility.
  • IdeaFestival 2016: Why science and tech need the humanities to create maximum value, explains MIT physicist (2016-09-28 14:00:00)
    MIT's Alan Lightman explained how technology and the humanities must play powerful complementary roles in society, echoing ideas from Steve Jobs and Edwin Land.
  • 'Doctor Who' spinoff 'Class' gives school a funny, sexy sci-fi twist (2016-09-28 13:59:43)
    The upcoming BBC series about teens attending Clara Oswald's Coal Hill School promises to be full of mystery and adventure.
  • Health insurance giant Aetna will pay you to wear an Apple Watch (2016-09-28 13:58:36)
    Health insurance giant Aetna plans to make the Apple Watch cheaper to its customers. The company announced a partnership with the tech titan on Tuesday to create health initiatives exclusive to iOS devices. As part of the program, Aetna will make the Apple Watch available to "select large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season," and plans to reduce "a significant portion" of the Apple Watch cost through monthly payroll deductions.
  • Apple 'iPhone 8' already in the works, report says (2016-09-28 13:55:20)
    The next iPhone is being developed at offices in Israel and will feature a "radical redesign," reports Business Insider.
  • Big data users rejoice: IBM's new Project DataWorks platform plans to kill the silo (2016-09-28 13:49:00)
    Data comes in all shapes, sizes, and file formats. One of the biggest challenges for businesses is integrating the myriad types of data: IBM wants to solve that problem.
  • Apple’s newest HQ is a perfect super-villain hangout (2016-09-28 13:43:30)
    Apple is in the process of building a giant new "spaceship" HQ at its traditional location in Cupertino, California. But when it's finally done, it may not be the most striking building in the company's collection. Earlier today, Apple announced that it will move into Battersea Power Station, a former coal-fired power station on the River Thames in London. It's the opposite of a modern building -- it's a hulking monument to heavy industry that's been sitting unused for decades. And it's the perfect place for Apple to open an office. DON'T MISS:  The best wireless headphones that money can buy The company is leasing six floor in the main building, and hopes to end up with 1,400 staff located there. This isn't some major transition to having staff in London, but rather moving workers from a bunch of spread-out offices into one central location. Battersea Power Station has a long and quite weird history. It sits in the west of London, right on the banks of the river. Back when it was built, it was industrial dead space, but it's now prime real estate very close to the center of London. The all-brick building was built in the 1930s, designed by the same architect who designed London's iconic red phone booths. At the time, it was the biggest brick building in Europe, and remains one of the largest in the world today. Since electricity generation was stopped in the 1980s, it's been sitting derelict, waiting for a new lease of life. Moving an Apple campus there actually makes a lot of sense. It has a long design heritage that should make Jony Ive proud, a great location, and high walls to help maintain Apple's famous need for secrecy.
  • Why operational technology must be addressed to secure industrial IoT (2016-09-28 13:40:04)
    At the 2016 Structure Security conference, GE's Tom Le explained how a combination of IT and OT are core to securing industrial IoT.
  • Big data reveals how social media users are talking about Edward Snowden (2016-09-28 13:33:35)
    Data intelligence platform Affino mapped how ideas, like pardoning Edward Snowden, are discussed and shared between different demographic, psychographic, and geographic groups of web users.
  • BlackBerry to cut fewer than 100 jobs with hardware move: CEO (2016-09-28 13:11:55)
    WATERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - The chief executive officer of BlackBerry Ltd said fewer than 100 jobs will be cut with its latest move away from hardware, given reductions already made, and that he had not decided whether to launch a device the company has already produced. "If I decide not to go ahead with that phone, you may have seen the last BlackBerry-designed phone," John Chen told reporters at the company's Waterloo, Ontario, headquarters. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
  • Volkswagen offering Gett drivers in Russia discounted vehicle loans (2016-09-28 13:02:31)
    Volkswagen announced today that it would be offering “preferential” vehicle loans to Russian drivers of the ride-hail service Gett. The news comes five months after Volkswagen said it was investing $300 million in the Tel Aviv-based black car-hailing app. Gett said its drivers identified these four models as their preferred cars of choice in a survey.
  • Apple keeps track of everyone you try to chat with on iMessage (2016-09-28 13:01:49)
    When you try to contact someone through Apple’s Messages app, the app automatically pings Apple’s servers to see if that person has an iMessage account. When that happens, Apple gets to see who you’re trying to contact, whether they have an iMessage account or not. In addition to logging contact information, The Intercept reports that Apple records the date and time the request was made, as well as the IP address the request came from, which could provide information on your location.
  • Elon Musk's ideas aren't enough to turn humanity into a multi-planet species (2016-09-28 12:58:04)
    Optimists are frequently disappointed I should have realized earlier, when Musk was talking about restaurants in his spaceship, that this was not the plan I wanted. This was Wernher von Braun's "Man Will Conquer Space Soon," a series published in Collier's Weekly from 1952 to 1954 — a way to popularize space that was light on human safety concerns and heavy on rocket design. The point of von Braun's articles — which were not printed in scientific journals or even science-focused magazines, but rather in a well-read general interest publication — was to summon forth enthusiasm for space.
  • 80 high-resolution iPhone wallpapers for people who love movies (2016-09-28 12:53:19)
    A few weeks ago, it suddenly dawned on me that I'd been using the same wallpaper on my iPhone's Home Screen and Lock Screen for nearly two years. Personalization of electronic displays has never been all that important to me, but it was about time I made a change. Unfortunately, I didn't really know where to look. Thank goodness for Reddit. DON'T MISS:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 On Tuesday, Reddit user speckz  shared an album from imgur featuring 80 high-resolution movie posters without any annoying text getting in the way of the gorgeous imagery. Although there's no indication that these are specifically meant to be used as smartphone wallpapers, I've snagged a few of them and they fit perfectly on my iPhone 6 display. I didn't even have to crop them. I've added a few of the images to the post in the gallery above, but you'll have to go to the imgur album to see the other 76 images. And if 80 isn't enough, the original source of the textless movie posters appears to be the forums of , where well over 1,000 HD posters have been shared over the past few years. The history of these images aside, you're sure to find a poster from a movie you like among the dozens on imgur (and the hundreds on, so click those links and start searching for your new wallpaper today.
  • Amazon unleashes 'most powerful streaming media stick' with a voice remote (2016-09-28 12:45:44)
    Amazon has today unveiled the all-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, plugging the device as "the most powerful streaming media stick available". The Fire TV Stick, which offers access to over 300,000 movies and TV episodes - the only streaming media stick with a voice remote - is up to 30% faster than the original best-selling version, is priced at US$39.99 and is available for pre-order from today (September 28,2016) from Amazon will begin shipping to U.S. customers on October 20, with eligible customers who purchase and activate their device by October 31 to also receive a free content package worth up to US$65, including one month of Sling TV, two months of Hulu (Limited Commercials), and a $10 credit for Amazon Video to rent or purchase new releases or old favorites.
  • Details emerge about Alphabet's upcoming health watch (2016-09-28 12:43:58)
    The smartwatch is packed with more sensors than the Apple Watch and Fitbit trackers.
  • Are you willing to die for Elon Musk's Mars mission? (The 3:59, Ep. 114) (2016-09-28 12:43:12)
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  • 11 best paid iPhone apps on sale for free today (2016-09-28 12:28:21)
    Today's list of the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is a solid one, packed with 11 different apps that span all sorts of categories. And of course if 11 apps aren't enough for you for some reason, you'll find even more freebies in yesterday's post that haven't yet expired. DON'T MISS:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 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. SaveStagram Normally $1.99. Download photos & videos from Instagram with ease! Simply enter the Instagram link, press 'Download Instagram', and the photo & video is saved. The photo & video can then be viewed or saved to the Camera Roll for use in other apps! Features: • Simple, slick interface • Small app size, lightweight • Fast downloader • Photos & videos are saved to the Camera Roll, making them easily shareable across applications (Messages, Mail, etc.) To use with the official Instagram app, select Copy Share Link. Then paste the link to download! Download SaveStagram Labels Stickers Normally $0.99. Add labeler stickers to your messages to add a little fun into your conversations. Download Labels Stickers LoryStripes Normally $1.99. *** From the creators of Fragment, Tangent and Matter, previous App Store Editors' Choice and App of the Week *** Transform ordinary photos into sharply styled, elegant artwork with curving 3D graphic stripes and ribbons that you can scale, rotate and position in your photos. Simply choose an image from your Camera Roll, select a stripe, adjust it, and weave it throughout the different elements in your photo. LoryStripes is a unique and fun way to take any photo, draw out the best parts, and make it into something people instantly talk about. LoryStripes features: • 70 beautifully crafted stripes • 210 stripe presets, or “Styles”, to quickly select the right stripe for any photo • 70 stunning colors and 10 different shadings and blends for every stripe • Complete customization via 3D rotation, scaling and repositioning • Highly precise masking tools for interweaving stripes and ribbons • Restripe feature supports layering multiple stripes • Sharing on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Also included in LoryStripes is Pixite Source, a free resource for professional quality images, textures, and overlays that you can use in your edits. LoryStripes is the brainchild of Italian architect Laurent Rosset and brought to you by the photo app wizards at Pixite. Download LoryStripes mr.Toolkit Normally $5.99. mr.Toolkit - Handy tools in the pocket. Contacts Cleaner | Flashlight | QR Code Scanner | Mirror | Alert | Proverbs | Storage Info | Battery Status. [Key Features]: --------------------------------------- * Flashlight (1)Brightness tuning: 10 levels (2)Strobe tuning: 10 levels (3)S.O.S strobe mode supported (4)Screen light mode supported * QR Code Scanner (1)Scan history auto saving (2)Scan QR Code from Photos (3)Backup & Restore scan history (4)Share scan history * Contacts Cleaner (1)Batch deleting contacts (2)Batch sending message to selected contacts (3)Backup contacts & Restore contacts (4)Batch sharing contacts * Proverbs (1)Scrolling selected proverb on your iPhone (2)Copy & Share proverbs supported Download mr.Toolkit Tiny Runner Normally $0.99. An endless running game. Tap the screen to jump and avoid all obstacles on the way. How far can you run?! Let’s start an adventurous and exciting journey! Enjoy! Features: - Fun, challenging, random and endless tracks. - Simple controls. - More roles available. - An Universal App with hd optimized for retina resolution. Download Tiny Runner VR Pro Normally $1.99. VR Pro is a high definition Virtual Reality Video Player that can be used with any vr Product, and even 360° LIVE streams. Now, you can use your phone as an HD virtual reality headset OR move your phone around without a headset like holding a window into another world. Features: - Support 2D/3D photos and videos - Supported formats: mono, side-by-side, over/under - Read local files or call up remote URL's - Stream in 360° events live. - Activate voice commands - Subtitles support (.srt and .smi format) - Ambient lighting effects Download VR Pro Circles Normally $1.99. Circles turns your device into an exceptional timepiece. Designed in the pursuit of clarity, beauty and precision, Circles is one of the most iconic smartwatch faces of all times. ***** TechCrunch about Circles: "While Your Wrist Waits For A Worthy Smartwatch, Check Out This Stylish Timepiece App" June 04, 2014 ***** Access different time functions in the small smartwatch face: - Planetary Positions - Moon Phases - Sunrise Sunset - Seconds - Timer - Date - Alarm Clock - Second Timezone - Stopwatch Intuitive gestures for a modern time: - Swipe left to change small smartwatch face - Tap on small watchface to exercise functions - Pinch-to-Zoom to enlarge small chrono Please note that for the functions alarm clock and timer it is necessary to keep the app open for the ringtone to be heard. Download Circles Split Wizard Normally $0.99. SplitWizard is the best app to magically split even the most complex checks and bills between multiple people. BEST NEW APP in 16 countries! Number 1 Finance app in 3 countries. Top 20 Finance Apps in US and Top 10 in 25 countries (including France, Greece, Italy & Netherlands). Featured on the App Store in more than 150 countries... and counting! Restaurants, road trips, group BBQs, parties and much more! SplitWizard is handy in any situation that requires splitting expenses. SplitWizard allows you to calculate the tip and to simply keep track of who paid for what (and who owes who). SplitWizard: the ideal companion for your travels and everyday activities! FEATURES: - 2 apps in one! 1) Equal split with tip calculator + 2) Complex split between multiple people with different expenses - Stylish and original tap&swipe interface - No internet connection required - Lightweight (less than 5MB) REVIEWS: ***** " Split Wizard, the Absolute Best Expense And Bill Splitter Yet " - ***** " The best Bill splitter ever? We think so! " - ***** " A must-have app to save friendships and prevent families from breaking down " - ***** " The perfect app to split checks and expenses when we are in a group " - ***** " No need to whip out multiple calculators and sheets of paper to try to figure out the numbers. This app does it all for you " - Download Split Wizard AfterIt Normally $0.99. Simply focus where you want.Which provide a narrow depth of field and soft background blur that is so loved by photographers everywhere. Easy operation 1.An alternative view mode highlights the regions that will remain in color with a red tint. 2.erase use one finger. 3.Apply 28 filter for your photo. Simple Aperture Control Adjust the aperture in FocusMe with a single gesture to instantly change the blur level of the out-of-focus area. This great tool turns simple-looking backgrounds into atmospheric backdrops. Download AfterIt StarMap 3D Normally $1.99. Use your iPhone's compass and gyroscope to find planets, constellations, and more with crisp, colorful, high-definition Retina graphics that use every pixel of your iPhone! Hold the universe in your pocket! • Try StarMap 3D Plus for iPad support, more stars, thousands of Deep Sky Objects, and original constellation artwork. StarMap 3D is the portable star atlas for beginners or advanced astronomers. Use StarMap 3D to find the planets, stars, constellations, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae visible to you based on your location and time. StarMap 3D will even use the compass to automatically align the map! • Retina Display Compatibility • Over 15,000 stars, with detailed information for each of them • 303 deep sky objects, with details such as distance from Earth, diameter, apparent size and orientation, and morphology • All 88 modern constellations, with lines based on the outlines from "The Stars: A New Way to See Them" by H.A. Rey • MacRobert and Classic constellation lines also available • Location-based-services (LBS) / Global Positioning System (GPS) support, or manually enter your longitude and latitude • Adjustable date and time of day • Also adjust time instantaneously and interactively with the Time Scroll feature • Compass support, if present • Planetarium Mode for seeing only objects visible to you, or browse the entire celestial sphere • 3D Mode for visualizing the universe in three dimensions Download StarMap 3D Swipe Normally $0.99. Swipe the screen in the direction of the Arrows! Make sure not to let the arrows disappear or swipe in the wrong direction. If you do it is Game Over. Compete against your friends to get the highest score! Download Swipe
  • US Jewish group assails frog meme as hate symbol (2016-09-28 12:22:10)
    America's top Jewish activist group has classified recent variations of the popular internet meme Pepe the Frog -- including as Hitler or a KKK member -- as hate symbols. The frog, which first appeared online in 2005 as part of the "Boys Club" cartoons by artist Matt Furie, morphed over the years into a meme with endless versions. Pepe reworkings have notably been adopted on social media by the white nationalist "alt-right" movement, which has formed a chunk of Donald Trump's support base in the race for the White House.
  • Lenovo's new Bluetooth blaster is simultaneously revealing and mysterious (2016-09-28 12:17:04)
    Lenovo is apparently working on a Bluetooth blaster that it’ll likely use for VR / AR gaming. The device passed through the FCC this week, and its application gives us a lot of detail on what we can expect, including a full diagram and photos, but it also keeps us in the dark. The blaster also vibrates when its trigger is pulled.
  • Volkswagen's I.D. concept will enter reality in 2020 (2016-09-28 12:10:59)
    With a range around 300 miles and the looks of a sci-fi Golf, it exemplifies the company's vision for the future of cars.
  • Apple to make famous Battersea Power Station its London HQ (2016-09-28 12:10:14)
    Global technology colossus Apple on Wednesday announced plans to create a London headquarters in the iconic and long-abandoned Battersea Power Station on the banks of the River Thames. "We are looking forward to opening Apple's new London campus at The Battersea Power Station in 2021," the world's most valuable company said in a statement. Around 1,400 staff from eight existing offices in London will relocate to the renovated landmark, whose distinctive chimneys have towered over the central neighbourhood of Battersea since the 1930s.
  • Firefox gains serious speed and reliability and loses some bloat (2016-09-28 12:09:40)
    Firefox 49 has been released. Can the one-time ruler of the browser space return to its glory days? Jack Wallen offers up his take on Mozilla's latest.
  • The biggest lingering questions about SpaceX's Mars colonization plans (2016-09-28 12:06:03)
    On Tuesday, thousands of people stampeded into a lecture hall in Guadalajara, Mexico, to hear SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talk about how he wants to colonize Mars. During a Q&A after the event, Musk said that SpaceX only wants to build the "transport system" that will get people to the Red Planet.
  • The best wireless headphones that money can buy (2016-09-28 12:05:33)
    In the age of endless music at our fingertips and fleeting headphone jacks, wireless listening is about to become the norm -- whether we’re ready or not. And while the mere thought of listening to music through wireless headphones is the bane of many a hipster’s existence, the future waits for no one. Thankfully, there’s no short supply of stellar options at every price point for anyone looking to cut the cord and listen to their favorite tunes. No matter how much you’re looking to spend, most Bluetooth headphones nowadays are capable of pumping out high fidelity sound comparable to their wired competition. In other words, you no longer have to sacrifice sound quality to have the freedom to practice your dance moves. After scouring the web and sifting through dozens of reviews and consumer ratings, we’ve found the best wireless headphones to help you get your unencumbered groove on.  DON'T MISS:  No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 Best Overall: Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless with Active Noise Cancellation Welcome to the modern audiophile’s dream. If you’re looking for the ultimate wireless headphone experience and are willing to, as Jurassic Park’s John Hammond would put it, “spare no expense,” the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones may be exactly what you’re looking for. But these high fidelity headphones are not our top pick because of style or any mainstream trend -- they are here because of pure audio performance. These headphones pump out crisp sound without the flabby bass many over-the-ear headphones fall victim to. With constant noise cancellation, the bass is given even more room to breathe and doesn’t rely on overly boosted lows in the EQ. Instead, the Sennheisers produce tight, punchy bass that maintains its place in the mix at virtually any normal listening volume. Speaking of volume, the right cup of the headphones houses both a volume control and a power switch, allowing the user to adjust the input level without having to reach for the source. Yes, this sounds like an insignificant perk, but part of the understood appeal of wireless headphones is to have freedom from the source device so you're not tied down. As for the design of the headphones, they’re respectably understated and are designed with comfort in mind. The cups are lined with leather-covered memory foam, preventing any unpleasant digging into your scalp even after hours of usage. The headphones fold up tightly in their included travel case, making them perfect for that long flight beside a total stranger. Some other miscellaneous perks of these Sennheiser headphones are an impressive 22 hours of battery life, dual microphones for clear phone calls, multi-device connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec for clearer streaming, and NFC quick pairing capability. Although the Sennheiser name has been synonymous with high quality in the eyes of music and sound professionals for years, the brand has never crossed into the mainstream the way that Beats or Bose have. The Momentum 2.0 headphones are an excellent foray into the world of wireless listening from a company that knows all about audio, with the only obvious downside being a stiff price tag. Still, if you can afford them, they should be at the very top of your wish list. The  Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation are available on Amazon for $389. Runner-up: Plantronics BackBeat PRO Wireless Noise Canceling Hi-Fi Headphones What if you’re not looking to break the bank to get high quality wireless sound? No problem. While these aren’t exactly a cheap option, for around $250 less than the Sennheiser Momentums, these headphones are one heck of a deal. The Plantronics BackBeat headphones are a deluxe high fidelity option in their own right, featuring a smooth and balanced mix with round bass, warm mids, and crystal clear treble. On top of a solid sound, these headphones boast controllable active noise cancellation -- something that the Sennheiser doesn’t even offer -- to help you calibrate the amount of isolation you want while you’re jamming out to Carly Rae Jepsen’s newest album (no judgements.) The Plantronics headphones aren’t pulling any punches on technical specs, either. With Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity paired with the aptX codec and a 24 hour battery life, you might run out of music long before these headphones run out of juice. The headphones also allow multiple device connectivity, allowing you to switch from a movie on your computer to an important phone call with ease. Also just like the Sennheiser option, these bad boys come loaded with dual microphones, making conversation in the hustle and bustle of everyday life a breeze. Overall, the Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones are one of the best on the market, falling only behind a premier priced option. If you care about pristine sound quality and still want some money in your wallet at the end of the day, you really can’t go wrong with these. The  Plantronics BackBeat PRO Wireless Noise Canceling Hi-Fi Headphones are on sale for $139.99 on Amazon with free Prime shipping.
  • BlackBerry, once a phone innovator, to stop making its own (2016-09-28 12:01:27)
    BlackBerry plans to stop making its signature smartphones internally, signaling a strategic shift for a company that built its reputation on innovative smartphone technology. Rather, all development for ...
  • Calling all nerds: One venture capitalist wants you to support Clinton (2016-09-28 11:53:17)
    Dave McClure's campaign, Nerdz4Hillary, aims to raise $100,000 in support of Clinton.
  • BlackBerry exits smartphone design with outsourcing plan; shares rise (2016-09-28 11:51:23)
    By Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd will outsource the development and design of its smartphones, a product category it helped pioneer and popularize, as the Canadian company bets on software and managing rival devices, it said on Wednesday. The company's shares rose about 4 percent as investors welcomed a further shift away the money-losing handset business, where BlackBerry went from being a market leader to trailing far behind rivals like Apple Inc . BlackBerry said it was also in late-stage discussions for a similar deal in China and working on several India initiatives.
  • Banks adopting blockchain 'dramatically faster' than expected: IBM (2016-09-28 11:49:32)
    By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Banks and other financial institutions are adopting blockchain technology "dramatically faster" than initially expected, with 15 percent of top global banks intending to roll out full-scale, commercial blockchain products in 2017, IBM said on Wednesday. The technology company said 65 percent of banks expected to have blockchain projects in production in three years' time, with larger banks - those with more than 100,000 employees - leading the charge. Blockchain, which originates from digital currency bitcoin, works as an electronic transaction-processing and record-keeping system that allows all parties to track information through a secure network, with no need for third-party verification.
  • Aston Martin unveils its latest...powerboat? (2016-09-28 11:42:00)
    Hey, it's a slow news day, cut me some slack.
  • No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1 (2016-09-28 11:38:26)
    One week ago today, Apple's released its first iOS 10.1 beta for iPhone and iPad developers (as well as anyone out there with a developer account). The new software packed a number of bug fixes and enhancements, but the star of the show was the addition of Apple's new Portrait Mode feature for the iPhone 7 Plus. Using Portrait Mode, the dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus creates a "bokeh" effect, subtly blurring the background of an image and creating an effect that resembles a photo captured by a DSLR. You can check out this post to see how the quality of Portrait Mode photos actually compares to DSLR shots. Portrait Mode is a hotly anticipated feature for every iPhone 7 Plus owner out there, and it already works quite well in the first iOS 10.1 beta if you want to give it a shot . But there's another new feature in iOS 10.1 that no one is talking about right now, and it's going to be an even bigger deal for iPhone 7 Plus users than Portrait Mode. MUST SEE:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company I installed Apple's first iOS 10.1 beta shortly after it was released last week, and I've spent plenty of time with the new Portrait Mode feature Apple added to the camera app. It's pretty incredible how well the feature works, especially in good outdoor lightning, so it's no mystery why so many people are talking about it. But why isn't anyone talking about an even better new feature Apple added to the iPhone 7 Plus in its first iOS 10.1 beta? We all know that Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the fastest smartphones on the planet when it comes to real-world performance. Just look at how brutally the iPhone 7 beat Samsung's best phone in a speed test . What's interesting, however, is that early speed tests showed that the iPhone 7 Plus had no real advantage over the iPhone 7 despite having an extra gigabyte of RAM. Some people speculated that the additional RAM was really only fully utilized for image processing — I even surmised as much in my iPhone 7 review . This may indeed be the case for the time being, but Apple appears to have made some big changes in its first iOS 10.1 beta. In iOS builds older than iOS 10.1 beta 1, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus regularly flush apps that have been minimized to the background. This means that when you switch back to an app, it needs to be refreshed again because the iPhone hasn't saved its state. In iPhone 7 Plus units that have iOS 10.1 beta 1 installed, however, this is no longer the case. I noticed the change shortly after updating, and it looks like some other iPhone 7 Plus users have noticed it as well. Far more apps have their states saved, which means faster overall performance since there is no longer any waiting for most apps to refresh when you switch back to them. The potential bad news is that iOS 10.1 is still a beta, and there's no confirmation that the improved RAM management will make it to the release version. It would be odd for Apple to backtrack, of course, but we'll still have to wait and see.
  • Drake's 'Views' is first album to hit 1B Apple Music streams (2016-09-28 11:18:21)
    Drake's year of domination continues as his once Apple-exclusive album hits another milestone.
  • Report: ‘Destiny 2’ will launch on PC, feature more interesting worlds to explore (2016-09-28 11:17:26)
    Not only is Destiny getting a sequel in 2017, but that sequel is coming to PC. That's according to a new report from Kotaku's Jason Schreier, who has led the charge in Destiny leaks over the past few years. Sources close to Bungie tell Schreier that Destiny 2 will be available on PC as well as PS4 and Xbox One, and that it should feel like a totally different game, rather than a massive expansion. DON'T MISS:  Fall 2016 video game release schedule As Kotaku  notes, the rumor first appeared on the NeoGAF forums on Tuesday afternoon, where a poster told the rest of the community that a friend of his who worked at Activision saw a presentation a colleague's laptop that revealed the game would be coming to PC, as well as the fact that Bungie would be working with developers Vicarious Visions and High Moon in order to make the game. Kotaku received similar information earlier this year. Leaving the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 behind has opened doors for the development team, including the door to a massive PC gaming audience that's desperate to play Destiny . As for how the second game will differ from the first, sources tell Kotaku that those in charge of Bungie want Destiny 2 to "feel like a proper sequel." This might require the team to scrap many of Destiny's iconic elements, from the planets to the characters to the quests and missions you participate in throughout the game. " The Taken King [the game's third and largest expansion] was a reboot for Destiny 1 to fix small things," a source familiar with the development of the franchise tells Kotaku . "[ Destiny 2 ] is the overhaul to fix big things." One of the major new features of Destiny 2 will reportedly be "play-in destinations," which will change the way that players interact with the world around them. Rather than wide open spaces filled with enemies, interesting architecture and basically nothing else, the worlds of Destiny 2 will feature "towns, outposts, and quests that are more interesting than the patrol missions" in Destiny . What about your Destiny characters? The last Kotaku heard, Bungie hasn't finalized its plans for returning players, but expect to receive some kind of acknowledge or reward if you're jumping into Destiny 2 after spending hours with Destiny . Destiny  never grabbed me like it did millions of other gamers out there, but with more dynamic worlds and a new, coherent storyline that I might actually be able to follow, Destiny 2 is certainly on my radar.
  • Android's Nougat update isn't flashy, but still pretty handy (2016-09-28 11:12:07)
    Nougat, Google's latest update of its Android smartphone software, isn't particularly flashy; you might not even notice what's different about it at first. But it offers a number of practical time-saving ...
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda will host Saturday Night Live on October 8th (2016-09-28 11:10:48)
    Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will host Saturday Night Live on October 8th with musical guest Twenty One Pilots. It seems like a perfect fit given Miranda's experience with live performance, political humor, musical satire, New York City culture, and Donald Trump skewering. Miranda has been vocal about his disdain for the Republican presidential nominee, so the news that he will host could be taken as a sign that SNL is finally ready to bring the claws out for the tail end of election season.
  • Snap's Spectacles come with an impressive pedigree (2016-09-28 11:05:43)
    The person behind the upcoming camera-sunglasses is reportedly Steve Horowitz, a hardware veteran who has worked at Apple, Google and Motorola.
  • Apple to create London HQ at Battersea Power station (2016-09-28 11:04:39)
    Perhaps it was the guarantees on power supply? Apple says it will be setting up its London headquarters in the boiler room of the Battersea Power Station, a London landmark that has long defined the skyline ...
  • Battlefield 1's creators want you to make your own war stories (2016-09-28 10:52:45)
    Battlefield 1's new trailer for its single-player mode promises a story of brotherhood, betrayal, and big explosions, set against the backdrop of World War I. "A lot of the secret sauce in this franchise lies with stories that people create," Grondal says, referring to the Battlefield games' multiplayer modes. Unlike the scripted story you'd expect to get from single-player, Grondal says these "secret-sauce" stories "come from events that people didn't necessarily plan to happen," moments of improvised or impromptu glory that you'll immediately want to text your friends about.
  • White House: Your logins must be better than this (2016-09-28 10:46:31)
    The Obama administration joins tech companies and internet security advocates in urging Americans to think beyond the password.
  • Meerkat built a new app in secret, and almost 1 million people are using it (2016-09-28 10:30:09)
    The company that turned live streaming into a sensation last year is ready to introduce its next act. Meerkat, which sparked new interest in mobile broadcasting before sputtering amid competition from Facebook and Twitter, has returned with Houseparty. It’s an app for video chatting with friends that the company is calling a "synchronous social network" — a place to be together even when you’re apart.
  • An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8 (2016-09-28 10:27:51)
    You might be busy trying to figure out the best way to get your hands on a Jet Black iPhone 7 right now, but Apple is already working on the next-gen iPhone, the one that’s supposed to bring a major redesign next September. The phone is already labeled as the iPhone 8, it has already reportedly been confirmed by an Apple employee. DON’T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company The unnamed employee spoke to a Business Insider reporter , sharing some details about what Apple is developing in the region. The employee said that staff in Israel are working on what’s coming next in Apple’s product line, including the iPhone 8. “The worker used the term ‘iPhone 8’ unprompted in our conversation,” Business Insider writes, which was a surprise because the next expected iPhone name would be iPhone 7s. The employee said the iPhone 8 will be “different” than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, which would explain why Apple would be willing to skip the iPhone 7s next year. One other explanation for ditching the iPhone 7s moniker next year is that Apple will celebrate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, and a product name that would contain the “S” letter in it might deliver the wrong message — that the new iPhone is essentially a minor iPhone 7 upgrade. The person also revealed that the iPhone 8 will have a better camera than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, which is something expected from new Apple smartphones. Business Insider notes that there are 800 employees at Apple’s Herzliya office, which was set up after Apple bought flash memory designer Anobit in 2012 and 3D sensor developer PrimeSense in 2013. Apple has also acquired Israeli camera firm LinX since then, and its technology might be used in the just-released iPhone 7 Plus. The facility works on chips, storage, cameras and wireless technology, sources close to Apple said. The Herzliya office is Apple’s second largest R&D facility in the world, according to what Tim Cook said during a trip to the country in 2015.
  • Apple to make landmark Battersea Power Station its new London home (2016-09-28 10:27:10)
    Technology giant Apple said on Wednesday it is moving its London headquarters to the landmark Battersea Power Station, a move hailed by the government as a sign that major firms are still investing after the Brexit vote.
  • MrSpeakers makes world-class headphones (2016-09-28 10:23:07)
    There’s a small company in sunny San Diego, California, that engineers and produces some of the world’s best headphones, designing every single component from the ground up, and refining and improving through the age-old method of trial and error. Its founder is Dan Clark, an engineer whose history in designing audio equipment lends the company its name, MrSpeakers.
  • Watch the first full trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016-09-28 10:19:13)
    The first full trailer for JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is here. It's only about 10 seconds longer than the longest teaser trailer, but gives up a lot more about the film's plot, which focuses on a power struggle within the highly secretive American wizarding community.
  • Make your final ride dead silent with this Tesla Model S hearse (2016-09-28 10:17:52)
    It takes a lot of chutzpah to chop up an electric car like this.
  • EU seeks to tighten cyber-security dual-use exports (2016-09-28 10:13:03)
    The European Commission proposed measures on Wednesday to increase controls on exports of cyber-surveillance goods and technologies that can be used to violate human rights or threaten international security. The Commission had earlier identified deficiencies with the current system, including a failure to keep up with evolving security risks, such as an emerging trade in cyber-surveillance technology and related risks to security and human rights. The new initiative would aim to simplify controls on technology transfers, while ensuring a high level of security and transparency to prevent misuse of exports, the Commission said in a statement.
  • The new Amazon Fire TV Stick is better in every way (2016-09-28 10:06:31)
    Right on the heels of Roku's comprehensive hardware refresh , Amazon is updating one of its own streaming media players. On Wednesday, the online retailer revealed the all-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote  — the first streaming media stick to come with a voice-activated remote control packed in. DON'T MISS:  Meet the Pixel XL, Google’s upcoming ‘Nexus’ phablet Despite looking virtually identical to its predecessor, the new Fire TV Stick features a few notable internal improvements, including a quad-core processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. Amazon says that these changes will make the new Fire TV Stick "up to 30 percent faster than the original." But the addition of the Alexa Voice Remote is the main selling point of this refresh. With Alexa, you can find any movie, TV show or app with the press of a button and a simply voice command. Plus, Alexa goes beyond searching for content — you can also check the weather, play music or even order a pizza. Best of all, the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote costs $39.99, the same price as the original Fire TV Stick from 2014. Although it ships with the same software that you'd find on the current Fire TV, Amazon plans to launch a significant software update for all Fire TV products later this year which will feature customizable apps list on the home screen, accessibility improvements and more. Amazon's all-new Fire TV Stick will be released on October 20th, but you can preorder the device today. Also, if you activate your Fire TV Stick before October 31st, you'll receive a free content bundle with one month of Sling TV, two months of Hulu and a $10 credit for Amazon Video. Check out the device on Amazon , where preorders are now live.
  • 'Safe' Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explodes in China (2016-09-28 10:03:08)
    Samsung has spent untold millions recalling the Galaxy Note 7, but one of the "safe" units has reportedly exploded in China.
  • Samsung, drown your miseries. It's National Drink Beer Day (2016-09-28 10:02:46)
    Social Cues: Plus on social media, a rare lunar event you can't take a picture of.
  • Fitbit Charge 2 review: a promising fitness tracker, plagued by bugs (2016-09-28 10:00:03)
    This is evidenced by sales numbers alone: Fitbit sells more activity trackers than anyone else. Anecdotally, Fitbits abound: walk through any airport, hike any trail, jog through your neighborhood streets, and you will likely see someone wearing a Fitbit. The midrange Charge 2 is the successor to (and replacement of) the Charge HR activity-tracking wristband.
  • We unlocked an escape room's hidden secrets (2016-09-28 10:00:03)
    What happens when you mix a Myst, Mouse Trap and a Rubik's Cube? An escape room!
  • BlackBerry outsourcing smartphone design in strategic shift; shares up (2016-09-28 09:59:04)
    By Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd will outsource the development and design of its smartphones, a product category it helped pioneer and popularize, as the Canadian company bets on software and managing rival devices, it said on Wednesday. Shares of BlackBerry rose about 6 percent in early trading, even as it reported a sharper-than-expected drop in quarterly revenue. BlackBerry said it was also in late-stage discussions for a similar deal in China and working on several India initiatives.
  • Facebook for Work Could End Social Media Stigma at the Office (2016-09-28 09:48:02)
    Using Facebook all day at work could soon finally be approved at some offices, thanks to Facebook for Work, a communication tool expected to compete with the likes of Slack, Yammer and Hipchat. Also, like Facebook as we know it now, users will be able keep up with certain individuals without having to chat with them directly with the "follow" function, post to specific groups and and share documents. Facebook for Work could also help the social network stay relevant as it faces competition from the likes of WhatsApp in casual settings and Google Chat and Hangouts, which are tools for both work and personal use.
  • This in-depth iPhone 7 camera review exposes all its hidden secrets (2016-09-28 09:41:37)
    The iPhone 7 sports one of the best smartphone cameras that has ever existed. Reviews from professional photographers and many photo and video samples already make that point. But DxOMark’s iPhone 7 camera review is certainly worth a read, as it explains all the intricacies of Apple’s camera innovations. The camera pros at DxOMark put the 4.7-inch device through various paces, concluding that the iPhone 7 is the best camera Apple made to date. The phone outscores all of its predecessors, but it still isn’t the top-rated camera on DxOMark. DON’T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company The iPhone 7 got a rating of 86, higher than the iPhone 6s’s 84 and the iPhone 6’s 82. However, other 2016 smartphones including the HTC 10 and Galaxy S7 edge, scored 88 in the same tests. The smaller sensor seems to be the one thing that puts the iPhone 7 behind rivals from HTC and Samsung. However, there are plenty of features that make up for that particular difference. “While Apple’s flagship phones may have a smaller sensor than their competitors from Samsung and HTC, Apple has incorporated a variety of innovative technologies to create a compelling smartphone experience in a very-thin form factor,” the site notes. “This includes high-performance lens design, efficient sensor electronics, built-in optical image stabilization, multi-image synthesis on a high-performance image processing chip, and an advanced image processing pipeline.” One of the unique camera features of the iPhone 7 is the new wide color capture that offers “more vibrant colors.” DxOMark praises Apple’s decision to go for this color standard — that’s Digital Cinema color space (DCI-P3), rather than sRGB — as it offers users a better color experience. The caveat is that you need to view the resulting photos on a display that supports DCI-P3, whether it’s the iPhone 7’s or other hardware. “By supporting the Digital Cinema (DCI-P3) color gamut, it is providing its smartphone users with the potential for the same high-quality color reproduction that is available in high-end movie theaters and on Premium Ultra HD TVs,” the camera experts at DxOMark say. The site continues, “It may be a little hard to imagine how to evaluate the visual impact of richer colors, but essentially Digital Cinema color does for color rendering what HDR does for tone mapping. It provides a broader, richer, palette of colors that can be rendered, resulting in a more immersive and compelling viewing experience... as long as the display device is capable of handling the additional colors.” The in-depth DxOMark iPhone 7 camera review, complete with photo samples, is available at this link  and you shouldn’t miss it.
  • BlackBerry to outsource handsets, will halt production (2016-09-28 09:28:34)
    BlackBerry, the Canadian firm that helped pioneer the smartphone market, said Wednesday it will stop making handsets, outsourcing production to an Indonesian partner. Handsets with the BlackBerry name will be produced under license by PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia Tbk, allowing the Canadian firm to concentrate on software and services, a statement by the firms said. BlackBerry, which a decade ago was among the largest smartphone makers, has seen its global market share slip to less than one percent amid domination by Apple and Android devices.
  • How to keep linked content available with Amber (2016-09-28 09:23:00)
    This open source tool for WordPress and Drupal saves snapshots from linked sites to show content even after a link breaks.
  • BlackBerry bails on building its own phones (2016-09-28 09:22:33)
    The struggling company will cease in-house work on hardware, outsourcing it instead to partners. It now will focus on security and software.
  • Google could have a new VR headset in store for October 2016 (2016-09-28 09:18:06)
    Google is expected to unveil a new virtual reality headset October 4, 2016, due on sale shortly afterwards, reports the specialist website Cnet. The headset, which could be called the "Daydream View," will accompany the launch of Google's Android-powered VR platform, announced in the springtime at the Google I/O conference. It's expected to work in conjunction with a smartphone, probably Google's own handsets first of all.
  • Not even Apple was expecting its ‘boring’ new iPhone 7 to be this popular (2016-09-28 09:16:49)
    Gadget blogs have been saying for months how "boring" Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are, but apparently someone forgot to tell consumers around the world because sales so far are apparently through the roof. We won't know any exact numbers until Apple reports its September-quarter earnings next month, and continuing supply shortages will undoubtedly impact fiscal fourth-quarter sales figures. But a new report suggests that not even Apple was expecting its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be as popular as they have been so far. MUST SEE:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might be brand new phones, but they feature designs that look strikingly similar to their predecessors. In fact, their physical appearance is so similar to last year's iPhones that many gadget bloggers decided to label them boring and uninspired long before Apple even unveiled them and discussed the changes they would feature. Now that the new iPhone models are here, consumers haven't been finding them boring at all. Nearly two weeks following the new iPhones' release, it's still extremely difficult to find most iPhone 7 Plus models in stores. And if you're hoping to get your hands on a Jet Black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you're still anywhere from 3 weeks to 2 months away from receiving your new phone, depending on which model you choose. The new iPhones are already well on their way to becoming the best-selling smartphones in the world. According to a new report, not even Apple was prepared for how popular the phones are. Digitimes on Wednesday relayed news from its unnamed sources, who stated that Apple has had to revise its component orders for the fourth quarter of the year. And we're not talking about a tiny correction here. According to the report, iPhone touch panel orders for the coming quarter have been increased by between 20% and 30% — that means Apple may have initially underestimated demand by as much as one-third. Still on the fence and having trouble deciding yourself? Check out our iPhone 7 review .
  • White House: Your logins have to be better than this (2016-09-28 09:10:50)
    The Obama administration joins tech companies and internet security advocates in urging Americans to think beyond the password.
  • Uber expands food delivery business into South Africa (2016-09-28 09:04:13)
    By Nqobile Dludla JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Uber Technologies starts its UberEats food-delivery service in South Africa on Thursday before expanding in the rest of the country and into the continent, it said on Wednesday. It will begin delivering meals in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, before moving across the Gauteng province and to Cape Town in 2017, Uber Operations and Logistics Manager Dave Kitley told reporters. Uber is making an aggressive global drive into takeaway meal deliveries, gearing up with a big staff recruitment campaign to enter at least 22 more countries.
  • Amazon's newest Fire TV stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote (2016-09-28 09:00:13)
    Amazon just announced that it's releasing a new streaming media player for the fall, just as its competitors are also readying new video streaming boxes and sticks. The new Fire TV stick still doesn't stream 4K video — which Amazon's full-powered Fire TV box does — but Amazon is clearly betting that a) over 7,000 HD channels, apps, and Alexa "skills" will still be enough to satisfy most consumers, and b) people who care about 4K web video streaming will shell out more money for it.
  • Mossberg: Running Windows 10 and macOS Sierra together (2016-09-28 09:00:09)
    For instance, the Windows version of Word is running in its own window, right alongside open Mac apps, including Apple Mail and Safari. With ParalleIs Desktop, I can hop back and forth between Sierra and Windows 10 — and even between individual apps — with ease.
  • Open source is not to blame for a lack of industry standards (2016-09-28 08:59:26)
    One commentator blames the virtual data center mess on open source. Here's why that's wrong.
  • Samsung Pay celebrates first birthday by adding coupons (2016-09-28 08:56:16)
    Samsung Pay is celebrating its first birthday by adding coupons to its mobile payment system reports Slash Gear. Marking its one-year anniversary since launching in the US market, the addition of coupon functionality is an important one for American consumers, with whom coupons are a popular option. After teaming up with Quotient Technology, formerly Inc, Samsung Pay will now support uploading membership and loyalty cards from Quotient's retail partners, just in time for Samsung Pay's birthday.
  • Galaxy Note 7 explosions in China sends customers running to the iPhone 7 (2016-09-28 08:49:31)
    China is the one major market that was not affected by the massive Galaxy Note 7 recall. Samsung said the phones in the region are safe because they contain batteries made by a local supplier, not Samsung SDI. The Samsung subsidiary made the exploding batteries that equipped Galaxy Note 7 units sold outside of China, which is why Galaxy Note 7 sales were not interrupted in the country. But recent Galaxy Note 7 explosions in China may end up hurting Samsung anyway. DON’T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Samsung did not recall the phones sold to Chinese buyers and explained in recent days that the explosions within China were related to external heating . But the company did not fully explain what really happened. Even worse, a new Galaxy Note 7 went up in flames  days after Samsung released a press statement saying the battery was not at fault. Consulting firm  iiMedia Research found that Chinese buyers may be willing to switch to some of Samsung’s competitors in the near future, following the Galaxy Note 7 explosions. iiMedia asked 12,000 Samsung users in China whether the Galaxy Note 7 issues have affected their decision to stick with the company. 51.9% of respondents said they would definitely switch away from the brand. Samsung stated that 90% of the Galaxy Note 7 buyers who had to exchange the phone remained loyal to the brand so far. But it looks like Chinese consumers may think differently. Of the people who said they would switch to a different smartphone maker, 37% stated that they would buy an iPhone, and 26% will get a Huawei handset. Others picked local brands including Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Meizu.
  • Galaxy Note 7 explosions in China send customers running to the iPhone 7 (2016-09-28 08:49:31)
    China is the one major market that was not affected by the massive Galaxy Note 7 recall. Samsung said the phones in the region are safe because they contain batteries made by a local supplier, not Samsung SDI. The Samsung subsidiary made the exploding batteries that equipped Galaxy Note 7 units sold outside of China, which is why Galaxy Note 7 sales were not interrupted in the country. But recent Galaxy Note 7 explosions in China may end up hurting Samsung anyway. DON’T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Samsung did not recall the phones sold to Chinese buyers and explained in recent days that the explosions within China were related to external heating . But the company did not fully explain what really happened. Even worse, a new Galaxy Note 7 went up in flames  days after Samsung released a press statement saying the battery was not at fault. Consulting firm  iiMedia Research found that Chinese buyers may be willing to switch to some of Samsung’s competitors in the near future, following the Galaxy Note 7 explosions. iiMedia asked 12,000 Samsung users in China whether the Galaxy Note 7 issues have affected their decision to stick with the company. 51.9% of respondents said they would definitely switch away from the brand. Samsung stated that 90% of the Galaxy Note 7 buyers who had to exchange the phone remained loyal to the brand so far. But it looks like Chinese consumers may think differently. Of the people who said they would switch to a different smartphone maker, 37% stated that they would buy an iPhone, and 26% will get a Huawei handset. Others picked local brands including Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Meizu.
  • I come not to praise QWERTY, but to bury it (2016-09-28 08:45:00)
    As the last holdout to favor physical keyboards on smart mobile devices, BlackBerry's outsourcing move today marks one of the final milestones in the demise of the physical keyboard. As a devout user of physical QWERTY keyboards, I'm pretty sure I'm screwed. Over the last few months, Motorola announced the Moto X, the Droid Ultra, the Droid Maxx, and the Droid Mini, but there was no Droid 5 to be had.
  • Wal-Mart in talks to buy stake in India's Flipkart: sources (2016-09-28 08:31:23)
    HONG KONG/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks to buy a minority stake in India's largest e-commerce firm Flipkart, two sources familiar with the matter said, as the world's biggest retailer aims to get a slice of a fast-growing online retail market. One of the sources said the U.S. retailer was looking to invest between $750 million and $1 billion in Flipkart, but the final value and size of the stake would depend on the outcome of talks about the Indian company's overall valuation. Wal-Mart in India and Flipkart declined to comment.
  • Samsung Pay Beats Apple Pay with Big Coupon Push (2016-09-28 08:06:03)
    What's the point of using your phone to pay for stuff when you have your debit card with you? Samsung is giving Galaxy phone owners more incentive by integrating coupons into its Samsung Pay service.
  • HP EliteBook Folio review: chasing the MacBook (2016-09-28 08:00:44)
    Dell’s XPS 13 convinced me to switch away from Apple’s aging MacBook Air for its edge-to-edge display and smaller form factor, and I’ve been happily using it ever since. For most people, a laptop lasts a few years, but I’m always looking for the latest and greatest to try something new. After half a decade, Windows laptop makers have finally rendered the MacBook Air truly obsolete, in both design and specifications.
  • Report: Economic woes mean tightening IT budget belts for 2017, says Spiceworks (2016-09-28 08:00:03)
    It seems odd to conflate the economy and politics with IT, but Spiceworks' 2017 State of IT report shows tech decision makers are doing just that. Here's how it might affect your coming year.
  • BlackBerry to stop making signature smartphone; revenue slumps (2016-09-28 07:55:50)
    BlackBerry Ltd will outsource manufacturing of its once-core hardware, including its flagship smartphone, the Canadian company said on Wednesday as it reported another loss and sharp drop in revenue. The company also said Chief Financial Officer James Yersh would leave effective Oct. 1 for personal reasons. It announced former Sybase executive Steven Capelli as his successor.
  • BlackBerry says it's done designing and building its own phones (2016-09-28 07:52:57)
    BlackBerry has announced that it plans to stop making its own phones as the struggling company continues to focus on its software and security products. This is far from the end of BlackBerry devices, the production of which will be outsourced to third-party manufacturers — as was the case with the company's recent DTEK 50, a clone of Alcatel's Idol 4 with BlackBerry branding. "The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners," said CEO John Chen in a statement.
  • Europol: Ransomware now top cybercrime threat (2016-09-28 07:52:14)
    PARIS (AP) — European police agency Europol says the threat from ransomware has now eclipsed other forms of online theft, a sign of how quickly the computer-scrambling software has found favor in the electronic underworld.
  • BlackBerry confirms it will finally stop making smartphones (2016-09-28 07:45:13)
    The death march of BlackBerry's handset business was closely chronicled by BGR for a long period of time. We gave the world an inside look at the company's downfall after it failed to pivot when Apple's iPhone changed the smartphone market, and now those early missteps have finally led to today. As BlackBerry reported a fiscal second-quarter net loss of $372 million on Wednesday morning, the company confirmed that it will cease all internal smartphone development and stop making smartphones. MUST SEE:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company BlackBerry CEO John Chen said last year that the company would exit the smartphone hardware business if it could not find a way to make it profitable, and today BlackBerry is taking its first step toward making good on that promise. Sadly, it likely won't be the company's last step. BlackBerry brand smartphones will continue to be released, for now, but BlackBerry will no longer develop them in-house. Instead, the company will concentrate on smartphone software and partner with other companies that will build and release hardware. The company's most recent handset — a rebranded Alcatel smartphone called the BlackBerry DTEK50 — was the first device to fit this new model. “The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen said following the company's Q2 earnings release on Wednesday. “This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.” Chen continued, "We are reaching an inflection point with our strategy. Our financial foundation is strong, and our pivot to software is taking hold. In Q2, we more than doubled our software revenue year over year and delivered the highest gross margin in the company’s history." The company's fiscal Q2 2017 revenue totaled just $334 million , but BlackBerry shares jumped more than 5% in Wednesday's pre-market session on news that it is shuttering its handset business.
  • First Click: DJI helps China pivot from global copycat to tech innovator (2016-09-28 07:30:09)
    "In early 2012, DJI released the Flamewheel, its first drone frame. Then, in December of 2012, DJI released the Phantom, and everything changed. The company was so used to operating in the background that the first Phantom didn’t carry DJI’s brand, save for a small, removable sticker.
  • Uber launches global assault on takeaway meals market (2016-09-28 07:22:08)
    Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] is making an aggressive drive into takeaway meal deliveries, with the U.S. firm gearing up with a big staff recruitment campaign to enter at least 22 more countries. Reflecting its fierce determination to expand beyond its core taxi-hailing business, Uber will launch its UberEats service in Amsterdam on Thursday, the first day of trading in the Dutch market leader's shares. In addition to Amsterdam UberEats says it is also due to launch services in Dubai, Johannesburg and selected areas of Tokyo on Thursday and plans to be in Brussels, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Taipei, Jakarta, and Bangkok in the coming months.
  • Russian man suspected of breaking law with drone in Warsaw (2016-09-28 07:16:32)
    Warsaw prosecutors have officially informed a Russian citizen that he is suspected of violating Polish aviation law by flying a drone over Polish government buildings in Warsaw. In Poland, this is the ...
  • Does your company need a chief diversity officer? (2016-09-28 07:00:03)
    This month, Salesforce was the latest large tech company to hire a chief diversity and equality officer to promote gender, LGBTQ and racial equity. Here's what you need to know about the position.
  • Why Microsoft is getting the cold shoulder from Moscow (2016-09-28 06:49:00)
    Following in the footsteps of various European cities, Moscow city council begins moves to ditch some Microsoft software - albeit for different reasons.
  • Facebook at Work to start doing the business next month (2016-09-28 06:11:03)
    Facebook's tool for businesses is reported to be ready to take on Slack and other business-focussed rivals.
  • Self-driving cars will have to pry the steering wheel from our cold, dead hands, poll says (2016-09-28 06:00:09)
    Americans like the idea of self-driving cars, but are less willing to cede control of the steering wheel to a computer program, according to a new poll released today. An overwhelming majority, 80 percent, said humans should always have the option to drive themselves, while 64 percent expressed a need to be in control of their own vehicle. ...
  • Nissan creates self-driving chairs because standing in line was too hard (2016-09-28 05:45:06)
    It's become a cliché to compare the latest tech innovation to that scene from Wall-E with the tubby future humans flopping around in hoverchairs, but by my god, sometimes the comparisons are difficult to avoid. Take this video from Nissan, which shows how the company has used its self-driving tech to create prototype self-driving chairs. Just look at the people being carted around while staring in their phones! (Who am I kidding though, it looks like great fun.)
  • Drake's 'Views' is the first album to hit 1 billion Apple Music streams (2016-09-28 05:08:50)
    Drake's year of domination continues as his once Apple-exclusive album hits another milestone.
  • Amy Schumer is 2016's 'most dangerous celebrity' according to McAfee (2016-09-28 04:46:07)
    Comedian and actress Amy Schumer has been ranked No. 1 on the McAfee's study of the Most Dangerous CelebritiesTM 2016.
  • 'Safe' Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explodes in China, claims owner (2016-09-28 04:37:31)
    Samsung has spent untold millions recalling the Galaxy Note 7, but one of the "safe" units has reportedly exploded in China.
  • The CraveCast crew debates joining Elon Musk's million on Mars (CraveCast Podcast, Ep. 28) (2016-09-28 04:35:43)
    The SpaceX founder wants to build a Martian metropolis in our lifetime. Is the plan historic or just hubris? We discuss.
  • Verizon: Call records of 'fewer than 500' customers breached (2016-09-28 04:17:44)
    A Verizon Wireless spokeswoman says it appears that "fewer than 500 customers" had their private information accessed in 2014 in a federal computer breach case involving a former Verizon Wireless ...
  • Biggest ever quantum chip announced, but scientists aren't buying it (2016-09-28 04:17:25)
    Quantum computing firm D-Wave has announced this month its largest ever quantum chip containing 2,000 qubits — double the capacity of its previous biggest system. The chip is scheduled to ship next year, and if it lives up to its promise, it would solidify D-Wave’s position at the forefront of quantum computing, a potentially revolutionary field that would change computing as we know it. D-Wave’s Colin Williams, the company’s director of business development and a former quantum computing scientist himself, is bullish.
  • South Korea to widen Takata air bag recall by 110,000 vehicles (2016-09-28 02:45:05)
    South Korea said on Wednesday that 13 automakers will recall some 110,000 vehicles equipped with Takata Corp's defective air bags, the latest development in a long-running safety crisis involving the Japanese company. The United States in May announced a new round of recall of Takata's air bag inflators which have been linked to at least 14 deaths and more than 100 injuries and triggered the largest-ever auto recall. South Korea's transport ministry said a total of 221,870 vehicles made by 17 automakers have faulty Takata air bags.
  • YouTube Go brings data-light video to a phone near you (2016-09-28 02:17:51)
    The India-first YouTube Go app brings video-streaming within reach for data-free sharing of cat videos with your nearby friends.
  • At your service: cyber criminals for hire to militants, EU says (2016-09-28 02:11:57)
    Cybercriminals offering contract services for hire offer militant groups the means to attack Europe but such groups have yet to employ such techniques in major attacks, EU police agency Europol said on Wednesday. "There is currently little evidence to suggest that their cyber-attack capability extends beyond common website defacement," it said in its annual cybercrime threat assessment in a year marked by Islamic State violence in Europe. "Europol is concerned about how an expanding cybercriminal community has been able to further exploit our increasing dependence on technology and the internet," its director, Rob Wainwright, said in a statement.
  • Ancient Roman coins turn up in Japanese ruins (2016-09-28 01:57:44)
    A haul of coins from halfway across the world turned up on an archaeological site in Japan. Exactly how they got there is a fascinating mystery.
  • New projector creates VR without a headset (2016-09-28 01:50:31)
    Panoworks' screen enclosure lets you experience VR games and movies across a 150 degree field of vision.
  • Twitter wants you to be a Periscope VIP (2016-09-28 01:44:51)
    Twitter's livestreaming service is rolling out a new membership tier that will help grow audiences and collaborate with other users.
  • Amy Schumer most dangerous celebrity online (2016-09-28 01:18:49)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity on the internet — and not just because of her no-holds-barred personality.
  • Exclusive: Uber to move freight, target trucking for the long haul (2016-09-28 01:04:10)
    By Julia Love and Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - With its recent acquisition of self-driving truck startup Otto, Uber Technologies Inc.[UBER.UL]is plotting its entry into the long-haul trucking business, aiming to establish itself as a freight hauler and a technology partner for the industry. Otto plans to expand its fleet of trucks from six to about 15 and is forging partnerships with independent truckers, Otto co-founder Lior Ron told Reuters in an interview. Starting next year, Otto-branded trucks and others equipped with Otto technology will begin hauling freight bound for warehouses and stores, he said.
  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 might actually be happening (2016-09-28 00:21:10)
    Hopes for the eventual release of Beyond Good & Evil 2 — a sequel to Michel Ancel's wonderful 2003 video game, not Friedrich Nietzche's 1886 philosophical tome — have been rekindled by a cryptic Instagram post from the director. Ancel, who also created the Rayman series and directed the acclaimed video game adaptation of Peter Jackson's King Kong, posted some concept art to the photo-sharing network with the caption "Somewhere in System 4... Thanks #ubisoft for making this possible!" Ubisoft's French Twitter account linked to the post and advised fans to follow Ancel closely, complete with winking emoji.
  • Disabled man gets license, shows driverless tech's potential (2016-09-28 00:13:01)
    Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using ...
  • Sears hitches a ride with Uber to make rewards plan more attractive (2016-09-28 00:04:44)
    Sears Holdings Corp is partnering with ride-services company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] as the struggling retailer tries to make its rewards program more attractive to shoppers. Sears is betting on its Shop Your Way loyalty plan, which offers points and tailored deals to members, as the company looks to revive sales. Riders who link their Uber account to Sears' loyalty plan will receive up to $2 in loyalty points for every trip.
  • Google could soon bring free Wi-Fi to your bus (2016-09-27 23:55:26)
    The company originally helped connect Indian train stations with free Wi-Fi, and now wants to bring that service to the world.
  • Spotify’s new Daily Mix playlists will get better the more you listen to them (2016-09-27 23:00:49)
    Despite the fact that Spotify allows me to listen to any song I want to at any time, I often find myself using Pandora instead. It's not that I prefer Pandora to Spotify , it's just that I can't be bothered to make my own playlists, and my Pandora account already features dozens of stations that have been tuned to my preferences. On Tuesday, Spotify might have won me back over with the introduction of Daily Mix : a series of playlists which include your favorite songs as well as songs that the streaming service thinks you might enjoy. SEE ALSO:  Hundreds of thousands of potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7s are still out there "With Daily Mix, you will tune into a mix of the music you know and love, made fresh in continuously updated playlists," Spotify explains. "Whether you’re in the mood for dancing to upbeat tunes or relaxing with mellow hits, just select your mix and enjoy your most loved familiar tracks with new music peppered in." Best of all, the Daily Mixes will improve over time, as you have the option to either "ban" a song or "heart" it depending on how you feel about it. Every time you "ban" or "heart" a song, the service will learn more about your tastes. Once Daily Mix rolls out later today, you'll be able to find it in the Your Library section of the Android and iOS apps. The feature is available to both free and premium users, but Spotify notes that new users will only have access to their Daily Mix playlists after "approximately two weeks of listening."
  • Uber aims to win Japan's heart through its stomach (2016-09-27 22:05:09)
    By Naomi Tajitsu TOKYO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] on Wednesday said it will launch a food-delivery service in Japan as it looks for new ways to enter a potentially massive market where its ride-hailing service has been blocked by regulation and opposition from taxi drivers. The U.S. technology firm is innovating in a bid to establish its brand in Japan, although it is tight-lipped about when it expects to be able to offer ride-hailing services in the country's major cities. Japan is a key battleground in Uber's plans for Asia, after it pulled out of China two months ago and as it fends off challenges from ambitious regional rivals like four-year-old Singapore-based Grab and Indonesia's Go-Jek.
  • Uber wants to use planes to pick up and drop off passengers from city rooftops (2016-09-27 22:00:22)
    Say what you will about Uber, there’s simply no denying that the company always has is eye laser-focused and fixated on the future. After spearheading the ridesharing revolution against overwhelming odds, Uber's next big bet rests on self-driving cars. In fact, Uber just a few short weeks ago began rolling out its first wave of self-driving Uber cars in Pittsburgh. Interestingly enough, Uber’s grand plan to revolutionize the way we travel doesn’t end with cars. On the contrary, the company envisions a future where users will take advantage of VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft in order to travel short distances and bypass local traffic congestion in the process. And even further down the line, Uber believes that self-driving VTOL aircraft may become a reality. DON'T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company While Uber's Jeff Holden during a recent interview said that there's no guarantee that the company will go down the VTOL route, he did add that Uber is actively contemplating and exploring the idea. If all goes according to plan, Holden explained that a future where Uber planes will pick up and drop off users atop of building rooftops could become a reality within a decade. In remarks relayed by Recode , Holden said that Uber is interested in the idea because the company wants to "offer our customers as many options as possible to move around." Of course, a lot needs to happen before this grandiose vision actually become a reality, from a myriad of regulatory hurdles that need clearing to any number of logistical considerations. Still, for those wondering what the next big transportation revolution will be, perhaps this is it. You can read more about Uber's lofty transportation goals via the source link below.
  • Cisco plans $4 billion worth of expansion in Mexico: government (2016-09-27 21:54:14)
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc plans more than $4 billion worth of expansion in Mexico between 2016 and 2018, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Cisco's Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins made the announcement during a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, the government said in a statement. (Reporting by Dave Graham)
  • Airbnb rentals 'dangerously' crowded, senators say (2016-09-27 21:48:41)
    New York state senators release a report describing illegal "rentals of doom" that feature air mattresses crowded into kitchens and beds stuffed into laundry rooms.
  • Check out DARPA's new podcast -- so far, no insane killer robots (2016-09-27 21:42:36)
    The government agency that brings you new military tech, now brings you its first podcast: "Voices from DARPA."
  • The internet is obsessed with the next ‘Gangnam Style’, and it’s about fruit (2016-09-27 21:00:39)
    Remember Psy’s incredibly addictive Gangnam Style ? Well, a similar sensation is taking over the internet, and you’ve probably seen it a few times since this morning: PPAP, which is short for Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen. Before you ask, it has nothing to do with Apple, the company. It’s about fruit and pens. DON’T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company PPAP is a silly song about forcefully inserting a pen into fruit and then combining the resulting pen-fruit. That’s how you end up with an apple-pen and then a pineapple-pen. That’s how the pen-pineapple-apple-pen is born. Very silly. The guy doing the singing, if you can call it that, is Japanese singer and comedian Piko Taro. The original song is just about one minute long. Posted on YouTube in August, it became a monster hit after reaching 9Gag’s Facebook page, where it amassed 50 million views and 1 million shares. The video is viral on YouTube as well, where it got more than 5 million views. But that’s not the only place you may have seen PPAP appear. Many people are posting their own cover clips of the song, trying their best to imitate the comedian. There’s really no escaping it. And if you know someone who’s not familiar with pen-pineapple-apple-pen, then you absolutely have to teach PPAP to them.
  • You can vote online for potential presidential debate questions (2016-09-27 20:24:29)
    For the next presidential debate, you'll be able to vote online for questions that could be asked of the candidates. The debate's organizers announced this morning that they're working with the Open Debate Coalition to source questions online through the new site At the site, people can submit and vote on questions for the candidates.
  • Teen suspended for taking picture of school's dirty water (2016-09-27 20:11:15)
    A Michigan teen is told she's sanctioned for inappropriate use of an electronic device. She posted a picture of bathroom water that was urine-colored to Twitter.
  • Apple and NVIDIA are making ‘revolutionary’ new computers (2016-09-27 20:00:31)
    Apple will unveil a redesigned MacBook Pro next month, as well as other Mac hardware, according to many reports on the matter. But the company may have even more interesting computers down the road, as it's apparently partnering with Nvidia for ‘revolutionary’ new products. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S7 edge explodes in the Philippines According to Bloomberg ’s findings, there are three job listings on Nvidia’s database that reference Apple, with the latest one appearing last week. One ad for a software engineer says that the successful applicant will “help produce the next revolutionary Apple products.” The person will be “working in partnership with Apple,” and write code that will “define and shape the future.” From the looks of it, Apple is preparing to switch graphics chips from AMD to Nvidia, although nothing is yet confirmed. These Nvidia GPUs will likely power the higher-end Mac machines in Apple's future lineup. The company is also rumored to be working on Thunderbolt Displays that have integrated graphics, which could also benefit from this partnership. Currently, Apple’s more portable devices including the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air, and the MacBook do not feature discrete graphics options. Instead, they rely on integrated graphics chips from Intel. Given that Apple’s major MacBook Pro announcement is scheduled for sometime in October, it’s likely that the revolutionary products Nvidia will co-develop with Apple will not arrive this year. The job listings are still exciting, as it looks like Apple is ready to bring back Nvidia hardware to the Mac line.
  • Trump-Clinton debate sets records online and on TV (2016-09-27 19:50:23)
    An estimated 84 million people watched the presidential debate on television, says Nielsen. Millions more joined the fray online.
  • Take a selfie as a form of political protest? Yes you can (2016-09-27 19:43:11)
    Mozilla is helping EU citizens protest an old copyright law that prohibits selfies, panoramas and memes in front of certain landmarks.
  • Anti-Defamation League identifies Pepe the Frog meme as anti-Semitic hate symbol (2016-09-27 19:25:58)
    The Anti-Defamation League has added "Pepe the Frog" to its online database of hate symbols, the organization announced in a press release issued today. Alt-right members and pro-Trump online militants are eager to suggest that the connection is tenuous at best, and mostly the product of two online trolls who tricked The Daily Beast.
  • Let's fill a toilet with 240 pounds of mercury and then flush it (2016-09-27 19:18:08)
    A YouTube channel dedicated to unusual science experiments takes a bathroom break with a special toilet system and a whole lot of liquid mercury.
  • Samsung brings gifts to mark Samsung Pay's first birthday (2016-09-27 19:14:50)
    Mobile-payments service adds support for coupons, memberships and gift cards. The company is also giving away 365 Gear S2 smartwatches.
  • Elon Musk wants to build a transit system that lets humans tour the entire Solar System (2016-09-27 19:04:52)
    Elon Musk today announced plans for a giant rocket and spaceship that will theoretically be capable of sending humans to Mars. In typical Musk fashion, he wasn't done there. During the latter stages of his presentation, the SpaceX CEO explained why he decided on Twitter a few weeks ago to rename the Mars Colonial Transporter to the "Interplanetary Transport System" — he wants the ITS to go so much farther beyond Mars.
  • How Apple is trying to fix Apple Music (2016-09-27 19:00:53)
    Apple Music is an interesting beast. By any objective metric, Apple’s streaming music service is a success, what with more than 17 million subscribers attained in just a little over a year. But Apple isn’t a traditional company and, in turn, it’s not often held to a higher standard than most. That said, some have pegged the rollout of Apple Music as something of a disappointment. In addition to early functionality problems and a myriad of UI choices, Apple Music still lags behind Spotify in terms of overall subscribers. Not too long ago, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek hinted via Twitter that his company now boasts more than 40 million paying subscribers. All the more impressive is that Spotify is growing at a faster clip than Apple Music, despite the latter’s reliance on exclusive releases from big name artists like Drake and Frank Ocean. DON'T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Apple, though, is in it for the long haul and with the recent release of iOS 10, introduced a massive overhaul to the Apple Music experience. Commenting on where Apple thinks the music industry is headed, Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine and other Apple Music bigwigs sat down for a far-ranging and interesting interview with Buzzfeed . As far as Apple’s music ambitions are concerned, Iovine said that while Apple has no interest in becoming a music label, it has no plans to slow down its pursuit of securing exclusives from A-list artists. “We put a lot into this, we’ve had some real successes, and we always hold up our end of the relationship,” Iovine said. “We’re feeling our way around and seeing what works … Every time we do [an exclusive], we learn something new.” One of the more interesting aspects of the interview focused on Apple’s strategy regarding Apple Music’s redesign. According to Apple, one of the goals with the design was to appeal more strongly to older and international users, hence the focus on a “cleaner interface with larger images and text…” It’s also worth highlighting why Apple believes its selection of algorithmically generated personalized playlists are more effective than what Spotify has to offer: years and years of old iTunes data. If you gave high ratings to a song or album in your old iTunes library, or just played it a lot more than others, you’ll find that behavior reflected in your My Favorites Mix. Meanwhile, the My New Music Mix algorithm serves recently released songs — as well as songs that Apple Music knows you haven’t played before — that the service’s music experts have flagged as similar to others in your taste profile. Apple Music executives suggested even more personalized playlists will follow in the series; but only after prototypes have been vetted, with all possible outcomes — intentional and otherwise — given careful consideration. Make sure to check out the full interview via the source link below. Apple hasn't been too forthcoming regarding its somewhat nascent music streaming service so there's a lot of interesting tidbits worth digesting.
  • Facebook: Really, nobody used that inflated metric, anyway (2016-09-27 18:58:20)
    Facebook executives said that "universally" no marketers were using a video-viewing measurement that the company inflated for two years.
  • Anti-Defamation League adds 'Pepe the Frog' meme to hate list (2016-09-27 18:40:08)
    Formerly known as the "Sad Frog" meme, the symbol has shown up on social media wearing a Hitler-like mustache, a yarmulke or a Klan hood.
  • Video game publisher thanks pirates for their interest, offers them a discount (2016-09-27 18:30:28)
    Video game piracy is a major concern for publishers and developers alike. While musicians can still hope that fans who steal their albums will spend money on merchandise or tickets for live shows, the opportunity for profit is lost when someone steals a game. That's why game makers have to be very careful about the way they interact with pirates, because raking them over the coals never helps. But you know what they say when the odds are stacked against you and there's no viable solution on the table: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." DON'T MISS:  This is the Google Pixel smartphone That's exactly what publisher PM Studios did when it discovered that users on the Vitahacks and VitaPiracy subreddits were sharing links to pirated copies of its PS Vita game Superbeat: Xonic . Rather than admonish the pirates for stealing their content or taking money from the pockets of developers, they left this message: Hello everybody! We feel honoured that you enjoy our game SUPERBEAT XONiC so much, we would like to invite you to take this opportunity to purchase it on sale at the Playstation Store. You can enjoy the original game and show support to the team for just $15.99 (60% off), no Playstation Plus required!!/en-us/games/superbeat-xonic/cid=UP2011-PCSE00717_00-SUPERBEATXONIC02 Have a nice day! The members of the two Reddit communities were so surprised by the response from PM Studios that they decided to make a thread thanking the publisher for the way it conducted itself in the face of piracy . Although not everyone was swayed by the publisher's attempt to bridge the gap, it was a worthwhile endeavor even if only a few pirates were converted into paying customers.
  • Google this: Clinton surpasses Trump in searches (2016-09-27 18:22:54)
    The Democratic presidential nominee overtakes her Republican challenger in Google searches during their first debate.
  • Onetime rising hedge fund star John Thaler considers comeback (2016-09-27 18:05:23)
    By Lawrence Delevingne NEW YORK (Reuters) - John Thaler, the tech, media and telecom stock specialist who shut down his hedge fund firm JAT Capital Management LP in 2015, is considering a return to managing other people's money, including launching a new hedge fund, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. One of the people briefed on his potential plans said no decision is imminent and Thaler, 41, is weighing a range of career options. Thaler declined to comment through an external spokeswoman.
  • Facebook tells U.S. judge it takes terroristic threats seriously (2016-09-27 18:01:33)
    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for Facebook Inc on Tuesday sought to assure a U.S. judge overseeing lawsuits by victims of militant attacks in the Middle East that it took a "zero tolerance" approach to any communications that may promote terrorist threats or activity. The comments came after U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn on Thursday accused Facebook's law firm of insulting the court by sending just a junior attorney to address him in lawsuits implicating violent attacks on Israelis. The judge on Tuesday apologized to the extent his comments may have sounded like criticism of the first-year associate, but said he was concerned about whether Facebook's lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis LLP were taking the matter seriously.
  • Forget photos, the iPhone 7 Plus camera takes stunning 4K videos (2016-09-27 18:00:44)
    With so much attention rightfully focused on the iPhone 7’s impressive new camera -- and the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera system in particular -- it’s easy to forget that Apple’s new iPhone models are also capable of capturing absolutely stunning video footage in full 4K quality. Apple originally introduced a 4K video recording option on the iPhone 6s, but the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera system should help videographers and amateurs alike capture even more mesmerizing footage thanks to, among other things, an 2x optical zoom option and improved low-light video capture. DON'T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Since the iPhone 7’s release about 10 days ago, iPhone 7 Plus users have been busy putting the device’s video camera to the test and have posted a number of compelling and jaw-dropping videos which illustrate what one can accomplish video-wise with just a smartphone. And like clockwork, we’ve also seen our first iPhone 7 Plus videos hit the web. To get you up to speed, we’ve put together a list which chronicles some of the best and most intriguing iPhone 7 Plus 4K footage recorded yet. First things first, the sample video and review posted by the folks over at EverythingApplePro is a must-watch for anyone contemplating upgrading to the iPhone 7 Plus. If you've got any questions about what the device is capable of, this video should have the answers. Of particular interest is that the video showcases how much better the iPhone 7 Plus is at recording video in low-light environments relative to the iPhone 6s. Some other videos worth checking out are listed below. Some footage you'll see here truly lives up to the "cinematic" description. This video has some nice footage and also shows off the iPhone 7 Plus' optical zoom feature. The video, however, does make mention of a possible audio issue while recording.
  • Watch Elon Musk explain how SpaceX will colonize Mars in under five minutes (2016-09-27 17:58:22)
    As Elon Musk is wont to do, he took the stage in front of a rabid crowd this afternoon to lay out an extraordinarily ambitious vision of the future that at times felt inspiring, brilliant, and unbelievable, if not all at once. This time around, Musk was outlining the first details for how SpaceX planned to bring people to and from Mars and ultimately facilitate human colonization of the Red Planet. The full presentation lasted an hour — longer if you count the bizarro Q&A that followed — but we've boiled the event down to under five minutes in case you're looking for more of a crash course.
  • Elon Musk unveils epic SpaceX plan to colonize Mars (2016-09-27 17:56:31)
    The SpaceX CEO says in case of a doomsday event, we need to be prepared to go to Mars. Why Mars? It's better than the "hot acid bath" of Venus, he says.
  • Facebook is coming for your office next (2016-09-27 17:30:40)
    Facebook has done a depressingly good job of getting an entire generation addicted to its platform. But your typical human spends eight hours a day at work: eight hours when they're not supposed to be updating statuses, posting memes or sending stickers. Just think of the lost engagement. Some kind of "Facebook For Work" product has been rumored for years, but according to reports from The Information   and  TechCrunch , the Facebookpocalypse is nearly upon us. DON'T MISS:  You have to go download this iMessage app right now Facebook @ Work, as it's called because who needs real words, sounds like an all-in-one company organization and communication tool. You get a "Work Feed" for exchanging ideas and collaborating, all of Facebook's existing text and video calling tools, plus Events and Live features. It doesn't sound radically different to the regular old consumer Facebook, but the assumption is that the company will have much better granular control over its employees' networks, and the employees won't have to use personal Facebook accounts (with all the associated privacy and distraction problems) for work. Of course, it probably won't be free.  TechCrunch  reports that company will pay on a per-user basis, much like existing group collaboration tools like Yammer and Slack. Facebook @ Work will also tie in with existing corporate software services, so that your IT people don't have a total fit. Moving into the enterprise software world is an appropriately boring move for Facebook, which is now old enough to start focusing on grown-up things like making money. But since Facebook has spent a decade cementing its reputation as the ultimate tool for procrastination, I can't help but wonder if trying to become the next LinkedIn is a particularly smart move.
  • BlackBerry’s next rumored Android phone, the DTEK60, passed through the FCC (2016-09-27 17:30:03)
    BlackBerry released its DTEK50 last month (pictured above) as a its second Android phone following the Priv. This might be true given that a new Android phone, the DTEK60, just passed through the FCC. BlackBerry reportedly leaked the phone’s specs on its own website earlier this week.
  • Upcoming Samsung devices may make water bounce right off (2016-09-27 16:55:41)
    If we can overlook the unmitigated disaster that is the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has, by and large, had a pretty good year. The company’s S7 lineup proved to be extremely popular both with reviewers and consumers, and leaks surrounding next year’s Galaxy S8 are pretty intriguing. As we highlighted earlier today, some rumors claim that the S8 will feature a 5.2-inch 4K display and will come jam-packed with a 3.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 6GB of RAM and more. But the Samsung Galaxy S8 isn’t the only Samsung smartphone we’ve seen make waves in the rumor mill this week. According to a report from TechRadar , Samsung’s 2018 Galaxy S9 may take water resistance to the next level thanks to a recent deal the company recently inked with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), an R&D lab that falls under the purview of the U.S. Department of Energy. DON'T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company As part of the agreement, Samsung is now the exclusive licensor of an advanced screen coating that is not just water resistant, but is designed to “actively repel liquid.” Per the report, ORNL’s screen technology is designed such that water "literally bounces off" of screens that have the specialized coating. ORNL's press release reads in part: ORNL’s development of a transparent coating that repels water that carries away dust and dirt, reduces light reflection and resists fingerprints and smudges resulted from approximately three years of superhydrophobic research on glass-based coatings. “The thin nanostructured layer of porous glass film enables these combined properties, making it suitable for commercial applications,” said ORNL’s Tolga Aytug, co-inventor of the technology. To be superhydrophobic, a surface must achieve a water droplet contact angle exceeding 150 degrees. ORNL’s coating has a contact angle of between 155 and 165 degrees, so water literally bounces off, taking away dust particles. Samsung sees a wide array of uses for the technology and is interested in using ORNL’s specially formulated glass on a number of products, including tablets, smartphones and essentially any other electronic display that one would see on products like home ovens and refrigerators.
  • People tried to kiss Elon Musk and give him gifts at his Mars event (2016-09-27 16:55:31)
    Elon Musk's Mars event today, where he outlined plans to turn the human race into a multi-planetary species, was a serious affair. Using the language of explorers, and playing up the future of civilization that hangs in the balance, Musk used grandiose terms to convince viewers around the world that we must leave Earth and realize our destiny. During the Q&A session after Musk's presentation, a number of not-so-serious crowd members used valuable mic time to either not ask a question, ask a dumb one, or try and thrust onto Musk a personal gift or request.
  • Hit the road, headphone jack. USB wants your job (2016-09-27 16:54:45)
    A trade group is done creating a technology to let ordinary USB ports take over from the 3.5mm audio jack on laptops and PCs.
  • Elon Musk might name his first Mars-bound spaceship after Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2016-09-27 16:53:48)
    Today, Elon Musk revealed his ambitious multi-decade roadmap for human colonization of Mars, including the Interplanetary Transport System he believes will get us there. "We're thinking about names," Musk told the crowd. The Heart of Gold is one of the ships at the center of Douglas Adams' 1978 radio play and subsequent book, stolen by Zaphod Beeblebrox at the ship's official launch and later used to rescue the story's protagonists.
  • CraveCast can't wait to crew a Mars mission with Elon Musk (2016-09-27 16:53:05)
    The SpaceX CEO has announced his plan to make humans a multi-planetary species. Who will be the first to volunteer among us? The crew discusses our Martian future. Join us at 3 p.m. PT today.
  • Russian Spies Who Broke Into DNC Now Attacking Macs (2016-09-27 16:48:00)
    Some of the same Russian spies blamed for hacking into Democratic National Committee servers are back in the news, and they're now apparently attacking Macs used by the aerospace industry, which includes many American and European defense contractors. This time, the spies are using spear-phishing emails that hide an OS X Trojan dubbed Komplex inside an attached PDF. The front page of the malicious PDF sent to Mac users in the aerospace industry.
  • Microsoft No Longer Provides Worst Windows 7 Security (2016-09-27 16:47:00)
    It's been a long time coming, but it's true: Microsoft Security Essentials is no longer the absolute worst way to protect your Windows 7 PC. Rather, it's only the second-worst, at least according to the latest research from independent antivirus-evaluation lab AV-TEST.
  • You Can Control DJI's New Drone By Waving Your Hands (2016-09-27 16:46:00)
    DJI is looking to keep its drones flying higher than the competition with its newest model, the Mavic Pro. This tiny drone fits in the palm of your hand, but includes a gimbal-mounted 4K camera, up to 27 minutes of flight time, 5 cameras to monitor its position, and comes with gesture controls, letting you control the Mavic Pro just by waving your hands. Its size will make it well suited for those who want to take a drone, say, backpacking or skiing, and don't want to carry around a bulky case.
  • Here's the First Good Look at Google's Pixel Phone (2016-09-27 16:46:00)
    Google's Pixel phones are expected to be among the many products the company unveils at a press event on Oct. 4, and we may have gotten a definitive look at the new devices. VentureBeat has an image of what it claims to be the Google Pixel, and says that a larger XL version will also be announced. Notably, Google's icon in the top left-hand corner appears to have a mystery function, and the launcher icons are now all circular.
  • Why didn't Elon Musk mention where colonists will live on Mars? (2016-09-27 16:38:57)
    During his hour-long announcement of the Space X Mars colonization plan, CEO Elon Musk didn't say where exactly Martian colonists will live once they arrive on the planet — and how exactly they'll survive given the harsh environment. Musk says Space X's goal is to build the transport system, like building the Union Pacific Railroad.
  • Electric car tipping point may challenge pioneers (2016-09-27 16:38:28)
    Electric car prototypes and plans are set to dominate the Paris auto show as the Volkswagen diesel scandal and falling battery costs persuade executives and investors that plug-in vehicles are ready to go mainstream. The expected flurry of announcements signals a threat to pioneers of the current generation of battery-powered cars, such as Tesla and Renault-Nissan , who will now have to work harder to defend their lead. VW is leading the charge, keen to turn a page after its exposure last year as a U.S. emissions test cheat.
  • SpaceX wants to be the railroad of the future (2016-09-27 16:37:18)
    SpaceX's plans for getting people to Mars are big and still a bit vague. "The goal of SpaceX is really to build the transport system. "That's really where a tremendous amount of entrepreneurship and talent would flourish, just as happened in California when the Union-Pacific Railroad was completed," Musk continued.
  • This connected dog collar is a GPS and a fitness tracker (2016-09-27 16:34:32)
    One of my most humbling life moments happened when I was leaving work on a rainy night and came across a dog dressed in a raincoat and wearing booties. Dog owners keep their pets at the top of their game, everyone. It’ll also let them know when their dog might be in a place that’s too cold or hot, like a car.
  • Yes, someone's made a Donald Trump sniff movie (2016-09-27 16:31:33)
    Technically Incorrect: After the Republican nominee appears to sniff his way through Monday's debate, a YouTuber dramatizes his nasal sound effects.
  • Elon Musk wants to collect fuel on Mars to send spaceships back to Earth (2016-09-27 16:30:12)
    Elon Musk wants SpaceX to send people to Mars and then bring them back to Earth on the same rocket they came in on. Nothing has ever been launched from Mars before, and Musk didn't go into all that much detail about how SpaceX would accomplish it. Rather than carrying fuel from Earth for use on Mars, Musk wants SpaceX to create fuel when it gets there.
  • Take a selfie as a form of political protest? Yes you can. (2016-09-27 16:28:35)
    In a fun and humorous way, Mozilla is helping EU citizens protest an old copyright law that prohibits selfies, panoramas and memes in front of certain landmarks.
  • Amazon could start dropping off packages inside your home (2016-09-27 16:27:13)
    Do you want to give Amazon a key to your front door? A partnership with two smart home developers could open the way.
  • Elon Musk: First humans who journey to Mars must 'be prepared to die' (2016-09-27 16:24:19)
    Elon Musk just wrapped up an intricate and thorough presentation that covered his and SpaceX's vision of humans building a city on the surface of Mars. During the Q&A session that followed, the question inevitably came up: what sort of person does Musk think will volunteer to get strapped to that big rocket and fired toward the Red Planet? "I think the first journeys to Mars will be really very dangerous," answered Musk.
  • Debate Night Hillary Clinton is basically Jeff Goldblum's character in Jurassic Park (2016-09-27 16:22:33)
    At the beginning of the 1993 film Jurassic Park, you are not meant to like Jeff Goldblum’s character. It seems like this is probably a public persona he has lived with for most of his life, whether or not that has been justified. Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.
  • Can't afford an Apple Watch? Health insurer Aetna might pay for you (2016-09-27 16:20:59)
    Aetna, a health insurance company that covers 23 million people in the US, says it will subsidize employee Apple Watch purchases for participating employers.
  • You have to go download this iMessage app right now (2016-09-27 16:20:47)
    I know what you're thinking: clickbait title from an app-schilling iSheep. But I promise you: this headline delivers, because this app is solid, 24-carat comedy gold. DON'T MISS:  ‘Safe’ Galaxy Note 7 explodes, burning owner (and Samsung) Momento is a new, iMessage-only app. It lives as what feels like part of the keyboard in iMessage, and it does one very simple thing: trawl through your photo library at turn live photos or burst photos into GIFs. Using the app is simple: tap on the App icon in iMessage, scroll over to Momento, and you get a scrollable page of thumbnails. That might not sound like a lot of technology for an app that costs $2, but the results are absolutely worth it. Momento turned a bunch of average photos that I'd forgotten about (mostly of my dog) into cute, funny memories that I could share with my poor, dog-pic-saturated friends. That's mostly how the creator, Genady Okrain, envisaged it being used. He told TechCrunch   that "as an amateur photographer, I have a lot of experience with photography. I’ve been amazed to see just how many photos people take. All those photos are on people’s devices but no one is looking back on all of them. Momento creates cool GIFs from those photos and that help people remember those old moments." But aside from the  Mad Men  nostalgia device , Momento also works as a piece of priceless comedy. You see, the app first scans for photos it thinks will make good GIFs, and pushes those to the top of its image reel. But if you scroll down, you can look through all your photos-turned-into GIFs, and some of those will prove to be unintentionally hilarious.
  • Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging (2016-09-27 16:20:00)
    CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Federal officials say airline pilots and traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by year's end.
  • Rogers Communications committed to dividend growth - deputy chairman (2016-09-27 16:09:04)
    Rogers Communications Inc remains committed to its dividend growth strategy and the failure of its Shomi video streaming joint venture has not diminished its enthusiasm to invest in new technologies, its deputy chairman said on Tuesday. The Toronto-based company said on Monday it expects to shoulder between C$100 million ($75.68 million) and C$140 million in losses from the wind-down of the service, which was a response to the threat Netflix Inc posed to Rogers' cable television business. "We've aspired to move beyond just the television, and Shomi was one foray into that," said Edward Rogers, whose family controls the company built by his late father.
  • U.S. senators accuse Yahoo of 'unacceptable' delay in hack discovery (2016-09-27 16:05:00)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six Democratic U.S. senators on Tuesday demanded Yahoo Inc explain why hackers' theft of user information for 500 million accounts two years ago only came to light last week and lambasted the company's handling of the breach as "unacceptable." The lawmakers said they were "disturbed" the 2014 intrusion, disclosed by the company on Thursday, was detected so long after the hack occurred. "That means millions of Americans’ data may have been compromised for two years," the senators wrote in a joint letter addressed to Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer. "This is unacceptable." A Yahoo spokesman said the company would respond in a "timely and appropriate manner" to the letter, which was signed by Senators Patrick Leahy, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden and Edward Markey.
  • Aetna to offer Apple Watch at a discount to certain customers (2016-09-27 16:01:05)
    (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc said it would offer some customers discounts on Apple Inc's smartwatch, marking the first deal made by the tech giant with an insurer for its devices. Aetna, which has about 23 million members in the United States, will also give away the Apple Watch for free to its nearly 50,000 employees, Aetna said in a statement on Tuesday. The deal could help Apple boost the appeal of its Watch to potential customers as the company looks to target health and fitness conscious users with its new device.
  • The Oppo HA-2SE is the perfect DAC/amp for iPhone 7 users (2016-09-27 15:58:49)
    A USB DAC/amp is one of the best ways to get great performance out of your music, and Oppo’s HA–2 is considered to be one of, if not the best portable headphone amplifier and DAC on the market. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, so Oppo is releasing an updated successor to the HA–2, the HA–2SE. The HA–2SE keeps a lot of the things that made the original HA–2 great, including the same leather and machined aluminum design.
  • Elon Musk made a South Park joke at his Mars colonization announcement (2016-09-27 15:58:09)
    How will Elon Musk and SpaceX fund its ambitious plan to go to Mars? The question was a big one coming into today's announcement, and Musk opted to suggest some kind of "public-private partnership" would generate the necessary cash. But first, he made a South Park joke.
  • Illinois man pleads guilty in celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal (2016-09-27 15:56:25)
    (Reuters) - An Illinois man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hacking the e-mail accounts of high-profile female celebrities in a scandal linked to the online release of nude photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and others. Edward Majerczyk, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago to one felony change of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, charging documents showed. While no victims were named in court documents, Lawrence and actress Kirsten Dunst and model Kate Upton have addressed the leak and online dissemination of their nude photos in interviews.
  • Elon Musk’s proposed spaceship can send 100 people to Mars in 80 days (2016-09-27 15:55:29)
    Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Mars vehicle — the spaceship his company plans to build to transport the first colonists to Mars. The spaceship is meant to launch from Earth on top of the booster and then travel the rest of the way on its own to the Red Planet. The company's interplanetary spaceship — informally know as the BFS, or "Big Fucking Spaceship” — will have a diameter of 17 meters.
  • SpaceX’s planned Mars rocket will be reused 1,000 times (2016-09-27 15:55:23)
    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the design for the giant rocket booster he wants to build in order to colonize Mars. It is part of what SpaceX is referring to as the "Mars Vehicle" — the rocket booster and the Mars spaceship combined — and Musk announced it on stage in Guadalajara, Mexico at the 67th International Astronautical Conference. SpaceX teased the rocket in a promo video released shortly before Musk's talk.
  • Elon Musk says it would take 40 to 100 years to build a self-sustaining civilization on Mars (2016-09-27 15:54:26)
    Elon Musk thinks that it would take between 40 and 100 years for humanity to go from landing a ship full of colonists on Mars to establishing a self-sustaining civilization. If we say the minimum threshold for a self-sustaining city on Mars, or civilization, would be a million people, and you can only go every two years, if you have 100 people per ship, that's 10,000 trips.
  • Watch Stephen Colbert skewer Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s debate performances (2016-09-27 15:54:15)
    On account of all the media hype surrounding last night’s Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, CBS yesterday aired a live taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert so that Colbert could really dive into the circus-like atmosphere that underscored the entirety of yesterday’s debate. Hitting the nail on the head, Colbert opined that the debate lived up to the hype and it didn’t take long for Colbert to start delivering a few laugh out loud zingers and ridiculous observations. DON'T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company “The expectations for the two sides were very different,” Colbert began. “For Hillary to win, she had to be confident, not smug. Knowledgeable without being a know-it-all. Charming but not offensive. Commanding, but not shrill. Likable, warm, authoritative and not coughing. “Meanwhile, Donald Trump had to not commit murder… on camera,” Colbert said to laughter from the audience. “And that low bar was reflected in Donald Trump’s debate prep. Instead of doing a bunch of mock debates, the word is that he sat down with friends over bacon cheeseburgers, hot dogs and glasses of coca-cola and tested out zingers. “Meanwhile, Hillary was so prepared my new nickname for her is Preparation H. Yeah, it’s a compliment. In the primaries she already proved she could soothe the Bern.” Not too shabby Colbert, not too shabby at all. Colbert’s full skewering of all things Presidential can be seen below. If last night is any indication, the roller coaster that is the 2016 U.S. Presidential election won’t be ending anytime soon. And in case you missed it, you can check out a recap of the funniest Twitter reactions to last night's debate over here .
  • Diesels take back seat, electrics up front at Paris car show (2016-09-27 15:53:38)
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmakers are finding the Paris auto show , held in a city whose mayor wants to ban diesels to reduce pollution, to be a fine place to show off new zero-emission electric vehicles.
  • Elon Musk says the only reason he wants to make money is to colonize Mars (2016-09-27 15:53:11)
    Elon Musk's ambitious plan to turn the human race into a multi-planetary species, starting first with the colonization of Mars, will cost a lot of money. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, who laid out his Mars plans today at a press conference, hopes to eventually make the cost of taking a trip to Mars equal that of the average US home, at around $200,000 per ticket. To cement his commitment to the project, Musk says the only reason he's personally accumulating wealth — through his various ventures in renewable energy, electric cars, and space transport, is to help make this radical idea a reality.
  • Yeti, the Cooler Company, Was Just Valued at $5 Billion (2016-09-27 15:43:00)
    It’s built its reputation on keeping everything ice cold, but an unassuming cooler-maker with a cult following may just be the hottest investment around.
  • Elon Musk is talking about going to Mars like it’s an Apple event (2016-09-27 15:36:04)
    Elon Musk is holding a massive event today to reveal his plans to eventually travel to and colonize Mars, and while his real audience was NASA and the government, that didn’t stop him from going all-out in production value. ...
  • These two devices will give you the ultimate home Wi-Fi network (2016-09-27 15:29:35)
    As much as some people might hate to admit it, slow home internet service isn't always your ISP's fault. In fact, your internet service provider probably supplies you with much faster download and upload speeds than you're actually taking advantage of. What's the problem? Some people insist on using cheap Wi-Fi routers — or, even worse, they use the built-in Wi-Fi on their cable company's router — that can't keep up with fast internet speeds. Lucky for you if you fall into this category, Amazon has a big sale going on right now on two devices that will combine to give you the ultimate home wireless network. Check out the NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 Ultimate Gaming Router and NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 AC2200 WiFi Range Extender , which are both being discounted from now through the end of the day on October 7. Oh, and we've got a little bonus for you if you REALLY want to speed things up. NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 Ultimate Gaming Router AC2350 WiFi-600+1733 Mbps speeds Four-stream (4x4) WiFi architecture for lag-free gaming and smoother 4K video streaming Multi-User MIMO technology for more throughput with simultaneously streamed data for multiple device Powerful 1.4GHz dual Core Processor and dynamic QoS for smooth jitter-free gaming Network storage-ready with super-fast twin USB 3.0 and eSATA Open Source Support at The NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 Ultimate Gaming Router is one of our favorite routers ever, and it qualifies for free Prime shipping. NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 AC2200 WiFi Range Extender Ideal for extending WiFi to devices like the iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, iPad Air 2, and MacBook Pro Extreme dual band WiFi speed - up to 2200Mbps High-power amplifiers & internal antenna array increases range MU-MIMO for simultaneously streaming to multiple devices Beamforming+ improves wireless range & reliability FastLane Technology - Use both WiFi bands to establish one super high-speed connection; ideal for HD streaming & gaming Two WiFi Modes - Extend existing WiFi connection or create a new AC WiFi access point NETGEAR's Nighthawk X4 AC2200 WiFi Range Extender  is another great option, and it's a bit less expensive than the pricier gaming model. BONUS: If you really want the fastest possible speeds, you'll need to go wired. Amazon is currently selling a NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps Switch for just $26 with free shipping.
  • Google's new Pixel smartphones show up in leaked images (2016-09-27 15:27:00)
    Supposedly called the Pixel, the device is said to replace Google's Nexus line with two different sized devices and fresh brand names. According to Android Police, one will be a 5-inch smartphone called the Pixel X, to replace last year's LG-made Nexus 5X (seemingly pictured above), while a 5.5-inch model called the Pixel XL — which is pictured below — will supplant the Huawei-produced Nexus 6P. Both phones are said to represent a new philosophy at Google's phone division, which is aiming to be more "opinionated" about the software and hardware of its handsets in the words of CEO Sundar Pichai.
  • Sony, Atlantic, Warner Bros. team to sue YouTube music pirates (2016-09-27 15:22:10)
    The three join other music labels in seeking massive damages from a site that lets its users download songs they hear on YouTube.
  • Elon Musk says taking a Mars trip should cost the same as buying a house (2016-09-27 15:16:05)
    One day many, many years from now, Elon Musk believes the cost of taking a trip to Mars will be about the same as buying a house. During today's keynote, the SpaceX CEO said that visiting Mars should be equal to the median cost of a home in the United States, which is around $200,000. Musk said that reaching such a price through the use of "traditional methods" for space travel would be impossible.
  • Debate tweets, memes tell Clinton, Trump their next moves (2016-09-27 15:15:25)
    Social media responds as the presidential candidates spar over everything from cybersecurity to taxes in the first of three planned debates.
  • How not to lose that annoying little headphone adapter that came with your iPhone 7 (2016-09-27 15:04:59)
    If you have an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus, you've probably noticed by now that something is missing from this year's iPhones that had been present on every single iPhone up until this point. That's right, the standard 3.5mm headphone jack you used to plug your headphones and aux cables into is no more. Shocking, we know. Okay, so Apple's move to ditch the standard audio port didn't come as much of a surprise following months of rumors suggesting that would be the case. Even still, there are some people out there who are very annoyed at Apple's decision, regardless of how "courageous" it may (or may not) have been. But if you own or plan to purchase an iPhone 7 — or any iPhone in the future — it's time to get over it. You can either use the Lightning headphones in the box, buy a new pair of Lightning headphones , buy wireless headphones, or use the headphone adapter that came in the box with your iPhone. If you decide to go with that last option, we'll show you how to make sure that you don't lose it. DON'T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Apple loves dongles. Seriously, the company probably sells 10 times more dongles than you think it does. It has a dongle for every occasion, but Apple's new headphone adapter dongle is by far its most controversial. But if you want to plug your old headphones into your iPhone 7 and you're not sitting at your desk using an iPhone dock, this new dongle is your only hope. Until you lose it. The adapter is so tiny that it's bound to happen at some point. And not only will you be angry when it finally does happen, you'll also have to cough up $9 for a new one . If you want to hold onto your new adapter as long as possible though, we found a terrific DIY guide from CNET that will teach you how to make a little key chain that will hold your adapter nice and snug. All you need are three things: An old pair of cheap headphones Sugru Moldable Glue A keyring That's it, and in just minutes you'll have a little key chain that looks something like the one in the photo below from CNET (although you can mold it into any shape you'd like): Click here to check out the full guide.
  • Justice Dept. top national security official to leave post (2016-09-27 15:02:56)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's top national security official is leaving his position next month.
  • Google's iOS app now lets you lock incognito searches behind Touch ID (2016-09-27 15:00:03)
    Google will now let you privately search the web in its core app on iOS. The ability to search in incognito mode is being added in an update to the Google app that's coming out today. Google will let you lock up private searches using Touch ID, so that if someone else is holding your unlocked phone or tablet, they won't be able to see private tabs that are still open inside the app.
  • Europe can finally buy Samsung's Note 7 on October 28 (2016-09-27 14:43:37)
    Did you know that in Europe, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 never properly went on sale? That changes next month.
  • Elon Musk details his plan to send humans to Mars in this video (2016-09-27 14:43:06)
    How do we get to the Red Planet? In this live stream, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX will explain his ambitious plan.
  • Forget Google’s Pixel phones, leak says the Nexus brand isn’t dead just yet (2016-09-27 14:39:24)
    The Pixel phones will replace Google's Nexus handsets this year, many recent reports have claimed, suggesting that the Nexus family of devices will be retired. However, Nexus isn’t as dead as we thought, as Google may be releasing several more Nexus brand devices in the very near future, complete with a few surprises. DON’T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Apparently, Huawei is working on a Nexus tablet that will run Andromeda out of the box. Andromeda is said to be the hybrid Android operating system that has Chrome OS features. Reports earlier this week indicated that Andromeda will represent a significant milestone for Android and that Google will unveil it on stage on October 4th . However, the first Andromeda device, a MacBook-killer , apparently won't launch until next summer. Meanwhile, 9to5Google learned that the Google will launch at least two Andromeda devices in the future, including the Huawei Nexus tablet mentioned above and the MacBook rival detailed on Monday. The Huawei Nexus tablet made the news a few weeks ago when recognized leaker Evan Blass tweeted about it , making it sound like a successor to the Nexus 7 tablet. The device may pack a 7-inch display and 4GB of RAM. People familiar with the matter  also told 9to5Google that a Nexus tablet is coming. Google is testing Andromeda on the Nexus 9, “because of hardware constraints and availability,” according to one source, so the Nexus 9 will likely not get Andromeda. The Andromeda-powered Nexus tablet could launch by the end of the year, while the Andromeda Pixel 3 laptop that targets MacBook Pro users is likely almost a year away.
  • How a NASA team of black women 'computers' sent an astronaut into orbit in 1962 (2016-09-27 14:39:00)
    At IdeaFestival 2016, author Margot Shetterly and singer-songwriter Janelle Monae explored the history of black mathematicians at NASA, a story that inspired an upcoming film starring Monae.
  • Elon Musk’s Mars mission: all the news from the big announcement (2016-09-27 14:33:10)
    On September 27, Elon Musk announced a bold new plan to establish a permanent human habitation on Mars with his company SpaceX. Follow along here for the latest news about the project, and whether Musk can succeed in his longheld dream of bringing humanity to Mars. In less than a week, SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk will finally explain how he plans to colonize Mars within the next few decades.
  • Donald Trump: Nope, 'no sniffles' during presidential debate (2016-09-27 14:26:56)
    The candidate says any apparent breathing issues during Monday night's debate may have been caused by his microphone.
  • Too lazy to stand in line? Nissan has an autonomous chair just for you (2016-09-27 14:13:58)
    Sure, there's an automotive tie-in, but it's fun to pretend that there isn't.
  • Google's AI translation system is approaching human-level accuracy (2016-09-27 14:07:18)
    Google is one of the leading providers of artificial intelligence-assisted language translation, and the company now says a new technique for doing so is vastly improving the results. The company’s AI team calls it the Google Neural Machine Translation system, or GNMT, and it initially provided a less resource-intensive way to ingest a sentence in one language and produce that same sentence in another language. "The advantage of this approach is that it requires fewer engineering design choices than previous Phrase-Based translation systems," writes Quoc V. Le and Mike Schuster, researchers on the Google Brain team.
  • Watch live right here as Elon Musk explains his plan to colonize Mars (2016-09-27 13:58:55)
    Following months of anticipation, Elon Musk is finally going to explain how he and SpaceX plan to colonize Mars on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 PM ET. Musk has been discussing his ambitious mission to Mars for years , but during a talk at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico today, he is expected to finally begin laying out specifics. DON'T MISS:  The 26 funniest Twitter reactions to Trump and Clinton’s first Presidential debate There's still a great deal we don't know about the plan, and that will likely remain true even after Musk's hour-long talk in Mexico on Tuesday, but some of the pieces have started to come together. For example, on Monday, SpaceX successfully fired its Raptor engine for the first time, a major step in the process. Even more interestingly, Musk renamed developmental project altogether from Mars Colonial Transporter to Interplanetary Transport System after tweeting that "MCT can go well beyond Mars" earlier this month. Could Musk be expanding his plans beyond Mars? Is the project still on track? Will SpaceX have a man (or multiple people) on Mars by 2025? Only one way to find out; watch below when the stream begins at 2:30 PM ET: SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for sustaining humans on the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.
  • SpaceX unveils the Interplanetary Transport System, a spaceship and rocket to colonize Mars (2016-09-27 13:49:38)
    Private spaceflight company SpaceX has released a video that details its long-awaited "Interplanetary Transport System." The video was published less than an hour before CEO Elon Musk was scheduled to detail the system at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico. The rocket and spaceship combination will apparently be much bigger than SpaceX's Falcon 9.
  • How machine learning and AI will 'save the entire security industry' (2016-09-27 13:40:07)
    Machine learning and big data have led to many advances, including some in cybersecurity. Cylance CEO Stuart McClure explained the biggest implications the technology has for security.
  • 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2016-09-27 13:33:25)
    How are you enjoying those new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7 Pluses, Apple fans? Well guess what, some sweet new apps can make your older iPhone model feel brand new again, and it won't cost you $650+. In fact, it won't even cost you a penny — check out today's list of the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. DON’T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company 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. Yxplayer Normally $4.99. 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Facio will let you know what you do today just by changing text size simply. * Facio is designed to align your tasks automatically as if you write down something here and there on board. Even though it does not look complex but beautiful. Download Facio Ruler Normally $0.99. This is simple virtual Ruler app 17 feet/5 meters long. How to use Ruler to measure length: Put your finger on screen and slide phone with the other hand. Pull arrow down to reel off. See video and little practice and you may get 1% accuracy. Download Ruler Splashtop Wired XDisplay Normally $4.99. **** Use your iPhone as an extra monitor to your MAC or PC! **** **** Developed by the Creator of Splashtop Remote Desktop, the #1 iOS Business App Developer, with over 20 million users! **** *** This app requires your PC or MAC has Apple iTunes (free) installed*** *** Please contact us at if you have any problem extending or mirroring your computer screen to your iPhone. The App Store does not offer a way for us to respond to user issues. *** Splashtop Wired XDisplay turns an iPhone into an extra display for your computer, enhancing productivity. FEATURES * High Performance (1080P or retina display at 60fps) * Support for Windows 7 default Aero desktop theme featuring translucent windows * Auto orientation when iPhone is turned (works in both landscape and portrait modes) * Ability to choose the position of your extended display relative to the computer * Secure wired connection Simple Setup 1. Download Splashtop Wired XDisplay (this app) 2. Download and run the FREE Splashtop Wired XDisplay Agent on your MAC or PC at 3. Connect your iPhone to MAC or PC using a lightning or 30 pin cable Computer Supported * Windows 7, 8, 10, and later * MAC OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and later LIMITATIONS * Currently only supports computers with at least one unused video display output * When Windows Aero is disabled, certain functions might not be available To learn more: Download Splashtop Wired XDisplay Audio Tool Normally $1.99. Audio Tool - Add, Remove and Extract Audio for Video and Live Photo Really powerful audio tool which enables you to add, remove and extract audio for your video and live photo * LIVE PHOTO and VIDEO SUPPORTED - Add, remove and extract audio for video - Add, remove and extract audio for live photo * ADD AUDIO - Add songs as background music - Record and add narrations - Add funny sound effects - Steal audio from other video - Adjust audio volume - Change audio start time - Trim audio play time * REMOVE AUDIO - Remove audio and make silent video * EXTRACT AUDIO - Extract M4A audio from your video - Extract WAVE audio from your video - Add extracted audio to other video Download Audio Tool Slow Shutter Camera Normally $2.99. Camera features: 1. Create blur effect for moving object 2. Create light trail photos 3. Improve photo quality under low light. See Screenshots for samples! Having trouble capturing night photo because it is too dark? 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Originally dynamic development reproduces a greater dynamic range of HD photos and videos. The sophisticated algorithm was developed during 3 years with its own library to organize photos/videos and high quality professional BLACK and WHITE image gallery and content slider. Being completely sure in the achieved result you can share them on the Facebook, Dropbox and Tweeter.. . 1. Аmplifire picker 3. Fast exposure 4. Front, rear camera 5. Led light 6. HD photo video mode 7. Focus refresh button 8. 8x zoom 9. Bult In library 10. Photo video slider 11. E-mail photo video share 12. Facebook photo video share 13. Twitter phot video share 14. Dropbox photo video share Download Black & White Video Camera TimeKeeper Normally $1.99. TimeKeeper helps you to track your times at specific locations. Just easily create a location and let then TimeKeeper do it`s work fully automated. GPS is used to check when a location is reached (Check In) and leaved (Check Out). The time between Check In and Check Out results in your attendance time. Over the time other relevant data like week, month or total attendance is calculated. Features: - Automatic tracking for max. 20 locations you define - Summary for every location with weekly and monthly time - Detailed list with every check in and check out - Export of the history as .txt-, .csv-file or to other applications - Optional round of times (5, 10, 15, 30 minutes) - Today extension Download TimeKeeper Live Wallpapers by PULSE Normally $0.99. Works on any iOS 9 device, including iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, 5s, iPhone 6 or 6 plus, iPad, iPod Touch. FEATURES: - Choose from impressive live wallpapers and press Save - Set the Live background you selected as your Lock Screen wallpaper - Browse the Live Photo categories to find your perfect choice - See the animated backgrounds in slide or grid mode - Set the saved wallpapers as Live Photo wallpapers for your lockscreen Download Live Wallpapers by PULSE AirGallery Normally $0.99. Are you the type who captures every moment and likes to share with others? Do you find the former solutions too complicated? We present you the best way Now with the AirGallery you can make this happen in a much simply and more spectacular way. Tap Share or if you have an Apple TV near by, tap Airplay and open a photo then simply drop it to the top of the display. If you’d like to select multiple images just tap Share and then Play. Presenting photos to Apple TV has now a new meaning. Unlike conventional mirroring techniques, you can browse and share your photos to a new separate screen. 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  • Record labels sue popular YouTube audio-ripping site (2016-09-27 13:18:36)
    A group of record labels, including UMG, Sony Music, and Warner Bros., have filed a copyright infringement claim against a YouTube stream-ripping website, the BBC reports. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) calls the stream-ripping site the "world's largest," with more than 60 million users per month. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has given YouTube-mp3 "formal notice of intended legal action," according to the BBC.
  • German regulator stops flow of data from WhatsApp to Facebook (2016-09-27 13:17:28)
    Facebook has been ordered to stop collecting data from WhatsApp and delete the info it has already stored.
  • DJI’s tiny new drone shoots 4K video and fits in your hand (2016-09-27 13:08:45)
    Easy-to-fly drones that shoot 4K video are old news now. So, following electronics best practice, the next thing to happen is making them smaller. Much smaller. That seems to have been the guiding principle behind the design of the DJI Mavic Pro, a brand-new drone from the best-known consumer drone maker. It shoots 4K video, streams live images back to the controller, and has nearly half an hour of battery life. Those are all specs on par with much bigger drones, but thanks to foldable rotors, the Mavic Pro will fit into a small backpack. DON'T MISS:  ‘Safe’ Galaxy Note 7 explodes, burning owner (and Samsung) The Mavic Pro will cost $1000 at launch, a little less than the flagship Phantom 4, but still well above cheap beginner drones from Parrot. The price tag comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect, though. There's sensors for obstacle avoidance and to help you fly, gesture control so you can take lots of #selfies, a 4K camera, livestreaming support, and nearly 30 minutes of flight time. Let's talk about that camera first. It's the same sensor as the Phantom 4, which means 4K video at 30fps, 1080p at 96fps, and 12 megapixel stills captured in RAW. It can also livestream video at 1080p resolution from a max range of 4.3 miles away, which is pretty crazy (and probably quite illegal, given current laws in the US that require keeping the drone within line-of-sight when flying). To help more novice pilots, the drone features DJI's usual suite of pilot assists. There's automatic takeoff and landing, auto return to home, and sensors on the front that should help you avoid obstacles. (They're not foolproof, though.) For the first time, DJI has also introduced gesture control. According to the company, you'll be able to give basic commands like "take a selfie" by waving your arms in front of it. The controller has also been redesigned to be much smaller. There's still two joysticks for flying, but the bulk of the controls has been reduced, and there's now a more streamlined place to snap your smartphone in to act as a viewfinder. All in all, DJI is selling all the capabilities of a prosumer drone in a tiny package costing less than $1000. The comparisons to GoPro's new Karma drone -- which also costs $1000, when bundled with a camera -- are obvious. We'll have to wait for October, when both drones launch to the public, to see which one is the winner.
  • The real winner of last night's debate? The memes (The 3:59, Ep. 113) (2016-09-27 13:06:28)
    Also: rumors of Google combining its Android and Chrome OSes, and when is Google's real birthday?
  • What do you get when you add AI to an egg timer? (2016-09-27 12:55:09)
    The HelloEgg is a voice-activated kitchen assistant from RnD64 that looks to combine the functionality of an Amazon Echo and an egg timer in a single device. The device, which looks like a sleek, black egg timer, uses a hidden display to display things like timers and a somewhere-between-creepy-and-adorable blinking eye that’s meant to add some personality to the HelloEgg's AI assistant.
  • Google fights router hackers with OnHub security (2016-09-27 12:51:12)
    OnHub's real-world experience has helped Google learn to dodge common security flaws. That's welcome news in a world of easily hacked routers.
  • How two network comedies about death teach us to live a better life (2016-09-27 12:46:14)
    It’s a half-hour network comedy chronicling the afterlife of a reprehensible young woman named Eleanor (Kristen Bell). Killed in a humiliating vehicular accident (described, not shown), Eleanor is incorrectly sent to the show’s version of heaven — a utopian neighborhood so selective, Florence Nightingale didn’t make the cut. Eleanor was no Nightingale.
  • 'The Tick,' two other originals greenlit for Amazon Prime in 2017 (2016-09-27 12:46:03)
    A big blue superhero, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and a romance called "I Love Dick" will round out Amazon's original offerings next year.
  • This is why you can’t buy a Jet Black iPhone 7 right now (2016-09-27 12:43:14)
    The Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the most popular new iPhones this year — but that doesn’t mean you’ll get yours anytime soon. Apparently, the Jet Black color isn’t the easiest to manufacture, and Apple has run into various production problems that still haven't completely been ironed out. DON’T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Well-connected Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors obtained by Business Insider that mass-producing large quantities of Jet Black iPhones is still problematic for iPhone. The Jet Black iPhone model suffers “from a low casing production yield rate of 60-70%” according to Kuo. That means suppliers are producing a lot of metal shells that don’t meet Apple’s quality standards. It’s not clear what the problems are, but it’s certainly not surprising to hear that Jet Black iPhones are harder to make than any other color. The analyst also pointed out a second factor affecting Jet Black iPhone availability: Jet Black is the most popular choice for consumers. A preorder survey conducted by the firm showed that Jet Black iPhones accounted for 30-35% of preorders worldwide. In China alone, almost 50% of iPhones 7 preorders were Jet Black. "The survey offers an insight into iPhone buyers’ tendency to choose models that are aesthetically different from the 6S. Popularity of the Jet Black version indicates that consumers prefer an alternative to the traditional metal finish," Kuo wrote. The survey also showed that 50% of preorders went to the iPhone 7 Plus. Overall, Kuo believes that Apple will sell fewer iPhone 7 models in 2016 than iPhone 6s units in 2015. The analyst said Apple could sell 70 million to 75 million iPhone 7 units this year, up from his previous estimate of 65 million units.
  • IObit Applock: An app locker Android users can count on (2016-09-27 12:32:47)
    IObit Applock is the Android app locker you've been looking for. Follow the steps for installing and using this well-designed security tool.
  • Honeywell is introducing another HomeKit-compatible smart thermostat (2016-09-27 12:19:58)
    Honeywell introduced a new version of its Lyric smart thermostat at CES this year, and less than a year later it’s already bringing us another iteration. The new Lyric T5 Wi-Fi thermostat is similar to its CES brethren in that it’s controlled through Honeywell’s Lyric app, is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit and Amazon's Alexa, can use your phone to set up a geofence, and will send you notifications when there are changes in humidity or temperature. The T5 will cost $149 when it’s released in October, which is about $50 cheaper than the most recent Lyric smart thermostat.
  • UberEats expands to new international markets (2016-09-27 11:57:42)
    The food delivery service will bring goodies to your door in dozens of new cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
  • ‘Safe’ Galaxy Note 7 explodes, burning owner (and Samsung) (2016-09-27 11:52:42)
    Samsung is doing well at recalling and replacing millions of potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 devices, but that recall could all be for nothing. According to a report, a theoretically safe Note 7, bought over the weekend in China, burst into flames and injured the owner. That's not good. Bloomberg Quint   spoke to a Chinese man, 25-year-old Hui Renjie, who had a Note 7 delivered from an online retailer over the weekend. But according to Renjie, the device exploded on Monday morning, damaging his MacBook and burning two of his fingers. DON'T MISS:  The 26 funniest Twitter reactions to Trump and Clinton’s first Presidential debate The report says that Renjie bought the device from online retailer But just 24 hours after it was delivered, the phone burst into flames. "The incident caused minor injuries to two of his fingers and burned his Apple Inc. MacBook," reports  Bloomberg . "A Samsung representative visited him soon afterward and asked to take away the phone, he said, but he declined the offer because he doesn’t trust the company to reveal the reason for the fire, and plans to publicize the issue." Whatever the cause behind the fire, it's not good news for Samsung. But the severity of the problem really depends on whether this was a newly-manufactured device, or an old explosive Note 7 that was never removed from the supply chain. If it's just a screw-up of the recall process, that's one thing. It's still not a good thing! But, it means this is the fault of a few lone employees, rather than a bigger design problem. The more sinister news for Samsung will come if this was a newly-manufactured Note. If that proves to be the case, and the problem is not just a one-off, it could lead to a second round of recalls. Given how thin customer loyalty is in the first, place, a second recall would be the end for the Note 7 line. That's bad news for Samsung, which has worked hard to pull off a recall in record time. “Just over three weeks ago, Samsung committed to a global replacement program for the Galaxy Note7. Last week, that program began for the majority of markets and the progress is encouraging” said Samsung’s mobile boss DJ Koh. “Our focus now is to make sure that all affected devices are replaced as quickly and efficiently as possible.” In an update, Samsung shared the following three data points: Around 90 percent of Galaxy Note7 users have been choosing a new Galaxy Note7 since products became widely available. More than 60 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 phones sold in the U.S. and Korea have been exchanged through the program. In Singapore, more than 80 percent of customers have participated in the exchange program, which started on September 17. But all the impressive recall stats in the world don't mean anything if the replacement devices are still combustible. Samsung told  Bloomberg   that "we are currently contacting the customer and will conduct a thorough examination of the device in question once we receive it." It's going to be a nervous few days for everyone at Samsung HQ.
  • Order books are open for the Mazda MX-5 RF Launch Edition (2016-09-27 11:52:37)
    Only 1,000 examples will be built, and all you need right now is a refundable $500 deposit.
  • Senators accuse Yahoo of 'unacceptable' delay in hack discovery (2016-09-27 11:48:49)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six Democratic U.S. senators on Tuesday said it was "unacceptable" that Yahoo only last week announced a 2014 hack into 500 million user accounts and asked embattled CEO Marissa Mayer for more information about the company's investigation into the data breach. "That means millions of Americans’ data may have been compromised for two years," the senators wrote in a joint letter addressed to Mayer. "This is unacceptable." Yahoo did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the letter.
  • DJI's new Mavic Pro drone folds up and fits in the palm of your hand (2016-09-27 11:37:43)
    Over the last year, the clearest trend in the drone industry has been a move toward units that are smaller and more portable. Yuneec introduced a drone with foldable arms, and last week GoPro did the same. During its presentation for the new Karma drone, GoPro repeatedly emphasized how easy the unit was to slip into a backpack and bring anywhere.
  • iPhone 7 Plus vs. DSLR: Is Apple’s new portrait mode as impressive as it seems? (2016-09-27 11:25:16)
    When Apple unveiled its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus earlier this month at its bug press conference in San Francisco, it was immediately clear that the larger iPhone 7 Plus model is the star of the show this year. Both new phones are impressive, of that there is little doubt. But the bigger iPhone packs a class-leading new dual camera setup that is arguably the best smartphone camera the world has ever seen. Among the new features shown off by Apple was a "portrait mode" setting that creates a "bokeh" effect on photos similar to what you might see in photos captured by a DSLR. In fact, Apple has mentioned DSLR cameras a few times when discussing the new iPhone 7 Plus camera. Is it fair to mention Apple's new dual lens camera system in the same breath as a DSLR, or is Apple just overhyping its latest iPhone? It's time to find out. DON'T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company First of all, let's briefly recap the nifty new tech Apple used in its iPhone 7 Plus camera. In a nutshell, the phone includes a standard 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and a second 56mm telephoto camera positioned right next to it. This accomplishes two main things: first, the user can tap a zoom button to switch to the telephoto lens as the primary camera, which effectively provides 2x optical zoom on a smartphone camera. That in itself is pretty awesome, but Apple's upcoming iOS 10.1 update also includes a new feature called portrait mode. Portrait mode allows the user to capture a photo that uses the wide-angle lens as the primary lens, but also integrates depth data from the secondary telephoto lens to keep the subject in focus while blurring the background. The resulting photo features the appearance of a photo that was captured by a DSLR camera. The question is, does the quality of these portrait mode photos actually approach DSLR quality or is this just a gimmick? The answer, it would appear, lies somewhere in the middle. Portrait mode is hardly just a gimmick, but the quality of photos captured by the iPhone 7 Plus doesn't really compare to the quality of photos taken on a DSLR camera. Reddit user "xenonsupra" posted a comparison shot that does a good job of illustrating the differences in a single pair of pictures. Here's a shot captured by the iPhone 7 Plus with portrait mode (beta) enabled: And here's the same shot from a Nikon D800: The difference is significant — check out both full-size images at this link . There's no question that the photo from the 7 Plus is impressive, but there's simply no way to achieve DSLR levels of clarity, color reproduction and light in a tiny little smartphone camera module. The iPhone 7 Plus gets closer than any phone camera has before it, but the technology still isn't quite there. Want to see a more extensive comparison? Check out the showdown posted last week by iMore .
  • Ride-hailing company Careem says profitability in sight (2016-09-27 11:23:13)
    By Tom Arnold DUBAI (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Careem is targeting profitability next year or in 2018 and is in talks with potential investors about its latest fundraising plans, co-founder Mudassir Sheikha told Reuters on Tuesday. The company, which has a larger market share than rival Uber [UBER.UL] in most of the 32 cities in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region in which it operates, aims to expand in new markets including Oman and a number of North African countries, managing director Mudassir Sheikha said. Launched in Dubai in 2012 by Sheikha and fellow McKinsey & Co alumni Magnus Olsson, Careem has a fleet of 90,000-plus drivers and more than four million users registered through its mobile app but has yet to make a profit.
  • Audi recalls 2017 Q7 for seats that may move during collisions (2016-09-27 11:18:17)
    Seats that move under load violate US federal safety standards, as one could reasonably assume.
  • The manipulative gimmick of adding real people to fictional movies (2016-09-27 11:15:07)
    Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe is a charming film based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenage prodigy whose chess skills got her out of the Ugandan slum where she grew up. One by one, they walk out to stand next to the actors who play them, interacting in telling ways: Mutesi and actress Madina Nalwanga hug each other, while Mutesi's chess coach (Robert Katende) and the film's version of his character (David Olweyo) both give the camera the same solemn stare-down. Usually, films based in reality end with a text crawl adding some closure to a story, and with some kind of footage or archive photos of the real people portrayed in the movie. Deepwater Horizon is a classic example: it ends with a photo montage of the real people who died in the oil rig explosion depicted in the movie.
  • BMW partners with the Andretti Formula E team (2016-09-27 11:06:36)
    After months of rumors, BMW has officially confirmed that it is partnering with the Andretti Formula E team. The German car manufacturer made the announcement earlier today as part of a larger restructuring of its motorsports program. The partnership will last for two seasons, and at the end of it BMW says it will evaluate the possibility of fully running its own team in the all-electric racing series.
  • Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall makes progress in key markets (2016-09-27 11:04:33)
    Less than a month into a global recall spurred by a battery flaw, Samsung says it has recovered 60 percent of the faulty devices in the US and South Korea.
  • The internet really, really wants you to register to vote (2016-09-27 11:01:55)
    National Voter Registration Day has taken over the web, with the internet's most popular sites pushing to get out the vote.
  • Ex-Verizon worker pleads guilty to selling private data (2016-09-27 11:00:47)
    From phone records to location data, a former Verizon employee used the company's computers to sell protected information.
  • Razer’s new DeathAdder Elite is an exceptionally sensitive gaming mouse (2016-09-27 11:00:04)
    Add those together and you get the DeathAdder Elite, which Razer claims is the "fastest, most sensitive and most accurate gaming mouse available today." Tall claims! There are already a few computer mice in existence with 16,000 DPI (dots per inch, a measure of the fine-grained movements the mouse can detect) optical sensors, but Razer has also boosted the IPS (inches per second, how far you can move in a second without the mouse "skipping") to 450, and the mouse also can handle a 50G acceleration.
  • Kano’s latest DIY tech kits let you assemble your own camera and speaker (2016-09-27 11:00:03)
    DIY computer-maker Kano is moving into the internet of things. The British startup has announced a new Kickstarter campaign for a trio of gadgets designed to let children (and adults) build their own speakers, cameras, and pixelated LED displays. "The original Kano in 2013 was all about making your own computer, coding your own art, apps, and games," Alex Klein, Kano’s CEO and co-founder, tells The Verge.
  • Yahoo hack: It's not just Verizon. AT&T should be worried too (2016-09-27 10:58:45)
    Many AT&T customers use Yahoo accounts to manage their services and could be at risk.
  • Let’s hope Samsung’s Galaxy S8 isn’t as crazy as it sounds in this leak (2016-09-27 10:58:21)
    Samsung isn't done dealing with the aftermath of the massive Galaxy Note 7 recall, but the first Galaxy S8 rumors have started to emerge. Some even say that Samsung will be forced to launch the new Galaxy S earlier than expected just to make up for lost Galaxy Note 7 sales. A wild rumor from China now suggests that the Galaxy S8 will have specs that sound too good to be true... and we can only hope Samsung won’t actually make the phone described in this crazy leak next year. DON’T MISS:  This is the Google Pixel smartphone According to a Weibo leak , the Galaxy S8 will launch in April and will cost $850 outright. The phone will reportedly have a 5.2-inch 4K display, a 3.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB memory, dual micro SD card support, a 30-megapixel camera, a 9-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 4,200 mAh battery. The phone will also supposedly also feature Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0 glass, a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, wireless charging, rapid charging, and a built-in mini projector. Wow! All of that sounds quite amazing. But I don’t believe for a second that anybody is making such a phone, let alone Samsung. These are outrageous specs, and while they’d fit inside a phone, Samsung may run into battery problems. Cramming more demanding components inside a thin device while also increasing the battery size doesn’t sound like something Samsung can do right now. Just look at the Galaxy Note 7’s rushed production and the unprecedented recall that followed. That 4,200 mAh battery claim alone is worrisome. This is just one of the many Galaxy S8 rumors that we'll see in the coming weeks. The closer we get to the Galaxy S8 launch, the more we’ll know about the phone.
  • Facebook to appeal German order on WhatsApp data (2016-09-27 10:45:40)
    Facebook said it would appeal against an order by a German privacy regulator on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all data that has already been forwarded to it. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said Facebook was infringing data protection law and had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp's 35 million users in Germany. "After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured that data will not be shared between them," commissioner Johannes Caspar said in a statement.
  • The fallout from the Trump and Clinton debate: Who won? (2016-09-27 10:45:03)
    Social Cues: Twitter and Facebook users have lots to say about Monday night's political showdown.
  • Samsung recovers around 60 percent of recalled Note 7s in South Korea, U.S., Europe (2016-09-27 10:40:23)
    Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday it has got back around 60 percent of recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea, the United States and Europe, suggesting it is making progress in its attempts to recover from the crisis. In a statement, Samsung said it was focused on replacing all affected devices "as quickly and efficiently" as possible and reiterated its request that customers affected by the current recall should power off their device and turn them in. Samsung hopes to take the faulty products off the market as soon as possible in order to limit further damage to its reputation and resume sales of the flagship device ahead of the key holiday shopping season in major markets such as the United States.
  • One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company (2016-09-27 10:33:15)
    Xiaomi is a name that smartphone users in the United States likely aren't very familiar with. The company makes stunning Android phones that feature flagship power and specs, and it sells them at shockingly low prices. Why haven't you ever seen one of Xiaomi's phones in the US? Because the company built a multi-billion dollar smartphone business based on shamelessly copying everything Apple does, so it would likely be sued into oblivion if it had tried to sell its phones in the US market. One time, Xiaomi even had an executive in a black mock turtleneck and jeans unveil a new smartphone at a press conference. No, seriously. Outside the US, Xiaomi just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone. It looks like it will instantly become a smash hit when it's released, featuring a sleek design and killer specs. But the most interesting thing about the new Xiaomi Mi 5s may very well be the fact that it touts one of the hottest new features expected to come to next year's new iPhone 8. MUST SEE:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Xiaomi just unveiled two new smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus. See, we told you the company copies everything Apple does. Both new phones feature an all-metal body and they sport similar designs. As you might have guessing from the fact that the company stole Apple's naming convention, the Mi 5s Plus is the larger of the two phones and it sports a bigger screen as well as a bigger battery. And guess what... it also has a dual-lens camera. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Other specs include a Snapdragon 821 chipset, a 5.2-inch 1080p display (with Force Touch support, of course), a 3,200 mAh battery, up to 128GB of UFS 2.0 storage and up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The real start of the show isn't something that's visible when you look at the new phone, however. Hiding under the display on the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus is a new under-glass ultrasonic fingerprint reader. This means that the phone has a hidden fingerprint scanner that doesn't take up any room on the fact of the device, allowing the display to occupy as much space as possible. As you might recall, Apple is due to launch a completely redesigned "iPhone 8" next year that will include a number of exciting new features. Among them, Apple is expected to ditch the home button and integrate its Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the display. By doing this, Apple will finally be able to build a smaller phone without cutting down on screen size, because there will be less wasted space around the display. Apple's capacitive home button on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is believed to be a stopgap solution that will get people used to the idea of not having a physical home button. Of course, we still have a year to go before Apple's next-generation iPhones are released. In the meantime, Xiaomi's new Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will be made available for preorder in China beginning September 29th, and they'll start at about $300 and $345, respectively. You can learn more about them on Xiaomi's website .
  • The Tick and I Love Dick get series orders at Amazon (2016-09-27 10:17:13)
    Amazon has picked up three of its new pilots to series. The Tick, I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson will all get a first season on Amazon Prime Video, Deadline reports. Based on the book by Chris Kraus, I Love Dick follows Chris (Kathryn Hahn) and Sylvere (Griffin Dunne) as they take up an artist residency in Marfa, Texas.
  • Enterprise IoT deployment creates a target-rich environment for criminals (2016-09-27 10:16:00)
    Every company involved in IoT knows the systems are insecure--including Microsoft. It is working on platform solutions, but developers have to make a commitment to proactive security.
  • Automakers band together with phone tech companies, form 5G Automotive Association (2016-09-27 10:06:37)
    The goal is to standardize and accelerate development of in-car 5G connectivity.
  • Spotify's 'Discover Weekly' mixtapes get some kid brothers (2016-09-27 10:01:31)
    The streaming-music service launches Daily Mix, a handful of playlists meant to let you sit back and hear tunes Spotify already believes you like best.
  • XPrize founder Peter Diamandis shoots for the stars -- and beyond (2016-09-27 09:52:56)
    Diamandis believes his XPrize competition will help increase the average lifespan by 50 years and cure cancer by 2026.
  • Donald Trump still has no idea how to cyber (2016-09-27 09:43:47)
    This isn’t the first time we had to listen to Donald Trump talk about "the cyber." But you’d think he might have learned exactly what the word means or how to use it in a sentence before his first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton. After all, cyber is huge. Cyber is bound to come up. But no, Trump still can’t cyber correctly. DON’T MISS:  This is the Google Pixel smartphone Here’s Merriam-Webster’s definition of cyber: “of, relating to, or involving computers or computer networks (as the Internet).” It’s that easy. Now let’s see how Trump used “the cyber” in some of his answers, as taken from Vox ’s transcript of the show. “Our next segment is called securing America,” Moderator Lester Holt said igniting the debate around cyber. “We want to start with a 21st century war happening every day in this country, our institutions are under cyber attack, and our secrets are being stolen. So my question is who's behind it and how do we fight it?” Here are some of Trump’s quotes about the cyber, emphasis ours: Look at the mess that we're in. Look at the mess that we're in. As far as the cyber , I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said, we should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we're not. I don't know if we know it was Russia who broke into the DNC. And I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what ISIS is doing with the internet, they're beating us at our own game. ISIS. So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a, it is a huge problem. I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it's hardly do-able. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing, but that's true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester and certainly cyber is one of them. Don't worry, there's always next time.
  • UberEats expands its reach to new international markets (2016-09-27 09:36:19)
    The food delivery service will bring goodies to your door in dozens of new cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
  • The Waylens Horizon is like a GoPro for your car’s dashboard (2016-09-27 09:35:36)
    Horizon, a $499 combination dash / action camera from a startup called Waylens, is a decidedly niche product. People who want a high-quality mobile camera will probably be better off with something that has an ecosystem behind it, like a GoPro or a Sony Action Cam, for example. It uses a 1/1.8-inch Sony sensor — which is bigger than the 1/2.3-inch version found in GoPro’s Hero 5 Black — as well as an Ambarella processor.
  • Uber launches global assault on food delivery market (2016-09-27 09:34:31)
    By Eric Auchard AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Uber is making an aggressive drive into meal delivery, backed by a wave of staff recruitment, with the U.S. tech heavyweight gearing up to enter at least 22 new countries and take on local rivals. In a measure of rising ambition beyond its taxi business, Uber [UBER.UL] will begin delivering meals in Amsterdam on Thursday just as Dutch market leader , begins trading on the city's stock market.
  • Hundreds of thousands of potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7s are still out there (2016-09-27 09:18:39)
    Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 was the most impressive smartphone the world had ever seen when it was first released over the summer. The phone featured a sleek design, a stunning display and more power than we had ever seen before in an Android smartphone. When we reviewed the Galaxy Note 7  back in mid-August, we called it the best phablet the world had ever seen, hands down, iPhones included. Then, phones began to explode. BGR was among the first to cover news that a Note 7 handset had combusted while a user was charging the phone, and at the time, some people dismissed the incident as a fluke. When reports of similar explosions began popping up, however, Samsung had no choice but to issue a global recall. Now, in an update, Samsung has reported that the recall is progressing but there are still hundreds of thousands of potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 handsets in the hands of users. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone In an update published on Tuesday , Samsung shared some key notes about the progress it's making in the global Galaxy Note 7 recall that was issued earlier this month on September 2nd. “Just over three weeks ago, Samsung committed to a global replacement program for the Galaxy Note7. Last week, that program began for the majority of markets and the progress is encouraging” said Samsung's mobile boss DJ Koh. “Our focus now is to make sure that all affected devices are replaced as quickly and efficiently as possible.” In its update, Samsung shared the following three data points: Around 90 percent of Galaxy Note7 users have been choosing a new Galaxy Note7 since products became widely available. More than 60 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 phones sold in the U.S. and Korea have been exchanged through the program. In Singapore, more than 80 percent of customers have participated in the exchange program, which started on September 17. Those numbers indeed show impressive progress in the three weeks since the Note 7 was formally recalled, but they also highlight a potentially serious problem: Either people aren't moving fast enough, or Samsung isn't doing a good enough job of informing users of the recall. For example, Samsung said that 60% of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 handsets sold in the US and South Korea have been returned or exchanged so far. Considering 1 million Galaxy Note 7 phones were sold in the US alone , that means there are still hundreds of thousands of recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices being used by consumers. Exploding Note 7 phones have destroyed cars and even burned down one family's house , so it's of the utmost importance that you return your recalled Note 7 if it's still in your possession. You'll find everything you need to know about how to trade in your Galaxy Note 7 for an update model or a refund in this post .
  • Xiaomi's new Mi 5s flagship comes with an ultrasonic fingerprint reader (2016-09-27 09:05:34)
    Chinese phonemaker Xiaomi has unveiled its new Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus handsets, successors to this year's Mi 5. The devices offer mostly expected updates, including an improved camera and faster processor, but there is one particularly interesting touch — a new ultrasonic fingerprint reader built under the glass at the bottom of the phones. This, says Xiaomi, means the Mi 5s and its larger sibling can boast "seamless, button-free design." This is a bit misleading, considering that the 5s still has a concave indentation that looks like a button and is also the only place you can use the fingerprint reader.
  • Yahoo hack: It's not just Verizon; AT&T should be worried too (2016-09-27 09:00:46)
    Many AT&T customers use Yahoo accounts to manage their services and could be at risk.
  • Spotify will now serve up a daily selection of personalized playlists (2016-09-27 09:00:43)
    Today Spotify is introducing a new feature, Daily Mix, that offers up a platter of playlists tailored for each individual user, and which updates every 24 hours. It uses the same basic approach as Discover Weekly, selecting songs based on your listening habits. "But that’s where the similarities end," said Matt Ogle, who helps lead development of music discovery and personalization at Spotify.
  • Elon Musk has a lot to prove at today’s Mars colonization announcement (2016-09-27 09:00:03)
    Elon Musk will present the world with SpaceX’s plans for Mars colonization today in Guadalajara, Mexico — what should be the victorious presentation of a dream project. There's one agency Musk needs to win over, and it already has its own Mars plans Ambitious space projects are glamorous, but this event isn’t really for you and me. If Musk doesn’t announce financial backing, it means the presentation is meant to convince someone — probably NASA — to fund him.
  • Wink launches a more powerful smart home hub (2016-09-27 09:00:03)
    Wink is launching a second generation of its smart home hub, which it’s simply calling the Wink Hub 2.The new hub ditches its predecessor’s shiny nondescript-networking-equipment look for a nicer, squared-off matte white body. It still only looks like a router, but that’s basically what it is for smart devices.Internally, it doesn’t sound like the Wink Hub is changing a lot. ...
  • On its 18th birthday, Google is more indispensable than ever (2016-09-27 08:33:47)
    In its 18 years of existence, Google has grown from the world’s favorite search engine to the world’s favorite web browser, maps service, email client, mobile operating system, and online video depository. A billion people around the world now use each of Google’s marquee services: Chrome, Google Maps, Gmail, Android, and YouTube. According to Google’s numbers, that’s nearly a third of the global online population, and YouTube reaches more people between the ages of 18 and 49 than any US cable network.
  • Clinton-Trump debate #1: What the data from social media tells us (2016-09-27 08:27:00)
    As the two candidates sparred over the issues in the first of three planned debates, social media provided insights into the public perception of the dialogue.
  • YouTube reveal the launch of new app YouTube Go (2016-09-27 08:26:24)
    Making the announcement on their official blog, the video service announced that the new YouTube go would allow viewers, particularly those in India, to watch videos with slower connections. After visiting India and seeing the problems users had with a 2G connection, the video-sharing service realized that the next generation needed a whole new YouTube mobile app to make the most of the service. YouTube Go also uses less data, making it more affordable and yet still faster.
  • The fastest a human can bicycle is now 89.59 mph (2016-09-27 08:10:05)
    Just so long as they're riding AeroVelo's weird-looking, record-breaking Eta bike.
  • Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo (2016-09-27 08:07:54)
    LONDON (AP) — As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.
  • Rise of the RoboMasters (2016-09-27 08:00:26)
    The lights dimmed inside the Shenzhen Bay Sports Stadium as the countdown to the match began. “Wu, si, san, er, yi!” A chime sounded and two teams of robots sprang into action across an intricately constructed battlefield. In the stands, thousands of fans cheered, and groups of small children beat red and blue balloons together, producing a percussive roar. Rise of the RoboMasters
  • Elon Musk’s Mars colonization announcement: start time, live blog, and streaming (2016-09-27 08:00:12)
    Today, Elon Musk will finally tell the world how he wants to colonize Mars — an ambition of his that has served as the foundation for essentially all of his commercial spaceflight endeavors. The event is scheduled for 2:30PM ET, and will hopefully provide more insight into Musk’s colonization plans, which have been something of a mystery up until now. SpaceX just conducted its first full-scale test of the Raptor engine, which is expected to be about as powerful as one of the main engines that powered the Space Shuttle.
  • UberEats to expand in eight more cities, many more planned (2016-09-27 07:56:13)
    By Eric Auchard AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] is making a broad international push into takeaway meal deliveries, backed by a big staff recruitment and marketing campaign as it prepares to take on local rivals in dozens of countries. Showing its ambition to expand well beyond the core online taxi-hailing business, Uber announced on Tuesday the launch later this week of its UberEats meal delivery app service in Amsterdam, just as [IPO-TAAY.AS] , the local market leader in the Netherlands, is seeking a share listing. In addition, the company told reporters in Amsterdam that it will open the service in Brussels and Stockholm and a "few more" undisclosed cities before the end of the year.
  • YouTube Go is the offline YouTube app you’ve been waiting for (and you still can’t have it) (2016-09-27 07:45:18)
    Google's official YouTube apps for iOS and Android are always wildly popular, but people who pay attention to app store rankings regularly see third-party YouTube apps come and go on the top free app lists. The official YouTube apps are so well-designed and they pack all the great features Google wants YouTube users to have, so why are Android and iOS users so interested in third-party apps? Simply put, people want the ability to save videos for offline playback, and Google's official YouTube apps don't support this key feature. With a new app from Google called YouTube Go, Google has finally added this great capability. But there's just one teeny, tiny problem: You can't have it. DON'T MISS:  10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone During a press conference in Delhi where the company unveiled several new products for the Indian market, Google took the wraps off of its new app YouTube Go. As you might have surmised, the app is aimed squarely at the mobile market in India, where Google is among a number of companies looking to take advantage of the emerging mobile market in the country. India is one of many countries where low- and no-income mobile users are constantly on the lookout for tools that will help them get the most of their smartphones while using the least amount of data possible. With that in mind, it's easy to see why Google would roll out its new YouTube Go app with offline video viewing capabilities in India first. "YouTube Go is a brand new app to help the next generation of users share and enjoy videos," YouTube VP Johanna Wright said. "YouTube Go was designed and built from the ground up with insights from India, in order to bring the power of video to mobile users in a way that is more conscious of their data and connectivity, while still being locally relevant and social." In addition to offline viewing capabilities, YouTube Go will support other data-friendly features such as video quality controls, previews and even a new sharing feature that will let users transfer videos directly from one phone to another without the need for a cellular data connection. Users in India can sign up to test YouTube Go at this link , though Google has not yet announced when the app will be released. Google CEO Sundar Pichai did suggest that the app will eventually make its way to markets outside of India, though he didn't give any sort of timeline.
  • Dash Radio launches a filter that lets you toggle between clean and explicit music (2016-09-27 07:45:10)
    To remedy that issue, Dash Radio has developed a new filter that will let you switch between explicit and clean music in real-time, the first of its kind. The new filter solves a pain point for parents with young kids (or rebellious teens with "lame parents") in the car that has existed for years. "It’s been a complaint we’ve gotten since day one," DJ Skee, the founder and CEO of Dash Radio told The Verge.
  • Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook (2016-09-27 07:36:17)
    German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns. Facebook and WhatsApp promised in the wake of the Silicon Valley giant's 2014 acquisition of the messaging app that they would not share data, Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar said in a statement. "It has to be (the users') decision whether they want to connect their account with Facebook," Caspar said.
  • First Click: Night mode is the greatest (2016-09-27 07:30:09)
    Not one of them has felt like it's overwhelmed or in any way spoiled the image of what I'm seeing — night shift only warms up the hues, it doesn't detract from the screen's sharpness. More than 60 percent of defective Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in the United States and South Korea have now been returned and exchanged for new models, Samsung has claimed.
  • German regulator orders Facebook to delete WhatsApp user data (2016-09-27 07:08:24)
    A German privacy regulator ordered Facebook on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all data that has already been forwarded to it. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said Facebook was infringing data protection law and had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp's 35 million users in Germany. "After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured that data will not be shared between them," commissioner Johannes Caspar said in a statement.
  • Hate standing in line? Japan now has self-driving chairs (2016-09-27 07:04:28)
    Tokyo (AFP) - Hate standing in line at your favourite restaurant? Japanese carmaker Nissan claims to have just the thing for those sore legs.
  • How Red Hat is making money on the public cloud with a hybrid approach (2016-09-27 07:00:03)
    Red Hat offered up some surprising insight into its cloud business on its earnings call.
  • Microsoft and BAML team up on blockchain-based trade finance project (2016-09-27 06:54:44)
    Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have joined forces on a project to use blockchain technology to make trade finance transactions faster, cheaper, safer and more transparent, the companies said on Tuesday. The two multinationals said at the Sibos financial services conference in Geneva that they would build and test the technology and create a blockchain-based framework that could eventually be sold to other businesses. Blockchain works as an electronic record-keeping and transaction-processing system that allows all parties to track information through a secure network and requires no third-party verification.
  • German carmakers and technology firms form 5G telecoms association (2016-09-27 06:50:36)
    German car makers Audi, BMW and Daimler on Tuesday launched an alliance with mobile telecoms network equipment firms Ericsson , Huawei [HWT.UL], Intel , Nokia and Qualcomm to accelerate development of the infrastructure needed for self-driving cars. The new alliance, branded the 5G Automotive Association, will "develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration," the founders said in a statement. One of the aims of 5G, the technology standards for the next generation of much faster and more reliable mobile telecoms networks, is to enable a wide variety of devices to connect up and operate via the Internet - the "Internet of Things." Network equipment providers such as Ericsson and Nokia have said the 5G technology currently in development could be available for use as early as next year but mass-market upgrades to mobile networks are not expected until some time around 2020.
  • Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting data on WhatsApp users (2016-09-27 06:43:38)
    Facebook has been ordered to stop collecting and storing data on WhatsApp users in Germany, marking the first regulatory challenge to a controversial data-sharing scheme that the social media company announced in August. In a statement published Tuesday, Germany's privacy watchdog said that sharing WhatsApp user data with Facebook, the messaging app's parent company, constitutes "an infringement of national data protection law." The regulatory body also ordered Facebook to delete all data that has already been transferred from WhatsApp. Facebook's data-sharing scheme has been closely monitored by privacy groups across Europe.
  • Ultra-high definition the star of Photokina 2016 (2016-09-27 06:39:58)
    The new cameras and lenses presented at Photokina 2016 -- the biannual photography trade fair in Cologne, Germany -- showcased new technologies that once again push back the industry's limits, with 6k photos, 4k video, interchangeable viewfinders and 360-degree video. New products from camera-world heavyweights unveiled at Photokina 2016 include lenses from Leica and Canon's 5D Mark IV professional SLR and EOS M5 mirrorless camera, none of which proved particularly groundbreaking. The show's real sensations came from Panasonic -- whose GH5 films 4K video at 60 frames per second and takes photos in 6K mode, setting a new record -- and from Olympus, with its OM-D EM1 Mark II, shooting 60 photos per second in burst mode.
  • Germany orders end to Facebook/WhatsApp data sharing project (2016-09-27 06:32:00)
    German data protection authorities have ordered Facebook to delete data, such as phone numbers, it has received from its subsidiary WhatsApp. Facebook acquired the global messaging service two years ago ...
  • A Japanese song about pens and fruit is winning the internet (2016-09-27 06:20:14)
    Get familiar with the letters "PPAP" -- you'll probably see them a lot in the weeks ahead.
  • Sundar Pichai explains why Google is focusing hard on India (2016-09-27 06:00:12)
    Today is a big day for Google for two reasons. Secondly, and possibly more importantly, it just held a massive event in India where it unveiled a bunch of new products relevant to the country including YouTube Go, new versions of Chrome and the Play store, the Google Station public Wi-Fi initiative, Google Assistant in Hindi, and more. India is obviously a major opportunity for Google.
  • MLB’s app now delivers video highlights straight to your lock screen (2016-09-27 05:46:06)
    You might not have noticed, though, that some apps can even send you images and video this way, including MLB's At Bat. An update for the app released yesterday allows users to watch baseball highlights straight from the lock screen. Just 3D Touch a notification and the video will be accessible, although you do have to unlock the phone first.
  • MLB's app now delivers video highlights straight to your lock screen (2016-09-27 05:46:06)
    You might not have noticed, though, that some apps can even send you images and video this way, including MLB's At Bat. An update for the app released yesterday allows users to watch baseball highlights straight from the lock screen. Just 3D Touch a notification and the video will be accessible, although you do have to unlock the phone first.
  • Happy Birthday Google: the search engine celebrates 18 with a new doodle (2016-09-27 05:15:14)
    You might have noticed a new birthday doodle from Google Tuesday as the internet search engine turns 18. Designed by Gerben Steenks, one of the team's illustrators -- better known as doodlers at Google HQ -- Tuesday'ss logo celebrates the company's coming of age with the Google "G" blowing up a balloon which lifts it off into the sky.
  • Next gen Galaxy Note phones could use the S Pen as a speaker (2016-09-27 05:08:06)
    A new patent shows a design that'd have audio emitted by the S Pen or its enclosure, removing the need for a speaker grille.
  • McLaren's first electric car is for under-sixes only (2016-09-27 04:59:59)
    British carmaker McLaren has been talking about developing a pure electric vehicle for a while now, but we didn't realize the company's plans were so far advanced. Yesterday, the carmaker unveiled the all-electric P1TM: a £375 ($486) kid's car that boasts a top speed of 3mph and is "the most compact car yet to wear the McLaren badge." Now we can see where those rumors about Apple wanting to buy McLaren came from — this is some pretty impressive tech.
  • Drake's Views is the first album to hit 1 billion streams on Apple Music (2016-09-27 04:11:42)
    Drake's Views has become the first album to clock up 1 billion streams on Apple Music. This milestone is obviously good news for both Drake and Apple, with the latter originally negotiating Views as a five-day exclusive on Apple Music from April 29th.
  • Samsung says only 60 percent of Galaxy Note 7 phones have been replaced in US and Korea (2016-09-27 04:05:19)
    More than 60 percent of defective Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in the United States and South Korea have now been returned and exchanged for new models, Samsung has claimed. In other words, 40 percent of the dangerous devices are still in consumer hands, almost four weeks after Samsung issued a global recall on the Note 7. The new figures appear to show a slowdown in the number of successful exchanges in the United States.
  • Porsche shows off its courage with new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid (2016-09-27 03:56:36)
    Porsche is in London today with a sneak peek of its latest luxury saloon sports car, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, which is set for its full debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The Panamera line is, along with the Cayenne, often derided by purist Porsche fans for being too large and conscious of too many everyday practicalities to remain faithful to the German marque’s sports car pedigree.
  • Apple is reportedly working on a sleep tracker for the Apple Watch (2016-09-27 03:30:30)
    During the unveiling of the new Apple Watch, the iPhone-maker presented the wearable as primarily a fitness device. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is working on a number of new apps for its wearable, including one tracking users' sleep and another interpreting their general fitness based on heartbeat data. Both of these functionalities could be implemented on current Apple Watch hardware (which can already track wearers' motion and heart rate, but doesn't interpret this information).
  • The fastest a human can go is now 89.59 mph (2016-09-27 03:07:46)
    Just so long as they're riding AeroVelo's weird-looking, record-breaking Eta bike.
  • YouTube Go is a new app for offline viewing and sharing (2016-09-27 03:01:16)
    Google has announced YouTube Go, a new app designed to broaden the accessibility of the behemoth video-sharing service. Designed and developed with Indian users in mind, who will be able to test the app first before a broader rollout, YouTube Go is intended to work more effectively in areas where connectivity is more limited. YouTube Go allows users to save videos for offline viewing, giving options over quality and file size so it's clear how much data a download will use.
  • OnePlus and O2 agree on exclusive partnership in the UK (2016-09-27 03:00:03)
    Other than Apple and Samsung, no phone maker has stirred as much attention and excitement as the young OnePlus. Established as an offshoot of Oppo at the end of 2013, OnePlus began life as a direct-to-consumer online retailer with the immodest product tagline of "flagship killer" for its initial OnePlus One and 2 devices. Now a little wiser and older, the company has reined in its marketing and it’s starting to diversify its mode of distribution, announcing today an exclusive partnership with O2 in the UK.
  • Samsung recovers over 60 percent of recalled Note 7s in South Korea, U.S. (2016-09-27 02:49:46)
    Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday it has got back more than 60 percent of recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea and the United States, suggesting it is making progress in its attempts to recover from the crisis. In a statement, Samsung said it was focused on replacing all affected devices "as quickly and efficiently" as possible and reiterated its request that customers affected by the current recall should power off their device and turn them in. The world's top smartphone maker announced on Sept. 2 a global recall of at least 2.5 million Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets due to faulty batteries causing some phones to catch fire.
  • Google launches service to take internet to India malls, cafes (2016-09-27 02:43:24)
    Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, said on Tuesday it launched Google Station in India, a service that aims to deepen its reach across the country, as the search giant seeks to bring more people on to its Google platform. Under the service, Google will roll-out Wi-Fi hot spots in places frequented by a large number of people, such as malls and transit stations, and in social hangout locations such as cafes and universities, the company said on Tuesday. "The goal is to give people many hot spots within a few minutes walk from their home, university, or workplace, unified by a simple login process that works across all of them," Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users at Google was quoted as saying in the statement.
  • Google Assistant is learning a second language with upcoming Hindi support (2016-09-27 02:42:29)
    Google Assistant, the company's voice-controlled AI tool, got its first public release to the English-speaking world last week inside the new messaging app Allo. Today Google is announcing the second language it'll work with: Hindi, the fourth most-spoken first language in the world and one of India's official languages. Google's other new communications effort, the video-calling app Duo, has seen "amazing uptake" in India, according to VP for the next billion users Caesar Sengupta, who tells The Verge that it's well-optimized for the country's 2G and 3G networks.
  • Google Station is a new platform that aims to make public Wi-Fi better (2016-09-27 02:27:01)
    Google has announced a new public Wi-Fi initiative called Google Station, promising “fast Wi-Fi for everyone.” The platform is an extension of work done in India providing Wi-Fi to millions of users at train stations in partnership with RailTel and Indian Railways, and Google wants to make similar arrangements around the world. Google Station sees the company attempt to expand those partnerships to just about anywhere you can think of — cafes, malls, phone carriers, and so on will be able to work with Google to set up high-quality, secure, easily accessible Wi-Fi with minimal trouble. Caesar Sengupta, VP for Google’s next billion users, tells The Verge that about 15,000 people in India get online for the first time with the company’s railway Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Robotic tumbleweeds will explore the galaxy for us (2016-09-27 02:25:24)
    Because what would a frontier be like without 'em?
  • Chrome for Android will let you download entire web pages and use less data for video (2016-09-27 02:23:31)
    Google is making a lot of India-focused announcements today, many of them centered around improving services' functionality in areas where data connectivity is poor. Chrome and Google Play are getting some new features designed to solve that problem, and they're likely to be just as useful to many users in countries like the US. Chrome's Data Saver mode will soon be able to compress video, meaning that MP4 files will use up to 67 percent less data.
  • Mary J. Blige will interview Hillary Clinton in potentially awkward Apple Music show (2016-09-27 02:10:22)
    Hillary Clinton will appear alongside singer Mary J. Blige on a new show for Apple Music, the streaming service announced tonight. The show is called The 411 — presumably a reference to Blige's debut album "What's the 411?" — and promises to show both Blige and Clinton "as you've never seen them before" when it arrives on September 30th. Apple Music announced the show on Twitter with a bizarre clip that features Blige singing directly at the Democratic presidential candidate.
  • Data mined from social media a prize in Clinton-Trump debate (2016-09-27 02:02:17)
    Social media responds as the two candidates spar over the issues in the first of three planned debates.
  • Samsung says recovered over 60 percent of recalled Note 7s in South Korea, U.S. (2016-09-27 01:53:14)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it has recovered more than 60 percent of all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea and the United States that have been recalled. In a statement, Samsung said it was focused on replacing all affected devices "as quickly and efficiently" as possible and reiterated its request that customers affected by the current recall should power off their device and turn them in. The South Korean firm announced on Sept. 2 a global recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets due to faulty batteries causing some phones to catch fire.
  • ​Más pruebas confirman existencia del BlackBerry DTEK60 con Android (2016-09-27 01:13:40)
    El tercer teléfono de la compañía canadiense con el sistema operativo de Google ahora aparece en las certificaciones de uso de la FCC en EE.UU.
  • APNewsBreak: Firm hopes to be 1st with skill-based slots (2016-09-27 01:09:26)
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New York firm hopes to be the first in the world to install skill-based slot machines on casino floors in which the main determining factor in how much a player can win is his or her ability to play the game.
  • Trumped-up sniffles and other presidential debate memes (2016-09-27 00:37:23)
    During what was expected to be the most watched debate ever, a case of the sniffles and alternate candidates ranging from berries to quarterbacks dominated the discussion online.
  • Lester Holt gets social media sympathy, sarcasm as debate moderator (2016-09-26 23:37:51)
    Journalist Lester Holt let the presidential candidates have their say in Monday's debate, and social media had its say about Holt's moderation as well.
  • Trump's debate sniffles spark Twitter parody accounts (2016-09-26 23:35:11)
    Need a tissue? Monday's presidential-candidate slugfest brought out the social-media satire.
  • No, Trump didn't delete global-warming tweet during debate (2016-09-26 23:23:05)
    Twitter goes aflutter with an accusation the candidate was deleting damning tweets during the debate. Problem is, he didn't.
  • Transcript: Here are words Trump just used to talk about 'the cyber' (2016-09-26 22:54:28)
    The following is an unedited transcript of Donald Trump talking about "the cyber" at the first 2016 presidential debate. Lester Holt, Moderator: Our next segment is called securing America. Donald Trump: I do want to say that I was just endorsed and more are coming next week, it will be over 200 admirals.
  • Russia vs. the 400-pound hacker: Clinton and Trump go toe-to-toe on cybersecurity (2016-09-26 22:51:51)
    Cyber warfare has a new face, but the presidential candidates can't quite agree on what that face looks like.
  • Wee Mercury is getting even smaller (2016-09-26 22:38:55)
    The solar system's smallest planet is still tectonically active.
  • Trump says obese nerds may have hacked the DNC (2016-09-26 22:28:45)
    Was Russia really behind the DNC hack, or was it the work of a freelance teenage hacker confined to his bed by morbid obesity? Republican nominee Donald Trump raised the question at tonight's presidential debate, as the candidates approached the topic of cybersecurity. After Secretary Clinton criticized Trump for seeming to call for additional cyberattacks by Russia earlier this year, Trump responded by calling the attribution of the DNC hack into question.
  • Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner (2016-09-26 22:21:21)
    With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it. Companies including Inc , Walt Disney Co and Alphabet Inc's Google have shown interest in Twitter, which is working with investment banks to evaluate its options, according to people familiar with the matter. With, Twitter might turn its focus to customer service communications and mining its database of tweets for business intelligence.
  • SolarCity sued by Cogenra Solar and Khosla Ventures (2016-09-26 22:04:14)
    (Reuters) - Elon Musk's SolarCity has been accused of intellectual property theft by Cogenra Solar Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of SunPower Corporation , and Khosla Ventures. In a lawsuit filed in San Francisco on Monday, the parties accused SolarCity of gaining undue advantage of Cogenra's Shingling technology that helps in manufacturing high-efficiency commercially viable solar panels. SolarCity and its subsidiary Silevo misappropriated Cogenra's trade secrets, manufacturing processes, and other intellectual property to give themselves a competitive advantage and head start in developing shingled-cell solar modules, Cogenra said in the lawsuit.
  • Donald Trump lied about his climate change conspiracy theory, but his tweet is still up (2016-09-26 21:54:01)
    Donald Trump thinks that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive." That’s what it says in an easily discoverable November 2012 tweet, which remains posted in his feed. "Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
  • How to use EncryptPad for cross-platform file encryption (2016-09-26 21:45:28)
    If you're looking for an incredibly simple solution for file encryption, stop searching and check out EncryptPad.
  • Are these the new Pixel Phone and Chromecast coming next week? (2016-09-26 21:43:02)
    Venture Beat publishes photos that may just be a new 4K Chromecast and Google's new flagship phone.
  • Netmarble Games to apply for IPO exchange approval on Friday (2016-09-26 21:37:30)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Netmarble Games Corp, South Korea's largest online games company, on Tuesday said it plans to apply for Seoul stock exchange approval for its planned initial public offering on September 30. The potential listing date is expected to be early next year, a Netmarble spokesman said. He declined to comment on the expected market capitalization of the company. IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication, in March reported that Netmarble had mandated four banks including Citigroup and JP Morgan to handle a planned IPO of 2 trillion won ($1.7 billion), IFR reported in March. ...
  • First impressions of working with macOS Sierra (2016-09-26 21:16:27)
    Erik Eckel describes his experiences of using macOS Sierra in production. One of his favorite enhancements is the new file management feature.
  • No More Ransom takes a bite out of ransomware (2016-09-26 21:05:00)
    No More Ransom is a project with Kaspersky Lab, Intel Security, and two law enforcement agencies to help victims of ransomware understand their options when facing a digital extortion attempt.
  • UPS wants to use drones to deliver medical supplies (2016-09-26 21:00:55)
    Over the past few months, we've seen drones used for all sorts of bizarre endeavors. Whether it's a drone with an attached flamethrower roasting a turkey or a drone being used to deliver Chipotle burritos to lucky college students, there's no denying that the world of the future will be filled with UAVs. That being the case, there's no reason why drones can't be used for the greater good in addition to being used for quirky activities. Putting this idea into practice, UPS recently began testing the idea of using drones as a means to deliver emergency medical supplies in areas where in-person delivery would either be impossible or would take too long. DON'T MISS:  This is when you might find the iPhone 7 you want in Apple stores Recently, UPS had a drone test run off the coast of Massachusets where it had a drone take off from a town just north of Boston and deliver a package to Children's Island. Of course, in order for UPS' initiative to become a reality, it will first have to convince the FAA to loosen up some of the restrictions that currently govern non-commercial drone usage. Originally released this past June, current FAA regulations dictate that non-commercial drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, can't be flown at night or at a height greater than 400 feet and must always remain within eyesight of the drone operator. Some drone operators, including UPS, are now hoping to receive exemptions to some of these regulations. Reuters reports : Drone makers, retailers and package delivery companies are now angling for waivers, largely to operate out of the line of sight, using small tests to collect data on everything from air speed to operating in bad weather and the frequency of accidents. To obtain an FAA waiver exempting them from certain rules, companies must spell out a business case and use data to prove their drones are safe. The FAA is said to be moving slowly to grant waivers to anyone, so it will interesting to see how this all plays out.
  • Journalists hit with $200 Wi-Fi bill for presidential debates (2016-09-26 20:45:11)
    Hofstra University is so keen on reporters using its own wireless service that it is reportedly searching reporters for personal hotspots and shutting them down.
  • This is your first look at the far more modern 2017 Jeep Compass (2016-09-26 20:40:31)
    The Patriot and Compass of old are gone, swallowed up by a single SUV that takes the Compass name.
  • Muzik One: The truly smart wireless headphones your iPhone deserves (2016-09-26 20:30:45)
    Apple's new AirPods are definitely... umm... something special . The concept is great and the feature set is very cool, but people are saying the sound quality is so-so and the design is positively atrocious. Instead of settling for AirPods just because Apple makes them, try checking out some truly smart wireless headphones from Muzik. We first covered Muzik headphones all the way back in 2014, and they've received some serious upgrades since then. Now, the MUZIK One Connect Smarter Headphone is available immediately on Amazon, and you definitely need to check these back boys out. Some key features: The Smartphone of Headphones. HD Wireless Bluetooth connectivity with a long lasting rechargeable battery, lets you listen longer, farther, and finally smarter. Both on-ear and over-ear memory foam cushions are included to provide the best comfort, sound and fit. Programmable Hot Keys let you Play, Share, and Control your favorite music service Spotify, like never before from your headphones. Muzik Connect integrates and enhances your favorite iOS apps like Spotify, Facebook, IFTTT, and Twitter, allowing you to share and post with your friends in real time. Android coming soon. Amazon is selling the MUZIK One Connect Smarter Headphone for $299.99 and if you're looking for stylish on-ear wireless headphones with great sound and a gorgeous design, they're worth every penny.
  • Allen Bain on Coyote and why we need optimistic science fiction now more than ever (2016-09-26 20:26:11)
    Producer Allen Bain recently launched a new production company called Bainframe, which he set up to focus on adapting some of science fiction’s classic novels. Earlier today, news broke on Deadline that the company had optioned one of the best hard science-fiction novels of the past few decades: Allen M. Steele’s Coyote, which was originally serialized in Asimov’s Science Fiction in 2001. Set several decades in the future, Coyote presents a United States that has become an oppressive, dystopian nation.
  • Palantir alleged to have discriminated against Asian job seekers (2016-09-26 20:20:40)
    The data mining giant might lose its government contracts if it doesn't comply.
  • Google doesn't even know its own birthday (but it's celebrating today) (2016-09-26 20:05:53)
    Our little internet behemoth is all grown up!
  • Watch ‘Star Wars Go Rogue,’ a series of clever shorts filmed with Star Wars toys (2016-09-26 20:00:23)
    Over the past month, the official Star Wars Youtube channel has been sharing a series of shorts to build excitement for the upcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story . The twist? All of the shorts were created with stop-motion animation, using the actual Star Wars toys that you can find online and on store shelves. SEE ALSO:  Please don’t drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7 Although the story doesn't exactly mirror that of the spinoff hitting theaters in December, it does follow a group of toys as they search for the building instructions to the LEGO  Star Wars  Death Star set before the Empire can find it. It's incredibly cute, exceptionally well-animated, and, as of this Monday, officially concluded. You can watch all four chapters of  Star Wars Go Rogue  below: The Empire has misplaced the building instructions to the Death Star. Jyn Erso has followed an Imperial search team to the markets of Jedha hoping to recover the instructions first. With increasing pressure from Director Krennic, Jyn must join forces with the Rebels on Jedha to take on enemies of all shapes and sizes. Will they escape Jedha with the Empire’s building instructions? Or will Krennic’s Death Star be back on plan? In Chapter 3, the Rebels seek the second instruction book on rain-soaked Eadu, but the Empire has beaten them to the prize. Will they be able to outsmart the scheming Director Krennic to escape with the instructions and their lives? In the exciting conclusion, the Rebels must rely on their wits, courage and building skills to rescue one of their own from Director Krennic and escape with the LEGO building instructions. The fate of the Galaxy hangs in the balance.
  • BlackBerry's unannounced DTEK60 shows up on FCC's website (2016-09-26 19:54:34)
    Filings appear to confirm information about the new Android handset that the company briefly published last week.
  • Google shields security reporter targeted by massive cyberattack (2016-09-26 19:44:43)
    Brian Krebs' website had been largely unreachable for the past week, the victim of a "record" flood of fake requests for traffic.
  • Lego bricks flushed by Brits alone could build a world-record tower (2016-09-26 19:25:50)
    You don't even want to know how many Barbie dolls were turned into Sewer Swim Mermaids.
  • Apple's rumored Amazon Echo competitor is now in prototype testing (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 56) (2016-09-26 19:18:49)
    Apple's working on its own home assistant, HealthKit wants to do more for you on the Apple Watch, and Apple patents a paper bag.
  • High stakes for India's $84 billion airwave auction after Vodafone play (2016-09-26 19:09:48)
    By Devidutta Tripathy and Promit Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Vodafone's $7.2 billion cash injection into its Indian business has turned up the heat just days ahead of an $84 billion airwave auction which could decide who wins and loses in one of the world's fastest-growing telecoms markets. India's telecoms sector is crowded, cut-throat and often money-losing. Many carriers struggle under multi-billion dollar debt piles left by past auctions, prompting industry bodies to caution that high prices - as the government scrambles to close its budget deficit - could dampen future investment.
  • Job ads show Uber expanding meal deliveries in 24 countries (2016-09-26 19:06:59)
    By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] is making a broad international push into meal delivery, with fresh hiring and aggressive marketing as it prepares to take on local rivals in dozens of countries. In a sign of growing ambition beyond its taxi business, Uber is gearing up to deliver meals in Amsterdam this week just as, the restaurant ordering leader in the Netherlands, lists on the Amsterdam stock market. According to job listings on Uber and other recruiting sites, UberEats, as the food delivery service is known, is hiring everyone from general managers to bike couriers, salespeople and marketing managers for launches in 24 countries.
  • Who's your daddy, Tony Stark? Maybe not who you think (2016-09-26 19:00:27)
    A newly issued comic book shakes up Iron Man's family tree. Warning, spoilers ahead.
  • Want to avoid the presidential debate? Here are four alternatives (2016-09-26 18:47:33)
    If you just can't watch, you may want to turn your channel (or mobile phone) to football, or maybe move to "Zootopia."
  • How to watch the Clinton-Trump presidential debate online and on TV tonight (2016-09-26 18:30:38)
    After months of watching Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take shots at one another from afar, we're finally going to see what they have to say to one another face to face on Monday night at the first presidential debate. This promises to be one of the most widely watched debates in American history, and unless you want to miss out on all the conversations that your family, friends and colleagues are going to be having over the next few weeks, you're going to want to tune in. Thankfully, whether you have a cable subscription or not, there are plenty of ways to watch the 90-minute debate tonight at 9PM ET. DON'T MISS:  Galaxy S7 edge explodes in the Philippines If you have an indoor antenna for your television and broadcast networks are your only option, worry not. ABC , CBS , NBC , Fox and Univision will all be broadcasting the debate without commercial interruption. If you have cable, you can also watch the debate on  CNN , Fox News Channel , Fox Business Network ,  MSNBC , CNBC , Fusion or  C-SPAN . That's twelve separate channels — pick your favorite. If you aren't near a television (or would simply prefer to watch on your computer), there are copious options online as well. The simplest is probably YouTube , where PBS, Telemundo and The Washington Post will all be streaming the debate. Facebook is also an option, as the social media giant has partnered with ABC News for live coverage, and Twitter is teaming up with Bloomberg TV, with pre- and post-debate coverage airing at . Basically, if you have access to either a computer or a television tonight, you'll be able to watch the debate. We've even embedded a stream from YouTube into this post so that you won't have to go searching once it begins: We'll have posts in the future for the second and third presidential debates, as well as the vice presidential debate featuring Mike Pence and Tim Kaine.
  • Google's new Pixel smartphone shows up in leaked image (2016-09-26 18:21:01)
    Supposedly called the Pixel, the device is said to replace Google's Nexus line with two different sized devices and fresh brand names. According to Android Police, one will be a 5-inch smartphone called the Pixel X, to replace last year's LG-made Nexus 5X (seemingly pictured above), while a 5.5-inch model called the Pixel XL will supplant the Huawei-produced Nexus 6P. Both phones are said to represent a new philosophy at Google's phone division, which is aiming to be more "opinionated" about the software and hardware of its handsets in the words of CEO Sundar Pichai.
  • Disney, Microsoft among possible Twitter suitors: reports (2016-09-26 18:18:53)
    (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co and Microsoft Corp joined a list of potential suitors for Twitter Inc, according to media reports on Monday. Twitter shares were marginally down at $23.33 in after-market trading. The microblogging service has reportedly started talks with a number of technology companies to sell itself, including Google parent Alphabet Inc and may receive a formal bid soon.
  • Snapchat Spectacles have what Google Glass was sorely missing: Fun (2016-09-26 18:13:53)
    Commentary: The company's new video camera-equipped sunglasses are tacky, colorful and look like crappy $8 shades from a souvenir stand. That's their genius.
  • U.S. regulators accuse Palantir of bias against Asians (2016-09-26 18:10:03)
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday filed an administrative lawsuit against Palantir Technologies, alleging the data analytics and security company systematically discriminated against Asian job applicants. Privately held Palantir helps government agencies track down terrorists and uncover financial fraud. It raised $880 million in funding late last year, for a $20 billion valuation, and is considered one of Silicon Valley's most secretive companies.
  • U.S. senator seeks SEC probe of Yahoo disclosure on hacking (2016-09-26 18:09:44)
    By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Mark Warner on Monday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled obligations to inform investors and the public about a hacking attack affecting 500 million user accounts. "Disclosure is the foundation of federal securities laws, and public companies are required to disclose material events that shareholders should know about," Warner said in a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White. Yahoo has faced pointed questions about exactly when it knew about the 2014 cyber attack announced last week that exposed the email credentials of half a billion accounts, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover of its core business by Verizon Inc .
  • How to create a bootable USB installer for macOS Sierra (2016-09-26 18:01:00)
    Follow these steps to take to create a bootable USB installer drive for macOS Sierra to deploy version 10.12 of Apple's OS on supported devices.
  • Feds accuse Silicon Valley firm of hiring bias (2016-09-26 17:59:42)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit accusing a high-flying Silicon Valley software company of systematically discriminating against Asian job applicants over the last five years.
  • Feed the hungry by deleting a photo from your Instagram? No, really (2016-09-26 17:59:05)
    You've already enjoyed those burgers and fries, so why not send a picture of them to the recycle bin for a good cause?
  • This is the Israeli company that can hack any iPhone and Android smartphone (2016-09-26 17:55:11)
    If Cellebrite sounds familiar, that’s because the name of this Israeli company came up during Apple’s standoff with the FBI over breaking iPhone encryption. The agency managed to crack the San Bernardino iPhone with the help of an undisclosed company. Many people believe it was Cellebrite that came to the rescue. Meanwhile, the company revealed that it could hack just about any modern smartphone, but refused to say whether its expertise is used by the police forces of repressive regimes. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review Cellebrite talked to the BBC about its technology, including equipment and software. “I was given a demo using a Samsung phone supplied by the company,” BBC ’s Rory Cellan-Jones said. “It was running quite an old version of Android - 4.2 - but I was allowed to take it away for half an hour, put a password on it, and use it to take photos and send a text message.” Upon his return, Yuval Ben-Moshe from Cellebrite took the phone, plugged it into a “chunky tablet computer, and disabled the lock code. "We can pretty much pull up any of the data that resides on the phone," he said and downloaded all the photos taken with the device. When asked whether this kind of hack applies to other devices, Ben-Moshe said that his company could access data on “the largest number of devices that are out there in the industry.” Even the iPhone 7. "We can definitely extract data from an iPhone 7 as well - the question is what data." The security expert said that even data from encrypted services such as WhatsApp can be accessed hinting that not all communication is totally secure. The iPhone may be hackable to some extent, but that doesn’t mean that Cellebrite cracked the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Or at least, the company would not comment on any of its customers.
  • Canada's Rogers expects losses in shutdown of streaming service (2016-09-26 17:51:13)
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Rogers Communications Inc will incur third-quarter losses of between C$100 million ($75.60 million) to C$140 million as its joint-venture Shomi video streaming service is shut down, the Canadian company said on Monday. Rogers said in a statement that Shomi, a venture whose plans it announced in August 2014 with fellow Canadian company Shaw Communications Inc, will wind down as of Nov. 30. Shaw, which sold its media assets to sister company Corus Entertainment Inc for C$2.65 billion earlier this year, declined to comment. ...
  • Microsoft Ignite: Nadella outlines 4 pillars for democratizing AI (2016-09-26 17:40:12)
    At the 2016 Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella led the Innovation keynote, and explained the four pillars to the company's approach to AI.
  • Network security company ForeScout interviews banks for IPO: sources (2016-09-26 17:32:13)
    ForeScout Technologies Inc has interviewed investment banks in recent weeks to hire underwriters for an initial public offering that could value the U.S. network security company at as much as $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. ForeScout's IPO plans are a further sign of a rebound in the IPO market in the United States. The IPO could come later this year, the sources said, asking not to be identified because the matter is not public.
  • Tesla and supplier Hoerbiger settle in court over Falcon Wing doors (2016-09-26 17:30:22)
    Tesla Motors Co and a U.S. subsidiary of Swiss auto supplier Hoerbiger have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the electric car maker over problems with a proposed hydraulics system for the luxury Model X's "falcon wing" doors, court records show. Tesla and Hoerbiger have delayed filing for a dismissal because certain conditions of the settlement will not be fulfilled until Oct. 4, according to an Aug. 18 filing by the companies. Tesla claimed that a hydraulic system developed by Hoerbiger in 2014-2015 for use in the Model X doors, which open upwards rather than to the side, was riddled with deficiencies, making it an "unworkable engineering solution" that added costs and "more than a year of wasted efforts." It sued the company in January.
  • This split-screen view is the best way to watch tonight’s debate (2016-09-26 17:20:11)
    I know what you're thinking: the only good way to watch tonight's debate is with one eye on the TV, one eye on your Canadian passport application, and both hands clutching as much alcohol as possible. But believe it or not, there is a way to enhance your experience. C-SPAN (remember them?!) is livestreaming the debate in split screen, allowing you to keep your watchful gaze on Clinton and Trump at the same time. Catch every coughing fit, see incredulous glances as they happen, or just marvel at Donald's hair all night long. The choice is yours. DON'T MISS:  Please don’t drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7 Split-screen viewing might seem lazy or strange, but it actually makes a lot of sense for the debate. Showing reactions (or not, as the case may be) is a case where an editor's choices can make a huge difference in how the debate is perceived by the audience. Committing to showing both candidates all of the time removes any chance of bias in a race where both candidates are polarizing the electorate. It does also make life quite easy for C-SPAN's editors. It also makes you think about how VR coverage could improve a debate. I'm yet to be sold on using VR to watch something like a baseball match, where there's so many camera angles and so much going on already. But for a political debate, where there's virtually no camera angles needed, I could imagine a VR perspective, shot from about where the moderators sit, to be a neat trick. Sadly, that won't be happening tonight, so in the meantime, cue up C-SPAN (or another channel of your choice), set the corn to pop, and prep the fireworks.
  • Lenovo lays off hundreds more from Moto phone division (2016-09-26 17:18:41)
    Lenovo today confirmed that it is laying off a significant number of employees. Lenovo wouldn’t specify exactly how many jobs were slashed from Moto, however. Today’s layoffs follow significant cuts last year, where Lenovo reduced its headcount by 3,200 across the company.
  • Gorgeous Mars valley was 'once a potentially habitable place' (2016-09-26 17:18:28)
    See a fresh view of the ancient Mars valley that intrigues scientists and could be the landing site for a new Mars mission.
  • Cops pull over blood-spattered 'zombies' on the highway (2016-09-26 17:17:02)
    Concerned cops end up having a good laugh over a traffic stop after responding to a call about a potential assault happening inside a moving car.
  • Palantir sued by Labor Department for alleged discrimination against Asian job candidates (2016-09-26 17:09:40)
    The US Department of Labor is accusing controversial data-mining company Palantir of discriminating against Asian job candidates, according to a lawsuit filed today. According to the suit, the Labor Department's compliance office first began a review of Palantir's hiring practices in 2011 and found that, from 2010 until the present, Palantir systematically turned down Asian applicants in favor of white applicants. Palantir, however, hired six non-Asian and just one Asian candidate.
  • Disney reportedly eyes Twitter for potential buyout (2016-09-26 17:06:47)
    The media powerhouse may be the latest company to go after Twitter, Bloomberg News reports. That could pit Disney against Google and Salesforce.
  • Riding rollercoasters makes it easier to pass kidney stones (2016-09-26 16:52:48)
    Two scientists carried a urine-filled, 3D-printed kidney onto Disney World rides in the name of science. Sixty rides later, they confirmed that getting jostled in a roller coaster makes it easier to pass kidney stones. Kidney stones are incredibly painful mineral deposits found in urine.
  • How to set up auto rsync backups using ssh (2016-09-26 16:42:21)
    If you need to create an rsync backup over ssh, Jack Wallen walks you through the quick and easy process.
  • NASA finds more evidence of water plumes on Europa (2016-09-26 16:38:27)
    NASA has discovered more evidence that water erupts from beneath the surface of Europa, one of the many moons of Jupiter. The new findings lend more legitimacy to observations from 2013, and further tease the possibility that Europa contains a subsurface ocean. A team from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) made the observations using the Hubble Space Telescope, and the agency announced the findings during a teleconference this afternoon.
  • $40 too far: the real cost of the iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack (2016-09-26 16:37:15)
    Kelly is a "smartphone-dependent" American, a group that has limited or no access to broadband internet other than their smartphones, according to a report by the Pew Research Center. In many cases, due to low-wage jobs, a smartphone is the one device they can afford. Smartphones are either the main or only way for millions of Americans, largely young and poor minorities, to get online.
  • Harlem is a gangster's paradise in the final Luke Cage trailer (2016-09-26 16:15:30)
    Marvel's Luke Cage is only days away from its premiere on Netflix, so there's just enough time for one more trailer. In this new spot we get a closer look not at Luke Cage, but his main adversary, Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes, played House of Cards alum Mahershala Ali. Cottonmouth is gangster supreme in Harlem, and is clearly as dangerous as he is charismatic.
  • U.S. regulators accuse Palantir of discrimination against Asians (2016-09-26 16:09:53)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday filed an administrative lawsuit against Palantir Technologies, alleging the data analysis company systematically discriminated against Asian job applicants. The lawsuit alleges Palantir routinely eliminated Asian applicants in the resume screening and telephone interview phases, even when they were as qualified as white applicants. (Reporting by Dan Levine, editing by G Crosse)
  • Legos flushed by Brits alone could build a world-record tower (2016-09-26 16:08:26)
    You don't even want to know how many Barbie dolls were turned into Sewer Swim Mermaids.
  • Google’s ‘worst’ self-driving accident was still a human’s fault (2016-09-26 16:03:51)
    Google said that one of its self-driving cars was involved in an accident in Mountain View, California last week. In a statement, Google insisted its driverless car was not at fault. According to the Google, the accident occurred when a vehicle heading west on El Camino Real in Mountain View ran a red light and collided with the right side of a Google self-driving vehicle that was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. “Our light was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection,” a spokesperson said.
  • Disney considering bid for Twitter: report (2016-09-26 15:59:56)
    The Walt Disney Company is evaluating a potential bid for Twitter, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Unconfirmed reports that Twitter is interested in selling itself buoyed the San Francisco-based company's shares at the end of last week, and the stock price rose around a percentage point on Monday as talk of Disney's interest spread. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey is on the entertainment colossus's board, which could help the service with its push toward using the messaging platform for streaming live video.
  • How your big data career is killing other jobs (2016-09-26 15:48:14)
    As we use data to drive efficiencies, people may be the casualty, leading to data-driven unemployment.
  • Disney is also thinking about buying Twitter (2016-09-26 15:46:42)
    Disney is the latest high-profile name to consider an acquisition offer for Twitter, according to a report today from Bloomberg. While a formal bid has not been placed, Bloomberg says Disney is working with Bank of America to put one together. Just last week, various reports stated Google,, and Verizon were all interested in potentially placing offers. TechCrunch has also independently confirmed Disney's interest in placing a bid for Twitter, while CNBC reports that Microsoft is also mulling over an offer as well. A Disney deal would make sense.
  • Germany seeking comprehensive 5G mobile network: report (2016-09-26 15:37:56)
    Germany wants to become the first country to set up a comprehensive 5G mobile network, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoted digital infrastructure minister Alexander Dobrindt as saying in Tuesday's editions. "We want Germany to be the leading market for 5G and the first country that will have a blanket 5G network," the newspaper quoted Dobrindt as saying. The new 5G service will be 10 times faster than the current 4G service.
  • Watch the final ‘Luke Cage’ trailer before it debuts on Netflix this Friday (2016-09-26 15:30:11)
    Just over six months after Daredevil's second season premiered on Netflix, Marvel returns to the streaming service with a new show: Luke Cage . When we last saw Luke, he was recovering from a serious case of Kilgrave's mind control in Jessica Jones . Mike Colter (Luke Cage) has said in interviews that we'll "still feel the residue of Kilgrave" going into the first season of his show. SEE ALSO:  New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in October But you might want to forget about the rest of the Marvel-Netflix universe going into the latest show, because despite the fact that night nurse Claire Temple is set to have her most substantial role since the first season of Daredevil , many of the characters and storylines of Luke Cage will be completely fresh. You can see many of those characters below, in the show's final trailer: "A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighborhood," reads the official description for the show on Netflix. "He wasn't looking for a fight, but the people need a hero." All 13 episodes of Luke Cage season 1 will be available to stream on September 30th. Iron Fist and The Defenders  are set to follow in 2017.
  • Seeing stars: My magical weekend in a dark, dark place (2016-09-26 15:23:13)
    A camping trip turns into an unexpectedly celestial weekend of Milky Way-soaked stargazing in a place with very little light pollution.
  • Disney working with adviser on possible Twitter bid: Bloomberg (2016-09-26 15:22:37)
    (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co is working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter Inc, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Twitter has reportedly initiated talks with companies including Google parent Alphabet Inc and may receive a formal bid soon. A source told Reuters that Inc is also in pursuit.
  • This Laowa lens lets you take photos of scary bugs while staying away from scary bugs (2016-09-26 15:17:05)
    Venus Optics My mom tells me bugs are more scared of us than we are of them. I don’t believe her, but maybe that’s what the creators of Venus Optics’ new camera lens are thinking. The 24mm f/14 Relay 2x Macro shrinks down to the size of a dime so that you can capture objects from a safe distance.Apparently the company designed it so people can shoot various objects or animals without scaring them. It’s actually probably more to keep from scaring yourself, let’s be real. I don’t want to get up close with a spider but people probably love spider photos. ...
  • Xbox te regala un videojuego en la compra de una Xbox One S (2016-09-26 15:14:35)
    [Cazadores de ofertas] Entre los juegos gratis destacan 'FIFA 2017', 'NBA 2K17', 'Destiny: Rise of Iron' o 'Forza: Horizon 3'. Date prisa, la oferta termina el 1 de octubre.
  • Hate both US presidential candidates? There's a campaign sign for that (2016-09-26 15:10:51)
    Not down with Donald Trump, or happy about Hillary Clinton? Maybe you just want a giant meteor to crush us all.
  • Neil Gaiman's Stardust to be adapted for BBC Radio (2016-09-26 15:10:33)
    One of Neil Gaiman’s most beloved stories, Stardust, will make its radio debut this December, following the model of the earlier BBC Radio adaptions of Neverwhere and Good Omens.
  • Snapchat from your face, get health advice from Apple (CNET Update) (2016-09-26 15:02:41)
    The next evolution of wearable tech involves sunglasses with video cameras and watches with a doctor's diagnoses. CNET Update explores Snapchat Spectacles and Apple's reported plans for HealthKit.
  • OECD official says EU Apple ruling not precedent for future tax cases (2016-09-26 14:55:02)
    A multi-billion euro back tax bill handed to Apple by the European Commission should not be seen as a precedent for future tax cases as it was based on state aid rather than tax law, the OECD official spearheading global tax reform said on Monday. European Union antitrust regulators last month ordered Apple to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) in back taxes to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland constituted illegal state aid. Pascal Saint-Amans, who is leading the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's flagship Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, said that under the new OECD rules, most of the tax from U.S. technology multinationals like Apple should be due in the United States, not Ireland.
  • How to stream the high-stakes presidential debates (2016-09-26 14:49:14)
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  • Report: Apple is building more fitness apps for the Apple Watch (2016-09-26 14:47:20)
    Apple has big plans for the Apple Watch and the tiny sensors embedded within. We've known that ever since a team of doctors took center stage to introduce Apple Watch software , but a new report sheds a little more detail on what Apple's plans look like. According to a report in  Bloomberg  (although not from famous Apple sage Mark Gurman ), Apple is working on at least two standalone apps for the Apple Watch, with the aim being to turn the Watch and associated HealthKit platform "into a tool that improves diagnoses." It's a long way from facilitating  Candy Crush , that's for sure. DON'T MISS:  Please don’t drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7 The report cites "people familiar with the [HealthKit] team’s plans," and explains the details of two apps that are in the works. One is to track sleep patterns, which would be cool, if you didn't have to take the watch off every night to recharge. The other is meant to gauge users' overall fitness levels by calculating how long your heart rate takes to go from peak to resting level. If you combine that data with information about users' sex, height, and weight, you get a very accurate picture of their recovery rate. That, in turn, is a good surrogate for overall health and fitness. Measuring recovery is something that professional athletes and trainers have been doing for a while now, but putting those kinds of smarts into a device that every person is meant to wear on their wrist every day is something else. The broader scope of Apple's plans, at least according to  Bloomberg , is to insert its software and hardware into the hospital system. That's likely to be a longer-term ambition, but as everyone stops buying 'boring' iPhones, Apple is hoping that the reveneue from the healthcare can keep sustaining its giant piles of cash.  
  • 'Pokemon Go' fervor has cooled, but the game isn't dead yet (2016-09-26 14:39:41)
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  • How to set site-by-site permissions in Google Chrome (2016-09-26 14:35:26)
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  • Leaked image gives us our first look at Google’s 4K Chromecast Ultra (2016-09-26 14:33:23)
    Next Tuesday, Google is going to hold a massive launch event in San Francisco , where it is expected to debut two Android smartphones (Pixel and Pixel XL), the AI-powered Google Home personal assistant, the Google Wifi router, a Daydream VR headset and a 4K-capable streaming media player called the Chromecast Ultra. DON'T MISS:  The Pixel phones may not be the most interesting thing Google unveils next month An Android Police report from this month claims that the Chromecast Ultra will retail for $69 — double that of the regular Chromecast's $35 price tag. Sources referenced in the same report say that HDR will also be on the list of features for the new streaming dongle, but most of the details remain shrouded in mystery. So now that you know how much it's going to cost and a little about what it can do, you probably want to see what the Chromecast Ultra actually looks like. Lucky for you (and the rest of us), Evan Blass of VentureBeat  has gotten his hands on a very official looking image of the Ultra HD streaming device: Although we have no proof that the image is legitimate, Blass has a very good track record with these kinds of leaks. Don't be surprised if you see the exact image above floating around the internet next week when Google sends out press kits with photos of all of its latest hardware.
  • Red-light runner positively creams Google's self-driving Lexus (2016-09-26 14:32:16)
    Once again, human error claims the life of another defenseless robot.
  • Why you shouldn't get excited about 4K and HDR gaming, at least not yet (2016-09-26 14:30:28)
    The new PS4 Pro and Xbox One S game consoles finally bring us into the era of high-resolution 4K and high dynamic range gaming. But just barely.
  • Exclusive: Viacom readies U.S. dollar bond - sources (2016-09-26 14:19:25)
    Media conglomerate Viacom (Baa3/BBB-/BBB) is preparing to price a US dollar bond as soon as this week, market sources told IFR on Monday. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley are arranging investor calls for the bond on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to an email sent to an investor and seen by IFR. The deal comes amid reports that the company is preparing itself to be sold to CBS following an announcement that interim CEO Tom Dooley would leave in mid-November.
  • R3, eight banks successfully test Intel blockchain platform for bond trading (2016-09-26 14:14:43)
    U.S.-based financial innovation start-up R3 announced on Monday that it and eight banks, including HSBC and State Street, have successfully tested a blockchain platform powered by Intel Corp technology for bond transactions. The platform featured advanced smart contract technology that enabled trading, matching, and settlement of U.S. Treasury bonds, as well as automated coupon payments and redemption, R3 said in a statement. Blockchain technology powers the digital currency bitcoin, enabling data sharing across a network of individual computers.
  • Senator seeks SEC probe of Yahoo disclosure on hacking (2016-09-26 14:08:48)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Mark Warner on Monday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled obligations to inform investors and the public about a hacking attack affecting 500 million user accounts. "Disclosure is the foundation of federal securities laws, and public companies are required to disclose material events that shareholders should know about," Warner said in a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White. Yahoo has faced pointed questions about exactly when it knew about the 2014 cyber attack announced last week that exposed the email credentials of half a billion accounts, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover of its core business by Verizon Inc .
  • iPhone 7 sales may be lower than the iPhone 6s, analyst claims (2016-09-26 14:07:28)
    Right out of the gate, the iPhone 7 appeared to be just what Apple needed to make analysts forget about disappointing iPhone sales. The iPhone 6s, if you recall, marked the first time that year-over-year iPhone sales experienced a decline. In turn, many analysts and tech pundits were quick to declare that we had finally reached Peak iPhone  and that Apple's best days were behind it. The iPhone 7, however, appeared ready to change that. Early on, iPhone 7 pre-orders were off the charts. T-Mobile, for example, remarked that iPhone 7 pre-orders were 4 times higher than what the company saw with the iPhone 6. Sprint, meanwhile, said that iPhone 7 pre-orders were 375% higher compared to the previous year. DON'T MISS:  Every video game launching this fall that you need to know about By all accounts, all of the early data we saw strongly suggested that the iPhone 7 was finally going to inject a bit of life into slumping iPhone sales. But now comes word via reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the hysteria and excitement surrounding the iPhone 7 may, surprisingly enough, be a bit overblown. According to new research report published over the weekend ( via AppleInsider ), Kuo anticipates that iPhone 7 sales in 2016 will check in lower than iPhone 6s sales from 2015. A bright spot for Apple, according to Kuo, is that the company is seeing much higher than expected demand for the higher-margined iPhone 7 Plus. Kuo speculates that this is likely due to the Galaxy Note 7 recall and the highly regarded iPhone 7 Plus dual camera system. All the same, strong iPhone 7 Plus sales, Kuo believes, won't be enough to offset an overall decline in cumulative iPhone 7 sales. All that said, it's important to remember that all of this talk regarding iPhone sales remains nothing more than mere speculation at this point. Once Apple releases its earnings report in October and later again in January, we'll get a much clearer idea as to how consumers are taking to Apple's next-gen iPhone model. While iPhone 7 shortages can easily be attributed to strained supply and not necessarily skyrocketing demand, it's hard to reconcile Kuo's statements with record-breaking pre-orders from carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint. Even AT&T noted that iPhone 7 pre-orders had exceeded the company's expectations. Incidentally, not every analyst is on board with Kuo's bleak iPhone 7 outlook. As we detailed last week, some South Korean analysts believe that iPhone 7 sales in 2016 may top 100 million units .
  • Google said to debut Android-Chrome OS hybrid on new laptop, tablet (2016-09-26 14:03:14)
    The combined operating system, called Andromeda, will reportedly launch on a Huawei Nexus tablet and a "Pixel" laptop.
  • BlackBerry CEO says turnaround two-thirds complete (2016-09-26 14:01:57)
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen said on Monday he was two-thirds of the way toward achieving his goal of turning the Canadian technology company's fortunes around. "We have made investment over a billion-plus, all in software, all in security, and now we need to execute it," Chen said at an event in Toronto two days before the company will report its second-quarter earnings. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry, a once-dominant smartphone maker, has shifted its focus to software that companies and governments use to manage their mobile devices.
  • 2017 Preview: The Coolest New Bikes and Cycling Gear (2016-09-26 14:00:00)
    We scoured the floor of this year's Interbike trade show to find next season's most exciting cycling gear.
  • German minister sets March deadline for fight against online hate (2016-09-26 13:41:37)
    Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday the German government could take legal action against Facebook and other social media groups if they do not intensify their fight against illegal hate speech or Islamist "terror phantasies". Maas said Facebook, Twitter and Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, were removing illegal content from the Internet more frequently and quickly, but more work was needed.
  • Samsung calls dibs on Department of Energy's screen coatings (2016-09-26 13:34:48)
    Electronics giant licenses a superhydrophobic film for glass screens developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that's supposed to repel water, reduce light reflection and resist fingerprints and smudges.
  • Apple now sells Sonos speakers since the future of audio is wireless (2016-09-26 13:34:15)
    Apple insists that the best path forward for audio is going wireless. And if that's going to be true, the future needs to involve a lot more than just earbuds. So today it's been announced that Sonos speakers are coming to Apple's retail locations. You'll be able to buy either the Play:1 ($199) or Play:5 ($499) starting today on in the United States. They'll be in physical stores beginning October 5th. Web sales will also be available in international markets over "the coming weeks."
  • Why President Obama helping George W. Bush take a photo strikes such a chord (2016-09-26 13:33:15)
    Let’s start with President Obama, who over the weekend found himself being tapped on the shoulder by former President George W. Bush at the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Not for an exchange of words, but to enlist Obama’s help in snapping a photo of Bush with attendees using a phone's rear-facing camera — for better quality, of course, with none of that single-digit megapixel nonsense you get with selfies. While the relationship between Obama and Bush has always remained cordial these last eight years — Bush has rarely criticized his successor's administration — it’s still a good reminder of what mutual respect in politics looks like.
  • Chinese firm charged with plotting to evade NKorea sanctions (2016-09-26 13:16:10)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday unsealed criminal charges against a China-based company and four of its executives for conspiring to evade U.S. economic sanctions that target North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs.
  • Yellow taxis have a new weapon in their war against Uber: gadgets (2016-09-26 13:14:16)
    Riding in a yellow taxi used to be a miserable experience, which helps explain why Uber and Lyft were able to swoop in and so thoroughly disrupt the industry. Taxi operators tried to stave off the bleeding by rolling out their own apps — but most were just pale copies of Uber. Starting this year and ramping up in 2017, Verifone Systems — one of the largest payment processing companies in the world — will install new technology in tens of thousands of cabs nationwide, in a massive effort to improve the cab-riding experience for not only riders, but drivers as well.
  • Exclusive: Viacom readies $1 billion bond offering - sources (2016-09-26 13:14:02)
    By Jessica Toonkel and Hillary Flynn NEW YORK (IFR) - Viacom Inc is preparing to go to market this week with a bond offering that is expected to total $1 billion, part of the struggling media company's plan to boost liquidity, three sources told Reuters. New York-based Viacom has tapped Citigroup Inc as one of the banks on the deal, two of the sources said on Monday. Viacom officials were not immediately available for comment.
  • Bill Maher slams Apple for releasing new iPhone models every year (2016-09-26 13:13:11)
    During the most recent episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher , the outspoken talk show host criticized Apple for the most unusual of reasons. All but calling Apple's annual iPhone upgrades incremental, Maher said that if Apple truly wanted to do something innovative, they'd refrain from releasing a new iPhone every year. DON'T MISS:  Every video game launching this fall that you need to know about "The next time Apple wants to do something truly innovative and really think different they should try not releasing a new phone," Maher said. "Because somebody has to teach Americans that we don't always have to have something newer, better every year, or in the case of our upside down economic system, every quarter." Maher went on to say that Apple doesn't really care about end users and only releases new products as a means to elevate its share price and appease demanding shareholders. Hardly a controversial point, Tim Cook is obligated by law to operate with the best interests of the company's shareholders in mind. "The only people who really need you to get a new phone every year are the shareholders," Maher added. "But just because they need to sell it so they can [pump up] the stock price doesn't mean you have to stand in that nerd line and buy it. You’re not early adapting. In fact, quite the opposite, you’re taking too long to catch on." Full video of Maher's rant on Apple -- which has quite a few pointed and hilarious jabs-- can be seen below.
  • Watch the Trump-Clinton debate, or football, for free via Sling TV (2016-09-26 13:10:48)
    The streaming service's free 18-hour trial runs through tonight's presidential debate, as well as the Monday Night Football game on ESPN. You don't even need a credit card.
  • Do Snapchat Spectacles look dumber than Google Glass? (The 3:59, Ep. 112) (2016-09-26 12:57:54)
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  • McLaren built an affordable, electric P1, but you won't fit in it (2016-09-26 12:56:53)
    This should rustle some jimmies at Tesla and Radio Flyer.
  • VR brings new reality to theme parks of today and tomorrow (2016-09-26 12:52:22)
    A company in Salt Lake City says it’s about to break ground on the amusement park of the future — one built especially with VR enthusiasts in mind. The VOID — it stands for The Vision of Infinite Dimensions — is working toward opening a VR theme park in the area that will combine a set of physical experiences with equipment like a head mounted display and a vest with 22 points of haptic feedback. As VOID co-founder Ken Bretschneider, explains it, the company then uses that gear to overlay a digital world onto what’s really a basic, sparse room. You walk around it physically but experience, well, whatever the company decides it wants you to experience. It can put you in an essentially empty room and make you feel, with the attached headset and equipment, that you’re fighting aliens; scurrying through a maze; exploring a city; like a souped up laser tag-meets-dungeon crawler-meets immersive 4D experience. MUST SEE:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Bretschneider and his co-founders actually have a vision of expanding the concept beyond their home base of Utah. To that end, The VOID teamed up this summer with the filmmakers behind the new Ghostbusters movie to open a kind of mini — The VOID experience at Madame Tussauds in New York. You strapped on the headset and because of what you could see digitally and the ability to physically move and roam, you actually felt like you were right there exploring and zapping ghosts with your proton pack (though, in addition to wearing the headset, you were physically holding just a plastic gun). The public’s reaction helped underscore to the team behind The VOID that it’s on to something. “I have a lot of interest in location-based entertainment, and together with one of my good friends we got together and started designing a concept that was going to be kind of a regional theatrical-based theme park concept,” Bretschneider said. “Almost like an event center on steroids. And the idea was to use technology like augmented reality and interactive 3D projection mapping to kind of bring the magic to it. And the park would change with the seasons. So we’d move from kind of a haunted autumn season to a magical winter festival season and then in the summer do another type of season with the design. “Along the way, we were thinking about what kind of a catch we could have in the park design that would get people excited and bring in the thrill experience without having to introduce thrill rides and things like that.” That’s when the idea that would become The VOID began to take shape, along with the notion of using gear like a headset and backpack to help map a digital world onto the canvas of the physical. “So we’d use VR to make it wireless so you could transverse in real time in a digital environment but also be centered in a physical environment,” Bretschneider said. “We thought that combination of digital and physical would be a really powerful experience.” His company isn’t the only one at the vanguard of this trend at the moment. Other parks and attractions that likewise see potential in using VR to complement the real-world experience include Six Flags New England in Massachusetts, which has introduced “Superman: The Ride Virtual Reality Roller Coaster.” Similar to how things work at The VOID, riders strap on headsets and see images related to the Man of Steel as they ride. At Six Flags Great America, in the Chicago metro area, riders of the Demon roller coaster there likewise wear a VR device that presents monster-themed images. In Orlando, Universal has a VR experience called The Repository, which Universal described in a blog post this way: “Throughout this heart-pounding, psychological journey, guests’ most personal and intimate fears will be tested as they encounter real-life characters in highly themed physical environments, while working together in teams of four to uncover a paranormal mystery told through the use of the cutting-edge technology.” All of which is to say — it was probably past time to bring some VR magic to the traditional theme park experience. Indeed, the response The VOID alone has seen proves that’s the case. Over the past year, The VOID says it’s landed partnerships with film and video game studios and put thousands of people throughout its Ghostbusters experience in New York. It also went to TED in Vancouver to show off its VR experience. “We were never out to create the next great headset,” Bretschneider says. “Our emphasis was to create an immersive attraction that people could go into and where we could match the physical and digital reality together fully. That’s how The VOID was born.”
  • Galaxy S8 Specs Leak: 4K Display and Projector? (2016-09-26 12:44:00)
    Obtained by Tech Updates by way of Weibo, the Galaxy S8 is said to feature a 4K display, a massive 4,200-mAh battery and a whopping 30-megapixel camera. Plus, the spec list includes a built-in projector. The current Galaxy S7 sits at 3,000 mAh and the S7 Edge at 3,600 mAh.
  • Google's upcoming 4K Chromecast might ditch the Chrome logo (2016-09-26 12:38:25)
    Google's got a growing list of gadget announcements we're expecting at the company's October 4th media event, and this is one of the more exciting ones: a Chromecast capable of 4K playback. Instead, right in the middle is Google's G, which fits in perfectly with the "Made by Google" theme of this big event. 1080p works just fine for a lot of people, after all, so Google doesn't want to lose out on the Chromecast's appealing low price.
  • Business owner, 2 firms face visa fraud charges (2016-09-26 12:29:58)
    Federal prosecutors in New Jersey said Monday the part-owner of two information technology firms and an employee fraudulently used a visa program to reduce skilled labor costs. Prosecutors filed conspiracy ...
  • Someone may have hacked dozens of university websites for a gambling SEO scheme (2016-09-26 12:29:00)
    People will do crazy things to get to the top of the "real money slots" search rankings. Last week, researchers at eTraffic uncovered a scheme that sent a certain site rocketing up the organic search rankings. When eTraffic investigated, 76 different university and foundation web pages — including Stanford, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University — had suddenly begun linking to the site, each randomly inserting linked keywords into otherwise unrelated text.
  • Matt LeBlanc returns to helm season 2 of the new 'Top Gear' (2016-09-26 12:28:43)
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  • SWIFT says bank hacks set to increase (2016-09-26 12:23:10)
    By Tom Bergin GENEVA (Reuters) - SWIFT, whose messaging network is used by banks to send payment instructions worth trillions of dollars each day, said three clients were hacked over the summer and cyber attacks on banks are set to increase. The theft of $81 million in February from Bangladesh's central bank using SWIFT messages rocked faith in the system whose messages had, until then, been accepted at face value. SWIFT Chief Executive Gottfried Leibbrandt told the Sibos conference in Geneva on Monday that hackers breached the systems of two banks over the summer and a third bank repelled an attack before fraudulent SWIFT messages could be sent.
  • Senator Warner seeks SEC probe of Yahoo disclosure on hacking (2016-09-26 12:12:05)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Mark Warner on Monday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled obligations to inform investors and the public about a hacking attack affecting 500 million user accounts. "Disclosure is the foundation of federal securities laws, and public companies are required to disclose material events that shareholders should know about," Warner said in a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White. Yahoo has faced pointed questions about exactly when it knew about the cyber attack announced last week that exposed the email credentials of half a billion accounts, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover of its core business by Verizon Inc .
  • Video: See how 2017 Ford Fusion Energi will be equipped with semi-autonomous features (2016-09-26 12:10:17)
    Want to see what level 1 autonomy looks like? TechRepublic's Hope Reese drove the Fusion Energi with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go to test out the technology.
  • iPhone manufacturing CEO: ‘consumers do not care what analysts say’ (2016-09-26 12:07:46)
    Consumer technology is big business, so there's money to be made forecasting and estimating Apple's sales. But in an interview, the CEO of one of Apple's biggest manufacturing partners has defended the iPhone 7, and predicted it will be a sales hit. Pegatron chairperson Tung Tzu-hsien spoke to  Nikkei Asian Review   about the launch of the iPhone 7, saying he remains "cautiously optimistic" while declining to discuss actual numbers. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 review Tung's cautious optimism flies in the face of most other analysts, who are predicting lower sales for this year than for the iPhone 6s. Most of that is down to a perceived lack of innovation -- Apple kept the same chassis design and screen for the iPhone 7, so consumers can't be bothered to upgrade. Or at least, that's how one line of thinking goes. "Consumers do not care about what analysts say about the lack of innovative features," Tung said. That's anecdotally backed up by the fact that iPhones are sold out all over the globe, reviews have mostly been positive, and networks have seen record sales figures. But outside of the US, most numbers paint a different picture. Apple's stock fell by over 1 percent on Friday, when German market research firm GfK predicted a 25% drop in iPhone 7 sales outside the U.S. Tung also did not thing the Samsung Note 7 explodepocalypse would help iPhone sales figures. "The Note series only takes up a small portion of Samsung's total shipments. Our U.S. client's new handsets are competing against Samsung's S7 series rather than the Note 7," Tung told  Nikkei.  With Apple refusing to release sales figures this year, we will probably have to wait until the next set of financial earnings to know how well the iPhone sold. In the US, it seems like business as usual. But Apple is much more than just a seller of iPhones to well-heeled high schoolers, and the global picture may turn out to be less rosy.
  • Roku unveils five new streaming boxes with prices as low as $30 (2016-09-26 12:04:50)
    The $30 Roku Express is even cheaper than Google Chromecast, and actually includes a remote, while higher-end Premiere and Ultra boxes sport 4K and HDR video.
  • What's streaming on Amazon for October 2016 (2016-09-26 12:01:43)
    "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" joins the quartet of "Lethal Weapon" movies and "Secretary" in October.
  • This poor drone can never leave its box (2016-09-26 12:00:07)
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  • Researchers put urine in a backpack, ride rollercoaster for science (2016-09-26 12:00:03)
  • UC San Francisco receives $24 million NSF grant to use IBM Watson's AI in cellular engineering (2016-09-26 11:51:08)
    Scientists from IBM and Bay Area universities will use IBM Watson at the new Center for Cellular Construction to study how cells can be engineered to treat cancer and monitor environmental pollution.
  • LVMH's digital drive takes time despite Apple hire (2016-09-26 11:46:03)
    By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - When LVMH hired former Apple music executive Ian Rogers to craft a digital strategy, investors may have hoped for some quick results. Almost a year later, aside from drafting in more digitally-savvy people and taking part in a technology start-up fair, his impact on the world's biggest luxury goods group has yet to become visible. Changing mentalities and priorities at LVMH takes time, according to sources close to the 78 billion euro ($88 billion)group controlled by France's richest man, Bernard Arnault.
  • Apple HealthKit será una herramienta de diagnóstico médico: reporte (2016-09-26 11:45:51)
    Apple quiere que HealthKit se convierta en esa herramienta de análisis médico que doctores y pacientes han estado esperando por mucho tiempo, dice Bloomberg.
  • EU's 'sharing economy' stifled by petty rules on coat hangers to light bulbs (2016-09-26 11:37:09)
    By Marilyn Haigh BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's bid to champion the "sharing economy" is being undermined in the short-term rental sector by capitals imposing petty rules such as dictating the number of coat hangers home-owners must provide, a complaint filed to the European Commission says. In its complaint, the European Holiday Homeowners Association singled out Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and Paris as having local regulations that restricted the activities of online platforms such as Airbnb and TripAdvisor and violated the EU's e-commerce directive. The Commission set out guidelines in June aimed at creating a true single market for a rapidly growing sector of the economy, which includes platforms from ride-hailing app Uber [UBER.UL] to accommodation service Airbnb.
  • This $50 stick-on camera could be a less-embarrasing replacement for your selfie stick (2016-09-26 11:30:03)
    Last year, Podo Labs released the first iteration of the Podo — a Bluetooth-controlled, stick-on camera — on Kickstarter, and now the company is back with a new, upgraded version. The second-generation Podo camera looks a lot like the first, but adds a few new features. The new Podo offers a 5-megapixel camera, with pixels that are twice as large as the original Podo, as well as a new wide-angle lens.
  • Google reportedly working on a laptop and tablet running an Android-Chrome OS hybrid (2016-09-26 11:24:21)
    Google is reportedly working on a new Pixel laptop that will run on the long-gestating new operating system that merges Android and Chrome OS. According to Android Police and 9to5Google, the device is known internally by the codename "Bison" or Pixel 3, and will run on what's currently being called "Andromeda" when it sees release in Q3 2017. In addition, 9to5Google also reports that Huawei is working on a new Nexus tablet that will also run the new OS. The notebook will be 10mm thick, have 12.3-inch displays, and will convert into a tablet mode with stylus support.
  • Google is working on a MacBook killer running a special breed of Android (2016-09-26 11:23:36)
    Google has already started teasing its October 4th event where Pixel smartphones are meant to show up. But that’s not everything Google is announcing in early October. The most important thing the company might unveil is the Andromeda operating system, a merger between Android and Chrome OS. Andromeda isn’t a commercial name , but rather an internal codename for the initiative, which will represent a major shift in Android strategy. Google will be able to take the best from both worlds and release other types of Android devices, including better laptops and tablets. The first laptop running Andromeda will come out next summer, per one report. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review According to Android Police , the Pixel 3 laptop is set to arrive at some point in the third quarter of 2017. The project is known internally as Bison, and the laptop should be the first new device to showcase Google’s Android / Chrome OS hybrid. “Bison, then, would be the culmination of years of work by Google's Pixel team and Google's Android and Chrome OS teams,” Android Police writes. The device would not be marketed as a Chromebook, and the project isn’t part of Google’s current effort to put Android apps on Chrome OS devices. In Andromeda, Google wants to merge Chrome features into Android, which means Bison, or the Pixel 3, will be an Android device rather than a Chrome OS one. The current list of specs for the Bison includes a 12.3-inch display with touch support, Intel m3 or i5 Core processor, 32GB to 128GB of storage, 8GB to 16GB of RAM, fingerprint scanner, USB-C connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack, stylus support, stereo speakers. quad microphones, backlit keyboard, glass trackpad with haptic and force detection and 10 hours of battery life. The device would also measure just 10mm in thickness, which would make it thinner than the 12-inch MacBook. Best of all, the Bison would sell for just $799, according to the information available to Android Police at this time. Obviously, things may change in the following year, and Google could even cancel the product. But this MacBook contender already sounds amazing on paper.
  • The great debate: Clinton vs. Trump? Or best pancake topping? (2016-09-26 11:09:02)
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  • How to improve functionality by removing blank cells from an Excel sheet (2016-09-26 11:08:00)
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  • Register to vote, the Google Doodle way (2016-09-26 11:07:10)
    The search engine giant wants to get you set up to get to the ballot box.
  • Researchers restore the first ever computer-generated music, made in Alan Turing's lab (2016-09-26 11:05:21)
    The University of Manchester School of Computer Science
  • Google’s self-driving car crashed, and humans are responsible (2016-09-26 11:02:13)
    Google is one of the first companies to start testing autonomous vehicles technology. Unlike Tesla, which does it with the help of commercial vehicles, Google’s self-driving car fleet isn’t available to regular customers. But the cars do roam public roads, and they are involved in accidents from time to time. The worst such event happened a few days ago, and humans are apparently responsible for it. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review These aren’t the Google engineers manning the self-driving Lexus that sustained significant damage in a collision with a van - see the image above, with the van being towed away in the background. It’s the guys in the other car that are apparently to blame. Google doesn't always release timely explanations of the accidents involving its car, but the company was quick to issue a statement right after the crash. “A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain View when a car heading westbound on El Camino Real ran a red light and collided with the right side of our vehicle,” Google said in a statement, according to 9to5Google . “Our light was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection. Thousands of crashes happen everyday on US roads, and red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the U.S. Human error plays a role in 94% of these crashes, which is why we’re developing fully self-driving technology to make our roads safer.” The story appears to be corroborated by a witness. “I only saw the tail-end of the crash, and the dazed Google employees sitting around afterwards waiting for their tow-truck. I had to be on my way,” a witness told the site. The witness also mentioned that, based on their perspective, the self-driving car was not at fault. “From what I could see, it was the van’s fault entirely,” they said.
  • Square is trying to fix the chip card speed problem (2016-09-26 11:00:12)
    As we approach the one year anniversary of America’s switch from magstripe credit card readers over to EMV chip cards, the track record for them is not good. In fact, as I complained back in July, the entire technology stack is bad, slow, user hostile, and annoying.
  • This adorable wireless controller looks like a classic Apple logo (2016-09-26 11:00:03)
    8bitdo — the company behind some of the best classic-style Bluetooth controllers around — is making something special to celebrate Apple’s 40th anniversary. Called the AP40, it’s a wireless controller that’s functionally similar to a SNES gamepad, but is designed to look like the classic rainbow Apple logo.
  • The US will need to expand its climate change plans to meet Paris agreement goals (2016-09-26 11:00:03)
    Earlier this month, the United States ratified the Paris climate accord. The Paris climate deal was reached at the end of last year, when nearly 200 nations agreed to cut fossil fuel emissions in an effort to combat climate change.
  • Takata's airbags rupture by the hundreds during testing (2016-09-26 10:42:41)
    Even though the number may seem small, it wouldn't be that insignificant if it's in your car.
  • Apple HealthKit reportedly to shift from tracking to diagnosis (2016-09-26 10:42:30)
    Apple wants HealthKit to become the central medical analysis tool that doctors and patients have been waiting for, according to Bloomberg.
  • Flybrix Lets You Turn Your Legos Into a Drone (2016-09-26 10:42:02)
    Your Legos can now take to the skies. A company called Flybrix is now selling two kits that will turn your Legos into a drone. You can build the drone either with the included Lego bricks, or you can use your own.
  • The Pixel phones may not be the most interesting thing Google unveils next month (2016-09-26 10:40:13)
    Google started teasing its October 4th mobile event a few days ago, and if you’re familiar with recent rumors you probably know two things about it: the Nexus phone is dying, and the Pixel phone will replace it. Google will have other hardware on display during the event, but the company is also expected to unveil a massive milestone for Android. Andromeda, as a new operating system is internally called, might be the most important thing coming out of Google’s October 4th event. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review “We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016,” Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said cryptically on Twitter during the weekend. That’s the kind of message the often-accurate Android Police can interpret differently than most of us. The Android site has been sitting on information that something big is coming at Google’s event on October 4th. The announcement is greater than Pixel phones and bigger than Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, and Google WiFi, the site says. It’s probably Andromeda, Android Police thinks, the Android version that incorporates Chrome OS. Google has been rumored to merge the two platforms for a while now, and it may all happen next year. An Android operating system that has Chrome OS abilities would put Google in a position where it could propose buyers decent PC computing alternatives to Mac and Windows. Not to mention that Andromeda might be compatible with all Pixel-branded gadgets. Lockheimer’s tweet is certainly interesting even if Android Police ’s explanation isn’t true. If Google is going to tease anything Android-related on October 4th, it’s definitely something that will affect the entire future of Android. Color us intrigued, Google!
  • Everyone you know is going to sing this damned song about pens and pineapples (2016-09-26 10:35:18)
    Remember this moment: the smell, the look, the sound. Like the seconds before you first danced the "Macarena" or were asked "Who Let the Dogs Out," this moment is an endpoint of a phase of your life. Because you, my dear reader, will shortly click play on the video, above, and listen to "Pen-Pineapple Apple-Pen" (or "PPAP"). You will voluntarily allow the ear-worm to wheedle its way into your brain, where it will, for the foreseeable future, make a cozy bivouac.Why will you do this? Because "PPAP" will be inescapable. ...
  • SpaceX's humans-to-Mars rocket gets fired up (2016-09-26 10:31:55)
    The Raptor rocket gets an inaugural test firing ahead of a speech in which Elon Musk will outline his plan to colonize the Red Planet.
  • Renault, Nissan partner with Microsoft for connected car technology (2016-09-26 10:28:39)
    (Reuters) - Renault SA's carmaking alliance with Nissan Motor Co is partnering with Microsoft Corp to develop cloud-based services for cars, a step toward the group's plans to build self-driving automobiles by 2020. The services, based on Microsoft's Azure cloud service, will include advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and over-the-air software updates. Renault and Nissan plan to launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology by 2020.
  • China's version of Uber makes big bet on bike sharing (2016-09-26 10:27:50)
    The ridesharing company Didi Chuxing announced today that it has invested "tens of millions of U.S. dollars" in ofo, China's largest bicycle-sharing platform.
  • Can virtual reality help us talk politics online? (2016-09-26 10:25:50)
    When I first enter the VR 30 Rock, it’s just me and a couple of people from AltspaceVR and NBC, doing a press tour before its official launch. This changes at launch, when AltspaceVR hosts a kickoff party featuring Today show weather anchor Al Roker. Cheering crowds are practically part of the scenery at political events, but I’m in a sedate group of avatars, all of whom willingly mute themselves when Roker gets on the stage.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers just acquired an e-sports team (2016-09-26 10:24:16)
    Following in the footsteps of soccer clubs like Valencia and Schalke, the Philadelphia 76ers are getting into e-sports. The NBA team announced that it has acquired two e-sports franchises — Team Dignitas and Team Apex — and will be merging them together under the Dignitas name. 76ers ownership believes this will create “a powerhouse competitor” in the e-sports space.
  • Roku makes 4K and HDR video cheap with new streaming boxes (2016-09-26 10:15:11)
    If you're looking for a new streaming media player this fall, Roku has you covered. On Monday morning, the company unveiled five new devices on its website — a lineup with some notable additions and improvements over last year's. DON'T MISS:  Every video game launching this fall that you need to know about The Roku Ultra is the company's new flagship streaming box, replacing the Roku 4. It includes several new features differentiating it from its predecessor, including 4K and HDR video support, a USB port, Optical Audio out, MIMO connectivity and an upgraded remote with gaming buttons and a "Find My Remote" feature. The Roku Ultra will cost $129.99 — the same price as the Roku 4 at launch. If you don't care about all the bells and whistles of the Ultra, you might want to look into the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+. Taking the place of the Roku 2 and Roku 3 set-top boxes, both the Premiere and Premiere+ support 4K video, but you'll have to spring for the Premiere+ if you want HDR support as well. The Premiere will retail for $79.99 while the Premiere+ will run you $99.99. Finally, if you haven't entered the 4K era yet, the Roku Express and Roku Express+ are for you. At $29.99 and $39.99 respectively, these two players are not only the cheapest devices in the lineup, but also the smallest. They lack a majority of the features Roku is bringing to the rest of its lineup, but if you simply want to watch Netflix, Hulu and YouTube in 1080p, these should do the trick. The only real difference between these two devices is that the Express+ supports a composite jack and A/V cable for users with older TVs. Roku says that all five of its new streaming media players are available to preorder right now, with shipments expected to arrive in stores on October 9th. Oh, and if you want a Roku Express+, you'll have to get it from Walmart.
  • Drake's new short film Please Forgive Me is part Indecent Proposal, part Taken (2016-09-26 10:09:08)
    Drake’s new short film, Please Forgive Me, has just been released exclusively on Apple Music. If you never really pictured Drake as an action movie star, well, here you go. The short — which is only the second video to come out of Views since "Child’s Play" landed earlier this month — was filmed by music video director Anthony Mandler over the course of a single week in Soweto, South Africa.
  • Tonight's presidential debate: start time, schedule, and streaming (2016-09-26 10:04:43)
    Tonight's presidential debate face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is expected to be not only one of the most-watched debates in history, but a major television event in its own right. The event will, of course, be a major presence on traditional TV — but if you're a cord-cutter, you'll still have plenty of ways to tune in this time around. The debate kicks off at 9PM EST tonight at Hofstra University, and will run for a commercial-free 90 minutes.
  • 400 million machines are now running Windows 10 (2016-09-26 10:04:35)
    The latest update on usage comes just three months after the software maker revealed 350 million devices were running Windows 10 back in June. Microsoft's latest stats show why it will take longer to hit 1 billion devices running Windows 10. Before the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ended in July, nearly 30 million additional machines were running Windows 10 each month.
  • Star Wars characters, Groot encourage kids to exercise (2016-09-26 10:02:42)
    Jedi and "Guardians of the Galaxy" characters are among those spotlighting the "Improve Your Selfie" health campaign launched by Disney.
  • Google mejora herramientas en español para que salgas a votar en noviembre (2016-09-26 10:01:02)
    Faltan sólo unas semanas para la elección presidencial de EE.UU. y si aún no te has registrado para votar, ahora lo tienes más fácil.
  • The concept art behind Dishonored 2’s menacing characters (2016-09-26 10:00:13)
    For the upcoming Dishonored 2, much of the focus to date has been on the stunningly detailed new city Karnaca, as well as the huge array of powers you’ll have at your disposal. But the game is also home to what looks like a fascinating cast of characters, including two different playable leads: Dishonored protagonist Corvo Attano, and Empress Emily Kaldwin. ...
  • Prepare for tonight’s debate with this perfect John Oliver clip (2016-09-26 09:50:07)
    Tonight, in case you're not aware, we will finally have the chance to see Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fight to the death on stage. Unfortunately, they'll only be using words, but it still promises to be an incredible spectacle. To try and understand why this election season has been so dramatic, full-time YouTube comedian and occasional journalist John Oliver dug deeper into the scandal surrounding both Trump and Clinton, and produced the only piece of debate prep you need to watch. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 review The 20-minute clip is fresh from last night's airing of  Last Week Tonight , and it broadly delves into the scandals that have mired both candidates. With the frenzy and mud-slinging surrounding Trump and Clinton having devolved into straight-up name calling a long time ago, it's good to have a reasonably clean and objective look at the facts. Now, it's depressing that that objective look at the facts has to come from a comedian on a late-night show, but that's what makes this election year fun. It's difficult to say who comes off worse from the video. Sure, Trump is described as a "real-life scarecrow" (and worse), but Clinton is painted as a master manipulator, and a long way from trustworthy. On the Clinton side, the big scandals are emails and the Clinton Foundation. You're probably tired of hearing about both, but Oliver does a good job of explaining the parts you should care about -- mostly, the obfuscation and things that "might not technically be illegal," but don't look good for someone running for President. For Trump, it's all about the money. From his tax returns to charities and trust funds, there's more questions than answers about his business dealings, which is worrying for someone running for office based mostly on his business history. All in all, it's a good primer for this evening's debate. Expect to have none of the questions it raises answered, but at least it might help you pick a side (or finally decide that they're both equally screwed).
  • Pippa Middleton iCloud hack suspect released on bail (2016-09-26 09:35:49)
    The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is latest celebrity to have photos stolen from her iCloud account.
  • Please don’t drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7 (2016-09-26 09:25:33)
    I can’t believe I actually have to write this, but here we are. Absolutely don’t try to fix the iPhone 7’s headphone jack problem by drilling a hole where the port used to be. Apple did not leave the internal components in there. You won’t be able to use your 3.5mm headphone jack with a custom made hole. Instead, you’re going to ruin a very expensive handset. Honestly, I refuse to believe anyone would actually believe Apple would do such a thing in the first place. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review YouTube channel TechRax made a video that was supposed to make fun of Apple’s controversial decision to remove the headphone jack. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and the video is brilliantly trolling Apple. Just don’t do it yourself. It should be pretty clear that the video is a parody. Some people are hopefully responding with parody comments to it when they say they have destroyed their iPhones after drilling holes as instructed. If any of them are real, then buying a smartphone is probably not the first things these people need to fix. Apple received plenty of criticism for its decision to kill the 3.5mm port, but the company simply doesn’t seem to care. And don’t expect the ancient port to make a comeback next year. Ultimately, everyone will just get with the program, including buyers, accessory makers, and even competitors. Meanwhile, check out TechRax ’s video below, which went viral since being posted online a few days ago. And whatever you do, never take a drill on a smartphone or any smart gadget, to fix it.
  • Silicon Valley startups invade Best Buy (2016-09-26 09:14:36)
    Best Buy's new program will bring products from tech startups to consumers.
  • Plex Cloud means saying goodbye to the always-on PC (2016-09-26 09:00:17)
    Plex is giving the world another reason to subscribe to Plex Pass subscriptions today with the launch of Plex Cloud. As the name suggests, Plex Cloud eliminates the need to run the Plex Media Server on a computer or Networked Attached Storage (NAS) in your house. Plex Cloud functions just like a regular Plex Media Server giving you access to your media — no matter how you acquire it — from an incredibly broad range of devices.
  • Stan Bush wrote an amazing new ‘80s anthem for Shadow Warrior 2 (2016-09-26 09:00:09)
    The title song for the upcoming action game Shadow Warrior 2 sounds like it’s 30 years old, and with good reason: it was written and performed by the same team behind “The Touch,” the iconic anthem from the original 1986 Transformers animated film. “I’ve always been one of those people who believes that we make our own reality,” says singer and co-writer Stan Bush. “Warrior” is one of four Bush songs that will be featured on the Shadow Warrior 2 soundtrack.
  • Roku's new streaming media players support 4K and HDR video (2016-09-26 09:00:03)
    After weeks of leaks about the new products, Roku has officially announced its new line of streaming media boxes. The new Roku Express box replaces the Roku 1 with a much smaller form factor (75 percent smaller) and double the processing power of the original box. It streams HD video, not 4K like the top-of-the-line Rokus do, but it also costs just $30, making it the most affordable Roku.
  • Roku's new $30 Express box is the cheapest Roku yet (2016-09-26 09:00:03)
    Roku today announced a whole bunch of new streaming media boxes, effectively replacing its existing hardware lineup. While the top-of-the-line, $130 Roku Ultra will appeal to early adopters who want both 4K and HDR video support, Roku's "cheap" box may just pique more interest. The new Roku Express box, which replaces the old Roku 1, is a tiny streaming video box with double the processing power of the original box — and costs just $30.
  • Intel’s office of the future is a micromanaging monster (2016-09-26 08:40:46)
    Intel is building an ambitious new office building in Israel’s Petah Tikva, which will house 2,500 employees and serve as a showcase for the chipmaker’s latest IoT technologies. Judging by the promo video from Intel, the building will also be a horrible nag that micromanages employees’ sleep, work commute, exercise, and even what they have for lunch. In classic dystopian survellance fashion, Intel's future ultra-smart building begins with face recognition.
  • Best Buy is bringing exciting crowdfunded products to its retail stores (2016-09-26 08:35:21)
    The problem with crowdfunding projects is that you can never know which ones to trust. They all look great on paper, but making new products with limited resources can be challenging for some startups — assuming they don’t plan to rip off excited buyers in the first place. But there are great projects coming out of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and retailers are starting to pay attention to them. Amazon already set up its own virtual shop for startups, and Best Buy is about to follow suit. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review The company on Monday announced its Best Buy Ignite initiative, which will let customers try out brand new crowdfunded products in its retail stores, as well as giving them the ability to order some of them online. “Key features of the program include dedicated store space for products and services from startups; a new section on where customers can browse, learn about, and purchase the newest products from startups; and a partnership with PCH, a product innovation company that works closely with startups to help get their products into consumers’ hands, faster and at a lower cost,” the company said in a press release. The first Ignite space will open for business in the new Mountain View Best Buy store. It’ll include a selection of crowdfunded gadgets including the Tangram smart rope, Flic smart button, RoBo 3D printer, Zuli Smartplug, and Noke Bluetooth padlock. The Ignite space will also feature Under Armour tech and music-related gadgets. Buyers outside of the Bay Area will be able to find products from hot startups online at, but also in hundreds of Best Buy stores nationwide. The full press release follows: Best Buy Brings Leading Startups, Innovators to Consumers Like Never Before For more than 50 years, customers have relied on Best Buy to help them learn about and enjoy consumer electronics. Now Best Buy’s Ignite program gives customers access to even more of the latest technology from some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and startups in consumer electronics. Key features of the program include dedicated store space for products and services from startups; a new section on where customers can browse, learn about, and purchase the newest products from startups; and a partnership with PCH, a product innovation company that works closely with startups to help get their products into consumers’ hands, faster and at a lower cost. Revamped Silicon Valley Store A new Ignite space in the new Mountain View Best Buy store (which opened September 16 after relocating from its previous location in Sunnyvale) is designed to give customers an opportunity to discover and learn about some of the newest tech products on the market. The Best Buy Ignite space currently features three experiences: • A selection of crowd-funded gadgets from startups, including the Tangram smart rope, Flic smart button, RoBo 3D printer, Zuli Smartplug and Noke Bluetooth padlock – all of which are also available on • Wearable technology showcasing the latest from Under Armour • Audio showcasing Muzik, smart and connected headphones, and Bragi, wireless smart earphones For customers outside of the Bay Area, other startup products can be found online and in hundreds of Best Buy stores nationwide. Examples include the Anova precision cooker and Fizzics draft beer system, Keen Home smart vent, Petcube pet camera and Luma Home Wi-Fi system. Many stores will also have the Mevo live event camera, SkyLab camera stabilizers and Prynt instant photo printer. PCH Best Buy’s partnership with PCH will make it easier and quicker for Best Buy customers to get their hands on startups’ innovative products, both in Best Buy stores and on Now, select startups will be able to take advantage of PCH’s services, including assistance with product development and manufacturing, to packaging and inventory management. Ignite Online Later this fall, customers will be able to visit a new Best Buy Ignite page on to browse, learn about, and shop for new products from some of the most innovative startups. The new section will include a variety of gadgets, including many of those currently featured in the Best Buy store in Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs and startups interested in participating in Best Buy’s Ignite program don’t need to wait; they can sign up now at
  • Chinese wanderlust drives rapid growth for payment platform Alipay (2016-09-26 08:19:10)
    China's Alipay payment platform has inked deals with 10 overseas airports as it looks to expand on the back of Chinese consumers' growing appetite for travel, and has already signed up more than 80,000 merchants worldwide, a senior executive said on Monday. Alipay, whose platform offers services ranging from bill payment to money transfers, is making rapid inroads in more developed markets such as the United States and South Korea, and can now be used in upscale department stores such as Harrods in London, Douglas Feagin, senior vice president of global business at Ant Financial Services Group, told Reuters in an interview. Ant Financial, an affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is focusing on markets favored by Chinese travelers, who numbered 120 million last year and spent $104.5 billion, according to the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute.
  • Canvas Ventures raises $300 million fund to back startups (2016-09-26 07:32:59)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley venture capital firm Canvas Ventures has raised a $300 million fund to make new investments into startups working on fintech, healthcare, artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technology. The fund is the second for Canvas Ventures, which spun out of Morgenthaler Ventures, and provides the firm with nearly twice as much cash to invest. Canvas's first fund, raised in 2013, was $175 million.
  • First Click: Elon Musk's journey to Mars, DJI's foldable drone, and more in the week ahead (2016-09-26 07:30:03)
    This week will be a huge week for flying machines both big and small with SpaceX and DJI hosting events on Tuesday. At a rumored 1.43 pounds it would be DJI’s lightest drone. Tuesday will also see the SpaceX CEO speak at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico, where he’s expected to reveal his plan for colonizing Mars.
  • This AI-written pop song is almost certainly a dire warning for humanity (2016-09-26 07:21:37)
    Artificial intelligence has already been used to create a short film, snippets of angst-ridden poetry, and even the odd avant-garde melody. The song in question was created by researchers at Sony, who used the company’s Flow Machines software to analyze a database of some 13,000 lead sheets (basic scores that record the melody and harmony of tracks) from different genres around the world. The software writes its own melodies, and a human composer, Benoît Carré, was drafted to turn material into a fully-produced track.
  • UAE to introduce new laws soon to regulate drones (2016-09-26 07:02:22)
    By Stanley Carvalho ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will finalize laws to more heavily regulate the sale of drones and their operations soon, aiming to minimize risks posed by unmanned aerial vehicles, an official at the aviation regulator said on Monday. Dubai International Airport was closed for more than an hour on June 12 due to unauthorized drone activity in the surrounding airspace that resulted in millions of dollars of losses for the economy. "Several incidents have happened and to integrate them (drones) safely into the commercial airspace is a challenge," Mohammed Faisal al-Dossari, director, air navigation & aerodromes department, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said.
  • Clinton will beat Trump in innovation and technology at first debate, says TechRepublic's swarm AI (2016-09-26 07:00:07)
    TechRepublic and Unanimous A.I. conducted a real-time 'swarm' to prognosticate what will happen at the first US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. See the results.
  • Corporate boards: Women twice as likely to have professional tech experience as men (2016-09-26 07:00:06)
    While men still outnumber women on corporate boards of directors, in almost every industry female directors had more tech experience than their male counterparts, according to a recent study by Accenture.
  • Why Amazon can't possibly be the only cloud winner (2016-09-26 07:00:03)
    The enterprise is too big and complex for one cloud to dominate, argues Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji.
  • Uber researches vertical-takeoff planes for short-haul city rides (2016-09-26 06:51:05)
    The tech could be ready to take flight within the next decade, says product head Jeff Holden.
  • Facebook accused of censoring Palestinian journalists (2016-09-26 06:49:39)
    Facebook has apologized for disabling the personal accounts of several editors and executives at two major Palestinian news publications, according to a report from The Electronic Intifada. Facebook says the accounts were mistakenly suspended after being reported for violating the site's community standards, but the publications believe the incident is related to Israel's recent push to combat online incitement to violence. Four editors at the Shehab News Agency and three executives from the Quds News Network had their personal accounts disabled on Friday, according to Al Jazeera.
  • Strava to give away free New Balance sneakers, but there's a 26.2-mile catch (2016-09-26 06:00:02)
    Complete a marathon and run the second half faster than the first. That shouldn't be too hard.
  • DTS:X: The immersive audio standard, explained (2016-09-26 04:00:07)
    DTS:X is a next-generation surround-sound format designed to compete against Dolby Atmos. Here's everything you need to know.
  • RAR for Android review (2016-09-26 03:56:57)
    RARLAB's RAR for Android is an all-in-one, original, free, simple, easy and quick compression program, archiver, assistant, extractor, manager and
  • SpaceX test-fires the engines that could take humans to Mars (2016-09-26 03:09:50)
    SpaceX has conducted its first firing test of its Raptor engine, the powerful propulsion system that the company aims to use to take humans to Mars. SpaceX boss Elon Musk tweeted pictures of the tests late last night, sharing one image that showed a steady stream of flame emanating from the engine, and another showing "Mach diamonds" — patterns formed in the exhaust plumes of supersonic craft. Musk has been has been fairly vague on Raptor specifications so far, but tweeted a few extra details after last night's tests, confirming production goals and chamber pressure.
  • Didi Chuxing invests 'tens of millions' in Chinese bike-sharing platform (2016-09-26 02:12:32)
    Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing on Monday said it has invested "tens of millions of dollars" in the country's largest bicycle-sharing platform ofo, as it looks to provide its users with more transportation options. Didi, which bought the Chinese unit of rival Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] last month, said it would look to include bicycles as an option on its app as part of plans to develop a transport ecosystem. "If it's only two or three miles away, or the traffic is crowded, I can just ride a bike and go," Didi spokesperson Liang Sun said.
  • Trump launches nationwide Snapchat filter to attack 'Crooked Hillary' before debate (2016-09-26 01:34:22)
    After blasting her in Twitter tirades and during campaign trail speeches, Donald Trump is turning to Snapchat to attack Hillary Clinton. Trump's campaign has purchased national Snapchat geofilters, the Independent Journal Review reports, that will be available to Snapchat users during Monday's debate. A preview version of the filter frames the event as being "Donald J. Trump vs. Crooked Hillary," but Time says it will be changed during the debate itself for a different version that removes the direct attack on the Democratic candidate.
  • Researchers restore first ever computer music recording (2016-09-26 01:13:32)
    New Zealand researchers said Monday they have restored the first recording of computer-generated music, created in 1951 on a gigantic contraption built by British genius Alan Turing. The aural artefact, which paved the way for everything from synthesizers to modern electronica, opens with a staunchly conservative tune -- the British national anthem "God Save the King". Researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch said it showed Turing -- best known as the father of computing who broke the WWII Enigma code -- was also a musical innovator.
  • Leica and Huawei continue camera partnership with joint R&D center (2016-09-26 00:07:52)
    Leica and Huawei have announced plans for a new research and innovation center to be situated at Leica's headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany. The Max Berek Innovation Lab, named after the famed optical pioneer who created many of Leica's early lenses, continues a partnership first announced in February and solidified in April with the launch of Huawei's Leica-branded P9 phone. According to Huawei, the R&D lab will "drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications," including AR and VR solutions.
  • Exclusive: Thailand considering tougher tax collection rules for internet, tech firms (2016-09-26 00:04:27)
    Thailand is studying plans for tougher tax collection rules governing internet and technology firms, according to the head of the country's Revenue Department. The plans would also cover the mobile transfers and internet payment sector, Prasong Poontaneat, director general of Thailand's Revenue Department, told Reuters.
  • Lawnmower confronts apple-stealing moose, moose wins (2016-09-25 19:56:12)
    Technically Incorrect: Some animals realize that gadgets can be defeated. Quite easily, as this delightful YouTube video shows.
  • The terrifying moment a pilot is hit by another plane on runway (2016-09-25 18:30:03)
    Technically Incorrect: It seems impossible to believe. But the pilot of a small race plane had engine trouble. Another plane continues to take off behind him.
  • HERE, automakers team up to share data on traffic conditions (2016-09-25 18:07:06)
    By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - German digital map maker HERE will introduce a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first. The Berlin-based company, owned by Germany's three premium automakers, will provide four services in which drivers share detailed video views of traffic jams or accidents, potential road hazards like fog or slippery streets, traffic signs including temporary speed limits and on-street parking. Other automakers are expected to join the project later and contribute data from their vehicles, HERE said.
  • Actors can get their age removed from IMDb under new California law (2016-09-25 17:34:17)
    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation Saturday, which would require entertainment database websites to remove an actor's age five days after receiving a request to do so.
  • New iOS 10 security flaw makes it easier to crack iPhone backups (2016-09-25 17:00:09)
    According to Forbes, Apple’s latest iOS release seems to have accidentally weakened the the iPhone’s security, potentially allowing unauthorized access to localized backups. Elcomsoft, a Russian firm that has created tools to break into iPhones, discovered the vulnerability as it worked to update its phone breaker tool. It found that backups saved after a user updates to iOS 10 uses a new "password verification mechanism" that skips several security checks, according to a blog post.
  • One astonishing picture of Hillary Clinton shows who and what we've become (2016-09-25 17:00:02)
    Technically Incorrect: Posted to Twitter by the design lead for Hillary for America, this will surely be one of the iconic images of our age.
  • The Fruit Ninja game is going to be a movie (2016-09-25 16:29:57)
    After Angry Birds earned more than $300 million at the box office, it was only a matter of time before other studios decided to jump on the bandwagon to adapt mobile phone games. The next one? Fruit Ninja.New Line Cinemas has snapped up the rights to turn the mobile game — which lets its users slice fruit in half with a swipe of the finger — into a film. J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani will write the script, which The Hollywood Reporter says will "revolve around a team of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in order to save the world. ...
  • To reduce shipping damages, a Dutch bike company printed a television on their boxes (2016-09-25 16:00:02)
    The company came up with a genius solution: print a graphic of a flatscreen television on the side of the box. The damage reports were a major problem for the company because the street bikes that it manufactures are at the high-end of the market, and some are loaded down with delicate electronics like anti-theft trackers and electric motors. Plus, the company had set a goal to sell 90 percent of its bikes online by the end of the decade.
  • California eyes unusual power source: its gridlocked roads (2016-09-25 15:31:38)
    All those cars on California's famously gridlocked highways could be doing more than just using energy - they could be producing it. The California Energy Commission is investing $2 million to study whether ...
  • Bill Maher rages at Apple for releasing dull iPhone 7 (2016-09-25 15:30:02)
    Technically Incorrect: The talk show host insists that the only people who want you to buy the new phone are Apple shareholders. He's also appalled by those who stand in the "nerd line."
  • China begins listening for E.T. on world's largest radio telescope (2016-09-25 15:12:04)
    Massive telescope will be used to survey galaxies and listen to signals from extraterrestrial civilizations.
  • Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe weighs in on Palmer Luckey’s apology (2016-09-25 14:30:09)
    Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey apologized on Friday after a Daily Beast article revealed that he had donated a considerable amount of money to Nimble America, a group dedicated to "shitposting" and "meme magic," during the 2016 Presidential Election. Everyone at Oculus is free to support the issues or causes that matter to them, whether or not we agree with those views.
  • A pair of cute robots run into unexpected peril in short film Planet Unknown (2016-09-25 14:00:09)
    Shawn Wang’s recently completed short film Planet Unknown looks a bit like WALL·E. Now that he’s graduated, he noted that he will likely be picking up work soon, but that he plans to continue to make short animated films on the side.
  • MIT's flea market specializes in rare, obscure electronics (2016-09-25 13:57:48)
    Once a month in the summer, a small parking lot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus transforms into a high-tech flea market known for its outlandish offerings. Tables overflow with antique ...
  • 'Star Wars Rebels' characters, Marvel's Groot are encouraging kids to exercise (2016-09-25 13:34:00)
    Jedi and "Guardians of the Galaxy" characters are among those spotlighting the "Improve Your Selfie" health campaign launched by Disney.
  • IMDB would be required to remove actors' ages when asked under new California law (2016-09-25 13:00:09)
    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will require commercial websites to remove information about an actor’s age upon request, in an attempt to combat agism in the state’s film industry. The law, known as AB-1687, states that commercial online entertainment employment service providers will be required to remove "certain information regarding the subscriber’s age on any companion Internet Web site under the provider’s control if requested by the subscriber." In other words, websites such as the Internet Movie Database and StudioSystem would be compelled to remove an actor’s age if requested. AB-1687 only applies to commercial websites - which it defines as websites that display ads or receives payment from subscribers, and does’t apply to websites where the general public uploads the information to the site, such as Wikipedia, or to news outlets.
  • Every video game launching this fall that you need to know about (2016-09-25 12:30:25)
    As of this week, fall has officially begun. That means a whole lot of things—changing colors, cooler temperatures, the weirdest presidential election of all time—but more importantly, it means that a truckload of video games are coming out. And by truckload, I means dozens and dozens for each and every platform (save for the Wii U). But rather than list all of the titles, we've decided to round up the best of the best; the ones you really need to be looking out for this fall. DON'T MISS:  Report: Nintendo’s NX has entered production Below you'll find all the most important video games launching this season: September Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade | PC | September 23rd Darkest Dungeon | PS4, PS Vita | September 27th FIFA 17 | PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360, PC | September 27th Forza Horizon 3 | Xbox One, PC | September 27th Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice | 3DS | September 27th XCOM 2 | PS4, Xbox One | September 27th Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits | 3DS | September 30th Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls | 3DS | September 30th October Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide | PS4, Xbox One | October 4th Mafia III | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 7th Paper Mario: Color Splash | Wii U | October 7th 100ft Robot Golf | PS4, PSVR | October 10th Dragon Quest Builders | PS4, PS Vita | October 10th Gears of War 4 | Xbox One | October 11th Rise of the Tomb Raider | PS4 | October 11th WWE 2K17 | PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360 | October 11th PlayStation VR | Hardware | October 13th Shadow Warrior 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 13th Skylanders Imaginators | PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360, Wii U | October 16th Battlefield 1 | PS4, Xbox One | October 21st Sid Meier's Civilization VI | PC | October 21st Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 25th World of Final Fantasy | PS4, Vita | October 25th TES V: Skyrim Special Edition  | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 28th Titanfall 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 28th November Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 4th Mario Party: Star Rush | 3DS | November 4th PlayStation 4 Pro | Hardware | November 10th Dishonored 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 11th Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection | PS4, Xbox One | November 15th Watch Dogs 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 15th Killing Floor 2 | PS4, PC | November 18th Pokémon Moon | 3DS | November 18th Pokémon Sun | 3DS | November 18th Final Fantasy XV | PS4, Xbox One | November 29th December Gravity Rush 2 | PS4 | December 2nd Steep | PS4, Xbox One, PC | December 2nd Super Mario Maker 3DS | 3DS | December 2nd Dead Rising 4 | Xbox One, PC | December 6th The Last Guardian | PS4 | December 6th Although most of the September and October games are set in stone at this point, there are sure to be several delays and release date announcements between now and the end of the year. We'll update and add to this list as we learn more.
  • Tokyo Thrift: The Rez Trance Vibrator is gaming's most intense peripheral (2016-09-25 12:00:09)
    If you read our coverage of Tokyo Game Show earlier this month, you'll know that Rez is my favorite game of all time, and that the new version for PlayStation VR is its most spectacular iteration yet. Rez Infinite is the rare example of a pre-existing game that feels like it was designed for virtual reality, despite first coming out fifteen years ago. Okay, so you couldn't immerse yourself in Rez's wireframe world by enveloping your field of vision with a stereoscopic OLED display.
  • How Europa changed how we saw the solar system (2016-09-25 12:00:03)
    On Monday, NASA is set to hold a press conference about some “surprising activity” on Jupiter’s icy moon of Europa. There’s no indication as to what that activity might be, other than it involves the Hubble Space Telescope, but it’s garnering more than one 2010 reference around the internet. Europa has always been a fascinating world that has challenged our view of the nature of the solar system.
  • Europa changed how we saw the solar system (2016-09-25 12:00:03)
    On Monday, NASA is set to hold a press conference about some “surprising activity” on Jupiter’s icy moon of Europa. There’s no indication as to what that activity might be, other than it involves the Hubble Space Telescope, but it’s garnering more than one 2010 reference around the internet. Europa has always been a fascinating world that has challenged our view of the nature of the solar system.
  • Baseball player suspended over Black Lives Matter tweets (2016-09-25 11:30:00)
    Technically Incorrect: Seattle's pro baseball team suspends catcher Steve Clevenger for, among other things, calling the group pathetic after the Charlotte protests.
  • How to be human: how to be happy and alone in New York City (2016-09-25 11:00:03)
    gigi_nyc/Flickr Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "Ask Leah" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is a Senior User Researcher for Slack, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at and read more How to be Human here.Dear Leah, Eight months ago I graduated from a university and moved to New York City to chase my dreams. ...
  • Stephen Hawking quiere encontrar a los extraterrestres antes que lo hagan ellos (2016-09-25 11:00:03)
    El famoso cosmólogo está en busca de señales de seres extraterrestres, pero advierte que debemos tener cuidado de invitarlos a visitar la Tierra.
  • The best reason to become US president is to get a new species named after you (2016-09-25 10:00:03)
    On Monday night, the two candidates running to be president of the United States will square off in the first debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are probably after this job for plenty of reasons, but one neat bonus is having new species named after you. A whole bunch of presidents — past and present — have animals and trees that bear their names.
  • Forget racing, this is what’s really driving Apple’s interest in McLaren (2016-09-25 09:00:39)
    With Apple still reportedly interested in entering the automotive space, a wild new rumor emerged earlier this week claiming that Apple was interested in acquiring McLaren Technology Group. The McLaren Technology Group, for those unfamiliar, widely known and respected for releasing insanely fast supercars and also for its Formula One racing team While initial reports claimed that Apple was interested in acquiring the entirety of McLaren’s business, a McLaren spokesperson quickly reached out to various media outlets and denied that any full takeover talks had taken place. Still, just because Apple may not be interested in a full takeover doesn’t mean that Apple doesn’t have its eye on certain aspects of McLaren’s business. To this point, Mike Butcher of TechCrunch posits an interesting theory , namely that Apple doesn’t want anything to do with McLaren Racing or Formula 1 but rather has its eye McLaren Applied Technologies. DON'T MISS:  Replacement Galaxy Note 7s might be safe, but they also don’t work McLaren Applied Technologies is a technology consulting firm that applies some of the technological advancements gleaned from decades in the racing world to any number of scenarios. “Twenty years at the forefront of motorsport have given us the technological platform to produce seamless end-to-end control systems,” the website boasts . “Hardware and software tailored to extreme environments across automotive, aerospace and transport. Our systems can’t afford to fail. So they don’t.” Buchter notes that McLaren's expertise over the years has been applied to industries as varied as healthcare, oil and even sports leagues. MAT has gradually risen to prominence under the watchful eye of its leader Geoff McGrath, an engineer who started in the oil and gas industry, but has also worked in telecommunications. That relatively unique, cross-discipline, experience means McGrath has been able to build up an almost unrivalled team at the company’s HQ, ever so slightly hidden in the countryside, south-west of London. The likelihood of Apple picking up the whole of McLaren and getting into motor racing is slim. Apple is more likely to want the incredible team and technologies developed inside MAT, while McLaren needs MAT to maintain its competitiveness in racing. Even if a takeover isn't in the works, Buchter raises the idea that Apple might very well be interested in a strategic investment with the company. Indeed, Apple has a long history of investing in cutting-edge companies without necessarily resorting to outright takeovers. Personally, I can't see an Apple Car hitting the road anytime before 2020, if at all. For a variety of reasons, it's increasingly starting to look like Apple completely underestimated the challenges involved in developing and manufacturing a car from scratch. Lastly, it's worth noting that a  New York Times report from this week relayed that Apple's automotive team is in "disarray" and lacks a cohesive vision. And earlier this month, reports surfaced that Apple had laid off a large number of employees from its Project Titan team as the company's car project had "struggled to make progress."
  • How to read a book a week (2016-09-25 09:00:03)
    In February, I read Belle Beth Cooper’s Fast Company piece “How I became a morning person, read more books, and learned a language in a year,” which listed the four steps to assuming a new hobby: set small goals, focus on one new thing at a time, remove obvious barriers, and build the new routines onto old ones. It’s a powerful piece, and if you haven’t already made the time to read it, you should.
  • Where Clinton, Trump stand on 7 big tech issues (2016-09-25 08:00:08)
    Ahead of Monday's debate, we look at how the candidates stack up on cybersecurity, privacy, STEM and other topics affecting tech.
  • Israeli military indicts Palestinians for online incitement (2016-09-25 07:39:59)
    The Israeli military says it has indicted more than 145 Palestinians so far this year for incitement over social media. Sunday's announcement comes amid an Israeli campaign to stamp out the online incitement ...
  • Samsung Electronics delays South Korea re-start of Note 7 sales by three days (2016-09-25 05:22:16)
    Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it was delaying the start of new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone sales in South Korea by three days to Oct. 1, a move it says is needed for speedy completion of the ongoing recall in the country. Samsung announced on Sept. 2 a recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets, including South Korea, due to a faulty battery causing the phones to catch fire, offering refunds or replacement devices using safe batteries. The firm hopes to complete the recall quickly and restart sales in the fourth quarter to salvage earnings, but the latest hitch in South Korea underscore continuing challenges in those efforts.
  • US guidelines on self-driving cars get good reception at G-7 (2016-09-25 02:10:14)
    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Sunday that his counterparts in the Group of Seven nations welcomed U.S. guidelines on regulating self-driving cars and have agreed to work together on creating such standards to maintain safety.
  • 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Award semifinalists announced (2016-09-25 01:03:41)
    These cars, trucks and SUVs are one step closer to winning one of the auto industry's most coveted awards.
  • Police have arrested the man alleged to have hacked Pippa Middleton’s iPhone (2016-09-24 21:04:55)
    British Police have arrested the 35-year-old man alleged to have hacked into an iPhone belonging to Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge. Some of the pictures reportedly included the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, her husband William the Duke of Cambridge, and their child, Princess Charlotte.
  • The beautiful cars of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance could represent the end of an era (2016-09-24 16:00:03)
    A fine layer of flinty ash covered the hoods of the cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is steeped in tradition. Hagerty, the classic car insurance company, served up donuts, coffee, and coveted baseball caps to the earliest risers who came first to see the field of 229 cars and motorcycles.
  • Snapchat to offer camera-equipped sunglasses in first hardware push (2016-09-24 16:00:01)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Snap Inc, the newly renamed parent company of messaging app Snapchat, plans to start selling camera-equipped sunglasses starting this fall, Chief Executive Evan Spiegel told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. The sunglasses, dubbed Spectacles, will be sold via limited distribution for about $130, said Spiegel, who described the device as a toy. The first hardware to be sold by Snap, the sunglasses will record video from the user's perspective in 10-second increments that can be synched with his or her smart-phone. ...
  • Snapchat unveils $129 sunglasses that can record video in 10-second snippets (2016-09-24 15:55:02)
    In an unexpected if not utterly bizarre move, Snapchat over the weekend introduced a new piece of Snapchat-oriented hardware: Snapchat glasses. That's right, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel believes that the exceedingly popular instant messaging and photo sharing app can succeed where Google Glass failed. Dubbed Spectacles , Snapchat's new glasses are equipped with a video camera and, as you might expect, are pretty straight forward to use. Users simply tap a button on the frame and the glasses will record successive clips of 10-second video all from a first person perspective. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 makes every other iPhone look stupidly slow Snapchat's Spectacles are slated to go on sale later this fall (for $129.99) and will come in an assortment of three colors. Interestingly enough, the video footage Spectacles records will not be framed in a traditional orientation. On the contrary, Spectacles will make use of a 115-degree angle lens and all recorded video footage will be circular. The idea is that recorded video will more closely approximate the human eye's range of vision. Putting a corporate spin on why someone might want to use Snapchat's new hardware in the first place, Spiegel articulated to the Wall Street Journal why using Spectacles might be preferable to a traditional smartphone camera. He remembers testing a prototype in early 2015 while hiking with his fiancée, supermodel Miranda Kerr. “It was our first vacation, and we went to Big Sur for a day or two. We were walking through the woods, stepping over logs, looking up at the beautiful trees. And when I got the footage back and watched it, I could see my own memory, through my own eyes—it was unbelievable. It’s one thing to see images of an experience you had, but it’s another thing to have an experience of the experience. It was the closest I’d ever come to feeling like I was there again.” Is there any chance Spectacles actually takes off? Color me skeptical. Then again, no one could have reasonably predicted that Snapchat would have become the phenomenon it did, so it will certainly be interesting to see how the masses take to Spectacles. As a final note, it's worth pointing out that additional specs regarding Spectacles (weight, battery life etc.) remain unknown.
  • Snapchat introduces video-catching sunglasses (2016-09-24 15:33:11)
    Vanishing message service Snapchat announced Saturday it will launch a line of video-catching sunglasses, a spin on Glass eyewear abandoned by Google more than a year ago. The California-based company, which also announced it is changing its name to Snap Inc., said in an online post that its Spectacles will be "available soon," with media reports pegging the price at $130 a pair. "We've been working for the past few years to develop a totally new type of camera," said the post by Team Snap.
  • Here's how Snapchat's new Spectacles will work (2016-09-24 15:21:58)
    The company formerly known as Snapchat surprised the world last night by unveiling Spectacles, its first hardware product. The sunglasses, which record videos in 10-second increments, are expected to be available for sale sometime "soon." Snap Inc., as the company is now called, says it will be producing the glasses in small quantities. There are still lots of questions about how Spectacles will work — but thanks to some new information from the company, we can now answer some basic questions.
  • 'The Simpsons' pays tribute to 'Adventure Time' in couch gag (2016-09-24 15:18:52)
    Bart, Homer, Lisa, Maggie, Mr. Burns and even Santa's Little Helper are reimagined as "Adventure Time" characters in the Season 28 premiere of "The Simpsons."
  • It’s getting harder to use the iPhone without using TouchID (2016-09-24 15:00:02)
    Ever since I upgraded to iOS 10, it’s become a lot harder to unlock my phone. Before the upgrade, it was a simple swipe and passcode — a gesture I’ve done so many times that it’s burned into my muscle memory — but iOS 10 retakes that space for a new info panel. Now, I need to hit the home button and wait for a good half-second while my phone figures out i’m not submitting a fingerprint or calling up Siri. Then the keypad appears and I can tap in the code as usual. ...
  • Swiss vote on new law to beef up intelligence services (2016-09-24 14:50:19)
    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters will be deciding on a new law aimed to strengthen the ability of intelligence services to counter rapidly-evolving threats posed by spies, criminal hackers and violent extremists.
  • Snapchat debuts recording 'Spectacles,' changes company name (2016-09-24 14:27:21)
    Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product. The glasses can record video 10 seconds at a time by ...
  • Evolution is partly to blame for our obsession with Brangelina (2016-09-24 14:00:09)
    In fact, our brains adapted long ago to be deeply interested in the beautiful and famous among us, says Daniel Kruger, a psychologist at the University of Michigan. Just consider our close relative, the monkey.
  • How science fiction has imagined colonizing our solar system and beyond (2016-09-24 13:00:09)
    Next week, Elon Musk is slated to make a big announcement about SpaceX’s most ambitious goal to date: the colonization of Mars. Musk has never shied away from the science fictional aspects of his ventures, and it’s a very safe assumption that genre works have played some role in his outlook on the world. Colonization in particular has been a long-standing part of science fiction, whether it’s an explicit goal of the story or not.
  • Snapchat changes name to Snap Inc., debuts 'Spectacles' (2016-09-24 12:15:28)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Social media app Snapchat is changing its corporate name to Snap Inc. and introducing video-recording glasses called 'Spectacles.'
  • This crazy helmet-cam video of a wingsuit flier is the coolest thing you’ll see today (2016-09-24 12:00:40)
    Daredevil Graham Dickinson has a flair for the dramatic. Last we saw, Dicksinson stared death in the face when he jumped offf of a cliff in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and reached speeds of 111 MPH as he barely grazed by trees, rocks and any number of objects that would have undoubtedly killed him upon impact. Well, Dickinson a few days ago uploaded new helmet-cam footage of that harrowing jump and, as you might expect, it needs to be seen to be believed. The video would feel right at home in a Hollywood action movie, and is all the more impressive because there's no special effects wizardry or camera tricks in play. On the contrary, it's just a man equipped with nothing more than a wingsuit, a video camera and pure adrenaline. DON'T MISS:  Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms Wingsuit videos are typically pretty impressive, but Dickinson -- a professional wingsuit BASE jumper we should point out -- really seems take things to another level. As you'll see via the footage below, there are many instances where Dickinson is seemingly just a few inches above the ground while traveling at incredibly high speeds. Dickinson's new cam-footage can be viewed below. And for those who missed the original, here's an even better view of Dickinson living on the edge and, quite literally, cheating death. It certainly looks fun, but stunts like these aren't for the faint of heart. We should point out that there have been a number of wingsuit deaths over the last few months, including a the tragic case of California man who was killed, while wingsuit flying, when he crashed into a cliff formation in Arizona this past January.
  • New trailers: Passengers, Hidden Figures, Dog Eat Dog, and more (2016-09-24 12:00:10)
    Glenn Close is terrifying but Michael Douglas is a tool and I honestly wouldn’t care if he got murdered. Dog Eat Dog is a movie that I feel like already exists, unless I’m thinking of Dog Day Afternoon or Air Bud.
  • Telltale’s Batman game continues to put its own stamp on the Dark Knight mythology (2016-09-24 11:00:09)
    There have been countless renditions on the Batman story over the years, from campy comics to grim feature films. Telltale Games’ new Batman series started off strong by putting the focus on Bruce Wayne, helping to differentiate it from the many Batman games that preceded it. The second episode of the game has Bruce investigating an idea that was suggested early on: that his parents weren’t actually wealthy do-gooders, but instead were deeply connected to dangerous criminals like the mob boss Carmine Falcone.
  • Connecticut becoming a hub for new bioscience companies (2016-09-24 10:56:53)
    Connecticut hasn't become the Silicon Valley of bioscience quite yet, but five years after lawmakers made a massive investment to support the development of that industry, there is a thriving hub in Farmington. ...
  • Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in October (2016-09-24 10:00:03)
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  • Which smart bulbs should you use with Alexa? (2016-09-24 08:00:13)
    Amazon's voice-activated virtual assistant can control a growing number of smart lights. If you're wondering which ones are the best fit for your home, we're here to help.
  • Trim your wireless bill -- skip that phone upgrade (2016-09-24 08:00:10)
    In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains why wireless customers should resist the temptation to get a new phone every two years.
  • Facebook or Twitter for the presidential debate? You want to agree or argue? (2016-09-24 08:00:07)
    The debates will be the same on both social networks, but the comments? Not so much.
  • Iran begins first web-based nationwide census (2016-09-24 04:11:34)
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is saying the country has started its first web-based national general census.
  • Online services want your birthdate _ creating security risk (2016-09-24 03:02:27)
    Of all the personal information people tend to give out willy-nilly on the internet, birthdate is perhaps the most ubiquitous. It's not just Yahoo and Facebook seeking that information. Websites, newsletters, ...
  • Snapchat Spectacles, glasses with a camera, coming this fall (2016-09-24 01:31:59)
    Snapchat gets a new name, Snap Inc., and will soon release camera-equipped glasses that shoot first-person video.
  • Oculus founder Palmer Luckey's role in Clinton smear group remains murky (2016-09-24 00:52:17)
    VR's boy genius funneled money toward a shady pro-Trump charity. But he disagrees with The Daily Beast about what he did -- or didn't -- say.
  • Indian airline says Samsung Note 2 emitted smoke in plane (2016-09-24 00:35:15)
    NEW DELHI (AP) — A Samsung Note 2 phone emitted smoke and sparks on a flight from Singapore to southern India, the airline said.
  • The iPhone 7 is water resistant, but can it survive big wave surfing? (2016-09-23 23:00:21)
    With the removal of the headphone jack (oh the horror!), Apple's iPhone 7 is more water resistant than ever before. Sporting an IP67 rating, the iPhone 7 can survive submersion in water at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes straight. That's all well and good, but it doesn't really tell us too much about how the iPhone holds up to water in real world conditions. After all, it's not like anyone ever decides to just drop their phone in a meter of water and let it chill there for a half hour. So while we've seen iPhone 7s being put to the test by being dropped in bowls of water, it's time to really see what the iPhone 7 is capable of withstanding. In an effort to really put the iPhone 7 to the test, the folks over at SquareTrade Labs came up with an fun little challenge and gave big wave surfer Kai Lenny an iPhone 7 to see how the device stood up to big crashing waves in a salt water environment. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone To set the stage, Lenny first affixed an iPhone 6s to the front of his board and hit the ocean waters. Not surprisingly, the device stopped working just 4 minutes in. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus model fared a little bit better, albeit just barely, as it managed to survive for nearly six minutes before its audio went out. As for Apple's iPhone 7 models? Well, they handled the open waters with relative ease. SquareTrade notes: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: These phones proved they live up to their water resistant claim – with both phones surviving 30 minutes in the salt water with Kai. The iPhone 7 took lead as the winner with only slight audio muffling occurring during the ride. The iPhone 7 Plus still worked after 30 minutes, but the water definitely had an impact on the audio. Video of Lenny's fun foray into the ocean can be seen below.
  • Snapchat unveils $130 connected sunglasses and rebrands as Snap, Inc. (2016-09-23 22:55:31)
    The company said tonight that it will sell Spectacles, a set of connected sunglasses that record 10-second snippets of video, for $130 sometime this fall. It also rebranded itself as Snap, Inc. — a reflection of a fact that the company now makes more than its flagship app, co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel told the Wall Street Journal. Spectacles have a single button that you press to begin recording your snap, according to the Journal.
  • Possible Snapchat glasses with camera emerge in leaked video (2016-09-23 22:45:17)
    Snapchat was recruiting hardware experts earlier this year. Could they be at work on the camera-equipped glasses shown in this leaked footage?
  • Palmer Luckey says he donated to pro-Trump group, but doesn't support Trump (2016-09-23 22:16:41)
    Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has denied a report that he wrote posts associated with a pro-Donald Trump group called Nimble America, or that he supports Trump as a presidential candidate. "I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners," he wrote on Facebook. Yesterday, The Daily Beast reported that Luckey had helped fund a pro-Trump group called Nimble America, which was attempting to change the media narrative with "shitposting" and "meme magic." According to the report, Luckey had confirmed that he was behind a now-deleted Reddit account called NimbleRichMan, who purported to be a wealthy Trump supporter.
  • iPhone 7 Plus photo samples: The ‘DSLR’ iPhone in action (2016-09-23 22:00:42)
    The iPhone 7 is the biggest thing in tech happening this month. Of the two new iPhones, the iPhone 7 Plus is the one that stands out thanks to its dual-lens iSight Duo camera system that packs both a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. Extra RAM, and Apple’s custom image signal processor complete the camera package of the phablet, which might be the first iPhone to offer DSLR-like effects. DON’T MISS: This tool could save you a bunch of money on an iPhone 7 purchase As interesting as the iPhone 7 Plus is, the telephoto lens can currently do only one thing, and that’s offer 2x optical zoom if the conditions are right. Its bokeh blur effect that puts it into DSLR territory is only available to those brave souls who have installed the iOS 10.1 beta 1 , as the feature was not ready in time for the official iOS 10 release. However, there already are plenty of photo samples taken in that new iPhone 7 Plus-only portrait mode that brings over the blur. Well-known Apple enthusiast John Gruber tested the bokeh feature on his iPhone 7 Plus review unit with mixed results. He posted all the unaltered images on Flickr, at this link, including the regular version of the photo, and the one with the depth effect (blur) applied. “Some of them look great, most look pretty good, and at least two of them have serious problems,” he wrote. The samples are work checking out to see how the telephoto lens performs in day-to-day tests, in the hands of a regular smartphone user. Some of them come with explanations that highlight some of the problems of the software in current form. Most of the images are really great, but Gruber points out a few issues with the current beta version of the Portrait mode. He mentions exposure issues, subject edge detection problems as well as problems with blurring patterns. “Look at the doorframe on the right. It's blurred, but the bricks right next to it are sharp,” he said about one image. “Patterns like bricks really give the depth effect trouble.” Check out Gruber’s full set of iPhone 7 Plus camera samples at this link , complete with commentary. More iPhone 7 photo samples are available here .
  • Samsung is X-raying Galaxy Note 7s to make sure they’re safe (2016-09-23 21:00:23)
    Samsung confirmed it has already replaced around half a million Galaxy Note 7 units in the US, but it's still only halfway there. The company is also taking additional steps to ensure the safety of its customers, including a software update that helps them identify safe batteries , and lowers the maximum charge of bad batteries. But that’s not the only thing Samsung is doing to make sure its unprecedented battery problem is fixed for good. Regulators ordered Samsung that Galaxy Note 7 replacement batteries go through x-ray testing before shipping, and that Samsung conducts additional quality testing going forward. DON’T MISS: This tool could save you a bunch of money on an iPhone 7 purchase According to Reuters , South Korea ordered Samsung to take additional measures to ensure that the batteries used in the Galaxy Note 7 are safe. The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards approved the recall plan and said the replacement batteries are safe. The agency instructed Samsung to have its supplier conduct x-ray testing on the batteries before they’re even shipped. Samsung also has to carry out its own inspections. Furthermore, the company has to extend the refund deadline to September 30th — initially, Samsung set a September 19th deadline for replacements. Samsung is also in talks with local carriers to offer customers 30,000 won in mobile tariff credit for the October bill. That’s just over $27. Reuters says Samsung is looking to complete the recall as fast as possible to limit damage to its reputation and earnings. Some analysts expect Samsung to lose $5 billion in revenue following the recall.
  • First test of driverless minibus in Paris Saturday (2016-09-23 20:46:21)
    The French capital's transport authority will on Saturday carry out its first test of a driverless minibus, in the hope that regular routes for the hi-tech vehicles will be up and running within two years. The electric-powered driverless EZ10 minibus, able to carry up to 12 passengers, has already been tested on closed circuits in Japan, Singapore and California and in a road test in Helsinki. The bus will travel at 25 kilometres (15 miles) an hour and for RATP, the transport authority for the Paris region, it is the start of a series of tests.
  • Snapchat's secret camera sunglasses just showed up in a video (2016-09-23 20:31:03)
    There's yet more evidence that Snapchat might be working on a pair of sunglasses with a video camera built in. A promotional video for the unannounced-but-previously-rumored glasses was apparently just sitting on YouTube, and a tipster forwarded that clip to Business Insider. When questioned about the video, Snapchat immediately issued a copyright takedown and had it removed from YouTube.
  • People are paying 40% more for cable than they were 5 years ago (2016-09-23 20:00:28)
    The average price people are paying for cable has skyrocketed by 40% over the last five years, according to a new study from  Leichtman Research. In a survey involving 1,206 adults across the continental U.S., it was found that the average price people are paying for cable these days checks in at $103.10. By way of contrast, the average price consumers paid for cable in 2011 was $73.63. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 review The following chart, via ,  illustrates how the monthly cable bill in the United States has been trending upwards for years. In turn, it's not surprising that the research also divulges that the percentage of U.S. households that have a monthly cable bill is 82%, down from 87% just five years ago. Funny enough, it appears that The Onion's classic story about how U.S. cable companies are just going to arbitrarily charge consumers $100 has essentially become a reality. Offering no justification for the action aside from their own desire to do so, executives from the nation’s leading cable companies announced plans Wednesday to take $100 from every one of their subscribers. Now as to why we've seen a marked increase in cable prices over the years, there are a few theories worth mentioning. One, cable companies have become increasingly adept at luring in subscribers at very alluring prices and then jacking up the subscription costs 18-24 months later. Two, cable subscribers are now willing to pay more for features that were perhaps not deemed to be "necessary" just a few years ago, with DVR subscriptions and HD feeds being two prime examples. Three, as easy as it is to hate on big cable companies, some are offering users a lot more bang for their extra buck with respect to features like On-Demand and mobile viewing options. To that end, some consumers may not mind spending more because they feel like they're getting more in return.
  • Welcome to the club, Yahoo: 10 other massive hacks (2016-09-23 19:44:02)
    With hacking tools outpacing cybersecurity developments, breaches have become more common.
  • Yahoo already hit with lawsuits over hack (2016-09-23 19:43:46)
    Yahoo users are fighting back after what's being called the biggest data breach in history.
  • Palmer Luckey’s Trump fund has been a kick in the teeth for VR (2016-09-23 19:32:52)
    Last night, The Daily Beast reported that virtual reality pioneer Palmer Luckey had secretly funded a pro-Trump group called Nimble America, dedicated to promoting internet memes and "shitposting" in support of the candidate. While Luckey’s political alignment hadn’t been a secret, the news — which Oculus hasn’t commented on so far — potentially tied him to some of the uglier parts of Trump’s online support base, including alt-right cheerleader Milo Yiannopoulos. In the day since the story broke, a handful of developers have openly announced that they’re suspending work on Oculus headsets.
  • Polyester pants dampen rats' sex appeal: Ig Nobel prizes honor weird research (2016-09-23 19:21:27)
    This year's awards celebrate goofy scientific studies involving itches and rocks with personalities. There's even a dig at the Volkswagen scandal.
  • It'll grow on you: Check out America's best facial hair (2016-09-23 19:07:36)
    From the exotic to the elegant, these guys were a big hairy deal at the National Beard and Moustache Championships.
  • Latest batch of iPhone 7 Plus photo samples are truly remarkable (2016-09-23 19:00:08)
    Though Apple improving upon its camera technology with each successive iPhone model is nothing new, what Apple achieved with the iPhone 7 Plus represents the company's biggest leap forward yet. Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is particularly impressive and capable because it comes equipped with an advanced dual camera system, with one sensor a wide-angle lens and the other a telephoto lens. Admittedly, dual camera systems aren't entirely new, but Apple's implementation is nonetheless impressive. Aside from being able to take incredible portrait photographs utilizing the bokeh effect, but even regular photos are designed to take advantage of the device's dual-camera setup. As referenced in our iPhone 7 review earlier today, the iPhone 7 Plus camera "actually captures two images, one with the 28mm lens and one with the 56mm lens." Following that, Apple's software takes data from both images and then fuses them together to create one unified photograph. DON'T MISS:  How Samsung will force you to exchange your exploding Galaxy Note 7 We've already seen some stunning representations of what the iPhone 7 Plus camera is capable of, but now we're back with some more examples that drive the point home even further. Earlier today, photographer and designer Dan Rubin posted a number of iPhone 7 Plus portrait photos that are quite impressive. Equipped with nothing more than a cheap light ring, a white wall, a chair and some willing test subjects, Rubin shot some nice looking portraits. No hair and makeup, no wardrobe, and only three of the six had ever modeled. The edits are all purposefully minimal — using the beta of Mastin Labs forthcoming Filmborn app for iOS — stopping short of matching levels and white balance precisely across the set (a tweaked preset and curves were applied equally, with slight adjustments to exposure and contrast to help equalize the images). The images were shot using the default camera — which does NOT shoot in RAW. This was intentional, as I like the iPhone’s JPGs 99.9% of the time, and I also like saving space on my phone. And for good measure, below are a few more remarkable iPhone 7 Plus photos we've seen over the past few days. The outdoorsy photos were taken by Outside Online while the Football shot was taken by Sports Illustrated .  
  • Twitter initiates talks with tech companies over sale: source (2016-09-23 18:52:33)
    A sale of Twitter has been the subject of on-again, off-again rumors for many months as the company grapples with stagnant user growth, soft advertising sales and losses running at hundreds of millions of dollars a year. CNBC, citing anonymous sources, reported on Friday that Twitter is in talks with companies including Google and may receive a formal bid soon. Twitter and Alphabet Inc, Google's parent company did not respond to a request for comment.
  • Confirmed: Fruit Ninja game will be blended into a big-screen film (2016-09-23 18:10:13)
    Move over, Angry Birds. The juicy mobile-game app will soon be coming to a theater near you.
  • New Google Wi-Fi router may share stage with Pixel phone Oct. 4 (2016-09-23 18:05:40)
    Called Google Wifi, the device is expected to cost $129, according to a new report.
  • The iPhone 7 makes every other iPhone look stupidly slow (2016-09-23 18:00:15)
    We're coming up on 10 years of iPhones now, which means there's a lot of old models out there to play with. Sure, we've seen how the iPhone 7 measures up against the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, but how does it compare to the older generations? YouTube channel EverythingApplePro put every model of iPhone from history up against the other in a series of tests, mostly to showcase the differences in hardware from year to year. It also serves as an excellent reminder that sometimes, upgrading to the latest version of iOS on an older phone is not a great idea. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 review I remember when I got my iPhone 4, sitting down and flipping through menus felt unbelievably fast. But with just a couple years' change, everything looks so slow no. And the camera! Doing a low-light test skews the results in favor of newer phones, since that's where a lot of the improvement in camera technology has been in the last few years. But the results still speak for themselves. The boot-up test, and even just comparing the camera apps side-by-side, shows how much faster the newer iPhones are in every single respect. But to really grasp the improvements in processing power, it's worth remembering how low-resolution the original iPhone was compared to the iPhone 7; not only is the new iPhone faster, it's faster while pushing many more pixels.  
  • SpaceX zeroes in on cause of spectacular rocket explosion (2016-09-23 17:40:00)
    Elon Musk's space company posts preliminary results of its investigation into an "anomaly" that led to the loss of a Falcon 9 rocket and Amos-6 satellite.
  • Yahoo is sued for gross negligence over huge data breach (2016-09-23 17:38:34)
    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc was sued on Friday by a user who accused it of gross negligence, one day after the company said hackers stole information from at least 500 million accounts in 2014. The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in San Jose, California by Ronald Schwartz, a New Yorker, on behalf of all Yahoo users in the United States whose personal information was compromised. It seeks class-action status and unspecified damages. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Chris Reese)
  • NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer (2016-09-23 17:30:55)
    Though the NSA would prefer to fly underneath the radar, the controversial intelligence agency just can't seem to escape the spotlight in recent months. A few weeks ago, a group of hackers allegedly stole an impressively large number of NSA hacking tools and exploits and put them up for sale. Upon close inspection, a number of security experts went on record and confirmed that the leaked exploits were, in fact, from the NSA's vast toolkit. When word of the leak broke, some in the intelligence community initially feared that they were facing another Edward Snowden situation. As it turns out, it now appears that the leaked exploits were probably the result of human error. Embarrassingly, an investigation into the matter has revealed that a NSA operative may have inadvertently left the hacking tools in question on a remote computer, effectively leaving it behind as a gift to whomever discovered it. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 review Reuters reports : A U.S. investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory that one of its operatives carelessly left them available on a remote computer and Russian hackers found them, four people with direct knowledge of the probe told Reuters. Interestingly enough, a U.S. operative is said to have left the hacking tools behind about three years ago. In the wake of that incident, the NSA opted not to reach out to software and hardware companies with products that were left vulnerable to the now "out in the open" hacking tools. Now as to whether or not the aforementioned operative left the tools behind purposefully or not is a question that investigators are still trying to answer. "Another possibility," according to the report, "is that more than one person at the headquarters or a remote location made similar mistakes or compounded each other's missteps."    
  • Trump Hotels settles with N.Y. Attorney General over data breaches (2016-09-23 17:20:38)
    By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trump International Hotels Management LLC agreed to pay $50,000 to settle with New York State over data breaches that exposed 70,000 credit card numbers and other personal information, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Friday. The company, which is led by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and three of his children, manages a number of hotels around the world under the Trump Hotel Collection name. According to Schneiderman, bank analyses of hundreds of fraudulent credit card transactions in May 2015 found Trump Hotels was the last merchant where a legitimate transaction took place.
  • Eric Trump says millennials admire his dad because he's like Zuckerberg (2016-09-23 17:17:10)
    Technically Incorrect: The Republican nominee's son insists that his dad has come from nothing and built something.
  • Report: Nintendo’s NX has entered production (2016-09-23 17:00:50)
    We're in the home stretch of 2016, and it's been a busy couple of months for the video game industry. Microsoft brought HDR gaming and 4K video to the fore with the Xbox One S in August . Sony responded with a console refresh of its own in September, along with the announcement that it would launch the first ever 4K gaming console, the PlayStation 4 Pro , in November. All this time, Nintendo has been eerily silent. DON'T MISS:  A new Pokemon Go update is about to be released, but don’t expect any trading support As far as we know, Nintendo's next-gen console (codenamed NX) is still set to launch in March 2017. Yet seven months out, we still haven't heard a word from Nintendo about what the console looks like or what it can do. Rumors suggest that Nintendo will hold an official unveiling in October, but on Friday, DigiTimes published a report claiming that Foxconn Electronics (best known for manufacturing the iPhone) "has undertaken trial production of the NX." According to DigiTimes ' sources, Foxconn will be the largest original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the NX, with Misumi Electronics and Hosiden, both out of Japan, also chipping in. The sources also claim that Nintendo will plan to produce between 9.5 and 10 million NX units a year. Although no official announcements regarding the console have been made, some major leaks and fascinating pull quotes from developers and publishers have given us a somewhat hazy picture of what the NX might turn out to be.  A Eurogamer leak back in July painted the NX as a portable console with a large display and detachable controllers. Earlier this week, the CEO of The Pokemon Company said the NX would "change the concept" of handhelds and home consoles. We won't know exactly what this means until Nintendo actually reveals the console, but if production is already ramping up, that reveal might not be far off.
  • Whatever you do, don't send your robot lawnmower after a moose (2016-09-23 16:56:55)
    You might be angry that a moose has come into your yard to eat the apples from your apple tree, but scaring it away with a robotic lawn mower just isn’t going to work. Don’t send your robotic lawn mower after the moose.
  • G2 Crowd: Crowdsourced software reviews lead to enterprise insights (2016-09-23 16:45:00)
    G2 Crowd collects crowdsourced enterprise software reviews, and uses its data to produce analyst reports. Find out the highest-ranking security, storage, and software of 2016, according to G2 Crowd.
  • Is Kia's 200-hp Soul heading to the US? (2016-09-23 16:33:52)
    The answer is a very strong "probably."
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may be a graphics powerhouse (2016-09-23 16:30:55)
    Samsung's phones aren't normally short on power, but a new rumor is suggesting something quite special is going to be under the hood of the Galaxy S8. According to a report from  SamMobile , the Galaxy S8 may be packing a Samsung Exynos 8895 processor, with an ARM Mali-G71 GPU coming along for the ride.  Samsung has traditionally used Exynos processors where possible, so the notable detail here is that GPU. Simply put, it's a monster. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 Review The Mali-G71 is ARM's latest and greatest, built on a brand new Bifrost architecture that's claimed to be far better at VR and 4K applications (quite possibly both at the same time, too). Samsung has been pushing the strap-a-phone-to-your-face version of VR for quite some time now, and this GPU would theoretically let the company produce a phone with a 4K screen. It's not all power either, as the G71 can scale from 1 to 32 cores on the fly, which should reduce power draw (and therefore increase battery life) when you're just refreshing Twitter. Apart from the news about the chip, details on the S8 are still a little scarce. Some reports have suggested that Samsung will launch the phone as early as possible to make up for the Galaxy Note 7 disaster. Others have said that Samsung is only going to launch a curved screen phone, which would make sense given the runaway success of the S7 Edge.
  • Facebook apologizes for overstating key ad metric (2016-09-23 16:29:07)
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday apologized for an error in the way it measured a key metric of video viewership that significantly amplified users' viewing times on its platform. At the time, Facebook had said that the "discrepancy" did not impact advertising billings and introduced newer metrics to replace the previous method. Facebook has made a significant strides into video, which has attracted significant advertising interest and has benefited from the shift in advertising spending toward the internet and other mobile platforms.
  • Some Yahoo users close accounts amid fears breach could have ripple effects (2016-09-23 16:26:05)
    Many Yahoo users rushed on Friday to close their accounts and change passwords as experts warned that the fallout from one of the largest cyber breaches in history could spill beyond the internet company's services. After Yahoo disclosed on Thursday that hackers had stolen the encrypted passwords and personal details of more than 500 million accounts in 2014, thousands of users took to social media to express anger that it had taken the company two years to uncover the data breach. "We're probably just going to dump Yahoo altogether," said Rick Hollister, 56, who owns a private investigation firm in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Facebook apologizes to advertisers for counting error (2016-09-23 16:23:09)
    Facebook is apologizing to advertisers for what it calls an error that overstated the average length of time users watched videos on the site. The measurement didn't affect how much Facebook charges to ...
  • What to do if you've ever had a Yahoo account (2016-09-23 16:20:27)
    Yesterday, Yahoo confirmed a data breach affecting 500 million accounts, including logins, names, logins, birthdays, and security questions. It’s too early to say exactly which users are in the dump, but the number is so large that if you are a Yahoo user — or even just a human being on Earth — the odds are pretty good that you’re in there somewhere. Yahoo’s already started doing this, and the strong hash on the passwords means it will take a lot of time and computing power before any criminals can actually get the passwords i,n unencrypted form.
  • The 404 Show 1677: The iPhone's headphone jack vs. lightning port, Italy, Palmer Luckey (podcast) (2016-09-23 16:17:42)
    Steve Guttenberg has done the legwork and has declared a winner in the battle of the iPhone's headphone jack versus the lightning port. Which one sounds better? We'll also talk about Jeff's Italian vacation, what the hell is up with Palmer Luckey and much more.
  • The new Google Home speaker will reportedly cost $50 less than the Amazon Echo (2016-09-23 16:12:52)
    We figured Google was going to show off its Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home, at its event next month, but up until now, we had no idea on pricing. A report from Android Police today now suggests that the Home will cost $129 when it's released. That’s $50 less than the Echo. We have yet to see how well the Home works, but we do know that while it was built to be used across rooms and to answer questions using Search, Google hasn’t yet opened up its API, so it might not be compatible with as many devices as the Echo. Hopefully the OnHub router isn’t the norm for finding partner companies. ...
  • UPS tests time-sensitive deliveries by drone (2016-09-23 16:11:57)
    The company has teamed with drone maker CyPhy Works to explore making quick deliveries in places that are difficult to access.
  • Hackers post image of Michelle Obama's passport (2016-09-23 16:09:08)
    Breach of White House contractor's email apparently reveals schedules, whereabouts of first lady, VP Joe Biden and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
  • VW releases some sketchy pictures of its 300-mile Parisian EV concept (2016-09-23 16:01:15)
    Sliding rear doors on a hatchback? OK, you've got my attention.
  • Is Disney working on a fourth ‘Star Wars’ trilogy? (2016-09-23 16:00:30)
    Disney has Star Wars movies coming out every year from now until 2020, including the remaining two episodes in the third trilogy and three anthology films. But the company is also developing Star Wars anthology stories that are supposed to bridge the gaps between regular movies. So what happens come 2021? Expect more Star Wars . DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review As Deadline reports , Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors earlier this week that there’s long-term planning for its franchises including Star Wars . “We figured out – not perfect science, and we’ve made some mistakes – but we figured out the odds for making good films….We have a great system in place,” the CEO said about Disney’s recent movie-making strategy. Iger also said there’s a third Star Wars story to be told after Rogue One (2016) and the Han Solo project (2018), which will arrive in 2020. A writer for this third story was hired, but we have no idea what the story is. Meanwhile, Episodes VIII and IX are scheduled for 2017 and 2019. Once these five movies are completed, it’s likely Disney will simply keep the ball rolling. Iger has started talking with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about plans for 2021 and beyond, Rolling Stone reports . It’s not clear at this point whether a fourth Star Wars trilogy is in the works, once that will expand the story of Rey and Finn even further, or whether Disney will focus on other characters from the saga. Rogue One will hit theaters this December, but don’t expect Force Awakens -like numbers, Iger hinted. Interest is high, he said, and Disney “loved” what it has seen for the movie. Apparently, it’s a break from the past because “it does not fit neatly into the Skywalker saga.”
  • IBM, China UnionPay complete block chain pilot project on bank loyalty points (2016-09-23 15:52:16)
    IBM said on Friday it completed a pilot project with Chinese credit card company China UnionPay that will facilitate the sharing of loyalty bonus points among banks using block chain technology. Bonus points earned through purchases on bank cards have long been an effective tool to attract and encourage customers to use specific cards. IBM's collaboration with China UnionPay will enable consumers worldwide to exchange bonus points from their various banks in less than a minute to select rewards they want.
  • Play a VR video game on this real roller coaster (2016-09-23 15:49:23)
    Regular roller coaster rides not intense enough for you? Try playing a video game inside a VR headset as you ride this train at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
  • Twitter buyout rumors hint at Google, Salesforce interest (2016-09-23 15:42:17)
    Big names surface as rumors around a potential Twitter sale swirl. A formal bid may even be in the works.
  • In Yahoo breach, hackers may seek intelligence, not riches (2016-09-23 15:39:52)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If a foreign government is behind the massive computer attack that compromised a half billion user accounts at Yahoo, as the company says, the breach could be part of a long-term strategy that's aimed at gathering intelligence rather than getting rich.
  • Report: Google will launch a Wi-Fi router that doesn’t suck next month (2016-09-23 15:37:33)
    According to a new report from Android Police , Google is preparing to launch a new router carrying the name Google Wifi on October 4th alongside the new Pixel smartphones, Google Home and the 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra. DON'T MISS:  Google’s Pixel phones stole the wrong feature from Apple’s iPhone 7 Two sources say that the Wi-Fi router will cost $129 and will have "smart" features to differentiate it from the competition, such as enhanced range and the ability to link multiple access points to create a single massive network. If Google Wifi really can reach significantly further than a standard router and can also link to other routers to expand the network, it could easily become a must-buy for homeowners and businesses alike. In other words, if you were thinking of picking up an OnHub (pictured above), maybe wait a few weeks. Android Police wasn't able to obtain any details about how the device might actually work, or what its specifications will be, but sources claim that the router itself "will essentially be like a little white Amazon Echo Dot." Presumably this means that the router will be smaller than the Nighthawks of the world. As for Android Police's confidence level, they rate this one at a 9 out of 10. In other words, they'd pretty much stake their reputation on the fact that we'll see a Google Wifi router in early October. The only question is whether or not the multiple network mesh feature will be available at launch.
  • Star Wars fan film humanizes the Stormtroopers (2016-09-23 15:36:12)
    The heartbreaking Star Wars fan film "Jakku: First Wave" goes behind the helmets as three Stormtroopers prepare to join a hopeless battle.
  • Want to sell your iPhone 6? Do it now. (2016-09-23 15:25:03)
    eBay statistics show that sales of older iPhones spike after a new version is released. But selling prices drop quickly.
  • T-Mobile outage? Customers wouldn't know the difference, says Verizon (2016-09-23 15:21:36)
    Technically Incorrect: In response to reports of a nationwide outage at T-Mobile, Verizon is withering in its criticism of its competitor.
  • Google will reportedly launch a new Wi-Fi router similar to Eero on October 4th (2016-09-23 15:20:46)
    Google is preparing to announce a new home router product called Google Wifi, according to a report from Android Police today. It's expected to debut at the company's October 4th event alongside new Pixel smartphones, a release date for the Google Home speaker, and a 4K-capable Chromecast rumored to be called Chromecast Ultra. Android Police claims that Google has designed the Wifi so that multiple units can be linked together.
  • These transformable train seats could make your commute 30 percent less awful (2016-09-23 15:13:03)
    PriestmanGoode, the design shop behind the new London Tube and this insane luxury space capsule, has released a pair of adjustable seat designs that aim to tackle overcrowding on commuter trains. The seats are adjustable to accommodate 15–30 percent more passengers, depending on the design, the firm says. "We’re currently facing a dilemma," the firm’s chairman Paul Priestman said in a statement.
  • Japanese antitrust regulators weigh action against Apple, carriers (2016-09-23 15:01:09)
    Japan's Fair Trade Commission is eyeing Apple's iPhone supply agreements with the wireless carriers it works with there, according to Reuters.
  • Meet the man working with NASA on a real-life tractor beam (2016-09-23 14:59:45)
    In a New York lab, tractor beams are real -- and becoming powerful enough to be a tool for space exploration.
  • Here's how much Honda's big-booty Civic Hatchback will cost (2016-09-23 14:53:03)
    It's available in five different trims, so choosing the five-door won't limit your options much, if at all.
  • Watch a Samsung Note 7 being used to grill meat (allegedly) (2016-09-23 14:52:21)
    Technically Incorrect: In a parody video from Taiwan, the notion of Samsung's overheating phones is taken to an amusing extreme.
  • Queen of Katwe review: an exceptional underdog sports story that breaks the rules (2016-09-23 14:37:19)
    Mira Nair’s inspirational chess drama Queen of Katwe is remarkable in the simplest but most profound way: it’s an American film about Africa that doesn’t feel like it was made by tourists. The film, based on the life of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, was partially shot in the Kampala slum of Katwe, where Mutesi grew up. Nair, the Indian-born, New York-based director of Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake, has worked in Kampala before.
  • This modified Tesla Model S racecar is living proof that electric is king (2016-09-23 14:30:07)
    Tesla might ever-so-slowly be taking over the highways, but the thrill of driving, that "wind in your hair" freedom that Jeremy Clarkson talks about still belongs to the internal combustion engine, right? Well, just look at this photo of a race-spec Tesla Model S, and tell me it doesn't stir some feelings deep down. DON'T MISS:  Replacement Galaxy Note 7s might be safe, but they also don’t work Electrek   found these images from Electric GT, an all-electric car series that uses modified Tesla Model S sedans. The cars in question are older P85+ models, chosen because they're the highest-performance Teslas that have rear-wheel drive. Racers tend to prefer rear-wheel drive, thanks to better handling and more predictable performance. Judging by the images, Electric GT has mostly focused on stripping out the interior to save weight and add safety. Apparently, the drivetrain has been left intact. Of course, we can't talk about modifications without mentioning the obvious aerodynamic performance. A front diffuser and huge rear spoiler won't do good things for the range, but speed through the corners should be good. Along with the pictures, Electric GT has released a trailer for the upcoming race series. Let's just say I haven't been this excited for a completely silent car race since winning the pedal-car series in third grade.
  • Report: Google Home priced at $129 (2016-09-23 14:23:30)
    Google's voice-controlled Home AI pod Google Home will be introduced at a price of $129, according to a new report, with a 4K Chromecast Ultra set for a $69 debut.
  • Facebook users activated Safety Check during the protests in Charlotte, North Carolina (2016-09-23 14:20:45)
    Facebook only recently gave users the power to activate the social network’s Safety Check feature, and this week people turned it on during the protests in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the first time the feature was used during a protest, Facebook confirmed to BuzzFeed News. The protests were prompted by the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man.
  • After Yahoo data breach, some angry users close accounts (2016-09-23 14:18:02)
    Many Yahoo users rushed on Friday to close accounts, some of which they had not used in years, after the internet company announced it suffered one of the world's largest cyber breaches. After Yahoo disclosed on Thursday that hackers had accessed the encrypted passwords and personal details of more than 500 million accounts in 2014, thousands of users took to social media to express anger that it had taken the company two years to uncover the data breach. Several users said the hacking was prompting them to close Yahoo email accounts.
  • SpaceX blast investigation suggests breach in oxygen tank's helium system (2016-09-23 14:13:44)
    By Irene Klotz DALLAS (Reuters) - A SpaceX rocket that burst into flames on its launch pad early this month likely suffered a large breach in its upper-stage helium tank, the company said on Friday. SpaceX, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, was fuelling a Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad in Florida on Sept. 1 in preparation for a routine test-firing when a bright fireball suddenly emerged around the rocket's upper stage. "At this stage of the investigation, preliminary review of the data and debris suggests that a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank took place," SpaceX said in a statement posted on its website.
  • This is when you might find the iPhone 7 you want in Apple stores (2016-09-23 13:50:08)
    The iPhone 7 is mostly sold out, and it might be tough to find the model you want in an Apple store or anywhere else right now. But things are improving, and you should be able to play with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in all color and storage options in the coming weeks. October 8th is the date you should circle in your virtual calendar, as it appears that an international logjam is partly to blame for Apple’s current iPhone supply problems. But by October, it should be plain sailing for Apple's iPhones. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review Apple retail store managers have been told that all iPhone 7 configurations will be available for walk-in customers starting on October 8th, Apple Insider said . Even so, you’d be better off reserving your desired iPhone 7 version online beforehand. "Customers still should reserve online first," a source told the site. "Just because we'll have stock, doesn't mean that we didn't get cleaned out for the day an hour before you get here." Apparently, the ongoing Hanjin freight company bankruptcy delayed some containers full of iPhones and Apple Watch models from arriving in time for the September 16th launch.  Apple Insider says that an “unnamed tech company” paid some of the outstanding shipping port fees on the US Pacific coast for Hanjin vessels so that they can dock and offload Apple cargo. If you must try before you buy, you’ll have to choose an Apple store rather than Target or Best Buy locations. There’s no telling when the two retailers will get iPhone 7 stock.
  • Google gets more time to answer EU charges: official (2016-09-23 13:49:56)
    EU anti-trust authorities have granted US tech giant Google a few extra weeks to answer charges that it has abused its market dominance, an EU official told AFP on Friday. The Silicon Valley firm now has until October 13 to answer questions about its Google Shopping search engine, October 26 for its Adsense advertising business and October 31 for its Android mobile phone operating system. "In each of these cases, Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file," according to an official from the European Commission, the executive of the 28-nation union.
  • SpaceX’s Falcon 9 explosion likely caused by breached helium system (2016-09-23 13:35:31)
    SpaceX’s recent Falcon 9 explosion seems to have been caused by a breach in the "cryogenic helium system" of the vehicle's upper oxygen tank, according to an update from the company. On September 1st, one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets exploded on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, as the vehicle was being fueled in preparation for a static fire test.
  • Fiat Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles questions a self-driving future (2016-09-23 13:23:30)
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles design chief Ralph Gilles lives in the future, though he’s reticent to share what it looks like. Gilles and I met on a steamy Michigan August day at his spacious office in the Chrysler World Headquarters and Technology Center overlooking the company’s North American headquarters, some 30 miles north of Detroit. Much has changed at Chrysler Corporation since Gilles joined in 1992, including the name on the company door, several times over.
  • Amazon UK tried to airmail danger. Now it's paying the price (2016-09-23 13:11:52)
    An internal review process wrongly labeled lithium batteries and flammable aerosols as non-dangerous and safe for airmail. Now, the online retailer's is getting slapped with a fine of £65,000, or about $84,000.
  • Uber now requires drivers to take selfies for added security (2016-09-23 13:00:13)
    Uber announced today that it’ll require drivers to snap selfies before signing on to the platform and accepting ride requests. The new feature, called Real-Time ID Check, is described as a way to prevent fraud and protects drivers’ accounts from being compromised, but some critics say it’s an acknowledgement by Uber that some drivers have never undergone background checks. It’s also an interesting addition from a company that has long resisted other security measures such as fingerprinting drivers to check for criminal records.
  • Google honors El Santo, Mexico's masked pro wrestling hero (2016-09-23 12:54:04)
    In addition to helping popularize professional wrestling in Mexico, he was a folk icon and actor in superhero movies.
  • Twitter buyout rumors hint at interest from Google, Salesforce (2016-09-23 12:51:39)
    Big names surface as rumors around a potential Twitter sale swirl. A formal bid may even be in the works.
  • The high-tech hotel of the future is already here (2016-09-23 12:50:37)
    If the Starwood hotel chain has its way, the hotel room of the future will be more of a customizable set of experiences that listens to you and stands ready to cater to your wishes — and that’s less of, well, just a room. The company’s hotel brand Aloft in recent weeks started trialing voice-activated hotel rooms in its Boston Seaport and Santa Clara properties. The service, currently enabled in 10 rooms at each property, includes guests being greeted by a personalized welcome letter on the in-room TV when they check in. They quickly learn that a branded iPad is ready to be set up with a “Hey Siri” to learn the sound of their voice so it can go on to control the guest’s room experience. DON'T MISS:  10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone Once the iPad learns the guest’s voice, says Aloft Hotels general brand manager Eric Marlo, a menu will list all of the functions available - things like personalized streaming for Apple or Android devices, Netflix, mapping for local area attractions and a full integrated TV experience. The iPads present guests with a tutorial to guide them through the setup process, and the voice-activated hotel rooms work with Apple HomeKit to allow guests to control the temperature, the lights via preset lighting options, music, or browsing the Internet. When the guest checks out, a message is sent to the app erasing all data so that the next guest walks into the room with a fresh app and no information stored from the previous occupant. “The world is constantly changing, especially in hospitality, and we need to adapt to it,” Marlo tells BGR. “Guests utilize similar innovations at home and may already be using Apple HomeKit in their personal lives, so we want them to have an integrated experience when they travel and stay at Aloft as well. Our guests want a level of personalization unlike ever before, which includes controlling their guest experience.” This experience is also the foundation of more to come, at both Aloft and elsewhere. This is actually the latest tech-focused offering from Aloft, which has previously introduced a robotic bellhop it calls Botlr (butler, get it?) that could accompany guests to their rooms. The chain rolled out a service that let guests use their smartphones as room keys and a service called RoomCast Powered by Chromecast, which lets guests stream content from their smart devices to guest room TVs minus passwords and logins (currently in the pilot phase at Aloft New Orleans.) Talking to the room, Marlo explained, seemed like the natural next step. Whether these offerings seem gimmicky or point the way forward, they do underscore how much the hotel room experience is changing beyond the expectation of a TV, bed and an assortment of other basic conveniences. Hilton recently rolled out a kind of concierge robot helper of its own — Connie — powered by IBM’s Watson that can do things like make restaurant recommendations for guests in addition to greeting them and answering simple questions. It’s not all high-tech tweaks, to be sure. Hospitality improvements touch everything from healthier food to greener facilities to quality linens for bedding as well as the basic layout of the room itself. But companies like Starwood-Aloft have started to think way beyond that. For example, Marlo said the chain has already gotten “tons of calls” from other properties looking to have the voice-activated offerings installed. Which is why he says he’s confident this will make its way to more Aloft properties as well as across the Starwood portfolio. “In thinking of what’s next for our voice-activated hotel rooms, we’re looking into the idea of room delivery on the app from our Re:Fuel lobby bars,” Marlo says. “This would bring the grab and go options from the main level straight to the guest’s door – and how cool would it be if it was a property with a Botlr delivering it. We’re also exploring the idea of electronic drapes controlled by ‘Hey Siri,’ and the addition of HomeKit triggers, meaning guest preferences would be integrated onto the (Starwood Preferred Guest) guest profile prior to his or her arrival. If they prefer the shades rise at 6 a.m., the room will know to do that. If the guest wants the room temperature lowered to 68 degrees at 10 p.m., the room will know to do that. It’s pretty cool stuff.”
  • Lexus UX concept interior is positively Looney Tunes (2016-09-23 12:50:28)
    There are floating globes, electro-chromatic windows and a removable soundbar. OK...
  • This Writer is Super Pissed at Apple... For Maybe the Dumbest Reason (2016-09-23 12:32:00)
    You cannot just throw away an important part of a product and then complain that you don't have said important part.
  • Panasonic opens its first smart building at new Denver headquarters (2016-09-23 12:28:00)
    The Mile High City is home to Panasonic's first smart building in a new development. Read about Panasonic's smart city solutions that are part of its CityNOW initiative.
  • 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now (2016-09-23 12:25:27)
    Start the weekend off right with a fresh new collection of completely free apps for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. There are a few camera apps, a cloud music manager, an app for audio professionals and even a tool to help you find the right home. Plus, if that's not enough, you can always check yesterday's post too . MUST SEE:  iPhone 7 review 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. M/S Processor Normally $0.99. M/S Processor is an Audiobus-compatible iOS application intended for audio professionals requiring Mid/Side (M/S) signal processing. Functionality While the most common use case for M/S Processor is decoding a M/S signal to L/R, the reverse process (encoding L/R to M/S) is also possible. A third mode, inline mode, is also included. In this mode, a stereo signal is encoded to M/S, and then decoded again to L/R. This 2-in-1 mode is useful for tasks such as narrowing or widening the stereo image, or muting the M or S channels independently for creative or experimental purposes. Audiobus Integration M/S Processor is most useful when used as an Audiobus filter. In this case, M/S Processor can be used to process audio before feeding it into any other Audiobus-compatible audio application such as Apple's Garageband for recording and further processing. Main Features • External audio and Audiobus input • Encode, Decode, and Inline processing modes • Peak and RMS metering for input and output channels with peak overload indicator • Gain (-48dB to +24dB) rotary controls (per channel) • Linked Gains button • Swap Channels (M ↔ S, L ↔ R) button • Mute, and Phase Rotation buttons (per channel) • Hi-res Retina graphics Download M/S Processor DataFlow Pro Normally $1.99. Track network data usage in real-time. Features: - Track cellular and wifi data usage in real-time - Network speed monitor - Data usage history - Auto reset on bill cycle date - All kinds of data plan (Monthly, weekly, daily…) - Themes and Widget styles - Support Apple Watch Download DataFlow Pro Flight Tracker Normally $0.99. Turn your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch into an air traffic radar and see planes around the world move in real-time on a detailed map. Or point your device at a plane in the sky to find out where it’s going and more. Discover today why millions are already tracking flights with Flight radar. Download Flight Tracker Stream - Cloud Music Player Normally $1.99. Stream was created to give you a seamless listening, managing and syncing cloud music experience. It allows you to create a personal streaming service with cloud storage like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Yandex.Disk to save space on your device and have access to all of your music. How it works? Upload all music to your favourite cloud storage then use Stream to connect and enjoy your music anywhere. Add your music to your device without iTunes, easy and fast using local WiFi transfer or download music to your iPhone to play it without internet (Offline mode). It’s a multi-cloud system therefore you can stream lists of music regardless where they are stored. Access your favourite music across all your devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod library, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Yandex.Disk and your computer. Stream your music with in advanced and powerful media player. App Features: - Full iOS9, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support! Music player: - Full featured media player - Sleep timer - Lock screen playback controls - Background music playback - Equalizer with BassBooster - Over 20 realistic EQ presets - Stylish audio Visualizer - Fine scrubbing - Album cover art Playlists: - Create your own playlists Media Library: - Import music from your iPod library - Tabs for Songs, Albums, Artists Manager: - Wi-Fi Transfer - Download and upload music, pictures, archives from - Box - Dropbox - Google Drive - OneDrive - Yandex.Disk - Move, rename or delete tracks & songs - Search by artist, title, album - Create and manage folders Download Stream - Cloud Music Player Maze The Quest Normally $0.99. Maze The Quest is a small adventure action roguelike. Helps your hero in search key and the exit of each maze. Endless mazes and various sizes. Various monsters, traps, spells and attributes in the purest style of RPG. Many weapons, shields, accessories and items with which you can equip your hero. Game made by a person, 100% indie. Thanks for your support!!. Download Maze The Quest prism Normally $0.99. "prism" is the most beautiful and simple solution to enhance your browsing experience. #adblock Browse to your favorite sites without annoying adverts. Block tracking scripts to keep your privacy. "prism" has no whitelist. NO page is preferred when trying to block content. Browsing feels crisper than ever before! It is very memory friendly and can save you a lot of data usage when surfing. block ads, beautify the web! the perfect adblock app: › simple setup, fast browsing, no tracking, no ads! NO In-App-Purchases Download prism Gif Me! Camera Normally $1.99. Gif Me! is the best way to create and share short video in animated GIF or MP4. It's easy: capture a small moment with your built in camera, and share it on social networks. You can apply an image filter too. -- Features -- * Capture frames with camera * Import photos from your album * Import a video file * Import a live photo * Real time color filters * Add a frame, text on the animation * Stop motion or video mode * Send by email * Share on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) * You can remove watermark in settings * You can create stop motion, time lapse, slideshow or wiggle gifs Download Gif Me! Camera Pro FX Camera Normally $1.99. Pro FX Camera contains 300 filters and all editing features that allow you to beautifully express the best moments of your life that let you see the world in a classic way. ◉ WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Pro FX Camera themes vary from the feel of film camera to the unique sets of classy moods or fun creativity. 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  • Report: Germany hacked Afghan firm to help free aid worker (2016-09-23 12:25:26)
    German weekly Der Spiegel reports that the country's army hacked a mobile phone company in Afghanistan to help free a kidnapped aid worker. A spokesman for the German Defense Ministry declined to confirm ...
  • Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 to fix bug that shut off headphone controls (2016-09-23 12:24:45)
    Well that was fast: Apple just released iOS 10.0.2, with the update's release notes confirming that it fixes an issue that caused Lightning headphone controls to be disabled after a period of inactivity. The bug was reported soon after the iPhone 7's launch last week as customers began getting acclimated to life without a headphone jack. Apple said it would address the problem with a software update, and to the company's credit, that happened very, very fast. Any physical controls that are part of your Lightning-connected headphones or earbuds should now keep working even after you've stopped listening to anything for awhile.
  • Star Wars fan film shows Stormtroopers questioning their purpose (2016-09-23 12:23:06)
    It’s rare that we get to peek under the helmets of the Empire’s Stormtrooper corps, but the short Star Wars fanfilm Jakku: First Wave does just that by showing the moments before one of the franchise’s biggest battles. Directed by Benjamin Eck, he noted that the film was partially "inspired by real life stories from US soldiers." There is certainly a Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers vibe to the film.
  • Is Kia's 200-hp Soul heading from Europe to the US? (2016-09-23 12:22:17)
    The answer is a very strong "probably."
  • Elon Musk to share his plan for colonizing Mars (2016-09-23 12:20:53)
    The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors predicts a manned expedition to Mars by 2025 and will detail how he plans to do it at a conference this week.
  • You Can Now Schedule an Uber: Here's How (2016-09-23 12:20:03)
    If you're like me and depend on Uber to get just about anywhere, you've probably experienced the dread of opening the app after a long night out just to find that there are no drivers nearby. Here's how schedule your Uber for maximum peace of mind. 1. Open Uber and tap Schedule a Ride.
  • This Vibrating Vest Makes Virtual Reality Feel Real (2016-09-23 12:20:00)
    Virtual reality puts you inside your games, but what if you could feel them? At this year's Tokyo Game Show, Woojer announced the Vest (yes, that's the full name), which uses six haptic transducers that play frequencies to make you feel the action in your favorite titles. The whole vest may vibrate.
  • Developers Ditching Oculus Over Luckey's Pro-Trump Memes (2016-09-23 12:19:57)
    Palmer Luckey, the 24-year old founder of VR company Oculus, has been secretly financing an unofficial, Pro-Donald Trump group dedicated to posting memes and putting together viral stunts in an attempt to disparage Hillary Clinton. Small developers have taken notice of the news, originally reported by The Daily Beast, and are threatening to remove Oculus Rift support from their VR games if Luckey doesn't step down. Luckey, who sold Oculus to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion, put money behind Nimble America, a 501(c)4, and went by the Reddit handle NimbleRichMan until it was deleted late last night.
  • Apple Closer to Taking on Echo with Siri-Powered Speaker (2016-09-23 12:19:43)
    Amazon's got one. Amazon's the leader in this space with its Echo speaker, which uses the Alexa assistant to handle everything from order pizzas to telling you about the weather. Now, Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has a speaker of its own in development.
  • Heartbreaking Star Wars fan film humanizes the Stormtroopers (2016-09-23 12:15:02)
    Star Wars fan film "Jakku: First Wave" goes behind the helmets as three Stormtroopers prepare to join a hopeless battle.
  • Samsung phone emits smoke on Indian airline flight (2016-09-23 12:11:07)
    By Aditi Shah NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A Samsung Electronics smartphone stored in an overhead baggage compartment on an Indian plane emitted smoke in mid-flight on Friday, India's aviation regulator said, but there was no damage and the aircraft landed safely. Passengers on board an IndiGo flight smelled smoke coming from the baggage bin and alerted cabin crew who saw sparks and smoke coming from a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone, the airline, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, said in an emailed statement. Flight crew used a fire extinguisher on the phone and put it in a container filled with water, the airline said.
  • Twitter surges after report that it may be on the block (2016-09-23 12:02:01)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter's stock is surging following a report that the social media company, forever struggling in Facebook's shadow, is close to a sale.
  • iOS 10.0.2 is here, go download it now (2016-09-23 12:01:21)
    You might still be getting to grips with all of iOS 10's quirks, but an update is already here to sort out a few problems. If you're running an iOS 10 device, you should be able to see it as an over-the-air upgrade right now. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 Review iOS 10.0.2 is mostly full of bug fixes, as there's no real UI changes Apple has come up with yet. Most notably, it fixes a problem where some headphone in-line controls weren't working properly. That problem has plagued users on Apple's forums for the last week, and some people blamed it on a software change due to the iPhone 7's lack of headphone jack. Either way, it should be fixed now. In the change notes, Apple also says that there's a fix for users who saw Photos quit while enabling the iCloud Photo Library. We'll be playing with the update to see if there are any other fixes, but you'd be wise to go download the update for yourself right now. Just head to General-->Software Update, and you should see an option to Download and Install.
  • Lenovo, Intel, Synaptics, and PayPal are working to kill passwords on your next laptop (2016-09-23 12:00:14)
    In light of yesterday’s news that over 500 million Yahoo accounts were compromised, it’s clear that we need to start seriously thinking about new security system replacements for passwords. The newly announced Lenovo / Intel / Synaptics / PayPal partnership will combine Lenovo’s laptops with Intel’s on-chip hardware security, allowing you to use Synaptic's biometric fingerprint sensors to replace passwords for logging into FIDO-compliant services (like PayPal).
  • Jawbone has almost no inventory left, report says (2016-09-23 11:55:22)
    Jawbone has almost no inventory left of its UP wearable activity trackers and has struggled to pay one of its customer service agencies, according to a new report in Business Insider. Jawbone, which for years made audio technology and popular Bluetooth speakers before shifting its focus to wearable tech, failed to make payments to NexRep, a Portland, Maine-based customer service agency, before ending the relationship in early September. Jawbone already had a shaky track record when it comes to paying some of its contractors: The Information reported last month that Jawbone was having trouble paying one of its business partners, and Jawbone was at one time sued by global manufacturer Flextronics for breach of contract.
  • Samsung will now let you charge your recalled Galaxy Note 7 to 80 percent (2016-09-23 11:54:14)
    Some people refuse to return their recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7, so the company is trying to make the phones safer by limiting how much they can be charged. Samsung recalled its Note 7s earlier this month after reports of batteries overheating and exploding. It’s not clear whether this setting is available in the US, but we’ve reached out to Samsung for clarification and will update when we hear back.
  • Conan introduces Apple’s AirBag, ‘the world’s most intelligent bag’ (2016-09-23 11:45:56)
    Following the release of the iPhone 7, some people have begun to question whether or not Apple has lost its way , if only slightly. Not only did Apple make the somewhat inexplicable decision to remove the headphone jack, but the company also introduced a set of wireless earbuds that look utterly ridiculous. Nevertheless, diehard fans continue to eat up everything Apple puts out, which is why Conan has been having such a good time lampooning the company of late. SEE ALSO:  A new Pokemon Go update is about to be released, but don’t expect any trading support Just last week, Conan ran a fake ad for Apple's new AirPods , joking about how easy it's going to be to lose the tiny accessories. This week, he's taken another shot at Apple. But rather than goof on an existing product, he and his team decided to follow through on an Apple patent published this month: As ridiculous as it sounds, Apple actually did file a patent for a paper bag back in March . According to the patent: "Embodiments of the present invention include a paper bag that includes a bag container formed of white paper with at least 60% post-consumer content. The white paper may be formed of solid bleached sulfate. The bag may have a reinforcement insert adhered to its interior, which may extend across and strengthen a fold of the bag container." No wireless chips or motion sensors, but Apple really did patent a bag. Don't be surprised if you see one for sale in an Apple Store for $11.99 next year.
  • The new Xbox Wireless Controller could solve one of the Gear VR's biggest problems (2016-09-23 11:33:04)
    Sure, there are some great games and apps that work with just swipes and taps on the headset's built-in D-pad, but the best experiences, like Minecraft and John Carmack's "favorite Gear VR game," Omega Agent, require a controller. Maybe Microsoft can help. Microsoft has a new Xbox Wireless Controller, which ships with the Xbox One S and has built-in Bluetooth for PC compatibility.
  • Yahoo hack is latest major cyber-attack (2016-09-23 11:12:19)
    The massive hacking attack on Yahoo revealed Thursday is one of biggest thefts of online users' personal information ever, affecting some 500 million accounts. For Tanguy de Coatpont, head of the French and North African divisions of Kaspersky Lab, a computer security company, it is "the biggest in history involving a single company". Michael Bittan, a risk manager at Deloitte, cautioned that it was "the biggest to be made public.
  • Apple is summer, Google is fall (2016-09-23 11:05:29)
    The summer ended with Apple releasing new hardware and software. Now that fall has finally arrived, we await the next big tech event... from Google. This week on Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, Ashley, and Dieter float between these two rituals with reviews and rumors about both companies. Throw in a bit of prosumer camera talk and we’ve got a show goin’. ...
  • Replacement Galaxy Note 7s might be safe, but they also don’t work (2016-09-23 10:58:00)
    They might not be exploding, at least not outside of China , but safe Galaxy Note 7 units might be turning into a new nightmare for Samsung. It appears that South Korean buyers who have already received their replacements complain about various issues with the phones, including overheating and battery problems. DON’T MISS: This tool could save you a bunch of money on an iPhone 7 purchase It’s not clear at this time how widespread the issues are, but they’re significant enough to make the news. On the other hand, given that Samsung’s recall is one of the most important things happening in tech this month, intense scrutiny is only to be expected. According to the The Wall Street Journal , South Korean TV news network YTN first reported the issues. Apparently, replacement Galaxy Note 7 units have been overheating and losing battery power even as they are being charged. The complaints have been registered only in South Korea so far, where more than 400,000 Galaxy Note 7 units were sold before the recall. Samsung did not confirm the number of registered cases. A spokesman said on Friday that the issue is “completely unrelated to batteries,” and called the incidents “isolated cases” that are related to mass production issues. Samsung is closely examining the matter. Samsung says it replaced about half of the Galaxy Note 7 units in America, so almost 500,000 phones . If there are issues with the replacements, it’s likely that customers in the US are going to come forward as well.
  • The world's first hydrogen-powered passenger train is coming to Germany (2016-09-23 10:52:54)
    This week, French transit company Alstom unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train, which will begin making trips in Germany at the end of the 2017. The super-quiet Coradia iLint passenger train is powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which emit only steam and condensed water. A hydrogen fuel tank stored on the roof of the train powers the fuel cells to produce electrical energy.
  • Nintendo NX: everything we know so far (2016-09-23 10:46:00)
    Back in April Nintendo announced some big news: the company's next home console, code-named NX, will be launching globally in March 2017. Nintendo has been very quiet about what the device will be, but thanks to a number of reports and rumors, we can at least piece together some details on the Wii U's successor. The only thing Nintendo has really said about the NX so far is that it will be very different from the company's last two consoles.
  • Facebook's first get-out-the-vote campaign hits US news feeds (2016-09-23 10:39:42)
    Starting Friday, Facebook users across the US will see prominent reminders to register to vote.
  • New Apple TV will be coming soon, FCC filing suggests (2016-09-23 10:35:27)
    Filings from the Federal Communication Commission have revealed the existence of a new Apple product with a model number that doesn't correspond to anything in the lineup. Details are scarce, but from what we can work out, it could be a new Apple TV set for release. The device has the model number A1844, which is not currently in use by any Apple device. The power supply and screw placement are in line with the existing Apple TV, although not perfectly identical. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 review The timing would make sense, as Apple has traditionally held a second event in the fall, post-iPhone, to release a few new devices. This year, we'd expect to see new MacBooks as the cornerstone of that event, but an update to the Apple TV is very possible. Along with a few technical details for the device, Apple also submitted documentation for testing Bluetooth and NFC radios in the device. The inclusion of NFC is a little puzzling, as Apple has so far ignored the technology, only using it for Apple Pay in iPhones. There's no Wi-Fi radio mentioned, but that doesn't mean much. Assuming this is an incremental update to the Apple TV (a safe bet, as Apple doesn't normally let brand-new products leak through the FCC), it would use the same Wi-Fi chip as the previous version, and not require re-testing. So what new features can we expect to see? Well, 4K HDR video is a notable omission from the current Apple TV, and with new Playstations and Xboxs emerging with 4K capabilities, adding that in would be a smart move by Apple. Less likely is the addition of more smart home technology. Some kind of Apple competitor to the Amazon Echo has been rumored for a while, and the Apple TV may well have a role to play in Apple's quest to take over your home. But a small, incremental upgrade to the Apple TV -- which is what this looks like -- probably won't be the cornerstone of Apple's smart home plans.
  • Talking to How To Dress Well about pop music and not staying sad forever (2016-09-23 10:30:54)
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  • Russia? China? Who hacked Yahoo, and why? (2016-09-23 10:29:41)
    Yahoo's claim that it is the victim of a gigantic state-sponsored hack raises the question of whether it is the latest target for hackers with the backing of Russia, China or even North Korea, experts say. Yahoo said the stolen information may have included email addresses and scrambled passwords, along with both encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers that could help gain access to victims' other online accounts. One of the highest-profile hacks came when North Korea is thought to have targeted entertainment titan Sony in 2014, apparently in revenge for producing the comedy film "The Interview" about a CIA plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong-Un.
  • Apple's Echo rival reportedly has a prototype, complete with cameras (2016-09-23 10:27:50)
    Now reportedly being tested in the homes of Apple engineers, the rumored device could pack improved Siri controls and facial recognition cameras into a smart home speaker.
  • Social Cues: Harambe can't save you from Dementors (2016-09-23 10:21:13)
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  • Twitter begins discussions to explore a sale: source (2016-09-23 10:18:48)
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  • Facebook inflated video viewing stats for two years (2016-09-23 10:11:19)
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  • Cam girl site uses facial recognition to match users' photographs to performers (2016-09-23 10:11:18)
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  • No Man’s sky travel diary: trapped on a boring planet (2016-09-23 10:09:03)
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  • Suspected Russian cyberattack targets German parties, media (2016-09-23 09:54:53)
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  • Twitter moving closer to sale: possible suitors Salesforce, Google: CNBC (2016-09-23 09:54:28)
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc is moving closer to a sale and has received expressions of interest, CNBC reported on Friday, sending the microblogger's shares up more than 19 percent in their biggest gain in over two years. CNBC, citing unnamed sources, said possible suitors include Alphabet's Google and . Twitter, Salesforce and Alphabet could not be reached immediately for comment.
  • Do desktop PC speakers really need Bluetooth? (2016-09-23 09:54:26)
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  • Bloomberg: Apple’s Amazon Echo-like smart home device now in testing phase (2016-09-23 09:50:24)
    Rumors of a Siri-powered smart home device to compete with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home have been circulating since May of this year , but we haven't heard much concrete information about the project since then. On Friday, we got our first update on the device in months when Bloomberg published a report claiming that the product has now moved out of the research and development lab and into prototype testing. DON'T MISS:  10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, sources familiar with the matter say that development on the device started over two years ago. Similar to Amazon's Echo, the smart home accessory would be able to control lights, appliances and other connected devices around the house with voice commands. Aside from simply keeping pace with Amazon and Google, both of which have voice-controlled assistants either currently available for purchase or coming soon, Apple is also looking to bring another device to market to help bolster sales. The Apple Watch has been a success, but it's the only non-iterative product Apple has launched in the past several years. Apple needs something new on store shelves. Speaking of competing, two sources tell Bloomberg that Apple's device will differentiate itself from Echo and Home by featuring "more advanced microphone and speaker technology." Another source says that Apple has even included facial recognition sensors on some of its prototypes, which could allow the device to react or respond to a specific individual in the room with it. The report also reveals that Apple was considering turning its latest Apple TV set-top box into a smart home assistant , but those plans were scrapped when the company decided to focus on voice commands with the remote. There's still no telling whether or not Apple will actually launch this device, but at least one source says that Apple engineers have begun testing the prototypes in their homes. If Apple does end up deciding that the device is worth launching, there's a good chance we'll see an official unveiling within the next year.
  • Twitter reportedly in talks with Google, Salesforce for potential sale (2016-09-23 09:48:29)
    Twitter is reportedly in conversation with a number of tech companies for a potential sale. According to CNBC, the social company is in talks with the likes of Google and cloud computing company Salesforce, among others, and may receive a formal bid soon. The suiters courting Twitter are said to be interested in the data the company generates. As a result, Twitter's stocks have soared as high as 23 percent based on the news.
  • iHeartRadio is giving paid streaming music a spin (2016-09-23 09:44:02)
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  • Samsung says aware of incident involving one of its mobile devices (2016-09-23 09:42:23)
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  • 'Man-goat' among winners of spoof Nobel prizes (2016-09-23 09:37:57)
    A man who lived as a goat in the Alps and a scientist who studied how pants affect the sex drive of rodents are among this year's spoof Nobel prizes. The 26th edition of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes, which celebrate the silly side of science, were handed out Thursday at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The top honor in the reproduction category went to the late Ahmed Shafik from Cairo University, who died in 2007, for his work that showed how the sex lives of rats are affected by the fabric of pants they are fitted with.
  • iPhone 7 review (2016-09-23 09:30:34)
    When I reviewed Apple’s iPhone 6  two years ago, I wrote about how different reviewing an iPhone is compared to reviewing any other smartphone — or any other product at all, for that matter. A reviewer’s job is generally to present an overview of a product’s user experience, as well as to discuss strengths and shortcomings. The goal in doing this is to assist the reader in making a purchase decision. But with iPhones, this hasn’t been the case since the first-generation model. Either someone is going to buy an iPhone or he or she is not; reviews have almost no bearing on anyone’s decision. Interestingly, while Apple’s new iPhone 7 is the first new number-generation iPhones to resemble their predecessors so closely in terms of design, they are also the first new iPhones to differ so dramatically in this way: reviews actually do matter. Apple’s new iPhones look so similar to last year’s models and to 2014’s models that people aren’t quite sure what to make of them. Are they really "boring," like many gadget blogs have been saying for months? Or are they truly as impressive as Apple’s marketing rhetoric and Apple bloggers’ reviews would lead you to believe? In this review, we’ll cut through the noise and see just how impressive or disappointing Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are. First, let’s work our way through the narrative that guided coverage ahead of the new iPhones’ debut. Yes, they feature a design that is strikingly similar to Apple’s iPhone lineup for the past two years. Is that a bad thing? It depends on who you ask. Apple strayed far from convention in 2016 and released two new phones that do not feature a dramatically different outward facing design. iPhone users are accustomed to seeing a brand new iPhone one year and an updated "S" version in the same housing the following year. Then, a fresh new iPhone is due to follow each new "S." This year, Apple didn’t exactly build an iPhone 6ss, but the new design of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus really isn’t that new at all. The antenna lines on the back are a bit different, the cameras are new, the color scheme has been updated, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, and the regular home button has been replaced by a capacitive button. Beyond that, it’s the same design. There are good arguments for Apple’s decision to keep the same design this year, and there are also good arguments for changing it. In the end, it obviously doesn’t matter. These are the new iPhones. Many people were left wondering why Apple chose to reuse the iPhone 6 design again though, and it’s absolutely a valid question. Nothing is confirmed at this point, of course, but multiple reliable sources have reported that next year’s new iPhone — Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone — will feature a dramatic redesign. Rather than deal with the expense and logistical challenges that would be presented by launching a redesigned iPhone lineup in two consecutive years, Apple chose to tweak its earlier design. The real question is, does it matter? Of course, there’s no wrong answer to that question. If you want a new iPhone but the idea of upgrading to a phone that looks just like your current smartphone gives you pause, then yes, it matters. If you want a new iPhone and performance and features are your biggest concerns, then it doesn’t matter. Or does it? As I noted in an earlier article , I decided to switch from the smaller iPhone 6s to the larger iPhone 7 Plus this year. I did get a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 to review though, and I received it a day before my new iPhone 7 Plus. As my personal phone, I found that the shine wore off within just a few hours. I was already bored. Now, there’s precious little question that the iPhone 7 is faster than the iPhone 6s, though the performance boost is nowhere near as noticeable as it was from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s. The camera is also dramatically improved, as is the display. But it really doesn’t feel like a brand new phone, when you upgrade from the iPhone 6s. Instead, it feels like a better iPhone 6s. If you have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 5s or an older model, the iPhone 7 is a tremendous upgrade that will blow you away. If you have an Android phone and you make the switch to the iPhone 7, you’ll love the sleek design and snappy performance. But after a few weeks, days or even hours, I think a lot of people are going to find that the upgrade from last year’s iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to a comparable iPhone 7 model just doesn’t feel like a big jump. Is this going to be a problem for Apple? In the long run, I don’t think so. Bored iPhone users could sway purchase decisions toward the end of the iPhone 7 cycle and negatively impact sales to an extent, but next year’s massive redesign will instantly erase any memory of boredom among iPhone fans. Also, the iPhone 7 Plus is a more significant upgrade thanks to its new dual camera, so this problem will likely have less of an impact on phablet users. And if you jumped from the smaller model to the Plus like I did, you’re in for a great upgrade. Since we’re all familiar with the hardware design at this point, let’s focus briefly on what has changed. Beginning with the face of the phone, Apple’s updated displays on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are noticeably improved from last year’s models. They’re still LCD screens and they still feature the same resolutions — 720p for the iPhone 7, 1080p for the iPhone 7 Plus — but the quality of the screens is far more impressive. Colors are more vibrant and contrast is improved as well. In fact, a review from a display expert  recently called Apple’s new iPhone 7 displays the best LCD displays in the world, adding that they are "visually indistinguishable from perfect." If that’s not high praise, I’m not sure what is. Beneath the screen you’ll find a completely redesigned home button that is no longer a conventional button. Instead, it’s a recessed surface that remains stationary when you press it. It feels like a normal button though, because Apple has introduced an advanced Taptic Engine that uses haptic feedback to simulate the sensation of a button press. And it’s pretty scary how good a job Apple has done. I’ve handed the phone to a number of people and had them play with the home button for a few moments before telling them that it’s not actually a button. When I do, they all have the same puzzled look on their faces. Then I have them try to press the home button with a fingernail and it sets in that it is not actually a button that can be depressed. It's pretty scary how close the haptic feedback feels to an actual button press. Features like raise-to-wake and the new 3D Touch home button are stepping-stones for next year’s new iPhone, which won’t have a home button at all. As we’ve seen described in patents and then again in recent reports, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner will be embedded beneath the display and the Taptic Engine will provide haptic feedback to simulate button presses. Also new on the face of the phone is a second loudspeaker to create a stereo listening experience for the first time on an iPhone. You won’t notice it while looking at the phone, but it’s where the ear speaker has always been. Just like the HTC 10, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have one front-facing speaker and one downward-facing speaker on the bottom of the phone. The result is a much better audio experience when watching video or playing music without connected headphones, though the sound quality isn’t quite as good as it is on the HTC 10. And speaking of audio experiences and connected headphones... As has been covered very, very extensively online and by the mainstream media, Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not have standard 3.5mm audio jacks like most smartphones do. Apple had some very good reasons for removing the headphone jack, though Phil Schiller’s "courage" explanation certainly isn’t one of them. Instead, Apple removed the standard plug in order to free up space that was being occupied by a single-purpose legacy connector. Love it or hate it, the deed is done and we’ll likely never see another flagship iPhone ship with a 3.5mm audio port. Is this really such a huge deal? For some people, this is a big deal. Yes, Apple included an adapter in the box so that standard headphones with a 3.5mm plug can still connect to the phone. But people accustomed to listening to music through wired headphones while charging their handset are out of luck… unless they switch to wireless headphones or purchase a ridiculous third-party adapter. Personally, I don’t think the loss of the headphone jack is a very big deal. In a few months the complaints will have vanished and a year or three from now, we won’t even remember the old days when smartphones had 3.5mm audio ports. What’s a bit aggravating in this case though, is that Apple’s solution is half-baked and incomplete. An adapter solves the issue of compatibility with older headphones, but what about charging while listening? The inclusion of wireless charging support will resolve this problem to an extent — wireless charging isn’t always available or convenient yet — but Apple’s iPhone lineup won’t support wireless charging until next year at the earliest. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do support one new wireless technology, however. Apple introduced a new "W1" chip in the iPhone 7 series and in the innovative though hideous new AirPods that use Apple's smart wireless technology to pair and the latest Bluetooth protocol to stream. Apple says its new tech is powerful enough to carry high-quality audio but also incredibly energy-efficient. Also of note, there is some good news to come out of the headphone jack debacle: removing the port was one of several major changes Apple made in order to achieve an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating. That means the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be submerged under several feet of water for up to 30 minutes and still work just fine. They’re actually far more water-resistant than that, and we’ve already seen dunk tests in up to 35 feet of water . We’ve also seen people snap photos while their iPhones were submerged. Should you plan on using your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus underwater? It’ll probably survive if you do, but it would be best to avoid making a habit of it. The phone was designed to withstand rain, splashes, sprays and quick accidental dunks, but that doesn’t mean you should tempt fate. The other main hardware changes are found around back, where Apple has redesigned the iPhone’s antennas so that only two "antenna lines" are needed, one near the bottom of the phone and a second that runs across the top. Apple also included new cameras on the front and back of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and they represent one of the biggest upgrades the iPhones received in 2016. Both new models share the same upgraded 7-megapixel front-facing camera. Around back, Apple’s iPhone 7 gets a new 12-megapixel sensor that captures images 60% faster and is 30% more energy-efficient than the rear camera on the iPhone 6s. It has a 6-element lens, an f/1.8 aperture and a new image signal processor with twice the throughput of Apple’s previous-generation ISP. It’s also supported by what Apple is calling a Quad-LED True Tone flash, which includes four different LED bulbs to improve brightness and tone. Thankfully, the iPhone 7 camera also gets optical image stabilization this year. In 2014 and 2015, only the larger Plus model iPhones had OIS. The bigger iPhone 7 Plus gets a new dual-lens setup that includes two separate cameras positioned side by side on the back of the phone. One is the same 28mm camera as the rear camera in the iPhone 7, while the second has a 56mm telephoto lens. The new setup provides two main features that most smartphone cameras do not support. First, the iPhone 7 Plus has 2x optical zoom. A tap on the screen switches the main camera from the 28mm lens to the 56mm lens, allowing the shooter to zoom in without any loss of image quality. Both the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 have 10x digital zoom as well, and zooming can now be done either by pinching or by tapping the new zoom button on the 7 Plus and then spinning the dial that pops up either to the right to zoom in, or to the left to zoom out. Second, the telephoto lens captures depth information when taking a standard photo. Along with Apple’s upcoming iOS 10.1 update, the Plus camera will be able to produce a "bokeh" effect that blurs the background and simulates a photo captured by a DSLR camera. The dual-camera setup isn’t just for zoom and bokeh, however. Every press of the shutter button on the iPhone 7 Plus actually captures two images, one with the 28mm lens and one with the 56mm lens. Data from both images is then fused behind the scenes to create a single photo. Of note, the wide-angle lens has OIS while the telephoto lens does not. You can read more about the cameras and see photo samples in this post . The bottom line is this: there have never been better cameras on an iPhone than these cameras. In fact, they’re at least as good as the camera Samsung uses on its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 phones, which has been the best smartphone camera in the world since March of this year. Personally, I can’t pick a clear winner between Samsung and Apple. Photos captured by the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus in some lighting conditions look better than the same photos snapped on a Galaxy S7 or Note 7, while the S7 and Note 7 clearly have the edge in other lighting conditions. All four of these phones feature cameras capable of capturing breathtaking photos and stunning video, making all of them fantastic choices for anyone who counts camera quality among their priorities when choosing a smartphone. The final big change regarding the iPhone 7’s design is the two new colors Apple introduced this year. Just one year after adding rose gold to its palette, Apple has added a pair of darker color options on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The first is black, which replaces space gray. The black iPhone 7 models feature a smooth finish that is similar to the other three available colors (silver, gold and rose gold), but obviously much deeper. Next up is Apple’s new "Jet Black" color, which has been a topic of much debate. Some people are upset that it’s next to impossible to buy a jet black iPhone right now. Others are angry because the new color is only available on the more expensive 128GB and 256GB iPhone models. Of course like most complaints, these will quickly fade as we move further from launch. But one issue will remain: Jet Black was built to fail. Apple’s new Jet Black iPhones are stunning. The smooth high-gloss finish reflects light and captures different colors as it does, but it also captures some things that are far less desirable like scratches, scuffs, grease and grime. In fact, the problem is so serious that Apple had to include a disclaimer on its website: The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone. If you buy a Jet Black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, it will get scratched up. Period. If you put a case on it, it will still get scratched up as dust and dirt inevitably works their way in between the case and the phone. There’s simply no way to avoid it. So if the idea of buying a phone that will begin showing scuffs and scratches within a few hours of your purchase is off-putting, definitely purchase a different color. Moving inside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple made some serious internal improvements. The new iPhones have twice as much storage as last year’s models. The 16GB iPhone is no more, having been replaced at the entry-level by a new 32GB storage option. The mid-tier models include 128GB of storage, and the top-tier iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ship with 256GB of internal storage. Where the smaller iPhone 7 is concerned, the storage bump comes at no additional expense. Pricing remains $649 for the entry-level model, while the 128GB and 256GB versions cost $749 and $849, respectively. The larger iPhone 7 Plus models are more expensive than the 2015 iPhones they replace, however. Pricing at each tier has been increased by $20, so the phones cost either $769, $869 or $969 instead of $749, $849 and $949, which is where pricing has been for the past two years. Why the extra $20 when prices haven’t increased for smaller iPhone 7 units? The answer likely lies in the new camera modules as well as the additional RAM in the Plus model compared to the smaller version. Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has 2GB of RAM just like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB. Don’t expect any huge all-around performance benefit from that extra gig of RAM, though. Instead, the additional RAM is there to assist with photo processing since the dual camera setup captures so much more data than a single-lens camera. Running the show inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is a new A10 Fusion chipset designed by Apple. The 64-bit chip features two high-performance processor cores that are 40% faster than the A9 chip that powers the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and two high-efficiency cores that consume one-fifth as much power as last year’s A9. The result is blinding speed when the phones need to do some heavy lifting, and improved battery life during normal operation. The A10 Fusion chip also packs a six-core GPU that is 50% faster than the A9’s GPU and yet consumes only two-thirds as much power. Thanks to the new chipset and larger batteries in both iPhone 7 models, this year’s new iPhones are faster than last year’s models while also offering better battery life. Apple says the iPhone 7 lasts an average of 2 hours longer per charge than the iPhone 6s, while the iPhone 7 Plus outlasts the iPhone 6s plus during typical use by an average of one hour. Those are big improvements in terms of percentages, but in reality the user experience is largely unchanged. The Plus model will still go well past a full 24 hours without needing to be recharged, while the smaller model absolutely will not. iOS 10 is the rest of the story, though Apple’s latest major iOS update obviously isn’t unique to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike Android, Apple has managed to create a system that allows it to push operating system updates directly to end users. As a result, iOS 10 was available the very same day it was released on all compatible devices, including ten different iPhone models, eight different iPad models and the most recent iPod touch. For those keeping score, the oldest iOS device that received Apple’s iOS 10 update was released just over four years ago. Do any four-year-old Android phones have Nougat yet? Marshmallow? Apple’s new iOS 10 software brings with it a host of new features that further enhance the iOS experience. As has been the case for the past few years, Apple focused on refining and enhancing existing features with iOS 10. The resulting operating system is dramatically improved and enhanced, but don’t expect much in the way of innovative new features. Highlights in iOS 10 include a new Messages app that’s packed full of features and now supports its own App Store, a new lock screen, redesigned widgets, a revamped notification system that lets you respond to messages right from within a notification on any screen, a new Photos app, big Maps updates, bigger Siri updates, a dramatically improved Apple Music experience, Quick Type enhancements including emoji recommendations, and plenty more. And of course, iOS 10 continues to be supported by the world's leading third-party app ecosystem . Apple’s new iPhones are the best iPhones the company has ever made. Obviously. The same can be said of every new iPhones that are released. But what separates this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from their predecessors is where things get interesting. Whittled down to its simplest terms, Apple’s new iPhones are an "S" update, making this the first time Apple has ever released S updates in two consecutive years. iPhones get big performance boosts and nifty new features each and every year, but the external design is what separates number updates from S updates. Yes, there are some subtle design changes on the iPhone 7 series compared to last year’s models. But as far as most people are concerned, the iPhone 7 sports the same housing Apple used last year and the year before. Even the dimensions are identical, down to the millimeter. So the question becomes, are you willing to purchase another S update? If you currently have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus or any earlier iPhone model, or if you’re switching from Android to an iPhone, this is truly a no-brainer. The performance boost when jumping to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will blow your mind — they’re the fastest phones in the world . Add in the incredible new cameras, the gorgeous new displays, twice as much storage and all the other new features Apple mixed in, and you’ve got yourself the best all-around smartphones on the planet. The real question for many users will be whether or not they should upgrade from an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. If you use an annual upgrade plan through your wireless carrier or through Apple, again, you should obviously upgrade. These phones are amazing. If you’re buying them outright though, you have a difficult decision to make. These are not "boring" iPhones by any stretch of the imagination but as I mentioned before, I did get bored very quickly when moving from an iPhone 6s to an iPhone 7. It’s an S upgrade. Again. Another S upgrade?! Is Apple doomed?! Should Tim Cook be fired?!? No. The iPhone 6/6 Plus cycle was the biggest smartphone cycle in history, and tens of millions of people now have 2-year-old phones that need to be upgraded. In the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, they’ll find an upgrade that will absolutely knock their socks off. The same goes for people coming over from a different manufacturer and switching to an iPhone. Then, next year, you get the massive design overhaul you’ve been waiting for. You get a gorgeous new OLED display that takes up more of the phone’s face. You get an innovative new all-ceramic housing  in sleek new colors, perhaps. You get a slimmer design with wireless charging and no home button. You get an even better 3D Touch experience with an invisible TouchID fingerprint scanner embedded in the display. And of course, you'll also get a huge boost in power and performance. In the meantime, all you have to tide you over are the two best smartphones in the world.
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  • Sony’s new flagship Xperia XZ is coming to the US for $700 in October (2016-09-23 09:23:01)
    Sony’s timing couldn’t possibly be worse: the Japanese company is releasing its new flagship Android phone in the US just two days before Google goes supersonic with the launch of its own new Android flagship phones. October 2nd is the date, Sony has just announced, that US customers can buy the new Xperia XZ for an unsubsidized price of $699.99. The participating retailers include Amazon and Best Buy, and both will also stock the XZ’s sibling, the smaller X Compact, which arrives on September 25th for a price of $499.99.
  • A new Pokemon Go update is about to be released but don’t expect any trading support (2016-09-23 09:06:56)
    A few hours ago, Niantic announced that a new Pokemon Go update for iPhone and Android is about to be released, so go get your devices in order. Versions 1.9.0 for iPhone and 0.39.0 for Android are about to come out, bringing several new features and bug fixes. DON’T MISS: This tool could save you a bunch of money on an iPhone 7 purchase Before you get too excited about the incoming update, you should know that the trading feature isn’t included in this one, at least according to the notes Niantic posted on Facebook . Instead, you can expect Pokemon capture information to appear on the info screen. Furthermore, your Pokemon Go Plus can be used to capture Pokemon with Incense following the update, a feature some trainers will certainly appreciate. Here’s the tiny changelog that Niantic posted on Facebook: Capture location: The location where a Pokémon was caught will now be displayed on their information screen. Pokémon GO Plus and Incense: Trainers can attempt to capture Pokémon they encounter from using Incense with the Pokémon GO Plus accessory. Minor bug fixes The company also hinted that “some exciting features and changes” are coming soon, without detailing any of them. Head over to the  Apple Store or Google Play to download Pokemon Go. The update should be applied automatically, depending on how you set your phone, once it propagates through the stores.
  • How to make your own iMessage sticker pack, no coding required (2016-09-23 09:00:44)
    Inspired by all the wacky sticker packs available on the Messages App Store, I decided I wanted to make my own. After about three days of confusion and minimal crying, I'm thrilled to announce that my first app ever is now available on the iMessage App Store! You can use the As Per Usual sticker pack to express that relatable feeling when you're listening to music on a train pretending to be in a music video, or to bully your friends by slapping multiple stickers on top of their messages. You'll have to pay Apple $100 / year for this, but just cough up the money with the naive yet optimistic hopes that you'll break even!
  • Samsung phone emits smoke on Indian plane mid-air, no damage (2016-09-23 08:58:34)
    By Aditi Shah NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A Samsung Electronics smartphone sent smoke from an overhead baggage compartment on an Indian commercial plane during a flight on Friday, India's aviation regulator said, but there was no damage and the aircraft landed safely. Passengers on board an IndiGo flight spotted smoke filtering from the baggage bin and alerted the cabin crew which saw sparks and smoke coming from a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone, the airline, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, confirmed in an emailed statement. The incident comes after Samsung recalled its new Note 7 phones across the globe due to faulty batteries causing the devices to catch fire while charging or in normal use.
  • What Twitter sentiment analysis is saying about the first presidential debate (2016-09-23 08:30:00)
    Big data firm Datameer analyzed thousands of tweets in the week preceding the debate, revealing that the two candidates have never been more controversial-or unpopular.
  • UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system (2016-09-23 08:23:41)
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  • How to customize the Windows 10 Start menu with numbered shortcuts (2016-09-23 08:14:00)
    You can streamline the Windows 10 Start menu and make it even easier to access and launch the apps you use most often. This illustrated walk-through explains the steps.
  • China's Huawei to start India smartphone production in Oct (2016-09-23 08:05:23)
    By Swati Bhat and Paul Carsten MUMBAI/BEJING (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] will start making smartphones in India next month, the company said on Friday, joining a wave of compatriots setting up plants in the world's third-biggest mobile market. The plant will be operated with the Indian arm of electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd in the southern Indian city of Chennai, Huawei said. India is trying to attract manufacturing into the country as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiative.
  • Apple’s Siri-based Echo rival has reportedly begun prototype testing (2016-09-23 08:03:31)
    Its popularity has prompted plenty of copycats, and a new Bloomberg report indicates that Apple is stepping up its own efforts to offer a competitor. An Echo-like device, built around Apple’s Siri voice assistant software, is said to have left the R&D stage and entered prototype testing inside Apple’s labs. Apple has already laid much of the groundwork for creating what we might call a Siri speaker, having opened up Siri to third-party developers and also made it available on macOS computers as well as mobile iOS devices.
  • Throwing a medical lifeline to the transgender community (2016-09-23 08:00:03)
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  • Chelsea Manning will spend seven days in solitary confinement for suicide attempt (2016-09-23 07:58:11)
    Chelsea Manning was convicted on two of three charges in a disciplinary hearing yesterday. The sentence is fourteen days of solitary confinement, although seven days of the sentence will be suspended. Manning also faced a Prohibited Property charge as a result of an improperly labeled book found in her cell.
  • Tencent to donate 2 percent of profit as Chinese online charity grows (2016-09-23 07:37:00)
    By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese billionaire Pony Ma Huateng, the founder of internet group Tencent, on Friday said his company would donate 2 percent of its annual profit to charity as mobile technology and new philanthropy laws in China make donations easier. Ma's pledge follows China's introduction of new laws earlier this month that provided a legal framework for approved internet companies to raise and manage funds for charity. It also comes days after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said they would donate more than $3 billion toward a plan to "cure, prevent or manage" all disease.
  • First Click: What was the best Nexus? (2016-09-23 07:30:03)
    It feels like almost yesterday that we were excitedly poring over the first pictures of the Nexus One, Google's own-brand Android smartphone that sought to present the company's operating system in the best possible light. Apple was contesting multitouch patents with Android manufacturers, and the Chinese companies that are now dominating the mid-range and terrorizing market incumbents like LG and Sony were nowhere near being able to compete. The Nexus One arrived with Android 2.1 Eclair on board and was immediately one of the most intriguing devices of the year.
  • What is the dark side of Tetris, and what do we lose in the PS4 slimdown? Chat with us live at 3 p.m. ET (2016-09-23 07:30:03)
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  • How Samsung will force you to exchange your exploding Galaxy Note 7 (2016-09-23 07:15:28)
    Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall is going as planned — if you can really ever plan for such a mess. The company has brought in half a million replacement units to the US, and other markets are also receiving the safe Galaxy Note 7 versions as we speak. But Samsung won’t stop until all the damaged devices are replaced. If you’re still oblivious to the problem, Samsung won’t let you sit idly by with a fire hazard in your pocket. DON’T MISS: This tool could save you a bunch of money on an iPhone 7 purchase Samsung’s replacement operation is reportedly going smoothly in Canada, where many buyers have already brought in their defective units. According to Samsung Canada COO and Executive Vice President Paul Brannen, some 70% of the almost 22,000 devices sold in the region before the recall have been returned. That leaves plenty of faulty units in the wild, but Samsung wants to replace every single one of them. "The goal is to have 100% of the affected devices replaced and these steps are the way to ensure that happens,” Brennan told Android Central . The exec referred to a few additional security steps Samsung is taking to ensure that customers can easily recognize safe Galaxy Note 7 units and that all owners of faulty phones return theirs. Samsung and its carrier partners will push a software update to all Galaxy Note 7 units that will make it clear which devices are safe to use. A green battery indicator in the notifications shade and a green battery icon in the phone’s power menu are telling signs that you’re using a safe new Note. The update is supposed to roll out simultaneously to all carriers and will not be optional. Users will be reminded to install it every three hours. After that, an unsafe Galaxy Note 7 that’s still in operation would show owners warnings and prompts to return the device every time the phone starts up or shuts down Furthermore, Android and Me reports that Samsung Australia confirmed that the batteries of the faulty Galaxy Note 7 units that are still in use would be "throttled" to a maximum charge of 60%. That would limit the battery capacity to 2,100 mAh and, hopefully, reduce fire hazard. The replacements will, however, not have the black square on the box to indicate a device is safe, as previously reported.
  • Tanzanian lecturer charged with insulting president on WhatsApp (2016-09-23 06:56:14)
    A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a WhatsApp message, a senior police official said on Friday, bringing the number of people charged under a tough new cybercrimes law to 10. Magufuli, nicknamed "the bulldozer" for pushing through his policies, has won some praise from Western donors for anti-corruption drives and cutting wasteful government spending since coming to power in November. Insulting the president was made a criminal offense in Tanzania under a cybercrimes law passed last year, punishable by up to three years in jail, a fine of around $3,000, or both.
  • CNET UK podcast 499: Hissing iPhones, GoPro's wee new drone and should Google ditch phones? (2016-09-23 06:53:27)
    Would Google be better off out of the phone game? We ask the tough questions on the UK's best tech podcast.
  • Exclusive: Japan's antitrust watchdog considers action against Apple, carriers - sources (2016-09-23 06:07:10)
    By Yoshiyasu Shida TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese regulators are considering taking action against Apple Inc over possible antitrust violations that may have helped it dominate the nation's smartphone sales, government sources said, a move that could hit the company's profit margins in one of its most profitable markets. In a report published last month, Japan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said that NTT Docomo, KDDI Corp and Softbank Group were refusing to sell older surplus iPhone models to third party retailers, thereby hobbling smaller competitors. Apple was not named in that report, but two senior government sources told Reuters that regulators were also focusing on Apple's supply agreements with all three carriers.
  • TV makers are the new VW cheats, says environmental group (2016-09-23 05:41:00)
    Samsung, LG, and Vizio are misleading customers about their TV energy usage, according to a new report from an environmental group. The three companies designed their screens to take advantage of the methods used in government testing, the Natural Resources Defense Council claims, enabling them to perform better in energy efficiency tests than regular models would in the home. The report says that the companies were able to obtain higher scores in official government tests because the US Department of Energy has used the same 10-minute clip to measure TV sets for energy efficiency for the past eight years: a reel of rapid cuts that features video from 260 different scenes.
  • Amazon discontinues Unlimited Photos plan as it launches printing service (2016-09-23 03:55:26)
    Amazon has quietly launched a service for printing photos and custom photo books, in a direct challenge to companies like Shutterfly. The service, known as Amazon Prints, is available to customers who use the Amazon Drive cloud storage service, with free shipping on orders of $15 or more. With Amazon Prints, users can print photos starting at $0.09 each, and photo books starting at $20.
  • CNET giveaway: 'X-Men Apocalypse' on Blu-ray, and a prop from the film (2016-09-23 03:00:03)
    Mutants, gather round! This week we have a prize only worthy of the bravest heroes: a copy of "X-Men: Apocalypse" on Blu-ray and a prop straight from the film set.
  • This vest vibrates you right into VR (2016-09-23 02:28:02)
    Woojer's Vest sends vibrations into your chest and back, letting you feel the virtual worlds you're in.
  • No longer invite-only, "robo-cars" offered to Singaporeans (2016-09-23 01:57:43)
    Autonomous vehicle software startup nuTonomy has made rides on its self-driving taxis available to the general public in Singapore for free, expanding a first-in-the world run that was initially invitation-only. ...
  • Google honors Santo, Mexico's masked pro wrestling hero (2016-09-23 01:47:59)
    In addition to helping popularize professional wrestling in Mexico, he was also a folk icon and actor in superhero movies.
  • Apple's latest AirBag product, revealed by Conan O'Brien (2016-09-23 01:46:14)
    Technically Incorrect: Apple applied for a bag patent this week. This is what Conan insists it is. It's quite something.
  • Palmer Luckey is funding Donald Trump's internet trolls with his Oculus money (2016-09-23 00:02:12)
    Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is financially supporting a pro-Donald Trump group of "shitposters," he confirmed to the Daily Beast today, using his considerable personal fortune to fund the creation of memes attacking Hillary Clinton. In its announcement post on Trump-fan subreddit r/The_Donald, Nimble America said it had already "proven that shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real," and that it wanted to bring so-called "shitposting" into the real world "in a way that was transparent and had purpose." In practice, the unofficial Trump-supporting group suggested this could be done via T-shirts, Nimble America's spokesperson saying that it would "not just sell t-shirts to sell them, but to sell t-shirts to shitpost." The group's home page was last updated on July 11th.
  • Uber drivers in China allegedly pretending to be zombies in scam (2016-09-22 23:59:49)
    Technically Incorrect: In China, some Uber drivers allegedly post scary pictures on the app, so that riders cancel, but drivers pocket the cancellation fee.
  • Netflix Originals and dynamic geography: Girt by CNET podcast 88 (2016-09-22 23:42:23)
    This week the Girt team talks Netflix at the Emmys and poor Australian geography in Forza Horizon 3.
  • Facebook gave advertisers inflated video-viewing metrics for two years (2016-09-22 23:28:07)
    Social network overestimated average viewing time because it only counted videos seen for three or more seconds.
  • Halfway there: 500,000 Galaxy Note 7 phones returned in the US (2016-09-22 22:27:30)
    Samsung says 90 percent of existing Galaxy Note 7 owners are opting for a replacement Note 7.
  • Combine a washed-up James Bond with the Internet of Things and somehow you get this (2016-09-22 22:00:32)
    Normally, a headline about former James Bond Pierce Brosnan starring in a thriller about internet-connected fridges would be only found on the Onion. But because Hollywood financiers apparently have more money than sense, the grippingly-named  I.T.  will be released tomorrow. Every part of my being wishes this was a joke, but sadly, I checked the date and it's not April 1st. DON'T MISS:  Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms The plot, as extensively revealed in the trailer/4-minute-movie, is reasonably simple. Pierce Brosnan plays the CEO of a big technology company that makes smarthome tech. After an IT screwup at a presentation, an IT temp saves the day for Brosnan, who then does the classic annoying boss move of getting the IT guy to come sort out his home internet. Only, the IT guy is some kind of Mr Robot wannabe who hacks the entire company and holds everyone to ransom. The movie degrades into some kind of horror movie with occasional moral qualms about Big Brother society and cameras being everywhere. Assuming you haven't already thrown your laptop in the nearest rive, I.T.  will be opening in movie theaters and on demand tomorrow. With the right amount of alcohol, it could make for an entertaining evening in.
  • Samsung: ‘about half’ of dangerous Note 7s have been exchanged in the US (2016-09-22 21:38:32)
    Samsung is claiming that “about half” of the Galaxy Note 7 devices that could potentially explode have been exchanged for new phones — at least in the US. Samsung also says that “90 percent” of those who have exchanged their phone decided to get another Galaxy Note 7. Samsung has been under fire (pardon the pun) for mishandling the recall, having at the very least failed to engage with US regulators.
  • New 'Magnum P.I.' series in the works, with daughter as star (2016-09-22 21:38:20)
    The TV new series will follow the crime-solving adventures of Magnum's daughter Lily, who returns to Hawaii to run her father's private investigation firm.
  • This tool could save you a bunch of money on an iPhone 7 purchase (2016-09-22 21:00:43)
    Wait a second, iPhone 7 prices start at $649 for the 32GB iPhone 7 version and go all the way up to $969 for the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus. So how can you save $1,700 on an iPhone 7 purchase? That’s simple, this iPhone 7 price calculator actually factors in the cash you pay to your carrier for a period of two years, and can save you plenty of money. DON’T MISS: 10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone Sure, you may have already invested in a shiny new iPhone 7. But you could always return it, as the phone launched just last Friday, and order a new one using the tool. And if you haven’t purchased the iPhone 7 because it’s too damn expensive, then WalletHub’s calculator can come in handy. First spotted by Fortune , the tool factors in various information, including device cost, carrier preference, and individual/family plans, Surprisingly, WalletHub found one of Sprint’s individual plans to be the best options for consumers. Buyers would pay $1,757 on an iPhone 7 purchased with installment plan with 3GB of monthly data for two years. T-Mobile came on top of family plans. Customers buying the iPhone 7 from the carrier with an installment plan would pay $3,828 over two years, getting 12GB of monthly data and four lines. The catch here is that you have to buy the phone from the carrier. Order the iPhone 7 from Apple, and the cheapest family plan is Sprint’s, which will cost $4,050. The calculator doesn’t work only with the iPhone. You can use it for any other smartphone purchase if you’re looking to save money over the course of the next two years. Check out the following infographic to see WalletHub’s iPhone 7 simulations, and try out the calculator yourself at this link .
  • ​How water-resistant is the iPhone 7? (2016-09-22 20:28:56)
    We put Apple's iPhone 7 through a series of dunk tests for our Breaking Point series to see if we could drown it.
  • Yahoo hit in worst hack ever, 500 million accounts swiped (2016-09-22 20:23:29)
    The internet company, being bought by Verizon, says a state-sponsored actor stole email addresses, passwords and birth dates. Change your passwords. Now.
  • These are photos of Roku's next lineup of streaming boxes (2016-09-22 20:12:08)
    After leaking the new product branding for Roku's upcoming hardware refresh, Zatz Not Funny has now published the first photos of the company's latest streaming boxes. At the bottom of the yet-to-be-announced lineup are the Roku Express and Roku Express Plus — two models meant to take the place of the existing Roku 1. Zatz isn't sure what the difference between the regular and "Plus" models are, so Roku has managed to keep a lid on some things.
  • Horses make weather-based wardrobe choices, study shows (2016-09-22 20:03:43)
    We've always known our equine friends were smart, but a recent study shows their choices reflect it.
  • An exciting ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ spoiler that doesn’t really spoil anything (2016-09-22 20:00:50)
    The eighth episode of the Star Wars saga is just over one year away and principal photography for the movie has concluded, but there’s still plenty of work left for the film, including shooting some of the characters. Yes, Maz Kanata has yet to make her appearance, as Lupita N’yongo has not shot her stop motion photography — and that’s not necessarily a spoiler. However, there is one fresh Episode VIII spoiler you should be aware of, mainly because it doesn’t spoil the actual plot: We’re going to see more Leia in this one. DON’T MISS: 10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone The revelation comes from the New York Comic Con Instagram account that said Carrie Fisher would be filming for Star Wars , and that’s why she’s only attending NYCC on Sunday. Star Wars fans obviously love Leia, and the princess didn’t have that much screen time in The Force Awakens in the first place. That might change in Episode VIII , especially given that Han Solo is dead, her son is a terrifying villain, and her brother is still missing in action. Before we get our hopes up, we should also keep in mind that Fisher might be simply reshooting for Star Wars . Don’t freak out if that’s indeed the case. Reshoots happen. Either way, this spoiler doesn’t spill the beans on anything that happens in the next Star Wars episode. We still have no idea why Luke left, who Rey’s parents are, or why Kylo Ren is such a huge pain in the ass. We’re just going to have to get back to waiting!
  • Flybrix Lego drone is built for crashes (2016-09-22 19:56:05)
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  • Army building new ‘ambidextrous’ multi-purpose grenade (2016-09-22 19:30:13)
    Engineers at the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are developing an ambidextrous multi-purpose hand grenade, which is the military’s first new lethal hand grenade in more than 40 years. The Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) grenade will let soldiers set the grenade to fragmentation or concussive effect with the flip of a switch. The weapon is also designed for ambidextrous use so it can be both armed and thrown easily with either hand. Current grenades require a different arming procedure for left-handed users, according to the Army. War Is Boring reports that the Army’s current M67 grenade was designed for right-handed soldiers, so left-handed troops are trained to flip the grenade upside and hold the safety lever down with their left thumb, while pulling out the ring with the opposite hand. The Army is also touting the new grenade’s ability to provide both fragmentation and blast overpressure more effectively and safely. Blast overpressure refers to the impact of the grenade’s shock wave on body surfaces. Defense expert Peter Quentin, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, sees the ET-MP as an important addition to the Army’s arsenal. “What’s quite interesting is the objective they are trying to achieve with this, which is a discretionary weapons system,” he told “This is important because it is all about minimizing collateral damage and civilian casualties, ensuring the appropriate effect is easily achieved and simple concussion/fragmentation selection makes it more likely to employ appropriate force.” The request for a multi-purpose grenade was received from service personnel in 2010 and research began almost immediately. Engineers have been working with the U.S. Army’s Infantry School, as well as active-duty soldiers and Marines, to find exactly what troops require in a grenade. “Our warfighter lost the capability of using an alternate lethal hand grenade when the MK3A2 concussion grenade was taken out of service in 1975 due to an asbestos hazard, leaving the M67 fragmentation grenade,” explained Picatinny Arsenal, in a statement. Engineers with the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) are working on the ET-MP, along with the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning and the Army’s Project Manager for Close Combat Systems. The weapon will give more flexibility to troops. “They are currently carrying one M67 grenade that provides lethal fragmentation effects,” said Jessica Perciballi, ARDEC Project Officer for ET-MP, U.S. Army, Grenades & Demolitions Division, in the statement. “With the new multi-purpose grenade, they can carry one ET-MP grenade and have the ability to choose either fragmentation or concussive effects desired for the situation.” The ET-MP also has electronic fuze timing. “Detonation time can now be narrowed down into milliseconds, and until armed, the hand grenade will not be able to detonate,” said Matthew Hall, Grenades Tech Base Development Lead, in the Army’s statement. RUSI’s Quentin, a former British Army officer who served as a liaison to the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan, emphasized that grenades are unique weapons. “Any weapon system that you use has some sort of sighting device, but with a grenade you’re using your own judgment and skill to be precise, it’s one of the most dangerous weapon systems that you use,” he said. “If you fumble that in a trench, it’s not just you but all your comrades around you that are likely to be harmed by that.” The Army’s Project Manager Close Combat Systems will get the ET-MP in Fiscal Year 2020. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers Related: Army recon targets Apache helicopter cannon for Humvee replacement Army tests high-tech airdrop system that 'sees' its target History of remote weapons in pictures
  • 6-year-old invites shell-shocked Syrian boy to live with him (2016-09-22 19:24:31)
    Video of a boy reading a letter he wrote to President Obama asking him to bring a Syrian boy to come live with his family has been viewed more than 10 million times.
  • Ferrari GTC4Lusso T: More torque, more turbos, less everything else (2016-09-22 19:19:13)
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  • Tesla plans to unveil solar roof with battery pack next month (2016-09-22 19:10:15)
    Created in partnership with SolarCity, the system will include a charger for Tesla automobiles.
  • Google to launch Oakland lab to mentor minority students (2016-09-22 19:07:29)
    Working with the MIT Media lab, the search giant looks across the San Francisco Bay to solve the tech industry's diversity problem.
  • Yahoo says hackers stole data from 500 million accounts in 2014 (2016-09-22 19:05:25)
    The attack on Yahoo was unprecedented in size, more than triple other large attacks on sites such as eBay Inc , and it comes to light at a difficult time for Yahoo. Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is under pressure to shore up the flagging fortunes of the site founded in 1994, and the company in July agreed to a $4.83 billion cash sale of its internet business to Verizon Communications Inc . "This is the biggest data breach ever," said well-known cryptologist Bruce Schneier, adding that the impact on Yahoo and its users remained unclear because many questions remain, including the identity of the state-sponsored hackers behind it.
  • Airbnb said to raise $555M, but that number could jump to $850M (2016-09-22 19:02:29)
    A reported funding round, which isn't yet closed, could push the home-rental company's valuation up to $30 billion.
  • Silver lining: Not every exploding Galaxy Note 7 actually exploded (2016-09-22 19:00:23)
    They say that all press is good press, but I'm willing to bet that Samsung would beg to differ . The whole exploding Galaxy Note 7 scandal has been nothing short of a catastrophe for the South Korean company, but there is a silver lining. An extremely thin, almost invisible silver lining, but a silver lining nonetheless: Not all of the reports of exploding phablets has turned out to be real. DON'T MISS:  Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms According to ZDNet , Samsung says that it received 26 false reports following the announcement of the worldwide Note 7 recall earlier this month. Here's how those 26 reports break down: 12 of the consumers had phones that weren't actually faulty, 7 of the consumers couldn't be reached and 7 more either cancelled their reports or told Samsung that they'd already gotten rid of the phone. One of these reports came from a Canadian consumer, who purportedly took a picture of a ruined Galaxy Note 7 he found online and told Samsung that it was his phone. Another consumer in Singapore says they threw the handset out of their car when it caught fire while they were driving, but couldn't provide proof. It's not surprising to learn that there were customers trying to take advantage of the recall in order to possibly score a lawsuit or at least very least a free phone, but what's perhaps slightly more surprising is that Samsung shipped a phone with a battery that could catch fire. It's almost too close to call, really. If the controversy hasn't scared you away altogether, you can buy one of the 500,000 safe Galaxy Note 7 units that Samsung shipped to carrier stores across the United States today. Other than the whole exploding business, it really is the best Android phone on the market, and possibly one of the best ever.
  • Samsung Europe executive sees Note 7 across region by late November (2016-09-22 18:59:25)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics aims to re-launch its flagship Note7 smartphone across Europe well before year-end, but it could well be 2017 before the company fully rebounds from a global product recall tied to defective batteries, a regional executive said on Thursday. "We fully expect (new Note7s) to be available everywhere by the end of November ... well before the end of the fourth quarter," David Lowes, Samsung's chief marketing officer in Europe, said of plans to get back on track in the region. An estimated 2.5 million Note7s were sold before the battery flaws led Samsung to issue a global recall early this month.
  • Gaming and gambling in Liberty's F1 growth plan (2016-09-22 18:45:27)
    (Reuters) - Gaming and gambling are among potential growth areas for Formula One as the sport's new owners seek to develop largely untapped digital markets, Liberty Media chief executive Greg Maffei said on Thursday. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia investment conference in New York, Maffei also saw revenues growing through an increasing switch from free-to-air to pay television, more sponsorship deals and more races. "Outside of the United States there is a huge gambling opportunity in the sport, none of which we capitalize on." Formula One faces a major shake-up after U.S. cable TV mogul John Malone's Liberty Media agreed to take control of the cash-generating glamour sport.
  • Virgin America app has finally landed (2016-09-22 18:30:58)
    The airline says its new mobile app is "just plane better." Get it?
  • MacOS extension lets you watch Netflix while pretending to work on spreadsheets (2016-09-22 18:30:33)
    The end of the week is nearly here. You don't really want to be stuck in Excel all day. We get it. Luckily, if you're running macOS Sierra, a new feature lets websites pop video out to a picture-in-picture view, letting a small version of the video float over other windows. It's a handy tool if you just want to keep half an eye on a livestream, but unfortunately, it requires video players to enable a picture-in-picture button, and not many have yet. DON'T MISS:  15 apps every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus user needs to try That's why developer Arno Appenzeller has made a free Safari extension that will pop out any HTML5 video from a web page into a PiP image. Most notably, it lets you PiP YouTube and Netflix videos, which sounds like an ideal way to waste your afternoon. The app is available for download here. Once you've downloaded, extracted and run the app, go to Extensions in Safari, and tick the PiP box. From there, a toolbar should appear in Safari which will let you pop out any video from the browser. For a long time, Windows has been the go-to multitasking software for heavy users, with much better support for split-screen and multi-display work. But now that better window management is part of macOS, and PiP lets you view a video while working on something else, macOS is making a serious play for heavy users. And, of course, office workers who just wanna slack off.
  • YouTube commits $1 million to Creators for Change (2016-09-22 18:26:27)
    New global program aims to amplify the voices of people using video to make a positive social impact.
  • Beyond the Yahoo hack: Other major data breaches (2016-09-22 18:07:14)
    The Yahoo hack exposed personal details from at least 500 million user accounts, potentially the largest breach of an email provider in history. Despite the size of the break-in, attackers don't appear ...
  • Teach your children the alphabet with D is for Destiny (2016-09-22 17:56:01)
    For parents, it seems as though there’s an endless number of books out there designed to teach children the alphabet. In addition to the regular books out there, gamer parents can now introduce their offspring to Bungie’s MMORPG with a new book, D is for Destiny. D is for Destiny was originally created by Bungie for the parents who worked at the company, and the company will soon be selling the book to parents across the world.
  • ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ pokes fun at Donald Trump’s fake tax returns (2016-09-22 17:55:40)
    Donald Trump loves boasting about how wealthy he is, yet the Presidential candidate steadfastly refuses to release his tax returns. Over the past few months, the reasons why Trump has declined to make his tax returns public have been all over the map. Sometimes he'll bring up something involving an audit and other times he'll simply say he doesn't have or want to. Looking to have a little bit of fun with Trump's waffling, the folks over at Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday took to the streets and told any Trump supporter they could find that Trump had, at long last, released his tax returns. They then "asked them specific questions about these totally fictional tax returns in another edition of #LieWitnessNews." DON'T MISS:  Google’s Pixel phones look like the iPhone 7, so they must be really boring Many of the questions Trump supporters were asked were completely random and downright hilarious, including gems such as: "Was it legitimate for Donald Trump to write off all his marriages over the years as entertainment ?" and "The Donald Trump foundation donated $1000 to the legal defense fund for the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion, is that okay?" Of course, the nonsensical answers and ridiculous justifications that these people on the street came up with is what truly makes the video shine. As evidenced below, apparently nothing that Trump does these days -- even hypothetically speaking -- comes as much of a surprise to anyone.
  • Disney confirms third standalone Star Wars movie for 2020 (2016-09-22 17:53:09)
    Full Force ahead: Though no plot details have been released, a writer has already been hired for the new movie.
  • Sony Xperia prices fall into place (2016-09-22 17:33:33)
    The company will start selling its new Xperia X Compact this weekend.
  • Amazon ofrece descuentos en el Sony Xperia X, LG K7 y Moto G Plus (2016-09-22 17:32:59)
    [Cazadores de ofertas] La gigante de comercio ofrece hasta 34 por ciento de descuento en los celulares
  • How to use advanced options in Windows 10 to access BIOS settings (2016-09-22 17:22:00)
    Getting to the BIOS configuration settings on modern PCs running Microsoft Windows 10 is not an intuitive process. Here is how you do it.
  • Google’s Pixel phones stole the wrong feature from Apple’s iPhone 7 (2016-09-22 17:20:34)
    Come early October, Google will launch its 2016 flagship phones: these are HTC-made, Pixel-branded premium smartphones that will run a customized version of Android and cost you quite a bit more than you're used to spending for a Google phone. They’ll also look very much like an iPhone 7 , at least the front side — not that it’s a bad thing at this point. While many of the specs and features of the Pixel and Pixel XL are already known, a new report says the phones won’t be able to handle water spills very well at all. If only Google had followed Apple's lead here and made the phones water-resistant, instead of following Apple's lead elsewhere . DON’T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone According to the well-informed blog  Android Police , a site that revealed many details about the two Pixel handsets, both the Pixel and Pixel XL will have an IP53 certification. The “5” in there says that your Pixel phone will be pretty safe from dust damage, as dust particles will have a hard time getting in it. The “3” says the Pixel isn’t even water-resistant at all, let alone waterproof. The rating indicates the phone will survive contact with water, as long as it’s held in an upright position at an angle that doesn't exceed 60 degrees from vertical while being sprayed with low-pressure water. So if the phone is placed horizontally on a table or counter and you spill water on it, you might be in trouble. In other words, as long as the phone’s ports do not come in contact with liquid, you should be safe. Comparatively, this year’s top phones including the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 series are water-resistant (ratings of IP68 and IP67, respectively), which means they can still function after being immersed in shallow water for a limited amount of time. So if you drop them in the pool, you’ll still be able to use them.
  • Trump: Internet control belongs to US. Period (2016-09-22 17:19:25)
    As the US nears the October 1 date to turn over supervision of the internet to nonprofit ICANN, Donald Trump joins Ted Cruz in opposition.
  • Beats won't have a new Studio Wireless headphone in 2016 (2016-09-22 17:16:12)
    A sequel to Beats over-ear wireless noise-canceling headphone isn't coming anytime soon, CNET has learned.
  • NBA announces new deal for stats, player tracking (2016-09-22 17:11:41)
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA will have a new distributor for its statistical information and its player tracking data starting in the 2017-18 season under a deal that will also spread real-time statistics to legal betting houses around the world.
  • Hackers steal data from 500 million Yahoo accounts (2016-09-22 17:09:53)
    Unprotected passwords, payment card data and bank account information did not appear to have been compromised, Yahoo said, signaling that some of the most valuable user data was not taken. "This is the biggest data breach ever," said well-known cryptologist Bruce Schneier. It was not immediately clearly when Yahoo learned of the hack and why it took two years to come to light.
  • Exclusive: Probe of leaked U.S. NSA hacking tools examines operative's 'mistake' (2016-09-22 17:01:43)
    By Joseph Menn and John Walcott SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory that one of its operatives carelessly left them available on a remote computer and Russian hackers found them, four people with direct knowledge of the probe told Reuters. The tools, which enable hackers to exploit software flaws in computer and communications systems from vendors such as Cisco Systems and Fortinet Inc, were dumped onto public websites last month by a group calling itself Shadow Brokers. The public release of the tools coincided with U.S. officials saying they had concluded that Russia or its proxies were responsible for hacking political party organizations in the run-up to the Nov. 8 presidential election.
  • This App Lets You Build VR Living Rooms - And Invite Your Friends (2016-09-22 16:54:41)
    Now that time-honored tradition is coming to virtual reality thanks to myVR. Set to launch in October for Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR, this free app is a new take on social networking in virtual reality. Hoping to appeal to a wider audience outside of gamers and early adopters, myVR allows viewers to create interactive "rooms." Once created, the rooms act a hub where the owner can post video, news and music via feeds categorized under 21 customizable interests including entertainment, DIY, Sports, Tech News and Life Hacks.
  • Forget Apple Car: This Self-Balancing Motorcycle is a Better Idea (2016-09-22 16:54:37)
    Lit hasn't even made its first motorcycle for the public, but it has developed a way for motorcycles to stay upright, obviously a main concern for any motorcycle owner and what could be keeping many drivers from opting for a street-legal, motorized two-wheeler. Lit's motorcycle, called the C-1, would be equipped with what the company calls a gyro stability system that uses a number of sensors that interpret information from the driver, the wheels and brakes to determine how to respond. As you might expect, this motorcycle is electric and would cost about $24,000, or potentially less, depending on state and local incentives for owning electric vehicles=.
  • 500 Million! Yahoo Confirms Biggest Data Breach Ever (2016-09-22 16:54:07)
    In a press release today (Sept. 22), Yahoo confirmed earlier reports of a massive data breach of its servers, disclosing that in 2014 someone had stolen users' names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed passwords. Contrary to earlier reports, the data set contained 500 million accounts, not 200 million, making it the largest data breach on record. Yahoo said it believed the theft was performed by "a state-sponsored actor," as opposed to a criminal group or individual.
  • 9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2016-09-22 16:20:31)
    Do you want to stream movies, play games, block ads and capture Pokemon, all from the comfort of your iPhone? Well, you're in store for quite a treat, as we've rounded up a selection of free apps that do all those things and more. And if you're quick, you might even be able to catch a few free apps from yesterday's post . MUST SEE:  New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in October 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. VLC Streamer Normally $2.99. Sit anywhere in your house and watch movies or TV shows on your iPhone, iPod or iPad. VLC Streamer streams movies from your computer to your iDevice. Winner *Best Entertainment App* You can watch anything from your movie collection. No need for complex conversion processes. No need to manually transfer programs to your device. • Features include • - Free helper app gets you streaming quickly and allows you to browse local drives, and Windows network shares - Stream over wifi directly from your computer - Support for multiple resolutions and streaming quality levels - Customisable gesture controls - Live streaming of video after a few seconds of processing (assumes a reasonably powered computer) - Airplay support - TV Out support for iPad and iPhone4 - Easy to copy movies directly to your device for watching on the plane or out of the house. - Supports Windows, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Supports Mac OS 10.5 and above • System Requirements • - VLC Streamer will not play DRM protected videos. Videos from the iTunes store do include DRM. - VLC Streamer is designed to work on your local network, and the free helper app has to run on your Mac or PC. - Supports Windows, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10. - Supports Mac OS 10.7 Intel and above. Download VLC Streamer AG Drive Normally $3.99. THE FUTURE IS NOW The boldest futuristic racer ever made is here! An epic vision of the future, AG Drive takes you on the ride of your life as you drive blazing fast anti-gravity race craft and race against opponents on spectacular tracks that dive over and under an Earth city of the future. FEATURES - Main Events and Quick Events: Play AG Drive as you wish - Quick or Big! - Enjoy different modes of play such as Single Race, Time Trial, Elimination, Cup, Speed Record, Duel, etc. - Multiple tracks with different settings: sunny, sunset, night, etc. - Ships with different skills - can you master them all! TECHNOLOGY The world of AG Drive is real and full of life - witness huge futuristic highway systems come to life, with air traffic filling the skies as spaceships land and take off, and spotlights sweep the skies. The stunning, unparalleled visuals of the world of AG Drive were possible to be realized only because of the ZORG 3D engine. SOUNDTRACK The game's mind-blowing original soundtrack is something never done before - an unprecedented collaboration between some of the biggest, most talented musicians spearheaded by none other than Ari Pulkkinen ("Aritunes" - soundtracks for Angry Birds, Resogun, Trine 1 & 2, Outland, etc.). END NOTE Born out of love for games like Wipeout and F-Zero, AG Drive has been a long time in the making, and is now ready to show you the future. AG Drive is a showcase to the world for what can be achieved when you combine true vision and passion with cutting-edge technological prowess. Download AG Drive Go Surf Normally $1.99. Eternally called by the song of the ocean, a surfer’s journey is never ending. You search the world over looking for that perfect ride. There's always one more wave to conquer. And now the endless wave is finally out there...All within the palm of your hand. Use your bodacious skills to break the record for the longest wave ever ridden. How far do you think you can go? Be careful however, throughout this beach-themed adventure you have to avoid a series of pitfalls. Crowds will attempt to get in your way, wipeouts are most certainly a hazard, and watch out for that which lurks beneath the water’s surface. Remember, the experienced surfer doesn't ever want to become shark bait. RESOURCES • Easy to learn, hard to master - tap and release surf game • Complete missions in which you can try new surfers with different styles • Perform aerial maneuvers to activate ghost mode • Bonus session - Advanced tube rides • Fluid and challenging physics-based game • Beautiful day and night backdrops • Original musical composition • Collect floating chips to increase your spending power in the surf shop • Challenge your friends in the Game Center Download Go Surf Stringly Normally $2.99. Stringly is a great way to save the little thoughts, snippets, and bits of information that we deal with everyday. The app sets aside all the complication of most note-taking apps while still remaining robust and powerful: Add photos and Markdown rich text to your words. Everything you type is synced to all your devices in real time. If you are looking for a powerful to store simple things, Stringly is perfect. Give it a try! Download Stringly Ads Blocker Normally $0.99. The most powerful FOUR-in-ONE content blocking App A centralized screen to control all 4 blockers Shortcut to Safari Settings – Included with the first-time tutorial Ad Blocker – Block ads, banners, popups, and annoying publishers Content Blocker - Disable images, fonts, and other things that slow pages Privacy Blocker – Prevent spying and advert trackers Whitelist Manager - powerful custom whitelists for users! Download Ads Blocker My Speed Normally $0.99. My Speed, a simple speedometer to test the speed of walking,driving or sailing. ***Features*** - Easy main interface to show different speedometers which are in different counting units. - Set your aim distance, the time you need to spend will be calculated according to your current speed. - Compass will guide you to the right direction. Please pay attention: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Download My Speed Easy Car Player Normally $1.99. Easy Car Player is a super easy music player for the iPhone. The main purpose is to have a player centered in the use in the car: very few and simple options to start as fast as possible one of your favorite playlists. Not a lot of options, no small typefaces. Only some few playlists selected from your general iTunes playlists and ordered as you want. The playlist are ever played randomly. When playing a song, a very simplified interface is shown: artwork, song title and album, in very big typeface. And for the control: stop / play, previous track and next track. In addition, we provide an app for the Apple Watch: you could control all the features of Easy Car Player from the watch. Finally, we have developed and interesting feature when we are in the car: hold that album. you can maintain the current playing album when tapping in the artist name (iPhone) or in the "hold" button (Watch). Current album continues playing until you deactivate the option. In that moment player go to the previous selected playlist. Features: - Easy player with very few distractive elements. - Select favorite playlists from your iTunes playlists collection. - Order, reorganize and select favorite playlists from the main screen of the app. Playlist are presented in a very big typeface to easy selection. Selecting a playlist start random playing of that list, immediately, avoiding distractions. - Control the basic playing elements: stop / play, previous an next song. - Control all elements from the Apple Watch. - Hold feature to maintain playing current album or turn back to your selected playlist. Download Easy Car Player Poke Location Finder Normally $0.99. Poke Finder is pokemon finding tool with known pokemon locations and encounter times submitted by active Pokemon GO players from all the world. Using Poke Finder is simple. You can automatically see all of the known pokemon locations around you by scrolling around the map or you can alternatively use the "Filter" button to select a specific pokemon you want to find. Download Poke Location Finder Moonlight Shot Normally $0.99. Moonlight Shot is simply the best photo editor for the iPhone. Moonlight Shot employs only the highest quality photo adjustments and does so with blinding speed. Want to take amazing photos? Stand out from the crowd - make your photos POP! Moonlight Shot will transform your photo experience into something truly memorable. Choose how you want to remember that great view from your trip, or that delicious meal you shared with a friend. With Moonlight Shot’s live filters, you can preview how your photos will look, before you even take the photo! Download Moonlight Shot
  • Yahoo hack hit 500 mn users, likely 'state sponsored' (2016-09-22 16:10:52)
    "Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen," a statement from the US internet giant in what is likely the largest-ever breach from a single organization. Yahoo said the stolen information may have included names, email address, birth dates, and scrambled passwords, along with encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers that could help hackers break into victims' other online accounts.
  • LinkedIn adding new training features, news feeds and 'bots' (2016-09-22 16:05:51)
    LinkedIn wants to become more useful to workers by adding personalized news feeds, helpful messaging "bots" and recommendations for online training courses, as the professional networking service ...
  • AP FACT CHECK: Is US giving away the internet? (2016-09-22 15:57:05)
    Donald Trump's campaign says a government plan to give up managing key operations of the internet poses a threat of outside censorship of online information. But such an outcome is highly unlikely. The ...
  • Netflix knows how and why you binge-watch its shows (2016-09-22 15:55:12)
    With the TV landscape populated with so many critically acclaimed and revered shows, keeping up with everything is practically impossible. As a result, viewers are increasingly becoming more discerning about what shows they choose to watch. After all, who has time to sit around and watch 4 hour-long episodes of a show that goes nowhere when there's so much quality programming to digest. As a result, when a particular TV show is recommended to someone, a common response is: "well how many episodes before it gets good?" It's a fair question, to be sure, because some shows need a bit more of a runway before getting off the ground and hooking users in. Interestingly enough, Netflix has all sorts of advanced algorithms underpinning its site and it knows, with startling detail, which episodes of which shows are the ones that lure users in for good. Believe it or not, there's even a name for this type of data: hooked episode research. According to Netflix, they determine which episode of a show is the lure  by determining which episode, upon completion, can maintain 70% of viewers for the duration of the season. DON'T MISS: 10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone Speaking on the matter to Forbes , Netflix said: "From time to time we analyze data to look for new viewing patterns, habits and trends and unveil the findings and new ways of watching." What's particularly fascinating is that Netflix discovered that "viewing behavior is universal", which is to say that the same episode that gets viewers hooked in the United States is likely to be the same episode that gets viewers hooked in other countries as well. "We’ve always believed there is a universality to great stories,” Netflix VP of Original Content Cindy Holland said. "The Internet allows us to share these stories with a global audience and what we see from the data is how similar our members watch and respond." Netflix didn't release all of their data, but they did provide a handy graphic which illustrates what their research found for particular shows.
  • Elsewhere's $50 phone frames turn videos 3D, and boy do they pop (2016-09-22 15:51:01)
    Black plastic glasses from a tiny wife-and-husband startup hook onto an iPhone to make any movie, show or clip feel like you're watching in Imax 3D.
  • Elsewhere is a fun 3D toy, and also everything wrong with VR hype (2016-09-22 15:50:25)
    If you take a look at the recently released Elsewhere VR headset, you’ll see a slender set of Google Cardboard-style frames and an iOS app that adds 3D depth to flat images or video. Elsewhere’s app is based on a technology that instantly converts any picture or video — including your phone’s live camera feed — into stereoscopic 3D, when watched through a simple viewer that’s sold with the app. You can either load images and video directly to your phone, look at a curated feed of material (company co-founders Wendellen Li and Aza Raskin are partial to fractal videos), or see a 3D version of anything your phone’s camera captures.
  • Twinkling constellations light up your lap with this LED stars skirt (2016-09-22 15:47:38)
    Grab the heavens and wear them with pride with a light-up skirt featuring over 250 sparkling LED stars.
  • Facebook activates safety check in Charlotte (2016-09-22 15:47:12)
    As protests grew in North Carolina over a police shooting of a black man, Facebook lets users check in as safe.
  • Yahoo confirms 500M accounts leaked in massive data breach (2016-09-22 15:41:57)
    Yahoo recently confirmed that a suspected breach in 2014 affected hundreds of millions of users, and was believed to be carried out by a 'state-sponsored actor.'
  • Yahoo says hackers stole info from 500 million user accounts (2016-09-22 15:34:03)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo said hackers stole personal information from 500 million of its user accounts, a massive security breakdown it attributed to a "state sponsored actor." The breach disclosed Thursday, the latest setback for the beleaguered internet company, dates back to late 2014.
  • Singapore’s self-driving cars can now be hailed with a smartphone (2016-09-22 15:32:30)
    On Thursday, NuTonomy, an MIT-spinoff testing self-driving cars in Singapore, announced a partnership with Grab, the Uber of Southeast Asia. The partnership will allow NuTonomy to expand its public trial, which started several weeks before Uber launched its own public test in Pittsburgh on August 25th. Much like Uber’s self-driving test, select Grab users will get the chance to hail one of NuTonomy’s driverless vehicles by tapping the special “robo-car” icon in the Grab app.
  • Take your old Legos and turn them into a working drone (2016-09-22 15:27:57)
    Legos are great, but they'd be way more fun if they could fly around. Flybrix is a company dedicated to getting our Legos in the air. Its "Make Your Own Drone Kit Using Lego" launched today and comes with everything you need to get your Lego drone in the air.
  • Instagram doubles advertisers in six months (2016-09-22 15:26:20)
    The photo-sharing platform introduced ads one year ago, leveraging Facebook ad technology.
  • Satellite technology beams expertise to remote Alaska clinic (2016-09-22 15:24:11)
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only clinic in one of the nation's busiest commercial fishing ports is so remote that even conventional telemedicine for emergencies has been impossible for its limited staff — until this week.
  • Disney reduce las expectativas de 'Rogue One' en la taquilla: reporte (2016-09-22 15:19:14)
    El presidente ejecutivo, Bob Iger, dijo en un foro de inversionistas de Wall Street que la recaudación de la nueva película de 'Star Wars' será menor a lo recaudado por 'The Force Awakens'
  • Yahoo says hack hit 500 mn users, likely 'state sponsored' (2016-09-22 15:12:07)
    "Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen," a statement from the US Internet giant. The comments were the first confirmation from Yahoo on the huge data breach, and come after a report earlier this year quoting a security researcher saying some 200 million accounts may have been accessed. Stolen information may have included names, email address, birth dates, and scrambled passwords, along with encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers that could help hackers break into victims' other online accounts, according to Yahoo.
  • Comcast shouldn't claim DirecTV tech is "old," ad group says (2016-09-22 15:07:13)
    Industry self-regulation group says Comcast should avoid several claims in advertising its Xfinity X1 set-top box cable service.
  • Tesla will unveil a solar roof to power your house next month (2016-09-22 15:03:08)
    Ever since Tesla announced its merger with Solar City, we've been waiting for the first crossover product. According to CEO Elon Musk, we won't be waiting long. Tesla is planning to unveil a "solar roof" with an integrated battery system and Tesla charger on October 28th, marking the first time that Tesla will move into the electricity generation game. DON'T MISS:  iOS 10.1 public beta 1 is out, download it right now The integrated solar roof and battery was the first item in Elon Musk's Master Plan Part Deux released back in July. At the time, Musk described it as "a smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works, empowering the individual as their own utility, and then scale that throughout the world. One ordering experience, one installation, one service contact, one phone app." This solar-roof-with-battery was the reason behind the merger of Tesla and Solar City, a merger that investors didn't really like at the time. But Musk defended the merger, saying "We can't do this well if Tesla and SolarCity are different companies, which is why we need to combine and break down the barriers inherent to being separate companies. That they are separate at all, despite similar origins and pursuit of the same overarching goal of sustainable energy, is largely an accident of history." With Musk now promising the solar roof as soon as October, things look rosy for the rest of Tesla's master plan. In case you need to get excited, that includes a Tesla pick-up, a Tesla semi truck, and a Tesla-powered rival to Uber that lets car owners send their autonomous Teslas out to moonlight as taxis.
  • Yahoo says at least 500 million accounts hacked in 2014 (2016-09-22 14:56:01)
    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Thursday information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a "state-sponsored actor." The data stolen may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed passwords but may not have included unprotected passwords, payment card data or bank account information, the company said. "The investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo's network," the company said. Yahoo said it was working with law enforcement on the matter.
  • A mole, really? Some Harry Potter fans want a Patronus quiz do-over (2016-09-22 14:55:05)
    Pottermore's new quiz will assign you an animal protector. Hope your Dementors are scared of squirrels!
  • Yahoo confirms a 'state-sponsored' hack affected more than 500 million accounts (2016-09-22 14:51:46)
    In a statement released today, Yahoo said a hack of its network in late 2014 breached information related to at least 500 million user accounts. "The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers," Yahoo said in the statement. Yahoo said it is working with law enforcement on an investigation, although it did not provide any details on why it believed the hack was state-sponsored.
  • Yahoo confirms huge data breach affecting 500 million accounts (2016-09-22 14:41:07)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo confirms huge data breach affecting 500 million accounts.
  • Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms (2016-09-22 14:40:15)
    Yahoo has confirmed that a data breach from 2014 hit 500 million users, allowing hackers access to sensitive information, including poorly encrypted passwords. A press release from Yahoo confirms the news, and follows reports earlier today that Yahoo was set to confirm the breach. If true, stealing the user credentials from 500 million users would be one of the largest hacks ever to hit a US company. DON'T MISS:  Yahoo to confirm hackers stole passwords for 200M accounts all the way back in 2012 In a release , the company said "A recent investigation by Yahoo has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers." Yahoo points out that no payment info was stolen. While some of the passwords stolen may be encrypted, data dumps like this tend to be decrypted reasonably quickly. The statement goes on to confirm the extent of the hack, saying "Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen." However, Yahoo believes its systems are now safe and clear of hackers. Needless to say, anyone with a Yahoo account should immediately change their password, and the password on any other accounts that might share a password. Yahoo will be prompting anyone who hasn't changed their password since 2014 (!!!!!) to go do so now. To help users deal with the fallout from the hack, Yahoo has created a dedicated page full of FAQs . The most significant part of Yahoo's statement isn't the scale of the hack, but who the company believes to be behind it. Major breaches of user information are generally made by for-profit hackers, who steal the information and then sell it to other criminals, who can use it to gain money from identity fraud. State-sponsored hackers often don't have the same motives. We've already seen hackers linked to the Russian government conduct attacks against American political organizations, with the aim being to find sensitive documents and leak them to cause embarrassment. But a direct attack against a popular email host is a more nefarious and more direct attack on an American company.
  • Samsung has shut down Milk Music (2016-09-22 14:40:00)
    Samsung users are going to have to find a new way to listen to music: the company announced that it would be shuttering its streaming radio service Milk Music. According to Variety, Samsung will be shutting down Milk Music on September 22nd, urging its Galaxy and Note smartphone users to switch over to Slacker Radio, which powered the system. Samsung launched the music streaming service to much fanfare in 2014 as an alternative to ad-supported services such as Spotify and Pandora.
  • Looking for a programming job in a big tech firm? Find one by playing games with Code Arcade (2016-09-22 14:32:40)
    Honing your coding skills and finding a job doesn't have to be dull: You can climb leaderboards, defeat your friends, and gain the attention of big tech companies with CodeFight's new Code Arcade.
  • Last call: These Netflix movies and TV shows are being removed in October (2016-09-22 14:17:37)
    This one hurts. Every month, Netflix loses a chunk of licensed content from its library. Most of the time, there are a couple of solid titles, a bunch of forgettable junk and a ton of stuff no one has ever heard of. This month is different. DON'T MISS:  New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in October Last month, we lost The Emperor's New Groove . This month, The Truman Show is being taken away from us. And if that wasn't enough, we're also losing all three Back to the Future movies. Talk about a rough month. Keep in mind, the list is subject to change as Netflix renegotiates its deals, but here is the current list of removals scheduled for October: Leaving October 1st 10.0 Earthquake (2014) Back to the Future (1985) Back to the Future Part II (1989) Back to the Future Part III (1990) Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Congo (1995) Deep Impact (1998) Erin Brockovich (2000) The Exorcist (1973) Heroes: Season 1­4 Honey (2003) Honey 2 (2011) Insomnia (2002) Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) Mr. Deeds (2002) My Girl (1991) Nick of Time (1995) The Phantom (1996) Psych: Seasons 1­8 The Running Man (1987) Saturday Night Live: The 2010s: Season 38 Timeline (2003) Uncommon Valor (1983) The Warriors (1979) Leaving October 2nd The Big Green (1995) Leaving October 15th Ivan the Incredible (2013) Leaving October 16th Devil (2010) Estranged (2015) Leaving October 20th Marvel's Avengers Assemble: Season 2 Leaving October 21st The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) Leaving October 24th Redemption (2013) Leaving October 25th The Interview (2014) Leaving October 27th The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) Leaving October 31st The Truman Show (1998) It’s not all bad news, though — don’t forget to check out all of the new movies and TV shows being added to Netflix in October .
  • CoWatch, the Alexa-enabled smartwatch, is now available (2016-09-22 14:08:42)
    Earlier this year we got our hands on an early version of the CoWatch, an Android-powered smartwatch that incorporated Amazon's Alexa as your personal assistant. The CoWatch wasn't the smoothest device when we had time with it back in April, but it was a pre-production version so kinks were to be expected. The smartwatch OS was designed by former Google and Android engineers, is compatible with iOS and Android, and most of the actions are accessible within a few swipes.
  • ​Minecraft Education Edition coming Nov 1 to a school near you (2016-09-22 14:07:30)
    For $5 a year, students will be able to explore Minecraft's blocky virtual world, with teachers teleporting in to help tackle school projects.
  • These are the kinds of refugees that Europeans want to accept (2016-09-22 14:00:09)
    People across 15 countries and the political spectrum are more willing to grant asylum to seekers with these traits than others. Politicians who want to shape public opinion and persuade their constituents to accept more refugees could emphasize these factors. The results were very consistent and showed that economic, humanitarian, and religious issues are “fundamental concerns” for Europeans, says study lead author Jens Hainmueller, a professor of political science at Stanford University.
  • IBM ups enterprise appeal of Swift with new Bluemix runtime (2016-09-22 14:00:00)
    IBM recently announced a production-ready runtime for Swift on its IBM Cloud, adding support for developers using Swift for end-to-end app development.
  • Hillary Clinton endures Trump jokes from Funny or Die's Zach Galifianakis (2016-09-22 13:58:38)
    In an appearance on comedy website Funny or Die's "Between Two Ferns," the Democratic nominee shows encouraging levels of tolerance.
  • Have Apple designs become too familiar and boring? The answer is more complicated than you think (2016-09-22 13:55:38)
    Over the past few years, there has been an increasingly well-traveled narrative that would have you believe that Apple’s once vaunted penchant for design has vanished. Whereas Apple products used to be revered for taking bold risks and introducing cutting edge designs, it seems as if it's been a few years since a new Apple product has been heralded as a design-win. With the recent introduction of the iPhone 7, this narrative has picked up steam once again. Even though the iPhone 7 is jam packed with a multitude of compelling new features, including a better display, improved battery life and impressive camera technologies, some analysts and pundits can’t help but get hung up on the fact that aesthetic design of the iPhone 7 is boring, familiar, and proof positive that Apple these days is more interested in playing it safe than in taking risks and pushing the design envelope forward. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Typically, critics of Apple’s design aesthetic offer nothing more than hyperbolic statements that would otherwise have you believe that Apple’s best days are behind it. This zero-sum game type of approach may make for eye-catching headlines, but it often ignore the nuance involved in product design. Having said that, a recent piece from designer Dustin Curtis takes a rather interesting and decidedly fair view of Apple’s somewhat repetitive design ethos as of late. In a piece titled What happened to Apple’s industrial design team?, Curtis, to his credit, doesn’t just lazily proclaim that the iPhone 7 looks similar to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. On the contrary, Curtis takes a broad look at the entirety of Apple’s product line and can’t help but come away with the feeling that stagnation now defines a design team that was once renowned for innovation. The iPhone 6 looks and feels like every other modern smartphone. It is unremarkable. So I was incredibly surprised when Apple released the iPhone 7 last week, which, from an industrial design standpoint, is essentially an iPhone 6 with a new coat of paint. The iPhone has been committed to at least another year of sporting an unremarkable design. Unfortunately, this industrial design stagnation did not start with the newly released iPhone. It has been happening for years, and is even clearer when you look at the iPad, which has not seen a case design update since 2013–not even an update to integrate the materials and casing technology improvements from the newest iPhones–or the MacBook Pro, which has been virtually untouched for more than five years, since 2011 . Even the newest iPad Pro models simply reuse existing iPad industrial designs, including the same chamfered aluminum edge around the screen, which can be traced back to the iPad 2, also released in 2011. Curtis raises an interesting point here. While it’s one thing to defend a single Apple product for not evolving, it is something of a peculiarity that we haven’t seen any cutting-edge push-the-envelope type of designs emanate from Apple in quite some time. Now whether or not this is a bad thing isn’t entirely clear. As devices like the iMac and the iPhone have matured and essentially evolved into giant screens with impossibly thin form factors, the room designers have to work with, the area under which they can work their magic has necessarily become much narrower. Has Apple “lost the ability to experiment due to rapid growth and unprecedented scale” as Curtis suggests? That may be part of the equation, but it’s still hard to call Apple’s design stagnation a problem just yet, especially as the company’s products become more and more popular with each passing year. Consider this: did people buy iPods because they enjoyed the aesthetic of the design or because it was an incredibly intuitive and forward-thinking product? As Steve Jobs famously said, "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." To that point, one could argue that the hoopla over Apple's design stagnation is overblown. Championing this point of view, John Gruber of Daring Fireball   opines : Here’s the genius of the black and (especially) jet black iPhones 7. In a very seductive way, they look like something new and desirable. And at the same time, they are instantly recognizable as iPhones. That is what Manjoo and similar-minded I’m-bored-with-Apple’s-designs don’t get. With a highly successful product and brand, new versions need to strike a balance between familiarity, the foundations of the brand, and hot newness. The bored-with-Apple crowd just wants the hot newness. You need to recognize a Porsche 911 as a 911. An iPhone needs to look like an iPhone. The design needs to evolve, not transform. The thing to keep in mind is that the iPhone itself, what it looks like in your hand, is the embodiment of the iPhone brand. There is nothing printed on the front face of an iPhone because there doesn’t need to be. The Apple logo is the company’s logo. The iPhone’s logo is the iPhone itself. Hot newness , as Gruber  calls it, is undeniably exciting, but when consumers are bombarded by new designs just for the sake of new design, it tends to be more of a jumbled mess than anything else. Curtis finishes with an intriguing proposition: perhaps Apple has simply abandoned frequent and subtle design shifts in favor of more grandiose design transformations that necessarily require more of a runway before becoming ready to introduce to the public. But there is one other potential explanation: maybe Apple has taken the enormous–one might even say courageous –risk of spending all of its resources on far-future product designs to the severe detriment of current products. I sincerely hope so. Food for thought. Curtis’ entire piece is well worth reading in its entirety. As opposed to some pundits out there, he doesn't profess to have all the answers, nor does he make sweeping generalizations about Apple’s future prospects for success. If you're the least beast curious about the state of Apple design, it's well worth checking out.
  • Orange to trial premium Virtual Reality content (2016-09-22 13:34:19)
    Telecoms provider Orange is testing the waters of mass-market VR with an experimental OCS VR channel for the Samsung Gear VR and PlayStation VR. The Paris, France headquartered telco is teaming up with Californian startup Wevr to offer premium video content in "an immersive VR environment customized to look like a private theatre" from October 12, 2016. From December 1, the Orange VR Experience will start rolling out its Wevr-partnered programme of native VR content, with material sourced from Twentieth Century Fox Innovation Lab, Warner Bros., Felix & Paul Studios, Apelab, InnerspaceVR, Okio studio and Wevr itself.
  • Video: A ride inside a fully-autonomous Ford Fusion (2016-09-22 13:33:00)
    At Ford's Product Development Center in Michigan, TechRepublic's Hope Reese got an inside look at Ford's progress in autonomous vehicles. Here are her impressions.
  • iOS 10.1 public beta 1 is out, download it right now (2016-09-22 13:32:23)
    Apple on Wednesday seeded iOS 10.1 beta 1 to developers, but anyone could install it with the help of the same trick that worked during the regular iOS 10 beta period. But true Apple fans know that a public beta release follows one day after developers get theirs. And, sure enough, Apple delivered. iOS 10.1 public beta 1 is available to download right away. If you own an iPhone 7 Plus and want to try out the new bokeh portrait mode that Apple did not include in the final iOS 10 release, you should definitely go get the beta. DON’T MISS: 10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone If you’re already registered for iOS beta access, then you can update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 10 public beta 1 over-the-air (OTA). The process is similar to any other public beta update or regular iOS update. Beware, though, on the iPhone 6s the update measures 1.8GB, so you’ll need to make sure you have enough battery juice, a decent Wi-Fi connection, and enough storage to handle it. iPhone 7 owners should first go to to sign up for the beta program, install the required profile, and then update their devices. The process is very simple, and if you’re not happy with the beta release, you can always roll back to iOS 10, regardless of what device you’re using.
  • Tesla plans to unveil solar roof with integrated battery and charger at October 28th event (2016-09-22 13:27:02)
    Tesla is planning to unveil a solar roof product for buildings at an event on October 28th in San Francisco, according to a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Musk says the solar roof will include a Powerwall battery and a Tesla charger. The solar roof was the first item in Musk’s "Master Plan, Part Deux" for Tesla, released back in July.
  • Finally, a wearable for women who don't want to get murdered (2016-09-22 13:21:51)
    A new wearable called Ōnee, advertised as "the buddy system, reinvented," is sold in pairs to sets of BFFs so that they can send distress signals to each other while at opposite ends of a party or bar. To discuss this oddly marketed product, which has a good idea at its core, we brought together some of Circuit Breaker's women. Kaitlyn Tiffany: Hi, Ashley! Quick highly personal question: have you ever been getting ready to attend a party and thought, "I hope I don't get murdered?" But you didn't actually think it or say it, it was just really strongly implied as a possibility?
  • USB-C could doom your laptop's trusty video port (2016-09-22 13:06:07)
    The slim, new USB-C port already can shoulder the duties of power and audio ports. Starting in 2017 it could squeeze HDMI off computers, too.
  • Watch Hillary Clinton get the Between Two Ferns treatment (2016-09-22 13:05:54)
    Two and a half years after interviewing Barack Obama, Zach Galifianakis has returned with another edition of Between Two Ferns to interview presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. As expected, Zach spends a majority of the interview poking fun at Hillary for some of her political missteps, but only after being tackled by Secret Service agents for trying to "scare her" in a Grim Reaper mask. SEE ALSO:  Stephen Colbert tells Donald Trump Jr. to ‘fudge himself’ for Skittles tweet The Clinton campaign has struggled to energize the youth vote, but as the race continues to tighten in the days leading up to the first debate, Clinton and her staff know they need to start courting young Americans more aggressively. The Between Two Ferns episode featuring Obama managed to rack up over 35 million views on Funny or Die's website alone, bringing tons of traffic to the Affordable Care Act website. If Clinton can receive even a fraction of that attention, the experiment will have been a success (and considering the fact that the video already has over 500,000 views, it probably already is). So without further ado, here's the first new episode of Between Two Ferns in two years, featuring presidential nominee Hillary Clinton: We can only hope that the debates (which start next week) will be half as entertaining as Zach Galifianakis's ridiculous talk show.
  • ULA alludes to SpaceX’s rocket explosion in competition for military contract (2016-09-22 13:05:29)
    The United Launch Alliance is throwing shade at rival SpaceX in the wake of the company’s latest rocket failure, suggesting that ULA’s vehicles are more reliable for launching Air Force satellites. ULA is making its feelings known as it’s expected to compete with SpaceX for a contract to launch a military GPS satellite.
  • Twitter beats national polls for election predictions, prof claims (2016-09-22 13:04:14)
    A new academic paper asserts that machine learning and an analysis of Twitter trends outdo traditional polls on the national level.
  • Hand-delivered hacking: malicious USBs left in mailboxes (2016-09-22 12:47:48)
    LONDON (AP) — Julien Ascoet was already suspicious when he pulled the plain white envelope from his mailbox this past July.
  • Meet Elsewhere: $50 plastic frames that turn any video 3D (2016-09-22 12:46:03)
    Black plastic glasses from a tiny wife-and-husband startup hook onto an iPhone to make any movie, show or clip feel like you're watching in Imax 3D.
  • Google’s Pixel phones are going to ‘steal’ a signature iPhone feature (2016-09-22 12:41:36)
    Google’s Don’t-Call-Them-Nexus Pixel phones that are due to be announced shortly, and they'll run Android 7.1 Nougat out of the gate, an Android update that will bring several special new Pixel features. A new leak suggests that one of them will be strikingly similar to the iPhone 3D Touch feature, but don’t call it that. DON’T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone 3D Touch, available on iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, is a new technology Apple introduced last year. It needs a special piece of hardware to create a pressure-sensitive display, and it mostly works as a shortcut springboard that lets you quickly access or preview things without actually opening the app. It turns out that Google is “stealing” the feature for the Pixel phones, but only partially. Android Police  analyzed recent code from Google apps and discovered that the Pixel’s round icons aren’t the only novelty in the upcoming Pixel Launcher . Each application will have app shortcuts itself that will work just like the iPhone shortcuts. The difference is that a pressure-sensitive screen might not be required — so far rumors have not mentioned any pressure-sensing hardware for the Pixel or Pixel XL. Google could use other gestures to bring up app shortcuts, and Android Police ’s mockup image above offers us an idea of what they should look like. An app would be able to create list items dynamically based on the shortcuts the developer supports, and users would be able to pin down the most used ones. Just like 3D Touch, this unnamed Google gesture should help users reach certain in-app items faster than before. Google is going to unveil the Pixel phones on October 4th, at which point we’ll probably learn all there is to know about the Pixel Launcher’s new features.
  • Amazon offers cheap photo prints to Prime members (2016-09-22 12:34:36)
    Taking a swipe at services like Shutterfly, Amazon will print anything from snapshots to photo books to calendars.
  • New Super-Man writer Gene Luen Yang gets a MacArthur Genius Grant (2016-09-22 12:31:31)
    The graphic novel writer and artist has most recently created a new version of DC's iconic Superman.
  • Samsung Note 7 faces more battery checks in South Korea (2016-09-22 12:15:15)
    Korean Agency for Technology and Standards is requiring additional battery checks and extending the return window for South Korean consumers.
  • You never thought your iPhone could capture photos like this (2016-09-22 12:14:42)
    Smartphone cameras like the one on Apple's latest iPhones have become incredibly capable over the past few years. In good lighting, it can be impossible to tell whether a photo was snapped by a smartphone or a dedicated point and shoot camera. That said, there are certain limitations a smartphone camera might never be able to overcome on its own, and high-quality macro shots are a perfect example. You simply can't fit enough glass in a tiny little smartphone to create high-quality close ups. That's where the  AUKEY Ora iPhone Lens comes into play, and it's on sale right now on Amazon for just $25. Here's what you need to know: Ora 2-in-1 Lens Kit includes a 120° Wide Angle Lens + a 15x Macro Lens - Ideal for capturing detailed close-ups, wide landscapes, travel scenery, and wild selfies Macro lens gets you 15x closer to your subject for extreme close-ups of textures and objects. Wide Angle Lens opens up your field of view for breathtaking landscape photos or selfies Crafted with aluminum alloy and multi-element coated glass to minimize ghosting, reflections, lens glare, and other artifacts Detachable soft rubber clip is easy to adjust and won't leave any scratches or marks on your mobile device Package Contents: AUKEY PL-WD06 Ora 2-in1 120° Wide Angle Lens + 15x Macro Lens Kit, Lens Clip, Carrying Pouch, Cleaning Cloth, 24 Month Warranty The  AUKEY Ora iPhone Lens  is on sale on Amazon right now for just $24.99, a deep discount compared to the $40 retail price.
  • Trump opposes US plan to cede oversight of the internet (2016-09-22 12:03:11)
    As the US nears the October 1 date to turn over supervision of the internet to nonprofit ICANN, Donald Trump joins Ted Cruz in opposition.
  • Facebook Messenger is using machine learning to prompt you to pay back your friends (2016-09-22 12:00:09)
    Facebook is testing a new feature on its Messenger app starting today that’ll use machine learning to prompt you to pay back your friends. Facebook says the service is automated and optional. Chat assist follows the launching of Facebook’s Messenger payment service earlier this year and the creation of Facebook’s personal assistant M last year.
  • Flywheel, the app that makes taxis act like Uber, is coming to New York City (2016-09-22 12:00:08)
    Flywheel's new operating system replaces taxi meters with a single smartphone. Flywheel, a Bay Area-based e-hail app company, announced Thursday that its “TaxiOS” technology was approved by New York City regulators for use in the city’s iconic yellow taxis. Flywheel offers two main products: an e-hail app for riders, and a smartphone-based operating system for taxi drivers that replaces the jumble of meters, dispatch, advertising, navigation systems, and credit card readers currently clogging the interior of the vehicle.
  • Mercedes drops B-Class Electric Drive price by nearly $2,000 (2016-09-22 12:00:06)
    You may not know it exists, but now you do.
  • The Almond smart router will let Alexa kick the kids off the net (2016-09-22 12:00:03)
    Securifi's Alexa skill will let you put your foot down when your family's spending too much time online.
  • Norwegian Tesla owners sue car maker in horsepower dispute (2016-09-22 11:59:52)
    More than 100 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the electric car maker, saying their vehicles aren't as powerful as advertised. The lawsuit said the Model S P85D delivers only 469 horsepower, instead of ...
  • Tesla sues Michigan officials over state bar on sales (2016-09-22 11:55:39)
    Tesla Motors Inc filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Michigan against Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials over the state's refusal to allow the Palo Alto, California automaker to sell vehicles directly to consumers. The suit comes days after the state rejected the electric vehicle manufacturer's application to directly sell vehicles to consumers. Unlike other automakers, Tesla does not sell vehicles through franchised dealers.
  • Uber rival Grab partners with driverless car firm in Singapore (2016-09-22 11:49:54)
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Users of ride-hailing firm Grab will be able to book driverless cars from Friday as it partners with a start-up testing the technology in Singapore, just days after rival Uber [UBER.UL] debuted its self-driving vehicles in the United States. The move comes as technology companies and automakers race to build autonomous vehicles and develop new business plans for what is expected to be a long-term makeover of personal transportation. ...
  • 15 apps every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus user needs to try (2016-09-22 11:47:33)
    Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released just under a week ago and they instantly became the hottest new smartphones in the world. As is always the case at launch, Apple can't even come close to keeping up with demand and people are having a very difficult time finding the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus models they're looking for. Of course, we told you about a little secret that makes it much, much easier to find the new iPhone you're looking for. If you're among the millions of people lucky enough to have taken delivery of your shiny new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, congrats. The odds are good that you're enjoying it already, but we're going to show you a handful of apps that will make your experience even more enjoyable. MUST SEE:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Take advantage of the new cameras Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus each have incredible new cameras that are among the best in the business. While the smaller iPhone 7 doesn't have the cool new dual-lens camera you'll find on the Plus model, both phones share the same 12-megapixel wide-angle camera as their main rear shooters. Check out these apps to really put those new cameras to the test. Manual – RAW custom exposure camera : $3.99 Cinemagraph Pro : free Reuk - Camera with manual controls : $1.99 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for iPhone : free Obscura Camera : $4.99 Take advantage of all that power Apple's new A10 Fusion chip is an absolute beast, as we've seen in benchmark tests and in real-world performance tests. Simply put, there are no other smartphones in the world that are as powerful as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Don't believe us? Check out the complex games below and you'll see just how smooth they run on Apple's new iPhones. CSR Racing 2 : free Deus Ex GO : $1.99 Never Alone: Ki Edition : $4.99 Vainglory : free Take advantage of the new stereo speakers and displays Figure - Make Music & Beats, Collaborate and Remix on Allihoopa : free Netflix : free Pacemaker – Create music mixes & DJ live! : free iMaschine 2 : $9.99 Serato Pyro - automatically mix your music : free VLC for Mobile : free (play high-quality lossless FLAC files and high-quality video files)
  • Tesla update halts automatic steering if driver inattentive (2016-09-22 11:28:52)
    Tesla says an update to its Autopilot system will disable automatic steering if a driver doesn't keep their hands on the wheel. Version 8.0 of Tesla's software began moving over the Internet to its electric ...
  • Social Cues: Samsung seeks to turn over a new leaf as fall begins (2016-09-22 11:23:27)
    As the weather cools, social media followers hope the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's batteries will do the same.
  • Brand new ‘Walking Dead’ trailer will have you on the edge of your seat (2016-09-22 11:22:03)
    We have only about a month to go until The Walking Dead returns. The Season 7 premiere is set for October 23rd, and that’s when we’ll hopefully learn which main character Negan killed. There are many theories floating around, and we have our suspicions , but nothing has been confirmed just yet. However, the upcoming season isn’t going to focus only on the Negan vs. Rick squabble, although that’s going to be the main conflict. A brand new trailer for the show shows us that there's plenty more action to be found in the upcoming new season of AMC's hit show. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Season 6 brought us Negan and his bat, Lucille, which he uses to kill one of the characters we’ve grown to love. But season 7 will introduce another major new character from the comics — Ezekiel is coming, and he’s bringing his tiger Shiva with him. Ezekiel, played by Khary Payton, is the leader of a different faction that we’re going to be introduced to this season: the Kingdom. The latest Walking Dead trailer focuses on Ezekiel, and for good reason. After all, we need more strong characters in this world, characters who would not be afraid to challenge the Negans and Ricks that come along. If you’ve already read the comics, then you have a pretty good idea of who Ezekiel is. But don’t expect the show runners to stick to the original script — they said as much during a Comic-Con panel this summer. And given that Glenn didn't die at Negan’s hand , we can expect plenty of other changes. Check out the full new Walking Dead trailer below.
  • Did Samsung bungle the Note recall? (2016-09-22 11:20:08)
    The tech news of the past few weeks still lingers, so this week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete Walt and Nilay tackle a few topics. Samsung is still trying to remove all Note 7s affected with battery malfunction from circulation, but as Walt notes, some customers are going through obstacles trying return them. Walt and Nilay examine Samsung’s approach to the recall and how they may be messing it up for themselves.
  • Tesla 8.0 update enhances Autopilot and protects your pet from overheating (2016-09-22 11:08:21)
    Over-the-air software update includes big changes to semi-autonomous drive-assist functions and promises to keep your pets and children cool when left behind.
  • Rise of Iron is a heartfelt tribute to the last two years of Destiny (2016-09-22 11:02:32)
    “Rise of Iron” is Destiny’s fourth major expansion, and it plans for the game’s future with new weapons, armor, missions, and multiplayer modes. Destiny presents a solar system of game worlds filled with repeatable missions, events, patrols, strikes, dailies, heroics, raids, and other inscrutable options, like endless stars in the night sky.
  • What if New York City is just a really good optical illusion? (2016-09-22 10:47:47)
    IllusionClaire & MaxLife in New York City can feel artificial. I don’t mean that in the stereotypical sense — that its residents are vapid, self-interested snobs. No, for me, it’s the opposite. The city’s unease stems from its density of humanity.On a simple walk to work, you will pass beneath hundreds of lumbering buildings full of thousands of strangers. The amount of life is so unfathomably compressed, that your brain refuses to recognize the very real fact that you share a few square miles with million of other souls. ...
  • Hackers post emails from White House staffer, including Michelle Obama’s passport (2016-09-22 10:41:28)
    Anonymous hackers have compromised the private Gmail account of a low-level White House staffer, and posted the email archive publicly on the site DCLeaks. It’s the same site that published Colin Powell’s personal email archive earlier this month, as well as emails from the Democratic National Committee.
  • New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in October (2016-09-22 10:35:03)
    This week, Netflix said that its long-term goal is to have a site filled with 50% licensed content and 50% original programming . Although the streaming service is quite a ways off from achieving that goal, this October might be the biggest month for Netflix originals to date. By my count, there are 24 original shows, movies and specials coming next month, which might even be a new record. MUST SEE:  10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone Those original include shows like The Ranch , The Fall , Black Mirror and Mascots , as well as comedy specials from Joe Rogan, Russell Peters and the Trailer Park Boys. Oh, and there's some Justin Timberlake thing as well. Check out the full list of additions for October 2016 below: Available October 1st A Cinderella Story (2004) Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) Blue Streak (1999) Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Dazed and Confused (1993) Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008) Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997) Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Ghost Town (2008) Grizzly Man (2005) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) Millennium (1989) Murder Maps: Season 2 (2015) My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree (2016) Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Oriented (2015) Patton (1970) Picture This! (2008) Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997) The Queen of the Damned (2002) Quiz Show (1994) Robotech (1985) RV (2006) Saving Mr. Wu (2015) Snake Eyes (1998) Snow Day (2000) Sphere (1998) Three Kings (1999) Titanic (1997) Unforgiven (1992) The Uninvited (2009) Unsealed: Alien Files: Season 4 Without a Paddle (2004) Available October 3rd Dheepan (2015) Available October 4th American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5) Chevalier (2015) Dartmoor Killing (2015) The Flash: Season 2 The Grinder: Season 1 Available October 5th Arrow: Season 4 Available October 6th iZombie: Season 2 Available October 7th 13TH (2016) -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Dinotrux: Season 3 -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Ranch: Season 1 Part 2 ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Russell Peters: Almost Famous ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Siege of Jadotville (2016) -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Supernatural: Season 11 Available October 8th The Originals: Season 3 Vampire Diaries: Season 7 Available October 10th Kuromukuro: Season 2 -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Love Between the Covers (2015) Available October 12th Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016) -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available October 13th DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1 Mascots (2016) ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available October 14th Haters Back Off!: Season 1 -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Project MC2: Season 3 -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo­Qiang (2016) ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available October 15th Being George Clooney (2016) Chapo: el escape del siglo (2016) Glitch: Season 1 ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Power Rangers Dino Super Charge: Season 1: Part 1 Available October 16th Dark Matter: Season 2 Available October 21st Black Mirror: Season 3 (Part 1) -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Containment: Season 1 Joe Rogan: Triggered -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 3 ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Word Party: Season 2 ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available October 24th Doctor Foster: Season 1 Available October 25th Big Eyes (2014) Available October 26th Jesus Camp (2006) Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Available October 28th 7 años (2016) ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Into the Inferno (2016) -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Skylanders Academy: Season 1 -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: Europe ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available October 29th The Fall: Season 3 ­- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available October 31st Chewing Gum: Season 1 -­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL Check back soon for a full list of the shows being removed from Netflix, and watch a short video featuring some of the October highlights below:
  • New Cisco and Salesforce alliance boosts IoT and collaboration efforts (2016-09-22 10:32:58)
    Cisco and Salesforce recently announced a global alliance to jointly develop new tech tools for the enterprise.
  • Sorry, Verizon customers, no unlimited data for you (2016-09-22 10:23:24)
    "At the end of the day," says Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo, "people don't need unlimited plans."
  • Lorn's Anvil music video is a beautiful glimpse into a bleak cyberpunk future (2016-09-22 10:23:08)
    LORN - ANVIL [Official Music Video] from Geriko on Vimeo. Lorn The sky is tuned to a dead channel as drones fly lazily over the metropolis. This is the opening shot of the new music video for Lorn’s song Anvil, set in an overpopulated world a century from now.
  • Microsoft researcher behind TB treatment-monitoring program wins ‘genius’ grant (2016-09-22 10:22:51)
    The annual MacArthur Foundation fellows have been announced, and among them is Bill Thies, a researcher for Microsoft who works on communications programs in the developing world. In a statement, the foundation, which awards the grants sometimes referred to as the "genius" awards, praised Thies' work on the 99DOTS program.
  • Thomson Reuters purchases buy-side tech firm REDI (2016-09-22 10:17:43)
    Thomson Reuters has agreed to acquire trading technology firm REDI Holdings, it said in a statement on Thursday. Thomson Reuters said the REDIPlus execution management system would strengthen its Eikon financial markets desktop by making it easier for institutional customers to trade seamlessly on the platform. "Integrating REDI into Thomson Reuters solutions will enable us to transform Eikon into a world-class trading solution for the buy-side," said Michael Chin, managing director, global head of equities at Thomson Reuters.
  • How to install iOS 10.1 without a developer account or even a computer (2016-09-22 10:10:05)
    The iPhone 7 Plus has an amazing dual-lens camera that’s got a few neat tricks under the hood. One of them is the blur or "bokeh" effect that Apple demoed on stage during its iPhone 7 event in early September. The feature essentially lets you take stunning DSLR-like pictures on your iPhone 7 Plus, but the special portrait mode wasn’t ready in time for the iPhone 7 launch. That’s why your iPhone 7 Plus currently doesn’t support it. The good news is that you can try it yourself right away as long as you’re willing to install iOS 10.1 beta 1, which was released on Wednesday for developers. Don't have a developer account? We'll show you how to install the new iOS 10.1 build anyway, and you won't even need to connect your phone to a computer in order to do it. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone As always with betas, developers are the first to receive it. So if you’re enrolled in Apple’s beta program, you already have access to iOS 10.1 beta 1. If you don’t, then you’ll be able to install it fairly easily, just as was the case with iOS 10 betas all summer long. You just need a special profile on your device that lets you install the iOS 10.1 developer beta 1 without any hassles. However, we’ll point out that a public beta is likely on the way, which would make it even easier to install the update. That said, the public beta isn't expected to be released until Friday. If you want to get your hands on this hot new feature right now, YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice has you covered. Check out the video at the end of this post for a detailed explanation of how to get iOS 10.1 developer 1 even if you don’t have a developer account. Check this post if you want to learn more details about the iPhone’s brand new bokeh effect. It’s likely that Apple will soon release iOS 10.1 to all supported device. But the special portrait mode will only be available on the iPhone 7 Plus, as Apple explained earlier this month.
  • Yahoo to provide details on massive data breach: Recode (2016-09-22 10:06:50)
    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc will disclose details this week of a data breach that compromised the data of several hundred million users, technology news site Recode reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the company's plan. It was not clear how such a disclosure might affect Yahoo's plan to sell its email service and other core internet properties to Verizon Communications Inc for $4.8 billion. Yahoo might have to force users to reset their passwords, the Recode report said, citing unnamed sources.
  • Virginia is a surreal adventure that feels like a playable movie (2016-09-22 10:00:09)
    The term “cinematic” is overused in video game criticism to the point of cliche. The word has been nearly robbed of its meaning, but Virginia is cinematic — truly. While Virginia is still interactive, like a game, it often feels like walking through a movie.
  • The First Alexa-Powered Smartwatch is Now Available (2016-09-22 10:00:06)
    You may have Amazon's Alexa plugged in to an outlet in your kitchen or living room, but now you can take the AI with you anywhere in the form a $300 smartwatch. Its called the iMCO CoWatch, which was previously an Indiegogo darling that was 281 percent funded. It's available, unsurprisingly, on Amazon.
  • Michigan is one step closer to putting driverless vehicles on the road (2016-09-22 10:00:03)
    Four bills addressing self-driving cars have made their way through a House committee.
  • 200 Million Yahoo Accounts Hacked? What to Do Now (2016-09-22 10:00:00)
    Yahoo, the web portal popular among fantasy football players and free webmail users, may have been the victim of a data breach affecting about 200 million users. Two Tom's Guide staffers saw a tacit admission that something may be wrong when they tried to log into their Yahoo Mail accounts this morning. It's still possible that Yahoo was not itself breached, and that the reported 200 million Yahoo accounts were aggregated and sifted from data breaches at other online services, such as those affecting LinkedIn (177 million accounts) and MySpace (360 million accounts).
  • Report: The top 6 industries hit by ransomware (2016-09-22 09:56:00)
    Education, government, and healthcare top the list of at-risk sectors, according to a new report. Here's what you need to know to protect your company.
  • More battery checks for new Samsung Note 7 phones (2016-09-22 09:55:42)
    The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards is requiring additional battery checks and extending the return window for South Korean consumers.
  • Google’s grand ads signal it’s taking on the iPhone directly (2016-09-22 09:53:13)
    Google is buying up massive swaths of vertical real estate to advertise its upcoming October 4th hardware event. It feels very much like the bubbling start to a high-pressure marketing campaign that’s going to boil over as Google’s announcement day approaches. This isn’t atypical for Google, which has previously dominated Times Square with its Android advertising, but the difference is that the big ads are focused on the hardware now.
  • Google's grand ads signal it's taking on the iPhone directly (2016-09-22 09:53:13)
    Google is buying up massive swaths of vertical real estate to advertise its upcoming October 4th hardware event. It feels very much like the bubbling start to a high-pressure marketing campaign that’s going to boil over as Google’s announcement day approaches. This isn’t atypical for Google, which has previously dominated Times Square with its Android advertising, but the difference is that the big ads are focused on the hardware now.
  • 10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone (2016-09-22 09:45:53)
    There are some things hiding in Apple's new iOS 10 software that iPhone and iPad users still don't have access to. That's right, dark mode, we're looking at you. The much sought-after dark user interface mode that was found buried in the code from Apple's first iOS 10 beta back in June still hasn't managed to see the light of day. Who knows when we might finally see dark mode make its way to iPhones and iPads around the world? In the meantime though, there are plenty of other features hiding in iOS 10 that users actually have access to, and learning about them will help you get the most out of your iPhone or iPad. We already showed you dozens of secret features in Apple's various iOS 10 apps , and now we're back with a new list of hidden gestures that are going to change the way you use your iOS device. MUST SEE:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Let there be light Everyone knows about the flashlight button on the first Control Center panel in iOS. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, tap the flashlight button, and your rear LED flash turns on to illuminate everything around you. But beginning with iOS 10, there's a sweet new flashlight feature available. Press and hold firmly on the flashlight button to open a 3D Touch Action Menu that will let you choose low light, medium light or bright light. See recently closed tabs You know that tapping the tabs icon in the lower-right corner of Safari shows you all of your open tabs. You know that tapping the plus icon on the tabs view will open a new tab. But did you know that if you tap and hold that plus icon you'll see a list of all your recently closed tabs? Bring back the address bar When you visit a web page in Safari and begin to scroll, the address bar/toolbar disappears so that the webpage can occupy more of the screen. But you don't have to swipe back down to make it reappear — just tap near the bottom of the display. Move calendar events This is a cool one: if you have an entry in your calendar and the time has changed, you don't have to jump through all those hoops to reschedule it. In the single-day view, simply tap and hold on the event and you can drag it to the proper time. Just don't press too hard or you'll trigger a Peek or a Pop. Hidden back button in Calculator Don't clear your entire entry just because you accidentally typed "58009" instead of "58008." Simply swipe to the right on the numbers in the virtual calculator window and you'll be able to delete them one at a time. Zoom in on videos Pinch to zoom on photos is a gesture everyone knows about, but did you know that you can now use the same gesture to zoom in and out on videos? Now you do. Select multiple photos Want to delete the 47 bad selfies you just took before you finally got the perfect shot? You don't have to keep tapping away. With the thumbnails view open in the Photos app, tap the select button in the top right corner. Then tap on the first image you'd like to select and slide your finger around the screen — you'll select every photo you touch along the way. Move to the top or bottom of an album You have about a billion photos on your iPhone and navigating through them can be a chore. On any photo album screen, you can tap the time at the top of the display to zip to the top. Everyone knows that shortcut... but you can also tap the Photos icon at the bottom of the screen to zip to the bottom of the album. Quickly save an email draft You're in the middle of tapping out an email when a new message comes in that you need to check out. Don't worry, saving a draft can not be done with one single gesture. Just swipe down on the screen beginning at the top of the email screen and your draft will be saved while you navigate elsewhere in the email app. See all your email drafts Did you get carried away with the tip above and now you've lost count of all your drafts. Don't forget to send those important emails and get fired, just tap and hold on the compose button in the bottom-right corner and a list of all your drafts will pop up.
  • HelloVote wants to make registering to vote easier through text (2016-09-22 09:42:00)
    New chatbot-based tool allows voters to register over text message or Facebook Messenger in under one minute.
  • Hillary Clinton on Between Two Ferns is her campaign’s best youth play ever (2016-09-22 09:22:37)
    In yet another play for the hearts of the nation's youth, Hillary Clinton has appeared on Zach Galifianakis' web talk show Between Two Ferns. This time however, it stands to pay off for Clinton — she gets to sit mostly in silence and offer deadpan responses to Galifianakis' deadpan jokes. At the start of the interview, Galifianakis asks her if she's excited to be the first "girl president," then follows up by reminding her that "for a younger, younger generation you will also become their first white president, so that's pretty cool, too." Later he asks, "When you see how well it works for Donald Trump, do you ever think 'Oh, I should be more racist?'" Clinton delivers a solid performance as "person who is annoyed with Zach Galifianakis." It's a real treat! As a bonus: this five minutes of sitting across from someone who won't stop saying bonkers things with a straight face was probably great practice for the debate next week.
  • Tesla’s 8.0 software update has arrived: Here are all the big changes (2016-09-22 09:20:46)
    Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla software update version 8.0 would begin rolling out on Wednesday night . Making Autopilot safer was the primary goal of the update, but now that drivers have begun updating their cars, we finally know everything that Tesla has in store for its customers. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone On Thursday morning, Electrek shared highlights from the release notes of the 8.0 software, which has turned out to be  more than just an Autopilot update : Tesla software  update  8.0  revamps  interface,  enhances owner experience  & safety  for  all vehicles  Tesla makes the only cars on the road that continue to get safer, smarter, and more capable over time, thanks to free, over-the-air software updates. While traditional cars have static features, a Tesla is more akin to a smartphone, adding new functionality and enhancements throughout the life of the car. Software update 8.0 kicks off a significant over-the-air overhaul of the Tesla touchscreen and introduces the biggest UI revamp since the launch of Model S. Customers who purchased their car in 2012 will receive the same value of functionality and improvement as customers who purchased vehicles last month. 8.0 combines a modern look with updates to Autopilot, Navigation with Trip Planner, Maps, and the Media Player for a safer, more advanced driving experience. In an industry-first safety measure, we’re also introducing Cabin Overheat Protection, focused on child (and pet) safety. This feature keeps the car at a safe temperature, even when the car is off, and is made possible by our uniquely large battery packs. Intuitive media player The media player has been redesigned and personalized to put your favorite content front and center. Search is now simpler to access and more powerful, accessing streaming radio, live stations, podcasts, and any USB device to help you quickly find what they’re looking for. Voice commands Voice controls are now easier and clearer to use. Initiation is quick, and clear visual feedback lets you focus on the road without compromising convenience or control. Voice commands initiate with a single tap Feedback in the form of a transcript now appears on the instrument panel to confirm your command Visual tips remind you what commands are available Maps and navigation Maps have been updated to span the entire touchscreen, displaying the most important details of your trip. The control bar fades automatically for an uncluttered navigation experience. Search for destinations with a single touch or voice command Zoom adjusts based on location to display what you need to see most Navigate to home or work with a single swipe. When at home, swipe the navigation button down in the Maps app and navigation will automatically route you to work. When away from home, swipe down and navigation will route back. Cabin Overheat Protection In an industry-first safety measure, we’re also introducing Cabin Overheat Protect, focused on child (and pet) safety. This feature keeps the car at a safe temperature for hours, even when the car is off. This feature is only made possible by an electric vehicle with Tesla’s uniquely large battery packs. Trip Planner Trip Planner provides a clear overview of your journey before you leave, with maps that zoom out to show your entire route. Putting your Tesla into Drive automatically starts navigation to your first waypoint. Autopilot Enhancements Advancements in signal processing use the Tesla’s onboard radar to persistently capture snapshots of its surroundings, creating a 3D picture of the world. Learn more about seeing the world in radar. Displays now show angled vehicles as they enter a curve and the Autosteer indicator has been updated to more clearly indicate when Autosteer is engaged. We won’t list all 200 improvements to Autopilot in 8.0, but here are a few additions: Autopilot has been tuned to be more responsive and smoother in stop-and-go traffic Enhanced safety requirement which disables Autosteer during trip when safety warnings are ignored Autosteer now navigates highway interchanges Redesigned Autopilot indicators Curve speed adaptation now uses fleet-learned roadway curvature Autopilot now controls for two cars ahead improving reaction time to otherwise-invisible heavy braking events Car offsets in lane when overtaking a slower vehicle driving close to its lane edge A redesigned media player, simpler voice commands, maps that fill up the entire touchscreen — these are just a few of the improvements Tesla included in the 8.0 software update. Musk said on Twitter that the roll out will be gradual, as Tesla has to account for many car configurations, but if you own a Tesla, you should receive the update at some point in the coming days. If you want to see the full release notes, head to this page , where someone has taken photos of the entire update manual on their touchscreen.
  • Get off my lawn! Pokemon Go tests global property laws (2016-09-22 09:08:00)
    By Lin Taylor and Sally Hayden LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Within one week in July the Sydney suburb of Rhodes was transformed from a quiet neighborhood to what resident Joyce Wong described as a "place of carnage" with hundreds of people wandering around like "zombies".     "The car hooting noise was incessant, on weekends you felt like you were under siege and the rubbish and litter all over the public areas was terrible," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email from her home in the Australian city.     The reason for the constant disturbance? Pokemon Go, the latest craze in augmented reality.     The game took the world by storm this summer as animated creatures began appearing in the most unexpected places - all through the lens of a smartphone.
  • iOS 10 review: doors into the walled garden (2016-09-22 09:07:48)
    There's a very good chance that you've already installed iOS 10, the latest operating system for Apple's iPhone and iPad. Apple is much better at getting devices upgraded consistently than Google is, so reviewing it is a little different than other operating systems like Android, Windows, or even macOS. What you're in for (and what many of you are already experiencing) is an evolution of some of the design and interaction ideas that Apple has been working on for a couple of years now.
  • Instagram says advertisers more than double in six months (2016-09-22 09:06:51)
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Thursday its advertising base more than doubled to exceed 500,000 in the last six months. Instagram, the popular picture-sharing app that uses Facebook's ad technology to target highly specific audiences, has gained traction as the preferred platform used by ad agencies for social media campaigns. The company, which was bought by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012, is expected to generate $1.5 billion in advertising revenue this year, according to research firm eMarketer.
  • Why banning the opiate-like plant kratom might do more harm than good (2016-09-22 09:00:09)
    The US Drug Enforcement Administration plans to name a new Schedule I drug: a Southeast Asian plant known for its opiate-like effects called kratom. The move may slow down medical research into a promising painkiller, or discourage it altogether. Schedule I is the DEA’s most restrictive classification, and places kratom alongside heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and marijuana, which the agency says have no acceptable medical uses.
  • Scrip is a luxurious sci-fi wallet for a cashless future (2016-09-22 09:00:03)
    This is the question behind Scrip, a product concept from studio NewDealDesign. As companies like Apple make financial transactions as close to invisible as possible, NDD is imagining a future where every purchase is a literally weighty decision. Scrip is a handsome copper lozenge that’s smooth on the bottom and stippled on top, with space for a tiny numerical screen at one end.
  • The future of Netflix (2016-09-22 08:45:57)
    Netflix is no stranger to abrupt transformations. In fact, you might say that the company’s entire history has been defined by it. Netflix first burst onto the national stage as a company that mailed out DVDs to customers all across the country. At the height of the DVD-by-mail boom, it almost seemed as if Netflix’s recognizable red and white envelopes were as ubiquitous as those free AOL CDs from the early-to-mid 90s. Netflix's popularity and ongoing growth beginning in the early 2000s was undoubtedly impressive, but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sensed a sea change was on the horizon. With the proliferation of high-speed Internet access, Hastings had the foresight to realize that the Internet, as opposed to physical media, would serve as the backbone of a new age of media consumption. So in a transformation that was ahead of its time, albeit executed poorly at first, Netflix began to slowly shift the focus of its business model towards online streaming. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone The gamble paid off swimmingly for Netflix, but the company soon encountered blistering competition from all angles and from big players like HBO and Hulu. More importantly, as Netflix’s popularity and catalog of content began to skyrocket, cord-cutting became a viable alternative to hefty cable subscription fees. In time, some content providers began to view Netflix as a competitive threat to their own business models. Netflix, once again, had the foresight and audacity to adjust its business model on the fly. Realizing that resting its entire business model on the willingness of third-parties to license media content, Netflix began its most radical transformation yet. Instead of focusing exclusively on shoring up its content library with well-known TV shows and movies, the company turned its attention towards delivering original content. The business underpinnings of this decision were unabashedly brilliant. Not only would original content help differentiate Netflix from a growing field of competitors, it would also serve to lessen the company’s reliance on third-parties who were growing increasingly wary of the threat Netflix posed. Instead of being held hostage to others, Netflix sought out to create its own destiny. And so, Netflix’s laser like focus on original programming began and hasn't slowed down since. These days, Netflix is seemingly obsessed with rolling out more original programming than most fans can keep up with. In 2016 alone, the company has plans to introduce more than 600 hours of original content. Impressively, Netflix has also taken steps to cater to all types of viewers. Today, Netflix’s stable of original content spans every genre imaginable, from cartoons ( BoJack Horseman ) and documentaries ( Making a Murderer ) to political thrillers ( House of Cards ) and dramedies ( Orange is the new Black ) and everything in between. As Netflix's focus on original programming ballooned, the company became more and more willing to let pricey licensing deals expire. Most recently, Netflix opted not to renew its licensing deal with Epix and in the process lost access to thousands of films, including popular titles like The Wolf of Wall Stree t and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire . Though Netflix is already obsessed with rolling out original productions, the company plans to up the ante considerably in the coming years. Looking ahead, Netflix envisions a future where at least 50% of its content is comprised of original programming. As reported by our sister site Variety this week, Netflix CFO David Wells, while speaking at the Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia conference this past Tuesday, said that Netflix’s aim regarding programming was to reach a 50/50 split between original programming and licensed material. The goal for Netflix is to release something that appeals to each individual subscriber, every single month, according to Wells, and on that front “we’ve got a ways to go” across different genres and formats. He added, “The nice thing about the platform is it allows a lot of creative freedom,” allowing for episodes of varying lengths. Interestingly, Wells added that Netflix is now about “one third to halfway” towards reaching that goal. While there is something to be said for licensing well-known content that is already audience tested, it’s hard to argue with Netflix’s batting average vis-a-vis original programming. The company simply has a knack for delivering great programming across the board. More than that, many of its hit shows routinely become mainstream phenomenons, with the recent release of Stranger Things being a prime example. Looking back, Netflix's metamorphosis is truly impressive. Once a company known for sending customers DVD's of LOST in the mail, the company today arguably boasts the most varied selection of compelling and original content on the planet. For years, Netflix has said that its goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become Netflix. Now you may dispute whether or not Netflix is there just yet, but with the company's laser-like focus on original programming now becoming something of an obsession, it's probably just a matter of time before Netflix's latest transformation is complete. And then it'll be onto the next one.
  • The Weeknd's new album Starboy is out November 25th (2016-09-22 08:36:18)
    A little more than a year after the release of his last album, The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, has announced his follow-up LP. 2015's Beauty Behind the Madness was something of a breakout album for Tesfaye, who had remained relatively underground since he released a trio of anonymous mixtapes in 2011. The album, although technically The Weeknd's second studio LP, was the first real indication that Tesfaye was interested in slick pop stardom.
  • Republicans offer new app to spur voter registration (2016-09-22 08:27:33)
    GOP hopes the Lead Right 2016 app will help the party reach voters during home stretch of the election season.
  • Donald Trump still doesn't understand how the internet works (2016-09-22 08:00:44)
    Donald Trump this week came out in opposition to a plan that would see the US cede control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that oversees the allocation of domain names and IP addresses. In a statement published to Trump's website on Wednesday, Stephen Miller, the republican presidential candidate's national policy director, said that relinquishing US control over ICANN would "surrender American internet control to foreign powers," thereby jeopardizing internet freedom. "US oversight has kept the Internet free and open without government censorship – a fundamental American value rooted in our Constitution’s free speech clause," Miller said.
  • Your laptop's HDMI video port may go the way of the dodo (2016-09-22 08:00:03)
    The slim new USB-C port already can shoulder the duties of power and audio ports. Starting in 2017 it could squeeze HDMI off computers, too.
  • Police: Malicious USB sticks left in Australians' mailboxes (2016-09-22 07:49:13)
    Australian police say boob-trapped memory sticks have been left in mailboxes in the suburban town of Pakenham, a criminal twist on a spy agency technique aimed at tricking users into plugging malicious ...
  • National Software Reference Library: An important digital tool for forensic investigators (2016-09-22 07:42:16)
    Why would the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) be remotely interested in old video games and software? Keep reading to find out.
  • First Click: North Korea’s internet is as depressing as you’d think (2016-09-22 07:30:09)
    There’s still a lot we don’t know about life in North Korea, one of the world’s most isolated countries, but the world got a rare glimpse into how its internet works this week. On Tuesday, North Korea reconfigured its nameserver to reveal — apparently by accident — a full list of its .kp domain names. The discovery was made by security engineer Matt Bryant, who published the leaked data on Github, and first reported by Motherboard.
  • First Click: North Korea's internet is as depressing as you'd think (2016-09-22 07:30:09)
    There’s still a lot we don’t know about life in North Korea, one of the world’s most isolated countries, but the world got a rare glimpse into how its internet works this week. On Tuesday, North Korea reconfigured its nameserver to reveal — apparently by accident — a full list of its .kp domain names. The discovery was made by security engineer Matt Bryant, who published the leaked data on Github, and first reported by Motherboard.
  • Yahoo set to confirm massive data breach: Recode (2016-09-22 07:27:11)
    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc will confirm this week a massive data breach of its service, technology news website Recode reported on Thursday, citing several sources close to the situation.
  • Don't stand for VR gaming: Ski, gallop and steer instead (2016-09-22 07:26:17)
    This company is bringing some serious peripherals to the VR gaming arena.
  • Cats crossed continents to be close to us, says gene study (2016-09-22 07:04:35)
    Researchers also found connections between cats that lived millennia later, linking mummified kitties discovered in Egyptian tombs with cats found as far away as Bulgaria, Turkey, and sub-Sarahan Africa. A second population explosion appeared to coincide with the advent of boat travel, where a ship's cat could keep vital food stores safe from rats and mice that stowed away on board.
  • Facebook is expanding its campaign to combat hate speech (2016-09-22 06:51:58)
    Facebook is expanding its efforts to combat online hate speech, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The company's Online Civil Courage Initiative, announced in January, will transition from a pilot phase to offer advertising credits and marketing advice to a wider range of groups that counteract extremist messaging. The announcement marks Facebook's latest effort to combat propaganda from terrorist organizations and far-right groups.
  • To reach millennials, Clinton reserves digital ad time (2016-09-22 06:05:21)
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is reserving $30 million in digital advertising as she seeks to connect with young voters.
  • Can a headphone jack adapter really give you courage? (Open_Tab sketch) (2016-09-22 06:00:03)
    After Apple calls the move away from the 3.5mm jack a move of 'courage,' can it summon the bravery needed to face internet commenters?
  • Japan enlists Huawei and ZTE to help win the race for 5G, report says (2016-09-22 05:58:26)
    5G will let you download a full film in seconds -- and a Japanese telco wants to be the first company to offer it.
  • Rocket Internet trims losses, increases debt buyback (2016-09-22 05:56:47)
    By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet reported progress on Thursday in cutting losses at its main start-ups with three set to generate profits by the end of 2017, while its shares were lifted by a plan to buy back convertible bonds. Rocket Internet shares, which have been hit by concerns about mounting losses and cuts to the valuation of some of the company's leading start-ups, were up 10.4 percent by 0920 GMT, but were still down a quarter on the year. Finance chief Peter Kimpel said Rocket was still working towards a goal of a public listing for one of its 10 main start-ups in food delivery, fashion and home furnishings in the coming months, but said timing would depend on market conditions.
  • Handmade at Amazon travels abroad (2016-09-22 05:00:02)
    The artisanal storefront comes to five of Amazon's European sites, in its first expansion outside the US.
  • Remote Alaska port clinic goes modern with telemedicine (2016-09-22 03:35:19)
    The only clinic in one of the nation's busiest commercial fishing ports is so remote that even conventional telemedicine for emergencies has been impossible for its limited staff — until this week. Starting ...
  • South Korea orders battery safety measures for Samsung Note 7 (2016-09-22 03:03:18)
    South Korea said on Thursday it ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to take additional measures to ensure that batteries used in Galaxy Note 7 handsets are safe, as the firm prepares to resume sales of the smartphone in South Korea. The firm is already issuing replacement devices using what it says are safe batteries in several markets including South Korea and the United States. The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, in a statement, formally approved the recall plan and said the new batteries being used are safe.
  • The most ancient civilisation on Earth is still around today (2016-09-22 02:52:09)
    A new world-first DNA study has revealed that Indigenous Australian civilisation dates back more than 50,000 years.
  • Google marks the start of fall (and spring) with dueling doodles (2016-09-22 02:32:08)
    In the Northern Hemisphere, Google celebrates the falling leaves, while down under warmer days welcome budding flowers.
  • Taiwan asks Google to blur images of South China Sea island (2016-09-22 02:25:08)
    Taiwan's defence ministry has asked Google to blur images of a new development believed to be for military use on a disputed South China Sea island. Taiwan administers Taiping island, which is the largest in the Spratlys archipelago. The island chain is also claimed in part or whole by the Philippines, Vietnam and China.
  • South Korea orders additional measures to ensure Samsung Note 7 battery safety (2016-09-22 02:16:03)
    South Korea said on Thursday it ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd take additional measures to ensure that batteries used in Galaxy Note 7 handsets are safe, as the smartphone giant prepares to resume sales in South Korea. The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, in a statement, said it formally approved Samsung's plan to recall Note 7 smartphones in the country. The agency said it ordered Samsung to have its supplier conduct x-ray tests on the batteries before the components are shipped, as well as a thorough inspection by Samsung itself to ensure battery safety.
  • The Idealens K2 offers VR without wires or a phone (2016-09-22 02:04:12)
    Shown at the Tokyo Game Show, the headset has an onboard processor, graphics card and battery.
  • Republicans have a new app to spur voter registration (2016-09-22 00:40:16)
    GOP hopes the Lead Right 2016 app will help the party reach voters during home stretch of the election season.
  • Some Mexico City residents see future in rain harvesting (2016-09-22 00:05:03)
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Edgar Serralde Galicia lives in a part of Mexico City known for water: Xochimilco, where picturesque canals have irrigated produce grown on man-made islands and served as transportation routes since the days of the Aztecs.
  • Police warn of shady USB drives appearing in mailboxes (2016-09-21 23:48:26)
    If you found a random USB drive in your mailbox, would you plug it into your computer?
  • DriveSavers engineering chief urges data recovery realism (2016-09-21 23:36:15)
    You can't fix stupid. That's the gist of the message from a data recovery expert at DriveSavers, who shared some war stories with TechRepublic.
  • The Mr. Robot Hack Report: The final hackdown (2016-09-21 23:20:03)
    Mr. Robot is a show built on hacks. The mother of all hacks serves as the big cliffhanger at the end of the show's first season, and nearly every plot development leading up to it was nudged along by some kind of exploit. It’s rare to get through an episode without at least one digital intrusion, often drawn from real life. Each week, we'll be running throughMr. Robot's C Y B E R activities — who got hacked, why, and how much magic would be required to make them actually work. ...
  • Watch the first teasers for the new Ghost in the Shell movie (2016-09-21 23:05:41)
    As you’ve probably heard, there’s a live-action version of the classic manga The Ghost in the Shell with Scarlett Johansson coming next year, and now the first teasers have arrived. Of course, stylized teasers can’t erase the one thing that has undeniably defined the new version of Ghost in the Shell thus far: its casting controversy. When it was first announced that Scarlett Johansson would be starring in the film, there was concern amongst fans that a white actor was taking the leading role in a story that is considered quintessentially Japanese.
  • Stephen Colbert tells Donald Trump Jr. to ‘fudge himself’ for Skittles tweet (2016-09-21 23:00:32)
    Earlier this week, Donald Trump Jr. shared an image on Twitter equating the Syrian refugee crisis with a bowl of Skittles. According to the image, "our Syrian refugee problem" is like being handed a bowl of Skittles and being told that only three of them would kill you. "Would you take a handful?" it boldly asks. Like many of us, Stephen Colbert was both horrified and intrigued. SEE ALSO:  9 of the coolest things Google’s new Assistant can do in Allo As Colbert points out, not only is the math a little off, but the grammar is just atrocious. "If I had a bowl of skittles and told you just three would kill you" is not a complete sentence. Also, it's Skittles. It's a proper noun. The word "skittles" is not some generic word for "small candies." This image carries the stamp of the Trump/Pence 2016 campaign. Why didn't someone glance over it first? But more important that the grammatical disaster (but only slightly) is the fact that the bowl in the image probably contains something like 60 or 70 Skittles. We're supposed to believe that 3 out of every 60 or 70 Syrian refugees want to kill us? That our odds of being killed by a refugee are nearly 5%? As it turns out, a recent study by the conservative Cato Institute shows that the odds of an American being killed by a Syrian refugee in a terror attack are 1 in 3.64 billion. That's billion with a "b." I'm no statistician, but I'm fairly certain 1 in 3.64 billion is less than 5%. Nevertheless, Skittles has already released a statement:
  • Sansa Stark says ‘not all of us’ will make it to ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 (2016-09-21 22:00:41)
    On the Emmys red carpet this year, Variety caught up with Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) to press for some previously unrevealed information about the future of HBO's hit drama. Considering all the heartbreak and tragedy Game of Thrones viewers have experiencing over the past six years, they probably won't be surprised to learn that some of their favorite characters might not make it through the next season. DON'T MISS:  Apple just made it cheaper to upgrade to an iPhone 7 "It’s quite sad," Turner said in regards to the shortened seventh season . "It really feels like things are wrapping up and coming to an end. People are hanging around Belfast a bit longer to be around each other and be in each other’s presence." When reminded that she and the rest of the cast have one more season before the show actually wraps up, Turner slyly followed up with, "We’ve got one more season…well, not all of us," before giving an exaggerated look to the camera: Eddard, Robb, Catelyn, Joffrey; these are just a few of the dozens of characters that we've lost over the past six seasons, so we knew we weren't going to make it through the end without losing anyone else. Still, Turner's tease makes me think that the Stark family might not be out of the woods quite yet (surprising, I know). Variety also spoke with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who said that more of the show's main characters are going to begin running into one another: "We started seeing it in Season 6; characters that met in the first episode of Season 1 are now meeting again and you’re going to see that start happening more." The shorter season 7 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO in summer 2017.
  • Shocking! AT&T AirGig to Provide Internet Via Power Lines (2016-09-21 21:55:22)
    AT&T wants to bypass the traditional hassles of high-bandwidth delivery by piggybacking on an existing ubiquitous technology: power lines. At present, the company can’t say where, although representatives pointed out that the technology is theoretically well-suited to urban, suburban and rural environments. As to how it works, the technology sounds clever, but AT&T is keeping a lot of the specifics to itself.
  • You Can Finally See Apple's Live Photos on the Web (2016-09-21 21:55:13)
    Apple's GIF-like Live Photos are neat, but if you try and view them outside of your mobile device, you're just going to see a plain-old static picture. Tumblr has just introduced Live Photos support for the web, meaning you can view all kinds of fun animated pictures from all over the internet right on your desktop. As you can see for yourself on Tumblr's announcement post, viewing Live Photos online will be just like doing so on an iPhone — simply click and hold an image to watch it animate.
  • How to Stream the Trump vs Clinton Debates (2016-09-21 21:55:03)
    Fortunately, if your pressing inquiry was, “How can I watch the Presidential debates online?”, that has two very simple and straightforward solutions. CNN Money broke the news about two separate online livestreams for the presidential debates: one on Twitter and one on Facebook Live. Bloomberg will be behind the Twitter coverage, while ABC will take charge on Facebook Live.
  • Nike's Self-Lacing Shoes Coming This November (2016-09-21 21:54:51)
    It's official: Nike has confirmed that its new HyperAdapt self-lacing sneakers are making in to stores in November. Only select Nike stores will be taking appointments to try and buy the shoes starting Nov. 28. Nike first announced the new shoes in March, saying that the it took years to combine digital, electrical and mechanical engineering to develop the shoe that will make it to athlete's feet this fall.
  • Oops! BlackBerry Leaks Argon Phone Specs (2016-09-21 21:54:41)
    BlackBerry could have another Android phone up its sleeve, with a beefier version of its recently released DTek50 apparently in the works. BlackBerry itself, which published — and then pulled — a side-by-side spec comparison of the DTek50 and a new device called the DTek60 earlier this week. CrackBerry, which spotted the hastily published web page before it got yanked, says that the DTek60 is most likely the rumored BlackBerry "Argon" phone that had been rumored to be in the works.
  • 5G Is Coming, and T-Mobile Has Big Plans (2016-09-21 21:54:34)
    Broad use of vastly speedier 5G wireless connections is still years away. In a teaser video accompanying the T-Mobile executive's speech, the carrier touts the potential for handling more data-intensive fitness tracking in real time thanks to 5G's promise of low latency and high bandwidth.
  • Here’s why you should get excited for Duncan Jones’ Mute (2016-09-21 21:45:31)
    During the run-up to Warcraft, Duncan Jones revealed that he already had a follow-up project in the works. Mute is a long-simmering project that he’s been talking about making for years, and it goes into production next week. The film will star Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard in a futuristic version of Berlin, in which a mute bartender (Skarsgard) goes against a gang to figure out what happened to his missing partner.
  • World’s most spoiled dog clearly prefers iPhones to Android (2016-09-21 21:30:16)
    It’s hard to be a dog nowadays, especially if you're Coco, a spoiled dog belonging to the son of a Chinese real estate billionaire. Life isn't hard because you have to sleep on the street or eat bad kibble -- it's because the dumb humans keep giving you thousands of dollars of electronics to play with, instead of a nice stick. DON’T MISS: You can download Google Allo right now if you hate privacy Coco is the same dog that received two Rose Gold Apple Watch units last year, one for each front paw, and each worth $12,000. Now its owner, Wang Sicong, son of Chinese real estate billionaire Wang Jianlin, has posted an image on Coco’s Weibo account that shows the Alaskan Malamute cozying up to eight iPhone 7 Plus boxes. Jianlin is the chairman of the largest real estate developer in China and the world’s 20th richest billionaire, which makes Sicong China’s richest son. "I don't understand all the show-off posts on (social media). What's the point? Don't make me do it?” the caption of the post says, according to CNN . Business Insider points out that a 256GB iPhone 7 costs 7,988 yuan, or about $1,198. That means Wang could have spent as much as $9,584 on iPhones for the dog, although it’s not clear what models he chose. From the images, it’ clear that Coco received a bunch of iPhone 7 Plus units, and at least one iPhone 7. Still, Wang felt like he needed to post the image on Weibo last Friday when the iPhone launched in almost 30 markets. If for some reason, you failed to secure a launch day iPhone 7 last week, then you at least take some comfort in the fact that Coco probably doesn’t care about the new toys. They’re probably too boring for her.
  • Goodbye Gawker Media, hello Gizmodo Media Group (2016-09-21 21:03:22)
    Online media company gets a new name from Univision, which bought it last month for $135 million.
  • Google’s Pixel phones look like the iPhone 7, so they must be really boring (2016-09-21 21:00:08)
    Google will launch two new smartphones this year under a new Pixel brand that will replace the Nexus family of Android handsets. The Pixel and Pixel XL are the supposed new names of the phones, which are codenamed Sailfish and Marlin. Both are supposed to be high-end devices that will feature a premium designs and top-of-the-line specs. They even come with a customized version of Nougat. Sadly, they're both going to be very boring because they look just like the iPhone 7. DON’T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone I was too busy with the Pixel’s ugly back to realize it’s this HTC-made phone looks a lot like the iPhone. A few days ago, more images showing the new Pixel emerged online, including high-resolution images of the two devices, and a Nest commercial Google released in the Netherlands. Let’s start with the back of the handset: it’s going to be so ugly. For some reason, Google and HTC decided to mix glass and plastic with metal. The glass cover that occupies almost the entire top half of the phone probably has a certain purpose. It could allow signals to pass through it, but then, why is there an antenna line near the bottom of the handset? It could also be needed to support wireless charging, but it definitely doesn’t look good. Overall, the Pixel phones do look like the iPhone 6. And therefore, they are similar to the iPhone 7. Many people labeled the iPhone 7 “boring” in the months that preceded its official announcement, and even after Apple unveiled it, just because it resembles the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. But not the Pixels. “iPhone 7 form factor largely resembles iPhone 6: terrible, Apple has lost its edge,” Apple fan Jon Gruber wrote , linking to a The New York Times  iPhone 7 critique. “Google Pixel form factor largely resembles iPhone 6: crickets.” Meanwhile, Engadget  also noticed that the Pixel phones look very similar to the iPhone.”If legit, then the big G's latest devices resemble the phones its staunchest rival is known for,” the site noted, referring to the images above. Engadget also rightly points out that HTC has been making iPhone clones for a while now. Or vice-versa, depending on which side of the aisle you’re on in the iPhone vs. Android war. That said, the Pixel and Pixel XL will hardly be boring. Neither is the iPhone 7, no matter how much you might hate that stale design.
  • Nokia to demo Internet transfer technology that’s 1,000 faster than Google Fiber (2016-09-21 20:30:15)
    Thanks to the proliferation of streaming services like Netflix, having a reliable ISP capable of delivering high download speeds is more important than ever before. That being the case, it’s not at all surprising that ISPs are continuously duking it out with each other in an ongoing race to determine who can offer users the fastest transfer speeds with minimal downtime. Today, some of the fastest Internet service around comes from services like Google Fiber and Verizon FIOS. But now comes word via ZDNet that we may have a new data transfer champion in our midsts. According to the report, Nokia later this week will demonstrate a new transfer technology capable of delivering a jaw-dropping one terabit of data per second (equivalent to 1,000 Gbps) via optical fiber. The technology is the result of joint research carried out by Nokia Bell Labs, the Technical University of Munich and Telekom Innovation Laboratories. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone As a point of reference, that type of transfer speed would enable a user to download HBO’s entire Game of Thrones series in just over a second. Notably, Nokia makes a point of noting that it was able to achieve 1 terabit data transfers in a real world setting as opposed to similar research takes place exclusively in controlled testing environments. Nokia Bell Labs, which came to Nokia via its Alcatel Lucent acquisition last year, says its optical breakthrough will allow operators and enterprises to improve the distance and capacity of high-speed data transmissions in optical metro and core networks. "The trial of the novel modulation approach, known as Probabilistic Constellation Shaping (PCS), uses quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) formats to achieve higher transmission capacity over a given channel to significantly improve the spectral efficiency of optical communications," Nokia explains. Nokia further adds that its PCS technology results in signal transmissions that “are more resilient to noise and other impairments. While there’s no telling when this technology will actually roll out to end users or corporations, it does a provide us with a glimpse into what the future may very well look like. It’s crazy to think, but we may not be that far off from a future when we look back at Google Fiber the same way that we know look back at old school DSL.
  • The iPhone 7 is already jailbroken (but you can’t jailbreak yours yet) (2016-09-21 20:00:51)
    Well, that didn’t take long. The iPhone 7 came out just a few days ago and it has already been jailbroken. Sadly, early buyers looking to jailbreak the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and install Cydia apps don't have anything to be excited just yet. The author of the jailbreak is keeping the exploit private. DON’T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Security researcher Luca Tedesco posted an image on Twitter that shows a jailbroken iPhone 7 (iPhone9,3), running iOS 10.0.1 with Cydia version 1.1.26 installed, discussing the jailbreak in subsequent messages. However, the developer did not share the method he used to jailbreak the iPhone, and there’s no tool available that you can use to jailbreak your device. It's also not clear if this is an untethered jailbreak. It’s very likely that numerous other hackers, as well as intelligence agencies, are also working on similar jailbreaks, and the usual suspects who release them to the public will probably come out with a public version in the future. As always, though, you can expect Apple to patch the vulnerabilities that let hackers jailbreak the phone with upcoming software updates. After all, that’s how this iPhone jailbreak cat-and-mouse game is played. Should you jailbreak the iPhone 7 in the first place? It’s probably not necessary for most users, especially considering the many advancements Apple made with iOS in recent years, some even inspired by jailbreak apps. Not to mention that a jailbroken iPhone is also more susceptible to malware. Power users who want apps and resources that are only available from Cydia will probably want to do it though, and they likely know how to guard themselves against iOS malware.
  • U.S. cities push for local laws to oversee police surveillance (2016-09-21 19:58:43)
    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A number of U.S. cities are introducing proposals to mandate community oversight of police use of digital surveillance technology as evidence mounts that black or poor neighborhoods are being more heavily scrutinized than others, civil rights activists said on Wednesday. The legislative measures are being introduced by lawmakers in 11 cities from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and are backed by a coalition of 17 groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "(We need) to build the legislative power of local communities to prevent high-tech racial profiling and policing from turning our neighborhoods into open-air prisons," Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice, told reporters on a conference call during which the proposals were announced on Wednesday.
  • ‘Arrested Development’ season 5 set to begin filming this January, summer 2017 release likely (2016-09-21 19:20:42)
    After months of speculation and dozens (dozens!) of optimistic projections that never came to pass, it seems that we finally have a firm grasp on when the highly-anticipated fifth season of Arrested Development is slated to air. During an interview with TODAY ,  Jeffrey Tambor was asked about the rumored new season and indicated that his marching orders were to report for work in January. Tambor's comments dovetails nicely with comments made by Jessica Walter (who plays Lucille Bluth ) who said during a backstage interview earlier this month that prospects for filming a new season of the incredibly creative and critically acclaimed show were “looking real good.” “I don’t have date,” Walters said, “ but everybody is on board.” DON'T MISS:  You can download Google Allo right now if you hate privacy Indeed, getting all of the show’s stars on the same paged was reportedly a big sticking point in the delay surrounding getting season 5 off the ground. While all of the show’s stars expressed interest in a new season, getting all of their schedules to align for filming proved to be much easier said than done. To this point, the funky format of season 4 where each episode tended to focus on one character exclusively rather than on the ensemble cast was reflective of this. And while season 4 of the show was good, if not a bit under-appreciated, many of the show’s more hardcore fans were less than thrilled with the new format which some categorized as disjointed. In 2015, rumor spread that Arrested Development season 5 would total 17 episodes and was being geared for a summer 2016 release on Netflix. That obviously never came to pass but series narrator and executive producer Ron Howard in late 2015 said that the early stages of the writing process were underway. Then came rumors that Hurwitz was keen on getting the show out on Netflix just in time for the U.S. Presidential Election but that too will not come to pass. Well, Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the show, is working with writers now,” Howard said. “Netflix is behind it, 20th Century Fox is behind it. It’s hopeful. What has happened is that the cast has become so freakin’ in demand and busy. Everyone wants to do it. Fans want it. I would be saddened if we didn’t achieve it. I’m the announcer and the narrator, and I have to get back to that microphone.” As for what we can expect out of season 5, there is good news on the horizon. For starters, series creator Mitch Hurwitz has signaled that the controversial show structure of season 4 will not be replicated in season 5. Plot wise, rumor has it that the fifth season will be something of a parody of Making a Murderer and Serial , which is to say there will be a murder-mystery component underlying it all. With the show set to begin filming in early 2017, there's a good chance that season 5 of Arrested Development will air on Netflix sometime next summer.
  • Cuddling me could kill you, so knock it off. By: A kitten (2016-09-21 19:17:48)
    Cat-scratch fever is no joke, even if this letter from an adorable kitten is a little tongue-in-whiskers.
  • California Supreme Court to consider suit over Yelp review (2016-09-21 19:15:44)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to consider a lawsuit that warns could lead to the removal of negative reviews on the popular website.
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invests $3B to cure all diseases (2016-09-21 19:10:19)
    The charity led by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, is throwing its weight behind efforts to diagnose, prevent and cure disease.
  • Police accidentally record themselves trumping up charges, lawsuit says (2016-09-21 19:10:14)
    Technically Incorrect: In Connecticut, police confiscate a protester's camera, not realizing it was recording. Now, there's a lawsuit.
  • Disney is already lowering box-office expectations for Star Wars: Rogue One (2016-09-21 19:07:58)
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have been a box-office and cultural phenomenon of face-melting proportions, but Disney doesn’t think anybody should get too excited for a repeat when Rogue One hits theaters later this year. The new film, which focuses on the group that steals the Death Star plans at the heart of the 1977 original, has had a tough go of it in the last few months. Director Gareth Edwards first articulated his gritty, Saving Private Ryan-inspired vision two years ago at the Star Wars Celebration convention, a take that excited the audience in attendance because it was such a departure from what had come before.
  • Another big cable company says it wants to do cellphones too (2016-09-21 18:48:21)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after cable giant Comcast said it planned to start selling cellphone service , rival Charter says it wants to have a wireless business too.
  • ​Phase One gets new lenses as pro camera market livens up (2016-09-21 18:36:05)
    New wide-angle and telephoto models from Schneider Kreuznach flesh out the high-end medium-format camera market.
  • Allo, privacy, are you there? Google keeps your messages forever (2016-09-21 18:28:55)
    By leaving it up to you to delete your messages, Google says its AI-driven Allo chat app can do a better job. But your privacy is a trade-off.
  • Leak reveals new features coming to Google’s Pixel phones (2016-09-21 18:25:16)
    When Google unveils the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones on October 4th, we’ll say goodbye to a bunch of things, including the Nexus brand, vanilla Android experience and low-cost Google devices. Recent leaks revealed almost everything there is to know about the new Google phones, but it looks like the company has more surprises in store, especially on the software side. DON’T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Google Now is dead This isn’t going to be a Pixel-only feature. In fact, you can already “get it.” It appears that Google has grown tired with Google Now and Google Now on Tap . In version 6.5.26 of the Google Search app that began rolling out on Wednesday, Google Now cards have been renamed to “Feed,” and Now on Tap is “Screen search.” The move is likely tied to the launch of the Google Assistant, which will probably arrive when the Pixel phones come out as part of the rumored Android 7.1 Nougat update. Of course, you can already try Google Assistant now in the company's new Allo app . Reset button If computers have reset buttons, why can’t smartphones have the same option? That’s one thing you may have wanted for years, and Google is finally adding it — well, others have done it before, but Google is now supporting it. According to Android Police , the Pixel phones will have a reboot button in the power menu that will let you restart the phone. Round is the new square A teardown of the Pixel Launcher reveals that Google is going to go all in on round launcher icons. That’s not necessarily a major change, but you won’t miss it, as all apps will have circular icons moving forward. It’s not clear at this point whether the circular shape has anything to do with potential Pixel Launcher features that are yet to be uncovered. Of all the new round icons, the Calendar app is getting a special feature: It’ll automatically change the image to display the current date.
  • Tinder's iMessage app involves swiping but not dating (2016-09-21 18:23:01)
    Tinder is ready to get inside your iMessage conversations, but don't worry — it's not trying to bring dating into the mix. Instead, Tinder has launched what's actually a pretty neat little voting tool, called Tinder Stacks. There's no one specific use case for Tinder Stacks, but Tinder generally seems to think that it'll involve selfies.
  • Governments keep DM'ing Twitter for information requests (2016-09-21 18:00:38)
    The pace of information requests slowed in the first half of 2016, but Twitter is still busy handling government inquiries.
  • iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy Note 7 face off in extensive drop tests (2016-09-21 18:00:05)
    The iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy Note 7 are the only two phablets making headlines this fall, if for very different reasons. But aside from the fancy cameras and built-in hand warmers, it's good to see the physical robustness of both handsets put head to head. That's exactly what happens in this drop test video, which pits an iPhone 7 Plus against a Galaxy Note 7 in a series of drop tests onto concrete. It's glass versus metal the whole way, and the results probably aren't going to shock you. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone After one drop from hand height onto a pad of rough concrete, the back of the Galaxy Note 7 isn't doing so good. The glass casing has two cracks along the bottom, while the iPhone 7 Plus just has a few scuffs on the aluminum back. The same drop onto the bottom isn't too good for the Galaxy Note 7 either. While the iPhone has cosmetic damage, the Note's glass shatters even more. Both phones shrugged off the side drop. So, it mostly came down to the face drop, aka the most catastrophic thing that I regularly do to a phone. Both phones had their screens cracked by the worst-case scenario, although the actual display and touchscreens continued to function. Side-by-side tests like this with no variables are the closest thing we're going to get to scientific drop testing, and in this case, the result goes to the iPhone. While both devices are broken by the worst-case scenario, the iPhone shrugs off edge or back drops with ease, while the Note is visibly cracked. Although, on the plus side, the battery didn't explode, so Samsung does get to breathe a small sigh of relief.
  • Apple's 'Portrait' mode comes into focus (2016-09-21 17:57:58)
    A new version of iOS 10 will help you make the most of the twin cameras in the iPhone 7 Plus.
  • Google Allo for iOS (2016-09-21 17:56:00)
    Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, emojis and text, featuring the Google Assistant Preview
  • Words cannot express how crazy this heavy-metal Elon Musk tribute is (2016-09-21 17:48:14)
    Is it heavy metal? Speed metal? I'm not up on my musical metallurgy.
  • Google Allo for Android (2016-09-21 17:45:27)
    Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, emojis and text, featuring the Google Assistant Preview
  • Studio Ghibli meets Legend of Zelda in ravishing fan trailer (2016-09-21 17:42:43)
    A fan-made trailer will have you longing to live in an alternate universe where Miyazaki turns Zelda into an animated film.
  • Insane video: Pilot miraculously avoids death in crazy runway collision (2016-09-21 17:35:46)
    Hold on to your hats folks, because the video you’re about to see is positively insane. At the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada this past Sunday – an event where planes race each other thousands of feet up in the air – pilot Thom Richard noticed that something was amiss with his engine while on the runway. Following protocol, Richard signaled that something was wrong with his plane, killed the engine, and opened up his canopy. Now normally, all of the other pilots on the runway should have been made aware of the situation so that they could keep their planes at bay and let Richard get out of harms way. Unfortunately, not all the planes on the runway received the  message. Before you know it, a plane was speeding down the runway, barreling towards Richard who at this point was effectively helpless. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone What happened next is truly incredible. With Richard’s entire torso and head exposed, the left wing of the oncoming plane barely clipped Richard’s hand and miraculously just managed to miss ramming into the back of his skull, an impact that could have very well killed him instantly. Both planes involved in the incident were wrecked but there were thankfully no serious injuries. “It’ll be several months before we figure out what to do with [the damaged plane]," Richard said. “I’m not the slightest bit upset over the accident. I, in fact, consider myself a very lucky man. Another four feet to the left and I would have been minced meat. Literally dodging a bullet. A busted up hand is a small price to pay. I’ll take it. It’ll heal. Though it is difficult to type one-handed.” Video of the harrowing incident can be viewed below. For those interested, Richard took to YouTube and described in more detail what happened. “We were number four on the starting grid, which was the middle inside position with three aircraft on the front row, one to our right and three behind. Upon running the engine up in anticipation of the start, about 20 seconds before the green flag drop, the engine was not running well enough for flight, as you can hear from the audio, never mind racing. I made the decision to shut the engine down to signal the starters to halt the starting process. The flagman on my row put his hands in an ‘X’ over his head, as our procedures prescribe, and I opened my canopy to make it clear I was out of the race and so everyone could see me. The alternate airplane was signaled to taxi on to the runway to replace my entry. I felt confident the communications had reached the appropriate people and waited for personnel to push me off the runway. "However, much to my surprise, I saw the flagman run out on to the runway waving his hands over his head as if something was wrong. The aircraft to my right started rolling and a few seconds later the number six and eight aircraft flew by me on either side. All I could do at that point was hope the number seven (center) aircraft would clear me on the centerline to my right. "The impact was violent and loud. His left leading edge shaved off the top several inches from my vertical and skimmed the turtle-deck without touching until it impacted my right hand holding up the canopy, at well over sixty miles an hour. The left landing gear hit the top of the gull-wing center-section, blowing a hole in the top skin and impacted the rear face of the front spar so hard that it broke the landing gear clean off his airplane. The propeller sliced three evenly spaced gashes about mid span of my right wing, about a foot apart. The right landing gear sheared the wing off just short of the right wingtip. The impact spun me around nearly 180º, like a teacup ride at warp eight. The other aircraft came to rest several hundred feet in front of me with a folded gear, damaged wing and sheared propeller facing the other way as well. That pilot received no injuries.”
  • Chelsea Manning prepares defense against charges stemming from suicide attempt (2016-09-21 17:31:46)
    At Fort Leavenworth tomorrow, Chelsea Manning will face an administrative disciplinary board to defend herself against charges stemming from her suicide attempt earlier this year. If the board upholds the charges, the result could be immediate solitary confinement for Manning. The charges deal largely with the administrative disruption that resulted from Manning’s suicide attempt, including the mobilization of various prison resources in response.
  • Adaptive steering: The latest class-exclusive doodad for Ford Super Duty (2016-09-21 17:20:50)
    Now you won't need forearms the size of a log to hustle your truck around, not that you did before.
  • The MacBook Air might be dying, but this sale is too good to pass up (2016-09-21 17:19:16)
    Apple seems to be slowly pushing the MacBook Air into the deep end, with no updates in sight and the slimmer Retina MacBook threatening to upstage it. The writing might be on the wall, but really, that just means good sales for us. B&H is selling the 13-inch Air with 128GB of storage for $750 , and that price includes three years of AppleCare. That's still one of the thinnest and lightest computers around, with years of guaranteed support, for $500 less than it should be. DON'T MISS:  Here’s the iPhone 7 Plus’ best camera feature in action The 13-inch Air was updated last year, so it's not sporting top-of-the-line specs any more. In particular, the non-HD screen with large bezel looks dated compared to the competition, which use Full HD screens or better. You still get a 1.6GHz Core i5 and 128GB SSD. For an extra $80, you can upgrade to a 256GB SSD , which is a wise move if you're planning on using the laptop for a while. My only hesitation -- and the only reason I'm not buying one right now -- is the 4GB of RAM, which will cause some suffering if you have a tabs problem in Chrome. But the counterpoint is great battery life, thanks to the lower specs and worse-resolution screen. In any case, for a lightweight laptop to take notes, write essays, work on presentations or just watch Netflix, it's a hard one to beat, especially since Macbooks tend to hold value so well. B&H only has limited stock, so you'd be wise to pull the trigger soon.
  • Harry Potter longs to be killed off on 'Game of Thrones' (2016-09-21 17:13:47)
    Wizard of Westeros! Daniel Radcliffe has fought Dementors, but how would he do against dragons?
  • HP's Sprocket might not be the best instant printer, but it's definitely the most fun (2016-09-21 17:11:22)
    Today, I got hyped on a printer. HP’s new pocket-sized Sprocket printer made me smile; it made me laugh; and it became my favorite distraction. Sure, my interest in it is already waning, but wow a real laugh. That’s more excitement than most gadgets have inspired in me lately.The Sprocket is HP’s answer to portable instant printers that print photos from your phone. These have existed for a while, and HP’s printer doesn’t create as high of quality prints as other products, like Fujifilm’s competing printer. ...
  • Trump opposes plan for U.S. to cede internet oversight (2016-09-21 17:04:44)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opposes a long-planned transition of oversight of the internet's technical management from the U.S. government to a global community of stakeholders, his campaign said in a statement on Wednesday. Congress should block the handover, scheduled to occur on Oct. 1, "or internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost," Stephen Miller, national policy director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a former presidential primary foe of Trump's who has refused to endorse the real estate developer, has led a movement in congress to block the transition, arguing it could cede control of the internet itself to authoritarian regimes like Russia and China and threaten online freedom.
  • Pokemon Go dethroned as top-grossing app (2016-09-21 17:04:02)
    The location-based monster-hunting game's hold on our wallets has waned.
  • The blame game: Lenovo locked Linux out of certain Microsoft's Signature hardware (2016-09-21 16:47:00)
    With the recent revelation that Linux has been locked out of Signature Series hardware, Jack Wallen dons his conspiracy theorist hat and points the finger of blame directly at one manufacturer: Lenovo.
  • Insomniacs, this chatbot will keep you company (2016-09-21 16:42:55)
    Sleepless in cyberspace? This chatbot from mattress startup Casper is always up for some pillow talk.
  • This may be the perfect wireless headphone design (for now) (2016-09-21 16:41:13)
    Sol Republic claims that its new Relays Sports Wireless headphones have fixed Bluetooth earbuds, and I think it might be right.
  • How to set up local LDAP on the Openfiler NAS/SAN solution (2016-09-21 16:32:23)
    In order to use Openfiler, you must first configure the server to work with LDAP. Here's how to do it.
  • The iPhone 7 Plus’s magical cameras have a few hidden catches (2016-09-21 16:30:29)
    The iPhone 7 Plus has an amazing camera, as many pro photographers have already proven . But Apple may have kept some secrets about the way it works, secrets that can affect your photo-taking abilities. DON’T MISS: You can download Google Allo right now if you hate privacy So far, we’ve learned that both the wide-angle and telephoto lens of the iPhone 7 Plus take a picture each time you press the shutter. The telephoto lens isn’t relegated just to optical zoom jobs and bokeh: after taking a photo, Apple’s software combines the shots for the best possible outcome. But YouTube channel Mac4Ever points out that when it comes to zooming, the telephoto lens may not always work as intended. Sometimes, that 2x optically zoomed in photo you thought you took with the help of the telephoto lens is actually a regular wide-angle lens job, which makes that zoom a 2x digital zoom.That’s something Apple never explained. Testing the iPhone 7 Plus, Mac4Ever discovered that a 2x picture of a burger wasn’t taken with the telephoto lens. Or better said, it did not have optical zoom enabled, as some photographers pointed out. Mac4Ever explains that optical zoom won’t work if you’re too close to the subject. So, you'd better distance yourself from things if you want to use that lens. Furthermore, it would appear that the telephoto lens won’t be used if you do not have enough battery juice left, which may be a way to conserve battery life. One other issue might concern lighting. In low-light conditions, the software might automatically favor optical zoom over digital, as the wide-angle lens lets more light in and can take a better shot. Finally, optical image stabilization (OIS) may also play a part in deciding what kind of zoom will be used. If you’re zooming while moving, the software may use the digital zoom, as the wide-angle lens has OIS. The telephoto lens does not come with OIS powers. At least, this is what Mac4Ever claims is happening under the hood. To test things out, you could simply block the telephoto lens (the smaller one) and take photos with the iPhone while zooming in to see what happens. Most people will probably not care about these particular details. But if you plan to use the iPhone 7 Plus for pro photo and video jobs, you’ll probably care about every little detail that can have a negative impact on your shot. It's also worth noting that the extensive iPhone 7 camera reviews that we've seen so far failed to identify these potential problems. The full video follows below, but it’s in French, so you may need translation.
  • New Pokemon Go trading details uncovered (2016-09-21 16:08:47)
    Ever since Pokemon Go launched, trainers have been waiting patiently for trading to be added to the game . The feature was teased in the original trailer last September, but two and a half months later, it still hasn't made its way into the game. Although Niantic hasn't given a specific timetable for trading, some perceptive fans have found signs of the feature in the code of the latest update . MUST SEE:  Pokemon Go cheat: get a bunch of rare Pokemon with this weird incense trick Without getting into the nitty gritty of what Pokemon Go Hub found in the code dump of the Pokemon Go 0.37.1 APK, here's a summary of what it all means: You are able to search for “Trading Players” You are able to  create, cancel and complete Trade Offers You can currently trade only Pokemon No info on the visibility and range of Trade Search – it’s too early to say if you’ll be able to trade worldwide or not The trading seems resilient to “connection loss” and will retry once the connection is available again It’s inconclusive what type of connection trading will use… … although it does communicate with the server side to load Trade offers and responses Keep in mind that none of this is definitive until Niantic actually announces it, but considering how much we learned about the Buddy Pokemon before that feature launched, I have a feeling that much of this is basically finalized. That said, it looks like we will be able to trade Pokemon when the feature rolls out, but not items. Also, the ability to search for trading players makes it sound like you won't need to be friends with a player to trade. Instead, you can just search the area and see if anyone in the vicinity (or possibly around the world?) is willing to trade one of their Pokemon for one of yours. The more we hear about trading, the more likely that an official launch date is approaching. Keep your eyes peeled for more in the coming days.
  • Want to know how many times ancient humans migrated out of Africa? Check their genes (2016-09-21 16:05:36)
    The Khomani San community of hunter gatherers in Africa was one of the many populations included in the analysis. By sequencing the genomes of nearly 800 people from more than 270 population groups around the world, three massive teams of scientists have collected the most comprehensive genetic evidence yet of a single wave of people out of Africa less than 100,000 years ago.
  • Which political party is more cybersecure? (2016-09-21 14:58:27)
    Cybersecurity expert Tim Bandos reveals which political party is most vulnerable, common hacking techniques, and what companies can learn from watching how the DNC and RNC respond to cyberthreats.