How To Watch President Obama’s Farewell Address Tonight
A president looking to leave a tech-forward legacy has made it easy to watch his parting remarks online.
'Gears of War 4' will punish rage quitters
You can also rejoin games to redeem yourself.
Gaming TV show 'Starcade' is making a comeback
The '80s arcade competition will return thanks to Shout Factory.
Hulu will soon combine live TV, on-demand to smack down cable (hands-on)
The popular on-demand subscription service is launching live TV later this year, and its new design looks great so far. Here's a sneak peek.
LG Tips QHD 18:9 Display for Upcoming G6 Smartphone
The unusual aspect ratio is among the widest we've seen on a phone.
Apple resolves the MacBook Pro battery life issues found in Consumer Reports testing
During their research, Apple and Consumer Reports discovered a problem when you use Safari with the cache disabled. Said Apple, “[Consumer Reports’] use of this developer setting also triggered an obscure and intermittent bug reloading icons which created inconsistent results in their lab. After we asked Consumer Reports to run the same test using normal user settings, they told us their MacBook Pro systems consistently delivered the expected battery life.”
Check out our list of tech hits and misses from CES 2017
I’m undecided on this one. Most of my food waste is not bar coded –such as veggie scraps and coffee grounds — and I’d be required to verbally tell the bin each time I was disposing of each these items, not to mention those ready cooked leftovers. In the future will it be able to talk to my smart refrigerator and compost bin to ensure that I don’t get the same product purchased in multiples by each device? What if one requires an Alexa and another a Google Home? What if they join forces and decide not to order me more chocolate? Things could get messy here.
George Lucas' Museum is Officially Coming to Los Angeles
The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts will be located right next to Lucas’ alma mater, the University of Southern California, in Exposition Park. Lucas himself will fund the museum out of pocket and fill it with his own personal art collection, which includes famous paintings, film artifacts, and a whole lot of one-of-a-kind Star Wars stuff.
I wrote Obama's farewell address for him and here is the text
I'm honored and excited to say that I actually wrote President Obama's farewell address and was given permission to publish the five pages of text a few hours early.
Welcome Chris Lattner
We would like to welcome Chris Lattner, who will join Tesla as our Vice President of Autopilot Software. Chris’ reputation for engineering excellence is well known. He comes to Tesla after 11 years at Apple where he was primarily responsible for creating Swift, the programming language for building apps on Apple platforms and one of the fastest growing languages for doing so on Linux. Prior to Apple, Chris was lead author of the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, an open source umbrella project that is widely used in commercial products and academic research today.
3 key tech developments for your smart home from CES
While this year’s CES hasn’t necessarily born any great surprises in debuting home tech, it has revealed that smart home tech is becoming the norm rather than niche as more big brands reveal their connected home products to the masses. Last year we saw a lot of the first wave of smart home devices with a particular focus on the basics like smart lighting and home security. Now everyday home products are rising to the challenge. Here’s what has our attention:
You can vote for emoji to replace the current Monopoly tokens
Hasbro is no stranger to taking votes on new Monopoly tokens, but this time around everyone's favorite tiny images are among the options. Between now and January 31st, you can select which of the 56 new game pieces you would like to see make the cut. Yes, you can vote for any of the current tokens to remain or replace them entirely as you make your picks for the final 8. The company plans to announce the results of the public vote on World Monopoly Day that takes place on March 19th.
Deadpool Scores a Producers Guild Nomination - IGN
The Oscar race is in full swing and one of the biggest indicators of which movies might earn Best Picture nominations is the Producers Guild of America. Today, the PGA announced their nominees for the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards and Deadpool was among the 10 live-action films up for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
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Trump Just Asked an Anti-Vaxxer to Chair a Commission on 'Vaccine Safety'
Nonetheless, in recent years, the anti-vaccine movement has spread. And while it’s unlikely that Trump could do much to affect the availability of vaccines at a policy level, having support for the anti-vaccine movement in the Oval Office is sure to elevate the cause. That could have very real public health consequences. Already, as the movement has spread, we have seen a resurgence of diseases that were once no longer a problem in America. The spring of 2015 saw the first death from measles in the United States in 12 years. That same year, vaccine refusal helped spur a measles outbreak at Disneyland .
The CEO of Sonos is stepping down
MacFarlane, who has been the CEO since the company started in
2002, will also step down from the Sonos board. He will be
replaced by Patrick Spence, another longtime Sonos executive.
Google claims the hottest programming language of 2016
Go has won its fair share of fans in programmer-land , not least because it provides a viable alternative to Oracle's Java, which has ruled the world of computer programming for the last two decades. Google's been using Go internally to power things like its download servers, where you grab stuff like the Chrome install files.
Microsoft details new Windows 10 privacy controls are on the way
Secondly, Microsoft is also introducing a new privacy setup that both newcomers to Windows 10 and existing users will see. The new setup menu essentially breaks down user privacy data into more distinct categories and more clearly showing the effects of turning off and on settings.
Daybook Keeps Track of How Often You Work On Your Habits
The web app is about as simple as a goal tracker can get. You enter the name of an activity, pick an emoji logo if you’d like, then click Done. You’ll get a simple counter next to each activity. Click the plus sign to add to the counter, minus to reduce it. You can also make your Daybook public if you want to share it to keep yourself accountable.
A 'Graveyard of Red Fabric' Went Into the Creation of Doctor Strange's Cloak of Levitation
The cloak itself is a hundred shades of red, there are so many textures and fabrics and shades of material. The original material is a double weave of wool I found at a show in Paris made in Japan, and even the material’s weave has three shades of red in it. The cloak has so many processes. Some of it is frocked with velvet. It’s embroidered. It has various piles in it. Even after it’s all finished, then it goes to my textile department where it’s aged and degraded so it doesn’t look like a new piece of costume plopped on someone; it has a lot more shadow and character in it. And, yes, Benedict did have a good time wearing it.
Watching Robots Stuck in Repetitive, Mundane Tasks Is Stressing Me Out
If you’re living under the assumption that your job could never be filled by a robot, think again. Your day-to-day routine might not seem as monotonous as the tasks that factory line robots perform, but as Michael Marczewski’s stressful short film Vicious Cycle asks, is it really?
Formula E drivers battled simulator pros in a million-dollar e-race
Panasonic Jaguar's Formula E racer Mitch Evans told Engadget ahead of the Vegas showdown that simulators have been used by pro drivers for decades. "Some simulators give you feedback from the road, while most of them will offer force feedback to the driving wheel," he said. "But it's always artificial; it's not the same as driving in real life. You're forced to use your eyes a lot more to get the information you need during the race."
iPhone 8 rumors: Return to a stainless steel chassis and glass front-and-back
Plausible: Yes. This rumor corroborates an earlier report predicting the return of the glass iPhone. Not only that, but we’re also under the impression that Apple is looking to launch several models of the iPhone 8 with different prices and using different materials. And it makes sense that the higher-end iPhone 8 would rely on stainless steel to hold the front-and-back glass panels together, while a cheaper version uses aluminum—that’s the same pattern we see with the Apple Watch.
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AT&T is raising the price of grandfathered unlimited plans again
AT&T’s grandfathered unlimited plans are vestiges of an earlier era, when unfettered access to mobile data was a perk offered to those willing to buy into the smartphone before it became ubiquitous. Now, those plans are getting costlier — again. AT&T has just announced a $5 increase on its grandfathered unlimited plans, bringing the total cost per month to $40, according to a report from DSLReports yesterday and confirmed by ArsTechnica today . That follows a $5 increase back in February of 2016 , meaning those plans have jumped more than 30 percent in a little under one year.
'The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah calls Meryl Streep's speech 'tone-deaf'
"I understand what Meryl Streep was trying to do, and I don't know if I could've done better in that moment, but here’s the thing I feel like we could all learn as people," Noah said about Streep's jab at football. "You don’t have to make your point by shitting on someone else’s thing, because a lot of people love football and the arts.”
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When Juliet Huddy rebuffed advances by Mr. O’Reilly, he tried to derail her career, according to a draft of a letter from her lawyers obtained by The New York Times.
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Requests for IUDs are up 900% at Planned Parenthood
According to Richards, many women are terrified that they'll lose access to this and other crucial forms of birth control, whether through defunding Planned Parenthood or repealing Obamacare.
Fitbit acquires the Vector smart watch startup, as the wearable giant continues its roll-up
Well this is a relatively fast exit. In March last year a brand new smartwatch brand appeared, hoping to offer something different. Combining the incredible engineering talent in Central Europe’s Romania with the business smarts of London and former executives from Citizen watches, the Vector startup carved out a very credible slot in the “affordable luxury” smartwatch sector.
Ellen Pao joins Kapor Center to help diversify tech
"We are thrilled to have Ellen on our team," Freada Kapor Klein, partner at the Kapor Center, said in a statement. "While her long list of talents and accomplishments make her an excellent fit for this role, it is her values, her courage and her leadership skills that will prove enormously valuable."
Verizon to 'unlimited' data users: 'You use over 200GB so we're cutting you off' | ZDNet
Verizon will force heavy data users on its legacy unlimited plans to move to a limited plan -- or they'll be disconnected.
Mark Zuckerberg just poached Obama's former campaign manager to deepen his charity's ties with Washington
"Three years ago, I was looking for someone to help guide
Uber's strategy as we launched in more cities around the globe,"
Kalanick said. "David impressed me with his storytelling skills,
his ability to connect with people on a human level, and his
incredible passion for Uber and our mission. I'm excited that
he'll bring that passion to the world-changing efforts underway
at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and that he will remain a key
part of our family as an Uber board member, an advocate for our
company, and an advisor to me."
What's Causing These Eerie Spinning Ice Discs?
Physics causes some strange phenomena, like slowly-rotating discs of ice on a frozen river that resemble UFO saucers. But have no fear, science is here to explain away your excitement.
Nintendo hid a secret message in the Famicom Mini
It's a cute, tongue-in-cheek message that calls back to Nintendo's history and acknowledges the passion that went into building the Classic consoles. "This is the hanafuda captain speaking," it reads, referncing Nintendo's original business of selling Hanafuda game cards. "Launching emulation in 3.. 2.. 1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don't break everything!"
The rusty-patched Midwestern bumblebee is now endangered
The rusty-patched bumble bee is native to the Midwest and East Coast, but has disappeared from 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years. And so, for the first time, a bee that lives in the continental US has been added to the endangered species list .
Russia hacked Republican state campaigns but not Trump's: FBI head
WASHINGTON Russia hacked into Republican state political campaigns and old email domains of the Republican National Committee but there is no evidence it successfully penetrated President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday.
After Population Plunge, Once Common Bumble Bee Officially Listed as Endangered
The noble and rare rusty-patched bumble bee is officially endangered. A once common bee that inhabited 28 states, the rusty-patched bumble has become the first bee from the continental United States to be added to the endangered species list.
The Best Underwater Photographs of 2016 Are Out of This World
This year may have been a rough one up here on Earth’s dry surface, but beneath the waves ocean life flourished and dazzled. The world’s most prestigious underwater photography competition has just announced its winning images for 2016—and they’re absolutely spellbinding.
Director Rian Johnson Keeps Revealing Clues About Star Wars: Episode VIII
In the interview, Johnson also revealed that Episode VIII has had a title since his very first draft of the screenplay; they’ve just chosen not to reveal it yet. He then said the film will teach us more about newer characters like Finn, Poe, and others by “[figuring] out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now.” The idea, Johnson said, was “Let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.”
Apple patented a screen with holes for a bezel-less, translucent phone
Of course, there are some less obvious configurations, which are probably better to dream about than predict from. Take, say, a screen with “a secondary display that has display pixels that may be viewed through the openings” — maybe you can get a low-power E Ink status strip at the bottom of your iPhone. There’s also the drawing above, which shows “transparent window regions in the front and rear surfaces” of a device. This would be possible with one of the patented screens on the front, and a “clear glass plate or other transparent structure” on the back. So instead of getting augmented reality images through a camera feed, you could literally look through the phone and get information overlaid onto the real world.
Trello acquired by Atlassian for $425m
In a blog post, Trello CEO Michael Pryor said that nothing would change for existing users, as it’d continue to be offered as a standalone service. Following the acquisition, Trello will see increased research and development efforts to improve its offering. Hopefully, the company will be able to hold its new owner to that promise.
Apple to play its Trump card and boost its ‘Made in America’ credentials
Production under FTZ procedures could exempt Apple from customs duty payments on the foreign-status materials/components used in export production. On its domestic sales, Apple would be able to choose the duty rate during customs entry procedures that applies to finished server assembly cabinets (duty-free) for the foreign-status materials/components noted below and in the existing scope of authority.
2016, Officially the Year of the Dumpster Fire
“We can eavesdrop on what’s spread in a way that we couldn’t do before,” Zimmer says. After Hillary Clinton mentioned a basket of deplorables or Donald Trump blurted “nasty woman,” you could buy T-shirts and mugs emblazoned with the terms within hours. Trending topics allow linguists to track a phrase from creation to virality. “You can see the way that people receive what the candidates are saying, react to it, and repurpose what they’ve heard,” says Zimmer. “Hashtags are often used as vehicles to circulate a linguistic meme.” The American Dialect Society has given these new forms their due: In 2015, for the first time, it included categories for Most Notable Emoji ( ) and Most Notable Hashtag (#SayHerName).
I drove BMW’s prototype self-driving 5 series, and then it drove me
BMW had a story to tell at CES this year, a story of what our lives might look like when there’s more continuity between what we do at home and what we do in our cars, thanks to new features coming to market, including connectivity and self-driving capabilities. I became a part of that story as I drove a prototype 5 series (fun even in manual mode) onto a public Las Vegas highway, pressed a button on a steering wheel and let the car’s test Co-Pilot system take control so I could focus on other tasks.
Norway Is Killing FM Radio Tomorrow
On Wednesday, Norway will become the first country in the world to start shutting down its national FM radio network in favor of digital radio. Norwegians have had years to prepare, but the move is still catching many off guard.
Global smart cities market to reach a whopping $3.5 trillion by 2026
A new study predicts that smart cities will be going green in a big way over the next five years, driven by international efforts to reduce carbon emissions. A new report from research firm Gartner predicted smart cities will move the sustainability file forward in line with the carbon reducing Paris COP21 deal. COP21 was … Read more »
Sony's 'Glacier White' PS4 is a stunner headed for a frosty reception
The Glacier White PlayStation 4 is a stunner. Announced today , Sony’s newest console option is a stylish alternative to the default matte black that currently stands as the undisputed hide-and-seek champion of my entertainment center. As the owner of both current-gen consoles, I often gaze longingly at the Xbox One and its sleek design… while playing the PS4 (Pro) .
AI 'friends' will help you pass the time on autonomous drives
When autonomous cars hit the market, manually driven ones won't suddenly disappear. It'll be decades before self-driving vehicles take over the roads completely. That means the horrible traffic you're already stuck in might get a little better, but not by much. So instead of filling those moments by clutching the steering wheel and wishing death upon other drivers, you'll have a bunch of free time, and that's an opportunity for automakers to grab your eyes and ears.
Wildly confident couple invites President Obama into their wedding party
Let this be a lesson in confidence: a couple was brave enough to invite President Barack Obama into their wedding party, with no fear that he'd steal their thunder.
Verizon takes aim at its unlimited data plan customers once more
A couple things to note here -- while the statement says it applies to customers who use more than 200GB a month, it's not clear whether you'd find yourself on the wrong end of a disconnect notice if you had one particularly crazy month. Rather, Verizon spokesperson Kelly Crummey indicated to Engadget that the carrier is specifically looking at users whose usage works out to "an average of more than 200GB a month" -- in other words, Verizon is targeting for people with a pattern of seriously heavy data use. The company also wouldn't confirm how many people would be affected by these changes, though Crummey did note that the customers in question "are using between 200 and 500 GB of data a month, so it is really a small fraction of [their] grandfathered unlimited plan customers."
Autofill on Chrome and Safari Can Give Hackers Access to Your Credit Card Info
Viljami Kuosmanen is a hacker with Futurice and took to Github and Twitter to point out a simple exploit on malicious websites that can rip you off. As he explains, browsers like Chrome and Safari are set to autofill information into text boxes with data like your phone number, address, credit card number, etc. Typically, browsers will determine the type of information the site is asking for, then keep the rest. But, Kuosmanen notes, hackers can obscure certain text boxes—meaning users wouldn’t they’ve been autofilled. And since the malicious websites can be designed to look like pretty much anything, the danger is real.
US Intel report: Russia allegedly obtained 'compromising' info on Trump
A classified intelligence report on the Kremlin’s suspected efforts to meddle with the U.S. election reportedly includes a bombshell allegation: that Russian operatives have compromising personal and financial information about President-elect Donald Trump.
This Magical Spray Can Modify a Plant's Genes
If you wanted to, say, turn a red pepper yellow, you have a few options. You could directly tinker with with the plant’s genetic code, tweaking the genes that control its color. Or, perhaps, you could just mist the plant with a spray that changes its gene expression without altering its genetics.
10 of the coolest gadgets we saw at CES 2017
It’s difficult to narrow down everything that happened at CES this year. We met tons of promising new startups and went hands-on with brand new gadgets on the floor of the expo hall, nightly events and on our Hardware Battlefield stage . These, in no particular order, were the hottest hardware startups and most interesting gadgets from the show, and you can find our full coverage of this year’s event here .