Nintendo's Switch doesn't come with a charging Joy-Con grip
The Grip in the box is just for keeping your Joy-Cons in place.
Verizon's network is ancient, says T-Mobile
Commentary: In a new, biting ad, T-Mobile suggests Verizon is a bit of an old dog.
The Bragi Headphone is finally shipping
Bragi announced today that the company’s latest Headphone earbuds are finally available for immediate shipping. The news comes after a series of delays in shipping the Headphones, including a m...
'Halo' developer hints it could revive a scrapped Mega Bloks game
The Lego-like title was never meant to be, but something like it might be on the way.
6 ways to meaningfully honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day
To help fully honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, here are six ways to celebrate a man and movement that continue to challenge and break barriers.
Canada may have delivery drones in service by late 2017
The country has approved its first UAV test range ahead of a launch this year.
T-Mobile compares AT&T to fleas crawling in your hair
Commentary: In a new, slightly creepy ad, a daughter worries about her itchy head. What's the cause? AT&T. Some viewers are appalled.
Tina Fey channels Princess Leia, gets in a Trump dig on 'SNL'
The comedian shows up in a version of Carrie Fisher's famed Star Wars costume, and soothes Felicity Jones' nerves.
On SNL, Trump gets trumped on Russian hacking
Commentary: Inevitably, Saturday Night Live mocks Donald Trump's press conference. Inevitably, Vladimir Putin infiltrates it too.
Prosecutors in Korea want to arrest Samsung’s leader on bribery charges
Samsung is still getting over the Galaxy Note 7, but already an investigation into alleged bribery in its native South Korea is threatening to plunge it into yet another crisis.
Samsung investigation reportedly finds batteries at fault for Note 7 fires
At the time, the Korean megacorp suspected that faulty batteries manufactured by its sister company SDI were to blame, but hadn’t arrived at a conclusion. Now, Reuters reports that a person familiar with the matter said that it was indeed the batteries that were the cause of the fires.
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Thousands Sign Up For BMW New Car-Sharing Service
The platform is built for drivers in urban areas, where car prices and lack of parking space has made it difficult to own a car. The driver pays a small amount for each ride, and is able to choose from BMW’s electric cars, the BMW 3 Series, and the MINI Cooper range.
China demands local app stores register with authorities
According to the New York Time s, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAA) has decreed that app stores must register with the government in order to continue operating legally in the country. This move will go into effect from January 16, and will see the government vastly increase its oversight in this area.
Samsung chief's arrest sought in South Korean corruption scandal
An arrest warrant for heir apparent to Samsung's throne, Lee Jae-yong, was issued Monday for his suspected involvement in an insidious corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Source: Branding in Asia
The arrest warrant, issued by a special prosecutor in charge of investigating Park's alleged wrongdoing, formally accuses Lee of bribery, embezzlement and perjury, and is awaiting approval by a South Korean court scheduled to hear the case on Wednesday, reports The Wall Street Journal .
Specifically, Lee, better known in the West as Jay Y. Lee, is accused of donating 43 billion Korean won ($36 million) —some of it embezzled from Samsung —to a string of non-profits linked to Park confidante Choi Soon-sil in a bid to curry political favor. According to investigators, this particular round of bribes bought the government's blessing of a merger between two Samsung affiliates in 2015.
Widely considered to be the de facto head of Samsung, Lee is officially standing in for his ailing father and Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee.
Samsung skips robots to focus on health wearables
Samsung will focus more on health wearables than robots in this year, in stark contrast to its South Korean rival LG Electronics, which revealed the Hub Robot, a mobile artificial intelligence assistant, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017.
Nintendo Switch: Hands on with Nintendo's fascinating new console
That is when we will really get a sense whether the Switch will prove a success. You never get a true sense of where a console will be on day one, but Nintendo will need strong word of mouth from early adopters as the releases trickle in. They will need a solid future line-up from both first and third parties unveiled, potentially at E3, and they will need to push the console’s quality, quirks and flexibility when gift-buying season rolls around. It feels like Nintendo are playing a year-long game with the release of the Switch and, given the apparent quality of this fascinating console, I sincerely hope it is one they will win.
Raspberry Pi's new Compute Module 3 goes on sale
To begin using the Compute Module 3, buyers will need a circuit board with a SODIMM socket to hold the module and provide power and other connections. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is offering its own board design, the Compute Module IO Board, under an open license to make it easier for others to incorporate the module into their product designs. It has been revised to accommodate the additional flash memory IO lines of the Compute Module 3.
The Morning After: Monday, January 16th 2017
China sees mobile app stores as an untamed frontier with too much free expression and rampant malware, and it's determined to put a stop to both. As of January 16th, the Cyberspace Administration of China will require that all app stores register with the government, ostensibly in a bid to improve security. This could have a positive effect for Chinese smartphone owners, since they don't have official access to Google Play and its tighter security screening. Stores that frequently permit frauds and viruses could find themselves in hot water pretty quickly. However, it's bad news for anyone hoping to offer apps that normally won't make it past the censors.
Facebook takes its fake news fight to Germany
Update: A spokesman for Correctiv confirmed it is in the process of joining Poynter’s, noting: “This takes some time due to technical circumstances (they remodeled their website).” Asked how it will be determining which stories to flag, he said: “We are in the first phase of this project and still do not know, how to handle this issues. But I’m sure, we will soon have answers.” In terms of which local publishers Correctiv trusts, he named Spiegel , Süddeztsche Zeitung and FAZ as three examples.
The Best Gaming Desktops of 2017
Most gaming systems will come preinstalled with a single midrange or high-end graphics card; higher-priced systems will naturally have better cards, since purchase price typically correlates with animation performance and visual quality. Our gaming desktop reviews will let you know if there is room in the system's case for adding more graphics cards, in case you want to improve your gaming performance in the future. Most boutique manufacturers, however, will sell systems equipped with multiple-card arrays if you want to run the best-looking and best-performing games right away. (Nvidia has deemphasized, if not discouraged, using more than two of its current-generation cards at the same time, though it's still possible to have three or four AMD cards in your computer at once provided you have the proper power and heat management. AMD calls its multicard system CrossFireX and Nvidia calls its solution Scalable Link Interface, or SLI, but in practice both work the same.)
NVIDIA's original Shield TV gets the new model's smarts
If you're more interested in the gaming side, there's also a new NVIDIA Games app, which supersedes the old SHIELD Hub portal. There you'll find access to GeForce NOW titles, which can be streamed with the performance of a GTX 1080 graphics card, and your local 'GameStream' library with 4K and newly added HDR support. While not the most popular set-top box -- NVIDIA's cachet stops with the PC gaming crowd -- it's a competent and versatile bit of kit for people who prioritize games over TV.
Library book returned 100 years overdue has perfect title
The short-story collection returned to the San Francisco Public Library on Friday was due in 1917, but its very name implies that it wasn't going to get returned on time. The book, by F. Hopkinton Smith, is called " Forty Minutes Late ."
15 facts from the Nintendo Switch presentation you need to know
Thankfully, Nintendo is offering extra Joy-Cons a la carte or in a pair, meaning you don’t need to drop money on a whole new Switch if one of the controllers goes on the fritz. However, you should still be prepared to pay some serious coin if you do.
Samsung VR puts you in the middle of a '24' firefight
Though the video is available to all Gear users, the true experience could be found only at the 837 location. Samsung partnered with Los Angeles-based Two Bit Circus, which provided a special stand with vibrating floors to simulate the rumble of helicopters, gunshots and explosions. I almost felt like I was in a terrorist stronghold and not the trendy Meatpacking District in Manhattan.
Batteries with built-in flame retardant could prevent fiery mishaps
One big problem with lithium-ion batteries is that they have the tendency to catch fire and blow up all kinds of gadgets like toys and phones . To solve that issue, a group of researchers from Stanford University created lithium-ion batteries with built-in fire extinguishers. They added a component called "triphenyl phosphate" to the plastic fibers of the part that keeps negative and positive electrodes separate. Triphenyl phosphate is a compound commonly used as a flame retardant for various electronics. If the battery's temperature reaches 150 degrees Celsius, the plastic fibers melt and release the chemical. Based on the researchers' tests, the method can stop batteries from burning up within 0.4 seconds.
Monopoly wants the internet to pick its next eight figurines
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Comeback kids: Nokia goes low while BlackBerry aims high -- for now
Nokia and BlackBerry have similar ambitions, but different ways of getting there. BlackBerry's "Mercury" aims for the high end (we don't know how high, but they tell us "premium"), while Nokia's 6 is firmly in the midrange, with a sale price in China that converts to about $250, £200 and AU$330. Although we don't know much about HMD's plans for Nokia's roster of phones, we do know it plans to dole out $500 million over the next three years on global marketing.
Hands-on with the Nintendo Switch
Moments after Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé finished his presentation, another exec took the stage to announce how things will go. The room is separated into sections; each section of attendees will follow a staff member with a Mario character on a placard. And just like that, we’re each ushered off to a game — some semblance of organization before it all invariably erupts into chaos.
Oracle opens start-up accelerator in Israel for cloud innovation
TEL AVIV U.S. software provider Oracle Corp said on Monday it was opening an accelerator program in Israel for startups developing cloud technologies or whose technologies are based in the cloud.
Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with quote on website
Acknowledging the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Apple on Monday updated the front page of its website with a photo of and quote from the legendary civil rights leader, calling on people to fight for equality.
Flying car prototype ready by end of 2017, says Airbus CEO
( Reuters ) – Airbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group’s chief executive said on Monday.
Samsung chief faces arrest for bribing South Korea president | Cult of Mac
The de-facto head of Samsung faces arrest on charges of bribing South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and a confidante.
Samsung boss faces arrest warrant in South Korea
P rosecutors in South Korea are seeking an arrest warrant for Jay Y Lee, the de facto head of Samsung, accusing him of making bribes in exchange for government support.
How the NFL's Aaron Rodgers became a meme superstar
The Green Bay Packers quarterback became a meme king after his team's comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys.
5 tips for increasing your conversion rate
Last year there were 2.5 billion people on the internet, most of them outside North America. Today you can expand your addressable market by making it easier for more people, in more places, to buy your product.
Two dirt-cheap ways to solve your email hassles
Shift may be the ultimate solution for Gmail users, while Mailbird Pro offers loads of smart mail-management features. I've got great deals on both!
Marvel at This Bagpipe-Playing Robot, and Then Cringe at the Music it Plays
The current version of the robot’s only limitation is that it’s still dependent on a human to blow into it, but its creator is working on building an automated air pump so that the Ardu McDuino can play the bagpipes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without ever getting tired. Hooray?
When smart clothes start chatting up smart cities it could get crazy
For those wishing never to be lost in the crowd again, U.K. researchers are developing connected clothing that will turn its wearers into mobile sensors for smart cities.
13 Secret Codes That Unlock Hidden Features on Your Phone
The USSD protocol allows you to access hidden features you didn't know about right from your smartphone's dialer. But there is some trickiness you'll need to know about.
For $8,000 this startup will fill your veins with the blood of young people — but it has no idea if it'll have any benefits
But it's far too early to say if any of these claims are true.
For one thing, when all the data is pooled and tested, it could
end up being statistically insignificant. For another, the
supposed benefits could amount to a placebo effect — simply going
to a fancy lab in Monterey and paying to enroll in the study
could have made patients feel better. Whether the blood itself
had any effect on a patient's health is still up in the air.
Trump will keep Tweeting from his personal Twitter account during his presidency
So we couldn't help but wonder if the New Yorker is hoping for a little sales boost with its latest cover, which depicts a cartoonish Trump in a coin-operated kid's car. Trump, of course, has a list of go-to insults at the ready for just such an occasion. Which one will he use? Feel free to take our poll.
Porn pirates exploit loophole to upload raunchy videos on YouTube
It’s no secret that YouTube has a whole sea of videos hidden underneath the surface , but it appears pirates are getting smarter by the day as heaps of vigilante porn uploaders have been exploiting a loophole that allows them to host raunchy content on the popular platform
A visual history of gadgets that have burst into flames
Samsung had a rough 2016 . Last year, the company had to recall its Galaxy Note 7 after units were catching fire, followed by millions of washing machines that were exploding in people's homes. But Samsung isn't the only company that's struggled recently with faulty batteries. We've seen similar issues with hoverboards, a Tesla Model S and the latest electric skateboard from Boosted. Let's take a look at other products that have had trouble in the flammability department. And let's hope those non-exploding lithium Ion batteries get here soon.
Mark Zuckerberg will testify in Oculus VR lawsuit this week
ZeniMax is seeking $2 billion in damages, nearly the amount that Facebook paid for Oculus. The company claims that Facebook purchased Oculus with "full awareness" that John Carmack, a "singularly experienced" employee, stole the tech. During opening remarks, a lawyer called it "one of the biggest technology heists ever."
The Best Wireless Headphones of 2017
Wireless no longer means poor sound, either. These days, Bluetooth wireless stereo audio sounds much better than it ever did before. Even though the stereo Bluetooth data signal is compressed, various headphone and earphone vendors have discovered ways of enhancing the signal to compensate for deficiencies in fidelity. Having said that, audiophiles will still hear a difference and should probably stick with wired headphones. But for casual listening, many of the most recent wireless models we've tested sound just fine—even great. Check out our buying advice below before picking the perfect pair.
TVs in the 1920s Had Bottle Cap-Sized Screens, With Just 30 Lines of Resolution
Even a smartwatch has far more than just 30 lines of resolution, and compared to a modern HDTV, the Televisor’s screen amounts to what looks like nothing more than a single pixel. But in 1929, the technology was almost certainly mind-blowing (moving pictures?! in a box?!) even if the content being broadcasted from the BBC’s existing radio tower infrastructure was all but non-existent.
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Stealing passwords from McDonald's users - Tijme Gommers
By abusing an insecure cryptographic storage vulnerability ( link ) and a reflected server cross-site-scripting vulnerability ( link ) it is possible to steal and decrypt the password from a McDonald's user. Besides that, other personal details like the user's name, address & contact details can be stolen too.
How to view and edit Word documents from Google Drive with ease - TechRepublic
I am a Google Drive power user. It is my daily driver for 90% of my written work. Most of the time I am working with native Google files. However, there is an occasion when I have to work with a non-native format, such as a .docx Word file. Out of the box, the only way to edit such files is to have Google Drive convert them to the Google format. That's fine, if you're okay with converting them to the native format and then downloading the final file as a .docx.
A vegan fried chicken shop opened because goodness exists in the world
"We think it’s important as there is a common misconception that vegans hate the taste of animal products, but this isn’t true. The majority of us go vegan not because we hate the taste of meat, but because we see the important ethical, environmental and health reasons for doing so," McGuinness continues.
How tech is turning CMOs into Chief Collaboration Officers
Technology may have made life difficult for Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and their teams when it comes to planning and executing campaigns, but every big hairy problem also hides an amazing opportunity. Since we now have the technology to analyse the fragmentation of the consumer landscape and track the shape shifters, we can use these insights for precision marketing to create a one-on-one relationship with our customers. Even better, Return on Marketing Investment (ROMI) is finally measurable, often in real time.
Nvidia’s new Shield TV provides the best balance for all-in-one home entertainment
More generally enjoyable additions with this software update include the ability to adopt external storage as native, which means you can plug in external flash drives via the two USB ports on the back and have those act as fully accessible storage space for games and media. This means buying the entry level $199 model makes a lot more sense; if you ever find you need more space, it’s a fairly easy and inexpensive upgrade to pick up a high-capacity 128GB flash drive, like the one included in the review kit sent by Nvidia for testing. That’s a big advantage over other streaming devices like Apple TV, too, which have hard limits on internal storage capacity.
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MIT wants you to change 3D-printed objects after you make them
There's a big catch to this current approach: you need an oxygen-free environment to trigger the reaction, which isn't exactly practical for a home 3D printer. MIT will have to test other catalysts to see if they produce the same result with oxygen around. Should that happen, though, you won't always to get everything right the first time. You could correct slip-ups, add new parts and otherwise improve your work without having to print another whole model.
An Enormous Atmospheric Anomaly Has Been Spotted On Venus
Using the Akatsuki spacecraft, Japanese scientists have detected a large, bow-shaped anomaly in the upper atmosphere of Venus. Strangely, the 6,200-mile-long structure is refusing to budge despite the 225 mile-per-hour winds that surround it.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Microsoft patent reveals foldable phone that turns into a tablet
Microsoft is attempting to patent a device with a flexible hinge and display that would transform a phone into a tablet. Patent filings discovered by MSPoweruser reveal that Microsoft is, at least, experimenting with this type of concept for a future mobile device. Accompanying notes and diagrams detail what looks like a large smartphone that can fold over and transform into a tablet form factor or even the tent mode found on Lenovo’s range of Yoga tablets. There appears to be modes for two or three screens to extend flat out to make the device bigger and more of a tablet like Microsoft's original Courier concept . Microsoft first filed this phone patent in October 2014.