Google slashes price of Daydream View VR headset nearly 40% to $49
If you've been looking to buy a good-quality virtual reality headset but don't want to go whole hog and get an Oculus Ri
Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars' moves to Netflix this year
The show is coming to a streaming service you actually watch.
Emotional sci-fi game 'Alone with You' hits Steam next month
Alone with You tells a surprising story about relationships, love and friendship -- surprising because it stars just one living human as he attempts to escape a...
Milanote is the Evernote for creatives
The late Steve Jobs once said: Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize …
Kubo, the robot that teaches kids to code, is now available for preorder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJTzzirDvvc We saw tons of new stuff at CES this year. But one thing that particularly caught our eye was Kubo, the robot..
Juicero squeezes the price of its internet-connected juicer from $700 to $400
Juicero, the company behind the luxury juicer that only works with proprietary fruit and vegetable pouches and requires a connection to the internet, is significantly dropping the price of its...
What's on TV: 'Hunted,' 'Teachers,' 'Voltron'
Also: NFL conference championships, 'The Flame in the Flood' and 'Baskets.'
The Obamas paid a visit to Sasha and Malia's donated swing set
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama donated their daughters' swing set to charity after President-elect Donald Trump turned down an offer to keep it.
'The Flame in the Flood' arrives today on PlayStation 4
The celebrated wilderness survival title boasts some of the biggest names in gaming.
President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence
President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence, according to a report from the New York Times. Manning is set to be released from federal custody on May 17th.
Here's the New York Times Vision of What the Future Looks Like
The Times also says it wants to do fewer stories, and ones that are better equipped to serve readers. Too many stories are "incremental news stories that are little different from what can be found in the freely available competition [or] features and columns with little urgency [and] stories written in a dense, institutional language that fails to clarify important subjects and feels alien to younger readers," the report says.
Your original iPhone won't work on AT&T anymore
The 2G shutdown has been planned for a few years at this point, and judging by the lack of outcry when the network stopped working over two weeks ago, it doesn’t seem to have had a huge impact in today’s world of 3G and LTE networks. AT&T notes that the 2G shut down will free up resources and spectrum bandwidth for the network to use for future rollouts of more advanced wireless solutions like 5G down the line, which is probably a good thing.
Evernote is still dead to me, but the iOS app looks better than ever
Evernote is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. For years now, the company has seemed content with resting on its laurels in hopes that a better option didn’t come along. All the while, the company tried to turn the corner and scale into profitability and beyond.
Zuckerberg takes the stand in Oculus trade secrets trial
Today, Mark Zuckerberg took the stand in Northern Texas District Court to defend Oculus against accusations of copyright violation and trade secret theft. The plaintiff is Zenimax Media, the parent company of id and Bethesda, which provided crucial support for many of Oculus’ first demos. Now, Zenimax claims that collaboration allowed Oculus to steal crucial intellectual property in the company’s formative early years.
FTC sues Qualcomm over anti-competitive practices
The U.S. is the latest country to target Qualcomm over anti-competitive behavior. The FTC announced this afternoon that it was suing the company over monopolistic tactics around its baseband processor business -- the hardware that smartphones and tablets rely on for network connectivity. In particular, the FTC claims Qualcomm "engaged in exclusionary conduct that taxes its competitors' baseband processor sales, reduces competitors' ability and incentive to innovate, and raises prices paid by consumers for cell phones and tablets," according to a court filing.
PSA: Download Your Vines Today or Lose Them Forever
The downside with the second option is that if you have a lot of Vines, they will take up a lot of room on your phone. If you don't have enough space on your phone, you can get an email link with your Vines sent to you. If you don't see the option to save your videos in the Vine app, you probably don't have the most recent version of the app.
U.S. antitrust agency sues Qualcomm over patent licensing
WASHINGTON The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday, accusing the company of using "anticompetitive" tactics to maintain its monopoly on a key semiconductor used in mobile phones.
Facebook spent even more on Oculus than everyone realizes
Facebook did acquire Oculus, but the price tag was much larger than previously stated and widely reported. The realization came after the attorney for video game maker ZeniMax Media (which is suing Facebook for allegedly stealing the intellectual property) directly asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in court testimony Tuesday.
The CIA Just Dumped 12 Million Declassified Documents Online
After years of fighting with FOIA requesters, the CIA has finally uploaded over 12 million documents to its website . While many of the documents have been declassified for some time, the pages were intentionally hard to access, and only available on a few computers sitting at the National Archives. But now, anyone can search the documents from anywhere.
ZTE Unveils Specs for Crowd-Sourced Hawkeye Phone
The phone's September release is still a long way off, and some final details have yet to be determined, including the color for the back of the phone. ZTE's decision to slowly release the Hawkeye's specs is due to a rather unique marketing campaign, in which the company is asking its customers for input in designing the phone. You can have your say on the color and other unresolved details at csx.zteusa.com .
At trial, Zuckerberg is “highly confident” Oculus built its own technology
In his testimony, Zuckerberg hinted that ZeniMax was simply looking to latch on to Oculus' success in the wake of the company's $2 billion acquisition by Facebook in 2014. "It is pretty common when you announce a big deal or do something that all kinds of people just kind of come out of the woodwork and claim that they just own some portion of the deal," Zuckerberg said (as reported by The New York Times ' Mike Isaac in this tweet ). "Like most people in the court, I’ve never even heard of ZeniMax before. I know that our legal team would look into this and examine, but they aren’t going to take a lot of my time on something they don’t think is credible."
Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars' heading to Netflix
The web series, formerly on Sony's free video service Crackle, will debut on Netflix later this year with 24 new episodes as well as the 59 previous ones, Netflix said Tuesday. Seinfeld will also record two new standup comedy shows for the service and help develop scripted and unscripted comedy programming for Netflix.
A Black Female Astrophysicist Explains Why Hidden Figures Isn't Just About History
When I started high school—the high school I ended up graduating from—I started a month late, because my parents were divorced, and I was with one instead of the other. As a 13-year-old ninth-grader who just skipped a grade, I was already ready to take Algebra II, which is usually an 11th or 12th grade course. So I got put in an Algebra II course, and the math teacher there—who ended up being my only math teacher in high school—said, “There’s no seat for you in this class. You can’t be in this class.”
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Ford CEO predicts that in 15 years most cars for sale will be electrified
For a company that makes most of its money selling gas-powered trucks and SUVs, this might sound like a stretch. But Fields is serious about growing the company’s electrified products and he’s making big investments to prove it.
Trump is using targeted Facebook ads to woo more people to his inauguration party
Donald Trump’s inauguration is only days away, but it appears that his team is getting desperate to live up to the the “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout,” he promised in The New York Times . The president-elect now has targeted Facebook ads to help coax people to his party, Gothamist reports .
Obama Will Let Chelsea Manning Out of Jail in May
President Barack Obama is commuting a bulk of the remaining prison sentence for Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst responsible for a major 2010 military leak, according to a New York Times report. Manning is scheduled to be released from federal custody on May 17 according to the report.
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Pizzagaters Invent Dumb New Conspiracy to Bolster Their Already Ridiculous Claims
Pizzagate’s days in the limelight are waning. Even Edgar Welsh—the 28-year-old who entered Comet Ping Pong armed with several firearms to “investigate” the made-up child trafficking claims—has hardly been in the news lately. So it came time for Pizzagate’s trolls and true believers to invent a new conspiracy. And boy, is it ever dumb.
What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose
Five years ago, TED Fellow Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities and on bad days makes even the rustling of bed sheets unbearable. In this poignant talk, Brea describes the obstacles she's encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don't fully understand, as well as her mission to document through film the lives of patients that medicine struggles to treat.
Google's first Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches are coming in February
VentureBeat spilled the beans on the new Google smartwatches on Tuesday. The report says Google's two wearables will be built by LG and start shipping in the U.S. the day after they're announced.
Evernote overhauls its iOS app with focus on speed and simplicity
The first thing you’ll notice when you launch Evernote version 8.0 is the new home screen, which picks up right where you left off with your most recent notes at the ready. The note preview allows you to see which notes have a lot of content and which contain just text. Then there’s the new navigation bar pinned to the bottom of the app, where you can jump into all notes, search, see shortcuts, or view your account. A green plus icon in the center of that new menu bar lets you immediately start a new note, and a long press on that icon lets you swipe up to capture an audio note, a photo, or add a reminder.
Google+ revives one of its most useful features: Events
Google overhauled Google+ from top to bottom in late 2015 to shift the focus to communities. The company has been tweaking the social platform since that change and today its announcing the latest updates. First, events are back on Google+. Starting January 24th, one of the more handy features the social network had to offer will return. The means you will be able to create and join events on the web, but the tool won't be part of G Suite right now.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise buys converged infrastructure startup SimpliVity for $650 million
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which split off from HP in 2015, today announced its latest acquisition, SimpliVity , a company that sells data center hardware that unites computing power and storage, which traditionally have been sold separately. HPE paid $650 million in cash for SimpliVity, and the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of HPE’s 2017 fiscal year, which ends on June 30, according to a statement .
Read an excerpt from Taiyo Fujii’s upcoming sci-fi novel, Orbital Cloud
The young man turned over his smartphone, still displaying the alarm countdown, and stroked the diamond-cut edge of its case. Apparently, one hundred million of these smartphone cases had been produced, and each one had been chiseled from a solid lump of aluminum with a laser. The fact that such a design not easily suited to mass production had been realized showed just how much the engineers involved were respected. If only he lived in a country that had technology like this, someone like him who worked exclusively on spacecraft propulsion systems would be sure to find investors. That wasn’t going to happen in this country, though. To get funding here, he had to conduct applied experiments that were practical enough for his advisor, Professor Hamed, to understand. A surveillance satellite? Nope. That would be impossible. With its current design, his craft couldn’t carry a camera. And he had no access to atomic clock units like those used in GPS satellites. What else was there? What could you do with a small satellite able to move freely in orbit and—
Someone made a really, really cute game based off that 'This is fine' dog
Playing as the dog armed with a fire extinguisher that shoots pink bubble hearts, your job is to put out the various fires in your home with love, not foam.
Google Maps update could help you avoid parking nightmares
Google Maps ’ estimated travel durations can be immensely useful when planning for a trip, but the predictions can be misleading when you didn’t anticipate spending half an hour simply finding somewhere to park once you arrive at your destination.
Low-cost Android One phones are reportedly coming to the US
Android One may not have been the rousing worldwide success Google was hoping for, but it’s still an important initiative for the company. Especially at the low end, there’s a lot of incentive for manufacturers to pile on extra software in a bid to make those devices more profitable — but that could cut against Google’s efforts to make its own services more pervasive and popular. As Efrati points out in his report, Huawei recently opted for Amazon’s Alexa assistant instead of Google’s on its phones (The Google Assistant isn’t yet available for non-Google phones), which apparently caused some tension between the companies.
Fiona Apple debuts catchy anti-Trump chant just in time for the Women's March
Since marches are planned in every state across the U.S. in addition to 34 countries worldwide, it's safe to assume "Tiny Hands" will catch on in a bigly way. It covers all the essential statements required of a good Trump protest: that women won't stand for his track record of sexual assault and also he has extremely tiny hands.
Let's Speculate Wildly About the Latest Rumored Game of Thrones Return
Part of the fun of each new season of Game of Thrones is that, as we’re beyond much of what has been told in the books, any new information is something we can speculate about. So get your fan theorizing ready as another very surprising character seems to be returning for season seven.
Stan Lee's British Superpowered Show Is Actually Coming to the U.S.
In 2015 , British broadcaster Sky commissioned a new superhero/crime show emblazoned with the divine branding of Stan Lee ( side note: stop doing that ) called Lucky Man . But while the first season of the series has come and gone in the U.K., the show has yet to make it stateside... until, say, right now.
Microsoft wants business users to stop using Windows 7
Now, perhaps with the aim of preventing it from endlessly limping on as Windows XP did, Microsoft Germany is encouraging business users to make the switch to a newer version of the operating system, claiming Windows 7 is no longer “fit” to be used in businesses.
Phantasm Fiends Will Need This Killer Six-Disc Blu-ray Set
Excellent news, Phantasm fans. The cult classic horror series is capping its recent resurgence—which saw a remastered version of the original, as well as the series finale Phantasm: Ravager , hitting theaters in late 2016—with a six-disc Blu-ray set. That’s all five films, plus a whole disc of special features.
Android Wear 2.0 reportedly coming February 9th on two LG watches
Blass is also reporting that Android Wear 2.0 will arrive first to two new smartwatches manufactured by LG: the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. Both watches feature circular OLED displays, 4GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Sport version will reportedly offer LTE service, a heart rate sensor, and GPS. We’ll hear more details about these watches when they’re officially announced and showcased at Mobile World Congress in late February.
Obama pardons Stuxnet leak source James Cartwright
At the moment, it's not certain why Cartwright is receiving the pardon. He was the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from his nomination in 2007 through to his retirement from Marine Corps service in 2011, but he wasn't Obama's golden boy. Cartwright was denied the top Chairman spot in 2011 in part because of questions surrounding his staff management practices, including an alleged (though never punished) "unduly familiar relationship" with a female Captain.
Startup Sndr planning encrypted file management for small businesses - TechRepublic
Information technology analyst Rob Enderle said it's more likely that corporate funders would not want to assist until a company like Sndr has a critical mass of users. That will be difficult to achieve as long as there's pressure for message recipients to download the application for complete functionality, he noted. Another challenge for Sndr is that enterprise-scale systems already do many of the same functions, although if successful, it certainly wouldn't be the first product to target consumers and slowly make its way into business corridors. "It's a cart-and-horse issue, regardless," Enderle observed.
Build a voice and an opinion first, and then if it resonates with the audience, then you’ll get an audience.”
How machine learning is ushering in a new age of customer service
Though the fundamental concept remains the same, machine-learning is now far more sophisticated, efficient and easily deployable – and the potential it offers to revolutionize customer experience is truly exciting.
How To Save an Old Laptop By Installing This Free OS
The new and improved default OS for the Raspberry Pi isn’t just for hobbyist computer boards any longer. Thanks to an experimental version of the Linux-based software for PCs and Macs, you can use it to reinvigorate an old laptop and get a few more years out of an aging machine.
Elevate Breakfast Pizza by Treating It Like French Toast
If you’ve ever made French toast, you can probably figure out the steps, but all you really need to do is whisk some eggs together with a bit of pepper, paprika, and any other savory spices you think would complement this hangover helper of a breakfast. Drag a slice through the mixture, fry it up good, and devour. If you don’t feel like doing a lot of flipping, you can always rip it up into pieces and bake it into a savory bread pudding .
FTC lawsuit accuses Qualcomm of forcing Apple to buy wireless chips in exchange for better royalties
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission launched a lawsuit against Qualcomm on Tuesday, accusing the company of forcing Apple into an exclusive deal to buy its baseband chips.
When Apple sought to lower the patent royalties it was paying Qualcomm, the latter firm made that conditional on Apple buying Qualcomm chips exclusively between 2011 and 2016, according to an FTC filing seen by Bloomberg . The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus still use Qualcomm chips in some configurations, while others are now based on Intel modems. Bloomberg did not initially offer any other details on the suit.
The FTC has been investigating Qualcomm since 2014, concerned that it was abusing FRAND (fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory) patent commitments with clients. Apple remains one of the company's more important customers, despite the iPhone 7's shift towards multiple modem suppliers.
In December Qualcomm was hit with an $853 million fine in South Korea, accused of similar abuses.
Despite being a major chip supplier —including the Snapdragon processors in many Android phones —Qualcomm makes most of its profits from licensing, which could mean a significant hit to its bottom line if it's forced to loosen its grip on patent deals.
Julian Assange Doubles Down on Dumbass Promise to Turn Himself In
Last week, the Wikileaks Twitter account made a promise no one really asked for or expected: If Chelsea Manning were to be released, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would extradite himself to the US, thus ending his years-long stay in London’s Ecuadorian embassy where he’s been holed up dodging a Swedish rape investigation. It’s entirely possible Assange felt secure in making this hollow promise. Few people suspected Manning would go free. And it’s completely unlikely this single tweet did anything to change President Obama’s decision-making whatsoever.
Galaxy Note 7 still being used by 'thousands' of this US carrier's customers
The carrier's newest round-up measures are to route any call made from a wild Note 7 straight to customer service, unless it's to 911. What's more, Verizon may actually charge customers the full retail cost of the phone since it's already sent out reimbursements. We've also asked Big Red it's plans here.
The Author of The Martian Is Making an Astronaut TV Show
After the success of The Martian , both the book and the movie, it was evident author Andy Weir was going have some new opportunities. Now it seems one of those is on television.
There Will Never Be a Better Scary-Clown Movie Title Than Clowntergeist
It’s a boom time for scary clowns: the It remake; Clown , the 2014 horror feature by Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Jon Watts; the rash of news stories reporting real-life menacing clown sightings; and this week’s inauguration. That’s already enough to keep you from the circus forever... but now comes Clowntergeist .
With Its Updated iOS App, Evernote Is Going Back To Note-Taking's Basics
"Some of the feedback we’ve received from users has been that they love all the capabilities and the power of the product, but at the same time they’re trying to get in and out of the application very fast," says Erik Wrobel, Evernote's chief product officer. He admits that the app has made basic tasks such as adding a quick note more time-consuming and clunky than necessary. With this new release, dubbed version 8.0, the team thought a lot about how to remove that friction from the system, make the process quicker, and help you feel more organized.
Apple hikes UK App Store prices by 25 percent because Brexit
If you're an iPhone, iPad or Mac user in the UK, prepare yourself: App Store prices are on the rise. As 9to5Mac reports , developers are being notified that their software will soon be bumped up in price. Apps worth 79 pence before will soon cost 99 pence, while those priced at £1.49 will rise to £1.99. Similar increases will be seen at higher price points too -- video games with a £7.99 price-tag, such as Nintendo's Super Mario Run , will soon shoot up to £9.99, for instance. The reason? Almost certainly Brexit, and the negative impact it's having on the pound at the moment.
Fired IT worker changed password, wants $200K to fix it, college says
Fired IT worker changed password, wants $200K to fix it, college says
The former employee says the college created the problem itself by erasing the laptop he returned.
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