100 Classic Atari Games Coming to Steam
Asteroids, Centipede and more are on the way to Steam in a single greatest-hits package that will support the Steam Controller.
Microsoft’s insane Android alarm app wants you to make faces at 6AM
Microsoft has been experimenting with guessing people's ages and emotions recently, and now the software maker has created an Android app to show off its machine learning skills. Mimicker Alarm for...
Here's the first trailer for Key & Peele's kidnapped kitty caper Keanu
Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are working on a ton of projects now that Key & Peele's Comedy Central run is finished, and Keanu might be the most promising. The movie's first trailer is...
Your day could be worse: Watch this 855-pound squat fail
Maybe you're having a rough day, but take heart: At least you didn't do *this*.
Upcoming 'Zelda' amiibo unlocks a challenge dungeon
The upcoming 'Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess HD' has a few tricks up its sleeve with its cute wolf toy.
Microsoft's new alarm app wakes you with physical challenges
It's all fun and games until you put your phone through a wall because it's too goddamn early for this shit.
SpaceX Dragon capsule proves it can hover
Watch video of SpaceX testing its Dragon capsule's propulsive landing features.
New drone landing pad: The roof of a moving car - CNET
Technically Incorrect: The German Aerospace Center lands a solar-powered drone on a car going at 47 mph.
Apple hires an expert in virtual and augmented reality tech
If Apple wants to put virtual reality or augmented reality features in its products, hiring someone like Virginia Tech professor Doug Bowman is a good first step.
The exhilarating peace of freediving
In this breathtaking talk, world champion freediver Guillaume Néry takes us with him into the ocean's depths. Meter by meter, he explains the physical and emotional impact of water pressure, silence and holding your breath. His eloquent description of the underwater experience reveals the hidden poetry of freediving.
Google Paid Apple $1 Billion to Keep Search Bar on IPhone
Oracle has been fighting Google since 2010 over claims that the search engine company used its Java software without paying for it to develop Android. The showdown has returned to U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco after a pit stop at the U.S. Supreme Court, where Google lost a bid to derail the case. The damages Oracle now seeks may exceed $1 billion since it expanded its claims to cover newer Android versions.
Xbox One adds backwards compatibility for 'Witcher 2' and more
Xbox One adds backwards compatibility for 'Witcher 2' and more
Android earned Google $22 billion in profit, says Oracle
Oracle and Google have been duking it out in court for years now. In a nutshell, Oracle wants a slice of Android's earnings, since Mountain View used its Java software to develop the mobile platform. It has even expanded its complaint to include the latest versions of the OS and might now be asking for over $1 billion. Google, of course, argues that it doesn't have to pay a fee for using Java. If the court ever decides to side with Oracle, though, it's clear that the big G won't have any problems paying up.
Dropbox launches Windows 10 app for PCs and tablets, promises mobile support ‘soon’
“Yes, the older Dropbox app for Windows 8 works on Windows 10, but users will slowly be upgraded to the new version,”a Dropbox spokesperson confirmed with VentureBeat. “That older app doesn’t leverage the full features of Windows 10 or Dropbox though.”
Amazon will refund customers who bought hoverboards, government officials say
"For consumers who purchased a hoverboard from Amazon, they can return the product right now for a full refund," Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye writes in the statement. "I want to commend Amazon for voluntarily stepping up, providing a free remedy and putting customer safety first."
General Motors Embraces The Future With Car-Sharing Service Maven
Like Uber and its competitors, the growth of car-sharing services points to a future in which full-fledged car ownership will become less and less and common. A few weeks into the new year, General Motors has already made multiple investments toward that future: The company recently sank $500 million into Uber competitor Lyft and, earlier this week, snatched up the remains of defunct ride-sharing service Sidecar.
Google's mobile app gets more detailed weather info on Android
Google's mobile app gets more detailed weather info on Android
Facebook Launches a Sports Hub Just in Time for the Super Bowl
More intriguing, Facebook is again bumping up against traditional media such as Walt Disney Co. ’s ESPN by offering real-time scores and play-by-play, a big draw for people who want to follow a game but can’t watch on TV or listen on the radio. Facebook is licensing data for the real-time scores and play-by-play from Sportradar AG, a Switzerland-based company that counts the NFL and other leagues among its partners, and already was working with the social network.
Startup Pays Cash to Buy Homes, Flip Them
When Luke Dalien and his family needed to quickly sell their Phoenix-area house, they didn’t turn to a real-estate broker. Instead, they sold the home within two weeks to an Internet startup eager to pay cash. The startup, OpenDoor Labs Inc., resold the house a month later, pocketing an estimated $20,000. The San Francisco company has repeated this profitable flip scores of times in the past year, catching the eye of Silicon Valley...
Yahoo to decide next strategic steps after quarterly earnings: sources
Yahoo Inc ( YHOO.O ) will decide on its next strategic steps only after releasing quarterly earnings on Feb. 2, people familiar with the matter said, as the company continues to resist investor calls to explore a sale of its core Internet assets.
'Exploding Kittens' addictive card game is now a multiplayer app
The mobile version of game is addictive and incredibly well executed, full of sounds, fun animations and new cards that aren’t in the real world game. There’s no global multiplayer — yet — so you’ll need to play with people you’re around.
California lawmaker wants to ban phone encryption in 2017
The bill would put every Californian's digital security at risk to prosecute a few pimps.
BitTorrent Sync adds folder encryption and other features for power users
BitTorrent Sync is one of the few strong alternatives to cloud storage platforms like Dropbox and Google Drive, especially if you want meticulous control over where and how your files are stored. Today it’s adding a few new features for power users.
Facebook's Sandberg says a 'like' attack can help fight ISIS
"The best thing to speak against recruitment by ISIS are the voices of people who were recruited by ISIS, understand what the true experience is, have escaped and have come back to tell the truth," she continued, stating that "counter-speech" is the best answer to combating these terrorist organizations. Facebook is just one of many Silicon Valley companies that sat down with a group of US government officials two weeks ago in a meeting on how to find and fight terrorist groups on the internet. As part of the discussion, there were thoughts that Facebook's system of flagging suicidal users could also be used to identify those who show signs of radicalization.
Adele’s Hello becomes fastest YouTube video to reach 1 billion views
Hitting the 1 billion views mark has become a milestone more videos are reaching these days. YouTube said that there are 17 videos with this achievement, with seven new ones added in the past three months: Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” Major Lazer’s “Lean On,” Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie,” LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars,” and Sia’s “Chandelier.”
Facebook Goes After ESPN and Twitter With New Live Sports Hub
Facebook’s new feature is called Sports Stadium, and it’s essentially a real-time hub for sports-related commentary and game scores. In a lot of ways, it’s like the sports version of Twitter except on Facebook, and that means ESPN isn’t the only one with a target on its back. It’s also a shot across the bow of both Twitter
and Snapchat—the latter’s Snapchat Stories are popular for big sports events.
Google blocked 780 million ‘bad ads’ in 2015, up 50% from 2014
In 2014, Google disabled more than 524 million bad ads, and banned 214,000 advertisers. The year before that, Google removed 350 million bad ads and banned more than 270,000 advertisers. Google didn’t reveal how many advertisers in total it banned last year, but the company did serve a reminder of what it has coming up in terms of how it plans to stop spurious ads from appearing online going forward.
Trek 16,000 feet up Mont Blanc with Google Street View
Sadly, as Mont Blanc’s glaciers are receding due to climate change, it’s possible that we won’t be able to enjoy these vistas captured by Google for much longer. Near the end of last year, Google shared Street View imagery depicting the loss of natural environs across the globe.
Kickstarter is now on Android -- three years after it hit iOS
So far, the app is focussed on backers. With it, you can discover and donate to projects, get updates on projects you’re backing and see what friends are backing.
Vimeo puts female filmmakers in the spotlight with #ShareTheScreen
The company will kick off this program with a special premiere of Vimeo Originals short film ‘Darby Forever,’ starring SNL comedian Aidy Bryant and including actresses like Natasha Lyonne (‘Orange is the New Black’) and Retta (‘Parks and Recreation’). The film is currently available for pre-order for $2.99 through Vimeo. Additionally, the company will begin its women-focused content starting tomorrow with filmmaker and Sundance entrant Penny Lane .
Honda to offer new fuel cell vehicle in California in 2016
Toyota Motor Corp began offering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in October in California. Hyundai Motor Co has also leased fuel cell vehicles to about 100 U.S. customers. Both offer leases of fuel cell vehicles for $499 a month.
Apple to create first European iOS Development Center
Apple is opening a dedicated iOS app Development Center in Italy, the company announced today, offering a curriculum designed to train the next generation of app developers. The center, to be located in Naples, will support teachers and offer a specialized curriculum provided by Apple itself and aims to give students practical skills that will help them make apps for the company's iOS devices. Apple says it also plans to expand this new program to other countries in the future.
California anti-encryption bill proposal might force Apple to stop sales on its home turf
Introduced by California assembly member Jim Cooper, the bill is almost a carbon copy of the New York bill . It asks for manufacturers or operating system providers to include a method for unlocking all phones upon request. If the bill passes through both the state assembly and the state senate, all phones manufactured on or after January 1, 2017 would have to have encryption backdoors to be sold legally in California. The law would also penalize the manufacturer with a $2,500 fine for each smartphone that doesn’t abide by the law.
Docker acquires Unikernel Systems to go beyond Linux containers
Operating system companies like Microsoft and Canonical and virtualization companies like VMware and Citrix have done a lot to embrace containers in recent years. Docker has expanded its scope with enhanced networking capability and on-premises software, but now the company is doing something to move considerably forward rather than simply fill in strategic holes. The unikernel is the sort of thing that large technology companies will inevitably rush to support now that Docker is in on it.
The 100: Eliza Taylor on Clarke Going ''Feral'' and Reuniting with Lexa in Season 3 - IGN
Taylor: She lost it! She’s lost it. No. I think when we left her at the end of Season 2, she was kind of running away from her problems which is very un-Clarke-like. But I guess there’s a certain point for everyone where it gets too much and this was hers with everything that happened in Mount Weather. So the beginning of Season 3 she’s kind of gone rogue for the last three months. She’s been living off the land and hunting and hanging out with the occasional Grounder and just completely changed her life. So it’s really interesting and it was really fun to play.
This Is How Jack In The Box Is Overhauling Its Menu
That new buttered bun (inspired by the breakout popularity of the Buttery Jack?) is making its way to Jack’s other burgers and chicken sandwiches. The burgers are switching from heavily seasoned patties that are a miracle of modern food science to unseasoned 100% beef patties (with the exception of the Buttery Jack, which will have what the brand calls a "signature patty" whose non-100% beef nature is noted in advertising asterisks as seen below). The tomatoes and lettuce the chain uses are being tweaked. Jack in the Box’s marketing team tells me they’re even making the switch to real mayonnaise.
Netflix is blocking Australian users who access US content
The blockade seems to only be affecting a few users currently, uFlix expressed in a blog post, noting that it expects this number to increase in the near future. "We are working on a solution to get around these new measures and apologize for the inconvenience to those who are currently only getting Australian Netflix," uFlix added.
Remix Massive Attack's new songs with a sensor-aware iPhone app
It's been quite a while (2010 to be exact) since Massive Attack dropped an album. But they're back with a new tour and more importantly new music. But instead of just dropping a few singles on Spotify, they've created the trippy Fantom app for iOS that uses your heartbeat, time of day, camera and motion to remix their songs. Your personal remixes with video can be shared to Twitter and Instagram or just saved to your camera roll.
U.S. judge urges early end to first GM ignition-switch trial
Furman is overseeing federal litigation that hit GM after its 2014 recall of 2.6 million vehicles over defective ignition switches that can slip out of place. Scheuer’s lawsuit, selected by plaintiffs' counsel as the first to go to trial, alleges that the failure of the switch in his 2003 Saturn Ion prevented the air bags from deploying during a crash in May 2014, weeks after GM began its recall.
Max's Macs is the worst tech support you've ever gotten
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Nissan Leaf with self-driving add-on tech crashes
Nissan Leaf with self-driving add-on tech crashes
A Cruise Automation Nissan Leaf started veering left and right and eventually hit a parked car.
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Vimeo Is Going to Start Funding Female Filmmakers
Under the initiative, announced today at the Sundance Film Festival, Vimeo will bankroll at least five projects from women filmmakers this year. It will identify burgeoning directors through its current acquisitions pipeline, the team behind its original series, and the in-house group that handles the platform’s Staff Picks. Staffers also will meet with female filmmakers during Sundance in a bid to find candidates.
What Happens When You Take ‘Man’ Out of Marines
I asked Snyder what she thought of the hair-splitting between titles that have “-man” as a suffix instead of a stand-alone word, a distinction that seemed like a bit of a cop-out to me. In response, she made an interesting point about pronunciation and the evolution of language. In some cases, we don’t pronounce A in “man” as clearly as we might have once, saying something more like “mun” instead. These words, she says, have become a separate entity, not the sum of their parts. “Airman is like that,” she says. (Say it in your head—you kind of say “airmUn,” whereas Superman, who is a man-man and also super, gets the full MAN treatment.)
7 Web tools that check for empathy, inclusivity and more
How it works: In need of a second pair of eyes on your work when no one’s around? ProWritingAid is the second best thing, checking for all sorts of stuff like sentence length, overused words, clichés, “corporate wording” and much more. Paid plans also include a plagiarism checker that searches over a billion web-pages, published works, and academic papers.
ZCast makes podcasting insanely simple
While ZCast version 1.0 is a slick first draft, a few essential things are missing. Firstly, it’s live only – you can’t listen back after a podcast is finished, although this feature will be added in an update soon. The other big omission is a way to opt out of automatic tweets when you go live with a podcast, but the team behind the app is aware of this problem.
Kickstarter explains why the Zano drone project went bust
Kickstarter doesn't get off the hook just because it paid for the study, though. Harris suggests that all crowdfunding outfits should do a better job of screening projects to reduce the chances of failures. They should also make it clearer that these are only fundraisers, not stores, so backers don't believe they're guaranteed a product. The writer even endorses the notion of assigning "mentors" from successful projects to make sure that they're completed on time.
The Oatmeal’s Exploding Kittens card game is now available on iPhone
The game, which is described as "a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette," has been streamlined somewhat for mobile, allowing for faster play, and between two and five people can play together across multiple phones (although it appears there's no option to play together online at present). The mobile version also includes brand new art from Matthew Inman, better known as The Oatmeal, as well as some new cards not available in the physical edition.
California seeks to ban the sale of encrypted cellphones in 2017
Apple is battling law makers on its home turf as California’s state assembly considers a bill that will ban the sale of any smartphones from 2017 if they are encrypted by default.
How Will a New Clock Keep Good Time Even in Deep Space?
Navigating in deep space is tricky, particularly when you need to keep up interplanetary synchronized clocks. NASA is convinced we can do better with a new atomic clock they’re testing in orbit this year. Here’s how it works, as illustrated by an adorably consternated second hand.
The Hidden Environmental Cost Of Almost Everything You Do Online
"Most people literally just don't think there's an environmental cost," social media researcher Danah Boyd told The Huffington Post's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. "All they can think about is the silicon that goes into your device or, maybe, the lithium that goes into your battery."
Did El Nino Make This Weekend’s Colossal Snowstorm Worse?
Winter Storm Jonas, the incredibly powerful snowstorm surging towards the East Coast right now, is gaining in size and strength. We’re also right in the middle of the most powerful El Niño we’ve seen yet. Is El Niño the reason this storm is so savage?
If your 'find my phone' app keeps sending you to this Atlanta home, it's probably wrong
The reason? Popular “find my phone” apps (like Apple’s ‘Find My iPhone’ or Android’s ‘Device Manager’) keep directing people right to their front door to recover lost or stolen devices. Once the couple was made to sit outside their home for over an hour, without being able to use their own restroom, as police pondered whether to get a warrant to further search the “crime scene” looking for a missing girl and her phone.
Toddler Noah Chamberlin found dead one week after disappearance
One week after wandering away from his grandmother near the woods in western Tennessee, 2-year-old Noah Chamberlin was found dead by searchers Thursday afternoon, authorities confirmed.
Microsoft Office for iOS adds 3D Touch quick actions for iPhone 6s, Apple Pencil 'ink' on iPad Pro
Microsoft is out with a nice update to its Office for iOS suite today, adding 3D Touch quick actions to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users as well as promised Apple Pencil integration on the iPad Pro. The latest versions of the Office suite also changes how fonts are handled and improves document search on iOS.
Your heart rate sets the pace of Massive Attack’s new album | Cult of Mac
Massive Attack just jumped ahead of the curve with a new app called Fantom Sensory Music. It uses your iPhone camera, motion sensors, location data and even the heart rate from your Apple Watch to remix one of four new tracks from the trip-hop collective that hasn’t had an album out since 2010 .
The 10 Best Computer Mice of 2016
Most wireless computer mice connect to the PC via the same 2.4GHz wireless frequencies used for cordless phones and Wi-Fi Internet. A small, dime-sized USB dongle—small enough to plug in and forget about—provides the link to your PC. Companies use proprietary connections like these because they allow optimal battery life. These USB dongles also provide connectivity to more than one device, meaning that you can use the single adapter for your wireless mouse—or mice, if you have one at work and one at home—as well as one or more keyboard, assuming that all are the same brand.
How I Used Solar Power to Play Through Metal Gear Solid 5 - IGN
Since I was mostly going to play at night, I needed batteries to store the sun’s energy over the course of the day. Accounting for the odd rainy weekend, I wanted to be able to get 8 hours of use on a full charge. Designing around 12V batteries, I calculated the draw of my 210Wh load at 17.5 Amp hours (remember kids, amps times volts equals watts!) This means I’d need a battery rated at least 140Ah in order to hit my theoretical 8 hour gameplay goal. The best batteries for solar usage are deep-cycle/marine style 12V “car” batteries. These large, heavy batteries can store a huge amount of energy, and are designed to be deeply discharged and recharged continually. However, 12V batteries really don’t like being pulled down to empty, even specialty solar batteries, so I basically had to double my 140Ah calculation to be safe. I settled on a pair of 125Ah VMax Tanks solar batteries wired in series and bolted to the truck bed, for 250Ah total.
The Essential Difference Between Star Wars and Star Trek
And consider the average plot of an Original Series Star Trek episode . The central worry, more often than not, is Kirk losing command of the Enterprise. His authority is challenged by Starfleet officers, local despots, godlike aliens, mutinous crew-members and weird children. The common thread is usually that Kirk belongs in that central chair, and anything that undermines his control is a problem. Of course, Kirk goes around overthrowing other people’s societies all the time, especially if they’re governed by an evil computer—but he’s almost like a cop, coming into your house and sorting out your domestic disputes.