Xbox One gets its first taste of Creators Update features
A preview includes a new home screen and guide, Cortana tweaks and greater accessibility.
Watch Mattel's adorable new 'Dads Who Play Barbie' campaign
"Time spent in her imaginary world is an investment in her real world."
Dubai Fights Fires With Jetpacks
The Dubai Civil Defence unwrapped new technology that helps firefighters rise to the occasion.
This is what the iPhone 8 might look like | Cult of Mac
iPhone 8 concept art builds on rumors that Apple might go with a stainless steel band sandwiched by two pieces of curved glass.
Star Wars: Episode VIII will be titled The Last Jedi
Directed by Rian Johnson, the film is said to take up immediately after the final shot of J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens , when Daisy Ridley’s Rey was handing Luke Skywalker his old lightsaber. Skywalker, it would seem, is the last Jedi of the title, and while it’s not clear what the plot of the film is in any sense, the title alone could indicate the film will be largely centered around Mark Hamill’s character. But as my colleague Sean O’Kane points out, the word “Jedi” can be used when talking about either a single Jedi or a group — which could make the title a hiding-in-plain-sight reference to Rey, or others, joining Luke as guardians of peace in the galaxy.
Google Voice gets a new look for its first major update in years
Those days are thankfully over. Speaking of which, Google claims it’s committed to preventing Voice from falling into the neglected state it was stuck in prior to today. The company says users can expect “regular” updates and new features for the mobile apps and web client, though it offers no estimate on how often they’ll arrive. Let’s just say that Google has a lot to prove if it wants to convince anyone that Voice is a priority again. One thing a spokesperson has already confirmed to The Verge is that Google is working to implement RCS messaging in Voice.
All future Chromebooks will run Android apps out of the box
Good news if you’re planning on purchasing a new Chromebook model this year – Google has confirmed it’ll support Android apps straight out of the box without requiring an update.
Samsung will continue using the Galaxy Note brand going forward
Ahead of Samsung’s presentation on its Note 7 battery investigation, Samsung’s mobile chief D.J. Koh told CNET , "I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8." Koh cites the fact that there are lots of loyal Note fans out there as the primary reason for sticking with the brand, despite the somewhat tarnished reputation the Note 7 has brought to the name.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires Meta's scientific search engine
Meta's search platform uses machine intelligence to analyze the number and quality of citations in medical journals and research papers, and then sorts them into the largest knowledge graph of its kind. Search results are then ranked in order of importance, similar to how Google News search gives a higher rank to highly linked sources, thus making it easier to find the most relevant or authoritative research among the thousands of scientific papers that are published every day. While that will undoubtedly help students and scientists save tons of time sifting through articles on PubMed, Meta can also help organizations decide where to direct their research budgets by identifying trends in certain areas of study or finding authors who have shown promising work in the past.
Yahoo says Verizon buyout delayed but still on
Marissa Mayer says Verizon's deal for Yahoo has been pushed into the second quarter. Meanwhile, the company's earnings show it may go out on a high note.
Sprint to acquire stake in music service Tidal
Sprint to acquire stake in music service Tidal
Partnership will include exclusive Tidal content for Sprint customers.
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Logan is officially rated R
Logan director James Mangold took to Twitter today to formally announce to fans that his upcoming X-Men movie has officially received an R rating from the MPAA. As Mangold notes, that’s due to “strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity.”
President Trump is adding "Skype seats" to his White House press room
“This will open up the briefing to journalists who live beyond 50 miles of the Washington, DC area and to organizations that don’t currently have a day pass,” Spicer said. “As always, any organization is welcome to apply for a day pass. But we’re excited to open up into the field and fold here a diverse group of journalists from around the country who may not have the convenience or funding to travel to Washington. I think this can benefit us all by giving a platform to voices that are not necessarily based here in the beltway.”
Sprint to buy a third of Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal
U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp said on Monday it would buy 33 percent of Tidal, a music streaming service owned by rapper Jay Z, marking a move to more content driven services in a highly competitive wireless market.
Trump Appoints Anti-Regulation Net Neutrality Enemy to Head FCC
Amidst the torrent of news and announcements and wailing and gnashing of teeth that has come since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, here’s another shitty thing: Ajit Pai, an enemy of net neutrality and overall opponent of regulation, will be Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC announced today.
MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 update fixes the Safari bug that affected MacBook Pro battery life
Let’s start the week with a macOS Sierra update, shall we? On Monday, Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.3, which includes a number of updates for all Mac users, as well as updates that owners of the new MacBook Pro will need.
India's cities get smarter with new project to boost data tracking
Tata Trusts is partnering with the Toronto-based World Council on City Data (WCCD) which is an organization that provides a platform for standardized city data. The WCCD also provides certification for the international standard ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life that allows benchmarking for progress and innovation.
The White House's Spanish-language website is gone, for now
"We are continuing to build out the website, both in the issue areas and then that area," Spicer said in response to a question about the Spanish-language site. "But we've got the IT folks working overtime right now to continue to get all of that up to speed. Trust me, it's just going to take a little bit more time, but we're working piece by piece to get that done."
U.S. auto parts sellers skid after report on Amazon's entry
The company is expected to surpass Macy's Inc ( M.N ) to become the No.1 U.S. apparel retailer in 2017, according to a report published by Cowen & Co in October. However, analysts played down any immediate impact to auto part retailers from Amazon's entry.
How to set up two-factor authentication on your Microsoft account - TechRepublic
If you use a Microsoft account for work, school, or for Xbox Live this extra layer of security is a must-have. Added bonus: It's super simple to activate.
How IoT is improving the value of industrial automation in oil and gas
A major oil company has also launched an IoT project to cloud-enable the sale of liquid natural gas at filling stations, bringing a new level of predictive and other analysis to suppliers. Gateway appliances at each station collect data from the fuel pumps and send it to a cloud platform that enables monitoring of consumption rates and inventory. Long-term, the project is expected to result in design improvements for pumping stations and other equipment.
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Yes, the Eerie Carl Sagan Prediction That's Going Viral Is Real
Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
Trump’s new FCC chief is Ajit Pai, and he wants to destroy net neutrality
Open internet advocates are already concerned about where Pai will take the agency. “Pai has been an effective obstructionist who looks out for the corporate interests he used to represent in the private sector,” says Craig Aaron, the president of a nonprofit called Free Press that’s fought for net neutrality, in an emailed statement. “If the new president really wanted an FCC chairman who’d stand up against the runaway media consolidation that Trump himself decried in the AT&T–Time Warner deal, Pai would have been his last choice — though corporate lobbyists across the capital are probably thrilled.”
Snowden's preferred secure email service is making a comeback
Now, after more than three years since it was shuttered, the service is bouncing back – and founder Ladar Levison promises that Lavabit will be stronger and more secure than ever.
IBM Security to buy risk-visualization firm Agile 3 Solutions
IBM Security customers will be able to buy Agile 3 technology as a service through IBM Data Security Services or as features rolled into IBM Guardian, the company’s data-protection software. The company says the addition of the software will help identify and protect critical data.
Silicon Valley billionaires are preparing for the apocalypse with motorcycles, guns, and private hideaways
"The tech preppers do not necessarily think a collapse is
likely," Yishan Wong, an early Facebook employee and the former
CEO of Reddit, told The New Yorker. "They consider it a remote
event, but one with a very severe downside, so, given how much
money they have, spending a fraction of their net worth to hedge
against this ... is a logical thing to do."
The Surprising Way Jet Lag Impacts Major League Baseball Games
The most striking effect of jet lag was on poor defensive performance, exemplified best by home runs allowed by pitchers. An increased tendency to give up the long ball was seen among eastward travelers (but not westward travelers), and in both home and away groups. This single stat was enough to explain most of the jet lag effects observed in this study, and it was considered strong enough to negate home field advantage (call it “jet lag disadvantage”). In terms of actual numbers, jet lag-induced home runs resulted in increases between 0.1 and 0.2 runs per game. It may not sound like much, but in a 162 game schedule in which teams score anywhere between 700 to 800 total runs, that can made a big difference. The increases in home runs per game (0.107 for home teams and 0.073 for away teams) accounted for the majority (87 percent and 72 percent) of the extra runs allowed. That’s quite revealing.
Nick Offerman's 'Pussyhat' rallied Reddit around a Photoshop battle
Offerman's photo caught the eye of the internet, and, whether it was the energy of the movement or the hat just brought out his eyes, Reddit decided to use the pic in a good ol' fashioned Photoshop battle .
Half an onion desperately wants to get more Twitter followers than Donald Trump
The ew Twitter account Half An Onion was created on Jan. 20 to represent a literal halved onion in a plastic bag. And the account has some big dreams: it's striving to get more followers than President Donald Trump.
The Women's March And The Art Of Creative Resistance
It’s a strategy employed during 1960s civil rights movement, whose architects coordinated novel clandestine tactics and revealed them at opportune times to throw opponents off guard. While the Women’s Marches organized and publicized in advance, their momentum galvanized individuals into devising their own creative contributions—from whimsical signs, costumes, and T-shirts, to unleashing satirical songs and drawings on social media, to theaters, art shows, and apparel raising money for such advocates as Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Five Tools for Beginners that Power Up the Command Line
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a command line noob, there’s no way you remember every command, manual page, or tooltip. Lucky for you, we have some tools to make the command line less intimidating to newcomers that also help old timers remember what to do in a number of common circumstances.
China plugs its 'Great Firewall,' going after unauthorized VPN access from local ISPs
The action against VPNs will probably be alarming to businesses and local users in China who rely on them to access the internet unfiltered. Sites popular in the West such as Facebook, Google and Twitter have all been blocked in the country due to China’s strict censorship that targets anti-government views.
Right to Repair bills introduced in five states
To keep small businesses out of trouble and to allow end users the opportunity to actually fix the things they buy, Motherboard reports that five states (Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota,Massachusetts and New York) have introduced "right to repair" bills. It would give shops the ability to buy the parts they need and get access to official manuals from manufacturers. and it's not just tiny computers you put in your pocket, the bills also would affect large appliances and tractors.
The Most Advanced Weather Satellite Yet Just Dropped Its First Amazing Images
Currently, GOES-16 is in a geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above Earth. In May 2017, NOAA will reveal the satellite’s planned location—after that, it will launch GOES-S, the second satellite in a series of four future Earth-observing spacecraft that’ll extend the agency’s weather-monitoring capabilities out to the 2030s. The launch date for GOES-S is TBD.
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Could the end of net neutrality mean the demise of IoT?
“While some other countries, try and control the internet, the action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle, that no one, whether government, or corporate, should control, free and open access to the internet. The internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet. It’s simply too important to be left without rules, and without a referee on the field. Think about it, the internet has replaced the functions of the telephone, and the post office, the internet has redefined commerce and entertainment, and as the outpouring of four million Americans has demonstrated, the internet is the ultimate vehicle for free expression. The internet is simply too important, to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules.”
Forget fingerprints, soon you may be able to sign-in with your heartbeat
The search for the most complex and unique sign-in method continues and at Birmingham State University in New York, a team of researchers are looking into utilizing the heartbeat.
Snapchat fights clickbait in Discover stories
Snapchat also hopes to make Discover more kid-friendly. A tool arriving in February will let publishers set age gates for content, and in some cases block underage users from seeing content in the first place. This wouldn't prevent determined teens from looking at racy or graphic stories, but it would reassure nervous parents -- not to mention advertisers worried that their promos might run alongside salacious material.
Hackers Target Sundance Film Festival
The official Twitter account on Saturday promised that "our team is working hard to get our systems back up [as soon as possible]." Within an hour, the Salt Lake City and Gateway box offices were "back up and running," and online ticketing for future shows was quickly restored.
The Best Password Managers of 2017
Since most password managers can auto-fill stored credentials, it's just a small step for them to automatically fill in personal data on Web forms—first and last name, email address, phone number, and so on. Most of the top-rated products include a Web form-filling component. The breadth and flexibility of their personal data collections vary, as does their accuracy when matching Web form fields with their stored items. Even if they miss a field or two, the ones they do fill are ones you don't have to type. Think about how many sites you go to that want all the same information; this feature is a huge time-saver.
The Galaxy Note 7 Explosion Findings Could Change How Samsung Makes Smartphones
After months of confusion about the real cause of the Galaxy Note 7 explosions, Samsung finally provided some answers on Sunday, releasing a detailed report on its findings into the problem. In a micro sense, the explosions were caused by both design flaws and manufacturing errors. In a macro sense, they stemmed from Samsung trying to do too much too fast with lithium-ion batteries. This approach may soon change, and could likely impact the company’s phone designs and the regularity with which Samsung releases new phones.
'The Office' intro recut with Trump's cabinet just makes sense
'The Office' intro recut with Trump's cabinet just makes sense
Why empathy and objectivity are the keys to product success
When BiC designed a ballpoint pen ‘For Her’, the company could hardly have imagined the negative backlash from women insulted by the pink and purple pens, ‘designed to fit comfortably in a woman’s hand’. However good the company’s intentions, the results were embarrassing and patronizing – almost as if women had not been consulted as part of the design process.
Kristen Stewart is pretty weirded out about that time Donald Trump tweeted about her
At the time, Stewart didn't think much of it — Trump was a nobody in her book. "At that point, he was just, a reality star. I had no reference." Ouch.
What Will It Take For The Women's March To Become A Movement?
Yet, despite the lack of affiliation with one central group (or perhaps because of it), the Women's March on Washington drew millions of women into the streets in cities across the U.S. and around the world. Starting as early as 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, women showed up in droves, blanketing the area between the Capitol Building and the Monument, many wearing pink knit cat-eared "Pussy hats," the beanies that have come to represent the movement against Donald Trump's brazen comments about women. But the reason women were willing to travel from all corners of the United States for a day of marching is because there are so many issues to protest.
Man's kiss cam proposal goes horribly, horribly wrong
Saturday's Atlanta Hawks home game gave us serious déjà vu when a man decided to get down on one knee and ask his girlfriend to marry him during the team's kiss cam segment. Unfortunately for the couple, shortly after popping the question, the ring dropped into the stands.
Foxconn Might Build a US Factory But That Doesn't Mean iPhones Will Get Made Here
Foxconn has been considering building a display factory in the US for years , citing the expense of shipping large-screen TVs from Asia to the United States, but if this factory does happen, it could have much bigger implications. Donald Trump has vowed to bring manufacturing back to the United States, and the display factory, which could create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs, would undoubtedly be a big coup for the orange-shaded commander in chief.
Ajit Pai confirmed as new head of the FCC
Just as expected , Ajit Pai has been named as the new chairman of the FCC, replacing the outgoing Tom Wheeler . Pai has worked at the FCC since May of 2012, when he was nominated by President Obama as the senior Republican party commissioner. In his time at the FCC he's made his stance against net neutrality well-known -- Pai and fellow Republican commissioner Michael O'Rielly sent a letter in December vowing to "revisit" net neutrality rules "as soon as possible."
First image of LG's G6 reportedly leaked
The Verge has reportedly obtained the first image of the device – part of it anyway – showing a sleek blue glass and metal design with a couple of interesting design touches. First off, LG is rumored to be focusing on design more heavily than ever this time around, with a Samsung-esque combination of reflective glass and a metal frame. We’ve yet to see the backside, however, so who knows what kind of party is going on there.
Saturn's moon Tethys looks like a giant eyeball
A giant space eyeball might sound like a rejected Star Trek villain, but it's what imaginative space enthusiasts see when they look at Saturn's moon Tethys.
Why it's time to stop blaming open source for ransomware attacks - TechRepublic
All of which comes down to enterprise IT (or developers), not open source software. This isn't even a "Guns don't kill people; people do" sort of argument. There is nothing about open source software that is inherently insecure (or secure, for that matter). The process for discovering and fixing problems is arguably superior, but no amount of process or code matters if the people deploying the software simply elect not to secure their databases. That is not an open source problem—it's a people problem.
ZTE is learning crowdfunding requires a crowd
A few days ago, ZTE's Jeff Yee posted a mea culpa on a company forum, explaining that his team had made a mistake. He was referring to Hawkeye , the culmination of the CSX project to design a smartphone with suggestions from the community. It was much-hyped, but the phone that emerged at the end was something of a lame duck. With mid-range specs and a key feature (self-adhesion) missing, the device has earned less than $35,000 on a Kickstarter goal of $500,000 half-way through its campaign.