Overwatch brings in the Year of the Rooster with a new seasonal event
Less than a month after its Winter Wonderland event, Blizzard is already back with a new seasonal celebration for players to enjoy. Teased last week on the Overwatch Twitter account, the latest...
Driving the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Bolt is designed to be approachable and at least a little familiar at first, even though it’s actually a very different kind of car under the hood,..
The team behind Alto’s Adventure is making a skateboarding game for iOS and Android
The team behind mobile hit Alto’s Adventure is shifting from slopes to the streets for its new game: today developer Snowman announced Skate City, a mobile skateboarding title coming to both iOS...
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to open up facility in Toulouse, France
One of the two companies working on Hyperloop trains just held a press conference in Toulouse to announce that the company is going to have a 3,000 square..
Watch the first teaser for The Leftovers’ final season
The Leftovers is coming up on its last season, and HBO has just released a very small glimpse of what’s ahead. The final eight episodes will see Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) leave Texas and head...
The Nintendo 3DS is here to stay (for now)
A handful of games are still in the pipeline.
Don't bank on Kinect games in 2017
Take it from the developer of 2016's breakout Kinect title, 'Fru.'
Oscar Nominations Validate Amazon’s Hollywood Ambitions
America’s biggest online retailer is now the first internet company to earn an Academy Award nomination for best picture.
Android Wear 2.0 is nearly here, and it now works with iPhones
As we move closer to its official release in early February (rumored to be February 9), it’s welcome and honestly, a bit surprising to see Google adding such a substantive feature to the already-long list of improvements coming along with Android Wear 2.0.
Once it launches, the Apple Watch could see some stiff competition. For instance, LG is rumored to be releasing two new smartwatches early next month, the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport, two options that could go up against the Apple’s offering in terms of feature set and value.
Netflix now lets Android users download movies and shows onto SD storage
Keep in mind that offline content does expire (time limits vary depending on the content), so you won’t be able to store movies or shows on microSD and just leave them there to watch much later. And Netflix notes that the feature doesn’t support any and all Android devices with a microSD slot. But this small change definitely makes offline downloads much more convenient on the Android side of things.
Apple will allow developers to respond to App Store user reviews
The release notes also state that there will be a new API for asking users to review and rate an app while still using the app; you won’t be switched over to the App Store app. According to The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple , who talked to Apple about the app reviews API, developers will now be limited to three review requests per year, and if a user does leave a review, the requests will stop. Dalrymple also reports that there will be a “master switch” to turn off review notifications from all developers, and that iOS 10.3 will allow you to label a review as Helpful via 3D Touch.
National Parks Service Can't Stop Serving Trump Shade on Twitter
Five days into his Presidency, Donald Trump has made enemies. But on day one he made a critical error by pissing off the National Parks Services. For a man obsessed with Twitter and his public image, the humble federal agency might become his most dogged opponent.
DC's Deplorables Go Job Hunting
Becoming a codified non-profit appeared to be the chief conceit of the event for Gays For Trump, though political aspirations didn’t end there. Scott Presler, one of the key organizers and the closest thing the gala had to an internet celebrity, has plans to run for office, potentially in his home state of Virginia. “I want to make sure that LGBTQ Americans cannot be denied housing because of their sexuality, I want to push for anti-discrimination laws,” Presler, tall and slim with a red bowtie and matching cummerbund, hair pulled back in a tight ponytail told me, “I want to make sure that everybody’s got a fair shot.” Presler came out less than a year ago in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Like Boykin, he feels Sharia law is an imminent threat to Americans. “Every single day almost we have radical islamic terrorists,” he stated, leaning heavily on a phrase beloved by Trump meant to inspire anti-Muslim sentiments, “killing, murdering, slaughtering our people, raping women, murdering LGBTQs, raping children—pedophilia. I think radical islamic terror is the greatest threat to the world.
Apple makes it easy to find lost AirPods in iOS 10.3
How it works: Bluetooth. According to Mashable , your lost AirPod doesn’t have to be close by for you to find it, but it does have to be in Bluetooth range of another one of your Apple devices connected to your iCloud account. If you know the general area your missing AirPods is in—say, your living room—but have no idea what crevice it’s trapped in, you can tap “Play Sound” in the Find My iPhone app. Your AirPods will start to chirp. Yes, both of them.
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director teases opening crawl
The freshly unveiled title is already sparking a considerable amount of speculation as to what exactly it's referring to. Johnson's black-and-white photo doesn't give anything away, but it's fun to catch a glimpse behind the curtain where the Star Wars magic is being made. The movie is due out December 15.
Apple's Night Shift is coming to macOS
Well, now Apple’s Night Shift is coming to macOS. It just popped up in the latest 10.12.4 beta of Sierra , which is supposed to land alongside iOS 10.3. It's always a little sad to see an ingenious bit of software from a small upstart be copied by the Apple juggernaut ("Sherlocking," as it's called, due to Apple's notorious creation of Sherlock in response to an existing search product called Watson). Still, I eventually uninstalled F.lux because it was a little buggy, and I found living with a blue screen preferable to having my screen flash between orange and blue on occasion. So maybe I’ll actually use Apple’s implementation.
Asus takes on Raspberry Pi with 4K-capable Tinker Board
However, the Mali-T764 GPU inside the Tinker Board is more powerful than the Broadcom VideoCore IV inside the Pi 3. There's hardware support for H.265 4K decoding instead of just 1080p, and Asus claims it pulls in almost double the benchmark score in Geekbench, which should equate to better 3D performance. Other niceties include gigabit Ethernet, support for SDIO 3.0, and swappable antennas for the built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi module.
Apple's 'Find My iPhone' app will help you locate lost AirPods
The Wall Street Journal reports that the app uses the AirPods' wireless tech to locate them. The earbuds don't have a GPS connection, so Apple employs the iPhone's GPS tech. The map inside the Find My iPhone app will show you the last place the AirPods were in range of an iOS device connected to your iCloud account. If you happen to lose one out of range, the software will show you a general location of where it was last connected to one one of your gadgets. However, you will have to use your phone to employ this method.
Apple Watch will dim its bright lights in Theater Mode
For starters, placing the Apple Watch in Theater Mode will mute the sound and turn off the lift-to-wake function so the device will no longer light up should you suddenly raise your hands in the middle of Rogue One or feel the need to reach for you opera glasses. The watch will still receive notifications, but they'll only be delivered via haptic feedback. If you absolutely must disturb the sanctity of the theater environment, tapping the screen or pressing the crown will still bring up the visual alert. In other words: Theater Mode is simply Do Not Disturb mode with vibrating notifications.
Mark Zuckerberg says he has no plans to run for president
Besides running Facebook, Zuckerberg has ramped up his
philanthropy efforts in the last year through the Chan Zuckerberg
Initiative, which he created with his wife Priscilla Chan in late
2015 as a vehicle to give away 99% of his $52 billion fortune.
2017 Subaru BRZ with Performance Package is affordable entertainment - Roadshow
For 2017, the BRZ features an updated nose with LED lighting. The tweaks are subtle, but do a lot to modernize the design and take it upmarket visually.
BlackBerry 'Mercury' comeback phone confirmed for late February
BlackBerry fans, the time has come for the launch of the next chapter of BlackBerry phones: the device known as "Mercury." BlackBerry Mobile used a tweet to announce February 25 as the announcement date, which puts it right at the beginning of Mobile World Congress, a huge tech show that overtakes Barcelona each year.
Elon Musk, a 'Team' Player, Tweets Support For Rex Tillerson [Just Stop Tweeting]
Future Martian President Elon Musk is a businessman and a capitalist, but ostensibly one with his eye on the future. SpaceX is trying to make commercial space travel not only possible but cheap. Tesla seeks to end our over-reliance on gasoline through electric cars. So why is he on Twitter making nice with oil tycoon and secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson?
Trump orders media blackout for all employees of top environmental agency [Updated]
According to the Associated Press, President Trump has instructed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff to freeze all grants — including funding for research, redevelopment of industrial sites, air quality monitoring, and education (among others) — as well as barring employees from discussing this or other EPA news outside of the agency.
Google brings a stylus to 2 new Chromebooks - TechRepublic
According to the post, Google worked with educators to design these Chromebooks specifically for students to use in a school setting. The included stylus looks like a pencil, complete with an "eraser" on the back to correct errors. The stylus doesn't need to be paired and it doesn't need to be charged either.
Apple builds iPhone's Night Shift into macOS to help you sleep
The feature is currently only available in the beta app, it’s only a matter of time until it arrives for more users. While alternatives like f.lux already exist and are arguably more powerful, baking it straight into the OS will almost certainly mean more people will use the feature, and hopefully get a bit more shut-eye too.
Elon Musk just said Rex Tillerson could be an 'excellent' Secretary of State
Musk said in a Tweet that he shares the same opinion as The
Economist in that Tillerson should be given the "benefit of the
doubt unless his actions prove otherwise." The article states
that Tillerson should be given a chance because he has experience
working with "notoriously slippery world leaders" and has a
reputation for "evidence-based decision-making."
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.
Instagram Live Stories will be available globally next week
Instagram’s Live Stories , the social network’s take on live ephemeral video, is officially coming to users outside of the United States. The company plans to roll out the feature to users around the world over the next week.
Uber's self-driving cars are coming back to San Francisco, but they won't be driving themselves
The Ford Fusions had been driving around San Francisco
since last summer to map its streets in advance of launching a
self-driving car pilot. But both the self-driving car pilot and
its mapping efforts
were disbanded after the California DMV revoked the
registrations on the basis that Uber failed to gain the
necessary self-driving permits. Uber, for its part,
has always argued that the self-driving permits do not apply
to its vehicles.
Sundance Film Festival 2017 recap: Day 2
Clint, Ti and Josh recap the movies they've just seen at the Sundance Film Festival and which screenings they have coming up next. Stay tuned for daily recaps this week.
Cisco buys app performance management company AppDynamics for $3.7 billion ahead of expected IPO
Cisco today announced that it has acquired AppDynamics, an application performance management (APM) software company that had filed to go public just last month, for $3.7 billion.
Use Google Home to control WeMo and Honeywell connected devices
Google Home already plays nice with the likes of Nest, Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings to help you control connected home devices. It also works with audio and TV gear from Vizio , LG and Sony to keep tabs on music and visuals with a hand from Chromecast . Like Amazon's Echo with Alexa , Google's Assistant-equipped Home can also help with news, food, weather and even your to-do list . These are all welcome additions, but Google will need to keep adding new tools on a regular basis to catch up with all of those Alexa skills .
A National Park Deleted Tweets On Climate Change After Trump Silenced Federal Scientists
Tweeting about climate isn’t unusual for the park — but the tweets came as the Trump administration banned other scientists in the government from social media.
Apple's next iPhone may come with enhanced Siri | Cult of Mac
According to the latest rumor out of Asia, Apple is planning to catch up with the likes of Alexa and Google Assistant by creating a better version of Siri that comes with more artificial intelligence skills.
Trump inspires a new era of music -- protesting against him
This new era of music-as-resistance stands out from past waves because of its variety: at the risk of generalizing, the protest music of the past tended to lean towards singular, individual genres. The '60s had folk music and rock, the '80s had punk, the '90s had rap and hip hop; all tackling issues specific to the social justice movements of their time. The 2000s have been dealing with an extreme range of issues and, as a result, a wide range of genres has responded.
Humanoid beer-and-pizza-fetching robot is charmingly retro
The Fundroid is different from other delivery bots in several ways. Not only is Funnie the first humanoid transportation robot we've seen, but it's also able to order and pay for food instead of simply picking up and delivering a paid-for meal. There aren't any plans to make Funnie a publicly available system, though, so those hoping to get their very own bot to serve them beer and pizza shouldn't get too excited. David Sheinkopf, director of technology at Pioneer Works, and his team came up with Funnie as a way to demonstrate that robotics can be entertaining, approachable and artistic.
Why Space Fanatics Are Freaking Out About SpaceX's Next Launch
Following a successful Falcon 9 launch-and-barge-landing in California this month, SpaceX is now looking to get back in the swing of regular flight. But while the company’s next two flights seem fairly routine on the surface, they’re going to be historic in one very important aspect.
These Are The Top Jobs In America For 2017
And while LinkedIn’s ranking didn’t account for workers’ satisfaction with their jobs, Chamberlain believes that the high job satisfaction ratings on Glassdoor’s list aren’t just about their earning potential (although that's part of it). "Money can buy happiness, but other workplace factors actually have a larger impact on your overall satisfaction, including culture and values, career opportunities, and the quality of senior leadership," he says, referring to a previous report that found the bigger the paycheck, the more likely the company's culture and values are driving employees' satisfaction.
'Superhot VR' is about to get much more challenging
Some of them are straightforward, such as having to land headshots to kill enemies or completing the game using only melee combat. However, there's at least one over-the-top mode: if you're up for it, you can try to finish the entire game in 10 minutes. You're going to have to be both fast and a crack shot to have a hope of making that one. The Forever update should be available in February, so you'll at least have some time to practice.
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J.Y. Yang's New Silkpunk Novellas Have Some of the Most Gorgeous Covers We've Ever Seen
Yang: Okay, let me start off by saying I have been sitting on these covers for months . It’s been hard not running around and screaming at everyone I know to look at how amazing they are. Aren’t they amazing? What I did was to send the wonderful art team at Tor samples of art styles I liked, and a bunch of character and costume references (including six pictures of Sakurai Atsushi, the Japanese rocker I physically based the protagonists on, because I have no shame). And then it was hands-off as they commissioned the artist and worked with her to produce the final results you see today. Forever grateful to art director Irene Gallo and the artist Yuko Shimizu for their incredible work, I could not have asked for anything better. I can’t wait to receive these books as actual, physical copies, and I don’t know, just rub my face all over the covers. No, that sounds wrong. Forget I said that. (But you know what I mean! Right?)
'I do not accept him as my leader' — Uber CTO’s explosive anti-Trump email reveals growing internal tensions
Occasionally, the world takes a step backward with such things as
world wars, Mao Tse-dong, Khmer Rouge, Darfur, W. Bush and his
wars, etc., and now this. But I am optimistic that the world will
correct itself, even if [sic] takes another catastrophe for
American [sic] to usher in the next Obama as our president. In
the mean time, for the next four years, I will not even utter the
name of this deplorable person because I do not accept him as my
leader. I will instead do everything I can to help defeat him and
his destructive agenda over the next few years.
New video series highlights activists using tech to defend human rights
" Internet Without Borders " is a four-part series from Jigsaw, the tech incubator at Google's parent company Alphabet, featuring interviews with activists and technologists who use digital tools to defend human rights in their countries.
You've Been Wrong About Where the Death Star Trench Was for Your Entire Life
If you were asked to point to the trench that housed the first Death Star’s exhaust port, where would you point? If you pointed at the big obvious seam running along the Death Star’s equator, I am sorry, but you are wrong. But don’t feel too bad—it turns out even the people at Industrial Light & Magic thought that was the answer.
Women spoke just 27% of the lines in 2016's biggest movies
2016 was the year of the strong female lead, or so we thought. From Jyn Erso to Harley Quinn, 2016 promised us a steady string of blockbuster hits this year featuring dynamic female characters in leading roles. Expectations were high, and Hollywood failed to deliver.
Badlands National Park stands up to Trump administration by tweeting facts
As the Trump administration races to silence scientists in government, some federal employees are mounting small but visible resistance efforts. The Twitter account for Badlands National Park posted a stream of climate facts today, seemingly in protest of the Trump administration’s gag order on the Environmental Protection Agency . But the tweets later disappeared after gaining traction online.
Google I/O 2017 returns to Mountain View from May 17th - 19th
Once again, Google isn't straying too far from its home turf for its annual I/O conference . Like last year it'll be held at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre. It'll be a bit around the same time again too, running from May 17th to the 19th, according to 9to5 Google . The tech juggernaut is going about this reveal in a rather nerdy way, too.
Why AI is about to make some of the highest-paid doctors obsolete - TechRepublic
The human visual system is remarkable and radiologists learn and remember very complex patterns and use them every day to make clinical decisions and diagnoses. Modern imaging technology, however, is creating image data sets that exceed human pattern recognition capabilities. Computers and ML technology feast on such data and are rapidly becoming capable of learning incredibly complex, multi-dimensional patterns derived from large normal and diseased populations. That data may be used to diagnose known diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, but potentially could also define new patterns for diseases such as schizophrenia.
National park tweets, then deletes, climate data after gag order
In the five days since he took office, President Trump has ordered multiple federal agencies to stop sharing news and updates directly with the American public. The gag orders have silenced federal entities like the EPA and the USDA by preventing them from announcing everything from grant awards to scientific breakthroughs made with taxpayer funds. But at least one person with the password to Badlands National Park's Twitter account attempted to take a stand today by tweeting out facts in the face of President Trump and his science-denying pick to lead the EPA .
Why You Should Stock Your Pantry With Hominy
Unless you eat a lot of pozole , you may not have encountered the puffed corn delicacy known as “hominy.” The tangy, chewy corn gets its flavor and texture from being soaked in an alkaline solution, then rinsed and either dried or canned, and it deserves a spot in your pantry.
Amazon is disrupting Hollywood by playing Hollywood’s game
The main thrust of the report titled "Game Over" is a series of Apple patents protecting its own flavor of a competing wireless charging technology—inductive charging. As for the rumored Apple partnership, Copperfield says it may exist, but it doesn't include development money from Apple: "WATTS's [Energous's] science project has been a free R&D project for Apple." Ouch. MS
Hands-on: iOS 10.3 beta's 'Find My AirPods' feature
Apple in its latest iOS 10.3 beta release addresses the concerns of many new AirPods owners by incorporating a software feature that helps users locate misplaced earbuds through the Find My iPhone app. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the beta function.
When Apple introduced AirPods last September , some noted the distinct lack of a tracking system for the $160 device.
As a pair of completely untethered —and small —earbuds, owners are bound to misplace one or both from time to time. Apple, of course, offers replacements for $69 per earbud , but that's a steep price to pay for being forgetful.
Filling the void, a third-party developer earlier this month launched an app that uses AirPods' Bluetooth signal strength to track down a missing bud. Apple quickly yanked the title from the App Store, and now we know why.
Unofficially dubbed "Find My AirPods," Apple's first-party AirPods finder solution debuted in beta form as part of today's iOS 10.3 test release .
Apple relies on a connected device to make Find My AirPods work. Specifically, when AirPods connects to an iPhone or Mac, the finder feature queries the host device's positioning hardware —GPS, Wi-Fi or other component package —to log the earbuds' location.
‘Clash of Clans’ Developer Ups Its Game After Sales Stumble
Chinese Internet giant Tencent is in talks to buy the maker of the hit mobile game “Clash of Clans.” Here’s what you need to know about the potential deal. Photo: Supercell (Originally published May 23, 2016)
Prank your indecisive friends with this brutal pizza order
It's a good prank, to be sure, but one with potentially devastating results. After all, does anyone expecting pizza deserve to receive no pizza at all?
Cards Against Humanity has one specific requirement for their new CEO: Be Barack Obama
But now, the company is now in the market for a new CEO. While the requirements for such a position include the usual public speaking skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Cards Against Humanity has some demands that sound very specific to one person in particular.