These sinister noises could hijack your phone through voice commands
Behold! This horrible noise was created by security researchers, trying to find ways to trick the voice-assistant systems we all use.
Setapp subscription service lets you binge on 60-plus Mac apps
The way Mac users get apps is about to become a lot more like Netflix. Mac app subscription service Setapp launches a new biz model.
Apple is being sued over a sample in a Jamie xx song in an iPhone commercial
Apple is being sued over a 2015 iPhone 6 commercial featuring the Jamie xx song "I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)," The Hollywood Reporter reports. The suit was filed yesterday in Los Angeles...
Inside Motorola’s modular phone masterplan
Motorola has grand ideas to expand its Moto Mods program and popularize modular phones. Can the company pull it off in 2017?
Bethesda's chilling 'Prey' reboot arrives on May 5th
"If just one of those creatures gets back to Earth, we're lost."
Microsoft’s Xbox One snap mode is being removed with the new dashboard
Microsoft is planning to kill off one of the more unique features of its Xbox One dashboard: snap mode. The software giant originally introduced snap mode as a method to watch TV or run an app...
Trump is apparently still using his unsecured Android phone
Last week, we reported that Trump had somewhat begrudgingly trading his beloved Android phone in for something more secure. An unnamed encrypted device with a phone number that “few people possess.” At the time, it seemed to put to rest the question of whether the new president would finally abandon his personal Twitter machine for the sake of national security.
HP recalls 101,000 laptop batteries over fire concerns
HP is recalling around 101,000 lithium-ion batteries used in the company’s range of laptops. The recall is an expansion from the 41,000 recalled back in June, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission claims affected batteries could overheat “posing fire and burn hazards.” Affected laptops include the HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion notebooks sold between March 2013 and October 2016.
Facebook ends its effort to personalize Trending Topics
Facebook is also changing the way it calculates whether a story is trending. Before now, a story could appear in the trending box if a single story about it were going viral. Now Facebook will take into account how many publishers appear to be writing about the same thing. In part, it’s an effort to combat the viral spread of hoaxes. “This should surface trending topics quicker, be more effective at capturing a broader range of news and events from around the world, and also help ensure that trending topics reflect real world events,” the company said.
Facebook is starting to test ads in Messenger as it runs out of space to put them in the News Feed
"We believe this new test for the very small group of people in Thailand and Australia reflects a lightweight, relevant and useful approach to helping people and businesses connect on Messenger," Messenger product manager Eddie Zhang said in a blog post. "For the Messenger community, it may enhance the discovery of new experiences to make it seamless to interact with businesses on their terms. For businesses, it could offer a new way to surface their products and services to current and potential customers."
Apple expands Qualcomm legal spat to China
Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created some of the essential standards for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing that technology to other chipmakers. Apple designs the processors in its iPhones and iPads, but it buys chips from Qualcomm to connect to 4G LTE and other cellular networks. Under Qualcomm's licensing structure, Apple pays it a fee for its chips and another fee for the intellectual property included in those chips. Most components suppliers bundle the IP cost in with the chip sales price.
Facebook is bringing Snapchat-like Stories to its main mobile app
Camera content added to stories will show up at the top of friends’ Facebook app, similarly to how stories are laid out on Instagram. Users just tap a friend’s circle to view their story, and once they’re viewing the story, they can reply with a direct message, like they can on Instagram or Snapchat. Videos and photos posted in a Facebook Story won’t show up in the News Feed or on a user’s timeline by default, although users can choose to share there, as well. Facebook Stories is expected to eventually roll out to additional countries, although we don’t have a more specific timeline.
Russia Arrests Top Kaspersky Hacking Investigator for Treason
Under mysterious circumstances, Russia has arrested Ruslan Stoyanov, head of computer incidents investigations unit at the huge cybersecurity firm at Kaspersky. He’s been charged with treason.
ICYMI: Flapping wind turbines and Dubai's firefighting jetpacks
Meanwhile, a Tunisian company has taken inspiration from the tiny, yet mighty, hummingbird to create a new turbine design that relies on rotating fan blades to produce up to 1kW of electricity. The "Biometric Wind Converter" design uses carbon fiber wings that flap in a figure-8 motion that imitates a hummingbirds wing movements, and is said to be both less noisy and less dangerous to birds than conventional spinning turbines. The goal is to enable the turbine to gather energy on both the up- and down-strokes, however, it is still early in development and the technology it's based on is still unproven.
Scientists plan to march on Washington and run for office to fight Trump
After a Tuesday filled with news of gag orders on government scientists at several federal agencies, others in the science community are rapidly coming up with ways of pushing back against the new administration’s attempts to keep tax-funded research from the public. One group is in the early stages of forming a second march on Washington, DC — this time with a focus on science. Meanwhile, other scientists are thinking of ways to change policy, by running for office themselves.
Apple hired the Dropcam founder who clashed with Tony Fadell
But his stint at Nest didn't go smoothly after he butted heads with then-CEO Tony Fadell (a former high-ranking Apple exec), who he called a "tyrant bureaucrat" before he decided to quit.
Francis Ford Coppola is working on an 'Apocalypse Now' video game
The game's creators — including filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola — are seeking $900,000 on Kickstarter to get development of the game moving. The plan is for a 2020 release.
Is the Department of Defense Subtweeting Trump?
Hours before President Trump will reportedly sign an order preventing most refugees from entering the US, the Department of Defense tweeted a compelling story about an Iraqi refugee who served in the US military. It leaves us wondering: Hey, is the Department of Defense subtweeting the president?
Amazon Expands Into Ocean Freight
The online retail giant has begun handling shipment of goods by ocean to its U.S. warehouses from Chinese merchants selling on its site—taking on a role it previously left to global freight-transportation companies.
Josh Gad, Man of the People, Grills Daisy Ridley About The Last Jedi
Josh Gad is all of us. On the set of the upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express , the actor invited co-star Daisy Ridley to his trailer to work on a scene. For the scene, Gad wanted to know, “Who are ‘The Last Jedi?’”
Lyft plans to expand to 100 more US cities in 2017
That said, Lyft has a long way to go to catch up with Uber, which is available in over 560 cities around the globe. So far, Lyft has remained within the US, but it seems likely the company will seek to expand into other countries soon enough. The company formed an anti-Uber alliance with a handful of Asian ride-hailing companies, though the status of that alliance is unclear since Uber sold its Chinese business to one of the members, Didi Chuxing.
Elon Musk Serious About Digging Tunnel to Avoid Traffic
So fed up was Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk that, in December, he tweeted plans to "build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging" to avoid congestion.
With your help 'Apocalypse Now' could become a video game
Concrete details are scarce, but the Kickstarter pitch is as follows: It's a psychological horror game that will "blend a cinematic narrative with roleplaying game mechanics." This doesn't sound like a typical run-and-gun first-person shooter at all. What's more, you'll be able to make choices that diverge from the movie's narrative, said decisions will cascade and supposedly result in a story that's pretty unique for each player. Lofty goals, to be sure, but if any development team can pull it off, maybe it's this one.
Facebook snags 'Heroes of the Dorm' as an eSports exclusive
Still, it's a win for Facebook. This Blizzard streaming deal marks the social networking company's first aggressive expansion into eSports, setting its sights firmly on Amazon owned competitor, Twitch. Interestingly, this is Facebook's first notable move towards gaming since it announced Live streaming options for Blizzard games last year .
Now you can download Netflix shows to your Android's SD card
This could offer an interesting new way for users to consume their video content. Theoretically, it could allow users to download far more episodes and films than they would otherwise and build up huge catalogs of offline shows. However, as a Netflix rep told Engadget, "You can download content to multiple SD cards. However, there are limits to how many simultaneous downloads a member can download at one time, along with limits on how long a download will remain accessible. This ensures that the feature is being used for its intended purpose." Additionally, users won't be able to share SD cards amongst multiple devices as the content on the card will only play on the device that it was originally downloaded with, the rep explained.
Mossberg: What’s up with Firefox, the browser that time forgot?
Now, he says, the company has embraced the proposition that “it kind of makes no sense to be us and not have the best browser.” That’s because for Mozilla, which is controlled by a foundation of the same name, Firefox is its main product. The two names are inseparable in many peoples’ minds. And an open, vibrant web — as opposed to a world of apps and social media and search controlled by a few companies — is its main philosophical concern.
Elon Musk plans to start digging tunnels to beat traffic
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Trump’s controversial freeze on EPA grants should end by Friday
Putting a temporary freeze on grants and contracts is not entirely unusual for a new president. Of course, it depends how long the freeze lasts. In Trump’s case, it seems that the freeze was imposed because the new administration didn’t conduct its assessment of the EPA’s work before taking office. When the Obama administration stepped in, no such freeze was necessary, according to Scott Fulton, EPA general counsel under Obama. "The assessment was done before the inauguration as opposed to after," he told E&E News .
Boeing just unveiled its slick new 'Starliner' spacesuit to protect a new generation of NASA astronauts
To that end on Wednesday, Boeing for the first time publicly unveiled a crucial new piece of its Starliner system: A spacesuit to protect the next generation of astronauts as they launch toward the International Space Station, and eventually more exotic destinations like an asteroid or even Mars .
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Cisco to buy AppDynamics for $3.7 billion in growth push
SAN FRANCISCO Cisco Systems Inc ( CSCO.O ) said on Tuesday that it agreed to buy U.S. business software company AppDynamics Inc for about $3.7 billion, making one of its largest deals of recent years as it searches for growth beyond its core networking business.
You can now transfer your old Pokémon to 'Sun' and 'Moon'
For a franchise that spends every new iteration encouraging you to catch 'em all, the idea of having to start your Pokédex afresh each time is an exhausting one. Not only does this update alleviate that, but it also provides a great way for parents to show kids what Pokémon was like in 'the good old days', bridging the gap between generations of Poké-lovers.
Mark Zuckerberg is 'reconsidering' suing Hawaiians to get their land
The 14 parcels total just 8.04 of the 700 acres Zuckerberg owns,
but the law would give any direct family member of a parcel's
original owner the right to enter the billionaire's otherwise
private compound. Because the ownership stakes are passed down
and divided among family descendants by the state, many people
don't realize they have a claim until action is taken against
them in court.
USDA Ordered to Stop Talking to Public [Update: Order Rescinded]
ARS issued an internal email to employees on Jan. 23 (text follows below) about Agency informational products like news releases and social media content. Scientific publications, released through peer reviewed professional journals are not included. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency, ARS values and is committed to maintaining the free flow of information between our scientists and the American public as we strive to find solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Information on our projects, people, and locations are available on our website as always, at www.ars.usda.gov .
Your Guide to Cable, Marvel Comics' Living Embodiment of Time-Travel Nonsense
First off, let’s start off with his parents. Scott Summers you might know easily enough, as he’s the famous X-Man Cyclops. Madelyne Pryor, however, is much weirder. She’s actually a clone of Jean Grey, who, at the time, had recently perished during the iconic Dark Phoenix Saga. Long-time X-Men villain Mr. Sinister had been working on making a clone of Jean, given life by a fragment of the Phoenix Force expelled during Jean’s death. This clone, physically identical to Jean and with all her psychic powers, was given new memories and a new name—Madelyne Pryor—and sent out into the world, where she met Scott, who was in mourning for his dead love. Scott, seeing a woman who looked exactly like Jean but was ostensibly a completely different person, got over the original Jean real quick. He and Madelyne fell in love, got married, and Madelyne gave birth to Nathan.
Volkswagen Put an Invisible Layer of Silver in Its New Windshields to Melt Away Snow
The $360 optional upgrade doesn’t just make winters easier, Volkswagen promises. The invisible layer of silver in the new climate windshield can also reflect up to 60 percent of the sun’s rays in the summer, which Volkswagen says will keep a car around 15 degrees cooler compared to more traditional window tinting techniques. But that doesn’t take into account the sunlight and heat pouring in from the vehicle’s other silver-less windows. We’re optimistic the new feature will make winters less of a chore, but we won’t be tearing out our car’s air conditioners anytime soon.
By 2045, You May Not Be Able To Drive A Gas Car In Hawaii
"Essentially, we'll have batteries on wheels that can serve to smooth the load on the grid," says Mikulina. "They can store energy. We have a surplus of solar energy during the day, and you could go to work and plug in and suck up that excess solar during the day when your car's just parked. Then at night, you could go home and plug in and share that excess energy when we need it most, which is evening in Hawaii."
7 Lies You Shouldn't Tell the People Fixing Your Computer
Long before I wrote blogs on the internet, when I was but a teeny college student with an LJ and a dream, I did tech support. And I saw things. I wasn’t the only one. The people who work tech have heard every excuse and seen every horror your mind can conjure.
6 reasons why app stores should transition to subscription models
Companies that take marketing seriously will update their app frequently. Additionally, those sames companies are passionate about product creation and genuinely taking care of their users. The subscription model also guarantees that clients will have the latest product releases and are working with up to date software.
The NES Classic Is So Much Better With a Wireless Controller
In contrast, the Nyko Miniboss dongle works with the controller it comes with. That’s it. Though you can plug the dongle into a Wii or Wii U and use it to play all the NES games on the Virtual Console that were never packed into the NES Classic Edition. Like River City Ransom , a key brawler absent from Nintendo’s tiny console.
Shhh! Apple Watch's Theater Mode will silence and dim your smartwatch
Theater Mode lets you mute sound on your Apple Watch and turns off waking the screen when you raise your wrist up. Notifications will still come through, and you'll get a haptic buzz if one does. You can also view messages and alerts by tapping the screen or pressing the Digital Crown.
Trump Has Lots of Options for Inflicting 'Consequences' on the Press
Some of those investors, like Chris Dixon of the influential firm Andreessen Horowitz and Patrick Kerins of New Enterprise Associates, are members of firms that have other business before the government, and who stand to make or lose a lot of money depending on the relative amiability of regulators and legislators. “It doesn’t serve the individual board members interests to have a stake in conflicting interests,” McGarry said, although this is not something investors can always anticipate. “The administration changes; the complexion of their portfolio also changes. Investors are going to make that calculation for themselves.”
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.
Twinkies ice cream has arrived on a planet that might not be ready for it
Twinkies ice cream has arrived on a planet that might not be ready for it
Apple continues antitrust fight with Qualcomm with two new lawsuits
Apple declined to provide a new statement but pointed to the remarks it issued on Friday, when its initial lawsuit was filed. At the time, Apple said that Qualcomm “has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with” and has been “charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined.”
Your easy 8-step guide to becoming an online influencer
Becoming an online influencer doesn’t happen overnight. It requires time and a whole lot of hard work. However, if you stick with it and follow the eight steps above, you’ve got a good shot at achieving influencer status… maybe sooner than you think!
Trump administration orders EPA to axe climate change page from site
After barring the Environmental Protection Agency and its staff from discussing or disseminating any climate-related news to outsiders, President Donald Trump’s administration has reportedly instructed the EPA to take down the climate change page from its website, Reuters reports .
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Facebook fights fake news with Trending changes
Facebook fights fake news with Trending changes
The changes come as the giant social network faces sharp criticism for spreading fake news.
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Instagram rolls out Live Stories worldwide
To use Live Stories , fire up Instagram and and swipe right from the home page, or tap the camera icon in the top left corner. Then swipe right again to launch Live mode, or press “Start Live Video.” As with other services, you’ll be able to see comments and likes pour in from your viewers while you stream; when your broadcast ends, the video will no longer be available to view.
Why Scientists Are Planning Their Own March on Washington
In the Trump administration’s first week, the newly elected POTUS has followed through on his promise to silence scientists at federal institutions. In the last few days, the White House ordered media gags on the EPA and the USDA . It also forced the National Park Service to cease communications on Twitter after it tweeted facts about climate change.
Match launches new location-based missed connections feature
The obvious concern here, or anytime your location is revealed, is the creepy stalker factor. But Ginsberg told Mashable that Match has been obsessed about making the feature as safe and secure as possible — especially for women. The first layer of protection is that your location data is not revealed in real-time. Other users can only see where you’ve been in the past. Hence the name: Missed Connections.
Diabolical Parasite Grows Inside Baby Wasps and Eats Their Brains to Escape
As observed by Rice University biologists Kelly Weinersmith and Scott Egan, female crypt-keeper wasps also lay their eggs in the sand live oak’s hollowed out twigs—directly inside the gall wasp larvae. The unwelcome parasitoids, through a process still unknown to the researchers, alter the behavior of their hosts, causing them to create a smaller exit hole than usual. When the gall wasps are ready to emerge, they get stuck trying to get out the hole. The crypt-keeper larvae then begin the gruesome process of eating their hosts’ internal organs, finally exiting the body—and the hollowed out twig—by chewing an escape hatch through the head.
Pizza chain offers meaty pizza with a hilarious 'alternate facts’ twist
Enjoy this "zero calorie pizza" which is also simultaneously loaded with bacon, pepperoni, ham, sausage and extra crust. If that sounds too good to be true, don't worry about it — the pizza's nutritional information isn't in anyways false, they're just "alternative facts."
How tech has forever altered vacation time
For good or bad, technology has forever altered traveling and vacation planning. Companies and private vacation rental owners who embrace this are more likely to get a solid share of their area’s tourism revenue.