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Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra is now leading Facebook’s VR efforts

Just days after he announced his departure from Xiaomi, the company's former head of international expansion has landed

'Overwatch' rings in the Lunar New Year with capture the flag

Of course, there are new skins up for grabs too.

Shia LaBeouf arrested on live stream after an apparent altercation with a neo-Nazi

The actor was detained following an ‘altercation,’ but re-appeared on the live stream this morning

What’s the future of interaction?

Gadget makers are competing to find interactions that resonate

'Bad Lip Reading' video of inauguration is so bad, it's great

What's in that mysterious Tiffany box Melania Trump gave Michelle Obama? Turns out, it's a salty snack.

My connected coop brings all the chickens to the IoT

My Connected Coop is an IoT solution for chicken owners that want to find an easier way to raise chickens with better analytics.

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Google Translate now lets you convert from Japanese to English by hovering your phone over text

While the Google Translate app already enabled you to snap a photo of a sign or menu to receive near-instant translations of Japanese text, the latest enhancement uses Word Lens to instantly translate text by simply by holding up your phone’s camera  — and it works entirely offline.

Twitter's new Explore tab showcases top Moments, trends, and live video

Twitter can be an incredibly useful tool to find coverage and commentary of current events, but its utility relies largely on who you follow. Now Twitter wants to make it a lot easier to discover new content with a new ‘Explore’ tab.

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Getting cautious with autonomous vehicle code -- before deployment

The autonomous car of the future needs to be able to avoid malfunctions turning into disasters and a Pittsburgh-based company, Edge Case Research, has developed a robotic platform that shows how a system reacts to faults and accidents.

Sky Q will be available without a satellite dish from 2018

Currently, there are over one million Sky Q boxes in approximately 600,000 homes. With over 20 million subscribers, Sky will be keen to migrate existing TV customers away from their Sky HD boxes and onto a service that is ultimately built for streaming. The company has said that the online-only box will be slightly different to its existing Q hardware, but hasn't shared whether the experience will be pared down in order to deliver everything over fibre.

Hacker to Trump: Fix your security settings on Twitter

According to WauchulaGhost, @POTUS, @FLOTUS and @VP are more vulnerable because they haven't selected a basic security feature on Twitter that requires you to provide a phone number or email address to reset your password. The current security setting for these three accounts allows anyone to click on "forgot password" and type in @FLOTUS, @POTUS or @VP. The next screen says "we found the following information associated with your account" and gives a partially redacted email address to which it will send a password recovery link.

REPORT: Verizon and Charter are looking to combine

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam approached officials "close to Charter," according to the report, and is working with bankers to explore a potential deal.

Trump is reportedly still using his unsecured Android phone

Donald Trump's gag order on federal science agencies is continuing to spawn a wave of anonymous Twitter accounts, each claiming to speak for a branch of the government. Over the last day, we've seen accounts supposedly authored by renegade members...

'Overwatch' boasts over 25 million players

Facebook offers extra security with USB key support

None of us want strangers accessing our accounts online. You might use a password manager, or two-factor authentication via SMS, but there's another way you can stay protected -- physical security keys. Following Google , Dropbox and others, Facebook has added support for these privacy-centric dongles today. When you log into your account, that means you can choose to prove your identity with a special USB stick, rather than a code sent to your phone. Yes, it's another object to keep on your keychain, but in return you'll be getting a superior level of protection.

Thinking about Thinking about Seymour – MIT Media Lab

A world-renowned mathematician, learning theorist, and educational-technology visionary, Seymour Papert delighted in his interactions with children of all ages and from all walks of life. He was among the first to understand the revolutionary potential of computers in children’s learning, recognizing that computers could be used not just to deliver information and instruction, but also to empower children to experiment, explore, and express themselves.

Square Enix and Marvel team for multiple games, starting with the Avengers

Square Enix is working with Marvel on multiple games from the Marvel universe, starting with an Avengers title as the first of its projects. The game is being promoted with the hashtag #Reassemble, and appears to center around the aftermath of the events of Captain America: Civil War , which likely means it’ll either precede or coincide with the next Avengers movie, which is set for release in May 2018.


I said a long time ago that the numbers on Oculus did not make sense when FB bought it and we found out they wanted to sell units at $800 or so per. There is no way they can ever sell enough units to recover the initial investment. That is even less likely now that they have competition. Oculus will eventually run out of other people's money and die the fiery death it deserves. Of course I'm sure Hugo Barra will make a ton of money riding it into the ground.

HP recalls 101,000 laptop batteries due to fire concerns

HP is asking the owners of some laptop models to send their batteries in for a replacement to make sure their devices don't catch fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a notice about the recall, which affects around 101,000 computers. Those who have HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion laptops purchased between March 2013 and October 2016 may want to check their lithium-ion battery. If its bar code starts with 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL or 6EBVA, the company says the best course of action is to pull it out and contact HP for a free replacement.

HTC's top Vive designer is leaving to work on Google Daydream

It seems like Silicon Valley hiring season right now, as swiftly on the heels of Hugo Barra announcing his move to direct Facebook VR , it's emerged that Google has recruited a senior new designer for its Daydream VR mobile platform. Claude Zellweger, who most recently led HTC's Vive design team and played a major role in developing HTC's smartphone design language, made the news public in a tweet:

Verizon offers unlimited international calling for $15 a month

Verizon just made it much more affordable to use your smartphone abroad by offering an unlimited international calling plan for $15 a month. The plan covers calls back to the U.S. from overseas, as well as calls to friends in other countries while you’re at home.

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."

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'Tomb Raider' developers are working on Marvel video games. They're calling it 'The Avengers Project'

After Columbus' win, Cincinnati plans to be the smart city leader - ReadWrite

SmartLINK nodes will soon be found in the main thoroughfare of the City of Newport, and Cincinnati Bell has already installed subsequent fiber optics.  Bell is also providing free Wi-Fi hotspots at many retail locations and has introduced a mobile app called Connect Cincinnati, according to a company spokesperson. Users are provided with special offers from over 200 participating businesses.

Apple Set to Join Amazon, Google, Facebook in AI Research Group

Joining the Partnership on AI is the latest sign that Apple is opening up more. The group says it aims to “conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license."

National Parks and NASA 'Resistance' launches on Twitter

Commentary: After the official Badlands National Park Twitter account is stopped from tweeting climate change facts, self-styled employees create a new, rogue account. The idea spreads.

Watch Red Hot Steel Face Off Against a Frozen Lake

In its latest video, the team decided to dump a 20 kilogram (about 44 lbs) cylinder of piping hot steel into a frozen lake with one foot of solid ice on its surface. We’re not going to lie: the results are surprisingly compelling. The heat from the steel warms the water on the surface, which causes a larger hole to appear in the lake.

Scientists are making genetically modified cyborg dragonflies

10 frustrating Google Chrome irritations and how to fix them

Auto-playing video and audio are the bane of the web. Nobody wants a page blaring at them out of nowhere, especially if it happens when you open a bunch of tabs simultaneously. Chrome shows a volume indicator in any tab that’s playing audio, but enabling a secret feature allows you to quickly mute those noisy tabs with the click of a mouse button.

Chrome, Firefox start warning users when websites use insecure HTTP logins

In Firefox, users who’ve recently updated their browser will see a lock icon with a red strike through it next to an information icon in their URL address bar. These icons appear together when a user lands on a login page with an insecure HTTP connection. If you click on the icons you’ll see a plain-language explanation that the site is not secure, and a warning that any logins on the page could be compromised.

Alphabet’s health-tech company Verily gets $800 million from Singapore investment firm Temasek

Founded in 1974, Temasek is an investment company that claims to have a $180 billion portfolio across telecommunications, media & technology, transportation real estate, and, crucially, life sciences — among other sectors. By plowing $800 million into Verily, it hopes to help commercialize a range of healthcare product globally. Most of the funds will be made available imminently, with the remainder scheduled for later in 2017.


But that doesn’t mean Barra will be cutting his ties with the tech world. Not by a long shot. After all he still needs a job, right? Well as it turns out, Mark Zuckerberg just announced Hugo Barra is going to be the head of Oculus VR at Facebook.

What to expect from Alphabet's Q4 earnings: Pay attention to those 'other' bets

Outside of the core Google business are Alphabet's "Other Bets," the separate companies exploring ambitious new businesses, from self-driving cars to drones. There has been a lot of turmoil throughout the Other Bets companies in recent months as Alphabet shutters or rejiggers some of the projects and attempts to keep costs in line.

Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy goes to work for Apple

As first reported by The Information , Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy has found a new home at Apple. The move comes after a bit of a tumultuous stint at Google, when its subsidiary Nest picked up Duffy’s internet-connected security camera business in 2014 for $555 million.

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Alexa has a ton of third-party skills, but these are the ones that actually deserve a place on your Amazon Echo:

Facebook testing News Feed-like ads inside Messenger

Ever on the lookout for new revenue streams, Facebook is pushing News Feed-like ads right on to your Messenger screen. Announced today, the test only affects users from Australia and Thailand, for now, but it’d be hard to imagine a scenario where this didn’t go worldwide after the kinks have been worked out.

How to use Swarm AI instead of polls for market research - TechRepublic

Swarm Insight can help make that decision. In a real example, the price point landed at $8.35. But beyond the actual answer lies much more information that can be useful to businesses. Using this tool, your team can gain important insights on how customers arrived at the decision. Since the prediction was made dynamically, in real-time, it's possible to dig into what happened during the entire process. The inflection analysis shows the point at which the price became "too low" and users moved their magnets in the other direction. You can see the migration of the group. Which users did not budge? And who was flexible? Of the flexible ones, where did they move to?

How Find my AirPods Feature in iOS 10.3 Will Work, and more for 01/26/2017

How Find my AirPods Feature in iOS 10.3 Will Work By Khamosh Pathak on Jan 26, 2017 07:45 am I can’t believe just how many memes I’ve seen about losing AirPods. Best one came from the Indian comedian Cyril Dabs. But it’s a genuine concern. AirPods being so small and wireless. Apple is trying to curb the collective anxiety by adding a Find my AirPods feature in the Find my iPhone app. It has been introduced in the iOS 10.3 Beta 1 and when iOS 10.3 officially launches in the next couple of weeks, it will be live for everyone. Continue reading → Apple To Join Google, Microsoft in Artificial Intelligence Research Group, Partnership On AI By Rajesh Pandey on Jan 26, 2017 07:18 am Apple is all set to join an artificial intelligence research group, Partnership on AI, which already includes the likes of Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Apple is expected to make a formal announcement as soon as next week reports Bloomberg. Continue reading → Huawei Aims To Surpass Apple By 2018; Become World’s Largest Smartphone OEM by 2021 By Rajesh Pandey on Jan 25, 2017 10:40 pm In the firecely competitive smartphone market where veteran players like LG, Motorola, and HTC are struggling to eek out a profit and remain relevant, Huawei has managed to surpass them all, not only in terms of market share but also profit.

A 'Celebgate' hacker who stole nude photos of celebrities was sentenced to 9 months in prison

Edward Majerczyk, 29, who pleaded guilty to felony computer hacking charges last year, will begin serving his sentence on Feb. 27, said Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Zach Fardon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

3 Times It's Okay To Change Your Mind About A Job Offer (Or Your Whole Career)

It’s decision time, and you’re anxious. You're afraid you’ll make the wrong choice. Or worried that once you commit, it’s important to stick it out no matter what, lest you risk looking fickle or like you're not a team player. In some cases, career coaches will even tell you that follow-through is important for demonstrating commitment and integrity in the future—that you need to have a proven track record of making up your mind and seeing things through once you have.

Mass Effect Andromeda - Cinematic Trailer #2 - IGN Video

We meet a few more of the Andromeda Initiative's key members - and find out some of the trouble they'll be getting into.

This bag of chips can sense if you've been drinking and call you an Uber

If it decides you've been drinking — regardless of how much — an image of a red steering wheel appears on the otherwise stark black bag along with a reminder not to drive and a code for a $10 Uber discount (valid only on Super Bowl Sunday).

Android apps with emoji descriptions get more downloads

The group tested each icon with 25 percent of Google Play Store users in various countries, and used none for the other 25 percent as a control group. In Germany and Italy, the "rocket" and "100" emojis icons prompted users to download the app over 20 percent more often than the control group. Poland, bizarrely, showed a propensity for the "litter can" emoji to the tune of about 7 percent.

Israeli Cybersecurity Industry Grows as Global Threats Multiply

Investments in Israel’s cybersecurity industry jumped 9 percent in 2016, a year when the world suffered a successful cyberattack on a national power grid, a massive e-mail leak that may have altered U.S. elections, and an $81 million central bank heist, according to a new report from Start-Up Nation Central.

Add some information about properly formatted commit messages · torvalds/subsurface-for-dirk@b659015

It does seem like a lot of github users are not used to good commit message rules, and may never have used git for a project that actually cares about good logs and nice summary lines. Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>

Can Mozilla save Firefox?

It is the far future, and humanity has transcended its bodily limitations. By visiting a neurocosmetology lab — which looks quite a lot like a beauty salon — you can be fitted with a set of Octavia Electrodes — a form of trans-cranial stimulation...

The Future Of Photography Is About Computation

Computational photography takes a swarm of data from images or image sensors and combines it algorithmically to produce a photo that would be impossible to capture with film photography or digital photography in its more conventional form. Image data can be assembled across time and space, producing super-real high-dynamic range (HDR) photos—or just ones that capture both light and dark areas well. Multiple cameras' inputs can be fused into a single image, as on some Android phones and the iPhone 7 Plus, allowing for crisper or richer images in a single shot and a synthetic zoom that looks nearly as good as one produced via optical means.

New to Netflix for February 2017 - IGN

Surprisingly shut out of this year's Animated Feature Film nominations at the Oscars -- which is uncommon for Pixar -- Finding Dory was still a monster hit with both audiences in critics, despite the long delay making it to the screen. The film ultimately pulled in strong reviews and over a billion dollars at the box office. This time around, it was the perpetually forgetful Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, who was out to find her family, with Albert Brooks' Marlin and Nemo in tow.

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.

What Trump’s Messy Office Reveals About His Leadership Style

"Their tiny size, in contrast to all of the other images that we see, and their position in the room, suggest to me that these images may be just for Trump and for nobody else (in contrast to much of the other material in the room). If there is any signaling here at all, it is exactly that—a modest nod to the family that he treasures—a little cue to visitors that these people are in his life—but a reminder that he might prefer to keep family matters private. This is in stark contrast to the prominent roles that he has given some family members in his administration and one wonders how this will play out over the next few years – his desire to shield family matters from the eyes of the world but also to surround himself with them in his working life as he takes on what is probably the most public job on the planet."

Alibaba's e-payment company is buying MoneyGram for $880 million

Ant Financial, whose anchor business is Alipay, China's largest online payments service, was spun off from Alibaba in 2011. It claims to have over 450 million users in China and last year had one of the biggest private funding rounds ever, raising $4.5 billion at a $60 billion valuation.

Americans "divided" on government access to encrypted messages

Pew Research found in its latest report on cybersecurity that 46 percent of Americans would allow the government to access encrypted communications to investigate a crime, whereas 44 percent are in favor of encrypted apps and messaging that are unbreakable to law enforcement.

A Brief Chat With Elon Musk About Climate Change, Rex Tillerson, and Donald Trump

Yesterday Elon Musk stunned us (and just about everyone else) by tweeting in support of Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil and likely Secretary of State under the Trump administration. Musk’s public image is that of a tycoon using his influence to innovate towards a techno-utopian future powered by clean energy and complete with human cities on Mars. What could he possibly have in common with a mogul who made his fortune sucking the Earth’s resources dry? We asked him. And today he answered.

D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million quantum computer

The last time we reported on Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave , it'd extended a contract for its 500-qubit D-Wave Two machine. Now, the firm has announced a major step forward: commercial availability of the D-Wave 2000Q, which it says has 2,000 qubits and costs a whopping $15 million. More than that, D-Wave has its first customer lined up for the pricey machine. "Cutting-edge cyber security firm" Temporal Defense Systems. There, the computer will be used for chipping away at problems that are for more complex than previously thought solvable.

Inside Jerry Seinfeld's $100 million decision to jump to Netflix

Seinfeld's final decision to leave Crackle was quickly seen as a blow to the company. "Comedians in Cars" is the service's best-known series and also its most viral. It provided more than 100 million streams for the company as of last year. Critics wondered whether Seinfeld's departure would also affect Crackle's ability to sign big names in the future.

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