Ford partners with Amazon to make Alexa your driving assistant
Following its announcement last year, Ford is finally bringing Amazon Alexa to its vehicles so you can have a conversation with your car.
Nvidia Puts AI in Cars, Gaming Rigs in the Cloud
Nvidia had an action-packed keynote here at CES.
Razer built an insane gaming laptop with 3 screens
Razer's lineup of gaming laptops are some of the finest you can get, but none of them compare to this insane prototype with 3 screens.
Honda’s NeuV is a mini electric concept car with emotional intelligence
Honda is another carmaker focused on supplementing the driving experience with an emotional, AI-based component. The NeuV, Honda's latest concept which it..
Sony Reveals OLED Bravia 4K TVs
Sony teased "unparalleled" black levels and contrast in these sets.
A First Look at Razer's Mind-Boggling Project Valerie
Razer's Project Valerie, a gaming laptop with three 4K displays, is one of the most ambitious products I've seen at CES.
Formlabs adds new ceramic resins and tools for experimenters
Formlabs makes powerful 3D printers that can make objects that look as solid and smooth as injection-molded parts. Now, however, they've added improved..
Cadillac’s Book is a subscription car service that gives luxury customers options
Cadillac is among the many car manufacturers looking at alternate ownership models, and its new Book subscription service is a unique twist on something like a Zipcar or GM’s Maven. With Book, luxury customers who might ordinarily consider buying or leasing one of Cadillac’s vehicles can instead choose to sign up for a $1,500 per month service that provides on-demand delivery of a Cadillac with the carmaker’s top-level trim.
The Vergecast Live at CES 2017
During CES 2017, we'll be airing The Vergecast Live on Twitter at 7:30PM ET each night from January 4th through 6th.
Twitter to live stream early rounds of the PGA Tour
"Our collaboration with the PGA Tour will provide fans all over the world access to watch live streaming PGA Tour events on Twitter while following the conversation all on one screen," said Anthony Noto, Twitter's chief operating officer.
Audi is teaming up with Nvidia to build a self-driving car by 2020
Move over, Google, Tesla, BMW et al: Nvidia is gearing up to build a self-driving car with Audi, and promises to have an autonomous vehicle on the road by 2020.
Snapchat ex-employee claims company faked growth stats to boost value
As Snapchat continues to prepare to go public , a former employee has come forward with alleged claims that the company has been faking its growth numbers in order to artificially boost its worth.
The skill you need now: presentation literacy
Several years ago, TED’s content director, Kelly Stoetzel, and I went on a global tour in search of speaking talent. In Nairobi, Kenya, we met Richard Turere, a 12-year-old Maasai boy who had come up with a surprising invention. His family raised cattle, and one of the biggest challenges was protecting them at night from lion attacks. Richard had noticed that a stationary campfire didn’t deter the lions, but walking around waving a torch did seem to work. The lions were apparently afraid of moving lights! Richard had somehow taught himself electronics by messing around with parts taken from his parents’ radio. He used that knowledge to devise a system of lights that would turn on and off in sequence, creating a sense of movement. It was built from scrapyard parts — solar panels, a car battery and a motorcycle indicator box. He installed the lights and — presto! — the lion attacks stopped. News of his invention spread and other villages wanted in. Instead of seeking to kill the lions as they had done before, they installed Richard’s “lion lights.” Both villagers and pro-lion environmentalists were happy.
Google Calendar integrates with Google Fit and Apple Health to help you stick to your fitness goals
With Goals, Google launched a new Google Calendar feature last year that allowed you to easily schedule and track certain goals you set for yourself. Right in time for people to forget their New Year’s resolutions, Google today announced an update to Goals and Google Calendar that allows you to connect Google Fit and Apple Health to the fitness goals you set in Goals.
Amazon is opening a Manhattan bookstore this spring
Amazon is opening a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the middle of Manhattan sometime this spring, the company told the WSJ in an email. That confirms a rumor from last summer that it would launch a New York City location, though the retail giant is opening it sooner than expected and in a different spot. Rather than being at the upcoming Hudson Yards development, projected to open in late 2018, it'll be located at Time Warner Center in Midtown at the edge of Central Park.
These Are the Important Changes to Your 401(k) In 2017
First, the contribution limit is still set at $18,000. That part remains unchanged. However, the Saver’s Credit gives an extra incentive to low-income families. If you’re making less than $31,000 a year as a single person, or $62,000 as a married couple filing jointly, you can qualify for a credit on anywhere from 10% to 50% of the first $2,000 you contribute per person to your plans. Those yearly income limits are slightly higher than they were last year, so if you’re not above those limits, it might be worth adjusting your 401(k) contribution.
Intel acquires cloud storage startup Bitcasa
Cloud storage startup Bitcasa today posted a “goodbye” message on its homepage without saying exactly what’s happening to it. In fact, Bitcasa has been acquired by Intel, VentureBeat has learned.
Tidal now offers studio-quality 'Master' audio
You'll have to be finicky about what you listen to and where. It's only available on the desktop at the moment, and a large chunk of Tidal's catalog isn't included. It's not specific about who's getting the Master treatment, but you'll mostly have to be content with Warner Music Group artists. There are notable exceptions to the rule, though, such as Beyoncé. If Tidal can widen its offerings, though, it'll be good news for both the company and you. It'll be easier to choose Tidal over Spotify or Apple Music if you know you'll get fidelity that just isn't possible at other streaming giants.
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Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) has today announced a new traffic management system named NextTraffic, built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud. CTS will utilize the cloud platform to analyze huge volumes of traffic data and provide governments with data on peak times, congestion, and potential accidents before they happen. CTS is most commonly known for its fare … Read more »
The best smart home gadgets of CES 2017
The smart home story of CES is usually about how it's getting ever easier and cheaper to build connected tech into your home. That'll be true this year, too. But there's another story that's starting to pop up: just how many of our gadgets are suddenly able to talk to each other. For 2017, CES' early connected home highlights are about appliances making some truly smart integrations with Amazon's Alexa, Nest's Protect, and, of course, iOS and Android as well.
Honda's New Experimental Motorcycle Can Balance All By Itself Like Magic
If you’ve ever pushed a bike down a hill, you know that two-wheeled vehicles can balance themselves when traveling at higher speeds. It’s when you’re riding slower that balancing gets a little more challenging, unless your motorcycle’s equipped with Honda’s new experimental Riding Assist technology so it automatically balances itself.
Dell's New 2-1 Laptop Charges Wirelessly
Dell’s known for making fantastic laptops , but the company, in the past, hasn’t exactly been known for its innovation. So the new Latitude 7285 2-in-1 feels like a pretty damn delightful departure for Dell, as it’s the first 2-in-1 to gleefully embrace wireless charging.
T-Mobile will 'kill' taxes, fees on your phone bill
As part of its "Un-carrier Next" press conference at CES, the nation's third-largest carrier said on Thursday that it would simplify the pricing of its T-Mobile One plan. The $70 plan for an individual, for instance, will cost exactly $70 after taxes and fees. Typically, consumers pay more than the advertised rate on their wireless plan because of local and federal taxes and other fees.
Intel mostly missed the boat on smartphones, but the company is trying to establish a firm foothold in the ever-broadening marketplace for connected appliances and other smart things. Intel's latest effort in this arena is its new " Compute Card ," a small 94.5mm by 55mm by 5mm slab that includes a CPU and GPU, RAM, storage, and wireless connectivity . Intel hasn't given us specific information about the specs and speeds of its first Compute Cards, but you can expect the fastest ones to approach the performance of high-end fanless laptops like Apple's MacBooks. Intel told us that processors with a TDP of up to 6W could fit inside the Compute Cards, which covers both low-power Atom chips like those that powered early versions of Intel's Compute Stick to full Core M and Y-series Core i5 and i7 CPUs like the ones you find in laptops. Intel says that the card uses a variant of the USB-C port called "USB-C plus extension" to connect with the systems it's plugged into. That connector gives devices direct access to the USB and PCIe buses as well as HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs. The company considers the Compute Card to be a replacement of sorts for the Compute Stick, which Intel says will probably disappear from its roadmap in 2018 or so.
Four Black Teens Arrested After Graphic Facebook Live Video Shows White Teen Bound, Tortured
On Thursday, Chicago police are expected to charge four black teenagers after a Facebook Live video surfaced of them binding, gagging, and assaulting a young white man, described by police as having “mental health challenges.”
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The debts of Donald Trump and his businesses are scattered across Wall Street banks, mutual funds and other financial institutions, broadening the tangle of interests that pose potential conflicts for the incoming president’s administration.
Yes, Rings Is Finally Coming Out, and Here's a New Trailer to Prove It
Rings , the latest sequel to The Ring , was first scheduled for release in 2015. Fast-forward to 2017, and the film is finally opening February 3. Ahead of that comes a new trailer which focuses heavily on two things that seemingly don’t have much to do with the plot.
Job opening: Sr. Software Engineer at People.ai
At People.ai we’re on a mission to help managers make decisions about their teams based on data, not intuition. We’re reimagining how managers make decisions by allowing them to reach conclusions based on hard data. We started with sales teams because they’ve been a notorious black box. No manager today can definitively say what makes a “top performer” better than a “low performer.” People.ai is solving that by making sales transparent and building the world’s first AI for managing sales teams.
Watch How ILM Brought Back Tarkin and Leia for Rogue One
By now, we’ve talked our heads off about the ILM recreations of 1977 Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in Rogue One . We’ve talked ethics, quality, and even the process. The last piece is to simply watch how it was done, and now you can.
The CW Is Working on a New Charmed Show
The details are scant; all we know is that it’s a “re-imagining” set in 1976. I’m wondering if “re-imagining” means that witches Pru, Pheobe, Piper, and Paige (Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowen in the original show) are being moved from the present to the past, or if this show is a prequel following the relatives of those sisters.
Dell's monster 8K monitor could be the world's first, and it has a price to match
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. Now, he's here to take names and chew bubblegum at CNET. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
The ZenFone AR feels better than it should
ASUS had a subdued kind of CES this year, announcing just two new products on-stage during its press conference, the ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom . Each phone offers its own brand of innovation: For instance, the ZenFone 3 Zoom has two cameras, a powerful 5,000mAh battery and a range of professional-grade photography options. However, the ZenFone AR is the real star of ASUS' show. It's the first phone to offer both Google Tango and Daydream capabilities, helping to usher in a new era of consumer-focused augmented reality.
Nick Offerman on why sometimes the best tech is low-tech
After a brief stint in the IT industry, Terrence made the transition to tech journalism and never looked back. Early in his career he took a particular interest in the intersection of technology and politics. Now, as Managing Editor at Engadget, he helps lead an impressive team of reporters that explore how that tech permeates our society. He's appeared on RT, NY1, The Brian Lehrer Show, WSJ Radio and ABC Radio. In his down time Terrence brews beer and collects hobbies at an alarming rate.
Michigan Has Banned Plastic Bag Bans
It gets worse. The ban doesn't only ban the banning of bags but prevents local governments from taxing them or charging any kind of fee for their use. Effectively, Michigan has locked down any kind of measure that might curtail the pollution caused by disposable containers, whether they're from takeout food joints or supermarket chains. Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, entire countries are moving to ban plastic bags or charging a fee to discourage their use. In its first year, Scotland's ban on free bags resulted in 650 million fewer bags being used. In 2011, even Afghanistan banned plastic shopping bags , and last year France banned disposable plastic cutlery, sending Europe's plastic packaging industry into a panic
Vanity Fair hid Donald Trump's insult about the magazine on its latest cover
The magazine made a similar move last year, plopping a Trump tweet stating that it had "lost almost all of it's [sic] former allure" on its May cover. That time, it was under Amy Schumer's armpit,
New connected bike will trick your kids into exercising and learning
LAS VEGAS — Pulling kids away from the TV in order to exercise can be complicated, but a new connected bike from Fisher-Price will at least trick them into doing a little workout, while getting an education.
'Pokémon Snap' takes one last photo tour on the Wii U
The past few months have been bittersweet for fans of the Nintendo 64. On the one hand, Nintendo has been steadily filling its virtual console service with some of the N64's best games -- but with the Nintendo Switch on the horizon, the Wii U is on its last legs. Still, it's nice to see games like Mario Kart 64, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Excitebike 64 land on the eShop before it gets replaced. Today, Nintendo added yet another fan favorite: Pokémon Snap.
Dell’s 8K monitor is a sublime $4,999 luxury for the pros
If CES is a preview of the future, then give me more of this particular flavor. Dell today announces a new 32-inch, 8K desktop monitor with 1.07 billion colors, aluminum construction, 100 percent coverage of the AdobeRGB and sRGB color gamuts, and a monster $4,999 price. The UP3218K has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 (for a pixel density of 280ppi), which is as many pixels as you’d get from four 4K displays or 16 Full HD panels.
Bitcoin slides as much as 20 percent as Chinese yuan rises
LONDON A dramatic rally in digital currency bitcoin came to a spectacular end on Thursday with a plunge of up to 20 percent as China's yuan rose sharply - further evidence of an intriguing inverse relationship between the pair.
Order around this Samsung refrigerator with your voice
However, if Alexa and Google Home have taught us anything, the days of having to physically interact with our devices are coming to a close. Samsung is right on that curve: You can talk to the Family Hub 2.0 fridge and ask it to do a handful of tasks for you. That includes adding items to a grocery list or shopping cart in InstaCart, checking out using your voice, launching apps like Pandora, and having the fridge read back recipes to you.
Top US intelligence official calls fake news "a grave concern"
The threat of Russian interference with US politics goes beyond hacking. It also includes the spread of fake news and espionage, the country's top intelligence official told the Senate, as politicians sought details on Russian cyberattacks targeting the presidential election.
These Scifi-Looking Incubation Chambers Help Libraries Save Old Newspapers
The University of Connecticut is undergoing a restoration project to revive 19th century Chilean newspapers documenting the years leading up to the war between Chile and an allied Peru and Bolivia. Over the centuries, the newspaper has become brittle and awkwardly creased in ways that make it difficult to read, even tearing when you try to turn the page. The above humidification machine relaxes the pages, allowing for a series of follow-up techniques to restore and eventually digitize the print. The process lasts about 15 minutes.
Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill break up and now the queen has more time to conquer
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Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren joins MSNBC
Comcast Corp's ( CMCSA.O ) MSNBC unit said on Thursday that Fox News veteran Greta Van Susteren had joined the company and will host a new program called "For the Record".
Lyft tripled its rides in 2016
Despite Lyft tripling its numbers, it still lags behind its
rival Uber. Uber told the Wall Street Journal that it completed
78 million rides in December in the US (the only market in which
Lyft operates). In comparison, Lyft recorded 18.7 million rides
during the same period.
Razer’s Project Ariana PC projection tech is the next step in immersive gaming
It’s certainly an exciting idea. In fact, it’s one we’ve seen before in Microsoft’s IllumiRoom Kinect concept. That project, however, died a death in the concept stages, which is where Project Ariana is right now. As it’s a concept, it’s unlikely we’ll see this projector launched any time soon, but if Razer is able to pull it off it could be something incredibly exciting.
Comcast wants to turn your home into a digital domain
This suite of new connected home features will automatically arrive for customers with a Comcast Wi-Fi Gateway device in the first half of the year at no additional cost. That's about 10 million people who will have a smarter home without needing to lift a finger, so to speak, with the number expected to grow by the end of 2017.
Today’s most embarrassing brand tweet is a lesson in workplace diversity
That's the idea behind the new ViveTracker , from HTC. Meant as an add-on for HTC's high-end Vive VR system, the tracker opens up a wide variety of new virtual reality experiences, making it possible for developers to build games where, for example, you can swing an actual bat at a baseball instead of the standard, bulky, Vive controller, and do so with highly accurate tracking of your swing. Though the tracker was just introduced and there aren't all that many implementations of it yet, it's easy to imagine how it could be used in the future to augment many different VR experiences and give users the feeling they're really playing, say, baseball.
6 Nintendo Switch Accessories Announced By Hyperkin - IGN
The accessories for Nintendo Switch include a 5 ft. USB Type-C charging cable, a USB-C AC adapter with a 4 ft. cable, a car charger adapter for the console that has a 5 ft. cable. Hyperkin also announced a screen protector, a hard shell carrying case, and a travel bag with padded storage for the new Nintendo system.
First look: Razer Project Valerie
Project Valerie by Razer is the most exciting concept from the gaming hardware firm yet, namely because of what it accomplishes and how far along it is toward becoming a reality. It’s a logical extension of the existing Blade Pro, one that use cases both for professional and insanely hardcore PC gamers.
Why media mogul Barry Diller thinks the Netflix model will win — and change how you watch TV
That means only people who can't afford ad-free services like Netflix will continue to watch traditional TV, Diller explained. And that's a big problem, as it will send the model spiraling down. “You’re going to be advertising to people who can’t afford your goods,” he said. He characterized free TV as “endangered,” Deadline reported .
Drew Barrymore's Family Sitcom Has Secretly Been a Zombie Show All Along
“There’s a real optimism to the show,” Barrymore told the paper. “I don’t want to watch a show about a couple fighting and falling apart, I can’t handle it right now. It’s not heavy, but it’s not lacking in a sort of sweetness, if you will. But it’s also got bite and backbone and balls.”
Everlast and PIQ team up to bring data and AI to boxing
The strap the sensor lives in is short, so it can't serve as a primary hand wrap. Instead it's meant to go over your hand wraps or even your gloves. The straps are also ambidextrous, so you can strap it on either hand without worrying about identifying left or right. Unfortunately, this is also a perfect excuse for PIQ and Everlast to try and milk every penny out of the product. Because, while the $99 price sounds surprisingly accessible, it only gets you one strap and one Robot. If you really want the full experience -- you know, the pretty crucial ability to track punches with both hands -- you'll have to pony up roughly $200 for a pair.
Ladies And Gentlemen: The Biggest Design Fail Of 2017
Given the nature of the election and the disregard for women shown repeatedly by the president-elect and some of his followers, the mistake looked more symbolic than accidental. Many Twitter users have called out the cover as an indicator of systemic bias, and others have wondered if Express has female editors on staff.
The Ultimate Checklist For Digitally Upgrading Your Resume
We all want a resume that will jump out of the pile into the hands of HR managers. But how do you craft a resume that is tasteful yet aesthetic, impressive, yet not braggy? First and foremost, you need to ditch the conventions of the paper-based version. And that doesn't just mean loading up on keywords that a company's screening software will latch onto, either. It's about turning your resume into a sleek, interactive, and thoroughly digital resource.
Kim Kardashian's selfies have returned to bring peace on Earth
Thank your lucky stars that you don't have to dive into the uncertain waters of 2017 without proper selfie leadership. The queen is back and she brings us peace.