Oops. Pixel 2's secret menu button was a mistake
But you can see it here before it vanishes forever.
'The Punisher' Netflix trailer delivers blood, release date
A new trailer shines a light on The Punisher's dark military past. Plus, the show gets a release date.
Tesla's Model 3 is expected to have only 'average' reliability, according to Consumer Reports
The Model 3 is the luxury electric vehicle maker's newest car,
and Consumer Reports said it had no data on the vehicle. But it
relies largely on technology the carmaker has used on its Model S
sedan, which has been in production since 2012, and Consumer
Reports said predicted reliability for that car is now "above
Alphabet Unit Leads $1 Billion Investment in Lyft
Lyft Inc. raised $1 billion in a deal that values the ride-sharing startup at $11 billion, steps up competition with rival Uber Technologies Inc. and builds ties with internet giant Alphabet Inc.
Alphabet’s CapitalG Leads $1 Billion Round in Lyft
Today we’re happy to announce CapitalG — Alphabet’s growth investment fund — is leading a $1 billion financing round in Lyft. This brings Lyft’s post-money valuation to $11 billion. We’re also excited to work with CapitalG Partner David Lawee , who is joining Lyft’s Board.
Pixel 2 XL: What's up with that screen?
There's no question that the colors on the Pixel 2 XL's 6-inch, 2,880x1,440-pixel P-OLED screen aren't quite as vibrant as those on the flagship Samsung phone we used for comparison. We created pure red, green and blue RGB images in Photoshop at each phone's native resolution for an apples to apples test, and the Pixel 2 XL's colors were consistently muted by comparison. It didn't matter whether we turned on the phone's "Vivid" mode, or reduced the Samsung phone's brightness to better match -- the Samsung's colors always popped in a way the Google's screen didn't.
Here's how mapping may help save the Great Barrier Reef
The project uses PRISM, an acronym for the JPL's Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer, to capture spectrum data that previously couldn't be collected. Spectrometers measure the wavelength of light, which provides insight into what something is made of. The PRISM system was mounted in the belly of an airplane that flew at low altitudes above the reef and pierced the water's surface to capture high-resolution spectrum data.
Nintendo Switch update lets you share game clips
Video clips can now be shared, and your system data can be moved to another Switch... but there's a catch.
Google's adorable Doodle stars Nobel-winning astrophysicist
Thursday's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 107th birthday of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, an Indian astrophysicist famous for his theory on the evolution of stars.
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A Boom in Credit Cards: Great News for Banks, Less So Consumers
Cynthia Regis, 73, worked for more than two decades as a home health care aide but has virtually no savings. To help pay her electric bill and to buy groceries, she racked up a balance of more than $6,000 on a Discover credit card. The annual interest rate is 29 percent, which makes it hard for her to whittle down her outstanding balance. One month this year, for example, her payment of $159 mostly covered her interest payments, shaving only $5 off her total debt.
Stars Wars: Battlefront 2 Campaign Hands-On Preview: A Lighter Look at the Dark Side - IGN
I got to play the first three missions of Battlefront 2’s campaign over the course of about two hours, and really enjoyed what I saw. EA has referred to the single-player mode as a “tour” of what the multiplayer modes have to offer, and while the core of those multiplayer influences can still be seen throughout the campaign, I was glad to discover it also felt like a substantial and fleshed out experience of its own. It looks, sounds, and feels like a Star Wars movie, but from a unique perspective we haven’t seen much of since the likes of 1994’s Star Wars: TIE Fighter.
Senators announce new bill that would regulate online political ads
The new bill, called the Honest Ads Act, would require companies like Facebook and Google to keep copies of political ads and make them publicly available. Under the act, the companies would also be required to release information on who those ads were targeted to, as well as information on the buyer and the rates charged for the ads. The new rules would bring disclosure rules more in line with how political ads are regulated in mediums like print and TV, and apply to any platform with more than 50 million monthly viewers. The companies would be required to keep and release data on anyone spending more than $500 on political ads in a year.
Why Baby Boomers and Millennials target different tech jobs, and the 10 they're most after
Millennials and Baby Boomers bring different but equally necessary skills to the tech industry—but they are applying to different types of jobs, according to new research from job search site Indeed.
5 things businesses need to consider before accepting or investing in cryptocurrency
Bitcoin and blockchain-based cryptocurrency can be a tempting investment, especially considering the current sky-high prices. Don't rush in yet, though.
Gmail ups the ante for business users, allows third-party email accounts in iOS app
The option to access all of a user's email accounts in one spot can help business leaders balance multiple work and personal emails, potentially spread across different providers. While Apple's Mail app allows several emails to be stored in one spot, the Gmail option may be preferred for users more familiar with Gmail's look or user experience.
Tesla hit with another lawsuit, this time alleging anti-LGBT harassment
“Media reporting on claims of discrimination at Tesla should bear a few things in mind: First, as one of the most highly reported-on companies in the world, anyone who brings claims against Tesla is all but assured that they will garner significant media coverage. Second, in the history of Tesla, there has never been a single proven case of discrimination against the company. Not one. This fact is conveniently never mentioned in any reporting. Third, as we have said repeatedly, even though we are a company of 33,000 employees, including more than 10,000 in the Fremont factory alone, and it is not humanly possible to stop all bad conduct, we care deeply about these issues and take them extremely seriously. If there is ever a case where Tesla is at fault, we will take responsibility. On the other hand, Tesla will always fight back against unmeritorious claims. In this case, neither of the two people at the center of the claim, Mr. Ferro and the person who he alleges to have mistreated him, actually worked for Tesla. Both worked for a third-party. Nevertheless, Tesla still stepped in to try to keep these individuals apart from one another and to ensure a good working environment.
The Apple Watch's Best New Feature Was Mysteriously Blocked in China
Sign-ups for cellular service on the Apple Watch in China lasted for just a few days before the suspension, and was only offered by China Unicom . Following the suspension, the telecom released a statement saying only that the cellular service had been offered on a “trial basis.” According to the Journal , China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology did issue a trial certificate for the cellular function on the Apple Watch in August but it never gave its formal approval. For users in China who have already paid upwards of $600 for the new device but didn’t get to set up their cellular service, this is sure to be a disappointment. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment, but have yet to receive a reply. We’ll update this post when we do.
Google just delivered a $1 billion blow to Uber
Lyft just raised $1 billion in a funding round led by
CapitalG, the investment arm of Alphabet, Google's parent
iPhone 8 Plus vs. Pixel 2: Which does better video?
The benefits of having a dual camera on the iPhone (rather than the single lens on the Pixel 2) really only come into play for video if you want to use the iPhone's 2x optical zoom during recording. But even then, that telephoto lens is not stabilized so you'll need to hold it steady or mount it on a tripod.
Facebook subscriptions are coming — get ready for the paywall
Facebook says they will be comparing two different models: one that allows for 10 free articles before a subscription is needed to see more content, and a “freemium” version that allows publishers to dictate which articles are free and which live behind the paywall. When someone decides to subscribe, Facebook says the publisher will handle the transaction and keep 100 percent of the revenue.
How to take a screenshot on the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
With the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the process is the same as it has been on Android devices for a few years now. To take a screenshot on Google's latest phones, press and hold the power and volume down button at the same time. A second or so later, the screen will flash and an animated thumbnail image of your will float into the notification tray.
Verizon's Streaming TV Service Delayed to 2018
Verizon’s brand will surely play a role, and it’s hard to imagine that the company won’t bundle the streaming TV option with its wireless options, so there is a chance the service gets adopted quite a bit. It’ll just come down to what’s available for consumers.
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Google adds "try it now" button to Play Store listings to highlight Android Instant Apps
Google is adding a new “try now” button to Android apps in the Play Store that support the company’s Android Instant Apps feature. Instant Apps, first announced last year and opened to all developers back in May, let users immediately try out an app without having to download it. This is generally achieved by relying on deep linking between different areas of the app, similar to how one would navigate to specific parts of a website. The goal is to give users a quick, purposeful experience that falls somewhere between a full-fledged app and the clunkiness of the mobile web.
Stitch Fix has filed for an IPO, and the numbers look good
Our success is, in large part, dependent upon our ability to identify apparel trends, predict and gauge the tastes of our clients and provide merchandise that satisfies client demand in a timely manner. However, lead times for many of our purchasing decisions may make it difficult for us to respond rapidly to new or changing apparel trends or client acceptance of merchandise chosen by our merchandising buyers. We generally enter into purchase contracts significantly in advance of anticipated sales and frequently before apparel trends are confirmed by client purchases. In the past, we have not always predicted our clients’ preferences and acceptance levels of our merchandise with accuracy. Further, we use our data science to predict our clients’ preferences and gauge demand for our merchandise, and there is no guarantee that our data science and algorithms will accurately anticipate client demand and tastes. To the extent we misjudge the market for the merchandise we offer or fail to execute on trends and deliver attractive merchandise to clients, our sales will decline and our operating results will be adversely affected.
Ultimate Ears Adds Amazon Alexa to New Blast Speakers
The Blast features two 35mm active drivers and two 81-by-39mm passive radiators in a 1.4-pound cylindrical frame. The larger Megablast features two 55mm active drivers and two 25mm tweeters, with two 85-by-50mm passive radiators to improve bass response. According to Ultimate Ears, this means the Blast is capable of producing sounds as low as 90Hz and as loud as 90 dBC, while the Megablast can reach significantly lower and louder with a 60Hz floor and 93dBC top volume. We'll get a better sense for the speakers' performance differences when we test them in the lab.
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Here's how the U.S. government could force Facebook and Google to prevent Russian election meddling
Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner, with support from Republican Sen. John McCain, have co-sponsored a bill called the "Honest Ads Act" that would require internet companies to keep a public database of who is paying for political ads on their networks. The bill also requires companies to do a better job at policing their sites and preventing foreign interference like what occurred during the 2016 election .
MongoDB finishes up 34% in database IPO
New York-based MongoDB went public on the Nasdaq on Thursday, finishing the day at $32.07, up 34% above its IPO price of $24. This is also above the proposed range of $20 to $22, which had been increased from $18 to $20.
Want a Linux desktop on your Android phone? Samsung's working on it | ZDNet
According to Samsung's brief description , Linux on Galaxy will allow developers to use their favorite Linux distribution from a mobile. Whether it's Debian or Ubuntu, the Linux-based desktop OS will run inside the app on Android, which itself has a Linux-based kernel.
Facebook and Apple can’t agree on terms, so Facebook’s subscription tool will only launch on Android phones
That rule is meant to prevent, say, Spotify or Amazon from telling Apple users to leave the app and sign up for subscriptions on their own sites, as a way to dodge Apple’s tax. Apple takes 30 percent of in-app revenue for the first year of a user’s subscription, and then cuts its fee to 15 percent after that.
Google's New Phones Tap Services, Software to Chase Apple
The highlight feature of the new phones are the upgraded camera systems. The phones both have optical image stabilization for taking pictures, improved auto focus for objects, and cameras optimized for augmented reality applications from third-party developers. For the camera’s software, Google is again turning to additions Apple made in previous years. The new Pixels have Portrait Mode and Motion Photos, Android-based versions of Apple’s own Portrait Mode and Live Photos. Portrait Mode blurs backgrounds when taking a picture of a person or object, while Motion Photos tack 1.5 seconds of video on either end of photos. Google’s Portrait Mode only requires a single camera lens while Apple’s compatible iPhones have dual rear cameras.
Inside #Fuel, Twitter’s Stealth Agency That Builds Ad Campaigns In Days | Fast Company
As part of Twitter’s initiative, over the last year it has been working with a secret team to help woo advertisers to its platform. #Fuel, as the team is called, is a small group of digital strategists who work with brands and agencies to consult and create ad campaigns. Fuel is billed as a way for brands to react fast when they need to run a campaign, as well as figure out the best strategy for Twitter-specific content.
This Samsung top freezer fridge delivers on style for under a grand
Finally, here's how the fridge runs at its coldest setting. No more hot spots, except for the butter bin, which is supposed to be a little warmer than the rest of the fridge to keep your butter soft. And look at the freezer -- the numbers are virtually identical to the previous test, where the fridge wasn't running so cold. Again, Twin Cooling seems legit.
3 ways to speed up slow Safari downloads
Soon after realizing my MacBook Pro battery life was greately extended by using Safari, I realized that the download speeds for Apple's browser were really, really, really bad. So bad that I'll open up Chrome (a MacBook battery hog) to download larger files and then close it once the download is complete. Or, in cases where I can easily copy the download URL, I'll open up a terminal window and use the wget command for really speedy downloads.
Icelandic Horror Trailer I Remember You Hints at Dark Secrets and Malevolent Spirits
Scandinavian horror is a particularly chilling subset of the genre—for obvious reasons (duh, it’s cold there), but also because filmmakers from that region tend to construct films blending slow-burn dread with sudden moments of otherworldly terror. I Remember You looks very much in that vein.
The Pixel 2 cost more at Google's own pop-up stores the first day of sales, customers will be reimbursed the difference
Look, Google is free to pursue whatever business deals it wants and go about retail in any way the company pleases. But I’m definitely of the belief that it has made some bad decisions here. These should be unlocked Google Pixel phones sold to you directly by the Google Store. You should be able to get Google’s extended, accidental warranty for the phone at a place that looks like a Google retail shop. But most of all? You shouldn’t be getting scammed out of an extra $30.
Russell Brand compares board games to humanity and sends us into an existential crisis
Russell Brand compares board games to humanity and sends us into an existential crisis
The Legendary Doctor Who Story Still Yearning to Be Told Nearly 40 Years Later
Ever since its cancelation, “Shada” has become a holy grail for Who fans, and there have been multiple times to revive it over the years. John Nathan-Turner, who replaced Graham Williams as producer in 1980, fought for filming to be completed so the story could be included in Tom Baker’s final season, but eventually gave up. Footage from the serial was eventually used in 1983 for the anniversary special “The Five Doctors,” to explain the Fourth Doctor’s absence from the story after Tom Baker declined to return. But beyond that, “Shada” has still lived on in various forms over the last three and a half decades.
How to get your company on track to comply with GDPR
TechRepublic's Dan Patterson met with Box's managing director of global legal services, Joel Benavides, to discuss how companies can prepare and comply with these new regulations. The GDPR is a mandatory regulation that affects all EU companies from big enterprises to small businesses that aims to unify and codify data privacy laws.
CNN granted first FAA waiver to fly drones over crowds
The Part 107 waiver represents the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a waiver for unlimited flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over people, the news network said in a statement . FAA rules prohibit drone flights over people, but waivers are available when applicants can demonstrate no risk of injury.
GoPro Hero 6 review: Slow-mo, stabilization and subtle refinements
The Hero 6 is the first camera from GoPro to feature the company's custom GP1 image processor, and it looks like a successful debut. Video framerates have been doubled almost across the board, making the Hero 6 the slow-mo lovers dream. Better image stabilization and manual exposure settings mean the camera has tools for more demanding users. At $499, it's not cheap, but it's a worthy upgrade for anyone looking to maximize their creative options from the rugged little camera.
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How Intel plans to claim its place in the smart home
"We're going to continue to keep working to get into as many of those products as we can," says Kingston. I joke about one day buying a smart lock with a PC-style Intel Inside sticker slapped on the side of it. He doesn't think that's likely, but he still hopes one day consumers will seek out smart home products specifically because they're made from Intel silicon. "We're somewhat starting from scratch in establishing our value in this space."
The World’s Biggest Selfie Machine Looks Like A Blast | Co.Design
(even when so many professional writers fail at the task), I’d bet just as many can picture themselves on a Times Square Billboard, or imagine a deed from their life that’s worthy of a bronze statue in a park. The honors would be accepted humbly, of course. That’s part of the fantasy.
U.S. Proposes New Cyber Security Controls to Protect Power Grid
U.S. grid operators will have to take measures to guard against the risk of being infected by malware from electronic devices like laptops and thumb drives under proposals put forward by the nation’s top energy regulator.
Virtual robots automate repetitive tasks, but be wary of their impact on your human staff
Robotic process automation is catching on, enabling companies to cut costs by relegating low-skill tasks to robot software. But v-robots may also make your employees anxious--and afraid for their jobs.
Palmer Luckey’s new defense company Anduril looks interested in AR and VR on the battlefield
Palmer Luckey’s new defense startup Anduril has aspirations well beyond a high tech border wall. According to new information on the company’s website and its hires, Anduril intends to apply its virtual reality pedigree to “real-time battlefield awareness for soldiers,” among other defense-centric specialties.
Battle Royale-style game is looking rad in VR
Most were impressed with the way the game looked, especially after only two months of development. Particularly impressive is the game's Skydiving sequence, which is both thrilling to imagine in VR, and appears to avoid the motion sickness pitfalls that befall a lot of other VR games.
This Calculator Tells You If It’s Cheaper To Use Uber Than Own A Car | Fast Company
The calculator is one part of a larger research project that attempts to understand how transportation patterns may shift in the near future, and what that means for carbon emissions. By better understanding the economic drivers of transportation choices (including public transit, though it isn’t included in the simplified public app), the University of Texas researchers plan to estimate how many drivers may make the shift to ride-hailing and what impacts that could have on energy use. Electric cars are likely to become more commonly used for ride-hailing, particularly as companies like Lyft start to use autonomous cars and own their own fleets rather than using drivers’ vehicles. As that shift accelerates, emissions are likely to decrease.
Why Would Tesla Lay Off Hundreds Of Workers When It’s Ramping Up Production? | Fast Company
Why would a corporation setting nearly impossible manufacturing goals suddenly fire hundreds of workers at its one and only automobile plant? Labor activists believe it may have something to do with wanting to exchange vocally pro-union workers with temps that are cheaper to employ and easier to control.