Photographer says iPhone 6s shoots better video than a DSLR
The iPhone 6s takes incredibly photos, but it still has a long way to go before it can compete with a professional camera for still images. When it comes to video, however, it has no problem beating a $3,000 DSLR, according toaaa
How Pixar created the stunning landscape in 'The Good Dinosaur'
In Pixar's upcoming feature The Good Dinosaur, a meticulously rendered landscape becomes a character in its own right.
Meet the laundry-folding washing machine of our lazy-ass future
A washer that will clean, dry and fold my laundry? Give it to me now.
Singaporeans may soon receive their mail by drone
SingPost, the national postal service in Singapore, has just successfully trialed physical mail and parcel delivery using a drone.
'Indivisible' is a hand-drawn JRPG that needs your help
The folks behind 'Skullgirls' are at it again, and this time they're taking to crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo for a hand in creating a gorgeous hand-drawn role-playing game, 'Indivisible'.
Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' shows off her superpowers in new Netflix trailer - CNET
The superhero-turned-detective skips the stairs and uses her powers to commute to work much more quickly.
Preorder the Ulefone Paris 4g 8-core Android 5.1 unlocked smartphone at Gearbest.com for $129.99
As technology improves like with LCD TVs, the price drops dramatically in just a short time. As smartphones reach a point of diminishing returns when it comes to hardware improvements, the next thing to fall is price. Check out the Ulefone Paris 4g smartphone on pre-order sale at gearbest.com . The days of premium prices are coming to an end with phones like this one. Stop wasting your money for features you don’t need. For a fraction of the cost you get Android 5.1, octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, and a 5.0″ LCD HD display. Check out what $129.99 buys with free shipping in the specs below.
Folded horn passive phone speaker
There's something very attractive about a piece of equipment that needs no electrical power, and the passive phone speaker fits into that category. And of course the challenge for the DIY'er is to build one him/herself.I decided to build one loosely based on the folded horn principle, after building three prototypes based on three wholly different principles, to compare their sound quality.
Smaller U.S. businesses fear freeze from EU privacy ruling
The so-called Safe Harbor system allowed U.S. companies to self-certify they met stricter European privacy standards, but the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the provisions used by more than 4,000 firms did not give Europeans sufficient protection against U.S. government access. Companies from all sectors, from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer ( PFE.N ) to tech firms like Microsoft ( MSFT.O ), move user and employee data back and forth across the Atlantic. Tech companies, for instance, store data on many global users in the United States, where they can parse user information for lucrative ad targeting.
Samsung Electronics says mobile payments data safe after LoopPay hack
SEOUL Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said its Samsung Pay user data is safe after a hacking attack against a U.S.-based subsidiary that developed a key technology for its newly-launched mobile payments system.
AWS launches Amazon IoT, a cloud service for Internet of Things data
Microsoft might have had a hint about this product launch — at its largely virtual AzureCon conference last week, Microsoft announced the availability of Azure IoT Suite , a package of existing tools that can be used to build and run applications drawing on Internet-connected devices. Beaglebone, Freescale, Intel, Raspberry Pi, Resin.io, Seeed, and Texas Instruments were onboard as launch partners for the new Azure Certified for IoT program.
SwiftKey taps neural networks for a new keyboard app that could improve predictive typing
If you’re new to SwiftKey, the app developed a solid reputation on Android over a number of years, replacing the default keyboard app on phones and tablets. It learns your writing style over time to speed up typing, and even predicts the next word before you’ve started typing it — this is partly based on historical patterns, but it also scans texts from a myriad of sources to “learn” popular orders in which words are placed. SwiftKey finally launched for iOS last year.
Wacom's Bamboo Spark elegantly digitizes handwritten notes, drawings
Unlike a traditional paper notepad and folio combo, Bamboo Spark has two buttons on its “smart” folio: a power switch and a Bluetooth connectivity button. The folio features an embedded Electro-Magnetic Resonance (EMR) board, which communicates with and powers the pen. (The pen doesn’t have a battery.) The EMR board senses and stores pen strokes, up to 100 pages, even when it’s in offline mode. The folio also has a Bluetooth radio that can beam stored pages to the Bamboo Spark Android and iOS apps. And the Bamboo Spark’s battery is good for about 8 hours of use, according to Wacom.
Mozilla Firefox will drop support for NPAPI plugins by the end of 2016, but will keep Flash around
Mozilla today announced its intention to remove Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plugin support from Firefox “by the end of 2016.” The company has been working, along with other web proponents, to implement functionality like streaming video, advanced graphics, and gaming features that used to be available only via NPAPI plugins.
El Capitan beta code hints at new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2
Several websites, including 9to5Mac and French site Consomac , have spotted code in OS X 10.11.1 beta 3 suggesting that Apple is planning to release a Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 in the coming months. The 10.11.1 beta 3 was originally released to developers this week, and 9to5Mac has confirmed that the Magic accessories code is not present in the current OS X 10.11 release.
Apple Pay to expand to Starbucks, Chili's, KFC
KFC and Chili's restaurants also will begin accepting Apple Pay in 2016, she said at the Re/code technology conference in Half Moon Bay, California.
12 irritating Windows 10 installation issues, and how to fix them
Assuming you’re upgrading from a “genuine” Windows 7 or 8.1 machine, if you’re prompted for a Win10 key, click Skip, Do This Later, or Next (depending on the dialog box). Don’t bother trying to find a Windows 10 key. Chances are very good that Windows will recognize the error of its ways and not bother you again, although it may take a couple of days for the activation routine to figure it out. If you get repeated prompts, see the section below on Activation problems.
Watch The First Episode Of Refinery29's New Web Series, Part Of A Big Bet On Video
Emmerich came to Refinery29 at the right time. Along with global expansion and mobile-social publishing, the media company had made digital video a priority and was about to close on a $50 million round of funding (in part, from Emmerich's alma mater Scripps), to support it. That meant she wouldn't have to spend valuable time trying to evangelize other arms of the business on the idea of video. And the painstaking hiring process the company undertook to find someone to lead the video charge served as a stamp of approval. "If you work here, you know the brand. We have an amazing onboarding process," she says. "There was never a question about whether I was the right person for the role."
Reese Witherspoon's Draper James To Open Brick And Mortar Locations
The entrepreneur’s rather large megaphone hasn’t hurt, either. Witherspoon uses Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to engage with her consumers daily. "As an artist, often waiting months for feedback on a film, to be able to hear our customers’ feedback in real time has been amazing," says Witherspoon. "I feel like that has helped us create products that are specific to what they want." One example: When Draper James launched in May, it had one particularly popular dress in short sleeves. "By July, we knew that women wanted their arms covered," says Witherspoon. "So when you see spring, you’ll see similar dresses with sleeves." What else consumers want: children’s clothing, bridesmaid dresses, fragrances, larger sizes, and more color. "It’s wearable, happy, cheerful, and very approachable. It has a sense of joy," says Witherspoon of her dresses, bags, and entertaining decor. "It’s also well-priced for the quality."
WhatsApp for Android will use Google Drive to back up your data
The more we rely on our smartphones for every facet of our lives, the more risk there is of losing important data if your phone gets lost, stolen or destroyed. Android already has some backup services built in, but the massively popular chat client WhatsApp has just announced a partnership with Google to make sure its 900 million users don't lose anything important to them. Starting today, WhatsApp users on Android will have the option to back up their entire WhatsApp history right to Google Drive. The backup will include chat histories, voice messages, photos and video, and you'll be able to restore all of that data to a new phone when you set up WhatsApp.
Sony cuts U.S. prices for PlayStation 4 ahead of holiday season
TOKYO Sony Corp said it was cutting the price of its PlayStation 4 videogame console to around $350 from $400 to boost sales ahead of the year-end holiday season.
'Star Wars: Battlefront' beta opens wide Thursday at 1PM ET
You watched our stream of Star Wars: Battlefront but you didn't win one of the early access codes we were giving away and you feel a little left out. That's understandable, but know this: Come Thursday at 1PM ET / 10AM PT, you can play for yourself regardless of luck. Make sure you have at least 8GB of free space on your PlayStation 4 and Xbox One or 11GB open on your PC's hard drive though. Word comes via the game's community manager on Twitter . Need something to do until the beta unlocks for you? The embedded Playdate video below will make your wait just over two hours shorter.
Microsoft gets an earful as Office for Mac 2016 users amp ire over crashes
“How is it remotely feasible that neither Microsoft (mostly at blame) or Apple (ignorance is not great customer service) had any proactive communication to NOT DOWNLOAD EL CAPITAN?” asked a commenter labeled “cxr341” on Tuesday. “It would have been a simple correspondence: ‘Hey, we see you use our new Office 2016 on Mac, there’s a big OS X update coming, give us a bit of time until you download it.’ No harm, no foul.”
How to Invest in Pets, Caffeine, and Death
In a symphony, a motif is a bit of music that keeps popping up. A Silicon Valley-based startup wants to turn “motif” into a financial tool. Motif Investing offers collections of investments that exploit a particular theme. If you want to invest in the aging of the baby boomers, for example, you can buy Rest in Peace, made up of hospice and funeral-service stocks. If that’s too depressing, buy Caffeine Fix, comprising a dozen makers of coffee, soda, and energy drinks. There are motifs called Cyber Security, Battling Cancer, Rising Interest Rates, and thousands of others on the company’s site.
Adobe makes Lightroom iOS apps completely free, drops license & Creative Cloud requirements
My first thought was they wanted to woo people away from the free or inexpensive apps that encroach on their customer base. I guess that many people have had a year or two head start on using alternatives to Adobe and are now comfortable with purchasing apps from smaller developers. Working with Pixelmator and Polarr and Snapped has become second-nature to me. The thought of working with another app just isn't appealing unless (a) it has unique, awesome functionality and (b) I trust that my work will be safe (which, to me, means that I can own and edit it forever).
Amazon Announces AWS IoT — A Platform For Building, Managing And Analyzing The Internet Of Things
“Connected does not necessarily mean useful,” said Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels during the keynote today, and indeed this is what Amazon is aiming at tackling with its mega platform: a place where the many different strands of creating services for disparate connected objects can come together into one place to be run in a cohesive way (all ultimately bring traffic and revenue to one consolidated company, too: Amazon).
NXT TakeOver: Respect Live Blog and Results - IGN
Dangit. I was kind of pulling for Jordan and Gable to win this tournament. The both evoke Angle, but also together - of course, Haas and Benjamin. "The World's Greatest Tag Team." Anyhow, this was a better tag match overall than the first encounter. I think the clash of styles here actually helped. Jordan and Gable with their clean technical skills and Corbin and Rhyno with their brutishness and size. In the end, Corbin and Rhyno couldn't really fall to the singlet duo. They're the bigger NXT stars and I think we all figured out what the final match of the Dusty Classic was going to be a few weeks ago. Corbin took this one after a massive End of Days on Gable.
Harry Potter comes to Apple's iBooks for the first time
All seven Harry Potter books are now available as enhanced editions for
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, featuring animations and illustrations for a
new generation of readers
iPhones 6s battery life 'varies by up to two hours depending on chip supplier'
The investigations were sparked by a report from technology news site Anandtech that Apple is dual-sourcing one of the key components of the new phones. The A9 “system on a chip”, the lump of silicon that lies at the heart of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, is designed by Apple but manufactured by two independent contractors: Korea’s Samsung Electronics and Taiwan’s TSMC. The two chips interact with the rest of the hardware identically, based as they are on the same designs, but differences in their production is apparently having an effect on how efficient they are at doing their jobs.
Apple invention brings inductive charging to iPhone without extra hardware
According to a patent application published on Thursday, Apple is actively investigating the integration of inductive charging technology into its devices using multi-mode versions of electrical coils already found in speakers, microphones and haptic engines. Source: USPTO
In the application, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as "Inductive power transfer using acoustic or haptic devices," Apple describes a common two-coil inductive charging system in which a dedicated transmitter coil interacts with a receiver coil in a consumer electronic device, like an iPhone. Unlike current solutions the invention does not require additional hardware, instead using existing coils from audio or vibratory feedback components.
In some implementations, the device-side coil operates in two modes, one being the operation for which it's designed and another for inductive power transfer. Exemplary components include voice coils commonly used in conjunction with magnetic elements to produce sound in a speaker by exerting force on an acoustic membrane — or detecting force to capture sound in dynamic microphones — and haptic systems like Apple's Taptic Engine.
Facebook Messenger launches on Apple Watch, gains iPad multitasking & Spotlight support
Facebook today issued a notable update to its Facebook Messenger iOS app today, bringing three major iOS 9 and watchOS 2 enhancements. Most importantly, today’s update includes the native Apple Watch application introduced at Apple’s September 9th event. The app has support for viewing and responding to conversations as well as sending stickers. Specific to the iPad, Facebook Messenger’s interface is now dynamic so it can support split-screen apps in the updated multitasking view. Across all iOS 9 devices, Facebook will now show conversations and contacts in the Proactive Spotlight screens.
Exclusive: In lawsuit over hacking, Uber probes IP address assigned to Lyft exec: sources
The numeric Comcast IP address and some other details have been redacted from court filings, so Reuters was unable to independently assess whether there was a connection between Lambert and the Comcast IP address. The two sources, however, said Uber researched the address and discovered that it showed up elsewhere in Internet postings associated with Lambert, and that the address was assigned to his name.
MIT Master’s Program to Use MOOCs as ‘Admissions Test’
Students who do well in a series of free online courses and a related online examination offered through MIT’s MOOC project, MITx, will "enhance their chances" of being accepted to the on-site master’s program, according to a university statement. Students who come to the program after first taking the MOOCs will then essentially place out of the first half of the coursework, so they can finish the degree in a semester rather than an academic year. That effectively makes the master’s program half the usual price.
Marvel announces 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' for 2018
With $410 million in global box office receipts, Ant-Man was a modest hit for Marvel (well, modest by Marvel standards), and it's clear from Captain America: Civil War sizzle reels shown at Disney's D23 expo that Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) will be a part of Marvel/Disney's Phase 3 films. And now we can bet that Hope Van Dyne, aka The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), will be firmly in the mix, too.
Volkswagen's U.S. chief blames emissions scandal on 'individuals'
Michael Horn, Volkswagen's U.S. president and chief
executive, testified under oath to the House of Representatives
Oversight and Investigations panel about the emissions scandal
that has wiped away more than a third of the company's market
value and sent tremors through the global auto industry.
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HBO NOW Goes Live On Roku
There was a bit of concern in the past about when Roku would gain access to this channel. A few tipsters had pointed out previously that Roku wasn’t even listed on the HBO NOW website as one of the platforms the company was planning to support “coming soon.” In the meantime, the HBO NOW app went live on a number of other devices and platforms following the expiration of its Apple exclusive, including Amazon’s Fire tablets, Google Play , Chromecast , the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick , and most recently Android TV .
Google’s AMP project: Better than Facebook, or just a different walled garden?
Gingras says the rise of ad-blocking software has made it increasingly obvious that many users hate the kind of slow-loading pages many publishers are putting out, the ones that are filled with megabytes worth of tracking scripts and popup ads. AMP would solve many of those problems, Google says, and — although the company doesn’t come right out and say this — it would do so without forcing publishers to embrace a proprietary solution like Facebook’s or Apple’s.
Apple TV & iPad Pro to hit stores early November after late October online launch
The revamped Apple TV set top box and iPad Pro will both begin showing up in Apple Retail Stores for sale during the first week of November after going on sale via Apple’s website in late October, according to reliable sources. It is also likely that the first online orders of both products will reach customers in early November.
AWS security and compliance tools embrace enterprise clouds
Once upon a time, the biggest barrier to cloud adoption was security. That is no longer the case, but at the Re:Invent conference, Amazon.com unveiled two new security and compliance tools designed to make it easier for Amazon Web Services users to proactively find and fix security issues.
Facebook Prioritizing News Feed Content Based on Connectivity
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Android founder says next major wave of computing will be AI
In a talk at Code/Mobile, Android founder Andy Rubin said that he believes the next major wave of computing will be in the realm of artificial intelligence. Rubin, who left Google to start a hardware startup incubator called Playground, said that after spending some time in robotics at Google, he believes the next big frontier is in devices that don't have screens like traffic lights or your dishwasher. "Robotics and automation are going to permeate our lives," he said, adding that intelligence from the cloud will be the new thing. Seeing as Playground has invested in companies like castAR , which makes projected augmented reality glasses, and Connected Yard, which provides detailed chemical analysis of swimming pools , it appears he's putting his money where his mouth is.
Google launches its first dedicated public transport app, but for New Delhi residents only
The experimental app is essentially a Google Maps offshoot, designed by the same team, but it’s been built from scratch specifically for travelers and commuters in the Indian capital. Given that every city around the world has its own unique transport infrastructure, it’s not clear what Google’s plans are for introducing similar apps in other cities around the world, but there is a demand.
FAA tests tech to spot illegal drone operators near airports
As the number of privately-owned UAVs have exploded here in the US, so too have incidents of hobbyist drones being flown too closely to airports. More than 100 incidents have been reported every month this year, up from a handful of occurrences in 2015, according to FAA deputy administrator, Michael Whitaker. To combat this trend, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into technology that zeros in on scofflaw drone pilots by tracking their radio signals.
Q&A: What’s Going On With Daily Fantasy Sports?
That’s still a debated issue, depending on where you are and who you ask. As of now, daily fantasy games are legal in 45 states; they are outlawed in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Washington. In 2006, Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which said these types of fantasy-sports games must reflect skill in order to be legal. So it boils down to whether these games reflect luck or skill. Proponents say the latter; critics say it’s luck—much like the debate over Internet gambling.
Steve Jobs' legacy 'hijacked,' says Apple's Jony Ive - CNET
Especially worrisome for Jobs' longtime friend is the succession of movies made about Apple's co-founder. Ive says he is most concerned by the way a life's story can be "hijacked" by people who did not really know the man.
Facebook finally reveals what its ‘dislike button’ will really look like
It’s probably one of Facebook’s most requested features — a “dislike” button that lets users express an emotion other than “like.” News emerged last month that the social network was finally working on something along those lines , though Zuckerberg declined to share exactly what it would look like — but today things get a whole lot clearer.
Sony Buys Gesture-Tracker And 3D-Sensor Maker, SoftKinetic
Sony said it will focus on combining SoftKinetic’s ToF range image sensor technology with its own technologies — “with the aim of developing the next generation of range image sensors and solutions, not only in the field of imaging, but for broader sensing-related applications as well”.
Facebook's Like button will soon have these emoticon alternatives, says report
Facebook is preparing to test a new "reactions" feature that would allow users to reply to posts with more than a "Like," according to a report from Engadget ES . The site on Thursday published mockups of the feature, which adds a range of emoticons to Facebook's standard thumbs-up Like button. Citing unnamed sources, Engadget reports that the feature will be rolled out to users in Spain and Ireland as early as Friday.
Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Becomes Alphabet’s ‘Do the Right Thing’
To be sure, the vast majority of Alphabet employees will still be Google employees, part of the core search-and-advertising unit that is the new holding company’s biggest division. Those workers are still covered by Google’s code of conduct and the “Don’t be evil” motto.
Soon, you'll be able to use Apple Pay at your table to pick up the tab at Chili's
Apple's payments system, which lets people store credit cards and loyalty cards on their phones, already lets coffee lovers fill up their Starbucks card to pay at the register. Starting in 2016, Starbucks will start piloting Apple Pay in a few stores before expanding to the 7,500 corporate-owned stores, Bailey said.
Is Web design becoming irrelevant?
In order to satisfy users, you must design beyond the page. You need to understand the entire journey, especially how people use your website as part of a multi-device experience.
Google now quite literally owns the Alphabet
Unfortunately, BMW owns alphabet.com and doesn’t plan on giving it up anytime soon, so today’s purchase is more of a funny addition to the company’s arsenal of domains, even if it isn’t all that useful.
3 Things Business Leaders Can Learn From Web Developers
For business leaders, a broken link could be any process that doesn't lead to its intended outcome—the same way a broken product link on a website causes a 404 error. Sometimes clients try to email former employees. Or two department heads aren't communicating well. A great boss should identify these broken links proactively by going right to their source, working out a resolution, and looping everyone in once it's been fixed. Sometimes it takes more than one try to get it right, but a good web developer keeps at it until there's a solution in place. Great managers and business heads should do the same.
Google's new Android app helps Delhi's commuters get around
Google has launched Delhi Public Transport Offline an Android app that helps users in the Indian capital of New Delhi get around town using public transport, without the need for an internet connection.
Apple's design-boss Jony Ive says his new job lets him work on 'naughty, under-the-radar' activities
Apple's design-boss Jony Ive says his new job lets him work on 'naughty, under-the-radar' activities
Trove uses 3D printing technology to create customized jewelry
It’s easy to write off 3D printing as an enthusiast’s hobby — one that is reserved for those with enough skill to work in design software or enough of a budget to purchase their own printer. But the cool thing about it is its consumer applications, and the way it makes objects accessible to a mainstream audience.
Google Doubles Down On AI In Europe As It Takes A Stake In DFKI Research Center In Germany
Google has been putting serious investment into building out its artificial intelligence, deep learning and robotics capabilities, and this week the company made its latest move to tap into some of the more cutting edge work going on in the field, specifically in Europe.