Man on jetpack flies around Statue of Liberty
A man took a spin across the Hudson River and around the Statue of Liberty on a jetpack last week.
Em-Sense Enabled Smartwatch Can Detect When You Touch a Doorknob
New research shows how the electromagnetic signal in our everyday objects can be used to make your smartwatch smarter.
Man fitted with robotic hand wired directly into his brain can 'feel' again
Advanced prosthetic allows paralysed man to control movements and register when the robotic hand is touched
New hybrid solar cells generate 5 times more energy by harnessing sunlight and heat at the same time
Researchers have developed a new hybrid solar cell that uses a special polymer to generate even more solar energy than possible with existing types of solar panels.
Sainsbury's charming Christmas advert will put you in the holiday spirit
UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's shared its 2015 Christmas advert on Thursday, featuring a sweet but mischievous cat named Mog who nearly ruins Christmas.
Four bidders won $14.3M in the Silk Road Bitcoin auction
(By Nate Raymond, Reuters) – The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday said four winning bidders emerged from last week’s auction of bitcoins seized during the prosecution of the creator of the online black marketplace Silk Road.
Microsoft releases a Windows 10 'November update' with a smarter Cortana and more
A couple million users helped Microsoft evaluate Windows 10 before its launch. More than 110 million have already downloaded it since then. Today, with the release of the November Update, formerly known as “Threshold 2,” both groups are on the same footing: Microsoft’s update takes many of these features out of preview and adds them to the “stable” build of Windows 10. And it’s not just the PC that’s receiving an update; Microsoft is launching the New Xbox One Experience (NXOE) for its game console, too.
OneNote gets embedded videos on Windows, Force Touch on iOS, and a floating badge on Android
First up, the Windows desktop app has gained support for embedded videos, but only for Office 365 subscribers. OneNote for Windows now has a dedicated video button (Insert => Online Video) for, well, inserting videos. You can now add clips straight from YouTube, Vimeo, and Office Mix directly into your OneNote notebooks by simply pasting the link to the video in the dialog box (unfortunately you can’t just drop it into the canvas directly). This puts notes beside video content in OneNote for the first time, and Microsoft said it will bring the functionality to Windows 10, Mac, Android, iOS, and OneNote Online “over the coming months.”
Aaron Sorkin wanted to call his Steve Jobs movie 'One more thing...' - CNET
First used in 1998 to reveal his company's return to profit, "One more thing..." was so synonymous with Jobs that screenwriter Aaron Sorkin planned to use the catchphrase when writing a big-screen version of the Apple co-founder's life. "For a while I thought that would be the title of the movie," he says in an interview with CNET, "but I couldn't work a 'one more thing' into the screenplay!"
iPad Pro goes on sale; now available on Apple's website
Apple has also launched two new accessories for the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. Apple Pencil, the company’s new stylus, that will work perfectly with the brand new iPad Pro, which boasts a wide-range of features, including the ability to register tilt, pressure, and the speed of a stroke while using the stylus on the display. Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro is a full-sized keyboard which attaches to iPad Pro’s smart connector port, which transfers data and power to the Smart Keyboard, letting users slide the keyboard into place and lock it there. The new keyboard is made from a woven fabric, including the keys. Inside, there’s the new Apple “dome switch,” which the company made famous in its 12-inch MacBook. Apple Pencil is available for $99, and Smart Keyboard will be available in charcoal gray for $169.
Deutsche Bank digging out of technical debt, while moving to the cloud
Deutsche Bank, like many large banks, is paying down technical debt accrued from years of rushed technology choices intended to help grow their businesses. “It is an incredibly painful transformation process,” says Dan Latimore, senior vice president of the banking practice at Celent, a research firm focusing on financial services. “There’s a certain amount of jury-rigging that you can do to keep up with [aging systems] for a while, but it places increasing strain on the back end and at a certain point, the strain is going to break things.”
8 things you should know about Apple Music for Android - CNET
Apple kept much of the same design from the original iOS app, but embraced the typical Android layout too. True to Android design, the app has a left slide-out "hamburger" menu (so named for the three horizontal lines that look like a hamburger) where you can jump to different sections. That menu is where you'll find the For You, New, Radio, Connect, Playlists and My Music tabs. The hamburger menu keeps things a bit more organized, but it does make it more tedious to switch between tabs.
Activision made more money in one weekend than eight countries did in a year
Another way to put it is Call of Duty: Black Ops III made more money than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which sold a comparatively meager 8.3 million book copies on its first day, and NSYNC's No Strings Attached album, which only sold 2.3 million copies on its first week.
Apple history: First photos of vast collection stretching back to Jobs' and Wozniak's earliest computers | ZDNet
With an enormous assortment of around 10,000 Apple and Apple-related items, the All About Apple Museum in Italy is about to open its doors to the public.
A: Because we added the bedtime mode without really finishing the UI to customize it! So if you don’t like that, or if you prefer the classic/Windows sunrise/sunset, just change the wake time setting to “Dawn” until we make a better UI. “Bedtime mode” overall is supposed to look like a candle while you’re sleeping so you can use your device in the middle of the night, if you have to.
Alibaba's Singles' Day sales surge 60 percent to $14.3 billion
One of the new sales channel pumping Alibaba's Singles' Day sales was Suning Commerce Group Co, in which it bought a 20 percent stake in August. Suning's in-store sales will count toward Alibaba's total gross merchandise volume, as long as they go through final processing online, an Alibaba spokesman said.
Microsoft goes all-out for enterprise with its latest Windows 10 update
First off, the big update for Windows Update for Business is finally available – at least in part – with this release. Thursday's update will allow IT professionals to set up groups of devices within their organizations and stagger the rollout of updates to those devices by group. Using the service, it's also possible to set maintenance windows when updates won't get applied, which is important for maintaining a stable environment during critical periods for a business.
Windows 10's first major update is now available
Microsoft has been testing a fresh update to Windows 10 for the past few months, and now it's ready to release it to everyone. More than 110 million machines are now running Windows 10, and they'll all be offered the update today. The update includes a number of fixes and UI changes that were originally planned for the final version of Windows 10.
Here’s the recipe for the perfect performance car cocktail
Aren’t we onto power yet? Not quite. Another essential ingredient for a delightful performance cocktail is your suspension tuning. There are some incredibly advanced systems out there these days, but I’ll keep it to the basics. The springs, shock absorbers, and linkages connecting wheels to the vehicle body comprise the suspension. Tuning the setup to be softer or tighter affects the vehicle ride and handling characteristics, but there’s more to it than that. The goal is to keep tires in contact with the road as much as possible, and while a softer suspension setup might lend itself to that purpose, it would also increase body roll or vehicle dive and lessen handling potential.
iPad Pro reviews: Is it worth buying?
As far as it being a replacement for a desktop or laptop — the technorati may hitch their pants and stomp around in a haze of jargon arguing that Microsoft couldn’t figure it out so how will Apple. But out there in the real world people are using tablets and phones exclusively. My wife hasn’t had a ‘home personal computer’ outside of a phone and tablet in years. She’s used my desktop and/or laptop perhaps once or twice a month, at most, and usually only because they’re handy. Since the iPad Pro has been around the house, that’s gone down even further. The screen real-estate, along with the precision of the Pencil, has made the Pro more than enough computer for her needs, especially with the handy keyboard.
Asus confirms it's bringing out a set of augmented reality glasses next year - CNET
It's unclear if the product will have any ties with Microsoft's HoloLens , the American juggernaut's own set of augmented reality glasses, a developer edition of which is set to launch early next year for $3,000 (AU$4,258, £1,985). Back in October, the Taiwanese PC maker was in talks with Microsoft about building a cheaper version, according to Asus chairman Jonney Shih.
Fossil Group to Buy Misfit for $260 Million
“If you don’t have a brand it is hard to be legit in this space,” said Sonny Vu, chief executive and co-founder of Misfit. He will become president and chief technology officer of connected devices for Fossil Group after the transaction closes, which Fossil expects before the end of the year.
Xbox team thought backwards compatibility was impossible, but they hadn't tried
So how come the Xbox One has the feature and the PS4 doesn't? In some ways, even Microsoft is surprised. "I'll be honest with you, at the beginning we said it was impossible - but we hadn't tried," Xbox UK Marketing Director Harvey Eagle told techradar.
eBay's Black Friday deals include Samsung 4K TVs, iPads, and GoPros
You might still think of eBay as an auction site, but for years now it's essentially been a store first and foremost. That means it too will have plenty of deals come Black Friday (and the day before it, and the day after it, and the day after that, and on Cyber Monday, too). The deals from eBay are pretty scattered, ranging from tech to Ugg boots. Rather than put up all of its discounts at once, eBay is going to be launching hourly deals; basically, it wants you to come back every hour on the hour to keep shopping. It announced a small selection of its discounts this morning, all of which will be available — at some hour of the given day — on eBay's deals site :
IGN on Twitter
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam release date announced for North America http://go.ign.com/qmLHWRp pic.twitter.com/BkWeFLSpg9
Facebook Messenger Tests Disappearing Messages In France
“We’re excited to announce the latest in an engaging line of optional product features geared towards making Messenger the best way to communicate with the people that matter most,” wrote a Facebook spokeswoman in a statement. “Starting today, we’re conducting a small test in France of a feature that allows people to send messages that disappear an hour after they’re sent. Disappearing messages gives people another fun option to choose from when they communicate on Messenger. We look forward to hearing people’s feedback as they give it a try.”
How cloud-based mobile device management makes your life easier
All of the administration needed for different hardware and its respective software is time-consuming and detracts from employee productivity, and ultimately the bottom line. The old school way of relying on IT personnel can result in longer than necessary wait times. The best way to get a leg-up on managing technology is to enable businesses with the assistance of cloud-based
In-N-Out Files Lawsuit Against Food Delivery Startup DoorDash
According to the filing, In-N-Out contacted DoorDash for the first time in April 2-14, requesting that the startup stop using In-N-Out’s logo on its site, and stop delivering or offering to deliver In-N-Out’s food. DoorDash CEO Tony Xu responded, according to the lawsuit, and said that DoorDash had removed references to In-N-Out from its website. But, in July 2015, the lawsuit states that DoorDash had started delivering In-N-Out’s food again, and began using an imitation logo on its website. DoorDash, according to the lawsuit filed, did not respond to In-N-Out’s letter in July, nor to a follow-up letter in August demanding that DoorDash immediately cease and desist using In-N-Out’s trademarks. Late September, In-N-Out sent a final letter to DoorDash, according to the filing, but DoorDash did not respond.
IGN on Twitter
I AM FUCKIN SCREAMING!! RT @IGN : Final Fantasy 7's Cloud coming to Super Smash Bros. Wii U http://go.ign.com/g9aOOmJ pic.twitter.com/it4qFhYgKK
Is the board's involvement in cybersecurity really that critical?
When it comes to such cybersecurity and risk management decisions, especially when determining the organization’s risk appetite, senior management, the board, and the CEO are the only ones in positions to be able to make that determination, most agree. “Cybersecurity is not one-size-fits-all and is very dependent on the type of organization and the level of risk the organization is willing to accept,” says Eric Cole, fellow and cyber defense lead at the SANS Institute. “All organizations must accept some level of risk and that can only be decided by the board being actively involved in understanding and approving the high level strategic security goals for the organization.”
Explore 4,500 British Museum artifacts with Google's help
The most important addition is arguably the Admonitions Scroll , a Chinese text which dates back to the 6th-century. The piece is incredibly fragile, so it's only visible in the museum for a few months each year. Through the Cultural Institute, you can take a peek whenever you like -- and because it's been captured at "gigapixel" resolution you can zoom in to see some extraordinary details. All of the objects are searchable on Google's site, along with a couple of curated collections about ancient Egypt and Celtic life in the British Iron Age.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4: 5 major glitches
But if you can live with these compromises, the robustness of Windows 10 makes the Surface Pro 4 more appealing, in my opinion, than an Android hybrid or an iPad Pro. The Surface Pro 4 comes with mouse support, compatibility with a vast number of Windows programs and support for 4K video output on up to two external displays with the optional Surface Dock. In this sense, it feels like one device that's powerful enough to replace your tablet, laptop and desktop, saving you cost and time in managing devices and data.
Creator of popular Instagram app that harvested user details: 'It was not a good idea'
You can see first three users in this list for free but you had to pay to see the other users. But we have an alternative way for our users to see all list for free. If you accept to share a photo which promote our application, you could see the whole list for free. But it was not a good idea. We build this module for debug mode.[Sic] “
4 reasons Logitech's Create keyboard may top Apple's Smart Keyboard
If not, head to your nearby Apple Store. The day of the iPad Pro launch (Nov. 11), I noticed at least half a dozen new owners of the big Apple tablet buying Logitech’s keyboard. The Create keyboard is also available for shipping in 1-2 business days on Apple.com . On Logitech’s website, however, the keyboard is only available to preorder, with ship dates stretching to Nov. 29.
REI employees hound CEO with complaints during Reddit AMA gone wrong
Apparently, anonemp's criticism hit on a sore subject, and others claiming to have worked at REI began to pile on with similar complaints. The post eventually racked up 5,855 up-votes — eclipsing even Stritzke's original announcement the AMA at 4,154.
SprayPrinter Paints Your Wall, One Pixel At A Time
SprayPrinter is a neat idea. You download a cellphone app, point the camera at a wall, and sweep the wall with a spray can fitted with a (Bluetooth? WiFi?) remote-controlled valve. The phone knows where the nozzle is, and sprays a dot whenever it needs to “paint” the picture of your choosing on the wall.
iPad Pro review: It's not a full PC replacement, but it's a really nice iPad
But even this split-screen mode isn’t enough for lots of the "laptop" things I need to do on a daily basis. This is still a mobile OS we’re talking about. It’s nice that it’s at least familiar feeling, unlike the foreign hybrid OS that Microsoft introduced with the first Surfaces. But I can’t manipulate more than two app windows at a time on the iPad Pro. I can’t control things with a trackpad. I can’t run Final Cut Pro on the iPad Pro. Entering data into cells in the Google Sheets app on the iPad Pro is still onerous. There’s no way to hand over the iPad to someone else and let them quickly log in as a "guest" user. And while I’ve managed to type away on the iPad Pro on the train or in the passenger seat of a car, there’s still an uncomfortable imbalance between the heavy iPad and the lightweight keyboard on my lap, just as there is with the Microsoft Surface.
Winter is coming, but the Nordic startup scene is keeping it hot
From Skype to Spotify , there’s a good chance you’re interacting with technology born and bred in the Nordics on a daily basis. Startups are ramping up more than ever in the Nordics, the product of a perfect storm of a growing community, increasing investment and governmental support.
Governments Requests Rise for Facebook User Data, Blocking
In a blog post Wednesday, Facebook reiterated that it does not give direct access to people’s data and pushes back if the request is too broad. Government officials can flag Facebook content that they believe violates local laws. If Facebook agrees, it will make that post unavailable within that country. For example, posts denying the Holocaust are blocked in Germany, where Holocaust denial is illegal.
How to port forward for a faster internet
When a port is opened a service is assigned to it – for example, an online game or P2P client. For security reasons, all ports to the Internet and most LAN ports are closed by default so that traffic can't flow through them.
Apple says it’s against opening encrypted data for Britain
Britain last week unveiled a draft surveillance bill that would place explicit obligations on service providers to help intercept data and hack suspects’ devices, potentially undermining the end-to-end encryption on Apple’s iMessages.
30-plus eye-popping Black Friday 2015 tech deals
What would a holiday shopping binge be without a stop by Five Below to stuff stockings and find office presents? Among the techie deals at this store: The price of a 3-foot selfie stick has been slashed from $5 to $2.99. Comes with an AUX cable and fits most cellphones (for those of you who would trust a $600 phone on a $2.99 stick…). Deals start at 6 pm on Thanksgiving and go until 1 am, then stores reopen on Black Friday at 7 am.
The iPad Pro gets the teardown treatment
One of the interesting elements that iFixit notes so far is that the new speaker system and layout in the iPad Pro does come at the sake of battery life, as the crew says, “Premium audio means reduced battery life.” To enforce that notion, the team shows that the speaker boxes take up about half the space as the battery cells. Of course, with the iPad Pro still getting battery life in double digits, while also offering stereo sound, many might not be too dismayed by the finding.
Fossil Group to acquire wearable company Misfit
The news comes more than a year after the Fossil Group revealed it had plans to enter the connected accessory and smartwatch space for all of its brands — a market Misfit already has a strong hold on. The deal will include both Misfit's hardware and fitness tracking software.
Watch Nintendo Direct Right Here
Rhythm Heaven The Best Plus for Nintendo 3DS is only out in Japan right now, and it is an absolutely stellar greatest-hits collection of hundreds of musical mini-games from throughout the entire series. It represents a particularly onerous localization problem, since songs have to be re-recorded into English at the very least. So I’m hoping that’s the reason it hasn’t yet been announced for America, and that Nintendo of America will debut it during this Direct. If we don’t see it, we get one step closer to it never coming here at all, which would be a tragedy. Seriously, it’s really good.
Mozilla launches Firefox for iOS out of preview
A few highlights from Firefox for iOS : Intelligent Search provides suggested search results and the choice of search providers, Visual Tabs lets you manage multiple browser tabs on the same screen, and Firefox Accounts lets you export your Firefox browser history, bookmarks, passwords, and tabs from desktop and Android to your iOS device. Last but not least, Private Browsing gives you the ability to browse the Web without saving history or sharing existing cookies with the sites you visit.
Prison phone breach exposes attorney-client privilege violation
Data leaked from Securus , a phone service provider whose platform is used by over 1.2 million US inmates, shows that the company has been recording and storing calls between prisoners and their lawyers — bringing to light issues surrounding attorney-client privilege in the country.
Hands on: The iPad Pro -- It's a laptop! It's a tablet!
As for cameras, there are two: an 8-megapixel, rear-facing iSight camera that can shoot 1080p HD video, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera that does 720p video. The latter is fine for Facetime video chats; the former is very good, but not top-end, for quick photo-taking on the go. (The iPhone 6S has a 12-megapixel camera, for comparison purposes.) There's no flash, but the rear camera can shoot slo-mo video at 120 frames per second. You're not likely to need it often, but in the rare event you want something in slow-motion -- and the only camera nearby is your iPad Pro -- it'll do nicely.
Udacity raises $105M at $1B valuation to fuel international growth
Udacity’s international plans aren’t exactly new — 30 percent of its users are based outside the U.S., the company told VentureBeat. “We are going to new markets … and there is no magic number … to where we go. We are going where there are a lot of people attracted to tech, but there is a lack of integration,” Udacity’s president and COO, Vish Makhijani, told VentureBeat.
Adam Savage on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Top pitching tips from creative agencies
When pitching clients, you have to take into consideration the nature of how the relationship started, because that can dictate your approach. If the prospective client reached out to you and contacted you, they did so for a reason – they were referred to you, they saw your portfolio or a project you completed and liked it, etc. With this, you’ve already established yourself and your firm somewhat as a trusted authority figure. If on the other hand, you’ve struck up a relationship with them through a cold call, or networking, or some other approach, you have a little bit more of an uphill battle in establishing yourself and your firm as a trusted figure.
Drone collides with Seattle Ferris wheel, busts through plastic table
"There were no injuries. There was no damage to the wheel. We don’t know who owned the drone or who operated it. We collected it and have put the recovered drone into evidence."
Mossberg: The iPad Pro can’t replace your laptop totally, even for a tablet lover
I’m not a graphics guy. I’m bad at drawing, photo touchups, and even taking notes in freehand on a screen. But even I am blown away by the Apple Pencil. Coupled with the large, highly sensitive iPad Pro screen, it’s an excellent stylus. In my tests, it had no discernible latency and drew on the screen like your favorite pen on paper. It easily sensed pressure and darkened or thickened lines, and it even could be held almost parallel to the screen, like a real pencil, for creating shading with the side of the point.
Control the weather via Twitch and torture these poor souls in London
You read that correctly. It's called Survival Billboard , and to be clear, it's a marketing campaign for Rise of the Tomb Raider' s launch in the UK -- but it's so strange (and slightly sadistic) that it's worth a mention. Eight people volunteered to stand on a billboard in London and be subjected to a series of extreme weather conditions, as chosen by people voting online . So far, the contestants have endured snow, wind, rain and heat, and they've been up there for just a few hours. One contestant has already been eliminated, meaning seven remain at time of publication. The last person standing wins a trip to exotic locations around the world. If you tune in (and vote to torture these people, you monster), be warned that the ad breaks (aside from the giant billboard) are lengthy and full of Tomb Raider cutscenes. That may be a small price to pay to be a digital weather god for a little while.
Dutch navigation company TomTom to provide maps for Uber
It is the latest in a series of deals for the Dutch company, which also signed agreements this year to provide maps for Volkswagen and renew a contract to supply maps for Apple's built-in iPhone navigation app.