Watch: This flying drone folds its wings and dives into the sea, then relaunches itself | ZDNet
There's some cool science happening around multidomain robots, which are built to traverse multiple environments
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the longest film in the saga
Director Rian Johnson confirms audiences will be sitting down to an extra-packed Episode VIII.
Meteor strike caught on aurora borealis livecam
A livecam meant to watch the northern lights also caught the arrival of a meteor coming in for a landing.
Robot restaurants put a new spin on fast casual
They're not our overlords just yet. At these restaurants, the robots are here to serve you.
Apple delays HomePod launch into 'early 2018'
Originally scheduled to debut in December, Apple has pushed the launch of its Siri-equipped HomePod speaker into early 2018, saying the company needs more time to complete the home audio accessory.
"We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers. We'll start shipping in the U.S., U.K. and Australia in early 2018," the company said in a statement to TechCrunch .
Apple didn't immediately offer an explanation for the delay. The smartspeaker was originally slated to ship next month for $349.
The HomePod hardware was unveiled at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. While Apple has positioned the device as a premium, high-quality speaker, the accessory is also Apple's answer to intelligent home speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google Home.
With Siri support built in, the speaker is capable of answering basic user queries, controlling HomeKit-connected appliances and playing back media content. HomePod puts a premium on performance and design, with a 3D mesh acoustic fabric enshrouding a 7-tweeter pack, 6-microphone beamforming array and central up-firing subwoofer.
The Best Black Friday Laptop and Desktop PC Deals
While laptop and PC deals are popular all year round, the weeks surrounding Black Friday are awash with particularly impressive discounts. There are far too many bargains for any one person to manage this time of year, so our team has done the work for you. We've sifted through all our Black Friday info to date, and picked the very best laptop deals for each category.
This is Tesla’s big new all-electric truck – the Tesla Semi
The Tesla Semi will go 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, which is incredibly fast compared to a diesel truck. It can go 0 to 60 mph towing 80,000 lbs, its max tow load, in just 20 seconds. It can go 65 mph up a 5 percent grade, which is way better than the 45 mph max that a diesel competitor can do. And for range, it can go 500 miles at highway speed, and less than 80 percent trips are at 250 miles. It also has a better drag coefficient than a super car thanks to its extremely aerodynamic design.
Tesla unveils the new Roadster
Tesla has unveiled a new Roadster, the new version of its original sports car. It’s the fastest production car ever made, according to Elon Musk, with speeds of just 1.9 seconds for 0 to 60 4.2 seconds for 0 to 100. It can handle a quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds.
Black Friday 2017: All the best deals, sales, and ads on laptops, desktop PCs | ZDNet
If you're shopping for a new laptop, desktop PC, or even an iPad, we have the doorbusters, specials, and discounts from retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, and manufacturers like Dell, HP, and Samsung to help you make your purchasing decision. Be sure to bookmark this page, as we will update the deals as Black Friday wraps up and Cyber Monday ramps up.
These are the best dishwashers of 2017
There are 30 dishwashers in the Bosch 800 Series, and we love all of them. Updated for 2017, these dishwashers now feature enhanced drying, easy-gliding racks, and noise ratings as low as 39 dBA. Three handle options are available, and models with hidden controls shine a red light onto the floor while the dishwasher is running so you don’t accidentally open the door mid-wash.
German Regulators Ban Smartwatches for Kids, Urge Parents to Destroy Them
Saying the technology more closely resembles a “spying device” than a toy, Germany regulators have banned the sale of smartwatches designed for kids, urging the parents who were dumb enough to buy them in the first place to destroy them.
Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot can now do backflips
"Atlas' ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint," says Boston Dynamics on its website.
'Star Wars Battlefront II' shoots down in-game purchases right before release day
The criticism was that people who spent tons of money would have an unfair advantage during multiplayer battles. Also, that cash wouldn't just buy cosmetic items — it would give you access to Star Cards, which could give you credits to unlock special characters, including Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. (Yes, it's complicated, and yes, we have an explainer .)
Let Leonid meteors light up your weekend with fireballs
These aren't impressive numbers as meteor showers go, but the Leonids are among the fastest-moving clouds of space debris around, which makes them more likely to produce sizzling fireballs. It's also near impossible to predict when a shower might flare up because the Earth hits an especially dense pocket of debris. In 1966, after comet Tempel-Tuttle's 1965 visit, as many as 3,000 Leonids per hour could be seen.
Tesla Semi: The big questions about costs, benefits ahead of trucking disruption | ZDNet
Trucks typically aren't purchased at high end shopping malls or affluent suburbs, areas that Tesla's retail presence is in today. How that retail network evolves with the entrance into the trucking market is an unknown. All that being said, trucking is likely to be the first major market for Level 4 autonomy and we would expect Tesla to look to test its capabilities for AVs within its trucking fleet and Tesla appears to have an early lead in that arena, although is facing litigation around false advertising of autopilot functionality for past buyers of Model S vehicles.
Disney's <i>Star Wars</i> Lands Are Set on the New Planet of Batuu
This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures.
The 7 Settings to Change as Soon as You've Set Up Your New Phone
Your Android or iOS phone is going to come with a digital assistant app built in, but it won’t necessarily be configured to answer your every call when you first start using it. If you want to be able to shout “hey Siri” or “OK Google” even when your phone is locked, you need to make sure this is enabled in the settings.
Tesla Unveils ‘World’s Fastest Production Car’ and Electric Big Rig
“Elon’s showmanship remains intact, even as his customers’ patience for Model 3 delivery wanes,” Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, wrote in an email. “The specs on the new semi truck and sports car would put both vehicles at the top of their segments, assuming they can be produced and sold as part of a sustainable business plan. So far that final element has eluded Tesla.”
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In This Doctor Who Christmas Special Clip, the First Doctor Hates the New TARDIS So Much
If there’s one thing that is a constant about Doctor Who ’s multi-Doctor adventures, it’s a distaste for the TARDIS’ current “decoration” by former incarnations of its pilot. So it’s good to see that the First Doctor will be carrying on the tradition this Christmas.
Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2
Just a few days after the third betas arrived, Apple has issued new builds of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 to developers, with increasing frequency potentially suggesting that the public releases could arrive soon.
New Google Play Store malware highlights disturbing trend of multi-stage Android attacks
Malicious Android apps keep slipping by Play Protect because they don't contain the malware they use to compromise devices. Instead, they leverage a familiar method that's new to mobile attacks.
These are the best headphones of 2017
Volume-limited headphones are not a perfect solution, but they do reduce the maximum volume that your device is playing back at. We tested the most popular models and the best, by far, was the Puro BT2200. They're not cheap, but they offer a safe and secure way for your kids to enjoy their shows and games without you having to monitor what level they're playing back at. Read our review .
Y Combinator Quietly Ends Relationship With Peter Thiel
Amidst last year’s presidential election, Silicon Valley was publicly at odds with Peter Thiel’s support for Donald Trump. But that wasn’t enough to convince people like Y Combinator’s president Sam Altman to stop working with Thiel. Now, in what has to be one of the stealthiest announcements ever, the partnership between Y Combinator and Thiel has come to an end.
GitHub will now alert you of security flaws in your project dependencies
If you’re working with dependencies on your GitHub-hosted projects, you’ll be happy to know that the repo platform will now alert you about vulnerabilities in things like React, so you’re aware of security flaws that might harm your site or app.
IEEE announces 3 AI standards to protect human well-being in the robot revolution
"Robotics and autonomy are expected to introduce big innovations for society. Recently, there has been growing public attention focused on possible social problems that might occur, as well as on the huge potential benefits that can be realized," Satoshi Tadokoro, president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, said in the release. "Some incorrect information from fiction and imagination may unfortunately be observed in those discussions. As the world's largest technical professional organization, IEEE will introduce knowledge and wisdom based on the accepted facts of science and technology to help reach public decisions that maximize the overall benefits for humanity."
Spoiler: <i>Justice League</i>'s Post-Credit Scene Is One Hell of a Tease<em></em>
We then cut to a speedboat heading to a luxurious yacht. A close-up on the back of a character’s head shows two strands of fabric flapping in the wind. Yep, it’s Deathstroke, who we next see taking his mask off and talking to Lex about his payment for springing the criminal mastermind out of the pokey. Lex makes some comments about the events of the movie, snarkily noting how the heroes have all teamed up. Luthor then essentially says that he, Deathstroke, and otherlike-minded individuals should form “a league of our own”.
Is anyone happy about Trump's administration reversing the ban on elephant trophies?
It being lifted will give hunters the right to bring trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S. The ban was implemented by Obama administration in 2014.
EZ-Link provides easier payments systems in Singapore
“This collaboration with EZ-Link puts Singapore on the road map as the first country in South-east Asia to offer a contactless payment solution where you can pay for public transport rides with a tap of your wearable on your wrist. Integrating the latest smarts, such as innovative payment solutions, into our wearable devices is one of the key pillars of our ongoing efforts to help consumers experience new ways of convenience in their daily life,” says Al Sundoro, General Manager, Garmin South Asia.
Tesla's surprise 400kmph+ Roadster is coming in 2020
Tesla actually started out its operations building a roadster, but produced less than 2,500 of them between 2008 and 2012. The new vehicle draws on the bold lines of the original but adds numerous updates to its look, particularly in the front. It’ll be available in 2020; pricing hasn’t yet been announced.
Twitter confirms it’s testing a tweetstorm feature
Twitter confirms it’s testing a feature that allows users to more easily create “tweetstorms” – those series of connected tweets that have grown to be a popular workaround for Twitter’s character count limitations. The feature, which was recently spotted in the wild, offers a new interface for composing tweets, where individual tweetstorm entries can be written one-by-one then published to Twitter in a staggered fashion with a press of a “Tweet All” button.
A star of Amazon's 'Transparent' has accused Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment
Transparent star Trace Lysette has accused co-star Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment, saying Tambor has long made "sexual advances" toward her, and one time "got physical."
Should you buy the iPhone X, 8 Plus or 8?
The 8 is, all of a sudden, the odd duck in the new iPhone lineup. It's got better speed and cameras than last year's iPhone, and the option to use wireless charging accessories. But it already feels old compared to the iPhone X. True, you're spending $300 to step up to the X, though spreading payments over 24 or 30 months can get that price increase down to as little as $10 per billing cycle. But then, if you don't want to spend that much, consider whether you should wait on getting an iPhone at all, or get a budget alternative?
Find All Your Local Record Stores With VinylHub
Website VinylHub catalogs record stores around the world, an increasingly useful tool for crate diggers as vinyl sales keep rising . Launched in 2014 by music database Discogs , Vinyl has identified over 6500 record shops, along with details like hours, storefront photos, and featured genres. Users can “follow” stores and mark which ones they’ve visited or hope to visit.
The Trump administration's extreme vetting plan is being blasted as a 'digital Muslim ban'
The Trump administration in recent months has solicited
technology firms to develop software that would use artificial
intelligence to examine prospective immigrants for their risk of
committing terrorist acts — a system critics say will likely be
riddled with inaccuracies and result in the exclusion or
deportation of innocent people who pose no threat.
Unusual Wines to Pair With Your Thanksgiving Feast
Conventional wisdom will tell you the go-to pairings for your Turkey Day meal are reds made from pinot noir or gamay grapes and whites made from chardonnay or sauvignon blanc. Occasionally, American zinfandel, celebratory Champagne, or whites such as chenin blanc, riesling, or gewürztraminer will get invited, too. These are the usual wine suspects for one simple reason: they’re really good with standard Thanksgiving food staples.
These new podcasts for kids will help make your holiday road trip bearable
If you’re heading over the river and through the woods this holiday season, and you happen to have the always-delightful opportunity to travel long distances with small children, this news is for you. There is a slate of new podcasts for kids coming out soon to help soothe the savage beasts strapped in those carseats.
ID card security: Spain is facing chaos over chip crypto flaws | ZDNet
With the security of its 60 million national ID smartcards in question, Spain faces some tough choices.
The real star of Tesla’s truck event was its new ultra-fast Roadster
Following the unveiling of its semi-trailer trucks last night, Tesla debuted a brand-new Roadster—the company’s original sport car. In a moment of theatrics, the car jetted out of the back of one of the semis onto the main floor. CEO Elon Musk boasts that the four-seat Roadster can do 0-60 in 1.9 seconds and drive a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds . Those metrics, Musk says, will make it the fastest car in production. Its top speed will be above 250 mph with a 200-kilowatt battery pack and 620-mile range. That means drivers will be able to go from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe on a single charge.
Getting real about AI: 5 of the top myths about artificial intelligence and why they aren’t true (Paid Content by IBM Watson)
But with more interest in AI comes more misinformation as well. Many fear for the future of artificial intelligence and the potential for it to take over. However, AI technology is actually meant to supplement our intelligence, and help us better understand our data and work more efficiently. Companies like IBM—and its Watson technology—are at the forefront of this new era of man and machine working together, and a growing number of organisations are using AI to change their businesses and push society forward.
The Cutest Stranger Things Demogorgon, and More of the Best Toys of the Week
The collectible figure trend has taken over the toy industry over the past few years, for better or for worse, but Lego’s BrickHeadz manage to feel slightly less than an easy cash grab. They don’t come blind-bagged (what you see on the box is what you’ll find inside), and if you tire of your comically-proportioned Rey and Kylo Ren , available in a two-pack come December 1, you can disassemble each character and build a spaceship or something. That’s the beauty of Lego, and why these collectible figs might actually be worth your time. [ Twitter @Lego_Group ]
Apple extends free repair program for 2013-2015 MacBook Pro
Apple has reportedly extended its free repair program for 2013-2015 MacBook Pro units with anti-reflective coating issues. A leaked internal document reveals the company has now authorized free repairs for four years from the notebook’s original purchase date.
Design icon Nate Berkus wants to help you custom frame your memories
Nate Berkus, a well-known figure in the interior design industry, has joined Framebridge, a three-year-old startup that is aiming to disrupt the custom framing industry by allowing customers to mail in art to be framed. Berkus will serve as a creative advisor, helping to design new collections of frames. But he’ll also help with the brand’s marketing efforts, encouraging consumers to use framing as a way to express their taste and tell their stories.
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Seattle is reaching San Francisco levels of income inequality
As the great Leonard Cohen once sang, “the poor stay poor and the rich get rich; that’s how it goes, everybody knows”—especially if you live in Seattle. The Emerald City has just hit a record high for income inequality, and it now rivals San Francisco.
US Government to Continue Funding Hurricane-Stricken Puerto Rican Telescope
The iconic Arecibo telescope has been struggling financially for many years now. September’s devastating strike from Hurricane Maria could have been the last straw, but the telescope received its repairs and began limited observations once again only a week later. The facility is still running on diesel generators and there’s millions more dollars of fixes required, according to a Nature report .
LG OLED TVs will hit a new low price for Black Friday. Now's the time to buy
I dispense a lot of TV advice, whether in reviews and articles like this or directly to individuals on Twitter, email and the comments section and even IRL. And I've been wrong plenty of times -- hell, I predicted $2,500 for the cheapest 65-inch OLED, and LG pleasantly surprised me by $200. Maybe the price on the B7A will fall again for some reason, perhaps closer to Christmas or the Super Bowl. Maybe the one you buy will have some flaw that makes you hate it, despite all the glowing praise from users and experts like me.
iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 cost about $1,000: So is $499 OLED OnePlus 5T a serious rival? | ZDNet
Even though OnePlus flagship prices have crept up with each new release, the new phone is still about half the cost of Samsung's and Apple's latest flagships and just over half the cost of Google's Pixel XL 2, which offers very similar specs.
Marvel's The Punisher: "Crosshairs" Review - IGN
Billy Russo has promise, but there’s still a lot to uncover about why he decided to work for the bad guys. Betraying your friends for a cabin in the woods doesn’t seem like a guy who speaks so highly of Frank. Also, did Billy miss Frank on purpose, or is he just that bad of a shot? Ben Barnes oozes charisma when he’s on-screen, so if he does indeed transform into Jigsaw down the road, it’s nice to know The Punisher’s archenemy is in good hands.
Apple Park visitor center opens doors to the public | Cult of Mac
Construction is still being completed on the main campus but you can now get a first-hand view of the campus at the visitors center. The newly opened building looks a lot like a regular Apple store on the inside, except it features some products you can only buy at Apple Park.
This Week's Darth Vader Comic Turned Attack of the Clones' Jedi Librarian Into a Badass
Darth Vader #8 —by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, and David Curiel—sees Jocasta return to her old archives in the wake of the calamitous purge of the Jedi Order (an event that, in the old canon, had seen her perish at the hands of Anakin Skywalker), in search of records that could help the Jedi return from their fire being extinguished across the galaxy. What Jocasta finds breaks her heart: The fabled collection of stories and archives she’d maintained for years, ravaged and in ruin. It’s a perfect rebuttal to a lot of the old jokes Jocasta has been pelted with by Star Wars fandom over the years. The warriors of the Order are dead, but the Librarian? She’s the one left standing, and her archiving isn’t just studiously boring any more, it’s the key that opens the chance for a future Jedi Order to live on past the tragedy it has endured.
This Is How My Therapist Taught Me To Deal With Annoying Coworkers
For example, I had a client who said she hated my proposal. I’m perfectly fine with constructive feedback, but telling me you hate something doesn’t help me at all. So I said, “I’d like us to communicate with each other more respectfully because telling me you hate something doesn’t feel constructive. I’d prefer if you provided me with specific feedback about what isn’t working for you because that’ll help me to to deliver the work product you’re looking for.”