Astronomers image the birth of a planet, verifies formation theory
They used the Magellan Telescope in Chile and the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona to spot the birth of the Jupiter-like exoplanet.
Harrison Ford surprises 'Star Wars' fans on Skype; fans freak out
Harrison Ford surprised 'Star Wars' fans on Skype to announce a new charity campaign in conjunction with 'The Force Awakens.'
iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4: a closer look at the future of tablets
Apple may not want to admit it, but the iPad Pro is very much built in the image of the Surface Pro: a tablet with a connected keyboard, a stylus, and a stand to prop it up. But for all of their...
New Force Awakens Teaser Makes Finn the Hero
It's been almost a week since we got a new teaser, but this one delivers the goods.
Amazon reveals it's starting Black Friday a week early
As Thanksgiving approaches Americans look forward to not only eating turkey, cranberries, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but also look forward to one of the best shopping days of the year, Black Friday . Amazon has announced that they are starting this year’s Black Friday eight days early with some unique twists involved. The deals will begin on November 20, with new deals added as often as every five minutes for eight straight days. Amazon is calling their special eight day sale the Eight Days of Holiday Deals .
Video Game Toilets are Disgusting - IGN
No video game toilet is ever a sanitary place to be. Blood, grime, body parts, and... potatoes... are just some of the horrors you'll find in virtual bathrooms.
World's first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything
The SCiO is the world's first spectrometer that fits in a pocket, and it can measure the molecular fingerprint of just about anything you see.
Tahj Mowry dishes on the latest in virtual reality innovation
Keeping up with technology can be tough, but that task is no match for former kid genius, Tahj Mowery.
The 5 Most Infamous Software Bugs in History - OpenMind
what is the origin of the term bug in software? Discover the 5 most infamous software bugs in history and the story behind the first real "bug" with OpenMind
Introducing the Intel® Internet of Things hub which brings you the best IoT Instructables. See the projects from the Intel IoT Invitational here!Learn More at the Intel® IoT Zone
Overbook Yourself: 7 Productivity Tips From Writer/Producer/Hustler Jensen Karp
There isn’t usually one moment when an idea goes from "Oh, it would be cool if I did that" to "I'm definitely doing that." For example, I'm opening this boutique called Patti Lapel in two weeks, and it's focusing on a lot of weird shit, one of them being the soft enamel lapel pin craze that's going on right now. It's not a huge investment for me and it basically comes from me just wanting to wear them. So, I have the idea, I start researching how to get these things made, researching vendors by asking a few friends through email, asking my girlfriend to build out the website. Those kinds of things, I have to depend on other people, but I do say "Okay, I'm making this decision. I'm doing this right now." And that's important. I don't think there is anything magical behind that other than your motivation.
You won't be able to listen to Adele's new album '25' on Spotify or Apple Music
Adele's decision follows in the wake of Taylor Swift's controversial decision to remove her albums from Spotify — and for a time, Apple Music — due to music licensing disputes, which came to a head when she penned an open letter to Apple asking for them to reconsider their decision not to pay artists during the streaming service's 3-month trial period. In that particular instance, Apple reversed its decision after Taylor Swift's letter gained widespread attention throughout the media. After Apple promised to pay artists on Apple Music during the 3-month trial period, Taylor Swift decided to allow her music back onto the platform.
Spotify gives employees six months of paid parental leave
"This policy best defines who we are as a company, born out of a Swedish culture that places an emphasis on a healthy work/family balance, gender equality and the ability for every parent to spend quality time with the people that matter most in their lives," Berg wrote.
Google Can Now Stream Select Apps--And Search Their Content
Google has been indexing the content of apps for at least two years, but till now it required that apps made the same content available on the web. The company has steadily upgraded the search functionality on its mobile app , but apps present a considerable challenge for both Google and smaller rivals like Bing and DuckDuckGo: Traditional search engines only index the web, and individual apps function more like walled gardens. For both Google and Apple, indexing the content of individual apps remains the next frontier.
Someone made a giant Rubik's Cube in 'Fallout 4'
It seems there are two types of Fallout 4 gamers: those who want to do nothing but take out bad guys , and a very patient few who painstakingly create some incredible stuff. Case in point, this giant floating Rubik's Cube. User " Theowest " spent a whopping 25 hours gathering and assembling 128 generators, 36 terminals and thousands of wires to create this neon behemoth , but we're not entirely sure whether or not it's a cube that can be "solved." It seems to be missing a top and bottom panel and each square is able to change color . So if you're not a gamer who would make anything like this, then take a second to appreciate its complexity -- right before you get back to kicking bad guy butt.
Google appoints VMware co-founder Greene to run cloud business
Google Inc, a unit of Alphabet Inc, said it appointed VMware Inc co-founder and industry veteran Diane Greene to run its cloud business, as CEO Sundar Pichai pushes ahead with efforts to gain share in the fast-growing market.
Sky Q: Everything You Need to Know About the New Sky 4K TV Service
You can also hook the Mini up to one of the larger Sky Q boxes, letting you share recordings between boxes in different parts of the house. It doesn't, however, have its own local storage. So think of this as a souped-up NOW TV box, using the Q interface, with live TV and multi-screen features. After connecting it to the new Sky Hub broadband router, the Sky Q Mini box also doubles up as a Wi-Fi booster, which is pretty handy especially if you live in a large house with shoddy connectivity.
In Indonesia, a Motorcycle Taxi Service Targets Muslim Women
Riding motorcycle-taxis can be tricky for Muslim women who are not allowed to ride with men they are not married to, according to Islamic Law. But a new on-demand service in Indonesia is ready to solve that problem.
Microsoft Unveils Collaboration With HP Enterprise
Microsoft Corp. is courting corporate customers by forging a new collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. as well as upgrading a key software suite for the cloud.
Amazon announces its Black Friday deals, Web holds its breath
Ahead of the annual internet meltdown, Amazon has announced its best deals that will go on sale during the Black Friday shopping period.
Square's stock jumps more than 60 percent in market debut
The stock pop came after the IPO priced at $9 late on Wednesday, well below the expected range of $11 to $13 and even farther below the $15.46 price of Square's last private financing in 2014. It bucked a difficult stretch for IPOs, which are trading down about 5 percent for the year.
Here's what Square's early investors raked in from its IPO
Digital-payments startup Square priced its initial public offering at $9 per share on Wednesday night and started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning. Shares opened at $11.20 and spiked by as much as 60% soon after. The IPO is good news for Square's investors, especially those who bought in during early funding rounds.
Sprint’s compelling new promo: Switch from another carrier, cut your bill in half
Quite simply, Sprint is promising to cut bills in half for customers who switch from Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile. The deal runs from November 20 through January 7, 2016, and Sprint says it will lock in those lower prices until January 8, 2018.
Facebook Breakups Just Got a Little Easier
The new features (Facebook’s testing them only in the US, and only on mobile; everyone else, keep suffering) will ask if you’d like to see less of someone—their name, profile photos, and other content—in your News Feed. You can ask Facebook to stop suggesting the person’s name when tagging photos or people in updates as well, so it’s not limited to protecting your fragile emotional state from your ex’s prattling. You also can opt to untag yourself in posts that also include He or She Who Must Not Be Named, or limit the visibility of those posts, and keep all subsequent updates hidden from that little weasel. “This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives,” says Winters. “We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort, and sense of control.”
Samsung Pay may hit the UK early next year, and it's smarter than Apple Pay
If true, though, we may be mere months away from seeing Samsung Pay and it's worth getting excited about: Samsung's payment service can work on almost any card terminal, even those without contactless technology built in.
How Facebook Turned Messenger From A Feature Into A Startup
This disruption was not universally popular among Facebook users—I grumbled about it myself —and even within the company, it was controversial. ("We were all incredibly uncomfortable with that," acknowledged one former Facebook executive who I spoke with for my Facebook feature.) But Messenger, unleashed from the mothership, grew at a remarkable pace. When Marcus began talking to Facebook about joining the company, there were 200 million active monthly Messenger users. A little over a year later, that figure had reached 700 million, putting it in the same close-to-a-billion ballpark as WhatsApp. The company even made it possible to sign up for Messenger without having a Facebook account at all .
Google Play Store app listings in 2016 will let users know if any app contains ads
Listings in the Google Play Store will soon be much more upfront about whether or not they feature advertising. Beginning early next year, all apps that contain ads that are listed in the Google Play Store will feature an “ad-supported” label to help warn users about what content they might see in the app. Google rolled out this feature for ad-supported apps in the Designed for Families section back at Google I/O, and now the feature will roll out to to all applications and games beginning in January. These ad labels will show up right under the “Install” button on the app page, so the warning will be pretty difficult to miss.
Meetings made simple with guest access
Posted by Patrick Wynn, Product Manager, Google for Work
Joining a meeting should be as easy as walking into a room. That should be the case whether you’re meeting in person, or face-to-face over video. This week we’re rolling out an update to Google Hangouts that makes joining a video call as simple as clicking a link in an invitation. No filling in forms, no need for a Google account, just simple, easy access to meetings. Connect with teammates and get things done, while maintaining the control and security you need in a work environment.
Say you’re a business about to talk through new product plans with your supplier, and you decide it’d be great to also get the thoughts of a key customer. No problem.
Invite your external guests with Google Calendar
They click a link in the event description and fill in their name
In order to help give you control and security over your meetings, you’ll get a prompt to accept / deny their entry whether you’re using web, mobile or Chromebox for meetings.
With Hangouts security features like locking video meetings to only people within an organization and muting and ejecting participants, there’s always the right level of security to match your organization’s needs.
People tweeted their phone number and got spammed with cat facts
There are people who share their real phone numbers via a tweet . Yes, really . One programmer decided to teach those folks a lesson by spamming them with cat facts . Using phone numbers that were beamed out in public tweets, the joke included sending text messages about cats until the person tweeted at Edward Snowden "Meow, I <3 catfacts." Although Snowden isn't in on the gag, he is a bit of a feline fanatic. He was also quite forthcoming about his own Twitter faux pas . In this case, automated script pulls data from the Twitter API before blasting out the messages full of meow-based facts with an anonymous texting app. The programmer says the goal of the stunt is to teach users who are so loose with their personal details a lesson on how a more ruthless hacker might attack their mobile devices. Pretty solid way to do so, if you ask us.
Uber's Offering Something Better Than Rides This Thursday
Still, if you're procrastinating this year, you might as well cough up some cash and get Uber to pay your office a visit -- no one wants the flu when they should be chowing down on Thanksgiving turkey instead.
Microsoft announces updates and new tools for developers on Azure, Visual Studio and more
Open by design, Microsoft’s developer platform has long allowed developers to create apps for essentially any device and platform. And now, to round off its release of updates and new products, the company has made its Visual Studio Code beta available on GitHub.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Arsenal of Epic Battle Props
At its core, Star Wars is about the fight between good and evil, and for that you need tools of war—whether it be a battered X-wing pilot’s helmet or a Wookiee’s bowcaster. But whatever their fictional origins, these props were inspired by objects from our world. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for Han Solo’s blaster, but that blaster is based on the German Mauser pistol. Those tough-to-aim stormtrooper rifles? Modeled on the Sterling submachine gun. And just like here on Earth, the arms in the Star Wars universe evolve over time. Consider the iconic lightsaber—an elegant weapon from a more civilized age—which has morphed into Kylo Ren’s fire-breathing crossguard weapon. The forked saber may be new in that faraway galaxy, but the similarity to an old European sword is neither clumsy nor random. Above, enjoy a few dozen (seriously) of the helmets, firearms, and sabers you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it comes out on December 18.
Adobe says iPad Pro can't replace a laptop for creative work, and it's okay
When asked directly about Cook's comments and if the iPad Pro can effectively replace a Mac or PC for creatives, Macy said, "I think that it will be possible for a large portion of many people's workflows, but not for everybody and not all the time. I don't think that's because of limitations in the device itself, but because of the way people work. And sometimes, it takes time to change."
First impression: Sky Q
The Sky Q box isn't really something that can be reviewed in isolation – this is not just a 4K-ready set-top box with a new user interface. This is the centrepiece of a completely new concept of consuming media, knitting together your television, your tablets and phones with a new hub and, potentially, nifty (secondary) multi-room boxes that are one part mini streamer and one part Wi-Fi hub and extender.
Seriously. Instagram Needs Two-Factor Authentication.
That’s it. It just does. If Instagram wants to be where we capture and share our most treasured moments, it needs to help us protect them. The easiest way to do this is offer the option to turn on two-factor authentication or some similar security feature. Let users add a phone number, and when they successfully log in with their password, text a temporary code they must then enter to gain access.
How to take control of Windows 10 updates and upgrades (even if you don't own a business) | ZDNet
Thanks to a new feature in Windows 10 version 1511, you can now postpone or pause Windows 10 upgrades and updates. You don't have to be an IT pro to use Windows Update for Business (although it helps), but you'll need a business edition of Windows 10. I've got the details here.
How tech led to the death of France's public enemy #1
Over 100 police officers surrounded the building in Saint Denis before the assault began on Wednesday. At 4:20 a.m. local time, they attempted to blow the apartment door open, but it wouldn't move, losing them the advantage of surprise. In the shootout that followed, one of the apartment's occupants set off an explosive charge, killing herself. Another was later found dead on the floor below, pinned beneath a fallen beam.
Starboard urges Yahoo to drop Alibaba spinoff plan: WSJ
Starboard supported the sale of Yahoo's stake of more than $20 billion in Alibaba before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) denied Yahoo's request for a private letter ruling on whether the spinoff would be considered tax free.
Google Play will soon warn you about in-app ads before you download
An email sent to Google Play Developers lays out Google’s intention to expand ad labelling from those apps just aimed at children and families to cover everything on its platform by 11 January.
Job seeking is going mobile
Like many other aspects of life, job seeking is going mobile: 28% of Americans have used a smartphone as part of a job search, and half of these “smartphone job seekers” have used their smartphone to fill out a job application. Read the full report at: http://www.pewresearch.org/digitaljobs
Square Closes At $13.07 Per Share, Up 45% From IPO Price
Square’s listing comes at a time when it appears the company’s losses are growing and revenue growth is slowing. In its original public IPO filing with the SEC, Square reported a $77.6 million loss for the first six months of this year compared to a $79 million loss during the same period in 2014. Meanwhile, revenues rose to $560.5 million from $372 million during the same six months.
This new security checkpoint could keep the TSA out of your bags
It's already been installed at Disneyland Paris and saw action at last years World Cup in Brazil . It is currently being tested at the San Francisco 49ers of Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium for the facility's daily group tours. Should this initial test work out, the team will likely move on to using it for screening VIP guests and eventually regular fans. "We expect several more rollouts in 2016 across stadiums, amusement parks and other large public venues," CEO Lisa Dolev told Wired . What's more, the TSA began an 18-month trial in October for use in airports around the country.
Rip and replace: When it pays to make a total systems change
It isn't a strategy to be undertaken lightly, and the task involves painful soul searching about what to do with complex legacy systems and clunky enterprise applications. And it isn't an exercise for the faint of heart. These efforts are always extremely disruptive to the business and can be awfully expensive, and many efforts fail despite all the best intentions and investments made.
Happy 30th, Windows: What we've loved through the years
Windows 10 manages to meld the Win7 Start menu with the Win8 tiled interface, keeping most of the touch-friendly features of Windows 8. Its new browser, Microsoft Edge, may someday be useful: The fact that it’ll knock IE into obscurity is its single greatest redeeming factor. The voice-activated personal assistant Cortana holds great promise, but seems limited so far. Windows Hello will make sign-in authentication more secure than ever, if we can get the hardware working right. Continuum remains more of a buzzword than a product, but some day we’re assured we’ll be able to take our phones to a docking station and have all the comforts of home.
Carnegie Mellon says it didn't help the FBI hack Tor for money
The Tor network volunteers recently accused Carnegie Mellon University of helping feds uncover the identities of some shady website operators and users, including drug distributors and child pornographers, in exchange for $1 million. In a statement released today, however, the university doesn't only deny getting money from the FBI, but also heavily implies that it was served with a subpoena that requested the details of its Tor research. "The university abides by the rule of law," it said, "complies with lawfully issued subpoenas and receives no funding for its compliance."
How to save Windows Store apps to external storage in Windows 10
The Window 10 November update brings lots of little tweaks to Microsoft's operating system including the ability to save your apps to external storage.
Starboard asks Yahoo to sell core business instead of Alibaba stake
Starboard had supported the planned spinoff of the Alibaba stake, currently worth about $30 billion, before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in September denied Yahoo's request for a private letter ruling on whether the transaction would be tax free.
Messaging apps are now bigger than social networks
Chat apps boast a number of distinct characteristics that make their audiences particularly appealing to businesses and marketers, including their size, retention and usage rates, and user demographics. The combined user base of the top four chat apps is larger than the combined user base of the top four social networks. Chat apps also have higher retention and usage rates than most mobile apps. Finally, the majority of their users are young, an extremely important demographic for brands, advertisers and publishers.
Facebook reinstates account for person named Isis
NEW YORK ( By Melissa Fares, Reuters ) – Facebook Inc said it erroneously disabled the personal account of a user named Isis Anchalee for about a day, an action the user claims was due to her name being spelt the same as the acronym used for the Islamic State extremist group.
5 things you should do right away in Star Wars Battlefront
No other Star Wars game has let you replicate these moments in such an authentic way. And yes, underneath it all is quite a basic shooter that probably lacks longevity (though we'll wait and see what the DLC brings) but the best way to enjoy Battlefront is to accept its simplicity and just let the "wow" moments take place.
Massachusetts Moves to Restrict Daily Fantasy Games to Players 21 and Older
The Massachusetts attorney general wants to ban anyone younger than 21 from playing daily fantasy sports and impose a host of regulations on the industry.
Match has a hot date on Wall Street
Match has a hot date on Wall Street
Match Group (MTCH), an online dating conglomerate, sold shares to its initial investors late Wednesday, setting the stock up for a hot date with Wall Street Thursday. The company, a spin-off from Internet
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Farewell, hope of life on Kepler-438b, it was good while it lasted - CNET
The Kepler mission is searching for planets that are enough like Earth to be considered habitable. Discovered in January 2015, Kepler-438b looked like an excellent candidate. The planet fit the two key characteristics for a Kepler candidate to a T. The first of these is that the planet has to be rocky, like Earth or Mars, rather than gaseous, like Jupiter or Saturn. The second is that it has to orbit its star in the habitable zone, where temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold to support life.
Samsung Creative Lab: Quirky Start-Up Ideas
Samsung — the world’s largest maker of smartphones, TVs and memory chips — has been quietly nurturing some 350 young engineers inside Creative Lab, its ideas incubator. The electronics giant, however, says it's not searching for the next big thing. Rather, the goal of the C-Lab is to find "the next small big thing" — a discovery that may not seem like a big deal immediately but that will, over time, open up new markets and be incorporated into must-have technology.
This Company Takes The Hassle Out Of Buying And Selling Second-Hand Furniture
MoveLoot takes the biggest headache out of buying and selling second-hand furniture: getting it from one place to another. The site works just like Craigslist (only prettier) or eBay (only less auction-y), only MoveLoot itself takes care of listing and selling your furniture, and when it’s sold, it also takes care of pickup and delivery.
8 Physical Risks Of Too Much Screen Time
The dangers of excessive screen time that we hear about most often relate to happiness, relationships and self-worth ; it's rare to consider the physical dangers associated with our digital devices. But it's all too easy to fall into bad habits when using technology, whether it's crouching over your phone on the subway or staring at the screen for longer periods than you should.
Facebook finally obliterates your exes without blocking them
In Facebook’s latest attempt at empathy, the social network decided to release a feature that lets you delete your former significant other from your feed, no unfriending or blocking required. Even better, that person will never know that it took a feature for you to move on.
Graphene breakthrough is a step closer to a phone battery that lasts for a week
"Much of my own research is in the field of synthetic skin. Graphene could help provide an ultraflexible, conductive surface which could provide people with prosthetics capable of providing sensation in a way that is impossible for even the most advanced prosthetics today."
Star Wars: Battlefront is a war simulator with no heart, and a waste of a story
I know that Battlefront has come in for a lot of stick because it lacks a campaign mode, but a Star Wars game that's just a war simulator utterly baffles me. On paper, Battlefront is basically a game for people who used to play with Star Wars action figures. Becoming part of the titular star war, fighting against the Rebels, or the Empire… all that juicy stuff.
Beats headphones now come in rose gold
Apple is clearly embracing gold and rose gold. In addition to the iPhone, the Apple Watch Sport is also available in and aluminium rose gold or gold finish. The iPad Pro, MacBook and iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 are also available in gold.