Google Earth Timelapse lets you see climate change clearer than ever
Want to see climate change happening before your very eyes? Just take a look at the updated imagery on Google Earth Timelapse. Google first launched Earth Timelapse in 2013, covering a span of imagery since 1984 to 2012. The company has now updated the tool with images up to 2016, and older imagery has been …
Lego's 'Minecraft' clone arrives February 17th
'Lego Worlds' is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam early next year.
Why are dinosaurs everywhere in VR?
Their massive scale is perfect for virtual reality.
Deutsche Telekom Internet Outage Blamed on Mirai Botnet
Deutsche Telekom said 900,000 customers suffered outages as a result of a botched router attack.
This oldschool payphone is actually a boombox that spins 90s hits
If streaming music from your smartphone no longer feels authentic, perhaps you should consider turning your old payphone into a 90's-inspired boombox.
The US tech industry will suffer if Trump tightens immigration laws
Extremely competitive work visa programs face an uncertain future at best.
'Mythbusters' trio reveal trailer from new Netflix series: 'White Rabbit'
‘Mythbusters’ is getting the band back together for a new show to air exclusively on Netflix. The Netflix Original, ‘White Rabbit Project,’ features Kary Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara — sorry Jamie and Adam fans, you’re going to have to look elsewhere. According to the show’s description in the YouTube promo, you’ll see: The …
The Pokémon constant: Someone will always beat it with Magikarp
You're not the very best until you beat a Pokémon game with the very worst.
There's E Ink everything now, even wallets
I could live with e-paper everything. I’m talking billboards, monitors, keyboards, remotes, watches, phones, and wallets. Yes, we now have an e-paper wallet called the Wonder Wallet. It just...
Facebook's Instant Games work in Messenger and your News Feed
Unlike Facebook's first two Messenger games , these 17 titles are no secret features. You can access them from the new game controller icon below Messenger's text box or through the website's new Instant Games tab. The company says they offer a "fun and social experience," since you can play with anyone and compete with other friends for a place on the leaderboard, though you can choose to only share scores with people you've played with before. It'll also make discovering new games much easier, since you can instantly play anything friends recommend or post as status updates.
Internet Archive, after Trump win, looks to create alternate site in Canada
Based in the Presidio in San Francisco, the Internet Archive and its Wayback Machine use an algorithm that repeats a Web crawl every two months in order add new Web page images its database. The algorithm first performs a broad crawl that starts with a few "seed sites," such as Yahoo's directory. After snapping a shot of the home page, it then moves to any referable pages within the site until there are no more pages to capture. If there are any links on those pages, the algorithm automatically opens them and archives that content as well.
Facebook Instant Games puts games right smack in the middle of News Feed, Messenger
The new Instant Games platform, launched Tuesday, is an HTML5-based gaming platform that eliminates the need to download the recent Facebook Gameroom app . Seventeen games—including arcade classics as Space Invaders and Pac-Man as well as more modern games like EverWing and Words with Friends: Frenzy — can now be launched directly from your News Feed, rather than forcing users to dig them out from the left-hand sidebar. More importantly, in-app games can now be launched within both the Facebook mobile apps as well as Messenger—again, without the need to launch separate apps.
Amazon may launch a supersized Echo speaker with touchscreen
Amazon is looking to cash in on the surprising success of its Echo digital home assistant as the company is reportedly building a premieum new model of the device that will come in larger size and feature a touchscreen, Bloomberg reports .
Twitter brings ranked conversations to mobile devices
Twitter introduced a new design for replies today that ranks conversations in your timeline according to signals including whether you follow the person who replied and whether the author replied. The personalized ranking means that different people will see a different set of replies by default, although you can still expand the tweet to see every reply. The feature is new to mobile, devices, though Twitter previously brought this design to the web in ... June 2015 ? Huh.
Nintendo's bringing its iconic characters to Universal Studios theme parks all over the world
That's why it's such a big deal that Nintendo is partnering
with Universal Studios to create Nintendo-themed game worlds in
several Universal Studios theme parks around the world.
Google releases Featured Photos screen saver for Mac
Google today announced that it has come out with a new Mac screen saver that displays certain photos that people share publicly on Google+. Previously, these kinds of photos have been available as a backdrop on the Chromecast and other devices, but now they’re available for use on Apple’s desktop operating system.
Daily Deals: Cyber Monday Leftovers, FF XV Discounts, and Super Smash Bros for Cheap - IGN
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone ( now is the time to finally break out the holiday music, in case you were wondering), but plenty of deals are still live. No need to hunt them all down, though! We'll be updating this article as deals continue to come and go, so add a bookmark and keep checking back.
Amazon's Next Echo Sounds Weird
Amazon is building a new version of its artificially intelligent Echo speaker with a screen, according to a Bloomberg report. The device is currently being worked on by the company’s secretive Lab126 research team that was also responsible for some of Amazon’s greatest flops and successes like the Fire Phone, Echo Dot, and Fire tablet. It sounds weird and kind of unweildy—but it might prove to be a great idea.
Google's new Timelapse satellite images show Earth in flux
Welcome to the latest enhancement to Google Earth Timelapse , satellite images of our planet showing changes over time, which Google calls its largest update yet. Tuesday's update adds four more years of imagery and petabytes of data for a "sharper view of the Earth" from 1984 to 2016, the company said. As with improvements to Google Maps and Google Earth in June, the new Timelapse images are meant to show truer colors and fewer "distracting artifacts."
Google Earth’s Timelapse update illustrates 30 years of climate change
The team behind Google Earth released an update today to the timelapse feature of its satellite imagery app , and it’s a great way to see the rapid pace of urban development and public infrastructure projects like the San Francisco Bay Bridge. It’s a cool feature, letting anyone jump into any location and watch as is morphs over the years. But there’s another, more sobering and neccesary function of Google Earth: seeing how human-driven climate change has transformed the planet in just 32 years time.
Trump's pick for transportation secretary could be a big boost to Uber and Lyft
While Chao wouldn't be in charge of labor if she's confirmed, her
familiarity with the issues facing these companies and
pro-gig-economy stance suggest she might be friendlier to the
rise of Uber and Lyft as alternative transportation services.
Both Uber and Lyft told Business Insider that they're looking
forward to working with Chao as transportation secretary — a role
that could shape not only their labor policies, but also the
future of self-driving cars.
This is the 'damage' imports have done to America's industries
"The analysis suggests that the US should probably have different
top priorities in a trade war, depending on whether it wants
growth or jobs most. If the US wants the biggest boost to
growth, industries with high value-added should be its top
priorities, such as 'computer and electronics' and 'automobiles,
trailers and parts'. Figure 6 shows that a 10 percent deficit
reduction in 'computer and electronics' would raise the US's
domestic value-added by some USD18 billion. On the other hand, if
what the US wants most is to 'bring jobs back', especially to
lower income areas, it should place its top priority on 'textile,
apparel and leather products'. While this sector only ranks 4th
in terms of additional domestic value-added, the extra labor
compensation it would bring is the second highest. Considering
the low labor cost in this industry, it probably means most job
increase among all industries."
Mark Zuckerberg's posts about fake news were deleted from Facebook 'by mistake'
Several posts written by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg,
including two lengthy posts about fake news and the U.S.
presidential election, temporarily vanished from his
Facebook page on Tuesday before reappearing later in the
Play Pac-Man, Space Invaders Via Facebook 'Instant Games'
At this point, there at 17 Instant Games available to play, including: Pac-Man, Galaga, Arkanoid, Space Invaders, Track & Field 100M, Words with Friends: Frenzy, Shuffle Cats Mini, EverWing, Hex, Endless Lake, Templar 2048, The Tribez: Puzzle Rush, 2020 Connect, Puzzle Bobble, Zookeeper, Brick Pop, and Wordalot Express. Facebook said that "many more" games are to come, so stay tuned.
AT&T's DirecTV Now streaming service launches on November 30th
So what makes this service different than the rest? Enrique Rodriguez, AT&T Entertainment's CTO, claims there's more of a focus on personalization. The service will learn more about you as you use it, and hopefully highlight better recommendations. Since AT&T also owns the entire pipeline of DirecTV Now, the company says it should be able to optimize streaming better than the competition.
Vegans Are Pissed That Britain's New Money Contains Meat
England recently introduced a new £5 note with high-tech, anti-counterfeit features. But some animal rights activists in the Land of Brexit™ are swearing off the bill completely. Apparently the new notes are made using just a dash of animal fat.
Tom Price, Trump’s new Health Secretary, has detailed plan to demolish ACA
“Repeal and replace” was a mantra of Trump’s campaign, yet the President-elect provided no specifics on how to do it or what might replace the ACA. Price’s plan could fill that void. But uncertainty still prevails over any prognosis for the country’s healthcare system. Up for speculation is everything from the political maneuvers necessary to repeal the ACA to the Republican establishment’s acceptance of Price’s replacement plan, some aspects of which are at odds with other Republican plans.
How IoT is making IBM's Smart Planet platform smarter
Chris O’Conn0r : So for us at IBM it’s been a journey of experimenting with the IoT data, all these connected assets, And the early work that we did around Smart Planet. It proved that it was controlled, but the ability to do it in mass wasn’t quite there yet, and now we move to where we are today which is sensors are cheap, connectivity is easy given Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, low power long range capabilities, and cellular capabilities in abundance. As well as now the cloud is an accepted way to work both in both a public, private, and local fashion. And analytics are ruling the day in terms of being able to provide value and information, and thinking engines are now emerging as a way to understand the patterns and the variances of how well this data actually comes together. So you think about all this technology as the perfect storm and now these capabilities are becoming very affordable and can make the internet of things and its wealth of data actually processable by the average enterprise, company or corporation.
Google's training AI to catch diabetic blindness before it's too late
Diabetes is no joke, regardless of what Wilford Brimley memes you've seen. The disease's associated foot ulcers can lead to amputation of the limb while diabetic retinopathy (DR) can rob people of their sight. Some 415 million diabetics worldwide are at risk of this visual affliction and many of those living with it in the developing world lack sufficient health care access to treat it. That's why Google is training its deep learning AI to spot DR before it becomes a problem -- and without the help of an on-site doctor.
Facebook's Instant Games lets you play from your News Feed
Instant Games allow you to to tap on a title and start playing immediately, no download or extensive app set-up required. The’re based on HTML5 – basically minimal browser games – allowing them to load quickly.
Are Russian Hackers Meddling In the European Elections?
Alperovitch didn’t identify specific governments or parties that have been targeted, and representatives from major European parties facing upcoming elections didn’t reply to requests for comment, but Alperovitch says it’s likely Russian hackers would target hacks and leaks in an effort to boost parties and candidates challenging the European Union.
Twitter to host a live Q&A with Star Wars: Rogue One cast Dec. 2
The Q&A will be broadcast from a “surprise location,” according to Twitter, and will be available on Twitter’s apps, and at RogueOne.twitter.com, as well as through the StarWars and People official Twitter accounts. Participants in the discussion will include Director Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, along with cast members including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.
Bigger, bolder, and boosted: Honda's new CR-V remains the compact SUV to beat
Instead, the 2017 CR-V comes packing a new turbocharged power plant, a heavily revised chassis that expands the CR-V’s dimensions, a revamped suspension that seeks to simultaneously improve both ride quality and handling, and a more sophisticated aesthetic to go along with the crossover’s range of content. The latter of which comprise the most expansive list of standard and available features than have ever been offered in the vehicle’s history.
Proof That Every Story Is the Same as Every Other Damn Story
It’s not exactly a shiny new concept that stories get recycled and retold, or that movies borrow liberally and sometimes steal from other movies, or that people like watching and hearing the same thing over and over again. But this video, by Will Schoder , illustrates just how similar the stories are to each other. They all essentially descend from order to chaos and from stasis to change.
Yahoo Answers Now is a standalone app for iOS
Yahoo launched quite a few standalone applications these past few months, including the Newsroom , a travel search engine called Radar and a dedicated Esports app for Android. This one is only available for iOS devices, though, so you'll have to stick to Answers' website if you're using another platform. Marissa Mayer was hoping that Yahoo's mobile efforts could help solve its many problems. Since that didn't quite work out, Verizon is now buying up the company for $4.38 billion. That said, Yahoo's woes still aren't over: the carrier is reportedly seeking a $1 billion discount after it came to light that Yahoo suffered a huge email breach that affected 500 million users.
31 Years Later, Brazil Is Still a Horrifying Vision of the Ever-Encroaching Future
Plot coincidence makes it turn out that Buttle’s neighbor is Sam’s dream woman is Jill Layton, a cantankerous truck driver who’s trying to protest the wrongful abduction of her neighbor by the Ministry of Information. Sam’s attempts to paper over the mistake that led to Buttle’s arrest and eventual death by torture make up the bulk of the movie, along with his pursuit of Jill. His willful obliviousness to the inhumanity of the system he works for gradually falls away, only to be replaced by a change in status that makes him an enemy of the state.
Apple to refund iMac hinge repairs as Belgium & Norway get carrier billing for iTunes
Apple will issue refunds to some iMac owners who had to pay for recent hinge repairs, a report said on Tuesday. In Belgium and Norway, meanwhile, the company has added carrier billing as option for iTunes and App Store purchases.
Go-Jek Adds Products to Dominate Indonesian On-Demand Services
Go-Jek will add five new services as Indonesia’s fastest-growing startup deepens its range of on-demand products to dominate its home market before embarking on regional expansion.
Ford will begin testing its self-driving cars in Europe in 2017
What's more, the company also plans to launch a fleet of
autonomous taxis for public use in at least one city in the US by
2021. But, unlike other automakers, Ford’s self-driving cars
won't have a steering wheel, gas or brake pedals.
You can actually buy Zotac’s VR backpack PC now
The Zotac VR Go offers around two hours of battery life per charge, with hot-swappable batteries to let you quickly get back into the action. While that may not sound like a lot, it's actually pretty good for what is essentially a wearable, battery-powered desktop gaming PC. Spec-wise, the VR Go offers an Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU, quad-core 2.8 GHz Intel Skylake Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 240GB M.2 SSD. Both the RAM and storage space can also be easily upgraded should you need more memory.
Dueling smart assistants give zero fucks about your calendar
YouTuber Adam Jakowenko used both an Amazon Echo Dot, and a Google Home device to answer a simple question: “what’s on my calendar for tonight?” Using the Echo first, the device dutifully read off the beginning of a calendar notification before passing the buck on to Google Home. From there, Google started, and then passed the buck right back.
'It Gave Me My Life Back': FDA Approves Large-Scale Clinical Trial for Ecstasy
Ecstasy isn’t only for ravers—a small series of clinical trials have demonstrated taking MDMA can be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration granted permission for large-scale, Phase 3 clinical trials for MDMA, which is the next step in the process to get it approved as a prescription drug.
Watch a Destroyed 17th Century Map Get Painstakingly Restored
A 17th century map was found in a chimney in Scotland and then delivered to the National Library of Scotland crumpled inside a plastic bag and basically destroyed. Just unraveling the fragile, centuries-old map seemed impossible enough, but the team at the National Library managed to figure out a way to salvage and restore it.
How Harvard University secures its cloud network with Amazon - TechRepublic
During their journey, they learned much in regards to the business, the network design, and connectivity. In business, Vachon said, network security has to be in place first, as it is the hardest piece to retrofit after you start your cloud journey. Next is to have key business sponsors and make sure that your financial team is involved early, and that you have technical employees who can explain the project to non-technical employees. Also, Vachon said, you must align with your technology partners and vendors, and keep constant communication.
Father's search for autistic son's cup completed thanks to the kindness of the internet
He then explained that after scouring their records, Tommee Tippee managed to find the mold that makes Ben's blue cup. The company offered to make Ben as many cups as he needs for the rest of his life. Carter is extremely grateful to have 500 new cups on the way.
How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem in 3 Easy Steps
Everyone seems obsessed with Facebook’s fake news problem . So we here at Gizmodo have come up with a simple 3-step solution. If we all just follow the steps below, Facebook’s fake news is gone forever!
Infographic: Small business is vulnerable to cyberattack - TechRepublic
Moreover, Guadagno said, SMBs are not confident that American digital security policy is robust. A whopping 74 percent of business owners believe politicians are not doing enough to protect SMBs. "[The government] needs to place more emphasis on issues of national cybersecurity and the protection of all businesses, not just large enterprises," Guadagno explained. "Small business owners are becoming an increasingly critical part to our economy and it's crucial that their security is taken into account as much as larger organizations."
Surface Studio teardown reveals a fairly repairable machine that can be upgraded
To begin with, the Surface Studio is rather hefty at 21 pounds, and as an AIO device, it takes some work to move it around. Apparently, the machine’s balance is excellent, as iFixit notes that transitioning the screen to its 20-degree orientation — a popular angle for drawing and drafting — is a matter of just a finger push. At the same time, the display assembly can be replaced as a single component and doesn’t require taking apart the screen or the machine’s base.
Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart
For the past 11 years, an eternity in internet time, Reddit has touted itself—repeatedly, and loudly—as the place to have “authentic conversations” online. For a variety of reasons, that sentiment has always rang hollow. Now, Reddit, in its goal to be a laissez-faire haven of (relatively) free expression, has been overrun by nationalist trolls. Its staff of volunteer moderators is losing hope in the site’s future.
Canada's Money Is Made of Meat Too
Earlier today we noted the recent outcry in Britain over the country’s new £5 note, which is made using a small amount of animal fat . But the British aren’t the only ones with meat money. Canada’s bank notes have tallow as well.
SD Cards Introduce Application Performance Rating
SD Specification 5.1 introduces Application Performance Classes for cards, which ensure a minimum read and write speed for Input/Output Operations per Second (IOPS). Until now, SD cards have carried a speed class rating ensuring a minimum sequential write speed. For example, a Class 2 card guarantees a minimum of 2MB/s sequential writes, where as a Class 10 card increases that to 10MB/s. The higher speed is required for common operations such as recording HD video.
Line Your Slow Cooker Lid With a Kitchen Towel to Cut Down Condensation
Slow cookers are a great tool for keeping food warm, but condensation can collect on the lid and drip down onto your delicious dishes. This isn’t so bad with soups and stews, but for less liquidy foods like mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, it can be a real pain. Luckily, there’s a cheap and easy solution: all you need is a dish towel.
Make a Wine Glass-Drying Rack Out of Chopsticks
During the holidays, dishes can pile up and drying racks can get full. If you need to dry some wine (or other type) of glasses, but don’t have the space, just grab a few chopsticks.
Microsoft Power BI: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
Microsoft's Power BI suite of data visualization tools is designed to accomplish the transformation of data into useful information. This Smart Person's Guide explains everything you need to know about Microsoft's data visualization toolset, Power BI.
Facebook Plans for WhatsApp Stumble on EU Privacy Concerns
The merging of WhatsApp’s data is the first step by Facebook toward monetizing the platform since the social network’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg bought the company for about $22 billion in 2014. The EU’s 28 privacy commissioners, who meet regularly as the so-called Article 29 Working Party, coordinated their actions against Facebook and in their October letter urged the Menlo Park, California-based technology giant to better explain its plans.
Hungry poop-eating bacteria munches on sewage, converts it into energy
“Typically, wastewater treatment systems consume a lot of energy and are relatively expensive,” lead researcher Francis Meerburg told Digital Trends. “This is mainly due to electricity consumption by the mechanical equipment of the installation, such as pumps, and because the activated sludge bacteria need a large supply of oxygen, which is bubbled through the water through large blowers. Disposal of waste sludge can also contribute to the high costs of wastewater treatment, depending on the way the sludge is treated.”
How to save Instagram posts without taking a screenshot
The good news is that there is a very simple way to save Instagram photos without taking a screenshot — even though nobody will know, but hey, you can never be too careful right? The bad news is that if you do this, you will have officially reached creeper status and might just be bordering on stalker. You decide.
Good robot design needs to be reponsible, not just responsive
If military and police are excluded from the “do no harm” pledges of the Good Robot Design Council and BSI, what kind of precedent is established? What role does defense play in robot ethics with the creation of robots designed to kill during police or military operations? Will ethics be able to keep up with the technological advances and indeed growing uses of robots? Only time will tell.
Three Ways Donald Trump's America Won't Be Good For Startups
On its face, this environment may signify a troubling future for U.S. startups, but a Trump presidency may not be all bad. The president-elect has consistently aligned himself with workers and identified himself as someone who would be good for small businesses. "The JOBS Act has already created a favorable regulatory environment for startups' finance, so I don't see changes at the SEC as having much effect," says Gordon.