Watch the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer
The first trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, giving us a clear look at how well leading man Tom Holland can handle himself in the ol’ red and blue pajamas.
Dubai accelerates smart city plans to the next level
Dubai is ramping up its long-running smart city strategy to capitalize on emerging opportunities in a market worth trillions of dollars.
Data protection disputes set to surge in the next five years
With incidents of data breaches on the rise, researchers are looking into what we can expect as data protection disputes to rise in the next five years.
Your business is already IoT-ready and here’s how
The difference the IoT brings is that with the low-cost sensors, businesses can affordably collect data of their choosing from the physical world. (The difference the IoT Companies have is to be able to collect data of their choosing from the physical world affordably.)**
Siemens takes lead in Austrian smart city energy research
Siemens AG is leading a consortium undertaking a new smart city research initiative in the new Aspern district of the Austrian capital.
Watch how Parrot drones are helping California’s sequoia trees maintain good health
With California having lost more than 100 million trees to drought in recent years, ecologists have turned to drone technology to help gather data on trees' health. Drone company Parrot, for example, has teamed up with ecologists to carry out the work.
Garmin provides new safety feature in its fitness trackers
Garmin has added a new safety option to several of its fitness monitors with the addition of a new feature named Beacon, which was designed by Strava.
Apple confirms rumored interest in self-driving cars in letter to regulators
Apple has finally confirmed its interest in self-driving cars through a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
8 Great Albums You Might Have Missed this Year
From dance-diva pop to honky-tonk country to southern glam, you gotta catch 'em all.
Can I use my smartphone to reduce 3D printing costs?
Wiivv Wearables wants to make the fear of a wrong size a thing of the past, by combining a 3D printing scanner with a smartphone.
Snap pictures like the pros do with the Hollywood Art Institute training and certification
There are a million and one tricks to taking a great photo — and while amateurs usually just click the shutter and hope for the best, the pros know to elevate their pictures with any one of these tricks. Enter the Hollywood Art Institute, which offers instruction designed to help you snap amazing images every …
Watch an Apple store being robbed in 12 seconds
Commentary: A video released by the San Francisco Police Department shows how quick a robbery can be.
YouTube Marketing Made Simple: 5 Examples, 3 Tips, and 12 Tools
You remember how Blackberry used to be popular and has now faded away? If Blackberry was the “poster child” of smartphones, YouTube is that of video marketing - but it is not going to disappear. With
How John Glenn Became a Big-Screen Hero in ‘The Right Stuff’
For viewers who missed the space race, Ed Harris' performance cemented Glenn's greatness.
Occipital shows off a $399 mixed reality headset for iPhone
Mobile VR is an Android game, but as more and more rumors flourish about the next iPhone, some companies are looking to get developers ready to bring iOS..
Stranger Things Cookies
This holiday season I wanted to up my sugar cookie game, and thus I made cookies inspired by the Netflix show Stranger Things. If you have not seen the show, stop everything you are doing, and spend the next eight hours getting up to speed. If you have seen the show, then you probably understand why these cookies are rad. While they are not as amazing as boxes of Eggo Waffles, they are surely better than any other holiday cookie that may rip through the time-space continuum this year. So channel your inner Barb, stay at home on a Saturday night, and bake some cookies.
GoPro releases the $299 Karma Grip handheld stabilizer
The GoPro Karma Grip is now available. The camera maker announced today that the handheld stabilizer is for sale in select stores and GoPro.com for $299. This..
Spotify kills SoundCloud acquisition talks
According to a TechCrunch source, it seems the relationship has soured and Spotify recently backed out of the deal. The source told TechCrunch Spotify got cold feet after fearing the acquisition could negatively impact IPO plans, saying “it doesn’t need an additional licensing headache in a potential IPO year.”
While the Assistant also runs on the Pixel phones and inside the Allo chat app, Google says it plans to bring actions to these other "Assistant surfaces" in the future, but it's unclear when exactly this will happen. To help developers who want to build these new Conversation Actions get started, Google has teamed up with a number of partners, including API.AI , GupShup, DashBot and VoiceLabs, Assist, Notify.IO, Witlingo and Spoken Layer. Google has also allowed a small number of partners to enable their apps on Google Home already. These integrations will roll out as early as next week. Given that users will be able to invoke these new actions with a simple command (and without having to first enable a skill, like on Alexa), Google's platform looks to be a rather accessible and low-friction way for developers to get their voice-enabled services to users. Google will have the final say over which actions will be enabled on Google Home.
Here's how to get banned from Uber
"Most riders show drivers the respect they deserve. But some don't -- whether it's leaving trash in the car, throwing up in the back seat after too much alcohol or asking a driver to break the speed limit so they can get to their appointment on time," Rachel Holt, head of Uber's North American operations, wrote in a blog post . "This kind of poor behavior is not OK, which is why we will take action against passengers who are rude, abusive or violent."
This is getting ridiculous. Facebook just ripped off Snapchat's navigation.
And just this week , Facebook obviously thought "screw it, let's just become Snapchat" and threw in its new geofilter service to really take its youth conversion to the next level. The feature, which is also being tested in Ireland, will apparently be called "location frames" and work with the camera feature.
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Where Is the Farthest Place You Can Be That's Away from Everyone Else?
Devon Island up in Canada is the size of Croatia but ain’t got a single soul living on it. That’s pretty nice, but there are 229 people living on the island next door just 50 miles away. We can’t have that, that’s way too close. So we’ve gotta go to Point Nemo, deep in the Pacific Ocean, where the closest inhabited land to you would be 1,671 miles away. Sure, there’s no land to live on out there but you’re so far away from anyone that the fastest anyone has ever gotten to Point Nemo still took 15 days. That is perfect.
Samsung will kill your Galaxy Note 7 on December 19
Update : Samsung has confirmed to TechRadar that it will issuing a software update on December 19 that will render the remaining Note 7 devices unable to charge, thus forcing the last exchange-holdouts to return them to where they were purchased.
Let's Check in on the Super-Hyped $4.5 Billion Startup That Still Hasn't Released a Product
The Information spoke with several former employees who say that by failing to release a product the company is falling behind the pack. Despite running an aggressive marketing campaign for five years and riding it to a valuation of $4.5 billion, Magic Leap is still in the developmental phases of its product cycle with no set release date while comparable products like Microsoft HoloLens are already on the market.
My search for a MacBook Pro alternative – Broken Window
The MacBook Pro has been a standard developer laptop for many years now. In any programming conference, you simply have to look around during sprints and workshops to appreciate its ubiquity. As of 2016, it still remains a good albeit overpriced choice for developers.
First feathered dinosaur tail found encased in amber
Paleontologist Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences led the research, as detailed in a report that came out today in the journal Current Biology. The sample itself, known as DIP-V-15103 and unofficially as "Eva" after the wife of the report's co-author, came from a mine in Kachin, a state in northern Myanmar. Based on the structure of the tail, it likely came from a Cretaceous-era young coelurasaur, a subgroup of therapods that includes everything from tyrannosauruses to birds, points out National Geographic .
Bryan Logan on Twitter
Faraday Future made this video of its vehicle racing a Ferrari, Tesla, and a Bentley so you know it’s still here http://read.bi/2h7EwBr pic.twitter.com/2oHfthSwqU
Apple CarPlay is now in 200 cars, including 2017 models
If you own any of the older models Apple just added but still can't use CarPlay on your display unit, expect your carmaker to roll out a firmware update in the future. But if you don't ever expect your vehicle to support the technology, check out Sony's $500 in-dash stereo system that can run both CarPlay and Android Auto .
What to do with a broken iPhone 7 or 7 Plus screen
To get your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus screen fixed by Apple, you will need to take your phone into an Apple Store or send it into an Apple Repair Center. Sending a phone into an Apple Repair Center will cost $6.95 in shipping fees, and your phone will be returned to you approximately three to five business days after the Repair Center receives your device -- so this option could mean as much as a week without your phone. In-store screen repairs usually take about an hour to an hour and a half, but you will need to reserve a spot at the Genius Bar (and you may not be able to get a same-day reservation, depending on how busy your local store is).
Super Mario Run needs a constant internet connection to run
Access to other users’ play data and scores for automatically generated Toad Rally challenges. In-game events that will offer players new challenges and rewards for a limited time. Linkage to Nintendo Account to access save data from multiple devices. For example, if players have Super Mario Run on their iPhone and iPad, they can share one save file across the different devices. However, this save data cannot be used with different devices at the same time.
Thanks to Twitter, Donald Trump Will Soon be the Cyberbully-In-Chief
It’s possible that Trump’s handlers will find some way to prevent him from continuing to behave the way he has on Twitter once he becomes president. That appears to be the only way that the country will get rid of its cyberbully-in-chief.
Electronics-sniffing dogs: How K9s became a secret weapon for solving high-tech crimes - TechRepublic
Law enforcement has trained special dogs to find hidden thumb drives and cell phones that human investigators routinely miss, and it's foiling predators, terrorists, and other criminals.
Samsung may distribute an update to brick the Note 7 next week [Update: Confirmed]
It looks like it may finally be the end of the road for the Galaxy Note 7. If an image obtained by The Verge is anything to go by, Samsung’s preparing to distribute a firmware update for the US Cellular-branded model of the handset to prevent it from charging; rendering it useless once the battery runs flat.
Is artificial intelligence the future of customer service?
Messenger bots are all the rage amongst tech-friendly companies, and AI has already seen a boost in customer service prevalence. From ordering flowers to purchasing airline tickets to getting financial advice, the demand for actual reps is plummeting thanks to chatbots.
Russia actively tried to help Donald Trump win the election, CIA report says
A secret assessment conducted by the CIA determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was intended to help put Donald Trump in office, The Washington Post reported this evening, using anonymous sources.
How Ohio's gamble on self-driving trucks could backfire
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The Best Mac Deals for December 2016
Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be over, but you will still find plenty of deals on Apple’s Mac lineup this December. Most of the deals are limited to Apple’s previous generation MacBook Pro lineup though, with supply constraints ensuring that no hefty discounts will be available on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
The Verge store is back!
Samsung might brush up Galaxy S8 with 'all-screen' bezel-less display
Rumors about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship phone have been piling up over the last few weeks, and the latest one suggests the device might pack an innovative ‘all-screen’ bezel-less display.
R.L. Stine Is Tackling Man-Thing for Marvel Comics
The first issue, set to come out in March, will follow Man-Thing’s visit to Burbank, California to find out why he isn’t in a big budget blockbuster. By the way, take it from someone who grew up right next to Burbank, there are a lot more studios there than the more famous, and more fun to visit, Hollywood.
Can wearable technology can help healthcare for the elderly?
Recent studies indicate that by 2030 the United States population will be comprised of around 74 million elderly individuals. Such a percentage is reason to look at new senior health solutions that can provide proper, swift and affordable care.
Marian Prokop 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.
Data minimization — the new design rules for startups
Yes, you read correctly. “Data” and “minimization,” two words that have rarely been used in the same sentence, now represent one of the critical product design rules we must apply if we’re to build products that deliver value, meaning and engagement to the human beings we aim to serve.
Microsoft is about to turn a phone into a real PC
Microsoft is bringing a full version of Windows 10, complete with desktop app support, to ARM chipsets . The software giant demonstrated Windows 10 running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip today, complete with HD video playback, Adobe Photoshop support, and Microsoft Office. Microsoft expects ARM-based laptops to be the first to adopt this new version of Windows 10. Traditional x86 desktop apps will be emulated, making the experience seamless to the end user. Laptops might be the first, but it’s easy to see past that and realize that this means Microsoft is about to turn a phone into a real PC.
'Genderless Nipples' wants to challenge censorship on Instagram
To raise awareness of the social network’s hypocritical stance, the account features images of both male and female nipples. Each are cropped close enough to make it impossible to tell the difference. This puts Instagram in a rather precarious place, as the gender-neutral nipples are both acceptable and unacceptable under its current Community Guidelines — Schrödinger’s Nipple, if you will.
Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House
“The lack of an administration response on the Russian hacking cannot be attributed to Congress,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who was at the September meeting. “The administration has all the tools it needs to respond. They have the ability to impose sanctions. They have the ability to take clandestine means. The administration has decided not to utilize them in a way that would deter the Russians, and I think that’s a problem.”
The Top Holiday Gift Ideas and Gift Guide for iPhone Lovers
The holidays have arrived and it’s the perfect time to get the iPhone lovers in the family what they deserve. For our iPhone holiday gift guide, we’ve rounded up our top picks for the best iPhone models, cases, docks and other accessories to take some work out of your shopping this year. Best of all, there is something on this list for practically any budget.
Why More Gadgets Powered By Amazon's Alexa Could Invade Your Home Soon
All this could change now that Amazon is partnering with Conexant, a maker of voice processor chips and software, on a development kit for Alexa devices. By hooking up a Raspberry Pi mini-computer with one of Conexant's dual-microphone kits, hardware makers can start prototyping Alexa-ready gadgets in a matter of days, rather than months, and they won't have to figure out the tricky technology of far-field voice recognition on their own.
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6 discreet ways to (legally) spy on your competitors
Ultimately, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out these industry insights as long as you’re doing it legally. In today’s online-oriented world, there are dozens of tools that are built to help you gain important intel that can dramatically impact your business. Taking advantage of this opportunity is essential to understanding your market’s climate, and identifying where you can do better. With the right strategy and platforms in place, you can learn more about your competitors, their tactics, and success rates, than you ever could before.
Super Mario Run Requires an Internet Connection at All Times to Play - IGN
Speaking to Mashable , Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the decision was made for security reasons, helping Nintendo combat the risk of piracy. All three of the game's modes, Toad Rally, Kingdom Builder and the single-player World Tour campaign will require an active connection to access.
Facebook is super thirsty for your Facebook Lives
While Facebook's live video feature is popular among journalists, celebrities, brand advertisers and other users that have a clear business stake in it, the company recognizes that a huge portion of its 1.5-billion-strong user base might still not be aware of the tool or how to use it.
Why Apple Can't Figure Out How to Make AirPods Work
This is definitely not a bulletproof case for why AirPods are delayed, but again, it’s really the most detailed explanation of the situation we’ve seen. When Gizmodo reviewed AirPods earlier this year, we found they work pretty well. But that may just be a case of prototypes built to be perfect, and Apple encountering problems when they moved towards mass production. In truth, the delay could be caused by anything, given Apple’s tradition of secrecy as a company.
Thousands of Invisible Oil Spills Are Destroying The Gulf
An issue of this magnitude clearly isn’t down to a few shady companies. A certain amount of environmental ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ is built into the system. “The process for getting an oil lease is the simplest system in the world: whoever bids the most bonus gets the lease,” says Jacqueline Weaver, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center who specializes in oil and gas law. “There is no real pre-qualification of lessees, no assessment of their fitness to operate.” All they look at now is financial ability. So whether you’re a reputable and responsible oil company, a petrol-curious dude who came into some cash, or the most notorious oil spiller in the galaxy, your chances of expanding your oil empire are equal.
Google Search experiment asks users to rate movies and TV shows
At the moment, it seems to only show up on the desktop version of Google search, so you may want to try going a Google search on a computer. One can only guess what other features the company cooks up based on this one, though. Google could start recommending movies and shows, or it could surface certain titles nearer the top of the results page, based on how you vote. We'll know for sure if ever this experimental feature becomes a permanent one.
A New Facebook Glitch Is Reposting People’s Random, Old Updates
Facebook users are reporting a bizarre bug that—like the video Year In Review or the persistent On This Day feature—dredges up digital memories. The only problem is that it’s doing so without their knowledge or permission.
TSMC plans a new factory to pump out tomorrow's 3 nm chips
According to Nikkei Asian Review , TSMC announced the new $15.7 billion facility a day after Taiwan's minister of science and technology, Yang Hung-duen, told local media about it. His ministry might select a site in Kaohsiung for the factory, which could start production as early as 2022.
This Site Lets You Donate Your Online Shopping Data To Your Favorite Nonprofit
You "own" your digital shopping data the same way that you own traditional paper receipts from physical stores, but since online data can easily be aggregated, it has more value. Virtually any app or website you use collects data about you—for better or worse—but Amazon, as the largest online retailer, has particularly valuable data for any company that wants to sell anything.
This is real life: Trump says 'All the women want it to be Man of the Year'
But Trump realized there were a lot of women in the audience ("I got a lot of women here, what about the women?"). So he decided to conduct his applause-o-meter poll again to see if "man" or "person" was the crowd favorite.
How to Make Sure Your LinkedIn Account Is Secure : Social Media Examiner
Here’s the downside of making yourself anonymous. If you have the free LinkedIn account, you won’t be able to see who has viewed your profile. As soon as you make your profile private, your history is erased. Therefore, if you want to go private, check to see who has viewed your profile first, then change the setting. If you have a premium account, it doesn’t make a difference. You can still see who viewed your profile.
The best books to give Apple fans in 2016 - TechRepublic
Looking for a thoughtful gift for an Apple professional in your life? Look no further than one of this season's recommended Apple-related books.
Sony's aiming to be the first third-party manufacturer to roll out Android 7.1.1
In a statement made to the online publication, Sony’s Xperia development team allegedly revealed that adapting the firmware is its “number one priority.”
Chrome for Android Can Now Download Web Pages for Offline Viewing
The update is rolling out on Google Play over the next couple of days, and alongside the saving full web pages for offline viewing, it also packs in the ability to download video and music from sites. To save a page, just tap the overflow button on the top right and select the save icon. For videos and music, you’ll see an icon pop up next to the scrubber to download the media. You can access everything you download from the Downloads section in that same overflow menu.
Likely pick for FCC chair says net neutrality's 'days are numbered'
In February, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reclassify the internet as a Title II communications service. The Open Internet Rule, which we all started to refer to as net neutrality, gave the commission authority to impose rules designed to keep the internet a free and open entity that treated all web traffic equally.
HBO took down girl's painting because it used 'Winter Is Coming,' dad says
Commentary: A 13-year-old autistic girl paints a picture and uploads it to artwork site Redbubble. HBO, says her dad, issues a takedown notice.