Nissan to sell self-driving option on some 2017 models
Nissan will include a self-driving option with the 2017 Qashqai for “around £1,500 ($1,910) in the U.K.”, according to Takashi Shirakawa.
Study shows cities getting smarter in 2017, but data use gets dumber
IDC sees smart city activity and open data projects accelerating in 2017, though urban leaders won't be able to harness the new data potential.
Is Amazon Go a sign of the downfall of a retail workforce?
Amazon debuted its latest retail concept this week, a cashless and cashierless shopping experience. But what are the lastng impacts on America's workforce?
No doubt, some AI already knew about this Ericsson '17 trends report
As the year 2016 is winding down, Ericsson Consumer Lab has delivered their annual trend report, The 10 Consumer Trends for 2017 and beyond.
Panasonic begins work on Denver future smart city, Peña Station next
Peña Station, currently a remote rail station south of Denver International Airport, is Panasonic's new smart city testing ground.
UK's Bristol wins laurels for its programmable city initiative
The future-friendly city of Bristol received a notable Internet of Things (IoT) award for its programmable city initiative.
Proof that you've been mispronouncing Porsche all along
Porsche is a two-syllable word that is often made into one. I speak rudimentary German and had a German-Jewish Opa who sharpened my ear to the flow of the guttural language as an infant. The Oxford...
MIT lets you design your own drones | ZDNet
Consumers and businesses alike will be able to take advantage of the new system to build custom drones.
Rockstar brings PS2 classic Bully to iPhone and Android
The studio behind Grand Theft Auto is bringing yet another one of its classics to mobile. Just in time for the game’s 10th anniversary, PS2 adventure Bully has made its way to both iOS and Android...
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.
China teams up with HSBC, Arup to launch smart cities hub
A partnership including global bank HSBC launched a UK-China development and investment hub focused on fostering smart cities.
Wait a sec...could the Internet of Things actually kill people?
Security expert Bruce Schneier warns that hacking infrastructure with deadly results are in our future if we don't take steps to secure and regulate IoT
Lenovo Moto has no plans for wearable market in 2017
Lenovo Moto has confirmed it will not launch a wearable device in time for the scheduled Android Wear 2 launch and has no current smartwatch plans.
How the Internet of Crops is solving the issue of food waste
Almost $1 trillion of crops are wasted around the world according to the UN. Centaur Analytics is using IoT to to help farmers cut down on this food waste.
The First ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer Is Here
Parker your butt on a chair, and get ready to watch this thing over and over again.
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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.
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How to use your wearable's VO2 Max feature in your fitness routine
It is important to keep in mind that a normal medical VO2 Max test is done in a lab and requires an individual to wear a mask while performing an increasingly difficult treadmill run, and during that time, the volume of oxygen entering and leaving the lungs is measured. This level of accuracy is not within the capability of a wristband or watch. Therefore, wearable tech measurements are just a good estimate.
Malaysia aims to leap forward in smart home technology
I-City and Huawei have recently combined forces to speed up the development of more advanced smart homes that can track and manage appliances, lights, air conditioners and various other devices. This project is possible due to the popularity of Cloud, Communications and IoT in the marketplace, and is scheduled to target Kuala Lumpur in Comverse@I-City project in 2017.
Every geek movie we're excited about in 2017
After sexing up Sherlock Holmes, director Guy Ritchie recruits "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam to pull the sword from the stone in this gritty action re-imagining. Jude Law, Eric Bana and David Beckham co-star.
Is a digital pill the key to in-flight customer service?
Could future sensors also include ones to track sleeping pill and alcohol intake, the panacea of long haul flights for many? It also opens issues about what flight data is recorded in the future and with whom it is shared; it’s foreseeable personal biometric information could find its way in the hands of airport security. And let’s be honest, how many passengers would consent to swallow a digital pill during a flight, particularly if the connected costs are added to their flight expenses? It’s questionable how much the passengers would benefit.
Faraday Future's mystery vehicle races a Ferrari, Tesla, and a Bentley in new video
The as-yet-unseen vehicle is heavily disguised in the short clip,
lining up with a Bentley Bentayga, Ferrari 488 GTB, and a Tesla
Model X before taking off into the distance.
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.
Pack Your Carry-On As If the Airline Would Lose Your Checked Luggage
If there’s one thing that’s more frustrating than ridiculously long security lines at the airport, it’s the airline losing your checked bag. There’s no guarantee that it won’t ever happen, so The Points Guy suggests only checking in a bag that you can afford to lose.
Jeff Bezos received a letter from John Glenn the day he died
On Thursday, Smithsonian Magazine held its annual American Ingenuity Awards, in which Amazon.com and Blue Origins founder Jeff Bezos received the Technology Award for Breakthroughs for his work creating a reusable rocket. During the ceremony, he received a letter from astronaut John Glenn, who died earlier that day .
Jack Dorsey to interview Edward Snowden on Periscope December 13
As for why Dorsey is doing the interview, your guess is as good as mine. Dorsey isn’t a journalist, but he’s not exactly a stranger to interview situations. This time, however, he’s sitting in the opposite chair.
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.
The Best Independent Designers To Support
Since the election, we've seen a lot of these projects pop up on social media, in newsletters and through friends, with many of our favorite artists and designers behind them. During the holiday season, they're a great way to give something beautiful and thoughtful to your friends or family—and support the causes you care about. It's also an excellent opportunity to give your Trump-supporting relative a lovely gift that also—surprise!—supports Planned Parenthood. (For a triple win, make the donation in Mike Pence's name .)
Dating apps have made saving phone numbers complicated
My name wasn’t Ashley Carman anymore. It was . Yes, a guy I dated last summer saved me in his phone as a fishcake emoji. We met on Tinder and the first thing I messaged him was the fishcake. I thought it was cute or something. I don’t know — I didn’t expect it to become my identity. To be fair, I didn’t save his name in my phone until we had been hanging out for a month because I don’t save numbers unless I know a guy’s last name, or I intend to see him again. Did I mention I used a burner number when we first met?
Achy back? This heated, vibrating belt will get you on the road to recovery
The Venom is a wireless, battery-powered belt with nanotechnology heating and four separate vibration pods that Hyperice says are “strategically positioned” in the lower center of the back. Powered by a detachable four-cell lithium-ion battery, the adjustable, contour-fitted waistband fits sizes up to XL — larger sizes are available with an optional extension strap. The company states the battery lasts up to one hour per charge at the highest heat setting and longer at lower settings.
SpaceX officially delays first crewed flight of its Dragon capsule for NASA
SpaceX claims its fueling process is reliable and that its in-flight launch abort system would be able to save any crew members in case the Falcon 9 had a problem during fueling. However, the company says it is working with NASA to ensure its fueling process is safe and claims it will make any changes to its methods if necessary. “As needed, any additional controls will be put in place to ensure crew safety, from the moment the astronauts reach the pad, through fueling, launch, and spaceflight, and until they are brought safely home,” SpaceX said in a statement. The company also says it has met with Gen. Stafford to give him further details about the fueling process.
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.
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How snapping a quick selfie could help identify genetic diseases
“FDNA’s technologies are trained to identify very subtle and distinct patterns associated with rare diseases,” Gelbman continued. “We train our technology using genomic, phenotypic, and facial analysis data generated by daily use of thousands of healthcare providers. That allows us to use tens of thousands of years of cumulative clinical experience, which is something no single provider can do without the powerful combination of comprehensive data and cutting-edge technology. Of course, the final evaluation is that of a clinician, but by augmenting the clinical process, we offer clinicians more information and flush out the most relevant data available.”
The 10 Most Pirated Movies
If you've seen any movies on this list (and we won't ask how), then we'd love to hear what you think of them. Particularly for films that have gotten very mixed reviews, like Inferno .
Why vitamin pills don't work, and may be bad for you
No one would deny that vitamin C is vital to a healthy lifestyle, as are all antioxidants, but unless you are following doctor's orders, these supplements are rarely going to be the answer for a longer life when a healthy diet is also an option. “Administration of antioxidants is justified only when it is evident that there is a real deficiency of a specific antioxidant,” says Villanueva. “The best option is to get antioxidants from food because it contains a mixture of antioxidants that work together.”
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Library book, overdue for 120 years, returned
Most overdue library books only go over by a matter of days or weeks, but one book about microscopes managed to hide out for a dozen decades.
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Supreme Leader-Elect Donald Trump Has Summoned Silicon Valley Elites To His Lair
Roughly a dozen leaders of Silicon Valley, from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, will assemble at Trump Tower in New York this week. But it’s still unclear what kind of punishment Supreme Leader-elect Donald Trump has in store for his disloyal subjects.
Hey IoT devs: Deadline is looming for that Bluetooth innovation award
“Last year’s winners – an advanced Bluetooth beacon used to improve food safety and a smart flood sensor designed to alleviate natural disaster fallouts – prove that the power of Bluetooth is only limited by the imagination. The applications we’ve received so far this year demonstrate the amazing scope of the tech, highlighting the technology’s ability to inspire creators to build the next generation of technology that will transform our day-to-day lives,” said Katy Scheck, Director of Marketing, Bluetooth SIG.
How To Chat and Reply To Snaps on Snapchat App for iPhone
Chats in Snapchat disappear instantly (unless you specifically save a message, one at a time, by tapping and holding on the message). So if you go into a chat, see a message, reply to it, come out and go back in again, the message will be gone. Yes, this is annoying, but it’s the way Snapchat is.
The Insides of Ordinary Objects in Macro Glory
The advancements in consumer-level photography mean that we have a lot of good people out there giving us a fresh look at things we’ve seen a million times. Things like the inside of a tube of toothpaste, or a stick of deodorant, or a pomegranate. In the past, you might get a glimpse of this sort of thing in a quick b-roll shot of a feature film or a science documentary but now, you can make it yourself.
Upgradable Weapons - Final Fantasy XV Wiki Guide - IGN
How to Upgrade : Start Cid's quest - A Better Auto Crossbow - and find and give Cid a Cactaur Needle . This is a very rare item, and can either be found South of the Vesperpool (located by the curving road right before the dirt path on the Western road), or can be obtained by killing the very rare Slactuar that may appear in the early mornings either North of Alstor Slough, Northwest of Hammerhead, East of Steyliff Grove, and North of Fort Vaullerey.
Big Reveals Seem Stupidly Obvious After Watching the Westworld Dubsmash Mix
Hey, guess what, there were multiple timelines, William was the Man in Black, and Dolores is going on yet another murderous rampage. Every single one of those reveals didn’t come to light until the final episode of season one; that is, unless you knew where to look. While most of us were diving into Reddit to try and solve the show’s mysteries over the course of the first season, Evan Rachel Wood and her castmates were too busy trolling us with almost every good reveal ever.
Bank Glitch Allows Man to Spend Over $1 Million and Walk Away Free
It looked like it was going to be a typical story of hubris when Moore was eventually sentenced to a maximum of four and half years for obtaining financial advantage by deception and three years for dealing with proceeds of crime, to be served concurrently. But no, life smiled upon this bumbling broke man. He spent five months in jail, and on December 1st an appeals court overturned his conviction because he “had not been deceptive” when misappropriating the bank’s funds. The bank had made no effort to stop him and he never tried to mislead them. By being such an inept criminal, Moore had given himself a way out.
Andy Serkis Thinks Planet of the Apes is 'Boyhood in the Jungle,' and He's Right
The main difference between the original Planet of the Apes series and the latest reboot is whose journey we take. In the first two films, the focus was on whatever human was nearby, and then shifted to time-traveling primates. The Tim Burton reboot zeroed in on Marky Mark. This time around, Planet of the Apes has always been, and continues to be, Caesar’s story.
Google to use 100 percent renewable energy for all operations by 2017 | ZDNet
Google began its renewable power trek, with an original agreement in 2010. It has grown to 19 energy deals, making Google the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy.
Social Media Image Dimension Guide for 2016 | MarTech
The 2016 Social Media Image Sizes Guide below explains to you what the best image sizes are for each social network and the image types to use. Every major social media platform is listed on here so you’re up-to-date with social media platform optimization. MakeAWebsiteHub.com
The Untold Story of Napoleon Hill, the Greatest Self-Help Scammer of All Time
As Hill’s biographers tell it, Napoleon was nearly assassinated as well. “Hill escaped a similar fate only because car trouble had delayed his return to Canton until the next morning.” The very next day Hill supposedly received an anonymous phone call threatening his life and “left immediately, not even pausing to pack.” He fled to West Virginia, according to his official biographers, living out the next year in hiding from both Ohio police and mobsters. But that story contradicts itself even in his own biography, because by all accounts he spent the next few months trying to get a lecture tour started in the Midwest. And even though Mellett got plenty of threatening phone calls in the lead up to his assassination, there’s no reason to believe that Hill would be a target. Also, as the editor of a struggling newspaper (second in a town of two newspapers), even if Mellett showed interest in Hill’s writings, it’s unlikely that Mellett had assembled $50,000 for the publication of some grand work by Hill. Mellett was far too busy antagonizing the local police and booze-runners to go fundraising to get Hill’s books published.
Westworld Fans Keep Forgetting That Logan is Queer
A recent interview suggests that William didn’t kill Logan at the end of season one of Westworld. This doesn’t guarantee he’ll be back next season, but it would be great if he returned, because of his status as a queer character. Logan, played by Ben Barnes, is a main supporting character in the first season. The first time we see him enter the titular Westworld, he leaves arm-in-arm with two hosts (one male and one female), and his ensuing orgy features two women and a man. It’s not clear whether he’s bisexual or pansexual, but either way he’s part of an underrepresented group in LGBT representation on television. According to GLAAD , only 8% of 2015-16’s LGBT characters on TV were bisexual men.
You Can Now Play Piano on the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar
Frankly, I’m a little disappointed it took this long to create. Graham Parks of Utsire Software created a new app called Touch Bar Piano , and it’s exactly what it says on the tin. You can download the app to your 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and you have a tiny little piano that you can play “Heart and Soul” or “Chopsticks” to your heart’s content.
Muppets 'Pigs In Space' Reboot Has Pig Guts, Hussies, and Alien Humping
Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome to see “Pigs in Space” again. The show was one of my favorite parts of The Muppet Show , especially the episodes where they mocked gender stereotypes in science fiction. In the original series, Captain Link continually belittled Miss Piggy despite her being a capable member of the crew, which reminded me a lot of early sci-fi shows and films. Too bad the latest reboot has basically regressed to calling her a fat slut.
4 must-have offers from TNW Deals this week
Another week, another collection of fantastic, money-saving offers from TNW Deals. This time around, we’ve locked down four deals on a travel-friendly power strip , presentation software that beats Powerpoint , a lifetime cloud storage solution , and the world’s smallest camera drone . Check them out below:
Apple Makes it Even More Difficult to Jailbreak iOS 10.2
However, looks like that it will be even more difficult if you install iOS 10.2, which is currently in beta according to well-known hacker Luca Todesco . He has warned users who are interested in jailbreaking iPhones or iPads to avoid upgrading to iOS 10.2 in a series of tweets. Apple seems to have patched several vulnerabilities that could be used to jailbreak iOS 10, which will make jailbreaking iOS 10.2 even more difficult.
Paris cinema chain lets you pay to test-drive VR headsets
MK2 will have plenty of staff on hand to help customers at the stations. "It's really important that we bring the VR experience to people who don't know VR," Karmitz said. "So there will be approximately one employee for every three consumers, who will help them put on the headset and launch the experience." There are also tech staff on hand to handle the headsets and MSI computers, equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 1080 cards and Intel Core i7-6700K CPUs.
New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar suffers from serious battery issues | ZDNet
I just received my new 15" MacBook Pro with touch bar. The battery life is horrible!!! I have Safari open with 6 tabs and with 95% battery, I am told that I have under 3 hours of battery life left! I thought these things were supposed to get 10 hours? I ran the battery down in 3 hours last night only browsing the web. I wasn't watching videos, just browsing. Is there something wrong with my laptop?
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.
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 Is About to Brick Every Galaxy Note 7 in America [Updated]
If you’re still carrying around a Galaxy Note 7 , you should return it ASAP, because it’s about to become completely useless. Samsung on Friday announced that it will be issuing a software update to US Note 7s that will prevent the phone from charging or working as mobile devices.