Apple’s AI if by Air
After only a few days with Apple’s wireless AirPod headphones, it’s clear that there will be a huge platform business based on the reliable, persistent..
Someone Google Translated 'Final Fantasy'
Prepare yourself for an even more confusing JRPG.
Rogue One: our spoiler-free Star Wars review
Don’t worry, it’s completely safe to read this one
This is the first-ever livestreamed surgery using Snapchat's 'Spectacles'
A London-based doctor just showed the world what it was like to perform surgery from his perspective, in real time. Dr. Shafi Ahmed used Snap Inc.’s sought-after ‘Spectacles’ to document a first person view of a recent hernia repair surgery at London Independent Hospital. Ahmed captured all the action on the $130 Spectacles while providing …
Glue Sticks 101
This instructable is a lesson in my free Glue Class. To enroll, click here!Glue sticks are neat little tubes of craft glues for papercraft, scrapbooking, and other very light-duty adhesion. They are useful because they cure much faster than their liquid-based craft glue variants, like white glue and other school gel glues. You can get glue sticks in all kinds of shapes and stickiness - Permanent, restickable, acid-free, dyed, etc.Cool fact, In 1969 the German company Henkel began to produce the glue stick because it was inspired by the design and usefulness of a lipstick applicator. Thanks, beauty industry for helping revolutionize the way kids and adults alike stick paper together!Glue Sticks are not an ideal all-purpose adhesive, but they are still very helpful for a few tasks. It's the quickest way to bond two light-weight surfaces. As a general rule, if you are working with paper, you should just ...
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.
Northwest U.S. drivers won’t hand the wheel to self-driving cars
According to a recent survey, a majority of drivers in the Pacific Northwest aren’t buying the hype that driverless cars offer a better future.
MacOS Sierra update fixes MacBook Pro graphics issue and ditches “battery time remaining” estimate
Apple today is rolling out an update to macOS Sierra that addresses several issues with MacBook Pro computers, including the graphics problems on late 2016..
Google's self-driving cars spin out into new company called Waymo
A report yesterday from The Information suggests that by spinning out Waymo, Google has scaled back somewhat on its ambitions, after Alphabet CEO Larry Page called the original approach impractical. The creation of Waymo suggests Alphabet is looking to bring the technology into the real world now, perhaps by exploring partnerships with existing automakers, instead of completely remove the human driver from the equation.
Uber to put self-driving cars on the road in SF 'very soon'
This is where the ride hailing service is housing a fleet of autonomous cars in San Francisco. Though the company hasn't said anything about when self-driving cars will hit the road in California, passengers in the city can except to dial up one of these futuristic Uber cars "very soon," according to a source familiar with the launch. Uber reportedly plans to let San Francisco customers begin using the technology and get accustomed to it in the very near future, the source said.
Apple removes the battery-remaining estimate from macOS 10.12.2
The reasons for this change boil down this: the percentage is just more accurate. The time remaining can be misleading, since it’s calculated dynamically based on what the Mac is doing that very second. Background tasks can affect battery life significantly, and some, like reindexing Spotlight, syncing iCloud data, or performing facial recognition on your photo library, can stretch on for hours or days when you’re first setting them up (say, on a brand-new MacBook Pro). As your processor switches between power states, the time-remaining calculation will keep changing, and any one glance at it just isn’t an accurate picture.
Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump
“They have been salivating at the possibility of dismantling federal climate research programs for years. It’s not unreasonable to think they would want to take down the very data that they dispute,” Halpern said in an email. “There is a fine line between being paranoid and being prepared, and scientists are doing their best to be prepared. . . . Scientists are right to preserve data and archive websites before those who want to dismantle federal climate change research programs storm the castle.”
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe steps down, will lead PC VR group
Iribe says that he and Jon Thomason, who recently joined the company to lead the mobile VR side of things, will work with Oculus parent company Facebook's CTO Mike Schroepfer to find a new leader for the team (although not necessarily someone to take the CEO role, now that the company is part of Facebook). Absent from this news and the search for a new person to run Oculus is founder Palmer Luckey, who has basically gone dark since being tied to a hateful anti-Hillary Clinton group in the midst of the presidential election campaign.
Snapchat's Groups let you chat with 16 friends at once
Snapchat’s Groups allows users to chat with up to 16 of their friends at once. In a nod to Snapchat’s ephemeral roots, any snap sent to a Group lasts for just 24 hours by default. Group members are able to open and replay each snap only once. If someone doesn’t open a snap within 24 hours they’ve missed it. This is the same behavior Snapchat users expect from the platform’s Chats feature.
Synaptics Fingerprint Sensor Works Through Glass
Synaptics has a new option: optical-based fingerprint sensors designed to fit under cover glass. The company's Natural ID solution can detect and verify a fingerprint through a 1mm screen, which could allow manufacturers to replace the traditional home button with an on-screen version—a move Apple is reportedly eyeing for the next-gen iPhone.
Jack Dorsey to Ed Snowden: Help Me Fix My Garbage Company
Involuntary expat Edward Snowden spent part of his afternoon today in a live Q&A with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Posted by the @pardonsnowden account, the video was ostensibly part of a campaign to, well, pardon Snowden. Dorsey thought this would be a good opportunity to ask for some user feedback on his microblogging platform from a man trapped in Russian.
Kanye West returns to Twitter to share what Trump meeting was really about
Unlike Donald Trump, West has been pretty quiet on Twitter lately. His most recent tweet before today was a birthday video dedicated to Kim Kardashian West back in October.
GM delivers its first new electric cars in Tesla's backyard
GM made the first three deliveries of its new electric vehicle, the Bolt, just three miles from Tesla's factory in Fremont. The move was an apparent jab at Tesla, which is wildly popular with consumers, yet hasn't delivered its mass-market electric car, the Model 3. GM said it will deliver hundreds of Bolts to dealerships in California and Oregon before the end of the year.
Stop blending now: 8 million Cuisinart processors are recalled for broken blades
As per a press release put out by Conair, the company behind the Cuisinart processors, “The food processor’s riveted blade can crack over time and small, metal pieces of the blade can break off into the processed food. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers.” And this isn’t just a one-time happening. In fact, Conair noted, the company has received no fewer than 69 reports of consumers discovering pieces of sharp metal in their food, “including 30 reports of mouth lacerations or tooth injuries.”
Slack announced the feature we've all been waiting for: Video calling
After announcing voice calling months back, it’s no secret Slack had Google and Microsoft (Hangouts and Skype , respectively) in its crosshairs. Video calling would act as another major nail in the coffin of Hangouts, and it would significantly decrease the reliance on Skype within the workplace.
Oculus’ CEO is stepping down to lead its new PC virtual reality group
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe is stepping down to lead a newly established internal PC virtual reality division, leaving the Facebook-owned company’s top leadership position open. Oculus announced today that it will be internally dividing into two groups, one focused on desktop-based VR like the Oculus Rift, and the other on mobile VR. Iribe is making the move right away, while Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer will help look for a new leader of the overall Oculus team. Oculus Rift inventor Palmer Luckey remains with the company, where he will be moving to an undisclosed new role.
A win for transparency: Google publishes eight FBI National Security Letters
If you’ve never heard of an NSL, that’s not exactly surprising — most of the time, they are accompanied by gag orders that prevent the receiving parties from discussing the letters or their contents. Specifically, they are a type of subpoena issued by the U.S. federal government to request information for “national security purposes,” but don’t require prior approval from a judge — a majority are justified under Executive Order 12333, a Ronald Reagan-era decree used to authorize domestic surveillance. They are not bound by a time frame and they do not require authorities to put forth evidence for the information they request.
Apple Pulls watchOS 3.1.1 Update After Bricking Complaints
Following complaints that the new watchOS 3.1.1 update is bricking some Series 2 Apple Watch models, Apple has temporarily pulled the update.
watchOS 3.1.1 is no longer available for download from the Watch app on the iPhone, with watchOS 3.1 listed as the most recent update for those who had not already downloaded and installed 3.1.1.
After installing watchOS 3.1.1, some Apple Watch Series 2 owners had their devices bricked. Affected Apple Watches are displaying a red exclamation mark on the screen that instructs them to visit www.apple.com/help/watch .
The site directs Apple Watch owners to perform a force restart of the Apple Watch by holding down the side button and the Digital Crown, and says that if a restart does not work to restore the device, it will need to be taken in for service.
Resetting the Apple Watch has not worked for customers who have had their watches bricked by watchOS 3.1.1, and replacement Apple Watches will be required. Apple retail locations cannot service Apple Watches in store, because access to the diagnostic port (something not done in-store) is required.
Rogue One Truly Understands How to Be a Great Star Wars Movie
Rogue One’ s characters, on the other hand, run the gamut from instantly iconic to disappointing. There are probably 10 major new characters, depending on your definition of “major.” The hero is Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones. She’s the focal point of everything and yet, despite having the most time to develop, the audience’s connection with her ebbs and flows. Her relationship with her father (played by Mads Mikkelsen) is a highlight, but how she goes from there to a powerful leader isn’t quite developed. She’s a great fighter at the start, but she seems to forget that towards the end. It’s almost as if she’s several different characters rolled into one, and it’s hard to get a grip on.
The Arctic Completely Failed Its 2016 Report Card
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just released its annual “ Arctic Report Card ,” a comprehensive overview of what’s happening at our planet’s North Pole. If it were an actual report card, the Arctic would be on the verge of flunking out of school.
Is hearable tech really the latest thing in wearables?
“I can tell you some of the challenges in today’s technology marketplace. One of the biggest noise sources is that you often pick up the cadence of the person’s motion rather than the heart rate — picked up so strongly by optic signals that it dominates. You can’t trust it to give good values. For example, the step rate and the heart rate are often the same for runners — they need to be separated. Another example is sunlight. We had to remove this data, and that took a substantial amount of R&D. We have state-of-the-art technology, and we’ve also developed physiological filters to use the body’s own info to support the filtering process. Many times body processes work in relation to each other.”
Pokémon Go is now available in India and South Asia
While many of you may have tired of the charms of Pokémon Go , a whole new group of trainers is just about to get started. Today developer Niantic Labs announced that the augmented reality mobile game is finally available in South Asia. Users in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh can download the game from both Google Play and Apple’s App Store starting today. “The Niantic team had to resolve a few administrative challenges before launching in order to ensure we could provide the best experience possible,” the developer explained in a brief blog post .
Google's driverless cars will now have to prove themselves as a real business
Like previous Alphabet spin-offs, Waymo's "graduation" to an independent company brings with it more freedom and pressure. The company is free to make deals and move forward as a stand-alone business, although it will need to justify itself financially, at least in the long run. One of Waymo's stated goals is to "commercialize this technology and build products that can help millions of people," according to press materials.
The Alarming Downsides to Tech Industry Diversity Reports
The tech industry doesn’t just have a diversity problem. It has a results problem. Major tech companies pour millions of dollars into recruiting, but there remain significant, quantifiable discrepancies—in workforce diversity, in gender equity among people of color, and in representation among top leadership. Even the industry’s annual annual diversity reports, a crucial step towards transparency, can hide vital information and nuance.
Photoshop finally gives you a real reason to use the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar
Adobe says it is planning to work further on support for the Touch Bar, so doubtless we can expect refinements and tweaks to this scheme of things in the future. As ever, it’s a good idea to provide feedback if there’s anything you think would work particularly well with the context-sensitive touch strip on the MacBook Pro.
Tech employees take stand against Trump: No surveillance of Muslims, no deportations
(Reuters ) – More than 200 employees of technology companies including Google, Twitter and Salesforce pledged on Tuesday to not help U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s administration build a data registry to track people based on their religion or assist in mass deportations.
Google picks up the team behind an Alexa-powered smartwatch for Android Wear
Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services and products. The company’s product portfolio includes Google Search, which provides users with access to information online; Knowledge Graph that allows users to search for things, people, or places as well as builds systems recognizing speech and understanding natural language; Google Now, which provides information …
Harley Quinn’s spinoff movie is called Gotham City Sirens
Slack introduced voice calls in March with the promise that video calling would soon follow. Now, nine months later, the company is finally rolling out a video calling feature that’ll allow up to 15 people to chat simultaneously for companies on...
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As we digest the news today that Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe is stepping down from his role as CEO of the company and moving to head up the PC VR team, we asked Oculus [...]
Wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication would be required in new cars under proposed DOT rule
Currently the new rule is only a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a notification that the Department of Transportation has publicly announced that it intends to make the V2V system required on all new light-vehicles, and is now open to a comment period of 90 days. After that point, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will then review and adjust the proposal as needed before instituting a final ruling on the requirement. V2V communication is a major deal in the future of road safety, particularly for self-driving cars, and today's announcement is yet another example of the current DOT leadership trying to pass a few more policies (such as the recent announcement for electric cars to make audible noise ) before the upcoming change of administration when President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.
Wonder Woman Is No Longer a U.N. Ambassador
After declaring DC superhero Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador , the United Nations has decided to revoke the fictional character’s title . Her selection in October had been met with some controversy, both inside and out of the U.N., but it’s hard to see this as anything other than a shame.
The Acura NSX is Business Insider's 2016 Car of the Year
In 1990, that's exactly what happened with introduction of the New Sportscar eXperimental, or NSX. The first-generation Honda NSX, sold under the Acura luxury brand name in the US, was a true game changer. It proved that Honda could build a state-of-the-art supercar capable of taking on the best Europe had to offer, but with Japanese reliability. Many industry observers point to the original NSX as one of the driving forces behind the quality and performance of modern-day Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis. In fact, the NSX even served as the benchmark for McLaren's groundbreaking 240 mph F1 hypercar.
Google search results promote a lot of conspiracy theories
"We are saddened to see that hate organizations still exist. The fact that hate sites appear in Search results does not mean that Google endorses these views. Search is a reflection of the content and information that is available on the Internet. A site's ranking in search results is determined by computer algorithms using hundreds of factors to calculate a page's relevance to a given query. We do not remove content from our search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content, malware and violations of our webmaster guidelines."
The Best Tablets of 2016
Screen Size and Storage This consideration is a bit obvious, but size—both screen real estate and storage capacity—is important to consider. First things first: When you hear the term "7-inch or 10-inch tablet," this refers to the size of the screen, measured diagonally, and not the size of the tablet itself. 7-inch tablets are considered small-screen, while 8.9-inch tablets and above are considered large-screen. Apple's iPads, Amazon's Fire, and Samsung's Note- and Tab-branded tablets all come in small- and large-screen iterations. And more than ever, phones are blurring the lines with tablets. Big smartphones (or phablets) like the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S7 Edge are challenging the need to even carry a separate tablet.
Aye! Smart city projects squirrel away $31m in Scotland
“By working together Scotland’s cities are utilizing economies of scale to learn individually and share that knowledge collectively, to be at the cutting edge of Smart City technology and the benefits that brings,” said Andrew Burns, Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance. “Our inter-city approach to developing Smart City solutions has been praised publicly by the European Commission and we have attracted the attention of other nations who are looking to emulate our collaborative model.”
A Map Of The United Megaregions Of America
The colored candy floss map of the entire nation is, perhaps, the most visually interesting. But it's the simple black-and-white map, which names all of the country's megaregions, that really makes an impression. What this map makes clear is that megaregions usually expand across multiple states, and that there are far more plausible ways to divide the country into 50 sections than the arbitrary borders of statehood—namely, using the organic economic and cultural zones that have developed around cities. It makes you wonder how different the results of the last election would have looked if America was divided into megaregions, not states.
The Fiction Issue
There's all-night entertainment, a blur of sun and substances, the ripe smell of summer—all dunked like a toxic doughnut in the coffee-cream-colored ocean.
British TV giants to launch U.S. streaming service
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Apple website warns against counterfeit & third-party power accessories
Apple has quietly updated its support website to warn people against using counterfeit batteries and power adapters, or even just some third-party options in general.
These products "may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues," Apple writes . Instead the company is recommending first-party power adapters, and directing people to go to an Apple store or authorized service provider for replacement batteries.
Apple often charges high prices for first-party accessories and repairs, which can lead many people to turn to outside sources. While certified third-party accessories are typically safe, unauthorized and/or counterfeit products have been known to work poorly or even cause fires.
Underwriters Laboratories —better known as UL —recently tested 400 fake Apple chargers , and found that 99 percent of them were unsafe. In October Apple filed a lawsuit against one counterfeit vendor, Mobile Star, accusing it of violating copyrights and trademarks through sales on Amazon and Groupon.
Amazon is reportedly poised to engage in a major crackdown of its own , creating a registry of recognized sellers that vendors will have to match against to get their inventory on sale.
Facebook Spokesperson Calls Muslim Registry "Straw Man"
Earlier today BuzzFeed News emailed Facebook to ask whether the social networking giant would make a commitment to limit data collection that could be used for ethnic or religious targeting, including a pledge not to build a registry of Muslims, if asked to do so by the government. A Facebook public relations representative intended to forward our request, along with a message about how to respond, within Facebook, but accidentally sent the email to BuzzFeed News instead and in doing so, provided inadvertent insight into how the company plays the optics game.
New Research Suggests Monogamy Killed the Penis Bone in Humans
Although we call erections “boners,” anyone who has basic familiarity with human anatomy knows our slang deceives us—for unlike most mammals, men have no penis bones. For decades scientists have wondered, “Why? No? Penis Bone?” A new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society might finally answer the mystery of what killed the penis bone: monogamy.
5 Ways to Use Storytelling in Your Social Media Marketing : Social Media Examiner
With powerful social media reach (1 in 7 people in the world are on Facebook) and democratization of the narrative, our online activities are propelling the shared economy to give us services that came from the computer and became real. Just like Uber or Airbnb, we’re in a world where stories don’t end with singular offline or online experiences, but instead merge and continue.
Today’s connected home security is about both safety and peace of mind
DH : We try to deliver solutions to a mass market. So, we want to reach a large population of consumers interested in unlocking these smart home experiences. Even assuming you’re a wildly successful IoT company with a great smart home device, you will have a huge challenge scaling and addressing your customer support needs. Tackling the mass market means having to help a group of homeowners who might not be as technologically savvy as early adopters. So, we have to make sure the devices that are a part of a customer’s smart home ecosystem interoperate with each other and are reliable. We have to support those devices with well-trained techs in the field who can go to a customer’s home and install and fix things, with helpful customer care agents on the phone to help with education, and with a retail workforce in our Xfinity stores who can sell not just home security, but a growing number of smart home devices. We know our customers expect that value, they should expect that level of comprehensive service and that’s what we strive to deliver.
The Bird Dog Is an Abdominal Exercise that Reduces Lower Back Pain
They look easy to do, but most people butcher bird dogs that further reinforce the things we want to improve (using less lower back to move). The video by Luke Sniewski goes over the exercise’s proper form and nuances. Start on all fours in a quadruped position; knees should be under your hips, hands under your shoulders, and your pelvis “tucked in” (not pointed upward). Keep the entire length of your spine straight. Slowly raise one arm and the opposite leg straight out, while keeping your whole body still. Imagine there’s a broomstick on the back of your head and back, so don’t let it fall.
The best gifts for Apple users in 2016 - TechRepublic
Case Logic's Huxton sleeve is available for 11.6" ($24.99), 13.3" ($29.99), and 15.6" ($29.99) laptops. The sleeves can also accommodate tablets. Two colors are available: midnight navy and black. I used the 13.3" sleeve this fall and found its small external zipper pocket perfect for storing a MacBook Air's power cord. Unlike traditional sleeves I've purchased that hold only the computer, the Huxton is much more convenient due to its ability to also carry the charger. Plus, the case protects against common bumps and provides a shield against the elements when walking in the rain. That's a helpful combination.
Jazz Up a Bottle of Wine With These Festive Printable Gift Tags
A bottle of wine is by no means an unwelcome gift, but it can feel a little plain. To spruce up an otherwise unadorned bottle, print out a one (or more) of these festive gift tags.
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Uber employees caught spying on exes and celebrities
Following Uber’s most recent update, court documents have confirmed that the data it collects is for more than making a better rider experience . But, in fact, Uber employees are using the information to stalk high-profile users and even their exes.
'We are all human': Anti-bullying activist speaks out against body-shaming memes
I've seen a ton of memes like this all over @facebook recently. I'm writing this post not as someone who is a victim but as someone who is using their voice. Yes, it's very late at night as I type this but I do so as a reminder that the innocent people that are being put in these memes are probably up just as late scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human. I ask that you keep that in mind the next time you see a viral meme of a random stranger. At the time you might find it hilarious but the human in the photo is probably feeling the exact opposite. Spread love not hurtful words via a screen. Xoxo Lizzie
The World Changing Ideas Awards (Deadline Extended To December 15!)
We’re looking for products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that have launched since January 1, 2015. Our hope is to show the world the extent of the innovation for good that’s happening, and draw more attention to the ideas that will change everyone's lives for the better. The finalists will be featured in an upcoming issue of Fast Company magazine (circulation 725,000) and also here on Co.Exist (3 million visits per month).
The future of biometric tracking will make step counters look like antiques
Right now, most devices can track your speed, your heart rate, and at best, a few other data points — sometimes with inconsistencies — but the biometric wearable of the future could provide real-time feedback to either push the wearer to set a new personal best or hold back to prevent injury, providing a level of feedback that you would normally only get with a professional coach.