NASA prepares (yet again) to launch weather satellites from the belly of a plane
NASA's CYGNSS mission, an initiative to send eight small satellites into space on a Pegasus XL rocket, is slated for another takeoff this morning. The launch was originally set for Monday but was...
'Modern Warfare Remastered' adds female soldiers, microtransactions
Now you can buy all those weapon skins with cold, hard cash if you're impatient.
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.)**
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will step down next month
Next month, net neutrality will lose one of its stronger advocates -- FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has just announced his plans to step down on January 20th, 2017 . Not coincidentally, that's the same day that President-elect Donald Trump is set to take office. With a new administration taking over, it's tradition for the FCC's chairman to step aside and let the incoming president present his own pick for the job.
Yahoo discloses hack of 1 billion accounts
The company disclosed today that it has discovered a breach of more than one billion user accounts that occurred in August 2013. The breach is believed to be separate and distinct from the theft of data from 500 million accounts that Yahoo reported this September.
Uber launches self-driving car fleet in San Francisco despite warning from regulator
SAN FRANCISCO Uber Technologies Inc rolled out its self-driving car fleet in its hometown of San Francisco on Wednesday, but faced a backlash from state regulators who say the company needs a permit to keep the vehicles on the road.
Trump Tries to Soothe Tech Chiefs With Pledge He’s an Ally
Despite any reservations, most corporate executives would jump at the chance to press their agendas with the new leader of the world’s largest economy. And there are areas of common ground. The largest U.S. technology companies hold hundreds of billions of dollars overseas and would like to bring that money back at a favorable tax rate. Trump has called for tax reform to allow such repatriation and has said revenue from the move could fund improvements to U.S. infrastructure.
Yahoo Breach Affected One Billion Accounts
Yahoo's investigators do not believe that any credit card data or bank account information was stolen, since it is handled by a separate system from the one that was hacked. Yahoo also said that the stolen passwords and some of the security questions and answers were hashed, meaning that the thieves would not be able to read them without additional information from a separate database.
Yahoo says one billion accounts exposed in newly discovered security breach
Yahoo Inc warned on Wednesday that it had uncovered yet another massive cyber attack, saying data from more than 1 billion user accounts was compromised in August 2013, making it the largest breach in history.
Wynn Las Vegas installing an Amazon Echo in every hotel room | ZDNet
As we have moved through the years, technology has always played an important part in our resorts. The thing that Amazon has done with Alexa is quite perfect. If I have ever seen anything in my 49 years of developing resorts that has made our job of delivering a perfect experience to our guests easier and help us get to another level, it is Alexa. The ability to talk to your room is effortlessly convenient. In partnership with Amazon, becoming the first resort in the world in which guests can verbally control every aspect of lighting, temperature and the audio-visual components of a hotel room is yet another example of our leadership in the world of technology for the benefit of all of our guests.
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3 benefits a smart city can gain from smart infrastructure
This is just a small sampling of what life will be like in a smart city. But even in this simple example, several key details went into creating the smooth experience. Among them: The streetlights must respond to the presence of a vehicle, the drones flying overhead must know how to identify and report traffic patterns, the municipal parking lot must be able to track each spot’s occupancy, and so forth.
This smart grid program could save millions of tons of CO2 annually
Several reports have said that Britain will not be able to achieve the goals set out at the Paris Agreement earlier this year, if it continues to pollute the Earth with the same amount of carbon as its using currently. This fund could be one way to reduce the country’s usage, without effecting the consumer in any way.
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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.
Get My Parking launches smart city pilot in India to ease traffic
Studies of traffic congestion regularly point much blame at cars circling for parking. To tackle this perennial problem, Get My Parking is joining a smart city initiative to launch a smart parking pilot in India.
Twitter becomes the latest app to add live video to its list of features. If 140 character is not enough for you to express yourself thoroughly, then the live video option powered by Periscope will come quite in handy.
California mandates energy-efficiency standards for computers
Implementing the new standards would, for example, add $10 to $14 to the cost of a desktop computer at first but will save consumers more than $40 to $55 in electricity bills over five years, the commission said. The standards would add an extra $1 to the cost of a laptop, $5 to the cost of a monitor and $13 to workstations and small-scale server costs, though the corresponding savings on electricity are said to be proportionately higher.
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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.
Bear is everything we wanted Notes to be
It’s not that any are bad, it’s just that none are truly great. And the least-offensive of the options, in my mind, was Notes. I used it, begrudgingly, for over a year after my very public breakup with Evernote. Evernote might still have the most robust offering of any note-taking app, but it’s not for me. Others are turning its back on the app too as it’s now fleecing users for $70-a-year while offering minimal benefit over free alternatives. The complaints about being bloated, slow, and lacking intuitive options for search and categorization are still there to boot.
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Razorpay is an online payment gateway which allows Indian businesses to collect payments online through credit card, debit card, netbanking and popular wallets including Mobikwik, PayUmoney, FreeCharge, Airtel Money, Ola Money and PayZapp.
That Story About a Boy Dying In Santa's Arms Is Totally Fake
As the story goes, an unnamed 5-year-old boy was dying in the hospital and had just one last wish: He wanted to see Santa Claus. The nurse called up a professional Santa she knew, Eric Schmitt-Matzen, who rushed to the hospital. The boy and Santa had a chat about heaven before the boy literally died in Santa’s arms. But the small Tennessee newspaper that originally published the story, the Knoxville News Sentinel , just retracted it .
Valve adds full PS4 controller support to Steam
Valve has extended its support for the PlayStation 4’s DualShock controller in Steam. Users can now customize the controller as deeply as they can Valve’s own Steam Controllers, allowing them to map custom functions to the DualShock’s touchpad and gyroscope, as well as reconfigure the traditional buttons and joysticks. All this will be handled through Steam’s native API.
Fitbit won't kill off Pebble services at least until 2018
To be clear, no one on this freshly-formed team seeks to brick Pebble watches in active service. The Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, developer portal, and Pebble appstore are all elements of the Pebble ecosystem that will remain in service at this time. Pebble developers are welcome to keep creating and updating apps. Pebble users are free to keep enjoying their watches.
The best Christmas jumpers for UK techies
Christmas is coming, and that means you need to get yourself a terrifically tacky knitted jumper. Sure, you can head down to shops and grab yourself a generic wooly warmer, but there are lots of options available online that will better suit your (geeky) personality. Here are our picks.
Vladimir Putin was directly involved in US election hack, report says
Putin’s involvement began as a supposed “vendetta” against Clinton for her role in condemning Russia’s parliamentary elections in 2011 . Western critics of Russia accused Putin at the time of rigging the election by participating in large-scale voter fraud, and Clinton, as secretary of state at the time, was a vocal member of that group. From there, Putin’s vendetta evolved into what NBC’s sources say was a mission to "split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn't depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore.”
Fitness wearables may need an affordability upgrade
According to a recent Gartner survey, almost a third of fitness tracker or smartwatch owners end up ditching them. The survey studied about 9,000 users from the U.S., Australia and the U.K. Reasons for the dropped tech use vary from wearables breaking, to just becoming bored of them.
Apple Seeds macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Beta 1 to Developers
Apple has officially seeded the first developer beta for macOS Sierra 10.12.3. Apple has already published the changelog for the beta release, but it does not indicate any major changes arriving in the new software. As it stands, it measures in at just over 1GB, and it will primarily focus on behind-the-scenes fixes and performance enhancements.
All your 'Rogue One' questions answered
But if you want to do your research beforehand, read on for how "Rogue One" fits into the universe. Be warned though, while the questions are mostly spoiler-free, we had to draw the line somewhere. So if you saw it in a trailer we called it free to talk about it. Have no fear, we stayed away from big reveals! If you still have questions after seeing the film, leave a comment below. We're always happy to help.
Apple will pay out $2 million to California retail employees
The settlement works out to about $95 per employee included in the class, and $2 million is a tiny fraction of the $42.4 billion Apple pulled in during Q3 alone . For its part, Apple claimed it has offered adequate breaks in accordance with California Labor Code for years before the lawsuit was filed. The company has not yet commented on today's settlement, but the employees who were denied breaks while helping customers pick out new iPhones and iPhones will see their cash as soon as the lawyers get their cut.
BMW and Daimler could bring their car-sharing services together
Carmakers are building alternative models to vehicle ownership like it’s going out of style (it probably is). Two of those side bets on collaborative transportation might be coming together, according to a new report that says Daimler and BMW are considering merging their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow.
The 11 best video games of 2016
We struggle to recall 12 months so crowded with great video games. Indie developers, blockbuster studios, virtual reality tinkerers, and creators who defy labels: all corners of the industry contributed to one of the strangest, most varied, and best years in the medium’s short history.
Donald Trump meets with tech leaders
President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the most prominent executives from the tech industry today at Trump Tower, with investor Peter Thiel and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at his side. Trump opened the meeting with CEOs from Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others by thanking Thiel for his support.
Over 150 photojournalists and filmmakers demand better encryption in cameras
The Freedom of the Press Foundation and the undersigned aren't just asking for progress — they're willing to develop encryption solutions together with manufacturers. The letter welcomes the chance to work with the camera companies to find "the right way to provide encryption in their products."
Lucid Motors unveils the Air, a new luxe electric car with a 400-mile range
California-based Lucid Motors revealed its first car today, a fully electric sedan aimed at the “executive” market, with a 400-mile range rating from its onboard 100kWh battery, a 2.5-second 0-60 mph time and a target market date of 2018. The vehicle prototype was shown off today at a special unveiling event in Fremont, California.
Google launches Waymo and moves closer to self-driving cars
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Food delivery giant Just Eat acquires U.K.’s Hungryhouse and Canada’s SkipTheDishes for up to $383 million
The timing of Delivery Hero’s two transactions also tells a story. First, the company bought Foodpanda, which operates across 43 markets, with a particular focus on Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. A few days later, news emerged that Delivery Hero is selling Hungryhouse, a company that operates solely in the U.K. The U.K. wasn’t the most profitable for Delivery Hero, with Just Eat and newcomer Deliveroo stealing the show, so rather than fighting what was likely going to be a losing battle, it has elected to focus its efforts in other markets. According to figures, Hungryhouse racked up a £13.1 million (USD $16.4 million) pre-tax loss last year.
Donald J. Trump on Twitter
Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!
How to Make Windows 10 Look Like Windows XP
Times were simpler in 2001. Amazon had just turned its first profit, Google was still just doing search, and Windows had a new bright green Start button you could spot from the other side of a room. If you want to coat your modern Windows OS with some vintage XP design cues, here’s how to do it.
Trump names Uber and Tesla CEOs as strategic advisors
Trump announced that he has added Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to his Strategic and Policy Forum, which comprises of business leaders who will advise him on economic affairs.
Florida court rules police can demand your phone's passcode
A Florida man arrested for third-degree voyeurism using his iPhone 5 initially gave police verbal consent to search the smartphone, but later rescinded permission before divulging his 4-digit passcode. Even with a warrant, they couldn't access the phone without the combination. A trial judge denied the state's motion to force the man to give up the code, considering it equal to compelling him to testify against himself, which would violate the Fifth Amendment. But the Florida Court of Appeals' Second District reversed that decision today, deciding that the passcode is not related to criminal photos or videos that may or may not exist on his iPhone.
The Top 10 Innovations That Made Women's Lives Better In 2016
When she launched MM.Lafleur in 2013, she created the "Bento Box" system, where a woman can explain her preferences, size, and body type, and receive a box full of pieces chosen by a stylist. She can pay for the items she wants to keep, return the rest, then continue shopping online, or request another box. The idea is that women with full lives have #BetterThingsToDo than rifle through racks of dresses. Unlike subscription services like Stitchfix or La Tote, women can request boxes only when they need them, and, since MM.Lafleur only delivers products they make, they can ensure the quality is high.
Wireless Charging Startup Energous Is Teaming Up With Apple Supplier Dialog
Apple has managed to stay up to speed with its smartphone rival Samsung in most areas, but it hasn't built any form of wireless charging into the iPhone. And wireless charging of the sort that Samsung has incorporated—the kind where you have to sit your phone down on a pad and then plug in the mat—is old news. Apple is more likely to add wireless charging when it can do it in some new way. And the long-range charging Energous is developing could be a major advance—if it works, safely, every time.
This is the future of the fight against cancer
You may be wondering what a cancer-centric post is doing on a tech blog. While you’re right to be skeptical, the truth is that tech titans are the unsung heroes needed to treat and prevent the world’s deadliest diseases.
Eko is a smartphone-compatible stethoscope for the 21st century
Go to any hospital or urgent care center, and draped around the neck of every doctor will be a stethoscope. These devices, used by physicians to listen to the heart and the lungs, were first invented 200 years ago by Frenchman Rene Laennec, and the fundamentals of them haven’t really changed all that much ever since. They’re stuck in the analog ages.
Did Trump exclude Twitter from tech summit over emoji debacle?
Yesterday we reported Donald Trump’s snub of Twitter’s Jack Dorsey from his tech summit — a meeting with the who’s-who of the tech world including Tim Cook (Apple), Larry Page (Alphabet), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), and Satya Nadella (Microsoft), among many others.
Researchers must convince Trump that science matters, interior secretary says
Her talk was a carefully worded call to arms for scientists to become part of the political process. “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” she said. Part of that will require learning how to talk about science not only in the kind of language a layperson can understand, but also in the language of dollars and cents. Communicating science’s value will be critical in order to appeal to an increasingly business-oriented administration.
Instagram has doubled its monthly active user base in two years
It appears that the rise of Snapchat and all its Spectacles fun have yet to slow Instagram’s growth: the Facebook-owned company today announced that it has reached 600 million monthly active users, doubling its figure from 2014.
ActiveInbox turns your Gmail inbox into a lean, mean task managing machine (63% off)
ActiveInbox works by turning your inbox into a revved-up to-do list — allowing you to easily prioritize, create tasks for, and annotate each email as you work through your unreads. Organize folders, schedule emails, track what’s coming, and generate action items that slip seamlessly into your calendar… with ActiveInbox, you’ll have everything you need done centralized in your inbox for optimal productivity.
Travel app Hopper is booking $1 million in flights per day, and getting 90% of its revenue from push notifications
Travel app Hopper, which tells you the exact right time to book
your flight to maximize savings, is now selling $1 million in
flights per day, and getting a whopping 90% of its revenue from
Pairing Airpods with all of your devices takes literally 3 seconds
After unboxing the AirPods, unlock your iPhone then open the AirPods container. Don't do anything else. After a few seconds, there will be a popup on your iPhone asking if you want to connect the AirPods to it. Tap on Connect. A few seconds later, the popup will display the current battery level of your AirPods and the charging case.
Twitter reportedly built a standalone messaging app, only to later kill it off
The app was envisioned as a tool to ease new users on to Twitter’s flagship platform. It did this by allowing users to subscribe to groups based around topics such as news, politics, and sports. The people within the groups could chat among themselves, and subscribe to additional accounts, pulling their tweets into the conversation. This kind of functionality is already available in Slack channels, and was tested in Facebook’s now-defunct Rooms app (which itself may be making a comeback , if recent reports are to be believed).
The cord-cutter's guide to the best indoor antennas
While the Eclipse included adhesives in the pack most of these antennas didn't. As a result you'll need some good adhesive to hold these on your window or wall. We first tried gaffer tape, and while it worked it left greasy marks on the window. Masking tape wasn't very effective at holding the antenna up. Try packing tape or poster putty instead. Larger antennas such as the Smartenna will need to be screwed onto a wall and come with keyhole slots in the back for this.