This was the year of VR, until AR stole it
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The first trailer for 'Blade Runner 2049' is here
Finally, we get our first look at that Blade Runner sequel. Thirty years after the events of the first film, Ryan Gosling plays a new blade runner that's discov...
How will self-driving cars handle snowy driving conditions?
Self-driving cars are coming soon. But as much of the country is gripped in winter for part of the year, how will these cars handle snow and ice?
Mark Zuckerberg has the same IoT problems we all have
In attempting to build an AI system for his home, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has found the same IoT interoperability issues everyone faces.
Assassin’s Creed leaps the low bar of video game adaptations
Video game movies are sometimes mocked for forcing dramatic story arcs onto things that are essentially non-narrative, like the endless shooting gallery of Doom, or the physics puzzles of Angry...
Watch a new trailer for the upcoming John Wick sequel
Everyone’s trying to kill Keanu Reeves in the new trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2, but by the end of the clip he’s murmuring "I’ll kill them all," so it seems like everyone’s on the same page...
'Until Dawn' looked way different as a PlayStation 3 game
Prototype footage of the PS4 horror game shows a first-person perspective and motion-controller fisticuffs.
Taking a look back at the year in drones in 2016 - ReadWrite
2016 was an incredible year for drones. Drones - especially those with cameras on them - have given us a new perspective on the world around us.
Retro gaming fan gets ‘Wolfenstein 3D’ up and running on a Game Boy Color
Developer Anders Granlund produced a playable Game Boy Color version of Wolfenstein 3D using a custom game board fitted with a co-processor chip.
Facebook Messenger Launches Group Video Chat for up to 6 People
As reported by TechCrunch , Facebook has confirmed that it is rolling out up to six-screen group voice chatting in the latest update to Messenger. To get started, Facebook has aimed to make it as easy as possible: Simply jump into an existing Group conversation, or start a new one, and then tap on the video icon in the top-right of the conversation. Everyone in the group will be notified of the group video call, and those who want to can join in with a single tap.
Apple’s Tim Cook assures employees that it is committed to the Mac and that ‘great desktops’ are coming
One of the memes to come out of the somewhat contentious rollout of the MacBook Pro is that Apple has given up on the desktop Mac. Given the slower upgrade cycle of desktops and how well my Retina 5K iMac is holding up it took me a while to pay attention to what was going on there until it had reached a fever pitch.
Zuckerberg shows off Jarvis, his smart home AI
Zuckerberg isn't alone in his fascination with AI. A lot of what his Jarvis system can do is similar to what the Amazon Echo and Google Home can do. Facebook, meanwhile, has made big investments in AI outside of Zuck's personal project. The company has two distinct AI groups: Facebook AI Research, or FAIR, which has roughly 75 employees and tries to act as a liaison to the academic community; and Applied Machine Learning, which tries to infuse AI into Facebook's products.
Did Nintendo Blow It With Super Mario Run?
Pokémon Go might have been a fad, but you at least it brought something innovative to the table; it also proved that AR games with the right branding can go mainstream. Right now, you can’t say the same thing about Super Mario Run . It’s not a bad game, but it does nothing to push the boundaries of standard iPhone games, to say nothing of what we expect from a Nintendo title in 2016. If Nintendo wants to win with customers on mobile, it needs to step-up and bring its formidable talents to the the smartphone arena, rather than just resting on the laurels of branding and pretty graphics.
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New state bill wants to put porn blocks on new computers
A bill, pre-filed earlier this month by state lawmaker Bill Chumley, is called the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, and would require computer makers and sellers to install filters that would prevent users from accessing porn and other sexual material.
What are the 4 layers of data "architecture" needed for smart cities?
Smart city services like smart water management, smart energy, smart mobility and smart buildings are based on a centralized system. A web of sensors that are spread across the city feed data to this centralized system or central control center by sensing activities in the physical environment. At the control center the data is processed and stored as meaningful information. This information is shared across various departments of the city government for better coordination and making data-driven decisions.
China's famous elevated bus is now just a giant roadblock
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'Minecraft' for Apple TV arrives today
Minecraft was first announced for Apple TV by Tim Cook at Apple's October MacBook Pro refresh event, though details on how the game would play were slim. But the game sounds like it'll be pretty up-to-date, aside from those missing multiplayer features. The Apple TV edition will include the just-announced " Ender update ," which brings a whole bunch of new single-player content to the experience. If you want to check it all out, you can go grab the app on Apple TV now.
Google's fleet of self-driving minivans are finally here | Cult of Mac
The Waymo minivans are equipped with the company’s latest self-driving technology, a suite of updated sensors, all-new computers and other major system updates. Before going into production, Waymo and Chrysler put early prototypes though 200 hours of extreme-weather testing, but your chances of driving one soon in normal conditions are practically zero.
Tim Cook Explains to Employees Why He Met With Donald Trump
There’s a large number of those issues, and the way that you advance them is to engage. Personally, I’ve never found being on the sideline a successful place to be. The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena. So whether it’s in this country, or the European Union, or in China or South America, we engage. And we engage when we agree and we engage when we disagree. I think it’s very important to do that because you don’t change things by just yelling. You change things by showing everyone why your way is the best. In many ways, it’s a debate of ideas.
This Chrome Extension Will Fact-Check Trump's Tweets
In other cases, the extension will inform you that Trump's tweet was simply "incorrect or false," as is the case with a message he posted on November 27 claiming he not only won the Electoral College by a "landslide" but also "won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." The extension points out that "Trump didn't win in a landslide in in any sense" and that "there is absolutely no evidence that there were a significant number of votes cast illegally," as the New York Times reported Sunday .
'Two Dots' now has a competitive mode where you can bet real money
So while it's safe to say Two Dots has successfully been ported to Sparcade, that doesn't really get into the why. Couldn't Dots build its own competitive version of its game? Well, as a relatively small studio, making this partnership with Sparcade was a much easier way to go. "We don't have the resources to create another team to build [a competitive game], even though this is a great business," says Murphy. "We're focused on our fourth game -- that's the amount of expansion that we can have at our stage. This is an opportunity to do it right now with someone that knows the space really well." And while you may not know Sparcade, its parent company, GSN, has years of experience in the "skill gaming" business.
The First Script for Rogue One Had a Completely Different Ending
If you’ve seen Rogue One , you probably noticed that much of what’s in the trailers is not in the movie. That’s because the movie took a lot of time reshooting and reworking its third act. However, none of that comes close to how different the ending of the original script was. An ending that was not even shot.
Apple AirPods Are Too Simple for Their Own Good
I like AirPods, but the lack of physical playback controls really does make them feel too simple for their own good. These are the best truly wireless earbuds I’ve used, but their limitations show the category still isn’t ready for prime time. Being forced to use Siri—or the playback controls on your phone—just to play, pause or adjust the volume is a huge problem. And as much as I enjoy the instant pairing nature of the buds, I don’t know if I would replace these as my daily subway headphones over the Beats Solo 3s, which pair the same way, have 40 hour battery life, and let me actually turn the volume up on the side. If you prize size over everything else, AirPods are for you, but everyone else should wait for version 2.0.
Bloomberg on the App Store
My favorite news app is gone with this update, pretty much rendering it useless for me. The beauty of the old app was it had all the news I wanted and all the news I didn't know I wanted in one place. I kept discovering new topics pretty much every day. Now, all news are categorized and reading across categories means switching back and forth between screens, deciding first what I want to read (which sometimes I don't know until I see something I want to read!), and the screens themselves have turned into a confused mess. From layout to color choices. It looks like a trash news site, and we have plenty of these already. If you wanted to instantly destroy your user base, well done, you accomplished your goal.
U.S. Startups Are Piling on Debt
No one publishes national data on venture debt, but a half dozen lenders provided numbers showing activity spiked in 2016. Silicon Valley Bank's loan volume to venture-backed startups surged 19 percent during the past year to $1.1 billion for the quarter ending Sept 30. Wellington Financial made more than 10 new loans to venture-backed startups in 2016, double last year's total. At Hercules Capital, annual volume is up and the average deal size increased 16 percent year-over-year to $15.6 million. TriplePoint's volume is up more than 25 percent. Western Technology Investment CEO Maurice Werdegar called volume "robust" and described the lending environment as "hyper-competitive."
Autonomous Mercedes will spare occupants over pedestrians
Ever since autonomous cars became a real thing, people have struggled with the moral dilemma of training these vehicles on what to do when faced with a situation where there is no safe solution. In a recent interview with Car and Driver, Mercedes-Benz executive Christoph von Hugo revealed that their self-driving cars would choose to save the occupants – even if that meant hitting a pedestrian.
Minecraft Launches on Apple TV
For a "limited time" it comes with seven pieces of downloadable content. That includes the Holiday 2015, Town Folk, and City Folk skin packs, plus the Plastic, Natural, Cartoon, and Festive 2016 mash-ups. The new Apple TV edition also includes the Ender Update , which launched today for Minecraft Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition players.
Google project has small name but tackles big security issue
Google also said Project Wycheproof saves time by letting developers and users quickly check their libraries against a large number of known attacks instead of having to sift through hundreds of academic papers for the same outcome.
Facebook posts now come with colorful backgrounds
It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like; posts with the feature enabled show up with a pop of color on the background. To use it, tap on the status bar, choose a color from the choices below your text (including some gradients), write your message, and tap post. It doesn’t work for link, image, or video posts.
The Biggest Science Setbacks of 2016
Scientific progress doesn’t always move in a straight line. In fact, as we’ve seen this year, sometimes things just turn around and move backwards. Take climate change. This past November, the landmark Paris Agreement went into effect , with 195 nations signing on to combat the threat of Earth’s changing environment. And then just four days later, United States voters elected a climate skeptic to the highest office of the land.
How the Electoral College Works, and Why We Have One
The Electoral College is an integral, if not unusual, part of American democracy. Few other nations have one, and even when they do the system isn’t quite the same. How does the electoral college work and why do we even have one? Our latest video explains.
Samsung reportedly plans to use LG batteries in future phones
Samsung is determined to avoid another Galaxy Note 7-style disaster , and that may lead it to make strange bedfellows. Chosunilbo sources claim that Samsung is in serious talks with LG Chem about using its Korean arch-rival's batteries in smartphones. There's a "strong chance" that you could see LG batteries in Samsung phones by the second half of 2017, one tipster says. You likely wouldn't have an LG power pack in your Galaxy S8 if this is true, but you might see one in the Note 7's successor.
Twitter will livestream the Golden Globes' red carpet
The social network will not carry the actual presentation, but the pre-show is a nice option for wire-cutters who only want to see well-dressed celebs vamp and answer inane interview questions. You'll be able to catch it on a smartphone, the web and connected devices without needing a cable TV subscription.
Uber admits to self-driving car 'problem' in bike lanes as safety concerns mount
Engineers were working to fix programming flaw that could have deadly results for cyclists days after Uber announced it would openly defy California regulators
TechCrunch's 10th Annual Crunchies Awards
Following the Crunchies Awards, the War Memorial Opera House will provide a festive playground for this year’s After Party. As always there will be a hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, networking and other fun surprises. The After Party begins immediately following the ceremony until 11:30PM. Admission to the party is included with a purchase of a Crunchies Awards ticket.
LinkedIn's Lynda.com suffers database breach | ZDNet
The LinkedIn subsidiary -- and now Microsoft subsidiary -- said there was no evidence the breach included the leak of passwords in the compromised data, but a spokesperson for LinkedIn told ZDNet it has reset the passwords for approximately 55,000 Lynda.com users as a precautionary measure.
Uber's Loss Exceeds $800 Million in Third Quarter on $1.7 Billion in Net Revenue
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Uber lost $800 million in the third quarter
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House committee urges Congress to pass Stingray surveillance legislation
The committee’s investigation, which last year prompted the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to change their policies on when to require a warrant before using the devices, found that the Justice Department uses 310 of the devices and spent $71 million on them between fiscal years 2010 and 2014. Homeland Security has 124 devices and spent $24 million in the same period.
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Tim Cook on Why He Went to That Awkward Trump Meeting
Under normal circumstances, business leaders meeting with America’s future President would just be business as usual. When those leaders represent the liberal stronghold of Silicon Valley and that future President is Donald Trump, however, it’s anything but .
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Twitter is experimenting with breaking news alerts
The alerts are apparently targeted to different groups of users based on what the company perceives your interests to be. Twitter does not seem to have a hard and fast rule determining when they are sent out — past notifications have centered on election night, Olympic results and even ABC's The Bachelorette , among other things.
Mark Zuckerberg's Custom Smart Home Is Just as Stupid as the Rest of Them
Mark Zuckerberg is known to start each year by setting aggressive personal goals for himself. This year, he announced he was going to build an artificial intelligence (AI) that would help him control things around his smart home, like turning on the lights, starting home appliances, and playing music on various speakers. He named the system “ Jarvis ” after the digital butler from Iron Man —but after spending a full year of tweaking it, the AI is still being dogged by many of the same problems as the AI that’s out there today.
Apple appeals EU's $14B ruling on Irish taxes
Apple appeals EU's $14B ruling on Irish taxes
Union ruled Apple must pay billions in back taxes to Ireland.
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11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about
It’s one of those ineffable things that’s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it. It’s also the driving force for so many of us, to the point where we’ve created an entire category of worker that just called “creative.”
Mark Zuckerberg’s epic music-recommendation quest
Although the Facebook CEO named the system he's been working on for the last year as his 2016 personal-growth challenge after Tony Stark's amazing AI butler, Zuck's is a bit less showy. Rather than incredible holograms and floating graphics, it's really an AI brain with a Messenger bot and iPhone app front end, as Zuckerberg explained to me when I visited his beautiful Silicon Valley house last week for my exclusive profile of Jarvis .
7 autonomous vehicle partnerships that will shape the future - TechRepublic
In August, two major driverless tech developers announced a groundbreaking alliance , aiming to deliver a tech package for level 4 autonomous vehicles that would be ready by 2019. Mobileye, an advanced visions system for the cars, had previously partnered with Tesla, and is now helping fuel driverless tech in GM, Nissan, VW, and other carmakers. And, in November, Intel joined the duo. Driverless car tech is likely to require huge amounts of processing power, so the team will use Intel's Core i7 chip to help vehicles scan the roads.
The Power Rangers Movie Is Already Getting a Sequel in Comic Book Form
Boom Studios has announced a brand new graphic novel, due out the week after Power Rangers hits theaters in March. Power Rangers Aftershock , while not offering any details about the movie itself, will be written by Ryan Parrott with art by Lucas Werneck, and promises to pick up “immediately” after the events of the movie, telling a new chapter in the life of the young teens with attitude.
Outcomes of Hospitalized Medicare Beneficiaries Treated by Male vs Female Physicians
First, as is the case for any observational study, we could not fully account for unmeasured differences in the risk of death and readmissions between patients of male and female physicians. Although we addressed this issue in several ways, including the use of a natural experimental design exploiting the quasi-randomized assignment of patients to hospitalists, it is still possible that unmeasured confounding (eg, residual differences in socioeconomic status of patients that are not explained by patient race/ethnicity, Medicaid eligibility, and household income level) could explain the observed differences in patient outcomes. However, the residual confounding would have to be of substantial magnitude to explain the differences we found. Second, we were unable to identify exactly why female physicians have better outcomes than male physicians. Given that physician sex by itself does not determine patient outcomes, sex should serve as a marker of differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians that meaningfully affect patient outcomes. Further studies using clinical data would be helpful in understanding which practice patterns of physicians are driving the differences in patient outcomes.
5 awesome advertising methods to consider in 2017
Advertisers have to find that “sweet spot,” the point in which advertising isn’t overbearing, yet it is still effective. I have no problem being advertised to, in fact I welcome it, but there is that fine line, one that differs for every person, that you have to be careful not to cross, because at that point you’ve lost your audience and your ads mean nothing to us.
The Wet Hot American Summer People Are Making a 'Love Boat, But in Space' TV Show
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Uber is wrong to compare its self-driving cars to Tesla's Autopilot — here's why
Additionally, there's no interface in the self-driving Ubers to make it clear human supervision is necessary. When I was behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber, I kept my hands on my lap for the majority of the time and never once heard a warning signal asking me to return them to the wheel.
New Apple minisite aims to insert Apple Watch into corporate wellness programs
A new section on Apple's website markets the Apple Watch as choice for corporate "wellness" programs, taking aim at a segment largely dominated by Fitbit.
The minisite touts existing partnerships with companies like Aetna, IBM, and Lockton, as well as the Watch having "wellness solutions your employees already know and love," like Lose It! , Virgin Pulse , and Vitality . It positions the Watch as a "holistic" option, able to help not just with activity tracking but areas like nutrition, breathing, and mindfulness.
The company is also selling the Watch on its ability to keep people locked into the working world, thanks to built-in apps like Calendar and Messages, and third-party options like HoursTracker .
The site lastly guides businesses through how to integrate the Watch, for example noting that while businesses under 100 workers can arrange a deal through an Apple store, organizations over that limit have to email the company's Corporate Wellness unit directly.
Apple has been selling the Watch to businesses for some time, but the minisite may signal an intensified effort.
Extreme Networks named official Wi-Fi and analytics provider for Super Bowl 51 - TechRepublic
"Fast forward to today. We're seeing on average during a regular event 4 TB of data, and we're seeing somewhere in the neighborhood of, on average, 30,000 or more users on Wi-Fi and we're seeing a shift in the type of social activity. It was originally a lot of people sharing pictures and different types of things and now it's predominately video, people sharing video or consuming video through a social network. The types of social networks have shifted. Twitter has dropped off dramatically. Instagram went to the top right with Facebook, but Facebook has been waning. Last year, out of nowhere, FanDuel and DraftKings came to the top as people were playing fantasy sports and monitoring scores, and people were consuming video in relation to monitoring their score. It's pretty interesting to see how that behavior has evolved," Rice said.