Tim Cook Tells Apple Employees New Mac Desktops Are Coming
We don't know when, and we don't know which models, but new Macs are planned.
Watch a human-carrying drone lift a snowboarder off a mountain
YouTuber (and CNN employee) Casey Neistat may have retired from daily vlogging, but he hasn’t quit making videos. His latest holiday video goes bigger than ever, with a giant, custom-made drone...
General Motors Begins Self-Driving Tests On Michigan Public Roads
General Motors has started public road tests of its autonomous Chevrolet Bolt in Detroit, two weeks after Michigan Gov legalized self-driving cars.
'Rogue One' is a milestone (and warning sign) for CG resurrection
Death isn't enough to keep a classic character out of the latest 'Star Wars' film.
La La Land’s choreographer shares the film’s sneakiest dance-movie references
Also: how an underwater sequence became a flying sequence, Ryan Gosling’s fear that he’s a "gangly monkey," and much more.
How artificial intelligence is driving the future of autonomous cars
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has played an integral role in the progression of self-driving vehicles on public roads, which could see driverless cars soon.
Artificial intelligence is going to make it easier than ever to fake images and video
Smile Vector is a Twitter bot that can make any celebrity smile. It scrapes the web for pictures of faces, and then it morphs their expressions using a deep-learning-powered neural network. Its...
A mech for modern times: Method-1 is your sci-fi fantasy come to life
In South Korea, a robotics company is building a towering mech robot straight out of the world of Gundam. Here's what we know about it so far.
This amazing flash drive adds 128GB to your iPhone and latches to your keychain
Running out of device space is a huge annoyance, especially when you’re shooting pictures or video that you suddenly realize you don’t have room to keep. You can solve that storage frustration once and for all with the iKlips DUO, a flash drive designed with Apple mobile devices. Right now, you can get this ultra-fast, …
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.
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.
This Legend of Zelda-themed billiards table is the ultimate gaming homage
To help a Los Angeles-area man take his Legend of Zelda fandom to a new level, YouTube series Super-Fan Builds built him a unique Zelda pool table.
Tech world aims to tackle the mental health issue next
CCS Insight surveyed 2,000 people in the US and UK about what they would most like to have tracked about themselves, and their answer was mental health.
Lin-Manuel Miranda really wants you to donate to Planned Parenthood
In the exclusive clip above, Miranda talks more about his fundraising campaign and the progress its made in the weeks since its launch.
Viber adds one-touch video messaging, in-chat bots with Wikipedia, Giphy and more
On the heels of Kik and Facebook's Messenger adding in new video features yesterday, one of their old rivals Viber is announcing a new video tool of its own:..
Denzel Washington deserves an Emmy for his dramatic greeting card performance
If anyone can give cheesy greeting cards a touch of drama, it's Denzel Washington.
Twitter's chief technology officer Adam Messinger is leaving the company
Twitter's Chief Technology Officer Adam Messinger is leaving the company after five years, the executive publicly announced Tuesday via a tweet. He is the second C-level executive to leave in the last month without an immediate replacement.
Obama uses 1953 law to block Arctic drilling under Trump
"These actions, and Canada's parallel actions, protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region on earth," Obama said. "They reflect the scientific assessment that, even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region's harsh conditions is limited."
Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Morgan Freeman-voiced Jarvis AI in action
Mark Zuckerberg has posted a new video of his homemade Jarvis AI assistant in action. The Facebook CEO detailed his progress with this project in a longer text post on Monday, but Tuesday’s video gives a better idea of how it actually works for Zuckerberg, his wife Priscilla Chan and their child, Max.
Michael Tsai - Blog - How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists
Interviews with people familiar with Apple’s inner workings reveal that the Mac is getting far less attention than it once did. They say the Mac team has lost clout with the famed industrial design group led by Jony Ive and the company’s software team. They also describe a lack of clear direction from senior management, departures of key people working on Mac hardware and technical challenges that have delayed the roll-out of new computers.
Facebook accused of misleading EU regulators during $22 billion WhatsApp deal
Margrethe Vestager, the competition commissioner, said in a statement: "Companies are obliged to give the Commission accurate information during merger investigations. They must take this obligation seriously. Our timely and effective review of mergers depends on the accuracy of the information provided by the companies involved. In this specific case, the Commission's preliminary view is that Facebook gave us incorrect or misleading information during the investigation into its acquisition of WhatsApp. Facebook now has the opportunity to respond."
The Nintendo Switch could be twice as powerful while docked
Specifically, sources familiar with the system have revealed two different graphic processor specifications for the final Nintendo Switch hardware -- an undocked portable profile that clocks the NVIDIA Tegra GPU at 307.2MHz and a docked, TV-based profile that more than doubles it to 768MHz. Doing some rough calculations using the Tegra X1 chip the Switch's silicon is said to be based off of, we can guess the console can push around 400 gigaflops on FP32 while docked. Yes, that's a lot of numbers, but don't worry about the math too much. The long and short of it is that the latest numbers show that the Nintendo Switch will definitely outpace the Wii U -- but it's still a few hundred (or thousand) gigaflops shy of its competitors.
Fassbender and Irons say ‘Assassin’s Creed’ explores a divided society
Assassin’s Creed is the latest video game mega-franchise to make its way to the big screen in a new titular film, opening worldwide on December 21, which focuses on the Spanish Inquisition. In an exclusive interview, Digital Trends spoke with stars Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons, and Marion Cotillard, as well as the film’s director, Justin Kurzel, about what it was like bringing this time-shifting adventure into the live-action realm.
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.
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Instagram Stories: Now even more like Snapchat, but with better video recording
The stickers, which you can use on any photo, pull in the location information from the same database used to add locations to your normal Instagram post. Unlike Snapchat, these aren't user-generated, meaning you can create a sticker for just about any location you want but the stickers will also look more or less the same every time you share them in a Story (there are a few different styles you can choose from).
Samsung TVs now play YouTube videos in HDR
If you have a recent Samsung TV and want more high dynamic range content without having to buy a game console , you're in luck. Samsung's 2016 quantum dot and 4K TVs are getting support for HDR YouTube videos thanks to an updated YouTube app rolling out to sets worldwide starting in December. You now only have to visit a special HDR section in the software to find a library of extra-vivid videos -- no subscription services or dedicated media devices required. There's still going to be a relatively limited selection of clips given how new HDR is for YouTube as a whole, but it's an important step for making the color-rich technology available to a wider audience... and, of course, it's a good excuse to show off your new TV.
A Google employee is suing the company for being too confidential
However, if Google is found guilty of violating California labor law, it could be fined up to $100 for each of the 12 alleged violations, multiplied by its more than 61,000 employees. That fine doubles to $200 per pay period per employee, up to an entire year, if any of the violations persisted past a single pay period. That means the maximum payout here could be as much as $3.8 billion, netting each Google employee around $14,600, The Information estimates. The suit specifically calls out a Securities and Exchange Commission guideline that bans companies from preventing their employees from interacting with the agency about potential violations.
Add location, time, and weather info to Instagram Stories thanks to new stickers
Instagram today released an update to its Stories feature that lets users add decorative and informative stickers to photos and videos. After snapping a picture or shooting a video in Stories, users will notice a new stickers button beside the standard text and drawing tools. Instagram is launching the feature with a collection of holiday-themed stickers, in addition to context-sensitive stickers for location, time, and temperature.
How to avoid being hacked this holiday season
is the Director of Research at Cylance, a company that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to protect against malware, and his daily job is to act “adversarial” and find vulnerabilities in security networks. He’s been hacking devices since he was in elementary school and working in network security since high school. In preparation for the holidays he has some advice on how to decide which devices are secure, because as he says “a little due diligence in the age of connectivity goes a long way.”
HBO’s Westworld artificial intelligence, then and now
Researchers and AI enthusiasts today can use graphical processing units (GPUs) to train and learn from datasets. Neural networks must train on GPU chips for 400 hours, leveraging decades of research in algorithms. Deep learning uses large datasets, the processing of which require highly scalable performance, high memory bandwidth, low power consumption, and great short arithmetic performance. Frameworks like Hadoop and Spark offer affordable databases, while Nvidia has a 20-year head start in GPU chip making, ideal for complex algorithms and computations. Nvidia chips, which include GPUs, are included in a majority of the intelligent hardware today, such as autonomous vehicles and drones, and have driven deep learning to new applications.
BlackBerry launches software innovation centre for autonomous vehicles | ZDNet
The Ottawa innovation centre is not BlackBerry's first step into the realm of autonomous vehicles. In recent years, the company has been developing object recognition technology so that cars can respond to stop signs and recognise adjacent lanes. The company is also looking to enable cars to communicate with driving infrastructure as well as other cars on the road.
Facebook Live gets an audio-only mode for all the podcasters out there
In all seriousness, there are plenty of situations where audio-only streams are welcome or even preferable. Plenty of people listen in on podcasts, after all; it’s not hard to imagine podcasters and authors using live audio to engage with their audiences. It’s useful for interviews where video may be superfluous, and as it negates the need to hold up your phone or set up a tripod, it might encourage people to go live more often.
5 ways to skyrocket your content marketing in 2017
Content marketing is a powerful marketing technique that can help your business succeed in the online space. It helps you establish your business as an authority on a topic, increases traffic to your website, helps your business reach new customers and much more!
Adam Messinger on Twitter
After 5 years I’ve decided to leave Twitter and take some time off. Grateful to @jack for the opportunity and to my team for shipping.
Get 4 free books from Audiobooks.com
Cheapskate exclusive! This extended trial offer nets you two books of your choice from the Audiobooks library and two beloved Christmas books. Plus: a Pebble freebie (!) and last-minute tech-toy deal.
Instagram Stories launches overlaid Stickers for locations, emoji, and seasons
Unlike Snapchat, which features artist-drawn geofilters that are only available while you’re nearby in their geofences, you’re free to add locations from anywhere around the world. But the location stickers aren’t unique illustrations like Snapchat’s, they just come in two standard fonts, white or purple gradient, that you swap between by tapping. Instagram has sacrificed style for scalability, so any place can be a Sticker, but none really stand out.
These Are The Jobs That Will Have The Biggest Talent Shortages In 2017
"In the case of profession such as a veterinarian, the high barrier to entry of the training and education required to be qualified simply shrinks the talent pool," says Culbertson. He says that because skin care specialists or massage therapists train on the job after a short professional certification course, those jobs are typically much less susceptible to shortages driven by a lack of candidates. However, the BLS reports that both professions are growing fast than average as demand for these services grows.
Uber is fixing a flaw in its self-driving cars that could put cyclists in danger
Wiedenmeier said Uber's team told him on December 14 that
engineers are working on the problem and that the safety drivers
have been instructed to disengage the car's autonomous mode and
handle turns involving bike lanes. Uber has a safety driver
and engineer sitting upfront to monitor the self-driving cars.
A Fireplace Full of Burning Samsung Galaxy Note 7s Is the Perfect Way to End 2016
It will be impossible to look back on 2016 without shaking your head in disbelief. So as the year finally draws to a close, there’s no more fitting way to celebrate the holidays than by curling up with a glass of Soylent alongside a crackling simulated fireplace full of Samsung Galaxy Note 7s spontaneously combusting.
Ask the experts: 9 books that will help you stand up for equality in 2017
We talked to five activists about what books to give out — and gift to yourself — in order to help you and your loved ones stand up for the people and causes you believe in.
Scary Video Shows Explosions Happening at a Fireworks Market in Mexico [Updated]
Over 60 people have been injured after an explosion occurred at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico, a city north of Mexico City. The blast is especially terrifying because the thick smoke plume covers the entire market while fireworks were still catching fire and going off in every direction. Nearby homes were also damaged in the explosions and the scene remains dangerous, according to National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente.
Half of all urban citizens should see smart city upside by 2019
Smart city programmes and open data initiatives will benefit 50 percent of citizens in million-people cities by 2019, according to market research firm Gartner.
Amazon Sells Out of Echo Speakers in Midst of Holiday Rush
Amazon.com Inc. sold out of its voice-activated Echo speakers, highlighting the difficulty of correctly predicting demand for the holiday shopping season.
Apple Seeds macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Beta 2 to Developers
Apple has officially seeded the second developer beta for macOS Sierra 10.12.3. Aside from holiday breaks, it’s likely that Apple will follow a semi-regular release schedule until macOS 10.12.3 is ready for the public. The software is focused on fixing behind-the-scenes issues, boosting performance, and fixing bugs.
Microsoft just won a $927 million contract to provide tech support to the Department of Defense
Microsoft just scored a big win with a $927 million contract to provide technical support and consulting for the United States Department of Defense, reports Reuters .
Does Anyone Still Work at Twitter?
In October, Twitter laid off 350 employees—mostly in ad sales and marketing—and shuttered its offices in Germany and the Netherlands. Last year, the company let go another 300 employees. “The current feeling among those close to the company is that Twitter is simply too bloated, and pays too much in stock-based compensation for a company that’s still not profitable,” Recode reported.
Neglected Cat Freed From Pounds of Matted Fur After Rescue
A Pittsburgh man discovered a neglected cat with two pounds of matted fur when he paid a visit to his 82-year-old relative last week. The man brought the poor creature—who he named Hidey because she like to hide—to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center.
Facebook Gives You New Way to Shout Into the Void
Picture this: you’re at home, alone, and you suddenly feel an overwhelming urge to bellow into the abyss. Perhaps you’ve just formulated a take too spicy for the written word. Perhaps you’re just mad about shit. You open up your Facebook app but right when you tap “LIVE” you catch sight of your face—hideous, gnarled, cracked and broken. You swiftly close out of the app, burdened with a heavy sense of grief. Still burdened with that yearning to release your hot take, you begin to weep.
Five Essential Lessons I Learned In 20 Years Of Managing People
When I first became a manager two decades years ago, in my mid-twenties, I probably wasn’t quite ready for it. But then again, you’re never quite ready to lead until you actually do it. As I've learned since, managing other people isn't so much the art of orchestrating plans but, as Mintzberg suggests, one of guiding teams through plans gone awry. Here’s what I’ve learned about how to do that.
Uber Will Not Apply For Autonomous Car Permit In California
Tesla’s AutoPilot program allows Model S drivers to let the car drive and change lanes on the highway, while Uber’s service brings full autonomy to all roads. Uber argues that because it has an engineer in the front of the car, ready to take over if the system fails, it should be exempt from the self-driving permit, which costs $100 a car.
Artificial intelligence: The 3 big trends to watch in 2017 - TechRepublic
AI is now woven into our lives at work and home, and 2016 saw major advancements in driverless technology, voice recognition, and deep learning. Here are three major areas to watch in 2017.
Lena Dunham says she wishes she had an abortion, and people are really mad
“I wanted to make it really clear to her that, as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion," Dunham explained on the show. "I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue. Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt that it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department.”
Soylent Gets in a Big, Dumb PR Fight
One of Soylent’s biggest ingredient suppliers—TerraVia—has thrown down the gauntlet and cut ties with the meal replacement company, effective immediately. It’s part of possibly the strangest PR feud of the year, and probably the first major controversy in history involving algae.
AirPods Teardown Reveals Charging Case May Have Been Cause of Delay
iFixit today published a teardown of Apple's AirPods , uncovering the internal components of both the AirPods themselves, and the charging case that comes with the headphones. Throughout the teardown, iFixit discovered a "hot mess" of close knit components within each AirPod, along with a few "quality issues" within the charging case that may be the reason for the months-long delay of the wireless headphones.
Starting with the AirPods, iFixit separated the speaker portion of the pod from the rest of the device, comparing the tightly-packed internals to the Apple Watch teardown . Further investigating uncovered a miniature coaxial cable and two IR proximity sensors, which allow the AirPods to detect whenever they're inside an ear, and play/pause music accordingly.
Blocked by more glue and cables in the speaker portion of the AirPods, iFixit turned to the "stem" only to find "a waterfall of glue" inside the base section of the device. Just behind the metallic bottom area of each AirPod -- which provides the contact point for charging in the case -- the site uncovered the end of the battery cable underneath the wall of adhesive.
Uber, California DMV and Attorney General’s office to meet on Wednesday
The DMV could not provide any further info or details about the meeting to TechCrunch, but did say that lawyers from the state Attorney General’s office would be meeting with “representatives” from both Uber and the motor vehicle regulatory agency. Uber and the DMV have been trading statements in the press since Uber originally began its self-driving vehicle service (which uses semi-autonomous test cars with safety drivers and engineers on board) on December 14.
Crytek is closing studios and slow-paying employees again
In a press release , co-founder Avni Yerli said "these changes are part of the essential steps we are taking to ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry's top talent." Until it comes time to pay them, apparently.
How to Safely Delete Private Data Forever
If you’re erasing sensitive files from a computer, you probably want them gone forever and far beyond the reach of data recovery tools. Unfortunately, that’s not what happens all of the time. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your files are deleted permanently.
Student spies on guy who stole his phone, makes film about it
Your conduit to the connected world is severed, sure, but that's just the immediate problem. Your phone probably holds more information about you than any other device — photos, contacts, messages and notes — all of which are now in the hands of someone who might try to exploit you. It's not a happy thought.
Why Eggs Need to Be Refrigerated in the U.S., But Not in Europe
On a recent visit to Paris, I found it so strange that their eggs sat next to dried goods, at room temperature, since I’m used to refrigerating eggs in the U.S. We’re all concerned about the potential of Salmonella to make people sick, but the U.S. and Europe just protect against this threat in different ways.
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BMW to open a new autonomous driving development center near Munich
BMW has already staked its claim in the self-driving production timeline, with plans to release an autonomous electric car by 2021. To help meet that goal, the carmaker is opening a dedicated facility aimed at developing connected and automated driving tech in Unterschleissheim, Germany near Munich. The facility is designed to begin operations in mid-2017, and will host more than 2,000 employees once it’s fully completed.
An Exoskeleton For The Elderly
But for Mahoney, the ensuing challenges are more in packaging these elastic muscles than honing the baseline technology. In fact, he’s confident enough in the muscles that he's replaced mechanical engineers that spearheaded the project earlier, and has instead hired a team of textile and fashion designers to consider all of the finer challenges of UX: from ensuring robotic garments can look attractive and feel comfortable, to figuring out how an elderly person can slip on an exoskeleton without the power of an exoskeleton—all while still managing to use the bathroom when they need to. These problems are all, in fact, prioritized above ever-lingering technical challenges like battery life. (Mahoney thinks it’s feasible that the first product will only need to be charged once a day.)
Apple wants India to make local manufacturing worthwhile | Cult of Mac
Manufacturing in the country could prove a net positive for both Apple and India: the former because it could help mitigate the accelerating wage inflation in China where the majority of Apple’s devices are made, and the latter because foreign investment in India will help create jobs and boost the economy.
Make a Quick Mulled Wine in the Microwave
The words “mulled wine” most likely conjure up images of big pots, slowly simmering with vino and spices. That’s all good, but the holidays can be hectic, and you may not have time to babysit a bubbling pot. To infuse wine with aromatics without ever turning on your stove, you’ll need to enlist your microwave.
Morgan Freeman Will Be The Voice Of Jarvis, Mark Zuckerberg's Home AI Assistant
After starting with garden-variety synthesized speech, Facebook's CEO is upgrading his system to one of the most recognizable voices of all.