Google Waymo Unveils Customized Self-Driving Minivan
Google’s Waymo has unveiled the first images of its self-driving minivan, a customized version of the Fiat Chrysler Pacifica hybrid.
NASA dominated space and social media in 2016
The space agency was a big winner despite funding woes.
Second Life's creator is building a 'WordPress for social VR'
None of this is real. The rocks, the stars, the enormous transmitter standing upright like a needle. It's all a mixture of pixels presented by the Oculus Rift....
Custom Legend of Zelda pool table has legs like tree trunks
The "Super-Fan Builds" webseries creates the kind of pool table worthy of any Zelda quest.
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.
Uber puts the brakes on its self-driving cars in CA
Uber made its name by pairing passengers with drivers via a phone app. Over the past six years, it's grown from a small startup to multinational company with operations in more than 400 cities in 72 countries. The company has a history of launching products and features before getting the required permits. Uber's rollout of self-driving cars in San Francisco was no different. And, unsurprisingly, this move rankled lawmakers.
Nokia accuses Apple of infringing 32 of its patents
Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany and in the U.S., alleging that the smartphone giant has infringed 32 of its patents, including the widely used H.264 video codec.
Super Mario Run breaks records with 40 million downloads in its first 4 days
Nintendo has confirmed what we all knew was likely – Super Mario Run got a lot of downloads at launch. The company says that the app was downloaded over 40 million times during its first four days on the App Store, which breaks records for Apple’s mobile software shop. Previous third-party estimates suggested the new game was on track to topple Pokémon Go’s previous early performance and approach the 40 million mark, but this official number confirms it.
This Is What Happens When You Fall Through Ice, and How to Save Yourself
Falling through ice on a frozen lake can be terrifying, but if you keep calm you can save your own life. This video demonstrates what happens to your body when you fall into freezing water and how to climb back out onto the ice.
OurMine hacks Netflix, Marvel Twitter accounts
OurMine is up to its old tricks again, with an attack on Netflix’s official U.S. Twitter account. The hacking team has been responsible for taking over a number of high-profile Twitter accounts during the past year or so, including Google’s Sundar Pichai, actor Channing Tatum – and us, TechCrunch dot com .
How The Jetsons Can Help With Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping
If you’re scrambling around looking for the perfect last-minute gift this holiday season, the original future family might be just the inspiration you need. From George’s talking alarm clock, to a smart elevator that can take you anywhere you want with the push of a button, we’ve rounded up a few of the gadgets and gizmos that made the Jetson’s great that you can actually buy today. Even better, they’re all available via Amazon Prime, so you can get them to our home almost as fast as Rosie the Robot could.
Is Facebook a media company or a tech company? Zuck suggests it’s a bit of both
“Facebook is a new kind of platform. It’s not a traditional technology company. It’s not a traditional media company. We build technology and we feel responsible for how it’s used. We don’t write the news that people read on the platform, but at the same time we know that we do a lot more than just distribute news. We’re a important part of the public discourse.”
Uber stops San Francisco self-driving pilot as DMV revoked registrations
Uber has confirmed that it will stop its self-driving pilot in San Francisco, following a meeting today with the California DMV and Attorney General’s office. The DMV revoked the registration on 16 self-driving test vehicles Uber was using in its pilot.
Morgan Freeman to voice Mark Zuckerberg's Jarvis
Morgan Freeman to voice Mark Zuckerberg's Jarvis
Freeman will be the Siri-like voice of Facebook CEO's homemade digital assistant.
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Here are the biggest IoT security threats facing the enterprise in 2017 - TechRepublic
Kurt Collins: In the next year we'll start to see more security-oriented measures put in place for IoT, and blockchain will play an integral role in that. One of the foundational premises of blockchain is to make sure that certain records and requests are accurate, just like an accounting ledger. When it comes to IoT, that is perfect because devices are widely distributed, sometimes calling back to the server and sometimes not. However, if they don't call back to the server, you want to make sure that the call any IoT device makes is actually the call it is supposed to make. By using blockchain on top of IoT, companies can implement a ledger methodology to any request that needs to be made to, or from, an IoT device and verify it is doing the right thing. Blockchain is critical in this because it is very difficult to fool blockchain and it creates a method of transaction verification.
Time Travel Is the Key to Saving Humanity in the Trailer for Netflix's Travelers
Hundreds of years from now, the last surviving humans discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These “travelers” assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions in order to save humanity from a terrible future. These travelers are: FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (Eric McCormack), the team’s leader; Marcy (Mackenzie Porter), a young, intellectually disabled woman in the care of her social worker, David (Patrick Gilmore); Trevor (Jared Paul Abrahamson), a high school quarterback; Carly (Nesta Marlee Cooper), a single mom in an abusive relationship; and Philip (Reilly Dolman), a heroin-addicted college student. Armed only with their knowledge of history and an archive of social media profiles, the travelers discover that 21st century lives and relationships are as much a challenge as their high-stakes missions.
Uber cancels self-driving car trial in San Francisco after state forces it off road
California DMV announced it had revoked the registration of 16 autonomous Uber cars, which were caught on numerous occasions running red lights
Top 10 digital media predictions for 2017
Netflix’s overall dominance in the world of premium OTT video will be challenged like never before, as seemingly docile competitors like Hulu beat it to this virtual MVPD expansion, as global competitors take out China and other territories before it, and as pure-play content-only monetizing business models fight to compete against an increasingly aggressive array of industry behemoths that can use content as marketing (Amazon and Apple, anyone?) . Whereas Netflix’s 2016 ended with a performance bang, these sobering realities begin to hit home in 2017.
The world’s smallest snowman and me
Three microns. Just three (but actually a little bit less). How big is that? I don’t know, because human eyes and brains can’t perceive things that small. I mean, technically a micron is one-millionth of a meter and this snowman is three of those. A centimeter (which already is very small) is one-hundredth of a meter and a micron can fit into a centimeter 10,000 times. Jeepers! This is all meaningless to me, and you if you’re being honest.
The Seafloor Under Antarctica Is Shockingly Beautiful
A remotely operated sub has captured stunning images of the Antarctic seafloor, revealing a surprisingly dynamic and colorful world filled with spidery starfish, coconut-shaped sponges, and dandelion-like worms.
The 20 most-edited Wikipedia pages of 2016 reveal what topics people cared about this year — and fought over
Every year Wikipedia releases an official list of the most-edited English language pages for a given year. There are some big ones that often show up: deaths, sports results, music releases, and so on. But there are also topics that are very particular to a given time, and show what our obsessions were that year.
Honda enters talks with Alphabet's Waymo on self-driving technology
SAN FRANCISCO Honda Motor Co said on Wednesday it had entered into formal talks with Alphabet Inc's new self-driving division Waymo to add self-driving technology to its vehicles, marking the second potential customer for the automation software.
Apple Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 and 2
Released in September, the entry-level Apple Watch Series 1 features an S1P dual-core processor and OLED Retina display with Force Touch. Customers can choose from eight 38mm ($229) or 42mm ($249) variants, available with a silver, space gray, gold, or rose gold aluminum case.
Drones Bring Mail to Remote French Tech Startups
Planning for the mail delivery service, a partnership between the incubator and logistics company DPD, started back in 2014 and was intended to solve the last-mile problem: how do you get time-sensitive packages from a mail distribution center to a remote town without traveling over slow, bumpy country roads?
Holy Crap, Denis Villeneuve May Actually Direct Dune After All
Director Denis Villeneuve is one step closer to getting his dream. He’s in early talks to direct Dune .
Update on Multi-Process Firefox
About four months ago, we launched multi-process Firefox to a small group of Firefox 48 users. Shortly after the carefully measured roll-out, we increased to approximately 50% of our user base. That included almost every Firefox user not using extensions. Those users have been enjoying the 400% increase in responsiveness and a 700% improvement when web pages are loading.
It's time to reclaim and reinvent religion
At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant — or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.
How to Build Your Own Mini SNES
Thanks to the magic of Raspberry Pi, emulators, and a little bit of nerdery, you can build your own mini SNES, complete with controllers, for under $100. The experience isn’t exactly the same as buying a product directly from Nintendo, but since the mini NES is basically just a tiny Linux computer anyway, it’s close enough.
Why Snapchat's owner is hiring in China
Snapchat may be banned in China, but that isn't stopping the messaging app's parent company from building a toehold in the world's most populous country.
The original Ghostbusters will meet the new team in an upcoming comic book
Before they began investigating the supernatural, most of the original Ghostbusters were teachers … and they’ve decided it’s time they start sharing their knowledge again. But when their first batch of students start poking around the firehouse and accidentally set in motion the merging of two universes (it’s easier than you’d think), Venkman, Stantz, Zeddemore, and Spengler will need all the help they can get to put things right! And who do you think will answer the call? (If you guessed Holtzmann, Yates, Tolan, and Gilbert, you get a gold star!) It’s a brand new interdimensional meeting of the minds, starting here!
Boyfriend buys girlfriend the gift of her dreams: a blanket with his face on it
That's when the dutiful boyfriend came up with a very unique gift idea: a blanket with his face on it.
Nightmares await with fisherman's creepy-creature photos
Who needs horror films? Fisherman Roman Fedortsov's Twitter and Instagram feeds feature some of the scariest deep-sea creatures ever caught in his net.
According to the report, government requests for account data increased by 27 percent globally as compared with the last half of 2015 . The number of requests grew from 46,710 to 59,229, Facebook said. The majority of the requests (56 percent) received from U.S. law enforcement contained a non-disclosure clause that prevented Facebook from notifying the user in question, the company noted. As with prior transparency reports, Facebook also detailed the number of content restriction requests -- that is, the requests from governments in response to postings that violate local laws. These actually decreased by 83 percent from 55,827 to 9,663. However, those figures don't point to a general decline in these sorts of requests from governments. Instead, the last cycle's numbers were elevated more than usual due to a sharp increase in requests related to a single image from the terrorist attacks in Paris last November.
This powerhouse of a charging station juices up ten devices at once
Between your phone, tablet, laptop, and other assorted devices, you probably constantly find yourself with too many power needs and never enough charging ports to accommodate them all. Throw out your power strip once and for all and streamline your charging game with the
Why Are We So Damn Nostalgic These Days?
What’s more interesting though is that 8-Bit Philosophy cleverly argues (with the help of another philosopher, Walter Benjamin) that being nostalgic doesn’t mean we’re stuck in the past, because we take what’s old and reformat it to make sense for right now. So though there are so many film sequels and too many rebooted movies these days, they’re not exactly trying to tell the same story. Planet of the Apes is no longer about the dangers of nuclear war, but the dangers of technology. Star Trek isn’t about cosmopolitism, but space terrorism. You get the idea. Even though we’re recycling nostalgia a little too frequently, we’re using it to try and make sense of our new world.
Apple brings second iOS 10.2.1 & macOS 10.12.3 betas to public testers
Following up on Tuesday's developer seeds, Apple on Wednesday released second betas of iOS 10.2.1 and macOS 10.12.3 to the public.
Both releases are available to anyone registered in Apple's Beta Software Program . For people who already have a previous beta installed, the updates are available through the Mac App Store and iOS's over-the-air update mechanism.
In each instance, Apple has been vague on what changes are being made, except to say macOS 10.12.3 makes "stability, compatibility, and security" improvements.
The finished updates are therefore likely to be simple maintenance releases, cleaning up any bugs and performance problems introduced —or simply not dealt with —in iOS 10.2 and macOS 10.12.2. Apple's launch window is unknown, but the company will likely have to wait until after Christmas, given that many of its workers will be off for the holidays.
7 lesser-known tools to increase your everyday productivity
With so much to achieve in so little time, we business owners are bound to be on the lookout for tools that help ease our burden and increase productivity. With technology being an enabler, rest assured that there exists software to finish every task imaginable.
This genius found the perfect solution to never losing your pricey AirPods
Anticipating the treacherous moment of losing his newly acquired wireless earbuds, Andrew Cornett has devised the perfect solution to preventing his AirPods from falling out of his ear. But it’s… not exactly a standard fix.
Taking a walk in Adidas' 3D-printed running shoes
I did notice the 3D-printed model was much lighter, though, which was likely thanks to the plastic materials used across the midsole. Adidas says its 3D Runners are designed to be a performance shoe first and foremost, so they can be treated like any other pair. Nike's trying to drive home a similar point with the self-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0 -- which is to say, don't let the tech hold you back from putting these through regular wear and tear.
The top 10 mobile risks of 2016 - TechRepublic
Unfortunately all of us who use technology are routinely inundated with what I call the "Are you sure you want to do that?" prompt, whereby you are forced to select "Yes" or "OK" to continue with something you're doing. Browsers and operating systems themselves (cough, Windows, cough) are notorious for this and while it's usually well-meaning it puts us in a mindset to just click Yes to make the prompt go away. Don't let apps which may have ill intentions take advantage of your complacency or impatience.
Grumpy Intestines, Scared Brains, and Other Concept Art From the Disney Short Inner Workings
Playing before Moana was the short Inner Workings , the Leo Matsuda-directed story about how every part of us has a different desire and goal. Mainly, the conflict is between the impulsive, pleasure-seeking heart, and the brain, which thinks everything will end in death. Now, we have concept art to help us look more closely at these organs.
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One festive office worker turned her cubicle into a winter wonderland
An office in Pennsylvania decided to hold a cubicle decorating contest to keep things fun around the holidays, and one worker went full-blown Jim Halpert on their cubicle.
Job opening: Sales Representative at Secretstealth
As a Sales Rep, you will be the face of our company to our prospective customers. You will be responsible for demoing our health food product to potential customers, proactively working to answer any questions they may have during the demo, and drive trials. As a member of a fast-paced and tight-knit team, you will have your hands in driving product/business development to satisfy customer needs and developing internal tools to help the business gain scale. There is a ton of possibility of career growth as we are growing incredibly rapidly.
Web design trends we can expect to see in 2017
From my standpoint, flat design has turned from a modern update of skeuomorphic design to a set of design aesthetics that everyone applies (think Google’s Material). Because of this, sites are starting to look the same, and not much differentiates sites from one another. Designers feel that the creativity is gone, and with the desire to create something great, I see flat design ending for the most part in favor of layouts and designs that are more imaginative and unique.
Celebrate the holiday season with an 8-bit version of 'Home Alone'
Celebrate the holiday season with an 8-bit version of 'Home Alone'
FCC Republicans promise to limit net neutrality when 'possible'
This doesn't mean that net neutrality will die as soon as Trump is sworn in. As Ars Technica observes , a proposed rule change like this would require months of procedure and public comment before it can take effect. However, it's safe to say that net neutrality will eventually lose a lot of its thunder under the new administration, assuming it survives at all. At the least, it's doubtful that the FCC will grill telecoms over zero-rating and other policies that effectively dodge neutrality regulations.
Tuck your AirPods into your earlobes and never lose them
The AirPods pull Cornett's earlobes upward a bit, but it doesn't look too uncomfortable and he's found a sure-fire way to not lose the earphones. It also looks convenient for those moments when you want to pop them out of your ears just long enough for a quick conversation.
Peter Thiel may just be the biggest douche of 2016
So as the litany of odd-ball (and downright dangerous) things Thiel associates himself with continues to grow, this is just one more preverbal ‘fuck you’ from Thiel to the rest of the world.
If Einstein Is Right Santa Is Even Fatter Than We Thought
The relativistic mass is pretty meaningless. Since the mass of a stationary object is a constant value, math says that physicists can ignore it in their calculations, and then plug it in later after handling the changing properties more relevant at high speeds, such the gamma value itself, momentum, or energy. But, Countryman explained, the mass changing still gives students a way to visualize what happens to things moving at the speeds where special relativity applies.
This secretary has no idea that she has a weed pipe on her desk
It's a little hard to notice but if you zoom in on the cute glass elephant figurine on her desk you'll notice it's definitely a weed pipe.
Maker of Spectacles for Dior Expands Into Smart Glasses
Safilo Group SpA, the eyewear company that makes frames for Dior, Fendi and Hugo Boss, is looking to succeed in a high-tech category where even Google has struggled: smart glasses.
The Ship in Passengers Was Inspired by a Trip to Alcatraz
We and others have lots to say about the new movie Passengers , and with good reason. It’s an incredibly weird movie, especially considering what you might expect from the trailers. But from a purely science fiction design standpoint, it’s undeniably beautiful, and the director told us one of its little secrets.
How to Reduce Cellular Data Usage When Playing Super Mario Run
Super Mario Run is not a light game. The download itself is around 200 MB and that doesn’t mean you’re done. I’ve routinely been greeted with the “wait while we download some stuff” prompts. Between this, in-game new features, Nintendo updates, and rewards, using Super Mario Run on cellular data could end up being an expensive affair.
This Cheaper, Generic EpiPen Is Available Now
That brings it into the same price range as Adrenaclick, currently $200 to $300 depending on your pharmacy . If you’re just looking for the cheapest option, make sure to compare prices: the Adrenaclick may still be your best bet. The two devices deliver the same medication, but their instructions are a little bit different—Adrenaclick has two caps to remove, for example, while EpiPen and its generic only have one. So if you’re used to the EpiPen and want to keep carrying the device you’re more familiar with, check out the new generic.