Five great last-minute IoT gifts for your Christmas shopping rush
Everyone's got last-minute gift shopping to do. Here are 5 great last-minute gifts, like Google Home, to get the connected elves in your life.
Searching for the best Christmas music of 2016
Part of what makes Christmas music so irritating is also what makes it appealing. It’s the white toast of music: comforting, readily available, and easy to make, but mostly bland. Still, even...
Can you tell the difference between Bach and RoboBach?
Artificial intelligence can imitate the works of Bach so well that you (probably) can’t tell the difference. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself.
The computer-generated music in these samples is...
DIY Bluetooth Speaker(BBox :)
Presenting BBox! It's my handmade Bluetooth speaker with other key features. I made it from scratch and that's why it is so affordable. I spent less than $15 ( Approx Rs 1000/-) to built this speaker.I'm pretty assure that u can't afford to buy a good stereo Bluetooth speaker in this price point. So if u want a good Bluetooth speaker in low price point then do same as me, make your own BT speaker and enjoy it.It's small but packs of full power punch. With the help of two full-ranged speakers and one passive radiator, BBox delivers a solid stereo sound and punchier bass. It has 3,600mAh Li-ion battery which keep the BBox to last 12 hours with continuous music playing.I wanted to add Bluetooth 4.) but unfortunately most of parts are not available in India, So i'm not able to add some parts.Specifications & Features: Two Full-Ranged Speaker ...
Vergecast fireside chat: Zuckerberg's smarthome, Android Wear, and CES predictions
As the year ends, Nilay, Dieter, Paul, and Ross gather together from across the country via Skype to sit down and bring up what’s been troubling them this week. Nilay can’t stand Mark Zuckerberg’s...
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?
We know nothing about the future of sex robots
We don't have the political, legal or moral framework to cope with what's coming.
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.
2016: the year music went ‘exclusive’
Whether it was what she intended or not, Taylor Swift threw down the "exclusive" gauntlet with her 2014 Wall Street Journal op-ed about the future of streaming services. In it, she referred to...
Why three Simpsons writers created a Clash of Clans animated series
Not long after Clash of Clans launched, Rob LaZebnik’s then 12-year-old son introduced him to the mobile strategy game. LaZebnik, a writer and producer on The Simpsons since 1999, was hooked almost...
KFC's latest weird tech suggests an order based on your face
Specifically, the restaurant's ordering kiosks, which are powered by Baidu's computer vision systems, will look at the customer's age, gender and facial expressions to make educated guesses as to what they might be in the mood for. A guy in his 20s, for example, is far more likely to order a big meal with a large soda for lunch than, say, a 75 year-old granny who walks in at 8am.
Avril Lavigne: Mark Zuckerberg’s Nickelback Joke Promotes 'Bullying'
“You have a voice like yours, you may want to be more responsible with promoting bullying, especially with what’s going on in the world today” wrote Lavigne in a message on Twitter . “#SayNoToBullying #TheJokeIsOld #NickelbackHasSoldOver50MillionAlbums”
Carrie Fisher reportedly suffers heart attack
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said the department responded at 12:11 p.m. PT at LAX International Airport, Gate 74, for a patient on an inbound flight in cardiac arrest. "The LAFD firefighter paramedics were standing by for the plane's arrival and provided advanced life support, and aggressively treated and transported (the patient) to a local hospital," Scott said.
How the smart machine era will change our children's world
The benefits are many and profound. By eliminating the cause of 94% of accidents, Carbots will purge the road carnage from our society. Time wasted today can be used to sleep or work. Carbots can drive in close, efficient formation, saving energy and time, and making good use of today’s carpool lanes. Because we don’t need to store carbots near you, we can turn urban parking lots into parks. They will make extensive travel practical for millions. They will clear DUIs from our courts. They will bestow freedom of motion on those who can’t drive. They will disrupt nearly every aspect of daily life, all of it for the better.
Australia fines Valve $2.2 million over its Steam refund policy
Australia's federal court has fined Valve AUD$3 million (USD$2.2 million) after ruling that the company breached consumer law when it didn't offer refunds between 2011 and 2014. This is the maximum fine requested by Australia's competition regulator and it's 12 times more than Valve itself suggested it should pay, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Justice James Edelman said he imposed such a harsh penalty because Valve willfully disregarded Australian law.
Last-Minute Gifts for Your Favorite Geek
It's the most wonderful time of the year—to get so consumed by planning, shopping, and wrapping that you have no time to enjoy the holidays. And just when you think you might have a minute to consume some cookies or take a long winter walk, your cousin calls to say she can join you on Christmas after all, or you remember you're one present short for your co-workers. You're going to need a gift and fast.
The U.S. government wants to see Twitter and Facebook accounts of foreign travelers
The social media request is a part of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) form, which travelers looking for a visa waiver have to fill out before they get to the U.S. The form is used to assess "law enforcement or security risk," according to the CBP's website.
Phil Schiller says Apple is working with Consumer Reports in wake of MacBook Pro battery issues
For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in the next. And the numbers for the 15-inch laptop ranged from 18.5 down to 8 hours.
Nintendo plans to release 2 or 3 mobile games a year after Super Mario Run's success
In an interview with Japan-based Kyoto NP, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that Super Mario Run is just the start of a new strategy for mobile gaming. The company plans to release two or three new games next year, and continue that pattern beyond 2017, he said. Previously it was reported that popular titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing were on tap for a mobile release.
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.
Pokémon Go holiday event begins Christmas Day — better chance to catch Charizard, Blastoise, and more
Don’t miss out on an increased chance to hatch a Togepi (and other Pokémon)! Starting the morning of December 25, 2016, and through the afternoon of January 3, 2017 (PST), PokéStops will award one single-use Incubator each day after your first Photo Disc spin. As you visit PokéStops during this time period, there will be a greater chance of finding Eggs that hatch Togepi, Pichu, and several other recently found Pokémon, originally discovered in the Johto region. Special Pikachu wearing festive hats will also be staying around a bit longer! You are more likely to find these limited-edition Pikachu during the time period of this celebration.
The 25 Most Remote Places In The World
In spite of the fact that our planet is undergoing a population explosion, there are still some places where it would be hard to find a companion. In just a few moments we are going to take you on a tour that will involve everything from isolated arctic islands to secluded canyons. By the end of it you will have probably gained a new appreciation for the people in your life (or maybe you’ll start packing your bags). Either way, we hope you enjoy our compilation of the 25 most remote places in the world:
A wearable that can do it all: My CES 2017 wish
You can have kick-ass fitness tracking or a stylish design, but we've yet to see wearables that offer the complete package. Here's hoping that changes.
Those principles that are
most valuable come from our own experiences and our reflections on those experiences. Every
time we face hard choices, we refine our principles by asking ourselves difficult questions.
For example, when our representatives in Washington are investigating whether various
segments of society are behaving ethically, they are simultaneously grappling with questions
such as, “Should the government punish people for bad ethics, or should it just write and
enforce the laws?” Questions of this kind—in this case, about the nature of government—prompt
thoughtful assessments of alternative approaches. These assessments in turn lead to
principles that can be applied to similar occasions in the future. As another example, “I
won’t steal” can be a principle to which you refer when the choice of whether or not to steal
arises. But to be most effective, each principle must be consistent with your values, and
this consistency demands that you ask: Why? Is the reason you won’t steal because you feel
empathy for your potential victim? Is it because you fear getting caught? By asking such
questions, we refine our understanding, and the development of our principles becomes better
aligned with our core values.
Netflix never slowed down in 2016
Netflix stormed through 2016, starting with its unprecedented announcement of (nearly) worldwide availability. A slew of popular originals kept the momentum going and viewers happy, despite a midyear price hike. Now, Netflix has cemented its place as a media giant, with more customers and reach than any of its big-cable competition. These days, you can even watch Netflix on a Comcast cable box -- something that seemed unthinkable just a few years ago.
The Cheapskate's favorite deals of the year
So as we wrap up 2016 -- hoo, boy, it was a rough one -- let's celebrate my favorite topic and yours: deals! I dug all the way back to January to round up my picks for the best of the year. Check out my choices, then share yours.
Super Mario Run Ranked: Top 5 Hardest Levels
You might have expected most of the hard levels on this list to be in worlds five and six, as did I when I first played it. Still, only one other level aggravated me more than world 2–2 — and it’s right toward the beginning of the game. Most of 2–2 involves having to jump on platforms that move and soar quickly, requiring Mario to jump on yet another platform. I can’t tell if I’m just straight up bad at this or if it’s the fault of weird game physics, but I must have failed this level close to 10 times. Getting onto those platforms is just tricky when you can’t control Mario with a D-pad. A friend of mine also had similar complaints about this level.
Rockettes' producers give in to internet, will not require Rockettes to perform
I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion. Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed. The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we’re against is appalling. I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts #notmypresident
Two top Faraday Future executives just resigned
Faraday Future, the much-hyped electric carmaker that lately has descended into turmoil, just lost two of its top executives, two sources confirmed to The Verge .
This might be Alexa's coolest trick yet
We'll be diving in a lot deeper after we get back from CES at the start of the new year, with plans of expanding and vetting the system's whole-home audio capabilities, media integrations, and automation chops (if there's anything specific you want us to be sure to test out, let us know in the comments). But right now, the base installation has us impressed.
Taking a look back at the world of wearables in 2016
2016 has been a great year in wearable tech. We’ve seen the continued prominence of the smart watch, the rise of a new generation of virtual reality headsets, and a variety of new and unique products coming out of the crowdfunding world.
Uber Moves Self-Driving Cars to Arizona
Uber stubbornly refused to apply for a California permit for its self-driving fleet, claiming that since humans were behind the wheel at all times the cars didn't need the $150 permit. The California DMV disagreed, and after imploring the San Francisco-based ride hailing company to obtain a permit, it revoked the SUVs' registrations, effectively ending the expiriment.
This Dumb Year: The 67 Worst Moments In Tech 2016
Even if you set aside the major tech storylines—from Trump's tweets to Yahoo's leaks —2016 was just plain weird. In the fullness of time, we may forget that it was the year that Facebook told many users (including Mark Zuckerberg) that they were dead. And Twitter suspended its own CEO. And Apple accidentally let key details slip of not one but two major products before they'd been unveiled on stage. But it all happened, and it deserves to be commemorated.
IGN on Twitter
Inside is a nominee for our "Best PS4 Game of 2016"! Follow the link to cast a vote for your favorite! http://www.ign.com/wikis/best-of-2016-awards/PlayStation_4_Game_of_the_Year … pic.twitter.com/7DtuloiN4Q
World’s first solar road opens in France: It’s ridiculously expensive
Finally, because it's Christmas and there's no one in the office to stop me being mean, let's talk about Solar Roadways, an Indiegogo project that raised a ridiculous sum of money ($2.2 million) back in 2014. That money, according to Solar Roadways, is being spent "on engineers to help us make a few needed tweaks in our product and streamline our process so that we could go from prototype to production.” Two years later, the first public installation of Solar Roadways is finally being constructed at a Route 66 welcome centre in Missouri.
One of our favorite magazines, The MagPi , is out with the prefect edition for last Hardware Friday post before Christmas...
A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protection. The vaccine is now being fast-tracked for regulatory approval. Manufacturer Merck has made 300,000 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine available for use should Ebola strike.
GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, provided $5m for the stockpile.
Results, published in The Lancet medical journal, show of nearly 6,000 people receiving the vaccine, all were free of the virus 10 days later. In a group of the same size not vaccinated, 23 later developed Ebola. Only one person who was vaccinated had a serious side effect that the researchers think was caused by the jab.
Gizmodo on Twitter
Carrie Fisher "in full cardiac arrest" on flight. Law enforcement to NBC: "Her condition is 'not good.'" http://gizmo.do/9f4PKJa pic.twitter.com/qVq4slFA0K
Top 12 iPhone Apps of 2016
2016 hasn’t been the greatest of the year – in general. And we’re all really looking forward to saying goodbye. But there have been some good things – apps for instance. 2016 was the year of gadgets. Basically, the most interesting technologies in the year weren’t inside your smartphone, but around it. That doesn’t mean that apps are dead. In fact, we saw multiple organically viral apps this year. So here’s the countdown to the best iPhone apps of 2016.
These Were the Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2016
The Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannpoulos in 2016 illustrated everything that’s wrong with Twitter. Not simply his role as an “alt-right troll”—a polite term for a race-baiting, misogynistic, immoral fame-monger. Yiannopoulos graduated from awful ideas to actual targeted abuse, gleefully turning his hordes of followers on targets like actress and comedian Leslie Jones, who thanks to Yiannopolous was drowned in so much nakedly racist, sexist abuse that she temporarily quit the site. Twitter eventually banned him, a decision Yiannopolous lauded as only increasing his fame. And there are plenty more people who still espouse his ideas on the platform. But it will at least keep his vile statements confined to the darker corners of the internet, where they belong.
An Age-by-Age Guide to Entertaining Children
Before I had kids of my own, I always felt awkward around youngsters at family gatherings. Sure, I wanted to play with somebody else’s baby, or even know how to keep them busy if a friend needed me to watch their child, but I had no idea how. It turns out the job isn’t hard if you know a few good icebreakers.
'Pokémon Go' is having a big holiday event — here's everything that's happening
While the conventional wisdom is that Pokémon Go has
peaked, it still has many millions of players worldwide. This is
a very nice holiday treat for those Pokémon faithful, and maybe
enough of an incentive to get lapsed players back into the
North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy
In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global league table – a deeply flawed, partly free democracy that is only slightly ahead of the failed democracies that constitute much of the developing world.
Gizmodo on Twitter
AP: Carrie Fisher is "out of emergency" and in stable condition at a Los Angeles hospital, according to her brother http://gizmo.do/nt84H5b pic.twitter.com/i2tuXqisza
Amazon, Google Offer 99-Cent Movie Rentals
Already have a favorite holiday click— Die Hard , Love Actually , Home Alone —queued up in the DVD player for its annual festive viewing? No problem: Amazon and Google's offers are redeemable until Jan. 23. So you can ring in the new year like it's 2004 with a cheap blockbuster rental.
Can you spot the sheep hiding among these Santas?
This festive find-it puzzle from illustrator Dudolf has the internet all excited about the sheep search.
The cool factor of proper dialogues... with robots
Chatbots and similar types of applied artificial intelligence are on the rise. Sure, it may feel a bit strange to interact with robots., but most communication attempts actually turn out to be successful.
Tesla, Porsche take top honors in Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Survey - Roadshow
Tesla landed in the top slot in the survey, followed by Porsche, Audi and Subaru, respectively. The automakers are ranked by the number of owners who responded "definitely yes" to the question of whether or not they would purchase the same car all over again. The survey focuses on cars from the 2014 to 2017 model years.
There Was Almost a Jedi in Rogue One
One way that Rogue One defines itself as something different to the wider Star Wars saga is by the fact that its story focuses on ordinary men and women (and robots) , rather than the ultimate battle for good and evil between the Jedi and the Sith. But that wasn’t always the case—and a Jedi almost played a crucial role in the film.
Use Muffin Tins to Bake Tastier, Fancier Cookies
The technique couldn’t be simpler—just scoop cookie dough with a standard two-tablespoon cookie scoop, or use a spoon. “Most cookies have enough butter so you don’t have to butter the muffin pan,” Greenspan says. “Then use a little jar with plastic wrap to press down the surface.”...The heat of the oven will do the rest. Bake your cookies as directed in the recipe, checking them a couple of minutes earlier than usual.
Automile raises $7.5 million for fleet vehicle management software
Automile is providing a frictionless tracking software for fleets and assets. The product is currently being used by thousands of businesses.
Automile is headquartered at 291 Alma St, Palo Alto, California. The company was founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur Jens Nylander along with Felix Rosén and Jacob Pontén.
The company also have an office in Stockholm, Sweden, with engineering and sales …
From Yaks to MiGs: The fascinating Belgrade Aviation Museum
Climbing the grand steps to the main entrance, it's hard to ignore the broken tiles. Inside, I was greeted by a jolly curator, who seemed thrilled to have an international visitor to his beloved museum. Inside, it's as if someone designed a set for a movie taking place in the Soviet Union in the mid-'80s. It's a design aesthetic that's hard to miss. Part brutalist, part Soviet/Eastern European style. The main museum is one floor up, and here the aircraft are laid out roughly chronologically. In the center, the remains of a Predator drone and the canopy from a F-117 stealth fighter.
These hardware devkits make wearable design accessible for all
In the two years since its launch, MediaTek Labs has rolled out five different MediaTek LinkIt platforms, supporting a broad range of IoT use-case scenarios, including Wearables, Smart Home & Office, Smart Cities and more. Each of these kits comes with an associated SDK, so you can create apps for your devices as well. Launched this year, the new LinkIt Development Platform for RTOS with LinkIt 2523 HDK by SAC, is used for rapid prototyping of Bluetooth-enabled Wearables with fast and accurate positioning. Development and debugging is supported in ARM Keil μVision, IAR Embedded Workbench and GCC. Perhaps most useful to ambitious developers, this kit is based on production chip and production code, making it easier to transition seamlessly from prototyping to production.
14 Netflix Hacks to Help You Binge Like a Pro
Netflix had some 75 million paying subscribers around the world—but how many of those people are getting the most out of their subscription? You can supercharge your viewing experience with these browser extensions and online apps that will take your Netflix game to a whole new level.
Trump is prepared to start a nuclear arms race
Yesterday president-elect Donald Trump tweeted , "the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." This is direct conflict with the policies of former presidents both republican and democrat. Both sides of the aisle have worked to dismantle the world's nuclear stockpile. In the 1980s president Reagan made it his mission to have a " world free of nuclear weapons ." Today, Trump double downed on his tweet.
How the sharing economy will shift in the next 5 years
Uber, Airbnb and other fast-growing sharing economy companies are currently operating without the regulatory scrutiny of established players. One of the major ways is in the way they are taxed. Uber, for instance, will most likely need to switch drivers from 1099 contractors to W2 employees in the next five years, which will include social security tax, unemployment tax, and other payroll related taxes. – Fan Bi , Blank Label
Does This Convince You That Aliens Exist?
I’m not a student of the Roswell crash or conspiracy theories surrounding the subject, but I’ve seen some documentaries, and I’ve have never heard of any of the events or people Mezrich mentions here. If what he’s saying is true, it’s incredibly fascinating. I mean, it’s fascinating either way, but when you’re talking about a subject as big as “The Existence of Alien Life Forms,” you’d like to see or hear a bit more than a story from a single source before being convinced.
All Kesha wants for Christmas is for you to hear her new music
just got back a mix of me and someone singing a duet crying happy tears never in my life imagined this dream could ever actually come true.... please pray one day y'all can hear this music. it's the most vulnerable and honest I have ever been to myself and it's literally documenting me growing up. I cannot wait and will forever fight for u to hear it. merry everything and happy every day and thank you for not abandoning me while I fight the good fight. I just want to make art. and let you hear it. that's all I want for Christmas. and my New Years resolution is to finish my record and give it to you. thank you animals. love y'all.
Russian hackers linked to DNC attack also targeted Ukrainian military, says report
The possible link between the GRU and Fancy Bear was made by tracking a piece of malware implanted in a Ukrainian military Android app. The app allows Soviet-era artillery units to process targeting data more quickly, while the implanted malware was found to siphon off communication and location data. CrowdStrike suggests the malware “may have facilitated reconnaissance against Ukrainian troops” over the last two years, and notes that more D-30 Howitzers have been lost in conflicts in the east of the country than any other artillery pieces.
AirPods FAQ: Your Questions, Answered
I have never been a big fan of Apple’s EarPods. They have the tendency to fall out of my ears if I am not too careful, so I was quite concerned the same thing would happen with the AirPods. Surprisingly, AirPods seem to fit the ears a lot better. The fact that they’re slightly bigger probably helps, but the biggest difference is the lack of wires that probably don’t exert the force to make them fall out. I have even tried headbanging to see if they fall off, but they have stayed in my ears. People have apparently played tennis and danced with them but they haven’t fallen off their ears as well. They’re also so light that there have been times, I have had to check my ear to figure if I am still using them.