The race for smart cities from the leading edge of tech
As with any new market, there are startups, large companies, corporations, organizations and other groups leading the way forward for smart cities.
Ford will test driverless cars in Europe starting next year
Ford announced it will plans to start testing its driverless cars on European roads by next year as it ramps up its robot car strategy.
Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo performed its first glide flight
Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane, SpaceShipTwo, went on its first free flight on Friday, performing an unpowered glide over the Mojave Desert. The vehicle, named VSS Unity, was dropped from its carrier...
Is security the biggest threat to industrial IoT in the future?
Industrial IoT is rolling out across many sectors, with interesting data insights being unlocked. But security matters around that data are still looming.
GoPro releases the $299 Karma Grip handheld stabilizer
The GoPro Karma Grip is now available. The camera maker announced today that the handheld stabilizer is for sale in select stores and GoPro.com for $299. This..
Nintendo-themed lands are coming to Universal theme parks
Nintendo released new details about its interactive worlds coming soon to Universal theme parks.
The world’s platform for change
Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform, using technology to empower more than 100 million users to create the change they want to see.
'Game of Thrones' locations in the real world, from King's Landing to the Iron Isles
The world of Westeros might be fantasy, but the television show is shot in real places all over the world. Here's what several amazing locations look like in real life.
Gilmore Girls or No Gilmore Girls, You Need to Stop Letting TV Revivals Disappoint You
Show after show has been revived, only to get caught between nostalgia and narrative.
Netflix's 'White Rabbit Project' looks like 'Mythbusters 2.0'
Catch the first glimpse of 'Mythbusters' alums Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara in their new science-based investigation series.
For a dollar bill, you can get a cool AR view of life in the White House
A new app, created for the White House Historical Society by Vuforia in coordination with Unity and Nexus Studios, hopes to give everyone that opportunity.
TechCrunch on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
nuTonomy comes home for self-driving car tests in Boston
Iagnemma added: “These tests in the City of Boston will enable our engineers to adapt our autonomous vehicle software to the weather and traffic challenges of this unique driving environment. Testing our self-driving cars so near to nuTonomy’s home is the next step towards our ultimate goal: deployment of a safe, efficient, fully autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service.”
Every Hint and Clue We Found in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Trailer
We got our first good, long look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last night , and while it was very short on details—and even characters—there were still a number of interesting things to pull out of it. As usual, we’ve done the work so you won’t have to spend the time straining your eyes.
The Emotion Journal wins the Disrupt London 2016 Hackathon Grand Prize
Marily has given 3 TEDx talks, she received the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Influence Award in 2015 and a medal of outstanding excellence from Imperial College London for her work in championing the women in tech community. She was the first Greek woman to receive the Google Anita Borg scholarship, she is now the director of the London Geekettes Chapter and is always trying to find new ways to empower women in science both in the UK and globally. She organized the UK’s first women-only hack at Facebook London in 2013 and has participated and judged a total of 20 hacks up to date. The most memorable one being HackEd, sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where her team won the 2nd prize.
Use this Apple tool to check if your iPhone 6S is eligible for a new battery | ZDNet
In November , Apple announced the company would begin replacing some iPhone 6S batteries that were causing the phone to randomly power off for an unknown reason. According to Apple, the issue is limited to devices manufactured between September 2015 and October 2015.
True Key™ by Intel Security: Multi-Factor Password
The True Key™ app is a secure place to store and manage all of your passwords. Only you can access them when you verify your identity with at least two factors – one you choose and the device you’re using. It’s multi-factor authentication made easy.
Gutting NASA's Earth Science Division Would Send Research Back to the Dark Ages
Norm Nelson is interested in what makes the oceans tick. As a biological oceanographer at UC Santa Barbara, his research draws connections between sunlight and phytoplankton, the tiny green microbes that power the marine carbon cycle. There are plenty of outstanding questions Nelson wants to pursue—but after 30 productive years, his days as a scientist may be numbered.
How a Stupid Joke Can Earn You More Money During Salary Negotiations
Participants who joked that they wanted $100,000, or that they made six figures at their last job, were offered an average of $35,385—which is almost $3000 more than the control group and way more than the low-ball group. That’s one joke that will keep you laughing all the way to the bank. Obviously, there’s no guarantee this will work for you. But a joke like that does show confidence, a sense of humor, and that you at have goals you’re striving for. Most employers can appreciate those qualities.
Will artificial intelligence mean the end of cyberthreats?
Though the cybersecurity model hasn’t changed much since the advent of antivirus software, that could be about to change, thanks to advancements in cyberthreats.
Lucas Mearian on Twitter
GM's self-driving tech will stop the car if you're inattentive http://www.computerworld.com/article/3146357/car-tech/gms-self-driving-tech-will-stop-the-car-if-youre-inattentive.html … via @computerworld
iPhone Hacks on Twitter
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US Army will require alternative route for the Dakota Access Pipeline
The Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it would not approve permits for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline under a reservoir on the Missouri River called Lake Oahe, according to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe . The announcement comes after months of intense protests and just days after protesters were ordered to leave .
How to Use Facebook Live From Your Desktop Without Costly Software : Social Media Examiner
OBS is free software commonly used by live-streamers on the Internet. It allows you to selectively share applications on your desktop and create a layered video for live-streaming. If you already have OBS installed, you can skip to step #2.
How to See Everything Your Browser Knows About You
The second you log onto the internet, you start leaving a trace that’s more telling than you think. Browsers can not only identify where you are in the world, but they collect a ton of other data too, such as where your mouse is hovering and when you launch a private browser window. Here’s a way to find out exactly what you’re leaking.
Mounds of Moto Mods: We'll see at least 12 per year
In truth, we should see many more than 12 new mods for 2017 by the time next year is through. Lenovo will launch an Indiegogo campaign come January to drum up more developer involvement. Those who pitch the best ideas will get a Mods kit with the hardware and software needed to start making their own prototypes, plus help bringing those ideas to market.
CodeMade.io is a place to find open-source Internet of Things Inspiration
CodeMade is a user-generated collection of (mostly) physical computing products, complete with links to their source code. Projects are grouped by category, and range from basic Arduino projects that anyone can grasp, to more sophisticated ones that use artificial intelligence and deep learning. This makes it trivially easy for a beginner to find a cool project and start building.
Apple May Still Be Working On a Self-Driving Car
In a letter submitted to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week, Apple expresses its interest in testing self-driving cars. Written by Apple’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner, Apple says in the letter that “new entrants” to the automotive market should have the same opportunity as other “established manufacturers.”
Forget PowerPoint: Slidebean lets you create pro-quality presentations with one click
There’s no questioning the versatility of crafting a presentation with PowerPoint, but the program can be cumbersome to use and hard to learn. Instead, create top-notch presentations with a single click thanks to
FindLectures is curated database of free, mind-expanding talks
There are an insane amount of lectures and talks online ripe for the downloading, many of which are free. The problem is that they’re spread across literally hundreds of disparate platforms, like university websites, YouTube, Vimeo, Coursera, and so on.
The Best Gaming Desktops of 2016
Most gaming systems will come preinstalled with a single midrange or high-end graphics card; higher-priced systems will naturally have better cards, since purchase price typically correlates with animation performance and visual quality. Our gaming desktop reviews will let you know if there is room in the system's case for adding more graphics cards, in case you want to improve your gaming performance in the future. Most boutique manufacturers, however, will sell systems equipped with multiple-card arrays if you want to run the best-looking and best-performing games right away. (Nvidia has deemphasized, if not discouraged, using more than two of its current-generation cards at the same time, though it's still possible to have three or four AMD cards in your computer at once provided you have the proper power and heat management. AMD calls its multicard system CrossFireX and Nvidia calls its solution Scalable Link Interface, or SLI, but in practice both work the same.)
Move over Raspberry Pi, here are a dozen, better alternatives | ZDNet
The Raspberry Pi might be the name that springs to mind when people think of single board computers for homebrew projects, but there are other boards out there worth considering.
5 tech gifts you should definitely avoid this holiday season
Before stuffing your shopping cart, do some research. You won't find recalled products on store shelves, but some third-party resale websites ignore consumer warnings and still try to convince you to buy bad tech products.
Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals returns with discounts on PCs, Surface, and Xbox
Microsoft is bringing its 12 Days of Deals promotion back again this year. While previous years have seen heavy discounts on Groove Music subscriptions and a great deal on a Dell Windows tablet , this year Microsoft has a mix of promotions. Unusually, the company is revealing all of its deals ahead of time . Some of the highlights include 50 percent off select Xbox One games, a $100 gift card for purchasing a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headset, and up to 40 percent off Dell PCs. Each deal will be available on a select day at 12AM PT from Microsoft’s retail stores and online site in the US and Canada . Here’s the full list:
Apple is reportedly using drones to beat Google Maps
Apple is reportedly planning to use drones to improve its Maps app and truly compete with Google Maps, following a problematic launch four years ago. Bloomberg News reports that Apple has been building a team of experts in robots and data capture to utilize drones to quickly update maps. Google and Apple both use fleets of cars and vans equipped with cameras, but drones will allow Apple to examine and monitor roads, street signs, construction areas, and more. Apple is said to have hired at least one employee from Amazon’s Air division to help run its own drone team based in Seattle.
Ben Heck visits the Portland Retro Gaming Expo
Join Ben as he leaves the workshop behind and goes on a journey to Portland's Retro Gaming Expo. There's little Ben loves more, and this time he's on the hunt for a copy of Road Rash for the Sega Genesis / Megadrive! With some happy distractions, Ben gets another chance at the Nintendo Playstation console and discusses the Commodore 64, Nintendo 64 disk drive and the collecting of retro hardware and games with fellow YouTubers. Will Ben manage to repair the Nintendo PlayStation and play Super Boss Gaiden ? Does he manage to find a copy of Road Rash ? You'll have to watch and find out. What's your favorite retro gaming console, or game? Let Ben and the team know over on the element14 Community .
Let’s Fight Back Against Poachers with a Robotic Rhino
Now, I am far from being an expert on animal behavior and habitat, so bear with me here. The Ramakera’s body would be covered with artificial skin and scent to increase its chance of getting accepted as an unusual friend of the herd. Perhaps internal microprocessors could let the robo-rhino mimic other animals to blend in. Even if the other rhinos don’t register it as one of them, it would likely be less disturbing than noisy helicopters and drones.
Microsoft hopes your Windows PC can replace an Amazon Echo
There's no certainty that everything will pan out as planned. WC is quick to warn that delays and cancellations could change features and timelines, assuming Home Hub ships at all. However, it's easy to see the incentive for Microsoft to make this a reality. In some ways, Echo-like speakers reduce the need for a family computer -- you can't do your homework through a speaker, but you can accomplish tasks that would normally require breaking out your phone or sitting at a desk. Home Hub would keep the PC relevant for homes where a shared machine makes sense, and might even provide an edge over smart speakers by offering the visual, multi-user info that you don't get right now .
The brain has more than one multitasking mode
The driving simulation that the researchers used was pretty simple: all the subjects had to do was drive on a two-lane road with no junctions or other vehicles. The complication came in with the additional tasks they had to perform. In the “integrated” task, the drivers had to listen to GPS-like instructions while they were driving, telling them when to change lanes. That’s multitasking, but the two separate tasks have a single aim, which is to navigate the simulation correctly. In the “split” task, they changed lanes at designated objects (like road signs) and listened to the radio, which obviously had nothing to do with the main task of driving.
How free is our freedom of the press?
In the US, the press has a right to publish secret information the public needs to know, protected by the First Amendment. Government surveillance has made it increasingly more dangerous for whistleblowers, the source of virtually every important story about national security since 9/11, to share information. In this concise, informative talk, Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder and TED Fellow Trevor Timm traces the recent history of government action against individuals who expose crime and injustice and advocates for technology that can help them do it safely and anonymously.
iPhone battery drain? Apple owners point finger at iOS 10.1.1 update | ZDNet
A number of iPhone owners reported having paid Apple to replace a battery and that, for now at least, has resolved the issue for them. What's not known is whether iOS 10.1 contributed to extra wear and tear on those batteries.
Aussie students recreate Martin Shkreli's $750 HIV pill for about $20
A group of Year 11 students at Sydney Grammar School has managed to recreate Daraprim's key ingredient in their school lab, producing 3.7 grams of the compound Pyrimethamine. And they did it for AU$20 (about $15, £12).
Machine Learning Yearning [pdf] | Hacker News
In case people are wondering, this is a draft version of the first 12 chapters of Andrew Ng's new machine learning book entitled "Machine Learning Yearning". He has a reddit thread dedicated to ongoing feedback on the book's evolving content: https://www.reddit.com/r/mlyearning/ This information was stated in his Mailchimp email update he sent out yesterday.
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the NES Classic Edition
The NES Classic is an easy sell: It's a $60 device that looks and feels like the original Nintendo Entertainment System, with a library of 30 popular games pre-loaded. It's also easy to set up -- all you need is a spare USB port on your TV. The problem? The device is such a great proposition that it's either sold out everywhere, or only available through resellers for five times the price . We're not sure we recommend spending $300 on this, especially given a few flaws like the too-short controller cables and the fact that you can't download any additional games. But if you do resort to desperate measures to get one this holiday season, we won't judge.
Apple factory manager indicted for stealing thousands of iPhones
It's never a good idea to steal from work, even when the payload is thousands of iPhones. One now-ex senior manager at Apple supplier Foxconn has reportedly been indicted for stealing and reselling 5,700 iPhones from the Foxconn factory.
Pandora said to be open to SiriusXM takeover
The online radio provider reportedly would entertain an offer from satellite radio company SiriusXM, after spurning its advances earlier this year.
Twist! World's Largest Tech Company Warns Against Too Much Regulation
In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Apple’s Director of Product Integrity Steve Kenner asked regulators not to impose too many restrictions on testing self-driving cars.
The Acer Iconia One 10 is as cheap as 10-inch tablets get, and all that that implies
If you're strapped for cash, the Acer Iconia One 10 is one of the most affordable 10-inch tablets to get, however if you want a good tablet, you'll need to spend more
The 16 biggest tech stories of 2016
Nevertheless, VR has the lead right now, and this is just the first chapter in VR's story. 2016 was VR getting its bearings and establishing the ecosystem for future success. That success, however, depends on developers and consumers meeting in the same place — something that always feels just slightly out of reach. — Adario Strange
Now You Can Play Classic Arcade Games Directly In Facebook Messenger
The arcade classic is one of 17 games that Facebook is now offering through a new feature called Instant Games. Available in both Messenger and your Facebook News Feed, the HTML5 games can load in just 5-10 seconds on your mobile phone or laptop, with no need to download anything or point your browser to a new site. You can even play right in Messenger in the same window where you were bragging about your fantastic Galaga skills moments before.
The world's most expensive headphones might make you consider a mortgage
The HE 1's sound is far ahead of anything else, so I'm duty bound to warn headphone loving audiophiles to steer clear of auditioning the HE 1. It'll mess you up, and might make you consider taking out a second mortgage, or worse. From my days working as a high-end salesman, I know for the most affluent buyers price won't be an issue (they live really well) and I assure you $55,000 won't make even a tiny dent in their piggy banks.
iPhone vs. iPod: Which one sounds better playing music?
I own an iPhone 6S and a sixth-generation 160GB iPod Classic, so I wondered, is the Classic a better-sounding device than my iPhone? Funny, I never got around to comparing them before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The Classic design is nine years old, the 6S has newer and better digital converters, but since it's not a dedicated music player, there may have been design sacrifices favoring the 6S' primary job as a smart phone.
Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV: All the apps and channels compared
The mainstream video streamers offer hundreds of entertainment apps, from DirecTV Now to Netflix to Nick Jr. to NBC News to NHL, and the list is growing all the time. Here's a big chart showing which of the top 75-odd apps are available on which device.
OpTic Gaming wins the ELeague 'CS:GO' Season 2 championship
Both Astralis and OpTic Gaming came into the finals never having won a big international tournament, but the North American OpTic managed to control the pace of the second and third maps to beat the Danish Astralis, 2-1.
The Death Star would cost $7.8 octillion a day to run
The British energy supplier Ovo has put some very well-spent hours into a comprehensive calculation of the operating costs of the Death Star, which will return to the spotlight in the December 16 th movie Rogue One . They conclude that operating the planet-destroying starbase would cost 6.2 octillion British pounds, or $7.8 octillion, per day—that’s $7,800,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
PlayStation Experience trailer roundup: The Last of Us: Part II, Marvel vs. Capcom, and more
Fans got a first look at The Last of Us II, more Uncharted downloadable content, and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. If you missed the live show, I’ve gone ahead and collected all of the available trailers for you right here. Enjoy!
Airbnb and New York City settle rental law lawsuit
(Reuters) – Airbnb and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals.
The Best iPhone Deals for December 2016
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Google, democracy and the truth about internet search
But we don’t know what choices they are making. Neither Google or Facebook make their algorithms public. Why did my Google search return nine out of 10 search results that claim Jews are evil? We don’t know and we have no way of knowing. Their systems are what Frank Pasquale describes as “black boxes”. He calls Google and Facebook “a terrifying duopoly of power” and has been leading a growing movement of academics who are calling for “algorithmic accountability”. “We need to have regular audits of these systems,” he says. “We need people in these companies to be accountable. In the US, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, every company has to have a spokesman you can reach. And this is what needs to happen. They need to respond to complaints about hate speech, about bias.”