Nintendo Switch Super Bowl ad shows Zelda comes before breakfast
It’s hard being a gamer. When you wake up, the first thing you want to do is play. Forget brushing your teeth or eating breakfast or going to work – Zelda comes first. Fret no more, as the Nintendo Switch will solve all your troubles. The company’s Super Bowl ad – its first ever – will air …
GitLab offline after catastrophic database error loses mountains of data
Popular developer GitLab is down after a disastrous emergency maintenance resulted in the loss of six hours of data.
What do smart cities of the future look like for Panasonic?
In a further expansion of its smart cities strategy, Panasonic showcased several new urban technologies at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Watch this invisible robot grab a fish out of the blue
An invisible, squishy robotic claw that grabs unsuspecting fish out of the blue is the latest addition to MIT’s collection of weird little soft robots that could one day start swimming, creeping,...
Oculus to pay $500 million after ZeniMax lawsuit ends
Neither side is going to be all that happy with the results. ZeniMax had been asking for $4 billion in compensation and damages -- it's only getting an eighth of that. Oculus, meanwhile, won't be pleased at having to pay anything. It maintained its innocence from the start, and has long characterized the lawsuit as both a cash grab (to take advantage of all that Facebook money) and a sign of jealousy after losing a game industry legend like Carmack.
Reddit bans a major alt-right community — and there might be a very good reason why
"There is no single solution to these issues and we are actively
engaging with the Reddit community to improve everyone's
experience," says Reddit in an e-mailed statement. A Reddit
spokesperson hadn't yet responded to questions about WeSearchr by
the time of publication.
Instagram is testing multi-photo albums for everyone
While Instagram's Android beta users can start building albums, at this point they can't actually post them to their timelines. That's not too surprising, though it's curious so many people can actually access the album builder already. We've dropped a word into Instagram to see what's up, but for now it looks like the feature could be coming soon.
Boston Dynamics made a kickass robot on wheels that jumps higher than you
Robots are getting more human-like by the minute, but soon they might also be a lot more athletic.
Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement spawned many, many wonderful jokes
Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement spawned many, many wonderful jokes
Ford's CEO talks dealmaking — and explains why he loves Silicon Valley
o me it was really important to be part of the ecosystem
there — for our people to be rubbing elbows with somebody in line
at the Starbucks and striking up a conversation and saying, 'Hey,
I'm working on this,' and 'I'm working on that,'" Fields told
Facebook Loses $500M Oculus Verdict
Forrester Research Director Melissa Parrish and Techonomy CEO David Kirkpatrick discuss Facebook’s loss in a court, as a jury said that Oculus was built upon stolen technology. They speak with Caroline Hyde on “Bloomberg Technology.” (Source: Bloomberg)
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Trump’s order prevents people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next three months, a move the White House says is needed to safeguard the country from terrorist acts. But emotions are running high in the tech industry because that executive order violates Silicon Valley’s self-image of inclusion and tolerance. At least half of the top 20 U.S. tech companies were founded or are currently led by someone who came from another country. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was himself the son of a Syrian immigrant, while the CEOs of Microsoft Corp.
New York filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing Charter Communications Inc of short-changing customers who were promised faster internet speeds than it could deliver . The lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan accused Charter's Spectrum unit, until recently known as Time Warner Cable, of systematically defrauding customers since 2012 by promising and charging for services it knew it could not offer. At least 640,000 subscribers signed up for high-speed plans but got slower speeds, and many subscribers were unable to access promised online content such as Facebook, Netflix, YouTube and various gaming platforms, the complaint said. The lawsuit seeks "full restitution" for customers, as well as hefty civil fines. Among the allegations in the complaint was an accusation that Time Warner Cable leased older-generation modems to 900,000 subscribers knowing that the modems could not achieve faster internet speeds.
Facebook, Microsoft Circulate Immigration Open Letter
U.S. companies including Facebook Inc. , Microsoft Corp., Google, Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are circulating an open letter to President Donald Trump expressing concern about his recent order on immigration and offering help fixing it and other policies, according to people familiar with the plan.
RioFolio Lets You Earn Self-Defined Rewards For Building Good Habits
RioFolio works like most habit trackers do. You enter some habits that you want to build and then every day that you do them, you log in and mark them off. Most trackers, however, stop here. RioFolio, on the other hand, will give you a handful of points for your habits.
An Office Worker's Amazing Discovery Promptly Backfires in This Funny Scifi Short
In The Black Hole , a bored pencil-pusher makes an incredibly discovery one night when he’s toiling alone in the office. But it doesn’t take long (the whole short is under three minutes) for everything to go from “OMG!” to “Noooo... you idiot !” It’s a simple idea, but it’s executed very well by filmmakers Phil and Olly.
The Colleges That Offer the Most Bang For Your Student Loan Buck
The only reason so many students are willing to take on huge student loans is because of the promise that they’ll earn more after college. This tool shows just which colleges give you the best boost to your salary for the amount of money you sink into your education.
Tesla Motors, Inc. is now officially Tesla, Inc.
Tesla has officially changed its name to Tesla, Inc., from its previous official corporate title of Tesla Motors, Inc. The name change likely reflects the expanded nature of its business now that it own SolarCity, and creates battery packs for both home and commercial use, aspects of the company which Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said previously will take on growing importance to its business overall.
Apple to more than double floor space at iconic Fifth Avenue store
Apple will more than double the space of its popular Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan as part of ongoing renovations at the site, with the company promising "new services and experiences" once the outlet reopens.
Nintendo Switch’s online service will cost less than $30 a year
Depending on what the final North American price ends up being, the Switch’s online service will likely be around half of its biggest competition; both Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus come with an annual fee of $59.99. That said, given Nintendo’s history with online gaming — and the fact that the Switch will relegate features like voice chat to a separate smartphone app — it’s unlikely the console’s online offering will be as robust as its competition.
Comcast to charge subscribers to use Roku as a cable box
Last year, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler followed through on a congressional order to carve a path toward ending set-top box monopolies. At the time, consumers were spending an average of $231 a year on required hardware rentals — rentals they didn’t necessarily want. Worse, they never actually owned the hardware. It was a dream scenario for cable companies that saw consumers renting first-party hardware indefinitely while locking them out of better, and cheaper, options like Roku and AppleTV.
Tesla Is Testing Self-Driving Cars on California Roads
Tesla Inc. started testing four self-driving cars on California’s public roads late last year, a milestone for Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk who has promised to demonstrate an autonomous road trip from Los Angeles to New York by the end of 2017.
The Best Habit Tracking App for Android
HabitBull (Free/$5.00) feels so similar to HabitHub that they could almost be clones. Unlike HabitHub, HabitBull has an iOS counterpart as well, so you can use it on both platforms. However, it also comes with a lot of extra junk. For example, HabitBull includes links to forums where other people are discussing their habits by default. You also get something called “Funny notifications” by default which are entirely unnecessary. HabitBull’s premium version—which gets you data backup, multiple device syncing, and up to 100 habits—is just as expensive as HabitHub, while being more limited, though you can save fifty cents if you don’t care about exporting data to CSV.
Apple is considering taking Trump and his immigration ban to court
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal , CEO Tim Cook said the order, banning Syrian refugees and citizens of seven other Muslim countries from entering the US, has affected hundreds of company employees – and now Apple feels it can no longer sit idle.
Rise of the 'accidental' cybersecurity professional - TechRepublic
To fill cybersecurity job shortages, a number of people, especially women, are entering the field from other careers. Here's why they might be able to help your company.
Facebook beats expectations across the board with blowout fourth quarter results
Facebook reported a blockbuster fourth quarter on Wednesday, with $8.81 billion in revenue and 1.86 billion monthly active users.
Beyoncé just announced pregnancy news and it's bigger than you think
"We would like to share our love and happiness," she wrote. "We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes."
Facebook ordered to pay $500 million in lawsuit against Oculus VR
“The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole ZeniMax's trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favor," an Oculus spokesperson said in a statement. "We're obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today's verdict, but we are undeterred. Oculus products are built with Oculus technology. Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same, and the entire team will continue the work they've done since day one – developing VR technology that will transform the way people interact and communicate. We look forward to filing our appeal and eventually putting this litigation behind us."
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey just cost Facebook half a billion dollars
There was a time when Palmer Luckey was the toast of the virtual reality world, the wunderkind flip-flops-wearing founder of Oculus who invented an accessible, high-end VR system, the Rift, and then got mega-rich by selling his company to Facebook for $2 billion . Oh, for those halcyon days.
Apple Said to Work on Mac Chip That Would Lessen Intel Role
The current ARM-based chip for Macs is independent from the computer’s other components, focusing on the Touch Bar’s functionality itself. The new version in development would go further by connecting to other parts of a Mac’s system, including storage and wireless components, in order to take on the additional responsibilities. Given that a low-power mode already exists, Apple may choose to not highlight the advancement, much like it has not marketed the significance of its current Mac chip, one of the people said.
'Super Mario Run' now has an easy mode
The option for easy mode only presents itself after you run out of lives in a course, so you can't turn it on across your entire game experience. And it's worth noting that in easy mode, you won't be able to collect special coins, but you'll at least be able to get past tricky levels if you just want to play through to the end.
Facebook now has 1.86 billion users
The social network had 1.86 billion monthly active users as of the end of 2016, up from 1.79 billion the previous quarter and 1.59 billion a year earlier, according to its fourth quarter earnings report on Wednesday.
Sheryl Sandberg gives $1 million to Planned Parenthood
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A Full Transcript Of Donald Trump's Black History Month Remarks
Well this is Black History Month, so this is our little breakfast, our little get-together. Hi Lynn, how are you? Just a few notes. During this month, we honor the tremendous history of African-Americans throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right? And their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work, and faith in America. I’ve gotten a real glimpse—during the campaign, I’d go around with Ben to a lot of different places I wasn’t so familiar with. They’re incredible people. And I want to thank Ben Carson, who’s gonna be heading up HUD. That’s a big job. That’s a job that’s not only housing, but it’s mind and spirit. Right, Ben? And you understand, nobody’s gonna be better than Ben.
Wrestling Wrap Up: Seth Rollins Injury Spotlights How Murky WrestleMania's Card is Right Now - IGN
I'm not diving into the Rumble here as I already wrote oodles about it, but how are we with Orton now standing as the WWE Champ challenger? What do we want from Elimination Chamber? This one's coming up quick. There's only one more SmackDown before the event and that doesn't leave a lot of room for twists and turns. They're pretty much playing it straight right now. We've got the six participants and... that's it. The other matches -- Nikki vs. Natalya, Alexa vs. Naomi, the Tag Team Turmoil thing -- don't feel all that special. It's all about that world belt. Will Bray take the title and then face Randy or are we set for the return of Cena vs. Orton?
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IBM's Watson will help you file your taxes
Having said this, the team-up is still in its "first phase." H&R Block hopes to use Watson in other areas of its business, and the cognitive computing system should improve as it masters the nuances of the tax system. You're still a long way off from having AI do all the heavy lifting when tax time comes, but this might make a big difference if you'd like help filing and want assurances that you'll get as large a return as possible.
Crunch Report | Kickstarter Acquires Huzza
Amazon is an e-commerce retailer formed originally to provide consumers with products in two segments. It offers users with merchandise and content purchased for resale from vendors and those offered by third-party sellers.
Operating in North American and International markets, Amazon provides its services through websites such as amazon.com and amazon.ca. It also enables authors, musicians, filmmakers, …
Facebook Sales Top Estimates on Gains in Mobile Advertising
Facebook’s revenue gains had been expected to slow this year because the company has said it won’t keep increasing the percentage of ads shown in users’ News Feeds. That means it’s leaning on other growing areas, like Instagram, as well as new forms of advertising, such as ads in live video. Meanwhile, the company has said it plans to substantially increase its spending on new data centers and engineers.
You're Going to Die, Here's How to Deal With It
Aside from birth, the only other thing that is guaranteed to happen to every single person on the planet is death. No exceptions, no way around it. Your own death aside, chances are good that you will be affected by deaths of loved ones and most likely have to plan a funeral or two before your own comes about.
Chuck Hank and The San Diego Twins Is the True Heir to Post-Apocalyptic '80s Action Movies
Grimy street fights, sweet-ass rides, frickin’ heads being ripped off fools, and a bunch of crap that looks like it won’t bother with making sense. This is the stuff, and it’s called Chuck Hank and The San Diego Twins . Here’s the first trailer. So buckle up.
One of the Weirdest Cult-Movie Franchises Ever Is Getting a Collected Blu-ray Release
The Vestron Video Collector’s Series strikes again, this time compiling all of the Wishmaster movies into one Blu-ray package. That’s right: ALL FOUR WISHMASTER MOVIES. Binge-watch this set of late-1990s/early-2000s cult-horror flicks, which range in quality from awesome to awesomely terrible, at your own risk.
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Mosquitos are beating gene editing with rapid evolution
The Target Malaria team plans to release a second generation of gene-driven mosquitoes in the newest of these enclosures in 2017 to see how it responds to the real-world environment. While the scientists expect evolution to keep on throwing up barriers to success, it's still seen as a viable way to stop the spread of Malaria -- if scientists can reduce the population of Malaria-carrying mosquitoes, it could be a major breakthrough.
Report: Spam and cloud attacks rising, 4 steps to protect your business - TechRepublic
Budget concerns and a lack of talent are barriers to advancing enterprise security, according to Cisco's 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report. Here's how you can protect your business.
Barnes & Noble is recalling its Nook seven-inch power adapters
Barnes & Noble is recalling its newest Nook tablet’s power adapter, only a few months after its release. The adapters’ casing apparently sometimes comes off, thereby exposing a metal prong. This, obviously, poses an electric shock hazard. The recall release says only around 147,000 units are affected. I don’t think the new Nook sold so well.
Beyoncé's Coachella performance will be pretty interesting, according to Twitter
As you probably heard, Beyonce and Jay Z announced that they are expecting twins with a earthy Instagram post that gained over three million likes in an hour. And, while most people are celebrating the announcement, many are left wondering what this will mean for Beyonce's headlining Coachella performance which was set to begin on April 15.
How to decide if you should stick with Hangouts or switch to the new Google Voice - TechRepublic
If you want to select an app from Google for voice communications, the best option will depend on your needs. If you make calls mostly from your smartphone—and don't need video-conferencing—then the new Google Voice app will likely work well for you. But, if you already use Hangouts and use multiple devices or make video-calls, stick with Hangouts with integrated Google Voice. And, if you're an enterprise looking for a phone system that integrates with G Suite, look at a third-party solution like Dialpad or RingCentral.
The Story Behind This Astronaut's Viral Photo Is Even Cuter Than His Dogs
“Jake was nibbling my ear,” Melvin said. “Scout was all up in my grill, like, ‘Hey, what’s going on here? What is he doing?’ But if you look at the picture, all of us are holding hands, all of us are connected. And it was just incredible.”
Apple reportedly designing its own chip for Mac laptops
That could translate to a battery life boost and also mean the brains of your MacBook could start looking a lot more like the brains of your iPhone or iPad.
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New York Sues Over Slow Internet Speeds: 'Time Warner Cable Has Been Ripping You Off'
The lawsuit , filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, accuses Spectrum of defrauding customers since 2012 by charging them for services it knew it could not provide. It claims the company “conducted a systematic scheme to defraud and mislead subscribers” by promising Internet speeds that it couldn’t actually deliver. The lawsuit goes on to explain how the company leased more than 900,000 older-generation modems and wireless routers to subscribers that it “knew were incapable of achieving the promised internet speeds.”
Google brings Webpass to 6 metros, proves Fiber might not be dying after all - TechRepublic
Using wireless technologies to boost its last-mile efforts is nothing new for Google Fiber as, in addition to the Webpass acquisition, the company also filed with the FCC to begin testing wireless broadband with experimental transmitters. Being that wireless deployments could be cheaper than physically laying fiber in some instances, it could mean that Google Fiber might be switching its strategy away from fiber to the home (FTTH), in exchange for a wireless-first approach. If so, this could be evidence that Google Fiber isn't actually failing, as I previously wrote .
Siri might be the only friend you need this Super Bowl Sunday
With the Super Bowl just days away it seems football fans aren’t the only ones gearing up for the big game. Siri has, it seems, been studying up on stats, schedules, and even Vegas lines in advance of Super Bowl Sunday.