Google Maps Now Lets You Create Lists of Places
You can share your lists with others, and follow the lists your friends and family share with you.
Scientists want you to help discover exoplanets
Carnegie Institution for Science and MIT want you to help discover new exoplanets, planets that orbits a star outs
Watch the first trailer for Apple’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series
Apple used tonight’s Grammy Awards to show the first teaser for Carpool Karaoke: The Series, featuring original host James Corden as well a host of celebrities including Will Smith, John Legend,...
Tech workers demonstrate in downtown San Francisco against Trump’s immigration plans
Trump recently tried to ban anyone from a list of seven Muslim-majority countries from coming into the United States. The Ninth Circuit Court has thwarted..
Chance the Rapper’s historic Grammy win should worry record labels
When Chance the Rapper accepted his Best New Artist Grammy last night, he didn't thank a record label. But in addition t
Guy finds out the hard way that an 80-foot whip is a terrible idea
'Well that is by far one of the stupidest things I've ever done in my life.'
Verizon's new unlimited-data plan could get you a new phone
There are a few steps to take before you can grab that new phone. You have to drop your current carrier and bring your phone numbers to Verizon, sign up for the introductory Verizon Unlimited plan, pick out the device payment plan and trade in a device -- one of 15 that are eligible for the program, including the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Note 5, and other older models.
Secure wireless charging stops pads from frying your phone
It's not just dodgy wired phone chargers that you have to worry about -- a poorly-made wireless charging pad could easily toast your phone. But how do you prevent that from happening when there are no cables or ports involved? MIT has an idea. Its researchers have unveiled a security chip that would prevent a wireless charger from topping up your phone unless it authenticates through a cryptographic handshake. It revolves around a smaller, more efficient charging circuit where there's a main coil (for the actual charging) and a secondary coil that can produce a strong magnetic field. If your phone and the charger don't exchange the right public cryptographic keys, that secondary coil will "scramble" the primary coil by changing its frequency.
Disney Severs Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts
Felix Kjellberg, who has 53 million subscribers to his “PewDiePie” YouTube channel, reacts as two men hold up a sign saying “Death to All Jews,” in a screenshot of a video he posted online. Mr. Kjellberg paid them to hold up the sign. The video was published Jan. 11 and pulled from YouTube this past weekend. The Indian men in the video apologized publicly in a video saying “we don’t really know what the message means.” Now Disney says it is cutting ties to the Swedish 27-year-old after WSJ inquired about videos he posted in which he includes anti-Semitic jokes or Nazi imagery. Warning: Graphic language and content.
Announcing The 2017 World's 50 Most Innovative Companies
Amazon, Snap, Chobani, and others are changing the way we shop, eat, play, work, and live in 2017.
One Reason Staffers Quit Google's Car Project? The Company Paid Them So Much
In December, the car unit morphed into a standalone business called Waymo, and the system was replaced with a more uniform pay structure that treats all employees the same, according to a person familiar with the situation. Still, the original program got so costly that a top executive at parent Alphabet Inc. highlighted it last year to explain a jump in expenses. A spokeswoman for Alphabet, the holding company that owns Google and "Other Bets" like the autonomous car business, declined to comment.
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Justin Trudeau is looking at Trump's hand like he just read the Russian Dossier pic.twitter.com/XGpGF7O7LG
T-Mobile upgrades its One plan to counter Verizon
There's no mistaking it: Verizon's decision to resurrect its unlimited data plan was a shot across T-Mobile's bow. And to no one's surprise, the magenta-hued network is responding in kind. As of February 17th, T-Mobile is upgrading its standard One plan to include HD video streaming and 10GB of LTE hotspot tethering. You no longer have to spring for a pricey add-on just to watch Netflix at high quality. To sweeten the pot, the carrier is also running a promo that gives you two lines for $100.
A closer look at Nintendo's '1-2 Switch' mini-games
I played plenty of Nintendo Switch titles during last month's launch event, but it was the mini-game collection 1-2 Switch that I couldn't get out of my head. (I suppose virtually milking a cow with highly suggestive gestures has a way of sticking with you.) It was unlike anything I've ever played -- it often has you glaring at your opponent and following audio queues, instead of looking at a TV screen. It's more like an actual party game, but instead of reading off cards or booklets, you're relying on a console.
The Grammys' biggest winner was a 77-year-old Memphis legend, according to Spotify and Pandora
Spotify said that streams for the singer-songwriter's iconic
blues song, "Born Under A Bad Sign" (co-written by Booker T.
Jones), jumped a whopping 4,950%. Bell's total Spotify streams as
an artist rose 680% in the wake of his Grammys win. On
Pandora, Bell saw a 12,085% lift in stations added.
What We Know About Unionization Efforts at Tesla's Fremont Plant
Last Thursday, a Tesla production associate named Jose Moran came forward to publicly decry working conditions at the company’s plant in Fremont, California, including what he describes as grueling hours, low wages, and frequent, preventable injuries—issues he felt could be fixed by joining the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). The Fremont plant is located in the building formerly occupied by NUMMI—the experimental facility jointly owned by GM and Toyota. In direct messages to Gizmodo, Musk alleged that “UAW has been trying to unionize Tesla since 2010” when NUMMI closed down and that Moran “works for the UAW.”
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Embrace the fact that growth only comes inside uncertainty.
This one virtual NSFW Valentine's Day gift might just do the 'job'
Should you wish to send this virtual fellatio, simply select from a number of different not-subtle-at-all styles — including “tease the tip,” “gentle hands” and the more aggressive “deep throat” — and arrange them in whatever order you like to design a custom, er, job for your Valentine.
Are You Bored With Your iPhone?
If you compare the iPhone 6 that was released in 2014 to the iPhone 7 in 2016, you will get largely the same experience on both. Yes, you do get the usual improvements like a better camera, battery life, better performance, etc, but consumers have started taking these changes for granted nowadays. While the iPhone 7’s body is water-resistant, it is not a feature that people are going to use on a regular basis and be happy about it. It is a feature that you only realise exists when you drop your phone in a pool or go to a beach. As for 3D Touch, which Apple highly touted when it first debuted with the iPhone 6s, it has not turned out to be as big of a deal as the company would have liked. Sure, many major apps now support 3D Touch actions, and the feature sure is handy to peek into links and emails, but you have to remind yourself that it exists in the first place to use it.
Google spreads the love of the pangolin with playable Valentine's Day Doodle
This Valentine’s Day, Google wants to spread the love with a new playable Doodle that aims to raise awareness of the looming extinction of the pangolin.
Verizon revives its unlimited data plan after purging legacy unlimited data plan users
On Sprint, you can get unlimited data for $50 per month on a single line (that price goes up to $60 per month in April 2018), but it's only for new customers—and you don’t get all the extras that Verizon offers. Streaming video is capped at 480p resolution. Music tops out at 500 kilobytes per second, but considering Spotify’s “extreme quality” is 320kbps, that limit should be more than enough for most. Gaming's throttled to a mere 2Mbps, as well.
As an executive, you are probably trying to make sense of all the possibilities with AI and dizzying array of competing platforms. Join us at “Using AI” to learn how to apply AI in your business and what all the various AI tools can do for you today.
In conjunction with the Gigaom AI conference, we are holding a special half-day workshop the day before on February 14, 2017 from 1pm-5pm to give executives an opportunity to build real-world AI solutions using the latest technologies from Amazon Echo, IBM Watson, Google, Salesforce Einstein, Microsoft, and open source options. Can you imagine a better way to spend Valentine’s Day?
CHUWI Hi10 Plus: Effective and efficient Android and Windows dual-booting - TechRepublic
Since I'm not a Windows user (this being the only Windows device in my home/office), I have had the pleasure of not dealing with Windows updates. Boy was that a serious wake up. Rebooting from Windows to Android the first time was an eye opener. The initial update for the device took over two hours. TWO HOURS! I can install a fresh LAMP server in about twenty minutes, or do a complete factory restore on Android in about fifteen. That Windows took over one hundred and twenty minutes to update made me seriously glad I rarely touch that platform. To make matters worse, a reboot or two later, Windows did the same thing (only this time the update only took about thirty minutes). Do note, that once the Windows updates finally complete, everything works exactly as expected. This, of course, isn't a knock on the CHUWI itself, but Windows.
Is Donald Trump Becoming Pepe The Frog?
During the 2016 presidential campaign, many Trump supporters adopted Pepe the cartoon frog as their mascot. And as many other neo-Nazis embraced the character, Pepe even got listed as a hate symbol. But as we sit here, a full 36 weeks into the Trump administration (can you believe it’s been that long already?), we’re starting to notice something bizarre. Namely, that Trump is starting to look a bit like Pepe.
4 ways to hide 'Netflix cheating' from your partner
I am, of course, speaking of the complete betrayal of trust that comes from "Netflix cheating." That's when you've agreed to watch a show on Netflix with someone else but go and sneak ahead without them. This, God help us, is now an actual concern in modern relationships and quite possibly spells the start of our demise as a species.
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Elon Musk is convinced we need to become machines or risk being replaced by them
At the World Government Summit today in Dubai, Musk foretold of a future that sees humans merging with machines as the next logical step in the evolutionary chain. This evolutionary process, he speculated, requires high bandwidth interfaces that connect the brain directly to that of a machine to solve the “ control problem and the usefulness problem .”
How to avoid hiring bad managers - TechRepublic
One way companies can improve management's awareness of what is important to employees is to have HR conduct internal employee surveys to see what is meaningful for employees in their work environments, in how they do their work and in the work direction that they are getting from their managers. These surveys should be conducted with assurance of anonymity so that employees feel comfortable completing them. To help reassure employees that their answers are confidential, some HR departments elect to use independent outside consultants to conduct the surveys.
Apple Shares Hit Record Close on Optimism for Next iPhone
Still, Apple has struggled to expand into other businesses that are big enough to move the needle at a company with more than $200 billion in annual revenue. Its secretive car project got off to a slow start and the Apple Watch, while popular, hasn’t come close to matching the iPhone’s success. The business can’t rely on hit smartphones alone in the future.
Another area of testing relates to how we track source code locations. This was originally quite simple, but it has grown over time: early versions of GCC merely tracked file name and line number; column numbers were added in 2004; macro expansions in 2011, and I added tracking of ranges of source code (rather that just points) in GCC 6. To avoid memory bloat within the internal representation, we encode source locations as 32-bit values, which are effectively keys into a database. This database has various heuristics to try to gracefully handle whatever code is thrown at it: large numbers of source files vs. files with a large number of lines vs. files with very wide source lines, and so on. So, an advantage of the new unit-testing approach is that we can inject various interesting situations into the location-tracking code (e.g. what happens if you have a single very wide line in the middle of lines of more typical length) and assert that it copes with it all, whilst looping over various cases at or close to boundary conditions in the heuristics.
How to Get Your Neighbor’s Dog to Stop Barking Incessantly
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but sometimes best friends won’t shut up and are annoying as shit. It’s especially aggravating when your neighbor’s dog likes to bark all night long, or yap every time you go anywhere near their house. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make that pup clam up and get the peace and quiet you need without being a jerk.
Donald Trump Tweets Like An Early-Aughts Emo Teen, And Here's Proof
WHY WE CARE: One of the preferred insults wielded by right-wingers in recent months is "snowflake." Apparently cribbed from a disparaging remark in Fight Club, the insult is often used to imply that someone offends as easily as snow melts. It's a bizarre charge to reserve for liberals, however, at a time when the President of the United States, who some might call a conservative, is constantly tweeting about how everything is either sad or unfair. The team at Super Deluxe noticed this tendency—I mean, who hasn't?—and that the substance of these sniveling tweets bore a distinct resemblance to the style of music practiced by bands with names like The Jealous Sound. What Super Deluxe came up with is an early-aughts style emo anthem comprised entirely of Trump tweets. Not only does his war on the press sound at home in this context, but his use of random capitalization finally sounds appropriate when scream-sung. Fair!
The Most Remote Place on the Planet Contains 'Extraordinary' Levels of Toxic Waste
Remember Sly Sludge, the villain from the popular 90s cartoon Captain Planet ? Probably not, since he was a minor character voiced by Martin Sheen, and we’re always struggling for pop culture references here at Gizmodo. Nevertheless, the evil message of Sly Sludge—that we can’t just wish our pollution problems away— is currently destroying ecosystems at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
How to install the Homebrew package manager for macOS with one command - TechRepublic
Homebrew's package management capabilities extend to acquiring the source code for the requested applications and compiling them on-the-fly without the user having to do this manually prior to installation. This opens up a world of software solutions to everyday users that can reap the benefits of using specialized open-source software in production without possessing the development skill set to build the package.
And in other news, Chrissy Teigen still managing fallout of eating Fun Dip with fingers
And in other news, Chrissy Teigen still managing fallout of eating Fun Dip with fingers
The Heart-Wrenching Journey Of One Couple, As Told Through Their Notes To Each Other
WHY WE CARE: Strap in for an emotional roller coaster! A lifetime of love told through the notes a couple leaves for each other, and it not all hearts and smiley faces either. As the film unfolds, the couple goes from their first date through moving in together, marriage, parenthood and some tense marital woes, culminating in the ultimate end for one of them. It is very gripping but one does wonder if perhaps they had actually talked to each other a little more rather than leaving notes all the time, they might have avoided at least some of their woes.
Channel 9: Videos about the people building Microsoft Products and Services
Submit it below. If you're lucky, the host will queue up your question for the panel.
Tim Cook explains how giving away Apple technology for free will help it sell more iPhones
But Swift is best on iPhone and iPad, because of Apple's own investments in the programming language. So as developers use Swift more and more, they're going to be making apps that simply run better on an iPhone. That, in turn, is going to reinforce Apple's perception as the premiere platform for developers and customers alike.
Why object storage provides a valuable alternative to tape storage for archive - TechRepublic
In another post , I introduced a few options for scale-out backup solutions. While the technologies allow for some incredible data limits, there are practical limits to these technologies. One such limit is cost. While the price points of solutions such as Rubrik and Cohesity are lower than those of traditional hard drive-based solutions, the cost pales in comparison to tape at scale. Object-based storage provides a second layer of long term storage for a cost-efficient and higher performing medium.
Does your right to keep (digital) secrets weigh up against any crime?
As if that isn’t tricky enough to come to terms with, things get especially complex when you think about how people might be compelled to divulge their digital secrets. If a hard drive is encrypted and the defendant says they don’t remember the password for it, as Rawls did, how do you get them to reveal what’s in their mind without throwing ethics out the window?
AI and Bitcoin Are Driving the Next Big Hedge Fund Wave
The analogy has never been more true than right now. Tarrant is beginning to explore hedge funds built on ideas that have sparked so many companies and created so much wealth in Silicon Valley—ideas that span artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing, and digital currencies. He believes the hedge fund world is on the verge of a new revolution, a revolution he calls the Third Wave.
University network slows to a crawl due to… seafood?
Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Digest tells the story in a sneak peek released today. It sounds both too weird to be real, and too bizarre to be fake.
Monkeys Learn to Pass a Classic Test For Self-Awareness
The ability to look into a mirror and recognize oneself is a cognitive skill we all take for granted, but very few animals outside of humans are able to do it. New research shows that monkeys can be trained to pass the so-called “mirror test,” suggesting that more species may be self-aware than previously thought. It’s a fascinating result, but one that shows how far we are from being able to accurately gauge consciousness in another animal.
Why All Americans Should Be Worried About the Oroville Dam Crisis
The groups filed the motion with FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They said that the dam, built and owned by the state of California, and finished in 1968, did not meet modern safety standards because in the event of extreme rain and flooding, fast-rising water would overwhelm the main concrete spillway, then flow down the emergency spillway, and that could cause heavy erosion that would create flooding for communities downstream, but also could cause a failure, known as “loss of crest control.”
Sonos to boost UK prices by up to 25% because of Brexit
Sonos is a developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home. The Sonos Multi-Room Music System is the first, wireless multi-room music system that lets you play all the music you want all over your house — and control it all from the palm of your hand. Sonos liberates the music stored on a computer so it can be enjoyed all over the house.
In addition, by partnering with audio services …
Rio's Olympic Venues Look Like Hell Just Six Months After the Games
The Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics were never going to go well . Thanks to decades of inequality and urban decay, the city always seemed ill-prepared to host athletes and fans from around the world. So it should come as no surprise that just six months after the games, the very expensive and sparkly venues built for the occasion already look rotten.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is here to DJ your Galentine's celebration
Now no one has to worry about which Beyoncé song should come next and we can all focus on the Galentine's traditions that really matter (wine).
The winner of this astronaut training game could be going to space for real
Unfortunately for couch potatoes, a vast knowledge of sci-fi series and a forum-based knowledge of space travel will not be enough to get you into space. You will actually have to get off your butt and start working out. The app will provide multiple challenges that are designed to test mental and social skills as well as the real-world physical strength of the user.
Uber now has mapping cars on five continents in its bid to overtake Google Maps
Uber announced today that it would begin generating its own 3D maps of Singapore. This was the latest in a blizzard of news surrounding the ride-hail company’s increased investment in mapping, the goals of which appear to be twofold: outpace Google, and lay the groundwork for Uber’s fleet of self-driving cars.
"Saturday Night Live" Did Exactly What Trump Didn't Want (Even Without Rosie)
The conceit of the sketch was post-modern. Leslie Jones plays herself, pondering the future of Baldwin's signature impersonation. Surely, she muses, the actor will get tired of returning each week at some point over the next four years—or until Trump's much hoped-for impeachment. At that point, someone else will have to take over the role. Why not her? Jones throws her hat in the ring, donning the requisite bushy blonde eyebrows in an attempt to play the 45th President of the United States. She doesn't exactly blend into the role, but it sure is fun to watch her character try—especially with the added metadata of knowing just who will be watching this sketch down in Mar-a-Lago.
NBA bans teams from using wearable data in contract negotiations
A wearable committee will be set up in the near future to handle the approval of new wearables and to ban wearables that become safety or security risks. The committee will have three representatives from the NBA and three from the player’s association.
This bookshop is forcing Piers Morgan to read 'Harry Potter', 1 tweet at a time
"When Piers told J.K. Rowling that he’d never read any of her books, I thought that, as he spends such a lot of time looking at Twitter, I could give him the opportunity to see what he was missing," Key said.
Photoshop Contest: Trump's Canadian Handshake
President Trump is known for his rather vigorous handshakes. They’re meant to show some kind of bullshit alpha male dominance. But Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who met with Trump today in the White House, wasn’t having it.
What's the Nerdiest Thing You Keep Obsessive Records About?
One of the primary ways to be a nerd is to collect things, which is not always an easy task. Sometimes, these collections are so large and/or complicated, and we’re so obsessed with them, some of us actually feel the records of them, to make sure we’re obsessing at maximum efficiency. What do you love so much you have embarrassingly extensive records about it?