NASA just discovered 7 Earth-sized exoplanets, 3 in the habitable zone of a dwarf star
Seven Earth-sized planets have been discovered around a star 39 light-years away. Three of these were found to orbit the star’s goldilocks zone, the single largest haul of habitable zone planets around a single star.
Apple’s new campus ‘Apple Park’ will open in April
This grand opening has been years in the making. Apple’s new campus now has a name and an opening date. It’ll be called Apple Park and the first employees..
The world may not need Pop-Tarts nachos, but they're here
Prepare for a Pop-Tartspocalypse. Kellogg's opens a pop-up cafe in NYC that transforms the breakfast pastries into burritos, pizzas and tacos.
Valve promises more realistic audio for VR
Steam Audio reflects the actual shape of the game world.
What to expect from smartphone giants at MWC 2017
Wondering what to expect at this year's Mobile World Congress? Here's a rundown of the flagship phones we hope to see next week.
Lifestyles of the rich and tech-savvy: 10 celebs who invest in startups
It’s Oscar weekend. A time when Hollywood buzzes with talk of fashion faux pas, who will win big, and… technology?
WTF is TNW: You think you know, but you have no idea
A peek under the hood of why we do what we do and how we make all our different activities complement each other in a virtuous cycle.
How to Download YouTube Videos
Tons of footage is uploaded to YouTube every minute. What if you want to download it? Here's how.
Instagram lets you post up to 10 photos or videos as 1 swipeable carousel
Instagram wants you to share a more complete picture of your experiences in its classic feed, not just its Snapchat Stories clone. Today, Instagram launches..
Review: Doppler Labs Here One smart earbuds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSwC1ZbYvCQ Headphones are a gadget that people often fail to fully appreciate. In the face of all the latest tech trends,..
Is your computer slow? 10 ways to make it run faster
There's nothing more frustrating than a sluggish computer, especially when you know it still has legs in it.
Andrew Lanxon Hoyle 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.
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is the best way to play Zelda: Breath of the Wild
One of the most surprising things about the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con grip — the standard controller that comes with the console — is that it works at all. The controller amounts to essentially a plastic shell with two Wii remote-like Joy-Con controllers snapped to each side. At first, it doesn’t feel so different from any other modern controller. But after an hour or so, its compromises are noticeable. It’s cramped for one thing, forcing you to hold your hands very close together. It also lacks a proper directional pad, and several buttons can be awkward to reach.
DevOps: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
In the age of constant security vulnerabilities and subsequent security patches, and the rapid and frequent addition of features to software, DevOps—a workflow that emphasizes communication between software developers and IT pros managing production environments—is at the forefront when considering how to shape an IT department to fit an organization's internal needs and best serve its customers.
Why major American corporations have struggled in China: Walmart
Further, especially in the early days of Walmart China’s arrival to China, WalMart failed to understand that Chinese infrastructure, such as the road system outside of cities, was simply not as advanced as in America. This fact would cause both delays in shipping and higher expenses. At times, stores would be out of a product it was purportedly selling. Due to its lack of understanding of both the needs/desires of the average Chinese consumer and the status of Chinese infrastructure as it sells more in China, one can only imagine how much money Walmart left on the table in the last two decades. However, recently Walmart has made good strides to recognize these differences in the Chinese market, but it may not prove to be enough as Walmart China closed 29 stores in 2013 and announced its plan to slow down in China in 2015 .
The 8 Best Filming Drones of 2017
We like to call the Breeze the budget DJI Mavic (see below). It's a portable 4K drone that is easy to use and fits in a backpack. The only drawback is its lack of stabilized footage. The portable design means Yuneec sacrificed an external gimbal, so you'll have to stabilize your footage in post-production. But for the price and feature list (4K video and 13MP stills, as well as selfie, orbit, journey, and follow-me modes) the Breeze is a good entry into filming from the air.
Here are 3 ways IoT is transforming healthcare
With each day, we’re seeing new IoT applications that are addressing healthcare issues head-on and, quite frankly, we could go on and on and only scratch the surface of the amazing work being done in this space. That said, here are three unique use cases that illustrate how IoT is transforming healthcare delivery.
Masabi brings smart ticketing to smart cities' transportation
“Many companies are getting a ton of investment and we think it’s just a matter of time. We definitely see an opportunity to work with those companies in terms of the first mile-last mile journey accredited with public transportation. We do not believe that any company is going to enter the market with any type of monolithic application. Our efforts are essentially to open up our app and make it easier to integrate into other civic services. I think this SDK product because it makes it really easy for other applications whether that be journey planning apps or other public transportation apps makes it easy for them to work with public transportation and seamlessly go from planning a journey to purchasing a ticket without leaving the app. That’s really the strategy behind it.”
NethServer 7: Major improvements make choosing this server a no-brainer for SMBs - TechRepublic
If you're looking for a new small business server, you cannot go wrong with NethServer. With the massive rollout of improvements, this open source server should go a long way to serve your company. Give it a go, and see if you can't kick the proprietary competition to the curb and save some serious budget in the process.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible has a whole lot of hustle - Roadshow
If hustle is what you're after, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible delivers it in spades.
Everything you don't want to know about the Nintendo Switch
Being a Nintendo fan is often an exercise in managing expectations. For years, we've watched the company just miss the mark with online services , third-party game availability and outdated hardware specifications . The frustration of seeing a company you like make so many odd decisions can wear you down. Now, Nintendo is about to release a new game console , and as always, it's far from perfect. For the most loyal Nintendo fans, these imperfections can evoke one of two responses: anger that the company has failed to live up to their expectations, or denial that the company is doing anything wrong at all. That's no way to live. Instead, let's skip the first four stages of grief and embrace the Nintendo Switch's faults with acceptance. This is everything the Nintendo Switch is doing wrong at launch (so far).
Prepare to ace 9 elite project management certification exams for $69
Project management is a diverse field, with different companies espousing different philosophies. Thus, it’s vital that any project manager worth his or her salt (or wishes to be desirable in a buyer’s market) is certified in a variety of leading methodologies.
The Best Laptops of 2017
Walk down any laptop aisle and you'll notice that the selection of laptops has become dramatically thinner and sleeker. Each of these wafer-thin systems represents a new vision for ultraportable computing: a no-compromises laptop light enough that you'll forget it's in your briefcase, with a long-lasting battery that will keep you working even when no power outlet is available. Fast storage, whether by way of a full 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) or, more affordably, 32GB to 64GB of eMMC flash, give these ultraportables the ability to resume work in seconds after being idle or asleep for days. Intel's marketing focus has migrated to the convertible-hybrid laptops and detachable-hybrid tablets that it refers to as 2-in-1 devices (see the next section for more information), but ultraportables are still a distinct category.
Not the reliable pet feeder I'd hoped for
The SmartFeeder comes with a power adapter, but it also has a rechargeable battery that last for up to 7 hours.
PewResearch Internet on Twitter
52% of American internet users have used two-factor authentication on their online accounts http://pewrsr.ch/2k8pf5m pic.twitter.com/kbNL9zBf9J
Nintendo Switch is safer without its safety straps
There's also not a lot of surface area to grab it safely -- which is probably why my fingernail sliced right into another finger the first time I had to remove them. (You don't need to see the bloody mess, right?) Perhaps if I'd just cut my fingernails it'd have been less of an issue.
What You Can Learn From The World's Most Innovative Companies Of 2017
This personal story underscores just how difficult it is—and how rare—for even a successful business to break through. Which is part of what makes putting together our annual 50 Most Innovative Companies list such a challenge. Our reporting team sifts through thousands of enterprises each year, searching for those that tap both heartstrings and purse strings and use the engine of commerce to make a difference in the world. Impact is among our key criteria. This year marks the 10th edition of our Most Innovative Companies ranking. Looking back on that history, there are plenty of eye-opening lessons (see my article "Ten Innovation Lessons of the Past 10 Years" on fastcompany.com). This year’s list offers a brand-new slate of forward-looking ideas, from Amazon to Snap, Open Whisper Systems to Orbital Insight. My grandfather would be amazed by the radical, fast-paced changes of these companies. Here are 10 observations about the current state of the innovation economy.
39 films (and a tech company) you didn't know won Oscars
But the Oscars are more than just those prestigious dramas in the running for best picture. Genre pictures may not pick up the big awards but they're often at the cutting edge of technical crafts like makeup, special effects and sound. So we're saluting the films you might not expect to have won an Oscar.
Britain is beautiful in these winning photos from new drone photography competition
The beautiful lighthouse at Point of Ayr in North Wales is the winning shot in a recent drone photography competition held by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, in partnership with Visit England.
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE sports hardcore aero galore - Roadshow
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE sports the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 as the regular ZL1.
Uber blocks employees at work from chatting on a popular anonymous app, the app's developer says
Naturally, Uber employees want to talk about it all. Many do on
an anonymous chat app called Blind. Uber has more than
11,000 employees worldwide with about 5,000 in San
Francisco, its headquarters. And over 2,000 Uber employees in total use
Blind , says Blind's head of operations Alex Shin.
Apple decides iPhone screen repairs will no longer void your warranty
Having your iPhone screen replaced by someone other than Apple will apparently no longer void the device's warranty, according to internal memos seen by MacRumors - although there are some caveats.
Get your BlackBerry MWC 2017 liveblog right here
It's February, which can mean only one thing: the MWC tanks are rolling into Barcelona. We're expecting to see a lot of new phones and tablets, and the fun starts right here, later today with BlackBerry (via TCL of course). We're expecting to see the final reveal of the " Mercury " phone we saw back at CES . There could be a few more surprises along the way, so be sure to tune in right here at 1PM ET.
The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Ten years after it opened, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway accepted a major new deposit. Organizations from the US, the UK, Mexico, Benin, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco, the Netherlands and Belarus all contributed seeds for safe keeping in the gene bank located near the Arctic Circle. Now home to 930,821 samples, it's a backup ready to "improve agricultural production and prevent loss of crop diversity in the face of natural disasters, climate change and war."
10 things Steve Jobs would hate about Apple today | ZDNet
Steve Jobs never left anyone in any doubt as to what was on his mind, and thanks to hundreds of hours of keynotes, speeches, and interviews, we can get an insight into what he might think about the current state of the company he founded.
The Real Cost of Buying Followers (And How To Fix It)
Social media ads offer very specific targeting - LinkedIn allows you to target specific groups, Twitter lets you target the followers of specific accounts and multiple hashtags, Facebook has the option to show your like campaign to friends of the people who already like your page. More recently, Facebook and Twitter have included custom audiences – using your list to target your customers and then serve your ads to other people who mirror your list. It's a little creepy, but very effective.
20 most useful Alexa skills
Alexa has a ton of functionality out of the box, but the real magic happens when you dig into the world of third-party skills.
10 ways to reduce insider BYOD threats - TechRepublic
Formulate the policy to identify the specifics: what devices can be used and under which conditions; which employees are (or are not) eligible for BYOD, what kind of information should be accessed and stored, what stipulations you may apply to devices permitted for use, whether employees are eligible for reimbursement for BYOD usage and more. Using this as a framework for operations will streamline your BYOD environment and set expectations for all sides.
LG claims the battery on its X Power2 phone lasts the whole weekend
Other than the big battery, the LG X Power2 is an unremarkable, mid-range phone, with a 5.5-inch screen, a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel selfie cam, 1.5/2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage memory, and microSD support.
Batman v Superman 'Wins' Big at Razzie Awards
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cleaned (some of the) house at this year’s Razzies, winning four awards and making us all a little more afraid that Ben Affleck really will end up dropping out of The Batman altogether .
Google accidentally wiped a bunch of Google Wifi and OnHub devices
Customers reported that Google was slow to provide advice on the problem. The company initially said just that it was looking into the issue, while confusion led to hour-long hold times for tech support phone lines. A few hours later, Google offered a solution: the devices would need — and would now respond to — a hard reset. The company also sent an apology to OnHub and Google Wifi customers, stating that although performance and software would not be compromised, customers would need to set up their home networks all over again after the factory wipe.
Investors pour $2 million more into booze marketplace Drizly
Boston-based Drizly used to be known as the on-demand delivery app for alcohol. More recently, the company evolved into a marketplace that helps brick-and-mortar liquor stores to connect with and sell to customers nearby through web and mobile commerce.
ZeniMax Asks Court to Halt Oculus Sales Completely
Earlier this month, ZeniMax won a $500 million lawsuit against Oculus and its parent company Facebook. The court ruled that the VR headset manufacturer had indeed violated the company’s copyrights and a non-disclosure agreement. That half a billion looks like it wasn’t enough because ZeniMax wants blood. It has now filed an injunction demanding all products using the infringing code be removed from sale.
How RCA Lost the LCD
Eventually, RCA came around and established a facility dedicated to the production of twisted nematic displays. But much like the Raritan operation that preceded it, the new factory had to fund itself through external contracts; Robert Sarnoff’s failed computer venture had left the firm financially wounded and even more wary of side projects. If there was an upside, it was that the LCD had become a more established technology, and firms that hesitated to work with RCA in 1969 were now willing to invest in liquid crystals. Yet RCA’s leadership continued to view LCD manufacturing not as the possible future of its display business but as a drain on company profits. In 1976, they sold the entire liquid crystal operation to Timex, which saw the purchase as a means of expediting its entry into the digital watch market.
2017 Guide: The Best RGB Keyboards - ComputerShopper.com
GOOD SOFTWARE. Here’s the double-edged sword of RGB illumination: You need sophisticated software to control all the glowing lights, sort of like running the console at a rave. This isn’t a bad thing, but you can’t just plug in an RGB keyboard and expect to have access to all its features. The good news is that most makers' software has something akin to an "easy mode" in which you can select from preset illumination patterns, such as a color wave, a color cycle, or a breathing effect. If you’re willing to dive deeper, RGB keyboards also offer "freestyle" modes in which you can tweak the backlighting of individual keys, or groups of keys. Be sure to check out what the software offers before you make a purchase, because it will make a huge difference in your ownership experience. In our own testing, we’ve found Logitech’s software the easiest to use, and Corsair’s to be the deepest and thus most challenging.
Marvel Games Won't Be Tied to MCU, Which Is the Best Decision They Could Make
Marvel Games isn’t forcing its developers to tie their video games into existing Marvel Cinematic Universe storylines. This might sound weird, given how interconnected the MCU has been over the past decade, but it’s actually a blessing in disguise.
Doctor Who Teaser Shows New Companion Is Cool With Dying for the Doctor, and She Might
The latest teaser for Doctor Who ’s 10th season gives us an inside look at Bill, the Doctor’s latest companion. She knows he’s “the most dangerous man in the universe” and it could result in her demise, but she’s cool with it because fun times. It’s probably a good thing, because they might be hitting a hard restart on the franchise next year.
Christian Wells on Twitter
Best. Show. Ever. Couldn't be happier to meet these two! @tweetsauce @donttrythis @braincandylive pic.twitter.com/DEpnUjjsHt
The BlackBerry KEYone is a gorgeous and affordable productivity-focused smartphone
The KEYone is a distinct and gorgeous device. As BlackBerry focuses more on its major profit centers – namely software and services – it’s nice to know that the current licensor to the BlackBerry name hasn’t forgotten its roots, and can produce a device that makes us drool.
Storage-class memory supporters may heed lessons learned from the 1970s - TechRepublic
Storage-class memory involves pushing disks into the background and emphasizing memory as all you really need. As it nears reality, an IBM scientist reminds us it's already been done.
Why this new horror movie has a rare perfect score from critics — and you need to see it
"Get Out" addresses issues of race in the United States in ways that are uncomfortable, gruesome, and at times also uncomfortably funny. It's especially timely given the current political climate. The sketches on Peele's Comedy Central sketch show "Key & Peele," which ended in 2015, often addressed racial issues and blended comedy with the horror genre but never to an extent as serious as his directorial debut, which according to what critics are saying so far, is working out beautifully.
You'll Never See 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' the Same Way After This Video
Movies like Mary Poppins and Cool World haven’t aged as well as Roger Rabbit despite using basically the same techniques. One of the reasons for this, as kaptainkristian points out, is that it’s extremely important for the actors to maintain a convincing eyeline with their animated counterparts. While it’s important for the filming process to give the actors reasonable marks to focus their attention on, the most important factor is the animator’s ingenuity. If an actor misses where the eyeline would be for a character, the Roger Rabbit animators are constantly adjusting the action—making Roger stand his tippy toes or point a finger in the actors face.
Securing Browsers Through Isolation Versus Mitigation
The problem is that there’s an easy temptation to reduce these security discussions down to simple checklists, or play a game of comparing security features or CVEs — but that’s just not useful for assessing real-world security. Because the architectures at play in browsers are the most complex you’ll find in software, and the motivations behind the decisions are often extremely opaque. And while I do think we’ve made the right decisions and prioritize the right things for Chrome, I’ll readily admit that if I were responsible for securing Edge, I would be getting different data, focusing on a different set of users, and possibly making different decisions.
Amazon’s Alexa now has 10,000 skills
Combine that with the escalated pace of new Alexa integrations, and it seems that Amazon has a strong quantitative advantage in the early going of the digital assistant wars. Of course, Apple and Google make their assistants native to their phones, which makes them more accessible. Amazon is catching up here — it started Alexa out on a small handful of speakers, but the company’s decision to let third-party hardware makers integrate Alexa sparked such a trend that it became the most common story at this year’s CES .
Snapchat, Bee Killer?
In November, a bee colony disappeared from a tree in Los Angeles’s Venice neighborhood. The knot holes around the hive, near the intersection of Cabrillo and Westminster and about five blocks from the ocean, had been sealed up with cement. Residents of the historic beach area soon discovered that Snap Inc., which rents a building nearby, was responsible for the bees’ removal. The act seemed to confirm their worst suspicions about their corporate neighbor: These were bad people.
Uber's credibility crisis is getting harder to avoid
A smear attempt on an ex-employee and claims about its self-driving cars are just the latest symptoms.
Gregg Keizer 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.
A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided
Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," tells the story of what happened next. It's a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation.
Apple Seeds iOS 10.3 Public Beta 3 to Public Testers with Find My AirPods
Now, Apple has seeded the third public beta for the same software. With the public beta, those who have signed up to be part of Apple’s public beta test can download and install the pre-release software, testing it out for Apple to help catch any bugs or other issues that might crop up ahead of the public launch later this year.
Six Flags' new VR roller coaster is both breathtaking and broken
If you ride Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's Galactic Attack VR roller coaster, you probably won't have the broken, frozen VR experience I endured. Park staff told me it happens only on a few seats at the front of the car, and even then, only rarely. Six Flags maintenance supervisor Charles Laureano claims that most riders don't get sick at all. "The New Revolution Galactic Attack roller coaster is synched precisely with the coaster's drops, twists and turns," he said in a statement. "Because of this, riders are not affected by motion sickness as some might expect when on a VR coaster." Indeed, park staff told me that sitting in the middle and rear seats will offer a more consistent experience, but a potentially nauseating ride shouldn't even be an option -- not even if the chances of failure are low.
Security error leaves NY airport servers unprotected for a year
Apparently, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey contracts out management of Stewart Airport to a private company called AvPORTS, which uses a single IT professional to set up and maintain its networks. Obviously, having one person show up twice a month per location to make sure each IT setup is watertight presents opportunities for lapses that go unnoticed. A Port Authority spokesperson noted that an investigation was ongoing, but that no information was believed to have been compromised during the near year-long exposure.