Boston Dynamics’ Handle robot dominates parkour on wheels in new footage
Boston Dynamics' wheeled Handle robot received much fanfare earlier this month when DFJ partner Steve Jurvetson slipped us an early video from a company..
SpaceX is flying two tourists around the moon in 2018
SpaceX has announced that it's flying two private citizens around the moon sometime around the tail end of 2018.
The new Alien: Covenant trailer gives us a good look at the updated xenomorph
The last Alien: Covenant teaser was a subtle hint at the dangers the movie’s colonists would face on their new world, taking the time to make a reference to the iconic dinner scene in the original A...
Google's AI-powered Assistant is coming to millions more Android phones
Google says it'll make its Assistant bot available to all phones running Android 6.0 and newer, as long as they're running Google Play Services.
Ubisoft is building a game in the 'Avatar' universe
The studio behind 'Tom Clancy's The Division' will recreate James Cameron's Pandora.
Blaster Master Zero launches on Nintendo Switch on March 9th
There is plenty of justified concern over the Nintendo Switch’s anemic launch lineup of games, but the consensus seems to be that Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be enough to sell the system in its...
Florence uses ‘digital graffiti’ to protect its cathedral
Florence combats vandalism of monuments with 'digital graffiti' stations were visitors can leave their mark on the city's cathedral.
Forget Oscars gaffes, today's best viral vid stars a mumbling cat
Take a minute away from politics and Academy Awards drama with a delightful video of a photogenic cat having a conversation about birds.
Lead an army of cartoon heroes in Epic's latest game
The developer of Infinity Blade and Unreal Tournament announced ‘Battle Breakers’ at GDC.
Non-profit aims to preserve the hidden history of video games
The Video Game History Foundation wants your help getting started.
What's on TV: 'Horizon Zero Dawn,' 'Moonlight'
Also: Nintendo Switch, 'Annedroids' on Amazon Prime and 'Jurassic Park 1 - 3' on Netflix.
One billion hours of YouTube are watched every day
YouTube's post presents some factoids grappling with that milestone: Watching a billion hours yourself would take over 100,000 years, say. Since more than half of views come from mobile, a good chunk of those billion hours watched per day are seen on devices. And an increasing number of those might be watched without sound given that the total number of auto-captioned videos tipped past the one billion mark two weeks ago.
Questionable rumor claims Apple will ditch Lightning for USB-C on OLED 'iPhone 8'
A new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that Apple will abandon its proprietary Lightning port later this year, instead opting for a USB-C connection for charging and wired syncing. For a company that has recently doubled down on Lightning, that seems unlikely. Here's why. 'iPhone 8' concept rendering by Marek Weidlich.
Latest info: 'iPhone 8'
Sept. 2017 launch
Screen sized 5.1"-5.2"
Curved glass back, screen
Dual-lens rear camera
10nm "A11" processor
Physical Home button removed
Touch ID, FaceTime camera, speaker embedded in screen
More info: "iPhone 8"
Citing people familiar wth production of the upcoming handset, the Journal reported on Tuesday many of the aspects already expected of Apple's so-called "iPhone 8," headlined by a curved OLED display provided from Samsung. Consistent with earlier rumors, it was said that Apple plans to launch three new iPhones this year, with a high-end flagship model sporting a new look and new display technology.
But in a twist, the report also claimed that Apple will use a USB-C port for the power cord "and other peripherals," implying it will ditch the Lightning connector that has been a part of Apple's handsets since the iPhone 5.
New $10 Raspberry Pi Zero comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
The "Raspberry Pi Zero W" is an updated version of the Raspberry Pi Zero. While it lacks some niceties, like Ethernet and a full-sized USB-A ports, it's smaller than the flagship Pi and a fraction of the cost. The original Raspberry Pi Zero was released in November 2015 at a price of just $5/£4. The new Pi Zero W is almost identical to the original, but doubles the price to $10 and adds a wireless chip that supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz-only) and Bluetooth 4.0. Further ReadingPi Zero: A full Raspberry Pi for just $5
New product! Raspberry Pi Zero W joins the family - Raspberry Pi
Today is Raspberry Pi’s fifth birthday: it’s five years since we launched the original Raspberry Pi, selling a hundred thousand units in the first day, and setting us on the road to a lifetime total (so far) of over twelve million units. To celebrate, we’re announcing a new product: meet Raspberry Pi Zero W, a new variant of Raspberry Pi Zero with wireless LAN and Bluetooth, priced at only $10 .
Watch an 11-year-old explain why you're making monumental progress
We wanted to make sure people understood that working in digital tech is not about just making a quick buck, but that with every small improvement you are making the world a better place.
What You’re Missing at the Mobile World Congress 2017
Mobile World Congress, the annual technology and telecom trade show, takes place once again this week in the heart of Barcelona. Thanks to the meteoric growth in importance mobile devices and services have had within the global economy, MWC's place on the tech calendar is second only to Las Vegas's Consumer Electronics Show in January. And to some, Barcelona's show is the most important of the year. Photographs by Chris Ratcliffe and Pau Barrena/Bloomberg
SpaceX Wants to Fly Two Bourgies Around the Moon Next Year
Well, here’s a bit of space news we weren’t expecting: Today, future Martian overlord and SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that in 2018, the company intends to fly two private citizens around the Moon in its Dragon 2 spacecraft, carried to orbit by its extremely powerful, not-yet-tested Falcon Heavy rocket. While the voyagers’ names have not been disclosed, according to SpaceX, a “significant deposit” has already been made.
Mozilla snaps up Pocket in its first-ever acquisition
While the company will continue to operate independently and run its service as it does now, Mozilla says that it’ll leverage Pocket’s core team to further its Context Graph project, which is a sort of recommendation engine for search that aims to use contextual information about users to point them to more relevant content online.
Waymo (formerly Google's Self-Driving Car Project): The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
In 2016, Google's self-driving car project was reborn as Waymo, a new Alphabet business. TechRepublic's comprehensive guide explains how Waymo's technology works.
Leaked Audio: Trump Cares About Food Safety But Only If the Food Is Foreign
President Donald Trump intends to intensify enforcement of food safety regulations as a cudgel in international trade negotiations, according to leaked recordings of a what appears to be a phone conversation between Trump and Wilbur Ross, his nominee for Commerce Secretary. During the conversation, which was recorded in December, the then-president-elect also advocated a 10 percent across-the-board tariff on all foreign imports, an issue on which his administration has adopted numerous different positions and which Speaker Paul Ryan has flatly rejected.
Twitch will let streamers sell games, raising loads of ethical questions
Game Developers - Although we will not disclose negotiated arrangements with game developers (as well as any specific conversations), we will be posting our standard terms that will govern the distribution and sale of games and in-game items through our commerce program. The set of terms that will govern that arrangement will live as an exhibit to our Developer Agreement found under our Legal terms section. Such terms will be presented when we finalize our plans to onboard developers via the portal and present a click-thru for execution of such terms (April/May 2017).
Peugeot’s Instinct concept car has active driving and autonomous modes
Some concept cars aren’t really cars and stop at the concept part. But Peugeot’s new Instinct concept car has a couple of interesting ideas. In particular, the interior will change depending on the driving mode (active driving or self-driving). Peugeot unveiled the car at MWC today in Barcelona.
Responding to cyber threats in the terabit era - TechRepublic
Although spear-phishing is a significant threat, we decided to focus on distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks for [the 2017 report]. DDoS has been a threat for years, so that's not new. But the scale and frequency of attacks is unprecedented. Deloitte predicts that there will be on average one terabit per second attack per month in 2017, with more than 10 million attacks of all sizes during the year, up more than 20% compared to 2016. DDoS attacks flood sites or servers with fake traffic—increasingly from botnets of insecure IoT devices—that prevent legitimate customers from getting through. Payments, retail, and streaming video are all relatively more vulnerable. Reasons for the increased expectancy of large scale cyber attacks are the growing installed base of unsecured IoT devices, higher than ever bandwidth availability, and the emergence of many malware technologies that do not require highly skilled attackers.
I moved this robot hand by flexing my arm
They showed me a robotic hand prototype which I controlled remotely by contracting and relaxing the muscles on my hand. All it took is two graphene-based electrodes strapped to my arm, which conduct the neurological signals sent from my brain to my muscles.
Give your iPhone heat vision and more with these neat gadgets
Snap it into your iPhone and the new Flir One for 2017 will heat-map your life for DIY home improvement and finding Mr. Whiskers when he gets stuck in the walls.
This startup may have the key to greater diversity in tech - TechRepublic
As Anna Wiener covered in the New Yorker , there are a variety of excuses the industry makes for its failure to hire diverse talent. But the fact that half of all women leave tech within 10 years is almost criminal. By providing childcare at a tech conference like MongoDB, or by offering part-time work programs like Amazon, technology companies can finally start to deliver on the diversity they've long promised.
Would you swap Amazon Alexa for Siri or Google Now on your smartphone? - TechRepublic
Motorola also announced the Moto Power Pack, another new mod that adds 50% more battery to the phone and can make the phone use power more efficiently. Salespeople on constant calls, or business travelers who are running out of battery may find the mod useful. The Power Pack will be available in March for $49, the post said.
Playing Snake on the Nokia 3310
First thing to be said is that this is only a distant cousin of the original Snake . This version, made by Gameloft, sees a fatter, more colorful snake that’s no longer familiar with 90-degree turns and takes big, long arcs instead. The graphics are deliberately blocky and look very good for it. But this is still a modern reinterpretation of a classic rather than the classic itself. While that runs counter to the concept of the 3310 — which is a reversal to simpler times and a rejection of modern life’s excess complexity — it still makes for an enjoyable game.
AT&T tweaks its unlimited data plans to offer tethering
Remember when AT&T announced that it would once again offer unlimited data packages, and they were a little underwhelming? Sensing its error, the company has taken the opportunity to roll out a tweaked plan to ease the pain of your wallet. AT&T Unlimited Plus offers unlimited calls, texts and 22GB of high speed data before you hit the throttling wall for $90 a month. Even better, the plan now offers 10GB tethering data per line -- something that was omitted from the prior set of plans.
Microsoft has set itself up for success--now it's time to make something happen - TechRepublic
However, now that the table is set, it is time for results. Microsoft must show that it can execute its business strategy, grow its business, and increase its market share. Customers, investors, employees, and other stakeholders are not going to be satisfied with anything less. The honeymoon period where changing the culture was enough is over. The time to make something happen is upon us.
Hands-on: Samsung's new Galaxy Books are sleek and powerful Surface clones
I liked Samsung’s TabPro S quite a lot when I reviewed it last year – it was one of the better executed Surface clones I’d tried. Now the company has revealed its spiritual successors, the much more reasonably-named Galaxy Books.
Why a Chrome OS and Android merger isn't what we really need - TechRepublic
Adding Android apps to this equation layers on a complexity that will only muddy the efficiency of the platform. And to what end? Will those added Android apps bring extra productivity to the platform? If the answer to that question is "yes", I don't see it. No matter how much I dig around in the Android Play Store on my Chromebook, I have yet to find an app that is a "must have" or makes me truly see the point of installing and keeping Android apps on Chrome OS.
Apple Seeds watchOS 3.2 Beta 4 to Developers With Theater Mode
Now, Apple has officially seeded the fourth developer beta for watchOS 3.1 , which, as expected, does indeed feature Theater Mode on board. With Theater Mode, Apple Watch owners will be able to turn off the “raise to wake” feature, making sure it doesn’t turn on during the middle of a movie unexpectedly. Haptic feedback will still work while in Theater Mode, and the wearer can tap on the display or press the Digital Crown to get the screen to turn on:
The Toughest Questions Facebook and Twitter Ask in Job Interviews
A clever answer might land you a job at one of the giants of the tech industry.
iPhone 8 rumors: Goodbye Lightning, hello USB-C
Plausible? Certainly. Apple has no qualms about ditching old technology, even its own. Remember the 30-pin connector that it sacrificed for the proprietary Lightning port? A move to USB-C would actually be a positive one, at least in terms of compatibility. USB-C is a standard that tech companies are quickly adopting, so the iPhone would finally play nice with peripherals and accessories that aren't made or licensed by Apple. The new MacBooks are also all-in with USB-C, so it wouldn't be at all surprising if the iPhone made the move.
The Morning After: Tuesday, February 28 2017
It's Tuesday. That means Boston Dynamics has unveiled a new robot harbinger of death, there are more new smartphones and we have an idea who screwed up at the Oscars. In more encouraging news, we checked in with some very charitable gamers, and mobile carriers keep making their data plans better. Keep an eye on the site today for more dispatches from MWC, as well as our reports from the Game Developers Conference .
South Korea has charged the heir to the Samsung empire with bribery and embezzlement
"Special prosecutors today indicted Samsung Electronics vice
chairman Lee Jae-Yong... for bribery, embezzlement, hiding of
assets overseas... and perjury," said Lee Kyu-Chul, spokesman for
the team probing the corruption and power abuse scandal that has
seen President Park Geun-Hye impeached.
AT&T Revises its Unlimited Plans Again; Offers Unlimited LTE Data for $90/month
Just a couple of weeks ago, AT&T and other major carriers in the United States revised or launched new unlimited mobile data plans. When compared to offerings from T-Mobile and Verizon though, AT&T’s unlimited plan felt like a rip off.
NVIDIA reveals its $700 top of the line GTX 1080 Ti
Last year we called NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 "the upgrade you've been waiting for," and now PC gamers have another high-end graphics card to drool over. Now, at GDC 2017 CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented its successor, the GTX 1080 Ti, which promises "35 percent more performance," packs 11GB of GDDR5X memory and will go on sale March 10th for $700. In fact, NVIDIA even claims this new card is faster than its $1,200 Titan X that launched late last year. At the same time, the company announced the 1080 is getting a price cut and will now start at $500.
SteamWorld Dig 2 Announced for Nintendo Switch - IGN
Currently, Dig 2 is only scheduled for Switch, but Image and Form say other platforms are “to be announced”. In the case of Dig and Heist, each game arrived first on Nintendo 3DS, with versions for PC and other consoles arriving over the months following release.
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GeForce GTX 1080 Ti arrives: Nvidia's $699 'ultimate GeForce' card outperforms the mighty Titan X http://www.pcworld.com/article/3175736/gaming/geforce-gtx-1080-ti-arrives-nvidia-turns-it-up-to-11-with-its-best-ti-card-ever.html … by @Gordonung pic.twitter.com/nsOwh9jAzq
YouTube's cable-killing live-TV streaming service is coming this week
Unplugged, which has been rumored for months, will be similar to Dish's Sling TV and AT&T's DirecTV Now, allowing users to subscribe to a so-called skinny bundle of popular pay-TV channels. The Post's report says Unplugged will cost $30 to $40 a month.
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Vive Studios' 'VR Sports' is exactly what it sounds like
All three experiences are good, but can feel a little dated. VR Sports , for instance, does an excellent job of simulating physics; both its tennis and ping-pong modes feel remarkably like playing the actual sport, accurately simulating ball spin and bounce. It feels natural and fun, but the simplistic gameplay reminds me of an early room-scale SteamVR demo. Similarly, Front Defense is a competent room-scale war shooter, tasking players with defending an objective while ducking behind barricades to avoid enemy fire. The concept feels a little unoriginal at this point, but the execution still has style. Players can use the Vive's controllers to grab weapons with two hands, adding stability when firing the rifle or rocket launcher.
AMD Vega release date, news and features: everything you need to know
This era of Vega GPUs will also ditch GDDR5 memory for a new format known as HBM2, or high-bandwidth memory, which AMD claims brings a 50% smaller footprint. To that end, Vega chips will be more equipped to handle compute tasks than ever – specifically 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit or 64-bit operations in each clock cycle – which will have benefits beyond video games.
SpaceX announces first ever commercial flight to the moon will go ahead in 2018
The Crew Dragon will see its first flight take place later this year as part of an unmanned mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS), while the first manned flight is slated for the second quarter of 2018, leaving an ambitiously small window of time before the proposed commercial moon voyage.
Bill Gates' wicked sense of humor really shines on Reddit — see for yourself
There's another constant, too: Every year, Bill Gates posts a new picture of himself to the thread to prove that it's really, actually him taking questions. And the man goes all out, showing the world his very particular sense of humor.
Hands On With the Samsung Staedtler S Pencil
I used the Staedtler S Pen along with a regular S Pen on a new Tab S3 and a Galaxy Book 12-inch. The first thing that hit me was how fine the fine-point tip is—it really does feel like a very, very sharpened pencil. Pressure sensitivity worked well, giving a more intense line when I pressed down, but I didn't get a good grip (so to speak) on the pencil's tilt sensitivity; perhaps I was using the wrong tool in Photoshop. While the app showed that the pencil was tilting, my strokes didn't change. I saw the tilt sensitivity work in an earlier demo with Samsung.
Walmart’s app will now let pharmacy customers skip to the front of the line
Those using the new app will automatically be put in an "express lane" when they arrive at the Walmart store, allowing them to bypass others who are waiting for pharmacy refills, reports TechCrunch . The move is being done to facilitate faster real-world transactions in brick-and-mortar stores to make in-store shopping as quick as shopping online. MG
Facebook's virtual reality ambitions could be threatened by court order
Facebook Inc's big ambitions in the nascent virtual reality industry could be threatened by a court order that would prevent it from using critical software code another company claims to own, according to legal and industry experts.
Google Home is coming to the UK this spring
If you've been waiting for Google to bring its smart Home speaker to the UK , you may only have to hang on a little bit longer. A Google spokesperson confirmed to Engadget today that the contoured cylinder will make its journey across the Atlantic in the second quarter of this year, giving the Amazon Echo some much-needed competition in the process.
Samsung's Gear VR headset gets a sorely-needed motion controller
The controller resembles a pared-down version of the HTC Vive remote (or a slightly more powerful Google Daydream one). On the front, you get home, back and volume buttons, as well as a clickable trackpad. On the rear, there’s a trigger button. Inside you have an accelerometer, gyrometer, and magnetic sensor.
This browser simulation lets you wreck cars to train self-driving AI
Created by 17-year-old designer and engineer Jan Hünermann, the application acts as an on-going project journal. His goal is to “create a fully self-learning agent” capable of piloting a car in a 2D environment. It’s obviously a work in progress.
Ubisoft's 'Rabbids' invade virtual reality later this year
In Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan , players will help a government agency recover missing digits stolen by the furry, slack-jawed troublemakers, according to Polygon . Ubisoft Montpellier's Loic Gounon and Fred Mizac showed off some of the game's locations during Google Developer Day at GDC in San Francisco, calling it a "funny immersive experience." One level takes place in a supermarket, where Rabbids interfere with your grocery shopping. In another scenario, you hand surgical equipment to the Rabbids in an operating room. Hopefully, that patient has good insurance.
How I Tricked Myself Into Reading More Books
I love books. I can’t leave a bookstore without at least one. But I also have a tendency to buy books and not actually read them. Somewhere along the way reading fell by the wayside in favor of other forms of entertainment. To get back on track, I made some simple changes that have helped me with my reading habits thus far— no speed reading necessary .