What if the Super Bowl had AI referees and other smart technologies?
Could artificial intelligence change the outcome of America's Biggest Game? Advanced technology is on its way to the Super Bowls of the future.
Boston Dynamics adds wheels to its already chilling robots
Alphabet subsidiary Boston Dynamics doesn't have much to prove when it comes to producing the robots of your nightmares. Previous iterations of the company's..
13 Awesome Shows and Movies Coming to Netflix in February
Get ready for a short month with some long nights in front of the TV.
Steven Universe is a defining example of artistic resistance in our time
In an episode of Steven Universe that first aired in November 2016, 14-year-old protagonist Steven tries to bring his father, his estranged conservative uncle, and his alien-refugee "aunts"...
Apple now offers Final Cut, Logic, and other pro apps for $199 through education bundle
Apple is introducing a new education bundle for its professional creative apps that significantly discounts the entire collection. Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, and their companion apps can be purc…
Panasonic’s tech inside of the Chrysler Portal is simply amazing
Global electronics conglomerate Panasonic demonstrated a diverse showing of smart transport innovation at the recent Consumer Electronics Show 2017.
T-Mobile bets big on Super Bowl LI with three minutes of ad time
When it comes to TV advertising in this year's Super Bowl, T-Mobile is going with an all out blitz.
SNL - Sean Spicer First Press Conference 05.02.2017 Saturday Night Live
SNL - Cold Open - Sean Spicer First Press Conference 05.02.2017 Saturday Night Live
Leaked Windows 10 Cloud shots show Microsoft taking on Chrome OS
That would make sense for schools and businesses - coincidentally two areas where Google's Chrome OS is doing very well. Microsoft is saying it has "nothing to share" at this time but the new version of Windows is tipped to launch at the same time as the Windows 10 Creator's Update coming in the spring.
The Best Wireless Headphones of 2017
Wireless no longer means poor sound, either. These days, Bluetooth wireless stereo audio sounds much better than it ever did before. Even though the stereo Bluetooth data signal is compressed, various headphone and earphone vendors have discovered ways of enhancing the signal to compensate for deficiencies in fidelity. Having said that, audiophiles will still hear a difference and should probably stick with wired headphones. But for casual listening, many of the most recent wireless models we've tested sound just fine—even great. Check out our buying advice below before picking the perfect pair.
Smart cities need more industry partnerships, less gadget worship
While a dizzying array of connected gadgetry is vying for room on city leaders’ wish lists, industry experts advise less focus on the technology itself and more on industry partnerships that can build out smart cities.
IoT and fashion come together to properly accessorize
“We know that all products in the future will have a digital life as part of the Internet of Things,” states Uri Minkoff, co-founder and CEO of the brand. “Rebecca Minkoff wants to be first in letting our customers access this new world of experiences, content and services digitally by interacting with our physical designs. Most fashion brands lose sight of their products and customers; this technology now allows us to directly connect with shoppers through our products after purchase. We’re incredibly excited by a born digital future, and you’ll be seeing it integrated across many more of our products later in the year.”
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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.
Craft stunning, engaging websites with this UI/UX Professional Designer training (94% off)
Cutting-edge graphics and unconventional site architecture may look pretty, but if it ultimately turns potential users away from your web page, it could be a fast track to failure. User experience is a critical element in all web development, so know that process intimately — and add an impressive new skill set to your resume — with this
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New PCI Express 4.0 delay may empower next-gen alternatives - TechRepublic
Delays in computer industry standards are not normally a big deal. It's common knowledge that such things take time to get right, but almost all major hardware companies except Intel are starting to work together on alternate plans. Such companies already use and support PCIe 3.0 and 3.1, but the information world is moving too fast to wait much longer, they argue. There is also a business motivation: Intel's recent purchases of smaller companies in the hardware acceleration and programmable chip niches are leaving other hardware giants without a choice.
Google paces pack in autonomous car race, says California regulator
South Korean mobile giant Samsung now has an entire division working day in, day out on chips for self-driving cars, in an effort to push aside competitors and become the go-to supplier in this booming market. The team is mainly researchers from Samsung’s semiconductor and sensor division, according to The Korea Herald, which cites a … Read more »
Here are 10 finalists vying for U.S. smart city grant program
Ten American cities have been shortlisted for the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program, the winners of which will be announced next week.
You can build a laptop out of open source components if you want a bad laptop
I'm typing this on a unibody MacBook Pro, probably the most infamous laptop on the planet when it comes to lack of repairability and modularity. But in the drawer next to my desk is a Raspberry Pi and a loose LCD I bought from Adafruit. My heart is in that drawer. Figuratively. In every way, a MacBook is a superior computer, but a Raspberry Pi is more than a computer: it's an invitation to do something new and different with computers.
Google kills support for Gmail in these Chrome versions: Check if you're affected - TechRepublic
It's important to note that Gmail is only ending support for these Chrome versions. So, users on Chrome 53 will still be able to access Gmail, and it will function properly, but it will be more vulnerable to security risks and users will not have access to updates or bug fixes, the post said.
Brian Russell discusses his new book and trends in IoT security
This sort of goes to the ubiquitous monitoring of IoT, the nature of the IoT, where you always sort of being watched and I think eventually we’ll get use to that. It’s going to be interesting seeing what happens from the perspective of law enforcement that wants access to these things. Another example, it hasn’t come to fruition yet, but everybody has cameras on these houses now, camera on their backyard. If something happens in front of your house or on your property, is law enforcement going to subpoena the video images? What if you don’t want that to get out from a privacy perspective? I think privacy sort of a really interesting area to think through when it comes to this sort of data collection of IoT devices. You can make the same case for smart health devices that are always collecting your biometric data about your heart rate. These things are going to get more and more advanced. The data that’s collected is going to be able to show, a profile of your activity, and your sort of overall health and well-being, and do you want this data or the inferences from that data to be made available to people that you don’t know.
The 6 best new songs you can stream right now
Music is easier than ever to get and harder than ever to sort online, so we've picked the best songs out this week that you can easily stream right here:
Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry - BBC News
Dr Sukhbinder Kumar, from Newcastle University, told BBC News: "They are going into overdrive when they hear these sounds, but the activity was specific to the trigger sounds not the other two sounds.
How to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday
Snapchat might not play the actual game, but the app will show you pretty much everything else happening during the Super Bowl. The NFL channel on Snapchat Discover will be full of highlights from the game, with photos and videos taken by fans and players.
How to watch Super Bowl 51 online for free
Your best bet among all these, however, is on Roku, where you can watch the game in its entirety for free. Streamers in the FOX Sports GO channel will have live access to the pre-game show featuring the NFL on FOX crew starting at 2pm ET until kick off 6:30pm ET, the Super Bowl game between the Patriots and Falcons starting at 6:30pm ET, the Halftime show with Lady Gaga and, of course, all the ridiculous, over-the-top commercials. In addition to Fox Sports GO, you can also watch the Super Bowl with a Sling TV or PlayStation Vue subscription.
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After Math: Do you think this is a game?
After Math: Do you think this is a game?
What Immediately Happens to Your Body When You Stop Smoking
Then a little while later at around 24 hours, coughing may increase as your body deals with all the toxic stuff in your lungs, and at 48 hours your tongue will apparently regain some tasting ability as taste buds repair themselves. Around that time your nicotine cravings will also peak. Of course, in the longterm, the benefits of quitting smoking are numerous and substantial. It’s hard for everyone to quit—especially when anything that assuages your daily stress feels essential—but it’s an important reminder to stop when you can.
Integrated vs. specialized: Which shines the brighter light on "dark data?" | ZDNet
Case in point Recently, I spoke to Bob Laurent , VP of Product Marketing at Alteryx on a related subject. The discussion began as an investigation into Mr. Laurent's notion of "dark data:" data that you have in your possession but aren't using, or analyzing, for the betterment of the business. As Alteryx has a focus on data preparation, the discussion began with talk of how to avoid dark data, by grabbing, processing and coalescing data sets, be they buried in log files, point-of-sale feeds or elsewhere, to get at intelligence that would otherwise be latent and obscured.
Instagram will soon let you share multiple photos in one post
Instead of tapping on a photo, you long-press. From there, a prompt instructs you to select up to 10 images or videos. You can apply a single filter to all of them, or tap into each photo to apply separate effects before posting everything in a single gallery. Your followers and other Instagram users will be able to like individual photos in each post.
Banking while browsing: The e-commerce solution
Digital security will be one of the biggest trends of 2017. The challenge at the heart of the dialogue? The pace of technology development – and cyber vulnerabilities – are increasing a rate much faster than protective measures can keep up.
How to stream Super Bowl 51 even if you don't have cable
It’s Friday, which means we’re now officially headed into Super Bowl weekend. If you’re itching to catch the Patriots beat up on the Falcons this weekend (fight me), we’ve got you covered. Starting this Sunday at 3:30 PST/6:30 EST, you can get all the action as it unfolds without that pesky cable subscription we all hate.
LG G6 release date, news and rumors
However, it's not 100% confirmed that this screen is coming to the G6, and it's at odds with earlier rumors, including one which suggested LG is looking to make an OLED panel for its smartphones in the future, and maybe even curved ones.
How to Watch the Super Bowl Without Cable
If you’re on your laptop, just head to the Fox Sports website. If you’re a mobile-first kind of sports fan, download the Fox Sports Go app for iOS or Android. You can even cast from there to your TV with a $35 Chromecast. You have to be using Wi-Fi, though—if you’re using a cellular data connection, you’ll only be able to stream the game if you’re a Verizon Wireless customer. Sorry, Sunday afternoon bus passengers who have AT&T. Streaming the game on your phone will not work. Sports rights are dumb.
Tesla Motors changes its name to ... Tesla
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The Best Website Builders of 2017
But let's talk a little more about why you even need a webpage in this day of social media domination of the Web. On a personal level, you probably wouldn't want to send prospective employers your Facebook page, so a personal website makes a lot more sense as an online, customized resume. Another reason worth consideration, for both personal and business sites, is that building your own site gives you endless design choices. You also get total control over products and services you may sell and how they're delivered. Furthermore, having a real, dedicated site makes a business seem more authoritative and trustworthy than a Facebook or Tumblr presence can on its own (though you should certainly also consider those services as elements of your online presence).
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook oppose Trump's immigration ban in letter
We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe. We are concerned, however, that your recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success. In a global economy, it is critical that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world. We welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days in how the Department of Homeland Security will implement the executive order, and we stand ready to help your administration identify other opportunities to ensure that our employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay.
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 brains behind Geneva, GE Appliance's Alexa skill - TechRepublic
The first connected appliance that did make it to market was a wall oven in June 2013. In 2014, the next iteration was released, and it allowed customers to control the oven remotely via Wi-Fi, before voice control was an option. There were some use cases that made a Wi-Fi connected appliance appealing, such as getting notifications if there was a problem with the appliance, or using an app to preheat the oven while at the grocery store, but there wasn't a need for widespread use, Gardner said.
How to Use Native Ads to Support Your Social Media Marketing : Social Media Examiner
Additional benefits of native ads include SEO and social proof. Promoted posts on a strong social media site get your message in front of a larger audience and can drive traffic back to your website or blog. Native ads can be especially helpful if you have a new site and haven’t had time to build up strong SEO.
Opinion | Google must turn over foreign-stored emails pursuant to a warrant, court rules
Electronically transferring data from a server in a foreign country to Google’s data center in California does not amount to a “seizure” because there is no meaningful interference with the account holder’s possessory interest in the user data. Indeed, according to the Stipulation entered into by Google and the Government, Google regularly transfers user data from one data center to another without the customer’s knowledge. Such transfers do not interfere with the customer’s access or possessory interest in the user data. Even if the transfer interferes with the account owner’s control over his information, this interference is de minimis and temporary. See Jacobsen, 466 U.S. at 125-26 (holding that permanent destruction of small portion of property for testing a de minimis intrusion on possessory interest); United States v. Hoang, 486 F.3d 1156, 1162 (9th Cir. 2007) (“[N]o seizure occurs if a package is detained in a manner that does not significantly interfere with its timely delivery in the normal course of business.”), cert. denied, 552 U.S. 1144 (2008).
Sony confirms new PS4 Pro "Boost Mode" will help some older games run faster and smoother
Sony is by no means promising those benefits for all titles, but Boost Mode still represents a nice attempt to help PS4 Pro buyers get a little bit more out of the beefed up console. So if 4K gaming and HDR weren’t enough, well, now some of the games you’ve had for years might start playing a little better the next time you return to them. Sony advises that Boost Might might cause unexpected behavior in some instances with the PS4 Pro running at full speed; turning off the setting should resolve any glitches. For now we’re not sure if there are any limitations around Boost Mode. Can you just keep the console running at full speed all the time? Does it result in the PS4 Pro getting hot or using more energy than normal? I’ve asked Sony for more specifics.
Learn the ropes and become a Certified Financial Planner for under $40
Finances — and how to handle ‘em — can be pretty intimidating. That’s why thousands of smart professionals and businesses use imaginative, well-trained financial planners to chart their course and assess their long-term growth and security. Now, you can join the ranks of those well-paid financial advisors with this
AI Is About to Learn More Like Humans—with a Little Uncertainty
At Whetlab, a startup acquired by Twitter in 2015, the technique provided a better way of—wait for it—designing neural networks. Designing a neural network is a task of extreme trial and error. You’re not so much coding a piece software as coaxing a result from a sea of data. It’s a difficult and time-consuming undertaking, but GPs and Bayesian optimization can help automate the task. As WhetLab founder and Harvard computer scientist Ryan Adams has said, the startup used “machine learning to improve machine learning.” Neural networks can suffer from the “confident error” problem, and in identifying uncertainty, this kind of optimization can help address that problem. Adams has since left Twitter for Google Brain, the search giant’s central AI team.
5 shocking new threats to your personal data
One of the best ways to protect one's privacy online is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. VPNs theoretically let you use the public internet as if you were on a private network. They let you hide and encrypt your online activity, even from your own ISP. And they enable you to spoof your location, so you can say you're going online in another city or country.
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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.
'Windows Cloud' looks like Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS
At least right now, Cloud will only run Universal Windows Platform apps found in the Windows Store. Try to run anything else and you'll get a stern warning. Most likely, this is to court schools and other institutions who see Chrome OS' lack of native apps as a security advantage. Educators may be more likely to stick to Windows PCs if they know that kids can't infect a machine with malware or install an unapproved game. It's possible that Microsoft's "Centennial" bridge (which brings Win32 apps to the Windows Store) should work, but there are conflicting reports about compatibility.
6 ways to include more women of color in tech - TechRepublic
To address that and prevent turnover, Atlassian invested in programs to create a sense of community and connection across teams. They also instituted a program called Coffee Date, for which interested women sign up and every other week get paired with another woman for coffee. "It's created organic social relationships that really matter," Blanche said. The company also has mentoring groups made up of women from different departments at the same office.
THE INTERNET OF THINGS 2017 REPORT: How the IoT is improving lives to transform the world
Through this exclusive study and in-depth research into the field, BI Intelligence details the components that make up IoT ecosystem. We size the IoT market in terms of device installations and investment through 2021. And we examine the importance of IoT providers, the challenges they face, and what they do with the data they collect. Finally, we take a look at the opportunities, challenges, and barriers related to mass adoption of IoT devices among consumers, governments, and enterprises.
First Genetic Results From Scott Kelly's Year In Space Reveal DNA Mysteries
As identical twins, the brothers are genetically very similar. However, researchers found that while he was in orbit, Scott’s telomeres—the caps on the ends of chromosomes—grew longer than his twin brother’s. Though Scott’s telomeres returned to their pre-flight lengths shortly after he returned to Earth, these results were totally unexpected, since telomeres naturally shrink over the course of one’s life, and the stresses of spaceflight are supposed to accelerate this . At least that was the idea.
Teen creates Facebook page to spotlight immigrants' weekly achievements
"We want to tell the stories of people from all walks of life," Alvarado said. "Whether you are from 50 miles south of the U.S. border, or 3,000 miles away. Whether you are a labor worker or a lawyer or a student or retired, we want your story — because you, too, are America."
Acer’s biggest curved monitor yet aims for total gaming immersion
Acer has launched a new curved gaming monitor which is a giant of a screen at 37.5-inches, and it comes complete with AMD’s FreeSync tech.
The Morning After: Weekend Edition
One company that isn't having trouble maintaining a user base? Apple, duh. Yes, the iOS juggernaut keeps on rolling. As Nathan Ingraham points out , Apple's taken some big risks this year, what with "few updates to the Mac (and the one big change was quite polarizing), a barely redesigned iPhone with no headphone jack, AirPods that shipped two months late and a new Apple Watch that was a modest improvement to a product still seen as nonessential." But profits were up in the company's first quarter to $18.4 billion. As it turns out, the iPhone 7 managed to turn around a three-quarter decline in iPhone sales — headphone jack be damned! What's more horrifying than losing a much-loved port on your favorite Apple gadget? Aside from the impending loss of some hard-won freedoms, there's also the rise of intelligent machines. This week saw the introduction of a new, wheel-equipped robot from Boston Dynamics and a poker-playing AI that could put "Rain Man" to shame. If you like your horror a little less real, you could always play "Resident Evil 7," the "most terrifying VR game on the market," according to Jessica Conditt .
iOS cracking tools reportedly used by FBI released to public
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KickassTorrents and US government finally square off in court
“Torrent files are not content files. The reproduction and distribution of torrent files are not a crime,” the defense attorney told TorrentFreak. “If a third party uses torrent files to infringe it is after they leave the KAT site behind and such conduct is too random, inconsistent, and attenuated to impose criminal liability on Mr. Vaulin.”
There's an app that pays you to snitch on asshole parkers
Right now, the app is only for land-owners, and those acting on behalf of land-owners. Sadly you can’t just start snapping photographs of badly parked cars in the hope of a payday. But it’s also worth pointing out that the term ‘land-owner’ is a pretty broad one, and it encompasses people who own large parking lots, as well as small residential properties.