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It's that time of year again. Silicon Valley has exchanged its standard hoodie-based uniform for something a bit more festive and has made its way over to the..
What do smart cities of the future look like for Panasonic?
In a further expansion of its smart cities strategy, Panasonic showcased several new urban technologies at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Internet left conflicted by Obama's epic vacation photos
After leaving the White House, the 44th president went kiteboarding, yielding photos that still polarize as much as the politics he left behind.
Brazzers drops a new porn parody that will turn your... 'Metal Gear Solid'
Brazzers is back at it with the game-inspired porn adaptations – and this time around the industry titan has graced us with a parody of Metal Gear Solid.
Everything We Know About the LG G6
The LG G6 may be the flagship phone of MWC, but LG has let a lot of details slip about this upcoming phone.
Sheryl Sandberg announces improvements to Facebook’s paid leave policy
Sheryl Sandberg today announced at the MAKERS Conference in California a few big changes to Facebook's family leave poli
'Overwatch' tests server browsing and retains CTF
You can try them on the game's new PTR servers, but only on the PC version.
How to watch today's travel ban hearing live
The hearing begins at 3 p.m. PT. Here's how to watch it live.
Twitter will start using an algorithm to hide abusive tweets
Twitter knows it has an abuse problem. The platform has been used to lob hate speech and threats so often that many user
Stanford students recreated a 5,000-year-old Chinese beer
It's so old it took an archeologist to discover the recipe.
Tornado damages NASA facility in New Orleans
Today, severe thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes passed through New Orleans, Louisiana, causing significant damage to the area — including communities that were hit by Hurricane Katrina more than...
Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch has died
Hatch got his start acting in theater in the 1960s before moving to television, where he appeared in shows like All My Children , Kung Fu , Hawaii Five-O, and numerous others. In 1978 he was cast in Glen A. Larson’s science fiction show Battlestar Galactica as Captain Apollo, leaving an indelible mark on his career and the genre itself. While many people saw Luke Skywalker or Han Solo as the hero of ‘70s science fiction, for others it was Hatch’s character, a fighter pilot who fought to save humanity following the destruction of its colonies. Hatch would go on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for the role, later appearing on a number of other television classics, including Murder, She Wrote and The Love Boat .
Twitter’s head of diversity is leaving and its chief HR officer has already left
Twitter’s VP of diversity and inclusion Jeffrey Siminoff is leaving the company at the end of the month and its chief human resources office Renee Atwood has already left, TechCrunch has confirmed.
Chelsea Peretti kicks off the 2017 Crunchies Awards
Undeterred: SpaceX plans to launch a rocket every 2 to 3 weeks
Mind you, the new two-to-three-week schedule depends on when SpaceX finishes work on a new launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, since the original one at nearby Cape Canaveral was damaged in the September blast.
YouTube Expands Mobile Live Streaming
In a blog post , YouTube Product Managers Barbara Macdonald and Kurt Wilms said the expansion will "put the power of live streaming in the hands of hundreds of thousands of talented creators, giving them a more intimate and spontaneous way to share their thoughts, lives, and creativity." The Google-owned video-sharing site has actually supported live streaming since 2011, but it's finally trickling out to mobile.
Netflix Debuts New Trailer for Marvel's Iron Fist - IGN
With the debut of Marvel's Iron Fist a little over a month away, Netflix has released a big new trailer for the series.
Sean Spicer's WHOIS data is public for everyone to see
Until very recently, Donald Trump's White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, had his personal website, SeanSpicer.com, listed on his Twitter profile. The site's since been wiped from the internet, but whoever scrubbed Spicer's old WordPress blog forgot to delete an important piece of the pie: Spicer's WHOIS data—or the information behind who registered a website, which left unattended, is publicly-available information—including his home address, and his personal phone number.
Dozens of iOS apps vulnerable to data theft, despite ATS mandate - TechRepublic
A new report from verify.ly found that 76 popular iOS apps allow a silent man-in-the-middle attack that can intercept data. Here's what you need to know to stay safe.
Moment’s new iPhone photography case has a built-in battery
Moment is heading back to Kickstarter with two new cases and a new lens made for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The mobile photography startup is crowdfunding a new version of its wide-angle 18mm lens, a $99 battery case that you can attach the lens to, and a slim case with no electronics, with the aim of shipping the products in July.
Terahertz wireless could help cover the planet with internet that's 10X faster than 5G - TechRepublic
Last year, the group was working with quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) to transfer data in the 300 GHz band, but they only achieved six times higher speeds at that point with the THz transmitter, the release said. With the new technology, they were able to transfer a DVD full of content in "a fraction of a second," the release said.
A nasty vulnerability in Steam profiles potentially lets hackers spread malware (Update: It's fixed)
The first ZTE smartwatch running Android Wear may have just leaked
ZTE debuted a pair of watches at last year's Mobile World Congress show that were heavy on activity tracking and not much else, but, based on what little we have to go on here, the Quartz looks to flip the script and offer more of what we've come to expect from smartwatches these days.
Democrats promise to fight threats to kill net neutrality
Democrats in the Senate say they will wage war to protect the open internet as a Republican FCC and Congress prepare to pick apart net neutrality rules adopted in 2015.
Amazon Alexa Coming to Logitech's Car Assistant App
Amazon Alexa integration adds a variety of new features, all built around Amazon's voice assistant. The updated ZeroTouch app provides full Amazon Alexa access, including home automation control, Kindle book playback, and information requests like weather, news, and sports. The integration works with over 8,000 third-party Alexa skills, so theoretically you can order a pizza from your car with only your voice.
Behold, the ACLU Amazon Dash button
If you do want to try making your own, you can download the code I used for the donation button , but I make no claims as to its suitability or security. It isn’t robust in any way—if the ACLU changes a field name or the way the donation page works, the code’ll break. There’s no error handling. It’s not PCI-compliant. No safeguards will keep the button from emptying your bank account if it gets stuck down or your cat decides to paw at it. Use it at your own risk, and don’t complain to me about it.
Apple Hires Amazon's Fire TV Head As Vice President of Apple TV Business
Apple has hired Amazon’s former head of Fire TV unit, Timothy D. Twerdahl as the vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing. Pete Distad who held the position at Apple previously has now been given the job of negotiating media deals.
Tesla Model S P100D scores 2.28-second 0-60 mph time in new Motor Trend test
The new track test time, via Electrek , also included a 10.5 second quarter-mile, both of which represent new records in terms of measured sprints. The Model S P100D becomes the first production car Motor Trend has ever test that has achieved a 0 to 60 mph speed meter than 2.3 seconds, in fact.
The House of Representatives just passed a law that tightens America's email privacy laws
The previous law that covered email privacy left a lot to be desired. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which was passed in 1986, lets the government obtain email records without a warrant, provided the emails themselves are more than 180 days old and are stored on third-party servers.
This TV company was spying on you until it was called out
By taking this data and matching it to data about their customers, the complaint alleges that Vizio took information about customers' "sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education level" and more of those who watched particular shows, and sold that information to advertisers. That type of demographic information is incredibly valuable to advertisers. Advertisers already know the demographic they're after. This information tells them when their potential customers will be relaxed, sitting on a couch, and ready to be pitched on a product.
Facebook announces paid family sick leave and new bereavement benefits for employees
“Starting today, Facebook employees will have up to 20 days paid leave to grieve an immediate family member, up to 10 days to grieve an extended family member, and will be able to take up to six weeks of paid leave to care for a sick relative,” Sandberg writes. “We’re also introducing paid family sick time – three days to take care of a family member with a short-term illness, like a child with the flu.”
This Congressman Had the Best Response to the House Science Committee's Attacks On the EPA
The hearing marked the House Science Committee’s first meeting since President Donald Trump took office, though the committee has been on an ideologically-driven tear ever since Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas republican who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry over the years, became its chairman in 2013. At the hearing on Tuesday, Smith accused the EPA of pursuing “a political agenda, not a scientific one,” under the Obama administration. Confusingly, Smith hopes to remediate this wrong by restricting the scientific data the EPA can use in its decision making.
Twitter wants to make 'abusive' tweets disappear | Cult of Mac
Twitter has announced that it’s ramping up its efforts to stop online abuse by implementing new tools designed to banish trolls and make itself into a “safer place.”
Why Setting Goals Can Actually Make You Less Successful
This can also affect personal change. "To be great at any profession, it's important to recognize what motivates us periodically and realign our career paths to match what we enjoy doing the most, because we tend to give our best when we're most satisfied and happy at work," Vinjamuri says. "As much as setting rigid goals gives us a sense of security, real growth comes from being able to handle and manage randomness. Much of it ties back to positive personality traits that are essential for growth in any profession like flexibility, adaptability, less resistance to change, and openness to new ideas."
Three years later, 'Grand Theft Auto V' hits 75 million shipped
Grand Theft Auto V and its online mode, GTA Online , were great for Take-Two's bottom line last year. The publisher's net revenue grew 15 percent to $476.5 million, but not all of that was from game sales. Almost a quarter of it came from virtual currency, microtransactions and downloadable add-on content. Developer Rockstar has steadily supported both GTA V and GTA Online with free content since launch. Recent updates included underground motorcycle clubs , holiday-themed items and a new Tron -inspired mode called Deadline.
Scientists Have a Crazy Hunch About Why the Sun Is Spinning Too Slowly
Physicists have long known that the Sun spins, like the Earth. But a few decades ago, they realized the surface of the Sun spins more slowly than their models predicted—not by a lot, but enough to signal that something they didn’t understand was going on. This kicked off a solar mystery and some scientists started to doubt their own understanding of the Sun’s behavior.
Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine talks joining Apple, intersection of tech and music
A new interview with Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine discusses what led the executive to join the Apple Music project and the challenging times ahead for both streaming services, and the recording industry.
Published by entertainment industry trade paper Variety , the interview discusses Iovine's past in great detail, and only touches on Apple Music's past and present, and the music industry's future.
"When I first met Steve [Jobs] and Eddy [Cue] in 2003, I said, 'These guys should have an entertainment company,'" said Iovine. "They had all these technologies and these entertainment companies, but they couldn't put it all together. Apple, of all the global tech companies, was the one that understood why artists make things."
More than 11 years later, Iovine joined Apple. He came along with the $3 billion Beats buy that brought the audio company's stable of hardware and a nascent streaming service struggling with unprofitable popularity along with it.
"We were never going to be able to scale [Beats Music], because the business model was very difficult, and still is.
These analog tape and record players look gorgeous, but are only for the fabulously wealthy
The star of the show is definitely the Tonbandmaschine M 063 reel-to-reel tape player, which looks like it was transplanted from another era to the modern day. I’ve never even used a reel-to-reel tape and I want one just to be able to fiddle around with the knobs and dials. It’s hard to figure out exact details on the M 063 — most of Ballfinger’s site is in German, so I’m basing some of this off Google Translate — but apparently the player can take up to 30cm reels, with a dynamic three-motor drive and a digital display. The entire chassis of the M 063 is made from machined aluminum for stability, and the front and rear panels are designed to tilt forward for easy maintenance. Cost, however, is expected to be anything but cheap, with AVHub reporting a 27,000€ (roughly $28,888.25) price tag.
After 11 years, the feud between Chili's and 'The Office's Pam Beesly is now over
"After reviewing the good conduct of Pam, I have decided to lift the now 11-year ban," said Kelli Valade, President of Chili's. "Pam is an inspiration to many and we welcome her with open arms."
The best fitness gadgets
Fitbit Blaze This "smart fitness watch" records all the standard parameters, including steps, heart rate, sleep and floors climbed. It also has a multi-sport function designed to track specifics related to types of workout, a range of 7 to 10 minute workouts, and it automatically recognises when you're exercising versus just walking.
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If You Bought a Computer When Livestrong Bracelets Were Popular, You Can Probably Get $10
If you bought a PC with a disk drive between 2003 and 2008—the golden age of Livestrong bracelets and trucker hats—you might be eligible for $10 thanks to an antitrust class action suit. In December, Sony, NEC, Panasonic and Hitachi-LG settled a seven-year suit which alleged the companies colluded “to inflate the prices of optical drives sold to big computer companies and retailers.”
Meet the minds behind Nintendo Switch's HD Rumble tech
The fact that rumble has been core to the console gaming experience for around two decades now means that it’s a feature developers won’t be able to ignore entirely, but it will nevertheless be interesting to see whether many end up pushing the boundaries of what the console’s HD rumble is capable of.
Video: Top 5 cybercrime vectors - TechRepublic
Cybercriminals are just waiting to strike, even in places you might not expect. Here are 5 cybercrime vectors to be aware of.
Microsoft Kicked in $250,000 for Trump's Big Party Before Speaking Out Against Muslim Ban
Microsoft, along with a slew of other major tech companies who opposed Trump’s immigration ban, donated lots of cash and free services to the president on inauguration day, according to new POLITICO report. After donating a reported $250,000 in cash, and the same amount in technical services, to the Trump’s inauguration parties on December 28, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella condemned the ban in an Q&A with employees. He said, “There is no place for bias or bigotry in any society, in any context. That’s where we start from. We will always as a company stand for that diversity and inclusion.”
Apple’s BeatsX wireless headphones are finally going on sale
While AirPods offer the first ‘truly wireless’ experience – e.g. no wires between the two drivers – the BeatsX reportedly offers higher-quality sound. The headphones charge via Lightning Cable and are reported to be able to last two hours on a single five-minute charge.
Harambe-shaped Cheeto fetches $100k on eBay
An ape-shaped Cheeto might have been worth another bag of chips or two, but likening the junk food to a fallen internet hero was a stroke of genius that paid off handsomely. Of course, it took some patience. The seller listed the chip three times over the past month, garnering zero bids each attempt. On the fourth try, it took a week to get its first $12 bid. With some help from Twitter, the $12 quickly turned to $25,000, then $50,000, and now $99.900 — assuming the bids are legit and eBay doesn’t cancel them.
Apple hires Amazon Fire TV boss to head Apple TV division
Apple has hired Timothy Twerdahl, the director of Amazon’s Fire TV division, as a new vice president. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman first reported the news , also saying that Twerdahl will be running the Apple TV business and reporting to Greg Joswiak.
More Evidence That Fish Oil Supplements Might Be Useless
You most certainly know someone taking fish oil pills—those fishy, translucent gold capsules—for their purported heart benefits. But evidence continues to mount that fish oil might be snake oil. At the very least, it doesn’t pack nearly the punch we once thought. Instead, it’s probably just worth eating actual fish, which is loaded with plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals.
A Public Library That's Nicer Than The Fanciest Tech Offices
There's a sense of unexpectedness throughout the building, which begins with the structure's footprint. It's sinuous and amoeba-like, so from the sidewalk you never really know where the building will meander. As people walk around and inside the library, the structure's entirety comes into focus and they encounter hidden courtyards and garden spaces. Inside, there are more moments of discovery: Reading nooks built like cubbies into the walls, music-practice rooms covered in tactile (and sound insulating) materials like carpet and cork, couches where multiple people can recline, and space-age Lucite lounge chairs suspended from the ceiling. People can have lunch at a cafe, or sit individually with a book. Every new discovery and spatial aberration encourages even more exploration. All of these elements seem more apt for fancy tech office than a musty public library.
BlackBerry just launched a super-secure messaging system for enterprise clients
BBM Enterprise SDK promises to let software developers integrate the secure communications features of BlackBerry Messenger into their own applications. These aren’t limited to one-to-one and group chats, although that’s definitely a huge part of it. It also includes voice and video, as well as encrypted file sharing.
New York City starts cracking down on illegal Airbnb listings
Landlord Hank Freid received 12 of those violations related to his Upper West Side property the Marrakech Hotel. According to the Post , Freid was busted for allegedly listing SRO units in the building on various services like Booking.com, Expedia, Kayak and others. In Brooklyn, broker Tatiana Cames received the other five citations for posting five different Airbnb listings for her property in Bed-Stuy. According to Cames's citations, the brownstone she was renting out had a variety of other violations including illegal subdivisions, insufficient fire alarms and "a confused bunch of French tourists in a rear unit."
Put your undies back on. New data reveals sexting isn't so great after all.
The takeaway from this flood of Millennial sexting data? You miiiiiight want to cool it on the naked photos that nobody asked for, and definitely do not go spreading around sexts that come your way. If you have your heart set on sending a picture of your bits and/or pieces, just make sure it's going to a trusted partner and make double sure that it's not anything you wouldn't be totally horrified to show to a random stranger.
Science Teachers on Why Betsy DeVos Is a 'Monstrous Mistake'
“Next year I’ll have my first public high school teaching job, and I am still really excited about it despite this monstrous mistake being posted as our head of the Department of Ed,” biologist and science teacher Allie Sherman, from Marin County, California, said. “I think that teachers, especially newer teachers like myself, need to mobilize to resist the growth of charter schools, which often use labor practices that de-professionalize teachers and don’t cooperate with unions. We need to refuse to work at them, and demand to be respected as professionals of our craft.”
Exclusive: Italian diesel probe omitted key tests for Fiat Chrysler models
PARIS/MILAN Fiat Chrysler ( FCHA.MI ) vehicles were allowed to skip key tests for illegal engine software during Italy's main emissions-cheating investigation in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal, according to the transport ministry's own report.
Apple seeks to position Metal as part of new 3D graphics standard for web
Apple's WebKit team on Tuesday proposed a new Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that will focus on developing a new standard API, perhaps based on Metal, for accelerating GPU-based 3D graphics and general computation for the web.
Announced through Apple's WebKit blog , the new 'GPU for the Web' Community Group will discuss a potential next-generation web graphics API that can better leverage modern GPUs. Along with 3D content, Apple proposes GPU architecture might also be used to accelerate general web computations.
As noted by Dean Jackson from the WebKit team, advancements in the GPU hardware space has led to identical enhancements in software APIs. He cites platform technologies like Apple's Metal, Microsoft's Direct3D 12 and the Khronos Group's Vulkan as offering lower overhead, and thus better performance, than the OpenGL standard.
Unfortunately, the new graphics APIs contain nuanced architectural differences and are not available across all platforms, making them unsuitable for wide implementation on the web.
"In order to expose a modern, low-level technology that can accelerate graphics and computation, we need to design an API that can be implemented on top of many systems," Jackson writes.
Sad Atlanta Falcons fan buries team gear as a warning for the future
That fan was so distraught over the Falcons' drubbing at the hands of the New England Patriots that he decided it was time to fold up his Falcons shirt and bury it deep in the ground. With it, he wrote a note addressed to the people of the future.
Apple's new 'Spaceship' campus to feature iPhone-inspired toilets
Apple’s new iThrone (probably not what it’s actually called) is the pinnacle of design achievement. Sleek lines give way to impressive storage capacity while remaining consistent to the central control piece of all iThings — the home button.
Marvel Studios Is Perfectly Okay With Its Villain Problem
Even fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will admit, for the most part, the villains have been lacking. Yes, Loki was awesome. So awesome he was used in not one, but three films. But Iron Monger, Malekith, Ronan, Zemo, Yellowjacket, and almost everyone else has been underwhelming in some way, a trend that will purposefully continue in some upcoming Marvel films before changing in a big, big way.