Silenced on the Senate floor, Elizabeth Warren goes to Facebook Live
The Senator sought to read a 30-year-old letter by Coretta Scott King. It has already been viewed over two million times on Facebook.
Wikipedia just banned contributors from citing the Daily Mail as a source
The Daily Mail is one of the most popular newspapers in the UK, and the most widely read English language news website in the world. It’s also one of the worst. Its journalism is a lurid cocktail of innuendo, bigotry, exaggeration, and straight-up bullshit. The Daily Mail is notorious for it. It’s not so much a newspaper, …
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).
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.
Flipboard streamlines your feed with 'Smart Magazines'
Users gain stronger organizational options with new update.
Angry programmer sends army of bots after Windows Support scammers
This vigilante programmer wants to task a massive army of bots to shut down every Windows Support scam center around the globe.
YouTube glitch causes channels to lose tons of subscribers in minutes
YouTube has been affected by a massive glitch which is causing channels to lose huge chunks of subscribers merely in a matter of minutes.
Trump's border wall...and a sensible IoT alternative
President Trump's proposed border wall could get a lot cheaper if we moved it to Mexico's southern border versus our own, and could use a tech upgrade.
Hulu VR adds Oculus Rooms support so you can watch TV with your virtual friends
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb-r-2AL7rQ&feature=youtu.be Very little productivity seems to be taking place in VR on the consumer side right now, and..
Car vending machines prove Austin really is weird
Living in Austin just got weirder. A Central Texas dealership just built a coin-operated vending machine full of cars. The glass building housing the “vending machine” is five stories tall and stores up to 20 cars. It’s the brainchild of Carvana, an online-based used car company from Phoenix. “The most awesome stage” Last year, Facebook's VP …
Netflix Has Announced a Castlevania TV Show for 2017
We have a project right now that we’re doing that needs to go unnamed, based on one of the most world-famous video games of the last 30 years, that we’ve had in our shop for 12 years without being able to get it started. But there were great characters and a great story, and eventually we got it going.
Is VR in trouble? Facebook closes hundreds of Oculus Rift demo stations at Best Buy
According to Business Insider's sources, "seasonal changes" may be a euphemism, though. According to multiple anonymous workers at Best Buy who allegedly spoke to the publication, it was common for the Oculus Rift pop-up stations to go days without giving a single demo.
Verizon's big-battery Wear24 smartwatch with Android 2.0 takes on LG's Style and Sport
The 4G LTE-connected Wear24 will start selling in March for $300 (roughly converted to £240 or AU$390) with a new two-year activation and $349 (£280 or AU$460) if you buy it no-contract. (And if you're into release date clues, the small box next to the three-hour mark hints at March 25, but that's just a guess.)
The first thing you'll notice when you get a 2.0 watch is the overall update to its design -- both in terms of the overall look but also the user experience. The look of Wear 2.0 now skews closer to Google's Material Design guidelines. While the overall look will still feel familiar to Wear 1.0 users, the update put a stronger emphasis on cards, for example. This means every notification now gets a full screen to show its preview and you can use the watch's dial to scroll through them (assuming your watch has a dial, of course -- otherwise you can obviously still use the touch screen to scroll). The other marquee feature of Wear 2.0 is support for standalone apps that don't need a companion app to run on your phone. That means developers can write apps that are purely geared toward the watch and they can then publish it on the Google Play store, which is now also available directly on the watch. That sounds more useful than it is -- unless you plan on getting an LTE-enabled watch and leave your phone at home. That's an option now that you could run Hangout or Google Music directly on the watch, but, except for runners, that's likely not a typical use case.
Microsoft previews Office support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar
It’s relatively easy to become an “Office Insider” and test new features, but if you’re not interested in encountering bugs and issues then the Touch Bar support will arrive for everyone in the coming months. Microsoft is adding Touch Bar support to each Office for Mac app. In Word, Office users will be able to activate Focus Mode to remove the Ribbon for less distractions, alongside the ability to format text and change font styles. PowerPoint will display a graphical overview of all the slides in a deck, allowing you to reorder slides. Excel has the most useful changes, with the ability to quickly pick recently used functions and color cells or pick out charts.
Samsung's Battery Factory Caught on Fire Because of Course It Did
Just when you almost forgot about what a shitty time Samsung’s been having, a literal garbage fire broke out at the company’s battery supplier in Tianjin, China. The cause? Discarded faulty batteries.
Windows 10 is getting picture-in-picture support
Windows 10 is getting one of the best features from Android and iOS: picture-in-picture support. Microsoft is introducing the new feature as part of the Creators Update, which is expected to be made available to existing PCs in April. Microsoft is calling its picture-in-picture feature “Compact Overlay,” and it will be available for all app developers creating Universal Windows apps. Built-in apps like Movies & TV or Skype will support picture-in-picture, allowing you to watch a TV show or watch a Skype video call in a window while navigating away to another app.
Apple's 10th anniversary 'iPhone X' could cost more than $1,000 - report
A new high-end, top-of-the-line iPhone featuring an OLED display and an all-new design is expected to debut later this year with a similarly premium price tag, which one report claims could start at more than a thousand dollars.
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Millions of apps could soon be purged from Google Play Store
He’s right. One of the most common gripes among Android developers — aside from segmentation issues — is that of a crowded marketplace that makes it difficult at times to find what you’re looking for. Google’s coming purge — as perhaps a welcome side effect to consumer privacy concerns that forced the issue — helps to clear the noise and help users find the signal, or the app, in this case.
Six Flags and Samsung unveil 'mixed reality' rollercoaster
On top of the virtual imagery, there's a level of gamification. "As riders drop at high speeds, the mixed reality view changes to a completely immersive, virtual reality environment and a fighter spaceship cockpit materializes and envelops the riders into a tunnel of light," the PR breathlessly explains. From there, you'll be brought into one of three (virtual) drone bays, "each of which offer a completely different gaming experience and three different endings," Six Flags explains.
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Verizon is making its own LTE-enabled watch for Android Wear 2.0
This year could be shaping up to be a good one for Android Wear. We just got an initial look at at the first pair of Android Wear 2.0-ready watches from LG, and now Verizon has announced it's also making its own watch for the platform.
E3 will 'officially' open to the public this year
E3 has traditionally been a media-only event -- at least in theory. But starting in 2017 , you won't even need a WordPress account to get access to the latest and greatest in gaming. The Entertainment Software Association, which organizes the event, announced on Wednesday that it is reserving 15,000 tickets for the general public to attend the show. Each pass will cost $250 ($150 if you buy it before next Monday, February 13th) but they'll grant you access to the show floor, panel discussions and other stuff from Tuesday to Thursday of E3.
Finally, a Linux laptop worthy of KDE - TechRepublic
This left us still with one layer we had zero control over, though: The hardware layer.Fast-forward to late last year, when the Spanish laptop retailer Slimbook approached KDE with the idea to offer KDE-branded laptops that come pre-installed with Plasma and KDE Applications. We were excited about the idea, and put our designers and developers to the task of creating a branding for such a device and making sure that KDE neon runs without any hardware-related issues on it.
Pokémon GO Valentine's Day Event Kicks Off Today
Niantic has officially announced a Valentine’s Day event, which begins today, February 8, and runs into next week. As usual, the developers are making sure that there’s an easier way to collect the important parts of the game, including Candy, while also green lighting a few specific pocket monsters to hatch more frequently.
Steam Cleaner Cleans Up Duplicate and Leftover Files from Steam, Uplay, and GoG Galaxy
Think of Steam Cleaner as CCleaner, but just for your games—and if you’re like me, those games can take up a huge amount of space. That said, you also need to take as much care with it as you would with CCleaner, and make sure you’re not randomly deleting everything is suggests. In our tests Steam Cleaner is pretty conservative with what it’ll scrub out, and only targets things like redistributables that you already have or are shared between games, or files left behind after you’ve uninstalled a title that Steam doesn’t delete for one reason or another. You do, however, have to make sure those left behind files aren’t save games or anything.
The New York Times bundles Spotify to entice subscribers
It might seem like a strange fit, but the partnership could help both services attract some new users, as Bloomberg notes . The New York Times currently has around 3 million digital subscribers, but it's aiming for a cool 10 million. Spotify, meanwhile, currently has more than 40 million subscribers. Perhaps more than the subscription discount, deeper integration between the NYT and Spotify could convince people people to actually pay for their services. And don't forget, the NYT isn't a stranger to new tech, especially with the increasing amount of 360-degree VR videos it's producing.
Dear US Visitors: Homeland Security Would Like Your Passwords, Please
Confiscation of smartphones and coerced password inputs were reported for some of those affected by Trump’s Muslim ban, a move which was condemned by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The ban itself has been frozen by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, though the administration is contesting that decision. Kelly, however, casually mentions that password access to computers and profiles is some thing he’s considering, “even if we don’t get out from under the court order.” So far the Trump administration hasn’t been that keen on due process, and it’s unlikely its stance on “extreme vetting” will be any different.
Yep, Eggo Was Officially Involved In That "Stranger Things 2" Super Bowl Ad
No, Eggos aren't organic. But the brand has benefitted from the the Duffer Brothers including it as a (unpaid) curious character quirk. So all they had to do to get in the Super Bowl was give them a vintage ad from 1980. Not a bad deal.
Apple dominates the smartwatch market — but competition looms
If projections from market research firm Canalys are accurate, the Apple Watch absolutely dominated the wearable market in the last quarter and in 2016 as a whole, setting records and taking up nearly three times the market share of its nearest competitor. That type of dominance is exactly what Apple needs going forward, since the smartwatch field is about to get much more crowded with entries from big name challengers.
Trump's 'Easy D' tweet took the internet straight to penis jokes
I want to be up on current events, so I asked the nice boys on tinder what Easy D meant. Now I have 3 dates and my phone is full of 🍆 pics?
Man sues Uber for $45M after privacy bug leads wife to suspect adultery
In what could’ve been a thrilling episode of To Catch a Cheater , a French businessman has filed a whopping $45 million lawsuit against Uber after a bug in the ride-sharing app allegedly allowed his wife to keep tabs on his trips, ultimately leading her to suspect he was being unfaithful.
Pokemon Go update: all the news and rumors for what's coming next
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Homeland Security Secretary floats plan to ask US visitors for social media passwords
Meeting with Congress on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly suggested the United States could soon ask international visitors for passwords to social media accounts.
Google says 'Android Wear is not a hobby'
It's committed to its software for wearables, releasing a long-time-coming update Wednesday. Execs also answer our questions about a Google-branded watch.
Facebook is closing hundreds of its Oculus VR pop-ups in Best Buys after some stores went days without a single demo
The scaling back of Facebook's first big retail push for VR comes
after workers from multiple Best Buy pop-ups told BI that it was
common for them to go days without giving a single demonstration.
An internal memo seen by BI and sent to affected employees by a
third-party contractor said the closings were because of "store
The trailer for Sofia Coppola's next movie looks to be her most thrilling yet
Starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin
Farrell, the movie is set during the Civil War and follows an
injured Union soldier (Farrell) who is brought back to health by
a Confederate girls' boarding school. However, the man soon
becomes romantically involved with the women there, leading to
some disastrous results.
Exclusive: Tesla aims to start pilot production of Model 3 cars on February 20 - sources
If Tesla succeeds in starting pilot production of the sedan at its factory in Fremont, California on Feb. 20, as people familiar with the matter told Reuters, the company would be able to share the news with shareholders two days later when it reports fourth-quarter results and better answer any questions about the Model 3 rollout.
Facebook Launches Community Help Feature
The feature will let you offer help to those around you, or find it if you're in need. People can use Community Help to offer or find things like food and water, transportation, baby items, shelter, equipment and supplies, clothing and toiletries, animal supplies, or other essentials. Posts can be viewed by category or location.
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HBO Now racks up 2 million subscribers
HBO Now's growth isn't about to slow down any time soon, it seems. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes reports that the internet-only video service now has over 2 million customers -- not bad when it hadn't even reached 1 million a year ago. And a good chunk of that may have come recently, as the company's financial chief noted that there was a "nice uptick" in over-the-top (read: online) subscriber growth as of late.
Intel CEO touts $7 billion factory investment in Trump meeting
On Sunday, Intel told a court that it believed President Trump's immigration order was unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the CEO stood next to Trump in the White House and announced a $7 billion investment in a new U.S. factory.
Here are the stocks investors on hot trading app Robinhood love the most
The company's low cost and easy-to-use platform - users can start trading within minutes of opening an account - has cemented its popularity among millennials. Currently, the company has over one million users who have transacted over $25 billion on the platform, according to the firm.
Looks Like Tony Stark Has Yet Another New Suit in Spider-Man: Homecoming
But the most interesting toy Hasbro revealed today is a two-pack of figures for the movie featuring Spider-Man—who will come with an alternate head styled after Tom Holland’s appearance in the movie—and Iron Man, revealing that Tony will be wearing a new set of armor that features sections painted predominantly black.
Winter Is Finally Coming
The old saying that the weather can change on a moment’s notice is about to get very real for the northeastern United States.
Google and Microsoft donated bigly to Trump inauguration prior to Muslim ban
But as it turns out, some of the same companies that passionately stood up against the anti-immigration order also pledged big money to Trump’s inauguration ceremony, according to a new report from POLITICO .
Coworkers Can't Pronounce Your Name? Follow These Rules To Stay Sane
Anyone with a tough name to pronounce knows how awkward it can be to correct someone. These tips might help you out.
This company wants you to go on a virtual reality date because romance is dead
Love Without Limits doesn’t look set to be a one-time thing. The company plans to launch a virtual-reality dating platform called LeagueWorld, which is currently under development, and will be supported by both the Oculus and Vive platforms. There’s no word on how much this will cost, or when it’ll launch, but The League has suggested that it’ll be an add-on for its premium customers.
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We're Sorry About This Seriously Bummer Proxima B News
Traditionally, scientists have tried to determine habitable zones based on the amount of heat and light the host star gives off. But this new research takes stellar eruptions and the rate of a atmospheric oxygen loss into account to build a more refined picture of where in a star system Earth-like planets may lie. The team developed a model to investigate how the high-energy X-rays and ultraviolet emissions that red dwarfs spew off cause oxygen in habitable zone planet atmospheres to escape into space. This “astmospheric erosion” could spell bad news for fans of Proxima B , the exoplanet located in the red dwarf star system Proxima Centauri less than five light years away . The researchers’ new findings were published on February 6th in The Astrophysical Journal Letters .
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 mini-review: 2-day battery life for a bargain
Xiaomi wasn’t kidding around when it claimed that the Note 4 can manage two days on a single charge. That’s thanks to its massive 4,100mAh battery; I was able to easily coast through a weekend running games, looking up maps, streaming video and making WhatsApp calls without having to look for a power outlet.
Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
Doc Searls , journalist, speaker and director of Project VRM at Harvard University’s Berkman Center, wrote, “The biggest issue with algorithms today is the black-box nature of some of the largest and most consequential ones. An example is the one used by Dun & Bradstreet to decide credit worthiness. The methods behind the decisions it makes are completely opaque, not only to those whose credit is judged, but to most of the people running the algorithm as well. Only the programmers are in a position to know for sure what the algorithm does, and even they might not be clear about what’s going on. In some cases there is no way to tell exactly why or how a decision by an algorithm is reached. And even if the responsible parties do know exactly how the algorithm works, they will call it a trade secret and keep it hidden. There is already pushback against the opacity of algorithms, and the sometimes vast systems behind them. Many lawmakers and regulators also want to see, for example, Google’s and Facebook’s vast server farms more deeply known and understood. These things have the size, scale, and in some ways the importance of nuclear power plants and oil refineries, yet enjoy almost no regulatory oversight.
Batman v Superman Visual Effects Video Rains Digital Destruction Down on Everyone
It’s not a surprise that Batman v Superman had a lot of CGI. But an almost 12-minute effects reel reveals how many things were added, removed, and composited. For example, did you know Superman’s cape wasn’t real?
The Nintendo Switch won’t ship with a web browser
The Nintendo Switch won’t have a web browser when it’s released on March 3rd. “Since all of our efforts have gone toward making Switch an amazing dedicated video game platform, it will not support it, at least at launch,” Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima tells Time .
Bathrobe Trump gets comfortable in some strange places with this Photoshop battle
Bathrobe Trump gets comfortable in some strange places with this Photoshop battle
Facebook expands Safety Check to facilitate aid in emergencies
Let's say Mary marked herself as safe during a flood, but needs a place to stay temporarily. She can visit the flood's Community Help page through Safety Check, and tap "shelter" to find a place to stay. She might see a post from John offering an extra room. If they have any mutual friends in common, they'll appear under John's post. Mary can message John via Facebook, or comment on his post, to ask for help.
VC Firms Back Record Number of Cybersecurity Startups in 2016
Venture investors are clamoring to back cybersecurity startups after record hacking last year and calls by U.S. President Donald Trump and other global leaders to do more to protect against digital attacks.
Grab your wallets, gamers – E3 is selling tickets to the public
If you’ve ever wanted to go to E3 without getting a press pass, you’ll finally have your chance. Starting February 13, anyone can buy a ticket to the show – as long as you move quickly.
Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night
Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night
Skywatchers will enjoy a rare space tripleheader: A penumbral lunar eclipse during the full "snow" moon and also the flyby of a comet.
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