Google asks judge to halt Uber's self-driving program
Google’s self-driving unit Waymo has filed a preliminary injunction against Uber, a few weeks after filing a trade secrets lawsuit.
Nintendo: Switch Screen Dead Pixels Are Not a Defect
If your Switch suffers from one or more dead pixels, Nintendo may not see it as a defect, but as a consumer you have rights.
Atomic Blonde's trailer shows Charlize Theron going full John Wick
Judging from the first full trailer for Atomic Blonde, the single-take brawls seen in The Raid, Daredevil, and John Wick have become a staple in Hollywood actioners. Here, we meet MI6 operative...
Google and Levi’s connected smart jacket will come out this fall and costs around $350
The connected denim smart jacket made in partnership between Levi’s and Google’s ATAP division now has a price tag, but its release date has been pushed from this spring to the fall. The jacket,...
Volkswagen unveils your new self-driving "bar car" lounge concept
Volkswagen has introduced its own self-driving concept at the Geneva Motor Show, a blend of ride-hailing and ride-sharing in a mini-shuttle pod.
PayPal's Venmo is the super-secret, hip social payments network you've never heard of
The PayPal-owned app has unexpectedly created a social culture, and many of the thorny problems that come with one.
The Mashable Show at SXSW 2017
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San Diego gets its smart city on with GE Current hookup
The City of San Diego announced a major Internet of Things (IoT) deployment this week in collaboration with Current, powered by GE. The deployment will include 3,200 “intelligent nodes” that enhance parking, alleviate traffic and improve liveability in the city.
Why many major American companies have struggled in China: Fitbit
Every American company thinking about going to China should take notes from Fitbit’s ability to learn and pivot. Seeing Misfit’s success, Fitbit worked hard to find the right partnership and develop guanxi with another major player in China. It did this by partnering with a subsidiary of Alibaba, Tmall (discussed in the sixth installment of this series). The reason this move was so incredibly clever is that Alibaba is a natural competitor of Misfit’s investor, Xiaomi. And the purpose of Tmall is to provide a channel for luxury brand items that are verified to be legitimate and sold directly to the Chinese consumer. This, of course, is very helpful to Fitbit.
California's self-driving cars could soon be setting off without human help
But it is a significant step forward in self-driving car regulation. It's likely that the technology for autonomous vehicles is going to be ready a long time before the governments of the world are prepared to make it legal - Tesla's cars already come with pretty much everything they need to drive themselves.
Facebook's mimicry of Snapchat has become a confusing mess
“The stories format has been widely adopted, and it’s one of the
ways people share updates in a lightweight way throughout their
day," the Facebook spokesperson said. "We’ve added this feature
to WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger and have started to test it on
Facebook too because we’ve learned that people like to use
stories in different contexts and we want to give them the option
to share this way across all of our apps.”
Why many major American companies have struggled in China: Amazon
Here is an example of another Amazon misstep: Amazon Prime is a service widely loved in America. It provides free two-day shipping, as well as access to streamable audio and video, among other things. In October 2016, it was announced that Amazon Prime would be rolled out to China for a lower cost and with fewer features. The focus of China’s Amazon Prime is free shipping on items costing more than $29 regardless of their nation of origin. While this may be a desired feature, Amazon Prime in China could have been used to provide services specifically desired by the Chinese. For example, there is a very large market for pay-to-win games in China and Amazon has a digital currency for in-game purchases. It could have given a yearly allowance of digital currency with Amazon Prime to drive interest. Instead, they simply copied and pasted its American approach.
Sara Ashley O'Brien on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Daylight Saving Time Is Like Sex in the Spring
Do you remember your first time? You were probably mostly grown up by then, old enough to know who you were but not who you wanted to be. Leaving basketball practice at dusk, looking past the horizon and wondering what was next. And then, a day later, it was sunshine.
From Avantis to Triumphs: Check out the incredible cars of LA's Automobile Driving Museum - Roadshow
Lots of MGs were raced. This MGA was owned and raced by one of the museum's docents. He named it "Lucille." It started life as one of the last factory-built and supported race cars, and was raced by private teams until 1985. It had an interesting history after that too .
New 'Wonder Woman' trailer, poster show calm before combat
Fans get a fresh glimpse of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince in the new "Wonder Woman" standalone movie, which opens in June.
Kids judge start-ups at #SXSW, and they are brutal
The founders pitched their ideas, including a fitness app and a legal website. Some of the ideas, you’d think, would be hard for kids to digest, but each managed to break it down for their young audience.
Tesla's Musk discusses energy proposal with South Australian government
SYDNEY Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk spoke with the premier of South Australia on Saturday after the tech entrepreneur offered to install $25 million of battery storage within 100 days to prevent recurring blackouts that have disrupted the state.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante looks fast sitting still - Roadshow
It's a souped-up version of the Huracan, which is normally Lamborghini's most attainable car.
Become an educated, certified currency trader for just $25
After completing your course, you’ll not only be ready to bolster your own net worth through savvy currency trades, but you’ll have a certification to help get you employed with an investment firm and start a whole new career.
Who Really Controls What You See in Your Facebook Feed—and Why They Keep Changing It
Mosseri deputized product manager Max Eulenstein and user experience researcher Lauren Scissors to oversee the feed quality panel and ask it just those sorts of questions. For instance, Eulenstein used the panel to test the hypothesis that the time a user spends looking at a story in her news feed might be a good indicator that she likes it, even if she didn’t actually click like. “We speculated that it might be, but you could think of reasons why it wouldn’t be, too,” Eulenstein tells me. “It might be that there are scary or shocking stories that you stare at, but don’t want to see.” The feed quality panelists’ ratings allowed Eulenstein and Scissors to not only confirm their hunch, but to examine the subtleties in the correlation, and to begin to quantify it. “It’s not as simple as, ‘5 seconds is good, 2 seconds is bad,’ ” Eulenstein explains. “It has more to do with the amount of time you spend on a story relative to the other stories in your news feed.” The research also revealed the need to control for the speed of users’ Internet connections, which can make it seem like they’re spending a long time on a given story when they’re actually just waiting for the page to load.
10 Games Every Nintendo Wii U Player Needs
Nintendo's next console, the mysterious NX, may be approaching faster than we think. But buying a Wii U right now will give you access to free online multiplayer, Wii backwards compatibility, and most importantly a slowly growing library of modern Nintendo classics like the 10 games featured on this list. From old favorites like Mario and Donkey Kong, to sexy witches, to trigger-happy squid kids, this console is full of pleasant surprises.
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A Bunch of Handmaid's Tale Handmaids Are Creeping People Out at SXSW
South by Southwest, the Austin-based tech and entertainment expo, is known for hosting some experimental TV promos. This year, American Gods has a giant buffalo , The Man in the High Castle is opening a Resistance Radio station , Better Call Saul and Twin Peaks opened restaurants for Los Pollos Hermanos and Double R Diner. But none of those compare to the uncanny valley insanity that is whatever’s going on for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Web inventor Berners-Lee warns of fake-news threat
Of these, it's fake news that's making headlines around the world at the moment. A problem as old as the internet itself, the debate about the quick spread of fake news rose to prominence following the US presidential election last year. Many claimed that fake news reports influenced the outcome of the election, and since coming to power, President Donald Trump has used the phrase in attacks on mainstream media.
Word of the Day: Cory Booker explains 'freedom' to Bert
After his eventful panel , Booker stopped by Day Two of "The Mashable Show" – an exclusive 90-minute Twitter live stream of all things SXSW – to chat with Co-host Bert about the Word of the Day: freedom.
My system posts to twitter accounts automatically. I don't know if these are considered "bots" - they just post community alerts (weather and stuff), and that's all. However, I have noticed that within seconds of when my system tweets a URL, that URL is hit by upwards of 20 times (not by twitter) within a couple seconds. I presume these are the "bots" in question. Further, that happens to accounts that I just set up that don't even have any followers yet.
The chicken-and-egg problem of establishing if you’re a dog online
If you think about it, it’s incredibly weird that we haven’t been able to crack this nut yet. When asked who had more than 50 online accounts, almost everyone in the audience raised their hands. That’s at least 50 online identities you have to manage, and at least 50 passwords to remember – if you want to be safe – nuts, right?
Netflix could hold the key to ending Facebook's echo chamber
By now, we’re all familiar with the term echo chamber — the phenomenon of being shown only content that matches our pre-conceived notions — but the solution is evasive. Netflix, as it turns out, might hold the key the exit door of each of our echo chamber’s. But is Facebook willing to build on lessons learned by another platform? Is it even capable of a bold solution at this point?
The Best Unlocked Phones of 2017
Our most recent Editors' Choice picks for unlocked devices include the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the Google Pixel XL, the ZTE Axon 7, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The iPhone 7 Plus has a blazingly fast processor and dual rear cameras that may become more powerful with software updates as time goes on. The Pixel also has an excellent camera, and it'll be the first phone to get new Google software innovations. The ZTE Axon 7 has flagship performance and an all-metal body for only $399. And the Galaxy S7 Edge's screen stands out for its brilliant color and sharpness.
Google Has Finally Killed the CAPTCHA
CAPTCHA’s are an irritating but necessary evil. The system that is used to verify whether or not a user is human has been around a while and it had to evolve because machines were getting better at reading the text than humans. With its latest iteration, Google says you’ll no longer have to input anything at all.
Flippy the robot uses AI to cook burgers | ZDNet
"Flippy will initially only focus on flipping burgers and placing them on buns," David Zito, CEO of Miso Robotics tells ZDNet. He adds, "But since Flippy is powered by our own cooking AI software, it will continuously learn from its experiences to improve and adapt over time. This means Flippy will learn to take on additional tasks including grilling chicken, bacon, onions, and buns in addition to frying, prepping, and finishing plates. Eventually, Flippy will support CaliBurger's entire menu."
A chat with the directors of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Fujibayashi : Yes, sort of. That’s actually the first thing that we really considered. When I first started looking at this game, I had Link in an empty game field and I would just walk around and try to map out and get a feel for the distance and where landmarks should be. What helped me with this was my hometown Kyoto. I took a map of Kyoto and overlaid it on the game world and I tried to imagine going to places that I know in Kyoto. I’d think it takes this much time to get from point A to point B, so how does that translate to the game? And that’s how we started mapping out the world in Breath of the Wild .
Baidu's Billionaire CEO Envisions a Spinoff of Robot Cars Arm
Baidu Inc. ’s billionaire founder has shed more light on the Chinese search giant’s plans to sell robot cars around the world, revealing his intention to spin off its driver-less car division once it reaches maturity to attract funding and partners.
We’ve Seen At Least One Very Grim Secret at the Heart of Alien: Covenant
The first clip began on the spaceship Covenant, showing the crew as they prepared to send a lander down to the surface of a newly discovered planet. The scene highlighted the different personalities of the crew members, with bawdy banter and clipped snippiness meant to communicate camaraderie and tension. For example, one character grumbled “I hate space,” prompting another to quip “This is why you need yoga.” As mentioned in the most recent trailer, the crew on the mission is made up of couples and flirty jokes across different pairings drove home the closeness of the Covenant explorers. After the launch sequence for the lander finished, momentary panic set in when the mothership lost contact with the lander crew during descent to the planet. Radio contact was re-established, everyone breathed a sigh of relief, and the smaller craft touched down in a rough landing.
SXSW and the oddly unchanging art of waiting in line
If there’s one defining characteristic of SXSW , apart from the talks, drunken tech geeks, grackles and sore feet, it might be lines. SXSW is rife with lines: there are lines for talks, lines for experiences, lines for food, lines for coffee, even fucking lines for escalators. It’s enough to drive a sane person mad – except if you’re British, of course.
Google Cloud Platform Committed Use Discounts trump AWS Reserved Instances for now | ZDNet
We used an anonymous real-world company's cloud usage that represents a typical usage pattern combining both production and development use. That scenario revealed that a 1-year commitment showed a cost for Google Compute Engine with Committed Use and Sustained Use Discounts that was 28 percent lower than an equivalent scenario on AWS with Standard RIs. Our scenario with a 3-year commitment resulted in a cost for Google that was 35 percent lower than an equivalent scenario on AWS with 3-year Convertible RIs. In addition, for the 1-year scenario, the AWS user would have no flexibility to change instance families or regions, while the Google user would have the flexibility to make changes to VM types and zones.
Take a Look at the Most Difficult Places to Travel to in the World
Modern travel has made life so convenient that it’s easy to imagine pretty much anywhere on Earth should be accessible within 24 hours. That’s not the case. In fact, there are many places that would take far longer and several others where no one has ever stepped foot at all.
How to keep your smart TV from spying on you | ZDNet
Opinion: You could worry about Windows 10 spying on you, or you could worry about something a bit more serious -- like your TV listening in on you and passing on the information to intelligence agencies.
Logan Almost Featured a Nod to Jean Grey
“I sketched out different conversations for that dinner scene and one of them went to a much darker place. Mrs Munson asks Logan if he’s married, and Charles says he was – but he killed her. Of course, he wasn’t really married, but what that then spawns is Charles waxing poetic about Jean Grey, and it’s a really cool moment. Both Hugh and Patrick were amazing. The problem was, it created an incredibly powerful lead brick in the middle of the only moment in the movie where there was a breather. Even I, with my taste for the dark, felt that it was one too many.”
Linux Foundation chief: Businesses that don't use open source 'will fail' - TechRepublic
Still, that begs the question of how an organization should approach open source. Eric Brewer, vice president of infrastructure at Google, said that it doesn't matter when your company starts with open source, "what matters is your rate of innovation." Linux, Brewer said, won some of the early internet wars because it was open, but also because it was the most innovative of its time. He also said that companies should work with open source for the value of the ecosystem and community, not just the value of the code.
The World Wide Web's inventor warns it's in peril on 28th anniversary
The World Wide Web's inventor warns it's in peril on 28th anniversary
'Watching everyone, all the time is simply going too far," says Tim Berners-Lee.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2me9EPz
Great Reminder That You Need a Malware Scanner On Your Android Phone
Cyber Security firm Check Point has found malware on 38 Android devices from two separate corporate clients. That wouldn’t be a huge surprise but what they found worthy of note was that the malware was preinstalled “somewhere along the supply chain,” according to a blog post by the company.
Make Your Windows App for the 1% – User Camp
You have to go to some trouble to prevent your app from being exposed to a new class of users who would welcome you with open arms, as we’ll cover next. There’s also evidence that apps that work on mobile and desktop receive a boost in Store rankings. So do the right thing, and test your app on all the devices you say it works on.
How Nintendo Switch wins back this Game Boy lover
The Switch also does something else I have always dreamt about: it's a handheld gaming device powerful enough to double as a living room console. Nintendo figured a way to do this that is seamless. It's so much fun switching from a handheld console to a tablet with Wii-like controls to a living room console on a large-screen television. This versatility will appeal to both kids and adults.
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Twitch relaunches Curse as the Twitch Desktop App
At first glance, the Twitch Desktop App is faithful to its origins. It has retained many of the features that were popular with Curse users – like screen sharing, voice and video calling, and the ability to launch community servers.
Mumps Outbreak Spreads Across the Nation
Back in January , the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it was getting involved with a large outbreak of mumps in Washington state. At the time, it was uncertain if the problem was isolated to the region. It’s now becoming clear that the uptick of infections is occurring across the United States .
How to raise successful kids -- without over-parenting
By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love.
California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Driver's Seats
The proposal is a significant update to the state's self-driving car regulations adopted in 2014, which allow testing on public roads only if a driver is inside the vehicle. With the new rules, companies that want to test cars without human drivers will have to apply for a special permit and meet federal standards defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Best Computer Monitors of 2017
Size: Desktop monitors generally fall between 15 and 34 inches. The size of the panel is measured diagonally. While it's always nice to have a big viewing area, it may not be practical, given desktop space constraints. Plus, the bigger the screen, the more you can expect to pay. A 24-inch monitor is a good choice if you wish to view multipage documents or watch movies, but have limited desk space. But there's nothing like watching a movie or playing a game on a large screen, so if you have room on your desktop, a 27-inch display delivers a big-screen experience for a reasonable price. Or, if space is not an issue, consider a massive 34-inch, curved-screen model to bring a true movie-theater experience to your desktop. If you're looking to replace a dual-monitor setup with a single display, check out one of the ultra-wide, big-screen models. They are available in sizes ranging from 29 to 38 inches with curved and non-curved panels, have a 21:9 aspect ratio, and come in a variety of resolutions, including Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD) and Ultra High-Definition (UHD).
Why the discovery of a bevy of quasars will boost efforts to understand galaxies' origins
This is a long-exposure image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744. It shows some of the faintest and youngest galaxies detected in space. Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI
Late last year, an international team including researchers from the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) at Peking University announced the discovery of more than 60 extremely distant quasars, nearly doubling the number known to science - and thus providing dozens of new opportunities to look deep into our universe's history.
Tech workers find communal living a solution for high rents
Houses like The Negev, located in a neighborhood known as "SoMa" or South of Market, have cropped up around San Francisco as an influx of young professionals, many of whom are tech workers, have faced the city's notoriously high rents and apartment shortages. It has three floors and roughly 50 rooms, filled with bunk beds, beer bottles and laptops, according to residents.
The SXSW Music Torrent is the best way to catch every band playing this week in Austin
I first stumbled upon this as a teen, and although I haven’t downloaded it religiously every year, it has been responsible for me discovering some unique, interesting, and even dangerous artists. It’s a magical musical mystery tour that drags you out of your Spotify safe space, and introduces you to stuff you wouldn’t have listened to otherwise.
Google’s Untrendy Play to Make the Blockchain Actually Useful
The blockchain serves as the vast online ledger that underpins the bitcoin digital currency. It reliably stores data across a vast network of machines outside the control of any one central authority. But understandably, DeepMind isn’t trying to build a system that puts patient health data on some sort of decentralized public network. Inspired by the cryptographic techniques that make bitcoin possible, DeepMind’s system will record and later verify everything that happens to a piece of data. Just as the blockchain works to track every event related to your personal stash of bitcoin, DeepMind’s system will track every event related to hospital health data. “It puts humans in control of what’s happening,” Suleyman says.