Samsung Galaxy S8: What We Know
Samsung's Galaxy S8, which arrives on March 29, will be one of this year's hottest phones. Here's everything we know so far.
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,...
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands review: a prog rock opera of a game
WIth this extraordinarily large game about an elite soldier taking on Bolivian drug runners, is Ubisoft’s obsession with open worlds bordering on an addiction?
Watch NASA's Mars rocket tests in 360-degree video
From the "flame trench," the SLS motor spews smoke, fire and steam.
New 'Wonder Woman' trailer full of weapon-wielding action
See new footage of Diana Prince's childhood and warrior training on Themyscira, as well as her adult battle skills, for the standalone "Wonder Woman" movie opening in June.
Euclidean Lands is a clever iPhone strategy game crossed with a Rubik’s Cube
Euclidean Lands, which launches today on iOS, looks like what would happen if you crossed the beautiful, impossible architecture of Monument Valley with the turn-based action of Hitman Go… and then...
After BBC dad goes viral, the parodies (and the backlash)
Commentary: Once millions have seen your kids interrupt a live Skype interview, everyone has an opinion. And a joke.
Germany may impose $53 million fines on social media sites that don’t remove hate speech
The Germany justice minister wants to fine firms such as Facebook and Twitter up to 50 million euros ($53 million) if th
The maker of a smart vibrator has agreed to destroy sensitive user data
Standard Innovation has settled a $3 million class-action lawsuit alleging that its We-Vibe connected vibrator collected
‘Personal Shopper’: Finally, a Movie That Nails the Anxiety You Feel Texting
In her latest, Kristen Stewart embodies the mental stress of one-sided communication.
D&D is getting an official app for traditional tabletop play
a new D&D mobile app is on the way to save Dungeon Masters and players some paperwork as they enjoy the fantasy tabletop RPG.
Scientists Store One Bit of Data on a Single Atom — Future of Data Storage
The Future of Data Storage — IBM Scientists successfully managed to store one Bit of Data on a Single Atom
The Mashable Show at SXSW 2017
No Tweets for The Mashable Show at SXSW 2017 just yet. Come back once the live video starts.
'Beauty and the Beast' release postponed in Malaysia, even after 'gay moment' cut
KUALA LUMPUR Major cinema chains in Muslim-majority Malaysia have postponed the release of Walt Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", cleared by censors after a "gay moment" was cut, due to "unforeseen circumstances".
Why many major American companies have struggled in China: A final word
China holds promise for most American businesses. It is a large market that inherently desires high tech and luxury goods. Globalization is not only a trend, but a reality of how future business will be done. In response to some protectionist governments, Xi Jinping, the President of China, has come out urging all nations to actively welcome globalization. Fear of doing business in China is natural, but this should never stop an American business from trying to expand there. While there are many examples of businesses that have lost money (several of which are discussed in prior installments in this series), the ones that do make it in China reap great rewards. IKEA has dominated the home improvement market and Fitbit has inspirationally been able to learn from its past mistakes and even overtake its primary, initially more China-savvy, competitor.
PlayStation VR horror title lets friends mess with your game
There are a few other twists that could help The Persistence stand out. The ill-fated ship is procedurally generated with each new life, so you can't play the game by memory. And there are accommodations for VR beyond the phone app, too, such as teleportation. If there's a problem at this early stage, it's that there's no known release date. You could be waiting quite a while to see whether the promising concept works well in practice.
Tag Heuer and Intel are making another $1,600 Android Wear smartwatch
The latest Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch is the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45. It continues the dubious traditions of word salad branding and smartwatches that cost an arm and a leg, in this case $1,600. That’s $100 more than 2015’s Tag Heuer Connected , but what’s a Benjamin between low-tier luxury watch friends?
What's the right look for your Android phone? - Video | ZDNet
Google has come up with a personality test which pairs you with the right tools to customize your Android phone.
How project managers can succeed with procurement management - TechRepublic
Moira Alexander is the author of "LEAD or LAG: Linking Strategic Project Management & Thought Leadership" and Founder & President of Lead-Her-Ship Group. She's also a project management and IT freelance columnist for various publications and a former contributor for the Price of Business Talk Radio 1110 KTEK (Home of Bloomberg Radio), Houston, TX. She has 20+ years in business (IS&T) and project management for small to large businesses in the US and Canada. To find out more about Moira, go to www.leadhershipgroup.biz.
Google has killed off CAPTCHA as you know it
CAPTCHA tests challenge people to prove they're human, usually by asking them to identify sequences of letters, numbers, or images. Google's reCAPTCHA service is more advanced, mostly asking people to check a box that says "I'm not a robot." The point is to weed out fake bot traffic, which costs advertisers billions each year.
Facebook bars developers from using data to create surveillance tools
( Reuters ) – Facebook Inc barred software developers on Monday from using the massive social network’s data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been exploited by U.S. police departments to track protesters
Google wants you to consider a new 'smart' denim jacket
But before you rush out and put in your pre-order, take a deep breath. Google's new jacket is a step forward technologically, but according to our reporter on the scene, Marco della Cava, it might not be any more useful than the phone or smartwatch you already have. Della Cava tried on the jacket at the SXSW interactive festival in Austin, Texas.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s map is based on Kyoto
Breath of the Wild ’s rendition of Hyrule is huge, but it’s also filled with lots of places to find and explore — from enemy camps and friendly villages to puzzle-filled shrines and other secrets scattered about. According to art director Satoru Takizawa, this structure actually made Hyrule and Kyoto a great match. “One thing that made it really easy is that there are so many tourist spots in Kyoto,” he explains. “You have all of these famous temples and shrines and whatnot. If I’m going from famous spot A to famous spot B and it takes me this long, it made it really easy to envision how that would translate to the game map.”
Could this blocky GIF be our first look at aliens?
Before you get too disappointed with this Atari-esque bit of astronomy, keep in mind that Kepler is a space telescope that it is quite literally on its last legs. In coming years, the next generation of advanced telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope will be deployed. They'll provide a much better look at Trappist-1 and its planets.
Cambridge Analytica: The future of political data is in the enterprise - TechRepublic
We learned that no two campaigns are alike and that there is no 'playbook' for the standard way to run a data, digital, or technology program on a campaign. Developing a custom program five months out from election day proved to have its unique challenges. Also, the style of President Trump as a candidate was far different from what we have seen with other candidates. This required us to changes some of our approaches to more quickly measure the attitudes of the electorate.
Indecisive People Rejoice: There's an iPhone Case That's Also an Android Phone
Have you ever been using your iPhone and found yourself wishing it was heavier and more prone to viruses? Well, have we got a gadget for you. In the same way that Reese’s Peanut Butter cups brought together too disparate worlds, the Eye Smart iPhone Case crams a whole other phone on your phone.
2017 Jeep Cherokee: the sleek four-wheeler
While not Trail Rated, the Cherokee still has a two-speed transfer case and driving modes for snow, sport and sand/mud.
Smart Sex Toy Maker Agrees to Pay Customers $10k Each For Violating Privacy
Smart sex toys have a single core idea: take one of the most personal and private parts of a someone’s life and hook it up to a network designed for blasting information out for all the world to see. Back in August , it came to light that one wired-up Canadian dildo maker had violated its user’s privacy and now it has to pay up, big time.
Troubled Nuclear Builder Seen Best Fit for Asian Ambitions
“South Korea and China are probably best placed,” said Matthew Cottee, a research associate in the non-proliferation and nuclear policy program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “There has been a notable shift in the civil nuclear landscape recently. Former nuclear brands from France and Japan, such as Areva and Toshiba, are in decline.”
Company offers friends for hire so your selfies look less sad
It also lists a range of examples in which you might need to hire friends. These include holiday pictures for Facebook, in which you'd like to include a friend or two. "I want to look like I have a nice network of connections, and I'd like to upload photos. Let's solve this problem with Family Romance agents."
2017 Mazda CX-5: premium plus performance - Roadshow
2017 Mazda CX-5 is much more premium, no less fun
9 Nintendo Switch tips and tricks for getting the most out of your console
The Switch can last for around 3-5 hours on a single charge, which should be enough for most trips to work but won't get you through an entire day of mobile gaming. Worry not, as the console can be charged via a USB power bank – just make sure you've got one of the fancy new USB Type 3 ones, as the Switch is quite a hungry beast and we've heard reports that with some power banks, the console actually eats up the battery life faster than the bank can recharge it.
Here's your first sweet glimpse of the 'Love Actually' sequel
Here's your first sweet glimpse of the 'Love Actually' sequel
The Morning After: Tuesday, March 14 2017
MobilEye is one of the big players in autonomous cars and was an early partner with Tesla on its AutoPilot technology. Now Intel has snapped up the firm for $15.3 billion after the two teamed up on tech for BMW's iNext platform, expected to debut in 2021. MobilEye's expertise is in the computer vision and machine learning that helps self-driving cars figure out where to go, and Intel wants to make that a piece of its "automated driving solution."
The first WikiHouse technologies are in BETA stage and are being used in pilot projects. If you'd like your project to be one of them, please tell us about it here.
The Best Media Streaming Devices of 2017
The latest Apple TV got some long-anticipated upgrades, but it hasn't gone far enough to keep up with the competition. The new Apple TV now has its own App Store, greatly expanding the software and services available on the device. It's also equipped with a voice control remote, and you can use Siri with it just like you can with your iOS phone or tablet. It's still very Apple-centric, with music services focusing more on Apple Music than third-party apps, and unlike Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku, it doesn't support 4K. Combined with being one of the more expensive media streamers out there, it doesn't make the cut for this list. Still, its iOS integration is very appealing for dedicated Apple users who want to take advantage of features like AirPlay in addition to the usual media streaming options.
Someone cut the whole 'Breaking Bad' series into a two-hour feature film
As many of the series' best moments take place at the end of an episode, the "film" is missing those heavy-breathing, suspenseful moments before the credits flash "Executive Producer, Vince Gilligan." However, it's not at all bad.
Satellites and AI will bring real-time, real-world data to your phone
In the end, Machalek says that he’d like to cover the whole world with Spaceknow’s system, allowing anyone with a smartphone to do real-time queries about real-world data – meaning you could check from space how long the line is for the bar you want to go to, I guess.
Electric vehicle startup NIO unveils self-driving concept car at SXSW
NIO, an electric vehicle startup backed by Chinese venture capitalists, unveiled its first self-driving car concept at SXSW this weekend.
Tag Heuer’s new smartwatch has 500 style combinations, and costs at least $1,600
Intel worked with Tag Heuer on the Connected Modular 45, providing its Atom processor and technical abilities to engineer a full titanium metal body, yet still include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. The watch will run Android Wear 2.0 and support Android Pay, plus a companion app provided by Tag Heuer will expand the range of features accessible on the device. A microphone built into the watch will enable voice activation. You can even use the watch without a smartphone, at least for tracking exercise and location. The app also boasts an unusual calendar feature that works with certain watch faces, reminding you if you’re running behind by still showing past due appointments.
The 10 most important things in the world right now
The Brexit bill giving British Prime Minister Theresa May the
power to trigger Article 50 has passed . Both houses
of parliament voted to pass the Brexit bill unamended. As part of
their decision MPs overturned two amendments that would have
protected the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and ensured
that parliament had a "meaningful vote" on the terms of Brexit at
the end of the Article 50 negotiating process.
Pay $44 to learn how to make exponentially more through social media
Ninety percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 use social media, and a full third of those millennials report social media is a preferred means of talking directly with a particular business. Learn how to talk to your customer base in the way they want to hear from you with the skills found in the Social Media Marketing in 2017 bundle.
Autonomous car startup NIO unveiled its self-driving concept vehicle
NIO also intends to have its passengers interact with an “artificial intelligence engine” called NOMI to control the vehicle, although the car can be driven manually if needed. The company noted that it plans to bring the car to the US market by 2020, according to Warrior. That’s an ambitious goal for the company, given that it noted in its handout on the car that it’s shooting for an implausible range of 600 miles, with a wireless charging system that will provide 200 miles with a 10-minute charge. There’s a lot that will likely change, given that this is just a concept. But, it’s interesting to see the company design the car with the eye toward how passengers will keep themselves occupied while catching a ride to their destination.
Malaysia holds off screening 'Beauty and the Beast' after scene involving 'gay moment'
Malaysia holds off screening 'Beauty and the Beast' after scene involving 'gay moment'
Korea's updated Hyundai Sonata hints at US-bound changes - Roadshow
Hyundai's midsize sedan gets sharper looks and more features for its mid-cycle refresh.
Google adds new data analytics and database offerings | ZDNet
Google is also offering a new product called Cloud Dataprep -- a serverless data preparation tool that helps to quickly ready data for immediate analysis or machine learning. Typically, data has to be manually cleaned up before it's analyzed, but Dataprep simplifies the process by automatically detecting schemas, types, joins and anomalies such as missing values. With machine learning, it also suggests different ways of cleaning the data.
How to record your browser window in Google Chrome - TechRepublic
Openvid also works well for videos that explore questions. Want to know how well your site really works? Have a person record a video of their experience while trying to complete a task on your site. Run into problems with a site? Record a video and explain your struggle while you show the problem. Want to know how well a college student really understands a concept? Ask the student to create a video response as they scroll through to a long post.
Uber is forcing drivers in Seattle to listen to anti-union propaganda
But as things begin to come to a head in Seattle, where drivers are inching closer towards forming a union, the company is struggling to find ways to dissuade them. Its latest tactic: forcing drivers to listen to Uber podcasts about voting rights, collective bargaining and city council hearings, reports The Wall Street Journal .
7 tips that will change the way you brew coffee at home
If you've got multiple sized mason jars, it's not a bad idea to move the coffee to the most appropriately sized jar as you brew through it. A wide mouthed quart-sized jar (946.35 milliliters) is perfect for storing 12 ounces (340 grams) of coffee. As you work your way through the bag, you can downsize the jar to a pint-sized (473.18 milliliters) jar, or even use 4 ounce (118.29 milliliters) jelly jars to store pre-weighed servings.
Samsung completes its biggest acquisition ever
Harman president Dinesh Paliwal said "Samsung provides Harman with the scale, platform and complementary technologies to accelerate growth and extend our global market leadership in automotive, smart audio and connected technologies....Samsung and Harman will define – and drive – the future of automotive." If you're not sure how that works, remember Harman is the parent company of not only the Harman Kardon brand, but also Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson.
Ransomware: What would you do? One in three infected organisations pay hackers to get data back | ZDNet
No wonder ransomware has become one of the biggest menaces on the web ; a third of organisations across the globe which became infected by the file-encrypting malware in the past 12 months gave into the demands of hackers in order to regain access to their locked data.
Meet the privacy pocket that takes your phone off the grid
Silent Pocket has built this mesh into water-resistant leather goods designed to carry your tech, cutting it off from the wireless grid. That kind of security blanket doesn't come cheap. Here you see a Faraday Dry Bag ($100), the Medium Faraday Phone Sleeve ($110) and the Medium Faraday Carryall ($190). They also sell a briefcase and backpack.
How to use the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons with your Mac – and why you'd want to
And actually, if you bring your Switch, you’ll have not just one Mac gamepad on hand, but two—both Joy-Cons can be paired at the same time and used with applicable games. I fired up Super Mario Kart in OpenEmu and was able to throw down in two-player split-screen using both gamepads. They may not be robust controllers, but for simple two-player fun, they’ll do the trick.
iOS 10.3 Beta 5 vs iOS 10.2.1 Speed Test
Apple dropped iOS 10.3 beta 5 to developers earlier this week. The latest beta will likely be the last one before Apple gets around to releasing the final build of iOS 10.3 for all iPhones and iPads.
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.
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The 10 best full-frame DSLRs in 2017
The K-1 from Pentax offers a rugged build and a full-frame sensor at a relatively affordable price. It's not cheap, but it compares favourably with the likes of the Nikon D810, Canon 5D Mark III and Sony Alpha 7R II. Pentax's Pixel Shift Technology is clever, and it's great that the company has managed to produce a mode that can be used when the camera is hand-held, although the impact is subtle. Less of an all-rounder than the 5D Mark III, the K-1 makes an excellent camera for landscape, still life and portrait photography, or any genre that doesn't require fast autofocus and which benefits from a high pixel count for detail resolution.
How college loans exploit students for profit
"Once upon a time in America," says professor Sajay Samuel, "going to college did not mean graduating with debt." Today, higher education has become a consumer product — costs have skyrocketed, saddling students with a combined debt of over $1 trillion, while universities and loan companies make massive profits. Samuel proposes a radical solution: link tuition costs to a degree's expected earnings, so that students can make informed decisions about their future, restore their love of learning and contribute to the world in a meaningful way.
The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Retail 2017 | Fast Company | The Future Of Business
Retail is in the middle of a major transformation, as the internet continues to change the way we buy everything from mattresses to bananas to hammers. But companies are also reimagining what brick-and-mortar can be, inviting customers to have delightful and unexpected in-person experiences that leave a lasting impression. These companies have come up with the most creative solutions that make shopping easier and more exciting.
New Black Label Rhapsody package gives the Lincoln Continental's cabin the blues - Roadshow
The Continental Black Label packages are only available on cars equipped with the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine churning out 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque,
Seagate 12TB Enterprise Capacity hard drive pushes 42U rack capacity to 10PB | ZDNet
For the first time, hyperscale customers will be able to deploy over 10PB of high-performance storage in a single 42U rack.
Road tripping in a McLaren 570S and 570GT - Roadshow
Join us for a road trip across Europe in a fleet of McLaren cars! Sadly not this particular McLaren, though.