Intel is buying autonomous-vehicle tech maker MobilEye for $15.3 billion
The chipmaker just confirmed the acquisition of the Jerusalem-based firm. MobilEye doesn't make its own self-driving car
Apple releases new ad with real-life iMessage stickers
Apple just published a new video ad on its YouTube channel. I’ve been writing about recent Apple ads because they’ve been a bit more creative than your..
Scarlett Johansson's Trump-loving dog skewers liberals
Commentary: On SNL, a scientific presentation to VCs goes awry when a machine translates a dog's thoughts and they're not what a liberal wants to hear.
Design leader from Wealthfront and Facebook discusses career paths for designers, leadership and more
Kate Aronowitz was the vice president of design at Wealthfront. Before that, she was a designer director at Facebook, where she built their team from 20 to..
MIT lab’s smart boots could keep astronauts on their feet
If you've ever worn a spacesuit during a moonwalk or EVA, and I know a lot of you have, you were probably frustrated by how difficult it was to move around..
How Iron Fist connects to the other Marvel shows on Netflix
Iron Fist, the latest in Netflix’s string of Marvel superhero shows, arrives on Netflix March 17th. It should serve just fine as the standalone story of Danny Rand, a superhero trained in mystical...
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.
20 million people are facing starvation and famine right now—here’s how you can help
The United Nations said this week that the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945. Famine and starva
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.
Intel buys self-driving tech firm MobilEye for $15.3 billion
The technology they're working on isn't just for BMW vehicles, though. The idea is to build a "scalable architecture" that can be used by any automaker, especially if they don't want to build their own tech from scratch. As such, it could become a huge business for MobilEye, which may help explain the huge acquisition price. The deal is one of the largest acquisitions of an Israeli-based tech company ever.
Intel acquiring Mobileye's self-driving car technology in $15 billion deal
"The acquisition of Mobileye brings together the assets of Intel’s Xeon processors, FPGAs, 3D XPoint memory, and 5G modems with the world leader in automotive computer vision," says Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. "This acquisition essentially merges the intelligent eyes of the autonomous car with the intelligent brain that actually drives the car."
A mysterious Turkish exile just bought luxury phone brand Vertu
If you’ve never heard of Vertu before, that’s okay. The British smartphone manufacturer is hardly a household name. It makes phones exclusively for the rich and gilded, with handsets regularly retailing for several thousand dollars.
Ed Sheeran will guest star on next season of 'Game of Thrones' and it's all because of Maisie Williams
Ed Sheeran will guest star on next season of 'Game of Thrones' and it's all because of Maisie Williams
PS4 games will soon be playable on your PC thanks to PlayStation Now
PS4 game streaming on PlayStation Now works the same as it did on PS3, allowing users to beam a game directly to their machine without the need to buy a disc or digital download that sucks up a third of your hard drive space.
The Levi's Commuter smart jacket has a ton of promise
Battery life, meanwhile, we're told is about two days, and the Bluetooth device can be easily unclipped and charged via USB. Aside from the Jacquard part of it and the black cuff, the new Commuter looks like any other piece from Levi's' line of denim jackets, meaning there aren't really any trade-offs in terms of comfort and style. You can even throw it in the washing machine without a worry, so long as the cuff isn't attached to the sleeve. In other words, no one would know you're wearing a jacket with a sci-fi twist to it.
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 .
Now Google's clever AI can tell you're not a bot without reCAPTCHA even appearing | ZDNet
You'll no longer need to confirm "I'm not a robot" with the latest version of Google's reCAPTCHA bot filter test.
TNW @ SXSW on Twitter
Musio makes me wonder: Do we really need better-looking smart hubs? #SXSW http://tnw.me/AEo4BLk pic.twitter.com/sCoJXIrxKo
YouTube launches Uptime, an experimental app for watching videos with friends
What Uptime is still lacking, though, is the ability to filter the community’s shares, so you can find videos by genre, as well as a search box to discover those that have already been shared to the network. There’s also no way to tap at the top of the screen to scroll back up to the top — a common iOS gesture, which is a little disconcerting. This could be by design, as the app is meant for just continuous scrolling and not a feed where you’re supposed to see all the entries.
Facebook tells developers to not use data for surveillance
In response to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice, Facebook announced today that it will clarify its developer policy to explicitly prohibit the use of Facebook or Instagram data in surveillance tools.
Toshiba wants to push back the release of its third quarter earnings — again
(Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp is seeking to extend its Tuesday
deadline for submitting official third-quarter earnings due to
disagreements with auditors over issues at its U.S. nuclear unit
Westinghouse, sources familiar with the matter said.
Google’s Android Taste Test helps you find the perfect phone theme
Google has put together an online tool called #myAndroid Taste Test that's designed to help you select a wallpaper, launcher, and icon set based on your preferences. It asks you a bunch of rapid-fire questions where you have to say whether you're more of a “geometric” or "organic” type of person, for example, and spits out a customized result at the end.
Netflix's Plan to Change Its Rating System is Troubling
Users shouldn’t rely on the horde of unwashed masses to make their movie and TV viewing decisions for them. But still, rating systems are useful. Netflix five star system has been in place for years and it can be handy, especially if you just want to look at the top rated picks. That’s all about to change.
How 'Silicon Holler' is bringing tech skills to coal miners - TechRepublic
In eastern Kentucky, a skills-based program is retraining the workforce for jobs in tech. Here are seven video interviews with the leaders in politics and technology who helped make this happen.
How to Backup Your iPhone and iPad with and without iTunes
Just connect your iPhone to the PC, and it starts to sync and backup (everything from your contacts, SMS, app data, music, photo, and videos). iTunes gives you control over what exactly you want to sync. Here’s a pro tip: Enable Wi-Fi sync from your device screen in iTunes. This means you won’t need to connect your iPhone to back it up. Just periodically hit the backup button on iTunes when you’re working, and the iPhone will do the rest.
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.
Chrome 57 for Mac throttles background tabs for better CPU use & battery life
The desktop versions of Chrome —including the Mac edition —now throttle the performance of background tabs, according to Google, reducing CPU demand and hence the browser's power consumption on MacBooks.
The Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2017
Bluetooth speakers come in a wide range of prices. Don't assume, however, that the most money always buys the best overall product. Generally speaking, higher-end models do sound better, but sometimes they lack the features you might expect for the price. The trick is to get the best sound, along with the features you want, at a price you can afford. The easiest way to get the best price: Shop around online. You'll often find prices well below list if you do a little bargain hunting on the Web. Don't be afraid to look for similar speakers to the ones on this list, either; a number of the options included here have solid predecessors that you can now find for much less since they've been replaced.
Finn Jones' Latest Dumb Defense of Iron Fist: It's Trump's Fault
Finn Jones, star of Marvel and Netflix’s Iron Fist , keeps blaming outside factors for the poor reviews of his show. He’s already trotted out the old and rotted “this is for the fans not critics” argument, but now he’s added an argument as baffling as it is new: Danny Rand is too much like Trump and that is why people don’t like him. We are dead serious.
Atomic Blonde Is a Kick-Ass Super-Spy Movie That's More Dramatic Than it Looks
In many ways, aspects of Atomic Blonde will be really familiar to fans of high-octane action movies. It invests a lot in ambitious set pieces and fight choreography, and features many predictable character archetypes. But it manages to tie together its Cold War setting and character arcs into a larger theme very, very well.
Why IBM's speech recognition breakthrough matters for AI and IoT - TechRepublic
Reaching human-level performance in AI tasks such as speech or object recognition remains a scientific challenge, according to Yoshua Bengio, leader of the University of Montreal's Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) Lab, as quoted in the blog post. Standard benchmarks do not always reveal the variations and complexities of real data, he added. "For example, different data sets can be more or less sensitive to different aspects of the task, and the results depend crucially on how human performance is evaluated, for example using skilled professional transcribers in the case of speech recognition," Bengio said.
iPhone 8 will blow away Samsung's Galaxy S8 sales, forecast says
Samsung might have millions of tech aficionados impatiently waiting out the upcoming launch of its flagship Galaxy S8 handset, but recent forecasts suggest the device will still trail behind Apple’s next-generation iPhone when it comes to sales.
Apple snubs Nokia's Withings on new HomeKit accessories webpage
Apple recently revamped its online list of HomeKit-compatible products to include status updates on upcoming products. While the catalog includes products from a number of manufacturers, it fails to mention a security camera from major brand Nokia's Withings subsidiary.
Reza Aslan: “I Want To Be The Interpreter Of Religion For People” | Fast Company
I think that although we [as humans] are tribal people, although we are people who tend to be as concerned with out-group as we are with in-group, what I have found is that the more knowledge of the world that we have, the more experience of the world that we have, the more the world gets smaller, the more difficult it is to ignore the things that we have in common with each other. I do feel like what we are seeing is the progress of progressivism, if you will, not just in society but in religion itself. There will always be people who, perhaps because they feel left behind by that progress, are going to react against it, sometimes in violent ways—people who are going to revert to the fundamentals of their religion. We should always remember that fundamentalism is a reactionary phenomenon, not an independent one. We should have confidence in the fact that what it’s reacting to is the progress of society. So let’s focus on the real thing, which is that progress.
How Sonos’s Design Chief Stays Creative And Inspired Despite The Noise | Fast Company
Then there’s the team. I try to surround myself with people who are opinionated, who are willing to challenge me. The hard thing for a designer is, as you get more experienced and take on more responsibility, you don’t want to end up in an environment where people are agreeing with you because of your title. That’s not very satisfying if you’re creative. It’s about surrounding yourself with people who want to debate these things and geek out on it. Just like technologists will geek out on technology, designers will geek out on design. What does that design mean? Why does it work well?
Report: Phone Searches at US Border Set to Skyrocket in 2017
The recent anecdotal evidence of an increase in phone searches at the border turns out to be spot on. According to data obtained by NBC News, the number of phone searches at the border has skyrocketed this year, with more searches performed on phones in February 2017 than the entire year of 2015.
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.
Setapp: Mac users' software purchases just got much easier - TechRepublic
The Setapp subscription package offers Mac users an interesting and affordable twist on purchasing software. Here's what you need to know about Setapp.
Attend Virtual YouTube Viewing Parties Via Uptime App
The web giant's Area 120 startup incubator over the weekend launched a new app called Uptime, which lets you attend virtual YouTube viewing parties. You'll be able to watch YouTube videos together with friends while chatting it up from the same screen.
Why Employees At Apple And Google Are More Productive | Fast Company
Companies like Apple, Netflix, Google, and Dell are 40% more productive than the average company, according to research from the leadership consulting firm Bain & Company. You might think that it’s because these companies attract top-tier employees–high performers who are naturally gifted at productivity–but that’s not the case, says Bain & Company partner Michael Mankins.
2018 Porsche 911 GT3 promises plenty of naturally aspirated power - Roadshow
Its new 4.0-liter flat six engine puts out 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque.
Project management 101: Understanding Six Sigma and its business value - TechRepublic
Six Sigma is essentially a data-driven approach that's aimed at creating process and product excellence by drastically reducing defects, waste, and time while lowering costs and enhancing customer satisfaction. The term Six Sigma means that 99.99966% of all output is expected to be defect free.
Windows 10 will soon let you try apps without installing them first
The move to enable interactive ads like this should help you make a smarter choice about whether you should shell out good money or give up hard drive space for an app you come across. Plus, they don’t require any special coding; advertisers only need to click a few buttons to set up Playable Ads for their Store apps.
NBN facing challenges from mobile and IoT: Cisco | ZDNet
While NBN is no longer 'behind the eight-ball', it is facing challenges from the connectivity speeds and ubiquitousness of mobile networks, as well as the question of how it will accommodate IoT, according to Cisco.
Politician denies sending tweet, giant screen behind him shows the tweet
While on live TV, international trade secretary Liam Fox denied sending a controversial tweet while a large screen behind him clearly displayed it for everyone to see.
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.
GCHQ warns politicians about Russian hacking threat - BBC News
In a letter to politicians, Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said: "You will be aware of the coverage of events in the United States, Germany and elsewhere reminding us of the potential for hostile action against the UK political system.
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.
The great Honda Civic Type R vs. Ford Focus RS debate - Roadshow
For Honda enthusiasts in the US, the debut of the 2017 Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show is significant. Previous generations of Honda's halo performance sport compact were sold in major markets like Japan and Europe, but not in America -- leaving Honda fanboys and fangirls here out in the cold. The arrival of the latest Type R is different because it will be hitting showrooms here late this spring.
Comcast completes acquisition of Icontrol's IoT and home security arm | ZDNet
While the terms of the deal remain undisclosed, Comcast SVP and XFinity Home general manager Daniel Herscovici explained in a blog post that the acquisition will give the company full control over Icontrol's research and development roadmap. Specifically, it will allow the company to accelerate the pace of XFinity Home's development, especially in the area of connected home security, Herscovici wrote.
This fancy Samsung fridge costs less than you might think
This fridge originally retailed for $3,700 when it debuted last year, but this year, you can get it for well under $3,000 (as of writing this, it's down to $2,500 at several major retailers). At that price, it's a solid bargain -- check out our full review to learn more.
'Buffy' at 20: Clare Kramer on her Glory days
As "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" turns 20, the actor talks about her role as the out-of-place goddess Glorificus, who loved to wreck havoc while looking fabulous.
How to use WhatsApp from your computer
Once the app is installed or you're logged in to the Web interface, anyone with access to your computer can pull up your WhatsApp conversations as long as you're logged in. If your computer is password-protected, that's probably not a big deal. But if you use WhatsApp Web from a public computer, sign out when you're finished. You can do that by clicking on the three-dot menu icon and selecting Log out .
Score this Full HD, 23-inch PC monitor by Lenovo for $105 from Walmart
If you’re putting together a desktop PC, need to upgrade your current display, or simply want to add another monitor to your computer setup for cheap, then the excellent Lenovo LI2364d is currently on sale at a deep discount. Normally priced at around $160 at most retailers, Walmart is offering this modern and feature-laden Lenovo 23-inch monitor at a $42 discount off of its own price, which brings the cost down to just $104 .
Russian Spies Helped Hack Yahoo, as if Tensions Weren’t High Enough
But unlike the DNC hack, which prompted controversy over the intelligence community’s attribution of the attack to Russia, the Yahoo attribution may be harder to undermine or deny. That’s partly because the indictment implies the DOJ has enough evidence to to go before a jury. “The case is pretty solid,” says Vitali Kremez, a senior intelligence analyst at Flashpoint who has been researching these activities for months. “These were very specific attacks targeting Yahoo, which probably didn’t include any malware, but rather specific access logs and email accounts used to stage this attack. So instead of malware this is an actor-centric investigation.”
The 10 best Disney villain songs
Facilier channels his magically gifted villain predecessors in this dastardly ditty inspired by New Orleans and the mystery of voodoo. It's hard to resist Keith David's musical charisma as the shadows and skulls grow increasingly sinister — until it's too late for Prince Naveen to escape.