Watch this touching animated tribute to Nintendo's Satoru Iwata
It's been nearly a year since celebrated Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata passed away last July at the age of 55. He made his company a household name with hit ga
Automatic emergency braking will be standard in most US cars by 2022
The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced today that 20 automakers have agreed to make automatic emergency...
Watch the latest trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse: 'Let's go to war'
Ahead of its May 27th premiere, we're getting another trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, the followup to 2014's Days of Future Past.
As the title indicates, the X-Men will be squaring off with Oscar...
Uber's plan to get more people into fewer cars
Uber didn't start out with grand ambitions to cut congestion and pollution. But as the company took off, co-founder Travis Kalanick wondered if there was a way to get people using Uber along the same routes to share rides, reducing costs and carbon footprint along the way. The result: uberPOOL, the company's carpooling service, which in its first eight months took 7.9 million miles off the roads and 1,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the air in Los Angeles. Now, Kalanick says carpooling could work for commuters in the suburbs, too. "With the technology in our pockets today, and a little smart regulation," he says, "we can turn every car into a shared car, and we can reclaim our cities starting today."
Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up for Sale in Robotics Retreat
The video , published to YouTube on Feb. 23, was awe-inspiring and scary. A two-legged humanoid robot trudges through the snow, somehow maintaining its balance. Another robot with two arms and pads for hands crouches down and lifts a brown box and delicately places it on a shelf -- then somehow stays upright while a human tries to push it over with a hockey stick. A third robot topples over and clambers back to its feet with ease.
Twitter's new algorithm is now on for everyone
Twitter’s new algorithmic timeline was heralded as the end of the service by many, but when it launched, it amounted to nothing more than the natural evolution of the prior ‘while you were away’ feature.
T-Mobile adds YouTube to Binge On free streaming service
Alongside Netflix, YouTube is the biggest name in online video, and today it's being added to T-Mobile's Binge On plan , which allows streaming from partner services without it counting against users' data caps. T-Mobile chief John Legere announced the news in a video on Twitter, noting that his company is also adding others like Fox Business, Red Bull TV, and Discovery Go, taking the total of Binge On partners to more than 50.
Windows 10 apps will come to the Xbox One this summer
It feels like Microsoft has been dangling the "Windows will come to Xbox" carrot for the longest time, but now it appears the company isn't too far away from actually delivering. Speaking with Business Insider at GDC 2016, Xbox product manager Jason Ronald revealed that the company will begin opening its PC and gaming ecosystems to over the course of the year, with Windows 10 apps coming to the Xbox One in the summer.
Steve Wozniak: Apple Wasn't Really Founded In a Garage
The biggest revelation comes at the beginning of the interview, however, where he dispels the “myth” that Apple was founded in a garage. It’s well worth a watch, and the AMA has some surprisingly candid information about how to start a company, and why he left Apple.
Sonic comes to the Apple TV
If even you still own an old Sega console, the chances are you haven't played it in years. Luckily, a number of the company's most popular games, including Sonic the Hedgehog , have been ported to modern app stores. That means you can get your gaming fix, even if it is on a mobile device. If you've already downloaded or are tempted to buy Sonic the Hedgehog 1 , Sonic the Hedgehog 2 or Sonic CD on your iPhone or iPad and own the new Apple TV, we have some good news: you'll soon be able to play them all directly on the box for the very first time.
Aston Martin teams up with Red Bull to create the world's fastest hypercar
To do it, Aston has managed a historic and secret partnership with Red Bull and its Formula 1 team. For starters, the Aston Martin logo will be carried on the nose of the Red Bull Racing F1 car for the entirety of the 2016 season. But the real prize of this partnership is the hypercar, which is scheduled to come out sometime in 2018 and is being created with F1 race engineer and design demigod Adrian Newey. (Think of him as the racing world’s Professor X from X-Men , a master overseer. Where he goes, teams win.) This is a historic partnership and a major win for Aston.
'BioShock: The Collection' for Xbox One, PS4 and PC pops up again
This release would be the first time these titles make the leap to Xbox One and PS4 in what could be a primer of sorts for the rumored fourth installment of the franchise that was first tipped late last year. Any new game will likely be under new direction as the team behind BioShock and BioShock Infinite , Irrational Games, split in 2014 . There's still no word on a date, but these listings would seem to confirm that the set is primed for release at some point.
Playstation VR Is Virtual Reality's Trojan Horse
Not only will it be cheaper for those millions upon millions of Playstation owners, the set up is going to be a lot easier, too. Because Sony is working with a known piece of computer hardware—Playstation 4—it can make a very simple plug-and-play solution. (Yes, presumably Sony could still fuck this up, but I want to give them the benefit of the doubt here.). One of the biggest problems with the glut of VR systems available is that they’re enthusiast only. You need a degree or a few years of gadget blogging to set up a Vive or a Rift dev kit. PS VR, on the other hand, is built for the same mainstream consumer the PS4 and previous accessories were built for. Say what you will about Playstation content and quality, but my Luddite best friend can still figure out how to plug it in to watch a Blu-ray.
Amazon's Alexa can now shout your Fitbit stats at you
"Our integration with Alexa gives you hands-free access to your data, so you can find out when you walk in the door at the end of the day what your step count is in seconds, and know if you need to go on a quick walk before dinner," said Tim Roberts, Executive Vice President, Interactive at Fitbit. "As we look at how this integration could evolve in the future, there is an endless world of possibilities from fitness coaching and nutrition tips, to guidance before bedtime to help you get a more restful night’s sleep."
T-Mobile's Binge On now lets you stream from YouTube
With these new additions, Binge On now offers access to a total of over 50 websites. The carrier’s full list of free video providers is available here .
SeaWorld says its current orcas will be its last
SeaWorld announced Thursday it would no longer breed killer whales in captivity at any of its parks, making its current generation of orcas its last. The move comes after years of public pressure and declining fortunes.
Apple Infringed On Video Streaming Patents, Rules German Court
A German court has ruled that Apple has infringed on five patents owned by OpenTV, Reuters reports . OpenTV is owned by the Swiss company Kudelski Group and makes set-top boxes and middleware for video-streaming services. In 2014 the company sued Apple alleging the iPhone maker infringed on its patents by using its video streaming technologies in products including the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Macs. In its ruling on Tuesday the German court said "[OpenTV’s] claim is predominantly valid and well-founded."
The inconvenient truth about love — and divorce
If we, as a society, were honest with ourselves, we would admit that it is not reasonable to expect people to marry for love yet not to divorce for lack of love. We should either go back to the old brand of marriage, telling our children that matrimony is about duty, sacrifice and endurance, or we should get off Gwyneth Paltrow’s case. She may not have put her finger on the perfect brand name, but at least she is trying to move us along from our 19th-century mentality that divorce represents failure and shame. When divorce represents a couple’s best chance at future love and happiness, let’s imagine a world where empathy and support trump our old-fashioned concepts.
Unmasking Startup L. Jackson, Silicon Valley’s Favorite Twitter Persona
Things kept picking up speed, and with great follower count comes great responsibility. Thompson, a 37-year-old father of two who is a connoisseur of podcasts and technology journalism, describes himself as someone who doesn’t go out of his way to be known. But Startup L. had the eager ear of Silicon Valley’s most influential, and he began to ask himself what he could do with such a loud megaphone. The character developed a few trademark crusades—laying bare Silicon Valley’s challenges with diversity, for one. Humor helped. “You've got 99 developers and a woman ain’t one," he tweeted. "No s--- you're having culture problems, I don't feel bad for you son.” Levity resonated with readers more than angry diatribes would, Thompson said. He’s guided by what he’s seen as an early-stage investor, where anyone who doesn’t match the pattern of white engineer from Stanford can have a tough time. As part of his investing, Thompson is a participant in Bloomberg Beta’s “Open Scouts” program, through which Bloomberg Beta co-invests with Thompson. Bloomberg Beta is the venture capital arm of Bloomberg LP.
Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 to Windows Phone 8.1 users | ZDNet
Users also need to run the Upgrade Advisor app to determine whether their particular Windows Phone is eligible to get the update to Windows 10 Mobile. Based on information on Microsoft's Insider preview update page, it looks like these are the phones that will be eligible for Windows 10 Mobile . (The list includes several phones that initially shipped with Windows 10 Mobile.):
In the Apple encryption fight, the FBI is now on China's side
This wasn’t what Comey had in mind when he launched his crusade against encryption, but the past two weeks have made it difficult to avoid. For weeks, the FBI has been using Apple’s Chinese expansion as a way to score points. In a particularly taunting editorial last Saturday, a former general counsel for the NSA asked "just how much work you’ve already done for repressive regimes surveilling their own people." If Apple has already built backdoors for China, how can it object to building one for the FBI? In a filing in the San Bernardino case the next week, the government made a similar case. They told the judge about Apple's accommodation of the Chinese WAPI wireless standard and Chinese state media reports that suggested the company had turned over source code to the government. For prosecutors, those accommodations looked an awful lot like the same kind of measure Apple was now denying to the FBI.
Encrypted email service ProtonMail comes out of beta, unveils iOS and Android apps | ZDNet
Strong encryption and privacy are a social and economic necessity, says company chief: service has more than one million users.
US to ban hoverboard imports following Segway complaint
In the ITC's notice, it says Segway named 13 specific companies, which it believes infringe upon its intellectual property, in the complaint it submitted in 2014. They include Robstep Robot., Shenzhen INMOTION Technologies, Tech in the City, Freego USA, UPTECH Robotics Technology, Beijing Universal Pioneering Technology, FreeGo, EcoBoomer and Roboscooters.com. Most of these entities import self-balancing scooters from China. Segway also included Chinese company Ninebot in the list, but the Tianjin-based corporation ended up buying Segway in 2015.
Nextbit isn't bringing the Robin to Verizon and Sprint after all
If you backed Nextbit's Robin and have pledged allegiance to Sprint or Verizon in the US, well, you're out of luck. Nextbit CEO Tom Moss admitted in a message to the project's backers that development of the CDMA Robin was based on misguided information from potential carrier partners, and noted that there "doesn't appear to be a workable solution." In other words, that CDMA Robin isn't happening and Moss's remarks don't leave much hope for future developments. Here are the important bits: anyone who ordered that variant will get a full refund within 48 hours, and a 25 percent discount to Nextbit's online store.
Hands-on with Intel's Skull Canyon NUC, the most powerful game-ready mini-PC
The front of the Skull Canyon NUC features an SD card reader and two USB 3.0 ports, plus a combo analog headset jack and integrated IrDA. The back really packs it on with optical and analog audio port, Gigabit ethernet, two USB 3.0 Type A ports, miniDisplayPort, and HDMI 3.0, plus a Thunderbolt 3.0 port. With the latter trio, Intel says you can drive up to three 4K UltraHD monitors at up to 60Hz.
Apple cofounder: Tim Cook's Apple 'isn’t the company that Apple was originally'
I worry a little bit about — I mean I love my Apple Watch, but — it’s taken us into a jewelry market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1100 based on how important you think you are as a person. The only difference is the band in all those watches. Twenty watches from $500 to $1,100. The band’s the only difference? Well this isn’t the company that Apple was originally, or the company that really changed the world a lot. So it might be moving, but you’ve got to follow, you know. You’ve got to follow the paths of where the markets are.
Inside the factory where Acura builds its otherworldly NSX supercar
Once painted, each chassis is placed on its own rolling cart – and this is where the NSX build process radically departs from a conventional factory plan. Instead of a conveyor that brings each chassis in front of a single worker for 30 to 60 seconds for each step of the assembly, every car goes to a small team of workers for about an hour while those workers go through a series of assembly steps. The pace of work is relaxed, with plenty of time to get everything right. To offer just one example, every nut and bolt on the NSX is hand-threaded to avoid damage to the chassis or the fastener.
The World Changing Ideas Of 2016
People have been told we're living in the future, but few people are actually seeing the future around them. Instead, most people on this planet are living in worlds that remain aggressively similar to the way they've always been, give or take the ability to check something on Wikipedia. We're told that the technological innovations and brain power we currently employ have reshaped the world and improved people's lives. Is it better to be living now than 50 years ago? Yes, but that's surely cold comfort when you can't pay a medical bill or the bank takes your house or you can't buy food for your kids—or you simply weren't lucky enough to be born in a rich country.
Uber is testing a way to pay drivers instantly
Uber is testing out a way to pay its drivers at the end of every ride, rather than once a week, which will hopefully help them avoid payday lending services charging high fees, the AP reports . Once signed up, drivers' earnings will be sent to an account from the online banking company Gobank. They won't be charged any fees as long as they access the account at least once every six months (though GoBank will charge $8.95 a month if the money sits any longer). The program will first launch in San Francisco and other cities, and it's also a direct response to a similar instant payment offering from Lyft (which requires drivers to deposit at least $50, and charges 50 cents for every transaction).
Twitter kills TweetDeck for Windows, automates logins for TweetDeck users
Twitter today rolled out a change that will make it easier for users who switch between its desktop application TweetDeck and its website, by no longer requiring users to login to TweetDeck separately. That is, if users have the Twitter website open and are already logged in, they’ll be able to skip the login process on TweetDeck. Related to this news, Twitter says it’s also killing off its TweetDeck for Windows application.
How Thimbleweed Park updates classic adventure games for a modern audience
The first thing you'll probably notice about the game, though, is its massive interface, which takes up nearly a third of the screen. While modern adventure games have streamlined things considerably, Thimbleweed looks like it's lifted its UI from Day of the Tentacle . At all times you can see the items in your inventory, as well as view the verbs that let you interact with the world around you. Click "open" and then click a door and you'll open the door; select "look at" if you want to investigate a dead body. "We chose to go back to this interface because I think there was a lot of charm to those old graphic adventures, and a lot of modern adventures don't have that same charm to them," says Gilbert. "We really wanted to understand, well, why is that? And I think the interface actually has a lot to do with that."
Mike Ananny: It’s time to reimagine the role of a public editor, starting at The New York Times
RELATED ARTICLEWhat are the boundaries of today’s journalism, and how is the rise of digital changing who defines them?April 27, 2015 These scenarios — clashing guidelines, editorial algorithms, ethical witnessing — may seem far-fetched, but they represent a fast-approaching future. To hold future journalism accountable (not simply to describe its dynamics to interested readers), public editors must speak a new language of platform ethics that is part professional journalism, part technology design, all public values. This means a public editor who can hold accountable a new mix of online journalists, social media companies, algorithm engineers, and fragmented audiences — who can explain to readers what this mix is and why it matters. This public editor should be well versed in the tensions and tradeoffs of enterprise journalism, but she should also be an expert in the boundaries of journalism, the politics of platforms , the ethics of algorithms , and the emerging “liminal press” that sits somewhere between traditional journalism and software design.
'Leaked' iPhone SE packaging confirms 16GB storage and Apple Pay | Cult of Mac
The official debut of the iPhone SE is just days away, but it appears that packaging for the new device has already been spotted in the wild, and it confirms some of the device’s new features.
There is a war on encryption right now, and frankly I don't think most politicians, and probably most of the senior folk at the FBI, even really know what it is. I'm sure in their view it's just some evil blackbox designed to keep them out, and all they need to do is bludgeon anyone implementing encryption systems with laws, the courts and a lot of bluster about how people like Apple are helping pedophiles, terrorists and organized crime.
How this antique technology could turn out to be the future of broadband | ZDNet
Even with the reach versus rate trade-off, the technology can be used not only between distribution points (broadband networking boxes often found on lampposts or down manholes) and the premises they connect 30m to 40m away, but also from homes to street cabinets, that tend to be a little bit further away at 300m to 400m. Without G.fast, premises at an equivalent distance to a fibre-connected cabinet would be looking at top speeds in the region of around 70Mbps to 80Mbps in a best-case scenario.
Baidu will soon test its self-driving cars in the US
Chinese tech giant Baidu is planning to make self-driving cars a commercially viable option by 2018. To take another step in that direction, the company will test its autonomous vehicles on roads in the US. The plan to bring those cars stateside was announced by Baidu's chief scientist Andrew Ng this week, inviting better cooperation with the United States government and the ability leverage resources from its Silicon Valley tech center. That office, which is lead by Ng, is staffed with a number of employees tasked with the development of self-driving tech.
The Times has no workable way to do that kind of thing now. There are editor’s notes — but they are rarities, and therefore a big deal; they seem to be considered something to be avoided, if possible. But online stories elsewhere and blog posts everywhere routinely carry time stamps and notifications that a story was updated, often with an explanation of why. (Mathew Ingram of Fortune has offered some worthwhile thoughts about the value of this.)
Hands-on with Zotac's tiny VR-ready PC
Zotac says its hasn't set a price yet but I’m going to guess it’ll be between $1,500 and $2,000. Here's my reasoning: You really can’t buy into a gaming laptop for less than $2,200. But that includes OS, RAM, Storage, keyboard, and monitor, too. The EN980 will come bare-bones, so you’ll have to add RAM, storage, and OS. There's a price premium for small computers but I can’t see this costing close to what companies charge for an entire laptop.
Ford's Quest To Remake Itself Into A Master Of UX
The harder problem to contend with is the shifting meaning of what a vehicle is, due to services such as Uber and technologies such as driverless cars which might make car ownership an antiquated idea. "That means expanding the services inside of a car and expanding the definition of mobility." The car business would become about sell services, instead of selling cars. Imagine a car being less like a box you buy that gets you from one place to another, and more like a computer you sit at, filled with apps for biding time as you’re driven to work. Already, Ford has being thinking about whether a car should become an API that other companies tap into. Whatever does happen though, Hanna says it’s clear that the idea that Google or Apple will simply port their UIs over to our cars is far oversold. "We get romanced by the idea of Apple’s Car Pay or Android Auto. But the complexity of a software OS just isn’t compatible with a car." In cars, you don’t drag and drop. The interface is mostly seen through your peripheral vision. And any activity other than simply driving is one that shouldn’t be all that engaging, by design.
Buy the Razer Core Graphics Enclosure Now
Like the graphics amplifier from Alienware, the Core is compatible with several AMD and Nvidia graphics cards. Razer Core can accommodate graphics cards that draw a maximum of 375 watts and are no larger than 12.20 by 5.98 by 1.73 inches. AMD graphics cards that the Core supports at launch are: AMD Radeon R9 Fury, Nano, 300 Series, 290X, 290, and 280. On the Nvidia side, GeForce GTX Titan X, 980 Ti, 980, 970, 960, 950, 750 Ti, and 750 are supported.
How to Watch Apple's March 21 iPhone Event
Apple will be streaming the March 21 event live, online , beginning 10 a.m. PDT, but the live stream won't work on all devices. The broadcast relies on Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology, which only works on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices running at least iOS 7.0; Mac computers running at least OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 and Apple's Safari browser version 6.0.5; or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 .
Google Docs lets you limit access with an expiration date
There is one caveat, however -- the person that's limited by the expiry date can only have view access. So if you want to given them permission to actually edit a Google Doc, you'll still need to go in and lock them out the old fashioned way at the end of the project. Still, for enterprise customers this should be a useful tool, and one more reason to consider Google's productivity suite over Microsoft Office. We just hope this eventually rolls out to all Google users, and not just those with Google Apps accounts.
What to Expect from Miitomo - IGN
This is where the money comes in. Miitomo coins are used to buy clothes. The coins can be earned through in game activities, such as answering questions, and through daily login bonuses. Answering questions don’t yield much, though. At only 15 coins per question, it’s slow to earn coins if you’re solely relying on that. Bottoms can cost anywhere from a few hundred coins to well over a thousand. Full outfit sets are easily a few thousand coins. Still, most things you do will help you earn coins, so it’s not impossible to save up for that dream pirate outfit you first fell in love with when you opened the store.
With 33 Employees, Nextbit Hopes To Succeed In Ways That Smartphone Giants Can't
Even if people aren't going to buy a Robin because an AT&T or Verizon salesperson thrusts one into their hands, the phone is designed to be the sort of product that could succeed through the best marketing of all: word of mouth. "I was just flying back from Mexico yesterday and I kid you not, I was sitting there on the flight and I had my phone on the little table," Croyle says. "The flight attendant was giving me a cup of water and she's like, 'What's that phone? I want to know about that.' That's happened to me, just since November, at least a dozen times. Either I'm at a retail shop, or a clothing store, or it's this flight attendant." (Having carried a light blue and white Robin around while working on this story, I can confirm that it attracts unsolicited attention in a way no Apple or Samsung phone does.)
Samsung blings up Gear S2 with De Grisogono | ZDNet
Samsung has not yet released a price for the gem-bedazzled wrist wearable. "The combination of style and substance is inherent in every Samsung device," said Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of global marketing at Samsung. "This dynamic partnership builds on this heritage by merging Samsung's barrier-breaking technology with De Grisogono's signature style to create a smartwatch as unique as the wearer."
Sticking with Windows 7? The forecast calls for pain | ZDNet
For small businesses and consumers without enterprise deployment tools, a clean install of the aging Windows 7 can take a full day. And the problem's getting worse. Here's why.
The initiative, led by CEO Michael Friedenberg and CMO Josh London, includes integrated marketing campaigns across digital, events, print, out-of-home and social media, as well as internal communications to its employees around the world. The new campaign highlights IDG’s unique proposition in the media industry to provide its customers and audiences with “Insights, Intent & Engagement,” IDG’s new tagline.
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Guy proposing to his girlfriend after her cochlear implant will make you weep with joy
The University of Mississippi Medical Center shared a video on Facebook of a patient, Andrea Diaz, who just had cochlear implant activated. Not only does the touching video show Diaz's heartfelt reaction to hearing for the first time, including hearing her mother's voice, she had another big surprise in store as well.
Google just scored a huge win against Amazon by landing Apple as a customer
It's been only four months since Google convinced enterprise queen Diane Greene to lead its fledgling cloud-computing business, but she's already scored a second huge coup for Google: landing Apple as a customer which is not good news from Amazon.