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...
A lifetime of elite VPN protection is just $39
If you want to protect your privacy while you’re out-and-about, it’s essential to use a VPN. You can lock in a great price on one of the world’s most reliable VPN providers with a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited, available for just $39 from TNW Deals. VPN Unlimited are great, but don’t just take out …
The OnePlus 3T phone gets fancy schmancy in all black
OnePlus is releasing a limited-edition all black version of the 3T.
How Spotify is finally gaining leverage over record labels
That's why over the past few years, Spotify has been pushing five different paths to putting pressure on the labels to cut it a better royalties deal. They..
The myth of the ‘harmless’ volcano and other thoughts on yesterday's Mt. Etna explosion
Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano, made headlines yesterday when an explosion injured at least 10 people. A BBC crew captured the moment in a harrowing video, showing scorching hot rocks and ash...
Giant Knob Lamp
This is a 3D printed LED lamp project that looks like a giant knob. Turn it, and watch it glow from the inside. This instructable is meant to be a companion to the webinar series I'll be hosting starting March 15. Design Now: Hour of Making in Motion will focus on mechanical assemblies and integrating electronic parts in Fusion 360. Follow this link to register for free.
Real YouTube people fall for real mockery of Chevy ads
Commentary: You know the ads. They show supposedly real people marveling at the hidden glories of Chevy. This mocking version may be more real.
Supercomputer simulation looks inside of 2011's deadliest tornado
It took a supercomputer three days to recreate of this incredible storm.
Clear Sink Clog - FAST, NO BUCKETS, NO CHEMICALS
So, the bathroom sink is clogged again. I hate it when that happens. Here is the fastest, simplest, tidiest way to get rid of this little inconvenience.The web is FULL of references and guidance on clog-removal methods that involve disassembly of pipes, or evil liquids of one sort or another. We are going to AVOID all that yuck and mess, and get right to the heart of the matter.Most of the time, the clog is a combination of hair and slime, and it is NOT at the bottom of the trap. (That's the plumbing term for that removable U-shaped pipe at the bottom.) Slime and hair collect in the drainpipe right where the stopper-lift lever intrudes into the drainpipe. We are simply going to pull out the stopper-lift lever, scrape the clog loose, and flush it on down the drain. No muss, no fuss, no wrenches, no Nasty Potions. You ...
Homemade Wooden Headphones
Headphones usually look quite boring and are very often black and made from plastic. Combined it looks cheap and the plastic doesn't give an inviting appearance. To have a personal set of headphones that give a welcome feeling I decided to make my own earpieces to go with a set of headphones. The project is relatively simple but does involve the the use of a lathe.The materials needed are:On-ear headphonesPiece of wood (Taxus)4 small screwsFinish (Linseed & Tung oil, Revol)Tools needed:LatheSandpaperCotton clothEnjoy the project!
LG sued in class-action lawsuit over bricked G4 and V10
Though each of the four parties' stories vary on how LG specifically handled the issue, overall it went like this: LG would attempt to repair the defective devices or send replacements. Unfortunately, the replaced phones (sometimes replaced third-over) also shared the same bootloop defect. In some instance, LG refused to pay for the replacement phone citing expired warranties. All were unaware of the bootloop effect before purchasing the phone.
The Best iPad Apps of 2017
However, there's a downside: app discovery. How do you navigate all the iPad-optimized apps to find those worth downloading? Easy. Read PCMag.com's picks. Our staff has tested hundreds of iPad apps and highlighted the best of the best. If you're a glutton for punishment, you could dig through the depths of the App Store for user reviews, but that demands a lot of time. Plus, little-known apps of high quality may have only a handful of reviews. Just sit back and let us deliver the gems to you.
CW_Tracy 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.
Not everyone's thrilled Cheerios gave away 1.5 billion wildflower seeds to save the bees
Other Cheerios haters have said it's uncanny that General Mills is clamoring to "bring back the bees" while sourcing its oats from farms that use Monsanto's RoundUp. The herbicide, like other industrial chemicals, is suspected of contributing to bee population declines.
A new Samsung Galaxy S8 leak reveals three color options and price
We’ve already gotten a good look at the Samsung Galaxy S8 , but a new leaked image of the device shows off the colors that it will be available in when it ships to consumers in April .
What are these strange parallel lines in the Russian snow?
Let's speculate wildly about some unusual lines standing out in the snow in Russia as spotted by an astronaut on board the space station.
Swatch to develop its own smartwatch OS | ZDNet
Apple dominates the smartwatch market, but the Swatch CEO said his company is developing a low-power, secure alternative to the current operating systems.
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.
Koss Porta Pro headphone refresh is better than ever for just $60
Like most on-ears, the Porta Pro Limited Edition doesn't hush external noise, but the upside to that is you can safely wear this headphone when walking or bicycling. So while a lot of on-ear headphones can sound claustrophobic, this one's sound never felt stuck inside my noggin. I know more than a couple of finicky audiophiles with really nice systems at home who use Porta Pros on the go. Koss' little headphone is a real charmer; it's hard not to like.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: Beauty and the Benz - Roadshow
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class family gains a new member with the launch of the 2018 E400 Coupe.
KitchenAid's cold brewer squeezes into fridges yet brews big batches
Also thoughtful is the brewer's compact size designed to squeeze into tight spots in your refrigerator. The coffee maker sports a convenient handle too, so hopefully you'll be able to transport it without much trouble between the fridge and kitchen countertops.
3D Prints for Teachers of the Visually Impaired
Often students with visual impairments have difficulty with concepts based on visual/spatial relationships, particularly in math and science. 3D prints offer an unprecedented asset for their teachers, and 3D printers are becoming affordable. But these teachers need help designing models. [Whosawhatsis] and I have been volunteer mentors to various groups working on figuring out the best ways to use 3D printing for the visually impaired. Our goal with this project is to document some simple, practical conventions for designing models, and lay the groundwork so that interested parties can create the needed designs. We know that schools have 3D printers and want to teach design thinking to their students. This project creates a minimalist open-source way to link teachers who need design files and (sighted) students who want projects to do. We want students to create the designs for the needed models, learning science, math and other subjects while helping their visually-impaired peers.
Intel’s first Optane SSD: 375GB that you can also use as RAM
The low latency and high endurance make Optane a good fit for applications like caching and database servers. But taking further advantage of these two properties, Intel has developed a new way of using Optane. The P4800X can be used as a regular PCIe attached SSD, but Intel has developed something it calls "Memory Drive Technology" that allows the P4800X, when used in conjunction with an appropriate chipset and processor (which means you'll have to use a Xeon processor), can be used as if it were RAM. Optane's latency and bandwidth are both lower than that of DRAM, but the density is higher, and the price substantially lower.
This app makes it fun to pick up litter
The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati — an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world's litter — TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that's crowdsource-cleaning the planet. After tracking trash in more than 100 countries, Kirschner hopes to use the data he's collected to work with brands and organizations to stop litter before it reaches the ground.
Phishing Scams Even Fool Tech Nerds—Here’s How to Avoid Them
“We’re conditioned to try to help people and be nice. You don’t want to seem rude or defensive,” says Trevor Hawthorn, the chief technology officer at Wombat Security, which works on phishing and security awareness. “But one of the most important things people can do is when something is being asked of them, when there’s some sort of call to action, think about the context of what the sender is asking you to do. If there’s a sense of urgency that’s when I would be a smart skeptic and slow down.”
Ubuntu 16.10 Linux was also successfully attacked by exploiting a flaw in the Linux 4.8 kernel, "triggered by a researcher who only had basic user access but was able to elevate privileges with the vulnerability to become the root administrative account user..." reports eWeek. "Chaitin Security Research Lab didn't stop after successfully exploiting Ubuntu. It was also able to successfully demonstrate a chain of six bugs in Apple Safari, gaining root access on macOS."
MIT Media Lab on Twitter
The @medialab sets its sights on space: Revisit Beyond the Cradle with video, photos, and more http://mitsha.re/my4F30a15mx pic.twitter.com/AHyI1EdHiP
Infuse Your Workouts and Work Days with these Wireless Headphones [Deals Hub]
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Security In The Cloud - TechRepublic
Cloud computing has a lot to offer your business. Access anytime and anywhere. Collaboration among employees across platforms. More server bandwidth for your company’s critical operations.
Unfortunately, it also offers up lots of new attack surfaces that cybercriminals can exploit. How can you protect your business while enjoying all of the operational efficiencies that the cloud can offer?
Download Kaspersky Lab’s Security in the Cloud Snapshot* to learn about the most pressing cloud security issues and how you can address them. We explore the growth of cloud in the marketplace, as well as how Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud overcomes the security challenges that small-and medium-sized businesses face when accessing the cloud.
Zombie apocalypse? Prep your smartphone for emergency situations - TechRepublic
This one may be a no-brainer but gaps in the accuracy - or existence - of your contacts can be a major impediment to communications during a disaster. Google and Apple both provide automatic backup of contacts through Gmail and iCloud, respectively, so utilizing their services and updating information when it changes is a good way to ensure your device has the right contacts and they will be available when needed. If you lose your device you can log into your account and access the data elsewhere as well. For critical family members I recommend memorizing their mobile numbers outright, of course - and have them do the same for yours.
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.
Villanova falls to Wisconsin, takes all the brackets with it
Villanova, last year's champion, is going home, and plenty of tourney brackets went through Wisconsin's cheese grater. CBS Sports announced no perfect brackets were left in its competition after the Villanova loss. ESPN had two perfect brackets left after that game, but by the end of the day, both had suffered a loss.
This is how astronauts write in space
You might not realize it, but most pens need gravity. The Fisher Space Pen solved that problem for the first Apollo astronauts.
Here’s at least one retailer that will have Nintendo Switch in stock next week
The news about GameStop’s stock increase comes after earlier reports that Nintendo is doubling its production of the console to help satisfy demand. The company was supposed to produce 8 million consoles between April 2017 and March 2018, and it now plans on doubling that number to 16 million.
TV Shows to Watch if You Love 'Stranger Things'
But what if you can't wait that long? Don't panic, buddy. There are plenty of insanely good TV shows streaming that capture one element or another of the Stranger Things vibe, and even if you're a dedicated binge watcher you won't be able to make it through all of them anytime soon. Here's our rundown of shows to watch to slake your thirst for weird science, small-town horror, and sweet synthesizers.
'Kerbal Space Program' expansion has you making your own missions
Squad isn't done adding to Kerbal Space Program just because the game's protracted development is over... if anything, the studio is just getting started. The company has unveiled KSP 's first expansion, Making History , and this is definitely represents more than your usual downloadable add-on. It earns its namesake from the ability to reenact real-life space missions (insofar as you can in a fictional universe, anyway), but the real highlight is the option to create your own missions. There's a simple "drag and drop" interface, Squad says, and you can throw players for a loop by introducing everything from arbitrary limits (such as fuel or time) to surprise events.
The US Navy wants gamers to stop the rise of the machines
Dr Eric Gulovsen, director of disruptive technology at the ONR said in a statement: "Technology has advanced to the point that we can see the Singularity on the horizon," he explained. "What we can't see, yet, is what lies over that horizon. That's where we need help from players. This is a complex, open-ended problem, so we're looking for people from all walks of life-Navy, non-Navy, technologist, non-technologist to help us design our Navy for a 'post-Singularity' world."
Wireless Rocket Motor Analyzer
Due to the interest in this project across amateur experimental rocketry community I have decided to create a PCB for this project that others can use for their own wireless analyzers. There are a couple of common questions and suggestions that I'll answer and list below.
AirBar adds a few more touchscreen tricks to the MacBook Air
This device isn't being marketed as something you'll want to use for extreme precision, though, so that's OK. Part of that is the limitations of essentially hacking a touchscreen into MacOS; there's only so much fine tuning that can be done here, so selecting tiny screen targets isn't possible, for example. But if you want some basic touchscreen controls or are just interested in trying an interesting piece of hardware that lets you control your Mac in a new way, the Airbar might be worth its $99 asking price. We'll have to wait until it launches to judge for sure, but it'll be out on Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart (as well as a few other retailers) sometime next month.
Facebook's mysterious hardware group is working on everything from AR to mind reading - here's what we know so far
And Facebook is already thinking about the coming out party for
its impending family of gadgets, laying the groundwork
to drum up interest and sell the products when the time is
right. Building 8 has yet to unveil any of its products, but
people familiar with the matter said the hardware group is
expected to play a key role in Facebook’s developer conference
next month, where CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave his 10-year vision for
the company last year.
Big nanotechnology advance could spell end of deadly organ shortage
Right now, the majority of organs that could potentially be used for transplants are discarded, in large part because they can only be safely preserved for 4 to 36 hours. If only half the hearts and lungs that are discarded were successfully transplanted, the waitlists for those organs could be eliminated in two to three years, according to the Organ Preservation Alliance.
UrbanX's Electric Wheel powers up your normal bike
It's also easy to install, according to Chow, who graduated from Singapore's National Technology University as a mechanical engineer. Simply swap out the front wheel and attach the throttle to your handle bar (if you go with the throttle version). There's no need to worry about the gear hub, and the UrbanX will fit all standard bikes because it fits into the standard 100mm front spoke and you'll get to pick from a variety of wheel designs. The wheel also supports both V-type and disc-type brakes.
AppleCare+ Can Now be Added up to One Year After Buying an iPhone
So, from this point on, as long as the iPhone is covered by the one-year warranty from the date of initial purchase, a customer can add AppleCare+ to cover that device. That puts AppleCare for the iPhone right in line with the AppleCare for Mac and AppleCare for Apple TV options. It’s also worth noting that the senior adviser also said that this change only covers the iPhone, so it does not cover the iPad, iPod touch, or the Apple Watch.
How to be human
You can’t empathize with everyone. First off, there’s not enough time in the universe for you to do that, and second, a lot of people don’t want to do the work of empathy, even if it’s being empathized with . They’d rather insult you or be cruel. But empathizing with those who want to engage is a gift. It reminds me to listen and learn, to not assume I already know. It teaches me that not everything is for me, just as many things are for me that haven’t been for others. Empathizing has shown how to better question my assumptions and to quietly, constantly recalibrate my own perspective and worldview. It’s also forced me to be more patient with people, because I know that no matter how hard you work, recalibrating your understanding of the world around you is difficult. Everyone fumbles. Everyone has biases. Everyone has perspectives they can change. Even the best, smartest, kindest among us have terrible, even ignorant opinions. But that’s how to be human. At least, that’s how to be the kind of human I want to be: complicated, messy, open to change, willing to learn, ready to do better.
Gamers harass woman online over Mass Effect Andromeda
A woman identified as working on the animations for the video game Mass Effect Andromeda became the target of an online campaign of harassment Saturday that saw her online accounts flooded with misogynistic messages.
This case is literally an entire Android phone that you attach to your iPhone
This isn’t running Android on an iPhone. This is duct-taping an Android phone to the back of your iPhone. Sure, it adds some interesting features, but nothing that a regular full-fledged Android phone wouldn’t provide. And while Esti Inc. has yet to comment on what kind of internal specs the Eye will have, given the $189 price point (which is the cheaper version without cellular connectivity), it’s hard to imagine that Eye will offer a superpowerful Android experience. From a purely technological perspective of cramming an entire phone into a case, Eye is interesting, but I’m left wondering: why?
Of course Drake admits to drunk texting J-Lo on 'More Life'
Of course Drake admits to drunk texting J-Lo on 'More Life'
Microsoft Teams vs. Slack: What's the Difference?
"We have integrations with a number of chat apps, but with Microsoft, we've been able to build out a bit of a deeper integration," said Farinacci. "The integration here gives us visibility into the whole product structure in the tab. A lot of the work we've done in the past with integrations has been around creating, updating, and completing tasks at the individual action level. What we're doing here is giving you the whole process structure at a glance and see who's doing what and when. It helps keep the whole product launch team on the same page looking at the whole Asana launch plan."
3D XPoint Debuts, Intel Announces Optane SSD DC P4800X And Pricing
The NVMe DC P4800X employs 20nm 128Gbit (16GB) 3D XPoint dies with CMOS Under the Array (CuA) technology, which increases density by placing the control circuitry under the storage array instead of on the periphery. The SSD employs a custom 7-channel Intel NVMe ASIC that can manage up to four die per channel, or 28 total die. We're accustomed to seeing up to massive 16-channel fire-breathing controllers on standard enterprise PCIe SSDs, so wringing that much performance from a single 7-channel ASIC implies that it is incredibly efficient. Intel indicated that it uses hardware-accelerated read/write paths, so there is no firmware to interfere with the data path. This sounds rather akin to host-managed SSDs that have limited compute on the actual device, such as Fusion-io's offerings, but we'll have to await more detail.
'Pokémon Yellow' Arrives on the Apple Watch
Touching the screen for movement isn’t a great interaction, but being able to use the Crown worked out a lot better than originally anticipated. Scrolling through a list of options is basically what the Crown was made for, and if the framerate was even slightly higher, the interaction could almost be better than a hardware D-pad.”
Jellyfish Are Officially The Most Fascinating Creatures On Earth [35 Facts And Photos]
Even among the one million ocean species we know of and the nine million we don’t , jellyfish truly are the ancient aliens of the sea. They’ve been swimming Earth’s oceans for over 500 million years — and that’s just the beginning. Discover more wonderfully weird jellyfish facts below:
An Army general says an ally used a $3 million Patriot missile to shoot down a $200 drone
"And, in fact, we have a very close ally of ours that was
dealing with an adversary that was using the small, quadcopter
UASes, and they shot it down with a Patriot missile. Now that
worked. They got it, OK, and we love Patriot missiles, and I
know those folks out there that build them and sell them and
they’re great. They’re a high-demand, low-density item."
Amazon will now tell Prime members what to wear via a new “Outfit Compare” feature
By collecting data in the form of personal photos from online shoppers, Amazon could learn more about users’ personal style in order to make better shopping recommendations in the future, if it wanted to go that route. It could also later enhance this feature with suggestions of ways to style the outfit using items purchased from its site. These are not confirmed parts of the company’s roadmap at this time, but they seem like reasonable directions for Amazon to head.
Inside the Growing Movement of Women Who Wish They'd Never Had Kids
Sometimes that fear is a sense of missed opportunity. "I wonder if my accomplishments would be more spectacular," says Ananya, a 38-year-old freelance writer and editor who divides her time between the United States and Singapore. "Would I have written my second or third book? Would I be able to travel to chase that elusive story? I feel motherhood has slowed me down so much." She envies friends not for their spontaneous vacations and naps, but for the time and space they have to think. "I hold a lot of data in my head," Ananya says of constantly keeping on top of all the details that go with small children: doctor's appointments, weight, height, most recent allergies, toys they want, foods they will eat. "I long for a life without this mental clutter," she explains.
Intel Capital launches $125 million Diversity Fund for women and minorities - TechRepublic
As part of its Diversity in Technology Initiative, Intel Capital has launched a $125 million fund to invest in startups founded by female and minority entrepreneurs. Here's why it matters.
This robot walks like an ostrich
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10 Snapchat tricks to make you a power user
Not to fret! Whether you consider yourself a power user or not, here are 10 tips to help take your Snapchat game to the next level.
Chuck Berry dies, Twitter cries 'Hail, hail rock 'n' roll'
The legendary guitarist, songwriter, singer and showman gets a final ovation from his famous disciples and others.
Man accused of sending a seizure-inducing tweet charged with cyberstalking [Updated]
...Evidence received pursuant to a search warrant showed Rivello’s Twitter account contained direct messages from Rivello’s account to other Twitter users concerning the victim. Among those direct messages included statements by Rivello, including “I hope this sends him into a seizure,” “Spammed this at [victim] let’s see if he dies,” and “I know he has epilepsy.” Additional evidence received pursuant to a search warrant showed Rivello’s iCloud account contained a screenshot of a Wikipedia page for the victim, which had been altered to show a fake obituary with the date of death listed as Dec. 16, 2016. Rivello’s iCloud account also contained screen shots from epilepsy.com with a list of commonly reported epilepsy seizure triggers and from dallasobserver.com discussing the victim’s report to the Dallas Police Department and his attempt to identify the Twitter user.