Watch an interview with the man who created the sound effects in Nickelodeon’s Doug
Fred Newman is the voice actor responsible for most of the sound effects in Nickelodeon’s Doug, including the theme song, and he’s also the subject of Great Big Story’s most recent great big story....
You can watch the Final Four in VR (and pay more for better camera angles)
Ticket prices for the Final Four later this month are ridiculous. Even the worst seats in the arena at the University of
The Sobro is a coffee table-fridge hybrid, and of course it’s crowdfunded
Remember the Coolest Cooler? The $13 million Kickstarter project that promised a portable cooler with built-in speakers and charging that turned into one of the biggest crowdfunded disasters of all...
Orisa, Overwatch’s new robot centaur tank hero, is out now
It’s been a few weeks since Blizzard announced Orisa, the latest character to join the ranks of Overwatch’s heroes, and starting today she’ll finally be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and...
Google's Android O brings better battery life and notifications
The search giant on Tuesday announced the next generation of its mobile software, which powers almost nine out of every 10 smartphones on the planet. For now, the software is just called Android O, and it's an unfinished version, meant to give software developers a leg up before Google officially releases it.
When people start telling you that you're crazy, you just might be on to the most important innovation in your life.
Google launches the first developer preview of Android O
One major difference between the early Android N and O previews is that Google immediately made over-the-air updates of Android N available to anybody who wanted to give it a try (and those early releases were surprisingly stable and functional). This time around, it’s not launching the new release into the Android Beta channel right away. Instead, developers who own a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL or Pixel C device (or want to use the emulator) will have to manually download and flash their devices. After a bit more testing with developers, Google will open enrollment into O through Android Beta.
Apple announces red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
In the midst of launching a new video-editing app for the iPhone and iPad, Apple has also just snuck out a new special-edition red iPhone 7, with barely any fanfare. (Although rumors that something was afoot began earlier today when Apple's online store went down.) The red aluminum iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be launching globally, adding some welcome color to the black and plainer metallic shades we've had until now.
Twitter suspends more than 636,000 accounts to tackle extremism
Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had suspended more than half a million accounts since the middle of 2015 as the company steps up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform.
Reddit Is Now a Social Network For Exactly Three People
So far, the response from users has been mixed, with some feeling it undermines the strength and importance of communities on the site. Other detractors see the incorporation of more overtly social features as an encroachment on the site’s core functions, comparing it to “Digg v4"—the massively unpopular overhaul of the aggregation site that caused much of its userbase to abandon ship. More optimistically, one user pointed out that “It gives people a place to post their stuff without breaking all of the self-promotion rules that Reddit has.” The site has long held strict guidelines to prevent users from using it as a platform for marketing their own work.
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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.
How Artificial Intelligence enhances education
“Each student can gain access to information that will help them along their unique path of their learning curve. In the future, that means that a student won’t have to learn the same exact thing at the same exact pace as 30 of their classmates. Instead, we will be able to hone in on the areas where a student struggles, and tailor their lessons to help them through difficult topics.”
Uber’s attempt to block Seattle drivers from unionizing has failed
“The city's collective bargaining ordinance rules deny thousands of Seattle drivers a voice and a vote on their future,” said Brooke Steger, Uber’s general manager for the Pacific Northwest, in a statement. “We were forced to pursue a novel legal approach because the city provided no other way to challenge this deeply flawed process. We appreciate Judge Andrus’s consideration of the suit. Seattle should be working to give drivers a voice rather than denying them one. We will continue to look for ways to raise these very serious concerns.”
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Twitter says it has suspended more than half a million accounts linked to 'violent extremism'
Twitter said on Tuesday it had suspended more than half a million accounts since the middle of 2015 as the company steps up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform.
Google Home confuses users with apparent ad for 'Beauty and the Beast'
"This wasn't intended to be an ad. What's circulating online was a part of our My Day feature, where after providing helpful information about your day, we sometimes call out timely content," the statement said. "We're continuing to experiment with new ways to surface unique content for users and we could have done better in this case."
Apple's Swift Playgrounds updates with support for five more languages
Coming a day earlier than expected, Apple on Tuesday updated Swift Playgrounds for the iPad with support for five more languages, among them simplified Chinese.
The other new options are Japanese, French, German, and Latin American Spanish. There don't appear to be any other significant changes to the app , which is a free download and runs on iPads with iOS 10 or later.
Apple CEO Tim Cook teased the expanded language support earlier today, but implied it would arrive on Wednesday. The situation is likely attributable to the time difference between the U.S. and China. Swift Playgrounds is meant to teach people the basics of programming in Apple's Swift language, used mainly for Mac and iOS apps. The app doesn't require any prior programming experience, and in fact guides learners as closely as possible with animations, a glossary, and a 3D world.
It also has hooks into iTunes U, and encourages people to build their own apps with an assortment of templates.
Separate Apple announcements on Tuesday included a (Product)Red iPhone 7 , a new "budget" iPad , more Apple Watch bands , and extra storage on the iPhone SE .
Brilliant Motion-Tracking Dart Board Guarantees a Bullseye With Every Throw
If you’re so impossibly drunk that darts end up on the other side of the pub after a throw, obviously this dartboard isn’t going to do much to improve your game. And as impressive as it is, the over-the-top creation literally required a rocket scientist to engineer it, so few of us will be building our own at home. But if, like most of us, you kind of suck at darts, you’ll probably wish your local watering hole had one of these suckers installed in there to add to your false sense of self-awesomeness.
Report: More than half of IT professionals think the cloud makes their jobs harder - TechRepublic
BetterCloud's Scott Solomon said that despite the appearance of making IT's role less hands-on-in-the-datacenter, cloud computing is actually making it more important than ever. "In the past IT departments only dealt with a few vendors who provided hardware and software. With the cloud there are far more vendors to deal with and it's harder to determine who provides support," he said, adding that the increased complexity makes tech professionals a bit anxious.
RIP iPad Mini 2: now is the time to buy Apple's mini tablet
We have ranked the iPad Mini 2 as our best cheap tablet in the world for quite a long time now, so it's probably a wise time to buy it before it drops off sale altogether. Supply will begin to dry up soon so you may want to grab it while you can.
Apple's new Clips app is like a simplified iMovie for viral videos
The videos can be one clip or multiple clips. Apple says the new app will make it quick and easy to create multi-clip videos “without timelines, tracks or complicated editing tools.” Like other apps, you touch and hold a button to shoot live video or add photos, then you can add filters, speech bubbles, emoji and other items afterward. There are also stock music options, animated backgrounds, and text.
Here's Google's open secret to cloud competition - TechRepublic
By generously giving away the keys to its machine learning and AI kingdom, Google Cloud effectively ensures that the next wave of data-informed applications will be pushed to the platform best equipped to run them. In so doing, Google also ensures that it, and not AWS, trains the next generation of data scientists to grow up on its code. In both ways, open source helps Google to place itself at the center of machine learning and AI for years to come, with its cloud business reaping the revenues as a result.
Hacked Texts Suggest Manafort Continued to Play a Role After Departing Trump Campaign
The messages about Paul Manafort’s continued role, which were sent about a month before the data was hacked, would seem to confirm other reporting about Manafort’s post-resignation involvement in the campaign. As early as November of last year, anonymous sources told The Daily Beast that Manafort was “heavily involved with the staffing of the nascent administration” and that, after his resignation, “how far he faded into the margins of Trump’s orbit is unclear.” It’s possible, of course, that the texts merely reflect an effort by Manafort to save face in front of his daughter after being sacked in a public fashion. According to the hacked texts, Manafort Shand initially told curious friends that she had no idea what had happened; after speaking with her father, she told people that it was “just pr.”
Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad is faster, cheaper, and chunkier
Goodbye, iPad Air 2. Hello iPad. Apple's newest 9.7-inch tablet has a faster A9 chip, brighter display, and lower price of $329 for 32 GB, or $429 for 128 GB. That's $70 cheaper than the old iPad Air 2 , but the new iPad does make a couple of compromises to get there: It lacks the anti-reflective coating of its predecessor, and the display is not fully laminated, which in turn makes the tablet 0.05 inches thicker than the iPad Air 2. It's also about 0.07 pounds heavier.
Android O brings picture-in-picture support so you can watch YouTube while hailing a Lyft
The update will allow users to continue watching a video on a corner of the screen while simultaneously using another app. For example, you can continue watching YouTube while also watching where your Lyft driver is on a map without swapping between the two. The feature is similar Samsung’s multi-window support, but Android O will let users set their own aspect ratios, and you’ll get custom interaction buttons like play / pause to directly support video display. “Other new windowing features include a new app overlay window for apps to use instead of system alert window, and multi-display support for launching an activity on a remote display,” Google says.
In push for more live video, Twitter officially announces the Producer API
Confirming earlier reports by The Information and here at TechCrunch , Twitter officially announced the launch of a new tool for live video aimed larger media publishers and broadcasters. The Producer API, as it’s called, will allow professional publishers to connect their equipment to Twitter in order to stream live video directly to its network.
Homeland Security ban will limit large electronics on some US-bound international flights - TechRepublic
If you are a business traveler and will be on one of the affected flights, it's important to carefully pack all fragile electronic devices that will be placed in checked luggage. Any business traveler that had planned to work on their laptop during the hours-long international flights from the impacted airports to the US will be out of luck. Plus there is a security concern with laptops out of someone's control for several hours, with lost luggage always a concern. Companies with employees who regularly fly overseas to the affected countries should consider creating a policy to handle these new issues.
Man behind pro-Trump propaganda websites sets sights on Scottish independence
"I have been a fanatical defender of the union, but I am a pragmatist, and England is finished. It is not just finished because of the Muslim problem and immigration, but also because as of now we are looking at permanent Tory rule. There is no effective opposition to the Tories, so what do you want then – permanent Conservative rule for the next 30 years?" he said.
Gucci posted a load of weird memes and the internet is cringing hard
#TFWGucci John Trulli, AKA @cabbagecatmemes, takes on the well known-structure of the “guy she says I shouldn’t worry about” meme with the addition of a #Gucci #LeMarchédesMerveilles timepiece. It’s a classic two-panel joke, with a mundane watch set against Gucci’s version. Trulli’s meme style is quirky and irreverent, tackling pop culture and everyday experiences in equal measure. All he has to do is add a line of text to the image and it becomes a viral vehicle. — @kchayka. Discover more through link in bio.
Apple Quietly Replaces iPad Air 2 With $329 iPad
Marketed as the most affordable iPad ever, it replaces the iPad Air 2 and uses the same 64-bit A9 chip found in the iPhone 6s.
ICYMI: CT scanning mummies and drones that land like birds
Today on In Case You Missed It : Researchers from The Field Museum are using CT scanners to look inside mummies from Peru and Egypt to see what lies behind the casket and ancient gauze. The images have uncovered information about the gender and approximate age the of deceased when they took their last breath. It also gives museum-goers the opportunity to peel away the layers of a mummy and check out 3D models of what the dead might have looked like before they met their untimely end.
Laptops and tablets are now banned in cabins on some US-bound flights [Updated]
Royal Jordanian Airlines is almost certainly on the list as it tweeted – and then deleted – a notification warning passengers that electronic devices like laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games can only be carried in checked baggage from March 21.
Snap out of it, Facebook! Snapchat clones rile Messenger, WhatsApp users
Snap out of it, Facebook! Snapchat clones rile Messenger, WhatsApp users
Some users are pushing back against new features Facebook copied from Snapchat.
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SoftBank Invests $300 Million in WeWork
SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son is in the process creating the $100 billion fund, a bet on the Japanese billionaire's vision for a future centered on artificial intelligence and connected devices. One of its first investments will be an acquisition of a 25 percent stake in ARM Holdings Plc, a wholly-owned unit of SoftBank, people familiar with the matter have said. Son has also said the SoftBank-led $1.2 billion investment in satellite startup OneWeb Ltd. will be included in the Vision Fund when it closes.
Amazon adds Alexa to its iOS shopping app | ZDNet
Shoppers using the Amazon app could already search for products or check their order status with vocal commands. Now, however, iPhone and iPad users have access to Alexa's full skill set. In addition to shopping, a user can ask Alexa questions, stream Kindle books or music, or control Alexa-integrated smart home devices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is an experimental implementation of a declarative API for handling fluid user interactions with views at 60 FPS in React Native. Here are some example use-cases for views that users can interact with:
Swipeable card (a la Google Now) springing into place unless swiped away with enough force
Drawer snapping between closed and open with buttons appearing gradually as it's being dragged
Collapsible header that snaps to a smaller size as the content below is being scrolled
Chat heads (a la Facebook Messenger) that can be dragged around but snap to corners of the screen
All of these use-cases have views that continuously interact with the user's gestures. These interactions are normally physical in nature, having properties like springiness, friction, elasticity and damping. In order to feel natural on a touch device they need to run at 60 FPS.
Why is this challenging?
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.
Apple’s new Clips app is taking the fight to Instagram and Snapchat
The company announced the new app on Tuesday, and has pitched it as a fun way to craft great-looking video “without timelines, tracks, or complicated editing tools.” Users will be able to stitch together video clips and photos already on their device, or record new media with a bevy of real-time filters. The app offers a selection of soundtracks, too, as well as the ability to overlay your creations with emojis, stickers, and text to your heart’s content.
Laptops, tablets, big smartphones banned from cabin on some flights to UK | ZDNet
It said the approximate size of a "commonly available smartphone" would be a guideline for passengers. And it said examples of large electronic devices that will not be allowed in the cabin on affected flights include, laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, electronic games larger than a smartphone and travel printers/scanners.
A simple command allows the CIA to commandeer 318 models of Cisco switches
Cisco's advisory is among the first from a major electronics manufacturer to warn that its products are vulnerable to exploits discussed in Vault 7, the name WikiLeaks gave to thousands of pages of documents it said were leaked from the CIA. The cache appears to have come from an internal Wiki made available to CIA insiders. In it, the members discuss various exploits and the vulnerabilities they target in products from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Cisco, and others.
Google, sister company Jigsaw offer cybersecurity to election groups | ZDNet
"Free and fair elections depend on people having access to the information they need, and around the world the sources of that information are increasingly under attack," said Anne-Gabrielle Dauba-Pantanacce of Google France and Jigsaw's Jamie Albers in a blog post .
Reddit plans a profile page redesign reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter
Reddit has been trying to make its site more accessible to a wider pool of users, and today the company is planning to show off one of the ways that it plans to do that: by making the service a little bit more like Facebook and Twitter.
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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.
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