Microsoft's latest attempt to get into connected cars involves patents
Microsoft is making a fresh attempt to convince companies to use its technology for connected cars. The software giant is announcing a patent licensing deal with Toyota today, the first of its...
4-year-old gets Siri to help save mom's life
Commentary: A UK child unlocks his unconscious mother's iPhone by pressing her thumb to the home button and asking Siri to call for help.
Acer’s S 13 makes the case for the inexpensive ultrabook worth having
Acer has made a lot of ultrabooks, but the only one worth mentioning is the current S 13. Priced aggressively even for the "high-end" model, as configured, it..
Apple Acquires Workflow, a Powerful Automation App for iPhone
Popular iOS automation tool Workflow has been acquired by Apple for an undisclosed sum. Despite the acquisition, the app will continue to be available on the iOS App Store and will even be made free later today.
Instagram begins blurring some sensitive content, opens two-factor to all
Instagram is already doing a lot to spot and censor posts that violate its community guidelines, like outright porn, but now it’s also taking steps to block out potentially sensitive material that might not technically run afoul of its rules. The social network is adding a blurred screen with a “Sensitive Content” warning on top of posts that fit this description, which basically means posts that have been reported as offensive by users, but don’t merit takedowns per the posted Instagram guidelines.
Facebook Messenger rolls out mention alerts and message Reaction emoji
Users can now @mention friends in a group chat to send them a special notification to reply to your message so they don’t miss it in a noisy thread. You just type @, then the person’s name or in-thread nickname, and the name will be highlighted and that person will get an alert.
WikiLeaks: CIA tools could infiltrate MacBooks, iPhones
One tool revealed on Thursday, dubbed "Sonic Screwdriver" in the alleged CIA documents, could infect MacBook firmware through the Thunderbolt port. The approach takes advantage of a flaw similar to a problem described by security researcher Trammell Hudson in 2015. They developed a hacking tool they dubbed "Thunderstrike 2" that infected MacBook firmware through the Thunderbolt port based on the flaw, which Apple patched in 2015.
Walmart’s Vudu app now converts your physical movies to digital for $2 each
Digitized movies are loaded into a user’s library automatically, and then made available wherever they can access the Vudu service. There’s a catch that prevents you from just running around scanning all the DVDs and Blu-rays you can find, however: The Disc-to-Digital option is only available when the app can determine via geolocation that it’s at the user’s home billing address, so kill that plan to hop over to Best Buy’s video section before it develops any further.
Verizon, AT&T Pull Ads From YouTube Over Offensive Content
"We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate," AT&T said in a statement to PCMag. "Until Google can ensure this won't happen again, we are removing our ads from Google's non-search platforms."
He Will Not Divide Us art project moves overseas
The artists intended to make a statement about the resilience and decency of Americans only to find that it was impossible to do safely — the phrase “he will not divide us” scans pretty ironically now that they’ve been forced to literally cut themselves off from their fellow citizens.
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New WikiLeaks docs show how the CIA hacks iPhones and MacBooks
For years, the CIA has been developing tools for hacking into Apple products — and thanks to WikiLeaks, those tools are now public. Today, the group published a new set of documents dubbed “Dark Matter,” part of the ongoing Vault 7 publication on CIA hacking tools . Today’s documents focus specifically on Apple products, detailing the CIA’s methods for breaking into MacBooks and iPhones.
Apple exploring iPhone-powered modular Macbook
Apple's latest iPad launch may have been little more than an incremental upgrade, but the Cupertino company isn't bereft of fresh ideas. Take this latest patent filing, for instance, which presents a potential marriage between the Mac, iPhone and iPad lines.
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People want to know: Why are there no good bots?
The power of these bots is easy to misunderstand when you don’t have a bot yourself to monitor and analyze usage. One of the main reasons for this is the exact same reason why these things work well. They are private communications. External parties can’t listen in on the conversations or the usage of the bots. Which means from the outside, you have no idea how successful they are. It’s “dark social,” it’s 1-1 communications. This is one of the many powerful things about these bots.
Facebook Messenger is basically Slack now
Speaking of new push notifications, Facebook is also adding Slack-like @-mentions, so you can "call out" specific people in a chat. When you use mentions in Messenger, the person who you mentioned will get a different type of push notification letting them know (thankfully, Facebook is letting you disable these.)
Japanese company develops a solar cell with record-breaking 26%+ efficiency
The silicon-based cells that make up a solar panel have a theoretical efficiency limit of 29 percent, but so far that number has proven elusive. Practical efficiency rates in the low-20-percent range have been considered very good for commercial solar panels. But researchers with Japanese chemical manufacturer Kaneka Corporation have built a solar cell with a photo conversion rate of 26.3 percent, breaking the previous record of 25.6 percent. Although it’s just a 2.7 percent increase in efficiency, improvements in commercially viable solar cell technology are increasingly hard-won.
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Senate votes to repeal broadband privacy rules | ZDNet
The FCC rules were already in limbo thanks to the commission's new Republican leadership, but the Congress can now put the nail in the coffin.
Apple will start producing iPhones in India in 4-6 weeks | Cult of Mac
Given that the iPhone 6 and 6s are no longer the present model for Apple, starting out producing them is a good way of testing manufacturing without risking the main in-demand products should something go awry. Interestingly, today’s report differs from previous ones, which suggested that Wistron would start out producing the iPhone SE.
Why is Apple afraid of forcing users to reset their passwords?
The hackers have presented the company with a Catch-22: either they pay up and risk public shaming – not to mention that doesn’t solve the real problem of Apple accounts being traded among people with nefarious goals. Or they don’t, and risk however large a number of accounts being wiped.
Get an Even Better Look at the Justice League Ahead of the New Trailer (Updated)
This weekend, DC and Warner Bros. will reveal the next trailer for Justice League —and they’re going to spend the next two days reminding you of that with a ton of new posters and little snippets of footage. Here’s the first batch, focusing intensively on Atlantis’ king, Aquaman himself.
Say Goodbye to Virgin America
Repainting Virgin America planes with the Alaska Airlines and completely merging the two brands makes total sense. For one, Alaska Airlines has been paying Branson royalties for using the Virgin brand since the acquisition, and retiring the brand makes good financial sense. The newly merged airline says that it plans to incorporate Virgin America’s “flair” into its entire fleet, albeit with some slight tweaks. The pink and purple mood lighting in the cabins will soon be blue, and all of the flight staff will get new uniforms. Free in-flight entertainment and fast wi-fi will be a permanent fixture on all Alaska Airlines flights in the near future, as well.
Misfit’s Vapor fitness smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0
Preston Moxcey, Fossil’s general manager of Misfit, says that Android Wear makes the product more customizable and allows for support of more third-party services than the homegrown platform that was originally planned for the device. Moxcey says that Misfit will still have its own unique touches in the software, including custom watchfaces and micro apps on the watch. The Vapor’s unique touch-sensitive bezel will also be supported by Android Wear 2.0.
Super Mario Run Android release date announced [Updated]
Update: The Super Mario Run Android release date is here! This is one day earlier than Nintendo originally planned to launch the game on the platform, but hey, who's complaining?
The Senate just voted to undo landmark rules covering your Internet privacy
With that data, Internet providers would like to sell targeted advertising or even share that information with third-party marketers. But the FCC's regulations place certain limits on the type of data Internet providers can share and under what circumstances. Under the rules, consumers may forbid their providers from sharing what the FCC deems “sensitive” information, such as app usage history and mobile location data.
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These talks celebrate the special bond we form with our loyal, furry companions.
Apple denies hacking threat to millions of iPhones
In a statement to Fortune , an Apple spokesperson said that no systems, including iCloud and Apple ID, had been hacked and that the list of email addresses and passwords the group are claiming to have “appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.“
Read the email a Google recruiter sent a job candidate to prepare him for the interview
We have openings across all of our products in areas such as
Consumer, Mobile, Apps, Enterprise and Infrastructure to name a
few. As a brief outline, we have an agnostic interview process in
which we aim to hire PM "generalists", who may have niche
experience but can easily float through our evolving product
lines. We find this keeps our Product Managers fresh and with
distributed, homogeneous experiences for our project teams. So,
in a nutshell, we do not hire for a specific product, but rather,
are seeking generalists who can work on multiple products. As
such, you'll interview with PM's working on any number of our
various products. At a later point, our leadership reviews your
interests, background, and interviews to identify relevant
projects that align with business need.
Two-Thirds of All Cancer Mutations Are Unavoidable, Scientists Claim
While across the board, these “bad luck” cancers account for about two-thirds of all cancers, each cancer type has its own story to tell. In pancreatic cancer, for example, 77 percent of cases are the result of random DNA copying errors, 18 percent are due to environment, and the remaining five percent to hereditary. For prostate, brain, and bone cancers, the “random” (R) factor jumps to 95 percent (the researchers defined R as mutations caused by normal DNA replication, and not those influenced by inherited genetic factors and/or the environment). Most of the mutations in breast cancer were attributed to R, but some were due to health factors (obesity being a contributing factor). Lung cancer is quite different, with the environment accounting for 65 percent of cases (attention smokers). Around 35 percent of lung cancer is the result of copying errors, while heredity plays a virtually non-existent role.
The Secret to Adding Time to Coin-Op Dryers
The dryer in my building never dries a load in one cycle, which means I end up paying for two dry cycles when my clothes really only need one and a half per load. That’s a waste of energy, money, and time. So, when I heard about this trick to add time incrementally, I had to give it a try. After all, it would only cost me 25 cents.
2017 Guide: Top 10 Laptops With the Best Battery Life - ComputerShopper.com
SKIP THE TOUCH SCREEN. Of course, if you opt for a 2-in-1 convertible, you can't ditch the touch screen; touch is in these machines' very nature. But if you're in the market for a traditional laptop that offers both touch and non-touch displays (like the Dell XPS 13), going with a non-touch model may add significantly to battery life. As convenient as it can be to reach out and tap a dialog button or scroll down a Web page with your finger on a screen, adding touch to a screen means a whole other layer of always-on electronics that are constantly waiting for your finger to tap or swipe the glass. If you use touch only occasionally, it's not worth the drain on battery life—especially if battery longevity is one of your main priorities.
Apple Beats 1 chief wants to rekindle the record-store romance
" Discover Weekly " has been a big hit for Spotify, that's 100 percent machine, personalized for each person. The idea of robotic algorithms and playlists versus what you do with Beats 1, how do they fit together and how do they conflict? The whole future, where we're going, is an integration between it all. It's not one or the other. I don't look at Beats on Apple as being a separate thing. We're part of streaming. And playlists are part of streaming, and personalized playlists are part of streaming, and new music and the way it's presented is part of streaming -- it's one big service, and we're all together. Integrated playlists on radio, why not? Radio as a playlist, why not? Like, why not just break it all down and stop looking at it as one or the other? I love playlists, but I love broadcasting, so I just want to do it all. I don't see why playlists shouldn't have voices and why voices shouldn't make playlists. To me, it's all just music.
Ripcord Removes the Pain of Paper Cuts With Robot Digital Filers
The machines aren’t going on sale. Ripcord is aiming to deploy hundreds of the giant devices in warehouses where hoppers of paper will be moved around by robots. Fielding is keen to point out that his automated system isn’t putting people out of work, it’s going to change the way that filing work is done. The machines still need human input in preparing files and supervision of the speedy process, even though it has built-in error correction and will even divert through a trap door multiple sheets or paper with sticky notes attached.
BlackBerry's clever new Android app keeps people from peeping at your screen
Its new Privacy Shade app lets you black out your screen, save for a rectangular or circular area that you can resize and move around. While it’s activated, you can use your phone as normal to navigate to apps and individual messages. You can turn it on or off from a persistent notification or by tapping a dedicated Quick Settings tile.
The Greatest Scientific Breakthrough of Our Time Is This Drip-Free Wine Bottle
There are several ways to prevent those inevitable wine bottle drips from staining your tablecloth. You can wrap the bottle in a napkin while you pour, just skip the wine glass altogether and drink straight from the bottle, or use your physics degrees to re-engineer the bottle’s spout so it never drips again .
The future of AI: 10 scenarios IBM is already working on - TechRepublic
While there's fear about artificial intelligence taking jobs or wiping out humanity, IBM sees the future in far more practical terms. It's using AI to assist human problem-solving.
Google's bringing audio-only calls to Duo at last, but I'll probably never use it
For reference, Allo is yet to cross even 50 million downloads on Google Play since it released half a year ago, while WhatsApp has crossed 1.2 billion users this year. While clever features like Allo’s smart replies are nice to have, they simply aren’t enough to build a large user base quickly. But if Google can tightly integrate its messaging service with the rest of its products and the Android UI without making it feel like another app to get used to, the company might have a shot in the messaging app wars.
Software bug makes Nest Cams vulnerable to hacks
That may sound involved, but it basically means folks aware of this glitch can temporarily knock out a Nest Cam's feed when they're within Bluetooth range. The same goes for the other two glitches -- all of which involve relatively little coding, as Doyle outlines on Github.
Smart Lights Are a Bright Idea, With Alexa and Siri
Light switches are so last century. Geoffrey A. Fowler explains the right—and wrong—ways to improve your home lighting with connected bulbs, plugs and switches.
Industry split on when first commercial self-driving vehicle will be ready
Industry opinion on when we will have the first commercial self-driving car is divided, with some, mostly automakers, gunning for 2020, while others expect it to take more than 10 years.
Jaguar follows Chevy with unlimited LTE for your car
In-car WiFi is only worth having if you've got enough mobile data to make use of it. Following Chevy's lead , Jaguar Land Rover will offer a pre-paid, unlimited AT&T data plan for $20 a month. The luxury automaker says that you can connect as many as eight devices to the LTE network via the InControl feature on certain models, including the Jaguar XE . If that car sounds familiar, that's because it's one of the few that you can make in-car, cashless gas payments from. Would you pony up for the mobile data service? Let us know in the comments.
Bloody, meatless Impossible Burger will soon be easier to find
The company says that it will expand availability of the Impossible Burger to 1,000 restaurants before the end of the year. It's able to do so thanks to a massive new factory in Oakland, California with the goal of producing a million pounds of the meat over the course of each month. Impossible Foods says the new facility will reach peak production status before 2018 rolls around.
THE IoT 101 REPORT: Your essential guide to the Internet of Things
A new report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, called IoT 101: The Essential Guide to the Internet of Things , outlines the basics of the IoT and what this next wave of technology means to the everyday individual. The report dives into key IoT terms, predictions and trends for the IoT in the next five years, the industries that the IoT will affect the most, and the biggest challenges facing the IoT.
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10 great Mac tips to make you more productive - TechRepublic
While iCloud simplifies the process of migrating files from an old Mac to a new one, there are several alternatives for those users who do not wish to use iCloud. Here, Eckel describes how to leverage Dropbox, OneDrive, gigabit ethernet, Thunderbolt, FireWire, and thumb drives or external hard drives to make file transfering go as smoothly as possible.
People can't get over this photo of Republican dudes who want to cut maternity care
Case in point: When Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a photo on Thursday from a meeting with a group of very conservative Congressional Republicans who want to eliminate maternity care from a set of required health insurance benefits, people couldn't help but notice a glaring omission: women.
WikiLeaks unveils how CIA reportedly hacked our Apple products
WikiLeaks opened Vault 7 — a massive collection of alleged CIA hacking secrets — earlier this month. Now its released “Dark Matter,” new documents from the Vault dating as far back as 2008 which “demonstrate [the CIA’s] use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.”
Android security updates will soon arrive much faster for all devices
Google has shared the results of its past year of stepping up Android security, showing not just how the mobile platform has cut down on malicious apps and other hazards, but also its plan to roll out security updates to users faster than it has in the past.
Google and Howard University partner for more diversity in tech
Diversity (or the lack thereof) at Silicon Valley companies like Google has been a hot topic in the tech industry of late -- just about every major tech company out there now is publishing diversity numbers and pledging to make their workforces more than just white men. Google today has just announced a new partnership with Howard University to help improve its own diversity. As Google VP Bonita Stewart (herself a Howard alum) writes , the new "Howard West" program is a residency at Google's Mountain View campus for black computer science majors.
The Live-Action Mulan May Have Songs After All
Director Niki Caro is confused why anyone would think her live-action Mulan would have no songs. Perhaps it’s because she’s the one who said it would have no songs less than a week ago.
Twitter is being unbundled before our eyes
Twitter remains an unparalleled source for discovering what’s happening in the moment. But Facebook is no longer the only company coming after it. Apple News, which was dismissed as a novelty when it launched in 2015, has lately become an increasingly large source of traffic for publishers I’ve spoken to. It already had the advantage of being installed automatically on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads. A 2016 redesign introduced push notifications for breaking news, and the result has been a significant spike in Apple News views (among the places this has been true is The Verge ).
Laptop Ban May Boost Air India's Traffic, Finance Head Says
Air India Ltd. , the country’s national carrier, may see a jump in passengers after the U.S. barred people travelling by some Middle Eastern airlines from carrying large electronic devices on flights bound for the country, its finance head said.