Scathing 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' review is so funny and SO on point
"The 'Battlefield Earth' of video games." Truly, the sickest of burns.
Scientists turn spinach into a farm for human heart cells
The leafy greens could build tissue for heart attack patients.
Watching cassette tapes get made is like nostalgic mediation
I’m pretty sure this is what zen feels like. I’m not arguing we should go back to cassette tapes, but after watching them get made I’m semi-certain this trance-inducing process is how Buddhists find nirvana. The electronic soundtrack and excellent camera work add to the excitement of the experience. As the music builds to a crescendo, …
This time-lapse cell division film is not CGI
The 23-second video took 33 hours to record using custom gear.
How to get a black screen on your red iPhone
It's possible to hook your red iPhone up with a totally black screen, but you'll need some parts, some tools and a willingness to void your warranty.
This could be you enjoying a flying Bluetooth speaker disc
Last week I wrote about a new toy called Thumb Chucks. As far as I can tell, they haven’t taken off. Today I come to you with another toy: the Disc Jock-e. It’s a Frisbee that doubles as a...
Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s... somewhere
We'll be waiting to see how the process for selling refurbished Note 7 devices winds up, but we have to give Samsung some credit here for trying not to be wasteful. The phone wasn't on the market for long, but millions were sold and then returned, and that's a lot of material that could have gone to waste. Hopefully Samsung will be able to get as much out of these returned devices as possible. And hopefully they won't try and sell these with the Galaxy Note name -- it's about as toxic of a brand name as you can find in the smartphone landscape right now.
Android creator Andy Rubin teases his new smartphone
The new device comes from Rubin's company, Essential Products Inc., which is focused on creating tablets, smartphones and mobile software. Essential's flagship phone will serve as the foundation for a lineup of connected products, according to early reports about the company's movements. A handful of its smartphone prototypes are larger than an iPhone 7 Plus, featuring bezel-free screens and ceramic backings. Rubin and co. are apparently working on a proprietary version of Apple's 3D Touch and they're playing around with magnetic charging accessories.
Share Your 'Live Location' Via Facebook Messenger
You can share your Live Location with a group of friends at once, or just one person. Once you share your Live Location, the person or people you shared it with will be able to see where you are on a map for the next 60 minutes.
At Recode's conference last year, Elon Musk said he would love to see someone do something about linking human brains with computers. With no other human being volunteering, Mr. Musk -- who founded PayPal and OpenAI, thought of Hyperloop, is working on a boring company, and runs SpaceX, TeslaX, SolarCity -- is now working on it. From a report on WSJ: Internal sources tell the WSJ that the company, called Neuralink, is developing "neural lace" technology that would allow people to communicate directly with machines without going through a physical interface. Neural lace involves implanting electrodes in the brain so people could upload or download their thoughts to or from a computer, according to the WSJ report. The product could allow humans to achieve higher levels of cognitive function.
Uber resumes self-driving program three days after Arizona crash
On Friday, Uber suspended its pilot program in the three cities after the crash, in which a human-driven vehicle "failed to yield" to an Uber vehicle while making a turn, said Josie Montenegro, a spokeswoman for Tempe's police department. The Uber car was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash. "The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side," Montenegro said in an email. "There were no serious injuries."
How to adjust macOS Sierra 10.12.4’s Night Shift settings
Night Shift is the major new feature in macOS Sierra 10.12.4. Let’s take a look at what Night Shift does, and how you can adjust it to best suit your Mac habits.
Uber Self-Driving Car Crashes in Arizona
UPDATE: An Uber spokesperson said on Monday afternoon that it will resume its self-driving car operations in all three cities where they operate. The company did not offer further details on Friday's crash in Arizona, but said that it is confident in returning the vehicles to the road.
Evernote: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
The age of the notepad has ended. In its place are apps like Evernote, which puts your notes in the cloud so you can grab them from anywhere. Find out everything you need to know about it here.
Microsoft's Cortana comes to the top of your Android lock screen
Cortana on Android has been updated to allow access to the Halo-inspired digital assistant and its feature over your smartphone's lock screen, meaning information such as your schedule, reminders, and weather forecast can be pulled up in a snap without having to input an unlock code or fingerprint scan.
What Will Elon Musk and Tim Cook Do For Trump's New 'Office of American Innovation'?
Tech titans like SpaceX’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Tim Cook, and IBM’s Gini Rometty have all met with President Trump during his first two months in office. But it was always under a cloud of suspicion about the true motives of tech’s biggest names. We now have a hint about Phase II of Operation Tech Oligarchy.
Facebook Hires Apple Veteran to Run Oculus VR Hardware
Oculus has demonstrated a prototype for such a device, codenamed Santa Cruz, but has not indicated plans to ship such a product in the near-term. The Facebook division will also need to continue to lower the price of the device if it will compete with gaming systems from the likes of Sony and Microsoft, Oculus co-founder Jack McCauley told Bloomberg News earlier this month. The company recently slashed pricing of both the Rift headset and touch controller by $100.
iOS 10.3 is ready to install with Find My AirPods, the new Apple File System, and more
After seven beta releases, iOS 10.3 is finally here. This dot-release brings with it the ability to track your AirPods from the Find My iPhone app and the switch from the outdated HFS+ system to the new Apple File System. In addition, iOS 10.3 lets you leave reviews in-app and will give developers the chance to reply to your reviews in the App Store.
Facial recognition database used by FBI is out of control, House committee hears
Approximately half of adult Americans’ photographs are stored in facial recognition databases that can be accessed by the FBI , without their knowledge or consent, in the hunt for suspected criminals. About 80% of photos in the FBI’s network are non-criminal entries, including pictures from driver’s licenses and passports. The algorithms used to identify matches are inaccurate about 15% of the time, and are more likely to misidentify black people than white people.
Ikea's rolling out a brand-new smart home lineup
Specifically, Ikea is set to start rolling out a line of connected lighting products designed to be simple, affordable, and accessible. These include light bulbs and also LED light panels that can come built into Ikea cabinetry, or sold on their own as standalone, wall-or-ceiling-mounted light fixtures.
Taking a look at the future of next-generation transportation
Regarding Level 4 vehicles being driven on highways versus in city centers, I believe we may see them in both places. Relatively speaking, it’s easier to develop a vehicle that can take over the driving task on a freeway, because that vehicle will mostly be going straight at a fairly constant speed, and will not have to deal with pedestrians, stop lights, or construction sites. So, because the highway driving piece of the autonomous vehicle puzzle is somewhat low-hanging fruit, at least relatively speaking, I believe we will see Level 4 autonomous vehicles on freeways.
You can now watch 4K content on a PS4 Pro, no Blu-ray disc required
The announcement was made today on the PlayStation Blog , which also noted some requirements for playback. First, you’ll need to make sure the 4K video you’re trying to watch is an MP4. Second, you can either load the 4K content onto a USB stick, or stream it from a media server somewhere in your house.
11 tips for delivering a glitch-free presentation - TechRepublic
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Uber crash hits the brakes on self-driving car tests
The programs were briefly halted after one of Uber's self-driving vehicles wound up on its side Friday night after a collision with another car in Tempe. No one was seriously hurt in the crash, the company said on Saturday, adding that the Uber car was in self-driving mode and that there were two ride-along backup drivers in the front seats but no other passengers.
Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins will direct an Underground Railroad series at Amazon
Instead of picking up the show as a pilot first to test it with audiences, as Amazon usually does , the streaming service seems to have skipped that step this time around in favor of a series order. That could be due to both the success of Whitehead’s novel, which won a National Book Award , and Jenkins’ success with Moonlight , which won a Best Picture Oscar last month.
Baidu: Hackers Tried To Steal Our Autonomous Trade Secrets
The company is conducting an internal investigation to figure out more about the attackers, but so far has kept tight lipped on details. “It’s very difficult to know who employs them to do that, but we know someone tried to hire an underground market hacker to steal from us,” said Ma Jie, the firm’s head of cybersecurity.
Consumers sue Microsoft, allege Windows 10 upgrade destroyed data, damaged PCs
Howard Goldberg of Highland Park, Ill. -- a suburb north of Chicago -- had a particularly tough time with the Windows 10 upgrade. "After three attempts to download Windows 10, each of which tied up his computer for extended periods of time, Goldberg's computer was damaged, and Windows 10 was not actually downloaded and functional," the complaint read. "Goldberg contacted Microsoft about the problems, and was told his computer was out of warranty, and that he would have to pay them for any assistance with the problems. Goldberg therefore had to have somebody repair the computer to make it functional."
Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI
These types of brain-computer interfaces exist today only in science fiction. In the medical realm, electrode arrays and other implants have been used to help ameliorate the effects of Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative diseases. However, very few people on the planet have complex implants placed inside their skulls, while the number of patients with very basic stimulating devices number only in the tens of thousands. This is partly because it is incredibly dangerous and invasive to operate on the human brain, and only those who have exhausted every other medical option choose to undergo such surgery as a last resort.
Spotify acquires and shutters MightyTV, a content recommendation startup founded by Admeld’s Brian Adams
As a result of this acquisition, the MightyTV is being shuttered with immediate effect, which effectively means this deal was perhaps more of an acqi-hire than anything else. Indeed, the MightyTV team will be joining Spotify, with Adams serving as Spotify’s new VP of technology, with a specific focus on “advertising and marketing technology solutions,” according to a statement issued by Spotify, which says he will use his “vast knowledge of programmatic advertising and personalized recommendations” to turbo-charge its own advertising products.
Amazon's no-cashier store can't handle more than a few shoppers
Amazon wanted to make a store where anyone can walk in, and take what they want without having to stop to pay on the way out. It seems all it takes to break this pie-in-the-sky idea are the shoppers.
Why one business is investing in immigrant entrepreneurs to help create 100,000 jobs for Americans - TechRepublic
One of the beneficiaries of Unshackled Ventures is an entrepreneur named Prateek Joshi, founder of Pluto AI. Joshi, a H-1B visa holder, earned his master's in AI at the University of Southern California. Growing up in Gulbarga, India, Joshi knew, firsthand, how important water health is to a community. And he realized that he could apply AI to help prevent water wastage, predict quality, and lower operating costs at water facilities—of which there are 150,000 in the US, alone.
Fitbit Alta HR Is the Best Fitness Tracker for Normal People
Let’s face it, the world of fitness trackers has plateaued . Most people who want a fitness tracker already have one, and more than a few of us have old trackers shoved away in a drawer, useless because the charging cable mysteriously disappeared, or because the company who made it decided it didn’t care anymore and killed the software (RIP Nike FuelBand ).
Discord Has a Child Porn Problem
In February, Gizmodo reported that many Discord users were facing abuse and were given no clear recourse. Among the issues endemic to the voice- and text-chat platform was the anonymous and unsolicited dissemination of child pornography, a problem which seems to have only gotten worse.
You Can Download Night Shift For MacOS For Free Right Now
You no longer have to worry about your laptop’s bright screen disrupting your sleep schedule. Apple just released Night Shift —a feature that reduces blue light from the display in the evening—on the newest version of macOS Sierra (10.12.4). The update has been in testing since January 24, but only developers have been able to download it. Now, the update is available for everyone to use.
Business Choice Awards 2017: Smartphones
Speaking of Moto and Apple, their work satisfaction scores are almost a full point behind Google/Microsoft. It's not typical to see Apple score such run-of-the-mill numbers among PCMag readers, but it's clear that when it comes to getting work done, the iPhone isn't cutting it. Apple didn't even score the best in availability of apps, a traditional stronghold due to the size of the Apple App Store. It earned a still respectable 8.9, but so did Moto. Google earned a 9.3 for app availability.
Apple just released a huge new update for iPhones — here’s what’s new
The company began rolling out iOS 10.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod
Touch on Monday. Among a few notable updates is the ability for
AirPods owners to use Find My iPhone to play a sound on one or
both AirPods if they are having trouble finding them, or view the
last location where they were synced with their device if they
are feared lost.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 Returns (Sort Of)
Armed with this information, it shouldn't be too difficult for Samsung to refurbish the Note 7 with working batteries. And although many consumers will forever steer clear of the Note 7 after last year's fiasco, deal seekers who are betting that the third time's the charm could find some good bargains.
watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 are now available to the public | Cult of Mac
Apple has been beta testing the two new software updates for months, refining new features and squashing tons of bugs. Apple Watch wearers can install watchOS 3.2 via the Watch app for iOS. The tvOS 10.2 update can be installed to Apple TV via an over-the-air update.
Intel Optane is high-octane memory
Essentially there's a tradeoff between storage size and processing speed. Solid state drives brought that compromise way down, but you're also paying for the privilege when comparing similarly sized hard drives. Intel is swinging for SSD-level performance by piggybacking the Optane chip on your hard drive, and running a file architecture that means your important apps are moved to the front of the storage pile and accessed that much faster.
Comcast reportedly planning streaming TV service just for its internet customers
Comcast has continued to argue that the above reading of the situation is completely wrong, that its streaming TV service doesn’t violate net neutrality, and that its streaming TV service is not, in fact, even an internet service. But the service is functionally equivalent to a streaming TV service — in that it passes through a broadband modem and is delivered to phones, tablets, and PCs — and the need for a Comcast internet subscription seems to underscore that.
China ride sharing giant Didi mulls $6 bln SoftBank-backed investment: Bloomberg
SHANGHAI Chinese ride sharing firm Didi Chuxing is considering a $6 billion investment backed by Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, as it looks to take on global rivals such as Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], Bloomberg reported on Tuesday citing sources familiar with the matter.
iOS 10.3 and watchOS 3.2 releases bring Find My AirPods, Theater Mode features
To get your hands on iOS 10.3, open the Settings app on your device, go to the General tab, and then find "Software Update." Make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into a charger to save on data and battery, though!
Uber resumes self-driving program in Tempe, Pittsburgh after crash
A full police report on the crash is expected as early as the middle of this week, said Detective Lily Duran of the Tempe Police Department. She said the Uber vehicle was not at fault in the collision. Photos and a video posted on Twitter by Fresco News showed a Volvo SUV flipped on its side after an apparent collision involving two other, slightly damaged cars. Uber said the images appeared to be from the Tempe crash scene.
Amazon Delays Opening of Cashierless Store to Work Out Kinks
Amazon.com Inc. is facing a setback in its efforts to modernize brick-and-mortar retail as technical glitches delay the opening of its first cashierless convenience store.
Snap surges after IPO banks give flurry of 'buy' ratings
Shares of Snap Inc jumped nearly 5 percent on Monday after several of the Snapchat owner's IPO underwriters handed it badly needed "buy" ratings.
Facebook officially launches “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, adds local election reminders
Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported Facebook was rolling out a new feature called “Town Hall,” which would allow the social network’s users to easily locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. The company today confirmed the feature is available to all U.S. users on desktop and mobile, and will now include News Feed integration. Along with this news, Facebook also announced it’s launching local election reminders for the first time, to encourage users to vote in state, county, and municipal elections.
10 million people now help Microsoft test Windows 10
Microsoft has significantly grown its user base of dedicated Windows testers in recent years. At the launch of Windows 10, nearly two years ago, the software giant had around 5 million testers through its Windows Insider program. Windows Insiders could be your neighbor down the street, your boss, or the barista that makes your coffee in the morning. Anyone can sign up to test Windows 10, and now 10 million people are helping Microsoft refine and improve its operating system.
The Apple TV Remote app is finally optimized for iPads
Last February , Apple's Eddie Cue and Craig Federighi said that with the then-forthcoming app that it would be a "full replacement" for the Apple TV remote . At the time, he was speaking directly about how an iPhone armed with the app can be a second controller for games. Now, the same functionality (with Siri voice commands, no less) on a more substantial screen is a reality. Don't have an iPad? Well, then you'll have to settle for the usual "general performance and stability improvements."
3 Ways to Grow Your Audience on Snapchat : Social Media Examiner
Notifications make it more likely that people will follow you back, and give you kudos as well. This will increase your kudos score, raise your rank, and expand your chances of gaining exposure. So it’s a good idea to not only be on GhostCodes, but also to play around in the app as well.
The Most NSFW Site For Streaming Every Star Wars Movie Is Pornhub
As far as accidental comedy goes, few things beat watching a PG-rated Disney film on a site with the ads for penis enlargement guides and “Tinder for MILFs.” And while I didn’t specifically seek out Pornhub or 2014's animated adventure Big Hero 6 today, both came into view thanks to the Reddit community r/FullMoviesOnPornhub.
SecureMyEmail is email encryption for everyone - TechRepublic
Anyone who happens to be very aware of security, might well be asking this one question: Can SME read my encrypted email? The answer is no. The company behind SME does not have access to your encryption passphrase; without that, your email cannot be decrypted. Of course, one should never say never. Encryption isn't perfect. Should the right person gain access to your encrypted email, they could brute force the data out of the email. But then, that could happen with nearly any encryption system. And if you accidentally give out your encryption passphrase? Well, don't do that.
The Best Wireless Headphones of 2017
Earphones (or ear buds, or in-ear headphones) offer a slightly different sound profile compared with conventional headphones. Generally, you'll get better sound from a full set of "cans" around your head than from buds in your ears, but in-ear sound quality has improved a great deal. More importantly, in-ear headphones are much more likely to be water- and sweat-resistant, and much more suited for use when working out. Get a good sweat going, and you'll turn your headphone earpads into a nasty mess. For our top picks, check out The Best Earphones .
Andy Rubin teases mysterious, possibly bezel-less device
Whatever this thing is, it looks like it might be all screen.
A Mom Comes to Grips With Her Daughter's Destiny in Fantasy Short Goblin Queen
A protective mother frets about her teen daughter’s social life—until she realizes the girl isn’t slipping out to hang with her loser boyfriend, but rather to lead a parallel-dimension kingdom into battle. Reed Shusterman’s short Goblin Queen is funny and touching, with some impressive special effects make-up to boot.
Samsung Guard S8 program may give the Galaxy S8 the protection it needs
Samsung Guard S8 could act as an extended warranty, giving Galaxy owners another year of protection and including services like remote support, according to the story. It's rumored that the program could also provide a one-time free display replacement and quick-turnaround phone repairs (two hours).
Alicia Keys can do whatever she wants, just ask Adam Levine
Alicia Keys can do whatever she wants, just ask Adam Levine