Facebook opens up 360-degree live streaming to all
Facebook just made live streaming 360-degree video relatively easy, provided you have the equipment to capture the content. Users of devices like the new..
Microsoft’s Creators Update wants to bring Windows 10 artists and gamers back into the fold
The Windows Creators Update is something of a big deal for the operating system with over 400 million users, but the gist of it is taking aim at gamers and..
The first full trailer for Luc Besson’s “Valerian” is as wild as you’d expect
Luc Besson has loved the Valerian and Laureline comics since he was a kid. Now, after wearing its influence on his slee
Xbox One's faster, simpler interface is available to everyone
The update also adds built-in Beam streaming and slicker mutlitasking.
Spotify launches Carpool Karaoke competitor featuring SUVs and no karaoke
Hopefully the internet has not yet tired of watching celebrities do things in cars.
A spinoff of James Corden’s late-night phenomenon Carpool Karaoke will soon debut on Apple Music. Netflix...
Owlet updates its smart baby health monitoring sock so babies can’t kick it off
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYL6QglTl1k&feature=youtu.be Owlet, a Utah-based startup monitoring your babies vitals, has a new and improved smart sock..
The Remake of Stephen King’s “It” Now Has a Trailer And You Now Have Nightmares | Fast Company
The first trailer for “It” makes it look like the rare horror remake that not only justifies its existence but will scare the pants off you.
SoftBank Wants Autonomous Shuttle On Public Roads By 2020
Japan could have a fleet of self-driving shuttles on the road within three years, if SB Drive reaches its target date for commercialization.
Samsung's Sleek S8 Has Curved Screen, Facial Recognition
Samsung Electronics Co. knows it needs to get its new flagship smartphone right. Apart from making sure the gadget won't cause bodily harm, the company packed it with a plethora of new features: taller, curved screens, encrypted facial recognition, deeper display colors, system-wide voice control and the ability to turn into a desktop computer. Read More: Samsung's New S8 to Adopt Facial Recognition for Payments
Google Calendar finally has a proper iPad app
Google Calendar’s iPhone app is not the most innovative calendar app on the iPhone by any stretch of the imagination. It’s simple, straightforward, and relatively easy to use. But for people who use GSuite or advanced features in Google Calendar like booking rooms or “find a time,” it’s often the best option.
5 Samsung Galaxy S8 features Apple should steal for iPhone 8
The Galaxy S8 turns your face into the password you use to unlock your phone, with an iris scanner to recognize your “eyeprint” instead of a fingerprint. The S8 also uses biometric facial recognition, so you hold your phone in front of your face and the S8 will immediately slide into your home screen. Given that Samsung put its fingerprint sensor in such an awkward spot, this is a necessary design decision. But it’s also an insanely cool advance for smartphone technology, and something we hope Apple is exploring for the iPhone.
Eight reasons the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are good for business | ZDNet
Samsung is the most popular Android smartphone maker and has done a good job addressing both consumer and enterprise needs. The new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus offer a lot for everyone.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now the second richest man in the world
Amazon's stock price has rocketed 50% in the past 12 months, adding to the net-worth of its largest shareholder, founder Jeff Bezos. The Amazon founder is now worth $75.6 billion, according to Bloomberg, surpassing Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet ($75.5 billion) and Amancio Ortega, chairman of Inditex fashion group ($74.1 billion).
Windows 10 Creators Update: Everything you need to know
Part of what draws people to Apple is its design cohesion. Meanwhile, Windows 10 still functions as a mish-mash of legacy apps and modern styling. I mean, why do I need a separate control panel and settings menu? Why does Windows color management suck? The world may never know.
Honeywell bets big on India's smart cities' growth track
Honeywell’s strategy involves boosting its existing presence in India, which generates $1 billion a year in domestic sales and exports. Honeywell’s revenues are produced by the 15,000 workers it employs in its seven manufacturing centers and five R&D labs around India.
Here’s how much the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will cost you
The Galaxy S8 will be available at a retail price of $750. It will have a $30 down payment and cost $30/month for 24 months on the T-Mobile Equipment Installment Plan. On Demand customers can snag the device for $0 down and payments of $33/month.
Here’s how the Galaxy S8 stacks up against the iPhone 7
The display on the S8 is clearly the marquee feature, with both the 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch versions offering a curved glass panel similar to the now defunct Galaxy Edge line, but with drastically reduced bezels on the top and bottom that put your content front and center. Samsung isn’t skimping when it comes to hardware, either, with Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor powering the phones to make them faster than ever.
Pinterest Recruits Small Business Advertisers in Push to Diversify Revenue
While they aren't big marketing spenders in their own right, in aggregate small firms are a huge source of ad revenue for digital giants Google and Facebook Inc. Google is especially popular with smaller businesses that buy lots of online search ads, helping the company generate almost $80 billion in ad revenue last year. Pinterest is an emerging rival to Google's search business because the startup knows a lot about what people are looking to buy online -- valuable information that advertisers usually go to Google to access.
Inside Samsung's Galaxy S8 Testing Facility
Humans come back into play in the "accelerated usage test," a new level of QA that's come into play after the Note 7 mess. The AUT consists of five days of fast charging, discharging, dunking phones in water, and putting them through the paces of browsing, calling, Facebooking, and game playing. While camera testing was being done by technicians, a rack full of phones in another room scrolled through an automated browsing test. Since Gumi makes phones for the US and Korea, the room had simulated US and Korean networks—probably the only place in Korea where your AT&T phone would get a Band 17 signal.
Samsung hasn't announced pricing or a release date, and most of what we know comes from Samsung's presentation. The dock is small and circular, includes two USB ports and an HDMI port, and it is powered via USB-C (same as the S8 itself). The Verge reports that there's a small cooling fan inside the dock that presumably keeps the phone from throttling too much, enabling more desktop-y performance. The desktop UI looks mostly straightforward: there's a lock screen, a desktop, and a Windows or Chrome OS-esque taskbar with app icons on it. You can use apps full-screen or keep them in windows -- we're still talking about Android apps, and not all of them are well-suited to running on anything other than a phone or a small, narrow window.
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Steve should have known that engineering was not for him when he spent most of his time at university monkeying with his 8086 clone PC. Although he graduated, a lifelong obsession of wanting the "solitaire" win animation to go faster had begun. Always seeking a gadget fix, he dabbles in photography, video, 3D-animation, and is a licensed private pilot. He followed l'amour de sa vie from Vancouver, BC to France, and now lives near Paris.
How to leverage Safari extensions to maximize your Mac's operation - TechRepublic
Safari extensions permit Mac users to add functionality and convenience directly within their web-surfing sessions. Here's how to use and find Safari plug-ins that save time and add convenience.
Why it's time for businesses to get serious about Progressive Web Apps - TechRepublic
After all, if mobile web is going to serve as a top-of-funnel customer experience, it needs to be fantastic. Apps have been the province of such experiences and, as Gartner's Wong continued, PWAs use "the latest browser technologies to meld the accessibility of the web with the presence of the mobile app." In other words, they make the web more app-like. Things like offline and push notifications that had been possible only in the app lose their fetters and can be delivered through the web (enabled by service worker magic).
Lyft tests a new fixed-route 'Shuttle' service for commuters
As it's only a test for now, Lyft Shuttle is only available in Chicago and San Francisco. Riders in those cities will see the "Shuttle" option while searching for Line rides in the app -- but only if their pickup and drop off locations are close enough to one of the test routes. The service is only available during the morning and evening commute hours (6:30-10AM, 4-8PM), but the fares are a fixed price so riders can avoid surge pricing during rush hour.
In 15 Years, Millions Of People Will Give Up Their Cars For Autonomous Ride Hailing | Fast Company
“We were very aware that the first time cities met cars, things went well for cars and somewhat less well for cities,” says Jennifer Bradley, director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute. “Now we know a little, and we’re trying to help create a situation in which the conversation and the deployment of this technology is not driven entirely by the companies, but cities and residents are able to more strongly shape the future.”
FCC to halt expansion of broadband subsidies for poor people
Pai's decision won't prevent Lifeline subsidies from being used toward broadband, but it will make it harder for ISPs to gain approval to sell the subsidized plans. Last year's decision enabled the FCC to approve new Lifeline Broadband Providers nationwide so that ISPs would not have to seek approval from each state's government. Nine providers were approved under the new system late in former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's term, but Pai rescinded those approvals in February .
Why Siemens put $10 billion into digital transformation - TechRepublic
Making use of the data collected by devices is key for industries wanting to move forward in the digital age. Half of all the data that exists in the world was created in 2016. And less than 0.5% of all the data collected last year was analyzed and used, according to Judy Marks, CEO of Siemens, explaining that she believes MindSphere will help industrial companies in particular make better use of their data and take them to the next level of competitiveness in manufacturing.
Your internet history is now for sale. Here's how you can protect it - TechRepublic
It's alarming to think that your ISP is using your browsing history as a means to make more money, and it's even more alarming to think what could happen to that data in the case of a data breach. Those advertisers just want to sell you embarrassing creams. Hackers want to trade your data for cases of the stuff.
The Galaxy S8 can double as a pretend desktop
This tweaked OS also offers multi-window support, and each window can be resized freely, meaning you can lay out as many panels next to each other as you like. There's no hard limit on how many windows you can have open at once, Samsung says; you just might find the system slowing down depending on what you're doing in each app. Too many windows running video side by side, for instance, will tax the S8 so much that it stops opening apps. I didn't get a chance during my demo to really push the S8 beyond running three apps simultaneously, so we'll have to wait till we get our hands on a review unit to see how far you can go before the phone stops responding.
Startup Lucid Motors insists it is defying the electric car curse and will challenge Tesla in China
Rawlinson was the chief engineer behind Tesla's Model S,
and joined Lucid Motors in 2013 when it decided to pivot
from developing battery technology to manufacturing its own
electric vehicles. Other engineers that helped work on the Model
S, like Eric Bach, Tesla’s former director of engineering, are
now working on Lucid Motors’ first vehicle: the Lucid Air.
This Neighborhood Is Transforming By Letting Artists Buy Its Vacant Homes For Cheap | Fast Company
In Indianapolis, one block in the Garfield Park neighborhood south of the city’s downtown is experimenting with a different model. An arts nonprofit worked with other partners to buy and renovate vacant houses and is now offering to co-own them with artists. Artists will pay half the cost–one $80,000 home, for example, will sell for around $40,000. If they later move out, they’ll get their equity back, but no more; the house will be sold at the same cost to someone else, keeping the neighborhood accessible as the artists help make it more desirable.
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Stunned kid lands an unthinkable pencil-flipping trick
Flips.9 is an Instagram account dedicated to flipping things. That's right, the entire account is videos of kids taking the water bottle challenge to the next level, successfully landing markers, crayons and even orange traffic cones.
Samsung Galaxy S8 price: how much does it cost?
For comparison, at launch the Galaxy S7 Edge price was $32.49 a month through T-Mobile, $33 a month through Verizon and $31.25 via Sprint – all over 24 months. AT&T was the only outlier because it cost $26.50 a month for 30 months. The S7 Edge price was $769 when it finally came out in an unlocked variant in the US.
Paralyzed man can move his arms again thanks to brain-connected prosthesis
Bill Kochevar was paralyzed from the neck down in a bike accident. Now, with a new mind-controlled prosthetic, he can move his own arm with his thoughts.
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There are a lot of red flags with Samsung's AI assistant in the new Galaxy S8
Bixby only works on one phone for now, and most developers don't
have the bandwidth to add Bixby support for a phone
that only a negligible percentage of the entire Android user
base will have. We've seen this over and over again with
smartphone features unique to just one model. For example, Apple
is still having trouble getting apps to add support for 3D Touch
on the iPhone and Samsung was never able to convince developers
to make widgets for the curved portion of the screen on its
Galaxy Edge phones.
Trump's Plan to Slash the NIH Budget Won’t Just Hurt Scientists—It Will Hurt Everyone
On top of a 20%, $5.8 billion cut to the agency’s total budget revealed earlier this month as part of the administration’s 2018 budget proposal, on Monday several news outlets reported a new proposal aimed at cutting $1.2 billion from the agency’s $34 billion budget for the current fiscal year. The majority of that money would come from research grants the agency funds, as part of a broader Trump administration push to cut federal spending by $18 billion in 2017. If the proposed NIH cuts go through, they are likely to be a disaster—shuttering labs, putting scientists out of work, and (most devastatingly) stymying research that often leads to medical breakthroughs.
Google’s Eric Schmidt confirms the Essential smartphone runs Android
Now, it’s not exactly a surprise that Rubin — again, one of the co-founders of Android — would be using Android on his new phone, especially given that there aren’t a whole lot of other options if you’re looking for a smartphone OS with third-party developer support these days. But given Essential’s ambitions of creating a high-end smartphone meant to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, the fact that it will run Android means that it’ll be competing in an increasingly crowded marketplace that includes the just announced Galaxy S8 and Google’s own Pixel .
The ‘Silicon Valley’ season 4 trailer teases fraud, division, and crazy ideas
The end of season 3 seemed to unite the gang as they attempted to keep the company out of a rival CEO’s hands, but now that the dust has settled, their days of unity are apparently over. The trailer shows Richard (played by Thomas Middleditch) making big changes, namely, quitting his job at Pied Piper to focus on a new and innovative venture. It turns out that’s for the best, though — the guys already had plans to replace him.
A Man Confronts the Perils of Perfection in This Clever Dystopian Short
Gary Roberts’ The Problemless Anonymous imagines a world where anyone deemed too perfect is forced to accept a carefully-chosen flaw. Ivan dutifully heads in for his appointment, where he encounters a fellow patient whose “fault” is not what it seems. As for Ivan’s new problem? You’ll have to see it to believe it.
Tesla’s 8.1 software update brings Autopilot 2.0 cars up to speed
The Autospeed speed limit boost in this update for Autopilot 2.0 cars is up to 80 mph, up from a hard cap of 55 before. It’ll automatically calibrate itself first, so you’ll still be limited to 55 for a few days of highway driving. The Summon feature, which lets users call their vehicles from parking spaces without anyone behind the wheel, is added as a beta as mentioned, and there’s the lane change feature, which allows you to just flick the turn signal on to have the car initiate a lane change while in Autosteer mode when the way is clear.
BuzzFeed could be going public in 2018
While NBCUniversal is by far the biggest investor in BuzzFeed, the IPO reports prove that an acquisition isn’t planned. NBCUniversal is also an investor in Vox (The Verge, Recode, Racked, Polygon, etc.). Now, let’s see if BuzzFeed can turn its viral success into a long-term public media company.
White House says Trump to sign broadband privacy repeal
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump plans to sign a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules as a bigger fight looms over rules governing the openness of the internet, the White House said on Wednesday.
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Henrik Fisker is solving a major problem that runs rampant in the car startup world
Without a traditional dealership network, and also selling
innovative vehicles that have unique maintenance requirements,
new car companies can find themselves in an awkward position with
owners, asking them to wait far longer than they might be used to
to get stuff fixed.
Top financial adviser: Thanks to technology, 'Everything you think about the future is probably wrong'
New tech makes it near impossible to predict what skills will be
in demand in 10 or 20 years. Coupled with longer life expectancy,
we're going to be forced to alter the way we work, live, and
Betsy DeVos compared school choice to taking Uber over a taxi — here's why that could be troubling
In Whitehurst's ideal world, top-down regulation — the kind DeVos
and Trump want to avoid — could help guide parents to make smart
decisions. Instead of choosing between 200 schools, for instance,
parents could get information from the government that helps
them pick between a dozen — a version of the kind of system
currently in place in Boston, Whitehurst says.
Tesla updates Autopilot, Autosteer now works to 80 mph in new cars
There are a handful of other new features in Version 8.1, including the ability to reduce the default opening height of the falcon-wing doors in the Model X, an added ability to adjust the front-seat headrests, and the addition of user ratings and hours of operation to businesses in the navigation system. The new features are rolling out now to Tesla vehicles via an over-the-air software update.
Apple releases first public beta for iOS 10.3.2, still no 32-bit version available
As is normal with Apple beta releases, Apple has followed up a developer-only release of iOS 10.3.2 with one for public beta program participants —but as with the initial release it still lacks a 32-bit binary.
Marketing the TNW Way #19: Site speed, a publishers dilemma
Most people will load their site in a browser, check in the console how long it took to load the DOM, and that’s it. That works with a global site, but it doesn’t provide you with a clear picture. A lot of countries have varying internet speeds and due to different devices that’s making it even worse. That’s why for most tools we need to know how sites perform in different countries/regions. As an example, we’re around 20-30% slower in Brazil, even though we have the same site there. The larger adoption rate of mobile devices and average lower internet speed in Brazil makes it harder for us to load the site fast. We’re working on that in multiple ways, but we can’t ignore the fact.
New photos reveal Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is going to be pretty swanky
It's not yet clear how much these trips will cost, but if it's anything like the pricing laid out for other suborbital space trips, it won't be cheap. Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is selling seats aboard its SpaceShipTwo for about $250,000, though that company hasn't yet started flying customers yet either.
Uber Crash Shows Human Traits in Self-Driving Software
The Uber Volvo SUV, outfitted with autonomous driving sensors, was heading south on a wide boulevard with a 40 miles-per-hour speed limit. It had two of the company's test drivers in front and no paying passengers. The light turned yellow as the vehicle entered an intersection. A green Honda on the other side of the road was trying to make a left at the light. The driver thought it was clear and turned into the oncoming Uber SUV, according to the police report.
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The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them
Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and “free markets,” as if consumers at the mercy of their local internet monopoly are craving to have their web history quietly sold to marketers and any other third party willing to pay.
How to calculate depreciation on computer hardware: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
Under certain circumstances, enterprises may elect to depreciate assets based on activity. This method is generally employed for production machinery, where the useful life of the equipment can be directly tied to the number of units it produces. In other words, if a machine's useful life is 10,000 Widgets, if may be more accurate to depreciate on the number of Widgets produced rather than how many years it will take to produce those units.
These New Photos of the Buffy Cast Look Like a Goth High School Reunion
Entertainment Weekly has reunited the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for its next issue, and the choice to put everyone in black basically makes it look like a high school reunion at an exclusively goth school. Jeez, the principal looks so uncomfortable on that grave they’ve dug for him.