Oculus founder says Apple needs to make a 'good computer' if they want great VR
Oculus founder says Apple needs to make a 'good computer' if they want great VR
Yo-yo master shows off his tricks in thrilling video
Master of yo-yo tricks completes a repertoire of different stunts with a myriad of yo-yos.
Amazon Alexa Family Expands With Pint-Sized Echo Dot, Tap
To get the Echo Dot, though, you need to order it through its larger counterpart, the Amazon Echo.
The Mysterious Vision of Jeff Nichols, Hollywood’s Next Blockbuster Auteur
With his latest movie, Midnight Special, the critically acclaimed director applies his hard-won skills to sci-fi—and the cinematic big leagues.
J. J. Abrams is producing a documentary about the race to send rovers to the Moon
The X Prize Foundation has brought J. J. Abrams aboard — to document the race to send the first privately funded lander to the Moon. Abrams is producing a documentary web series, called Moon Shot....
'Monster Hunter Generations' hits 3DS in the summer
'Monster Hunter X' is 'Generations' for Western audiences.
Olympic skier will use a car and a jetpack suit to become the fastest man on skis
Jaguar is trying to help Olympic skier Graham Bell become the world's fastest man on skis, the company announced at the Geneva Motor Show. Bell hopes to reach speeds upwards of 180 miles per hour...
Galaxy S7 trounces iPhone 6s in camera tests | Cult of Android
Remember when the iPhone had by far the best camera you could get in a smartphone? Those days are long gone, thanks to the Galaxy S7.
Samsung and Six Flags team up for virtual reality roller coasters
Riders at Six Flags can experience fighter jets and battling Lex Luthor.
Trump vs. Romney: As if you needed more proof this election is a sh*t show
Mitt Romney called Donald Trump a "phony" and a "fraud." Trump hit back, saying Romney was a "choke artist" who would have "dropped to his knees."
Amazon unveils 2 new Alexa devices: the $130 Amazon Tap and the $90 Echo Dot
Amazon has unveiled the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot , two new additions to the Alexa-enabled device family. The former is a $130 portable version of the Amazon Echo and works as a speaker for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, while the latter is a $90 compact, voice-controlled device that can easily connect to your speaker. Both can be preordered today, but there’s a catch: While the Amazon Tap is available on Amazon.com, the Echo Dot can only be purchased through an Alexa device (e.g. “Hey Alexa, order an Echo Dot.”)
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A word game to communicate in any language
While working with kids who have trouble speaking, Ajit Narayanan sketched out a way to think about language in pictures, to relate words and concepts in "maps." The idea now powers the FreeSpeech app, which can help nonverbal people communicate.
Has Donald Trump Ever Used a Computer?
The personal computer revolutionized the American home in the 1980s and 90s. And by the mid-90s mainstream America was getting online. But with Donald Trump now the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, there’s an interesting question that must be asked: Has Trump ever used a computer?
The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday
Productivity experts recommend that you not spend your morning reading and answering emails (as I learned firsthand, it can totally derail your good a.m. intentions). Focus your morning on what you need to get done—not the little things people need from you. Quickly scan your emails to see if there is anything high priority that will affect your goals for the day, then keep the trains moving. As Julie Morgenstern, author of Never Check Email in the Morning , told the Huffington Post , "Those requests and those interruptions and those unexpected surprises and those reminders and problems are endless . . . there is very little that cannot wait a minimum of 59 minutes." So if you want to be more productive throughout your day, step away from your inbox in the morning. Seriously.
Netflix's Fuller House was just renewed for a second season
Despite getting largely negative reviews in the days since its premiere, Netflix's Fuller House has just been renewed for a second season. That means the whole gang will be back for another go at some point next year.
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Google says its engineers working with UNICEF to map Zika
SAO PAULO Google engineers are working with U.N. child agency UNICEF to analyze data in an effort to map and anticipate the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children in Brazil, the company said on Thursday.
Check In With the Velociraptor at the World’s First Robot Hotel
The aim with robotics has been manifold: Roboticized industry is the only way for Japan to keep pace with the manufacturing in such cheap-labor states as China; it stands to prop up the steady losses in Japanese productivity through two lost decades of economic stagnation; robot babysitters might cover childcare shortages and free up women to return to the workforce; and it’s one way not only to provide for a rapidly aging population, where the median age is projected to reach 53 by 2050, but also make up for a projected population shrinkage. More than one observer has commented that the appeal of the robot workforce isn’t particularly surprising for a country historically hostile to immigration. But early work in the assistive industries has led to advancements in what has recently been called affective robotics—that is, robots with whom we might have emotional experiences. This research has led to some of Japan’s most striking consumer items, from Sony’s Aibo robot dog to Paro, the eldercare robot seal, and, just last June, SoftBank’s Pepper, an android advertised as the world’s first emotional robot.
Facebook Messenger simplifies tune sharing with Spotify
Facebook's Messenger already lets you hail Uber rides and talk to businesse s, and now they've just added a new feature: Spotify integration. Instead of copying and pasting a Spotify link to your mates the old-fashioned way, you can now share your tunes right within Messenger itself. Hit the More tab, then Spotify and then select the songs you want to share. On the receiving end, if you get a Spotify link, you'll see an "Open" link that'll launch the app and the song straightaway. The feature should roll out to both iOS and Android apps starting today so get ready to bug your friends with your party mix .
Google introduces Docs templates 'designed by experts'
Part of the big update to Google Docs back in September was the introduction of new and useful templates to help users of the service start up common types of documents quickly. The company has now taken that one step further, announcing today that it has created new templates ‘designed by experts’ to cover new use cases.
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' will finally be yours this April
The $2.048 billion box office juggernaut will be available on April 1 for digital, and April 5 for Blu-ray and DVD, according to Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger, who made the announcement at a Thursday shareholders meeting. A 3D version of the film will be available later this year.
BMW's i8 is even prettier in Protonic Red
Let's be honest, the Geneva Motor Show is a beauty contest above all else. None of the cars here move, very few are ever allowed to even make a sound, and the majority of press coverage is built around their appearance. This is why every new car here has to look new, and it's also why companies with no immediate novelty to announce are introducing special editions or fresh design options. BMW has chosen this grand Geneva event to give us our first in-person look at the Protonic Red BMW i8, and it looks stunning.
Intel Working on Augmented-Reality Headset
The chip giant is developing a wearable headset to deliver augmented-reality experiences, people briefed on the company’s plans said. Intel plans to exploit its 3-D camera technology called RealSense, these people said, a potentially distinguishing feature in a crowded field that includes Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and a wave of startups.
Here's how to watch tonight's Republican debate online
The participants are property mogul Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The debate is scheduled to take place in Detroit, Michigan and will be hosted by Fox News. It will be moderated by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace.
Raspberry Pi 3 photos: A closer look at the new board - TechRepublic
The new CPU core in the Raspberry Pi 3 performs 50-60 percent faster in 32-bit mode compared to the Raspberry Pi 2 and roughly ten times better than the original single-core Raspberry Pi in a multi-threaded CPU benchmark like SysBench. Compared to the original Pi, real world applications will see a performance increase of between 2.5x - for single-threaded applications - and more than 20x - for NEON-enabled video codecs.
Run Windows 98 entirely in your browser
With browser-based Windows 98 you can relive the glory days of the past by playing Minesweeper, changing your theme or getting connected with MSN dial-up. When did operating systems get so boring ?
Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine’s Power Grid
According to Lee and a Ukrainian security expert who assisted in the investigation, the attacks began last spring with a spear-phishing campaign that targeted IT staff and system administrators working for multiple companies responsible for distributing electricity throughout Ukraine. Ukraine has 24 regions, each divided into between 11 and 27 provinces, with a different power distribution company serving each region. The phishing campaign delivered email to workers at three of the companies with a malicious Word document attached. When workers clicked on the attachment, a popup displayed asking them to enable macros for the document. If they complied, a program called BlackEnergy3—variants of which have infected other systems in Europe and the US—infected their machines and opened a backdoor to the hackers. The method is notable because most intrusions these days exploit a coding mistake or vulnerability in a software program; but in this case the attackers exploited an intentional feature in the Microsoft Word program. Exploiting the macros feature is an old-school method from the 90’s that attackers have recently revived in multiple attacks.
Samsung begins shipping ridonkulous 15.36TB SSD
As it’s meant for enterprise applications, don’t expect to plug the PM1633a into a standard desktop or laptop. The drive features a 12Gbps SAS interface, and Samsung claims it will hit sequential read and write speeds of 1,200MBps. The drive will hit 200,000 IOPS of random read performance, Samsung said.
Instagram starts blocking ‘add me’ deeplinking for Snapchat, Telegram
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Amazon removes encryption support in latest Fire OS update
As Apple continues to battle the FBI in favor of device encryption, it appears that Amazon has quietly gone the other way. According to several owners of Amazon's tablets , the latest Fire OS 5 update actually removes encryption support from its devices. That means that if you previously had your Fire device encrypted, the latest OS update will essentially break that encryption. So you can either stick with the current OS to remain encrypted but miss out on Android security updates, or you can update to OS 5 and risk your personal data being stolen. Neither of which are great options, and you can see a slew of customers complaining about it in Amazon's support forums .
Kirby: Planet Robobot Announced for 3DS - IGN
Planet Robobot includes a new robot suit for Kirby, plus Team Kirby Clash, a four-player multiplayer mode where players can collect tablets to unlock team moves.
The New Ghostbusters Trailer Is Here, and Everything Looks Perfect
After decades of waiting for a new Ghostbusters movie, here’s your first footage from one. To celebrate the launch of this awesome trailer, we talked with director Paul Feig, producer Ivan Reitman and writer Katie Dippold, and they told us why this trailer reintroduces so many of the things we love.
Nintendo makes SNES games exclusive to 'New' Nintendo 3DS
The announcement is a little bittersweet. SNES support has been one of the most requested additions to the virtual console library since the launch of the 3DS, but the general consensus was that the handheld console simply wasn't powerful enough to emulate the 16-bit hardware. It's the same reason Nintendo hasn't released GameBoy Advance games for the 3DS, apart from the few titles it gave to 3DS Ambassadors back in 2011 -- and even those didn't work that well, forcing the handheld to reboot into a mode that disables most of its features. The New Nintendo 3DS upgraded processor, however, apparently gives the device enough oomph to do the job. Having the games on the New Nintendo 3DS is better than nothing, but it's still a bummer for folks who haven't upgraded to the new hardware.
If you have bought in to Nintendo's upgraded handheld, however, the new VC games seem pretty nice. Virtual Console SNES games will include a "perfect pixel" mode to retain the original hardware's aspect ratio, and Nintendo is promising a solid line-up of classics for the next few weeks -- including Donkey Kong Country (and Donkey Kong Country 2 ), Super Mario Kart, Earthbound, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid .
Yahoo exploring sale of $1 billion-$3 billion in 'non-core assets': CFO
SAN FRANCISCO Yahoo Inc ( YHOO.O ) is exploring the sale of $1 billion to $3 billion of patents, property and other "non-core assets," its chief financial officer said on Thursday.
Tiny 3-D Printed Building Shares Its Energy With an (Also 3-D Printed) SUV
They called it the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy Structure, a mouthful more easily called AMIE 1.0. The unusual design, which was a collaborative effort five years in the making, expresses several intriguing ideas about fabrication methods and energy use. It’s one of the largest carbon fiber structures ever created with a 3-D printer—a method that resulted in very little waste—and shares energy with the SUV, which also was 3-D printed. The project offers a glimpse at how architects think we might live off-the-grid in the future.
Uber Launches in Pakistan
Uber Technologies Inc. launched its ride-hailing app in Pakistan on Thursday, as part of the company’s $250 million investment push that also includes expanding into the Middle East and North Africa.
As of today, the biggest names in tech are supporting Apple in its fight against the FBI
Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Airbnb and a dozen other prominent companies filed a joint amicus brief in court Thursday afternoon. The amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief is designed to strengthen Apple's case as it pushes back against the governments demand to assist the FBI in cracking an iPhone 5c belonging to one of the gunmen behind the mass shooting in San Bernardino.
57 Magnificent Photos From Astronaut Scott Kelly's Year in Space
Captain Scott Kelly is back from his 340-day mission aboard the ISS. Here are 57 spectacular images he shared on Twitter during his #YearInSpace.
Palmer Luckey on why there's no Oculus Rift for Mac
Specifically, he is referring to Apple's general reticence in utilizing high-end GPUs in its products, which instead rely on the Intel chipsets' integrated GPU capabilities. "You can buy a $6,000 Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD FirePro D700, and it still doesn't match our recommended specs," Luckey continued. "So if they prioritize higher-end GPUs like they used to for a while back in the day, we'd love to support Mac. But right now, there's just not a single machine out there that supports it." In short, while the graphics on modern Macs are good enough for a majority of normal (and even power) user applications, these machines just aren't built to be gaming rigs -- even if they are priced equivalently.
Google, Facebook And Microsoft Will Officially Support Apple In Battle Against FBI
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp and about a dozen other Internet companies will file a joint legal brief on Thursday asking a judge to support Apple Inc in its encryption battle with the U.S. government, sources familiar with the companies' plans said.
Facebook Wants to Pay for NFL Streaming Rights but Apple Doesn’t
Verizon, which already has mobile rights to NFL games, is looking at the package as well. The company is making a significant bet on streaming video, with moves that include the acquisition of AOL and the launch of Go90, a mobile streaming service that’s theoretically supposed to appeal to young viewers. Anecdotal reports from people who have sold Verizon content for the service say there’s no evidence that Go90 has any traction, but that Verizon remains committed to buying even more stuff to show.
Watch today's Nintendo Direct right here!
Expect to hear more about 'Star Fox Zero' and maybe, just maybe, the next 'Legend of Zelda.'
LinkedIn open-sources WhereHows, a metadata management tool
Rather than viewing data, WhereHows lets people track the specific types of data that are available. In other words, it’s a tool for discovering and managing metadata. WhereHows is available to people at LinkedIn in the form of a user interface and an application programming interface (API) for developers. It serves up information on more than 25,000 publicly shared data sets from HDFS alone. It also takes into consideration flows of data through multiple tools; so, for example, it surfaces 150,000 flows from its open source job scheduler. But instead of LinkedIn keeping the software to itself, the company is opening up and sharing it for other companies with complex systems to use and even build on.
Here Is What We’ll be Eating in 2050—and What We Won’t
The foods readily available 35 years from now won’t look like the foods available today. Some of what we’re used to eating will be in short supply—and that new diet could cause an extra 500,000 deaths a year.
Jerks Are Selling Endangered Species on Facebook
Gibbons, langurs, otters, sun bears. Those are just some of the hundreds of live animals listed for sale on Facebook in Malaysia. Many of them are vulnerable species, some of them critically endangered.
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Alexa voice commands can now be spoken into Amazon's smaller Echo Dot
Amazon on Thursday announced a sleek new hockey-puck shaped, Alexa voice-controlled device called Echo Dot, a smaller $89.99 version of the larger, more expensive Echo tower.
Simple Tool Turns Plastic Bottles Into Nearly Indestructible Plastic Rope
Big Rope has a stranglehold on the ‘tying things down’ industry, and if you’re tired of paying through the nose for a few feet of twine, you’ll want to consider backing the Kickstarter campaign for this simple tool that can turn empty plastic bottles into super strong plastic rope.
New Amazon ‘Tap’ and ‘Echo Dot’ Gadgets Unleash Alexa on the World
Limp has two new voice-controlled devices, both launching today, which join the Alexa collection alongside the Echo and the Fire TV set-top box. The Amazon Tap ($129.99) is an Alexa-enabled portable speaker along the lines of a Bluetooth model like the UE Boom. The Echo Dot ($89.99) is like a tiny Echo, all the microphones and smarts and almost none of the speakers. Both can do everything the Echo can, anything you can do with a sentence that begins with “Alexa…” In short, they put the platform in a lot more places: in small rooms and next to TVs, to the beach and into the car and on vacation. Alexa is free to roam the world now.
UN Free Speech Expert Pledges Support For Apple's Encryption Stance
"Secure communications are fundamental to the exercise of freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age, permitting the maintenance of opinions without interference and securing the right to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas," Kaye wrote in his brief.
Apple’s new San Francisco office could be a tool in tech talent wars
Apple’s decision to plant a flag in San Francisco, 46 traffic-choked miles north of its headquarters, comes years after similar moves from rival tech firms such as Google and LinkedIn and marks a turning point in Apple’s willingness to accommodate workers, according to recruiters and former employees.
Amazon Expands Alexa AI With New Tap and Dot Voice-Controlled Speakers
In a house with more than one of these products, the Dot and Echo aren’t smart enough, at least yet, to know which one you’re talking to. If you attempt to speak to one within earshot of another, both might respond. One work-around, Amazon says, is to set a different wake word for each unit. (Perhaps it’s “Alexa” in the bedroom, “Amazon” in the kitchen.) You also can’t use the Dot and Echo as a whole-home speaker system like Sonos: They can’t synchronize music—or anything else—across multiple rooms and devices.
These Are Apple’s Allies Against the FBI (Updated)
The legal dispute centers on a court order that Apple help federal investigators hack an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead and 22 injured. But the industry sees the issue as a broader one, focused on the importance of encryption and worries about government overreach.
German court rules Facebook may block pseudonyms
BERLIN Facebook may prevent its users from using fake names, a German court said on Thursday, overturning a previous order from the Hamburg data protection authority.
A Seamlessly Edited Club Scene Featuring Almost Every Movie Character You Can Think Of
Welcome back to Hell’s Club, a place “where all fictional characters meet... outside of all logic.” Which explains why there’s three copies of Jean-Claude Van Damme looking for each other.
Comparably will tell you whether you're not making enough at your current job
In the tech industry, compensation is a tricky beast. Although startups have it in their best interest to run “lean” — onboarding employees with below-market salaries and padding offers with equity to keep overhead costs low — it can backfire when the company doesn’t alter that attitude as it evolves.
No, EMMs Wouldn't Have Access to San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone Data
Before getting into the latest news and trends in the enterprise mobility management (EMM) space, every company I spoke to at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last week wanted to get one common misconception straight: EMM doesn't compromise data privacy; it's designed to do exactly the opposite.