Watch SpaceX’s first launch with a reused Falcon 9 rocket right here
SpaceX is launching a Falcon 9 rocket at 6:27 PM EDT (3:27 PM PDT) today, provided all goes to plan. The company has launched many Falcon 9 rockets in the..
From “Cheers” To “Han Solo”: Inside The Singular Career of Woody Harrelson, Underrated Superstar | Fast Company
A 30-year career and he’s hotter than ever. Fast Company talked to Woody Harrelson about Wilson, Han Solo, the past and the future.
Watch the first trailer for Destiny 2, launching September 8th
After a few days of teasing, we finally have our first proper look at the sequel to sci-fi shooter Destiny. Developer Bungie officially revealed Destiny 2 on Monday, before releasing a short teaser...
Live today: SpaceX attempts to launch a “flight proven” rocket
The flight is an "historic milestone on the road to full and rapid reusability."
Samantha Bee eviscerates the Trumpcare debacle
"Closing deals is the one thing President Big-Boy-Truck was supposed to know how to do."
Watch SpaceX Launch Its First Truly Reusable Rocket
This is the first time SpaceX—or any commercial space company—has attempted to reuse a rocket to send something into orbit.
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.
Microsoft marks one year of HoloLens by revealing it has 150 apps so far
Microsoft started shipping its HoloLens headsets to developers a year ago today, and the company is celebrating its first milestone. While HoloLens is technically available to anyone with $3,000,...
The Matrix Voice is a circuit board to turn your Raspberry Pi into an Amazon Echo
Matrix Labs recently released the Matrix Creator, a powerful Raspberry Pi accessory that adds a whole bunch of sensors to the miniature computer (including a microphone array, temperature, UV,...
The first trailer for Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game reveals a menacing Thanos
The first episode of Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game is still a few weeks away, but the new debut trailer provides a good idea of what to expect. The trailer mostly sets the tone, rather...
I’m The Guy Who Created Bulletproof Coffee–This Is My Morning Routine | Fast Company
Dave Asprey is a self-described “professional biohacker.” Here’s how he starts his day.
Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has left the company
"Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and build an industry. We're thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best."
SpaceX will try to make history with its first reused rocket launch this week
SpaceX is set to launch its next Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, March 30 for SES-10, a mission for a private communications satellite company. This is different from every Falcon 9 launch that has preceded it, because the rocket SpaceX is using has already flown once before – on April 8 last year, when it was the first of the company’s rockets to nail a landing at sea on a floating drone barge repurposed as a mobile landing pad.
Watch SpaceX Launch a Re-Used Rocket into Space for the First Time Ever
Later this evening, SpaceX will attempt a historic feat when it launches a reused Falcon 9 rocket into orbital space. It’s an achievement Elon Musk and his team have been working toward since the company was founded in 2002, and tonight, it will hopefully— finally —come full circle. Literally.
Twitter makes a change to replies that could get users talking more
On the flip side, as Twitter looks to sunset some of the quirky rules that have turned users away, this could be just the trick to help old and new users participate without feeling like they're censoring themselves. That feeling, we can say from experience, is frustrating, to say the least.
Twitter stops counting usernames in replies toward the 140-character limit
Twitter’s 140-character limit is essential to its existence, but the company realizes how annoying it can be to trim your thoughts when composing a reply because the person you’re chatting with has a long username. Twitter has decided to no longer count a username toward your 140 characters, a change now rolling out to its iOS and Android apps as well as Twitter.com.
Microsoft has its own version of the Samsung Galaxy S8
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Engadget that the customization would be available on both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. When the Microsoft Edition handsets are first connected to WiFi, all of the custom software is downloaded and installed. While the regular versions of the Galaxy S8 already includes Office apps, the alternate edition tacks on Cortana, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, One Note, Bing, Groove, Skype, MSN News and more.
How to get the Windows 10 Creators Update a week early
The Windows 10 Creators update adds a ton of new features to Microsoft’s OS – you can read all about them here – but waiting until April 11 for the final version kind of sucks for the impatient among us.
Destiny 2 is coming to PC
The first Destiny launched on both the last-gen Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms as well as the current generation of consoles, but fans have been clamoring for a PC version of the game for almost as long as it has been around. It’s also a move that puts the next version of Bungie’s FPS/MMO hybrid on a level playing field with competitors like The Division , which has a PC version.
'Right in the bullseye': SpaceX just pulled off a revolutionary rocket launch
SpaceX, Musk's rocket company, launched one of its 229-foot-tall
Falcon 9 rockets at 6:27 p.m. EDT on March 30. The two-stage
rocket delivered a telecommunications satellite into orbit.
Google thinks you're fat, now lets you book fitness classes in Search
Ready to shake off that winter weight? No? Well, tough. Google’s going to help you get in shape anyway.
My daughter’s dinosaur teaches math: When virtual pets roam our homes - ReadWrite
Don’t laugh, because this is going to sound a little weird: let’s talk about the ethics of virtual pets. Sure, it’s probably not something you’ve thought about a lot, but consider it for a second. As mixed reality becomes more mainstream, virtual companions will get more popular and more realistic, engendering more attachment. Arising from this phenomenon will come some interesting social and ethical issues.
Facebook introduces personal fundraising tools, donate buttons in Facebook Live for Pages
Facebook today announced it’s expanding its set of online fundraising tools to include its own GoFundMe competitor, with the added support for personal online fundraisers, starting first in the U.S. The new tool will allow Facebook users to raise money for personal crises and other campaigns — like school or medical expenses, emergency situations, funerals and more. In addition, the company is adding the ability for Facebook Pages to add a “donate” button to their live broadcasts on the network.
Why OpenStack is the wrong cloud for Red Hat to be building its future on - TechRepublic
This is why I continue to believe OpenShift, not OpenStack, is Red Hat's future. Sure, OpenStack can fund a few years of growth catering to private cloud needs. OpenShift, by contrast, is a better answer for that "modernization" Whitehurst described. As he indicated, OpenShift helps customers that want "to run stateful applications and migrate existing WebLogic [and] WebSphere-type workloads onto a scale-out infrastructure." OpenShift makes it easy for enterprises to get real with containers and promises a better way for Red Hat to compete and collaborate with AWS for the future.
Jeff Bezos Becomes World's Second Richest Person
Ask anyone who the world's richest person is and chances are they'll know it's Bill Gates. He's held the top spot for 18 of the past 23 years, and that doesn't look like it will change for the foreseeable future. However, below Gates the rankings have changed, and another giant of the tech industry moved into second place this week.
Facebook's fundraisers now help you raise money for yourself and friends
To create a fundraiser, the first question you're asked is, "Who are you raising money for?" You can choose a friend on Facebook, a nonprofit, yourself, or "someone or something not on Facebook" (like a pet or a young child), incorporating all the tool's functionalities into a single flow. Once you choose who you're raising money for, you select one of the six categories and fill out a short description.
What the Samsung Galaxy S8 means for the iPhone 8
Many faithful iPhone owners have been putting off upgrading to wait and see what the company has in store for this year's model. Rumors include an edge-to-edge screen and the removal of the physical home button -- just like the S8. The new iPhone could also have wireless charging and a slew of high-end camera features. Apple might even skip calling it the iPhone 7S and name it something more dramatic such as iPhone 8, iPhone X or iPhone Pro. The early buzz for the S8 has been mostly positive.
The Robots of the Future May Be Controlled By Magnetic Fields
To manufacture these magnetically-controllable robo-parts, the researchers started with a liquid polymer, loading it with four-micrometer (the width of a human hair is 30 to 100 micrometers) iron microparticles. They allowed the stuff to cool into films, which they then cut into strips. Turning on a magnetic field causes the particles to arrange into chains, which alter the material’s shape, allowing for complex functions. The team created accordions that folded, tubes that squeezed, and cantilevers that could lift loads fifty times their weight—all by switching on a magnetic field.
Google Calendar is finally available for the iPad
I can’t believe that Google Calendar wasn’t available for iPads until now, but that’s the way it is (I’m an Android guy, so please pardon my ignorance). Anyhoo, the company has just launched a new version of its calendar app, complete with optimization for tablet-sized screens.
What's up with the song in the new 'Game of Thrones' trailer?
"Having read the books, and watched the series twice, I was very excited when Game Of Thrones asked to use 'Sit Down' for their preview," Booth said in a statement. "I think the last two songs used were 'Heroes' and 'Wicked Game' — so we are in great company. We thought they would make their own version, to suit the landscape of the series, but apparently, they were attached to the original."
Joss Whedon is set to direct a solo Batgirl movie
And whatever comes of the eventual Batgirl movie, it immediately sounds like a good fit for the director. Batgirl, otherwise known as Barbara Gordon, first appeared in comics back in 1967. As the brilliant daughter of Commissioner Gordon, she’s left indelible mark on the so-called “Bat-Family,” and has become a feminist icon in the comics industry. Other Batgirls Whedon could approach include Betty Kane, who first debuted back in 1961, and Cassandra Cain, who currently goes by Orphan in the comics. Given Whedon’s love of powerful and complicated women in his work (see: Buffy , Dollhouse , and Firefly ), it makes sense that he’d come on as writer-director.
Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity
WASHINGTON—Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.
Comcast launches its contractless Xfinity prepaid internet service
Comcast is partnering with Boost Mobile to sell the $80 prepaid internet starter kits , which come with a wireless DOCSIS 3.0 gateway and 30 days of service. Download speeds measure up to 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps for uploads, and refills start at $15 for one week. The prepaid plans works anywhere within Xfinity’s coverage area, and while there’s no credit check involved, you do have to be 18 years or older to sign up. The partnership also gives Boost Mobile customers $5 off refills.
IGN on Twitter
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.
Streaming services pushed U.S. music industry to biggest gain since 1998
Subscription streaming music services like Apple Music and Spotify bolstered the ailing music industry in 2016, acting as a primary driver of an 11 percent bump in estimated retail revenue, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
The RIAA in a report issued Thursday said U.S. retail revenue grew 11.4 percent to hit $7.7 billion, which in wholesale value equates to a growth of 9.3 percent to $5.3 billion. Helping drive the industry's biggest gain since 1998 was a doubling of paid subscription services, the report said.
For the first time, 2016 saw streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and others account for a majority of American revenues at 51.4 percent. Free-to-listen internet radio products like Pandora and on-demand ad-supported services like YouTube and Vevo also contributed to the streaming pie.
Streaming has grown from a bit player in the music industry — generating only 9 percent of revenues in 2011 — to the most important immediate and growth markets.
As a whole, streaming brought in $3.9 billion in 2016, up 68 percent year-over-year.
JoyRun raises $8.5 million for peer-driven, on-demand deliveries
Buyers can easily view, pay, and track their order, and can chat with others about potential JoyRuns. With this pooled approach to delivery, JoyRun has been shown to cut down on both costs and delivery time, while increasing the order size for local businesses. Over the past year, JoyRun has successfully proven its peer-to- peer platform on 50 college campuses across the U.S., from the University of California at Davis to the University of Alabama.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson Just Shattered a Spacewalking Record
Astronaut Peggy Whitson is no stranger to breaking barriers: In addition to becoming the first woman commander of the International Space Station (ISS), the Iowa native has logged 377 days in space between two missions —the most of any American spacewoman to date. Now, on her third mission aboard the ISS, Whitson is racking up even more impressive feats—today, she performed her eighth spacewalk , setting the record for most spacewalks performed by a woman.
40% of industrial computers were hacked in 2016, here are 5 ways to protect your business - TechRepublic
"Our analysis shows us that blind faith in technology networks' isolation from the internet doesn't work anymore," said Evgeny Goncharov, head of the critical infrastructure defense department, Kaspersky Lab, in a press release. "The rise of cyberthreats to critical infrastructure indicates that ICS should be properly secured from malware both inside and outside the perimeter. It is also important to note that according to our observations, the attacks almost always start with the weakest link in any protection—people."
Do this right now to save your Autodesk 123D designs from shutdown oblivion | ZDNet
While I'm being critical, please note the 123D app screenshot at the beginning of this article. It says "123Dapp.com will close early April 2017." Given that everything is going away for users on the very first day of April, that's not specific enough. The "Where do I go next?" is a nice prompt but "Your stuff will be deleted on April Fool's day so don't be a fool" might have been more clear to users.
Sen. Cory Booker Says Tech Innovation Must Be Bipartisan
Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey discusses tech innovation, regulating the Internet of Things, fixing health care and tax reform. He speaks with Kevin Cirilli on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg)
Acer Chromebook R 13 review
Looks aside, the Chromebook R 13 is not particularly sturdy. The bottom case flexes noticeably when you pick it up with one hand or when you push down on the palmrest. It’ll probably hold up OK under light or careful use, but if you’re one to abuse your laptop, you might want to think long and hard before plunking down cash for this Chromebook.
New Footage from Justice League, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman Hits All the Right Notes
The final new Wonder Woman scene has her in the full armor. She’s with a group of soldiers in a blown apart city. She tells them to wait because she’s going ahead and she starts running. Using her shield to block incoming gunfire, she launches off a wall and into another apartment. The rest of this scene you’ve seen in various trailers, where Wonder Woman dismantles several guys peppered with tiny instances of slow motion. And it’s very cool, but the way it ends is better. She kicks the final man out of a window and, from the side, we see her kick him, him go through the window, she follows as the glass explodes and the camera moves across the wall following them both outside. She then starts running on rooftops and that’s where the new scenes ended, right into a montage of footage.
In The Age Of Fake News, Your April Fools’ Marketing Stunt Is Especially Unfunny | Fast Company
But in the age of fake news, the idea of playing gotcha with the media feels especially bad and unfunny. After witnessing an election influenced by hoaxes and now contending with a president who constantly tweets demonstrably false information, people don’t want to guess what’s real and what isn’t anymore. We’re tired. Much of what we encounter daily on Facebook is already fake, and it’s not in the name of a dumb holiday. Isn’t it time we ended this trend?
The Dairy Of The Future Is A Sustainable Closed Loop Powered By Cow Poop | Fast Company
Kan’s closed-loop concept, which he’s currently developing at lab scale, will address both requirements. In the closed-loop system, the first step is to separate out solid dairy manure from liquid wastewater. The dairy manure is converted to syngas (energy-rich gas) and biochar by gasifying the manure in an on-site reactor at temperatures of nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Using an installed on-site combined heat and power (CHP) system, the syngas is converted to heat and power for the dairy farm; excessive power could be sold to a local utility company, Kan says.
Watch a GIF of every successful — and failed — SpaceX Falcon 9 landing attempt
SpaceX made history today by successfully launching and landing a used Falcon 9 rocket for the first time ever. It’s something CEO Elon Musk has talked about since he founded the company 15 years ago. But the company arrived here so fast that it’s almost hard to remember it only started attempting these daring landings just over two years ago. So here’s a GIF recap — click the links for more info on each:
How VR training apps are finally becoming a reality
As the cost of Virtual Reality publishing goes down, and the number of head-mounted displays purchased increases, expect more companies to embrace the power of VR for training. It’s a natural fit for an industry that, outside the introduction of internet-based learning, hasn’t seen much disruption since the turn of the century. And the results so far have been positive. According to Alonso, “There is real excitement around VR training apps. We hear repeatedly how it is ‘more than they expected.’”
Here are the search histories of the major Republican lawmakers who think it's okay to sell yours
Here are the search histories of the major Republican lawmakers who think it's okay to sell yours
Amazon Buys Souq.com as Middle East Online Market Takes Off
In Souq.com, Amazon is getting a well-established player with a claimed 23 million online visits a month. The retailer, which employs over 3,000 people, sells more than 400,000 products, from televisions to perfumes -- and calls itself the “Amazon of the Middle East.”
Forget Tinder: This hot app wants to be your hookup for hooking up
Some of the behaviors this app facilitates might not be things you’d want to share with, say, your coworkers or family members. So they offer a few features to protect your identity. Private albums is one. The other is a pattern lock, which is basically just a gesture password, you’ll have to use each time you open the app.
Uber’s Anthony Levandowski invokes Fifth Amendment rights in Waymo suit
Uber executive and Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski is asserting his Fifth Amendment rights in regard to a lawsuit filed by Waymo against Uber, which accuses the company and Levandowski of stealing technology related to autonomous vehicles from the Google self-driving car project prior to his departure. A lawyer for Levandowski told the court that the engineer would exercise his Fifth Amendment rights broadly because there exists “potential for criminal action” which could lead to self-incrimination, as reported by the New York Times .
How to sync your Google contacts to your iPhone - TechRepublic
If you're one of the users who lives in both major mobile ecosystems, staying organized can be difficult. Here's how you can access your Google contacts on your iOS device.
Skype users hit by ransomware through in-app malicious ads
Our Greatest Geological Discovery Is This Chocolate Boulder With Edible Candy Geodes Inside
Working with cake decorator Abby Lee Wilcox , Yeatts created what looks like a massive boulder. When cracked open, it’s filled with crystal-like geodes, making it look like a valuable chuck of amethyst. However, the entire thing is actually made from chocolate and sugar, and is completely edible—if you want a sugar high that will last until Christmas.
360-Degree Video Puts 4,200 Falling Dominoes All Around You
Until someone invents a camera small enough to fit inside a plastic domino. giving us a first-person view of the mayhem, this 360-degree video, which you can pan in all directions from inside the structure, might be the coolest domino video out there.
Why Twitter is in an uproar about the latest change to Twitter
One solution to this problem: Twitter has added a thread-specific mute button, allowing you to block conversations you don’t care about from showing up in your “mentions” tab. But it remains to be seen if this will be enough to keep chaos at bay. If the Twitter canoe problem gets worse, Twitter might have to experiment with new ways to save people from being dragged into conversations against their will. An obvious solution would be to lower the current 50-person limit to something more reasonable, like 10.
FCC Takes a Hatchet to Program Providing Broadband Internet for the Poor
FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced that he would direct the agency to eliminate the federal approval process for broadband providers who want to provide service through the LifeLine program, which administers subsidies for phone and internet service. That means any new broadband provider that wants to participate in the program will need to get approval state-by-state, which experts say will likely be an incredibly long and burdensome process. To make matters a whole lot worse, according to an FCC spokesperson, no states even have an approval process in place for broadband-only providers.
Congress just dismantled FCC rules protecting web browsing history: What it means - TechRepublic
Michelle De Mooy, director for the Privacy and Data Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, agreed. "The repeal of the FCC's common sense privacy rules was a vote against the best interests of consumers," said De Mooy. "Privacy is at the core of democracy and freedom—the public's desire to have control over when and how their personal information is collected and shared isn't going to change."
SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful landing of a used rocket
After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this evening, sending a communications satellite into orbit, and then landed on one of SpaceX’s drone ships floating in the Atlantic Ocean. It was round two for this particular rocket, which already launched and landed during a mission in April of last year. But the Falcon 9’s relaunch marks the first time an orbital rocket has launched to space for a second time.
Lively created D-cup bralettes that sold out in 24 hours
As I've reported, bralettes are now outpacing push-ups and padded bras. But one problem with the bralette is that they're not a particularly inclusive product. Most bra brands don't make them for larger cup sizes, meaning than many women don't have the option to wear this more comfortable, wireless style.
Ubuntu 17.04: A mouse-sized step forward - TechRepublic
The biggest change coming to Ubuntu 17.04 is a move away from the old tried-and-true swap partition. In favor of the swap partition, Ubuntu is making the switch over to the swap file. On paper this makes sense, as systems are running with considerable resources now and a swap partition twice the size of available RAM doesn't really make much sense. In fact, most modern systems have enough RAM such that swap is rarely used. It's doubtful users will see any increase in performance with this. And if you use the LVM (Logical Volume Manager) option, this change will not apply.
Will VPNs protect your privacy? It's complicated
After US lawmakers vote to end online privacy rules, people are looking for ways to hide their browsing histories.