Snowden: FBI's claim that it requires Apple's help to unlock iPhone is 'bullshit'
Edward Snowden used his time at Common Cause's 'Blueprint for Democracy' to speak out on bulk collection, privacy and the San Bernadino iPhone.
Google’s Self-Driving Car Caused Its First Crash
Google's self-driving car appears to have caused its first crash on February 14, when it changed lanes and put itself in the path of an oncoming bus.
Plan Your Vacation With Google Destinations
The service stops just short of packing your bags and driving you to the airport.
Watch Google's self-driving car hit a bus
Technically Incorrect: A new video captures the moment when an autonomous Google SUV smacks into the side of a public bus. The bus driver is a little surprised.
Sony's A6300 is a step forward for mid-tier mirrorless cameras
If you're looking for a mirrorless camera that's not too expensive, the A6300 is a great choice.
'EVE Online' now rewards you for helping science
Project Discovery is live in the online space epic.
Want kids to love you? Have an iPad
iPads are the golden ticket to receiving the love of children.
Here's a live glimpse at the Raspberry Pi 3, the latest version of the $35 mini-computer. In our news segment, we talked about space tourism, Android Marshmallow's low adoption rate and legal action for fake Google reviews.
A delightful way to teach kids about computers
Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers. Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.
Google’s AI Wins First Game in Historic Match With Go Champion
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — After an extraordinarily close contest, Google’s artificially intelligent Go-playing computer system has beaten Lee Sedol, one of the world’s top players, in the first game of their historic five-game match at Seoul’s Four Seasons hotel. Known as AlphaGo, this Google creation not only proved it can compete with the game’s best, but also showed off its remarkable ability to learn the game on its own.
Lawmakers in West Virginia Celebrate Legalization of Raw Milk By Drinking It and Getting Sick
Lawmakers in West Virginia are excited about new legislation that lifted a ban on raw milk. They’re so excited that they recently celebrated by drinking some raw milk. Now, many of those lawmakers are sick .
Learn how to excel at recruiting top employees in our next #BizChats
In order to recruit top talent, many companies post their open positions on job boards and websites, highlighting the differences that make their company more appealing than another. With the continual growth of millennials in the work place, and the explosion of Instagram and Snapchat use, many companies are still trying to figure out how to modernize the recruiting process to attract a younger talent base.
The neuroscience of ADHD
Does school-based behavioral therapy need a public policy push? Maybe. The CDC estimates that about half of the American preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD are given drugs to treat the symptoms — and that about 1 in 4 are treated only with medication. Yet the recommended first-line treatment is not medication, but behavioral therapy — and there are a number of other environmental and educational variables that can be adjusted. One of the advantages of drug treatment is that it’s easier for the adults involved, notes Anderson. To go a non-pharmaceutical route? That requires more energy from parents and teachers. If there are five kids in class with ADHD, for example, and four of them are on medication, are teachers willing to modify the classroom environment to meet the needs of the fifth child? If you are an American parent working a blue-collar job, is your employer going to tolerate the fact that you need to leave work an hour early to take your child to therapy? “There’s a societal issue here, as well as a public policy issue,” says Anderson.
The state of privacy in America: What we learned
10 Many technology experts predict that few individuals will have the energy or resources to protect themselves from “dataveillance” in the coming years and that privacy protection will likely become a luxury good. Another prediction from 2,511 experts we canvassed was that the prospect of achieving bygone notions of privacy will become more remote as the Internet of Things takes hold and people’s homes, workplaces and the objects around them will “tattle” on them. A more hopeful theme about privacy’s future was sounded by experts who argued that new technology tools would become available that would give consumers power to negotiate on equal footing with corporations about information sharing and also allow them to work around governments trying to collect data.
With just 3 games, Supercell made $924M in profits on $2.3B in revenue in 2015
Clash of Clans, which debuted in August, 2012, accounted for the bulk of that revenue, though Supercell didn’t say how much. The game was ranked at either No. 1 or No. 2 during the course of 2015 on the top-grossing list. It’s not official, but it’s pretty clear that Clash of Clans is the most successful app in the world.
Wired Keeps Calling Trump 'Someone With Tiny Hands' Due to a Chrome Extension Error
Wired published an embarrassing correction to a story by Jason Tanz about Donald Trump today. Apparently he or his editors had a Chrome extension turned on that changed every mention of “Donald Trump” to “Someone With Tiny Hands.”
How To Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate Without Cable Wait Haven't We Had Like 800 Of These Things Already Dear God When Will This Election Stuff End
There’s another debate tonight. And you can bet I’ll be watching. But sweet Mother Mary, haven’t we had enough of these things yet? If you’re interested in watching Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders slug it out, the details are below.
The Android N developer preview with split-screen multitasking is available today
Not every Nexus device will work with the beta, though. Google is making updates available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C. That leaves Nexus 5 owners out in the cold, but the final version of N may still be available on it. If Google is serious about the "Project Svelte" updates that ensure Android will work on lower-specced devices, you'd like to think it wouldn't leave one of the most popular Nexus phones ever out.
Google joins the Open Compute Project after 5 years, will submit rack design
Google today announced that it’s joining the Open Compute Project (OCP), an organization through which Facebook and other companies have shared designs for their data center infrastructure in order to accelerate cross-company development and adoption of leading-edge technologies.
Facebook buys face-swapping app to build mindshare, create nightmares
The MSQRD iOS and Android apps actually let you do more than just switch mugs with a friend or family member. You can add giant doll eyes, a gorilla face or go for a Rastafarian look. It has a number of other filters and masks for spicing up video messages - or creating nightmares.
Pentagon admits it has deployed military spy drones over the U.S.
Shortly before the inspector general report was completed a year ago, the Pentagon issued a new policy governing the use of spy drones. It requires the defense secretary to approve all domestic spy drone operations. It says that unless permitted by law and approved by the secretary, drones "may not conduct surveillance on U.S. persons." It also bans the use of armed drones over the United States for anything other than training and testing.
Google surprises with early preview of Android N
Given that Marshmallow isn’t even on 3 percent of devices yet, it’s a bit of a surprise that Google seems to be in a bit of a rush to get Android N out. Chances are, though, that there are still a few more user-facing changes in this preview of Android N, as well, and that the next couple of releases will bring new features, too. For now, however, Google is putting the emphasis on just a few new features for developers.
Facebook will soon let you turn off all Live Video notifications
"We've heard from people that they don't want to miss live videos from the people or Pages they care about, so we may send a notification if someone you've recently interacted with is going live, in case you want to tune in. One way you can currently control notifications for live videos is by clicking on the "Live Subscribe" button on top of the video to get notified when that person goes live again. You can also click on that same button as a way to turn off those specific notifications. However, we know people want more control over the live notifications they receive, so we're working on improving this experience. We are starting to roll out a new setting that lets people turn off all live notifications, through their Notifications settings, that will be available to all people soon."
The first uterus transplant in the US has failed
After the surgery, the woman will have to take drugs to prevent her immune system from rejecting the new organ. She must wait a year before trying to get pregnant by in vitro fertilization, where an egg is fertilized in a test tube and then implanted in the womb. (She won't be able to get pregnant naturally, since her ovaries won't be connected to the uterus.)
Google launches Android N developer preview and beta program
So why is Google giving the world a peek at the next Android version sooner (more than two months) than before? As you might guess, the company is hoping to get feedback from developers and manufacturers even earlier. Google specifically notes that it wants developers to get their apps ready for N sooner and that the earlier preview will allow it to hand off the final N release to device makers “this summer.”
Is This Drone the Next Cy Twombly? | The Creators Project
Like any new technology, the Flying Phantograph has its glitches. The above video, taken at Fluid Interfaces Group’s exhibition at the 2016 TEI Conference in Eindhoven , shows the drone following the guidance of a human hand, but then losing its balance and falling to the ground. The video calls it, rather poetically, “a burnt out creation machine.” Oddly, the viewer feels sorry for the drone when it falls. Or maybe not so oddly—what artist or creative hasn’t felt their skills being exploited by the powers that be?
Senators close to finishing encryption penalties legislation: sources
WASHINGTON Technology companies could face civil penalties for refusing to comply with court orders to help investigators access encrypted data under draft legislation nearing completion in the U.S. Senate, sources familiar with continuing discussions told Reuters on Wednesday.
Square beats on first-ever earnings, stock pops
In its first-ever earnings report as a public company, Square showed solid growth in both total revenue and gross payment volume, driving its share up 3% in after hours.
All the New Features Coming in Android N
Google just took the wraps off of the developer preview for “Android N,” the next version of Android. Even better, it’s available now. There are ton of new features, including a huge one we’ve been wanting for a while: multi-window support for phones and tablets. Here are the highlights from today’s announcement.
Americans Divided Over Apple’s Phone Privacy Fight, WSJ/NBC Poll Shows
WASHINGTON—Americans are almost equally divided in the battle between national security and privacy interests being waged by Apple Inc. and the Justice Department, while independent voters are on the company’s side by a 2-to-1 margin, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday.
Amazon to Lease 20 Boeing 767s to Build Its Own Delivery Network
Amazon.com Inc. is stepping up plans to build its own air delivery network, saying it will lease 20 Boeing Co. 767 freighters from Air Transport Services Group Inc., sending shares in the lessor up the most in almost two years.
Intel acquires sports instant replay startup Replay Technologies
Replay Technologies CEO Oren Yogev said in a statement, “We are extremely excited with this transaction, which we believe will be a winning proposition for everyone involved. The strategic fit between our two companies is a powerful combination; the Replay team is enthusiastic about joining Intel. This transaction will allow us to accelerate Replay’s advanced technology plans, offer advanced services to our clients and provide increased opportunities to our employees.”
Oculus makes a big push for social in new games and features for Samsung Gear VR
Starting tomorrow, Samsung Gear VR users will be able to make a social profile that is searchable through the Oculus platform. It looks like a social-oriented gamer handle that’s less tied to purchasing games, inviting people to connect with each other and giving them the opportunity to use their real names.
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.
Obama Has a Rather Untraditional Plan to Help Tech Companies Hire Smart New Employees
“It turns out it doesn’t matter where you learned code, it just matters how good you are at writing code,” President Obama said today at the National League of Cities conference. “If you can do the job, you should get the job.”
YouTube cofounder Steve Chen launches Nom, a livestreaming service that’s Twitch for food shows
With backing by Gangnam Style’s PSY and Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto, the service lets professional and amateur chefs and foodies create their own food-related livestreaming channels in much the way Twitch has enabled video gamers to broadcast themselves.
J.J. Abrams explains why he kept 10 Cloverfield Lane a secret
We've seen the film , and trust us — the less you go in knowing, the better. I sat down with producer J.J. Abrams to talk about how he manages to keep his movies so expertly under wraps, and how his collaboration with first-time director Dan Trachtenberg came about.
Y Combinator-backed Kisan Network is transforming the rural Indian agricultural market
“It is now imperative that India upgrade its agricultural practices and techniques, as well as well as accelerate growth in allied business fields such as food processing, in order to support the country’s consumption demand changes over the next 20 years,” said Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of McKinsey & Company in India, after the publication of a company study on the future of Indian agriculture. “Future success depends on how India responds by ensuring sustainable supply to create a win-win situation for consumers and farmers.”
NASA officially delays its next mission to Mars until 2018
The InSight mission originally had a launch window that stretched from March 4th to March 30th of this year, but efforts to repair the leak in time failed. The orbits of Earth and Mars won't be close enough to favor a launch until 2018, so NASA is using that time to fix the problem. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking over the redesign and construction of the failed vacuum enclosure, and after that CNES will integrate the seismic instrument. The cost of this work, and of the delay, is still being assessed. The agency expects an estimate in August.
Windows will win as PCs evolve from desktops to detachables, IDC report says
“At the latest Mobile World Congress, we saw new entrants, like Alcatel and Huawei, coming from the mobile space and expanding their portfolio to address the demand for detachables,” Jean Phillippe Bouchard, the research director at IDC responsible for tablets, said in a statement. “Everyone in the industry recognizes that traditional personal computers like desktops and notebooks will potentially be replaced by detachables in the coming years and this is why we will see a lot of new products being introduced this year.”
Don’t You Dare Vacation Without These Must-Have Apps
It’s almost vacation time, which means rest, relaxation, and maybe a few drinks. But a week away from everyday life doesn’t come without its own potential complications—which can be avoided with the help of a few apps. Conquer the airport, master your road trip, find the perfect hotel (or Airstream trailer), whatever it is you need to do to make the most of your precious PTO.
This Doctor Is Using Telemedicine To Treat Syrian Refugees
For Masri, his smartphone has now become an essential tool for fieldwork. When he needs a second opinion, apps like Figure1 and those developed by Doctors Without Borders connect him with medical professionals across the world on a real-time basis. The downside is that Internet service and electricity aren't always reliable. Masri occasionally finds that Wi-Fi cuts out when he's halfway done uploading a photo, which is a constant source of stress and anxiety.
Box soars 13% on earnings release
Cloud storage company Box reported fourth quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday, sending the stock up 13% in after-hours trading. Better-than-expected results brought the stock slightly above the $14 barometer from last year’s IPO price.
The World's Most Innovative Research Institutions
CEA ranks first among government research institutes in part because its researchers apply for and receive significantly more patents than most government organizations - an indication that their research has strong potential for commercial value. Those patents are also frequently cited by outside researchers, showing that CEA has a big impact on R&D efforts at other organizations. CEA receives the majority of its funding from the French government, and works closely with national agencies on projects ranging from building nuclear-powered naval vessels to improving the nation's cybersecurity. But it also has more than 500 industrial partners, and its research has led to the creation of 115 spinoff companies since 2000, including Paris-based biopharmaceutical company Theranexus, which is working on advanced treatments for psychiatric disorders.
Google is releasing Android N Preview to developers today. The early release is meant to collect feedback sooner than usual, and even includes a new way to download the update. Instead of installing a drive image, you can participate in an Android Beta Program that installs pre-release versions over the air (as long as you have a relatively recent Nexus device or the Pixel C). The biggest attraction, by far, is a new multi-window mode, which lets you use split-screen modes on phones and tablets, and even specify minimum allowable dimensions . There's even a picture-in-picture video mode, too, so you can keep watching YouTube while you message your friends. Other improvements in the preview include direct reply notifications that let you reply to a message right from an alert, iOS-style. Also, Android N optionally bundles notifications from the same app so that they don't clutter your view. Marshmallow's Doze feature has been improved to save battery life whenever the screen turns off, and coders can take advantage of Java 8 features. Google is also working to reduce the memory needs of Android via Project Svelte, allowing the Android OS to run smoothly on lower specced devices .
Glassdoor: Of the 25 highest paying U.S. jobs for 2016, 11 are in the tech industry
Career website Glassdoor today released its 2016 report on the “Highest Paying Jobs In Demand.” In the list of the top 25 U.S. jobs, 11 were in tech — more than any other industry (healthcare and finance were next in line, with three jobs each).
Never Mind Trump. The Internet Wants to Watch What’s Behind Him
It’s also a fitting metaphor for these chaotic times, a moment when—to paraphrase the much-paraphrased William Butler Yeats—the center cannot hold. Despite the GOP’s best efforts to sideline him, Trump remains the favorite to win his party’s nomination. Avowed socialist Bernie Sanders continues to rack up delegates. In past elections, the political parties would be able to refocus the lens, to direct attention to their favored candidates. But this year, voters have their own ideas. You can stage the best speech and compose the best shot, but when everyone has video cameras and editing software in their pockets, you can’t force them to look where you want them to look.
Australia Just Released a New Ghostbusters Trailer With More Chris Hemsworth
A non-Russian version of yesterday’s international Ghostbusters trailer is now available, courtesy of Australia. If you want to understand what Chris Hemsworth’s receptionist is saying, why he drew a ghost with giant boobs, or see “Four scientists” changed to the more correct “Four friends,” it’s well worth a watch.
Macs and Malware: What You Can Do to Stay Safe
Scan for malware
New viruses arrive at such a fast clip, old-school antivirus software isn’t as helpful as it once was. Also, many attacks come directly to you through the Web browser or email, in the form of phishing. Apple’s Mac OS X has built-in anti-malware protection called XProtect, but if you want to be sure you haven’t picked up any dangerous worms, trojans or other nasty stuff, you can also download malware scanning software such as MalwareBytes .
How Google Can Fix Gmail
John Dvorak is a columnist for PCMag.com and the host of the weekly TV video podcast CrankyGeeks. His work is licensed around the world. Previously a columnist for Forbes, Forbes Digital, PC World, Barrons, MacUser, PC/Computing, Smart Business and other magazines and newspapers. Former editor and consulting editor for Infoworld. Has appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, Philadelphia Enquirer, SF Examiner, Vancouver Sun. Was on the start-up team for CNet TV as well as ZDTV. At ZDTV (and TechTV) was host of Silicon...
Dear Veronica: Smartphone life expectancy
If we weren't all obsessed with getting the "Next Big Thing" all the time, how long would that smartphone of yours actually last? To help answer this question, we turn to Engadget Senior Mobile Editor, Nicole Lee!
5 awesome lessons I learned from working remotely
A little over three months ago, I traded rainy Rotterdam, the Netherlands for sunny Belo Horizonte, Brazil to give my relationship with my girlfriend a true shot. I was definitely up for the challenge, since I enjoy going out of my comfort zone and push my boundaries.
How Cloud-Seeding Boosted California's Latest El Niño Storms
Turns out the last time cloud-seeding was used in Southern California was back in 2002—but not necessarily due to cost. Conditions haven’t been ideal in recent years. The drought that’s paralyzed the West over the past five years hasn’t delivered much promising moisture to work with, since cloud-seeding requires an existing storm in order to make more rain. But even in the years before 2009, Southern California had suffered some crippling wildfire damage due to especially nasty fire seasons. Making an already powerful rainstorm too powerful would have triggered mudslides and flooding.
Here's why self-driving cars took center stage at CES
Ford announced plans to triple its fleet of self-driving test vehicles to 30 by the end of this year, which would make it the largest fleet of self-driving vehicles owned by any automaker. These new cars will be equipped with a new LiDAR sensor from Velodyne Inc. that is much smaller than traditional LiDAR systems, which can be difficult to mount on vehicles. LiDAR sensors help self-driving cars detect and avoid other objects in their vicinity. Ford plans to test the cars in California, Michigan, and Arizona this year.
Watch The History Of Rock Unfold In The Most Lit Facebook Timeline Ever
Condensing over 50 years of rock 'n' roll into a 15-minute mashup is epic enough, but to bundle it all in an animated Facebook timeline feed is just beyond. Simulated updates are peppered with "likes" and actual quotes from rock legends past and present including Robert Smith, Brian May, Kurt Cobain, Anthony Kiedis, Sid Vicious, Muddy Waters, Stevie Nicks, and Aerosmith, revealing inspirations and trivia-rich tidbits.
Cancer Rates Spiked After Fukushima. But Don’t Blame Radiation
Here’s the really pernicious part. People get checked for thyroid cancer, doctor finds a little nodule, does a biopsy, there’s some cancery stuff in there, so they remove the thyroid, and the person—saints be praised!—the person lives. (Because of course they lived, they just had a little thing that would never have been a problem in the first place.) They live (without their thyroid) and now they are a survivor and the survival rates for thyroid cancer in South Korea are now really high. Great, right? No. “Once you understand the problem of turtles, you understand you’re giving credit to finding the cancers that don’t matter,” says Welch.