Google's AutoDraw turns your clumsy scribbles into art
… by replacing it with a better drawing from a talented artist.
Here’s why journalists shouldn’t recklessly report on victims’ pasts
It wasn't enough that David Dao was assaulted and dragged off a United flight — now, journalists like Lisa Fletcher at A
New SickKids Ad Spotlights The Unbelievable Strength Of Mom
Think being a parent is tough? Toronto’s SickKids Foundation reminds us that being a parent to a gravely ill child is even tougher.
United’s own rules on overbooking are pretty damn confusing
Yesterday, a video of a man being dragged off an overbooked United Airlines flight went viral. The reason the airli
Alton Brown Finally Gets The “Iron Chef” He’s Always Dreamed Of
The Food Network star is rebranding the franchise with “Iron Chef Gauntlet,” a “culinarily aggressive” reboot that puts food–not fanfare–first.
Least surprising survey ever reveals teens want iPhones
This just in: Teens really like iPhones—and Starbucks, Nike, and YouTube. The latest results from the semiannual Ta
Google robots are here to help you draw
We all have a vested interest in keeping the notepads we scribble on during meetings private. Save for the few of us who
Ludacris' CGI abs are a joke the rapper has been making for over a decade
Yesterday, Ludacris released a video for his new track "Vitamin D," but the only thing anyone was paying attention to were his abs. The video, starring Luda as a plastic surgeon, features our hero...
PewDiePie has a new show... on Twitch
After making a name for himself on YouTube, Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie is now headed to rival platform Twitch with a new brand and a new show.
Why the Dallas siren hack was just the beginning
The Friday night hack that set emergency sirens blaring across Dallas for more than 90 minutes was likely not the last a
Swimsuit shopping sucks: Andie is changing the model
New Yorkers Melanie Travis and Tess De Paula hated shopping for swimwear.
Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro
Drawing isn't for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine..
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is launching in August
The next big Uncharted adventure is coming this summer. Today developer Naughty Dog announced that Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will be launching on PS4 on August 22nd. First unveiled last December, T...
It's April 11: Do you know where your Win 10 Creators Update is? | ZDNet
Eligible Windows Phone users who want the Windows 10 Creators Update will see the rollout of that release begin on April 25. Volume licensees who normally get new Windows releases through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) will be able to get Creators Update starting May 1 via that channel. Windows 10 Creators Update was available to MSDN/TechNet subscribers as of last week.
Facebook Messenger now supports group payments between friends
Facebook Messenger is making it a little easier to split your Sunday brunch tab with friends. And the company is likely hoping that a new addition to Messenger’s payments feature means that you’ll skip Venmo to do it. Starting today in the US, users on Android and desktop PC can send payments to and split payments between groups of people . Presumably the iPhone version of Messenger will add support for group payments very soon.
A Formula 1 team is 3D printing race car parts
McLaren Racing Limited is using 3D printers to modify the parts on its race car. Replacing a rear wing took just a week and a half instead of the five weeks it would have taken with traditional methods.
Fitbit Is Reportedly Making Another Ugly Smartwatch
Battery life has been a major factor in holding the smartwatch back from wider adoption, so a device that can do all the normal cool smartwatch stuff and last longer that a smartphone would be spectacular. But not if it’s as ugly as the Blaze.
UNDERCOVER IN AN IPHONE FACTORY: What it’s really like to work in a Chinese mega-factory, according to a student who spent six weeks there
And the workers couldn’t strike for 7 days. These people need the money every single day. They can’t afford to do a strike by themselves. Another thing is that I see there's no structure for being on strike or unionized. There's no leader. You need leadership for those people who go to the factories. They're just very, very ordinary people. You go to work and then you work 12 hours and then you get out. If there’s nobody saying “we need to do this stuff” then they just keep working.
Samsung Bixby voice assistant won't ship with Galaxy S8
The key feature was expected to debut on the new flagship handset at the end of this month. But the electronics giant is now saying it won't be operational on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus when they ship to consumers on April 21.
Microsoft finally says goodbye to Windows Vista
Microsoft is bidding farewell to Windows Vista, more than 10 years after it first debuted. Support for Windows Vista ends today, meaning users will have to move to a more recent version of Windows to remain secure. It’s the end of an era for an operating system that arrived late to the market with widespread criticisms.
Instagram Direct Messages Now Disappear
The updates to Instagram Direct are rolling out for Android and iOS users—now 375 million strong, Instagram says—with version 10.16 of the Instagram app. Once you update, you'll be able to swipe left to access Direct, where you'll see a new blue camera icon to add a disappearing photo or video to an existing message thread.
Critical Word 0-day is only 1 of 3 Microsoft bugs under attack
According to Microsoft, flaws in two other products are also being exploited in the wild. One is an Internet Explorer vulnerability that allows attackers to access sensitive information from one domain and inject it into another address. Such elevation-of-privilege vulnerabilities are typically exploited along with an additional attack exploiting a separate bug so the attack chain can bypass a security sandbox or similar security protections. Microsoft's guidance for CVE-2017-0210 said the IE bug is being exploited, but it didn't elaborate.
Your phone's fingerprint scanner might not be as secure as you thought
If you're really concerned about your phone's first lines of defense, make sure you enable all the protections available. Fingerprint scanners are a good start, but you should always set a passcode lock with a less predictable PIN than "1234" or "0000," too. If your phone gets stolen, you'll still be on the outs — but if they can't crack your code, your info will at least be safe.
Lyft raises $600M amid Uber's crises
The company announced on Tuesday that it has raised a fresh $600 million from investors. The new funding bumps up Lyft's valuation to $7.5 billion -- still far short of Uber's estimated $68 billion worth.
NASA and Amazon will stream from space in 4K for the first time on April 26
You might have a 4K television or display, but what content is really worthy of that kind of resolution? Sports? Pfft. Netflix shows? Ha. But how about space? According to people who’ve been there (who are probably best positioned to know), there’s nothing quite like the view from outside the Earth’s atmosphere, so it might finally make a fitting subject for your pixel-dense screens, when Amazon Web Services and NASA broadcast the first 4K live stream from space on April 26 .
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Instagram combines disappearing and permanent messages into one inbox
The Facebook-owned company announced an update to its Direct messages feature, combining the two features. When you send someone a temporary image now, it’ll be highlighted in blue, as opposed to the plain white of ordinary messages.
How to view two Chrome tabs side by side in Android Nougat - TechRepublic
You've undoubtedly heard of the Android Nougat split screen mode. This handy little feature allows you to have two apps open, simultaneously, so you can work more efficiently. But did you know that with split screen you can also view two Chrome tabs side by side? It's actually very handy for anyone whose multi-tasking extends into the realm of web browsing (especially when work depends upon you using various websites.
Evernote update brings new buttons to MacBook Pro's Touch Bar | Cult of Mac
MacBook Pro owners received some love from today in the form of an Evernote update that adds support for Apple’s new Touch Bar.
NVIDIA releases Mac drivers for Pascal graphics cards
Although you cannot buy a Mac with an NVIDIA graphics card built-in, the company has long been supporting users who wish to buy its components for Hackintosh systems running macOS. Until now, however, you had to settle for older 9 Series cards.
Video: Top 5 things to know about Amazon Alexa - TechRepublic
Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is taking over homes everywhere. Here's what you need to know about it.
Sean Spicer said Hitler didn't use chemical weapons and the internet schooled him
"We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II," Spicer said. "You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."
Windows 10's Cortana on Raspberry Pi: Creators Update turns the Pi into voice-controlled assistant - TechRepublic
The Windows 10 Creators Update, available today, adds support for Cortana to the cut down version of Windows run by the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3.
Back from the sea, Joe Belfiore is ready to help Microsoft win
Belfiore’s time away on the Semester at Sea ship and seeing the impact of technology on education while in the midst of a constant educational environment also had a significant impact on his role at Microsoft. He now serves as the education sponsor and advocate in the Windows team. There’s no title, but his job is to make sure that Microsoft is focusing on and responding to the education audience.
BrickerBot malware will brick unsecure Internet of Things devices
A new malicious software program targeting Linux-based Internet of Things (IoT) devices, called BrickerBot, has been spotted by cybersecurity vendor Radware.
Microsoft is officially killing Windows Vista
“Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.”
6 common enterprise cybersecurity threats and how to avoid them - TechRepublic
As enterprises continue to add new technologies to the business, CIOs must be constantly alert to the cybersecurity threats that those technologies open up. At the 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum in Savannah, GA, Brian Hill, vice president of corporate investigative services at Computer Forensic Services, explained several major security vulnerabilities currently facing businesses.
Toshiba Warns of Its Ability to Continue as Going Concern
Toshiba Corp. , the 142-year-old conglomerate, warned on Tuesday it may not be able to continue as a going concern as it grapples with billions of dollars in losses from its Westinghouse Electric nuclear business.
Security startup Synack scores $21M investment from Microsoft, HPE and Singtel
Synack , a startup that combines software security tools with a network of white-hat hackers to help keep its customers secure, announced a $21.25 million Series C funding round today.
Does This Last.fm Account Belong to Jared Kushner? An Investigation
We can guess the “summer” was likely made in 2013 (when “Royals” and many other songs on the playlist first came out) but strangely these songs in this order do not appear on JKushner’s profile during that time. Could someone else be impersonating the son of a real estate mogul on a music streaming service for laughs? Possibly, but the playlist was tweeted out by Spotify’s founder and CEO.
Why the Pentagon wants people to hack it
Unlike some engineers who spend their careers dedicated to bug hunting, Yaworksi is a self-taught hacker who spends his days as a computer engineer for the Ontario government. At night, he works as a Synack contractor, searching for security flaws in targets like the Pentagon. Yaworksi taught himself information security by taking classes on Coursera, reading research papers, joining online groups and, eventually, writing a book on bug bounties.
Leaked Star Wars: Battlefront II trailer teases space combat and singleplayer campaign
The Star Wars: Battlefront II trailer has jumped out of hyperspace a little earlier than expected. Originally intended to be shown for the first time at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration, a leaked version of the trailer instead arrived online this evening, showing the kind of combat we can expect from EA’s next Star Wars shooter.
KKR Among Lyft Investors at $7.5 Billion Valuation for Startup
Lyft Inc. , the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company, said it has closed a $600 million round of financing, valuing the company at $7.5 billion. New Lyft investors include private equity firm KKR & Co., asset management firms Baillie Gifford and AllianceBernstein LP and the Canadian pension fund PSP Investments, the company told Bloomberg News.
Dodge Goes Insane, Makes a Car Powerful Enough to Do Wheelies
The most obvious change? Wider wings and tires, meant to improve downforce and maximize grip—which translates to higher cornering speeds. Those tweaks are the latest revisions to a sport where change is the only constant. Engineers design new cars each year to suit the new rules that dictate damn near everything you can imagine, and a few things you can’t. The cars you’ll see line up in Melbourne look nothing like the dominant Alfa Romeos from 1950, or even the cars that legend Jackie Stewart raced to victory in the 1960s and 70s. They’re longer, lower, and one hell of a lot faster. Felipe Massa hit a jaw-dropping 226.3mph at the Mexican Grand Prix in 2015.
Even the Bank of Canada can’t resist the Konami code
Konami’s infamous cheat code has lived a long life in video games and the internet at large. It first appeared in the 1986 NES game Gradius to help the developers beat their own game ; it’s since grown beyond a cheat in later Konami games to a general pop culture joke .
United Airlines blasted on Weibo, China's Twitter
Social Cues: United Airlines boasts about having the most daily flights from US to China. After the video of an Asian passenger being dragged off went viral, millions on Weibo are pushing back.
Governments should fight corporations, not collaborate with them
Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good — or so we're told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry. An important, timely reminder that common good and common ground are not the same thing.
See you tonight at TechCrunch’s Pittsburgh micro-meetup
We will meet at The Shop on April 11 at 7pm, a new place near Bakery Square. Please RSVP ASAP. We also need lots and lots of startups, preferably in hardware. Startups will have two minutes to pitch and two minutes of questioning from a set of amazing judges (to be named.) Thanks to Kit Mueller and The Shop for the help so far.
Boeing Dreamliner Gets $3M Cheaper Thanks to 3D Printing
Boeing manages to build 144 of its 787 Dreamliner commercial aircraft every year. Each one costs $265 million, with $17 million of that going on strong and lightweight titanium alloy components required to support the carbon fiber fuselage and wings. However, thanks to Norsk Titanium, the Dreamliner is about to get cheaper, saving Boeing as much as $3 million per plane.
This May Be the Most Accurate Han Solo Blaster Replica Ever Created
I thought I was a big Han Solo fan, but then I saw this blaster and, well, I don’t even come close. This is a hand-crafted, DL-44 prop replica created with a level of obsession that would be scary if it wasn’t so damned impressive.
Fitbit’s new smartwatch has been plagued by production mishaps
Fitbit’s design team also ran into problems making its smartwatch fully waterproof, even though that’s a key design element for the Apple Watch Series 2. Indeed, it’s still unclear as of the publication of this article whether the device will launch with the waterproof feature. If it isn’t waterproof, critics may perceive it to be an inferior product to Apple’s — especially given that the device will launch roughly a year after the Apple Watch Series 2.
How to secure your IoT devices from botnets and other threats - TechRepublic
Here are some recommendations for protecting IoT devices from threats posed by botnets: For device owners: "Be careful of what you connect to the internet. Are you sure it needs to be exposed to the entire world? If not, put it behind your router, and in the settings do not do port forwarding to it, or limit its access...Change the default password that came with the device to a hard-to-guess one," said Ben Herzberg, security research manager at Imperva.
The First Trailer for The Mist TV Show Expands on Stephen King's Story
When most people think of Stephen King’s The Mist , the first thing that comes to mind is the 2007 movie (and its incredibly messed-up ending). But if Spike TV has its way, that’ll change in June, when The Mist TV show—which just dropped its first trailer—makes its debut.
Tesla's smart AI could solve this dumb problem
Parking at Tesla HQ is mostly covered. Uniformed personnel direct traffic, park cars, and mostly ensure calm prevails rather than allowing the parking situation to devolve into a Silicon Valley Mad Max sequel.
Uber, Reeling From Controversies, Loses Another Executive
“I am incredibly proud of the team that we’ve built — and that just as when I left Google, a strong and brilliant woman will be taking my place,” Whetsone said in a statement Tuesday. “I joined Uber because I love the product — and that love is as strong today as it was when I booked my very first ride six years ago.”
Digit savings app will begin charging $2.99 a month
Still, I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed. Though users who are already signed up for the service have 100 days before the change goes in effect, it’s coming out of the blue. There’s currently no indication for on Digit’s Web dashboard or mobile app that the price hike is taking place for existing users (this may change, but it seems unlikely). If you missed the email that went out today, you might’ve never noticed Digit began charging.
Flying cars are (reportedly) coming later this year
It will function like a car and could run on regular unleaded gasoline. The machine’s flight capabilities are powered by “hybrid propulsion,” a combination of electric and internal combustion engines designed to keep fuel consumption down.
How to make your IT department more valuable: 4 stages of success - TechRepublic
Ouellette & Associates completed a study with Babson College examining the state of IT shops on the curve. It found that, at top-performing organizations, both business leaders and CIOs said the IT organization needs to take advantage of its unique end-to-end vantage point in the company and reach Stage 4. However, on average, CIOs and IT leadership rank themselves as a 1.5 on the scale—though they realize they need to be at a 3.5, Roberts said.
Never date someone who can't do their own taxes
But if you're serious, there are no excuses. If they're old enough to have a job, they're old enough to deal with taxes. It doesn’t matter how: TurboTax, the accountant down the block, or even mailing them off to your parents' accountant. But they've got to do it of their own accord — with minimal harassment from their mother or you or anyone else.
Holy Cow, Who Isn't Coming Back to Arrow at This Point?
Today, Entertainment Weekly revealed that Nyssa al Ghul will make a re-appearance to fight her sister Talia in Arrow ’s fifth season finale. Normally an announcement like this wouldn’t be much of a draw, but it has us questioning: why the hell is the CW bringing back so many characters to Arrow right now?
Goodbye Windows Vista
Not many people will – or should – mourn Vista’s passing. It wasn’t a great operating system, but it wasn’t a truly awful one either. The award for most loathed version of Windows was snatched from Vista’s claws by the even worse Windows 8. At least I didn’t have to defend that by working on Windows 8: The Official Magazine!
Facebook Messenger adds group payments to make sure your shady friends pay up
We’ve all been there before: you go out to eat with a group of people and pay the bill, only to have someone ‘forget’ to pay you back. Facebook Messenger’s new group payment feature could go a long way to solve that.
Gorillaz's new AR app is the band’s latest attempt to try all the tech gimmicks
Gorillaz, a band in which Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, and their collaborators are represented by avatars with names like Murdoc Niccals and Noodle, isn’t your average musical two-piece. Their upcoming album Humanz will be out on April 28th, and the band is seemingly trying to hit every tech trend before that day comes.