Watch the first trailer for the new Jason Bourne movie
Matt Damon's super spy Jason Bourne is coming back this summer, in the aptly named Jason Bourne, and he's bulked up. The first trailer for the movie shows Damon out in the desert delivering a...
Alphabet's crazy moonshots are growing revenues faster than losses
Alphabet, the holding company that houses Google and its many wild moonshots, reported its first quarter earnings today. The company has been trimming back on some of its crazier ventures, recently...
This phone charging plant pot is an eco lovers' dream
A Barcelona company has managed to turn the humble house plant into a bonafide charging station for your smartphone. Theoretically it's an eternal battery,
This billboard kills mosquitos by mimicking human sweat
A new billboard in Brazil aims to attract and kill mosquitos, as part of a campaign launched by two advertising agencies. The "Mosquito Killer" billboard, created by the agencies Posterscope and...
Remembering Prince, an unparalleled musical genius
Something feels fundamentally wrong about imagining music without Prince: it’s like a chill on the back of your neck, a taste in your mouth your body immediately begins to reject. If contemporary...
Prince's style invented the sex symbol
Sex wasn't just a wink and a nod. With Prince, it pushed culture forward.
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FBI paid more than $1.3 million to break into San Bernardino iPhone
WASHINGTON Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job.
We've Reached Peak Smartphone
Phone design has plateaued. The wild advances we’ve seen for the last near decade are tapering off. They’re fast enough to play 1080p video without hiccups (something I wouldn’t dare to have said in 2014) and the cameras can catch decent images in low light. Even the screens have improved. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a truly ugly display outside of super budget phones intended for developing markets. Same with touch response. Four years ago half the phones available were a nightmare to use. Forget playing games, it was hard enough typing your password.
Prince's Twitter icon becomes an instant tribute after his death
While details are still forthcoming, it didn’t take long for Twitter to mourn the legendary artist’s passing. Needless to say, it’s been an outpouring of emotions as fans everywhere express their condolences:
Opera browser build adds a first: Free, unlimited VPN for secure surfing
Kolondra said that Opera will leave the SurfEasy VPN plugins for Chrome and Opera in place, as it's a more full-featured service for more than just the browser. And it appears that Opera is determined to give users all the VPN bandwidth they need. The best part? It won’t cost you a dime to find out.
HotelTonight's free concierge service is now available to all
Well, the folks at HotelTonight have just opened up their Aces concierge service to all of its app users, so now you’ll have direct access to a real person who can help you plan how to spend your days, give you tips on the best sights or places to eat and sort all of your hotel requests.
Elon Musk Is Working on Some Kind of Self-Driving Bus
What Musk is proposing sounds like a self-driving vehicle that would take people to and from transit stations that are just a bit too far away to walk. Getting people in these suburban or less-dense areas to transit stations without having to drive is called the “first mile-last mile problem” by transportation planners, and it’s been the toughest problem for some transit agencies to crack. Some cities are working directly with Uber and Lyft to shuttle people those final few miles.
Snapchat's crazy face-swapping feature now lets you trade faces with the photos on your phone
It works like this: On Snapchat's camera screen, tap and hold like your normally do to pull up the filters. Next to the face-swapping option, there's a new one to swap faces with photos on your phone's camera roll. When you select it, you'll see that Snapchat has already singled out faces from the most recent photos in your phone.
How much did the FBI pay to hack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone? ‘A lot’
Comey was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London, when he was asked how much the FBI paid to unlock the iPhone. “A lot,” he said. “More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure. But it was, in my view, worth it.”
Microsoft stock belly-flops on earnings miss and slow revenue growth
Strangely, Microsoft noted one reason for the drop in More Personal Computing was a 26% decrease in patent licensing revenue. Microsoft licenses its intellectual property to a wide variety of hardware and software makers, including many who ship Android phones. At one point in 2013, it was reported to be booking $2 billion a year in revenue from Android licensees.
Medium raises $50 million while it can, adds Ben Horowitz to board
Coinciding with the funding announcement, Medium also added Ben Horowitz and JLabs CEO and pioneer who played a role in developing the foundation of the Internet today, Judy Estrin, to its board, while also parting ways with Greylock Ventures’ managing partner David Sze — the firm’s other partner on the board Josh Elman will remain.
I am Alex St. John’s Daughter, and He is Wrong About Women in Tech
I will start with the root of the problem beginning in K-12 education. I was gifted at an early age with the amazing advantage of knowing that tech was an option in the first place. Not only did I know it was an option, I had many family members already working in tech, sharing tech and encouraging me to learn from them. Even so, I found it difficult to make the transition for, unsurprisingly, many of the reasons that plague women entering the industry. Sometimes not feeling intelligent enough, I could not find relatable peers to work with in my classes, and even if I did, purely academic relationships would often be misconstrued as ‘something more’. Many attempts to solidify my path have resulted in open discouragement from both women and men alike. The worst part is that I have had it extremely easy compared to other women.
How the music world is responding to Prince’s death
It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. "Mommy, who is that singing?" Seems weird but it's true. More than a "once in a lifetime" artist... Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I'm still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don't meet your idols... That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music... It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES... #RIPPrince
Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers. Should It?
The most striking gap in Amazon’s same-day service is in Boston, where three ZIP codes encompassing the primarily black neighborhood of Roxbury are excluded from same-day service, while the neighborhoods that surround it on all sides are eligible. “Being singled out like that and not getting those same services as they do in a 15-minute walk from here is very frustrating,” says Roxbury resident JD Nelson, who’s been an Amazon Prime member for three years. “It’s not a good thing, and it definitely doesn’t make me happy.” Rasberry was excited when Amazon announced Prime Free Same-Day was coming to Washington. But when she entered her ZIP code on the retailer’s website, she was disappointed to find her neighborhood was left out. “I still get two-day shipping, but none of the superfast, convenient delivery services come here,” she says. Rasberry pays the same $99 Prime membership fee as people who live in the city’s majority-white neighborhoods, but she doesn’t get the same benefits. “If you bring that service to the city,” she says, “you should offer it to the whole city.”
Amazon's Fire tablets now available in new colors and with more storage
The devices are being offered in three more colors: magenta, blue or tangerine, and now can be snapped up with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. In the US, the 8GB model starts at $49.99 (with ‘special offers,’ ie, ads), while the 16GB costs from $69.99.
Are Smartphones The Future Of Feature Filmmaking?
"Being able to have the most democratized filmmaking tool in the palm of your hands is any documentarian's dream," Angel Manuel Soto, director of "Tito," told HuffPost. "Its practicality and quality competes to any 4K run and gun camera out there. Its versatility as a viewer, camera, player and even editing base makes on-the-go shoots easy."
Damien Hirst Art Is Leaking Poisonous Gas
In the study published in the journal Analytical Methods , researchers took measurements using a remote sensor designed to detect formaldehyde at two museums where Hirst’s works were recently on display: the Tate Modern in London and the Summer Palace in Beijing. At the Tate, the scientists tested the air around the tanks containing Hirst’s “Away from the Flock” (a lamb) and “Mother and Child (Divided)” (a cow and a calf sliced in half), and found readings that were much higher than they should be, “reaching levels of 5 ppm (parts per million), one order of magnitude higher than the 0.5ppm limit set up by legislation.”
The Ghost of a Long-Dead Star Still Haunts Our Solar System
A few million years ago, humans’ ancestors might have gazed in wonder at a strange, brilliant blue spot in the night sky. It was the aftermath of an epic stellar explosion, maybe two. Had these supernovae occurred a little closer to home, life on Earth would have been toast.
Acer Predator 17X Gaming Laptop Packs Powerful Desktop GPU
The 17X is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics card—the desktop card, not a 980M—an unlocked Intel Core i7-6820HK processor, and advanced cooling that allows for such powerful components to run in a relatively small body. It can also hold up to 64GB of memory and has room for three storage options, even including an SSD RAID 0 array. It will retail starting at $2,799, and is due out some time in June.
Alphabet slides 5% after missing earnings expectations on revenue of $20.3B
Relatively speaking, shares of Alphabet are only down around 5% in extended trading. But for a company worth more than $500 billion, that’s erasing tens of billions of dollars in value — and increasing the gap between itself and Apple. Alphabet still continues to print money, but it fell under what people were expecting for its earnings report. The company posted earnings of $7.50 on revenue of $20.26 billion, while analysts were expecting earnings of $7.96 on revenue of $20.38 billion.
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Of Course Congress Is Clueless About Tech—It Killed Its Tutor
Ashkan Soltani, who recently served as chief technologist to the Federal Trade Commission, says it’s important to have experts who are not lobbyists or activists with an ax to grind and do not represent companies that stand to profit from the decisions lawmakers make. Tech and science geeks, he says, can “basically be an encyclopedia for how things work, and can really help policymakers get to a good outcome,” he told WIRED. “We had that in the OTA and that went away, and I think that was a huge mistake.”
Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks Store shuttered by Chinese state agency, report confirms
Following the mysterious shutdown of two major Apple internet services in China last week, a report on Thursday claims the closure was mandated by a state agency in an apparent attempt to control content distribution. Source: Weibo
Citing sources familiar with the matter, The New York Times reports China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television shut down Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks Store last week. AppleInsider was first to report on the development last Thursday .
"We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible," an Apple spokeswoman said.
While officials have yet to comment on the matter, the publication suggests last week's closure is an extension of China's restrictive internet policies. Coincidentally, Chinese President Xi Jinping gathered the country's leading tech players, including Alibaba chairman Jack Ma and Huawei chief Ren Zhengfei, to discuss the dissemination of online content.
"China must improve management of cyberspace and work to ensure high-quality content with positive voices creating a healthy, positive culture that is a force for good," Xi said, according to state-run news agency Xinhua .
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Uber will pay $100 million to settle lawsuits in two states
Uber announced tonight that it has settled a pair of class-action lawsuits from drivers in California and Massachusetts. The settlement will pay $84 million to the plaintiffs, plus an extra $16 million if the company goes public and its valuation exceeds a set amount. Key for Uber is the agreement that it will continue to classify its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. According to the company, it will provide more info to drivers about their ratings and how they compare to other drivers and what can get drivers banned. Finally, it will also form a driver's association in these two states, and meet with the group quarterly to discuss issues.
Prince Was an Early Fan of the Internet, but Grew to Hate What it Did to Artists
Prince, the pioneering rock and pop musician who passed away suddenly at his Minneapolis home on Thursday afternoon, had a complicated relationship with the web. He was one of the first to sell an album online, but in the years before his death he spent his time taking as much of his music off the Internet as he possibly could.
Snapchat, Google pay tribute to Prince with purple rain
Update: Google is also paying tribute to the late performer. It's Google Doodle is now a deep shade of purple, and purple rain splatters against it and in the background.
Uncertain — Life Learning
A rie Kruglanski is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland whose research Jamie also includes in his book. Arie’s been researching how we deal with urgency and stress for many years. In one experiment, Arie found even an annoying, noisy computer printer in a room full of jurors made the jurors resistant to changing their opinions. As Jamie says:
Google Adding Live TV Listings to Search Results
The Web giant will add live TV listings to search results. Once this rolls out, Google will show you when and where you can catch your favorite shows on TV and the Web, right on the search results page, so you won't even have to click any links.
Google parent Alphabet slips 6% on low $20.26B revenue, $7.50 EPS
Google morphed into Alphabet last year . Now, Alphabet’s activities fall into two categories: Google (search, ads, and stuff) and “Other Bets” (Fiber, Nest, and so on). Both sides of Alphabet are pretty vast; Google’s products range from YouTube to Android to Chromebooks, while Other Bets include balloon-powered Internet , a VC firm , and a thermostat company .
Remembering Prince, the Digital Pioneer Who Fought to Shape the Internet for the Better
Prince's fight against the digital revolution can be taken up as a rallying cry — that the internet is however we shape it, and that we can at any moment boldly declare that it is "completely over," and make it anew.
Prince was the best live musician of my lifetime
And that’s the way it was with Prince, so consistently transcendent that he somehow became easy to take for granted. When he played a 21-show run at the Inglewood Forum in 2011, everyone I knew in Los Angeles took the opportunity to check out at least one show. I saw four, and every night was a completely unique experience with different songs, guests, costume changes — and even more importantly, encores than ran later into the night. One night, those of us that stayed long after the house lights came on were treated to Prince in a yellow jumpsuit performing another song for the crowd. On the night of Stevie Wonder’s birthday, the older performer showed up for a rendition of "Superstition," with Prince playing bass in the background, grinning from ear to ear.
Two-factor authentication is finally coming to PlayStation Network
The feature’s impending deployment was noticed when PS3 users entered their password incorrectly after the latest update. There’s now a note on the error dialogue that mentions what Sony is calling two-step verification. It also mentions a device setup password, and it invites users to check their mobile phones for a text message. PlayStation already has iOS and Android apps, but text messages are much easier for the user. It also means if someone else tries to use your account, a text message will alert you.
Why We Sleep So Poorly In Unfamiliar Places
Many of us have trouble sleeping in an unfamiliar place, like a hotel, or a friend’s house for the first time. When we finally do get to sleep, it’s often fidgety and disturbed. New research shows that one hemisphere of our brain stays more active during the first night of sleep—and it does so to keep us ready for trouble.
iCloud and Siri Teams at Odds as Apple Seeks to Move Cloud Services In-House
Steve D’Aurora, an engineering manager in a team led by Patrick Gates, resigned last week. That’s raised the possibility that Mr. D’Aurora’s superior, Darren Haas, a “head of cloud engineering,” would leave as well. Both Mr. D’Aurora and Mr. Haas joined Apple through its 2010 acquisition of Siri, the voice-activated assistant on the iPhone.
How to listen to Prince's songs online
But if you'd like to stream his music online in celebration of his life, you might find it frustrating. Prince strictly enforced his own copyrights, and you'll find that most YouTube videos with his music have been removed.
Creators of SpyEye Virus Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison
Two International hackers, Aleksandr Andreevich Panin and Hamza Bendelladj, have been sentenced to a combined 24 years and 6 months in prison for their roles in developing and distributing SpyEye banking trojan, a powerful botnet similar to the infamous ZeuS malware.
Both hackers were charged with stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from banking institutions worldwide.
Masterminds behind the development and distribution of the infamous " SpyEye " botnet have finally been sentenced to a combined total of 24 years and 6 months in prison.
Aleksandr Andreevich Panin and Hamza Bendelladj have been sentenced for their roles in developing and distributing SpyEye malware that is said to have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses to the financial sector, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.
SpyEye, a successor to the notorious Zeus banking malware , has affected financial institutions since 2009.
Once infected, the malware connects to the command-and-control servers controlled by attackers and steals the victim's personal and financial information, like online banking credentials and credit card information using keyloggers and Web injection.
Time offers glowing profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook in latest '100 Most Influential People' list
Time Magazine on Thursday published the 2016 edition of its annual 100 Most Influential People list, once again including Apple CEO Tim Cook among its chosen politicians, artists, celebrities, and corporate executives.
Nintendo's about to drop some Splatoon gear in Miitomo
Splatoon and Miitomo have both been massively popular and successful for Nintendo so it’s not too surprising to see the company put the pair together. This is the first real game-related promo being offered in Miitomo and could potentially be a sign of more to come. 2016 is the year of Pokémon’s 20th anniversary after all so who knows what might pop up.
Why Sean Parker thinks the Internet really needs another social network
The guy who helped make Facebook into a giant says friends need a better place online. His solution: a revamped video-based social network called Airtime.
400,000 people have pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3 - and now the wait begins
Elon Musk has just revealed that nearly 400,000 people have put down the $1,000 deposit required to be in line for Tesla’s Model 3 – its $35,000 assault on the mainstream motoring industry.
Product Hunt's new Mac app is ready to invade your status bar
The app lives in the status bar and simply lists the day’s most upvoted products, games, podcasts, and books. The list will be updated as the day goes on so you can keep up with what people are getting most excited about.
Patents remind us that Magic Leap is powered by tiny projectors, not magic
In the wake of Wired's profile, we've also gotten a look at a whole lot of ideas for Magic Leap mixed reality optical tech, courtesy of the USPTO. The seven patent applications published today aren't exactly clear indicators of what Magic Leap is doing, but they help ground its work with more details. Among other titles, you've got "Modifying a focus of virtual images through a variable focus element," "Projecting images to a waveguide through microprojectors for augmented or virtual reality," and "Providing variable depth planes through arrays of reflectors."
Acer’s Liquid Zest Plus phone has a ridiculous name and ridiculously large battery
The new phone is on the bigger side, as it comes with a 5.5-inch screen. And Acer has taken advantage of the size by packing in a relatively massive 5,000mAh battery that the company says should last users about two full days. Even better, the phone also supports fast charging. It's not the first phone with a battery that big , but it's a welcome addition to a phone that will cost under $250.
Facebook tweaks its News Feed to factor in time spent on articles
Facebook is once again tweaking its News Feed algorithm — this time, to include a factor that it says will predict how long you spend looking at an Instant Article or a post within the Facebook mobile browser. The goal is understand which stories it should surface in your News Feed to keep you more interested in reading. Facebook explained that this update “only factors in the time people spend reading an article, regardless of whether that time is spent reading an Instant Article or an article in the mobile web browser.”
Microsoft reports $22.1 billion in Q3 2016 revenue, cloud business passes $10 billion annual run rate
Microsoft today reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2016, including revenue of $22.1 billion and earnings per share of $0.62. In Q3 2015, Microsoft saw $21.73 billion in revenue and earnings of $0.51 per share.
iPhone SE reportedly 'squeezing' marketshare from Chinese smartphone makers
Chinese and Taiwanese smartphone suppliers are reportedly scaling back component production in the wake of Apple's iPhone SE, which appears to be impacting the sales of local smartphone brands.
Silicon Valley startups are terrified by a new idea: profits
In Silicon Valley boardrooms, where "growth at all costs" had been the mantra for many years, people began to imagine a world where the cost of capital could rise dramatically, and profits could come back in vogue. Anxiety slowly crept into everyone’s world.
Boy promposes to girl with a fake pair Yeezy Boosts in the name of love
No word on whether or not the young lad with the cheesy fake Yeezy promposal still has a date after this scandal, but we're pretty sure Kanye would do some serious shrugging if he found out.