HP takes on the MacBook Air with its ultra-thin Spectre
HP has launched its all-new Spectre notebook which features an aluminium chassis that's only 10.4mm thick.
Bernie Sanders On the Panama Papers: Told You So
The Vermont senator's 2011 comments on Panama are eerily prophetic.
IoT inventors star in TBS’ America's Greatest Makers - ReadWrite
Creator of Survivor and Shark Tank teams up with Intel and TBS to find "America's Greatest Maker" in a new primetime IoT inventor competition series
A developer recreated the $47k TSA app in 10 minutes
Recently, it was discovered that the TSA paid at least $47,000 for an app that randomly points left or right. This guy made it in ten minutes.
Gamers Flood Baldur's Gate Expansion with Negative Reviews After It Introduces a Transgender Character - CraveOnline
The GOG and Steam store pages for Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear are littered with negative reviews, with gamers trashing the game largely as a result of an encounter that takes place between the player and a transgender character.
Apple is really getting into Twitter
The company that long steered clear of social media has launched @AppleNews—surely an attempt to boost readership—barely
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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all."
Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People
Koum is right that encryption is widely available to anyone motivated to use it, but WhatsApp is pushing it much farther into the mainstream than anyone else. Apple, for instance, encrypts the data sitting on an iPhone, and it uses end-to-end encryption to hide the messages that travel over its own iMessage texting service. But iMessage is only available on iPhones. Over the years, Apple has sold about 800 million iPhones. But it’s hard to know how many are still in use, or how many people who have them are communicating via iMessage anyway. WhatsApp runs on just about every kind of phone. Plus, Apple’s techniques have some gaping holes. Most notably, many users back up their iMessages to Apple’s iCloud service, which negates the end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp, meanwhile, has a billion users on its service right now .
My year of saying yes to everything
Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. "When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling," she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God's whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her "year of yes" and find out how she got her hum back.
Autistic people are not failed versions of “normal.”
Just a couple of blocks from where we’re sitting on this overcast morning in New York City, at Bellevue Hospital, more than 850 children were diagnosed with “childhood schizophrenia” in just a few years in the 1950s. Now we know that schizophrenia is in fact very rare in childhood, and that most of these children were on what we now call the autism spectrum. At least two generations of autistic people lived and died in institutions, where they were subjected to brutal experimental treatments and thought to be incapable of learning. In Nazi Germany, people with autism and other disabilities were murdered by the thousands, in a practice run for the Holocaust against the Jews. Even today, in countries where autism is not well understood, autistic people are treated like animals, locked in attics and chained in basements.
How Reporters Pulled Off the Panama Papers, the Biggest Leak in Whistleblower History
But beyond those revelations—and there will likely be more as the reporting around the Panama Papers continues—the leak represents an unprecedented story in itself: How an anonymous whistleblower was able to spirit out and surreptitiously send journalists a gargantuan collection of files, which were then analyzed by more than 400 reporters in secret over more than a year before a coordinated effort to go public.
United Airlines flight attendant pulled emergency slide, walked away
A United Airlines flight attendant pulled the emergency slide and exited a parked plane at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on Monday morning.
Religion and Science
On a handful of energy issues, religious affiliation is just one of several factors that help to predict people’s views. For example, public attitudes about offshore oil drilling are strongly related to political party affiliation and ideology. But there also are differences in views by age, gender and religious affiliation, even when differences in political orientation are held constant. For example, both evangelical and mainline Protestants are more likely than religiously unaffiliated Americans to support more offshore drilling, with other factors held constant. Further, U.S. adults with a religious affiliation, such as Protestants, Catholics, Jews and Muslims, are more inclined than those with no particular religious affiliation to believe that mankind will be able to stretch natural resources such that the growing world population will not pose a major problem.
The Spectre 13 is HP's attempt to out-design Apple
Its newest laptop is called the Spectre 13 (or sometimes, simply, the HP Spectre), and — at just 10.4mm thick — it's supposed to be the thinnest any major laptop manufacturer has ever made. That's thinner than both Apple's MacBook (13.2mm thick) and Dell's XPS 13 (15.2mm thick). And while you might wonder how much difference a few millimeters can make, seeing the Spectre 13 in person makes it pretty clear: it's the difference between looking really thin and looking uniquely eye catching.
PayPal pulls North Carolina plan after transgender bathroom law
CHICAGO PayPal Holdings Inc ( PYPL.O ) on Tuesday canceled plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina and invest $3.6 million in the area after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens.
Sphero's BB-8 Can Now Watch and React to The Force Awakens Along With You
Once you’ve updated the Sphero BB-8 app, you’ll find a new entry among its various play modes called ‘Watch With Me’ that gets BB-8 ready to enjoy the flick. You’ll also need to make sure that the app has access to your device’s microphone, since it’s your smartphone or tablet that will be listening along to the movie, not the little droid itself.
400 reporters kept the Panama Papers secret for a year. Here's how they pulled it off.
That data turned out to be just about every document generated by Panamanian law firm Mossack, Fonseca & Co. It's a firm once only known among the global elite —it's the fourth-largest law firm for offshore tax havens — but it's now at the forefront of one of the most expansive investigative journalism efforts in history.
9-year-old reporter breaks crime news, posts videos, fires back at critics
And it was her tenaciousness on the vandalism story that led her to the murder scene, her father said. “She heard they’d got the vandal,” Matthew Lysiak said. “She goes down to the police department and says, ‘I heard you caught the vandal.’ The chief says, ‘I’ve got a big story, I’ve gotta go.'” Hilde began following up, and in the town of about 5,000 people, soon learned where the action was. “Because she’s the only one doing community news, she’s developed sources who trust her to cover the news. One of her sources contacted her, and she was able to confirm it with law enforcement. She knocked on every door, like she’d seen me do with the Daily News. There were no other reporters there.”
iPhone SE Review: The Phone That Proves Apple Is Out of Ideas
As a tiny-fisted, lady pockets rocking iPhone 6 user, I have been very excited about the iPhone SE . I’m not the only one. As soon as people hear I have it, they implore me to whip it out. We hold our phones together like boys in the locker room and compare sizes. “It’s so tiny,” they exclaim, even when they have an iPhone 5 or 5s. It’s only been two years since the 4-inch iPhone was put to pasture, but its already been forgotten. The memory of the consumer collective is brief.
WhatsApp turns on End-to-End Encryption by default for its 1 Billion Users
WhatsApp is updating its messaging app so that every text message and voice call will be encrypted for the company’s one billion users.
Yes, Whatsapp has finally implemented full end-to-end encryption , as promised a year ago.
This means, from now every message, image or voice call you made will be secured by end-to-end encryption so that only you and the person you're communicating with can read the content of the message, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.
In other words, this also means that WhatsApp would not be able to comply with any court order that demands access to the content of any conversation happens over its service.
Starting today, you will see a notification on your WhatsApp conversation screen as your messenger becomes end-to-end encrypted, as shown in the screenshot.
"Message you send to this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption. Tap for more info."
"This is because your messages are secured with a lock, and only the recipient and you have the special key needed to unlock and read them," Whatsapp says.
Twitter Wins NFL Deal To Stream 2016 Thursday Night Football
"(Streaming deal) numbers are a fraction of the $450 million CBS and NBC collectively paid for the rights to broadcast the Thursday games. ... One big reason for the disparity is that CBS and NBC have their own digital rights, and they will own most of the digital ad inventory in their games, people familiar with the deal say. So Twitter will be rebroadcasting the CBS and NBC feeds of the games, and will have the rights to sell a small portion of the ads associated with each game."
The Future of Technology Is Hiding on the Ocean Floor
In March 1968, a Soviet Golf II submarine carrying nuclear ballistic missiles exploded and sank 1,500 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. Five months later, the US government discovered the wreckage—and decided to steal it. So began Project AZORIAN , one of the most absurdly ambitious operations the CIA has ever conceived.
This Modular Garage Door Opener Has More Features Than Your Car
The garage door opener is one of those forgotten devices in your home that’s only ever noticed when it breaks. But Ryobi wants it to be the focal point of your garage workshop with modular upgrades that vastly expand its limited functionality.
Facebook begins using artificial intelligence to describe photos to blind users
Ask a member of Facebook’s growth team what feature played the biggest role in getting the company to a billion daily users, and they’ll likely tell you it was photos. The endless stream of pictures, which users have been able to upload since 2005, a year after Facebook’s launch, makes the social network irresistible to a global audience. It’s difficult to imagine Facebook without photos. Yet for millions of blind and visually impaired people, that’s been the reality for over a decade.
A Microsoft Surface Phone may come in three versions but not until early 2017
Windows on a phone has already been relegated to a niche device. Business focus only makes it even more so. This is the mythical device that started all the way back to Juggernaut Alpha. I'm just not cleared in what their strategy is. I certainly hope all their hopes are not on Continuum. It just seems like another idea that will get no love after a year. They have a lot of great ideas that nobody is actually wanting and then they just float in limbo with no continued momentum. In the end it really all comes down to having the apps people want available. It sounds like they really can't release anything until that happens, and they believe 2017 is their internal target date.i wish them luck, I love Microsoft but I also hate waiting for something that may never come. This may be a good time to grab an Android and give it a test drive while MS figures out their game plan. At least it's an opportunity to see what I'm missing out better yet what I should expect from Microsoft and a Surface Phone in 2017.
What is Slack, why is everybody using it, and will it destroy my work-life balance?
I love Slack, the mega-popular corporate-friendly chat client. I love it so much that I desperately want to delete it from my phone, because I can't help but check its messages every hour of every day. Yesterday night, I responded to a message at 3AM. Lol, I have no self-control and this is a cry for help!
New Twitter message button lets you privately share tweets on iOS and Android
On the mobile version of Twitter, once you tap the Message button below a tweet, you’ll then select who you want to share it with, and whether you want to add a comment. On the desktop version, the feature is available via the ellipsis icon next to the heart-shaped “like” button below a tweet.
Amazon to Release New Kindle With Rechargeable Protective Case
Amazon’s Kindle Voyage. The Seattle retailer plans to unveil a higher-end Kindle with a rechargeable protective case for extended battery life. Also under development is a separate case with a battery that can be charged using solar power.
Hands-on with HP's Spectre 13.3, the world's thinnest laptop
HP says the keyboard on the Spectre 13.3 offers 1.3mm of travel, which is pretty typical of a thin computer. Both the Dell XPS 13 and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 also make that claim. To my fingers, it’s certainly better than the atrocious lack of travel on the Apple MacBook 12. The Spectre’s trackpad is a standard piano-hinge, click-type unit with a glass surface.
HTC Vive VR review: great ideas, unfinished execution
Most of the Vive’s customizability is cosmetic, but it helps its platform, a system called SteamVR, feel like the start of a true virtual reality user interface. When you put on the headset, you’re dropped into an empty environment that evokes The Matrix’s blank Construct space. Hitting the Home button brings up a window containing Steam’s TV-friendly Big Picture interface. It works almost exactly like Steam would on a normal big screen — using one of your controllers like a laser pointer, you can buy and install games; see notifications; and even browse the web, including streaming video sites like Netflix and YouTube. The app didn’t always seem to recognize my selections, and holding the pointer steady enough to hit tiny checkboxes was a chore, but the system works well for almost anything but inputting text, where you can either painstakingly point your remote or try a painfully over-sensitive trackpad-based keyboard. It’s also possible to hit a button and call up a window with your non-VR computer desktop, or to play your non-VR Steam games in what amounts to a virtual personal theater.
This Is the Future of Art
TIME INTRODUCED SEVEN ARTISTS TO GOOGLE’S TILT BRUSH, A PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS USERS TO CREATE ART IN A THREE-DIMENSIONAL VIRTUAL SPACE USING THE HTC VIVE VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET AND CONTROLLERS.
The double-tap couple: Meet Instagram's most liked newlyweds
In response to your question for your article (LOLOLOL why are you writing about these people?) I indeed did contact her after he talked shit about me on Instagram and told her that "something bad would happen,” like maybe one of them getting hit in the face with a pie on the street or something like that. Don't talk shit on the Internet and expect not to get hit with a pie.
Facebook’s tool to help the blind “see” images just launched for iOS
Facebook has launched a tool, Automatic Alternative Text, for blind and visually impaired people to “see” images on the site. For people using screen readers to identify what’s displayed, AAT uses object recognition technology to generate descriptions of photos on Facebook. This tool, led by Facebook’s accessibility team, has been several months in the making .
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AccorHotels acquires luxury vacation-rental platform OneFineStay for $170 million
Founded in 2009, OneFineStay is one of a number of startups to capitalize on the lucrative homesharing market, but the London-based company has always offered one core differentiator that sets it apart from the likes of Airbnb and HomeAway. In fact, OneFineStay is only available in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Rome because it relies on its own local team to manage a selection of properties on behalf of the owners. This service ensures bathrooms stocked with clean towels and toiletries, clean sheets, someone to meet you on your arrival, an iPhone with a local SIM card, and other conveniences. It’s more akin to a 5-star hotel experience than what you’d typically find on Airbnb, and the properties are vetted in advance to ensure they’re of a suitable standard and condition.
Facebook's iOS app now uses AI to help the blind 'see' photos
With the help of AI, the app automatically generates a description of each photo a user comes across. When they’re using a screen reader on iOS, they’ll be able to hear a list of items in the pictures, such as “Image may contain three people, smiling, outdoors.”
Your Healthy Lifestyle Won’t Necessarily Make You Healthier
In 2009, author Dan Buettner gave a TED Talk entitled “How to Live to Be 100+.” It emphasized the search for “the optimal formula for longevity”—of achieving the kind of lifestyle that will dramatically increase your chances of living well and longer. This talk has since been viewed online over 2.5 million times. It’s good that so many people are interested in self-improvement. The desire to get and stay healthy is admirable, and no one should ever be dissuaded from taking steps in the direction of greater wellness. But the fact that only about 3 percent of Americans seem to be doing so is not as discouraging as the fact that, by prioritizing lifestyle over the fundamental causes of disease, we risk ignoring the factors that are genuinely, and on a massive scale, making people sick.
Oppo’s F1 Plus Android cares more about selfies than sunsets
A little like Samsung’s fast-charging system, the Oppo F1 Plus optimizes the software performance to eke the longest possible life out of the battery. The end result, the company says, is a battery pack that’s 220mAh smaller than the Oppo R7s, but that will last for an hour longer. Obviously, we’ll have to wait for a full review to see if it lives up to those promises.
New Lock Screen Bug on iPhone 6s/6s Plus Allows Anyone to Bypass Passcode
iOS 9 may be Apple’s most secure mobile operating system to date, but it ships with a major security flaw that allows anyone to bypass the lock screen and gain access to contacts and photos on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus .
Every message in WhatsApp is completely encrypted
"We must ensure both the fundamental right of people to engage in private communications as well as the protection of the public. ...We are seeing more and more cases where we believe significant evidence resides on a phone, a tablet, or a laptop -- evidence that may be the difference between an offender being convicted or acquitted. If we cannot access this evidence, it will have ongoing, significant impacts on our ability to identify, stop, and prosecute these offenders."
The FBI's problems just got worse: WhatsApp is encrypting all its data
The hugely popular app says it's jumbling all messages, calls and group chats. That means it won't be able to comply with orders to hand over users' data and communications.
Microsoft takes a shortcut into the smart cars race
Microsoft has announced it’s going to get into the car business, but instead of building its own auto division from scratch, it’s riding on the coat tails of another giant.
Google Calendar's new Web reminders keep you on task across platforms
Reminders has been a very cool feature in Google Calendar’s mobile offering: insert a task like you would an event, and you’ll get a push notification to complete that task at a specific time. Google apparently thinks it’s cool too, as the company announced today that Reminders will roll out to the web.
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Valve will let you watch Dota 2 games in virtual reality
Dota 2 is already best-in-class when it comes to spectating — you can watch pro and amateur games from inside the game client, giving you freedom of camera movement and all sorts of wonky stats without relying on a professional broadcast to provide the information to you through a static video stream. Unfortunately, in the short teaser there doesn't appear to be a VR view of the actual game — games like Dota 2 and League of Legends are rendered in 3D, but played from a fixed perspective, so a free-floating, head-tracked camera would be amazing but likely take additional technical work to pull off. Still, it's at least easy to imagine some combo of an e-sport and a Vive, Rift, or even CastAR-style augmented reality experience becoming the definitive way to watch other people play video games.
Android Auto comes to Brazil, India and 16 more new countries
Google has expanded Android Auto to 18 more countries across Asia, Latin America and Europe, bringing the total to 29 markets globally (including the US territory of Puerto Rico).
Ikea made a kitchen showroom in VR
There are three different room styles to choose from, and you can change the color of the cabinets and drawers using the Vive's wand controllers. Of course, it's unlikely that these limited options will match up with the exact kitchen you're looking to buy. Ikea has stressed, however, that the app is merely an experiment as it explores "the possible implications of (virtual reality) for the home." The company will, however, be making improvements to the app based on player feedback up until August, when the "pilot test" ends and the experience is presumably pulled from Steam.
Etsy launches Pattern, an online store builder to take on Squarespace and Shopify
Etsy product lead Joe Lallouz says Pattern is specifically designed for current Etsy store owners. The team researched and developed the service with hundreds of sellers to identify pain points that other online store builders do not currently tackle, such as bridging all its seller tools into one place.
Here's how to find out if your partner is secretly using Tinder
So if you’re motivated to find out whether your other half is on Tinder then Swipebuster will give you that opportunity but you should probably ask yourself a few moral questions first.
How a little-known Australian software firm helped in one of biggest ever document leaks
SYDNEY (By Byron Kaye, Reuters) — Software produced by a little-known Australian developer has helped journalists piece together news leads from the mountains of data found in the contents of the Panama Papers, one of the biggest document leaks in history.
Twitter to live stream Thursday Night Football
The price tag of the Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) streaming deal is unknown. But a person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed that Twitter paid much less than NBC and CBS, since the games will reach a smaller audience on the web and Twitter gets to sell far fewer ads than the broadcasters.
Why the FBI Breach of the iPhone Is a Win for Users
All right, Christopher, for explaining why lawful insecurity is better than unlawful insecurity for us iPhone users. Bottom line has always been and will always be that digital security does not exist in reality, only in virtual and augmented reality. Use any computer, desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc. only for the most innocuous and mundane purposes and you'll be fine. Personal privacy has long disappeared in the 21st century surveillance age. Endlessly obsessing over Apple, the FBI, encryption, et al. is a non-virtual and all too real fool's errand. The new digital world is a controller's dream and a personal privacy nightmare. Thanks techies!
7 Firefox shortcuts you should start using right away
Jump from novice to power user in seven easy steps. You'll be amazed how much time these shortcuts can save you.
HTC's Vive Is Finally Here And It's Very Compelling
In the early going, money is definitely going to play a factor in many VR-curious consumers’ decision-making. The Gear VR costs just $99, though it requires a high-end Samsung smartphone. But both the Rift and the Vive requires a gaming-quality PC, like the MSI rig Nvidia sent me for Vive reviewing purposes. That substantial additional cost—a minimum of $1,000 investment for those who don’t already have such a computer—is certainly going to deter some people. It’s hopeful, though, that over the next year, the price of compatible computers will drop, even as the VR hardware itself gets cheaper.
Cyberthieves’ Latest Target: Your Tax Forms
This issue of identity theft will continue because the penalties are too small and the ability to detect is too small. This requires two things: elevate the penalty to that of Federal kidnapping (if interstate) or state (if intra-state) and enabling private entities (such as bail bondsmen) to pursue them and bring them to justice with a "bounty" or a share of the "loot". This is not alien in that American Express for years had private, employed investigators (ex FBi, ex Secret Service) who pursued fraud and theft with regards to travelers cheques, and cards, to the extent that criminals avoided them since they were "extra-legal" i.e. not bound by the peculiar limitations on the police AND they were charged regardless of cost to track the offenders down and bring them to justice. I am sure that some companies would see an opportunity and fill it and perhaps hire folks like ex Spetznaz or Albanians to add a bit of "spice" to the effort.