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Xiaomi made a toy tablet that turns into a Transformers robot

It takes 30 steps for the tablet to transform into a robot, but that just makes it more fun to play with.

A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it's perfect

'The Next Rembrandt' is an 18-month project undertaken by a group of art historians, software developers, scientists, engineers and data analysts.

Huawei P9 announced: a dual-camera flagship with Leica certification

Huawei's new flagship smartphone for 2016 is here, and its big claim to fame is a pair of Leica-certified cameras. The 5.2-inch Huawei P9 has a traditional 12-megapixel camera, but right next to it...

Vivaldi is a new desktop browser for power users

There’s a new desktop browser launching today. It’s called Vivaldi, and it’s explicitly for power users — people who like to customize their browsers to the greatest extent, who value the longest list of features. It’s from Vivaldi Technologies, a company headed by Jon von Tetzchner, the ex-CEO of Opera, a browser which appeals to a similar audience.

This Raspberry Pi-enabled Game Boy is a retro gamer's dream

Oh, the original Gameboy. How I long for that green-screened brick of a handheld to play another round of 'Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.' Retro gaming

Ubisoft breaks out the banhammer for 'The Division' cheaters

If you've been cheating in 'The Division,' Ubisoft has an eye on you.

Stream Android games to Twitch without a smartphone

Bluestacks' desktop emulator now works with the broadcasting service.

Domino's Zero Click pizza ordering app is a butt dialer's nightmare

Domino's has unveiled a new app called Zero Click, which lets you design your favorite pizza and order it any time you open the app. Oh boy. Where do we ev

Windows 10 testers can now try Bash and lots of new features

Microsoft is releasing a new test build of Windows 10 today, just a week after the company announced some new features for the OS. The biggest addition is running native Bash on Ubuntu in Windows...

Apple's copycats are turning into true iPhone competitors

From the very beginning of Android, Apple has been complaining that its Android competitors are ripping off its iPhone designs. Whether the culprit is the Samsung Galaxy S, the HTC One A9, or the...

This little camera rig could make live-streaming VR cheap and easy

After years of languishing, virtual reality is suddenly all around us. High-quality consumer headsets are finally available for purchase, and there are a handful of phone-powered mobile VR options...

Group of 10- to 14-year-olds win $15,000 playing 'Minecraft'

A group of grade- and middle-school kids wins the second Super League Gaming World Championship in 'Minecraft.'

Machine learning goes for baroque and paints 'brand new' Rembrandt

Facial recognition software has analysed 346 Rembrandt paintings to create an all-new work in the artist's style.

What the teaser trailer for the teaser trailer for Rogue One tells us about the next Star Wars movie

The first full trailer for Rogue One, the first Star Wars spin-off movie, is airing tomorrow, but thanks to a preview clip posted today, we've already got our first glimpse at the film. Now some...

Why the Panama Papers are a good thing for hackers - and the rest of us

From a pure data point of view, the Panama Papers dwarves anything previously released. There are 2.6 terabytes of information detailing 214,000 businesses

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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.”

In the Future, We Will Photograph Everything and Look at Nothing - The New Yorker

Before Google bought it, in 2012, the collection cost five hundred dollars. It is made up of seven pieces of specialized software that, when used in combination with other photo-editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom, give photographers a level of control akin to that once found in the darkroom. They can mimic old film stock, add analog photo effects, or turn color shots into black-and-white photos. The suite can transform modestly good photos into magical ones. Collectively, Nik’s intellectual sophistication is that of a chess grand master. I don’t mind paying for the software, and neither do thousands of photographers and enthusiasts. So, like many, I wondered, why would Google make it free?

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

Hardcore Henry Review - IGN

Meanwhile, the set pieces are brilliantly designed to look like video game stages. There's a car chase, a fetch quest, an escort mission, a sniper segment -- at one point, Henry even tries to tame a wild horse, which goes about as well as you'd expect -- and all of this culminates in a final boss battle with waves upon waves of enemies. Indeed, Naishuller has no shortage of hoops for Henry jump through, even if they are barely strung together.

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WhatsApp is now entirely end-to-end encrypted

The result is strong security for WhatsApp users, and potentially a template that could be applied to other services going forward. Open Whisper's protocol is open source, and the group has pledged to help other messenger services employ the same protections going forward. "Over a billion monthly active users across the world are now using the Signal Protocol for end to end encryption," Open Whisper wrote in its blog post announcing the change. "Over the next year, we will continue to work with additional messengers to amplify the impact and scope of private communication even further."

9 Yes, I’m a nine-year-old girl. But I’m still a serious reporter | Hilde Kate Lysiak

Some people have asked me if I thought people would have reacted differently if I were a boy. Maybe, maybe not. I could see them saying a boy should go and play with racing cars instead of how they told me to play with dolls. Or maybe they wouldn’t have said much at all. The thing is, I like playing with dolls, and having tea parties. I also think racing cars are really cool! Grownups shouldn’t assume that a kid – boy or girl – should be doing just one thing or another. Kids can do exceptional things and still be kids!

The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life

Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder."

American Hero Hacks Game Boy to Run Almost Any Retro Game

Using Emulation Station , this Pi board is able to play games from NES, SNES, and the Gameboy’s many iterations all up to and including Advanced. That’s where things start getting tricky, since the Gameboy had only two buttons, while later systems used many more. Two of the screws in the back are tossed out to make room for makeshift shoulder triggers, while additional holes are drilled in the front for X and Y buttons which were salvaged from an SNES controller.

Moleskine's Smartpen Digitizes Your Notebooks as You're Writing In Them

The app provides additional functionality like the ability convert your hand-written notes into editable text, multiple options for sharing using email or services like Evernote, and even the ability to record audio via your smartphone or tablet while you’re writing in the Paper Tablet. And if your connected device is buried in a bag and you need to jot down a quick note, the Pen+ also has enough storage onboard to capture 1,000 pages of notes before they need to be transferred to the app.

13 The First Footage From Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Is Here

The first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will premiere on Good Morning America Thursday morning but, ahead of that, the official Star Wars Twitter has offered up a super brief tease. Watch it here.

The first trailer for 'Star Wars' spinoff 'Rogue One' introduces a new badass heroine

If the teaser trailer for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spinoff did not sate your Star Wars hunger — and how could it, when it was barely two seconds long — the full, one-and-a-half minute trailer is now available for your enjoyment.

The Silicon Valley of Transylvania

Large tech companies certainly have their eyes on what’s coming out of Romania, too. In 2014, Facebook acquired ad technology startup LiveRail, which was co-founded by two Romanians. In 2013, Avangate, a Bucharest-based commerce outfit, was bought by San Francisco’s Francisco Partners. In 2012, Twitter acquired Summify, a Vancouver-based company started by Romanian entrepreneurs. And in 2015, we acquired Quality Software Corporation for their leading quality management software capabilities and deep engineering talent.

Exclusive: White House declines to support encryption legislation - sources

The White House last year backed away from pursuing legislation that would require U.S. technology firms to provide a "back door" to access encrypted data. The backpedaling resembled a retreat by President Bill Clinton's administration in the 1990s on efforts to require a special computer chip in phones to give the U.S. government a way to monitor encrypted conversations.

Woman mistakes Kevin Hart for Chris Rock, so he goes along with it

After the girl enlightens Kevin Hart on his true identify, Hart laughs and decides to go along with it, playing the convincing role of pal Chris Rock.

Toyota's Setsuna is an amazing wooden concept car designed to last generations

Debuting at Milan Design Week next Monday, Toyota's Setsuna is probably the most unique concept car to debut from a major automaker this year. If it's not obvious from looking at it, this adorable little roadster is made almost entirely of wood — Japanese cedar and birch, to be specific — and was built using traditional Japanese carpentry techniques that don't involve nails or screws. Basically, the Setsuna is more of a work of art and craftsmanship than it is a car.

Reddit's official Android and iOS apps are here

Reddit has been working on its experience for mobile users for some time now, including  acquiring the unofficial iOS app Alien Blue in 2014, beta testing a mobile site for months and teasing screenshots of its Android app earlier this year.

Google self-driving cars head to Arizona to test desert road conditions

Google continues to tap new testing locations for its self-driving cars, with the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona picked as the next spot,  reports Reuters . Jennifer Haroon, head of business operations for Google's autonomous vehicles said that Arizona was attractive not just as a place where tech research is welcome, but also because it provides "distinct desert conditions" to test the cars in different environments. "[This] will help us better understand how our sensors and cars handle extreme temperatures and dust in the air," said Haroon.

Here’s How Google Makes Sure It (Almost) Never Goes Down

Odds are, you don’t remember that ever happening. Sure, there are times when you can’t reach Google because your internet connection is down. But Google’s primary online services, from its search engine to Gmail to Google Docs and more, are nearly always accessible. The company’s Google Apps suite, including Gmail and Docs, was available about 99.97 percent of the time in 2015, according to the company’s own numbers. The world pretty much takes this for granted, but it’s a remarkable reality. The billions who use Google hardly stop to consider how Google made something so impressive seem so mundane.

Ted Cruz’s Bronx Campaign Stop Just Backfired Big Time Because Duh

Inside, Cruz was peppered with questions from reporters about his win in Wisconsin last night, which is considered a direct threat to Trump’s primary season momentum and key to denying Trump the Republican nomination. Cruz said that his success in Wisconsin was a sign that the party is coalescing around him as a candidate. “We saw Republicans come together and unite,” Cruz said. “And that’s really what this election is all about. It’s about unity.”

Libraries and Learning

Most Americans believe libraries do a decent job of serving the education and learning needs of their communities and their own families. A new survey by Pew Research Center shows that 76% of adults say libraries serve the learning and educational needs of their communities either “very well” (37%) or “pretty well” (39%). Further, 71% say libraries serve their own personal needs and the needs of their families “very well” or “pretty well.”

Something Very Strange Is Happening With This Supermassive Black Hole

The newly discovered black hole tips the scales at more than 17 billion times the size of our sun, making it one of the largest ever found. Supermassive black holes, even of this size, are not totally unknown—the largest ever observed is slightly bigger at 21 billion times the size of our sun.

Chrome is finally getting native push notifications on Mac

Google’s Chrome browser has long used its own in-house notification system, which was created before the built-in versions existed in both OS X and Windows, but that’s finally changing.

Facebook is hiding messages from you in a secret inbox — here's how to find it

Facebook is hiding messages from you in a secret inbox — here's how to find it


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Google expanding self-driving vehicle testing to Phoenix, Arizona

"Arizona is known as a place where research and development is welcome, innovation can thrive, and companies can set up roots," said Jennifer Haroon, head of business operations for the Google Self-Driving Car project. "The Phoenix area has distinct desert conditions, which will help us better understand how our sensors and cars handle extreme temperatures and dust in the air."

Facebook pays news outlets to use its live video service

As for why? Simply speaking, the stakes are high. Live streaming on social networks still tends to be dominated by the likes of Twitter's Periscope and longstanding services like UStream, and there may be some fierce competition from YouTube in the near future. Paying big publications to use Facebook Live could make it the go-to source for real-time video, at least for visitors interested in as-it-happens news.

A fleet of trucks just drove themselves across Europe

But the convoys must first successfully navigate Europe’s bureaucracies. Bruijn’s next goal is to get everyone to sign off on a roadmap for the next five years. This would address the technical problems, such as the inability for trucks from different brands to platoon together (they all use different wifi systems); as well as regulatory problems, like requiring platooning trucks to meet different standards in each European country.

White House reportedly won’t back encryption bill arising from iPhone case

(Reuters) – The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law enforcement crack encrypted data, sources familiar with the discussions said.

Here's How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

Ask me to run, however, and you’ll see a look of sheer terror on my face. That’s why I wasn’t too excited about this first exercise regimen. But I did it. For seven days I ran 45 minutes a day. And after the first day or two, I found I actually enjoyed it (next-day aches aside). But more importantly, I found that immediately after my runs I would feel exceptionally clearheaded, and throughout the remainder of the day I felt like I had a focus that stuck with me even when I was sedentary. Not only that, the week I ran, I swear I was in a better mood because of it than I have been in in ages.

Trump commented on his infant daughter's breasts in 1994

He says that the baby already has his mother's legs, but that they will have to wait and see about other attributes. He then mimics breasts with his hands. Anyone itching to have this man kiss their baby may want to reconsider.

Samsung patents smart contact lenses with a built-in camera

Though Samsung's been granted the patent, it's not definitive proof that the company will release a consumer product off it. Companies frequently file patents for inventions they're prototyping and developing that many never see the light of day.


One area where I think we are especially distinctive is failure. I believe we are the best place in the world to fail (we have plenty of practice!), and failure and invention are inseparable twins. To invent you have to experiment, and if you know in advance that it’s going to work, it’s not an experiment. Most large organizations embrace the idea of invention, but are not willing to suffer the string of failed experiments necessary to get there. Outsized returns often come from betting against conventional wisdom, and conventional wisdom is usually right. Given a ten percent chance of a 100 times payoff, you should take that bet every time. But you’re still going to be wrong nine times out of ten. We all know that if you swing for the fences, you’re going to strike out a lot, but you’re also going to hit some home runs. The difference between baseball and business, however, is that baseball has a truncated outcome distribution. When you swing, no matter how well you connect with the ball, the most runs you can get is four. In business, every once in a while, when you step up to the plate, you can score 1,000 runs.

Amazon brings same-day delivery to nearly a dozen more U.S. metros

Amazon’s same-day delivery service is today seeing a notable expansion here in the U.S. The online retailer announced this morning that same-day delivery, which is available to members of its $99 annual Prime membership program, is now live in 11 more metropolitan areas and is rolling out to more neighborhoods in the markets where it already operates.

Self-driving delivery vehicle startup Dispatch raises $2 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz

Dispatch’s vehicles could be useful to existing on-demand companies, especially the ones that are struggling with the costs of last-mile delivery. The last-mile delivery piece of on-demand operations can be a big cost to existing startups, mostly because the substantial labor needed to deliver products can result in thin margins. Hiring contract workers is one way to reduce the amount of money spent on labor, but questions around the legality of hiring these on-demand workers as contractors rather than full-time employees have been raised in last couple of years. It’s also resulted in a major class-action lawsuit against Uber in California.

Congressman in Hot Water Over Steam Purchases

Why does it matter? As the San Diego Union-Tribune notes , the House Ethics Committee says campaign funds "are not to be used to enhance a member's lifestyle, or to pay a member's personal obligations." As a result, the Federal Election Commission is questioning Rep. Hunter about the Steam purchases, as well as a possible school tuition payment charged to his campaign card.

Kid's well-intended Easter egg card ends up entirely NSFW

A well-intentioned schoolkid from Arbroath, Scotland worked very hard on the Easter egg card he made for his mother. In fact, he was super proud that he successfully made the egg three-dimensional.

41 Facebook Live update proves streaming is the way forward

The social network might not be breaking the boundaries of innovation with its latest features, borrowing filters from Instagram and reactions from Periscope; but by pushing on and being almost obsessive in its promotion of live streaming, there’s every chance it will overtake its rivals any day now. I mean, Facebook has the clear advantage of over a billion users around the globe so it really should be winning this race.

When was the last time you built a tower PC? | ZDNet

Sure, you may have set up laptops or tablets or server platters. But how long ago was it that you last bought a tower case? When was the last time you set up a free-standing PC?

900M monthly users strong, Facebook Messenger gets codes, usernames, and links to help you connect with anyone

Messenger Codes are, well, codes within the Settings tab in your profile that lets anyone else scan from their own Messenger profile to start a conversation with you. Yes, this could be the end of business cards as we know it, and negates the need to mess around with pen/paper, misspellings, typos, and all the rest. Messenger Codes equates to instant connections. And yes, it’s jus a little bit like Snapchat.

Apple Watch Hermès straps to be sold separately in new colors

Apple is about to introduce new color options and buying options to its celebrated Apple Watch Hermès collection — allowing customers to, for the first time ever, purchase the bands separately.

SwiftKey's new keyboard will help you text like Shakespeare

‘ShakeSpeak’ is a lot like SwiftKey proper, just with a parchment paper theme and modified autocorrect algorithm. It still learns from you as you type, except now it will suggest old-timey expressions fitting the context of your current sentence.

The battle over encryption won't end anytime soon

Only days after the FBI announced that it cracked the San Bernardino iPhone without Apple’s help, the White House has decided not to publicly support a bill that would see tech companies forced to assist in cracking encrypted data on their devices and platforms, reports Reuters .

Apple Seeds tvOS 9.2.1 Beta 1 to Developers

Apple has officially seeded the first beta for tvOS 9.2.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV equipped with tvOS. The new beta for Apple’s upcoming software arrives two weeks after the company officially released tvOS 9.2 to the public, which featured new additions like folders, better Siri support, and much more.

Yik Yak’s CTO drops out as the hyped anonymous app stagnates

Is Yik Yak a thing anymore? Not so much, according to download stats, traffic charts, surveys and a source that says the college app’s monthly user count has been declining. That source — with intimate knowledge of the company — also tipped me off that Yik Yak ‘s original CTO Tom Chernetsky has bailed, which the startup now confirms.

This Is The State Of Workplace Sexual Harassment Protections In The U.S.

It would be one thing if there were a robust legal structure (if not a culture) in place to respond to the issue, but what has emerged since the Thomas hearings is much more scattershot and limited. Large numbers of U.S. employees still have no legal recourse whatsoever when it comes to sexual harassment at work, particularly those working at small businesses.

Reddit is turning on a new 'block user' tool to help curb harassment

In a move to battle harassment on the site, Reddit today released a new tool for blocking users. The expanded blocking option, the company announced, will hide a user's content but not inform the user that they've been blocked.

51 Some pups pull in $20k per Instagram post while you work like a dog
52 Apple should rename its confusing iPad lineup
53 Facebook Messenger just stole Snapchat's best feature
54 Took long enough: Tech to protect your kid from overheating in the car seat
55 The resume is dead – long live the resume
56 Do Not Call the Number in This Instagram Ad
57 Nvidia bets big on AI with powerful new chip
58 Already rife with corruption, Latin America is now aggressively spying on citizens
59 Hit rhythm game Rock Band 4 is not coming to PC
60 A daredevil photographer shares how he got more than 666,000 Instagram followers for his jaw-dropping shots
61 New code suggests Apple will finally let you hide iPhone apps you don’t want
62 New Food Labels Would Tell You How Long It Takes to Burn Off Calories
63 IoT startup Kamarq raises $3.2M to manufacture ‘smart’ tables that play music
64 Desktop 3D printer sales surge | ZDNet
65 PewResearch Internet on Twitter
66 Watch Metal Foam Annihilate an Armor-Piercing Bullet
67 Synek wants to put an electronic wine expert in your kitchen
68 Amazon's Alexa can now control Lutron's Caséta smart lights
69 Hermés will offer more straps for the Apple Watch
70 Lutron adds Alexa support to its connected home devices
71 Flashforge Finder 3D Printer
72 These jackets built to pocket your gear make me a sad panda
73 iPad Pro 9.7 review
74 Watch a flamethrower spew fire in 4K slow motion
75 Coachella 2016 to support Apple Pay transactions with new Square Reader, hand out prizes via iBeacon
76 Economies of scaling: Building a bulletproof business
77 Get the perfect fit for the HTC Vive
78 on Twitter
79 Samsung Makes Aggressive Play for Emerging Markets
80 Customer communication startup Intercom raises $50M
81 InformationWeek on Twitter
82 'Dial it up to 11, hope for the best': Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth on mobiles and Mars | ZDNet
83 How Apple is grooming the iPad to take over the Mac
84 FBI Director Confirms Tool Used to Hack Terrorist's iPhone 5c Does Not Work on iPhone 5s or Later
85 Reddit launches its first official apps for iOS and Android