Don't let this robot give you a manicure
YouTuber Simone Giertz shows that robots can't take over the world if something as simple as painting fingernails isn't in their skill set.
New 'Game of Thrones' looks revealed in HBO video
Face it, fans, we'll take what we can get at this point -- it's a long way till July. Good to see the old gang again.
Jurassic Parkour? See a T-Rex do flips in this hilarious parody
It isn't every day you see someone in an inflatable T-Rex costume chase down a dinosaur "trainer," especially when they both have impressive parkour skills.
Toyota made our childhood dreams come true with a life-sized Tonka Truck
Sometimes, playing with trucks is just something you don’t outgrow. Designers at Toyota Australia have built a concept HiLux pickup styled after the classic Tonka trucks.
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Postepic is an app for elegantly sharing book quotes
Postepic wants to liberate all those interesting text snippets you have languishing on your camera roll and turn them into visually appealing quotations ready..
Quarter Of All U.S. Homeowners Own An IoT Device, Says Wink
27 percent of all homeowners in the United States have purchased an Internet of Things (IoT) device for their home, according to a new “smart home index” report.
Terri Schwartz on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
The pros and cons of an IoT-connected world
The age of IoT is creeping quickly, aiming to keep us connected much more than we already are, and to many more devices we pass during our day. This is bound to affect our already crowded and overloaded lives, keeping us staring at our black mirrors and blurring the lines (or deleting them completely) between time on and off. Is it something we should worry about or are we still in control?
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The Best Tablets of 2017
Android has made great strides in app selection, courting more developers and offering more high-quality tablet apps, but it's still not as many as Apple offers. It's tough to say exactly how many tablet-optimized Android apps are available, but it's likely in the thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands. There are also Android phone apps, which look decent on a 7-inch tablet, but less so on a 9- or 10-inch one, so you're likely to have more problems getting high-quality apps for larger Android tablets. That said, check out the 100 Best Android apps for our top picks.
iPad Pro 9.7 review
I no longer felt the need to cup my hand around the speaker to get a decent volume for myself without bothering other people around me by cranking it up all of the way. Turning the tablet in landscape mode to watch a movie, I found everything sounded natural. Part of that balance is due to the fact that the upper top speakers always handle mid and high frequencies and they'll change depending on how you hold the iPad Pro, rotating the sound as the screen orientation does.
16 times Ed Miliband was the sassiest politician on Twitter
Ed Miliband used to be a bit like that. Back when he was the Labour leader campaigning for the 2015 general election, a typical tweet of his would look something like this:
Five reasons to get a 4K laptop and one big reason to stay away
OK, this plays into the marketing of high-res laptop screens some, but an amazing high-resolution display can be something that's simply nice to have. I'm not saying you should stop everyone and make them bask in the glory of all your pixels. But if someone notices the clarity of your picture or appreciates the sharpness of your spreadsheets, there's no reason to shy away from pointing out it's 4K.
Dumbass Almost Hit By Train Because the Future is Too Damn Quiet
Authorities in Auckland, New Zealand are urging all dumbasses to look both ways before they cross train tracks, after a local dumbass was nearly hit yesterday . But in fairness to the dumbass, the new electric trains in the area are pretty quiet. Too quiet, if you ask this dumbass.
Bernie Sanders is now a podcast
Sanders’ show has primarily lived on Facebook until now. The show touts itself as a way to “stay informed on the political revolution,” and promises to focus on how the senator and others “are fighting back against the Trump administration and its efforts divide us up.” Guests include Rev. William Barber, a North Carolina political leader; famous science guy Bill Nye; and director and playwright Josh Fox. Other activists, journalists, policymakers, “visionaries,” and “revolutionaries” will be featured on the show.
Facebook wields new weapon in battle against revenge porn
The social network is now using photo matching to make sure images it removes aren't re-uploaded across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.
Gaming addictions: The video games we're playing right now
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Entertainment) is phenomenal. It feels reminiscent of the original Legend of Zelda on the NES, and of other games in that era, where technical limitations forced players to learn on their own. Today, where so many games patronizingly hold a player's hand through an hour of tutorials, there is something very simple and pure about the joy and surprise of finding things out on your own, in a natural way. The game is stacked with detail, and most people will lose hours at a time, immersed in its world.
How emerging tech can help us avoid becoming a dystopia - TechRepublic
In his new book The Driver in the Driverless Car, Carnegie Mellon professor Vivek Wadhwa explores the new technologies that can help us reach a better world, or destroy our current one.
Springtomize 4 for iOS 10 Has Been Released
Just a few days back, we reported that Springtomize 4 was slated to be released very soon and the good news is that it is now available for download in Cydia. This is an exciting news for many jailbreak users as Springtomize is one of the best customization tools that you’ll find in Cydia.
The G6 is fine, but now LG needs consistency or faces demise | ZDNet
LG Electronics has done a competent job with the G6, but now it needs a consistent strategy for branding, designing, and marketing its flagship phones. If it fails again, all is lost.
Let's Blaze: How stoners found a dope livestreaming home
Toke With is a relatively new app that’s vying to be the place where stoners gather, where they can “kinda go and just not feel like they’re going to get their accounts shut off … or be chastised,” Zeus says. And for stoners who love the app, it’s not only a place where they don’t feel ashamed, but it also opens up business opportunities. They can become influencers in a world that gets shut out of other social media.
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Turn your hand into a universal remote with the Singlecue
One issue with Singlecue is the fact that the camera only tracks your gestures if you're sitting directly in front of it. That means multiple users will have a hard time controlling the TV -- or even the same user if they sit in different spots on the couch.
6 quick Docker tips to make managing your containers easier - TechRepublic
Docker is the single most popular method of deploying containers on the planet, with good reason. It's powerful, flexible, open source, and can be made simpler than you might expect. However, it's also easy to get bogged down in the management and running of your containers. That's why I've decided to shell out some of my favorite quick tips to help you make Docker much more manageable in the day-to-day.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sounds Insanely Awesome in German
One of the latest international teasers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out, and it’s got a few cute moments... including a brief shot of dancing Baby Groot. But holy hell, German Guardians sound amazing . I’m already regretting minoring in French.
Apple may drop the Touch Bar for its cheaper 15-inch MacBook Pro
It’s been a big week for Mac news, as we’ve heard a lot about the incoming new iMac and Mac Pro, and now a further rumor has sneaked out asserting that Apple could produce a future MacBook Pro 15-inch model which doesn’t have a Touch Bar (alongside some interesting clarifications regarding the aforementioned Mac Pro).
A sleek and sexy 2-in-1 Chromebook for commuters
If you want a nice, simple laptop for watching video, checking email and working on documents, the Asus Chromebook Flip is an attractive option.
A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Climate Change
Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people coming into contact with a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm. Experts are blaming its sudden spread across the United States on climate change and globalization.
2017 Jaguar XF S is a feisty midsize luxury-sport sedan - Roadshow
With 380-horsepower coming from a 3.0-liter supercharged V6, the Jaguar XF S can go toe-to-toe with cars like the BMW 540i xDrive sedan and Mercedes-AMG E43.
PAX: Android patent protection consortium formed | ZDNet
On the other hand, "Others, like the multiple public non-assertion pledges of IBM, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Sun, and other companies relating to Linux and other core OSS more than a decade ago were largely for the PR value they achieved by showcasing the commitment of the companies involved. The PAX announcement seems to position itself somewhere in between the two, involving formal cross-licenses between participants, and therefore enforceable rights, but not an infrastructure to do more (at least insofar as one can tell from the initial announcement)."
An IoT reality check for big data experts and tech manufacturers - TechRepublic
As a preeminent example of big data capture and use, the Internet of Things (IoT) is still in the beginning stages of perfecting the ultimate interface: how well it interacts with and engages with the world we see, hear, and touch. No open source or universal interface can guarantee an absolutely perfect engagement, so ensuring that IoT and our physical environments exchange information properly is paramount, and it's an area that big data analysts need to work on.
Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk of Spying
In December, the servers were relocated to Russia, and earlier this week the user agreements were changed to prohibit “post[ing] advertising and/or political solicitation materials unless otherwise directly specified in a separate agreement between User and the Administration,” or “perform[ing] any other actions contradictory to the laws of the Russian Federation.” In addition, any blogs that get over 3,000 visitors per days are now classified as media outlets, so they can no longer publish anonymously, use obscene language or share “extremist materials.” The new agreement is designed to put the site in compliance with Russia’s internet laws , which are subject to extreme censorship under the guise of protecting children.
Japan's Scientists Believe They'll Be the First to Reach Earth's Mantle
Once again, scientists are looking inward to explore the next frontier. Researchers at Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) announced this week that an excavation is planned in which the team will attempt to successfully drill all the way through Earth’s crust for the first time in history.
X-Men Nightcrawler Cat Is Kind of a Dick
What happens when a cat has the power to instantly teleport itself, and its owner, practically anywhere? Well, there’s near-death, followed by more near-death and more near-death... then food.
How to Customize Control Center on iPhone or iPad [Jailbreak Tweaks]
This is why some users turn towards jailbreak as it provides the freedom to customizing their iOS devices the way they want. With jailbreak, you can even customize the iOS 10 Control Center to bring a new look and feel to it as well as enjoy the features that you’ve always wanted.
Facebook lines up to compete with Apple, Google, and Samsung with new AI digital assistant - TechRepublic
"As suggestions from M start to roll out to users in the US, Messenger users across the globe will also start to see a redesigned way to compose messages. This update offers an easier way to access and discover Messenger features like our rich visual messaging tools and the ability to quickly share content like video and images directly from the text composer with a long press. We're also adding a 'More' tab to more easily access Messenger features such as Games, Payments, Share Location and Rides," according to a Facebook press release.
Going to The Caveman Dentist Was Probably a Nightmare
If you think your experience with the dentist is scary, just think about how bad the caveman dentist’s office would have been. There’d be no painkillers, no drills, and the fillings would be made from tar and plant fibers. And god, what would the awkward small talk be like?
Online Sales Blamed for Increase in Dog Attacks on Mail Carriers
It’s a cartoon cliche that’s a cliche for a reason. Mail carriers really do live in fear of Fido. And now that Americans are increasingly doing their shopping online, the beleaguered members of the U.S. Postal Service have been getting bitten by dogs more often. They’ve even built an app to help avoid the canines that are just trying to protect their home from the dangerous package deliveries.
Shadow Brokers Group Releases More Stolen NSA Hacking Tools & Exploits
Remember The Shadow Brokers ? They are back.
A hackers group that previously claimed to have stolen a bunch of hacking tools (malware, zero-day exploits, and implants) created by the NSA and gained popularity last year for leaking a portion of those tools is back.
Today, The Shadow Brokers group released more alleged hacking tools and exploits that, the group claims, belonged to " Equation Group " – an elite cyber attack unit linked to the NSA.
Besides dumping some NSA's hacking tools back in August 2016, the Shadow Brokers also released an encrypted cache of files containing more NSA's hacking tools and exploits in an auction, asking for 1 Million Bitcoins (around $568 Million).
However, after failed auction , the group put up those hacking tools and exploits for direct sale on an underground website, categorizing them into a type — like "exploits," "Trojans," and "implant" — each of which ranged from 1 to 100 Bitcoins (from $780 to $78,000).
Now, the Shadow Brokers has finally released password for the encrypted cache of NSA's files, allowing anyone to unlock and download the auction data dump.
The Best Wireless Headphones of 2017
Earphones (or ear buds, or in-ear headphones) offer a slightly different sound profile compared with conventional headphones. Generally, you'll get better sound from a full set of "cans" around your head than from buds in your ears, but in-ear sound quality has improved a great deal. More importantly, in-ear headphones are much more likely to be water- and sweat-resistant, and much more suited for use when working out. Get a good sweat going, and you'll turn your headphone earpads into a nasty mess. For our top picks, check out The Best Earphones .
How smart home tech helps you cope with schizophrenia
Dante's and Lon's gravitation toward technology after diagnosis isn't peculiar. In 2014, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) commissioned a survey of 457 schizophrenic adults. The poll asked them a series of questions about how their condition intersected with their use of technology. Nearly three in five respondents said they used technology to cope with their symptoms, drowning out voices with headphones, for instance. About two in three said they anticipated technology would become a bigger part of their recovery in the coming years.
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Here's how much faster Netflix performs in other countries
But while it's useful for picking the best ISPs in your neighborhood, it's also a great excuse for some good old fashioned international competition. And if you're like me—a typical red-blooded American—you probably assumed that the US would be top dog. After all, Netflix is a US company. We have some of the richest telecom companies on the planet. The freaking Internet was invented here ( Kind of. ). U-S-A! U-S-A!
Airbnb permanently bans racist Trump supporter
According to the video, the Airbnb host, who's also a woman, explained via a text conversation, the reason she decided to suddenly cancel the booking: "One word says it all. Asian." The host continued that she wouldn't rent to the guest even if she were "the last person on Earth," according to the video.
Emotiva's $229 BasX A-100 amplifier wows the Audiophiliac
Connectivity is limited to just one set each of stereo input and outputs, heavy-duty speaker cable binding posts and a front panel 6.3mm headphone jack. That jack looks pretty standard, but one really unusual design feature of the BasX A-100 is that it doesn't use a pipsqueak chip headphone amp as most integrated amps and receivers do. The BasX A-100 uses its main speaker power output to drive headphones. No worries, the amp has resistors to limit power so you won't accidentally fry your headphones. The BasX A-100 can be configured to automatically switch on when it senses an incoming audio signal, which makes it perfect for use in a remote zone. Alas, the BasX A-100 doesn't come with a remote control.
How to configure an Excel file for use in Power BI - TechRepublic
One of the simplest ways to take advantage of Power BI's data visualization abilities is to link it with an Excel workbook—it is the way most business users will employ the Power BI tool. But there are some key tips to keep in mind before you attempt to link your Excel workbook. This quick tutorial will show how to prepare your workbook for Power BI.
Twitter overhauls API platform, mends broken promise to developers and businesses - TechRepublic
One of the biggest focuses of the new API platform is scalability. Each of the three core API types—REST, streaming, and Gnip APIs—will be available in different tiers, the post said. So, developers will have access to a free tier for testing, and self-serve, paid access will be utilized as the product or feature grows, the post said. The price point and available features for each tier will be laid out clearly, so developers and businesses will be able to get the right amount of access for their project.
JBL Flip 4 review: This waterproof wireless speaker is a winner
At first glance, JBL's Flip 4 Bluetooth portable speaker looks very similar to 2016's Flip 3 . But looks can be deceiving: it's actually a slightly bigger speaker, weighing 1.14 lbs (517 g) -- 0.14 pound more than its predecessor -- and it's covered in more durable fabric with a tighter weave. As part of that external design change, the Flip 4 gets some changes on the inside, including new drivers and a presumably bigger battery that delivers 12 hours of battery life instead of the Flip 3's 10 hours. The speaker is also now fully waterproof instead of just splashproof.
Dark Web: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
What is the Dark Web? Much like the internet—or clearnet—that billions of people access every day from mobile and desktop devices, the Dark Web is a network of websites, forums, and communication tools like email. What differentiates the Dark Web from the clearnet is that users are required to run a suite of security tools that help anonymize web traffic. The Dark Web is used for both nefarious and reputable purposes. Criminals exploit the network's anonymity to sell guns, drugs, and humans, while organizations like the UN and Facebook use encryption to protect dissidents in oppressive countries.
Adidas Futurecraft 4D starts a new era of 3D-printed shoes
Last year's 3D-printed Adidas sneaker arrived in December in very limited numbers. For this followup to the 3D Runner, Adidas says it will produce 300 pairs later this month for its friends & family, before releasing 5,000 pairs at retail during the fall/winter. That won't be the end either, as its plan to scale up projects more than 100,000 pairs made with the Digital Light Synthesis method by the end of 2018.
Seniors getting helping hand from new wearables - ReadWrite
Wearables are now a significant part of corporate wellness and remote patient monitoring programs. However, long-term investment from seniors remains a challenge, despite an increasing need for seniors to have better healthcare options.
This AirPods accessory is strangely awesome
Catalyst , which makes waterproof iPhone cases, let me play around with an advance sample of the AirPods Case, and I've been pretty impressed. By that I mean it actually seems like a useful add-on that's not only protective but just as importantly, may keep you from losing your AirPods (it makes Apple's shiny, smooth case a whole lot grippier and also integrates a clip-on carabiner).
Universal remote deal: Logitech Harmony Smart Control for $70 at Best Buy
The Logitech Harmony Smart Control combines RF functionality and smartphone control in an affordable universal-remote package, but the complexity of the initial setup will burden some buyers.