'Orange is the New Black' will run red with blood in Season 4
It's looking like a long, hard road ahead for the inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary.
A Moogfest installation will let you manipulate a Grimes song with your body
Moogfest is a festival about synths, but its ambitions extend beyond music. This year's festival, which takes place from May 19th to May 22nd in Durham, NC, will feature internet-themed art...
Tesla Owner Uncovers Colorful Easter Egg
You can now get rainbow colors for your charge port.
Viv, Siri Creator's New AI Platform, Can Almost Think for Itself
Viv, the brainchild of Siri co-creator Dag Kittlaus, is less of a chatbot and more artificial intelligence that can think for itself.
NBA 2K celebrates Steph Curry's MVP with a 99 rating
Don't let your opponent use the Warriors on Thursday or Friday.
So You've Set Your Big Shooting Game During World War One
The newest Battlefield game by DICE, Battlefield 1, is set during World War One. That's an odd choice. The Great War is a hard one to adapt. Here's why.
Amazon's drone program acquires a team of Europe's top computer vision experts
The most important attribute in today's cutting-edge drones is the ability to see and understand the world so that the drone can safely navigate to its destination and around obstacles. Last week T...
'Pokémon Sun' and 'Moon' arrive on the 3DS November 18th
Pokémon is coming to the Nintendo 3DS on November 18th in North America, a few days later in the UK.
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David Levin was later released on a $15,000 bond after reporting the SQL vulnerabilities.
Mountain Dew is sponsoring a big drone race in LA this August
The first time I tried out drone racing at CES 2015, it was still a largely amateur affair, with events put on by racing groups or sponsored by companies directly involved in the drone industry. In...
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Western Digital officially owns SanDisk
For a cool $19 billion, Western Digital now gets to call SanDisk (and their sizeable share of the SSD market) their wholly owned subsidiary. Although SanDisk might be best known for flash memory cards and USB sticks, the company has been expanding into enterprise notebook hard drives and also builds OEM memory components for Apple and Nvidia. Bonus trivia: Back in 2014, SanDisk founder Dr. Eli Harari was honored by President Obama for "revolutionizing the flash storage industry."
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Amazon Targets YouTube With New Online Video Posting Service
Amazon.com Inc. will let people post videos to its website and earn money from advertising, royalties and other sources, putting the company in more-direct competition with Google’s YouTube.
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Netflix cuts out over 6 days of commercials from your life per year, compared to cable TV
One caveat is that, as Hastings has said on multiple occasions, Netflix isn't just competing against cable — it's competing against all forms of entertainment. So it's unlikely that every hour that a Netflix subscriber spends binge-watching would necessarily be spent watching cable in a non-Netflix world. And some cable subscribers use a DVR to cut out commercials.
What Polaroid? The I-1 Is an Instant Camera Designed for 2016
The mechanics dictate what shape the camera takes. “It can’t get much smaller than this, unless you fold it,” Kouthoofd says. Despite internal components similar to those of yesterday’s cameras, Kouthoofd wanted a contemporary body. One key change? The viewfinder. Nearly all Polaroid cameras have a tube-like viewfinder on the left side. “I had really a big problem with that because when the tube is there, it instantly turns into a Polaroid camera from the ’70s,” he says. One day while walking through a flea market, Smolokowski spotted an old Zeiss Ikon with a viewfinder on top. He instantly knew this was what he wanted for the I-1, so Kouthoofd began developing a removable viewfinder that sits atop the camera and opens with a push.“I like to reinforce the idea that this is a physical object that you interact with with your hands,” he says.
Here's What the First Full-Scale Test of the Hyperloop Will Look Like
Although Hyperloop One could not comment on announcements by its competitors, I did ask Josh Giegel, senior vice president of engineering, to explain the difference between passive magnetic levitation and Hyperloop One’s propulsion technology . He could not go into detail about what technology will be used on tomorrow’s test, only confirming that it uses electromagnets. But Giegel also said that Hyperloop One is not tied to any specific technology. “We believe strongly in testing design as quickly as we can to release the product, get feedback, and make upgrades,” he said. “We feel the propulsion technology that we are demonstrating right now is an extremely novel way of doing this.”
Senate GOP Launches Inquiry Into Facebook’s News Curation
The US Senate Commerce Committee—which has jurisdiction over media issues, consumer protection issues, and internet communication—has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg requesting answers to questions it has on its trending topics section. The letter comes after Gizmodo on Monday reported on allegations by one former news curator, who worked for Facebook as a contractor, that the curation team routinely suppressed or blacklisted topics of interest to conservatives. That report also included allegations from several former curators that they used a “injection tool” to add or bump stories onto the trending module.
The Flash: "The Runaway Dinosaur" Review - IGN
The big selling point with this episode was the fact that Kevin Smith made the trip to Vancouver to direct a pivotal chapter in Barry’s life. Anyone who listens to Fat Man on Batman or Smith’s various other podcasts knows that the director has become fanatically devoted to the show over the past six months or so. He even uploaded a YouTube video of himself having an emotional breakdown while watching the Season 1 finale. Clearly he respects the material, but I wasn’t entirely sure how well that would translate as he made the jump from hardcore fan to active participant in the show. Smith isn’t very notable as a visual storyteller. His strengths are mainly in the writing and editing departments. Last time he directed something he didn’t also write, the result was Cop Out, and the less said about that the better.
Apple just got a patent for an iPad cover with its own flexible display
The panels could display various notifications or reminders, or transform into media controls when a movie is being played on the tablet. Apple's patent application notes that AMOLED screens would be ideal here, since they can light up individual pixels and leave the rest turned off, conserving battery. Another image shows the cover serving as a Wacom-style drawing pad. That seems a little redundant with the sophisticated accuracy that's been enabled by the Apple Pencil and screen technology in recent iPads, but it's still a neat idea all the same.
One of the Most Convincing Climate Change Visualizations We've Ever Seen
“I think there is lots to see—variations from month to month and decade to decade,” Hawkins told Gizmodo. “I wanted to try and visualize the changes we have seen in different ways to learn about how we might improve our communication. The spiral appeared to present the information in an appealing and straightforward way. The pace of change is immediately obvious, especially over the past few decades. The relationship between current global temperatures and the internationally discussed target limits are also clear without much complex interpretation needed.”
Amazon takes aim at YouTube with new video service
Amazon.com Inc ( AMZN.O ) launched a service on Tuesday that allows users to post videos and earn royalties from them, setting up the world's biggest online retailer to compete directly with Alphabet Inc's ( GOOGL.O ) YouTube.
Kepler Has Nearly Doubled the Number of Confirmed Exoplanets in Our Galaxy
“When NASA decided to launch the Kepler Space Telescope, we did not know if small rocky planets were common or rare the galaxy,” said Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters. “Thanks to Kepler, we now know that exoplanets are common, and that a reasonable fraction of the stars in our galaxy has potentially habitable planets. Knowing this is the first step toward addressing the question of are we alone in the universe.”
Withings’ Go fitness tracker costs just $80, and you can buy one online now
The ingenious E Ink display of the Withings Go is meant for the true outdoors person. Regardless of whether you’re in bright sunlight or mid-downpour, you’ll be able to see vital information about your fitness goals. The main screen of the device will show activity level, displayed conveniently as a dial with the percentage of progress made towards a daily goal. Once that goal has been surpassed, the Withings Go goes into reward mode, showing just how much extra you’ve done for the day.
Slack debuts ‘Sign in with Slack,’ the work chat platform’s answer to Facebook Login
Quip is an especially poetic coincidence, considering the startup was co-founded by the former CTO of Facebook, Bret Taylor , and counts Facebook among its earliest and biggest customers. It’s also been the subject of a number of tips we’ve received, where anonymous sources claim that Slack is buying the startup. For what it’s worth, though, we’ve heard these are just rumors, likely coming out of the fact that Quip has been visiting Slack a lot in the lead up to this announcement, working on the integration. We’ll see if that remains the case, though.
This App Can Tell You If Your iPhone Has Been Secretly Hacked
A new application, System and Security Info , developed in part by German security researcher Stefan Esser, will tell users if their phone has been jailbroken, which could help people discover if they’re being secretly spied on. This is a big deal for obvious reasons. Smartphones carry the most intimate details of our lives: photos, Google searches, location data, private messages, reading preferences. So of course there’s a cottage industry dedicated to developing software that secretly spies on you through your phone.
Good and bad news: Withings Go is a tiny tracker you’ll forget you’re wearing
Withings makes some of the most minimalist and elegant fitness trackers available, and the Go is arguably its most minimalist option. It's much like Misfit's Flash or Shine 2 trackers, as it's just a disk that fits into either a clip or wrist strap. However, Go has the most recognizable screen among them. Its e-ink display shows your activity goal progress and time. The dial around the circumference of the disk fills up as you walk and complete activities, and pressing the display once will bring up the clock view (short dash indicates hour and long dash indicates minutes). Similar to these other tiny-disk trackers, the Go works on a coin-cell battery, so you won't have to replace it for at least eight months.
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One of the most respected venture capitalists in Silicon Valley is now a Trump delegate
There are very few — and quite possibly zero — venture capitalists that have a better track record of predicting success than Peter Thiel.
Facebook denies hiding conservative news posts
Why this matters: Trending Topics is a popular part of Facebook that puts news stories in front of millions and millions of people. Add human curation to a valuable piece of digital real estate and there will inevitably be controversy about how the section is managed. Whether or not Facebook employees were actively ignoring or supressing conservative stories, the company already appears to be making amends. As Gizmodo noted after publishing its story, Facebook was highlighting links from RedState.com and the Faith and Freedom Coalition covering the accusations of conservative news suppression.
Senate committee asks Facebook to answer questions about its Trending Topics
The Senate Commerce Committee sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to answer questions about Facebook’s Trending Topics feature. Trending Topics displays trending news headlines and story summaries in a sidebar next to the main news feed, and a former contractor who worked on Trending Topics has alleged that conservative news topics and outlets were often blocked from appearing.
HP Launches Group to Invest in Startups
The company, made up of the personal computer and printer operations of the former Hewlett-Packard Co., on Tuesday announced the launch of HP Tech Ventures, an investment arm targeting early-stage companies developing technologies that could help its business.
Teen Discovers Lost Maya City Using Ancient Star Maps [Updated]
Using an unprecedented technique of matching stars to the locations of temples on Earth, a 15-year-old Canadian student says he’s discovered a forgotten Maya city in Mexico. Images from space suggest he may actually be onto something—but experts say it’s something much simpler.
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This Might Be the Weirdest Thing That's Ever Happened to Earth's Atmosphere
Life has been transforming Earth’s atmosphere since the first single-celled organisms evolved. But few instances of atmospheric terraforming compare with what went down 2.7 billion years ago, when air pressure seems to have plummeted to less than half of its current value. What could have caused the worldwide depressurization? According to a new hypothesis , the culprit was nitrogen-hungry microbes.
Two of Canada’s largest banks now support Apple Pay
Although the payments app launched in the US in October 2014, the service was introduced across the border 13 months later , in November. Moreover, only directly issued American Express cards were supported, while the other banks were reluctant to strike a deal with Apple. Many of the key players in Canada's banking sphere were trying to develop their own mobile payments app. However, after much deliberation about preserving client security and client relationships (as well as how "interchange" fees for each transaction will be shared), the banks ditched their personal efforts and have finally reached an agreement with the Silicon Valley behemoth.
Facebook denies censoring conservative news, says it's 'found no evidence' of wrongdoing
"Facebook routinely says that it doesn't see itself as a media entity," Ingram wrote, "and doesn't see its algorithmic choices as being of any concern to anyone outside the company — even when those choices help influence the way people think and behave, like whether they decide to vote and how they see political issues ... At some point, however, Facebook is going to have to grapple with these kinds of issues, or at least acknowledge that they exist and that people have a right to be concerned about them."
Facebook expands dynamic ad retargeting to Instagram and travel sector, ramps up ‘lookalikes’
“Dynamic Ads for travel empower travel advertisers to offer hotel options to people who have shown interest in taking a trip, either by browsing hotels or searching and purchasing a flight,” Facebook notes. “For example, a travel business can connect with people who viewed a hotel on their website by showing them an ad featuring the hotel they viewed along with similar hotels in the area.” It will also extend to products beyond the one that a user is browsing for: one example are hotels that you might see in ads after you’ve booked a flight.
Dropbox launches Education offering, costs $49 per user per year
Cloud file syncing and sharing service Dropbox today is announcing the launch of Dropbox Education , a version of the service tailored to educational institutions. The offering is similar to the Dropbox Business tier of service in many respects, although there are a few differences.
WhatsApp now has a desktop app for Windows and Mac
Available for both Windows and Mac, the WhatsApp desktop client is native for both platforms, and offers features like keyboard shortcuts. It will be familiar to those who’ve used WhatsApp on the Web, as it mimics much of the UI and UX.
Google, Oracle compete for innovation label in Android retrial
SAN FRANCISCO Oracle Corp and Google faced off on Tuesday in a $9 billion copyright retrial, with Oracle accusing Google of stealing programming to become the world's leading smartphone player and Google saying it acted legally as a true innovator.
The complete 2016 Learn to Code bundle is now 93% off
TNW Deals is offering you the chance to leap into the world of back-end coding, and you can get started in less time than it takes to finish that sandwich you’ve been working on thanks to The Complete 2016 Learn to Code Bundle , just $59 from TNW Deals.
Uber reaches a deal with major New York drivers' union
Uber and the unions representing drivers have been at odds for years. But today the ride-hailing giant announced it has struck a five-year deal with the Independent Drivers Guild — one of the more high-profile organized labor groups, representing 35,000 drivers across New York City. Guild members will now get monthly meetings with Uber management and discounts on legal services and some types of insurance. The change, however, stops short of full unionization. Drivers won't be able to unite to gain leverage during contract negotiations over things like fares, health care, and workplace protections.
You can now use your Slack account to sign into other apps, starting with Quip
With this new platform button, Slack seems to be putting a stake in the ground by being the de facto way to manage business inside a company and wants its service to be the hub for all communication. It uses OAuth 2.0 and also includes new settings that developers can modify to control what information is needed to sign into third-party apps. Beyond Quip, only five other services have successfully integrated the “Sign in with Slack” button: Figma, Kifi, OfficeVibe, Slackline, and Smooz.
YouNow’s Adi Sideman on how to make money in live streaming
Adi Sideman ‘s live streaming app YouNow currently sits at 77th place in the App Store Top Grossing list, but it’s wildly popular among youths; Sideman says 70 percent of users are under 24.
What it's like to borrow millions of dollars' worth of cars
But then I started driving racecars. The thing about a racecar is they often aren’t insured or insurable. And they are meant to be driven at the edge. If you’re not driving a racecar near the limit, you’re inherently not driving it as it was designed. Kind of a conundrum. Take great care with it — but drive it like you stole it. I once got an invite to test-drive the No. 2 Audi R18 prototype which had won the 2014 Le Mans. It was a grand experience. But I was pretty sure that, if I had done something stupid, my career would have gone with it. "Oh, you’re the guy who wrecked the Le Mans car!"
Wait, just how many types of orgasms are there?
According to mainstream women’s magazines, there are about as many types of female orgasms as there are brands of flattering workout pants. There’s the storied g-spot orgasm, the cutting edge "a-spot" ("anterior fornix") orgasm, the even more obscure "u-spot" (urethra) orgasm, the cringe-y sounding cervical orgasm, and for boring underachievers, the basic and accessible clitoral orgasm. Scientifically speaking, though, just how many orgasms are there?
Gemini 2 uses a learning algorithm to find duplicate files
Gemini for Mac has been revamped, and version 2.0 brings in a ton of improvements that may make it a must-have app.
PC Market Slumps to Lowest Point Since 2011
According to new data from Canalys, the PC market continued its downward slide in the first quarter of the year as total shipment volumes fell to their lowest point since 2011. Worldwide PC shipments — including desktops, notebooks, tablets, and 2-in-1 tablets — totaled 101 million units during the period, a 13 percent year-on-year dip, the research firm said.
This Swedish startup will deliver packages directly to your Volvo
The concept is pretty straightforward: you order from a store that supports Urb-It delivery, then a delivery person is given a "one-time digital key" to open your car; within two hours, your package magically shows up. It might sound a little unnecessary, but for commuters whose cars are parked all day, it could save a trip — and be a bit more secure than leaving a package on a doorstep. Volvo is in the midst of trying to eliminate traditional car keys , since smartphones can effectively serve the same function — conveniently, that makes these one-time keys a lot easier to issue.
Your leftover shopping cart items will now show up on Instagram
In many ways, the sponsored posts you see on Facebook and Instagram are already catered to you based on your Web consumption behaviors and demographic – but dynamic ads will deliver them a bit more timely.
Bamboo Death Star is the ultimate gift for Star Wars fans
The video’s about 11 minutes long and will give you a good overview if you want to get started on making your own – unlikely as that is – as a gift. For everyone else, there’s fun Star Wars sound effects to keep you interested. Or you can just skip to the end for the bit you wanted to see.
Xiaomi’s biggest ever ‘smartphone’: The 6.44″ Mi Max hits China on May 17 from $230
For some, the Mi Max’s 173.1mm x 88.3mm x 7.5mm body, and 6.44″ (full HD) screen, will make this more of a tablet than a phone, but Xiaomi is pegging it firmly in the smartphone category. And perhaps sensibly, it has steered clear of any “phablet” terminology. This is perhaps indicative of where the smartphone market has gone — the Mi Max is by no means the largest device to claim smartphone status
Microsoft’s next Azure data center regions will be in South Korea
“Businesses in Korea and throughout Asia Pacific will be able use the massive computing power available locally to fuel growth, spur innovation and accelerate digital transformation,” Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of marketing for Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise business, wrote in a blog post .
NCA's bid to get Lauri Love US hack case passwords thrown out - BBC News
A bid by the National Crime Agency to force an alleged cyber hacker to hand over encrypted computer passwords has been thrown out by a judge.
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Apple Facing $2.8 Billion Patent Lawsuit Over VoIP Technologies Patent Infringement
Voip-Pal.com officially announced today that it is bringing official charges against Apple for upwards of $2.8 billion in damages over alleged infringement of its patented internet communications technologies. The company says it came to the total through a 1.25 percent royalty rate based on an appointment of Apple’s estimated historical profit from its varying products. Specifically, Voip-Pal says it calculated total of 55 percent for the iPhone, 35 percent for the iPad, and 10 percent for the Mac.