Google releases keyboard for the iPhone with built-in search features
Google has today announced a new keyboard for iOS devices that directly integrates search functions. Called Gboard, the keyboard features a button on the upper left that lets you perform web...
Blisk is the browser every developer has been longing for
Forget about Mozilla's Developer Edition of Firefox, this is the ultimate dev-friendly browser and it will change the lives of many – developers, that is.
Origami robot may operate from the inside the body
The tiny robot would be swallowed inside a capsule and then, once inside a patient's stomach, it would unfold itself and then repair a wound.
Eevernote Launches Beta Integration With Google Drive
You can now add files from Google Drive to Evernote.
The Underwater Archaeologist Who Surfaced Not One, But Two Ancient Egyptian Cities
Franck Goddio left his job at the UN to pursue his passion for underwater archaeology and discovered lost Egyptian cities in the muck of Alexandria harbor.
Five lessons Walt Disney and Steve Jobs can teach us about innovation | ZDNet
There are startling parallels in the lives of Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. Their dedication to product quality and innovation transformed industries.
The sun sets on Xbox's game creation tool 'Project Spark'
Microsoft is no longer selling 'Project Spark' and will turn off the servers for it this August.
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How to stay relaxed on a plane: 9 tips for calm flying from Pico Iyer
Wait until landing to talk to your seatmate (for both your sakes). “ I tend to engage my neighbor in conversation only a few minutes before we land, so he or she doesn’t feel they are trapped for sixteen hours with the seatmate from hell. And if my seatmate is somehow disturbing me, I try to train my concentration elsewhere; it’s a safe bet that while I can’t change them, I can change myself.” That said, Iyer does see value in starting the conversation. “I often remember seatmates I used to meet when I was flying to school as a little boy of nine. It was as if I had the whole cast of Great Expectations around me in those seats. I remember one burly guy who assured me he was an actor, a pro football player and someone who had boxed against Muhammad Ali. At nine, I believed it all!”
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ABC Has Canceled Marvel's Agent Carter
After two seasons of fighting crime, Agent Carter has been given her walking papers. The ABC show, based on a character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been canceled.
Google just open sourced something called ‘Parsey McParseface,’ and it could change AI forever
As much as we love to fawn over artificial intelligence (AI), it’s still not great at recognizing and parsing natural language. That’s why Google is open sourcing its new language parsing model for English, which it calls ‘Parsey McParseface.’
With its new keyboard, Google has colonized every major function of my iPhone
I downloaded the new Gboard for iOS today, and have been really enjoying it so far. Along with wondering about what Google will tell advertisers now that they can read every single thing I type, I came to the realization that pretty much every major function of my iPhone has now been taken over by Google software.
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Program Amazon's new Dash button for tasks, not products
The AWS IoT button connects to WiFi and leverages Amazon's AWS cloud just like the regular Dash tools for buying everyday items. Amazon says the buttons can be easily programmed to count items, call/message someone, stop/start a task, order from a service and more. You can use it as a control to fire up Netflix, switch on a Philips Hue bulb or hail an Uber. It also works with APIs from Slack, Twitter, Facebook and more, so presumably you can set it to send an "I'm on my way" message to your colleagues when you're running late. Of course, the regular buying buttons have already been hacked to do things like count baby poops.
Windows 10 phones gaining support for fingerprint readers this summer
Why this matters: Unlocking your phone with a retina scan feels cool and very futuristic—almost Mission Impossible -like, you might say. But it’s also an impractical feature, at least in my experience on the Lumia 950. Retina scans are far slower than entering a PIN, to the point that I often forget the feature is there and just quickly zip through my code instead. Retina scans also don’t work at all when you’re outdoors on a sunny day. Fingerprint scanning, meanwhile, tends to be very responsive, and many hardware makers already have experience with the technology.
A Common Artificial Sweetener Is Poisoning Dogs
The FDA just dropped a new warning that , while it’s just fine for people, the sweetener has proven fatal for dogs. Not giving your dog sugar-free gum may already seem like intuitive advice, but xylitol has found its way into plenty more products as of late. Some of those products, while not intended for dogs, end up being eaten by them anyway. It’s in toothpaste (although not pet toothpastes), baked goods, and even the peanut butter that pet owners sometimes use to hide their dogs’ meds.
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TSA Blames Passengers For Long Lines
New York airports hit a wait time of 55 minutes this spring, but elsewhere things are even more dire. Footage taken inside Chicago Midway Airport and uploaded to YouTube last night shows a line snaking through multiple corridors. The video, which is over two minutes long, only involves one man walking from one end of the line to the other.
Just Four Minutes of Matthew McConaughey Making Weird Noises
The same folks who realized Owen Wilson is contractually obligated to say “wow” in every film have stumbled upon something truly strange: Matthew McConaughey makes a lot of noises. Noises that are not words. Noises that do not convey almost any information other than “I am Matthew McConaughey and my mouth can make this sound.”
3 Tips to Improve Your Instagram Strategy
At its best, social media is a communications channel, and while certain networks offer greater opportunities than others, it’s important to engage as often as possible. Instagram’s increasingly brand-friendly search components enable more opportunities to join conversations that matter to your business. Monitor trending posts, explore posts of followers and search hashtags that are related to your brand, industry and category. The best way to make an impact on Instagram isn’t always through visuals—but through verbal communication.
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Apple investing $1B in Uber rival Didi
Apple is investing $1 billion in Didi, Uber's biggest ride-sharing competitor in China.
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Dark Sky, the Cult-Favorite Weather App for iOS, Rumbles Onto Android
All the Dark Sky functionality remains the same in the Android version, but there are a few key differences to how the app is structured. Specifically, how you pay for it; while iOS customers need to cough up a one-time, $4 fee, Android users tap into basic weather features for free. To access anything beyond the conventional weather info—all that near-term goodness—takes an annual subscription of $3.
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is like a Surface with a business twist
The ThinkPad X1 is a bit deceptive on the keyboard front. It looks like a typical, full-sized ThinkPad keyboard, but its buttons don't have the same amount of depth as Lenovo's traditional laptops. I was still able to type fairly quickly, but the actual act of pressing down on keys felt mushy and not very satisfying. Perhaps I'm just too demanding as a heavy typer (I make a lot of noise!), but I expected a bit more from Lenovo, especially since Microsoft was able to deliver a truly great keyboard with the latest Surface Type Cover .
Geek Icon, Actor and Entrepreneur Felicia Day on Why Enthusiasm Will Always Win the Day
Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to turn his or her passion into a business?A: I’ve turned all of my passions into a business and it’s served me well, but it’s also taken some of the passion out of it, because making a business out of something, you have to make it profitable, and you have to think about your passion in a different way. Sometimes it removes the excitement and the enthusiasm you had around those things.
ISIS built a militaristic app to teach kids the Arabic alphabet
In addition to games for memorization of Arabic characters and words, the app also contains nasheed (a cappella Islamic songs), jihadist terminology and colorful child-like animations that undoubtedly take aim at the next generation of Islamic extremists.
Michael B. Jordan joins the cast of Marvel's Black Panther
Michael B. Jordan has joined the cast of Black Panther , The Hollywood Reporter reports . This will be the third time Jordan has teamed up with Ryan Coogler (who will direct Black Panther ) on a film. The pair also worked together on 2013's Fruitvale Station and last year's Creed .
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Three Teens Reportedly Livestreamed Themselves Having Sex on Facebook
Milwaukee police have issued Facebook with a search warrant after three teenagers reportedly live-streamed themselves having sex on the social network. The teens reportedly skipped class to conduct the live-stream, which some classmates watched from their phones during health class.
Microsoft Discontinues Support for Project Spark - IGN
In a post on the game's official site , community manager Thomas Gratz announced that effective today, May 13, Microsoft's creation-centric platform is no longer available for download via the Xbox Marketplace or Windows Store. Online services will no longer be available for existing users after August 12, at which point players won't be able to upload or download any user-created content.
Your driver's license could soon live in your Apple Wallet
As someone who’s currently on his 3rd photocard in 6 months, I’m very excited about this. But it would only be useful if I could leave my photocard at home each day, confident that places will accept the Apple Wallet version as proof of age (for buying alcohol, getting into clubs etc). I guess that will come in time but at least this is a step towards not paying £20 every time I lose a card (I know, I should just stop losing stuff)
Humans Hunted Mastodon in Florida Nearly 15,000 Years Ago
Clovis hunters originated south of the large ice sheets that covered Canada near the end of the last glacial period. They are the direct descendants of the earliest people who arrived in North America some 15,000 years ago. Numerous sites around the continent date to around 13,000 years ago, but only a small handful in all of North and South America are older. This new discovery shows that a population of pre-Clovis people adapted to the region much earlier than previously assumed.
Twitter for iOS bug lets Verified accounts give other users a blue tick
Being verified on Twitter means people seem to pay more attention to you, even if you spend your day writing in your pajamas. But sometimes the ivory tower of fame can be lonely.
Here's proof that Google is getting serious about battling Facebook in a key area
It's also worth pointing out that Google had recently hired a new boss over Singh, Diane Greene. Greene came in as a sort of CEO role for a new combined cloud unit, which included Amit's team (sales and operations for Google for Work) as well as the engineering, product teams and sales teams for its cloud computing services.
'Android VR' confirmed by Google developer site
Neither type of headset requires third-party apps, because the Android VR experience will supposedly be built right into Android. That would differ from Google's Cardboard or the Gear VR, which requires Oculus software to run. The latter headset is the one most people think of for smartphone VR, as Samsung cannily jumped on the tech as a way to promote its high-end smartphones. Thanks to a giveaway promo with the S7 model and a cheap $100 price, over a million users now own one.
Google hiring self-driving car testers video
Want to test a self-driving car? Google pays $20-an-hour for the gig in Arizona. Meanwhile, Apple steers toward the ride-hailing business by investing in a Chinese rival to Uber.
How to Get the Old Instagram Logo Back on Your Phone
Instagram announced earlier this week that they’d be changing their logo from a representation of a camera to a slightly more colorful and abstract representation of a camera. And people had feelings! The logo was variously described as “ not quite picture perfect ,” a “ travesty ,” and “ so internet ” by media outlets—and the hoi polloi were about as generous .
Trump Isn’t the First Tech-Propelled Populist. But This Time’s Different
But more than the Internet fueled Dean’s campaign, says Trippi, who led the candidate’s team. “The biggest thing that enabled us was that by 2003, millions of Americans had bought a book on Amazon,” he says. People saw no problem sending credit card info over the web, and embraced the Internet as a conduit for commerce. “All that stuff has to happen,” Trippi says, “before you get to the moment where some schmuck can go out there, and say, ‘Hey, I’m running for president. I’m against this war. Send me money.'”
The Blissfully Slow World of Internet Newsletters
Being opt-in has another benefit: It allows newsletters to stay weird. Social media publishing increasingly relies on clickbaity headlines. Every utterance has been ruthlessly A/B tested for shareability. But newsletter writers already have your attention, so they’re free to be literary and inventive—using allusive subject lines “that nobody would click on were it on Facebook,” as marketing consultant and writer Simon Owens says. “They’re throwing every rule out the window.” Inside, they’re just as eclectic: a mashup of links, ruminations, pictures, and GIFs more like the zines of the 1980s, as Owens puts it.
Linksys WRT routers won’t block open source firmware despite FCC rules
This takes more work than simply locking out third-party firmware entirely, but Linksys, a division of Belkin, made the extra effort. On and after June 2, newly sold Linksys WRT routers will store RF parameter data in a separate memory location in order to secure it from the firmware, the company says. That will allow users to keep loading open source firmware the same way they do now.
Activision Blizzard to Broadcast Live eSports on Facebook
“Esports is an exciting space and continues to be a growing priority for us,” said Dan Reed, Facebook’s head of global sports partnerships. “With over 1.6 billion people on the platform and a growing suite of VOD and live-streaming products that partners can use to increase engagement, Facebook is uniquely positioned to help eSports fans connect around exciting moments and great eSports content.”
A Huge Unnamed Dwarf Planet, Almost the Size of Pluto, Has Been Hiding in Our Solar System
Researchers have known a planet was out there since 2007, but they vastly underestimated just how big it is. The reason its tremendous size wasn’t determined until recently lies in both the planet’s dark surface and its strange orbit. The surface of the planet is an incredibly dark red, perhaps due to a ever-changing covering of methane ice. That lack of reflective light made it hard for Kepler to even spot the planet, much less know its true size. The planet also has an incredibly slow rotation time that gives it a 45 hour day, one of the solar system’s longest. That slow rotation, plus a long, elliptical orbit, made it hard to spot the planet for long—although Kepler managed to catch brief glimpse in 2014, as you see here:
Alien sex tapes, robot rape and the evolution of consent
When it relayed its plans for an alien-sex-tape PR stunt, Yacht was likely not thinking about robot rape and teenage sext crimes. In fact, in an apology posted to Facebook, the band admitted it hadn't considered the negative consequences of "positioning ourselves as the victims of a leaked sex tape." Judging from the delayed reaction of many who knew of the stunt before it went live, they weren't alone.
Who Pays Writers' crowdsourced data reveals how much publications pay freelancers
You can sift through the site for publications you’re thinking about pitching (or are simply curious about) or search by name. If there’s data for said publication, you’ll see a per word rate or a flat rate fee, along with the year submitted, a small description of what the piece was, and whether the writer had a relationship with the assigning editor going into the job.
6 easy steps to an integrated data solution
These tools could have potentially worked for us but still felt a bit awkward. The main data source we planned to ETL into Redshift was our production MySQL read-replica. We mainly needed a lightweight framework to provide good convention. Some niceties like incremental loading, error handling, and lifecycle hooks are also helpful, and more than anything we needed it to be rock-solid reliable and designed well enough to be able to easily extend and customize it.
Periscope now lets you broadcast from a DJI drone
Periscope added GoPro support earlier this year , allowing drone owners to mount one of the cameras and live stream to the service. If you own one of the more recent DJI drones though, Periscope will now natively connect to the drone's remote to broadcast footage live. In an app update this week, the new feature will let you switch between the drone's camera and your iPhone camera, and even sketch on the video to highlight points of interest.
Apple CarPlay arrives on Kia vehicles starting with Sportage, Optima - Roadshow
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. He started his auto-industry career working as a photographer and social media coordinator for Fluid MotorUnion, a prominent aftermarket parts fabrication garage for late-model European vehicles. That led to a job writing freelance features for "Total 911: The Porsche Magazine." His most recent job prior to CNET was Senior Writer for Web2Carz.com, where he helped tweak and develop the buying-and-selling site's editorial department, which brings us to today. One day, he'll buy the 1988 911 SC of his dreams. One day.
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Verizon bumps up data limits on its prepaid phone plans
Today, Verizon announced it is increasing the amount of monthly data you receive with two of its three prepaid smartphone plans. Starting May 15th, the data limit on Verizon's $45 a month plan jumps from 1GB to 3GB, while the $60 plan has been doubled to 6GB. Both options require you to enroll in Verizon AutoPay every month to receive the full amount of data. But now the $45 plan comes with free texting to Mexico and Canada while the $60 plan comes with free texting and calling to both countries.
Couple celebrates lifetime membership to marriage with Costco photo shoot
The only glaring oversight here? The absence of free samples. Unfortunately, the couple scheduled the shoot 30 minutes before closing to beat the crowds, and thus missed out on sweet, sweet free bagel bites.
Apple confirms iTunes music deletion issue, has no idea what's causing it
For Pinkstone, the problem wiped out some 122GB of music, including original pieces, from his laptop after signing up for Apple Music. Pinkstone believes the problem came from the way Apple handles external libraries. In the post he detailed a conversation with an Apple rep who told him that the company found cloud-based versions of his stored works, and deleted the originals.
NASA Wants to Build a Magnetic Force Field and a Deep Sleep Chamber For Astronauts on Mars
Colonizing Mars will be anything but simple, and one of the main challenges will be landing on the surface without crashing or burning up. This magnetic space shell—aptly called the Magnetoshell—would throw a magnetic field around a Mars-bound spacecraft. As it fell through the planet’s atmosphere, researchers hope that the resulting interaction can act almost as a second set of brakes, slowing down the craft enough that the actual landing protocol would need less fuel. Early designs were focused on putting together initial plans for landings on both Mars and Neptune. Now, researchers intend to look at how a Magnetoshell might work for crewed missions even beyond that, to locations all over the solar system.
MacGyver and Training Day TV series are coming to CBS
MacGyver is coming back to TV, and Training Day is coming to TV for the first time. CBS announced its 2016/2017 TV series orders this morning, and among those were the two big, classic names. Neither was wholly unexpected — word has been floating around for months that the two series were in the works, but it wasn't until now that they got the full green light.
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Xbox One backward compatibility supports multi-disc games
"We know fans were asking for this feature and our engineers worked hard developing a solution to enable it so we could further expand the titles included in Xbox One Backward Compatibility," an Xbox spokesperson said. "We're continuing to listen to our fans on Xbox Feedback and work with our publishing partners to grow out library of Xbox One Backward Compatibility titles and will work to include more multi-disc games."
Tech in the classroom: We're doing it wrong
As a parent of a child whose school requires an iPad, I can tell you firsthand the tech is being underutilized. While he has extensive classwork requiring use of a PC (not required by the school), the iPad is essentially a way to access the day’s homework and take notes (poorly) during class — a job better served, in my opinion, by pen and paper. Aside from that, he uses the iPad just as any other kid would — to play Minecraft, use Snapchat and Skype with friends and family.