Meet Emma, the wearable that helps people with Parkinson's
Microsoft has unveiled a prototype watch that helps those suffering from Parkinson’s disease by lowering the amount of tremors.
Brilliant 'SNL' parody invents an Amazon Echo for old people
If you can't remember the name Alexa and really want to know how Satchel Paige is doing, this might be the device for you.
3 reasons why the Galaxy Note 8 is gonna be huge
Rumored to have two cameras on the back and a stylus with a built-in speaker, this will be one of Samsung's most important phones ever.
Psy of 'Gangnam' fame springs new videos, and the world watches
Commentary: The man who created the most viewed YouTube video of all time -- "Gangham Style" -- rides into the trending charts again.
'Amazing data entry' guy is the hero we need
May we all be half as good at something as this viral guy is with entering data while standing in the aisle of a store.
Hey Walmart, here’s the startup that inspired the thing Amazon just launched
Amazon’s Echo Show killer feature is video calls. If you buy a couple of devices, you can call each other using the device. And it should be so easy that..
Logitech ZeroTouch Dashboard Mount Giveaway
We are excited to announce that we are giving away three, yes THREE Logitech ZeroTouch Dashboard Mount in-car phone holders with voice control and ALEXA integration to you, our lucky readers.
Logitech is far from a newcomer to the tech scene, last year alone saw the company reign in a mu
To The Moon, Artificial Superintelligence, and other awesome apps of the week | Cult of Mac
Want to check out the week's hottest new apps and app updates? You've come to the right place with our Awesome Apps roundup.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: 7 Things to Check Out
Despite the name, you don't have to be a creative type to take advantage of Microsoft's updated OS.
Lyft and Waymo are working together on self-driving car tech
Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car company, will work with ride-sharing service Lyft to develop new autonomous vehicle technologies. The two companies confirmed the partnership today, stating that they would work together on new self-driving products and pilots, but stopping short of specifying exactly what they would be producing first or when details would be provided.
reVIVE wins the Disrupt NY 2017 Hackathon Grand Prize
Charlie O’Donnell is the sole partner and founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, which makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn — where he was born and raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of Canary, The Wing, Orchard Platform, Tinybop, Hungryroot, Clubhouse, Ringly and goTenna, among others. Working in venture capital since 2001, he apprenticed his way through the asset class with analyst roles on the original Union Square Ventures team as well as at the General Motors pension fund. At First Round Capital, he sourced investments in SinglePlatform (sold to Constant Contact) and GroupMe (sold to Skype). Charlie discovered GroupMe at the TechCrunch hackathon, where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), chloe + isabel and Refinery29.
New Stanford biodegradable wearable takes your data to its grave
Having a biodegradable wearable option presents an answer to the privacy problem that occurs when new devices are discarded in favor of new ones, hoping that the cautionary measures taken to erase old data are effective enough to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
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This new ransomware nightmare demands a big payday to decrypt your files | ZDNet
Infamous Necurs botnet seen sending spam emails containing new ransomware to millions of potential victims in just a few hours.
Singapore university breaches reveal wider attack surface to safeguard | ZDNet
Government's increasing industry collaboration and research efforts suggest Singapore needs a cybersecurity strategy that goes beyond limiting internet access, as two universities fall prey to APT attacks.
New York is the newest state to allow self-driving car tests
New York City is the most metropolitan city in the U.S. and one of the most densely populated in the world, making it a very unique place to test self-driving cars. Automakers and technology companies may even be willing to foot the $5 million insurance policy tagged onto the permit, if it allows them to test sensors and systems in the city.
The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack - Microsoft on the Issues
Starting first in the United Kingdom and Spain, the malicious “WannaCrypt” software quickly spread globally, blocking customers from their data unless they paid a ransom using Bitcoin. The WannaCrypt exploits used in the attack were drawn from the exploits stolen from the National Security Agency, or NSA, in the United States. That theft was publicly reported earlier this year. A month prior, on March 14, Microsoft had released a security update to patch this vulnerability and protect our customers. While this protected newer Windows systems and computers that had enabled Windows Update to apply this latest update, many computers remained unpatched globally. As a result, hospitals, businesses, governments, and computers at homes were affected.
Google Chrome might never come to Windows 10 S
But Google has acquiesced in these situations before; the Chrome browser on iOS utilizes WebKit instead of Google’s Blink engine. It’s based on the same underlying foundation as Apple’s own Safari browser, but looks and feels like Chrome to the end user. If Google wants to put Chrome on Windows 10 S, it will need to resort to a similar solution. Should the company decide against that, Microsoft will certainly deal with complaints from consumers over Chrome’s absence. Google might opt to build a compatible version should Windows 10 S overcome potential confusion and find success. Even then, Chrome would always be a second-class citizen to Edge — just as it is to Safari on iPhones.
What We Know About the Global Ransomware Attack
Attackers, using a tool allegedly stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency, took advantage of flaws in Microsoft Windows systems to spread malware around the world on Friday. The “ransomware” encrypts files, effectively hijacking computer systems, and demands money, in the form of bitcoin, in exchange for decrypting them. Microsoft Corp. had issued a fix, or patch, for the flaw on March 14.
Western Digital Moves to Block Toshiba Deal in Arbitration
“The possibility of this dispute delaying the chip unit sale is bad news for Toshiba’s shares,” said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute. “Toshiba’s memory business is very appealing and has attracted a lot of potential buyers. But Western Digital, just coming out of a major acquisition itself, simply can’t afford it and must make the most out of its position as a joint venture partner to get to an outcome more favorable to itself.”
Give Dad the best games and gamer gear
The new iPad is secretly Apple's best yet, at a super-affordable price. There's plenty of entertaining games available on iOS and more coming out every day.
Ben Heck finally gets the Nintendo-PlayStation prototype working
It feels like a long time has passed since the Midwest Gaming Classic in 2016 where the team first encountered the Nintendo-PlayStation SFX-100 portable. Now it's time to see the highlights of Ben working on the rare console from past episodes, as well as one or two livestreams . Watch unseen diagnostic clips using oscilloscopes, and much glorious soldering! Finally, the question has been answered: Can the console be repaired to play games? Software developers, it's now your time to shine! If you have any comments or questions, let us know over on the element14 Community . And if you're inspired by the show, be sure to hack and make safely .
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The Body and Us
Manzotti : Hold on. In that dark, silent room your immediate experience is darkness and silence, exactly what your surroundings are. Perhaps certain bodily sensations come to the fore. For example, in the pitch dark one often becomes very aware of the need to balance the body, since all reference points are gone. Or in the silence and stillness you experience your breathing, or even your heartbeat. But these experiences are all physical. If your thoughts now move away from the immediate world around you, they will go to previous experiences, people and objects and even debates, like this one, that again are all part of an external reality. Which is merely to say that when our engagement with our surroundings is less urgent, when we don’t have to interact with the objects around us, we are prone to perceive our past in various combinations, something we talked about in our last exchange on dreams . But the point I am trying to make is that at every single moment, you have to be something , an experience identical with an object, where, by object, I mean something, anything, whether immediate or distant, in time or space, that is causally affecting your body .
One month with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Today's best smartphone for work and play | ZDNet
Always On Display : It's a subtle feature on the Galaxy S8 that is found in a few other devices, such as the LG G6, but once you have it on a device it is tough to go back to something like the iPhone 7 Plus where you cannot just glance over and see basic status and notification information with no effort required by you. I also like that you can double tap on a notification to jump directly into the app that originated the notification.
WannaCrypt ransomware: Microsoft issues emergency patch for Windows XP | ZDNet
Microsoft takes unusual step of providing direct support to unsupported systems as targets in 74 countries - including vast swathes of UK hospitals - have been impacted by ransomware attack across the globe
Will millions be unemployed after a job-destroying robot apocalypse? That's "starkly at odds with the evidence," argues a Wall Street Journal columnist, who says the real problem is robots aren't destroying enough jobs . "Too many sectors, such as health care or personal services, are so resistant to automation that they are holding back the entire country's standard of living." Noting that "churn relative to total employment" is the lowest it's ever been, he writes that "The pessimism would be more plausible if the evidence weren't moving in exactly the opposite direction...
"In April, nonfarm private employment rose for the 86th straight month, the longest such streak on record. Monthly job creation has averaged 185,000 this year, more than double what the U.S. can sustain given its demographics. This has driven unemployment down to 4.4%, a 10-year low and below most estimates of 'full employment.' Growing labor shortages have boosted the typical worker's annual wage gain to more than 3% now from 2% in 2012, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Instead of worrying about robots destroying jobs, business leaders need to figure out how to use them more, especially in low-productivity sectors.
A chief Microsoft engineer explains why Windows 10 is friend, not foe, to Apple and Android
In short, today, Microsoft is making Windows a better friend to
Apple and Android. But to Belfiore, it's part of the roadmap to
make sure that Windows stays relevant, useful, and consistent
amid a turbulent tech industry. And, eventually, if Mark
Zuckerberg's predictions do come true and augmented reality
replaces the phone, Microsoft is ready to make Windows a part of
that world, too.
I’m not sure what it would be like to navigate the streets of New York if I were visually impaired, but I imagine it would not being the most comfortable experience. BackMap, which came out of TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s 2017 hackathon, is a backpack that vibrates to let you know when to turn right and when to turn left.
While walking outside, you could input your location via the app… Read More
BikeParking.Club connects a social network to bike locks in a city
Eugene Tonev, Alexander Sivura and Yuri Dymov — currently at health startup HealthTap — put together a model of the kinds of bike racks you might see on the streets of Palo Alto. But this rack has a connected lock on it, paired with a social network, that can activate on demand. It’s part of an app called BikeParking.Club, which is a network for bikers that might install structures and locks like this to make sure they always have a spot somewhere nearby for their bikes. All this was thrown together and actually worked onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt New York’s hackathon this year.
Microsoft issues first Windows XP patch in 3 years to stymie 'WannaCrypt'
To stymie "WannaCrypt" attacks -- which encrypted files on thousands of PCs used by the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS), causing chaos in many hospitals -- Microsoft published patches for Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. All had been retired from support: Windows XP in April 2014, Windows 8 in June 2016, Windows Server in July 2015.
New iPad and Siri speaker again tipped to appear at WWDC in June
The analyst also says Siri will get extra AI capabilities for managing your smart home at WWDC this year - so the new software and hardware could mark a fresh push into the smart home space from Apple. It sounds like the 2017 Apple developer conference is not to be missed this year, and we'll of course bring you all the news as it happens.
If We Live Another Billion Years, a Lot of Crazy Shit Is Going to Happen
Let’s just throw this one in the science fiction category. Everyone knows humans aren’t even going to survive the next few decades. But what would happen if we did live another billion years? Some really cool things with a healthy dose of horrific disaster.
Marvel's Cancelling Black Panther & The Crew, One of Its Most Important Comics Right Now
When Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey’s Black Panther & The Crew launched earlier this year, it proved that big publishers like Marvel can, in fact, still tell timely stories about real world issues, like how police brutality devastates black communities. But now, after a mere two issues, Marvel has cancelled the series.
This E-Commerce Startup is Profitable and Raised New Cash
Tophatter's service is similar to eBay in that buyers bid for items via an auction and is a marketplace where sellers can put everything from tennis rackets to jewelry up for sale. Although it has a website, the company's shoppers primarily buy via Tophatter's mobile site and app, said CEO and co-founder Ashvin Kumar.
Paul McCartney sails the seas in new 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
Yo-ho, yo-ho, it's a pirate's life for the former Beatle, who tweeted out a poster of himself in full costume.
Developers of the MP3 Have Officially Killed It
MP3, the digital audio coding format, changed the way we listen to music and drove the adoption of countless new devices over the last couple of decades. And now, it’s dead. The developer of the format announced this week that it has officially terminated its licensing program.
Mozo accessories for Surface Pro, laptop, and Apple iPhone 7 Plus: hands-on | ZDNet
Mozo is a mobile tech accessory creator from Finland an offers compelling accessories for a variety of phones and laptops. It is an official partner of Microsoft, Fujitsu, Moomin Characters, Nokia and Eve-Tech
Coco: Enable Do Not Disturb for Specific Apps in iOS 9 [Jailbreak Tweak]
Using Coco is quite simple. Once installed, head to the tweak’s preferences pane and there you’ll find a list of all the apps installed on your device. Find the app for which you want to disable Do Not Disturb and turn off toggle next to it. Now when Do Not Disturb is enabled on your iPhone, you will continue receiving notifications from the disabled app.
This Map Shows Where Robots Will Steal American Jobs - Geek.com
If you believe Secretary of The Treasury Steve Mnuchin, there’s no need to worry about artificial intelligence taking your job. If on the other hand, you pay attention to things like the news and tech blogs, you might want to check out the results of a recent study.
North Korea Just Had Its Most Successful Missile Launch Yet
The fact is, Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently in China attending the “One Belt One Road” forum in Beijing. The missile reportedly landed about 310 miles off of the Russian coast. So, there could be legitimate diplomatic motivation for attempting to put some focus on Russia. Maybe they could work some leverage with the Chinese, who are considered North Korea’s most important partner. Maybe they’re just as freaked out by these tests as America, South Korea, and Japan are. Nah, they were pretty chill about it. Russia’s Defense Ministry released a statement saying that the missile was not a danger because it flew a “significant distance” from their coast.
Frequency and No Tomorrow Get Series-End Epilogues, Including Reveal of Frank's Fate
Frequency ’s episode, on the other hand, was a bit more intense. The three-minute digital release shows Frank and his daughter Raimy speaking again, after Frank was able to fix the radio. They reveal that the Nightingale killer died in jail, closing out the season-long story arc. Then, in a surprising twist, Raimy shares the date for the show’s main mystery: June 14, 2011, the day Frank died. She tells him not to leave the house or get into a car, then tearfully begs to make sure he got the message.
The FTC says it’s cracking down on scammy pop-ups offering ‘tech support’
The FTC says it has taken 16 new “actions,” from settlements to guilty pleas, as part of Operation Tech Trap, a plan to stop similar scams. In all, the agency says it’s now taken 29 law enforcement actions against the perpetrators.
How to Install Lightweight Versions of Your Favorite Apps
With an eye towards the developing world where people are more likely to own cheap phones and have spottier wireless data access, the big names in tech are developing simpler versions of their apps. These apps are lightweight, use little data, and don’t burn through battery life. Sound good? It does to us too, and here’s how to give them a test drive.
The case for Android Oreo
Google is expected to soon announce more details on version 8.0 of Android, which we know to be codenamed Android O . But the biggest question about Android O — more so than what new features it will bring to the mobile OS or if Google will be able to actually get carriers and hardware companies to offer the update to older phones — remains unanswered: what is Android O going to be called?
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Apple acquires AI startup Lattice.io
Lattice.io uses machine learning to transform "dark data" such as unstructured text and images into structured data for use by traditional data analysis tools. Founded in 2015, Lattice.io was born out of the Stanford research project DeepDive , a framework for extracting raw data from text.
Third Eye Blind celebrates eponymous debut album 20 years later
We sat with Stephan Jenkins before an intimate hometown show to kick off the upcoming "Summer Gods" tour, where 3EB will play its "Third Eye Blind" album front to back.
Sam Altman for governor?
Y Combinator President Sam Altman might run for governor of California — or so says Willie Brown, who spent decades in the California State Assembly and served two terms as the mayor of San Francisco.
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Busting the 5 biggest myths around the connected car
Artificial intelligence is also being deployed more frequently to help secure connected vehicles by learning and detecting new patterns of malicious behavior (or even non-malicious anomalies that could be early warnings of the need for maintenance). Connectivity management platforms can automate how and when a vehicle connects and what it does with that connection. Through such a platform, automakers can automatically disable connectivity while a vehicle is being shipped, preventing abuse of the connection during transit, and then have it securely resumed once the car has arrived at the dealership.
This pro Kitchenaid blender is plenty powerful but fussy
If all you want from a blender is food-mincing muscle and premium build quality, then KitchenAid's $630 Pro Series (£489 in the UK, roughly AU$848 in Australia) should certainly be on your short list. Equipped with a monster-size 3.5 peak horsepower motor set inside a massive die-cast metal base, this machine has blending power and then some. Unfortunately it also has a sky-high price tag to match.
Analyst Says 128GB iPhone 8 Will Cost $999, 256GB to Run $1,099
“Relative to the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus, we estimate the new features and higher commodity prices to increase the bill of materials by over $70, which we expect Apple to offset via a $130 price increase, resulting in a starting price of $999 for the 128GB capacity and $1,099 for the 256GB capacity (we don’t expect the iPhone 8 to come in 32GB).”
Indonesia warns of more cyber attack havoc as business week starts
JAKARTA The Indonesian government said the global cyber attack that takes computer data hostage is likely to cause more havoc when offices reopen for business on Monday.
Alcoholism Saves Rick and Morty From a Face Hugger in Alien: Covenant Crossover
You know what they say, kids: Don’t use drugs. That is, unless it would save you from getting killed by an alien.
Star Wars in the '70s: Drive-in theaters and Leia hair buns
As the space saga turns 40, CNET's Bonnie Burton reminisces about pretending to be C-3PO on the school playground and picking playmates based on their Star Wars toys.
The 'Gravity blanket' raised $3 million with a claim to treat anxiety — which has now been deleted
One study looked at the use of weighted blankets, among other products, in a “sensory room” in an inpatient psychiatric unit. The researchers studied 75 people who used that room and concluded that those who tried the blanket reported a decrease in their anxiety and distress. But there was also a decrease in those symptoms among people who didn’t get under the blanket. And the study wasn’t blinded, so people might’ve reported positive effects because they were led to expect the blanket would have a positive effect.
Google launches ‘Street View ready’ program for 360-degree cameras
The certification program covers four categories of 360-degree cameras. Street View mobile ready cameras can upload photos to Street View through a mobile app; auto-ready cameras are designed for cars; VR-ready devices capture geometry for VR content; and workflow-ready cameras feature tools for publishing to Street View accounts. Upcoming cameras from 18 manufacturers have been certified under the program so far, including products from Samsung, GoPro, and Matterport.