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Watch Gillian Jacobs reminisce about her (awful) first kiss

"It's like his tongue was a lizard looking for a mouse in my stomach."

Google I/O 2017: 8 Reasons To Pay Attention As Google Courts Developers

Last year’s conference will be a hard act to follow, but between Assistant, Daydream, Home, and other products, there’s lots of room for news and surprises.

The first 4K TVs running Amazon’s software and Alexa launch today for under $500

Simple software and a big screen for affordable prices. Just like Roku TVs.

Is Sony’s new gun controller the future of VR shooters?

It starts with Farpoint

Sonic Forces takes a cue from Deviant Art with user-generated characters

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Instagram filters dress up your selfie face, just like Snapchat

Instagram has a new app update that lets you dress up your face in one of eight on-screen objects, from sunglasses to moving koala ears. "To see our initial set of eight face filters, simply open the camera and tap the new face icon in the bottom right corner," the company said in a blog post Tuesday.

Google Assistant is expected to hit iOS and washing machines

Google's voice-controlled Assistant has only been available on Android and Home so far, but it might just spread its wings in the very near future. To start, Bloomberg tipsters claim that Google will use its I/O developer conference to launch Assistant on iOS as a free app. It wouldn't have the deep integration that comes with Android, but you could use it to access content available in YouTube and other Google apps. The app would only be available in the US at first, but you might not mind so much when the same sources also hint that Assistant will also provide a boost to Google Photos and appliances.

Biz Stone Rejoins Twitter With Focus on Corporate Culture

Stone’s presence could help boost morale at Twitter after several years of management turmoil and multiple rounds of job cuts. The San Francisco-based company has been fighting to reverse a slowdown in revenue growth and jump-start stagnant user numbers, and in September considered selling itself. Stone left Twitter in 2011, long before its initial public offering. When Dorsey raised the idea of his return at a meeting with employees this year, people cheered, Stone wrote.

Why Android is safe from a WannaCry-like ransomware attack

But worry not, Android users. There are key differences between Windows and Android that keep the mobile operating system safe from WannaCry's clutches. Even with so many different flavors of Android, including versions tweaked by phone makers like Samsung or LG, it's unlikely that users are in for a wide-scale attack.

Biz Stone to get busy at Twitter once again

Stone, a co-founder of the social network, will be rejoining the company to fill a "Biz shaped hole."

Hackers claim to have stolen Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and demand ransom | Hacker News

I wonder if the pirates think that this will really do anything. The people that were already going to pirate it, are going to pirate it, but now they can get a better source earlier. This isn't going to really affect people going to the movies to see it though; most people who pirate wouldn't have seen it in theaters anyway, and those that now know you can probably won't. You can only ransom something if that something has value to the ransomee. I'm not a Disney exec, but I don't really think threatening to leak the movie has much value. reply

3D-printed ovaries let mice deliver healthy babies

A fascinating experiment that combines 3D printing and mice could have implications for women who survived cancer and are dealing with infertility.

Google I/O 2017: What to Expect

In fact, the Pixel was just one of several new hardware offerings Google launched last year. You can now buy Google-branded products to automate your home, fix your spotty Wi-Fi, beam your browser window to the nearest TV, and even escape to a virtual world. And since consumer electronics are relentlessly killed off and reincarnated, many of the devices Google announced last year will likely be updated onstage at this year's Google I/O developers conference, set to begin on Wednesday near the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif.

WannaCry ransomware: Everything you need to know

One of the largest cyberattacks ever is currently eating the web, hitting PCs in countries and businesses around the world.

Amazon’s Echo will soon get notifications from Alexa skills

It sounds like this is all still at least a couple months out. Amazon says developers will be able to start building their skills in “the coming months” and that hardware partners will be able to start updating their devices to support notifications in “the coming weeks.” By announcing now, developers can start planning — plus, Amazon gets some attention right ahead of the expected Google Home news tomorrow .

The latest 'Pokémon Go' event is all about rock

On top of the whole Rock thing, more items will be available at each PokéStop, and Buddy Pokémon only have to walk a quarter the usual distance to find Candy. The company has also launched a new avatar wardrobe item, the Aventurer's Hat, available to all trainers for free.

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FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn says that net neutrality is doomed if we are silent #TCDisrupt

Zenimax turns on Samsung after victory in Oculus VR suit

In addition to accusing Samsung of knowingly infringing on its copyright, Zenimax said Carmack came up with the idea for a mobile VR when it was still with id Software. The exec reportedly snuck former id creative director Matt Hooper into the company's offices one night and came up with an "attack plan" for mobile VR. Hooper then called his contacts at Oculus and told them about the project they plan to work on when they transfer.

Over 560 Million Passwords Discovered in Anonymous Online Database

A trove of more than 560 million login credentials has been exposed by a leaky database, researchers revealed on Tuesday, including email addresses and passwords stolen from as many as 10 popular online services.

Mario Andretti and Sam Schmidt go head-to-head autonomously

Schmidt’s accident would have ended the career of any driver, but not him. He now owns a team and drives at breakneck speeds in a modified Corvette Z06 that enables him to control the vehicle without his arms or legs. He’s still in full control, but the semi-autonomous vehicle sports some impressive technology that enables him to control his semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) using subtle movements of his head.

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Samsung Pay finally launches in the UK

It took it's sweet time, but Samsung Pay is now available in the UK. If you own any device in the Galaxy S6, S7 or S8 family, as well as the Galaxy A3 or Galaxy A5, you now have the option to pay for things without cards or cash. The company has teamed up with Visa and Mastercard to enable the option, but only customers who bank with MBNA, Nationwide and Santander are currently able to try out Samsung's answer to Android Pay and Apple Pay .

Uber board director and CTO come under pressure in sexual harassment investigation

As the former head of HR, Graves could be held responsible for the way in which Fowler’s allegations of sexual harassment went unchecked in spite of her repeatedly reporting these incidents to her superiors. There was no way that Graves would not have been aware of Fowler’s claims, several sources say.

Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership

Of course I’ve seen images of it, architectural equivalents of movie trailers for a much-awaited blockbuster. From the day Jobs presented to the Cupertino City Council, digital renderings of the Ring, as Apple calls the main building, have circulated widely. As construction progressed, enterprising drone pilots began flying their aircraft overhead, capturing aerial views in slickly edited YouTube videos accompanied by New Agey soundtracks. Amid all the fanboy anticipation, though, Apple has also taken some knocks for the scale and scope of the thing. Investors urging Apple to kick back more of its bounty to shareholders have questioned whether the reported $5 billion in construction costs should have gone into their own pockets instead of a workplace striving for history. And the campus’s opening comes at a point when, despite stellar earnings results, Apple has not launched a breakout product since Jobs’ death. Apple executives want us to know how cool its new campus is—that’s why they invited me. But this has also led some people to sniff that too much of its mojo has been devoted to giant glass panels, custom-built door handles, and a 100,000-square-foot fitness and wellness center complete with a two-story yoga room covered in stone, from just the right quarry in Kansas, that’s been carefully distressed, like a pair of jeans, to make it look like the stone at Jobs’ favorite hotel in Yosemite.

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Merkel: "What did I tell you about the Russians?" Trump: "Don't tell them secrets." Merkel: "What did you tell them?" Trump: "Everything."

Instagram tests Location Stories

Instagram wants to let you see everything going on somewhere right now. TechCrunch has discovered that Instagram is testing a new Location Stories feature that compiles publicly shared Instagram Stories posts tagged with a location sticker . Users can then visit that business, landmark, or place’s Instagram page and watch a slideshow Story of posts from there shared by strangers they don’t already follow.

Delphi joins self-driving alliance with BMW, Intel

DETROIT German automaker BMW AG, U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp and parts maker Delphi Automotive PLC on Tuesday said they would collaborate on development of a highly-automated self-driving platform for BMW, with Delphi handling integration of components and software.

Google makes Cloud Spanner generally available | ZDNet

Google started developing the technology in 2005 and has been running most of its mission-critical applications on Cloud Spanner for the last nine years. It's now being used in a range of industries for mission-critical applications in the cloud, as Preuss noted in a blog post -- including customer authentication systems, business-transaction and inventory-management systems, and high-volume media systems that require low latency and high throughput.

HPE unveils memory-driven computing prototype with 160 TB of memory | ZDNet

Now this memory-driven prototype won't be a product soon, but does illustrate how HPE's move to jumpstart its research and development efforts may soon be bearing fruit. HPE started to look at new architectures to see what computing needs to be as Moore's Law peters out. The Internet of Things, machine learning and artificial intelligence will require new computing models.

Cybersecurity stocks boom after ransomware attack

With governments and companies expected to increase spending on IT security after being caught out by the attack, cybersecurity firms have seen their stock market values climb sharply over the past two days.

France fines Facebook €150,000 for 'unfair tracking'

F acebook has been fined €150,000 (£128,000) by French authorities for “unfair tracking” of its users following a pan-European investigation into the internet giant.

This phone lets you take photos just by squeezing it

Giving a phone pressure-sensitive sides is an incredibly interesting innovation, and one that raises a lot of questions: is this a natural way to open shortcuts, or is it better suited to some other task? Will it be accurate or will mispresses abound? Is it a useless gimmick, or the start of exciting things to come?

The Final Trailer For War for the Planet of the Apes Does Not Skimp on the War

Everyone’s angry at everyone else in the last War for the Planet of the Apes trailer, which makes sense, as the excellent prequel trilogy has always been building up to one final battle for the fate of human and simian kind. By the looks of it, it’s going to be one hell of a fight.

Instagram’s Kevin Weil says Instagram Stories are just one part of the product

Kevin Weil is the Head of Product at Instagram, overseeing consumer and monetization products. Prior to Instagram, Kevin was the SVP of Product at Twitter, overseeing product development and design across Twitter's consumer and ad products, as well as Vine and Periscope. Between 2010 and 2014, he led product development for Twitter's advertising platform, as well as the development of Fabric. Before …

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These Beloved Penguins May Be Doomed

It seems like everything on this trash planet is doomed to go extinct before humans do, much to my chagrin. The woeful tale of New Zealand’s yellow-eyed penguin is no different: the adorable bird—which even makes an appearance on the country’s currency—is dangerously close to extinction, at least at one well-monitored mainland breeding ground. And it’s (probably) all our fault.

Report: Apple to discontinue iPad Mini | ZDNet

If true, the move makes sense, as phones continue to gain larger displays, eliminating the need for a more portable tablet.

What Fuchsia could mean for Android - TechRepublic

Or, maybe Fuchsia is simply just Google saying "Let's rebuild our smartphone platform with the knowledge we have today and see where it goes." If that's the case, I would imagine the Google mobile OS will be primed for major success. However, there's one elephant in the room that many have yet to address that hearkens back to "one platform to rule them all". Google has been teasing Android apps on Chromebooks for quite some time. Unfortunately, the success with this idea has been moderate (at best). With Microsoft going out of their way to compete with Chromebooks, Google knows they have to expand that ecosystem, or else lose precious ground (such as within the education arena). One way to combat this is with a single OS to drive both smartphones and Chromebooks. It would mean all apps would work on both platforms (which would be a serious boon) and a universality to the ecosystem (again, massive boon).

Our Grandkids May Be Born From 3D-Printed Ovaries

Fertility has become a major target for regenerative medicine. What if, the thinking goes, science and medicine could be used to simply restore fertility to women who for one reason or another no longer have it? In mice, scientists have now done just that.

Hey IoT developers -- it's time you knew your rights

“While the IoT market is vastly complex, with standards and types of devices ever-evolving, what is certain is that the network technologies over which IoT services will be hosted are well defined, even as they continue to evolve,” said Silver Spring Networks chief technology officer, Don Reeves. “Our goal with publishing these Rights is to provide customers guideposts on which to make a mission-critical decision that must meet their requirements today and well into the future.”

Microsoft partners with the UN to track human rights abuses

In what's described as a "landmark" partnership, Microsoft and the United Nations are teaming up to help help predict and fight human rights abuses, among other potential projects. Microsoft is providing a $5 million grant to the UN Human Rights Office, which will support the development of new technology tools for the intergovernmental organization. That includes "Rights View," a dashboard tool that lets the UN use big data and cloud computing to track potential human rights issues globally in real time.

Federal Judge: Something "highly suspicious" happened with Uber's self-driving team

Federal Judge William Alsup kinda, sorta sided with Uber when he ruled Monday not to shutter the company's self-driving car program. But in almost the same breath, Alsup kinda, sorta sided with Waymo by agreeing that something "highly suspicious" happened with Uber's star engineer Anthony Levandowski.

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France fines Facebook for tracking users

In a statement Facebook responded, "Over recent years, we've simplified our policies further to help people understand how we use information to make Facebook better. We take note of the CNIL's decision with which we respectfully disagree. We remain open to continuing to work on these issues with the CNIL, as we prepare for the EU's new data protection regulations in 2018."

We All Live On Trash Island

You might think you were born in Duluth, or Detroit, or some sleepy suburb on Long Island—but let me tell you, friend, you’re wrong. In a sense, we were all spawned on a tiny island full of trash, floating miserably far, far out there. Only now are we beginning to understand the horrifying gravity of what our garbage species hath wrought.

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Incredible First Person Footage of a Real Spacewalk Will Leave You Speechless

On March 24th, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet was joined by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The outing was fairly routine, but this amazing footage captured by Pesquet gives all of us stuck here on Earth an amazing first-person look of what it’s like to be an astronaut looking down on our planet.

Federal Judge: Something "highly suspicious" happened with Uber's self-driving team

Federal Judge William Alsup kinda, sorta sided with Uber when he ruled Monday not to shutter the company's self-driving car program. But in almost the same breath, Alsup kinda, sorta sided with Waymo by agreeing that something "highly suspicious" happened with Uber's star engineer Anthony Levandowski.

South Africa wants to crank out more connected devices

When you think about global leaders Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) manufacturing, a few regions come to mind. China, Europe, and the United States are certainly among them. But, government leaders from South Africa want to add a new region to the global conversation: Africa.

The hero who stopped WannaCry ransomware just wants to be left alone

However, British tabloids outed him as 22-year-old Marcus Hutchins, who works for Los Angeles-based Kryptos Logic. They scouted around the depths of the internet to find his online footprint.

'Alexa, what did I miss?' Amazon adds voice notifications

Amazon says that skills from the Washington Post, AccuWeather and Life360 will be among the first to offer notifications. Those will be live by the end of May, Amazon tells me, and more are set to follow, thanks to new developer tools aimed at helping the makers of third-party Alexa skills put the notifications feature to work. Those tools are set to launch "in the coming months."

Your future phone screen could touch you right back

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Drones are meant to close that gap. The one buzzing outside my window, taking passes at the site, is capturing images with a high-performance camera mounted on a precision gimbal. It’s taking regular photos (albeit at very high resolution), which are sent to the cloud and, using photogrammetry techniques to derive geometries from visual data, are turned into photo-realistic 2-D and 3-D models. (Google does the same thing in Google Maps, at lower resolution and with data that might be two or three years old. To see this, switch to Google Earth view and click on the “3-D” button.) In the construction site trailer, the drone’s data shows up by mid-morning as an overhead view of the site, which can be zoomed in for detail the size of a U.S. quarter or rotated at any angle, like a video game or virtual reality scene. Superimposed on the scans are the CAD files used to guide the construction — an “as designed” view overlaid on an “as built” view. It’s like an augmented reality lens into what should be versus what is , and the difference between the two can be worth thousands of dollars a day in cost savings on each site — billions across the industry.

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54 "Alexa, what did I miss?" Amazon introduces voice notifications
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60 HTC launches new squeezable U11 smartphone
61 YouTube TV adds AMC, BBC America and more, as promised
62 The DCEU Could Introduce Black Adam a Lot Sooner Than We Think
63 6 ways to lock down your iPhone’s lock screen
64 iPhone 8 screen, Touch ID changes hinted at in new patents
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73 The Amazon TV with Alexa is here, and it's made by Element
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75 Apple Seeds watchOS 3.2.3 Beta 1 to Developers
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78 The founder of the solar company Tesla bought for $2 billion is leaving to start a new venture
79 Facebook survives Thailand's threat over blacklisted pages
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84 Streaming TV service Pluto TV adds an on-demand video library
85 Amazon begins rewarding top-performing Alexa Skill developers with direct payments
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