The ultimate guide to 3D technologies
We’ve been hearing about how 3D and “holograms” will become an integral part of lives for a long time. It infuses our pop culture, and from Panasonic’s fir
Artificial intelligence now fits inside a USB stick
Everywhere you go, you'll always take the neural network with you.
Twitter says just 2% of users have opted out of new algorithmic timeline
All that fuss about Twitter adding a Facebook-like algorithmic timeline! Twitter reports that only 2% of users have opt
Two SpaceX founders will build a rocket for microsatellites
The smaller launch vehicle will be far more affordable for startups.
Forbes Tech News 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.
'Simpsons' boss unearths script pages from the Prince episode that never got made
Prince, seen animated here in a brief scene from Season 20's Treehouse of Horror episode, never guest starred on 'The Simpsons,' but not because the show didn't try to make it happen.
Nintendo is bringing Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem to mobile
Miitomo was an original title that focused on communication and interaction with friends. Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem, however, are known quantities. Animal Crossing games have players move into a new town, decorate their house, and do other low-stress activities like fish and plant flowers. Fire Emblem, meanwhile, is a tactical series filled with swords and magic.
Where's Arya? Catch Up on Game of Thrones in Three Minutes With Our Video Recap
It’s been just one year since season five of Game of Thrones , but it feels like forever. And there are so many fiendish details to recall, before season six begins on April 24. Who’s dead? Who’s down and out? Who’s on top? Watch our handy three-minute video recap!
Nintendo confirms its NX console is coming in March 2017
Nintendo’s annual financial results, published today, reveal that its next console will be released globally next March.
NASA Is Launching a New X-Planes Program to Test Green Aviation Technology
Throughout its history, NASA has not only been responsible for developing spacecraft, but also cutting-edge aircraft that pushed the boundaries of technology and flight. Now, they’re getting ready to do it again.
Apple's Organizational Crossroads - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Unlike many, I’m not bothered that Apple sells multiple variations of iPhone, iPads, etc. Scaling to variations is simply a matter of money and experience, which Apple has in spades. Services, though, are a fundamentally different problem that require a fundamentally different organization. If Apple is serious about services, then Cook’s promise that Apple would stay “extremely focused” is an empty one, and the insistence on a single type of organizational structure changes from enhancing Apple’s quality to actively detracting. 6
FBI Disclosed iPhone Vulnerability to Apple on April 14
The FBI has confirmed that it informed Apple of a vulnerability in its iPhone software on April 14. It’s thought to be the first time the bureau has disclosed a flaw to Apple as part of the so-called Vulnerability Equities Process.
Volvo will test self-driving cars on the public next year
Volvo has been working on its autonomous vehicle program for several years now , but there's only so much you can learn from testing tech in controlled conditions . While the company has run trials on public roads before , it's now planning to take engineers and technicians out of the equation to see how regular road users take to self-driving cars. As part of its ongoing "Drive Me" project, Volvo is going to put real people behind the wheels of "semi-autonomous" vehicles from early next year , in order to understand how they are suited to everyday scenarios like doing the school run and picking up the weekly grocery shop.
Nintendo delays new 'Zelda' to 2017, announces NX version
There's good news and bad for Nintendo's upcoming Legend of Zelda open-world title for the Wii U console. First the bad: It's been delayed again, so it won't arrive now until 2017. The good news is that it's going to come out on the next-gen Nintendo NX console, which, by the way, Nintendo just revealed . In a (roughly translated) tweet , Nintendo Japan says that it pushed back the game "for further quality improvement," adding that it will be released "simultaneously" on the Nintendo NX.
The Magicians Is a Master Class in Book Adaptation
“That whole sequence is right out of the books, and I was a little surprised they went there, especially for a primetime television show. It was also one of those instances where a lot of readers I’ve spoken to have been really disturbed by it, that it went to that length. … I’m still not quite sure what I think of it. … One of the main things that a lot of female readers have pointed out—I think correctly—is that [Grossman’s] male characters never face the same consequences as the female ones do, and there’s really this disparity between them. … I thought his response to it was—I was satisfied by it, but I know of some people who heard it and were like, ‘Well, I don’t really buy it.'”
How to quit your job the right way
Corporations want to ultimately fire you, whether you like your job or not. Their entire purpose is to create and squeeze the efficiencies out of you until you drop dead or are no longer needed.
Comcast is reportedly in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation
In the past Dreamworks Animation has been mentioned as a possible purchase for companies including Fox, Hasbro and Softbank , but now reports say it's in talks with Comcast. The Wall Street Journal first reported the discussions, claiming Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is courting an offer from the cable behemoth of over $3 billion. The live action arm of Dreamworks, now renamed Amblin Studios, is distributed by Comcast's Universal Pictures which could bring the two back together in a way after the animation arm spun off on its own in 2004. Also, as The Hollywood Reporter mentions, Universal is already home to Illumination Entertainment, which created Despicable Me and Minions , and sees the two as a competitor to Disney/Pixar.
Germany to launch 1 billion-euro discount scheme for electric car buyers
BERLIN Germany is set to launch a new incentive scheme worth about 1 billion euros ($1 billion) to get more consumers buying electric cars as it struggles to meet a target of bringing 1 million of them onto its roads by the end of the decade.
YouTube Updates Content Recommendation Engine in iOS, Android Apps
The home page of the iOS and Android apps was also redesigned to feature larger images, and Wright told CNET the new recommendation engine can turn up content that was uploaded less than one hour earlier, as well as new content from channels that users are subscribed to. She added:
Solar plane lands in California
The Solar Impulse 2 is seen at the Kalaeloa Airport in Kapolei, Hawaii, on Friday, July 3. The solar-powered plane, alternately piloted by Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, is attempting to fly around the world without fuel.
Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' was the only thing Twitter could talk about
Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' was the only thing Twitter could talk about
Nintendo Profits Down 61 Percent - IGN
The news comes via the company’s latest financial results , which confirmed Nintendo's net profit for the fiscal year ending on March 31 was ¥16.5 billion ($149 million USD), down from ¥41.8 billion a year earlier. The company had anticipated a profit of ¥17 billion.
Nintendo NX Will Launch in March 2017 - IGN
“For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed “NX” with a brand-new concept,” the company explained in its report. “NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.” No further specifics relating to the NX were discussed in the report. Nintendo has since confirmed to IGN that the NX will not be appearing at this year's E3 and will instead be unveiled later this year.
German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says
FRANKFURT A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility's operations because it is isolated from the Internet, the station's operator said on Tuesday.
Getty Images is going to file a complaint with the EU against Google
Photo agency Getty Images says it is going to file a formal complaint with the European Commission over the way Google displays its images in search results.
Nintendo confirms new NX console for March 2017 release
Nintendo’s mysterious NX console is getting closer. Today the company announced alongside its annual financial results that the NX platform will see a worldwide release in March 2017. Nothing else has been revealed about the system so far, beside Nintendo's claim that it's a "brand-new concept."
Traffic to Wikipedia terrorism entries plunged after Snowden revelations, study finds
SAN FRANCISCO Internet traffic to Wikipedia pages summarizing knowledge about terror groups and their tools plunged nearly 30 percent after revelations of widespread Web monitoring by the U.S. National Security Agency, suggesting that concerns about government snooping are hurting the ordinary pursuit of information.
Microsoft, Lumia and Windows Phone: Where now? | ZDNet
It's hard to see the smartphone market as anything other than a two-horse (Android and iOS) race right now. But that might not always be the case. It's still unclear how the PC and the smartphone will evolve and merge over the next few years, for example -- especially in the business market. Smartphones are becoming more powerful, so perhaps something like Continuum (Canonical has similar plans for Ubuntu) could start to gain traction. It makes sense for Microsoft to keep Windows Phone bumping along just in case, in a couple of years' time, a gap opens up that gives it a way back. A Surface phone, if it ever arrives, may help with that, but the chances of a quick turnaround in the Lumia's fortunes look slim.
Windows 10 tip: Protect your privacy in File Explorer | ZDNet
File Explorer's Quick Access feature is a great time-saver, but it also displays shortcuts to files and folders you've used recently. If you'd rather not advertise that activity, here's how to take back control.
Viber is now end-to-end encrypting phone calls and messages
Viber is rolling out end-to-end encryption for all conversations on its platform, the company announced in a blog post yesterday. More than 700 million people can now communicate securely on the messaging service, which was acquired by Japanese company Rakuten in 2014. The encryption applies to one-on-one messages, group conversations, and calls. It also works on Viber's desktop, mobile, and tablet versions. The update is being rolled out globally over the next two weeks, and users will know they're communicating securely when they see a grey padlock.
Comcast is reportedly in talks to acquire DreamWorks for $3 billion
Comcast already owns the Universal Pictures film studio and DreamWorks would likely be merged with it if the deal goes through, the Journal reported, citing people who are familiar with the matter.
Volvo is letting 'everyday users' test its driverless cars
Volvo has announced that it’ll be putting regular folk like you and me behind the wheel of its autonomous cars when they hit London’s streets next year.
Microsoft brings Skype for Business to the Mac
Skype for Business is finally coming to the Mac. Microsoft today announced that IT administrators can request an invite to preview the service before a wider release in the future.
The Huawei Honor 5X wowed us when it was announced at CES 2016 with its impressive build. At $199.99, it is one of the best deals you can get on a smartphone, and over 400 reviewers on Amazon.com agree with a 4.5/5 star rating. This phone is compatible with GSM networks such as T-Mobile and AT&T. Sprint and Verizon customers are out of luck.
Why the Rent vs. Buy Debate Is Completely Pointless
All of these points are valid, and I considered them in my own decision, too. The thing is, though, there’s a huge amount of grey area—individual factors— in all of them, so it doesn’t make sense to assert that either decision is the best decision. These factors are important, but the debate that comes with them is useless because the answer hinges on specifics: rent prices, interest rates, and so on. Buying a home can indeed be a bad financial move, but for many people, it isn’t.
The 10 most important things in the world right now
REUTERSRetired factory worker Liu Guoyuan, 68, practices tightrope walking near a construction site in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China April 27, 2016. Hello! Here's what you need to know on Friday.
10 terrifying uses of artificial intelligence - TechRepublic
Many advances in artificial intelligence are innovative and extraordinary, but some are downright creepy. Here are 10 of the eeriest ways people are using, or could use, AI.
India will require physical panic buttons on all mobile phones to prevent violence against women
In a bid to prevent crimes against women, all mobile phones sold in India will be required to have a physical panic button installed by the beginning of next year. Department of Telecommunications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Twitter that the new rule will go into effect in January 2017. When pressed, the panic button will send an alert to police and people chosen by the phone’s user.
Microsoft claims it's ‘committed' to Windows 10 Mobile
We are currently in development of our next generation products and I wanted to reconfirm our commitment to Windows 10 Mobile. We believe in this product's value to business customers and it is our intention to support the Windows 10 Mobile platform for many years. We have a device roadmap to support that from Microsoft as well as our OEM partners who will also be selling an expanded lineup of phone devices based on this platform.
Ford, Google and Uber form a group to push for self-driving cars
In some ways, this is more of a defensive measure than an attempt to fast-track new technology. The companies are worried that state-level legislation will make it difficult to build self-driving cars that you can legally use in every state. For example, California has proposed rules that would require controls and a licensed driver at the helm in case of an emergency -- Google doesn't like that this would render the cars useless for disabled people. The NHTSA is generally on the Coalition's side (it wants to avoid a "patchwork" of rules), but the group's members aren't willing to leave anything to chance.
Nintendo's 'Miitomo' app passes 10 million users
It could be argued -- and my colleague Nicole has -- that Nintendo's app is a social network in and of itself. Although it differs in many ways, Miitomo employs the same hook of Twitter and Facebook likes by rewarding you with coins for answering questions or sharing photos. And in that way, it's certainly doing better at carving out a slice of the market than other app-based networks like Path.
"Trials of the Blood Dragon" Gets an Age Rating - IGN
Both RedLynx's motocross series and Blood Dragon - the much-loved '80s pastiche spin-off to Far Cry 3 - are owned by Ubisoft, making this an unlikely but definitively possible combo.
Microsoft Announces Skype for Business Mac Preview
And now business users that just happen to use a Mac are getting a nice preview of what’s to come. Microsoft has just announced Skype for Business Mac Preview, which is a pre-release build of the messaging platform that Microsoft is granting access to. The idea is to create an enterprise-friendly platform for business users to use while they work within OS X, and Microsoft is allowing professionals to request access into the preview period beginning today.
As iPhone sales slump, Apple bets on services from apps to music
SAN FRANCISCO Apple Inc's first-ever drop in quarterly iPhone sales has spurred Chief Executive Tim Cook to turn the spotlight on prospects for its services business, but the field is rife with competition and may prove challenging for a brand based on gadgets.
Windows 10 might soon get one of OS X's best features
A seemingly legit screenshot of a Windows 10 developer build shared on Reddit shows that the platform might soon bring the ability for users to switch between desktops and mobile devices, and pick up their work right where they left off.
PewResearch Internet on Twitter
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The creator of Roborace is supplying Formula E with electric trucks
Formula E has struck a deal with British electric truck maker Charge, which will provide the all-electric racing series with a small fleet of electric trucks. Formula E will use the trucks for drivers' parades and for shuttling equipment and cars around the grounds of each race. Charge unveiled the truck at this weekend's Formula E race in Paris.
The Killing Joke: Watch the First Trailer for the DC Animated Movie - IGN
The first trailer for the DC animated adaptation of Alan Moore's legendary graphic novel has been released.
3 sales tricks I learned from dating
Sales and dating both involve interacting with another person with a particular goal in mind. And both can be improved with practice. In the digital age, sales often means selling at a distance and at scale using email, messaging and other remote communication methods, just like online dating.
New-look 'Top Gear' gets wheelspinning spin-off 'Extra Gear' - Roadshow
"Extra Gear" will feature interviews and new footage covering the making of "Top Gear", in the style of programmes such as "Doctor Who Confidential". Each hour-long episode will be fronted by Rory Reid, who formerly covered cars and tech right here at CNET .
Nintendo has announced its next two smartphone games
The company confirmed that the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises would be the next to make the leap to smartphones, however no release date or further details were given.
Nintendo will have only one playable game at E3 2016: Zelda for Wii U (not even the NX version)
The publisher revealed that it will have only one playable game at E3 2016, and that is the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda. Nintendo says that it wants to provide attendees “complete immersion” with Zelda, and that’s why it will have nothing else for the Wii U or the 3DS on the show floor. But this is a bit strange considering that Nintendo is also planning to launch the followup to the Wii U, the NX project, in March . And it’s even crazier that Nintendo announced that it is delaying Zelda because it is bringing a version to the NX.
Overall, I’m still going to keep my Nexus but that doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S7 isn’t a great phone. In fact, I think it’s the best phone you can buy right now, especially if you have already owned Samsung phones and are used to some of their quirks. It’s a gorgeous phone, one that I would be ashamed to put a case on but almost definitely would have to. Make no mistake, you’ll be paying nearly $700 for this phone and almost $800 for it’s edged brethren, and that’s no small amount of money but if you have to live with a phone for two or more years, I don’t think you can go wrong with this one.
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is delayed to 2017 and coming to NX too
We've just learned that Nintendo's new console, the NX , is coming in March 2017, and now we know at least one more game to expect on the system: the upcoming and untitled Wii U entry in the Legend of Zelda series will also be coming to the NX.