Project Ara Lives: Google's Modular Phone Is Ready for You Now
After more than a year of silence, Google's wildest idea about smartphones is starting to come true.
These biodegradable six-pack rings double as fish food
Florida's Saltwater Brewery has a pretty clever idea for replacing those environment-destroying plastic rings holding your Tecate cans together: animal food. Technically, the rings are a...
Project Ara is finally shipping to developers fall 2016
Google's Project Ara modular phone is finally shipping to developers in the fall of this year, but with major changes. It's still awesome, but less modular.
Google is building its own consumer Android phone
We've spent a lot of time this past year wondering if and when Google would bite the bullet and just build its own Android phone for consumers to take on the iPhone directly — there have been hints...
1,500 water balloons + trampoline = sloshy summer insanity
World's best uncle, Mark Rober, captures his nephews' splashy fun in slo-mo video that looks like a giant bowl of rainbow sprinkles.
Watch Google's latest Spotlight Story, Pearl, on your phone
A month after debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival, Google's latest Spotlight Story, Pearl, just launched at Google I/O and is now available to watch on Android and iOS. The new short film, which...
Google aims to launch its consumer Project Ara phone in 2017
Despite some grim portents last year, Google's "Project Ara" modular smartphone is far from dead. For starters, it now has its own business unit within Google's...
U.S. authorities on Thursday charged a former chairman of Dean Foods Co (DF.N) and a professional Las Vegas gambler with engaging in a years-long insider trading scheme, which included a tip that benefited professional golfer Phil Mickelson. William "Billy" Walters, who has built a multimillion-...
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Apple yanks iOS 9.3.2 update for iPad Pro due to bricking issue
This issue is not affecting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so the iOS 9.3.2 update is still available for that model and is completely safe to install. As soon as Apple rolls out a new update for its little brother, we’ll update you.
The World’s Largest Solar Plant Just Torched Itself
Located on 4,000 acres of public land in the Mojave Desert, the sprawling concentrated solar thermal plant is equipped with 173,500 heliostats—each with two mirrors—that focus sunlight on boilers located on top of three 459-foot towers. The tremendous heat created by the concentrated solar power produces steam that drives turbines to produce electricity. The plant, the largest of its kind in the world, features a gross capacity of 392 megawatts, enough to power 140,000 homes. Each of the computer-controlled solar-reflecting mirrors is about the size of a garage door.
Reasons to Cancel the Olympics, Ranked
Just before every Olympics, looming doubt starts to surface. Are the cities ready? Has the host country accepted its geopolitical consequences? Will people come?
Google built a tiny radar system into a smartwatch for gesture controls
Jaime Lien is the lead research engineer for Soli, and it's her job to tune the machine learning algorithms which ultimately get hardwired into the chip. Her first realization was that it made sense to convert the spatial signal radar provides into a temporal one that makes more sense on a computer. But that was nothing compared to noise problems you run into at these tiny scales. She showed me the "glitch zoo," a huge set of screenshots of every kind of impenetrable noise that her algorithms have to find signal in. At these scales, it's impossible to do any sort of beam forming and the very electrons running through the chip have to be accounted for.
McDonalds releases questionably green 'Angry Birds' burger
"The Naughty Green Pork Burger" will include a pork patty, egg, lettuce, a mystery sauce with jalapeños and green buns. Frankly, the combination sounds delicious, even if it does look like it was designed by a Kool-Aid packet from 1990s.
Google I/O 2016: A recap of everything you need to know
Google I/O 2016 winds down today, and it’s been a packed three days of announcements, demos, and teasers. One thing we know for sure is that nothing announced this week will be readily available soon, which is a bummer – but here’s a look at what we can expect from Google for the rest of the year.
Google launches Science Journal to turn your phone into a research lab
Google believes there’s a scientist in all of us, so it’s launching a new app that turns your phone into a powerful little research lab.
Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US
Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the US recently. While IDC doesn't typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge . "Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," says Huang. "Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story."
Google's modular phone could start selling next year
On the modular front, Google isn’t the only company taking inspiration from Mr. Potato Head. Earlier this year, LG launched the G5, a capable flagship but hardly a blockbuster, with a button you can pinch that lets you remove a bottom piece of the phone and slide out the battery and then slide in what is known as a Cam Plus camera or a high-fidelity audio player. LG's device is far less ambitious than what Google has in mind with Project Ara.
Uber Says Riders Will Pay the Most When Their Phone Battery Is Dying
When our phones are dying we sometimes do desperate things. And the ride-hailing company Uber knows that. The company recently admitted that riders with a dying battery are willing to pay the most in surge pricing. But they insist they’d never use this knowledge to raise rates on desperate people.
OS X update could use the iPhone's Touch ID to unlock Macs
If this Touch ID to unlock a Mac functionality sounds familiar, the third-party Knock app for iOS and Apple Watch unlocks a nearby computer with those devices rather than having to key in a password. Back in March, Recode reported that Apple Pay was on its way to the browser for making purchases on the web. This new report suggests that the Touch ID interaction with Macs will be used to confirm those transactions as well. As is the case with any rumor, it pays to be a bit skeptical. However, we won't have to wait long to see if this news is indeed true.
The Arctic Circle Just Had Its Earliest Snowmelt Ever
Three hundred miles above of the Arctic Circle is America’s northern most snow observatory, typically the last place in the nation to see its snow melt. As of today, its snow has melted, setting a new (and terrible) record.
The Best Security Suites of 2016
What's the Best? The chart at top details ten security suites that we definitely recommend, including multi-device suites, mega-suites, and entry-level suites. If you're looking for a suite that covers the basics without getting in the way, Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 and Kaspersky Internet Security (2016) are our Editors' Choice winners. In the mega-suite range, Editors' Choice goes to Bitdefender Total Security 2016, with more features than you can imagine. Symantec Norton Security Premium protects up to 10 devices, and McAfee LiveSafe (2016) doesn't put any limit on the number of devices—these two are our Editors' Choice products for cross-platform multi-device security suite.
Google patents human flypaper for self-driving car crashes
Such a system would soften the initial blow, but more importantly, it would also stop pedestrians from being thrown forward by the vehicle. Secondary impacts, caused by hitting the tarmac or another object, such as a car, can often be just as dangerous, if not more so than the original collision. Google says its adhesive layer could be applied to the hood, front bumper and side panels to ensure the human is "caught" properly at different angles. It might sound silly, but we wouldn't be surprised if Google was already testing this concept with some of its bubbly self-driving cars .
Here's Your First Look at America's New Food Label
The FDA just released its first major change to its nutritional labels in over twenty years. Here’s the new label you can expect to see on the back of your food:
AI learns and recreates Nobel-winning physics experiment
Australian physicists, perhaps searching for a way to shorten the work week, have created an AI that can run and even improve a complex physics experiment with little oversight. The research could eventually allow human scientists to focus on high-level problems and research design, leaving the nuts and bolts to a robotic lab assistant.
Google and Levi's are making a 'smart jacket' to control your phone
There are three basic components: The jacket, with the woven gesture-sensing technology, a removable tag that connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and an app that lets you set up what different gestures, like tapping versus swiping, will control which apps.
Xiaomi will launch its first drone on May 25th
Chinese consumer electronics maker Xiaomi looks set to add a drone to its range of products next week. The company has already begun teasing a May 25th launch event on its official forum , posting what appears to be a first look its new quadcopter and asking users to guess what the product will be called. Given the forum post has the title "Mi Drone," Xiaomi may have already given the game away.
Bluetooth in your breast pump? Here's what it does.
(available next week starting at Babies R Us) is a double-electric pump that pairs with your phone via Bluetooth, sending the date, time, and duration of each pumping session to an app on your iPhone or Android phone. Moms can also use this Lansinoh Baby app, which runs on iOS or Android, to note each time the baby is fed or has a diaper change, but plenty of other apps already offer to track and organize this data. And though the Lansinoh Smartpump auto-tracks the timing of each pumping session, moms still need to manually enter the amount of milk that they pump.
Google and LG built a smartwatch that understands hand gestures from ATAP’s Project Soli
Google ATAP has worked with LG Electronics and MC R&D Lab to assemble an impressive-looking smartwatch that you can quickly control with subtle hand gestures. Of course, the watch will also support touch and speech input, but the real magic here is what you can do by moving your fingers ever so slightly, Google ATAP’s Ivan Poupyrev said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.
Levi’s is making a commuter jacket with Google’s Project Jacquard
Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group today announced an update to the Project Jacquard touch-sensitive textile technology that it debuted last year. Building on its partnership with Google ATAP, Levi Strauss is making a commuter jacket featuring the technology. It’s coming out in spring 2017, with a limited beta coming this fall.
This Is How Your City Got Crazy Expensive
If you’ve been considering the idea of purchasing real estate, this map of “Million Dollar Listings” in the US’s priciest cities will make you want to roll up into the fetal position and bawl your eyes out.
Are you an Android N beta tester?
Sure, Google only proclaimed its newest build of Android N a "beta-quality" candidate yesterday, but that's more than enough time to formulate a hot take. With the new method of announcing and testing releases extremely early, the folks at Mountain View have made enrolling as a beta tester incredibly easy -- if you own a compatible device (Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, General Mobile 4G) then you can click a button on this website to dive in. Of course, if you haven't already enrolled, the usual warnings still apply. This test software still has some issues to work out, and if you decide it's not for you, then going back to Marshmallow will require a full device wipe so keep your important data backed up elsewhere.
Elizabeth Warren takes on the ‘so-called gig economy’ in speech
Senator Elizabeth Warren has some choice words for Uber, TaskRabbit, Alfred and all the other companies taking part in the “so-called gig economy,” as she put it in a speech Thursday for the New America Foundation’s annual conference . She isn’t against them by any means, but urged both the companies and lawmakers to make labor-friendly changes: “No worker should fall through the cracks.”
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Fargo casts Ewan McGregor to play both main characters in season three
This plot appears to contain the same well-oiled mix of dark comedy and drama. McGregor's Emmit Stussy is a well-off Minnesota real estate mogul and a wholesome portrait of the perfect American life, Meanwhile, his brother is a less attractive parole officer who blames Emmit for his less-than-stellar position in life. You can imagine where this is going, and all the murder and absurd happenstance it will inevitably involve.
Nike Designer Martin Lotti On Tapping Athlete Insight For Product Innovation
In 2015, 18-year Nike veteran Martin Lotti introduced the company’s first-ever line of soccer cleats (or boots) made especially for women and created the sleek uniforms that the winning U.S. women’s soccer team wore at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He also took the technology behind Nike’s most unconventional line of boots and modified it for apparel, so that instead of using lasers to perforate fabric, Nike knits breathable panels from scratch. And using a new, textured yarn, Lotti helped develop a more aerodynamic fabric that U.S. athletes will wear at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Discover the world's most Instagrammed coffee
Sure, coffee ice cream and iced coffee are enjoyed by humans with good taste all around the world. But South African barista Dayne Levinrad recently came up with an enterprising new way to complete the trinity: hot coffee, poured into a chocolate-lined cone. Levinrad claims that his innovation is currently the "world's most Instagrammed coffee," and with close to 1 million images of #coffeeinacone shared, his projection seems strangely realistic.
15 Lessons Of Creativity For 2016
Our reporting led us to the crown princess in Norway and a TV host in the Middle East, a coffee-bean hacker and a DNA magician, a populist men’s wear designer and a hockey-league founder. We discovered innovators everywhere from fashion to education, material science to behavioral design. Our honorees hail from 13 countries and half are women. They are modern-business superheroes, and their examples can serve to inspire our own creativity. Here are 15 lessons drawn from among this year’s Most Creative People.
Secretive $20 billion startup Palantir is buying $225 million of stock back from employees
This is actually the second liquidity event mounted by Palantir. The first, last year, was for $50 million at $6.13 per share. That means that any employees, past or present, who held on to their shares are eligible for heftier paydays.
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Startup spending guide: Where to spend money
We’ve all come across numerous “Top 100 resources for startups”-type posts at least once as we Google our way to entrepreneurial success. But after reading just one of them, it’s not hard to go from “I have no idea what’s out there” to “I have no idea how to choose” … Oh good: Only 14 helpdesk options from which to choose.
Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, and More Will Star In Thor: Ragnarok
Tons and tons of rumors about the cast of the next Thor movie have been floating around for ages, but now Marvel has finally confirmed its cast list. While there’s a few expected faces on there, there’s one really big surprise: Holy Christ, Jeff Goldblum is in this movie.
Vanessa Hudgens Doesn't Need A Hero in the First Footage from DC's New Office Comedy
We only recently got our first good look at the world of Powerless , DC and NBC’s kooky office comedy set in its comic book universe—but now footage from the show has made its way onto the internet, giving us our first real glimpse at the tone this series is going for... and it’s looking rather goofy and fun.
Kevin the permanently surprised cat has a story to inspire you
"Kevin was surrendered to my clinic when he was a tiny four-week-old kitten after he was found alone in a carpark," Tailah said. "It was obvious straight away that Kevin had medical concerns, so he had a full physical assessment and was diagnosed with hydrocephalus."
Someone's Made a Pokémon Game for the 'Adult Fan' - IGN
As Kotaku points out, that doesn't mean we're getting into, er, Rule 34 territory - Nathan Gunzenhauser's project is about a child of divorce who escapes into video games, before making that escape a little too literal and landing smack-bang in a world of demons... that just happen to be named Pokémon.
Colorado's Marijuana Czar: "We're Making The Plane As We Fly It"
Andrew Freedman was an education-policy specialist and former chief of staff to Colorado’s lieutenant governor when Governor John Hickenlooper tapped him in 2014 to become the state’s first "marijuana czar." Today, he’s navigating regulatory and public-welfare challenges that are both complex and—because the state was the first to legalize recreational pot—precedent-setting: The choices Colorado makes could define the country’s approach to marijuana policy for generations.
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How Off-White's Virgil Abloh Uses Social Media To Teach And Inspire
And you probably know things that they don’t. Like what to do with social media. How do you shape your brand online?
In a way, Instagram is more important than anything else. How many people can actually consume a piece versus watch a brand unfold [on social media]? I make Instagram my own by documenting my creative process. It’s been the norm to not show anyone the tricks leading up to what you’re releasing, and I felt that was kind of wack. This tool could be used to inspire. If I’m one of the first kids to go from making a T-shirt to doing runway shows in Paris, it would be a huge disservice to culture and to kids not to show them the ropes.
Hubble just captured one of the coolest photos of Mars ever taken
A week ago, astronomers used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to take this striking image of the Red Planet as it was 50 million miles away from Earth. The photo shows Mars' rusty landscape, its polar caps, and clouds, with details as small as 20 to 30 miles across.
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Destiny Rise of Iron Expansion Leaked - IGN
A Rise of Iron poster, which portrays Lord Saladan with a huge hammer, originally sprung up on Reddit. Sources close to Kotaku later confirmed its authenticity, saying that the expansion will feature a new raid - "likely fallen-themed" - and will be "larger than both year-one DLC packs".
This isn't a thermos — it's a portable microwave called the Adventurer
As idyllic and nostalgic as campfires and portable burners may seem for our outdoor adventures, let’s be honest — cooking in the great outdoors can be something of a chore. But hikers, rejoice! You don’t have to settle for protein bars and reheated beans anymore. At least, not if this portable microwave oven is everything it promises to be. Meet the Adventurer from UK company Wayv , which claims to be “the world’s first portable solid-state RF food heater ‘microwave.'”
Fast & Furious fans get first look at Charlize Theron's new 'Fast 8' character
It’s not much information to go on, but the implication seems to be that Theron’s Cipher is just as threatening as any of the bad guys the Fast & Furious gang has faced to this point. And there have been some sinister ones. Jason Statham’s rogue assassin Deckard Shaw definitely comes to mind.
4 Clues About Apple’s Future Hidden In Its New San Francisco Store
For years, Apple was the outsider, the one that didn’t adhere to the PC/Windows standard that made everything simple for other companies. But the ubiquity of the iPhone and its other products forced businesses to adapt—no longer could they dictate that everyone in the company use, say, Blackberrys. Having wormed its way into corporate networks via all those happy consumers who work for those corporations, Apple is now taking the direct approach: selling straight to companies and helping them coordinate a slew of applications and devices across their network.
Apple’s New SF Store Showcases Jony Ive’s Design Vision
Now, 15 years later, Apple’s trying to rekindle that enthusiasm in the heart of San Francisco, with a flagship store in Union Square. And it’s a big ‘un, with 42 foot high sliding glass doors fronting a revamped interior, full of design flourishes that are likely to filter outward to Apple monoliths everywhere.
That Star Wars Episode VIII Title Floating Around Probably Isn't Real
With Episode VIII a year and a half away, leaks and spoilers are all we’re going to hear about for awhile. Naturally, that leads to a lot of fake nonsense floating around the internet in an attempt to capture the avid attention of Star Wars fans jonesing for an info fix. Case in point: the supposed subtitle of the movie that’s making headlines everywhere.