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.
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.
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.
China unveils elevated bus to tackle traffic jams
As the world's most populous country, China's traffic jams are legendary.
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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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?
HP launches new Omen line of gaming laptops, desktops, and accessories
HP is getting back into the gaming world with a new line of products called Omen. The Omen series will feature laptops, desktops, and accessories targeted across different price ranges, from cheaper notebooks up to higher-end towers for serious gamers with a lot of disposable income.
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.
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PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel admits backing Hulk Hogan's case against Gawker
His backing of Hogan resulted in the former pro wrestler winning more than $115 million in a Florida jury trial in March.
Apple pulls update for iPad Pro after bricking reports
This isn't the first time Apple has had something like this happen. Back in March, it had to release an updated build of iOS 9.3 , after an earlier version kept people with older iPhones and iPads from installing the update correctly. Thankfully Apple typically only takes a day or two to push out a fix, so we expect that to be the case here as well. Still, as 9to5Mac points out , it's unclear whether the next update will bring those bricked iPad Pros back to life. We'll find out soon enough.
Home WiFi Startup Eero Raises $50 Million, Heads to Best Buy
The two announcements are related because Eero plans to use some of the proceeds to expand its manufacturing capacity. “We need to make sure we’re keeping up with demand,” explains Nick Weaver, Eero’s co-founder and CEO. “Our weeks of inventory on hand are much lower than we’d like and, once we’re in Best Buy, it’s not like putting a product online where you can just be out of stock for a day or two… We need to be able to perform.”
How Can We Make You Happy Today, Peter Thiel?
Did you know Peter Thiel is so great that Chaka Khan once sang an entire song about Peter Thiel? This happened at Jeff Bezos’ 50th birthday party, which took place in space. The party’s theme was “Omniscience,” and the dress code was “Plutocracy Casual.” Anyway, Chaka Khan—a great singer, though surely not as good a singer as Peter Thiel!—sang a version of her 1984 hit “I Feel For You,” and then changed the lyrics to “I Thiel for you.” Peter Thiel loved it so much, he didn’t secretly bankroll a lawsuit against Chaka Khan , nor did he secretly bankroll a lawsuit against Prince , who wrote the original “I Feel For You.”
The Gawker vs. Hulk Hogan Case Just Got a Lot More Important
The legal fight between former wrestler Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media inevitably lends itself to metaphors taken from the WWE. But is Hogan the “face,” or good guy, and Gawker founder Nick Denton the “heel,” or bad guy—or is it the other way around? To further complicate things, a new character has now been added to the drama: The rich benefactor who has been bankrolling and possibly also controlling the heavyweight battle from behind the scenes.
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.
PayPal to discontinue Amazon Fire, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone apps on June 30
PayPal has opted to no longer support Windows Phone, Amazon Fire, or BlackBerry devices, announcing that it will discontinue support for these platforms starting June 30. The company explained that while it was a difficult decision, it’s “the right thing to ensure we are investing our resources in creating the very best experiences for our customers.”
In a statement, Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, who was also personally named in the Hogan suit, said: “Just because Peter Thiel is a Silicon Valley billionaire, his opinion does not trump our millions of readers who know us for routinely driving big news stories including Hillary Clinton’s secret email account, Bill Cosby’s history with women, the mayor of Toronto as a crack smoker, Tom Cruise’s role within Scientology, the N.F.L. cover-up of domestic abuse by players and just this month the hidden power of Facebook to determine the news you see.”
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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.
Bran Stark has a sweet message for all of us, after what happened to Hodor
Bran Stark has a sweet message for all of us, after what happened to Hodor
Chrome 51 arrives with new APIs and more efficient page rendering
Google today launched Chrome 51 for Windows and Mac, promising that the Linux version will “ship shortly.” This release includes the usual slew of developer features, but users should benefit from some of the improvements right away. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in silent updater, or download it directly from google.com/chrome .
'Miitomo' players are apparently abandoning Nintendo's app
Nintendo's first big foray into mobile gaming, Miitomo , boasts 10 million downloads , but it's more than a game -- it's a quasi social network that's apparently turning into a ghost town. It's generally understood that games see a big bump in players at the outset and gradually that number declines over time. For social networks, where the typical "gameplay," so to speak, is interacting with others, once the user-base declines, there isn't much else you can do. Just ask whoever is still on Ello . The folks at the SurveyMonkey Intelligence blog have been keeping an eye on Miitomo and have made some sobering observations on how Nintendo's smartphone app has performed since launch.
The Internet Combined Game of Thrones and Hamilton and It's Perfect - IGN
Have you heard of Hamilton? It's this little Broadway musical that's slowly taking over the world, having won a Pulitzer, been invited to the White House, won a Grammy and been nominated for 16 Tony Awards. Now it's gotten an even better treat: the Twittersphere decided to mash it up with Game of Thrones.
How to record calls on your iPhone
In a time when our smartphones can help you order pizza, hail a cab, and detect our heartbeats, you’d think it’d be easy to record a simple phone call. Unfortunately, it’s not. Despite what you may think, recording a call isn’t as easy as merely pressing a button on your iPhone, so in order to get it done you’ll need to install an app. There are tons of these littered across the Apple App Store and the web, and while many of them promise crystal-clear quality at a nonexistent price tag, very few live up to the claims. To help you pinpoint the right app for your needs, we’ve scoured the Internet in search of the best call recorders and offered up a quick overview of our favorites in the paragraphs below. Just try not to forget about the whole legality thing.
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.
Twilio’s Notify API unifies delivery of SMS, app, and messenger push notifications
With so many ways to connect with customers, it can be a complicated process to make sure that the right notifications go out. Email was once the standard way to contact people, but that changed to include SMS and MMS before the rise of mobile apps. And what about with messaging services such as Facebook Messenger and Viber? Factoring all of these applications into a communications scheme can be mind-numbing, so Twilio created Notify to essentially consolidate everything into a few lines of code.
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.
New Moto X phones reportedly feature modular accessories (updated)
Here's what the site reports: The phones' backplates have a line of 16 dots near the bottom and these are not speaker ports -- they're connection pins. Motorola has designed six "Amps" (modules) that add new features to the phone, including stereo speakers, a battery pack, a camera grip with flash and optical zoom, a pico projector and a rugged cover with wide-angle lens attachment. The cameras on these two new phones jut out a fair bit, but they should lay flush once the modules are attached.
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.
How To Do Facebook Live Well
With Facebook Live, as with all new tools, "everyone is still trying to figure out how to use it most effectively," says Samuel. So "testing, tweaking, analysis—that’s going to be very important." Ask your audience to tell you what they think. The comments will still be there for you to read afterwards, so make the time to go in and figure out what worked and what didn’t. Those answers will make your next live broadcast even better.
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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An iPhone User's Guide to Falling In Love With Android Wear
While Google’s Android Wear is no perfect alternative, the platform understands its limitations and focuses on what it can achieve despite them. Even on an iPhone, Android Wear offers a lot of great functionality. I even found it kept a more reliable connection with my phone than my Apple Watch. That said, the two platforms are very different. Android Wear focuses on cards and actions, while the Apple Watch focuses on apps. I think the app paradigm makes great sense on a phone but works poorly on a watch. Google’s actionable cards make a lot more sense, and Google Now provides tons of information at a moment’s notice through simple voice commands. That said, if you want to use your watch as a secondary screen for your phone you shouldn’t choose Android Wear. If you want a quick information screen with simple actions and access to quick answers on your wrist in a fashionable package, it is.
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.
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.
Xiaomi to unveil its first drone on May 25
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is unsurprisingly getting into the drone business (who isn’t?) – and a new teaser in its own forums indicate we’ll hear more details on May 25.
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.
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The Pay What You Want: ‘Start a Side Business’ Bundle , offers 10 courses to position you for success in becoming your own boss, as you establish a base of valuable skills applicable to any business endeavor.
The Basics of Web Application Security
While we're on the subject of input and output, there's another important consideration: the
privacy and integrity of data in transit. When using an ordinary HTTP connection, users are
exposed to many risks arising from the fact data is transmitted in plaintext. An attacker
capable of intercepting network traffic anywhere between a user's browser and a server can
eavesdrop or even tamper with the data completely undetected in a man-in-the-middle attack.
There is no limit to what the attacker can do, including stealing the user's session or their
personal information, injecting malicious code that will be executed by the browser in the
context of the website, or altering data the user is sending to the server.
Google might name and shame slow-to-update Android vendors
It's far from guaranteed that the lists will work, assuming they're ever made public. The Update Alliance fizzled out as commercial realities (the cost of maintaining phones, and the desire to sell you a new phone instead) took over. What's to say that a list with no direct consequences will do any better? However, there isn't as much pressure to update as there was in the past. Google Play Services delivers many updates without having to go through makers or carriers, and numerous official apps get updates through the Play Store. This is more about going the last mile to both improve security and reduce the chances that hardware creators leave you high and dry.
Neanderthals were building complex cave structures much longer ago than we thought
Neanderthals are among our closest extinct human relatives. They lived between about 400,000 to 40,000 years ago in Europe and parts of Asia, where they were eventually replaced by Homo sapiens . For many years, archaeologists have thought of Neanderthals as pretty backward, but recent discoveries are changing the tide. We now know that Neanderthals used fire, made sophisticated tools, wore clothing, and were skilled hunters. But very few tools and artifacts made by Neanderthals have been found, others aren’t well preserved. That makes it hard for archaeologists to know much about these predecessors of modern humans. Today’s finding suggests a high level of sophistication, Hayden says. "If you’re going that far in[to a cave]," he says, "you need to establish a whole series of things in order to make that possible: you have to have some sort of lighting apparatus, it requires forethought, it requires planning, it requires of sorts of other things, organization so that you can actually do that."
Feed Zone Portables Is Packed With Recipes for Real Workout Food You Can Make Yourself
Food for the middle of a long run, or a long day cycling, kayaking, or any other endurance activity, has to fill a pretty tall order. It has to be easy to eat even when your mouth is dry (goodbye saltines), and it has to agree with every part of your digestive system (goodbye prunes and jalapeño poppers). Nutritionally, you need this kind of snack to be mostly carbs, to give your body plenty of fuel for the long haul. Oh, and it can’t be the kind of thing that’s ruined by being smushed in your pocket for hours.
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'Hitman's world assisnation tour takes Agent 47 to Marrakesh
The third episode of Hitman's seven-part story takes Agent 47 to Marrakesh, a bustling Moroccan city with densely packed alleyways and bazaars, stunning architecture and, of course, two brand new targets, ripe for assassination. Not enough? No worries: Io-Interactive says the new map will be teeming with new live content, including new Elusive Targets and Escalation Contracts -- those obliquely named challenges are limited time assassination missions players only have one chance to complete, and bonus missions that get gradually harder with each attempt, respectively. If that sounds up your alley, you won't have to wait long, either. Hitman Episode 3: Marrakesh hits PS4, Xbox One and PC at the end of the month for $9.99.
FBI won't reveal hack, so child porn evidence tossed
The case is part of a growing debate over government hacking in criminal cases. Michaud is one of several people facing charges after the bureau used the hacking method to infiltrate the hidden child pornography website and identify the computers of those who visited it. A handful of those cases have seen evidence thrown out as well. In addition to concerns over the reliability of the hack raised by Michaud's attorneys, judges have raised concerns over warrants that allow the government to target a computer even when its location is unknown.
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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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.”
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.