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Google unveils Project Soli & Project Jacquard: A radar-powered wearable & touch-sensitive textiles

Google today announced at its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco Project Soli, a fancy new wearable device that uses radar and other technologies to use the hand as the main user interface.

Google's Project Soli to bring gesture control to wearables

Gesture-based system are usually attached to video game consoles like the Microsoft Kinect or your computer like the Leap Motion. Google's ATAP team figu

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You Can 'Shazam' Images Now

The company announced Thursday that the app can now engage with images. Hold your phone's camera up to a compatible picture -- a poster, magazine cover or postcard, say -- and Shazam will display additional media. For example, you could scan the latest cover of Esquire magazine to watch a video of action star Jason Statham, well, being Jason Statham.

One year on, Google Cardboard is bigger and better than ever

Perhaps the most exciting addition to Cardboard, however, is that the Cardboard SDK for Unity will now be compatible with iOS in addition to Android. This opens up the platform for a whole swath of new users who prefer Apple’s phones. When anyone with a smartphone can cheaply and easily turn it into a virtual reality headset, is this the tipping point for VR’s long-foretold ubiquity?

Deals: Free AppleCare with all Mac minis; $305 off new 15

This week, AI is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to knock $305 off both of Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pros with AppleCare in addition to giving away free AppleCare with all Mac minis. Additionally, readers can save between $119 and $469 on dozens of 21- and 27-inch iMac configurations, each of which also includes AppleCare and a free Apple TV.

Why You Should Care About Google Now on Tap

When Android M hits a handful of phones this fall, the OS will be able to respond to your needs based on what you’re looking at on your screen. It’s the kind of context awareness that’s both amazing and creepy, and it’s called ”Google Now on Tap.”

A taste of something great: five days with NVIDIA's Shield Android TV

If we take a step back from there, we're left with my major Shield sticking point: In order to squeeze the most out of the thing, you'll need some extra hardware. The Shield, for instance, is the first Android TV box to support 4K video streaming thanks to working relationships with companies like Netflix. Hook up a Shield to a 4K television, fire up Netflix, and you'll see certain titles highlighted with an UltraHD badge -- one quick click from there and you're watching House of Cards in glorious super-high resolution. (Other UHD content providers, like Amazon, haven't made their stuff available here yet). Thing is, I don't have a 4K television. Most people in the US don't, though we're finally getting to the point where you can buy one without melting your credit card. All the videos I tried in a hotel suite with NVIDIA reps floating around looked gorgeous, but it's not something many of us will be able to immediately appreciate. I don't have one of NVIDIA's GTX-series graphics cards either -- again, like most people -- so the finer points of streaming games straight from my PC to an Android set-top box were lost on me.

Hola VPN Sells Users' Bandwidth, Founder Confirms | TorrentFreak

The operator of 8chan says the bandwidth of millions of Hola users is being sold for reuse, with some of it even being used to attack his site. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Hola founder Ofer Vilenski says that users' idle resources are indeed utilized for commercial sale, but that has been the agreement all along.

Collision on the black hole superhighway - CNET

There are a whole lot of giant kabooms in space, but we've never seen anything quite like this before: for the first time, astronomers have captured on video a collision between knots of matter inside a super-speed jet of plasma shooting from a black hole -- demonstrating a hypothesis that may explain how these jets can travel at such incredible speeds.

Google Photos launches with unlimited storage, completely separate from Google+

At its I/O 2015 developer conference today, Google launched Google Photos for Android, iOS, and the Web. The new service is completely separate from Google+, something Google users have been requesting for eons.

The new arrivals on HBO Now for June 2015 video - CNET

Some big series are winding down in June on HBO Now including "Game of Thrones" and "Silicon Valley." Fear not, the service will see some new series premieres later in the month.

Google is partnering with Levi's for its Project Jacquard smart fabric

Google today unveiled a partnership with the Levi’s fashion brand to create smart clothing using Project Jacquard, a conductive textile material that can be woven into any fabric.

Uber Unveils Design Concept For Its New, 420,000 Square-Foot Headquarters In SF

Images detailing the design of Uber’s giant new San Francisco corporate headquarters have emerged, showing what the new, two-building corporate campus should look like when it opens up in a few years. Occupying San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, the new buildings should offer up more than 420,000 square feet of new office and retail space to the company.

Women explain life after hair loss in uplifting photo series spoke with nine intelligent, stylish women who have lost their hair due to health diagnoses. It led them to reevaluate how they see themselves, what they did when part of their world got turned upside down. In the end, they realized the importance of a positive self-image and, in turn, began experimenting with all different types of looks, from wigs to hats and scarves.

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Virtually there: How Google is readying VR for you - CNET

For Google, this is business as usual. The search company has made its name by offering technology and software broadly and at little or no cost, inspiring millions of people to flock to its products. It's how the company helped make its Android software for mobile phones the most popular in the world. And for the broader industry, Google's Cardboard could be the device that introduces VR to people from rural India to downtown San Francisco, all while companies like Facebook-owned Oculus, Sony, and others design expensive headsets requiring powerful hardware to generate 3D images.

Does Facebook Instant Articles really threaten the web?

In the on going “web vs native” war of words, I’m often told that native is faster because it only has to download the content. Its ability to require just the data and none of the information about how to render that data is an advantage. While the nature of web development has a tendency to reinforce this biased view of webpage performance, its not always a disadvantage, especially when you have to support a newsroom.

Discussion: How Savvy Startups Use Unique Data to Go Viral

If you work for a new company, you’re likely faced with this common business conundrum: You’ve got to differentiate yourself from competitors and get people to pay attention to you as you grow. Now, if you’re lucky, the funding you receive and your product announcements are enough to garner great media coverage, driving loads of new customers. But what if there’s too much time between your major announcements? How do you stay relevant so that you’ll get coverage the next time you’ve got something big to share?

Google Photos and Google Cardboard bring new experiences to the App Store

My headset, courtesy our friends at Greenbot, is from Unofficial Cardboard, and has a magnetic button on the side you can press to select a demo from the menu. (The menu is navigated by tilting the headset with the phone inside.) Going back to the menu is proving to be a challenge, and part of the problem might be that my headset doesn’t have a QR code for pairing to the Google Cardboard app. But I was able to pair it anyway by opening the menu, selecting Sync with Google Cardboard, and pressing the magnetic button. Just be ready to force-quit the app if you get stuck, and be sure you’re sitting down! I wound up feeling motion sick after just a few minutes, but hopefully your mileage will vary.

Uber revises privacy policy, wants more data from users

Under the proposed privacy statements , Uber will use its app to collect the precise location of the user’s device when the app is running in the foreground or background, if the app is allowed to access location services through permissions in the mobile OS. The company may also arrive at the approximate location of the user from his IP address.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in London bans women from driving

In a letter seen by The Jewish Chronicle , the Belz Hasidic sect in Stamford Hill told women that the number of mothers who have started to drive has increased, which they said was leading to resentment among other parents, warning that as of August those who drive their children will be turned away from the school gates.

Silent Hills Rumored to Come to Xbox One - IGN

According to Rooster Teeth's source, Silent Hills is 80% complete, and Microsoft is trying to purchase the property for "billions" of dollars by E3 this year – where it will officially reveal the game as an Xbox One exclusive. It could reportedly be released as soon as March 2016.

Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht: Drug 'kingpin' or 'idealistic' Boy Scout?

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Hackers On Demand

Nathan Moser and Peter Siragusa were working on behalf of Internet marketing company ViSalus to investigate a competitor, which ViSalus had sued for poaching some of its former employees. Next, the government alleges, Moser and Siragusa—a retired, 29-year veteran of the San Francisco police department—recruited two hackers to break into the email and Skype accounts of the competing firm. To cover their tracks, they communicated by leaving messages in the draft folder of the Gmail account "krowten.a.lortnoc"—"control a network" in reverse, according to the indictment.

Welcome to Project Soli

Project Soli is developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology. The sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale and built into small devices and everyday objects.

What Americans think about NSA surveillance, national security and privacy

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Factory resetting Android doesn't entirely wipe it. Do this instead

The core of the problem is flash memory, which limits how often a given block of memory can be overwritten. As a result, a factory reset will often designate data as logically deleted (that is, available to be overwritten) without actually overwriting it, so as to prolong the life of the hard drive. Using a variety of database recovery tools, two Cambridge researchers were able to scan the wiped phones for portions of the hard drive that had been designated as logically empty, recovering photos, passwords, and chat logs. In theory, the factory reset is supposed to wipe all that data, but thanks to the quirks of flash memory, it wasn't being wiped all the way.

CIOs are refocusing their staffs on customer-centric IT

For guidance in making this leap, Sundaram says he and his IT team looked to--and continue to emulate--highly regarded, customer-focused companies like Google, Apple and others outside of the airline industry. JetBlue also partnered with Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at the Stanford School of Engineering on multiweek projects to immerse JetBlue leaders, including many from IT, in a customer-focused case study of the airline. The program included classroom training plus field research at San Francisco International Airport to help executives better understand customers' needs and JetBlue's practices.

Google's amazing new app is like Gmail for your Photos

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Google’s Other Mobile Payments Service: Hands Free at McDonald’s

Hands Free lets Android phone users pay in stores with spoken commands, such as “I want to pay with Google.” The phone stays in the pocket or handbag and the cashier presses a button on the store terminal to process the payment, according to Google. Unlike Android Pay, or Apple’s rival Apple Pay service, phones don’t need to tap the terminal.

Spark: a new iOS email app for power users, with clever ideas

A neat feature is the ‘quick replies’ you can send – very useful if you get a lot of email, although I’m not sure what people who don’t use the app will make of receiving replies that look like the ones below (and double up as a clickable ad for the app), but when chatting to Readdle’s Denys Zhadanov about the app via email, it was nice to sometimes reply with a simple tap rather than having to type out ‘thank you very much,’ or another quick, polite message.

Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers

Google’s Chromecast is a quiet little media secret agent turning the search giant into a big time home entertainment player. All told, users of Cast-enabled software have hit the little button to put their small-screen content up on the big screen a total of 1.5 billion times in the U.S. alone, and Chromecast floats other Google boats, too – users increase their YouTube viewing time by 45 percent on average once they start using the device, for instance.

Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison

NEW YORK—Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to two life sentences in prison on Friday, following a jury's finding in February that the 31-year-old was the mastermind behind the Silk Road, once the Internet's largest online drug marketplace.

What we didn't get from Google I/O 2015 - CNET

At this year's I/O developers conference, Google offered the usual assortment of sneak peeks at software updates and new features, but some high-profile products didn't make an appearance.

Computex focus shifts from PCs to wearables, IoT

But for geeks, Computex remains a paradise. Gamers and high-end desktop users should in particular keep their ears open for news emerging from the show. Like every year, Taiwan-based MSI and Asus will show off their latest gaming systems and PC boards with support for DDR4 memory and USB 3.1 ports. The PCs and boards will also support new GPUs expected to be announced at the show. Technologies in gaming systems could eventually trickle down to laptops, mobile phones and tablets.

9 things we discovered in our first few hours with Android M

I never once got this sort of permissions dialog box in my first hours with the Andoid M developer preview. I don't expect app developers to have this working yet, but not even Google's own apps are on board yet. I got the same permissions upon download from the store as I always do (on the right, above).

The founder of the Silk Road drug marketplace has been sentenced to life in prison without parole

Dratel repeatedly claimed that somebody else took over the site after Ulbricht started and expanded it into the massive narcotics emporium it became. However, the defense struggled throughout the trial to come up with alternative Dread Pirate Roberts, or DPRs — especially as the journal entries and chat logs found on Ulbricht's laptop (in which he refers to Silk Road as a "criminal enterprise") continue to incriminate him.

Google Photos behind the app -- scanning makes it special

In-app search is another reason photo scanning is a special feature. If you were to search for ‘Golden Retriever’ in the Google Photos app, you’d be shown those old family photos — because Google scanned them and knew the dog was a Golden Retriever (handy if you can’t recall the dog’s name).

Who wants to view photos on their watch anyway?

It can also work well as a media player of sorts. Just yesterday, Spotify announced support for Android Wear , letting you browse and control your music without taking your phone out your pocket. However, I’d argue that some of the functionality here is excessive — I’d perhaps use it to play/pause music or change the volume, but in terms of searching for new music, I think I’d just pull my phone out. On the Apple Watch, you can actually leave your phone at home altogether, as the watch can store playlists directly on it, but who wants to leave home without their phone? Runners, perhaps, but that’s about it.

In shadow of Android Pay, Google Wallet evolves to stay alive - CNET

Google Wallet debuted four years ago as an early player in mobile payments -- the concept of letting people make secure online and in-store payments right from their smartphones. The service, along with other mobile-payments operators, may have been ahead of its time, as Google struggled to find carriers, device makers and retailers to support the new technology. Year after year, the tech industry predicted mobile payments would take off and people would start using their phones instead of their wallet. Yet year after year, consumer adoption failed to materialize, as the infrastructure to make the payments didn't exist and -- even when it did -- consumers had little motivation to use something that wasn't cash or plastic.

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Halo Back screen protector adds a Back button to your iPhone - CNET

So meaningful, in fact, that backers have already smashed past developer Haloband's $20,000 fundraising goal: At press time, the campaign had amassed around $145,000, with nearly two weeks left to go. And although most of the early-bird options are sold out, you can still get a Halo Back for as little as $17 -- or $34 for two. That converts to about £11 or AU$20 for one, £22 or AU$44 for two (Haloband says it will ship anywhere in the world). The product is due to ship in August, with versions available for both iPhone 6 models.

Google Takes Maps Offline

With the demo phone on airplane mode, Fitzpatrick navigated to a museum in Mexico City, pulled up reviews and opening hours, and even launched turn-by-turn voice directions (in Spanish, naturally). These new offline features will actually land in your pocket later this year, though details are still extremely scarce. It's unclear how much of this data must be preloaded manually, how far from your last location Maps will be able to take you, and how flexible the overall experience will be.

Don't blame free Windows 10 for PC business ills

PC shipments will continue to contract during 2015, but it won't be the fault of the Windows 10 free upgrade, research firm IDC said today.

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A wildly popular Google Chrome extension was being used as a giant botnet

Hola's Vilenski told Business Insider that there was nothing uniquely vulnerable about Hola's VPN — the hacker "could have used any commercial VPN network, but chose to do so with ours." Furthermore, the company has been "listening to the conversations about Hola and while we think we've been clear about what we are doing, we have decided to provide more details about how this works, and thus the changes [to the website] in the past 24 hours."

On the Edge of Control in Batman: Arkham Knight - IGN

The Batmobile, though, is a hell of a new feature. I’ve always wanted to see it in an open-world Batman game, and its implementation in Arkham Knight is smart. It’s fun not only as a mode of transportation and a weapon, but as a tool in Batman’s utility belt as well. Simply aim at any nearby street and press L1 and it will summon the Batmobile to that spot. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Battle Mode turns the car into a veritable tank that can strafe (and, with a tap of the Square button, lunge) in any direction – one mission I took on had me upload a virus into a road-planted mine in order to disable all of the charges scattered around the city, only for that online activity to summon a wave of tanks I had to take down. R1 fired a missile and L1 was a machinegun, and, just as when you’re on foot with the Caped Crusader, when I was able to chain enough hits together without getting hit, I got a combo bonus: a missile volley that auto-targeted and destroyed the four nearest tanks.

Justin Timberlake Shows Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, comedy skit best friends and the human couple equivalent of a pair of colorful striped socks, teamed up yet again to shed light on a disease that's been plaguing phone-connected humans for years now: the ridiculous overuse of hashtags .

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How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield

The majority of traumatized vets are not faking their symptoms, however. They return from wars that are safer than those their fathers and grandfathers fought, and yet far greater numbers of them wind up alienated and depressed. This is true even for people who didn’t experience combat. In other words, the problem doesn’t seem to be trauma on the battlefield so much as re-entry into society. Anthropological research from around the world shows that recovery from war is heavily influenced by the society one returns to, and there are societies that make that process relatively easy. Ethnographic studies on hunter-gatherer societies rarely turn up evidence of chronic PTSD among their warriors, for example, and oral histories of Native American warfare consistently fail to mention psychological trauma. Anthropologists and oral historians weren’t expressly looking for PTSD, but the high frequency of warfare in these groups makes the scarcity of any mention of it revealing. Even the Israeli military—with mandatory national service and two generations of intermittent warfare—has by some measures a PTSD rate as low as 1 percent.

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