Google rolls out enhanced art search results, including digital museum guides on Street View
Searching for art and artists on Google has just been improved. Today, Google announced it's integrating the work done by the Google Arts & Culture team..
The Physics of Ramming an Imperial Star Destroyer, Explained
This epic scene from Rogue One provides an awesome opportunity to do some physics.
Read Mary Meeker’s essential 2017 Internet Trends report
This is the best way to get up to speed on everything going on in tech. Kleiner Perkins venture partner Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report is essentially the state of the union for the technology industry. The widely anticipated slide deck compiles the most informative research on what’s getting funded, how Internet adoption is progressing, which interfaces are resonating, and what will be big next.
Trump to withdraw from climate treaty that even Putin and Kim Jong Un are OK with
Unlike the last time this happened with the Kyoto Protocol in 2001, however, the Paris Climate Agreement, which President Donald Trump is preparing to pull the U.S. out of, is widely viewed as the last, best chance the world has to avoid potentially catastrophic global warming. Also unlike Kyoto, the new agreement is entirely voluntary, making a withdrawal even more extreme.
Apple’s "Siri speaker" reportedly enters manufacturing as announcement nears
Aside from what we’ve heard about the “Siri speaker” before (such as deep HomeKit integration and the ability to control smart home gadgets), today’s Bloomberg report says that Apple is placing a heavy emphasis on sound quality. The unannounced produced will supposedly include “virtual surround sound technology” and “more advanced acoustics” than its chief competitors made by Amazon and Google. That suggests Apple Music will also play a key role alongside the product’s Siri and HomeKit features.
Amazon’s Alexa adds support for iCloud calendars
Alexa can now remind you about appointments from yet another calendar service: iCloud. Devices including the Echo lineup and other Alexa-enabled gadgets have added support for iCloud calendars as of today. Amazon says that iCloud calendars have been a “top requested feature” from customers, which makes sense. A whole lot of iPhone and iPad users probably create one when setting up their device out of the box.
Top Defense Contractor Left Sensitive Pentagon Files on Amazon Server With No Password
A cache of more than 60,000 files was discovered last week on a publicly accessible Amazon server, including passwords to a US government system containing sensitive information, and the security credentials of a lead senior engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the nation’s top intelligence and defense contractors. What’s more, the roughly 28GB of data contained at least a half dozen unencrypted passwords belonging to government contractors with Top Secret Facility Clearance.
This is the Essential Phone
The first thing you should notice about the Essential Phone is that its 5.71-inch display spans the entire width of the chassis. It even stretches up to the top edge, with a small cutout for an 8-megapixel camera. The only bezel is a small bit at the phone's bottom end.
Oculus adds Chromecast streaming support for the Gear VR
This definitely isn’t going to become a huge new use case or anything but making it easier for people to see a live feed of your screen, even in 2D, makes it more simple for large groups to see what’s happening on Gear VR which is perfect for showing it to a bunch of friends or, more likely, demoing something in front of a crowd.
Waze expands it carpooling experiment across California
Rider limits its drivers to making only two trips per day and they're only reimbursed for mileage ($0.54 per-mile), but the other side of that is the service is far cheaper than competitors. A trip from Oakland to downtown San Francisco runs about $4.50 versus $10 - $12 from the competition. You need to book in advance as well, and there aren't as many drivers around, typically.
Elon Musk says he'll quit Trump's advisory councils if US leaves Paris climate deal
As President Trump eyes backing out of the world’s largest climate agreement, he may lose one of his most prominent advisors from the tech world. Today on Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that if President Trump publicly withdraws from the international Paris agreement, Musk will respond by withdrawing from all White House advisory councils.
Apple Is Manufacturing a Siri Speaker to Outdo Google and Amazon
An Apple-designed speaker with high-end sound quality that fits perfectly into the Apple ecosystem is a familiar pitch. In 2006, Apple unveiled the iPod Hi-Fi, a battery powered speaker designed to cast a shadow over the thriving iPod third-party accessory market. With its bulky size and high price point, the Hi-Fi flopped and was discontinued within 18 months of launching. With Siri and a clear hole in its ecosystem, Apple is banking that its second try at a speaker product will do better.
New York Times offers buyouts, scraps public editor position
"The one thing an ombud or public editor can almost always do is hold feet to the fire, and get a real answer out of management," Margaret Sullivan, former public editor at the New York Times, said in a Twitter post in response to the news.
Twitch plays the stock market using $50,000 of actual money
StockStream gives Twitch users a chance to move actual money around every day on the New York Stock Exchange. It's funded — to start with, at least — by $50,000 provided by the stream's owner.
Elon Musk to Donald Trump: If you leave the Paris Climate Agreement, I'm out
“If President Trump does pull out of the Paris climate agreement, I suspect he will be surprised how unpopular this decision will be with business," said Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, chair of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission and former deputy U.N. secretary-general, said prior to Wednesday's decision.
Silk Road founder loses appeal challenging life sentence
A court denies Ross Ulbricht's attempt to get his life-behind-bars sentence reduced.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper: Everything we know so far about this monster CPU
Again though, take Internet rumors with a big grain of salt. Mere hours before Threadripper’s Computex reveal published rumors were still stating the chips would come with 44 PCI-E lanes—20 fewer than reality. The comments from AMD representatives seem to suggest “Ryzen 9” won’t be used in Threadripper part names, either. With E3 just around the corner, we hope to get more official information soon.
Cops Think This Tijuana Biker Gang Hacked Into and Stole Over 100 Jeeps
Based on the findings of a three-year-long police investigation dubbed “Operation Last Ride,” the thieves started by patrolling San Diego neighborhoods and recording vehicle identification numbers (VINs) visible through target vehicles’ windshields. This enabled them to fetch key duplication codes from a secure online database containing the proper key patterns. It’s unclear if the bikers hacked the database or had a man on the inside, but authorities say that the key code queries were connected to a Jeep dealership in Cabo San Lucas.
iPhone Hacks on Twitter
Essential Home Is a Smart Speaker That Will Be Able to Run Siri, Google Assistant, And Alexa http://buff.ly/2rEfwYP #Google pic.twitter.com/xF5LTHbFmW
Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked: the best way to own the world’s best phone
With Samsung Unlocked there’s no annoying carrier bloatware that takes up storage, slows down the phone and generally gets in the way, and it gives you the freedom to shop around for the best carrier and plan for you. It’s unlocked, so it will work with all major carriers – no questions asked!
Kerbal Space Program
Right now, we’re still focused on the Kerbal Space Program: Making History Expansion and we’ll continue to keep you updated on our progress. And yes, we’re keeping our promise of free DLC for everyone who purchased KSP through April 2013! We’re continuing to work closely with Blitworks on the updated version of KSP for consoles, which will be available on the Xbox and PSN digital stores when it is complete. This will be a free update for anyone who already owns KSP on Xbox or PS4. We can’t wait for you to play what we’ve been working on in the coming months!
Overwatch goes to the Moon in new Horizon Lunar Colony map
On the heels of Overwatch 's one-year anniversary celebration, Blizzard is launching the next major piece of content: a new Assault map set on the Moon called Horizon Lunar Colony.
In the future Apple could stream movies while they're still in theaters | Cult of Mac
At present, the idea of making movies available to view at home at the same time they hit theaters is still in its infancy. A startup by Napster pioneer Sean Parker called Screening Room has tried to do this — with a $50 price point attached — but it has so far failed to gain traction.
Forbes Tech News on Twitter
Here is Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report for 2017 http://on.forbes.com/60188YpTp pic.twitter.com/85OYoErBEg
Andy Rubin's first Essential smartphone has a glaring flaw that might be a dealbreaker
The first Essential-made smartphone,
the PH-1 (as in PH-ONE, get it?), runs on a stock version of
Android and has some pretty solid features, like fast
processors, a giant screen, and a premium titanium-ceramic build.
But there's one glaring issue that I just can't stop staring at,
and I suspect it might be a dealbreaker for some folks.
Why Prairie Voles Cuddle The Shit Out Of Their Partners
Here’s some news you desperately need today: A team of intrepid scientists has boldly gone where others have never dared, into the minds of tiny prairie voles in love. By studying the neural circuits of these adorable rodents, the researchers have uncovered some of the mechanisms behind their social bonding. Apparently, prairie voles cuddle for the same reasons we do—to show affection toward our partners—and goddamn is that cute.
Apple's Siri Speaker Production Kicks off Ahead of WWDC 2017 Debut; Will Feature Virtual Surround Sound but Will Not Have a Screen
To help the new Siri smart speaker stand out, Apple is betting on certain elements. Part of the speaker itself, the company is apparently working on offering “virtual surround sound technology,” and aiming to have a premium listening experience when compared to the competition’s products. That may go as far as actually measuring the room itself where the smart speaker is placed, to better adjust the sound levels it produces when being used.
Alphabet’s Nest Ends Product Drought With Revamped Indoor Camera
The Nest Cam IQ, which costs $299, shoots higher-resolution 4K video that allows users to more deeply zoom into footage without losing as much clarity as the current version. The video, however, automatically scales down to 1080P as 4K files are too large to reliably stream to a user’s phone. The higher-quality camera lens allows it to automatically pan to follow a person in the view as they walk around a room.
A Plasma Cutter Makes Solid Steel Melt Like Butter
To the naked eye, someone slicing through steel using a high-temperature plasma torch just looks like a massive shower of sparks. But through the lens of a high-speed camera filming at 480 frames per second , the steel looks about as strong as melting butter as the torch easily slices through it.
Gaming is ready to speedrun through your life, Mary Meeker says
She attributes the growth to Generation X and millennials, two age groups that grew up surrounded by video games, from arcade machines to Candy Crush Saga fitting in our pockets. In her report, Meeker found that the largest revenue for gaming came from Asia, with $47 billion flowing in during 2016.
Lebanon bans the new 'Wonder Woman' movie
Lebanon is officially at war with Israel. The ban is in accordance with a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling to Israel or having contacts with Israelis. The official says the ban issued by the minister of interior Wednesday has been relayed to the distribution company. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been published.
How Do We Know Black Holes Are Really Holes?
We know that black holes exist in some form or another, but no one has seen them with their own eyes or a telescope, since they’re either black or shrouded by hot gas from stuff torn apart by their gravity. We also know that galaxies have central massive objects that we assume are supermassive black holes. Scientists think these black holes are dense masses of the smallest possible length, surrounded by a far-out point-of-no-return of warped space from which light can’t escape, based on Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. But assumptions aren’t facts. So a few scientists wanted to prove to themselves that Einstein was right—that black holes really do collapse into single points under their own gravity, and aren’t just super heavy masses that have somehow become dark.
A 3D printer gave my Nintendo Switch a real D-pad
Okay, "make" might be a bit of an overstatement -- I didn't personally design or print anything -- but when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to run anything through his new magic 3D fabrication machine , I knew exactly what I wanted. Just days after Nintendo's January Switch reveal, Thingiverse user EmperorFaiz uploaded the Nintendo Switch D-Pad Mod -- a DIY plastic cross that fits over the left Joy-con's separated directional buttons. I had absolutely no confidence a homemade, stick-on accessory could make the Switch controller feel more like a traditional gamepad, but I also had nothing to lose: My buddy told me the file would take less than ten minutes to print up and cost less than 30 cents. So, I had him make one. And it worked. It worked really well.
On The Handmaid’s Tale, Gilead’s Morality Is Exposed as a Perverted Lie
However, Offred doesn’t have time to internally monologue about the painful hypocrisy of the situation. For there, in the midst of the crowd, is June’s best friend Moira, clad in red hotpants and Playboy-style bunny ears. She’s alive, and seemingly well. The pair sneak a couple of moments together, where Moira reveals how she was captured while trying to escape. She’s since resigned to her life at Jezebels, telling Offred there’s no chance either of them can get away. Moira’s tried too many times, and would rather drink and medicate herself into a stupor than get crushed under her failure again. Even though it’s tragic, it has some parallels to Offred’s experiences with Nick. They’re both sacrificing their ideals in order to feel good, because they fear that’s all they can hope for.
5 reasons you'll want Intel's crazy new Core i9 CPUs, and 3 reasons you won't
It’s more than just the sky-high cost that will keep you away from the latest Intel chips.
Dropbox beefs up security in the cloud with MobileIron integration - TechRepublic
The new integration also offers single sign-on (SSO) capabilities. According to the release, "the siloed sandbox architecture of mobile apps prevents traditional SSO techniques from working effectively so employees using a variety of cloud services like Concur, Office 365, Salesforce, or Tableau need to provide their credentials every time they log into an app." But with MobileIron Access, business users will use MobileIron Tunnel, a per-app VPN solution, for authentication. This method gives users a certificate which can produce a SAML token "in order to provide seamless single sign-on to Dropbox and other enterprise-managed cloud services such as Concur, Office 365, Salesforce, and Tableau." Essentially, the sign-on method should allow users a more simple sign-on experience, while still protecting data.
Going Under the Hood of the Electric Chevy Bolt
Colin Langan, a UBS analyst, discusses his cost analysis of the Chevy Bolt and the outlook for the electric-vehicle market with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology." (Source: Bloomberg)
Space-Based 'Doomsday Vault' for Sperm May Be Possible, Pup Study Shows
The scientists noted that freeze-dried sperm can be preserved at room temperature for up to two years, and in a freezer almost indefinitely. This raises the possibility that a sperm bank in space could help protect animal species from catastrophes on Earth, the researchers said. Wakayama cited a similar idea that was brought up in the science-fiction book "Tuf Voyaging" by George R.R. Martin, the author of "A Game of Thrones."
This Bong Vape Is Not Only Ridiculous, It’s Smooth as Hell
As much as we hate the term “frankengadget” that’s sort of what this thing is, as it brings the the advantages of a bong (sorry, “waterpipe”) to the world of vaporizers. The concept of the bong—for those of you who who didn’t live in my dorm—is that the smoke passes through some water, with the primary objective being to cool the smoke down. The water does a little filtering, too. The combination makes for a smoother, less harsh hit. Vaporizing weed (which heats the bud to the point where the good stuff turns to vapor, but the nasty stuff doesn’t burn) is already way easier on your throat and lungs. Adding bong filtration makes the heat even lower, the vapor a little less dry, and everything feel incredibly smooth.
CNN has dropped Kathy Griffin after her controversial beheaded Trump photo
In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, CNN announced that Griffin
will no longer cohost "New Year's Eve Live" alongside
co-host Anderson Cooper.
Hong Kong Looks Beautifully Uncanny When Seen From the Sky
Few cities represent the remarkable 20th century trend of skyscraper-filled, obscenely dense cities better than Hong Kong. At its height, The Kowloon Walled City, which was demolished in 1993, was perhaps the most dystopian portrait of urban living. And according to photographer Andy Yeung, 21st-century Hong Kong isn’t all that different.
Nest Launches Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera with Facial Recognition, and more for 05/31/2017
Nest Launches Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera with Facial Recognition
By Chethan Rao on May 31, 2017 10:44 am
Nest has freshly announced the Cam IQ, an indoor security camera that can be connected to your iPhone or Android device. Using the camera, not only can you get a visual of your home, but also recognize the people that are walking around your home thanks to the built-in facial recognition technology.
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Siri Speaker Wishlist: Top 5 Features We Would Love to See
By Rohan Naravane on May 31, 2017 08:45 am
Amazon deserves a pat on the back for getting a speaker with a digital assistant built-in mass acceptance. The Amazon Echo was a cylindrical device launched in 2014 that featured Alexa, a voice-activated and voice-controlled virtual assistant that could do a variety of things, including ordering things from Amazon, of course. Eventually, several varieties of Echo products spawned including the Amazon Tap portable speaker, the tiny Echo Dot, and more recently the camera-packing Echo Look and screen-laden Echo Show.
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Apple Registers New Mac and iPad Model Numbers in Eurasia Before WWDC Next Week
By Rajesh Pandey on May 31, 2017 08:12 am
Ahead of WWDC next week, a new regulatory filing from Apple in the Eurasian Economic database hints at five new Macs that Apple might unveil at its yearly developer conference.
7 ways to protect your Apple computers against ransomware - TechRepublic
One of the best protections against ransomware (by virtue of allowing you to bounce back from it quickly) is a good backup system; as a matter of fact, several backup systems are even better. Since data can be backed up to several different media at once, an incremental backup to a local drive that you can transport with you, alongside a constant backup to cloud storage with versioning support, and a third backup to a network server with encryption provides ample redundancy so that if your local drive becomes compromised, you still have three possible data sets to recover from.
Gmail is bringing in AI security for where humans fail
With more than 1 billion active users on Gmail every day, its a massive job to protect them all from cyberattacks via email. Google estimates 50 to 70 percent of messages in Gmail's inboxes are spam, many of which are carefully crafted to deceive people. So the company is tapping artificial intelligence to step in where humans are failing, it announced Wednesday.
WWGD? Chrome needs to come to Windows 10 S | ZDNet
So, as it has on iOS, Google should create a version of its browser that is Chrome on the outside but not on the inside. As Chrome for iOS relies on Safari's rendering engine, so a version of Chrome for Windows 10 S should rely on Edge's. Of course, this is not an ideal issue in that Google gives up some control and consistency across platforms. Indeed, such inconsistency is even harder to rationalize among desktop operating systems given that users at least tend to expect some reduction in functionality when using tablets and smartphones. Furthermore, relying on Edge's browser might require Google to find ways of implementing Chrome-exclusive features in another way. As Windows 10 users know, Microsoft and Google are often needling each other on the platform, with Google, for example, noting that Chrome is required to use Google Docs offline.
These subtle smart gloves turn sign language into words
There are, however, problems, such as the complexity and size of the Chinese language compared to others. A company spokesperson here at Computex in Taipei said that most smartphones aren't capacious enough to hold all of the gesture data to encompass natural signed speech.
You're Not on Mushrooms, This Animated Fidget Spinner Brings Super Mario to Life
To the naked eye, Super Mario will just look like a blur as the fidget spinner spins. But seeing the animation is as simple as pointing your smartphone’s camera at the spinner, its electronic shutter will slow down the motion, revealing Mario’s perpetual run.
Friday Hack Chat: Audio Systems
Every Friday, we gather round the campfire with the best in the business to tease out whatever secrets are stored in their mind. This is the Hack Chat, and this week, we’re going to be talking about audio systems with [Dafydd Roche]. Bring your low-distortion volume knobs and porcelain speaker cable risers, this is going to be a good one.
Windows 10: Get ready for PCs with 'beyond all-day' battery life - TechRepublic
In a demo at Computex tech conference in Taiwan, Qualcomm revealed new details about forthcoming Windows 10 PCs running on the ARM-based Snapdragon 835 chipset used in high-end smartphones.
Is James Corden trying to usurp Ryan Seacrest as the busiest man in showbiz?
Corden continues to host this long-running sports-based game show in the UK, which begins airing a new season across the pond on June 5 (although it's unlikely to hit our screens stateside). This year, Corden is bringing his British buddies, actor Jack Whitehall, footballer Jamie Redknapp and cricket player Freddie Flintoff, to the US for another road trip — and since these blokes are Corden's longtime friends and knew him before he made it big in Hollywood, viewers get to see a different side of the host when he's goofing around with them.
I want this fancy double washing machine and I want it now
Bonus: The FlexWash doesn't require two water lines. Instead, it has an internal separator that directs the main front-load washer's water one way and the smaller top-load washer's water the other way. That means installation is essentially the same as any other washing machine. The water won't mix, either, so the red towels in your main washer won't stain the white blouse in the smaller washer.
Pokeland Is the Next Pokemon Game for iOS and Android
Matthew is PCMag's UK-based editor and news reporter. Prior to joining the team, he spent 14 years writing and editing content on our sister site Geek.com and has covered most areas of technology, but is especially passionate about games tech. Alongside PCMag, he's a freelance video game designer. Matthew holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from Birmingham University and a Masters in Computer Games Development from Abertay University.