Blade Runner 2049' trailer teases the replicant dilemma
The second trailer for 'Blade Runner 2049' suggests we might finally know if Rick Deckard was an android all along.
John Oliver's new net neutrality rant crashes FCC site again
Commentary: With the arrival of a new FCC chairman, the HBO comedian returns to his favorite subject and mocks Bing in the process.
The Martian author Andy Weir’s next book will be a crime thriller set on the Moon
One of the biggest science fiction novels to hit bookstores in the last decade is Andy Weir’s The Martian. The story is about an astronaut stranded on Mars and his efforts to survive until rescue....
Google’s mysterious new Fuchsia OS has a UI now
We’ve known for a while now that Google is working on a mysterious new operating system known as "Fuchsia." Unlike Android or Chrome OS that are based on Linux, Fuchsia is built on a new,...
NVIDIA's AI may keep watch over smart cities of the future
Deep-learning AI system Metropolis could help analyze the flood of video surveillance data.
Former Microsoft design director on shaping Hololens, Xbox and Cortana with inclusive design thinking
Kat Holmes is the former principal director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft. In our thirteenth episode, we talk about the definition of inclusive design,..
Food delivery service Maple is shutting down
Maple, a food delivery service that hoped to disrupt the way food is made and distributed, is shutting its doors. The&nb
Amazon’s touchscreen Echo with video calling could be announced tomorrow
Amazon’s flagship Echo is also likely to support “at least some” of the features offered by the Echo Look , a camera that can help users make fashion and outfit choices with the assistance of artificial intelligence. That product is currently available on an invite-only basis, whereas this new Echo will undoubtedly see a huge marketing push by Amazon. You can put an Echo speaker in every room of your house, but this is going to be the experience’s centerpiece. As Amazon’s tech rivals including Google and Apple try to play catchup at building a voice-controlled speaker “assistant,” the company is already moving on to the next piece of its Alexa strategy.
What Facebook F8’s AR/VR announcements mean for marketers
Last week, Facebook once again created buzz in the AR/VR industry with a series of announcements at the F8 Developer Conference. With 2 billion active users on Facebook and a mission to be the leader of next wave technologies, there is no doubt that the industry is watching Facebook’s movements in this space closely.
John Oliver Jumps Back Into Washington’s Net Neutrality Debate
"Tell the FCC to preserve net neutrality,” Oliver said. “Once again commenters, America needs you to rise, or more accurately remain seated in front of your computer screen, to this occasion. So please, fly my pretties! Fly once more!"
Zero day exploits: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
"SMBs are vulnerable to [zero day] attacks because they are often seen as a conduit to a larger ecosystem," Saunders said. "SMBs may have weaker defenses than a large organization, so if their devices are connected to cloud services offered by large solution providers, their data is exposed and vulnerable. Often, SMBs don't have sophisticated security measures. They need to rely on solution providers and engage ones who help them protect their data. Startups often are targets of stolen intellectual property as they are seen as cutting edge and innovative." The more devices employed by a company, he explained, more threat vectors open up to hackers.
Uber Builds AI Team in Toronto as It Fights Self-Driving Car Lawsuit at Home
“The University of Toronto has long been considered a global leader in artificial intelligence research. That’s why we’re so pleased to see Professor Raquel Urtasun, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of machine perception, take on this incredibly exciting role,” Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto, said in a statement. Urtasun will help Uber continue to build software that allows self-driving cars to perceive the world around them. These vehicles need to understand everything from the color of a stoplight to whether a traffic cop is waving a car on or telling it to stop. She's taking a leave of absence from the University but will still work there, and at the Vector Institute, one day a week.
Apple extends service for buggy Smart Keyboards | Cult of Mac
The company, in the memo sent last week, acknowledged that some Smart Keyboard owners experienced stuck or unresponsive keys as well as non-working Smart Connectors. Apple says it will fix any qualifying keyboards free of charge within three years of the date of purchase. The company will also give a refund to any customer who already paid for service on a Smart Keyboard.
Nokia helps make Chengdu region into a smart powerhouse
“The TianFu New Area development project presents an exciting opportunity to build a smart city – or actually a smart region – from the ground up,” Said Mike Wang, the president of Greater China for Nokia. “The communications network will serve as the brain and nervous system of the smart city, and we welcome the opportunity to apply Nokia’s technology and know-how to the challenge of building the digital infrastructure that will support this groundbreaking effort.”
Microsoft Cortana-Powered Speaker Challenges Amazon’s Echo With Skype Calls
Microsoft Corp. is hoping to challenge Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo smart speaker for a spot on the kitchen counter with a device from Samsung Electronics Co. that can make phone calls.
Austrian court rules Facebook must delete 'hate postings'
VIENNA Facebook must remove postings deemed as hate speech, an Austrian court has ruled, in a legal victory for campaigners who want to force social media companies to combat online "trolling".
FCC says its comment system was hit by denial-of-service attacks
“Beginning on Sunday night at midnight, our analysis reveals that the FCC was subject to multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDos),” agency chief information officer David Bray said in a statement. “These were deliberate attempts by external actors to bombard the FCC’s comment system with a high amount of traffic to our commercial cloud host.”
'Hellboy' reboot happening with 'Stranger Things' David Harbour
Comic book creator Mike Mignola confirms that "Hellboy" movie reboot will star Harbour and be directed by Neil Marshall.
10 new enterprise-friendly features in Windows 10 Creators Update - TechRepublic
Take a look at 10 of the most significant features aimed at enterprise users in the Windows 10 Creators Update and see how much they will impact your network.
Windows 10 S has the potential to create lifelong Microsoft customers - TechRepublic
I am not suggesting this is Microsoft's main motivation in developing Windows 10 S. There is, without a doubt, a market for a more secure, less configurable, version of Windows 10. However, in the era of cloud computing and subscription-based software, the real battle is for users. Creating a familiarized user at an early age today will certainly help sell a few Microsoft ecosystem devices and subscriptions in the future.
The Best iPad Apps of 2017
However, there's a downside: app discovery. How do you navigate all the iPad-optimized apps to find those worth downloading? Easy. Read PCMag.com's picks. Our staff has tested hundreds of iPad apps and highlighted the best of the best. If you're a glutton for punishment, you could dig through the depths of the App Store for user reviews, but that demands a lot of time. Plus, little-known apps of high quality may have only a handful of reviews. Just sit back and let us deliver the gems to you.
Oculus and Vive Headsets Are Taking Israel's Army Underground
Virtual reality allows commanders to put soldiers through exercises that are impossible to carry out in the physical world, said their training officer, Lt. Col. O., whose full name can’t be published due to military regulations. Oculus goggles, chosen for high resolution, create realistic tunnel systems and obstacles for soldiers sitting at a computer, and Vive headsets transport a standing soldier underground, with control sticks to dismantle booby traps. Facebook and HTC didn’t respond to requests to comment.
Chuwi's Hi13: An affordable, acceptable alternative to the Microsoft Surface - TechRepublic
Next, there is the unavoidable issue of internal storage. Had Chuwi included an SD or microSD slot, I wouldn't dock them for the low-end 64GB internal storage. But without the ability to make use of external storage, you're limited. Yes, this is a tablet and 64GB isn't out of the ordinary (for low- to mid-range devices), but as the Hi13 uses a full version of Windows 10, users will be so inclined to install applications, which take up space. I'm good with storing everything in the cloud (as I do with my Chromebooks), but when you have a device that can run standard applications, the inclination will be to install and use them. Even worse, after connecting Chrome to my Google account, Drive immediately gobbled up the space on the device until there was none left. Had the Hi13 had external storage, I could have moved Drive (on the device) to that location and not concerned myself with running out of storage. As is, I cannot sync Google Drive to the device. I can, of course, use Google Drive, just not locally. The simple inclusion of external storage would have solved that issue.
The original Huawei Watch is getting Android Wear 2.0
Owners of Huawei’s original watch can now update their device to run Android Wear 2.0 . The update is being rolled out to both the developer preview and the stable channel of the two-year-old smartwatch, according to Reddit reports and AndroidCentral . The update should be available through the watch’s settings, but if it’s not, the watch can be manually flashed.
Cracking Hitler's unbreakable code: How the Colossus computer helped beat the Nazis - TechRepublic
While Bletchley is famous as home to Alan Turing and his work on cracking the Nazi's Enigma code—used to protect day-to-day communications within the German army, airforce and navy— it was Bletchley's efforts in cracking Lorenz that led to the creation of one of the world's first computers, the Colossus.
Dell Takes Venture Arm Out of Stealth, Aims to Spend $100 Million Annually
Now, Dell wants to publicize its investments. The venture arm -- which kept a very low profile when it was part of EMC -- is coming out of "stealth," including disclosing portfolio companies as part of a new push to highlight young businesses. The company is spending about $100 million annually on the funding of startups, he said.
Frustrated With Tesla and GM, David Einhorn Amps Up Pressure
The two sides have a couple of key differences. GM has argued that there is no precedent to show how two share issues would generate more value than the current common stock. In fact, GM said management took Einhorn’s proposal to credit rating agencies, where they were told such a split could jeopardize the automaker’s investment-grade ratings, making borrowing more expensive and likely putting a downward pressure on shares.
Secret space plane returns to Earth after record-setting mission
The just-ended mission, known as OTV-4 (Orbital Test Vehicle-4), was the fourth for the X-37B program. All four launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and the first three landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. But Air Force officials have said they want to consolidate X-37B launch and touchdown operations on Florida's Space Coast, so today's landing might be the first of many at the SLF.
So Begins the Alt-Right Purity Spiral
Yesterday, protesters and counter-protesters gathered around Lee Circle in New Orleans, the site of one of the state’s many monuments to Confederate figures which are now scheduled (over 150 years after the Civil War ended) to be torn down. Since the election of Donald Trump, we’ve seen many images like the one above from demonstrations that have turned violent. In this case, however, the man on the ground wasn’t hit by antifa or the police: America’s far right are beginning to turn on their own.
Samsung receives approval to test self-driving cars in South Korea
Samsung has received approval to test self-driving vehicles in South Korea and will begin with a “Hyundai equipped with the latest cameras and sensors,” according to The Korean Herald .
The FCC’s comment system targeted by DDoS attacks during filing period for net neutrality
“Beginning on Sunday night at midnight, our analysis reveals that the FCC was subject to multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks,” read a statement from the FCC’s CIO, David Bray. “These were deliberate attempts by external actors to bombard the FCC’s comment system with a high amount of traffic to our commercial cloud host. These actors were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather they made it difficult for legitimate commenters to access and file with the FCC.”
Instagram's mobile website can do almost as much as the app
Instagram's web version has usually played second fiddle to its phone apps. While you could check out photos or look at your notifications , you weren't going to use it in place of native software. You might want to take a second look, though, as Instagram has upgraded its mobile website to add some of the core features that you take for granted in the app. The social network quietly added photo sharing in March, and just introduced the Explore tab. You still can't apply filters, post videos, handle direct messages or view Stories, but all the basics are there.
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A Museum Visit Takes a Freaky Turn in This Funny Scifi Short
Strolling through a gallery, a mustachioed man pauses before a large sculpture—which, as he studies it, reveals a remarkable secret hidden within. (His “Oh shit!” moment is priceless.) In just two minutes, Jonathan Djob Nkondo’s The Last Exhibition manages to be as delightfully weird as it needs to be.
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Canonical starts IPO path | ZDNet
This move also means Canonical will devote more of its time to "putting the company on the path to a IPO. We must figure out what steps we need to take moving forward." That means focusing on Canonical's most profitable lines. Specifically, "Ubuntu will never die. Ubuntu is the default platform on cloud computing. Juju, MaaS, and OpenStack are nearly unstoppable. We need to work out more of our IoT path. At the same time, we had to cut out those parts that couldn't meet an investors' needs. The immediate work is get all parts of the company profitable."
The ride-sharing app that beat Uber in China is available in English for the first time
Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-hail behemoth that is a key ally of Apple and most recently took over Uber’s business in China, is going global. Today, the company announced its plan to offer its service in English for the first time. And with a new round of funding, many experts believe the Chinese company will look to expand its service into new markets.
Hellboy Creator Announces R-Rated Film Reboot, Sans Guillermo del Toro
It’d be exciting to get a new Hellboy film, especially after years of watching and waiting for del Toro to finally follow through on his many hints and promises. But, it does come with some reservations. The original series had a distinct look and style, and it’s unclear what Marshall and Harbour would bring that del Toro and Perlman didn’t already excel at. Still, fingers crossed!
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Grammarly, With $110 Million, Brings Artificial Intelligence to Writing
Startup Grammarly uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help improve people’s writing, from basic spelling, grammar and style to more advanced suggestions on tone and context-specific language.
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BUFFETT ON GOOGLE: Imagine having a business where ‘a cash register rung somewhere out in California’ every time someone clicks
In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Buffett explained why: Google's search ad business is like a natural monopoly, meaning that the costs of building a company with a similar market share are large enough to fend off any serious takers. Google is poised to get approximately 78% of total US search ad revenues in 2017, according to eMarketer .
The Best Wireless Routers of 2017
Satellites in a Wi-Fi system are all part of the same network and provide seamless connectivity as you roam throughout the house, and they do not usually require any configuration or management beyond a few taps on a free associated mobile app. A number of the solutions in this category support high-end features like guest networking, device prioritization, parental controls, and MU-MIMO, but because Wi-Fi systems are designed to be simple, in most cases you won't be able to access the same kind of in-depth settings you can on routers. For that reason, power users and compulsive tinkerers might not love Wi-Fi systems, but for everyone else who finds network setup intimidating, these are among the friendliest and most innovative options you can find today.
Spongebob Squarepants will gladly mock you in the internet's next, best meme
Apparently, you can turn literally anything into a meme because the photo took off on Twitter, and has been used with a mix of upper and lower case lettering to create the perfect mocking tone. You can actually hear in your head exactly how these quotes would be said.
What in God's name is going on with this mysterious house listing on Zillow?
Okay that's enough touring, let's get your name signed on that dotted line. What do you say? Once again, do not ask me about the upstairs neighbors, they are your responsibility and also might be practicing dark magic. Either that or they are dead, which— Hey where are you going? Wait come back! It's extremely affordable! A really good starter house! We can talk about going 50/50 on the ceiling repairs if that's what's holding you back!
FBI Paid $900K To Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone 5c
Remember the San Bernardino shooting and the battle between Apple and FBI that followed on unlocking the iPhone 5c of a shooter? While Apple did not budge to FBI’s demand, the law enforcement agency managed to unlock the terrorist’s iPhone using a tool obtained from an unknown third-party.
VCs Put $110 Million Into Grammar-Checking Software
General Catalyst, a Silicon Valley venture firm, said Monday that it led a $110 million investment in Grammarly Inc. The San Francisco startup makes software that underlines awkward words and phrases in the user’s writing and makes suggestions, similar to a feature in Microsoft Word.
Why SMBs are at high risk for ransomware attacks, and how they can protect themselves - TechRepublic
Ransomware cost businesses more than $1B last year, and SMBs are particularly susceptible to attack. Here are some tips and best practices for keeping your company safe.
Our Obsession With Ikea Has Gone Too Far: Meet The Frakta Thong
Ikea’s bright-blue Frakta bag might be the Swedish furniture company’s most iconic design–and for good reason. The 99-cent tote is big enough and strong enough to haul pretty much anything your two hands can carry. But our obsession with Frakta has hit peak eye roll, thanks to a $2,145 leather bag from Balenciaga that’s a spitting image of the tote and a number of fan hacks that have gone from witty to woeful recently.
Uber hires Raquel Urtasun to lead a new ATG self-driving unit in Toronto
Urtasun’s work on self-driving technology in general, and specifically with perception algorithms that help autonomous vehicles take better measure of their surroundings, have made her an influential figure in the growing self-driving space. She joins a number of other top AI researchers coming out of University of Toronto who have gone on to secure positions of importance at major tech firms; U of T AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton, who heads Google Brain’s Canadian operations, is another.
Apple is now worth more than $800 billion (AAPL) | 05/08/17
Monday's pop pushed Apple's value past $800 billion for the first time, solidifying the company's position as the world's largest publicly traded company.
Amazon to control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year
Amazon is dominating the voice-controlled speaker market, according to a new forecast from eMarketer out this morning. The maker of the Echo-branded speakers will have 70.6 percent of all voice-enabled speaker users in the U.S. this year – well ahead of Google Home’s 23.8 percent and other, smaller players like Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon, and Mattel, who combined only account for 5.6 percent of users.
Intel chip vulnerability lets hackers easily hijack fleets of PCs
The "critical"-rated bug, disclosed by Intel last week , lies in a feature of Intel's Active Management Technology (more commonly known as just AMT), which allows IT administrators to remotely carry out maintenance and other tasks on entire fleets of computers as if they were there in person, like software updates and wiping hard drives. AMT also allows the administrator to remotely control the computer's keyboard and mouse, even if the PC is powered off.
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Quartz nails is a new beauty trend that really rocks
Coming off the heels of geode-inspired nails , this dreamy, translucent pink look is the perfect trend for summer. The lines and cracks of the nails resemble all the characteristics of nature's jaw-dropping crystals, but in the most subtle, versatile way. Trendsetters all over Instagram have been posting pictures of the their new gorgeous manicures.
As WeWork Grew, Some Employees Say They Were Mistreated
Interviews with more than a dozen former WeWork employees, seven of whom worked there within the last year, echo the allegations and suggest that some problems still linger. Former workers describe a chaotic and disorganized company, where young employees are drawn in with equity in a high-flying startup and the promise of a place where you can “Do What You Love,” a company motto. But they were expected to work long hours and be ready to volunteer for more and told to “Hustle Harder," another slogan often found on WeWork office walls. Employees are still bound by mandatory arbitration and non-compete agreements. Four current WeWork employees, who the company made available to Bloomberg, said that working on community staff is challenging but fulfilling. Many former workers spoke only on condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation from the company.