Watch Elon Musk's full interview at Code 2016
Elon Musk took the stage Wednesday night at Code Conference 2016 for a chat with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. In a wide-ranging interview, the SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO talked about the f...
If you excel at 'Hitman' games, it's because of repetition
There's a specific science behind what makes the 'Hitman' series feel awesome.
Build a criminal empire in new 'GTA V Online' expansion
‘Further Adventures in Finance and Felony’ lets players live the mogul life.
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Samsung Returns to the Fitness Game With Wireless Earbuds and Gear Fit2
It’s that time of year where the checkout line is a confusing myriad of treats, and magazines maligning you for said treats. From the dudely “fitness” magazines to the lady-aimed “lifestyle” guides they’re all telling you to get that bod ready for the beach. But it’s not just the media telling you to move your ass. The tech sector is in on the action. Pebble has its new fit-focused watches and Jaybird has its superb water-resistant earbuds . Now Samsung gets its latest addition to both categories.
Samsung's new smart earbuds track your steps and heart rate
So yeah, the IconX is arguably more interesting than the Gear Fit 2, and we're really looking forward to its launch in Q3, later this year. The thing you have to remember is that battery life can vary dramatically based on your usage. Let's say you're just listening to music saved on the buds: The IconX will last for 3.6 hours on a charge. That estimate dips to 3.4 hours if you throw in some workout tracking, and plummets to 1.5 hours if you're streaming music from a phone with activity tracking on. Fortunately, the IconX's case doubles as a battery pack that will charge the buds from bone-dry to full twice. The potentially short battery life won't be a deal-breaker for some, but it's a reminder of the limitations of fully wireless buds. Still, I'm already sold on the concept . Now we just need to see if the IconX lives up to its promise.
NBA, Twitter, Samsung team up for 360-degree video of NBA Finals
Samsung, the NBA and Twitter are collaborating to serve up 360-degree video highlights during the NBA Finals, which start tonight. The footage will be shot on Samsung's new Gear 360 cameras and served up via the NBA's Twitter account . This is Twitter's debut enabling any sort of 360-degree video viewing in its app.
Snapchat has more active daily users than Twitter, report says
Popular messaging app reportedly has 10 million more users on a daily basis than the social network.
Facebook is shutting down its Notify app
Facebook says the technology that powers Notify will be absorbed into other products. Chief among them: Messenger, where some news outlets are already experimenting with delivering the news via chatbots. "Since launching Notify, we've learned a lot about how to make notifications as timely and relevant as possible and we heard from people using the app that Notify helped them stay informed about things they cared about throughout the day," Facebook said in a statement. "With more than 900 million people using Messenger each month, we think there is a great opportunity for publishers to reach even more people interested in real-time updates from their favorite sources."
Google is teaching its self-driving car to honk its horn - Roadshow
Researchers started out by sounding the horn only inside the vehicle, to ensure that the car wasn't using the horn incorrectly, which could cause human drivers to react in strange ways. Its honking is now outside the car, though, and it has two different types of honk -- two little beeps as "a friendly heads up," and a sustained honk for more dire situations.
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
Google open-sources AnyPixel, which lets anyone program interactive displays
Google today is open-sourcing its AnyPixel software for programming interactive displays like the one in the lobby of its New York City office. Hardware and software libraries and example apps are available now on GitHub .
"I’m a firm believer that the ones who tell you what’s impossible have failed."
Apple’s App Store, iCloud, iTunes, TV, Photos, and other services are down
Find My Friends, Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/Mac, Back to My Mac, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Account and Sign In, iCloud Backup, iCloud Bookmarks, & Tabs, iCloud Calendar, iCloud Drive, iCloud Notes, iCloud Reminders, iCloud Storage Upgrades, iCloud Web Apps (iCloud.com), iPhone Calls to iPad/Mac, iTunes in the Cloud, iWork for iCloud, Mac App Store, Mail Drop, Photos, iMovie Theater, and the Volume Purchase Program are also currently affected.
The Louvre Is Moving Art Due to Historic Flooding in Paris
Over the last few days heavy flooding across France, Austria, and Germany has resulted in some scary photos, including surreal images of the Seine spilling over its banks in Paris. The river is getting a little too close for comfort for the Louvre, which is relocating some of its art.
Apple Releases Updated Version of iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7-Inch iPad Pro
Apple today released a new version of iOS 9.3.2 that's specific to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro , presumably resolving an issue that caused some iPad Pro devices to become bricked after installing the original iOS 9.3.2 update.
The new version of iOS 9.3.2, build 13F72, can be downloaded over-the-air on any 9.7-inch iPad Pro that has not previously been updated to the latest version of iOS 9.
iOS 9.3.2 was originally released to the public on Monday, May 16, but shortly after it came out, we began receiving complaints that the update was bricking some 9.7-inch iPad Pro devices with an "error 56" message.
Later in the week, Apple pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and advised customers who had been affected by the error to contact Apple support. No simple fix was available, and some users who were impacted by the bug had their iPad Pro devices replaced by Apple.
Alongside the removal of the iOS 9.3.2 update, Apple said it was working on a fix and would release a new version of iOS 9.3.2 "as quickly as possible."
The launch of a new version of iOS 9.
Google's new tool helps test your website's speed and mobile-friendliness
Speed testing services seem to be the new thing tech companies are dabbing into on their free time – just weeks after Netflix launched Fast.com , Google has announced its own tool to help you measure your website’s speed and mobile-friendliness.
Google has a clever idea to help you get more storage space on your phone
Google thinks it can help make the dreaded routine less of a pain. The company is testing a new feature that suggests which apps you should delete first to free up room on your device, Android Police reports .
'Minecraft' tops 100 million sales
Minecraft 's popularity shows no sign of waning. The game's strength isn't a finite story or tremendous graphics -- because of this, it has a seemingly timeless appeal that catches new children as they grow old enough to play it. As long as that continues, Minecraft will continue to sell in extraordinary numbers.
John Cena is being paid millions of dollars to sell garbage bags
ena will reportedly be starring in a several commercials to promote Hefty’s “Ultra Strong” garbage bags. Ultra strong garbage bags? Ultra strong wrestler? We see what you did there, Hefty.
Non-awkward human Alex Trebek talks sex on 'Jeopardy!'
"I think there's a lot of claims going around that Japanese men don't have sex, and... [laughs] Am I allowed to say that?" she said, before Trebek urged her on with an emphatic, "Yes! I'm all ears now."
'Sims 4' removes gender barriers in Create a Sim
A free update released Thursday for The Sims 4 makes more than 700 existing pieces of content gender-neutral, allowing players to alter their characters in any way they wish for the first time. Women can have deep voices, broad shoulders and blazers, and men can have dresses, long hair and heels, for example. The update applies to customization options in the base game as well as existing DLC packs for the "Create a Sim" mode.
Looks Like We Were Wrong About the Origin of Dogs
The precise origin of our canine companions is mired in controversy. But a new study suggests that dogs emerged from not one but two different populations of ancient wolves. What’s more, this dual domestication happened on opposite sides of the Eurasian continent.
Evidence That Elon Musk Is an Alien
Musk raised more than Stephen Colbert’s eyebrows when he recommended that we “drop thermonuclear weapons over the poles” of Mars. Why would anyone want to lob nukes at an innocent planet? He claims it might warm the atmosphere up enough to make Mars hospitable. But he really wanted to destroy it. I mean, if your own race had long been at odds with the extraterrestrials that reside on Mars, you’d want to blow them up, too. Maybe It’s part of the reason he came to Earth. Luckily there now seems to be some kind of treaty in place.
Xiaomi's Mi Band 2 comes with a display and a price rise
Like its predecessor , the Mi Band 2 tracks basic movements, monitors your heart rate, measures sleep, includes an ADI accelerometer and is waterproof. The screen, coupled with a thin anodized button, will display the time, step count and current heart activity, but comes at a price. Xiaomi has been forced to increase the cost of its wearable, pricing it at around $23 (£15), around $7 more than its older sibling.
Tribune Publishing rebrands as tronc, terrible puns ensue
“Our industry requires an innovative approach and a fundamentally different way of operating,” said Chairman Michael Ferro in the press release. “Our transformation strategy – which has attracted over $114 million in growth capital – is focused on leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the user experience and better monetize our world-class content in order to deliver personalized content to our 60 million monthly users and drive value for all of our stakeholders. Our rebranding to tronc* represents the manner in which we will pool our technology and content resources to execute on our strategy.”
Uber and Airbnb should only be banned as a 'last resort," says Europe
Services such as ride-hailing app Uber and home-rental site Airbnb should only be banned as a last resort, the European Union executive said on Thursday, as it seeks to foster development of the "sharing economy".
It’s official: Prince died of an opioid overdose
During the press conference in April, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson outlined the general timeline of the discovery and subsequent investigation into Prince’s death. Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator, and was pronounced dead after CPR efforts failed to revive him. Olson stated the premises was searched and found to be empty, indicating Prince died alone. Olson went on to explain that a full investigation is standard procedure for an unwitnessed death, and confirmed that the sheriff’s department did call in a crime lab, but was quick to state that nothing should be inferred from the crime lab’s involvement as it is procedure. Olson also stated there were no obvious signs of trauma, and that there was nothing to indicate the death was a suicide.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Is Half Fitness Tracker, Half Smartwatch
Samsung says the Gear Fit2 riffs on the Tizen operating system powering its Gear smartwatches. The UI has been rejiggered to a vertical orientation on the 1.5-inch AMOLED waterproof (IP68-rated) touchscreen, which the company says is more natural when you’re looking down at your wrist. The extra screen real estate provides a map interface, visualizations for your activity targets, and leaderboards that let you challenge friends to feats of crushing it. Inside you’ll find a heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and a dual-core 1GHz processor.
Two to Tango, please: Uber finally makes inroads in aging Japan
TANGO, Japan Ride-hailing app Uber has finally cracked Japan - approved to offer its service in Tango, part of Kyotango city on the west coast, with a population of just 5,560 and abandoned by the local taxi firm eight years ago.
Are we living in Simulated Virtual Reality? Elon Musk Thinks so!!
We live in a world full of religion, science, and spirituality. All three of these believes seem to contradict themselves, and none of them assume that we are actually the creations of much more advanced beings living somewhere else in the multiverse. The idea however seems more and more possible as we move into a world featuring virtual reality. Think about it for a second. Virtual reality and augmented reality are just coming into existence here on Earth. What happens when you take this technology and evolve it, iterate upon it and continue to develop it? Maybe, just maybe something so crazy that one day we could actually be living different lives -- lives which are 100% immersive and unlike anything we live today. If that is the case, then the argument could be made that we are in fact the results of a virtual reality game or experience being put forth by beings somewhere else within the multiverse or every outside of it.
At the Code conference in California last night, Elon Musk was on hand, and he has some very interesting things to say which is pretty much in line with my thoughts above.
Oops, Google failed its own website testing tool
Google today launched a new website testing tool to help you determine its speed and mobile-friendliness. It’s a product from the Think With Google team, which provides insights on how to best optimize your business online to attract, convert, and retain customers.
India market regulator pitches country to Silicon Valley investors
SAN FRANCISCO The head of India's financial markets regulator visited Silicon Valley this week to promote rule changes in his country protecting minority shareholders and encourage more investment in his country's thriving technology startups.
Jupiter's Mysterious Interior Is Coming Into Focus
For centuries, astronomers have been enchanted by the planet Jupiter, that roiling sea of clouds punctuated by a glowering red eye. But we’ve only had the fuzziest notion of what lies beneath this violent visage—until now.
Google's Sundar Pichai: Our AI Beats Competitors' AI - InformationWeek
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he believes his company's artificial intelligence is smarter than Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri, but we're seeing only 1% of its potential.
With the Gear Fit 2, Samsung tries again at workout wristbands
First, the broad strokes. The Gear Fit 2 is nearly the same size as the model that came out two years ago; it's just a little longer and a little wider to accommodate the updated display. That would be the 1.5-inch curved AMOLED screen, which is almost twice as wide as the original to better display your stats. An added bonus of this tweaked design is that the Gear Fit 2 is so, so much more comfortable to wear than its predecessor. Seriously, it's a night-and-day difference -- no small thing on a device you're supposed to wear 24/7.
Dragon egg candles let you live like Daenerys without the extreme peril
To hatch your dragon candle, simply light the wick and wait. Yes, that is it. You do not have to participate in any battles. You do not need to carry your candle egg into your lover's funeral pyre. You do not even need to eat any hearts.
NBA launches Facebook Messenger chatbot in time for the finals
The NBA has released a chatbot for Facebook Messenger, right in time for the first game of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
What Is This Weird Glowing Spot Hovering Over Pluto?
Is it aliens? Sure sounds like aliens—but these strange, glowing patches over Pluto are actually something else (almost) as mysterious.
Dad attempts to use Siri to text his daughter and fails miserably
But instead of sending the text, Siri picked up the dad rage that followed as Kellie's father attempted to get Siri to actually send the text.
Pop culture cross-stitch for the hip grandma in all of us
“I mostly stitch things that I would want hanging in my bedroom,” Montoya said to Mashable . “I love classic cartoon characters, but I'm also a huge fan of current hip hop/R&B music. Mixing the things I'm passionate with with the traditional style of embroidery work is my favorite thing about creating my pieces.”
Elon Musk believes our reality is a simulation. Here's 21 signs he's right.
Translation: the life we are living is actually just a simulation. People may think that they're living, breathing humans, but according to Elon Musk, we're all just really chatty characters in someone else's video game console.
There's a Ton of New Footage in This Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition Trailer
For anyone who missed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s coming home June 28 in a brand-new Ultimate Edition. As promised, it features an R-rated extended version of the film that runs 30 minutes longer and the first trailer for it is here, and its packed with unseen footage from the movie.
Google's Magenta Project: Can Machines Be Musicians? - InformationWeek
Through a project called Magenta, Google's machine learning researchers hope to understand whether computer-generated music can qualify as art.
Facebook will soon deploy community-activated Safety Check
At the time, Facebook said it was difficult for it to track everything going on in the world, so today it is launching the ability for a community-activated Safety Check so the feature can be enabled based on local trends. The feature will be available in 80 languages, and will suggest creating support groups to offer shelter areas for those affected by the ongoing crisis.
We gave a startup a bag of money. They gave it all to charity.
We gave a startup a bag of money. They gave it all to charity.
Author Leigh Bardugo's complicated history with body image and Wonder Woman
I think often of Wonder Woman’s bracelets. She has had numerous costumes over the years, but through almost every iteration, through bustiers and breastplates, through bottoms thick and thong, those bands of metal have remained—changing color and size, sometimes more bauble than bracer, but still retaining their purpose. In the mythology Marston built around those bracelets, Wonder Woman could only be robbed of her superstrength if they were chained together. And if she was freed of them, she would run amok, unstoppable, an Amazon unbound. I grew up afraid of what my body might do if freed, what attention it might garner, what shame it might bring. But for me, those bracelets have nothing to do with control or restraint. Instead, I see them for what they are:
New rompers give human babies wonderfully creepy cat tails
The rompers come in four different configurations —- cat, squirrel, rabbit and angel — as well as four different colors — green, pink, yellow and natural. The rompers are recommended for babies between 6 and 11 months, and grown adults with emotional problems.
Surgeon Simulator update takes you inside Donald Trump
Developer Bossa Studios has launched a new update for its Surgeon Simulator game in a $3 Anniversary Expansion that has players operating on presumptive Republican Party nominee (and three time runner-up in the comb-over world championships) Donald Trump. The downloadable add-on is available now on Steam, and you can get it bundled with the base game in the Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition for $13 . Bossa is trying to keep its game relevant and entertaining to watch since Surgeon Simulator has already found a lot of success by catering to a crowd that wants to livestream funny and strange experiences to their personal YouTube and Twitch channels. Adding The Donald, who is the GOP’s next great hope, could get a few more people to boot up the game during their video broadcasts.
Craigslist Missed Connection turns into beautiful interaction between humans
Who does this rape culture serve? It is a cycle of violence that harms everyone involved. You as a man are recognizing that when women's sexuality is honored and they feel free to express themselves and be in their bodies, the space is made more beautiful. Some corner of the world is healed, rebalanced, for an instant. This is not about men against women, or women against men. This is about people who understand love and life, who have agreed to struggle against the system that has robbed us of our pleasure and freedom. I'm talking about this patriarchy of power and greed and violence that has its grubby fingers all over us and inside us, no matter your gender or orientation. This is the time we live in, and we have a choice to ignore, avoid, hide, deny or confront. I have chosen to confront, to bring my joy to spaces I choose, and affirm to those who surround me that I am in charge of my body, my desires, and my space. To affirm to my friends, and to women I don't know, that we are safe, we are protected, we can enjoy ourselves.
With $3.2 million, Notion brings the Internet of Things to home monitoring
Notion has raised $3.2 million in venture funding so that it can bring the Internet of Things (making everyday objects smart and connected) to home monitoring. Notion is offering a home-awareness system that uses sensors to alert you when something is going wrong, such as a home intrusion or water leak.
Uber launches car service for Dutch bike owners
Uber has announced a new car service geared toward bicycle owners in the Netherlands. UberBike, which launches today in Amsterdam, allows users to order rides from cars that have installed bike racks. Uber announced the service on Thursday in a blog post on its Dutch website, saying that the service is designed for those moments when bike owners either don't want to cycle home, or when their bikes break down on the road. UberBike is priced at the same rate for the company's UberX car service, with an additional €4 charge. The company previously launched UberBike in São Paulo, Brazil, as well as a similar service, UberPedal , in Portland.
Tumblr blocked in China before Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary
Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website allowing users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Its users also have the ability to follow other users' blogs, as well as make their blogs private. Much of the Tumblr’s features are accessed from the dashboard interface, where the option to post content and posts of followed blogs appear. This media network …