YouTube Red originals have racked up nearly 250 million views
The eighth annual VidCon starts today, and all eyes are on YouTube, the world’s biggest platform for online video. It’s been almost two years since the company announced Red, its subscription...
Could Caltech's 'lensless camera' mean flatter phones?
Researchers at Caltech say that they're developing a single-layer "lensless camera" that can switch from a fisheye to a telephoto lens instantly.
Zuckerberg's New Mission for Facebook: Bringing the World Closer
Zuckerberg has been rethinking Facebook's role, reacting to the rise of isolationism and nationalism, and the decline of membership in local community groups around the world. Connecting people on Facebook, which Zuckerberg says is now "very close" to having 2 billion users, was supposed to make it easier to create bonds across cultures and ideologies. Instead, government elections of the last couple years have shown deep polarization -- and Facebook has been wrapped up in the debate, criticized because its platform has played a role in the spread of misleading news and extremist ideology. "Our mission of connecting people, that was not supposed to be controversial," Zuckerberg said in an interview with Bloomberg. "So now the question is, why is that a controversial thing, and how do you rebuild that?"
Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service
Tesla Motors was started by a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and strives to create a revolution and accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. Tesla vehicles are EVs (electric vehicles), which are transforming the way people drive and move. Tesla has gone public as of June 29, 2010 and has a market cap of $34.32 billion. …
101 books to dive into this summer: a massive reading list
I picked up this book by the father of Jeffrey Dahmer for 50 cents on vacation, more out of morbid curiosity than any noble motivation. I was quickly swept up in deep self-reflection and truly great writing. Dahmer is not here to turn his son’s infamy into a book deal (or, at least, he doesn’t seem to be); he is here to explore whether his own worst qualities might have been passed onto his son and whether the worst parts of all of us might be reflected in the maddest among us. More than a sad read, it’s a deep and thoughtful one.
Upcoming Chicago Apple Retail Store Will Have a MacBook Rooftop
As revealed by DNAInfo , the upcoming retail store will have the familiar glass walls, as we’ve seen in a variety of retail stores, but the roof is immediately standing out. It’s thin carbon fiber construction, and, up until recently, it looked like a normal roof. But now Apple has gone ahead and installed its familiar Apple logo right there in the middle of it.
Uber employees are conflicted over Travis Kalanick's resignation — over 1,000 have petitioned for his return
Despite the controversy surrounding Kalanick (or, as his
employees call him, TK), the former CEO still has a vocal fan
club at Uber, and they want him back. Axios
published a letter this morning from Uber employees
petitioning for Kalanick to return in an operational role. He
resigned on June 20 from his day-to-day duties as CEO, but will
remain on Uber's board of
Airbnb tests payment-splitting feature so you don't get stiffed
Airbnb is testing out a feature that would allow reservations to be split among multiple people. So, if you're booking with rude friends who never pay you back or if you want to book an expensive reservation that may be too much for one credit card to handle, this new feature would help you out. The option allows a reservation to be split with up to 16 people and is being tested with just a few listings as of now.
Facebook Wants to Stop People From Stealing Your Profile Pics
So now, if you live in India, you'll have the option to add a "profile picture guard," which will prevent other people from being able to download, share, or send your image in a message on Facebook. The guard will also prevent people from being able to take a screenshot of your profile photo on an Android device. Plus, randoms you're not even friends with on Facebook won't be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in the image. Finally, when you have this guard up, Facebook will display a blue border and shield around your profile photo as a "visual cue of protection," Soman wrote.
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Amazon's Echo Show displays your smart camera's live video feed
Amazon's Echo Show is getting another new trick, err, skill. Now the gizmo will link with the cameras on your home network and display their respective feeds when you say something like, "Alexa, show the front door." A press release notes that this will work with cameras from Amcrest, Arlo, August , EZViz, IC Realtime, Nest and Vivint. And if you don't have a Show, saying the command phrase will give you an audio feed on your Dot or Echo. Better yet, Amazon has released the camera control API into the wild so developers can start cracking on even more implementations for it.
These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs
A truck traveling hundreds of miles to make a delivery represents an almost ideal application for the latest autonomous driving technologies. Long-haul truckers spend much of their time on interstate highways, where curves are gentle, lanes are well-defined, and pedestrians and bicycles—the bane of any AI vehicle engineer—are prohibited. Trucks are big and heavy, so they’re easier to outfit with special sensors needed to control them. All of this has caused trucking to be seen by automation experts, and in the popular press, as a test case for the impact of AI on employment. If a lot of long-haul truckers lose their jobs, then maybe lawyers and accountants—whose work is often repetitive—should be worried, too. But a major difference between trucking and those fields is that it’s a job few Americans seem to actually want to do.
Too smart to fall for a spear-phishing message? Think again - TechRepublic
Once the researchers were happy with their spear-phishing messages and survey questions, they recruited volunteers. The selected participants were sent either an email or a personal Facebook message with a link from a non-existing person, claiming the link led to pictures from a party. "When clicked, the corresponding webpage showed an access denied message," write the report's authors. "We registered the click rates, and later sent the participants a questionnaire asking about their clicking behavior."
3 critical challenges your business incubator should solve
The Alpha program is built with the sole purpose of providing the initial support to entrepreneurs who are getting started, a little stuck on their next step or looking to enter the San Francisco / Silicon Valley ecosystem. Alpha’s focus is on Internet of Things (IoT) startups and provides office space in downtown San Francisco along with access to an exclusive global network of mentors, investors and corporate partners. The program is three months in duration for $2,000 USD and has been designed with data from working with over 100 top global IoT startups. No matter your stage, if you’re looking for support or growing your network strategically–and you want to be at the center of the action– join Alpha today .
Why Microsoft is partially responsible for the first iPhone, and other origin stories - TechRepublic
Another infamous story around the launch of the iPhone has to do with its screen. The iPhone is known for using Gorilla Glass, but the early prototypes used plastic. After carrying a prototype iPhone in his pocket, Jobs noticed that his keys had scratched the screen. This was unacceptable.
Trump's cybersecurity EO is 'terrible' says former AT&T CISO, recommends focus on 3 areas - TechRepublic
AT&T's former cybersecurity chief Ed Amoroso used his keynote at the 2017 Borderless Cyber event to critique the Trump Administration's approach to cybersecurity, and offered some free advice.
Bosch Announces $1.1 Billion Self-Driving Car Chip Plant
Bosch, the world’s largest supplier of automotive parts, has announced plans to build a €1 billion ($1.1 billion) semiconductor plant, focused on self-driving cars, smart homes, and smart city infrastructure.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update's best new features
Speaking of! As Windows 10’s influence grows to span all sorts of devices, and not just Windows devices, Microsoft’s implementing a new design language to create a universal aesthetic across its ecosystem. “Fluent Design,” as it’s called, isn’t a major overhaul of Windows 10’s look, focusing more on subtle touches like window transparency and blur effects to make it feel like Windows is holistically intertwined and moving around while you use it.
How to get the most out of your Android device: 10 tips - TechRepublic
As Android continues to dominate the market, TechRepublic offers several tips on issues like migrating contacts and files, and troubleshooting problems, to make your device as useful as possible.
Can machine learning secure your competitive advantage?
Hybrid data management refers to the accessibility and repeated usage of the data. The primary step for incorporating a data-driven structure in your organization is to ensure that the data is available. Then you proceed by bringing all the departments within the business on board. The primary data structure unifies all the individual departments in a company and streamlines the flow of information between those departments.
Seat adjustments still manual, as Tesla shuffles Autopilot execs
Karpathy will report directly to Musk and work alongside Keller. In a statement, Tesla said: “Andrej has worked to give computers vision through his work on ImageNet, as well as imagination through the development of generative models, and the ability to navigate the internet with reinforcement learning. Andrej completed his computer vision PhD at Stanford University, where he demonstrated the ability to derive complex descriptions of images using a deep neural net.”
Airbnb reportedly launching a premium tier to compete with hotels
This is the first time upscale properties will be segmented into their own category, and Bloomberg’s sources say the included listings will be officially inspected by Airbnb to make sure the homes meet designated standards and will offer incentives for participants — like a consultation with an Airbnb-provided interior decorator. Requirements for the program include new and matching bedding, single-use toiletries, available bottled water, tea, and coffee, and other amenities generally found at hotels. It is unofficially being referred to as “Select,” but a formal name has not been chosen.
Spotify called Justin Bieber a 'Latin king' for some unfathomable reason, but they're sorry
Spotify called Justin Bieber a 'Latin king' for some unfathomable reason, but they're sorry
Miguel Cabrera uses his glove to lovingly inspect a fan's beard
Miguel Cabrera uses his glove to lovingly inspect a fan's beard
IKEA apparently sells a serving bowl of death that can set stuff on fire
We don't recommend trying this at home, but if you want this bowl to safely make a salad in your kitchen, away from the rays of the sun, you can purchase it from IKEA for just $4.99 .
The man, identified as Adrian Abramovich, allegedly made 96 million robocalls during a three-month period by falsifying caller identification information that matched the local area code and the first three digits of recipient's phone number, the FCC said. The calls, which were in violation of the U.S. telecommunications laws, offered vacation deals from companies such as Marriott International Inc, Expedia Inc, Hilton Inc and TripAdvisor Inc. Consumers who answered the calls were transferred to foreign call centers that tried to sell vacation packages, often involving timeshares. These call centers were not related to the companies, the FCC said.
DNP OnePlus 5 review: A glorious value
Both of these cameras are used for the depth-effect mode, which adds a bunch of bokeh behind your subject. It's a crowd-pleaser, albeit a finicky one. You have to maintain the right distance from your subject and have enough light for the software to do its thing. The resulting shots are generally very good, and I've come to appreciate OnePlus's approach over the iPhone 7 Plus because it works surprisingly well on things besides faces. Beyond all that is a fairly spartan app for actually shooting these photos, which is just fine by me. There's no cruft here — the only other truly neat feature is a handy Pro mode, complete with a histogram to help experienced photographers expose their photos correctly.
Ron Howard is the perfect choice to fix Han Solo. Here's why.
Han is a smuggler, a scoundrel, a low-life, a cantina creature, a Sabacc gambler. Any denizen of the underworld will tell you this kind of life is filled with darkness in more ways than one. You may keep it moving, stay light on the surface — "hey, it's me!" — but underneath you're haunted by what you did in the dim, dark past. More often than not, you end up frozen in carbonite.
Uber CEO proves Silicon Valley has a management problem
It's not a lack of women or minorities with STEM degrees that's hampering their efforts. It's people like now former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick: "leaders" who are unwilling or unable to build, inspire and manage diverse teams, and who instill corporate cultures that twist and break rules, encourage frat-boy behavior and create a fug of fear for anyone who doesn't fit in -- yet who expect a pass because they're promoting "innovation and disruption."
Steam Summer Sale is back and some huge games are super cheap
Prices tended to shift around "flash" discounts and daily deals during Steam's annual sale events in the past, but that all ended with the summer event in 2016. Pricing remained fixed throughout the length of the event, and that's likely to be the case for this one as well.
How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control
Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.
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Self Driving Potato Hits the Road
Potatoes deserve to roam the earth, so [Marek Baczynski] created the first self-driving potato , ushering in a new era of potato rights. Potato batteries have been around forever. Anyone who’s played Portal 2 knows that with a copper and zinc electrode, you can get a bit of current out of a potato. Tubers have been powering clocks for decades in science classrooms around the world. It’s time for something — revolutionary.
Valve's wild VR controller solves a big problem with virtual hands
Knuckles is also equipped with scads of capacitive sensors that track a number of different things: where your fingers are positioned on each button, grasp/ungrasp gestures, and individual axes for your index, middle, ring, and pinky finger movements. That last one is key: the controller basically treats each of your fingers like a fleshy joystick.
Samsung launches Galaxy Folder 2 Android flip phone | ZDNet
The Folder 2 has 2GB of RAM, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a removable 1,950mAh battery, a microSD slot that expands up to 256GB, and runs Android 6.0. It sports a 96.6mm display for easy viewing of texts, pictures, and videos, and has a larger keyboard than its predecessor to ensure less typos.
The 4 types of cybersecurity threats and a formula to fight them - TechRepublic
And, Baich said one of the best things the US can do for the future of cybersecurity would be to expand and better promote the Cyber Corps. He pointed out that today's students can get a full scholarship to study cybersecurity, get internships at the intelligence agencies, and then have a job waiting for them when they graduate. It's a program that should be much more widely known, he said.
Apple Pay loyalty cards coming to more restaurants such as Quiznos & MOD Pizza
Thanks to behind-the-scenes work, a number of major U.S. restaurant chains like Quiznos, Smashburger, and MOD Pizza will start offering Apple Pay-connected loyalty cards "later this year," according to an announcement.
Black-Market Brain Surgery Goes So Wrong (and Yet So Right) in Scifi Short Exchangers
Imagine if everyone came pre-programmed with one special talent. It would be amazingly awesome—unless, like the frustrated protagonist of scifi short Exchanger s, your talent is totally useless. Next stop: the black market, where skill swaps can change lives, sometimes in very strange ways.
Lucky couple received some great NSFW marriage advice on their anniversary
Reddit user limendacoconut shared a photo of a jar containing slips of advice given to them by guests at their wedding three years ago. Every year on their anniversary, they take one out and read it, and this year's piece of advice was a little more salacious than they anticipated.
A loophole allows NSA's unrestrained spying on US citizens
Although the new research notes that the agency's ability to carry out the traffic shaping technique is unknown due to the highly classified nature of any surveillance program, the NSA can use its legal powers to "sidestep legal restrictions imposed by Congress and the surveillance courts," said Goldberg, who authored the report.
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LG’s latest ridiculous OLED screen is transparent, flexible, and taller than Tom Cruise
How’s this for an incredibly specific record: LG announced today that it’s created the world’s first flexible, transparent 77-inch OLED display . That’s one huge display. Taller, in fact, than Tom Cruise. According to Google, Cruise is 5 feet 7 inches, or 170 centimeters tall, and as this display is 77 inches on the diagonal with an aspect ratio of 16:9, that means its longest side measures 170 .5 centimeters. It’s taller than Cruise, but not if Cruise wears shoes.
Aly Raisman endured some creepy comments on live TV—and people are pissed
Raisman introduced Dionne by acknowledging his hockey history. In response, the 65-year-old Hockey Hall of Fame inductee mentioned her Olympic triumphs before saying "look at those legs!” to a mixed reaction from the audience, some who cheered and others who boo'd while Raisman awkwardly chuckled.
Alyssa Milano shuts down Ted Cruz for being creepy on Twitter
"We all need a hug!" Cruz tweeted to Milano on Thursday along with a super creepy winky face emoji, usually reserved for, you know, sex stuff.
Exclusive: Amazon to charge $2.8 million for NFL ad packages - sources
NEW YORK Amazon.com Inc is looking to charge advertisers $2.8 million for packages that include 30-second spots during the Thursday night National Football League games it will stream live to its Prime customers this coming season, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Digital transformation about to face business reality vs investment tug of war | ZDNet
"There's no change in the view that this is a defining characteristic of the company going forward. It's going to transform every industry we're in. And we're going to play to win in that space and we'll lead that space," said Flannery. Nevertheless, there's a cost to going digital. How will Flannery balance earnings, cash flow and investing in a digital business that is seeing increased costs to hire talent and develop platforms? Wall Street is already doing sum of the parts valuations for GE and wondering whether GE Digital should be spun off.
The New Rocko's Modern Life Special Will Bring Back the Original Cast
Set after series finale “Future Shlock,” in which Rocko, Heffer, and Filbert (along with Filbert’s kids) accidentally shot themselves into space, the special follows the characters as they return to Earth and try to make the best of a world that has changed so drastically since they were gone. TV Line has a description of what some of the characters are going though:
How containers will transform Windows 10 in the next three years | ZDNet
Microsoft Azure is full of container technology. In the next few years, containers are going to play a key role in how you use Windows on the desktop.
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If The Mist Can Pull Off Everything It Sets Up, It'll Be Amazing
The Mist has some surprises in store, which is no small feat for a show based on a novella that’s been around since 1980 and was already made into a feature film in 2007. Most importantly, it introduces a whole new slate of characters—many of whom seem poised to make the story more interesting. There’s a queer teen who’s secure in his identity even if his parents aren’t, and a woman whose criminal past makes her oddly well-equipped to fight off monsters. There’s also a soldier who can’t remember who or where he is—but is very likely connected to the original story’s mysterious “Arrowhead Project.” We don’t know too much about these people after the first episode, but it’s enough to make us curious about what they’ll do next.
Pod of orca whales surprised a group of paddleboarders
A pod of orca whales shocked a group of ecstatic paddleboarders near Deception Pass Bridge in Oak Harbor, Washington, on Wednesday.
Facebook, Google Face Legal Pressure to Curtail Extremism
Heads of state and government from the world’s largest economic bloc gathered in the Belgian capital on Thursday and Friday to discuss, among other topics, ways to fight terrorism. Europe is facing an increasing frequency of attacks: Belgian police shot and killed a suspect attempting to trigger a major explosion at the central train station of Brussels earlier this week; the U.K. has been struck several times, including a bombing in Manchester last month that killed 22 people; and there have also been deadly incidents in Germany and France.