Project Scorpio: Everything we know about the next Xbox
The next generation of Xbox is nearly here. Here's everything we know ahead of its E3 reveal.
France declares tweet-war on Donald Trump?
Commentary: The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs decides to mimic the president's tweaking Twitter tactics by editing his new climate change video. Is this just the beginning?
Game Insight’s Guns of Boom hits 5 million downloads and $1 million in revenue
Game Insight has a nice hit on its hands with Guns of Boom. The first-person shooter mobile game has generated 5 million downloads in the past three weeks, and it has surpassed $1 million in revenues.
Bloodstained is an old-fashioned ritualistic 2D horror fighting game
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a pretty old-fashioned game, with 2D side-scrolling, a heroine with a large bosom and a mini skirt, grunting that sounds uncomfortably sexual, and a lot of repetitive button-mashing action.
Wonder Woman has come a long way since this failed 1967 screen test
Along with Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman is a pillar of what’s known among fans as the DC Trinity. At 75 years old, she’s one of the oldest and most enduring of all superheroes, but where her...
Let an angry Seth Meyers guide you through the Comey hearing
Also featuring a delightful supercut of news reporters saying "Russian hookers."
Learning to Cooperate, Compete, and Communicate
Multiagent environments where agents compete for resources are stepping stones on the path to AGI. Multiagent environments have two useful properties: first, there is a natural curriculum — the difficulty of the environment is determined by the skill of your competitors (and if you're competing against clones of yourself, the environment
Alphabet Sells Boston Dynamics to Softbank
Google started putting the feelers out for a sale of its robotics division Boston Dynamics in March last year. At the time, a few buyers were thought to be already showing an interest, including Toyota and Amazon, but nothing came of it. Fourteen months on and Softbank just announced a definitive agreement to acquire the robot company from Google parent Alphabet.
Pandora raises $480M from SiriusXM, sells Ticketfly to Eventbrite for $200M
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and we see immense alignment and opportunity with this union, especially as we continue to expand Eventbrite’s global footprint in music,” Julia Hartz, CEO and co-founder of Eventbrite, said in a statement. “Together with Ticketfly, we will focus our collective energy on further developing our unparalleled solution and superior services for indie music venues and promoters around the world.”
How to Clean Up Windows 10 With the Refresh Windows Tool
Of course, you'll have to reinstall any software or apps and restablish any customized settings to bring Windows back to the way you want it. That's why the best time to run the Refresh Windows tool, at least on a brand new PC, is as soon as you get it home and take it out of the box. That means less work for you and a PC unburdened by junkware.
A history of Taylor Swift’s odd, conflicting stances on streaming services
Spotify had as much fun as it could with the controversy at first, writing her a pun-filled public note and promoting a playlist called “What to Play While Taylor’s Away,” so it’s mildly interesting that they’ve refrained from gloating about today’s victory. When reached for comment, a Spotify spokesperson would say only “We can confirm that Taylor Swift’s entire back catalogue is now available on Spotify for her millions of fans to enjoy,” a fact which anyone with internet access can also confirm. The spokesperson also linked to a “This Is: Taylor Swift” playlist , which looks just like the “This Is” playlist for every major artist, and has the simple tagline “She’s back. Stream all of her greatest hits now.”
Stranger Things’ soundtrack is getting a retro cassette and vinyl release
The two-volume soundtrack for Netflix’s Stranger Things makes for some good ambient listening , but until now, it’s only been available as a digital download or on CD. If you really want to get your nostalgia kick on, you’re in luck: Lakeshore Records is releasing both volumes in vinyl and cassette form later this summer.
What you need to know in advertising today
Lastly, it's fair to ask, is this noise all that big a deal,
since so much digital content consumption happens in mobile apps
(like say Facebook and Snapchat) where browser-built ad blockers
won't have an impact?
E3 2017: Everything you need to know about this year's gaming extravaganza
E3 is the world’s biggest gaming show. Every June, the video game development community and press gather in Los Angeles to learn about what the next year has in store for the world of video games. This year 15,000 members of the public will be joining the party too.
Theresa May Calls for International Regulation of Cyberspace in Wake of Attacks
The statement was light on particulars, but greater policing of the internet was a key point that May hammered on multiple times. “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed,” she said. “Yet that is precisely what the internet and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide.” Her most specific and unnerving comment was, “We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning.”
'13 Reasons Why' Season 2 isn't losing Hannah, and that's important
"I knew that Netflix and the creators would only come back for a Season 2 if it was going to add to the story," she said. "So when I found out I was coming back and I get to be a part of it, I was just even more excited. I would love to see the quieter moments in Hannah's life that we didn't get to see covered in Season 1. It would be really interesting to see some of those missing pieces. And I'm really excited to see who the new narrator is."
Android Creator Andy Rubin Debuts 'Essential' Phone
"Don't you hate it when you have to buy new dongles, chargers, and accessories every time your phone is upgraded? We do too," Essential wrote on its website. "So we decided to make this a thing of the past. The magnetic connector with wireless data transfer keeps your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date."
After London attack, Facebook says aims to be 'hostile environment' for terrorists
LONDON Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform a "hostile environment" for terrorists in a statement issued after attackers killed seven people in London and prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to demand action from internet firms.
The Macintosh we deserve: How Apple can win back loyalty from professionals - TechRepublic
The best part about the Touch Bar is actually the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Apple should offer a version of the product with Touch ID, but keep the physical function keys. Another big innovation that it could bring to the MacBook Pro is wireless broadband, so that professionals can keep working when out of Wi-Fi range. This is the one key features that leads a lot of professionals to the iPad. Adding it to the MacBook Pro would be a nice win. Finally, bring back the MagSafe connector. Apple could simple include a USB-C magnetic dongle, or it could include a magnetic USB-C cable like the third-party Griffin Breaksafe.
love always wins ❤️ on Twitter
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Microsoft: Windows 10 S not affected by any 'known ransomware' - TechRepublic
In a blog post, Microsoft called Windows 10 S its "latest and most hardened operating system," and explained how it protects users against ransomware and other threats.
How to ensure your Linux servers are on the right time - TechRepublic
The solution to this problem is to add the ntp service to your server and have it sync with ntp servers to keep yours right on time. I want to show you how to install ntp on a Linux server and how to enable time synchronization. I will be demonstrating this on a Ubuntu 16.04 server, but the process is very similar on all distributions. The process is quite simple and the rewards can be significant.
Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Manspreading is now banned on public transit in Madrid for the good of humanity
The transportation agency's decision to stop the spread came after months of campaigning by women's rights groups. One group called Mujeres en Lucha started the campaign #MadridSinManspreading (#MadridWithoutManspreading) for the good of women everywhere who've had their seat taken over by a man's wandering knee.
Edgar Wright has 'something crazy' going on. Star Wars, anyone?
"Yeah. I have something crazy, but I can't tell you," director Edgar Wright said when we asked if he'd like to direct a Star Wars movie. "You'll see at Christmas."
How to Get Black Dock and Folders on Your iPhone's Home Screen Without Jailbreaking
To begin, first head to this Weebly site from your iPhone. It has an assortment different wallpapers that are only one pixel in height. For whatever reason, it’s precisely this that causes parts of the iOS UI to turn black. Press and hold the square for the wallpaper color you want, then tap Save Image to download it to your Camera Roll. (If you don’t want just a solid color for your wallpaper, keep scrolling down further on the page for some multicolor options.)
Apple Pay: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
Apple expanded Apple Pay to the Mac with macOS 10.12 Sierra. This feature works through the Handoff features on your Mac, Apple Watch, and iPhone. When you visit a website that accepts Apple Pay payments and choose to check out with Apple Pay, a dialog will appear, allowing you to select which card you wish to use from a nearby iOS or watchOS device. On the screen of the Apple Watch or iPhone, you will see a confirmation of the payment, and a requirement to process the payment (on Apple Watch, it's double-pressing the side button; on the iPhone, it's authenticating with Touch ID). Once you do this, the payment is processed just like with in-app purchases.
WSJ D.Live Asia 2017 — Full Coverage
Latest updates and videos from The Wall Street Journal's inaugural D.Live Asia technology conference in Hong Kong. Speakers include DST Global's Yuri Milner, Baidu President Qi Lu, Kakao CEO Ji-Hoon Rim, Connie Chan from Andreessen Horowitz and Jenny Lee from GGV Capital.
Uber CEO Kalanick advised employees on sex rules for a company celebration in 2013 ‘Miami letter’
Wrote Kalanick: “Do not have sex with another employee UNLESS a) you have asked that person for that privilege and they have responded with an emphatic ‘YES! I will have sex with you’ AND b) the two (or more) of you do not work in the same chain of command. Yes, that means that Travis will be celibate on this trip. #CEOLife #FML.”
SoftBank to buy robotics businesses from Alphabet Inc
SoftBank has embarked on an aggressive acquisition campaign to boost its research and development capabilities. The group is backing the $93 billion Vision Fund, the world's largest private equity fund that seeks to invest in technologies expected to grow significantly in the near future, such as robotics and artificial intelligence.
Yep, we review ringtones
I spent hours in various aural environments playing and replaying all 31 of the S8's stock ringtones. Sometimes I listened to the ringtones while the phone was inside a bag or pocket. Other times, I held the S8 and played each ringtone in a quiet room. The testing was thorough and at times emotionally draining. (I mean how many times can you listen to the T-Mobile Jingle ringtone before going crazy?)
5 steps to make your own in-flight entertainment system
But downloading isn't without its pitfalls. As I mentioned, videos take up a lot of space and I'd recommend downloading your videos only while you still have a reliable Wi-Fi connection at home. Hotel Wi-Fi generally isn't fast enough (a single film could take hours) and don't even think about using that precious cellular data you have to buy when going abroad. If you find you are running tight on space on your mobile device, you might be able to use an additional device like a laptop to share the load (Netflix's downloadable videos are also available using its Windows 10 app ). Also, not every movie and TV episode that you can stream can be downloaded to a device.
Taylor Swift is finally returning to Spotify
Three years after Taylor Swift pulled all her music from Spotify, citing the low royalties the service pays out to rights-holders, she’s back. The news was confirmed via Twitter, where the singer’s management confirmed that Swift’s entire back catalogue would be available on streaming services.
TNW Answers • Markus Witte
Markus Witte is CEO and Founder of Babbel, the market-leading language learning app. He describes Babbel as a learning company inside and out: “Heading a team in which each and every person, as well as the organisation itself, is constantly learning new things is incredibly fulfilling.”
Markus began his career at NYU, and later lectured at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he discovered his passion for teaching. Following his time as an academic, he led the development of online marketing and web infrastructure and managed the online and systems teams at music software company Native Instruments for 6 years. Coming back to learning and teaching, he founded Babbel with three others in 2007.
He has taken an unusual route from academia to the tech industry and later entrepreneurship. Independent study, however, has been the constant theme uniting these disparate paths. Markus’s passion for autonomous learning was sparked by teaching himself programming in 1984 on an Olivetti L1 M44 computer in order to fund the purchase of his first drum kit. As a result of these experiences, he views continuous learning as an approach to life.
Here are all the confirmed original shows coming to Netflix in 2017 — and their release dates
Netflix description: "The story of Alias Grace follows Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment. Grace became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, and was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial, and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder, or merely an unwitting accessory."
Samsung’s 49-inch ultrawide curved display is basically just half a TV at this point
Curved ultrawide monitors are having a bit of a moment these days in the desktop computer world, and the Samsung CHG90, at an eye-dropping 49-inches wide, might just be the wildest one yet.
E3, the biggest video game show of the year, is about to start
There are going to be more than 2,300 game, devices and toys on display, with at least 75 announcements that haven't been seen anywhere else in the world. There are going to be shouting fans, two e-sports pavilions where people can watch some of the best gamers in the world compete against one another, possible impromptu musical shows by celebrities (it's still hush hush) and a whole lot more.
Samsung will make 80 million OLED displays for iPhone 8 in 2017
Apple is expected to ship 50-55 million iPhone 8 units during the second half of 2017. In comparison, researchers say it will ship just 25-30 million units of the 4.7- and 5.5-inch models combined. Shipments of existing devices are also expected to reach up to 30 million units.
New Windows 10 Fall Creators Update test build adds new Cortana, dictation, Edge features | ZDNet
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update test build, 16215, includes a raft of new features, updates, and fixes for PC Fast Ring testers. Here's some of what's new.
'Spider Man: Homecoming' TV special reveals new scenes
Getting the most new screen time of Parker's friends in this special is Tony Revolori's Flash Thompson, who serves as a rival to Parker but not a bully. And while classic love interest Mary Jane Watson is also not around, Parker will crush on Liz (Laura Harrier). She is seen in the special developing a crush on Spider-Man, with no clue at all that Spider-Man goes to school with her.
6 Ways to Use Facebook Live Video for Your Business : Social Media Examiner
Do you run a Facebook group for your business? Maybe you sell a product that provides customer access to a Facebook group once they purchase from you. If you run a Facebook group and already use live video on your page, expanding it to a group is a no-brainer.
Dear Apple, please can I have something simple?
Commentary: On the eve of WWDC, will Apple present something that will make our lives easier? Or does it expect us to learn ever more complicated technology?
Hey Apple, can you top Google, Facebook, Amazon at AR, AI?
Augmented reality overlays digital images on the real world using special headsets or your phone. Many of the early examples of popular AR include games like Pokemon Go or filters and lenses that go over your face on Instagram and Snapchat. Virtual reality, meanwhile, transports you into a different, digitally created world when you don bulky goggles like Facebook's Oculus Rift or Samsung's Gear VR.
The Eve V is the USB-C Surface Pro that Microsoft won’t make
Performance and battery life assessments will have to wait for a full review, of course. But what I can say about the Eve V after spending a little time with it is that there aren’t any obvious red flags in its design, apart from a backspace button that’s inexplicably labeled “oops!” The build quality is solid, with subtle rounded edges that make it feel friendlier than a Surface Pro. There is almost no branding beyond a light pattern underneath the kickstand and a triangle logo on the V key. The design is obviously derivative, but it’s a good-looking machine for what it is.
Mars rover's home crater was a potential hotbed for life
NASA landed the Curiosity rover in Mars' Gale Crater precisely because it promised to be a sort of open book that revealed a lot about the planet's history. Well, scientists have been busy reading... and it looks like the crater had an intriguing past. Two newly published research papers indicate that Gale was a warm lake for for a period of about 700 million years, ending about 3.1 billion years ago. In other words, it was habitable for a very long time. Even then, groundwater persisted for a long time afterwards.
Dan Aykroyd Attacks Ghostbusters Reboot Director
“[ Ghostbusters ] made a lot of money around the world but just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. So that’s too bad. The director, he spent too much on it. He didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said, ‘Nah, we don’t need them.’ Then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back. About $30 to $40-million in reshoots. So he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.”
World's largest airplane is rolled out
(CNN) Even if you had been allowed to kick the tires as the world's largest airplane was rolled out for the first time Wednesday, it might have taken you a while.
Thumbs up! These smart gloves translate sign language to text
Gesture-recognition technology is truly breaking through the sound barrier, opening up a whole new way of communicating for people who are deaf.
This box of graphics cards is immersed in liquid to keep cool
I dipped my finger into a bottle of Novec and felt my finger go cold as the liquid quickly evaporated from my body heat alone. I'm told you can dip your finger into the fluid in the box, even as all the electrical components are running, as Novec is nonconducting. That said, you probably don't want to as it's pretty hot, as I could feel from touching the sides of the box.
The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones of 2017
Noise-canceling headphones use microphones that listen to outside noise and special circuitry that analyzes it and generates a counter-signal. This signal does more than simply block out noise, like thick earpads on headphones (that is called noise isolation); it actively cancels out the noise to generate a quiet that's unaffected by what's going on around you. The best noise-canceling headphones work so well, many owners will put them on, turn on the power, and not listen to anything through them—just to enjoy the silence.
Microsoft co-founder built the world’s largest plane to launch rockets into space
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has spent the last six years working on a giant aircraft capable of launching rockets to space. Today, his company Stratolaunch Systems literally rolled that plane out of its hangar in the Mojave Desert for the first time ever.
HBO Nordic Basically Confirms Return of 'That' Valyrian Steel Dagger
HBO Nordic shared an image on its Facebook page over the weekend, as part of HBO’s “Prepare For Winter” campaign to get fans to binge-watch the entire show over the next six weeks. The subject of the photo is a series of kitchen knives hanging on the wall, except one of those things is not like the others: It’s the Catspaw Dagger, a Valyrian steel weapon that hasn’t been seen since season 1. It could be unrelated to season 7, of course, but that would make it the biggest and weirdest coincidence in the history of Westeros.
AR video chat helps you help others
Project Chalk is a video chat app that incorporates augmented reality, allowing you to annotate real-world objects in order to help friends (or family members) with tasks.
President Trump rages on Twitter after London attack
Commentary: While other government leaders tweet their sympathies, the president's first concern is his travel ban.
Inside Carnival's tech-filled Medallion cruise ship
With your smartphone and a contactless coin, you can access all kinds of great features on board Carnival's cruise ship.