Cantina Talk: We Might Get a Lot of Han Solo Movies
Are you ready for a Han Solo trilogy? What about the one true name of the character known as "Space Monkey"? Those details and more are all right here.
What's on your HDTV: Summer Olympics, NFL preseason
Rio 2016 gets started this week, and Telltale Games' 'Batman' launches its first episode.
macOS Sierra beta 4 is now available to developers | Cult of Mac
Along with dropping three new beta builds for iOS 10, tvOS and watchOS this morning, Apple has seeded a fourth beta of macOS Sierra for developers to test.
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New York's Governor Wants to Ban Sex Offenders From Playing Pokémon Go
In a letter sent to Niantic CEO John Hanke, the developers of the massively popular game, Cuomo asked for help in having sex offenders barred from playing. The trade? Cuomo gives Niantic access to the information stored under the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act—which is regularly shared with social networking sites—which contains email addresses, screen names, and other online identifiers for offenders. In return he asks Niantic to do the rest. Cuomo’s letter opens:
A Freaky Anti-Rubber Is Still Weirding Scientists Out
If that sounds like magic … well, that’s understandable, because we left a few steps out. Computer scientist Keenan Crane from Carnegie Mellon University actually did this with real copper, and you can see a computer model of the final product at the top of this article. Making Planck’s face wasn’t the point, of course: When Crane cut the sheet into carefully-designed triangles, he brought it into a class of materials known as auxetics, whose curious and complex properties have excited researchers for decades. Someday, auxetics could improve highway shock absorbers, form more comfortable and versatile shoes, and line veins that thicken when expanding.
Gawker Media founder to file for personal bankruptcy: source
Gawker Media founder and CEO Nick Denton will file for personal bankruptcy protection as early as Monday after losing a fight in a Florida court for a shield against a judgment in a breach of privacy case involving professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Crunch Report | Uber China Merges with Didi Chuxing
Apple drops a new iOS 10 beta with a hundred new emojis 😱🎉🙌
Tesla is buying SolarCity for $2.6 billion
Now is the right time to bring our two companies together: Tesla is getting ready to scale our Powerwall and Powerpack stationary storage products and SolarCity is getting ready to offer next-generation differentiated solar solutions. By joining forces, we can operate more efficiently and fully integrate our products, while providing customers with an aesthetically beautiful and simple one-stop solar + storage experience: one installation, one service contract, one phone app.
Meet Moxie Marlinspike, the Anarchist Bringing Encryption to All of Us
But cypherpunks like Marlinspike—let’s be honest—haven’t yet won the crypto war. In fact, the war may be unwinnable by either side. If the rise of end-to-end encrypted messaging enables the sort of benign law breaking Marlinspike has preached, sooner or later it will also shield some indefensible crimes. And that means every technological move toward privacy will be answered with a legal one aimed at shifting the equilibrium back toward surveillance: If law enforcement continues to be foiled by uncrackable encryption, it will come back with an order for “technical assistance,” demanding companies weaken their security measures and rewrite their code to help the cops, as the FBI demanded of Apple. Some form of crypto backdoor might even be built in secret. And Congress still threatens to advance legislation that could ban user-controlled encryption outright.
Watch the GamesBeat 2016 conference livestream right here
If you want to learn about what’s happening in the gaming industry, including the emerging fields of virtual reality, augmented reality, and esports, stay tuned to this page .
Those free Windows 10 upgrades are over. Now what? | ZDNet
As we shared earlier, we've extended the free upgrade offer for those who use assistive technology as we continue to make accessibility improvements to Windows 10, including many coming in the Anniversary Update, which is available after the free upgrade offer ends. See the Microsoft Accessibility blog here for more details. We are not restricting the free upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the free upgrade offer. That said, it is not intended to be a workaround for people who don't use assistive technology and who missed the deadline for the free offer.
'The Simpsons' takes a hard stance against Donald Trump
In a new clip posted by the show's showrunner, Al Jean, Marge and Homer Simpson think over who to vote for while watching a TV ad comparing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
How to Watch the 2016 Rio Olympics on All Your Devices
Other channels within the NBC corporate empire will also air some events, because obviously one network can’t handle everything. Look for some events on Bravo, MSNBC, and USA Network. It’s on these other networks where you can find equestrian, which is horses jumping over stuff at a really fast pace. Who wouldn’t want to watch that? There’s a schedule of major events across these networks at NBC Sports .
Amazon Wins Patent for Smarter Noise-Canceling Headphones
Since this is just a patent, there's no guarantee that Amazon is actually making noise-canceling headphones with this special technology. We don't know any other features the headphones have, or even how you might train the headphones to recognize certain keywords. We'd be interested to know if the headphones came with a pre-populated list of words they're triggered by, whether you could pick and choose these trigger words from a list, or whether you'd have to train the headphones to respond to phrases like "excuse me," "order," or "now serving."
Here’s the 18th batch of companies from 500 Startups
We’re already halfway through the year, which means it’s time for another batch from 500 Startups to start rolling out. This year, 46 companies are going through 500 Startups’ 18th batch, ranging from traditional B2B tools to a smart pill case that helps track whether or not people are taking their medication.
LG V20 is the first Android known Nougat phone (before Google!)
LG today quietly announced the successor in its most powerful smartphone line, the LG V20. According LG’s own press release, it will come with Android Nougat, making it the first phone we know to do so.
Facebook and Twitter try to attract YouTube stars with ad money
There's no guarantee that major YouTubers like Ricky Dillon (above) or Miranda Sings will embrace the concept. Their audiences know where to go to find them, and they could just as easily post links to their YouTube videos. However, this might give them an incentive to repackage clips specifically for social networks and boost their overall income. That's good for Facebook and Twitter, of course, but it would also help stars both expand their audiences and reduce their dependency on one site -- if YouTube ever shrank their revenue or kicked them off, they could still make a living.
You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free
If you’ve missed the boat, you’ll be interested to learn that the company’s free upgrade offer is still available to those who use assistive technologies, such as screen reading tools. Microsoft isn’t restricting the offer to specific technologies, and isn’t verifying that you’re using them either.
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Comcast sued for $100 million for 'near-worthless' service plans
The state of Washington is suing Comcast for more than $100 million, alleging it willfully and knowingly deceived customers into paying for services it never intended to provide.
Apple Releases 'Apple TV Remote' App for Fourth-Gen Apple Tv
That app would eventually get released as a beta during this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference back in June. And now Apple has finally released the app into the public via the iOS App Store. The new app is only available for the iPhone right now, so be aware of that limitation out of the gate. However, it does let you control the Apple TV with just a swipe of your finger, allow for easy text entry with the iPhone’s keyboard, Siri controls, and games can be controlled when in Game Mode as well.
Clinton and Kaine skip the Reddit AMA for a Quora Q&A
An "Ask Me Anything" segment on Reddit is often an expected stop for politicians and celebrities. The Democratic duo, however, is dropping in at Quora next week.
How Samsung plans its phones
Based on our ergonomic study, there’s a huge demand for the 67mm width. You know we have the Note portfolio, our second flagship. So we have two flagships for the S series on one hand, and the Note series on the other. At the end of the day we sell three at the same time, so how we manage the portfolio — that’s the question, right? So last year we have 5.1-inch flat, and 5.1-inch Edge, and 5.7-inch Note. So we thought that that was the optimized portfolio at the time. But we realized that some of the compact customers also wanted a bigger screen size at the same time. Some who used to use compact phones moved to a bigger screen but still they don’t want to accept the really big 5.7-inch screen, and also they want to have a compact size. So we found out what’s the optimum screen size and device width, and that’s the 72.x mm. We changed our portfolio a little bit — 5.1-inch, that’s a real compact size without 3D glass, and it’s a cheaper technology. So it’s a reasonable price, compact, and with all the fantastic S7 features. Then we have the 5.5-inch Edge, and then maybe in August or September we’re going to launch the next Note, so we’ll have a full portfolio.
The Sea Pig Has Tentacles for a Face and Balloons for Feet
Pigs really don’t get enough respect. They’re actually crazy smart and adaptable . So adaptable, in fact, that they’ve somehow managed to colonize the deep sea. Well, perhaps just in name. May I introduce you to the sea pig, a bizarre type of sea cucumber with tentacles for a face and long clown balloons for feet. Check out this week’s episode of Absurd Creatures to learn more!
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Apple updates developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra
Summer is almost over, fall is coming—and that also means the offical versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are coming soon. So it’s no surprise that Apple is releasing more betas of its operating systems, and on Monday the company released new betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to developers. These new betas are the fourth release, which comes just two weeks after the third beta became available.
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Judge voids VirnetX's $625.6 million Apple verdict; VirnetX plunges
A federal judge has thrown out a verdict requiring Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) to pay VirnetX Holding Corp ( VHC.A ) $625.6 million for infringing four patents relating to Internet security technology, causing VirnetX's share price to plunge.
Gas Leaks, Fires, Thieves: Australia Is Having a Bad Time at the Olympics
Australia has it rough. The former penal colony is home to spiders, bigger spiders, Tony Abbott, and Baz Lurhmann’s filmmaking. But Australia’s Olympic teams, which are currently preparing to compete in the upcoming Summer Games, might have it the worst, and their competition includes a woman who recently mistook a large dildo for a duck .
YouTube now encrypts 97 percent of its traffic
HTTPS is a more complex protocol, and many sites have held off on adopting it out of concern for users with older devices. But in the case of YouTube, Google says devices able to stream videos can usually handle the extra business of encryption. "Encryption and decryption are just really fast, even on top of video decoding, which is the most difficult workload most devices handle," said YouTube product manager Jon Levine. "I think our results show that if we can switch to HTTPS, anyone can."
Someone Find a Practical Use For This Incredible Self-Balancing Stick
Remember balancing a broomstick on your finger when you were a kid? It turns out that skill doesn’t really have any real world benefits. The same can be said for this self-balancing stick that Mike Rouleau created.
Unprecedented Flooding Leaves Baltimore Suburb Looking Like a 'War Zone'
Kittleman said six inches of rain fell in just two hours on Saturday night—roughly the same amount that the city, which lies roughly 12 miles outside of Baltimore, gets in a month. The National Weather Service reported that the nearby Patapsco River surged more than 13 feet, according to NBC .
Minnov8 Gang 369 - US Bank Stadium Tech - Minnov8
Guest host and ‘Pioneer Press Pokémon Go correspondent’ Julio Ojeda-Zapata joins us to discuss the tech at US Bank Stadium, SportsEngine’s latest acquisition, Amazon’s good week, and much more.
CEO of Pokémon Go's Niantic Labs hacked on Twitter
John Hanke, CEO of Pokémon Go creator Niantic, is the latest in a string of high-profile Twitter account hacks recently.
Leak: Samsung's next Gear VR works with your old phone
There's no mention of pricing in the leak, although the sources hint that the new wearable might arrive in August (ahead of the Note 7 itself, which may wait until September). Last year's Gear VR sold for $99, mind you, and it wouldn't be out of line for this version to remain similarly affordable.
Android will tell you when new devices access your Google account
If you have a Google account, few things are more disconcerting than getting a notice that an unfamiliar device just got access... especially when you only got the notice while checking your email considerably later. You might not miss that vital heads-up after today, though. Google is introducing native Android notifications that pop up whenever a new device accesses your account, giving you a chance to change your password before an intruder goes on a shopping spree using your credentials. If you're ever suspicious, it takes one tap to review what happened.
After the Games, Rio’s Stadiums Won’t Rot—They’ll Transform
Future Arena, the handball venue, will provide the material to build four 500-student primary schools in the city’s Jacarepaguá neighborhood. Workers will disassemble Olympics Aquatics Stadium and use the components to erect two community swimming centers; one in Madureira Park and one in the Campo Grande area. The International Broadcast Centre will become a high school dormitory. And Barra Olympic Park—a 300-acre, triangular peninsula that features nine Olympic venues—will host public parks and private development after the Games.
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[TECH NEWS] Philips' new suite of connected health devices revealed: http://bit.ly/2aGjx6D
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Uber to merge with Chinese rival Didi in $35 billion deal
However, as an entrepreneur, I've learned that being successful
is about listening to your head as well as following your heart.
Uber and Didi Chuxing are investing billions of dollars in China
and both companies have yet to turn a profit there. Getting to
profitability is the only way to build a sustainable business
that can best serve Chinese riders, drivers and cities over
the long term.
Cortana arrives on Xbox One along with background music, enhanced language settings
Microsoft today announced the release of the Xbox Summer Update for the Xbox One and the Xbox app. The release finally brings Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to all Xbox One systems in the U.S. and the U.K.
Why Uber's $35B deal with China's Didi matters - Roadshow
Western businesses coming to China often forge a relationship with a local concern. Uber has poured $2 billion into China, but is still only a fraction of the size of its homegrown rival. Formed by the merger of Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache in 2015, Didi operates in more than Chinese 300 cities compared to Uber's 60.
The incredible story of Elon Musk, from getting bullied in school to the most interesting man in tech
Interpol arrests Nigerian email scammer who swindled $60 million
Interpol has arrested a top Nigerian email scammer who stole more than US$60 million by tricking businesses into handing over funds by posing as trusted suppliers.
Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun
New emoji icons, including emoji that depict female athletes and professionals, will be included as part of a new beta version of iOS for iPhones and iPads.
Uber is selling its China business to dominant local rival Didi Chuxing
"As an entrepreneur, I've learned that being successful is about listening to your head as well as following your heart," said Kalanick in the Facebook post, which was circulated before its official publication. "Uber and Didi Chuxing are investing billions of dollars in China and both companies have yet to turn a profit there. Getting to profitability is the only way to build a sustainable business that can best serve Chinese riders, drivers and cities over the long term."
How to Improve Your Facebook Ad Performance : Social Media Examiner
You can’t customize ads to each target audience and by device if they’re all in one ad set. Ads that are customized for your target audiences are much more likely to convert and get a lower cost per click. Additionally, mobile ads and desktop ads typically should be different. For example, mobile ads tend to have less text and user behavior for mobile differs greatly compared to desktop.
Healthcare giant Philips finally introduces smart gadgets to track your wellness
Healthcare has long been a major interest of Philips, to the point where it represents a sizable portion of its earnings. If you go into any hospital, there’s a good chance the CT scanner or MRI machine was made by Philips. It makes sense that healthcare would be an important part of its smart home strategy, too.
Virtual reality could usher the dawn of gender equity in tech
The advent of virtual reality may mark a major turn toward gender equality in tech. The roaring debate regarding the lack of women working in technical roles has spawned a real effort to create gender equality in the workforce. We need a giant cultural shift, beginning with schools encouraging more women to study computer science to join these elite ranks and through to companies hiring more women for technical roles and grooming them for the climb to the C-suite.
Repainting the Original Star Trek Enterprise Was an Intensely Time-Consuming Process
Sometime in the 1990s, the museum upgraded the model with additional lights and details that weren’t screen-accurate to the original series. So for the show’s 50th anniversary, the museum’s creators ensured the follow-up restoration was as accurate to the original model as possible, which included a lengthy process of stripping away previous paint jobs, and giving the model a fresh new coat.
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The 10 Best Amazon Echo Skills for Loners
With a skill called Therapy , you can complain about your day to Alexa and get semi-useful words of encouragement in return. You tell Alexa you’re sad, and it responds “Don’t be sad, turn your frown upside-down.” You tell Alexa you’re mad, and it responds “I’m sorry to hear that.” Don’t expect any therapeutic breakthroughs—you get what you pay for.
Theranos Still Trying
Disgraced Theranos founder and former billionaire Elizabeth Holmes is still trying to make it in the world of biotech, despite the two-year ban from operating labs that looms over her. At the American Association for Clinical Chemistry conference on Monday, Holmes announced a new blood-testing device called miniLab, which Holmes claims can run tests on a drop of blood.