Vice's video about white supremacists in Charlottesville
Vice's video about white supremacists in Charlottesville
MoviePass: $10 a month for all the movie tickets you want
MoviePass isn't totally a new idea. It launched back in 2011 at a far pricier $50 a month, which didn't seem to make a lot of sense at the time. But at $10, you're not only justifying the price with your first movie each month, it's also competitive with other streaming service like Netflix and HBO Now, which cost $8 and $15 a month, respectively.
Fiat Chrysler Joins BMW in Race to Make Self-Driving Cars
The long-term risk for Fiat Chrysler was that, absent a major shift, it would be relegated to producing cars for Silicon Valley companies that would supply the software and take most of the profit. Waymo, a unit of Google’s parent, Alphabet, has been using Fiat Chrysler minivans to test self-driving technology. In June, Apple confirmed longtime speculation that it is working on autonomous systems, while giving few details.
Here's a total solar eclipse on Earth as seen from the Moon
LRO plans to document the eclipse across America on Aug. 21 the same way. Specifically, the plan is for the spacecraft to turn toward us at 11:25 a.m. PT to capture an image of the moon's shadow on Earth during the moment of greatest eclipse over western Kentucky.
The Android Beta Program is an easy means of testing Android "N"
This is the first time a platform has offered such a program. This might lead you to wonder why Google is doing this? As many of you may already know, the process of rolling out the latest-greatest release of Android is often a very complicated and slow process. I believe the Android Beta Program was created to address this issue. Instead of all bug squashing going on internally, Google now can take advantage of a world-wide network of beta testers who can test and report on issues. This could expedite the development cycle of Android such that Google could roll it out much faster.
The Best Desktop Computers of 2017
Packing more power and flexibility than laptops, and more stylish designs than in the past, desktops are still an appealing option. Here are some of our recent favorites along with some free shopping advice.
HPE, NASA TO launch a supercomputer into space | ZDNet
"Such a long communication lag would make any on-the-ground exploration challenging and potentially dangerous if astronauts are met with any mission critical scenarios that they're not able to solve themselves," Alain Andreoli, SVP and GM of HPE's data center infrastructure group, wrote in a blog post. "A mission to Mars will require sophisticated onboard computing resources that are capable of extended periods of uptime."
Facebook and Reddit ban hate groups in wake of Charlottesville
These moves won't stop neo-Nazis and other racist groups from organizing or promoting violence, but it may push them to harder-to-find corners of the internet. Daily Stormer , for example, moved to a Dark Web site after GoDaddy and Google dropped their domain registrations. That's a mixed bag for the anti-hate camp. While it reduces public exposure to their ideologies, it also hides their discussions; they may plan protests and attacks in secret where before they'd operate in a relatively open place. The Facebook and Reddit bans aren't necessarily guaranteed to produce a similar effect, but it won't be surprising if history repeats itself.
iOS 11 feature can disable Touch ID with 'cop button'
The feature, which is designed to aid calls for emergencies, allows users to quickly tap the power button five times to call 911 on an iPhone 7. A CNET reviews editor tested and confirmed the feature Thursday after seeing multiple reports .
WordPress.com: Create a website or blog
Every website starts with an idea. WordPress.com provides the design, features, and support to bring it to life. Choose your theme, pick a domain, select a plan, and start building your future.
Intel's second 10-nanometer chip architecture is Ice Lake
It's not surprising that Intel would start dribbling out information. Intel has had to repeatedly push back its processor launches as the scientific realities of ever-smaller processes make upgrades difficult, but Cannon Lake finally appears to be on the horizon. Now, PC makers and investors are likely wondering what comes next. While it was virtually certain that the post-Cannon Lake design would stick to 10nm, this helps frame the discussion going forward.
Database provider MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO
MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO, sources tell TechCrunch. The company has submitted an S-1 filing in the past few weeks and is aiming to go public before the end of the year.
Movie studios may sidestep theater chains in deals for early Apple iTunes rentals
Movie studios looking to set up early-access rentals with companies like Apple and Comcast may reportedly push ahead with those negotiations and skip revenue sharing with theater chains, if the latter don't reduce their demands.
The Tor Project is 'disgusted' by the Daily Stormer — but can't censor it
"We are disgusted, angered, and appalled by everything these
racists stand for and do. We feel this way any time the Tor
network and software are used for vile purposes. But we can't
build free and open source tools that protect journalists, human
rights activists, and ordinary people around the world if we also
control who uses those tools. Tor is designed to defend human
rights and privacy by preventing anyone from censoring things,
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4 apps to help you watch the solar eclipse
Solar Eclipse by Redshift ( Android , iOS ) provides a simulation of the solar eclipse from four different perspectives: a view from the sun, the best location, your current location and a map view. This simulation can help give you a better idea of what to look for during the solar eclipse and determine if you should make the trek to the path of totality.
Amazon will put 1,600 Echo Dots in Arizona State University’s engineering student dorms
ASU has built a new work / live space for first-year engineering students called the Tooker House, and those moving into its residence hall will be able to opt in to the program and receive an Echo Dot for their dorm room. The school says Amazon has donated 1,600 Echo Dots and is also providing developer kits to help add the technology to ASU’s existing engineering curriculum.
Hands on with Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone
(I’m considering this a “hands-on” rather than a “review” because we, along with a handful of other outlets, have had the phone for a little over two days at this point. With something as key to our day-to-day lives as a smartphone — and one from a brand new company, no less — that’s just enough time to scratch the surface. We’ll have a more in-depth review in the coming weeks, once we feel like we know this thing inside and out — but with the device having just gone on sale, I figured it was worth sharing some early impressions.)
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MoviePass Now Offers Unlimited Movies in Theaters for $10 a Month
Ever wish there were a Netflix-style subscription service for brand new movies that just released in theaters? Well, there is. It’s called MoviePass, and now for just $10 a month you can see one movie a day in almost any theater.
Photos of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 dummy phone have leaked
New photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have surfaced on Chinese social networking site Weibo, as spotted by BGR . The photos show quite a thin device — rumored to be 8.5mm — with a huge infinity display, and smaller bezels than its predecessor, the recalled Galaxy Note 7. The back of the phone shows the dual camera, and the controversially placed fingerprint sensor.
Solar eclipse 2017: By the numbers | ZDNet
Let's take a look at some of the key facts relating to the solar eclipse happening August 21, 2017, and put some of that data into a tech-related context.
Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression
Earlier this week, following complaints about a vitriolic and abusive Daily Stormer article on Heather Heyer—the woman killed when a white nationalist drove a car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators—GoDaddy told the site’s owners that they had 24 hours to leave their service. Daily Stormer subsequently moved their domain to Google’s domain management service. Within hours Google announced that it too was refusing Daily Stormer as a customer. Google also placed the dailystormer.com domain on “Client Hold”, which means that Daily Stormer’s owner cannot activate, use or move the domain to another service. It’s unclear whether this is for a limited amount of time, or whether Google has decided to effectively take ownership of the dailystormer.com domain permanently. Cloudflare, whose service was used to protect the site from denial-of-service attacks, subsequently dropped them as a customer.
Essential Phone review: a beautiful work in progress
The Essential Phone is doing so much right: elegant design, big screen, long battery life, and clean software. And on top of all that, it has ambitions to do even more with those modules. If you asked Android users what they wanted in the abstract, I suspect a great many of them would describe this exact device. But while the camera is pretty good, it doesn’t live up to the high bar the rest of the phone market has set.
Hands on with the Essential Phone, the smartphone made by one of Android's co-founders
Called Essential Phone and made by Essential, Rubin's startup, the new device is a thing of sheer and utter beauty, and I'm quickly falling in love with it. Priced at $700, it's making a very tempting case to take its place in my hands and pockets as my next smartphone.
This NASA satellite is ready to go to space after having its broken antenna replaced
Tomorrow morning, a NASA communications satellite is scheduled to launch to space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on top of an Atlas V rocket made by the United Launch Alliance. The launch was slated for earlier this month, but was delayed after some equipment on the probe was broken during launch preparations. But now, the satellite, called TDRS-M, is ready to head to orbit, where it will join a fleet of other satellites crucial to NASA’s operations in space.
You'll need to be trained in self-defence if you want a shot at this £100K-a-year nanny job
You'll need to be trained in self-defence if you want a shot at this £100K-a-year nanny job
Apple has an official Instagram account showcasing photos shot on iPhone
In many ways, this Instagram account feels like the natural extension of the “Shot on iPhone” billboard ad campaign. Without showing the iPhone, Apple is promoting the iPhone camera as the perfect tool if you want to up your game on Instagram.
Big money investors are taking profits in Tesla
Asked about the stock sales, a spokesman for T. Rowe Price said in an e-mailed statement that "We're not afraid to trim and take profits on appreciated stocks where appropriate. TSLA is still a significant holding in several of our portfolios and we continue to be excited about the Model 3 ramp."
Tesla starts Australian ‘tiny house’ tour to show off energy products
Inside the house, customers can run their home through a mobile design studio, to see how much energy their home could generate, store, and save. Tesla is hoping to sell the full solution to customers, as adding the Powerwall can potentially take customers off the electrical grid.
25 iPhone photos that show what a phone camera can do
You won't believe the following 25 photos were taken with an iPhone. And if you want to take pictures like this, see our companion article and video: 4 secrets: How to take professional photos with your smartphone
TechCrunch’s Original Content takes on ‘The Defenders’
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The network enables members to access and view more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including Netflix original series. …
Google and Deezer promise to expunge racist music, too
Other streaming services and stores like Amazon Music haven't revealed whether they also plan to follow suit. Even if they don't, they might get fewer and fewer new racist tracks going forward: CD Baby, one of the music distributors where the likes of Amazon, Google and Spotify get their content, has also sworn to delete racist tracks its own users flag. CEO Tracy Maddux also said that the company has the right to refuse submissions from artists if they promote hatred and violence against specific groups of people.
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What it takes to chase the total solar eclipse coast to coast
Because of the geometry of the Earth's surface, the eclipse shadow moves faster at the start and end of its path and at its slowest in the middle. That means that near the point of greatest eclipse in Kentucky, it will "slow down" to a mere 1,448 mph (2,330 km/h), which is just a little bit faster than the top speed of the commercial Concorde jet.
Elon Musk: Artificial intelligence presents 'vastly more risk than North Korea'
Musk has previously expressed a healthy mistrust of artificial
intelligence. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO warned in 2016 that, if
artificial intelligence is left unregulated, humans could devolve
into the equivalent of "house cats" next to increasingly powerful
supercomputers. He made that comparison while hypothesizing about
the need for a
digital layer of intelligence he called a "neural lace" for
the human brain.
MoviePass' New Unlimited Movies in Theaters Deal Sounds Amazing—But There's a Catch
What is the sweet spot for getting people to join a movie theater ticket subscription service? For six years, MoviePass has struggled to answer that question and now, under former Netflix exec Mitch Lowe, it’s introducing a radical plan: Selling customers’ data and charging $10 a month for all the silver screen action you can fit into your life.
iOS 11 Beta 6: 5 Features and Changes
The Maps app has been updated to reflect Apple’s new Apple Park campus. The previous icon referred to Apple’s Infinite Loop campus. But it’s the App Store that seems the most dramatic update. It’s still an abstracted “A” icon but this time instead of using tools, it’s just spelled out using sticks. And it looks more cartoony and playful than it did before. The icon for iMessage App Store has been updated as well.
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick believes in 'fast firing,' according to his text messages
This insight comes from a cache of 400 text messages
released to the public thanks to the lawsuit between Uber
and Waymo, the self-driving car company spun off from
Google's parent company Alphabet. In one set of the
texts, Kalanick describes his principles
for firing someone (emphasis ours):
Google's Allo chat service finally arrives on the web... with a few catches
Google's plan is to have Allo and Duo serve as its consumer chat services while Hangouts takes over the enterprise side's needs. Web support is an important piece to getting more people using Allo, but whether it's enough to win over users remains to be seen.
Hundreds of IoT smart locks bricked by bad update, leaving customers stranded
A botched wireless update for certain LockState locks has left them unable to be locked or unlocked without the physical backup key and highlighting the dangers associated with IoT.
Even Neo-Nazis Are Surprised by Trump's Latest Charlottesville Comments
But those who feel like months of dog whistles from Trump are rising into full-throated support of white nationalism aren’t limited to the far corners of the internet. On Twitter, former Imperial Wizard of the KKK David Duke—a man Trump claims he did not initially know was in attendance at Unite the Right despite seemingly spending every waking moment on Twitter—thanked the president for his decision to “condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa.” Jack Posobiec—a serial fabulist and one of the spineless pro-Trump Twitter celebrities who pushed the Pizzagate narrative which ended with a gunman shooting inside a pizza parlor—wrote that Trump’s remarks were “ making it rain red pills ,” a term borrowed from The Matrix to denote one’s indoctrination to far-right thinking.
This tiny Android camera lets you livestream your life
It has a standby time of up to 48 hours and can capture in story mode (time-lapse shooting) for up to 16 hours and in livestreaming mode for up to 2 hours. And since it's Android based, it can run a variety of apps. The company says it features native apps, such as a stopwatch and a compass, but also runs third-party apps, such as Spotify. That sounds interesting.
Apple Watch for cheap? Aetna may expand health subsidy
The health insurance provider is reportedly in talks to offer millions more subsidized Apple Watches.
Reg Saddler on Twitter
You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history.
Amazon teaming up with 'The Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman
In Amazon's ongoing quest for world domination, it's struck a deal with the mind behind one of the most popular TV shows,
The best smart TV system in an affordable 4K TV
Fire up the S405 and you won't be greeted with something from an HDMI input, like whatever channel your cable box is tuned to. Instead you'll see a grid of app icons, much like your phone's home screen. A few of those icons indeed lead to HDMI inputs (and you can rename them "cable box," "Xbox" or whatever), but most are apps. I love the system's simplicity and customization, although I wish one-third of the screen weren't occupied by a big ad.
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Report: Tesla autonomous semi-trucks will move in platoons, prototype coming soon
One of the most interesting autonomous features mentioned in the report is the ability of the trucks to platoon behind a lead vehicle, forming a caravan to their final destination. This type of technology has been seen by some as a forerunner to full autonomy, as it could allow for one human driver in the lead, with multiple autonomous trucks following behind him or her.