Anyone can buy a Microsoft HoloLens now, no sign-up required
Microsoft first released HoloLens back in March, but it was a relatively small batch limited to developers. Now anyone can buy one – no sign up required. The news coincides with the Windows 10 Anniversary update, which technically applies to the HoloLens too (and the Xbox). All Killer, No Filler We’re bringing Momentum to New York: …
The Creator of Seaman Needs Cash, So He's Making More Games
Yoot Saito, whose creative gaming hits include Seaman, SimTower, and Odama, is going back to game design.
Why Japan is banking on selling sadness disguised as kawaii
In a world where we’re all pretending to appear happy on the internet, Japan is banking on selling sadness. The latest craze is Gudetama, an anthropomorphic egg who’s lazy, depressed, and an all-around Negative Nancy. It doesn’t like to move around much, or be bothered. It’s tired of its existence. When it realizes it’s about to get …
Samsung’s third-gen Gear VR will have wider field of view, same $99 price
Until now, the Korean tech giant's virtual reality headset offered a 96-degree field of view, and was compatible with Sa
Suicide Squad has too many villains and not enough villainy to go around
The latest DC movie lightens the tone and brings in some fun, but it's incoherent and scattershot.
Hackers Hijack a Big Rig Truck’s Accelerator and Brakes
As researchers demonstrate digital attacks on a 33,000 pound truck, car hacking is moving beyond consumer vehicles.
What to expect from Square’s Q2 earnings
Square is revealing its second-quarter earnings tomorrow. Here's what to look for when they drop:
Profitability: Last qu
The 'Requiem for a Dream' theme, sung by a small dog
Gabe the dog is the next Hans Zimmer, you heard it here first.
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
All the Coolest Features of Windows 10's Anniversary Update
Windows 10 made managing multiple desktops much easier and more straightforward than it was in Windows 7. It was one of the most underrated and overdue features of Windows 10. Now, it’s getting even better. The Task View interface, which you call up by pressing Win+Tab, now gives you a few more useful options. You can right-click a window to move it to another desktop (previously you could only drag windows from one desktop to another). You can also use the Task View to snap windows to the left and right side of the screen.
Instagram Stories Apes Snapchat, Lets You Draw Stuff on Photos
Instagram Stories will appear at the top of a feed in a story bar, will only be available for 24 hours, and are meant as a means for people to share a ton of photos without worrying about clogging up the normal Instagram feed. Just like Snapchat, you’ll be able to draw on photos and videos or slap giant emoji on top of them. Also just like Snapchat, there are no comments or likes on Instagram Stories. The one main difference between Instagram Stories and Snapchat appears to be the lack of lenses, so if you want to take a selfie of yourself as a bee, you’ll need to stick with Snapchat for now. You can snag the updates for Android and iPhone now, though the Stories feature will be rolling out gradually over the next few weeks.
Instagram’s Snapchat Ripoff Is Brazen and Totally Fine
First, let’s consider the legalities of ripping off a feature with X-acto knife precision. Surely, at some point, intellectual property law must kick in. That may well be true, says University of Pennsylvania law professor R. Polk Wagner, but this is not that point. “The idea of featured ‘Stories’ is not new, so any patents would likely be quite specific to implementation details,” says Wagner. “And because the implementation/interfaces are slightly different, copyright doesn’t provide any protection. This is an area where IP laws don’t prevent the copying of another’s features or innovations.”
Google green lit to start testing drone delivery (but only in approved areas)
As of today, Google has the all clear from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to start testing its drones at any of six FAA-approved test sites in the US. Until now, FAA guidelines prohibited drones in the US to operate without a human pilot, or beyond the pilot’s line of sight. Because of these regulations, most of the testing leading up to full-scale drone delivery services from the likes of Amazon , Google and others happened overseas.
China Actually Built That Crazy Traffic-Straddling Bus
The first working version of the straddling bus isn’t quite ready to handle the mean streets of Qinhuangdao yet. For testing purposes, the bus is limited to a 300 meter long track, with limited turns and traffic challenges. But it’s the first step towards something like this actually going into full service one day.
Instagram launches “Stories,” a Snapchatty feature for imperfect sharing
People only post the highlights of their life on Instagram, so today the app adds its own version of “Stories” to poach goofy, off-the-cuff, everyday content from Snapchat. It works exactly like Snapchat Stories, allowing you to post 24-hour ephemeral photo and video slideshows that disappear. But because Instagram Stories appear at the top of the old feed, your followers will inevitably see them without you needing to build a new audience in a different app.
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Firefox 48 arrives with multi-process support, drops old OS X versions and Android Gingerbread
Mozilla today launched Firefox 48 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The browser has gained multi-processor support (finally), enhanced protection against harmful downloads, and media improvements on Android. Support for old OS X versions and Android Gingerbread has been dropped.
Bitfinex down due to bitcoin security breach • /r/BitcoinMarkets
Not if it wasn't on Bitgo's side. I don't fully understand how Bitgo works, but if it was open source code used, or homegrown code used, to interface with Bitgo, and the flaw was in that code, you can't lay blame on Bitgo. It wasn't their code that was problematic. It's like saying that your bank is liable for loss of funds if your computer gets hacked and someone sniffs your password.
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Snapchat and NFL team up for first Discover sports channel | Cult of Mac
The NFL season is set to kick off in just over a month and Snapchat is ready to give users their weekly dose of pig skin action with the first ever Discover sport channel.
8K TV Broadcasts Launch in Japan
As PCWorld reports , Japanese public broadcaster NHK this week launched a satellite channel broadcasting 8K content, along with some lowly 4K footage. And get ready to be super jealous: On the schedule is an 8K live feed of the opening and closing ceremonies from the Rio Olympics.
Under Tesla’s wing, SolarCity’s future remains uncertain
With a tentative agreement to be purchased by its sister company, Tesla, SolarCity is going all in on a strategy that some analysts say is ahead of its time: pairing solar systems with the automaker’s energy-storage batteries. The company has also said it will seek to build more solar systems for utilities – a part of the market in which SolarCity has limited experience.
Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex reports $75 million has been stolen
We are investigating the breach to determine what happened, but we know that some of our users have had their bitcoins stolen. We are undertaking a review to determine which users have been affected by the breach. While we conduct this initial investigation and secure our environment, bitfinex.com will be taken down and the maintenance page will be left up.
Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine
The Universal Library Project, sometimes called the Million Books Project, was pioneered by Jaime Carbonell, Raj Reddy, Michael Shamos, Gloriana St Clair, and Robert Thibadeau of Carnegie Mellon University. The Governments of India, China, and Egypt are helping fund this effort through scanning facilities and personnel. The Internet Archive has contributed 100k books from the Kansas City Public Library along with servers to India. The Indian government scanned the appropriate books. The...
Google’s Instant Articles competitor is about to take over mobile search
Years ago, many sites had different versions of their websites for phones — often at a different subdomain like mobile.theverge.com. But that was a mistake the industry corrected with the advent of responsive web design — we decided that making a separate version of a thing just for a smaller screen was a bad idea, especially as mobile devices became more powerful. But with AMP and Instant Articles, history seems to be repeating itself — only this time, it’s happening with big companies like Google and Facebook deciding how these new mobile versions will work and whether they’ll be as open as the thing they’re increasingly replacing.
Snapchat is developing scannable ads
Hey Bart, remember QR codes? They're back! In Snapchat form!
Chrissy Teigen can now filter out your mean Instagram comments
Chrissy Teigen has one of the lucky high-profile accounts that can now filter out inappropriate comments with particular keywords. On Tuesday, the model and cookbook author used Twitter to thank Instagram for the update, and posted a picture of a new feature.
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Drones will begin delivering blood and medicine in the US
Rinaudo says that after announcing its partnership with Rwanda in February, the White House reached out to Zipline and expressed interest in bringing its system to rural parts of the US. Zipline will apply for a waiver to the FAA regulations, and expects to begin operating within six months of receiving it. (Rinaudo hopes to be operational within a year from now.) For its US launch, the startup has partnered with three health care companies — Ellumen, ASD Healthcare, and Bloodworks Northwest — and has planned tentative deliveries to Smith Island, Maryland and San Juan Islands, Washington.
Donald Trump actually kicked a baby out during his speech
Donald Trump, political plague on society and known monster, actually kicked a baby out of the room while giving a speech in Virginia recently.
LinkedIn embraces video with Q & A clips from its top influencers
For now, only LinkedIn Influencers (a collective of high-profile members selected by the social network) can upload videos. The short clips will last up to 30 seconds, and will involve Influencers discussing a business trend or topic curated by the LinkedIn editorial team. Influencers will also be able to create their own topic discussion for other Influencers to weigh in on.
iBeat raises $1.5 million for ‘life-saving’ heart-monitoring watch
iBeat , the startup behind a “life-saving, heart-monitoring smartwatch,” announced today that it scored a $1.5 million seed investment.
Google's speeding up mobile web search results for all sites
To date, Google's cached more than 150 million URLs from 650,000 domains for the AMP project. The original AMP rollout was so well-received, in fact, that a number of non-publishing sites like Fandango, Disney, Food Network and eBay began integrating the technology. And soon, though Google remains mum on the exact date, those sites (and any other that use AMP) will begin seeing faster load times. They will not, however, show up any higher in the result rankings -- there will reportedly be no change in Google's search algorithm.
Apple updates Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra
A day after Apple released new developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, the company on Tuesday released new betas available to the general public.
One of the Best Explanations For Why We Haven't Found Alien Life
So far, the only examples of sentient life we’ve found are right here on our own planet. It’s not for lack of trying, though—we’ve sent out spacecraft deep into our solar system and, so far, still remain alone. What if the problem isn’t where we are looking, though, but when?
Netflix has more subscribers than its biggest cable competitors combined, but that might be a bad thing
That news might sound like a good thing for Netflix, but it
actually could be a source of worry for investors who are
concerned about Netflix's slowing subscriber growth. Netflix has
blamed the slowdown on accidental cancellations from
the new chip-enabled credit cards and on media reports, but the
big fear among investors is that the slowdown is actually because
Netflix has saturated the market.
Io's Atmosphere Just Collapsed
Reason number 9,000 not to colonize Jupiter’s moon Io: not only is it a frigid hellscape covered in eruptive ice volcanoes and lashed by the gas giant’s powerful radiation belts, but the atmosphere just collapsed.
Movie Review: Suicide Squad Is Chaotic, Manic, and a Total Mess
In that sense, the music ends up being almost the perfect microcosm of the film—the pieces are good, but together they somehow end up making something less than the sum of their parts. Some of the action is fun, some of the characters are great, and it does reach some nice emotional peaks. But it never feels like a true, cohesive movie. It feels a B-movie—an action-packed one, but a B-movie nonethelesses—that just happens to be set in the DC Universe. It’s as if Ayer had too many balls to juggle and when they all came tumbling down he said, “Well that’s still kind of cool.” Cool? Maybe. That doesn’t make it any less disappointing.
Let the Calm Wash Over You as This Dam Opens Its Spillway for the Very First Time
Behold the majestic Banja Dam in Albania. It’s a huge hydroelectric project that hit a big milestone over the weekend—its reservoir reached over 550 meters above sea level. To release some of the excess water, dam operators opened the spillway for the very first time and filmed the event from the air. The dang thing just keeps. On. Going.
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200 million Yahoo log-ins reportedly for sale on dark web
A hacker linked to breaches at MySpace and LinkedIn now has millions of alleged Yahoo accounts. Yahoo says it's investigating the claim.
Korryn Gaines, killed by police in standoff, posted parts of encounter on social media
Baltimore County Police held a news conference on August 1 about the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Korryn Gaines, a black woman killed by police in Randallstown. Officers were trying to serve warrants at the apartment when they said Gaines pointed a gun at them and threatened to kill them during an hours-long standoff. A five-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. (Baltimore County Police)
A visual guide to creating your first Facebook Messenger chatbot
Above: Set the context of the conversation. Remember there is no onboarding for a chatbot in Facebook Messenger. Make sure you let people know what the bot can do and why it exists.
This trip through space is an amazing reminder of how small we are
That’s why its creator, morn1315 , decided to create a new video with updated information and graphics. It’s nothing short of jaw-dropping and reminds us we’re merely a small fraction of our universe.
OpenTV owner settles patent dispute with Apple
Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock had no comment on the deal. The company had been under pressure to reach a licensing deal since a German court ruled in March that the iPhone and Apple TV maker violated a patent acquired by Kudelski's OpenTV business.
Quora launches in Spanish, its second language
Although being localized in Spanish, Quora is not translating all the questions and responses to make it more accessible to non-English speaking users. Company CEO Adam D’Angelo explained that it’s essentially launching a new instance of the service, growing organically and slowly. By opening it up to a small group and then more later on, Quora hopes to see content created, just like when the English version first launched years ago.
What Happens When a Giant Whale Almost Eats Your Boat
These folks came to Quebec to see a whale, and everything went exactly to plan.
Judge blasts FBI for illegally recording more than 200 hours of audio
Agents planted concealed microphones around the San Mateo County Courthouse in 2009 and 2010 as part of an investigation into bid-rigging at public auctions for foreclosed homes. Bid-rigging is essentially a guaranteed contract even though a property is put up for auction anyway, if for nothing else, to make it appear fair and democratic.
Paper fingerprint unlocks murder victim’s phone after 3D printing fails
A team of researchers has managed to unlock a murder victim’s smartphone using a 2D image of his fingerprint. The group was forced to utilize this method after an attempt to gain access to the phone using a 3D-printed reconstruction of the man’s finger failed to get the job done.
Airbnb is starting to build its own lodging for tourists
Yoshino is in a uniquely favorable position to serve as a guinea
pig in Airbnb's experiment with urban development— the town
is tranquil and located near Japan's cedar forests, allowing
builders in the area to construct the facilities from
locally sourced materials.
NFL star quits Pokemon Go, fears it involves mind control
Technically Incorrect: The Detroit Lions' Larry Warford sees everyone around him playing the game and worries that there's something sinister going on.
Kanye West keeps canceling on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke
"He’ll do it eventually. He wants to do it. [When he cancelled he sent] about three dozen white roses, of course," said Corden. "Arranged in the shape of a cube. What could be more Kanye than that?"
EA’s digital sales drive $682 million in revenue for Q1
The Battlefield publisher revealed the results of its fiscal Q1 2017 today, and it generated $682 million in revenues. That bests the $650.7 million that analysts were expecting. The company also earned 7 cents per share, which is well ahead of the 2-cent loss that Wall Street predicted. EA credits its digital business for its growth in the $99.6 billion worldwide gaming market.
Hackers break into Telegram, revealing 15 million users’ phone numbers
( Reuters ) — Iranian hackers have compromised more than a dozen accounts on the Telegram instant messaging service and identified the phone numbers of 15 million Iranian users, the largest known breach of the encrypted communications system, cyber researchers told Reuters.
An Electrical Fire May Have Sparked a Mini-Volcano in Iraq
In a little safer endeavor, artists and geologists at Syracuse University have been making their own lava flows for years now by melting chips of volcanic rock in a cauldron typically used to melt metal. They have been able to mimic a wide variety of lava flows and test how lava flow behaves as it moves over all kinds of lava surface like snow, ice, or wet sand. Not as strange as an accidental mini-volcano, but still pretty cool.
Make This Three Ingredient Peach Sherbet Without an Ice Cream Maker
To make this super simple, yet intensely flavorful, frozen delight, dissolve 1/3 of a cup of sugar in a cup of buttermilk and freeze in an ice cube tray. Freeze three cups of peeled peach slices as well. Once everything is chilled solid, remove the peaches and let them thaw for about fifteen minutes before chucking everything in the food processor. Once everything is nice and smooth, serve immediately or scoop into a seal-able container and pop it in the freezer.
Samsung’s Gear VR headset gets an upgrade
Not quite worthy of the wow factor bestowed upon the new Note 7, but Samsung wasn’t going to get out of this morning’s Unpacked event with another big reveal. The hardware maker is recommitting itself to the cause of low-cost virtual reality with a refresh to its Gear VR headset.
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”