How to Make a Pinhole Camera to Watch the Solar Eclipse
If your Amazon eclipse-watching glasses are unsafe or you've just been procrastinating, here's how to watch Monday's solar eclipse without going blind.
There’s a new Gran Turismo Sport version of the PS4
Sony has unveiled a shiny new limited edition Gran Turismo-themed Playstation 4, featuring a faceplate bearing the GT logo and a customized wireless controller. The 1 TB system will be available...
The 16 best trailers of Gamescom 2017
Gamescom — the massive video game convention that takes place annually in Germany — officially gets underway today. But for those of us not attending, there’s already plenty to get excited about,...
Linksys’ new router puts your gaming needs before everyone else’s
Linksys' latest router will give your granny less bandwidth so you can play "Overwatch" faster.
This animated globe showing animal migration routes is mesmerizing
Animals have don’t need passports or visas, and they don't care about countries' borders — and that’s vividly illustrated by this animated globe.
It shows migration routes for about 150 species...
The Game of Game of Thrones: season 7, episode 6, Beyond the Wall
Before we get into what happened last night in the space of 71 minutes of prestige cable, some housekeeping: if you consult the rules of Game of Game of Thrones, you’ll see that killing a White...
Watch Google unveil the next version of Android live right here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiW2k-80Ruo Google is about to unveil Android O when the solar eclipse hits the East Coast. The live-streamed event should..
Jurassic World Evolution could be the dino theme park simulator of your dreams
Life finds a way — but that doesn’t mean you can’t help a little. This weekend at Gamescom in Germany, developer Frontier announced a new title called Jurassic World Evolution, which will let...
Xbox Live is down — Microsoft is working on a fix
Microsoft knows that Xbox Live is not working for a ton of people right now, and it has engineers investigating the problem. A significant number of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC players who use the Xbox Live platform are complaining on social media that the network is not functioning properly at the moment. Microsoft separately confirmed the issue on Twitter and its Xbox Live status page -- but even that status page is now having trouble loading.
Got Clouds? How to Watch Today's Total Solar Eclipse Online
Here are the details about when and where today's solar eclipse will be happening. If the weather gods aren't behaving, there are options for watching online.
Verizon’s good unlimited data plan is now three bad unlimited plans
So you’ll soon be limited to a maximum video quality of 720p streaming on phones and 1080p if you’ve got a tablet on your plan. There’s no going higher for anyone. Even with a laptop connected to your mobile hotspot, you’ll never be able to reach video speeds higher than 10Mbps. “We're doing this to ensure all customers have a great experience on our network since there is no visible difference in quality on a smartphone or tablet when video is shown at higher resolutions (than 720p on phones and 1080p on tablets).” Verizon doesn’t point to any specific data that backs up its “nobody can see a difference” observation between 720p and 1080p on a 5.5-inch screen.
Netflix’s Stranger Things will be back for a third season
Stranger Things , the Netflix show that become a surprise megahit thanks to its appeal to 80s babies and mix of horror, charm and general weirdness, will return for a third season. The show’s second season has yet to arrive (it’s coming October 27th), but co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer told Vulture that the third season has been approved already.
Live: Solar Eclipse 2017
At the White House, Trump and Melania and teen age son Barron donned protective glasses and looked up at the eclipse from the Truman Balcony. Daughter Ivanka was there too as well as Jeff Sessions and Wilbur Ross. Below on the ground dozens of white house staffers also looked skyward with the glasses on. Trump, asked how's the view, gave a thumbs up. When peak viewing time was over, everyone went back inside.
How to get Android Oreo right now
Don't want to wait for the hot new version of Android on your phone? Read this.
Tech Meets the Solar Eclipse
On Monday, people across America are going to be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime event, a total solar eclipse that you have to be in the continental U.S. to enjoy. Bloomberg's Emily Chang took a look at how the tech industry is faring in the shadow of the sun. (Source: Bloomberg)
Finland prepares for self-driving shuttle service this fall
Finland could be the first country to have a regular autonomous shuttle service, with city transportation officials aiming to debut the service this fall.
The total solar eclipse has come and gone
The first glimpses of the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States from coast to coast in 99 years began in Oregon, with totality just after 1 p.m. ET. What started as a tiny crescent of the moon's shadow turned into a perfectly beautiful eclipse in city after city. It ended in South Carolina about 3 p.m. ET.
Where to Get Eclipse Glasses at the Last Minute
It’s not too late to get eclipse glasses, but don’t expect to find any in stores. We’ve seen listings on local sale websites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, though, so you could still snatch up a pair if you act fast.
Samsung’s Bixby assistant is now available for Galaxy S8 owners worldwide
There is a limitation to this global rollout, since it will only be available to those who own the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6+. Samsung does intend to bring Bixby to more devices, but we don’t currently know which ones or when. If you believe the rumors, the assistant will eventually go beyond phones with Samsung planning to release a smart speaker of its own .
When Is the Next Solar Eclipse?
If you missed today’s solar eclipse, fear not, there will be plenty more to come. And some that will be a lot more fun to watch. Consider this your future solar eclipse planning guide.
Apple Watch 3: Rumours, release date and everything you need to know
A pple is not expected to make significant changes to the Watch's design just yet. KGI Securities has said the Watch 3 will come in the same two sizes that are currently available. Apple has patented designs for a Watch with a screen that extends beyond the watchface or a circular design. But it is expected to retain the square design for now.
Microsoft’s sharper speech recognition tech should supercharge Cortana
Nearly a year ago Microsoft revealed that it had bested IBM by hitting a word error rate (WER) of 6.3% (in the industry-standard Switchboard speech recognition benchmark), dropping that to 5.9% just a month later – and at the weekend the firm announced that it's now achieved a WER of 5.1%.
You may want to unlock the iPhone 8 with your face
The report also claims that the iPhone 8 won't have an in-display fingerprint scanner, as previously speculated . Word on the street is that the iPhone 8 may ditch its home button to opt for a bezel-less display , so without a fingerprint sensor built into the home button or display the future of TouchID is up in the air. You may be able to use your face instead.
UK says online hate crime is as serious as offline offences
The public statements issued today aren't quite the same thing. Online hate crimes aren't only now being considered serious offences and subject to prosecution. Public statements communicate intent, showing that the CPS considers hate crime a priority -- particularly considering prosecutions of these offences are at an all-time high -- and a policy area that demands specific attention.
How to Take Photos During Today's Solar Eclipse With Your Smartphone
Everybody wants to capture the perfect eclipse photo today, but not everybody has thousands of dollars in professional photography equipment. Turns out you can take some half-way decent pics with your smartphone.
Trump Is Bleeding the Secret Service Dry
The compensation crunch is so serious that [Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles] has begun discussions with key lawmakers to raise the combined salary and overtime cap for agents, from $160,000 per year to $187,000 for at least the duration of Trump’s first term.
The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S’17 Demo Day 1
Pyka wants to make “flying cars” a reality with its auto-piloting single-person planes. The company has already built a 400-pound plane that flies itself, and can take off and land in 90 feet. But since regulators want to see tons of testing before allowing humans aboard, Pyka has developed a placeholder business doing crop dusting in New Zealand. That helps it earn $600 per hour while logging the hours necessary to prepare itself for the human transportation market. Crop dusting alone is a $1.5 billion business in the U.S. But with employees from Zee airplanes and Google’s Waymo, Pyka aims to become a first-mover in self-flying personal planes.
Cloud data management startup Druva raises $80M
There is an ongoing trend among businesses to put more of their data into the cloud — and as part of that, to bring ever more smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices on to their networks to create and consume that data. That is driving a lot of traffic to startups building smart ways to capture, back up and analyse these increasingly complex network architectures. Today, one of the bigger of these startups is announcing a large round of funding.
Sony Legalizes Remixes
The somewhat surprising (if long overdue) move comes with a deal Sony just signed with Dubset, a San Francisco-based startup that fingerprints mixes and provides royalties to the record companies that own rights to the samples. When a DJ releases an unofficial remix of a Sony-owned track, Sony will now get a cut, and listeners will get to enjoy the remix on more platforms. Major Lazer and Bad Royale proved that the model works seamlessly last year, when they worked with Dubset to release “My Number,” a cover song with samples from other copyrighted tracks. It’s now been listened to 1.7 million times with each play depositing a little bit of cash in everyone’s pocket. Good song, too .
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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra Beta 7 to Developers
Soon after unveiling the platform, Apple seeded the first beta to developers. Today, the company is moving forward by seeding the seventh developer beta of the pre-release software. The company has also seeded a series of public betas of macOS High Sierra up to this point, laying the first of many bricks ahead of the stable, public launch of the desktop operating system later this year.
How to take the best photos of a solar eclipse: Tips from the pros
"I highly recommend spending 2-4 hours setting up equipment, adjusting lenses, apertures, and ISO speeds in the days leading up to the eclipse to ensure that you're ready to go. Add two hours to this time if your setup includes a telescope through which you'll be taking photographs. You can also practice on the moon (which is pretty close to full right now) to see typical results; the full moon is about the same size as the sun from our vantage point here on earth. But don't depend on it to help you set aperture or ISO," Oliver said.
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Time & Vine Is a Magical Comic About Teachers Drinking Wine Because Life Is Hard
Darren’s sympathetic, and understands the ways in which people can give themselves over to a glass of wine as they try to escape the difficulties of life. But as the pair learn more about one another, Darren realizes that he knows another way to lift Megan’s spirits. After learning that Megan teaches history, Darren offers to show her around the bar’s collection of vintage wines, reasoning that she might get more out of their stories than the average person.
Why the alt-right can’t build an alt-internet
After the August 12th hate rally in Charlottesville, online platforms that have long tolerated or ignored white supremacists are very publicly kicking them off. The crackdown spans a broad range of sites and apps, some of which are household names, like Uber, Facebook, and Spotify. But some of the most notable companies to purge their ranks are those we don’t often consider: the web hosts, domain registrars, and other services that you need to put a website on the internet. Over the past week, GoDaddy, Cloudflare, and Google — to name a few — have been playing hot potato with the major neo-Nazi news site Daily Stormer , taking it offline several times as it’s moved around the internet.
Code42 ends consumer CrashPlan backup plans to prioritize business services
Code42, the company behind the CrashPlan online backup service, stopped accepting new subscribers for its CrashPlan for Home plan on Tuesday, with the backup firm shifting its focus away from consumers to enterprise and small business customers.
The CrashPlan website advises users that, effective as of August 22, Code42 will no longer accept new CrashPlan for Home subscriptions nor renewals of existing subscriptions. The sunsetting of the service will apparently take place over several months, with CrashPlan for Home expected to cease on October 23, 2018.
The service will continue to honor existing CrashPlan for Home subscriptions during this time, and has extended customer subscriptions at no extra cost by 60 days, to give users time to transition to a new backup system.
For customers wanting to stay with the service, Code42 suggests they move over to CrashPlan for Small Business , which costs $10 per month per device. Customers choosing this option will have their data moved over and will be able to use CrashPlan for Small Business for the remainder of their current Home subscription for free, followed by a 75 percent discount off the service for the following 12 months.
How to quickly audit a Linux system from the command line
If you're a system administrator, a good auditing tool can make your life exponentially easier (or harder...depending upon the results of the audit). Lynis is a must-use tool for any Linux system administrator who takes the security of their systems and network seriously.
This trick boosts your iPhone's speaker volume
This is, of course, the simple (yet rather surprising) outcome of fiddling with equalizer settings. I suspect most users forget those settings are there at all, and while many of the choices do impact volume level, it's only Late Night that gives a big boost.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 could get squeezed by other Android rivals | ZDNet
The Moto Z2 Force. The Moto Z2 Force has nice features, a dual camera and a pure Android experience. The catch, as CNET's Scott Stein noted , is that the Moto Z2 Force is priced as a premium phone. Does anyone really expect the Moto Z2 Force to maintain its retail price of $750 or so? Hell no. As soon as Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 launches, the Moto Z2 Force will be discounted. That discounting move will make the Moto flagship more in line with a value play.
Finally, Lamborghini Has Made a Phone Exclusively for Assholes
Per the Verge , this ridiculous money-hole-posing-as-a-phone clocks in with “the most luxurious technology”—roughly similar specifications to a high-end smartphone that costs less than a third of the sticker price—as well as a “liquid metal” frame, “Italian handmade black leather” and the Tonino Lamborghini Raging Bull logo, which symbolizes “strength, courage, determination and boldness.”
Inside the project to rebuild the EDSAC, one of the world's first general purpose computers | ZDNet
But there are some things that aren't recorded by blueprints and photographs, and for many of these things there just isn't a way for the restoration team to find out what they were like. Some of these things include: knowing how the machine operated, how instructions were given, how to manage the punched paper ticket tapes, and even what noises it made. That's why the project brought together some of those who actually used the original machine in order to gain insight into how it operated on a day-to-day basis.
How The Far Right Became An Ethnic Minority
That the right’s use of the ethnicity model has proved at least somewhat successful highlights the model’s inherent fragility and limitations. Historically, the groups that have used it to the greatest effect have gained enough momentum to achieve major legislative and electoral victories, but their efforts are prone to breaking down. More than 50 years after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, there’s still ample work for Black Lives Matter activists to do; second-wave feminism scored Title IX and an array of cultural changes before giving way to a more politically fragmented third wave. Before long, these movements tend to collapse into more finite identity groups, which form the basis for so-called “identity politics.”
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Why deep learning won't replace its human counterparts anytime soon
I've met some robotic humans, but I've yet to meet a robot that even remotely resembles a human. Artificial intelligence (AI), with its subfields of machine learning and deep learning, is supposed to fix all that. But, for a variety of reasons, AI is nowhere near delivering human-like understanding to machines. It turns out the very same traits that cause us to jump to conclusions make it impossible for machines to act human.
The era of blind faith in big data must end
Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more — but they don't automatically make things fair, and they're often far from scientific. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmful: "weapons of math destruction." Learn more about the hidden agendas behind these supposedly objective formulas and why we need to start building better ones.
Taylor Swift Breaks Her Social Media Silence With A Mysterious Video
Fresh off of a countersuit win against former radio host David Mueller , who the jury found guilty of assaulting Swift back in 2013, Swift deleted all of the posts from her social media accounts and let her profile pictures default to gray–that was last week. Today, Swift put up a single 10-second video on Instagram and Twitter. And it features what appears to be a snake, slapping its tail forcefully on the ground amidst retro, VHS-tape quality editing.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review: who needs Nathan Drake?
In the beginning they bicker constantly, and call each other Frazer and Ross, instead of by their first names. Chloe struggles to accept help from her new comrade; early on, when Nadine asks to drive, saying she’s perfectly capable, Chloe replies: “I’m sure you are honey. I just prefer to.” But they grow steadily closer over the course of their quest. It’s not really surprising to see this — that’s what usually happens in buddy dramas — but it feels natural here. Their relationship builds in ways both obvious and subtle, relayed in exposition-heavy cutscenes and through the gameplay itself. The first time Chloe reaches up to grab Nadine’s hand while you’re climbing a towering statue feels important and well-earned.
Every AMD Radeon RX graphics card you can buy for PC gaming
The Radeon RX 580 stands as the current crown jewel in AMD’s lineup and potentially the best mainstream graphics card ever sold. Starting at $200 for 4GB models, the Radeon RX 580 absolutely screams through 1080p games at 60fps or more with all graphics options cranks to 11, can deliver superb 1440p gameplay if you dial graphics back to High in modern games, and can even power virtual reality experiences. It’s incredibly powerful, incredibly versatile, and incredibly well priced—again, in theory. In the wake of the card’s launch, stocks are low and prices are inflated, just like with the RX 570.
Delta video chat gives you whole new way to complain
Delta Airlines has added new video chat kiosks to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the company announced today. There are five screens located at the Delta Sky Assist, which connect passengers to customer service representatives. You can pick up a receiver and start a video chat with a Delta employee if you need to change your flight, leave some feedback or anything in between. Delta says this is a first for a US airline.
THE SNAP 30: Meet the most important people who help Evan Spiegel run Snap Inc.
One of Spiegel's direct reports, Khan's main job at Snap is to lead its business strategy and help grow its fledgling ad business. He's one of the few executives besides Spiegel to represent the company publicly at events, and like Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, he's working on telling the story of Snapchat to make it more appealing to marketers.
Facebook’s colorful status updates are now available on WhatsApp
Facebook began adding the colored-background statuses in December 2016. While garish at times, the feature was supposed to increase engagement among users. WhatsApp started testing the feature earlier this month before releasing it to all users today. The statuses disappear after 24 hours and can be added to WhatsApp’s stories feature — copied from Snapchat, and now available on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.
Intel boosts 2-in-1 laptop speeds by up to 40% with new 8th-gen quad-core chips
You can see the specs of the new 8xxx U processors above. Note that the operating frequencies shown in the table are turbo frequencies. Intel processors operate at a base frequency but can switch to a higher turbo frequency for limited periods, when under heavy load. The base operating speed of the processors is 1.9GHz for the i7-8650, 1.8GHz for the i7-8550, 1.7GHz for the i5-8350 and 1.6GHz for the i5-8250.
Walmart and Kroger are getting in on the tech that underpins bitcoin
Nestle, Unilever, Tyson Foods and other large food and retail companies have joined IBM's project to explore how blockchain technology can help track food supply chains and improve safety, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
Ford outlines plan to build self-driving cars at scale to deploy with partners
Ford’s autonomous driving vision includes fleet manufacturing, and then deploying vehicles at scale with partners working in commercial service areas like taxi and delivery. The core of this plan starts with building cars tailor-made to “improve the movement of people and goods,” according to Ford VP of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification Sherif Markaby.
Highly ideological members of Congress have more Facebook followers than moderates do
In both legislative chambers, members’ ideology is a strong predictor of the number of people who follow them on Facebook. The most liberal and most conservative House members had a median of 14,361 followers as of July 25, compared with 9,017 followers for those in the middle of the ideological spectrum. The median number of followers for the Senate’s most liberal and conservative lawmakers was 78,360, while moderates had 32,626. (These figures reflect each member’s total number of followers since the creation of their official Facebook page, not the number gained since the 115th Congress began.)
The explosive stock that's dividing Wall Street
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includes a handful of influential hedge fund managers as well as
the lion's share of research analysts covering the company.