Far Cry 5 hands-on: Taking Falls End with your dog Boomer
Ubisoft's Far Cry 5 demo at Gamescom took me through the Falls End demo that it showed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). But this time I was able to capture video from the demo so you can see how it looks.
'Game of Thrones' season 7 finale is as long as a movie
The episode's exact running length and title are revealed.
Intel's eighth-gen CPUs will be more powerful than we thought
Intel's next batch of CPUs will make ultraportable laptops seriously fast.
'Game of Thrones' season 7 finale is as long as a movie
The episode's exact running length and title are revealed.
How tech helped blind students 'see' the solar eclipse
A revolutionary device called Graphiti displays tactile images in near real time.
Aubrey Plaza On “Ingrid Goes West” And How Instagram Feeds Obsession
“Ingrid Goes West” is a cringey, fun film about social media-fueled obsession. Here’s how Aubrey Plaza and director Matt Spicer faked the authentic fakeness of Instagram.
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,...
Walmart uses Google's AI shopping assistant to fight Amazon
Google's Express delivery service has just gained another big player in addition to Target and Costco: Walmart . Soon, you'll be able to buy items from the major retailer with your voice through Google Home or via the Google Express website or app and then have your purchase delivered to your home. That's made even better by the fact that the service now delivers for free, so long as you meet a merchant's minimum purchase requirement. Unlike Amazon Prime, you don't even need to pay a membership fee.
How to watch the Galaxy Note 8 Unpacked event
A few weeks ago, Samsung sent out media invites to an upcoming Unpacked event in New York City, complete with a teaser image showing the silhouette of a Galaxy S8-shaped device with an S Pen in tow. Here's how you can watch the Galaxy Note 8 Unpacked event live tomorrow.
Google launches Chrome Enterprise with added security and Active Directory integration
In a blog post announcing Chrome Enterprise, Google noted that the Active Directory integration can help business that aren't all-in on the cloud better take advantage of Chrome OS. According to the post, it will allow "employees to use their native credentials to authenticate across devices and Google Cloud Services like Google Play while centralizing management of user and device policies for IT admins."
Video: Simple steps to cyber-safety
Anthony Grieco, Senior Director and Trust Strategy Officer at Cisco's Security and Trust Organization, shares two simple things every company should do to improve cybersecurity.
AccuWeather sends user location data to monetization firm despite iOS privacy settings [u]
Despite stories to the contrary from sources not connected to the actual information, if a user opts out of location tracking on AccuWeather, no GPS coordinates are collected or passed without further opt-in permission from the user.
Other data, such as Wi-Fi network information that is not user information, was for a short period available on the Reveal SDK, but was unused by AccuWeather. In fact, AccuWeather was unaware the data was available to it. Accordingly, at no point was the data used by AccuWeather for any purpose.
AccuWeather and Reveal Mobile are committed to following the standards and best practices of the industry. We also recognize this is a quickly evolving field and what is best practice one day may change the next. Accordingly, we work to update our practices regularly.
To avoid any further misinterpretation, Reveal is updating its SDK and pushing out new versions of the SDK in the next 24 hours, with the iOS update going live tonight. The end result should be that zero data is transmitted back to Reveal Mobile when someone opts out of location sharing. In the meanwhile, AccuWeather had already disabled the SDK, pending that update.
Sailing into IoT and AR solutions with smart yachts and more
Often, each of the connected IoT devices uses its own protocol and needs to be competently and securely combined into a single net for analyzing and visualizing information. An IoT solution itself usually encompasses sensors, devices, gateways, databases, and end-user applications, and may be integrated with AR solutions for maximum efficiency. The quantity of IoT and AR applications is skyrocketing and the above examples are a living proof of the system’s effectiveness in different business spheres.
Google and Walmart are joining forces to take on Amazon
Google is also removing the $95-a-year membership fee for Google Express, which previously enabled customers to get free two-day shipping at retailers. Now, each store on the platform will have its own threshold for free shipping. Walmart's policy will mirror its own website, and each order of $35 or more will receive free two-day shipping.
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How to make your landscape photography stand out
The best advice I can offer with landscape photography is to have fun. Yes, I root for you to capture great photos by setting up your composition, but not at the expense of enjoying the moment. Our planet is beautiful. Take a few minutes to savor it. Snap some shots while you're out there, but make it a fun task. I've spent extended amounts of time on photo walks. Not because it took a long time to find the best exposure settings, but because I would set my backpack down and take in the beauty around me.
Microsoft built a hardware platform for real-time AI
To no one's surprise, Microsoft plans to make Project Brainwave available through its own Azure cloud services (it's been big on advanced tech in Azure as of late) so that companies can make use of live AI. There's no guarantee it will receive wide adoption, but it's evident that Microsoft doesn't want to cede any ground to Google, Facebook and others that are making a big deal of internet-delivered AI. It's betting that companies will gladly flock to Azure if they know they have more control over how their AI runs.
Google unveils Android 8.0 Oreo, here are the phones that will get it first
Today, developers can test their apps to ensure they are able to upgrade to Android 8.0 by installing their current app from Google Play onto a device or emulator running the OS and testing the user flows, according to the post. Developers should take note of background location limits, notification channels, and changes in networking, security, and identifiers. Once any issues are resolved, you can publish your app updates to Google Play in your alpha, beta, or production channels, so it is available as users update to Android 8.0. To learn more about building for Android 8.0, click here .
Did you miss yesterday’s total solar eclipse? Here’s your next chance
Yesterday, the US experienced one of the biggest astronomical events of the decade: a total solar eclipse that crossed the country from coast to coast for the first time since 1918. If you’re heartbroken you missed it, don’t worry. You ought to get a few other chances over your lifetime.
Elon Musk reveals first official photo of SpaceX space suit
Elon Musk has posted the official first photo of his SpaceX space suit on Instagram , teasing that more details will come in a few days. Musk says the suit actually works, and was tested to double vacuum pressure. The suit itself is very white and very spacey, and Musk acknowledges that it was “incredibly hard” to balance the suit’s look and its function.
Apple's next self-driving phase is an employee shuttle
Apple famously planned to build an entire self-driving car, but abandoned that idea to focus on autonomous vehicle technology à la Uber and Waymo. Thanks to a New York Times report, we now know some of what happened and what Apple is doing now. It reportedly plans to test the tech by building a self-driving shuttle (called PAIL, for Palo Alto to Infinite Loop) that will take employees between its current campus and the new "Spaceship" HQ.
IBM Blockchain to help prevent contamination in global food supply chain | ZDNet
"Blockchain is ideally suited to help address these challenges because it establishes a trusted environment for all transactions," IBM said in a statement. "In the case of the global food supply chain, all participants -- growers, suppliers, processors, distributors, retailers, regulators, and consumers -- can gain permissioned access to known and trusted information regarding the origin and state of food for their transactions."
The Joker's origin story is that he has no origin story. Yet here we are
The Joker's origin story has been shrouded in paucity, disagreement and fragmented continuity since his creation in 1940 — one of the things that made him such an intriguing villain. He's been sketched out around the edges at best, with everything from chemical vats to extreme violence and abuse to blame for this sadistic gangster m.o. and jester appearance.
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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.
Why should you consider a Chromebook? Here are 3 reasons
If you're in the market for a new laptop, a Chromebook might be a good option. Here's why, and why not.
Here's everything you need to know about the new Xbox
If you have an original Xbox One and spend enough time playing games or using your Xbox as a media center, the upgrade to the One X might be an easier pill to swallow. It is, after all, the most powerful console on the market currently. If you demand the best, well, here it is. But for anyone who doesn't need the slightly better picture quality (native 4K vs. upscaled 4K) or faster load times, the $499.99 Xbox One X is the definition of unnecessary.
Ford to work on self-driving cars with taxi and delivery functionality
Car ownership is predicted to decline as self-driving cars hit the roads, with more people, especially in cities, opting for a taxi or shuttle. When that happens, Ford wants to be the company supplying taxi operators with vehicles.
Frankfurt commuters may soon jump aboard self-driving shuttles
Continental, a German auto manufacturer, has announced plans to test a “robo-taxi” in Frankfurt. The CuBe (Continental Urban mobility Experience) will be a blueprint for the future development of autonomous shared transport in urban areas.
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How to mitigate project risks without stifling innovation
Not everyone agrees on how to manage risk and promote innovation; in the Harvard Business Review , Sara Critchfield shares " How to Push Your Team to Take Risks and Experiment ." She says "most managers I know want their employees to be curious and experimental, to take the initiative and develop new products and solutions. But, as it turns out, managers also like to micromanage and control outcomes through safe, predictable processes. As a result, managers end up stifling the very experimentation they want to foster." Critchfield further adds when it comes to remaining innovative in her experience, "the only way to encourage a team to be more innovative is to shift from a static, "best practices" mentality to a dynamic, "laboratory" mentality and to make each team member, not the manager, responsible for the results. Critchfield believes to accomplish this; managers can do four things:
CrashPlan is shutting down its cloud backup service for consumers
All current subscriptions will be honored until their end date, and CrashPlan is giving everyone an extra 60 days beyond that to allow more time for users to find another cloud service. If your subscription runs until after the October 22nd, 2018 end-of-operations date for CrashPlan Home, CrashPlan will keep you on the home plan until then and switch you over to a small business account until your subscription ends.
Nintendo's SNES Classic preorders were a shitshow
Clearly, that wasn't the case. Chaos prevailed, and it makes us wonder if chaos is what Nintendo is hoping for come September 29. That's the official launch date for the SNES Classic, and it's when retailers (including GameStop, Target and Toys "R" Us) have said some will be available to buy in brick-and-mortar stores. Remember what parents and kids did for Beanie Babies or a Tickle Me Elmo back in the 90's? Remember the resale prices then?
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.”
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.
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.
Google retires Firefly car to focus on mass-produced vehicles
Google’s self-driving division Waymo has announced it will be retiring the Firefly car, the nearly iconic pod-like vehicle that was manufactured in-house to experiment.
Microsoft hits new record for AI speech recognition
Microsoft recently achieved a 5.1% word error rate for its speech recognition technology, matching human professionals and setting an industry milestone.
Apple Scales Back Its Ambitions for a Self-Driving Car
Five people familiar with Apple’s car project, code-named “Titan,” discussed with The New York Times the missteps that led the tech giant to move — at least for now — from creating a self-driving Apple car to creating technology for a car that someone else builds. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about Apple’s plans.
VW's electric microbus will become a reality in 2022
When Volkswagen unveiled the ID Buzz , the assumption was that it would meet the same fate as many concept cars: it'd look good at an auto show, and promptly disappear when cold economic realities set in. Thankfully, the Buzz won't suffer that fate. VW has announced that it will put the Microbus-inspired EV into production, with a launch expected by 2022. We wouldn't expect everything about the Buzz to remain intact (those large wheels are likely the first things to go), but the '60s-inspired styling, semi-autonomous driving and all-wheel drive option will carry over. VW is even teasing a cargo variant, so couriers may have a clean (and slightly kitschy) alternative to the usual vans.
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No U.S.-Russia cyber unit without Trump notifying Congress, bill says
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would be required to notify U.S. lawmakers before creating a joint U.S.-Russia cyber security unit - an idea that has drawn criticism across the political spectrum - under legislation advancing in Congress.
The Best iPad Apps of 2017
However, there's a downside: app discovery. How do you navigate all the iPad-optimized apps to find those worth downloading? Easy. Read PCMag.com's picks. Our staff has tested hundreds of iPad apps and highlighted the best of the best. If you're a glutton for punishment, you could dig through the depths of the App Store for user reviews, but that demands a lot of time. Plus, little-known apps of high quality may have only a handful of reviews. Just sit back and let us deliver the gems to you.
Here’s an unconventional, terrific-sounding bookshelf speaker
It's not all that small: The CCB-8 measures 15x10x12 inches and weighs a hefty 22 pounds. I didn't find the speaker's yellow driver all that attractive so I popped on the magnetically attached perforated metal grilles. The CCB-8's rear end has two bass ports and sturdy metal speaker wire connectors that accept banana plugs, bare wires, or wires fitted with spades or pins. As shipped the ports have "bung" plugs in place that seal the ports, but I used the speakers with the plugs removed. Room acoustics vary -- I recommend listening with and without the bungs and decide which sounds better for yourself. Before I forget to mention it, nominal impedance is rated at 6 ohms, and minimum impedance is 4 ohms. Hsu's warranty runs seven years, two years longer than what you get from most speaker companies nowadays.
Maybe We All Need a Little Less Balance
Practicing internal self-awareness allows you to honestly evaluate and re-evaluate the trade-offs inherent to living an unbalanced, flow-filled life. It ensures that you are making conscious decisions about how you spend your time and energy, and thus decreases the chances that you’ll have regrets about what you did — and didn’t — do. It helps you realize when your identity may be getting too interwoven with a specific activity and that in some instances — writing a book, the first few months with a newborn baby, or trying to make an Olympic team, for example — your lack of balance may be excessive, but it can be O.K. because it’s temporary.
These skills make you most employable. Why isn’t coding in the top 10?
Ultimately, at 80,000 Hours we care about the skills which help people have a greater social impact. Knowledge of STEM is particularly important in innovation, so could be more valuable from that perspective. We’d highlight artificial intelligence and bioengineering as two key areas for social impact. However, we’re also aware that often the most influential, high-impact jobs don’t have STEM skills as a core component. If you want to found a non-profit or a startup, social skills are probably a similar or bigger factor compared with your technical skills. If you want to go into social advocacy, then communication skills are more important. If you simply want to maximise your earnings so you can donate more, then there are still plenty of very high-earning options than don’t require STEM skills, such as law, management, sales, and real estate .
The 10 Most Pirated Movies
The first super-hero movie phenom in a long time, Wonder Woman is proving not only that DCEU movies can be great, but that one with a female lead can kick ass. It works on almost every level, especially the performances by Gal Godot, who genuinely appears to have been born for the role (so much so that all the Amazons get her accent), and the tremendously funny Chris "Captain Kirk" Pine as her love interest, who introduces the Amazon princess to a man's world, which happens to be disgusting and dirty. So a lot like most women seeing their date's apartment for the first time. Read Geek.com's review .
A power struggle erased billions of dollars off Bitcoin, and it's about to get worse
Why is there so much squabbling over what seems to be a simple upgrade of the Bitcoin's software? First, it's not that simple. Bitcoin has become a huge network, and even the slightest change in code can have unwarranted consequences. Second, a lot of people have a lot of money in Bitcoin, and they're looking to protect their interests. Third, Bitcoin Core—a group of developers that have guided Bitcoin's development since its founder, Satoshi Nakamoto, had disappeared in 2010—has been extremely reluctant to accept third-party proposals. As a result, they're losing their influence over the network, and since miners can choose which proposal to support, if the majority starts to mine, say, Bitcoin Cash, the original Bitcoin might become abandoned.
Apple's Winning iPhone Formula Is Perfecting Its Rivals Best Ideas
Apple is bringing some new ideas to the table. To replace the home button, the company is creating a software-based controls area at the bottom of the phone, which could be a step up from the basic controls on home button-less Android phones. Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the new device will feature two rear cameras, but now they’ll sit one atop the other rather than side by side, a configuration that could make augmented reality apps work better. This iPhone upgrade will also mark the first time that a smartphone maker’s complete lineup will use the same, more efficient 10nm processor (Samsung’s S8 features two different types of that chip depending on where you buy it). Upgrades to core technologies aside, the new iPhone’s crown jewel will be a 3-D facial scanning sensor that will unlock device and authenticate purchases—an industry first.
Jerry Seinfeld's first Netflix comedy special debuts next month
Jerry Seinfeld's first special is coming to Netflix on September 19, and it's going to take the comedian back to his comedy club roots.
How to Reduce Mobile Data Usage on iPhone While Using Personal Hotspot on Your Mac
When you’re tethering your iPhone to your Mac, trying to get some work done, it’s very easy to lose sight of what’s actually going in your Mac, silently, in the background. Dropbox might be running, syncing your files, so might iCloud Drive. Adobe might be downloading an update. An app might be syncing its own app data. And all of that is eating up data – your precious, expensive cellular data.
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Bizarre Toothless Dwarf Dolphins Once Sucked Squid Off the Ancient Seafloor
Scientists have uncovered the fossilized remains of an unusual species of dolphin that lived 30 million years ago in what is now South Carolina. These extinct aquatic mammals measured just three feet in length, they featured short snouts, and perhaps strangest of all, they had no teeth.
Tasman Glacier lit up to remind us how beautiful nature is
Their latest adventure took them to New Zealand's Tasman Glacier Lake, a place personal to Brookfield. "At a young age I visited Tasman Glacier," he said. "I've since returned only to find it has retreated by more than a kilometre in the past decade." The pair were backed by Canon 's " Show Us What's Possible " campaign for their expedition.
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Twitter’s #hashtag is turning 10
Well, today Twitter is celebrating 10 years of arguably one of its most popular, controversial and consistent features by using of course, #Hashtag10.