NASA uses a DNA sequencer in space for the first time
Soon, Astronauts will be able to figure out what's growing on the walls of the ISS.
Microsoft says MacBook is as useful as a hat for your cat
Technically Incorrect: A new ad for the Surface Pro 4 suggests Apple's MacBook isn't too useful.
This art website is a quiet place in the chaos of the internet
We spend hours switching from computer window to window. Thanks to Rafael Roozendaal we now have a quiet place of art on the internet.
Sony’s FES Watch U brings e-ink displays to both the watch face and band
An update to Sony's FES smartwatch shows that this pretty little wearable features both an e-ink display and an e-ink band.
'Dead or Alive' VR is basically sexual assault, the game
Apparently, 'no means no' doesn't apply to virtual reality.
iPhone owners sue Apple over 'Touch Disease'
Owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices are slapping Apple with a lawsuit over a so-called "Touch Disease" that makes the devices unusable.
New lawsuit accuses Apple of turning blind eye to 'touch disease' on iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
A new class action lawsuit against Apple claims that the company has been aware of the so-called "touch disease" on 2014 iPhones for some time, and unfairly refused to repair affected devices at no cost.
Apple will unveil the next iPhone on September 7
Apple just sent out invites for a press conference on Wednesday, September 7. The company will most likely unveil the next iPhone. The invite doesn’t say much. Apple usually likes to give hints — but this time, it just says “See you on the 7th.” The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This large venue has already been used for the WWDC keynote in June.
Kim Dotcom wants his extradition appeal live-streamed on YouTube
The Internet entrepreneur's appeal hearing began Monday and, while the judge overseeing his case was frustrated by Dotcom's late request for the event to be livestreamed, he is reportedly considering it nonetheless.
Zuckerberg meets with The Pope, offers him a drone
Following the devastating earthquake that hit Italy last week, Zuckerberg discussed the importance of connecting people around the world without internet access. He spoke on his admiration of The Pope’s mercy, tenderness and progressive views on technology, especially as they pertain to communicating with people of every faith around the globe.
Philips Hue motion sensor turns lights on for you
Having the sensor isn't just useful for automatically turning the lights on when you enter a room or hallway. It can also trigger them, say, when you wake up in the middle of the night and need to go to the bathroom without fumbling for a light switch in the dark. Plus, you can use the app to set a night scene that's dimmer and easier on your sensitive, barely awake eyes. Philips had set up rows of Hue lights under a bed and along the walls, which, when set to a low brightness, lent a soft, warm glow to the room so obstacles were visible.
Apple is reportedly launching new MacBook Air and iMac in October
Apple is planning a more expansive refresh of its Mac portfolio, with new MacBook Air and iMac models on the way, and they could arrive as soon as October, according to a new report.
R.I.P. Gene Wilder, who brought both chocolate and meme factories to life
The comedian dazzled on screen in the 1960s and 70s and continued to play a starring role in viral memes online in recent years.
Alphabet exec David Drummond leaves Uber's board amid overlap concerns
David Drummond, Alphabet's senior vice president of corporate development, resigned from the ride-hailing startup's board several weeks ago amid rising concerns over conflict of interests. Drummond, who had been on Uber's board since 2013, helped oversee Google's $250 million venture-capital investment in Uber that same year.
These are the new rules on small commercial drones that begin today
As the drone industry becomes more mature, new regulations and oversight are increasingly applied to the unmanned aerial vehicles—no matter how small they are. A swatch of new rules on drones begins today, reports the L.A. Times . Here's what the new rules include:
T-Mobile is making its 'unlimited' data plan even more confusing
Presumably, T-Mobile is hoping you'll forget to activate those passes, or else it would have just lifted the 480p quality limit without this bizarre constraint. Making this even more confusing, T-Mobile originally announced plans to offer an "HD add-on" for the One plan that offered unlimited HD streaming without constraints. That's no longer going to be an option, however, so if you want HD video streaming, you're stuck re-enabling it every day. A T-Mobile rep framed the change as "giving customers more" for the same price, which is true (both cost $25 extra per month), but the new plan also involves the strange new reactivation hurdle.
Sept. 7 Apple event to be live streamed, Siri updated with relevant jokes
As expected, Apple will be video streaming the Sept. 7 release event through its regular channels, and Siri's responses have been updated with humorous quips to "see you on the 7th."
Who Killed YTMND?
In its heyday, You’re The Man Now Dog (YTMND) rode the cresting wave of early mainstream online communities, alongside its brethren like 4chan, Something Awful, and Newgrounds. The site allowed anyone to pair a gif (animated or not) with looping sound, to be voted on and shared by other users. At its peak, YTMND had four million monthly users.
We're in the homestretch: Expected iPhone 7 unveiling is just days away
Many sources are expecting a significant step up in quality with the iPhone 7's camera. In mid-March 2016, Taiwanese site Apple.club.tw posted what it says are images of a dual-camera module that it says will be included on the iPhone 7 Plus. New evidence appears to suggest that both new iPhone 7 models will have optical image stabilization capabilities. But a steady stream of sources have reported that the dual camera would likely be included on the 5.5-inch-screen iPhone 7 Plus and/or Pro and probably not the standard 4.7-inch-screen iPhone 7.
The New Yorker's Social Media Editor Rages Against Working at Facebook in Twitter Rant
Khan described “the most absurd” things she saw during her time working as a Facebook news curator. Some of them are actually pretty funny—and some of them are downright grim. She says that the most accurate story she’s ever read about the Facebook trending team was a Guardian post titled “I worked on Facebook’s Trending team–the most toxic work experience of my life.”
Two state election databases hacked, FBI warns
The attacks by suspected foreign hackers, said to target Arizona and Illinois, lead the bureau to urge election officials to beef up their computer systems' security.
Fitbit's Charge And Flex Fitness Trackers Just Got A Lot Better
When you think of fitness tracking, one of the first products that likely comes to mind is Fitbit. The company has come a long way since its launch in 2007, evolving from a small wearable tracker that simply counted steps and burned calories, to devices that can now handle much of the same functionality as a smartwatch and track everything from your sleep to your heart rate. Today, it's updating two of its newest devices, the Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Flex, announcing the second generation of both as well as a new app experience to help you get more out of the devices.
Fitbit's most popular fitness trackers are now even better
The Fitbit Flex 2 comes in at $99 (£80, AU$150), and unlike the Charge 2, it looks quite a bit like the original. The status LEDs are still present to indicate how much progress you've made with your daily goals.
Google Cast now integrated directly into Chrome
Direct Chrome integration definitely broadens the reach and potential usage rates of Cast, bringing it a step closer to being a seamless transit channel for your digital life. Given enough time and improvement of local network bandwidth and reliability, Cast could become the underpinning for a whole-home client based computing experience where things like TVs and smart appliances get all their smarts from a single brain (the smartphone in your pocket?) but for now, this is mostly just an easier way to get your tunes on the tube for a party situation.
What the CIA Said About Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam Before He Was Ousted
In November of 1975, Australia faced one of the most uncertain periods in its political history. The Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, was unexpectedly dismissed (which is to say fired) by a man named John Kerr, the Governor-General of Australia. Rumors have swirled for years about whether the CIA or British intelligence services had anything to do with it. And while a new document obtained by Gizmodo doesn’t answer that question, it does add a bit of color to the mystery.
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Niantic is reversing bans on some 'Pokémon Go' accounts
The company says it's rearranged of few things in its back-end and can reverse bans on a "small subset" of accounts. That won't apply to accounts doing nothing but remotely accessing and capturing Pokemon, taking part in gym battles or grabbing supplies from Pokéstops. In fact, it sounds like bans for those terms-of-service-violating activities will become even more strict.
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Microsoft Mocks the MacBook Air in New Surface Pro 4 Ad
Microsoft has rolled out a new ad for the Surface Pro 4 in which it mocks the MacBook Air for its lack of touchscreen, slower internals, and beefier form factor. It comes just two weeks after another Surface ad took aim at the iPad Pro .
Facebook is working on user-activated Safety Checks
"If we're building a community product, this is one of the moments of truth for us," Zuckerberg explained. "When Safety Check got started a couple of years ago, it was only for natural disasters. Unfortunately since then we've had to expand it to terrorist attacks too, because that's just been too common over the last few years. The next thing we need to do is make it so that communities can trigger it themselves when there is some disaster."
Google announces 30 finalists for its first indie games festival
Google judges have whittled down 200 submissions that came in over the last month down to these final 30, all of which will be on display and playable at the event. Fans will get a chance to vote on their favorites, and a combo of fan votes and judging will narrow things down to a field of 15 games, all of which will have a chance to present their creations to the judges and audience in an effort to win a prize.
iPhone 7 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know [UPDATED]
Every year for almost a decade, the most anticipated gadget release has been Apple’s iPhone. It makes sense. In 2007, Apple completely changed the way we physically interact with our digital selves and went on to sell a billion iPhones across the world. Even though the iPhone is losing its luster with each passing year, an iPhone is still an iPhone.
This chart shows how quickly Netflix is widening its lead
54% of US consumers surveyed
said they had watched shows or movies on Netflix in the last 12
months, up from the 50% that RBC saw in its May survey, and
ahead of rivals YouTube (47%) and Amazon
Facebook's Trending Topics hits turmoil over fake news story
The world's largest social network hit a new snag over the weekend, promoting an erroneous news story about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. The story was put on the site's Trending Topics, a list on the top right of Facebook's main page, which is visited by more than 1.7 billion people each month.
Zuckerberg hopes to show off his home control AI next month
Zuckerberg says he hopes to have a demo of the project available sometime next month, and credits a lot of the AI's success to his engineering team at work. "It's awesome because I get to interact with all these Facebook engineers who are doing this awesome AI work in speech recognition, in face recognition," he says. "I programmed it so now, when I walk up to my door, my gate, I don't have to put in a code or something like that to get in -- put in a key -- it just sees my face and lets me in." Even so, the AI isn't quite ready for primetime: Zuckerberg says the house only responds to his own voice, much to his wife's disappointment. "I'll give her access once I'm done." Sure you will, Zuck. Sure you will.
Apple could be hit with Irish tax bill in the billions
Apple could be hit with Irish tax bill in the billions
Apple could face a tax bill of hundreds of billions of dollars in Ireland if the European Union rules that its tax deal there is illegal.
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In 5 years, the Midwest will have more startups than Silicon Valley
Four years ago, I was a partner at Sequoia Capital, where Drew Houston, Brian Chesky, and a daunting parade of dent-making founders routinely proved that disruption happens in Silicon Valley like nowhere else. But things were changing, and fast.
FBI detects breaches in US state voting systems | ZDNet
US intelligence officials have become increasingly worried that hackers sponsored by Russia or other countries may attempt to disrupt the November presidential election.
U.S. appeals court dismisses AT&T data throttling lawsuit
The FTC sued AT&T on the grounds that the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier failed to inform consumers it would slow the speeds of heavy data users on unlimited plans. In some cases, data speeds were slowed by nearly 90 percent, the lawsuit said.
Clinton aide Huma Abedin splits from Anthony Weiner after latest sexting scandal
After the first scandal, Abedin spoke about her feelings when the news broke. "I felt like I was in an airplane really high in the air, and all of a sudden, the plane is coming apart at the seams, and I am just doing all I can to hang on for dear life," she said . "That is what it felt like."
Snapchat just released an 8-bit marketing campaign disguised as a video game
In the past, Snapchat has seen platform-specific releases of films and television shows, but this marks the first time the service has ventured into the video game market. It’s a forgettable move and one that’s more marketing than gaming, but it does give us at least a glimpse into what the future of the platform could look like.
HTC’s iPhone clone is getting a successor, the One A9s
HTC is poised to launch a sequel to last year’s One A9 — a phone widely considered to be a near doppelgänger of the Apple iPhone 6 — at this year’s IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Apple's iPhone event invite secretly hints at serious shallow depth of field chops
It’s an aesthetic quality that emerges from shallow depth of field, and the laws of optics mean it’s typically virtually impossible to achieve a significant amount of it without the combination of a large sensor and bright lens, like those in DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras (aside from macros). Shallow depth of field is also an important tool for isolating your subject and directing the eyes, especially when you have a background.
Google signs up for the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield framework
To meet the standards of the Privacy Shield, companies must ensure that their privacy policies assert their commitment to the Privacy Shield, link out to the Privacy Shield website and a site for lodging complaints, and communicate users’ rights to access their data, among other things. Following users’ complaints, companies certified under the program must respond to users in 45 days. The program also has rules about what happens when data is shared with third parties.
Embarrassing fake Megyn Kelly story highlighted in Trending Topics after Facebook fires human staff - Silicon Valley Business Journal
Now, instead of showing a full headline and summary, trending topics will display an algorithmically selected topic, like "Los Angeles Airport," and the number of people posting about it. To see more about a topic, users can click to see a search results page that will include the news sources covering it, posts discussing it and an automatically selected original news story with an excerpt pulled directly from the top article.
We’re Grieving the End of The Night Of—in a Good Way
But enough about the things the Night Of finale did right. What do you think it did wrong? Like, I found Kapoor’s client-kissing to be a little too much, which is to say I rolled my eyes in much the same way I do when female journalists sleep with their sources in movies and TV. I also found Naz’s journey from wide-eyed kid to Riker’s ruffian a little tough to swallow (pardon the expression), but I don’t think it bothered me as much as it bothered other people. Was there anything where you found yourself thinking “OK, that’s a little too much?”
Facebook gives away 22 more GPU servers for A.I. research
Facebook today named the recipients of 22 servers that Facebook designed specifically for artificial intelligence (A.I.) research. This comes after Facebook’s introduction of the giveaway program for academic researchers back in February .
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The Factors That Affect Your Credit Card’s Interest Rate and How to Tell If Yours Is Too High
...most credit cards can have several different interest rates. The one that most people think of is the standard interest rate for purchases. But your card could also have different rates for cash advances and balance transfers. It can also have a lower, promotional financing rate that applies to new accounts for a limited time, and a higher penalty interest rate that can be imposed if you have missed payments.
Sharing: The Art and Science of Social Sharing : Social Media Examiner
Inside the stadium, a wave is always started by one person. There’s always one cheerleader who stands up and gets the micro community to go, which gets a bigger area of the stadium to go. Sometimes it takes off and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it goes around once and sometimes it goes around 10 times. These are the things we all try to play with as we look at the art and the science, and the cyclical nature of social media.
Future iPhones may have new displays even better than OLED
Wang Jyh-chau, CEO of LCD maker Innolux, notes that “OLED cannot replace LCD in terms of performance-cost ratio and reliability,” and that while OLED makes sense for the 2017 iPhone, Apple likely won’t want to hold on to the technology for long – especially given Samsung might have difficulty manufacturing OLED screens for both Apple and its own products.
Beyond Siri, The Next-Generation AI Assistants Are Smarter Specialists
Now, SRI believes it can infuse AI into even more settings—shopping, banking, travel, business-to-business applications, and so on—allowing for deeply knowledgeable chatbots that know how to carry a conversation. The goal, says William Mark, SRI's president of information and computing services, is to have assistants that are much better at specific tasks than a general-interest assistant like Siri.
Android 7.0 Nougat review: All about getting things done faster
Just as important in Nougat is all of the stuff you can't "see", strictly speaking. These foundational changes aren't as eye-catching as some of Nougat's other new features, but they're more important -- and more useful -- than you might think. The most obvious of these low-level changes is Doze on the Go, which builds off of a similarly named feature that debuted in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Think of it as a light sleep -- when the device is locked but in motion, a set of rules kicks in that limit what apps can do and restrict their network access. Then, when the device can tell it's staying put for a while, the original Doze rules from the Marshmallow update kick in, leading to still more restrictions meant to preserve battery life even further. The one-two punch of Doze and Doze on the Go might not blow your mind, but it should still move the needle -- my Nexus 6P seemed to gain about an hour or two of standby battery life.
The etiquette of breaking someone's phone, and having your phone broken
Two weeks ago, I was in Liverpool city center with my fiancee. It was 1am and we were walking to the hotel. This is typically the time when most pubs and bars close, sending their patrons off into the night in search of ATMs, fast food, and other places to drink.