Google's solar 'Eclipse Megamovie' is ready for viewing
More than 34,000 amateur photos of the eclipse have been assembled into a continuous view of the event.
Here’s the Ionic, Fitbit’s long-awaited answer to the Apple Watch
Starting out as a novelty product, the Apple Watch has grown increasingly relevant by adding more fitness-tracking capabilities. They are likely to expand further with its third version, expected to debut next month (including, reportedly, a cellular antenna). Fitbit, meanwhile, is coming from the opposite direction: Having once soared with the popularity of its fitness-focused bands, … <a href="https://wp.fastcompany.com/blog/40459720/heres-the-ionic-fitbit-long-awaited-answer-to-the-apple-watch-fitness-data" class="more-link">Continue reading “Here’s the Ionic, Fitbit’s long-awaited answer to the Apple Watch”</a>
Why Taylor Swift Absolutely Should Have Released Her New Video Before the Song
Taylor Swift dropped her latest video after a heavy backlash following the song’s premiere last Friday. The video solves much of what was unpopular about the song.
'Game of Thrones' making-of documentary series revealed
Season 7 is over, but there's plenty more for fans to look forward to with HBO's behind-the-scenes documentary series "The Game Revealed."
Domino’s and Ford will test self-driving pizza delivery cars in Michigan
Ford and Domino’s Pizza are teaming up to test self-driving pizza delivery cars in Michigan, as part of an effort to better understand how customers respond to and interact with autonomous vehicles.
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The Game of Thrones season 7 finale was its most watched episode ever
The numbers are in, and last night’s Game of Thrones season 7 finale was the most-watched episode in the history of the series. That claim might sound a little familiar , but according to HBO a whopping 12.1 million viewers tuned in for the live broadcast of “The Dragon and the Wolf” last night. That number jumps to 16.5 million if you include streaming services like HBO Go.
Google unveils ARCore, its answer to Apple’s ARKit
And while we're still waiting for iOS 11, and thus, ARKit, to make its public debut, ARCore is available right now. Starting today, developers can use ARCore on the Pixel and Samsung's Galaxy S8, as long as they're running Android 7.0 Nougat or above. Eventually, Google hopes for ARCore to run on millions more Android devices from manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, LG and ASUS.
Apple Seeds tvOS 11 Beta 8 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
Today, Apple has seeded the eighth developer beta for tvOS 11. Like the other major updates for the platform, this one has new features baked into it for Apple TV owners. One of those new features is the arrival of Amazon Prime Video, which Apple was more than happy to announce during WWDC this year.
Apple gets further toehold in big business with iOS-focused Accenture enterprise partnership
Apple and business services company Accenture are teaming up, in an effort to enhance business software offerings, and to ease migrations away from legacy technologies to modern iOS implementations.
The partnership between the two companies was announced on Wednesday, and is similar to deals the iPhone manufacturer has in place with IBM and Deloitte . Services offered will be tight integration into "Internet of things" for clients, as well as further development of tools created by Apple partners Cisco and SAP .
Potentially very important for Apple's sales volume and market share, a stated goal of the partnership is also to enhance migration services to allow clients to quickly and easily transfer so-called "legacy" applications and data to modern iOS apps.
"Starting 10 years ago with iPhone, and then with iPad, Apple has been transforming how work gets done, yet we believe that businesses have only just begun to scratch the surface of what they can do with our products," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "Both Apple and Accenture are leaders in building incredible user experiences and together we can continue to truly modernize how businesses work through amazing solutions that take advantage of the incredible capabilities of Apple's technologies.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan welcome their second daughter, August, into the world
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have welcomed their second daughter into the world, and her name is August. Before you ask, it’s unclear if she was named August because she was born in August. (But I highly doubt it.)
Taylor Swiftly breaks four YouTube and Spotify records - BBC News
And in achieving the most Spotify streams in a day, Look What You Made Me Do also beat the record for first-day streams, formerly held by her friend Ed Sheeran for Shape of You.
Amazon slashes Music Unlimited subscriptions for students
Amazon has slashed its subscription fee for Amazon Music Unlimited to $4.99 per month for students , as spotted by TechCrunch . Amazon is also offering Music Unlimited at an even cheaper rate for Prime Student subscribers — at $6 for 6 months. The discounts are available for university students starting from today, and is a substantial discount off the $9.99 Amazon charges for non-Prime customers. Prime customers currently pay $7.99 per month.
Apple wants to sell 4K movies for $20, but the movie studios think that's too cheap
Viewers who buy Apple's new set-top box will need 4K content to watch on it, and that's where the movie studios come in. But judging from the report, the studios are pushing back on Apple's proposed price, which is under the current prices for 4K movies on services that support it, like Vudu. “I wouldn’t tell Apple how to price their iPads,” one unnamed executive told the Journal .
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PlayStation VR gets a price cut
Want a pair of PlayStation Move motion controllers as well, so you can reach out and grab in VR? That'll be $450 for a complete bundle -- a $50 discount compared to the limited-edition $500 bundle Sony offered when the PSVR first launched. (We haven't yet confirmed availability for the UK or Australia; you can currently get a bundle with the headset, camera and a game for about £50 or AU$80 more than the headset alone.)
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Google Maps will now help you find parking
Google is making it easier to find a place to park with a new feature in Google Maps for Android. Now, when plugging in a destination, you’ll be able to tap a new “find parking” option that will pull up a list of nearby parking lots and garages. Once plugged in, Maps will direct your towards your chosen lot, as well as give you walking directions from the garage or lot to your intended destination.
VMware teams up with Pivotal, Google Cloud on new container service | ZDNet
PKS is a commercial release of the open source Project Kubo, a collaborative, joint engineering effort between Google and Pivotal that delivers a BOSH-managed Kubernetes environment. With PKS, customers get all of the software-defined infrastructure as code from VMware and the automation and orchestration from Pivotal's BOSH, with Kubernetes layered on top.
Uber picks Expedia head Dara Khosrowshahi as its new CEO
The letter was the culmination of a pressure that had been building since the beginning of 2017. It started when protests sprung up around the United States in response to Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. In particular, a protest at John F. Kennedy International airport in New York City saw the New York Taxi Workers alliance call on drivers to temporarily suspend passenger pickups in solidarity. Uber continued to serve the airport, and some 200,000 users around the world responded by deleting the app from their phones .
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Zazzle resets passwords after hackers brute-force accounts
The company sent an email to customers revealing that that hackers in June used brute-force techniques to cycle through account usernames and passwords that were stolen from a breach of another unnamed site.
Does Microsoft's brass still believe it has a chance in the phone market? | ZDNet
But if businesses don't find Microsoft's mobile productivity, security and management capabilities interesting enough, is there any point in the company trying yet again to infiltrate the mobile-phone market? It was already increasingly hard to make a case that Microsoft would be able to find the exact moment to try to make a comeback in mobile, beyond trying to strengthen its slowly dwindling PC/tablet stronghold. It's growing increasingly tougher to see what Microsoft could bring to the party to entice businesses to give up their iPhones and Android phones....
Get iOS 11 right now
But first, a word of caution: as with any beta software, iOS 11 is not a finished product. There will be bugs and odd behaviors. Some of your apps might not work right. There may be some freezes and crashes along the way. It's a beta, after all.
Facebook now blocks ads from pages that spread fake news
Facebook added an additional defense today against the spread of fake news and viral hoaxes. If a Facebook page is found to be repeatedly sharing false stories, the company will ban the page from advertising on Facebook. The company uses third-party fact-checking organizations to flag stories that are false. Under Facebook’s rules, advertisers are already not allowed to run ads that link to false stories, but this new update takes that ban a step further.
Canon's EOS M100 Is Another Apathetic Attempt at a Mirrorless Camera
Interchangeable lens shooters like the Sony A9 are evidence that mirrorless cameras can not only compete at the highest levels of photography, but they’re probably also the eventual successors to DSLRs. So you’d assume that a company like Canon would have made strong inroads into the mirrorless market by now, but with cameras like the new EOS M100, the company is still treating the mirrorless market as an afterthought, not the future.
Everything you need to know about iOS 11 in one place
We plan on walking you through how to use the new features in iOS 11 starting now, adding more as we get closer to its official release later this year. Bookmark this page, add it to your home screen, or write it on a sticky note and keep checking back.
How to successfully migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10: Ten tips
In order to fully take advantage of the features of Windows 10, users must be sure to move away from old tools and file types, as it won't be as efficient. For example, when working with a partition for an in-place migration, convert to UEFI and GPT, Margevicius said, and move away from BIOS and MBR, as they don't work well to fully utilize some of the security features in Windows 10.
Actor Ed Skrein Is Leaving the Hellboy Reboot Amid Accusations of Whitewashing
Though we’re still a long way from seeing Neil Marshall’s R-rated Hellboy reboot in theaters, the film recently became the focus of a full-blown controversy when the public learned that Major Ben Daimio, a character of Japanese descent from the comics, would be played by Ed Skrein, a white actor. Today, Skrein announced he’d be leaving the role.
Disturbing trends revealed by the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report
As more and more enterprise systems have moved to the cloud, more and more malicious attacks on cloud services have followed. According the Microsoft report, there was a "300 percent increase in Microsoft cloud-based user accounts attacked year-over-year." The attacks on cloud services can be traced to all countries of the world, but in the case of Azure specifically, some 35% originated in China, with another 32% coming from the United States.
Google to mark certified Android devices so you know they're legit
Google to mark certified Android devices so you know they're legit
Millions illegally streamed Mayweather-McGregor fight
About 2.9 million people watched Saturday's big fight illegally through pirated streams and social media, according to a digital security firm.
Hackers snag a $1 laptop by exploiting flaw in point-of-sale systems
The researchers at cybersecurity firm ERPScan, which has a commercial stake in the space, found that SAP's point-of-sale (POS) systems don't authenticate or check internal commands, allowing anyone with access to the store's network unrestricted access to the checkout system. That might not be so difficult when various devices and machines around the store are also ethernet-connected, making a plug and play-style attack easier than others.
Alexa's new music feature will make you want more Alexas
Currently, remote playing only works with music and podcasts. We tested audiobooks and having Alexa read Kindle books, but these commands seemed to confuse Alexa. Saying "Alexa, play 'A Game of Thrones' in the bedroom," simply played the audiobook on the speaker used to request it. And asking something like, "Alexa, play my audiobook in the bedroom," just lumped in the bedroom into the request, which queued up some questionable audiobook samples.
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Over a quarter of the members on Trump's cybersecurity advisory council have resigned en masse
The letter that advisers — many of whom were Obama-era appointees
— submitted to the White House was published by
Nextgov and cited several reasons for leaving, including
President Donald Trump's controversial response to the riots in
Charlottesville that were sparked by white supremacists; Trump's
decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate deal; and
his "insufficient attention" to possible cyber threats posed to
American infrastructure, including its election systems.
Game of Thrones Showrunners on Season 7 Finale's Littlefinger Twist - IGN
So when the tables turn on Littlefinger and he learns Sansa and Arya were working together against him, the master manipulator finds himself in a situation that until then had been completely foreign to him. "I was actually very interested and excited to see what Aiden [Gillen] would do with that moment because it's a moment he's never been in before," Weiss said. "He's imagined every conceivable eventuality except this one."
Nintendo to close Miiverse social network - BBC News
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars will lose its Community feature, which will prevent players from collecting enough stars to unlock all items in the game's workshop. Nintendo said it will continue to sell the game.
Nintendo launches special 'Pokémon' and 'Fire Emblem' bundles
You may want to check if you can cancel your Fire Emblem Warriors or Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon pre-orders. Nintendo has just announced a special FE Warriors edition for the Switch and a Veteran Trainer's dual pack that includes both new Pokémon games. The special edition FE Warriors comes with a copy of the game for Nintendo's hybrid console, three CDs' worth of music from the game, character art cards and a dual-sided poster. It'll set you back $80, or $20 more than just the game itself, but if you get weak in the knees for special edition collectibles, then that doesn't sound so bad. Nintendo has also revealed that the game will be available in North America on October 20th, at least for the Switch.
These Women Entrepreneurs Created A Fake Male Cofounder To Dodge Startup Sexism
When Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer decided to start their own online marketplace for weird art, they didn’t expect it to be easy. After all, the L.A.-based duo of artists were bootstrapping the project with a few thousand dollars of their own money and minimal tech skills. But it wasn’t just a tight budget that added friction to the slow crawl toward launching; the pair also faced their share of doubt from outsiders, spanning from the condescending to the outright sexist.
Ocado’s Alexa skill lets you call out your shopping list
As you'd expect, the Ocado skill focuses mainly on getting the right products in your basket. But be aware: it's currently not capable of starting a new order, it can only add items to an existing one. A simple "Alexa, ask Ocado to add milk" will drop fresh dairy into your basket, while "Alexa, ask Ocado what's in season" can deliver some much needed cooking inspiration. The app also provides the ability to edit orders, check whether a delivery on time and query what you've already added.
Tim Cook: since the government isn’t doing it, Apple has a “moral responsibility to help grow the economy”
“The reality is that government, for a long period of time, has for whatever set of reasons become less functional and isn’t working at the speed that it once was. And so it does fall, I think, not just on business but on all other areas of society to step up.”
How Amazon’s Whole Foods compares to Walmart after today’s price cuts
To find out how the newly discounted Whole Foods groceries compared to Walmart, we shopped the same selection at two stores in the same region on the East Coast around the same time. This is by no means a definitive answer to the question at hand, of course — it’s too early for that — but rather more of a snapshot of how prices compare on Day One. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Walmart very quickly respond with price cuts of its own.
German students win Hyperloop Pod competition after reaching 200 mph
A team of 30 students from Germany won the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition on Sunday, with their prototype pod reaching a speed of 324 kilometers per hour (201 miles per hour).
Neura AI aims to make the connected home truly smart
Today Neura is introducing an AI solution that makes all of this a reality – turning IoT environments into truly connected universes that allow companies to connect to their customers during the most meaningful moments. Neura enables consumers to take control of their smart home devices – from Amazon Echo, Nest thermostat, Hue Lights, Ring smart doorbell, refrigerators and more – and make their smart homes more intelligent with the integration of true AI. Their AI engine integrates with multiple data channels to provide situational awareness for individual customers, ensuring personalized, highly relevant engagement.
YouTube has a new look and, for the first time, a new logo
A lot of these changes, from the desktop redesign to the vertical video , have already been rolled out as experiments, available to small groups of users or those who opt in. As with any massive online service, the trick is to change out parts of the plane while keeping it in flight. YouTube knows that it has to move carefully to avoid upsetting the millions of creators who make a living through their videos, and whose bottom line might be impacted by even a small change to the layout or functionality of the service. While they aren’t as dramatic as a shiny new logo, changes like this are arguably more profound, moving YouTube towards a mobile native experience that matches the way the majority of their audience now interacts with the service. The ultimate goal for YouTube, of course, is to get you watching more videos for longer periods of time. And the more intuitive a feature is, the more widely it’s likely to be used.
Google ARCore gives Android users augmented reality without Tango
For all the work Google has done on Tango, its biggest opportunity isn’t making Android the most “powerful” AR platform. It’s growing the entire AR space enough that people are constantly using it with services like Maps and Lens, regardless of operating system. “We're here to build great products that a lot of people use, and that likely means for those applications, being where the users are. And that includes iOS,” Bavor says. Augmented reality offers an entirely new way of looking at the world — and no matter what kind of window you’re looking through, Google is designing the tools to interpret what you see.
Fitbit fights to stay relevant with new entry into smartwatch market
The Ionic is water-resistant up to 50 meters, and it has health and fitness features such as personal coaching, third-party apps, activity tracking, and sleep tracking. It includes a new relative SpO2 sensor that will estimate blood oxygen levels and could eventually track sleep apnea. It is also the first Fitbit device to offer contactless payments with Fitbit Pay and on-board music with 2.5 GB of storage.
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Google removes 300 Android apps that secretly hijacked phones for DDoS attacks
Researchers at cloud services provider Akamai discovered WireX after a hospitality company suffered from a DDoS attack involving hundreds of thousands of IP addresses. DDoS attacks work by overwhelming a target with large amounts of data from multiple IP addresses, and they’re effective at taking down websites and services that can’t cope with a data influx. Google said in a statement it’s currently in the process of removing the malicious apps from affected devices, and some researchers say up to 70,000 devices in 100 countries could be compromised . Some of the WireX attacks also asked for ransom fees.
Uber pulls U-turn on controversial tracking of users after trip has ended
Company will give users option to be tracked only while actively using the app, as it tries to clean up its act on privacy after unveiling of new CEO
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