Japan Wants Self-Driving Cars In Time For Tokyo Summer Olympics
Mitsubishi Electric and ten automakers will start collecting high resolution 3D maps for self-driving cars to use, with help from the government of Japan.
Connected cars need to play well with smart cities
As autonomous cars and smart cities projects rack up investment, experts say these technologies need to work in better synchronicity.
Teaching machines to predict the future
Deep-learning vision system from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab anticipates human interactions using videos of TV shows.
Self-driving truck moves deep underground
Volvo wants to make sure its new self-driving truck is able to operate in all environments, including inside a working mine 1,300 meters underground.
Facing your fears with Virtual Reality
VR is already being used to treat phobias. Now a new project in Sweden is using the technology to help hydrophobic children learn to swim.
Check out the latest fitness tracker in a pair of glasses
Google Glass failed to win consumers, but VSP Global innovation lab The Shop wants to have another go at connected glasses with a fitness focus.
Ford floors it for three startups from its accelerator
Ford announced on Thursday it has partnered with three Techstars Mobility startups from the accelerator’s second annual class.
Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits
The company's tech incubator and think tank subsidiary Jigsaw is trying the ISIS-fighting technique Google knows best: targeted advertising.
How to make steelworking a less dangerous profession
Steelworking has always been dangerous work, but now embedded sensors make it possible to prevent worker injury from falls, toxic gas, and overexertion.
A cynical take: How Apple made the iPhone worse
Technically Incorrect: College Humor parodies the iPhone 7 launch by suggesting that Cupertino did something revolutionary: made the phone worse.
Camorama records 360-degree 4K video for your VR pleasure
While the Camorama promo video is a bit, shall we say, racy I think the product is pretty solid. It's basically a 4K action cam that doubles as a 360-degree..
The Best Phones of 2016
Which one you choose depends on how long you intend to keep your phone and what you want to do with it after you're done with it. If you intend to upgrade frequently, you'll get the most financial advantage by buying phones up front and reselling them on eBay when you're done with them, but that takes effort. Traditional two-year plans make sense if you stick with the plan of getting a new phone every two years, and you're OK with the long-term commitment. T-Mobile and Verizon don't offer two-year contracts any more; you either pay up front, or pay the same amount for your phone over 24 months. A few unlocked phone makers, such as Apple and Huawei, also offer leasing and installment plans just like the carriers do.
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Apple's iMessages will be more visual in iOS 10
Apple's iMessages will be more visual in iOS 10
Upcoming operating system upgrade adds bigger emojis and stickers, apps and more
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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple's new phones
One of the benefits is removing the headphone jack was a bigger battery (we’re not yet sure how big, but we’re sure our pals at iFixIt will find out soon enough). Apple says the iPhone 7 lasts up to two hours longer than the 6s and the 7 Plus lasts up to one more longer than the 6s Plus. Not too shabby. Some of the gains could be from the more efficient four-core A10 Fusion processor rather than just a higher-capacity battery, but as long as we can squeeze out more time between charges, that’s what really matters.
3 Ways to Optimize Your Website for Social Media Marketing
Sure, it may take a bit of extra coding or the installation of extra apps to accomplish this for your site, but it's well worth the effort. Just like you put your website URL in your social media profile in the hope that it'll generate visitors to your site, so too do your website’s links to your social media accounts increase your likelihood of gaining new followers on these platforms. As long as these links are prominently displayed, your website can easily generate new social media followers.
Univision Executives Vote to Delete Six Gawker Media Posts
I communicated to Felipe and Jay in the strongest terms that deleting these posts is a mistake, and that disappearing true posts about public figures simply because they have been targeted by a lawyer who conspired with a vindictive billionaire to destroy this company is an affront to the very editorial ethos that has made us successful enough to be worth acquiring. I told them that I am proud that this company refused to delete its accurate posts about Shiva Ayudurrai’s false claim to have invented the email system of communication, and that I am proud that our decision not to take down accurate posts about Mitch Williams’ meltdown at a children’s baseball game was vindicated by a federal judge, who ruled in our favor in his case against us. I am mortified to see them taken down now. We are at the center of an unprecedented assault on the ability of reporters and editors to challenge and critique public figures. While I believe that Univision is a company that values and defends aggressive, independent reporting, the decision to remove these posts is, in my view, at odds with its tradition of confronting bullies with honesty.
'Snowden' portrays the infamous NSA leaker as a hero, but leaves many big questions unanswered
"Snowden" is held up by strong performances, most notably in
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title character. He absolutely
nails Snowden's voice and mannerisms; so much so that
it's often hard to distinguish him at times from the
real thing. And then there are similarly strong performances
turned in by Zachary Quinto as journalist Glenn Greenwald and
Nicholas Cage as Hank Forrester, a disillusioned NSA employee who
acts as a mentor to Snowden, ultimately praising his haul of top
secret documents by the end of the film.
CBS and Paramount Royally Screwed Up Star Trek's 50th Anniversary
Fifty years is an enormous milestone, especially when you’re talking about the relatively short history of television shows. So why on Earth and Vulcan did CBS and Paramount fail to capitalize on Star Trek’s 50th anniversary?
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Jet black iPhone 7: If you like it, then you should put a case on it
A new iPhone is coming, and Apple already knows what many buyers will be complaining about.
Next iPhone could double as a glucose monitor
“This news comes as no surprise to us, and we’ve been working on a solution for quite some time now,” said DarioHealth CEO, Erez Raphael. “Our team’s agility to navigate the complex mobile ecosystem showcases DarioHealth’s versatility and passion to be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology in general, and the diabetes healthcare market specifically.”
Apple Watch Series 2 vs Apple Watch
Oddly the battery didn't get mentioned, so it's probably not a big improvement, but if nothing else the processor is likely more efficient in the Apple Watch Series 2, and with any luck that'll be enough for the wearable to extend beyond the day-and-a-half of life you'll typically get out of the original Apple Watch – though probably only if you use the GPS chip sparingly.
Here's what Android owners do when Apple releases a new iPhone | ZDNet
Ignoring Windows Phone (because this appears to be a volatile segment, and one which has dwindled to a point where it won't be much of an issue this time around), we find that 1.7 percent of Android users upgrade, compared to 1.1 percent of iPhone users. On top of that, about 0.4 percent of iPhone owners migrate to Android, while 0.3 percent go the other way.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 Recall Is a Nightmare So Far
I was informed by the Samsung representative that my options were to send the phones back then re-purchase them after my account credited, or to buy 2 new phones ($1800 out of pocket) and return the originals and wait for a credit. Since the error is theirs I don’t see why I should have to put out any additional money upfront. Why doesn’t this work like a normal exchange where they send you the new product and you have 14 days to return the old one or else they will charge you?
Facebook's trending algorithm promoted a 9/11 truther story
It makes sense that Facebook's human editors chose to highlight 9/11 as a trending topic, since there are plenty of stories popping up as we approach the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack. But it's surprising they didn't pay extra attention to what, exactly, the algorithm surfaced for such a touchy subject. (Or perhaps it's in their best interest to prove that the algorithm isn't smart enough on its own.)
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All healthy relationships need space. Including the one with your phone. That’s why there’s the new Moto 360. It streamlines your mobile life by delivering the information that matters to you, giving you more time to do the things you love. With designs made specifically for men or women, it’s easy to find the color, size, and style that fits you best. Because you deserve choice when it comes to what you wear on your wrist.
Bring on the female superheroes!
Why is it so hard to find female superhero merchandise? In this passionate, sparkling talk, media studies scholar (and father of a Star Wars-obsessed daughter) Christopher Bell addresses the alarming lack of female superheroes in the toys and products marketed to kids — and what it means for how we teach them about the world.
The Best Project Management Software of 2016
Teams that juggle multiple projects can't rely on their memories to keep them all organized. And trying to keep it all together in email is a recipe for disaster. To deliver projects on time and within budget, information needs to be written down, deadlines plotted, and documents shared. Team members need to be in constant communication with one another. That's the kind of information that quickly outgrows email threads and spreadsheets. When your team needs to get serious about managing projects, the solution is to get project management software.
Sorry, Pokemon Go isn't the Apple Watch killer app
Not that Pokemon Go's success can be denied. The game, which launched July 6, in just four days surged to the top of the US App Store's chart of most-downloaded free apps. The goal behind the augmented-reality game is to find Pokemon characters using your phone's GPS and to catch them with virtual Pokeballs -- a lure that could potentially earn $3 billion for Apple within the next year.
The Painstaking, Secretive Process Of Designing New Money
Australia’s $5 note has been in development for a decade. It began with three concept designers reimagining the existing currency with royalty, flora, fauna, and more than 200 proposed security measures. That was only step one. Most of the real work happened when the winning design was taken to the country’s banknote printing industry, and over years, engineers figured out how they could actually produce the most complicated bill they could imagine. Because in a world where our off-the-shelf ink-jet printers can seemingly print anything, currency has to be designed to be as unprintable as possible.
6 ways to customize the Windows 10 lock and sign-in screens
If you're a Windows 10 PC user -- like me -- you probably haven't put much thought into customizing the lock and sign-in screens. I run Windows 10 on a desktop, and the lock screen felt redundant so I simply turned it off . But these two screens, and they are separate screens, can be customized to suit even desktop users' needs with notifications, app statuses and cool wallpapers from Bing's homepage. Here are a few different ways you can make the lock and sign-in screens look and feel the way you want them to:
How close are we to the robotic human heart?
In Carmat’s design, two chambers are each divided by a membrane that holds hydraulic fluid on one side. A motorized pump moves hydraulic fluid in and out of the chambers, and that fluid causes the membrane to move; blood flows through the other side of each membrane. The blood-facing side of the membrane is made of tissue obtained from a sac that surrounds a cow’s heart, to make the device more biocompatible.
5 audiophile myths, totally busted
They're different. If digital were truly better it would have killed the LP and analog tape recording decades ago, but LP sales go up year after year. Digital is more convenient, and can be played anywhere, it's easier to record, mix, and master. I might even concede that the best digital audio is more accurate, but to many audiophiles, including me, well recorded LPs, played on a decent turntable sound more like real music than the best digital. The analog versus digital stalwarts on each side aren't backing down, so the battle rages on.
This may be the most accurate Milky Way galaxy simulation ever made
"You can see the Milky Way-like disk in the center, but also,
around it are both the low-mass (dwarf) galaxies, and the
'diffuse' (almost circular) distribution of stars that we call
the 'stellar halo'. It is the graveyard of dwarf galaxies that
have been destroyed by orbiting too close to the Milky Way. This
stellar distribution is quite diffuse (low density), so it
appears really really faint, but ... this is how we think the
Milky Way would look from afar if you could produce a really
really deep image of everything around it."
iPhone 7 probably won't juice Apple stock
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Philips wants to help you get a better night's sleep
The components of the Dream Family were inspired by feedback from more than 900 patients as well as insights from clinicians who treat sleep apnea. This input combined with Philips’ more than four decades of experience developing revolutionary patient-centric solutions led to the award-winning design of the Dream Family. Since their launch in October 2015, DreamWear and DreamStation have been honored for excellence in design, including recent iF Design, Red Dot, Good Design Australia, and Core77 accolades.
Cape Watch: Apparently Shia LaBeouf Was Almost in Suicide Squad?
OK, so it’s possible that you didn’t dig Suicide Squad , but would you have have liked it more if it starred Shia LaBeouf? The actor revealed during an interview with Variety that he was originally in the running to play the character eventually played by Scott Eastwood. “Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up,” he explained, adding, “I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me. I went in to meet, and they were like, ‘Nah, you’re crazy. You’re a good actor, but not this one.’ It was a big investment for them.”
Why this is super: No matter what your feelings about Squad , it’s probably best that we didn’t have a movie with both LaBeouf and Jared Leto might have been too much. Looks like fans have something to thank the studio for on this one after all.
Google DeepMind's AI can mimic realistic human speech
For instance, if used as a text-to-speech program, it transforms the text you type into a series of phonemes and syllables, which it then voices out. Subjects who took part in blind tests thought WaveNet's results sounded more human than the other methods'. In the AI's announcement post, DeepMind said it can "reduce the gap between the state of the art and human-level performance by over 50 percent" based on those English and Mandarin Chinese experiments. You don't have to take the team's word for it: We're still far from using a WaveNet-powered app, but you can listen to some samples on DeepMind's website .
Apple's iPhone 7 Event Start Time
The event is set to kick off at 10 am Pacific Time. If you are wondering what time the event will start in your time zone then we’ve you covered. Check out the table below to find out when Apple’s September 7 iPhone event will start in your time zone so you can plan your day accordingly.
Feds: Stop using the Samsung Galaxy Note7
Following Samsung’s announcement that it will replace Galaxy Note7 smartphones weeks after their release, today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a statement warning of the device’s potential health hazards. This comes after multiple people have documented cases of the phone’s battery exploding.
5 genius ways to repurpose your old iPhone
Most everyone I know uses the alarm on their smartphone to wake them up. That’s great, except that sleeping next to your smartphone can cause all kinds of problems with getting a really good night’s rest. But your old smartphone, left plugged in, can become one of the world’s smartest alarm clocks. As is, it can tell you the time, wake you up, tell you the weather, respond to voice commands, play Spotify, and tell you your daily schedule — all by just propping it up on your nightstand. Just remember to keep the screen brightness turned down or even off. If you have a newer iPhone or Android device, the voice command features let you set alarms and reminders without even touching it.
There's never been a more challenging time to be Elon Musk
But that isn't Musk's style. And while it's been good to be Elon
for the past 10 years, he's now up against the biggest
leadership challenges of his career, as he tries to push Tesla
beyond being simply an electric-car company toward being a
full-on provider of sustainable-energy and transportation
These are the smartphones with the best signal strength
For the study, Pedersen tested the signal strength of 26 smartphones during phone calls while the phones were held against the left and right ears with both left and right hands. We combined both left and right results to see which smartphones performed the best in both scenarios.
With the iPhone 7, Apple Makes Dual Cameras the New Normal
The killer app on the 7 Plus is a 2x optical zoom. Tap an onscreen button to jump from the wide angle to the telephoto lens. Yes, all smartphone cameras let you zoom, but most of them use a digital zoom. That means the lens doesn’t move, the camera merely enlarges the pixels in each photo for a bigger view. Such images degrade as you increase the zoom. The new iPhone has digital zoom too, but because you’re starting with 56mm telephoto glass, you’ll see less degradation in resolution as you start moving in with the 10x digital zoom. Apple also touts the expanded dynamic range and color capabilities of the new shooter, and a RAW mode saves images in DNG format—a feature common to higher-end cameras, but absent from most phones.
The inventor of Siri's backend technology says Amazon's Echo and Alexa are 'incomplete'
Amazon's Echo, for example, has no screens and is only controlled by the user's voice. You can play music, make online orders, or get a rundown of daily news headlines by talking to it. Siri, on the other hand, is a similar voice-controlled system but works in conjunction with a screen to visualize the conversation, like showing a 5-day weather forecast.
This Is The Only Time Star Trek Ever Showed An Alien-Made Car
Everybody is celebrating Star Trek ’s 50th anniversary this week, and since I hate being out of the loop, I decided it made sense to bring some much needed attention to the only non-human built but still recognizable car ever shown on Star Trek. Even better, that car is pretty fascinating, and kind of a gearhead’s dream in how it’s made. It’s called the Jupiter 8.
Apple tapping brakes on self-driving cars
Apple is tapping the brakes on its self-driving car project as it maps a new route, The New York Times reported.
Hackaday SuperCon 2016: Call for Proposals
SuperCon 2016 will take place November 5th and 6th (2016) in Pasadena, CA. Talks and workshops will cover similar areas as last year (hardware, engineering, creativity in technical design, product design, prototyping, etc) but will be set against a backdrop of a new creative space: The Supplyframe DesignLab. We will be focusing on hands-on workshops, this time utilizing the range of tools that exist in the design lab. We also still have a main conference track where speakers can speak for 10-30 minutes about their projects and ideas. We like topics that revolve around real world hardware: lessons learned from things you built or techniques you can teach to others (based upon the things you built). The overarching theme of all talks/workshops should be about HARDWARE CREATION. Here are some example topics from last year:1. The Practical Experience of Designing a Theatre Experience Around iBeacons2. NoodleFeet: Building a Robot As Art3. Implementing the Tamagotchi Singularity (see below)4. Advanced Microcontroller Based Audio (Workshop)We are excited to read your proposals and to have you join us! Please get your proposal(s) in by September 15th.
Everything you need to know from Apple’s iPhone 7 event
Apple held its annual September press conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, unveiling the iPhone 7 at long last. CEO Tim Cook took the stage (after a charming bout of Carpool Karaoke) to introduce everything new with Apple — from new iPhones to new Apple Watches. You can dig through the full coverage here , or read the play-by-play of the keynote in our live blog , but here are the main takeaways:
How Apple Made Its Jet Black iPhone None More Black
Apple calls that shade Jet Black. We call it Batmobile black. Anish Kapoor black . None more black . Whatever you call it, the glassy, murdered-out colorway is hands down the most eye-catching feature of the new, souped-up iPhone 7 . In one of his signature process videos, chief design officer Jony Ive said Wednesday that Apple developed a whole new nine-step process to achieve the Jet Black iPhone 7’s high-gloss finish. That’s par for the course with Apple. The company’s manufacturing processes rely on no shortage of proprietary technologies, and finishing—the stage at which a product is polished up, literally and figuratively—is certainly one of them. “Apple is doing extraordinary things, finishing-wise,” says engineer Ted Mooney, president of the website finishing.com . “When they claim it is exceptional, it really is.”
These Nightmare Videos Are Generated From Still Baby Photos by a Neural Network
Is that a baby or the blob? It’s actually just the sick and twisted result of a neural network predicting what a still photo of a baby would look like if it were moving. Researchers at MIT have published demonstrations of their work on generative video, and the “hallucinated” outcomes of are both impressive and repulsive.
A 14-year-old built an Alexa skill for checking the status of AWS
If you rely on public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) to run your website or app, every now and then you may encounter a technical issue. Usually, if you suspect that it’s at the AWS level, you’ll end up checking the AWS Service Health Dashboard , which shows the status of AWS’ many individual services in different data center regions. But now, for those who have an Amazon Echo or any other device that uses Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, there’s another way to check AWS status.
Working Star Trek 'Next Gen' combadge beams onto your chest
You could buy this combadge and just wear it to conventions along with your Geordi, Jean-Luc or Deanna uniform, but then you'd be missing out on the casual, everyday geek opportunities it offers. There's something magical about the thought of chirping your communicator to answer a call while you're checking out at the grocery store or huffing a hot dog at the ballpark.
What really matters at the end of life
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.
Air Force: Stash These F-22s for Us? NASA: Yeah Sure We Got Room
“Even though the hangar in Hampton already had a large visitor—a C-130 from the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore—the hangar was able to carefully sandwich in more than a dozen Air Force fighters and offer them the protection of our hurricane-rated facility,” says Katherine Barnstoff, NASA Langley’s media relations specialist. (Hermine only ever reached Category 1, and had chilled into a tropical storm by the time it reached Virginia, where the Air Force base and the NASA center are.)
The Real Miss America: Celebrating role models who look more like you
We’ve had enough. Mashable ’s Real Miss America series is about creating an alternative vision for what it means to be a woman today. No more celebrating a woman’s potential only when we can score her body and beauty. Instead, we are recognizing people who have dedicated their lives to equality and fairness, and who are expanding the definition of womanhood.
The Raspberry Pi Has Its Own Official Starter Kit
The Raspberry Pi has long been packed into starter kits from third-party companies , but its looking like an official option is now on the way, jam packed with everything you need to get started.
Why You (Might) Want the New PlayStation 4 Pro
Here’s the deal. If you haven’t bought a PS4 yet, it might not be a bad idea to just spend the extra $100 and future-proof yourself. Even if you don’t think you want the extra oomph of the Pro now, that situation might change if you get a VR headset or a new TV down the line. But if you already own a PS4, you might want to wait and see just how much of an upgrade the Pro is before you trade in your old console for the new model. You may find it’s not enough to get you to switch. But you also may find that your feelings on the benefits of the Pro are different when you’re looking at TV versus VR.
Judging a book through its cover
"So much work has gone into terahertz technology to get the sources and detectors working, with big promises for imaging new and exciting things,” says Laura Waller, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California at Berkeley. “This work is one of the first to use these new tools along with advances in computational imaging to get at pictures of things we could never see with optical technologies. Now we can judge a book through its cover!"