Apple’s AI if by Air
After only a few days with Apple’s wireless AirPod headphones, it’s clear that there will be a huge platform business based on the reliable, persistent..
MIT researchers can scan a book through its cover
Imagine if scanning a book was as simple as ripping a CD. No page turning, no adjusting, nothing. MIT researchers are working on just that.
Review: Apple tees up the future with iPhone 7
With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple is going through a splitting-atoms phase with the iPhone. The company knows that the future is a camera that can see the..
Could global smart cities be funded by U.S.-style muni bonds?
Smart city plans in India need private financing to become reality and developing U.S.-style municipal bonds as a potential solution.
Biologists Really Can’t Help Naming Species After Obama
Thomas Jefferson has an extinct scallop, Teddy has an elk and a savanna shrew. But Obama has a whole menagerie of fish and parasites, lizards and birds named after him.
Teaching your self-driving car to say "Try a turn signal, jerk!"
We have a language on the road that consists of honks, signs, and waves, but in the age of autonomous cars, Drive.ai wants to update the lanugage.
Corning Launches Gorilla Glass SR+ For Wearables
Cover glass giant Corning recently announced Gorilla Glass SR+, a new type of hardened glass specifically designed for wearables.
LoveBot automatically says 'I love you', and that's not depressing at all
Tired of manually interacting with your loved ones? Slicon Valley has the answer: LoveBot. This little bot, built at Techcrunch Disrupt SF, disrupts affection by automating it, and there’s nothing at all depressing about that. It’s something we can all relate to: loved ones demanding we “acknowledge they exist” and “communicate occasionally.” If you don’t …
What wireless earbuds will ruin about youth
Much like Anne Hathaway's character in The Devil Wears Prada, who gets ripped to shreds for thinking high fashion has nothing to do with her bargain bin life, I am a trickle-down consumer who...
Sega flips Nintendo the bird, tells fans 'keep making great stuff'
While Nintendo throws around the DMCA notice like it was bread to pigeons, Sega has a different approach -- a better approach.
The Last Guardian Release Pushed Back to December
The new release date for the PlayStation 4 exclusive is Dec. 6.
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.
Facebook Messenger now allows payments in its 30,000 chat bots
In an effort to show Facebook’s commitment to its platform for bots, Marcus announced that all types of News Feed ads can point to them and users can share bots they enjoy with their friends. And instead of forcing all bot interactions to happen through text, developers can now build web views into conversations to pull in interfaces from their websites. This way you could scroll a list of flights, consume different types of media, or even play basic games while still in the chat window.
Take VR photos on iPhone with Google's new Cardboard Camera app | Cult of Mac
Google has finally brought its popular Cardboard Camera app to iOS today, allowing iPhone and iPad users to take perfect VR photos and share them with friends.
Jeff Bezos names big next rocket New Glenn - BBC News
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has revealed further details of the big, reusable rocket he has been developing inside his Blue Origin space company.
Instagram allows users to block nasty comments
The Facebook-owned photo sharing service is introducing a new feature that will allow users to filter and block offensive words in comments of their posts.
How to prepare your iPhone for iOS 10
The biggest occupier of your iPhone's storage is almost certainly your large (and ever-growing) photo and video library. After deleting unwanted apps, it's time to scroll through the Photos app and delete the photos and videos you no longer want. And for the photos and videos you want to keep, you can move them to the cloud or a computer so that they're safely stored without taking up space on your iPhone. Rick Broida offers a few cloud services you can use to back up your iPhone's photos. Alternatively, you can connect your iOS device to your Mac and move some of your library to the Mac Photos app.
Apple’s iMessage store goes live with stickers and apps for iOS 10 messages
Apple's iMessage App Store is a big part of the many changes arriving with iOS 10 today . While the software update won't be available until around 1PM ET / 10AM PT, Apple has opened up the iMessage App Store a little early for developers and beta testers already using the final version of iOS 10. It's an early glimpse at how Apple will start selling stickers, apps, and games for use exclusively within iMessage.
Tiny drones are the best. They're fun to fly, and you don't have to register them with the FAA
The registration is not particularly onerous, though there is a processing fee. The whole thing starts to feel a bit Kafkaesque when you get to the end and realize that you can “display” your registration number by writing it on the battery and then tucking that inside the aircraft. WAT? It’s also unclear how often the regulations are going to be updated, or how the rules of flight are going to be enforced. For example, one rule states that a pilot has to maintain constant visual contact with his drone, but the signal range of some new models extends so far that it can fly up to two miles away from the operator. The technology will continue to advance faster than the laws. Meanwhile, it’s like the sheriff showed up, laid down the law, and then promptly rode off into the sunset, never to be seen again.
U.S. tech firms urge Congress to allow internet domain changeover
WASHINGTON Major technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter are urging Congress to support a plan for the U.S. government to cede control of the internet's technical management to the global community, they said in a joint letter dated on Tuesday.
Messenger is getting better sharing options, payments and tighter bot integration
Robots might be decades away from taking over the world, but they’re now a step closer to officially taking over Messenger. Today’s update, for both iOS and Android, brings tighter integration that offers users new ways to explore, interact and share their favorite bots.
Bots are overhyped and underpowered, says the man who runs Facebook Messenger
The introduction of bots to Facebook and other platforms has been overhyped — and the bots themselves often aren't very good, Facebook Messenger chief David Marcus said today. Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Marcus made some of his first public comments about bots since Facebook launched the platform in April . "It got really overhyped really, really quickly," Marcus said. What's more, he said, many of the first bots to hit the platform weren't nearly as good as the native apps they were designed to replace.
Uber may soon pick up passengers from the busiest airport in the world
It’s not going to be a free-for-all though. For drivers to be able to accept fares here, they would have to undergo a private background check. Cars will have to display an airport decal indicating that they’re got permission to do pickups, and there’s going to be an age limit on the vehicles. Unsurprisingly, there will also be a per-ride fee of $1.50, which goes directly to the city.
This X-Men: Apocalypse deleted scene should have been the whole movie
I want to express a personal belief of mine that’s been honed in my handful of years covering film: superhero movies are supposed to be fun. They can be smart, serious, and even thoughtful examinations of life and its modern concerns, but they should be, on some intrinsic level, fun. So really, it’s a sad thing to see the industry move away from that concept in favor of more "grown-up" stories to stave off the creeping sense of genre fatigue. That’s not to say the recent run of superhero movies has forgotten that ethos entirely. It’s just telling that movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool are seen as breaths of fresh air as compared to the self-serious and often self-hating stories found in Fantastic Four , Batman v Superman , and even Captain America: Civil War .
REVIEW: The iPhone 7
As for me, I listen to most of my music on my iPhone anyway, so
the transition wasn’t a big deal at all. The Lightning EarPods
work just fine, and the new AirPods are an intriguing bet by
Apple to push us towards wireless. Plus, there are plenty of
excellent wireless Bluetooth headsets to choose from, including
some new models coming from Beats later this year, that will work
with the iPhone 7. I never found myself yearning for a pair of
regular headphones. Everything you need is right in the box,
including that handy dongle that makes it possible to listen to
your old headphones if you have a pair you’re in love with.
Pixel Launcher leaks, hinting the end of Google's Nexus brand
You can download the leaked launcher app from MEGA and try it for yourself – just know that it’s fairly basic and light on features. The ZIP file includes the launcher APK as well as an installer for a wallpaper picker tool. There’s a chance that you won’t be able to access the Google Now screen from the launcher – Android Police has some tips on how to get it to work .
Samsung to sell its printer business to HP for $1.05 billion
Samsung’s board of directors approved the sale of its Printing Business Unit during a meeting in Seoul today, and a follow-up meeting with shareholders is scheduled for October. If given the go-ahead by shareholders, Samsung says it will spin off its printer business into a new standalone entity on November 1, with HP purchasing a 100 percent stake in the newly formed company. Samsung will then source its printers from HP and continue to market them under the Samsung brand in Korea.
iPhone 7 Plus review: excellent camera on a phone that can get wet
iPhone 7 Plus review: Excellent camera on a phone that can get wet
It's not the freshest design. But the iPhone 7's solid features make it a buy if you're ready to upgrade.
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Instagram is now letting everyone filter abusive words out of their comments
Users can specify which custom words they want hidden from their comments and also turn on the "hide inappropriate comments" feature, which hides comments containing words that are typically flagged as inappropriate. This can all be accessed by clicking the gear icon. Instagram is also updating the way it displays comments: they’ll be ranked algorithmically to show the most relevant comments first, as opposed to the two most recent.
Chevy Bolt will have 238 miles of range, EPA says
This will make the car the first truly affordable electric vehicle with a range over 200 miles, a range Chevy believes is essential to widespread adoption of electric vehicles. The company has said the vehicle will have a base price of less than $37,500, meaning the actual price will be less than $30,000 after a US federal tax credit of $7,500 (receiving the full credit requires making enough money to pay $7,500 in tax, however). Several states offer additional tax credits, as well. The actual price of the Bolt will be announced later this fall.
'Final Fantasy XV' claims the first limited-edition slimline PS4
Mat once failed an audition to be the Milkybar Kid: an advert creation that pushed white chocolate on gluttonous British children. Two decades later, having repressed that early rejection, he completed a three-year teaching stint in Japan with help from world-class internet and a raft of bizarre DS titles. After a few weeks back in the UK, he's recently returned to Japan, heading up our coverage of a country that's obsessed with technology -- often in very unusual ways.
Samsung is facing a lawsuit, and no, it’s not over the Galaxy Note 7
In the latest piece of bad news to hit the South Korean phone maker, Samsung is finding itself in hot (or rather, explosive) waters again. The incident in question involves a Galaxy S7 Edge that caught fire in its owner’s pocket and left him with second- and third-degree burns. The incident occurred on May 30, before the release and subsequent recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.
This New Electric Bus Can Drive 350 Miles on One Charge
The secret to the new Proterra bus’s longevity is its twin mattress-sized battery pack, says Matt Horton, the company’s VP for sales. It can store up to 660 kWh, helpful when motoring a 27,000-pound, 40-foot bus. Compare that to the relatively mini batteries behind your favorite electric passenger car: 60 kWh in the Chevy Bolt , and 100 kWh in the largest Tesla Model S . (It helps that the Catalyst E2 has a lighter body than your average city steed.)
You May Never See a Better Video Than Mad Max: Fury Road Without Special Effects
Thirty seconds into watching this video, my face already hurt from smiling too much.
11 things Tesla's cars can do in Autopilot
Because Autopilot is making better use of radar, Tesla cars can look beyond the car located directly in front of it. It does this by bouncing the radar off the road to see what's up ahead. So in theory, a Tesla vehicle with Autopilot could see an accident up ahead before the car it's following can.
Hackaday SuperConference 2016
SuperCon 2016 will take place November 5th and 6th (2016) in Pasadena, CA. Talks and workshops will cover hardware, engineering, creativity in technical design, product design, prototyping (and more) and will be set against a backdrop of a new creative space, the Supplyframe DesignLab. We will also be utilizing the Los Angeles College of Music, right next door!
Twitter finally sets date to grow beyond its 140 character limit
Tweets will have more space to work with, come September 19. Media attachments will no longer count against the 140 character limit, and neither will usernames at the beginning of a tweet.
5 ways artificial intelligence will change enterprise IT
But believe it or not, enterprise IT is also a fertile ground for A.I. In fact, some of the most immediate and profound use cases for A.I. will come as companies increasingly integrate it into their data centers and development organizations to automate processes that have been done manually for decades.
Watch us ride inside Ford’s self-driving car
Ford’s mass market self-driving cars may be five years away , but the company has invited us to ride inside one of its prototype autonomous vehicles today. Today, as in, right now, at Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
Japan’s Renesas Agrees to Buy Intersil for $3.2 Billion
Renesas Electronics Corp. agreed to buy U.S. chipmaker Intersil Corp. for $3.2 billion, seeking to carve out a bigger role for itself as a provider of chips for automobiles as cars become loaded with more technology and add self-driving capabilities.
Moon Cycles Might Be Linked to Really Big Quakes
Not to say that this study is useless. The fact that spring tides might affect only really big quakes could tell seismologists new things about how quakes happen. And that might help them improve their estimates for the danger of living near any particular fault line. But likely not. The high-risk zones are well mapped, and the odds of recurrence are pretty well established. If you live in an earthquake zone, preparation is your best bet. Get your home seismically certified. Put together a quake kit. Practice those “jump in a doorframe” reflexes. Or just move to a place where the Moon’s gravity doesn’t have any fault lines to flex.
iMessage App Store adds stickers and games to iOS 10 texting
iOS 10 beta users can now explore a whole new world of add-ons for iMessage, according to 9to5mac . Cupertino has launched its new iMessage App Store for iOS 10 beta, and you can use it to download games and apps like OpenTable and SquareMoney. You can also download sticker packs from the store -- hey, it won't be complete without cute stickers in the mix -- some of which come from big-name companies like Disney, Bandai Namco and Sanrio. Some of the apps are tied to ones you'll have to get from the main App Store, but others are completely independent. If you're not a beta tester, don't worry: check your Settings app's Update section tomorrow, September 13th , to download and install iOS 10.
We Were Wrong About Where the Moon Came From
The moon is our almost constant frenemy in space, lighting our nights and spoiling our star-views in equal turns. But now, new measurements from Apollo-era moon rocks suggest that the moon and Earth had a much more savage past than we knew.
Amazon and Pandora set to launch new music streaming services
Pandora could announce its plans to expand its $5-per-month platform this week, with possible features including skipping more songs or storing several hours of playlists, the newspaper said. The company plans to launch a full-fledged on-demand platform by Christmas. Such a platform, priced at $10 a month, would compete with Spotify and Apple Inc’s Apple Music.
Google killed off a part of its speedy delivery service to prepare for its next big expansion: blanketing the whole country
If you look at Google Express and Amazon's shopping service,
Prime, head-to-head, the appeals of the "The Everything Store"
are apparent. Even if Express does hit hundreds of stores, Amazon
will still have far more products to choose from and an
almost-identical yearly fee ($95 for Express vs $99 for Amazon)
that will get shoppers a bunch of other perks, like free movies
Confessions of a Pokemon Go cheat
I was loving it. The bot was a game within a game. It became something different to what Pokemon Go was meant to be, but it was intoxicating. A lottery system where winning was not a matter of 'if', but 'how much'. Leave it running and come back later to see what prizes had been collected. My collection rapidly became nothing but excellent specimens across the board and plenty of rare Pokemon I'd never encountered on my 'real' account, which was now looking rather neglected -- were my Pokemon IVs any good on that account? I didn't even know. The real Pokemon Go wouldn't tell me.
Adblock Plus now sells ads
The marketplace is a extension of the Acceptable Ads program that Adblock Plus has been running since 2011. Since then, the ad blocker has defaulted to “whitelisting” approved ads, so that they show up even when users have the blocker turned on. But the program has been fairly limited in scope, since publishers and ad networks need to specifically work with (and pay) Adblock Plus to have their ads deemed acceptable. It’s a time-consuming process, Williams emphasized, which limits how many websites can sign up to display ads to would-be blockers.
I also wish we had the option to customize the AirPods' controls more. By default, double-tapping one of the buds wakes Siri up, and she can do all the things you'd expect. You can change these controls so that a double tap pauses and plays the current track, but that's really about it. (You can also just remove an earbud to pause your music, which seems like the more natural way to go anyway.) The thing is, if you want to change tracks or tweak the volume, you have to either ask Siri to do it or reach for your phone. That's it. Years of using Apple's white earbuds have ingrained in me the double click to skip a song and a triple click to go back. It seems odd that there's no way to program these common controls.
iOS 10: 23 hidden features
Apple doesn't tout every new feature in iOS 10. There are the obvious add-ons, like Messages now has its own App Store, and Siri can work with apps, but there's much more to iOS 10 than that. Control Center now has 3D Touch, read receipts can be turned on or off for individual contacts and there's even a button to clear all notifications at once.
Mercedes just teased a convertible version of the marvelous AMG GT
The car, which will reportedly be called the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster, will likely churn out 456-horsepower from the 4-liter twin-turbo V8 brought over from the standard AMG GT coupe. It looks like it’ll have a fabric roof, too, rather than a heavier retractable hardtop. The AMG GT coupe starts north of $111,000, so the topless version will likely start a bit higher when it finally hits showrooms.
Netflix gets an unofficial 'Random' button
The imaginatively named Random Button for Netflix adds a link to the top of your screen that instantly opens a random movie, show or documentary when clicked. You can adjust its settings to filter between any of the aformentioned types of content if necessary, and that’s really all there is to it.
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Tesla makes Autopilot safer, smarter with major update - Roadshow
Musk is optimistic that these updates, which will be available within weeks, will cut the accident rate on the Model S and Model X cars by more than half. Musk also believes that these updates would "very likely" have prevented the accident that resulted in the death of Josh Brown earlier this year. That, of course, we'll never know, but Version 8 should indeed make driving a modern Tesla even safer. Perhaps more importantly, it should prevent some of the more egregious misuses of the system.
ACLU seeks an Obama pardon for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
Snowden, the notorious NSA-contractor-turned-privacy-advocate has been living in Russia since June 2013 after being granted temporary asylum. Snowden’s requests for renewal have been granted each year since. Now living in an undisclosed location in Russia, Snowden is seeking permanent asylum elsewhere while trying to remain out of reach of the US government — where he’d face trial under the espionage act should he return.
Apple patents a... Plant pot
This isn’t the fist time that Apple has patented a piece of furniture, though. It regularly reserves itself privilege of the fittings it uses to decorate all of its Apple Stores scattered across the globe. The most notable patent it’s filed to date is for the cylindrical staircase that’s located in the firm’s Shanghai store .
Mossberg: Choosing the iPhone 7 is tougher than in the past
At a glance, you’d be hard-pressed to tell Apple’s new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models, which go on sale Friday, from their 2015 and 2014 counterparts. They look almost identical, and are the same sizes. But once you get your hands on them, the differences are clear: better cameras, longer battery life, water resistance, doubled memory at essentially the same prices, and more.
Why Hillary's Pneumonia Is Nothing to Freak Out About
Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with pneumonia, fueling ongoing concerns about the Democratic presidential nominee’s health. Here’s what you need to know about this common illness, and why Clinton will quickly bounce back.
A splash of color: New Xbox accessories are here to brighten up your day
A splash of color: New Xbox accessories are here to brighten up your day
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Jeff Bezos unveils the design of Blue Origin's future orbital rocket — the New Glenn
Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos has unveiled the name and look of the company’s future rocket, which will be capable of launching payloads — and people — into orbit around Earth. The rocket is named the New Glenn, after John Glenn — the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth. And if the animations of the New Glenn are to be believed, the rocket is going to be a behemoth, bigger than both SpaceX’s future Falcon Heavy rocket and the United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy. And of course, the rocket will sport Blue Origin's signature feather insignia.