Google launches Tez, a mobile payments app built for India
Google has announced a new mobile payments app for India as the internet giant moves on its mission to ingratiate itself with the "next billion" internet users across the country.
The Replicant: Inside the Dark Future of Blade Runner 2049
What the sequel can tell us about the state of sci-fi and America's appetite for dystopia.
How to download iOS 11 right now
is out now! Apple released it a little later than usual, several minutes after 10AM PT, 1PM ET, 6PM BST or 3AM AEST on September 20 for those in Australia. But nevermind: If you own an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Here, you should see the option to download iOS 11. Enjoy!
Twitter Suspends 300,000 Accounts Tied to Terrorism in 2017
In the first half of the year, Twitter said it suspended nearly 300,000 accounts globally linked to terrorism. Of those, roughly 95 percent were identified by the company’s spam-fighting automation tools. Meanwhile, the social network said government data requests continued to increase, and that it provided authorities with data on roughly 3,900 accounts from January to June.
US Navy submarines are getting Xbox 360 controllers to control their periscopes
The innovation comes as the Navy’s response to feedback given by junior officers and sailors who said that the controls for the periscope were clunky and “real heavy.” In addition to being hard to manage, the handgrip and imaging control panel used previously also cost about $38,000, compared to the Xbox 360 controller’s cost of around $20. Training time for the Xbox controller also decreased to minutes, compared to the hours it took to learn the helicopter-style joystick.
Hitachi rolls out Vantara to amp up its social innovation track record
“Hitachi Vantara marks a monumental change for Hitachi as we continue to advance our unified corporate vision of Social Innovation,” said Hitachi, Ltd. President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara. “Hitachi has been helping customers harness the power of their data to support meaningful business action for years. Now as the world is being transformed by digital tools and processes, we are unifying our strongest digital solutions companies together as a new Hitachi company that delivers exponential business impact for our customers and the betterment of society. The formation of Hitachi Vantara underscores Hitachi’s commitment to collaborative creation with customers and partners, and being a true innovation partner for the era of IoT.”
How to Stop Pirate Bay and Other Sites From Hijacking Your CPU to Mine Cryptocoins
This past weekend, the popular torrenting site The Pirate Bay caught some flack for testing out a new system that used visitors’ CPU power to generate cryptocurrency profits for itself. This tactic has been around for years, but the high profile implementation signals that it’s probably time to start blocking this crap. Here’s how it’s done.
"As it turns out, most people are paying for phones over long periods of time," said Cook. "And so, very few people will pay the full price of the phone initially. Also, most people actually trade in their current phone, and some carriers throw in subsidies and discounts."
The iPhone 8 Reviews: What the Critics Say
Unsurprisingly, both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are very good phones. Most of Apple’s improvements over the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are minor, but if you have an older model, either of the 8s will feel like a solid upgrade. And if you are considering upgrading from an Android phone, there’s one area where the new iPhones still rank head and shoulders above their competition — the processor, the engine that runs the entire device, where Apple is so far ahead that it almost feels unfair.
Twitter Rolls Out A Nuzzel Copycat To Show Articles Shared By Your Network
The Popular Articles feature is just what it sounds like — a list of stories people you follow on Twitter are currently tweeting about, or otherwise engaging with. It also shows links to articles popular in your particular location. Click or tap on a story headline, and the article opens in the Twitter app. It is located in Twitter's Explore tab.
Microsoft adds its gaming chief to its Senior Leadership Team | ZDNet
Microsoft's Phil Spencer, now an Executive Vice President, is becoming part of the company's inner circle of advisers, in a move signaling the growing importance of gaming to the company.
All of the Best Augmented Reality Tricks Your iPhone Can Do Right Now (Updated)
Repainting a room and replacing all the furniture and fixings to match is an expensive and arduous process. Why risk having the facelift turn out terrible when Wayfair is finally introducing augmented reality-based 3D previews to the iOS version of its app? Everything from chairs to chandeliers can be virtually previewed in a room so you can see how they’ll look against a freshly painted wall. You might even end up liking a new chair so much you’d rather repaint the wall again to match.
How to Use New Lock Screen and Notification Center on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11
This is a new feature in iOS 11. It allows you to disable notification message previews for all apps installed on your device. You can choose to hide them all the time, or only when the device is locked.
People freak out after Amazon sends emails about nonexistent baby registries
Sometimes after 4:30 p.m. ET Tuesday afternoon, Amazon apparently sent a mass email to an unknown number of people, informing them that "a gift is on its way." But before anyone could count their blessings that the Amazon gods or a kind soul were gifting them some free stuff, the message was promptly ruined by a baby wearing a diaper.
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74% of IT leaders say security concerns restrict the move to public cloud
The model of shared responsibility for cloud security is widely misunderstood among businesses, the survey found: 77% of IT decision makers said they believe that public cloud providers are responsible for securing customer data in the cloud, and 68% said they believe these providers are responsible for security customer applications as well. Despite or perhaps due to this lack of clarity, 30% of organizations reported that they have not added additional security layers to cloud deployments.
Report: Negligent employees are no. 1 cause of cybersecurity breaches at SMBs
The risk of cyber breaches increased for companies of all sizes and industries compared to last year, the study found. More than 61% of SMBs had been breached in the last 12 months, compared to 55% in 2016. In an average breach, the amount of data stolen nearly doubled, from 5,079 records in 2016 to 9,350 in 2017. IoT devices also have SMBs worried, with 67% of IT professionals reporting that they were "very concerned" about the impact of these devices in their office. Some 56% said that they believe IoT and mobile devices are the most vulnerable endpoint in their organization's networks.
Should You Update to iOS 11 on Your iPhone or iPad?
As you probably know by now, 32-bit apps won’t be supported in iOS 11. So if one of your favorite apps hasn’t been updated to make it compatible with iOS 11 then it won’t work when you update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 11. So you may want to find out if your favorite apps are not in the list of apps that are compatible with iOS 11. You could always look for an app that offers similar functionality, so this shouldn’t be a show-stopper to install the iOS 11 update.
Review: The iPhone 8 is great if you haven’t upgraded in forever
Apple says the glass in the new iPhones is 50 percent more durable than last year's iPhone 7 glass, with impact and scratch improvements and steel frame reinforcements (and more durable aluminum). It's hard to tell how impact-proof these phones will be in practice because Apple won't make any specific claims, and we've only had these phones for about a week. Stay tuned for drop tests. We'll find out. In the meantime, my natural inclination is to coddle all-glass phones. The good news is that most iPhone 7 cases will work on the 8, so long as they have a bit of flexibility. (The iPhone 8 is a fraction of a millimeter bigger than the 7 all around.)
5 photos shot on the iPhone 8 Plus
Apple lent Mann, 32, an iPhone 8 Plus to use and send back early photos taken with the new phone. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus go on sale in stores on Friday.
The Pixel 2 XL could cost $850 and might look like a penguin
If it's any consolation, Droid Life also shows off the Pixel 2 XL in a new black-and-white color combo, which could debut alongside an all-black version. The monochromatic color choices are a stark contrast from last year's "really blue" Pixel.
The new Google Daydream View will only cost $99
With a new design, Google has a chance to capitalize on the unique advantages it brings to the table—the portability, comfort, and versatility that Gear VR lacks (Gear is compatible only with Samsung phones), and pose a more formidable threat to its competitor if it steps up its hardware setup. But it needs to work on that price tag.
Twitter is adding another former Google executive to its board: Patrick Pichette
Bringing on Pichette adds a certain level of intrigue to Twitter’s future. Google has long been viewed as a crowd favorite to one day acquire Twitter. Now the social company has two of the search giant’s former execs advising the CEO and sitting on the board.
4-second video sums up the horror of being a parent
Ask a little kid "let me see what you have" when you notice an object in their hand and you never know what you may get.
Mexico is in the worst possible place for earthquakes — here's why it keeps getting hit
On Tuesday, a
deadly quake reverberated along the boundary between the
Cocos and the North American plate as the southern-most plate
slid beneath its northern neighbor. The 7.1-magnitude temblor,
which struck about 3 miles northeast of the city of Raboso,
happened less than two weeks after the country was struck by an
even more powerful 8.1-magnitude quake and 32 years to the day
after a deadly magnitude 8.1 quake killed more than 9,500 people
in Mexico City.
Electric scooter maker Gogoro raises $300 million for growth
“Cities worldwide are demanding new and sustainable approaches to personal transportation. Gogoro is poised for strong growth. We believe its exciting brand and visionary business model will play a critical role in driving the electrification of mobility across Southeast Asia,” Generation Investment Management’s Colin le Duc said in the only investment that hinted at specific future markets.
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T-Mobile increases unlimited data cap from 32GB to 50GB
If you’re new to modern unlimited data plans, you may be wondering why a plan that purports to be “unlimited” would still have a data cap at all. The answer is that, while technically data is unlimited, carriers include soft caps. Once you’ve used up your quota, your data is de-prioritized to slower speeds if the network is in high demand.
Electric Bus Sets Record With 1,101-Mile Trip On a Single Charge - Slashdot
Not surprisingly, a bus can hold a much larger battery than just about any regular car. The Catalyst E2 Max carries 660kWh, or nearly nine times the capacity of a 75kWh Tesla Model S. Also, Proterra was driving in optimal conditions, with no passengers, no stops and a gentle test track. It'd be another story with a fully-laden bus wending its way through a city. Even so, that kind of range is very promising. In many cases, it could likely handle a long bus route for several hours -- it might only need to recharge at the end of a driver's shift. While it could take an hour or more to top up even with Proterra's fast charging system, bus drivers are no strangers to changing vehicles. The first E2 series buses are due to reach Los Angeles streets later in 2017, so it might not be long before you can witness this longevity first-hand.
Who’d Create a P.R. Crisis on Purpose? Well, Only the Sweat Was Real
And that’s the purpose of exercises like this. CommCore Consulting Group agreed to come up with a situation that would give us a sense of what it’s like to be in the middle of a corporate crisis. The firm would provide the story line, play characters like inquiring reporters and angry protesters, and provide supporting material like social media posts and published articles, all designed to make us feel increasingly panicked. We would supply the sweaty palms.
Leaked pics show Google's new high-end Chromebook 'Pixelbook' and stylus
Other news outlets had reported the existence of a Pixel-branded Chromebook last month , but details around the device remained murky. Now, between the stylus, tablet functionality, and price tag, it seems pretty clear Google will be positioning the Pixelbook as a high-end Chromebook more along the lines of what you'd expect from the iPad Pro than the typical low-cost Chromebook.
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Video: The influence of Star Trek on tech
Would the iPhone exist without the Tricorder? Is warp drive possible? Is 3D printing a precursor to the replicator? What about Eric Mack, Jason Snell, and Jay Garmon explain Star Trek influential legacy on science, technology, and culture.
Is the Door Locked? New August Smart Locks Can Tell You
The company has announced two new Smart Locks and a new Doorbell Cam, all of which include DoorSense, an integrated sensor that can tell you if your door is open or closed.
iPhone 8, iPhone X vs Android flagships: Speed tests say it's not even close | ZDNet
The results indicate that the A11 is about 25 percent faster on the single-core test and 80 percent faster in a multicore comparison. And these benchmarks don't even account for the iPhone 8's new Apple-designed GPU, which Apple suggests gives the new iPhone a 30-percent performance lead in graphics over the A10's GPU.
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Prisoner With This Cool Retro Poster
“I’ve made no secret about how The Prisoner is my favorite television show of all time,” Weston said in a statement. “I first saw it when it was repeated on Channel 4 on Monday nights during 1983-4. All my friends watched it too, and we’d run to school on a Tuesday morning to meet up and discuss what we’d seen the night before. We’d excitedly offer our theories about what it all meant and where it was going.”
Halloween Arrives Early With This Creepy First Look at The Exorcist Season Two
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Fox’s horror drama The Exorcist was just about to start filming its second season, so we didn’t get much dirt beyond its new, Pacific Northwest setting and some freshly cast new characters . Now we finally have a glimpse of what to expect, and it looks scarier than ever.
Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi Might Direct the Long-Awaited Live-Action Akira
Anticipation is sky-high for Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok , which is due out November 3 and looks exceedingly fun. With his spotlight at an all-time high, he may soon sign on for another one of Hollywood’s most eagerly awaited projects: the live-action Akira movie.
T-Mobile US explores takeover of Sprint: source
(Reuters) - U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc is exploring taking over rival Sprint Corp in an all-stock deal, after SoftBank Group Corp offered to give up its majority ownership of Sprint, a person familiar with the matter said.
This is How to Make Slack Less of A Time Suck
If I think the topic of the conversation is “concurrency management in the consumers” and nobody has used that exact term, I make sure to say it. I’ll either include it in a message and be stealthy about it, or I’ll include it with some brackets around it to let everyone know that’s what I’m doing. This ensures that in two months I have a pretty good chance of finding the old conversation by searching for “concurrency management.”
NASA watches Hurricane Maria intensify from space
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Hedge Fund Guru Ray Dalio Reveals His Closely Guarded Workplace Secrets
In the world of finance, legendary hedge fund guru Ray Dalio is best known for his unbelievable success, his practice of Transcendental Meditation twice a day, and his unique approach to principles-based decision-making. Since starting Bridgewater out of his two-bedroom apartment in 1975, Dalio and his firm have made more money for their clients than any other hedge fund in history, according to LCH Investments. ” He attributes much of that success to the firm’s unorthodox workplace and its management philosophy dedicated to radical transparency, in which employees exchange brutally honest assessments of each others’ work performance and personalities.
With Apple Watch Data Plans, Wireless Carriers Opt For Profits Over Innovation
That’s the same price most carriers charge to add an iPad or another LTE-equipped tablet to an existing wireless plan. But while an iPad is designed for all-day use, with data consumption on par with phones and computers, the Apple Watch’s cellular functions should be used sparingly. No one’s going to stream Netflix videos on a smartwatch, and according to Apple, a cellular phone call will drain the Watch’s battery in an hour–versus three hours for calls that route through an iPhone. Charging $10 per month seems out of line with that level of use.
Awesome dad builds a 2-story playhouse for his daughters and we're so jealous
Awesome dad builds a 2-story playhouse for his daughters and we're so jealous
6 huge award show mishaps that were as bad as Sean Spicer at the Emmys
Srælüükeø the Plague Demon presents the award for Best Cinematography and is met with polite applause despite the fact that it has spent the past one thousand eternities cursing existence with disease and famine. Talk about a faux pas!
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A Destructive 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Just Rocked Mexico City [Updating]
On the anniversary of its catastrophic 1985 earthquake, Mexico City has been hit by another powerful seismic event. No reports of casualties have been reported, but videos posted to social media suggest that damage is widespread.
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