Meet your new 'Daily Show' correspondents
'The Daily Show' has just announced three additional correspondents.
Grab Tom Clancy's best games for a $10 donation to charity
'Rainbow Six: Siege' was delayed until December, but there's plenty here to keep you busy until then.
Google updates Docs with integrated search on Android, dictation, and advanced change tracking
Google's productivity suite just got a big update timed to students' return to school. Changes across Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Google's Classroom product for teachers focus on making common tasks...
Google's new logo: Why John Gruber is dead wrong
The influential writer behind Daring Fireball was *never* going to love the Google logo but his focus on 'taste' has sent him off half-cocked.
How a joke dating app for bearded men turned into a sensation
I'll be honest, when I first heard of Bristlr (tagline:'connecting those with beards to those who want to stroke beards'), I thought it was a parody of a d
Handy Device Shows Where Patient's Veins Are Located
The VeinViewer uses harmless, near-infrared light to show precisely where veins are located and take the guesswork out of the process.
Sliced Deadpool LACK Table 2.0
This is my 2.0 version of the Sliced LACK table I built in 2013. I moved recently and sadly couldn't disassemble it since I glued it in a few places...
LEDs for Beginners
This instructable shows how to wire up one or more LEDs in a in a basic and clear way. Never done any work before with LEDs and don't know how to use...
Bookworm baby cries every time a book ends
Finishing a great book can be a bittersweet experience. For this bookworm baby, it's cause for tears.
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact puts high-end camera tech in a tiny frame (pictures) - CNET
Sony's newest Compact has the same 23-megapixel camera you'll find in its Z5 flagship, but without the massive size. Click through for hands-on snaps.
Amazon expands Dash buttons program, says the future of commerce may be preemptive purchases
But I did find it sort of ridiculous that the buttons cost $4.99 a piece, meaning that consumers have to buy things to buy more things on Amazon.com. Maybe I wasn't alone in that; Amazon is now offering a rebate for the buttons, applying $4.99 to your account per button and putting it toward your first purchase made with a lazy click.
Huawei Enters High-End Smartphone Market with New Mate S
BERLIN—Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co. entered the high-end smartphone market on Wednesday with the launch of a new flagship phone ahead of the IFA Consumer Electronics trade fair in Berlin.
Hands On With the Huawei Mate S
Is It the Nexus? Most people expect either the Mate S or Huawei's previous phone, the P8, to be the hardware basis for Google's next Nexus 6. There's no real way this phone could be called a six-incher, and force touch is nowhere in Android, so I'm feeling a little skeptical. But there's one feature in this and the P8 that definitely makes me think of the Nexus: an option to "intelligently choose between Wi-Fi and mobile data," and another option to change the phone's rules about handoffs between cell towers.
Super Mario Maker pulls the curtain back on game design’s promise and peril
Nintendo's interface eschews text-filled sub-menus and complicated dialog boxes whenever possible, utilizing its own symbology to unlock depth instead. Feeding a mushroom to any number of enemies to make them bigger is a perfectly beautiful and obvious touch, as is dragging Mario into a pipe to turn it into a hidden portal or shaking any number of objects to unlock their secondary forms. It's an interface that encourages a childlike experimentation even in adults. What happens if I put wings on a piranha plant? What happens if I stack Bowser on top of seven Buzzy Beetles? What happens if I give a coin to this Lakitu? Can Goombas swim?
Andreessen-Backed Tanium Lands $120 Million in Round Led by TPG and IVP
Tanium’s software is a combination of an IT security and systems management tool aimed at large-scale corporate computing environments. The software can quickly scan and map out all the machines and devices running on a corporate network — IT managers like to refer to them collectively as “endpoints” — and track the software running on them. More importantly the software can be used to quickly issue updates to every endpoint, which is especially useful if a network is under attack.
Scaleway Now Provides Crazy Cheap Virtual Private Servers For $3.40 Per Month
And that’s why the company can drive the prices down so much. You can now get a BareMetal SSD server with 2GB of RAM and 50GB of storage for $3.40 per month (€2.99) — that’s 70 percent cheaper than Scaleway’s previous pricing of €9.99 per month.
How to buy an Apple Watch: The Apple Watch may launch in Austria, India, and Denmark this month
First, know that there are three variants of the Apple Watch: the Apple Watch Sport, the Apple Watch, and the Apple Watch Edition. The cheapest model, and probably Apple’s biggest seller, is the Watch Sport. It will start at $350 for the 38mm size version and $400 for the 42mm. This stays the same across all the silver aluminum-bodied models, with the band offered in white, blue, green, or pink. If you opt for the space grey Watch Sport, your sole option is a black silicone band.
Sony breaks into 4K phones with the Xperia Z5 Premium, joined by 2 smaller models
The smartphone has been split into three models: the Z5 Compact, the Z5 and the Z5 Premium. The Compact is a smaller 4.6-inch phone, the Z5 is the 5.2-inch flagship, and the Z5 Premium is a 5.5-inch phablet with the first 4K smartphone display.
Asus Previews Water-Cooled Gaming Laptop, More at IFA
The ROG G20, meanwhile, is a new high-end gaming PC that Asus claims is the "most dominating" PC under 10 liters. It boasts an Intel Core i7-6700 and Nvidia GFX Titan graphics card. It shares the vaguely triangular shape of previous ROG desktops, and features custom colored lighting and a music mode that moves in time with audio. Asus claims it's capable of outputting 4K games at ultra-high graphical settings and 50 frames per second, but that number will vary wildly depending on the game in question.
The latest ROG laptop comes with a giant water cooler
ASUS is one of a rare few companies that's both a mainstream PC manufacturer and a respected name among the gaming community. Its ROG (Republic Of Gamers) line is a favorite, with giant laptops like the G751 earning top marks from gamers and reviewers alike. We're looking forward to its replacement, the ROG G752, but first let's talk about the GX700 in the image above. ASUS is only teasing this laptop, but it's going to have an overclockable Intel K-series Skylake processor, the latest graphics from NVIDIA and, a 17-inch 4K display. Oh... and that giant thing you see next to it? That's apparently a water-cooling system. Details are scant, but an educated guess would suggest you'll only be able to overclock the GX700's processor and graphics when you're docked to it. I don't know whether to laugh or take out my wallet.
ASUS' new ROG laptop comes with a water cooler
An open letter to the enterprise file sync and share market
While Gartner created the EFSS category just two years ago, this space is at an inflection point that will force the vendors to make drastic changes or disappear all together. EFSS was created when implementing file sharing, storage, and sync was a time-, effort-, and resource-intensive effort and hence, moving capital expenditures to operating expenditures was the driving force. This was a time where the cloud was seen as the best possible solution, a panacea for complex file infrastructure if you will. As a result cloud-only, turnkey solutions were developed and rolled out to both consumers and businesses.
Toshiba’s Satellite Radius 12 combines a 4K display with a Windows Hello camera
It feels like it has been years since Toshiba announced an exciting Windows laptop, but it looks like the wait is finally over. At IFA today, Toshiba is revealing the Satellite Radius 12 convertible. The name might sound a little boring, but the specifications certainly aren't. Toshiba claims it's the "world's first 12.5-inch Ultra HD 4K convertible."
5 IT experts reveal their Windows 10 upgrade strategies
King says Microsoft sees Windows as a service now, similar to a cloud app in the enterprise. That means more updates in the background to address features and security issues, many of which might not be as obvious to end-users. That’s a good thing, he says, in terms of protecting data and minimizing exploits, but could become an issue for early adopters who have to put up with multiple updates in the first few weeks and months. There could be interface changes as well, which could impact training and usability in the next few months and into 2016.
How the happiest companies in America boost morale and the bottom line
They also found policies designed to maximize profits such has having strict rules or output, may be counterintuitive as they displace employee happiness, which in turn decreases productivity and limits the business’s ability to grow. So by implementing policies that promote happiness, companies can not only improve the workplace environment, but also the bottom line. Here are some examples of how America’s happiest companies keep their employees happy and productive.
Hulu finally gets rid of commercials with new $12 subscription
As for why it took so long, Hulu explains that it simply was difficult for the company to get the appropriate rights. So difficult, in fact, that it couldn’t secure ad-free playback for seven shows: ‘New Girl,’ ‘Scandal,’ ‘How to Get Away With Murder,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Agents of Shield’ and ‘Grimm.’
Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium has an absurd 4K display
This, however, could present problems. Leaving aside the fact that Sony has previously said there's no need for 2K screens on smartphones (the company says the jump to 4K is worthwhile because the difference in quality is far more substantial), 4K smartphones face the same problems as 4K TVs: a dearth of compatible footage. Sony promises that the Z5 Premium will upscale videos and images to 4K, but upscaling is usually not as good as the real thing. (We didn't get a chance to try out Sony's method.) There's also the issue of battery. Although Sony promises that the Z5 Premium will last up to two days on a single charge just like the Z5 and Z5 Compact, it's not clear how this figure will hold up to any sustained video use on a 4K display. The Z5 Premium does come with a hearty 3,430mAh battery (a shade less than the long-lasting Moto X Play and its 3,630mAh capacity ), but 4K will still take its toll.
Google Introduces Uncomplicated Pay-As-You-Go Model For Its Maps API
In this new purchasing structure, the Google Maps Geocoding, Directions, Distance Matrix, Roads, Geolocation, Elevation, and Time Zone APIs remain free of charge for the first 2,500 requests per day, and developers may now simply pay $0.50 USD per 1,000 additional requests up to 100,000 requests per API per day. Developers requiring over 100,000 requests per day should contact us to purchase a premium licence.
James Bond author says he's 'mortified' about Idris Elba comments
Anthony Horowitz, the decorated British author who sparked criticism with his remarks that Idris Elba is "too street" to play James Bond, tweeted an apology Tuesday, saying he was "mortifed" that his comments had caused offense.
8 Sci-Fi Predictions That Are Coming True
By Bryan Kelly
Since the day time-traveling Arthur C. Clarke watched space aliens confer upon primitive apes the knowledge that ruthlessly swinging a leg bone in the direction of rival apes might put them at an advantage, humankind has been driven to wonder what technological leap might come next. Making those advances has almost always been the domain of the engineer, but predicting them has often been a job for those with grander visions. Science fiction writers and filmmakers have often beaten history to the present , conjuring inventions that circuits and polymers would later make manifest.
Acer's Jade Primo smartphone puts a PC in your pocket
This is the flagship phone that Windows Phone customers have been pleading for, with a 5.5-inch super AMOLED display on the front, and what appears to be a return to form in camera quality: 21 megapixels, with dual flashlights on the back. On the front, there’s an 8MP camera as well. Inside will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip, one of the first of the new generation to appear in a phone.
Alibaba trials video-streaming service in push to become the Netflix of China
Alibaba has been nothing if not completely transparent about its video-streaming ambitions to date: The Chinese ecommerce giant isn’t joking when it says it wants to be the Netflix of China.
NewsCred nabs $42M to expand beyond content marketing
With content playing a central role in marketing, Islam said his company’s platform “has taken off.” NewsCred reports that its revenue grew threefold last year, and its customer base doubled. Fortune 2000 companies represent 40 percent of its customers, and include such well-known brands as Barclays, Cap Gemini, Cisco, Fidelity, Dell, Pepsi, USAA, Visa, and NASDAQ.
Amazon reimburses you for Dash Buttons after your first purchase
In late July, Amazon quietly made its Dash Buttons available to all Prime members , without any announcement or fanfare. Today, the company finally made its new program official, and added products from 11 new brands in the process, though it's still limited to Prime subscribers only. The new additions bring the total to 29 brands that tally over 500 products -- all of which can be ordered with the push of a button. What's more, Amazon will also reimburse you for the $5 buttons when you use them to make your first purchase. In other words, you can give it a shot and if you end up not liking it (or even if you do), you'll get your money back. In addition to household items like laundry detergent and food, you can now use the buttons to order mints, gum and protein powder, among other things. For a full list of the available items, take a look here .
New React Developer Tools | React
A month ago, we posted a beta of the new React developer tools. Today, we're releasing the first stable version of the new devtools. We're calling it version 0.14, but it's a full rewrite so we think of it more like a 2.0 release.
On Steam, Windows 10 adoption is already ahead of Windows 8, Vista, XP, Mac, and Linux
In fact, although it’s only been available for over a month , Windows 10 already has more share on Steam than Windows 8, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. It is also unsurprisingly ahead of Mac OS X and Linux, neither of which gets much attention from gamers. All Windows 10 has left to conquer is Windows 8.1 (which it will easily do by the end of the year) and Windows 7 (will probably take a while longer).
Tranquil snowboarding game 'Alto's Adventure' is coming to Android
There are basically no downsides to using Android anymore, but one of the few remaining bummers is that most great mobile games hit the iPhone first. That was the case with the wonderfully tranquil and beautiful snowboarding game Alto's Adventure that came out this past February, but fortunately that'll be rectified soon. Developer NoodleCake is working with the team that originally created Alto's Adventure to port the game over to Android and the Kindle Fire, and it should be ready to go soon . Unfortunately, that's not now, but you can stay tuned to the Alto's Adventure Twitter feed for updates. And if you're an iOS user and haven't tried this game yet, do yourself a favor and give it a go -- it's an endless runner that manages to somehow be relaxing, a rare combo.
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The Branding Gods (Mostly) Love Google's New Logo
"It’s well made for the most part. I can see that they wanted to retain the tilted-back ‘e’ from the previous logo, perhaps for a sense of continuity. But the old logo had a calligraphic origin, building every curve on a titled axis. Without that supporting context in the rest of the word, this ‘e’ looks forced. To be fair though, I don’t think there’s any way to get that shape to look good in a geometric design. They really should have left this detail behind and made it all straightforward, to deliver these colors because that’s where Google’s identity lives."
More Shots Of BlackBerry Android Phone Leak Online
The latest photos appear to confirm the rendered form factor we saw in last month’s leak, with a trademark BlackBerry physical Qwerty tucked under a sliding full size touchscreen — for a cake and eat it approach to mobile computing. The keys are not flat either, but rather look to have the classic sloped shaping so beloved of former CrackBerry addicts.
Toshiba unveils a 12-inch convertible laptop with a 4K display
The PC maker is shy about the Radius 12's full specs and price at this point. However, it's hard to imagine a 4K screen giving you all-day battery life in a system that's so small, and you just know that this won't be a budget computer. We're also curious to know how well Windows 10 scales graphics on such a pixel-dense monitor. If Toshiba can pull this off well enough, though, this might be one of the hottest two-in-ones when it reaches the US in the fourth quarter of the year.
Google’s New Logo Is Its Biggest Update In 16 Years
The cap "G" reads lighter than the other characters, and higher on the baseline than the others. I'm figuring that this is because of that harsh red "o" and the large counter. The kerning is also a bit off: the "le" combo is the same as the round to rounds. The cap "G" and "o" combo is also tighter than the rest. So it's generally a little weird for me. But overall, it's what would be expected and so it was the right way to go. The original version of the logo has always made me think less of the company. Receptionists should not design logos.
Lenovo Unveils A Trio Of New Android Tablets.
Moving on to the displays, we see that both of the non-pro YOGA Tabs use a 1280x800 IPS LCD. The YOGA Tab Pro steps up significantly with a 10.1" 2560x1600 IPS LCD. It's fairly clear that the non-pro YOGA Tabs are intended to be low-end tablets, with the pro model packing the more powerful specifications. One that immediately pops out is the battery capacity. At 38.76Wh, it is the biggest battery I've ever seen in an Android tablet, and it rivals the enormous batteries that Apple had to put in the 2012 models of the iPad. Lenovo claims that the YOGA Tab 3 Pro 10" will last up to 18 hours on its battery.
ClearLock (Android) is the easiest way to avoid distracting apps
My innate fear of boredom has driven me to load up my phone with as many games, reading and video apps as it can fit. While that’s great for long queues and airport layovers, it can wreak havoc on my productivity.
Study: 81% of large healthcare organizations breached
In the past two years, 81 percent of hospitals and health insurance companies have had a data breach, according to a report released by KPMG.
MSI dresses up its gaming lineup with Skylake
With Intel's new Skylake processor inbound, it was only natural that gaming notebook manufacturers would jump on board to offer this latest boost to their machines. MSI is no exception, kitting out a few of their existing machines with the 6th-generation processor. If the promise of a CPU that can be overclocked 30 percent higher isn't enough to entice you, there are plenty of other new goodies packed into the lineup that might be worth the ding to your bank account.
Hands-on with MSI’s Skylake gaming notebooks
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The machines getting a boost include the heavy-hitting GT72 Dominator Pro G , the thin and light GS70 Stealth and GS60 Ghost , and the GE62 and GE72 Apache Pro.
Apple TV report claims universal search, $149 starting price
Why this matters: While universal search is hardly a new feature on connected TV boxes, there’s plenty of room to improve on the concept. They all have some big blind spots (Android TV and Fire TV don’t index Netflix, while Fire TV and Roku can’t see local media servers such as Plex), and their ability to search beyond basic title and crew information is limited. We’ll see if Apple can do any better when it unveils its brand-new set-top box next week.
Apple TV 4 hardware revealed: A8 chip, black remote, 8/16GB storage, same ports, no 4K
I get it. You don’t like 4K. That’s fine, that is an argument — it’s not about that. It’s coming whether you like it or not, that’s just how it is. But really, this is about including it on the phones and not putting it in the ATV; that’s the issue here. If they left it out of the iPhones then I would say fine, Apple doesn’t think 4K is viable, yet, they’re holding off. But this mixed message that they are sending supporting it with the left hand and the right hand saying nope, sorry, is just stupid — which is why I personally do not believe this claim. Yes, your third point is a very small benefit that maybe 10% of people will take advantage of. And this is the reason why they upgraded the camera, and spent all that R&D money on making sure the GPU and CPU can handle recording in that resolution, along with whatever software changes that had to be made as well? So people can zoom in and crop and still have it look good at 1080p? Come on…I don’t even think you believe that. Yes, this is absolutely a benefit, but it’s also a benefit for people that actually own 4K televisions, who create 4K content on their phones, to be able to watch it in it’s native resolution…especially if they want to purchase a new gen ATV — that would actually be an incentive for them to buy one, since using AirPlay to watch their newly shot 4K videos would be a positive experience.
Meet Sue Ann Pien, #CitizenMars subject
We go in depth with five of the finalists for the Mars One mission: everyday people determined to be the first to colonize the Red Planet. To watch full episodes of Citizen Mars: Watch on YouTube: http://engt.co/citizen_mars Watch on Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/citizen-mars Read More: http://www.engadget.com Get More Engadget: •Subscribe to Engadget on YouTube: http://engt.co/subscribe •Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/engadget •Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/engadget •Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/engadget •Add us on Snapchat: gadgetsnaps •Read more: http://www.engadget.com Technology isn't all about bits and processors. It's the car with no driver, human organs printed in a lab and leisurely flights into space. It's the future and Engadget is here to tell you all about it. Since 2004, Engadget has covered cutting edge devices and the technology that powers them. We're looking beyond the gadgets themselves to explore how they impact our lives. Engadget is the definitive guide to this connected life.
ASUS' spikey router promises the 'world's fastest WiFi'
If you wanted an insane-looking router with an almost as-insane boast, then say hello to ASUS' new router. Touting it as the best for gaming, 4K streaming and smart home networking, the RT-AC5300 will apparently deliver speeds that are 67 percent faster than first-gen, tri-band routers. In particular, ASUS is promising up to 1 Gbps connections over 2.4GHz and up to 2.167 Gbps on each of the two 5GHz bands, and is calling this the world's fastest WiFi . In short: Google just got a new router challenger .
This is ASUS' crazy-looking WiFi router
Acer’s new $225 modular PC lets you upgrade your machine with magnetic blocks
But this base unit can be built upon. For example, one block may be a 500GB/1TB swappable hard drive, letting users upgrade their on-board storage with relative ease. There’s also a sound module and power bank module, the latter of which also serves to wirelessly charge a smartphone.
5 Things to Know About Intel's Skylake
Skylake's new performance comes from a variety of sources, such as the adoption of technologies that naturally prove speedier in certain applications. Yes, you get the expected notched-up chipset I/O throughput, as well as nods to more familiar technologies like DDR4 memory (which Skylake supports alongside low-voltage DDR3L, as if acknowledging that DDR4 isn't yet quite ready for everyone) and PCI Express 3.0 (which gets an increased number of lanes in Skylake). But there are also things like embedded DRAM (eDRAM) memory; a new cache architecture called a "memory side cache" is designed especially for it, making the eDRAM fully coherent and allowing for faster C-state transitions, and it may now be used in either 64MB or 128MB configurations, making it more useful in more systems.
You can now pay for things with a contactless Barclays jacket
That’s right, you can now pay for things with a jacket. A small bPay chip is embedded into the cuff, allowing the jacket’s wearer to scan and pay. Barclays will be using its own contactless technology and app, instead of Apple Pay or Android Pay.
Twitter is testing personalized Christmas messages for the holiday season
From the look of it, the account sends back a photo taken in London (it currently appears to be either a vantage point looking across the city or the inside of a meeting room) with a personalized Christmas greeting. The idea seems to be that you then share that ‘card’ with friends and family.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 Is a Damn Good-Looking Smartwatch For Not Too Much Cash
Overall, we’ve got what appears to be a pair of smartwatches with top specs and supreme looks. Still, the best part is the price, which is (converted from euros) approximately $170 and $190 for the small and large models. That’s cheaper than most everything else you’re going to see at IFA this week, and we’re almost sure nothing will look substantially better. Even if smartwatches haven’t proven their utility, Asus has churned out a convincing upgrade at an enticing price. Out October.
Machinima settles charges over deceptive Xbox One 'reviews'
The settlement represents one of the first big steps to acknowledge the widespread problems with paid gaming endorsements in online videos. It's no secret that console makers and game studios have spent years courting YouTube and Twitch stars, taking advantage of the absence of editorial safeguards (many streamers have to handle marketing requests themselves) and financial vulnerability. Some of those who agree to promos are up front about the payments, but others either downplay the disclosures or don't include them at all. An FTC crackdown will hopefully push both companies and video hosts to say exactly what's going on, letting you know right away whether or not that "let's play" clip is a thinly-veiled sales pitch.
This morning’s Atlas V rocket launch made a beautiful multi-colored trail
This morning, an Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a US Navy communications satellite into space. It was another smooth take off for the United Launch Alliance, the company that manufactures the Atlas V. It was a particularly beautiful launch as well; the rocket left a spectacular multi-colored trail in its wake as it ascended into space.
Panasonic is reviving Technics' legendary DJ turntables
That's not the only Technics-badged device making a debut today, either. Panasonic has unveiled a trio of devices geared towards the home audio crowd. The highlight is arguably the EAH-T700, a set of closed-back headphones with large 50mm main drivers and 14mm "super-tweeters" that theoretically give you a very wide sound range. There's also the Grand Class G30 series, which includes both a "reference-class" amp and a networked music server, as well as the Ottava Premium Class C500 HiFi system and black C700 speakers. While you'll have to wait for release dates and prices, it's evident that Panasonic is paying more than lip service to the Technics name.
Flaws in Baby Monitors Open Door For Hackers
Computer-security firm Rapid7 Inc. tested nine popular Internet-connected baby monitors and found that three had major flaws allowing a hacker to view images from anywhere, even if the device owner followed good security procedures. All nine monitors had some kind of security problem, the researchers said.
Easily plug your last tweet into Yahoo email signatures
Yahoo has unveiled a new feature for its email app that allows users to include their most recent tweet as part of their outgoing signature. To enable it, go to Settings -> Accounts -> Primary Yahoo and select "Include your latest Tweet from Twitter". Users can also manually delete any included tweet if it's not appropriate. Or, more likely, accidentally include it on a Reply All to the entire company.