The best ARKit apps to try on iPhone and iPad | Cult of Mac
The first wave of ARKit-powered apps is crashing into the App Store this week to change the way you use your iPhone. With iOS 11, Apple has turned the iPho
Autonomous delivery drone network set to take flight in Switzerland
Matternet is launching a drone delivery network in Switzerland that will deliver meds without human involvement.
Elon Musk has an update for us on his Mars colony plans
America's 'rocket man' is to reveal his updated plan for a metropolis on Mars on Sept. 29 in Australia.
How Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig Turned His Anime Fandom Into A New Netflix Show
“Neo Yokio” features a fashion-obsessed cast of characters played by Jaden Smith, Jude Law, Susan Sarandon, Tavi Gevinson, and others.
Onēva expands platform for child and elder care, housecleaning
Trust is one of the most important aspects of selecting a caregiver and Onēva believes that it has a vetting process that’s better than the rest.
Bluetooth & Wi-Fi can't be fully disabled via iOS 11 Control Center, Apple says
Contrary to intuition, toggling off Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi in the iOS 11 Control Center won't completely disable those radios, according to a new Apple support document.
Tesla is reportedly developing its own chip with AMD for self-driving cars
Tesla is reportedly working on a chip to handle all the tasks needed to power the fleet of fully self-driving cars that its CEO Elon Musk promised would be road-ready by 2019. According to CNBC , the electric carmaker is working with AMD to develop the autonomous driving chip. It’s a move that would clearly be in line with the recent hiring of ex-AMD executive Jim Keller to replace Chris Lattner as head of Tesla’s Autopilot hardware engineering effort.
Facebook amps up ads oversight in response to 'Jew Haters'
On Wednesday, Sheryl Sandberg said Facebook is responding to these criticisms by increasing enforcement against hateful ads and also increasing oversight of the automated processes. This is important because, as many people theorize and Sandberg suggests, the automated systems that come up with ad targeting groups such as "mothers," "people who live in San Francisco" and "birders" was likely responsible for creating a "Jew Haters" category marketers could target advertising to.
Google buys HTC smartphone team, IP for $1B
After HTC announced a coming halt to trading on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending "material information" that could impact the stock's value, a move that sparked speculation of a takeover, Google on Wednesday confirmed plans to buy the firm's mobile division team for some $1 billion.
Officially announced in a blog post penned by Google SVP of Hardware Rick Osterloh, the acquisition is in many ways an extension of Google's partnership with HTC that started with the HTC Dream, the first Android smartphone. HTC later collaborated with Google on the Nexus One, Nexus 9 tablet and, most recently, the Pixel smartphone line.
"With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization," Osterloh said. "These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we've already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we're excited to see what we can do together as one team."
Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, though sources informed Reuters earlier today that the deal is worth around $1 billion . That number matches up with figures cited by The Verge , which later reported Google is spending $1.
Report: Amazon working on Alexa-embedded smartglasses
A report from the Financial Times claims that Amazon is working on a set of smartglasses that would tether to a smartphone and allow users to take Alexa with them on the go.
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says anti-Semitic targeting was 'a fail on our part'
Facebook’s ad targeting practices have come under scrutiny after news that Kremlin-linked groups spent as much as $100,000 on Facebook promotion in advance of the 2016 election. The Daily Beast has also reported that Putin-linked groups also organized 17 separate pro-Trump rallies on Facebook, a potential violation of campaign finance law. Earlier today, members of Congress sent a letter to the Federal Election Committee asking for more transparency into political ad spending on the network. “There is no reason to believe this behavior will stop in future elections,” the members wrote.
I spent $13 to add wireless charging to my iPhone
That was without a case on the phone. I'd heard inductive charging could work through a case (a plastic one, anyway; metal cases need not apply), but I was skeptical. Thankfully, it does indeed work: I put the 5S back into the plastic case it normally rides in, happy to discover zero problems with the fit. The receiver itself is barely thicker than a piece of paper, and the ribbon connecting the Lightning plug is narrow and flexible. (I'm not sure how well the latter will fare long-term; it appears durable, but still seems like the likely failure point for the whole thing.) And charging seemed to work just as well, though I didn't time it to see if the case slowed down the process.
Ancient apps leave 3.2 million PCs open to ransomware attacks
Criminals are relying on some particularly insidious ways to spread ransomware . Cisco's Talos group has discovered that intruders are taking advantage of vulnerabilities in old versions of Follett library management software (specifically, the associated JBoss web servers) to install backdoors and slip in ransom code. The attack has 'only' put 2,100 backdoors in place, but about 3.2 million systems are known to be at risk -- many of them at grade schools. Suffice it to say that many educators don't want to pay a hefty sum just to regain access to their library data.
We probably won’t see Intel Cannon Lake 10nm processors until late 2018
This is far from the first time that Intel’s Cannon Lake processors have reportedly run into setbacks, first set to release in 2017. According to Digitimes’s supply chain sources, which appear to have been accurate up to now regarding Intel's movements, this would be the third time that the Cannon Lake will have been pushed back.
Nest Tips $499 Home Security System, Smart Doorbell
Meanwhile, Nest Hello "takes all the familiarlity of a doorbell and combines it with all the great technology of a Nest Cam," Nest General Manager Michele Turner said during the company's launch event today in San Francisco. The device lets you talk with guests and strangers at your door "from anywhere;" it can also "detect a person, then send an alert and a snapshot" of the individual, even they they don't actually ring the bell, Nest said.
Waymo seeking $2.6 billion from Uber for one trade secret: lawyer
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday.
Facing complaints, Microsoft adopts a kinder, gentler Windows 10 upgrade pace | ZDNet
As Windows 10 enters its third year, Microsoft has slowed its pace for delivering feature updates. That's a big change from its first two years, and Windows users are seeing the payoff.
How to Save Mobile Data Usage on iPhone in iOS 11
Not everyone has unlimited cellular data. If you’re on a particularly tiny data pack, things can be even worse for you. To make sure you’re not forced to upgrade or top up your plan or pay expensive overage fees, use the following tips to reduce unwanted cellular data usage on your iPhone running iOS 11.
How to access the traditional Control Panel lost in the Windows 10 Creators Update
To add the Control Panel back to the Win+X menu you will have to use a link with the hash already included. In general, that means acquiring a link from a version of Windows that is not the Creators Update. It is possible with the help of a third-party app, but it is complicated, convoluted, and not really necessary.
Report: Peter Thiel Up for Key Intelligence Position, Wants to Limit Google's Power
“Peter has indicated that if he takes the P.I.A.B. position he intends to take a comprehensive look at the U.S. intelligence community’s information-technology architecture. He is super-concerned about Amazon and Google”—and Facebook, less so. “He feels they have become New Age global fascists in terms of how they’re controlling the media, how they’re controlling information flows to the public, even how they’re purging people from think tanks. He’s concerned about the monopolistic tendencies of [all three] companies and how they deny economic well-being to people they disagree with.” When I asked this source how likely it is that Thiel will assume the post, he answered, “He’s heavily leaning toward it. He feels there’s a lot of good he can do and it’s worth putting up with all the bullshit and scrutiny that will accompany his appointment.”
5 fundamental differences between Windows 10 and Linux
I cannot say the same thing about Windows. No matter the iteration, I've always managed to find troubling issues with the Microsoft platform. Generally speaking, those issues can be managed (sometimes with little to no effort). The latest iteration of Windows is no exception. Coming from Windows 7 (a platform that was, in my opinion, Microsoft's best), I skipped 8 and headed directly to 10. I've found going from Windows 7 to 10 akin to making the leap from GNOME 2.x to 3.x. The metaphor was quite different and took a bit of acclimation. Even though they go about it very differently, in the end, both platforms have the same goal—helping users get their work done.
Hurricane Maria Lashes Puerto Rico, Knocking Out Power to Entire Island
The first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1932 is leaving its mark on the tropical Caribbean island, packing extreme winds and knocking out power to all 3.4 million residents.
Equifax sends breach victims to fake support site
Can you tell the difference between equifaxsecurity2017.com and securityequifax2017.com? One is a lookalike support page set up to teach Equifax a lesson.
Nest launches a home security system and connected doorbell
The final piece of the puzzle is the Nest Tag, an NFC-enabled key fob that lets you enable and disable the system by tabbing it on the Nest Guard. The Nest Tags are also customizable (again, via the Nest app) so you can allow people to access your home with a dedicated nest Tag only at certain times of the day.
Your dinner reservations are ready, courtesy of Airbnb
Here are the markets where Airbnb is offering restaurant reservations for now: New York; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; San Francisco; Miami; Charleston, South Carolina; Austin, Texas; Seattle; the Hamptons, New York; Denver; Portland, Oregon; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Atlanta; New Orleans; Nashville, Tennessee; and Napa Valley, California.
In the First Trailer for Tomb Raider, Tombs Are Definitely Raided
It’s been nearly 15 years since one of video games’ most iconic heroines, Lara Croft, hit the big screen... rather unsuccessfully. Now she’s back in the form of a new reboot, and this time the tombs Lara is raiding are looking deadlier than ever.
Ikea Place is an AR app that lets you put furniture on the street
Ikea Place is free to download from the App Store . So far, it looks like it’s only available in the US. Currently there are a bunch of reviews on the App Store complaining that the screen flickers on a white background, but most of them are from iPhone 6 users; you need a device with an A9 processor running iOS 11 for Ikea Place to work properly. So users with an iPhone 6S and above or an iPad Pro / 9.7-inch iPad, you’re in the clear! If Apple is trying to entice users to upgrade their phones through AR-induced FOMO, it might be working.
Inside the Strange Science of the Fake Meat That 'Bleeds'
What makes a burger a burger? The smell, for one, and taste and texture, all working in concert to create something animal. It’s loaded with all manner of proteins that interact with each other in unique ways, creating a puzzle of sorts. But Impossible Foods thinks the essence of a meat lies in a compound called heme, which gives ground beef its color and vaguely metallic taste—thanks to iron in the heme molecule. In blood, heme lives in a protein called hemoglobin; in muscle, it's in myoglobin.
Albertsons snaps up meal kit startup Plated
In the past year, Kroger and other grocery chains started to see dollar signs in the new industry and have started to offer their own meal delivery services. Meanwhile, Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, Inc. has given many grocers concern over their main brick-and-border food business. Purchasing Plated will, in theory, give Albertsons, which owns the Safeway chain with around 2,000 store locations, a new way to increase revenue and connect with a new generation of food buyers.
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A Start-Up Slump Is a Drag on the Economy. Big Business May Be to Blame.
What is behind the decline in entrepreneurship is less clear. Economists and other experts have pointed to a range of possible explanations: The aging of the baby-boom generation has left fewer Americans in their prime business-starting years. The decline of community banks and the collapse of the market for home-equity loans may have made it harder for would-be entrepreneurs to get access to capital. Increased regulation, at both the state and federal levels, may be particularly burdensome for new businesses that lack well-staffed compliance departments. Those and other factors could well play a role, but none can fully explain the decline.
Trump reportedly using Facebook ads to insist he's building wall
They claim to be dispelling rumors surrounding the potential (or actual) wall-building. In capital letters, the Trump ad exclaims: "WE WILL BUILD A WALL (NOT A FENCE) ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF THE UNITED STATES TO STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE."
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SEC says hackers may have traded using stolen insider information
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the country’s top markets regulator, said on Wednesday hackers may have illegally profited by trading using insider information stolen from its corporate disclosure database.
$399 Android One Moto x4 Is the Newest Project Fi Handset
The Android One Moto x4 is available for pre-order now in the US in either black or blue. As part of its trade-in program, Google will give you up to $165 for select Nexus devices, plus an extra $50 in Project Fi credit if you purchase the device before Oct. 5.
Google and HTC Announce US$1.1 Billion Cooperation Agreement
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and TAIPEI, Taiwan , Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Google (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) and HTC Corporation (TWSE: 2498) today announced a definitive agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. HTC will receive US$1.1 billion in cash from Google as part of the transaction. Separately, Google will receive a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property (IP).
Waymo seeks a whopping $2.6B in damages from Uber
Damages of $2.6 billion is a hefty number for a lawsuit. Some of the biggest settlements in US history for a single plaintiff aren't far off, such as a Bank of America settlement over toxic mortgage loans for $16 billion in 2014 and a reward of $23.6 billion to a lung cancer victim in a 2014 lawsuit against RJ Reynolds Tobacco.
The 8 Cities Least Likely to Land Amazon’s New Headquarters
No matter how many experts claim Brooklyn is a frontrunner for HQ2, it isn’t. There are few cities where 8 million square feet would cost more money, or where Amazon’s promised salaries of up to $100,000 would buy less. Sure the city writ large fits the bill, but Amazon doesn’t want Brooklyn, and Brooklyn certainly doesn’t want Amazon.
Someone Made a Fake Equifax Site. Then Equifax Linked to It.
Fortunately for the people who clicked, Mr. Sweeting’s website was upfront about what it was. The layout was the same as the real version, complete with an identical prompt at the top: “To enroll in complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring, click here.” But a headline in large text differed: “Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information Which is Totally Fake, Why Did Equifax Use A Domain That’s So Easily Impersonated By Phishing Sites?”
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The Complexity Of Trump’s Border Wall Proposal, Explained In VR
The VR experience, titled “The Wall: Untold Stories, Unintended Consequences,” features a broad range of multimedia, from a computer-generated map of the entire border, to reporters’ videos showcasing many of the issues that Trump’s wall would impact, to countless photographs taken along the border. It highlights the border’s complexities by focusing on eight “hotspots,” including national parks, major cities, famous landmarks, and others, where those issues play out.
Why I love the Files app in iOS 11: iPads can finally replace notebooks | ZDNet
You can have your augmented reality and a more human sounding Siri. The killer app in iOS 11 is its Files app, the iOS equivalent to the macOS Finder.
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You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history.
Let's dissect the new 'Tomb Raider' trailer
Look closely and you'll see a very tiny Lara Croft taking a giant leap from her sinking ship into the ocean during a tremendous storm. This is a call-back to her impressive feats of athleticism in the Tomb Raider video game.
Twitter Will Meet With Senate Intelligence Committee on Russia
"Twitter engages with governments around the world on public policy issues of importance and of
interest to policymakers. We are cooperating with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in its inquiry into the 2016 election and will meet with committee staff next week," a spokesperson tells WIRED. "Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, a cornerstone of all democracies, and will continue to strengthen our platform against bots and other forms of manipulation that violate our Terms of Service.”
Opioids Are Shaving Months Off U.S. Life Expectancy
The researchers came to their conclusions based on data from the National Vital Statistics System Mortality file and factored these into calculations of the United States life expectancy in 2000 and 2015. “Drug-poisoning deaths increased from 17,415 in 2000 to 52,404 in 2015,” and the drug poisoning death rate per 100,000 people increased from 6.2 to 16.2, mostly due to opioids, according to a new paper published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Windows 10's new update: Resume from iPhone/Android, bricked Surface Pro 3 fix | ZDNet
Though Microsoft is now focusing mostly on bug fixes, it has managed to squeeze in a new feature that allows users to pick up an article they started on their iPhone or Android and continue reading it on a PC.
Matthew Vaughn Would Love to Apologize to Fantastic Four Fans By Making a New Movie
Prevailing rumors about the film suggest the director Josh Trank turned in a version that he liked, the studio disagreed for whatever reason, and executives decided to fix it. In an attempt to salvage the film, massive changes regarding the ending and tone reportedly occurred during filming which may have involved any number of A-list writers and directors. The result, of course, is a film that’s grossly uneven and dumb.
Meet The Brooklyn-Based Company Making Women’s Wear More “Dapper”
Laura and Kelly Moffat founded Kirrin Finch—a clothing company focused on tomboy and androgynous styles that are tailored for women but inspired by men’s fashion. FS