How To Make Presidential Debates Better Without Breaking Them
Voters are tired of the antiquated debate format. What would an ideal debate look like? Hint: It's not just about more fact-checking.
Human factors limit smart cities more than technology
Industry experts are urging city leaders to focus more on how smart cities work in conjunction with the humans who inhabit them.
Snapchat Introduces Spectacles Sunglasses With Video Cameras; Changes Name to Snap Inc.
How did you spend your Friday night? Snapchat spent it changing its company name to Snap Inc. and introducing its Spectacles sunglasses with integrated video cameras.
Google's car will automatically pull you over for the police
Google’s self-driving cars might yield the road to emergency vehicles, like police cars, automatically, according to a new U.S. patent.
Bill Maher rages at Apple for releasing dull iPhone 7
Technically Incorrect: The talk show host insists that the only people who want you to buy the new phone are Apple shareholders. He's also appalled by those who stand in the "nerd line."
Coding Rainbow is a gorgeous, free guide to creative software development
Coding Rainbow is a gorgeous, Reading Rainbow-inspired guide to creative software development. And did I mention it's free?
Smart city success requires road maps, not free association
Governments overwhelmed with the endless choices for smart city projects need to take a breath and plan ahead, not opt for every choice at the buffet.
Chicago takes aim at driverless cars in proposed legislation
Despite all the positive press around the technology, in recently-proposed legislation, the city of Chicago may well ban automated vehicles entirely.
Lawnmower confronts apple-stealing moose, moose wins
Technically Incorrect: Some animals realize that gadgets can be defeated. Quite easily, as this delightful YouTube video shows.
The hippest internet cafe of 1995
The cyber-struggle was real. Here's what it felt like, told by a founder.
Uber Acquires Self-Driving Truck Startup Otto for $680 Million
Ride-hailing giant Uber announced on Thursday that is has acquired self-driving truck startup Otto for approximately $680 million.
Estimote Mirror Combines A Smart Beacon With TV Displays
Estimote, a leader in beacon tech, has launched the Mirror, a beacon that connects to TV displays.
José Fernández's perilous journey out of Cuba changed his life
It took four attempts and multiple prison stints for defection before José Fernández made it to the U.S.
What is Ford's strategy in its latest buying spree?
Automotive giant Ford has acquired ride-sharing shuttle service Chariot, and plans to expand the service, while launching GoBike in San Francisco.
Blockchain drives Wanxiang’s $30B smart city project
Wanxiang said that it will invest $30 billion in a project that will integrate blockchain technologies with smart city innovations.
Study hints that wearable fitness trackers do more harm than good
If you've been wearing a fitness tracker and have been disappointed in the results you've received, you're not alone. Results may not be as advertised.
'Minecraft' October updates are big deals for tweakers and VR
Add-Ons, Oculus Touch support and a China-inspired realm are coming in the weeks ahead.
iPhone 7 Users Report 'Hissing' Noise
Initially noticed by Stephen Hackett of 512 Pixels, the smartphone appears to make a cicada-like sound.
Plex partners with Amazon to launch a hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud
You no longer need an always-on PC or any other network-attached hardware in order to use Plex's media player. The popular service, which allows you to watch..
The Simpsons: "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus" Review - IGN
The Simpsons kicked off its 28th season as Amy Schumer guest-starred and Mr. Burns staged a variety show to save Springfield.
Video claiming drilling into iPhone 7 will reveal hidden headphone port goes viral
Prank video destroying new Apple smartphone receives 10m views, with some seemingly tricked into making 3.5mm hole in the bottom of their devices
New Law Forces IMDB To Remove the Age of Actors on Request
The governor of California signed a bill into law today that will make it illegal for entertainment websites like IMDB to post the ages of actors if that actor requests the information to be taken down. Needless to say, free speech advocates are outraged .
Did I Kill Marc Andreessen's Twitter?
The timeline makes sense. I was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back. Even though his takes were never not bad, Andreessen’s tweets provided me with a perverted sense of pleasure. For that, I am grateful. Please return my darling egg. The twisted folks of Twitter mourn your absence. We might not be sorry, but we still want you back.
Google's self-driving car is the victim in a serious crash
"A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain View when a car heading westbound on El Camino Real ran a red light and collided with the right side of our vehicle. Our light was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection. Thousands of crashes happen everyday on U.S. roads, and red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the U.S. Human error plays a role in 94% of these crashes, which is why we're developing fully self-driving technology to make our roads safer."
What's leaving Netflix soon (October 2016) video
Watch these on Netflix while you still can.
The Back to the Future trilogy leaves Netflix on October 1st.
It's your last chance to catch Marty, Doc, Biff, Jennifer, and Jennifer two.
Insomnia is also leaving on October 1st.
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank star in this Christopher Nolan movie.
All those names mean you should watch it if you haven't.
All four seasons of Heroes disappear on October 1st.
Maybe watch the first season and maybe the second.
Any further is probably not advisable.
It's really not.
If you want a different kind of hero maybe a hero in purple it's time to watch The Phantom starring Billy Zane.
did you know that Billy Zane actually played a thug in Back To The Future?
The Phantom goes offline on the 1st of October.
The Exorcist also stops streaming on October 1st.
Make sure when you watch it, it's really dark and it's quiet.
Be warned, you might be jumpy for the rest of the day.
After you watch The Exorcist, you might need a pallet cleanser How about Psych?
All eight seasons start streaming when October starts.
It's a fun detective show that doesn't take itself seriously at all.
Plex’s latest feature lets you say goodbye to your home server and live in the cloud
What you end up with is a Plex Media Server just like the one at home, only it is not driving up your electricity bill and you do not have to worry about your ever-shrinking hard drive space. Almost every feature of a standard Plex Media Server installation is here, though currently a few features like Camera Upload and Offline Sync are not available. Plex says it is currently working on those features and they will eventually end up in Plex Cloud. A few features that would not make sense in Plex Cloud — Cloud Sync, DLNA, and DVR — are also excluded.
Here's where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on energy issues
Both Trump and Clinton, however, have remained silent on the
proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been the subject of
protests by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe on the border of North
and South Dakota in recent weeks, according to
The Hill . The pipeline could pose a threat to the local
environment and water resources.
Uber’s Chinese Rival Didi Buys Into Bicycle-Sharing Startup Ofo
Didi is investing tens of millions of dollars in ofo , a bikes-on-demand startup conceived two years ago on the grounds of Beijing’s prestigious Peking University as a student project, and which now bills itself as the country’s largest bicycle-sharing platform. The company founded by college alumnus Dai Wei operates almost 70,000 bright-yellow bikes and handles half a million rides daily across 20 cities, Didi said in an e-mailed statement.
Anonymous Pharmacy Claims Supplying Execution Drugs Is Protected Speech
In a bid to keep its identity secret, an anonymous pharmacy filed a motion Friday night arguing that selling the lethal agents used in 16 executions was protected political speech, “no different than signing a referendum petition or selling a t-shirt.”
Cyber Prophet Jaden Smith to Elon Musk: Water
In a self-described “master plan” released earlier this year, probable hologram Elon Musk declared the future is solar , but this weekend, teen mystic Jaden Smith suggested the Tesla founder ignored a far more obvious answer: Water, the kind we drink and occasionally promote on social media.
Here's a Pretty Legit Gibsonian Cyberdeck
Built using a dead Commodore 64c, Raspberry Pi 3 and an assortment of connectors, this thing really captures that beautiful ground between hi-tech and outdated that defines cyberpunk in the popular consciousness. I’m sure once you’ve strapped this thing on you feel confident in your abilities to jack-in, break some ICE and topple corporate scum.
Microsoft Has a Whole New Kind of Computer Chip---and It'll Change Everything
With its TPUs, Google sacrifices long-term flexibility for speed. It wants to, say, eliminate any delay when recognizing commands spoken into smartphones. The trouble is that if its neural networking models change, Google must build a new chip. But with FPGAs, Microsoft is playing a longer game. Though an FPGA isn’t as fast as Google’s custom build, Microsoft can reprogram the silicon as needs change. The company can reprogram not only for new AI models, but for just about any task. And if one of those designs seems likely to be useful for years to come, Microsoft can always take the FPGA programming and build a dedicated chip.
Elon Musk just unveiled a critical piece of his plan to save humanity by colonizing Mars
"[Y]ou're kind of looking at two things: what does the fuel cost,
and if you want to use and develop and exploration architecture
for Mars or the solar system, where can you live off the land?
... "[N]ow that you don't need to take your propellent to get
home as part of your camping gear and you can make it on Mars or
you can make it somewhere else, now you can take a whole bunch
The terrifying moment a pilot is hit by another plane on runway
Technically Incorrect: It seems impossible to believe. But the pilot of a small race plane had engine trouble. Another plane continues to take off behind him.
One astonishing picture of Hillary Clinton shows who and what we've become
Technically Incorrect: Posted to Twitter by the design lead for Hillary for America, this will surely be one of the iconic images of our age.
SpaceX test-fires 'Raptor' rocket that will take humans to Mars
SpaceX has done its first test of the Raptor rocket engine that will take humans to Mars as early as 2024, Elon Musk said in a series of tweets . It was fired at the company's McGregor, Texas facility on a stand that can handle the extreme thrust. Pointing out the "mach diamonds" from the test (above), Musk said the "production Raptor goal is a specific impulse of 382 seconds and thrust of 3 MN [680,000 pounds]," more than three times that of the current Falcon 9.
macOS Sierra problems: Here's how to fix the most common issues
First of all, try restarting your Mac to see if that helps. If it doesn't, force-quit any apps that appear to be taking up a lot of RAM. You can identify these by using Activity Monitor (in /Applications/Utilities) to establish what apps and processes are using up the most CPU or RAM. Its CPU tab lists active processes, with a real-time view of what's going on.
Don't Look Into This Robot's Eyes While It Learns to Play the Ball-and-Cup Game
Pepper’s human overlords have demonstrated that their robotic baby can learn how to play the ball-and-cup game virtually on its own. At first, they guide its arm to swing the ball on its rope into the cup. And then they let it go to work through trial-and-error until it achieves complete mastery of the game. After 100 tries, the little guy is a pro and gets the ball in the cup every single time. All the while, it stares at us the viewer with the same deadlocked side eye. It’s unnerving.
Thermal Photography Shows Even Pizza Emits Radiation
These beautiful photographs of fast food were taken by Brea Souders using a radiometric thermal camera. They demonstrate that all matter with a temperature greater than absolute zero emits electromagnetic waves—no microwave oven required. And that Day-Glo Warholish quality is more than appropriate for junk food.
A 'Fruit Ninja' movie might really happen
We wouldn't count on the as-yet undated movie being a critical smash. On top of Vinson's notable-but-not-exceptional pedigree, the writing team is best known for penning an Emmy Awards show and the TV series Anchorwoman . However, it's doubtful that New Line is expecting something Oscar-worthy in the first place. This is really about capitalizing on one of the most popular mobile games in history before a rival studio gets a chance. At this rate, we're half-expecting a Crossy Road flick to materialize any day now.
Is the party over for free wi-fi in cafes? - BBC News
Many of us take free wi-fi in cafes for granted. But there is a trend for smaller ones to experiment with switching it off, in a bid to beat the laptop table-hoggers.
Uber researches vertical-takeoff planes for short-haul city rides
Research into the transportation has so far mainly been conducted by the military -- including DARPA , the US Department of Defence's agency for developing new tech. But Holden predicted that the technology could be ready for takeoff within the next decade and said it was another method Uber could use to accomplish its goal of eliminating private car ownership.
Japanese Can Soon Pay Utility Bills with Bitcoin - Bitcoin News
Coincheck has shown what can be done by joining with the utility company itself. Such an arrangement, however, may be more possible in this part of the world. In Japan, business deals happen via a complex network of alliances and partnerships between large companies and their subsidiaries.
Amazon fined £65,000 for shipping dangerous goods by air
Amazon UK Services was convicted under the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 2002 and has also been ordered to pay the CAA £60,000 in legal costs. The company was cleared of another charge, while the jury reportedly failed to reach a decision on a further six. In 2015 Amazon UK Services had a turnover of just under £1 billion, with a profit of £38 million.
Instagram Will Make Your Brand More Money Than Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]
Where should brands put their resources on social? It looks like Facebook has plateaued, while Instagram is in a rapid growth phase.
Get 2016 health coverage. Health Insurance Marketplace
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Fear the Walking Dead: "Date of Death" Review - IGN
So what does this mean now for Chris? When will we see him again? And Ofelia too for that matter, since she drove off on her own last week? Will the two of them coincidentally meet up? It sure feels like that could happen. Because when Brandon and that other guy showed up at the end, at the hotel gates, Chris wasn't there. Yes, another story we'll have to circle back to at some point as the show continues to needlessly fiddle around with format. At least, Madison's move to send a signal to Nick held some consequences as it wound up attracting about fifty stragglers looking for shelter. She owns it. She knows. I guess the sign's still lit up too since more showed up right at the end.
Security writer recovers from massive revenge cyberattack
To Krebs, the incident highlights the dangers to free speech in the modern era. It's not just that it's relatively trivial to mount a censorship campaign, it's that the cost of defending yourself against that campaign can be prohibitive. One anti-DDoS service estimated that an Akamai-level defense would cost Krebs over $150,000 per year. How could any small-scale news outfit afford that kind of protection? A concerted effort to clamp down on device exploits and block spoofed traffic could be vital not just to improving basic internet security, but protecting freedom of expression. Countries with a penchant for censorship can easily use these data floods to silence critics, and they might just try so long as it's easy.
Apple Watch Series 2 review: A faster, brighter fitness machine
But with Series 2, Apple is committing to what I consider its highest purpose: your health. GPS and water-resistance are must-have features for fitness enthusiasts, and they also give the Apple Watch more power to stand on its own. The Series 2 is also a perfect hardware complement to watchOS 3, which opened up all of the watch’s sensors to third-party apps. In addition to the heart rate sensor, the gyroscope, and the accelerometer, developers can tap into the watch’s GPS. With apps no longer hamstrung by Apple’s limitations, they will only get better.
Those Used Coffee Grounds Could Get the Lead Out of Your Water
Those used coffee grounds you dump into the trash every morning might just help remove lead and mercury from drinking water one day, according to a new study by a team of Italian scientists.
Another Psychological Study Fails the Reproducibility Test
Strack himself raised questions about the methodology and statistical analysis in an accompanying commentary to the new paper, arguing that the findings should not be deemed conclusive just yet. For instance, the pool of participants were drawn from psychology students, who were very likely to have read about the original 1988 study in their textbooks and guessed the true purpose of the recreated experiment, which could have skewed the results.
Trump launches nationwide Snapchat filter to attack 'Crooked Hillary' before debate
While both Trump and Clinton campaigns have paid for Snapchat filters before at regional levels, Trump's debate filter will mark the first time a candidate has purchased one of the overlays to run at a national level — only one of which is available per day. Of the two camps, it's Clinton's campaign that has more regularly turned to the app — using events like this month 's Iowa vs. Iowa State football game to promote its candidate— but Trump's team is reportedly trying to increase its reach among the younger voters that make up the bulk of Snapchat's userbase.
Listen to the world's first computer music recording
By referencing the pitches that the Mark II computer was capable of producing – detailed in Turing’s manual – and noting the shift in sound in the BBC recording, the researchers learned that the record was playing at the wrong speed. They were then able to figure out how much the recording had to be sped up in order to reproduce the machine’s original sound.
Facebook accused of censoring Palestinian journalists
Facebook has apologized for disabling the personal accounts of several editors and executives at two major Palestinian news publications, according to a report from The Electronic Intifada . Facebook says the accounts were mistakenly suspended after being reported for violating the site's community standards, but the publications believe the incident is related to Israel's recent push to combat online incitement to violence.
Google's answer to Amazon Echo is reportedly coming soon
It’ll be interesting to see if this hots up the market for home automation devices. At that price point, Google’s offering will come in at $40 less than Amazon’s Echo and match its lower-end Tap speaker .
Gizmodo on Twitter
Roku has five new boxes to serve every possible TV-watching human http://gizmo.do/ZB3RrAD pic.twitter.com/8TDUBhGnOT
Samsung's Note 7 replacements are reportedly overheating
It looks like Samsung still hasn’t learned its lesson. Clearly, there are issues with the Note 7 that need to be thoroughly examined and addressed in order to deliver safe-to-use devices to customers. Instead of worrying about how soon it can begin selling its phones again, the company should pull the Note 7 off store shelves until it can sort its battery issues once and for all.
Everything we've tested with the iOS 10 Home app so far
So we took the last week to integrate Home with over 50 accessories at the CNET Smart Home, set up and test over a dozen automations and scenes, and generally turn this beautiful space "smart."
'Minecraft' novel in the works by 'World War Z' author
It's not yet known when the book will be released or if it will have ties to the movie but it does appear that it will be the first of many. Publishing house Del Rey -- the science fiction offshoot of Penguin Random House -- is overseeing everything and the company has already remarked that it's "fortunate to have someone of Max's incredible talent and passion on board for the launch of the series."
How Venomous Creatures Can Kill You--Or One Day Save Your Life
If you’ve ever been stung by a jellyfish while swimming in the ocean, you know firsthand the pain that a venomous creature can inflict, even if it doesn’t outright kill you. But scientists studying the chemical properties of venom might one day be able to develop therapeutic drugs that could save lives.
Microsoft 'surprised' at PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray drive
Instead of using a 4K Blu-ray drive, the PS4 Pro provides its 4K content via streaming, with an Ultra HD Netflix app already promised for the console.
FreshDirect raises $189 million to push its online grocery delivery service into new markets
“As demand for fresh ingredients delivered to your door continues to rise, high quality food, produce and packaged goods providers are drawing significant attention from the investment community,” added Larry Unrein, head of J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Private Equity Group. “FreshDirect is one of the first to connect its customers with farmers and artisans at the click of a button. The company is also expanding its reach through the new mobile, on-demand offering FoodKick . By meeting the demands of the modern shopper on these two fronts, FreshDirect remains a forward thinking leader in this growing market segment.”
Why you need paid leave and affordable child care now more than ever
More than 20 million millennial parents already understand why it's so difficult to have a family in the absence of supportive legislation. Shabo, citing a recent nationally representative survey of 500 millennials conducted by MTV, says they care about this issue. The poll found that nearly three-quarters believed there should be federal paid family and medical leave programs. Two-thirds said they'd be more likely to vote for a candidate who favored such initiatives.
5 Ways to Optimize Your Business YouTube Channel
According to YouTube, more than a billion users watch hundreds of millions of hours of video on the platform every day - that number breaks down to almost one-third of all people online. YouTube has also paid out more than $1 billion to rights holders who have monetized their channels since 2007. But to get a piece of that viewership and revenue, your business first needs to optimize its YouTube channel.
The firm that protects both banks and the Eurovision Song contest - BBC News
Founded in 2009, San Francisco-based Cloudflare today has four million clients, including global banks, governments, large online retailers, and even the Eurovision Song Contest. Controversially, it is also used by numerous websites in the adult entertainment world.
GOG adds 'Hotline Miami' and other Steam games to your library
GOG is extending its efforts to liberate your games from Steam's copyright protection. Alongside a back-to-school sale, the online game store is expanding its GOG Connect effort to cover 17 more games, including Hotline Miami , the 2013 Shadow Warrior remake and the space exploration title X Rebirth . It's the same drill as before: connect your Steam account and you can grab DRM-free copies of those games at no charge, helping you back them up or move them without hassles. The focus remains on indie games, but it's still good news if you're worried that you've put too many eggs in Steam's basket.
2016 Roush Ford F-150 SC: A master on both sand and pavement - Roadshow
Roush, best known for building faster turnkey Ford Mustangs and performance parts, has tinkered with F-150s for a while now. As with the Mustang, Roush uses a familiar blueprint to upgrade the F-150 with styling, suspension and power upgrades. With the F-150 SC, Roush has built a 600 horsepower performance truck that's capable both on- and off-road.
California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request
“On behalf of everyone in the industry who has struggled with age discrimination, whose opportunities to showcase their talent may have been blocked, I want to thank Gov. Brown and the bill’s author, Assembly Member Ian Calderon, and all the California lawmakers who were instrumental in this effort,” added Carteris.