Samsung Gear S2 hands-on: Tizen is here to stay
Like it or not, Samsung isn't giving up on Tizen. The Gear S2 - officially announced just a few days ago - is Samsung's latest attempt at cramming it's ope
Why the ants in this video kept crawling around an iPhone
There are actually many possible scientific explanations for the ants' action in this viral video.
These insane 50 mph electric mountain bikes can handle any type of terrain
Stealth Electric bikes effectively blur the line between mountain bike and electric motorcycle.
Just add water and this squid-inspired plastic heals itself
This might make you think twice next time you order calamari.
Where 2016 presidential candidates stand on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis
Here's a look at how the 2016 presidential candidates responded to the decision to jail Kentucky clerk Kim Davis on Thursday.
Google has a beautiful new logo
The new logo has more meaning today than ever. The new colorful microphone helps you identify and interact with Google, whether you’re talking, tapping or typing. The standard blue “g” in google has been replaced with a four-color “G” to match the new logo. The new logo is supposed to represent all of the ways Google works for you across Search, Maps, Gmail. Chrome, and others. This logo is the Google of today and the future.
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis jailed for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses
Kim Davis was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Curved Paper Folding
Hello! In this instructable I will introduce the basics of curved paper folding. You'll need the following to get started:-medium weight paper such as...
Forging a Viking Axe
In 2010 I began practical research on historical methods used in the Viking age to forge axes. My purpose was to publish a DVD tutorial which would en...
You need to check out Japan's Street View for cats right meow
Hiroshima's tourism board has created a web app that let's you peer through the eyes of our feline friends as they navigate the world.
Swiss Army Machete: Zombie Defense Multi-tool
In preparation for the forthcoming zombie invasion I decided to gather up the gnarliest, zombie-weaponiest tools I had and store them in one convenien...
Firefox for iOS Now Available for Preview
Our goal is to create a great browsing experience for iOS with Firefox. With this first public preview we will be collecting feedback in one country, before we extend availability to get feedback in a few more countries prior to a full public launch. Feedback from this preview release will help us build new features and bring Firefox for iOS to the App Store in rest of the world later this year. If you are interested in being notified when Firefox is available in your country, sign up here .
Hands on with the new Sony Xperia Z5 family
Sony's new Xperia Z5 is part of a family. The new line comes in three models: the Xperia Z5 compact, Standard Xperia Z5 and the Premium model, which Sony is calling a "super flagship phone". Subscribe: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/lfcGfq Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/94XbKx Like The Verge on Facebook: http://goo.gl/2P1aGc Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XTWX61 Follow on Instagram: http://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com
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Valve's testing a new look for Steam on TVs
The November release Valve's fancy Steam Controller is right around the corner, and the company seems to be getting the rest of its platform ready for launch day. Specifically, Valve is giving Steam's Big Picture Mode a visual overhaul, redesigning UI navigation in the TV-interface's game library with a more dynamic layout, making tweaks to game-specific pages within that library and updating the look of user profile pages. Valve is also adding FLAC, OGG, Vorbis and M4A support to its music player , as well as experimental Streaming-host support for Macs. Curious? Try it out for yourself by opting into the Steam beta client in your settings menu, or simply check out the gallery below.
Steam's new beta client UI
Theo Rossi and Rosario Dawson join the cast of Marvel’s Netflix series Luke Cage
“When I look at the scripts, I’m really pleased with it because it’s a slow-burn,” said Colter about the upcoming series to IGN . “There’s nothing happening really fast that gets ahead of itself. I’m really with where they’re taking it and how they’re developing the characters, because it’s really cool and it’s geared towards an adult audience, which is something that will be different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe you’ve seen before on the big screen.”
Two graphic designers are trying to preserve NASA’s famous 1970s 'Worm' logo
A logo should immediately convey a company’s identity. With the right visual style, it can communicate the goals and ambitions of an organization without the use of words. But as crucial as it is to pick the right logo, these graphics aren’t unbending. Companies change or update their graphics over the years, often at times when they are headed in new directions. Google demonstrated that this week, when it unveiled a new look for the company’s transition into Alphabet . A new logo often symbolizes a new era for an organization.
Intel ponies up $50 million for quantum computing research
There are a number of practical problems to be overcome before such computers become more than lab curiosities, including building them at scale, and dealing with cooling. Today’s quantum computing systems contain only a few qubits, but systems will have to have thousands of qubits to be really useful. And cooling them takes more than a big fan or a cold aisle in the data center: To reveal the quantum behavior of the materials they are made from, qubits need to be cooled to within a few degrees of absolute zero—to around -270C.
Samsung's Gear S2 is its best-looking smartwatch yet
One of the most notable updates with the software is that the Gear S2 will work with any phone running Android 4.4 or higher with 1.5GB or more of RAM. That's a big difference from Samsung's earlier Tizen watches, which were limited to the company's own smartphones. Samsung says that certain features, like Samsung Pay (the Gear S2 supports NFC-based mobile payments), are only available when the watch is paired with a Samsung phone, but for the most part, everything should work with other Android phones. The big question mark might be with third-party apps — Samsung says it plans to have about 1,000 apps available for the watch when it launches, and it worked with about 100 developers to specifically create app experiences for the Gear S2. But it's hard to see many app developers devoting time to yet another smartwatch platform when Apple and Google are already in the mix.
How does 'Star Wars' droid BB-8 work? This site explains
We’ve just got a close look at Sphero’s BB-8 toy – and we love it. If you feel the same, here’s another brilliant resource for BB-8 fun, an entire site focused on finding out how the droid works .
Sphero BB-8 Review: This Is the Coolest Star Wars Toy Ever
BB-8 also tends to wobble a lot, especially when rolling around on hard, smooth surfaces. We’re assuming the original Sphero has the same problem, but because it’s a perfect sphere you probably don’t notice the wobble when it comes to a sudden stop, or when it’s suddenly changing directions. However with the added weight of BB-8’s head on top, the back and forth motion of the toy while it’s shaking off inertia is very noticeable. It doesn’t really affect how the toy moves, but it does tend to make BB-8 look like he’s been out partying with the other droids all night long.
Internet-connected baby monitors are vulnerable to attacks
Rapid7 warns that it's not just pervs with lots of time on their hands parents should be worried about. Industrial spies could also take advantage of the devices' flaws to steal secrets or keep an eye on high-profile execs who use their phones or computers to connect to their kids' internet baby monitors. You can read the full report on the firm's website, containing a list of products they tested and their corresponding weaknesses.
Introducing JetBrains Toolbox, easier access to your coding tools, more control and flexibility, and a lower entry price
Last but not least : I’m wondering if this is this is really in the best interest of your customers, especially the ones that are only using one or two of your products… yes, having a lot of tools is temping… but for me who uses only webstorm, I was tempted to buy a new version because of the new interesting features… now people will have to renew whatever they are interested in the new features or not. They will simply have no choice. So you could just not provide any new (interesting) things, people will be forced to pay anyway (not saying that this is what you will do). With the old perpetual licences, the power was in my hands to renew or not, to give you money for new features or not if I’m interested enough in these new features or not. In other words, you had to provide better versions every time to convince me. With the new plan, you are simply taking back that power to your consumers : they have to pay, wathever they like the new version, or not… In other words, you simply have to be better than freewares, which is not that difficult for you do to your current level of expertise… So this new plan is not challenging you to provide innovations, only your burning desire to be innovative does.
Mobile App Letgo Raises $100 Million From Naspers To Take Over Classifieds In The U.S.
Can a mobile classified app topple the behemoth that is Craigslist? A company called letgo aims to find out. Its app, which lets users buy and sell items locally, has quietly grown to over 2 million downloads since its launch earlier this year. And today, the company is announcing having raised $100 million in Series A funding from South African media company and tech investor Naspers Limited, which also has stakes in a number of sizable tech companies, including China’s Tencent , India’s Flipkart , Russia’s Mail.ru , and classifieds platform OLX .
Ready to Waste Your Day? Google 'Fun Facts'
We have all been there, randomly Googling terms or browsing Wikipedia in a futile effort to entertain ourselves. Now, Google has made wasting time easier than ever with "fun facts."
Amazon Acquires Elemental Technologies for a Reported $500 Million, In Cash
Elemental Technologies is the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company pioneered the use of software-based video processing to distribute and monetize video over IP networks. Solutions from Elemental provide the flexibility, scalability and performance required to transform high quality …
3D-printed Maze hairbrush is a breeze to clean - CNET
So in an effort to keep all those hairbrushes out of landfills, and to make life a little easier for the full-head-of-hair-havers among us, Shim and former graduate student Morris Koo invented -- and then 3D-printed -- what they dubbed the "Maze hairbrush." It gets its name because the paddle part of the brush looks a bit like a maze with individual sections that flex forward and backward to make removing hair a cinch.
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 toward 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.
Apple planning to bring 4K screen to 21.5-inch iMac in October
Apple is indeed planning to release a new version of its 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display this fall, according to reliable sources. The current plan is to announce the refreshed version of the smaller iMac by the end of October alongside OS X El Capitan and begin shipping the product by the beginning of November. As indicated by references inside of El Capitan , the new 21.5 inch iMac’s 4K display will come with a resolution of 4096 x 2304, which is up from the current model’s screen resolution of 1920 x 1080. Faster processors and improved color saturation can also be expected . The higher-resolution screen will likely raise the price of the new iMac, much like the 5K display raised the price of the 27-inch iMac last fall . Apple may keep around the current 1080P models, much like the lower-resolution 27-inch iMac is still available for sale.
Smartphones Can Detect Boredom and Push Content to Relieve It | MIT Technology Review
To validate the resulting algorithm, researchers built another Android app that concluded on its own whether the user was bored, and, when it did, sent an alert to their phone asking if they wanted to read an article on BuzzFeed’s news app. A separate set of study participants used it for two weeks, and researchers found that the people who’d been identified as bored were more likely to click on the alert to see the story, and to spend time looking at it, than those who were randomly sent an alert.
Weird workplaces: Working on a refurbished Tube train - BBC News
What is it like to work in a refurbished tube train car or carriage? For a group of people in Shoreditch, in east London, this is a daily reality, as they explain.
Apple, Google, Other Silicon Valley Tech Giants Ordered To Pay $415M In No-Poaching Suit
Perhaps the victory that results here on behalf of the working portion of Silicon Valley is moral, but it still feels light. The dollar figure, before taxes and the like, is just under $6,500 apiece. The amount is based on the individual base salaries between 2005 and 2009 of the workers listed in the suit.
Verizon-owned AOL acquires mobile ad tech company Millennial Media for $238M
The Millennial Media deal is indicative of the growing prominence of mobile advertising — AOL has announced that the deal will help it expedite its mobile ad offering in “key international markets,” including the U.K., Japan, Singapore, France, and Germany.
Belkin Router Vulnerable to Hacks
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IBM is bringing sports into the digital age, starting with the U.S. Open
For over two decades, IBM has stood in partnership with the USTA with one goal in mind. As Noah Syken, vice president of global sponsorships at IBM, said Tuesday, that goal is simply making “the fan experience as amazing as possible.” As a company that has been in existence for over a century, IBM has consistently asked two major questions when it comes to its collaborations, Syken noted: “How do we help our partners come into the digital age?” and “What does the digital platform look like today?” When it comes to tennis, that answer is pretty exciting.
Instagram Ad Rollout Will Make It the Top Media Buy: New Research
Now that Instagram is opening up, there is a lot of pent-up demand. The rollout of new features over the next several months means that by the end of 2015, Instagram will have a host of new ad products for advertisers large and small. In particular, Instagram advertisers will be able to use a full slate of Facebook targeting tools, including the popular Custom Audiences feature. That will be a key drawing card.
U.S. judge approves $415m settlement in poaching lawsuit involving Apple
U.S. district judge Lucy Koh has granted a $415 million settlement to end a poaching lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe of conspiring to hold down worker salaries and prevent engineers from taking jobs with rival companies.
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Father of Syrian boy in beach photo will bury his whole family this week
The young family hoped to cross the short distance from Turkey to Greece in their final effort to make their way to Europe, but their overcrowded boat capsized and sank before they reached the shore.
Hear Kylo Ren Speak for the First Time - IGN
Until now, Ren – one of the key antagonists in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – has been surprisingly quiet, not speaking in any of the trailers released so far. But with the Star Wars toys about to go on sale, we got to play around with the talking Kylo Ren figure which recites multiple lines from the upcoming movie.
Privacy Concerns Raised Over Kids’ Apps And Websites
Given the sophisticated tracking technologies embedded into so many digital products and services as a matter of course, it should come as no surprise that a global privacy audit of children’s websites and apps has highlighted big concerns about the collection and use of kids’ data. That doesn’t make it acceptable, however.
Diver breaks up mortal combat between deadly sea snake, stonefish - CNET
Trippe says he knew by that point that the snake won and would have a tasty meal as the spoils of its victory. So he says he let it swim away and continued his trip. He didn't learn just how poisonous the snake he held in his hand was until he got in front of a computer. "Lucky I handled it with such care and didn't get bitten or I may not be here to tell the story or share these fabulous pictures," Trippe said.
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The Feds Need a Warrant to Spy With Stingrays From Now On
Stingrays are mobile surveillance systems the size of a small briefcase that impersonate a legitimate cell phone tower in order to trick mobile phones and other mobile devices in their vicinity into connecting to them and revealing their unique ID and location. Stingrays emit a signal that is stronger than the signal of other cell towers in the vicinity in order to force mobile phones and other devices to establish a connection with them and reveal their unique ID. Stingrays can then determine the direction from which the phone connected with them, data that can be used to track the movement of the phone as it continuously connects to the fake tower.
Inside Facebook's plan to build a better school
Looking back, Mike Sego says, he was always meant to work in education. His dad taught fifth grade for 37 years, three of his older siblings were K-12 teachers, and he spent free time as a kid grading papers for fun. But like so many people who arrive in Silicon Valley after college, Sego first started working in tech. He worked on The Sims , and later got to know Mark Zuckerberg when his virtual pets game, (fluff)Friends , was one of the first hits on Facebook’s new games platform. Around that time, Zuckerberg had become interested in education as part of his philanthropy, donating $100 million to Newark schools in 2010. After a stint as CEO of Gaia Interactive , Sego decided to turn his attention to education. He called Zuckerberg and asked if they could work together.
T-Mobile introduces native video calling to take on Skype and FaceTime
By building the service natively on phones, T-Mobile takes on OTT (over-the-top) services like Skype, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger and Apple’s FaceTime. The only caveat? Both parties making the video call must have T-Mobile Video Calling enabled on their phones, which limits the service to just a handful of early adopters at launch.
John Boyega Has an American Accent in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - IGN
Some panting aside, we've yet to hear Boyega deliver a line. But the talking Finn action figure confirms the accent and reveals several cool pieces of dialogue from the upcoming movie (you can also hear Boyega recite the lines in character and in the form of a toy):
African tech news roundup: Essential updates from August
It was a relatively quiet month on the tech news front in Africa, yet August still saw some notable rollouts and another bumper package of funding rounds for the continent’s startups.
Key & Peele Reveal How Neil Degrasse Tyson Drops Science In His Home Life
In a runner throughout last night's episode, Jordan Peele unveils his impeccable NDT impersonation to reveal what the renowned astrophysicist is like in his home life. Turns out, not much different than he his at his job—or at least one of his jobs, host of the exploratory revival of the Carl Sagan show, Cosmos . Whenever Peele-as-Tyson is about to get into a domestic tussle with his wife, he turns on his Cosmos monologuing abilities to science his way out of a potential argument.
Tesla's Elon Musk sets March for new electric car debut
Tesla's Elon Musk sets March for new electric car debut
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter Wednesday that the company's mass-market electric car, the Model 3, will be unveiled next March with a projected pricetag of about $35,000, about half the cost of the
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Google Maps now gives you more personalized restaurant recommendations on iOS and Android
Google is making it easier to find great places to eat in the popular Google Maps app on iOS and Android. The Explore feature in the app will now show more specific and therefore more relevant restaurant recommendations.
Apple Launches A New Twitter Feed Dedicated To Gaming
Apple’s iPhones and iPads have transformed the company into a mobile gaming giant. Now, with a new Apple TV due out later this year, the company is poised to bring games to the living room as well. In possible preparation for that move, Apple on Thursday debuted a new Twitter channel dedicated to games. Dubbed @AppStoreGames , the account promises a curated feed of Apple gaming selections “straight from our Games Editors.”
TNW Conference USA: A BIG speaker announcement
What does the CEO of the fastest growing company on the planet, the man behind what TIME has dubbed ‘the phone of dreams,’ and the former founder of an anonymous networking app once dubbed ‘the darling of Silicon Valley’ have in common?
Bing can now help you tune your guitar and keep a beat
Microsoft has updated its Bing search engine with a couple of handy tools for musicians: a guitar tuner and a metronome .
Moto X Pure Edition review: the upper middle class of phones
The ideal Android smartphone looks like this: it has good design, fast performance, clean software, and it doesn’t cost as much as an iPhone. Motorola’s been chasing that ideal since 2013 with its Moto X phones, which have always had an attractive ergonomic design, an unencumbered Android experience, and pricing well below flagship smartphones from Apple and Samsung. But at the same time, the Moto X has also represented what many consider to be the worst of Android: lousy cameras and mediocre battery life.
What’s Driving VC Firms to Take Bigger Risks
A flood of capital is driving up valuations for seed-stage companies, pushing even responsible-sounding venture capitalists to take bigger risks.
Amazon acquires video firm Elemental Technologies
Amazon acquires video firm Elemental Technologies
Amazon Web Services has acquired Elemental Technologies, a firm that specializes in video processing and delivery for customers as diverse as CNN and NASA.
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Skype update brings improvements to messaging and search, revamps design
First and foremost, messaging has been greatly improved by way of the overall UI redesign, all with a focus on making sure that people can get in and out of conversations as easily and as quickly as possible. With the new gestures, Skype for iOS users can manage conversations with a quick swipe to the left or right, and even initiate calls quickly as well. Users can share more content in their messages, too, including images, videos, or even emoticons. The user’s location can be shared, too, even while on a voice or video call.
Uber starts Brussels licensed service, vows to keep UberPOP
BRUSSELS Chauffeur-hailing app Uber [UBER.UL] on Thursday started its licensed service UberX in Brussels, though it added it did not plan on suspending its controversial unlicensed service as it had done in Paris.
Bayern Munich is donating $1.1 million to help Europe's refugee crisis
Bayern appears to be leading the way, however. The club, among the biggest and richest in Europe, said Thursday it would donate 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to refugee projects and put on a training camp that would give children and adolescents German lessons, meals, and soccer equipment.