Watch out, Amazon: UPS just launched a delivery drone from the top of one of its trucks
While you were busy celebrating Presidents' Day, UPS was down in a rural suburb of Tampa, Florida, testing out a deliver
Apple’s new campus ‘Apple Park’ will open in April
This grand opening has been years in the making. Apple’s new campus now has a name and an opening date. It’ll be called Apple Park and the first employees..
UK mobile carrier unveils mini-blimps for providing emergency cell coverage
British mobile carrier EE has unveiled plans to use a fleet of drones and miniature blimps to supply cell phone coverage to rural areas of the UK. The company says its "air mast" network could be...
Urban Outfitters hawks the AOL shirt no one asked for
Want to remind everyone that America Online was a thing in the 90s? Urban Outfitters thinks you do. UO is selling an (admittedly comfy-looking) t-shirt emblazoned with the familiar AOL triangle logo for $45. That’s almost $20 more than you’d pay for AOL’s most expensive subscription service, and the latter comes with a Verizon discount. …
Magic Leap's mixed reality future is blurrier than ever
Commentary: Fabled startup Magic Leap has stumbled in recent weeks, as its overpromising past catches up to its underdelivering present.
Jide’s new OS is like an Android version of Windows 10’s Continuum
Imagine if every Android smartphone could transform into a PC just by connecting a display, keyboard, and mouse. It’s what Microsoft has been trying with Windows 10 and Continuum, and it’s the...
LG teases sturdy weatherproof G6 with a big screen and a small body
LG has been teasing us about its upcoming G6 while we await Mobile World Congress – not to mention the myriad of leaks. Now the company has released the results of a survey “in celebration” of the device. The queries asked American users what features they most wanted in a smartphone, as well as their biggest grievances with …
Microsoft announces Skype Lite for poorly connected countries
The Android app is only 13MB in size and is optimized for 2G and unstable network connections, Microsoft says on its Sky
Google has also done this several times as a PR stunt without the taxi fare, they let a legally blind man ride with them back in 2012. I would imagine the fare is pretty irrelevant anyway when you have an expensive test vehicle and two engineers to pay. So what's really new here that hasn't already been done 5 years ago? Is there any reason to believe that in 5 years it'll be any different? I understand it's difficult, but I'm getting tired of the hype that self-driving cars are right around the corner. Two safety drivers on every ride isn't exactly self-driving. Any bets on when you can actually get into the back of a self-driving car with no helpers, no license and have the car drive? I'm starting to guess 2030+ while like totally being just "a few years out" all the way...
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Microsoft announces Skype Lite for low connectivity areas, launching in India first
Here’s how it works: Both parties hop on a Skype Lite video call, and the interviewer requests Aadhaar verification. The interviewee enters their 12-digit ID, as well as an OTP sent to the phone number linked to her account. The recruiter is then shown the verified ID information and can proceed with the interview. Once the call is concluded, all verification data is wiped from their device.
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Sony's 'world's fastest' SD card writes data at 299 MB/s
Sony's upcoming SF-G series of SD cards will be available this spring, the company announced today . When that time comes, Sony said they "will be the world's fastest SD cards." Boasting a maximum write speed of 299 MB/s, that claim is right on point.
Google's mixed reality tech shows faces behind VR headsets
In order to "remove" the VR headset in a video, the user's face has to be scanned with a camera and reconstructed as a dynamic 3D model that blinks and looks in different directions. Next, the VR headset -- Google used an HTC Vive for its tests -- has to be outfitted with eye-tracking tech in order to detect where the user is looking. Google's and Daydream's technique superimposes the 3D model on the face of the real person. It doesn't completely remove the VR headset, though: it just replaces it with a transparent version to prevent the uncanny valley effect.
Tesla Model 3 production on track for July - Roadshow
Tesla announced the highly anticipated Model 3 last year, solidifying the company's plans to release a more affordable electric car than its first, the Model S. Within a day after Tesla showed off the Model 3, and in spite of deliveries not coming for a year and half, the car gained almost 200,000 preorders at $1,000 each. The Model 3 will be sold at a base price of $35,000, and have a range of 215 miles.
Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2 to officially be known as Apple Park, 175-acre HQ to open in April
Employees at Apple's corporate headquarters will have a new home —Apple Park —starting in April, though the migration of more than 12,000 workers will take over six months to complete.
Apple's new home, formerly referred to as Campus 2, was given an official name by the company on Wednesday. The facility is not yet completed, as constructions of buildings and parklands will continue through the summer, but by April enough will be done to begin hosting employees for work.
Designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, Apple Park replaces 5 million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields, along with over 9,000 drought-resistant, California-native trees.
There will be two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow, and pond, all found within the inside of the massive ring.
It will also be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, featuring 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, making it one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world.
Apple said its new facility will also be the world's largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.
Tesla CFO Jason Wheeler is leaving the company and will be replaced by ex-CFO Deepak Ahuja
Wheeler, who joined the company in 2015, will be replaced by Tesla’s former CFO, Deepak Ahuja, who joined the company in 2008 after close to a decade at Ford and retired in 2015.
Microsoft confirms second big Windows 10 update due later this year
Microsoft first revealed it was planning two big Windows 10 updates in 2017 back in August, but the company never shared timing details for its second unnamed update. While the Creators Update, which is currently being tested by Windows Insiders, is expected to debut in April, it’s not clear when the second big Windows 10 update will be made available.
Intel's 7560 Modem Could Push Next iPhone to 1Gbps
The Intel 7560 has one major feature that the Intel modem in the iPhone 7 didn't: CDMA/EVDO. During the iPhone 7 cycle, Apple had to stick with Qualcomm in part because Intel didn't have a product working on Verizon and Sprint's CDMA/EVDO networks. That means if it wants, Apple will be able to go to a single, global iPhone model with an Intel modem.
The New Chewbacca Pens a Heartfelt Letter to Star Wars Fans
For almost 40 years, Peter Mayhew has played Chewbacca in every Star Wars movie the character appeared in. Even in 2015's The Force Awakens , the now-disabled actor played the role when he could, leaving the more physical scenes for a young actor named Joonas Suotamo. With filming having now begun on the Han Solo movie, Suotamo has officially taken over the role full time and wrote a note to fans explaining his feeling on inheriting such an iconic role.
Best mobile games of 2017
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth won't be for everyone. You play a naked (heavily stylised) child, crawling deeper into the Earth's underbelly, slaying the monsters you find there (using your tears as bullets) in a grotesque bloodbath after the character's mother tried to kill him at the behest of God (it's all very Old Testament). If this does sound like it's up your alley, you're going to find a game of which you'll possibly never tire: a top-down, twin-stick, randomly generated, roguelike dungeon-crawler that feels like it always has something new to show you.
Google’s Tilt Brush lands on Oculus Rift
Do you dig getting creative in virtual reality? Well, your options for doing so got a little less limited today, as Google has made Tilt Brush available on Oculus Rift. The virtual painting application was previously an HTC Vive exclusive, but now that Rift has its Touch Controllers for more natural interaction, Google has decided to bring Tilt Brush to the Facebook-owned VR platform.
Homeland Security staff locked out of their own networks
Department of Homeland Security workers in Washington, DC ran into a massive headache when they came to work on Tuesday. Reuters sources say that staff were locked out of multiple networks starting around 5AM Eastern, possibly due to an issue with the personal identity verification cards needed to access certain systems. While it's not clear just how much this interfered with work, there were issues across four buildings, including some used by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
ColorWare Offering AirPods in 58 Colors for $289
So, in steps ColorWare to offer up some options. 58 of them, to be exact. The company, which colors a variety of different products, many of which feature the Apple logo, has just announced that it is offering its color services for the AirPods, with prices for a brand new pair set at $289.
Netflix reportedly snags Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'
Netflix is making another big movie splash, as IndieWire is the first to report that it's acquiring the rights to Martin Scorsese's $100 million+ gangster flick The Irishman . Reportedly in the works since at least 2010 , the project is supposed to unite the legendary moviemaker with both Robert de Niro and Al Pacino. The big budget is apparently due to the use of Benjamin Button-style special effects to make its actors appear younger for certain scenes. The story is adapted from the nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses , about mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran.
Valve launches SteamVR support for Linux
Developers can also use an AMD card, but it requires more futzing and is limited to secondary "desktop" display mode. Intel graphics aren't yet supported, and Linux OpenVR game development requires the Unity version 5.6. There are a few other known issues: Base station power management and headset audio device switching aren't yet implemented, and as mentioned, you can't switch between direct (headset) and desktop display modes.
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T he dilemma with hydrogen is that while fueling your car with the stuff is faster than charging an EV, making and distributing it is inefficient and polluting. A team from the Georgia Institute of Technology has created a four-stroke "engine" that converts natural gas (methane) into hydrogen from just about anywhere, while capturing the CO2. It could one day hook up to your natural gas line, letting you fuel your car from home in a non-polluting way like you can with an EV.
London tech banker: Snap's IPO looks like a 'very risky' investment
Asked about Snap's upcoming IPO, GP Bullhound's Manish Madhvani
told Business Insider: "It's very difficult, that market. I don't
personally like investing in that market — social, where the
model is very dependent on advertising. I think it is very risky.
The user growth [of Snapchat] is slowing."
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Apple Pay dominates mobile payments, and it could change retail forever - TechRepublic
It may be presumptuous for Apple to lay claim to a mobile payments standard, given that it hovers at roughly 30% market share (in the US), with Google's Android consuming most of the rest of the market. But Apple customers tend to have more disposable income and use Apple Pay far more than Android users turn to Android Pay. This makes them a more attractive target for retailers to support, and it also paves the way for Apple to eventually open up Apple Pay to Android devices, much as it has done with iTunes.
Bruce Wayne's Dumb Cousin Dresses Up as Robin in Powerless Clip
Van Wayne’s in charge of Wayne Security—the fictional company where NBC comedy Powerless is set— and wants to get in touch with Batman for some reason. So, of course, he dresses up in a Robin costume and hopes the World’s Greatest Detective swoops down to talk.
Google’s Waze Plans Expansion of Ride-Sharing Service
Google is planning to expand a carpool service on its Waze navigation app, setting the tech company on a collision course with companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. that have a head start in the ride-sharing industry.
Never lose your valuables again with this miniature GPS locator
Keeping a tab on kids, pets, and valuables is a difficult task, so a new Indiegogo has built a miniature GPS tracker to at least help find people or items once they’ve disappeared.
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Valve's room-scale VR trackers will soon be sold separately
Valve has announced that it will soon be selling standalone SteamVR Tracking base stations directly. While you could previously order the tech from HTC, later this year, consumers and developers will be able to purchase the new and improved single-rotor tracking model from Valve's online store. With the current standalone tracking stations costing $130 from HTC, the Steam owner states that the move from a dual-rotor to single-rotor design could bring "rapid cost reductions," according to Road To VR . This suggests that the new tracking station may be significantly cheaper.
Galaxy Tab S3 and keyboard cover show up in new leaked image
With the Galaxy S8 a no-show at this year’s MWC, we’re expecting to make do with a new Galaxy Tab S3 as Samsung’s big news. The latest leak of the device comes from Evan Blass and purportedly shows the Tab S3 with a keyboard case. The tablet itself doesn’t look like a departure from Samsung’s previous designs (still rocking capacitive buttons for example) and the keyboard is similar to that of the iPad Pro (e.g. chiclet keys with generous spacing; vertical arrow keys squashed together).
Crowdfunded 'MST3K' revival hits Netflix April 14th
Tonight, after a "Red Carpet Kickstarter Screening" of the first new Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, Netflix announced the revived series will launch April 14th. In a message to backers of the biggest crowdfunded video project, creator Joel Hodgson promised that backers with rewards including new episodes or a live screening of the new episodes will "have them by April 14." Netflix didn't have anything to share other than the cast photo above, but at least fans can mark their calendars.
Five Slack Hacks That Can Keep You Productive No Matter What
Combine that with the fear of missing out (FOMO), and you'll want to not only read your mentions but also might like to catch up on the chitchat in the "#general" channel. That's fine—but it's highly unlikely that you're being paid just to read Slack all day. So how do you stay up to date on what everyone's talking about, join in on conversations with remote colleagues you'd otherwise miss out on, and stay focused on your real job? Here are five hacks that can help.
Apple's 'spaceship' campus to open in April
"Steve's vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We've achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world, and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy."
The key to smarter farms? IoT farm application ecosystems
With SCEP technology, IoT vendors across agriculture, manufacturing, retail, supply chain and logistics, and government can not only rapidly create ecosystems of innovative IoT applications, but can integrate – even monetize — those applications by offering them as platforms to additional application partners. And when a farm runs on such a service creation and enrichment platform, instead of silos, the underlying data throughout the entire agriculture operation grows smarter each day. The farmer can fine-tune operations, based on precision intelligence and knowledge from an ecosystem of partners. It’s when the vision of a truly smart farm becomes reality.
Tesla plans to double the number of Supercharger stations in North America this year
Tesla's Supercharger network provides high-speed charging that restores 170 miles of range in 30 minutes. That's extraordinarily fast for electric vehicle charging and is a key aspect of the Tesla customer experience.
Share Your PS4 Clips for a Chance to Win PS Store Gift Cards - IGN
Every week, for the next five weeks, we’ll pick a game and propose a specific challenge where you show us your skills. We'll watch all submissions and pick our favorites, which we'll then showcase on IGN! Rinse and repeat the following week with a new challenge and more chances to win!
Blizzard ends support for Windows XP and Vista
While few Vista and XP users in the west will be stung by Blizzard's decision, a significant number of gamers in China will be affected. The country's Internet cafes famously relied upon Windows XP, or pirated and customised versions thereof, for over 15 years. Government-run Chinese institutions also made extensive use of Windows XP and weren't keen on upgrading or paying for extended support .
Email automation platform Mailgun spins out of Rackspace, raises $50 million
Alongside the spin-out news, Mailgun has also raised $50 million in a round led by Turn/River Capital, with participation from Rackspace and Scaleworks. The intention here is to “accelerate Mailgun’s product roadmap, drive growth initiatives, and expand customer support,” according to a statement. The new standalone company will be led by William Conway, who served as general manager at Mailgun within Rackspace.
Iceland's president clarifies he likes pineapples, just not on pizza
"I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power," he said on a Facebook statement . "I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don't like. I would not want to live in such a country."
Verizon will test 5G wireless in 11 cities by mid-2017
Verizon isn't going to let AT&T's 5G plans go unanswered. The carrier (and our corporate overlord) says it will pilot the gigabit-class wireless in 11 cities by the middle of 2017, including major urban hubs like Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington, DC. These will be "pre-commercial services" offered to specific customers, so don't expect to try extra-fast cellular data in your neighborhood. Instead, this is about investigating "scenarios and use cases" before Verizon is ready to ask for money.
AMD Ryzen benchmark preview: Ryzen 7 outperforms Intel's best
AMD’s Ryzen is out to prove that some things aren't too good to be true. At least that’s what the latest round of benchmarks released from the company appear to prove. At this point, the numbers indicate the underdog company’s new chip will be every bit as impressive as the hype says it is.
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Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough
In August 2011, Steve Jobs, the tech icon who disrupted a string of traditional industries, called me and told me he thought he’d figured out a way to revolutionize TV. He invited me to come see it at Apple in a few months, but he died just six weeks later and that meeting never came to pass. Not long after, in his authorized biography of Jobs, the author Walter Isaacson quoted him as saying he thought he had “cracked” the problem of TV.
9 things you should know about using prime lenses
Another big bonus of using prime lenses is that they're usually 'faster'. This means they have a larger maximum aperture, which enables quicker shutter speeds. For example, a typical 18-55mm zoom lens has a maximum aperture of roughly f/4 at the wide-angle end, shrinking to a mere f/5.6 at about 50mm. Switch to a 50mm f/1.4 prime lens and the largest available aperture is four stops faster.
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What Can We Do About Donald Trump's Unsecured Smartphone?
President Trump can keep using his vulnerable phone, which is reportedly an old Samsung Galaxy S3 , until President Trump decides to do something different. Congressman Lieu told Gizmodo that his investigation would force certain officials to testify before Congress about the president’s security practices, and the committee could then publish a report that would “hopefully put pressure on the White House to change its ways.” Congress, however, cannot force the president’s hand.
Apple Seeds macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Public Beta 3 with Night Shift to Public Testers
Apple has seeded the third public beta for macOS Sierra 10.12.4, which mirrors the developer software seeded earlier this week. The new public seed is available now as an over-the-air (OTA) software update on Macs that are already registered as part of the public beta program. Just head into the Mac App Store and install the software from there.
Milo Yiannopoulos Proudly Declares Victory After Losing Everything
Part of the difference this time is that the attacks are coming from the right. It’s strange to think Yiannopoulos’s hate-filled remarks on other subjects were acceptable enough to be associated with Simon & Schuster, CPAC, and Breitbart, but flippant comments about pedophilia were over the line. In the end, those who raised Yiannopoulos’s profile were the same ones to bury it, showing that even those who benefit from Milo’s crusade of offense have limits on what they’re willing to cozy up to.
Terrorists are building drones. France is destroying them with eagles.
"The eagles are making good progress," said the French air force's commander of a program that adapts the ancient art of falconry to the threats of unmanned flight.