Apple Acquires Personal Health Data Startup Gliimpse
Silicon Valley-based Gliimpse has built a personal health data platform that enables any American to collect, personalize, and share a picture of their health data. The company was started in 2013, and funded by serial entrepreneur Anil Sethi, who has spent the past decade working with health startups, after taking his company Sequoia Software public in 2000. He got his start as a systems engineer at Apple in the late 1980s.
Microsoft acquires AI scheduling bot Genee for Office 365 smarts
Microsoft’s Outlook and Office 365 VP Rajesh Jha said in a separate blog post that Genee’s team will be helping “build new Office 365 productivity capabilities and services” broadly, while describing the services it currently provides customers at length. The stated purpose of the Genee acquisition is to “accelerate intelligent experiences in Office 365,” according to the post’s title, which could mean its chatbot assistant might someday become a baked-in feature of Office 365 itself.
Barbra Streisand fixes Siri with a call to Tim Cook
Tech support is apparently a lot easier if you're rich and famous. For Barbra Streisand, it's as simple as picking up the phone and calling the CEO of Apple to get a quick fix. The legendary singer and actress said that she'd become frustrated recently with how Siri pronounced her name, and rang up Tim Cook to sort out the problem.
Sony's new in-dash system supports Android Auto and CarPlay
Sony has a neat solution: its new XAV-AX100 in-car receiver supports both standards and connects to your devices via Bluetooth, so you don’t have to carry a spare phone or worry about getting a new audio system when you switch between Apple and Android phones.
Analogue's beautiful, aluminum NES gets a smaller spin-off
The Nt mini will set you back $479, which, yes, isn't much cheaper than the $500 price tag the original Analogue Nt had stuck to it. You'll get a little more bang for your buck, though: it comes with one of 8bitdo's wireless NES30 controllers and can upscale your NES games' video and output it through HDMI or RGB right out of the box. All told, the folks at Analogue Interactive say the Mini model is about $200 cheaper than a comparably kitted-out original (though good luck finding one for close to that on eBay right now). And as always, the Nt mini is meant to play your aging carts just as well as your toaster or top loader did back in the day -- there's no emulation here, like you'd see on machines like the Retron 5.
Samsung to Close Milk Music Streaming Service in U.S.
Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones predominantly rely on Android apps, though over the years the company has moved to invest in its own apps to beef up its software offerings. But its efforts haven’t been very successful. Samsung launched its own mobile music and e-book service several years ago but was forced to shut them down after the services proved unpopular with consumers.
Google removing support for Chrome Apps in Mac browser by 2018
Google is continuing a migration away from Chrome apps, and has revealed a plan to cut packaged and hosted apps from its standalone Web browser in the next two years.
The company has declared that starting in late 2016, newly-published Chrome apps will only be available to users on Chrome OS. Existing Chrome apps will remain accessible on all platforms, and developers can continue to update them.
However, by the end of 2017, the Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. By early 2018, people on these platforms will no longer be able to load the apps at all.
All types of Chrome apps will remain supported and maintained on Chrome OS for the foreseeable future. Additional enhancements to the Chrome apps platform will apply only to Chrome OS devices.
Google claims that only one percent of Mac and Linux users actively utilize Chrome packaged apps. Developers are encouraged to migrate the apps to the Web, and invited to participate in a process to select APIs for migration.
PlayStation Plus is about to get a little pricier
PlayStation Plus launched back in 2010 and since that day the price has been $49.99 for a year of exclusive content, online play, free games, cloud storage and a handful of other features. Starting next month, you’ll have to tack on an additional $10.
When Will Your Phone Get Android Nougat? It Might Be a While
Getting a first bite of Nougat , which offers new emoji, multitasking tricks, and notifications, depends on your phone model, your carrier, your location, and the “heaviness” of the skin each manufacturer slaps on top of Android. According to a report by mobile-development firm Apteligent , there are established first-movers in the update game. If you have the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or Nexus 6, you’ll get Android N as early as today; August 22 is the kick-off date for a weeks-long rollout to Nexus devices. All those phones run stock Android and get their updates directly from Google. Other phones get their updates from the device manufacturers, and each manufacturer has to make sure the new version of Android runs properly with all of its proprietary software and custom features across multiple carriers. That can take a while.
Airplane Tires Don’t Explode on Landing Because They Are Pumped!
In the first moments after a plane touches down, the tires are skidding, not rolling. The airplane essentially drags them down the runway until their rotational velocity matches the velocity of the plane. That’s why they smoke upon landing, and why Michelin uses grooves instead of the block patterns seen on your car’s rubber—blocks would simply break off. (Most tire wear comes from this moment of contact—where the rubber meets the runway.) The stoutest tires are rated for speeds of up to 288 mph.
Oh yay, more Hillary Clinton emails
It looks like Hillary Clinton's email party will be going strong all the way to November. The FBI has uncovered 14,900 more undisclosed emails and documents from Clinton's time as Secretary of State and will begin releasing them very soon, The Washington Post reported today.
Sony Will Reveal a Thinner, Cheaper Playstation 4 Next Month: Report
The PS4 Slim console is set to be revealed at the company’s major media event taking place in New York City on September 7. At that news conference, Sony will also release a high-end version of the Playstation 4 with 4K streaming support and other enhanced graphics capabilities.
KFC Is Giving Away Sunscreen That Makes You Smell Like Fried Chicken
The summer is drawing to a close, but there’s still time to catch some rays, get a glowing tan, and smell like extra crispy fried chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken—or KFC as it likes to be called now—is giving away tubes of sunscreen that make you smell like you’ve slathered yourself in the Colonel’s secret 11 herbs and spices . That’s a good thing, right?
Tokyo's Olympic medals might be made from discarded smartphones
Japan isn't as resource-rich as other countries, though it does have a large "urban mine" of precious metals found in e-waste. According to Nikkei , the gold and silver contained in the country's discarded electronics account for 16 percent and 22 percent of global supply, respectively, and its e-waste supply should be sufficient to produce Olympic medals. The medals awarded to athletes in the 2012 Olympic Games were produced from 9.6 kilograms of gold, 1,210 kilograms of silver, and 700 kilograms of copper. In 2014 Japan recovered 143 kilograms of gold, 1,566 kilograms of silver, and 1,112 tons of copper from discarded devices, according to Nikkei .
Silicon Valley Is Too Embarrassed to Give Money to Trump
Silicon Valley is, in theory, all about innovation and social change, but despises regulation, meaning the its most powerful leaders’ political leanings vary quite a bit. In past elections, tech millionaires and billionaires gave tons of money to both Democrats and Republicans, but 2016 is, unsurprisingly, not your average election.
Amazon wants to sell a cheaper music subscription service that will only work on its Echo player
Industry sources say Amazon would like to launch both services in September, but has yet to finalize deals with major music labels and publishers. One sticking point, sources say, is whether Amazon will sell the cheaper service for $4 or $5 a month.
Twitter rolling out night mode for iOS
When night mode is enabled, Twitter’s app interface changes from its traditional white background to a dark blue, lessening the strain on your eyes should you be inclined to tweet in the dark. While the iPhone does have a universal night mode feature, Twitter has added its own so that it can control the entire experience users feel.
Want More Accurate Polls? Maybe Ask Twitter
And though mainstream media cast Hillary Clinton as uninspiring and Bernie Sanders as a maverick who had the nation frothing with support, the number of impressions—the unique accounts interacting with Clinton on Twitter—versus mentions—told a different story. During the second Democratic debate, Sanders had 209,000 mentions to Clinton’s 168,000, but Clinton trounced him in impressions, 1 billion to 531 million. Even five months later, during the eighth debate, the scenario was the same: in mentions, Sanders had Clinton beat 134,000 to 111,000, but her impressions outweighed his by almost 3 million. So while Sanders’ supporters were more individually Tweet-happy, Clinton’s reach was wider. “The polls and the social media inputs were saying the same thing,” says Clifford Young, President of US Public Affairs at Ipsos, which includes data from online sources like Facebook and even Xbox Live in its polling numbers. “The errors made by the pundits were not errors in the data stream.”
NASA gets in touch with lost spacecraft for the first time in 2 years
STEREO-A and B both come equipped with a "command loss timer" that forces it to reboot if the craft lose touch with Earth for more than 72 hours. When scientists lost touch with STEREO-B, they were in the process of testing this timer in anticipation of the communications blackout.
Android Nougat comes out of beta
The new version also promises improved battery life thanks to an improved version of Marshmallow’s Doze mode, for example, which put the device into a battery-saving deep sleep when you put your device down and didn’t move it for a while. In this new version, Doze will activate even when you’re on the go but haven’t used the device for a while. I can’t say that I’ve seen any major battery improvements in my day-to-day usage of the Nexus 6P (probably because I’m too addicted to my phone to not use it when it’s with me), but your mileage may vary.
Google starts rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices
Google today started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to existing Nexus devices via an over-the-air software update. This is a gradual rollout: The Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will all be updated, but “it may take several weeks” before everyone gets the latest and greatest, a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. Just like the Nexus 4 did not get Android Marshmallow, don’t expect the Nexus 5 to get Nougat. If you enrolled a device in the Android Beta Program , you will also receive the final version.
7 Simple Changes to Ramp Up Your Social Media Marketing
What if there were some small and simple changes that you could implement that would save you time, increase your effectiveness and bring you more success with achieving your social media marketing goals?
Inside the Crazy ‘Sport’ Where Rich Kids Drift and Crash SUVs
The rules of hajwalah are easy to understand, if not execute. First, get your SUV up to 100 mph or so. Then jerk the steering wheel back and forth to get your ride rocking. Do it right and you’ll end up on two wheels, and if you’re really good, you’ll see smoke pouring from the tires. Be sure to hold your hand out of the window, using your fingers to indicate which gear you’re in. Hit fifth and you just might win.
The slim PS4 is looking realer every day
Also, there's further support for beliefs that this is a new basic model, not the 4K-ready Neo . Wall Street Journal sources understand that there will be a "new PlayStation 4 standard model" alongside the Neo at Sony's September 7th event . While the tip is shy on details (there's no price or ship date), analysts suspect that it'll be less expensive than the $350 system you can buy today. Frankly, that's only logical. The slim PS4 certainly looks like it was subject to some cost-cutting, and Sony likely wants to close the price gap with the $300 Xbox One S as quickly as possible.
This all but confirms the new PlayStation 4 is real
Notably, this leaked PS4 doesn't seem to be the "Neo" system, but
another console altogether that Sony's never talked about. Sony
has a history of shrinking each generation of its PlayStation
game consoles over time (the PlayStation 2 came in three
different versions, for instance), so there's certainly
precedent. Microsoft just released a slimmer version of its Xbox
One console, dubbed the "Xbox One S." This could be the
PlayStation 4 equivalent of that.
The Mystery About the 'Coffee Ring Effect' Continues
They didn’t simulate coffee, however, but a drop of lead filled with tiny copper particles on a copper surface, which simplifies the physics just a bit—the better to calculate all the forces involved. And they used surfaces with different crystal structures to get a better idea of how the spreading of the drops can vary, and what impact this has on if and how the particles eventually stick to the surface at the outer edges of the resulting ring.
Iron Man's female successor will be named Ironheart
As we've previously noted , Williams won't be the first woman or person of color to take on the role of Iron Man, but her character's introduction is indicative of a Marvel universe that's aiming to be more diverse and inclusive. And for those that will miss Stark himself, the billionaire's personality will apparently live on as part of Ironheart, forming the basis of the new armor's AI.
Why You Should Avoid Sarcasm During a Job Interview or Review
Job interviews and job reviews can be intimidating, and it’s tempting to break the ice with a bit of humor. If your sense of humor tends to be overly sarcastic, though, that might be a turn-off to your boss or potential employer.
Brazil handed off Olympics hosting duty to Japan in an amazing way
The video combined the worlds of "Super Mario" with "Super Mario
Kart" to help Abe arrive at Brazil's Maracanã Stadium in
time for the rain-soaked image seen above.
You may one day buy a phone that assembled itself
Yes, the phone's design brings a whole new meaning to "rough and tumble", but the implications here are in manufacturing. It could further automate how phones are made, and companies would be able use sorters that are already sifting through components to put handsets together.
Japanese prime minister as Mario is everyone's Olympic dream
In an epic teaser for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the prime minister of Japan arrived at the Rio Games through a green pipe dressed as Mario.
23andMe's Consumer DNA Data Gold Mine Is Starting To Pay Off
Tung says her team now can hardly keep up with the demand from academics. 23andMe had 25 applications from researchers in the fall of 2013, and that number jumped to 45 in the fall of 2014. The numbers aren't yet available for 2015 and 2016, but a company spokesman did share that the team received nearly 20 requests from academics to study the data in the wake of the depression study, which was published just two weeks ago.
Apple and Google Are Teaming Up to Kill Robocalls Forever
The Federal Trade Commission established the national “Do Not Call Registry” in 2003 specifically to solve this problem. But voice over internet protocol technology made it cheap and easy for scammers operating beyond the US to make long-distance calls that appear to be coming from within the country. Yes, the same tech that makes it easy for you to have a free Google Voice number makes it equally easy for hucksters and thieves to pester you at dinner.
Netgear Orbi promises to rid your home of WiFi dead zones
One of the most frustrating first world problems today is not being able to connect to your home WiFi network in spots that are farther away from your router. Netgear believes it can get rid of that problem with its latest product: a WiFi system called Orbi. The $400 basic kit comprises of a router and a satellite that the company says will cover up to 4,000 square feet together. Orbi's standout feature, said Netgear, is its tri-band mesh system that dedicates one channel to extending the internet from the router to the satellite while keeping the other two free for your other devices' connections.
The Analogue Nt mini console is a loving tribute to NES history
The Analogue Nt mini isn’t an NES – it’s better. The third-party system created by designer Christopher Taber is a work of art in its own right, crafted from a solid piece of aluminum and offering internals that boast no-compromise gameplay experience, vs. what you’d get from a home hack using emulation software.
Microsoft: Sorry Windows 10 Anniversary Update killed your webcam | ZDNet
Microsoft apologises for failing to tell users about an important change in Windows that has broken many USB-connected webcams.
EFF blasts Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy concerns
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has accused Microsoft of disregarding user choice and privacy with Windows 10. In a scathing editorial , EFF employee Amul Kalia calls on Microsoft to "come clean with its user community" over a growing number of Windows 10 privacy concerns. "Windows 10 sends an unprecedented amount of usage data back to Microsoft," explains Kalia, noting that enabling Cortana increases the amount of data passed to Microsoft. Privacy advocates have argued that Windows 10 sends back location, text input, voice input, touch input, websites you visit, and other telemetry data to Microsoft.
5 Ways to Make Your Phone Less Distracting
Smartphones are pretty much essential to modern living, but they have a tendency to cause interruptions at the most inconvenient times. Whether you’re heading into a meeting, or going out for a date, or just want to live a life less shackled to your mobile, here are some approaches you can take to make your phone less of a distraction.
This Hacker Says He Stole More NSA Hacking Tools
In a conversation with Gizmodo, the hacker demanded $1,000 to show screenshots of his supposed NSA haul. It’s unclear how the hacker supposedly stole the hacks and he refused to explain beyond saying “traded some exploits for access to a private escrow and stole the tar file.” This could mean a variety of things, but it seems like he’s indicating that he tricked the Shadow Brokers, the group that originally claimed to have accessed the NSA tools, and stole the .tar file containing the exploits. Again, we don’t have a way to confirm this is true but this hacker has hacked and sold his exploits in the past. Of course, his supposed screenshot of a conversation with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could easily be faked, too. Though Snowden did once offer rare praise for this hacker after he submitted a bug report to the Freedom of The Press Foundation.
The 50 best colleges in America
What makes a college great? In Business Insider's latest ranking of the best colleges in America, the top schools share a few common traits: They provide a quality education and graduate students on time, they set graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and they provide a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills pride and loyalty for decades to come.
Samsung plans refurbished smartphone program: source
SEOUL/SINGAPORE Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
iPhone 6s Bests Samsung's New Galaxy Note 7 in App Speed Test
Earlier this month, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 7, its newest smartphone with a 14-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, waterproofing, and wireless charging.
Spec wise, the Galaxy Note 7 seems to best the dual-core A9 processor and the 2GB RAM of the iPhone 6s , but based on a new speed test, it's clear raw hardware can't quite match superior hardware and software integration when it comes to real world usage.
In the performance comparison in which the two phones simultaneously launched the same apps, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was thoroughly defeated by the iPhone 6s, despite the Note 7's cutting edge hardware and the fact that it's a year newer than Apple's latest iPhone.
The iPhone was able to launch apps in succession at a much faster rate than the Galaxy Note 7, launching 14 apps (including rendering a video) in one minute and 21 seconds and eventually lapping the Galaxy Note 7, which took two minutes and four seconds to complete the same tasks. The iPhone was able to cycle through two laps of the app test in one minute and 51 seconds, while the Note 7 took two minutes and 49 seconds, almost a full minute longer.
Kobe Bryant has set up a $100 million venture capital fund
In an interview with The Journal, Bryant noted that people may
draw the comparison between his fund and that of New York Knicks
star Carmelo Anthony, who set up early-stage investment fund
Melo7 Tech Partners, or of his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate
Shaquille O'Neal, who has also made a series of investments in
technology and media startups.
All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1
Taking a far more complex page from early iPhone apps that leverage the iphone’s flash to detect heart rate, Luminostics wants to use the same flash to diagnose STDs like Chlamydia. To get a diagnosis, all you have to do is add a sample of blood, urine, or saliva to a cartridge and insert it into the smartphone adapter. In 15 minutes, smartphone users can get critical health information. The team decided to start with STDs because of the privacy concerns that put 35 million people at risk every year. The at home device is fast, convenient, and private unlike traditional doctor visits. The tech was developed as part of PHD research and will be entering clinical trials next year. While the company still has a long way to go before hitting their target of a US and Europe launch in 2018, the founders have an ambitious vision that includes vetinary testing and food safety feedback, in addition to additional applications in consumer health.
Apple may launch three new iPhones in 2017, limiting curved OLED to one model - report
Apple is preparing not two but three new iPhone models for 2017, the third of which will have a curved OLED screen similar to the Edge versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones, a report claimed on Monday.
After Olympics debacle, Ryan Lochte is dumped by Speedo
"Instead of complying with his contract during his last days at ZeniMax, he copied thousands of documents from a computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device," the filing reads, VRFocus wrote. "He never returned those files or all copies of them after his employment with ZeniMax was terminated. In addition, after Carmack's employment with ZeniMax was terminated, he returned to ZeniMax's premises to take a customized tool for developing VR Technology belonging to ZeniMax that itself is part of ZeniMax's VR technology."
PlayStation Plus annual membership now costs $60 a year, not $50
PS Plus is the premium online gaming network for Sony’s PlayStation consoles. It enables online multiplayer on PS4 while also offering a library of games each month at no extra charge. For example, in August, PS Plus subscribers will get space-trucking sim Rebel Galaxy for PS4 and the Japanese crime adventure Yakuza 5 for PS3. Sony’s Game & Network Services (the PlayStation division), generated $3.208 billion in revenue last quarter. The company credited PlayStation Network and PlayStation Plus for a lot of that money.
Why You Should Follow Your Roommate on Social Media (Hint: Murder)
If you’re not following your roommate on Twitter, stop everything you’re doing and start following them right now. It could save your life.
The digital nomad's guide to flying cheap every single time
It’s extremely easy to use. Start off by filling in your home airport and destination, and then browse around to see what’s available. If you already know when and where you want to go, just fill in everything to check for the best price. Even when you’ve found a great deal though, it’s good idea to double check if you’re paying the best price.