'Pokémon Go' tries to save the world at a major conference

It's a noble goal, and proof that Pokémon Go stops can be used as more than just corporate promotional tools . With that said, are checkpoints in an augmented reality game really going to do much to solve the world's ills, especially at a conference frequented by elites? Political and corporate leaders aren't usually roaming city streets looking for a Charmander, and it's doubtful that organizations will change their policies based on PokéStop graphics. This is more of an encouragement for conscientious, tech-savvy WEF attendees than a concerted attempt to sway influencers -- it's helpful, but not game-changing.

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Slack gets threaded messaging at last

As it stands, it seems threaded messages aren’t meant to be the main way of communicating on the platform, but rather an organizational system to help keep conversations tidy and useful. It’s particularly useful for answering questions (“Where should we eat?” “Who’s in charge of the presentation?”) or assigning tasks. Threads should also make it easier to locate specific information in a channel by helping you know where to look for an answer.

Minimum Height Rostock Max Filament Spool Holder

This project is for a minimum height filament spool holder for the Rostock Max. It bolts onto one of the top panels of the Rostock, keeping the filament right next to the extruder, but below the maximum height of the printer itself.

This text can crash your iPhone

YouTube channel EverythingApplePro highlights a sequence of characters that temporarily freeze an iPhone, which you can send to someone to put their kibosh on their phone. Here's how it works: a white flag emoji, the digit "0" and a rainbow emoji confuse iOS 10 when it tries to combine them into a rainbow flag.

Theranos closed its last remaining blood-testing lab after it reportedly failed an inspection

The Journal reported that this latest investigation happened in September. The Arizona lab then shut down in October, according to the company, so it remains unclear why the company took so long — in fact until the Journal’s report was released — to announce the closure of its lab. In an effort to seemingly throw some positive spin on the situation, earlier today (Tuesday) the company announced  the creation of a technology advisory board  in a move aimed at salvaging its reputation.

Tidal now lets you fiddle with your favorite jams

There wasn't much explanation to go along with Tidal's new feature and, at first, it seems like kind of a "eh" addition. However, if you're a fan of crafting playlists or otherwise putting a personal spin on your music, it's a feature that's sure to catch your eye - or rather, ear.

Meitu: Chinese startup that helps you look slimmer is worth nearly $5 billion

Meitu raised the equivalent of $629 million from investors, the company said Wednesday, valuing it at $4.6 billion. It sold shares at 8.5 Hong Kong dollars ($1.10) each, the bottom of the range it had targeted.

You can now control Vizio SmartCast devices through Google Home

Vizio’s SmartCast devices can now be controlled directly through Google Home, in essence adding voice controls to Vizio’s latest speakers and TVs. It’s a natural move forward for Vizio, which has been making SmartCast — the company’s branding for its smart TVs and speakers with integrated Chromecast support — devices for a while now, including it’s P-, M-, and E-series TVs and a variety of Wi-Fi-connected speakers.

Germany grapples with fake news ahead of elections

Merkel has warned of the effect that fake news could have on upcoming elections, suggesting that Russia may be seeking to interfere with elections in Germany as it is believed to have done in the US. (Merkel is seeking re-election later this year.) Justice Minister Heiko Maas has also suggested that Facebook should be treated as a media company, which would make it liable for fake news or hate speech published to its site, while German lawmakers are considering a law that would fine social networks that publish fake news. Reuters reported this week that Facebook executives have been working to dissuade German politicians from adopting stricter regulations.

Tidal rolls out a track editing feature for mobile users

Tidal’s latest feature has arrived with as little fanfare as humanly possible. The music service has snuck in a new Track Edit, accessible by opening the Option menu while playing a song.

13 keyboard shortcuts for Twitter addicts

The next time you take a break from your labors and check Twitter.com on your computer, you can flit about the social-networking site more efficiently with a few keyboard shortcuts.

THE LIVE STREAMING VIDEO REPORT: Forecasts, emerging players, and key trends for brands’ and publishers’ next big opportunity

Online video has become a key part of the strategic business model for both brands and marketers as they seek more innovative ways to capture consumer attention. Creative live streaming video initiatives and campaigns are a way for companies to cut through the digital clutter and have emerged as the medium of choice not only for person-to-person sharing, but also for business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) communication.

Airbus wants to test autonomous flying cars sometime this year

French aerospace giant Airbus wants to have an autonomous car in the air by the end of the year, according to the group’s chief executive, Tom Enders.

How to stop Facebook from wasting your precious time

I like Facebook and I’m not deleting my account any time soon. But I do feel like I have an unhealthy relationship with the social network. It kinda feels like that one friend who’s slightly too nagging. You know, the one that’s always demanding attention. Sure, we have a good time and a couple of laughs, but they’re an attention whore with zero respect for personal space.

‘True wireless’ surround sound is here, if you’re willing to put up with the charging

ONEaudio includes a quote on its Kickstarter page which claims that the speakers can offer 14 hours of battery life, but assuming that’s the case, that still means you’re going to have to charge six speakers at least once a week assuming you use the setup for a couple of hours a day. 

We Finally Know What’s Causing Namibia's Mysterious Fairy Circles

For decades, scientists have struggled to understand the strange circles of barren land that litter the Namib Desert. Called “Fairy Circles,” their formation has been attributed to everything from supernatural forces to poison gas and subterranean insects. Now, scientists may have finally solved this enduring mystery.

Take a Free Digital Photography Class From Harvard

Digital photography technology is continually changing, however, the principles behind good photography don’t. ALISON’s free online photo course gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of digital photography including topics such as exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photograph, how the camera sensor and lenses work, and how to process a photograph using computer software. You will also learn tips and techniques on what not to do when taking a photograph.

This Invisible Joint Is Making Ikea's Furniture Stronger And Easier To Build

Using the wedge dowel in a table made sense because it's a furniture type that often involves a lot of assembly and plenty of excess material for framing and braces. Since the leg would have to slot into another piece, the development team thought it would make sense to use it alongside another new development—a tabletop that looks like a solid piece of wood, which is thick enough to receive the dowel leg. The table's designers, Knut and Marianne Hagberg, worked with the engineering team to come up with the precise angle at which the leg should meet the tabletop. One significant logistics challenge? The tabletop is made by one supplier and the legs by another. Moreover, they're made from ash, which has slight tonal variations. While this added individuality, the designers found that using ash legs could result in a mismatched effect, so in the name of consistency they opted to use birch.

Forbes Tech News on Twitter

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Facebook to invest $3B in VR over next decade to reach more users - TechRepublic

During an Oculus intellectual property trial, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company would make a large investment in virtual reality technology to provide a better user experience.

This Could Become the Cheapest Power on Earth

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Biological tools create nerve-like polymer network

A nerve-like assemblage created by protein nanomotors acting on polymer filaments at Sandia National Laboratories. Credit: Sandia National Laboratories Using a succession of biological mechanisms, Sandia National Laboratories researchers have created linkages of polymer nanotubes that resemble the structure of a nerve, with many out-thrust filaments poised to gather or send electrical impulses.

Xiaomi's $150 Redmi Note 4 promises two-day battery life

I liked the Note 3’s 16-megapixel camera a lot, but I’m keen to see how the Note 4 does: Its 13-megapixel snapper works with a noise-eliminating CMOS 1.12μm pixel CMOS sensor – allowing for a 25 percent larger pixel area than the last model. Xiaomi says that this allows for improved balance and detail in your shots.

7 cool ways to reuse an old laptop

But if the hardware is still good, you've got lots of options. The most obvious one: reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows. (You've already moved your data to your new laptop, right?) That's worth considering if you have the necessary media (namely a bootable Windows disc and/or flash drive), but it might not be necessary. In fact, assuming the machine runs an older version of Windows, it might not even be wise from a security standpoint. (Best bet if you plan to stick with Windows: Do a clean install of Windows 10 .)

Japanese toilet industry agrees to standardize complex bidet controls

The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, a consortium of companies producing plumbing products including Toto, Panasonic, and Toshiba, has agreed to unify the iconography used on the often baffling control panels for Japanese toilets. The decision was made in response to foreign tourists who say they’re often unable to understand the controls, which operate features often not found on Western toilets such as bidets and warm air drying.

Turn a Pool Noodle Into “Quiet” Blocks for Kids to Play With

Every child has, plays with, and loves stacking blocks, but a little peace and quiet is a good thing to have too. Use a pool noodle to make a set of “quiet” blocks that just as fun to play with but a little quieter to get the best of both worlds.

Get To Know The Mother Of The Modern Environmentalist Movement In This PBS Doc

The two-hour film draws from Carson’s writings, letters, and scholarship for a glimpse into how a soft-spoken, Johns Hopkins University-educated zoologist became an environmental champion on the national stage. Carson’s work as an information specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which gave her access to the latest scientific studies, she was able to compile compelling evidence for the little-understood consequences of pesticides—prompting her to alert the public.

The fastest way to go from total newbie to programming pro is this Coding 101 training

At the rate the tech world spins, it may feel like everybody knows how to code a webpage or an app except you. Not true…but it’s never too late to put yourself on the right side of the coding knowledge equation, thanks to instruction like this in-depth

2018 BMW 4 Series looks only slightly different - Roadshow

BMW will likely keep the lineup the same in the US, offering the 430i as the base model and the 440i as the upgrade.

Lebanon gets a new government, now it needs a new economy

The fate of Lebanon's economy is important not only for the livelihoods of 4 million Lebanese, but for avoiding even more chaos in the Middle East: the country is home to more than one million Syrian refugees and half a million Palestinian refugees, and has its own history of instability.

What Employees Value More Than Salary, According to Glassdoor

Salary is important , but it’s not the only thing that contributes to job satisfaction. New research from Glassdoor reveals what makes people happiest at their jobs and how it varies depending on income.

Lexus unveils 885 horsepower yacht

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Student Debt Payback Far Worse Than Believed

Revised Education Department numbers shows at more than 1,000 schools, at least half of students defaulted or failed to pay down debt within 7 years

Sending this text will cause any iPhone running iOS 10 to instantly crash

The first method involves a text string that contains a white flag emoji, a zero, a rainbow emoji as well as a hidden character called a variation selector, which can then be copied into iMessage and sent to anyone. The second way is to deliver the same faulty text string by embedding it within a contact’s card and using iCloud drive to share it via iMessage.

Data Suggest Brexit Failed to Knock Tech Investment in U.K.

Faraday Future, once seen as a 'Tesla-killer,' is said to be in shambles as cash runs low and executives flee

Faraday Future, the electric-car startup once hyped as a "Tesla-killer," was getting a second chance. It had to get this one right. Early this month, a roster of company executives and Faraday's most visible investor, Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, gathered at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the annual mega-showcase for the technology, electronics, and auto industry's buzziest new products, from drones to TVs to self-driving cars. For Los Angeles-based Faraday Future, it was a chance to prove to the world that the company is for real, after its first appearance at CES in 2016 raised more questions than it answered. The startup had unveiled a sleek autonomous prototype, but the vehicle turned out to be an inoperable one-seat race car that might never be built — hardly a challenger to Tesla's growing fleet of electric vehicles that the tech press had been hoping for. So in 2017, nearly three years after its founding, and after the company had poached talent from Silicon Valley and Detroit and ballooned to 1,400 employees, Faraday Future needed to show it could produce a real car.

How to turn off Google Chrome desktop notifications

A few days into the switch, I noticed that I was getting frequent Facebook notifications in the lower right corner of my screen -- little pop-ups that were, quite frankly, very annoying. I went into Facebook to try to turn them off. No luck. I went into Windows 10's Settings menu and Action Center to try to turn them off. Again...no luck. Where the heck were they coming from?

Chinese government has ordered 103 planned coal plants to be canceled

In an article published this week, the IEA wrote that China’s existing coal-powered plants represent almost 50 percent of the world’s coal electricity-related emissions, and the country’s plants are some of the youngest in the world—meaning they could keep running for several more decades before being retired. The IEA suggested that China had a “significant opportunity” to retrofit up to 310GW of its existing capacity with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to reduce the amount of CO 2 that’s being vented into the air.

The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is heading to D.C. and Miami! Apply now!

The clock is ticking down, and you only have a few more days to submit an application to participate in the TC Meetup + Pitch-offs in D.C. and Miami.

A Fairy Tale Bleeds Into Reality in the Eerie Trailer for American Fable

On a Midwestern farm, a young girl delights in scary bedtime stories—until the fairy tales that she dreams about start taking shape in the real world, and not in a good way. Who’s that man being held captive in the creepy silo, and what’s up with that weird horseback rider who’s lurking in the fields?

'Apple Pencil 2' Said to Feature Magnets to Attach to iPad

Letem svetem Applem is reporting that Apple plans on launching an “Apple Pencil 2” this Spring, and that it will include a few key changes that should make it easier to keep tabs on throughout the day. The report cites information gathered from the Chinese social site Weibo, which says that the Pencil 2 will feature a new magnetic system that will allow owners to attach the stylus to the side of an iPad.


So far Android One has been partnering up with obscure device makers like Micromax or Cherry Mobile to produce the handsets. But in the US things might be a bit different. We’re not given an exact name, but LG might be in the cards (the company has a history of woring with Google for some its Nexus handsets). The first US-bound Android One phones are expected to make a debut before the middle of the year and should cost between $200 and $300, so they aren’t going to be exactly dirt cheap.

Mac malware uses 'ancient' code to target biomedical facilities | ZDNet

"The presence of Linux shell commands in the original script led us to try running this malware on a Linux machine, where we found that -- with the exception of the Mach-O binary -- everything ran just fine," the analysis continued. "This suggests that there may be a variant of this malware that is expressly designed to run on Linux, perhaps even with a Linux executable in place of the Mach-O executable. However, we have not found such a sample."

A look back at a decade of the Crunchies

It’s hard to believe that the Crunchies is already 10 years old. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and the Crunchies is (almost) always fun!

3-D Printed Clothing Coming to a Store Near You?

A 3-D knit printer developed by Intel is among new technology at the National Retail Federation convention that will help retailers meet customers' immediate needs. Intel's Michelle Tinsley joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero with a printed sweater and a look at other innovations that will improve the retail customer experience. Photo: Intel

When To Risk Your Career For Ethical Reasons

Here’s what I did know, though. The financial crisis, at bottom, was about investors’ faith in banks: Would they be able to get their money back when they needed it? Once there’s a crack in that belief, mistrust spreads, and banks eventually have to shut their doors—as some sure enough did. So my choice to go out on a limb in both situations wasn’t strictly a matter of principle, though it was that, too. It was a way to communicate to investors that while the system had failed them, our particular institutions still deserved their faith. Once again, I thought, ethical business was good business. My colleagues didn’t all agree.

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Panasonic aims to move Tesla auto partnership beyond batteries: CEO

OSAKA Panasonic Corp aims to extend its partnership with electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to shift its focus to the automotive business.

A tech company is making employees walk 10,000 steps a day, or do push-ups if they fail

The Chongqing Evening News quotes one of the new employees at the unnamed technology firm, Hu, who said that on his first day, the company's HR department made him sign up for a feature on the WeChat messaging app that tracks the number of steps they take each day.

North Carolina Would Lose Big With Scott Pruitt Leading the EPA

While the hearing inside the Dirksen Senate Office Building will probably veer into the oft-arcane world of environmental rule-making, the final vote and Pruitt’s agenda at EPA will have immediate consequences for many American communities—and North Carolina is a good example of what could go wrong in a Pruitt-led EPA. From sea level rise along the Outer Banks to polluted stormwater drainage from suburbs and farms into local ponds and streams, the state faces a host of environmental conflicts that rely on EPA rules to solve. Many worry that Pruitt’s EPA will be a toothless one.

51 How A.I. and blockchain are driving precision medicine in 2017
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53 Mozilla releases The Internet Health Report, an open-source document with version 1.0 coming by year end
54 Mozilla's new logo is kinda ://
55 Flurry of IPOs Poised to Test Market for New Offerings
56 Lawyer: Luckey not smart enough to create Oculus
57 People are dumping shared bikes in horrible piles
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61 Philly PD Bows To Union Pressure, Guts Independent Officer-Involved-Shooting Board Ordered By The DOJ
62 Netflix’s The Discovery posits a dark outcome from proving the afterlife exists
63 Samsung Heir Won't Be Arrested on Bribery Charges
64 U.S exchanges rent helicopter, drape banner in pursuit of Snapchat IPO
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