John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95
John Glenn, the legendary war veteran, astronaut and United States Senator, died this afternoon at the age of 95 after being hospitalized in his home state of Ohio. After serving as a combat pilot in World War II and the Korean War, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. This feat came in the middle of the Cold War -- Russia had just achieved orbit itself and Glenn's trip evened out the space race between the two countries.
Alaska Air CIO flies off to build Dubai smart cities
GE’s Justin Brown and Taylor Dawson came by and spoke to us about why company’s appliance team started the FirstBuild maker community, how platforms can bring community and product builders together to accelerate development, and how IoT represents the promise of gaining benefits from technology as it connects to people. Why would GE Appliances start FirstBuild? … Read more »
Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S8 Won't Have Home Button
Citing people with direct knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reported that the Galaxy S8 will have a virtual home button embedded in glass at the bottom of the phone, and its bezel-less display will offer more viewing real estate.
Watching all Casey Neistat vlogs is the best way to spend your time today
Remember Casey Neistat ? YouTube ’s favorite vlogger gave up on his craft on November 16, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop watching him.
Super Mario Run For The iPhone Jumpstarts A New Mobile Era For Nintendo
With the December 15 launch of Super Mario Run for Apple's iOS devices—both iPhone and iPad—Nintendo is finally taking an important step forward into the smartphone-centric world of mobile gaming. When the game launches, it will be a "free to start" version that gives access to its first world: three courses and a brief glimpse of that world’s concluding castle course. The full game costs $9.99, giving access to all six of its worlds, 24 courses in all, and a few other game modes. No other payments are required in the game, micro or otherwise.
Sean Rad steps away from CEO role (again) to run Tinder’s new Swipe Ventures
A growth company like Tinder often requires operational and structural changes as it evolves through its multiple stages of development. This new configuration will allow Tinder to capture its full potential. I look forward to continuing to work with Sean and Tinder’s talented team and am eager to see the opportunities that we develop through Swipe Ventures. I’m confident that the incredible leadership we have throughout the rest of Match Group gives me the ability to devote more time to Tinder without our other businesses missing a beat. Overall, we’re rolling into 2017 with lots of opportunity ahead.
Jimmy Fallon geeks out over Nintendo’s Switch, new ‘Zelda’ on ‘Tonight Show’
Fallon had trouble containing his excitement, relaying the story of Miyamoto’s childhood adventures — the inspiration behind the Zelda series — and demonstrating to the audience how to use the Switch’s kickstand to play two-player games on the go without having to be prompted by Fils-Aimé.
Killing children in 'What Remains of Edith Finch'
What Remains of Edith Finch is obsessed with death. It feels more like a collection of short stories, each one about the mysterious demise of someone in the Finch family. The Finches are cursed: Beginning in the early 1900s, family members have been killed in strange, seemingly impossible ways, often at young ages. Today Edith Finch is the last of her name, and she's convinced something is amiss in her life, so she travels to her family home in Washington to dig through her ancestral history.
HTC launches its own VR app and game studio for Vive
HTC spun its Vive VR business into a subsidiary back in June and today the company announced it's launching its own studio for VR app and game development. The appropriately named Vive Studios will release games that are developed in-house and by other companies in an effort to boost interest in its virtual reality gear . The first title from the new initiative is called Arcade Saga: a trio of games that shows off HTC's room-scale VR from the internal 2 Bears Studio.
Microsoft and LinkedIn Put a Ring On It
"Today is an exciting day, one I've been looking forward to since June. It marks the close of the agreement for Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn and the beginning of our journey to bring together the world's leading professional cloud and the world's leading professional network," wrote Nadella. "As we articulated six months ago, our top priority is to accelerate LinkedIn's growth, by adding value for every LinkedIn member."
Data protection disputes set to surge in the next five years
With incidents of data breaches and other data protection issues on the rise, researchers are looking into just how much we can expect data protection disputes to rise in the next five years. This is the focus of a recent research study conducted by the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London in coordination with Pinsent Masons law firm.
PewDiePie hits 50 million subscribers, promises again to delete his account
YouTube’s most popular channel, PewDiePie, hit a new milestone today, crossing 50 million subscribers. Earlier this week, in a rant about how changes to the service were costing him views, PewDiePie promised to delete his channel when he hit this milestone. In a tweet today, he said the end will arrive at noon (5PM GMT) tomorrow .
Your business is already IoT-ready and here’s how
Much of what we can do with the IoT is business analytics. This sounds fancy, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be as simple as collecting a little data about your customers, employees, or business processes and then making changes based on what it says. Interestingly though, most businesses are collecting a lot of data.
A queer vision of love and marriage
Love is a tool for revolutionary change and a path toward inclusivity and understanding for the LGBTQ+ community. Married activists Tiq and Kim Katrin Milan have imagined their marriage — as a transgender man and cis woman — a model of possibility for people of every kind. With infectious joy, Tiq and Kim question our misconceptions about who they might be and offer a vision of an inclusive, challenging love that grows day by day.
Google Makes So Much Money, It Never Had to Worry About Financial Discipline—Until Now
The architect of this reorganization—known as “Alphabetization” at the ever-sunny Google—was Ruth Porat, the new chief financial officer. Porat, who was born in England but grew up in Palo Alto, led Morgan Stanley’s technology banking division during the first dot-com boom, served as an adviser to the Treasury Department during the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and became Morgan Stanley’s CFO in 2010. She joined Google in May 2015 with a mandate to bring discipline and focus to a company so awash in cash that it never needed much of either. She instituted rigorous budgeting and, according to people familiar with Alphabet’s operations, forced the Other Bets to begin paying for the shared Google services they used. Projects hatched with ambiguous timelines of 10 or more years in some cases had to show a path to profit in half the time.
Dream on: Google’s VR headset conjures up new colors, games and apps
A slew of new games also hit Daydream View today, including action-shooter Gunjack 2: End of Shift, psychological horrorfest Layers of Fear: Solitude, reverse-dungeon crawler Underworld Overlord, magic battler Wands, and LEGO BrickHeadz Builder VR - a Daydream-exclusive building game starring everyone's favorite plastic bricks/unintentional caltrops.
Spotify doesn't want to buy SoundCloud anymore
A source for the Financial Times claims that the deal was abandoned as Spotify prepares for an IPO sometime next year, something that the streaming company did not want encumbered by the costs and licensing issues of an acquisition. All in all, it’s a sensible move from Spotify, given that the benefits of the deal seemed to be far outweighed by the cost (SoundCloud was last valued at $700 million ), especially as the streaming service heads toward an IPO in 2017.
Twitch gamers will stream from the White House next week
A host of popular Twitch streamers will emerge from their poster-walled bedrooms next week to give President Obama a masterclass in clutch plays. On Monday, December 12th, Monster-guzzling gaming celebs will huddle around screens at the president's Washington D.C. residence for the "White House Competitive Gaming Event." A four-hour livestream starting at 4PM ET will broadcast all the casual and competitive action, with highlights of the first White House LAN party to include a pro-am Rocket League showmatch featuring members of NRG eSports, and a Street Fighter V clash between US fighting game legend Justin Wong and people's champion Mike Ross, commentated by none other than PogChamp himself. We believe in you, Mike.
Facebook was dominated by the presidential election in 2016
For something a little more personal, Facebook has also created year-end videos for each user. The footage provides a look back at your highlights from 2016. The company says the compilation is editable and once you settle on a final version, you can share it with all of your friends. Those individual videos will be making the rounds to your News Feed during December, but you can take a look now via this link .
AT&T Vice Chairman Ralph De La Vega to retire on Dec 31
Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Mexico, will take on de la Vega's responsibilities as the head of the international and business operations, according to a person familiar with the situation. AT&T confirmed the move.
Apple adds ChargePoint EV stations & app links to Maps coverage
ChargePoint —claiming to run the world's biggest network of EV charging stations —on Thursday announced its addition to Apple Maps, letting Mac and iOS device owners quickly find a station if their electric car is beginning to run low.
Gene Munster Leaving Piper Jaffray To Launch VC Firm
In addition to word that technology and internet analyst Bob Peck will be leaving SunTrust for Credit Suisse, Benzinga has learned another top sell-side analyst is making a transition.
NBC shutting down Breaking News app, service
NBC shutting down Breaking News app, service
NBC is shutting down Breaking News, the online service and its popular mobile apps, at the end of the year.
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These robotic utensils are changing the lives of people with disabilities
For people with disabilities, who often lack access to employment, that luxury price could potentially be a deal-breaker due to income constraints. But, the creators say, the cost averages to 17 cents per meal over the first year, arguing the utensils — and the independence they grant users — are worth the price tag.
Google Daydream VR adds HBO, virtual Legos, and more games
On the gaming side, Lego is releasing Lego BrickHeadz Builder VR , a free game with no in-app purchases. BrickHeadz Builder essentially offers two modes. In one, you can play with Lego figures and prefabricated objects, watching them interact to unlock new characters and props. In another, you get a virtual building board and can call up bricks to make specific models, or select your own shapes and colors and create whatever you want. It’s fairly robust for a free VR app, although the Daydream remote makes placing items a little finicky; just putting one brick on top of another is sometimes more frustrating than fun.
'Pokémon Go' is turning Starbucks stores into stops
'Pokémon Go' is turning Starbucks stores into stops
Promotion will transform 7,800 stores into Pokéstops or Gyms.
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Secret founder returns to anonymous publishing with launch of IO
Secret co-founder David Byttow said his shuttered startup would make a return of sorts, tweeting as much in November. Byttow launched the revived anonymous publishing app as IO on Thursday morning, with a different approach that has more in common with Medium than mobile social apps like Twitter (and with Bold , the startup he launched as a long-form content publishing platform for enterprise in June, and which actually provides the trunk URL for IO).
U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993
Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics. In all, death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death.
14 Gifts for the Best-Dressed Man at the Office
are crafted out of Douglas fir and hand-brushed to a glossy black finish. They’re about a foot and a half tall, so they’ll provide plenty of bump at the cocktail hour in his corner office. If your man is still in cubeland, he can use these to smarten up his den and enjoy them come quitting time. $700
Required reading: The books that students read in 28 countries around the world
We posed this question to our TED-Ed Innovative Educators and members of the TED-Ed community. People all over the globe responded, and we curated our list to focus on local authors. Many respondents made it clear in their countries, as in the US, few books are absolutely mandatory. Take a look at what students in countries from Ireland to Iran, Ghana to Germany, are asked to read and why:
Robot Writes Bad Christmas Song Because We Get the AI We Deserve
Music is about feeling and robots cannot feel. Nevertheless, scientists at the University of Toronto programmed an AI to write a Christmas song, and while Boing Boing deems this “not bad” and “a triumph,” it comes off as hauntingly stoic and vaguely threatening.
The huge interior of Apple’s new headquarters is shown in these leaked photos
Apple management sent an email to all employees to show the progress being made on the construction of the company's new campus. The email said 5,200 people are now working on the project. The photos show the sheer size of the interior of the building, and clearly show how a large ring of skylight will affect the look and feel of the space. Spacious and sunlight-filled. That sounds like Apple.
Here’s a list of horrible behavior that will get you banned from Uber
In his two years driving for Uber, Scott Winbolt has seen some fairly ridiculous behavior from riders: open containers of alcohol, dirty feet on the dashboard, people trying to sneak four people in a backseat designed for three. You name it.
Dinosaur tail found preserved in amber 'Jurassic Park'-style
The tiny tail of a 99 million-year-old dinosaur has been found preserved in an amber fossil, according to a Thursday report in the journal Current Biology . It's the first time researchers have been able to study dino feathers while they're still attached to a body.
Bluetooth 5's faster, longer-ranged wireless is here
Again, the new spec is all about raw performance. You can expect up to four times the range, twice the speed and eight times the amount of data in broadcast messages. Those will be particularly helpful for smart appliances and the Internet of Things , where the existing Bluetooth 4.2 standard might not be powerful enough to connect an entire home. However, it should also make a difference anywhere that you notice Bluetooth's existing limitations. Smartwatches could see a serious upgrade, for example -- one of the biggest bottlenecks on wristwear is the slow connection to your phone. And regardless of the device you use, there are techniques to reduce interference with other wireless devices.
Let's clean up the space junk orbiting Earth
Our lives depend on a world we can't see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit isn't a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges us to consider the environmental impact of the satellites we rely on. Our orbital environment is breathtakingly beautiful and our gateway to exploration, she says. It's up to us to keep it that way.
Zoo Opens Investigation After Seven Penguins Drown
Jamie Dorgan, the Director of Animal Care, said Thursday the Calgary Zoo is launching an investigation after seven Humboldt penguins drowned in a holding area, calling the deaths “devastating news.”
How Clever Design Makes A 350-Square-Foot Apartment Feel Luxurious
Graham Hill, cofounder of LifeEdited.com, believes tiny apartments are better for the environment, your bank account, and your well-being.
AT&T will finally refund $88 million in unauthorized charges
According to the FTC's statement , AT&T was tacking on unauthorized $9.99 monthly charges for things like horoscopes, ringtones, "love tips," and other "fun facts" from third-party companies and then keeping 35 percent of the charges. After the FTC crackdown, AT&T changed its billing practices and had to pay into the FTC fund that is now issuing refunds amounting to, "the most money ever returned to consumers in a mobile cramming case."
Malware infects computers by hiding in browser ad GIFs
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Pebble’s story, from Kickstarter sensation to Fitbit acquisition
Pebble has had a long, one might say rocky road. As one of the earliest and biggest crowdfunding successes, it showed the potential and perils of hardware startups that were increasingly having to scale from back-of-napkin idea to a global operation almost overnight. Its acquisition by Fitbit now official and word coming down that the company is done making products make for a bittersweet end to an unusually successful hardware startup story.
Mercedes, Audi, and BMW have a new cash cow that's turning around the luxury market
For example, Mercedes, BMW, and Audi all have at the core of
their portfolios passengers cars. They also sell crossover SUVs,
but they can't conceivably bail out on cars — even if the market
becomes increasingly unfriendly to them — because that type of
vehicle in enmeshed with their brands.
Why carmakers should get a break on fuel-economy standards
The automakers want to build and sell the vehicles that
people want to buy. This doesn't mean that they don't want to
improve fuel-economy. The opposite, actually: they want SUVs and
pickups to get better MPGs because that's a selling point.
12 Things Product Managers Should Do in Their First 30 Days
Congratulations, a product has found its product manager. Perhaps you’re joining a small startup, or maybe you have a new project in a big company. How you approach your first 30 days will make a tremendous difference, setting you up for success or struggle.
Report: ‘Dark Souls III’ could come to the Nintendo Switch
If you’re a glutton for punishment, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve played Dark Souls III . But why limit your self-esteem-killing play sessions to just your house? A new report suggests that you won’t have to anymore, as the game could be making its way to the Nintendo Switch.
The new, easy way to shut down a Windows 10 PC? Get Cortana to do it
This preview is now available on the Fast Ring, although some folks appear to be having problems downloading it, and here at Techradar Towers, we experienced a bug which meant we couldn’t get the build to work. Hopefully any of these early issues will be ironed out pronto.