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Fiat Chrysler, Alphabet in Partnership Talks
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is in the late stage of talks with Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car division about a technology partnership, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
It’s OK Not to Use a Smartphone
For day to day use the main reason the
flip phone is better is battery life. If you don't turn it on, it lasts forever
- I can go down in the basement and get phones I've used in India years
ago and they still turn on. While traveling across US airports, I can leave a flip phone 'on' all day for emergency calls or airline updates
without having to charge it at the
end of the day. Try leaving a smart phone on in your pocket all day -
you'll have to charge it wherever you end up at the end of the day. For US travel, I'll carry a smart phone to slip my sim in if I need to
use map navigation, but I find the flip phone much easier for day to day use: I turn it on and keep it in my pocket and don't have to charge it for days at a time.
Introducing Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram Windows Apps | Facebook Newsroom
Facebook and Messenger for Windows 10 will both be available later today in the Windows Desktop App Store, and Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile will be available later today in the Windows Phone Store. We’ll be replacing the older Facebook Windows 8 listing in the Windows Store with the new Facebook Windows 10 app, using the below logo. People who have the Windows 8 app can choose to continue to use it, use Facebook in the browser or complete a free update to Windows 10. Later this year we’re excited to roll out the Windows 10 Phone Facebook and Messenger apps.
Facebook Revenue Soars on Ad Growth
The social network on Wednesday said advertising revenue jumped 57% in the first quarter to $5.2 billion from $3.3 billion. Mobile ads, which command a higher price than those shown on desktops, accounted for roughly four-fifths of that revenue.
Mark Zuckerberg Gets to Control Facebook a While Longer
The Special Committee and the board of directors believe that attracting a qualified chief executive officer to succeed Mr. Zuckerberg would be significantly more difficult if Mr. Zuckerberg, our founder and (in that event) former chief executive officer, continued to retain majority voting control of us in such a circumstance. The Special Committee and the board of directors also believe that the quality of a chief executive officer who would step into the role under these circumstances is likely to be significantly lower than it would be if we were no longer controlled by Mr. Zuckerberg, which could result in the potential loss of significant value for us and our shares of Class A common stock.
HP announces ultra-thin Chromebook 13, the first with an Intel Core M processor, starting at $499
The new HP Chromebook 13 sports a 13.3-inch screen and comes replete with a QHD+ (3200 x 1800) resolution display, which is among the highest resolutions yet for a Chrome OS-based machine. The all-metal case is 12.9mm thick which is, well, pretty thin, and the basic model weighs in at 1.29kg (2.86 pounds). It also comes with up to 16GB of memory and promises up to 11.5 hours of battery.
Fuzzy details pulled from “enhanced” photo to bust child predator
The CNN video hints at other computer programs used in the HSI's investigations, including a photo-matrix display that shows a circular arrangement of photo thumbnails—possibly to triangulate common elements in faces and other details—and an audio spectral analysis program, likely used to compare voices in various cases and isolate possible audio clues. However, the CNN report was wholly lacking in names of programs or software vendors involved in such cases—and it even named the major PhotoDNA initiative without giving credit to its creators at Microsoft .
The CEO of Priceline is resigning due to a personal relationship with an employee
Darren Huston has been CEO of the group which includes travel sites Kayak, Priceline, and OpenTable since 2014 after serving as the CEO of Booking.com (now one of the group's properties) since 2011. He previously worked for Microsoft as CEO of Microsoft Japan.
Gaming Platform Steam Now Accepting Bitcoin - CoinDesk
Confirming a long-rumored move, gaming and digital media platform Steam is now accepting bitcoin payments through processing service BitPay.
Twitter doesn't want to be a 'Social Networking' app anymore
It's very tempting to read into this: on the iOS App Store, Twitter is now categorizing itself as a "News" app instead of a "Social Networking" app. So excuse me while I give in to temptation. Sarah Perez over at TechCrunch has a very cogent and level-headed analysis of why this should help Twitter's download numbers and overall rankings. You should read it, then come on back here for the schadenfreude that inevitably follows every single moment in Twitter's long history of trying do define and / or redefine itself.
Artificial intelligence now fits inside a USB stick
The AI community has reacted positively to the announcement. Facebook's Director of Artificial Intelligence Dr. Yann LeCunn said he's "been hoping for a long time that something like Fathom would become available ... With Fathom, every robot, big and small, can now have state-of-the-art vision capabilities." while Google's AI Technical Lead Pete Warden said that "Fathom goes a long way towards helping tune and run these complex neural networks inside devices."
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone relaunches Jelly as a human-powered search engine
Biz Stone is co-founder of Twitter, a real-time, one-to-many network that is changing the way people communicate around the world. Previously, Biz helped build other popular social media services Xanga, Blogger, and Odeo. After launching the journalling service Xanga in 2000, Biz went on to publish two books about the origins and social significance of blogging.
In 2003, Google invited Biz to join …
A virtual reality game that's good for you and scientist approved
It's fitting that the morning I first experienced Deep VR at the Tribeca Film Festival, billed by its creators as a meditative virtual reality experience, I was already approaching peak anxiety levels. At 9:30AM, I was behind schedule (for reasons beyond my control) and huddled in a claustrophobic installation space made all the more overwhelming by various camera crews and the booming soundtrack of a heartbeat from the far corner. So when I first strapped the HTC Vive onto my head and a snug-fitting sensor around my diaphragm, I braced for the worst, assuming I'd be hit with a wicked bout of VR sickness. How wrong I was.
Periscope now lets users sketch over live streams
During a live broadcast, users can just tap the screen and click "sketch" to begin. If this feature feels familiar to you, it's probably because you can already do the same thing on Snapchat. This means Periscope's parent company Twitter is likely thinking about ways to replicate its competitors' successes. But Periscope's not the only company borrowing features from rival social networks. Facebook is also aggressively embracing live video , and its live streams, like Periscope's, feature heart reactions, a live map, and commenting.
A startup you've never heard just got acquired by a major pharmaceutical company for $5.8 billion
Venture capital firms are eyeing the M&A that's the bread and butter of pharma companies looking to build up their pipeline. For example, pharma giant AstraZeneca picked up a $4 billion stake in Acerta, a relatively small cancer drug. These deals happen all the time, and in the frenzy of M&A, things are getting earlier and earlier stage. Stemcentrx's own $5 billion valuation came from biopharmaceutical company AbbVie's acquisition of Pharmacyclics — a cancer drug developer that has since seen one of its drugs get approved — for $21 billion.
HP's New Chromebook Looks Like One of the Best
With a starting price of $499, HP’s new Chromebook is more expensive than many alternatives. Chromebooks made by Asus, Dell, and Acer, for instance, cost less than $300. So HP’s offering may not be ideal for those looking for the best available bargain, but it fills a gap by offering a high-end build at a much lower price that Google’s Pixel C.
HP's Chromebook 13 is the MacBook Air of the Google world
Designed in collaboration with Google -- the godfather of the Chrome OS operating system -- the Chromebook 13 has an all-metal body made of brushed aluminum that's merely 12.9mm thick. It weighs 2.86 pounds (1.29 kg), which is very portable, but still near the top end of what we'd expect from a slim 13-inch laptop. That said, it's thinner and a tad lighter than Apple's MacBook Air , which is 17mm thick and weighs 2.96 pounds (1.34 kg).
Time-bending FPS 'Superhot' heads to Xbox One next week
The unique shooter Superhot is coming to Xbox One on May 3rd. Ostensibly an FPS, the broad pitch is "time moves only when you move," but that's not quite accurate -- when you're standing still, things just move very slowly. You have to clear highly stylized levels of polygonal enemies using whatever tools you're given, while avoiding their one-shot-kill attacks. That's easier said than done, and as the challenges get tougher, you'll die a lot . Eventually, it plays out more like a puzzle game, with a few pre-determined paths leading to victory.
Twitter cofounder Biz Stone launched a startup, then pivoted it, and now he's launching the original idea all over again
Jelly uses a routing algorithm to determine who to ping to answer your question. For example, say you ask a question about a Jeep. The question will go to people who Jelly thinks know about Jeeps, based on previous content they've read or interacted with on the app. If no one in Jelly's network knows much about Jeeps, it will move on to people who know about trucks and cars. And if no one knows about trucks and cars, it will move on to people who know about adventuring and mechanics. And so on, until someone writes an intelligent answer.
A Comic Walks Into a VR Comedy Club…
Virtual reality, or VR, is still in its infancy, but eventually the immersive 3-D technology is expected to change how people interact across the globe. Users wear headsets that place them inside a digitally rendered world; in social VR, users can move around and interact with others logged into the same app.
Atari co-founder: mobile games make me want to throw my phone
However, despite these similarities, Bushnell argues that mobile game design still has a lot to learn from the arcade forefathers of the 1970s, when the likes of the Apple pioneers Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were among Atari’s first employees. “Generally, a tremendous number of mobile games are poorly designed,” he says. “They can be so focused on graphics that they forget they have to get the timing right, and they have to have proper scoring constructs. I have been so pissed off with some mobile games I’ve wanted to throw my phone, even if I’m only going to hurt my phone there, and not the game.
Windows 10 upgrade interrupts weather report
However, KCCI weather reporter Metinka Slater has a more embarrassing example than most, as a Windows 10 upgrade prompt appeared right in the middle of her weather report. But what did she do?
Google's OnHub is the first Wi-Fi router to support IFTTT
Google's "smart" OnHub wireless router now supports IFTTT, the web service that automates actions between apps. IFTTT can be triggered when devices connect and disconnect from OnHub — and, in the spirit of IFTTT, what you do based on that information is up to you. OnHub's smart features let users manage and prioritize Wi-Fi to connected devices through an app, and they can now connect to the 300-plus programs and apps supported by IFTTT. OnHub makes a few suggestions in a blog post , which gives a good idea of the sorts of things this new feature will allow. Here are some examples:
Facebook Sees Spike In Government Data Requests
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc <FB.O> said on Thursday that government requests for account data increased by 13 percent in the second half of 2015, with the United States and India topping the list.
Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads
Google has just made a change to its mobile application storefront, Google Play, which will help customers make better decisions about the apps they want to download: it’s now displaying if an app contains advertisements. This label will now appear alongside the existing designation which indicates if an app offers in-app purchases, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch.
Google is building a new hardware division under former Motorola chief Rick Osterloh
Glass : The homeless Glass gets a home! Project Aura, the new team that is building the next version of the wearable headgear, among other stuff, is moving under Osterloh. Tony Fadell, Nest’s CEO, who ran Glass since it moved out of Google X last year, is staying on as an “adviser” to the team, Re/code has learned. Fadell remains the CEO of Nest, the hardware maker that is a separate Alphabet company.
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Microsoft buys 10 million DNA molecules to try fitting today's sprawling data vaults on a match head | ZDNet
Still, it's not a bad idea to be exploring alternative media such as DNA storage given that this year the digital universe is projected to reach 17 zettabytes or 17 trillion gigabytes. Current estimates are that optical disks can store about 100GB per cubic millimeter.
This year’s Founders' Letter
Every year, Larry and Sergey write a Founders' Letter to our stockholders updating them with some of our recent highlights and sharing our vision for the future. This year, they decided to try something new. - Ed.
In August, I announced Alphabet and our new structure and shared my thoughts on how we were thinking about the future of our business. (It is reprinted here in case you missed it, as it seems to apply just as much today.) I’m really pleased with how Alphabet is going. I am also very pleased with Sundar’s performance as our new Google CEO. Since the majority of our big bets are in Google, I wanted to give him most of the bully-pulpit here to reflect on Google’s accomplishments and share his vision. In the future, you should expect that Sundar, Sergey and I will use this space to give you a good personal overview of where we are and where we are going.
- Larry Page, CEO, Alphabet
When Larry and Sergey founded Google in 1998, there were about 300 million people online. By and large, they were sitting in a chair, logging on to a desktop machine, typing searches on a big keyboard connected to a big, bulky monitor.
U.S. House unanimously passes email privacy bill
(Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to require law enforcement authorities to get a search warrant before asking technology companies to hand over old emails.
Apple isn't alone: Global smartphone market shrinks for first time in history | ZDNet
Apple doesn't report sales for the Apple Watch but, according to Strategy Analytics' estimates, it shipped 2.2 million units in Q1 2016, down from 5.1 million units Q4 2015. Apple still dominates smartwatch sales but its share of global shipments has fallen to 52 percent from 63 percent in the previous quarter.
Rovio Puts App Easter Egg in ‘Angry Birds’ Movie
Rovio Entertainment Ltd. is encouraging moviegoers to pull out their smartphones during next month’s “Angry Birds” film.
British Scientists Think Vaping Has 'Huge Potential'
A new British report concludes that e-cigarettes are a blessing rather than a curse, arguing that the potential health benefits greatly outweigh the risks. It’s a position that runs in stark contrast to the dire warnings put out in the United States.
CARL ICAHN IS DONE WITH APPLE
It is our belief that large institutional investors, Wall Street analysts and the news media alike continue to misunderstand Apple and generally fail to value Apple's net cash separately from its business, fail to adjust earnings to reflect Apple's real cash tax rate, fail to recognize the growth prospects of Apple entering new categories, and fail to recognize that Apple will maintain pricing and margins, despite significant evidence to the contrary. Collectively, these failures have caused Apple's earnings multiple to stay irrationally discounted, in our view.
The future of food and cars is on the Code agenda with Brown, Crenn, Liu and Tan
Uber’s chief competitor in China, Didi Kuaidi is the merger of two ride-sharing apps backed by tech giants Tencent and Alibaba. Covering the transportation map, offering taxis, private cars, social carpooling and buses, it also has a strategic partnership with Uber’s U.S. rival Lyft. Liu, a Harvard computer science graduate who comes from business royalty in China, joined the company from Goldman Sachs.
You can drop Drake off the top of the CN Tower over and over until you feel no pain
Whether you are Drake's number one fan or his biggest hater or an innocent bystander whose interests lie elsewhere, you can now experience the simple joy of throwing a tiny Drake avatar off the top of the CN Tower a billion times in a row.
Facebook in class of its own as ad revenue soars
Facebook's ad revenue jumped 57 percent to $5.2 billion in the first quarter as the company's growing user base lured more advertisers to its platforms.
'The Angry Birds Movie' credits will unlock game content
Rovio has a lot riding on its new animated movie . Earlier this month, the Finnish company reported a €13 million ($14.8 million) operating loss for 2015, blaming "heavy investments" in future projects. The popularity of Angry Birds is waning, but a commercially succesful film could be its salvation. As such, it's developed a new app called Angry Birds Action! , which rewards players for seeing the movie on opening weekend. Players that open the app during the end credits will be treated to an "exclusive movie clip" and a new area of the game to explore. The feature is triggered by an "inaudible digital watermark" that plays in the background.
Mad Scientist Builds Fully Functional Hoverbike
Because a thermite-blasting cannon isn’t crazy enough, Colin Furze used a pair of motors and propellers designed for parasailing to build himself a fully functional flying hoverbike . It’s easily one of the mad scientist’s most dangerous builds to date, but seeing how maneuverable it is almost makes us want to build one too.
HP’s New Laptop Is a Whole Lotta Chromebook for $550
For anyone who uses a browser and web apps for the majority of their work, that $550 configuration should be plenty. It’s a good-looking machine, but the main draw is its light-and-lean build: At 2.8 pounds and half an inch thick, it has very similar dimensions to the 13-inch MacBook Air. And just like every other laptop that has ever existed, it has the new MacBook beat in terms of ports: Two USB-C, one full-size USB, and a headphone hole. HP and Google are claiming the laptop gets 11 hours of juice per charge.
Comcast Is Buying DreamWorks to Challenge Disney Head On
After a stretch of speculation, Comcast on Thursday made official its $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. It’s a clear play to take Disney head-on, but more than that, it’s a reminder that family content is one of the last sure bets a content company can place.
Hero family dog leads firefighters to 2 children trapped in house fire
“We are grateful to the neighbors who jumped into action, and we especially thank the firefighters who selflessly entered the burning structure and risked their lives for the Feaser family,” said Sheriff Don Eslinger in the press release. “There is a long road of recovery and rebuilding ahead, but our Sheriff’s Office family will be with Margo and her family every step of the way. We know our community is behind them too, and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of support the family has received.”
These smart headphones just solved your biggest listening woes
These are just a couple possibilities for the groundbreaking earphones. But the Dash is still in its infancy. There is so much potential for growth, especially if more developers can get involved. Bragi is setting a slow pace to make sure they get everything right, but there are fantastic things down the road. The Dash is already an impressive set of microcomputers you can fit in your ears, but just imagine where they'll be like five years down the line.
Cheeky student's unfinished lab report is also weirdly inspiring
Physics lab instructor and Redditor flopmaster0 posted a photo of said pupil's unfinished lab report to Imgur on Wednesday with the caption, "I'm going to miss this lab student." And after reading the cheeky report, we probably would too.
You'll Never Be as Good at Anything as This Guy Is at RC Helicoptering
It might look like this erratic RC helicopter is malfunctioning and about to crash, but its pilot, Tareq Alsaadi, is in complete control . RC choppers are notoriously difficult to fly, but Alsaadi makes it look beyond effortless with a routine that has his craft flipping around in every direction.
Huge DOOM EASTER EGG Revealed - IGN Video
The creators of Doom let us in on a HUGE secret about the upcoming game.
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are getting full-featured Windows 10 apps at last
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 had a rough time getting big name companies to build proper apps for it, but Windows 10’s Universal App Platform might finally be starting to counter this trend. As announced during Build 2016 , Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram now have native Windows 10 apps that actually have the features you want to use.