Apple Music is making a show based on 'Carpool Karaoke'
Based on the segment that has become a global, viral video sensation on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, the CARPOOL KARAOKE series will consist of 16 episodes. In each episode, celebrities will ride along and sing along with the host (to be announced) as they visit places meaningful to the celebrity, sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.
Nintendo NX said to be a portable console with removable controllers and a TV dock
Nintendo’s upcoming NX console is slowly taking shape, but a new report provides a lot more specificity than we’ve seen in the past, claiming the still-secret gaming hardware is actually primarily a portable console – albeit with some modular features that could make it more versatile than most handhelds.
China's LeEco buys Vizio in a $2 billion deal
Wang started Vizio fourteen years ago and rapidly built it into one of the largest TV companies by selling flat panel displays at a lower price than the competition. Now LeEco's acquisition should help it gain a foothold in the US market, as it also develops products in other areas like electric vehicles and smartphones .
BlackBerry’s new Android smartphone is a rebadge of the Alcatel Idol 4
The security features are highlighted right in the device's name, as it has BlackBerry's DTEK software that protects users from malware and other security problems often seen on Android smartphones. The DTEK app lets users quickly get an overview of their device's security and take action on any potential issues. BlackBerry says that it has modified Android with its own technology originally developed for the BB10 platform to make it more secure. The company is also committing to rapid updates to deliver security patches shortly after they are released.
Adobe launches Lightroom for Apple TV
Adobe is launching Lightroom on the Apple TV today, giving photographers an easy way to display their edited photos up on a big screen. That's really all this app is: a photo viewer. Any photo in Lightroom that you've synced to mobile or Lightroom's web gallery will be available inside the Apple TV app. From there, you can view them individually, start a slideshow, or stop to zoom in and pan around.
Europol and IT Security Companies Team Up to Combat Ransomware Threat
No More Ransom, so is the Ransomware Threat.
The European Police agency Europol has joined forces with police and cyber security companies to launch a worldwide initiative to combat and tackle together the exponential growth of Ransomware used by cyber criminals.
Europol announced today the initiative, dubbed NO More Ransom, that has been backed by technology giant Intel, cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab and the Netherlands police, aiming at decreasing an "exponential" rise in Ransomware threat.
Ransomware is a piece of malware that typically locks victim's device using encryption and demands a fee to decrypt the important data. The estimated number of ransomware victims tripled in the first quarter of this year alone.
"For a few years now ransomware has become a dominant concern for EU law enforcement," said Europol's deputy director Wil van Gemert. "We expect to help many people to recover control over their files, while raising awareness and educating the population on how to maintain their devices clean from malware."
No More Ransom
This No More Ransom initiative informs the public about the dangers of ransomware threat, how to avoid falling victim to it and how to recover data without paying money to cyber-criminals if a person or company falls for one.
Microsoft is using AI to give Office spell-check on steroids and much more
Word is getting two big updates. The first makes both researching and citing sources a lot easier from within word. Open the ‘References’ tab, tap on ‘Researcher.’ From the sidebar, you can type in a topic, and Word will use Bing’s Knowledge Graph to find reliable information you can cite.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Review and Recap
Speaking of Insiders, as fun as it is to try new features in advance, the flipside is that it makes the public launches a lot more boring. If you’ve been getting updates on the Fast Ring and dutifully trying out new features, there will likely be little to surprise you on August 2. That said, Microsoft says it’s holding at back at least some tidbits until then.
"You want to be original, you want to be yourself, and whether that’s accepted or not accepted, that’s not as important as being you."
Facebook Is Building Apartments Anyone Can Rent—But There's a Huge Catch
But there’s a catch. As Facebook slowly wades into the real estate development business, the company is pushing an aggressive PR agenda to convince people that Facebook does not exacerbate income inequality in areas where it develops real estate. Facebook has pledged that 15 percent of the new units it creates will go to low- or middle-income families. Which is great until you realize that 85 percent of the building will probably be ridiculously expensive and probably populated by local tech bros.
Solar Impulse 2 plane completes a journey around the world
I can’t believe I’m typing this: two pilots just completed a 24,584 mile-long trip around the world in a plane over the course of more than a year, without a single drop of fuel.
US government agency calls for the end of SMS authentication
NIST's guidelines aren't legally binding, but other government agencies stick by them, and the industry at large will follow. So what's the alternative to SMS? There are plenty. The most prevalent are dedicated applications that deliver a two-factor code that refreshes every 30 seconds. Google Authenticator, Authy, Duo and other apps all essentially do the same thing with slight differences in presentation and execution. If you work for a large company, you might have used hardware that works on a similar principle, such as RSA SecurID dongles.
Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones this quarter, beating expectations but still declining
Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones this quarter, beating expectations but still declining
Researchers Just Figured Out a New Way to Keep Apples Fresh for Weeks
A team of researchers used a specially designed plasma tool, based on one that had been used in hospitals to disinfect wounds, to wipe out the bacteria on the surface of the apple. They found that, when given a blast with this tool, the apples stayed fresh for considerably longer. Their results are published today in a paper in Physics of Plasmas.
Amazon begins testing delivery drone fleets in the UK
In collaboration with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Amazon will test drones that fly beyond the operator’s line of sight in rural and suburban areas, their ability to identify and avoid obstacles, and even trips involving fleets of automated drones handled by a single person.
Federal government: Car in fatal Tesla crash was speeding while using Autopilot
"As a result of the initial impact, the battery disengaged from
the electric motors powering the car. After exiting from
underneath the semitrailer, the car coasted at a shallow angle
off the right side of the roadway, traveled approximately 297
feet, and then collided with a utility pole. The car broke the
pole and traveled an additional 50 feet, during which it rotated
counterclockwise and came to rest perpendicular to the highway in
the front yard of a private residence. The 40-year-old male
driver and sole occupant of the Tesla died as a result of the
Some Olympic athletes are using electric brain stimulation to boost training
While the Olympic sporting federations scramble to test Russian athletes for performance-enhancing chemicals, other athletes are using brain stimulation to get an edge. Four track and fielders from the U.S., one from Sierra Leone, and one from Trinidad & Tobago have added transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) to their training in Rio. The tech, provided by Halo Neuroscience, was also used by U.S. athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Players from the NFL, NBA, and MLB—as well as U.S. soldiers—have also trained with the company's $749 Halo Sport—which look like beefy headphones retrofitted for a sci-fi movie. (In fact, they also play music.)
Twitter now has a night mode on Android
Twitter may finally have found the feature that gets people excited about its service again: night mode. Twitter is launching a night mode feature on Android today that switches most of the interface from white to a really deep blue. It looks nice, and I have no doubt that a lot of people will use it, because everyone seems to love a good night mode.
Blackberry is back with 'the world's most secure Android smartphone' — here’s what it can do
Blackberry is back with 'the world's most secure Android smartphone' — here’s what it can do
Microsoft adds new cloud-based tools and machine learning features to Office apps - TechRepublic
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it was updating a host of its Office 365 applications with cloud-based intelligent services that it says will "save you time and produce better results." Microsoft Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint are all getting updates that could help make users more productive.
The Best and Worst Stuff in the New Ikea Catalog
In the last few years, Ikea has shrugged off its false perception of a purveyor of cheap furniture and started selling some truly stunning stuff . For 2017, the Swedish flatpack furniture maker mixes classic and modern designs. But for every good-looking piece, there’s a terrible one that some poor college student is going to get tricked into buying.
Something is wiping away all of the craters on dwarf planet Ceres
Ever since NASA’s Dawn spacecraft started snapping pictures of the dwarf planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt in 2015, scientists have been perplexed by the space rock’s relatively smooth surface; the object should have way more impact craters than it does now. To get to the bottom of this mystery, scientists have used computer simulations to model how Ceres most likely evolved over time, showing just how many different types of craters the dwarf planet should have on its surface. Many of the craters predicted in the models have seemingly been erased, meaning that some kind of major geological activity has wiped them away.
Most Americans Fear a Future of Designer Babies and Brain Chips
Most American adults are nervous about the prospect of enhancing humans beyond normal capacities, a new Pew Research Center poll reveals. But while many of those surveyed expressed concerns about brain-boosting chips and designer babies, a significant number had a positive view of technology’s ability to transform humans and society.
T-Mobile adds Apple Music, Fox Now and more to Binge On
T-Mobile's adding a whole bunch more entertainment services to its 'Un-carrier' plans today, meaning lower data bills for customers that just can't bear to switch off Quantico while out and about.
YouTube Strategy: How to Plan Your YouTube Marketing Success : Social Media Examiner
To get started, open the app and indicate your interests (such as business), and then add any publication you want. For example, you can search “social media” and you’ll find Social Media Examiner. After you add a publication, you can read the articles from the app just like you would with Flipboard or an RSS reader.
U.S. Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to ‘Enhance’ Human Abilities
Second, people believe that technologies that would bring more dramatic or extreme changes to human abilities are less acceptable than technologies that cause less dramatic or temporary changes. For example, 47% of Americans consider the use of synthetic blood substitutes to improve physical abilities an “appropriate use of technology” if the resulting change to people’s speed, strength and stamina would be “equal to their own peak abilities.” But if the same enhancement results in physical abilities “far above that of any human known to date,” far fewer (28%) say it would be an appropriate use of technology. The same pattern occurs as Americans consider the potential use of gene editing and devices implanted in the brain to augment human abilities.
Office 365 gets smarter with a handful of new Word, Outlook and PowerPoint features
Back in the days of shrinkwrapped software, Microsoft would roll out giant new upgrades of its Office suite every few years, brimming with a laundry list of new (but not always improved) features. But now that we're in the era of cloud-based Office 365 -- productivity software as a service -- the updates are more frequent and more subtle.
The cutest mom responses to Michelle Obama's Democratic convention speech
And your mom really needed to tell you that Michelle made her cry, made her so happy and made her want to tell you how much she loved you.
Flaws in wireless keyboards let hackers snoop on everything you type | ZDNet
Here's how it works: a number of wireless keyboards use proprietary and largely unsecured and untested radio protocols to connect to a computer -- unlike Bluetooth, a known wireless standard that's been tried and tested over the years. These keyboards are always transmitting, making it easy to find and listen in from afar with the right equipment. But because these keystrokes aren't encrypted, a hacker can read anything on a person's display, and directly type on a victim's computer.
Facebook open sources its 360-degree video camera
Facebook said from the start that it would open source its Surround 360 camera this summer, and it's following through on that promise. You can now visit GitHub to learn how to build the camera, install its software and (naturally) tweak both the hardware and software to meet your needs. Just keep in mind that this isn't exactly a homebrew project -- you'll need about $30,000 in parts to build the official version. It's more for video pros that want to produce 360-degree content without having to turn to pricier, pre-packaged offerings like Nokia's Ozo . Still, it's worth exploring the source if you want to either see how Facebook's VR cam works or design a lower-cost alternative.
We now know why Verizon bought Yahoo: mobile video
With Aol’s portfolio of advertising and video acquisitions, and impressions delivered from Yahoo properties, the vision actually starts to look like a real possibility. Of course, nothing is a given online. While Yahoo could prove to be a big win if Verizon is able to turn it into another Aol-esque redemption story, even a big winner doesn’t mean it’ll ever be on a competitive level with Google or Facebook.
Google aims to let you block all spam calls with Android app
The new spam-blocking feature is an extension of Google’s caller ID system, which helps identify businesses not stored in your address book, and has been available for several years now. The phone app checks incoming call numbers against an updating database and flags those that appear to be from spammers with a big red banner.
Runkeeper’s Running Groups is a virtual running club for you and your buddies
Running Groups is a great feature, for sure, but one potential issue is that friends often don’t use the same running apps — I use Runtastic, and others may use Nike+ or Endomondo or any of the countless others. This is one issue Runkeeper is looking to tackle — by offering a truly social feature, replete with messaging and shared targets, it hopes to serve as the social glue for running buddies located in different locations and encourage people to “lure” their friends over from other apps.
Queen Cersei endorses Michelle Obama for President
LONDON — The Queen of the Seven Kingdoms has spoken, and there's only one person she has in mind for the U.S.'s version of the Iron Throne.
Pokemon Go cinches 75 million downloads
The mega hit already joined the 50 million downloads club faster than any other popular game in the last two years, according to an app analytics firm.
Donald Trump is hosting a Reddit AMA this week
Donald Trump is hosting a Reddit AMA this Wednesday, July 27, at 6:30 PM EST. If you’re not familiar, AMA stands for Ask Me Anything, and AMA sessions with celebrities are popular events on Reddit (Obama held one himself a few years ago).
Techcrunch hacked by OurMine | Hacker News
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Google Maps' sleek new look isn't the only change it's making
Thanks to an upcoming update to the wayfinding service, the latest version of Google Maps on iOS, Android and desktop touts an easier-to-read interface and color scheme to make finding your bearings a breeze - shown in the image above on the right, comparative to the old look on the left.
Michelle Obama lights up Trump at the DNC without once uttering his name
The popular London-based on—demand transportation app has sold a 60% stake to Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, reports TechCrunch . Hailo, which allows users to call a London black cab to them, is used widely in London by those who prefer London's black cabs over Ubers. As part of the deal, Hailo will merge with another Daimler acquisition, MyTaxi, and work under that brand name from now on. It is hoped the merger will allow the services to better take on ride sharers like Uber. While Hailo is one of the more successful and well-known London tech startups, the news might not be entirely welcomed by the post-Brexit London tech scene. As part of the deal Hailo will be "gradually winding down" everything but a small operations team at its London HQ and moving everything else over to Germany.
Former Sony exec Adam Boyes joins indie dev Iron Galaxy as CEO
Adam Boyes made a big name as the head of developer relations and third-party publishing at Sony’s U.S. game division. But he wanted to get back to design, so he has joined independent studio Iron Galaxy as its chief executive.
'There probably won't be too many positives': Here's what Wall Street expects from Apple earnings
The second quarter of the year is never a great one for Apple, but this year is shaping up to be worse than usual.
ICYMI: Better 3D viewing and your new robot gardener
Today on In Case You Missed It : MIT developed a 3D projector system for movies that could get rid of 3D theater glasses altogether. An automated farming machine can plant, water and maintain the garden in your backyard with hardly any effort on your part (beyond set-up, assembly, and that 'discounted' $3,000 pricetag ).
Dove's new campaign challenges how the media portrays women in sports
The campaign launches Wednesday in Times Square in New York City, via a billboard that will broadcast actual sexist comments the media has made about female athletes, which Dove started collecting in June. As the comments appear over images of women playing sports, the athletes in the billboard will disappear.
Why you should delete Pokémon Go right now
The more time you put into something, the harder it gets to let it go. The more I bought into the endless grinding, the more I convinced myself it was worth it. I’m scared to think how it feels to hit level 20, or 30 — why would I ever drop something that I put so much time into?
Stephanie, Shane, and Vince McMahon Confirmed for WWE 2K17 - IGN
This marks the beginning of what will be a five week roster reveal event which will begin next Tuesday right here on IGN. Similarly to last year , we'll be dropping large chunks of the roster on you with weekly posts, but this time around there's going to be a bit of a twist. This year's reveal event will be called Suplex City Census, and we're going to get the community a little more involved with this one.
Sarah Silverman goes off script, majorly calls out Bernie supporters
As the two stood at the podium while the cries grew louder, Silverman took the opportunity to go off script and tell the Sanders clan what she was thinking.
Scientists create glasses-free 3D for the movie theater
You won't get to forego the unwieldy eyewear for a while. The prototype is only slightly larger than a pad of paper, and uses 50 lens/mirror combos to achieve its 3D effect. You'd need a far bigger and more intricate system to make it work at the local movie house, which might make it prohibitively expensive. However, it's imaginable that a future, optimized version might find its way into theaters and spare you from one of the biggest hassles in modern moviegoing.
Microsoft Word gains powerful Editor, Researcher tools to help you write more good
It’s this last bit that Researcher builds on. According to a video demonstration of the feature, Researcher expands the sources available to you, but also allows you to drill down into them without leaving Word. In the video, Microsoft shows how users could explore a topic such as “rainforest,” and then go deeper for related topics, like "biodiversity." A key feature is that users can pull quotes from sources like academic papers, and Word will automatically add a footnote with the correct citation—always a plus for a student cranking away on a last-minute paper.
Apple iPhone sales fall 14.9% to 40.4 million in Q3 2016, iPads and Macs also down
Q3 2016 industry estimates for iPhone sales ranged between 39.83 million and 40.86 million. Estimates for iPads ranged between 8.89 million and 8.97 million while for Macs the 4.34 million and 4.36 million. Apple thus managed to fall in the middle of iPhone estimates, but below both iPad and Mac estimates.
T-Mobile’s Binge On service now includes more than 100 streaming partners
And it remains as popular as ever. In July, T-Mobile customers streamed more than 765 million collective hours of Binge On-eligible video (up from 500 million in June and 377 million in May), the carrier said, and a “majority” of customers now watch twice as many hours per day than they did when Binge On launched in November 2015. That’s tangible momentum that T-Mobile’s partners apparently appreciate: According to T-Mobile’s July satisfaction survey, 80 percent of Binge On partners reported “seeing customers watch longer [and] watch more frequently” on smartphones. In addition, 45 percent of services with premium offerings — i.e., paid subscriptions — “expect to sell more” because of Binge On.