March of the Asus ZenFones (pictures) - CNET
Asus isn't a big name in phones, but we always appreciate seeing the company's many variations on its phones. Although it didn't announce a new phone for the show, we got a chance to get to know these current handsets. Here, for example, we have the ZenFone 2 (R).
Think Today's Internet Is Weird? Check Out This Madness From Back In The Day
And if nothing else: Show them to your kid the next time they complain about how slowly their high-definition video is loading on the iPad. It's kind of the "I walked 15 miles in the snow, uphill both ways" of our modern age.
Apple Adds More Publishers for Its News App, Which Will Launch Soon
That doesn’t mean Apple isn’t interested in getting the word out about the app, which it has been fixing up since debuting a rough-around-the-edges beta a few months ago. It has also signed up more publishers for the launch, which will likely be in the next few weeks. When it announced News at WWDC in June, Apple had 18 publishers on board; now it says it has more than 50.*
Intel Overhauls Chips in Bid to Revive PC Sales
Intel Corp. is overhauling its flagship line of computer chips, in a high-stakes bid to revive personal-computer sales.
Internet-connected baby monitors are vulnerable to attacks
Rapid7 warns that it's not just pervs with lots of time on their hands parents should be worried about. Industrial spies could also take advantage of the devices' flaws to steal secrets or keep an eye on high-profile execs who use their phones or computers to connect to their kids' internet baby monitors. You can read the full report on the firm's website, containing a list of products they tested and their corresponding weaknesses.
Twitter expands its self-service ads platform to more than 200 countries
Twitter is bringing its self-service ads platform to more people around the world. The company announced that small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in more than 200 countries and territories can now advertise and reach their target audience on Twitter in 15 languages.
Steven Spielberg says superhero movies will die like Westerns - CNET
Spielberg, though, sees it like this: "These cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us."
Airbnb's new Apple Watch app lets you message your host
Airbnb is trying its hand at the Apple Watch, with a new app that aims to provide a quick and easy way for hosts and guests to message each other.
The FDA May Add a Life-Saving Vitamin to Tortillas
About six months have passed since mixing day, and Dunn says the stability results so far are encouraging. Midway through the test, he and his students took over an industrial kitchen to make tortillas and corn chips from the fortified corn masa flour, checking to see how the folic acid fared. “The one thing that did surprise us is the tortilla chips,” he says. “That’s pretty harsh, with wet dough going into super hot frying oil. We thought we’d see a hefty loss and we didn’t.” They’re collecting the last of the data to submit to the FDA, but a final decision from the FDA will at the very least take months more.
Acer Revo Build (M1-601) Preview - CNET
The idea of a modular PC, where different sections and components can be swapped out quickly and easily, has been talked about for a long time, without ever being commercially viable. Acer is taking a new stab at the idea with its Revo Build Series, a stackable set of PC parts that come together to form a small desktop computer.
Samsung and Barnes & Noble launch the Galaxy Tab S2 Nook, a $400 8-inch tablet for readers
While the tablets are like most other Android tablets in many ways, the tie-up with Barnes & Noble means the devices come heavily layered with reader-focused tools and icons — for example, the Nook Shop and Search functions are front and center. And there’s a shortcut taking readers directly to their current book of choice.
Hulu Launches Commercial-Free Service - IGN
The version of Hulu with ads is $7.99, the same price as a monthly Netflix subscription. While Netflix is ad free, Hulu’s big difference is the amount of network series they have available the day after they air, unlike Netflix, who don’t obtain recent TV seasons until sometime after the entire season has aired. Amazon Prime members pay $99 a year (or $8.25 a month, if you're breaking it down) for commercial-free service, but similarly, don't get recent TV show seasons until awhile after they have aired - though you can pay for new episodes on an individual basis.
You won't believe what Sony named its new $200 Hi-Res Audio headphone - CNET
But Sony says the h.ear on "headband-style" headphones have Hi-Res Audio chops, with 40mm HD drivers that reproduce sounds up to 60 kHz, augmented bass that's "complemented by lightweight CCAW voice coils which yield high-linearity responses in high-pitched sounds" and domes of the acoustic diaphragms have been titanium-coated to minimize unwanted vibrations. Additionally, a ground separated cable "reduces cross talk and is balanced compatible for balance output supported equipment."
Firefox for iOS Now Available for Preview
Our goal is to create a great browsing experience for iOS with Firefox. With this first public preview we will be collecting feedback in one country, before we extend availability to get feedback in a few more countries prior to a full public launch. Feedback from this preview release will help us build new features and bring Firefox for iOS to the App Store in rest of the world later this year. If you are interested in being notified when Firefox is available in your country, sign up here .
Researchers Use DNA to Program Cells to Make Tissues | MIT Technology Review
At this point the new method can be used to make structures—composed of tissue as well as a gel that surrounds it and simulates the environment in which the tissue lives in the body—that are a few hundred micrometers thick and several centimeters wide. Making thicker tissues will require clearing a huge hurdle facing all of tissue engineering: giving cells oxygen and nutrients, like blood vessels do in the body. Gartner says this could potentially be accomplished by combining tissues made using this new method with microfluidic devices like those used in so-called organ-on-a-chip technologies (see “Building an Organ on a Chip ”). The long-term goal, he says, is to use cells and other tissue components as “building materials” that could be induced to assemble themselves into functional organs or organ-like structures.
Crashed drone interrupts Pennetta-Niculescu match at U.S. Open
Crashed drone interrupts Pennetta-Niculescu match at U.S. Open
NEW YORK — There are no corn fields or crop circles in the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, but an unidentified flying objected visited Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday.
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Bring Home Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid, Thanks To Sphero
When Sphero’s Chief Creative Officer Rob Maigret demonstrated the BB-8 for me, he used his iPhone like a remote control, rolling the droid around the room. He also used his iPhone to give it voice commands — for example, telling it to go on patrol. (At that point it started moving around the room on its own, looking for enemies.) And through his iPhone camera, we could actually watch BB-8 broadcast holographic messages recorded by other users — perhaps inevitably, the message riffed on the “Help me, Obi-Wan scene” from the original Star Wars .
Hand-Drawn Map Captures the Frenetic Energy of London
The images above are details from a new map of London drawn by Fuller (aka Gareth Wood), a British map artist. The goal, Wood says, was to capture his relationship with the city over the past 10 years. “It’s about documenting a particular time and experience,” he says. “Our existence is so inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, that in a way what I feel like I’m doing is creating an artifact, something I can leave behind. There’s a certain romanticism to it.”
Bench Power Supply
This is a design for an open source, modular bench power supply with enough features to compete with the mid-range commercial units in the $1000-ish range. This project includes features such as software calibration, programmatic control via USB Raw HID, etc. In its simplest form, it is very affordable, but can be easily scaled up to a larger, more powerful unit.
Discuss your projects, get feedback and find collaborators in the HackChat this week
Here's why sometimes we need to see horrific images of death
Others, however, argued that we do need to see them, and that it’s quite easy to become inured to the death toll and other repercussions of European political decisions. But the sight of a tiny boy’s lifeless body washed up on the sand in Turkey makes an incredibly powerful statement about personal loss. Even some parents with children of similar ages — whom you might think would be the most hard hit by such an image — said that they believed it was necessary. The Independent said:
Just How Far Can a Motorcycle Lean in a Turn?
Now I just need to look at a MotoGP track and find the motorcycle speeds for different turns and I can estimate the coefficient of friction. My initial idea was to find a video showing a race with a turn, but I couldn’t easily get the speed of the motorcycles (not a good viewing angle). Fortunately, I found this site with average speeds for different parts of a track . This particular speed map is for the Circuito de Jerez (just the first one I found). Of course you can also find this track on Google MapsM . From that, I can estimate the radius of curvature for different turns. Here you can see two of those turns.
Apple TV 4 hardware revealed: A8 chip, black remote, 8/16GB storage, same ports, no 4K
I get it. You don’t like 4K. That’s fine, that is an argument — it’s not about that. It’s coming whether you like it or not, that’s just how it is. But really, this is about including it on the phones and not putting it in the ATV; that’s the issue here. If they left it out of the iPhones then I would say fine, Apple doesn’t think 4K is viable, yet, they’re holding off. But this mixed message that they are sending supporting it with the left hand and the right hand saying nope, sorry, is just stupid — which is why I personally do not believe this claim. Yes, your third point is a very small benefit that maybe 10% of people will take advantage of. And this is the reason why they upgraded the camera, and spent all that R&D money on making sure the GPU and CPU can handle recording in that resolution, along with whatever software changes that had to be made as well? So people can zoom in and crop and still have it look good at 1080p? Come on…I don’t even think you believe that. Yes, this is absolutely a benefit, but it’s also a benefit for people that actually own 4K televisions, who create 4K content on their phones, to be able to watch it in it’s native resolution…especially if they want to purchase a new gen ATV — that would actually be an incentive for them to buy one, since using AirPlay to watch their newly shot 4K videos would be a positive experience.
Amazon Acquires Elemental Technologies for a Reported $500 Million, In Cash
Elemental Technologies is the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company pioneered the use of software-based video processing to distribute and monetize video over IP networks. Solutions from Elemental provide the flexibility, scalability and performance required to transform high quality …
Samsung launches next-gen SmartThings smart home hub
But the hub and the sensors are now available for purchase on shop.smartthings.com and Samsung.com and will be rolling out on Amazon.com and retail stores across the U.S. In the U.K the products will be available at select Currys PC World stores and online at Samsung.com. Next year they will become available in more European countries, as well.
Net-A-Porter founder leaves abruptly ahead of merger
PARIS/MILAN Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of online fashion group Net-A-Porter, said on Thursday it was the right time to leave after she resigned abruptly ahead of the completion of a planned merger with Italy's Yoox.
Sony, former workers in deal to settle lawsuit over 'Interview' hacking
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview."
IBM And Chip Designer ARM Want To Monitor Every Device They Can
The term "Internet of things" is a bit like "Web 2.0" was a decade ago—a buzzword for some big change in the Internet that no one can clearly describe. But as the Supreme Court once said of pornography, you know it when you see it. On a fundamental level, the IoT is about collecting data from everything—fitness bands, smoke alarms, weather sensors, cars, oil wells, even TVs and cellphones—and analyzing it to provide insights for people, companies, or marketers.
Get help organizing the files on your Mac with Big Mean Folder Machine - CNET
Lastly, Big Mean Folder Machine asks you if you want to move your files or copy your files. It recommends the latter because you can make sure you like the results without losing any data. And if you like what it did, you can always run the same job and choose to move the files instead of copying them.
Scaleway Now Provides Crazy Cheap VPS-Like Servers For $3.40 Per Month
And that’s why the company can drive the prices down so much. You can now get a BareMetal SSD server with 2GB of RAM and 50GB of storage for $3.40 per month (€2.99) — that’s 70 percent cheaper than Scaleway’s previous pricing of €9.99 per month.
FTC settles with Machinima for paying YouTube influencers to endorse Xbox One
The Federal Trade Commission has settled charges with Machinima, which had been accused of deceptive advertising by paying “influencers” to post YouTube videos that endorsed Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console.
Netflix teases second season of 'Narcos' a week after its debut
Netflix's newest original series, Narcos, just hit the streaming service last week, and the early reviews have been positive. The company seems to think pretty highly of the show, too. In fact, it's already teasing us with word of a second season. There's no info on a premiere date or additional details right now, but we'd expect it to ship sometime next year. Until then, get to watching if you haven't. It's really quite good.
U.S. judge approves $415m settlement in poaching lawsuit involving Apple
U.S. district judge Lucy Koh has granted a $415 million settlement to end a poaching lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe of conspiring to hold down worker salaries and prevent engineers from taking jobs with rival companies.
Asus Previews Water-Cooled Gaming Laptop, More at IFA
The ROG G20, meanwhile, is a new high-end gaming PC that Asus claims is the "most dominating" PC under 10 liters. It boasts an Intel Core i7-6700 and Nvidia GFX Titan graphics card. It shares the vaguely triangular shape of previous ROG desktops, and features custom colored lighting and a music mode that moves in time with audio. Asus claims it's capable of outputting 4K games at ultra-high graphical settings and 50 frames per second, but that number will vary wildly depending on the game in question.
All your favorite characters walk in the club like
I took a college class on avant-garde filmmaking — let's not dwell on the economic value of my decisions as a young adult, okay, thank you — and each week the professor would roll a television into the class room, unsheathe a VHS tape from its musky packaging, press play, and blow our damn minds out the back of our heads, all over the person sitting behind us and onto the wall behind them. This was before YouTube, when the best way to see Un Chien Andalou was at a repertory screening or in a university library. I loved that class, and I love how now I come to work and see weird experimental films as part of my daily duties.
Intel ponies up $50 million for quantum computing research
There are a number of practical problems to be overcome before such computers become more than lab curiosities, including building them at scale, and dealing with cooling. Today’s quantum computing systems contain only a few qubits, but systems will have to have thousands of qubits to be really useful. And cooling them takes more than a big fan or a cold aisle in the data center: To reveal the quantum behavior of the materials they are made from, qubits need to be cooled to within a few degrees of absolute zero—to around -270C.
Google’s Street View App Pairs With This 360-Degree Camera
Google’s been constantly capturing this kind of imagery with its wild camera-enabled cars, and funneling it into Street View. But ever since Google released its Photosphere app, there’s been a surprisingly large group of people creating their own 360-degree photos and sharing them via Google Maps and Street View. They’re not just sharing photos of the view from the cliff, they’re helping you feel what it’s like to be standing on the edge. Google’s noticed the phenomenon, and today is launching a dedicated Street View app for iOS and Android that will give armchair travelers a chance to see what it looks like to be standing just about anywhere.
Ad agency 6S Marketing wants Apple to call their next phone the 'iPhone 7'
Right now, the agency is running a marketing campaign to bring to light the similar names, and even an open letter to Apple to try and dissuade the Cupertino-based company from naming their next phones iPhone 6s. The company has even taken out several different billboards, one of which is positioned in Times Square in New York City (as pictured above), to show that they’d really, really like the next phone to be called the “ iPhone 7 .”
Why Power BI is the future of Excel
“Instead of saying ‘it slices, it dices, it does julienne fries, you don’t need anything else,’ we’re keeping Excel good at what it’s good at,” Philips says. “Excel offers unbelievably powerful ad hoc analysis. It’s great for analyzing any kind of data. It’s effectively a programming environment for data. Really, it’s beautiful! But the interactive designer, where you can slice and dice and do visualizations for your reports, is Power BI Desktop.”
Panasonic is reviving Technics' legendary DJ turntables
That's not the only Technics-badged device making a debut today, either. Panasonic has unveiled a trio of devices geared towards the home audio crowd. The highlight is arguably the EAH-T700, a set of closed-back headphones with large 50mm main drivers and 14mm "super-tweeters" that theoretically give you a very wide sound range. There's also the Grand Class G30 series, which includes both a "reference-class" amp and a networked music server, as well as the Ottava Premium Class C500 HiFi system and black C700 speakers. While you'll have to wait for release dates and prices, it's evident that Panasonic is paying more than lip service to the Technics name.
Sphero BB-8 Review: This Is the Coolest Star Wars Toy Ever
BB-8 also tends to wobble a lot, especially when rolling around on hard, smooth surfaces. We’re assuming the original Sphero has the same problem, but because it’s a perfect sphere you probably don’t notice the wobble when it comes to a sudden stop, or when it’s suddenly changing directions. However with the added weight of BB-8’s head on top, the back and forth motion of the toy while it’s shaking off inertia is very noticeable. It doesn’t really affect how the toy moves, but it does tend to make BB-8 look like he’s been out partying with the other droids all night long.
Machinima settles FTC charges over paid Xbox One 'reviews'
The settlement represents one of the first big steps to acknowledge the widespread problems with paid gaming endorsements in online videos. It's no secret that console makers and game studios have spent years courting YouTube and Twitch stars, taking advantage of the absence of editorial safeguards (many streamers have to handle marketing requests themselves) and financial vulnerability. Some of those who agree to promos are up front about the payments, but others either downplay the disclosures or don't include them at all. An FTC crackdown will hopefully push both companies and video hosts to say exactly what's going on, letting you know right away whether or not that "let's play" clip is a thinly-veiled sales pitch.
Sony breaks into 4K phones with the Xperia Z5 Premium, joined by 2 smaller models
The smartphone has been split into three models: the Z5 Compact, the Z5 and the Z5 Premium. The Compact is a smaller 4.6-inch phone, the Z5 is the 5.2-inch flagship, and the Z5 Premium is a 5.5-inch phablet with the first 4K smartphone display.
Valve's testing a new look for Steam on TVs
The November release Valve's fancy Steam Controller is right around the corner, and the company seems to be getting the rest of its platform ready for launch day. Specifically, Valve is giving Steam's Big Picture Mode a visual overhaul, redesigning UI navigation in the TV-interface's game library with a more dynamic layout, making tweaks to game-specific pages within that library and updating the look of user profile pages. Valve is also adding FLAC, OGG, Vorbis and M4A support to its music player , as well as experimental Streaming-host support for Macs. Curious? Try it out for yourself by opting into the Steam beta client in your settings menu, or simply check out the gallery below.
Steam's new beta client UI
Theo Rossi and Rosario Dawson join the cast of Marvel’s Netflix series Luke Cage
“When I look at the scripts, I’m really pleased with it because it’s a slow-burn,” said Colter about the upcoming series to IGN . “There’s nothing happening really fast that gets ahead of itself. I’m really with where they’re taking it and how they’re developing the characters, because it’s really cool and it’s geared towards an adult audience, which is something that will be different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe you’ve seen before on the big screen.”
DJI software update brings new tricks to its drones
Drone maker DJI is adding new features to some of its drones through a software update that should make them easier to fly.
iPhone or iPad's storage almost full? Tips on how to free up space
It becomes quite annoying when your iPhone and iPad runs out of storage space and you can’t do things like install new apps, click more photos or upgrade to iOS 7, since the OTA requires at least 3.1GB of free storage space. So here are some tips on how to free up space on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Microsoft's new Edge browser: Boon, bust or both?
The reports from both Net Applications and StatCounter are puzzling in that they show Edge being used by a minority of Windows 10 users and generating an even smaller fraction of Windows 10's online usage. Because Edge is set as the default browser during Windows 10 setup -- even if another had been tapped as the default in Windows 7 or 8.1 before upgrading to 10 -- and since the general belief is that defaults of any kind are rarely changed by users, the expectation was that Edge would be the browser of choice on Windows 10.
The tech that brings 'Star Wars' droid BB-8 to life video - CNET
Move over, R2-D2. BB-8, a new droid in the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie, has already captured the attention and imagination of the sci-fi franchise's fans. CNET's Brian Tong explains how a robotics startup called Sphero helped bring the new droid to life and create what will likely be one of the hottest toys this holiday season.