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.
The best hidden features of Windows 10's Anniversary Update
Yes, a version of this feature shipped with the Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8. Still, with Windows 10 and the Anniversary Update, there’s even more flexibility to launch apps like the Windows Ink Workspace with a click of your stylus. Granted, not all tablets ship with a stylus that has a quick-launch “eraser” button, and you’ll need to make sure your stylus is close at hand. But within those parameters, it’s a great way to jot a quick note when you can’t ask the speaker to slow down and repeat herself.
Google Maps update brings cleaner look and new areas of interest
Google spruced up its Maps app on Android and iOS yesterday, as well as its web counterpart, in a bid to make it easier to understand. The updated Google Maps has removed road outlines and changed typography, alterations that Google says make it easier for users to see traffic information and make out points of interest, train stations, and other key spots easily. The company is also taking advantage of this cleaner look to highlight new areas of interest, shading districts with a lot of stuff to see and do in orange, and allowing users to explore their contents.
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.
Hailo gets help from car giant Daimler to take on Uber
With a renewed focus on black cabs , Hailo has been seeking a strategic investor. Now it's found one. The news will please the company's existing investors, which include entrepreneur Richard Branson and equity firms Accel and Wellington Partners, but the deal will also allow Daimler to court drivers of Hailo and MyTaxi cars, allowing it to supply vehicles to its operators as inner-city car usage declines.
New trials for delivering goods by drones
The government's getting together with the retail giant Amazon to start testing flying drones that can deliver parcels to your door.
AMD unveils Radeon Pro SSG graphics card with up to 1TB of M.2 flash memory
In addition to the Radeon Pro SSG, AMD also unveiled a new line of workstation graphics cards based on Polaris dubbed the Radeon Pro WX Series. Aside from being decked out in a fetching blue, they're essentially rebrands of the company's RX 480, RX 470, and RX 460 consumer graphics cards, albeit with professional driver support. The top end Radeon Pro WX7100 features 32 compute units (CUs) delivering over five teraflops of single precision floating point performance. It includes 8GB of GPU memory on a 256-bit bus and will cost "less than $1000." (~£800).
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.
4 Ways to Include Fans in Your Social Media Activities : Social Media Examiner
Social media is all about storytelling . When social first became popular, companies created their own stories, inviting users to passively watch and interact with them on their terms. But part of every business’s story is their customers. That’s why more often we’re recognizing the important role users and customers play in developing a thorough, accurate, and engaging story.
How a solar-powered plane made it around the world without a drop of fuel
Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered airplane. It has a greater wingspan than a 747 but only the weight of a car. This morning, it landed in Abu Dhabi, completing a flight around the world without using a drop of fuel.
PlayStation Vue will be more attractive to cord cutters with addition of NFL RedZone
Combined with ESPN and a handful of other streams, Sony’s gaming console is quickly becoming a robust option for cord-cutters that require an easy-to-use streaming service. Of course, it’s still lacking a legitimate soccer option, as neither the MLS or Premier League offer console solutions, but cross your fingers that PlayStation Vue (and MLS/Premier League) gets on the ball, literally, and brings soccer to the console.
Microsoft launches Researcher and Editor in Word, Zoom in PowerPoint
“We wanted to go far beyond the current spelling and grammar capabilities and focus more on what you did wrong and how it should be fixed,” Microsoft Office senior product marketing manager David Alexander told VentureBeat in an interview. Editor will start making writing suggestions next month, and in the fall, Editor will start flagging things with squiggly lines underneath text in Word, Alexander said.
12 More Viral Images That Are Totally Fake
Do you ever feel like half the images you see online are fake? So do we. Below we’ve pulled together twelve photos and GIFs that have been floating around the internet recently. And they’re all fake.
Google's Omnitone adds 3D audio to web-based VR
Realistic sounds can turn good VR experiences into great, truly immersive ones, and Google's new open source project can make that happen for web-based virtual reality. The technology, called Omnitone , uses a full-sphere surround sound technique called ambisonics . Simply put, it mimics how sounds are heard in reality. If a VR character is playing the piano, how you hear the music changes based on where you're looking -- turn your head (while wearing a VR headset, of course) away from the pianist, and you'll hear the music coming from behind. Since it's open source and has cross-browser support, anybody developing VR games and other experiences for the web can use it for their projects.
First American to Receive Double Hand Transplant Reveals It Was Unsuccessful
Jeff Kepner, the first American to receive a double hand transplant, wishes they could be removed.
Solar Impulse zero-fuel plane lands in Abu Dhabi, completing historic round-the-world trip
After 18 months, Solar Impulse's sun-powered circumnavigation is complete, as the pilot hails a "new era in aviation."
Now Xbox Live Gamertags will expire after five years
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In-flight interview with Solar Impulse 2 pilot Captain Piccard video
Hey everybody, my name is Steven Beacham im here with cnet.com and we're going to attempt a live in flight interview with captain of the Solar Impulse 2, solar powered airplane, Bertram Beckard, he's somewhere over the desert.
In the Middle East right now, and we're gonna try to connect with him via satellite.
And I'm gonna do an interview live over Facebook live stream and YouTube, with him, with a long delay, so it's gonna be a little difficult.
But just stand by, this is from solarimpulse.com, this is their web site, this is a live stream they are putting out right now.
He's on the last leg of his trip around the world on a solar powered airplane.
So stay tuned.
We're gonna get this going here.
So hang in there.
We'll be right back with you guys shortly.
My name is Steven [UNKNOWN] in San Francisco with cnet.com.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us.
How are you doing?
I hear you well now.
Well, things are going smoothly this morning with the sunrise over the desert of sand of Saudi Arabia, but the night was really bumpy.
The new Glif smartphone mount is the smartest of its kind
It is hard to over-praise the design of this product, especially if you’ve tried a few phone clamps in the past. There are some quick clamps out there, but they don’t hold your phone very well. There are some very firm clamps, too, but they involve a lot of adjusting screws to get them to play nicely with your phone and to mount them in place. Studio Neat, in offering the best of both worlds with the newest incarnation of Glif, is onto a winner here.
Amazon launches Prime service in India to woo customers
Amazon Prime members will get unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery in over 100 cities and early access to lightning deals and exclusive offers. Amazon Prime is available for a free 60-day trial period, and thereafter, at an introductory annual subscription of Rs 499 ($7.4), a discount of Rs 500 from the list price of Rs 999 ($14.8). This is considerably lower than its price in the US ($99) and UK (£79), but subscribers in the US can also get unlimited photo storage, access to free e-books on Kindle First and Kindle Owners' Lending Library, and Prime Video and Music.
Crowd Play puts the audience in control in Telltale's 'Batman'
Before you think that you could totally screw over someone's custom-created Dark Knight, however, know that the host might still have control. There are two types of Crowd Play. One will give the peanut gallery the final say, while the other will let the player override the voting masses. On paper, it sounds perfect for folks streaming on Twitch or YouTube . But the reality is that latency between a stream and the viewers is still too great to offer any sort of real-time response. Telltale debuted it at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend, using the crowd in attendance as fodder. Creative communications head Job Stauffer says that Crowd Play will work with anywhere from "two to 2,000-plus" people helping the host make their choices.
Aaron Paul, Lena Headley star in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is coming to theaters in North America on August 19. The movie now has an English trailer and features the talents of Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, as well as Lena Headley and Sean Bean from HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Location Services Not Working After Jailbreaking iOS 9.3.3? Here's How to Fix It on iPhone or iPad
These are some of the methods that users have reported to work on their device. If you follow the steps correctly, you should be able to fix Location Services on your jailbroken iOS 9.3.3 device. If you have used a different method for fixing this issue then do let us know in the comments section below and we’ll consider adding it to the article.
'Jason Bourne' review: Best of Bourne rather than Bourne at its best
That flicker of modernity aside, the film sticks to the "Bourne" format. Once again our hero discovers a black ops programme with an enigmatic codename. Once again he argues with a spy chief with a dirty secret (in this case, Tommy Lee Jones). Once again he is hunted by an implacable assassin who is, in many ways, a mirror to Bourne himself (Vincent Cassel). And once again he is helped and hindered by an insider questioning her morals (Alicia Vikander). What's more, "Jason Bourne" also shamelessly re-uses scenes, action beats and supposed shock twists from previous films in the series.
Data visualization service Reflect raises $2.5M seed round led by DFJ
The idea behind Reflect is to allow you to add data visualizations to any web or mobile app. To get started, you either give Reflect’s software agent access to your database or, if you are worried about security, you can host your own copy of the agent. The agent then fetches your data and brings it into Reflect, where you align the columns in your database to the dimensions and metrics you want to visualize. From there, you can then use the company’s drag-and-drop interface to create a dashboard with the company’s visualization components (which you can re-style to match your own brand).
Google Maps just got a lot more useful with this new visual feature
That's if a recent patent grant is anything to go by. The patent , titled "Stylus with inertial sensor," was originally filed back in 2014, but has only been granted by the USPTO today. It details ways in which the iPad Pro's Apple Pencil stylus could be used to work with the trackpad on a Mac via a future version of the company's Magic Trackpad. It's also conceivable that the technology referenced in the patent could allow the upcoming rumored new MacBook Pros to use the stylus on their trackpads. Perhaps even more interesting, the patent details way the Apple Pencil could be used as a joystick:
Apple Taps Bob Mansfield to Oversee Car Project
Apple Inc. has tapped a highly regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple’s signature products to oversee its fledgling automobile project, according to people familiar with the matter.
Ever get the feeling the technology industry is trolling you?
Marketing shock tactics are nothing new, but the product itself is becoming the source of outrage, rather than the techniques used to promote it
Guardian Tech on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
US experts see a Russian subplot behind leak of DNC emails
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If the Russian government is behind the
theft and release of embarrassing emails from the Democratic
Party, as U.S. officials have suggested, it may reflect less a
love of Donald Trump or enmity for Hillary Clinton than a desire
to discredit the U.S. political system.
Amazon to test drone deliveries in UK after government clears runway
The CAA plans to be fully involved in Amazon's project, as it has its own interest in the safety and viability of drones being piloted beyond line of sight. The result of the tests are expected to inform future UK policy, said CAA policy boss Tim Johnson.
Pokémon Go estimated at over 75M downloads worldwide
The time it took Pokémon Go to reach 50 million Android downloads is a record across games tracked by Sensor Tower, which put the news into context by comparing it to other Android top performers. The next-fastest was Color Switch, a puzzle game, and Slither.io comes in third, but those took 77 and 81 days, respectively, to pass the 50 million mark, which is a far cry from the short 19 days that Pokémon Go took to reach the same milestone.
The Top Five Security Threats to Your Business - TechRepublic
Cyber security breaches are more common now than they have ever been. While they don’t all make news headlines, they affect numerous businesses every single day. What exactly are these threats? How are they carried out and how can they impact business? The Level 3 Advanced Threat Intelligence team has identified the top five most common security threats that you should know about.
Ofcom orders BT to run Openreach as separate firm
Ofcom is also calling on Openreach to own its physical network to allow the board to make investment decisions about the firm's assets. The watchdog noted that such a move could lead to "costs in transferring assets or people to Openreach, which would need to be mitigated."
This Insane DNC Is the Convention the Internet Made
After all, the Internet is what transformed Bernie Sanders—once a marginal independent, a congressional curiosity—into a primary threat, a credible rival to one of the past three decades’ consummate politicians. Far from shocking, the voluble dissent expressed on the convention floor was simply Sanders’ online campaign spilling out into real life. As they are on the Internet, Sanders’ supporters were noisy. They were opinionated. They were divisive. They were unapologetic. They weren’t polite, because the medium on which they met, discovered the movement, and banded together to life Sanders so close to the nomination is none of those things.
Google updates Nexus phones with spam call protection
Even if Google doesn't mark a call as spam, you can report it as such from the "recent calls" screen and block it. Nexus devices already have caller ID that shows companies using Google My Business listings, and references directories to show caller info from work or school accounts. For those features to work, Google notes that "your phone may need to send information about your calls to Google," presumably it can add the info to a database.
How to Remove Pangu iOS 9.3.3 Jailbreak Safely from your iPhone or iPad
The Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.2 – iOS 9.3.3 is semi-tethered and requires you to jailbreak every time your device reboots. If you’ve already jailbroken your iPhone or iPad but would like to return to stock iOS due to issues you’re facing then the best solution is to restore your device to iOS 9.3.3 to delete the Pangu jailbreak.
Why we need to end the War on Drugs
Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the "backward, heartless, disastrous" movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.
11 Of The Oldest Living Things In The World
For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens.
Everyone's making fun of Pokémon Go's Team Instinct leader
Designs for each of the three teams' leaders have finally been unveiled, and the consensus is that Mystic and Valor are run by badasses, while Instinct is run by a total dweeb. The internet has come to a consensus on this, and as such, a meme has been born.
The best Chromebook you can buy
The R11 has an 11.6-inch touchscreen display with a resolution a little above 720p. It’s not going to blow you away if you’re used to 4K or Retina displays, but it’s bright, clear, and easy to read — a rarity among Chromebooks, when there are some out there that’ll literally hurt your eyes. The display also flips all the way around so the R11 can be used as a tablet. It’s light enough to do that (for a bit) if you really want to, but the best use here is simply propping the display up in front of you every now and then.
Wisdom from great writers on every year of life
As different as we humans are from one another, we all age along the same great sequence, and the shared patterns of our lives pass into the pages of the books we love. In this moving talk, journalist Joshua Prager explores the stages of life through quotations from Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, William Trevor and other great writers, set to visualizations by graphic designer Milton Glaser. "Books tell us who we've been, who we are, who we will be, too," Prager says.
How a Powerful Obesity Gene Helped Samoans Conquer the South Pacific
By studying the genomes of more than 5,000 Samoans, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have uncovered a single gene that boosts a person’s obesity risk by upwards of 40 percent. Remarkably, this gene—which appears in a quarter of all Samoans—may have arisen in the population as they colonized the South Pacific.
Watch first lady Michelle Obama’s full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Watch first lady Michelle Obama’s full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Libraries and Learning
Most Americans believe libraries do a decent job of serving the education and learning needs of their communities and their own families. A new survey by Pew Research Center shows that 76% of adults say libraries serve the learning and educational needs of their communities either “very well” (37%) or “pretty well” (39%). Further, 71% say libraries serve their own personal needs and the needs of their families “very well” or “pretty well.”
Chadwick Boseman Explains Why the Black Panther Is Not the Magical Negro of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Chadwick Boseman thought he already had a sense of how significant the Black Panther is to the fans who love him. But it wasn’t until Saturday afternoon, while he was on stage at the Marvel Studios panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, that he got hit with the full weight of the love and enthusiasm surrounding T’Challa. Those same fans are trying to help Boseman embody the role in the best way possible.
Facebook admits it blocked WikiLeaks links, but won't say why
The WikiLeaks link issue has reportedly been fixed, which is great — but also not really the point. The fact links to the archive was blocked at all suggests there’s a very tight reign on what’s allowed on Facebook across the board, and that’s a problem.
Prepare yourself, Donald Trump is doing a Reddit AMA
It could be the best of times or the worst of times: Donald Trump is going to host a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Wednesday.