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Project Ara Lives: Google's Modular Phone Is Ready for You Now
Hang on. You caught that, right? It works! After years of failed demos, public sputters, and worrisome silence, Ara works. About 30 people within ATAP are using Ara as their primary phone. Camargo actually has the luxury of worrying about things like aesthetics, rather than whether it’ll turn on. “Please pay no attention to how it looks,” he tells me, flipping the blocky smartphone over in his hands, “because it’s a prototype.” It’s not a concept, not an idea, not a YouTube video. It’s a prototype. Developer kits for Ara will be shipping later this year, and a consumer version is coming in 2017. “We have now built all the key components of the platform,” Camargo says. Ara is no longer an experimental part of ATAP: It just became its own division within Google. Now it’s time to find out if there’s room left for another smartphone revolution.
Apple yanks iOS 9.3.2 update for iPad Pro due to bricking issue
This issue is not affecting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so the iOS 9.3.2 update is still available for that model and is completely safe to install. As soon as Apple rolls out a new update for its little brother, we’ll update you.
The World’s Largest Solar Plant Just Torched Itself
Located on 4,000 acres of public land in the Mojave Desert, the sprawling concentrated solar thermal plant is equipped with 173,500 heliostats—each with two mirrors—that focus sunlight on boilers located on top of three 459-foot towers. The tremendous heat created by the concentrated solar power produces steam that drives turbines to produce electricity. The plant, the largest of its kind in the world, features a gross capacity of 392 megawatts, enough to power 140,000 homes. Each of the computer-controlled solar-reflecting mirrors is about the size of a garage door.
These biodegradable six-pack rings double as fish food
Florida's Saltwater Brewery has a pretty clever idea for replacing those environment-destroying plastic rings holding your Tecate cans together: animal food. Technically, the rings are a combination of wheat and barley, leftover from the brewing process. The brewery hopes the biodegradable (and fully digestable!) packaging will help stop marine life and birds from choking on plastic.
Reasons to Cancel the Olympics, Ranked
Just before every Olympics, looming doubt starts to surface. Are the cities ready? Has the host country accepted its geopolitical consequences? Will people come?
McDonalds releases questionably green 'Angry Birds' burger
"The Naughty Green Pork Burger" will include a pork patty, egg, lettuce, a mystery sauce with jalapeños and green buns. Frankly, the combination sounds delicious, even if it does look like it was designed by a Kool-Aid packet from 1990s.
Google launches Science Journal to turn your phone into a research lab
Google believes there’s a scientist in all of us, so it’s launching a new app that turns your phone into a powerful little research lab.
Google and Levi's Project Jacquard is the first jacket with a beta test
Yes, that means your clothing is now getting a beta test. It makes sense, though, for the first-ever sensor-embedded jacket you'll own. Google and Levi's also have plans to make it a full-fledged retail product by 2017.
Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US
Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the US recently. While IDC doesn't typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge . "Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," says Huang. "Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story."
Google's modular phone could start selling next year
On the modular front, Google isn’t the only company taking inspiration from Mr. Potato Head. Earlier this year, LG launched the G5, a capable flagship but hardly a blockbuster, with a button you can pinch that lets you remove a bottom piece of the phone and slide out the battery and then slide in what is known as a Cam Plus camera or a high-fidelity audio player. LG's device is far less ambitious than what Google has in mind with Project Ara.
How Can We Make You Happy Today, Peter Thiel?
Did you know Peter Thiel is so great that Chaka Khan once sang an entire song about Peter Thiel? This happened at Jeff Bezos’ 50th birthday party, which took place in space. The party’s theme was “Omniscience,” and the dress code was “Plutocracy Casual.” Anyway, Chaka Khan—a great singer, though surely not as good a singer as Peter Thiel!—sang a version of her 1984 hit “I Feel For You,” and then changed the lyrics to “I Thiel for you.” Peter Thiel loved it so much, he didn’t secretly bankroll a lawsuit against Chaka Khan , nor did he secretly bankroll a lawsuit against Prince , who wrote the original “I Feel For You.”
Uber Says Riders Will Pay the Most When Their Phone Battery Is Dying
When our phones are dying we sometimes do desperate things. And the ride-hailing company Uber knows that. The company recently admitted that riders with a dying battery are willing to pay the most in surge pricing. But they insist they’d never use this knowledge to raise rates on desperate people.
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The Arctic Circle Just Had Its Earliest Snowmelt Ever
Three hundred miles above of the Arctic Circle is America’s northern most snow observatory, typically the last place in the nation to see its snow melt. As of today, its snow has melted, setting a new (and terrible) record.
The Best Security Suites of 2016
What's the Best? The chart at top details ten security suites that we definitely recommend, including multi-device suites, mega-suites, and entry-level suites. If you're looking for a suite that covers the basics without getting in the way, Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 and Kaspersky Internet Security (2016) are our Editors' Choice winners. In the mega-suite range, Editors' Choice goes to Bitdefender Total Security 2016, with more features than you can imagine. Symantec Norton Security Premium protects up to 10 devices, and McAfee LiveSafe (2016) doesn't put any limit on the number of devices—these two are our Editors' Choice products for cross-platform multi-device security suite.
Google I/O 2016: A recap of everything you need to know
Google I/O 2016 winds down today, and it’s been a packed three days of announcements, demos, and teasers. One thing we know for sure is that nothing announced this week will be readily available soon, which is a bummer – but here’s a look at what we can expect from Google for the rest of the year.
Project Ara is finally shipping to developers fall 2016
Most notably, it’s a lot less modular. The display, processor, RAM, and storage are locked into the frame. Google found most people don’t care about these specs as long as the phone works well, and it saved the a lot of design trouble. It also hasn’t finalized what the exact specs will be, although we know the screen size is 5.3 inches.
AI learns and recreates Nobel-winning physics experiment
Australian physicists, perhaps searching for a way to shorten the work week, have created an AI that can run and even improve a complex physics experiment with little oversight. The research could eventually allow human scientists to focus on high-level problems and research design, leaving the nuts and bolts to a robotic lab assistant.
Google controls a smartwatch with radar-powered finger gestures
Last year, Google gave us a taste of Project Soli , an effort to deliver radar-powered finger gesture control to wearables. Today, we got a closer look at how it could be implemented in real products, starting with a customized LG Urbane smartwatch. Google reps were able to control the watch simply by holding their fingers in front of it. As they moved closer, even more options opened up. As they moved away, the standard watch face returned. It's just a demo right now, but Soli could solve the problem of controlling smart devices with tiny screens (or with no screens at all).
Xiaomi will launch its first drone on May 25th
Chinese consumer electronics maker Xiaomi looks set to add a drone to its range of products next week. The company has already begun teasing a May 25th launch event on its official forum , posting what appears to be a first look its new quadcopter and asking users to guess what the product will be called. Given the forum post has the title "Mi Drone," Xiaomi may have already given the game away.
Google and LG built a smartwatch that understands hand gestures from ATAP’s Project Soli
Google ATAP has worked with LG Electronics and MC R&D Lab to assemble an impressive-looking smartwatch that you can quickly control with subtle hand gestures. Of course, the watch will also support touch and speech input, but the real magic here is what you can do by moving your fingers ever so slightly, Google ATAP’s Ivan Poupyrev said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.
Overwatch: Who Are the Hardest Characters to Play? - IGN Video
Seasoned Overwatch players Vince and James debate who they think the hardest characters to master are. Be sure to check out our Overwatch character wiki for more tips http://www.ign.com/wikis/overwatch/Characters
This Is How Your City Got Crazy Expensive
If you’ve been considering the idea of purchasing real estate, this map of “Million Dollar Listings” in the US’s priciest cities will make you want to roll up into the fetal position and bawl your eyes out.
Are you an Android N beta tester?
Sure, Google only proclaimed its newest build of Android N a "beta-quality" candidate yesterday, but that's more than enough time to formulate a hot take. With the new method of announcing and testing releases extremely early, the folks at Mountain View have made enrolling as a beta tester incredibly easy -- if you own a compatible device (Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, General Mobile 4G) then you can click a button on this website to dive in. Of course, if you haven't already enrolled, the usual warnings still apply. This test software still has some issues to work out, and if you decide it's not for you, then going back to Marshmallow will require a full device wipe so keep your important data backed up elsewhere.
Elizabeth Warren takes on the ‘so-called gig economy’ in speech
Senator Elizabeth Warren has some choice words for Uber, TaskRabbit, Alfred and all the other companies taking part in the “so-called gig economy,” as she put it in a speech Thursday for the New America Foundation’s annual conference . She isn’t against them by any means, but urged both the companies and lawmakers to make labor-friendly changes: “No worker should fall through the cracks.”
How to record calls on your iPhone
In a time when our smartphones can help you order pizza, hail a cab, and detect our heartbeats, you’d think it’d be easy to record a simple phone call. Unfortunately, it’s not. Despite what you may think, recording a call isn’t as easy as merely pressing a button on your iPhone, so in order to get it done you’ll need to install an app. There are tons of these littered across the Apple App Store and the web, and while many of them promise crystal-clear quality at a nonexistent price tag, very few live up to the claims. To help you pinpoint the right app for your needs, we’ve scoured the Internet in search of the best call recorders and offered up a quick overview of our favorites in the paragraphs below. Just try not to forget about the whole legality thing.
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Fargo casts Ewan McGregor to play both main characters in season three
This plot appears to contain the same well-oiled mix of dark comedy and drama. McGregor's Emmit Stussy is a well-off Minnesota real estate mogul and a wholesome portrait of the perfect American life, Meanwhile, his brother is a less attractive parole officer who blames Emmit for his less-than-stellar position in life. You can imagine where this is going, and all the murder and absurd happenstance it will inevitably involve.
Nike Designer Martin Lotti On Tapping Athlete Insight For Product Innovation
In 2015, 18-year Nike veteran Martin Lotti introduced the company’s first-ever line of soccer cleats (or boots) made especially for women and created the sleek uniforms that the winning U.S. women’s soccer team wore at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He also took the technology behind Nike’s most unconventional line of boots and modified it for apparel, so that instead of using lasers to perforate fabric, Nike knits breathable panels from scratch. And using a new, textured yarn, Lotti helped develop a more aerodynamic fabric that U.S. athletes will wear at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Discover the world's most Instagrammed coffee
Sure, coffee ice cream and iced coffee are enjoyed by humans with good taste all around the world. But South African barista Dayne Levinrad recently came up with an enterprising new way to complete the trinity: hot coffee, poured into a chocolate-lined cone. Levinrad claims that his innovation is currently the "world's most Instagrammed coffee," and with close to 1 million images of #coffeeinacone shared, his projection seems strangely realistic.
15 Lessons Of Creativity For 2016
Our reporting led us to the crown princess in Norway and a TV host in the Middle East, a coffee-bean hacker and a DNA magician, a populist men’s wear designer and a hockey-league founder. We discovered innovators everywhere from fashion to education, material science to behavioral design. Our honorees hail from 13 countries and half are women. They are modern-business superheroes, and their examples can serve to inspire our own creativity. Here are 15 lessons drawn from among this year’s Most Creative People.
How To Do Facebook Live Well
With Facebook Live, as with all new tools, "everyone is still trying to figure out how to use it most effectively," says Samuel. So "testing, tweaking, analysis—that’s going to be very important." Ask your audience to tell you what they think. The comments will still be there for you to read afterwards, so make the time to go in and figure out what worked and what didn’t. Those answers will make your next live broadcast even better.
Secretive $20 billion startup Palantir is buying $225 million of stock back from employees
This is actually the second liquidity event mounted by Palantir. The first, last year, was for $50 million at $6.13 per share. That means that any employees, past or present, who held on to their shares are eligible for heftier paydays.
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Startup spending guide: Where to spend money
We’ve all come across numerous “Top 100 resources for startups”-type posts at least once as we Google our way to entrepreneurial success. But after reading just one of them, it’s not hard to go from “I have no idea what’s out there” to “I have no idea how to choose” … Oh good: Only 14 helpdesk options from which to choose.
Google car to protect pedestrians with...flypaper tech?
“Ideally, the adhesive coating on the front portion of the vehicle may be activated on contact and will be able to adhere to the pedestrian nearly instantaneously,” said Google in the patent application. “This instantaneous or nearly-instantaneous action may help to constrain the movement of the pedestrian, who may be carried on the front end of the vehicle until the driver of the vehicle (or the vehicle itself in the case of an autonomous vehicle) reacts to the incident and applies the brakes.
Pay what you want for 10 courses in the 'Start a Side Business' bundle
The Pay What You Want: ‘Start a Side Business’ Bundle , offers 10 courses to position you for success in becoming your own boss, as you establish a base of valuable skills applicable to any business endeavor.
In a statement, Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, who was also personally named in the Hogan suit, said: “Just because Peter Thiel is a Silicon Valley billionaire, his opinion does not trump our millions of readers who know us for routinely driving big news stories including Hillary Clinton’s secret email account, Bill Cosby’s history with women, the mayor of Toronto as a crack smoker, Tom Cruise’s role within Scientology, the N.F.L. cover-up of domestic abuse by players and just this month the hidden power of Facebook to determine the news you see.”
Google might name and shame slow-to-update Android vendors
It's far from guaranteed that the lists will work, assuming they're ever made public. The Update Alliance fizzled out as commercial realities (the cost of maintaining phones, and the desire to sell you a new phone instead) took over. What's to say that a list with no direct consequences will do any better? However, there isn't as much pressure to update as there was in the past. Google Play Services delivers many updates without having to go through makers or carriers, and numerous official apps get updates through the Play Store. This is more about going the last mile to both improve security and reduce the chances that hardware creators leave you high and dry.
3 Tips to Make Your Content More SEO Friendly (And More)
If you’re a nonprofit, association or a small shop with a website and you create your own content, you're likely also doing your own SEO. Or you should be.
Why Google's fancy new AI assistant is just called 'Google'
On Wednesday Google kicked off its I/O developer conference by unveiling a series of new artificial intelligence-powered products, including a messaging app with a virtual assistant and and a home speaker with a voice interface. Given what we’ve seen in the explosion of AI assistants and software bots from other companies, you’d expect Google to brand these products’ connective tissue with a personality and a name — Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, and Microsoft has Cortana.
Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, and More Will Star In Thor: Ragnarok
Tons and tons of rumors about the cast of the next Thor movie have been floating around for ages, but now Marvel has finally confirmed its cast list. While there’s a few expected faces on there, there’s one really big surprise: Holy Christ, Jeff Goldblum is in this movie.
Here's Your First Look at America's New Food Label
The FDA just released its first major change to its nutritional labels in over twenty years. Here’s the new label you can expect to see on the back of your food:
Google is building its own consumer Android phone
We've spent a lot of time this past year wondering if and when Google would bite the bullet and just build its own Android phone for consumers to take on the iPhone directly — there have been hints and leaks, but nothing real. And in true Google fashion, the reveal was nothing like what we expected — the company announced today that it's moving the ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone team out of the ATAP research lab and into its own proper unit within Google, under new hardware chief (and former Motorola president) Rick Osterloh. And a consumer Ara phone is coming in 2017 as well, which marks the first time Google has ever built its own phone hardware — the company's Nexus phones have been built by partners like Huawei, LG, and HTC.
OS X update could use the iPhone's Touch ID to unlock Macs
If this Touch ID to unlock a Mac functionality sounds familiar, the third-party Knock app for iOS and Apple Watch unlocks a nearby computer with those devices rather than having to key in a password. Back in March, Recode reported that Apple Pay was on its way to the browser for making purchases on the web. This new report suggests that the Touch ID interaction with Macs will be used to confirm those transactions as well. As is the case with any rumor, it pays to be a bit skeptical. However, we won't have to wait long to see if this news is indeed true.
Kevin the permanently surprised cat has a story to inspire you
"Kevin was surrendered to my clinic when he was a tiny four-week-old kitten after he was found alone in a carpark," Tailah said. "It was obvious straight away that Kevin had medical concerns, so he had a full physical assessment and was diagnosed with hydrocephalus."
Colorado's Marijuana Czar: "We're Making The Plane As We Fly It"
Andrew Freedman was an education-policy specialist and former chief of staff to Colorado’s lieutenant governor when Governor John Hickenlooper tapped him in 2014 to become the state’s first "marijuana czar." Today, he’s navigating regulatory and public-welfare challenges that are both complex and—because the state was the first to legalize recreational pot—precedent-setting: The choices Colorado makes could define the country’s approach to marijuana policy for generations.